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Headline: 30 Years to Fully Recover From Israel Fires
Israeli experts lamented that it could take as much as 30 years to fully recover from the wave of fires that ravaged the country over the past two weeks. While hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed by the flames (mostly in the Haifa and Jerusalem areas) huge tracts of forests, including entire nature reserves, were decimated. Current estimates are that well over 35,000 acres of forest were destroyed, and much of the wildlife living there was killed. “While some of the foxes and hyenas and other animals managed to flee the fires, others were not so lucky. Snakes and turtles for example, did not survive,” Uri Naveh, head of the Nature and Parks Authority Jerusalem District, told Israel’s Ynet news portal.
Nov. 29, 2016
Headline: Israel president decries bill to quieten mosques
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke out on Tuesday against a controversial bill that would prohibit mosques from using loudspeakers to summon believers to prayers early in the morning. The draft law, which sparked outrage around the Arab and wider Muslim world, is set to be submitted for its preliminary reading in parliament on Wednesday. Its original form was amended last week in order not to affect the sirens that announce the start of the Jewish day of rest at sundown each Friday. Rivlin on Tuesday hosted in his Jerusalem residence a meeting of religious leaders “seeking to bridge gaps over the issue of the muezzins”, the Muslim lay officials charged with calling the faithful to prayer, a statement from his office read. “I thought that perhaps such a meeting could have an impact on the whole public, and that it would be a shame that a law should be born which touches on the issue of freedom of faith of a specific group among us,” he was quoted as telling participants. Rivlin, whose post is mainly ceremonial, considers the new legislation - supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - unnecessary.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Abbas reelected party leader as Fateh opens rare congress
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reelected as Fateh Party leader Tuesday as the movement opened its first congress since 2009 with talk mounting of who will eventually succeed the 81-year-old. Abbas was reelected by consensus, party spokesman Mahmoud Abu Al Hija said. The election of members of Fateh's parliament and its central committee over the five-day conference will signal the direction the oldest Palestinian party will take at a time when Abbas is weakened by his own unpopularity and internal dissent. While the ageing leader has said he has no intention of stepping aside anytime soon, talk of who will eventually succeed him as Palestinian president has intensified. He has not publicly designated a successor.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Jimmy Carter: America Must Recognize Palestine
Headline: UN General Assembly president wears Palestinian flag scarf
Headline: UN chief: Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects under threat
Headline: Palestinian leader seeks Trump support for independence
We do not yet know the policy of the next administration toward Israel and Palestine, but we do know the policy of this administration. It has been President Obama’s aim to support a negotiated end to the conflict based on two states, living side by side in peace. That prospect is now in grave doubt. I am convinced that the United States can still shape the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before a change in presidents, but time is very short. The simple but vital step this administration must take before its term expires on Jan. 20 is to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership. Back in 1978, during my administration, Israel’s prime minister, Menachem Begin, and Egypt’s president, Anwar Sadat, signed the Camp David Accords. That agreement was based on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, which was passed in the aftermath of the 1967 war. The key words of that resolution were “the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East in which every state in the area can live in security,” and the “withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict.”
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Erdogan calls on Muslims to 'protect Jerusalem'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on all Muslims to “defend the Palestinian cause” and protect Jerusalem. Speaking in Istanbul at a parliamentary symposium on Jerusalem and quoted by Al Jazeera, Erdogan said "it is the common duty of all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem", adding that safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque should not be left to children armed with nothing but stones. He accused Israel of "policies of repression and discrimination against our Palestinian brothers" and condemned the so-called Israeli “Muezzin Law”, which would prohibit houses of worship from using loudspeakers, specifically mosques, which disturb the sleep of nearby residents when the Muezzin calls worshipers to prayer in the early hours of the morning. Erdogan criticized the bill as "irrational" and "conscienceless", reiterating criticism voiced about the law last week by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister. He also underscored the need for a "two-state solution" to solve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). "The only way for permanent peace in the Middle East is a free and independent Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem," said Erdogan, according to Al Jazeera.
