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Japan premier grilled in parliament amid falling popularity

2 hours 7 min ago

‘Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings sinking over a suspected cronyism scandal, on Monday said he had never instructed officials to give preferential treatment to a long-time friend, adding that the latter had never sought favors.
Abe and his aides have repeatedly denied intervening to help Kake Gakuen, an educational institution whose director, Kotaro Kake, is a friend of the prime minister, win approval for a veterinary school in a special economic zone.
Abe’s support has plunged below 30 percent in opinion polls, hit by the suspected scandal and a perception among many voters that his administration is taking them for granted.
The slump is encouraging rivals and casting doubt on Abe’s prospects of becoming Japan’s longest-serving prime minister by winning a third three-year term when his current tenure ends in September 2018.’
Read more: Japan premier grilled in parliament amid falling popularity

Israel 'playing with fire and risking major crisis with Islamic world', Arab League chief warns

3 hours 43 min ago

‘Israel is “playing with fire and risking a major crisis with the Arab and Islamic world,” the Arab League has warned.
The warning came after Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank as violence erupted over Israel’s installation of metal detectors at entry points to the shrine, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.
A spate of violence has seen a Palestinian attacker stab three Israelis to death on Friday, with three Palestinians killed hours before.
“Jerusalem is a red line that Muslims and Arabs cannot allow to be crossed … and what is happening today is an attempt to impose a new reality on the Holy city,” Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a statement.
“The Israeli government is playing with fire and risking a major crisis with the Arab and Islamic world.”’
Read more: Israel ‘playing with fire and risking major crisis with Islamic world’, Arab League chief warns

Pro-Palestinian & pro-Israeli protesters face off outside Israeli embassy in London

3 hours 48 min ago

‘Pro-Israel and pro-Palestine demonstrators held opposing rallies outside the Israeli embassy in London, after Israel expanded security measures for Palestinians wishing to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Islam’s third holiest site.
Pro-Palestinian protesters were seen setting fire to Israeli flags in a video shot by Ruptly Saturday, holding up banners reading “save al-Aqsa” and chanting “shame on you!” at the Israelis and their supporters.
The pro-Israeli side, which appeared to be much smaller, quietly held up Israeli flags in response.’

Read more: Pro-Palestinian & pro-Israeli protesters face off outside Israeli embassy in London

World War III and the Gross Hypocrisy of Britain and America - David Icke in September 2016

3 hours 53 min ago

World War III and the Gross Hypocrisy of Britain and America - David Icke in September 2016

Donald Trump to be blocked from easing Russia sanctions after US Congress agrees legislation

3 hours 57 min ago

‘Both Democrat and Republican leaders in the US Congress have agreed on legislation to punish Russia for election meddling.
The new legislation would effectively prevent Donald Trump’s from unilaterally lifting any sanctions on Moscow, which he previously said he needed to do for the sake of diplomacy between the two nations.
While the US President could veto the bill, doing so would fuel suspicion he is too supportive of Vladimir Putin’s federal republic.
The legislation, which will be voted on by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, would allow new sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea in 2014 as well as its alleged meddling in the US election.
The bill would also include sanctions against Iran and North Korea.’
Read more: Donald Trump to be blocked from easing Russia sanctions after US Congress agrees legislation

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White House leaks must stop or ‘everyone is getting fired’, warns new coms chief Scaramucci

4 hours 3 min ago

‘The new White House communications director has promised to take “drastic action” to prevent leaks from the Trump administration, warning, “they’re going to get fired” if the leaks do not stop.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Anthony Scaramucci told host Chris Wallace he was willing to enforce hardline reforms of the White House’s communications department – and would even be willing to “pare down the staff.”
“I think it’s not fair to the president, it’s actually not fair to America or the people in the government,” Scaramucci said.
“I’m not going to be able to stop the leaks in the intergovernmental agencies and all that other stuff, that’s a different ball of wax. But something is going on in the White House that the president does not like and we’re going to fix it.”
Pressed to elaborate on his pledge to cut down staff, Scaramucci said, “As far as I’m concerned, it’s a new start for everyone in [the communications] team. Everyone on that team can stay if they follow protocol against the leaks.”’
Read more: White House leaks must stop or ‘everyone is getting fired’, warns new coms chief Scaramucci

‘Smuggling venture gone horribly wrong’: illegal migrants found dead of heat exhaustion in trailer

4 hours 3 min ago

Preview The US Department of Homeland Security has taken over the investigation of an immigrant smuggling case, where at least 8 people were found dead from heat exhaustion in a locked up trailer in San Antonio, Texas.
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Suicide car bomb hits Afghanistan's Kabul

4 hours 12 min ago

Taliban claim responsibility for attack that killed at least 24 people in a western Kabul neighbourhood.

