Tuesday, January 17, 2017
HUNDREDS OF U.S MARINES LAND IN NORWAY-IRKING RUSSIA.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)
Britain to issue EU ultimatum on Tuesday By Andrew Rettman-JAN 16,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:26-Theresa May aims to tell the EU that she is prepared to quit the single market if she does not get her way in Brexit talks, with one option being to turn the UK into a tax haven.The British leader is to issue the ultimatum at a speech in Lancaster House, a London mansion, to ambassadors from the other 27 EU states on Tuesday (17 January), The Sunday Times, a British newspaper, reported, citing Downing Street sources.She will say that Britain must “respect the result” of the Brexit referendum, in which people called for limits on EU immigration and for restoration of British sovereignty over EU institutions.“The overwhelming majority of people - however they voted - say we need to get on and make Brexit happen,” she will say.“Business isn’t calling to reverse the result, but planning to make a success of it. And the House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly for us to get on with it too”, she will say.She is also expected to make friendlier remarks, saying the UK and the EU should aim for a “strong new partnership”, and that the Leave and Remain camps in British society should end “division and the language associated with it”.“The victors have the responsibility to act magnanimously. The losers have the responsibility to respect the legitimacy of the result,” she will say.A Downing Street source said London expects currency traders to make a “market correction” after May speaks out.The Sunday Times report itself prompted the value of sterling to fall further against the dollar on Monday.EU leaders have said that the UK cannot suspend freedom of movement for European workers and retain full access to trade perks.But even Britain’s pro-EU ministers are lining up behind May to take a tough line when Brexit negotiations begin at the end of March.-Tax-haven UK-Speaking to Welt am Sonntag, a German newspaper, on Sunday, the British finance chief, Philip Hammond, indicated that the UK could turn itself into a tax haven to compete with the EU for international commerce if Brexit talks do not end well.When asked by the newspaper if the UK could become “the tax haven of Europe”, he said that if Britain was “closed off” from the EU market, then “we will do whatever we have to do”.“The British people are not going to lie down and say: ‘Too bad. We’ve been wounded.’ We will change our model”, he said.“Most of us who had voted remain would like the UK to remain a recognisably European-style economy, with European-style taxation systems, European-style regulation systems etc. I personally hope we will be able to remain in the mainstream of European economic and social thinking. But if we are forced to be something different, then we will have to become something different”, he said.David Davis, the Brexit minister, also issued a threat against the EU.“We don’t want the EU to fail, we want it to prosper politically and economically,” he wrote in The Sunday Times.“If it proves necessary, we have said we will consider time for implementation of new arrangements,” he added, however.The British opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, reacted to the Sunday Times report by telling the BBC that May was heading for a “trade war” with the EU and by saying Hammond wanted to turn the UK into a “bargain-basement economy”.-Immigration-May’s Northern Ireland minister, James Brokenshire, told the same BBC show that May would not compromise on EU immigration, however.“We take a very stark message from the referendum that freedom of movement, as it exists today, cannot continue,” he said.Hammond also told the German newspaper that unchecked EU immigration had to “stop”.He said that chancellor Angela Merkel had lost control of migration policy after 1 million asylum seekers arrived in Germany last year.“At the moment, we [the UK] don’t have any control, not any more than Germany does”, he said.
