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July 23, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he “gave up nothing” at last week’s private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin but remained elusive about their conversation as fellow Republicans and other critics questioned any potential deals.

President Donald Trump said on Sunday that documents released by the FBI relating to a former adviser’s ties to Russia showed that his campaign for the 2016 presidential election had been illegally spied upon by U.S. law enforcement, but offered no evidence to support his assertion.

A pair of prominent Republican U.S. senators said on Sunday that the United States must move promptly to prepare new sanctions against Russia to discourage interference in upcoming elections.

Al Shabaab fighters detonated a suicide car bomb before storming a military base in the south of Somalia on Monday and killing 27 soldiers, the militant group said, its second strike on the base in as many months.

A jailed Reuters reporter told a court in Myanmar on Monday that documents he is accused of breaking state secrets laws to obtain were planted by a police officer, who handed him papers he had not sought in order to entrap him. The officer had then lied to the court about what happened, he said.

Oil prices rose on Monday on worries over supply after tensions worsened between Iran and the United States, while some offshore workers began a 24-hour strike on three oil and gas platforms in the British North Sea.

Turkish police said on Monday they had detained 43 people on suspicion of being foreign members of the Islamic State militant group in a series of operations across Istanbul.

Israel launched its newest air defense system on Monday on the Syrian frontier, where Damascus’s Russian-backed forces have been routing rebels, as Moscow sent envoys for what it called “urgent” talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

AP Top Stories

Iranians on Monday shrugged off the possibility that a bellicose exchange of words between President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart could escalate into military conflict, but expressed growing concern America’s stepped-up sanctions could damage their fragile economy. Trump tweeted: “NEVER EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKE OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”

Iran was jolted by a series of moderate and light earthquakes on Sunday, including a 5.9 magnitude temblor in a mountainous western region in which officials said some 150 people were injured.

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan will make the latest in a string of trips to Africa this week, visiting South Africa and Zambia as well as attending a summit of the BRICS leading emerging economies, the presidency said Sunday.

A Florida family has been devastated again by gun violence. The father of two sibling survivors of the Parkland school attack was fatally shot during a robbery at his Fort Lauderdale convenience store.

Afghanistan’s Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, who left the country last year amid allegations of sexual abuse and torture, will return home on Sunday after more than a year in exile and resume his duties, officials said.

Most members of the Thai youth football team rescued from a flooded cave will have their heads shaved, don robes and be ordained in a Buddhist ceremony this week, officials said Sunday.

Human Rights Watch on Sunday called on Iraq’s government to declare the number of detention facilities it maintains and not to hold suspects without informing their families.

Tens of thousands of Israeli LGBT advocates and their supporters went on strike across the country Sunday, protesting the exclusion of gay men from a recently passed surrogacy law.

An elderly worshipper had a close call on Monday when a 220 lb. stone suddenly fell from Jerusalem’s Western Wall and crashed at her feet.

BBC

Supergirl will be the first live-action TV series to feature a transgender superhero. Activist and actor Nicole Maines, who is transgender herself, will play the role of Nia Nal, who becomes Dreamer. “It seems only fitting we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to.”

A new drug to treat malaria has been given the green light by authorities in the United States. The medicine is specifically for the recurring form of malaria – caused by the parasite plasmodium vivax – which makes 8.5 million people ill each year.

Authorities in China have ordered an investigation into a vaccination scandal as panic grows over product safety.

WND

It’s open warfare now between the “L” and the “T” of the LGBT movement. An organization for lesbians has launched a formal online blast at LGBT activists for calling them “transphobes” and they want the LGBT coalition to drop the “L.” The lesbians argue they are women attracted to women and there’s no room for men who claim they are women. Biology does make a difference, a big difference, they insist, and it’s not enough to simply “identify” as being of a particular gender.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student newspaper is looking to hire a reporter whose sole responsibility will be to cover stories related to “diversity, inclusion, and social justice.”

A Yale University law professor encouraged people to “hide” illegal immigrants from ICE, but says he has “no qualms” about revealing the home addresses of ICE employees.

“While three years ago my sister Auma introduced me before I gave a speech, today I’m really coming as a brother, as a citizen of the world, as someone with a connection to Africa to talk about the importance of what she’s doing but also to create a larger context for what’s possible,” Barak Obama said.


News – 7/23/2018

Heavy hail storm hit BiH city, causing great damage
Heavy hail storm has hit Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) city of Banja Luka, some 200 kilometers northwest of the capital Sarajevo, causing great damage on objects and cars on Saturday evening. According to local reports, around five-centimeter-diameter hailstones destroyed roofs and windows of a great number of cars parked outside, mainly in a village near Banja Luka. The hail storm also hit numerous agricultural areas….

Clapper: Obama Was Behind The Whole Thing
Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper admitted in a CNN interview Saturday that former President Obama instigated the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump and those in his orbit. Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Clapper let slip: If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place. And with Clapper’s admission – it looks like Strzok’s text stating “the White House is running this” may have been right on the money.

Google Translate Keeps Spitting Out Creepy Religious Prophecies
Does a new trend involve goofing around with Google Translate show something silly – or sinister? For example, typing the word “dog” 19 times and telling Google to translate it from Maori to English gives the following result: “Doomsday Clock is three minutes at twelve. We are experiencing characters and a dramatic developments in the world, which indicate that we are increasingly approaching the end times and Jesus’ return.”

Minor 3.4 magnitude earthquake strikes near Kinneret
A minor 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck near the Kinneret area on Sunday, according to the Geophysical Institute of Israel, rocking the northern region mere days after a string of minor earthquakes rumbled the area in recent weeks.

Obama says he’s from Kenya, again
Why do so many Americans still believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya? Maybe because he keeps insisting it’s so. He did again last week, while visiting his ancestral homeland of Kogelo. So, which is it – native-born son of Kenya, native-born son of Hawaii or native-born citizen of the world?

Bennett after U.N. meeting: Israel must avoid Iran driven two-front war
Iran must not be allowed to drag Israel into a war on both its southern and northern borders, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said after he met Monday morning with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov. Tehran sits at the head of an eight tentacled octopus that is responsible for the violence on Israel’s Gaza, Lebanese and Syrian borders, said Bennett, who is a member of Israel’s security cabinet.

In a first: Israel fires two David Sling interceptor missiles
Israel used its David Sling interceptor system for the first time on Monday, launching two missiles against rockets launched from Syria… Red alert incoming rocket sirens sounded across in northern Israel Monday morning, first in the northern city of Safed and the Galilee region at 10.05 a.m. and moments later in the Golan Heights and the city of Katzrin. Sirens wailed again the Galilee and Golan less than half an hour later.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang calls for crackdown on vaccine industry
Authorities in China have ordered an investigation into a vaccination scandal as panic grows over product safety. Last week vaccine maker Changsheng Biotechnology Co was found to have falsified production data for its rabies vaccine. The firm has been ordered to halt production and recall rabies vaccines. There has been no evidence of harm from the vaccine, but the scandal has sparked a huge outcry in China.

Drought forces emergency measures for US West’s wild horses
Harsh drought conditions in parts of the American West are pushing wild horses to the brink and spurring extreme measures to protect them. For what they say is the first time, volunteer groups in Arizona and Colorado are hauling thousands of gallons of water and truckloads of food to remote grazing grounds where springs have run dry and vegetation has disappeared.

Chemicals in Food May Harm Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says
A major pediatricians’ group is urging families to limit the use of plastic food containers, cut down on processed meat during pregnancy and consume more whole fruits and vegetables rather than processed food. Such measures would lower children’s exposures to chemicals in food and food packaging that are tied to health problems such as obesity, the group says.

Israeli aircraft hits terror cell launching incendiary balloons
An IDF aircraft struck Sunday a cell of terrorists launching incendiary balloons from northern Gaza into Israel. No casualties were reported in the incident. After a situation assessment in the Kerem Shalom border crossing Sunday morning, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed the Palestinians on Sunday, and said the key to opening the border to transfers of goods is the continued quiet in the region.

Trump warns Iran’s Rouhani to stop the threats or suffer historic consequences
President Trump late Sunday tweeted out to Iranian President Rouhani to never threaten the U.S. again or face historic consequences. The tweet came on the heels of Rouhani’s warning to Trump that hostile policies could lead to the “mother of all wars” with Iran. Trump called for Rouhani to stop the rhetoric or–in caps lock– “suffer the consequences the like of which few throughout history have ever suffered before. We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence and death. Be cautious!”

The Bible remains a ‘powerful, transformative tool’ in American culture: Poll
“The results show that, despite shifting cultural trends, Americans still read the Word, and it remains a powerful, transformative tool in their life. These and other snapshots are included in our list of top seven findings from this year’s State of the Bible report,” the survey said. Overall, half of Americans are “Bible users” — they read it, pray with it or consider biblical content through online or recorded forms. The survey found that Bible use has remained relatively consistent since 2011.

FBI used anti-Trump media to obtain spy warrants on campaign
The FBI continued to tell judges that dossier writer Christopher Steele wasn’t the source of a news article the bureau used to corroborate a wiretap application when in fact Mr. Steele had publicly acknowledged that he fed the anti-Trump story.

Record Number of Jews on Temple Mount Commemorating Temples’ Destruction
While Jews around the world fasted in mourning for the destruction of both Jewish Temples, an astounding 1,440 Jews ascended to the Temple Mount on Sunday, setting records that display a mounting desire to rebuild the Temple.

Archaeological Sifting Project Confirms Biblical Account of Solomon and David
Speaking to reporters during an exhibition of artifacts removed from the Temple Mount by Islamic officials in 1999, Prof. Gabriel Barkay, …said that sifting through mounds of dirt removed from site has unearthed an historical treasure trove of findings from the past three millennia of human history.

IDF: Two surface-to-surface missiles fired at Israel
Missiles fired Monday morning from Syria were ballistic surface-to-surface missiles, investigation shows. According to the investigation, the SS-21 Tochka missiles with warheads carrying half a ton of explosives, and had a range of 100 kilometers.

Bennett: Terror in north and south is led by Iran
Education Minister Bennett calls Iran the ‘head of the snake,’ says Iranians want to force Israel to fight two wars at once.

Magnitude 5.8 quake hits southeast Iran, fourth temblor in two days
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook southeastern Iran early on Monday, following three earthquakes in the country on the previous day, including one that injured nearly 290 people in the west, state media reported.

Turkey: Exposing Crimes Of ISIS Is Terrorism
How does Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan fight his political opponents, including those who have been working hard to expose the atrocities of the Islamic state terror group, ISIS? By throwing them into jail for allegedly “supporting terrorism.”

Sorry Paul Begley, But The ‘Blood Moon’ That Will Be Appearing In The Skies On July 27th Has No Connection With Any Bible Prophecy
Before the time of Jacob’s trouble can take place, the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church must happen. Then the rise of Antichrist, followed by a rebuilt Temple in Israel. Then Antichrist breaks the covenant three and a half years into it, and a three and a half year period of visible judgements in the form of Seals, Bowls, Vials and Trumpets must follow. Somewhere is all that chaos the 144,000 are sealed by God and Moses and Elijah return as the Two Witnesses and preach coming judgment for 3 and a half year period.  So, if you can cram all that into the next 5 days, then and only then will Paul Begley and all the other ‘blood moon’ false prophets have a shot on July 27th.

THANKS, RAHM: Chicago Named ‘Rat Capital’ Of America
Move over, New York City, Chicago is coming on strong! The city of Chicago, where former Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel is mayor, has been named in a new study the “rat capital” of the nation.

MORE LIES: Pa President Abbas proclaims Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Palestine
President Mahmoud Abbas affirmed on Thursday — in response to the newly enacted Jewish nation-state law passed by the Israeli Knesset — that the city of Jerusalem shall be the everlasting capital of the State of Palestine, and that no peace or security will prevail unless the city remains as such.

French citizens in shock as France to release hundreds of radicalized ISIS inmates
By the end of next year, France will have released hundreds of radicalized inmates who have completed their prison sentences.

Deadly heat wave to grip Japan early this week
A deadly heat wave is expected to continue early this week across Japan. After Ampil bypassed mainland Japan, generally dry weather will build back across all of southern and central Japan early this week.

Cuba aims to build socialism, not communism, in draft constitution
A draft of Cuba’s new constitution omits the aim of building communism, recognizes private property and opens the door to gay marriage, in a sign of changing times, although it keeps the Communist Party as the guiding force of the one-party system.

Gallup: No One Believes ‘Climate Change’ Is America’s Biggest Problem
Americans came up with 36 answers to a Gallup poll asking the biggest problem currently facing the country, and no one answered “climate change,” with only two percent even mentioning the environment at all, Gallup revealed last week.

Iran Warns Trump Not To Cut Off Oil Exports, Threatens ‘Mother Of All Wars’
 Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warned the US not to threaten the nation’s oil exports, called for improved relations with its neighbors including arch-nemesis Saudi Arabia, and cautioned the US that a conflict with Iran would be “the mother of all wars.”

Lesbians demand ‘L’ be removed from LGBT
It’s open warfare now between the “L” and the “T” of the LGBT movement.  An organization for lesbians has launched a formal online blast at LGBT activists for calling them “transphobes” and they want the LGBT coalition to drop the “L.”

Gunmen in South Africa ambush taxi drivers; 11 killed
South African police say gunmen have opened fire on a minibus carrying members of a taxi drivers’ association, killing 11 people and critically wounding four others.

The Tories voted that animals can’t feel pain as part of the EU bill, marking the beginning of our anti-science Brexit 
The Tory Government has outdone itself when it comes to neglecting animal rights this week – by effectively declaring that all animals (apart from humans, of course) have no emotions or feelings, including the ability to feel pain. While debating the Brexit bill, MPs voted not to transfer into UK law the parts of EU legislation which recognise animals have sentience, and can feel pain and emotions.

Fukushima Radiation Has Contaminated The Entire Pacific Ocean (And It’s Going To Get Worse)The nuclear disaster has contaminated the world’s largest ocean in only five years and it’s still leaking 300 tons of radioactive waste every day.


Headlines – 7/23/2018

Trump tweets explosive threat to Iran

Trump to Iran: ‘Never, ever threaten the United States again’

Trump warns Iran’s Rouhani to stop the threats or suffer historic consequences

Trump warns Iran’s Rouhani of ‘consequences few have suffered’ if Iran threatens U.S.

Iran will resist Trump’s ‘psychological warfare;: senior Guards commander to ISNA

US Secretary of State Pompeo assails Iran’s leaders, compares them to ‘mafia’

Pompeo slams Iran’s ‘hypocritical holy men,’ says US ‘not afraid’ to tackle them

Pompeo to urge Iranians abroad to ‘support’ anti-regime protests

Jordan, PA protest as record number of Jews visit Temple Mount for Tisha B’Av

Druze minister sent death threats over Jewish state law amid community protest

Obama’s peace envoy: Israel carrying out ‘reversed Oslo’ in West Bank

As Violence Flares, Kushner Threatens to Abandon a Plan B for the Mideast: Rebuilding Gaza

Israel fires on Gazans launching flaming balloons, breaking short period of calm

David’s Sling anti-missile system used for first time, in false alarm on Golan

New flotilla set to leave Palmero in bid to break blockade on Gaza

Palestinians say West Bank teen killed in clashes with IDF troops

Syria Fighting Near Israel Border Triggers Missile Defense Systems

As Syria troops near border, PM tells Putin he won’t tolerate Iranian presence

Israel blamed for airstrike on Iranian chemical weapons research site in Syria

Israeli jets said to strike Iranian-run missile production facility in Syria

Jason Greenblatt: Israel deserve ‘special commendation’ for White Helmets operation

In Damascus, Syrians dare to hope that war’s end may be near

Designated terrorist Hashem Safieddine says Hezbollah ‘will not leave Syria’

Iran and Turkey pressure Kurdish groups on different fronts

Yemen government demands Houthis release captives to restart talks

Suicide bombing in Kabul kills 14, Afghanistan’s VP unharmed

Pakistan election candidate killed in suicide attack

Somalia’s al Shabaab says stormed military base in country’s south, killed 27 soldiers

White House ‘skeptical’ leaders in South Sudan can bring ‘genuine peace’ to nation

Taiwan vulnerable to Chinese invasion without US, foreign minister says

White House to showcase U.S. products as trade battles loom

China Waging New ‘Cold War’ to Topple U.S. as World’s Leading Superpower, Says CIA Official

After a week of walkbacks, Trump returns to Russia doubting

The Latest: Trump again calls Russia commotion ‘a big hoax’

Senators push sanctions to send Putin election meddling warning

FBI used anti-Trump media to obtain spy warrants on campaign

St. Louis Uber driver has put video of hundreds of passengers online. Most have no idea.

