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Headline: Frustration Over Arab Refusal to Attend Peres Funeral
Headline: Abbas criticized for attending Peres funeral
Headline: US Presidential Proclamation -- Death of Shimon Peres
Headline: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Eulogy at the Funeral for Israel's Ninth President, Shimon Peres
Headline: Pope to not attend Peres’ funeral in Israel
The Joint Arab List, the alliance of all Arab Knesset factions, essentially decided to boycott the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Friday. Party leader Ayman Odeh told Israeli media that while there were certain aspects of Peres’ career that he appreciated, especially in the early years of the “Oslo” peace process, overall Israel’s elder statesman symbolized “tragedy” for his people. Odeh insisted that the best way he and his party could show respect was to quietly not attend the funeral, since they had nothing positive to say about Peres. Opposition and Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog expressed great frustration with the Arab politicians, given that Peres more than most Israelis sought peaceful reconciliation with the Arabs, both at home and across the region.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Hamas: The intifada will continue until the 'occupation' ends
Headline: Palestinian arrested for planning to attack IDF colonel in West Bank
Headline: Stabbing attempt at Kalandia checkpoint
Hamas declared on Thursday that the current wave of terrorist violence, which it refers to as the “Al-Quds Intifada”, will continue until the end of the “Israeli occupation”. The terrorist movement which controls Gaza made the declaration in a statement released on the first anniversary of the wave of violence, which began just before Rosh Hashanah a year ago. Hamas expressed its opposition to negotiations and normalization with Israel and called on the “Palestinian nation” to hold a "day of rage" on Friday. Meanwhile, Hamas official Amir Abu al-'Imrin said in Gaza that “our right to the land (Palestine) is a permanent right that cannot be negotiated.” He stressed that “the Palestinian people” will continue the intifada until they liberate the land, and added that those who negotiate with Israel and support normalization will not succeed.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Jordanians rally against Israeli gas deal
Hundreds of Jordanians took part in a demonstration Friday in the center of Amman to protest a deal signed this week to import natural gas from Israel. Demonstrators carried banners reading “No to financing the Zionist entity from the pockets of Jordanian citizens” and “No to gas imports from the Zionist enemy.” The protest was called by trade unions and political parties opposed to the 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, half the population of which is of Palestinian origin. “Gas from the Zionists is a disgrace,” demonstrators chanted. A US-led consortium leading the development of Israel’s offshore gas reserves announced the signing on Monday of a deal to sell natural gas from its Leviathan field to Jordan.
***please also see 9/26 story of protestors urging government to resign (2nd link)
Sept. 30, 2016
~See also ECONOMY below
Headline: Saudi Crown Prince meets Turkey’s Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz in the presidential palace in Ankara on Friday, Al Arabiya News Channel's arabic website reported. Immediately after the arrival of the Crown Prince, Erdogan accompanied the Saudi Royal to the presidential palace, where they posed for pictures before their meeting began, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The meeting between the two leaders will aim to further bolster the strategic ties between the two regional heavyweights, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef arrived in Turkey on Thursday evening. Erdogan said the Crown Prince’s visit to Ankara during “this critical time” sent a “strong message” of Saudi “solidarity” to Turkey. The Turkish leader also thanked Saudi King Salman’s government for its stance towards Ankara following the July failed coup.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Houthi leader killed, Yemeni army advances
Headline: Yemeni Army unveils new missile
An Arab Coalition airstrike has killed an Iran-backed Houthi militia leader along with 10 others after targeting their convoy in the northwestern city of Saada, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Friday, citing sources. Without providing any further details, the sources said the leader was killed in Saada’s Razah district located in the Burkan region. Meanwhile, the Yemeni army has made advances in Taiz with about 20 militia members allied to the Houthis and deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed and wounded after Arab Coalition airstrikes targeted their sites in the southwestern city. Spokesman for Yemen’s Military Council Gen. Mansour al-Hassani said that the country’s national army was able to recapture al-Taba al-Sawoda, Tabat al-Khilwa, al-Munim Jabal in al-Dhabab region in Taiz. Shelling from Yemeni militias killed a Saudi border guard and wounded three civilians including a Bangladeshi, the interior ministry said on Friday. The Tuwal district of Jazan, on the Saudi frontier with Yemen, came under fire on Thursday afternoon, wounding the border guard corporal, a ministry statement said. He died on the way to hospital. Two Saudis and a Bangladeshi national were wounded by Houthis shelling of Tuwal the same day, the Civil Defense agency said in a separate statement.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Recently-emerged militant group claims attack on Egyptian prosecutor
Headline: Three policemen, civilian killed in gunmen attack on Egypt’s Sinai
