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“Let the Headlines Speak”
by From the Internet   
April 4th, 2016

Rivlin: If Abbas is serious, I am ready to meet with him
President Reuven Rivlin on Monday met at his residence with Foreign Minister of Czech Republic, Lubomír Zaorálek, who is visiting Israel. The two discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation in the fields of security, economy and trade.  

UPDATED: UK Cuts Funding of Anti-Israel, Pro-BDS Charity
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has announced that it withholds its support for War on Want, one of the sponsors of last February’s Israeli Apartheid Week, The Telegraph reported.  

Speaker of the US House to Israel: “We Stand Shoulder to Shoulder With You”
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan stressed that the US relationship with Israel is more important than ever at a meeting this morning, April 4, at the Knesset with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. “We will work shoulder to shoulder with you against threats,“ Speaker Ryan said. “That’s why I came here and this is the point I wanted to stress.”  

The European Union Can Go Straight to Hell
“It takes two to tango. It takes the Palestinians also.” But it is important for Israel not to be seen as undermining a two-state solution, he said. “If more effort is put into showing a will to move forward and to obtain progress in this process, it would greatly weaken the BDS movement.”  

At least 45 killed in Pakistan as heavy rain causes roofs to collapse
At least 45 people have been killed and 34 injured after heavy rain across north-west Pakistan caused the roofs of dozens of homes to collapse, officials have said. The deaths were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during a downpour that began on Saturday night, a provincial disaster management agency spokesman said on Sunday.  

Models of SPF and SWS Triggering Earthquakes Continue to Prove Significant in 2014 and 2015 Published April 3rd, 2016
The solar polar fields, solar wind speed, and coronal hole IMF appear relevant for triggering the largest earthquakes. The foundational models using SPF and SWS prove valuable in 2014 and 2015, and the events during that time encourage the further investigation of the earth-sun connection, and it was vital that our previous observations and statistical models be verified into the future – two years later the model accuracy remains robust.  

Ties between Germany and Russia enter new chill
The rape case is indicative of the mutual suspicion that officials from both countries say extends to the highest levels of government. At the root of those tensions lie opposing visions for Europe and the Middle East. Those rival visions have led to clashes at diplomatic negotiating tables, in cyberspace and in the media.  

Island Nation of Vanuatu Hit by 6.9 Magnitude Earthquake
The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck at 08:23 GMT, 253 miles north west of Vanuatu's capital Port Vila. The USGS also said that the earthquake was fairly shallow, but no damage had been reported so far.  

Armies Used by U.N. Fail Watchdog Group’s Test
The militaries of the 30 countries that provide the most soldiers and police officers to United Nations peacekeeping operations also are among those most susceptible to corruption, according to a study released Sunday by an anti-corruption monitoring organization. The organization, Transparency International...said that in its A-to-F grading for the armed forces of the top troop-contributing countries, only Italy scored higher than a D.  

Iraq: Bomb attacks 'kill at least 25' across the country
At least 25 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of bomb attacks across Iraq, reports say. As many as 10 suicide bombers carried out the attacks, according to media reports. The victims were said to be mostly members of the Iraqi security forces and allied Shia militias.  

Panama Papers: Putin associates linked to 'money laundering'
A suspected money laundering ring involving close associates of Vladimir Putin has been uncovered in a leak of confidential documents. The billion-dollar operation was run by Bank Rossiya, which is subject to US and EU sanctions following Russia's annexation of Crimea. Evidence seen by BBC Panorama reveals for the first time how the bank operates.  

Syria war: 'Islamic State' loses al-Qaryatain to government forces
Syrian forces and their allies have retaken the central town of al-Qaryatain from so-called Islamic State (IS), dealing a further strategic blow to the militant group, state media say. It comes days after IS was pushed out of the nearby ancient city of Palmyra. IS captured al-Qaryatain in August, and abducted hundreds of residents, including dozens of Christians. Many were later freed.  

Pakistan floods kill at least 53 after heavy rains
At least 53 people have been killed by flash floods caused by torrential rain in northwest Pakistan, say officials. The rain began on Saturday bringing flooding to parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan provinces. Pre-monsoon rains often cause damage in rural Pakistan and officials said locals had been warned to leave their villages for safer places.  

Heavy gunfire heard on streets of Congo capital
Heavy gunfire has been heard in the streets of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo, where security forces have been deployed. A police station and a government building were attacked on Monday morning in the Makelekele district. Reuters news agency reports that young opposition supporters were chanting "Sassou, leave!" in the same area.  

Israel to cooperate with Iran, other Mideast powers on accelerator machine
Leaving politics aside, the governments of Israel, Jordan, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Cyprus, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority are cooperating so that by the middle of 2017, their scientists work together on SESAME, the first Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East.  

US-Israel alliance needed now in light of ISIS, Iran threats, visiting US Speaker says
US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) visited the Knesset Monday, meeting with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on his first trip abroad in his new position. “That’s not a coincidence,” Ryan said of his choice of official visit. “I wanted to come to Israel first to emphasize how important the US’ commitment to Israel and strong friendship with Israel is to us.”  

Hillary Clinton on Abortion: “The Unborn Person Doesn’t Have Constitutional Rights” - In a new interview today, pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton couldn’t have made her radical abortion views more clear. Clinton said unborn children simply do not have any Constitutional rights, which would include the right to life.  

World Islamic State executes 15 of its own near Raqqa, Syria: monitor
Islamic State has killed 15 of its members in the largest execution of the militant group's security services so far in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.  

Boy tests positive for Ebola in latest Liberia flare-up
A five-year-old boy tested positive for Ebola in Liberia just days after his mother died of the virus in the second flare-up to hit West Africa in recent weeks, the health ministry said on Sunday.  

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens
A huge leak of confidential documents has revealed how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. Eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world's most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. They show how Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax.  

North Korea says under Leningrad-style siege from US
North Korea's top military body has accused US-led "hostile forces" of laying siege to the country like Leningrad in World War II and Cuba during the Cold War missile crisis.  

First Passenger Flight Takes Off from Brussels Airport Since Terror Attack
The Brussels Airport partially reopened Sunday, with the first passenger flight taking off around 1:40 p.m. local time, 12 days after a deadly terrorist attack rocked one of the airport's departure halls. The limited passenger service began with three Brussels Airlines flights.  

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