Tuesday, May 26, 2015

4 launch rockets from Gaza toward Israel

Israeli media reported that four rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening, landed in open areas in the coastal city of Ashdod and near the city of "Kiryat Gat" southern Israel.

Israeli public radio and the newspaper "Yediot Ahronot" reported that four or five rocket-propelled grenades of the type "Grad" evening fired from the Gaza Strip towards the city of Ashdod and its environs without causing any injuries or damage, where they fell in open areas.

And dot warning sirens after nine o'clock in the evening in Ashdod and the Sahel region.

Change the party of former President of France Name

Approved the French judiciary, on Tuesday, to replace the renamed party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy of "Union for a Popular Movement" to "Republicans", and that four days of the referendum scheduled on Friday about the new label with the participation of supporters of the party before.

Several civic associations and parties of the left filed a lawsuit against the "Union for a Popular Party" to prevent him from using the name "Republicans".

For his part, the lawyer said civic associations Christophe Ogeevik, that according to the first article of the French Constitution, which states that the Republic of France is indivisible, all French Republicans, according to a poll conducted by "Harris" Institute last Friday.

As a lawyer Jean Castellane Union Party said for a Popular Movement, the French right is much used the name "Republican" compared with the left.

The left leaders have directed their barbs and sarcastic that Nicolas Sarkozy, chose this name, "he wants to take an exclusive manner on the principle and spirit of every citizen of the Republic and that does not belong to the party would be anti-Republic."

The killing of the Minister of War «Daash» in Iraq

The bombing of the Iraqi Army Air important seat Telecom continued to organize "Daash" terrorist, killing 17 of the elements of the organization west of Dujail, in Salahuddin province in northern Iraq.

A statement by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense this evening, Tuesday, that the so-called "minister of war in organizing Daash" killed as a result of an air strike to Army Aviation in Salah al-Din, an officer of the rank of brigade during the reign of Saddam Hussein's regime, pointing out that the Aviation face air strikes against sites Daash terrorist equipment in Mr. Ghraib area breaker Samarra operations in northern Iraq.

Iraqi air force also destroyed two locations to Daash Albjrary area in Salahuddin sector operations, and raided four locations Daash Karmah in Anbar province, which resulted in inflicting heavy losses in the ranks of the organization.

He visited the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi Command Joint Operations Center to see the progress of the battles for liberation in Anbar and Salahuddin north, and praised the progress made by the armed forces and the crowd People in operations against Daash all axes.

A Hamas rocket hits southern Israel

According to the channel "Sky News" in Arabic night that he heard loud siren in Ashdod and Lachish region of southern Israel after the launch of a rocket from the Gaza Strip, the channel did not provide further details.

The Israeli occupation army has revealed early this May, the launch of a rocket from inside the Gaza Strip towards the settlement of "Eshkol" to the east of the southern Gaza Strip.

Libyan Prime Minister survives assassination attempt

Survived Libyan Prime Minister, Abdullah bending, an assassination attempt, after leaving the city of Tobruk, while the number of his bodyguards were wounded, according to satellite "Sky News Arabic".

The parliamentarians Libyans, they stressed that the elected Council of Representatives, based in the city of Tobruk commented hearing attended by the Prime Minister of the government internationally recognized Abdullah bending, Tuesday, after protesters burned a car outside the building, showed a current picture of the means of social communication car burned but was not immediately clear as demanded by the protesters.

3 strongly magnitude earthquake hits northwest Wales

It announced the British Geological Survey, on Tuesday, recording a weak earthquake measuring 3 on the Richter scale on the island of Anglesey in the Irish Sea, northwest Wales.

She explained the Commission, in a statement, said the quake was recorded the second hour and 41 minutes at noon at a depth of six kilometers, noting that the epicenter is located in the Carnarvon in Wales, it was not disclosed until now for any damage caused by the weak earthquake.

