Rebecca Ballhaus – July 29, 2917
President Donald Trump on Saturday signaled his chagrin at what he described as China’s inaction on North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic-missile ambitions.
“I am very disappointed in China. Our foolish past leaders have allowed them to make hundreds of billions of dollars a year in trade, yet they do NOTHING for us with North Korea, just talk,” Mr. Trump wrote in a pair of posts on his Twitter account. “We will no longer allow this to continue. China could easily solve this problem!”
On Friday, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile that experts said put the continental U.S. in range of a strike, illustrating rapid advancements in technology and intensifying Pyongyang’s standoff with Washington.
Following the launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged world leaders to tighten United Nations sanctions on North Korea and singled out Russia and China for not doing enough to contain Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
Claire Bernish – July 30, 2017
After nervous customers panicked and drained their accounts, ultimately causing the collapse of Spanish bank, Banco Popular, equally jittery European Union officials are debating the merits of freezing access — preventing anyone from withdrawing any money — at the first sign of a bank run.
Proponents claim measures to halt a rush of withdrawals would prevent the downfall of floundering financial institutions at their most vulnerable point — in hopes of staving off a catastrophe at least as harrowing as that of 2008 — while detractors admonish the move might have precisely the opposite effect, with investors rushing to yank funds at the slightest indication of trouble.
“The desire is to prevent a bank run, so that when a bank is in a critical situation it is not pushed over the edge,” ‘a person familiar with German government’s thinking’ told Reuters.
DW – July 30, 2017
President Vladimir Putin has ordered the expulsion of 755 US diplomats from Russia, amid rising tensions. The two sides are at odds over Russia’s alleged meddling in the last US election, and its incursions into Ukraine.
President Putin warned on Sunday that bilateral relations with Washington appeared to be headed for a prolonged period of gridlock. He confirmed the exact number of US diplomats who must leave Russia under measures undertaken in retaliation for new sanctions passed by the US Congress.
“More than a thousand people were working and are still working” at the US embassy and consulates, Putin said in an interview with Rossiya-24 television. “Seven hundred and fifty-five people must stop their activities in Russia.” In addition to the embassy in Moscow, there are three consulates in Russia with Americans and Russians working in the diplomatic offices.
The US State Department called the decision “a regrettable and uncalled for act.” An official told Reuters: “We are assessing the impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it.”
Physics-Astronomy – July 26, 2017
There is going to be a meteor shower on 12th of August, 2017. According to astronomers this will be the brightest shower in the recorded human history. It will light up the night sky and some of these might even be visible during the day. This meteor shower is being considered as once in a lifetime opportunity as the next meteor shower of such kind will be after 96 years.
The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. The shower tends to peak around August 9-13.
The best time to view the Perseids, and most other meteor showers, is when the sky is the darkest. Most astronomers suggest that depending on the Moon’s phase, the best time to view meteor showers is right before dawn.
The Perseids can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Look between the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky, and the zenith (the point in the sky directly above you).
Christian News – July 27, 2017
HYDERABAD, India (Morning Star News) – Berating and slapping a pastor for reading the Bible instead of Hindu texts, police in Uttar Pradesh state, India last month detained six Christians under “unlawful assembly” laws for worshiping together, sources said.
After traveling from Etah village to a church in nearby Pujaripurvah, the six Christians were detained for nine days before they were granted bail by Bahriach District’s Second Class Judicial Magistrate Court on July 5.
Police on June 25 arrived at the worship service in Pujaripurvah village and confiscated Bibles, hymn books and devotionals. Station House Officer (SHO) Aravind Kumar of Nanpara demanded that Pastor Asha Ram Sahni hand over literature he suspected was used to convert people, the church leader said.
When Pastor Sahni showed him copies of the New Testament and gospel tracts, Kumar said, “Not this ‘thing,’ give us the material with which you do conversions.”
MARAWI, Philippines — At a crowded center for refugees fleeing the fighting that has ravaged this city, Merlinda Obedencio never lets her most valuable possession out of sight: a blue cellphone.
It is the only link she has to her husband and three of their six children being held by Islamic State-linked extremists.
Obedencio’s husband, Raul, and their children were captured by the local Maute extremist group during a siege that started May 23 and has left almost 600 dead.
Almost 400,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in Marawi, a city on the southern island of Mindanao, according to the Philippine military. And like Obedencio, most face an uncertain future in a region turned upside down by extremist violence.
DW – July 29, 2017
Turning Australia into a republic – a debate that goes back decades – has been reopened by the Labor opposition. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants the issue delayed until the end of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
Labor Party leader Bill Shorten, in a pre-delivery text of a speech due Saturday night, said he would offer Australians a vote on whether to become a republic if his center-left party won the next election scheduled for 2019.
Turnbull, who led Australia’s Republican Movement before he entered Parliament, visited the 91-year-old queen in London earlier this month. At that time, the premier said he was a “very strong Elizabethan,” and would wait until her reign ended.
In 1975, the issue of whether to drop the monarch as ceremonial head of state and become a republic, came to a head when the then-governor general, Sir John Kerr, sacked Shorten’s Labor predecessor Gough Whitlam as prime minister.
Bob Unruh – July 27, 2017
The tragedy of the Charlie Gard case in the United Kingdom continued on Thursday, with a judge making the final ruling that the 11-month-old suffering from a terminal illness will be moved to a hospice for his last days.
The decision came after a hospital – and the courts all the way up to the European Court of Human Rights – decided Charlie would be better off dead.
His parents gave up their court fight to move him to America for an experimental treatment this week when they were told that the time used by the hospital’s court fight – many months – consumed all of the time during which the treatment might have helped their son.
Now a team of experts on parental rights, and related child rights, is asking President Trump to get the United States out of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.
That, officials with the Home School Legal Defense Association warn, could be used – and already is being used elsewhere – to allow the government to take over decisions that parents should be making.
Tim Brown – July 29, 2017
I put the term “law” in quotes in the title as the murder, dismemberment and often beheading of the most innocent among us is never lawful, and when the lawless, like those who work at Planned Parenthood scoff at pretended law, it should surprise no one.
In the latest undercover video expose from the Center for Medical Progress, you can hear these people engage in open conversation about their lawlessness and complete disregard not only for God’s law, but also for the pretended law of men.
Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, sat down with CMP’s undercover investigator and began to explain how they do things in order to get around the law men have imposed with regard to murdering babies.
She discussed how Planned Parenthood engages in late-term “dismemberment” and partial birth abortions in order to harvest the babies body parts.
Lee Shearer – July 27, 2017
A plague that’s wiping out bats in Georgia and many other states shows little sign of abating.
White-nose syndrome has dramatically reduced bat populations since it was first detected in New York about a decade ago, possibly introduced from Europe by cavers.
Since then it has spread north, west and south — killing bats in Canada and other parts of the United States. It showed up in Washington in 2016 and Texas in 2017, and has also spread to Alabama, Mississippi, Nebraska, Minnesota and other parts of the South and Midwest.
It’s named white-nose for the white fungus that shows up on the muzzles and skin of infected bats.