Friday, July 20, 2018


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

Trump now says ‘no time limit’ to denuclearize North Korea-US president appears to walk back statements made after talks with Kim Jong Un, when he said process would start 'very quickly'-By AFP-TOI-JUL 19,18

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump said Tuesday there was no hurry to denuclearize North Korea under his accord with Kim Jong Un — a shift in tone from when the US leader said the process would start very soon.“Discussions are ongoing and they’re going very, very well,” Trump told reporters. “We have no time limit. We have no speed limit.”Trump said he discussed North Korea with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday at their summit in Helsinki.“President Putin is going to be involved in the sense that he is with us,” Trump said.The Republican president met with Kim on June 12 for an unprecedented summit in Singapore during which the North Korean leader pledged to work toward denuclearization of the peninsula.But the accord did not spell out a timetable for the process or say how it would be carried out. Diplomats are now expected to hammer out the details.More than a month later, no concrete progress has been reported and North Korea has complained the Americans are making unilateral demands.Before the Singapore summit, the Trump administration said denuclearization should start “without delay,” and after the meeting, it spoke of the process beginning “very quickly.”A day after the meeting, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the bulk of North Korea’s denuclearization should be completed by the end of Trump’s term in 2020.The White House has hailed the summit between Kim and Trump in Singapore as a major breakthrough toward disarming the isolated, nuclear-armed North in exchange for easing of sanctions and other help with economic development.Pompeo met with Kim’s key aide this month during his latest trip to Pyongyang but as soon as he left, the North’s foreign ministry berated him over his “unilateral and gangster-like” demands.Trump last week signaled optimism however, unveiling a letter from Kim in which the young leader hailed the “start of a meaningful journey” and tweeting “Great progress being made!”

Israel and EU ink agreement on fighting organized crime, cybercrime, terrorism-Amid crisis in bilateral relations, Europol inks first-ever agreement with the police force of a non-EU member state-By Raphael Ahren-TOI-19 July 2018

Amid an ongoing crisis in bilateral ties, Israel on Wednesday signed an agreement with the European Union’s law enforcement agency to strengthen cooperation in the joint fight against terrorism and organized crime.The “working agreement” was signed by Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich and Europol Executive Director Catherine De Bolle in The Hague.The signing marked Europol’s first-ever working agreement with a country that is not a member of the EU.“The agreement will enable the Investigations and Intelligence Division of the Israel National Police to advance its capabilities to deal in the best way possible with new threats in the field of organized crime, cybercrime exploited by international criminal and terrorist elements, fighting terrorism in its various forms, and crime that crosses borders in the field of social economies,” Alsheich said, according to a press release issued by Europol.The agreement is meant to primarily expand cooperation “to combat cross-border criminal activity,” according to the press release. It allows for the exchange of “strategic information” and the joint planning of operational activities.Once it enters into force, the agreement will boost bilateral efforts to tackle “priority crime areas” affecting both the EU and Israel, such as fraud, cybercrime, and terrorism, the statement went on.“Investigations in the EU have occasionally established links to Israel in the field of financial crime. As Europol supports EU Member States in identifying cross-border links, the Israeli contribution in such cases continues to be of utmost importance.”International law enforcement bodies have long expressed their frustration at Israel’s inaction concerning financial fraud. The signing of this arrangement appears to signal a step towards ameliorating this situation.Over the last decade, Israel has become a global hub of investment scams, employing more than 10,000 citizens — many of them new immigrants and foreign-language speakers — in boiler rooms throughout the country, selling fraudulent binary options, forex, CFDs (contracts for differences), and cryptocurrency investments over the phone and internet to people abroad.Victims are lured into investments under false pretenses, and the vast majority lose their money. When the victim protests, the “broker” more often than not disappears with the money.Binary options fraud alone was estimated to be earning between $5 billion and $10 billion a year before, in the wake of reporting by The Times of Israel, it was banned by a Knesset law last October that took effect on January 26. Some binary options operatives have simply ignored the ban, continuing to offer the product from Israel, while others now sell fraudulent forex or cryptocurrency investments, and still others have moved their operations abroad to countries including Russia, Ukraine, Philippines, Panama, Poland, Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Serbia.De Bolle said that Tuesday’s agreement was a “a major step forward in enhancing” the relationship between the police forces of Israel and the EU.“The arrangement will multiply contacts at all levels and open doors to closer cooperation, making the European Union and Israel safer.”The agreement marks a rare positive development in Israel-EU ties, which have been undergoing a serious crisis in recent weeks.Earlier on Tuesday, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan publicly sparred with the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, accusing the union of supporting groups promoting boycotts to Israel and being affiliated with terrorist groups.#EU foreign policy chief @FedericaMog 's baseless accusations against me won't stop me from stating the facts:EU taxpayer funds go to NGOs linked to #BDS & #terror.Mogherini invited me to Brussels to present our evidence. I'm happy to accept @EUinIsrael— גלעד ארדן (@giladerdan1) July 17, 2018-Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned the EU’s ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret, to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem for a dressing-down after a television report that cited the envoy saying the Knesset’s controversial nation-state bill “reeks of racism.”Giaufret denies having used derogatory language to describe the legislation.In June, Netanyahu refused to meet Mogherini in Jerusalem, causing her to cancel a planned trip to Israel.Simona Weinglass contributed to this report.

