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Headline:       Minister: Part of response to Jerusalem terror needs to be massive building in capital

Israel should build massively in Jerusalem as part of its answer to the type of terrorism that struck the capital again on Sunday morning, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said before Sunday’s cabinet meeting. Ariel’s comments to reporters before the weekly cabinet session came within an hour of news of the Jerusalem shooting attacks. Part of the answer to these attacks, he said, beyond the security component, “is massive building and removing from the heart of our enemies the idea that we will ever move from a united Jerusalem. That will minimize the potential for attacks in Jerusalem.” Bayit Yehudi MK Mordechai Yogev called for the cabinet to immediately permit construction, for the IDF to enter Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and to destroy Hamas. “Every attack requires a Zionist response of authorizing new building plans in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria,” Yogev said. “This must be accompanied by public diplomacy telling the world that the land belongs to the people of Israel who desire life, and not to terrorists who sanctify death.”
Oct. 9, 2016

Headline:  Kerry said to tell PM that US hasn’t decided yet on UN resolution

US Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend that the Obama administration has not yet made a decision on whether to back a UN Security Council resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the November presidential elections. Support for or promotion of such a resolution would mark a drastic change in policy for the US, which has consistently vetoed and/or threatened to veto any UN resolutions deemed unfavorable to Israel. In a phone conversation on Saturday night, Netanyahu told Kerry he expects that the US will not support any diplomatic measures at the UN that are carried out without Israel’s consent, Haaretz newspaper reported. The prime minister also reiterated statements he made in a speech to the UN General Assembly last month, in which he said “peace will not come from statements and resolutions at the United Nations.” But while Kerry listened to Netanyahu’s request, he told the prime minister that no decision on supporting future resolutions had yet been made, the report said. Speaking at the UN in September a day before his final official meeting with Obama, Netanyahu sought to sow opposition to a change in US policy, praising Obama for using his veto for such resolutions in the past. The phone conversation between Kerry and Netanayahu came amid a tussle between Israel and the US following Israeli approval last week of construction of new settlement housing units for the homeowners of the illegal outpost of Amona ahead of its court-ordered evacuation. The plan calls for two phases of construction, with a further 200 units to be approved after a first round of 98 homes is completed.
Oct. 10, 2016


Headline:      Jerusalem Attack: Two Killed, Six Wounded in Drive-by Shooting at Light Rail Stop

Headline:  Danon to UN: Why don’t you ask PA to condemn terror attack?

An East Jerusalem resident shot and killed a 60-year-old woman and a 30-year-old police officer on Sunday near the National Headquarters of the Israel Police in Jerusalem on Sunday. The drive-by shootings spanned three sites. In addition, three victims were moderately wounded, while a further three were lightly wounded by shrapnel or suffered from shock. Police eventualy shot the assailant, identified as a 39-year-old resident of the Silwan neighborhood, at nearby Sheikh Jarrah. He succumbed to his wounds shortly thereafter. Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, penned a letter to the UN Security Council, calling upon that body to demand the Palestinian Authority condemn the murder of Yosef Kirma and Levana Malichi in Jerusalem on Sunday. In his letter, Danon noted the numerous expressions of joy and celebrations by Arabs in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria following the terror attack. He also included photographs documenting the celebrations. In some cases, Arab residents were seen handing out candy and waving pictures of the terrorist. Danon argued that the Security Council must “demand that the Palestinian Authority immediately halt the incitement [against Israel] and strongly condemn the murders in Jerusalem.”
Oct. 9, 2016

Headline:     Top Hamas Official: We Must Further Enhance Ties With Iran; Palestinian ‘Resistance’ Ready to Enter Real Battle With Israel

A top Hamas official called for the bolstering of his group’s ties with Iran and issued a threat to Israel, in an interview with the Islamic Republic’s semi-official state news agency Fars on Monday. Mahmoud al-Zahar — a co-founder of the Islamic fundamentalist terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip — said, “Relations with Iran are acceptable but they should further enhance and develop [and]…if the regime (Israel) is after a new war against the region, (it should know that) the Palestinian resistance, more than what they imagine, is ready to enter a real battle.” Last month, as reported by The Algemeiner, Mohammad Majedi — a high-ranking Iranian diplomatic official stationed in Beirut — told Hamas’ envoy to Lebanon Ali Baraka that Tehran would continue to support “the Palestinian nation, the resistance groups and Palestine’s Intifada against Israel’s occupation.” And Baraka, for his part, declared that Hamas was determined to maintain good ties with Iran.
Oct. 10, 2016


