Friday, November 18, 2016
NO MORE CORRUPTION, SPANISH KING TELLS PARLIAMENT.
Madrid (AFP) - Spain's king on Thursday urged an end to the graft scandals that have long plagued his nation, as he opened a new session of parliament after nearly a year of political paralysis.The matter is particularly close to heart for Felipe VI, whose sister is on trial over the alleged illegal business dealings of her husband -- the verdict of which is expected by year-end.At the same time, ex-lawmakers and politicians from the ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) are on trial in one of Spain's biggest graft scandals -- the so-called Gurtel affair -- involving alleged kickbacks, fake invoices and Swiss bank accounts."Corruption... must become but a sad memory of a scourge that we have to defeat," Felipe VI said in a speech that was given a standing ovation, except from lawmakers belonging to far-left, anti-monarchy party Podemos, many of whom stayed seated.The parliamentary opening comes just weeks after conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took power again following 10 months of political limbo.The period was marked by two elections that produced no clear winner as upstart centrists Ciudadanos and far-left Podemos upset the traditional two-party system.Rajoy's comeback was only made possible after the Socialist party decided to abstain in a crunch parliamentary confidence vote in October, instead of voting against him.But unlike in 2011 when he came to power with an absolute majority, the PP only has 137 out of 350 MPs, meaning Rajoy will have to negotiate every bill with the opposition.Among the opposition are 71 lawmakers from a coalition made up of Podemos and smaller, former communist party Izquierda Unida, many of whom are anti-monarchy and showed it Thursday.Several lawmakers stayed seated during the national anthem, and subsequently refused to greet the king, Queen Letizia and their daughters Leonor, 11, and Sofia, 9 -- as is customary.Union leader and lawmaker Diego Canamero also wore a black sweatshirt to parliament with the statement "I didn't vote for any king."Meanwhile, Carolina Bescansa, a high-profile Podemos member, earlier tweeted a warning message to the queen."Letizia, if you're going to take your daughters to the chamber, be prepared for a campaign of unlimited insults," she said.Bescansa was referring to her own experience of bringing her baby boy to parliament in January, when it opened albeit without a fully-functioning government -- a move for which she was strongly criticised.
Germany urges Britain to stop blocking closer EU defence ties-[Reuters]-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen urged Britain on Thursday to stop blocking moves to strengthen defence cooperation among European Union members, saying the efforts were urgently needed to deal with changing threats."The biggest resistance is coming from the British," von der Leyen told weekly newspaper Die Zeit. "And there we ask for fairness: Whoever is leaving the EU should not in their last metres block the caravan."Britain, whose citizens voted in June to quit the EU, has expressed concern together with Poland and the Baltic states that moves to bolster European defence cooperation could weaken the NATO alliance.Von der Leyen said Germany viewed U.S. participation in the alliance as a cornerstone of its security, but it was now clear to Europeans that the United States would no longer "automatically compensate for European passivity."She said the election of Republican Donald Trump could be a wake-up call for Europe to improve the efficiency of its defences and increase cooperation in the face of threats such as Islamist terrorism and Russia's disrespect for long-established borders."The USA will always be our most important and closest partner, but we Europeans cannot derive our strength from that of America and its will to show presence in the world, or not," she said. "Europe must decide whether it wants to shape events or be a pawn."During the election campaign, Trump said that, as president, he might not come to the aid of countries that did not spend enough on defence, calling into question the collective security guarantee on which NATO depends.Von der Leyen said the EU's current military structure had glaring inefficiencies, that led to the "waste of huge amounts of money," including the use of 37 different types of armoured vehicles, 12 refuelling planes and 19 fighter jets.She said she hoped an EU summit next month would send a signal to the United States that "Europe is investing more in its common security".But she stressed that the leaders were not focused on building a European army, saying that would require changes in treaties. "Currently there are no majority or prospects for that," she said. "I'm focused on what's doable."(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)
U.S. Mideast intelligence analysts felt superiors distorted findings-[Reuters]-By Idrees Ali-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Officials in the U.S. military's Central Command, which oversees combat operations in the Middle East and South Asia, were much more likely than counterparts elsewhere to believe superiors distorted or suppressed their analyses, according to a government intelligence survey.Results of the December 2015 survey are likely to reinforce questions in Congress and elsewhere about whether the administration is pressuring officials to make over-optimistic claims about progress against Islamic State and the Taliban to help U.S. President Barack Obama leave office in January on a high note.The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) survey, which had not been reported until now, was one of the main topics of a House intelligence committee hearing on Thursday.In one of its more striking findings, only 36 percent of Central Command officials surveyed said they were confident that their mid- and senior-level managers were not deliberately distorting or suppressing their analyses.The average for the other eight U.S. military commands, which include those in the Pacific, Africa and Europe, was 72 percent.Central Command directs the American military missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and South Asia. Its analysts typically assess intelligence such as potential targets for bombing and an enemy's strength.Asked if "anyone attempted to distort or suppress analysis on which you were working in the face of persuasive evidence," 40 percent of the CENTCOM respondents said yes, compared to an average of 13 percent.The survey found that when that question was asked, 65 percent of the command's respondents said "politicization" was an issue."The data suggests respondents from Central Command believe their workplace adheres to objectivity standards relatively less than do workplaces of their IC counterparts," the report said, using an acronym for the U.S. intelligence community.-SPY CHIEF-Outgoing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the situation at Central Command had improved in the 2016 survey. Clapper told a congressional intelligence hearing on Thursday that CENTCOM objectivity numbers were now similar to those in other combatant commands."I do think there is, by virtue of the change in commanders and...