In recording, Netanyahu boasts Israel convinced Trump to quit Iran nuclear deal-Public broadcaster airs clip of PM telling Likud activists US exit came after he stood up 'against the whole world' by opposing accord-By Alexander Fulbright-TOI-19 July 2018

In a video clip aired Tuesday by Israeli television, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Israel was responsible for US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal.In the video, which the Kan public broadcaster said was filmed two weeks ago, Netanyahu can be seen speaking to activists and senior members from his Likud party.“We convinced the US president [to exit the deal] and I had to stand up against the whole world and come out against this agreement,” Netanyahu says in the video. “And we didn’t give up.”The prime minister then begins to speak about the Iranian regime — “not the Iranian people, I have nothing against them” — before he is interrupted by an unidentified person off-screen who says, “It will disappear with the help of God.”“You said it. From your mouth to God,” Netanyahu says in response as the clip ends.Netanyahu does not explain in the video aired by Kan how he convinced Trump to exit the deal. Trump had vowed to scrap what he assailed as the “worst deal ever” before becoming president.The prime minister, who has long railed against the 2015 nuclear deal, gave a dramatic presentation a little over a week before Trump’s May 8 decision, where he unveiled documents Israel secreted away from Tehran that he said proved “Iran lied” about its nuclear program.“I said it from the start, it has to be either fully fixed or fully nixed,” Netanyahu said at the time. “But if you do nothing to this deal, if you keep it as is, you will end up with Iran with a nuclear arsenal in a very short time.”Netanyahu was a vocal opponent of the deal as it was being negotiated and when it was reached during the Obama administration. The agreement lifted painful economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.Netanyahu has repeatedly argued that the deal will not prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons capability after its restrictions expire in the next decade or so.Trump noted the Mossad haul of Iranian documents in his speech announcing the US pullout from the deal, saying they “conclusively” showed Iran’s efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. He however gave no indication his decision was swayed by Israel.In his announcement, the US president said the accord would not prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear arms and he therefore was exiting the agreement and reimposing sanctions.Trump’s decision was sharply opposed by Iran and the deal’s other signatories — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China. Those countries are currently working to preserve the accord following the US pullout.Israel considers Iran its arch-enemy, citing Iran’s calls for Israel’s destruction, support for terrorist groups across the region, and growing military activity in neighboring Syria. Israel has warned that it will not allow Iran, whose troops are backing Syrian President Bashar Assad, to establish a permanent military presence in Syria.