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Headline:     Missiles Fired From Rebel-Held Yemen Land Near US Destroyer

Two missiles fired from rebel-held territory in Yemen landed near an American destroyer in the Red Sea, the U.S. Navy said Monday, the second such launch targeting ships in the crucial international waterway in recent days.The missile launches Sunday came as a ballistic missile fired from Yemen apparently targeted a Saudi air base near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the deepest strike yet into the kingdom by Shiite rebels and their allies. The rebels fired another two missiles into the Saudi Jizan region along the border on Monday, wounding two foreigners who worked there, the local civil defense said in a statement.Yemen’s Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies offered no reason for the launches, though they came after a Saudi-led airstrike targeting a funeral in Yemen’s capital killed over 140 people and wounded 525 on Saturday. In a statement, the Navy said no American sailors were wounded and no damage was caused to the USS Mason, an Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyer whose home port is Norfolk, Virginia. Lt. Ian McConnaughey, a spokesman for U.S. Navy Forces Central Command, said that it’s unclear if the USS Mason was specifically targeted, though the missiles were fired in its direction over an hour’s time, starting at around 7 p.m.
Oct. 10, 2016


Headline:  Allies Saudi Arabia, Egypt in rare public spat over Syria

Close allies and Arab powerhouses Egypt and Saudi Arabia are having their first public spat since Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office two years ago, a quarrel over Syria that points to a wider, but mostly muted, divergence in the handling by Cairo and Riyadh of regional issues. The two countries have gone to great lengths to shield their differences from the public eye, often emphasizing their closes ties and cooperation. But Egypt’s vote in favor of separate Russian and French draft resolutions on Syria at the UN Security Council over the weekend has apparently angered the Saudis. Egypt’s UN Ambassador Amr Aboulatta, the Arab representative on the council, defended his support for both drafts, saying his country backed all efforts to stop the suffering of the Syrians. Russia vetoed the French resolution demanding an immediate halt of the bombing by Russia and the Syrian government of rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo.
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Syria Headline:       Russia vetoes U.N. demand for end to bombing of Syria’s Aleppo

Russia vetoed a French-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s city of Aleppo, while a rival Russian draft text failed to get a minimum nine votes in favor. Moscow’s text was effectively the French draft with Russian amendments. It removed the demand for an end to air strikes on Aleppo and put the focus back on a failed Sept. 9 U.S./Russia ceasefire deal, which was annexed to the draft. British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin: “Thanks to your actions today, Syrians will continue to lose their lives in Aleppo and beyond to Russian and Syrian bombing. Please stop now.” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russian war planes and Iranian support, have been battling to capture eastern Aleppo, the rebel-held half of Syria’s largest city, where more than 250,000 civilians are trapped. “Russia has become one of the chief purveyors of terror in Aleppo, using tactics more commonly associated with thugs than governments,” U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations David Pressman told the council.
Oct. 8, 2016

Syria Headline:    Russia to create permanent naval base in Syria

Russia intends to establish a permanent naval base on the site of an existing facility it leases at the Syrian port of Tartus, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said on Monday, Russian news agencies reported. Pankov’s statement is the latest sign that Moscow wants to expand its military footprint in Syria where it has been helping President Bashar al-Assad fight rebels since 2015. Moscow last week deployed S-300 surface-to air missiles to Tartus. “We will have a permanent naval base at Tartus,” Pankov told Russian senators. “The necessary documents are already prepared and are in the process of being approved by different agencies. We hope we can ask you to ratify these documents soon.” Senator Igor Morozov told the RIA news agency that the decision would allow Russia to operate more ships in the Mediterranean as they would have an enhanced facility at which they could refuel and resupply. “By doing this Russia is not only increasing its military potential in Syria but in the entire Middle East and in the Mediterranean region as a whole,” said Morozov. Russia already has a permanent air base at Hmeymim in Syria’s Latakia province from which it launches air strikes against anti-Assad rebels.
Oct. 10, 2016


