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The coronavirus shutdown is here. So what's banned in Australia and what's not?
By political reporter Jack Snape
Updated about 2 hours ago
Takeaway food at the Shorehouse restaurant in Townsville.
PHOTO: Get used to takeaway... 'dining in' is a thing of the past. (ABC News: Siobhan Heanue)
RELATED STORY: New coronavirus shutdown measures are coming into force. This is what they mean for your routineRELATED STORY: Why Scott Morrison targeted welfare recipients with his stimulus packageRELATED STORY: Coronavirus cops threatening jail or fines up to $63,000 for people failing to isolate
From midday on Monday, Australia entered a new era in its history.
Widespread closure of businesses will be enforced, and people have been told to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus.
With constantly evolving information and advice, some people may be confused about what exactly they can and cannot do. We've got some answers for you.
This article is based on the latest information provided by state and federal leaders as of Monday, March 23.
MORE https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-23/coronavirus-shutdown-in-australia-whats-open-whats-closed/12081074
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https://www.indiatoday.in/fact-check/story/picture-coffins-no-relation-covid19-coronavirus-deaths-italy-1658475-2020-03-22
Fact Check: This picture of coffins has no relation to Covid-19 deaths in Italy
A picture showing a hall full of coffins has gone viral on social media with the claim that these are the coffins of Covid-19 patients who died in a single day in Italy. What is the truth behind it?

Arjun Deodia 
New Delhi
March 22, 2020UPDATED: March 22, 2020 17:50 IST
 
The picture is indeed from Italy but it is seven years old and has nothing to do with the coronavirus outbreak.
With over 4,800 deaths, Italy has seen the highest number of casualties due to the coronavirus outbreak. And now, a picture showing a hall full of coffins has gone viral on social media with the claim that these are the coffins of Covid-19 patients who died in a single day in Italy.

The caption along with the viral photo says, "Stop making mockery of CORONAVIRUS. CORONAVIRUS is real. See what happened in Italy. All these died in one day".


India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim along with the viral photo to be false. The picture is indeed from Italy but it is seven years old and has nothing to do with the coronavirus outbreak.

The picture along with the misleading claim has been shared by thousands on social media (https://bit.ly/2vEUHzS).

Using Google reverse image search, we found the viral photo on Getty Images, which said these are coffins of African migrants killed in a shipwreck off Lampedusa island in Italy. The photo was taken on October 5, 2013, at Lampedusa airport.

The incident was widely reported in the media at that time. More than 350 migrants from Africa were on their way to Italy when the mishap took place.

Coronavirus scourge in Italy

A report by "Al Jazeera" says "Italy announced 793 more deaths on March 21, the second day in a row of the biggest day-to-day increase in the country's four-week epidemic, after surpassing China's death toll on Thursday".

It was also reported that the Italian army was ferrying coffins from Bergamo, its worst-hit town, to remote cremation sites because local morgues were not able to cope with the surging death toll.
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Around the World
U.S. Conducts Retaliatory Air Strikes Against Iran-Backed Militia In Iraq
The United States is conducting retaliatory airstrikes against an Iran-backed militia group operating in Iraq following a deadly attack a day earlier against a base hosting Western forces near Baghdad, the Pentagon says.
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Syria war enters tenth year with no hope in sight
As it enters its tenth year, the war in Syria is anything but abating, as foreign powers scrap over a ravaged country where human suffering keeps reaching new levels.
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NHL suspends season amid coronavirus pandemic
The National Hockey League (NHL) announced Thursday that it’s suspending the remainder of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Coronavirus turns Israeli politics towards unity
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will task Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White rival Benny Gantz with forming the next government Sunday, as lawmakers across the political spectrum are calling for an emergency government to deal with the novel coronavirus
.https://www.worthynews.com/47726-coronavirus-turns-israeli-politics-towards-unity?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=9abcac4975-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_03_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-9abcac4975-97563133


Powerful storm set to batter Israel with 100-kph winds, massive flooding
Already buffeted by political gridlock and facing a shuttering of key industries over the coronavirus threat, Israelis were informed on Thursday they should brace themselves for yet another storm -- a literal one this time.
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Inside the United States

Fed Announces Huge Capital Injection to Try to Stabilize Markets
The U.S. central banking system announced moves Thursday to stabilize the global financial system by putting $1.5 trillion into short-term lending markets, and the purchase of $60 billion in Treasury bonds to fuel the bond market.
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Dow plunges 10% amid coronavirus fears for its worst day since the 1987 market crash
Stocks plummeted once again on Thursday after President Donald Trump and the Federal Reserve both failed to quell concerns over the economic slowdown stemming from the coronavirus, leading to a historic drop for the U.S. markets.
https://www.worthynews.com/47740-dow-plunges-10-amid-coronavirus-fears-for-its-worst-day-since-the-1987-market-crash?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=9abcac4975-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_03_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-9abcac4975-97563133


Trump Threatens to Veto House-passed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Reforms
The U.S. House of Representatives voted this week to change the way the FBI and National Security Agency use the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to conduct electronic surveillance of foreign nationals and agents in the United States. But President Donald Trump indicated Thursday that he might veto the bipartisan bill, saying he and his allies wanted more information about how the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia was launched.
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The US stock market has now wiped out the entire $11.5 trillion of value it gained since Trump's 2016 election victory
Thursday's massive sell-off has erased any remaining stock market gains made since President Trump's 2016 election win.
https://www.worthynews.com/47742-the-us-stock-market-has-now-wiped-out-the-entire-11-5-trillion-of-value-it-gained-since-trumps-2016-election-victory?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=9abcac4975-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_03_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-9abcac4975-97563133


Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab Tap into Supercomputing to Help Combat Coronavirus
As researchers race to identify and unleash new scientific breakthroughs to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, the Energy Department’s Summit supercomputer is playing a role in the fight.
https://www.worthynews.com/47738-researchers-at-oak-ridge-national-lab-tap-into-supercomputing-to-help-combat-coronavirus?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=9abcac4975-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_03_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-9abcac4975-97563133

MLB suspends spring training, delays start of regular season
Major League Baseball is suspending spring training effective Thursday and plans to push back the start of the regular season as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
https://www.worthynews.com/47735-mlb-suspends-spring-training-delays-start-of-regular-season?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=9abcac4975-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_03_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-9abcac4975-97563133


Christian News

'Zionist' Christian in Iran receives extension on prison sentence
'Evangelical Zionist Christianity' is the charge laid against a Christian convert in Iran whose prison sentence the government recently extended.
Indian pastor tied to tree and beaten by radicals, charged with forced conversions
A pastor in India is in hiding after receiving charges for "illegal conversion" following a beating by more than 150 Hindu radicals.
https://www.worthynews.com/47728-indian-pastor-tied-to-tree-and-beaten-by-radicals-charged-with-forced-conversions?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=9abcac4975-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_03_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-9abcac4975-97563133


Iranians to be released from prison in droves as government fumbles to contain coronavirus
Iranian Christians are asking for prayer support as the Islamic Republic, in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, has begun releasing huge crowds of prisoners that include persecuted Christians.
https://www.worthynews.com/47724-iranians-to-be-released-from-prison-in-droves-as-government-fumbles-to-contain-coronavirus?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=9abcac4975-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_03_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-9abcac4975-97563133


First the UK, Now Germany: Politician Calls Franklin Graham 'Hate Preacher' and Tries to Cancel His Festival
Evangelical churches in Germany are defending Rev. Franklin Graham in the face of criticism over his biblical beliefs on sexuality.
https://www.worthynews.com/47746-first-the-uk-now-germany-politician-calls-franklin-graham-hate-preacher-and-tries-to-cancel-his-festival?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=9abcac4975-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_13_03_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-9abcac4975-97563133

Leading Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias Reveals He Has Rare Cancer, Asks for Prayers to Reduce Pain
World-renowned Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias announced in a Facebook post Thursday that he has a malignant tumor of the sacrum, a very rare cancer called Sarcoma.
"We wanted to give you an update on my health, as we know so many of you have been praying and we are so grateful. As many of you know, I underwent surgery to repair my back 3 weeks ago today. The surgery was considered a success, and the surgeon felt it was a strong reconstruction. However, since the surgery I have faced very severe pain, so intense in the night, especially, that I have been unable to sleep," Zacharias, 73, wrote in the post.

"While we have assumed this pain was a natural consequence of the surgery, we have learned in the past week that a biopsy taken during the procedure revealed that I have a malignant tumor on my sacrum—a very rare cancer called Sarcoma. Indeed, we now know this is the cause of my extreme pain. In the past few days, we have been meeting with specialists to determine the next course of action. They will wait until I am fully healed from the back surgery, and in 4-5 weeks, will begin treatment to shrink the tumor. I will not plan to resume speaking at least until the summer," he shared. [ Source: CBN News (Read More...) ]
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Worthy Christian News » World News » Chinese scientists identify two strains of the coronavirus, indicating it’s already mutated at least once

Chinese scientists identify two strains of the coronavirus, indicating it’s already mutated at least once
 Wednesday, March 4, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: China, coronavirus, covid-19, EU, News, virus, Worthy News

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(Worthy News) - Researchers in China have found that two different types of the new coronavirus could be causing infections worldwide.

In a preliminary study published Tuesday, scientists at Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai found that a more aggressive type of the new coronavirus had accounted for roughly 70% of analyzed strains, while 30% had been linked to a less aggressive type.

The more aggressive type of virus was found to be prevalent in the early stages of the outbreak in Wuhan — the Chinese city where COVID-19 was first detected late last year. [ Source: CNBC (Read More...) ]
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/04/coronavirus-chinese-scientists-identify-two-types-covid-19.html
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http://www.freepressfront.com/2019/10/shock-as-un-womens-rights-committee.html?fbclid=IwAR15rt-pLgkktmCpVDNYC0T-s1uwa2Dr_9PvC96KLxVlf9c3r5NTAnuX2xo
Watch: Migrants terrorize women in France to force them to obey Sharia and stay at home
Watch: Migrants Terrorize Women In France To Force Them To Obey Sharia And Stay At Home

Canadian leftists killed after travelling to Muslim countries to prove 'Islam is a religion of peace'
Canadian Leftists Killed After Travelling To Muslim Countries To Prove 'Islam Is A Religion Of Peace'

Watch: Anelga Merkel says 
Watch: Anelga Merkel Says "We Must Accept That Refugees Are More Criminal"

Shock as UN Women's rights committee electing Iran to serve as judge of global women's rights complaints

Watch: British Muslim says rape and enslavement of non-Muslim women is a religious duty

Pakistani Muslim mother tied her daughter to a bed and set her on fire as a "honor killing"

Hamas threatens to execute anyone who celebrates Christmas in Gaza - Media ignores to avoid damaging Islam's image

WATCH: Islamists blew up a mosque in Afghanistan where hundreds gathered to pray
Sharia honor killing in India - Muslim father killed his 4-year-old daughter after the Islamic veil fell from her head
 
Watch: Muslim mother in Turkey cheers as she sells her 14-year-old crying daughter to forced marriage with an older man
Shock as UN Women's rights committee electing Iran to serve as judge of global women's rights complaints
Muslims are outraged as fearless Australian TV host says Islam is source of terrorism, not mental illness
Pakistani Muslim mother tied her daughter to a bed and set her on fire as a "honor killing"
Shock as UN Women's rights committee electing Iran to serve as judge of global women's rights complaints
A day after Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes The UN Women's rights committee elected Iran to serve as judge of global women's rights complaints. Iran has the worst human rights record in the world. Iran executes more people per year than China and Saudi Arabia. 
Women are stoned to death for false charges of adultery. Gays and rape victims are regularly executed. 
But the UN does not care. 
This is how women are treated in Iran under Sharia law.
According to the Sharia laws: 
– There is no freedom of religion or freedom of speech. 
– There is no equality between people (the non-Muslim is not equal to the Muslim). 
– There are no equal rights for men and women. 
– There is no democracy or a separation between religion and state politics. 
Child marriage, forced marriage, Child brides, polygamy, FGM, Acid attacks, honor killings, beheading and stoning. 
Sharia has no place in the civilized world.
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https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/israeli-medics-offer-turkey-assistance-following-powerful-earthquake/
Israeli medics offer Turkey assistance following powerful earthquake
Magen David Adom officials are 'anxiously tracking developments' following natural disaster in Elazig province
By JEWISH NEWS REPORTER
January 28, 2020, 9:39 am  

Search and rescue works continue in Sursuru neighbourhood after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted eastern Turkish province of Elazig (Photo by Mucahit Yolcu/DHA/ABACAPRESS.COM)
Search and rescue works continue in Sursuru neighbourhood after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted eastern Turkish province of Elazig (Photo by Mucahit Yolcu/DHA/ABACAPRESS.COM)
Israeli emergency services organisation Magen David Adom offered the Turkish government assistance this week after a powerful earthquake triggered a humanitarian response.

The magnitude 6.7 quake in Elazig province was felt in countries such as Georgia, Armenia and Syria. It killed at least 36 people and injured around 1,600 others, with 45 pulled alive from the rubble.


MDA director General Eli Bin extended Israeli assistance to Dr Kerem Kinik, president of the Turkish Red Crescent. “We are anxiously tracking developments,” he said on Monday.

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“Our heart goes out to the Turkish people and to those who have lost loved ones. The Turkish Red Crescent is respected and highly experienced in responding to disasters.”

MDA has offered to help Turkey deal with natural disasters before, and Eli Bin said: “I am confident in the alliance that we have built and view this as an opportunity to offer assistance if necessary.”

The Turkish Red Crescent has set up a control centre in the capital Ankara and a field kitchen capable of feeding 5,000 people daily, with 2,500 shelter tents set up for families, blood supplied to hospitals and mental health teams made available.

“I view this as an opportunity for collaboration and offer all assistance towards saving lives anywhere in the world,” said Eli Ben. “This is how MDA has operated in the past and will continue to do so.”
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Around the World
Britain's Brexit bill becomes law
Britain's long-delayed and contentious Brexit bill, with royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II, became law Thursday after more than three and a half years of bitter dispute.
https://www.worthynews.com/46661-britains-brexit-bill-becomes-law?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=af871e1839-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_24_05_56&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-af871e1839-97563133

Trump to sign U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal Wednesday
President Donald Trump will hold a signing ceremony for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement on Wednesday, according to the White House.
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China locks down six cities to contain coronavirus outbreak
China raced Friday to lock down at least six cities with a combined population of more than 20.5 million as officials try to contain a deadly viral outbreak that has sickened more than 800, claimed 25 lives and spread to several other countries.
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Another Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps leader killed in Iran
The commander of the Iranian Basij contingent of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that is used by the government to suppress protests was killed in front of his home Wednesday in Khuzestan province, Iran.
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Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Trump peace plan could be released next week
The Trump Administration may present its 'Deal of the Century' to the world as early as next week in a ceremony at the White House to which both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and main political rival Benny Gantz of the Blue and White Party have been invited.
Netanyahu, Gantz to go to Washington, reportedly ahead of peace plan unveiling
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White chair Benny Gantz will go to the White House next week for an update on US President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, US Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday evening during a meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
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Auschwitz visited by 'most senior delegation' of Muslim officials yet
A delegation of Muslim leaders visited Auschwitz Thursday ahead of the anniversary of the liberation of the Polish death camp in which over one million Jews were killed, in what Jewish leaders called a 'groundbreaking' event.
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Putin, Pence arrive as world leaders gather for major Holocaust commemoration
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Israel on Thursday for a major Holocaust commemoration as speculation swirled that his trip could include an announcement on the fate of jailed Israeli-American Naama Issachar.
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Hamas official warns of 'a new intifada' if Trump Middle East plan moves forward
A Hamas official warned that if the United States moves forward with its Middle East plan, it could lead to another intifada. Basem Naim, the head of Hamas’s International Relations Office, tweeted the notion on Thursday.
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At Holocaust forum, Pence says world must stand strong against 'anti-Semitic Iran'
The central event of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem took place on Thursday, with dozens of world leaders in attendance to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.
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Abbas spokesman warns US and Israel not to cross ‘red lines’ with peace plan
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman warned Israel and the United States on Thursday not to cross any “red lines,” following a flurry of reports in Hebrew media about the Trump administration’s plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Spy Court Admits FISA Warrants Against Carter Page Were ‘Not Valid’
Authority granted to the federal government to secretly wiretap and spy on former Trump affiliate Carter Page was “not valid,” the nation’s top spy court noted in a secret ruling penned earlier this month. The order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which was created and authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), was initially signed and issued on January 7, 2020, but was not declassified and released until Thursday afternoon.
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U.S. Supreme Court decision in Montana case could alter school choice restrictions across U.S.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a Montana school choice case that could directly impact 37 state constitutions banning public funds from being used on religious schools.
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Low Ratings as Trump Impeachment Trial Drops 19% on Second Day
About 8.9 million TV viewers watched the U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the first day Democrats laid out their case against the president, marking a significant drop from the roughly 11 million viewers who watched on Tuesday, according to Nielsen ratings data.
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House Democrats conceal testimony of 18th witness from Trump team
Democrats clamoring for more witnesses at President Trump’s impeachment trial are concealing one of those questioned in the House investigation, President Trump’s defense team says.
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Christian man in Iran sentenced to three years in prison
A 65-year-old Iranian Christian man was sentenced to three years in prison by the regime for 'insulting Islamic sacred beliefs.'
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Two Nigerian Christian girls killed by Muslim herders
Two Nigerian high school-aged Christian girls were killed in southern Kaduna state last week by Fulani herdsmen, an armed Muslim group, ahead of the killing of one of the biggest Christian leaders in Nigeria on Monday by Boko Haram.
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Islamic State in Nigeria executes Christian college student
Islamic State militants killed a Christian college student in Nigeria returning to his studies at the local university, posting a video of the execution online.
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Iran threatens Europe with 'consequences' after move to hold country accountable for violating nuclear deal
Iran is asking European countries to stay in the 2015 nuclear deal despite already violating the agreement.

Iran threatens Europe with 'consequences' after move to hold country accountable for violating nuclear deal
 Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: EU, Euro, Europe, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, News, nuclear, Nuclear Bomb, Nuclear Deal, sanctions, Trump, United States, Washington, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - Iran is asking European countries to stay in the 2015 nuclear deal despite already violating the agreement.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened Western powers on Wednesday while pledging that Tehran would not pursue a nuclear bomb with or without a deal in place, according to Reuters.

"Do you want to make the same mistake?" Rouhani asked, referring to President Trump withdrawing the United States from the deal and reinstating sanctions on Iran. "I am emphasizing that if the Europeans make a mistake and violate the deal, they will be responsible for the consequences of their actions." [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More...) ] 
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Last decade was the most expensive for natural disasters, over $1 trillion increase, report says
Severe weather such as devastating flooding and powerful hurricanes contributed to why the last decade was the worst on record for economic losses due to natural disasters around the globe, according to a report released Wednesday.
Insurance broker Aon said in its "Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight: 2019 Annual Report" that the period between 2010 and 2019 marked the costliest decade on record, with economic damage reaching some $2.98 trillion, about $1.19 trillion more than the period from 2000 to 2009.
"Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the last decade of natural disasters was the emergence of previously considered 'secondary' perils – such as wildfire, flood, and drought – becoming much more costly and impactful," Steve Bowen, director and meteorologist at Aon’s impact forecasting team, said in a news release. [ Source: Fox News (Read More...) ]
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Another Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps leader killed in Iran
The commander of the Iranian Basij contingent of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that is used by the government to suppress protests was killed in front of his home Wednesday in Khuzestan province, Iran.
According to Iranian media, Abdolhossein Mojaddami was gunned down by two men mounted on motorcycles wearing masks.
"People smell the opportunity for the first time in 40 years," Reza Pahlavi, former crown prince of Iran, said at the Hudson Institute Wednesday. "This time is very different from 2009, even very different from 1997. The people have had it."
Thousands of protestors took to the streets in Tehran and elsewhere in Iran after the regime admitted to accidentally downing a Ukranian passenger jet.
169 Christians were arrested in Iran over the past year, according to the most recent World Watch List from Open Doors USA, though it is thought to have one of the fastest-growing Christian movements in the world.
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U.S.-Russia 'engagements' underscore danger of oil mission in Syria
President Trump says he is determined to keep control of Syrian oil fields as the country’s civil war plays out, but exactly how far the U.S. military is willing to go to protect those valuable energy reserves remains a mystery and represents a key question for the administration’s broader policy in the Middle East.
The murky U.S. mission in northeastern Syria’s oil-rich region has no end date or any clear path to lasting victory, and last week’s near-clash with Russian military forces cast a fresh spotlight on the serious danger American troops face.

Regional analysts, meanwhile, say the Trump administration has made a high-risk bet in committing to protect the oil fields indefinitely and officials are likely to be disappointed if they expect any U.S. energy company to ever be interested in bringing Syrian fuel reserves to market.[ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ]https://www.worthynews.com/46638-u-s-russia-engagements-underscore-danger-of-oil-mission-in-syria?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=1387c3c8b0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_23_06_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-1387c3c8b0-97563133



US 'likely' to deploy anti-missile system to protect American troops in Iraq
The Pentagon is likely deploying a missile-defense system to Iraq in response to Iran’s ballistic missile attack on an Iraqi base housing American troops earlier this month, U.S. defense officials tell Fox News.

