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Headline: Arab League, UN reiterate call for two-state solution
The secretary-generals of both the Arab League and the United Nations reiterated their calls on Thursday for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). “It requires a comprehensive and just settlement based on a two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on 1967 borders with its capital in Jerusalem,” said Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, according to the Egyptian news outlet MENA (Middle East News Agency). Gheit was essentially calling for Israel to relinquish all territory won by Israel during the Six-Day War of 1967, in accordance with the guidelines of the Saudi Peace Initiative presented in 2002. Gheit’s remarks followed a joint press conference on Wednesday between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump in which both leaders noticeably avoided making any explicit commitment to a two-state solution.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Netanyahu to Trump: Recognize Golan Heights as part of Israel
Headline: Germany: 'Settlements' could lead to war
Israel asked the United States to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan Heights during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s three-day visit to Washington, in which the Trump administration affirmed the unbreakable bond between the two countries. The prime minister brought up the issue of the Golan both at his meeting with Trump at the White House on Wednesday as well as with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday. After the meetings, Netanyahu told reporters that the US leaders’ response was “not Earth shattering.” According to an Israeli official, Netanyahu also spoke with Pence about ways to advance the issue with regard to the mountainous area that Israel captured from Syria in the Six Day War and then annexed in 1981. The United States and the international community have never recognized Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights. Israel has long argued that it must maintain that territory for security reasons and hopes that the Trump administration might take a different stance on the matter.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Terrorism makes January Israel’s bloodiest month since June
Five Israelis were killed in January by Palestinian terrorists, making the month the deadliest since June 2016, according to Israel’s security service. The Shin Bet recorded a total of 100 attacks in January, which left 16 wounded, according to its monthly report published earlier this week. Four of the victims were killed in Jerusalem on Jan. 8 when the assailant drove his truck into a crowd of soldiers. One man was killed the previous week in Haifa. Of the attacks documented last month, 81 involved the hurling of firebombs. December 2016 had seen 98 attacks. Separately, on Thursday, Palestinians accused a driver they claim is an Israeli settler of deliberately hitting a Palestinian man with his car at the entrance to the West Bank town of Beit Ummar, near Hebron. Rafat Muhammad Shihdeh Abu Arrar Masalmeh, 36, was struck while approaching the parked car of his brother on the shoulder of the road, according to a report by the Palestinian Ma’an news agency. The report did not specify his condition or name the driver. The report quoted a man described as a “local activist” of saying the settler hit Masalmeh deliberately and then fled the scene.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Nasrallah warns: Hezbollah's missiles can hit Israel's nuclear reactor
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah called on Israel to dismantle its nuclear reactor in Dimona on Thursday, warning that it poses a threat to Israel's existence should it be hit by one of Hezbollah's missiles. Nasrallah made a similar threat against Haifa's ammonia tank last year, saying that a missile hitting the facility could have the affect of a nuclear bomb. Last week, a Haifa court ordered the tank closed, citing the security threat. Speaking in a televised speech commemorating Hezbollah's slain leaders, Nasrallah said that Hezbollah sees Israel's emptying of the ammonia tank as a sign that it fears the Lebanese Sh'ite group. "I call on Israel not only to empty the ammonia tank in Haifa, but also to dismantle the nuclear reactor in Dimona. Our military capabilities will strike Israel and its settlements," he warned. Nasrallah also suggested that Israel has been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump as US president. "Trump's election does not scare us, even if claims that he will give [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu the green light to wage a war on Lebanon turn out to be true," Lebanese news website Naharnet quoted Nasrallah as saying.
