Tuesday, August 16, 2016
CHINA-RUSSIA-MUSLIM NEWS-STORMS-FIRES AND DAY 2 RIOTS BY BLACK THUGS IN MILWAUKEE.
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.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
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.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)
DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
Angry and THAAD: South Koreans shave heads to protest U.S. missile defense system-[Reuters]-By Minwoo Park-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
SEONGJU, South Korea (Reuters) - About 900 South Koreans shaved their heads on Monday to protest against a government decision to place a missile defense system designed to counter North Korean missile threats, in the southeastern county of Seongju.Tension has run high since North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and followed up with a satellite launch and a string of test launches of missiles.South Korea announced in July that a U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense unit would be deployed in Seonjgu, but residents have protested, citing safety fears over the system's sophisticated radar and its potential to be a wartime target.The plan has also angered China and prompted a North Korean warning of retaliation.Seongju residents, many of them farmers cultivating a melon variety that has brought the county domestic fame, sat in somber silence as they had their heads shaved while a protest leader led a crowd in chants of "No THAAD!""THAAD should not be deployed at all, not just in Seongju, but anywhere in South Korea," said Yoo Ji-won, a 63-year-old melon farmer. "We residents gathered here and shaved heads to demonstrate against its deployment."As many as 908 people joined in the head-shaving part of the protest, organizers said."This is the most powerful way of displaying protest," protest leader Kim An-soo said. "We cannot protest any bigger".The South Korean defense ministry has vowed to minimize any impact from THAAD on residents and the environment."THAAD is a self-defensive measure we've decided to deploy to protect the lives of our people from North Korea's reckless provocations," South Korean president Park Geun-hye said in a speech on Monday.(Additional reporting by Ju-min Park; Writing by James Pearson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
China says no South China Sea at G-20, US urges transparency-[Associated Press]-CHRISTOPHER BODEEN-August 15, 2016-YAHOONEWS
BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves:___EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest key developments in the South China Sea, home to several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.___CHINESE DIPLOMAT DISCOURAGES DISCUSSION OF SOUTH CHINA SEA AT G-20 SUMMIT-A senior Chinese diplomat made clear Monday that Beijing wants next month's meeting of leaders of the Group of 20 major economies to avoid political issues such as its territorial disputes with its neighbors in the South China Sea.Deputy Foreign Minister Li Baoding said China wants to avoid sensitive diplomatic issues at the Sept. 4-5 summit that it is hosting in the eastern resort city Hangzhou.The consensus among members is to "focus on economic development and not be distracted by other parties," Li said when asked about territorial disputes in the South China Sea."The Hangzhou summit must focus on economic issues," Li said. "This is what people want to talk about most at the summit."Li gave similar responses to questions about China's opposition to South Korea's deployment of a U.S. missile defense system.A desire to avoid a showdown at the G-20 summit was seen by some as moderating China's response to the July 12 ruling by an international arbitration panel in The Hague, Netherlands, that invalidated China's maritime claims to virtually the entire South China Sea.However, speculation has also risen that China might make even more assertive moves after the meeting, including possibly launching reclamation projects in new areas or declaring an air defense identification zone over the crucial waterbody.___DUTERTE SAYS HE'S TAKING A SOFTER APPROACH IN DISPUTE WITH CHINA-Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday he is adopting a softer approach in resolving the long-simmering disputes with China in the South China Sea. "We're not in a hurry to wage war, we're in a hurry to talk."Duterte's special envoy to China, former President Fidel Ramos, returned to Manila on Friday after meeting with Chinese intermediaries in Hong Kong to pave the way for possible talks in Beijing.Ramos told reporters that China welcomed him to visit Beijing for discussions in the wake of last month's international arbitration panel's ruling in favor of the Philippines over China's South China Sea maritime claims.The arbitration case was brought by Duterte's predecessor, and Duterte has been lukewarm in his support for the action.Ramos said in a statement that he met in Hong Kong with the Chinese legislature's foreign affairs chief, Fu Ying, and a leading government-backed scholar on the dispute, and agreed on the need to reduce tensions through talks.Ramos "expressed the Philippine government's desire to hold formal discussions with the Chinese government on issues of mutual concern and interest at the appropriate time to explore pathways to peace and cooperation," the statement said.However, Ramos told reporters at a brief news conference that the ruling had not been directly discussed and gave no indication of when the Beijing talks might be held and suggested another negotiator might take his place.___JAPAN, PHILIPPINE DIPLOMATS URGE RESTRAINT FROM CHINA-The top diplomats from Japan and the Philippines urged China on Thursday to avoid intimidating actions and follow the rule of law in disputed waters.Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. and Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida made the call after meeting in southern Davao city, where they discussed their countries' territorial rifts with China, including Tokyo's help in providing patrol vessels to the Philippines, and enhancing strategic ties. Kishida later met Duterte."Maritime order based on the rule of law is indispensable for regional stability and prosperity," Kishida told reporters, adding that the international community should strive to ensure that long-seething conflicts are resolved peacefully."This is the not kind of action that is mandated by international law and if anyone, including China, has any particular claim that it asserts over any particular territory, it must bring this within the concept of a peaceful resolution," Yasay said.The Philippines challenged the validity of China's claims and aggressive actions in the South China Sea after Chinese government ships took control of disputed Scarborough Shoal following a tense standoff in 2012.___US SAYS MORE MILITARY TRANSPARENCY NEEDED-The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday the response from Beijing and others to the arbitration panel's ruling had brought no surprises, but much more military transparency is needed to reduce tensions in the region.Adm. Scott Swift also criticized China-Russia joint naval exercises planned next month in the South China Sea, saying the choice of location was not conducive to "increasing the stability within the region." He also said any decision by China to declare an air defense identification zone over the strategic water body would be "very destabilizing from a military perspective."Swift was visiting the northern Chinese port of Qingdao as part of efforts to build trust and understanding between the two navies, now locked in a protracted competition for primacy in East Asia, where the U.S. has traditionally been the dominant military power.Swift cited two examples where a lack of Chinese military transparency was problematic: The still unexplained cancellation by China of a visit by the aircraft carrier USS Stennis earlier this year, and the reason for the construction of new hardened aircraft hangers on China's man-made islands."That increases the angst and uncertainty, that lack of transparency, and that is generally destabilizing as opposed to a stabilizing action," Swift said.
