Tuesday, December 27, 2016
STORMS STILL GOING ON IN CANADA AND AMERICA.
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)
More snow, high winds headed for B.C. on Boxing Day-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-December 26, 2016
Heavy snow and high winds are in store for Boxing Day in much of B.C. with a Pacific frontal system blowing across North Vancouver Island and the Central Coast.Up to 90-kilometre winds are expected along this path, that may "toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break," warns Environment Canada."Winds up to 90 km/h over the exposed coastal sections will persist this morning."The weather system is expected to translate into 20 to 25 centimetres of snow on the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Hope and the Fraser Canyon, as some drivers head out out on the road after Christmas Day celebrations.While snow Inland Vancouver Island may be spotty, across the Lower Mainland — two to four centimetres is expected. Other higher elevations will see up to 20 centimetres.The Fraser Valley is expected to get up to 15 centimetres, while the Sunshine Coast can expect five to 10 centimetres.Howe Sound can expect up to 25 centimetres through to Dec. 27.Metro Vancouver will see a blast of white, with the Sea to Sky Highway receiving the brunt of the flurries with 20 to 25 centimetres expected to fall by Tuesday.Highway 16 between Smithers and Terrace will see snow moving inland, where 30 centimetres will fall near Terrace and visibility will be bad for drivers.
Winnipeg declares parking ban to clear snow-clogged streets-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-December 26, 2016
The city of Winnipeg is ramping up snow clearing efforts after a major winter storm dumped between 18 and 33 centimetres of snow on the city.A parking ban will come into effect starting at midnight for declared snow routes and will last until 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.Crews have been out clearing snow since Sunday when a powerful Colorado low storm began bearing down on southern Manitoba. A number of provincial highways have been closed due to blizzard conditions including poor visibility.Anyone driving on Winnipeg streets should use extreme caution, said Ken Allen, communications officer for the City of Winnipeg's public works department."The biggest thing to think about today is safety and the roads throughout the city of Winnipeg and throughout the province for that matter are pretty much clogged with snow," he said.About 100 pieces of heavy snow-clearing equipment hit Winnipeg streets Sunday when the first snowflakes began to fall, said Allen.The snowplows and front-end loaders are focused now on clearing priority streets like Portage Avenue, Main Street and Pembina Highway."Those are the roads that carry the lion's share of the traffic and obviously we have our transit system and other emergency vehicles that use those roadways," said Allen.-Delays to transit, emergency services-Winnipeg Transit is warning riders to expect delays while Handi-Transit has been canceled except for dialysis patients.Starting at about 7 p.m., about 400 pieces of heavy equipment will increase snow clearing efforts overnight on Monday and into Tuesday, said Allen."We're going to be focusing on all aspects of snow clearing in the coming hours and days," he said."Top priority is to keep those main roads open today."The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is currently experiencing longer than normal delays responding to calls, the city said.Response times are being monitored, the city said, and additional resources may be put on duty if necessary.-Back lane clearing begins Tuesday-Allen said back lane clearing will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday."The way we do the back lane clearing is we focus on the areas where garbage pickup is scheduled," he said.Recycling and garbage collection is delayed because of snow accumulation, said a city news release.The city asks that for residents whose collection day is Monday that they put out garbage and recycling bins again tomorrow.
Blizzard pelts U.S. Northern Plains, closing highways-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-December 26, 2016
(Reuters) - Below-freezing temperatures, snow and icy roads menaced the U.S. Northern Plains on Monday, forcing North Dakota and South Dakota to close major highways and warn people to remain indoors due to a winter storm that also swept across much of the Midwest.Rain and freezing rain also were possible over parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, where winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings were in effect, the National Weather Service said.Temperatures between 15 and 25 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 9 to minus 4 degrees Celsius) were expected from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes.Nearly every highway across North Dakota and the western half of South Dakota was shut down on Sunday night, or no travel was advised, the weather service said. Each state's transportation department reported multiple highway closures as of midday Monday."This winter storm system is forecast to continue on its northeast track, reaching Quebec by Tuesday," the weather service said.Bismarck, North Dakota's state capital, was hit by some 12.5 inches (32 cm) of snow, creating difficult conditions for those who had to report to jobs on Monday, a holiday for many in the United States."The North Dakota Capitol grounds haven't been cleared of snow, and I had to walk through knee-deep snow just to get to work," said David Schlecht, a security officer at the North Dakota Heritage Center, a museum next to the Capitol.The snow ended as the temperature plunged to 10 degrees F (minus 12 C), with a "real feel" of minus 20 degrees F (minus 29 C), according to AccuWeather.com.Farther south, rain and thunderstorms were expected ahead of a cold front passing through eastern Texas, the Tennessee and Ohio valleys and in the Northeast, the weather service said.New England could expect several hours of freezing rain on Monday and into Tuesday, when the precipitation could turn into snow.(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco and Daniel Trotta in New York; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
A Powerful Typhoon in the Philippines Left at Least Four Dead on Christmas Day-Time Magazine-December 26, 2016
A powerful typhoon that spoiled Christmas Day in parts of the Philippines, leaving at least four people dead and destroying homes, roared over a congested region near Manila on Monday with slightly weaker but still-fierce winds, officials said.
