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Israel's Shin Bet Interrogate, Threaten US Scholar Reza Aslan Israel's Shin Bet Interrogate, Threaten US Scholar Reza Aslan
- August 19, 2018

He was taken for questioning, where an official repeatedly asked him whether he was involved in organizations that could provoke violence, promote anarchy, or threaten Israeli democracy. The Shin Bet security service has denied entry into Israel to some 250 people since the beginning of the year, citing reasons such as involvement in terror or fears they would engage in spying while in the country, the Kan public broadcaster reported Wednesday. (more...)
Saudi Arabia pledges $100m to US-backed Syria campaign Saudi Arabia pledges $100m to US-backed Syria campaign
- August 19, 2018

It named former ambassador to Iraq, Jim Jeffrey, to a new position as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's adviser on Syria. The funds will be redirected "to support other key foreign policy priorities", said Nauert, who along with other officials rejected suggestions that the elimination of the funds showed diminishing US interest in Syria. (more...)
Two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage Two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage
- August 19, 2018

Hajj revolves around five sacred places in Makkah and environs. Saudi Arabia - the world's largest exporter of oil - and its allies accuse Qatar of cosying up to both Sunni Islamist extremists and Shiite Iran, Riyadh's greatest rival. The wuquf is the most important part of Hajj . At the hajj's end, male pilgrims will shave their hair and women will cut a lock of hair in a sign of renewal for completing the pilgrimage. (more...)
Worst floods in a century kill at least 324 in India's Kerala Worst floods in a century kill at least 324 in India's Kerala
- August 19, 2018

The Indian Prime Minister also said: "The Central Government is ensuring that the benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, various social security schemes, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture reach those affected on a priority basis in Kerala ". (more...)
Erik Prince's proposal to privatize Afghanistan war not under consideration, NSC says Erik Prince's proposal to privatize Afghanistan war not under consideration, NSC says
- August 19, 2018

He gave the Pentagon what they wanted. Conversely, top US military and national security officials fear Prince's proposal of using government contractors to engage in war is questionably unethical, if not merely risky to national security, according to the report. (more...)
South Pacific hit with 8.2 magnitude natural disaster South Pacific hit with 8.2 magnitude natural disaster
- August 19, 2018

The quake struck just after midday Sunday and was nearly 560 kilometers deep, the USGS said. The epicenter was in a remote area near Delamar Mountain Road, north of Big Bear Lake. It initially registered as a 7.9-magnitude natural disaster, but since the original alert, the USGS has upgraded the magnitude of the quake to an 8.2. (more...)
Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca ahead of haj Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca ahead of haj
- August 19, 2018

It blames the ongoing diplomatic dispute with its Gulf neighbors - Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. "There is no chance this year for Qatari citizens and residents to travel for Hajj ", said al-Kaabi. Saudi officials reject the accusations and accuse Qatar of trying to politicise the Hajj. But three travel agencies in Doha told Reuters they had stopped trying to sell haj packages, which can cost up to 120,000 riyals ($33,000). (more...)
Trump Organization accuses Omarosa's book publisher of tortious interference with hush agreement Trump Organization accuses Omarosa's book publisher of tortious interference with hush agreement
- August 19, 2018

Former White House aide and "The Apprentice " alum Omarosa Manigault Newman , who also claims to have heard the recording , revived the tape talk this week promoting her new tell-all book. Manigault Newman was director of communications for a White House office that networks with various constituency groups until she was sacked last December by chief of staff John Kelly , citing "significant integrity issues". (more...)
Putin dances with the bride at Austrain Foreign Minister's wedding Putin dances with the bride at Austrain Foreign Minister's wedding
- August 19, 2018

Germany is facing pressure from the United States to halt work on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project which will transport gas from Russian Federation. Putin also spoke about global reconstruction efforts and the humanitarian situation in Syria . Russian Federation and the West remain locked in dispute over Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and the conflict between Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. (more...)
Body found in burned auto near Disney's Fantasia Gardens mini-golf course
- August 19, 2018