Trump's anti-Nato views 'astonish' Europe By Andrew Rettman-JAN 16,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 12:56-Germany has said Donald Trump’s remarks on the EU, Nato, and Russia in an interview have caused “astonishment” in Europe.The German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said on Monday (16 January) that Trump’s comments would dominate talks by foreign ministers in Brussels.“This day will be influenced if not determined by the statements of the American president-elect, which caused here in Brussels astonishment and agitation”, he said.The German minister spoke after Trump, who takes office on Friday, criticised Nato and the EU and praised Russia.Trump told Germany’s Bild newspaper and British daily The Times at the weekend that Nato was “obsolete”, that he expected more countries to leave the EU, and that he might drop US sanctions on Russia.Steinmeier said Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg, whom Steinmeier met earlier on Monday, had also reacted with “concern”.He added that Trump’s remarks were “in contradiction with what the American defence minister said in his hearing in Washington only some days ago and we have to see what will be the consequences for American policy”.Monday's meeting was Steinmeier’s last in his current post before he becomes Germany’s new president.The French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, said on Monday that “the best response to the [Trump] interview … is European unity”.He said that when he meets with his new US counterpart, Rex Tillerson, he would ask him where Trump stood on Russia, on the Iran nuclear deal, and on the Paris climate accord.He added that France would oppose “a return to nationalism, and each man for himself” in world affairs.Luxembourg's Jean Asselborn said that the Trump interview was "not a nice picture" of what to expect from the new US president."One must hope that declarations of candidate Trump will lead, after Friday, to another direction," he said, referring to Trump's inauguration."It would be a pity that America - the world's biggest democracy as it depicts itself - were to act destructively," he added.-Iran and Israel-Trump, in his interview, also called the Iran nuclear non-proliferation accord “one of the dumbest deals I have ever seen".But Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, who helped to conclude the pact, said on Monday that the deal “had delivered” and that Europe would “continue to work for its … implementation”.Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary said the Iran deal, while “controversial”, had stopped it from acquiring some types of nuclear technology, that it had “great merit”, and that Britain wanted to “keep it going”.In another potential flashpoint, Trump has said he might move the US embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv, its internationally recognised capital, to Jerusalem, which Israel seized by force in 1967.EU ministers plan to restate their commitment to the two-state solution on Monday.France’s Ayrault, who hosted a summit on the two-state solution in Paris over the weekend, said those who did not take part should “regret it”, referring to Israel’s boycott of the event.Miroslav Lajcak, the Slovak foreign minister, said Trump’s election was a good time for the EU to “be visible” and to restate its “principles” on the conflict.Mogherini said ministers would hold a “brainstorming on the EU role” in the Middle East Peace Process on Monday.-Libya-Monday’s meeting would also cover Syria, but the situation in Libya, where the EU-recognised government in Tripoli, the GNA, is under siege, was to be discussed in February, she said.She said that if the EU’s naval mission, Sophia, received the GNA’s permission to operate in Libyan waters, it could help Libyan fishermen to work in safe conditions by getting rid of migrant-smuggler pirates.European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the EU executive would not comment on Trump’s views on the disintegration of Europe."We have read this interview with interest," he said.
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)
Ice storm pelts central U.S., causing deadly road conditions-[Reuters]-By Timothy Mclaughlin-YAHOONEWS-January 15, 2017
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A winter storm battered a large swath of the central United States on Sunday with ice and freezing rain, creating dangerous driving conditions that caused at least five traffic-related deaths and leaving thousands without power.Ice storm warnings and winter weather advisories were in effect for parts of 10 states, stretching from New Mexico to Wisconsin from the storm that has clobbered the region since Friday, according to the National Weather Service.Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri were particularly hard hit. The weather service also issued a tornado watch for large parts of Texas and a tornado warning for just west of Waco.Temperatures will start to move above freezing beginning on Monday for large parts of the region, said Chris Jakub, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita, Kansas."When we get our significant freezing rain and icing in the Central Plains, it is usually a two- to three-day event," Jakub added. "This is going to continue through Sunday night and into the morning."A quarter to a half inch of ice (0.6 cm to 1.2 cm) was forecast for most of Kansas, the Weather Service said. Ice downed trees and power lines, particularly in northwest Oklahoma, where thousands of people were without power.At least three people died in traffic accidents in Missouri due to icy conditions, the Missouri Department of Transportation said. There was one weather-related traffic fatality in Kansas, local media reported, and another in Oklahoma.The storm led the National Football League to delay the start of a playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Kansas City from noon to 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, when the worst of the bad weather was expected to have passed though the area.Missouri transportation authorities on Sunday morning urged motorists to stay off roads in Kansas City. For those who must travel by car, it said: "Take your time, slow down, and make sure that everyone is buckled-up."(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Additional reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli and Will Dunham)
