N. Korea blasts U.S. bombing drills in S. Korea

Catholics Plan For a Future Free From Nuclear Threats

Fukushima evacuation has killed more than earthquake and tsunami, survey says

South Korea president Park Geun-hye ousted by court

Canada calls Israel to ban all binary options ‘immediately’. ‘Every day that this continues to operate, there are more and more Canadian victims’, says head of new government task force. ‘These companies are outright frauds’

Mahmoo\ud Abbas
Why Mahmoud Abbas Is Israel’s Best Partner for Peace

‘Pandemic’ of anti-Semitism taking shape worldwide, even threatens America, warns top US Jewish leader ‘We saw anti-Semitism in Britain, we saw it in France, and now we see it’s spreading everywhere,’ says Malcolm Hoenlein, calling for global summit to combat the phenomenon. Stresses: ‘Any accusations that Trump is an anti-Semite are unfounded’-- By RAPHAEL AHREN

Israeli jets hit Gaza after overnight rocket attack.Three Palestinians reported wounded as air force bombs several targets throughout Strip; army says it hit ‘5 Hamas positions’

Rocket from Gaza hits southern Israel in dead of night. Missile lands in open field in Sha’ar Hanegev; no incoming alert as projectile was headed toward unpopulated area

Syrian cinematographer who worked on Oscar-nominated White Helmets barred from U.S.

Homs bombs kill Syria troops: Was it ‘Islamic State’? Suicide attacks on two security service bases in the heart of Syria’s government-held third city of Homs have killed 42 people, state media report. The attacks occurred as peace talks are underway in Geneva

Israel's Netanyahu praises Trump's condemnation of anti-Semitic acts

Lebanese President Warns Israel After Israeli ‘Threat’ At U.N.

South Korea approves arrest of Samsung's leader
South Korea Approves Arrest of Samsung’s Leader.
The reported ruling reverses last month's decision to not arrest Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee for alleged bribery.

Powerful nightime quake in Philippines kills at least 6

Thousands caught in flooding in Indonesia -- Feb 11, 2017 -- Death toll rises to 13 in Bali island. About 40,000 people were caught in severe flooding following days of torrential rain in central Indonesia. Besides, the death toll from landslides on Bali resort island rose to 13. Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency on Saturday said that incessant rains in the past five days caused rivers on Sumbawa Island to break their banks and ... (continue reading

Trump Interview in Israeli Press Renews Confusion Over US Mideast Policy -- WASHINGTON — There was confusion in Israel Friday over the publication of President Donald Trump’s first interview with Israeli media, in which he made his strongest statements yet on Israeli settlement building. They [settlements] don’t help the process," he told the Israel Hayom newspaper, which on Friday published excerpts from the interview. “There is so much … (continue reading)

Bio-invasiojeopardizing Mediterranean marine life

15,000 residents lose homes in Manila shanty town fire

Israeli PM insists Britain must get tough with Iran

More than 100 killed as avalanches bury villages in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Catholic Church withers under Duterte’s heavy hand

Duterte doesn’t ‘feel like sending’ a Philippine envoy to US

Iran to ban US citizens in response to President Trump’s immigration order

Israel okays 153 homes in East Jerusalem neighborhood Gilo. Announcement comes 2 days after over 2,500 settlements housing units approved throughout the West Bank

It’s official: Israel will accept 100 Syrian orphans as refugees from the civil war across the border.

Beijing Pushes Back on Trump Admin Over Disputed Islands in South China Sea

Beijing Pushes Back on Trump Admin Over Disputed Islands in South China Sea

PLO Official: Trump’s Embassy Move Will Mean War

South Korea’s culture minister arrested over arts blacklist in political scandal


Pakistan vows nuclear retaliation if India attacks

by Christina MacPherson  Ft.com 19 Jan 17  Threat follows confirmation of Delhi’s military assault plans in times of crisis  by: Kiran Stacey in New Delhi and Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad Pakistani officials have threatened to use nuclear weapons should India invade, after India’s new army chief admitted to secret military plans for attacking its neighbour in the event of a crisis.......https://www.ft.com/content/889ebb80-dc9b-11e6-9d7c-be108f1c1dce - Christina MacPherson | January 20, 20417 at :16 am | Categories: general | URL: http://wp.me/phgse-swd

Iran say 30 Tehran firefighters killed as burning high-rise building collapses

* China Warns the U.S. of War in the South China Sea

As dozens of countries tout support for Palestinian state, Israel calls the Paris talks ‘rigged’.
Netanyahu dismisses conference as ‘last flutters of yesterday’s world’ as Trump inauguration nears

Cold wave continues to disrupt life in northern India. Weather poses danger to homeless in cities including New Delhi, Shimla

Taiwan responds after China sends carrier to strait

China Warns Trump It Will "Take Revenge" if He Ends "One China" Policy

Afghanistan bombings: Dozens killed across the country

Official: US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian boats

Iran’s ex-President Rafsanjani dies at 82

At least 12 people have died and many villages been submerged after heavy rains caused severe flooding in southern Thailand.

Facebook Law Passes Knesset Prelimary Vote

Syrian conflict: Rebels threaten to boycott peace talks

Duterte seeks ‘strategic shift’ from US to China: envoy

Duterte seeks ‘strategic shift’ from US to China: envoy

Insurance firm to replace human workers with AI system

Doctor who stayed in Fukushima after meltdowns thought to have died in fire

Indonesian ferry fire leaves 23 dead and 17 missing

5.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

Attackers Open Fire at Nightclub in Istanbul, At Least 39 Killed, 70 Wounded

Attackers Open Fire at Nightclub in Istanbul, Killing 35

Vladimir Putin Rejects His Minister’s Proposal to Expel 35 US Diplomats

Netanyahu to be investigated for bribery and fraud

Winter Wonderland’ Whitens Northern Israel, Brings Rain Elsewhere

Tyhoon Nock-Ten threatens Manila, Philippines
Typhoon Nock-Ten threatens Philippine capital Manila

Link repaired: President Obama (l.) listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media

A powerful typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines on Christmas Day, spoiling the biggest holiday in Asia’s largest Catholic nation, where a governor offered roast pig to entice villagers to abandon family celebrations for emergency shelters.

Typhoon expected to wallop Philippines on Christmas

Israel Trying To Find Ways To Bring In Injured Civilians From Syria

Harmful levels of arsenic found in chicken

Wave of arrests follow Russian diplomat’s murder, Turkish officials claim trail ‘leads back to US’

UN: "Bangladesh must boost protein intake to prevent stunted growth

* Philippines president threatens to throw out US troops

Breathing in poison – Lahore’s growing air pollution problem

Toxic smog in Pakistan’s second largest city risks the health of its residents, but the government is failing to address the issue

UN says in Aleppo hundreds of men missing
Aleppo battle: UN says hundreds of men missing. Hundreds of men appear to have gone missing after crossing from rebel-held areas of Aleppo into government territory, UN officials say.

So.Korean Preaident
South Korean President officially impeached

Aleppo militants sending signal of surrender
Eastern Aleppo Militants Sending Signals They Are Ready to Surrender

Pakistan plane crash unlikely to have any survivors: government official

Turkey entered Syria to end al-Assad’s rule: President Erdogan

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