Top US officials: Iran has laid groundwork for major cyberattacks on Europe, US

Iran Hit By Series Of Earthquakes, 150 People Injured

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Kerman, Iran

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Isangel, Vanuatu

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Sarangani, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Hidalgotitlan, Mexico

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 26,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 21,000ft

Kerinci volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Aoba volcano on Vanuatu erupts to 14,000ft

Rounds of rainfall to escalate flood concerns in eastern US this week

Storms, landslides and heat hit Asia

Flooding and landslides hit Vietnam and Philippines

Hundreds Rescued as Flooding Sparks ‘State of Calamity’ in North Philippines

Why wild weather is battering South-East Asia

Deadly heat wave to grip Japan early this week

Dust storm invades Las Vegas; heat wave coming

Censors jump into action as China’s latest vaccine scandal ignites

High risk of ‘losing control’ of AIDS epidemic: experts

100,000 protest in Tel Aviv over anti-LGBT discrimination

Cuba once made life hard for gays. Now, it’s on a path to allowing same-sex marriage

Former ICE Chief: We’ve Arrested More Than 2,000 Sexual Predators

Ohio man called in bomb threat so he would not miss United Airlines flight

Two dead, including gunman, after 15 people shot in downtown Toronto

One person dead, one injured in shooting at LDS Church in Fallon, Nevada

Ogden man charged, says he killed infant son because he had ‘666 on him,’ court papers say


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July 13, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

REUTERS

A federal judge on Friday will consider imposing tougher rules on the U.S. government to ensure it reunites as many as 2,000 immigrant children with their parents by July 26.

The White House has ordered that a wider group of lawmakers have access to classified information about an informant the FBI used to investigate possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing two American officials with knowledge of the decision.

A civil rights group asked a federal judge on Thursday to order the U.S. government to provide mental health counseling for the around 2,000 immigrant children separated from their parents by officials at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators said on Thursday they want the government to reinstate penalties on ZTE Corp, despite a Trump administration agreement paving the way for an end of a ban on the Chinese telecommunications company.

Israel’s military said it had fired a missile at a drone that approached from Syria on Friday, and a witness on the Syrian side of the frontier said the aircraft had been brought down.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow on Saturday. They are expected to discuss the Middle East, bilateral projects and the transfer of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

France will close the Eiffel Tower and mobilize 110,000 security staff as the weekend World Cup soccer final and Bastille Day festivities are expected to send hundreds of thousands of people into the streets, from Paris to the smallest of villages.

China’s trade surplus with the United States swelled to a record in June as its overall exports grew at a solid pace, a result that could further inflame a bitter trade dispute with Washington.

AP Top Stories

More victims of domestic abuse and gang violence seeking safety in the U.S. could be turned away thanks to a Trump administration policy now formally in effect at the border ― including parents separated from their children.

Tariff threats on $200 billion in Chinese goods would hit close to home, impacting many household products, like appliances or televisions.

Guard against exploitation: that’s the message Chilean miners have offered the 12 Thai boys and their football coach following the harrowing ordeal of spending 18 days trapped in a cave.

A U.S. service member died on Thursday from wounds sustained in a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan, according to a brief statement from the Department of Defense.

Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida file a federal lawsuit claiming authorities “failed to act.”

Quiet, confused and exhausted, 11 families who had been detained and separated after they were caught crossing the U.S. border illegally returned home Tuesday to Guatemala aboard a U.S. government-chartered flight that read “World Atlantic.” They lined up on the tarmac, shuffling – their shoelaces had been taken as a security precaution. U.S. immigration officials handed over paperwork in manila envelopes to Guatemalan officials. The immigrants walked single-file into a squat gray building at the country’s military base to be processed back into their country, along with dozens of others also deported. Tuesday’s flight was among the first containing families separated at the border under President Donald Trump’s contentious zero-tolerance policy. More than 2,300 children were separated from their families before a June 20 order stopping the practice.

A bomb killed at least 25 people and injured more than 30 Friday in southwestern Pakistan, in the day’s second attack on a political rally as fears of violence rise ahead of nationwide polls.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that North Korea’s criticism of the United States after recent talks on denuclearization was part of its strategy and negotiations between them are on the “right track”.

An air strike on one of the last holdouts of the Islamic State group in Syria has killed 54 people, more than half of them civilians, a war monitor said on Friday.

Oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday on news that Libya was suddenly set to restore hundreds of thousands of barrels per day, and the U.S. struck a softer line on Iran sanctions.

BBC

Seven endangered black rhinos have died while being transported to a new wildlife reserve in Kenya, reports said. The dead animals were among 14 black rhinos being transported to Kenya’s biggest national park, Tsavo East, AFP news agency reports.

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $4.7bn in damages to 22 women who alleged that its talc products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. A jury in the US state of Missouri initially awarded $550m in compensation and added $4.1bn in punitive damages.

An explosion at an industrial park in China’s Sichuan province has left 19 people dead and 12 others injured, officials said.

Germany has deported to Tunisia a man who once allegedly protected Osama Bin Laden and had been living in Germany with his family since 1997, despite a German court ruling against his deportation.

WND

The rise of robots in manufacturing in Southeast Asia is likely to fuel modern slavery as workers who end up unemployed due to automation face abuses competing for a shrinking pool of low-paid jobs in a “race to the bottom”, analysts said on Thursday.

Starbucks will actually be increasing its plastic use. As it turns out, the new nitro lids that Starbucks is leaning on to replace straws are made up of more plastic than the company’s current lid/straw combination.


News – 7/13/2018

Syrian Locals Denounce Assad, Putin; Plead With Israel for Protection
video footage obtained by TPS shows hundreds of locals in recent days denouncing Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin and gathering at the Syria-Israel border to ask for IDF protection against possible reprisals by the victorious forces.

Exclusive: PayPal closes French BDS media account
The giant US online payment service PayPal shut down the account of a major French boycott,sanctions, divestment (BDS) organization targeting Israel on Thursday, The Jerusalem Post has learned. PayPal’s services to Agence Media Palestine–the Paris-based BDS organization–now reads on the group’s website: “This recipient is currently unable to receive money.”

Lindsey Graham to Netanyahu: Assad and Iran are a package deal
Just to be clear: Without Iran/Hezbollah, Syria’s Assad would not be in power and would not have the ability to slaughter almost a half-million Syrians. Without Assad’s blessing, the flags of Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard would not be on Israel’s front door.”

Giuliani slams Strzok for refusing to admit different versions of Trump dossier
“Isn’t that called collusion or conspiracy to gin up a totally inappropriate, totally illegally wire based on national security? And doesn’t it taint the entire Russian probe?” Giuliani told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle.” “That’s a disgrace, [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller should be ashamed of himself. Those Democrats trying to protect that liar, Strzok, should be ashamed of themselves. And every FBI agent I know wants to see this guy drummed out of the bureau,” he said.

Netanyahu: Nationality bill is what the majority wants
“We will continue to protect the rights of the individual and the group, but the majority also has rights, and the majority rules,” the prime minister said at the annual memorial service to Ze’ev Jabotinsky. “The vast majority of the people want to ensure the Jewish character of our state for generations,” he asserted.

Majority of Conservatives Oppose All Immigration to the U.S
The majority of conservatives and nearly half of Republican voters say that they somewhat or strongly oppose all immigration to the United States. Just a few years since President Trump took his message of economic nationalism through fair trade and reduced immigration to the American people, the majority of conservative voters say they generally oppose immigration.

Gohmert: Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To ‘Foreign Entity’
The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok. “It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia,” he added. Gohmert said the ICIG investigator, Frank Rucker, presented the findings to Strzok, but that the FBI official did not do anything with the information.

Reports: Air strike in eastern Syria kills at least 28 people
An air strike killed at least 28 people in an Islamic State-held area of eastern Syria near the border with Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. The Syrian state news agency and the pro-Damascus al-Watan newspaper, in its online edition, said the U.S.-led coalition carried out the air strike near the town of Albu Kamal east of the Euphrates River.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges support for crown prince’s reforms
Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was detained for three months in an anti-corruption campaign under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, pledged support on Thursday for the young leader’s program of sweeping reforms. “I was honoured to meet with my brother HRH the Crown Prince and to discuss economic matters and the private sector’s future & role in #Vision2030 success,” he tweeted…

Putin, Trump to discuss Syrian deployment along Israel border
Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun…efforts ahead of the Helsinki summit next week with his US counterpart Donald Trump to formulate an agreement in Syria that will include removing Hezbollah and Iranian forces from the Syrian-Israeli border…Putin and Trump are likely to reach an agreement…about …Syrian forces on the border with Israel in the Golan Heights and about Iranian and Hezbollah forces vacating the area…

Donald Trump and Theresa May meet amid Brexit storm
Theresa May and Donald Trump are holding talks at her country retreat Chequers, following his controversial comments on the PM’s Brexit plan. In an interview with the Sun, Mr Trump said the PM’s plan would “probably kill” any trade deal with the US. But on Friday, he said he and Mrs May had “probably never developed a better relationship” than during this trip – his first to the UK as president.

Source of cosmic ‘ghost’ particle revealed
Ghost-like particles known as neutrinos have been puzzling scientists for decades. Part of the family of fundamental particles that make up all known matter, neutrinos hurtle unimpeded through the Universe, interacting with almost nothing. The majority shoot right through the Earth as though it isn’t even there, making them exceptionally difficult to detect and study.

Christians Under Attack in Nigeria
It’s one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian. What’s going on right now in Nigeria is “pure genocide.”

Vatican: Priests Have ‘More Power Than God Himself’
…the priest brings Christ down from heaven, and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal Victim for the sins of man – not once but a thousand times! The priest speaks and lo! Christ the Eternal and Omnipotent God, bows His head in humble obedience to the priest’s command.

Coming up: Solar eclipse today, longest lunar eclipse in century and date with Mars later this month
People are in for a triple celestial treat this month with a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse set to happen and Mars expected to come closest to Earth than it has in nearly two decades.

Pedophilia Included As ‘Sexual Orientation’ On New LGBT Pride Flag
Pedophiles are attempting to rebrand themselves as “MAPs” or “Minor Attracted Persons” in an effort to normalize pedophilia and gain acceptance in mainstream America by being included as part of the expanding LGBT+ community umbrella.

Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead ‘chemtrailed’ into America’s skies every year
America is being doused every minute of every day with the toxic heavy metal lead as it is burned in “avgas” — aviation gas, the fuel that powers most piston-driven aircraft (i.e. anything with a propeller). A grand total of 571 tons of lead are dumped each year into the air over our heads from aircraft alone, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

OUTBREAK ALERT: Viral Illness That Infects Children SPREAD In Virginia
A contagious virus which infects children is spreading through Virginia.  Childcare providers and schools are sounding the alarms after several hundred cases of “hand, foot, and mouth” disease have sickened young kids.

Democratic Socialists Of America Endorse Rabid Anti-Semitic Candidate In Los Angeles
It’s amazing how the left wants to paint literally everyone on the right as a white supremacist neo-Nazi, when there is pretty much no one running for any kind of serious office that holds these views.

Joining ‘Soros Funded’ Antifa Is Now Illegal, Punishable By 15 Years In Prison
A new bill proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives named the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018” will make it a criminal offense to “committing certain offenses while in disguise” and make joining Antifa illegal.

Woman Found Dead in Anthony Weiner’s Trash Chute is Connected to George Soros
The woman who was discovered dumped in the trash chute of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s New York home has been identified by police, with her connection to George Soros exposed.

Firefighters Suffer Neurological Damage After Contact With 5G Cell Towers
Firefighters in Sacramento, CA have reported neurological damage including memory problems and confusion after new generation 5G cell towers were installed outside their fire station.


The Foundation

“It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition.” —Thomas Jefferson (1785)

In Today’s Edition

  • Peter Strzok’s theatrics on Capitol Hill only underscore his contempt.
  • House Republicans were having none of Strzok’s defiant attitude
  • Trump pardons the Hammonds, victims of “an overzealous appeal.”
  • Papa John’s founder is finally taken down by a “social justice” lynch mob.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Peter Strzok’s Contemptuous Testimony

His theatrics before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees served only to underscore his arrogance and contempt.

Peter Strzok’s Bias Exposed

Republicans repeatedly blast the arrogant FBI agent who had the audacity to claim he had no anti-Trump bias.

A Pardon Too Late

Trump pardoned Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven, who were victims of “an overzealous appeal.”

Papa John’s Founder Ousted Over Racism Conversation

John Schnatter resigns after being blasted for using the N-word in a training session on racism.

Friday Short Cuts

“It matters very little whether or not the rest of the world likes us, as long as they respect us.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

Friday Top Headlines

Trump throws fuel onto UK’s Brexit debate, Dems file “Abolish ICE” bill but won’t vote on it, migrant children used as “commodity,” and more.

