Tuesday, April 11, 2017
2017 COULD BE BOON YEAR FOR ICEBERG SIGHTINGS ALONG NEWFOUNDLAND COAST.
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)
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Spain to host 'southern EU countries' at summit-By EUOBSERVER-APR 10,17
Today, 09:05-Spain is hosting a summit on Monday (10 April) with the leaders of Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, and Portugal, the third in a series of "southern EU countries summits". They will "launch a message of unity and commitment to the project of European integration at a decisive moment in our history", according to a statement from the Spanish prime minister's office. Previous summits were held in Athens and Lisbon.
Kosovo retreats from bid to create army-By EUOBSERVER-APR 10,17
Today, 08:57-Kosovo's president, Hashim Thaci, on Friday (7 April) backed off from plans to create a standing army following pressure from US allies and Nato. Thaci wanted to create a legal base to transform the Kosovo Security Forces into a military. The move had sparked resistance from the minority Serbs. Thaci still vowed one day to form an armed force.
Erdogan to rethink EU plans after referendum-By EUOBSERVER-APR 10,17
Today, 09:01-Turkey's bid to join the European Union will be back "on the table" after next week's referendum, president Tayyip Erdogan told a rally in Izmir on Sunday (9 April). Erdogan described Europe as a "sick man", the term European politicians used to describe the decaying Ottoman Empire. Opinion polls suggest a tight race in the referendum, which if won by the Yes side would grant Erdogan much broader powers.
US prevents joint G7 statement on energy By Peter Teffer-APR 10,17-EUOBSERVER
Brussels, Today, 15:33-A meeting between energy ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) and the EU ended on Monday (10 April) without a joint statement, as the United States did not want to endorse a text that referred to the Paris climate agreement and the clean energy transition.Italian energy minister Carlo Calenda told a news conference that there would be no joint statement, Italian media reported on Monday.A source close to the meeting confirmed US secretary of energy Rick Perry had informed his counterparts that the US was “reviewing” its climate and energy policies and therefore could not sign a joint declaration that referred to the treaty signed in Paris in 2015.Perry reportedly had wanted the text to refer to coal and other fossil fuels. Last month, US president Donald Trump rolled back an Obama-era policy, the clean power plan, in an effort to bring back American jobs related to coal mining. Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel.The Paris treaty is the first global agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, in attempt to avert the most catastrophic consequence of climate change, but Trump has sent conflicting messages about whether the US would uphold its promises made in Paris.On Sunday and Monday, Italy's Calenda hosted his colleagues from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Climate action EU commissioner Miguel Arias Canete also attended, on behalf of the European Union.In a written statement, commissioner Canete did not publicly criticise Perry, but did indirectly note his obstruction.“While secretary Perry informed us that the US is currently reviewing its energy and climate policies, I was particularly pleased to see that all others joined the EU in reaffirming our solid commitment and determination to implement the Paris Agreement and continue the clean energy transition,” said Canete.
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)
Assiniboine River set to crest in Brandon, Man.[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-April 9, 2017
Sandbaggers were out in Brandon Sunday morning as the city prepared for the crest of the Assiniboine River only a few feet below 2014 levels.On Sunday, the province's flood forecasting centre moved up the timeline for the crest in Brandon slightly, saying it will happen today or tomorrow.Brandon city crews began plugging the dike at Grand Valley Road at 18th Street North Saturday, and expect to finish later today.The dike protects Grand Valley Road to the same level as all other areas along the city's dike system.Aquadams have been placed along First Street North and crews will continue to monitor the area to ensure the road can be kept open to traffic.No evacuations are planned. City officials are reminding people that the flood area is dangerous and should be avoided.About 30 people turned up to lay 4,500 sandbags around a home on Rosser Ave. East. outside of the dike.Greg Brown, director of volunteer co-ordination, said that while this is the third time this house has been sandbagged — 2011, 2014 and 2017 — community members didn't hesitate to help."People are community-minded; they want to come out and help a fellow resident."Cpt. Brian Pettigrew from the 26th Field Regiment came out on his own to help. Pettigrew said he has been living in Brandon for five years, and has grown to be part of the community. "A lot of good things have come just from the friends I've met. My motivation is really just to help out and give back to the community that's helped me," he said.As for homeowner David Barnes, with the help of the sandbaggers he has "no fears" of the rising water."It's awesome Mother Nature at work here, and she's got a lesson for us," he said. "It's her way of replenishing. A flood is a gift, it's a gift to the garden, to the soil ... and I treat it that way. So I don't regret what comes."
