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Headline: Trump May Break With UN Human Rights Council Over Anti-Israel Bias: Report
The Trump administration is considering pulling the US out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in protest of its blatant and incessant anti-Israel bias, Politico reported on Saturday. Israeli politicians welcomed the report. The administration sees the Council as inherently anti-Israel, a common US criticism against an international body which, as of an April 2015 report, had condemned Israel more than every other country in the world combined. The Council consistently continues to abuse the Middle East’s lone democracy and to stay silent on the horrific human rights abuses of neighboring Arab states. While ongoing discussions will not affect the US’s participation in the Council’s upcoming session, which begins on Monday, the final decision would likely include consultations between President Donald Trump, Tillerson, and ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who recently blasted the UN Security Council for focusing the lion’s share of its attentions on Israel while ignoring other Middle East crises. Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US and prominent politician, praised the report, tweeting that the decision to leave the “insanely anti-Israel” Council would “send a moral message to the world.”
Feb. 26, 2017
Headline: Jihadist: Hamas Confiscates Hundreds Of Rockets From Gaza Salafists
Headline: Former senior PA official: 'Hamas is willing to go back to '67 borders'
Hamas has raided weapons caches of Islamic State-affiliated groups in the Gaza Strip in the wake of several rockets fired from Sinai into Israel, a top jihadi militant affiliated with IS ideology told Breitbart Jerusalem. Abu Bakr Almaqdesi said that about 250 rockets and dozens of rifles have been confiscated, in addition to the arrest of their supposed owners. The arsenal ranged between smaller rockets, with a range of 5-7 kilometers, to Grad rockets that are capable of reaching Tel Aviv, he claimed. In addition, more than 60 AK-47 rifles were confiscated, the jihadist said. “But the so-called Muslims didn’t make do with depriving the mujahedeen of their arms,” he said, referring to Hamas, “they confiscated their personal computers, mobile phones and motorcycles as well. They even took Islamic State flags.” “The rockets are intended to hit the Jews, who have become active players in the war waged against our brothers in Sinai by [Egyptian President Abdel Fatah] Sisi’s army of infidels,” he said. “The fact that Hamas takes the rockets away from the mujahedeen proves that they have nothing to do with Islam and jihad. Hamas has come out in defense of the Jews. They seek to become part of democracy and give precedence to man-made laws over divine law, and this is the result. But Hamas knows full well that its men, thank Allah, continue to cross the lines and join the mujahedeen and the Islamic State.”
Feb. 26, 2017
Headline: IDF strikes 5 Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket attack
Headline: Report: Hamas currently has 15 border-crossing tunnels
IDF jets and tanks struck five Hamas terror targets in the Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon in retaliation for a rocket that landed in southern Israeli territory overnight, the army confirmed Monday afternoon. “The strikes occurred in response to high trajectory rocket attacks on the western Negev in the morning,” the statement said, adding that “the firing of rockets constitutes a threat to the security of Israeli citizens and harms the sovereignty of the State of Israel.” According to Palestinian reports, at least eight airstrikes are said to have hit Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip, including in Beit Lahiya and according to Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, four men were “moderately wounded east of Rafah during the Israeli bombardment.” According to Palestinian Maan News agency, two strikes targeted the Shuhada Hamas military site in the central Gaza Strip west of the Nuseirat refugee camp. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated that while Israel has no intention of initiating any military action in Gaza, “we have no intention to continue to absorb drippings (of rockets out of the strip). Hamas must take responsibility and relax.” There have been several rockets launched at southern Israel in February, including two incidents in which the Islamic State group in the Sinai fired a barrage of rockets towards the southern city of Eilat, three of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile system while a fourth landed in open territory. Two weeks ago, following another rocket attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters in London that his directives are to respond with force to every missile attack.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: At UN, Abbas calls for Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 borders
Headline: Abbas: All countries should recognize Palestinian State
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas called for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-Six Day War boundaries during his address to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday. “Peace in the world can be secured by realization of the two-state solution, Palestine and Israel, living side by side on the pre-1967 borders in peace and security,” Abbas said, urging “concerned parties not to take steps that contribute to strengthening the Israeli occupation of the State of Palestine.” “This includes the support to the Israeli settlement enterprise, attacks against holy places or moving embassies to Jerusalem,” he added, implicitly referencing US President Donald Trump’s stated plan to move the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon responded by criticizing the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for allowing the PA chairman a platform to slam Israel.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Netanyahu: Still no agreement on settlements with Trump
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told MKs from his ruling Likud party on Monday that he still has not reached an agreement with US President Donald Trump regarding the construction of new homes in West Bank settlements. Netanyahu said that although he is working with the White House to establish a “mechanism” for coordinating settlement construction, “things are not as simple as you think they are,” unnamed participants in the Likud faction meeting told the Haaretz daily. Trump’s presidency “is a historic opportunity, but [we] need to know the limits of this opportunity,” Haaretz quoted Netanyahu as saying. Netanyahu’s comments were reportedly made during a heated argument between Likud lawmakers who support annexing large swaths of the West Bank and those in favor of separating from the Palestinians while still maintaining security control over the area.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Analysis: Is Israeli-Saudi peace a realistic proposition?
