Armageddon in 2017: Ancient omen predicts conflict that will bring ‘THE END OF THE WORLD’

Armageddon - Express

A CALAMITOUS conflict in 2017 will create “the End of The World” according to an ancient ritual using the blood of an Italian patron saint. Express Aletha Adu Italy’s Catholic Church perform a global miracle three times a year which declares the safety of the world, using San Gennaro’s blood, the patron Saint of Naples known globally as Saint Janarius. In January and September, the religious… Armageddon in 2017: Ancient omen predicts… Read More »

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

Explain - NYT

Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The New York Times Max Fisher The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew… Turkey, Russia and an… Read More »

‘Our worst fear has now been tragically realised’: Police Union

Court - WA Today

The WA Police Union says its worst fears have been realised after the stabbing death of a woman at Joondalup court on Tuesday. WA Today Phil Hickey The union has been pushing for its officers to be fully armed in WA courts for some time and has previously raised security issues at court buildings in the past. “We have been warning the… ‘Our worst fear has now been… Read More »

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Ankara

Ambassador - Al Jazeera

Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition event in the capital when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman. Al Jazeera News Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed “don’t forget Aleppo”. Police later killed the assailant on… Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot… Read More »

Turkey blames usual suspects for murder of Russian ambassador

Flag-wrapped coffin of late Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov is carried to a plane during a ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara, Turkey, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas - RTX2VV41

Off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas assassinated Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Dec. 19. Al Monitor Barın Kayaoğlu Police forces subsequently killed Altintas in a gunfight. What we know so far about… Turkey blames usual… Read More »

Japan civic groups help refugees, despite official reluctance

Japan - Asia Times

Japan is known for its negative attitude to immigration. Asia Times Satoko Horii Japan is known for its negative attitude to immigration. While the door has been… Japan civic groups help… Read More »

More Africans at risk of chronic illness: WHO

Africans - Daily Nation

NAIROBI Daily Nation City life and its modern trappings have brought bad habits to developing African nations that will see more die of chronic illness than infectious diseases by 2030, a study showed Tuesday. A World Health Organization (WHO) survey of… More Africans at risk of chronic… Read More »

Why Kuwait’s Elections Matter

Kuwait - The National interest

Kuwait illustrates the oft-ignored tension between liberty and democracy. The National Interest Doug Bandow It doesn’t take a lot of votes to get elected to Kuwait’s National Assembly. In the smaller districts a couple… Why Kuwait’s Elections… Read More »

Cash in hand: how big is Australia’s black economy?

Economy - The Guardian

A taskforce is to be set up to crack down on the underground economy, but what exactly will it be dealing with? The Guardian Nick Evershed The Australian government has announced a taskforce to “crack down on the black economy”, with a panel reportedly to consider measures such as removing the $100 note from circulation and limiting cash transactions … Cash in hand: how big is Australia’s… Read More »

Battle for Mosul: ‘I miss everything there’

Mosul - Al Jazeera

As Mosul residents prepare to return home, they fear that the city they once knew is gone. Al Jazeera News Jabeen Bhatti Baghdad, Iraq – Karam Hassawy has Mosul on his mind. For two years in enforced exile in… Battle for Mosul: ‘I miss… Read More »

Donald Trump will violate the US constitution on inauguration day

Trump - The Guardian

Because of the emoluments clause, the electoral college would be fully justified in concluding that he is unsuited to the presidency The Guardian Laurence H Tribe When Donald Trump swears at the inauguration that he will “faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States”, he will… Donald Trump will violate the… Read More »

Our overcrowded prisons and recidivist governments

Prisons - Canberra Times

The stark, unpalatable reality is that the numbers of prisoners in Australia grew 8 per cent from 36,134 in 2015 to 38,845 in 2016. The Canberra Times Ross Fitzgerald This is nothing short of scandalous. The US has the highest… Our overcrowded prisons… Read More »

Mobile ‘clothesline gallery’ a hit with Gaza’s young generation

Gaza - Al Monitor

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An exhibition of works by photographer Mahmoud “Ezz” al-Zaanoun has been traveling around the Gaza Strip since Sept. 25, starting at the Beach camp. Al Monitor Ali Dolah However, his images depicting a Gaza most people never imagine aren’t hanging on the walls of a gallery or museum, but on clotheslines strung in the alleys of the poorest and most populated refugee camps in Gaza and… Mobile ‘clothesline gallery’ a hit with… Read More »

101-year-old paedophile jailed for 13 years

Pedophile - The Guardian

Ralph Clarke, who committed offences in 1970s and 80s, is believed to be oldest person ever convicted by jury in UK The Guardian A 101-year-old paedophile has been jailed for 13 years for committing a string of sex offences against young children in the 1970s and 1980s. Retired haulier Ralph Clarke had… 101-year-old paedophile jailed… Read More »

Russia bath lotion kills 33 drinkers in Irkutsk

Russia - BBC

At least 33 people have died in Russia after drinking bath essence, authorities said on Monday. BBC News The hawthorn-scented liquid was consumed as if it were alcohol, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. More than 50 people sought… Russia bath lotion kills… Read More »

Why Japan celebrates Christmas with KFC


How a fast-food marketing campaign turned into a widespread Yuletide tradition for millions. BBC News Mark Peters Every Christmas, Ryohei Ando gathers his family together for a holiday tradition. Just like their father did as… Why Japan celebrates Christmas… Read More »