Erdogan Celebrates Delivery Of S-400s, Says Turkey Should Build New Weapons With Russia

With few other options at its disposal, Washington has been forced to threaten to withhold deliveries of F-35 fighters to Turkey in retaliation for Ankara’s purchase of a batch of Russian-made S-400 anti-air missiles.

But with several more shipments of the anti-aircraft missiles due by the end of the summer, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn’t backing down. Rather, during remarks in the capital on Monday, he celebrated the arrival of the missiles, and said he would like to co-produce weapons with Russia, according to RT. read more

‘Up to 50’ Feared Trapped, 4 Confirmed Dead After Building Collapse in Mumbai

MUMBAI—A four-storey building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai on Tuesday, July 16, trapping dozens in the rubble, with at least four people confirmed dead, a fire department official said.

The building collapsed in the Dongri neighborhood, said Tanaji Kamble, a spokesman for Mumbai’s civic authority.

Local and federal agencies have been mobilized for search and rescue efforts, including Mumbai police and firefighters, and three teams from the National Disaster Response Force. read more

Researchers Fear Asian ‘Clone Tick’ Which Killed US Livestock May Spread Disease to Humans

An invasive tick species typically found in parts of Asia has been linked to the death of at least five cows in the United States, and now researchers are concerned they could spread diseases to humans.

The Asian longhorned tick, which was first reported in the United States in Sept. 2017, has drained the blood of five cows in North Carolina, after tick infestations caused acute anemia in the animals, according to North Carolina’s Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (pdf), thousands of ticks can be found on an animal at one time. read more

Tennessean Wins $198 Million Powerball Jackpot

Someone from Tennessee just won the Powerball Jackpot of $198 million on July 14.

The numbers called on July 13 were 13, 23, 32, 35, 68 and Powerball 21, the North Jersey Record reported.

The winner’s ticket matched all six numbers bought from Hendersonville, while two tickets matched five numbers in North Carolina and California.

Winners from North Carolina and California get $1 million each.

Officials do not know which store the ticket was purchased in, and the $198 million winner has yet to reveal themselves, the Nashville Tennessean reported. read more

Trump Admin Tackles Rising Anti-Semitism

The Trump administration is working on multiple fronts to investigate and combat a rising tide of anti-Semitism in America that top officials warned is spreading across the country via a network of far left, anti-Israel activists, who seek to mainstream hatred against Jews at the nation’s college campuses and elsewhere.

During a daylong conference, the first of its kind for this administration, senior administration officials from across the government gathered with legal experts and scholars to address the growing threat of anti-Semitism, which has resurged in America and across the globe in recent years. read more

Candlelight Illuminates the Memory of Lives Lost in 20 Year Persecution in China

NEW YORK—Hundreds of candles in the shape of lotus flowers illuminated the evening sky as a group of meditators donning yellow shirts sat silently in front of the Chinese consulate, their round yellow plastic mats neatly aligned in long rows along the riverside.

Around them, colorful flags bearing Chinese characters calling for an end a brutal persecution in China formed two walls. White characters popped out of a large blue banner at the front reading, “End 20 Years’ of Persecution of Falun Gong.” Slow music rose, accentuating their story with lyrics of both sorrow and hope. read more

White House Calls Subpoena of Kellyanne Conway ‘Purely Political’ Effort to ‘Harass the President’

The White House on July 15 issued a strongly-worded response to the House Oversight Committee’s efforts to subpoena the president’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway, to testify in Congress over allegations that she had violated the Hatch Act.

“Today, Chairman Cummings and Democrats on the House Oversight Committee continued their purely political campaign to harass the President and his close advisors,” a statement by the press secretary on July 15 read.

The Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent federal ethics agency, on June 13 had publicized a report (pdf) accusing Conway of having “violated the Hatch Act by using her official position to influence the 2018 midterm elections and 2020 presidential election through both media appearances and social media.” read more

Scientists Close in on Blood Test for Alzheimer’s

LOS ANGELES—Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal—a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

On July 15 at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, half a dozen research groups gave new results on various experimental tests, including one that seems 88% accurate at indicating Alzheimer’s risk.

Doctors are hoping for something to use during routine exams, where most dementia symptoms are evaluated, to gauge who needs more extensive testing. Current tools such as brain scans and spinal fluid tests are too expensive or impractical for regular check-ups. read more

UK, Philippines Side With Huawei: Why Is The US Behind On 5G?

Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk,

In a global 5-G battle, Trump has forced nations to take sides. The EU, UK, and the Philippines will buck Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reports Philippines Has Chosen Sides: Not the U.S.

The U.S.-China technology war is raging around the world, but the Philippines is no longer torn. It is binding its telecommunications future to China’s.

The country got its first taste of next-generation 5G services in late June with gear supplied by Huawei Technologies Co. This month, a new carrier backed by state-owned China Telecommunications Corp. will begin rolling out a network largely designed in China, to be executed by Chinese engineers in the Philippines. read more

Opponents Of Italy’s Salvini Accuse Him Of Being ‘Puppet Of Putin’

Matteo Salvini’s hope for a “Trump-style revolution” In Italy has not only rankled his center-left opponents, but also his nominal allies, coalition allies – the populist League party – who have joined in an investigation into whether Salvini and his political allies received broke campaign finance laws by receiving money from the Russia government, Bloomberg reports.

The scandal over the Russian financing has dogged Salvini – who is not only the leader of the League Party, but also the de facto ruler of Italy, after a close ally, Gianluca Savoini, was caught soliciting illegal party funding from three Russians nationals. read more