DOM_5924_thumb.jpgI had thought this past week was more of a respite in the “birth pangs” experienced in recent weeks. Mark 13:8. Read more. Then I started compiling a few just from the last two days.

Ukraine separatist leader says rebels getting tanks and reinforcements. BY THOMAS GROVE, DONETSK Ukraine Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:47pm EDT (Reuters) – Ukrainian rebels are receiving new armoured vehicles and fighters trained in Russia, with which they plan to launch a major counter-offensive against government forces, a separatist leader said in a video released on Saturday. Read more.

Hamas says Israel must accept Palestinian demands or face long war. BY ASMA ALSHARIF AND DAN WILLIAMS. CAIRO/JERUSALEM. Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:14pm EDT. (Reuters) – Hamas rejected on Saturday as insufficient offers made in Cairo to Palestinian negotiators seeking to end Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip, and raised the possibility of renewed fighting when the current truce expires [on Monday night]. Read more.

Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe: monitoring group. BY OLIVER HOLMES AND SULEIMAN AL-KHALIDI, BEIRUT/AMMAN Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:06pm EDT. (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday. … The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on all sides of the three-year-old conflict, said reliable sources reported beheadings were used to execute many of the al-Sheitaat tribe, which is from Deir al-Zor province. The conflict between Islamic State and the al-Sheitaat tribe, who number about 70,000, flared after the militants took over two oil fields in July. Read more.

Islamic State ‘massacres’ 80 Yazidis in north Iraq: officials. BAGHDAD Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:25am EDT. (Reuters) – Islamic State insurgents “massacred” some 80 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority in a village in the country’s north, a Yazidi lawmaker and two Kurdish officials said on Friday. “They arrived in vehicles and they started their killing this afternoon,” senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters. “We believe it’s because of their creed: convert or be killed.” A Yazidi lawmaker and another senior Kurdish official also said the killings had taken place and that the women of the village were kidnapped. Read more.

Evidence suggests Ebola toll vastly underestimated: WHO. BY SALIOU SAMB CONAKRY. Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:47am EDT. (Reuters) – Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the U.N. agency said on its website on Thursday. The death toll from the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola stood on Wednesday at 1,069 from 1,975 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, the agency said. The majority were in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, while four people have died in Nigeria. The agency’s apparent acknowledgement the situation is worse than previously thought could spur governments and aid organisations to take stronger measures against the virus. Read more.

Kenya Airways to suspend flights to Freetown, Monrovia due to Ebola. NAIROBI, Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:44pm EDT. (Reuters) – Kenya Airways will suspend flights to Liberia’s capital Monrovia and Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the company said on Saturday. … Korean Airlines suspended its flights to Nairobi last week citing the risk of Ebola…. The World Health Organization said on Friday that the death toll from the virus in West Africa had now risen to 1,145. Read more.

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