Feb. 16, 2017
Headline: Saudi Arabia ‘purchasing offensive weapons’
Military analysts at IHS Jane’s have revealed that Saudi Arabia and several other Western-backed Arab countries in the Middle East are purchasing weapons suited for a more offensive military program in distant locations. The UK-based group specializing in defense and intelligence analysis said Saudi Arabia is purchasing “items intended to boost the attacking capabilities of warplanes, such as precision air-to-ground missiles, advanced guidance systems and air-to-air refueling gear that extends the duration of flights,” according to media reports on Friday.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Sudanese, Emirati soldiers killed by Houthi missile strike in west Yemen
A large number of foreign soldiers taking part in the Saudi Coalition’s offensive in west Yemen were killed on Friday after a Houthi missile struck their positions near the Mocha Port. According to Houthi media, their forces fired several Katyusha rockets at the Saudi Coalition’s defenses, causing a significant number of casualties in the Al-Jadid area south of Mocha. Since losing the Mocha Port, the Houthi forces have carried out several hit-and-run attacks to harass the Saudi Coalition forces and their allies.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: 3 soldiers killed, 4 injured during raid in Egypt's central Sinai
Three army soldiers were killed and four others injured in an explosion in the El-Halal mountain area in central Sinai, the Egyptian army said on Friday. The explosion occurred during a raid on "terrorist hideouts" by the third field army and police forces in the area. The raid also resulted in the death of three militants and the arrest of three others, an army spokesman said on his official Facebook page. Egypt’s army and police forces have been waging a war over the past three years against an Islamist militant insurgency in North Sinai. Hundreds have been killed in the violence.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Can Trump rescue his Syria deal with Putin?
Headline: Pentagon might propose sending ground troops to speed up anti-Isis fight in Syria
Overlaying US President Donald Trump’s extraordinary, hour-long skirmish with reporters Thursday, Feb. 16, was bitter frustration over the domestic obstacles locking him out from his top security and foreign policy goals. Even before his inauguration four weeks ago, he had arranged to reach those goals by means of an understanding with President Vladimir Putin for military and intelligence cooperation in Syria, both for the war on the Islamic State and for the removal of Iran and its Lebanese surrogate Hizballah from that country. But his antagonists, including elements of the US intelligence community, were turning his strategy into a blunderbuss for hitting him on the head, with the help of hostile media. Thursday, in a highly unconventional meeting with the world media, he tried to hit back, and possibly save his strategy. That won’t be easy. The exit of National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, the prime mover in the US-Russian détente, sent the Kremlin a negative signal. The Russians began unsheathing their claws when they began to suspect that the US president was being forced back from their understanding. The SSV 175 Viktor Leonov spy ship was ordered to move into position opposite Delaware on the East Coast of America; Su-24 warplanes buzzed the USS Porter destroyer in the Black Sea. Before these events, Washington and Moscow wre moving briskly towards an understanding. debkafile’s intelligence sources disclose that the Kremlin had sent positive messages to the White House on their joint strategy in Syria, clarifying that Moscow was not locked in on Bashar Assad staying on as president. At all events, his administration seems to be at a crossroads between whether to try and salvage the partnership with Russia for Syria, or treat it as a write-off. debkafile’s sources report that the relations will quickly roll downhill without a strong hand to haul them back. It is up to Donald Trump to show whether or not he is capable of breaking through the siege clamped down on him by his enemies and save his key foreign policy goals. His next moves are being watched very intently in many parts of the world, especially in Middle East capitals. Governments in Tehran, Riyadh, Ankara, Damascus, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Cairo and Jerusalem are bracing to jump either way.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Turkish forces lose ground as ISIL’s counter-offensive begins in Al-Bab (Aleppo province)
The Islamic State (ISIS) forces struck back against the Turkish Army and their rebel allies on Friday, seizing several points from the latter inside Al-Bab City. According to the Islamic State’s official media wing, their forces recaptured the Shehabi Farms at the northern gates of Al-Bab after a battle with the Turkish Army and their rebel allies on Friday afternoon. With Shehabi Farms under their control, the Islamic State will now attempt to retake Aqil Hill from the Turkish Armed Forces in the Al-Bab countryside. If ISIS is successful in their quest to recapture the Aqil Hill, then they will have reversed most of the gains made by the Turkish Armed Forces in Al-Bab.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Complete Syrian War update: February 2017
Over the course of two months, the Syrian conflict has seen drastic changes at several fronts, including areas that have not seen fighting for years. Among the biggest changes this year is the battlefront in Damascus, which has seen the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in control of much of the western countryside and large parts of the nearby East Ghouta region. With a number of reconciliation agreements put together at the end of the year (e.g. Wadi Barada and Serghaya), the Syrian Arab Army managed to secure almost the entire provincial border with the Golan Heights, leaving only Beit Jinn under militant control.
Southern Syria: (Dara’a Governorate, Sweida Governorate) U.S. backed rebel forces have seized several points from the Islamic State terrorists near the Jordanian border, giving them a large buffer-zone around the Tanf Crossing into Iraq.
