Saturday, March 31, 2018

PA Still Paying Terrorists with US Tax Funds; Praises Its Pay-to-Slay Policy Despite US Law

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is continuing to pay out salaries to convicted terrorists using funds provided by the American taxpayer -- a policy that defies a recent U.S. law mandating the PA stop these subsidies or face a cutoff in U.S. dollars -- the Free Beacon website reports today (March 31, 2018).

Palestinian officials in recent days rejected a new U.S. law -- known as the Taylor Force Act -- that bans the PA government from providing salaries to terrorists and their families.

While the Taylor Force Act -- named after an American who was killed by a Palestinian terror attack in 2016 -- mandates the PA cease payments or face a cutoff in U.S. aid, Palestinian officials said they have no intention of ending this practice.

In fact, Palestinian leaders have continued to praise this so-called "pay-to-slay" policy, prompting concerns from Israeli and U.S. lawmakers.

On Good Friday Pope Prays Holy Shame to Jesus; Expresses Shame of World Filled with Selfishness

Pope Francis led the traditional Way of the Cross procession on Good Friday against a backdrop of Rome's Colosseum, recalling the path of Christ's passion, the Crux Now website reports today (March 31, 2018).

Speaking to Christ in the form of prayer, Francis expressed "shame" for "our generations that are leaving the young a world fractured by division and wars; a world devoured by selfishness where young people, children, the infirm, the elderly are marginalized." Today's selfishness pervading our society can be compared to Judas betraying Jesus, in order to receive 30 pieces of silver.

The pope spoke of the shame caused by many people, "including some of your ministers, who allowed themselves to be deceived by ambition and vainglory, losing their dignity and their first love."

Francis also spoke of hope, including that which comes from Christ's cross... "turning the darkness of the tomb into the splendor of the dawn of Sunday without sunset, teaching us that your love is our hope."

Friday, March 30, 2018

Israelis Murder 12 Palestinians in Protest in Gaza; Six-Week Palestinian Protest Begins against Israel

Israeli forces killed at least 12 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,000 others today (March 30, 2018), on the first day of a planned six-week Palestinian protest on the Gaza Strip, according to the UPI website.

Israeli troops lined the border fence with infantry battalions and more than 100 snipers ready to fire at Palestinians who attempted to break through the security fence.

The Palestinian Health ministry confirmed the 12 deaths and said about 1,100 sustained injuries mostly from rubber bullets and tear gas. Some had gunshot wounds.

Palestinians in Gaza are planning a six-week protest against Israel that began today and is expected to last until mid-May -- the anniversary of when thousands of Palestinians fled their homes during Israel's 1948 War of Independence.

Trump Tells Advisers He Wants US Out of Syria; States Other Nations in Region Can Handle Syria

Two senior Trump administration officials revealed  to Reuters today (March 30, 2018) that President Donald Trump is telling advisers he wants an early exit of U.S. troops from Syria, according to the Reuters website.

Trump said that based on allied victories against the Islamic State (IS) militants, "We'll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon."

"Let other people take care of it now... We're going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be," Trump said.

Trump has made it clear that "once IS and its remnants are destroyed that the U.S. would be looking toward having countries in the region playing a larger role in securing security and leaving it at that," one official said.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Paris Jewish Student Group Office Is Vandalized; Inscriptions Read "Death to Israel," "Viva Arafat"

The headquarters of a Jewish student group at a Paris university was ransacked yesterday, with vandals scrawling anti-Israel and anti-Semitic graffiti on the office's walls, just hours before mass marches were held around France to protest anti-Semitism, the Times of Israel website reports today (March 29, 2018).

Sacha Ghozlan, president of the French Jewish Students Union, said the damage was inflicted at the group's facilities at the Pantheon-Sorbonne campus of the University of Paris.

"A cabinet was thrown on the ground and there were inscriptions such as 'Death to Israel' and 'Viva Arafat' on the wall," Gozlan said.

The incident came ahead of marches yesterday in Paris and other cities to oppose racism and to honor 85-year-old Mireille Knoll, a Jewish Holocaust survivor who was stabbed to death in her apartment on March 23 in what authorities are calling an anti-Semitic attack. Thousands -- including some French government ministers -- attended a march in Paris.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Report: Racist Violence Creeping Up in Greece; Due to an Increase in Assaults against Migrants

Attacks by organized groups against migrants, refugees and activists have been creeping up in Greece, the Athens-based Racist Violence Recording Network (RVRN) said today (March 28, 2018), and it called for zero tolerance towards racist violence, according to the Keep Talking Greece website.

In its 2017 annual report, RVRN said the living conditions of refugees and migrants on Greek islands -- where thousands are stranded in overcrowded camps -- drove xenophobic rhetoric in local communities, sometimes with "extreme manifestations."

It found violent assaults had increased in Athens also, and said perpetrators appeared to execute instructions given to them by their organizations based on pre-meditated plans.

"The RVRN alarmingly observes an increase in the number of assaults committed by groups employing 'hit-and-run'-like practices," the report added.

Judge OKs a 9/11 Lawsuit against Saudi Arabia; Ruling May Reward Plaintiffs with Billions of $$

A judge ruled today (March 28, 2018) that a lawsuit accusing the Saudi Arabian government of complicity in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks -- and seeking billions of dollars in damages -- can go forward, according to the Washington Times website.

U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan dismissed Saudi Arabia's motion to dismiss the case on the grounds of lack of official complicity.

