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Headline: Rains drench Israel, snow cools the north
Headline: Small earthquake felt in northern Israel
Heavy rains are expected to continue to fall on Israel throughout the weekend, accompanied by strong winds and thunder in some places. With the strong rainfall comes the risk of floods which will possibly bring movement to a standstill in a number of locations throughout the country, particularly in the center of cities. The cooling temperatures and wetter conditions are not the only offers of respite in what has been an extremely protracted summer and a grave cause for concern for Israel’s farmers and population alike. Meanwhile, For the second time in two weeks, northern Israel feels a small tremor as a 3.8 magnitude earthquake rocks 5 kilometers north of the Kineret.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Obama postpones moving of embassy to Jerusalem
President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a waiver which prevents moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Congress passed a law in 1995 mandating the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but allowed the President to exercise a waiver delaying the move. The waiver must be renewed every six months. “I hereby determine that it is necessary, in order to protect the national security interests of the United States, to suspend for a period of 6 months the limitations set forth in sections 3(b) and 7(b) of the Act,” Obama said in a memorandum. Thursday marked the eighth time Obama has signed the waiver, which has been signed by every President since Bill Clinton, each time citing “national security” as the reason for the delay. However, this could be the last time the waiver is renewed – if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign promises. During the election campaign, Trump promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in recognition of Jerusalem being Israel’s capital city. Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Dean Heller drafted a law last year that would remove the president's authority to invoke national security as a reason to ignore Congressional resolutions on moving the embassy to Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority, which wants Jerusalem to be the capital of its desired future state, has expressed anger over Trump’s campaign promises and vowed to “make life miserable” for the United States at the United Nations if he follows through with the move.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Hamas to hold war preparation drill in Gaza
The government of Hamas, which is the de-facto governing authority in Gaza, continues to build up its military capabilities in preparation for a future conflict with Israel. Gaza’s Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the local security forces, many of whom are active in Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades, announced on Thursday that a comprehensive military drill will be held throughout the coastal enclave this coming Sunday. According to the announcement, the drill will begin at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, and sounds of explosions and gunfire will be heard in Gaza during that time. The police headquarters and some of the Palestinian security forces will be evacuated during the drill, and the forces will be deployed in the field. This appears to be a drill practicing a scenario of an Israeli attack. In recent years, Hamas has been working feverishly to rebuild its infiltration tunnel network into Israel, after the IDF destroyed the network during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. In addition, the group has invested considerable resources in the development and procurement of weapons, including long-range missiles that cover most of the territory of the State of Israel. As part of these efforts, Hamas conducts ongoing missile tests meant to advance its domestic rocket arsenal ahead of its next terror war against Israel. Just last week, a senior Hamas official announced that Hamas has thousands of rockets capable of striking Tel Aviv and localities to the north in the event of another war.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Hezbollah vs ISIS vs Israel
Two incidents this week showcase the complexity of the challenges facing Israel on its northern front. In the first, an air strike killed four members of the Islamic State-affiliated Khalid Ibn al-Walid Brigade after a patrol of the Golani reconnaissance unit in the southern Golan Heights was targeted by the organization. Israeli aircraft then targeted a facility used by the group in the Wadi Sirhan area. In the second incident, according to regional media reports, Israeli aircraft operating from Lebanese airspace fired Popeye missiles at targets in the Sabboura area, 8 km. northwest of Damascus. There were no casualties, according to SANA, the official Syrian news agency. London-based Arabic newspaper Rai al-Youm reported that the Israeli strike was targeting a Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy. The paper also reported that Israeli aircraft carried out a second strike on a facility of Syria’s 4th Armored Division, near Damascus. Israel neither confirmed nor denied the second incident. But on a number of occasions over the last four years of war in Syria, Israel has used its ability to operate in the skies over Syria to prevent weapons transfers to Hezbollah in Lebanon from the Syrian regime. It is possible that this incident was the latest act in this effort. These two events are of tactical importance only. Neither is likely at this stage to lead to broader engagements, but they reflect a reality in which some of the world’s most powerful non-state military organizations are deployed close to Israel’s border with Syria, making war against one another while planning and organizing for a future war against the Jewish state.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Iran: We have ‘unwavering support’ for Palestine
Iran's Deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani said to the international organisation that Israel continues to commit atrocities against the Palestinians. Israel “continues to disregard and disrespect the persistent demands by the international community to abide by international law,” he said in a statement addressed to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. “The systematic violation of the rights of the Palestinian people, including demolition of homes, forced displacement of Palestinian civilians, arrest and detention of Palestinians, including children, and incessant violence, terror and provocations by Israeli settlers and extremists, including at sensitive religious sites, particularly al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem al-Quds , have persisted unabated,” he continued.