(there) has been a change in the atmosphere there and so I've been encouraged by the trends particularly this year," Clapper said.CENTCOM did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Separately, Clapper told the hearing that he had submitted his letter of resignation but would stay until the end of the Obama administration.The survey has been conducted annually since 2006 and about 4,000 analysts and managers responded to it, including 125 CENTCOM analysts and managers. It cautions, however, that because responses were voluntary, "care should be taken when broadly interpreting results" for each command.Officials in other U.S. intelligence agencies said the Central Command issues were not the product of pressure from White House or other senior officials, and played a minor role in the administration's public claims of progress against Islamic State and the Taliban, many of which have proved to be overly optimistic.That is true, these officials said, because much of the Central Command analysis consists of daily bomb damage assessments and other situation reports, not strategic intelligence, and constitutes only a small part of the material that finds its way from numerous other intelligence agencies, including the CIA and the National Security Agency, into the President's daily intelligence briefing.Nevertheless, the findings of the survey, which was posted with no notice last month on a remote part of the ODNI website, are likely to raise questions about intelligence assessments provided by Central Command.Earlier this year, a U.S. congressional report said Central Command painted too rosy a picture of the fight against Islamic State in 2014 and 2015 compared with the reality on the ground and grimmer assessments by other analysts.The Defense Department Inspector General is investigating the findings and is expected to issue a separate report, military officials said.(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Alistair Bell)
SIGNS IN THE SUN, MOON AND STARS-CHEMICAL WEAPONS
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences;(BIOLOGICAL/CHEMICAL/NUCLEAR) and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
U.N. set to extend inquiry into Syria toxic gas attacks: diplomats-[Reuters]-By Michelle Nichols-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council was set to approve on Thursday a one-year extension of an international inquiry charged with laying blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said, paving the way for a showdown over how to punish those responsible.Russia has said it wants the inquiry to be broadened to look more at the "terrorist chemical threat" within the region and the draft resolution to renew the mandate includes language to reflect that request, diplomats said.The inquiry by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), set up by the council a year ago, has already found that Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks and that Islamic State militants had used mustard gas.Syria's government has denied its forces had used chemical weapons during the country's nearly six-year-old civil war.France, Britain, the United States and other council members have said that after the renewal of the inquiry on Thursday, they hope to start negotiations on a draft resolution to punish those blamed for the attacks, likely with U.N. sanctions.However Russia, an ally of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, has said the inquiry's findings cannot be used to take action at the U.N. Security Council and that the Syrian government should investigate the accusations.Last week the OCPW's executive body voted to condemn the use of banned toxic agents by the Syrian government and Islamic State militants.Chlorine's use as a weapon is prohibited under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Syria joined in 2013. If inhaled, chlorine gas turns to hydrochloric acid in the lungs and can kill by burning lungs and drowning victims in the resulting body fluids.Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013 under a deal brokered by Moscow and Washington. The Security Council backed that deal with a resolution that said in the event of non-compliance, "including unauthorized transfer of chemical weapons, or any use of chemical weapons by anyone" in Syria, it would impose measures under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter.Chapter 7 deals with sanctions and authorization of military force by the Security Council. The body would need to adopt another resolution to impose targeted sanctions - a travel ban and asset freeze - on people or entities linked to the attacks.(Editing by James Dalgleish)
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.
Relentless smoke spreads fear at edge of southern wildfires-[Associated Press]-JEFF MARTIN-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
TIGER, Ga. (AP) — Thick smoke has settled over a wide area of the southern Appalachians, where dozens of uncontrolled wildfires are burning through decades of leaf litter, and people breathe in tiny bits of the forest with every gulp of air.It's a constant reminder of the threat to many small mountain communities, where relentless drought and now persistent fires and smoke have people under duress."A lot of the ladies just went to tears and said this happens in other places, it doesn't happen here," pastor Scott Cates said as townspeople donated water, cough drops and other supplies for the firefighters at the Liberty Baptist Church in Tiger, Georgia.Here, these fires don't sleep. They burn through the night, through the now-desiccated tinder of deciduous forests accustomed to wet, humid summers and autumns."It doesn't die down after dark," says fire Capt. Ron Thalacker, who came from Carlsbad, New Mexico, with a fire engine that now draws water from streams and ponds to spray on hotspots in Georgia's Rabun County, near the epicenter of the southern fires.Large, wind-driven fires that scorch pine forests in the West often burn in the tree tops and mellow out at night, but these fires are clinging to the ground and actively burning 24 hours a day, said firefighter Chad Cullum of Billings, Montana.Cullum spoke briefly, as flames rolled down a mountainside behind him. Then he ordered everyone to get out. "We need to leave," he said sternly, ushering people to move down a rocky dirt road.More than 5,000 firefighters and support personnel, including many veterans of wildfires in the arid West, and 24 helicopters are battling blazes in the fire zone, which has spread from northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee into eastern Kentucky, the western Carolinas and parts of surrounding states.Nationally, "there's a pretty good ability to help out the South right now," said Jennifer Jones, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Forest Service. Reinforcements have arrived from at least 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, she said this week.One man died Wednesday on eastern Kentucky's Mountain Parkway, where smoke decreased visibility. Kentucky State Police said about 14 others were injured in a series of wrecks on both sides of the road.Trooper Scott Ferrell said a coal truck driver died when he got out of his truck to check on a driver whose vehicle had hit the truck and then was hit by a third vehicle. About 15 vehicles were involved in the chain reaction collisions that closed the highway for nearly 10 hours, Ferrell said.More than 30 large fires remain uncontained, and overall, a total of 128,000 acres has burned, or about nine times the size of Manhattan.Firefighters got a lucky break when a fire reversed direction, turning away from the Trail of Tears, which marks the route where the Cherokee and other Indians were forcibly removed from their lands in the 1800s. In national forests, following procedures approved by the tribes, heavy equipment isn't allowed within 750 feet of the trail bed unless life or property is threatened, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Terry McDonald said.Tim Free, a lifelong resident of Rabun County, broke down with emotion as he described how elderly neighbors are struggling with relentless smoke, so thick it blocks the sun. "What we're fortunate to have here is people who care about