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Question from one of my viewers
Hi Frank um, thanks for this; some ministers are saying that Donald Trump has caused a “hold your breath” time so the Christians can regroup, get strong and witness some are saying that whole countries will be saved and come to Christ. If what you are saying Trump has not had much time for this and some are saying that the one world government has collapsed has this happened is this true? One minister has said keep your eye on Israel and I know that Trump has told Israel that they can build on the West Bank? If this is so, what you are saying Donald Trump wont stop anything of what you are saying. It has been said by Trump that his son in law will be working on a peace deal with the Middle East and Trump will confirm it? thanks for any clarity and keep watching for what you prophets are now saying
My reply to the question
Thank you for your e-mail. May I say first that I have never stated all of America would come to know Jesus? As a matter of fact I hold to what Christ reveals to us and, what I point to is not just for America but for the world in general. For example, as you can see below from Revelation 3:14-17 Jesus gives a message to the Laodicean Church which is the last stage of the Church. This late day Church will be luke warm which tells us people who call themselves Christians will not be sold out completely for our Messiah Jesus. Just because someone calls themselves Christian does not really mean much if they are not abiding in Christ and, actually doing what Jesus says. This portion of scripture in Revelation points to a down fall in Christianity in the last days not a revival. Is there anything to support what I have said? Yes. Add what Paul says to us in 2 Thess. 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;". What are we to expect in these last days after reading these scriptures? We are to expect many believers will turn from Christ. I doubt very much that whole countries will come to Christ because of what Jesus shows us is that falling away and not a revival. I don’t care what others say about this. I for one am holding on to what Christ has stated about this issue. As to what people are saying that a one world government coming has collapsed because Trump got elected I again turn to Scripture in Revelation chapter 13:16-17 where Jesus tells us the following: "16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." There is no way for one man to control the world's economy unless nations hand over power to Him and, be able to force everyone into His one world system. While it may appear the tide has turned on this one world government I advise all to keep on the watch for it! Something down the road will happen to force this type of system that Jesus warns us about in Revelation 13. I don't understand your question below. Can you tell me exactly what you mean? I am for sure one who tells people to keep their eyes on Israel as you cannot have prophecy fulfilled without Israel in the picture. You said and I quote, "You are saying Donald Trump won't stop anything of what you are saying". You failed to put in your question what I was stating. Once I know this it will help me to answer this part of your question. You said in your email "It has been said by Trump that his son in law will be working on a peace deal with the Middle East and Trump will confirm it?" I have seen news telling us Trump is sending over his son in law to start up the peace talks again. Like every President before Trump someone is picked to try and make the peace that no one can seem to nail down. All I can say about this is watch the news and see what happens. As to you hearing Trump will be the one to confirm it I have not read one article on any such report. If you have any such report please send to me! One thing I can tell you for sure and, this is something everyone should keep on the watch for. Say Trump did confirm a peace agreement that his son in law managed to put together, all you would have to do is to see what was the length of this agreement that was confirmed. If the length is exactly 7 years as we see in Daniel chapter 9 that would be the sign that this is the covenant our Lord warned us about and, as such everyone would know who the Antichrist is at that point. The following is something to consider if you think Trump is the Antichrist. We see the Antichrist is called the King of Babylon. He is also referred to as the Assyrian. No where in the Bible is there any reference to the Antichrist as American. Look at what Daniel 11:37 says concerning the Antichrist. “either shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. Since the man of sin is referred to as the King of Babylon and the Assyrian it points to this man being Muslim of which Donald Trump is not! As to your closing statement in your e-mail which says, "thanks for any clarity and keep watching for what you prophets are now saying." Ever since Jesus placed me in this ministry I have never called myself a prophet. Over the years I have had people call me a prophet but, no where in any of my posts, my videos, or my live prophecy presentations have I ever claimed to be a prophet. I have had many cases where the Lord has given me a word of knowledge which has come to pass but the word of knowledge is different from being a prophet. All I do is point to what the prophets in the Bible warned us. If people think I am a prophet it is between them and Jesus! I just wanted to make that clear. I hope this information helps you. Frank DiMora
P.S. Here Revelation 3:14-17 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked
In response to comments on my YouTube channel video "Another False Prophecy (1-26-17)"
Hi everyone who loves Jesus Christ. I have been in the ministry now since 1976 and, have studied my Lord's word every since that year. From the start I found out that the only sin that would not be forgiven is rejection of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Over the years I have seen people who call themselves Christians battle back and forth over the timing of the rapture. I have witnesses so called Christians actually come out and say if you don't believe in the Pre-trib rapture you will not go to heaven. Of course these people have made themselves judge and, closed the door to heaven to anyone who doesn't believe the way they do on the timing of the rapture. These people need read Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." One thing has become clear to me and, that is many people who hold firm on the Pre-trib rapture are afraid that their position may be wrong so they hold on to a doctrine no matter what. This fear has caused many of these Christians to lash out at other believers who oppose their view. As a result in many cases love for their Brother or Sister has taken a back seat. This in itself is something opposite of real Christianity. It appears Satan is using the rapture to try and divide the Church and from what I can see he is doing a good job at it. There is only one important matter which every Christian should hold on to. What is it? If you truly love Jesus Christ and are truly saved in Christ you need to be ready for the rapture when ever it happens. If you are always ready it will show you are following Jesus and, will not fear anything as we are in Christ Jesus and He has not given us the spirit to fear anything! The rapture of the Church is not and never was a salvation issue so please stop trying to make it one. I encourage everyone who calls themselves a Christian to do what Jesus has taught us via His life. Love one another as the body of Christ is suppose to do. Many want to know what my view of the rapture is? I will tell you when I see you in heaven. To many people are running around worrying about the wrong things just keep your eyes on that narrow road Jesus talked about and you will do well. Frank DiMora
Headline: All Embassies Will Move to Jerusalem- VIDEO
Headline: Old U.S. enemy threatens 'war' if Trump moves embassy
Headline: Netanyahu and Trump to meet on February 15
Countering reports that he had told President Trump to slow down the embassy process, PM Netanyahu emphasized that he is committed to having every country’s embassy located in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is slated to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on February 15 for talks that are expected to cover a range of security issues. "Our relationship with the only democracy in the Middle East is crucial to the security of both our nations, and the president looks forward to discussing continued strategic, technological, military and intelligence cooperation with the prime minister," Spicer said as he announced the upcoming meeting.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Netanyahu wants renewed sanctions on Iran after missile test
After a reported Iranian ballistic missile test, Netanyahu called for renewed sanctions against Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling for the international community to reimpose sanctions on Iran after the country reportedly conducted a ballistic missile test over the weekend. “Iran has again fired a ballistic missile in callous defiance of a UN resolution,” Netanyahu wrote on Facebook. “In my coming meeting in Washington with President Trump, I plan to raise the issue of renewing sanctions against Iran in relation to this and other things. We cannot allow Iranian aggression to go unanswered.” Speaking to Fox News on Monday, a number of officials said that a ballistic missile test took place near Semnan, some 140 miles east of the capital of Tehran. During the reported test, a Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile was launched and eventually exploded after flying 600 miles.