Like a puzzle composed of only two pieces, two cabinet ministers separately delivered remarks last week, granting the Israeli public an interesting glimpse into the current reality of the balance of power in the Middle East. First was Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who broadly described the main elements of Iran's intelligence activities in the Middle East during his speech at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday. His remarks included an expression of concern for a third, far-off country, which does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. "They are trying to create chaos in every place," Liberman said of the Iranians. "And there main target is Saudi Arabia." Since when does the defense minister of Israel care about the hardships of Saudi Arabia? The answer was provided the next day by Liberman's fellow cabinet member, Intelligence Minister Israel Katz. "Yes, there is cooperation between Israel and these countries, which cannot be discussed in detail," Katz explained. "This cooperation is going to be significantly upgraded, because the US is going to lead it. The first goal is to block Iran and push it out of the area." The two ministers are correct: Iran's efforts to act against Israel are currently reaching record heights. The Iranians, encouraged by their success in saving the Assad regime in Syria, have declared a quiet war on Israel. Their approach is two-pronged. In Gaza, they are providing Hamas's military wing with weapons and money. On the northern border, they are working tirelessly to fill Hezbollah's weapons warehouses with precision missiles, which are liable to cause battlefield losses for the IDF and the Air Force. More than a decade after the Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah is being built into a force that rivals that of a national army.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: War-torn Yemen may attract jihadi fighters from Syria and Iraq
Yemen, ravaged by civil war and with a devastating famine looming, is an ideal refuge for Isis militants fleeing Iraq and Syria. The war between Houthi rebels from Yemen’s north, who seized power in early 2015, and the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi is increasingly taking on a sectarian dimension. The conflict began as a domestic battle for territory, power and resources. But the involvement of Saudi Arabia on the side of President Hadi, and of Iran providing limited support to the Houthi rebels (most of whom adhere to the Zaydi offshoot of Shiism) is fuelling the hate-filled narratives favoured by militant jihad. Add to this poisonous climate the rugged topography of Yemen, the security vacuum left by an absentee government residing in Riyadh, the weakening of tribal social glue as internally displaced people move east, rampant smuggling networks and a vast and porous coastline. The result is a pocket of instability to which Isis fighters can flee. Although some Isis forces already operate within Yemen, it is not the dominant jihadi group in the country. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has the upper hand in terms of numbers, influence and appeal.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: IS militants in north Sinai showing their strength
In the past three days, Islamic State militants in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai region abducted four men accused of collaborating with the government, three of them during a brazen raid in the middle of a public market. Two of the men have been found slain while the others remain missing; Egyptian officials say that one of the slain men had his eyes plucked out and was set on fire before being shot to death. Women are being threatened with punishment if they don't wear the niqab and farmers are being forced to pay financial tribute to IS under the guise of the "zakat" mandatory Islamic donation to charity. The militants have set up their own checkpoints especially on the roads around the city of Rafah, which borders the Gaza Strip. Passengers are forced to recite from the Quran before being allowed to pass, according to area residents and tribal leaders. This recent show-of-strength campaign by IS loyalists in northern Sinai comes on the heels of a recent easing of the military campaign against them and represents a move to reassert their control over the local civilian population, according to residents, tribal leaders and officials. "The messages the militants are sending are terrifying," said a prominent tribal leader. "The numbers of militants is not that big ... But the army campaign stopped and the militants returned." The violence poses a fresh challenge to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government to put down an IS-led insurgency in northern Sinai and prevent spillover that at times has reached the Egyptian mainland. The extremists have repeatedly targeted Christian residents, causing more than 100 Christian families to flee from the city of el-Arish. IS militants in northern Sinai recently vowed in a video message to step up a wave of attacks on the embattled Christian minority, a threat that highlights a possible shift in tactics — targeting vulnerable and less-defended civilians instead of the usual police and military targets. A devastating IS-claimed suicide bombing at a Cairo church in December killed nearly 30 people.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Syria: Twin attacks on Homs security bases kill dozens
Headline: Opposition: We have evidence that confirms Syrian regime’s ties to ISIS
Headline: Syrian jihadists claim responsibility for attack on security HQs in Homs