people," he said.Volunteers gather each day at Liberty Baptist to assemble "care kits" for the firefighters; more than 1,800 have been delivered so far. Local schoolchildren write letters of encouragement, which are tucked inside.As several women assembled care packages Tuesday, Brittany Keener said "we really need lubricating eye drops!"Anyone living through this smoke needs them, but particularly people working to contain the blazes in the forests, where Keener said a burning ember fell into one firefighter's eye."Anybody that's outside of their homes is going to have to have something that will basically lubricate their throats — cough drops, lozenges or even a stick of peppermint," Free said. "Just to get a little lubricant in your eyes is something that's needed daily because of the smoke."Just across the state line in North Carolina, three firefighters were battling the Party Rock fire near the town of Lake Lure after driving 23 hours from Albuquerque, New Mexico."There was a request for help. We have units available to assist," Edward Nieto said.There hasn't been a fire in the Lake Lure area in a long time, so the forest floor is thick with flammable material, and falling autumn leaves are encouraging the flames to spread, said Victoria Tillotson, a spokeswoman with the North Carolina Forest Service.A total of 850 people were fighting the Party Rock blaze, which grew to more than 5,700 acres on Tuesday and was still just 19 percent contained, she said.Randle Montgomery recalled watching television coverage of wildfires in California and considering himself lucky. He never expected a 4,500-acre blaze to threaten Lake Lure, where he works, and Black Mountain, where he's lived for 16 years."The way this thing takes off, they'll get it contained, and it just depends on the wind, but it's turned so many times on us," said Montgomery, 47. "And it's got everybody pretty much on edge."Tom Stokesberry, an emergency medical technician from Six Rivers National Forest in California, arrived in Georgia's Rabun County on Veterans Day."The goal is to keep this line intact," Stokesberry said, pointing to a narrow, winding dirt road between a burning mountainside and a pasture that, so far, has been untouched by the fire. Just beyond it is a farmhouse. It wasn't clear whether the property had been evacuated.Burning trees falling across creeks and roads are an ever-present threat. "A tree drops across the creek and now you've got fire on the other side," Thalacker explains.The smoke is hiding the sun in town, but out at the fire's edge, it appears blood red."We call that the red eye of the dragon," Cullum says.___Associated Press writers Tom Foreman Jr. contributed from North Carolina and Jonathan Mattise from Tennessee.
Wildfires scorch U.S. Southeast, forecast adds to concerns-[Reuters]-By Rich McKay-November 15, 2016-YAHOONEWS
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Dozens of wildfires burned in the U.S. Southeast on Tuesday, scorching tens of thousands of acres of forest and sending plumes of smoke across hundreds of miles of western North Carolina, northern and central Georgia and parts of eastern Tennessee.Air quality alerts were issued across swaths of those states, with hazy smoke reaching as far south as Atlanta and north to Knoxville, Tennessee. People in the affected areas were urged to stay indoors or limit outside activity, officials said.The fires could take weeks to extinguish, and a lack of rain in the forecast has added to concerns, said Wendy Burnett, spokeswoman for the Georgia Forestry Commission."The extended drought across the Southeast is the number one culprit," Burnett said in an interview. "Rain is going to be what it takes to knock this down anytime soon. We're doing every rain dance we know."North Carolina has been the hardest hit with more than 36,800 acres in western parts of the state burning in 15 major fires that are in various stages of being controlled, according to the governor's office.North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has ordered a state of emergency in 25 counties. The fires closed parts of the Appalachian Trail, along with parks, roads and stretches of highways, and forced the evacuation of about 1,000 residents, the governor's office said in a statement.In Georgia, more than 28,000 acres are burning, according to Burnett, forcing the evacuation of about 60 homes. The largest fire is on the Rough Ridge in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, she said, with about 19,500 acres burning.That blaze was caused by a lightning strike, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Michelle Burnett, while several others on federal land remain under investigation.In Tennessee, nearly 16,000 acres have burned in 67 active fires, according to the state Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry.Arson is suspected in at least one major fire in Tennessee, according to local news accounts. Others were caused by camp fires, farm equipment and a tossed cigarette, officials and state websites said."It's been so dry, that one spark is all it takes to burn a forest," said the Georgia Forestry Commission's Burnett.(Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Alan Crosby)
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)
Storm lashes New Zealand quake zone, more buildings evacuated-[Reuters]-By Lincoln Feast-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Reuters) - Rain and strong winds battered central New Zealand on Thursday, threatening further damage just days after a powerful earthquake killed two people and devastated parts of the country's South Island with huge landslides.More than 1,000 tourists and residents have been evacuated from the small seaside town of Kaikoura by a fleet of helicopters and a New Zealand naval vessel since the 7.8 magnitude quake struck early on Monday.Kaikoura, a fishing town and popular whale-watching base ringed by steep mountains, was completely cut off by landslides covering the coastal road and rail corridor.Further helicopter evacuations from Kaikoura on Thursday had been disrupted due to the bad weather, said Sarah Stuart-Black, director of the Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management."We are really concerned about the changing weather situation," she told reporters. "It could mean that there's an increased risk of further landslides, obviously surface flooding, so we want people to be safe."An inland road to Kaikoura, briefly reopened to emergency vehicles, was closed due to more landslides, officials said.Warships from Australia, Canada and the United States, in the country for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary, had arrived in Kaikoura to assist with the recovery.“The ships, crews and maritime helicopters provided by our partner militaries have given us a great deal of flexibility in supporting the national relief effort,” said New Zealand Joint Forces Commander Major General Tim Gall.Most of the tourists evacuated to Christchurch, the South Island's largest city about 150 km (90 miles) south of Kaikoura, had continued their journeys but around 130 people were being housed temporarily in Canterbury University's student halls.With damage expected to take months to repair, the government announced a NZ$7.5 million ($5.3 million) wage subsidy package to support small businesses in Kaikoura for two months."These companies ... are going to have a sustained reduction in their turnover to the point of almost nothing for a long period of time and that's why we think it's appropriate for the government to step in," Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce told reporters.Analysts at ANZ Bank said that, while the local economic hit would be significant, there would only be a "small dent" in New Zealand's overall activity, far lower than the 2011 quake in Christchurch that killed almost 200 people.