Syrian Desert Front: (Palmyra, Deir Ezzor Governorate) Syria’s vast desert landscape has been the scene of some of the most intense battles taking place inside the country.
Northern Syria: (Aleppo and Al-Raqqa governorates) Syria’s northern front is its most active front, with several groups fighting one another
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Syria Situation Report Feb. 2- Feb. 16, 2017
Headline: Baghdad car bomb kills at least 48
At least 48 people have been killed in Baghdad in the third blast in the Iraqi capital in three days, security and medical sources say. A car packed with explosives blew up near car dealerships in the Shia area of Bayaa in the south of the city. More than 50 people were injured. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed the attack, saying it targeted "a gathering of Shias". At least 24 people were killed in other attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday. Baghdad saw a wave of deadly suicide attacks by IS in the first few days of 2017, but the number had dropped until recently. An AFP reporter at the scene of Thursday's bomb reported seeing numerous burnt-out vehicles, and blood on the ground.
Feb. 16, 2017
Headline: IS kills 8 Iraqi militia near Tikrit (Saladin province)
ISIS attacked a battalion of state-sponsored militia southeast of Tikrit on Friday, killing at least eight militia members, an intelligence official said. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted by its Aamaq news agency. The statement said ISIS fighters had struck the 9th Battalion of the Popular Mobilization Forces, "killing its commander and 13 soldiers." The statement also said that ISIS fighters blew up the battalion's headquarters and other nearby positions and destroyed two Humvees that had arrived to assist the battalion
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Islamic State readies for close combat in alleyways of west Mosul
Islamic State militants are developing a network of passageways and tunnels in the narrow alleys of west Mosul that will enable them to hide and fight among the civilian population when Iraqi forces launch an attack that is expected any day now. Residents said the fighters have been opening passages in the walls between houses to allow them to move from block to block undetected, disappear after hit-and-run operations and track government troop movements. They have also opened sniper holes in buildings overlooking the Tigris river bisecting the city into east and west, they said.
"They opened these holes and threatened us not to close them," one resident told Reuters by telephone, asking not to be identified by name or location because Islamic State executes anyone caught communicating with the outside world. The militants are essentially under siege in western Mosul, along with an estimated 650,000 civilians, after US-backed forces surrounding the city dislodged them from the east in the first phase of an offensive that concluded four weeks ago.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Iraq Situation Report Feb. 11 - 16, 2017
Headline: Turkey car bombing kills 3-year-old, wounds 15
A car bomb attack targeting government lodgings in southeastern Turkey has killed a 3-year-old child and wounded 15 people, an official said. The bomb exploded near the homes of judges and prosecutors in the mainly-Kurdish town of Viransehir, in Sanliurfa province, which borders Syria. The state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Sanliurfa governor Gungor Azim Tuna as saying the attack was carried out with an explosives-laden vehicle, killing the child and wounding 15 others. Anadolu said medics and police were dispatched to the area, which was immediately sealed off.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Damascus condemns Turkish ‘violations of sanctity & unity of Syrian land’ in letters to UN
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has condemned Turkey’s “repeated crimes and attacks” on the Syrian people as well as violations of Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity, in two letters to the UN, Syria’s SANA news agency reports. The ministry expressed its discontent with Turkey’s actions in letters sent to the UN secretary general and the current president of the UN Security Council. In the letters, the Syrian authorities ask the UNSC to exert influence on Ankara and force it to put an end to “repeated crimes and attacks against the Syrian people and violations of the sanctity and unity of Syria’s territory,” SANA writes. Damascus says that Turkey's “aggression against Syria” has continued for five years and involves “providing various forms of military, material and logistic support to the terrorist organizations and facilitating the entry of foreign militants into Syria.” The Syrian Foreign Ministry again demanded that the UNSC fulfill its responsibilities to preserve international peace and security. The statement comes a day after SANA reported that 24 people, including 11 children aged under six and eight women, were killed in Turkish airstrikes and shelling of the northern Syrian town of Al Bab.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: No to US troops in Syria, nuclear deal to stay, Iran's foreign minister says