Dec. 1, 2016
Headline: Israel's new ambassador arrives in Turkey- VIDEO
Headline: 'Drop charges against Israelis in Mavi Marmara incident'
A Turkish prosecutor called on Friday for charges related to the 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship attempting to break the sea blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza in order to prevent arms shipments, to be dropped following diplomatic reconciliation between Turkey and Israel, state media reported. The so-called “Mavi Marmara incident” in question occurred when IDF soldiers boarded the Mavi Marmara ship after Turkish Islamists posing as humanitarian aid workers refused to change their course from Gaza and dock at the Ashdod Port. On Friday the prosecutor told an Istanbul court that the case against the Israeli individuals should be dropped because of the agreement, state-run news agency Anadolu said. Turkish prosecutors had been seeking life sentences for the alleged involvement of former military chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, former navy chief Eliezer Marom, former military intelligence head Amos Yadlin and former air force intelligence chief Avishai Levy, who went on trial in Turkey in absentia in 2012. In October, families of the Islamists killed aboard the ship and lawyers told AFP they had no intention of dropping the lawsuits despite the deal. One of the final key elements of returning to normal relations was the exchange of ambassadors, which will formally take place this month. Israel's envoy Eitan Naeh arrived in Ankara on Thursday, and he is due to present his letter of credence to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan within days. Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's policy advisor Kemal Okem will start work as Turkey's ambassador to Israel on December 12, Anadolu said on Friday.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: UN calls on Israel to transfer control of the Golan Heights to Syria
Headline: Stunning World, UN Passes 6 Resolutions Confirming Everything Is Israel’s Fault
UN released the Document a/7l/I.8 calling for the return of the Golan Heights to the Syrian state. Israel had annexed the Syrian Golan during the infamous Six Day War of 1967 along with the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. Since then, Israel has ceded Sinai to the sovereign control of Egypt under a US-sponsored peace deal while the Syrian state and its Israeli counterpart failed to reach such a diplomatic breakthrough. The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted six resolutions on “Palestinian and Middle East issues,” ranging from Jerusalem to the United Nations special information program on the question of Palestine. The good news is that Israel still has a smattering of friends at the UN: Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, and the United States (and Israel, of course) voted against; Australia, Cameroon, Honduras, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Tonga, and Vanuatu abstained. The rest, 153 world nations that include places where you plan to spend your vacation this summer or buy your car, condemned Israel as being responsible for most of the ills of the planet, especially the Middle East. For instance, Haya al-Duraie, representing Kuwait which in 1991 expelled 400,000 Palestinians into the desert, expressed support for international efforts that were laying the foundation for security and stability in the region. “However,” the ambassador warned, “the faltering peace process continues to present a danger to the Middle East.” There you have it.
Dec. 1, 2016
Headline: Turkish FM stresses stability in Lebanon
Visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed Friday that "stability is an important factor in Lebanon," reiterating the importance of "strengthening the Turkish-Lebanese relations." Cavusoglu, who kicked off a visit to Beirut on Friday, held a meeting with President Michel Aoun and conveyed a message from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of congratulating the Lebanese new head of state on his election, the National News Agency (NNA) reported. Touching on the repercussions of the influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, Aoun highlighted the "need for reaching a political solution in Syria" and hailed Lebanon's role in sheltering displaced Syrians.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Egypt and Saudi Arabia: Marriage on the Rocks?
