Relevant news for the last days & just plain ol’ news 8/15 con’t…City of David found…Russia doesn’t permit christians to talk about Jesus outside the church…drug-resistant ‘Japanese fungus’ is found in 55 UK hospitals …Russia boasts of invisible supersonic jets & more…

Asylum Seeker in Germany gets No Sentence From Judge Stefan Lenzenhuber for Sexually Abusing boys as Young as 5..

A 47-year-old asylum seeker in the Germany city of Augsburg in Bavaria has received a suspended sentence of 15 months imprisonment for the sexual abuse of several children, some as young as five.
The unnamed asylum seeker, originally from Afghanistan, is said to have abused several children in the asylum home he lived in over the period of a year. The man, found guilty of sexual abuse and bodily harm, is said to have used the opportunity of living in a shared accommodation to molest the children, local newspaper Augburger Allgemeine reports.
The judge in the case, Stefan Lenzenhuber, changed the sentence to a suspended sentence meaning that the asylum seeker will not face any actual prison time.
The victims of the 47-year-old Afghan included three young boys aged five to six years old according to prosecutors.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/08/15/migrant-gets-15-months-sexually-abusing-children-young-five/


 

Prophecy Fulfilled: City of David ‘Shakes Off the Dust’

When people visit Jerusalem’s Old City, they may believe it’s the same place King David set up as his capital more than 3,000 years ago. But that’s not exactly the case. Archaeologists are uncovering the original city and telling others its amazing story.

Anarina Heymann serves as the outreach coordinator for the City of David.

“Welcome to the City of David,” Heymann told CBN News. “It’s the home to the ancient biblical Jerusalem and up until 150 years ago, everybody thought that the ancient biblical Jerusalem lies within the confines of the Old City right behind you in the wall—within the walls there. So the question is what happened 150 years ago and where is the ancient biblical Jerusalem?”

She then helped answer that question by explaining how the City of David lay hidden for nearly 2,000 years until a British archaeologist began a discovery that continues to this day.

“Chris, we’re standing at a magical place right now,” Heymann continued. “This is the place when Charles Warren came through the fascia that he found. He saw something. And when Charles Warren saw this, he knew that he rediscovered the ancient biblical Jerusalem.”….

https://www.charismanews.com/opinion/standing-with-israel/66808-prophecy-fulfilled-city-of-david-shakes-off-the-dust

Daniel 12  Knowledge will increase


 

Russia’s Crackdown on Evangelism Leads to Prosecution of Mostly Christians 1 Year After ‘Anti-Missionary’ Law

Evangelical Protestants make up the majority of the 181 cases prosecuted by Russian authorities under the country’s notorious “anti-missionary” laws, which came into force last July, according to a report. Christians were also prosecuted in Crimea, which Russia occupied in 2014.

Norway-based group Forum 18 recorded 181 cases since July 20, 2016, two weeks after the laws were signed by President Vladimir Putin to ban evangelism outside of churches….

The legislation prohibits the exercise of any missionary activity in residential areas, and also requires believers wanting to share their faith with others, even on the internet, to possess certain documents from a religious association. It provides for a fine of $75 to $765 if the violator is a Russian citizen, and a fine of up to $15,265 in case of an organization, while foreigners can be deported, Adventist Review reported earlier.

The legislation apparently targets religions other than Orthodox Christianity….

http://www.christianpost.com/news/russias-crackdown-evangelism-leads-prosecution-christians-1-year-after-anti-missionary-law-195265/


 

Safety alert after drug-resistant ‘Japanese fungus’ is found in 55 UK hospitals

A “Japanese fungus” which is resistant to drugs has spread to at least 55 hospitals across the UK, public health officials have warned.

NHS trusts have been ordered to carry out deep cleans of all affected areas after more than 200 patients were found to be infected or carrying the potentially fatal pathogen.

Infection experts are alarmed by the spread of the fungus, which has been likened to a “superbug”- because it has already proved resistant to the main three classes of drug treatment.

 The fungus, called Candida auris, was first identified in Japan in 2009, in the ear canal of a 70-year-old woman. Since then it has spread rapidy around the globe, emerging in at least five continents, with the first UK case detected in 2013.