Today’s Opinion

Marc A. Thiessen
Trump Isn’t Attacking NATO. He’s Strengthening It.
Mona Charen
What the Cave Boys Teach Us About Abortion
Rich Lowry
Yes, the Supreme Court Is Undemocratic
David Harsanyi
Democrats Don’t Fear Brett Kavanaugh; They Fear the Constitution
Tony Perkins
Adoption Finds a Home in House

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon

Headlines – 7/13/2018

Hamas leaders in Cairo for talks on Gaza crisis, ‘reconciliation’

Israeli Ambassador Urges Top UN Environmental Advocate to Condemn Hamas Arson Attacks

Israel to impound Gaza flotilla ships to benefit terror victims

East Asian countries back development in Palestine

Israeli professor attacked by Palestinian in Germany

Bomb threat called into Jewish military history museum in DC

Stunning biblical ‘spies’ mosaic discovered in Israel

Israeli official: ‘There’s realistic opportunity to push Iran out of Syria’

Lindsey Graham doubles down against Israel-Russia deal on Syria

Netanyahu: Israel completely coordinated with U.S. regarding Syria

Netanyahu: Our problem is with Iran, not Assad

Syrian colonel: ‘Our eyes are set on Palestine, soon we will fight Saudi Arabia and Israel’

Tensions soar as Syrian fight nears Israeli border – with possible Iranian military presence

Report: Israel attacks Syrian army positions in Golan Heights

Assad’s forces retake Daraa, birthplace of Syria’s uprising

WHO seeks access to Syrians dying from heat, disease in South

Saudi envoy to UN says kingdom will confront Hezbollah ‘everywhere’

Report: Experts urge Congress to designate Muslim Brotherhood as terror group

Massive fuel tank explosion rocks Cairo airport

Twelve hospitalized from blast outside Cairo airport – Egyptian state news agency

Top adviser to Iran’s Khamenei says meeting with Putin was ‘very constructive’

Iranian police kill demonstrator during protest over water scarcity

US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions

Trump: Iran will seek fresh deal as looming sanctions hit economy

Trump at NATO Summit: Iran Is in Pain, They Will Call Me and Ask for a Deal

US State Secretary Pompeo urges EU to get tough on Iran

Trump forecasts ‘escalation’ with Iran, but says Tehran showing more respect

UN set to impose arms embargo on war-torn South Sudan

Kim Jong Un sends Trump a ‘very nice’ letter, teases possible 2nd meeting

US accuses N.Korea of UN sanctions breach, demands end to fuel sales

Trump says Putin ‘competitor’, not enemy

Germany isn’t the only country that still needs cheap Russian gas

‘Unprecedented unpredictability’: UK braces for Trump visit

Trump blasts May over Brexit during UK visit, casting pall over ties

Trump slams May over ‘very unfortunate’ Brexit plan, says ‘it will probably kill’ US trade deal

Trump Says Europe Is ‘Losing’ Its Culture Because Of Immigration

Jared Kushner still lacks top-most security clearance

FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

Fireworks at Strzok hearing as GOP reps fume at anti-Trump FBI agent, threaten contempt

Democrats demand Steve Bannon testify to counter Peter Strzok testimony

Gohmert: Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To ‘Foreign Entity’

New Mechanisms “Guarantee” Transparency Ahead of U.S. Midterm Elections, Facebook Executive Says

Facebook labels Russian users as ‘interested in treason’

Obama Loses 2 Million Followers in Twitter’s Crackdown on Fake Accounts

The online battle for the truth

All Ears: Always-On Listening Devices Could Soon Be Everywhere

Industrial park blast kills 19, hurts 12 in southwest China

Jeff Bezos plans to charge at least $200,000 for space rides

NASA will consider sending another Israeli astronaut into space

Coming up: Solar eclipse today, longest lunar eclipse in century and date with Mars later this month

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Murghob, Tajikistan

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Ohonua, Tonga

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatelama erupts to 14,000ft

FEMA says it underestimated the devastation Hurricane Maria would have on Puerto Rico

New tropical threat may create hazards for northern Philippines, Taiwan early next week

Japan flooding disaster: Death toll hits 200; Building heat creates new dangers for survivors

Japan hit by worst weather disaster in decades: Why did so many die?

Japan floods: Deadliest natural disaster to hit there since 2011

Hundreds of homes destroyed as dike bursts amid melting snow in northern Afghanistan

Meth, ‘the Devil’s drug,’ is back and killing more people than ever

Arkansas dad, 19, tried using extension cord shock to revive baby after smothering her, report says

Poll: 64 percent of Americans want Roe v. Wade to stand

Andrew Cuomo draws chuckles with threat to sue Supreme Court over Roe v. Wade: ‘Whom would he sue?’

Abortion Rights Advocates Preparing For Life After Roe v. Wade

After voting for abortion, why is Ireland still snapping up tickets for Pope Francis?

Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Now Lives ‘With Regret’

Israeli army promotes first openly gay major general

May God’s Underground Church in America Arise

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 06:38 AM PDT

May God’s Underground Church in America Arise(By Bert Farias) Someone recently asked me what I see for America and the church’s future. Right now, I am seeing the beginning and mushrooming of an evolution of sorts concerning both the nation and the church. Not everything is as it appears.  Here’s a powerful word from the Spirit of God that I’ve shared before: Do not look at the TV and larger media ministries to try to understand what I am doing in my body today. They have a part to play, but they are the visible to the eye veneer of the body that people see.

Those who are carnal and immature see the outward appearance and are impressed, thinking that these are the height of ministry and where the Spirit is concentrating today. But they are mistaken. See what I see, many small churches and ministries investing in relationships, walking in love, pouring their lives into each other; this is where the Spirit is moving today. There is a revolution taking place in my body, a revolution of relationships, discipleship, and love. This will affect whole communities and economies.” —John Fenn, Church Without Walls International. CONTINUE

Alabama Man Takes Over Church Pulpit and Pulls Out Gun

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 06:32 AM PDT

Alabama Man Takes Over Church Pulpit and Pulls Out GunAn Alabama man who allegedly took over a church pulpit during a worship service Sunday, July 8, tried to pull out a gun before being tackled by congregation members, according to AP. No shots were fired. The irate man reportedly talked about his pending divorce while in control of the pulpit at O’Neal Church of Christ in Athens, Alabama, reports say.

The suspect, 34-year-old Thomas Zebulun Lewter, has been charged with making a terroristic threat at the church, says Limestone County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Stephen Young. “During the service, he approached the pulpit and announced that he was sorry he was going to have to do what he had to do,” says wife Kathryn Lewter, who filed for divorce last month. Since the incident, she has petitioned the court for protection from abuse. READ MORE

DEVELOPING: Eruptions intensify, off scale seismicity at Anak Krakatau, Indonesia

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 06:27 AM PDT

DEVELOPING: Eruptions intensify, off scale seismicity at Anak Krakatau, IndonesiaExplosive activity at Anak Krakatau in Indonesia continues and its seismicity is reportedly going off the scale today, July 12, 2018. “Krakatau is going crazy … 100 times explosion a day. Very loud and could be heard until Carita, 42 km (26 miles) away,” Volcano Discovery’s Indonesian volcano expedition leader

said July 12. Just a few hours ago, photographer and volcano-enthusiast Øystein L. Andersen, said activity at the volcano is quite unique now. “It seems like you can now see a bright glow from the eruption from the coast of Java, 50 km (31 miles) away.” MORE

Extreme hot weather in UK producing plague of bloodsucking horse-flies

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 06:18 AM PDT

Extreme hot weather in UK producing plague of bloodsucking horse-fliesThe hot weather has seen populations of bloodsucking clegs – or horse-flies – reach Mediterranean levels.  The insects have sharp jaws and can cause a very painful bite. What makes them unusual is that, unlike midge bites, they cut into the skin rather than pierce it. Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) has

warned that bites could result in painful swellings and the possibility of infections which might not be treatable with our existing antibiotics. The charity’s chief executive professor Colin Garner said: “It is entirely possible in 2018 that you can die of an insect bite, not just in some hot foreign clime, but here in Britain.” There is also a chance of infectious that may not respond to current antibiotics. READ MORE

Franklin Graham: President Carter ‘Absolutely Wrong’ on Jesus Approving of Gay Marriage

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 06:02 AM PDT

Franklin Graham: President Carter ‘Absolutely Wrong’ on Jesus Approving of Gay MarriageEvangelist Franklin Graham responds to former President Jimmy Carter’s recent assertion that Jesus himself would approve of gay marriage, saying the former president is “absolutely wrong.”  In a short video clip of an interview published to the news website HuffPost Live Sunday and picked up by Breitbart.com, Carter spoke about his religious faith. He said as a politician he never ran across  “any really serious conflicts between my political obligations and my religious faith.”

When asked about gay marriage, the 39th president said ” That’s no problem with me. I think everybody should have a right to get married regardless of their sex.”  Carter told the interviewer that the “only thing he would draw a line on is… I wouldn’t be in favor of the government being able to force a local church to perform gay marriages if they didn’t want to.” READ MORE

GOG AND MAGOG WATCH: Iran coordinates military presence in Syria with Russia

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 05:51 AM PDT

GOG AND MAGOG WATCH: Iran coordinates military presence in Syria with RussiaAli Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Friday that Tehran coordinates positions on its military presence in Syria with Moscow and Damascus.  He made his comments at a conference in Moscow,

in response to a question about whether Iran might withdraw its forces from Syria’s southern border region, near Israel. Velayati also said that U.S. sanctions against Iran could raise oil prices and harm oil consumers. MORE

Two Sizable Asteroids Were Spotted Zooming Past Earth

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 05:44 AM PDT

Two Sizable Asteroids Were Spotted Zooming Past EarthThe Earth had some visitors not too long ago in the form of two asteroids.  The asteroids are officially known as 2018 NW and 2018 NX, according to a report from CNet, and they were said to be about the size of a school bus, with both estimated to have a diameter of 33 feet. At their closest points, scientists

noted that they got within 72,000 miles of Earth, meaning they were significantly closer to the planet than the moon. 2018 NW was observed to be the faster of the two, with a recorded velocity of 47,647 mph. Asteroids moving close to and eventually past the Earth happens relatively often, with the report noting that something like that takes place every few weeks or so. READ MORE

Nigerian Christians Unite to Pray for ‘Carnage’ of Believers to End

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 05:41 AM PDT

Nigerian Christians Unite to Pray for ‘Carnage’ of Believers to EndThe Christian Association of Nigeria held a national prayer session on Wednesday against the “barbaric killing” of Christians at the hands of radical Muslim herdsmen, as the country reels from another deadly rampage this week where 39 people were killed in the north. “The church wants the carnage to stop,” CAN President Rev. Supo Ayokunle said.

CAN is considering a nationwide protest against the killing of believers, according to ThisDayLive. Ayokunle said that the ongoing killings, where some estimate as many as 6,000 believers have been slaughtered since the start of the year, are turning Nigeria into a “deserted land.” The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Metropolitan See, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, said that now more than ever, it is time for Christians to unite. READ MORE

Franklin Graham Event Bus Ads Pulled in UK After Outcry From LGBT Community

Posted: 12 Jul 2018 12:36 PM PDT

Franklin Graham Event Bus Ads Pulled in UK After Outcry From LGBT CommunityBus ads promoting an upcoming evangelistic festival with Franklin Graham in England were pulled in response to outcry from LGBT communities.  “Blackpool Transport has recently been made aware of an advert in place on the side of some of our double-decker buses,” said a spokesperson for the company, according to the Blackpool Gazette.

“In light of customer feedback and reactions on social media which has resulted in heightened tension, we have taken the decision to remove all adverts relating to the ‘Time for Hope’ Festival with immediate effect. We will reimburse any income back to the advertising company. “We work with multiple advertisers and third-parties and in no way do we endorse or support any advertisement which is placed on our vehicles.” READ MORE

Evangelist Todd Bentley Claims Shirtless ‘Financial Angel’ Visited Him in Hotel Room, Another Wrestled Him at Home

Posted: 12 Jul 2018 12:26 PM PDT

Evangelist Todd Bentley Claims Shirtless ‘Financial Angel’ Visited Him in Hotel Room, Another Wrestled Him at HomeFresh Fire USA founder and healing evangelist Todd Bentley claimed during a “Supernatural Debt Forgiveness Jubilee Service” Sunday that he has had live encounters with angels during his ministry similar to those experienced by biblical figures, including a visit from a shirtless “financial angel” in a dingy hotel room and another in his home where the angel wrestled him in his bed. “It (angel) appeared to me as a person. A man.

So I’m not having a dream. It’s not a trance. I’m wide awake. I’m in my bathroom. And I’ve never had an angelic encounter where it’s like in this world. A messenger from Heaven,” Bentley said in the service of his first encounter with an angel which he said happened in Albany, Oregon, around 2004 or 2005. He explained that at the time he was an evangelist based in Canada and was invited by a group of churches in Oregon to minister due to his reputation as a “miracle healing guy.” READ MORE


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The U.S. government must convince a judge on Thursday that it has complied with a court order for reuniting the youngest migrant children who were separated from their parents by U.S. officials after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s acting chief said on Wednesday he would push to cut regulations on industry and speed up decisions on permits, echoing the policies of former head Scott Pruitt who stepped down last week.

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee may not have to wait too long for controversial cases if he is confirmed to the job, with disputes involving abortion, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading toward the justices soon.

The U.S. Senate made a minor effort to push back against President Donald Trump’s trade policies on Wednesday by backing a non-binding motion to give Congress a role in his decisions to impose tariffs for national security reasons.

A U.S. push for new global standards to kick start its fledgling supersonic jet industry is facing resistance by European nations that want tough rules on noise, according to documents and people familiar with the situation.

Iraqi police fired into the air to disperse protesters demanding jobs and better public services at one of three demonstrations outside major oilfields in the southern oil hub of Basra on Thursday, police sources said.

Britain published on Thursday its proposals for future trade with the European Union after it leaves the bloc next March, seeking a new arrangement that would offer less generous access than under today’s EU “passporting” regime.

Donald Trump claimed a personal victory at a NATO summit on Thursday after telling European allies to increase spending or lose Washington’s support, an ultimatum that forced leaders to huddle in a crisis session with the U.S. president.

Syrian state vehicles, accompanied by Russian military police, entered part of Deraa city on Thursday to raise the national flag over an area held by rebels for years, witnesses said, leaving President Bashar al-Assad poised for another big victory in the seven-year-long Syrian conflict.

AP Top Stories

The staggering $20 million raised via Facebook to support immigrant families separated at the border will be used to post bail bonds for mothers, recipient organization Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services announced Tuesday. RAICES aims to reunite 2,500 migrant children with their mothers, citing bond costs ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

President Trump criticized Germany for its pipeline deal with Russia and called on NATO allies to double their commitment to defense spending on Wednesday.

An Afghan man deported from Germany has been found dead in a hotel room in Kabul after committing suicide, officials said Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has received the Iranian leader’s top adviser hours after conferring with the Israeli prime minister about Iran’s presence in Syria.

The Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the seventh century, was dynamited by the Pakistani Taliban in 2007. Now it has been restored, a powerful symbol of tolerance in the traumatised Pakistani valley.

A British man poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent 10 days ago has regained consciousness and is now in a critical but stable condition, Salisbury District Hospital said on Tuesday.

A mammoth wildfire that has blackened more than 140 square miles and destroyed at least 20 structures in two Northern California counties was ignited by an improperly installed electric livestock fence, fire managers said on Wednesday.

The known death toll from a four-month crackdown on anti-government protests in Nicaragua has risen to 264, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday.

BBC

US President Donald Trump has said he thinks it is “presently unnecessary” to consider quitting NATO. He has previously been highly critical of the alliance, complaining the US pays more than others. However, no other country has confirmed any increased commitments as yet.

The cave complex in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their football coach were trapped for more than two weeks is set to be turned into a museum. Rescue officials said the museum would showcase how the operation unfolded, predicting it would be a “major attraction” for Thailand. At least two companies are also looking to make a film telling the story of the rescue.

Archaeologists scanning a Mexican pyramid for damage following September’s devastating earthquake have uncovered traces of an ancient temple. The temple is nestled inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Morelos state.

Research carried out in Sierra Leone shows that some survivors of Ebola suffer from neurological and psychiatric conditions long after they recover from the initial disease.

Two of four Indian priests charged with allegedly raping a woman have handed themselves in for police questioning in the southern state of Kerala. The Kerala high court denied bail to both of them and one other priest, who is also expected to give himself up later on Thursday. Police are yet to arrest the fourth priest.

India has adopted recommendations strongly backing net neutrality that experts say could be the “strongest” in the world. Net neutrality means service providers must treat all traffic equally, and not charge differently based on content.

WND

An organization fighting Islamic indoctrination in the San Diego Public schools – it’s already in court over the issue – is now insisting on access to communications between Seattle school officials and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


News – 7/12/2018

Archaeologists’ DNA Testing May Have Identified Jonah’s Whale
Using ancient DNA analysis and collagen fingerprinting, the researchers identified the bones as belonging to the North Atlantic Right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and the Atlantic Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus). Until their findings brought proof these species were common in the region, it was assumed that the Mediterranean Sea was outside of the historical range of the Right and Gray whales.

