Category: Top Stories

Hungary’s Orban calls for global anti-migrant alliance with eye on 2018 elections

Reuters | Source URL | Blog Archive BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungarian leader Viktor Orban called on Sunday for a global alliance against migration as his right-wing populist Fidesz party began campaigning for an April 8 election in which it is expected to win a third consecutive landslide victory. Popular at […]

Hungarian leader calls Christianity ‘Europe’s last hope’

AP | Source URL | Blog Archive BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister says that “Christianity is Europe’s last hope” and that politicians in Brussels, Berlin and Paris favoring migration have “opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam.” Viktor Orban said Sunday […]

UK police are now using fingerprint scanners on the streets to identify people in less than a minute

Matthew Reynolds Wired (Source) (Blog Archive) Police in the UK have started using a mobile fingerprinting system that lets them check the identity of an unknown person in less than a minute. Fingerprints collected on the street will be compared against the 12 million records contained in national criminal and […]

Domestic Terrorism Bill Targets Patriot Groups and Citizen Militias

Joe Jarvis | The Daily Bell | Source | Blog Archive | PDF To authorize dedicated domestic terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the Federal Government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism. […]

Poland limits Sunday shopping to benefit family life

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law a bill that largely limits trade on Sundays, saying it will benefit employees’ family life. The legislation, worked out by the conservative government and the Solidarity trade union, is expected to draw protests from large Western supermarket chains that are the […]

Command and control: China’s Communist Party extends reach into foreign companies

BEIJING  — American and European companies involved in joint ventures with state-owned Chinese firms have been asked in recent months to give internal Communist Party cells an explicit role in decision-making, executives and business groups say. It is, they say, a worrying demand that threatens to put politics before profits, and […]

100 years after ‘Spanish flu’, new global pandemics feared

Ebola, zika, SARS: a century after the “Spanish flu” killed 50 million people, humanity now risks a new wave of deadly diseases, and in today’s globalised world another such pandemic may be unavoidable, experts warned at the Davos summit this week. “Pandemics are becoming a real threat to humanity,” Elhadj […]

Mastercard sets biometric ID deadline for banks

Mastercard has committed to guaranteeing that every one of its customers will have access to biometric authentication services by April 2019 Mastercard has set a deadline of April 2019 for widespread use of biometric identification for users of its service. The payments company said all of its customers would be able to use biometrics, […]

Brownback confirmed as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom

CRUX The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Catholic, to be the new U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in the U.S. Department of State. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Catholic, to be the new U.S. ambassador-at-large for international […]

Doomsday Clock moves FORWARD to two minutes to ‘midnight’ bringing world closer to self-destruction than any time since the Cold War

The UK Sun Mounting concerns about the possibility of a nuclear war along with US President Donald Trump’s ‘unpredictability’ have pushed the symbolic time piece to two minutes before midnight, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists said today. THE Doomsday Clock has been moved to two minutes to midnight, the closest […]

Pope condemns “evil” of fake news and its use for political gain

VATICAN CITY, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the “evil” of fake news, saying journalists and social media users should shun and unmask manipulative “snake tactics” that foment division to serve political and economic interests. “Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads […]

German leader Merkel says the current world order is under threat

German leader Angela Merkel said that multilateralism was under threat and said that protectionism is not the answer to the world’s problems. “Frankly speaking, the country I have the honor to represent and where I am chancellor has difficulties. And polarization is something that we see in our country as well, which […]

Pope Francis says the first fake news was told in the Bible

ROME – At a time when “fake news” is spreading, Pope Francis is calling on journalists, “protectors of the news,” to rediscover the dignity of their profession and the responsibility they have to communicate the truth. The pontiff also said that the first fake news is found in the book […]

Top secret HUMAN TESTING in China to create SUPERHUMAN army in military revamp

CHINA’s mission to create an army of superhumans is expanding at a worryingly fast pace as the country rapidly invests in its controversial genetics research and development programme, a new study has revealed. It has been revealed that over the last three years at least 86 people have undergone surgery […]