Tens of thousands flee as Christmas typhoon hits Philippines-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-December 25, 2016
A powerful typhoon hit the Philippines late Sunday, cutting off electricity to millions and disrupting Christmas celebrations for tens of thousands who fled its approach, officials said.Typhoon Nock-Ten made landfall in the eastern island province of Catanduanes at 6:30 pm (1030 GMT) with gusts of 235 kilometres (146 miles) an hour, the state weather service said.Officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the storm, one of the strongest this year to hit the disaster-prone archipelago on the Pacific Rim.The military and local governments earlier moved at least 102,000 people from the coasts, Catanduanes and the nearby Bicol peninsula, an impoverished region which is home to more than five million, provincial officials said."Most of Bicol is without electricity," Joaquin Berces, a member of the region's civil defence office told AFP as residents hunkered down in the dark."We stayed indoors for our own safety and we probably won't know the extent of the damage until tomorrow," he said by telephone from Legazpi city, the regional capital about 350 kilometres southeast of Manila.Communication and power lines have been cut in Catanduanes, he added.- Festivities abandoned -Experts had earlier warned of large coastal waves of up to 2.5-metres (eight-feet) high, floods and landslides.The typhoon was forecast to sweep west toward the country's most densely populated areas, passing just south of the capital Manila on Monday afternoon."It would pass over land overnight and we hope that would dissipate the typhoon's strength somewhat" before reaching the Manila area, state weather forecaster Lorie de la Cruz told AFP.She said maximum sustained winds during land fall were 185 kilometres (115 miles) per hour, far lower than the 250 kph winds estimated earlier by the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center.Nock-Ten, named after a bird found in Laos, struck on one of the biggest holidays in the mainly Christian nation, and one provincial governor offered roast pig at evacuation centres to entice people to abandon celebrations at home."Floods terrify me. Each time I hear about a coming typhoon I want to throw up," Criselda Buenvenuto, 68, told AFP as she joined neighbours sheltering at a school in the town of Santo Domingo in Bicol.The hunchbacked widow lived alone in the kitchen of her house after the rest of it was destroyed during a typhoon 10 years ago that killed more than a thousand people.In the village of Alcala on the slopes of the active Mayon volcano, about 100 babies, toddlers, parents and elderly people were the first to be trucked off to another school as rain and strong winds shook trees."There are large ash deposits on the slopes (of Mayon). Heavy rain can dislodge them and bury our homes in mud," said local official Alberto Lindo.- Clear the beaches -The government forced more than 12,000 residents to move away from the Catanduanes coast, provincial vice governor Shirley Abundo said on ABS-CBN television.In Camarines Sur province near Catanduanes, governor Miguel Villafuerte said on his Facebook page that nearly 90,000 residents were moved out of their homes as part of his "zero casualty" goal."Please evacuate, we will offer roast pig at the evacuation centres," he said in another post on Twitter.Civil defence officials in Bicol said earlier nearly half a million people in the region were in harm's way and needed to be moved out.All ferry services and commercial flights in the area were suspended.Some 20 typhoons or lesser storms strike the Philippines each year, routinely killing hundreds of people, and Bicol is often the first region to be hit.It prides itself on having sharpened its disaster response to minimise casualties.Rescue workers in Manila and surrounding provinces have been put on standby, evacuation centres opened and food and other rations stocked.The coastguard on Sunday ordered the beaches south of Manila to be cleared of holidaymakers by Monday, while residents of the capital's seaside slums were warned to leave their homes.Mammoth tsunami-like waves devastated the city of Tacloban and nearby areas when super typhoon Haiyan struck the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving 7,350 people dead or missing.