10 killed and 120 injured in an explosion in a fuel truck south Yemen

Killed at least 10 people were killed by the explosion of a truck carrying fuel Yemen's southern city of Taiz center, after the outbreak of clashes between residents and armed groups were trying to grab the fuel from the truck.

And local medical officials said, as the "Arab tomorrow," the news channel quoted today, Tuesday, that at least ten people were killed in the explosion and the fire that followed, as well as 120 others were injured, some in serious condition.

And it saw the third largest city of Taiz Yemen fierce fighting in the past few days.

Abdullah bending survives assassination attempt in Tobruk

Survived Libyan Prime Minister, Abdullah bending, from an assassination attempt after leaving the city of Tobruk on Tuesday evening, according to "Sky News Arabic".

Sky News said, according to the sources, the assassination attempt that resulted in the injury of a number of guards Prime Minister internationally recognized, were injured.

It did not reveal the operation, which came after a tumultuous parliamentary session devoted to the accountability of the government attended bending details, and saw the riots outside the parliament building.

The number of older people on the protesters to ignite the fire in two cars outside the building, prompting the head of the House of Representatives, the wife of Saleh, to suspend the meeting for a brief period.

The MP Tariq Jerohy has described the events that took place outside the parliament, who is based in based in Tobruk, as a "premeditated and fabricated".

Saudi Arabian Crown visiting those injured in the accident Qudayh

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz visited, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Eastern Province, on Tuesday, the injured citizens in Qudayh mosque incident occurred last Friday, where reassured on the health status for people with medical care they receive, wishing them a speedy recovery.
And the transfer of Crown wishes to the injured and calls Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud that Yemen upon them a speedy recovery.

And he visited the Crown Prince of the eastern region and condolences and those with families of deceased citizens in the accident and offered them consolation.

And transfer them condolences Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and his calls that God Almighty grant the deceased rest in peace and forgiveness and Eskinhm roomy committee.

He stressed that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the government is keen to establish security in all regions of the Kingdom and the face of anyone who tries to tamper with their security, stability and safety of its citizens, and that most of those behind this incident in the grip of justice, pointing out that the security forces carry out their duties to control all those involved wherever they are to apply God proceeded in the right.

The General Directorate of Health Affairs, Eastern Province announced, in a statement today, that the number of those who have recovered from the scene and left the hospital after receiving medical care 62 recovering until the morning, while still 25 wounded were receiving treatment, including 6 cases in intensive care and in stable condition.

The terrorist incident has resulted in the deaths of 21 people and wounded several others.

Monday, May 18, 2015

​France’s main Protestant Church gives blessing to gay marriages

France's largest Protestant Church, the fourth-largest religious group in the country, has voted for its pastors to give their blessing to homosexual couples. The move comes two years after Paris legalized same-sex marriages.
"The synod has decided to take a step forward in accompanying people and these couples by opening the possibility of celebrating liturgical blessings if they want," said Laurent Schlumberger, president of the Church.

The United Protestant Church of France, claims it has about 110,000 active members and 400,000 believers. It was created back in 2012-2013 after the merger of the Reformed Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. It ranks behind Catholicism, Judaism and Islam in numbers of adherents.

The decision was supported by 94 delegates out of 100. Only three voted against blessing homosexual couples. However, the vicars who oppose the practice won’t be forced to perform it.

“The decision was adopted overwhelmingly and calmly, and has allowed us to move forward together, even if different positions within our Church remain on this subject,” Schlumberger added.

“It’s an option, not an obligation,” as “every pastor and every parish is free to implement this change.”

The Popular Evangelical Mission, which is much smaller than the United Protestant Church, previously authorized a ceremony of "prayer and liturgical welcome" for same-sex couples in France.

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Tear gas, clashes after same-sex marriage law protest in Paris (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
France legalized gay marriages and adoption of children by gay couples in May 2013. The first official same-sex ceremony was held soon afterwards, on May 29, in the city of Montpellier. The bill saw nationwide protests defending traditional family values.

On Saturday, the Church of Scotland moved even further and voted to accept ministers and deacons in same-sex civil partnerships.