OZONE DEPLETION JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH DUE TO SIN
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold,(7X OR 7-DEGREES HOTTER) as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people,(ISRAEL) and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened,(DAY LIGHT HOURS SHORTENED) there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (ISRAELS SAKE) those days shall be shortened (Daylight hours shortened)(THE ASTEROID HITS EARTH HERE)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
2017 could be boon year for iceberg sightings along Newfoundland coast-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
While much of the pack ice that had moved into many of Newfoundland's harbours and bays has started to move out, the next few months could bring a significant number of icebergs along the coast.Ice conditions improved over the weekend along the northern Avalon Peninsula, after winds pushed sea ice into Conception Bay, Trinity Bay and even St. John's harbour earlier this month."We've definitely got some reprieve with some southerly winds which has lessened the pressure but there's still very heavy pack ice close to shore," said Rebecca Acton-Bond, acting superintendent of ice operations with the Canadian Coast Guard."So anybody looking to get out fishing or anything like that, there's still significant ice close to shore."Acton-Bond said it's a different story on the southern Avalon, where ice is still drifting into St. Mary's Bay. As well, pack ice all along the coast of Labrador will continue to drift south towards Newfoundland for quite some time, she said.Icebergs-While the wind and temperatures will ultimately decide what happens, Acton-Bond said right now it seems there should be quite a few icebergs for Newfoundland's early summer tourism season.The iceberg charts provided by the International Ice Patrol show 66 icebergs recently off the southern Avalon, 93 off Black Tickle, Labrador and even 34 off of western Newfoundland — which is extremely high for this time of year."There are certainly a significant amount of icebergs out there. When you look at the iceberg chart it's truly incredible," said Acton-Bond."Usually you don't see these numbers until the end of May or June. So the amount of icebergs that we're seeing right now, it really is quite something."Acton-Bond said the high number of icebergs shows a significant calving event took place in Greenland. Ice calving is the process where ice chunks break loose from the edge of a glacier.She said while it's likely the icebergs will soon be visible from the northern shore of the island, it all really depends on the wind. With regards to how the ice could affect ferries and ships near the coast, she said that will also be determined by how the weather plays out."It's kind of the nature of the beast. It's the North Atlantic and we are at the mercy of Mother Nature," she said."So if she decides to push that ice offshore and then back into the shores then we kind of have to just deal with it."
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)
IS' rocket fired from Egypt hits Israel, crossing shut-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
Jerusalem (AFP) - A rocket fired from Egypt's Sinai crashed into Israel on Monday, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, as authorities closed a border crossing over security threats, officials said.The incident, which did not cause injuries or major damage, came only hours before the start of the week-long Jewish Passover holiday at sundown."A projectile was launched from the Sinai peninsula and hit in the Eshkol regional council," an Israeli army statement said, referring to an area in the south of the country."No injuries have been reported."IS claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after."Islamic State fighters shelled the Eshkol Jewish settlements in southern Palestine with a Grad missile," the group's self-styled Amaq news agency said in a statement.Earlier in the day, Israel had taken the rare step of closing a major border crossing into Egypt, citing increased security threats.Israelis holidaying in the Sinai would be allowed to return but those seeking to enter through the Taba crossing would not be permitted for the next week, a statement from the prime minister's office said.Israel had already on Sunday updated its warning against travel to Sinai, citing Islamist bomb attacks on Egyptian churches the same day that killed 44 people.In February, a volley of rockets was fired from the fractious Sinai region into Israel, with the IS affiliate in the Sinai claiming responsibility.It was the first time since 2015 that rockets had been fired at Israel from Egypt.IS has been waging a deadly insurgency against Egyptian security forces in the Sinai but it has rarely attempted attacks against Israel.Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab countries that have signed a peace treaty with the Jewish state.