For several decades, the alliance between Egypt and Saudi Arabia has served as an anchor of a pro-Western geopolitical order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Dating back to the 1970s, Cairo and Riyadh’s mutual interests and concerns about common threats and shared opportunities have fostered strong ties between the Arab world’s most populous state and its wealthiest one. Egypt, which has faced major security, political, and economic challenges in recent years, has grown quite dependent on the oil-rich kingdom for financial aid. The Saudis, long reliant on external support for defense, have counted on Egypt as a strong and experienced military force to confront what they perceive to be Iran’s expansionist and “aggressive” operations throughout the region. Recently, however, the Cairo-Riyadh relationship has significantly deteriorated. In October, Egypt sided with Russia in yet another clash within the United Nations Security Council over Syria by voting with Moscow in favor of a Russian resolution that argued for a ceasefire in Syria excluding Aleppo. The move felt like an unexpected betrayal for Saudi Arabia, which for years has strongly opposed the axis crafted in Syria among Moscow, Tehran, Lebanese Hezbollah, and Damascus. Abdullah al-Muallami, Riyadh’s envoy to the U.N., called Cairo’s vote “painful,” Just a few days later, Saudi Aramco announced its intention to suspend deliveries of petroleum to Egypt, a country that is constantly at risk of energy crises.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Aleppo army break siege and ready for urban warfare
Rebels in Aleppo have agreed to form a new military alliance headed by “Abu AbdulRahman Nour,” to protect the city they control from the brutal assaults by the regime and its allies. The new alliance would be called the Aleppo Army and would be led by the commander of the Jabha Shamiya rebel faction, one of the major groups fighting in northern Syria under the Free Syrian Army. A commander at the Jabha Shamiya told Reuters that the new coalition will help in the centralization of the decision-taking process. The situation in Aleppo is escalating, with the regime forces seizing more than 40% of Eastern Aleppo, 15 days after the eruption of the massive assault to restore the second biggest city in Syria. The UN had said that Russia is working on setting up four humanitarian corridors to evacuate the wounded victims and provide medical and food supplies for the trapped civilians in East of Aleppo. The scene in Aleppo is tragic; dead bodies all around the neighborhoods that are controlled by the opposition after the assaults led by the regime. The majority have fled the city and those who chose to stay there, are living without the bare necessities. International reporters and journalists are all describing the situation in Aleppo as hopeless amid the constant attacks from the regime forces.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: ISIS bombing Deir Ezzor with drones
ISIS has been bombing regime-controlled areas of Deir Ezzor with rudimentary weaponized drones, the terrorist group’s first use of the tactic in Syria. On Friday morning, a drone operated by the jihadist group dropped explosive devices on the Al-Jaz, Al-Barid and Howeika district of the eastern Syrian city, according to an activist group. Al-Nateq did not elaborate on casualties or property destruction caused by the unusual bombing raid, the latest in a series of attacks conducted by ISIS using remotely-guided aircraft to drop explosives in Deir Ezzor. Only days before, the pro-opposition 7al.me reported that seven people were killed in a more wide scale bombing attack on Deir Ezzor that featured several drones, showing the tactic’s potential for destruction. Reports of ISIS weaponized drone attacks in the divided city began emerging in late October, however none of them have gone into details on the technical nature of the operations or what type of explosive is being used. In one of the first reports of the new style of ISIS raid, Euphrates Post on October 20 said that a “reconnaissance plane” owned by ISIS dropped explosives on the Joura neighborhood of the city, killing one person and injuring four others.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Pentagon: Mosul 20% captured, Islamic State in city's east isolated
About 20 percent of Mosul has been captured from Islamic State control, while the city's east has been completely isolated, U.S. military officials said in its latest update on fighting in the stronghold. Col. John Dorrian, U.S. spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told Fox News on Thursday he estimates Iraqi security forces have freed about 20 percent of Mosul during "very dangerous fighting." Dorrian said he could not estimate when the Islamic State would be cleared from Iraq's second-largest city, adding that it is "going to take some time ... but ultimately the flag of Iraq is going to be raised in the center of the city." "The Iraqi forces are working very hard to get this done ... but they are up against a fanatical enemy," Dorrian said. Iraqi security forces, aided by the Kurdish Peshmerga, Shiite militias and a U.S.-led international coalition, began a ground offensive on Oct. 17 to capture Mosul away from Islamic State control. "The Iraqi security forces have completely encircled the city," Dorrian said, adding Islamic State militants "are largely going to be destroyed in place." Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense, said Iraqi security forces are approaching the city from the east, southeast and the north. Iraqi forces have already entered Mosul, Davis said in a Defense Department statement published Thursday.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: 3 Turkish Soldiers Killed Clashes in Kurdish Region