A recently-emerged militant group called the Hasm Movement claimed responsibility on Friday for an assassination attempt on a senior Egyptian prosecutor, saying it was in revenge for death sentences handed to thousands of convicts. The organization, which has claimed four other attacks since July, said it set off the car bomb that exploded near a vehicle carrying assistant prosecutor general Zakaria Abdel Aziz from his office to his home in Cairo on Thursday. He and his entourage were not hurt but one passerby was wounded. Hasm, the Arabic word for decisiveness, accused judges of sentencing thousands of innocent defendants to death, or jailing them for life, at the behest of the military. “You will face justice,” it said in a statement that mixed Islamist and anti-government political rhetoric. Egypt is facing an Islamist insurgency led by ISIS’s branch in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed. Judges and other senior officials have increasingly been targeted by radical Islamists angered by hefty prison sentences imposed on members of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: A reminder of ALL the terms we regularly hear ISIS called and the REASON why:
ISIS = Islamic State of Iraq and Sham
***many believe ISIS stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. But it really is SHAM. SHAM means the Levant…which is why Obama calls them ISIL.
The Levant- an approximate historical geographical term referring to a large area in the eastern Mediterranean. Eventually the term was restricted to the Muslim countries of Syria-Palestine and Egypt. In 1581 England set up the Levant Company to monopolize commerce with the Ottoman Empire. The name Levant States was used to refer to the French mandate over Syria and Lebanon. The term is also occasionally employed to refer to modern events, peoples, states or parts of states in the same region, namely Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey are sometimes considered Levant countries. ~Another reminder is that what we hear on the nightly news about Syria and Iraq are generally put into two categories that we will be hearing a lot: the Battle for Aleppo (Syria) and the Battle for Mosul (Iraq). I will make sure to make all the city names red. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levant
Syria Headline: US, Russia on brink of military showdown in Syria
Syria Headline: Russia warns US over recent threats
Syria Headline: US ‘spare Nusra for plan B’ to change regime in Syria – Lavrov
Russia is ready to continue a dialogue with the US on joint action in Syria, but even hints at threats must be ruled out, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday. "We once again state that we are fully ready for continuing a dialogue with the American side and for continuing work on joint measures in fight against terrorists in Syria," he said. "However, even signs of threats to our military and Russian nationals must be ruled out in this dialogue. There will be no bargaining in the issues of ensuring the safety of Russian nationals no matter where they stay. This is our main and overriding priority," Konashenkov said. On Wednesday, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said one of the consequences of the war in Syria could be extremists’ "attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities." "And Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags," he said. According to Konashenkov, US Department of State spokesman John Kirby’s statement is tantamount to recognition the Syrian opposition is in fact a US-controlled international terrorist alliance. Meanwhile, The US is keeping jihadist group al-Nusra for a “Plan B”, potentially to overthrow Syrian President Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the BBC. Speaking to the British outlet about increased violence in Syria, including in Aleppo, Lavrov said that Washington has still not delivered on its promise to persuade US-backed rebels to separate from Jabhat al-Nusra jihadists. The Russian Foreign Minister also said that the reason for this could be Washington’s desire to “change the regime” in the country. "They still, in spite of many repeated promises and commitments ... are not able or not willing to do this and we have more and more reasons to believe that from the very beginning the plan was to spare al-Nusra and to keep it just in case for Plan B or stage two when it would be time to change the regime," Lavrov said.
Sept. 30, 2016
Syria Headline: Russia: Islamist militants preparing a chemical attack in Aleppo
Syria Headline: Russia beefs up its air force in Syria
Syria Headline: Syrian Army captures several sites in key northern Aleppo district
The Russian Defense Ministry has warned that Islamist groups in Aleppo are preparing a chemical attack against civilians. “We have come to know that terrorist groups are preparing provocative strikes with chemical shells against the positions of the Syrian army and residential areas in the eastern part of Aleppo in order to accuse the government troops there," Lieutenant-General Viktor Poznikhir of the Russian army's general staff said on Wednesday. The Lieutenant-General also explained that Russia has received new intel that the Islamist groups were responsible for the attack on an aid convoy in Aleppo on September 19. Russia has reinforced its air base in Syria with several bombers and is ready to send ground attack aircraft as it intensifies support for Syrian government troops after the collapse of a ceasefire plan, Russia's Izvestia daily reported on Friday. A group of Su-24 and Su-34 frontline bombers have already arrived at the Hmeymim base, Izvestia wrote, quoting an unnamed military official. "If need be, the air force group will be (further) built up within two to three days," he said. "Su-25 ground attack fighters designated to be sent to Hmeymim have already been selected in their units and their crews are on a stand-by, awaiting orders from their commanders."
