Wednesday, July 27, 2016

 

PAY UP ON MIGRANT DEAL SAYS ERDOGANS TURKEY TO THE EUROPEAN UNION.NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO NUKE THE USA AGAIN.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

NUCLEAR WEAPONS WILL BE USED.

JESUS SHED HIS BLOOD FOR US THAT WE CAN BE SAVED FOREVER.AND DURING WW3 PEOPLES BLOOD WILL BE SHED AS A JUDGEMENT FOR HATING HIM AND ISRAEL.GOD IS NOT MOCKED.

ZEPHANIAH 1:2-3
2  I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
3  I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.

PSALMS 97:3
3 A fire (atomic BOMBS)goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

EZEKIEL 5:15-17
15  So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the (ARAB/MUSLIM) nations that are round about thee,(ISRAEL) when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it.
16  When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:
17  So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts,(WHEN RUSSIA/MUSLIMS GET DEFEATED THIER BODIES GET EATEN BY BIRDS,ANIMALS IN ISRAEL MIGRATION SEASON) and they shall bereave thee; and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee;(NUKES) and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.

REVELATION 14:18-20
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city,(JERUSALEM) and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.(200 MILES) (THE SIZE OF ISRAEL)

ISAIAH 66:15-18
15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire,(NUKES) and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

ISAIAH 26:21
21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity:(GOD/ISRAEL HATE AND BRAKING OF HIS COMMANDMENTS) the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.(WW3,1/2 earths population die - 3 BILLION).

ISAIAH 13:6-13 KJV
6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:(FROM FRIGHT)
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.

ISAIAH 24:17-23 KJV
17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

2 TIMOTHY 3:1
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous (DANGEROUS) times shall come.

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
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,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
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)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

REVELATION 8:7
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

REVELATION 9:18
18 By these three was the third part of men killed,(2 BILLION) by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(ATOMIC BOMBS)(RUSSIA CHINA DESTROYED BY ISRAELS ATOMIC BOMBS)

REVELATION 16:12-16
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

PROOF HALF ON EARTH DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD (8 BILLION ON EARTH)

REVELATION 6:7-8 (8 BILLION- 2 BILLION = 6 BILLION)
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth,(2 BILLION) to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).

REVELATION 9:15,18 (6 BILLION - 2 BILLION = 4 BILLION)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,
18 By these three was the third part of men killed,(2 BILLION) by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMBS)

HALF OF EARTHS POPULATION DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION.(THESE VERSES ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES)

LUKE 17:34-37 (8 TOTAL BILLION - 4 BILLION DEAD IN TRIB = 4 BILLION TO JESUS KINGDOM) (HALF DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD JUST LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS)(GOD DOES NOT LIE)(AND NOTICE MOST DIE IN WAR AND DISEASES-NOT COMETS-ASTEROIDS-QUAKES OR TSUNAMIS)
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other shall be left.(half earths population 4 billion die in the 7 yr trib)
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.(Christians have new bodies,this is the people against Jerusalem during the 7 yr treaty)(Christians bodies are not being eaten by the birds).THESE ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES-NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES.BECAUSE NOT HALF OF PEOPLE ON EARTH ARE CHRISTIANS.AND THE CONTEXT IN LUKE 17 IS THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION OR 7 YR TREATY PERIOD.WHICH IS JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH.NOT 50% RAPTURED TO HEAVEN.

MATTHEW 24:37-42 (THESE ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES-SURE NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES)
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
42 Watch therefore:(FOR THE LAST DAYS SIGNS HAPPENING) for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

N. Korea warns US of 'terrifying price' over nuke tensions-[The Canadian Press]-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

VIENTIANE, Laos — North Korea warned the United States on Tuesday that it will pay a "terrifying price" if the Korean Peninsula sinks into deeper tensions, stepping up its rhetoric hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blasted Pyongyang for its nuclear program.Kerry told a regional security conference being hosted by Laos that North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons — when the world is trying to rid itself of them — is "very provocative and deeply concerning." He urged the country to follow the lead of Iran, which hammered out a deal to end its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.However, North Korea was slapped with new U.N. sanctions in March, and Kerry urged the international community to fully enforce those and previous sanctions.In North Korea's typical fashion of unleashing rhetorical threats, its foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, told the same conference, known as the ASEAN Regional Forum, that the country is ready to face any sanctions. It was mindful of all possible sanctions when it took the "inevitable strategic decision" to develop nuclear weapons to counter the "never-ending nuclear blackmails of the U.S.," he said.North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons to cope with what it sees as U.S. military threats. The United States stations about 28,500 troops in South Korea and regularly holds joint military drills with South Korea. Pyongyang has long demanded Washington withdraw its troops from South Korea and stop the joint drills, which it calls an invasion rehearsal."We are ready to show that even a (powerful) country will surely not be safe if it tries to torment and harm a small country," Ri said, according to the text of his speech released to the media. "The United States will have to pay dearly a terrifying price."But in later comments to reporters, published by South Korea's Yonhap news agency, Ri struck a slightly conciliatory tone. "As a responsible nuclear state, we will not carelessly use our nuclear weapons unless we come to face an actual threat, (or) a threat of invasion from another nuclear state," Ri was quoted as saying by Yonhap.Whether or not North Korea conducts another nuclear test will "entirely hinge on the United States's attitude," he was quoted as saying.Some analysts say North Korea has developed a handful of crude nuclear devices and is working toward building a warhead small enough to mount on a long-range missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. However, South Korean defence officials say the North has neither such a miniaturized warhead nor a functioning intercontinental ballistic missile.Kerry said if Iran can give up nuclear weapons so can North Korea."But North Korea alone ... the only country in the world defying the international movement towards responsibility, continues to develop its own weapon, continues to develop its missiles, continues the provocative actions," he said."North Korea in January did another nuclear test. In February, March, April, May, continually they have done missile tests," he said. "So together we are determined, all of us assembled here — perhaps with one exception assembled here — to make absolutely certain the DPRK understands that there are real consequences for these actions."Ri also questioned the legitimacy of the U.N. sanctions, saying there is no article in the U.N. charter that says nuclear or missile tests are threats to international peace. Had there been such an article, the Security Council should have taken action for every nuclear and ballistic missile test conducted by other countries, he said.Vijay Joshi, The Associated Press

WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Germans full of fear, need answers after Islamist attacks - Bavaria premier-[Reuters]-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

ST. QUIRIN, Germany (Reuters) - Germans are full of fear and need answers from their politicians after four violent attacks in less than a week, two of which have been linked to Islamistic terrorism, Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday."We need more security in Germany," Seehofer, leader of Bavaria's conservative Christian Social Union party, told a news conference, urging the federal government to take decisive action to improve security after the attacks."People are riled up, full of fear, and that is completely understandable. They need reliable answers from politicians and not endless debates and justifications," he said-(Reporting by Joern Poltz and Andrea Shalal; editing by Erik Kirschbaum)

Islamic State group claims attack that killed priest-[The Canadian Press]-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

