Friday, April 27, 2018
NETANYAHU HOPES CZECHS WILL MOVE EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM QUICKLY.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
Netanyahu hopes Czechs will ‘quickly’ relocate embassy to Jerusalem-PM hails announcement by Czech president of three-stage diplomatic process, though it remains unclear if and when missions would be moved from Tel Aviv-By Raphael Ahren and TOI-APR 26,18
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday night welcomed a decision by the Czech Republic to set plans in motion to move the country’s diplomatic missions from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.While it remains unclear if and when Prague will actually open an embassy in the holy city, the prime minister expressed hope the embassy would be relocated to the capital, and quickly.“I thank my good friend, Czech President Miloš Zeman, for the important declaration that the Czech embassy will move to Jerusalem. I hope that the decision will be implemented quickly. I look forward to welcoming President Zeman here in Israel with the great respect that he deserves,” Netanyahu wrote on Facebook.President Miloš Zeman announced the three-staged move, which starts next month with the appointment of an honorary consul in Jerusalem and is to conclude at an undetermined time with the relocation of the embassy.Israeli politicians hailed Zeman’s speech, despite the fact that as president, he has limited executive power. Acting Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is opposed to a full-fledged relocation of the embassy, saying he does not want to break with EU policy.“There will be, I hope, three phases of removal of the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Zeman said at an event in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day at Prague Castle — the first-ever celebration of another country’s anniversary held at the site.“The second phase, well, we have many, many institutions: Czech Invest, Czech Trade, Czech Tourism, Czech Center. And all those institutions are to be transferred from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” he said.The actual embassy move would be the third stage.On December 6, US President Donald Trump bucked decades of US foreign policy by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and launching the diplomatic process to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. In February, the US administration announced that it would open its Jerusalem embassy in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence.Trump’s decision to move his country’s embassy, welcomed by Israel, has been condemned by many leaders and foreign ministers across the world, who have said the city’s status should be determined through negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem — captured by Israel from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War — as their capital.A short while after Zeman’s speech — in which he failed to say when exactly the embassy would move to Jerusalem — the Czech Foreign Ministry issued a statement clarifying Prague’s policy.The statement recalls that the Czech government last year, shortly after the US move, recognized the city’s Western part as Israel’s capital.“It thus only acknowledged what is standard practice by other States when making their official visits to Israel,” Wednesday’s statement read.“According to usual diplomatic practice, States have their embassies in the capitals of the receiving States. This is why the Czech Republic has decided, as a first step, to open an honorary consulate (led by Honorary Consul Mr. Dan Propper) in May and a new Czech Center by the end of this year, both in West Jerusalem.“This step in no way prejudges the final agreement concerning Jerusalem,” the statement continues. “The Czech Republic fully respects common policy of the European Union, which considers Jerusalem as the future capital of both the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine.”The statement goes on to note the longstanding friendship between the two peoples, pointing that Czechoslovakia opened a Consulate General in Jerusalem in the 1920s, when it was still the British Mandate.“The Czech Republic will go on striving for Jerusalem to remain an open city where people of different faiths can practice their beliefs freely. To make the city of Jerusalem a place of tolerance and understanding remains our ultimate goal,” the statement concludes. It does not mention the country’s embassy or any plans to move it from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Despite this clarification, many leading Israeli politicians rushed to issue congratulatory statements.Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, for instance, welcomed Zeman’s “decision to transfer the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem.”“Another embassy moves to Jerusalem,” gushed Communications Minister Ayoub Kara, adding that “the facts on the ground speak for themselves — and slowly, slowly many countries in the world will follow the US and relocate their embassies.”In his speech, Zeman — a longtime ally of Israel — mentioned that he called for moving the Czech embassy to Jerusalem four years ago, joking that Trump was merely copying him.“The president of the Czech Republic is a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people and has always seen Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people,” Israel’s Ambassador in Prague, Daniel Meron, told The Times of Israel in a telephone interview Wednesday evening.
Czech president announces 3-stage plan to move embassy to Jerusalem – eventually-Announcement comes despite opposition from country's prime minister; Israeli politicians hail Milos Zeman's pledge-By Raphael Ahren-TOI-APR 26,18
The president of the Czech Republic on Wednesday announced the beginning of a process that will move the country’s diplomatic missions from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, though it remains unclear if and when Prague will actually open an embassy in the holy city.President Miloš Zeman announced the three-staged move, which starts next month with the appointment of an honorary consul in Jerusalem and is to conclude at an undetermined time with the relocation of the embassy.Israeli politicians hailed Zeman’s speech, despite the fact that as president, he has limited executive power. Acting Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is opposed to a full-fledged relocation of the embassy, saying he does not want to break with EU policy.“There will be, I hope, three phases of removal of the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Zeman said at an event in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day at Prague Castle — the first-ever celebration of another country’s anniversary held at the site.“The second phase, well, we have many, many institutions: Czech Invest, Czech Trade, Czech Tourism, Czech Center. And all those institutions are to be transferred from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” he said.The actual embassy move would be the third stage.On December 6, US President Donald Trump bucked decades of US foreign policy by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and setting in motion plans to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. In February the US administration announced that it would open its Jerusalem embassy in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence.Trump’s decision to move his country’s embassy, welcomed by Israel, has been condemned by many leaders and foreign ministers across the world, who have said the city’s status should be determined through negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem — captured by Israel from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War — as their capital.A short while after Zeman’s speech — in which he failed to say when exactly the embassy would move to Jerusalem — the Czech Foreign Ministry issued a statement clarifying Prague’s policy.The statement recalls that the Czech government last year, shortly after the US move, recognized the city’s Western part as Israel’s capital.“It thus only acknowledged what is standard practice by other States when making their official visits to Israel,” Wednesday’s statement read.“According to usual diplomatic practice, States have their embassies in the capitals of the receiving States. This is why the Czech Republic has decided, as a first step, to open an honorary consulate (led by Honorary Consul Mr. Dan Propper) in May and a new Czech Center by the end of this year, both in West Jerusalem.“This step in no way prejudges the final agreement concerning Jerusalem,” the statement continues. “The Czech Republic fully respects common policy of the European Union, which considers Jerusalem as the future capital of both the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine.”The statement goes on to note the longstanding friendship between the two peoples, pointing that Czechoslovakia opened a Consulate General in Jerusalem in the 1920s, when it was still the British Mandate.“The Czech Republic will go on striving for Jerusalem to remain an open city where people of different faiths can practice their beliefs freely. To make the city of Jerusalem a place of tolerance and understanding remains our ultimate goal,” the statement concludes. It does not mention the country’s embassy or any plans to move it from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Despite this clarification, many leading Israeli politicians rushed to issue congratulatory statements.Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, for instance, welcomed Zeman’s “decision to transfer the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem.”“Another embassy moves to Jerusalem,” gushed Communications Minister Ayoub Kara, adding that “the facts on the ground speak for themselves — and slowly, slowly many countries in the world will follow the US and relocate their embassies.”In his speech, Zeman — a longtime ally of Israel — mentioned that he called for moving the Czech embassy to Jerusalem four years ago, joking that Trump was merely copying him.“The president of the Czech Republic is a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people and has always seen Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people,” Israel’s Ambassador in Prague, Daniel Meron, told The Times of Israel in a telephone interview Wednesday evening.