Shallow earthquake rattles Indonesia's third-largest city-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A shallow earthquake rattled Indonesia's third-largest city Medan on Monday evening, damaging houses and sending thousands of frightened people into the streets. There were no immediate reports of casualties.The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the quake's magnitude at 5.7 and said it struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) southwest of Medan on the island of Sumatra.There was traffic chaos on the streets, people ran out of buildings and power blackouts hit some areas.Susanti, a guest at a hotel in Medan, said by phone that she and dozens of other people fled outside as the quake struck."I saw utility poles swaying. It was so scary," said Susanti, She said there was no visible damage to the hotel.The National Disaster Mitigation Agency's spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said several houses were damaged but there no immediate reports of casualties.Arif Cahya, an official at a monitoring post for Mount Sinabung near Medan, said there was a report of a house damaged in an area village. He said there were no reports of casualties.Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
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)
Growing Muslim community looks to build Yukon's first mosque-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
Yukon's Muslim community has begun a fundraising drive to build what would be the territory's first mosque. The goal is to have it built and in use within two to three years.When Muhammad Javed and his family came to Whitehorse 16 years ago after emigrating from Pakistan, they joined up with two other families, from Fiji."There were only three families here, including myself, and there was no place to pray," Javen said."We used to pray in the house for our annual, like Eids, Ramadan celebration. We used to do it in the house, those three families would get together."Javed said as the Muslim community grew it began using the United Church for Friday prayers, but then the group outgrew that, too. Four years ago, it began renting offices downtown for a praying space.-'We cannot accomodate everybody'-Now, with about 40 Muslim families in Whitehorse, Javed said it's time to build a mosque."This place is getting tighter now for annual celebrations, we cannot accommodate everybody here. Also, for our gatherings, like social gatherings, this space is very little. So we need to have a bigger space, also instead of renting we'd like to have our own place," he said.He said more space is also needed for the children to play and learn in, said Javed.Yusuf Legere is a relative newcomer to Whitehorse and hopes to make it a long term home."The Muslim community is small but tight-knit, close. The wider community is amazing — great people here, positive and welcoming," he said.Legere believes a mosque would enable Muslims to have a larger presence in the wider community."If we want it to have any sort of extra organization to do work for the community, food banks, or any kind of outreach, we don't have the facilities for that," he said.Manitoba-based charity helping out The Yukon Muslim Society has set a fundraising target of $490,000 for the project.Legere said the Zubaidah Tallab Foundation, a Manitoba-based Islamic charity which has helped found mosques in Inuvik and Iqaluit, is helping out."They have promised to fund two-thirds of the operation. So, we buy the land and they will fund two-thirds of the building," he said.Javed said finding the land is a challenge because they'd like to build in the most expensive part of the city."We would prefer in downtown because most of the people work in downtown. So that's our struggle — to find a reasonable-priced piece of land here," he said.
Iraqi troops advance in eastern Mosul amid fierce clashes-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State militants on Monday in two key neighbourhoods in the eastern half of Mosul, a senior commander said, advancing deeper after fully routing IS from the sprawling complex of the Mosul University, a major step in the massive operation to retake the city.According to Gen. Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, the head of Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces, the troops pushed deeper into the Shurta and Andalus neighbourhoods . The two are among the last remaining sectors between government-held territory in eastern Mosul and the Tigris River, which divides the city.In Andalus, bulldozers pushed aside road blocks ahead of a long convoy of black Humvees. Residents said the IS fighters had fled, just an hour before the assault began. Al-Aridi said the retreat showed the recent string of territorial victories had broken the will of the militants."The pace is medium, we're moving slowly because our forces are worried about bombs," he said.IS sent six suicide car bombers to target the advancing Iraqi forces, but unlike in the first weeks of the Mosul operation, most of the cars used on Monday were not heavily armoured and were disabled with tank fire.One suicide bomber managed to drive his explosives-laden car through a roadblock and hit an Iraqi convoy. The blast shattered windows for blocks around, carpeting a quiet residential street with shrapnel.At least one Humvee was torn apart by the attack and four soldiers were slightly wounded, according to an Iraqi officer overseeing the operation who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.Iraqi state television showed live images of morning clashes near the five-star Ninevah International Hotel, one of the city's iconic buildings. In the footage, Humvees are seen driving by burnt-out buildings against a backdrop of explosions and gunfire.Al-Aridi said Iraqi forces expect to reach the last remaining bridges that span the Tigris within days.Four months into the Mosul operation, Iraqi forces say they control nearly all of the city's eastern half, but another wave of intense IS resistance likely awaits them in Mosul's west.The western half of the city is home to some of Mosul's oldest neighbourhoods , with narrow streets that will further complicate the urban fight. Also, the United Nations estimates that more than 700,000 people are trapped there, living under siege-like conditions.____Associated Press writer Sinan Salaheddin in Baghdad contributed to this report.Susannah George, The Associated Press.
Ethics watchdog to investigate PM's use of Aga Khan's private helicopter-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
OTTAWA — Canada's ethics watchdog plans to take a closer look at Justin Trudeau's recent family holiday at the Aga Khan's private island in the Bahamas — the first-ever such investigation of a sitting prime minister.Trudeau's holiday with the Aga Khan — a family friend, noted philanthropist and hereditary spiritual leader to the world’s approximately 15 million Ismaili Muslims — bears closer scrutiny, ethics commissioner Mary Dawson confirmed Monday.In a letter to Blaine Calkins, one of two Conservative MPs who filed formal complaints, Dawson said she will examine both Trudeau's stay at the island and his use of the Aga Khan's private helicopter to get there."I am of the view that your request satisfies the requirements set out in subsection 44 (2) of the (Conflict of Interest) Act," Dawson writes."I have therefore commenced an investigation ... to determine whether Mr. Trudeau has contravened sections 11 and 12 of the Act in connection with his recent stay at and travel to the Aga Khan's privately owned island."The prime minister, who was scheduled to take part in a public town hall later Monday in Dartmouth, N.S., has defended his actions multiple times, saying he stands ready to meet with Dawson about the trip."As the prime minister said last week, we are happy to engage with the commissioner and answer any questions she may have," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.The vacation included Trudeau, his wife and three kids, Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan and Liberal party president Anna Gainey, all of whom took part in helicopter flights between the capital city of Nassau and the secluded island.The Conflict of Interest Act and Trudeau's own ethics guidelines bar the use of sponsored travel in private aircraft, allowing it only for exceptional circumstances related to the job of prime minister and only with the commissioner's prior approval.The guidelines also prohibit a minister or any member of their family from accepting gifts or "advantages" that could reasonably be seen as influencing government decisions. The only exception is if the person providing the gift is a friend.Trudeau has repeatedly called the Aga Khan a longtime family friend, noting he was a pallbearer at his father's funeral.Though he's not a registered lobbyist, the Aga Khan is also on the board of directors of the Aga Khan Foundation, the beneficiary of tens of millions of dollars in government contributions to international development projects.Dawson's letter says she will decide whether the two are friends as defined in legislation "to determine the acceptability of the gift."In a letter of his own to Dawson, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair called the flight a "clear-cut violation of the rules," imploring her to fast-track her probe of the helicopter flight while she takes more time to look into the entire trip."The prime minister has every right to take a vacation," Mulcair wrote. "However, like all other Canadians who take vacations, he does not have the right to break the law."Jordan Press, The Canadian Press.
Nunavut Arctic College criticized for abruptly cancelling program, evicting students-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
Some Nunavummiut are questioning Nunavut Arctic College's decision to cancel its Inuit Studies program with little notice, shortly after the program's students returned for classes in Iqaluit after holiday break.Six students had been taking Inuit Studies at the Nunatta Campus in Iqaluit. Four who were on academic probation had their student status terminated without notice. They were given a week to vacate their student housing units.The other two students had passed their courses but the college said the program could not continue with such a small enrolment. They were given the option to transfer to other courses."The college is undermining its own credibility in making this decision," said David Wilman, a long time Iqaluit resident and former senior manager at the college."I can't understand how a college that cares for its students and puts students first, as any college should, could treat students like this."Wilman said he thinks students should be "raising hell" and demanding to know who made the decision to cancel the program.For Nunavummiut, Wilman said, the decision to leave family and community to go to college is a difficult one. It's been made more difficult by the uncertainty created by the college's recent actions.Wilman is not the only one raising concerns. A group of politically active Inuit, called the Qanak Collective, published an open letter to the college on Wednesday with a number of questions about how these types of decisions are made."What is going on within the Arctic College?" said Romani Makkik, a member of the collective."Student services, the registrar's office, do they provide the services that students need? Writing skills, time management, finance management, anything to help the students feel like they are grounded in the program both personally and academically?"If a high percentage of students are failing to graduate from Arctic College, it is a symptom of an educational system that is failing to accommodate student needs, said Makkik.The Qanak letter questions what it calls "systemic barriers within the education system" and calls on the college to reinstate the Inuit Studies Program for this year, and apologize to the students.
