Wednesday, December 23, 2015
GREEK PARLIAMENT TO RECOGNISE ARAB-MURDERERS PALESTINIAN STATE.HOMOSEXUAL-ABORTION NEWS AND LOTS MORE.
A million migrants arrived in Europe in 2015-By EUOBSERVER-DEC 22,15
Today, 13:53-The number of refugees and migrants coming to Europe passed the 1 million threshold, the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. Half of them were Syrians escaping the war in their country. Afghans accounted for 20 percent and Iraqis for 7 percent.
Five terror suspects held in Brussels released-By EUOBSERVER-DEC 22,15
Today, 09:07-Five people who were arrested in Brussels Sunday and Monday morning, because they were suspected of being connected to November's Paris terror attacks, were released on Monday after being interrogated. The investigation into the attacks "continues unabated", the prosecutor said.
EU probes Greek border gaps, in Schengen threat By Nikolaj Nielsen-DEC 22,15-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:54-The European Commission is compiling a report on Greece that could see internal border controls increased from the six month limit to up to two years.The move follows border tensions after some 800,000 people crossed into Greece since the start of the year and headed towards the mainland EU to seek international protection.Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Sweden and Norway all reintroduced the checks in response.Some, like Hungary and Slovenia, also opted for barbed wire fences along their respective borders.France, for its part, set up checks following the Paris attacks in November.But some of those checks and fences have roused broader fears that the passport-free Schengen area is at the risk of collapse.Germany imposed a ten day control at its Austrian border at the start of September after having announced an open door policy for all Syrian nationals.Berlin then extended it to 20 days and then again for another 20 days. It now wants to maintain the controls but is restricted by a six-month limit.-New evaluation report-The six-month limit can be lifted but only after EU institutional procedures and evaluations determine the gaps on the Greek frontiers somehow pose a major threat to Schengen.All eyes are now on Greece which, for its part, denies it has failed to properly seal its own borders.EU officials in November went to the Greek land border with Turkey in an unannounced visit. They also went to the Greek islands of Chios and Samos.Neither island has a so-called hotspot, areas where arriving refugees are screened and identified, up and running. The problem is due, in part, to other member states having failed to offer up the required experts needed to man the arrival zones.But on Tuesday (22 December), a commission official told MEPs in the civil liberties committee that the November spot checks will form the basis of a new evaluation report."Recently an unannounced visit to Greece took place on the land borders with Turkey and on the sea borders. That report is under preparation and will be submitted to [...] the Schengen Evaluation committee, for adoption hopefully very soon", he said.If adopted, the report might impact on further decisions by the commission to use a specific clause in the Schengen borders code.The clause allows the commission to recommend the reintroduction of border controls at the internal borders if there "are serious deficiencies" on how Greece manages its outer frontiers.Should Greece not respond and if the Schengen area remains wobbly, then member states would be able to extend their internal checks from the maximum of six months to up to two years.-'Our country can’t handle it'-Immediate controls can currently be imposed for two months if there is "a serious threat to the internal security and public policy". If the event is foreseen, the limit is set to six months.Greece maintains it is meeting international obligations with rescue operations.The country, wrecked in part by the financial crisis and by austerity measures imposed by international creditors, says it has spent some €1 billion from its national budget to better manage the refugee inflows.“Our country can’t handle it, our economy can’t handle it", said Greece's citizens’ protection minister, Nikos Toskas, earlier this month.On Tuesday, the death toll of people dying while trying to reach Greece increased by 11. Three of them were children. All had set off from Turkey when their boat sank en route to Samos.
DRUG PUSHERS AND ADDICTS
1 PET 5:8
8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.
21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)
Syrian refugees farm cannabis in Lebanon-Reuters By Alia Haju-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Reuters) - Inside a garage in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley filled with green dust and piles of cannabis, stand a woman and a 13-year-old boy, sifting through the twigs and buds of the recent harvest.They are Muslim refugees from Raqqa province - de facto capital in Syria of Islamic State fighters - and part of an extended family of about 25 that fled in the past few years to live in tents in the relative safety of a Lebanese village.The 29-year-old woman, who declined to be identified for safety reasons, left two months ago with her youngest son, 5, to join family including cousins, second cousins and grandparents. Wearing scarves over their faces to protect them from the crop, the women and their relatives work in fields of the sticky green, spiky-leafed plants. It is a job that migrant workers from neighboring Syria have done for many years, spending a few months a year in the region before returning home.Since the rise of Islamic State, it is now a task that could put them, and their family back in Syria, at risk of harm including death because working with, getting close to or consuming drugs and alcohol is considered a sin in Islam, refugees say."If Islamic State back home knew we work with hashish, they would cut us" with knives, says another refugee, Aisha, 15.Hind, a Lebanese landowner, spoke of the longstanding ties between Raqqa and the Bekaa, a broad and fertile valley in the center of Lebanon."Farmers from Raqqa have been coming to work our fields during harvest season for the past eight years," she says. However since the rise of Islamic State, Hind says that the Lebanese villagers tend to view the Syrians with suspicion.The Syrian woman says she grew cotton on her 10 acres of land in Raqqa, adding that she often encounters racism from locals in Bekaa."The Lebanese villagers sometimes call us Daesh," she says, using a derogatory Arabic acronym for Islamic State.Although what is said may sometimes sound like a joke, she says that she believes that some Lebanese regard Syrian immigrants from Raqqa with caution because of their home region’s association with Islamic State.Growing cannabis can be a lucrative business for landowners, even if it is illegal in Lebanon." Any job in Lebanon makes you $700 per month, but working with drugs can get you $10,000 a day,” says Sharif, a landowner and grower of cannabis.The woman earns $16 a day processing the plant, which allows her to send some money back home to her family still in Raqqa.Living in Lebanon has also given her and other refugee women a measure of freedom they didn’t enjoy in Syria, she says."In Raqqa I have to be covered from top to bottom, even my eyes are not allowed to show," she says, wearing a tight veil, jeans and long top. "If I went out with what I'm wearing now, I would get a few whips" from Islamic State supporters, she adds.As she harvests and processes cannabis, the woman constantly thinks of family still in Syria, she says. She aims to get her husband and other son out of Syria to join her.“It was really hard to flee Raqqa,” she says, declining to give details on how she smuggled herself out of the country. The journey took about five days, much of it on foot. "I want my husband and son to get here, that’s all I want now."(Reporting by Alia Haju; Writing by Brian McGee; Editing by Dominic Evans)