Czechs appoint new honorary consul in Jerusalem instead of moving embassy-Dan Propper, chairman of one of Israel's largest food manufacturers, says he has been offered the position-By TOI staff-APR 26,18
After announcing it will appoint an honorary consul in Jerusalem instead of moving its embassy, the Czech Republic has tapped the chairman of one of Israel’s largest food manufacturers to serve in the position.Dan Propper, the chair of Osem’s board of directors, confirmed to the Haaretz daily on Wednesday he was offered the position and is now waiting to be officially appointed.Propper, who is of Czech heritage and lives in the affluent Tel Aviv suburb of Kfar Shmaryahu, will not, however, move to Jerusalem when taking up the position, according to Haaretz.The position of honorary consul of the Czech Republic in Jerusalem was previously filled by Czech-born Israeli journalist Tatiana Hoffman, who died in November 2016.The Haaretz report came after Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Friday that although his country is unlikely to follow the US and move its embassy to Jerusalem, is still interested in boosting its presence in the city and will appoint a new honorary consulate in Jerusalem in the next few months.Babis also said that the government was considering opening a Czech cultural center in the city during a planned visit to Israel by its president, Milos Zeman, at the end of 2018, Radio Prague reported.According to the Radio Prague report, Babis does not want to break with the EU position, which holds that the issue of Jerusalem needs to first be resolved in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.Babis believed that opening a Czech center would not violate those principles, the radio report said.Israel had been hopeful that the Czechs would follow US President Donald Trump and several other nations that have promised to move their missions. In March an Israeli Foreign Ministry cable reportedly said that they had begun examining the practical implications of moving the embassy to Jerusalem.In a classified cable written to the Foreign Ministry, Israel’s Ambassador to Prague Daniel Meron credited Jerusalem’s diplomatic efforts for developments on the issue in the Czech Republic, which “has begun a quiet internal staff evaluation to examine the possibilities and risks regarding the transfer of its embassy.”Meron wrote that Israeli pressure following decisions from the US and Guatemala to move their respective embassies to Jerusalem made the Czech Republic more open to following suit.However, the decision will ultimately be made by Babis, who is seen as particularly risk averse.“At the same time, the prime minister is very influenced by public opinion, which is well-known to be pro-Israel,” Meron wrote, adding that it was crucial for Jerusalem to continue its public outreach in Prague to cement that support.The ambassador argued that Israel ought to utilize Zeman, who has been a vocal supporter of the Jewish state and has recently advocated for the embassy move.On December 6, Trump bucked decades of US foreign policy by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and setting in motion plans to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. In February the US administration announced that it would open its Jerusalem embassy in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence.After Trump’s announcement, the Czech foreign ministry said it recognizes pre-1967 West Jerusalem as the country’s capital, while noting the city should be a shared capital with the Palestinians.“The ministry can start considering moving of the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem only based on results of negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world,” it said at the time.Trump’s decision to move his country’s embassy, welcomed by Israel, has been condemned by leaders and foreign ministers across the world, who have said the city’s status should be determined through negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Netanyahu thanks Romanian PM for backing Jerusalem embassy move-PM meets with Viorica Dancila, who supports moving her country's mission to Israeli capital despite opposition of Romania's president-By Agencies and TOI staff-APR 26,18
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday thanked his visiting counterpart from Romania for her government’s stand on possibly moving Romania’s embassy to Jerusalem.Netanyahu met with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, who is on a two-day visit. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office welcomed the “Romanian government’s approval of a draft decision on initiating the transfer of the Romanian Embassy to Jerusalem.”The PMO said the two “discussed bilateral issues, strengthening cooperation and the holding of joint projects in — inter alia — security, health, technology and cyber defense.”Dancila and Netanyahu also agreed to hold a meeting between Israeli and Romanian ministers in Romania “in the coming months,” it added.Dancila visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum after meeting Netanyahu. She is scheduled to meet with President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday and visit the Western Wall.Earlier this month, Liviu Dragnea of the Social Democratic Party, which effectively runs Romania’s government, said Bucharest is ready to follow the US and move its embassy to Jerusalem.According to Romanian media, Netanyahu has invited Dragnea to visit Israel “toward the end of the month” and welcomed his stance on the embassy question.However, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who is from the center-right and has frequently clashed with the government, protested that he had not been informed and emphasized that any such move could only happen after Israel and the Palestinians had agreed on the status of Jerusalem among themselves.Caught in the middle of the argument between the two men, Dancila has sought to explain that her government was trying simply to create a “platform for discussions” on the possible transfer of the embassy.Dragnea was not able to take up the post of prime minister after his party won polls in 2016 due to a conviction for electoral fraud. But he is still seen as having a key role in government affairs.Dragnea “is looking for recognition on an international level and to present himself as a privileged interlocutor with Israel and the US within Romania,” political analyst Radu Magdin told AFP.Dragnea also hopes that “the US will be less critical of the government’s reforms” of the judiciary, according to Magdin.The EU has criticized the Romanian government’s plans, and opponents say they will weaken judicial independence.Romania was the only country in the former communist bloc to maintain relations with Israel after the Six Day War in 1967.Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu also maintained close ties with the Palestinian Liberation Organization under Yasser Arafat.Romania abstained on a United Nations General Assembly Resolution that condemned the US administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there.The Romanian Foreign Ministry said the resolution — which was adopted with 128 “yes” votes, 9 “no” votes and 35 abstentions — “comes at a time when caution should be exercised.”In a press release, the ministry said it was “rather necessary, at this stage, to re-launch the direct dialogue in order to unlock the peace process. Consequently, Romania has voted to ‘abstain’ within the UNGA.”At the time, Netanyahu called Iohannis to thank him for the abstention
Macron believes Trump will ‘get rid’ of Iran deal to please his base-French president, who says he doesn't have 'inside information' on US president's thinking, suggests American counterpart will walk away from pact in May-By AFP-TOI-APR 26,18
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may well pull out of the Iran nuclear deal for domestic political reasons, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday, after he and his American counterpart held talks addressing the agreement’s future.Near the end of his three-day state visit, Macron told US media that while he did not know specifically what Trump will decide, he believes the US leader “will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons.”Trump — a fierce opponent of the July 2015 agreement signed by Tehran and international powers — must declare by May 12 if he will essentially walk away from the existing deal when the renewal deadline arrives on May 12, or stay in.Macron had come to Washington in part to plead for a more comprehensive “new agreement” that would address what he and Trump believe to be shortcomings of the existing accord.Trump has branded the Iran deal “insane” and the “worst” in history.“I have no inside information” on what decision Trump will make on the agreement, Macron told journalists.But “I listen to what President Trump is saying and it seems to me that he is not very eager to defend it.”Macron recalled that Trump made killing the Iran nuclear accord a campaign pledge during his 2016 presidential run.“The rational analysis of all his statements does not make me think that he will do everything to maintain” the agreement signed with Iran to prevent the Islamic republic from acquiring an atomic bomb.Asked whether such a decision would signify a personal failure for him, Macron stressed that his role “is not to try to convince President Trump to walk away from his campaign commitments.”Instead he offered further defense of the deal, saying “I’m trying to prove that this agreement makes sense.”The proposal that Macron put forward to his US counterpart involves preserving the existing agreement on the first of “four pillars” of a future deal.The others would address the period after 2025, when certain clauses concerning nuclear activities will sunset; Tehran’s highly controversial ballistic missile program; and its “destabilizing” role in the region.“For me it’s progress, it avoids falling into the complete unknown if the US decision is a hard exit,” said Macron, who confirmed that the proposal was a strategy coordinated with European partners and not a unilateral one.
Danish inventor sentenced to life for submarine murder of reporter-Peter Madsen admitted he dismembered Kim Wall's body, but claims her death was accidental-By AFP-TOI-26 April 2018, 3:14 pm 0
A Copenhagen court on Wednesday found Danish inventor Peter Madsen guilty of the premeditated murder and sexual assault of Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his homemade submarine last year, handing him a life sentence.Madsen, 47, had admitted chopping up the 30-year-old’s body and throwing her remains overboard in waters off Copenhagen on the night of August 10, 2017, but claimed her death was accidental.A life sentence in Denmark averages around 16 years.Madsen, wearing a black T-shirt and blazer, stood in the courtroom to hear the verdict. As it was read out by the judge, he sat down next to his lawyer, visibly affected and dejected.Madsen’s lawyer said he would appeal the verdict.Wall, a freelance reporter, had set off with Madsen on his vessel on the evening of August 10 to interview him for a story she planned to write.During the trial, prosecutors argued that Madsen killed Wall as part of a dark sexual fantasy, stressing that he enjoyed watching videos of women being beheaded and tortured.But Madsen, who changed his version of events several times, told the court she died when the air pressure suddenly dropped and toxic fumes filled his vessel as he was up on deck.Despite the testimony of many experts, the lack of tangible evidence in the case and the decomposed state of Wall’s remains made it impossible to determine her exact cause of death.An autopsy report said she probably died as a result of suffocation or having her throat slit.But the professional judge and two lay judges found the incriminating circumstances were enough to find Madsen guilty, including the gruesome videos he watched, and the fact that he brought a saw, plastic strips and a sharpened screwdriver on board.Psychiatric experts who evaluated Madsen — who described himself to friends as “a psychopath, but a loving one” — found him to be “a pathological liar” who poses “a danger to others” and who was likely to be a repeat offender.Madsen is the 15th person in 10 years to receive a life sentence in the Nordic nation.
AMERICA (POLITICAL BABYLON)(NUKED BY SNEAK ATTACK FROM RUSSIA)
IN REVELATION 17 & 18 IS THE DESTRUCTION OF THE RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL BABYLONS.IF YOU CAN NOT DECERN BETWEEN THE 2 BABYLONS IN REV 17 & 18.YOU WILL JUST THINK THEIR BOTH THE SAME.BUT NO-THERES A RELIGIOUS BABYLON (THE VATICAN IN REV 17)(AND THE POLITICAL BABYLON IN REV 18 (AMERICA OR NEW YORK TO BE EXACT)
10 It (AMERICA-POLITICAL BABYLON) shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.
JEREMIAH 51:29-32 (CYBER ATTACK 1ST)
29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon,(AMERICA-NEW YORK) to make the land of Babylon (AMERICA) a desolation without an inhabitant.
30 The mighty men of Babylon (AMERICA) have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.
31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon (NEW YORK) that his city is taken at one end,
32 And that the passages are stopped,(THE WAR COMPUTERS HACKED OR EMP'D) and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.(DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO)
COMPLETE SILENCE AFTER AN EMP GOES OFF
1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
3 For out of the north (RUSSIA) there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon,(AMERICA) and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD. (RUSSIA A SNEAK CYBER,EMP ATTACK,THEN NUKE ATTACK ON AMERICA)
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,(U.S.A) and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her,(U.S.A) and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her,(AMERICA) my people,(CHRISTIANS,JEWS) that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her (AMERICA-NEW YORK) even as she rewarded you,(WITH FALSE FLAG TERRORISM) and double unto her double according to her works:(DOUBLE-EMP 1ST,THEN RUSSIA NUKE ATTACKS U.S.A) in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.(PROBABLY A RUSSIAN CYBER ATTACK WILL SET THE WHOLE SITUATION UP AS RUSSIA HACKS THE USA ARMY COMPUTERS.THEN THE EMP,THEN THE NUKE ATTACK)
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
Croatian police arrest suspect behind global cyber attack platform-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2018
ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatian police said on Wednesday they had arrested a 19-year old man they suspect of being behind an illegal internet service for cyber attacks called Webstresser.org.A police statement said the site allowed users to pay for so-called Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, which would shut down or slow websites by flooding them with data.Webstresser.org had 136,000 registered users and recorded four million cyber attacks by April this year, the statement said. The targets included online services of banks, businesses and public institutions across the globe.Any user could buy access to online DDoS infrastructure for a price starting at 15 euros, police said.Britain's National Crime Agency said seven of the biggest British banks had been victims of attacks using the Webstresser service in November 2017, forcing them to reduce operations or shut down entire systems and incurring costs in the hundreds of thousands of pounds to get services back up and running.The NCA did not name the institutions involved, but the Financial Times said they were Santander, Tesco Bank, RBS, Lloyds, HSBC, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group and Barclays.The arrested Croat will be charged for criminal acts against computer systems. If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to eight years.The Croatian police said they had cooperated with forces from The Netherlands, Great Britain, Canada, Spain, Italy, Serbia and Hong Kong in an international action where many helpers and users of the DDoS service were also arrested.Andrei Barysevich, a researcher and dark web expert at security firm Recorded Future, said so-called "stressors" often portray themselves as legitimate services to assist security engineers to test the resilience of corporate networks against extreme traffic loads while explicitly barring any illegal use."In reality, such policies are just a facade, designed to create the appearance of legitimacy," Barysevich said.Alongside other similar services, Webstresser has been openly operating in the dark net since 2015 and was a commonly recommended solution for turn-key DDoS attacks.Barysevich cautioned that since there are more than 50 underground DDoS vendors offering such services: "I am afraid the problem is not likely to be solved any time soon."(Reporting by Igor Ilic in Zagreb; additional reporting by Eric Auchard and Michael Holden in London; Editing by Alexander Smith and Peter Graff)
Russia-wary U.S. to press NATO allies to hike military spending: official-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2018
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will press NATO allies, especially Germany, to increase military spending while underscoring the heightened threat from Russia, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday before Friday's meeting of the alliance in Brussels.Asked whether U.S. Secretary of State nominee, Mike Pompeo, would attend the meeting if he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, the official said, "We are following this closely, but don't have anything to announce on that right now."As of now, Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan will attend the meeting of NATO foreign ministers, the official said.The meeting is a preview to a July summit of leaders from countries belonging to NATO, an organization founded on collective defense against the Soviet threat."At no point since the Cold War has NATO been more relevant than it is today, we see this renewed relevance above all through the lens of Russian aggression," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity."The Russian government has demonstrated its ability to threaten, coerce, undermine and even invade its neighbors," the official said, emphasizing that Moscow was a "destabilizing factor" in Ukraine, Georgia and Syria.The official said six NATO member countries had submitted spending plans to meet a target of 2 percent of economic output on defense every year by 2024."It is time for the other 13 members of the alliance to step up, and especially Germany, NATO largest and wealthiest European member state of NATO," the official said.The official said the issue was likely to be raised during a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington this week.The issue of low defense spending in Europe has long been an irritant in the United States, whose new national defense strategy centers on countering Russia after more than a decade of focusing on Islamist militants.By current standards, Washington funds about 70 percent of NATO spending and military analysts say Europe is now vulnerable to a range of threats, including Russia’s military modernization, Islamist militancy and electronic warfare on computer networks.Some Europeans say focusing on the 2 percent figure is misleading as it does not take into account how money is spent.(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Tom Brown)
Exclusive: Russian civilians helping Assad use military base back home - witnesses-[Reuters]-By Maria Tsvetkova and Anton Zverev-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2018