Healthy patients can usually fend off the fungus, though they may carry it. It is those with compromised immune systems who are most likely to contract a bloodstream infection, which can prove fatal, or cause major disabilities such as hearing loss….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/14/safety-alert-drug-resistant-japanese-fungus-found-55-uk-hospitals/


 

17 dead in suspected jihadist attack on Turkish cafe in Burkina-Faso

At least 17 people, including foreigners, were reportedly shot dead as suspected Islamist militants attacked a Turkish restaurant in central Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina-Faso, and started a gun battle with the military.

The place, identified as Aziz Istanbul restaurant in the city center, was “attacked by suspected jihadists,” AFP reported, citing a restaurant server.

Three of the perpetrators have been killed by security forces, Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou confirmed to state TV on Monday, as cited by Reuters. He did not elaborate on how many attackers were involved in the assault.

“They are confined to one part of the building they attacked. Security and elite forces are conducting an operation,” he said earlier….

https://www.rt.com/news/399503-burkina-faso-cafe-attack-gunfire/


 

Yemen cholera epidemic kills 2,000, infects 500,000 as outbreak hits ‘grim milestone’

The cholera outbreak in Yemen which began in April, has now claimed 2,000 lives and has infected 500,000. The nation has been suffering from what the World Health Organization (WHO) describes as the “largest epidemic in the world” amid a civil war and non-stop bombing campaign led by Saudi Arabia.

While the outbreak slowed in July in the worst affected areas, the waterborne disease continues to spread to new areas, creating additional strain on the limited resources available to deal with the crisis….

https://www.rt.com/news/399573-yemen-cholera-epidemic-infects-500000/


 

Russia unveils new fleet of ‘invisible’ supersonic fighter jets – and boasts that they will be the envy of air forces around the world

  • Russia’s new Sukhoi-57 is said to rival America’s F-22 and China’s Chengdu J-20
  • Kremlin officials say the stealth fighter jet will be hard to track on enemy radars
  • Air force chief has boasted: ‘Every country probably wants planes such as this’
  • Jet will undergo another year of testing before it enters military service in 2019

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4788856/Russia-unveils-new-invisible-supersonic-fighter-jets.html


 

Uber failed to report sex attacks by drivers, top Met officer claims

London’s Metropolitan Police have lashed out at Uber, accusing the company of failing to report sex attacks committed by their drivers in order to protect its reputation.

Scathing criticism of the firm came from senior Met officer Neil Billany in a strongly worded letter to Helen Chapman, head of taxis and private hire at Transport for London (TfL).

Billany claims that Uber failed to adequately report a string of serious crimes to police including one case in which a driver, accused of rape, continued to work for the private hire company and went on to commit another “more serious” attack on a female passenger.

“Had Uber notified police after the first offence it would be right to assume that the second would have been prevented,” Billany wrote….

https://www.rt.com/uk/399497-police-uber-failure-report-sex-attacks/

 


 

Illegal immigrant in Utah raped 7-year-old ‘thousands of times,’ police say

An illegal immigrant who returned to the country after being deported to Mexico is accused of raping a 7-year-old girl “thousands of times.”

Victor Francisco Michel-Lara, 32, of Cedar City, Utah was arrested Sunday and faces first-degree felony charges of rape of a child, according to his arrest report. He was also placed on an immigration detainer.

The girl told investigators that Michel-Lara molested her “many times” in the last six months and had raped her thousands of times, the St. George Daily Spectrum reported.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/15/illegal-immigrant-in-utah-raped-7-year-old-thousands-times-police-say.html


 

All prophecies the bible says will happen in end times are happening or almost completed at present:

 

https://allnewsforum.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/all-prophecies-the-bible-will-happen-in-end-times-are-happening-or-almost-complete-at-present/

Relevant news for the last days & just plain ol’ news 8/15…Over 70 children die in hospital due to unpaid bill…Brains linked to computers will kill our inner freedom…Elephants save 100s of people stranded by Nepal floods…Driver purposely steers into French pizzeria, killing girl & more

Videos-BMW gets pinned under moving truck…Humanoid Robot Tells Jokes…Rare White Moose Takes a dip…


 

Watch BMW get pinned under moving truck

A high-speed hit-and-run leaves a BMW pinned under a moving rig on a California highway.