Judge Daniels said the plaintiffs -- victims' relatives and their families -- can "narrowly articulate a reasonable basis for this Court to assume jurisdiction under [the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act] over Plaintiffs' claims against Saudi Arabia."

Judge Daniels added he would "allow Plaintiffs limited jurisdictional discovery" of evidence against Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

France Will Require Kids to Begin School at Age 3; Attains the Youngest Age to Start School in Europe

In order to provide more time for young children to learn and socialize, President Emmanuel Macron announced today (March 27, 2018) that children in France will soon be required to start school at the age of three, according to the Euro News website.

The new measure -- which will go into effect in September 2019 -- significantly lowers the compulsory school age, which currently starts at six.

The move by Macron will give France the lowest age for beginning compulsory schooling in Europe.

The majority of countries in Europe require their children to begin their schooling at age five or six.

Group Wants Cross on Mich. Public Land Gone; Asserts 70-Yr.-Old Cross in Chelsea Is Unconst.

A cross that has been on Michigan-owned property for nearly seven decades is the subject of a recent complaint by a civil rights group, the Christian Post website reports today (March 27, 2018).

The large white cross stands on Sackrider Hill in the Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea, Michigan , which serves as the site of an annual Easter worship service organized by the Grass Lake Ministerial Association.

However, the cross has become the subject of an official complaint recently filed by the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA) on behalf of a local resident. MACRA argues that the cross being on state-owned property is unconstitutional.

"What authority did the state think it had to allow a permanent religious symbol on public land?" said MACRA co-founder Mitch Kahle. "We expect the state will remove it. Courts are not favorable to crosses on public property."

Monday, March 26, 2018

Turkish Airstrikes in Syria Ruin Christian Sites; Commit Same Level of Atrocities as Those of IS

Airstrikes by Turkey in Syria destroyed important Christian sites dating back to the Byzantine era and other archaeological site from the first millennium BC, the Clarion Project website reports today (March 26, 2018).

The Turkish air force bombed Barad, nine miles south of the city of Afrin, where the Turks launched an offensive against the Kurds last month.

The bombing reported devastated -- among other sites -- the tomb of Marone, the remains of the cathedral  of San Giuliano, and an ancient Neo-Hittite temple built by the Arameans in the first millennium BC in Ain Dara, known for its enormous basalt lions.

Former antiquities chief Maamoun Abdul Karim said that the destruction of Ain Dara was "the same level of atrocity" as the deliberate demolition of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra by the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

Jewish Holocaust Survivor,85,Murdered in Paris; Her Body Had 11 Stab Wounds, Home Set Ablaze

Two men were arrested today (March 26, 2018) over yesterday's killing of an 85-year-old Jewish woman -- a Holocaust survivor -- whose stabbed body was found after her Paris apartment was set ablaze, according to the Times of Israel website.

An autopsy conducted on  the woman -- who had lived alone -- identified her as Mirelle Kanol. Her charred body had at least 11 stab wounds.

A forensic examination of the apartment showed that an arsonist started a fire in at least five distinct areas of that space, a report said.

An anti-Semitic watchdog initially said  the case appeared to be an anti-Semitic hate crime, but later said  there was no immediate evidence of anti-Semitism.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Germany Nabs Former Catalan Head Puigdemont; Thousands Protest in Barcelona against His Arrest

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was detained in Germany today (March 25, 2018), five months after entering self-imposed exile from Spain, where he faces up to 25 years in prison for organizing an illegal secession referendum last year, according to the Reuters website.

Puigdemont had entered Germany from Denmark after leaving Finland on March 23 when it appeared that police would arrest him there and begin an extradition process requested by Spain.

The detention threatens to worsen the Catalan crisis that flared last year when the region made a symbolic declaration of independence, prompting Madrid to take direct rule.

Tens of thousands of Catalans -- many of them wearing yellow in support of jailed separatist leaders -- demonstrated in Barcelona this afternoon, chanting "Puigdemont, our prersident" and "freedom for political prisoners."

Young People Criticize Church Defects to Pope; Say Church's "Excessive Moralism" Loses Cath.

Young Catholics told the Vatican yesterday that they want a more transparent and authentic church -- one where women play a greater leadership role and where obeying "unreachable" normal standards is not the price of admission -- the ABC News website reports today (March 25, 2018).

In a final document from a weeklong Vatican-initiated conference, 300 young people from around the world joined by 15,000 young people online gave the older men who run the 1.2 billion-strong church a piece of their collective mind.

Overall, the young people concluded the church often is too severe, and its "excessive moralism" often sends the faithful looking elsewhere for peace and spiritual fulfillment.

"We need a church that is welcoming and merciful, which appreciates its roots and patrimony and which loves everyone -- even those who are not following the perceived standards," they said.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

White House Turns Greek for Ind.Day Ceremony; Trump Lauds Greece as Birthplace of Democracy

A large crowd of Greek Americans gathered at the White House yesterday to listen to an address by U.S. President Donald Trump at an event to honor the men and women who fought Ottoman Turkey for Greece's independence, the Greek Reporter website reports today (March 24, 2018).

Trump -- standing beside Thessaloniki-born U.S. Archbishop Demetrios -- said the tradition of the White House hosting Greek Independence Day (March 25) celebrations was one which would continue for many more years. "I'll be here for another seven," he told the audience.

He also recalled how America's founding fathers used the modus operandi of the Greek city states when they drafted the U.S. Constitution.