MOLKINO, Russia (Reuters) - The Kremlin says it has nothing to do with Russian civilians fighting in Syria but on three recent occasions groups of men flying in from Damascus headed straight to a defense ministry base in Molkino, Reuters reporters witnessed.Molkino in southwestern Russia is where the Russian 10th Special Forces Brigade is based, according to information on the Kremlin website.The destination of the Russians arriving from Syria provides rare evidence of a covert Russian mission in Syria beyond the air strikes, training of Syrian forces and small numbers of special forces troops acknowledged by Moscow.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Feb. 14 Russians may be in Syria but "they are not part of the armed forces of the Russian Federation". He referred Reuters to the defense ministry when asked why civilians fighting in Syria return to a military base. The ministry did not immediately respond.A duty officer at the 10th special forces brigade, asked why non-military people were entering the military base, said: "Nobody enters it, as far as I am aware ... You’ve seen them, okay. But you should not believe everything ... You can maybe. But how can we comment on what other organizations do?"More than 2,000 Russian contractors are fighting to help Syrian forces recapture land from their opponents, several sources, including one contractor, have said.The contractors are transferred by Syrian airline Cham Wings, the sources said.Reuters reporters saw a Syrian Cham Wings charter flight from Damascus land at the civilian airport in Rostov-on-Don on April 17 and watched groups of men leave the terminal through an exit separate from the one used by ordinary passengers.They boarded three buses, which took them to an area mainly used by airport staff. A luggage carrier brought numerous oversized bags and the men, dressed in civilian clothes, got off the buses, loaded the bags and got back on.The three buses then left the airport in convoy and headed south; two made stops near cafes along the way and one on the roadside. All three reached the village of Molkino, 350 km (220 miles) south, shortly before midnight.In the village, each bus paused for a minute or two at a checkpoint manned by at least two servicemen, before driving on. About 15-20 minutes later the buses drove back through the checkpoint empty. Publicly available satellite maps show the road leads to the military facility.EXCURSION? The buses took men along the same route from the airport to Molkino on Mar. 25 and Apr. 6, a Reuters reporter saw.Several relatives, friends and recruiters of fighters told Reuters Russian private contractors have had a training camp in Molkino since the time they fought in eastern Ukraine alongside pro-Russian separatists.The military facility is known for its recently renovated firing range, where the military trains for counter terrorist operations, tank battles and sniper shooting, the Russian defense ministry website says.Reuters contacted the owners of some of the buses transporting the groups of men from the airport. They said they rent out their buses but declined to say who to: one said a trip to Molkino could have been an excursion.One of the buses, a white 33-year-old Neoplan with a slogan of a tourist company on its boards, was imported into Russia in 2007 and initially registered in the town of Pechory. Dmitry Utkin, identified by three sources as leader of the contractors, previously commanded a special forces unit based in Pechory.(Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; editing by Philippa Fletcher)
Geologists say North Korea's nuclear test site has collapsed-[Associated Press]-CHRISTOPHER BODEEN-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2018
BEIJING (AP) — A study by Chinese geologists shows the mountain above North Korea's main nuclear test site has collapsed under the stress of the explosions, rendering it unsafe for further testing and necessitating monitoring for any leaking radiation.The findings by the scientists at the University of Science and Technology of China may shed new light on North Korean President Kim Jong Un's announcement that his country was ceasing its testing program.Nuclear explosions release enormous amounts of heat and energy, and the North's largest test in September was believed early on to have rendered the site in northeastern North Korea unstable.The data in the latest Chinese study was collected following the most powerful of the North's six nuclear device tests on Sept. 3 that is believed to have triggered four earthquakes over the following weeks. The yield of the bomb was estimated at more than 100 kilotons of TNT, at least 10 times stronger than anything the North had tested previously. (The bomb the United States dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 had a yield of about 15 kilotons.) The University of Science and Technology of China paper, authored by Tian Dongdong, Yao Jiawen and Wen Lianxing, said the first of those earthquakes that occurred eight-and-a-half minutes after the explosion was "an onsite collapse toward the nuclear test center," while those that followed were an "earthquake swarm" in similar locations."In view of the research finding that the North Korea nuclear test site at Mantapsan has collapsed, it is necessary to continue to monitor any leakage of radioactive materials that may have been caused by the collapse," the authors said in a summary dated Monday and viewed Wednesday on the university's website.The study is peer-reviewed and has been accepted for publication by the journal Geophysical Research Letters.The Chinese study makes sense and is based on well understood research, said Rowena Lohman, a seismologist at Cornell University who wasn't part of the work. She said she believes there's an international effort that monitors these tests for radiation.A study published last month by the journal, authored by a team led by Liu Junqing at the earthquake bureau in Jilin province along the border with North Korea, found similar results of the Sept. 3 explosion. It described the aftershock that followed seconds later as most likely the "rapid destruction of an explosion-generated cracked rock chimney due to cavity collapse."North Korea's nuclear tests are of special concern to Beijing, since the test site near the town of Kilju is less than 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the border with China.North Korean nuclear tests have caused seismic events in Chinese border towns and cities, forcing evacuations of schools and offices, sparking fears of wind-born radiation and leading to a backlash among some Chinese against their country's unpredictable traditional ally. Chinese authorities have said they've detected no radiation risk from the tests.Ties between the sides have been deteriorating for years, although Kim made a long-anticipated visit to Beijing last month after China's implementation of United Nations economic sanctions reduced trade between them by as much as 90 percent.The quakes that followed the September test were not man-made and didn't appear to cause any damage in the area. The region isn't one where earthquakes naturally occur and no quakes were detected after the five smaller nuclear tests North Korea has conducted since 2006.Kune Yull Suh, a professor of nuclear engineering at Seoul National University, warned last year that further tests could threaten to cause a volcanic eruption at Mount Paektu, which is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) away.On Saturday, North Korea announced it will close its nuclear testing facility and suspend nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests — a move welcomed by President Donald Trump as "big progress" — and which comes ahead of a planned summit between him and Kim.However, the North stopped short of suggesting it will give up its nuclear weapons or scale back its production of missiles and their related components.___AP science writer Seth Borenstein contributed from Washington.