People in all 124 Ontario ridings will be consulted on sex ed, says Doug Ford-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-July 19, 2018

TORONTO — People across Ontario will be consulted before a new sex-education curriculum is drafted, Premier Doug Ford said Tuesday in an attempt to quell concerns over his government's controversial decision to scrap the updated lesson plan.The newly elected Progressive Conservatives were accused of flip-flopping on the issue Monday after the education minister said in the legislature that concepts like gender identity, consent and cyber safety would still be taught in the fall only to backtrack on her comments hours later.Ford had pledged to repeal and replace the curriculum, which the Liberals updated in 2015, and his government said last week that when students return to class this fall they will be taught a version of the curriculum introduced in 1998, sparking anger from some teachers and parents who say that document is outdated."We're going to hit 124 ridings," he said, calling it "the largest consultation ever in Ontario's history when it comes to education." Ford also attempted to allay concerns from critics that reverting back to the old curriculum means important issues like cyber safety, gender identity and consent wont' be taught, putting children at risk."I think everyone is going to be pleasantly surprised," he said. "I really do. I don't think this is the end of the world. I think it's actually healthy. When it comes to teaching our kids, we have to consult with the parents."Ford said that during the spring election parents across Ontario told him they wanted more input into the curriculum's design."We want to go and consult with the parents and get their input," he said. "Then we'll move forward with changing the curriculum."Ford's opposition to the new sex-ed curriculum during the Progressive Conservative leadership race earlier this year won him the support of social conservatives within the party base, helping him to victory over longtime Tory legislator and current health minister Christine Elliott.NDP legislator Peter Tabuns said the reason the Ford government is replacing the curriculum is to please social conservatives."Look at who (Premier Ford's) backers are," he said. "We're talking about some very deeply conservative, social conservative thinkers who think we should be back in the 19th century or earlier."Going backward, Tabuns said, puts children at risk.Meanwhile, a group of teachers have started an online pledge form, urging fellow educators to sign up and promise to continue to teach the updated version of the curriculum in their classrooms this fall.Kate Curtis, speaking for the group who created the pledge, said the teachers are acting out of a sense of moral and ethical duty to their students."We as teachers know that we have a professional and ethical obligation to make sure that our students are safe, that they feel included both in our classrooms and also that they're reflected in the curriculum."Curtis said the 1998 curriculum does not reflect the reality of a teenager's life in 2018 and does not accurately reference cyber safety, consent or gender identity."The world has changed immensely in the last 20 years," she said. "Students are reflecting that change at school ... we really have to reflect that."Two top officials at Canada's largest school board said Tuesday that they have not received any direction from the Ontario government regarding the sex-ed curriculum that will be taught this fall.In a joint statement, Toronto District School Board chair Robin Pilkey and director of education John Malloy said that since the provinces' announcement last week, they have received questions and heard concerns from parents, staff and students.Regardless of the which version of the curriculum is taught in September, the board has a responsibility to students that is guided by the Human Rights Code, provincial legislation that governs schools and its own policies, the statement said."When we know who our students are, we can make informed decisions about how to best teach them in ways that are relevant and engaging," the statement said. "This means that learning about real-world topics relevant to today's students will continue in the classroom and teachers will be supported to do this. This remains a priority in the TDSB."Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press.


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.

HOSEA 4:1-3
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

22  The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.


LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Hawaii tour boats return to volcano zone after 'lava bomb'-[Reuters]-By Jolyn Rosa-YAHOONEWS-July 19, 2018