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:TOBOLSK)
4 And I (GOD) will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.(AFRICAN MUSLIMS,SUDAN,TUNESIA ETC)
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS I BELIEVE) and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
Russia conducts naval exercises in Mediterranean near Syria-[Associated Press]-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military says it has started exercises in the eastern Mediterranean near Syria to test the navy's ability to respond to "crisis situations of a terrorist nature."The Defense Ministry statement says that in the exercises that began Monday a naval strike force will fire artillery and missiles in combat-like conditions.The ministry says among the vessels taking part are two Buyan-M corvettes equipped with long-range cruise missiles of the type used to strike the Islamic State group in Syria last year.Since intervening in Syria's civil war in September, Russia has kept warships off Syria's coast, reviving a Soviet-era practice when Soviet warships maintained a permanent vigil in the Mediterranean. Russia's naval facility in the Syrian port of Tartus is now the only such facility outside the ex-Soviet Union.
Ukraine conflict focus of German, Russian talks-[Associated Press]-August 15, 2016-YAHOONEWS
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he and his German counterpart have discussed resuming international talks on resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine in light of escalating tensions.Lavrov said after Monday's meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier that the situation is cause for "serious concerns" given Russia's recent contention that Ukraine sent "saboteurs" to carry out attacks in Crimea.Moscow says two Russians were killed while preventing the incursions this month, while Ukraine denies they took place.Steinmeier says Germany isn't clear what really happened and wants both Russia and Ukraine to investigate further.Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, and a conflict between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces flared up in eastern Ukraine weeks later.
Lavrov urges calm after Ukraine flare-up over Crimea-[AFP]-August 15, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Moscow (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday appealed for calm after a flare-up with Ukraine over the annexed Crimea peninsula but warned Moscow was ready to stamp out any attempts to destabilise the region.A simmering feud between Russia and Ukraine sparked by the Kremlin's seizure of Crimea in 2014 burst back into life on Wednesday when Russia accused Kiev of attempting armed incursions into the region.Ukraine fiercely denied the allegations but a subsequent war of words sparked fears of a wider conflict between the two ex-Soviet neighbours.Lavrov said Moscow remained committed to a stalled European-brokered peace plan to end fighting in two eastern regions between Kiev and pro-Russian rebels and cautioned against succumbing to "emotions"."For now the main thing is not to give in to emotions, not to slip into taking some extreme actions but to try to stabilise the situation with restraint and concentration," Lavrov said following talks with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the city of Yekaterinburg.Lavrov, however, warned that Moscow would take "comprehensive measures to make sure any attempts to make incursions into our territory are nipped in the bud".Russia's FSB security service said last week that one of its officers and a soldier died in clashes as Moscow thwarted "terrorist attacks" in Crimea by Ukrainian military intelligence and beat back armed assaults.Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged not to let the alleged incidents go unpunished but his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko dismissed the accusations as "fantasies" aimed at giving a pretext for Moscow to ramp up its aggression.Steinmeier said that while the details of the latest flare-up in Crimea remained unclear, Germany was concerned by the surge in tensions.Berlin's top diplomat said he and Lavrov discussed the possibility of getting four-way peace talks with Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France back on track after Putin appeared to pull the plug on a mooted fresh round next month.Steinmeier and Lavrov also discussed the situation in Syria, with both agreeing that a daily three-hour ceasefire pledged by Russia around the war-ravaged city of Aleppo was not sufficient."The pause for three hours each day is not enough," Lavrov said.He said that in order for the window to be lengthened "it was necessary to solve issues on the fight with terrorists" as Moscow fears rebels are using any respite to send in more fighters.Russian-backed Syrian regime forces are locked in a ferocious battle for Syria's second city after rebels launched a major offensive.
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
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.
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)
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)
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)
Air strike on Yemen hospital kills at least seven: residents, officials-[Reuters]-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a hospital in Yemen's northern Hajja province on Monday, residents and local officials said, killing at least seven people and wounding 13.A Reuters witness at the scene of the attack in the Abs district said medics could not immediately evacuate the wounded because war planes continued to fly over the area and first responders feared more bombings.The facility is run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres, which confirmed on its Twitter account that an air strike had occurred there but said the number of deaths and injuries remained unclear.A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Another air attack hit what MSF described as a school in neighboring Saada province on Saturday, killing 10 children. The coalition said the bombing had targeted a training facility run by Yemen's dominant Houthi movement.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the air strike on Sunday and called for a investigation, which the coalition said it would conduct, according to a statement sent to Reuters.Dozens of air strikes have hit civilians in Yemen since a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia began military operations in March 2015 to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power and roll back gains by the Iran-allied Houthis.The Houthis and their allies in the General People's Congress (GPC) party headed by powerful ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh set up a ruling council this month to run the parts of the country they control.In its first decree on Monday, the council declared itself the "highest authority in the state (which) exercises all the powers vested in the president."Hadi's internationally recognized government and the United Nations have criticized the council, set up after U.N.-backed peace talks in Kuwait collapsed.(Writing By Noah Browning; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
Give us EU visa freedom in October or abandon migrant deal, Turkey says-[Reuters]-By Michelle Martin and Humeyra Pamuk-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
