31 Aug 16
North Korean soldiers 'given nuclear backpacks' as tensions rise over joint US-South Korean military exercises
Elite North Korean soldiers are being armed with “nuclear backpacks”, a source has claimed as tensions increase over the authoritarian state’s attempts at military escalation.
An anonymous source told Radio Free Asia special units have been formed since March to carry the weapons and had been taking part in simulated training exercises with dummy bombs.
ISIS No. 2, Mohammad al-Adnani, Killed in Aleppo, Syria
ISIS No. 2 and international spokesperson Mohammed al-Adnani is reported dead in Aleppo. He is the third top terrorist to die in recent months. It is not clear whether he was killed by ground forces or in an air strike, however; according to The Keffiyeh Monitor, his death comes eight months after he was severely injured in an air strike.
Iran Satellite Launch Prompts Fear of Long Range Ballistic Missile Attack
Iranian officials announced on Tuesday that the country is preparing to launch three new satellites into space, renewing concerns from defense experts about Iran’s ongoing research into long-range ballistic missile technology that could help it fire a nuclear weapon at Western nations.
Holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high-quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed and transmitted anywhere in the world in real time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see, hear, and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in the same physical space.
5.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Kumamoto prefecture, Japan
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has struck the Kumamoto perefecture of the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). High-speed rail service has been suspended, according to JR railway operator. The train services are about to resume shortly, it added.
German Army to prevent Islamist infiltration with all-out background checks on new recruits
All recruits willing to join the Germany military will have to undergo detailed background and security checks – run by the military intelligence agency – that would rule out a threat of insider attacks and help detect Islamists and far-right extremists.
The extraordinary measure is set out in a new bill, expected to be approved by the German cabinet on Wednesday, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.
Why do Florida’s Orthodox Jews support Trump? Because they fear Clinton
“Shalom! We’re voting for Trump because we can’t have Hillary in the White House. She’s not good for us!” Raab isn’t sure whether the employee was Jewish, let alone observant. But he may as well have been speaking for the vast majority of the Sunshine State’s Orthodox Jews.
High Priest is Chosen by Sanhedrin, Temple Service Could Be One Week Away
A significant step was recently taken towards reinstating the Temple service when the nascent Sanhedrin selected Rabbi Baruch Kahane as the next Kohen Gadol (high priest). The selection was made as a precaution for Yom Kippur. If the political conditions should change, allowing the Jews access to the Temple Mount, they will be required by Torah law to bring the sacrifices.
Hurricane watch issued for Florida's Gulf Coast, North Carolina coast under tropical storm warning
Crowds thinned Tuesday on the beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks ahead of a tropical weather system that threatened to bring strong winds and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas. Elsewhere, a powerful hurricane threatened to pass "dangerously close" to Hawaii, and a hurricane watch was issued for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast because of a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico.
Trump agrees to meet with Mexican president
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday that he had accepted an invitation to visit Mexico from President Enrique Pena Nieto ahead of his immigration policy speech in Arizona.
Nigerian Clinton Foundation Donor Investigated for Hezbollah Ties
Nigerian billionaire philanthropist Gilbert Chagoury, who has been a major donor of the Clinton Foundation, was denied entry to the U.S. last year due to suspected ties to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah. Chagoury, 70, has been friendly with former President Bill Clinton and his wife, current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, since the 1990s, and has donated between $1 million and $5 million to the couple’s foundation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Gigantic 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocks Pacific island
A GIGANTIC 6.8 magnitude earthquake has rocked the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea. The earthquake struck just 55 miles outside the town of Rabaul and at a depth of 310 miles. It would have been felt by people 470 miles away and could have cause damage to buildings up to 37 miles away. It is not known how much damage the earthquake has caused or if anyone has been injured.
Earthquake jolts parts of China, Pakistan
Tremors were felt in Islamabad and adjoining areas. According to the Met Department, the earthquake measured 5.1 on the Richter scale and while the focal depth was 10 kilometres, its epicenter was China’s Sichuan area.
Obama’s Doctor Says Hillary Clinton Should Undergo A ‘Thorough Neurological Examination’
Obama’s longtime doctor, David Scheiner, said Tuesday that Hillary Clinton should undergo a “thorough neurological examination” to see if she has lasting damage from a Dec. 2012 concussion she suffered after a fall.
Syria conflict: Russia questions Syria chlorine attacks probe
Russia has said it does not accept the findings of a UN-led investigation that concluded Syria's government had used chemical weapons against civilians.
A report said last week that chlorine had been used by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on two occasions.