Three Turkish soldiers were killed Friday after clashing with Kurdish militants in the southeastern province of Hakkari, military sources said. The military launched an operation in the region, which borders Iraq, following the clashes, the sources said. The private Dogan news agency reported that several Kurdish militants had been "neutralized." Turkey's southeast has been rocked by violence following the collapse of a 2-1/2-year ceasefire between the state and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in July last year. The PKK has repeatedly targeted security forces since. Some 49 PKK militants were killed or captured in operations last week, the Interior Ministry said Monday, adding that 269 people suspected of aiding and financing the militant group had been detained.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Assad cannot remain in power: Turkish FM
Headline: Erdogan backtracks on comment about Turkey’s incursion to remove Assad
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Friday said that Syrian President Bashar Assad cannot remain in power, speaking during a visit to Beirut. "Instead of prioritizing his own interests, he should consider the interests of the entire [Syrian] nation," Cavusoglu said during a joint news conference with his Lebanese counterpart, caretaker FM Gebran Bassil. "Assad's existence [in power] cannot fortify the unity of Syria," he said. "A person responsible for the death of more than 600,000 of his people cannot remain in power." The Turkish FM also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Syria. "War in Aleppo is worrying," he said. "A mutual understanding is necessary to declare a cease-fire." He expressed support for any effective meetings between main players in the region, particularly between Russia and the U.S., to end hostilities in Syria. "We [the international community] should get together to facilitate a solution in Syria and reach a cease-fire through collective efforts," he said.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Iran says extension of sanctions act by US Congress violates nuclear deal
Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the US Senate's vote to extend sanctions against the Islamic Republic for 10 years violated a historic nuclear deal reached between the country and six major powers in 2015. "The extension of sanctions by the US congress is a violation of the deal. We will report it to Iran's committee, assigned for monitoring the implementation of the deal," according to a statement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi read on television. Congress members and US officials said the renewal of the Iran Sanctions Act, which was passed unanimously on Thursday, would not violate the nuclear agreement, under which Iran curbed its nuclear-power program in return for lifting sanctions. Iran's top authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned in November that an extension would breach the deal and threatened retaliation. "The American government is responsible of carrying out its international commitments ... The US president has accepted to use its authority to prevent such measures," Ghasemi said, according to the state news agency IRNA.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: China suggests the construction of rail lines linking Afghanistan and Pakistan
Headline: Five Afghan army forces killed in Taliban attack in southern Kandahar
Headline: 23 civilians killed by militants in S. Afghanistan
China has proposed that a railway line be built linking the Pakistani city of Quetta to the Afghani capital of Kabul, as well as from the Pakistani city of Peshawar to Kabul, according to Afghan Presidential Palace. The proposal was made by the Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Kong Xuanyou in a meeting with the Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani. Xuanyou emphasised the importance of Afghanistan to China's New Silk Road. He recommended that Afghanistan, China, and Pakistan hold discussions to construct new economic corridors through construction of railway lines. Ghani said that his country wants to have strong relations with all of Afghanistan's neighbors. Peshawar and Quetta have significant Pashtun communities who also make up the majority of ethnic people in Afghanistan.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: In Sudan, austerity and protest as economy crumbles