HONOLULU (Reuters) - Tour boats offering a close-up look at lava pouring from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano into the Pacific Ocean returned to the waters off the Big Island on Tuesday under new safety rules, a day after 23 passengers were injured by ash and molten rock.Monday's accident prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to require boat captains to stay at least 300 meters (yards) from lava flowing from fissures in the volcano flank. Previously, experienced operators such as Shane Turpin, captain of the boat hit in Monday's explosion, had to stay only 50 meters (164 feet)away.An investigation was under way to determine the exact location of Turpin's vessel at the time of the blast, said U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Muir. Afterwards authorities will decide whether to increase the 300-meter restriction zone, she said."It's information all of our partners are interested in as they look at that zone and decide whether 300 meters is sufficient," Muir said by telephone.Turpin, owner of Lava Ocean Tours, said he was well outside the 50-meter zone at the time of the blast, which caused cuts and burns to numerous passengers. One woman had her thigh bone broken."We were headed east away from the flows," Turpin said in a text message. "My recollection is we were around 200 meters from the flow."-EXPLOSION, THEN SCREAMING-A video posted on Facebook by Will Bryan, a passenger aboard Turpin's boat the "Hot Spot", shows glowing orange lava flowing into the ocean and steam billowing up, then an explosion and the sound of screaming passengers as rocks pelt the boat."We didn't expect to be that close," said Bryan in a Facebook message, adding that he suffered a burn and his girlfriend got ash in her eye.The injuries were the first on a tour boat from flying lava in recent times, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Amanda Levasseur.Lava Ocean Tours was set to take tourists out as usual on Tuesday, although the "Hot Spot" was taken out of service after a basketball-size "lava bomb" tore a hole through its roof, a company saleswoman said.Asked if the company had seen cancellations, she said "not really".Kalapana Cultural Tours, which competes with Turpin's company, reported normal boat services and no cancellations.Ikaika Marzo, president of Kalapana Cultural Tours, witnessed Monday's explosion from a nearby tour boat."We try to make things safe for people when we take them out," Marzo said in a Facebook post.Hawaii's tourist agency reassured visitors it was safe to see Kilauea and its lava, the Big Island's top attractions."Today's unfortunate event is a good reminder about the risks involved with observing a natural wonder like this one and the reason officials are continuously monitoring the eruption to ensure the public is kept at safe distances on land, in the air and while at sea," Ross Birch, executive director of the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau, said in a statement.(Additional reporting and writing by Andrew Hay in New Mexico; Editing by Alison Williams and Sandra Maler)


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)

Deal reached to evacuate pro-regime Syria towns, watchdog says-Residents of Fu'ah and Kafriya, besieged by rebel forces, to be allowed to leave in exchange for the release of hundreds held in government detention centers-By Rouba El Husseini-TOI-JUL 19,18
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — A deal was reached on Tuesday for the evacuation of two pro-regime towns in Syria, allowing thousands to leave after three years of encirclement by hardline rebels.Fu’ah and Kafriya are the last remaining towns under siege in Syria, where the medieval tactic was mostly made notorious by government forces in the seven-year war.Surrounded and bombed by hostile factions, the Shiite-majority towns became both a rallying cry for the government and a playing card in callous rebel hands.Their residents are all expected to leave under a major agreement reached Tuesday between government ally Moscow and rebel backer Ankara, a war monitor said.“The deal provides for the total evacuation of residents in the two towns, which are besieged by rebels and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, to regime territory in nearby Aleppo province,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, or HTS, is a jihadist alliance led by Al-Qaeda’s former affiliate in Syria.Hundreds of people would be released from the regime’s notorious detention centers in exchange, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.A source from HTS also confirmed the deal, telling AFP that more than 100 buses would evacuate 6,900 people including fighters and civilians from Fu’ah and Kafriya.The source said 1,500 people would be freed from government-run jails.The agreement has not been confirmed by any government involved, but Syrian state media reported Tuesday that it had preliminary information on a deal to free “thousands” of people from Fu’ah and Kafriya.-‘Haven’t forgotten’-The towns came under siege in 2015, as rebels and jihadists overran the surrounding province of Idlib.That cut off access to food and medicine for their residents outside of United Nations aid deliveries.The evacuation deal reached Tuesday is not the first for the two tiny towns.In April 2017, thousands were bused out Fu’ah and Kafriya in exchange for parallel evacuations from two towns near Damascus that were being besieged by the government.But a blast targeting a convoy of evacuees from Fu’ah and Kafriya left 150 people dead, most of them civilians and including 72 children.Traumatized residents left behind are now afraid that scenario might happen again.“What are we going to do with our land and property? Oh my hometown,” said a 42-year-old resident of Kafriya who spoke on condition of anonymity.“I pray this will go well — we still haven’t forgotten those that died in the blast,” he told AFP on Tuesday.Syria’s conflict erupted in March 2011 with protests against President Bashar Assad that later spun out into full-fledged war.Early on in the uprising, Turkey began providing support to rebel groups as Russia and Iran steadfastly backed their man in Damascus.Those three countries have become the main powerbrokers in Syria, agreeing last year to create four “de-escalation” zones to pave the way for a nationwide ceasefire.Idlib is part of one such zone. It borders Turkey to the northwest but is otherwise almost totally surrounded by regime territory, prompting fears the government would eventually attack it.-No Idlib attack?-But the Observatory said the terms of the new Russia-Turkey deal included keeping the regime from waging a military operation there.The Britain-based monitor said Turkish and Russian forces would also jointly patrol a part of the key M5 highway which cuts through Idlib.The M5 connects Damascus to second city Aleppo in the north.Analyst Nawar Oliver at the Turkey-based Omran Centre said the evacuation could pave the way for a grand bargain on Idlib.“Change is inevitably coming to Idlib, but There are numerous predicaments that need to be resolved, including Fu’ah and Kafriya, before reaching a final deal,” Oliver told AFP.Assad’s forces have already recaptured two of the “de-escalation” zones this year: Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus and an area in central Homs.They sealed their control over those areas with a blend of military pressure and negotiated surrenders of rebel groups there.Using the same tactics, they are now close to seizing the third zone in southern Syria, which includes the key provinces of Daraa and Quneitra.Heavy air strikes on Tuesday battered an area straddling the two governorates, killing 15 civilians across two towns, according to the Observatory.Tens of thousands of civilians remain displaced in a part of Quneitra just a handful of kilometers (miles) from the Israeli Golan Heights.But Israel, like Jordan to Syria’s south, has kept the border closed to desperate displaced families fleeing the assault in recent weeks.