-STRUCTURAL DAMAGE-In Wellington, as many as 60 buildings were damaged, including serious structural damage to three relatively recently constructed multi-storey buildings, one of which engineers said would have to be torn down.The government said it would launch an investigation into why the newer buildings had been unable to withstand the quake.More buildings were evacuated and roads cordoned off on Thursday as engineers assessed the damage.Wellington is bisected by several fault lines, and large areas of its business district are built on reclaimed land, raising questions about building practices in the capital despite some of the world's strictest codes."It is a concern, people do want to know the buildings they're in are going to be safe," Wellington Mayor Justin Lester told reporters. "Everybody wants a building to perform as is expected, so when it doesn't ... you need to understand how. There's no simple answer."The force of the tremor was most evident in the upper South Island, where parts of the coast moved meters. A team of volunteers rescued thousands of abalone, a large shellfish known locally as paua, that had been thrown up from the sea bed and left high and dry.A popular New Zealand fur seal colony near Kaikoura, where pups could often be seeing playing in a waterfall in a nearby stream, was destroyed by a landslide, Department of Conversation officials said.Civil Defence evacuated some residents near several rivers in the region where landslides from the earthquakes had blocked the rivers and risked dangerous collapses.Seismologists are still recording hundreds of aftershocks - some 2,000 have rattled the region since the initial tremor.Government body Geonet Science estimated an almost one-in-three chance of another 7-7.8 magnitude quake hitting the wider region within the next 30 days."We stress to Wellington that we need to be prepared," Lester, the mayor, said.(This version of the story corrects designation of Lester in final paragraph)(Additional reporting by Colin Packham in Sydney; Editing by Richard Balmforth and Paul Tait)
New Zealand evacuates quake-hit town, fears of Wellington building collapse-[Reuters]-By Lincoln Feast and Charlotte Greenfield-November 16, 2016-YAHOONEWS
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand emergency services and defense personnel evacuated hundreds of tourists and residents from a small South Island town amid more strong aftershocks on Tuesday, a day after a powerful earthquake killed two people.The 7.8-magnitude tremor struck just after midnight on Sunday, destroying farm homesteads, sending glass and masonry toppling from buildings in the capital, Wellington, and cutting transport links across the northeast of the ruggedly beautiful South Island.As aftershocks continued to rattle the region, emergency services cordoned off streets in Wellington and evacuated several buildings for fear one might collapse.Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the vacant building appeared to have suffered structural damage when the land it was on subsided in the quake. A fire service official said a major structural beam had "snapped like a bone".The town of Kaikoura, a base for whale-watching about 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Christchurch, the South Island's main city, remained cut off by massive landslips.Four defense force helicopters flew in to the town on Tuesday morning and two Navy vessels made for the area carrying supplies and to assist with the evacuation, Air Commander Darryn Webb, acting commander of New Zealand joint forces, told TVNZ."We're looking to do as many flights as we can out of Kaikoura today," he said.About 400 of the 1,200 tourists stranded in the town were flown out on Tuesday, including 12 injured people, officials said.One British tourist described cracks appearing on the road both in front of, and behind, the van in which she and her friends were driving to higher ground."The tide had gone back and the ground was cracking, so we obviously all went into a panic," Laura Taylor, a 24-year-old nurse from Sheffield, told Reuters, adding that the group then volunteered to pitch in and help the injured."We got to the hospital and I think we did 19 hours. It was a free-for-all, it was chaotic. We were petrified, but it was nice to know that we were able to help those injured people."The Red Cross, which used defense force helicopters to bring in emergency generators, satellite communications and water supplies, said water in the town was running out.Mark Solomon, a leader of South Island indigenous Maori Ngai Tahu tribe, which has tourism and fisheries businesses around Kaikoura, said a local Maori meeting spot had received 1,000 people since Monday morning. Many slept overnight in the communal hall or in vehicles outside.The tribe had fed them with crayfish, a delicacy for which the South Island town is famous. With no power, the tanks that hold the expensive crustaceans had stopped pumping."It’s better to use the food than throw it in the rubbish," Solomon told Reuters by telephone.-AFTERSHOCKS, WIND AND RAIN-China chartered four helicopters to evacuate about 40 nationals from Kaikoura, mostly elderly and children, late on Monday, said Liu Lian, a Chinese consular official in Christchurch.One Chinese citizen was treated for a minor head injury, Liu said, and 60 would be evacuated on Tuesday."They have been trapped in Kaikoura for a couple of days, some are maybe scared, they have some mental stress," Liu told Reuters, adding that many planned to continue traveling elsewhere in New Zealand, however.Other tourists also planned to continue trips, and travel agencies said they saw no drop-off in bookings, easing concerns about a major hit to the industry, New Zealand's biggest export earner.Gale-force winds and rain were hampering recovery efforts, and hundreds of aftershocks rocked the region, one of magnitude 5.4 being felt strongly in Wellington.Finance Minister Bill English said the government was well positioned to tackle an expected repair bill running into the billions of dollars, with low debt and budget surpluses."We are in about as good a shape as we could be to deal with this natural disaster," English told parliament.Civil Defense estimated the quakes caused 80,000 to 100,000 landslides. New Zealand media reported that three cows filmed stranded on a small patch of grass surrounded by landslips had been rescued by a farmer.Acting Civil Defense Minister Gerry Brownlee said New Zealand had accepted an offer of two U.S. Navy helicopters from the USS Sampson destroyer, besides an offer of help from the Japanese military.By the weekend, authorities hoped to reopen an inland road to Kaikoura from the south, he said.Workers have begun returning to Wellington's business district, which had been closed off on Monday to assess the risk to buildings.Several blocks were damaged, including the offices of Statistics New Zealand, which halted the release of economic data and said it would take months to return to the building.An A-League soccer match set for Saturday between the Wellington Phoenix and Australia's Melbourne Victory has been postponed because of damage to Wellington's 34,000-seat Westpac Stadium, officials said.New Zealand lies on the seismically active "Ring of Fire", a 40,000-km arc of volcanoes and ocean trenches girdling much of the Pacific Ocean.Christchurch is still recovering from a 6.3 magnitude quake in 2011 that killed 185 people.(Additional reporting by Swati Pandey and Nick Mulvenney in SYDNEY; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
DRUG PUSHERS AND ADDICTS
1 PET 5:8
8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.
