Saturday, August 27, 2016

Unarmed Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Forces; Father of 2 Was Running in Ramallah When Shot

Israeli forces killed an unarmed Palestinian man at a military post outside the village of Silwad, near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday, the Big News website reports today (August 27, 2016).

An army spokesman told the news media that soldiers shot a "suspect" who was running toward them. No soldiers were injured.

Israeli media initially reported that the man was in a car and had fired at soldiers before he was shot dead.

The man was identified by Palestinian sources as Iyad Zakariya Hamad, 38, who was married with two small children.

Dutch Pol.Party Calls for Ban on Quran, Mosques; Determined to End "Islamization" of Netherlands

The political party of Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders has pledged to close mosques and ban Islam's holy book, the Quran, as anti-Muslim sentiments in the Netherlands grow, the VOA (Voice of America) News website reports today (August 27, 2016).

Wilders unveiled the one-page manifesto on his Facebook page on August 25 ahead of the Netherlands' parliamentary elections in March.

If they prevail at the polls, Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) said its number one goal would be to halt the "Islamization" of the Netherlands. The party also vows to close all asylum seeker centers, expel criminals with dual nationalities, and refuse migrants from Muslim countries.

The PVV currently leads in almost every opinion poll amid growing anger at the Dutch government's handling of the refugee crisis.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Coptic Orth. Church Seeks to End Const. Delays; Egypt's Christian Body Wants Par with Mosques

The Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt has voiced its dismay at amendments to a draft law that was hoped to put churches on a par with country's numerous mosques, the World Watch Monitor website reports today (August 26, 2016).

"The Church did not expect to see so many unacceptable amendments and impractical additions," the country's largest Christian body said in a prepared statement, declaring the proposed changes "a danger to Egypt's national unity."

"Due to the [added] complications and hurdles, those amendments do not consider Egyptian Christian citizens' equal rights," the 18 August statement said.

The Coptic Church asked Egypt's legislature in mid-May to pass a law that would remove the many hurdles which often make building a church impossible. Muslim places of worship, on the other hand, are routinely built without issues.

Car Bomb Dismantles Police Station in SE Turkey; At Least 11 Police Officers Killed, Kurds Suspected

A car bomb explosion ripped through a police station in southeastern Turkey today (August 26, 2016), resulting in mass casualties, according to the Times of Israel website.

At least 11 police officers were killed and 70 people injured in the incident in the town of Cizre -- not far from Turkey's border with Syria -- state media reported.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack which was the latest in a string of bombings that have targeted police or military vehicles and installations in Turkey.

The official Anadolu news agency blamed the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) for the blast. Members of PKK have carried out several car bomb attacks on police and military in recent months, as Kurds attempt to establish an independent state in Turkey.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Survey:Many Americans Reject God,Miracles; One Quarter of Americans Have No Rel. Affiliation

A new survey shows that half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with any religion, the Washington Examiner website reports today (August 25, 2016).

Pew Research Center revealed yesterday that 49 percent of what they term "nones" left their church and religion because they "don't believe."

Another 20 percent said they don't like organized religion. Other reasons included "common sense" and a lack of belief in miracles.

The new survey is the latest from Pew that demonstrates a growing secular trend in America: More and more people are junking religion and many are giving up on God.

US Nabs 916 Illegals from Terror-Linked Nations; Terrorists Tried Reaching US Via Mexican Border

U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended at least 916 illegal immigrants from countries linked to terrorism trying to sneak into the U.S. across the Southwest border in 2014 and 2015, the Breitbart News website reports exclusively today (August 25, 2016), based on information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

During that period, nearly 370 may have successfully entered the United States, according to the U.S. government's estimate of "gotaways."

The number of illegals from terror-linked countries -- officially known as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs) -- arrested along the U.S.-Mexican border has nearly doubled to 462 in 2015 alone, from 255 in 2011, the last year for which the government released data without a FOIA request.

The U.S. military has warned that there are networks in Latin America that specialize in smuggling illegals into the U.S. from countries affiliated with terrorism.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pope Shares His Sorrow Over Earthquake in Italy; Over 120 Dead,Hundreds Injured,Dozens Missing

Pope Fancis expressed his "heartfelt sorrow" today (August 24, 2016), after a powerful earthquake killed at least 120 people and left a trail of destruction across central Italy, according to the Religion News website.

Hundreds of people were injured and dozens of others missing in several small towns after the magnitude 6.2 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. local time today.

The quake's epicenter was about 90 miles northeast of Rome -- the town of Amatrice is believed to have sustained the most damage -- but the shock waves were felt from the southern city of Naples to the northern town of Rimini on the Adriatic Coast. A powerful aftershock of 5.4 magnitude followed an hour later.

"I cannot fail to express my heartfelt sorrow and spiritual closeness to all those present in the zones afflicted," the pope told the crowd in St. Peter's Square.