Headline: Iran’s Rouhani under fire as tensions with U.S. rise
Sending US ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS will fan flames of extremism in the region that will impact the security of the whole world, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN's Christiane Amanpour Friday. He also said that the agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear program -- brokered in 2015 by the US, Iran and five other world powers -- will stay in place, despite noises to the contrary from members of US President Donald Trump's administration. Speaking on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Zarif said there was an international consensus not to let the agreement -- which took two years to negotiate -- unravel. "I believe everybody, including experts in the United States, know this was the best deal possible for all concerned, not just Iran but the US too," he said. "It was a triumph of diplomacy over coercion, because coercion doesn't work any more." Regarding Syria, where Iran is in alliance with Russia in supporting the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the 57-year-old Iranian diplomat said it was the US "occupation" of Iraq that had created ISIS. Zarif claimed that a nationwide ceasefire in Syria -- brokered by Russia and Turkey in December -- was largely working, and said that sending US soldiers to fight ISIS would add fuel to the fire.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: ISIS kills 17 Afghan Army soldiers in east
An Afghan official says ISIS launched an attack on Afghan security posts killing 17 soldiers. Ahmad Ali Hazrat, chief of the provincial council in the province, said Friday the attack on the previous night took place in the Dih Bala district in eastern Nangarhar province. Hazrat says ISIS fighters attacked Army security posts from three directions and after several hours of heavy fighting, 17 army soldiers were dead. General Doulat Waziri , spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, says 21 ISIS fighters were killed.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: ISIS thriving in Libya 6 years after revolt against Gaddafi
Headline: Arab League envoy to visit Libya for talks with rival factions
On this day six years ago, a popular uprising erupted in Libya against the 42-year-old regime of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi. Nato famously stepped in, ostensibly to protect civilians, with the backing of France and the US. Eight months later, Gaddafi was dead and the Libyan regime was history. So too, it appears, was the entire country. Libya has descended into uncontrollable chaos. Power cuts are routine, topped with water shortages, hyperinflation, a liquidity crisis, and rule by militia. The capital itself is very unsafe, especially at night, manned by men with guns who are far more influential than the UN-backed National Accord Government that is struggling to assert full control of the country since assuming power last March. Meanwhile, The special envoy to Libya appointed by the Arab League Salah Al-Din Al-Jamali told Al-Ahram on Wednesday that he will visit the war-torn country soon for talks with the Libya’s various political rivals. “I will visit several cities including Tripoli, Benghazi and Tobruk to support the Arab effort to reach a political solution in Libya,” Al-Jamali told Al-Ahram, adding that coordination between Libya’s neighbours and other Arab countries should contribute to achieving peace in the country. The Tunisian ambassador Al-Jamali was appointed by the Arab League as its special envoy to Libya in November. Al-Jamali welcomed and praised Egyptian efforts to bridge the gap between the different positions of Libyan factions during meetings held earlier this week in Cairo.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Tunisia: North Africa’s new jihadi hotbed
Headline: Tunisia army clashes with militants in mountains, two killed: ministry
Headline: Tunisia extends 2015 state of emergency
There were great hopes for Tunisia when it became the only country in the Arab Spring of 2010-12 to make the transition to democracy. Now the country, a top source of foreign fighters, is facing a crisis with many soldiers heading home and others seeping into Europe. Hundreds of those Tunisian fighters are now returning home and the police forces of the Tunisian and European governments are scrambling to determine whether some of the most violent Tunisian jihadis will continue their battles on Tunisian and European soil. Tunisia, the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring that blew through North Africa and the Middle East between late 2010 and 2012, has now become, by a wide margin, the top source of foreign fighters in Syria. The two deadliest terrorist attacks in Europe in the past year were the work of two Tunisian-born assailants, though neither had fought in the Middle East. The first, on July 14, in Nice, France, saw Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel use a truck to mow down and kill 86 people, injuring more than 400 others. On Dec. 19, a young drifter and failed asylum seeker named Anis Amri, who had been in prison in Sicily, used the same method – a truck – to slaughter 12 people and injure 56 at a Berlin Christmas market. Less widely reported in the Western media is the virtually endless stream of terrorist attacks on Tunisian soil – dozens since 2011 – leaving hundreds of civilians and terrorists dead. Some of those terrorists had been foreign fighters.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: U.S., Russia, France Warn Against Karabakh Escalation
