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  1. Deadly car bomb hits Shiite mosque in Yemen capital (yahoo, July 8, 2015)

    “A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding five, in a fresh attack on Shiite rebels claimed by the Islamic State group.

    Meanwhile, a Saudi-led coalition bombarded cities and towns in southern Yemen, as the targeted rebels accused it of killing 124 people on Monday in one of the deadliest days of its air war.

    Tuesday’s bloodshed came two days after UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Sanaa bidding to secure a humanitarian truce in a conflict estimated to have killed 3,000 people, mostly civilians.

    The car bomb, at the Al-Raoudh mosque in southeast Sanaa, went off as worshippers were leaving after evening prayers, witnesses and a security official said.

    A medical source said at least one person was killed and five more wounded….”

      • The meltdown has begun but it will take time before it becomes a world wide crisis, China is in bad trouble and is scarier then Greece because a weak China with massive internal trouble may decide to attack one of the neighboring nations it has been threatening for the last few decades. If/when this happens the US will be expect to do something and Obama has reduced our military to the smallest it has been since 1940 and I think the Navy is smaller then it has been since around WWI.

        • The US had a treaty obligation to protect Crimea and did exactly nothing. So anyone with expectations of the US living up to its guarantees had better look into alternatives immediately.

          • I know, how the US will react will depend on who is President, if it is Obama or Hillary or someone like them we will do nothing. If it is a true conservative we will go to their aid but if it is a moderate Republican it is a toss up on what we will do.

  2. Saudi royal visits US warship amid regional tensions

    A US aircraft carrier in the Gulf hosted one of Saudi Arabia’s most powerful figures, official media said on Wednesday, as regional concerns mount over alleged interference by Iran.

    Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also defence minister, boarded the USS Theodore Roosevelt which is operating in Gulf waters, the Saudi Press Agency said.

    “The visit comes in response to an invitation by the US Department of Defense,” it said, adding that Salman was briefed on the carrier’s weapons and operations.

    The ship is operating in the area of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which is based in Saudi Arabia’s neighbour Bahrain.

    Salman’s visit comes as Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states worry that Washington, their traditional defence partner in the region, is not taking seriously enough their concerns about what they consider Shiite Iran’s “destabilising acts” in the Middle East.

    Those concerns have grown as the United States, France, Britain, China, Germany and Russia try to finalise with Tehran an agreement to prevent it from getting a nuclear weapon.

    Gulf states are worried that Iran could still be able to develop an atomic bomb under the emerging deal to end 12 years of nuclear tensions.

    Saudi Arabia has been deepening ties with France and other major powers beyond its traditional US ally, while also adopting a more assertive foreign policy of its own.

    A Saudi-led Arab coalition in March began bombing Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen.

    The United States has been assisting the coalition with aerial refuelling and intelligence.

  3. TURKEY -12 Detained ISIL militants released by court

    A group of 12 individuals who have ties to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and who were detained while entering Turkey from Syria have been released by a court, despite the fact that officials knew of the individuals’ connection to the militant group, one of the detainees told a daily on Tuesday.

    The group was detained on June 26 at the Çobanbey border outpost in Kilis province and has since been released by the Kilis Criminal Court of Peace.

    C.A., one of the 12 released by the Kilis court, spoke to the BirGün daily on Tuesday and said that they had fought in the ranks of ISIL for nine months.

    C.A. also said he and others in the group, which included three women and five children, were interrogated by a prosecutor and officials from the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) after their detention at the border.

    According to C.A., although he repeatedly denied that he had joined ISIL’s ranks during his initial questioning, the prosecutor and the other officials interrogating him already knew of their link to ISIL.

    C.A also said that the prosecutor had referred him to the Kilis court for arrest for having ties with ISIL.

    The fact that they were apprehended by soldiers in the Elbeyli district of Kilis reportedly surprised C.A., as he said he has crossed the border going in and out of Turkey freely over the past nine months.

    In the meanwhile, two of seven suspected members of the ISIL arrested after police raids at separate locations on last Wednesday believed to belong to the militant group have turned out to be members of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), according to a local media report.