SAINTE-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France — Two attackers took hostages inside a French church during morning Mass on Tuesday near the city of Rouen, killing an 86-year-old priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, French officials said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.Another person inside the church in Normandy was seriously injured and is hovering between life and death, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. Police managed to rescue the only three other people inside the church in the small northwestern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, he told reporters.A regional Muslim leader said one of the two attackers — who were killed outside the church — was known to police.It was the first known attack inside a French church in recent times. A church was targeted last year, but the attack never was carried out.A statement published by the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq news agency said the attack was carried out by "two soldiers of the Islamic State" who acted in response to calls to target nations in the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Iraq and Syria.The RAID special intervention force was searching for possible explosives in or around the church."The investigations are ongoing. There are still unknowns," Brandet said. "There are dogs, explosive detectors and bomb disposal services and as long as there are still unknowns, the judicial police cannot get inside the site. It's a dramatic situation."Dominique Lebrun, the archbishop of Rouen, confirmed the death of 86-year-old Rev. Jacques Hamel."I cry out to God, with all men of good will. And I invite all non-believers to unite with this cry," Lebrun wrote in a statement from Krakow, Poland, where Pope Francis was expected. "The Catholic Church has no other arms besides prayer and fraternity between men."French President Francois Hollande, arriving on the scene, called it a "vile terrorist attack" and said it's one more sign that France is at war with the Islamic State, which has claimed a string of attacks on France."We must lead this war with all our means," he said, adding that he was calling a meeting on Wednesday of representatives of all religions.He expressed solidarity with local Catholics, saying "they have been terribly hit by the killing of the parish priest by two terrorists claiming to belong to Daesh. I have met with the family of the priest."A police official said one of the attackers was turned back after trying to go to Syria. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal details of the investigation, said the man wore an electronic bracelet to monitor his movements.Mohammed Karabila, head of the Regional Council of the Muslim Faith for Haute-Normandie, said French security services knew the name of one of the attackers."The person who committed this odious act is known and he has been followed by the police for at least 1 1/2 years. He went to Turkey and security services were alerted after this," he told The Associated Press by phone. He refused to divulge man's name and had no information on the second attacker.The pope condemned the attack in the strongest terms. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in a statement the attack hits particularly hard "because this horrific violence took place in a church, a sacred place in which the love of God is announced, and the barbaric murder of a priest."France is on high alert and under a state of emergency after an attack in the southern city of Nice on Bastille Day — July 14 — that killed 84 people that was claimed by the Islamic State group, as well as a series of attacks last year that killed 147 others around Paris.Islamic State extremists have urged followers to attack French churches and the group is believed to have planned at least one church attack earlier.The attack once again demonstrates the challenge of combating the threat. French authorities increased security at churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship after attacks in Paris last year, but ensuring constant, blanket security is difficult in a country with a church in every town and village.In April 2015, an Algerian student who was arrested after shooting himself in the leg was found with heavy weapons, bulletproof vests and documents linked to Islamic State. He is charged with killing a young woman inside her car the same day. According to French authorities, the suspect, Sid Ahmed Ghlam, was sent by the Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud to attack a church in Villejuif, just outside of Paris.A cell directed by Abaaoud later carried out the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead and the March 22 attacks in Brussels that killed 32 people.___This version corrects the name of the town to Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.___Angela Charlton, Lori Hinnant, Thomas Adamson in Paris contributed to this report.Elaine Ganley And Alex Turnbull, The Associated Press

Attackers murder elderly priest in France By Andrew Rettman-july 26,16-euobserver

BRUSSELS, Today, 13:27-Two men have murdered an elderly priest in a Roman Catholic church in northern France in what is being investigated as a potential terrorist attack.The men killed Jacques Hamel, 84, by slitting his throat after entering the church in Saint-Etienne du Rouveray, near Rouen, during mass and taking a small group of hostages, French media report.Local police then shot and killed the attackers. Three other people were also injured, one of whom is in critical condition.The French authorities are treating the incident as a potential terrorist attack, with a bomb disposal squad dispatched to the scene to search for explosives.Dominique Lebrun, the archbishop of Rouen, said in a statement that the local community was “shocked”.“The Catholic church cannot take up any other arms than prayer and human fraternity,” he said.The archbishop was attending a Catholic youth rally in Poland, and urged young people to become “apostles of the civilisation of love”.He said he would return from Poland immediately.French president Francois Hollande and interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve also said they were travelling to the crime scene.Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, said on social media that he was “horrified” by the “barbaric” attack and that all of France stood together with the victims.French foreign minister Jean-March Ayrault also said France “remained united to face the horror”.France’s EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici said he was “revolted” and voiced “solidarity with the church and all Catholics”.The identities of the attackers and their motives were unknown.But Marine Le Pen, the leader of the anti-immigrant National Front party, said “the modus operandi obviously causes fear of a new attack by Islamic terrorists”.The jihadist Islamic State group, based in Syria and Iraq, was responsible for an attack in Paris last November that claimed 130 lives.Tuesday's killing comes shortly after a French man of Tunisian origin killed 84 people by driving a lorry into a crowd in Nice, southern France on Bastille Day, a national holiday.It also comes after a string of attacks in Germany in recent days - two of them by asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Syria, and one by a German of Iranian origin who admired a far-right killer, the Norwegian Anders Breivik.

Knife attacker in Japan kills 19 in their sleep at disabled centre-[Reuters]-By Elaine Lies and Kwiyeon Ha-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

SAGAMIHARA, Japan (Reuters) - A knife-wielding man broke into a facility for the disabled in a small town near Tokyo early on Tuesday and killed 19 patients as they slept, authorities said, Japan's worst mass killing since World War Two.At least 25 other residents were wounded in the attack at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility for mentally and physically disabled in Sagamihara town, about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Tokyo."This is a very heart-wrenching and shocking incident in which many innocent people became victims," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference in Tokyo.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later told a gathering in Tokyo: "The lives of many innocent people were taken away and I am greatly shocked. We will make every effort to discover the facts and prevent a reoccurance."The suspect was a 26-year-old former employee of the facility who gave himself up to police. The man, Satoshi Uematsu, said in letters he wrote in February that he could "obliterate 470 disabled people", Kyodo news agency reported.He said he would kill 260 severely disabled people at two areas in the facility during a night shift, and would not hurt employees."My goal is a world in which the severely disabled can be euthanized, with their guardians’ consent, if they are unable to live at home and be active in society," Uematsu wrote in the two letters given to the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Kyodo reported.Uematsu was committed to hospital after he expressed a "willingness to kill severely disabled people", an official in Sagamihara told Reuters. He was freed on March 2 after a doctor deemed he had improved, the official said.Uematsu lived near the facility, and a neighbour described him as a polite, young man who always greeted him with a smile."It would be easier to understand if there had been a warning but there were no signs," said Akihiro Hasegawa, 73. "We didn't know the darkness of his heart."The suspect apparently began changing about five months ago, said Yuji Kuroiwa, the governor of Kanagawa prefecture, where the facility is located."You could say there were warning signs, but it's difficult to say if this could have been prevented," he told reporters."This was not an impulsive crime ... He went in the dark of the night, opened one door at a time, and stabbed sleeping people one by one," Kuroiwa said. "I just can't believe the cruelty of this crime. We need to prevent this from ever happening again."Staff at the facility called police at 2.30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT Monday) with reports of a man armed with a knife on the grounds, media reports said. The man wore a black T-shirt and trousers, the reports said.The 3-hectare (7.6 acre) facility was established by the local government. Surrounded by tree-covered mountains and on the banks of the Sagami River, it cares for people with a wide range of disabilities.The facility's website said the centre had a maximum capacity of 160 people, including staff.-"IT MAKES YOU WEEP"-Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and residents of Sagamihara said they were in shock. The last murder in the area was 10 years ago."This is a peaceful, quiet town so I never thought such an incident would happen here," said Oshikazu Shimo, one of many residents of the town who gathered near the facility.Taxi driver Susumu Fujimura said of the attacker: "He said 'we should get rid of disabled people' but he's the worthless one.""That kind of person can't defend themselves," Fujimura said, referring to the victims. "That's why so many died. It makes you weep to think of somebody just murdering them."The dead ranged in age from 19 to 70 and included nine males and 10 females, Kyodo said.Police had recovered a bag with several knives, at least one stained with blood, a Kanagawa prefecture official said.At least 29 emergency squads responded to the attack, Kyodo reported, with those wounded taken to at least six hospitals in the western Tokyo area.Such mass killings are extremely rare in Japan and typically involve stabbings. Japan has strict gun laws and possession of firearms by the public is rare.Eight children were stabbed to death at their school in Osaka by a former janitor in 2001. Seven people died in 2008 when a man drove a truck into a crowd and began stabbing people in Tokyo's popular electronics and "anime" district of Akihabara.A revision to Japan's Swords and Firearms Control Law was introduced in 2009 in the wake of that attack, banning the possession of double-edged knives and further tightening gun-ownership rules.Members of a doomsday cult killed 12 people and made thousands ill in 1995 in simultaneous attacks with sarin nerve gas on five Tokyo rush-hour subway trains.(Additional reporting by Kaori Kaneko, Minami Funakoshi, Linda Sieg, Chang-Ran Kim, Olivier Fabre and William Mallard in TOKYO, Eric Beech in WASHINGTON and Jon Herskovitz in AUSTIN; Writing by Raju Gopalakrishnan; Editing by Sandra Maler, Grant McCool and Paul Tait)