BERLIN/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey could walk away from its promise to stem the flow of illegal migrants to Europe if the European Union fails to grant Turks visa-free travel to the bloc in October, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a German newspaper.His comments in Bild's Monday edition coincide with rising tensions between Ankara and the West that have been exacerbated by the failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15. Turkey is incensed by what it sees as an insensitive response from Western allies to the failed putsch, in which 240 people were killed.Long wary of Turkey's ambitions to join the EU, Europe has been alarmed by the crackdown since the coup, fearing President Tayyip Erdogan is using purges to quash dissent. The unease has relations between Turkey and Austria and Sweden. Ankara has summoned diplomats from both countries to protest what it says are false reports about changes to its child abuse laws.Asked whether hundreds of thousands of refugees in Turkey would head to Europe if the EU did not grant Turks visa freedom from October, Cavusoglu told Bild: "I don't want to talk about the worst case scenario - talks with the EU are continuing but it's clear that we either apply all treaties at the same time or we put them all aside."Visa-free access to the EU - the main reward for Ankara's collaboration in choking off an influx of migrants into Europe - has been subject to delays due to a dispute over Turkish anti-terrorism legislation, as well as the post-coup crackdown.Brussels wants Turkey to soften the anti-terrorism law.Ankara says it cannot do so, given multiple security threats which include Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria and Kurdish militants in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger has said he does not see the EU granting Turks visa-free travel this year due to Ankara's crackdown, which has included the round-up of more than 35,000 over alleged involvement in the coup.Cavusoglu said the migration deal with the EU stipulated that all Turks would get visa freedom in October, adding: "It can't be that we implement everything that is good for the EU but that Turkey gets nothing in return."A spokesman for the European Commission declined to comment on the interview directly but said the EU continued to work together with Turkey in all areas of cooperation.-SWEDEN, AUSTRIA-Since the coup, more than 17,000 people have been placed under formal arrest, and tens of thousands more suspended from their jobs. Turkish authorities blame the failed putsch on U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and his followers. Gulen denies involvement and has condemned the coup attempt.Cavusoglu told reporters that the Ankara government had summoned Sweden's ambassador to protest at comments from Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, a day after it hauled in Austria's charge d'affaires."(The) Turkish decision to allow sex with children under 15 must be reversed. Children need more protection, not less, against violence, sex abuse," Wallstrom wrote on her official Twitter account.Cavusoglu dismissed her comments as "the result of racism and anti-Islam sentiment in Europe ... It is a scandal for a foreign minister to tweet something like this based on false rumors. It is worrying that this campaign of lies, which started in Austria, has spread to Sweden."Her comments were in reference to a decision by Turkey's constitutional court last month to remove a provision in the penal code which identifies all sexual acts against children under the age of 15 as "sexual abuse".A Turkish official said the claim that sexual abuse of children under 15 would now go unpunished was "completely baseless" and that new legislation would go into effect before the court ruling does to plug any legal loopholes.On Sunday, Turkey summoned Austria's charge d'affaires to protest at a headline on an electronic news ticker at the airport in Vienna that allegedly read, "Turkey allows sex with children under the age of 15". Austrian officials played down the matter as one of freedom of the press.A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said the publication of such "slandering" news reports were encouraged by recent comments from Austrian politicians.Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has said the EU should end accession talks with Turkey, prompting Cavusoglu to refer to Austria as the "capital of radical racism". On Monday, Kern said that if the EU broke off accession talks with Turkey, this should not impact the migrant deal."If this deal depends on the illusion of accession talks, then we have a big problem," Kern told Austrian news agency APA.(Additional reporting by Julia Fioretti in Brussels, Tuvan Gumrukcu in Istanbul and Francois Murphy in Vienna; writing by David Dolan; Editing by Paul Carrel and Richard Balmforth)
Six people killed in PKK car bombing in Turkey's southeast: deputy PM-[Reuters]-By Seyhmus Cakan-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - A car bomb killed six people including four police officers and a child outside a police station in southeastern Turkey on Monday, according to senior government officials who blamed the attack on Kurdish militants.Twenty-one people, some of the police officers, were wounded in the bombing on a busy road between the city of Diyarbakir, the region's largest, and the district of Bismil, Deputy Prime Ministers Numan Kurtulmus said.The blast blew out the police station's windows and left the building's twisted metal frame exposed through the concrete and its roof partially collapsed, footage on CNN Turk television showed. There was also a crater in the ground outside.The dead included a civilian adult and a child of one of the police officers killed.Turkey's southeast has suffered some of the most intense fighting in decades since a ceasefire between the Turkish state and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) collapsed in July 2015.Monday marks the anniversary of the PKK taking up arms against the state 32 years ago. The group, which wants autonomy for Turkey's Kurds, is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and United States.The PKK launched its insurgency with simultaneous attacks on security forces in the southeastern towns of Eruh and Semdinli on Aug. 15, 1984. More than 40,000 people - militants, security forces and civilians - have been killed since.A broadcast ban was imposed on media coverage of Monday's bombing to try to stop information crucial to the investigation from being spread, an official at the governor's office said.(Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by David Dolan and Mark Heinrich)
Russia says it's edging closer to deal with US on Aleppo-[Associated Press]-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense minister says Moscow and Washington are edging closer to an agreement that would help defuse the situation in the besieged Syrian city Aleppo.Sergei Shoigu said in remarks carried Monday by Rossiya 24 television that "step by step, we are nearing an arrangement, I'm talking exclusively about Aleppo, that would allow us to find common ground and start fighting together for bringing peace to that territory, that long-suffering land so that people could return to their homes."Aleppo was once Syria's commercial capital. Fighting for the city has become the focal point of the nation's civil war, now in its sixth year.Russia and the U.S. have been discussing closer coordination in Syria, but they have been unable to reach agreement on what militant groups could be targeted.