But Russia, a close ally of Mr Assad, told the UN Security Council a number of questions still had to be clarified.
Islamic State: Abu Muhammad al-Adnani 'killed in Aleppo'
The chief strategist of the Islamic State group, whose calls for attacks against the West during Ramadan led to mass bloodshed, has been killed in Syria, IS-affiliated media say.
The Amaq news agency said Abu Muhammad al-Adnani died in Aleppo province.
The Pentagon said an air strike had targeted Adnani in the town of al Bab and the results were being assessed.
Nigerian economy slips into recession
Nigeria has slipped into recession, with the latest growth figures showing the economy contracted by 2.06% between April and June.
The country has now seen two consecutive quarters of declining growth, the usual definition of recession.
Its vital oil industry has been hit by weaker global prices, according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
US calls Iran's actions in Arabian Gulf 'unsafe' and 'provocative'
The head of US Central Command (CENTCOM) called on Iran on Tuesday to stop what he said were "provocative" actions in the Gulf and accused the Iranian leadership of trying to create instability in the region.
CENTCOM Commander General Joseph Votel told reporters at a Pentagon press briefing that Iran was alone is carrying out what he said was the "unprofessional" harassment of navy vessels in international waters.
Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections
Even before the FBI identified new cyber attacks on two separate state election boards, the Department of Homeland Security began considering declaring the election a "critical infrastructure," giving it the same control over security it has over Wall Street and and the electric power grid.
Human Rights Watch: Palestinians Abuse Media, Activists
Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies, a leading international human rights group said Tuesday.
Powerful Russian Weapons'? Washington Post Fears Putin’s 'October Surprise'
In yet another instance of what has become an all-too-common attempt to blame a Russian boogeyman for political failings in the United States, the Washington Post has published a dire op-ed warning of an ‘October surprise’ from the Kremlin.
ISIS Anthrax Arrests Could Signal America’s Worst Nightmare Is Coming True
Two Islamic State operatives were arrested in Kenya after trying to launch an anthrax attack, raising fears the terrorist group is increasingly close to acquiring the deadly biological weapon.
FBI Is Releasing Hillary Clinton Email Report, Notes From Her Interrogation
The FBI will release its report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation as early as Wednesday, CNN is reporting.
Along with the 30 page investigative report, the FBI will also release a 12-page copy of notes taken during Clinton’s July 2 interview with FBI investigators and Justice Department attorneys.
US general: ISIS forces defied orders to fight to the death
A top US general said Tuesday that ISIS fighters defied their leader's orders to fight to the death in a recent battle, instead retreating to the north. Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of US forces in the Middle East, said that the refusal to follow orders occurred during the battle for the recently liberated town of Manbij, Syria.
30 Aug 16
John Kerry: You Media People Should Stop Reporting on Terrorism So People Don't Know What's Going On
Speaking from Bangladesh Tuesday morning, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested members of the media stop covering (Islamic) terrorism so people won't "know what's going on." Kerry attempted to preempt his statement by implying media coverage creates copy cats and promotes more terrorism.
Surprise: FBI Recovers Another 30 Benghazi Emails Hillary Clinton Deleted
State finds 30 Benghazi-related "deleted" Clinton emails, wants 30 days to turn them over. Court demurs and suggests they move quicker.
Report: Netanyahu Warns Visiting US Delegation Against Lame-Duck Moves by Obama on Israel-Palestinian Track
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveyed a message of warning to US President Barack Obama not to make any moves on the Israeli-Palestinian front during his lame-duck period between November and January, the Hebrew news site Walla reported on Monday.
Scientists in Iceland are on alert after two earthquakes shake ‘Katla,’ one of the island’s largest volcanoes
Iceland’s Meteorological Office says two earthquakes early Monday rocked the caldera of Katla, one of the country’s largest volcanoes. Gunnar Gudmundsson, a geophysicist, said authorities are monitoring the situation at the volcano in southern Iceland and described it as “a little bit unusual.”
Is CNN Altering Trump's Tweets?
On Sunday, CNN decided to remove a specific word from one of Trump's posts regarding Hillary Clinton. The word "Crooked" in "Crooked Hillary Clinton" was completely omitted from a tweet displayed on screen and read on air by anchor Jim Sciutto.
Trump had originally written: “I think that both candidates, Crooked Hillary and myself, should release detailed medical records.
World not prepared for biological attacks, new technology threats: Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has sounded an alarm that the world is not prepared to face the threats from biological attacks while the Interpol and experts warned about the dangers of terrorists using 21st century technologies to wreak unprecedented levels of mass destruction.