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!
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.
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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.
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...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.
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...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
At least 40 people were shot, and four killed, in weekend violence in the third-largest U.S. city ...a spree of gunfire over the Fourth of July holiday weekend that left 17 dead, with 53 people shot
...after five car bombs target Shi'ite neighborhoods in Baghdad. This latest round of violence comes as government forces and allied Shi'ite militia are trying to push back Sunni insurgents. They swept through northern Iraq last month and are within striking distance of Baghdad.
...suggesting many of the victims may have died days before the plane took off. The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that "a significant number of the bodies weren't fresh," adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.
The Kurds - a long ostracized community in Syria - have made unprecedented gains amid the three-year-old civil war, carving out a semi-autonomous territory in the north as overstretched government troops abandoned the region to focus on defending Damascus, President Bashar Assad's seat of power. ...Kurds are the largest ethnic minority in Syria, making up more than 10 percent of the country's 23 million people.
Yesterday, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip.
Editor: Related: 20 missiles found in UN-run school in Gaza - "The discovery would seem to confirm Israel’s oft-repeated claim that Hamas and other Gazan terror groups use civilian infrastructure to hide weapons."
President Obama, resisting calls from several prominent faith leaders, will not include a new exemption for religiously affiliated government contractors when he issues an executive order Monday barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the White House said Friday.
"Regarding sanctions, I'd like to point out that the events with the plane, as far as I remember, were not even 24 hours ago and at the moment we need to sort out an independent investigation," Merkel told reporters. "So it's perhaps premature to draw conclusions before we have access to the remains of the plane," she said.
EU leaders agreed last week to expand sanctions to those who have supported Moscow's decision makers. But that gives the bloc wide latitude, and the crash could prompt the EU to penalize a larger number of people and organizations than they otherwise would have.
The ground invasion comes hours after a Hamas assault squad of thirteen highly armed terrorists attempted to carry out a massacre of civilians at Kibbutz Sufa, near the border, before being blocked by the IDF. ...Also on Thursday, a drone from Gaza was detected in Israeli airspace, over the Ashkelon area. The IAF fired a patriot surface-to-air missile at the aircraft, shooting it down. It was the second Hamas drone to be shot down in recent days.
"The prime minister and defense minister have instructed the IDF (Israel Defence Force) to begin a ground operation tonight in order to hit the terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel," the statement said.
Boeing en route for Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur disappeared from the radars and fell down on the territory of Ukraine. The country’s army and militias, however, deny their involvement in the tragic incident.
The aircraft at an altitude of over 10,000 meters could be shot down only with the weapons of the S-300 or Buk (Beech) missile systems
"It will take two weeks for power to normalise to pre-typhoon level for everyone," Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla told reporters, conceding that progress in restoration work was slow.
Germany's Lufthansa, Air France and Turkish Airlines are all now avoiding eastern Ukraine. ...If it does turn out that the Boeing 777 was shot down by the separatists - with weaponry supplied by Moscow - then it could significantly alter the terms of the whole debate surrounding the Ukraine crisis. ..."In order to bring down an airplane from an altitude of 10,000m, you need to have very serious weapons…. missiles," he said. "It's either a mistake or a terrorist act."
The charge came hours after Washington imposed new economic sanctions against Russia, accusing it of failing to deescalate the armed conflict in Ukraine's Donbass region. ..Moscow did not respond to Ukraine's accusation of shooting down its plane but vehemently denounced the imposition of new sanctions on Thursday.
Ukrainian officials said the plane might have been shot down, possibly by a Russian-made antiaircraft system.
...a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane that was on military operations over the east of Ukraine ...It was the first time Ukraine had directly accused Russia of using air power in the war
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