Tuesday, June 20, 2017
EARTHS SUN IS JUDGING THE EARTH FOR ITS SINNERS AND GOD HATERS.
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.
Even 2C warming means more killer heatwaves: study-Marlowe HOOD-Agence France-Presse-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
Paris (AFP) - Climate change will sharply boost the frequency of lethal heatwaves even if humanity caps global warming at two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), the core goal of the Paris Agreement, scientists said Monday.Fulfilling that 196-nation pledge would, by 2100, still leave nearly half the world's population exposed at least once a year to bouts of heat and humidity that have proven deadly in the past, they reported in the journal Nature Climate Change.Under a "business-as-usual" scenario, in which greenhouse gases continue pouring into the atmosphere at current rates, three-quarters of humanity will annually face what the researchers call "lethal heat events.""We found that killer heatwaves around the world are becoming more common, and that this trend already seems unavoidable," said Camilo Mora, a professor at the University of Hawaii and lead author of the study."Even if we outperform the Paris targets, the population exposed to deadly heat will be about 50 percent by 2100," he told AFP.Already today, 30 percent of Earth's inhabitants encounter super hot spells at some point in the year.Since the start of the 21st century, heatwaves have claimed tens of thousands of lives, even in countries best equipped to help their citizen cope. In western Europe, for example, there were more than 70,000 excess death during the blistering summer of 2003.In future, the tropics will be hit hardest, according to the study, which forecasts -- year-by-year, for each square kilometre on Earth -- the number of "deadly days" under three different carbon pollution scenarios laid out by the UN Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).- 'Survivability threshold' -Indonesia and the Philippines, northern Brazil and Venezuela, Sri Lanka and southern India, Nigeria and most of west Africa, and northern Australia -- all of these regions will face more than 300 potentially lethal heatwave days each year under the business-as-usual emissions trajectory, known as RCP 8.5.Even under the most optimistic emissions scenario (RCP 2.6) -- which roughly corresponds to the Paris goal of capping warming at 2 C (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) -- mega-cities such as Jakarta, Lagos, Caracas, and Manila would surpass the "lethal heat" threshold half the year, the study concluded."With high temperatures and humidities, it takes very little warming for conditions to turn deadly in the tropics," said Mora.Cities in sub-tropical zones such as Miami or Hong Kong would be thus exposed 150 and 200 days per year, respectively, in the worst case scenario, and -- in the RCP 2.6 outlook -- 80 and 140 days.Washington D.C., on average, will get hit with potentially deadly heat 15 days a year if the Paris target is met, and 85 day per year if no further action is taken to fight climate change.The number of "lethal heat days" does not tell us how many people will die, the authors point out. If everyone is living in air-conditioned environments 50 or 75 years from now, they will be shielded.But that is not the case today, and protracted heatwaves are also taxing for energy grids and critical infrastructure."The study provides additional, strong evidence that climate change, if unmitigated, will result in an increase in conditions deadly to humans," commented Jeremy Pal, a professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles whose own research in 2015 projected more heatwaves in the Persian Gulf exceeding the capacity of the human body to cope.Pal's work established a human survivability threshold, a measure used by scientists that combines temperature and humidity.- Sunburn inside the body -Mora took a different approach. "Our threshold was based on actual cases of human mortality," he told AFP. His international team of 18 scientists identified 1,900 locations worldwide where heatwaves since 1980 had resulted in deaths."We collected climatic data for each location and time when there was a recorded heat-related death," explained co-author Iain Caldwell, also of the University of Hawaii.By statistically comparing these heatwaves to "normal" periods, the researchers teased out the key factors contributing to excess mortality.Temperature and humidity topped the list. How long a heatwave lasted also mattered, but -- surprisingly -- did not significantly improve predictive accuracy.The researchers then plugged their findings into the averaged projections of 20 global climate models running until 2100.High humidity reduces the human body's ability to cool via perspiration."When it is both very hot and humid outside, heat in the body cannot be expelled," said Mora. "This creates a condition called 'heat citotoxicity' that is damaging to many organs."Think of it as a sunburn, but inside the body," she added.Here is an interactive map showing projections for "lethal heat day" for any region in the world: https://maps.esri.com/globalriskofdeadlyheat/
Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth's killer heat worsens-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
WASHINGTON — Killer heat is getting worse, a new study shows.Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent, according to a new comprehensive study of fatal heat conditions. Still, those stretches may be less lethal in the future, as people become accustomed to them.A team of researchers examined 1,949 deadly heat waves from around the world since 1980 to look for trends, define when heat is so severe it kills and forecast the future. They found that nearly one in three people now experience 20 days a year when the heat reaches deadly levels. But the study predicts that up to three in four people worldwide will endure that kind of heat by the end of the century, if global warming continues unabated."The United States is going to be an oven," said Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii, lead author of a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change .The study comes as much of the U.S. swelters through extended triple-digit heat. Temperatures hit records of 106, 105 and 103 in Santa Rosa, Livermore and San Jose, California on Sunday, as a heat wave was forecast to continue through midweek. In late May, temperatures in Turbat, Pakistan, climbed to about 128 degrees (53.5 degrees Celsius); if confirmed, that could be among the five hottest temperatures reliably measured on Earth, said Jeff Masters, meteorology director of Weather Underground.Last year 22 countries or territories set or tied records for their hottest temperatures on record, said Masters, who wasn't part of the study. So far this year, seven have done so."This is already bad. We already know it," Mora said. "The empirical data suggest it's getting much worse."Mora and colleagues created an interactive global map with past heat waves and computer simulations to determine how much more frequent they will become under different carbon dioxide pollution scenarios. The map shows that under the current pollution projections, the entire eastern United States will have a significant number of killer heat days. Even higher numbers are predicted for the Southeast U.S., much of Central and South America, central Africa, India, Pakistan, much of Asia and Australia.Mora and outside climate scientists said the study and map underestimate past heat waves in many poorer hot areas where record-keeping is weak. It's more accurate when it comes to richer areas like the United States and Europe.If pollution continues as it has, Mora said, by the end of the century the southern United States will have entire summers of what he called lethal heat conditions.A hotter world doesn't necessarily mean more deaths in all locales, Mora said. That's because he found over time the same blistering conditions — heat and humidity — killed fewer people than in the past, mostly because of air conditioning and governments doing a better job keeping people from dying in the heat. So while heat kills and temperatures are rising, people are adapting, though mostly in countries that can afford it. And those that can't afford it are likely to get worse heat in the future."This work confirms the alarming projections of increasing hot days over coming decades — hot enough to threaten lives on a very large scale," said Dr. Howard Frumkin, a University of Washington environmental health professor who wasn't part of the study.Mora documented more than 100,000 deaths since 1980, but said there are likely far more because of areas that didn't have good data. Not all of them were caused by man-made climate change.Just one heat wave — in Europe in 2003 — killed more than 70,000 people.___Online:Nature Climate Change: http://www.nature.com/nclimate-Interactive map of heat waves: http://arcg.is/2tuZFIH-___Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears . His work can be found here .Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press.