 

Woman Describes Surviving Terrifying Scene As Car Gets Pinned Under Big Rig


 

Finland found a proven way to combat bullying. Here’s what it’ll take to make it work in the US

In May, a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said young people were staring down a “serious public health problem.” But it wasn’t drugs they were worried about, or alcohol. It was bullying.

Researchers have long looked for a way to prevent bullying in American schools, but the problem persists, and no one can seem to agree on a surefire way to address it.
But Finland has piloted a program that has seen widespread success in combating bullying in schools. It’s been translated and licensed to countries across Europe. But some researchers say it wouldn’t work in the US.
“The United States is a different beast,” said Dorothy Espelage, a psychology professor at the University of Florida who studies bullying and harassment.

What it is

The program is called KiVa — short for “kiusaamista vastaan,” which means “against bullying.” The Finnish government helped fund its development and it’s now being used in schools throughout the country….

 

‘Brains linked to computers will kill our inner freedom’ – Zizek to RT on biohacking & identity loss

Humans are losing their freedoms, self-identity and free will, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek has told RT, noting that a recent biohacking experiment by a team from the University of Washington is just another sign of the dawn of a post human era.

A team of scientists from the University of Washington successfully managed to hack into a computer using custom synthesized strands of DNA.

In their study, which is to be presented at 2017 USENIX Security Symposium Thursday, researchers said that it is potentially possible for a molecular code to take over machinery by exploiting weaknesses of gene sequencing software.

“We designed and created a synthetic DNA strand that contained malicious computer code encoded in the bases of the DNA strand,” researchers from the Paul G Allen school of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington said ahead of their presentation….

https://www.rt.com/news/399627-is-there-hope-for-freedom/


 

Elephants save hundreds of people stranded by Nepal floods (PHOTOS)

Dozens of elephants are aiding in the rescue of hundreds of people left stranded by deadly floods which have so far claimed 70 lives in Nepal.

Heavy monsoon rains have caused landslides and flooding with the death toll expected to rise.

When the river Rapti burst its banks in Sauraha, roughly 600 people were left stranded as waters gushed in, overwhelming hotels and restaurants in the region.

Sauraha is close to Chitwan National Park, a nature reserve popular with tourists keen to observe the 605 rhinos and many elephants….

https://www.rt.com/viral/399595-elephants-rescue-hundreds-people-stranded-floods-nepal/


 

Driver purposely steers into French pizzeria, killing girl

SEPT-SORTS, France — A man believed to be under the influence of drugs — and possibly suicidal — deliberately rammed his car into a pizzeria east of Paris on Monday night, killing an adolescent girl and injuring her younger brother and 12 others, authorities said.

The driver was immediately arrested in what was the latest of several attacks in France and elsewhere using a vehicle as a weapon. The local prosecutor said the man’s actions in the dinnertime attack in the town of Sept-Sorts were clearly deliberate, but not terrorism-related….

http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/driver-purposely-steers-into-french-pizzeria-killing-girl/ar-AAq5ihT?li=BBoPRmx


 

Footage Of Rare White Moose Taking A Dip Makes A Big Splash

“It was an experience to meet such a stately animal up close,” said the hiker who took the video.

 


 

Gamer tracks down kidnapped girl by ordering abductor a pizza

An Englishman has been hailed a hero after he managed to crack a US police case when he located a missing four-year-old-girl from his bedroom over 8000km away.

Harry Brown, 21, who resides in London, England, found Yvette Henley in a motel in Arizona by talking her estranged father into letting him order a pizza to his room online.

The panic set in when the girl’s grandparents were granted guardianship of her but the girl and her father were nowhere to be seen, The Mirror reports….

https://www.yahoo.com/news/gamer-tracks-down-kidnapped-girl-014754530.html


 

Over 70 children die in Indian hospital tragedy, unpaid oxygen supply bill blamed

More than 70 children have died in less than a week in a public hospital in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, allegedly caused by a cut in the facility’s oxygen supply due to unpaid bills.

Some 23 of the children, including many newborns, died within 24 hours on Thursday.

The hospital, the largest in Gorakhpur, was without liquid oxygen for at least two hours on Friday as the firm supplying it allegedly stopped the flow to the hospital, local media report.

The unpaid bills amounted to little more than $10,500, according to reports. It is the second time this year the company has stopped supply for the same reason.

“Deaths due to oxygen shortage would mean a despicable incident,” Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister said, promising to “not spare anyone found guilty” of involvement in the tragedy….

https://www.rt.com/news/399480-children-die-india-hospital-oxygen/


 

Humanoid Robot Tells Jokes on GMB! | Good Morning Britain

 

 

Success! SpaceX launches supercomputer toward International Space Station that can process 1 trillion calculations per second

About ten minutes after launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, a Dragon spacecraft separated from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket — beginning its two-day trek through orbital space to the space station.

Cargo missions are always packed with some interesting payloads — typically several tons of experimental equipment, food and other provisions.

But this mission will deliver something the space station has never seen before: A supercomputer built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, (HPE, Tech30) dubbed the “Spaceborne Computer.”

If it works, it could be the most powerful commercial computer ever to operate in space….

Julie Robinson, the chief scientist for NASA’s space station program, said that if this supercomputer can function in the harsh conditions of space, it will be very exciting news for companies down here on earth.

Robinson points out that a huge point of interest for the private sector is taking high-quality satellite images of earth in order to track things like crop growth or oil exploration….

http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/14/technology/spacex-nasa-supercomputer/index.html

Relevant news for the last days & just plain ol’ news 8/14 con’t…Sierra Leone mudslide kills at least 312 people…Diplomats in cuba lose hearing due to “advanced sonic weapon”…Israel will not allow Iran to fill void ISIS left & more…

Picture – Sea suddenly disappears…


 

10 Very Strange Facts About The August 21 Solar Eclipse That Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind

In just a matter of days we are going to witness the most unusual solar eclipse in U.S. history. Could it be possible that all of the very strange “coincidences” surrounding this event have some sort of special significance?  The mainstream media has been buzzing about this upcoming solar eclipse for months, and it will easily be the most watched eclipse in all of U.S. history.  Last week, I published an article entitled “12 Critical Events That Are Going To Happen Over A 40 Day Period From August 21st To September 30th” that received an extraordinary amount of attention, and of course the first event on that list was “the Great American Eclipse” on the 21st.  As you will see below, so many numbers seem to indicate that this eclipse could have some sort of special significance, and it begins a period of exactly 40 days that many believe could be a turning point for America.

In the Scriptures, we are specifically told that one of the reasons why God created the sun and the moon was so that they could serve as “signs”.  The following is what Genesis 1:14 tells us…

“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years

And in Luke 21:25, the Lord Jesus specifically warned us to watch for signs “in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars” just prior to His return.

So we should be watching, and we should fully expect to see something happen up there before Christ comes back….

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/10-very-strange-facts-about-the-august-21-solar-eclipse-that-will-absolutely-blow-your-mind


 

BURIED ALIVE

Sierra Leone mudslide kills at least 312 people including 60 kids after buildings are flattened near the capital

Morgues ‘overwhelmed’ after storms swept through Freetown, flooding downtown streets and creating deadly mudslides

A DEADLY mudslide in Sierra Leone has killed at least 312 people including 60 kids after buildings were flattened near the country’s capital today.

Storms swept through Freetown, flooding downtown streets and creating mudslides in hilly areas….

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4240463/sierra-leone-mudslide-regent-latest/


 

Destructive tornado hits China’s Chifeng, 5 killed and over 50 injured

A destructive tornado hit northern China’s Chifeng city, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Friday afternoon, August 11, 2017, killing 5 people and injuring over 50.

The tornado destroyed at least 40 houses in three villages and affected 270 people. State media said Saturday rescue work is still underway.

The injured were being treated in hospital and authorities have launched relief efforts….

https://watchers.news/2017/08/12/tornado-chifeng-inner-mongolia/


 

An “advanced sonic weapon” allegedly caused diplomats to lose their hearing in Cuba

Several American diplomats who had been stationed in Cuba were forced to cut their tours of duty short and return home last year after suddenly and inexplicably losing their hearing.