Pay up on migrant deal, Turkey tells EU By Nikolaj Nielsen-july 26,16-euobserver

BRUSSELS, Today, 09:18-Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told the EU to pay its dues if it wants to keep a migrant deal with Ankara intact.Speaking to German ARD television on Monday (25 July), Erdogan said the EU had promised €3 billion in aid to help improve living conditions of the some 3 million Syrian refugee it hosts.“Ask them [the EU]. Did you pay? But Turkey still hosts 3 million people. What would Europe do if we let these people go to Europe?”, he said."The [European] governments are not honest”, he added.Erdogan estimated that Turkey has spent some $12 billion (€10.9 billion) to help refugees since the start of the five-year civil war in Syria.Turkey agreed with the EU in March to prevent people from leaving to seek international protection in Greece.In return, the EU agreed to speed up accession talks and lift short term visas for Turks, among other incentives.Thousands of people were landing on the Greek islands on a daily basis at the height of the crisis last year.Those figures have since dropped to double digits although reports are emerging of a small spike since the failed coup in Turkey earlier this month.The European Commission's chief spokesperson last week said that the visa and migrant deals with Turkey remained unchanged despite the developments.Erdogan also said Ankara would keep its end of the bargain."I want to say one thing quite clearly: On the refugee issue, we will stand behind our promises,” he told ARD.Erdogan's comments follow the 15 July coup attempt and a subsequent purge that has seen thousands of teachers, judges, prosecutors, military and other civil servants dismissed or detained.Arrest warrants for 42 journalists have been issued and over 220 employees of the state-owned national carrier Turkish Airlines have also been dismissed.Turkey's government says the coup was organised by followers of the US based Fetullah Gulen.Gulen, who has been exiled in the US since 1991, has denied any involvement."Mr Erdogan’s accusation is no surprise, not for what it says about me but rather for what it reveals about his systematic and dangerous drive toward one-man rule," said Gulen in an op-ed in the New York Times on Monday.Erdogan has also threatened to reintroduce the death penalty in the wake of the coup.In reaction, EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker threatened to stop all negotiations for Turkey's accession to the EU should Ankara install capital punishment."I believe that Turkey, in its current state, is not in a position to become a member any time soon and not even over a longer period," he told French television France 2 also on Monday.

Report: EU failing migrant children By Nikolaj Nielsen-euobserver-july 26,16

BRUSSELS, Today, 00:54-The EU and its member states are failing child refugees and other asylum seekers under 18, according to a British government report.The UK House of Lords' EU committee in a report out on Tuesday (26 July) said unaccompanied migrant children "face a culture of disbelief and suspicion."Its 115-page document said authorities in the UK and elsewhere in the EU avoided taking responsibility to help care and protect the some 88,245 unaccompanied children that applied for asylum in EU states last year.Poor reception conditions, prolonged uncertainties about their legal status, and overall bad treatment has instead helped smugglers and human traffickers exploit thousands of children.The EU police agency Europol has estimated at least 10,000 unaccompanied minors and children seeking international protection have gone missing.“It is particularly shocking that so many unaccompanied child migrants are falling out of the system altogether and going missing," said the chair of the committee in charge of the report, Usha Prashar, in a statement.Aid agency Human Rights Watch last week said Greek authorities were regularly detaining children in "unsanitary police station cells". Some were as young as 14.Missing Children Europe, an umbrella group for missing and sexually exploited children, has said that at least 50 percent of all unaccompanied minors went missing within 48 hours of being placed in a reception centre.Many absconded in the hope of reaching their intended destination in Europe.-Afghan 'anchor children'-The vast majority of unaccompanied children were males just under the age of 18, over 50 percent of whom came from Afghanistan.Ward Lutin, a migration expert at the EU asylum agency EASO, told reporters earlier this month that some families in Afghanistan sent out their children to Sweden or Germany in the hope of using family reunification rights to later join them in Europe.Lutin called them "anchor children"."Some studies indicate, specifically for Afghan youth, this is even seen a little bit as a right of passage, especially for the young boys, they see it as something heroic to be able to get a status," he said.The House of Lord's report, for its part, said Afghan males aged 16 or 17 are most often eyed with suspicion by authorities.The report noted that all children regardless of age or nationality should be treated with equal care."All those under 18 should be treated as children, first and foremost," it said.Over 60 percent of Afghans applying for asylum in the EU tend to obtain some sort of protection status.-More kids applying for asylum-Figures provided by the EU statistical office Eurostat indicated a year on year increase in the number of migrant children applying for asylum.In 2013, just under 13,000 applied. This increased to 23,000 in 2014 and then almost 90,000 last year.But the UK report noted the figures are not entirely accurate.It cited data that suggest thousands of children have also entered the EU without ever having had applied for asylum."All that we can say with certainty is that the number of unaccompanied migrant children in the EU runs to many tens of thousands and has grown significantly in recent years," said the UK report.