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Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Netanyahu seeks to legalize ‘settlement’ communities in Judea and Samaria
Headline: Protesters marching toward the Knesset demonstrating against Amona evacuation
Headline: Israel postpones vote on bill legalizing settlement outposts
With Prime Minister Netanyahu’s support, the Knesset is set to reconsider a bill that would legalize thousands of homes in Judea and Samaria in the face of a scheduled evacuation in early February. The Knesset is scheduled to reconsider a bill on Monday that will officially legalize approximately 4,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria. “Tomorrow we will submit to the Knesset what is being called ‘the regulation law,'” Netanyahu said at his weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday. “The law is designed to normalize the status of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria once and for all and prevent recurrent attempts to harm the settlement enterprise.” The Regulation Law, which had been unanimously approved by the ministerial committee in November, was introduced in order to prevent the evacuation of Jewish communities that are determined ex-post facto by Israel’s High Court to have been built on private Palestinian land.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Half-Shekel Tithe for Building Temple Reinstated by Sanhedrin After 2,000 Years
After a 2,000 moratorium, it is now possible for a Jew anywhere in the world to perform the mitzvah (commandment) of paying the half-shekel, a Biblically-mandated tax incumbent on every Jew to finance the day-to-day operations of the Temple. There are now two ways to perform this commandment: one method for people who can hand-deliver their offering, and another for those who can’t. While the Temple was standing, every Jewish man was required to give one half-shekel weight of silver, approximately eight grams of silver (worth about $4 today), as a mandatory tax to support the Temple. Each man was obligated to give the same amount, regardless of his economic condition. The coins, once deposited in the Temple courtyard, were hekdesh (sanctified) and not permitted to be used for any other purpose. For Jews outside of Israel, performing this mitzvah can be inconvenient or even impossible. The coin must be deposited with Otzar Hamikdash in their Jerusalem location. Currently, American law forbids the shipment of these coins to Israel. Prager has arranged collection points in the US but it is not always convenient. The nascent Sanhedrin has instituted a way to revive the mitzvah to rebuild the Temple. Last September, in honor of counting the first complete year of the 50-year Jubilee cycle on Rosh Hashanah, the Sanhedrin issued a medallion which can be used in place of the actual silver coin to perform the mitzvah. The biggest advantage of the Sanhedrin coin is that the medallion represents the half-shekel and is not considered sanctified. It therefore does not have to be physically deposited, but the funds are still dedicated for use in the Temple. The Sanhedrin and the Temple Movement hold reenactments of the ceremonies, training Kohanim, men of the priestly class, to accept the tithes. Funds raised from the Sanhedrin medallions are dedicated to priestly training and the recreating of special vessels and utensils for Temple use.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline:Palestinians slam UN chief's remarks on Jewish ties to Temple Mount
Palestinian officials criticized United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday for saying that a Jewish temple existed atop the Temple Mount. “[Gueterres] ignored UNESCO’s decision that considered the Al-Aksa Mosque of pure Islamic heritage,” Adnan al-Husseini, Palestinian Authority Jerusalem Affairs minister told Xinhua, a Chinese news outlet, clarifying that the UN secretary-general “violated all legal, diplomatic and humanitarian customs, overstepped his role as secretary general, and…must issue an apology to the Palestinian people.” Speaking to Israel Radio on Friday, Guterres reportedly said that it is "completely clear that the Temple that the Romans destroyed in Jerusalem was a Jewish temple."
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Comment: Trump, the Mideast conflict and the Jordanian option
Headline: US VP Pence, Jordan’s King Abdullah Discuss ‘How to Best Make Progress’ on Israel-PA Deal
Headline: President Trump hosts Jordan’s Abdullah on Feb. 2
Headline: King meets U.S. ministers of Defense, Homeland Security
Instead of the fixation on an independent Palestinian state, the new administration should look east to the Hashemite Kingdom as a stabilizing influence on Palestinian politics. The inauguration of a new American administration also presents the opportunity for Israel to take the lead in advocating a far more ambitious initiative – a major investment in the economic prosperity and political stability of the Kingdom of Jordan. The gravitational force of a prosperous Jordan would expand the functional links that have always existed between the cities of the West Bank and Amman. It would encourage Palestinians in the West Bank to look to a link with Jordan as the best guarantee of their political and economic future. Because of this, Jordan has the potential (once again) to become a major stabilizing influence on Palestinian politics, which would serve the interests of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian people itself. The reemergence of a Jordanian role in the disposition of the West Bank