According to a report by the Associated Press on Wednesday, unnamed US officials conducted an investigation into the incidents and found that an “advanced sonic weapon” was responsible. The sonic devices were planted in or around the diplomats’ homes and emitted inaudible sounds that apparently caused the hearing loss.

The day after the original report was published by the Associated Press, the Canadian government told the news agency that one of its diplomats in Cuba had also been treated for hearing loss.

Officials in Canada “are aware of unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and US diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana,” a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada told the AP. “The government is actively working—including with US and Cuban authorities—to ascertain the cause.”…

An “advanced sonic weapon” allegedly caused diplomats to lose their hearing in Cuba


 

A major blind spot in animal testing is endangering the lives of women

Animal studies are the backbone of medical and scientific research. Because of animal testing, humans have developed vaccinations for smallpox, nearly eradicated polio, discovered chemotherapy, and made countless other innovations across the medical spectrum. But there’s a major flaw in the way we conduct these experiments: Far too many animal tests ignore biological sex entirely.

A new study from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, published in Nature Communications, argues that too many animal experiments have failed to take into account sexual dimorphism—the traits that differ between sexes in a species, from size to bone density to coloring. This blind spot may be skewing the results of animal testing. And that could have big consequences for the conclusions that we take from animal studies and apply to humans.

Science has a long history of making incorrect assumptions about biological sex that skew testing on live subjects. For much of history, scientists have tended to regard female bodies as simply scaled-down versions of males, which meant that one could just test on men and draw conclusions about women’s medical needs. This has backfired repeatedly. In one notable case, in 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration had to cut the recommended dosage for zolpidem (Ambien) for women by half after it was discovered that taking a “normal” dose often resulted in serious overdoses for women….

A major blind spot in animal testing is endangering the lives of women


 

Your Smartphone Reduces Your Brainpower, Even If It’s Just Sitting There

In other words: If you grow dependent on your smartphone, it becomes a magical device that silently shouts your name at your brain at all times.

I sit down at the table, move my napkin to my lap, and put my phone on the table face-down. I am at a restaurant, I am relaxed, and I am about to start lying to myself. I’m not going to check my phone, I tell myself. (My companion’s phone has appeared face-down on the table, too.) I’m just going to have this right here in case something comes up.

Of course, something will not come up. But over the course of the next 90 minutes I will check my phone for texts, likes, and New York Times push alerts at every pang of boredom, anxiety, relaxation, satiety, frustration, or weariness. I will check it in the bathroom and when I return from the bathroom. I don’t really enjoy this, but it is very interesting, even if some indignant and submerged part of my psyche moans that I am making myself dumber every time I look at it. As, in fact, I am….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/your-smartphone-reduces-your-brainpower-even-if-its_us_598a01b8e4b030f0e267c7f5?section=us_huffpost-partners


 

And the sea disappeared suddenly: Ocean mysteriously recedes from various beaches in Brazil and Uruguay making people fear a tsunami is coming

And the sea disappeared suddenly.

Ocean water mysteriously receded from various beaches in Porto Alegre and Tramandai, Brazil and Punta del Este, Uruguay. A tsunami underway?….

http://strangesounds.org/2017/08/and-the-sea-disappeared-suddenly-ocean-water-mysteriously-recedes-from-various-beaches-in-brazil-and-uruguay.html


 

Netanyahu: ISIS out, Iran in? We won’t allow it

Netanyahu stresses Israel will not allow Iran and its proxies to take over areas vacated by ISIS.

Israel will not allow Iran and its proxies to take over areas vacated by the Islamic State (ISIS) group, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made clear on Sunday.

“Today we received a review from the head of the Mossad about the security challenges we face. I will give summarize it on one sentence – ISIS out, Iran in. We are talking mainly about Syria,” Netanyahu said in Ashdod, referring to Mossad Director Yossi Cohen’s assessment that the Iranian regime is expanding its control across the Middle East through proxy forces in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen….