Trump says Putin meeting may be easiest on Europe’s trip
US President Donald Trump said on Thursday a meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week may be the easiest on his Europe trip, saying Moscow was a competitor and not an enemy. Asked if Putin presented a threat, Trump said, “I don’t want him to be and that is why we have NATO,” following a summit of the military alliance in Brussels. “He is a competitor,” Trump told reporters. “Is he my enemy? He is not my enemy … Hopefully someday maybe he will be a friend. I just don’t know him very well.”

Japan flood toll nears 200, sun scorches thousands battling thirst
Intense heat and water shortages raised fears of disease outbreaks in flood-hit western Japan on Thursday as the death toll from the worst weather disaster in 36 years neared 200. More than 200,000 households had no water a week after torrential rains caused floods and set off landslides across western Japan, bringing death and destruction to decades-old communities built on mountain slopes and flood plains.

Trump calls out Sessions over FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s no-show at Congress
President Trump in an early morning tweet Thursday nudged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to act over FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s refusal to comply with subpoena and testify before Congress. “As I head out to a very important NATO meeting, I see that FBI Lover/Agent Lisa Page is dodging a Subpoena & is refusing to show up and testify,” Trump tweeted early Thursday morning. He continued, “What can she possibly say about her statements and lies. So much corruption on the other side. Where is the Attorney General?”

South Korea’s Moon says North Korea-U.S. talks ‘on track’, criticism a ploy
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that North Korea’s criticism of the United States after recent talks on denuclearisation was part of its strategy and negotiations between them are on the “right track”.

Justice Dept pulls virtual trigger for online 3D guns
In its settlement of a free speech lawsuit, the federal government has agreed to acknowledge that popular semi-automatic sporting rifles such as the AR-15 are not inherently military weapons. “Not only is this a First Amendment victory for free speech, it also is a devastating blow to the gun prohibition lobby,” explained Alan M. Gottlieb, the founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation.

South Korea wants formal end to the Korean War this year
“The goal of our government is to declare an official end of the Korean War this year, which marks the 65th anniversary of signing the truce agreement,” he said in an interview with Singaporean media The Straits Times, according to Yonhap. Moon is on a three-day state visit in Singapore.

Alt-Left Melts Down Over “Unmasking Antifa” Act
It seems the new “Unmasking Antifa Act” has ruffled a few feathers among the alt-left. Introduced in the House last month by Rep Dan Donovan (R-NY), H.R. 6054 is a response to a spate of violent attacks provoked by masked members of Antifa, and would punish anyone wearing a mask who “injures, oppresses, threatens or intimidates” a person “in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege” with a fine and up to 15 years in prison. The law is effectively a modern take on anti-mask laws dating back to the mid-20th century in order to stop the violent activities of the Ku Klux Klan…

Netanyahu: Israel completely coordinated with U.S. regarding Syria
Israel is completely coordinated with the US regarding the situation in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on Thursday, hours after US Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted that Israel should be “very careful making agreements with Russia re Syria that affect US interests.” Graham is one of Israel’s staunchest supporters in the senate.

Israel strikes three Syrian regime posts following drone infiltration
The Israeli military struck three Syrian military targets overnight on Wednesday in retaliation for a Syrian drone that infiltrated into northern Israel hours earlier. “The IDF holds the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces,” read a statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

Nato states to up defence spending – Trump
US President Donald Trump says Nato countries have agreed to increase their military spending. Speaking after a two-day summit in Brussels, he said allies had committed to spending more than 2% of their annual output (GDP) on defence budgets. The president has been highly critical of the alliance, complaining the US pays more than others.

Israeli unmanned spacecraft to land on Moon in 2019
An Israeli non-profit organisation has announced plans to send the first privately-funded unmanned spacecraft to the Moon. SpaceIL said the probe would be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in December on a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. It is expected to land on the Moon in February 2019.

TSA screeners win immunity from abuse claims: appeals court
Fliers may have a tough time recovering damages for invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, after a federal appeals court on Wednesday said screeners are immune from claims under a federal law governing assaults, false arrests and other abuses…the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said…(TSA) screeners were not “investigative or law enforcement officers,” and were therefore shielded from liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).

Lieberman calls to shut down Israeli Embassy in Ireland over boycott bill
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on Thursday for Israel to shut down the Israeli Embassy in Dublin in response to the Irish Senate voting overwhelmingly to approve a proposal to boycott companies and imports of goods from the West Bank settlements, a move that Israel warned Dublin not to implement in January.

Israel to impound Gaza flotilla ships to benefit terror victims
The Jerusalem District Court issued a temporary confiscation order Wednesday for two Norwegian ships set to partake in a solidarity flotilla to Gaza in the coming weeks. The court order allows for the Karstein and Freedom, worth approximately 75,000 euros, to be used for monetary compensation for victims of Hamas terrorism the moment they enter Israeli waters.

How You And I Are Helping Facebook ‘DeepFace’ Facial Recognition Create The Global Surveillance System
Facebook is how you get from social medial to societal dominance. This is how go from a Harvard kid hacking college databases to rate female students as ‘hot or not’, to installing real-time Facial Recognition tracking systems on a global scale.

UK Government Hires George Soros to Give Police ‘Hate Crime Training’
The UK has announced it will use taxpayers money to pay for George Soros’s “hate crime” training programme, which will be used on Police officers tackling “anti-Muslim hate crimes.”

New Satellite Images Show Russia is Secretly Preparing for War
New satellite images have revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin is secretly preparing his country for war.

Marvel Announces 2 Openly Gay Heroes Coming To Movie Screens Soon
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently confirmed to The Playlist that not one, but two, openly gay characters would be coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some lauded the decision as a landmark example of diversity in movies. Others have pegged the move as a PR stunt and little else.

Deadly Parasitic Worm Coming To Europe Due To Third-World Migration
Hundreds to thousands of eggs are produced daily by each female worm. One of the many benefits of open borders! Karl Hoffmann, a professor of parasitology at Aberystwyth University, writes in The Independent:

Amazon patent admits it will listen in real-time for “trigger words” that could get you arrested and imprisoned 
Amazon patent admits it will listen in real-time for “trigger words” that could get you arrested and imprisoned.

Soros Associates Gain Control Of 90% Of U.S. Computerized Voting Machines
Breaking- #RogerStone reports two Globalist British Royals, both billionaires protected by the Queen have partnered with Soros to get control of 90 % of US computerized voting machines.

Bill Gates Invents Human Microchip with Wireless ‘On/Off’ Birth Control Switch
Billionaire globalist Bill Gates and his team have invented a disturbing new human microchip that is due for launch this year.

Trump administration to dump Obama-era rule allowing unions to siphon Medicaid money
The Trump administration announced Tuesday it planned to end what it suggested was an illegal Obama-era rule allowing unions to collect dues from state subsidies intended for home health workers — including family caregivers.

Pedophiles Demand to be Part of LGBT Community, Call for ‘Normalization’
Pedophiles are now attempting to ‘rebrand’ themselves as ‘MAP’ (Minor-Attracted Persons) in a strange effort to be accepted int to LGBT community and ‘normalizing’ pedophilia.

10 most evil people in the world today who lie about science, pharmaceuticals and GMOs
…You may be a religious person who treats others the way you want to be treated, but that won’t stop evil scientists and M.D.s from selling you dangerous chemical-based drugs that slowly poison you and your innocent children until death does you part. That’s why you need to know exactly who the ten most evil people are in the world today, because they lie about science, pharmaceuticals and GMOs, and the only way to protect your family from them is to never buy, consume or inject what they’re selling.

Samoa Bans All Children’s Vaccinations After Sudden Deaths Of Multiple Toddlers
Health authorities have banned all children’s vaccinations in Samoa following the sudden deaths of multiple toddlers minutes after receiving the MMR vaccine. A full inquiry into the circumstances of the deaths has also been launched at the request of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi.

Report: Obama Admin ‘Shelved’ Plan to Prosecute Taliban Heroin Traffickers
The Obama administration, citing “political concerns” in 2013, derailed a plan to prosecute Taliban drug kingpins in U.S. courts that could have curtailed unprecedented heroin operations in Afghanistan that fueled the deadly opioid crisis across the United States, a Politico investigation found.

U.S. Seeks to Thwart Iran Flying Millions in Cash Out of Germany
Top Trump administration officials are working to stop Germany from allowing Iran to fly more than $350 million in cash out of the country and back to Tehran as part of a bid by the Iranian regime to restock its coffers ahead of a major financial crackdown by America, according to conversations with senior U.S. diplomats and officials on Capital Hill.

African Migrants Threaten to Kill Italian Cargo Vessel Crew Who Rescued Them
African migrants threatened to kill the crew of the Italian cargo vessel who rescued them because they wanted to travel to the welfare havens of Europe and not be returned to a Libyan detention center.

Church Mounts Billboard Atop Gay Bar Telling LGBT Community ‘God Takes Pride in You’
A Disciples of Christ Church in San Diego that describes itself as “radically inclusive” has purchased a billboard atop a gay bar with a message to the LGBT community, declaring, “God takes pride in you, so do we!”


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them… The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.” —Federal Farmer (1787)

In Today’s Edition

  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has an impressive 2A record.
  • Trump leaves NATO having accomplished his goals.
  • Young conservative women are excited about the future of conservatism.
  • Trump is aggressively working to bring about efficiency to government.
  • A feminist writer urges America to stop calling Kavanaugh “a good dad.”
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Kavanaugh — a Strong Defender of Americans’ 2A Rights

His impressive record on Second Amendment-related cases and his judicial philosophy should make conservatives rest easy.

SCOTUS: It’s Not About Right v. Left. It’s About Liberty v. Tyranny.

Democrats frame the contest for the Supreme Court as “conservative v. liberal,” but it’s about judicial authority v. judicial despotism.

Trump Reassures NATO After Winning Concessions

Based on Trump’s final remarks at the NATO summit, he managed to get what he was after.

The Courage to Think

Hundreds of young women attended a Turning Point USA summit, excited about the future of conservatism and their place in it.

Trump Bringing Reform to Washington Bureaucracy

He is aggressively working to bring about great efficiency to government.

Feminist Writer: Stop Calling Kavanaugh ‘A Good Dad’

Apparently, being “a good dad” loses its luster when a conservative jurist is nominated to SCOTUS.

Thursday Short Cuts

“Pro-tip: If you don’t want one unelected justice to be worth so darn much, don’t used the court to make laws.” —@hale_razor

Thursday Top Headlines

Brett Kavanaugh’s view on 2A, NATO allies up spending, ISIS’s Afghan “capital” captured, new rules on asylum, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Ann Coulter
Kavanaugh Threatens the Left’s Right to Cheat
Gary Bauer
NATO Knockdown
Victor Davis Hanson
Reciprocity Is the Method to Trump’s Madness
R. Emmett Tyrrell
How Perkins Coie Plans to Get Congressman Jim Jordan
Edwin J. Feulner
The Facts About Fact-Checkers

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Joel McDurmon – Is the world really waxing worse and worse?

Here we go again – Blood Moon 2018: Christian pastor preaches end of the world is near

Differences Between Salvation in the Qur’an & the Bible

Please Don’t Repeat Fake News, Here’s How to Spot Fake News

YouVersion Bible App Reaches 330M Devices, Offers 1,700 Different Bible Versions on 10th Anniversary

SC Baptist Convention Leader Resigns, Charged With Sexual Assault From 20 Years Ago


Headlines – 7/12/2018

IDF intercepts Syrian drone that penetrated 10 kilometers into Israel

IDF strikes three military targets in Syrian Golan heights

To rule out a Russian link, IDF waited 16 minutes before downing Syrian drone

IDF opens fire near Gazans flying incendiary balloons into Israel

House Dems demand ‘transparency’ over Trump’s review of US aid to Palestinians

California state assembly candidate accuses Israel of ‘genocide’

Ireland moves to criminalize trade with settlements, drawing Israeli ire

Arab Knesset party backs Irish bill to criminalize trade with settlements

Norwegian hospitals refuse to assist in circumcisions

Netanyahu departs for ‘very important’ meeting with Putin in Moscow

Pledging not to oust Assad, Netanyahu urges Putin to ‘get Iranians out’ of Syria

Israel to Russia: Assad’s safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria

Netanyahu to Putin: Israel will prevent all attempts to violate border

Top US senator warns Israel against deal with Russia over Syria

Russia’s Putin meets Iran Supreme Leader’s aide in Moscow

Argentina asks Russia to arrest Iran official over 1994 Jewish center bombing

Ex-intel. official: Iran footprint in Syria may be to hide nuke scientists

Iran official says US sanctions will ‘undoubtedly’ affect economy

Family of Kurdish female fighter seen naked, mutilated in graphic viral video speaks out

After Trump’s spending demands, NATO summit turns to Afghanistan

Some Britons welcome Trump, renewal of ‘special relationship’ amid Brexit jitters

Trump questions the value of NATO, assails Germany

Trump at NATO summit says Germany is ‘totally controlled’ by Russia

Trump and Merkel Exchange Barbs in Showdown Over Russia’s Pipeline

Russia Accuses NATO of Having Bases ‘Snuggled’ Up to Its Borders

Schumer: ‘Trump Should Not Meet With Putin Alone,’ Is More Loyal to Russia Than NATO

Anti-Trump Protest at NATO Draws Only a Couple Dozen

Trump’s barrage of attacks ‘beyond belief,’ reeling NATO diplomats say

Most People Think World Is More Dangerous Under Donald Trump, New Survey Finds

Michael Cohen’s Lawyer Says Trump May Have Committed ‘Impeachable Offense’ for ‘Lying’ About Michael Flynn

Is another election being hacked? That’s the claim against a Chinese group in Cambodia

Battling Fake Accounts, Twitter to Slash Millions of Followers

Stolen U.S. Military Drone Documents Found for Sale on Dark Web, Researchers Say

TSA screeners win immunity from abuse claims: appeals court

Flying Trains Could Be Coming Your Way

OPEC’s oil output jumps in June as Saudi Arabia opens the taps to tame crude prices

Heads up! It’s a month of eclipses

A Supermoon Will Eclipse the Sun on Friday the 13th

Solar eclipse tomorrow, longest lunar eclipse in century and date with Mars later this month

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits South of the Fiji Islands

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Iwo Jima, Japan

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Negra, Sierra volcano in Galapagos erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 12,000ft

Ebeko volcano on the Kuril Islands erupts to 12,000ft

Typhoon Maria wreaks havoc along China’s east coast

Dozens Still Missing In Japan Floods As Death Toll Reaches 176

U.S. plans to remove backup power generators in Puerto Rico. Officials worry it’s hurricane season.

What Is Mycoplasma Genitalium? British Doctors Are Warning That This Sexually Transmitted Infection Could Be the Next Big Superbug

Hormone Therapy For Transgender Women Increases Risk Of Blood Clots And Strokes

Parents appeal after judge denies transgender teen name change

Church Mounts Billboard Atop Gay Bar Telling LGBT Community ‘God Takes Pride in You, so do we!’

Russia pursues Jehovah’s Witnesses as ‘extremists’

Turkish police arrest Islamic ‘televangelist’ with anti-Semitic history

Don’t lose heart in your season!

Posted: 12 Jul 2018 06:07 AM PDT

Don’t lose heart in your season!In this message, we want to encourage to not lose heart during whatever season you are in and that just as in the natural seasons come and go, Your current season will eventually pass and transition to a new season as well!

