Friday, March 16, 2018


1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect,(ISRAEL) in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

4 For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

ISAIAH 65:9,22
9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect (ISRAEL) shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect (ISRAEL) shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

9  Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel,(IN PALESTINE) and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more;(ISRAEL-NEVER DESTROYED-FOREVER AN EARTHLY NATION) neither shall the children of wickedness(ISHMAEL-ARAB/MUSLIMS-WORLD ISRAEL HATERS) waste them any more, as at the beginning,(ARAB/MUSLIMS ATTACK ISRAEL ON MAY 15,1948)

5 Even unto them (ISRAELIS) will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name,(ISRAEL) that shall not be cut off.

ISAIAH 51:3-4
3  For the LORD shall comfort Zion:(JERUSALEM) he will comfort all her waste places;(FROM NUCLEAR WAR) and he will make her wilderness like Eden,(I BELIEVE THE EZEKIEL-4TH TEMPLE WILL BE BUILT 25 MILES FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT AFTER JESUS RULE FOR THE 1,000 YRS FROM JERUSALEM) and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.(PRAISE TO JESUS IN THE DESERT-COULD BE THE NEW JERUSALEM-4TH TEMPLE BUILT 25 MILES INTO THE DESERT FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT.SINCE EZEKIELS TEMPLE IS WAY TO BIG FOR THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT)
4  Hearken unto me, my people;(ISRAEL) and give ear unto me, O my nation:(ISRAEL) for a law shall proceed from me,(JESUS IN JERUSALEM) and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.(ISRAEL AND THE WORLD)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

UN seeks $540 million for Palestinian aid, mostly for Gaza-Half suggested sum said to be for supporting emergency projects by UNRWA, the main agency for Palestinian refugees, after its funding was slashed by Washington-By Joe Dyke-TOI-15 March 2018

AFP — Global powers will gather in Rome on Thursday to discuss the future of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, which faces an unprecedented crisis after the US froze tens of millions of dollars in funding.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) only has enough funds to keep schools and medical services open until May, its Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl told AFP.US President Donald Trump’s administration has so far committed only $60 million to the agency this year, down from $360 million in 2017. He has frozen two planned payments worth more than $100 million — one for UNRWA’s central budget and one for food aid.Trump continues to pressure Palestinian leaders to end their boycott of his administration, sparked by his December recognition of the Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.A major funding drive launched by UNRWA after the US freeze has raised little new money and diplomats are not optimistic that the Rome meeting will produce major pledges. UN officials want European countries to step in to fill part of the gap, but are focusing their fundraising efforts on Gulf Arab countries.Fear is rife about the future of the organization, which employs more than 20,000 mainly Palestinian staff and relies on the United States for nearly 30 percent of its funding.UNRWA was established after the war surrounding Israel’s creation in 1948, when around 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled.The agency offers support for these refugees and their descendants in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza, reaching more than three million people. It provides education to around half a million students.Israel accuses UNRWA of helping to perpetuate the Palestinian narrative of Israel’s illegitimacy by, uniquely, granting refugee status to the descendants of refugees, even when they are born in other countries and have citizenship there, conditions that do not apply to the refugees cared for by the UN’s main refugee agency, UNHCR, which cares for all other refugees worldwide. The population of Palestinian refugees thus grows each year, even as other refugee populations in the world shrink with each passing generation.-‘Extremely disappointing’-In January, Trump tweeted “we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect,” accusing them of walking away from peace negotiations.Two weeks later his administration confirmed it would hold back tens of millions in aid to UNRWA, saying it wanted the rest of the world to pay more.Krahenbuhl labeled it the agency’s worst ever financial crisis and launched a major funding drive, turning the front page of its website into a plea for donations. Senior officials traveled around the world to push for funds, with UNRWA aiming to find nearly half a billion dollars in new money.But since the launch of the “Dignity is Priceless” campaign, the only new funding was a $900,000 grant from Kuwait — although European countries have brought forward donations planned for the summer.Private donations ran only into the “hundreds of thousands,” Krahenbuhl said, saying the amount was “not groundbreaking.”The UN Central Emergency Response Fund released $30 million to UNRWA on Tuesday to keep the agency’s food aid program afloat.Krahenbuhl played down concerns the world was not stepping up to fill the gap.“It takes a lot of political dialogue for these things to move forward, especially in light of the size of the shortfall,” he told AFP.“States were planning to contribute $20-25 million to UNRWA and suddenly see a shortfall that has increased by $300 million. It is quite natural you will not have one single state that will come forward and close that shortfall.”But UNRWA employees have deep concerns about the sheer size of the gap.Nicola Jones, of the Overseas Development Institute think tank, said she expected UNRWA heads to be “really concerned” by the slow pace of new funds.“They really did try to have a high-profile public awareness campaign about the cost of withdrawing funding and I think it is clearly extremely disappointing that it hasn’t been fruitful,” she said.Separately Wednesday, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories called the US cuts to UNRWA a “big problem.”“Anything that is cut in terms of humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza creates a bigger problem for the people of Gaza. We are struggling now to address those needs,” Jamie McGoldrick said at the launch of a separate appeal for funds for Palestinians.-‘Corner the Americans’-The Rome conference, co-hosted by Sweden, Egypt and Jordan, will seek fresh momentum.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will attend, his office confirmed on Tuesday, while Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield is expected to represent the United States.Sweden’s ambassador to the United Nations, Olof Skoog, said it was “reasonable” the world would do more for UNRWA “but we expect the United States to stay committed.”Hugh Lovatt, an analyst at the European Council of Foreign Relations think tank, said European countries were wary of being seen to bridge the funding gap for fear of vindicating Trump’s attempts to cut international aid funding.Trump is due to announce his proposal for new Israel-Palestinian peace talks and Lovatt said observers were waiting to see its vision for UNRWA. He said he expected Europeans in Rome to make a “concerted effort to corner the Americans and convince them to reconsider,” Lovatt said.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Iran signs $742 million oil deal with Russian company-Iranian minister expects boost in production of oil fields near Iraqi border to bring additional four billion dollars into state coffers-By AFP-TOI-14 March 2018

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Wednesday signed a $742 million (600 million euro) deal with Russian state-owned energy firm Zarubezhneft to boost production at two oil fields in the country’s west.Zarubezhneft and Dana Energy, a private Iranian company, will jointly develop the Aban and Paydar fields in Ilam province near the Iraqi border, to boost production from 36,000 to 48,000 barrels of oil per day.Zarubezhneft will put up 80 percent of the capital, while Dana Energy will cover the rest.“Increasing the production from these two fields will bring some four billion dollars to Iran” over the coming years, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namadar Zanganeh said at a signing ceremony in Tehran.National Iranian Oil Company head Ali Kardor said it was the country’s first such deal with a Russian firm.“On the political front, relations with Russia are at the highest level, but in the economic sphere they have not yet reached” the same level, he said.Iran and Russia, both key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have strengthened their relations in recent years.Kardor said energy giant Russia had “great experience” in exploring and developing oil fields.The deal comes amid heightened fears that Washington will withdraw from a historic 2015 deal to restrict Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the easing of crippling sanctions.That would further complicate the work of foreign companies wanting to work in Iran.Wednesday’s was Tehran’s second deal with a foreign energy firm since the signing of the nuclear accord with world powers.In July last year, a consortium headed by French energy behemoth Total defied pressure from Washington to sign a $4.8 billion agreement with Tehran.That made it the first major western oil and gas company to return to the country since the lifting of international sanctions in January 2016.


1 PET 5:8
8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.

21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)

Saskatchewan sets legal age for cannabis at 19, bans drug-impaired driving-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-March 16, 2018

REGINA — Saskatchewan is proposing to set the legal age to consume cannabis at 19 but minors caught with a small amount won't end up with a criminal record.The government tabled legislation Wednesday outlining its plans once the federal government legalizes marijuana later this year.Justice Minister Don Morgan said public health and safety was the government's priority when it set the age at 19."We decided this kept us in line with what the age for consumption and possession of alcohol was, and that seemed to be the direction that most of the provinces were going," Morgan said."It would have been a challenge to use 23 or 25 or a later age. We were afraid that it would make it easier for the black market to be established at the lower ages."The proposed legislation bans anyone under 19 from possessing marijuana, but getting caught with less than five grams will not result in a criminal record. Rather, Morgan said, the pot would be confiscated and a fine imposed."We have to recognize that these are young people and we didn't want to be onerous to the point that we imposed a serious criminal record on somebody or something that was disproportionate to the responsibility that a young person should have. It was a balance."It would be a criminal offence, however, for an older person to supply marijuana to a minor, Morgan said.Saskatchewan is also proposing a zero-tolerance policy for drug-impaired drivers and a ban on consuming cannabis in public spaces, including schools and daycares."Treat it the same way you would open liquor," Morgan said.The province plans to follow federal standards and limit a household to four homegrown plants.Gene Makowsky, minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, said a price for cannabis is likely to be suggested by the Crown agency from time to time. That will be a delicate balancing act, he said."You'll want to find that spot where you want to get rid of the black market, but you don't want to make it so cheap as to ... make it that much more available, particularly to young people," he said. "We don't know at this point what the exact price will be."Makowsky has already said the sale of legal cannabis will be handled by the private sector with government oversight. Some 51 retail cannabis permits are being made available in 32 communities.Retailers will have to pass a "good character" test similar to that required for alcohol sales. Makowsky said retailers will be allowed to purchase cannabis from out-of-province suppliers.Ryan McKenna, The Canadian Press.

