05 Jan 16
In 2016, Francis may be a pope in search of a partner
– When a strong pope with a clear social agenda intersects with a world
leader who shares the same basic outlook, and one who’s willing to put
elbow grease behind it, sometimes history can change.
One option would be Vladimir Putin, recently crowned by Forbes as the
most powerful person in the world….  
Iran-Saudi sectarian proxy wars set to explode, Israeli experts say
Shi’ite-Sunni conflict is boiling,” former senior Mossad official and
PMO adviser tells Post. Gulf Sunni states, with the exception of
independent- minded Oman, are expected to publicly back the Saudis,
while Shi’ite-dominated Iraq and allied Syria back Iran.  
Trump vows to disassemble Obama’s executive orders
Trump told a national television audience he would disassemble many of
President Obama’s executive orders, including his looming ones on gun
control, in his first hours in the White House, if elected.  
Space cadet Hillary pledges Area 51 task force
Clinton has no interest in talking about the Benghazi terror-attack
cover-up, but she vows to investigate UFOs. The Democrat front-runner
told the Conway Daily Sun during a campaign stop in New Hampshire that
she believes aliens may have already reached Earth.  
S.China Sea tensions surge as China lands plane on artificial island
increasing military presence in the disputed sea could effectively lead
to a Beijing-controlled air defence zone, they said, ratcheting up
tensions with other claimants and with the United States in one of the
world’s most volatile areas.  
New Saudi-Iran crisis threatens wider escalation
the heart of the new crisis is Saudi Arabia’s growing willingness to
confront Iran and its allies militarily since King Salman took power a
year ago, say diplomats, choosing with his son, Deputy Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman, to abandon years of backroom politics.  
Canadian PM: We won’t bomb ISIS even if attacked
said that he sees no reason to change this new policy towards ISIS and
the threat of Islamic terror, even if a terror attack similar to the one
in Paris were carried out on Canadian soil.  
New dimension of crime’: Crowd of ‘Arab origin’ blamed for mass sexual assaults in Cologne on NYE
Year celebrations in the German city of Cologne descended into chaos
with a series of sexual assaults, including a rape. The attackers were
described by witnesses to police as an crowd of intoxicated men of “Arab
or North African” origin. The mass attack on women “in the middle of
the city” around Cologne Central Station on New Year’s Eve was “an
intolerable situation,” Chief of Police Wolfgang Albers told reporters.  
broad hole has opened up in the sun’s atmosphere, and it is spewing
solar wind toward Earth. This is called a “coronal hole.”  
Saudi Arabia May Fall Victim to Oil Price War It Started
Arabia has been flooding the market with cheap oil to drive competitors
out of business, but now it is getting more and more difficult. “The
next casualty in Saudi Arabia’s oil price war might be its own economy,”
the article in WP read.  
Arab world takes sides as crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran escalates
allies of Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran on Monday in a show of
solidarity with Riyadh, after Iranian protesters raided the Saudi
Embassy in Tehran over the weekend. Each Gulf government characterized
the decision as a reaction to aggressive Iranian foreign policy. But
Iran accused Saudi Arabia of using the riot as an “excuse” to act on its
sectarian inclinations.  
End of Europe: Merkel is Doing Good Job at ‘Destroying Her Own Continent’
Chancellor Angela Merkel is working to gradually destroy the EU and
European civilization from within, French lawyer Gabriel Robin wrote for
Boulevard Voltaire. As Merkel continues to push her migration policy,
allowing the large number of North African and Middle Eastern refugees
to enter the EU, dissatisfaction within Europe’s largest countries and
Germany itself is also rising.  
Report: Russia sees high probability of chemical weapons use by ISIS in Syria
sees a high probability that Islamic State is using chemical weapons in
Syria, RIA news agency reported on Tuesday, citing Mikhail Ulyanov, the
head of the Russian foreign ministry department for non-proliferation
and arms control.  
The Delusional Self-Importance of the Liberal Media
They tend to view themselves as sacrosanct and above scrutiny.
Perhaps this attitude sprang from the British and, later, American tradition that the press is the Fourth Estate.  
Doctors can report some mentally ill patients to FBI under new gun control rule
on its promise to deliver “common sense” gun control, the Obama
administration on Monday finalized a rule that enables health care
providers to report the names of mentally ill patients to an FBI
firearms background check system.