Indian tailor confesses to sexually assaulting "hundreds" of schoolgirls - police-[Reuters]-By Nita Bhalla-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A tailor in India has confessed to abducting, molesting and raping "hundreds" of schoolgirls over the last decade, said Delhi police, uncovering what may be one of the biggest serial pedophile cases in the country in recent times.Sunil Rastogi, a 38-year-old married man with five children, was arrested on Saturday by police investigating the sexual assault of three girls aged nine and ten in the east of the Indian capital."This criminal, Sunil Rastogi, is from Rudrapur in Uttar Pradesh, and is a tailor by profession," Omvir Singh Bishoi, East Delhi's deputy commissioner of police, told a news conference on Sunday."During interrogation he told us that at least once a week he would come from Rudrapur and, in order to satisfy his pedophile lust, he would target girls between the ages of seven and ten years old."Rastogi was charged with rape, aggravated penetrative sexual assault of a minor, and criminal intimidation, in the three cases, said police, and is also being investigated for related pedophile crimes.Police said that Rastogi could not remember the exact number of girls he had sexually assaulted since 2004, but said it could be "hundreds".Wearing a red, white and green striped sweater and a red balaclava covering his face, Rastogi was paraded in front of the media on Sunday."I used to take them (the girls) to a secluded area," he said as he stood handcuffed to a policeman. "I don't know why I did it. I liked it."Child sex abuse is widespread in India, but is largely considered taboo in its conservative society and ignored within families, say activists, who say victims are often afraid to come forward for fear of being blamed for the abuse.There were over 94,000 crimes committed against children in 2015, says the National Crime Records Bureau, with almost 40 percent of cases being sex offences such as rape, molestation and sexual harassment.Police said they began investigating Rastogi in December after receiving a complaint of a 10-year-old girl who had escaped attempted rape in Delhi's New Ashok Nagar area.Two similar complaints from other girls in the same area were received on Jan. 10, said police, and after scouring through hours of CCTV footage of the area, and using sketches and photographs to identify him, Rastogi was arrested.Rastogi has been sent to judicial custody for two weeks, said police, and an investigation team will look into other sexual assault cases in Delhi, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.Activists and politicians questioned how Rastogi managed to abuse so many girls and evade arrest for over 10 years, despite having served jail time for a previous sexual offense in 2006.Swati Maliwal, Head of Delhi's National Commission for Women, said the case was "horrifying"."This serial rapist shud get death 4 raping 500 little girls over 13 years. His case shud be heard urgently in fast track mode," tweeted Maliwal.(Reporting by Nita Bhalla @nitabhalla, Editing by Ros Russell. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit http://news.trust.org)
Top UN official: 10,000 civilians killed in Yemen conflict-[Associated Press]-AHMED AL-HAJ-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The United Nations' humanitarian aid official in Yemen said Monday that the civilian death toll in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' Jamie McGoldrick told reporters the figure is based on lists of victims gathered by health facilities and the actual number might be higher. This announcement marks the first time a U.N. official has confirmed such a high death toll in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest nation. Earlier, the U.N. reported 4,200 civilians were killed in the war."This once more underscores the need to resolve the situation in Yemen without any further delay," U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in New York. "There's been a huge humanitarian cost."The Yemen conflict pits Shiite Houthi rebels and allied forces against a Saudi-led coalition. The coalition began an air campaign in March 2015 to restore the internationally recognized government that fled the country after Houthis seized the capital.McGoldrick's remarks come as U.N. Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrives in the southern city of Aden, which the government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has turned into a temporary capital, officials said.According to Yemeni officials, Ahmed will present an amended peace deal to Hadi, who rejected the last initiative. That proposal was supported by the U.S. because it largely recognized the rebels and sidelined Hadi. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.Haq, the U.N. spokesman, confirmed that Ahmed is scheduled to meet Hadi on Monday "and he will try to present him with the latest peace proposals.""This is something he's been developing in dialogue with the various parties and that dialogue will continue," he said, adding that he couldn't provide any details."Peace efforts have stalled because of disagreements over a timeline. Hadi is pressing for an implementation to a U.N. Security Council resolution that stipulates the Houthis' withdrawal from all cities and the handover of weapons. The Houthis are pressing for a political deal in which they would get a share of power for giving up land and arms.___Associated Press writer Edith M. Lederer contributed from the United Nations.