A body has been found in a burning auto near a Walt Disney World miniature golf course. On Wednesday, 61-year-old John A. Korody died after slipping and falling into a Value-Added Tax of oil near Walt Disney World, the Orlando Sentinel reported. (more...)
Nine planes grounded by bomb threats in South America - Chilean authorities Nine planes grounded by bomb threats in South America - Chilean authorities
- August 19, 2018

The flights involved Latam and Chilean low-priced carrier Sky Airlines and affected airspace above Chile, Peru and Argentina. According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) and the airlines, inspections of three of those five planes found no bombs, and at least one plane was later allowed to resume its flight. (more...)
Man charged with two counts of attempted murder following Westminster incident Man charged with two counts of attempted murder following Westminster incident
- August 19, 2018

The charges are attempted murder of members of the public and of police officers. The case is being treated as terrorism, a spokesperson for the Met Police added. Salih Khater, 29, from Birmingham, has been charged with the attempted murder of members of the public and police officers after allegedly driving a auto through crowds outside the Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard has said. (more...)
Trump Whines About Social Media Trump Whines About Social Media "Censorship"
- August 19, 2018

Who is making the choices, because I can already tell you that too many mistakes are being made. YouTube stars " Diamond and Silk ", two of Trump's most ardent supporters , claimed during a House Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this year that Facebook censored them as well. (more...)
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dead Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dead
- August 19, 2018

It's now up to all of us to carry his work forward. Annan left the U.N.in 2006, founding the Kofi Annan Foundation the next year "with the aim of mobilising political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights". "Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan departed this world after an impressive political career, a diplomat who distinguished himself with his performance in a demanding job under hard circumstances". (more...)
Shanann Watts planning gender reveal party before her alleged murder Shanann Watts planning gender reveal party before her alleged murder
- August 18, 2018

Monday after they returned from a work trip, and watched her go into the house. Shanann Watts was 15 weeks pregnant . Merson also requested that DNA samples be taken from Shanann Watt's hands and nails along with the children's nails. (more...)
Genoa bridge collapse: thousands attend state funeral for victims Genoa bridge collapse: thousands attend state funeral for victims
- August 18, 2018

A Swiss Re spokeswoman told Reuters: "We are already working with and will continue supporting our client in managing the impact of this tragic event on the victims and their families". has formally sent to Autostrade per l'Italia the letter of complaint which launches the process for revoking the concession", he said in a statement. (more...)
Former CIA directors issue unprecedented Trump condemnation
- August 18, 2018

Of those on the list, only Ohr is still employed in government service, but maintaining a security clearance is useful for finding documents if any of them are called to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller investigation. Trump on Wednesday openly tied his decision to strip Brennan of his clearance - and threaten almost a dozen other former and current officials - to the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with his campaign. (more...)
Wildfires prompt BC to declare state of emergency Wildfires prompt BC to declare state of emergency
- August 18, 2018

The entire Southside community is now under an evacuation order, and the ferry is running 24/7 to facilitate evacuation efforts. Last year, more than 1.2 million hectares of forests burned in B.C.as the province was under a state of emergency for ten weeks, extending from July 7 to September 15. (more...)
Mike Pompeo launches Iran Action Group after nuclear deal withdrawal Mike Pompeo launches Iran Action Group after nuclear deal withdrawal
- August 18, 2018

Hook is one of the top policy advisers within the State Department, and before the U.S. withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal he had been advising the administration to work on getting addendum to the nuclear deal as opposed to withdrawing. (more...)
Imran Khan pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee Imran Khan pays tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee
- August 18, 2018

Vajpayee was admitted to hospital on June 11 with a kidney tract infection and chest congestion. . The country observed a seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect for the leader. From there it would be taken to the BJP headquarters tomorrow, where people would be able to pay their last respects. The SAARC secretary general also recalled Vajpayee's "grand diplomatic gesture" of taking bus rides to Lahore and Dhaka during his prime ministership. (more...)
Trump attacks Turkey, vows to pay Trump attacks Turkey, vows to pay "nothing" for United States pastor's release
- August 18, 2018