Here's what the other OCSs think of the Ontario Cannabis Store — their new acronym mate-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-March 15, 2018

There's been much bickering about how bland and boring the logo is for the recently announced Ontario Cannabis Store, called the OCS for short.But a handful of Ontario businesses, organizations and schools are facing a far more complex problem — they now share an acronym with the new shops that will sell pot provincially once it's legalized.From crane salesmen to Christian schools, here's what fellow OSC-ers think about their new acronym mate.Ontario Crane Service-The Hamilton-based company, owned by Don Paton, sells and services cranes throughout the province. He's been using the OCS acronym for 17 years.Not sure what to do: "I'm not too happy about it but I don't think there's a whole lot I could probably do. I don't know legally. I don't think you can trademark letters like that," he said. "I can't afford to fight the government in a lawsuit so it is what it is."He's worried it will cause confusion: "We typically go by our whole name ... but OCS is what stands out and people have referred to us as that," he said. Paton doesn't plan to partake in the cannabis store's services. "You don't want to have your business associated like that with the government."No connection between cannabis sales and cranes: "Most people that are looking for [marijuana] aren't going to be interested in getting their cranes serviced ... maybe the odd one."Ontario Council of Shooters-The council represents the sport of shooting in Ontario, with members including trapshooting, rifle and skeet shooting sport associations. The council's Jennie Marsh didn't know her OCS shared an acronym until CBC pointed it out.She's not too worried: "Personally, it doesn't really matter to me," she said, laughing. "I guess it would matter to some folks."On the agenda at next meeting: "We won't have a meeting for about another six or seven weeks," she said. But she assures: "I'll bring it up."Ontario Construction Secretariat-The secretariat, which acts as a bridge between trade unions and construction industry contractors, is likely the best known OCS in the province right now — their acronym is used in news articles and trade publications, even their logo has the acronym in it.A bit worried about Google: "One of our mandates is to provide information to our stakeholders so it's great we're the top Google search right now," said Katherine Jacobs, director of research. "That is a little bit of a concern that we might lose that status."First thoughts: "Don't they check on that before they make those decisions?"Connections between cannabis and construction: "We were actually created under legislation which actually makes the exact same acronym kind of humourous," she said. Jacobs said there has also been lots of talk about what happens when pot is legalized and how it will be managed on construction sites, so it's a topic of interest.Oakville Christian School-Janice Wood is director of admission at the school, located between Toronto and Hamilton. She doesn't think sharing the acronym will have a negative impact.It's all about the search engine traffic: "I see it as 'well, there's going to be a lot of people googling OCS' and therefore potentially anybody interested in Christian school will also Google us," she said. Wood said the school already has a strong online presence but this might bolster it.A sense of humour: "We think it's pretty funny since that we're a Christian school," she said, laughing. "I don't think anybody is overly worried about it. I just think that it's in some cases unfortunate."Wood said if they could change it, they would probably try to but thinks the direct association will pass with time.How do you tell the kids?: "It's going to be legalized. There's going to be a lot of conversation about it. So I think they'll think it's also pretty funny. I mean, some will think, I suppose, it's pretty cool."