Colombia legalizes medical marijuana-AFP By Paula Carrillo-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
Bogota (AFP) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree Tuesday legalizing and regulating medical marijuana, the latest softening of the country's hardline tactics in the war on drugs.In a nationally televised address, Santos announced it would be fully legal to grow, process, import and export cannabis and its derivatives for medical and scientific use."This decree allows licenses to be granted for the possession of seeds, cannabis plants and marijuana," he said from the presidential palace."It places Colombia in the group of countries that are at the forefront... in the use of natural resources to fight disease."He added that the measure "does not go against our international commitments on drug control."Colombia's government has long been a close ally of the United States in fighting international drug trafficking, using its military and billions of dollars in US funding to try to shed its title as the world's largest cocaine producer.But it has shown signs of easing its hardline stance in recent months.Santos's announcement follows a recent decision to stop aerially spraying the herbicide glyphosate on fields of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine.The World Health Organization warned in April that the chemical, sold by US biotech company Monsanto under the brand name Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic."Santos also announced in September that Colombia would begin giving land to farmers who stop growing coca.Medical marijuana had previously fallen into a legal gray area in Colombia.It was authorized under a 1986 law, but the lack of regulation prevented production on a national level."The manufacture, export, sale, and medical and scientific use of this and other substances have been permitted for several decades in Colombia. However, they were never regulated. That is what we are doing today," Santos said.Under the decree, growers will apply for licenses from the National Narcotics Council, while those seeking to manufacture cannabis-based drugs will apply for permits from the health ministry.The health ministry will also grant permits to export such drugs to countries where they are legal."Our goal is for patients to be able to access medications made in Colombia that are safe, high-quality and accessible. It is also an opportunity to promote scientific research in our country," Santos said.- 'Plan Colombia' -The push to legalize marijuana appears to be gaining momentum in Latin America, for both medical and recreational use.Uruguay legalized the production, sale and use of marijuana in 2013, Chile's Congress is debating a bill to legalize pot, and Mexico will open a "national debate" in January on overhauling its prohibitionist marijuana laws.Colombia decriminalized possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana in 2012, and it is legal to grow up to 20 cannabis plants in the country. But consuming it in public and selling it are illegal.Medical marijuana is already used in Colombia on a small scale.For example, some epileptics use cannabis extract to control their seizures.But health professionals and pharmaceutical companies say the new decree will make it much easier to buy, sell and manufacture such drugs.Illegal drugs have given rise to horrific violence by drug cartels in Colombia, and have fueled a five-decade conflict between leftist guerrillas and the Colombian government that has killed more than 220,000 people.The country has received $9 billion in US funding since 1999 under "Plan Colombia," a military and economic cooperation program aimed at combating drug trafficking.But it remains a top producer of illegal drugs, particularly cocaine.Colombia's cocaine production surged by 52 percent last year, to 442 tons, according to the United Nations.
EU DICTATOR (WORLD LEADER)
1 THESSALONIANS 5:3-7
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
2 THESSALONIANS 2:3-4
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,(EU WORLD DICTATOR)the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
12 And the ten horns (NATIONS) which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.(SOCIALISM)
13 These have one mind,(SOCIALISM) and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse:(PEACE) and he that sat on him had a bow;(EU DICTATOR) and a crown was given unto him:(PRESIDENT OF THE EU) and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.(MILITARY GENIUS)
2 THESSALONIANS 2:9-12
9 Even him,(EU WORLD DICTATOR) whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,(THE FALSE RESURRECTION BY THE WORLD DICTATOR) that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.(THE EU AND ITS DICTATOR IS GODLESS)
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.(DICTATOR COMES FROM NEW AGE OR OCCULT)
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;(MURDERERD) and his deadly wound was healed:(COMES BACK TO LIFE) and all the world wondered after the beast.(THE WORLD THINKS ITS GOD IN THE FLESH, MESSIAH TO ISRAEL)
4 And they worshipped the dragon (SATAN) which gave power unto the beast:(JEWISH EU DICTATOR) and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?(FALSE RESURRECTION,SATAN BRINGS HIM TO LIFE)
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.(GIVEN WORLD CONTROL FOR 3 1/2YRS)
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God,(HES A GOD HATER) to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.(HES A LIBERAL OR DEMOCRAT,WILL PUT ANYTHING ABOUT GOD DOWN)
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints,(BEHEAD THEM) and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.(WORLD DOMINATION)
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.(WORLD DICTATOR)
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.(SAVED CHRISTIANS AND JEWS DIE FOR THEIR FAITH AT THIS TIME,NOW WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE BUT DURING THE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH, PEOPLE WILL BE PUT TO DEATH (BEHEADINGS) FOR THEIR BELIEF IN GOD (JESUS) OR THE BIBLE.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(THE EU (EUROPEAN UNION) TAKES OVER IRAQ WHICH HAS SPLIT INTO 3-SUNNI-KURD-SHIA PARTS-AND THE REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE IS BROUGHT BACK TOGETHER-THE TWO LEGS OF DANIEL WESTERN LEG AND THE ISLAMIC LEG COMBINED AS 1)
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come (ROMANS IN AD 70) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMANS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he( EU ROMAN, JEWISH DICTATOR) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:( 7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,( 3 1/2 YRS) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether World Government will be achieved by conquest or consent.James Paul Warburg appearing before the Senate on 7th February 1950
Like a famous WWII Belgian General,Paul Henry Spock said in 1957:We need no commission, we have already too many. What we need is a man who is great enough to be able to keep all the people in subjection to himself and to lift us out of the economic bog into which we threaten to sink. Send us such a man. Be he a god or a devil, we will accept him.And today, sadly, the world is indeed ready for such a man.
No one will enter the New World Order... unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian Initiation.- David Spangler Director of Planetary Initiative United Nations.
