Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr, 25, of Columbia Mo has been charged with planning to commit a Presidents Day terror attack in Kansas City. Hester, who briefly served in the US Army from 2012-2013, came to the attention of the FBI after they received several tips informing them of anti-American and pro-ISIS social media posts he had made. He was arrested as part of a sting operation after he purchased materials that an FBI agent led him to believe could be used to construct bombs to be used in an attack that would be "10 times bigger than the Boston Marathon bombings".
Kuwait has denied a media report which said it had imposed a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, a story which U.S. President Donald Trump praised on Facebook. "Smart!" a post on Trump's official Facebook page said on Thursday, linking to a report on Jordanian news website Al Bawaba which alleged that Kuwait had "mirrored" a decision by the Trump administration to temporarily bar travelers from several countries. ... Kuwait "categorically denies these claims and affirms that these reported nationalities ... have big communities in Kuwait and enjoy full rights," a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying on state news agency KUNA on Friday. read more
Betting website Paddy Power is giving 4-1 odds on Trump being impeached within six months and 7:4 odds that he is impeached or resigned before the end of his first term. I've seen other sites offering even odds on that bet.
Separate studies released by NASA and NOAA report that 2016 marked a new global high as the warmest year on record. That makes three straight years in which new highs have been recorded. 2016 also included record global high temperatures during eight out of the 12 months of the year. Sixteen out of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000. The one exception in that list is 1998. "(T)he spate of record-warm years that we have seen in the 21st century can only be explained by human-caused climate change," said Michael Mann, director of the Earth Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. "The effect of human activity on our climate is no longer subtle. It's plain as day, as are the impacts -- in the form of record floods, droughts, superstorms and wildfires -- that it is having on us and our planet."
While President-Elect Trump may dismiss charges or Russia trying to influence US elections, leaders in other countries are sounding the alarm about their elections. Germany, France, Denmark and other European democracies have been pointing the finger at Russia for some time.
Angela Merkel recently warned that Russia may try to influence German elections. With the German elections now less than a year away, documents that were stolen during a hack of German Parliament in 2015, which German intelligence services blamed on Russia back in the spring of this year, have recently started being leaked by wikileaks.
In France, the campaign of Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has admitted that she and the far right National Front Party have Russian financial backing.
It's the same story throughout Europe. In the UK, MP Ben Bradshaw has said Russia likely swayed the Brexit vote. Countries such as Italy, Montenegro and others have recently accused Russia of similar actions.