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;(GOD ORDAINED OR LIVES BEFORE WE WERE EVEN CREATED IN A WOMANS BODY)(GOD NEVER CREATED ANYONE HOMOSEXUAL)(AND THIS TELLS US ABORTION IS MURDER) and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
GENESIS 6:11-13 (EARTH DESTROYED BECAUSE OF TERRORISM,MURDERS)
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with 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 through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
13 Thou shalt not kill.(Murder)(THAT INCLUDES ABORTION)
12 He that smiteth (MURDER)a man,(OR BABY) so that he die, shall be surely put to death.(THATS THE DEATH PENALTY PEOPLE)
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils,(OCCULT) and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries,(DRUG ADDICTIONS) nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)
I can still clearly hear his screams': Medically assisted dying access questioned-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 18, 2017
Jan Lackie says her 84-year-old father suffered excruciating pain on his last day of life despite his pleas for a medically assisted death and new legislation giving him the right to die."I can still clearly hear his screams," the Calgary resident says of her father, Ian Shearer, who was writhing in agony in the back of an ambulance as it carried him away from a hospital that refused to help end his life.Shearer had been suffering from spinal stenosis, heart disease, kidney failure and sepsis. He was dying a painful death in a palliative ward at Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital.Canada legalized medical assistance in dying on June 17, 2016 — coincidentally, Shearer's 84th birthday.But two months later, when he would need to use the law to end his own suffering, the Catholic hospital he was in refused his request. Lackie says the hospital told her family they wouldn't provide the medical assistance for religious reasons.Instead, Shearer was forced to make the painful choice to be transferred to a facility that would provide the service, but not without suffering hours of intense pain while in transit."The ride over in the ambulance was incredibly traumatic for him," Lackie explained."The movement — bumps, stops, starts — were so cruel for him to have to endure in his throbbing body."Some faith-based hospitals still deny service-A year after Canada passed a Medical Assistance in Dying law, the issue remains controversial.The legislation doesn't require medical practitioners to perform the service. Healthcare providers can choose not to provide the assistance if it goes against their beliefs or values.Members of the national non-profit Dying with Dignity Canada hope to see that change."It's a shame that a small group of people can have such hold over our civil rights in the country," says June Churchill, a Calgary-based Dying with Dignity volunteer who's spent years pushing to reform the law.The group conducted a cross-country survey in 2014, Churchill says, that showed 84 per cent of Canadians were in support of medical assistance in dying. So were more than 80 per cent of Catholics."So the general public is in support of this," Churchill says, "but it's a few people with authority and who feel they have a right to decide how we live our lives that are making these decisions."Churchill says the onus is now on provincial governments to direct healthcare facilities to find a way to accommodate the service.Lackie agrees, especially for taxpayer-funded facilities."As a daughter, witnessing my dad," she says, "they need to take religion completely out of any decision being made in a publicly-funded facility."One-year anniversary data-According to Alberta Health Services, 150 Albertans have received medical assistance to end their lives since the law came into effect.As of March 2017, 24 of those patients were denied the service in a faith-based facility and had to be transferred to a hospital, or their home, where they could receive medical assistance.In Calgary, 50 people have received the support over the past year.
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.
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
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.
Benelux and Central European leaders meet, seeking unity-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leaders of four Central European nations have met in Warsaw with their counterparts from the Benelux nations, a gathering that brings together two blocs within the European Union with very different views on key issues.The meeting Monday, in which the sides said they voiced unusual openness with each other, marked a search for greater understanding as Britain began difficult negotiations on leaving the union.Leaders said they discussed difficult issues, including the future of the EU after Brexit, Russia and perhaps the most divisive issue of all — migration.Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said the EU only has a future if the 27 remaining members stay together.Charles Michel of Belgium called it "a very intense meeting without any taboos."
France gives Macron big majority with little enthusiasm By Eric Maurice-JUNE 19,17-EUOBSERVER
Paris, Today, 07:52-French president Emmanuel Macron won a three-fifth majority in the lower house in the second round of the legislative elections on Sunday (18 June), but less than half of voters cast a ballot.Macron's political movement, La Republique en Marche (LRM, The Republic on the Move) won 308 seats in the National Assembly, out of 577, after obtaining 43.06 percent of the vote. Its centrist ally, the Modem party, got 40 seats (6 percent).While not as big as expected after the first round, LRM's majority left other parties behind and completed Macron's destruction of the old political landscape.The conservative Republicans party will be the main opposition faction, with 113 seats (22.2 percent), down from 192 in the outgoing assembly.The party leader, Francois Baroin, said he was happy that the Republicans will be "big enough" to "make its differences with LRM heard".The Socialist Party (PS), which had been the main party with 270 MPs, was left with 29 seats (5.68 percent).Several ministers who served under former socialist president Francois Hollande lost out to newcomers.The PS leader, Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who was himself eliminated in the first round, resigned from his position.Some 431 new MPs will enter the assembly and a record 224 of the MPs will be women."A year ago, no one would have imagined such a renewal of political life," prime minister Edouard Philippe said on Sunday evening."You gave a clear majority to the president and the government," he told voters in a TV address. He said that the majority "will have one mission: to take action for France".He added that the government will act with "great humility and total determination".Philippe also noted that "too many people didn't want to express themselves”, but he said that abstention gave his government a "fierce will to succeed".-New depths-The turnout on Sunday was 42.64 percent, the lowest ever in a French legislative election. Just 38.43 of voters cast a valid ballot. In the first round, the turnout was already a record low, at 48.7 percent.Disillusion towards old parties, a will to give Macron a stable majority, as well as a lack of interest due to a lacklustre campaign - just a month after a heated presidential election - could explain French voters' apathy.Meanwhile, the contrast between Macron's triumph in terms of seats and the number of actual voters has triggered criticism over his legitimacy."Our people have entered a form of general civic strike, which demonstrates the state of exhaustion of institutions that pretend to organise society with a skimpy majority that has all the powers," radical left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon said on Sunday.Melenchon, who got 19.58 percent of votes in the first round of the presidential election in April, was elected in Marseille and will be one of Macron's staunchest opponents.His France Unbowed party won 17 seats and could form a group with the Communist Party, which won 10 seats.Melenchon said that the result gave Macron and Philippe "no legitimacy to commit a social coup" and added that he would call abstainers to "fight" the government.Another vocal opponent of Macron in the National Assembly will be Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader he beat in the presidential run-off in May.Le Pen was elected MP for the first time, in Henin-Beaumont, in Northern France, a stronghold of her National Front (FN) party.The FN will have eight MPs (8.75 percent), up from two in the previous assembly, but far from the 15 needed to form a political group. In the first round, the party lost 7.6 million votes compared to the presidential run-off, and qualified for the second round in 122 constituencies."In face of a bloc that represents the interests of the oligarchy, we are the only force of resistance," Le Pen said, adding that "abstention weakens the legitimacy of [Macron's] term".-Le Pen-Le Pen will leave the European Parliament, where she had been elected for the first time in 2004, and where a procedure was opened recently to strip her of her immunity over suspicions that FN party members were unduly paid by the EU parliament as assistants.Three other French MEPs were elected in France on Sunday: Le Pen's partner Louis Aliot (FN), Jean-Luc Melenchon, and Constance Le Grip (Republicans).In a letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, French PM Philippe said that the new majority "embodies a France that is resolutely modern and determined to fall within a strong European future".German chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Macron for his "clear majority" and said that she wanted to continue the "the good cooperation" with France "for Germany, for France and for Europe".