Sept. 30, 2016
Syria Headline: Russian, Syrian jets unleash hell over jihadist controlled northern Hama
Syria Headline: Jihadist rebels overrun two more sites in northern Hama
The Russian and Syrian air forces have given no quarter to the jihadist rebels in the northern Hama countryside today, launching non-stop airstrikes over several villages. According to an aviation report from the Hama Military Airport, the Russian and Syrian air forces have launched over 75 airstrikes above the jihadist-controlled villages of Souran, Taybat Al-Imam, Helfaya, Kawkab, Ma'an, Morek, and Karah. jihadist rebels have seized two more sites in the northern Hama countryside after capturing the key town of Qarah earlier today. Led by Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-AQaeda franchise) and the Free Syrian Army's "Jaysh Al-Nasr," the jihadist rebels managed to seize two checkpoints located just north of the imperative village of Taybat Al-Ism. According to Jund Al-Aqsa's official media wing, their forces captured the Al-Raayah and Al-Tal Al-Abyad checkpoints at the northern fringes of Taybat Al-Ism in northern Hama. A Syrian military source in Hama told Al-Masdar News that the jihadist rebels have already overrun the Syrian Arab Army's defenses near Taybat Al-Ism.
***keep in mind the rebels gassed the Syrian Army here on 9/28
Sept. 30, 2016
Syria Headline: Syrian Army foils ISIS counter attack close to al-Sha’er gasfields
The Syrian Arab Army's 11th Tank Division is rolling through the western countryside of Jabal Al-Sha'er, liberating several sites from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) en route to the Al-Sha'er Gas Fields. According to the official page of the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Arab Army's 11th Tank Division and their allies have liberated all of the hilltops west of the Al-Sha'er Gas Fields after a fierce battle with the Islamic State terrorists this morning. With all of the hilltops east of the Al-Sha'er Gas Fields liberated, the Syrian Armed Forces have now turned their attention to the last mountaintop overlooking this strategic site in the eastern countryside of the Homs Governorate. Intense clashes are still ongoing at the moment, as the Syrian Armed Forces attempt to capture the last site between their front-lines and the Al-Sha'er Gas Fields.
Sept. 30, 2016
Syria Headline: Reports of Turkish airstrikes killing 9 civilians in Kahila, Syria
Eyewitnesses have told the independent Syrian ARA News agency on Wednesday that six children and three women lost their lives in a Turkish bombing of the Kurdish-populated town of Kahila, near Tel Abyad in al-Raqqah governorate. The YPG stated that Turkish forces “are targeting innocent civilians under the pretext of combating terrorism." "However, we’ll not allow Turkey to continue those violations at the border. We are ready to respond and we’ll do whatever it takes in order to stop this offensive against our people,” the YPG said in a statement. The statements continued to claim that the purpose of targeting Kurdish-dominated areas of Syria was “to undermine the Kurdish progress" against ISIS.