    Police counterterrorism teams raided 22 locations in the western provinces of Izmir and Manisa and the eastern province of Erzurum as part the operation.

    Seven individuals detained during the raids in Izmir are believed to have fought in ISIL’s ranks in Syria in an assault on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani last autumn before returning to Turkey, according to 9 Eylül, a local newspaper in ?zmir.

    Police teams found two pistols, five hunting rifles, ISIL flags and several documents indicating possible links between the suspects and ISIL during searches in Buca and Menemen, both districts of ?zmir province.

    The detainees were arrested by a court after being questioned by the ?zmir Police Department Counterterrorism Unit. Arrestees F.S. and E.Ç. were found to be members of the AK Party’s Menemen branch, according to the 9 Eylül report.

  4. Iraqi court sentences 24 people to death over Camp Speicher massacre

    An Iraqi court has sentenced 24 people to death over the killing of hundreds of soldiers at a former US military base near Tikrit during an offensive by Islamic State militants, an official says.

    As many as 1,700 mainly Shiite soldiers were killed at Camp Speicher when the hardline Sunni Islamist militants swept through northern Iraq last summer.

    Video footage of the soldiers being gunned down in their hundreds, posted online by jihadists, came to symbolise Islamic State brutality and may represent the deadliest single act of violence during a decade of periodic sectarian war in Iraq.

    “Today the Iraqi central criminal court issued a death sentence against 24 people convicted of the Speicher massacre, based on article 4 of the terrorism law,” said Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, spokesman for Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council.

    He said all those who were tried and sentenced were Iraqi nationals.

    Another 604 suspects wanted in connection with the killings remain at large, he said.

    Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militia fighters recaptured Tikrit from Islamic State three months ago, allowing the start of exhumation at the site of 12 suspected mass graves thought to contain the bodies of the slain soldiers.

  5. FLORIDA – Local talk show host says man stalked, threatened to kill her

    Authorities said a New York man was arrested and charged with stalking and threatening to kill a central Florida talk show host.

    The victim, Kietta Gamble, is the host of a local talk show called “Real Talk with Kietta.” Deputies said the suspect, Alvin Hart, was caught in her neighborhood.

    Gamble told investigators that Hart has been contacting her repeatedly over the last five years.

    “Any way to get to me, he does,” Gamble said. “It’s a nonstop cycle of harassment and it’s so overwhelming.”
    According to court records, at one point, Hart said he was going to come to Orlando and cut Gamble’s head off “in the name of Allah.”

    “He told me that Allah told him I’d be more of a benefit with him than on Earth and that he was going to sacrifice me,” Gamble said.
    The suspect is accused of coming to central Florida from New York and showing up at Gamble’s gated community.

    “He came beating on my door with all of his luggage, all of his belongings, saying that he is my husband and that he’s coming home,” Gamble said.

    Hart allegedly told Gamble he came to town to “finish his sacrifice.” On his Facebook page, he shared photos and YouTube videos of Gamble.

    Deputies said they found Hart outside Gamble’s home. He was charged with aggravated stalking with a credible threat.

    “I’m looking over my shoulder, not knowing where he’s going to be,” Gamble said.

    Hart claimed to investigators that someone stole his identity and whoever did was contacting Gamble. He’s being held on a $4,000 bond.

  6. BREITBART – Convicted Felon Leads Obama-Backed Effort to Lobby for Iran Deal

    A convicted felon who went to federal prison in 2006-7 is leading a White-House backed effort to lobby Congress to pass whatever nuclear deal emerges from ongoing talks with Iran in Vienna. Robert Creamer, who served time for fraud and tax charges, and who is married to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), is coordinating pro-Iran efforts through the liberal Ploughshares group, which held a conference call with President Barack Obama’s aides earlier this week, as reported by Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon.

    Kredo obtained an audio recording of the call. “Progressive leaders on the call told participants to prepare for a ‘real war’ and repeatedly declared that “the other side will go crazy” in the coming days,” he reported.

    White House officials stressed “the importance of this to the president,” and Creamer told activists they should be “blitzing the hell out of the Hill,” particularly Democrats. His wife, self-styled “pro-Israel” Rep. Schakowsky, reportedly shouted her encouragement during the call.