Syria Headline:  Syrian Forces Push Through Rebel-Held Eastern Aleppo

Syrian government forces continued their offensive on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, after the U.N. Security Council failed to pass a resolution Saturday on a truce to end the deadly bombing of the city. Regime forces and their allies were advancing street by street in the eastern sector of Aleppo, which had been out of government control since 2012, the British-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that regime forces took control of the Jandul crossroads in the northeast of the city. The Observatory said 290 civilians have died in artillery bombardment of eastern districts and 50 civilians have died in rebel bombardment of regime-controlled western districts in the past two weeks. The Damascus daily newspaper Al-Watan, which is close to the government, said the latest advance is aiming to clear the way for “a crucial and decisive land offensive.”
Oct. 9, 2016

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Iraq Headline:          D-day looms for Mosul battle but questions remain

More than two years after the fall of Mosul to the Islamic State, the battle to liberate Iraq’s second-largest city appears imminent. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in September that he expected the military offensive in Mosul to begin in October, al­though in later pronouncements he said he would decide at “the last minute” when to give the go-ahead. British Defense Secretary Mi­chael Fallon said the operation to liberate Mosul would begin “within weeks” and French De­fense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, “There will soon be the main attack.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the military of­fensive would begin Oct. 19. Iraqi officials said they expected the liberation to be swift and un­complicated. Observers, however, said they fear complications during and af­ter the liberation of Mosul. Reports from Mosul indicate that IS has tightened its grip on the ci­vilian population it is holding hos­tage in the city and is not expected to leave without bloodshed, boo­by traps and “tunnels of fire.”
Oct. 10, 2016

Kurdish Headline:  18 People Killed in Car Bomb Attack in Southeastern Turkey

Ten Turkish soldiers and eight civilians were killed Sunday when suspected Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb outside a military checkpoint in Hakkari province in southeast Turkey. Another 26 people, 10 soldiers and 16 civilians, were injured. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim blamed the Kurdistan Workers’ Party for the suicide attack that detonated five tons of explosives. “Unfortunately in Semdinli, in Hakkari [province], we have martyrs as a result of a suicide bombing attack by the vile terrorist organization,” he said, referring to the PKK, Kurdistan Workers’ Party. “We have citizens from the civilian population who have lost their lives.As of now, 10 of our soldiers have been martyred and and eight civilians.” The mid-morning attack occurred when a small truck approached the vehicle checkpoint and ignored an order to stop, prompting troops to open fire, authorities said. The explosion left a crater 15 meters wide and 7 meters deep.
Oct. 9, 2016


Headline:    Russia-Turkey thaw? Putin, Erdogan sign gas pipeline deal

Headline:  Putin opens Russian market to Turkish ‘partners’

Headline:     Russians and Saudis Pledge Joint Effort to Limit Oil Production

Turkey and Russia on Monday signed a deal to build a gas pipeline from Russia as the two countries pressed ahead with efforts to normalize ties. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched as their countries’ energy ministers sealed an intergovernmental agreement for the “Turkish Stream” project that would bring gas from Russia to Turkey. It would then be distributed to European Union nations. The project, which had previously been suspended amid tensions between the two countries, was signed on the sidelines of the World Energy Congress. In other steps aimed at restoring ties, Putin announced that Russia had agreed to a natural gas discount to Turkey and would resume importing fruit, vegetables and other agricultural goods from the country. The two countries would intensify defense contacts and also look into cooperation in space technologies. Russia is building Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, and Erdogan said the sides agreed to accelerate the project. “I am convinced that the process of normalization of our ties will continue rapidly,” Erdogan told reporters during a joint news conference. “Our relations will (improve) in many fields, be it in defense industry, political, economic, trade, tourism or culture.” “We will make up for lost time in the coming days,” Erdogan said.
Oct. 10, 2016


Helmand province

Headline:     Afghan Taliban launch large-scale attack on Helmand; suicide blast kills 14