Migrant 'caravan' at U.S.-Mexico border prepares for mass crossing-[Reuters]-By Delphine Schrank-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2018
TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Hundreds of Central American migrants from a caravan that crossed Mexico reunited in Tijuana on Wednesday and planned to cross the border together this weekend in defiance of threats by U.S. President Donald Trump to repel them.The timing of the migrants arrival could compromise a flurry of talks this week to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Trump has repeatedly threatened to scrap if Mexico does not crack down on the flow of Central Americans through its territory.Busloads of migrants began arriving on Tuesday at a shelter that was a five minute-walk from the border and within sight of a U.S. flag waving under an overpass connecting the two countries.While many rested in tents after a month-long journey across Mexico, others wandered up to the border to contemplate the next stage in their journey."The wall doesn't look that tall," said Kimberly George, a 15-year-old girl from Honduras as she looked toward a stunted barrier a few feet away. "I really want to cross it."Migrants said they fled their homes in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras because of death threats from local gangs, the murder of family members or political persecution.Moving from town to town, the migrant caravan became a stumbling block for U.S.-Mexico relations after Trump unleashed a series of tweets in early April, telling Mexican authorities to stop them.More busloads of migrants arrived during the course of the day, overflowing the first shelter. Local migrant aid groups said it was the biggest single group they had seen arrive together as they scrambled to find places in ten shelters."Thanks to god we're here," said 34-year-old Aide Hernandez from Guatemala who had four children in tow. She said she planned to seek asylum in the United State. When asked why, she looked down, ashamed to detail a case of domestic abuse.Volunteers from U.S.-based advocacy group Pueblos Sin Fronteras, which organized the caravan, addressed the migrants to discuss a plan to cross together the main pedestrian bridge into the United States on Sunday.Tensions flared after a Mexican immigration official suggested they go in smaller groups to the border station.Some 2,300 miles across the United States in Washington, D.C., Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray met with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to discuss Central American migration, the Mexican ministry said in a statement.Ministers from Mexico, Canada and United States also met in the U.S. capital as they rushed to seal a quick deal on updating NAFTA.It was unclear if concerns about immigration could affect the talks. On Monday, Trump threatened to make immigration controls a condition in the NAFTA talks and demanded that Mexico stop people from crossing its territory to enter the United States.(Editing by Michael O'Boyle, Toni Reinhold)
South Korea's Moon to meet North Korea's Kim at border for summit-[Reuters]-By Christine Kim and Josh Smith--YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2018
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday as the latter crosses a military demarcation line to the South for the first summit between the two sides in more than a decade, South Korea said.South Korean honor guards will then escort the leaders to a welcome ceremony at a plaza in Panmunjom, the border village where the summit is to be held, the South's presidential chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, told a media briefing.Official dialogue between Kim and Moon will begin at 10:30 a.m. (0130 GMT) at the Peace House in Panmunjom, an hour after Kim is scheduled the cross the border at 9:30 a.m. (0030 GMT).After the end of the first session of talks, Kim and Moon will have lunch separately before holding a tree-planting ceremony in the afternoon, Im said.A pine tree will be planted on the demarcation line to symbolize "peace and prosperity", Im said, using soil from Mount Paektu in North Korea and Mount Halla in South Korea.Kim and Moon will water the tree with water brought from the Taedong River in the North and the Han River in the South, Im said. Afterwards, Moon and Kim will take a walk together in Panmunjom before beginning the next round of talks.At the end of talks, Kim and Moon will sign a pact and make an announcement, Im said. Later, they will have dinner on the South's side and watch a video clip themed 'Spring of One' before wrapping up, he added.(Reporting by Christine Kim and Josh Smith; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
Stormy economic horizon may give ECB reason to pause-[AFP]-Tom BARFIELD-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2018
Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - With clouds gathering over the outlook for economic growth and inflation limping, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will likely temper expectations Thursday for a quick exit from its massive stimulus programme for the eurozone, analysts say.Governors are expected to keep interest rates at their historic lows and hew to a September expiry date for their 30-billion-euro ($37 billion) per month "quantitative easing" (QE) bond-buying scheme.Caution from Frankfurt is even more likely as policymakers dropped a promise that they could increase QE if the economy weakened again at their last meeting in early March, saying they had been encouraged by positive data."Draghi will have to strike a balance between recognising that economic data suggest the beginning of a slowdown, while saying (the ECB's) March scenario of greater confidence it can bring inflation back towards its objective remains intact," said Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Gilles Moec.Since late last year, the euro has strengthened against the dollar as the economy gathers pace and financial markets anticipate future interest rate rises, potentially slowing growth and inflation in the eurozone.The ECB's central price stability objective is inflation of just below 2.0 percent.But price growth stood at 1.3 percent in March, and central bank forecasts call for it to reach just 1.7 percent by 2020.Meanwhile, President Donald Trump's strident "America First" policy has shaken companies and markets worldwide in recent weeks, as he vowed to slap tariffs on metals imports.While the eurozone secured a temporary reprieve, a tit-for-tat escalation with China would have effects that spill over to other countries and undermine global trade.French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hope their successive White House visits this week can fend off the danger.And there are signs a hoped-for grand bargain between Paris and Berlin on eurozone reform, which observers hoped would buttress the currency area after years of crisis, may not be reached quickly.Despite the shades of gloom, the ECB "must continue to hint at an announcement (of further policy changes) in June or July, to continue anchoring expectations of a normalisation" away from QE, said analyst Louis Harreau of Credit Agricole.- Hints of slowdown -Lower interest rates and QE are designed to pump cash through the financial system and into lending to firms and households -- powering economic growth and inflation.But after a near-euphoric second half of 2017 lifted annual growth to its highest level since 2007 -- an expansion of 2.3 percent across the eurozone's 19 nations -- there are hints fewer positive surprises may be in store this year.A key survey of eurozone business activity, the purchasing managers' index, was unchanged in April at 55.2, data company IHS Markit said Monday.The index has joined other indicators in losing some of the exuberance seen around the turn of the year, although the reading was above the 50-point mark that suggests economic expansion."The economy has shifted down a gear at the start of this year," Commerzbank analyst Christoph Weil commented, but "there is no need to fear a massive plunge in economic growth".Both the ECB and the Washington-based International Monetary Fund have lifted their growth predictions for the eurozone to 2.4 percent in 2018.As the central bank approaches technical limits to its bond-buying, it has little choice but to hope such forecasts come true as it tiptoes on a path out of QE defined by Draghi's favourite adjectives: "confidence, patience, persistence and prudence".