EU steps up global counter-terrorism drive By Nikolaj Nielsen-JUNE 19,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:37-The EU is stepping up counter-terrorism efforts by sending more staff to its delegations abroad.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Luxembourg on Monday (19 June) that she is expanding a network of counter-terrorist experts at EU embassies.She said the focus will be on EU delegations found in the Middle East, North Africa, the Western Balkans, Turkey, the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, and the Gulf."This is work that we will continue to do together with the member states," she said.The decision followed a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday as part of a broader security and defence initiative.The ministers described terrorism as one of the most serious threats to international peace and security."The EU has a vital interest in continuing to work with partners at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels," they said in a statement.It means more counter-terrorism projects and financial support for counter-terrorism programmes in the countries.Mogherini had already announced earlier this month that the EU would provide €50 million for a joint Shaelian military force, which is composed of troops from Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad.The French-led initiative, also known as the G5 Sahel Joint Force, is already sending the EU a wish list of items to manage security in the region."Their main task is to have a common police to work on the borders and work together. They haven't decided yet if they want a joint brigade," a senior EU official told EUobserver last week.The same official noted that the plan is also to allow troops of one country to cross over the border of another, in cases where there is a pursuit.EU money is also going to finance the counter-terrorism training of security forces in the region under the so-called Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions.-Linking internal security to foreign affairs-Countering terrorism is part of wider policy, which is increasingly merging the work of foreign affairs ministries with that of their interior and home affair counterparts.EU and member states are piling on the pressure for big internet firms to remove online content that is deemed to incite violence or terrorism.The issue will be a priority talking point among EU leaders at a summit this Thursday and Friday in Brussels.Draft summit conclusions, seen by EUobserver, emphasise stepping up internal security against terrorism by cracking down "on the spread of radicalisation online."The leaders are pushing for the firms to come up with new tools to automatically remove the offending content.
Brexit talks begin amid uncertainty By Eszter Zalan-JUNE 19,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:29-The UK will begin historic talks to leave the European Union on Monday (19 June), one year after voters opted to quit the bloc in a referendum.Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier, and their teams will start their meeting in Brussels at 11AM and will end the day with a press conference.The talks begin amid uncertainty on the UK government’s intentions after British voters appeared to reject its so-called hard Brexit manifesto in a snap election on 8 June, when the ruling Conservative Party lost its majority in parliament.Davis is to say on Monday that Britain wants “both sides to emerge strong and prosperous,” according to a statement by the UK's department for exiting the EU.At stake is how to untangle over 44 years of a complex relationship that is enshrined in thousands of pages of legal texts.It will need to be resolved in less than two years, with the UK to exit the EU on March 2019 whether there is a deal or not, unless the 27 other member states decide to extend negotiations.The talks begin as British prime minister Theresa May holds talks with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), whose support she now needs to form a minority government.French president Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble have said the EU door “remains open” if the UK changed its mind on Brexit.But the British government has ruled this out."Despite European leaders’ attempts to leave open the possibility of the UK remaining in the EU, Mr Davis will make it clear that he is determined to achieve a Brexit deal that works for the whole of the UK,” the British statement said.It said Davis entered the talks "confident that he can get a positive outcome and secure a new deep and special partnership with the EU” as well as a “bold and ambitious deal”.-A year later-One year on from the Brexit referendum, the EU has put together a negotiating team and has published its position on the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU.It has also spoken out on what Britain’s financial settlement with the EU ought to entail.The process has created rare unity among the 27 remaining member states, whose leaders will be briefed by May at an EU summit at the end of the week.Meanwhile, the UK’s position on what sort of future relationship it wants with the EU is still unclear.Officials and diplomats in Brussels have voiced concern on the lack of preparation on the British side."It seems they still have not realised what this is all about," a senior EU member state diplomat recently told EUobserver.May’s letter triggering the so called Article 50 exit procedure is still the most detailed document on the UK’s intention.It highlights deep divisions between the UK and the EU’s approach to talks, especially on the sequencing of the negotiations, with the UK wanting to sort out the financial settlement in parallel with an agreement on future relations.May has advocated a hard Brexit, leaving both the single market and the customs union.There seems to have been no significant change in that approach since the election, but analysts have suggested that part of the reason for May’s failure was opposition to a hard Brexit.The UK’s finance minister Philip Hammond, seen as an advocate for a softer Brexit with keeping the UK in the customs union, told the BBC on Sunday that Britain’s hard line stays."We will leave the customs union when we leave the European Union. That's a statement of legal fact," he said.Hammond also said that leaving the UK without a deal would be “a very, very bad outcome” despite May previously saying that no deal is better than a bad deal. Hammond added however that a deal designed to punish the UK would be unacceptable.
Focus-MEPs to grill youngest ever EU commissioner By Peter Teffer-JUNE 19,17-EUOBSERVER
Brussels, Today, 15:24-Members of the European Parliament will grill their former colleague, Mariya Gabriel, on Tuesday (20 June) to see if she is fit for the job of European commissioner for digital economy and society.Centre-right Gabriel was nominated last month by the government of Bulgaria to become a member of Jean-Claude Juncker's EU commission team, after budget commissioner Kristalina Georgieva left at the end of 2016 to join the World Bank.However, she will not inherit Georgieva's heavy portfolio of budget and human resources.Instead, Gabriel will take charge of the area of digital economy and society, which was left behind by German commissioner Guenther Oettinger when he took Georgieva's portfolio. It had temporarily been given to Andrus Ansip, the vice-president for the digital single market.At age 38, Gabriel will become the youngest European commissioner in history.While she has eight years of experience as an MEP, Gabriel has never held an executive office. She is also inexperienced on the issue of digital affairs.-From secretary to MEP in seven months-The Bulgarian has degrees in political science and philology, and started her career as an assistant researcher at the Institute for Political Studies in Bordeaux, France.At the end of 2008, Gabriel became parliamentary secretary to MEPs of the Bulgarian centre-right GERB party, part of the largest political group in the EU parliament - the European People's Party (EPP). Just seven months later, she was elected to the EU parliament.She then became a member of the committee on agriculture, and the one on petitions. The young Bulgarian also became a substitute member of the civil liberties committee, and led several electoral observer missions to places such as Nigeria, Sudan, and Sierra Leone.In 2014, she was re-elected as an MEP, and joined the civil liberties committee as a full member.A look at some recent key parliamentary votes on digital files showed that MEP Gabriel mostly followed the party line.In 2015, for example, she supported the compromise text that secured the end of roaming charges, but simultaneously laid down rules on the neutrality of the internet that critics at the time feared contained loopholes.Her lack of experience with digital affairs will no doubt be a matter for the questions posed by the MEPs, who will hold a three-hour confirmation hearing on Tuesday afternoon.In written answers Gabriel provided to the EU parliament, the commissioner-designate did not showcase any grandiose new ideas on the future of the EU's digital economy and society.Instead, she mostly referred to plans and promises already made by the current EU commission.With only two years left for Juncker's mandate, much of the legislative work on the digital single market strategy has already been carried out. It is now for Gabriel to push the parliament and member states to adopt the legislative proposals.-Working with other commissioners-Juncker's mission letter to Gabriel, which was in many instances a word-for-word copy of the one given to Oettinger in November 2014, indicated that she would be given more guidance by her colleagues than Oettinger.Juncker asked Gabriel, just as he did Oettinger, to work on big data, the cloud, and the Internet of Things. However, the commission president added that Gabriel should work with the commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation.He did the same for several other assignments, telling Gabriel to work with specific commissioners, whereas Juncker had not asked Oettinger to do that.Juncker still wants Gabriel to make a “plan to make the EU a leader in cyber security preparedness and trustworthy information and communication technologies”.But where Oettinger was asked to come up with that plan with his colleague, vice-president Ansip, Gabriel is expected to draft the plan alongside the EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and the commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King.-Hate speech-In her written answers to parliament, Gabriel promised that, as commissioner, she will propose “further measures to promote proactive steps by online platforms and social media” to combat hate speech.However, she remained vague about the future of the EU's telecom forum, Berec.The EU commission wants to give the forum more powers and make it a full-fledged agency, but both parliament and national governments seem sceptical on the subject.Gabriel's fellow EPP member, Krisjanis Karins, told EUobserver earlier this year that he was opposed to the commission's idea.In her written answers, Gabriel did not state a preference over an agency or not, saying instead she will “work together with the co-legislators to find the best possible solution”.-Digital skills: Netscape-She also said she wants to promote digital skills, which are needed to ensure Europe's “shift to digital technology”.Perhaps Gabriel would like to increase her own e-skills too.She listed in her curriculum vitae on her personal website that her computer skills are: “Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)" and "Internet (Explorer, Firefox, Netscape)”, which is not particularly impressive for a 38-year-old.Netscape Navigator, like Explorer and Firefox, is a web browser that was popular in the 1990s, but was discontinued ten years ago.