France debates security changes in constitution By Eric Maurice-DEC 22,15-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 18:44-The French government will on Wednesday (23 December) present a bill to inscribe new security provisions into the constitution. But many fear it could harm civil liberties.The bill gives details on what happens when a state of emergency is declared, amid questions on the efficiency of existing counter-terrorist measures.It explains in which circumstances a state of emergency can be declared and what kind of measures can be taken. So far, the French constitution only says that the government can declare it, leaving details to a law voted in 1955.The new article introduced in the constitution will allow the government to declare a state of emergency in case of "immediate danger resulting from serious breach of public order" or in case of "events presenting, by nature and gravity, a characteristic of public calamity.”The duration of the state of emergency will be fixed by law.Exceptional measures, such as house arrests or administrative searches, will be allowed for six months after the end of the state of emergency.-'Adequate means'-The revision of the constitution was announced by president Francois Hollande in an address to parliament on 16 November, three days after the Paris attacks which killed 130 people and injured 350.A 12-day state of emergency was imposed on the night of the attacks and was later extended for three months.In his address to deputies and senators, Hollande said he wants to give the state "adequate means to take exceptional measures for a certain amount of time, without having recourse to a state of siege and without compromising the exercise of public liberties."Putting more detail on the state of emergency into the constitution would guarantee that no government would go too far in the implementation of exceptional measures, Hollande’s government says.But critics say that inscribing emergency measures in fundamental law creates a risk of permanent exception.Implicit in the debate is the fact the far-right National Front is a rising force in French politics and could one day access power and have far-reaching tools at its disposal.But the debate is also about how effective the measures taken under the state of emergency actually are, and whether infringement on public liberties is compensated by increased security.There were 2,898 administrative searches since the state of emergency was declared on 13 November, and 384 people have been put under house arrest, French authorities say. They also found 443 illegal weapons been found, including 41 weapons of war.-Only three investigations-But the police action prompted few prosecutions on terrorist charges.Out of the 488 related cases opened, only "25 infractions in relation to terrorism" were recorded, mainly for justification of terrorist acts, according to French media. Special anti-terrorist prosecutors have opened only three investigations, with just one person charged.The majority of the other cases are based on illegal arms, drug trafficking, counterfeiting, or trafficking of stolen goods.On Tuesday, the interior minister said that an attack was foiled last week in Orleans, in the center of France and that is was the 10th plan foiled in two years.But in a statement published on Tuesday (22 December), human rights NGO Amnesty International said that "there is a very real risk that the rights of the wider population are getting ensnared in a net supposed to be designed to identify only those posing a genuine threat.”“Declaring a state of emergency in situations where there is a ‘threat to the life of the nation’ such as the Paris attacks is one thing, but entrenching emergency measures to counter more vaguely defined threats is another,” said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty's deputy director for Europe and Central Asia, on the government bill.Amnesty, as well as French NGOs and media, have reported incidents of people put under house arrest in an abusive way and of police raids conducted in a violent manner. Closures of some mosques also proved controversial.-Fault line-In his address to parliament, Hollande said his government would strip terrorists with double citizenship, "including those who were born French,” of their French citizenship. But the measure will be dropped from the bill to be presented on Wednesday.The Council of State, which examine laws before they are presented, said the measure could create an "excessive and disproportionate breach of rights" of a category of French citizens.Many in Hollande's center-left and left-wing majority are against this measure, which the right and far-right have been asking for.Stripping citizenship from terrorists was a condition for the centre-right opposition to support the modification of the constitution, which needs a three-fifths majority in the parliamentary congress, a joint session of both houses.National unity over security and the fight against terrorism has been fragile since the November attacks, especially in the campaign for regional elections in early December, in which the National Front did well.Fifteen months before the presidential election, followed by legislative elections, the issue will remain a political fault line.
20 And Isaac was forty years old (A BIBLE GENERATION NUMBER=1967 + 40=2007+) when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.
21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
22 And the children (2 NATIONS IN HER-ISRAEL-ARABS) struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels;(ISRAEL AND THE ARABS) and the one people shall be stronger than the other people;(ISRAEL STRONGER THAN ARABS) and the elder shall serve the younger.(LITERALLY ISRAEL THE YOUNGER RULES (ISSAC)(JACOB-LATER NAME CHANGED TO ISRAEL) OVER THE OLDER ARABS (ISHMAEL)(ESAU)
24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.
25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.(THE OLDER AN ARAB)
26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob:(THE YOUNGER-ISRAELI) and Isaac was threescore (60) years old when she bare them.(1967 + 60=2027)(COULD BE THE LAST GENERATION WHEN JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED AMOUNG THE 2 TWINS)(THE 2 TWINS WANT JERUSALEM-THE DIVISION OF JERUSALEM TODAY)(AND WHOS IN CONTROL OF JERUSALEM TODAY-THE YOUNGER ISSAC-JACOB-ISRAEL)(AND WHO WANTS JERUSALEM DIVIDED-THE OLDER,ESAU-ISHMAEL (THE ARABS)
ZECHARIAH 12:1-5 King James Bible
1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.
5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.
5 As birds flying,(PLANES) so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem;(WITH PLANES) defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.(NUKE OR BOMB ISRAELS ENEMIES)
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.(WW3 STARTS BECAUSE JERUSALEM IS DIVIDED AND ISRAELIS UPROOTED FROM THEIR GOD GIVIN LAND)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)
Greek parliament to recognise Palestine By Eric Maurice-DEC 22,15-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:29-The Greek parliament is expected to recognise Palestine as a state Tuesday (22 December). The vote will be on a non-binding resolution but will be highly symbolic as Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will first address the assembly.Meeting Abbas on Monday (21 December), Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras announced that the name "Palestine" will replace "Palestinian Authority" in all Greek public documents.He told the Palestinian leader that his government supported a two-state solution that “guarantees the establishment of a viable, territorially unified, independent and sovereign Palestinian state … which will coexist in peace and security with Israel."“Greece can play the role of a bridge in the direction of a just and viable solution to the Palestine issue,” Abbas said after his meeting with Tsipras.“We give new impetus to the resolution of the Palestinian issue," he added.Although Greece and Israel enjoy good relations, recognition of Palestine as a state has been a promise of Tsipras' government since its election last January. Tsipras' party, radical left Syriza, has been traditionally pro-Palestinian. Its electoral platform in 2012 called for the "abolition of military cooperation with Israel [and] support for creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders."The resolution voted by the Greek parliament will be non-binding on the government, similar to resolutions voted by the British, the French and other national parliaments in the EU.On Monday, Tsipras said full recognition is not being considered.“When the time is deemed to be right, Greece will make the necessary steps,” he said. So far, only eight EU member states have recognised the Palestinian state. But only Sweden did it after its accession to the EU, in October 2014.The others, mainly countries from the former Soviet bloc, recognised Palestine in 1988 when the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) published a Palestinian Declaration of Independence.German chancellor Angela Merkel, for her part, said a recognition would be a "unilateral step."Concerns over the Israeli and US reactions have so far prevented the EU from taking position on recognition of Palestine.In December 2014, the European Parliament also voted for a non-binding resolution to support "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution."
Bowe Bergdahl Enters No Plea at Arraignment-ABC News By SARAH KOLINOVSKY and LUIS MARTINEZ-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
Bergdahl was arraigned at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and made his first appearance before a judge. If Bergdahl is convicted of misbehavior before the enemy, he could face a life sentence, while the desertion charge carries a maximum five-year sentence.Bowe Bergdahl Hearing: Investigating Officer Calls Him 'Naive and Inexperienced'-Bergdahl entered his request to be defended by civilian lawyer Eugene Fidell and military lawyer Capt. Frank Rosenblatt rather than the appointed detailed military defense counselor. His next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2016.Sitting at attention in the courtroom, Bergdahl answered military judge Col. Christopher T. Frederick succinctly with, “Yes sir, I do,” when asked whether he understood his options.At a preliminary court hearing in September, the presiding officer recommended that Bergdahl’s case proceed to a Special Court Martial, which would have carried a less severe sentence if Bergdahl were convicted. The general officer who led the Army's exhaustive investigation of Bergdahl's case also does not favor jail if Bergdahl is convicted at a court martial. “I do not believe there is a jail sentence at the end of this process,” said Major General Kenneth Dahl. “I think it would be inappropriate.”But General Robert Abrams, the head of U.S. Army Forces Command, ultimately decided to refer the case to a general court martial."The convening authority did not follow the advice of the hearing officer who heard the witnesses," said Bergdahl’s lawyer, Eugene Fidell, noting he "had hoped the case would not go in this direction."Bergdahl disappeared on June 30, 2009, from Combat Outpost Mest-Malak in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. His case has gained notoriety as the latest focus of the popular podcast Serial, which has broadcast Bergdahl’s recorded telephone conversations with filmmaker Mark Boal. In the conversations, Bergdahl defends his actions, saying he walked off base in order to bring attention to leadership issues that he felt were putting his unit in danger.
Trump uses crude language to mock Clinton-Associated Press-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump labeled Democrat Hillary Clinton "disgusting" for using the restroom during a commercial break at the last Democratic debate and used crude language to describe her primary loss to now-President Barack Obama in 2008."She was favored to win and she got schlonged, she lost," he said on Monday night, using a slang word for male genitalia.Trump, who has ramped up his criticism of Clinton in recent weeks, also mocked Clinton for returning late to Saturday's debate following a commercial break because she'd been using the bathroom."What happened to her? I'm watching the debate, and she disappeared. Where did she go?!" Trump said at the rally at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan."I know where she went. It's disgusting, I don't want to talk about it," he added. "No, it's too disgusting. Don't say it, it's disgusting."This isn't the first time Trump has used what could be interpreted as gendered language to criticize Clinton. He has repeatedly described her as lacking the strength and stamina to be president and invoked the image of her putting on a pantsuit before heading to work.But the latest remarks appear to have hit a new nerve. After declining to comment Monday evening, Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri took to Twitter to label the language "degrading.""We are not responding to Trump, but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should," Palmieri said on Twitter, concluding with the hashtag "imwithher."The latest rift between Clinton and Trump began during Saturday evening's debate. Clinton claimed the Islamic State group had used videos of Trump's comments about Muslims to recruit militants."They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists," she said.There was no evidence to back the claim, and Trump quickly called Clinton a liar and demanded an apology."She's a liar!" he repeated at the rally, labeling Clinton "not a president."Some of Trump's critics have leveled similar criticism at him. Many Republican leaders fear Trump's incendiary rhetoric would make him unelectable in a general election against Clinton, who is widely favored over two rivals for the Democratic nomination.Trump continues to the lead the Republican field going into the new year — a development that has stunned the political world and deeply divided the Republican party.Clinton appeared Tuesday in Keota, Iowa, a small rural town where three high school students launched an energetic campaign to get Clinton to visit their school. Clinton entered the high school gymnasium — packed with about 700 people — alongside the students to huge cheers.During her remarks, Clinton stressed the differences between Republicans and Democrats in the field. She decried Trump's rhetoric on Muslims, saying it was "not only dangerous, it's shameful." She said that kind of talk plays in to the hands of violent jihadists."It's a very serious matter when you hear some of the things he and unfortunately some of the others have been saying," Clinton said.Clinton did not reference Trump's latest comments on her 2008 presidential bid, but she made a veiled reference to his campaign when a student asked her about combatting bullying.Advocating for more "love and kindness" Clinton added: "That's why it's important to stand up to bullies wherever we are and why we shouldn't let anybody bully his way into the presidency. Because that is not who we are as Americans."Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has made Trump his main target in recent days, also weighed in Tuesday while campaigning in New Hampshire, saying that Trump's behavior is not only offending people and turning voters off to him, but it is also hurting the Republican Party."There has to be a level of decorum to win. It's not a sign of strength to insult people with profanity," Bush told reporters after speaking to voters at a community college in New Hampshire's north country. "Trump is not going to be president because he says these things. It turns people off. For crying out loud, we're two days before Christmas."_Catherine Lucey and Thomas Beaumont contributed to this report.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:(HOMOSEXUALITY,AND ALL SEX SINS)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:(LESBIENS)
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,(SODOMITES) and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.(AIDS ETC)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
GOD CREATED THEM MALE AND FEMALE IN MARRIAGE
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,(HAVE LOTS OF CHILDREN) and replenish the earth,(HOMOSEXUALS CAN NOT REPLENISH THE EARTH WITH CHILDREN)(BY HAVING SEX WITH EACH OTHER) and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Kentucky governor orders clerks' names removed from marriage licenses-Reuters By Steve Bittenbender-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Kentucky's new governor on Tuesday ordered county clerks' names removed from state marriage license forms at the center of a controversy involving Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed after refusing to issue licenses to gay couples.Governor Matt Bevin had said shortly after his election in November as only the second Republican governor of Kentucky since 1971 that he would change the forms that had drawn objections from Davis and some other clerks."To ensure that the sincerely held religious beliefs of all Kentuckians are honored, I took action to revise the clerk marriage license form," Bevin said in a statement.It was unclear what effect Bevin's executive order would have on the case of Davis, who made Kentucky a focal point in the debate over gay marriage in the United States when she refused to issue any marriage licenses even after the U.S. Supreme Court in June made gay marriage legal across the United States.The jailing for five days in September of Davis, who cited her Apostolic Christian beliefs in refusing to issue the licenses, drew international attention and demonstrators.Davis also briefly met Pope Francis in September in Washington during his visit to the United States.Lawyers representing two same-sex couples and two opposite-sex couples challenged her action. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis, 50, to issue the licenses and then jailed her after she refused.Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents the couples who sued Davis, said Bevin's action had "added to the cloud of uncertainty that hangs over marriage licenses in Kentucky" as clerk names are required by state law on the licenses.Davis took steps to remove her name and office from the forms after she was released and a deputy clerk has issued licenses since she was jailed in early September.Davis repeatedly urged then Governor Steve Beshear, a Democrat, to remove clerk names from the form or provide other relief so she would not violate religious beliefs.She has also appealed Bunning's orders to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Bunning and the appeals court have repeatedly denied her stays in the case.Davis and her attorney could not immediately be reached to comment.Beshear had said he had no authority to relieve county clerks of their statutory duties by executive order and that the state legislature could address the issue.Bevin also rescinded Beshear's recent order restoring voting rights to most felons in the state.(Reporting by Steve Bittenbender in Louisville; Editing by Alan Crosby and Sandra Maler)
Lawsuit by ex-Atlanta fire chief critical of homosexuality to proceed-Reuters By David Beasley-December 17, 2015 3:25 PM-YAHOONEWS
ATLANTA (Reuters) - A federal judge will hear a high-profile discrimination lawsuit brought by a former Atlanta fire chief who claims he was fired for his religious beliefs after publishing a book critical of homosexuality.City officials had sought the dismissal of the lawsuit, filed by Kelvin Cochran in a case that has been closely followed by conservative groups advocating religious freedom.U.S. District Judge Leigh May said in a ruling issued on Wednesday that Cochran's claims of religious discrimination are plausible and refused to dismiss the case.In a 2013 self-published book, "Who Told You That You Were Naked?," Cochran called homosexuality "vulgar" and "the opposite of purity."Cochran distributed about 20 copies of the book at work, and the city fired him early this year after employees complained to city council members, city attorney Robert N. Godfrey said.The book "runs completely afoul" of city anti-discrimination policies, Godfrey said at a court hearing in October.Cochran sued the city to regain his job, claiming violation of his First Amendments rights of free speech and religion."We look forward to proceeding with this case because of the injustice against Chief Cochran, one of the most accomplished fire chiefs in the nation, but also because the city’s actions place every city employee in jeopardy who may hold to a belief that city officials don’t like,” Kevin Theriot, Cochran's attorney, said in a statement.Theriot works for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a non-profit Christian advocacy group that says on its website the U.S. legal system has "been steadily moving against religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family."A city of Atlanta spokeswoman said the lawsuit was not about religious beliefs or the First Amendment."Rather, it is an employment matter involving an executive in charge of 1,129 firefighters and tasked to lead by example," said spokeswoman Anne Torres. "Instead of leadership, the former executive failed to follow his employer’s rules for outside employment."(Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Tom Brown)
Utah can block Planned Parenthood funds while suit proceeds-Associated Press By MICHELLE L. PRICE-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Utah can cut off federal funds to the state's Planned Parenthood organization, a move the Republican governor ordered after the release of secretly recorded videos by an anti-abortion group.The ruling from U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups reversed an earlier decision temporarily ordering the money to keep flowing to the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.His ruling allows Utah to cut off funds to Planned Parenthood while the organization still pursues its lawsuit against the state.Like Utah, other states have moved to cut funding to Planned Parenthood chapters. The organization has filed lawsuits in Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana to block them from stripping contracts and federal money distributed by the states.The Planned Parenthood Association of Utah sued the state in October, arguing Gov. Gary Herbert's move to block the money violated its First Amendment right to advocate for or perform abortions.Herbert stopped about $275,000 in federal funds for sexually transmitted disease testing and sex education programs. His move followed the release of the undercover videos by a California anti-abortion group. The activists claim the videos show Planned Parenthood officials in Texas and other states discussing fetal tissue from abortions.Planned Parenthood in Utah argued Herbert was acting in response to unproven allegations that the officials illegally sold fetal tissue from abortions for medical research.Even though the Utah group has not engaged in wrongdoing, it is affiliated with other Planned Parenthood entities "that have allegedly engaged in illegal conduct," Waddoups said in his ruling.The judge said Utah's government has an interest "in avoiding the appearance of corruption," and any harm from ending the contracts is outweighed by the risk to the state if it's denied its right to end contracts at will.Allowing the contracts to continue, Waddoups said, could reasonably be perceived by Utah citizens as approval of wrongful conduct.Karrie Galloway, CEO of Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, called the judge's ruling "regrettable," and said the organization is working to figure out its next steps. She said in a statement that Planned Parenthood will keep pursing the lawsuit against the state.Utah Department of Health spokesman Tom Hudachko said the contracts with Planned Parenthood will remain in place through 2015.In a statement Tuesday, Herbert said he appreciated the judge's ruling and that it recognized his power to make contract decisions on Utah's behalf.Herbert said he will work with the state's health department and others to ensure that residents still have access to the STD and sex education services.Herbert has said he was offended by the callousness of the discussion shown on the videos.Planned Parenthood has said it only recouped expenses for providing tissue to researchers, and the videos were heavily edited. The organization later said it would no longer accept any sort of payment to cover the costs of those programs, which it says only takes place in California and Washington.The videos spawned multiple investigations in Congress and several states but none has shown Planned Parenthood broke any law.Attorneys for Planned Parenthood in Utah argued that stopping the money for STD and sex education programs would leave thousands of people at risk. State officials cited the same concerns in emails in the weeks before and after Herbert moved to block the money.Utah's move to cut off funding followed similar moves against Planned Parenthood chapters in other states.Helene Krasnoff, senior director for litigation and law with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said the Utah ruling is "a bit of an outlier," as judges in all other Planned Parenthood lawsuits this year have ruled in the organization's favor.In other states, officials have blocked Medicaid money. Utah hasn't touched that money, though the governor and attorney general's office have not explained why.Krasnoff said that while the legal dispute in Utah focuses on constitutional issues rather than Medicaid law, Hebert's action is as politically motived as moves by other GOP governors and will likewise harm women's health.In Utah, the federal funding is a small portion of the local organization's $8 million budget. It also receives money through federal contracts, fees from clients, insurance and contributions.___Associated Press writer Lindsay Whitehurst contributed to this report.