BILL COSBY FOUND GUILTY TO DRUGGING-RAPING WOMAN, HE COULD FACE 30 YEARS IN JAIL.
US jury deliberations to continue Thursday in Cosby retrial-[AFP]-Jennie MATTHEW-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2018
Norristown (United States) (AFP) - A US jury will deliberate for a second day Thursday in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial, tasked with deciding whether the disgraced megastar drugged and molested a young woman at his home 14 years ago.The frail 80-year-old could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, then a Temple University employee, in 2004.The sequestered Pennsylvania jury of seven men and five women spent more than 10 hours at work on Wednesday, and recalled the court three times to ask questions and make further clarifications.Judge Steven O'Neill finally discharged them for the night at 9:33 pm (0033 GMT Thursday) after spending an hour and 40 minutes reading out -- as the jury requested -- portions of Cosby's 2006 deposition.Court will reconvene in Norristown, just outside Philadelphia, on Thursday for the jury to be read the testimony of the star defense witness, as also requested, before they resume their deliberations.The now 13-day court case heard around two dozen witnesses and is the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era that has seen a litany of powerful men lose their jobs over sexual misconduct accusations.The defense mounted an aggressive case, portraying their multi-millionaire client as a misguided married man hoodwinked into a $3.38 million settlement by a con artist and pathological liar.The prosecution painted Cosby as the real "con," who exploited his fame as "America's Dad" to betray women's trust by drugging and sexually assaulting them against their will.The case has forever tarnished the legacy of the actor once adored by millions for his role as lovable father and obstetrician Cliff Huxtable on the 1984-92 hit television series "The Cosby Show."Cosby declined, again, to testify in court. His first trial ended in a hung jury in June with the sequestered panel hopelessly deadlocked after six days of testimony and 52 hours of deliberations.This time the jury has much more testimony to consider.- 'Inability to consent' -The once pioneering African American actor claims he gave Constand, who is now a massage therapist in Toronto, an over-the-counter antihistamine to relieve stress and that relations were consensual.Constand, who at the time was director of operations for women's basketball at Temple, says she passed out after Cosby gave her three blue pills, waking to find him penetrating her vagina with his fingers and making her masturbate his penis."I'm confident that you will come back and tell that man that what he did to Andrea Constand that night is against the law," prosecutor Kristen Feden told jurors on Tuesday.Cosby's high-powered team urged the jury to acquit the actor on all counts and save a "distinguished" elderly man from "absolute ruin.""You're dealing with a pathological liar, members of the jury, you are," said defense attorney Tom Mesereau.Their star witness, former Temple University employee Margo Jackson, claimed that Constand spoke of wanting to set up a celebrity for cash.The prosecution brought five other accusers to testify that Cosby was a serial predator, first winning their trust then deliberately drugging them to make them incapable of resisting.Prosecutors initially declined to press charges and Constand received $3.38 million in a civil settlement from Cosby in 2006.The district attorney reopened the case in 2015, arguing new evidence had come to light, while an avalanche of women came forward publicly to accuse Cosby of around 40 years of assault.Around 60 women have accused the Emmy winner of being a serial predator, but Constand's is the only case that happened recently enough to criminally prosecute.