is much preferable to the present international fixation on the concept of an independent, contiguous Palestinian state whose border is based on the 1967 line. Such a Palestinian state is no less of a long-term strategic threat today than it was before the advent of Oslo. So too is Palestinian irredentism a threat to Jordan’s security. A Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria is likely to succumb to a Hamas takeover, to Iranian influence, and become a theocratic and autocratic state along the lines Hamas presently rules in Gaza. Moreover, it is unobtainable. Despite Israel’s acceptance of the two state concept and its agreement to unprecedented territorial dispositions, Israeli concessions have not met the minimal Palestinian demands required for a peace agreement, nor are they ever likely to do so if the Palestinian Authority is seen as the only possible partner in the peace process.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Assad will stay and refugees must go, says Lebanon president
Lebanon's president has insisted that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria will remain in office, saying he wants Syrian refugees currently in his country to go home. “President Assad will stay, and those who are asking for his departure are ignoring Syria,” newly elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun told French TV channel LCI on Monday. Aoun, a former army general during the country’s civil war, was elected president in October, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum as part of a political deal that made Sunni leader Saad al-Hariri prime minister. “We were facing the prospect of a second Libya here, but for the Assad regime that represents the only power that through its capacities restored the regime, a restoration that has united everyone and the government,” Aoun said. Aoun is an ally of Hezbollah, Lebanon's Iran-backed party, which is fighting in Syria on Assad’s behalf. The Lebanese militia and political party were critical to Aoun’s ascendancy to the presidency, and he was their candidate of choice due to his pro-Assad position. “Lebanon cannot take in Syrian refugees indefinitely on its territory,” the 81-year-old said. “We hosted them for humanitarian reasons, and they must return to their country.” He said that Lebanon was now at a crossroads, with this being its last chance to build a strong state with institutions that work for the country.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Saudi government condemns Israel: constructing in east Jerusalem sabotages chance for peace
The Saudi government condemned Israel's decision to build hundreds of new housing units in the "settlements of east Jerusalem." In an announcement issued on Monday, the Saudi government noted that these steps conflict with the international community's intentions, counteracting the Human Rights Act and the UN treaties, and sabotage any chances for peace and stability in the region.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Yemen al-Qaeda: US commandos raid stronghold
Headline: Two dead after Houthis attack Saudi warship
The US has carried out a commando raid on an al-Qaeda stronghold in central Yemen, killing 14 militants, the military says. One US soldier died and three were injured. Several Apache helicopters were reported to have taken part in the operation in al-Baida province. Three al-Qaeda leaders were among those killed in a battle lasting 45 minutes in a village in Yakla district. Earlier reports suggested a higher death toll. Local sources earlier said 41 militants and 16 civilians were killed. A provincial official said the helicopters targeted a hospital, school and mosque. Leading al-Qaeda figure Abdul Raouf al-Dhahab was among those killed in the night-time operation in which drones were also used. Meanwhile, A Saudi frigate warship has come under a terrorist attack by three suicide boats belonging to Houthi militias while it was on patrol west of Yemen’s Hodeida port. The command of the coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen confirmed the attack in a statement on Monday and said that the Saudi ship “dealt with the boats as necessary.” One of the Houthi boats collided with the rear of the Saudi warship, resulting in the explosion of the boat and a fire at the rear of the ship. The crew were able to extinguish the fire but two members of the ship’s crew were killed in the attack while three others were injured and are said to be in stable conditions. “The Saudi ship has continued its patrol duties in the area of operations, while the air force and the coalition forces' ships continued to chase the fleeing boats to deal with them,” the statement read.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Syrian army claims retaking key rebel area near Damascus
Headline:ISIS makes another attempt at seizing east Damascus airbase
The Syrian army said on Sunday that it had recaptured a flashpoint area from rebels near Damascus that supplies water to the capital. Wadi Barada had been the scene of fierce fighting in recent weeks between regime and rebel forces that tested a fragile nationwide truce, and left millions in Damascus facing water shortages. “Our armed forces... have accomplished their mission by restoring security and stability in the region of Wadi Barada,” the army said in a statement carried by state television. The announcement came a day after the army entered the water pumping station in Wadi Barada for the first time in four years. Under a deal with the authorities, rebels can choose to stay in the area but hand over their weapons, or leave to the northern province of Idlib, last major bastion of the armed opposition. Hundreds of rebels began to leave Wadi Barada on Sunday for Idlib, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Hundreds of rebels reconcile with the government, drop their weapons in Dara’a province