The action was one of a series of steps that President Barack Obama had
called for in January 2013 in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings
to curb gun violence…  

Hezbollah bomb attack targets Israeli border patrol
bomb attack on an Israeli army vehicle close to the Lebanon border has
drawn a response from Israel, which shelled Lebanese territory.

The militant Hezbollah movement said it had detonated a large explosive
device beside armoured vehicles patrolling the disputed Shebaa Farms

Lebanese media said the retaliatory shellfire hit the village of

Iran-Saudi Arabia row: Kuwait recalls ambassador from Tehran
has announced it is recalling its ambassador to Iran as a regional row
over the execution of a Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia deepens.

Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran was ransacked and set alight on
Saturday, after it executed Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and
46 others.

Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties with Iran in response, followed
on Monday by its allies Bahrain and Sudan.  

Chinese shares extend losses in volatile trading session
Chinese shares extended losses in a volatile session, following
Monday’s suspension of trading which led to a global equities sell-off.

The Shanghai Composite fell 0.3% to close at 3,287.71 points…Hong
Kong’s Hang Seng index also fluctuated through the day, and ended 0.7%
lower at 21,188.72.

Trading in Shanghai was suspended early on Monday under a new rule
designed to limit dramatic falls in markets.  

Allies follow Saudis in cutting ties with Iran amid tensions
of Saudi Arabia followed the kingdom’s lead Monday and scaled back
diplomatic ties to Iran after the ransacking of Saudi diplomatic
missions in the Islamic Republic, violence sparked by the Saudi
execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.  
Saudi Arabia-Iran row spreads to other nations
fallout of Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shiite cleric is spreading
beyond a spat between the Saudis and Iranians, as other Middle East
nations chose sides Monday and world powers Russia and China weighed in.
Obama Executive Order May Require Those Selling Even a Single Firearm to Become Licensed Dealers
Obama administration announced during a conference call with reporters
Monday evening that the president’s upcoming executive order may require
somebody selling even a single firearm to obtain a Federal Firearms
2015: The Year of the Gun
FBI processed a record number of firearms-related background checks
last year, indicating that more guns were sold in 2015 than in any
previous year in American history.  
Khamenei says US faces ‘punch in mouth’ in Iran polls
supreme leader said Monday the United States was seeking to influence
next month’s elections in the Islamic republic but said such efforts
would receive a “punch in the mouth”.  
04 Jan 16
BREMMER: ‘Saudi Arabia is in serious trouble, and they know it’
Shi’ite Muslim in front of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in New Delhi burned a
picture of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Monday during a protest
against the execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr, who was executed along
with others in Saudi Arabia.  
Putin signs bill allowing reciprocal impounding of foreign nations’ property
Vladimir Putin has signed amendments to a bill that restricts foreign
states’ right not to observe certain Russian legal procedures if these
states themselves introduce measures restricting Russia’s legal
Plans For a New Ultra-Postmodern ‘Colossus of Rhodes’ Are Brewing
Colossus of Rhodes, a thirty-metre high sculpture depicting the Greek
Titan God Helios that once stood guard at the entrance to the city’s
harbour, may be realised once again.  
ISIS Receives a Blow in Sinai as Egypt Attacks Terror Stronghold with Airstrikes
Egyptian air force launched a series of airstrikes on Saturday that
killed up to 60 ISIS militants who had been operating from bases in
northern Sinai, local media reported. Apache helicopters belonging to
the Egyptian air force targeted structures belonging to an
ISIS-affiliated terror group which has been attacking Egyptian soldiers
and civilians for the past two years.  
Aliens may have visited: Shock Hillary Clinton claim as she vows to open ‘UFO cover up’
PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Hillary Clinton has vowed to disclose all the US
Government knows about unidentified flying objects and aliens if she
makes it into the White House. Clinton claimed she would “get to the
bottom” once and for all of questions and controversy over what the US
Government does or does not know about the mysterious subject.  
Islamic State battles to seize control of key Libyan oil depot
State militants in Libya have begun a battle to seize the country’s
largest oil depot, it was claimed on Monday. The terror group, which
already controls Colonel Gaddafi’s home city of Sirte on the
Mediterranean, was said to be in engaged in fierce clashes with armed
guards protecting the Sidra oil port, 130 miles further east.  
China fears regional conflict as Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran
said on Monday it was concerned about the prospect of an
intensification of conflict in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia
severed diplomatic relations with rival regional power Iran.  

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