Iran on Thursday shot down a U.S. military drone it said was on a spy mission over its territory but Washington said the aircraft was targeted in international air space in “an unprovoked attack”.
Iran has created a grave situation and jeopardized global oil supplies with its aggressive behavior, Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday, adding that the kingdom was consulting with allies on next steps.
Iran would be the only beneficiary of any end to arms exports from Britain to Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s minister of state for foreign affairs said on Thursday, adding that the deployment of weapons in Yemen was legitimate.
Oil rose more than 3% toward $64 a barrel on Thursday after Iran shot down a U.S. military drone, raising fears of a military confrontation between Tehran and Washington.
A former U.S. Marine held in Russia on suspicion of spying called on President Trump and the leaders of Britain, Canada and Ireland to help him as he appeared in court at an appeal hearing.
When 20 Democrats take the stage next week for the first of 12 prime-time presidential primary debates, they will assemble according to months-in-the-making plans by the Democratic National Committee to accommodate its largest-ever field.
President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia disagreed with the conclusions of an international investigation that named three Russians and a Ukrainian this week as suspects in the downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine in 2014.
Venezuela’s crisis is spilling across the border into Colombia as Marxist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries recruit migrants to strengthen their ranks.
Top Chinese and U.S. officials will resume trade talks in accordance with the wishes of their leaders, but China hopes the United States will create the necessary conditions for dialogue, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining whether Deutsche Bank complied with laws meant to stop money laundering, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.
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Amid concerns about white nationalists enlisting in the U.S. military to gain combat training, the Marines have discharged a reservist who was identified as belonging to a notorious hate group. Meanwhile, the Army National Guard took a different approach in dealing with an enlisted man who held, but has renounced, similar extremist views.
Members of the local LGBTQ community are divided after an announcement that uniformed police officers will be allowed to participate in this year’s St. Louis Pride Parade.
Poland is trying to water down a push by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the European Union to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday accompanied by a clutch of senior officials, including the head of the state economic planner, as Beijing looks to bolster North Korea and perhaps jumpstart stalled talks with Washington.
Harley-Davidson Inc will partner with China’s Qianjiang Motorcycle Co to build a new smaller motorcycle than its trademark “big hogs”, making good on promises to move more production outside the United States that have angered President Donald Trump.
Google is pouring $1 billion into easing the high-priced housing headaches that it and its Silicon Valley peers helped give the San Francisco Bay Area. The pledge by Google CEO Sundar Pichai consists of a $250 million investment fund and $750 million of company-owned land. It will be used to build at least 15,000 homes that will include low- and mid-income housing.
American Airlines is buying 50 new long-range planes from Airbus, giving a big boost to the just-launched A321XLR model and spurring Boeing to push ahead to develop a rival aircraft.
Russia and China on Tuesday blocked an American initiative that aimed to halt fuel deliveries to North Korea, which Washington accuses of exceeding its annual ceiling for 2019.
President Donald Trump’s administration is threatening to furlough or lay off up to 150 employees at the Office of Personnel Management if Congress does not agree to eliminate the federal agency or find a new way to pay for the positions.
Apple Inc has asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15%-30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares for a restructuring of its supply chain, according to a Nikkei Asian Review report on Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has been sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for convincing minors to produce child pornography through smart phone apps.
Canada resettled the largest number of refugees out of 25 countries in 2018. The country accepted just over 28,000 refugees last year, with the U.S. coming in second with 22,900.
Kenya’s government has ordered a group of 76 refugees to return to a camp they had fled after some of them faced homophobic attacks, a UN agency says.
New Zealand has launched a gun buy-back scheme in the wake of the deadly Christchurch mosque shootings. More than $136m have been set aside to compensate owners of semi-automatic weapons which were banned following the attacks.
The state of California has sent notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters that they may be dropped from registration lists if they don’t respond or vote.
CNN political commentator Angela Rye claimed on the network Tuesday night that the United States is headed down a path that leads towards the implementation of “death camps.” The topic of “death camps” gained media attention on Tuesday after Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alleged that the detention centers that house migrants are the equivalent of “concentration camps.”