U.S., Russian and French mediators on Friday again urged the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to “adhere strictly” to ceasefire agreements after hosting a meeting between the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers. Foreign Ministers Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov met in Munich late on Thursday shortly after holding separate talks with the three co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. Andrzej Kasprzyk, the top OSCE official monitoring the ceasefire regime in the conflict zone, was also present at the Nalbandian-Mammadyarov meeting. “The Co-Chairs reiterated that there is no alternative to a peaceful solution to the conflict and that war is not an option, and called upon the sides to exercise restraint on the terrain as well as in their public communications and to prepare their population for peace and not for war,” the mediators said in a joint statement. They warned that the use of force by either party “would be condemned by the international community.” Truce violations along “the line of contact” around Karabakh have intensified in recent weeks
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: 11 dead as Nigerian troops repel Boko Haram suicide bombers
Witnesses and soldiers say 11 people have been killed as Nigerian troops battled Boko Haram suicide bombers and fighters to repel an attack on the outskirts of northeastern Maiduguri city. They say nine suicide bombers and two civilians died early Friday. It was the fiercest attack in months by Boko Haram on the city that is the birthplace of the Islamic insurgency. Police say three female suicide bombers detonated vehicles parked at a truck station around midnight. The two civilians died there. Self-defense fighters say soldiers later fired at gunmen on motorcycles escorting suicide bombers, killing at least six of the bombers.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 75
Headline: Sweeping Pakistani raids on ISIS as Isalmist bombing death toll rose to 88
An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years. The bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan and detonated his payload amid dozens of worshippers, according to three security officials, who said at least 20 women and nine children were among the dead. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. Fazal Palejo, a senior health official in Sindh province, confirmed the toll. The Islamic State group claimed the attack in a statement circulated by its Aamaq news agency, saying it had targeted a "Shiite gathering." The Sunni extremist group views Shiites as apostates and has targeted Pakistan's Shiite minority in the past. It views Sufi shrines like the one targeted Thursday as a form of idolatry. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed that security forces would track down the perpetrators of the attack, according to Pakistani state TV. "Each drop of the nation's blood shall be avenged, and avenged immediately," Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, said in a statement. "No more restraint for anyone."
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Russian spy ship 'loitering' off Virginia near world's largest naval base, officials say
The Russian spy ship Viktor Leonov is currently “loitering” off the coast of Norfolk, Va., home to the largest naval base in the world, two U.S. officials tell Fox News. As of Friday morning, the Russian spy ship is slowly patrolling only 17 nautical miles -- roughly 19 miles -- from land, according to officials. United States territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles from shore. Fox News was first to report the sighting of the Russian spy ship off the coast of Delaware on Tuesday. The Victor Leonov, armed with an array of intelligence gathering equipment used to intercept communications and analyze U.S. Navy sonar capability, later traveled within 30 miles off the Connecticut coast near a submarine base earlier this week. “It’s lawful [and] similar to operations we do around the world,” Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Friday. At a White House Press conference Thursday, President Donald Trump was asked about the Russian spy ship. “The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles offshore right out of the water. Everyone is going to say that’s so great. That’s not great. I would love to get along with Russia,” Trump said. When the president was later asked about other recent Russian provocations including the buzzing of a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Black Sea roughly 180 miles southwest of Russian held Crimea, Trump responded, "Not good."