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233870


 

All prophecies the bible says will happen in end times are happening or almost completed at present:

 

https://allnewsforum.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/all-prophecies-the-bible-will-happen-in-end-times-are-happening-or-almost-complete-at-present/

Web hosting company GoDaddy boots alt-right website, because it calls woman that was killed in Charlottesville ”fat…A 32-yo woman without children is a burden on society and has no value.”

The last days many will hate & betray one another-Matthew 24-10

Web hosting company GoDaddy told white supremacist and neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer to find another service provider after it published a derogatory story about the woman killed at the Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist rally…

Heather Heyer died Saturday after a car rammed a crowd of counter-protesters gathered to oppose a “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups.

James Alex Fields Jr. is accused of running his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of people, killing Heyer and injuring at least 19 others….

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/14/us/godaddy-daily-stormer-website-trnd/index.html

Note:  Seems he has found another site (googlegulag) who will host his garbage!!!

Relevant news for the last days & just plain ol’ news 8/14

Videos – Dutch engineers test floating island…Motorcyclist survives driving off cliff…


 

Can you really go blind staring at an eclipse? – Yes

On August 21, the moon’s shadow will block the sun from view in a total solar eclipse.

Wherever you are in the United States, you’re going to want to look up, and that’s OK. Every astronomer in the country will tell you to enjoy this rare opportunity. No matter what superstitions you’ve heard, there is no risk to your health due to simply being outside during a total solar eclipse.
But there’s one thing you shouldn’t do, and that’s look at the sun with your naked eye.
 Don’t do it. Really.
The only time you can look at the sun with your naked eye is A) if you’re in the path of totality, where the sun will be completely covered by the moon, and B) during those two minutes or less when the sun is completely covered….

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/10/health/how-to-safely-watch-the-eclipse/index.html


 

Dutch engineers test ‘floating island’

 


 

Gunmen Attack Restaurant In Burkina Faso, Kill At Least 18

“This is a terrorist attack,” Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou said.

OUAGADOUGOU, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Suspected jihadists killed at least 18 people and wounded eight during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital overnight but security forces shot dead both attackers and freed people trapped inside the building.

“This is a terrorist attack,” Communications Minister Remi Dandjinou told a news conference on Monday….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/burkina-faso-restaurant-attack_us_59912268e4b09071f69aa284?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009


 

Motorcyclist survives driving off cliff

 


A peek into Russia’s mysterious spy machine

The Russian spy has inspired hundreds of movies. But what is the Russian intelligence world really like? (video)

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2017/08/11/russia-decoded-secret-service-sdg-lon-orig.cnn


 

NFL stars sit during national anthem

NFL players Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett sat in protest during the national anthem. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick faced controversy for a similar protest when he knelt during the anthem last season. – video

 

Suicide bomber kills 15, injures 40 in Pakistan

A suicide attacker on a motorcycle targeted a military truck with a bomb, killing at least 15 people in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday. An explosives expert told AP that the attacker had been carrying 25kg of “incendiary explosives” on a motorcycle that he rammed into the military truck. Baluchistan provincial Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said that the explosion hit as a paramilitary patrol passed by on the road, adding the patrol may have been the target. “According to the information we have received so far, there are around 15 casualties, people who were martyred, and around 40 people were wounded,” Bugti said. Pakistan’s army press wing said there were at least seven civilians among the 15 killed. A state of emergency has been imposed in the city, with all hospitals on alert. Middle East-based Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed the attack shortly afterwards, saying it had killed 17 soldiers, Reuters reported.


 

Portugal asks for help from Europe to fight fires

More than 3,000 firemen struggled to put out forest fires across Portugal on Sunday, after the country requested assistance from Europe to fight blazes that threaten to spread with more hot weather in the coming days. Exceptionally dry and hot weather ignited Portugal’s worst fire disaster in memory early this summer, killing 64 people, and fires have continued to flare up in recent weeks with the arrival of each new hotter spell of weather. Interior Minister Constanca Urbana de Sousa said the country sent the request for help to Europe late on Saturday because of concerns that high temperatures and high winds in the coming days could increase the number of fires. The minister said the request was carried out “because of a question of prudence” due to the weather forecast for coming days, according to news agency Lusa. It covered requests for firefighting airplanes and firemen and is part of a European mechanism for cooperation to fight fires. (Reuters)