Mid-Day Snapshot · June 20, 2019
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| Michelle Malkin
Oberlin’s Racial Hucksterism Comes Home to Roost
| Guest Commentary
Fox Poll Reveals Disturbing Truth: Democrats Are Lying About Collusion Because Lies Work
| Larry Elder
AOC Got a Pass on the Cost of ‘Free’
| Veronique de Rugy
Central Planning Is Poisonous to Innovation
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News – 6/20/2019
IDF Paratroopers Accidentally Uncover Ancient Guard Tower from time of King Hezekiah
The remains of the watchtower were discovered on a hilltop inside a paratrooper base in southern Israel. It is estimated that the tower originally measured 15 x 10.5 feet and was built from large stones, some weighing as much as eight tons. The remains of the tower currently stand six feet high.
Arson attacks in Israel continue. This time in the Galilee
The land of Israel is under attack as a wave of arson set by Palestinians continues across the country. On Tuesday, a huge forest fire burned out of control near Ramot Naftali in the Galilee region. Firefighters are still working to extinguish the fire.
Second congressional Democrat staffer charged in scheme to dox Republicans amid Kavanaugh confirmation fight
Former congressional staffer in doxing case denied bail. A second aide to New Hampshire Democrat Sen. Maggie Hassan is facing federal charges stemming from a scheme to publicly post the personal information of several Republican politicians amid the contentious confirmation hearings for now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The aide, Samantha Deforest Davis, was a staff assistant in Hassan’s office from August 2017 until last December. She was fired after Capitol Police discovered her possible involvement in the so-called “doxing” effort.
Ex-France president Sarkozy to face trial on charges of corruption, influence-peddling
Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president of France, will stand trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling after the country’s highest court rejected his final appeal Tuesday. FRANCE 24 reported that Sarkozy, his lawyer Thierry Herzog, and former judge Gilbert Azibert face charges stemming from allegations that Sarkozy accepted illicit payments from L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt during his successful 2007 presidential campaign.
Police In Spokane Washington Use Rooftop Snipers To Protect ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ While Baptist Pastor Preaching The Gospel Is Arrested
A Baptist pastor was arrested and jailed on Saturday after refusing to move across the street from the Spokane, Washington Public Library while exercising his free speech against a ‘Drag Queen Story Hour.’ The event had a significant militaristic police presence, including camouflaged snipers positioned atop the roof to oversee the large crowd that stood both for and against the men dressed like women reading stories to children.
Four charged with shooting down MH17 plane
Four men have been charged with murder over the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing 298 passengers and crew. Dutch investigators have accused three Russians, Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko of involvement. Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over conflict-hit Ukraine, near the Russian border. A court case is scheduled to begin in the Netherlands on 9 March, 2020. International arrest warrants have been issued for the four men.
It’s Time for America to Break with Beijing
Xi Jinping has rejected the concept of comparative advantage, the very notion underpinning the system of international commerce. Why should America sign a trade agreement with a country that does not believe in trade?
Senators grill DOJ over investigation of Planned Parenthood
‘If the FBI has not taken action, please explain the justification’.
Iran: Crowd cheers as woman beaten for not wearing hijab
A video by an Iranian activist shows a crowd in the Islamic Republic cheering as a women was dragged across a road and beaten. Her crime, according to the activist, Masih Alinejad, was dancing and not wearing the Islamic hijab required by law for any female older than 13, “Meanwhile, Leftist feminists in the West are donning the hijab, the symbol of oppression against which these Iranian women are rebelling,
China’s Xi departs for state visit to N.Korea
Xi, who will be in North Korea for two days, is the first Chinese leader to visit the reclusive country in 14 years.
U.S. drone shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missile, official confirms
A US official confirmed Thursday morning that a US military drone was shot down in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards claimed earlier that they shot down a U.S. “spy” drone in the southern province of Hormozgan, which is on the Gulf, the Guards’ news website Sepah News said.
American tourist attacked in Berlin after saying he was Jewish
A 23-year-old American said he was hit in the face in Berlin after telling a group harassing him that he was Jewish. The man, described as a tourist, suffered a black eye in the incident, which he reported via a police website, according to news reports. Police are investigating the Tuesday night attack as an anti-Semitic crime.
Xi Jinping visits N Korea to boost China’s ties with Kim
China’s President Xi Jinping is in North Korea for a meeting with Kim Jong-un, in the first Chinese state visit to the North since 2005. The two, who have met in China four times, are expected to discuss the stalled talks over the North’s nuclear programme as well as economic issues. China is hugely important to North Korea, as its main trading partner.
