A toxic smog cloud has engulfed London and Paris amid warnings of high pollution levels in the two capitals effecting millions of people. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan issued warnings for the first time at bus stops, Tube stations and roadsides in the capital because of what he described as “high pollution levels”. Meanwhile in Paris, a potentially more dangerous smog cloud has engulfed the city for two days.
The death toll from wildfires across the US state of Tennessee has risen to 11 as search and rescue continues. The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have suffered the worst damage. On Thursday, country music legend Dolly Parton said her charity would donate $1,000 (£797) a month to families affected by the fires.
Europol has warned that militants from so-called Islamic State (IS) will aim to step up attacks on European targets, as they face defeat in the Middle East. The European police force says more foreign fighters will try to come back to Europe, and “several dozen” capable of attacks could already be there. Their tactics could include car bombs, kidnappings and extortion, it said.
At least 200,000 conservative Muslims have gathered for Friday prayers and to protest against Jakarta’s governor, at a rally in the Indonesian capital. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as “Ahok”, is accused of insulting Islam during election campaigning. On Wednesday, Indonesian prosecutors confirmed his case could go to trial. Mr Purnama is Christian and ethnic Chinese – a double-minority in Muslim-majority Indonesia…
Heavy flooding was seen throughout Israel Friday due to intense rainfall since Thursday afternoon. Crews on Mount Hermon reported snowfall on Israel’s northern peak. At least 10 people had to be rescued from extreme rains which poured off hills in the Galilee and Golan Heights.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the US Senate’s vote to extend sanctions against the Islamic Republic for 10 years violated a historic nuclear deal… “The extension of sanctions by the US congress is a violation of the deal. We will report it to Iran’s committee, assigned for monitoring the implementation of the deal,” according to a statement by Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi…
The Catholic Church reported a meteoric uptick in the number of demonic possessions its priests are encountering. To tackle the surge, the Vatican is offering what they call “a week-long course on how to perform exorcisms, expounding on the nature of angels and demons,” News Target reported. The course has attracted over 1,000 students and claims to educate them on the difference between genuine demonic possession and psychological disorder.
Let’s be clear, placing ads on pro Trump site is not conducive with Kellogg’s corporate image, but buying palm oil from a slave plantation that works 8 year old children is.
French President François Hollande said on Thursday he would not seek re-election next year, bowing to historically low approval ratings after a troubled term in power.
If the Democrats didn’t have chutzpah, they wouldn’t have anything at all. President Obama gave an interview to Rolling Stone magazine and lamented the impact he believes so-called “fake news” had on the presidential election.
Since November 8th, the mainstream media and the social media giants of Silicon Valley have launched an all-out crusade against so-called “fake news” sources (of which we’re apparently one). Twitter has gone so far as to purge dozens of “alt-right” accounts and just yesterday Reddit CEO, Steve Huffman, announced that he too would ban the “most toxic” Trump supporters who had the audacity to call him names after he abused his administrative privileges to alter other people text threads.
North Korea warned of “tougher countermeasures for self-defence” after the UN Security Council unanimously imposed its strongest-ever sanctions on Pyongyang.
chemists at the University of Bristol, who have found a way to convert thousands of tonnes of seemingly worthless nuclear waste into man-made diamond batteries that can generate a small electric current for longer than the entire history of human civilization.
“Americans watching the news of the murders of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are observing a civil war unfold within our borders. A war between rule of law and anarchy-seeking hate,” Sheriff Clarke wrote for The Hill.
Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend and associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton, said Wednesday that he thinks Hillary is finished with politics, the Washington Post reported. McAuliffe said that Clinton’s loss to President-elect Donald Trump has been especially tough for the Clintons.
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted six resolutions on “Palestinian and Middle East issues,” ranging from Jerusalem to the United Nations special information program on the question of Palestine.
Russia is ready to cooperate with Donald Trump Administration, hopes to join efforts with the United States in the fight against international terrorism, in particular in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
BuzzFeed is trying to take down one of television’s most famous couples because they are Christians who attend a church that believes gay marriage is sinful.
First Brexit, then Trump, and now it seems like the Western Revolt could sweep through the halls of power in Austria, Italy, France and Germany by this time next year. Yet the elites are still reloading and firing the same pistol, hoping that this bullet this time will stop the approaching threat.
Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria does not target any country or individual, and is aimed only at terrorist groups, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He had earlier stated that Turkey was in Syria to “end the rule of the cruel Assad.”
The new law more than doubles the required number of a religion’s followers for it to qualify for state subsidies and run its own schools. At least 50,000 members, against the previous 20,000, has now been set as a threshold for gaining official status as a religion.
Obama will almost certainly not pressure Israel to advance a peace process with the Palestinians during his final weeks in office, a new report claims. AP reported that it had obtained information from “US officials” that Obama had no intention of shaking Israel up with a new peace plan before he steps down.
A woman in the UK is thought to have been infected with the Zika virus through sexual transmission, health officials have said. Public Health England (PHE) said that one case of “likely sexual transmission” of Zika virus infection has been reported in the UK.
Several Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus Tuesday refused to denounce Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison’s call for a black state. One congressman stated, “I don’t see anything really objectionable.”
An influential Saudi prince, the billionaire investor Alwaleed bin Talal, has called on his country to lift its ban on women driving cars. He said it was a matter of economic necessity as well as women’s rights to lift restrictions. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive, and women’s rights activists have been arrested for defying the ban.
US executive Martin Shkreli became a symbol of greed when he raised the price of a tablet of Daraprim from $13.50 (£11) to $750. Now, Sydney school students have recreated the drug’s key ingredient for just $20. Daraprim is an anti-parasitic drug used by malaria and Aids patients.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey accused Israel of restricting Muslim worship while calling on all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem. Erdogan made the call to Muslims on Tuesday during public remarks at the Symposium of Jerusalem Platform in Istanbul. A Turkish government document sent to JTA summarized his remarks.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is the leading enemy challenging Israel’s existence, said Yuval Steinitz, the National Infrastructure, Energy and Water minister, on Thursday. In an interview with Israel Radio, Steinitz said that Abbas and the Palestinian Authority seek the destruction of Israel.
India’s demonetization campaign is not going as expected. Overnight, banks played down expectations of a dramatic improvement in currency availability, raising the prospect of queues lengthening as salaries get paid and people look to withdraw money from their accounts the Economic Times reported.
Italians vote Sunday on a series of sweeping reforms, the outcome of which could determine the future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s rule – but also serve as a gauge for the rising populist movement throughout Europe.