The Synod of the Lutheran Church of Sweden said yes to same-sex weddings back in 2009 and Denmark in 2012 made it mandatory for all churches to offer full religious weddings for gay couples. Norway followed its neighbors in 2014.

However, not all churches are so liberal towards same-sex weddings. Conservative Protestant churches, especially evangelicals, oppose the practice.

READ MORE: Ultra-conservative Catholics hit out at possible Vatican plans to welcome gays

The Vatican policy towards homosexuals became milder since Pope Francis was ordained. In 2013 he stated, "If a person is gay and seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge?"

The Catholic Church still condemns homosexual acts; however, it recognizes that gays could play a role within the Church.

​Saudis resume airstrikes on Yemen following five-day humanitarian ceasefire

The five-day humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen has ended with the resumption of Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebel positions, despite United Nations envoys’ calls for an extension of the truce.

Coalition airstrikes hit rebel positions and tanks in several neighborhoods of the port city of Aden, Yemeni security officials told the Associated Press when the ceasefire expired at 11:00pm on Sunday.

“They began bombing Aden a few minutes ago,” an army commander loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh confirmed to Sputnik.

Reports from the ground said explosions could be heard near the airport and the districts of Khor Maksar and Crater. Air raids have allegedly hit the Houthi-held presidential palace as well as a military base military officials and witnesses told Saana.

The bombardment resumed despite UN calls to extend the humanitarian pause which has largely held in the country since.

“I call on all parties to renew their commitment to this truce for five more days at least,” UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said shortly before the resumption of air campaign. “This humanitarian truce should turn into a permanent ceasefire.”

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The UN call for peace comes as Yemeni political parties gathered in the Saudi capital Riyadh in search of a political solution to the crisis. Houthis, the main rebel fighting force on the ground, however decided not to send their representatives as some 400 delegates including ousted President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi took part in the talks.

While tribal fractions seek stability, the UN World Food Program (WFP) said that getting aid into the country during the five-day pause in fighting was largely successful. The agency was able to deliver vital food, fuel and medicine supplies that were needed in Saudi-blockaded Yemen.

UN estimates that conflict in Yemen has killed more than 1,400 people, many of them civilians, since the Saudi-led air campaign began in late March.

ISIS claims full control of Ramadi after Iraqi troops abandon positions (VIDEO)

Iraqi forces have retreated from a compound they used as a command center in Ramadi, losing control of Aden’s provincial capital to Islamic State militants, despite substantial US airstrike support helping Iraqi troops and loyal militia hold the city.

“Ramadi has fallen,”said Muhannad Haimour, a spokesman for the governor of Anbar province. “The city was completely taken. ... The military is fleeing.”The spokesman added that at least 500 people were killed in the jihadist offensive.

The militants claimed their full control of the city after squashing last major pocket of resistance from tribal and government forces.

“God has enabled the soldiers of the caliphate to cleanse all of Ramadi... after storming the 8th brigade. They (now) control it along with a battalion of tanks and missile launchers and in addition to the Anbar operations command,” the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) statement said. The group also said it had seized tanks and killed dozens Iraqi security forces.

The final ISIS offensive that drove out government forces and tribal militias began early Sunday. Militants focused their attack on police officers defending the Malaab district in southern Ramadi by simultaneous bombings. Another three suicide bombers stormed the gate of the military headquarters to take control of the Anbar Operation Command.

Jihadis “pushed into the Ramadi military command headquarters after a fierce fight. The whole city is under their control,” Ahmed al-Dulaimi, a tribal leader told Bloomberg via phone.

Local security officials told AP that the militants already carried out mass killings of Iraqi security forces and civilians. Sunni tribal leader, Naeem al-Gauoud, said that bodies litter the streets in Ramadi, while others are thrown in the river.

Two days of fighting in Ramadi had displaced around 8,000 people according to the International Organization for Migration.