RUMORS OF WAR: Ex-diplomat warns World War 3 could break out following another chemical attack in Syria

Posted: 12 Jul 2018 05:30 AM PDT

RUMORS OF WAR: Ex-diplomat warns World War 3 could break out following another chemical attack in SyriaSyria could face a major crisis in the event of another chemical attack as it may justify US-led military intervention in the country, a former Foreign Office official has warned. Peter Ford, the UK’s former ambassador to Syria, said a situation similar to the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April could spark a widespread military operation against the Syrian regime and Bashar al-Assad’s army.

Speaking to RT, Mr Ford said: “The real potential flashpoint is a return to a Douma-like situation. “Remember in April, we were close to World War 3. We were talking in those terms. “It’s perfectly foreseeable that the same conditions will be produced, and I believe there will be another fake chemical attack, which will trigger a really dangerous crisis.” US-led airstrikes in Syria following the April attack were carried out before formal investigations were conducted to determine whether chemical weapons were used. CONTINUE 

‘We Prayed…and I Cried’: Porn Star Accepts Jesus and Immediately Quits the Industry

Posted: 12 Jul 2018 05:22 AM PDT

‘We Prayed…and I Cried’: Porn Star Accepts Jesus and Immediately Quits the IndustryEx-porn star Crissy Outlaw has gained quite a bit of attention over the past few years speaking about how she found Jesus and immediately left the adult film industry.  Outlaw recently told Lucas Miles, host of “The Lucas Miles” podcast, that she “never planned on going into the sex industry,” though that’s where her path tragically led her. Now, after leaving the money and fame behind, Outlaw is an outspoken

Christian who has repeatedly said that she feels “called” to tell people why she left the industry in an effort to help prevent others from making the same mistakes she did. “Most people can think about their pasts and can easily hide it … never sharing it with anyone for the rest of their lives. The evidence and consequences of my past mistakes will never go away,” Outlaw writes on her website. “I have to deal with this daily, and it isn’t easy. I find happiness in using my past to help others who might be going down a similar path.” READ MORE

DEVELOPING: More than 500 sick as E. coli found at TN zipline attraction

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 06:50 PM PDT

DEVELOPING: More than 500 sick as E. coli found at TN zipline attractionE. coli was found in water at a zipline attraction after nearly 550 visitors to the attraction reported illness, and authorities think the estimate may be low.  Initials tests confirmed the presence of E. coli and other bacteria in a well water sample at Climb Works Zip Line Canopy Tour, health officials told the Knoxville News Sentinel. People who became ill drank water served out of coolers along the course, WVLT reported.

The Tennessee Department of Health sent more than 2,000 surveys to those who reserved tours online, to determine if they became sick after visiting. Of the 808 who responded, 548 indicted they had become ill. People who became ill had visited the attraction between mid-June and early July. The company also said 80 to 100 people called them to say they became sick with gastrointestinal illnesses after visiting the attraction, WVLT reported. READ MORE

Mosaic of Moses’ Spies Who Explored Canaan Discovered in Israel

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 06:37 PM PDT

Mosaic of Moses’ Spies Who Explored Canaan Discovered in IsraelA team of specialists have discovered several mosaics in Israel, including one depicting two men carrying a pole with a cluster of grapes, believed to be the two spies Moses sent to scout the land of Canaan, as found in the book of Numbers in the Bible.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill team announced on Monday that the first mosaics were discovered at the site of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee,

where the synagogue excavations are taking place, in 2012 by a team led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Professor Jodi Magness. With the assistance of Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University, they have uncovered additional mosaics every year, including that of Samson carrying the gate of Gaza, Noah’s Ark, the parting of the Red Sea, Jonah being swallowed by fish, and the building of the Tower of Babel. READ MORE

Communist-Hired Thugs Block Christians at Beijing’s Largest House Church, Call Their Faith a ‘Cult’

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 06:31 PM PDT

Communist-Hired Thugs Block Christians at Beijing’s Largest House Church, Call Their Faith a ‘Cult’A group of “thugs” hired by local Communist authorities barricaded last week the campus of Zion Church, the largest house church in Beijing, threatening Christians and calling their faith a “cult.” International Christian Concern reported that Yizhuang campus worshipers have been calling for prayers over their situation via the WeChat messaging app.

The incident at the church took place on July 5, ICC noted, when the thugs prevented the Christians from entering the third floor of the campus to gather in worship and called the Christian faith a cult. The government-hired group also stopped church members from attempting to unlock padlocks they had put in place, and blocked church administrators from trying to retrieve computers and other church documents. READ MORE

‘Miracle Baby’ Survives 9 Hours Buried Alive in Montana Woods

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 06:25 PM PDT

‘Miracle Baby’ Survives 9 Hours Buried Alive in Montana WoodsA 5-month-old baby was found buried alive in the mountains of Montana over the weekend, and the sheriff’s deputy who found him says he had just given up hope when he heard a small cry.  “All night long I was preparing myself to find a dead baby,” Deputy Ross Jessop told HLN’s Mike Galanos.  The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that they were called to the area Sunday night

following reports of a man acting aggressive and threatening nearby campers saying he had a gun.
Deputies later learned the man, identified as Francis Carlton Crowley, was caring for his girlfriend’s son at the time, but witnesses hadn’t seen the infant for several hours. Officers searched for more than six hours for the 5-month-old after Crowley told them the baby was “somewhere in the mountains.” READ MORE

Hail Satan,’ and Other Demonic Symbols Carved Into South Carolina Church

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 06:19 PM PDT

Hail Satan,’ and Other Demonic Symbols Carved Into South Carolina ChurchA vandal carved “Hail Satan” and other demonic symbols into a South Carolina church porch. “Do I get angry? I haven’t had that response,” Care and Mission Director at Welcome Baptist Church David Berry tells a CBS affiliate. “We’re broken-hearted that somebody would do that to the church.” Workers at the Union, South Carolina, church discovered the message,

along with an upside-down cross and an anarchy symbol, burned onto the front columns of the building that houses an addiction recovery group, according to an incident report, Fox reports. “When you see something like that, you know that person doesn’t know the Lord,” Berry says. Police estimate the vandal created about $600 worth of damage, and no immediate suspects have been named. READ MORE


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REUTERS

Pfizer said on Tuesday it was deferring drug price increases for no more than six months after the company’s chief executive officer had an extensive conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The Trump administration is cutting most of the funds previously provided to groups that help people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and will push them to promote plans lacking the law’s benefits and protections, a government agency said on Tuesday.

The U.S. government believes it is in compliance with a court-ordered Tuesday deadline to reunite immigrant children under 5 who were separated from their parents while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a court filing.

Slovakia has agreed a $1.9 billion deal to buy 14 U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to replace its ageing Russian-made MiG-29s, its defense ministry said on Wednesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump accused Germany of being a “captive” of Russia on Wednesday as Western leaders gathered in Brussels for a NATO summit where Trump wants Europeans to pay more for their own defense.

The first video of the Thai boys rescued from a flooded cave after 17 days was released on Wednesday, showing them smiling and waving from their hospital beds, looking thin but fine after an ordeal that has gripped the world.

The Syrian government widened its offensive to recover the southwest on Wednesday, extending it to an enclave held by Islamic State-affiliated fighters as Russian warplanes targeted the area, a war monitor said.

Israel launched a Patriot interceptor missile on Wednesday at a drone spotted approaching from Syria, the second such incident in as many months, the Israeli military said.

China accused the United States of bullying and warned it would hit back after the Trump administration raised the stakes in their trade dispute, threatening 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods.

U.S. loan applications to refinance existing homes fell to their lowest in over 17-1/2 years even as most 30-year home borrowing costs fell last week, data from the Mortgage Bankers Association showed on Wednesday.

AP Top Stories

At least 11 people were killed after gunmen stormed an education department compound in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, officials said, sparking an hours-long battle with security forces in the latest attack in the restive region.

Nevada plans to carry out the first execution using fentanyl, a drug at the heart of the US opioid epidemic, on Wednesday. The state intends to use a synthetic opioid – involved in more than 20,000 overdose deaths in 2016 alone – to kill Scott Dozier, a double murderer, after finding it difficult to obtain other drugs for Nevada’s first execution in 12 years because of opposition from pharmaceutical manufacturers.

The U.S. government is struggling to reunite immigrant families it separated at the border with Mexico and only about half the children under age 5 will be back with their parents by a court-ordered deadline of Tuesday, a government attorney told a judge on Monday.

BBC

One of China’s highest-profile democracy campaigners has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for “subversion of state power”. Qin Yongmin, 64, has already spent a total of 22 years behind bars. Qin had “refused to cooperate with the court” and stayed silent throughout his trial.

Japan is still reeling from one of its worst flooding disasters in decades, which has killed at least 179 people and left 70 missing.

A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it can develop resistance to antibiotics.

The UK is to send 440 more troops to serve in non-combat roles in Afghanistan, the prime minister will announce at the Brussels NATO summit. The commitment to NATO’s mission in Afghanistan will take the total number of UK troops in the country to 1,090.

A Nigerian law graduate has finally been called to the bar months after she was blocked from attending the ceremony for insisting on wearing a hijab. The body in charge of admitting graduating law students had said Amasa Firdaus was breaking the dress code.

A 10-year-old albino boy has been abducted from his home in northern Mozambique. People with albinism in Mozambique are often hunted down because of the belief that potions made from their body parts can bring good luck and wealth.

Horrific accounts of gang rape, throats being slit and mass shootings in South Sudan are described in the latest United Nations report on the country. It blames the violence in Unity state on government and allied forces.

A clay tablet discovered during an archaeological dig may be the oldest written record of Homer’s epic tale, the Odyssey, ever found in Greece, the country’s culture ministry has said. Found near the ruined Temple of Zeus in the ancient city of Olympia, the tablet has been dated to Roman times.

WND

The next president of Mexico is planning to establish a border force to stop illegal immigrants, drugs and guns from entering his country from Central America.

The numbers: Americans quit their jobs in May at the fastest rate since 2001, showing that workers feel so good about the economy they are willing to leave one company for another. Most workers who leave jobs voluntarily end up getting better pay or benefits elsewhere. More people are willing to make the switch when the economy is booming.


News – 7/11/2018

Netanyahu off to Moscow for 9th meeting with Putin in three years
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Wednesday morning for a 24 hour trip to Moscow, where talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to center not only on Iran’s presence in Syria, but also Putin’s upcoming talks with US President Donald Trump. Before taking off, Netanyahu told reporters he will discuss with Putin Syria, Iran and “Israel’s security needs.”

Caught between jihadists and neo-Nazis, Swedish Jews fear for future
When Carinne Sjoberg dissolved the Jewish Community of Umea in northern Sweden, she knew it would send shock waves far beyond the small congregation that she had spent decades building. The move in May owed to intimidation by neo-Nazis, making it the first time in decades that a Jewish organization in Western Europe acknowledged that it felt compelled to close shop over safety concerns.

Trump Nato: Germany’s defence spending attacked
US President Donald Trump has suggested Germany’s imports of Russian natural gas are a security concern, as he and other Nato leaders gather for a summit. At talks in Brussels with Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg, he said it was a “very bad thing for Nato” that Germany was “totally controlled by Russia”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to meet Mr Trump in the afternoon.

Greece ‘orders expulsion of two Russian diplomats’
Greece has ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats and barred the entry of two others for allegedly undermining national security, local media report. The Greek government has accused the Russian officials of acting to obtain and distribute sensitive information. Russia said on Wednesday it would mirror the move by expelling two Greek diplomats, according to reports.

Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’
A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it can develop resistance to antibiotics.

There Are Fears of New Conflicts at One of Israel’s Quietest Borders
A reinforced deployment of tanks and heavy guns is parked along Israel’s frontier with Syria as the civil war that transformed the balance of power in the Middle East appears headed into its final stretch. The fighting in Syria has come full circle as its army sets its sights on retaking Daraa province, where the regime’s brutal reaction to anti-government graffiti on a school wall sparked the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Says “Awaiting Orders” To Attack Israel Ahead Of Putin-Netanyahu Summit
Though by many accounts the situation in Syria’s south is stabilizing as the government is fast securing the border with Jordan after a major offensive against FSA, al-Qaeda, and ISIS factions in the region, the possibility for further clashes between Israel and Damascus remains high, as we previously warned here.

The death of climate change
These 8 words are the death of climate change: It violates the Equivalence Principle, therefore it’s wrong. At its very core, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) violated a key principle of physics. Therefore, all IPCC climate claims and models are wrong.

Ex-FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Will Defy Congressional Subpoena
If Page does eventually appear before Congress, she will likely be asked about her role in deciding not to press charges against Clinton for using a private email server to maintain classified documents. She would also likely face questions about her text exchanges with Strzok, with whom she was having an affair.

Syria: 35 killed, 15 injured in ISIS attack
The Khalid ibn al-Walid Army terror group killed 35 Syrian soldiers and injured an additional 15, Israel Hayom reported. The attack comes after a recent ceasefire agreement in southern Syria failed to include the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army. According to the Israel Hayom, the attack was a suicide terror attack and occurred in the town of Zaizun, less than 14 kilometers (9 miles) from the Israeli border.

‘Fortify Syrian border with an iron wall’
Knesset Speaker Edelstein calls for iron wall on Israel’s northern border, says Israel must prepare for events ahead of time.

Trump, NATO head Stoltenberg have testy exchange at summit
President Donald Trump on Wednesday had a testy exchange with the head of NATO when he asked about energy agreements between Russia and several European countries. Trump repeatedly pressed Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, on why the U.S. continued to pay money to the military alliance while countries continue to purchase energy from Moscow.

Pope Leads Christian Summit to Promote M.E. Peace
Francis also repeated his view that the “status quo” of the contested city of Jerusalem should be respected, and backed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

Israel Announces Plans to Film First Lunar Selfie
SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit organization, announced on Tuesday that its unmanned probe will lift off before the end of 2018 and land on the moon on February 13. If successful, this will make Israel the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the lunar surface….

China pledges $15 million to Palestinians amid major push for Mideast influence
President Xi announces plan to give Arab states more than $23 billion for economic development, calls them ‘natural partners’ of China

ISIS is trying to make a comeback by creating chaos with assassinations — the same tactic it employed before it rose to power 5 years ago

ISIS remains a threat in the Middle East, and a new report from the Soufan Center warns it’s attempting to make a comeback by resorting to a tactic it employed back in 2013 when it was still known as Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) — the targeted assassinations of Iraqi security personnel.

China facial recognition tech company: Megvii, FacePlusPlus
A computer system that can track and identify any face anywhere may sound like science fiction, but, in China, two such companies are barreling ahead at making such technology an everyday reality.

Japan struggles to get help to victims of worst floods in decades
Japan struggled on Tuesday to restore utilities after its worst weather disaster in 36 years killed at least 155 people, with survivors facing health risks from broiling temperatures and a lack of water, while rescuers kept up a grim search for victims.

CRISPR Gene Editing Used on Mammals for the First Time
A controversial genetic editing tool could help in dealing with invasive species, but not at a rate that scientists are comfortable with yet.

END OF TIMES? Israel jolted by 25 small earthquakes in ‎less than a week ‎
A 3.4-magnitude quake shakes ‎northern Israel Saturday, ‎causing some panic but no injuries or ‎significant property damage • Geophysical Institute of Israel says 25 tremors were recorded near Sea of Galilee ‎area, likely triggered by a minor earthquake in Turkey.

