Iranian Revolutionary Guard Colonel Is Shot Dead Outside His Tehran Home by Hitman on Motorbike: Country’s Regime Blames ‘Assassination’ on U.S. And Its Allies

A senior member of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard was shot dead in his car outside his home in Tehran today by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike, state TV reported.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said that one of its officers, Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, was the victim of the rare assassination.

The two assailants shot Khodaei five times in his unarmored Iranian-made Kia Pride, it was said.

Reports identified Khodaei only as a ‘defender of the shrine’ – a reference to Iranians in the Guard’s elite Quds force who oversee foreign operations. The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that members of an Israeli intelligence service network had been discovered and arrested by the Guards.

Although the Guard gave only scant detail about the attack, the group blamed the killing on ‘global arrogance’ – a code typically used to refer to the United States and Israel.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack and the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office has declined to comment on events in Tehran.

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Source: Daily Mail

Belgium Becomes First Country to Introduce Compulsory Monkeypox Quarantine: Anyone Testing Positive Must Isolate for 21 Days as 14 Countries Now Confirm Outbreaks and Doctors Warn of ‘Significant Rise’ in UK Cases

Belgium has become the first country to introduce a compulsory 21-day monkeypox quarantine – as 14 countries now confirm outbreaks o f the viral disease and doctors warn of a ‘significant rise’ in UK cases

Those who contract the virus will now have to self-isolate for three weeks, Belgian health authorities have said, after three cases were recorded in the country.

The infections, the first of which was recorded on Friday, are all linked to a festival in the port city of Antwerp.

It comes as doctors have warned that the UK faces a ‘significant’ rise in infections and the government’s response is ‘critical’ in containing its spread.

Dr Claire Dewsnap, president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, has also said the outbreak could have a ‘massive impact’ on access to sexual health services in Britain.

It comes as Dr Susan Hopkins, a chief medical adviser to the UK Health Security Agency, today also warned that monkeypox is spreading through community transmission in the UK with more cases being detected daily.

Sajid Javid yesterday revealed another 11 Britons had tested positive for the virus, taking the total to 20.

The cases include a British child currently in a critical condition at a London hospital, while a further 100 infections have been recorded in Europe.

Dr Dewsnap told Sky News: ‘Our response is really critical here.

‘There is going to be more diagnoses over the next week.

‘How many is hard to say. What worries me the most is there are infections across Europe, so this has already spread.

‘It’s already circulating in the general population.

‘Getting on top of all those people’s contacts is a massive job.

‘It could be really significant numbers over the next two or three weeks.’

She says she expects more cases to be identified around the UK, with a ‘significant rise over this next week’.

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Source: Daily Mail

Is the MONKEYPOX Virus Another HIV/AIDS Plague Sent by God Against Homosexual Men and Bisexual Men as Punishment to Keep Mankind From Destroying Itself Through the Abomination of Homosexuality? The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) Is Convening an EMERGENCY Meeting Where Experts on the UN Agency Are Set to Discuss the UNUSUALLY HIGH RATES Among HOMOSEXUAL and BISEXUAL Men

World Health Organization bosses will hold an emergency monkeypox amid growing fears about the international outbreak.

Eleven countries have now detected the tropical virus, which is usually only spotted within Africa.

Germany and Belgium today became the latest nations to declare monkeypox cases, while France and Australia announced patients had tested positive overnight.

Experts on the UN agency are set to discuss the unusually high rates among gay and bisexual men, it was claimed today.

The panelists, reported to include one of the WHO’s most senior Covid advisers, will also deliberate how monkeypox vaccines should be dished out to control spiralling cases.

Britain’s monkeypox outbreak doubled in size today, as Sajid Javid revealed another 11 Britons had tested positive for the virus — which doesn’t spread anywhere near as easily as Covid.

The Health Secretary said that he had briefed ‘G7 Health Ministers on what we know so far’.

No details about the new eleven patients have been released yet.

But six of the previous nine confirmed cases were in men who have sex with men — which officials say is ‘highly suggestive of spread in sexual networks’.

Experts told MailOnline today vaccines could be given to gay men, if cases continue to disproportionally be in homosexual and bisexual males.

MailOnline yesterday revealed that health chiefs were stockpiling jabs amid growing fears about the tropical virus’s spread. Ministers were already sitting on 5,000 doses but have now ordered an extra 20,000.

Close contacts of the UK’s known cases are already being offered the jab, which was originally designed for smallpox. The two rash-causing viruses are very similar.

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As Biden Visits Asia, China Launches South China Sea Drills

In this photo released Dec. 31, 2021, by Xinhua News Agency, an undated photo shows a carrier-based J-15 fighter jet preparing to land on the Chinese navy's Liaoning aircraft-carrier during open-sea combat training. China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden's visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from China. (Hu Shanmin/Xinhua via AP)
In this photo released Dec. 31, 2021, by Xinhua News Agency, an undated photo shows a carrier-based J-15 fighter jet preparing to land on the Chinese navy’s Liaoning aircraft-carrier during open-sea combat training. China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden’s visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from China. (Hu Shanmin/Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING (AP) — China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden’s visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from Beijing.

China’s Maritime Safety Administration office in the southern island province of Hainan said the drills began Thursday and will continue through Monday.

It said other aircraft and vessels will be prohibited from entering the area but gave no further details. China claims virtually all of the South China Sea and the crucial waterway has become a potential flashpoint for conflict in Asia.

The U.S. does not take a position on the sovereignty issue but insists on the right to operate freely in the sea and frequently sails warships close to militarized Chinese-held islands in the area in what are termed freedom of navigation operations.

China routinely protests such missions, labeling them deliberate provocations that endanger peace and stability. To assert its claim, it has built airstrips and other military infrastructure atop human-made islands built on coral reefs and atolls.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan also exercise overlapping claims in the South China Sea. The Philippine coast guard said Friday it had established outposts on three islands in the contested waters, a move that will likely be frowned upon by Beijing,

Since the beginning of the month, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has been conducting a mission in the Sea of Japan. The Defense Ministry described it as “routine training” aimed at boosting performance that is “in line with relevant international law and international practice, and not targeting any party.”

China also flew a pair of long-range nuclear-capable H-6 bombers through the area on Wednesday, Chinese media reports said.

Meanwhile Friday, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group left their home port at Yokosuka, Japan, for a “routine at-sea period,” the 7th Fleet said.

The ships and the carrier air wing “are expected to work with allies and partners, promote adherence to a rules-based international order, as well as maintain presence and flexibility to meet the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense,” the Navy said.

Biden arrived in South Korea on Friday. While in Japan, he will meet Tuesday with fellow leaders of the Indo-Pacific strategic alliance known as the Quad, a group that includes Australia, India and Japan.

The four nations share concerns over China’s growing regional assertiveness and increasingly capable armed forces.

China views the grouping as a part of a U.S.-led push to impede its economic and political rise and frustrate its attempts to intimidate self-governing Taiwan into accepting its demand to unify with the mainland.

On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi criticized what he called negative moves by Washington and Tokyo against Beijing during a video call with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.

“What arouses attention and vigilance is the fact that, even before the American leader has set out for the meeting, the so-called joint Japan-U.S. anti-China rhetoric is already kicking up dust,” Wang said, according to China’s Foreign Ministry.

Source: Associated Press

Putin’s Space Agency Chief Warns New Satan-2 Hypersonic Nuke Can ‘Demolish Half the Coast of a Continent’ if Russia Does Not Like Its ‘Aggressive Policy’ and Says the Weapon Will Be Ready for Use in Autumn

Russia’s new Satan-2 hypersonic nuclear missile can demolish ‘half the coast of a continent’, schoolchildren and students have been told by a close ally of Vladimir Putin.

The latest threat to unleash atomic weapons on the West was made by Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

He showed videos of multiple Russian strategic rockets at a ‘federal educational marathon’ called ‘New Horizons’, culminating in outlining the capability of the big beast Sarmat, also known as Satan-2, an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking targets at 15,880mph.

‘Here you see the test launches of our missiles,’ he boasted.

‘The smallest are shown on Red Square parades… The largest will not fit on Red Square, as they are too big.’

He told his young audience: ‘Now you can see [on video] Topol, Yars, submarine missile Bulava … and finally Sarmat…

‘Such a missile [Sarmat] can demolish half of the coast of some large continent, which we may not like due to its aggressive policy.’

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Source: Daily Mail

China Warns America That a ‘Dangerous Situation’ is Forming Over Taiwan

(Bloomberg) — China’s top diplomat again warned the US over its increased support for Taiwan, showing the island democracy remains a major sticking point between the world’s biggest economies as Beijing sent more military aircraft toward the island.

“If the US side insists on playing the Taiwan card and goes further and further down the wrong road, it will certainly lead to a dangerous situation,” Yang Jiechi, Beijing’s top diplomat, said in a phone call with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

Yang said Washington should “have a clear understanding of the situation,” according to a statement posted online by his nation’s Foreign Ministry. “China will certainly take firm action to safeguard its sovereignty and security interests,” he added.