EU considers sanctions to respond to cyberattacks-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers have agreed to prepare a joint response to cyberattacks in the 28-nation bloc, including imposing sanctions on offenders.The ministers said in a statement Monday that they would develop a "cyber-diplomacy toolbox" to respond to malicious activities online.They expressed concern at the "increased ability and willingness of state and non-state actors to pursue their objectives" through cyberattacks, and pledged a united response.While the ministers said they prefer to settle cyberspace disputes peacefully, they stand ready to make full use of the means at their disposal "including, if necessary, restrictive measures."EU sanctions usually target people, groups, companies or organizations with asset freezes, travel bans and economic measures like import or export restrictions.The Associated Press.
NATO holds first war games on vulnerable Baltic corridor-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
Vilnius (AFP) - NATO has held its first war games focused on defending the Suwalki Gap, a land corridor critical to the security of its Baltic allies, officials said Monday, amid tensions with Russia.The narrow stretch of the Polish-Lithuanian border is sandwiched between Russia's highly militarised Kaliningrad exclave and Belarus, a close Kremlin ally.Military strategists warn it is the Achilles' heel of NATO's eastern flank: its capture would cut off the alliance's three Baltic members -- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- and so shatter its credibility.The gap, depending on the military analysis, varies from 60 to 100 kilometres (32 to 65 miles).Moscow has repeatedly denied any territorial ambitions and said a recent NATO build-up in the Baltic region on Russia's border has upset the balance of power.Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said Monday the drills -- focused on bringing allied forces across the Suwalki Gap from Poland into her country -- sent a "strong message of NATO readiness and commitment to ensure security of the region.""Facing threats, we are confident in ourselves, our allies and collective defence capabilities," she said in a statement to AFP.Fears that Russia could attempt an attack on the Suwalki Gap surged after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, a move which sent East-West relations to their lowest point since the Cold War.US Army Captain Jason Koontz, a spokesman for the multinational exercise told AFP on Monday, that formally called Iron Wolf, the "Suwalki exercises involved more than 1,500 service members from the US, Poland, Britain, and Lithuania."Captain Donatas Suchockis, a spokesman for the Lithuanian military, told AFP that "the joint operation at this geographical location was held for the first time."The weekend manoeuvres were part of the annual US-led Saber Strike drills in Poland and the three Baltic NATO partners.This year 11,300 troops from 20 NATO countries are taking part in the May 28-June 24 exercises.Lithuania's intelligence service has warned that Russia is capable of launching an attack on the Baltics with as little as 24 hours' notice.It also expects Moscow to simulate an armed conflict with NATO during its so-called "Zapad" ("West") drills in Russia and Belarus in September.Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis warned this month that these Russian exercises may serve as cover for an aggressive troop buildup on NATO's eastern flank.Speaking Monday in neighbouring Latvia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance was considering "calling on Russia to brief on the Zapad exercise" in the NATO-Russia Council.Stoltenberg on Monday joined Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis and Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to launch the Canadian-led NATO battalion in Latvia at the western Adazi training camp.NATO is deploying four battalions of about 1,000 soldiers in each of the Baltic states and Poland in response to growing nervousness over the Kremlin's intentions in the region that was under its thumb during the communist era.
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)
79 now believed to have died in London high-rise fire-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
London police said 79 people are now believed to have died in the fire that swept through a high-rise apartment building last week, making it the deadliest blaze in recent British history.Authorities increased the count Monday after spending the weekend working with families to identify all those who are missing and believed to have died inside the 24-story Grenfell Tower, as well as the five victims that have been formally identified, Metropolitan Police Commander Stuart Cundy told reporters.Flames engulfed the building in less than an hour early on June 14, trapping many residents before firefighters could reach them.London police late Sunday released photographs of the devastation inside the 120-unit building to show the public and frustrated family members why the search for victims is taking so long. The three photos show different views inside the charred, ruined wreck. The search and recovery operation is likely to take many weeks and some victims may never be identified because of the intensity of the fire, Cundy said."Sadly, for many families, they have lost more than one family member, and my heart truly goes out to them," he said. "This is an incredibly distressing time for all of them. I've said before one of my absolute priorities is to identify people as quick as we can, to recover them from Grenfell Tower."The Grenfell Tower disaster is now the deadliest fire in mainland Britain since at least the turn of the last century.It ranks above the fire at Bradford City Stadium on May 11, 1985, when 56 people died as flames swept through the wooden stands during a soccer game, according to the Emergency Events Database at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. The group compiles natural and man-made disasters around the world from 1900 to the present.Cundy was asked to describe the scene inside the building. Composing himself, he said "It's fair to say it is incredibly emotional working in there."Britain held a moment of silence for the victims on Monday, with emergency service workers bowing their heads in respect. People applauded as firefighters walked past.Two British ministers have said that exterior cladding used in Grenfell Tower's recent renovation may have been banned under U.K. building regulations. Experts believe the aluminum composite panels, which contain a plastic insulation material, may have helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the tower.Trade Minister Greg Hands said Sunday the government is carrying out an "urgent inspection" of the roughly 2,500 similar tower blocks across Britain to assess their safety, while an opposition lawmaker urged the government to quickly secure any documents related to the Grenfell renovation for a criminal investigation.Cundy said a criminal investigation began the day of the fire and will look at a "wide range" of issues, including the renovation project, the public housing block's management and maintenance, and fire-safety measures. Cundy has promised to share with relevant authorities any issues that need to be addressed immediately to protect public safety."I'd like to reassure everybody that we will be looking at all criminal offences that may have been committed by any individual or any organization," he said. "We will go where the evidence may take us. And where offences have been committed, I will do everything within my gift to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice."Anger has been mounting in recent days as relatives and community members expressed frustration with the lack of information about those still missing and the slow pace of efforts to find temporary housing for the hundreds of now-homeless tower residents.British Prime Minister Theresa May, criticized shortly after the blaze for failing to meet with victims, says the public inquiry into the tragedy will report directly to her. She also says she will receive daily reports from the stricken neighbourhood and has established a $6.4 million emergency fund to help the tower families.British health authorities will also provide long-term bereavement counselling for those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.Danica Kirka And Frank Griffiths, The Associated Press.