Brawl at High Court between families of slain terrorists, Israeli victims-Violence breaks out between Israelis, Palestinians at court session over Israeli policy of withholding bodies of assailants-By TOI staff-19 July 2018

Chaos erupted at a High Court session in Jerusalem Tuesday, when a brawl broke out between the families of slain Palestinian terrorists and those of Jewish victims.The families were participating in court deliberations on Israel’s policy of withholding the bodies of some Palestinian assailants for use as bargaining chips.The father of Shir Hajaj, an IDF soldier killed in a January 2017 car ramming attack in Jerusalem, was addressing the judges when relatives of slain assailants interrupted him. Families from both sides began exchanging heated insults, which quickly turned to violence. Hadashot TV news broadcast footage of the confrontation.The judges left the room and court security was called in to separate the sides. There was no immediate word on whether arrests were made.In March, the Knesset passed a law allowing police to withhold the bodies of Palestinian assailants killed while carrying out terror attacks from burial.The law came after the High Court of Justice in December ruled Israel could not longer use terrorists’ bodies as bargaining chips without legislation explicitly permitting the practice.Under the law, district police commanders can determine whether to release terrorists’ bodies for burial. If there is concern the terrorist’s funeral could be used to carry out an attack or provide a platform for praising terrorism, police may keep the bodies in custody until further notice, it says.The law says terrorists’ funerals in recent years have featured praise of terrorism and incitement for further attacks.The family of a slain IDF soldier whose remains are held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip have also urged the state to hold on to terrorists’ bodies and use them to negotiate the return of soldiers’ bodies.

Saudi Arabia executes seven people in one day-Among those put to death are two Saudis and three Chad nationals, convicted of the kidnapping and murder of a Pakistani security guard-By AFP-TOI-19 July 2018

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed seven death row inmates, who had been convicted of murder and drug trafficking, state media reported.The ultra-conservative kingdom has one of the world’s highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery, and drug trafficking all facing the death penalty.Two Saudi Arabian citizens and three nationals of Chad were executed after being sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of a Pakistani security guard, with the alleged intent of robbing the warehouse he was guarding, according to the state-run SPA agency.Another Saudi Arabian was executed for murder after setting a man on fire, SPA reported.A Lebanese national was executed for attempting to smuggle captagon into the kingdom, SPA said. Captagon, a drug popular among fighters in war zones, usually blends amphetamines, caffeine, and other substances in pill form.Tuesday’s executions bring to 73 the total number of people put to death in the kingdom this year, according to a tally by AFP.Saudi Arabia had the third-highest execution rate in the world in 2017, after China and Iran, according to Amnesty International.Rights experts have repeatedly raised concerns about the fairness of trials in the kingdom, governed under a strict form of Islamic law. The government says the death penalty is a deterrent for further crime.In April, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, next in line to the throne, suggested the kingdom would consider changing the penalty from death to life in certain cases, except murder, in an interview with Time Magazine.