The White House issued a short statement on the Wednesday call, saying the pair “focused on regional security issues and nonproliferation.” They also discussed Russia’s war against Ukraine and specific issues in US-China relations, it added.

The Yang-Sullivan call was the most high-level contact between the US and China since Joe Biden and Xi Jinping spoke in March, their first conversation following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ties have remained frosty since then, with the nations sparring over Vladimir Putin, democracy in Hong Kong, forced labor allegations in Xinjiang and a range of other issues.

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Source: MSN

Israel to Simulate Striking Iran in Massive Drill

The Israeli military will simulate striking targets far from Israel’s borders with a large number of planes while simultaneously acquiring new targets on various fronts in real-time during its largest military drill in history. It will also simulate a future Israeli strike against Iran and its nuclear facilities.

According to the IDF, the drill is unique and unprecedented in scope and will enable the army to maintain a high level of readiness in an ever-changing region. It aims to improve the military’s capabilities in an intense, multi-front and prolonged war on all its borders.

During the drill, the Air Force will also drill on striking targets far from Israel’s borders while troops continue to contend with a multi-front war on its borders.

The military, which is seriously planning several military options against Iran should the nuclear talks between the West and the Islamic Republic fail, will drill on one of the possible options during the exercise.

The military will also implement all lessons learned from Operation Guardian of the Walls throughout the entire month.

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Source: Jerusalem Post

20 Million People in East Africa at Risk of Severe Hunger Due to Drought

In a desolate village in Turkana, Northern Kenya, villagers are praying for rain, but it just won’t come.

A fourth season of failed rains is causing one of the worst droughts East Africa has seen in decades, and this village, which is home to 3,600 families, is one of the areas hardest hit.

The land is dry, dusty and barren.

The remaining livestock eat the withered, grey shrubs which cover the land. The people eat whatever they can find, often not very much.

Jacinta Atabo Lomaluk lives in Lomoputh village.

She is a mother of five whose eldest son has been suffering from malnutrition since September. The 12-year-old is weak and cannot walk or even stand alone. She says she has never experienced conditions as bad as this drought before.

“It is worsening, worse than it has ever been. That’s why you can see signs of starvation here.”

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Source: BBC

Putin Warns That Finland Has ‘Made a Mistake’ After Country’s President Tells Him They Will Join NATO – Despite Russia’s Threat to Wipe Them and Britain Out in Seconds With Nuclear Weapons and Turn the US Into Ash – Kremlin Says the West Has Declared ‘Total Hybrid War’ Against Them

Vladimir Putin told the President of Finland he is making a ‘mistake’ by joining NATO as it faces ‘no security threats’ in a phone call this morning.

And in a speech on the 80th day of the war in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: ‘The collective West has announced a total hybrid war on us.

‘It is difficult to forecast how long this will all last, but it is clear that the consequences will be felt by everybody without exception.’

Finland and Sweden’s efforts to join NATO met a hurdle when Turkish President Erdogan said he could not support their entry bids because of Kurdish terrorist organisations operating in the Nordic countries.

All 30 NATO member states must sign off on each new entrant.

Erdogan’s top foreign policy advisor clarified today that the country is ‘not closing the door’ on the countries’ bids.

Ibrahim Kalin: ‘We are not closing the door. But we are basically raising this issue as a matter of national security for Turkey.’

The Kremlin attack dog added: ‘We’ve done everything to avoid a direct clash but the challenge has been thrown to us and we accept it. Cancel culture against everything Russia is being used against us.’

‘We are doing everything we can to defend the interests of our citizens abroad. Ukraine is an instrument, a tool, to contain Russia’s peaceful development,’ he said.

As US President Joe Biden held a joint call with Finland’s leaders on Friday to support their NATO application, Russian officials responded with furious bluster, with one threatening to reduce the US to ‘nuclear ashes’ if America ‘threatens’ the Russian state.

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Violent Scenes in Jerusalem as Mourners Gather for Funeral of Al Jazeera Journalist

Israeli police clashed with Palestinian mourners packed around the coffin of killed Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh at the start of her funeral procession in Jerusalem on Friday.

Masked police officers faced scores of flag-waving and chanting Palestinians in the compound of St Joseph’s Hospital in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, TV footage showed.

Officers then charged the crowd and at one point the group carrying her coffin backed against a wall and almost dropped the casket, recovering it just before one end hit the ground.

The violent scenes underlined the growing anger over Ms Abu Akleh’s killing which has threatened to add further fuel to an already raging conflict.

Ms Abu Akleh, who had covered Palestinian affairs and the Middle East for more than two decades, was shot while reporting on an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday.

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Source: Yahoo