21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)
Denver to become first U.S. city to legalize social marijuana use-[Reuters]-November 15, 2016-YAHOONEWS
(Reuters) - A measure that would make Denver the first city in the United States to legalize the use of marijuana in such venues as clubs, bars and restaurants is expected to get enough votes to pass, backers and opponents of the initiative said on Tuesday.The announcement comes amid a string of victories for proponents of medical and recreational marijuana use, with voters in California and Massachusetts approving ballot initiatives legalizing recreational use of the drug last week.The Colorado measure will permit private businesses to allow marijuana use by adults in designated areas with certain exceptions. Backers of the initiative said it would make Denver the first city in the country where cannabis enthusiasts can enjoy the drug socially without fear of arrest."This is a victory for cannabis consumers who, like alcohol consumers, simply want the option to enjoy cannabis in social settings," Kayvan Khalatbari, a Denver businessman and lead proponent of the so-called I-300 measure, said in a statement on Tuesday.While other states have authorized similar plans, Khalatbari said Denver would be the first to actually implement them. He said businesses in the city could start opening their doors to pot users as soon as late January.Approval for Denver's initiative was leading in preliminary vote totals from last week's election. While the city's elections agency said they would not certify results until next Tuesday, campaigns that supported and opposed the measure both agreed it had passed.Rachel O'Bryan, the campaign manager for the opposition group Protect Denver's Atmosphere, said by phone there did not appear to be enough outstanding ballots for the measure to fail."Back in 2012, marijuana legalization passed with a strong majority in Denver ... and now about four years later, I-300 passed with a much smaller margin. We think many voters voted in favor of marijuana legalization, but didn't want to see marijuana everywhere," she said.She said the bill's opponents are concerned about public safety as well as issues of second-hand smoke indoors. O'Bryan said she hopes the city council and possibly the state's Attorney General will closely examine the law to see if it runs afoul of provisions in state law barring public pot use.Recreational marijuana was first approved in 2012 by the states of Washington and Colorado, and later by voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. California, Massachusetts and Nevada all approved recreational use after voting last Tuesday.(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco, editing by G Crosse)
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, 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).
Alberta fish farmers fear for livelihoods as whirling disease quarantine continues-[CBC]-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
There are currently more than 45,000 kilograms of rainbow trout at Bob Allen's trout farm — but he isn't allowed to sell them thanks to a deadly fish parasite found in Canada for the first time last summer.His operation on the western outskirts of Calgary is one of the fish farms in Alberta under investigation for suspected whirling disease, which affects trout and salmon, and can cause infected fish to swim in a whirling pattern and die prematurely.Allen faces the possibility of going out of business."I don't know what to do," he said,. He said he has missed the fall season for fish stocking, which has already cost him about $100,000 in sales, and now it's costing him $200 a day to keep feeding the fish."It isn't even the money," Allen said. "I've been in business 55 years and it's kind of disheartening when you think you might lose your whole business."Allen said he should be able to stay afloat the next few months, but then may have to start selling assets.He's not the only one affected by the deadly disease.All Alberta commercial fish culture operations are under quarantine until each tests negative for whirling disease. The province has also ceased provincial fish stocking until each of the five facilities has tested negative for the disease.Whirling disease first reached North America from Europe in the 1950s, starting in Pennsylvania and spreading to places like Montana, whose fisheries were severely impacted in the early '90s.It hadn't been detected in Canada until Aug. 29, 2016, when it surfaced in Johnson Lake in Banff National Park, and has since been detected in more than a dozen other locations in Alberta.Another fish farm running out of feed-Roland Lines with the Alberta SPCA says another fish farm has told them they are running out of feed."The quarantine has become a waiting game for the fish farmers," said Lines. "We're concerned about their ongoing ability to care for the fish in an adequate manner, but also we're concerned that if fish have been identified as being infected with whirling disease, that they're being told to wait as opposed to dealing with the disease."Allen says his fish appear healthy, but if he is asked to euthanize them, he doesn't have many options left."I'll go on welfare, I guess."
HOMOSEXUALS.(SODOMITE RAINBOW GROUPERS)
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.