US 'likely' to deploy anti-missile system to protect American troops in Iraq
 Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Germany, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, News, Pentagon, PLO, Worthy News
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(Worthy News) - The Pentagon is likely deploying a missile-defense system to Iraq in response to Iran’s ballistic missile attack on an Iraqi base housing American troops earlier this month, U.S. defense officials tell Fox News.
The move comes after U.S. troops were sent to a medical facility in Germany after complaining of head injuries following the Iranian missile attack.
Eleven U.S. troops were flown out of Iraq late last week for treatment out of an “abundance of caution,” according to a spokesman for American forces in the Middle East. [ Source: Fox News (Read More...) ]
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Researchers capture footage of atoms bonding and separating for the first time
For the first time ever, scientists have managed to capture video of two atoms bonding and separating on a scale that is half-a-million times thinner than a human hair.
Through the use of "advanced microscopy methods", researchers from the University of Ulm in Germany and University of Nottingham in the UK managed to show the phenomenon as two atoms bond, then split up. [ Source: Sky News (Read More...) ] https://www.worthynews.com/46630-researchers-capture-footage-of-atoms-bonding-and-separating-for-the-first-time?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=1387c3c8b0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_23_06_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-1387c3c8b0-97563133


China virus is 'mutating and adapting' after leaving nine dead
The new virus that has killed 17 people in China is mutating and could spread further, health officials have warned, as Britain announced measures to monitor flights arriving from the country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News a "separate area" is being set up at Heathrow, as airports around the world step up screening of travelers arriving from affected regions at the center of the coronavirus outbreak. [ Source: Sky News (Read More...) ] https://www.worthynews.com/46617-china-virus-is-mutating-and-adapting-after-leaving-nine-dead?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=1387c3c8b0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_23_06_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-1387c3c8b0-97563133


Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Signs in Israel that "Deal of the Century" will be released before third elections
The entire US peacekeeping team arrived in Israel Wednesday after attending the Davos World Economic Forum to discuss what could be a soon rollout of the long-delayed 'Deal of the Century' with Israeli leaders.
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Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner, special representative for international negotiation Avi Berkowitz, and special envoy for Iran Brian Hook were slated to meet with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition party leader Benny Gantz.
“I hope that [US] President [Donald] Trump will bring this forward and publish the plan,” Gantz said. “Several weeks have gone past. In the Middle East, a lot of dramatic things are happening, and I expect the plan will be published.”
The Blue and White party leader who plans on trying to unseat Netanyahu for a third time on March 2 originally dismissed the idea of Trump releasing the plan before elections, but his about-face is indicative that Israeli leaders have been alerted by the US administration to its soon release.
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White House urging Netanyahu to refrain from annexation, to wait for plan
 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Jerusalem, Jordan, Netanyahu, News, Trump, White House, Worthy News
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(Worthy News) - The Trump administration has urged Israel to hold back from unilaterally annexing the Jordan Valley, recommending that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wait for the US peace plan instead.
Netanyahu has spoken of Jordan Valley annexation since the summer, and it has been presumed that the Trump administration would support such a move or at the very least not oppose it.
On Tuesday, Netanyahu indicated he is weighing bringing Jordan Valley annexation to the cabinet for a vote on Sunday and then to the Knesset for ratification on Tuesday, where it is expected to easily pass. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More...) ] https://www.worthynews.com/46619-white-house-urging-netanyahu-to-refrain-from-annexation-to-wait-for-plan?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=1387c3c8b0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_23_06_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-1387c3c8b0-97563133



PA tells Palestinians: The Western Wall belongs only to Muslims
 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Fatah, Holy Sites, Israel, Jerusalem, Muslim, News, Palestinian Authority, Palestinians, PLO, War, West Bank, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - The Western Wall belongs only to Muslims and must be defended even to the death, Palestinians living in the West Bank were told during a filler piece between programs on official Palestinian Authority TV and in a news article in the official PA newspaper.
On January 18, the official PA daily newspaper al-Hayat al-Jadida carried a report that Fatah spokesman Iyad Nasr had said the movement will defend al-Aqsa "whatever the cost."
"[Fatah] Movement spokesman Iyad Nasr noted yesterday, Friday, that this is a real war and ethnic cleansing against our Palestinian people, its land, and its holy sites," the article said. "However, [the war] will not succeed in stealing from our people its will to remain and its standing firm on its land.' He added: 'We will defend our al-Aqsa Mosque and our holy sites, and we will not allow them [Israel] to violate them and pass the occupation's plots that strive to divide the holy city [Jerusalem] by areas, and times – whatever the cost may be.’" [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More...) ]
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As Dems Demand New Witnesses in Trump Trial, GOP Rep. Blasts 'They're Admitting How Weak Their Case Is'
Democrat House managers began their opening arguments Wednesday afternoon in the impeachment trial of President Trump, laying out their case as to why they think the President should be removed from office.
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The latest Politico/Morning Consult poll reveals 47% are in favor of Trump's removal from office with 45% opposed.
President Trump's lawyers will now get three days to make their case that the commander-in-chief did not commit a crime. But first up are Democrat prosecutors who get the same amount of time to prove he did.
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Big Montana Case at Supreme Court Is All About Religious Freedom for Parents and Students
Montana was giving tax breaks to those who donated to scholarships helping Montana students attend private schools. But when it realized most of those scholarships were going to children at religious schools, Montana stopped that from happening. Parents went to court saying that was blatant discrimination. It's a case that ended up before the nation's highest court this week.
Both sides in this case – Espinoza v Montana Department of Revenue – say they have the US Constitution on their side. Those who agree with Montana's contention that it can't offer any kind of government benefit that profits religion say that's clearly a matter of separation of church and state.

"Five of the justices seemed to very clearly see the discrimination that's occurring when you take funding away from students because of their religious status," Baxter told CBN News. [ Source: CBN News (Read More...) ] https://www.worthynews.com/46624-big-montana-case-at-supreme-court-is-all-about-religious-freedom-for-parents-and-students?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=1387c3c8b0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_23_06_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-1387c3c8b0-97563133



Donald Trump Will Be The First President To Attend The March For Life
 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: abortion, heart, Mike Pence, News, Supreme Court, Trump, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - President Donald Trump is slated to become the first president to attend the March for Life in the nation’s capital on Friday.
Since the march began after the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in 1973, the demonstration has since become a staple in pro-life activism bringing thousands from across the country to the heart of the nation’s capital to advocate for the sanctity of life. This year will be the annual march’s 47th year.
Last year, Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit at the event, while Trump addressed the crowd by video. Trump also delivered a video address in 2018, and Pence became the first sitting vice president to attend the event in 2017. [ Source: The Federalist (Read More...) ] https://www.worthynews.com/46615-donald-trump-will-be-the-first-president-to-attend-the-march-for-life?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=1387c3c8b0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_23_06_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-1387c3c8b0-97563133
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Erdogan extends his reach into Libya, some think to restore Ottoman Empire
 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: caliphate, Christian, Human Rights, Islam, Jerusalem, Jordan, Libya, Muslim, News, Sunni, Syria, Turkey, Worthy News

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by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - In what many observers see as an effort to exert substantial control over the Mediterranean in view of restoring the former glory of the Ottoman Caliphate, Turkey has begun sending Syrian mercenaries to Libya to bolster the UN-backed government there against General Khalifa Haftar and his rebels.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that 1,700 troops are being trained in Turkey and 2,400 have already arrived in the country with the goal of eventually having a Turkish-backed troop presence in Libya that is 6,000-strong.

“We will present our souls for the Ottoman Caliphate,” has become the battle cry of the Turkish-backed Syrian hired guns on the flight to Libya, according to the SOHR.

Turkish President Erdogan has numerous times called for the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire, regarded as a Caliphate by Muslims, such as in a 2015 speech commemorating 562 years since the sacking of Constantinople.

“Conquest is Mecca, conquest is Saladin, it’s to hoist the Islamic flag over Jerusalem again; conquest is the heritage of Mehmed II and conquest means forcing Turkey back on its feet,” Erdogan said at the time.

Many have seen a maritime agreement struck between Turkey and Libya two months ago, by which the two countries intend to share control of a large swath of the Mediterranean, as well as Turkish intervention in Libya, as a series of bold moves to regain the former borders of the Ottoman Sunni Caliphate.

The Christian population in Turkey has declined from 22% to .21% since 1900, with only .008% of the population identifying as evangelical, according to Operation World.


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Canada to approve new NAFTA free trade deal next week
 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Canada, News, Trade, Washington, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday Canada will move next week to formally approve the new North American trade agreement.

Trudeau said the government will introduce a motion when Parliament resumes Jan. 27, and will introduce legislation to ratify the deal two days later.

Trudeau said millions of Canadians depend on stable, reliable trade with their largest trading partners. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ]
 
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Iranian parliamentarian offers three million dollars for Trump assassination
 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Christian, Iran, Jordan, News, nuclear, Trump, War, Worthy News
by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - An Iranian lawmaker offered three million dollars to any person who assassinates US President Donald Trump Tuesday, echoing earlier calls by the regime for someone to bring them the head of Trump for eighty million dollars.

Ahmad Hamzeh of Kerman Province also told Iranian national parliament that the nation ought to utterly disband with all restraints on its nuclear policy.

"If we had nuclear weapons today, we would be protected from threats," he said. "We should put the production of long-range missiles capable of carrying unconventional warheads on our agenda. This is our natural right."

In addition to having withdrawn from the Obama-negotiated Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran is now threatening to bury its commitments to abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1970.

Iran has one of the fastest-growing Christian movements in the world and is also one of the severest persecutors of Christians, the number of believers in the country having jumped from around 100,000 in 1994 to over a million, with some estimates as high as three million.



Standoff: U.S. troops block Russian forces from capturing Syrian oil field
 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Media, Military, News, oil, Russia, Syria, Turkey, Washington, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - U.S. troops last weekend reportedly found themselves in a standoff with Russian forces trying to gain access to key oil fields in northeastern Syria.

The Saturday standoff — first reported by Turkish media outlets, citing unnamed local officials in the Turkey-Syria border region — seems to have ended without any shots being fired or any real risk of violence between the two sides. American military personnel reportedly stopped a Russian convoy near the town of Rmelan, and the Russian forces then apparently turned back and returned to their home base. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/21/us-troops-block-russian-forces-capturing-syrian-oi/



Trump Says Tariffs on European Cars Are Coming If Trade Deal Falls Through
 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: EU, Euro, Europe, European Union, News, tariff, Trade, Trump, Wall Street, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - President Donald Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that if an expected trade deal with the European Union falls through, he would press ahead with tariffs on European cars.
“They know that I’m going to put tariffs on them if they don’t make a deal that’s a fair deal,” Trump told The Wall Street Journal in Davos on Jan. 21, referring to automobiles, the bloc’s key export. [ Source: Epoch Times (Read More...) ] https://www.theepochtimes.com/trump-says-tariffs-on-european-cars-are-coming-if-trade-deal-falls-through_3211223.html
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Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia
 Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: News, Putin, Russia, tax, Washington, Worthy News
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(Worthy News) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister.

Speaking to a working group created to draft constitutional changes, Putin cast his proposals as a way to strengthen parliament and to bolster democracy. Kremlin critics described the proposed changes as an attempt by Putin to secure his rule for life.

The Russian leader proposed the sweeping amendments to the country’s constitution in Wednesday’s state of the nation address. Hours later, he fired Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who had the job for eight years, and named tax chief Mikhail Mishustin to succeed him. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More...) ] https://www.worthynews.com/46439-putin-fast-tracks-effort-to-extend-his-rule-in-russia?utm_source=Worthy+Brief&utm_campaign=d839b56617-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_17_03_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1151ee7ea-d839b56617-97563133


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Iran's Rouhani says 'no limit' to uranium enrichment, producing more than before Obama-era deal
 Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: EU, Euro, Europe, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Islam, News, nuclear, Nuclear Deal, Worthy News

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(Worthy News) - A defiant Iranian President Hassan Rouhani boasted Thursday that there is “no limit” to his country’s level of uranium enrichment – just days after European powers raised concerns about the Islamic Republic backing away from a 2015 nuclear deal.

