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July 11, 2017- Church of England Votes in Favor of ‘Marking’ Gender Transitions with Religious Ceremony


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Headline: In Rare Move, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Joins Trump Envoy in Meeting With Palestinians

U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Jason Greenblatt, met the Palestinian negotiators in Jerusalem on Tuesday as part of talks to renew the peace process. Haaretz has learned that in a rare move, the meeting was also be attended by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who, by virtue of his position, is in charge of ties with Israel. The fact that Friedman joined the meeting marks a shift in U.S. policy in place from the time of both the Bush and Obama administrations. A senior White House official stated that Greenblatt, Friedman and American Consul General in Jerusalem Donald Blome had an “open, cordial and frank” discussion with the Palestinian team on a number of matters related to the peace process. The Trump administration believes, he told Haaretz, that in order for an ultimate deal to be reached it is critical that the American negotiators are those closest to President Donald Trump. That is why the team includes Kushner, Greenblatt and Friedman, he said. The meeting, slated to take place in Jerusalem, is expected to be attended by the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, the head of the Palestinian intelligence, Majid Faraj, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ economic adviser, Mohammad Mustafa.
July 11, 2017



Headline: Egyptian Army succumbs to humongous ISIS offensive in the Sinai Desert

On Sunday, the Islamic State unleashed its largest offensive ever in Egypt after assembling a variety of firepower against government soldiers in the northern parts of Sinai province not far from the Gaza Strip. 21 images released by Amaq Agency shows ISIS militants storming and overrunning Egyptian military bases south of Rafah city, resulting in a big desert battle. The attack involved two suicide bombings and prompted Egyptian warplanes to conduct sorties over the region. Notably, at least three US-supplied Humvees were captured in the aftermath of the offensive while at least one soldier was killed by the Islamic State
July 10, 2017


Headline: Rebels say they downed Syrian warplane near ceasefire zone

Rebel groups shot down a Syrian government warplane on Tuesday near a ceasefire zone in the country’s south, the factions and a monitoring group said. Two rebel groups that operate in southeast Syria, the Lions of the East Army and the Ahmad al-Abdo Forces, issued a joint statement on Tuesday saying they had downed the aircraft. “The plane was shot down and crashed in regime-controlled territory. We have no information on the pilot,” said Fares al-Munjed, communications head for the Ahmad al-Abdo Forces. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor confirmed that the rebel groups had hit the plane near a village on the administrative border between the provinces of Rural Damascus and Sweida.
July 11, 2017


Headline:Iraq reclaims Mosul after brutal nine-month battle to oust ISIS

Headline:Iraqi forces, remaining Islamic State militants clash in Mosul

Iraq’s prime minister on July 9 said Mosul has been liberated after a 9-month battle with Islamic State (ISIS). After ISIS took control of Mosul in June 2014 following the Obama administration’s pullout of U.S. forces, local Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fought ferociously to block the terror group from advancing further into northern Iraq. The U.S.-backed coalition aided the recapture of Mosul by providing much-needed air support and targeted bombing attacks against ISIS positions, officials said. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared Mosul’s liberation complete as he toured the city, much of it in ruins, with members of the Iraqi armed forces. “The commander in chief of the armed forces Haider al-Abadi arrived in the liberated city of Mosul and congratulated the heroic fighters and the Iraqi people on the achievement of the major victory,” a spokesperson for al-Abadi said. Iraqi forces are next expected to launch an offensive on ISIS’s only remaining stronghold, in Tal Afar, roughly 40 miles west of Mosul.
July 11, 2017



Headline: Huge crowd rallies in Istanbul against Turkey’s post-coup crackdown

Turkey’s main opposition leader told a huge protest rally on Sunday that the country was living under dictatorship and pledged to keep challenging the crackdown launched by the authorities after last year’s failed military coup. Addressing hundreds of thousands of people waving Turkish flags and banners demanding justice, Kemal Kilicdaroglu said his 25-day march from Ankara to Istanbul – culminating in Sunday’s rally in Istanbul – was the first stage of a long campaign. “We will be breaking down the walls of fear,” he told the crowd who gathered to welcome him at the end of his 425 km (265 mile) trek from the Turkish capital. Kilicdaroglu’s protest march drew only modest support in its early days, but as more people joined him it grew into the biggest protest yet against the year-long, post-coup crackdown launched by President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party. “The last day of our Justice March is a new beginning, a new step,” said Kilicdaroglu, a bespectacled, 68-year-old veteran politician. “Rights, law, justice,” the crowd chanted back. He called on the government to lift a state of emergency enforced after the abortive July 2016 coup, release scores of journalists from prison and restore the independence of Turkey’s courts.
July 10, 2017