Gunmen and suicide bombers have attacked security bases in Homs, western Syria, killing at least 32. State TV said the local head of military intelligence was among the dead and some reports say more than 40 died. Jihadist group Tahrir al-Sham said it carried out the attacks. Homs has been under government control since December 2015 when rebels left under a ceasefire deal. Syria's government said the attacks would not go unanswered. Its UN Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari, who leads the government delegation at peace talks in Geneva, said they were a message to the talks from "the sponsors of terrorism". He demanded that all opposition groups present denounce the violence, saying direct talks could only be held with a unified opposition. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said attackers targeted the headquarters of military security in the city and also a branch of state security. The attacks took place in the heavily guarded Ghouta and Mahatta districts. State TV said provincial army intelligence chief General Hassan Daabul, a close associate of President Bashar al-Assad, was among the dead. After the attacks, government planes carried out air strikes on the last opposition enclave in Homs, though rebels there are not connected to Tahrir al-Sham.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Turkey-backed Syrian Rebels Clash With Army in al-Bab (Aleppo province)
Headline: Syrian MP: We will back Iran in any war with Turkey
Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups clashed with government forces near a city in northern Syria they captured from Islamic State, the second such confrontation in that region this month. The clash late on Sunday took place in an area where the sides are waging separate campaigns against Islamic State. Russia, which backs the Syrian government, intervened to halt the previous clash. The latest incident occurred near the city of al-Bab, which the Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels captured last week from Islamic State. Syrian government forces on Sunday announced the capture of the town of Tadef, 4 km (2.5 miles) to the south. A rebel official in touch with one of the FSA groups taking part in the Turkey-backed campaign in northern Syria said rebels had opened fire on Sunday in response to an attempt by government forces to advance towards an area near al-Bab. An FSA statement said "22 regime members" were killed. A Syrian military source said the rebels had "targeted our forces in Tadef with artillery and machine guns". The source, who described the FSA factions as "terrorist groups that belong to Turkey", gave no casualty toll.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Iraqi Forces Reach Key Mosul Bridge
Iraqi forces battling Islamic State militants reached a key bridge in the city of Mosul, as they pushed forward with their week-old offensive to clear IS from the western side of the city. Officials said pro-government forces were in control of a section of what is known as the fourth bridge, or the southernmost bridge across the Tigris River. Fighting in Mosul has badly damaged or destroyed all of the bridges, and restoring access across the river will allow the army to move troops and supplies. As the fighting in western Mosul intensifies, there is concern about civilians living there. The United Nations has described a humanitarian crisis in the area with people facing severe shortages of food, fuel and medical supplies. U.S.-led coalition troops, officially deployed as trainers and advisers, have assisted the Iraqi force in the Mosul offensive. Under a current bilateral agreement, U.S. forces are not authorized to engage in combat. But, as the Mosul offensive gained strength last week, U.S. Air Force Colonel John Dorrian said advisers were positioned so close to the frontlines that they had come under attack and returned fire.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Turkey will end operation in Syria after Manbij captured: Erdogan's adviser
Headline: Turkey strikes PKK targets in northern Iraq
Turkey plans to end its military operation in Syria after the city of Manbij is captured, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday at a conference in Moscow. Ilnur Cevik said Turkey is setting up a 56-mile "buffer zone" into Manbij after capturing al-Bab. Cevik appeared at a conference called "Relations between Turkey and Russia: From the Period of Tension to Strengthening Cooperation." It was organized by Sabah newspaper and the Press and Information Office of the Turkish government. Last week, Turkey's armed forces and Syrian rebels gained near full control of al-Bab in northern Syrian from the Islamic State. Al-Bab is 30 miles west of Manbij. Cevik said he is "grateful" for Russia's efforts.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Ahmadinejad to Trump: US belongs to everyone
Headline: Iran threatens to mobilize agents in US to attack nuclear stockpiles- VIDEO
Headline: Iran test-fires Nasr sea-launched cruise missile during drills (VIDEO)