Rouhani’s comments follow an announcement from Iran in the wake of Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s killing that the country will no longer respect limits set on how many centrifuges it can use to enrich uranium.

“We are enriching more uranium before the deal was reached,” Rouhani said during a televised speech before the heads of banks. “Pressure has increased on Iran but we continue to progress.''


US threatens tariffs on Europeans unless Iran nuke deal scrapped
 Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Britain, EU, Euro, Europe, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, News, nuclear, Nuclear Deal, tariff, Trade, Trump, UK, United States, Washington, Worthy News


(Worthy News) - Iran accused European governments Thursday of sacrificing a troubled 2015 nuclear deal to avoid trade reprisals from US President Donald Trump, who has spent nearly two years trying to scupper the agreement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Trump was again behaving like a “high school bully” and the decision by Britain, France and Germany to heed his pressure to lodge a complaint over Iranian compliance deprived them of any right to claim the moral high ground.

Germany’s defense minister on Thursday confirmed a Washington Post report that the United States had threatened to impose a 25 percent tariff on imports of European cars if EU governments continued to back the nuclear deal. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-threatens-tariffs-on-europeans-unless-nuke-deal-scrapped/




Almost 40% of the world’s countries will witness civil unrest in 2020, research claims
 Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Tag Cloud
(Worthy News) - Almost a quarter of the world’s countries witnessed a surge in protest and unrest last year and that figure is set to rise further in 2020, according to a new study.

There are 195 countries in the world, if the Vatican and Palestine are included, and a newly released index of civil unrest has claimed that 47 of those states witnessed a rise in civil unrest in 2019.

The data model, published Thursday by socio-economic and political analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft, has also predicted that in 2020, the number will balloon to 75 countries. [ Source: CNBC (Read More...) ] https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/40percent-of-countries-will-witness-civil-unrest-in-2020-report-claims.html



Pentagon reveals 11 US troops were wounded in Iranian ballistic missile attack on Iraq bases
 Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Germany, Iran, Iraq, Military, New York Times, News, Pentagon, UK, Washington, Worthy News

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(Worthy News) - The Pentagon has revealed that 11 U.S. service members received treatment for concussions from an Iranian missile strike on Jan. 8.

The New York Times reported on Monday that U.S. soldiers were treated for concussions after the attack. The Pentagon confirmed the report Thursday evening and said nearly a dozen troops were medevaced to Germany this week for treatment, according to Defense One.

Tehran launched ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases were U.S. soldiers were stationed on Jan. 8. During the attack, an Iranian missile struck a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 passengers and flight crew on board. [ Source: Washington Examiner (Read More...) ] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/pentagon-reveals-11-us-troops-were-wounded-in-iranian-ballistic-missile-attack-on-iraq-bases




Israel-Palestinian Conflict
IDF strikes Hamas in Gaza in response to explosive balloons from Strip
Israeli aircraft attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday for the second day in a row, as tensions rose on the volatile border.
IDF strikes Hamas in Gaza in response to explosive balloons from Strip
 Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Gaza Strip, Hamas, IDF, infrastructure, Israel, Israel Defense Forces, News, PLO, Worthy News
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(Worthy News) - Israeli aircraft attacked targets in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday for the second day in a row, as tensions rose on the volatile border.
The strikes came in response to explosives-laden balloons that were sent from Gaza into Israel earlier in the day.

“A short time ago an IDF combat helicopter attacked infrastructure used for underground activity by the Hamas terror organization in the northern Gaza Strip. The attack was carried out in response to explosive balloons sent from the Gaza Strip into Israel territory today,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ] https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-strikes-hamas-in-gaza-in-response-to-explosive-balloons-from-strip/


Israeli team develops 'anti-diabetes drug'
A new drug being developed in Israel could be the answer to treating the main cause of Type 2 Diabetes, insulin resistance.

Israeli team develops 'anti-diabetes drug'
 Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Israel, Jerusalem, News, Worthy News


(Worthy News) - A new drug being developed in Israel could be the answer to treating the main cause of Type 2 Diabetes, insulin resistance.

According to Concenter BioPharma co-founder and CSO Prof. Mottie (Mordechai) Chevion, “the unique property” of the drug, called Zygosid-50 “is that it cancels out insulin resistance.

“It’s an anti-diabetes drug,” he told The Jerusalem Post during an interview on Thursday afternoon. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More...) ]https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-developed-drug-could-treat-insulin-resistance-in-Type-2-Diabetes-614384


Christian News
Dozens of Christians killed in 'systematic' Muslim Fulani raids in Nigeria
 Thursday, January 16, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Boko Haram, Christian, Jordan, Muslim, News, Nigeria, UK, Worthy News
by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - A mother and six-month-old baby were among those kidnapped in Nigeria in raids by Muslim Fulani herders that began Jan. 6 and saw 35 casualties.

In addition to the slain, 58 people were kidnapped and held for a total ransom of $27,440 when hundreds of the Muslim pastoralists swept into Christian villages in Kaduna state. 8,000 others were displaced.

"These Muslim Fulani herdsmen will usually come with their cattle, forcefully take over our farms, and destroy crops ready for harvests,” local Pastor Habila Madama explained.

Luka Binniyat of the Southern Kaduna Peoples' Association said the raids were part of a concerted attempt by the predominantly Muslim ethnic group to appropriate the lands of Christians, who are typically farmers in Nigeria.

“We fear that with the unchecked boldness that these heinous crimes against humanity are spreading, there is a systematic plan to wipe out our communities and take over our lands,” he said.

Over 6,000 Christians have been killed in Nigeria since 2015 through the combined efforts of Boko Haram and Muslim pastoralists, the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) estimates.


Inside the United States
Senate approves Trump's rewrite of North American trade deal
The Senate approved President Trump’s rewrite of the North American trade deal Thursday, handing him a second trade victory in as many days while he fights to remain in office.
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Trump issues new rule ensuring prayer in schools is protected
President Trump issued updated rules on Thursday to ensure that public school students are allowed to engage in constitutionally protected prayer, calling his action 'the Right to Pray.'
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Planned Parenthood launches $45M campaign for 2020 Democrats
Planned Parenthood is launching a new $45 million campaign to support Democrats in the 2020 elections, the organization's most expensive campaign push in its history.
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‘Assault on the Second Amendment’: Virginia Senate passes three gun control bills
Virginia Democrats took an important step toward passing several gun control bills they have prioritized during this year's General Assembly session.
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Trump removes faith-based groups from legal purgatory
The White House did it again on Thursday by proposing two administrative rule changes to stop government from discriminating against faith-based people and institutions. Both proposals are necessary and well reasoned.
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Media label Tennessee religious liberty bill as 'anti-gay'
For most major news organizations, accuracy often takes a back seat to ideology, which is why groups such as the Associated Press are mischaracterizing Tennessee’s new religious liberty bill as 'anti-gay.'
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Protests in Iran ignite following Ukrainian jet gaffe
 Monday, January 13, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Christian, Iran, Islam, Israel, Jordan, News, nuclear, PLO, Police, protests, Trump, UK, Worthy News

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by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - Protests in Iran continued for a third day on Monday after the regime admitted over the weekend to accidentally downing a Ukrainian passenger jet carrying 176 people, killing everyone on board.

Students chanted "clerics get lost!" outside universities in Tehran and Isfahan as riot police were deployed, President Trump congratulating demonstrators for a video in which students can be seen avoiding stepping on American and Israeli flags.

"I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and 'don’t kill your protesters," Trump tweeted in English and Farsi to show solidarity with protestors.

Iran is thought to have over three million believers who operate mostly underground, since converting from Islam to Christianity carries the death penalty in the Islamic Republic.
 
 
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Iran state TV sees at least 2 news anchors quit: 'Forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies'
 Monday, January 13, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Iran, Media, News, protests, UK, Worthy News

(Worthy News) - At least two Iranian journalists at a state-owned media outlet reportedly resigned from their jobs, and another left a while back, apologizing for "the 13 years I told you lies" to her supporters as Tehran grapples with the fallout from protests stemming from a cover-up of its accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner.

Gelare Jabbari posted an apology on an Instagram that appears to have been deleted.
“It was very hard for me to believe that our people have been killed," the post read, according to The Guardian. "Forgive me that I got to know this late. And forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies.” [ Source: Fox News (Read More...) ]


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Top White House official says peace plan could be rolled out before March vote
 Monday, January 13, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Israel, News, Security, Trump, White House, Worthy News

(Worthy News) - A top White House official has said US President Donald Trump’s administration will not necessarily wait until after Israel’s March 2 elections to release its long-awaited peace plan.

The launch of the so-called “deal of the century” has been delayed repeatedly by the political uncertainty in Israel, which will hold an unprecedented third vote in the span of a single year after two indecisive elections.

“I don’t think it necessarily depends on the elections,” White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien told the Axios website in comments published late Sunday. “They will have had three elections in a row, we’ll have to see.” [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ]



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Israel Develops New Lightweight Armor-Piercing Missile
 Monday, January 13, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Israel, News, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - Israel has developed a new lightweight armor-piercing missile that can be shoulder-mounted and used by infantry forces.

According to the Israeli news site Mako, the Spike SR missile weighs only 10 kilograms (22 pounds) and can strike targets up to two kilometers away.

Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, which developed the missile, believes it will significantly improve land forces’ ability to strike enemy targets in tanks and armored vehicles. [ Source: Algemeiner (Read More...) ]


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US Christian students come to Holy Land to connect to biblical and modern Israel
 Monday, January 13, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Christian, Faith, Israel, Jerusalem, News, United States, War, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - Five hundred college students streamed into a large party venue in southern Jerusalem with a panoramic view of the Old City. They noshed on mini shwarma sandwiches and cotton candy and danced with abandon to Israeli pop music — some creating a mosh pit near the DJ’s stage at the front of the hall.

But they weren’t participating in Birthright Israel, the mega project that since it was founded in 1999 has brought upwards of 750,000 young Jews to the country. These young Americans were in Israel this month with Passages, an organization that brings practicing Christian college and graduate students from all over the United States to the Holy Land for a 10-day trip to connect with the biblical roots of their faith, and with modern Israel.

In operation since January 2016, Passages is expected to bring 10,000 students to Israel by the end of 2020. The students are accepted through a selective application process. This winter break alone, Passages brought more than 1,000 students to the Jewish state on the highly subsidized trip. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More...) ]

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21 Saudi students to be sent home following Pensacola shooting
 Monday, January 13, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: 9/11, Christian, church, FBI, Florida, internet, jihad, Jordan, News, NSA, Police, Pornography, Saudi Arabia, Terrorism, terrorist, Worthy News

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(Worthy News) - The US is sending home 21 Saudi students after a shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida last month, Attorney General William Barr having concluded that the pilots-in-training acted on terroristic motivations.

In addition to an affinity for jihadist speech and a glorified view of 9/11, investigators uncovered a trail of child pornography in the internet histories of 15 of the students, though Barr said it would not be grounds to prosecute them in the US.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gave complete and total support for our counter-terrorism investigation, and ordered all Saudi trainees to fully cooperate,” Barr said. “This assistance was critical to helping the FBI determine whether anyone assisted the shooter in the attack.”

