Times of Israel staff and AP – September 28, 2016
The Hamas terror group urged Palestinians to hold a “Day of Rage” on Friday, coinciding with the state funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, which will be held in Jerusalem on that day.
The call is meant to mark the one-year anniversary of the beginning of a wave of terror attacks, including stabbings and car-rammings throughout the West Bank and in Jerusalem, that launched in September 2015.
Hamas’s call follows a Wednesday statement by the group’s spokesman in Gaza that expressed happiness at Peres’s death.
A spokesman for the group, Sami Abu Zuhri, told AP on Wednesday that “the Palestinian people are very happy at the passing of this criminal who caused their blood to shed.”
Daisy Luther – September 29, 2016
Hot on the heels of the Deutsche Bank debacle comes the next nail in Germany’s economic coffin.
Germany’s second largest bank, Commerzbank is planning to cut almost 10,000 jobs over and will stop paying dividends to shareholders. These actions will take place over the next 4 years.
When the news broke about Deutsche Bank collapsing, the German government said it will not assist the ailing bank – however, some have reported that the situation appears so dire that they may have softened.
According to Die Zeit, the German financial sector is in talks with the government to have a rescue plan in place to head off a total collapse of the bank. However, Deutsche Bank and the German Finance Ministry have denied that the government would be prepared to hold a 25% stake in the bank to prop it up.
“This report is false. The federal government is preparing no rescue plans. There is no reason for such speculation. The bank has said that clearly.” A member of the Finance Ministry said yesterday. (source)
Liam Deacon – September <>29,
UKIP’s leader in the London Assembly has slammed the city’s left-wing Mayor for pushing for a “destructive and divisive” separate immigration system for the capital after the UK leaves the EU and takes back control of its borders.
Sadiq Khan, London’s first Muslim Mayor, revealed Wednesday that he is “working on a model that will ensure we can carry on recruiting and attracting talent” with business leaders, the Chancellor, and the Brexit and Foreign Secretaries.
He has also been running a campaign called “London is Open” under the slogan: “London – everyone welcome”.
It is thought the Mayor wants a tailor made visa system to keep migration higher in London. He told Sky News that Tory minister “gets it” and that he will be meeting with the Prime Minister “soon” to push the plan.
Katie Mansfield – September 29, 2016
The boy has been arrested and charged with blasphemy after a photo of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam, appeared on his profile.
A Muslim man told police the image, which was part of an alleged derogatory post against Islam on the boy’s profile, was insulting and sacrilegious.
The black cube-shape is built around an ancient stone at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Locals reportedly claimed the image showed the Kaaba with a pig’s head on top.
Police did not release details of the contents of the post, other than it included a photo of the Kaaba.
It is unclear if the boy posted the image, was tagged in the post or liked the post.
Melissa Dykes – September 29, 2016
Here’s something you don’t see everyday… or ever. Well, health officials are claiming they’ve never seen it anyway.
Some 40 people including 30 students at Lake Forest Elementary in Orange County, California have broken out in massive, swollen, itchy “bites” (at least, they look like bites) all over their bodies with new cases coming in by the week.
School authorities claim that the bites aren’t from mosquitoes, chiggers, or mites. They’ve supposedly ruled bites out. The media is calling this a “rash-like skin irritation,” but those splotches definitely look like bites, not rashes.
So what’s biting the kids and staff at this elementary school? Vector Control has sprayed pesticides inside and outside of the entire school and they plan to do so again, but whatever is eating these people, it is clearly resistant to everything they’ve sprayed because the attacks keep coming.
Alison Daye – September 28, 2016
Police warned it could be an extended outage and told people to stay off the roads.
“Three transmission lines and nine towers have been taken down,” they said.
The storm prompted gusts of wind up to 87 km per hour (54 mph) and hailstones which rained down in parts of the state.
The hashtag #AdelaideStorm
soon gained momentum as residents turned to social media to share their experiences. People posted tweets which summed up the power outage in Adelaide.
RT – September 28, 2016
The US will provide about 600 more troops to Iraq to advise and provide logistical support to the Iraqi Army, Pentagon chief Ash Carter confirmed after a statement by Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi on the issue.
Carter confirmed earlier statements made by US and Iraqi officials. The soldiers will provide logistics and intelligence support for the Iraqi forces to help recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), he said.
Department of Defense spokesman Peter Cook told reporters earlier on Wednesday that the additional troops will not spearhead the attack. They are to be deployed in the coming weeks, according to officials.
RT – September 28, 2016
The US holds Russia responsible for the violence in Aleppo and is threatening to break off all cooperation with Moscow in Syria, the State Department said. Russia is asking the US to live up to its obligation to separate US-backed opposition from terrorists.
In a phone conversation with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday morning, the US Secretary of State John Kerry “expressed grave concern” over the “attacks on hospitals, the water supply network, and other civilian infrastructure in Aleppo” by the Russian and Syrian forces, State Department spokesman John Kirby said.
“The Secretary made clear the United States and its partners hold Russia responsible for this situation, including the use of incendiary and bunker buster bombs in an urban environment, a drastic escalation that puts civilians at great risk,” Kirby added.
The Russian foreign minister pointed out that a number of anti-government groups described by Washington as “moderates” refused to follow the ceasefire arranged by Russia and the US on September 9, instead choosing to side with Jabhat Al-Nusra and attack the Syrian Army alongside this Al-Qaeda branch.
RT – September 28, 2016
Europe’s biggest lender Deutsche Bank has lost more than half of its value since January, posing a threat to the stability of other banks across the continent. Some analysts are worried it could invoke a large-scale crisis, bigger than in 2008.
After a massive sell-off on Monday, Deutsche Bank’s market value shrank to €14.5 billion. In dollar terms it is only $2 billion more than the $14 billion penalty the bank faces from the United States Department of Justice over its mortgage-backed securities business before the 2008 global crisis.
Deutsche’s problems have raised questions about the health of other big European lenders. The share price of the Royal Bank of Scotland has plunged 13 percent and Italy’s UniCredit is down 12 percent this month. The Bloomberg Europe 500 Banks and Financial Services Index is down 4.2 percent for September. This is the worst result since June, when the Brexit referendum heavily hit the markets.
The problems of Deutsche Bank are putting the German government in a difficult dilemma, as it must decide whether to save the bank, whose assets are valued at about €1.8 trillion, half the size of the German economy.
ELLI WOHLGELERNTER – September 28, 2016
Of the longest-serving of all of Israel’s public servants, it was often rightly said: The story of Shimon Peres is the history of the State of Israel.
Peres, former president, former prime minister, for – mer defense minister, for – mer foreign minister, former head of eight other minis- tries and the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize winner, was the last surviving member of the state’s founding fathers.
A lifetime searching for peace with Israel’s Arab neighbors was rewarded on December 10, 1994, when Peres – along with then- prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat – received a Nobel Peace Prize. The award recognized their work as the architects of the 1993 inter – im peace deal known as the Oslo I Accord – a pact that, to Peres’s dismay, never hard- ened into a lasting treaty.