Virginia to stop honoring 25 states' concealed-carry gun permits-Reuters By Ian Simpson-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
(Reuters) - Virginia will no longer recognize concealed-carry handgun permits from 25 states that have reciprocity agreements with the state, effective Feb. 1, Attorney General Mark Herring said on Tuesday. Virginia took the step because laws in those states are less restrictive, Herring's office said in a statement.The change prevents people convicted of a felony, domestic abusers, those adjudicated mentally ill or incompetent, recently convicted drunk drivers and dishonorably discharged military personnel from using a permit from those states in Virginia.The state is the site of worst mass shooting in U.S. history, a 2007 rampage at Virginia Tech University in which 32 people were killed.The change came after a review by Herring's office and the Virginia State Police of the 30 states whose concealed handgun permits are valid in Virginia under a reciprocity policy.Virginia will continue to recognize concealed-carry permits from Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.Concealed permit rules approved by Virginia lawmakers "should not be undermined by wrongly recognizing permits from other states with more permissive standards," said Herring, a Democrat.Governor Terry McAuliffe, also a Democrat, has vowed to tighten gun laws but has been thwarted by the Republican-controlled legislature.Chris Cox, executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action at the National Rifle Association, the Virginia-based gun lobby, said permit holders were among the safest groups of people in the United States."Plain and simple, this is putting politics above public safety. This decision is both dangerous and shameful," he said in an emailed statement.(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Richard Chang)
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
13 Thou shalt not kill.(Murder)(THAT INCLUDES ABORTION)
12 He that smiteth (MURDER)a man,(OR BABY) so that he die, shall be surely put to death.(THATS THE DEATH PENALTY PEOPLE)
Woman charged with murder, hit-and-run in Vegas Strip crash-Associated Press By KEN RITTER-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a homeless woman with murder, child abuse and hit-and-run after police said she intentionally plowed a car carrying her young daughter through crowds of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip.Additional charges were expected against Lakeisha Nicole Holloway, 24, as investigators interview witnesses and review video and physical evidence from the Sunday night crash." This is an ongoing investigation," said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, who earlier predicted "a great number" of charges would be filed. "I've personally seen the videos from a variety of angles, and I'm appalled at the callousness of this defendant's conduct and what appears to be an intentional act."Casino and street surveillance video cited by the prosecutor has not been made public, and Wolfson said prosecutors don't plan to present it in court Wednesday, when Holloway is expected to make her first appearance before a judge.Authorities say Holloway repeatedly swerved onto a sidewalk packed with tourists in front of the Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood casino-hotels. A modest, makeshift memorial stood at the site on Tuesday.Joseph Abood, one of Holloway's public defense attorneys, said his client plans to plead not guilty."We can all agree this is a shocking and tragic event," Abood said. "We have great sympathy for the family of Jessica Valenzuela and all the other people who were injured."Valenzuela, 32, of Buckeye, Arizona, was killed and at least 35 people from California, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington state, Mexico and Quebec, Canada, were injured.Three were still in critical condition and five others remained hospitalized.Holloway was on suicide watch in jail, where she is being held without bail. Abood said he and another public defender, Scott Coffee, were collecting information and didn't know whether Holloway's mental health would emerge as a defense.Holloway was charged with felony child abuse and neglect because police say her 3-year-old daughter was with her in the vehicle. The child wasn't hurt and was in the custody of the county's child protective services agency.County spokesman Erik Pappa said the agency tries to place children with relatives before seeking a foster family. He said he couldn't provide further information about the case.A motive for the crash was unclear, but a picture was emerging of a woman who overcame a rough childhood and homelessness to become an award-winning high school graduate and caring mother — only to have things go terribly awry. Holloway previously lived in Oregon, where she changed her name in October to Paris Paradise Morton, according to court records. Several years ago, she graduated from an alternative high school in Portland and received an award for overcoming adversity from the nonprofit Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, which helps at-risk youths with education and job training.In a 2012 video produced by the group, Holloway spoke about overcoming homelessness in high school, going to college and entering the workforce."Today I'm not the same scared girl I used to be," she said in the video. "I'm a mature young woman."After her arrest Sunday, she told investigators she was homeless and out of money, and sleeping in her car in casino parking garages. She said she was getting little rest because casino security would run her off. She might have been on her way to Texas to find the estranged father of her daughter, authorities said."She ended up on the Strip, 'a place she did not want to be,'" a police report quoted her as saying. "She would not explain why she drove onto the sidewalk but remembered a body bouncing off her windshield, breaking it."People jumped on the car and banged on its windows, as Holloway kept driving, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. She went about a mile with a broken windshield and a flattened tire before pulling into an off-Strip hotel and telling a valet to call 911, authorities said.Holloway showed no resistance when police arrived, and she spoke coherently about what happened, the sheriff said. A police drug-recognition expert said it appeared she wasn't drunk but may have been under the influence of a stimulant.__Associated Press writers Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix, Gosia Wozniacka and Steven DuBois in Portland, Oregon, and Kimberly Pierceall and Brian Skoloff in Las Vegas contributed to this report.
Little known about mother who lived with California shooter-Associated Press By AMY TAXIN- DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — When Rafia Sultana Farook needed help, she often turned to her younger son, a quiet and devout Muslim who the FBI says began veering toward radical ideology while living under her roof.After filing for divorce and claiming she was abused, Farook relied on Syed Rizwan Farook to help supervise visits between her then-husband and the couple's teenage daughter. When she left her billing job at a California hospital, Rizwan helped her cover expenses.And when she sold the family's five-bedroom house in Riverside this year, her son welcomed her into the townhome where he lived with his Pakistani bride, Tashfeen Malik, and their newborn daughter in nearby Redlands.On the morning of Dec. 2, the 28-year-old Rizwan and his wife, 29, left their daughter with his mother, telling her they had a medical appointment, the Farook family's attorneys said. About 11 a.m., they burst into a holiday luncheon attended by many of Rizwan's co-workers in the San Bernardino County public health department and opened fire.They killed 14 people and hours later were shot to death by police. The FBI has labeled it a terrorist attack, the deadliest by Islamic extremists on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001.Since the attack, Rafia Farook, 62, has emerged as an obscure figure; someone apparently close to her son, yet according to family attorneys unaware of his plans or that he had been amassing materials that could be turned into bombs.In the hours that followed the attack, Rafia Farook was detained for questioning and released by authorities. They have not linked her to the attacks.She declined to speak with The Associated Press when reached by telephone last week.Farook and her husband, also named Syed, were born in Pakistan, and married on New Year's Day 1982. The couple had two daughters and two sons and lived in Illinois before moving to California and buying a single-family home in Riverside.Unemployed, the pair filed for bankruptcy in 2002. The next year, Rafia, who had completed two years of college, got a part-time job as a clerk for Kaiser Permanente, earning $16 an hour. She eventually became a full-time biller, earning $23 an hour before leaving in 2013, family court records show.In 2006, Farook sought a divorce and obtained a restraining order against her husband, claiming he was a drunk and tried to hit her in front of their children. At her request, the court named 19-year-old Rizwan to supervise visits between his father and younger sister, the records show.In 2008, Farook legally separated from her husband. They were granted a divorce earlier this year.In her Riverside neighborhood, residents said Farook kept mostly to herself. Her elder son, who served in the Navy, was more outgoing, while Rizwan spent his time working on cars.According to an FBI affidavit, Rizwan befriended next-door neighbor Enrique Marquez and introduced him to Islam. Marquez, 24, is charged with providing guns used in the attack and plotting an earlier terror attack with Rizwan. He was in court Monday and ordered held.Immigration records show Rizwan told officials in a letter that he had planned to make a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2013 with his parents and had arranged for his family to meet the relatives of his intended Pakistani bride.His letter was released Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee, which is investigating the issuance of the visa.Former neighbor Rosie Aguirre said Rafia was seen mostly shuttling to and from work, except when she sometimes donned glittering dresses and headscarves on weekends.While Rizwan boasted of memorizing the Quran, Rafia apparently was less familiar with the sacred text. Last year, she took a two-month course for women called "Journey Through the Quran" given by the Islamic Circle of North America, a Muslim educational and outreach organization.The course is offered annually for those less familiar with the Quran, said Waqas Syed, ICNA's deputy secretary general. "This is an attempt to get them interested in actually learning what is in the Quran," he said.After leaving Kaiser, Farook sold her house for $290,000 and moved in with Rizwan, who worked as an environmental health inspector."She had been downsized, and retired, so she needed to cut her expenses," said Linda Holmes, her real estate agent.Rafia was placed on an addendum to the lease for the townhome in Redlands but her son was footing the monthly $1,200 bill, said landlady Judy Miller, who recalled speaking with her once during a visit to the home."She was there with the baby, and was just very, very nice," Miller said. Shortly after the attacks, David Chesley, a lawyer for the Farook family, said Rafia had never seen anything to suggest her son and daughter-in-law were planning a massacre or building explosives. She spent the first several days after the attack crying, he said.Since then, she has said nothing publicly and has largely kept out of sight, but returned to the townhome this weekend with family to retrieve some belongings. She also attended a court hearing this month to determine who will take custody of her orphaned granddaughterIt won't be her — the family's lawyers have said Rafia's older daughter is seeking custody.___Associated Press writers Christine Armario, Brian Melley and Michael R. Blood in Los Angeles and Michael Sisak in Philadelphia and researchers Barbara Sambriski, Jennifer Farrar and Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.
