Today's Intel

Jan. 16, 2018

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Palestinian leaders called on President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw recognition of Israel and break off security cooperation, in a move that follows the Trump administration naming Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued a false alert about a N. Korean missile launch, adding to questions about the reliability of early-warning systems after a similar incident in Hawaii.

The new U.S. Embassy in London, criticized last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and poorly located, opened its doors to the public Tuesday for the first time.

Ethiopia said it's preparing to release 528 detainees including the chairman of an opposition party, state-affiliated media reported, in what would be the first round of pardons announced by the government this month.

January's cryptocurrency selloff got fresh impetus on Tuesday when bitcoin slumped as much as 20 percent, as the prospect of regulatory crackdowns appeared to spread.

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Wall Street's main indexes rose sharply on Tuesday, with the Dow hitting the 26,000 mark for the first time, as the fourth-quarter earnings season kicked into high gear.

Thirteen malnourished siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were rescued by police in California from a house where some of them had been chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, officials said on Monday.

American citizens who wish to visit North Korea should write a will, make funeral arrangements and designate carers for their children and pets, a chilling travel advisory from the US State Department has warned.

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a busy street market in central Baghdad on Monday, in back-to-back explosions that killed at least 38 people, Iraqi health and police officials said.

Israel's justice ministry said Monday it had fined pharmaceutical giant Teva $22 million for bribing foreign officials in a settlement that spares the company a potential criminal trial.

Pope Francis flew in to Chile's capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church.

The top U.S. military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants.

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya within a two-year period, Dhaka said Tuesday, the first concrete timeline given for the refugees' return despite many refusing to go back to their homeland.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.

Turkey's president said Sunday the country will launch a military assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria "in the coming days" and urged the U.S. to support its efforts.

Four mobile cranes purchased by the United States arrived Monday at a rebel-held port in Yemen, the United Nations said, after months of delays imposed by the Saudi-led coalition. The cranes will boost the capacity of the Huthi-controlled Hodeida port to receive food, fuel and medical supplies as Yemen remains on the brink of famine after nearly three years of war.

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group said on Sunday it was working to create a 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria, drawing sharp condemnation from Turkey.

Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at "the very limit".

Tunisian police arrested 41 more protesters after fresh violent protests against austerity measures in the North African country, the interior ministry said on Monday, bringing the number of arrested to around 850.

The United Arab Emirates accused neighboring Qatar of "intercepting" two Emirati passenger planes en route to Bahrain on Monday in the latest incident between the Gulf rivals.

Transgender Americans are openly enlisting in the U.S. military for the first time, saying they feel confident that court rulings blocking Republican President Donald Trump's ban on their service will stand.

Raytheon Company's RTN Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business segment recently secured a contract worth $641.6 million to perform Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) test related activities for multiple radar platforms. Work related to this will be carried out in Huntsville, AL and Colorado Springs, CO.

BBC

Nine people in California have been charged after they handed out food to the homeless, violating a rule about sharing food in public places.

Nigeria's military says it has released 244 "repentant" Boko Haram suspects who have undergone rehabilitation. The authorities say they have been de-radicalized and can re-enter society, but critics are skeptical about whether they have repented.

December set the record for the least amount of sunshine seen in Moscow, Russian weather experts said. "The sun didn't come out even once for the entire month."

WND

Three levels of selfie addiction: borderline, acute, and chronic. Those who take three selfies in a day but don't post them on social media fall into the borderline category. Those who post at least three per day are considered acute, and those who have an "uncontrollable urge" to take selfies all the time and post at least six on social media per day are considered chronic.

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