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote a 3,500 word letter to President Donald Trump in which he slams the new administration’s restrictions on immigration and US “dominance” of the United Nations. The letter was transferred to the US via the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which serves as the point of contact between the United States and Iran. In the document, Ahmadinejad congratulated President Trump’s November win and praised his 2016 campaign, which the former Iranian leader said “truthfully described the US political system and electoral structure as corrupt." But Ahmadinejad, who during his tenure as president threatened to “wipe Israel off the map” and publicly suggested the Holocaust was a hoax, chided Trump over his recent executive order temporarily restricting immigration from seven high-risk countries, saying the US must “value respect toward the diversity of nations and races.” Ahmadinejad went on to argue that the United States “belongs to all nations”, suggesting the US has no right to regulate immigration into the country.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Mystery deepens over Chinese forces in Afghanistan
Headline: US Drone Strike Kills Senior Taliban Leader in Afghanistan
A mystery over recent sightings of Chinese military vehicles patrolling inside Afghanistan deepened last week as Beijing denied its troops were in Afghanistan but confirmed it was undertaking “joint counter-terrorism operations” with Kabul. The disclosure comes as China steps up its involvement with its western neighbour amid a gradual withdrawal by US forces from the war-ravaged country. Ren Guoqiang, a spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army, was asked about reports of Chinese troops inside Afghanistan at a defence ministry press conference on Thursday. He flatly denied any military involvement but said that “the law enforcement authorities of the two sides have conducted joint law enforcement operations in border areas to fight against terrorism”, according to an official transcript of the remarks made available Friday. “The report that the Chinese military patrolled in Afghanistan is false,” he said. An effort Friday to clarify whether there were any Chinese non-military patrols on the Afghan side of the border was met with the same response.
Feb. 26, 2017
Headline: EU urged to end cooperation with Sudan after refugees whipped and deported
The EU is facing calls to rethink its cooperation with Sudan on migration flows after scores of refugees were whipped, fined, jailed and deported from Khartoum last weekend following a peaceful protest over a huge rise in visa processing fees. About 65 asylum seekers – the majority from Ethiopia and some from Eritrea – were lashed 40 times on their backs and the back of their legs with leather whips, lawyers told the Guardian. The detainees were also handed fines of more than $800 (£645), and 40 were deported immediately, after being arrested in what witnesses say was a violent police attack on a peaceful protest. The incident raises concerns about the strength of human rights conditions attached to more than $100m of migration-related aid earmarked for Sudan by the European commission. EU officials deny that any revenues will go to government forces such as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), border guards on Sudan’s Libyan frontier linked to the notorious Janjaweed militia. The EU says it has not yet given any funds to the Sudanese government and that monies have been directed through international agencies. However, a parliamentary delegation to Sudan in December said while EU stocks might not yet have arrived, it was clear that its funding projects “will be providing equipment to national police across the region for border control”.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Libya PM heading to Moscow to seek better ties
The head of Libya's embattled unity government Fayez al-Sarraj will visit Moscow this week, a government source said on Monday, after a key rival sought to build ties with Russia. A source from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) said Sarraj would begin a visit to Moscow on Thursday, without providing further details. The visit comes as Libya continues to be submerged in chaos, six years after the ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed armed uprising. Sarraj's fragile GNA, formed under a UN-backed deal signed in late 2015, has struggled to impose its authority, particularly in eastern Libya where a rival administration holds sway. Military strongman Khalifa Haftar is aligned with the rival administration and commands the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army which is battling jihadists and controls key oil export terminals. Analysts believe that Russia, emboldened by its military success in Syria, is seeking a foothold in oil-rich Libya with support for Haftar. On February 14 Russia tried to mediate a meeting between Sarraj and Haftar in Cairo, but the bid fell through. Sarraj's visit also comes after Russian oil giant Rosneft and Libya's National Oil Corporation last week signed a deal to explore possible cooperation in various fields, including exploration and production.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: IS group claims foiled suicide attack in Algeria
A policeman managed to foil an attempted suicide attack in eastern Algeria on Sunday, opening fire on the bomber and triggering the explosives belt he was wearing, officials said. The botched attack was later claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group. The Algerian national police force said the attacker had been approaching a police station in the city of Constantine when he was shot by the officer. "An officer who was in front of the police headquarters, underneath a building that is home to a dozen families, responded energetically and heroically after several warnings, targeting with precision the explosive belt worn by a terrorist," police said in a statement cited by APS news agency. At the time of the attack, around 9pm local time (8pm GMT), a strong explosion was heard near the police station in central Constantine, eastern Algeria's main hub, APS reported. Two officers were injured in the explosion, according to local reports. The IS group claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing via its AMAQ news agency on Monday. "An operation of martyrdom using an explosive in a bag by an Islamic State fighter yesterday targeted an Algerian police station in the Constantine city centre," AMAQ said. The botched attack comes four months after gunmen shot dead a policeman in a restaurant in northern Constantine, in a rare urban attack believed to have been carried out by a local IS group affiliate.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Western Sahara: Morocco to pull out of UN buffer zone