Last month, at Brunson's third court hearing in almost two years, USA officials thought they had brokered a deal to free him by pressuring Israel to release a Turkish citizen imprisoned there. On Friday, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said a high court in Izmir had upheld a lower court's decision earlier this week to keep Brunson under house arrest . (more...)
Trump says Turkey has acted badly in Brunson case Trump says Turkey has acted badly in Brunson case
- August 18, 2018

Trump's admission that he acted out of frustration about the Russian Federation probe underscored his willingness to use his executive power to fight back against an investigation he sees as a threat to his presidency. "It's not us. It is a rigged witch hunt". Brennan, Clapper, Comey and the rest, including former assistant deputy attorney general and head of the the Department of Justice's Organized Crime Task Force, Bruce Ohr, need to be brought before a grand jury, indicted, tried convicted ... (more...)
Vatican: Victims of Abuse Should Know ‘the Pope Is on Their Side’ Vatican: Victims of Abuse Should Know ‘the Pope Is on Their Side’
- August 18, 2018

The US report is thought to be the single most comprehensive report to date into abuse in the US church, since The Boston Globe first exposed paedophile priests in MA in 2002. Cardinal DiNardo of Texas said in a statement on Thursday - two days after the report was issued - that the church is now "faced with a spiritual crisis that requires not only spiritual conversion, but practical changes to avoid repeating the sins and failures that are so evident in this recent report". (more...)
Manigault Newman has more than audio recordings Manigault Newman has more than audio recordings
- August 18, 2018

Clearly, if you come on board the campaign, like, we can't have-we've got to"-Omarosa Manigault Newman: "Oh, god, no". The letter claims publication of the book amounts to tortious interference with Manigault Newman's nondisclosure agreement with the Trump Organization, according to the Hollywood Reporter , which obtained a copy. (more...)
Judge in trial of former Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort receives threats Judge in trial of former Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort receives threats
- August 18, 2018

On Thursday, the jury ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to "redefine" reasonable doubt. The defense called no witnesses, arguing that prosecutors failed to prove their case. Judge T.S. Ellis, speaking in court while jurors deliberated for a second day, said he had received threats over the case and is being protected by United States marshals. (more...)
WaPo columnist calls on GOP to censure Trump over security clearances WaPo columnist calls on GOP to censure Trump over security clearances
- August 17, 2018

In an opinion piece in The New York Times, Brennan said Trump's decision, announced Wednesday, to deny him access to classified information was a desperate attempt to end Mueller's investigation. "But sadly, Mr. Mueller is conflicted", Trump said. In August 2016, just two days after Brennan briefed Senator Harry Reid and other members on Russian interference in the election, the Nevada senator wrote a letter to then-FBI director James Comey, calling the FBI to investigate Trump's campaign. (more...)
China 'training for strikes' on USA and its allies China 'training for strikes' on USA and its allies
- August 17, 2018

China and several neighbouring countries have been locked in a bitter and long-running dispute over who controls territories in the South China Sea , a region rich in natural resources. China sees Taiwan as a renegade province, while the United States backs its independence. "The PLA continues to strengthen its military space capabilities despite its public stance against the militarisation of space", it said. (more...)
US sanctions China, Russia firms for helping NK illicit shipments US sanctions China, Russia firms for helping NK illicit shipments
- August 17, 2018

Chinese firms that had netted more than $1 billion a year by exporting alcohol and cigarette products to North Korea were also targeted by the sanctions, the statement said. Mnuchin said the designations will remain in place until the fully verified denuclearization of North Korea has taken place. The Treasury department said in a statement that Kolchanov was personally involved in North Korea-related deals and interacted directly with North Korean representatives in Russian Federation. (more...)
Imran Khan elected new Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan elected new Prime Minister of Pakistan
- August 17, 2018

Khan received 176 votes in the 342-seat National Assembly, said Asad Qaiser, the speaker of the parliament. He is in the neighbouring country as a guest for the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan who will take oath as the next Prime Minister of the country on August 18. (more...)
40 children killed in Yemen bus strike 40 children killed in Yemen bus strike
- August 17, 2018

In October 2016, a coalition air strike killed 140 people at a funeral in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. The Saudi-led coalition has taken part in Yemen's conflict since 2015 in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's government in its fight against the Huthis. (more...)

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