10 Dec 16
Arab Israeli terrorist cell arrested in Jerusalem
The Shin Bet and Israel Police cleared for publication on Friday that they arrested Arab Israelis in eastern Jerusalem on suspicion of being part of a terrorist cell that was planning attacks in the capital and at an IDF base.
The uncovered terrorist network was located in the neighborhoods of Sur Bahar and Sheikh Jarrah.
Syria conflict: US to send troops to help seize Raqqa from IS
The US is sending 200 more military personnel to help fight the Islamic State group in its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, the US defence secretary says.
Speaking at talks on Middle East security, Ash Carter said the troops would include special forces trainers, advisers and bomb disposal teams.
They will join 300 US special forces who are already in Syria.
Indonesia quake: Number of homeless soars to 43,000
The number of people displaced by a powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia on Wednesday has soared to at least 43,000, emergency officials say.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the scale of the problem was becoming clearer as rescue teams fanned out into the affected areas.
At least 100 people were killed and many more injured when the magnitude 6.5 tremor struck Aceh province.
Hitler's Mein Kampf beloved by Italian schoolchildren, survey says
Students recently voted Hitler's infamous manifesto Mein Kampf as one of their favorite books in a nationwide survey in Italy, The Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
In an effort to promote reading, the Italian Ministry of Education launched a survey of schoolchildren's favorite books. Mein Kampf placed in the top 10 of 10 Italian schools, including those in Palermo and Calabria, among others.
Hungary's thriving Jewish community faces spike in antisemitism, Holocaust revisionism
...“I think antisemitism is worse now than it was in 1938, before the war,” laments György László, a Jewish engineer... “Most people in this country have been inculcated with antisemitic views.”
LÁSZLÓ BAKKI, a photographer, agrees. “Basically, all my [ethnic Hungarian] friends are antisemitic,” notes Bakki, an avuncular man who isn’t Jewish but regularly participates in protests with Jews.
Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign cost a record $1.2B
Hillary Clinton and her supporters spent a record $1.2 billion for her losing presidential campaign — twice as much as the winner, Donald Trump, according to the latest records.
Boko Haram blamed for suicide blasts that killed dozens
Two women suicide bombers blew themselves up at a bustling market in northeast Nigeria’s Madagali town on Friday morning, killing at least 30 people and wounding 67, an army spokesman told The Associated Press.
The EU plans to extend economic sanctions on Russia another 6 months
The European Union will extend by six months its main economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine after the bloc's leaders meet in Brussels on Dec. 15, diplomatic sources and officials said on Friday.
South Korea Impeaches President, But Political Drama Isn't Finished
South Korean lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to impeach their president, Park Geun-hye, who is mired in a corruption scandal and facing a criminal investigation. But the celebration of the impeachment vote may be temporary, as a panel of justices will ultimately decide her fate.
Iraq says it destroys Mosul car bomb factories
Iraqi forces captured a neighborhood in east Mosul on Friday, pushing deeper to the heart of Islamic State's Iraq stronghold and destroying three sites where it produced car bombs used in waves of suicide attacks, the campaign's commander said.
Drone strike kills militant linked to Charlie Hebdo attack: U.S.
A U.S. drone strike in Syria has killed an Islamic State militant linked to the Jan. 7 2015 attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris, defense officials said on Friday.
Boubaker el Hakim was killed late last month in Raqqa, the Islamic State's defacto capital in Syria, the officials said, adding he was believed to be involved with planning the attack.
In Germany, some Muslim refugees convert to Christianity
Clad in white at a Berlin church, asylum seekers Saeed, Veronica, Farida and Matin were just about to become Christians on a recent Sunday.
"Do you believe from the bottom of your heart that Jesus Christ is your Lord and saviour, and will you follow him every day of your life?" Pastor Matthias Linke asked them. "If so, say yes."
09 Dec 16
Trump’s pick for environment agency chief sued government over climate rules
Pruitt, who must be confirmed by the US Senate, is an ardent opponent of federal regulations to curb climate change and has questioned the science underlying global warming. He is one of dozens of state officials who have mounted a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants...
On Friday, Auspicious 9-Minute Prayer Window Opens for First and Last Time in 28 Years
The rabbi specified the ninth year of the Jubilee cycle, the ninth month, the ninth day, and the ninth hour after sunrise. According to the rabbi, it was in the ninth hour that the Children of Israel were answered on the shores of the Red Sea.
Environmentalist Hyperventilates When Tucker Asks Simple Question
(Video) All regulations are good and anyone who challenges them is an accomplice to Hitler’s rise, is a denier,” Carlson summarized Schrode’s statement. “That’s not the kind of conversation that leads to solutions, it’s the kind that leads to demonizing other people, and that’s bad.”
Europe’s Epochal Elections
Now, thanks to elections in France and Austria, an answer is emerging; Europeans appear not ready to “go gentle into that good night” but will “rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Solomon Islands hit by powerful aftershocks after magnitude-7.8 quake
Residents in Solomon Islands were hit by powerful aftershocks following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake which struck 130 kilometres from the capital Honiara.
Tsunami warnings are cancelld after big Pacific earthquake
New Zealand – Tsunami warnings for several Pacific islands, including those in Hawaii, were canceled Friday after authorities determined that a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck near the Solomon Islands did not pose a broad tsunami threat.
6.5M Earthquake Hits 100 Miles off Ferndale, Humboldt County
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck Thursday morning about 100 miles of the coast of Ferndale, in Humboldt County, California.
There were no immediate reports of damage. The US Geological Survey originally reported the 6:50 a.m. PT quake as having a magnitude of 6.8.
Democrats plot uphill fight against some Trump nominations
U.S. Senate Democrats plan to fight some of President-elect Donald Trump's choices for top administration jobs, but history and the party's minority status in the chamber are not on their side.
A simple majority of 51 votes is needed in the 100-member Senate to confirm nominations. Louisiana will select its newest senator on Saturday. If the Republicans...hold on to the seat, they will control at least 52 seats...
Magnitude-6.5 quake strikes off coast of Humboldt County
A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Humboldt County Thursday morning, followed by aftershocks.
For the most part, the aftershocks have been insignificant. There have been no reports of damage or injuries.
The USGS sent out a tweet confirming the quake, roughly 100 miles out in the ocean, west of Ferndale.
ISIS has flooded Europe with 1,500 highly-trained terrorists ‘ready to launch attacks’
MORE than 1,500 jihadists fighting with ISIS in Syria and Iraq have returned to Europe with orders to “carry out attacks”, an EU report warned.
An estimated 5,000 European ISIS fanatics went to Syria and Iraq...
Around 30 to 35 per cent have returned with “specific missions”, while the other half remained in the battle theatre – which amounted to between 2,000 and 2,500 Europeans.
Peace process should not be 'all or nothing,' says EU ambassador
Rather than cling to an “all or nothing” peace process, the international community should promote smaller advancements in areas such as water, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the European Union’s ambassador to Israel said at seminar in Tel Aviv on Thursday. "We've spent too much time promoting an Israeli-Palestinian solution that is all or nothing," he said.
Palestinian tries to stab Israeli police, shot dead: Israel
An 18-year-old Palestinian threatened Israeli border police with a knife at a flashpoint junction in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and was shot dead, Israeli authorities said.
The incident occurred at the Tapuah junction near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, where a number of attacks have taken place in recent months, police said.
Japan tags dementia sufferers with barcodes
A Japanese city has introduced a novel way to keep track of senior citizens with dementia who are prone to getting lost -- tagging their fingers and toes with scan-able barcodes.
Satanic display causes controversy in Boca Raton
A Satanic display is causing controversy in Boca Raton on the day the city will celebrate its holiday parade.
Now, some local interfaith clergy members are coming together to take a stand.
Dallas Police and Fire Pension Board ends run on the bank, stops $154M in withdrawals
The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System's Board of Trustees suspended lump-sum withdrawals from the pension fund Thursday, staving off a possible restraining order and stopping $154 million in withdrawal requests.
MK Bennett: Amona Bill Paves Way for Annexation of Judea and Samaria
Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, hailed the preliminary passage of a controversial bill to legalize Israeli settlement outposts as paving the way for Israel’s eventual annexation of Judea and Samaria.
Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows, but victory in sight
The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war.
Polar vortex redux? U.S. forecasters say it could hit next week
Anticipation of a freezing blast began to build this week when weather maps and forecast models showed similarities between next week's system and one that developed in January 2014.