Winnipeggers brave winter blizzard for Boxing Day deals-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-December 26, 2016
Despite warnings not to travel, thousands went out to Winnipeg stores Monday for Boxing Day sales."The weather can't stop us," said Amritpal Singh, outside of Polo Park's Best Buy as his friend's car's wheels spun.Singh and friends got stuck in the parking lot on the way to the store to buy phones Monday afternoon.Spencer Smith, 26, went to CF Polo Park in search of new video games, clothing and electronics.It was a journey getting to the mall from the city's Transcona neighbourhood.He got stuck on the way and had to use a shovel to get out. "People were getting stuck right left and centre," he said.Smith said he was prepared to spend over $1,000 Monday while shopping at the mall.-'It was an adventure'-Davina Kelsey, 13, said she wanted to be the first in line to get deals at Polo Park.She and her mother came from Blumenort and stayed with friends Sunday night.On Monday, the snow did not deter them."It was an adventure," she said. "I want to be the first one to get those deals.Polo Park manager Deborah Green called Monday a 'really good' day.She said electronic door counters were keeping track of the number customers at the mall, but the final tally won't be known until Wednesday.Green said last year there was over 88,000 customers at the mall on Boxing Day in 2015, the busiest day they've ever had.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TR BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).
Analysis-Plan to 'revitalise' complex financial products lacks clear target By Peter Teffer-EUOBSERVER
Brussels, 23. Dec, 07:54-The European Union is trying to “revitalise” a market for controversial financial products, but one of the goals appears to already have been achieved without the EU's help.Securitisation is the packaging of loans, mortgages, or other contractual debts into securities that can then be sold on the market, together with the risk attached to those debts.It had an instrumental role in the financial crisis of 2008, but the European Commission says giving the securitisation market a boost can help the real economy.The commission has not given a target figure of when “revitalisation” will have been achieved, but spoke in a press release of going back to the “pre-crisis average”.The commission did not want to comment on the record, but one commission official said that if the market would return to average pre-crisis issuance levels, this would generate €100-€150 billion in additional funding for the economy.“This would already be a major achievement for the securitisation markets,” the commission official said.EUobserver looked at how average issuance levels have done so far, and found that more securities have been created through securitisation since the crisis than before the crisis.This website collected data from the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), a lobby group for the financial service sector, and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, its US-based counterpart.Taking a very narrow view, the "pre-crisis" years are 1996-2006. The average issuance of securities in Europe was €168 billion.When including 2007, the average was €203 billion. When including 2008 – when the financial crisis was in full swing – the average was €251 billion.Last week, AFME released data for the third quarter of 2016. The first three quarters of 2016 were the best three quarters since 2012.Taking the most recent data into account, the average annual issuance of securitisation since 2009, is €270 billion.Last year the figure was €216 billion.Even when correcting for inflation, the post-crisis period is already better than the pre-crisis period.Converting the averages to today's prices, the average since 2009 is €282 billion, compared to a 1996-2007 average of €244 billion.One could, therefore, argue that securitisation has on average already reached pre-crisis levels again.But according to Anna Bak, a manager at the securitisation division of AFME, the financial sector lobby group, looking at the creation of securities is not enough. They also need to be sold.“The commission's securitisation proposal will be a success when we see a trend towards more securities being placed on the market in Europe,” Bak told EUobserver.In recent years, financial institutions have bundled loans, mortgages, or other contractual debts, but often kept them on their balance sheet, instead of selling off the risks to those debts.“A lot of securitisation done today is done by banks to obtain collateral, to be eligible for ECB credit,” said Bak, referring to the European Central Bank. Collateral is something a lender can seize if the borrower does not pay back a loan.The EU commission official, who would speak only when not being named, also noted that “while in 2007 69 percent of issuance was placed, today only 35 percent is placed, the rest being retained by issuers”.“The market has not revitalised itself, it is instead stuck to issuance levels of the early 2000s,” the official noted, indicating that these levels are apparently too low.-'Helpful' to small businesses-The commission has argued that securitisation would help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), although former capital markets commissioner Jonathan Hill acknowledged it had no concrete evidence of that.Indeed, a regular survey of the ECB said in November that access to capital is a decreasing concern for SMEs. They are more worried about other challenges, like finding customers and the cost of production and labour.Yet AFME still thinks securitisation can help.“Securitisation is not going to solve all problems, but it is helpful. It should not be banned or treated as toxic waste,” said Bak.