On Dec. 6 Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old trainee, opened fire on a classroom, killing three U.S. sailors and injuring eight others before being subdued by marines.

Saudi Arabia is the number 15 worst persecutor of Christians worldwide, according to Open Doors USA, and there are no official church buildings in the country, believers mostly finding fellowship online or not at all for fear of the "Hay'ah" or Sharia police.

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House church pastor imprisoned in China
 Monday, January 13, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: China, church, house church, Jordan, News, religion, Worthy News
by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - A pastor in Hubei Province, China is facing up to 10 years in prison for fraud charges resulting from her refusal to comply with government regulations on religion, surpassing the sentence of persecuted house church pastor Wang Yi.

Hao Zhiwei has been operating a house church under a legal Three-Self church, but was recently asked in July to “understand, support and cooperate with the government’s administrative decisions from the perspective of ensuring the safety of the lives and property of religious people.”

For her refusal to comply, Zhiwei was charged with fraud for church tithes she received, as she is not a legally recognized pastor trained in a communist government seminary.

The Three-Self Patriotic movement is a religious umbrella organization beholden to the Chinese Communist Party that all churches in China must be registered to if they are to operate legally, putting house churches in jeopardy.


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Same-sex marriage officially legal in Northern Ireland; Christian leaders express concern
 Monday, January 13, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: abortion, Christian, Conservative, Gay Marriage, Ireland, News, United Kingdom, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - Same-sex marriage is now legal in Northern Ireland, sparking concern among religious and conservative leaders in the Christian-majority country.

As of Jan. 13, same-sex couples are able to register to marry in the country, and those who are already married will have their union recognized by law, according to the BBC.

The move marks the implementation of legislation passed through Westminster last year, which legalized both abortion and gay marriage. The implementation of the legislation brings the province in line with the rest of the United Kingdom, where gay marriage has been legal since 2014. [ Source: Christian Post (Read More...) ]
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Virginia gun proposal puts concealed carry agreements with other states in jeopardy
 Monday, January 13, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Democrat, News, Washington, Worthy News
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(Worthy News) - Virginia Democratic Del. Dan Helmer filed a bill Wednesday that would give the commonwealth’s attorney general, Mark Herring, discretion over which states’ carry permits Virginia would continue to recognize.

Virginia’s current concealed carry reciprocity law recognizes every out-of-state concealed carry license, but the new proposal from Helmer could limit the number of out-of-state concealed carry permits Virginia recognizes if Herring deems their carry permit requirements insufficient.

“This is certainly more restrictive than the current process, which recognizes everyone's permit. He can start saying, well, for this reason or that reason, I'm not going to recognize their permit now,” Virginia lawyer George Lyon of Arsenal Attorneys told the Washington Examiner. [ Source (Read More...) ]

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2020 will see two supermoons and a blue moon close to elections
 Monday, January 13, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: News, Worthy News

(Worthy News) - The year 2020 will see 13 full moons, two supermoons, and a blue moon in October around the same time as the US Presidential election.
A blue moon happens once every 32 months when a full moon rises twice in the same month, and this year will occur on Halloween--less than a week from the elections on Nov. 3--following the first full moon in October on Oct. 1.

A supermoon can appear as 14% larger and 30% brighter than a normal moon because of its proximity to earth, and the moon will appear in this form on March 9th and April 7th, 2020, though the next blood moon that believers are especially keen to see won't appear until May 26, 2021.



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Muslim herdsmen kill a dozen more Christians in Nigeria
Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 13 Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria on Wednesday, Jan. 8, adding to a body count that has seen scores of Christian farmers murdered by the pastoralists in the last few years.
Raiders from the predominantly Muslim ethnic group that spans West Africa forced residents to flee the Christian village of Kulben into the surrounding forests when they entered the village and began firing in all directions.
“This attack on my people by these herdsmen comes as a rude shock to us, as efforts have been made by security agencies to curtail such incessant attacks on our people,” said Bala Fwengje, a local Nigerian lawmaker.
The UK-based Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) found that over 1,000 Christians were killed in Nigeria in 2019 by the combined Islamic extremist efforts of Boko Haram, the West African ISIS, and the Muslim Fulani herder group.



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Grave of martyred pastor destroyed in Iran
The grave of an Assemblies of God pastor from Mashad, Iran--the same town in which Soleimani replacement Brig. Gen. Esmail Qaani rose through the ranks--was destroyed this past December by the Iranian regime.
Hussein Soodman was the only Christian in Iran to be formally put to death for the "apostasy" of converting from Islam to Christianity when a Sharia court sentenced him in December 1990, ending his 24 years of ministry in the Islamic Republic.

Esmail Qaani, who has taken over as Quds Force commander in place of slain terrorist leader and Hezbollah architect Qassem Soleimani, was appointed deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps in Mashad in 1988 and thus would have wielded a measure of authority in the decision to condemn pastor Soodman.
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“Police are now working on the premise arson is to blame for much of the devastation caused this bushfire season,” reports 7 News Sydney.

New environmental policies that restrict “prescribed burning,” where land owners burn off flammable ground cover in cooler months in a controlled manner so it doesn’t contribute to bushfires, have also exacerbated the problem.

The fact that the bushfires were deliberately started and have nothing to do with man-made climate change hasn’t prevented that being the dominant narrative.

Last week, Bernie Sanders blamed those who were “delaying action on climate change” for “the blood-red sky and unbreathable air in Australia because of raging forest fires.”

Virtue signaling celebrities have also pounced on the issue to push their dogma, including at the Golden Globes last night when Australian-born Cate Blanchett asserted, “When one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster.”


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'When one country faces a climate disaster, we all face a climate disaster.'

Australian-born Cate Blanchett took to the stage at the #GoldenGlobes to highlight the wildfires fires ravaging her native country and demand action against climate changehttps://www.itv.com/news/2020-01-06/phoebe-waller-bridge-and-olivia-colman-lead-raft-of-brit-wins-at-golden-globes/
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Nearly 200 People Arrested Across Australia For Deliberately Starting Bushfires
Yet media & celebrities continue to blame “climate change.”

Published 13 hours ago on 6 January, 2020Paul Joseph Watson154 Comments
Authorities in Australia have arrested close to 200 people for deliberately starting the bushfires that have devastated the country, yet the media and celebrities continue to blame “climate change” for the disaster.

The fires have caused at least 18 deaths, destroyed thousands of homes, millions of hectares of land and killed hundreds of millions of animals.

A total of 183 people have been arrested by police in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania for lighting bushfires over the last few months, figures obtained by news agency AAP show.

Alex Jones is live on air right now breaking down how the carbon tax cult is seizing this tragedy to push for planetary government and taxation. He’s also taking calls from Aussies!

In New South Wales, 24 people were arrested for arson, risking prison sentences of up to 25 years.

In Queensland, police concluded that 103 of the fires had been deliberately lit, with 98 people, 67 of them juveniles, having been identified as the culprits.

“The link between arsonists and the deadly fires that devastate Australia every summer is well known and well documented, with the rate of deliberately lit fires escalating rapidly during the school holiday period,” reports Breitbart’s Simon Kent.

Around 85 per cent of bushfires are caused by humans either deliberately or accidentally starting them, according to Dr Paul Read, co-director of the National Centre for Research in Bushfire and Arson.

“About 85 per cent are related to human activity, 13 per cent confirmed arson and 37 per cent suspected arson,” he said. “The remainder are usually due to reckless fire lighting or even just children playing with fire.”

Read also highlighted the link between school holidays and kids starting fires, commenting, “School holidays are a prime time for fire bugs, but especially over summer.” The kids have got time to get out there and light, and the most dangerous adults choose hot days.”
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Europe Under Siege from People-Smuggling Gangs
by Soeren Kern  •  January 7, 2020 at 5:00 am
Current conditions in Hungary are ripe for a repeat of the migration crisis in 2015 and... the country is now in a "state of crisis".... More than 100,000 migrants are now gathered in the Western Balkans and although "the situation is still under control," it is "beginning to look like the big crisis in 2015." — Szilárd Németh, a senior official at Hungary's Defense Ministry, December 1, 2019.

Illegal immigration throughout Europe continues unabated. In France, for instance, nearly 20,000 migrants have been arrested so far in 2019, according to the police website France Bleu, which also reported that 189 people smugglers have been arrested since January 1.

In Britain, The Telegraph newspaper reported that Albanian people smugglers were posting advertisements on social media platforms, including Facebook, promoting their ability to get people into Europe. The ads are accompanied by TripAdvisor-style feedback comments from "satisfied" customers.... people smuggling gangs generate profits of up to £6 billion (€7 billion; $8 billion) a year...

The light sentences reflect the leniency of the Spanish justice system, which appears to encourage, rather than deter, people smuggling gangs.

People smuggling gangs generate profits of up to £6 billion ($8 billion) a year, with migrants often paying more than £10,000 ($13,000) to secure illegal entry into the UK, according to the deputy director of Britain's National Crime Agency. Pictured: Members of an international people smuggling gang at a courthouse in Kecskemet, Hungary on June 21, 2017, during their trial in connection with deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria in 2015. (Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images)
Hungarian police recently discovered two tunnels used to smuggle migrants into Hungary from Serbia. The tunnels were found at the same time that Hungarian police reported a five-fold increase in the number of migrants attempting to enter Hungary.

Hungary is not alone: Border authorities in countries across the European Union are struggling to stanch renewed flows of illegal migration. More than 126,500 migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East illegally entered the EU during 2019, according to the International Organization for Migration.

On November 29, Hungarian police detained 44 migrants who were found walking along a highway near Ásotthalom, a village in southern Hungary. Police later learned that the migrants had crossed into Hungary from Serbia by crawling through a 34-meter (112-foot) hand-dug tunnel.
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Iran abandons nuclear deal after Soleimani killing
 Monday, January 6, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Jordan, Lebanon, Military, News, nuclear, Nuclear Deal, PLO, Trump, United States, Worthy News
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by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - Iran vowed Sunday to defy the limits placed on its nuclear enrichment by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and completely abandon the deal, in a response to the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani that also saw a red flag of Islamic martyrdom and vengeance raised over his funeral service in Qoms.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, the ascendancy of whose organization in Lebanon was largely due to the work of Soleimani, echoed the defiant tone of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei the same day, declaring a "completely new phase" of aggression against American bases in the region.
“When American troops return in coffins, when they come vertically and return horizontally to the United States of America, then Trump and his administration will know that they lost the region and will lose the elections,” Nasrallah said in a speech that also cautioned against Shi'ite proxies targeting American citizens, saying it would ultimately serve Trump.
Iraqi lawmakers on Sunday also convened a special session of parliament that voted on the question of a continued American troop presence in Iraq, with a majority of 180 parliamentarians voting for the expulsion of the 5,200 remaining soldiers.
The US remained at DEFCON 3 Sunday, "a state of military readiness," according to the website for the alert system, in which the air force is prepared to "deploy and mobilize within 15 minutes time."
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First signs of revenge from Iran for death of Soleimani in Syria, Iraq, Kenya
 Monday, January 6, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: EU, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Middle East, Military, News, PLO, Syria, terrorist, Trump, Worthy News


by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - Syrian regime forces and Iranian militias fired three missiles at the Conoco gas fields in Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria and six rockets were fired into the Green Zone in Baghdad that houses the US embassy Sunday as tensions flared across the region.