Headline:     Thousands flee pitched battles in Afghanistan’s Kunduz

A suicide car bombing killed 14 people, including 10 Afghan police officers, as the Taliban launched a large-scale attack Monday on the capital in southern Helmand province, the heartland of the insurgency. Since the beginning of this year’s fighting season, the Taliban have expanded their footprint across most of the province and have been at the gates of the city of Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital, for weeks. According to Haji Marjan, police chief of Nad Ali district who has been deployed to the city, the explosion happened around 11.30 a.m., after the Taliban earlier targeted police checkpoints across Lashkar Gah. Marjan said at least 10 police officers, including his brother, and four civilians died in the bombing in the Mukhtar area of police district 2. He warned the death toll was likely to rise as it was unclear how many people remain unaccounted for after the explosion. A doctor at the city’s international emergency hospital said 14 bodies were brought to the clinic. Speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media, the physician said 15 wounded were also brought in, including 14 victims of the car bombing and one person who suffered gunshot wounds. |
Oct. 10, 2016


Headline:        Ethiopia declares state of emergency amid protests

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency following months of anti-government protests by members of the country’s two largest ethnic groups. The Oromo and the Amhara make up about 60% of the population. They complain power is held by a tiny Tigrean elite. Violence has intensified since last Sunday when at least 55 people were killed in clashes between police and protesters at an Oromo festival. Hundreds have died in months of protests, human rights groups say. Tens of thousands have also been detained, they say. Declaring the state of emergency, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in a televised address: “We put our citizens’ safety first. Besides, we want to put an end to the damage that is being carried out against infrastructure projects, education institutions, health centres, administration and justice buildings.” The state of emergency will last for six months.
Oct. 9, 2016



Headline:  South Sudan says rebels kill 21 civilians in ambush

Rebels attacked trucks carrying civilians in South Sudan, killing 21 people, the government said, as violence between rival forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former vice president risks dragging the country back into civil war. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a statement on Monday it had received reports of horrific violence being perpetrated against civilians in Central Equatorial State and urged both rebel and government commanders to control their forces. The government said on Monday 21 civilians were killed, some burned to death, and about 20 wounded when rebel gunmen ambushed their vehicles on a road connecting Yei town, in Central Equatorial State, to the capital Juba on Saturday. Jacob Lem Chan, a local government official, said four trucks were ambushed and victims were burned and shot at. “These are SPLA-IO force … who laid the ambush,” Chan said, referring to former vice president Riek Machar’s rebel movement. “We have confirmed 21 dead, and about 20 casualties were admitted in the hospital,” Chan said, adding one truck was burnt with victims inside.
Oct. 10, 2016


Headline:  Libyan forces push into last ISIS area in Sirte

Libyan pro-government forces are advancing into the last area controlled by ISIS in the coastal city of Sirte, surrounding the militants after a five-month campaign backed by US air strikes, military officials say. At least eight pro-government fighters were killed over the weekend as their forces pushed into the 600 block, an area in central Sirte, with snipers and boobytraps posing the main obstacles to their advance, the officials said. A Reuters reporter on the ground said forces advanced across two streets on Sunday, but were facing resistance and discovering explosive devices in many buildings. The advance is being led by the Bonyan Marsous forces, mainly fighters from the city of Misrata, who are supporting a United Nations-backed unity government in Tripoli that is trying to bring together rival factions. “The forces of Bonyan Marsous made some advances and completely trapped the 600 block area in Sirte,” Misrata forces media official Ali Almabrouk said. Mohamed Ghasri, a spokesman for pro-government forces, said two female militants had escaped with their three children and surrendered. They told Misrata forces they did not want to be used in suicide attacks, Ghasri said. The fall of a major city to one of the country’s most powerful factions is rekindling tensions with rival brigades in the east, led by Khalifa Haftar, who has rejected the authority of the UN-backed government in Tripoli. In a major advance, Haftar has taken control of eastern oil ports and his troops have advanced close to Sirte. Many in the west of Libya believe Haftar is planning to establish himself as a military strongman like Gaddafi. His backers in the east see him as the only one who has fought for their interests, especially against Islamist militants.
Oct. 10, 2016


Headline:  Islamists beat liberals in Morocco elections

Headline:  Islamist Benkirane tasked to form new Morocco government

The Islamist party which has headed Morocco’s coalition government since Arab Spring-inspired protests five years ago has beaten liberal rivals in parliamentary elections, results showed Saturday. Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 125 seats out of 395, the interior ministry said after all ballots were counted. Its main rival, the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), which had campaigned against the “Islamisation” of Moroccan society, won 102 seats, the ministry said. Istiqlal, the party which historically fought for independence from France, came third with 45 seats. In any case, the real power will remain in the hands of King Mohammed VI, the scion of a monarchy that has ruled the North African country for 350 years. Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said that the election was “transparent” and had gone well, rejecting accusations of voter fraud from both sides.
Oct. 10, 2016








