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Evangelical UK Liberal Democrat Leader Resigns Citing Faith Conflict, Intolerance

Tim Farron, the head of the Liberal Democrats party in the U.K., has resigned from his position, admitting he has been "torn" between politics and remaining faithful to Jesus Christ.

"The consequences of the focus on my faith is that I have found myself torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader," Farron, who is an evangelical, said in his speech to staff at the party's London headquarters on Wednesday, as reported by Sky News.

"A better, wiser person than me may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to have remained faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment," he continued.

"To be a political leader -- especially of a progressive, liberal party in 2017 -- and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible's teaching, has felt impossible for me."

As Premier pointed out, Farron faced a number of questions surrounding his stance on social issues throughout the 2017 General Election campaign, particularly on his views on homosexuality.

In his Wednesday speech, he accused his critics of intolerance for being unaccepting of his Christian beliefs. 

"In which case we are kidding ourselves if we think we yet live in a tolerant, liberal society," his statement concluded.

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Danish 17-year-old girl who used a pepper spray to fight off a rapist near migrant asylum centre is told SHE will be prosecuted for carrying the weapon

http://americaflashnews.com/a-17-year-old-girl-fought-off-a-rapist-now-shes-being-charged/A Danish teenager who was sexually assaulted near a migrant asylum centre has been told she will be prosecuted after using pepper spray to fend off her attacker.

The 17-year-old told police she was targeted in the coastal town of Sonderborg by an English-speaking man, who knocked her to the ground and tried to undress her.

But she managed to prevent the man from attacking her further by spraying the substance at him.

However, as it is illegal to use pepper spray, the teenage girl is set to face charges. It is likely she will face a 500 Krone (£50) fine.

Local police spokesman Knud Kirsten told TV Syd: 'It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely to be charged for that.'

The man who attacked the girl fled from the scene and has not yet been charged. It is unclear if the man was an asylum seeker or refugee.

However, the case has sparked a controversy in Denmark, where there has been increasing reports of sexual harrassment towards women.

Earlier this month, several females in Sønderborg reported feeling harrassed by the aggressive nature of male refugees at the local asylum centre.

It comes after it was reported that there have been a rising number of sex attacks by migrant gangs across a number of European countries, including in the German city of Cologne.

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'The Zionist James Bond': Mossad officer who hunted down those behind 1972 'Munich massacre' dead at 87

Michael Harari, who has died aged 87, was a high-ranking intelligence officer in the Mossad and was known as "the Zionist James Bond".

In 1970, Harari was appointed head of the Mossad's special operations division, Caesarea, and established within it the Kidon ("Spear") unit that specialised in assassinations. Two years later, Palestinian militants belonging to an organisation calling itself "Black September" killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. Subsequently, Golda Meir's government instructed the Mossad to track down those responsible for the Munich terrorist attack and kill them one by one.

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Suicide bomber at Ariana Grande concert kills 22

https://www.google.ca/search?q=Suicide+bomber+at+Ariana+Grande+concert+kills+22&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjyMOMpYbUAhWIhVQKHTF3B-gQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1920&bih=925#imgrc=3_czFEspaRzP1M:MANCHESTER, England — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande show that left 22 people dead as young concertgoers fled, some still wearing the American pop star’s trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons.

Teenage screams filled the Manchester Arena just after the explosion Monday night, and members of the audience tumbled over guardrails and each other to escape. Fifty-nine people were injured in what British Prime Minister Theresa May called "a callous terrorist attack."

"We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage," she said. Campaigning for Britain’s June 8 election was suspended.

Greater Manchester Police said the bomber was killed in the attack. They announced Tuesday that they had arrested a 23-year-old man in the south of the city, in connection with the bombing.

The attack sparked a nightlong search for loved-ones - parents for the children they had accompanied or had been waiting to pick up, and friends for each other after groups were scattered by the blast. Twitter and Facebook were filled with appeals for the missing.

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Israeli Tourist Stunned by Anti-Semitic Street Display in Heart of Amsterdam

An Israeli tourist in Holland expressed shock and dismay on Tuesday after he came across a large street display in the center of Amsterdam presenting Jews and Israelis as killers, the 0404 News site said.