Over 600 people including 280 armed rebels turned themselves in to the Syrian authorities making use of the government’s amnesty offer in Dara’a province. The reconciliation took place in the town of Ghabaghib as most of the reconcilers are displaced residents of the town. This settlement comes at a time when an increasing number of towns are negotiating with the government regarding reconciliation. A source revealed that such a process may include the entire Dara’a region including the provincial capital. Noticeably, Syria’s southern fronts have been dormant for most of the past year only occasionally interrupted by a failed rebel offensive targeting the abandoned base near Ibta’.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Syrian Army, Hezbollah open new front in southeast Aleppo
The Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard forces launched a powerful offensive southeast of the Kuweires Military Airport on Monday, targeting the small collection of village near the strategic east Aleppo town of Deir Hafer. Backed by Hezbollah and Liwaa Imam Al-Baqir, the Syrian Arab Army surprised the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists with a powerful attack on the village of Al-Qutabiyah this afternoon. Unprepared and lacking combatants needed to repel the attack, the Islamic State forces withdrew from Al-Qutabiyah after a short battle with the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah, marking the latter’s first advance in this area. While their allies from the Tiger Forces advance north to Al-Bab, the Republican Guard and Hezbollah will push east towards the Islamic State’s final stronghold before the Al-Raqqa Governorate.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Syria Situation Report January 19- January 26, 2017
Headline: Turkey: The Purges Continue
Headline: Turkey puts 270 'plotters' on trial over failed coup
Philipp Schwartz was a Hungarian-born neuropathologist who worked for the Goethe University in Frankfurt for 14 years until he was fired in 1933 for being Jewish. After his -- and other scholars' -- dismissal, he convinced the then decade-old modern Turkish Republic to admit persecuted German professors to positions at Turkish universities. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the secular founder of the Turkish state, enthusiastically agreed to Schwartz's proposal. Turkey quickly admitted 150 German Jewish professors. Schwartz was appointed as director of the Department of Pathology at the University of Istanbul. More than seven decades after, a German initiative that bears Schwartz's name is returning the favor. In the first week of 2017, another 631 Turkish researchers and professors were dismissed from their universities, adding to thousands who were purged during the second half of 2016. Several Turkish scholars are now reversing Schwartz's path: In the fall of 2016, the Philipp Schwartz Initiative received more applications from Turkey than war-torn Syria or any other country. Turks now account for 46% of all applicants worldwide. As the Brussels-based European affairs weekly newspaper Politico put it: "Turkey loses its brains." Turkey's problem is bigger than just literally losing its brains. The country apparently is also figuratively losing its brains. News headlines are so confusing that often one cannot decide whether he is reading a real newspaper or the Turkish version of The Onion, reflecting a collective, socio-pathological frenzy -- ironically Schwartz's work of science.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Iran tests ballistic missile in defiance of UN resolution, US officials say
Headline: Iran says to ban U.S. visitors in retaliation to Trump move
Headline: Iran Tests Improved Centrifuges, Threatens Trump with “Consequences” If He Tears Up Agreement
Iran conducted its first ballistic missile test under Donald Trump's presidency, in yet another apparent violation of a United Nations resolution, U.S. officials told Fox News on Monday. The launch occurred Sunday at a well-known test site outside Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran, Fox News was first to learn. The Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile flew 600 miles before exploding, in a failed test of a reentry vehicle, officials said. Iran defense minister Brigadier Gen. Hossein Dehqan said in September that Iran would start production of the missile. U.N. resolution 2231 -- put in place days after the Iran nuclear deal was signed -- calls on the Islamic Republic not to conduct such tests. However, this is at least Iran's second such test since July. The resolution bars Iran from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years and went into effect July 20, 2015.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Afghanistan government open to talks with Taliban: Envoy