Zimbabwe priest held over Mugabe death prophecy-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwe police on Monday detained a pastor who claimed that veteran President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 next month, would die in October, his lawyer said.Gift Mtisi said Pastor Patrick Mugabe was arrested at the magistrate’s court in Harare where he was appearing on separate charges of wearing the national flag and charged over the prophecy made last week about Mugabe's demise."He was appearing at the court on a different matter when police arrested him during a break and charged him over the prophecy," Mtisi told AFP."He was initially charged with undermining the authority of the president and the charge was later changed to insulting people of a certain race or religion."Mugadza, who is based in the northern resort town on Kariba held a press conference last week where he announced that Mugabe would die on October 17.Poking fun at Mugabe or making predictions about him is a risky business in Zimbabwe, which has a law that forbids "undermining the authority of or insulting the president."In 2015, Mugadza was arrested and detained for nearly a month after holding a placard telling Mugabe his people were suffering under his rule.On independence day last year he gave a sermon while tied to a lamppost in Harare’s main shopping mall saying the act symbolised the lack of freedom in Zimbabwe.Mugabe has been in power since independence from British colonial rule in 1980. His health has been subject of speculation as he makes frequent visits to the Far East for medical treatment.Mugabe has avoided naming a successor and his ZANU-PF party has been riven by factional fights between camps angling to succeed him.The president faced a surge of opposition street protests last year against his authoritarian regime.
PROOF HALF ON EARTH DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD (8 BILLION ON EARTH)
REVELATION 6:7-8 (8 BILLION- 2 BILLION = 6 BILLION)
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth,(2 BILLION) to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).
REVELATION 9:15,18 (6 BILLION - 2 BILLION = 4 BILLION)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,
18 By these three was the third part of men killed,(2 BILLION) by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMBS)
HALF OF EARTHS POPULATION DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION.(THESE VERSES ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES)
LUKE 17:34-37 (8 TOTAL BILLION - 4 BILLION DEAD IN TRIB = 4 BILLION TO JESUS KINGDOM) (HALF DIE DURING THE 7 YR TRIBULATION PERIOD JUST LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS)(GOD DOES NOT LIE)(AND NOTICE MOST DIE IN WAR AND DISEASES-NOT COMETS-ASTEROIDS-QUAKES OR TSUNAMIS)
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other shall be left.(half earths population 4 billion die in the 7 yr trib)
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.(Christians have new bodies,this is the people against Jerusalem during the 7 yr treaty)(Christians bodies are not being eaten by the birds).THESE ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES-NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES.BECAUSE NOT HALF OF PEOPLE ON EARTH ARE CHRISTIANS.AND THE CONTEXT IN LUKE 17 IS THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION OR 7 YR TREATY PERIOD.WHICH IS JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH.NOT 50% RAPTURED TO HEAVEN.
MATTHEW 24:37-42 (THESE ARE JUDGEMENT SCRIPTURES-SURE NOT RAPTURE SCRIPTURES)
37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken,(IN WW3 JUDGEMENT) and the other left.
42 Watch therefore:(FOR THE LAST DAYS SIGNS HAPPENING) for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
South Korea says securing THAAD location could be delayed-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-January 15, 2017
SEOUL (Reuters) - The signing of a contract which would secure the location of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea could be delayed, Seoul's defense ministry said on Monday.The Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system is due to be deployed on land which is now part of a golf course owned by the Lotte Group conglomerate in the Seongju region, southeast of South Korea's capital Seoul."The plan to go ahead with the exchange will be signed by mid-January, but there is a possibility it will be slightly delayed," South Korean defense ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a regular news briefing."Lotte needs to hold a meeting of the board of directors to approve the final assessment fee," Moon said. "We understand that the meeting has not happened yet, but will be held soon".South Korea and the U.S. say the deployment of THAAD is designed to protect against North Korea's growing nuclear and ballistic capabilities.But Beijing objects strongly to its use in South Korea, where it says THAAD's powerful radar could penetrate Chinese territory, leading to calls from some South Korea opposition leaders to delay or cancel its deployment.Moon Jae-in, a former opposition leader who currently leads polls of presidential hopefuls, has said its deployment should wait until the next South Korean administration is in place.Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is expected to run for president of South Korea and is currently polling second behind Moon in surveys of potential candidates, said on Sunday it is appropriate for THAAD to be deployed in the country, however.South Korea has been gripped by a political crisis since lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in December to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal. The motion is now with the Constitutional Court and will trigger an early presidential election if upheld.The deployment of THAAD in rural Seongju has been met with protests from farmers concerned that the sophisticated missile defense system's advanced radar will damage local melon crops and make the small town a target of a North Korean attack.(Reporting by James Pearson; Additional reporting by Yun Hwan Chae; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