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,
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.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:(HOMOSEXUALITY,AND ALL SEX SINS)
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:(LESBIENS)
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,(SODOMITES) and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.(AIDS ETC)
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
GOD CREATED THEM MALE AND FEMALE IN MARRIAGE
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,(HAVE LOTS OF CHILDREN) and replenish the earth,(HOMOSEXUALS CAN NOT REPLENISH THE EARTH WITH CHILDREN)(BY HAVING SEX WITH EACH OTHER) and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
U.S. transgender people rush to legally change gender in wake of Trump's win-[Reuters]-By Sebastien Malo-November 16, 2016-YAHOONEWS
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Transgender people in the United States are rushing to legally change their name and gender with the help of volunteer lawyers due to concerns the community's civil rights could be threatened under the administration of president-elect Donald Trump.In a race against the clock, transgender people have been connecting on Twitter using the hashtag #TransLawHelp with lawyers offering to help them make the changes free of charge before Trump takes office on Jan. 20, 2017.Last week's victory for Trump has left many transgender advocates fearing a backlash against their community after the Republican candidate sent mixed messages on transgender rights during the campaign.Trump's choice for vice-president, Mike Pence, has rankled many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activists who are wary of the current Indiana governor's years of opposition to gay rights.Transgender software engineer Riley, who asked to be identified by a first name only, created the #TransLawHelp hashtag after first finding legal assistance to change name with a Twitter message posted in the wake of Trump's victory."I thought I might as well make it bigger," Riley said in a phone interview.Soon, Riley wrote on Twitter: "If you're a lawyer willing to offer pro-bono services for trans ppl to get their docs now, please use the HT #TransLawHelp."The 30-year-old New Yorker said that in the 24 hours following the post, the hashtag #TransLawHelp was used some 10,000 times according to a hashtag-tracking software.Riley acknowledged there was no clear indication that changing a name or gender on official ID cards would be made illegal under a Trump presidency, but added that distrust had prompted the initiative.Reports of slurs and attacks against people from minority groups, including gays, have been making the headlines since Trump won the Nov. 8 U.S. election."I'm a little terrified after the election," Riley said.Cassandra Kirsch, a lawyer in Denver, Colorado, said she was immediately on board after hearing about the online movement.Though she has not gotten a referral yet, Kirsch said she has begun putting together a group of some 200 attorneys who also want to provide transgender people with name or gender change assistance for free."Many attorneys like myself would not have known about the pressure for this need without the mobilization of individuals using the hashtag #TransLawHelp," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Her efforts will focus on helping transgender people change their gender marker on passports, a service that can usually cost a few thousand dollars in attorney fees, Kirsch said.(Reporting by Sebastien Malo, Editing by Katie Nguyen. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org)
The old me is gone': Rise in transgender children in UK fuels identity fears-[Reuters]-By Lin Taylor-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
BIRMINGHAM, England (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For most adolescent girls in Britain, shopping for a bra is a rite of a passage into womanhood. But for 14-year-old Alex-Jasper Vaughan, it was one of the most traumatic experiences of the teenager's life.Vaughan was born a girl but never felt like one. The unease started at the age of 10 and only intensified as Vaughan got older.Bullied for not wearing a bra by female classmates, Vaughan decided to buy one to stop their snide remarks."He absolutely broke down and sobbed at the shops," Vaughan's mother, Jo, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the central English city of Birmingham."He was grabbing at his chest and sobbing, 'I hate these, I just want them gone. I don't want to grow up, I don't want to be a woman'," she added.Vaughan is one of a growing number of British children coming out as transgender with some as young as three saying their gender identities do not match their physical bodies, a mental health condition known as gender dysphoria.But this rise has fuelled fears that children may be simply labelled as transgender when they could be gay, lesbian or curious about exploring their gender, activists said.A UK High Court case last month sparked controversy when the judge ruled that a mother "caused significant emotional harm" to her seven-year-old boy by forcing him to live as a girl.But sitting next to his mother in a quiet cafe, Vaughan said it was a relief to now live as a teenage boy."Alex has always been hidden away with the old me. But the old me is gone - I can truly shine as myself," he said. -DISTRESS-Referrals to Britain's only gender identity service for children have more than doubled to 1,419 in 2015/16 compared with the year before, according to The Tavistock and Portman mental health clinic, which runs the service.Polly Carmichael, a psychologist who heads the service, says in the 20 years she has worked in this field she has seen increasing numbers of children identifying as transgender or saying they do not conform to the gender they were born as.Though rare, some of her patients are as young as three."Young people experiencing gender dysphoria is a real phenomenon," said Carmichael at her London office."It can be incredibly isolating ... if you don't feel you belong in a particular category that you've been assigned to. Many adolescents do become very distressed and self-harm."She said the rise in children struggling with their gender identity is probably the result of greater awareness of the gender spectrum among parents and the children themselves, through the internet and other media.-'PUBERTY BLOCKERS'-One mother, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect her 10-year-old transgender daughter, said letting her daughter explore her gender before puberty was critical."If it turns out to be a phase, great, because that makes life a whole lot easier," she said during a telephone interview."But you can only find out if it's a phase by exploring that. Nobody should be forced to be living in a gender role they don't want to be in."She said her daughter, who came out as transgender last year, has started discussing whether to take 'puberty blockers', a reversible treatment that delays puberty for children under 16 so they can live as their preferred gender.For older children, there is an option to take testosterone for those transitioning from female to male and oestrogen for male to female transitions.Both treatments come with risks.Experts say puberty blockers can decrease bone density, and hormone therapy can lead to infertility in some cases.Not all young people want to physically transition into the opposite sex. Many simply need space and time to figure out their gender identity, Carmichael said.-PARENTAL PRESSURE?-Some critics say parents are the ones pushing children to become transgender.Campaigner Stephanie Davies-Arai said labelling children who do not fit into conventional gender stereotypes as transgender was too simplistic."It's presented as if it's a very progressive view ... but it's restricting us into thinking that boys and girls are gender stereotypes," said Davies-Arai, who runs the Transgender Trend website, and struggled with her female identity as a child.For Alex-Jasper Vaughan, the path is clear. He hopes to be on puberty blockers soon, and then hormone therapy so he can fully transition into a male."I understand the psychology behind it a bit more now. I see that he doesn't just want this treatment - he needs this treatment," his mother, Jo, said."And ultimately, whatever an individual does, as long as it's not hurting anyone else, why shouldn't we let them do it?"(Reporting by Lin Taylor @linnytayls, Editing by Katie Nguyen. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters that covers humanitarian issues, conflicts, global land and property rights, modern slavery and human trafficking, women's rights, and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org to see more stories)
CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)
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)
Japan agrees second nuclear reactor life extension since Fukushima-[Reuters]-November 16, 2016-YAHOONEWS
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved an application by Kansai Electric Power Co Inc to extend the life of an ageing reactor beyond 40 years, the second such approval it has granted under new safety requirements imposed since the Fukushima disaster.The move means Kansai Electric, Japan's most nuclear-reliant utility before Fukushima led to the almost complete shutdown of Japan's atomic industry, can keep No. 3 reactor at its Mihama plant operating until it is 60 years old in 2036.The regulator granted the first such approval in June to Kansai Electric's ageing reactors No.1 and 2 at its Takahama plant.The Mihama No.3 reactor, which will turn 40 years old in December, has been shut down since 2011 and a restart will not happen before Kansai Electric carries out safety upgrades at a cost of about 165 billion yen ($1.51 billion). The upgrades involve fire proofing cabling and other measures and are planned to be completed in March 2020.The regulator has been criticized for hastily approving the safety approval of reactors at the expense of safety.Opinion polls consistently show opposition to nuclear power following Fukushima. Critics say regulators have failed to take into account lessons learned after a massive earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)
MIGRATING BIRDS IN ISRAEL EATS HUMANS FLESH FOR COMING AGAINST ISRAEL-JERUSALEM
17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.(OF RUSSIAN/ISLAMIC HORDES AGAINST ISRAEL)
18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;(AGAINST ALL NATIONS ARMIES THAT COME AGAINST JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL)
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
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.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
U.S. spy chief says expects Russia plans to expand presence in Syria base-[Reuters]-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Director of National Intelligence said Russia was planning on expanding its presence at its naval base in Tartous, Syria to support its naval operations in the eastern Mediterranean.James Clapper also said he did not expect a "significant change in Russian behavior" when asked about Russia's hacking activities.(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Writing by Yara Bayoumy)
U.N. watchdog says Iran is endangering support for nuclear deal-[Reuters]-By Francois Murphy-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday that Iran was endangering support for a landmark deal with major powers by twice overstepping a "soft" limit on sensitive material.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report last week that Iran had slightly exceeded the 130-tonne limit on its stock of heavy water for a second time since the deal was put in place in January, although it had not concealed the fact and had proposed remedial action.The six other countries that signed the deal, including the United States, have been muted in their criticism. But there are questions about how U.S. President-elect Donald Trump - who has strongly criticized the deal and said he will "police that contract so tough they (the Iranians) don't have a chance" - would handle any similar case once he takes office.According to the text of a speech to the IAEA Board of Governors, agency head Yukiya Amano said it was "important that such situations should be avoided in future in order to maintain international confidence" in the implementation of the agreement.Last week's report said Amano had expressed concerns to Iran over its stock of heavy water, a material used as a moderator in reactors such as Iran's unfinished one at Arak, which had its core removed and made unusable under the deal.The international agreement places restrictions on Iran's atomic activities, monitored by the IAEA, in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic.Rather than setting a strict limit on heavy water as it does for enriched uranium, the deal estimates Iran's needs to be 130 tonnes and says any amount beyond its needs "will be made available for export to the international market"."Iran has ... made preparations to transfer a quantity of heavy water out of the country," Amano said. "Once it has been transferred, Iran's stock of heavy water will be below 130 metric tonnes."Last week's report said Iran had put the amount to be exported at 5 tonnes.At a news conference later on Thursday, however, Amano would not say when the transfer would be made, how much heavy water would be shipped, or where to.He also would not be drawn on whether the material had been "made available for export" as the deal requires, and as a letter sent to the agency by Iran this month said it had. "Please ask the Iranians," he said.(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Gareth Jones)
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
13 Thou shalt not kill.(Murder)(THAT INCLUDES ABORTION)
12 He that smiteth (MURDER)a man,(OR BABY) so that he die, shall be surely put to death.(THATS THE DEATH PENALTY PEOPLE)
Newfoundland and Labrador law to restrict abortion protests near clinics-[The Canadian Press]-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador has introduced a bill that would prevent protesters from coming closer than 50 metres from an abortion clinic and 160 metres from the homes of abortion service providers.The bill tabled in the legislature today would also make it illegal to protest or to photograph or film people within those exclusion zones.The issue came up last spring, after the Athena Health Centre in St. John's went to court to prevent demonstrators from occupying the space directly outside its Lemarchant Road clinic.The penalty for a first offence would be a fine of up to $5,000 and six months in jail. If a person is convicted more than once, the maximum penalty would be up to $10,000 and a year in jail.A similar law was upheld by the courts in British Columbia, and the Newfoundland government says it has modeled its approach on this legislation.The Canadian 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
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)
Syrian regime bombardment 'kills 25 civilians' in east Aleppo-[AFP]-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