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Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Israel plots largest settlement expansion in occupied Syrian Golan since 1980
Arab Human Rights Center in the Golan announced in a press release that it has written to the European Union, European governments and the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council regarding Israel’s plans to expand Katrzin settlement and establish ‘Hermon National Park’ in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The Israeli Finance Ministry approved plans to build 1,600 additional settlement units in Katzrin in October. About 8,000 settlers live in Katzrin atop the destroyed Syrian villages of Qasrin, Shqef and Sanawber. It is the largest settlement in the occupied Syrian Golan. “This will be the largest expansion of an illegal Israeli settlement in the Occupied Syrian Golan since the 1980s,” a letter from Al-Marsad to the Delegation of the European Union to Israel reads.
Nov. 29, 2016
Headline: Israeli warplanes launch 2 rockets across Syrian border that strike near Damascus
Headline: Israel jets mark go-it-alone policy on Syria
Syrian state media said Israeli fighter jets fired two missiles that hit west of Damascus, causing no casualties. Earlier reports indicated the missiles had hit Hezbollah militia targets near Al-Saboorah, a government-controlled suburb of Syria’s capital. Israeli planes launched the airstrike from Lebanese airspace at dawn to “divert attention away from the successes of the Syrian Arab Army,” a Syrian military source said, according to SANA news agency. Al-Masdar news agency reported earlier that the Israeli Air Force had launched four air-to-surface Popeye missiles targeting Hezbollah positions. The jets themselves are not believed to have entered Syrian airspace. Pro-#Hezbollah outlet: Two #Israeli raids targeted arms cache belonging to 4th Division as well as arms convoy on Damascus-Beirut highway pic.twitter.com/CMjlgVexOp — Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) 30 ноября 2016 г. There have been conflicting reports over the initial target of the raid with speculations swirling over what targets were actually hit during the sorties. Lebanomn’s Mulhak News reported citing own sources that Syria’s army ammunition depot was destroyed in one of the raids, while in the other a number of cars left near to the Damascus-Beirut Highway were damaged. The outlet stated that no senior security or political commanders have been killed in the attack.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Hezbollah to play lead role in new Syria regime force: report
Hezbollah will play a leading role overseeing a recently-formed corps set to serve as an auxiliary fighting force for the Syrian regime, according to a Lebanese daily supportive of Damascus. As-Safir reported Monday that top Hezbollah commanders known for their “high leadership quality” will embed with the Fifth Corps, which was formed last week by the Syrian regime. “It is expected that some Hezbollah military leaders will have a major role in leading some of the fighting groups that will join the Fifth Corps,” the pro-Assad Lebanese daily claimed. It went on to say that “a new force of elite troops within Hezbollah” will either operate under the banner of the Fifth Corps or directly coordinate with the new unit, without going into further details on the matter. Officially dubbed a “storming force” by Syria’s army command, the Fifth Corps publicly stated mission is to “work alongside the Syrian army and allied troops” to “eradicate terrorism.” Syrian state media has broadcast calls for volunteers to join the new unit, prompting reports in some opposition outlets that the Fifth Corps is another regime attempt to bolster its fighting manpower.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Yemen president accuses rebels of dashing peace hopes
Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Tuesday accused Shiite rebels and their allies of dashing hopes for peace after they unveiled a new government in areas under their control. Hadi said Monday's formation by the Iran-backed rebels of a government of national salvation showed their determination to "spread chaos and destruction" and "destroys any chance of dialogue and peace". Speaking through a spokesman from Yemen's second city Aden, the seat of his beleaguered government, Hadi called on the international community to "condemn this move and hold the militia responsible for the collapse of peace efforts". Announcing their new government, the Houthi rebels said it was a response to Hadi's "stubbornness" in pursuing a deadly war against them with the support of a Saudi-led coalition since March last year. The war of words comes as the UN envoy for Yemen shuttles between the two sides in an effort to revive a US-backed ceasefire that collapsed after just 48 hours early last week.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Moscow demands answers after Erdogan vows to oust ‘tyrant’ Assad
Headline: Erdogan and Putin discuss Aleppo
The Kremlin on Wednesday demanded an explanation after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara intervened in the Syria conflict solely to topple President Bashar Assad.