Irish border: UK expert panel to advise on post-Brexit arrangements
The UK government has appointed a panel of experts to advise on alternative arrangements for the Irish border after Brexit. Alternative arrangements refers to ways of maintaining a soft border without close regulatory alignment between the UK and the EU. It is normally used to refer to technical or technological solutions.
Saudi arms sales: Court of Appeal demands review
Campaigners have won a legal challenge at the Court of Appeal over the UK government’s decision to allow arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) argued the decision to continue to license military equipment for export to the Gulf state was unlawful. It said there was a clear risk the arms might be used in a serious violation of international humanitarian law.
Amazon drones could be used to spy on your home and spot intruders, patent reveals
Amazon wants to use its network of delivery drones to keep watch over customers’ houses by forming a flying Neighbourhood Watch scheme. The company has patented a system that it calls “surveillance as a service” which would see its network of delivery drones filming Amazon customers’ homes from the skies while on their way to delivering packages.
Pittsburgh resident, Syrian man arrested on terrorism charges after allegedly planning attack on Christian church
A 21-year-old Pittsburgh resident and Syrian refugee accused of planning an attack on a Christian church… Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 21, was arrested Wednesday based on a federal complaint charging him with one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, and two counts of distributing information relating to an explosive, destructive device or weapon of mass destruction in relation to a plan to attack a church.
DHS to Move Biometric Data on Hundreds of Millions of People to Amazon Cloud
The Homeland Security Department is looking to upgrade the software it uses to analyze biometric data on hundreds of millions of people around the globe, and it plans to store that information in Amazon’s cloud. The agency’s Office of Biometric Identification Management will replace its legacy biometric analysis platform…IDENT, with a new, more robust system hosted by Amazon Web Services, according to a request for information released Monday.
IDF holds largest drill in years to prepare for future Hezbollah war
Israel wrapped up its largest military drill in years on Wednesday, with thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing tensions in the Persian Gulf. The Israeli military said the…exercise had been planned long in advance and focused on the immersion of all branches against threats emanating from Israel’s north.
China, U.S. to resume trade talks but China says demands must be met
Top Chinese and U.S. officials will resume trade talks in accordance with the wishes of their leaders, but China hopes the United States will create the necessary conditions for dialogue, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday. Negotiations to reach a broad trade deal broke down last month after U.S. officials accused China of backing away from previously agreed commitments.
China: The Perfect High-Tech Totalitarian State
China is in the process of fulfilling what Stalin, Hitler and Mao could only dream about: The flawless totalitarian state, powered by digital technology… where the individual has nowhere to flee from the all-seeing eye of the Communist state.
Ebola fears worsen after more than 300,000 flee Congo over violent ethnic clashes: report
The threat of the second deadliest Ebola outbreak continues to grow in central Africa as more than 300,000 people have fled the Congo since early June because of ethnic clashes, reports say.
As Tensions Between Iran And The United States Continue To Rise, Israel Holds Massive Military Exercises Debuts F-35 Adir Stealth Fighter Jet
Israel made history this week by being the very first nation anywhere in the world to hold war games using the incredibly powerful new F-35 Adir stealth fighter jet. The Hebrew word “Adir” means “mighty ones” and these planes certainly are that. It gives the Israeli Air Force advantages in the air that no other nation in the Middle East currently has.
Popular Online Home Schooling Resource Quietly Promotes LGBT Lifestyle to Children
As the LGBT agenda tries to slowly work its way into American society, Christian activists are warning that parents who home school their children need to be aware that LGBT material has already found its way into popular online instructional videos.
The Best Predictor of What Is Coming Is On Your Television
In the remake of the movie, 1984, I remember being surprised when I found out that the invading force in the movie was changed from Chinese to North Korean. However, when I learned that the Chinese are largely in control of Hollywood, I completely understood the term predictive programming and its subsequent use for psychological manipulation.
Hollywood Punishes VidAngel For Cleaning Up Their Smut
On June 17, VidAngel was handed a $62 million bill, payable to Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. While the company appeals, let’s puzzle over what Disney could possibly do with more control and money.
The Swarm: Billions of skeeter lookalikes plague New Orleans
Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks.
Hong Kong protesters embrace unexpected Christian anthem: ‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’
A hymn sung by Christian groups participating in the anti-extradition Hong Kong protests has caught on and become an unlikely anthem for the movement of millions in the streets.
Rich-Kid Democrat Staffer Who Doxxed Political Enemies Gets Four Years In Prison
“the largest data breach in Senate history.”
Headlines – 6/20/2019
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