Muslim Congress this week in Florida includes antisemitic, anti-gay, Holocaust denying speakers
No one should be surprised by this. Islamic Jew-hatred: it’s in the Quran. The death penalty for homosexuals is also well-attested in the hadith and Islamic law. So these Muslims are just being Muslims, living out their faith. The foolish American authorities who assumed that Islam was a religion of peace and that only “islamophobes” opposed the rapid influx of Muslim migrants into the U.S. are the one who are to blame. They are the ones who have made this Congress, and many others like it that are certain to come in the future, possible. They are the ones who should be held accountable at the ballot box and in the courtroom.

Iran admits that they will fight Israel from Lebanon, and 100,000 missiles are aimed directly at the Jewish State from its northern border
Senior Revolutionary Guard official explains the ‘problem’ of Israel’s existence, says Hezbollah has over 100,000 missiles ready for launch.

The American Exodus: The Masses Are Fleeing The Church, As The Percentage Of Young Adults With No Religious Affiliation Has Nearly Quadrupled Since 1986
With each passing year, the percentage of Americans that claim no religious affiliation is growing, and this trend is especially pronounced among our young people.

Iranian General Calls On Young Muslims to Unites and Wage Jihad Against Israelis and Americans
Hossein Salami, the vice commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, recently gave a speech full of threats aimed directly at Israel, referring to the Palestinians as Iran’s main tool against their true enemy: the United States.

Middle East’s Christians are Dwindling Despite Deep Roots
Christians have been rooted in the Middle East as minority communities since the birth of the religion, but their numbers are dwindling amid conflict and jihadist attacks.

Gasp! Is science leaning toward creation of man?
..Contrary to the dogma of modern theory (aka: best guess), evolutionists are currently backpedalling, scrambling and/or generally doing a classic hair-pull nutter at the latest scientific discovery that explodes the assumption that mankind is a billion years old.

Pope Francis Calls on Migrants to Flood the US: ‘Forget National Security’
Head of Catholic Church says migrant’s needs are ‘more important’ than security concerns

The Unmasking Antifa Bill Introduced by Congress Puts Antifa in Same Category with Their Democrat Cousins in the KKK
The Unmasking Antifa bill was introduced by the House Judiciary Committee today as an amendment to the the Civil Rights law that carries a 15-year prison sentence. The law puts Antifa into the same category as their Democrat cousins in the KKK.

Muslim Democrat running for Congress calls Israel “apartheid state” and blames it for “evil doings” in Gaza 
It isn’t surprising that Ilhan Omar would think this way. She is a hijab-wearing, devout Muslim, and Islamic Jew-hatred is in the Quran. What is shameful about this is that her views are mainstream in the Democrat Party today. She should never have been chosen as a candidate for Congress with hateful views of this kind, but this is the way the Democrat leadership, and the Democrat base, thinks. They want candidates like Ilhan Omar.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“But if we are to be told by a foreign power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.” —George Washington (1796)

In Today’s Edition

  • Trump’s NATO focus is on balancing the economic playing field.
  • A political science professor supports “breaking some norms” by expanding SCOTUS.
  • Absent corrective action, Social Security and Medicaid will hurt our economic future.
  • Headlines touting extreme temperatures aren’t telling the whole story.
  • SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh is widely respected. He’s the right man for the job.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Trump Takes on NATO

His focus is more about balancing the economic playing field rather than securing military alliances.

The Left’s ‘Grand’ Idea: Expand SCOTUS

Political science professor David Faris surmises that “saving the court’s legitimacy requires breaking some norms.”

Social Security, Medicaid Rapidly Nearing Collapse

Several recent reports combine to paint a frightening picture for America’s economic future if corrective action is not taken swiftly.

About the Globe’s ‘Extreme’ Heat…

Yes, record heat is occurring. But when it comes to global warming rhetoric, perspective is awfully refreshing.

Video: High Praise for Brett Kavanaugh

The Supreme Court nominee is widely respected. He’s the right man for the job.

Wednesday Short Cuts

Chuck Schumer absurdly claims President Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh to “be a barrier” in the Robert Mueller investigation.

Wednesday Top Headlines

NATO summit begins, Trump sparks massive federal reform, more countries hit with visa sanctions, new tariffs on China, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Walter E. Williams
Shooting Ourselves in the Foot
Marc A. Thiessen
Vulnerable Democrats Should Hope for GOP Unity on Kavanaugh
Tony Perkins
Military Vets of Another War: On Gender
Star Parker
Abortion and the Constitution
John Stossel
Dads Needed

Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Dennis E. Johnson – 5 Things You Need to Believe About Jesus’ 2nd Coming

Rodney Howard-Browne Saved America By Issuing A ‘Restraining Order’ To The Antichrist

Why Richard Foster’s “School of Contemplative Prayer” Should Be Avoided

“Lifeway Women” Promote Hillsong Prophetess, Christine Caine

Group of Christians Crash Pride Parade with a Message that Surprised LGBT Community

RCC – Italian bishop says he’s ready to “turn all the churches into mosques” to aid the cause of mass Muslim migration

Parents Denied Right to See Pro-LGBT Videos Forced on Their Children

Planned Parenthood Refuses to Say How Much It Made From Selling Body Parts of Aborted Babies


Headlines – 7/11/2018

Trump taps Obama Mideast peace envoy for top State Department post ahead of expected rollout of Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

Hamas ‘ready’ for reconciliation with Palestinian Authority

Israel Expected to Allocate $1.4b to Meet Earthquake, Hezbollah Threats

For second time in 2 months, IDF intercepts Gaza blockade-running boat

Angry over closure of Kerem Shalom crossing, Hamas informs Gazan merchants it would stop fruit imports from Israel

Nearly 40 Jewish groups in Germany call on government to confront anti-Semitism

Germany increases funding for Holocaust survivors by $88 million

There Are Fears of New Conflicts at One of Israel’s Quietest Borders

Netanyahu slated to meet Putin amid friction over Iranian foothold in Syria

Netanyahu to Visiting Russian Officials: Israel Will Not Tolerate Iranian Military Presence in Syria

Netanyahu meets top Russian envoys ahead of summit with Putin

India’s Iranian oil imports in June fall 15.9% as sanctions

Iran Vows to Sell as Much Oil as It Can Despite U.S. Sanctions

‘Iran’s Actions Will Have a High Cost,’ Pompeo Says in UAE Visit

Liberman: Pro-Iranian forces setting up ‘terror infrastructure’ in Syrian Golan

Pompeo: Russia’s attack on Syria a violation of our agreement

South Syria suicide car bomb claimed by ISIS kills 8

Suicide bomber kills 12 at anti-Taliban party rally in Pakistan

Egypt says security forces kill 11 militants in Sinai

South Sudan atrocities may constitute war crimes, UN says

UN aid chief says “clear evidence of humanitarian need” in N. Korea

Trump launches tirade at NATO summit: ‘Germany is totally controlled by Russia’

$152,237,500,000: Merchandise Trade Deficit With China Hit Record Through May

U.S. says to slap tariffs on extra $200 billion of Chinese imports

China vows retaliation for latest US tariff threat

DNA tests, criminal charges complicate effort to reunite illegal immigrant families

Trump blasts migrants as courts reject detention policies

Battle over Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh kicks off

U.S. Is Set to Become World’s Top Oil Producer, Government Says

7 Reactions From Christian Leaders to Trump’s Nominee Brett Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court

Israeli spacecraft aims for historic moon landing within months

Russian Cargo Ship Sets New Record for Fastest Trip to Space Station

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits the Southwest Indian Ridge

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Waiouru, New Zealand

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits the Southwest Indian Ridge

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Southwest Indian Ridge

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Panguna, Papua New Guinea

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits north of Ascension Island

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits the Southwest Indian Ridge

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near San Francisco, Philippines

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Tilamuta, Indonesia

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 18,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 17,000ft

Karymsky volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 17,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 15,000ft

Negra, Sierra volcano in Galapagos erupts to 12,000ft

Ebeko volcano on the Kuril Islands erupts to 10,000ft

Hurricane Chris forms as Category 1 storm in the Atlantic near the Carolina coast

Typhoon Maria barrels into China after hitting Taiwan

Japan struggles to get help to victims of worst floods in decades

Rescuers in flood-hit Japan search for the missing as death toll tops 150

Estimated 70 Deaths Linked To Canada’s Heat Wave

Wall of dust, powerful monsoon storms slam Phoenix area

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward

Australian experiment wipes out over 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes

Nurse poisoned at least 20 ailing patients so they would die during someone else’s watch

World Cup Protesters Create ‘Hidden’ Rainbow Flag In Support Of LGBTQ Rights

Another Jesus, Another Spirit, Another Gospel

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 06:57 AM PDT

Another Jesus, Another Spirit, Another GospelIn this message, we will show you why the Apostle Paul warned the Church to be on guard for the rise of another Jesus, another Spirit and another Gospel that would not only infiltrate the Body of Christ but would be welcomed with open arms and tolerated. Are we seeing this happening today? What are the characteristics of this?

‘I Don’t Believe In Luck’: Arkansas Farmer Describes ‘Miracle’ That Saved Him From Horrific Tractor Accident

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 06:52 AM PDT

‘I Don’t Believe In Luck’: Arkansas Farmer Describes ‘Miracle’ That Saved Him From Horrific Tractor AccidentEldon Cooper is a walking miracle and a testament to the power of God.  This past February, he was checking on his pond on his Arkansas property when his John Deere tractor went under water, trapping him underneath. “People have said I was really lucky; that I should buy lottery tickets,” he told AG Daily. “Let me tell you, this was not luck.”

Cooper believes with all his heart that his survival was due to divine intervention.  “It was all God, it wasn’t anything I did,” he explained. “I couldn’t have saved myself, and they almost left me. They almost left me and was going to come back the next day.” Ever since the incident, Cooper has made it his mission to tell everyone about his survival, including various church groups and organizations. He refers to February 28, 2018, as “God’s Miracle.” READ MORE

Man with 500-Year Prison Sentence on a Mission to Bring ‘Dead Things Back to Life’

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 06:05 AM PDT

Man with 500-Year Prison Sentence on a Mission to Bring ‘Dead Things Back to Life’“I believe in the law. I promote the law. I stand with the law,” explained Newsom, who is also an ordained minister through Christ for the Nations. “On the other hand, there’s a place for mercy built into our law.” State officials have embraced a similar focus on rehabilitation, which has helped to make the Lone Star State a leader in prison reform. Since 2011, its crime rate has fallen and fewer Texans are behind bars (down from 156,000 in 2011 to 146,000). Texas is now on track to closing its eighth prison

facility in six years by the end of September 2017, four of which shuttered this year saving the state a projected $49.5 million.  Yet when Ron Adkins appeared before Judge Newsom in 1997, he found no such mercy. Texas is a “three strikes” law state, which aims to keep repeat offenders locked up for life. As a serial offender during an era of “tough on crime” sentencing guidelines, the jury hammered him with a whopping 495-year sentence for a string of home burglaries: 99 years for each of the five counts on which he was charged. CONTINUE

Baby killed and dozens hurt after tornado strikes North Dakota city

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 05:57 AM PDT

Baby killed and dozens hurt after tornado strikes North Dakota cityA newborn baby was killed and more than two dozen people were injured when a tornado whipped through a North Dakota oil patch city overnight, overturning recreational vehicles and demolishing more than 100 structures, officials said Tuesday. The storm moved through Watford City, in the northwestern part of the state, shortly after midnight, hitting an RV park the hardest, according to sheriff’s officials.

About 20 of the reported 28 injured were staying at the Prairie View RV Park where high winds overturned some campers and damaged mobile homes. The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release late Tuesday that a 1-week-old boy died from injuries sustained when the family’s trailer home flipped in the storm. The child’s name was not immediately released. CONTINUE

Smart technology sees through walls to track and identify people

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 05:49 AM PDT

Smart technology sees through walls to track and identify peopleA group of researchers and students at MIT have developed an intelligent radar-like technology that makes it possible to see through walls to track people as they move around, a development that could prove useful for monitoring the elderly or sick as well as for other applications — but that also raises privacy concerns.

Tests show that the technology, known as RF-Pose, can reveal whether someone is walking, sitting, standing or even waving — and can identify individuals from a known group with a success rate of 83 percent. Its developers say it could prove useful for law enforcement, search and rescue, and — perhaps most important — health care. CONTINUE

STD ‘stealth’ bug which makes infertile spreading rapidly…

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 05:44 AM PDT

STD ‘stealth’ bug which makes infertile spreading rapidly…A warning has been issued about a dangerous sexually transmitted infection which is spreading rapidly. The mycoplasma genitalium bug, known as MG, makes women infertile. One in every 100 British adults aged 18 to 44 are already thought to be infected with the bug. Experts are warning that this figure is set to double within 10 years as it becomes untreatable. A total of 3,000 women a year could lose the ability to have children, the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) said. BASHH has published

the first official guidelines on the management of MG on Wednesday. Paddy Horner, of BASHH, told Daily Mail: “MG has the potential to become a superbug within a decade, resistant to standard antibiotics. “The greatest consequence of this is for the women who present with pelvic inflammatory disease caused by MG, which would be very hard to treat, putting them at increased risk of infertility.” READ MORE

New road signs can detect mobile phones are being used in vehicles

Posted: 11 Jul 2018 05:37 AM PDT

New road signs can detect mobile phones are being used in vehiclesRoad signs that know when a mobile phone is being used in a moving vehicle are being installed in Norfolk, in a bid to tackle usage behind the wheel. The system, which can tell the difference between active phone calls and other activities based on the strength of a signal and how long it lasts, flashes up a red warning signal to drivers when it detects a call. The technology cannot yet log number plates or be used to help catch offending drivers, but it is hoped it will act as a deterrent.

Holding a phone while driving was outlawed in the UK in 2003 but 23% of people admitted to taking a call in last year’s RAC Report on Motoring. Inspector Jonathan Chapman from Norfolk Roads Policing said: “This scheme is a good example of how we can work with local authorities to make using a mobile phone whilst driving as socially unacceptable as drink or drug-driving. READ MORE

60 Churches Bombed or Burned in Burma, Facing Genocide

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 01:45 PM PDT

60 Churches Bombed or Burned in Burma, Facing GenocideMembers of the interfaith tolerance group gathered in Washington, DC on Tuesday to detail the plight of the Rohingya, and to warn that the Kachin also face potential ethnic cleansing.  Roberts said he was alarmed to learn that the same Burmese military units that have burned villages, and have raped and killed Rohingya ethnics in Rakhine State, are now on patrol in the Kachin State. “When you radicalize

and you create such violence among soldiers that have been raping and murdering, you just don’t turn that switch off,” he said.  He said military units have bombed or burned at least 60 churches in the past 18-months. Last October, Roberts joined Rabbi David Saperstein on a trip to assess the plight of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. CONTINUE

Radical Hindu Mob Beats 150 Christians During Prayers; 20 Seriously Injured, Limbs Broken

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 01:29 PM PDT

Radical Hindu Mob Beats 150 Christians During Prayers; 20 Seriously Injured, Limbs BrokenA radical Hindu mob of some 35 people attacked a group of 150 Christians last week that had gathered together for prayer in the Pratapgarh District of India’s Uttar Pradesh State, seriously injuring 20 of them.  International Christian Concern, which reports on violence believers face around the world, said that the assault happened on July 2 during a prayer meeting. Ram Kumar Gautam, a 42-year-old Christian,

who has been leading the prayer meetings in Raikashipur village for over five years, said that the Hindu radicals arrived in vehicles last week. The attackers stormed the meeting hall and began beating people with wooden lathies and sticks, also firing a gun five times in the air in order to frighten the believers. “I didn’t sleep or eat properly for nearly a week now,” Gautam told ICC, adding that besides the injured Christians, 10 motorcycles and other property were damaged. READ MORE

Pastor Found Guilty of Pocketing Millions in Largest Known Computer Hacking, Securities Fraud Scheme

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 01:25 PM PDT

Pastor Found Guilty of Pocketing Millions in Largest Known Computer Hacking, Securities Fraud SchemeIn the summer of 2015, 53-year-old Vitaly Korchevsky, pastor of the Slavic Evangelical Baptist Church in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, insisted to his congregants that his heart was “clean before the Lord” after he was arrested for his alleged involvement in what the FBI called the largest known computer hacking and securities fraud scheme.  On Friday, however, Korchevsky, a former Morgan Stanley vice president, was

convicted of profiting at least $14 million from 2011 to 2015 by trading securities on information he got from earnings reports and other market-moving announcements stolen by Ukrainian hackers before they were released publicly, Bloomberg reported. Korchevsky and his co-defendant in the international scam, Vladislav Khalupsky, were found guilty of all counts related to the scheme, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud, computer intrusion and money laundering and two securities fraud charges. CONTINUE

Exorcism performed on train as ‘possessed’ woman screams ‘devil’ in front commuters…

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 01:21 PM PDT

Exorcism performed on train as ‘possessed’ woman screams ‘devil’ in front commuters…A well-dressed man performed an ‘exorcism’ on a busy train as a woman screamed ‘devil’ in front of shocked commuters.  Footage of the bizarre incident was captured by a fellow passenger traveling on the underground in Mexico City.