Morocco is to pull out of a UN buffer zone in the disputed Western Sahara territory, an official statement says. Tension in the area flared up a year ago when Morocco moved into the buffer zone, breaching a UN-backed ceasefire. The Polisario Front, which wants independence for Western Sahara, dismissed Morocco's move as a gimmick. Morocco recently rejoined the African Union, which it had left in 1984 after the body's recognition of Polisario as the territory's government. The decision to withdraw from the Guerguerat zone is said to have been taken in person by the Moroccan King Mohammed VI. The move came after the sovereign spoke on the phone with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who asked him to pull out his troops. "The Kingdom of Morocco will proceed from today with a unilateral withdrawal from the (Guerguerat) zone," the Moroccan foreign ministry said in a statement. Polisario said the move would hardly make any difference. "The Moroccan decision to withdraw its troops near Guerguerat by a few hundred metres is window dressing," it said in a statement.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Armenian forces repel largest Azerbaijani attack since last April’s war
A statement released by the Artsakh Defense Army claimed that the Azerbaijani military made two attempts to carry out attacks against Armenian paramilitary positions at around 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. in the southeastern (Martakert) and eastern (Akna) directions of the Artsakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact. The statement continued by claiming that several bodies of Azerbaijani soldiers are left in the neutral zone after their offensive failed. The casualties of the Azerbaijani side include the head of the 181st intelligence brigade of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, Major Abdulayev, commander of the brigade’s intelligence company, Senior Lieutenant Ashimli Shakhlar, intelligence officer Adihusseinov, and two other servicemen, according to the Army statement. “Several [Azerbaijani] corpses are lying in the neutral zone,” said the statement. “No [servicemen] were killed or wounded on the Armenian side… How can the defending side leave casualties in the neutral zone?” asked a part of the statement.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Philippines confirms beheading of German hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants
Daesh-linked militants in the Philippines have beheaded the German hostage they were holding for ransom, the government in Manila said Monday. A video posted by the Abu Sayyaf group, which was monitored by intelligence group SITE, showed Jurgen Kantner being killed by a knife-wielding man. Shortly after the video appeared, government envoy Jesus Dureza confirmed the German’s death. “We grieve as we strongly condemn the barbaric beheading of yet another kidnap victim,” Dureza said in a statement. “Up to the last moment, many sectors including the Armed Forces of the Philippines exhausted all efforts to save his life. We all tried our best. But to no avail,” said Dureza. Military officials in the south said they had not yet found the German’s body. In Geneva, Philippines Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said the German hostage may have been killed because he was sick. Speaking on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Yasay said the Philippines was seeking technological help from its allies to pinpoint the locations of remaining hostages and would stick to its tough “no ransom” policy.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Town hall agitators explode at the name of Jesus
Headline: Hillary Clinton Calls For 'Resistance': "We Need To Stay Engaged... I'll Be With You Every Step Of The Way"
A group of enraged protesters exploded in anger after a chaplain prayed in the name of Jesus at a town hall meeting in Louisiana hosted by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy. The verbally-abusive crowd also heckled a Vietnam War veteran who attempted to lead the group in the pledge of allegiance. It was one of the most heinous acts of un-American, anti-Christian behavior I’ve ever seen, folks. Louisiana State chaplain Michael Sprague and the unidentified Vietnam War veteran should be commended for maintaining their composure in the face of such verbal barbarism. The Feb. 22 town hall meeting in Metairie, was quickly overrun by the angry mob – much like other town hall meetings hosted by Republican lawmakers across the country.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Pakistani capital on high alert after a series of attacks