"Amazing! In the center of Amsterdam you see such wild incitement," the Israeli noted in the video clip.

"It's strange that the local police do not do anything - this is clear incitement to harm Jews," he said.

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Emmanuel Macron becomes France’s youngest president

Ripping up France's political map, French voters elected independent centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and dashing the populist dream of far-right rival Marine Le Pen.

Macron, who had never run for office before, celebrated with thousands of jubilant, flag-waving supporters outside the Louvre Museum in Paris on Sunday night.

The European anthem "Ode to Joy" played as he strode out to address the swelling crowd.

"France has won!" he said. "Everyone said it was impossible. But they do not know France!"

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EU court says Hamas should be removed from terror blacklist

Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based merely on media and internet reports.

However, the General Court of the European Union, the bloc's second highest tribunal, said EU member states could maintain their freeze on Hamas's assets for three months to give time for further review or to appeal the ruling.

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Paris Champs Elysees shooting: Gunman was 'focus of anti-terror' probe

The gunman who shot dead a policeman in Paris on Thursday has been identified from papers left in his car, but French officials are yet to release his name.

Local media say the 39-year-old lived in the city's suburbs, and had been seen as a potential Islamist radical.

The gunman wounded two police officers before being shot dead by security forces on the Champs Elysees.

A pump-action shotgun and knives were found in his car, the French TV station BFMTV reports.

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Russia orders troops to south and west borders after Ukrainian soldiers kill five

President Vladimir Putin warned Ukraine against continuing its offensive against pro-Russian separatists after troops entered the eastern city of Slavyansk, killing five rebels.

"If it is true that the current regime in Kyiv sent the army against citizens inside its country, then it is a very serious crime against its own nation," Putin said at a meeting with the media in St. Petersburg today. "It will have consequences for the people who make such decisions, including relations between our countries. We'll see how the situation develops and we'll make conclusions based on the reality on the ground."

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Number of official cases of euthanasia rise 10% in the Netherlands

image from https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/netherlands-2016-euthanasia-deaths-increase-by-another-10The number of official cases of euthanasia in the Netherlands rose 10% last year to 6091 and euthanasia now accounts for 4% of total deaths, the regional monitoring boards said on Wednesday. In 10 cases, the rules for euthanasia were not followed correctly, most of which involved a failure to properly consult a second doctor, the RTE annual report said. In one case, a doctor was reprimanded for ‘crossing the line’ with a patient suffering from severe dementia.

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'This is war,' Ukraine declares as mob ignores ultimatum to surrender, takes police chief prisoner

A pro-Russian mob on Monday seized a police building in yet another city in Russian-leaning eastern Ukraine and took the police chief prisoner, defying government warnings that it was preparing to act against the insurgents.

Dozens of angry men hurled rocks, smashed the windows and broke into a police station in the city of Horlivka not far from the border with Russia, while hundreds of onlookers cheered them on. Thick white smoke rose from the entrance to the building, from which the insurgents hoisted the Russian flag.

The seizure came after Ukraine's acting president described his country's confrontation with Russia as a "war" and sent in troops to drive out suspected Russian soldiers from the east of the country.

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Are we close to global war?

Are we heading toward another World War?

As tensions rise around the globe, from Europe to Syria to China, it's starting to feel like we are on the cusp of an unstoppable catastrophe.

In particular, there is reason to be concerned about the escalating tensions between Turkey and Russia.

The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was assassinated Monday.

He was shot and killed before a live audience, by a special ops member of the Turkish police force.

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Militant Islamist video threatens Sochi Winter Olympics

MOSCOW - Two men said by Islamist militants to have carried out suicide attacks in south Russia appeared in a video donning explosive belts and warning Vladimir Putin to expect a "present" at the Sochi Winter Olympics from fighters following after them.

The video was posted by a group identifying itself as Vilayat Dagestan and appeared on a website often used by militants from Russia's northern Caucasus region where Moscow has been battling insurgency for over a decade. It could not be independently corroborated.

The video said the two men, named only as Suleiman and Abdulrakhman and posing also with assault rifles in front of a banner with Arabic writing, were the suicide bombers who attacked the city of Volgograd last month killing at least 34.