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Headline:     ‘Hell broke out:’ South African police, students clash

One of South Africa’s top universities descended into violence on Monday, with police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon at stone-throwing students who are locked in a bitter national dispute with administrators and the government over demonstrators’ demands for free education. Stun grenades boomed and gunshots crackled as police cleared protesters at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the most prominent site of a student movement that recently shut other universities and prompted official warnings that badly needed medics, engineers and other skilled workers might not be able to graduate this year.
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Headline:   US troops in Kuwait came under ‘terrorist’ attack: embassy

A collision between a truck driven by an Egyptian and a vehicle carrying three US soldiers in Kuwait was a “terrorist attack,” not an accident as first thought, the embassy confirmed Sunday. “US Embassy in Kuwait confirms that what at first appeared to be a routine traffic accident involving three deployed US military personnel… was in fact an attempted terrorist attack,” the mission said in a statement posted on its website. The statement said the attack took place on Thursday and that the US soldiers escaped unhurt. The soldiers also rescued the Egyptian driver when his truck caught fire, it said. The Kuwaiti interior ministry said on Saturday that authorities arrested the Egyptian driver and found with him a hand-written note in which he had pledged allegiance to the Daesh terrorist group.
Oct. 9, 2016

Headline:     Kashmir unrest prompts India’s biggest crackdown in decades

Headline:  Indian Troops Battle Suspected Rebels in Kashmir

Anxious to quell anti-India protests in Kashmir, Indian forces are carrying out their most severe crackdown in more than two decades against civilian protesters, arresting more than 8,000 this summer across the disputed Himalayan territory, police said Monday. That includes 450 or so civilians being held, possibly for up to six months without trial, under a harsh security law criticized as a human-rights violation. India has said the separatist rebels – and civilians who help them – are undermining the country’s territorial integrity and forcing authorities to keep the India-controlled portion of Kashmir under tight control. “This is, so far, the biggest crackdown against miscreants,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to share details of the crackdown.
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Headline:  Nine police officers killed in attacks in Myanmar

Nine police officers were killed and four wounded when a group of 90 assailants raided a police station and others attacked a border control post in western Myanmar, near the border with Bangladesh. State officials said they believed the assailants were members of the Muslim minority in the state of Rakhine, where the attacks took place Sunday. There are more than 1 million members of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic group living in the state. Most have been denied citizenship in Myanmar, formerly Burma, and Myanmar has refused to recognize them as an ethnic group, insisting they are ethnic Bengalis. The attacks began early Sunday morning when the group of 90 men stormed the police station in Maungdow Township, killing six police officers, wounding two others, and seizing a large number of weapons. One police officer was killed and two wounded in a second attack, taking place at the same time, on a police border patrol camp in Rathidaung Township. Two more police officers were killed and one missing after a third attack a couple of hours later in Buthidaung Township. Seven of the attackers were reportedly killed in that attack.
Oct. 10, 2016


Headline:      Russia deploys nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad

Russia has deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in its western-most region, Kaliningrad, which borders on Nato members Poland and Lithuania. Poland said the development was of the “highest concern”, adding it was monitoring the situation. Russia’s defence ministry said the new deployment was part of military exercises and had happened before. The US and Nato have seen disagreements with Russia intensify in recent times, particularly over Syria and Ukraine. Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. The Iskander system has a range of up to 700km (440 miles) and could reach the German capital, Berlin. Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz called Russia’s activities “very alarming”. And a US intelligence official told Reuters the move could be to express displeasure at Nato. Nato is boosting its eastern flank by deploying four battalions in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia next year.
Oct. 9, 2016

Headline:     Report: Japan to deploy enhanced patrol boats to deter Chinese vessels

Japan is implementing stricter measures against Chinese fishing boats that may enter Japanese territorial waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands. Tokyo plans to deploy nine patrol vessels from November to 2018, and to quadruple existing manpower and equipment for monitoring, Japanese television network NHK reported Monday. According to the Japanese coast guard, the number of Chinese boats in violation of maritime law has increased. The coast guard said in 2015 it counted 99 boats in Japan-claimed waters. In 2016, that number increased to 135 boats that were occupying 70 percent of total fishing areas.
Oct. 10, 2016