Top court strikes down EU Western Sahara policy By Aleksandra Eriksson-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, 23. Dec, 09:21-Africa's last colony hopes a judgment by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will help clear obstacles to its self-determination.The EU court ruled on Wednesday (21 December) that two EU deals with Morocco - a cooperation agreement signed in 2000, and a 2012 trade pact - don't apply to Western Sahara, a territory annexed by Rabat and kept under military control since 1975."This ends the EU's double language, where it officially declares that Western Sahara isn't part of Morocco, but still signs agreements with Rabat which it knows will include Western Sahara," said Mhamed Khadad, a senior member of the Polisario Front, the Saharawi liberation movement."The court said clearly that Western Sahara isn't part of Morocco. It is a non-autonomous territory, where Morocco is an occupying power," he told a news conference in Brussels on Thursday.The judgment could have great consequences for EU companies operating in the occupied territories on the basis of arrangements with Rabat."These companies are now left without a legal framework," said Gilles Devers, the Polisario Front's lawyer."We have given them 15 days to either leave, or contact the legitimate representative of Western Sahara, namely the Polisario Front, and regularise their presence," he said.Some of those that set up shop in occupied Western Sahara are Siemens and Enel, which have invested there in solar thermal plants and windmills. Another two are Idyl and Azura, two French farming companies.The EU court said that the EU Council, representing EU governments, and the European Commission were aware that Morocco would apply the trade agreements to Western Sahara, which it considers an integral part of the kingdom.During the process, the EU executive admitted that companies located in Western Sahara were on its list of exporters benefiting from preferential access to the EU market, and also carried out sanitary and veterinary checks of their facilities.The court said “the EU intended to implement those agreements in a manner incompatible with the principles of self-determination” and that Saharawi people should have given their consent to the extension of the deals to Western Sahara.Judges ordered the commission to pay the Polisario Front import taxes for Saharawi products unduly exported under the agreements during the last 16 years.The representatives of Western Sahara say Morocco wouldn't be able to afford the occupation of Western Sahara without EU economic activities.-Saharawi celebrations-News of the ruling, which is definitive, was met with celebrations in Saharawi refugee camps in southern Algeria.Last year, a lower court partially cancelled the 2012 EU-Morocco trade liberalisation agreement, insofar as it applied to Western Sahara, after a challenge by the Polisario Front.It also recognised the Polisario Front as the sole legitimate representative of the Saharawi people.The ruling had Morocco suspend diplomatic ties with the EU. They were only resumed when the EU foreign service appealed the ruling.On Wednesday, the EU foreign service (EEAS) issued a joint statement with Morocco's government to confirm their good relations and said the EU-Morocco trade pact remained in force."The court found the action for annulment of the agreement brought by the Polisario Front inadmissible," they wrote in their communique.They said the court gave the EU Council right, as it annulled the lower court's ruling.Morocco's foreign minister delegate Nasser Bourita furthermore told Associated Press that the ruling allowed for EU-Morocco trade to resume after the lower court had put the pact on hold.Polisario's lawyer Devers said it was good that the EU and Morocco welcomed the ruling: "They aren't contesting a ruling which says that Western Sahara isn't part of Morocco, and calls Morocco an occupying power.""They focus on the fact that the Polisario Front's action was deemed inadmissible, which to us, is the most beautiful victory," he added, because one of the conditions to introduce a process before the EU court is that one is directly affected by the matter.-Legal standing-"The court considers the action of the Polisario Front inadmissible precisely because Western Sahara isn't part of Morocco. The agreement between Morocco and the EU doesn't concern it any more than Italy can have a say over the business of Spain," Devers said.The court also didn't overrule the lower tribunal's recognition of the Polisario Front as the legitimate representative of Saharawi people, nor that it had the right to stand before EU courts.Asked for clarifications by this website on Thursday, the commission couldn't say who had won the process."We are closely examining the full implications of the judgment. I'm afraid I cannot add more than what has been published," a spokeswoman said.Already during the legal process, the commission cancelled upcoming inspections of companies located in Western Sahara."We are confident the EU will apply this ruling," said Gilles Devers.The ECJ ruling could also have consequences for EU companies fishing the waters of Western Sahara.Polisario Front has introduced another challenge to the 2013 EU-Morocco fisheries agreement, under which the EU pays Rabat to allow European fishermen to fish mostly the waters off Western Sahara.The legal representatives of the Polisario Front say this is an even more apparent breach of Saharawi rights.