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1.4 million French march against gay 'marriage'; police tear gas crowd, children

According to organizers, nearly one and a half million people joined the third demonstration in five months against the legalization of same-sex "marriage" by the French government in Paris, on Sunday.

Meanwhile, large numbers of demonstrators who were unable to join the main venue - which had filled up by 3 p.m. - or who headed straight to the largest and most prestigious Parisian thoroughfare, the Champs-Elysees, were sprayed with tear-gas and beaten as they neared the presidential palace. Victims included children as young as 6 years old, elderly gentlemen, women of all ages, middle-aged priests and monks, and even a baby aged 10 months.

One boy, aged 14, named Lancelot, needed respiratory assistance for half an hour; another youth, Leonard, 17, was gassed and subsequently seized by riot police who threw him down the stairs at the entrance of a nearby subway station. Christine Boutin, leader of the mainstream Parti chretien democrate (Christian democratic Party), was also among the victims: she passed out after having been sprayed with tear-gas and lay unconscious on the street for several minutes.

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How the West was lost by the selfie president

My bookshelves sag with encyclopedic volumes arguing that America and the West are in decline. But proving that a picture is worth a thousand books, the "selfie" seen 'round the world ends the argument.

It's official - the government of the United States of Obama consists of boobs and bores and is led by a narcissist. It is no consolation that Great Britain joins us in racing to the bottom.

President Obama's flirting with Denmark's prime minister would be shameful on any occasion. That it happened at the memorial for Nelson Mandela only adds to the embarrassment.

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Calais migrant camp on fire as France reels from Paris terror attacks

Fire broke out in the 'Jungle' refugee camp near Calais last night - just hours after the terror attacks in Paris.

At around 11pm volunteers helping migrants and refugees living in the northern French port shared pictures and video on social media.

One aid worker told Mirror Online that around 40 shelters were destroyed when an 'absolutely massive' fire broke out in a Sudanese area.

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Syria says will never give in 'even if there is WWIII'


Syria said Wednesday it was mobilising its allies against a possible US-led military strike over a suspected gas attack and would never give in, even if a third world war erupts.

In an exclusive interview with AFP, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad said Syria had taken "every measure" to retaliate against a potential strike, but refused to provide any clue as to what that might mean.

He also insisted that Russia had not wavered in its support for its long-time ally, despite comments by President Vladimir Putin suggesting a more conciliatory tone towards the West.

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Marriage hasn't changed. Ireland has..

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the people of Ireland failed to heed the warning the Apostle Paul gave to the Christians of Rome.

They "exchanged the truth about God for a lie." (Romans 1: 18-30) In this case, they exchanged the truth of natural marriage for the lie of false equality and fake tolerance.

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told the Irish Times that the referendum amounts to a social revolution and the Catholic Church needs to do a reality check because "most of those people who voted yes are products of our Catholic schools for 12 years."

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UK Prime Minister Cameron loses Syria war vote

LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron has lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes, a stunning defeat for a government which had seemed days away from joining the U.S. in possible attacks to punish Bashar Assad's regime over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Thursday evening's vote was nonbinding, but in practice the rejection of military strikes means Cameron's hands are tied. In a terse statement to Parliament, Cameron said it was clear to him that the British people did not want to see military action.

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Conservatives defy expectations in the U.K. - win an outright majority in the general election

Against the expectations of every pollster and pundit, Prime Minister David Cameron had an audience Friday with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace where she asked the British Conservative leader to form a government after the party won an outright majority in the general election.

Instead of a cliffhanger, a hung parliament and having to fashion working agreements with his old coalition partner - the Liberal Democrats as well as with one or two tiny right-wing parties - in order to squeeze through legislation, as he was forced to do in 2010, Cameron has been returned to Westminster with something British pollsters and even the Tories themselves never saw coming.

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Irish President signs abortion into law: pro-lifers vow legal challenges

The Irish President today signed into law the bill that allows direct killing of unborn children, up to the point of full gestation, in cases where the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother, including if she threatens suicide.

Pro-life activists have said that not only does the law violate the Constitution's protections for the unborn, but the suicide provision is wide open to abuse and could pave the way for effective abortion on demand. During government hearings into the bill psychiatric professionals had specifically denounced the suicide provision, saying abortion can never be considered treatment for mental illness.

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