I wish I could tell you all that the Lord has been doing and bringing together lately! Work on our next Disaster Crash Course Digest is getting ready to go into our hands-on testing phase. Please, please, please, pray for me and this project! I am already very tired and weary, and we still have a lot of work to do! I need strength and grace! Also, pray that the Lord will give scheduling grace and wisdom for our various volunteers who will be involved, as well as safety! Pray that Satan will be bound, and that we will have liberty and wisdom at this critical point. Time is short, and our world is getting darker every day; yet, with the Lord’s help, we can make a difference for eternity! Maranatha!
China begins five days of drills in the East China Sea tomorrow, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on its website yesterday. Those exercises, which the ministry called routine, come while China is holding live-fire drills off Beibu Bay, or the Gulf of Tonkin, near Vietnam and drills in the Bohai Strait that both end Aug. 1. ...China is participating along with the U.S. and Japan in the five-week-long Rim of the Pacific Exercise that runs through Aug. 1 in waters off Hawaii.
Almost all of Luhansk’s youth have left, with many taking refuge in Dnepropetrovsk, Kiev, Kharkov and Russian- controlled Crimea, he said. While the rabbi said that determining the exact prewar Jewish population of Luhansk is difficult, “a few hundred out of several thousand still remain in the war torn city.”
“Hamas has broken five cease-fires,” Netanyahu told "Fox News Sunday.” “They’ve violated their own cease-fires. They are firing on us now. … We’ll do whatever is necessary to achieve our goal of a sustained quiet.”
...closed most of the West African nation's border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region.
There has been extremely violent Muslim rioting in Jerusalem and its environs in the last few weeks, and this violence has spiked during IDF's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. The violence is largely unreported in most Israeli and global news outlets.
Thousands of people took to the streets of New York City on Friday evening to protest Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip
With no army, Libya's central government has increasingly lost control over the country to rogue and powerful militias in the last two years, says the BBC's Rana Jawad in Tripoli. ...fighting between rival armed groups was taking place "in very close proximity" to the US embassy in the capital. ...comes one day after Libyan government officials warned of the possibility of a break up of the country if clashes over Tripoli airport continue.
In addition to its own plans, Dempsey said the U.S. military is having “conversations with our NATO allies about increasing their capability and readiness” and that there’s a “very active” ongoing process and debate about how best to provide support to Ukraine.
But Israel rejected a proposal by the United States and United Nations for a seven-day truce. Its defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, put troops on notice Friday that ground operations in the coastal enclave could be expanded. ...Kerry's proposal begins with a one-week cease-fire, and then moves to broader negotiations over the status of Gaza. Kerry also made clear that he believes the two sides need to complete their negotiations over the creation of an independent Palestinian state to finally resolve the problem.
"We have always and will always stand by the Palestinian people and all resistance movements in Palestine, without exception. We tell our brothers in Gaza we are with you and beside you and we will do anything that we perceive is a duty in all fields," Xinhua quoted Nasrallah as saying on the occasion of the International al-Quds Day, an event to rally support for the Palestinians every year on the last Friday of the Muslim's Ramadan fasting month.
The Israeli aggression on Gaza might have the counterproductive effect, as far as Israel is concerned, of restoring the broken ties between Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas. All three, despite the objections from Damascus, sense an opportunity to seize the regional circumstances and renew alliances.
...Israel viewed Kerry's bridging proposals as "a Qatari proposal with ornaments." Qatar has been accused by Israel of providing financing and political support to Hamas.
President Obama at a fundraiser last night ...“Part of people’s concern is just the sense that around the world the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles...
Across Zhejiang province, which hugs China's rocky southeastern coast, authorities have toppled - or threatened to topple - crosses at more than 130 churches. In a few cases, the government has even razed sanctuaries.
The protest is being described as the largest in decades, and unconfirmed reports suggest three protesters have already been shot dead and more than 100 injured.
Meanwhile, rioting was reported at several locations Thursday night in eastern Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reported, after Palestinians younger than 50 were prevented from ascending the Temple Mount on Laylat al-Qadr, which is considered the most important night in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“Hamas said no, and has a long list of demands,” one official said. “As long as Hamas has closed the door to the cease-fire, the other [military] option will be pursued vigorously.”
The U.S. has been accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting armed pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, but the newest allegation suggests the conflict is coming to more closely resemble a war between the two countries.
Talks on the options for stepped-up action drafted by the European Commission will continue on Friday morning, an EU official said, and diplomats said decisions on wider sanctions were likely at the earliest next week.
The present threat emanates from the proximity of IS forces to the cities of Homs and Hama, especially from the group’s ability to cut off Syria’s energy supply — specifically petroleum and electrical energy — as it has gained control over the lion’s share of the country’s energy resources.
Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported Thursday that Egyptian troops shot and killed a terrorist who was on his way to commit a massive suicide bombing at the Kerem Shalom border crossing with Israel. ...On Wednesday, it was reported that the Egyptian army stopped a vehicle loaded with grad rockets and launchers in Sinai that were meant to be fired at Israel and at Egyptian military bases.
Now, a new pro-life state law that requires abortion doctors to document hospital admitting privileges with the state is making it so Klopfer is not allowed to perform abortions.
The prisoners, who were suspected militants, were put in a convoy after mortar rounds hit military bases in Taji at dawn on Thursday ...It is almost a year to the day since gunmen stormed prisons in Taji and Abu Ghraib, also in the Baghdad area, freeing hundreds of inmates. Other prisons have been attacked this year.