    Creamer rose to public attention in 2009, when Breitbart News revealed that he had written the political blueprint for passing Obamacare while serving time in federal prison. Anticipating the election of a “progressive” president in 2008, Creamer had advised a campaign for “universal health care” that would serve as the first of several radical policy changes aimed at transforming America and the world. Creamer, a community organizing guru in Chicago, had advised the Obama campaign upon leaving prison.

    Writing in Israel Hayom, Richard Baehr notes that Creamer and fellow activists aim to reduce the Iran deal to political terms: “This is to be all about party loyalty, ?and supporting the president and his agenda, because this is very ?important to him,” Baehr notes. “In time, after the critics make their case, the deal ?will likely be sold as a choice between war and peace…”.

    Given that the emerging deal favors Iran, Baehr adds, the left-wing activists backed by the White House are effectively lobbying for the regime.

  7. First cousin marriages in Pakistani communities leading to ‘appalling’ disabilities among children (telegraph, July 7, 2015)

    “Couples who are getting married should be forced to have a DNA test first to ensure they are not cousins amid growing concern about incest within Pakistani communities, Britain’s first Asian peer has claimed.

    Baroness Flather, a former Tory who now sits as a cross-bencher, said in the House of Lords that it is “absolutely appalling” that first cousin marriages in Pakistani communities are leading to “so much disability among children”.

    She said: “There are a lot of first-cousin marriages in certain communities, particularly among Pakistanis who come from the Pakistani Kashmir area. We know so much about DNA now, but there is so much disability among the children, which is absolutely appalling.

    “You go to any such family and there will be four or five children, at least one or two of whom will have some disability. That is absolutely unacceptable, and if we cannot do anything about it, is it fair to the children?”

    Baroness Flather, a former barrister who was born in the Pakistani city of Lahore when it was part of India, said: “Never mind the parents — it is not fair to the children that they should be allowed to become disabled because of a social practice. It is a social practice which does not belong in today’s age, when we know so much about DNA. There should at least be some rule which says that you must have a DNA examination before your marriage can be registered.”

    First-cousin marriages, which are are legal in the UK, are practised within Britain’s Pakistani community, as well as among some Arab and African families. Medical data previously suggested that while British Pakistanis were responsible for 3 per cent of all births, they accounted for 30 per cent of British children born with a genetic illness.

    The noble Baroness Flather also raised concerns about Sharia law, under which women struggle to get a divorce.

    She said: “I know I am probably talking about Muslims, but we now have this business of sharia marriages. It is appalling that the man can get a divorce by just asking for it, while a woman may have to wait years, and may still not get it. She can get a British divorce, but not a sharia divorce.

    Noble Lords may ask, “Why does that matter?”, and I asked that of those women. They replied, “It means that we can’t go to Pakistan”.

    “If they go there, the husband can come and take the children away, no matter what age they are. In any case, the husband can take the children from a sharia marriage when they are seven. All marriages should be automatically registered in this country. It is not fair to the women that some British women — they are British women when they come here — are treated in a different and unacceptable way from others.””

    • The two purposes for raising the minimum wage are to increase the wages of the unions so they have more money to give to the liberals, and to drive jobs overseas so more people will become dependent on the government and vote for the liberals.

  8. Outrage after Turkish politician excuses attack on ‘slitty-eyed’ tourists

    A Turkish opposition leader sparked fury Wednesday by saying a mistaken attack on Korean tourists by anti-Chinese protesters was understandable, given that both peoples have “slitty eyes.”

    The comments by Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chief Devlet Bahceli were particularly sensitive at a time when his party is seen as a possible partner for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in a government coalition after June 7 elections.

    Over the last week, hundreds of Turkish nationalists across the country have protested China’s alleged restrictions on Muslim Uighurs worshiping and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

    On Saturday Turkish nationalists shouting “Allahu Akbar” mistakenly attacked a group of South Korean tourists in the heart of Istanbul’s old city, believing they were Chinese.

    “These are young people. Some can mislead these young people and they may follow them,” Bahceli said in an interview with Hurriyet newspaper published on Wednesday.