Poland 'changing for the worse' for Muslims and refugees By Helene Bienvenu-july 26,16-euobserver

Warsaw, 22. Jul, 17:26-Zura Gaytulaeva gazes at her four children playing in the refugee centre in Targowek, north of Warsaw.Originally from the Russian republic of Chechnya, she has come to Poland from her hometown of Valerik, in the district of Achkoy-Martan, to seek protection.She is one of 4,000 asylum seekers who are currently in the care of the Polish Office for Foreigners, the state institution that decides on asylum cases.The vast majority of the 12,000 asylum seekers who arrived in Poland last year were from Chechnya, followed by Ukrainians and Georgians. Only 340 were granted full protection status and 150 received subsidiary protection.Compared to the more than 1 million claims in Germany, the small numbers indicate that the EU refugee crisis has not yet reached Polish borders.Even though there is a slight rise in applications, “our refugee centres are still far from being full,” Jakub Dudziak, a spokesman for the Polish Office for Foreigners, told EUobserver.Together with another 111 women and children, Gaytulaeva has lived in the Targowek centre for several months while waiting for her application to be processed.Her chances are slim: in 2015, only 21 out of 8,000 Russian asylum seekers succeeded, compared to a success rate of almost 70 percent for Poland’s 295 Syrian refugees.But for a boy playing with Gaytulaeva’s children, Poland already feels like home: “I go to school here. I have Polish friends,” the boy told this website in fluent Polish.The Targowek refugee centre - one of 11 in Poland and the only one specifically designed for women and children - is tucked in behind a factory, 40 minutes from Warsaw’s city centre, but it is comfortable and well-maintained.Families have access to doctors, psychologists, Polish language classes, and children’s activities. “We have good relations with neighbours, our ladies are often invited to the Cafe Sasiad,” a community coffee set up by residents of Targowek, said Tatiana Kostina, who works at the refugee facility.Given the local welcome, she was surprised to see a petition circulated last January after rumours spread that the centre would soon host 1,400 refugees from Syria.“The Polish constitution guarantees our security but we feel threatened by immigrants who are so culturally different from us,” the petition said.The Office for Foreigners denied there had ever been any plan to relocate Syrians to Targowek.-Growing rejection-Malgorzata Szczepanik, a local flower-seller, was also puzzled by the new fuss.“These people have come from war zones, but I have noticed that many of my friends shared negative comments about refugees in recent months on Facebook”, she said.Others in the area were less welcoming, however.“Migrants are going to England or Scandinavia to live on social welfare payments. They are only interested in money. We Poles are a Christian nation. There is no reason to build mosques here”, an elderly Polish man, who lives in Targowek and who declined to give his name, said.Poland has seen a rise in anti-refugee sentiment in the wake of last summer’s migrant crisis.Terrorist attacks in France and Belgium in the name of Islam and events in Cologne, Germany, on last New Year’s Eve, where several men of north African origin sexually assaulted local women, have aggravated the debate.The lorry attack in Nice, France and the axe attack on a German train last week are likely to make matters worse. Poland's interior minister Mariusz Blaszczak said that the Nice attack was "a consequence of multi-culti policies".Refugees also featured in the right-wing Law and Justice party’s (PiS) election campaign last autumn.After its return to power, PiS has tried steer the national debate and coverage of the issue in public media against people coming from the Middle East.Even further to the right of the political spectrum, refugees have also become a pet topic of the National Movement, a small far-right party that made a ground-breaking entry into parliament in last year’s vote.-Hosting refugees since the 90s-Joining forces with the All-Polish Youth, an older nationalist group, the National Movement organised a demonstration in Warsaw in February against the “Islamisation” of Europe. The leader of Germany’s anti-immigrant Pegida movement and some 1,500 people attended the event.A study published in May by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CBOS) showed that 55 percent of respondents were not ready to accept refugees from countries at war, while 39 percent agreed to host them only until they can return to their home countries.The higher the income and education levels of those surveyed, the more likely they were to accept refugees.But some 48 percent of 25 to 34 year-olds, an age group that has grown up in the EU and enjoyed its free movement laws, still rejected refugees entirely.For some refugees who came to Poland prior to recent events, the new turn in public opinion is unwelcome, but not entirely surprising.Elmi Abdi came to Poland in 1996 from Somalia. Now a Polish citizen married to a Pole and the father of a seven-year old, he feels that the country was more welcoming when he arrived.“Poland has been hosting refugees since the 1990s and there has never been any problem. But there is no support system for integration,” he said.-Media fomenting fear-To help with the difficulties Abdi himself encountered, his group, the Foundation for Somali, provides free Polish classes to any foreigner that signs up.“In Poland, there are about 20,000 Muslims and we feel well integrated," he said, noting that the figure is just 0.05 percent of Poland’s population.He added: ”But the government emphasises the rare cases of France’s Muslims who became terrorists. At first I thought the current ruling party was doing that to get more votes, but now it hasn’t dropped the issue."He said media in Poland played an important role in fomenting fear of refugees.“Public but also private media, including a couple of new outlets, portray refugees in a starkly negative light. In the end, people begin to believe what they hear. On the internet, under an interview I gave recently, there were hundreds of comments, most of them negative. One even suggested to raise money to send me back to Somalia”, he said.He noted that donations for his foundation are harder to find amid the new climate of distrust.He also said the Polish government recently cancelled one of his foundation’s projects.-Tatar minority-Aleksander Smolar, the president of the Stefan Batory Foundation, a Warsaw-based NGO that seeks to promote open societies, said the Polish anti-immigrant mood is linked to historical factors and to political opportunism.“Poland didn’t experience the massive influx of guest workers in the post-WWII period that Western countries had. There has been a Tatar Muslim minority for centuries in eastern Poland, but they are considered to be Poles like anyone else”, he said.The ruling PiS party has a history of anti-German and anti-EU rhetoric.Smolar indicated that its attempt to whip up anti-immigrant feeling is designed to reinforce and update the old line.With German chancellor Angela Merkel having initially welcomed refugees and now backing EU quotas on migrant relocation, the Polish academic said PiS is trying “to say Germany was wrong in accepting refugees and that decisions are being imposed on Poland from outside.”Meanwhile, the politicking in Warsaw is filtering down to local level with alarming results.Kruszyniany, a town in eastern Poland close to the Belarusian border, hosts one of the only two remaining mosques built by the Tatar community, which has lived in the region since the 17th century.In June 2014, during Ramadan, the wooden mosque and its cemetery were vandalised but the culprits of the hate crime have not yet been caught.“Poland as a European nation should accept its share of refugees,” Dzemil Gembicki, a Polish Muslim and the mosque’s caretaker, told EUobserver."But here, things are changing for the worse”.This article is the last in a series exploring the central European reaction to the migrant crisis. The earlier articles covered Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Turkey renames Bosporus Bridge '15th July Martyrs' Bridge'-[The Canadian Press]-July 25, 2016-YAHOONEWS

ISTANBUL — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge will be renamed "July 15th Martyrs' Bridge" in honour of civilians who died resisting Turkey's coup attempt.The decision to rename the bridge across the Bosporus strait, which links Istanbul's Asian and European sides, was taken Monday following a cabinet meeting.Yildirim also announced that monuments to the civilians killed during the attempted coup would be built in Ankara and Istanbul.The July 15 failed coup left about 290 people dead. It was put down by loyalist forces and masses of civilians who rushed to the streets. Several were killed on the Bosporus Bridge.The Associated Press