Italy steps in with €20bn to save failing bank By Eszter Zalan-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, 23. Dec, 09:25-The Italian government agreed on Friday (23 December) to bail out Monte dei Paschi di Siena, after the world’s oldest bank failed to raise €5 billion from private investors.Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s new prime minister, said during the night after an extraordinary cabinet meeting that the government would be tapping into a €20 billion fund that had already been approved by the parliament earlier this week.Monte dei Paschi, which had raised just €2.5 billion in private funds, had asked for a “precautionary” capital increase from the state.Finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan did not specify how much the rescue would cost Italian taxpayers."We will see if other banks ask for aid,” Padoan told journalists. Other Italian lenders, like Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza might also need government help.Under EU bailout rules that came into force in January in order to protect the taxpayers from paying for bank losses, junior bondholders will also have to take losses, as their bonds will need to be converted into shares.Padoan said the government would compensate small savers for their losses.Small investors are estimated to hold some €2 billion of Monte dei Paschi's bonds.-Gentiloni also said EU officials agreed with Italy’s plan.Italy’s banks are struggling under the weight of €360 billion of bad loans, while Italy, the eurozone's third largest economy, is also dealing with slow economic growth and political uncertainty after the resignation of previous prime minister Matteo Renzi earlier this month.Italian officials hope the bailout will stabilise the banking system along with other initiatives, like the Atlante, a private initiative backed by the Italian government, established earlier this year, to deal with the bad loans.The fallout could be more of a political nature as the populist 5 Star Movement will aim to capitalise on the situation, putting pressure on the one week-old cabinet of Gentolini.The rescue could also come back and hunt Renzi, who is expected to run again for the premiership possibly as early as next year.Founded in 1472, Monte dei Paschi is said to be the oldest surviving bank in the world.It failed an EU stress test in July due to billions of euros of bad loans on its books, mostly from companies unable to repay them.-EU commission response-Later on Friday, the European Commission said it is in touch with Italy about how to proceed."If a bank has a capital shortfall but is not able to raise its needs in full from the private market, the state can inject the remaining capital," said an EU commission spokesperson. "Such state support will have to be approved under EU state aid rules before it is granted, and on the basis of a sound restructuring plan.""As regards Monte Paschi dei Siena, we will now work with the Italian authorities and the responsible supervisory authorities to confirm if conditions are met," the commission said."Italy has also entered into close and constructive contacts with the commission to work on a restructuring plan in the precautionary recapitalisation scenario."This article was updated on 23 December 2016, 15:13, to add the European Commission's comments.
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)
Chinese carrier enters South China Sea amid renewed tension-[Reuters]-By J.R. Wu-YAHOONEWS-December 26, 2016
TAIPEI (Reuters) - A group of Chinese warships led by the country's sole aircraft carrier entered the top half of the South China Sea on Monday after passing south of Taiwan, the self-ruled island's Defence Ministry said of what China has termed a routine exercise.The move comes amid renewed tension over Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own, ineligible for state-to-state relations, following U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's telephone call with the island's president that upset Beijing.The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier has taken part in previous exercises, including some in the South China Sea, but China is years away from perfecting carrier operations similar to those the United States has practised for decades.Taiwan's Defence Ministry said the carrier, accompanied by five vessels, passed southeast of the Pratas Islands, which are controlled by Taiwan, heading southwest.The carrier group earlier passed 90 nautical miles south of Taiwan's southernmost point via the Bashi Channel, between Taiwan and the Philippines."Staying vigilant and flexible has always been the normal method of maintaining airspace security," said ministry spokesman Chen Chung-chi, declining to say whether Taiwan fighter jets were scrambled or if submarines had been deployed.Chen said the ministry was continuing to "monitor and grasp the situation."Senior Taiwan opposition Nationalist lawmaker Johnny Chiang said the Liaoning exercise was China's signal to the United States that it has broken through the "first island chain," an area that includes Japan's Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan.The U.S. State Department on Monday said its position has not changed since July, when it said it was continuing to monitor China's military modernization and that it expects nations conducting defence exercises to comply with the law. Representatives for the Pentagon declined to comment.Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, said the incoming team had no comment on China's move. Trump takes office on Jan. 20 but has already has drawn headlines over a series of statements on China and Taiwan.In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said people should not read too much into what the carrier was up to, as its movements were within the law."Our Liaoning should enjoy in accordance with the law freedom of navigation and overflight as set by international law, and we hope all sides can respect this right of China's," she told a daily news briefing.Influential state-run Chinese tabloid the Global Times said the exercise showed how the carrier was improving its combat capabilities and that it should now sail even further afield."The Chinese fleet will cruise to the Eastern Pacific sooner or later. When China's aircraft carrier fleet appears in offshore areas of the U.S. one day, it will trigger intense thinking about maritime rules," the newspaper said in an editorial.China has been angered recently by U.S. naval patrols near islands that China claims in the South China Sea. This month, a Chinese navy ship seized a U.S. underwater drone in the South China Sea. China later returned it.Japan said late on Sunday it had spotted six Chinese naval vessels including the Liaoning travelling through the passage between Miyako and Okinawa and into the Pacific.Japan's top government spokesman said on Monday the voyage showed China's expanding military capability and Japan was closely monitoring it.China's air force conducted long-range drills this month above the East and South China Seas that rattled Japan and Taiwan. China said those exercises were also routine.Last December, the defence ministry confirmed China was building a second aircraft carrier but its launch date is unclear. The aircraft carrier programme is a state secret.Beijing could build multiple aircraft carriers over the next 15 years, the Pentagon said in a report last year.China claims most of the South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.(Additional reporting by Kiyoshi Takanaka in Tokyo, Ben Blanchard in Beijing, Susan Heavey in Washington, and Melissa Fares in Palm Beach, Florida; Editing by Nick Macfie, Lisa Shumaker and Leslie Adler)
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)
Turkish army says Islamic State attack in Syria's al-Bab killed 30 civilians-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-December 26, 2016
ANKARA (Reuters) - At least 30 civilians were killed and many others were wounded on Sunday after Islamic State launched an attack in the Syrian town of al-Bab to prevent people from fleeing, the Turkish military said in a statement on Monday.Syrian rebels supported by Turkish troops have laid siege to the Islamic State-held town for weeks under the "Euphrates Shield" operation launched by Turkey nearly four months ago to sweep the Sunni hardliners and Kurdish fighters from its Syrian border.(Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by David Dolan)
Saudi Arabia launches campaign to collect funds for Syrians displaced by war-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-December 26, 2016
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has launched a fundraising campaign for Syrians displaced by a five-year civil war, including those evacuated from eastern Aleppo, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.More than 11 million Syrians - around half of the population - have been displaced by the fighting, which began in 2011 and has killed more than 300,000 people.Saudi Arabia has been one of the main supporters of rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Riyadh regards as a tool of regional arch-rival Iran.Thousands of Syrian fighters and civilians have been evacuated from eastern Aleppo in a week-long operation this month after government forces backed by Russia and Iran closed in on their stronghold. Many of them are staying in temporary shelters in freezing temperatures.SPA reported that King Salman bin Abdulaziz had ordered a relief campaign to be started on Tuesday and had allocated 100 million riyals ($27 million) to the drive."The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, has ordered a popular campaign to be launched ... to provide relief for the brotherly Syrian people," SPA said.The agency said the funds would be used to set up a camp for refugees and to provide food, medicines and blankets for displaced Syrians. It did not say where the camp would be located.The agency said King Salman also donated 20 million riyals of his own money to the campaign, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef had donated 10 million, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had contributed 8 million.Saudi Arabia has contributed to United Nations relief campaigns for Syria, including at fundraising meetings in Kuwait and elsewhere.(Reporting by Ali Abdelatti; Writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Hugh Lawson)-
Syrian army escalates campaign to capture Damascus water supply-[Reuters]-By Suleiman Al-Khalidi-YAHOONEWS-December 26, 2016
AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army escalated aerial bombing of a rebel-held valley northwest of Damascus in an offensive begun last week to recapture the strategic area where a major spring provides most of the capital's water supplies, rebels and residents said on Tuesday.They said the army shelled and bombarded several towns in Wadi Barada valley about 18 km (11 miles) northwest of the capital in a major offensive launched since Friday. The roads leading to the towns in the valley and the mountain cliffs surrounding the area are under the control of elite Republic Guards and the Lebanese Shi'ite Hezbollah group, they said.Residents said fighting on Monday focused on Baseimeh village at the edge of the valley where the army and its allies are pushing to advance deeper in an enclave where 10 villages are inhabited by an estimated 100,000 people.The rebels said the army was emboldened by gaining full control of Aleppo city and was seeking to force them to either leave or face all out war."They are seeking to push us into a surrender deal to and we will not hand over our land," said Abu al Baraa, a commander in Ahrar al Sham, a rebel group present in the area.Through a series of so-called settlement agreements and army offensives, the Syrian government, backed by Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, has been steadily suppressing armed opposition around the capital.Alongside the main spring in Wadi Barada, the area lies on the road from Damascus to the Lebanese border that is used as a supply line for the powerful Iranian-backed Hezbollah group which is heavily involved in fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad's army.A resident and rebels said the aerial bombing has put out of commission the main Ein al Fija spring's water pumping station where a underground pipeline normally provides around 65 percent of the water to the capital's neighbourhoods.A picture taken by a rebel and seen by Reuters showed the pumping station's ceiling has collapsed. Several videos uploaded on social media show damage and fires with plumes of smoke near the pumping station. Others show damage to houses.Rebels and residents said the bombing has also killed 14 civilians and hit a medical clinic and civil defence unit in the area that has been besieged with limited access for food and fuel.The army said it was targeting "terrorists."The Syrian army has blamed rebels for polluting the springs with diesel fuel in a move the water authorities said had forced them to cut supplies coming into the capital and resort to reserves to temporarily cover the shortfall.The rebels have allowed the government's water authority engineers to maintain and operate the station and supply the capital since they took control of the area in 2012. The rebels draw from both Islamist and Free Syrian Army factions.Fighters from the area have cut water supplies several times in the past as a pressure card to prevent the army from overrunning the area.But they deny poisoning the water as they say it would harm them before anyone else.