33 killed, 28 injured as crowded bus veers off Nepal road-[Associated Press]-BINAJ GURUBACHARYA-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A bus filled with people traveling to their home villages in Nepal to receive the first government payments for victims of last year's devastating earthquake slipped off a narrow mountain road Monday, killing at least 33 people and injuring 28 others.The bus was heading to Kartike Deurali village, among the worst hit by the quake, which killed nearly 9,000 people in the country. The road — little more than a trail — was only wide enough for one vehicle to pass at a time and was slippery because of continuous rain.Home Ministry official Chiranjivi Nepal said 33 people were killed, but victims and relatives said many more may have died because the wreckage was scattered along the slope below the road and some areas were inaccessible."The bus stalled while climbing the hill and the driver tried to restart it, but the vehicle rolled backward and then slipped off the road," passenger Kopila Gautam said from a bed at the National Trauma Center in Kathmandu.Gautam said about 85 passengers were riding inside the bus and on its roof. It was also packed with bags of rice, lentils, flour and other supplies being taken to villages. Gautam was sitting on a sack of rice because there were no seats available.She said she and other survivors struggled to climb back up to the road.Pustak Guatam, a villager who reached the site about an hour after the accident to rescue his nephew, said bodies and wreckage were scattered over a large area."It appeared that the bodies were ejected as the bus rolled down the slope, so I am sure more bodies will be found," Gautam said.Mohan Giri, another villager who rushed to the hospital after hearing about the accident, said the bus was unusually crowded because many people were heading from Kathmandu to their villages to receive the first government grants for earthquake victims.The accident occurred near Khare Khola, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of the capital. Officials said the bus plunged off the road and rolled about 150 meters (500 feet).Army and police personnel were searching the area for bodies.Nepal's mountainous terrain, extreme weather and poorly maintained roads and vehicles often make for treacherous travel conditions. Many of the bus accidents in the country happen during the monsoon season, which begins in June and ends in September.
South Sudan's president says will consider U.N. troops-[Reuters]-By Denis Dumo-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan will consider a United Nations plan to send in troops and stop the country's episode of violence, President Salva Kiir said on Monday, confirming a softer stance toward a U.N. vote to send in extra troops.The U.N. Security Council authorized an extra 4,000 troops on Friday, something Kiir's spokesman immediately said the government would oppose. On Sunday, however, the information minister said the proposal would be considered."There are people who are accusing the transitional government of refusing and fighting the U.N. ... this is not accurate," Kiir said at a ceremony to reopen parliament."The transitional government has not met to declare its final position. Deliberations will come later on a final position," he said, without saying when the government might make a decision.The U.N. decision was a reaction to days of fierce fighting in Juba, the country's capital last month. The violence raised fears of a slide back into civil war in the world's youngest nation, which gained independence in 2011.Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had uncovered evidence of cold-blooded execution of civilians, including a journalist, by security forces during last month's fighting. The group also found evidence of civilians being raped by soldiers in the chaos of the fighting, it said on Monday.The U.N. made similar accusations against the military earlier this month.HRW criticized the U.N. for failing to impose a "long overdue arms embargo", calling for asset freezes and travel bans on those who carried out abuses. "The continued supply of arms only helps fuel the abuses on a larger scale," said Daniel Bekele, the group's Africa director.Ateny Wek Ateny, the president's spokesman, said he could not comment since he was still going through the report.Earlier, Kiir had said in his speech to parliament they were investigating reports of sexual assaults, calling them unacceptable.At least two civilians and a soldier were killed in fighting southwest of the capital on Saturday between Kiir's forces and troops loyal to his former deputy, Riek Machar. Each side blamed the other for starting the violence.The extra U.N. troops, described as a protection force that has the backing of African nations, will fall under the command of UNMISS, the existing 12,000-strong U.N. mission.The U.N. resolution threatens South Sudan with an arms embargo if it does not cooperate.Kiir said the government had serious concerns about the U.N. decision but was willing to discuss them to find the best way of "achieving our mutual interests".Political differences between Kiir and Machar first erupted into conflict in late 2013. A peace deal ended the civil war in August 2015, but sporadic fighting continued.Machar withdrew with his forces from Juba after violence flared in July, setting up a potential armed standoff.(Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Robin Larry King)
Mother's plea: Swap captive girls for Boko Haram militants-[Associated Press]-MICHELLE FAUL-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The mother of a kidnapped Chibok schoolgirl appealed Monday for Nigeria's president to free detained Boko Haram militants in exchange for the more than 200 girls held captive, as the Islamic extremists have offered.A Boko Haram video posted Sunday shows dozens of the 218 girls who were abducted from a remote school in April 2014, with one saying that "some" have died in military airstrikes.Nigeria's defense ministry disputed that Monday. "It is extremely difficult and rare to hit innocent people during airstrikes because the operation is done through precision attacks on identified and registered targets and locations," spokesman Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar said in a statement.In the video, one of the kidnapped girls begs their parents to press Nigeria's government to free detained Boko Haram members so that the schoolgirls can be freed in a prisoner swap."The government should just release the militants," her mother, Esther Yakubu, told The Associated Press. She wept when she watched the first proof of life of her daughter since her capture."All the girls that have been rescued have rescued themselves. Not any government has rescued them, no army rescued them," she said.Dozens escaped on their own within hours of the mass abduction of 276 students that shocked the world. In May, a lone Chibok girl escaped from the Sambisa Forest stronghold of Boko Haram, saying she was led to freedom by her disillusioned Boko Haram "husband."The Bring Back Our Girls campaign is also pressing for a prisoner exchange, saying President Muhammadu Buhari "rode to power" on the back of their cause but has done nothing tangible to free the girls. Buhari won March 2015 elections in part because of former President Goodluck Jonathan's failure to rescue the girls."Mr. Buhari can absolutely afford to trade terrorists' lives for schoolgirls," said human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe, whose Education Must Continue campaign is paying to educate some of the escaped Chibok girls in the United States.He questioned the president's sincerity, noting that Buhari said in May that he had not watched a proof-of-life video sent by Boko Haram to encourage negotiations, apparently as early as January.Officials are wary, noting previous negotiations have failed because officials have been duped into talks with the wrong people."We are being extremely careful," Information Minister Lai Mohammed said in a statement. "We want to be doubly sure that those we are in touch with are who they claim to be."A fighter who speaks in the video hints at who could mediate. "We want the government to know that ... we don't trust you, we only trust a few journalists."The video was posted Sunday by Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida, who lives in Dubai and is known to have good contacts in Boko Haram. Salkida said the video was sent to him by Abubakar Shekau's wing of Boko Haram.On Sunday night, Nigeria's military declared Salkida a wanted man, claiming he has "information on the conditions and the exact location of these girls."Salkida responded Monday that "my status as a Nigerian journalist who has reported extensively, painstakingly and consistently on the Boko Haram menace ... is an open book."