The Latest: Death toll from wildfire in Portugal rises to 63-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in Portugal (all times local):6 p.m.The death toll for the massive fire in central Portugal climbed to 63 on Monday after an injured firefighter died in hospital, the league of Portuguese firefighters said in their website.The victim was one of four firefighters hospitalized at the Coimbra University Hospital since Sunday morning due to serious burns suffered during the first hours of the fight against the flames. A further two people were being treated for major injuries.Portugal's Interior minister said that 25 of the victims had been identified by Monday afternoon and that authorities were moving fast to complete all identifications.Authorities say that altogether 135 people were treated as a result of the blaze, including 13 firefighters and one soldier.The country's Civil Protection department said that the battle against the flames is still very difficult in the Pedrogao Grande, where 1,100 soldiers and firefighters are working with hundreds of vehicles and dozens of aircraft. However, there are favorable signs in other areas of central Portugal also hit by wildfires, authorities said.___3 p.m.A British man has told of his dramatic escape from a wildfire that killed 62 people in central Portugal.Like more than half of the dead in Saturday's blaze, Daniel Starling jumped in his car and raced away as the flames bore down. He came across a family of four elderly people and stopped to pick them up.The 56-year-old from Norwich, England, says "we stopped at one point, because we did not know where to go, because there were flames everywhere. But I just carried on the only way that I knew. (It was) just flames over the car and the family and me screaming."Starling told The Associated Press on Monday that he had to speed around trees that had fallen on the road and had to go off the road. He finally came across a policeman at a junction, where he stopped. He says "the family got out and they were kissing the car."He says, however, the house that he has been building since 2009 in the region is now burned out.___2:45 p.m.A French person is among the more than 60 people killed in wildfires sweeping through central Portugal.The French Foreign Ministry announced the death Monday, and said the French government is mobilized to help the victim's family and to help Portugal. The ministry would not release the person's name out of respect for the family.France sent three water-dropping planes Sunday to help fight the fires in Portugal's Leiria region, as part of European Union joint civil security operations.More than 2,000 firefighters were battling Monday to contain the fires after one of Portugal's deadliest tragedies in decades.___2:30 p.m.Fire experts are pointing to a series of shortcomings in Portugal's strategy of dealing with wildfires, two days after a forest blaze killed 62 people in central Portugal.There is a broad consensus that more work is needed on prevention, starting with forest cleaning and the creation of fire breaks.But Paulo Fernandes, a forest researcher at Portugal's Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro University, notes that around 90 percent of landowners have smallholdings, making it difficult for authorities to oversee them all. Xavier Viegas, a wildfire expert at Portugal's Coimbra University, says Portugal needs a longer-term strategy.Both experts say local people need instructions on how to react when a wildfire is approaching so they don't act rashly.Officials say 47 people died Saturday night on a road as they fled the flames.___10:30 a.m.Portuguese officials say giant clouds of smoke are preventing the deployment of water-dropping aircraft on wildfires in the central region of the country where 62 people have died in the runaway flames.Civil Protection Agency commander Elisio Oliveira has told reporters that cooler night-time temperatures helped firefighters bring some blazes under control.However, some of the wildfires are still racing through inaccessible parts of hill ranges about 150 kilometers (95 miles) northeast of Lisbon. That is where the aircraft are needed.Temperatures are forecast to reach close to 40 C (104 F) there later Monday.More than 1,000 firefighters are tackling the wildfires around the town of Pedrogao Grande, where 62 people died Saturday night.___10:20 a.m.The death of 62 people in Portuguese wildfires has brought growing criticism of authorities for not doing more to prevent the tragedy.Portugal's leading environmental lobby group, Quercus, has issued a statement blaming the weekend blazes on "forest management errors and bad political decisions" by governments over recent decades.The association is rebuking authorities for allowing the planting of huge swathes of eucalyptus, the country's most common and most profitable species — but one that's often blamed for stoking blazes. It also says official bodies don't do enough to coordinate wildfire prevention.Emergency services have also been criticized for not closing a road where 47 of the deaths occurred as people fled the flames. The government has acknowledged that the huge fires occasionally led to a breakdown in communications.___7:45 a.m.More than 1,500 firefighters in Portugal are still battling to control major wildfires in the central region of the country, where one blaze killed 62 people.Reinforcements are due to arrive Monday, including more water-dropping planes from Spain, France and Italy as part of a European Union cooperation program.Portugal is observing three days of national mourning after 62 people were killed in a wildfire Saturday night around the town of Pedrogao Grande, which is by far the deadliest on record. Just over 1,000 firefighters are still attending that blaze about 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of Lisbon.Scorching weather, with temperatures surpassing 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), as well as strong winds and dry woodland after weeks with little rain are fueling the blazes.
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
OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).
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)
Paris attacker dead, French minister says-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
PARIS — France's interior minister says that a driver who rammed a car carrying explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Elysees avenue has died after the "attempted attack" on security forces.Gerard Collomb told reporters near the scene Monday that the man's motives weren't immediately clear.Bomb squad officers are at the scene on the city's most famous avenue, which is popular with tourists. It was the second major incident on the avenue this year.An attacker defending the Islamic State group shot and killed a police officer on the Champs-Elysees in April, days before a presidential election, prompting an extensive security operation.The Associated Press.
Finsbury Park attack: Van hits Muslim worshippers 'at speed'-[Sky News]-Philip Whiteside and Andy Hayes, News Reporters-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
A man has died and 10 people were injured after a van was driven into a group of worshippers outside a north London mosque.The vehicle hit pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque as they left Ramadan night prayers around midnight.Police are treating the incident, on Seven Sisters Road, as a terror attack.Witnesses described hearing the van driver shout: "I'm going to kill Muslims" and "I've done my bit".He was restrained by members of the public at the scene, with an imam from the nearby mosque protecting him from angry members of the public.The 47-year-old suspect has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and terror offences.The man, who police believe was acting alone, was not known to the security services.Searches are being carried out at a residential address in the Cardiff area.The vehicle used in the attack was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in South Wales. The firm has said it was "shocked and saddened" at the attack.Police said all the casualties were Muslims.The man who died had already been receiving first aid from a member of the public, police said.Eight people have been taken to hospital, while two others were treated at the scene.One witness Adil Rana, 24, said: "The van was driving towards us to try and basically hit us at speed."When he got arrested, he was taunting, saying, 'I'd do it again, I'd do it again'."Another witness described being surrounded by bodies in the wake of the attack outside the nearby Muslim Welfare House.Prime Minister Theresa May, who chaired a meeting of the COBRA emergency committee, condemned the attack as "every bit as sickening" as the recent atrocities in London and Manchester."It is a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms, and our determination to tackle them must be the same whoever is responsible," she said.Later, she visited Finsbury Park Mosque and met people from a variety of faiths.London mayor Sadiq Khan said it was a "truly horrific terrorist attack on our city"."This attack behind me in Seven Sisters, the attack in Manchester, the attack on London Bridge, the attack on Westminster Bridge are all an attack on our shared values, our shared values of tolerance and freedom and respect," he said."And we will not allow these terrorists to succeed."Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said it was "quite clearly an attack on Muslims".There will be more uniformed officers at places of worship, including mosques and Muslim community centres, as police try to reassure local people.
Netanyahu warns Iran after Syria missile strike-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned Iran not to threaten Israel after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at a Syrian base of the Islamic State group.Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it had fired six missiles from western Iran into northeastern Syria on Sunday, targeting "terror bases."The Guard said the strike was "in retaliation" for June 7 attacks in Tehran that killed 17 people in the first IS-claimed operations in the country.Netanyahu has repeatedly said Iran is a threat to the Jewish state, the Middle East and potentially the world."We follow their actions and we follow their words," he said Monday. "I have one message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel.""The army and our security forces are constantly monitoring the activity of Iran in the region," Netanyahu told senior members of his Likud party on Monday."This activity also includes their attempts to establish themselves in Syria and, of course, to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and other operations," a party statement quoted him as saying.Netanyahu was a vocal opponent of the 2015 deal between Tehran and major powers that saw sanctions against Iran eased in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.Israel, which is itself believed to have atomic weapons, says the programme aims to produce a nuclear bomb -- something Iran denies.Iran's homemade missiles, including some that are capable of hitting Israel or American military bases in the region, are a major point of tension with Washington and Israel.Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel was not worried by Sunday's strike."Israel is prepared for every development," he told members of his right wing Yisrael Beitenu party on Monday."We are prepared, we have no concerns or worries."
Iran calls missile attack on Syria militants a wider warning-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran says its ballistic missile strike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria was not only a response to deadly attacks in Tehran, but a powerful message to archrival Saudi Arabia and the United States, one that could add to already soaring regional tensions.The launch, which hit Syria's eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday night, appeared to be Iran's first missile attack abroad in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict, in which it has provided crucial support to embattled President Bashar Assad.It comes amid the worsening of a long-running feud between Shiite powerhouse Iran and Saudi Arabia, with supports Syrian rebels and has led recent efforts to isolate the Gulf nation of Qatar.It also raises questions about how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which had previously put Iran "on notice" for its ballistic missile tests, will respond.Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force in charge of the country's missile program, said it launched six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles from the western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan. State television footage showed the missiles on truck missile launchers in the daylight before being launched at night.The missiles flew over Iraq before striking what the Guard called an Islamic State command centre and suicide car bomb operation in Deir el-Zour, over 600 kilometres (370 miles) away. The extremists have been trying to fortify their positions in the Syrian city in the face of a U.S.-led coalition onslaught on Raqqa, the group's de facto capital.Syrian opposition activist Omar Abu Laila, who is based in Germany but closely follows events in his native Deir el-Zour, said two Iranian missiles fell near and inside the eastern town of Mayadeen, an Islamic State stronghold. He said there were no casualties from the strikes. The IS group did not immediately acknowledge the strikes.Iraqi lawmaker Abdul-Bari Zebari said his country agreed to the missile overflight after co-ordination with Iran, Russia and Syria.The Guard described the missile strike as revenge for attacks on Tehran earlier this month that killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50, the first such IS assault in the country.But the missiles sent a message to more than just the extremists in Iraq and Syria, Gen. Ramazan Sharif of the Guard told state television in a telephone interview."The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message," he said. "Obviously and clearly, some reactionary countries of the region, especially Saudi Arabia, had announced that they are trying to bring insecurity into Iran."Sunday's missile strike came amid recent confrontations in Syria between U.S.-backed forces and pro-government factions. The U.S. recently deployed a truck-mounted missile system into Syria as Assad's forces cut off the advance of America-backed rebels along the Iraqi border. Meanwhile, the U.S. on Sunday shot down a Syrian aircraft for the first time, marking a new escalation of the conflict as Russia warned it would consider any U.S.-led coalition planes in Syria west of the Euphrates River to be targets.The Zolfaghar missile, unveiled in September 2016, was described at the time as carrying a cluster warhead and being able to strike as far as 700 kilometres (435 miles) away.That puts the missile in range of the forward headquarters of the U.S. military's Central Command in Qatar, American bases in the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet in Bahrain.The missile also could strike Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. While Iran has other ballistic missiles it says can reach longer distances, Sunday's strike appears to be the furthest carried out abroad. Iran's last foreign missile strike is believed to have been carried out in April 2001, targeting an exiled Iranian group in Iraq.Iran has described the Tehran attackers as being "long affiliated with the Wahhabi," an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country have expressed suspicion that Iran's regional rival had a hand in the assault.Since Trump took office, his administration has put new economic sanctions on those allegedly involved with Iran's missile program as the Senate has voted for applying new sanctions on Iran. However, the test launches haven't affected Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.Israel is also concerned about Iran's missile launches and has deployed a multilayered missile- defence system. When Iran unveiled the Zolfaghar in 2016, it bore a banner printed with a 2013 quote by Khamenei saying that Iran will annihilate the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa should Israel attack Iran.Israeli security officials said Monday they were studying the missile strike to see what they could learn about its accuracy and capabilities. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters."We are following their actions. And we are also following their words," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. "And I have one message to Iran: Do not threaten Israel."Iranian officials meanwhile offered a series of threats of more strikes, including former Guard chief Gen. Mohsen Rezai. He wrote on Twitter: "The bigger slap is yet to come."___Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press writers Zeina Karam in Beirut, Josef Federman and Ian Deitch in Jerusalem, and Sinan Salaheddin in Baghdad contributed to this report.Nasser Karimi And Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press.