Mohamed Yassin's minimarket occupies a prime spot in Khartoum but its shelves are largely empty as a plummeting currency and slew of subsidy cuts pushes prices up and customers away. "Prices rise daily after the government decisions and what we sell, we can no longer completely replace because our capital is losing value," 44-year-old Yassin told Reuters. "Sales have dropped significantly ... We don't know how long we can handle it. We're afraid we'll go out of business." Inflation approaching 20 percent and government austerity have fueled growing discontent and rare protests in Sudan in recent weeks. Protests have so far been small but, mindful of popular anger that swept away several Arab autocrats in 2011, the government of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has been quick to silence media criticism over its handling of the crisis. Sudan's economic problems have been building since the south seceded in 2011, taking with it three-quarters of oil output, the main source of foreign currency and government income. Its revenues dwindling, the government began reducing fuel and power subsidies in 2013 and announced a new round of cuts in early November that saw petrol prices rise about 30 percent.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Armed groups clash in Tripoli in worst fighting for over a year
Rival armed factions battled overnight and into Friday in the worst outbreak of fighting in the Libyan capital Tripoli for more than a year. Black smoke rose into the sky and explosions reverberated around the Abu Salim and Hadba districts, and an eyewitness said a major road nearby had been blocked off with shipping containers. Gunfire echoed across several other neighbourhoods. Tripoli is controlled by an array of armed groups which sporadically clash over territorial control or economic interests. Some groups have quasi-official status, but no government has succeeded in taming their power since the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi five years ago. The violence is the latest setback for the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), which arrived in the capital in March with the acquiescence of some powerful armed factions but has struggled to assert its authority.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: 2,000 veterans to give protesters a break at Standing Rock
Headline: Group protests Dakota Access Pipeline at Wells Fargo in downtown Billings
Thousands of U.S. veterans will descend this weekend on the site in North Dakota where Native Americans have been protesting the construction of a pipeline that would threaten water and their land. Some 2,000 veterans will join demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline with the idea of giving a break to protesters who have engaged in the standoff for months. The veterans also want to call attention to the violent treatment that law enforcement has waged on the protesters, according to Veterans Stand for Standing Rock. "We want to offer them a moment of peace and, if we can, take a little bit of pressure off," said Ashleigh Jennifer Parker, a Coast Guard veteran and spokeswoman for Veterans Stand for Standing Rock. Two-thousand veterans have signed up and the Oceti Sakowin protesters' campsite cannot hold more veterans than that, but about 1,000 more have said they plan to come, Parker said. The veterans plan to set up on Dec. 4 and will stay at least through Dec. 7, she said. She later added that some would remain indefinitely at Standing Rock. "The militarized police paid for by tax dollars ... is unconstitutional," Parker said. "People are being brutalized; concussion grenades are being thrown into crowds," Parker said. "They're spraying people, even old women, and other elders of the tribe with tear gas and pepper spray and all of this is just unconstitutional. I can't believe the media hasn't taken more of an interest in this."
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Protesters outside Trump's first thank you rally: 'I will not stand for you'
Headline: Twitter Threatens Trump Ban Over "Harassment And Hateful Conduct"
While President-Elect Donald Trump hosted his first "thank you" tour rally since the election, chants of "love trumps hate," echoed in the cold Cincinnati air Thursday night outside of the US Bank Arena. The cry was met by a man's voice nearby, who responded, "That's that not love! Why are you here?" There was a little tension between protestors and Trump supporters outside of the President-elect's first such event post-victory, the beginning of several stops on a tour through the states his transition team sees as keys to his upset win last month. The colorful and at time incendiary rallies Trump hosted became signature stops throughout the Republican primary and the general election campaign, as were the consistent presence of comparatively small but vocal groups of protesters who demonstrated in and around his events. And on Thursday, they were back at it in Ohio. A small group of people gathered near the entrance for the Trump rally about an hour before the show started. Wielding a few bullhorns and carrying signs, they chanted about immigration rights, Hillary Clinton, and "fighting back."
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Daniel Ortega's 'dictatorial regime' repressing protests, Nicaraguan groups say
Nicaraguan civil society organizations, consolidated in a movement called Blue and White, on Wednesday accused President Daniel Ortega's regime of repressing protesters. The organizations are protesting alleged electoral fraud in recent presidential elections in which Ortega won and also the planned construction of the Nicaragua Canal, which would connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, akin to the Panama Canal. The organizations will hold marches on Thursday in Managua, Nicaragua's capital. "As it is known to the people of Nicaragua, from yesterday the forces of the National Police and the Nicaraguan Army, with unidentified auxiliary forces, have deployed a gigantic operation that has placed the country in a virtual state of siege," the Blue and White organizations said in a joint statement on Wednesday. "Despite the police and government blockade, farmers' caravans have already been successful. Thousands have left their homes and communities and although they are being blocked. They have uncovered the true face of Ortega's repressive and dictatorial regime." The organizations demand the Nicaraguan government "repeal the concession of the inter-oceanic canal and demand clean, honest, plural and observed elections."
Dec. 1, 2016
Headline: Indonesian police violently suppress West Papua independence protest
West Papuan protesters clashed with police in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Thursday as they made calls for the regions independence. Organizers claimed that police denied them permissions to protest. Papua Students Alliance made up the majority of protestors and they chanted “Freedom Papua” despite hundreds of police monitoring the demonstration in which they fired water cannons and dragged men from the crowd into waiting police vans. “Don't hinder our right to voice our aspirations. Papuans are demanding the truth of our history,” a speaker standing atop a small truck shouted at the crowd. Indonesia commit gross human right abuses against the native Papuans who have seen their island resources looted and gross demographic changes occur from a Melanesian majority to predominantly Indonesian, specifically colonizers from Java. Voice of America explains the situation.
Dec. 1, 2016
Headline: 2 US warships, 4k troops arrive in Mediterranean – Navy
Four-thousand US sailors and marines from the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) have arrived in the Mediterranean Sea after transiting the Suez Canal, according to a release from the US navy. The group, which is comprised of an amphibious assault ship, the USS Wasp (LHD 1), and an amphibious dock landing ship, the USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), rejoined the operations of the US 6th Fleet Thursday, according to Wasp ARG commander Captain F. Byron Ogden. “After completing our time in 5th Fleet, the Wasp ARG will now be supporting the maritime security mission in the Mediterranean Sea. This sea lane is vital to our global economy, and it remains secure because of the strong relationships between the navies that operate together here,” Ogden said in the release. Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Bye-Bye: U.S. Job Seekers Giving Up, Leaving the Workforce
More Americans are kissing the workforce goodbye – not because they’re financially secure but because they can’t find a job. A record 95 million people are sitting on the sidelines opting not to work. As a result, the labor participation rate is stuck at 62.7%, a 40-year low. “There are a certain percentage of people staying home,” said Dan North, economist at Euler Hermes, during an interview with FOXBusiness.com. “If benefits are great in some states, people will just stay home,” he noted. Those benefits may include welfare, food stamps and Medicare. “It’s not that people are lazy, they are just not stupid,” Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, which advocates limited government, tells FOXBusiness.com. Tanner, who studies poverty issues, also notes the federal welfare system is very complex and has around 70 programs, making it more complicated to fix. States with generous freebies include Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and California.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: Putin mediates Riyadh-Tehran differences on slowing OPEC production
Headline: Putin ‘directly involved’ in OPEC reaching production cut deal