Headline: Taliban kill 2 Afghan policemen in attack on security post

Headline:Islamic State fights the Taliban, Afghan government-backed locals in Tora Bora Mountains

An Afghan official says the Taliban have attacked a security outpost in eastern Laghman province, killing two policemen and wounding seven civilians.Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, says the attack took place in the district of Ali Shing on Monday night. Zwak says the seven civilians wounded in the two-hour-long assault included women and children. He says reinforcements were deployed to the scene and government forces engaged in an intense battle until they finally pushed back the insurgents. Zwak says that top Taliban commander known as Adam Khan was killed in the attack, along four others insurgents.  The Taliban did not immediately claim responsibility for the assault.
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Headline: Libya clashes leave four dead east of Tripoli: ministry

Clashes between forces loyal to Libya’s unity government and rival fighters east of Tripoli have left four people dead including at least two civilians, the health ministry said. Another 21 people were wounded in the fighting on Sunday and Monday in Garabulli about 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of the capital, the ministry said overnight on Facebook. Two foreign workers, whose nationalities were unclear, were among those killed, it said. Clashes broke out on Sunday evening between forces loyal to the Government of National Accord and fighters aligned with former prime minister Khalifa Ghweil who refuses to recognize the UN-backed government in Tripoli, witnesses said. The violence was continuing at dawn on Tuesday, they said. Pro-GNA forces backed by dozens of tanks and pick-up trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns deployed east of the capital heading for Garabulli on the weekend, the witnesses said.
July 11, 2017

Headline: Syrian Observatory says it has ‘confirmed information’ that Islamic State chief is dead

Headline:US can’t confirm al-Baghdadi death reports

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters on Tuesday that it had “confirmed information” that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. The report came just days after the Iraqi army recaptured the last sectors of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which Baghdadi’s forces overran almost exactly three years ago. Russia’s Defense Ministry said in June that it might have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa. But Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been skeptical. Reuters could not independently verify Baghdadi’s death. “(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank who is Syrian, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” said Rami Abdulrahman, the director of the British-based war monitoring group. In Iraq, U.S. Army Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, said he could not confirm the news. Abdulrahman said activists working with him in Deir al-Zor had been told by the Islamic State sources that Baghdadi had died, but not when or how. The sources said Baghdadi had been present in the eastern countryside of Syria’s Deir al-Zor province in the past three months. The Pentagon said it had no information to corroborate the reports. Kurdish and Iraqi officials also had no immediate confirmation.
July 11, 2017


Headline: National Guard patrol hits roadside bomb in Venezuelan capital

A powerful roadside bomb went off during massive anti-government protests in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, leaving seven members of the National Guard injured. Footage taken at the scene shows a powerful explosion hitting a convoy of National Guard officers riding motorcycles.Seven officers were injured in the blast, commander-in-chief of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) Major General Sergio Rivero Marcano confirmed to the Venezuelan media, adding that five of them suffered third-degree burns while two others received second-degree burns. It is still unclear who exactly was behind the explosion, as no group has taken responsibility for it so far. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro praised the GNB officers for their work and accused opposition leaders and protest organizers of “terrorism” and “instigating violence,” according to the news outlet El Espectador. The incident took place on Monday in the Altamira Sur residential district of the Venezuelan capital, amid massive anti-government protests. According to the Venezuelan media, the blast hit a detachment of the National Guard deployed to disperse a “group of violent protesters” trying to blockade the Francisco Fajardo highway.
July 11, 2017

Headline: Over 500 dead in Marawi battle with IS

The death toll in a protracted battle between Islamic State-allied militants and government troops in the southern Philippine city of Marawi has topped 500, the military says. Ninety of the dead were soldiers and police officers, while 39 were civilians killed by the militants in Marawi City, 800 kilometres south of Manila, said Brigadier General Restituto Padilla. At least 381 of the dead were militants killed in the fighting which began on May 23 after government forces attempted to arrest a local leader of the Islamic State terrorist group, he added. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana denied a local media report that up to 2,000 civilians had been killed in the conflict.
July 10, 2017


Headline: US moves Patriot missiles near Russian borders in 1st Baltic deployment

The US military has deployed Patriot anti-aircraft systems to the Baltics with the stated goal of taking part in NATO war games, Lithuania’s Defense Ministry said. It’s the first such deployment to a region already in the midst of a Western military buildup. The Patriots arrived in Lithuania as part of the ‘Tobruq Legacy 2017’ air defense drills, which will run until July 22, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said in a press release. The exercise will involve about 500 troops and 30 various air defense systems, the ministry said, without providing details on the size of the US task force or number of Patriot batteries. The deployment demonstrates the steadfast US commitment to the security of Lithuania and its high readiness to send strategic capabilities to the region,” it said. Apart from Lithuania, ‘Tobruq Legacy 2017’ will be conducted in the Czech Republic and Romania under the auspices of NATO’s Joint Force Air Component Command. It will also involve militaries from three more NATO allies: the UK, Latvia and Poland. It is the first deployment of Patriot systems to the Baltic region amid a massive NATO military buildup. Since the start of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014, NATO has accused Moscow of aiding the rebels who rejected the Western-backed Euromaidan coup in Kiev, and began deploying troops to the region.
The bloc’s members currently maintain several multinational battalion strike groups and air force units patrolling Baltic airspace on a rotational basis. The buildup has been followed by a series of massive military exercises on Russia’s doorstep.
July 11, 2017


June 29, 2017–Nearly 170 Black Sea dolphins die off Russia’s Black Sea coast in four months

June 29, 2017– Shearwaters Wash Ashore in Droves Long Island New York

July 4, 2017–Massive die off of fish in a nature reserve in southern Gambia

July 5, 2017–Thousands Of Carp Washing Up Dead In Lake Elysian Minnesota

July 5, 2017–Indian Lake fish kill could number in the thousands, Wisconsin official says

July 5, 2017–’Alarming number’ of dead fish wash up in a lake in Ohio

July 6, 2017–Dead pilot whales found stranded along coast in Florida

July 6, 2017–Cow carcasses pile up in California as heat wave causes mass death

July 6, 2017–Dead birds, fish and turtles appear on beach Queensland, Australia

July 7, 2017–Hundreds of animals killed due to wild fires in Pedrogao Grande, Portugal

July 7, 2017–Thousands of dead fish are found in the Paranoá Basin Paranoa, Brazil

July 10, 2017–Hundreds of camels dying in the desert of Qatar

July 10, 2017–Whales and more than 40 sea lions dead Lambayeque, Peru


Headline: Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 as outbreak spirals – ICRC

A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is thought to have infected 300,000 people in the past 10 weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says. The situation has continued to “spiral out of control”, with about 7,000 new cases every day, the ICRC warned. More than 1,700 associated deaths have been reported, according to the UN. Yemen’s health, water and sanitation systems are collapsing after two years of conflict between pro-government forces and the rebel Houthi movement. Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera. Most of those infected will have no or mild symptoms but, in severe cases, the disease can kill within hours if left untreated. On 24 June, the World Health Organisation declared that Yemen was facing “the worst cholera outbreak in the world”, with more than 200,000 suspected cases. In just over two weeks, another 100,000 people have been infected – an increase the ICRC’s Middle East regional director Roberto Mardini called “disturbing”.
July 10, 2017


Headline: Church of England Votes in Favor of ‘Marking’ Gender Transitions with Religious Ceremony

The General Synod of the Church of England has voted to ‘welcome transgender people’ by considering preparing a church service as a way to “mark a person’s gender transition”. The official church of the United Kingdom voted four to one in favour amongst the Clergy and more than two to one amongst the Laity (members who are not Clergy) at the four-day Synod, the motion reading: “That this Synod, recognising the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person’s gender transition.” Vicar of Lancaster Priory Church, Chris Newlands, posed the motion to the Synod, saying he would speak on behalf of transgender people as the church’s Synod has none. He said: “We need to be aware of the impact that our actions – be them welcome or rejection – have on the members of the trans community.
July 9, 2017


Headline: Feds hire researchers to merge brains, computers

The federal government has reached contract agreements with six entities, five research groups and a company for the Neural Engineering System Design program designed to merge human brains with computers, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. The Biological Technologies Office announced this week that the contracts – with Brown University, Columbia, the Seeing and Hearing Foundation, John B. Pierce Lab, Paradromics and Cal-Berkeley – focus on the next stage of a strategy to blend the human brain with hard drives and memory chips. Justin Sanchez, director of the Biological Technologies office for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said the organization has been pioneering “brain-machine interface technologies since the 1970s.” Since the 2000s, when doors started opening for new capabilities, the agency has “invested hundreds of millions of dollars transitioning ‘neuroscience’ into ‘neurotechnology’ with a series of cumulatively more advanced research programs that expand the frontiers of what is possible in this enormously difficult domain.”
July 11, 2017


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