As tensions climb, U.S. bolsters protection of forces in Syria-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has made slight adjustments to its military activities in Syria to strengthen protection of American forces following strikes last week on a Syrian airbase that have heightened tensions, U.S. officials tell Reuters.The officials, citing operational security concerns, declined to discuss what specific measures the United States has taken after the strikes, which were strongly condemned by Damascus, Tehran and Moscow.But one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stressed that the strikes had not slowed the campaign against Islamic State militants.(Reporting by Phil Stewart)
Kremlin, angry at Syria missile strike, says Putin won't meet Tillerson-[Reuters]-By Maria Tsvetkova and Andrew Osborn-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will not meet President Vladimir Putin when he visits Moscow on Wednesday, a move that could point to tensions over a U.S. missile attack on a Syrian air base last week.John Kerry, Tillerson's predecessor, often met Putin as well as the Russian foreign minister when he visited Moscow, and Putin granted several audiences to the Texan when he ran oil major Exxon Mobil before taking his current job.Putin even personally awarded Tillerson a top Russian state award -- the Order of Friendship -- in 2013, and it was widely expected that the former oilman would meet Putin on what is his first trip to Russia as secretary of state.But Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on Monday that no such meeting was planned, suggesting Tillerson will follow strict diplomatic protocol and only meet his direct counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov."We have not announced any such meetings and right now there is no meeting with Tillerson in the president's diary," Peskov told reporters on a conference call.He did not say why Putin was not planning to receive Tillerson.U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian military base last week in retaliation for what Washington and its allies say was a poisonous gas attack in which scores of civilians were killed.Moscow says there is no proof that the Syrian military carried out the attack, and called the U.S. missile strike an act of aggression that violates international law.Tillerson's visit is being seen as an early test of whether Trump's new administration can use any momentum generated by striking the Syrian base to craft and execute a strategy to end the war there.Even before Trump ordered the strike in retaliation for a nerve gas attack, Tillerson's visit was certain to be dominated by thorny issues.Those include alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Washington's accusation that Russia is violating an important arms control treaty, and trying to bridge differences on how to conduct the fight against Islamic State.Syria, ironically, was one of the few areas where analysts believed Moscow and Washington might be able to find common ground.Peskov, Putin's spokesman, said on Monday that the U.S. strikes had shown Washington's total unwillingness to cooperate on Syria.Reacting to media reports that Tillerson would use his visit to press Moscow to back away from supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's biggest Middle East ally, Peskov signalled that was a non-starter."Returning to pseudo-attempts to resolve the crisis by repeating mantras that Assad must step down cannot help sort things out."(Editing by Christian Lowe)
2 female suicide bombers explode near Nigerian university-Associated Press-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — An official says two female suicide bombers exploded near the fence surrounding the University of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria.Ibrahim Abdulkadir, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, said there were no casualties other than the attackers in the pre-dawn hours of Monday.The suicide bombers reportedly were not permitted entry by security personnel deployed around the university.The attack is the second this year on the university after an incident on January 16 that involved three female bombers. A renowned professor was among the victims of that attack.Maiduguri, in the state of Borno, is the birthplace of a deadly insurgency by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
G7 to discuss more sanctions against Syrian and Russian individuals - UK foreign minister-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
LUCCA, Italy (Reuters) - Britain will discuss the possibility of further sanctions against senior Syrian and Russian military figures at a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Italy, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday."We will be discussing the possibility of further sanctions certainly on some of the Syrian military figures and indeed on some of the Russian military figures who have been involved in coordinating the Syrian military efforts," he said in a television clip shown on Britain's Sky News.(Reporting by William James and Kylie MacLellan in LONDON, editing by Alistair Smout)