The video, which has been seen more than a million times, was posted with the title: “When you find yourself in the middle of an exorcism on the metro.” It shows a man in a suit apparently praying in the name of “Jesus Christ” to free the allegedly possessed woman in front of him. CONTINUE

When is Revival Needed?

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 01:07 PM PDT

When is Revival Needed?In this message, we will present a self-examination assessment to determine whether or not we need a personal or corporate revival today! We will show you the conditions of the Eighteenth Century prior to the Great Awakenings and show you how are fitting the same conditions today!


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July 9, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

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A U.S. federal judge on Monday rejected the Trump administration’s request to allow long-term detention of illegal immigrant children, a legal setback for President Donald Trump’s push to detain immigrant families taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border.

It may soon become difficult to determine who sits in the hotter seat: U.S. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or Senate Democrats from conservative states who must decide whether they are jeopardizing their political careers by opposing him.

The U.S. government is struggling to reunite immigrant families it separated at the border with Mexico and only about half the children under age 5 will be back with their parents by a court-ordered deadline of Tuesday, a government attorney told a judge on Monday.

India’s top court on Tuesday began hearing arguments challenging a colonial-era law banning homosexuality, and activists said they were optimistic it would be overturned it despite opposition from some ruling lawmakers.

Macedonia is formally expected this week to be invited by NATO to join the alliance – though it will become a member only if it adopts a new name that has been agreed in principle with NATO- member Greece but has yet to be endorsed by Macedonia’s people.

All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flooded Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said on Tuesday, a successful end to a perilous mission that gripped the world.

Pakistan’s army said on Tuesday it will deploy about 371,000 troops to ensure a “fair and free” election on July 25, denying it was rigging the poll to tip the scales in favor of former cricketer Imran Khan.

Japan struggled on Tuesday to restore utilities after its worst weather disaster in 36 years killed at least 155 people, with survivors facing health risks from broiling temperatures and a lack of water, while rescuers kept up a grim search for victims.

China’s commerce ministry said on Tuesday it is raising “anti-dumping tariff rates” for some optical fiber products originating from the United States, effective on Wednesday, July 11.

Iran’s vice president acknowledged on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions would hurt the economy, but promised to “sell as much oil as we can” and protect banking.

AP Top Stories

An elusive monster saltwater crocodile weighing 1,328 pounds has finally been caught after an eight-year hunt in Australia, officials said on Tuesday. The 15.4-foot beast was found in a trap downstream from the northern outback town of Katherine after first being spotted in 2010.

Britain must be prepared to fight a future insurgency unless Isil is wiped out in Syria, the Defence Secretary has warned.

Israel imposed sanctions on the Gaza Strip and its dominant Hamas Islamists on Monday in retaliation for attacks by Palestinians using burning kites and helium balloons carrying blazing rags.

China will provide Arab states with $20 billion in loans for economic development, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials Tuesday, as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa.

Syrian archaeologists have begun work restoring artefacts damaged by Isil during the time the jihadist group controlled the ancient city of Palmyra.

The celebrations for Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary aren’t happening in the U.S. only. The entire world is showing the brand some love. This past weekend, the party was in Prague, Czech Republic, and Harlistas from all over the world attended.

Tesla Inc. has reached a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to build a factory that’ll rival production from its lone U.S. assembly plant, as Elon Musk takes his biggest step yet to expand overseas. Construction will begin soon, after securing needed permits, and it will produce 500,000 electric vehicles a year for Chinese consumers in two to three years.

BBC

An Israeli non-profit organization has announced plans to send the first privately-funded unmanned spacecraft to the Moon later this year. SpaceIL said the probe would be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in December on a Falcon 9 rocket built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.

A commercial ship flying the Italian flag, and carrying dozens of rescued migrants, was refused permission to dock at Italian ports. After being turned away from Italian ports, it handed the migrants over to the Italian coastguard.

Sunday was the deadliest day in Nicaragua since a wave of anti-government protests started in April, a local human rights group said. According to the Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights (Cenidh), 38 people were killed during clashes in three areas.

Nigeria’s armed forces have released 183 children, 175 boys and eight girls, who were being held on suspicion of having ties to militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

WND

As Iran faces ongoing protests from a growing movement aiming to bring down the mullah-led regime, its top general is threatening to send an “Islamic army” across the border into Israel from Syria to wipe out the “evil Zionist regime.”

Voters in Oregon likely will have the opportunity to repeal the state’s three-decade-old sanctuary law, which prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce federal law governing illegal entry.

Medical errors contribute to an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 deaths per year, according to the Institute of Medicine. Burnout — defined as emotional exhaustion or depersonalization — occurs in more than half of doctors, according to the study.


News – 7/10/2018

Scientist: Creation of Earth Calibrated to Mount Moriah

The scientist who mathematically proved prophecy, claims his formula has cosmic implications, showing that the creation of the world was calibrated according to the location of Jerusalem and the return of the Jews to Israel. According to the scientist, Saul Kullook, his discovery is indisputable proof of the existence of the God of Israel. “This is not a theory,” Kullook explained to Breaking Israel News. “It was there, waiting to be seen. I just worked out the mathematical proof.”

Temple Mount Activist: We Are Writing the 25th Book of the Bible This Year

Last year set a record for the number of Jews ascending to the Temple Mount but this week, with two months still left until the Jewish new year, that record was broken. This rising interest in Judaism’s holiest site is hopefully paving the way for the Third Temple and one activist notes that current events may one day be written down as an addendum to the Bible. “The police and government are being more supportive of Jews going up but that would be meaningless if it weren’t for a spiritual awakening among the Jews,” he said.

Assad, aided by Russia, poised to snuff out ‘cradle’ of revolt

Bashar al-Assad is poised to snuff out the Syrian rebellion in the place it first began more than seven years ago, as rebels in Deraa city enter talks with his Russian allies on withdrawing or accepting a return of state authority.

Archaeologists uncover gate to biblical city of Zer

Archaeologists have uncovered the entrance gate to the biblical city of Zer during excavations carried out in the Golan Heights over the past two weeks, the Golan Regional Council said Sunday. “There are not many gates in this country from this period. Bethsaida was the name of the city during the Second Temple period, but during the First Temple period it was the city of Zer,” Arav said, pointing to Joshua 19:35, which says: “The fortified towns were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth.”

100 DAYS OF SPOTLESSNESS

As of today, the sun has been without sunspots for 100 days in 2018. If current trends continue, 2018 will end with a 10-year low in sunspot counts. This is a sign that Solar Minimum is approaching–even more rapidly than forecasters expected. What does this mean for us on Earth? Ironically, low solar activity boosts cosmic rays.

NBC’s Chuck Todd: Kavanaugh Is ‘Very Confirmable’

NBC news host Chuck Todd called President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court “very confirmable” on Monday night after the president made the announcement.

US Navy says will protect commerce in face of Iran oil threat

After IRGC warning they would block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if US tries to cut Tehran’s exports, US military’s Central Command says ‘we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows.’

Bombshell: Hunt for Seth Rich’s murderer turns up ‘witness’

Jack Burkman, a Washington-based lawyer and lobbyist, told the Gateway Pundit blog: “We believe that we have reached the beginning of the end of the Seth Rich murder investigation. After two long hard years of work, we have a witness who is prepared to identify the two killers of Seth Rich.” Burkman told the blog in an exclusive interview on Sunday that one of the culprits identified by the witness is an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the other is an agent for the ATF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Israel closes main Gaza goods crossing in response to arson attacks

Israel has shut the main cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip in retaliation for arson attacks by Palestinians and attempts to infiltrate its territory. Only “humanitarian equipment”, including food and medicine, will now be allowed through Kerem Shalom. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to use a “heavy hand” against the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza.

Watchdog group: United Nations ignores antisemitism, de-Judaizes Holocaust

The United Nations has failed to seriously combat antisemitism and in some cases has de-Judaized the Holocaust, a Geneva watchdog group said on Monday. UN Watch made the accusation in a report it presented at a special event at the Knesset. Israel has long argued that the UN’s treatment of it is tantamount to antisemitism because of the body’s long record of excessively condemning Israeli actions above and beyond those of other nations.

Theresa May’s new-look cabinet meets amid Brexit turmoil

Theresa May’s new-look cabinet has met for the first time after a string of resignations over her Brexit strategy left her government in crisis. Mrs May was forced to carry out a reshuffle of her top team after Boris Johnson and David Davis both quit. The prime minister has warned the Tory party it must unite or face the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn in power.

Nicaragua unrest: Bishop’s anger as people die in clashes

A Nicaraguan bishop has accused the government of using extreme violence after 14 people were reportedly killed over the weekend. Rolando Alvarez, bishop of Matagalpa, said an operation to clear protesters’ road blocks had been carried out “at the price of blood and death”. Protesters and pro-government forces are reported to be among those who lost their lives on Sunday.

Brett Kavanaugh picked for Supreme Court by President Trump

US President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a bruising confirmation battle. In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a “brilliant jurist”. The nominee, a District of Columbia appeals court judge, is a former adviser to ex-President George W Bush.

Merchandise Trade Deficit With China Hit Record Through May

The U.S. merchandise trade deficit with China set a record through May, hitting $152,237,500,000 for the first five months of 2018, according to data released Friday by the Census Bureau. From January through May, the Census Bureau reports, the United States exported $52,902,300,000 in goods to China while importing $205,139,800,000 in good from China.

Backlash building to cashless movement

…Surfside, a popular 24-hour Mexican eatery, doesn’t take cash. No cash means no register for robbers to empty out, no bills for workers to slip into their pockets and no change counting holding up lines. The global cashless movement has reached Washington, where a growing number of fast-casual and other establishments are saying no to greenbacks in favor of plastic and mobile payments.

Eleventh person rescued from Thai cave on third day of operation

An eleventh person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, raising hopes all 13 would be out by the end of the day. A Reuters witness saw three people being carried out of the Tham Luang cave on stretchers separately on Tuesday, the third day of the rescue operation.

Switzerland launches WTO action over U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs

Switzerland has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, it said on Tuesday, the eighth WTO member to start such a challenge. “From Switzerland’s point of view, the additional duties, which according to the U.S. have been introduced to protect national security, are unjustified,” the statement from the Swiss economy ministry said in a statement.

‘Family Friendly’ Netflix Airs ‘Salute To Abortion’ Show As Host Michelle Wolf Declares ‘God Bless Abortions!’

On her weekly Netflix program, “The Break with Michelle Wolf,” Wolf used Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement to tout abortion rights and demean pro-life Americans. Wolf closed by marching out on stage in a majorette’s costume, accompanied by a drum corps, and a huge banner reading, “The Break’s 10th Annual Salute to Abortion.”

Blood moon to bring longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, with Mars to appear unusually bright

Seen as a sign of impending doom by some, to others it is simply an excellent photo opportunity. The longest lunar eclipse of the century will take place this month – and it will turn the moon blood red.

Galilee struck by new earthquakes, rattling northern Israel

Two minor earthquakes were felt in northern Israel on Sunday night, bringing the number of minor temblors to jangle the region to four for the day.

“We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before”: Death toll climbs in Japan floods
People prepared for risky search and cleanup efforts in southwestern Japan on Monday, where several days of heavy rainfall had set off flooding and landslides in a widespread area. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters at least 103 people have died or are presumed dead, and 80 people were unaccounted for, many of them in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area.

SICK! Yahoo Paints Catholic Judge Amy Barrett as Christian Cultist… Because She is Devout Catholic

There are several leading thinkers in the United States today who believe Satan has taken hold of the Democrat Party. This doesn’t help.

San Francisco’s crisis looks like New York’s future

“A major medical association is pulling its annual convention out of the city — saying its members no longer feel safe,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s a loss of approximately $40 million for the city and a warning to other cities with similar policies, like New York: You could be next.

Nearly 30 Shot, Four Fatally, over Weekend in Gun-Controlled Chicago
Four people were killed and another 24 wounded by gunfire in gun-controlled Chicago over the weekend.

Corrupt FBI And DOJ Not Only Caught Redacting Their Criminal Acts – They’re Now Caught Creating Fraudulent Documents

Over the past few years the DOJ and FBI redacted documents in the name of national security but their real reason was later uncovered as an effort to hide their crimes.

Planned Parenthood Dares Make Demands About Supreme Court Pick

Planned Parenthood isn’t particularly known for its close relationship with the Republican Party, something I think most Republicans are comfortable with. After all, they currently control both houses of Congress and the White House in spite of a constant fusillade of hyperbolic attacks from America’s foremost industrial abortion supplier.

UK Gears Up For War With Russia Amid Poisoning & Death Of British Citizen

The UK is calling for Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s blood following the death of British citizen, Dawn Sturgess, who died as a result of being exposed to a Novichok poison in Salisbury UK, last week.

Top Bishop: Doctors Should Let Patients Die To ‘Save Money’

Bishop of Kensington, the Right Rev Graham Tomlin says saving lives is a waste of money

Mexico’s new far-left President will collapse the country into third world status, creating an even worse border crisis for America

AMLO, by comparison, is a Leftist. He supports open borders or, at least, open between his country and ours. He has said Mexico “will defend, without conditions, the right of our citizens to earn a living anywhere in the world” — seen as a direct challenge to Trump’s anti-immigration policies.

Pope Francis Orders White Women To ‘Breed’ With Muslims

Pope Francis has compared Jesus Christ to the leader of an Islamic terrorist death cult and suggested Christian missionaries have a lot in common with members of ISIS, during a wide-ranging and shocking interview in which he also openly promoted socialism and ordered European women to “breed” with Muslim migrants in order to counter “declining birth rates.”

Rouhani Claims Iran Has Wonderful Relations With World’s Jews

Iran President Hassan Rouhani, in what must go down in history as one of the most disingenuous moments of all time, said his country has always maintained great relations with the Jews of the world.

Jimmy Carter: Jesus Would ‘Approve’ of Gay Marriage, Some Abortions 

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that Jesus would approve of gay marriage and certain abortions in an interview with HuffPost Live.


Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“Judges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men.” —John Adams (1776)

In Today’s Edition

  • Trump prudently nominates Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — but Democrats will resist.
  • Trump’s colorblind policies are proving to be a welcome remedy for minorities.
  • What is the calculation behind the burgeoning trade wars?
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

Trump’s SCOTUS Nomination Provides Little Resistance Ammo

Democrats find themselves in a bind in opposing the least controversial of the four candidates Trump was considering.

Trump’s Colorblind Economy

Trump’s policies are proving to be a cure for victimitis. No wonder the Left is full-bore scared.

Trump’s Real Tariff Strategy

Trump may be calculating that the U.S. can absorb a mild hit if it means getting our trading partners to change their ways.

Tuesday Short Cuts

“Hysteria over Kavanaugh is strictly political. … He is controversial only because he will faithfully apply the law.” —Andrew C. McCarthy

Tuesday Top Headlines

Brett M. Kavanaugh for SCOTUS, anti-Trumper Lisa Page subpoenaed, judge rejects changes to family detention, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Dennis Prager

Explaining American Leftists: Part I

Stephen Moore

Trump’s Zero-Tariff Solution

Cal Thomas

Is Europe Awakening to the Threat?

Rich Lowry

Don’t Cry for Angela Merkel

Gary Bauer

All About Abortion


Today’s Meme


Today’s Cartoon

ApostasyWatch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – Doing the works Jesus has given us to do

Todd Bentley Sees “Financial Angel” in Yoga Pants and Golden Slippers

Gay ‘Christian’ Journalist, Jonathan Merritt, Leaves RNS Amidst Contract Dispute

Southern Baptist Pastor Resigns Amid Accusations He Sexually Molested Teenage Girls

Pastor Found Guilty of Pocketing Millions in Largest Known Computer Hacking, Securities Fraud Scheme

Man Distraught Over Divorce Tries Pulling Gun at Pulpit; Church Members Take Him Down

Jimmy Carter says ‘Jesus would approve of gay marriage’ but not abortions

UK to ban ‘abhorrent’ practice of treating unwanted homosexual attraction


Headlines – 7/10/2018

China pledges $15 million to Palestinians amid major push for Mideast influence

Israel shuts Gaza crossings to pressure Hamas over fire kites, border violence

Hamas: Kerem Shalom closure a crime against humanity

33 fires break out in Gaza border region due to incendiary balloons

Al Quds channel director criticizes Israel’s decision to declare it as terrorist organization

More countries following Trump in moving Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Energean seen exporting Israeli gas to Cyprus

Record 2.1 million tourists visit Israel in first half of 2018

Muslim Candidate for Congress Calls Israel ‘Apartheid Regime’

Watchdog group: United Nations ignores antisemitism, de-Judaizes Holocaust

Israel presents red lines on Saudi nuclear aspirations

Iran’s Two-Front Strategy – With simmering conflicts on the Golan and in Gaza, Tehran looks to strip Israel of its strategic advantages

Iranian official: We will fight the enemy from Lebanon

Europe, China, Russia to meet Iran on Friday in Vienna

Destroying Iran deal would have unforeseeable consequences, China’s Li warns

Iran dealt new set back with Austrian Airlines cancelling flights

Iranian Hackers Tried to Impersonate Israeli Cyber-security Company

Protests over water shortages get revived in Iran

Israel Prepares for Syria to Win Back Border but Plans ‘Harsh Response’ If Forces Enter Golan Heights

Syria’s Assad says rebuilding is ‘top priority’

Syrian Muslim Brotherhood revives amid ongoing civil war, lashes out at the U.S. and Israel

ISIS is trying to make a comeback by creating chaos with assassinations – the same tactic it employed before it rose to power 5 years ago

ISIS is putting up a stronger fight than the US anticipated, and that could complicate Trump’s plans

Erdogan sworn in with new powers, promises a ‘strong Turkey’

Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

Pompeo, in surprise visit to Afghanistan, urges Taliban peace talks

What now? Pompeo exits North Korea emptyhanded, leaving US with three options — all of them bad

Trump says he’s still confident Kim will denuclearize

Trump Saves U.S. $14 Million By Canceling Korea War Games. That’s How Much We Spend Every Day Fighting ISIS

Lindsey Graham: China Sabotaging North Korea Nuclear Talks Over Tariff Trade War

Kremlin: Moscow ‘deeply concerned’ about UK nerve agent death

PM May: Britain will not put Brexit deal to a new referendum

British foreign secretary quits in protest over May’s Brexit plan

Jeremy Hunt replaces Boris Johnson amid Brexit turmoil

UK Government On Verge Of Collapse Days Before Trump’s Visit

Trump scolds NATO members days ahead of summit

Donald Trump Told Angela Merkel, ‘You Owe Me $1 Trillion’ in Their First Meeting: Report

Transatlantic Ties Hang in the Balance as Trump Comes to Europe

Trade War With China Heats Up, But Tariff Effects Are Already Rippling Across U.S.

Trump picks conservative Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Protests Already Planned For Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

Kavanaugh nod touches off Supreme Court confirmation battle; Dems warn of ‘deaths of countless women’

Pelosi vows to ‘avenge President Obama’ in Supreme Court fight

New York Gov. Cuomo signs reproductive rights executive order ahead of Trump’s Supreme Court pick

The Stories We’re Missing When We Focus On Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Inside the creepy and impressive startup funded by the Chinese government that is developing AI that can recognize anyone, anywhere

Scientists Create First-Ever AI Made From DNA In A Test Tube

YouTube is cracking down on ‘fake news’ with new text previews

With Regulators Wary, Facebook Is Poring Over Its Prize Asset: Your Face

Fireball flies across Midwest skies Sunday, leaves ‘brilliant green light’

A Sign of the End Times? Another Blood Moon Appears in July

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Volcano, Hawaii

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Talkeetna, Alaska

Spate of Earthquakes Leaves Tiberias Feeling Vulnerable

Estimate: 80,000 buildings in danger of collapsing in face of earthquake

Emergency meeting to be held on earthquake preparedness in Israel

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 29,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Agung volcano in Indonesia eruts to 15,0000ft

Negra, Sierra volcano in Galapagos erupts to 12,000ft

Super Typhoon Maria Spurs Heavy Rain, Wind Warnings for Taiwan

Super Typhoon Maria Huge Danger for Eastern China

Tropical trouble: Beryl’s remnants threaten Puerto Rico, as Chris spins near Carolinas

Power outages, flooding hits Puerto Rico, USVI amid storms

U.S. Virgin Islands Have Been Struggling With Job Losses Since Hurricanes

Death toll in Japan rains rises to 122, as hope for survivors fades

Japan battles shortage of necessities for survivors of worst flood in decades

Record Temperature Readings Throughout Los Angeles Caused By ‘Faulty Weather Stations,’ Meteorologist Says

UN: 1 in 4 children live in country of conflict or disaster

More than 200 hit by parasite from Del Monte vegetables; symptoms can include ‘explosive’ bowel movements

‘No Jab, No Pay’. In Australia, no excuse accepted for unvaccinated kids

Samoa pulls MMR vaccine after two babies die

An Experimental HIV Vaccine Has Been Trialled in Humans With Promising Results

Is the end nigh?: new blood tests can reveal your life expectancy

CRISPR Gene Editing Used on Mammals for the First Time

Netflix Airs ‘Salute to Abortion;’ Host Declares: ‘God Bless Abortions!’

Jimmy Carter: ‘I believe that Jesus would approve of gay marriage,’ some abortions

Feminists Clash with Transgenders at London Pride Parade

Pastor Found Guilty of Pocketing Millions in Largest Known Computer Hacking, Securities Fraud Scheme

New river of lava emerges in Hawaii as fissure flow becomes unpredictable

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:40 AM PDT

New river of lava emerges in Hawaii as fissure flow becomes unpredictableA river of lava is spreading across Hawaii’s Big Island as the flow from fissure 8 begins to show signs of becoming unstable, with no end in sight for the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. Kilauea has been in an eruptive phase since May 3, with more than 650 homes, including a property belonging to Big Island Mayor Harry Kim, destroyed so far, and more than 2,000 people evacuated. Residents are also having to

contend with noxious vapors know as vog and laze, which result when gases from the volcano react with sunlight and seawater respectively. Hawaii is 11 hours behind the UK. A spokesman for Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) said: “Early this afternoon observer reported multiple overflows occurring along both sides of the main lava channel, in an area extending from near the “Y” intersection at Pohoiki Road eastwards to an area just west of Kapoho Crater. READ MORE

‘God Bless Abortion’: Netflix Show Host Goes Off the Rails in Twisted Pro-Abortion Rant

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:31 AM PDT

‘God Bless Abortion’: Netflix Show Host Goes Off the Rails in Twisted Pro-Abortion RantThis past July 4th, most people spent time with family, eating copious amounts of delicious food, soaking up the summer sun and reflecting on how lucky we are to live in a country like the United States. For one Netflix host, however, attempted to turn the holiday into a bizarre and twisted celebration of abortion.

While the rest of America was out enjoying the holiday, Michelle Wolf released her special fourth of July video that praised abortion and attacked pro-lifers.  If the roles were reversed and Sanders did this to Wolf, the media would likely have been all over it. But supporting and uplifting women is only necessary when the woman’s political views fit agenda, it would appear. READ MORE

Ancient Witchcraft Trend Growing Sharply in Popularity

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:25 AM PDT

Ancient Witchcraft Trend Growing Sharply in PopularitySales of tarot cards have risen sharply in the last year as self-proclaimed witches claim that divination and dark magic are effective in opposing President Trump. One end-of-days expert cites this as an illogical yet divinely guided step in setting the stage for the Messianic showdown in which the two sides, good and evil, are clearly defined.

The BBC published an article last week noting a 30-percent increase in sales in tarot cards last year, citing data collected by US Games Systems, a publisher of tarot games. Tarot may be a modern trend, but its roots are ancient, with some sources claiming the deck has its origins in the Book of Thoth, a legendary tome of Egyptian occult and idolatry. Based on four suits, tarot cards are similar to common playing cards but with some significant differences that serve its primary purpose: divination. READ MORE

This Unhealthy Fascination Is Leading Many Charismatics Away From Jesus

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:22 AM PDT

This Unhealthy Fascination Is Leading Many Charismatics Away From Jesus(By Eddie Hyatt) Many in the charismatic movement today are being led away from Jesus, not by sex, booze and drugs, but by an unhealthy fascination with signs, wonders and miracles. For example, a young man shared with me about being in a meeting where miracles were being greatly publicized. He said that at one point the crowd began to chant over and over “Signs! Miracles! Signs! Miracles!”  Choking back the tears, he said, “I felt grieved in my spirit.” He was also confused. Why did he feel grieved inside? Aren’t we supposed to desire miracles? I assured him that what he experienced was the Holy Spirit in him being

grieved by this crowd’s unhealthy preoccupation and fascination with miracles. Jesus had been preempted by their self-centered desire to see a miracle. This reminds me of Herod, who was “exceedingly glad” (Luke 23:8, NKJV) to finally see Jesus when Pilate sent Jesus to him during His trial. Why was Herod “exceedingly glad” to see Jesus? It wasn’t because Herod wanted to know Him and His message. Luke 23:8 goes on to say, “He hoped to see some miracle done by Him.” Herod wanted to be entertained by a miracle. His interest in Jesus and miracles was centered in himself and his own egotistical desire. READ MORE

25 Preachers Accused of ‘Forced Conversions’ in India

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:16 AM PDT

25 Preachers Accused of ‘Forced Conversions’ in IndiaAuthorities in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand have accused 25 evangelists of allegedly trying to convert tribal Hindu villagers to Christianity. The preachers, seven of whom are women, were sharing the gospel in a remote village some 180 miles east of the state’s capital when they were confronted by local villagers who reportedly got upset with their evangelistic activities.

“The villagers became angry when they began making disparaging comments about tribal places of worship — locally called ‘Manjhi Than’ and ‘Jaher Than’ —saying that Satan resided in such places,” a senior police officer with knowledge on the case told local media. “Angry villagers asked them to stop but they did not.” READ MORE

Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone erupts for the eleventh time in 2018

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:11 AM PDT

Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone erupts for the eleventh time in 2018The Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park has reportedly erupted for the eleventh time in 2018 on Friday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the geyser erupted at 1:37 p.m. and it lasted 32 minutes.  According to reports,

The USGS said the geyser has decided to follow a semi-regular pattern of erupting every 6-8 days over the past two months; however, it has been 20 days 20 hours 42 minutes since the last eruption on June 15th. Is Yellowstone Super-Volcano awakening? Is this leading to a greater future event?

Very bright fireball seen over skies of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Posted: 10 Jul 2018 05:04 AM PDT

Very bright fireball seen over skies of Rio Grande do Norte, BrazilA bright fireball was recorded streaking across the night sky over the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil at 01:35 UTC on July 8, 2018. The object was visible for several seconds before it disintegrated in a bright flash. It is possible some pieces survived the entry. However, even if something did manage to survive, it’s at the bottom of the ocean now.

The fireball was seen by residents of Mossoró, Areia Branca, Assú, Baraúna, Severiano Melo and even cities in Ceará as Icapui and Russas said they had seen the light, according to EXOSS Citizen Science Project. The International Meteor Organization has so far received 11 reports and one video: READ MORE

Nigeria Now the Deadliest Place to Be a Christian

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 05:33 PM PDT

Nigeria Now the Deadliest Place to Be a ChristianA new wave of attacks by Fulani herdsmen against Christians is leading one international human rights advocate to call on the US Congress to appoint a special envoy to investigate. “Nigeria is now the deadliest place in the world to be a Christian,” explained attorney Emmanuel Ogebe. “What we have is a genocide. They are trying to displace the Christians, they are trying to possess their land and they are

trying to impose their religion on the so-called infidels and pagans who they consider Christians to be.” Two weeks ago, 238 people were killed in a village massacre in north-central Nigeria. Six of Ogebe’s relatives were among the victims. “From what we have been able to piece together, the husband and his pregnant wife, he tried to take her out of the house to safety and come back for the kids,” recalled Ogebe. READ MORE

New blood tests can reveal your life expectancy

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 05:20 PM PDT

New blood tests can reveal your life expectancyIt could be just the thing for those who need a nudge to start ticking items off their bucket list; scientists have developed a blood test that reveals how long a person has left to live.  The test draws on nine biomarkers found in the blood that can be used to calculate the biological age of a person’s body – that is, how old it seems from the way it functions, as opposed to how long it has been out of the womb.

Researchers at Yale University in Connecticut found that the test was a more accurate predictor of life expectancy than a person’s chronological age or any of the biomarkers individually. Morgan Levine, a pathologist at Yale, said the test could be used to identify people who are aging faster than normal, meaning they are at greater risk than expected of disease and an early death. READ MORE

Chinese government developing AI that can recognize anyone, anywhere

Posted: 09 Jul 2018 05:14 PM PDT

Chinese government developing AI that can recognize anyone, anywhereA computer system that can track and identify any face anywhere may sound like science fiction, but, in China, two such companies are barreling ahead at making such technology an everyday reality. The two startups, SenseTime and Megvii, are developing competing facial recognition platforms powered by artificial intelligence. SenseTime became the world’s highest-valued AI startup after raising $600 million in April at a valuation of $4.5 billion.

The company raised another $620 million last month. Megvii isn’t far behind. It raised $460 million last November. While the valuation hasn’t been disclosed, it’s likely that it is close to or tops $2 billion. Two smaller Chinese companies include Yitu Technology, which raised $380 million last year, and DeepGlint. The eye-popping valuations shouldn’t be surprising to anyone paying attention. Last year, the Chinese government unveiled a plan to make the country the world leader in AI and to develop an AI industry worth $150 billion by 2030. READ MORE


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