No injuries were reported in the Middle East, though three Americans--one soldier and two service contractors--were killed in a Somali Al Shabab terrorist attack on a US base in Kenya earlier in the day that seemed to be connected to Iranian threats.

After revealing the US currently had in its sights 52 targets of importance to Iranian culture and military morale on Saturday, US President Trump vowed Sunday he would strike back "in a disproportionate manner" for any further American casualties across the region.

An Omani diplomat in Iran was told over the weekend that Tehran was not interested in any detente with the US following the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and left the country without meeting with any Iranian officials.

US General and former CIA director David Petraeus called the killing of Soleimani Friday in a drone strike at the Baghdad International Airport "more significant than the killing of Osama bin Laden or even the death of al-Baghdadi."
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Trump warns Iran: US has targeted '52 Iranian sites' and will 'hit very fast and very hard' if needed
 Monday, January 6, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Iran, News, terrorist, Trump, Twitter, War, Worthy News
(Worthy News) - President Trump issued a stern warning to Iran on Saturday through a series of Twitter messages intended to deter the country from retaliating after the U.S.-ordered airstrike that killed Iran's Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.
"Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters," Trump tweeted.
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US base in Kenya attacked by Somali Islamic terrorists
 Monday, January 6, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Africa, infrastructure, Islam, Jordan, Kenya, Military, News, terrorist, Worthy News
Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - A military airstrip in Kenya was attacked by Al Qaida-linked Al Shabab early Sunday, destroying several American aircraft, as US and Kenyan military shored up defenses against the Somalian terrorist organization.
This year the US carried out a record 63 drone strikes against Al Shabab across the border in Somalia from its base at Camp Simba in Kenya, but the attack is the first of the kind by the group in targeting US personnel and assets.
US Africa Command is still seeking to determine whether and how many Americans were killed in the strike, but said so far only "infrastructure and equipment" have been identified in the wreckage.
Two Cessna aircraft, one belonging to Kenya and the other to the US, as well as two US helicopters, were destroyed in the attack.
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White House notifies Congress of Soleimani strike, fulfilling War Powers Act duties
 Monday, January 6, 2020 | Tag Cloud Tags: Congress, Iran, News, Pentagon, Trump, United States, War, White House, Worthy News
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(Worthy News) - The White House fulfilled its duties under the War Powers Act by sending Congress a notification of the airstrike that killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
The Trump administration reportedly notified lawmakers on Saturday; however, all of the contents were classified as it likely contained details on the intelligence that led to the strike. It's unclear if the White House will send a separate, unclassified document that can be publicized.
The move marks the White House's compliance with the 1973 War Powers Act, which requires the president to notify Congress of the "circumstances necessitating the introduction of United States Armed Forces" within 48 hours. The Pentagon announced Soleimani's death by a U.S. airstrike on Thursday.
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France: Muslim migrants rape girl and video the rape while praising Allah and invoking the Qur’an
By Pamela Geller - on January 1, 2020
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Another horrible Islamic news story that the media will never cover, let alone the fact that the Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30).

FRANCE: MUSLIM MIGRANTS RAPE GIRL AND VIDEO THE RAPE WHILE PRAISING ALLAH AND INVOKING THE QUR’AN
By Robert Spencer:, December 31, 2019:

This is no surprise, except to the terminally blinkered, who are everywhere nowadays. Such behavior is sanctioned in Islam if the victim is an Infidel woman. One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam.

The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

“They raped her while praising Allah. Then they posted the video of the abuse on social media,” translated from “La stuprano inneggiando Allah. Poi postano il video dell’abuso sui social,” by Federico Giuliani, Il Giornale, December 26, 2019:

The rape took place last Thursday in a banlieue south of Paris. Some government officials, instead of wondering about the cause of the terrible violence, pointed the finger at Twitter.

In France, in a banlieu south of Paris, two sixteen-year-olds of African origin raped a minor girl, filmed the abuse, and shared the video on social networks.

During the sexual violence, the attackers repeatedly cited Allah, the Qur’an and Mecca.

The episode, told by French newspapers and then taken up again by La Verità, took place on Thursday, December 19 in Morsang-sur-Orge, in the Essonne department. The perpetrators of the rape, as mentioned, posted the video of the violence on the net. Those brutal images, in addition to being shared by numerous users, allowed investigators to trace the identity of the alleged rapists. The two assailants were arrested last Saturday.

The facts in detail

The sexual assault took place in the entrance hall of a building. The classic tower block typical of those French suburbs, where delinquency, drug dealing, crime and, more generally, degradation reign. The video of the rape lasts about a minute and a half, and has bounced from one social media outlet to another, enjoying particular “success” on Twitter.

The dramatic images begin with the underage victim fleeing, and being chased and insulted by the two sixteen-year-olds. From their mouths come extremely violent sentences: offensive words that are mixed with terms that refer to the Islamic religion. “I swear on the Qur’an of Mecca, shout and you will see the blows I give you,” shouts one of the rapists to the frightened girl.

At another point, the rapists order the young woman to follow them: “In the name of Allah, I swear to you on the Qur’an of Mecca: it is better if you reflect in your mind and that you come with us, because a team is about to arrive […] we are the best, those who are coming will make you regret […] )n my mother I swear to you: you will not come out alive. You will die.” At that point, verbal violence turned into physical violence.

Beyond the serious crime, the attitude of the two rapists highlights for the umpteenth time the danger of the pro-Islamist subculture which is now the owner of the Parisian banlieu. According to this view, women count for nothing. They are only objects that serve to satisfy the desires of men. Of the lower beings to be insulted and beaten at will.

Twitter on the grill

The episode also sparked numerous controversies over how social network managers handled the situation. Yes, because despite the police repeatedly asking Twitter users not to share the video, the footage remained in circulation for hours before being removed.

The French government, at that point, instead of reflecting on the pitiful state which the peripheries of the country are in, thought it better to attack Twitter. The Undersecretary for Equal Opportunity, Marlène Schiappa, had no doubts: “The video is revolting. As soon as I became aware of it, I immediately contacted Twitter to have it removed. Copies are still in circulation. This social network is not up to speed; criminals know it, that’s why they use it.”

The biggest risk now is that French public opinion will not stop to reflect either on the serious crime committed by the two very young Africans, or on the tensions that run through the neighborhoods of the suburbs, but on the functioning of Twitter. In that case it would be a defeat for everyone.
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The Monsey Hanukkah Horror
Dec 29, 2019  |  by Rabbi Benjamin Blech
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The Monsey Hanukkah Horror
We Jews, descendants of the Maccabees, need to become more Jewish, not less Jewish.

After the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh we foolishly thought there was only enough hate to last for one day in our civilized society of America. But we were wrong. The list of cities in the headlines with anti-Semitic incidents almost daily grows longer. The virus of hate continues to flourish and incredibly grows stronger. Synagogues have armed guards. Jews are attacked. The darkness overpowers the light in a stunning reversal of the Hanukkah miracle.

It seems just days ago that we were horrified by events in Jersey City. Now, in addition to the Hasidic areas, it is even the exclusive upper East side of Manhattan as well. It does not take peyot, sidelocks, and wide-brimmed black hats to bring out the hatred. It is enough today for the anti-Semites merely to suspect that their victims are Jews.

Let us take a moment to reflect on the remarkable connection between the latest Monsey incident and Hanukkah.

“For the miracles, for the deliverance, for the strength, for the salvation and for the battles” – we thank God for all of these, including the battles. We thank God for Mattathias and his sons who bravely demonstrated that Jews do not believe in passively accepting the efforts of those who seek to destroy us. Jews do not live by the maxim to turn the other cheek. Jews, even those for whom the temple as a dwelling place for God on this earth is the ideal, recognized the need not to rely solely on the Almighty but to put forth all of our own efforts as well to rid us of evil and to make us worthy of God’s presence in our midst.

Hanukkah is the holiday of the Maccabees as much as it is the commemoration of miracles.

It is not a time for silence when anti-Semitic attacks are countered with political platitudes of “zero tolerance” followed by revolving door justice. It is almost impossible to believe that suspects arrested in last week’s string of eight anti-Semitic attacks were quickly released right back into the neighborhoods they allegedly terrorized due to bail reform legislation. New legislation requires arraignment judges to free suspects “in any non-sexual assault that doesn’t cause physical injury, even in cases of hate attacks. Even if there is an injury, then bail could be requested”, but not necessarily granted.

In New York City’s Orthodox neighborhoods Jews are incredulous to discover that even when violent bigots are caught they are immediately released in accord with changed legislation.

Ever since I came to America, fleeing as a young boy from the Europe which made it possible for 6 million Jews to be brutally murdered, I have proudly fulfilled the Hanukkah mitzvah of “publicizing the miracle.” It is Hanukkah which demands of us that we place the menorah by the window facing the street in the outside world. It is our way of imitating the Maccabees. We will not hide our faith. We will proudly announce our identity as Jews.

America to me has always been the blessing that allowed me to walk everywhere, unafraid, with a yarmulke on my head.

Today, for the very first time in my life, someone said to me, “Maybe, for your own sake, it might be safer for you to walk around with a baseball cap instead of your kippah.”

And that of course is the beginning of the end for Jews in every country they have ever lived.

We Jews, descendants of the Maccabees, need – in the spirit of Hanukkah – to become more Jewish, not less Jewish.

Of course I have intensified my prayers. Of course I turn to God and beseech him to help us in this terrible time of danger. But I do not forget that there once was a priest with five sons who joined action to prayer, who proved to the Syrian Greeks that Jews will not choose to be meek victims but rather proud Maccabees.

When Jews are attacked with a machete in a synagogue while celebrating Hanukkah it is way past time for us to make clear – to our politicians, to our neighbors, to our society, to our country – ENOUGH! This will not be allowed to continue - and this time around, after the lessons of the Holocaust, our heroes are the Maccabees, not the Jews of silence.



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Jews of Monsey Will Not Be Cowed
Dec 30, 2019
by Faygie Holt, JNS.org
Jews of Monsey Will Not Be Cowed
Less than 24 hours after the attack, Jews sang and danced, celebrating the dedication of a new Torah scroll.
Less than 24 hours after five people were stabbed at a rabbi’s home on Forshay Road in Monsey, N.Y., Jews gathered on the lawn to sing and dance as a Torah scroll was dedicated at a nearby synagogue, making for a far different scene from the night beforehand.

On Saturday night, Grafton Thomas, 38, entered the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg and began stabbing people who had come to celebrate the seventh night of Hanukkah. Using what has now been described as a machete, the attacker began slashing at people in the home, though several people reportedly threw objects at him, eventually prompting him to flee.

He then turned his attention to Rottenberg’s synagogue, located on an adjacent lot. Finding the building locked, the attacker returned to his car and fled the scene. He was apprehended several hours later by members of the New York Police Department.