The crowd cheered when he mentioned Greece being the birthplace of democracy. "All around us here in the United States, we see the profound influence of Greek culture, art, and philosophy," said Trump.

US Ends Funding to PA Due to Terror Payments; Congress: PA Practice of "Pay to Slay" Must End

The Taylor Force Act -- legislation that seeks to cut financial aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) unless it ends its payments to terrorists and their families -- has been passed by Congress as part of a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill, the World Israel website reports today (March 24, 2018).

"I truly appreciate the hard work of the Force family and the many friends of Taylor Force who made it clear to Congress the practice of 'Pay to Slay' must be stopped," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who introduced the bill in 2016, tweeted yesterday.

The legislation is named for a 28-year-old former U.S. serviceman who was stabbed and killed in March 2016 while visiting Israel.

The Taylor Force Act -- which will end U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority until it ends support for terrorists and their families -- does allow for three humanitarian exceptions, including funding for Palestinian water and childhood vaccination programs as well as eastern Jerusalem hospitals. The legislation also does not cut off U.S. assistance to Palestinian Authority security forces.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Boko Haram Frees All But One Seized Schoolgirls; Refuses to Free the Only Christian Kidnapped Girl

The Boko Haram radical Islamist group in Nigeria has released all but one of the Dapchi schoolgirls whom it kidnapped on February 19, the Christian Headlines website reports today (March 23, 2018).

The only girl who was not released is also the only Christian among the group. Her name is Leah Sharibu. She is only 15 years old, and she refuses to denounce Christ.

The girls were released by Boko Haram in a ceremony in the town of Dapchi. The terrorist organization reached an agreement with the Nigerian government that there would be no interference with the return.

In the early hours of March 21, Boko Haram drove into the town with nine trucks and unloaded all of the girls, except for five that died during the kidnapping, and Sharibu.

Israel Arrests 30 Ultra-Orth. Draft Protesters; Rabbinic Heads Tell Students Not to Register

Thirty ultra-Orthodox protesters were arrested yesterday in Bnei Brak, Israel, after they threw rocks and tear gas at police officers and blocked a major central highway during a demonstration against the army draft, the Times of Israel website reports today (March 23, 2018).

Hundreds took part in the demonstration that was initriated by the Jerusalem Faction, a radical ultra-Orthodox faction that has spearheaded protests. Protesters blocked traffic in both directions of Route 4 in the city of Bnei Barak, causing the road to be closed for more than three hours.

While the issue of ultra-Orthodox enlistment has been a contentious one in Israel for decades -- relating to whether young ultra-Orthodox men studying in yeshivas, or seminaries, should be called upon to serve in Israel's military like the rest of Israelis -- these protests are over the Jerusalem Faction's refusal to have any connection with the military.

Ultra-Orthodox Israelis are exempted from enlistment, but they are required to report to enlistrment offices to sign a deferral of service, which Jerusalem Faction rabbinic leaders order their strudents not to do.

IS Terrorist Kills Three People in Southern France; Two Are Killed in Trebes, One More in Carcassone

Three people were killed today (March 23, 2018) and a dozen others were injured in separate attacks in southern France that authorities believe were motivated by terrorism, according to the UPI website.

The gunman, who was described as a Moroccan national affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) terror group, stormed a market in Trebes and took hostages.

Police said two people shot inside -- an employee and a customer -- died from their injuries. The hostage-taker was killed by police.

A short time before this attack, the same gunman is believed to have shot a police officer in Carcassone, about nine miles away. He killed another person during a carjacking there, police said. The shot police officer is expected to survive.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Teen Who Slapped Israeli Soldier Gets 8 Months; Ahed Tamimi Was a Sign of Palestinian Defiance

A Palestinian teenager -- who gained international attention after a video showed her slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier -- has agreed to plead guilty to assault charges and will serve eight months in prison, the NPR (National Public Radio) website reports today (March 22, 2018).

Ahed Tamimi, 17, became a symbol of Palestinian defiance to military occupation after she confronted Israeli soldiers outside her home in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on December 15.

Video of the incident went viral after Tamimi's mother shared it on Facebook.

Both Tamimi and her mother, Nariman Tamimi, have been held in jail for three months, and will serve an additional five months as part of plea agreements.

Brazilian Bishop, Clergy Pilfered Church Money; Stole $600K, Bought Cattle Ranch, Lottery Shop

A Brazilian bishop and five Brazilian clergymen have been arrested in connection with a corruption case involving around $600,000, the Sky News website reports today (March 22, 2018).

Police raided the home of Jose Ronaldo Ribeiro, the bishop of Formosa, who is accused of working with other Catholic clergymen to divert the money.

Prosecutors said the money was stolen from collection boxes, tithes, donations, and wedding and baptism fees at churches in three Brazilian cities -- Formosa, Posse, and Planaltina.

The group is alleged to have bought a cattle ranch and a lottery ticket shop with the money.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Report:Young People in Europe Rejecting Rel.; Majority in Dozen Countries Have No Religion

A new report, published by theology professor Stephen Bullivant from St. Mary's University in London, claims young people in Europe are turning their backs on Christianity, the Euro News website reports today (March 21, 2018).

The research reveals a majority of young people in a dozen European countries say they are not affiliated to a religion. The Czech Republic tops the list, with 91 percent of its young adults having no religion.

A previous study by the Pew Research Center in 2015 said Europe's Christian population is expected to shrink by around 100 million people in the coming decades.