Francis marks 5 years as pope amid love, disenchantment-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-March 15, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis marked his fifth anniversary as pope Tuesday by receiving votes of confidence from his predecessor and current Vatican No. 2, even as surveys showed his reform-minded papacy was turning off some of the most faithful, church-going Catholics.First out of the gate to give him thumbs-up was Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, whose historic resignation paved the way for Francis' election on March 13, 2013.In a letter released on the eve of Francis' anniversary, Benedict publicly dismissed as "foolish prejudice" the opinions of critics who say Francis has no theological heft and represents a rupture from Benedict's papacy.Benedict said a new Vatican-curated volume of books on Francis' theology "shows Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological training and helps to see the interior continuity between the two pontificates, with all the differences in style and temperament."Francis frequently downplays the work of theologians, and his critics have flagged his cautious opening to allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion as a sign that dogma under the Church's first Jesuit pope is adrift.Francis' supporters insist he is in complete harmony with church teaching and Benedict's doctrinaire papacy. They say Francis is merely emphasizing "discernment" to navigate complex pastoral situations.But the debate is taking its toll. A poll published Tuesday in France's Le Figaro newspaper found a significant drop in the still-high support for Francis among church-going, practicing Catholics. The 86 per cent who back him 12 percentage points lower than in 2015.The poll, conducted by the BVA firm, paralleled the decline among practicing Catholics in the U.S. reported by the Pew Research Center.The BVA survey said going forward, French Catholics wanted to see Francis better defend Europe's Christian roots amid an influx of refugees, to rethink priestly celibacy and to crack down on clerical sex abuse.Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, acknowledged Francis had his critics. But he distinguished between "destructive, aggressive, really bad criticisms" that have to be accepted as a cross to bear and "constructive criticism" that can be helpful.Francis has come under the most criticism for his handling of clerical sex abuse cases. He has intervened in canonical cases to reduce sentences for priestly offenders, has defended a Chilean bishop accused of ignoring abuse and has dismissed complaints about the bishop by Chilean victims as slander.The pope also reneged on a plan to create a tribunal to judge negligent bishops, allowed his advisory commission on the issue to lapse and didn't reappoint several of its most outspoken leaders to new terms."He has had more difficulty in that issue than he has on being welcoming, being uplifting, being simple, being frugal," said the Rev. Michael Martin, a 77-year-old missionary priest in Manila. But he added that Francis "has brought extraordinary transformation" to the church at a challenging time.Indeed, in the streets, the pope remains beloved."I think he's an extraordinary person," Juliana Galeano, a 46-year-old geographer said while picking up her son at a Catholic school in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Unlike many church leaders who "think it's the Middle Ages," Francis wants to move the church forward, she said.Gerald Bareebe, a Ugandan academic who described himself as a progressive Catholic, said he wants Francis to push the envelope further on the thorny issue of priestly celibacy and married priests."In Uganda, not a year passes without media houses carrying stories of priests who are caught in marital affairs," Bareebe said. "And these cases have become common partly because priests are forced to take mandatory celibacy. The church should save its face and allow priests who want to marry and continue serving God to do so."The issue is likely to feature in some of Francis' initiatives in the future. A church meeting is scheduled for 2019 on spreading the faith in the Amazon region of South America, where an acute priest shortage has led to calls for married priests.___AP writers Rodney Muhumuza in Kampala, Uganda, Jim Gomez in Manila and Sarah DiLorenzo in Sao Paolo contributed.Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press.


EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10



GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

EU presses tough migration stance with more Turkey money, stricter visa rules-[Reuters]-By Gabriela Baczynska-YAHOONEWS-March 15, 2018

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Wednesday said it would chip in another three billion euros ($3.7 billion) for Syrian refugees in Turkey, and restrict travel for countries refusing to take back their citizens who fail to obtain asylum in Europe.The latest measures to curb immigration from the Middle East and Africa, which overwhelmed the bloc when it surged in 2015-16, were announced by the EU's top migration official, Dimitris Avramopoulos.Some 1.8 million refugees and migrants have reached Europe across the Mediterranean since 2014, according to U.N. figures, causing friction among member states at odds over how to handle them and lifting support for nationalist and populist parties.The EU has since been tightening its external borders and asylum laws, as well as offering money and other help to third countries in exchange for preventing people from trekking north.A 2016 deal with Turkey, though criticized by rights groups for restricting the chance to claim asylum by those in need, has cut to a trickle arrivals through its soil to EU member Greece.The EU on Wednesday announced a second tranche of three billion euros for projects benefiting Syrian refugees in Turkey, though the bloc's executive European Commission and the member states must yet agree on the exact financing."Our cooperation with Turkey is key to address common challenges," Avramopoulos told a news conference, referring to the many rifts between Ankara and the EU, which sees President Tayyip Erdogan as increasingly autocratic."Unnecessary escalations can and should be avoided," he said, hoping for a swift return of two Greek soldiers held in detention in Turkey.Despite heavy criticism of Erdogan's track record on human rights, the bloc's top officials will host him for high-level talks next week, a reminder that many in the EU may dread Ankara but cannot do without it. [nL8N1PX7CR]-DEPORTATIONS-Though the number of people who reached Europe on smugglers' boats since 2014 is small compared to the bloc's population of 500 million, higher immigration caught the EU by surprise and caused political chaos.It still reverberates, as last seen in the resounding defeat of Italy's center-left in elections this month.As EU states struggle to become more effective in deporting failed asylum seekers or people who overstay the time allowed, the bloc agreed last June to restrict visas for foreign countries that refuse to take back their nationals.The Commission proposed on Wednesday to regularly monitor how third countries cooperate on returns and, if it deemed it poor, could recommend the bloc gets tougher on visas for that country in the hope of encouraging a change in policy.Currently, citizens of 105 countries in the world - from Russia to Congo to Bolivia - need a visa to get into Europe's Schengen zone of free travel and Avramopoulos said 15 million such entry permits had been issued in 2016.With some African and Asian countries topping the EU's list of problematic returns, the Commission said the bloc was still short of one billion euros for projects to improve life for people in Africa. The bloc hopes such projects would weaken people's resolve to try get to Europe.(Editing by William Maclean)