Aleppo (Syria) (AFP) - Syrian air strikes and shelling killed 25 civilians in eastern districts of Aleppo on Thursday, a monitor said, on the third day of a wide-ranging regime assault on rebel-held areas.The bombardment hit at least six rebel-held neighbourhoods, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.At least 65 civilians have been killed in east Aleppo since the start of a regime offensive on Tuesday, the Observatory said.The renewed bombardment has shattered a month of relative calm in the devastated east of the divided northern city.An AFP correspondent in the eastern districts said explosions from barrel bombs dropped by aircraft had been heard since 10:00 am (0800 GMT).One of the air strikes targeted a civil defence centre in the Bab al-Nayrab neighbourhood with no reported casualties, the correspondent said.The Observatory said rebels responded with shelling of the city's government-controlled western neighbourhoods.Once Syria's economic powerhouse, Aleppo has been roughly divided into a regime-controlled west and a rebel-held east since 2012.No aid has entered the city's eastern neighbourhoods since government troops surrounded them in mid-July, and humanitarian organisations said this week food aid stockpiled there had all but run out.- Six killed in Idlib -The recent bombardment has ended a period of relative respite in east Aleppo, where regime ally Russia halted air strikes on October 18 ahead of a series of brief ceasefires.Moscow said on Wednesday it had not carried out any raids on the city since that date.But Russia said on Tuesday it was launching a major operation against the Islamic State jihadist group and former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front, including in the northern province of Idlib.The province is mostly controlled by a rebel alliance known as the Army of Conquest, which groups Islamist factions with jihadists of the Fateh al-Sham Front.In Idlib, Russian strikes on Thursday killed six civilians from the same family including two children, the Observatory said.The strikes were on the village of Kafr Jalis, the monitor said, where seven civilians including two children were also killed in Russian strikes on Tuesday.The Britain-based group, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria for its information, says it determines what planes carried out raids according to their type, location, flight patterns and the munitions involved.An AFP reporter in Kafr Jalis said that Thursday's strikes had hit exactly the same neighbourhood as Tuesday's raid.Suleiman Zaynun, a resident in his 20s, told AFP that there were no rebel military headquarters in the village and that fearful inhabitants had started to flee after the second strike in three days.While some left the village carrying their belongings, others buried the dead, the reporter said.Syria's war has displaced more than half the population and killed over 300,000 people since it started in March 2011 with anti-government protests.Russia intervened in Syria in September 2015 in support of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
The Latest: Migrants, officers and residents clash in Greece-[Associated Press]-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the inflow of asylum-seekers and migrants to the continent (all times local):4:30 p.m.Police on the eastern Greek island of Chios have detained 37 people following overnight clashes between migrants, police and local residents.Police said the trouble started Wednesday nights when migrants from a camp in the main town, Chios, allegedly broke into a liquor store. When officers arrived they were attacked with stones, which also damaged cars and shopfronts.Authorities alleged that other migrants then broke into a fireworks store and launched fireworks at houses, whose residents gathered to confront them.About 100 migrants erected barricades to stave off riot police, and the clashes lasted until early Thursday.Police say nobody was injured, but several cars and shops were damaged.About 2,300 people live in the Chios camp. Some 61,000 migrants are stranded in Greece after a series of Balkan border closures.___1:03 p.m.A migration organization says that about 340 migrants have died or gone missing in four Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over the past two-and-a-half days.Flavio Di Giacomo, Italy spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, says that brings to over 4,500 the number of migrants who have died or disappeared so far this year making the risky sea voyage, the deadliest year on record.Di Giacomo said Thursday that the recent toll includes a rescue overnight by Doctors without Borders of 27 migrants, who reported that more than 130 people had been on board their rubber dinghy when it sank. Seven bodies were recovered.Di Giacomo said the toll is increasing this year as smugglers are forcing departures despite rough winter seas.
Pakistan says it busts Islamic State cell linked to Syria-[Associated Press]-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's counterterrorism service says authorities have arrested eight alleged Islamic State militants who were taking orders from commanders in Syria.It said in a statement Thursday that the arrests were made the day before in the eastern city of Lahore. It says some of the militants planned to go to Syria or Afghanistan and that other members of the cell had already left.The authorities also seized laptops, mobile phones and jihadi literature.IS sympathizers have claimed large attacks in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, but it's not clear how closely linked they are to the group's leadership in the Middle East. Pakistan has insisted the group has no organized presence in the country.
U.N. expert questions legality of 'brutal' mass evictions in Nigeria-[Reuters]-November 17, 2016-YAHOONEWS
GENEVA/LAGOS (Reuters) - A U.N. expert asked Nigeria on Thursday for urgent information about a forced eviction of thousands of people from makeshift homes in Lagos, amid reports of brutality and possible breaches of human rights laws.Residents and a rights group said 30,000 people were forced from their bamboo homes illegally built in the city's Lekki neighborhood - a prime site for luxury apartments - despite a court order not to.In August, the Lagos state government gave residents who lacked building permits two weeks to move out of Lekki and other upmarket districts and authorities have demolished several shanty towns that it says are home to criminal gangs, making them a security threat, as well breaching building regulations.The U.N. special rapporteur on the right to housing, Leilani Farha, said on Thursday that four people were reported to have died in the eviction and others had complained of "brutal treatment"."It has been brought to my attention that the evictions may have involved the extreme use of force and fire by the Nigerian police force and Lagos State government, leaving individuals and families scrambling in the middle of the night to find safety and shelter," Farha said in a statement."What makes these evictions particularly concerning is that they were carried out in blatant disregard of a court order and have completely ignored international human rights guidelines on forced evictions."There was no immediate comment from Nigeria's government or Lagos state. Lagos police last week denied they had destroyed homes and said they had arrested several people for setting fire to them."In an urgent communication, Ms. Farha has asked the Nigerian government for information on the evictions, the methods used and their compliance with international human rights law," said the statement.Last week Amnesty International called on Nigeria to shelve plans to demolish more illegal settlements.Slums of makeshift housing are common in the poorest parts of Lagos, a city of 23 million people, which attracts thousands of people each day in search of work from across Africa's most populous nation and neighboring countries.Overcrowding in Lagos looks likely to continue. U.N. estimates suggest that by 2050, Nigeria's population - currently 180 million people - will grow to 400 million, making it the world's third most populous nation after China and India.(Reporting by Tom Miles in Geneva, Alexis Akwagyiram in Lagos and Felix Onuah in Abuja; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
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