It projected that while Christians will remain the largest religious group in Europe, Muslims will make up 10 percent of the continent's population by 2050, up from 5.9 percent in 2010.

Germany Rebukes Turkey's Aggression in Syria; UN Also Condemns Turkey's Offensive in Afrin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel today (March 21, 2018) condemned as "unacceptable" Turkey's military offensive in Syria's northern town of Afrin, and criticized Russia for "just watching" the continuing attacks by Syrian forces on rebel-dominated eastern Ghouta, according to the Reuters website.

Merkel told the lower house of parliament that the German government also condemned the air strikes on eastern Ghouta "in the strongest terms."

The United Nations yesterday condemned Turkey's aggression in Afrin and called for full access to civilians inside and outside of eastern Ghouta to meet their urgent needs. Some 50,000 people have fled from eastern Ghouta in recent days; in Afrin, the fighting has uprooted some 104,000 people.

On March 18, Turkey stormed Afrin after a two-month offensive against Kurdish soldiers there. The United Nations estimates that about 100,000 people are still inside Afrin, half of whom are children.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

PA Head: US Ambas. to Israel Is "Son of a Dog;" Abbas Rips David Friedman,Family as "Settlers"

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas yesterday called U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman the "son of a dog, settler," the Israel National News website reports today (March 20, 2018).

Speaking at a meeting of PA leaders in Ramallah, Abbas slammed Friedman's previous criticism of the PA's refusal to condemn recent terror attacks in which Jewish civilians were murdered.

"The U.S. legitimizes settlements," Abbas said. "That's what American officials do, and at their head in Tel Aviv, is David Friedman."

Abbas added, "The son of a dog, they're building on their own land? He himself [Friedman] is a settler, and his entire family are settlers."

Pope Empahsizes Crucifix Is a Rel. Prayer Symbol; It Should Not Be Used as an Ornament, Accessory

Pope Francis warned this week that the crucifix is a religious sign to be "contemplated and understood" rather than merchandised during a speech at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, the Daily Star (British) website reports today (March 20, 2018).

He said the crucifix is a sacred sign not to be "abused" by being treated as an ornament or clothing accessory.

"The image of Jesus crucified reveals the mystery of the death of the Son as the supreme act of love, the source of life, and salvation of humanity of all times." Francis said.

He concluded, "His [Jesus'] wounds have healed us -- a fruitfulness that will bear fruit for many."

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pope:Men Using Prostitutes Are Sick Criminals; Sees These Men as Exploiting,Torturing Women

Pope Francis asked forgiveness today (March 19, 2018) for all Christians who buy sex from women, saying men who frequent prostitutes are criminals with a "sick mentality" who think that women exist to be exploited, according to the NBC News website.

"This isn't making love. This is torturing a woman. Let's not confuse the terms," Francis insisted.

The pope made the comments during an intimate, four-hour-long listening session with 300 young people who were invited by the Vatican to Rome this week to help church leaders learn what kids these days think about the Catholic Church.

Francis has insisted that young adults -- Catholic and not -- be integral in the process informing the otherwise all-male, celibate, and rather old church hierarchy about the future of the church. "Young people must be taken seriously," he said.

Kathie Lee Gifford Will Only Date Christian Men; Feels Rel. Is Most Important Factor for Marriage

Christian celebrity Kathie Lee Gifford said that she won't consider dating someone unless that person shares her Christian faith, the Christian Headlines website reports today (March 19, 2018).

Gifford's husband, Frank, passed away on August 9, 2015. Gifford has shared that she struggles with loneliness now that he is gone.

"My biggest struggle at this point of my life is loneliness. I've lost my parents, my husband is gone, and now my children live far away from me," Gifford said. Despite this loneliness, the 64-year-old widow said she recently broke off with someone because he didn't share her faith.

She added that she is open to finding love again, but is trusting God. "I'm not out at singles bars. I'm not online."

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Grand "Macedonia Is Greece" Rally Held in NYC; Greeks Want Bordering FYROM to Change Name

Thousands of Greek Americans held a rally in New York City today (March 18, 2018) to express their opposition to any use of the word "Macedonia" in the negotiations currently under way between the governments of Greece and the FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), according to the Greek Reporter website.

Archbishop Demetrios of America was present. Prominent members of the Greek American community addressed the crowd. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney made a passionate speech saying that "Macedonia was, is, and always will be Greece."

The rally at the United Nations Plaza was organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, the Pan Macedonian Association of USA, and the Hellenic American Congress. Greeks are opposed to FYROM using the word "Macedonia" in its name because Macedonia has for centuries been the name of a northern Greek province -- and the birthplace of Alexander the Great -- that borders FYROM.

This is the first demonstration on the FYROM naming dispute occurring in the United States. Massive demonstrations have already taken place in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece, as well as in numerous other European, Canadian, and Australian cities.

"Army of Islam" Would Be World's Largest Mil.; Turkey Seeks Forming 5M Army to Attack Israel

Turkey's semi-official newspaper Yeni Safak called for urgent action recently in forming a 57-nation, five million "Army of Islam" to besiege and attack Israel, the WND (World Net Daily) website reports exclusively today (March 18, 2018).

Such action would create the largest military force on the planet -- one nearly as large as the total population of Israel.

Titled, "A Call for Urgent Action," the article called on the 57-member Muslim states of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) to form a joint "Army of Islam" to besiege and attack the state of Israel. It notes that such a joint army will greatly exceed the Israeli army in manpower, equipment, and budget, and presents statistics to prove this.