Canada van victims include grandmother, avid volunteer-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-April 26, 2018
TORONTO (AP) — People who died when a van plowed down a Toronto sidewalk came from all walks of life, and from several countries. They included a grandmother who was an avid sports fan, and a woman who volunteered to build houses in the Dominican Republic.Several victims have not been identified. Seneca College said one of its female students was killed, but declined to identify her, citing privacy reasons. Two South Koreans were among the dead, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing government officials.A look at the victims who have been identified: ANNE MARIE D'AMICO-D'Amico, 30, worked at Invesco, an investment management firm near the attack. Toronto City Councilor Cesar Palacio, who knows D'Amico's family, identified her as a victim.D'Amico volunteered at Canada-based international humanitarian charity Live Different. She helped build houses in the Dominican Republic in 2015 and 2017, according to Dave Hamilton, the charity's manager of school partnerships.She was "always up for a challenge and really wanted to help people out," he said.Brodie MacDonald, a friend of D'Amico's, posted a video on Facebook of her playing baseball in the Dominican Republic and wrote that her love of the game is what brought them close."I am so angry at the world today and I am so sorry that this happened to you and as tears roll down my face thinking about the incredible person that you were, please know that you made a difference in so many peoples' lives," he wrote.D'Amico also volunteered with the nonprofit Tennis Canada association, working at the Rogers Cup tournament since the age of 12. She was voted volunteer of the year in 2016.DOROTHY SEWELL-Sewell, 80, was a grandmother who was an avid sports fan, said her grandson, Elwood Delaney.Delaney, of Kamloops in British Columbia, posted on Facebook that he had to tell his three children and his wife "that they will no longer get to talk to Nan" on birthdays or holidays.He said his grandmother almost had as much love for the Blue Jays baseball team and the Maple Leafs hockey team "as she did for her family.""You will always be loved and your love for sports will always be with me while I cheer with you," he wrote on Facebook. "Go Toronto Go. Love you Nan."Two of Sewell's neighbors, Paul and Eweline Matusiewicz, choked back tears at a shrine of flowers on Yonge Street, where they were paying their respects.They had found out Sewell was among the victims just a half-hour before arriving at the memorial."She was just the sweetest soul," Paul Matusiewicz said.RENUKA AMARASINGHA-Amarasingha, 45, lived in a rented home with her 7-year-old son, Diyon.She was a Canadian citizen who came to the country from Horana, Sri Lanka. She had lived in Toronto for about 15 years, said Ahangama Rathanasiri Thero, chief monk at the Mahavihara Buddhist Meditation Centre.Amarasingha had worked at school cafeterias around the city since 2015 and had just finished her first day at a school near the van scene when her life "was tragically cut short," school district Education Director John Malloy said in a statement.Friend Thilina Pelendage said Amarasingha was known for her joking nature, and for never forgetting people's birthdays."She always had such a big heart," Pelendage said.Amarasingha came to the temple frequently, sometimes helping arrange religious ceremonies, Thero said."She was a very kind and helpful lady," he said. "She was a good mother."Amarasingha was at the temple the day before she died, attending a Sunday school celebration.She had no family in Toronto. The temple planned to make funeral arrangements and to collect money for Diyon's future.Another family in Toronto's Sri Lankan community with whom Amarasingha once lived planned to care for the boy, Pelendage said.MUNAIR NAJJAR-Najjar was a citizen of Jordan who was in Toronto visiting family, according to state-run news agency Petra.Najjar, who is in his 70s, had only been in Canada for a couple of weeks, according to Harry Malawi, a family friend and president of the Jordanian Canadian Society.The family is in the midst of a three-day mourning period, he said."They are secluded right now and they ask everybody to accept their privacy," he said. "We stand together, we want to help the family heal ... physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially, they need all the help they can get."___This story has been updated to change the spelling of Renuka Amarasingha's last name to reflect what she used on paperwork with her employer.___Associated Press writers Charmaine Noronha and Tammy Webber in Toronto; Blake Nicholson in Bismarck, North Dakota; Amanda Lee Myers in Los Angeles; and Ivan Moreno in Milwaukee contributed to this report.
Ex-California policeman arrested in 'Golden State' serial killer case-[Reuters]-By Fred Greaves-YAHOONEWS-April 25, 2018
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - An elderly former policeman has been arrested and charged with eight murders attributed to the Golden State Killer, a serial criminal responsible for dozens of rapes and slayings that terrorized parts of California during the 1970s and 1980s, authorities said on Wednesday.The suspect was identified at a Sacramento news conference as Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, in a case officials said was finally solved by DNA evidence about two months after gaining renewed attention in the bestselling book, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark."Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones credited the book with helping to generate new tips but said no information was "extracted from that book that directly led to the apprehension."The Federal Bureau of Investigation has previously said that the man sought in the 40-year-old case was tied to 12 slayings, 45 rapes and more than 120 burglaries in and around Sacramento, the eastern San Francisco Bay area and Southern California.The crime spree spanned 10 California counties in all, said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, who recalled she was 12 in 1976 when a wave of violent home invasions shattered a "time of innocence" in which area residents routinely left their doors unlocked.The suspect, also dubbed by investigators as the "East Area Rapist" and the "Original Night Stalker," is considered one of the state's most prolific serial killers, the FBI said."Finally, after all these years, the haunting question of who committed these terrible crimes has been put to rest," Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told reporters.DeAngelo was living in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights when arrested on Tuesday. He had been under surveillance for a few days and was taken into custody without incident as he emerged from his house, Jones said, adding that the suspect appeared "surprised" when confronted.He is due to be arraigned in Sacramento, the state capital, on Friday.Jones said DeAngelo was an officer in two small-town California police departments during the 1970s - Exeter and Auburn. DeAngelo was fired from the Auburn force in 1979, Jones said, after being accused of shoplifting a hammer and dog repellant from a store.Authorities had long speculated the killer had some military or law enforcement training because of his proficiency with firearms and ability to elude capture for so long.Jones acknowledged that some of the earlier crimes were committed while DeAngelo was a policeman. But authorities said his name had never surfaced as a suspect prior to the latest break in the case, which they said came from a "discarded DNA sample" obtained by investigators.Efforts to capture the killer were renewed in June 2016, when the FBI offered a $50,000 reward for the suspect, who was known for creeping into the homes of couples at night, tying them up and raping the woman before killing both victims.Between 1976 and 1978, he committed a wave of burglaries, rapes and killings in the Sacramento area, then centered his attacks in the East Bay before moving on to Ventura and Orange counties to the south, according to the FBI.He was formally charged in Sacramento County this week with two counts of murder for the February 1978 killings of Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, who were on an evening walk with their dog when they were chased down and slain in what became the first homicide linked to an earlier series of East Bay rapes. Two additional murder charges were filed in Ventura County and four more were brought in Orange County.The killings were intensively explored in “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” published in February. Author Michelle McNamara died in 2016, and the book, which topped the New York Times bestsellers list, was finished by a writer hired by her husband, comedian-actor Patton Oswalt.Oswalt, best known to television audiences from the hit CBS sitcom "King of Queens," said in a video posted on social media on Wednesday, "I think you got him, Michelle."(Reporting by Fred Greaves in Sacramento; Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb and Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Writing by Steve Gorman Editing by Cynthia Osterman, Toni Reinhold)