***Please also see 2/15 post news: Headline: Russian spy ship patrols 30 miles off the coast of Connecticut
February 13, 2017 – Thousands of dead fish turn up in a river in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
February 13, 2017 – Dozens of dead owls showing up along I-84 IN Idaho
February 14, 2017 – Slaughter of 23,000 chickens starts at bird flu farm
February 15, 2017 – Thousands Fish Suddenly Dead in Purwakarta, Indonesia
February 15, 2017 – 17 tonnes of dead fish are found in the Piauí dam Brazil
February 15, 2017 – dead birds appearing in Magnitogorsk, Russia
February 15, 2017 – Dead dolphins found in San Felipe Mexico
February 16, 2017 – Hundreds of cattle dying due to drought in Bacalar, Mexico
February 16, 2017 – Red Cross respond as Mongolian herders struggle to survive winter Dzud amidst rising livestock deaths
February 16, 2017 – 100 cattle dead in Lamu Kenya in two months
February 16, 2017 – 86 tortoises to die in La Paz and Los Cabos Mexico
February 16, 2017 – 30 tons of dead fish washes ashore in Nicoya Gulf, Costa Rica
February 17, 2017 – Cooloola Australia coastline covered in dead fish
Headline: Indian Christian Couple Forced to Stand 17 Hours in Freezing Pond for Refusing to Deny Jesus Christ
A 50-year-old Christian convert in India died last month after he and his wife were forced to endure the torture of standing neck deep in a freezing pond for more than half a day after they refused to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ. Global Christian News reports that tribal residents of Kubuaa village in the Jharkhand state were upset that Christian convert Bartu Urawn and his family had left the indigenous tribal religion, Sarna Dharam, and embraced Christianity over 10 years ago. In retaliation for the family's unwillingness to leave Christianity, the villagers immersed Urawn and his wife in a frigid pond for over 17 hours one winter day last year. Urawn's son, Beneswar, told the news outlet that the couple was forced to wade in the freezing water from about 5 p.m. until 10 a.m. the next day. After suffering from two paralytic attacks caused by nerve damage and illness, Urawn died on Jan. 20. "All throughout the night, they were in the cold water shivering, and I along with 15 to 20 villagers were witness to the brutality," Beneswar Urawn explained. "The villagers kept asking my father if he is ready to forsake Christ and return to the Sarna fold. He reiterated every time, 'I will not deny Christ ... I will continue to believe until my last breath.'" Beneswar explained that his family was not the only one in the village that embraced Christianity over 10 years ago, as nine other families also decided to put their faith in Christ. But amid constant demands that the families return to the indigenous religion, seven of the families caved to threats and renounced Christ.
Feb. 14, 2017
Headline: AI-Powered Body Cams Give Cops The Power To Google Everything They See
Headline: Mark Zuckerberg hints at SECRET plans to use artificial intelligence to censor and spy on users
The police body camera industry is the latest to jump on the artificial intelligence bandwagon, bringing new powers and privacy concerns to a controversial technology bolstered by the need to hold police accountable after numerous high-profile killings of unarmed black citizens. Now, that tech is about to get smarter. Last week, Taser, the stun gun company that has recently become an industry leader in body-mounted cameras, announced the creation of its own in-house artificial intelligence division. The new unit will utilize the company’s acquisition of two AI-focused firms: Dextro, a New York-based computer vision startup, and Misfit, another computer vision company previously owned by the watch manufacturer Fossil. Taser says the newly formed division will develop AI-powered tech specifically aimed at law enforcement, using automation and machine learning algorithms to let cops search for people and objects in video footage captured by on-body camera systems. Moreover, the move suggests that body-worn cameras, which are already being used by police departments in many major cities, could soon become powerful surveillance tools capable of identifying different objects, events, and people encountered by officers on the street — both retroactively and in real time.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Barren Island volcano erupts again in Andaman Sea
India's only active volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is erupting once again. The Barren Island volcano, located about 140km northeast of Port Blair, started erupting in 1991 after a dormant phase of over 150 years and has shown intermittent activity since then. A team of scientists led by National Institute Of Oceanography's Dr Abhay Mudholkar said that the volcano is active and spewing smoke and lava once again. Researchers from the NIO have sampled the sediments and water in the vicinity of the volcano and recovered coal-like black pyroclastic material representing proximal volcanic ejecta. Clouds were seen at the crater mouth where the smoke was bellowing out in an otherwise clear sky. These samples will help in deciphering the nature of the present and past volcanic activity in the region.
Feb. 17, 2017
Headline: Tropical Cyclone Dineo kills seven, wrecks 20,000 houses in Mozambique
Tropical Cyclone Dineo, a Category 4 storm, killed seven people and displaced 130,000 more in Mozambique, the country's disaster agency reported Friday. "Over 20,000 homes" were destroyed by "winds and very strong rain," the Mozambique National Institute of Disaster Management said in a statement. It counted 105 schools, 49 hospitals and 52 other public buildings as destroyed in the southern part of the impoverished nation on Africa's eastern coast. Mozambique frequently endures tropical storms. A flood in 2000, prompted by a storm, killed at least 800 people; another, in 2015, claimed at least 100 lives. The cyclone was downgraded Thursday as it reached South Africa, but the South Africa Weather Service warned that heavy rainfall and flooding are expected. The storm is expected to continue through Saturday; nearly 8 inches of rain and sustained winds of 60 mph are expected in South Africa's Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo regions, the country's Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Ministry said.
Feb. 17, 2017
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