Turkish troops hunt remaining coup plotters as crackdown widens-[By Daren Butler and Orhan Coskun]-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish special forces backed by helicopters, drones and the navy hunted a remaining group of commandos thought to have tried to capture or kill President Tayyip Erdogan during a failed coup, as a crackdown on suspected plotters widened on Tuesday.More than 1,000 members of the security forces were involved in the manhunt for the 11 rogue soldiers in the hills around the Mediterranean coastal resort of Marmaris, where Erdogan was holidaying on the night of the coup attempt, officials said.Erdogan and the government accuse U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the attempted power grab and have launched a crackdown on his suspected followers. More than 60,000 soldiers, police, judges and civil servants have been arrested, suspended or put under investigation.The religious affairs directorate removed another 620 staff including preachers and instructors in the Koran on Tuesday, bringing to more than 1,100 the number of people it has purged since the July 15 coup attempt.Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said two Turkish ambassadors, currently in Ankara, had also been removed. Former Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu was detained and his house searched."There is no institution which this structure has not infiltrated," Erdogan's son-in-law, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, said in a televised interview, referring to Gulen's network of followers."Every institution is being assessed and will be assessed," he said. The response from the Turkish authorities would, he said, be just and not amount to a witch-hunt.The coup attempt raised particular questions about the air force, some of whose senior members were deeply involved, and could lead to the re-investigation of past incidents including the downing by the Turkish military of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border last year, Albayrak said.The incident provoked Russian trade sanctions but there are signs of rapprochement, with Turkey thanking Moscow for its solid support during the abortive putsch. By contrast it has frosty ties with Europe, which has criticised the post-coup crackdown, and with the United States, which it has urged to extradite Gulen.Albayrak made the comments as the highest-level Turkish delegation since the downing of the jet visited Moscow and officials announced a planned meeting between Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin next month."Erdogan will be eager to send a message to Washington and EU capitals that Turkey has other options," said Tim Ash, a strategist at Nomura and a veteran Turkey watcher.-MOST TURKS BLAME GULEN-Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, denies involvement and says the coup may have been orchestrated by Erdogan himself to justify a crackdown, a suggestion the president has roundly condemned.In an op-ed in the New York Times, Gulen wrote that if members of his "Hizmet" (Service) network had been involved in the attempted coup they had betrayed his ideals, saying Erdogan's accusations revealed "his systematic and dangerous drive towards one-man rule".Almost two thirds of Turks believe Gulen was behind the coup attempt, according to a poll released on Tuesday. The Andy-Ar survey showed nearly 4 percent blamed the United States or foreign powers and barely 2 percent blamed Erdogan.On July 15 rogue soldiers commandeered fighters jets, helicopters and tanks to close bridges and try to seize airports. They bombed parliament, police headquarters and other key buildings in their bid for power. At least 246 people were killed, many of them civilians, and 2,000 wounded.Around a third of Turkey's roughly 360 serving generals have been detained since the abortive coup, more than 100 of them already charged pending trial.Two Turkish generals based in Afghanistan were detained in Dubai, a Turkish official said on Tuesday, naming them as Major-General Cahit Bakir, a commander of Turkish forces serving in the international NATO-led security force in Afghanistan, and Brigadier Sener Topuc, who oversees education and aid in the country.-MANHUNT-The 11 soldiers being hunted in Marmaris were among a group of commandos who attacked a hotel where Erdogan had been staying. Seven others were detained at a police checkpoint on Monday.As the coup unfolded, Erdogan said the plotters had tried to attack him in Marmaris, bombing places where he had been shortly after he left. He "evaded death by minutes", an official close to him said at the time."It was an assassination attempt against Erdogan and this is being taken very seriously ... Searches are continuing in Marmaris and the surrounding areas with around 1,000 members of the security forces," another official said on Tuesday."The searches will continue uninterrupted until these people are found."Weapons, hand grenades and ammunition have been seized in the countryside around Marmaris in an operation based on information from detained soldiers, said Amir Cicek, governor of Mugla province where Marmaris is located.Special forces police, commandos, the coast guard and the navy were all involved, Cicek said in a statement.The scale of the arrests and suspensions following the coup attempt have raised concerns among rights groups and Western countries, which fear that Erdogan is capitalising on it to muzzle dissent and remove opponents across the board.Erdogan has declared a state of emergency, which allows him to sign new laws without prior parliamentary approval and limit rights as he deems necessary. In his first such decree, Erdogan ordered the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and foundations with suspected links to Gulen.The measure went "well beyond the legitimate aim of promoting accountability for the bloody July 15 coup attempt," said Emma Sinclair-Webb, Turkey director at Human Rights Watch."It is an unvarnished move for an arbitrary, mass and permanent purge of the civil service, prosecutors and judges, and to close down private institutions and associations without evidence, justification or due process," she said.Turkey wants the United States to extradite the cleric, a call supported on Tuesday by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main secularist opposition, but Washington has said it will do so only if there is clear evidence of wrongdoing.In a sign of Washington's concerns about the security situation, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara said on Tuesday employees' family members had been authorised to leave voluntarily, citing a possible "increase in police or military activities and restrictions on movement" by the Turkish authorities.(Additional reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Ayla Jean Yackley and Gareth Jones in Istanbul, Ercan Gurses and Gulsen Solaker in Ankara, Denis Pinchuk in Moscow; writing by Nick Tattersall; editing by Gareth Jones, Peter Graff and David Stamp)

U.S. says backs resumption of China-Philippines talks on South China Sea-[By Simon Webb and Manuel Mogato]-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

VIENTIANE (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he supported the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following an international court ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month.China did not participate in and has refused to accept the July 12 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, based in The Hague, in which U.S. ally Manila won an emphatic legal victory.China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi had asked Kerry to lend his support for bilateral talks to restart between Manila and Beijing in a meeting between the two in the Laos capital of Vientiane on Monday."The foreign minister said the time has come to move away from public tensions and turn the page," Kerry told a news conference. "And we agree with that... no claimant should be acting in a way that is provocative, no claimant should take steps that wind up raising tensions."The court ruling has exacerbated tensions between the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), who are pulled between their desire to assert their sovereignty while fostering ties with an increasingly assertive Beijing.China scored a diplomatic victory on Monday when ASEAN dropped any reference to the ruling from a joint statement at the end of the bloc's foreign ministers' meeting in the face of resolute objections from Cambodia, China's closest ASEAN ally.Kerry, who was due to travel to the Philippines later on Tuesday, said he would encourage Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to engage in dialogue and negotiations with China when the two meet in Manila on Wednesday.Duterte has already appointed former President Fidel Ramos to visit Beijing and begin informal talks to resolve the dispute, said a Philippine Foreign Ministry official on Tuesday.Philippines Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay told reporters in Vientiane that the dispute was not between China and the United States but between China and the Philippines."We would like to pursue bilateral relationships in so far as the peaceful resolution of the dispute is concerned that is between the China and the Philippines. The others are not concerned with that dispute," Yasay told reporters.-PEACE AND STABILITY-Wang, who met Kerry on the sidelines of the ASEAN gathering in Laos, said on Tuesday he would welcome Ramos' visit.The Chinese foreign minister also told his U.S. counterpart that China and ASEAN had agreed the dispute should get back on to the "correct" track of being resolved by direct talks with the parties concerned, according to a foreign ministry statement released on Tuesday.China "hopes the United States side takes actual steps to support the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines, and supports the efforts of China and ASEAN to maintain regional peace and stability", Wang said.Beijing claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.China has repeatedly blamed the United States for stoking tensions in the region through its military patrols, and of taking sides in the dispute, accusations Washington denies.In an address to foreign ministers, including Kerry, at the gathering in Vientiane, Wang criticised the United States, Japan and Australia for a joint statement on the issue they released late on Monday.The statement "continued to hype up the South China Sea issue and play up tensions", he said. "Now is the time we will test whether you are protectors of peace or agitators."Speaking to reporters on a conference call, a senior U.S. administration official said at the end of a visit to China by National Security Adviser Susan Rice that she had emphasised all parties should take steps to reduce tensions and use the ruling to reinvigorate regional diplomacy.Rice also told Chinese officials, who included a top military officer, that U.S. military operations were designed to contribute to peace and stability wherever they happened, including in the South China Sea, the official said."Those operations are lawful, they will continue, they've been longstanding, and again they're designed to impart confidence and stability," he added.Earlier, Kerry had said that China's dismissal of the international court ruling as "illegitimate" presented a challenge when the international community, including the United States, sees it as legally binding and a matter of law."So we still have a task ahead of us... which is to try to work going forward to make sure that we are resolving the issues through diplomacy and the rule of law," he said.(Additional reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Michael Martina in Vientiane and Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Alex Richardson)

Kerry hopes to reveal cooperation plan with Russia on Syria in August-[Reuters]-By Lesley Wroughton and Stephanie Nebehay-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

VIENTIANE/GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he hoped to announce in early August details of a U.S. plan for closer military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria.Kerry, speaking after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Laos, said there had been progress in recent days on moving forward with the plan.The proposal would have Washington and Moscow share intelligence to coordinate air strikes against the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and prohibit the Syrian air force from attacking moderate rebel groups.In Geneva, U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said he aimed to convene a new round of Syria peace talks toward the end of August, quietly scrapping a previous Aug. 1 deadline while keeping some time pressure on the U.S.-Russia deal."Our aim, let me say very clearly, is to proceed with a third round of intra-Syrian talks toward the end of August," de Mistura told reporters after meeting U.S. Syria envoy Michael Ratney and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.De Mistura said he strongly hoped Lavrov and Kerry would make concrete and visible progress because that would improve the situation on the ground and the environment for the peace talks, although such progress was not a precondition for talks.More details of the U.S.-Russia plan needed to be worked out in the next few days, he said.Kerry has defended the proposal despite deep skepticism among top American military and intelligence officials, including Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, over working with Russia."My hope is that somewhere in early August we would be in a position to stand up in front of you and tell you what we're able to do with the hopes it can make a difference to lives of people in Syria and to the course of the war," Kerry told a news conference in the capital Vientiane.-QUESTIONS ABOUT TRANSPARENCY-During the discussions, he and Lavrov outlined the next stage of implementing the plan, including a series of technical-level meetings to address concerns by the U.S. military and intelligence community.Kerry's State Department and White House allies say the plan is the best chance to limit the fighting that is driving thousands of Syrian civilians, with some trained Islamic State fighters mixed in, into exile in Europe, and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching tens of thousands more.A senior Western diplomat said the lack of transparency of the U.S.-Russia talks was frustrating and - with increased targeting of civilians and hospitals on the ground - it was hard to foresee any deal."The Americans are risking a lot for a deal that is as unlikely to be honored as previous engagements the Russians have made," the diplomat said.The meeting in Laos comes amid accusations that Russia is behind the hacking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails released by Wikileaks on Friday.Kerry said he raised the issue of the emails with Lavrov during their meeting. Earlier, Lavrov brushed aside the accusations that Russia was involved, saying: "I don't want to use four-letter words."Cyber security experts and U.S. officials have said there is evidence that Russia engineered the release of the emails in order to influence the U.S. presidential election.The FBI said it was investigating a cyber intrusion at the DNC, which has led to discord as the party's convention in Philadelphia opens on Monday to nominate former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton as its candidate.(Additional reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Eric Meijer and Tom Heneghan)

HOMOSEXUALS.(SODOMITE RAINBOW GROUPERS)

LEVITICUS 20:13
13  If a man also lie with mankind,(ANOTHER MAN) as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

LEVITICUS 18:22
22  Thou shalt not lie with mankind,(ANOTHER MAN) as with womankind: it is abomination.

2 TIMOTHY 3:3
3 Without natural affection,(HOMOSEXUALS) trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

1 CORINTHIANS 6:9,
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate,(HARDENED SODOMITE RAINBOW GROUPERRS) nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

PSALMS 14:1
1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

ROMANS 1:18-32
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

GENESIS 1:27-28
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.

GENESIS 2:21-24
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.

MATTHEW 19:4-6
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.

Ness Lake Bible camp in Prince George under fire for stance on homosexuality-[CBC]-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

A popular camp and conference center in Prince George, B.C., is losing support from leading organizations because of its stance on homosexuality.Ness Lake Bible Camp is operated by One Hope Canada, an evangelical Christian organization that places homosexual relationships alongside premarital sex, pornography, and criminal activity in a list of items it considers "unethical or immoral." This belief has prompted a review by the local school district and rotary club.Every year, hundreds of children and youth between the ages of six and 18 attend the camps offered at Ness Lake, which are marketed as a place to learn about God while enjoying outdoor activities from canoeing to ziplining.Pro-LGBTQ teen rejected as counsellor-Julianna Ferguson, 17, attended Ness Lake as a camper for years."A friend wanted me to go with her back in Grade 1 and then I loved it there so I just kept going," Ferguson said.In 2013, Ferguson began volunteering for the camp, first as a member of the work crew and then as a counsellor, supervising younger campers.She had planned to return this summer, but after sending in her application, she was told there was a problem."The camp director told me they couldn't hire me because I support LGBT and all of their rights, and their right to marry whoever they want," she said."Even though I volunteered there for three other years and it's never been a problem before."-'Immoral behaviour' not allowed-Ferguson said she identifies as both a Christian and a supporter of LGBTQ rights, and doesn't see a conflict between the two.She said she was surprised to learn her viewpoints, recently posted on social media, were deemed problematic by One Hope Canada."I share things on my Facebook from other LGBT pages," she said, adding she wouldn't express those views to campers."Other years I've been there I've never voiced my opinion about it towards campers. I wouldn't do that, that's my personal opinion, not the camp's opinion."The application form for Ness Lake and other One Hope Canada camps across the country require potential volunteers to sign a statement of faith affirmation form.Under item seven, volunteers agree to "avoid conduct that is unethical or immoral and to avoid behaviour that is contrary to biblical principles," including "premarital, extramarital or homosexual relationships."-Diverse views welcome: camp-In an email, One Hope Canada field director Jerry Ritskes said the organization welcomes diverse points of view.He said Ferguson wasn't selected as lead camper because the organization doesn't want to risk putting volunteers in a position of expressing opinions they don't share."Canadian law requires that One Hope Canada ... define our beliefs and govern our organization accordingly," Ritskes wrote."We ask that all employees and volunteers involved with teaching or leading children share and adhere to those beliefs, as defined in our statement of affirmation."Riskes added that potential volunteers who don't agree with all aspects of the statement of faith are offered a non-leadership position.Ferguson confirmed she was offered a position with the work crew at Ness Lake, but declined."I wouldn't feel right going back there to a place that can't accept what I believe," she said.School district reviewing relationship with camp-In addition to its own camps, Ness Lake rents its facilities to third parties in the community, including School District 57.However, that could soon change.Richard Giroday, president of the Prince George District Teacher's Association, said some teachers were surprised and concerned to learn about One Hope's stance on homosexuality after Ferguson's rejection.He wrote a letter on behalf of the teachers' union asking the district to review the continued use of Ness Lake for future events."The school district is a huge supporter of that business," said Giroday. "Teachers fundraise and save money and make opportunities for their students to attend.""Given that we do support that business through what they do, if their policies are in direct violation of the LGBTQ policy of the district, then there is a problem."In 2014, the school board adopted an official policy of maintaining a "safe and positive environment" for students and staff who identify as members of the LGBTQ community.School board chair Tony Cable confirmed the district's relationship with Ness Lake and One Hope Canada has been referred to a committee meeting in September.-Pride speaker cancelled-The Rotary Club of Prince George is another organization that has used Ness Lake Bible Camp for events.In 2015, Prince George Pride Society president Stacey Hewlett was scheduled to give a presentation on gender and sexuality at Ness Lake for the the Rotary Youth Leadership Award North event.Her talk was cancelled, though, after Ness Lake found out about its subject matter."I got an email from Rotary with major apologies stating that Ness Lake did not agree to the content of my presentation and that I would be unable to provide that information," Hewlett recalled.The rental agreement for Ness Lake states, "any teaching material and/or program activities must not be in conflict with Ness Lake Bible Camp's mission statement and statement of faith," and staff can cancel a rental if there's a conflict.The Rotary Club gave Hewlett the option to change the topic of her talk, which she declined.She said she's disappointed a camp that plays such a prominent role in Prince George holds these views towards LGBTQ people."There's not a lot of options for agencies and corporations like the school district to have big events," Hewlett said. "It's almost by default that Ness Lake Bible Camp is kept so busy."Prince George Rotary Club president Ross Birchall said his board is "looking at its options" for future events."Rotary is a non-discriminatory, non-denominational organization, and the activities and events of the organization reflect that," he wrote in an email.Hewlett said since she shared her story, a number of parents have told her they will no longer be sending their children to the camp."I feel bad for the kids that they would be missing out on a weekend that could be really fun and an opportunity for them to meet and get to know some other kids, but it has to be all inclusive. And Ness Lake Bible Camp has shown that it's not."All guests welcome: One Hope-Ritskes said guests of all backgrounds, including those with differing sexual orientations and gender identities, have always and will always be welcome at Ness Lake and other One Hope ministries."As we strive to treat all guests with respect, we in turn ask that guest groups respect the religious nature of the facilities by adhering to various policies," he wrote."We will continue to work with organizations interested in using our facilities to find accommodations that work for all parties involved."

