Hundreds pack DC hall to discuss podcast exploring Harry Potter as a sacred text “I considered myself a non-spiritual person,” he said. He thought he was done with religion. And then he stumbled on the podcast “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.” The podcast told him that the Harry Potter series — the books that he always turned to for solace when he was angry or stressed or in need of an escape — could be a source of spiritual sustenance. “I feel like I’m born again,” he said. Netanyahu Orders Manual Inspections as Poll Says He Capitulated on Temple Mount Every individual entering the Temple Mount will be examined individually by a police officer using a hand-held metal detector, according to an agreement late Tuesday night between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan. The decision was reached following a Monday night cabinet decision to remove the metal detectors from the same area. UN Middle East Envoy Warns of Risk a Religious War May Ignite in Jerusalem Nickolay Mladenov warned the United Nations Security Council in prepared remarks on Tuesday (July 25) that the risk is rising that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is spiraling into a religious conflict. Muslim cleric: Protest to go on despite Israeli concession A senior Muslim official in Jerusalem said Wednesday that worshippers would not return to a contested shrine until Israel removes the new railings and cameras it installed after a deadly attack there, prolonging a crisis that Israel hoped it had resolved by making concessions at the site. 48 dead as heavy monsoon rains lash western India In Rajasthan, home to a number of popular tourist destinations, the streets of at least four districts have been turned into virtual rivers trapping tens of thousands of people on the upper stories of residential buildings. Rescue workers are scrambling to rescue thousands of others whose homes have been flooded or destroyed. Experts hunt for biblical tabernacle that housed the Ark of the Covenant The recent excavation, which ran from May 21 to June 17, unearthed a huge amount of animal bones, which Stripling believes may be related to animal sacrifices at the sacred site. “We excavated through a tremendous amount of bone,” Stripling explained. “You have 350 years of sacrifices – where do all of those bones go?” Days of Ottoman Empire Are Over, Israel Warns Erdogan After Incendiary Temple Mount Talk “The days of the Ottoman Empire have passed,” the ministry said. “Jerusalem was, is and will always be the capital of the Jewish people. In stark contrast to the past, the government in Jerusalem is committed to security, liberty, freedom of worship and respect for the rights of all minorities. Those who live in glass palaces should be wary of casting stones.” Hebron Jews Retake Contested Building Near Patriarchs’ Cave in Protest of Shabbat Massacre Dozens of Hebron residents took over the Hebron building known as Beit Hamachpela late Tuesday afternoon, in what they said was a response to the massacre of three members of the Salomon family in the Samarian community of Neve Tzuf (Halamish) on Friday. Some 15 families are believed to have entered the three-storey building near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, which settlers say they purchased from private Palestinian owners. Vatican conference aims to build momentum for nuclear disarmament Nuclear disarmament will be the focus of a Vatican conference this Nov. 10-11, following recent progress toward international bans on nuclear weapons. Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi told CNA that “the Holy See is working to create a public opinion convinced that the world is safer without nuclear weapons, rather than with them.” Strong earthquake Southeast of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan Magnitude : 5.9 Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, earthquake-Report.com does not expect any serious damage from this earthquake. Feds arrest IT staffer for Wasserman Schultz trying to leave country A House IT staffer at the center of a congressional computer equipment scandal has been arrested by federal officials and charged with bank fraud, Fox News has learned. Fox News is told officers and agents from the U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and Customs and Border Protection were involved in the arrest of Imran Awan at Dulles International Airport. Top EU court decides Hamas to remain on terror group list The European Union’s top court ruled on Wednesday that Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas should remain on the EU terrorism blacklist, referring the case back to a lower court. Judges at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) overruled the General Court’s view of 2014 that the 28-nation bloc had insufficient evidence to maintain asset freezes and travel bans on Hamas. Evidence of Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem unearthed in City of David Less than one week before Tisha B’Av, the Israel Antiquities Authority presented further evidence of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, unearthed during excavations at the Jerusalem Walls National Park in the City of David. During the excavations…structures dating more than 2,600 years ago were unearthed after being delicately extricated from collapsed layers of stone, the IAA said Wednesday. Palestinian-Israeli contact to stay frozen, says Abbas Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he will maintain a freeze on contact with Israel, despite the removal of metal detectors at a sensitive religious site in East Jerusalem. The installation led to deadly clashes and uproar from Palestinians who saw it as an Israeli attempt to assert control over the site. Israel said it was necessary to prevent weapons being smuggled in. Ancient humans had sex with non humans New research shows that ancient humans had sex with non human species. According to a study conducted by Omer Gokcumen…ancient humans had intercourse with a “ghost species” of “proto human”…Gokcumen found “wildly different” genes in DNA of humans living in Sub-Saharan Africa. ISIS establishes a new beachhead: the 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…The Islamic State…views the drawn-out battle as a major win…bringing greater attention to the Philippines and Southeast Asia as a new beachhead for extremists. Beijing is speeding up underwater drone tests in the South China Sea China is testing large-scale deployment of underwater drones in the South China Sea with real-time data transmission technology, a breakthrough that could help reveal and track the location of foreign submarines. A government research vessel dropped a dozen underwater gliders at an unspecified location in the South China Sea earlier this month, Xinhua reported on Saturday. China’s army looks like it’s getting ready for something big to go down in North Korea China’s military has been increasing the strength and number of its forces along its 880-mile border with North Korea as Pyongyang’s military provocations cause the US and its allies to think long and hard about military action against the rogue regime. Boehner Bashes GOP – Will Never Repeal & Replace Obamacare, “It’s Been Around Too Long” “…they’re never… going to repeal and replace Obamacare…It’s been around too long. And the American people have gotten accustomed to it… and quit tweeting… House Overwhelmingly Passes Veto-Proof Russia Sanctions Deal Setting up a showdown not between the US and Russia but between Washington and the EU which has emerged as the most vocal opponent of ongoing, unilateral anti-Russian escalation by the US, moments ago the U.S. House passed bipartisan legislation codifying and imposing further sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, and preventing the president from acting unilaterally to remove certain sanctions on Russia. Study: 8,471 Cases of Double Voting Uncovered in 21 States As the debate over President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission intensifies, a new study has found 8,471 instances of double voting during the 2016 elections occurring in 21 states. Stunner! Iran’s Basij monitors Christians in West! It’s a surprise to no one that Iran’s radical Islamists monitor Christians and others inside their borders. But now a worldwide Christian ministry, which reaches out to those who are being persecuted, warns of signs that such spying continues even as those members of the faith move to the West. Tennessee Jails Offer Inmates Shorter Sentences In Exchange For Sterilization Of course, this isn’t a news headline from 1933 out of East Berlin, Germany either. Tennessee inmates can receive upwards of 30 days cut from their jail sentences if they agree to get a vasectomy or insert a contraceptive device into their body. White County in rural Tennessee decided to start the program and it has faced backlash ever since. “Loyal” Venezuelan Soldiers Get Their Government-Sponsored ‘Rewards’… …with tampons, toilet paper, and toothpaste.