While a motive for the attack has not been released, on Sunday New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the rampage an “act of domestic terrorism” after meeting with Rottenberg. Cuomo said he planned to introduce legislation that would increase the penalty of such cases to reflect the seriousness of the crime.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo meets with of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg in Monsey, N.Y. after an attack in his home.
A statement released by Thomas’s lawyer, Michael Sussman, said he had suffered from a “long history of mental illness and hospitalizations,” and had “no known history of anti-Semitism.” Thomas pleaded not guilty to five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary at his arraignment on Sunday. Bail was set at $5 million.

“We need more police presence. We need to feel more secure, and we don’t feel that now.”
Nevertheless, in the federal hate-crime criminal complaint on Thomas—an African-American who grew up in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., and now lives with his mother in Greenwood Lake, N.Y., about 20 miles from Monsey—said that law-enforcement agents recovered journals from his mother that included anti-Semitic references, as well as Internet searches on Adolf Hitler and where to find local Jewish synagogues.

Eli Cohen, a lifelong resident of Monsey who grew up going to the Rottenberg shul, said the attack has impacted the whole community. “We are all concerned. People are nervous,” he said, noting that kids can no longer walk to synagogue on their own because no one knows what will happen. “Monsey used to be a nice, calm, quiet place, and now, not so much.”

On any given Shabbat morning, some 200-plus people attend Shabbat services at the Rottenberg shul. Holiday programs, like the Hanukkah gathering the rabbi was holding at his home on Saturday night, can draw hundreds more people from the community.

Rivkie Feiner, a member of the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County’s Jewish Community Relations Council and a board member of the JCC Rockland, was spending Saturday evening with her children at a skating rink less than two miles from Rottenberg’s home when her phone began shrill with notifications about the attack.

As the assailant was on the run and no one knew where he was heading, Feiner began urging everyone standing outside of the indoor rink to come inside and wait.

“It was scary,” she recalled. “Then you started hearing the sirens, the ambulances, the helicopters flying above.”

“People don’t understand the ripple effect. It’s horrible. The entire community is connected through social media, and even our kids hear about it,” said Feiner, a communal leader who was at the scene for a while on Saturday night and met with government officials Sunday. “My 8-year-old came over and asked me what’s a stabbing, and my 11-year-old wouldn’t go to bed until we checked that all the doors were locked. He just wanted to know that the person was caught.”

According to Richard Priem, the Anti-Defamation League’s associate regional director for New York and New Jersey, the attack in Monsey was the 10th anti-Semitic attack recorded by the group since Dec. 23 in the region. Many of those attacks happened in the borough of Brooklyn, N.Y., and were directed at Chassidic Jews who are identifiable by their dress, which for men include long black coats, black hats and on Shabbat, wide fur hats known as streimels.

“The Jewish community is utterly terrified,” Evan Bernstein, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of New York and New Jersey, said in a statement. “No one should have to live like this.”

The attack also came less than three weeks after a deadly attack on a Jewish market in Jersey City, N.J., where two members of the Chassidic community were among three civilians and a police detective killed during an hours-long siege. The two attackers in that case—a man and a woman—were also killed.

According to Feiner, members of the Chassidic community in Rockland County and elsewhere have expressed how vulnerable they feel because the way they dress makes them identifiably Jewish. “We need more police presence,” she said. “We need to feel more secure, and we don’t feel that now.”

Priem said “It’s hard to pinpoint a specific cause as to why this is happening, but we do know that something meaningful needs to change. We need change from the top level—from the government down to the grassroots.”

In the hours after the attack, life began to return to normal—or at least a “new normal”—in Monsey. People continued to go to synagogues throughout town to pray and shoppers filled local stores, including the kosher supermarkets.

Even Rabbi Rottenberg continued with his plans. Just hours after the attack—his son was among those who had been stabbed—the rabbi addressed members of his congregation. He also recited the Jewish prayer of thanksgiving, which is said when a person survives a dangerous situation.

For Priem, who along with his colleagues had been on the scene for hours, seeing the Torah procession stop in front of the Rottenberg residence was a particularly powerful moment.

“This shows that despite the fear, they continue to adhere to their faith,” he said. “They won’t be cowed to change.”
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They’re Killing Us Like Dogs: A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help
“The military has guns and a license to kill; we have nothing.” – A Bolivian mother shot by police

by Medea Benjamin
November 22nd, 2019

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Iam writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup that forced Evo Morales out of power.

The coup has spawned massive protests, with blockades set up around the country as part of a national strike calling for the resignation of this new government. One well-organized blockade is in El Alto, where residents set up barriers surrounding the Senkata gas plant, stopping tankers from leaving the plant and cutting off La Paz’s main source of gasoline.

Determined to break the blockade, the government sent in helicopters, tanks and heavily armed soldiers in the evening of November 18. The next day, mayhem broke out when the soldiers began teargassing residents, then shooting into the crowd. I arrived just after the shooting. The furious residents took me to local clinics where the wounded were taken. I saw the doctors and nurses desperately trying to save lives, carrying out emergency surgeries in difficult conditions with a shortage of medical equipment. I saw five dead bodies and dozens of people with bullet wounds. Some had just been walking to work when they were struck by bullets. A grieving mother whose son was shot cried out between sobs: “They’re killing us like dogs.” In the end, there were 8 confirmed dead.

The next day, a local church became an improvised morgue, with the dead bodies–some still dripping blood–lined up in pews and doctors performing autopsies. Hundreds gathered outside to console the families and contribute money for coffins and funerals. They mourned the dead and cursed the government for the attack and the local press for refusing to tell the truth about what happened. 

The local news coverage about Senkata was almost as startling as the lack of medical supplies. The de facto government has threatened journalists with sedition should they spread “disinformation” by covering protests, so many don’t even show up. Those who do often spread disinformation. The main TV station reported three deaths and blamed the violence on the protesters, giving airtime to the new Defense Minister Fernando Lopez who made the absurd claim that soldiers did not fire “a single bullet” and that “terrorist groups” had tried to use dynamite to break into the gasoline plant. 

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Gloria Quispe mourns next to the body of her brother Antonio, killed by security forces, in El Alto, Bolivia, Nov. 20, 2019. Natacha Pisarenko | AP

It’s little wonder that many Bolivians have no idea what is happening. I have interviewed and spoken to dozens of people on both sides of the political divide. Many of those who support the de facto government justify the repression as a way to restore stability. They refuse to call President Evo Morales’ ouster a coup and claim there was fraud in the October 20 election that sparked the conflict. These claims of fraud, which were prompted by a report by the Organization of American States, have been debunked by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a think tank in Washington, D.C.

Morales, the first indigenous president in a country with an indigenous majority, was forced to flee to Mexico after he, his family and party leaders received death threats and attacks–including the burning of his sister’s house. Regardless of the criticisms, people may have of Evo Morales, especially his decision to seek a fourth term, it is undeniable that he oversaw a growing economy that decreased poverty and inequality. He also brought relative stability to a country with a history of coups and upheavals. Perhaps most importantly, Morales was a symbol that the country’s indigenous majority could no longer be ignored. The de facto government has defaced indigenous symbols and insisted on the supremacy of Christianity and the Bible over indigenous traditions that the self-declared president, Jeanine Añez, has characterized as “satanic.” This surge in racism has not been lost on the indigenous protesters, who demand respect for their culture and traditions.

Jeanine Añez, who was the third highest-ranking member of the Bolivian Senate, swore herself in as president after Morales’ resignation, despite not having a necessary quorum in the legislature to approve her as president. The people in front of her in the line of succession – all of whom belong to Morales’ MAS party – resigned under duress. One of those is Victor Borda, president of the lower house of congress, who stepped down after his home was set on fire and his brother was taken hostage.

Upon taking power, Áñez’s government threatened to arrest MAS legislators, accusing them of “subversion and sedition”, despite the fact that this party holds a majority in both chambers of congress. The de facto government then received international condemnation after issuing a decree granting immunity to the military in its efforts to re-establish order and stability. This decree has been described as a “license to kill” and “carte blanche” to repress, and it has been strongly criticized by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The result of this decree has been death, repression and massive violations of human rights. In the week and a half since the coup, 32 people have died in protests, with more than 700 wounded. This conflict is spiraling out of control and I fear it will only get worse. Rumors abound on social media of military and police units refusing the de facto government’s orders to repress. It is not hyperbole to suggest that this could result in a civil war. That’s why so many Bolivians are desperately calling for international help. “The military has guns and a license to kill; we have nothing,” cried a mother whose son had just been shot in Senkata. “Please, tell the international community to come here and stop this.”

I have been calling for Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former president of Chile, to join me on the ground in Bolivia. Her office is sending a technical mission to Bolivia, but the situation requires a prominent figure. Restorative justice is needed for the victims of violence and dialogue is needed to defuse tensions so Bolivians can restore their democracy. Ms. Bachelet is highly respected in the region; her presence could help save lives and bring peace to Bolivia.  

 Feature photo | Mourners carry the coffins that contain the remains of people killed by security forces in El Alto, outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 21, 2019. Natacha Pisarenko | AP

Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of CODEPINK, a women-led peace and human rights grassroots organization. She has been reporting from Bolivia since November 14. 

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect MintPress News editorial policy.
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Hamas has been granted sanctuary in the Middle-Eastern country despite the terrorist organization’s status in both the west and now some Arab nations.
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Hamas operatives are being allowed to plan attacks against Israel from Turkey, according to an eye-opening report in The Telegraph.
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The Big Hole in the China Trade Agreement
by Gordon G. Chang
December 17, 2019 at 5:00 am
Moreover, China's officials, once they have encryption keys and access to the China network of a foreign firm, will be in a good position to penetrate the networks of that firm outside China. Therefore, Beijing will soon steal data stored on foreign networks and put companies, like Nortel Networks, out of business or ruin them to the point where Chinese entities can buy them up at reduced prices. Do we really want the Fortune 500 to be owned by China?

There is, of course, no point in including in the trade deal forced taking and intellectual property protections if they do not cover the cybersecurity rules.

Washington will have to do something fast to protect American businesses in China — and the American economy — because the Phase One deal is clearly inadequate. There is, after all, a big hole in the center of it.


China's officials, once they have encryption keys and access to the China network of a foreign firm, will be in a good position to penetrate the networks of that firm outside China. (Image source: iStock)

There's something missing from the "Phase One" trade agreement with China, announced Friday. And it's something critically important. Yet, Larry Kudlow, President Trump's director of the National Economic Council, appeared not to know about it afterwards.

"We will see," said Kudlow in response to Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures," her Fox News Channel show, as she asked him about Beijing's new "cybersecurity" rules. "There's a large IP chapter in this deal and there's also a large forced technology transfer chapter in this deal. I don't think we know enough about these new Chinese rules and we'll have to look at that and by the way if they do violate them of course we will take action."

Bartiromo was referring to two sets of Chinese rules. On December 1, Beijing implemented the Multi-Level Protection Scheme 2.0, issued pursuant to the 2016 Cybersecurity Law. On January 1, China's Cryptography Law becomes effective.

These measures prohibit foreign companies from encrypting data so that it cannot be read by the Chinese central government and the Communist Party of China. Businesses will be required to turn over encryption keys. Companies will not be able to employ virtual private networks to keep data secret, and some believe they will no longer be allowed to use private servers.