Turkish forces are pressing on with a three-month operation inside Syria in support of anti-Assad forces, while Russia is the chief ally of the Syrian president in the conflict that has claimed more than 300,000 lives since 2011. At the same time, Turkey and Russia have also been working hard to improve relations after clinching a reconciliation deal in June to repair ties brought to a historic low by Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian jet in November 2015. Erdogan had said at a meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday: “We went in there to put an end to the rule of the tyrant Assad who carries out state terror, not for anything else.”
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Syrian military source says army, allies take south Aleppo area
Headline: Al-Qaeda reinforcements arrive on western outskirts of Aleppo for new assaults
A Syrian military source said government troops and allied forces took back full countrol of the Sheikh Saeed district in southeast Aleppo from rebels on Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, said that rebel groups still controlled a third of the district, however, while government forces and allied forces seized the rest of it. Meanwhile, According to information obtained by Al-Masdar News, hundreds of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Al-Qaeda affiliate) fighters arrived from Idlib to the western Aleppo countryside on Wednesday. Syrian reconnaissance units and drones have observed extensive Islamist military build-up in the region, causing government troops to stiffen their defences of the city. Effectively, Jaysh al-Fateh (Army of Conquest/Islamist coalition) is expected to launch renewed attacks on the densely populated government-held suburbs of western Aleppo in the coming days in a last-ditch effort to relieve besieged insurgents in eastern Aleppo. Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force will likely increase its sorties over western Aleppo in an attempt to disrupt the upcoming jihadist offensive and reduce its initial impact. Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: US says that strikes against Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor were ‘unintentional’
The US Defense Department has said that it's strikes against the Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor that killed over 80 soldiers in mid-Septemer was an “unintentional error” and did not violate international law. The Pentagon made the claims in a statement on Tuesday, saying that the US-led coalition had launched the air raids based on wrong intelligence and as it was not a deliberate mistake, it would not constitute a breach of law. "The evidence showed there was not a deliberate disregard of targeting procedures or the rules of engagement," the statement said. The statement then went onto defend the legality of the deadly airstrikes. “The decision to strike these targets was made in accordance with the law of armed conflict and the applicable rules of engagement," the statement continued. “We made an unintentional, regrettable error, based on several factors in the targeting process,” said Richard Coe, US air force brigadier general and the investigating officer.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Anticipating Iraq’s Next Sunni Insurgency
Iraq could face another Sunni insurgency after ISIS loses control of Mosul. The U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve has not resolved the political conditions that originally caused Sunni Arabs to mobilize in a non-violent protest movement in 2012-2013. Sunni Arabs in Iraq who are liberated from ISIS’s control will not necessarily be reconciled to the Iraqi Government. The success of anti-ISIS operations in 2016 will open space for other Sunni anti-government actors and armed groups to resurge in ISIS’s absence. Sunni Arabs are displaced in large numbers, which will grow as the Coalition seizes and secures Mosul. Iranian-backed Shi’a militias will exacerbate grievances as they move to clear Sunni-majority villages in northern Iraq and near Tel Afar, a historic stronghold of Sunni insurgents and al Qaeda in Iraq west of Mosul. Shi’a militias have alienated local Sunni Arab populations in other cities cleared of ISIS by conducting extrajudicial killings, ethnic cleansing, and other forms of violence against the local population. A permissive environment is emerging for a Sunni insurgency in the vacuum of control left by ISIS, into which other actors, including al Qaeda, could emerge in 2017.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Iraq's special forces control 19 Mosul neighborhoods
Iraqi special forces fighting ISIS militants on the eastern side of Mosul have retaken 19 neighborhoods from the extremist group since the battle for the city began last month, a senior Iraqi commander said on Wednesday. Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil of the special forces told The Associated Press his men were now about four kilometers from the Tigris river, which slices the city in half. He said the 19 neighborhoods constituted less than 30 percent of the part of the city east of the Tigris.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Erdogan questions legitimacy of Cyprus Flag