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ISIS captures capital of Iraqi Anbar, raises black flag over Ramadi govt HQ
Ramadi has been captured despite US-led air support and a counter-offensive by Iraqi forces to recapture the city. At least seven airstrikes in Ramadi were conducted in the last 24 hours – the highest number of strikes to target any single location. “It is a fluid and contested battlefield,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. “We are supporting (the Iraqis) with air power.”

The Pentagon refused to immediately admit Ramadi had fallen, with Defense Department spokeswoman Maureen Schumann saying it was “too early to make definitive statements about the situation on the ground.” She said the United States was “continuing to monitor reports of tough fighting in Ramadi and the situation remains fluid and contested."

The Islamic State indeed has military advantage in Ramadi, the Pentagon confirmed, warning that the city falling into the hands of jihadists would be a great propaganda boost for them. But in the worst case, official said according to Reuters, the US-led coalition would support Iraqi army in taking the city back “later.”

Sunday, May 17, 2015

‘Muslim religion must be banned’: French Mayor in trouble after extreme tweets, calls to deport Muslims

A mayor of a French town has been suspended from former president Nikolas Sarkozy’s UMP party after urging a ban on Islam in the country and the immediate “escorting to the border” of those practicing the religion.

“The Muslim religion must be banned in France,” Robert Chardon, mayor of the southern town of Venelles, wrote on Twitter earlier this week.

All followers of Islam should be “immediately escorted to the border,” the mayor added, forecasting that the Muslim faith will be banned in France by 2027.

The controversial tweet was made by Chardon as part of an online public discussion initiated by French ex-president and UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) leader, Nicolas Sarkozy, under the #NSDirect hashtag.

Sarkozy, who is likely to run for president once again in 2027, was quick to distance himself from the comments.

“I condemn this proposal even if secularism also means fixing limits. Rights and limits go together,” he wrote.

The Venelles mayor was also slammed by Twitter followers, who on their part suggested “to ban idiocy in France” instead of Islam, Sputnik news agency reported.

"In France, everyone is free to choose whether or not to believe in God, and that's just fine!" one of the users reminded, while another wrote to Chardon that he was “glad not to live in your **** town!”

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At first, it was suggested that the comments didn’t come from the mayor as his account on Twitter was hacked.

But Chardon confirmed the authenticity of the tweet, and expressed eagerness to defend his position.

In his interview with Le Monde paper, said he stands firm in his belief that banning Islam and deporting all Muslims is "the only solution for most of France's problems."

Muslims should practice their religion "in their country of origin," Chardon said.

According to the mayor, the understandings of this idea came to him as an epiphany, while he was taking leave to get treatment from mouth cancer.

Union for a Popular Movement vice-president, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, announced that party has suspended Chardon, who will be later removed from UMP’s ranks.

“I have called for the expulsion procedure to be started for these absurd statements that in no way reflect the values and program of the UMP,” Kosciusko-Morizet told AFP.

Racism and xenophobia against the country’s five billion Muslims have been on the rise in France, following series of terror attacks by Islamic radicals, including the deadly shooting at Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly in mid-January.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cops investigating after 10yo maced during Tony Robinson Minneapolis march

http://ift.tt/1cAZRxo The mayor and chief of police in Minneapolis are asking for the public's help in finding out how a 10-year-old boy was gassed during Wednesday night's solidarity march protesting the death of Tony Robinson.
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New app lets you create & share videos with life-size holograms of celebrities

http://ift.tt/1cAPFVt Want a video where you’re chatting with Obama? Or a selfie with a Bengal tiger? A new app, which creates the illusion of life-size holograms via a mobile device you can share on social media, has been launched on the Kickstarter crowd funding website.
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'We Are the World'.... order? Social media slams NATO’s charity song performance

http://ift.tt/1L4cHju NATO foreign ministers got their rocks off and sang karaoke at the end of a meeting in Antalya, Turkey. Perhaps the song choice - “We Are The World” – was poor though. They got roasted on social media for their perceived peace-promoting hypocrisy.
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Genetic test can predict if you survive radiation poisoning