Pope visit to Egypt to go ahead despite blasts but security big concern-[Reuters]-By Philip Pullella-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis' trip to Egypt this month is expected to go ahead despite twin attacks on Christian churches that killed 44 people, Vatican officials said on Monday.However, diplomats and Vatican sources cautioned that the trip could be put in jeopardy or parts of it changed if the security situation worsened.The pope is due to spend about 27 hours in the Egyptian capital Cairo on April 28-29, meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, grand imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb and the country's Coptic Pope Tawadros.Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican deputy secretary of state, told Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper that the events on Sunday, however tragic, "could not impede the pope from carrying out his mission of peace."Tawadros was leading a congregation at Mass in Alexandria's Saint Mark's Cathedral when it was attacked. He was not hurt. That blast in Egypt's second-largest city came hours after a bomb struck a Coptic church in Tanta, a nearby city in the Nile Delta."There is no doubt that the pope will carry out his intention to go," Becciu said.The Vatican also sent several communiques about logistics to journalists due to accompany the pope on his plane, in another indication that the trip was still on.However, a senior diplomatic source said "we will have to keep our finger on the pulse of the situation until the very last minute."In another indication of deepening worries about safety, there is no indication of the venue for a number of meetings by the pope in the latest programme.Both Vatican and diplomatic sources said a number of events might have to take place in one location, such as the presidential palace, so as to limit the number of times the pope would have to move around in the city.Both of Sunday's attacks were claimed by the Islamic State, which has waged a campaign against Egypt's Christian minority, the largest in the Middle East.Egypt's cabinet said on Monday a state of emergency would remain in place for three months.(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)
Warplanes drop incendiary bombs in Syria's Idlib, Hama - activists, monitor-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian or Russian warplanes dropped incendiary bombs on areas of Idlib and Hama provinces just days after a deadly gas attack in the region, activists and a monitoring group reported on Monday.Moscow and the Syrian army were not immediately available for comment.The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian jets had used an incendiary substance called thermite in bombs they dropped over the towns of Saraqeb in Idlib and al-Latamenah in Hama, further south, on Saturday and Sunday.A rescue worker in Saraqeb said warplanes had dropped phosphorus bombs there, but he had not heard of the use of thermite. He said use of phosphorus was not a new development."It's normal, these are often used," said Laith Abdullah of the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, a rescue group working in rebel-held areas.Videos posted on social media purportedly from Saraqeb on Sunday showed flaming materials hitting the ground and spreading large fires.The Observatory said thermite had first been used in the Syrian conflict in June 2016 by the Syrian government.The bombings came after the United States launched cruise missiles at an air base in western Syria on Friday. The missile strike was a response to what Washington said was a gas attack by Syrian warplanes in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib that killed scores.Syria denies using chemical substances and denies it carried out the attack.The Observatory reported Syrian warplanes took off from the same air base less than a day after the U.S. attack and carried out air strikes on rebel-held areas.(Reporting by John Davison, editing by Larry King)
Swedish prosecutor asks to extend custody for Stockholm truck attack suspect-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's prosecution authority said on Monday it had asked a judge to extend the detention in prison of Rakhmat Akilov, the main suspect in Friday's truck attack in Stockholm which killed four and injured 15.The judge will rule on the request on Tuesday.Prosecutors had until Tuesday lunchtime to request further detention of the 39-year-old Uzbek or release him."An application for a detention order has been made concerning the man who was arrested on Saturday morning suspected on probable cause for terrorist crimes through murder," the prosecution authority said in a statement.The court application was the first official document naming Akilov.Court documents also showed Akilov had asked to replace his court-appointed lawyer and that his request had been denied.(Reporting by Stockholm Newsroom; editing by John Stonestreet)
Militiamen raid South Sudan's Wau, killing at least 12, witnesses say-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
NAIROBI (Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed in the South Sudanese town of Wau on Monday, as ethnic militiamen went house to house searching for people from other groups, witnesses said.Streets were deserted as families hid inside, residents told Reuters by phone. Some reported seeing killings.Witnesses said the militia members were aligned with the government in the country's ethnically-charged civil war. They accused army soldiers of blocking the main road to a civilian encampment protected by U.N. peacekeepers.South Sudan's deputy army spokesperson, Colonel Santo Domic Chol, said fighting had first broken out during a mutiny by soldiers at the town's prison. He was awaiting more information, he said.The fighting followed an ambush that killed a brigadier general and a colonel in Wau state over the weekend, a rebel spokesman based outside the country said."This morning the government forces were retaliating against innocent Fertit people," he said, referring to a local ethnic group.The International Committee of the Red Cross said it is flying a surgical team to Wau."The ICRC has received multiple requests to assist medical staff in Wau with patients wounded in the violence," a spokesman said.A staff member at Wau Teaching Hospital said it had received 12 bodies and eight wounded people. All the bodies appeared to be civilian, he said, and all had gunshot wounds.Five residents, all of whom asked not to be named, described members of the president's Dinka ethnic group searching for members of the local Luo and Fertit groups. The head of the military is also Dinka."We are still inside hiding," said one man by telephone, speaking from a Wau neighbourhood called Nazareth. "I have seen four dead bodies of my neighbours.""Armed militias are moving from house to house," one resident said. "It is an ethnic crackdown." Another said he had fled an attack that had killed many people, including his cousin.South Sudan descended into civil war in 2013 after President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, fired his deputy, Riek Machar, a Nuer. Fighting since then has often split the oil-producing country along ethnic lines and created a patchwork of armed factions.The country is awash with weapons after decades of conflict with neighbouring Sudan and local feuds over land.-BODIES-In another part of Wau, a resident saw two bodies near a feeding centre and a couple killed beside the road as they tried to flee to a nearby civilian encampment protected by U.N. peacekeepers.More than 200,000 people have taken refuge in such sites set up across the country after widespread ethnic killings, many by soldiers. Campaign groups have accused both sides of atrocities.Two residents said soldiers had blocked off the road leading to the protected site in Wau."I and my two sisters tried to get a way to the UNMISS protection site, but we can’t because the road is blocked by government soldiers," one woman said, using the acronym for the U.N. Mission in South Sudan."I saw one woman together with her husband who was killed because they tried to run to UNMISS."The army's Chol said the mutiny had broken out on Monday morning. "Some four prison soldiers in Wau prison decided to mutiny and shot at their own colleagues. They killed two," he said.He said there had been fighting in Wau state for the past three days but had no further details on Monday's fighting, apart from the fact it was taking place along ethnic lines."The type of the rebellion which is taking place in Wau ... it is more or less tribal," he said.The 15,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission, which has a base in Wau, has not been able to stop the killing."We are aware of the situation in the town and we are looking into it," U.N. spokesman Daniel Dickinson said.(Editing by Larry King)
Exclusive: At strategic shoal, China asserts power through control, and concessions-[Reuters]-By Martin Petty-YAHOONEWS-April 9, 2017
SCARBOROUGH SHOAL, South China Sea (Reuters) - Far out in the South China Sea, where dark blue meets bright turquoise, a miles-long row of fishing boats anchor near Scarborough Shoal, backed by a small armada of coastguard projecting China's power in Asia's most disputed waters.China still calls the shots at the prime fishing spot and has boosted its fleet there, nine months after an international panel ruled its blockade of the lagoon was illegal.Beijing rejected that ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which invalidated China's claim of sovereignty over most of the South China Sea.But the presence of Philippine boats dotted between Chinese vessels shows a degree of compliance with the ruling. Overtures from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is negotiating billions of dollars worth of loans, investments and trade deals with China, may have helped.China stopped repelling Filipino boats in October and allowed them to fish on the edges of the rocky outcrop, 200 km (124 miles) from the Philippines. Now it appears to be easing restrictions further.Reuters journalists last week entered the Scarborough Shoal itself - the first access by foreign media since China seized it in 2012 - and witnessed dozens of small boats shuttling day and night into the lagoon to capitalize on its rich fish stocks."It's good that we're now allowed inside, it helps me to support my family's needs," said Vicente Palawan, treading water inside the lagoon, a dive mask on his head and fishing spear in hand."I don't want the Chinese here, because there's so many, it's affecting the way we fish... but I'm willing to share, I don't want to be thrown out. At least I can fish."The coral outcrop is synonymous with the struggle for regional power, and a strategic tinder box. Along with China and the Philippines, Scarborough is claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.Despite its concessions, China's presence here is growing, with a larger contingent of coastguard and fishing boats than was indicated in satellite imagery late last year.That fuels concerns by Manila that Beijing may have ambitions for the Scarborough Shoal similar to the artificial islands it built and fortified in the Spratly archipelago, inside the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.-PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE-For now, there is a cordial coexistence between the Filipinos and Chinese who anchor side by side less than 100 meters (yards) from the 46-km (28-mile) triangle of rock that barely pokes above the water.Chinese in straw hats zig-zag from boat to boat, using hand signals to barter with Filipinos for cigarettes, liquor and fish.Small boats hum as they move in and out of the lagoon, through a buffering line of coral that has for centuries provided fishermen with bountiful catches and haven from storms.In crowded, rickety boats, Filipinos are outnumbered about ten-to-one and complain of competition from the beefed-up Chinese contingent."We used to fish for a few days, now it's a few weeks, but at least we have something," said Ramil Rosal, a boat captain and fisherman for 20 years."China is fishing more, and Filipinos have to share with them. But they don't bother us. Some are helpful."A half-dozen vessels from the China Marine Surveillance enforce their rules in an area the arbitration court in The Hague declared a traditional fishing site for all countries. It did not rule on sovereignty of the shoal.Philippine Foreign Minister Enrique Manalo said the improved access was "certainly in line with the arbitral ruling".