Afghanistan's top envoy to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal on Monday said his government was open to unconditional peace negotiations with the Taliban group. "We are in contact with the Qatar office and also a number of influential individual Taliban leaders and commanders but there are no formal negotiations," the Afghan ambassador told Xinhua in Islamabad. The remarks came after foreign and Afghan media reported senior Afghan officials had met the Taliban political representatives in Qatar. The Afghan government and the Taliban have not officially commented on the reports. "Taliban could bring any proposal to the negotiating table but we have ruled out preconditions for talks," Zakhilwal said, when asked about the Taliban's certain conditions ahead of the talks. Taliban negotiators have publicly called for reopening of their political office in Qatar, lifting of UN sanctions on their senior leaders and release of prisoners. "We are open to any and all opportunities for peace talks. We can find our way with the Taliban if external support to them stops," the Afghan envoy said.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: UN mission in South Sudan ‘deeply concerned’ by clashes between Government and opposition forces
Amid an outbreak of violence in the South Sudanese city of Malakal, the United Nations mission in the country today called on the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition to silence the guns. “The Mission reiterates its call on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and fully implement the peace agreement,” according to a statement from the Office of the Spokesperson at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). UNMISS said that as of Sunday, the situation in the town remained “tense.” UN peacekeepers are continuing to regularly patrol the northern town, and report that it is “largely deserted.” The UN Mission “will continue to act within its capacity to protect South Sudanese civilians in imminent danger,” the spokesperson said, calling for humanitarian aid and access to the affected areas. South Sudan has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full blown conflict between forces loyal to each in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world's worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Turkey reopens Libyan embassy after 2 years
Headline: Germany says human rights situation in Libya 'catastrophic'
Turkey reopened its embassy in Libya on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said, more than two years after the mission was closed for security reasons. “The activities of the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli have resumed today with a reduced staff in the initial stage,” the ministry said in a statement on its website. Since the embassy closed in 2014, Turkey has been represented by its consulate in Misurata, a town in northwest Libya. “While enjoying close historical bonds of brotherhood and friendship with Libya, Turkey embraces all segments of the Libyan people,” the statement said, adding that the embassy would allow Turkey to make a stronger contribution to reconstruction and stability in Libya.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Morocco to rejoin African Union despite Western Sahara dispute
Morocco has been readmitted as a member of the African Union (AU) after months of intense lobbying. Morocco left the organisation in 1984, after it recognised the independence of Western Sahara, regarded by Morocco as part of its historic territory. It was the only country in Africa that was not a member of the continental body. AU leaders also voted for Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat to be the next head of the AU commission. Mr Faki Mahamat beat Kenya's top diplomat Amina Mohamed. The race is usually settled behind the scenes before the vote but this went to seven rounds of voting. Outgoing commissioner, South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, stayed in the job an extra six months after leaders failed to agree a candidate in July. Western Sahara is the last African case on the United Nations decolonisation committee. A referendum was promised in 1991 but never carried out due to wrangling over who is eligible to vote. BBC World Service Africa editor James Copnall says the issue is likely to remain contentious despite Morocco's readmission to the AU.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Islamic body calls US travel ban a 'grave concern'
Headline: Iran to seek redress with international bodies against Trump’s entry ban
Headline: Iraq parliament votes to ‘respond in kind’ to US visa ban
Headline: Sudan Summons U.S. Diplomat Over Donald Trump's Immigration Ban
The world's largest body of Islamic nations said on Monday that it has "grave concern" over U.S. President Donald Trump banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, warning such moves would only embolden extremists. The statement from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation marked the first official public criticism coming out of Saudi Arabia. On Sunday, Trump called Saudi King Salman and invited him to visit Washington amid widespread protests in the U.S. over the order. The 90-day ban, imposed on Friday, affects travel to the United States by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. All are OIC members. The order also suspends refugee admissions for 120 days and indefinitely bars the processing of refugees from Syria. The OIC warned in the statement that "many of those fleeing war and persecution have been adversely and unjustly affected" by the order. "Such selective and discriminatory acts will only serve to embolden the radical narratives of extremists and will provide further fuel to the advocates of violence and terrorism at a critical time," it said. "The OIC calls upon the United States government to reconsider this blanket decision and maintain its moral obligation to provide leadership and hope at a time of great uncertainty and unrest in the world."
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Tens of thousands in U.S. cities protest Trump immigration order
Headline:The United States Is On The Precipice Of Widespread Civil Unrest
Tens of thousands of people rallied in U.S. cities and at airports on Sunday to voice outrage over President Donald Trump's executive order restricting entry into the country for travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. In New York, Washington and Boston, a second wave of demonstrations followed spontaneous rallies that broke out at U.S. airports on Saturday as U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents began enforcing Trump's directive. The protests spread westward as the day progressed. The order, which bars admission of Syrian refugees and suspends travel to the United States from Syria, Iraq, Iran and four other countries on national security grounds, has led to the detention or deportation of hundreds of people arriving at U.S. airports. One of the largest of Sunday's protests took place at Battery Park in lower Manhattan, within sight of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, long a symbol of welcome to U.S. shores. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York told the crowd that Trump's order was un-American and ran counter to the country's core values. "What we are talking about here is life and death for so many people," the Senate Democratic leader said. "I will not rest until these horrible orders are repealed." The march, estimated to have grown to about 10,000 people, later began heading to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in lower Manhattan. In Washington, thousands rallied at Lafayette Square across from the White House, chanting: "No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here."
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Five more soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine fighting
Five Ukrainian soldiers died in fighting with pro-Russian rebels on several fronts in eastern Ukraine, a government spokesman said Monday. The casualties, mostly near the town of Avdiivka, north of the city of Donetsk, came on Sunday. "Unfortunately, five Ukrainian soldiers were killed, another 14 were wounded as a result of combat actions over the last day," Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzianyk said Monday. Pro-Russian authorities in the restive Dontesk region reported damage to infrastructure, including villages, and parts of the city of Donetsk were left without gas and electricity. Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in combat on Friday. Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe confirmed a recent increase in hostilities in eastern Ukraine since an "indefinite truce" was agreed upon in December. An earlier peace deal, known as Minsk II -- brokered in February 2015 by Russia, France and Germany in Minsk, Belarus -- reduced ground combat between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels but did not end it.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: War With US Becoming A "Practical Reality" Chinese Military Warns
In the harshest warning yet that China is actively contemplating a worst case scenario for its diplomatic relations with the US, a senior Chinese military official said that “a war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality.” The remarks, first reported by the SCMP, were published on the People’s Liberation Army website in response to the escalating rhetoric towards China from America's new administration, and as Beijing braces itself for a possible deterioration in Sino-US ties, with a particular emphasis on maritime security. The commentary written by an official at the national defence mobilisation department in the Central Military Commission - which has overall authority of China’s armed forces - also called for a US rebalancing of its strategy in Asia, military deployments in the East and South China Seas and the instillation of a missile defence system in South Korea were hot spots getting closer to ignition.
Jan. 29, 2017
Headline: Putin's Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall
The nuclear icebreaker Lenin, the pride and joy of the Soviet Union's Arctic great game, lies at perpetual anchor in the frigid water here. A relic of the Cold War, it is now a museum. But nearly three decades after the Lenin was taken out of service to be turned into a visitor attraction, Russia is again on the march in the Arctic and building new nuclear icebreakers. It is part of a push to firm Moscow's hand in the High North as it vies for dominance with traditional rivals Canada, the United States, and Norway as well as newcomer China. Interviews with officials and military analysts and reviews of government documents show Russia's build-up is the biggest since the 1991 Soviet fall and will, in some areas, give Moscow more military capabilities than the Soviet Union once had. The expansion has far-reaching financial and geopolitical ramifications. The Arctic is estimated to hold more hydrocarbon reserves than Saudi Arabia and Moscow is putting down a serious military marker. "History is repeating itself," Vladimir Blinov, a guide on board the icebreaker Lenin, which is named after communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, told a recent tour group. "Back then (in the 1950s) it was the height of the Cold War and the United States was leading in some areas. But we beat the Americans and built the world's first nuclear ship (the Lenin). The situation today is similar." Under President Vladimir Putin, Moscow is rushing to re-open abandoned Soviet military, air and radar bases on remote Arctic islands and to build new ones, as it pushes ahead with a claim to almost half a million square miles of the Arctic.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Worst S&P 500 Drop Since Election Day
Headline: U.S. dollar falls amid economic data
It was bound to happen sometime. The biggest stock selloff since Donald Trump’s election victory cast the president in an unfamiliar role Monday: market villain. Equities in the S&P 500 Index fell as much as 1.2 percent, the most since Election Day, with companies seen vulnerable to his immigration policies among the biggest losers. Tracing cause and effect is never easy in a market this richly priced with as many cross-currents. Banks, for example, were down even after Trump pledged to “do a big number” on Dodd-Frank. Still, from falling airlines to sliding software makers, some on Wall Street saw evidence Monday that the president’s Midas touch had weakened. “Investors in general are feeling Trump is a bit reckless’’ on the immigration ban and dealing with Mexico on trade issues, Terry Morris, managing director of equities at BB&T Institutional Investment Advisors in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania said by phone. The firm oversees about $10 billion.“It creates friction worldwide and is causing uncertainty.’’ Some investors saw Monday’s decline as reality overtaking perception in assessing Trump’s market impact. While tax reform, infrastructure spending and deregulation remain abstract hopes with significant barriers to implementation, Trump’s plans for trade and immigration are suddenly much more tangible.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Yemen: Food crisis could become famine this year, UN warns
The conflict-driven food crisis in Yemen could become a full-blown famine this year, the UN's humanitarian chief has warned. Two million people need emergency food aid to survive and child malnutrition has risen 63% in a year, Stephen O'Brien told the UN Security Council. A child under five dies every 10 minutes of preventable causes, he said. Severe poverty, war damage, and a naval embargo by the Saudi-led coalition have all damaged food security. About 14 million people are currently food insecure in Yemen, including 2.2m children who are acutely malnourished and nearly 500,000 suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Widows, orphans, the disabled and elderly are no longer receiving a monthly allowance from the government and 1.25 million civil servants were not receiving regular salaries, Mr O'Brien said. "Humanitarians now fill in for collapsing public institutions, which at this scale is both beyond our capacity and our remit," he said. Yemen has been devastated by nearly two years of war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, backed by Saudi Arabia, and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.
Jan. 27, 2017
January 25, 2017 – Dead turtles found in a dried up dam in Quixada, Brazil
January 25, 2017 – Millions of dead sardines wash up on the coast of Quemchi, Chile
January 26, 2017 – Disease killing hundreds of birds in Washington
January 27, 2017 – 3,700 dead birds found in the waters of Sacramento
January 27, 2017 – Dead whales and a dolphin wash up in Baja California, Mexico
January 28, 2017 – Over 10,000 pheasants to be killed due to avian flu in Lancashire, England
January 28, 2017 – Masses of dead fish washing up again on beaches in Florida
January 29, 2017 – 400 dead monkeys found in the forests of Espirito Santo, Brazil- suspicion of yellow fever
Headline: Schools in Sicily evacuated as more than 60 quakes shake Mount Etna
Seismic experts at Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (Ingv) registered more than 60 tremors on Monday morning - the most significant measuring at least 3.5 magnitude, at 10:51am. The quakes began shortly after 6am, and five have measured over 3.0 in magnitude. Local authorities have alerted residents to the series of tremors, which have had their epicentre between Ragalna and Monte San Leo, at around 14km deep. Ingv said there was "nothing unusual" about the volcanic activity, and there have not been any reports of damage to buildings or any injuries caused by the quakes. In the towns of Ragalna, Nicolosi and Bronte on the south side of the volcano, schoolchildren were evacuated on Monday morning as a precaution. Etna, nestled between the cities of Messina and Catania, is Europe's most active and highest volcano and Italy's highest peak south of the Alps. Together with Mount Vesuvius near Naples, it is one of 16 volcanoes in the world designated as 'Decade Volcanoes' by the UN, which means that they are studied particularly closely due to the frequency of activity and density of nearby population.
Jan. 30, 2017
Headline: Supervolcano 'worse than Vesuvius' that could kill MILLIONS across Europe 'ready to blow'
Around two thousand years ago Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the Roman city of Pompeii and killing an estimated 1,500 people. Today, a far more sinister supervolcano named Campi Flegrei is lurking underneath Naples in Italy. Shock research, revealed last month, warned that the “big daddy” of Vesuvius is showing signs of “reawakening” and may be on the brink of going off. Should it blow in a “big one” eruption, experts told Daily Star Online thousands, possibly millions, of people across Europe would be killed “immediately” from incineration and suffocation. Dense black ash clouds would block out the sun, plunging the continent into months, if not years, of eerie darkness.
Jan. 30, 2017
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