Third French beach town bans Muslim burkini swimsuit-[Reuters]-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
PARIS (Reuters) - A Corsican seaside resort on Monday became the third French town to ban the body-covering burkini swimsuit worn by some Muslim women, following weekend scuffles on the beach.The cities of Cannes and Villeneuve-Loubet have banned the burkini, arguing that the garment, which leaves only the face, hands and feet exposed, defies French laws on secularism.Socialist mayor Ange-Pierre Vivoni of Sisco, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, told BFM Television the burkini was not acceptable in his town."People here feel provoked by things like that," he said.He said he was not targeting Muslims but he wanted to get rid of Islamist fundamentalists on the island. "These people have no business here," he said.On France Info radio, Vivoni denied media reports saying that a scuffle on the Sisco beach Saturday night had been sparked by a tourist taking pictures of Muslim women bathing in a burkini."The brawl was not due to a burkini. Young Corsicans were defending tourists who were peacefully taking pictures of the landscape," he said.He said the ban on the burkini - the word is a combination of burqa and bikini - aimed to protect both people of North African descent as well as others in the community."The population of Sisco lives in permanent fear. There are many provocateurs here ... We are living on a powder keg," he said.(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Richard Balmforth)
Serbia tries to stem continued Balkan migrant flow-[Associated Press]-IVANA BZGANOVIC-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
ZAJECAR, Serbia (AP) — Over 2,000 migrants were prevented from crossing from Bulgaria and 24 people smugglers were caught in less than a month in an effort to curb the influx of people seeking to reach the European Union through the Balkans, Serbian border guards said Monday.Serbia has recently deployed joint army and police patrols on its border with Bulgaria where migrants have been arriving through illegal routes, mostly guided by people smugglers and often attacked and robbed by locals. Most of the migrants want to cross further north to Hungary before continuing to wealthier EU states.Serbia's military spokesman Jovan Krivokapic said that 2,275 people — mostly Syrians, Afghans and Pakistanis — have been turned back since the joint patrols were introduced on July 22. He said 454 migrants who were caught inside Serbia were transferred to refugee centers."They are trying to cross over mountain passes, through thick forests, along river beds by using the smugglers," Krivokapic told The Associated Press.He said that the smugglers increasingly use minors to help the migrants over the border — an attempt to evade harsher prison sentences leveled against mature offenders."Criminal charges have been filed against most of the smugglers and they are in police custody," Krivokapic said. "They are mostly Serbian citizens."Balkan nations closed their borders to migrants in March. Last year, over 1 million people crossed the Balkans as they fled wars and poverty in their home countries. After the closure, the numbers of those still attempting the route have dropped from thousands a day to hundreds.
Diseases rising among Syrians stranded at Jordan border berm-[Associated Press]-August 15, 2016-YAHOONEWS
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A doctor monitoring the plight of 75,000 Syrians stranded on the sealed border with Jordan says she's been told infectious diseases are spreading among them.Natalie Thurtle of the international aid group Doctors Without Borders said Monday that refugees with some medical training have told her they see about 30 cases a day of jaundice, likely a symptom of hepatitis.Thurtle says that's an increase from one a week before Jordan closed the border in June. She says diarrhea and respiratory problems are also common.The closure, a response to a cross-border attack by Islamic State extremists, cut off two desert camps from medical and other aid, except for a one-off food delivery last week and occasional water shipments.It's unclear how aid will reach the camps in the future.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)
YES ISRAEL-CHRISTIAN GOD HATERS AND KATE HATERS-KATE IS RIGHT ON HERE.
Kate Stoltz-@kate__stoltz-I think of thunderstorms as God's way of telling my haters that there are bigger forces than them
Six dead, 20,000 forced to evacuate in Louisiana floods-[AFP]-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
Washington (AFP) - Floods ravaged the US state of Louisiana Monday, leaving six people dead and thousands more forced to flee rising waters after days of catastrophic rainstorms.More than 20,000 people had to evacuate their homes and as many as 10,000 were living in emergency shelters, officials said, after rains pummeled much of southern Louisiana starting last Thursday evening.Over the weekend, rain accumulations totaled more than 20 inches in five parts of the New Orleans and Baton Rouge area.A spokeswoman for Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards, Shauna Sanford, said six people have been killed in the floods. Some 40,000 homes and business were reported without power.The White House declared four parishes -- equivalent to counties in other states -- major disaster areas."I fully expect that more parishes will be added to the declaration on a rolling basis," Edwards said in a statement in which he called the flooding "unprecedented" for his state.Television images showed residential areas covered in several feet of water, with cars and homes partially submerged.While US media reported that floodwaters had begun to recede in some areas, they were flowing into others.National Weather Service predicted that many waterways would remain above flood stage Monday. The agency continued to issue flood warnings, saying water in many areas would not recede at least for another day.The Amite River, the source of flooding for many areas, had risen 14 feet above flood level in one reading, besting a previous record flood in April 1983, the NWS said."Additional rainfall may fall over the flooded area with as much as half an inch up to one inch. This will aggravate the ongoing flooding and may delay water receding," the NWS said, forecasting the Amite won't fall below flood level until Wednesday morning.The White House action makes emergency federal funding available to support rescue crews and the eventual recovery.The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday began asking those affected by the floods to apply for assistance, and officials said 11,000 people had already registered.Officials reported that hundreds of roads, most in the southern parts of the state, were closed due to flooding."That's going to be the case over the next couple of days," Edwards said.- Dramatic rescues -The Louisiana National Guard reported that its soldiers rescued nearly 500 people and 61 pets in just the 24 hours between Friday and Saturday - by boat, helicopter, and using high-water vehicles."We've literally had hundreds of people who've brought boats in and have wanted to help," said Michael Edmonson, the superintendent of Louisiana State Police.In one dramatic rescue in Baton Rouge captured on video, rescuers on a boat pulled a woman from a car that had just slipped under water.The woman shouts, "Oh my God, I'm drowning!"A rescuer jumps into the murky brown water and pulls her out by the arm. When she tries to dive under for her dog, he goes underwater and reappears holding the dog.The NWS said other areas of the United States faced threats of flash floods this week -- from the Texas coast all the way up to the Ohio River Valley.The storms threatening Texas are the same that deluged Louisiana, said NWS meteorologist Gavin Phillips. "The low, as it's moved into the Texas area, it's weakened a lot," Phillips told AFP, so the state is not expected to get as much rain.