More groups choose to sit out Vancouver's pride parade-[CBC]-July 25, 2016-YAHOONEWS

While the theme of Vancouver's Pride Week this year is "better together," some groups are expressing their frustration by remaining separate.In solidarity with Black Lives Matter Vancouver's protest of the Vancouver pride parade for including a police float, queer Muslim group Salaam and queer South Asian group Trikone are also sitting out this year's pride parade.Cicely-Belle Blain, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Vancouver chapter, said many queer people of colour feel excluded from the mainstream queer community. She said the request isn't an attack on Vancouver police or the Pride Parade specifically, but a matter of solidarity."It's not about black people versus gay people," she said. "We are living in the intersection of being black and queer, and we want the mainstream queer communities to accept us and listen to what we have to say, and part of that is it makes us very uncomfortable to have the police inside the parade.""I think this is a very important moment for Pride Society and other queer communities in Vancouver to really think about the ways in which they include people of colour," she said.In an open letter posted on its website on July 15, BLMV said it wanted the Vancouver police department to voluntarily withdraw from the parade, saying that officer involvement makes some communities feel unsafe.After receiving no response from the Vancouver Pride Society, BLMV said it would "not be taking part in the Pride parade, by participation or protest, and have instead chosen to focus our energy elsewhere."Its request came after Black Lives Matter Toronto blocked the Toronto Pride Parade and made the same demand.'Pride is not talking to us'-Imtiaz Popat, coordinator of the Muslim queer group Salaam, said his group does not feel safe marching in the parade this year due to racist backlash in the wake of the Orlando shooting and the interruption of the Toronto Pride Parade."We decided that because of the racist backlash that we need to have our own march," he said. "We need to have our own space where we do feel safe.""Pride is not talking to us. The city is not talking to us."That march, the Two-Spirit Queers, Trans, Intersexed and Bisexual People of Colour Pride March, will be happening on Monday, the day after the main pride parade.'VPD will still have a presence at the parade this year'Alan Jernigan, president of the Vancouver Pride Society, said while BLMV made a reasonable point, the VPD will "still have a presence at the parade this year.""I think there's a way to find room for the police to be in the parade as strong allies of the community as they are," Jernigan said. "But [we] still understand that the issue that Black Lives Matter is raising is a legitimate issue."But Jernigan said the Pride Society was able to honour one request from BLMV: Vancouver police will not be bringing an armoured truck as part of its float.As for groups like Popat's choosing to sit out this year's pride parade, Jernigan said the parade's visibility and high public profile are its biggest assets."We lend that visibility to other groups who participate in the parade so that their causes can be visible to the greater community," Jernigan said."If [sitting out] is one way that Black Lives Matter can make their cause more visible, then that's something that we can support."Mayor Gregor Robertson briefly alluded to the theme and the controversy during his opening remarks commemorating Pride Week and the new Jim Deva Plaza in the heart of Davie Village today."Working together towards inclusivity and safety, and providing space for marginalized and racialized queer communities here in Vancouver, and solidarity between the communities is truly what we need," Robertson said.-Alternate parades-The 38th annual Vancouver Pride Parade will take place from 12 to 3 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 31, starting at Robson and Bute, but there are a few alternative parades.Black Lives Matter accepted the invitation to march as the Grand Marshal with the 13th annual Dyke March on Saturday, July 30, starting in McSpadden Park at 11 a.m.The Two-Spirit Queers, Trans, Intersexed and Bisexual People of Colour Pride March, which Popat is involved in organizing, will start at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 1 with a gathering at Victory Square.With files from Belle Puri, Pierre Martineau and CBC Radio One's The Early Edition.

Montague rejects Pride flag again-[CBC]-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

Members of P.E.I.'s LGBTQ community left the Kings County town of Montague disappointed Monday night, as council voted down a request to review its decision not to fly the Pride flag.Montague CAO Andrew Daggett explained it is the town's policy not to fly any emblems or symbols in support of any group, because that would create conflict within the community, and that's not the job of council.Council rejected Pride P.E.I.'s request to review the decision by a vote of 4-2.'I just don't get it'-Jeffrey Haight, who grew up in Montague, expressed his disappointment."I'm just very disappointed as a human being in this country, in Canada, in 2016," said Jeffrey Haight."This town feels like it's 80 years ago somewhere, stuck in the middle of the woods. It's like they don't even have a TV to see what's going on in the world. I just don't get it. I just feel totally isolated."Dan Larter drove from Stratford to attend the meeting, and draped a Pride flag over the podium before he spoke."They were saying this is a symbol that shouldn't be put up, and it's a symbol of love," said Larter."It's not against anybody. It's all inclusive, and that's what the Island should be."One resident of the community got up to applaud council's decision not to fly the Pride flag.Daggett said the town has received many calls on the issue, from residents both for and against flying the flag.