‘At least 24 people have been killed and more than 40 wounded after a suicide car bomb targeted Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, officials have said.
The target of Monday’s attack was a bus carrying staff of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, intelligence officials told Al Jazeera.
Najib Danish, an acting Interior Ministry spokesman added that the casualty toll could rise.
Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to Al Jazeera.
The attack came just before 7am local time (02:30 GMT) and took place close to the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqi.’
Read more: Suicide car bomb hits Afghanistan’s Kabul

Corbyn says Labour WOULD leave the single market: Party leader ends months of confusion by saying UK must quit because it is 'inextricably' part of the EU

4 hours 23 min ago

‘Labour was plunged into a fresh bout of Brexit infighting last night after Jeremy Corbyn said he supported Britain leaving the EU single market.
Ending months of confusion over his party’s policy, the Labour leader said the UK must quit the common market because it is ‘inextricably’ part of the EU.
But he admitted his party had not made up its mind on membership of the Customs Union – which places tariffs on imports from around the world and stops Britain negotiating trade deals.
His comments sparked fury from Remain-supporting Labour MPs. Former frontbencher Chuka Umunna said some countries were outside the EU but inside the single market, including Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.’
Read more: Corbyn says Labour WOULD leave the single market: Party leader ends months of confusion by saying UK must quit because it is ‘inextricably’ part of the EU  

Soros and EU striving for ‘mixed, Muslimized Europe’, says Hungarian PM Orban

4 hours 27 min ago

‘Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has hit out at George Soros and the European Union as the statesman’s war of words with the Hungarian-American billionaire continues to escalate.
During a state visit to Romania Orban accused Soros of using the EU in order to create a “new, mixed, Muslimized Europe,” according to AP.
The prime minister said that Soros is now more powerful in Brussels than in Washington or Tel Aviv and he argued that European institutions should fight to limit his influence, reported Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet.
“The European Union, the European Commission must regain independence from the Soros Empire before the billionaire finishes his program for the destruction of the continent,” Orban said in a speech at the 28th Bálványos Summer University event in southern Romania.
The Hungarian stated that reforming Europe can only begin by stopping illegal migration into the EU and that Hungary’s border defenses will help with that effort.’
Read more: Soros and EU striving for ‘mixed, Muslimized Europe’, says Hungarian PM Orban

'Brexiteers will eventually want another vote' Delusional Cable outlines plan 'to SAVE UK'

4 hours 28 min ago

‘Sir Vince Cable was accused of patronising Brexit voters this morning after saying Britons “did not realise what they were voting for – they would not have voted to be poorer”.
Sir Vince Cable has condemned the Brexit vote as a mistake and vowed to put the referendum again to the British people.
The recently-elected MP won the Liberal Democrat leadership this week after he faced no challengers in his bid for the party title.
Speaking to Sky News this morning, the new party leader said more and more people were seeking “an exit from Brexit”.’
Read more: ‘Brexiteers will eventually want another vote’ Delusional Cable outlines plan ‘to SAVE UK’

Revealed: How the Government’s big austerity plan to replace regular soldiers with reservists has 'led to crisis'

4 hours 32 min ago

‘The Army is facing a “potentially very, very dangerous” crisis in trained soldier numbers because of a “flawed austerity drive” introduced by Chancellor Philip Hammond, according to claims prompted by figures released on the day Parliament closed for the summer.
The figures were among a raft of potentially embarrassing statistics released by the Conservative Government on Thursday, hours before Parliament broke up for the summer, in what critics interpreted as a deliberate “take out the trash day” tactic to limit the time MPs could spend discussing them.
The Armed Forces Service Personnel Statistics show that the numbers of fully trained regular Army soldiers has dropped below a previous ”trained strength” target of 82,000 to 78,010 – a shortfall of 3,990 fully trained troops.
Perhaps more importantly for the Government’s overall defence plans, the figures also show that the numbers leaving the part-time Army Reserve – formerly the Territorial Army – increased by 20 per cent between the year to 1 June 2016 and the year to 1 June 2017. At about the same time, during the last financial year, intake into the reserve fell by 18 per cent.’
Read more: Revealed: How the Government’s big austerity plan to replace regular soldiers with reservists has ‘led to crisis’

After Trump, NSA director backs away from joint US-Russian cyber unit proposal

4 hours 35 min ago

The director of the United States National Security Agency appears to have backed away from a proposal to set up a joint American-Russian cyber security working group, with the aim of defending both countries from hackers.