It states that Turkey will serve as the headquarters during the Israeli attack, due to its land, air, and naval infrastructure. It also notes that Pakistan -- the only nuclear Muslim country -- will have a "special status" during the Israeli attack.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Polish Priest Calls for Pope Francis' Quick Death; Opposed to Francis' Liberalism, Backs John Paul

Poland's leading archbishop has regretted comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to "wisdom," the Fox News website reports today (March 17, 2018).

Krakow Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said today he heard about the comments with "pain and regret" and has discussed them with Mgr. Edward Staniek, who said them in a February 25 church speech in Krakow.

Krakow was the seat of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, the late Pope St. John Paul II. Poland's church remains attached to John Paul's conservative stance, which differs from Francis' inclusive message.

In his speech, Staniek said he was praying for wisdom for Francis and a "heart open to the Holy Spirit, and if he does not do that, for a quick passage to the House of the Father," meaning death.

Pakistan Doesn't Back US in Fighting Terrorists; Taliban Using Pakistan as Haven in Afghan War

The United States has not yet seen Pakistan take significant steps to clamp down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Islamic network militant groups, the Business Insider website reports today (March 17, 2018).

According to a senior U.S. official, the Trump administration suspended some $2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan in January, but Islamabad has failed to take "the kind of decisive and irreversible action" Washington has asked for to help with the war in Afghanistan.

The administration has been frustrated by what it sees as Pakistan's reluctance to act against the Afghan Taliban and the affiliated Haqqani network.

Washington believes through intelligence information that the terror groups use Pakistan as a safe haven for launching attacks on neighboring Afghanistan. Pakistan -- a country noted for its diehard support of Islam -- denies helping the Islamist terrorists.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Report:More Elderly Than Youth in US by 2035; Census Bureau:Immigration Will Surpass Births

The U.S. Census Bureau published a report this week that projects "Adults 65 and older will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history by the year 2035," the Christian Headlines website reports today (March 16, 2018).

The coming shift in U.S. demographics brings with it some notable implications for U.S. society.

The number of elderly Americans will be so high by that time that 1 in every 5 Americans will be at retirement age. Also, the death rate will surpass the birth rate.

According to the Census Bureau, "For the first time in U.S. history, immigration, and not births, will be the main driver of the country's population growth."

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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Joy Behar Apologizes for Anti-Christian Insult; Called Pence's Talking to Jesus "Mental Illness"

ABC News host Joy Behar apologized today (March 13, 2018) for mocking Vice President Mike Pence's Christian faith, ending a month of outcry stemming from remarks she made that have been called "slander" and "anti-Christian bigotry," according to the Fox News website.

Pence appeared on Fox News Channel's "Hannity" last night, urging Behar to apologize to "tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended" during the conversation -- and she obliged.

"I think Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith and I fell short of that," Behar said on today's edition of "The View."  She added, "I sincerely apologize for what I said."

Behar's controversial comments resulted in the Media Research Center launching a campaign to hold Behar accountable for spreading "anti-Christian bigotry" after she said that Pence's communicating with Jesus is a "mental illness"  during a February 13 episode of "The View" while discussing Pence's faith.

UMC Pastor Fired for Marrying Lesbian Couple; UMC Law Forbids Holding Same-Sex Weddings

The firing of a Tennessee pastor by the United Methodist Church (UMC) after leaders discovered she performed a lesbian wedding has resulted in divisions within America's third-largest religious denomination over its stance on homosexuality, the Huffington Post website reports today (March 13, 2018).

Anna Golladay was licensed by the UMC's Holston Conference to serve at the St. Marks and St. Elmo churches in Chattanooga. A local district committee on ministry voted to rescind Golladay's license on February 26, after an anonymous source shared a photo of the pastor from the same-sex wedding.

Congregants were deeply upset when they heard the news, according to Rev. Gary Ihfe, lead pastor for both churches. "I am sorry for the pain that is being felt by many of our families who feel as though they have come under attack," Ihfe said.

The UMC, which has more than seven million members in the United States, forbids its pastors to officiate same-sex weddings. The UMC's Book of Discipline details its laws and doctrines, and states that "the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching."

Monday, March 12, 2018

Putin:Jews May Have Rigged US Pres.Election; Insinuates Russian Jews Aren't Really Russians

Jewish groups around the world have condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's suggestion that the 2016 U.S. presidential election may have been manipulated by Jews in Russia, the Washington Post website reports today (March 12, 2018).

Putin's remarks came during an interview with NBC News on March 10, in which he speculated that nearly anyone other than the Russian government could have been behind a program to disrupt the election. U.S. intelligence agencies believe Putin ordered the effort to undermine faith in the U.S. election and help elect Donald Trump as president.

"Maybe they're not even Russians," Putin said, referring to who might have been behind the election interference. "Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews -- just with Russian citizenship," Putin added. Putin is a strong follower of the Greek Orthodox Christian faith and a firm supporter of Russian Patriarch Kirill, spiritual head of Russia's predominant Orthodox religion.

His remarks about Jews -- which suggested that a Russian Jew was not really a Russian -- prompted particular outrage among those who remember Russia's centuries-long history of anti-Semitism and Jewish purges. Some groups compared the statement to anti-Jewish myths that helped inspire the Holocaust.

Residents Denied Bible Study in Condo Lounge; Attorneys File Complaint with US Dept. of HUD

A Florida woman filed a federal complaint after her homeowners association barred her from continuing to host a Bible study in the common room of her own condominium complex, the Christian Post website reports today (March 12, 2018).