(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
Exclusive: Fresh advance in east Mosul to begin within days - U.S. commander-[Reuters]-By Stephen Kalin-YAHOONEWS-December 26, 2016
EAST OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces will resume their push against Islamic State inside Mosul in the coming days, a U.S. battlefield commander said, in a new phase of the two-month-old operation that will see American troops deployed closer to the front line in the city.The battle for Mosul, involving 100,000 Iraqi troops, members of the Kurdish security forces and Shi'ite militiamen, is the biggest ground operation in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003. The upcoming phase appears likely to give American troops their biggest combat role since they fulfilled President Barack Obama's pledge to withdraw from Iraq in 2011.Elite Iraqi soldiers have retaken a quarter of Mosul, the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq, but their advance has been slow and punishing. They entered a planned "operational refit" this month, the first significant pause of the campaign.A heavily armoured unit of several thousand federal police was redeployed from the southern outskirts two weeks ago to reinforce the eastern front after army units advised by the Americans suffered heavy losses in an Islamic State counter-attack.U.S. advisers, part of an international coalition that has conducted thousands of air strikes and trained tens of thousands of Iraqi ground troops, will work directly with those forces and an elite Interior Ministry strike force."Right now we're staging really for the next phase of the attack as we start the penetration into the interior of east Mosul," Lieutenant Colonel Stuart James, commander of a combat arms battalion assisting Iraqi security forces on the southeastern front, said in a Reuters interview late on Sunday."So right now, positioning forces and positioning men and equipment into the interior of east Mosul... it's going to happen in the next several days."That will put U.S. troops inside of Mosul proper and at greater risk, though James said the danger level was still characterized as "moderate". Three U.S. servicemen have been killed in northern Iraq in the past 15 months.James, speaking from an austere outpost east of Mosul where several hundred U.S. troops are stationed, said the pace of the upcoming phase on the eastern side would depend on resistance from Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh."If we achieve great success on the first day and we gain momentum, then it may go very quickly. If Daesh fights very hard the first day and we run into a roadblock and we have to go back and go OK that was not the correct point of penetration, it may take longer," he said.-INTEGRATION-Further integration with the Iraqi troops - to what commanders described as an unprecedented level for conventional U.S. forces - will help synchronize surveillance, air support and force movement, according to James."It increases our situational understanding. The man on the ground knows what's going on best," he said. "It's just better when they're on the ground talking to each other and saying, 'Hey, have you looked at that area over there? That's decisive terrain. Have you thought about putting forces there?'"Mosul, the largest city held by Islamic State anywhere across its once vast territorial holdings in Iraq and neighboring Syria, has been held by the group since its fighters drove the U.S.-trained army out in June 2014.Its fall would probably end Islamic State's ambition to rule over millions of people in a self-styled caliphate, but the fighters could still mount a traditional insurgency in Iraq, and plot or inspire attacks on the West.A multi-ethnic city where up to 1.5 million people of a pre-war population of around 2 million are still thought to be living, Mosul is divided roughly in half by the Tigris River. The western section, which Iraqi forces have yet to penetrate, has built-up markets and ancient narrow alleyways which will complicate future advances.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had said he would win Mosul back by the end of this year, a deadline now certain to be missed. His commanders say their advance was held up by the need to protect civilians, fewer of whom fled than initially expected.Inclement weather has repeatedly delayed ground advances which rely heavily on aerial surveillance and air strikes.(Reporting by Stephen Kalin; editing by Peter Graff)
Massachusetts Muslim cemetery to go ahead after year-long fight-[Reuters]-By Scott Malone-YAHOONEWS-December 23, 2016
BOSTON (Reuters) - A proposed Muslim cemetery in rural central Massachusetts will go forward after the town that fought the idea for most of the year and the Islamic society that proposed the plan reached a deal, the two sides said on Friday.The agreement will allow the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester to buy a 55-acre (22.3-hectare) site where it plans to build a 6 acre (2.4 hectares) cemetery in the town of Dudley, located about 50 miles (80.5 km) southwest of Boston along the Connecticut border.Some in the community expressed discomfort with the idea of a Muslim institution, an objection town officials said played no role in the delay.Muslim communities around the United States have faced similar resistance to new mosques and other properties, and the U.S. Justice Department this month filed suits against local governments in New Jersey, Virginia and Michigan accusing them of using zoning laws to block construction of proposed mosques."We are pleased that this 11-month saga has come to an end," said Jay Talerman, an attorney for the Islamic Society, in a phone interview. "The town is recognizing and acknowledging that our clients are proposing a beneficial and permitted use that is protected by the Massachusetts and U.S. Constitutions."The Islamic Society proposed the cemetery early this year but, after a months-long review process that included heated public meetings, filed suit in state land court, saying the town was restricting the group's right to free expression of its religion.Dudley officials said their review was focused on issues including whether the cemetery would affect local drinking water.The case attracted the attention of Massachusetts' top federal prosecutor, whose office opened a civil-rights investigation into the matter. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the right to free expression of religion."We want to stress that the town's sole interest and motivation has been for all parties to respect the legal and regulatory process, and has absolutely nothing to do with the religious affiliation of the applicant," said Jonathan Ruda, chair of Dudley's board of selectmen, in a statement.Both sides said the final review of the project would go forward next month and Talerman said the society hoped to break ground on the cemetery next spring. The deal would allow the society to expand the cemetery in ten years."Today is a good day for citizens of all beliefs," said Khalid Sadozai, a trustee of the Islamic Society. "Our right to practice our religion and honor loved ones in accordance with our Islamic faith has been affirmed."(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Andrew Hay)
Aleppo Christians celebrate holiday in hope peace has returned-[Reuters]-By Suleiman Al-Khalidi-YAHOONEWS-December 25, 2016
AMMAN (Reuters) - Christians in Aleppo celebrated under a giant Christmas tree lit up for the first time in five years, hailing what many described as the return of peace to a city that came back under full government control last week.The fall of rebel-held east Aleppo was the biggest victory of Syria's nearly six-year-old civil war for supporters of President Bashar al-Assad, and many in pro-government parts of the city have been jubilant.However, the rebel defeat has also brought severe hardship on civilians who fled from insurgent-held areas, thousands of whom have been forced to camp in wilderness under the snow. Aid groups say many are in peril and children have died from exposure to severe winter weather.In the war ravaged St. Elias Cathedral located on what was long the frontline in Aleppo's historic Old City, priests prayed for peace at the first Christmas Eve Mass for five years, attended by dozens of worshippers, including some Russian officers."The festive atmosphere is great. It's a new birth for Jesus Christ and a new birth for the city of Aleppo," said George Bakhash, a Christian community leader.He said the numbers attending mass across the city had surged, now that worshippers no longer feared missiles from rebel-held areas.Many Syrian Christians supported the government in the civil war, viewing Assad, a member of a Shi'ite-derived minority sect, as a protector against rebel fighters mainly drawn from Syria's Sunni Muslim majority.In the comparatively undamaged parts of the city that had long been held by the government, restaurants were thronged by Christians late into the night.Hundreds of people danced and celebrated in the Azizya neighborhood, where the public Christmas tree had gone unlit since rebels took the eastern half of the city in 2012. Giant posters depicted Assad and his Christian ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin.In live footage shown on state television, a woman identified as the mother of slain Syrian soldier carried her son's picture alongside an image of the Virgin Mary."I am sure his soul is in peace now because Aleppo has been liberated," she said.Although some Christians stayed on the sidelines of the civil war, many saw the rise of Islamic State and other Sunni Muslim insurgent groups as a threat to the very existence of their communities, some as old as the bible. The Christian population of Aleppo has shrunk since the start of the conflict to around 50,000 from 250,000 according to Bakhash.-FIGHTING IN RURAL AREAS-Outside the city, rebels still hold at least 40 percent of Aleppo province, and rebels have still fired sporadic shells from the fringes of the city to the south.Russian jets resumed heavy strikes on rebel-held rural areas of Aleppo province after a pause during a ceasefire to complete the evacuation of rebels from the city.A bombing raid in the rebel-held town of Atareb in western Aleppo countryside killed at least seven refugees who had fled from the city under the evacuation deal, a local resident said.Some people who fled east Aleppo earlier in the war have begun returning to inspect homes in neighborhoods reduced to rubble by years of aerial bombing, which intensified last year when Russia joined the war.The army and pro-government militias are still combing parts of east Aleppo. Rebels accuse the pro-government forces of carrying out summary executions of scores of youths who stayed behind, and say looting has been rampant. The government denies its forces have executed prisoners or looted homes.Thousands of people who were bussed out of Aleppo's rebel-held eastern districts as they fell to government forces have ended up in makeshift camps exposed to severe winter weather.Many left everything behind as they fled under the evacuation deal, under which only mostly elderly people stayed."We brought a few belongings just to wear.. We lost everything," Omar Sarout, 55, told Reuters by internet message from a makeshift camp for more than 700 people, mostly women and children, run by Turkish and Gulf charities.Yousef Hanbali, a carpenter who fled Aleppo for a makeshift camp in Idlib province, said his family hoped to reach Turkey to find work. "We need money. We left without anything," he said.(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; additional reporting by Firas Maqdisi in Damascus; editing by Peter Graff)
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