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“Let the Headlines Speak”
by From the Internet   
April 6th, 2016

Thousands stranded by floods and landslides in north-west Pakistan
Rescuers are attempting to reach thousands of people stranded by floods and landslides in Pakistan’s north-west and parts of Kashmir after the death toll rose to 55.  

Are The Jewish People Ready for the Messiah?
Last month in Jakarta, Indonesia, Rabbi Tovia Singer taught an 8-hour seminar on Jewish ideas to a mixed audience of 100 Jews, Christians and high-ranking Muslim leaders and scholars. “Isaiah says, ‘What will trigger, what will spark the coming of Moshiach? The repentance of the Jewish people.’  

Top Iranian General: We Are Preparing for War and US “Won’t Do a Damn Thing” About It
Jafari said that Iran’s long-term military plan has been shaped by anticipation of a future war with America in which Iran would be the “decisive victors”. “For years, we have been building power on the presumption of a widespread war with the US and its allies, and have developed all our capacities and capabilities for decisive victories over such enemies,” he said, Tasnim News reported.  

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Bill to Designate ‘Holy Bible’ as Official State Book
In the state of Tennessee, citizens take their Bible seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the state legislature has just approved a bill designating “the Holy Bible as the official state book.” If Governor Bill Haslam signs it into law, Tennessee will be the first state in the USA to have adopted the Holy Bible as a state symbol.  

EU, Gulf States, Building Arab City in Israel’s Area C
During a Wednesday morning meeting of the subcommittee of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security, the Regavim movement revealed worrisome details regarding the ongoing construction of a new Arab city on the edge of the desert, well inside Israeli-governed Area C in south Hebron Mountain, and, in fact in an area slated for an IDF firing zone, Srugim reported.  

Swarm of small earthquakes reported in northwestern Arizona
The earthquake that struck near Littlefield, Ariz., a community about 20 miles southwest of St. George, Utah, was the first of 18 small-magnitude tremors that lasted through Sunday, according to the Arizona Geological Survey.  

Scientists explain ‘unusual’ early-morning earthquake off Oahu
Paul Okubo, a research geophysicist at HVO, cites a slightly different origin “beneath Kailua on Oahu, and it was about 20 kilometers, 12 miles, below the earth’s surface.” He says this is just the latest in a string of “unusual” earthquakes. “What is unusual is these are earthquakes that are occurring in places where we tend not to get a lot of earthquakes,” he said.  

Obama urges Congress to take action on corporate tax reform
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Congress to take action to stop U.S. companies from taking advantage of tax loopholes that allow them to avoid paying taxes. "When companies exploit loopholes like this... it sticks the rest of us with the tab and it makes hard-working Americans feel like the deck is stacked against them," ...adding that wealthy corporations and individuals should not be "gaming the system."  

After reverses, Islamic State attacks Syrian forces near Damascus
Islamic State fighters launched attacks on government-held areas near Damascus overnight on Tuesday in an apparent response to the group's loss of ground elsewhere in Syria.  

6.9-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu, no tsunami alert
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Vanuatu on Wednesday, the second powerful tremor in the region this week, but no Pacific tsunami warning was issued.  

After reverses, Islamic State attacks Syrian forces near Damascus
Islamic State fighters launched attacks on government-held areas near Damascus overnight on Tuesday in an apparent response to the group's loss of ground elsewhere in Syria. The jihadist group said in a statement it had attacked the Tishrin power station 50 km (30 miles) northeast of the capital and a Syrian military source acknowledged the group had staged assaults, but said all those who took part had been killed.  

Mexico replaces top U.S. diplomats, citing hostile climate
Mexico's government on Tuesday unexpectedly changed two of its top officials responsible for U.S. relations, citing concerns about an increasingly anti-Mexican climate across the border. Carlos Sada...was named ambassador to the United States while Paulo Carreno, one of President Enrique Pena Nieto's ...was appointed the deputy foreign minister for North America.  

Economy may not have grown at all in first quarter
It may turn out the economy did not grow at all in the first quarter. Trade data released Tuesday show the U.S. deficit widened more than expected to $47.1 billion in February and was a bigger drag on growth than expected. It's the latest economic metric that chiseled away at the tracking model for first quarter growth.  

Turkish PM wants to strip 'terror supporters' of citizenship
Turkey should consider stripping terrorism supporters of their citizenship, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. The government had "nothing to discuss with terrorists", he added, speaking to a group of lawyers in Ankara. On Monday Mr Erdogan ruled out reviving peace talks with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).  

European Commission to unveil new EU asylum options
The European Commission is due to unveil options for reforms to the way EU countries handle asylum claims in response to the migrant crisis. The move is in part a reaction to the difficulties faced by Greece and Italy in coping with large numbers arriving from the Middle East and Africa. The current EU system is widely thought to have failed because of the influx of a million people through Greece.  

Libya's Tripoli government to step down
One of two rival governments in Libya has announced that it is stepping down, a justice ministry statement has said. The announcement comes less than a week after the arrival in Tripoli of a UN-backed national unity government. The Tripoli-based administration said it was standing down to prevent further bloodshed.  

Report: ISIS threat spurs US to weigh pull of troops in Sinai
The growing threat of Islamic State and other jihadists in Egypt has in part spurred the US government to consider pulling its forces from a base in the Sinai Peninsula, CNN reported late Tuesday. According to the report, the Obama administration is examining the relocation of US and international peacekeeping troops from a base in the volatile northern Sinai to areas in the peninsula's south.  

Gazans launch campaign calling on Saudi Arabia to help them make pilgrimage to Mecca
It has been more than two years since Gaza residents were last able to visit Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage...Gazans have launched a social media campaign urging Saudi Arabia to intervene and demand Egypt reopen the Rafah border crossing...allowing them to leave Gaza. The campaign..."Gaza misses Umrah (the Mecca pilgrimage)," was launched in light of the approaching visit of Saudi Arabia's King Salman to Cairo later this week.  

Zika mystery deepens with evidence of nerve cell infections
Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus. Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveries of serious brain and spinal cord infections - including encephalitis, meningitis and myelitis - in people exposed to Zika.  

Israel says Mideast arms proliferation imperils its military edge
As Gulf countries buy more and more Western weapons, and as sanctions relief begins to thaw the Iranian economy, Israel is concerned that its military's qualitative edge in the region is being eroded.  

Record Cold Temperatures Sweep Into Northeast; Another Arctic Blast on the Way
Record cold temperatures for early April have swept into some Northeast and Great Lakes cities to begin this week. Subzero readings were even observed near the Canadian border in northern Michigan, northern New York and northern Maine Tuesday morning.  

The 50 Most Murderous Cities In The World
While America managed (for the first time) to get two cities on the world's Top 50 most murderous list, it is Brazil that takes the proverbial cake. Brazil has been in crisis for some time now, but even that does not explain how the venue for the 2016 Olympics is home to a mind-boggling 32 of the 50 most murderous cities in the world.  

The TSA paid $1.4 million for an app that takes 10 minutes to develop
If you've flown across the country at any point in the past couple of years, you've probably come into contact with the Transportation Security Administration's Randomizer app on the iPad. It's an incredibly simplistic app that decides which lane you're going to stand in while you wait to pass through security. What you might not know is that the TSA paid $1.4 million for the app.  

North Korea can put nuclear warhead on mid-range missile: South
North Korea can mount a nuclear warhead on a medium-range missile, a South Korean official said on Tuesday in a new assessment of the capability of a country that conducted its fourth nuclear test this

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