Lawyers differ on what Orlando club shooter's widow knew-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-March 15, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — If jurors in a federal trial in Florida believe government prosecutors, the wife of the man who carried out one of the U.S.'s biggest mass shootings gave a "green light" to her husband when he wanted to execute his terrorist-inspired attack.But if they accept Noor Salman's attorney's account that she was a "devoted mother" with an IQ of 84 and was the victim of Omar Mateen's repeated lies throughout their marriage, they could decide she had no prior knowledge of the attack.Salman went on trial Wednesday in Orlando. The 31-year-old is accused of aiding and abetting her husband in his attack on the Pulse nightclub in June of 2016. She's also charged with obstruction of justice. If convicted, she faces life in prison.After opening statements, the government called a variety of witnesses who gave emotional testimony about that night at Pulse. Two police officers testified, as did a survivor who said she covered herself with a dead body while Mateen shot his way through the club. Prosecutors also showed video taken inside the club by one survivor; Salman covered her eyes with her hand and victims' family members in the court teared up.Prosecutors portrayed a woman who knew Mateen was buying rounds of ammunition for his AR-15, helped him spend thousands of dollars before the attack and knew about his plan when he left the house in the hours before the shooting. They also say she lied, tried to mislead FBI agents and had knowledge of her husband's sick fascination with violent jihadist videos and terrorism."None of the victims that night knew the horrific events that would unfold. No one knew except for two people: Omar Mateen and his wife," Assistant U.S. Attorney James Mandolfo said. "The defendant gave Omar Mateen the green light to commit terrorism on behalf of ISIS."In his hourlong opening statement, Mandolfo gave several examples of Salman's conflicting statements to FBI agents in the hours after the attack. In one conversation with authorities, before they informed her of any details of the attack, she said, "My husband is safe with guns."Said Mandolfo: "No one ever told her about guns."He described a wife that knowingly went to at least two locations with Mateen to "scout" sites of potential terrorist attacks. One was City Place, an open-air shopping centre in West Palm Beach. The other was Disney Springs, a crowded dining and shopping area near the famed theme parks, Mandolfo said."What would make people more upset, an attack at a club or an attack at Disney?" Mateen asked his wife, according to Mandolfo.Salman also knew her husband was fascinated with violent jihadist videos, even pulling their 3-year-old away from the screen, Mandolfo said.The statements she made to the FBI after the attack will be key to the trial.Salman's attorney, Linda Moreno, argued in opening statements that some of the claims are contradicted by cellphone records and other evidence."She co-operated with the FBI completely," said Moreno, adding that her client never asked for a lawyer and consented to a home search. The FBI in their hourslong questioning manipulated and coerced her, Moreno asserts."Noor Salman denied any knowledge of Omar Mateen's plans for hours," she said, adding that agents told Salman that she could go to jail and not see her child.Her attorney said Mateen had a secret life that involved meeting women online and cheating on Salman. Moreno called Mateen "misogynistic." According to court records, Mateen abused Salman, including when she was pregnant."The only sin was that she married a monster," said Moreno, adding that the jury can honour the victims of the attack by seeking the truth of her client's actions.U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron said the trial could last three weeks or more, after taking several days to pick a jury of 12 with six alternates.Mateen, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, was killed by police in the hours after the shooting. At the time of the attack, it was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. It was surpassed last October by the fatal shooting of 58 people in Las Vegas.Salman was arrested in 2017 in California, where she was staying with family, and has been jailed since then.____Follow Tamara Lush on Twitter at Lush, The Associated Press.