OSLO (Reuters) - Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbour Russia.Officials played down any link between the operation and NATO concerns over Russia, but the deployment coincides with the U.S. sending several thousand troops to Poland to beef up its Eastern European allies worried about Moscow's assertiveness.Marines from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina landed a little after 10 am CET (0900 GMT) at a snow-covered Vaernes airport near Trondheim, Norway's third-largest city, where temperatures were reaching -2 degrees Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit).U.S. troops are to stay in Norway for a year, with the current batch of Marines being replaced after their six-month tour is complete.A spokesman for the Norwegian Home Guards, who will host the Marines at the Vaernes military base, about 1,500 km (900 miles) from the Russian border, said the U.S. troops will learn about winter warfare."For the first four weeks they will have basic winter training, learn how to cope with skis and to survive in the Arctic environment," said Rune Haarstad, a Home Guard spokesman. "It has nothing to do with Russia or the current situation."In March the Marines will take part in the Joint Viking exercises, which will also include British troops, he added.The Russian Embassy in Oslo did not immediately reply to a request for comment by Reuters on Monday. It questioned the need for such a move when it was announced in October."Taking into account multiple statements of Norwegian officials about the absence of threat from Russia to Norway we would like to understand for what purposes is Norway so ... willing to increase its military potential, in particular through stationing of American forces in Vaernes?" it told Reuters at the time.A spokeswoman for Norwegian Ministry of Defence also said the arrival of U.S. Marines had nothing to do with concerns about Russia.However, in a 2014 interview with Reuters, Norway's Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said Russia's annexation of Crimea showed that it had the ability and will to use military means to achieve political goals.(This story corrects reference in third paragraph from soldiers to marines)(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Terje Solsvik, Gwladys Fouche and Dominic Evans)
Cambodia suspends annual military drill with United States-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia has suspended joint military exercises with the United States this year that were due to have been held for the eighth year in a row, a defense ministry spokesman said on Monday.Cambodia was too busy preparing for local elections in June to be able to take part in the Angkor Sentinel exercises, Chhum Socheat said. He rejected any connection to Cambodia's strengthening ties with China."Our activities will be reduced, we have a lot of security work to do," Socheat said. The exercises have usually been held in the spring.A U.S Embassy spokesman in Phnom Penh did not respond to Reuters request for comment on the suspension of the annual drill, which is designed to prepare for natural disasters and humanitarian work as well as to foster military cooperation.As China's influence in the region has grown, so Cambodia's ties with Beijing have strengthened.Meanwhile, uncertainty over Washington's commitment to Asia has increased and there are doubts over how policy will develop once Donald Trump becomes U.S. president on Friday.Last year, Beijing held a joint naval drill with Cambodia for the first time. Cambodia's armed forces have benefited greatly from Chinese military training and equipment including jeeps, rocket launchers and helicopters.After nearly losing a 2013 election to the opposition, Prime Minister Hun Sen faces a major test in the local election due in June and a general election set for next year. He has ruled Cambodia with an iron fist for over 30 years.(Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Editing by Matthew Tostevin and Tom Heneghan)
Japan pledges boats to Vietnam as China dispute simmers-[Reuters]-By Mai Nguyen and My Pham-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
HANOI (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday promised Vietnam six new patrol boats during a visit to the Southeast Asian country, which is locked in a dispute with China over the busy South China Sea.Abe's stop in Vietnam completes a tour through an arc of a region where Japan stakes a leadership claim in the face of China's growing dominance and uncertainty over what policy change Donald Trump will bring as U.S. president."We will strongly support Vietnam's enhancing its maritime law enforcement capability," Abe said, while emphasizing that the dispute over the South China Sea should be settled through talks and in accordance with international law.China claims almost all the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion worth of sea-borne trade passes every year. Vietnam and four other countries also say they have rights in the sea, believed to have rich deposits of oil and gas.Tokyo has no territorial ambitions there, but worries about China's growing military reach into the sea lanes. Japan has a separate dispute with China over a cluster of islets in the East China Sea.The six new coastguard patrol boats had a total value of 38.5 billion yen ($338 million) and Vietnam would get a concessional loan to pay for them, a Japanese official said. No timeline for delivery has been discussed yet. Japan had previously agreed to provide six old patrol boats to Vietnam.Maritime security and trade have been themes during Abe's other stops - in Indonesia, the Philippines and Australia.Given the readiness of the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte to move closer to China and further from its traditional U.S. ally, Vietnam is one of fewer regional states showing potential readiness to confront China.