San Bernardino killer denied militancy in U.S. entry papers-Reuters By Mark Hosenball-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - San Bernardino shooter Tashfeen Malik denied having any militant sympathies or intentions when she was asked in an application form for a U.S. visa two years ago, documents described to Reuters on Tuesday showed.Information in the documents could bolster complaints of critics in Congress who said flaws in the immigration system meant Malik was not thoroughly investigated, but the papers also showed that statements by Malik and her husband and fellow shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, did not raise any alarms among authorities that they were potential Islamic State militants.U.S.-born Farook said they first met in person and became engaged during the October 2013 Haj pilgrimage to Mecca with their respective families, according to other documents released by a congressman on Tuesday.They showed precisely what Malik and Farook stated to immigration officials when Malik went to the United States in December 2013, two years before their deadly shooting rampage in California that killed 14 people and wounded 21 at a municipal holiday party.In one part of Malik's immigration file, described to Reuters by congressional sources, Malik answered "no" to questions about her background and activities, including whether she had ever used or sold weapons or engaged in "terrorist activity."The questions were included as part of a permanent residence application, a Form I-485 used by the Department of Homeland Security's immigration unit. The process began in January 2014 and it was approved on July 27 the same year.Officials familiar with the investigation have said that it was discovered after the Dec. 2 shootings that Malik began sending private messages by social media expressing sympathy for Islamist militancy before her U.S. visa was granted. Farook, 28, and Malik, 29, parents of a six-month-old child, were killed in a shootout with police after their attack.Malik's initial visa application, posted on the Internet by U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte on Tuesday, was part of a form Malik submitted to U.S. authorities to obtain a K-1 visa allowing her to enter the country as Farook's fiancee. According to an accompanying statement Farook filed, the couple met through an online website and decided to meet in person, along with their families, during the October 2013 Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.In the application Malik said the couple first met over the Internet on a "a matrimonial website."Goodlatte, head of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement that the record alone was not strong enough to establish that Farook and Malik had met in person before seeking the fiancee visa. In a statement, Goodlatte indicated there were questions about dates of entry to Saudi Arabia and other aspects of the application that should have raised questions with immigration authorities."Visa security is critical to national security, and it’s unacceptable that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services did not fully vet Malik’s application and instead sloppily approved her visa," Goodlatte said.ENGAGEMENT IN SAUDI ARABIA-The administration of President Barack Obama has not made the documents public. The initial visa application released by Goodlatte includes a two-paragraph narrative "Intention to Marry Statement" in which Farook describes how he, a U.S. native, and Malik, a native of Pakistan, first met in 2013."My fiancée and I met thru an online website," Farook wrote. "After several weeks of emailing, we decided to meet each other.""My fiancee’s parents reside in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and she was visiting them during the month of October (2013). During the same month, my parents and I decided to perform the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca Saudi Arabia."We decided to have both of our families meet on Thursday October 3, 2013 at the house of my fiancee’s relative who lives not too far from the Ajyad Hotel in Mecca. My fiancee and her family drove from Riyadh to Mecca so we could meet and it is on this day that we got engaged,” Farook added.To support this narrative, Farook told U.S. authorities that he had included a copy of his Haj visa to show that he was in Saudi Arabia in October 2013 and that he also included copies of his fiancee’s passport pages to show she was also there that month."My fiancee and I intend to marry within the first month of her arriving in the United states," Farook's statement said.The file, described to Reuters but not made public by Goodlatte, contains a marriage license issued to Farook and Malik in Riverside, California, dated Sept. 8, 2014.Reuters reported last week that U.S. consular authorities in Pakistan could have sought, but did not seek, a more thorough background investigation of Malik before granting her an initial visa to enter the United States as Farook's fiancee.Also in the material made available to Reuters was a standard questionnaire completed by Malik, which asked her numerous potentially revealing questions about her background and intentions. Asked what organizations she belonged to, Malik replied, "none."Malik also answered "no" on the form when asked if she had ever belonged to a military unit or rebel or vigilante group, or whether she had ever used or sold weapons, and whether she had ever undergone paramilitary training. Altogether, Malik answered "no" to more than a dozen additional questions about her background, including whether she sought to overthrow the U.S. government.(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; additional reporting by Idrees Ali; editing by David Greising, Howard Goller and Grant McCool)
Mall of America seeks order blocking planned Black Lives Matter protest-Reuters-December 21, 2015 6:33 PM-YAHOONEWS
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Mall of America on Monday asked a judge to block a protest planned for Wednesday afternoon by the group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis over the fatal shooting of an African-American man by a Minneapolis police officer in November.The group said the protest would go on at the suburban Minneapolis mall regardless of the lawsuit. Hennepin County Judge Karen Janisch took the issue under advisement after a hearing and said she would rule quickly on the request.Up to 1,500 demonstrators clogged the mall last December, with several dozen arrested, in a protest over the deaths of black men in police-involved incidents in New York and Missouri.An attorney for the mall, Susan Gaertner, told the judge the privately held retail center was not a place for a protest."You demonstrate in places like this, in a courthouse," Gaertner told reporters afterward. "Mall of America on Wednesday is a place to take your kids to shop."The mall lawsuit names the group Black Lives Matter and four people as defendants. It asks the judge to bar a demonstration without mall permission, and to require Black Lives Matter to remove social media posts supporting the protest and post notices that it is canceled.Attorney Jordan Kushner, who represents the named individual defendants, told the judge the mall could be free to tell people to stay away, but not what they may or may not say.The mall has not established that the individual defendants organized the protest or control what appears on Black Lives Matter social media, Kushner added."We are here for Black Lives, no matter what," Kandace Montgomery, a named defendant, said before the hearing.Black Lives Matter has organized demonstrations since a Minneapolis police officer shot Jamar Clark, 24, on Nov. 15. The shooting of Clark, who died the next day, added fuel to a heated debate in the United States over police use of lethal force, especially against black people.Demonstrators camped outside a Minneapolis police station for nearly three weeks after Clark's shooting and planned Wednesday's protest to demand release of videos from that night.Demonstrators also want a special prosecutor to hear the case and want to bypass a grand jury, which some see as part of a process that exonerates officers.(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Dan Grebler)
Chicago protesters call for mayor to step down over police brutality-Reuters By Mary Wisniewski and Justin Madden-December 18, 2015 6:39 PM-YAHOONEWS
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Several hundred protesters marched through downtown Chicago on Friday evening, calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down over complaints of abusive policing and a lack of accountability in the police department.The protesters chanted "No justice, no peace" and wore T-shirts reading "Jail Rahm Now." It was the latest in a wave of peaceful and mostly small protests in Chicago set off by the release of a video of a white police officer shooting dead 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was black, in October 2014.Emanuel, a Democrat with strong White House ties who was elected to a second term this year, and State's Attorney Anita Alvarez have been the target of protests because of the year-long delay in bringing charges against the officer in the video, Jason Van Dyke, who faces trial for murder.Chicago is the latest U.S. city to see demonstrations over the deaths of young black men at the hands of police, many of them caught on video.Chicago police killed an average of 17 people a year over the last seven years, most of them African American, and it is extremely unusual for police officers to face charges or be disciplined in such cases. It was not until uproar over the video of McDonald being shot 16 times as he apparently walked away from the police that the federal Department of Justice launched an investigation of civil rights issues in the city's police department."There needs to be accountability for the injustices happening throughout the Chicago Police Department and our justice system," said Maria Moser, a resident of the south-side suburb of Beverly, who attended the march with her brother.Earlier on Friday Van Dyke's defense attorney said he would seek a change of venue for the officer's trial. He has been indicted by a grand jury on six counts of first-degree murder and one charge of misconduct.Van Dyke, 37, is free on bail but was in court with his lawyer Daniel Herbert for a very brief hearing following the indictment. Cook County Circuit Judge James Brown set an arraignment for Dec. 29, when Van Dyke is expected to enter a plea.A small group of protesters shouted insults at Van Dyke as he left the court house.Herbert told reporters he wants the trial moved to a county "outside the reach" of Mayor Emanuel's comments. "He has essentially told everyone in the public, in the City Council, that my client actually murdered Mr. McDonald, that he's a bad apple." Emanuel's office did not respond to a request for comment. The mayor is not expected to heed calls for him to leave office.(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski and Justin Madden; writing by Fiona Ortiz, editing by Suzannah Gonzales and Dan Grebler)
Japan says armed Chinese vessel spotted off disputed islands-Associated Press-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
TOKYO (AP) — Japan said it spotted for the first time Tuesday an armed Chinese coast guard ship near islands at the center of a long-running territorial dispute between the two Asian giants.Chinese ships regularly sail around the uninhabited islands, known as the Senkaku in Japanese and the Diaoyu in Chinese, but a Japanese coast guard spokesman said an armed Chinese coast guard vessel had never been sighted before in the area."We don't know China's intentions, but our response will remain unchanged, and we'll act calmly and decisively for Japan's safety," said Yosuke Watanuki, a spokesman for the regional unit covering Japan's remote southern islands.The incident is likely to fuel concern in Japan that China may be slowly escalating its activities in the East China Sea. Last month, a Chinese navy ship took its time traversing the waters, attracting Japan's attention. Japan also went public earlier this year with complaints about Chinese oil and gas exploration in the East China Sea, posting photos online of Chinese drilling rigs and other equipment.The Japanese coast guard released a photo of the armed ship sailing in the East China Sea on Tuesday. It was one of four Chinese coast guard vessels spotted in the waters, but was the only one that was armed. They did not come close enough to the islands to violate what Japan considers its territorial waters.Calls to China's coast guard were not answered.
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Dengue fever spreads around the world-AFP By Olivier Thibault-DEC 22,15-YAHOONEWS
Paris (AFP) - Dengue fever, the world's fastest growing mosquito-borne disease, has spread its wings and morphed from a tropical disease endemic in just nine countries to worldwide threat.Globalisation, urbanisation, climate change and jet travel have enabled it to move into more temperate zones.Following are some basic facts:- What is dengue fever ? -Dengue fever is a flu-like infection caused by the flavivirus; it is in the same family as yellow fever.Dengue fever has four separate strains -- DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4. Once cured, patients are protected for life, but only against the strain they were stricken by.- How is the virus transmitted ? -Dengue is transmitted by several subspecies of the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which originate in Africa but which are now present in all tropical and subtropical areas.- The symptoms -Dengue can trigger a crippling fever along with headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle and joint pain, and skin rashes similar to measles.- The most severe form -The most severe form of the disease, dengue haemorrhagic fever, accounts for one percent of cases, killing 22,000 people a year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. It results in bleeding and blood plasma leakage. It can be particularly fatal among children.- How many cases ? -The number of dengue cases has risen 30-fold over the last 50 years, according to the WHO, making it the world's fastest-growing mosquito-borne disease and leaving more than half of the global population at risk.The WHO says that half a million people are hospitalised by the illness every year, many of them children; of that number, roughly 2.5 percent die.- Treatment and vaccination -There is currently no specific treatment for dengue fever.The world's first-ever dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, manufactured by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, secured its first regulatory approval in Mexico on December 9.The Philippines became the first Asian country on Tuesday December 22 to approve the sale of the vaccine. Other pharmaceutical companies are developing dengue vaccines, including US firm Merck, Japan's Takeda and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline.
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