The Greek Foreign Ministry has denounced recent statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who angrily detested the legitimacy of the Cypriot flag that displays the whole island. “Without shame they go to the EU meetings with a flag that depicts the whole island. You cannot have such a flag. You are the Greek Cypriot administration of Southern Cyprus. To the north is the Turkish republic. That’s rude. In any case, they will understand this”, Erdogan was quoted as saying. The Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, Stratos Efthimiou, said that Turkey attempting to make Cyprus the aggressor is "groundless". “Once again, the Turkish leadership is trying to equate the aggressor with the victim by making historically groundless and arbitrary arguments that attempt to erase Turkey’s responsibilities as an occupying power,” Efthimiou told Greek media. Turkey continues to occupy the northern half of the island with over 30,000 soldiers since the Turkish invasion in 1974. The northern half of the island is recognized only by Turkey as an independent republic.
Nov. 30, 2016
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Headline: Russia gets permission to use Iran's Hamadan air base for Syria airstrikes
Headline: The Iranian Empire is back
Russia is considering using Iran's Hamadan airbase to launch airstrikes on insurgents in Syria if its aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, leaves Syria's coastline on the Mediterranean for a new mission, Russian and Iranian officials said. "The necessity to use the airfield of the airbase in Hamadan could emerge if Admiral Kuznetsov carries out another operation and [Russia] will not be able to use it for airstrikes against terrorists in Syria," Viktor Ozerov on Saturday told RIA Novosti,, Russia's state-operated international news agency. Earlier in the day, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said that Iran might allow Russia to use Hamadan in its air operation against militants in Syria. Hossein Sheikholeslam, an adviser to Iran's foreign minister, repeated the offer Tuesday, saying: "If the situation demands it, like it did in August, we're ready to allow Russian warplanes to take off and refuel at this airfield." Iran allowed Russia to operate from the base in mid-August. The jets returned to Russia after completing their anti-terror mission one week later. Meanwhile, For the first time since 625 CE, Iran has restored its control over a contiguous territory that extends from the east of Afghanistan to the Mediterranean coast. With the complete collapse of the Syrian armed opposition expected before the end of this year, Tehran would have subdued the three Arab countries that are sandwiched between its Western border and the Mediterranean. The dream of the founder of the Islamic Republic and its first Supreme Guide Ruhollah Khomeini will be finally recognized.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: China dismisses report of military patrols in Afghanistan
China's Defence Ministry on Wednesday dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, after an Indian media outlet said Chinese security forces were making regular patrols there. India's WION news outlet this month published pictures on its website showing what it said were likely Chinese security forces patrolling in Afghanistan's far northeastern Little Pamir region, where the country shares a border with China. Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun dismissed the report. "Reports in foreign media of Chinese military vehicles patrolling inside Afghanistan do not accord with the facts," he told a regular news briefing. Yang said China and Afghanistan did work together in some places to fight terrorist activity and cross-border crime. "In recent years, law enforcement bodies from China and Afghanistan, in accordance with a bilateral cooperation decision on strengthening border law enforcement, arranged to have joint law enforcement operations in border regions," Yang added. He did not elaborate.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: US, UN Warn of Intensified Violence in South Sudan
Headline: US Envoy: South Sudan Government Prepares Attack in Border State
United States and United Nations representatives warned in separate meetings Wednesday of escalated tension and potential violence in South Sudan. “We have credible information that the South Sudanese government is currently targeting civilians in Central Equatoria and preparing for large-scale attacks in the coming days or weeks,” Keith Harper, the U.S. representative at the U.N. Human Rights Council, said in Geneva. The claim was quickly rejected by his South Sudanese counterpart, and South Sudan ambassador Kuol Alor Kuol Arop denied any build-up of forces or plans for an offensive in an interview with the Associated Press. In Juba on Wednesday, U.N. human rights experts warned of “unprecedented” levels of violence and ethnic tension across the war-torn country. “Many expect intensified fighting now that the dry season is setting in,” said Yasmin Sooka of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan, following a fact-finding mission.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Morocco accuses African Union chief of obstructing readmission