Sept. 29, 2016
Syria Headline: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Iraq Headline: France 'conducts operations against IS'
Iraq Headline: French fighter jets on mission against ISIL in Mosul
Iraq Headline: U.S. coalition forces in Iraq now up to 8,000 in advance of offensive to retake Mosul
Iraq Headline: Islamic State Struggling to Reinforce Mosul Ahead of Iraqi Offensive
Iraq Headline: UN: 700,000 people will need aid when Mosul liberation begins
French fighter jets took off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on Friday for an operation against the ISIL Takfiri group in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, an officer said. Eight jets took off from the carrier in the eastern Mediterranean, an AFP photographer on the flight deck reported. The Charles de Gaulle is on its third mission since February 2015 in support of the US-led coalition which is allegedly fighting ISIL in Iraq and Syria. The U.S.-led coalition now has 8,000 troops on the ground in Iraq. The U.S. said earlier this week it will send more advisers to assist the preparation for an assault on Mosul aimed at driving out Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “The reason for the increase of U.S. advisers in Iraq is to provide the necessary support for the imminent campaign to recapture Mosul from the Daesh terrorist group,” the Iraqi government said in a statement on Sept. 28. “The Iraqi government has consulted with the U.S. president on this issue,” it added, stressing that “any increase [in the number of advisers] will be carried out under the auspices of the international coalition.” U.S. military officials said Thursday IS has only 3,000 to 4,500 fighters left in Mosul, describing the force as a mix of Iraqis and foreign fighters. "They know they don't have what it takes to stop that offensive," Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman, Col. John Dorrian told Pentagon reporters via a video link from Baghdad. As recently as July, IS was thought to have as many as 10,000 fighters in Mosul. Since then, coalition estimates have continually revised that number downwards as intelligence indicated many top IS officials and their families had fled Mosul for the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. Iraqi militia leaders also told VOA there was evidence many of the foreign fighters who had once been based in Mosul were leaving.
Sept. 30, 2016
Iraq Headline: US-led coalition targets Islamic State’s leadership in Mosul ahead of ground offensive
The US-led coalition has killed 18 Islamic State leaders in the past 30 days, according to Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Colonel John Dorrian. Thirteen of them were based in or around Mosul, Iraq. Dorrian briefed the press on the airstrikes yesterday, saying that the deceased jihadists “were part of their [the Islamic State’s] military intelligence communication networks in Mosul.” The airstrikes “have targeted military commanders, administration officials, foreign fighter facilitators, amirs, security commanders, communication leaders, and senior shura council leadership,” Dorian said. Three of the leaders were from Chechnya, highlighting the key role foreign fighters play in the Islamic State’s chain of command. “In a two-day period in Mosul, we removed Abdul Hamid al Shishani, Abdul Jabir al Shishani, Abdul Rahman al Shishani, all Daesh [Islamic State] Chechen foreign fighters responsible for administration in command of fighters in Mosul,” Dorrian said. Earlier this year, the US killed Abu Omar al Shishani, the Islamic State’s top Chechen leader in an airstrike south of Mosul. Shishani’s demise so close to Mosul demonstrated that the group had dispatched some of its elite fighting forces to the area in anticipation of the long-planned ground offensive to retake the city. Shishani’s death was celebrated by some al Qaeda figures on social media, as he was one of the central players in the rivalry between the Islamic State and al Qaeda that broke out in 2014. [See LWJ report, Abu Omar al Shishani killed south of Mosul, Islamic State says.] The Chechens “hold kind of a special place within” the islamic State, according to Dorrian, because they are “somewhat seasoned” and well-trained jihadis.
Sept. 30, 2016
Kurdish Headline: Kurdish militia role in Raqqa offensive could trigger ethnic conflict
An offensive to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State using Kurdish militia fighters would trigger an ethnic conflict there, a senior Turkish official said and warned that the operation should avoid triggering further divisions. The official said Syrian Kurdish YPG has so far failed to entirely withdraw from the Syrian city of Manbij west of the Euphrates river despite promises for it to do so. Turkey views the YPG as a hostile force with deep links to Kurdish militants who have fought a three-decade insurgency on Turkish soil, putting it at odds with Washington which sees the YPG as a valuable and effective ally in its fight against ISIS in Syria.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Cyprus president: No peace deal with Turkish military rights
***remember Cyprus is part of the Levant & ISIS 5 year plan
Cyprus' president says an insistence by breakaway Turkish Cypriots to cede Turkey the right to militarily intervene under a hoped-for deal reunifying the divided Mediterranean island nation is "excessive and unjustified." President Nicos Anastasiades says in a televised address Friday on the occasion of Cyprus' 56th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule that no modern state within the European Union has any need for third-country security guarantees. He said any negotiated settlement to the island's 42 year-old ethnic division must eliminate any dependence on third countries. Anastasiades said, while he acknowledges Turkish Cypriot mistrust of Greek Cypriots, he would not "satisfy unjustified concerns" at the expense of "existing and legitimate" Greek Cypriot fears.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Turkey gets a three-month extension of its state of emergency
Turkey's national security council recommended a three-month extension of the country's state of emergency, put in place after a failed coup attempt in July. The council chairman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Turkey's fight with terrorist groups cannot be resolved in its three-month time frame, and that more time is required. "This state needs time to be cleared of these terror organizations' extensions. Now we are competing against time," Erdogan told provincial leaders Thursday after a security council meeting Wednesday. A council statement after the meeting said "It has been agreed to recommend an extension of the state of emergency in order to ensure the continuity of the effective implementation of the measures aiming at protecting our democracy, the rule of law and the rights and freedoms of our citizens."