B.C. introduces bill to protect transgender people-[CBC]-July 25, 2016-YAHOONEWS

The B.C. government has taken steps to protect transgender people.After years of pressure from the transgender community, the province on Monday introduced a bill to add "gender identity and expression" to the Human Rights Code.Dozens of transgender people and advocates came to Victoria to applaud the proposed change, including 13-year-old Tru Wilson.Tru, born as a boy, gained prominence, when she fought the Ladner, B.C. Catholic school she attended so she could be treated as a girl. the gender she identifies with. "Now it is crystal clear that we can't be discriminated against, and it's such a revolution for our community." Tru said.-Years-long lobby effort-NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, who has lobbied for years for greater legislative protection for transgender people, referenced a Gandhi quote to describe the struggle."First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they attack you, and then you win," Chandra Herbert said.The provincial government has, in the past, argued that the change wasn't needed. But  Attorney General Suzanne Anton said transgender advocates changed her mind."They have not felt protected, and they feel like they need the written clarification of the law," Anton said.If passed, the law would mean that employers can't use a person's gender to hire or fire an individual. MLAs were debating the bill Monday afternoon.Seven other provinces also have language that explicitly protects against discrimination based on gender identity or expression.With files from Richard Zussman

Italy's Berlusconi primes potential political heir-[By Crispian Balmer]-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

ROME (Reuters) - Ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has anointed Stefano Parisi, a former Internet executive and government economic adviser, as his political heir, giving him a mandate to relaunch Italy's splintered centre-right.Parisi, 59, narrowly lost a mayoral election in Milan last month, impressing friends and foes alike with an upbeat campaign that came close to knocking the centre-left from power in the country's financial capital.Looking to build on that experience, Parisi said last week he wanted to unite Italy's disparate conservatives and has now secured the blessing of Berlusconi, who asked him carry out a profound review of his own Forza Italy (Go Italy!) party.Berlusconi, who is 79 and underwent major heart surgery in June, said in a statement on Tuesday that he wanted Parisi to "come up with a project to relaunch and renew the position of moderate Italians in the political sphere".After months of relative calm in the often turbulent world of Italian politics, tensions are once again building ahead of a referendum on constitutional reform set for the autumn.Centre-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, 41, has said he will resign if he loses the vote. With the latest opinion polls running against him, there is a risk that general elections might have to be held more than a year ahead of schedule.Surveys show that if the conservatives unite behind a single leader they could win roughly the same support as Renzi's Democratic Party and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement."If Renzi loses the referendum, then we will need a candidate for the premiership and I want it to be you," la Repubblica newspaper quoted Berlusconi as telling Parisi.There was no immediate confirmation from Forza Italia. The party has been in disarray since Berlusconi was banned from public office following a conviction for tax fraud in 2013, but despite the internal chaos it remains a pivotal group on the fractured centre-right.Parisi is a former CEO of Internet and telecoms company Fastweb and managing director of industry lobby Confindustria.Although his only elected experience is as a city councillor in Milan, he was previously a technocratic economic adviser to both centre-left and centre-right prime ministers in the 1990s.Known for his soft-spoken moderate tone, Parisi will need to develop a strategy for working with the anti-immigrant Northern League, Berlusconi's long-standing populist ally in government.The League polls at around 13-14 percent nationwide and considerably higher in the north, but the antics of its leader, Matteo Salvini, have offended moderates. On Monday, he raised fresh hackles by comparing the woman speaker of parliament to an inflatable sex doll.Under Berlusconi the centre-right never won a national election without the support of the Northern League, and in recent public remarks Salvini has been cool towards the idea of Parisi as the new leader of the conservative bloc.(Additional reporting by Massimiliano di Giorgio; Editing by Paul Taylor)

Obama's Kenyan half-brother says he supports Donald Trump-[Associated Press]-TOM ODULA-July 26, 2016-YAHOONEWS

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan half-brother of President Barack Obama said Tuesday he supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and not the candidate his brother has endorsed, Hillary Clinton.Malik Obama told The Associated Press he thinks Trump has a lot of energy and is very straightforward."Clinton is not honest because she says that she did not reveal any classified information, and she did. And I don't see that kind of person being the president of the United States," he said.Also, "I do not support same-sex marriage," he said. "I am Muslim, it's something God would not approve. The Republican Party doesn't stand for that."Malik Obama also expressed disappointment that his half-brother hasn't done more to support his Kenyan family and the country. The president's father was Kenyan."I am upset and disillusioned. When he became president there was a lot of excitement and there was a lot of hope that he would do many things for us and the country," he said. "I don't think he has accomplished that."Trump has tweeted his surprise at Malik Obama's stance: "Was probably treated badly by president - like everybody else!"Malik Obama, 58, stirred up controversy in 2010 when he took a teenager as his third wife. He ran for governor in his home county of Siaya in 2013 and lost by a landslide. He was unhappy that his half-brother did not endorse him.The father of President Obama and Malik Obama died in a car crash in 1982, leaving three wives, six sons and a daughter. All his children except Malik and the youngest, George Obama, live in Britain or the United States.

Donald Trump slams Democrats left and right in freewheeling Virginia speech-Susanna Heller-Jul 25, 2016, 5:03 PM-YAHOONEWS

Donald Trump used a Monday afternoon speech in Roanoke, Va., to torch a wide range of leading Democrats, including many who were getting ready for the first big day of the Democratic National Convention on Monday night.The Republican nominee started off this speech with an attack on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who announced on Sunday that she would resign her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee. Wasserman Schultz’s announcement came after a damaging email leak revealed her organization had worked against Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign during the Democratic primary.“Debbie. Washerman. Schultz,” Trump told his supporters, adding dramatic pauses. “I always knew she was highly overrated. I always knew. Not good. But she just got fired. They said, ‘Debbie, you’re fired! Get out, Debbie! Out!’ Boom! Boy, how about that in terms of disloyalty though, in terms of Hillary Clinton.”“Little did she know that China, Russia, one of our many, many ‘friends’ [giving air quotes] came in and hacked the hell out of us. Can you imagine?” Trump later said of the email leak, which has been linked to the Russian government.Trump also trashed Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., while attacking presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s choice of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for vice president. Trump again derided Warren as “Pocahontas,” a moniker he frequently uses to mock her claim of Native American heritage.“She is the worst senator in the U.S. Senate. You know, she’s got a fresh mouth. Other than that, she’s got nothing going,” he said after mentioning that Clinton had passed over Warren for VP.Trump repeatedly criticized Sanders for endorsing Clinton despite the email leak. He said he told himself that there was “no way” Sanders could remain in Clinton’s corner, and recalled how Sanders was booed Monday afternoon after urging his supporters to rally behind her.But the Manhattan real estate developer saved some of his most pointed barbs for Clinton.“Her instincts are bad, they’re no good. Her instincts are defective. Her instincts are defective,” he told his supporters. “She’s low energy, she actually is low energy. She’ll go home, she’ll take a nap for four or five hours, and she’ll come back.”Trump assured his supporters that he would not take as many naps as Clinton would in the White House.“We don’t need somebody who goes home and takes naps. We don’t need naps. No naps for Trump! No naps,” Trump said.He further expressed some puzzlement about Clinton’s pick of Kaine, who represents Virginia in the Senate. “Weird little dude there. I don’t know what’s going on there,” Trump said.Trump and his own VP pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, spoke for nearly an hour before they fielded questions at the town hall event. Trump and Pence will also hold a campaign rally in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Monday night.



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