-STRICT SURVEILLANCE-Fishermen told Reuters China's coastguard prohibited larger vessels from entering the lagoon, but allowed small two-man boats to fish there freely."It applies to Chinese and Filipinos," Rosal said.Coastguard in high-powered dinghys were sometimes dispatched from large vessels to get a closer look as unfamiliar boats arrived in the area.Three coastguard ships were of the kind Manila last year said were capable of dredging. One was permanently inside the shoal, but it was unclear what it was doing.The coastguard collaborates with Chinese fishermen, shown when a Reuters team pulled up alongside a Chinese boat.A crewman dashed to fetch a hand-held radio and photographed the journalists. Moments later, a coastguard vessel changed course and moved at speed towards the area, but turned back after a brief chase.China's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters questions about Scarborough Shoal. Its most recent comments are vague, stating only that the situation at the shoal was unchanged.Filipino fishermen said Vietnamese were also fishing at Scarborough, a sign that Hanoi could be testing the new arrangement.Reuters saw no Vietnamese boats, however, and two Vietnamese fishing organizations said they were unaware any had gone to the shoal. Vietnam's government did not respond.While the situation at Scarborough is improved, tensions remain high.Reports last month that China planned to build an environmental monitoring station at Scarborough sparked consternation in the Philippines. Duterte said he could not stop China, but had been assured of no construction "out of respect for our friendship".Just last week, Duterte ordered the upgrade of facilities on the nine reefs and islands the Philippines occupies in the South China Sea, alarming both China and Vietnam.For now, Filipinos are making the best of the detente. Some stay at the shoal for months.With blackened skin and torn clothes, men jostle for space on the overloaded bamboo outriggers of boats, transferring baskets of fish to a vessel making a run back to the Philippines.Captain Renato Etac, 37, chain smokes as he weighs the fish and meticulously logs details of each delivery. Though fish stocks are declining, Scarborough is a "fiesta" for Filipinos, he says.He even takes a positive view of China's coastguard."If they're not here, Scarborough becomes open to all, including illegal fishing," he said. "It somehow acts as deterrent."(Additional reporting by Peter Blaza at Scarborough Shoal, Mai Nguyen in Hanoi, and Michael Martina in Beijing; Editing by Lincoln Feast)
Trump's pick Gorsuch sworn in, restoring top court's conservative tilt-[Reuters]-By Lawrence Hurley-YAHOONEWS-April 10, 2017
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Neil Gorsuch, picked by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Republican-led Senate, was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice at the White House on Monday and was poised to have an instant impact on a court once again dominated by conservatives.Trump earned the biggest political victory of his presidency and fulfilled a major campaign promise when the Senate voted on Friday to confirm the conservative federal appeals court judge from Colorado to the lifetime job despite vehement Democratic opposition. With Gorsuch aboard, the court once again has five conservative justices and four liberals.Gorsuch took his judicial oath in a White House Rose Garden ceremony with Trump watching on, filling a vacancy that lingered for nearly 14 months after the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. The oath was administered by Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Gorsuch worked as a clerk as a young lawyer. Gorsuch will become the first justice to serve alongside a former boss.All the other members of the court were at the ceremony, including liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who called Trump "a faker" last year during the presidential campaign but later said she regretted the remark. Trump at the time called on her to resign and said her "mind is shot."Scalia's widow, Maureen, also attended the ceremony.Gorsuch earlier in the day took his separate constitutional oath, administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court with the other justices.Trump made Gorsuch, 49, the youngest Supreme Court nominee since Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991 selected Clarence Thomas, who was then 43. Gorsuch could be expected to serve for decades, and Trump could make further appointments to the high court to make it even more solidly conservative, with three of the eight justices 78 or older: Ginsburg, 84; fellow liberal Stephen Breyer, 78; and conservative swing vote Kennedy, 80.Gorsuch will take part in the court's next round of oral arguments, starting on April 17. They include a closely watched religious rights case on April 19 in which a Missouri church is objecting to being frozen out of state funds for a playground project due to a state ban on providing public money to religious organizations.He is expected to take part in oral arguments in 13 cases during the court's current term, which ends in June.Gorsuch can be expected to have an immediate impact of the court. He takes part on Thursday in the justices' private conference to decide which cases to take up. Appeals are pending before the justices on expanding gun rights to include carrying concealed firearms in public, state voting restrictions that critics say are aimed at reducing minority turnout, and letting Christian business owners object on religious grounds to providing gay couples certain services.Gorsuch could also play a vital role in some cases on which his new colleagues may have been split 4-4 along ideological lines and therefore did not yet decide. Those cases potentially could be reargued in the court's next term, which starts in October.Gorsuch's wife, Louise, and his two daughters were also present at the private constitutional oath ceremony at the court, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg. Louise Gorsuch held a family Bible as her husband took the oath, Arberg said.The Senate, which last year refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland, voted 54-45 to confirm Gorsuch.(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)
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