Last week, attorneys representing residents at the Cambridge House Condominiums in Port Charlotte, Florida, sent a Fair Housing Act complaint letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The complaint explains that Donna Dunbar, a Seventh-day Adventist lay minister who runs a nationally recognized soup kitchen with her husband, held a Bible study of less than 10 women in the social room of the Cambridge House complex for two hours on Monday mornings for nearly a year.

The Cambridge House board of directors passed a resolution on February 6, 2018 that states: "Prayers and other religious services, observations, or meetings of any nature shall not occur... in or upon any of the common elements." Dunbar was also sent a letter that explained that the new resolution "prohibits Bible study meetings in the Social Room."

More Than Half Million Died in Syrian Civil War; Syrian Observatory Says Some 511K People Killed

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights -- a British-based war monitor -- said today (March 12, 2018) about 511,000 people have been killed in the Syrian war since it began seven years ago, according to the Reuters website.

The Observatory, which tracks death tolls using a network of contacts inside Syria, said it had identified more than 350,000 of those killed, and the remainder were cases where it knew deaths had occurred but did not know the victims' names.

The Syrian civil war began after mass protests on March 15, 2011, and has continued to the present day.

About 85 percent of the dead were civilians killed by the forces of the Syrian government and its allies, the Observatory said.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Pope:Christians Must Strive to Live Moral Life; Christianity Rejects Evil,Selfishness,Corruption

Pope Francis said today (March 11, 2018) that to be a Christian isn't easy, but means having faith and striving to live a moral life even when it's hard, trusting in God and His love during moments of weakness and anxiety, according to the Crux Now website.

"Christianity doesn't offer easy consolations, it's not a shortcut, but requires faith and a healthy moral life which rejects evil, selfishness, and corruption," the pope said.

A faithful and moral life, he said, "gives us the true and great hope in God the Father, rich in mercy who has given us His only son, thus revealing to us His immense love."

Speaking to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square at his Sunday Angelus address, the pope added, "God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him."

US Warns Syria against Gas Attacks on Ghouta; Due to Reports that Chlorine Gas Is Being Used

In what might well be a forerunner to another U.S. missile attack on Syria by the U.S. for its use of illegal deadly chemical weapons, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned Syria today (March 11, 2018) that it would be "very unwise" to use gas as a weapon in its bombardment of rebel strongholds in eastern Ghouta, according to the VOA News website.

Mattis said "right now" the U.S. is "getting reports" that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces are using chlorine gas in their three-week advance against the rebels outside the capital, Damascus, that has left nearly 1,000 dead, including 200 children.

The U.S. defense chief acknowledged to reporters that he was aware of "an awful lot of reports about chlorine gas use or about symptoms that could be resulting from chlorine gas."

President Donald Trump last April ordered a missile strike -- and 59 missiles were fired -- against a Syrian airbase at Shayrat after the U.S. said Syria used the facility to launch a sarin nerve gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Anarchists from Balkans Clash with Greek Police; About 2,000 Demonstrate in City of Thessaloniki

Anarchists clashed with riot police in Greece today (March 10, 2018), after some 2,000 protesters from across the Balkans marched in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki against nationalism in the region, according to the Fox News website.

Police used tear gas and threw stun grenades at the anarchists, who were barricaded inside the University of Thessaloniki campus.

Police are prohibited by law to enter the campus to make arrests.

The gathering of Balkan anarchists was organized after far-right activists burned down an anarchist collective's premises in Thessaloniki in January.

PA Pres. Abbas:Peace with Israel Is "Treason;" Palestinians' Primary Goal Is to Destroy Israel

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly told the Fatah Revolutionary Council in Ramallah recently that he does not intend to end his life as a "traitor" by signing any agreement with the Jewish state that does not live up to Palestinian aspirations and demands, the World Israel News website reports today (March 10, 2018).

This was in reference to the Trump administration's peace plan, which is expected to be unveiled in the near future.

In theory, the Arab-Israeli conflict is easy to solve, but in reality virtually impossible under current circumstances. The reason is simple: Arab leaders like Abbas have incited their populations for decades against the very existence of Israel within any borders.

The fact is that Abbas -- or any Palestinian leader -- does not want to make genuine peace with the Jews, when the Palestinians' ultimate goal continues to be the destruction of the Jewish state.

Report: Millions Convert to Christians in China; China to Become World's Largest Christian Pop.

According to a new report released by the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), China is on track to contain the world's largest Christian population, due to a surge in underground house churches and state-sanction places of worship, the Newsmax website reports today (March 10, 2018).

In a background document titled "Christianity in China," the CFR estimates of the number of Protestants at anywhere from 58 million to 115 million and higher -- although fewer than 30 million attend officially registered churches.

The CFR report states the number of Chinese Protestants has grown by an average of 10 percent annually since 1979, putting China on track to have the world's largest population of Christians by 2030.

Estimates of the Catholic faithful in China, meanwhile, range between 10 to 12 million.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Suicide Bomber Kills 7 Near Kabul Rel. Service; Struck by Anniv.Service of Afghan Shiite Leader

A suicide bombing in the Afghan capital today (March 9, 2018) killed at least seven people who were attending a memorial for a prominent Hazara leader, according to The Defense Post website.

The bomber detonated an explosive device at a checkpoint outside the gathering in Kabul.

People inside were marking the 23rd anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, a former leader of Afghanistan's mainly Shiite Hazara community, who was killed by the Taliban.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) has targeted Afghanistan's Shiite community in the past.

Poland Pres. Apologizes to Jews Ousted in 1968; Jews Mark 50th Anniv.of Poland "Shameful Act"

Poland's President Andrzej Duda apologized yesterday to Polish Jews who were driven from their homeland 50 years ago, the Jewish Press website reports today (March 9, 2018).

Some 13,000 Jews were expelled from Poland -- including Holocaust survivors and prominent thinkers and philosophers -- by the communist party in 1968, using the excuse of a purge by the Moscow-backed communist regime in response to mass student protests.

"The free and independent Poland of today, my generation, is not responsible and does not need to apologize," Duda said. "But... to those who were driven out then... I'd like to say please forgive the Republic, Poles, the Poland of that time for having carried out such a shameful act."

The 50th anniversary of the Jewish purge yesterday is being marked this week in events and lectures held throughout Poland.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Syrian Mil. Helps Kurds Battle Turks in Afrin; Moves 1700 Troops Fighting IS to Fight Turks

A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian fighters announced yesterday it would redeploy around 1,700 members from front lines against the Islamic State (IS) group to a Kurdish Syrian enclave under Turkish aggression, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports today (March 7, 2018).

Turkey and allied Syrian rebels are waging a weeks-long offensive on Afrin, which is held by a Kurdish militia that makes up the bulk of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

"We took the difficult decision to pull our forces out of Deir Ezzor province and battlefronts against Daesh (IS) to head to Afrin battle," said Abu Omar al-Idlibi, an SDF commander.

Syria's ongoing civil war has killed more than 340,000 people since it began in 2011.

Rabbi Warns Israel Flooded with Gay Culture; Urges Israelis Back Traditional Family Values

A prominent national Israeli rabbi sparked an outcry yesterday when he said that Israel has become an "LGBT-stan" inundated with a gay culture and urged his followers to "wage war" for traditional family values, the Times of Israel website reports today (March 7, 2018).

Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira, who heads the Ramat Gan Yeshiva, told a right-wing religious conference that homosexual culture was "an illness that was spreading."

He added that Israeli culture now brands anyone who opposes homosexuality an "extremist."

Shapira emphasized there was nothing homophobic or extremist in wanting traditional Jewish values in family life.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Americans Still Love Pope Francis after 5 Years; New Poll:84% of US Cath. Hold Favorable View

American Catholics still love Pope Francis as he approaches the fifth anniversary of his election next week -- although some American Catholics describe him as "too liberal" and less than half of U.S. Catholics believe he is adequately handling clerical sexual abuse, the America Magazine website reports today (March 6, 2018).

According to a new Pew Research Center poll released today, 84 percent of U.S. Catholics hold a "favorable" view of Pope Francis, a number nearly unchanged from the early days of his pontificate.

Huge majorities of U.S. Catholics also agree that the pope is humble (91 percent) and compassionate (94 percent).

The new report says there is no evidence of a "Francis effect," at least in terms of Mass attendance or growth in the percentage of the population that identifies as Catholic.

Nashville Mayor Resigns after Bodyguard Affair; Megan Barry Used Thousands of City $ for Affair

Megan Barry -- a former rising star in the Democratic Party -- resigned today (March 6, 2018) as mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, after pleading guilty to cheating the city out of thousands of dollars as she carried out an affair with her bodyguard, according to the AP website.

Barry stunned Nashville in late January when she confessed to an extramarital relationship with the former head of her security detail.

"While my time today as your mayor concludes, my unwavering love and sincere affection for this wonderful city and its great people will never come to an end," the 54-year-old Barry said at a news conference, after appearing before a judge.

Barry and her former bodyguard, police Sgt. Robert Forrest, separately pleaded guilty to felony theft. She and Forrest were sentenced to three years' probation.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Over 66K Sign Petition for Billy Graham Holiday; He Preached the Bible to Most People in History

A grassroots effort is underway to establish a national holiday honoring world-famous evangelist Billy Graham, the Newsmax website reports today (March 5, 2018).

More than 66,000 supporters of Graham have signed a petition on, asking President Donald Trump and lawmakers in Washington to create an annual day of remembrance for Graham, who died last month at the age of 99.

Graham preached the Gospel to more live audiences than anyone else in history -- nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories.

One petitioner, Tracy Hawkins, wrote: "A man that has changed millions of lives and has made such an impact on the world deserves a national Holiday."

Bridal Shop to Close Rather Than Serve Lesbians; Owners Won't Give Up Their Faith to Serve Govt.

A Christian bridal shop in Pennsylvania that has faced death threats for refusing to sell wedding dresses to lesbian partners will close its doors permanently, the Christian Post website reports today (March 5, 2018).

W.W. Bridal in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania has announced it will close down officially on March 30.

Co-owner Lisa Boucher, who owns the store along with her mother and two sisters, said the main reason for the store closing is the probability that the Bloomburg Town Council will pass an ordinance banning stores from discriminating on sexual orientation.

The shop posted a note on Facebook today citing Matthew 19:4 to justify its decision to close..."We will not be forced by government, local ordinances or bullies to participate in something that goes against our faith."

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Greek Protesters Attack New Rel.School Books; Upset Books Have Less Info on Greek Orth.Rel.

About 2,000 people marched to the Greek parliament today (March 4, 2018) to protest new school books they claim endanger faith in Orthodox Christianity -- Greece's official religion -- according to the NY Daily News website.

The protesters included many Greek Orthodox priests and bishops.

Some at the Athens event held banners that denounced the book authors as "traitors" to the country. Religion is taught in each of the 12 grades that make up Greece's primary and secondary education.

The new textbooks -- especially for the upper classes -- now devote less space to Greek Orthodoxy and more space to other Christian denominations and other religions than they did in the past.

UK Teacher Trained "Army" of Jihadi Children; Prepared Them for 30 Terror Attacks in London

A teacher in Islamic schools in the UK was radicalizing his students, preparing them to assist him in massive terror attacks on 30 targets across London, the Clarion Project website reports today (March 4, 2018).

Umar Haque, 25, planned to raise an "army" of jihadi children.

Haque was employed at two schools and a mosque in East London. "And he tried -- and he did, we believe -- radicalize vulnerable children from the ages of 11 to 14," said Commander Dean Hayden, head of the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.

Haque had access to 250 children, 100 of whom he tried to radicalize by showing them extremist videos, which included beheadings. The children were told that they would meet a similar fate if they told anyone about what they were being taught.

Four Israelis Hurt in Terrorist Auto-Ram Attack; Driver Hit People in Uniform,Shot by Bystander

An Arab terrorist in the northern Israeli city of Acco today (March 4, 2018) drove his car into a Border Policeman near Acco market and Yehoshofat street, continued on and hit two soldiers near the Acco train station, and a fourth person, according to the Jewish Press website.

The driver was shot by a bystander and is in critical condition.

The four wounded and the terrorist have been taken to Nahariya hospital.

Police have confirmed that this was a terrorist attack, and the driver deliberately was targeting people in uniform.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Pope Sets Up Feast Day Devoted to Virgin Mary; Being Celebrated in Cath.Church after Pentecost

Pope Francis today (March 3, 2018) made the devotion to the Virgin Mary a new fixed celebration in the Roman Catholic calendar, according to the Fox News website.

The Vatican published the decree today in which Francis declared that the Mary "Mother of the Church" feast would be celebrated on the Monday following Pentecost. This year, it falls on May 21.

The decree said Francis wanted the devotion to "encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety."

Francis is particularly devoted to Marian piety and often refers to the church as "mother."

Poland Says Argentine Paper Violated New Law; Claims Paper Pictured Poles Killing WWII Jews

An Argentine newspaper has become the first outlet to be targeted by Poland's new Holocaust law, after a nationalist group filed a case yesterday just hours after the legislation took effect, the Times of Israel website reports today (March 3, 2018).

The new legislation calls for prison terms of up to three years for attributing the crimes of Nazi Germany to Poland.

Yesterday, the Polish League Against Defamation lodged a case under the new law against the website of Pagina 12, a newspaper in Argentina.

The Polish League said the paper had used a picture of anti-Communist Polish resistance fighters from after World War II in an article about a 1941 massacre of more than 300 Jews by their Polish neighbors during the Nazi occupation.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Md. Court Rules Bladensburg Cross Be Removed; American Legion Appeals Case to Supreme Court

A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court ruled yesterday in favor of an atheist group's lawsuit demanding that the Bladensburg Cross be removed from an intersection in Maryland, the Christian Post website reports today (March 2, 2018).

In one of the dissenting opinions, Judge Paul Niemeyer warned that the court's decision "needlessly puts at risk hundreds of monuments with similar symbols standing on public grounds across the country, such as those in nearby Arlington National Cemetery."

Hiram Sasser, deputy counsel for First Liberty, denounced the court decision as a "dangerous precedent for veterans memorials and cemeteries across America..."

He added, "The American Legion will appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Eight Turkish Soldiers Killed in Syria Clash; Result of Turkey's Attack on Kurds in Afrin

Eight Turkish soldiers were killed in northern Syria in clashes with Kurds yesterday, the UPI website reports today (March 2, 2018).

The Turkish army said the eight soldiers died in Afrin province -- where Turkish troops have attacked Kurds -- and 13 other Turkish soldiers were injured.

Turkey launched the offensive on January 20 to kill Kurds, whom it considers a threat to its border with Syria. (The Kurds have been supported by the U.S. during the past two years in their heroic fighting to help defeat the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria, despite Turkey's resentment of this support.)

A Turkish helicopter was also struck while attempting to rescue wounded soldiers and was forced to turn back.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

IS Targets Russian Orthodox Church Head,Putin; Distributes New Posters Saying "Break the Cross"

The Islamic State (IS) is now taking aim at the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin in new propaganda posters, the Christian Today website reports today (March 1, 2018).

The new posters depicting the Russian spiritual and political leaders show the pair in crosshairs with the words "Break the Cross" in English and "soon, very soon" in both Arabic and Russian.

The poster has been released apparently in an effort to have an impact on the Russian presidential elections on March 18.

Islamic State is also violently opposed to Russian support for the Syrian regime in Syria's civil war.

Putin:Only Russia Possesses New Kind of Missile; Missile Can't Be Tracked by Anti-Missile Systems

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed today (March 1, 2018) that Russia has developed missiles that no other country possesses, according to the Euro News website.

They include a "new supersonic weapon" that can reach any point in the world and cannot be tracked by anti-missile systems, he said.

The weapon was successfully tested in 2017, he added.

He suggested that Moscow only plans to use the missile immediately after a nuclear attack, rather than being the aggressor.