Russian President Vladimir Putin is reported by sources in Moscow, Riyadh and Tehran to have played a central role in achieving an accord Friday among OPEC members to cut oil production by 4.9 percent. The accord sent oil prices upward. Those sources describe Putin as personally intervening to resolve the differences between Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Alil Khamenei and Saudi defense minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Riyadh was persuaded to start cutting back on quantities, while the Iranians finally agreed to slow down their increased production.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: In Cash-Short Venezuela, the ATM Hustle Is Driving People Mad- VIDEO
Domingris Montano did the calculations as she stood in the rain at the midpoint of a queue outside a bank in Caracas. She needed to buy groceries. A package of rice would cost 3,500 bolivars, more than half the daily withdrawal limit, and the automated teller machine might be empty by the time her turn came. Maybe she could hit a few more before dark? “I’ve had to go to six different ATMs just to get 6,000 bolivars,” said Montano, a 36-year-old hair stylist, poking her head out from under her umbrella to see if the people ahead of her at the Banesco Banco Universal CA branch were moving forward. They weren’t. Lines are nothing new in Venezuela, where the economy is shattered, inflation is soaring and the currency fell a staggering 67 percent against the U.S. dollar on the black market last month alone -- making 6,000 bolivars worth just $1.30. Now added to the indignities of daily life in a country desperately short on most everything except crime is the ATM hustle, as banks crack down on what customers can take out, setting measly maximums.
Dec. 2, 2016
Nov. 22, 2016- Thousands of dead fish found floating in the Malacca River in Malaysia
Nov. 22, 2016- Thousands of dead starfish found washed up on a beach in Portsmouth, England
Nov. 24, 2016- dead birds found in a street, 'a mystery' in San Siro, Italy
Nov. 25, 2016- 200,000 chickens killed due to avian flu in Helsingborg, Sweden
Nov. 25, 2016- Hundreds of dead fish, plus 35 dead turtles found on a beach in Bahia, Brazil
Nov. 26, 2016- Thousands of dead fish are washing up, 'scientists puzzled', in Nova Scotia, Canada
Nov. 27, 2016- Mass die off of fish washes up along the coast of Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
Nov. 28, 2016- 190,000 ducks to be killed due to avian flu in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
Nov. 28, 2016- 320,000 birds killed due to avian flu in North Japan
Nov. 28, 2016- 1 million lbs of dead fish wash up in Southamption, New York
Nov. 29, 2016- 2,000 deer are dead due to disease in South Dakota
Headline: Thick toxic smog clouds engulf London and Paris as health bosses issue pollution warnings to millions
A toxic smog cloud has engulfed London and Paris amid warnings of high pollution levels in the two capitals effecting millions of people. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan issued warnings for the first time at bus stops, Tube stations and roadsides in the capital because of what he described as "high pollution levels". Meanwhile in Paris, a potentially more dangerous smog cloud has engulfed the city for two days. Health bosses in the two cities have said that anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, a cough or sore throat are advised to consider reducing their activity, particularly outdoors. The alert in London were issued at around 4.30pm on Thursday. Mr Khan said: "Londoners need to know when the city is suffering from high pollution levels so they can take any necessary appropriate measures to protect themselves from poor air quality.
Dec. 1, 2016
Headline: Vatican Reports Surge in Exorcisms Worldwide
The Catholic Church reported a meteoric uptick in the number of demonic possessions its priests are encountering. To tackle the surge, the Vatican is offering what they call “a week-long course on how to perform exorcisms, expounding on the nature of angels and demons,” News Target reported. The course has attracted over 1,000 students and claims to educate them on the difference between genuine demonic possession and psychological disorder. Symptoms of possession, according to the guidelines of the course, include: speaking in languages the person was not previously familiar with, moving objects with the mind, and dramatic mood shifts that cannot be attributed to psychological causes. The Real Truth looks at such activity through a biblical lens. While this publication does not endorse the views of professing Christianity, it is clear that spiritism is on the rise. To find out the trends, history and true reasons from the Bible regarding the rise of demonic activity, read The Real Truth article “Demystifying the Spirit Realm.”
Dec. 1, 2016
Headline: Jakarta protests: Muslims turn out in force against Christian governor Ahok
A crowd of at least 200,000 Muslim protesters has descended on Jakarta to demand the Christian governor of the Indonesian capital be arrested for insulting Islam. There was heavy security at the rally on Friday with authorities wary of the kind of violence that marred a similar demonstration in November. People headed towards a huge park in downtown Jakarta to protest against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known by his nickname Ahok, who has become the target of widespread anger in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. Waving banners that read “Jail Ahok, the law must be fair”, demonstrators dressed in white Islamic skullcaps and robes marched through the streets. Many had travelled from outside the capital to take part. “All we want is justice, and by justice I mean Ahok being detained,” said Ricky Subagia, 26, who had come 200km (120 miles) from the town of Garut. President Joko Widodo, who is a political ally of Ahok, unexpectedly went to the national monument to join Friday prayers with the sprawling crowd. He called for protesters to disperse peacefully. They cheered and then broke into chants calling for Ahok’s arrest.
Dec. 2, 2016
Headline: San Bernardino: Pastor Arrested for offering Prayer
Last month, Father James Linton was arrested outside the San Bernardino Planned Parenthood for offering to pray with women entering the abortion facility. Police held him for six hours and cited him for interfering with and obstructing access to a business. On November 2, the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office formally charged Linton, accusing him of violating Penal Code section 602.1 (a) (Interference with a Business). If convicted, Fr. Linton could be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and a $400 fine. When he was arrested, Fr. Linton, an Anglican pastor, was standing on a public easement offering incoming mothers and fathers alternatives to abortion and praying for them to change their minds. "The arrest of Fr. Linton is outrageous," stated Allison Aranda, Senior Staff Counsel for the Life Legal Defense Foundation and a former prosecutor for Riverside County. "Fr. Linton certainly did not intend to interfere with Planned Parenthood's ability to conduct its business. Rather, he simply offered assistance and alternatives to its patrons that could save the lives of their precious babies."
Dec. 1, 2016
Headline: Albania: Europe's outdoor cannabis capital
Albania has become the largest producer of outdoor-grown cannabis in Europe. The potent plant has been described as "green gold" for struggling farmers. In a poor nation, it's a billion-euro industry. Off a dirt road, in a small village north of Tirana, there's a half-built, tumble-down, brick house. It stands alone and looks abandoned. It isn't. The sweet, heady odor that seeps from one of the rooms reveals its current function: cannabis production. Inside, more than half the floor space is covered with buds of the drying drug. "There's about 20kg here," says the man who owns it. He is young - late 20s maybe - dressed in skinny jeans, a tight top and trainers. And he is one of thousands making money from the cannabis boom.
Dec. 1, 2016
Headline: Tornado Outbreaks Are More Common — But We Don't Know Why
The most dangerous tornadoes are the ones that touch down one after the other. Most tornado deaths in the U.S. happen when six or more tornadoes affect a relatively small area — and new research shows these outbreaks are getting more severe. We've seen that the frequency of these outbreaks is rising faster than expected. The chances of seeing a string of tornadoes has more than doubled in the past 50 years. And it's not that we're just seeing more of them thanks to smartphones and social media. While it's true that tornadoes are now more likely to be spotted and reported than ever, the researchers adjusted for this phenomenon and the counts still increased. And we're still not sure why. The increase doesn't seem to be driven by climate change. The warming planet has more energy available in the atmosphere to whip up fierce storms, but the models show this isn't associated with the frequency of the outbreaks. Researchers think it could be long-term cycles in ocean temperatures instead. We know these natural changes can influence everything from glacier mass in the Swiss Alps, to the frequency of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, to U.S. droughts.
Dec. 1, 2016
All earthquakes are instantly posted to the ETRM Facebook page- you do not need to sign up; click the photo below to see the earthquake album ***beginning November 29, 2016, earthquakes of a 5.0 magnitude and higher will be posted
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