Morocco accused African Union Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of blocking its efforts to rejoin the organization it left 32 years ago, the country's foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Morocco has asked the African Union (AU) to readmit it, as it seeks support for its plan to offer autonomy to the disputed territory of Western Sahara while keeping it under Moroccan sovereignty. Morocco abandoned its seat in 1984 when the AU recognized Western Sahara, a sparsely populated stretch of desert that was formerly a Spanish protectorate, and admitted it as a member. The ministry said Dlamini-Zuma had delayed the distribution of the Moroccan request to AU members without any apparent reason, and then invented a new procedural requirement to reject letters from AU members supporting Morocco's demand. "The kingdom of Morocco denounces vigorously the maneuvers of African Union Commission head, who is trying to thwart Morocco's decision to regain its natural and legitimate place in the pan-African institutional family," the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency MAP. "The president of the AU commission is dropping her neutrality and failing the rules and standards of the organization and its members' will," the statement added.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: ISIS claims responsibility for Ohio attack
The ISIS news agency, Amaq, has said in a statement on Tuesday that the attacker in Ohio State University who was responsible for the injury of nearly a dozen people, was inspired by the terrorist groups call to target citizens of countries part of the US-led coalition against it. The attack took place a day earlier when a Somali man, The Somali man identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, violently drove his car through people before exiting the vehicle and beginning his stabbing rampage. ISIS described the attacker as a “soldier” of the terrorist group. "Brother Abdul Razak Ali Artan, God accept him, implementer of the Ohio attack, a student in his third year in university," the group noted.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Albanian PM warns Islamists may seek to undermine Europe via Balkans
Albania's PM has warned that Islamists - and Moscow - may seek to grow their influence in the Balkans. Rama said Albania would continue to seek EU accession as a way of combating this, but was not hopeful of quick entry. "If we want to have a secure and stable European Union and with it a secure Europe, it's not good if there are holes," Edi Rama told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper in comments published on Wednesday. "It's not about how long we still need, it's about how the European Union will continue to develop. In the meantime, we are politically in fairly good form, but the European Union is not at present," he said. The Muslims of southeastern Europe are one of the world's more moderate Islamic populations, although it is estimated that five to ten percent have become indoctrinated in more extreme forms of Islam, often funded by Middle Eastern donors. The region has also been a transit zone for migrants making their way to Europe from the Middle East. "Our European integration remains a major task," Rama said at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week in Berlin. Merkel in turn said Albania had "undertaken huge reforms" and that Germany had always supported its EU endeavors.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: North Dakota backs away from checking cars headed to pipeline protest
Headline: Standing Rock is the first of many protests to come in the Trump era
Headline: Standing Rock Demonstrators File Class-Action Lawsuit Over Police Violence
North Dakota law enforcement will not make spot checks on vehicles headed to the camp where activists are protesting a pipeline project near a Native American reservation, the governor's office said on Wednesday. The move suggests the state will not seek to actively enforce Monday's emergency order to evacuate the camp issued by Governor Jack Dalrymple, who cited a coming blizzard. Local law enforcement officials had said on Tuesday they planned a blockade of the camp - but they and state officials later retreated from that stance to say they would only check vehicles for certain prohibited supplies like propane, and potentially issue fines. "The governor has said there will be no checkpoints, no stopping of vehicles," said Jeff Zent, a spokesman for Republican Dalrymple. Activists have spent months protesting plans to route the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, saying the project poses a threat to water resources and sacred Native American sites.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Flag Burning At Trump Tower: Donald Trump Protests Test First Amendment
It didn't take long for protestors to respond to President-elect Donald Trump's tweet calling for punishment for those who burn the American flag. A video posted Tuesday (shown above) shows members of the left-wing NYC Revolution club dousing two small U.S. flags in accelerant and igniting them in front of Trump Tower in New York. The angry display was in response to Trump's tweet early Tuesday, which said that flag burners could face one year in jail or lose their citizenship. Burning the American flag, which is considered “symbolic speech,” is technically protected under the First Amendment.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Trans Mountain pipeline approval prompts anger, promises to protest in B.C.