Louisiana flooding: How severe is it?-[Christian Science Monitor]-Max Lewontin-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
The rainfall that battered southern Louisiana has eased, but authorities stepped up rescue efforts Sunday as concerns turned to the impact of floodwaters that have forced thousands from their homes.About 20,000 people have been rescued, along with hundreds of pets. At least three people, possibly five, have died as result of the flooding, Gov. John Bel Edwards told reporters on Sunday, The Advocate reports.Efforts to rescue stranded residents continue, as the National Guard, the State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and other agencies have employed boats, helicopters, and other vehicles to aid residents.Ray Cutrer told CNN that the water took his family by surprise. He returned on Saturday to find the flooding had severely damaged his daughter's house while his own next door was unscathed. She and her husband are now staying with him while his brother is taking in another neighbor."We're just keeping them right here in the neighborhood, and we are all going to be working right here with them, cleaning it out," Mr. Cutrer said. "That is the way we can give back to this community.""This is a serious event, ongoing," Governor Edwards said at a news conference, USA Today reports. "It's not over." He said more than 10,000 people were in shelters, while President Obama granted the governor’s request for federal aid, declaring a disaster in four parishes.Parts of the region had been hit by 25 inches of rain, while as much as 30 inches of rain hit Watson, La., as of Saturday.As the weather turned sunny on Sunday, Edwards and other officials noted that concerns about the impact of floodwaters had not diminished. The governor called the flooding "historic," saying that residents should continue to remain inside."We are not in control as far as how fast these floodwaters will recede, and in fact they are still going up in some places," he said, according to USA Today.Gavin Phillips, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told the Associated Press that the low pressure system that battered south Louisiana has moved into Texas. But there is still a danger of fresh flooding as the swollen rivers drain toward the Gulf of Mexico and a chance of thunderstorms continues through the week, Mr. Phillips said.On Saturday, Derek Van Dam, a CNN meteorologist, said Baton Rouge received twice the amount of rain in one 24-hour period that it normally receives in the entire month of August. The August average is 5.82 inches, he said.Flooding hit the Amite and Comite Rivers, while the Louisiana National Guard has also employed high-water vehicles to rescue flood victims, including stranded motorists.On Sunday night, officials from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said they had recovered the body of a woman from inside a flooded car, possibly raising the death toll from the flooding to five, the AP reports.Some areas of the Amite River will not crest, or hit the highest point of a wave, until Monday, Jeff Gaschel, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service, told USA Today.The area had similar amounts of rainfall in 2001, but over a longer period of time, he said. The National Weather Service's flood warnings continued for some areas of the river on Monday.Louisiana's Department of Transportation and Development said about 200 roads were closed, including 30 washouts of state highways, the Advocate reports. An additional 1,400 critical bridges needed to be inspected before traffic can travel freely over them.
Forecaster sees 20 percent chance of cyclone near Cape Verde-[Reuters]-August 15, 2016-YAHOONEWS
(Reuters) - A tropical wave located few hundred miles south of the Cape Verde Islands has a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.The system is expected to move west-northwestward at about 15 miles per hour over the eastern and central tropical Atlantic this week, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.(Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
Myanmar monsoon floods kill eight, disrupt lives of 400,000-[Reuters]-By Aung Hla Tun and Wa Lone-August 15, 2016-YAHOONEWS
YANGON (Reuters) - Floods caused by monsoon rains have killed at least eight people and disrupted the lives of 400,000 across Myanmar, the government said, a year since the worst floods in decades left thousands homeless and inundated vast tracts of farmland.Weeks of torrential rains have flooded more than 400,000 acres of paddy fields, exacerbating last year's damage, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said on Monday.With a per capita gross domestic product of $1,244, Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in East Asia and the Pacific. Parts of Myanmar are flooded annually at the peak of the monsoon season, but the damage this year is being watched closely because reconstruction from last year is still under way.The reaction of the newly elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi is also being closely monitored."So far as we can confirm through respective government departments, a total of eight people have been killed in the floods as of Sunday," Phyu Lei Lei Tun, director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, told Reuters.She said the Ayeyarwady delta, Myanmar's major rice producing area, was one of the most badly hit. Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, has not experienced serious flooding.Some 174 people were killed and over 1.6 million affected last year. The floods were the worst natural disaster in Myanmar since Cyclone Nargis killed nearly 140,000 people in 2008."We're mainly focusing on providing healthcare to the victims and ensuring their access to clean drinking water and non-food items," Aung Kyaw Htut, deputy general secretary of Myanmar Red Cross Society, said.(Reporting by Aung Hla Tun; Editing by Nick Macfie)
Shallow quake in Peru kills at least 4, including US tourist-[Associated Press]-FRANKLIN BRICENO-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A shallow magnitude 5.4 earthquake centered in southern Peru's picturesque Colca Valley killed at least four people, including a 65-year-old U.S. tourist, and left some 30 injured as it toppled adobe homes, authorities said Monday.The quake hit at 9:58 p.m. local time Sunday (10:58 p.m. EDT; 0258 GMT) near the town of Chivay near the city of Arequipa, with an epicenter just 6 miles (10 kilometers) deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The U.S. man died at the Eco Inn Valle del Colca in Yanque, close to Chivay, when part of the hotel's ceiling collapsed on him, said local Gov. Cipriano Llasa."His body is inside the hotel because the highways are blocked and the prosecutor has not arrived," Llasa told The Associated Press by phone. The AP called the hotel repeatedly but the phone went unanswered.The victim's identity could not immediately be confirmed.The walls and roofs of dozens of adobe homes in Yanque collapsed in the quake, Llasa said. "A lot of irrigation canals are destroyed, too."He said the only way to evacuate the injured was by helicopter.Yanque is an hour's drive from a famed condor-watching outlook that is popular with foreign tourists.Peru's last major earthquake, of magnitude 7.9, hit on Aug. 15, 2007, and killed nearly 600 people in the coastal city of Pisco.