Congress Quietly Pushing Bill to Require National Biometric ID for ‘ALL Americans’

H.R.4760 – Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 – is a massive giveaway to the police state which will use a National ID to track Americans. Earlier this month,  Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA-6] introduced H.R.4760 – Securing America’s Future Act of 2018, a sweeping bill that entails everything from Education and […]

Deadline Passes, Triggering Shutdown; Senate Rejects Short-Term Spending Bill

Both chambers were expected to be in session Saturday, continuing discussions over how to resolve underlying disputes WASHINGTON—The Senate rejected a one-month spending bill early Saturday, triggering the shutdown of many government services and setting off a partisan fight over who would bear the political consequences. In a dramatic night […]

Republicans Have Four Easy Ways to #ReleaseTheMemo — and the Evidence for It. Not Doing So Will Prove Them to Be Shameless Frauds.

ONE OF THE gravest and most damaging abuses of state power is to misuse surveillance authorities for political purposes. For that reason, The Intercept, from its inception, has focused extensively on these issues. We therefore regard as inherently serious strident warnings from public officials alleging that the FBI and Department of Justice have abused their spying power […]

American Airlines Joins United In Cashless Transactions At MIA

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Don’t forget to pack your credit or debit card next time you travel on American or United Airlines out of Miami International Airport. Starting Thursday, American will join United in saying no to cash and yes to plastic. “We’re cashless in cities like New Orleans, Dallas and […]

Starbucks tests no-cash policy at downtown Seattle store

Starbucks is experimenting with refusing cash at a posh location in downtown Seattle. Since Tuesday, your money is no good at the cafe inside the Russell Investments Center unless it’s in the form of plastic. Starbucks is experimenting with refusing cash at a posh location in downtown Seattle. Since Tuesday, […]

Pope warns that the world is one step away from nuclear war and ‘one accident is enough’ to spark a catastrophe

Pope Francis has warned that the world is one step away from nuclear war and ‘one accident is enough’ to spark a catastrophe. The 81-year-old, who made the comments as he flew off for a visit to Chile and Peru, also warned that the world now stood at ‘the very limit’. […]

Pope Francis Issues Blueprint For Geopolitical Stability

Pope offers contrasting global vision to Trump in address to diplomats Pope Francis today issued a blueprint for geopolitical stability, calling for a de-escalation of tensions in Korea, for nuclear disarmament and for world leaders to recognise that migrating to another country is a “fundamental human right”. He set out […]

Nissan’s Car of the Future Will Read Your Brain Waves

The Japanese company will unveil and test its “brain-to-vehicle” technology at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The “B2V” system requires a driver to wear a skullcap that measures brain-wave activity and transmits its readings to steering, acceleration and braking systems that can start responding before the driver initiates the […]

Cash Might Be King, but They Don’t Care

The other day at Dig Inn, a just-opened lunch spot on Broadway and 38th Street in Midtown Manhattan, Shania Bryant committed a consumer faux pas. She placed her order for chicken and brown rice and yams, and when she got to the register, she held out a $50 bill. “Sorry,” […]

RUSSIA: Property sell-offs, alternative service denials follow Jehovah’s Witness ban

Following the Supreme Court ban on all Jehovah’s Witness activity – in force since July – Regional Justice Ministry branches are preparing to sell off their confiscated property. Military call-up offices have denied several army conscripts the option of alternative civilian service. Jehovah’s Witnesses experience increased law enforcement harassment, plus […]

Cash is dead as small businesses opt for e-payment in China’s digitalisation drive

China’s US$5t e-payment market accounts for 42 per cent of the world’s e-commerce transactions Cash, alas, is no longer king as operators of mainland China’s small businesses will tell you. In major Chinese cities, paying by paper money is all but dead thanks to the convenience of mobile payment, which […]