...the frequency of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled, to an average of 100 a year during the 2011-2013 period, up from only 20 per year during the 30-year period to 2000. Most of these quakes were minor, but research published by the USGS earlier this year demonstrated that a relatively minor magnitude 5.0 quake caused by wastewater injection after conventional oil drilling triggered a much bigger, 5.7 magnitude quake in Prague, Okla.
In all paint jobs, things do not always line up the same. And the position of the flag on MH370 puts the leading edge at the first window behind the door, and on MH17, that flag instead lines up with the second window.
Editor: Food for thought...
Almost half of the passengers were French citizens, an airline official said. ...authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso, but other officials gave differing accounts of the times of contact, adding to confusion about the plane's fate. ...a source in the control tower in Niamey, who declined to be identified, said it had not been contacted by the plane, which in theory should have flown over Mali.
A U.N.-run school crowded with Palestinian evacuees in the northern part of the Gaza Strip came under shelling on Thursday, leaving at least 15 people dead and more than 100 wounded, Palestinian officials said.
...the problem is worldwide and not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.
The government and the current parliament will keep working until new institutions are formed, he said.
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A senior Sudanese official confirmed that Sudan's government had approved of Ibrahim's departure to Italy...
The Red Cross has made a confidential legal assessment that Ukraine is officially in a war, Western diplomats and officials say, opening the door to possible war crimes prosecutions, including over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH-17. ...turns both sides into combatants with equal liability for war crimes, which have no statute of limitations and cannot be absolved by an amnesty.
...the United States’ largest abortion business is seizing this opportunity to re-expand and drive the remaining independent abortion clinics under, so as to capture the Lone Star State’s lucrative abortion trade.
...imposed a new type of sanctions which limit the financing activities of some of Russia's biggest companies, including state-controlled oil giant OAO Rosneft.
No other cases of the plague have been reported, according to the Guardian. About 150 people who had contact with the plague victim have been placed under quarantine.
Threatened by Serbian ambition in the tumultuous Balkans region of Europe, Austria-Hungary determined that the proper response to the assassinations was to prepare for a possible military invasion of Serbia. After securing the unconditional support of its powerful ally, Germany, Austria-Hungary presented Serbia with a rigid ultimatum on July 23, 1914 ...alerted to the impending crisis, Russia—Serbia's own mighty supporter in the Balkans—began its own initial steps towards military mobilization against Austria.
Editor: Sound familiar?
“No matter what our Western counterparts tell us, we can see what’s going on. As it stands, NATO is blatantly building up its forces in Eastern Europe, including the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea areas. Its operational and combat training activities are gaining in scale.” Putin stated that NATO’s military build-up near Russia’s border is not just for defense, but is an “offensive weapon” and an “element of the US offensive system deployed outside the mainland.”
According to the source, it is clear only that Russia's top-ranking officials "planned something" on the situation in the east of Ukraine if they plan to hold an unscheduled meeting of the State Duma.
Khodakovsky blamed the Kiev authorities for provoking what may have been the missile strike that destroyed the doomed airliner, saying Kiev had deliberately launched air strikes in the area, knowing the missiles were in place. ...Other separatist leaders have said they did not bring the Malaysian plane down. Russia has denied involvement. ...one of the few major rebel commanders in Donetsk who actually hails from Ukraine rather than Russia.
...around 100 health workers had been infected by Ebola in the three countries, with 50 of them dying.
Since taking Mosul on June 10, ISIL militants have squeezed Qaraqosh and nearby Christian villages by blocking the pipes that connect the communities with the Tigris river. Without a sufficient number of deep wells to fill the gap, the city must have water trucked in, at huge cost, from Kurdish-controlled areas... Apart from the enforced drought conditions, electrical blackouts last most of the day.
EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels agreed Tuesday to expand a list of Russian entities and individuals subject to asset freezes and travel bans, but stopped short of immediately carrying out so-called “phase three sanctions” that could cripple the Russian economy.
...the abortion quotas that are established inside abortion facilities
Last week, the family received good news after a lawsuit by her Islamic relatives seeking to prove that she is a Muslim and belongs to her Muslim father, was dropped.
The Federal Aviation Administration instructed American air carriers on Tuesday not to fly to Israel for 24 hours, and major airlines canceled their flights, after a rocket fell about a mile from Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.
Editor: Related: Airlines suspend Israel flights over missile fears
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and community officials are helping to provide housing, monthly stipends, food and medicine in what they describe as one of largest mobilizations in the history of Ukrainian Jewry.
... in view of the stiff resistance put up by Hamas, the level of destruction, if fighting continues, may reach that seen in the Dahiyeh neighborhood in Beirut in 2006.
Lieutenant-General Andrei Kartopolov said the plane strayed north of its planned route, adding that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet, which is typically equipped with air-to-air missiles, had been recorded in the proximity of the Boeing 777. ...He also said the Russian Defence Ministry detected unusual activity from radar stations that are used to operate missile systems on the day of the tragedy.
Editor: Related: Malaysia MH17 crash: 10 questions Russia wants Ukraine to answer
...Mr Cameron has said there is a "reluctance" from some European countries to take more decisive action. ...Countries including Germany and Italy are also heavily dependent on Russian gas.
The High Plains of Texas are swiftly running out of groundwater supplied by one of the world’s largest aquifers – the Ogallala. A study by Texas Tech University has predicted that if groundwater production goes unabated, vast portions of several counties in the southern High Plains will soon have little water left in the aquifer to be of any practical value.
Editor: Related: 20 Signs The Epic Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic
...the operators inside the Buk may have mistaken the Boeing 777 shadowed by or near two Flankers for a high-value plane of the Ukrainian Air Force.
Editor: Food for thought... Related: Ukrainian Su-25 fighter detected in close approach to MH17 before crash - Moscow
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