The federal cabinet’s decision to approve Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has prompted a flood of outrage and promises of protests and court challenges in British Columbia. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said he was “profoundly disappointed,” calling the decision a “big step backwards” for Canada’s environment and economy. “I — along with the tens of thousands of residents, local First Nations, and other Metro Vancouver cities who told the federal government a resounding ‘no’ to this project — will keep speaking out against this pipeline expansion that doesn’t make sense for our economic or environmental future.” The $6.8-billion project would triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels a day, and would add 980 kilometres of new pipe along the route from near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. It would also increase the number of tankers leaving Vancouver-area waters seven-fold, from five to 34 per month, prompting fierce opposition from local mayors and First Nations who say any risk of a diluted-bitumen spill is unacceptable.
Nov. 29, 2016
Headline: Zimbabwe Police Use Tear Gas on Bond Note Protesters
Zimbabwe police used water cannons and tear gas Wednesday to disperse demonstrators in the capital, Harare, who were protesting the country's new currency. The government says the bond notes are aimed at easing cash shortages, but economists warn that the notes will quickly lose value and unleash hyperinflation. Police refused to comment on tactics used against the crowd, but activist Maureen Kademaunga says Zimbabweans will not be silenced. “The economy is not going to change because people have been clamped down or harassed,” Kademaunga said. “… at some point again people will still start to say, 'Enough is enough. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired.’ So we are going to go back to the July-era where Evan was leading as the voice of discontent.”
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Philippines ends five-day siege against Daesh-linked rebels
Troops in the southern Philippines retook a disused building from Daesh-linked militants on Wednesday, ending an intense five-day siege that killed dozens of militants. The incident highlights the challenges facing President Rodrigo Duterte in keeping order in the Philippines, particularly in his native south, riven by nationalist rebellions for decades. The military stepped up its offensive after the weekend, pounding rebels holed up in a disused municipal hall with artillery and bombs dropped from aircraft. The army said 30 security forces were wounded and 61 militants killed in the operation.
The militants belonged to the Maute group, one of several rebel groups in the country’s restive south.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Russia threatens to shoot down missiles test-fired by Ukraine
Russia's air defense network on the Ukrainian border was placed on its highest level of alert on Wednesday evening following Ukraine's announcement that it will conduct missile tests on Thursday and Friday near Crimea, an area that Russia annexed in 2014. Kiev claimed that the missiles are to be launched towards the Black Sea, west of Crimea. Russia's TASS news agency quoted official Russian sources as saying the tests are an unnecessary provocation, and that the Russian military views them as a serious threat and will respond with the 55,000 troops based in Crimea and with ships equipped with means to shoot down the missiles. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova called the tests a "provocation designed to prompt a tough response".
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Over a quarter of Europeans think sex without consent is justifiable – poll
A Eurobarometer survey has shown alarming tendencies in attitudes towards sex without consent, with about 27 percent of respondents across the EU saying sex without consent is justifiable. Most respondents cite reasons like being drunk or on drugs (12 percent), agreeing to go home with someone (11 percent), wearing revealing clothes, or not clearly saying no or physically fighting back (both 10 percent). Sorted by country, those surveyed in Romania and Hungary tended to be the most likely to say each situation could justify sex without consent, while respondents in Sweden and Spain were among the least likely to say so. Moreover, more than 40 percent of respondents in the EU believe that harassing women in the street by making sexually offensive jokes should not be illegal, with nine percent in Slovenia and eight percent each in Austria, Germany, and Lithuania saying it is not even wrong. The survey also asked the respondents about harassment at work: for instance, “touching a colleague in an inappropriate way” should not be illegal, think 48 percent of Hungarians, 42 percent of Estonians, and 38 percent of Lithuanians. Most respondents also think that sexual harassment against women is either very common (20 percent) or fairly common (half of all respondents). The location where violent acts occur is most often home, over 85 percent of respondents said, while 19 percent said public places, and another 19 percent said harassment happens most often online. Perhaps even more alarming is the way many respondents expressed their attitude towards violence against women, with almost a quarter saying that women often make up or exaggerate claims of abuse, and 17 percent saying that it is women who provoke violence.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: 5 people killed, 3 children injured after possible tornadoes sweep through the Deep South
At least five people were killed while three children at a daycare center were injured after powerful thunderstorms and possible tornadoes swept through the South overnight and into Wednesday morning, officials said. Jackson County Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said early Wednesday that three people living in a mobile home in the northeastern community of Rosalie, Alabama were killed. Another person in the home was critically injured, he added. Emergency officials in Tennessee said two more people were killed and at least nine others injured in severe weather that hit the state overnight. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener says a husband and wife died and two others were injured in Polk County. He said at least seven injuries were reported in nearby McMinn County. He didn't have further details on what happened.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: Heavy rain, floods in Saudi Arabia leave seven dead
At least seven people died and many others were injured or trapped by heavy rain and floods that swept various regions of Saudi Arabia, press reports said on Tuesday. The dead included three young Saudi men in Bisha, two others in Baha and two expatriates who were struck by a thunderbolt in Qunfudah. Torrential floods also destroyed a number of houses, blocked roads and overturned vehicles. The rain and floods in the last few days uncovered the ineffective drainage systems in many parts of the country. The two expatriates were killed by a thunderbolt, which also injured two of their companions in Qunfudah governorate in Makkah province. Civil Defense teams rushed the victims to hospital. The rain inundated various parts of Qunfudah governorate and washed away large sections of the International Road linking Jeddah and Jazan. Heavy rain lashed Bisha for more than three hours. Three people were killed and two others injured in a traffic accident in the city. The rain flooded Wadi Houran, in the southwest of the governorate, causing cracks in the road leading to Arar in the north of the Kingdom. The rain also caused a number of cars to overturn or skid off roads.
Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: The Man Who Stands Between Earth and Asteroid Armageddon
Because every day could be “asteroid day” for NASA’s planetary defense officer- an interview:
You recently conducted a third wargame-like exercise with other agencies about an incoming asteroid.
In this scenario was we found this asteroid that had the potential to impact the Earth in four years. It takes some time to observe the asteroid and reduce the uncertainties in its orbit, so we really understand where it’s going to be relative to the Earth four years later. At a point in the exercise we determine the probability is 100 percent that we’re going to have an impact. It’s only in the last several days or weeks prior to impact that we can really narrow it down to a 10-kilometer area.
What do we do if you really find one?
We’re working on a couple of different projects to test and demonstrate what we think are viable capabilities to do that. The first we talk about is part of our asteroid redirect mission. A second project we have going is in collaboration with the European Space Agency, and that’s a project called the Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment.
Do asteroids ever get mentioned in the Presidential Daily Briefing?
I don't know that for a fact. In 2008 we discovered a very small object a few meters in size that was going to impact us the next day. It was discovered and predicted to impact in the Sudan desert. And so we here at NASA generated a notification of that, which was sent up to the White House. We know that it was brought to their attention because George W. Bush’s press secretary, in the log of her White House years, talks about it as being one of the strangest days she had at the White House.
Nov. 30, 2016
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