Together, these measures allow Beijing to take all the data and communications of foreign companies.

Beijing's complete visibility into the networks of foreign companies will have extremely disadvantages consequences. For instance, Chinese officials will be permitted, under Chinese law, to share seized information with state enterprises. This sharing means the enterprises will weaponize the information against their foreign competitors.

Moreover, China's officials, once they have encryption keys and access to the China network of a foreign firm, will be in a good position to penetrate the networks of that firm outside China. Therefore, Beijing will soon steal data stored on foreign networks and put companies, like Nortel Networks, out of business or ruin them to the point where Chinese entities can buy them up at reduced prices. Do we really want the Fortune 500 to be owned by China?

The U.S. Trade Representative's skimpy Fact Sheet for the Phase One deal does not address the December 1 and January 1 rules. There is, of course, no point in including in the trade deal forced taking and intellectual property protections if they do not cover the cybersecurity rules.

Judging from Kudlow's nonspecific response to Bartiromo and his admission of not knowing much about "these new Chinese rules," the administration apparently has not considered the linkages between them and the trade deal. If that is indeed the case, the Phase One deal will be pointless. Anything — information, data, communications, trade secrets, or technology — protected under its terms will nonetheless be available to Chinese authorities pursuant to the December 1 and January 1 rules.

The remedy? President Trump can pull out of the Phase One deal — something he should do anyway — or use his considerable powers under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 to prohibit American companies from complying with the new cybersecurity rules or from storing data in China. On August 23, Trump threatened to use the act to force companies out of that country.

Washington will have to do something fast to protect American businesses in China — and the American economy — because the Phase One deal is clearly inadequate. There is, after all, a big hole in the center of it.

Gordon G. Chang is the author of The Coming Collapse of China and a Gatestone Institute Distinguished Senior Fellow.
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France reopens disputed ancient tomb in Jerusalem to the public
After Tomb of the Kings was unbarred and quickly resealed by French authorities in June following dispute at opening, visitors allowed to tour 2,000-year-old site
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews wait among other visitors to enter the Tombs of the Kings, a 2,000-year-old archaeological gem in the heart of Jerusalem owned by France, as it reopens for the public for a second time in six months, on October 24, 2019. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP)
Ultra-Orthodox Jews wait among other visitors to enter the Tombs of the Kings, a 2,000-year-old archaeological gem in the heart of Jerusalem owned by France, as it reopens for the public for a second time in six months, on October 24, 2019. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP)
An ancient tomb in Jerusalem prized for its archaeological and religious importance was reopened for visits Thursday by France, which owns it, after a dispute over access scuttled an earlier attempt.

The site known as the Tomb of the Kings in East Jerusalem can now be visited during set hours twice per week, but visitors must pre-register online and pay a NIS 10 fee ($3, €2.50), the French consulate said.

Around 30 people — the most allowed at one time due to the sensitivity of the site — visited when the gates opened on Thursday morning, mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews who wanted to pray inside.

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Around a dozen other ultra-Orthodox danced and prayed outside the gates while they waited for their turn to visit the 2,000-year-old tomb as police kept a close eye.

“This is a special event,” said Yehuda Twerski, a 20-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jew from New York studying religion in Jerusalem.

“We’re going in there to pray. Perhaps with proper negotiations maybe it will be open more often to the public.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jews describe the tomb as a holy burial site of ancient Jewish kings.

Ultra Orthodox Jews walk at the Tombs of the Kings, a 2,000-year-old archaeological gem in the heart of Jerusalem owned by France, as it reopens for the public for a second time in six months, on October 24, 2019. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP)
France had attempted to open the site to visitors in June after having kept it closed since 2010, initially due to renovations but later because attempts to contest its ownership complicated its reopening.

It however immediately re-closed the site after a group of more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox tried to enter and pray, shoving toward the gate, despite not having signed up as requested.

The site is a remarkable example of a Roman-era tomb, considered among the largest in the region.

Its unique status, Jewish veneration of the burial site and its location in the disputed east of the city added to complications in reopening it.

Archaeological sites in East Jerusalem are often freighted with religious significance and questions linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

There had been a challenge at Israel’s rabbinical court — which rules on matters related to Jewish law and holy sites — over access to the tomb and France’s ownership.

Before reopening the site, France sought guarantees from Israel it would not face legal challenges as well as commitments on how visits would be managed.

Visitors are not allowed to descend into the tomb itself and can only visit the exterior, which includes ritual baths and an ancient frieze above its entry.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews pray at the Tombs of the Kings, a 2,000-year-old archaeological gem in the heart of Jerusalem owned by France, as it reopens for the public for a second time in six months, on October 24, 2019. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP)
Excavations of the site began in the 1860s, with Felicien de Saulcy of France taking on the project in 1863 and seeking to confirm it was the tomb of the biblical kings. That theory has been ruled out, but the name has endured.

Several sarcophagi were found inside and are now in the Louvre museum in Paris, including one with an Aramaic inscription. According to the most commonly accepted theory, it refers to Queen Helena of Adiabene, in today’s Iraqi Kurdistan, and she may have built the tomb for her dynasty.

After de Saulcy’s excavation, the tomb was purchased by the Pereire brothers, a Jewish banking family in Paris that would later hand the property over to France.
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He was widely criticised for failing to show remorse for his association with the disgraced financier or empathy with Epstein's victims during his television appearance.

He has resigned from a large number of patronages and seen organisations he was once involved with sever ties.

Miss Roberts claimed in court papers in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was aged 17, below the state's age of consent.

However, that allegation was struck out by a judge in 2015 for being 'immaterial and impertinent'.


Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán: Europe's Solitary Defender of Persecuted Christians
by Giulio Meotti  •  December 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

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"Those we are helping now can give us the greatest help in saving Europe. We are giving persecuted Christians what they need: homes, hospitals, and schools, and we receive in return what Europe needs most: a Christian faith, love and perseverance". — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Daily News Hungary, November 28, 2019.

"Our estimation is that more than 90 percent of Christian have already left Iraq and almost 50 percent of Christians in Syria have left the country". — Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

European leaders, rather than being embarrassed, should make the condition of Christians under Islam the starting point of their conversations with Muslims.

"The fate of Eastern Christians and other minorities is the prelude to our own fate." — Former French Prime Minister François Fillon, Valeurs Actuelles, December 12, 2019.


In Europe, there is a solitary defender of persecuted Christians: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, whom the mainstream media love to attack. No other European government has invested so much money, public diplomacy and time on this topic. (Photo by Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images)
"There is an ongoing persecution of Christians. For months, we bishops have been denouncing what is happening in Burkina Faso" Bishop Kjustin Kientega recently said, "but nobody is listening to us." "Evidently", he concluded, "the West is more concerned with protecting its own interests".

In a recent series of a transnational tragedies, 14 Christians were murdered in an attack on a church in Burkina Faso, 11 Christians were murdered in an attack on a bus in Kenya and seven Christians were murdered by Boko Haram in Cameroon. These three deadly attacks by Islamists in the same week give an idea of the intensity and frequency of global anti-Christian persecution.

Bishop Kientega was reporting a fact: the West is not listening to their plight. "While the Belgian government decided in 2011 to send F-16s to Libya to protect civilians threatened by Gaddafi, in 2014 it took no concrete measures to help the minorities in Iraq", wrote Le Vif.

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Sweden: Confronting Reality
by Judith Bergman  •  December 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

One problem is that the Swedish state itself contributes indirectly to the spread of extremism. The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has found that a "relatively large" number of organizations with links to violent extremism have been using Sweden's state and municipal grant systems, which Säpo says could "contribute to radicalization and thus growth in extremist environments in Sweden."

According to Säpo, individuals from Islamist groups are using public-funded schools, cultural associations and foundations as platforms to spread extremist ideology within Sweden.

"Of course, the segregation, exclusion and long-standing uncontrolled immigration that is now driving serious crime did not suddenly arise. Responsibility for years of ill-conceived policies -- and the inability to address the problems -- is shared by many.... [I]t is quite clear that gang criminality, shootings and executions are strongly linked to excessive immigration and to bad integration. How can you even pretend anything else?" -- Ulf Kristersson, leader of the Moderate Party, Facebook, November 17, 2019

The question now is how the Moderate Party will transform Kristersson's apology into "concrete political action" that can stop Swedish reality from deteriorating even further.


The situation in Sweden continues to deteriorate. Last month, a 15-year-old was shot to death and another teenager seriously wounded in a pizzeria in Malmö. (Image source: iStock)
Back in February and March 2017 BBC News ran a number of articles about Trump's much vilified remarks about Sweden, including one with the headline, "Trump's wrong, it's 'quiet and safe' in Malmo." One article in particular, "All eyes on Malmo but not because of Trump" painted an idyllic picture of the lives of expats in Malmö. It spoke, among others, about a young American woman working in Malmö, Susanna Lewis, in the following way:

"As a woman, she is also used to being prepared and watchful as she walks alone in other places, yet she does not feel afraid in Malmö city centre or its outer suburbs".

The article went on to quote her: "I never have had that fear in Sweden. This is the safest place I've ever lived."

Now, however, even the BBC appears to have discovered that Sweden suffers from serious problems. In November, the BBC published an article headlined, "Sweden's 100 explosions this year: What's going on?"

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Turkey: Murder of Women Reaches Epidemic Proportions
by Uzay Bulut  •  December 11, 2019 at 4:00 am

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The cause of 50% of the killings was not determined, but 16% of the women were killed because they wanted to make decisions about their lives, such as wanting a divorce, rejecting offers of reconciliation or even for not answering the phone when called by their men. 13% of the women were killed for "economic reasons."

According to the Turkish women's-rights platform, "We Will Stop Femicide," 652 women were killed by men in the year-and-a-half period prior to November 2018 -- 36 of whom were murdered in October of that year.

"One of the reasons why such a large number of women fall victim to violence is the reluctance and even prevention of relevant institutions to implement current laws." — The Central Women's Committee of Turkey's Human Rights Association (HRA), "Violence against women is a result of discriminatory policies," August 26, 2019.

"There was no finger left unbroken, no women left unbeaten for the last two seasons of a show aired on a pro-government TV channel..." — İlhan Taşcı, Republican People's Party deputy and Radio and Television Supreme Council Member.

"In our religion, the life, dignity and rights of women are untouchable and entrusted [to men]." — Ali Erbaş, President of Diyanet, Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs.


The murder of women by male relatives -- particularly spouses or former spouses -- has become a dangerous trend in Turkey. 652 women were killed in Turkey by men in the year-and-a-half period prior to November 2018, according to the Turkish women's-rights platform, "We Will Stop Femicide." (Image source: iStock)
On November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, thousands of Turkish women took part in demonstrations at Istanbul's Taksim Square. The women were protesting the increasing number of murders in the country committed by men against female family members. After reading a statement to the press, the demonstrators were attacked by police with tear gas and plastic bullets.

The murder of women by male relatives -- particularly spouses or former spouses -- has become a dangerous trend in Turkey. The brutal murder, on August 18, of 38-year-old Emine Bulut by her ex-husband -- in front of their 10-year-old daughter -- is one particularly noteworthy case.

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