Monthly Archives: November 2017

LEBANON ARMY CHIEF ASKS TROOPS FOR READINESS AT ISRAEL BORDER

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s army chief urged “full readiness” at the southern border to face the “threats of the Israeli enemy and its violations,” the army said in a tweet on Tuesday. Army Commander General Joseph Aoun called on soldiers to be ever vigilant for the “good implementation” of the UN resolution 1701 to “preserve stability” at the border with Israel.The

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Greek island on strike in protest against becoming migrant ‘prison’

–“Lesbos is not a place of exile,” a banner read. Just a few miles from Turkey’s coast, Lesbos has borne the brunt of Europe’s migrant crisis. In 2015, nearly a million people – most fleeing Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – landed on its shores before heading north, mainly to Germany. It is now hosting some 8,500 asylum-seekers in facilities designed

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Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse

Merkel, 63, said she was sceptical about ruling in a minority government, telling ARD television: “My point of view is that new elections would be the better path.” Her plans did not include being chancellor in a minority government, she said after meeting President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Steinmeier said Germany was facing the worst governing crisis in the 68-year history of

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Strong economy boosts Trump among otherwise skeptical voters 

–Reactions from voters, even some who are otherwise skeptical of the president, show how the economy’s strong performance has bolstered Trump’s standing. At a recent focus group that Peter Hart, a longtime Democratic pollster, conducted in Wilmington, N.C., for Emory University, even participants who voted for Trump last year sharply criticized his administration, calling it “chaotic” “embarrassing” and disappointing. FOLLOW

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‘Stop saying Christmas’ Priest warns Christians to abandon the word

–Father Desmond O’Donnell said Christians of all denominations should realise that Christmas and Easter no longer has any sacred meaning. He told the Belfast Telegraph: “We’ve lost Christmas, just like we lost Easter, and should abandon the word completely. We need to let it go, it’s already been hijacked and we just need to recognise and accept that. “I am

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Killer and Cult Leader Charles Manson Dead at 83

–Charles Manson, the California drifter-turned-cult leader responsible for a string of murders that cast a dark pall over the summer of 1969, died Sunday night in a Kern County Hospital. He was 83. Debra Tate, the sister of actress Sharon Tate, one of Manson’s most famous victims, received a call from Corcoran State Prison telling her Manson died at 8:13 PM.

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German coalition talks trip over immigration stumbling block

Migrants and refugees have been Germany’s toughest political issue since a mass influx from 2015 brought some 1.2 million asylum seekers, sparking a backlash that has seen the far-right AfD party enter parliament. Merkel’s CDU and especially their more conservative CSU allies from Bavaria, where tens of thousands of refugees crossed over the border from Austria, are pushing to limit

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