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Turkey Intensifies Anti-IS Campaign
In the month after a suicide bomber killed dozens of people attending a mostly Kurdish wedding in southeastern Turkey, the government has ramped up its military campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants, arresting 40 IS suspects in Istanbul and another two suspects in Sanliurfa, according to a Turkish official who spoke to VOA. “We are moving forward,” said another high-level Turkish official. “We will continue to take all necessary steps to defeat IS.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who imposed a state of emergency in July after a failed coup attempt, has been under increasing pressure to crackdown on terrorists. “It looks like the bloody wedding bombing act was a turning point,” said Tahsin Akdogan, a street merchant in Gaziantep who lost 10 relatives in the attack that authorities blame on IS. The city is a known hub of terrorist sleeper cells. Islamic State smugglers working the nearby border have also added to security concerns. Turan Efendioglu, owner of the Gurme Market in Gaziantep, said illegal trafficking has recently been curbed. “Police are everywhere now, and that makes us feel safer,” he said. The decision by the Turkish government to push harder to root out IS extremists has been a controversial process.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: IRAN'S ART OF THE DEAL- Tehran insisted US sign ‘secret’ pact lifting sanctions on crooked banks
The Obama administration is coming under tough new criticism for its dealings with Tehran after a Wall Street Journal report claimed the U.S. agreed to sign a “secret document” lifting international sanctions on Iranian banks just as the regime was releasing four American prisoners. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday called on Obama to provide “an immediate explanation.” According to the Journal, the Obama administration agreed to support removing United Nations sanctions on the banks well in advance of the 2023 date agreed upon in the nuclear deal. The early removal of sanctions on Bank Sepah and Bank Sepah International reportedly was part of a broader list of “tightly scripted agreements,” including the controversial prisoner exchange and transfer of $1.7 billion in cash to Iran that Republicans characterize as a “ransom.” Ryan said the move violated the nuclear deal. “This story grows more disturbing with each passing day," Ryan, R-Wis., said in his statement. “It now appears that on the same day American hostages were freed from Iran, the administration not only agreed to the $1.7 billion cash ransom payment, but violated a key term of the nuclear deal by prematurely lifting ballistic missile sanctions.” The White House downplayed the details, though, as old news. “I'd note that this information is not new and was reported on back in January,” a National Security Council official said.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: U.S. drone strike kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan, United Nations says
Headline: One week. Hundreds of dead and wounded. How Afghan forces are struggling with heavy casualties.
At least 15 civilians were killed and 13 wounded in a U.S. unmanned aircraft strike in eastern Afghanistan, the United Nations said, calling for an independent investigation into the incident. The airstrike early on Wednesday morning hit what U.S. officials said was an Islamic State target in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. Government officials said the strike killed some militants, but the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported the victims were civilians, including students, a teacher, and members of families considered to be "pro-government". "UNAMA reiterates the need for all parties to the conflict to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law," the United Nations said in a statement late on Thursday. "UNAMA calls on the government and international military forces to launch a prompt, independent, impartial, transparent, and effective investigation into this incident." All the civilians reported killed were men, it added. The men had gathered in a village to welcome a local elder on his return from completing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and were sleeping when the strike happened, witnesses said. The strike occurred in a remote area near the Pakistan border that has become a stronghold for Islamic State in Afghanistan.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Sudan government accused of using chemical weapons in Darfur
Dozens of children in Darfur have allegedly been killed by chemical weapons dropped on them by their own government, it is claimed. Amnesty International say the children are among more than 200 people estimated to have been killed by the banned weapons since January. Those affected by the "poisonous smoke" vomit blood, struggle to breathe and watch as their skin falls off. The Sudanese government has said the allegations are baseless. "The allegations of use of chemical weapons by Sudanese Armed Forces is baseless and fabricated," Sudan's UN Ambassador Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed said, quoted by Reuters. "The ultimate objective of such wild accusation, is to steer confusion in the ongoing processes aimed at deepening peace and stability and enhancing economic development and social cohesion in Sudan."
Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: Hundreds trapped in Libya's Benghazi amid fighting: Amnesty
An international rights group expressed alarm Friday over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi. Amnesty International said that nearly 130 families and hundreds of foreigners in the southwestern Benghazi neighborhood of Ganfouda have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies. "Time is running out for civilians in Ganfouda, who are being left to die trapped by the fighting," said Magdalena Mughrabi, deputy director of Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa Program. The fighting has raged in Benghazi since 2014 when forces commanded by powerful military commander Khalifa Haftar began a campaign against militants there, including branches of al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. Haftar, supported by British, French, and American military advisers and special forces, has managed to take control over much of the city. Ganfouda is one of the few districts where the militants have put up fierce resistance against Haftar's National Libyan Army forces.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Protests continue in El Cajon after deadly officer-involved shooting
Protests of the fatal police shooting of a Ugandan emigre at an El Cajon strip mall turned violent Thursday night, prompting the arrests of two men and the use of pepper balls by officers to disperse the crowd of about 50 to 75. The third night of demonstrations over the death of 38-year-old Alfred Olango, which protesters maintain was unwarranted and racially motivated, started heating up around 8 p.m. in the area of North Mollison Avenue and Broadway where police said the crowd occupied the intersection. The protesters stopped vehicles, broke car windows and knocked a motorcyclist off his motorcycle, according to Lt. Rob Ransweiler of the El Cajon Police Department. The ECPD received numerous 911 calls about the disturbance in the intersection and a group of officers from the multi-agency composite platoon moved into the area, he said. An unlawful assembly was declared by law enforcement at the scene and notice was given to the protesters to disperse. The protesters began throwing glass bottles at the police and after the group refused to disperse pepper balls were deployed, Ransweiler said. Two men from El Cajon, ages 19 and 28, were taken into custody on suspicion of participating in the unlawful assembly but their names were not released. There were no injuries reported, Ransweiler said.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Should U.S. pay reparations for slavery? U.N.-appointed experts think so
A United Nations working group is getting into the fray on U.S. racial discrimination. After 14 years, and 20 days of speaking with U.S. officials, activists, and families of people killed by police in major American cities, it has issued its conclusions: the slave trade was a crime against humanity and the U.S. government should pay reparations. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma it creates are reminiscent of the racial terror lynching in the past,” a French member of the working group of U.N. experts, Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, said after their meetings in the U.S. The U.N. experts traveled to major cities including: Washington D.C., Baltimore, Jackson, Mississippi, Chicago, and New York City. In Washington, they met with the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In Baltimore, they met with Maryland federal judges. In Jackson, they met with officials of the Office of the Mayor and the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Mississippi. In Chicago, they met with the Attorney General of the State of Illinois, and with representatives of the Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department. And, in New York City, they met with the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York.
Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: Somalia Demands Explanation for US Airstrike
Somalia's government is demanding an explanation from the United States for Wednesday's deadly airstrike in central Somalia. The Pentagon said in news release Thursday that its forces launched a "self-defense" strike against al-Shabab near the town of Galkayo, killing at least nine militants. However, Galmudug state vice-president Mohamed Hashi Abdi told VOA's Somali service that the U.S. airstrike killed 13 members of Galmudug forces. After the weekly cabinet meeting in Mogadishu, ministers in the government said they want "a clear explanation on the airstrike carried out by U.S. against forces belonging to the Galmudug, a Somali federal member state." The cabinet said it will appoint a ministerial committee to investigate the airstrike. Abdi said the Americans were "misguided" in a request that came from officials in the semi-autonomous Puntland region. "We fight against al-Shabab, and there is no al-Shabab presence in Galmudug area," he added.
Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: Families of US government personnel ordered to leave Congo amid unrest
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for the Democratic Republic of Congo and has ordered families of government personnel stationed there to leave. The travel warning said, "The potential for civil unrest is high in parts of Kinshasa and other major cities." Kinshasa is the DRC capital. "As a result of the deteriorating situation," the warning said, "family members of U.S. government personnel have been ordered to leave the country beginning September 29. Most official U.S. government travel to the DRC has been halted." Deadly clashes have broken out in the country over the presidency of Joseph Kabila. His last day in office is supposed to be December 19. He has ruled for two terms, beginning in 2001. The constitution bars him from seeking a third term. However, the nation's electoral commission says it will not be able to hold elections until late 2018. Kabila has not said publicly what he will do. Critics say he is stalling to stay in power.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Indian commandos strike terrorists inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
Headline: India says hits Pakistan-based militants, escalating tensions
Headline: Pakistan threatens to DESTROY India with nuclear bomb as atomic enemies edge to the brink of war
The Indian military launched “surgical strikes” against Pakistani terrorists across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir last night, killing “up to 38 terrorists and Pakistani soldiers,” according to India Today. The raids were based on “very specific and credible information that some terrorist units had positioned themselves to infiltrate” into the country, the Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations said. The raids were clearly designed to retaliate for the Sept. 17 attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed on an Indian Army base in Uri in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Seventeen Indian soldiers were killed in the deadly raid. India Today provides a list of “all you want to know on the surgical strikes”; here are the top six items on the list: DGMO Lt General Ranbir Singh said the strikes were launched on Wednesday night based on “very specific and credible information that some terrorist units had positioned themselves to infiltrate” into India. The announcement followed a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had vowed to avenge Uri in an earlier tweet.The operation lasted from 12.30 am to 4.30 am, with the location being 500 metres to 2 km from the LoC on the Pakistani side, sources in the Indian Army said.Seven terror launch pads were destroyed by the commandos of the Army Special Forces, who were paradropped into the Pakistani territory by ALH Dhruv choppers.The surgical strikes were recorded on cameras with drones also recording footage. 2 Indian soldier was injured from landmines during the surgical strikes, the Army said. It also said it had no immediate plans of another such operation for now. The Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Public Relations directorate (ISPR) denied that India launched “surgical strikes” against “alleged terrorist bases.”
Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: China armed forces warn Japan against South China sea patrols
Japan is "playing with fire" with plans to step up activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, warning it would not sit watching from the sidelines. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea and has repeatedly denounced what it views as interference there by the United States and its ally, Japan. Japan is strengthening its ties in the region, in particular with the Philippines and Vietnam, which contest China's claims to parts of the sea, and it aims to help build the capacity of coastal states in the busy waterway, its defense minister said this month during a visit to Washington. Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun, asked about Japan's plans, said it had constantly been trying to stir things up in the South China Sea for its own purposes. "We must solemnly tell Japan this is a miscalculation. If Japan wants to have joint patrols or drills in waters under Chinese jurisdiction this really is playing with fire," Yang told a monthly news briefing. "China's military will not sit idly by," he added, without elaborating.
Sept. 29, 2016
~See also today's special report on the economy~
Headline: Saudi Arabia could threaten to pull billions from US economy, hinder military base access
Saudi Arabia and its regional allies could retaliate by removing billions from the US economy and restrict access to military bases if the American public are able to sue the puritanical kingdom for 9/11, according to experts. "This should be clear to America and to the rest of the world. When one Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) state is targeted unfairly, the others stand around it,” Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, a professor of political science at United Arab Emirates University, told Associated Press. “All the states will stand by Saudi Arabia in every way possible.” Congress overwhelmingly voted to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the bill that would allow Americans to potentially sue Saudi Arabia for 9/11. Lawmakers said their priority was not Saudi Arabia, but victims and families, RT reported.
Sept. 29, 2016
Headline: The Run Begins: Deutsche Bank Hedge Fund Clients Withdraw Excess Cash
Headline: Deutsche Bank shares swing wildly amid stability concerns
Deutsche Bank concerns just went to '11' as Bloomberg reports a number of funds that clear derivatives trades with Deutsche Bank AG have withdrawn some excess cash and positions held at the lender, a sign of counterparties’ mounting concerns about doing business with Europe’s largest investment bank. While the vast majority of Deutsche Bank’s more than 200 derivatives-clearing clients have made no changes, some funds that use the bank’s prime brokerage service have moved part of their listed derivatives holdings to other firms this week, according to an internal bank document seen by Bloomberg News. Millennium Partners, Capula Investment Management and Rokos Capital Management are among about 10 hedge funds that have cut their exposure, said a person familiar with the situation who declined to be identified talking about confidential client matters. The hedge funds use Deutsche Bank to clear their listed derivatives transactions because they are not members of clearinghouses. Millennium, Capula and Rokos declined to comment when contacted by phone or e-mail. Which explains why short-dated CDS is soaring.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Historic takeover of Puerto Rico's finances, agencies begins
A federal control board on Friday took over Puerto Rico's finances and several government agencies for the first time in the U.S. territory's history in a bid to haul the island out of an acute economic crisis. The seven-member board met in New York and was briefly interrupted by protesters who yelled, "This is slavery!" and "Stop pillaging Puerto Rico!" The meeting was livestreamed over the internet following pledges that the board would operate with transparency. It ordered Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla to produce a fiscal plan in two weeks and submit weekly and monthly revenue reports that detail how the government is adhering to its budget. Members also voted on which Puerto Rico government agencies would come under the board's oversight. They include the island's central government, its largest public university, its heavily indebted utility companies, a Government Development Bank that is running out of cash and a public pension system underfunded by more than $40 billion. "We're working as quickly as possible," said Jose Carrion III, who was elected board president, to reporters after the meeting. The board was approved by Congress in June and is charged in part with helping restructure a portion of a nearly $70 billion public debt that Garcia has said is unpayable. Carrion is one of four Republicans on the board, along with three Democrats. Also on the board is a representative of Puerto Rico's governor who is barred from voting.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Thailand Confirms SE Asia's First Zika-linked Birth Defects
Authorities in Thailand have confirmed that two cases of babies with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads, were caused by the Zika virus, the first such cases found in Southeast Asia. Dr. Prasert Thongcharoen, a senior Health Ministry official, said in a statement Friday that the linkage to Zika was confirmed by laboratory tests in two of three cases of babies afflicted with microcephaly. The results were inconclusive in the third case. The World Health Organization urged countries in the region to take stronger measures to contain the virus. The U.N. agency said the cases are the first of Zika-associated microcephaly in Southeast Asia. “Zika virus infection is a serious threat to the health and well-being of a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Countries across the region must continue to strengthen measures aimed at preventing, detecting and responding to Zika virus transmission,'' WHO Southeast Asia regional director Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh said in a statement.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Man suspected of killing parents, then 17 neighbors in China
Police say a villager in southwest China killed his parents and then 17 neighbors in an attempt to cover up his crime, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday. An investigation found that Yang Qingpei argued with his parents over money on Wednesday evening and killed them, Xinhua said. Fearing he would be identified as the killer, he then murdered 17 neighbors in the village of Yema, it said, citing police in southwestern Yunnan province where the village is located. Xinhua didn't say how Yang, aged 26 or 27, allegedly killed the villagers. He was arrested in the provincial capital of Kunming, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) away, on Thursday, a few hours after the bodies from different households were discovered. The deaths are one of the bloodiest mass slayings in recent years in China, where deadly random attacks on schools and public transport have been blamed on people bearing grudges against their families, neighbors or society in general.
Sept. 30, 2016
Headline: Social media users fear terrifying orgy trend where mystery HIV carriers are invited to take part in unprotected sex parties may be spreading across Europe
In May the worrying trend of “sex roulette” parties was reported to have spread from Serbia to Spain according to a doctor in Barcelona. But fears seamed to have resurfaced on Twitter with one user tweeting: “‘Sex roulette’ parties where one person secretly has HIV are on the rise, doctors warn.” Dr Josep Mallolas of Hospital Clinic Barcelona said: “There is everything: sex roulette parties, or sex parties you can only attend if you already have HIV.” Most of the dangerous orgies are thought to be attended by gay men. The reckless meetups are said to have originated in wealthy circles in Serbia where they had reportedly been popular for some time. But this and last years just represent the latest trend in this form of risky sexual behaviour which has been known to occur for almost 20 years. In some instances participants actively try to catch the virus, some bizarrely regarding it as either an inevitability or a badge of honour.
Sept. 28, 2016
Headline: A Christian and a Muslim just produced a new version of the Quran — with a twist
A Christian and a Muslim have come together to produce a unique version of the Quran — a full-text English edition of the holy book, but with a twist. “The Qur’an With References to the Bible” relies upon 7th century classical Arabic and comes complete with parallel verses from the Christian Bible. Dr. Safi Kaskas, a Muslim businessman, and Dr. David Hungerford, an orthopedic surgeon who is a practicing Christian, have compiled the Quran in hopes that the translation will help bridge the divide between Christians and Muslims in America. Hungerford and Kaskas recently told “The Church Boys” podcast that they first met as board members of Bridges to Common Ground, an organization that works to foster greater understanding between Christians and Muslims. “When we met, Dr. Kaskas had this as a dream and (it was) something he had been working on in his mind,” Hungerford said. “We were both kind of prepared for this project (and the) collaboration just became so obvious to us and we’ve been working on it together ever since.”
Sept. 28, 2016