'Time bomb' alert for 1.9 million on interest-only home loans: Families being forced to sell when their deals expire

4 hours 48 min ago

‘Interest-only mortgages are a ‘ticking time bomb’ for hundreds of thousands of families who have no idea how they will repay the money they owe, experts have warned.
As many as 1.9million borrowers are paying off the interest on their home loans without making a dent in the capital, figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) show.
It is estimated that one in ten of these households have no plan in place to pay off the loan when their mortgage deal expires. And many who do have a plan may find they do not have enough money to repay the loan in full.
They could be forced to sell their home to raise the funds needed.
Adrian Anderson, a mortgage broker with Anderson Harris, said: ‘We have definitely got an interest-only mortgage ticking time bomb scenario.’’
Read more: ‘Time bomb’ alert for 1.9 million on interest-only home loans: Families being forced to sell when their deals expire

There's a reason you should be terrified of iris scanners and iPhone facial recognition – but it's not the reason you think

4 hours 52 min ago

‘I hate passwords. I forget them, I lose them, I agonise over someone stealing them. At work, I don’t change them when the system prompts me to. I get locked out of my computer and spend hours trying to regain access. The helpdesk hates me.
I’m a queen of the caps lock blunder too: not knowing I’ve struck the pesky key, I type in my password agonisingly – two, three, four times – only to be told to “please contact a system administrator”. And that usually happens last thing on a Friday. When my patience resembles a tissue that’s been through the washing machine. Twice.
So, as someone who likes to consider themselves relatively tech-savvy and reasonably receptive to new gadgets, you may therefore think that I would take to the idea of biometric identification like a duck to water. You’d be wrong. I’m terrified. And I’m going to tell you why you too should be afraid.’
Read more: There’s a reason you should be terrified of iris scanners and iPhone facial recognition – but it’s not the reason you think

Deaths and injuries after massive blast rocks Kabul (PHOTOS)

4 hours 56 min ago

Preview A suicide bomb attack in Kabul early Sunday has left at least 24 people dead and 40 others injured, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish has confirmed. The number of casualties is expected to rise, according to an official.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Travellers leave bath tubs, fridges and mattresses behind among 250 tonnes of waste after being evicted from field

4 hours 58 min ago

‘Bath tubs, fridges and mattresses were left strewn on a private field by travellers after they were evicted.
The debris was among an estimated 250 tonnes of waste the group left behind them when they were forced out of the site in Bromley, south east London. They had only been in the area for two weeks.
Pictures of the scene show the extent of the fly-tipping, with rubbish left all over the field from planks of wood to old furniture.
The group of local residents who co-own the land have been told it will cost in the region of £100,000 to clear up the site. Contractors estimate there are 250 tonnes of waste on the land.’
Read more: Travellers leave bath tubs, fridges and mattresses behind among 250 tonnes of waste after being evicted from field 

Choose your own gender WITHOUT seeing a doctor: Government to rip up rules on switching sex

5 hours 2 min ago

‘Adults will be able to choose their sex legally without the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria under government plans.
Men will be able to identify themselves as women – and women as men – and have their birth certificates change to record their new gender.
Minister for Women and Equalities Justine Greening said she wanted to cut the stigma faced by transpeople.
At present they have to provide evidence that they have been in transition for at least two years before they can apply to legally change their gender.
Reforms to help transgender people choose their legal sex, which include speeding up the bureaucratic process, will go out to consultation in the autumn.’
Read more: Choose your own gender WITHOUT seeing a doctor: Government to rip up rules on switching sex

Two ‘honor killing’ suspects charged after teen found dead in fridge

5 hours 13 min ago

Preview Two men have been charged in connection with the alleged honor killing of a teenage girl whose stuffed body was found in a fridge in a south London property.
Read Full Article at RT.com