Headline: Nearly 7 in 10 Americans have less than $1,000 in savings

The U.S. is often referred to as the land of economic opportunity. Apparently, it’s also the land of consumption and “spend everything you’ve got.” We don’t have to look far for confirmation that Americans are generally poor savers. Every month the St. Louis Federal Reserve releases data on personal household savings rates. In July 2016, the personal savings rate was just 5.7%. Comparatively, personal savings rates in the U.S. 50 years ago were double where they are today, and nearly all developed countries have a higher personal savings rate than the United States. In other words, Americans are saving less of their income than they should be — the recommendation is to save between 10% and 15% of your annual income — and they’re being forced to do more with less in terms of investing. However, new data emerged this week from personal-finance news website GoBankingRates that shows just how dire Americans’ savings habits really are. Last year, GoBankingRates surveyed more than 5,000 Americans only to uncover that 62% of them had less than $1,000 in savings. Last month GoBankingRates again posed the question to Americans of how much they had in their savings account, only this time it asked 7,052 people. The result? Nearly seven in 10 Americans (69%) had less than $1,000 in their savings account.
Oct. 9, 2016

Headline:  China must wean itself off debt addiction if it is to avoid financial calamity, warns IMF chief

China is edging towards “financial calamity” and must wean itself off its debt addiction and reform if it is to avoid a crisis, the International Monetary Fund has warned. Markus Rodlauer, deputy director of the IMF’s Asia-Pacific department, said the world’s second largest economy was approaching a tipping point where its rapidly growing financial sector and surge in shadow credit could undermine the state’s ability to contain the fallout from a crash. “The level of financial and corporate debt and the complexity of the financial system and rapid growth in shadow banking is on an unsustainable path,” he said. “While still manageable in its size given the size of the public assets under public control, the trend is dangerous and if it’s not corrected it will lead to a correction. “The longer it lasts … the more serious the disturbance and the disruption might be. [The reaction could range] from a mild growth slowdown, to a sharp slowdown in growth to potentially a financial crisis.” Data show credit and financial sector leverage in China has continued to rise much faster than economic growth. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook said debt in China was rising at a “dangerous pace”, while its Financial Stability Report showed small Chinese banks were heavily exposed to shadow credit as a share of capital buffers, with exposure reaching nearly 600pc at some banks.
Oct. 9, 2016


Headline:  Bees placed on endangered species list — a first in the US 10-1

In a first for bees in the nation, seven bee species native to Hawaii are now protected under the Endangered Species Act. The US Fish and Wildlife Service said it added the yellow-faced bee species to the federal list of endangered species Friday night after years of research concluded they are under threat. The rule is effective October 31. Bees pollinate plants producing fruit, nuts and vegetables, and are crucial for the nation’s food industry. They have declined sharply in recent years due to various factors, including habitat loss, pesticides, wildfires and loss of genetic diversity. “Native pollinators in the US provide essential pollination services to agriculture which are valued at more than $9 billion annually,” said Eric Lee-Mäder, pollinator program co-director at the Xerces Society, which was involved in petitions calling for the protection of the bee species. During pollination, insects, birds and bats transfer pollen between plants, which allows them to make seeds and reproduce. Listing the bees allows authorities to provide recovery programs and get funding for protection.
Oct. 1, 2016

Headline:  Believe it or not, the bees are doing just fine

You’ve probably heard the bad news by now that bees were recently added to the endangered species list for the first time. But if you’re part of the 60 percent of people who share stories without actually reading them, you might have missed an important detail: namely, that the newly endangered bees are a handful of relatively obscure species who live only in Hawaii. The bees you’re more familiar with — the ones that buzz around your yard dipping into flowers, making honey, pollinating crops and generally keeping the world’s food supply from collapsing? Those bees are doing just fine, according to data released by the USDA this year. In 2015, there were 2.66 million commercial honey-producing bee colonies in the United States. That’s down slightly from the 2.74 million colonies in 2014, which represented a two-decade high. The number of commercial bee colonies is still significantly higher than it was in 2006, when colony collapse disorder — the mass die-offs that began afflicting U.S. honeybee colonies — was first documented.
Oct. 10, 2016

noteYou’ll notice that there are 2 seemingly contradictory stories above.  The first you read scares you, then you read the 2nd and feel better because – well after all- it IS only Hawaii. That’s ok.  That is exactly what the Post story is meant to do. Make you feel better (notice they began by talking about the 60% who don’t read the story & you instantly feel guilty?).

It’s meant to distract you.  To make you stop worrying about bees dying and in turn NOT worry about food disappearing.  Most of us day to day only think about food (the having and getting) in terms of money, not bees (see today’s story in Economy).  So what is the big deal?

Well ANY bee dying is noteworthy.  God created them ALL for a specific purpose and we understand- food or not- bees are essential to the planet.  Any ‘peace’ about this event should come from God alone, not the Post.  It IS a problem (see ETRM bee archive).  We can face it because God has told us in Zephaniah this would happen, so Christians are more prepared.  God has this- He knows.  The entire point being: search for peace no longer on this earth.  The only true peace comes from Yeshua.


Headline:        Arkansas Investigates Mumps Outbreak With More Than 400 Possible Cases

The Arkansas Department of Health is investigating a mumps outbreak that may have infected hundreds of people. A total of 427 suspected cases of mumps are being investigated in the state, with the majority of them children, the department reported on Friday. More than 30 schools in the state have reported one or more student contracting the mumps virus. The health department is requiring any student with a MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine exemption to stay home for at least 26 days if they were exposed to the mumps virus. If students get the MMR vaccine, they will be able to return to school immediately.
Oct. 10, 2016









Headline:  Young couples are holding ‘vasectomy parties’ to celebrate the start of a childless family, and ask guests to name their CAR instead

Call it a sign of the times. More couples these days want to avoid parenthood and embrace life without children. So some are marking the start of their childless families with ‘vasectomy parties.’ One couple posted a Reddit bulletin announcing that they were inviting friends to revel in the fun of being sterilized. The invitation calls on attendees to live it up in ‘a house filled with sharp furniture and exposed outlets,’ the Sun reported. Instead of the traditional baby shower, couples also invite friends to ‘car showers’ where guests help them name their new car. They also play board games like The Price Is Right, where they talk about what they can buy now that they’ve saved money by not having kids. ‘Absolutely brilliant!,’ one Reddit user replied. ‘Made me LOL, especially the wording on the invitation, the clever cake, and the advent calendar! Congratulations, by the way and have a happy childfree life!’ ‘All a baby shower is a party to celebrate that you had sex,’ wrote another user. ‘That a sperm managed to hit a fertile egg. A vasectomy shower is a party to celebrate soon to be sex.’ The trend has become so pronounced that one couple posted a blog that they proudly named ‘’ ‘After six years of having looked forward to becoming a caring and all-out stimulating and dynamic mother at some indeterminate point in the near future, I suddenly realised that this wasn’t the only possible narrative for my life,’ one woman known as Stefani posted on the blog. ‘I had swallowed the motherhood mandate hook, line, and sinker and I had never given myself the space and time to question whether I really, really want children.’ ‘Our society is all about celebrating traditional milestones,’ Amy Blackstone, one of the blog’s authors, told the New York Post. ‘You graduate, you get married, you have a child. But that’s a very narrow path and isn’t indicative of many people’s experiences.’ ‘So why not decide to celebrate your choice to not have a child?’
Oct. 10, 2016


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Headline:       Hurricane Matthew Leaves Trail of Devastation With at Least 26 Dead Across 5 Southern States

Headline:     Haiti death toll tops 1,000 in Hurricane Matthew’s devastating wake

Hurricane Matthew brutalized the Southeast coast for four days before weakening and veering out over the Atlantic Ocean Sunday, leaving a trail of devastation with at least 26 dead, over 1 million homes and businesses without power today and billions of dollars in damage. Matthew wreaked havoc in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia before it was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone Sunday as it headed east over the Atlantic. The death toll spans all five states: at least 10 people were killed in North Carolina, eight people including a 9-year-old boy died in Florida, four died in Georgia, three were killed in South Carolina and one died in Virginia. The storm brought winds of up to 100 mph, as much as 15 inches of rain and powerful storm surges of up to 9 feet to some areas.
Oct. 10, 2016

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