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 Matthew 24:42  “Therefore be on alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming!"



Germany makes independent decisions, chancellor says in response to claim it is controlled by RussiaAngela Merkel has pushed back against Donald Trump's extraordinary tirade against Germany on the first day of the Nato summit in Brussels, denying her country was "totally controlled" by Russia and saying it made its own independent decisions and policies.
In less blunt language than the US president's, the German chancellor made the point that she needed no lessons in dealing with authoritarian regimes, recalling she had been brought up in East Germany when it had been part of the Soviet Union's sphere of influence.
Arriving at Nato headquarters only hours after Trump singled out Germany for criticism, Merkel said: "I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany. Because of that we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions. That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany."
Merkel and Trump have a one-to-one meeting scheduled for later on Wednesday. According to reports in the US media, Trump is keen to see Merkel replaced as chancellor. His outburst could be part of a strategy to try to undermine her at a time when she is domestically vulnerable.


From "The Guardian"

A group of researchers and students at MIT have developed an intelligent radar-like technology that makes it possible to see through walls to track people as they move around, a development that could prove useful for monitoring the elderly or sick as well as for other applications - but that also raises privacy concerns.
Tests show that the technology, known as RF-Pose, can reveal whether someone is walking, sitting, standing or even waving - and can identify individuals from a known group with a success rate of 83 percent. Its developers say it could prove useful for law enforcement, search and rescue, and - perhaps most important - health care.
"We've seen that monitoring patients' walking speed and ability to do basic activities on their own gives health care providers a window into their lives that they didn't have before, which could be meaningful for a whole range of diseases," Dina Katabi, a computer scientist at MIT and leader of the group, said in a statement.The technology, which uses artificial intelligence to interpret radio wave data, grows out of earlier work by the same group. Previous versions of the technology could detect a person's silhouette behind a wall, but Katabi said this is the first time it's been possible to closely track and identify people.


From "NBC News"

 

Scores of foreign experts flew into a remote area of northern Thailand to help the Thai Navy SEALs execute a rescue mission that had been called urgent, risky and dangerous. Divers, engineers, medics and military personnel from all over the world played a crucial role in helping devise a strategy to transport the boys the four grueling kilometers out of a flooded cave.
Thirteen foreign divers joined five Thai Navy divers for the initial rescue Sunday. The team of international experts included the two British divers who originally found the boys on July 2, Richard "Rick" Stanton and John Volanthen. "Many people are coming," the divers told the boys, as they perched on a rocky ledge deep within the cave, nine days into what would be for some an 18-day ordeal.In total, 110 Thai Navy SEALs were deployed to the scene, including off-duty and former members of the elite squad. They lost one of their own on Friday when former Thai Navy Sgt. Saman Kunan died after running out of oxygen in the cave.His death underscored the risks involved, as teams of two split off to escort each boy out, one sticking close to each child, to ensure he followed the guide ropes. The other swimming behind as a safety measure to ensure everything went as planned."This is a Thai-led, multi-national rescue operation, and what's fantastic is that you see the US here, the Australians, the Chinese, the British divers, obviously," she said. "It shows that when militaries train together, it's for this -- it's for the real world." Other volunteers living in Thailand also pitched in to help, including Israeli diver Rafael Aroush. International companies also offered equipment and expertise.US billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk flew in to Thailand Monday with "kid-size" submarines which he suggested could help to bring the boys out.Musk said based on "feedback from Thailand," the engineers decided to build a tiny sub using a large silver tube meant to be affixed to a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.Musk explained the metal tube would be "[l]ight enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps" in the cave, and "extremely robust." The device is also outfitted with oxygen ports and a nose cone to protect it from impact with rocks, according to Musk's tweets.In the end, it was the expert divers who carried the boys to safety.

From "CNN"


The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued its strongest possible warning about the "historic" rainfall and said more was set to batter already saturated areas through Sunday, raising the danger of more landslides and major damage.

 From "Reuters"



Homosexuality is no longer the taboo it once was. But figures suggest that young people are even more open to experimentation than previously thought. Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as solely heterosexual, in stark contrast to previous generations, a study has found.

From "The Telegraph"
 


Because when studies are replicated, they rarely come up with the same results. Only a third of the 100 studies published in three top psychology journals could be successfully replicated in a large 2015 test.

 
From "Yahoo/AFP"


Local residents in Venezuela staged further protests on Monday as the failed socialist country now appears to be running out of clean water. Multiple groups of demonstrators blocked highways around the capital of Caracas to protest the lack of clean water supplies.
 

From "Breitbart"


"I think AI will result in there being less hours in the day that people are going to need to work," Branson said. "You know, three-day workweeks and four-day weekends. Then we're going to need companies trying to entertain people during those four days, and help people make sure that they're paid a decent amount of money for much shorter work time."

From "CNBC"





 Austria's move to close mosques and expel "foreign-funded" imams has infuriated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warning of a war "between cross and crescent" and threatening that Ankara will not sit idle. "These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul on Sunday. Crescent, which can be seen on mosques and other Muslim entities, symbolizes Islamic religion since time immemorial.They say they're going to kick our religious men out of Austria. Do you think we will not react if you do such a thing?" he asked, quoted by AFP. "That means we're going to have to do something," Erdogan added without elaborating.

 
From "RT.com"

 
New German FM Wants ‘Europe United' to Counter ‘ America 1st'
 
Germany's new foreign minister says that Europe's response to U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" strategy should be "Europe United."In his first major policy speech since taking office, Heiko Maas said the European Union should strive for a "balanced partnership" with the United States.Maas say this means working with Washington where possible, filling voids in areas where the U.S. is withdrawing and pushing back where America is seen as crossing red lines.Maas also called for the EU to strengthen its outreach to former Soviet republics, and said Germany and France can be the driving force in reforming Europe.

 
From "FoxNews.com

 
 
A recent gather in Turkey marking the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan brought together prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in a rare display of solidarity.The underlying theme of the event, hosted by Turkish opinion leader Adnan Oktar, was that global salvation requires Christians, Jews and Muslims to stop fighting one another, and instead come together in brotherly union.A press release regarding the event published by Mr. Oktar's office included the following excerpts:
The noble purpose of this year's iftar, which customarily brings together people of different cultures, identities and views who are well-meaning, conscientious, refined people, is to put a complete end to hatred. An important path to achieve this is to bring sincere Christians, Jews and Muslims together to exchange messages of love, peace and solidarity. And the Jewish, Christian and Muslim guests also made an emphasis on the signs of Moshiach's appearance and that all of those signs have come to pass, making it clear that salvation lies in the brotherly union of Christians, Jews and Muslims and in their solidarity.

 
From "IsraelToday.com"

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