    “What is the difference between a Korean and a Chinese anyway? They both have slitty eyes. Does it make any difference?” he said.

    “Our young people are very sensitive about the oppression taking place in China. They (protesters) should be able to exercise their democratic rights.”

    Bahceli’s comments sparked outrage on Twitter, with some users accusing him of racism and inciting hatred.

    “Is it OK to beat someone as long as they have slitty eyes? Is that so Mr Bahceli?” one Twitter user with the handle @Karsitaraf34 wrote.

    A predominantly Muslim country, Turkey shares linguistic and religious links with the Uighur community, which has several associations here.

    Riot police stepped in Saturday to rescue the tourists from the attackers, members of the far-right Grey Wolves movement, affiliated with MHP.

    A popular Chinese restaurant in Istanbul was attacked last week and had its windows smashed by a group protesters who did not realize it was Turkish-owned and that its chef was an ethnic Uighur.

    Turkey last week summoned the Chinese ambassador to convey its “deep concerns” over the alleged restrictions.

    Beijing in turn denied the allegations, demanded that Turkey clarify its statements and warned its residents traveling in Turkey to be careful of anti-China protests.

    Bahceli also suggested that those attacking the Asians could be “heavy metal fans” as the hand gesture commonly used by the Grey Wolves movement is very similar to the heavy metal gesture.
    ISTANBUL Group protesting Uighur Turks’ extradition to China attacks Thailand consulate in Istanbul

    A group of protesters attacked Thailand consulate located in Istanbul’s Sisli district late on Wednesday to denounce Thailand’s decision to extradite Uighur Turks to China.

    The group gathered in front of the consulate to make a press statement around 11.00 p.m. local time but after the statement the protest turned violent as the crowd broke into the consulate building, smashed the windows and lowered the country’s flag.

    A number of security forces have been deployed to the area and dispersed the group.

    The Uighur ethnic group, which constitutes around 45 percent of the population of Xinjiang, a Chinese autonomous region, has accused China of carrying out repressive policies that restrain their religious, commercial and cultural activities.

    Some Uighurs have been forced to seek shelter in other countries by the pressures they face in China. Turkey had previously expressed its stance on hosting Uighur asylum seekers when they officially requested Thailand to send Uighur refugees to Turkey and not back to China, where they could possibly face death upon return.

  9. Cyber-Security Expert As N. Korea Takes Credit For NYSE Attack: “It’s Just Not Feasible” This Is “A Day Full Of Coincidences, This Is A Major Attack”

    ITEM: The New York City subway system suffered an atrocious commute today, with some trains being inexplicably stranded in stations for long periods of time.

    ITEM: The website “The Dissolve” folded today.

    ITEM: United Airlines was forced to ground all of its flights after its computer system mysteriously stopped working.

    ITEM: The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading today after its computerized trading system mysteriously stopped working.

    ITEM: Immediately after, the Wall Street Journal’s website mysteriously stopped working.

    ITEM: More than 2,500 people in Washington, DC mysteriously lost power.

  10. KEILAR: “–Facing a subpoena, deleted e-mails from them?”

    CLINTON: “You know, you’re starting with so many assumptions — I’ve never had a subpoena, there’s nothing — again, let’s take a deep breath here, everything I did was permitted by law and regulation, I had one device, when I mailed anybody in the government, it would go into the government system. Now, I didn’t have to turn over anything. I chose to turn over 55,000 pages because I wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me. Because I knew the vast majority of everything that was official already was in the state Department system. And now I think it’s kind of fun, people get a real time behind the scenes look at what I was e-mailing about, and what I was communicating about.”
    KEILAR: “Warm socks as you said — Working a fax machine.”
    CLINTON: “Yes, different than the regular — So, yes, this is being blown up with no basis in law or in fact. That’s fine, I get it, this is being in effect used by the Republicans in the Congress. Okay, but I want people to understand what the truth is. And the truth is, everything I did was permitted. And I went above and beyond what anybody could have expected in making sure that if the State Department didn’t capture something, I made a real effort to get it to them. And I had no obligation to do any of that. So let’s set the record straight. And those 55,000 pages will be released over the course of this year, people can again make their own judgment.”

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