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Yemen facing 'worst cholera outbreak in the world' with 1000's of new cases each day - UN, WHO

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Women help a young relative infected with cholera at a hospital in Sanaa.
Yemen is now facing the "worst cholera outbreak in the world," with some 5,000 suspected cases arising each day, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a joint statement, adding that 1,300 people have died from the illness.

"In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country," the Saturday statement reads, noting that more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera have been recorded.

"Already more than 1,300 people have died - one quarter of them children - and the death toll is expected to rise," it continues.

The statement says that 14.5 million people have been cut off from regular access to clean water and sanitation, which increases the ability of cholera to spread.

Comment: See also: Saudi Arabia donates $66.7 million to stop Yemen cholera crisis as it continues to bomb and blockade it


Car hits pedestrians at Eid event at a Newcastle mosque, 6 casualties, 'not believed to be terror'

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A car has plowed into people gathering for Eid prayers near a Newcastle mosque, UK media reports. Six people have been injured and a female driver has been arrested, police said.

The crash occurred outside the Westgate Sports Centre, according to a Northumbria Police statement.

Witness Asif Anwar, 29, told the Chronicle that there are two children among the injured.

"The lady lost control of the car and hit some people. Two of them were kids," he said. "It was chaos, everyone was panicking. People just don't know what is going on these days. Terrorism is what everyone was thinking straight away."


Terrorists increasingly target Saudi Arabia

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On Friday, the Saudi Interior Ministry said it had foiled an attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Terrorists were allegedly going to attack worshipers who gathered at Islam's holiest site to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

The investigators believe the attack was plotted from abroad. Five suspects have been detained, including a woman.

Experts claim that the security situation in Saudi Arabia has worsened for several reasons. The main factors include the strengthening of the Daesh terrorist group in the Middle East and the war in Yemen against Shiite militants, which Riyadh has been waging since 2015.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia has been financing a large number of projects promoting Salafism — the most fundamentalist branch of Islam. According to WikiLeaks, the country has financed radical terrorist structures through governmental and non-state structures, including Al-Qaeda and Daesh.

Riyadh has not commented on such allegations and claims that the blame for terrorist activities lies on Qatar.


Over 100 people burnt to death in Pakistan after oil tanker overturns and explodes

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100+ people burn to death after oil tanker flips & explodes in Pakistan.
Over 100 people have burnt to death after an oil tanker overturned, spilling its payload on a highway in the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur, local media report.

At least 123 people were killed according to sources that spoke with Geo TV Pakistan. At least another 40 people suffered severe burn wounds. They have been taken to two local hospitals in critical condition, Rescue 1122 Director General Dr. Rizwan Naseer told the news outlet.



The video that one pro-Israel group is desperate to keep you from watching

The No Way To Treat a Child panel in Washington dared to discuss how Palestinian children are treated at the hands of the IDF in the West Bank
When it comes to Palestinians, the American Jewish establishment is in the ignorance business. The average American synagogue has never hosted a Palestinian speaker. The average "pro-Israel" activist has never read a book by a Palestinian author. The American Jewish philanthropists who fund Birthright send thousands of young American Jews to Israel each year, on a program that systematically excludes the voices of 50% of the people who live under Israeli control.

But that's not the worst part. The worst part is that for major American Jewish organizations, ignorance is an export. It is not enough that American Jewish leaders never hear from Palestinians themselves — they do their best to ensure that American politicians don't, either.

Consider the sequence of events that began on June 8. On that day, an advocacy group called No Way To Treat a Child hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill. That's not unusual. Advocacy organizations hold panel discussions on Capitol Hill all the time; the location makes it easier for congressional staff to attend. What made this one unusual was its subject: the Palestinian experience under Israeli control.


Death toll rises to 85 following a series of terrorist attacks in Pakistan

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A man injured in the Parachinar blasts is carried to a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan June 24, 2017.
The death toll from a series of terrorist attacks in Parachinar, Quetta and Karachi in Pakistan Friday, has risen to 85 people, with a dozen of critically injured dying in hospitals overnight.