UN: Number of global displaced up to 65.6 million last year-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
GENEVA — The number of people displaced from their homes across the world due to war and persecution climbed slightly to a record 65.6 million last year, with the escalating conflict in South Sudan largely accounting for the rise, the United Nations refugee agency said Monday.The figure that includes refugees, asylum seekers and people uprooted inside their own countries was some 300,000 higher at the end of last year than at the end of 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said. That was a smaller increase than in the four previous years, prompting the U.N. agency to warn against complacency."Although these figures represent small shifts compared to the previous year ... the relatively stable figures mask a very unstable situation," agency chief Filippo Grandi said ahead of the official release of the report Monday. "This is becoming a forgotten crisis."Of the total, some 10.3 million people were newly displaced in 2016, around two-thirds fleeing within their own countries, according to an annual report by the group. The total refugee population — people who fled their home countries — was about 22.5 million people, and nearly half of those were children. In Germany, which vastly expanded its acceptance of people fleeing war from places like Syria, the number of refugees doubled to over 600,000 last year.Syria's six-year civil war remained the largest single cause of displacement, with 12 million people — around two-thirds of the population — either uprooted within the country or fleeing abroad, the group said.They were followed by some 7.7 million Colombians, 4.7 million Afghans, 4.2 million Iraqis and 3.3 million South Sudanese.Turkey, which has taken in the largest number of Syrians, to a total of 2.9 million at the end of 2015. It has since exceeded 3 million.Syria is the only country in which a majority of the population is forcibly displaced. South Sudan, with a little over a quarter, has the next-biggest proportion — and fastest growing displaced population overall, the agency said. By the end of 2016, 3.3 million people from the world's newest country had fled their homes, more than half to neighbouring countries."The international neglect that you see here is matched nowhere else in the world," Grandi told The Associated Press on Sunday while visiting South Sudan's largest internally displaced camp in the town of Bentiu. "Wherever you look there are dead ends."Thousands of South Sudanese now live in U.N protected camps, including 80 per cent of Bentiu's population.The figures are based on the agency's own data and on numbers reported by governments and non-governmental organizations.___Moulson reported from Berlin. Sam Mednick in Bentiu, South Sudan, contributed to this report.-Jamey Keaten And Geir Moulson, The Associated Press
5 killed in jihadi attack on Mali resort outside capital-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
BAMAKO, Mali — Islamic extremists who stormed a resort area in Mali popular with foreigners killed five people, including a Portuguese soldier who had been serving in the European Union mission to stabilize this West African country wracked by mounting extremism, authorities said Monday.The death toll rose after a Malian soldier who was wounded in the Sunday afternoon attack died of his injuries. Three civilians — a Chinese citizen, a Malian, and a French-Gabonese dual national — also were slain in the worst terror attack to strike Bamako since late 2015.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the Malian victim worked for the European delegation in Bamako.The attack struck a resort area that was considered safe enough that it was an approved rest and recreation location for soldiers with the EU mission. It was not immediately clear how the attackers managed to overpower the security staff and shoot at guests.Mali's special forces arrived on the scene not long after the reports of gunfire erupting from Campement Kangaba, known for its three swimming pools and serene surroundings as an escape from the bustling capital's heat and traffic.Initially the country's security minister said one of the wounded attackers had managed to escape but on Monday officials said they had accounted for all the jihadists."At this hour, all of the terrorists have been killed. The situation is under control," Mali's Security Minister Salif Traore told The Associated Press.Witnesses described a chaotic scene Sunday afternoon, with one man saying the first jihadist on the scene arrived by motorcycle shouting "Allah Akbar." Three others subsequently arrived in a vehicle and began firing their weapons. One of the attackers was subdued by a French soldier who happened to be at Campement Kangaba on the weekend, according to a witness at the scene. The attacker was wounded and later died.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which took place amid the final week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. However, the attack resembled a number of others carried out by the local affiliate of al-Qaida in West Africa over the past two years.Sunday's violence also came about a week after the U.S. State Department warned of possible attacks on Western diplomatic missions and other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent.Religious extremism in Mali once was limited to northern areas, prompting the French military in 2013 to lead a military operation to oust jihadis from power in the major towns in the north. But the militants have continued targeting Malian forces and peacekeepers, making it the deadliest U.N. mission in the world.There are no French troops based in Bamako, but about 2,000 French troops are based in northern Mali fighting Islamic extremists. French President Emmanuel Macron was informed about the attack and was following the events carefully, according to an official in his office.In recent years, the extremists have become more brazen, attacking sites frequented by Westerners in the capital of Bamako.In March 2015, five people died when militants hit a popular restaurant in the capital. A devastating attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako later that year left 20 dead — six Malians and 14 foreigners.That attack was jointly claimed by both the regional al-Qaida affiliate and a group known as Al Mourabitoun, which was founded by extremist Moktar Belmoktar after he fell out with al-Qaida leaders. In a video released in March, jihadis said those two were joining together along with two Mali-based terror groups___Associated Press writers Lorne Cook in Brussels; Krista Larson in Dakar, Senegal; and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.Baba Ahmed, The Associated Press.
Iraqi forces push into Mosul Old City, warn IS 'surrender or die'-[AFP]-Jean Marc Mojon-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
Mosul (Iraq) (AFP) - Iraqi forces pushed deeper into Mosul's Old City on Monday after launching a final assault on the Islamic State group, warning civilians to stay inside and telling jihadists to "surrender or die".Iraqi forces launched the operation Sunday to retake the district, the last part of Iraq's second city still held by IS after a months-long offensive.Commanders say the jihadists are putting up fierce resistance and there are fears for more than 100,000 civilians believed to be trapped in the maze of narrow streets.Staff Major General Maan al-Saadi, a top commander in Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), told AFP that heavy fighting had resumed at dawn on Monday."We pushed deeper into the Old City and took control of new areas in the Faruq neighbourhood," he said.The various Iraqi forces pushing into the Old City made modest gains, as IS fighters rained mortar fire on their positions and offered stiff resistance."Penetrating was very difficult. Today the fighting is face to face," Saadi said.The push into Mosul's historic heart on the west bank of the Tigris River marks the culmination of a campaign launched in October by Iraqi forces to retake IS's last major urban stronghold in the country.The US-led coalition battling IS in Iraq and neighbouring Syria has backed the offensive, including with months of air strikes.The loss of Mosul would mark the effective end of the Iraqi portion of the cross-border "caliphate" that IS declared in summer 2014 after seizing swathes of Iraq and Syria.- IEDs on toy cars -Sheltering from relentless fire and explosions near a sniper position on the edge of the Old City, CTS captain Ahmed Jassem described a bitter fight."We can't bring our vehicles into these narrow streets. It means they can't use as many car bombs either, but they use motorcycle bombs and even IEDs mounted on remote-controlled toy cars," he said.Iraqi forces stationed Humvees by the Grand Mosque on the retaken east side of Mosul, facing the Old City and mounted with speakers.The loudspeakers blared messages to IS fighters, telling them: "You have only this choice: surrender or die".Late on Sunday, Iraqi forces dropped nearly 500,000 leaflets over the city, warning that they had "started attacking from all directions".The leaflets urge civilians to "stay away from open places and... exploit any opportunity that arises during the fighting" to escape.The United Nations has said IS may be holding more than 100,000 civilians as human shields in the Old City.Only a few hundred yards (metres) from the heaviest fighting, small groups of civilians gathered, sheltering from the scorching sun more than from mortar rounds falling into the neighbourhood."We moved to a camp in Hammam al-Alil when the neighbourhood was liberated, but homes were being looted so we came back to protect our property," said Nabil Hamed Khattab, a 56-year old who did not flinch when a mortar round came crashing down a few blocks away.Commanders have said the fighting is expected to be very difficult and could last weeks.Surrounded by Iraqi forces on three sides and blocked on the other by the Tigris that runs through Mosul, the jihadists are cornered.Iraqi forces launched a vast operation to retake Mosul eight months ago, seizing the city's eastern side in January and starting an assault on its western part the following month.Aid groups have raised concerns that already-traumatised civilians risk getting caught up in fierce street fighting.It is not clear how many civilians have been killed in the operation, but aid workers are warning that casualties will be high."We're seeing dozens of new patients a day, including children and the elderly. For a heartbreakingly high number, it was simply too late; they died soon after reaching us," said Dr. Julia Schuerch, an ICRC emergency room specialist deployed in west Mosul."Why didn't they come sooner?" she said. "Residents are being forced to make impossible life and death choices as they seek to flee the violence."Since the start of the battle to retake Mosul, an estimated 862,000 people have been displaced. Around 195,000 have since returned, mainly to the city's east.It was from the Old City's emblematic Al-Nuri mosque in July 2014 that IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his only public appearance.He urged Muslims worldwide to move to the group's "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria.The jihadists have since lost most of the territory they once controlled in the face of US-backed offensives in Iraq and in Syria, where a Kurdish-Arab alliance is advancing on the group's last Syrian stronghold Raqa.
Cosby alternate juror: I 'probably' would have convicted him-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 19, 2017
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — An alternate juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case said Monday he "probably" would have voted to convict and was "ridiculously sick" when he found out the main jury couldn't reach a verdict.A mistrial was declared Saturday after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked. Prosecutors plan to retry the 79-year-old star on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004.As an alternate, Mike McCloskey heard all the testimony but didn't participate in deliberations.He told Pittsburgh radio station WDVE that jurors did not discuss the case on the bus ride after the trial, maintaining "complete silence." The trial took place outside Philadelphia, but the jury came from the Pittsburgh area."It was the craziest, eeriest bus ride I've ever taken," said McCloskey, 43.McCloskey posted his juror's badge on Facebook as proof of his role in the case. He did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press on Monday.Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn't break their deadlock. The juror's names haven't been made public and the split on the vote hasn't been disclosed, shrouding the case in mystery.Prosecutors are fighting to keep the jurors' identities a secret, arguing in court documents Monday that releasing them would result in a "publicity onslaught" and make picking a jury for the second trial more difficult. Media organizations urged a judge to release them, saying the public has an interest in "confirming that the outcome of the first trial was the result of an impartial process."Pennsylvania law allows the public release of jurors' names, but judges have discretion to keep them a secret under certain conditions.Judge Steven O'Neill, who presided over the Cosby trial, has yet to rule on the release of the names.He advised jurors when the trial ended Saturday that they didn't need to discuss the case."It can never be clearer that if you speak up, you could be chilling the justice system in the future if jurors are needed in this case," O'Neill told them.Cosby, the actor and comedian once known as "America's Dad," was charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from Andrea Constand's allegations that he drugged and violated her at his suburban Philadelphia home. He said the encounter was consensual.It is not yet clear why jurors could not reach a verdict, or how close they came."We get 12 people to agree on sex assault cases all the time, but this is not any case. It's an old case, it's a controversial case, it's a case that involves questions of consent," said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson.In a retrial, District Attorney Kevin Steele could ask the judge to allow testimony from more of Cosby's 60 accusers, or to disclose to jurors that Constand is gay. That never came up in her seven hours of testimony. The defence had hoped, if it did, to introduce evidence she had previously dated a man."The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time because the defence expects you to do it the same way," said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani.Cosby remains free on $1 million bail in the criminal case. O'Neill could schedule the retrial within weeks.The entertainer is also battling sexual battery or defamation cases still pending by 10 women in California and Massachusetts. Several of them attended the criminal trial with their lawyers.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.___For more on Cosby, including stories about the trial, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit http://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial.Maryclaire Dale And Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press.
Cosby team triumphant, but sex crime retrial, lawsuits loom-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 18, 2017
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — In one of the more unusual scenes to play out at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, the judge questioned Cosby under oath as jury deliberations wore on to be sure he knew the mistrial he sought could lead to a second trial.Cosby, the actor and comedian known as "America's Dad," turns 80 next month facing just that ordeal. Legal experts believe prosecutors will reshape their case for Round Two, although it's not yet clear why jurors couldn't reach a verdict, or how close they came.District Attorney Kevin Steele could ask the judge to let more of Cosby's 60 accusers testify or disclose to jurors that accuser Andrea Constand is gay. That never came up in her seven hours of testimony. The defence had hoped, if it did, to introduce evidence she had previously dated a man."The key to retrying a case is to do it differently the second time, because the defence expects you to do it the same way," said Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani.Constand is on board for the retrial. And Steele on Sunday denied a media report that Cosby had ever been offered a plea deal.The juror names remain shielded from the public under a protective order that several news outlets have challenged. Judge Steven O'Neill could revisit the issue as early as Monday. He advised jurors when the trial ended, after a week of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations, that they need not discuss the case, even as the public debates whether age, race, gender or other issues separated them."It can never be clearer that if you speak up, you could be chilling the justice system in the future if jurors are needed in this case," O'Neill told them.Criminal law professor Jody Armour wonders if the bitter divide over social issues that's evident in American politics was at work in the jury room."Social attitudes in general affect what happens in criminal trials, in rape cases. We can now wonder if a lot of those kinds of attitudes were at play in ... Bill Cosby's rape case," said Armour, who teaches at the University of South California.Two women jurors who appeared to be in their 30s or 40s looked anguished when they announced the final deadlock, wiping away tears with tissues handed to them by a sympathetic young man sitting between them. Other jurors were harder to read."We get 12 people to agree on sex assault cases all the time, but this is not any case. It's an old case, it's a controversial case, it's a case that involves questions of consent," said professor Laurie Levenson, of Loyola Law School.She once served on a jury where the foreperson was the lone holdout for an acquittal. She also recalled a Los Angeles case where an 11-1 vote to acquit in the first trial ended with a conviction the second time around. She believes the breakdown of the first Cosby jury is important to know, but perhaps not predictive of how the second trial might go."Anything can happen because it's a new set of jurors," Levenson said. "The second time around, are they coming with an agenda? Do they want to save Cosby, or do what the first jury couldn't do, which was convict him?"Cosby is also battling sexual battery or defamation cases still pending by 10 women in California and Massachusetts. Several of them attended the criminal trial with their layers. The discovery in those cases is underway, but his deposition testimony will remain on hold until the retrial in the criminal case.Publicist Andrew Wyatt raised a clenched fist as he led the legally blind Cosby out of the courthouse after the jury deadlocked Saturday, while cameras popped and his lead defence lawyer walked away. They attacked the judge, in a letter from Cosby's wife Camille, as "arrogant" and Steele as "heinous" and "ambitious."Cosby remains on $1 million bail over the three felony charges. O'Neill could schedule the retrial within weeks.Maryclaire Dale And Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press.
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