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
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.
THIRD ANGEL - TO DR DOCTORIAN-We are five angels from the five continents. of the world.
Suddenly I heard earthquakes all over Europe. Countries that have had no earthquakes shall be shaken, said the angel. And suddenly, in my spirit, I saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris crumbling falling down. A great part of Germany destroyed. The great city of London - destruction everywhere. I saw floods all over Scandinavia. I looked to the south and saw Spain and Portugal passing through hunger and great destruction.Many will die from hunger all over Spain and Portugal.
Portugal, Spain try to stamp out wildfires after deadly week-[Associated Press]-JOSEPH WILSON-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal and Spain kept battling scores of wildfires Monday after a week of the worst fire destruction in years on the mountainous Iberian Peninsula.Stoked by winds and high temperatures, the wildfires have killed at least four people in Portugal and one in Spain over the last week and forced hundreds to flee their homes.On Monday, Portugal's National Civil Protection Service said around 2,000 firefighters supported by over a dozen water-dumping aircraft were tackling more than 50 different fires throughout the country. One of the most stubborn blazes, however, had finally been brought under control a week after it started near the central town of Sao Pedro do Sol.Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa acknowledged the trouble his country has had in fighting the fires on so many fronts when he visited the scorched Arouca region."There have been a large number of fires in the country and our resources were pushed to the limit," Costa told the Portuguese press.In Spain, 10 water-dumping planes and helicopters helped over 400 firefighters on the ground attack flames in the northwestern province of Galicia, where fires have swept across 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) of land.Galicia's government said that there were seven active fires, four of which were under control, in the region that sits on the northern border of Portugal. It added that five firefighters were taken to the hospital — four due to smoke inhalation and one from injuries received in a road accident.Televised images from both countries showed residents dousing homes and nearby woods to try to stave off the flames through Sunday night and into Monday morning.Last week over a dozen major wildfires forced the deployment of almost 4,500 firefighters throughout Portugal. The worst fire swept overnight into the capital of the Atlantic Ocean island of Madeira, where it killed three elderly people, injured over 300 and razed homes and a hotel.Spanish police have made several arrests of alleged arsonists suspected of setting some of the fires.One particularly devastating fire on the Canary Islands was started unintentionally when a German man tried to burn his soiled toilet paper, sparking a conflagration that destroyed 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of forest on La Palma.
Wildfire rages into California town, burning homes, businesses-[Reuters]-By Dan Whitcomb-August 15, 2016-yahoonews
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A rampaging wildfire that descended on a small Northern California town over the weekend destroyed more than 100 homes and businesses, authorities said on Monday, as crews fought to save more dwellings from the flames.The so-called Clayton fire, which broke out on Saturday evening, was driven by fierce winds into the foothill community of Lower Lake, some 80 miles (129 km) north of San Francisco, burning everything in its path and forcing hundreds of residents to flee.A damage assessment team was working to determine how many structures were lost, said Daniel Berlant of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. But he added, "we know it's well over 100," mostly homes.There were no reports of casualties, Berlant said, but Lake County sheriffs deputies were investigating burned-out structures. The nearby community of Clear Lake was also evacuated.As winds died down on Sunday evening crews began to make progress cutting containment lines around the flames and putting out hot spots, Berlant said, but "we know that as temperatures heat back up again today it's likely fire conditions will increase.""We've got over 1,600 firefighters ready to go to battle again when that happens."The cause of the blaze, which has so far blackened more than 3,000 acres, was under investigation. Fire managers said it was about 5 percent contained as of Monday morning.The conflagration is one of 24 major wildfires burning across the drought-parched U.S. West which all together have charred nearly 300,000 acres.The so-called Chimney fire, which erupted on Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo County, had scorched more than 4,300 acres in less than 48 hours, destroying 20 structures and threatening some 150 others as hundreds of residents were told to evacuate.That blaze was only 10 percent contained as of Monday morning.The Soberanes fire, one of the largest so far this season, has burned through more than 72,000 acres near scenic Big Sur, destroying 57 homes and 11 outbuildings since it broke out on July 22. It was 60 percent contained as of Monday.A bulldozer operator died on July 26 when his tractor rolled over as he helped property owners battle the flames, the sixth wildfire fatality in California this year.Authorities have traced origins of the Soberanes fire to an illegal campfire left unattended in a state park about a mile from Highway 1. No arrests have been made so far.(Editing by Matthew Lewis)
Second night of violence in Milwaukee after police shooting-[AFP]-Olivia Hampton-August 15, 20160-YAHOONEWS
Washington (AFP) - Protesters threw rocks and fired guns in a second night of violence in a tense neighborhood of Milwaukee following the deadly police shooting of an armed black man.Police in riot gear moved in on the Sherman Park neighborhood in the midwestern city around 11:00 pm on Sunday (0400 GMT Monday) to disperse an angry crowd and restore order, eager to avoid a repeat of previous violence involving law enforcement that has shaken the nation.Officers at one point used an armored vehicle to rescue a shooting victim and rush the person to the hospital.A police officer was hospitalized to be treated for an injury after protesters threw a rock that broke the windshield of a squad car.An unspecified projectile was thrown at another officer, who was protected by a helmet, according to police.One squad car was damaged by thrown bricks, rocks and glass bottles.“Officers continue to have rocks thrown at them as they work to disburse small, disorderly groups in area around Sherman and Burleigh,” police said on Twitter, adding that armored vehicles were deployed to protect officers.Multiple arrests were made, it said without giving further details.Some 125 members of the Wisconsin National Guard were activated and placed on standby early Sunday to prevent a repeat of the arson, rock-throwing and shootings that occurred the previous night.But they were not called to the areas of the latest disturbances.Some locals reacted with shock at the degree of violence.“I’ve lived here for 30 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Dominic Lebourgeois told The New York Times.“I think it’s crazy, it’s ludicrous.”On Saturday, an angry crowd of at least 200 people took to the streets, torching at least six businesses, including a gas station and auto parts store that were destroyed, police said.Individuals attending the rally fired dozens of shots, apparently in the air.Violence broke out following the fatal shooting of a local man, Sylville Smith, 23.Even though Smith was said to be armed and had a lengthy police record, the shooting and its aftermath bore chilling echoes of a series of violent incidents involving law enforcement.Several police officers have been targeted and shot dead across the nation in recent weeks – including five in Dallas – following an outcry over the deaths of unarmed African Americans at the hands of police.- ‘I lost my brother’ -“I lost my brother. I can’t get him back. Never. Never. That’s pain. That’s real hurt,” Smith’s younger sister Sherelle said in an emotional plea during a vigil.“I can’t look my brother in the eye and say, 'I love you.’ I didn’t even have a Facebook to tell my brother I love him.”The shooting began when a car carrying Smith and another individual was stopped by two police officers. Smith and the other suspect fled on foot. Police then shot and killed Smith after he failed to drop a gun, according to the authorities.Mayor Tom Barrett emphasized that Smith had been holding a semiautomatic handgun, which was clearly visible in a still shot taken from the body camera of a police officer on scene.“That still photo demonstrates, without question, that he had a gun in his hand. And I want our community to know that,” Barrett said.The unnamed officer who fired on Smith was black, according to Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn. Fearing for his safety, he was now staying with relatives out of town.The officer has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard in such situations.Barrett, pleading for calm, warned that the city still faced “a very volatile situation.”- 'Tremendous restraint’ -“What you saw last night was tremendous restraint by our police officers. Not a single shot was fired” by police, Barrett said about Saturday’s outburst, which resulted in 17 arrests.One officer was taken to the hospital after being hit in the head by a brick thrown through a squad car window.The mayor said four officers had been taken to the hospital, but all had been released.A 16-year-old girl was shot – possibly by a stray bullet – and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The Latest: Milwaukee mayor: 10pm teen curfew to be enforced-[Associated Press]-August 15, 2016-YAHOONEWS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on violence in Milwaukee following the shooting of a man by police (all times local):12:35 p.m.Milwaukee's mayor says a 10 p.m. curfew on teenagers will from now on be strictly enforced.Mayor Tom Barrett said at a news conference Monday that youths and parents should take note that all teenagers must be off the streets by 10 p.m. He did not say what would happen to teens who are found outside in Milwaukee past the curfew deadline.The clampdown follows two nights of violent unrest in protest following the fatal shooting of a black man by police on the city's north side.Police Chief Ed Flynn says 11 men and three women, all from Milwaukee, were arrested Sunday for state disorderly conduct.Barrett also praised pastors and community group leaders who are engaged in trying to keep the peace, saying they are making the situation better.___12:25 p.m.City leaders have called on members of Milwaukee's faith community to continue to help to calm the unrest that's damaged a north side neighborhood following the police shooting of a black man.Police Chief Edward Flynn said members of Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope and other representatives of the faith community have gone to the neighborhood to try to tamp down violence.Flynn says he believes they have made a difference, resulting in less destruction Sunday night than the previous night. The chief says there were 14 arrests for disorderly conduct. He says seven law enforcement officers were hurt by rocks and other objects thrown at them or their squads Sunday.He says the police department's ShotSpotter technology detected 30 gunshots in the neighborhood overnight.___12:00 p.m.Milwaukee's mayor and police chief say outsiders are fomenting the unrest that has wreaked havoc in a north side neighborhood for two nights since a black man was fatally shot by a black officer.At a news conference Monday, Mayor Tom Barrett said those outsiders are trying to damage a great neighborhood, where he lived for 11 years. Barrett says he's concerned about the economic damage being done to the Sherman Park neighborhood.Police Chief Edward Flynn says the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith on Saturday was a flashpoint for underlying tensions. The chief says many people outside the neighborhood are using that for their own agendas.Flynn says three Milwaukee officers and four Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies were struck by glass or rocks in Sunday night's unrest.___9:35 a.m.The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says four deputies were hurt when demonstrators clashed with law enforcement for a second night in a Milwaukee neighborhood.Sheriff's spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin says the deputies were hit by concrete or rocks and that two of them haven't returned to duty.Two dozen officers in riot gear on Sunday confronted protesters who were throwing rocks and other objects at police near where Sylville K. Smith was fatally shot a day earlier. Police tried to disperse the crowd and warned of arrests.Police say an 18-year-old Milwaukee man was shot and seriously injured during the unrest Sunday. Officers used an armored vehicle to retrieve him and take him to a hospital. Police haven't said who shot the man, but that they continue to look for suspects.____6:40 a.m.Police say an 18-year-old Milwaukee man was seriously injured when he was shot during a late night protest over the police killing of a black man.Authorities said Monday that the man was shot during a second night of unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood on Milwaukee's north side. Officers used an armored vehicle to retrieve the injured man and take him to a hospital. There has been no update on his condition.Police say they are seeking suspects in the shooting.About two dozen officers in riot gear confronted protesters who were throwing rocks and other objects at police near where Sylville Smith was killed Saturday. There was no repeat of the widespread destruction of property that marred Saturday night's unrest.Police Chief Edward Flynn said Smith was shot after he turned toward an officer with a gun in his hand.___1:30 a.m.Police say they are making multiple arrests in Milwaukee after a second night of unrest over the police killing of a black man.The arrests follow skirmishes between protesters and police but without the widespread destruction of property that marked the first night after the man's death.Protesters earlier threw rocks and other objects at officers and police say shots were fired in a handful of locations. One person was injured by gunfire.The number of arrests was not immediately known.___1 a.m.Police say one person was shot at a Milwaukee protest on Sunday evening and officers used an armored vehicle to retrieve the injured victim during a second night of unrest over the police shooting of a black man.But there was no repeat of the widespread destruction of property.Some two dozen officers in riot gear confronted a group who were throwing rocks and other objects at police near where the black man was fatally shot a day earlier. Police moved in to try to disperse the crowd.Police Chief Edward Flynn said the man whose death touched off Saturday night's rioting, Sylville Smith, was shot after he turned toward an officer with a gun in his hand.
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