The death toll from twin blasts at a local market has risen to 67 people, after 12 of those wounded in Friday's attack died in hospital, a government official in Parachinar, Shahid Khan, told AP Saturday.

Two explosions, in the space of several minutes, rocked the busy Toori Bazar in the mainly Shia neighborhood Friday afternoon.

Sabir Hussain, a doctor at one of Parachinar's hospitals said his facility received over 250 injured people, with more than 60 in critical condition, the Times of Hindustan reported.

The Sunni extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, claimed responsibility for the attack in Parachinar located in north-western Pakistan.

Also on Friday, 14 people were killed in a suicide car bombing near the office of the provincial police head in the town Quetta in the southwestern part of the country. A breakaway Taliban and Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) faction said it was behind the bombing.


Sott.net Interview with Father Daniel in Syria: "There Never Was a Popular Uprising in Syria"

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Father Daniel: "This is a very recent picture with Fadia (4.5 years old) who was born when her mother was in danger and when we were heavily attacked by terrorists. We took her mother in safety when she was pregnant. Fadia is, I think, normal and lively, but she hasn't spoken yet. She survived the shootings and bombardments in the basement together with us. Meanwhile, the family is reunited and has a home in Qara, but the mother and Fadia still visit us now and then to say hi."
Since 2010, Father Daniel Maes (78), from the monastery of Postel in Belgium, has been a resident of Syria's sixth-century Mar Yakub monastery in the city of Qara, 90 kilometers north of the capital Damascus. He has returned to his home country several times in the intervening years to give seminars, but remains living in Syria.

I interviewed Father Daniel recently. The following is his story. He told me why he went to Syria in 2010, and how he experienced a culture shock when he first arrived there. He also explained that there never was a civil uprising in Syria, touched on the propaganda surrounding chemical attacks, relayed heartbreaking stories from Syrians themselves and praised the great support they receive from Hezbollah, the Syrian Army, and Russia.


Victorious Syria: A new dawn of resistance against imperialism

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As on a calm, still morning, the landscape of Syria is gradually emerging from the shadow. Everywhere, the advances of the Syrian Arab Army have reconquered thousands of square kilometers of territory in East Aleppo, Homs and Damascus. The army is on the verge of retaking full control of the Syria-Jordan and Syria-Iraq borders, traditional rat runs for the foreign mercenaries intent on destroying the cradle of civilization for a fistful of petrodollars.

Restoring the sovereignty of the Syrian state on its national soil, this courageous army of conscripts, inflict shame upon all those who dreamed of destroying this recalcitrant state, upon all those who wanted to dismember Syria because it dared to foil their neocolonialist plot.


London Underground steps up cleaning to fight superbugs plaguing the tube

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Tube network to fight grime with industrial vacuum cleaners and magnetic wands after discovery of threatening bacteria
Industrial vacuum cleaners and magnetic wands will be used in a bid to rid the tube network of eight of the most dangerous superbugs.

Cleaning of the London Underground will be stepped up each night over the summer to remove metal particles, dust, oil and grease from about 50 stations and five tunnels.

An investigation published last month by London Metropolitan University and taxi insurers Staveley Head found 121 types of bacteria and mould on public transport in the capital.

Eight of the most threatening bacteria to human health were discovered on the tube, with the Victoria line deemed the dirtiest route.


Wasted food: 40 percent of America's food is thrown away

A few years and many grocery store trips later, I came to expect blemish-less, Instagram-worthy fruits and vegetables unblinkingly. I piled my cart with as much produce as everyone else. And, at the end of the week, I winced only slightly as I threw wilted kale and squishy oranges into the trash.

Little did I realize that my demand for cosmetically perfect produce or my need to overstock my refrigerator for a rainy day, could potentially have huge repercussions. Multiply my consumer expectations and shopping patterns by the thousands of households in the U.S., and we create a staggering epidemic of food waste.

Comment: Smart ways to tackle the food waste problem: