Friday, March 16, 2018

Two Israelis Killed in Terrorist Car-Ramming; Palestinian Injured 2 Others in W.Bank Attack

A Palestinian driver hit four Israeli soldiers with his car this afternoon (March 16, 2018), killing an officer and a soldier and seriously injuring the others, outside the Mevo Dotan settlement in the northern West Bank, according to the Times of Israel website.

One of the injured soldiers suffered severe head trauma and was fighting for his life.

The military confirmed that the incident was a terror attack.

The driver, Ala Qabha, 26, of the village of Barta'a in the northern West Bank, was injured and taken to a hospital, where he is being questioned.

Scores of Civilians Killed in Syrian Airstrikes; Govt. Troops Hit Rebel-Held Area,Many Flee

Scores of civilians were killed today (March 16, 2018) in airstrikes in the Kafr Batna district in Syria  amid a mass exodus from rebel-held areas, according to the UPI website.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 41 civilians -- including six children -- were killed today.

As airstrikes continued, some 2,000 more people fled from rebel-held areas after it was reported that between 12,000 and 13,000 people had already left Damascus last night.

Yesterday, thousands fled the enclave of Eastern Ghouta as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government forces advanced into rebel-held areas.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Man Who Killed Wife Arrested after Confessing; Priest Notified Police,Wasn't Formal Confession

A Pennsylvania man was arrested after he confessed to a Catholic priest that he killed his wife, the NY Post website reports today (March 15, 2018).

John Grazioli, 44, went to St. Peter Cathedral in Erie, Penn. "crying and emotional" yesterday, asking to speak with a Roman Catholic priest, according to the Erie-Times News.

In the rectory office, Grazioli met with Rev. Michael Polinek and confessed to murdering his 31-year-old wife, Amanda, whom he married in September.

Under Roman Catholic law, priests are forbidden from contacting authorities about confessions. But Polinek made an exception to the Catholic law, saying that the admission wasn't during a "formal" confession, according to the Erie-Times News.

US Monitors Secret N.Korean Mil.Base in Syria; Believed Being Built for Nuclear-Related Usage

The U.S. is monitoring intelligence information indicating that North Korea may be building a large underground military base in Syria that could be used for advanced weaponry and nuclear-related work, the Free Beacon website reports today (March 15, 2018).

The information indicates that North Korea has neared completion of the construction of an underground military base located near Qardaha in Syria, the hometown of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

According to satellite images, the underground facility has been under construction since March 2011 when Syria's ongoing civil war began.

U.S. officials told the Washington Free Beacon they are monitoring this situation and efforts by North Korea to help Assad rebuild Syria's chemical weapons factories.

IS Backer Is Guilty in Plot to Bomb Miami Mall; Accepted Fake Bomb from an Undercover Agent

A Honduras citizen pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in a plot to set off a bomb in a Miami-area shopping mall, the Washington Times website reports today (March 15, 2018).

Vince Adolfo Solano, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of providing material support to the Islamic State (IS) group. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for May 30.

Prosecutors say Solano planned to detonate an explosive device at the Dolphin Mall west of Miami, Florida. Solano discussed the plot with a confidential informant and two undercover FBI agents.

Just prior to his arrest, the FBI provided Solano with a fake bomb outside the mall, according to court documents.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

VP Pence: Legal Abortion to End in Our Lifetime; Expects Sanctity of Life to Be Restored to US Law

Mike Pence has predicted the end of legal abortion in the U.S. "in our lifetime," the Christian Today website reports today (March 14, 2018).

The Vice President -- a long-time campaigner against abortion -- told a lunch hosted by anti-abortion organization, Susan B. Anthony List & Life Institute, he had seen more progress in eliminating abortion in the Trump administration's first year in office than in his entire life.

"I know in my heart of hearts this will be the generation that restores life in America," he told the audience in Nashville, Tennessee yesterday.

He added, "If all of us do all we can, we can once again in our time restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law."

Poll:Americans Back Israelis Over Palestinians; Also Tend to Favor Israel in Territorial Conflict

A Gallup poll published yesterday found that 64 percent of Americans sympathize with Israelis in the conflict with Palestinians, according to the UPI website.

The poll, which surveyed 1,044 adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reveals the highest level of support for Israel since 2013, which also found 64 percent of Americans favoring Israel.

Those with no preference for either side dipped to 16 percent, the lowest level Gallup has recorded.

Gallup said, "Most Americans view Israel favorably and the Palestinian Authority unfavorably, resulting in a strong tendency for Americans to sympathize with Israel in the territorial conflict..." The low level of sympathy for Palestinians by Americans may be due to the tendency of Palestinians to carry out terrorist attacks.