Pakistani officials say the capital Islamabad and other parts of the country have been put on high alert after a series of militant attacks. Police officer Zahid Awan says Monday that extra checkpoints have been set up and patrols intensified in the capital. The Pakistani Taliban and their allied Islamic militants have carried out a string of suicide bombings in recent weeks, killing over 125 people. The government has responded with an intensified crackdown on militant hideouts and support networks. Government spokesman Mohammad Ahmad Khan says that Pakistani paramilitary forces have been conducting raids in Punjab province and an army statement says that nearly 600 suspects have been detained in recent days.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Bomb targets bus in Bahrain, wounding 5 police officers
Authorities in Bahrain say five police officers have been wounded in a bomb attack that targeted a bus in the island nation. An Interior Ministry statement says two of those wounded have since been discharged from the hospital while the three others are in stable condition. The attack Sunday came ahead of a court hearing Monday for cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim. He lost his citizenship in June and could be deported. Qassim’s next hearing is March 14.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: China warns US, S. Korea of 'consequences' over THAAD land swap deal
China announced that Washington and Seoul will face “consequences” over a land swap deal which will allow the US to host its THAAD missile defense system on South Korean soil – a move which Beijing claims will undermine its own ballistic capabilities. The agreement, which involves a land swap between Seoul and retail giant Lotte, was approved on Monday. “We received a message that the board approved the exchange of land for THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) deployment,” the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a statement, as quoted by AFP. That news was met with disapproval from China’s Foreign Ministry, with spokesman Geng Shuang claiming the system “severely disrupts regional strategic balance and jeopardizes the strategic security interests of regional countries including China.” Beijing “will definitely take necessary measures to safeguard its security interests,” he said during a news briefing, adding that “all the consequences entailed will be borne by the US and the Republic of Korea.” Beijing says that THAAD – which is being deployed in response to threats from nuclear-armed North Korea – will not help peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, and called on Seoul and Washington not to go ahead. China also claims the missile defense system, which has powerful radar capable of penetrating Chinese territory, will undermine Beijing’s own ballistic capabilities.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Welcome Aboard... But First US Marshals Will Scan Your Retina
For some 15 years, airport security has become steadily more invasive. There are ever more checkpoints, ever more requests for documents as you make your way from the airport entrance to the airplane. Passengers adapt to the new changes as they come. But my latest flight to Mexico, originating in Atlanta, presented all passengers with something I had never seen before. We had already been through boarding pass checks, passport checks, scanners, and pat downs. At the gate, each passenger had already had their tickets scanned and we were all walking on the jet bridge to board. It’s at this point that most people assume that it is all done: finally we can enjoy some sense of normalcy. This time was different. Halfway down the jetbridge, there was a new layer of security. Two US Marshals, heavily armed and dressed in dystopian-style black regalia, stood next to an upright machine with a glowing green eye. Every passenger, one by one, was told to step on a mat and look into the green scanner. It was scanning our eyes and matching that scan with the passport, which was also scanned (yet again). Like everyone else, I complied. What was my choice? I guess I could have turned back at the point, decline to take the flight I had paid for, but it would be unclear what would then happen. After standing there for perhaps 8 seconds, the machine gave the go signal and I boarded. I talked to a few passengers about this and others were just as shaken by the experience. They were reticent even to talk about it, as people tend to be when confronted with something like this. I couldn’t find anyone who had ever seen something like this before. I wrote friends who travel internationally and none said they had ever seen anything like this. I will tell you how it made me feel: like a prisoner in my own country. It’s one thing to control who comes into a country. But surveilling and permissioning American citizens as they leave their own country, even as they are about to board, is something else. Where is the toggle switch that would have told the machine not to let me board, and who controls it? How prone is it to bureaucratic error? What happens to my scan now and who has access to it? Homeland Security: "As part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) border security mission, the agency is deploying new technologies to verify travelers’ identities – both when they arrive and when they leave the United States – by matching a traveler to the document they are presenting. CBP’s goal is to enhance national security and protect a traveler’s identity against theft through the use of biometrics. Biometric information (such as finger, face, or iris) measures a person’s unique physical characteristics. CBP incorporated fingerprints for biometric identification and verification in 2004, and is now testing facial and iris imaging capabilities to help improve travelers’ identity protection, the integrity of our immigration system, and our national security "
Feb. 26, 2017
Headline: Stockman: "After March 15 Everything Will Grind To A Halt"
Headline: ‘Let’s revive Europe!’ European leaders call for ‘FEDERAL UNION’ to save crumbling EU
Two weeks after David Stockman warned that "the market is apparently pricing in a huge Trump stimulus. But if you just look at the real world out there, the only thing that's going to happen is a fiscal bloodbath and a White House train wreck like never before in U.S. history" and exclaimed that, when looking at markets, "what's going on today is complete insanity" he is back with another interview, this time with Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog in which he, once again warns, that a giant fiscal bloodbatch is coming soon, and urges listeners to pay especially close attention to the March 15, 2017 debt ceiling deadling, at which point everything could "grind to a halt." As Greg Hunter writes, former Reagan Administration White House Budget Director David Stockman says financial pain is a mathematical certainty. Stockman explains, “I think we are likely to have more of a fiscal bloodbath rather than fiscal stimulus. Unfortunately for Donald Trump, not only did the public vote the establishment out, they left on his doorstep the inheritance of 30 years of debt build-up and a fiscal policy that’s been really reckless in the extreme. People would like to think he’s the second coming of Ronald Reagan and we are going to have morning in America. Unfortunately, I don’t think it looks that promising because Trump is inheriting a mess that pales into insignificance what we had to deal with in January of 1981 when I joined the Reagan White House as Budget Director.”
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: WHO urges quick development of antibiotics to combat superbugs, warns options are running out
The World Health Organization (WHO) has urgently called for the creation of new drugs to tackle 12 superbugs which do not respond to antibiotics, warning that drug resistance is on the rise. The "priority pathogens" list released by the organization on Monday, catalogs 12 families of bacteria which poses the greatest threat to human health. The list specifically highlights "gram-negative bacteria," which are resistant to multiple antibiotics. Such bacteria have built-in capabilities to find new ways to resist treatment and can pass along genetic material which allows other bacteria to also become drug resistant. "Antibiotic resistance is growing, and we are fast running out of treatment options. If we leave it to market forces alone, the new antibiotics we most urgently need are not going to be developed in time," Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO's assistant director-general for Health Systems and Innovation, said.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Egypt sees 2017's first confirmed death from bird flu in Egypt
Egypt's first death from the bird flu virus in 2017 has been reported in Upper Egypt’s Fayoum governorate, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday. A 48-year-old man tested positive for the virus after he was admitted to Fayoum’s General Hospital with a cold and a fever. The patient was moved to El-Abassiya Fever Hospital, where he succumbed to the virus, deputy health minister in Fayoum Hesham El-Shenawy told MENA. Blood samples were taken from the victim’s families and those with whom he interacted to ensure they are not infected. The victim worked at a duck farm, veterinary health deputy minister Moussa Soliman told MENA, adding that safety regulations are being implemented at the farm to ensure no more infections occur.
Feb. 27, 2017
Headline: Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire erupts
Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire erupted yesterday, spewing lava and sending up plumes of ash that rained down on nearby communities and could eventually reach the capital, civil protection authorities said. The Volcan de Fuego, one of the country’s three active volcanos, is located about 45 kilometres (28 miles) southwest of the capital Guatemala City. It was the volcano’s second eruption this year. David de Leon, spokesman for the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, said the volcanic activity later stabilized and fell within the normal range after an eruptive phase that lasted 13 hours. The rumbling 3,763-metre-high (12,345-foot) volcano registered a powerful eruption from 11:28pm Friday (1328 GMT Saturday in Malaysia). In the afternoon, explosions generated ash columns 4,500 metres above sea level, 500 metres less than in the morning. The longest of three lava flows so far stretched 1,600 metres. Although the ash could travel as far as Guatemala City, it has not yet reached the capital, instead affecting populations in the four departments near the volcano.
Feb. 26, 2017
Headline: Chile floods: Millions without water in capital Santiago
Rainstorms and landslides in Chile have contaminated a major river forcing the authorities to cut off drinking water to at least four million people in the capital, Santiago. Officials said the water supply from the Maipo river would be cut to most of the city until the water flowed clear. At least three people have been killed and 19 are missing as rivers overflowed and bridges were washed away. Almost 400 people have been cut off in the Cajon del Maipo mountainous area. Aguas Andinas, which provides the capital with drinking water, said continuing rain was making repairs difficult. The company said it did not know yet when the water supply could be restored.
Feb. 27, 2017
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