News Tidbits for Monday, December 12

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Protests over Jerusalem

Source: The New York Times

Nabil Mounzer/European Pressphoto Agency

Although the protests in Palestinian territories decreased, rallies in cities across the world denounced President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In Sweden, a masked gang hurled Molotov cocktails at a synagogue. Jerusalem itself is bracing for more turmoil. “You feel like you’re living in jail here,” one resident said.

President Emmanuel Macron of France, trying to play the part of a world leader,  called the American announcement a “dangerous threat to peace” as he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.


ISIS and their Cruel Arsenal

 Source: The New York Times

Nabil Mounzer/European Pressphoto Agency

Technicians and arms analysts working in areas captured from the Islamic state face an arduous task in removing improvised explosive devices left behind by the militant group, which took the manufacturing of such weapons to a new level. The results included teddy bears and copies of the Quran with bombs inside and chemical rockets.

They created a system of armaments production that combined research and development, mass production and organized distribution that were variously novel and familiar.

After one family returned to their supposedly safe home and connected a generator, it was blown apart by a massive explosive charge under their home that had been wired to the electrical system. The entire family was killed.


California Fire Update

Source: Los Angeles Times

Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

The Thomas fire has forced 88,000 people to flee their homes. Official estimates have put the cost of combating the fire at $25 million. It is now is now the fifth-largest wildfire in modern California history. The greatest concern is now Carpinteria. The fire is moving west above the city in an area of very dry vegetation that hasn’t burned in about 100 years.

Most school districts in Santa Barbara County canceled Monday’s classes, nad several will be closed until after the New Year. The university of California in Santa Barbara has postponed final exams until next year, due to power outages and air quality issues.


Trump’s Battle for Self-Preservation

Source: The New York Times

Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Trump’s daily routines include at least four hours of cable news, a dozen Diet Cokes and an iPhone at the ready for Twitter, according to reports from aides and staff personnel interviewed by the New York Times. They describe a man who “views himself less as a titan dominating the world stage than a maligned outsider engaged in a struggle to be taken seriously.”


The M1 motorway in London, which recorded up to 10 inches of snow in some parts on Sunday. The storm also grounded many flights at Heathrow Airport. Credit: Glyn Kirk/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Snowstorm Stops Heathrow Airport

Source: The New York Times

A snowstorm that pushed across London on Sunday brought Heathrow Airport, one of the busiest in the world, to a virtual halt as airlines canceled numerous flights and planes were stranded at gates.

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