-TRUMP QUESTIONS-Uncertainty over U.S. policy in Asia was amplified last week by comments from Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson that China must stop building islands in the South China Sea and that its access to those islands must not be allowed.Despite their differences, Vietnam also maintains a strong diplomatic track with China. China and Vietnam said at the weekend they had agreed to manage their maritime differences and preserve peace and stability.Both Japan and Vietnam have also been strong supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade pact which looks to have stalled in the face of Trump's pledge to withdraw the United States.In Hanoi, Abe stressed the importance of the TPP and other free trade agreements, but gave no further details."Vietnam now plays a more significant role in Japan's foreign policy," said Ha Hoang Hop, a Vietnamese political analyst who has advised the government.The delegation signed a number of business agreements, including energy and textile projects and a project to help with the impact of climate change. Japan is Vietnam's biggest foreign investor after South Korea.(Editing by Matthew Tostevin)
In final ruling, Egypt court rejects transfer of Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia-[Reuters]-By Haitham Ahmed and Mostafa Hashem-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court rejected on Monday a government plan to transfer two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, in a final ruling that prompted cheers in the courtroom but could deepen tensions with the country's erstwhile financial backer.Egypt's government announced during a visit by the Saudi king in April a maritime demarcation accord that would see it cede control of Tiran and Sanafir.The deal prompted protests from Egyptians who said they had been taught in school that the islands belonged to them.It has become a source of tension between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which showered its ally with tens of billions of dollars in aid in recent years but suspended petroleum supplies in September amid growing differences.The court's decision was based on "irrefutable evidence" as well as local and international practices which removed any doubt that the islands' sovereignty belonged to Egypt alone, state news agency MENA said.Two leading human rights lawyers had challenged the demarcation accord in Egypt's administrative court system, which deals with cases involving the government and public entities.One of them, Khaled Ali, called Monday's verdict a "decisive" ruling."So it is not permissible for the president, or prime minister or parliament or cabinet or a referendum to give up this land," Ali told Reuters. "It is Egyptian land and cannot be given up according to the Egyptian constitution."The lawyers won an initial ruling in June, but the government appealed, sending the case to the Higher Administrative Court which sits on atop the administrative judicial ladder.Celebrations erupted as the judge read out the ruling, with jubilant supporters carrying Ali and his colleague Malek Adly out of the courtroom.Hundreds of people outside waved Egyptian flags chanted "Egyptian, Egyptian" and "Bread, Freedom, the islands are Egyptian"."This verdict is a victory for Egypt," Adly said.There was no immediate response from the government.Saudi and Egyptian officials had argued that the islands belonged to Saudi Arabia and were only under Egyptian control because Riyadh asked Cairo in 1950 to protect them.But the lawyers who opposed the accord said Egypt's sovereignty over the islands dated back to a treaty in 1906, before Saudi Arabia was founded.(Additional reporting by Mahmoud Mourad; Writing by Lin Noueihed and Asma Alsharif; Editing by Catherine Evans and Ahmed Aboulenein)
U.S. arrests wife of gunman who killed 49 at Orlando nightclub-[Reuters]-By Daniel Levine-YAHOONEWS-January 16, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have arrested the wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub last year, a massacre that intensified fears about attacks against Americans inspired by the Islamic State, the U.S. attorney general said on Monday.The arrest of Noor Salman came seven months after her husband Omar Mateen went on the rampage and was killed by police while holed up in the Florida club."Certainly I can confirm that an arrest did occur in this case," Attorney General Loretta Lynch told MSNBC after reports in the New York Times and other media outlets."We said from the beginning we were going to look at every aspect of this case, every aspect of this shooter's life to determine - not just why did he take these actions, but who else knew about them, was anyone else involved?"Salman was arrested at her home outside San Francisco, the New York Times reported, citing an unnamed law enforcement official.She faces federal charges of obstruction of justice, and aiding and abetting the attempted provision of material support to a foreign terrorist organization, ABC News reported, citing the FBI and her lawyer.Salman, who was repeatedly questioned by law enforcement interrogators after the club attack, will appear in federal court in Oakland on Tuesday morning. She is expected to be extradited to Tampa, where she was indicted, ABC reported.Her husband claimed a connection to or support for multiple Islamist extremist groups, including al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, al-Nusra and Islamic State, FBI Director James Comey told reporters a few days after the attack.During the siege, Mateen spoke to a 911 emergency dispatcher and expressed solidarity with an al-Nusra suicide bomber as well as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh.Representatives of the FBI could not be reached immediately for more details.(Additional reporting by Frank McGurty and Daniel Trotta; Editing by Paul Simao and Marguerita Choy)
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