http://ift.tt/1cAEBrD A team of scientists have found an accurate way to immediately identify long term radiation damage by examining blood-bound genes, allowing more accurate predictions of who can survive radiation exposure after a nuclear catastrophe or a dirty bomb.
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​Private US oil company to drill near Deepwater Horizon

http://ift.tt/1QMLMfc A privately owned US oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore has been given permission to drill near BP’s Deepwater Horizon, the place of largest oil spill in US history.
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Scientists find way to deliver drugs straight into people’s brains

http://ift.tt/1JhmHqJ A team of Canadian scientists has found a way to break the barrier of the human body that keeps the nervous and circulatory systems apart, and inject the drugs directly into the brain using “carrier” antibodies.
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​Poland sues Gazprom seeking lower gas price

http://ift.tt/1A2MwZV PGNiG, Poland’s largest gas distributor, has filed a lawsuit against Gazprom and Gazprom Export in the Stockholm arbitration court, saying it wants conditions similar to the European gas market.
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Death toll from Amtrak derailment stands at 8, authorities say

http://ift.tt/1A2MxwI Officials say that an eighth body has been recovered from the scene of this week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Force British jihadists into de-radicalization programs, says counter-terror chief

http://ift.tt/1QMGWyA Counter-terror police attempting to cope with growing numbers of Britons drawn to extremist ideologies may request fresh powers to force people to enroll in de-radicalization programs, the UK’s counter-terror chief says.
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Ukrainian nationalists assault women & elderly in war on Soviet-era Victory Day symbols

http://ift.tt/1IAJu1v As the world marked the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat in WWII, Ukraine has seen a wave of attacks against Victory Day symbols associated with May 9 celebrations in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
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‘Russia - reason to keep NATO alive’

http://ift.tt/1FayNyS A great opportunity to dissolve military alliances was wasted at the end of Cold War and since then Western commanders have been looking for reasons, like Russia, to keep NATO alive, says Tony Robinson, co-director at Pressenza News Agency.
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The Evil within: The truth we dare not see about Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen

http://ift.tt/1FayNyP On the 70th anniversary of the fall of Nazi Germany, fascism is far from dead. As Yemen bleeds under Saudi Arabia’s grand war, it is really the annihilation of one people we are seeing play out - the Zaidis of Yemen.
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Oxford University head condemns sexual harassment on campus

http://ift.tt/1IAJu1r Sexual harassment and intimidation is widespread at Oxford University student parties and its social areas, according to the principal of Somerville College Dr Alice Prochaska.
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Highest minimum wage in Australia - OECD

http://ift.tt/1JhezGA Australia has the highest minimum wage in the developed world, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Its after-tax rate of $9.54 per hour is followed by Luxembourg with $9.24 and Belgium with $8.57.
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Scottish showdown: SNP leader Sturgeon & PM Cameron to hold talks

http://ift.tt/1QMDTq4 Devolution and Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act are expected to be on the agenda when Prime Minister David Cameron and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon hold official talks on Friday.
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EU referendum should take place ‘as soon as necessary’ – Bank of England chief

http://ift.tt/1e3pqbi The governor of the Bank of England has said a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU) should take place “as soon as necessary.”
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‘More air policing, more drills’: NATO to boost presence on Russia's doorstep

http://ift.tt/1A3e9l6 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance is going to increase its activity at its eastern borders, with more air and sea patrols, amid non-stop exercises.
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Britain’s terror threat greater due to ‘lack of trust’ among EU allies – study

http://ift.tt/1L3ZRlx Tension between European Union (EU) member states has led to such low levels of trust that British efforts to fight domestic and international terror threats have been compromised, a new report suggests.
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Naftogaz makes $30mn prepayment to Gazprom

http://ift.tt/1L3Zh76 Ukraine’s Naftogaz has paid Russia’s Gazprom $30 million as a down payment for gas deliveries. The almost bankrupt firm is struggling to repay its $2.5 billion debt to Russia.
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