UK PM May threatened rebels with a national election: The Times-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-July 19, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May threatened rebel lawmakers in her Conservative Party with a general election this summer if they defeated her Brexit plans on customs, The Times newspaper reported.In one of the most tumultuous periods in recent British political history, there have been four major elections in the past four years: the Scottish independence referendum of 2014, the 2015 UK election, the Brexit referendum of 2016 and the snap election called by May last year.The Times said that Conservative whips, who enforce discipline in the party, issued the warning to pro-EU lawmakers, led by the former ministers Stephen Hammond and Nicky Morgan, minutes before a crucial vote on Tuesday on customs.May narrowly avoided a defeat in parliament at the hands of the pro-EU lawmakers from her own party in the vote.Parliament voted 307 to 301 against an amendment to trade legislation that would have required the government to try to negotiate a customs union arrangement with the EU if, by Jan. 21, 2019, it had failed to negotiate a frictionless free trade deal with the bloc.(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge)

After two-year purge, Turkey to end state of emergency-[AFP]-Stuart WILLIAMS-YAHOONEWS-July 19, 2018

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey's state of emergency which was imposed after the failed 2016 coup is to end Wednesday but the opposition fears it will be replaced by even more repressive legislative measures.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the state of emergency on July 20, 2016, five days after warplanes bombed Ankara and bloody clashes broke out in Istanbul in a doomed putsch bid that claimed 249 lives.The measure, which normally lasts three months but was extended seven times, has seen the detention of some 80,000 people and about double that number sacked from jobs in public institutions.The biggest purge of Turkey's modern history has targeted not just alleged supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the US-based preacher blamed for the coup, but also Kurdish activists and leftists.The former leaders of the opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) -- Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas -- are still languishing in jail following their arrest in November 2016 on charges of links to Kurdish militants.- Same measures, different name -During last month's presidential election campaign, which he won, Erdogan pledged that the state of emergency would end.And it will -- at 1:00 am on Thursday (2200 GMT Wednesday), simply by virtue of the government not asking that it be extended.But the opposition has been angered by the government's submission of new legislation to parliament that apparently seeks to formalise some of the harshest aspects of the emergency.The bill, dubbed "anti-terror" legislation by pro-government media, will be discussed at commission level on Thursday and then in plenary session on Monday.The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said the new measures would amount to a state of emergency on their own."With this bill, with the measures in this text, the state of emergency will not be extended for three months, but for three years," said the head of the CHP's parliamentary faction, Ozgur Ozel."They make it look like they are lifting the emergency but in fact they are continuing it," he added.- Key elements unchanged -Under the proposed legislation, the authorities will retain for three more years the power to sack civil servants deemed linked to "terror" groups, retaining a key power of the state of emergency.Protests and gatherings will be banned in open public areas after sunset, although they can be authorised until midnight if they do not disturb the public order.Local authorities will be able to prohibit individuals from entering or leaving a defined area for 15 days on security grounds.And suspect can be held without charge for 48 hours or up to four days in the case of multiple offences.This period can be extended up to twice if there is difficulty in collecting evidence or if the case is deemed to be particularly voluminous.- 'Anti-terror fight won't end' -The authorities have also shown no hesitation in using the special powers of the emergency -- right up to its final days.Following a decree issued on July 8, 18,632 people were sacked -- 8,998 of them police officers -- over suspected links to terror organisations and groups that "act against national security".The move came just two weeks after Erdogan was reelected under a new system that gives him greater powers than any Turkish leader since the aftermath of World War II.The new executive presidency means government ministries and public institutions are now centralised under the direct control of the presidency.Erdogan says it is necessary to have a more efficient government but the opposition claims it has placed Turkey squarely under one-man rule."The end of the state of emergency does not mean our fight against terror is going to come to an end," said Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul.