1…………> Iranian Tanker Fire & Explosion
“There is no hope of finding survivors among the [missing] 29 members of the crew,” Iran’s maritime agency chief Mahmoud Rastad said on state television, as the stricken tanker, Sanchi, drifted into Japan’s exclusive economic zone and “suddenly ignited” and finally sunk, according to Chinese state media reports.
A video of the tragedy that took the lives of the Iranian crew showed flames off the burning ship rising between 2500 to 3,000 feet in the air when leftovers of some 1 million burning barrels of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil caught on fire.
2…………..> Lunar Year: A Celebration In Lights
People walk under the colorful lights which are projected along Minzhu road in Haizhou District of Lianyungang, east China’s Jiangsu Province, Jan. 14, 2018. These days the district put up several themed lighting projects to greet the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 16, 2018.
3…………..>Evil Personified: Islamic State
“[The physical caliphate of Islamic State of Levant] has been broken and fractured, but the work still continues. We are going to continue our operations because we ultimately have to ensure we have conditions on the ground that ISIS can never re-emerge,” she added, using an alternate acronym for the terrorist group,”Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W. White said in a press briefing on January 11.
“Even though they failed as a caliphate, there are global manifestations of their brand that we see pop up,” Marine Corps Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. told reporters in the press briefing.The jihadist organization “Islamic State” has been defeated in a military sense, having lost 98% of the areas they used to control in both countries, with US forces planning to take the remaining 2% from them as well.But its ideologies live on, and so is the terror in the tender minds of the children who grew up under its regime, having been witnesses of IS violence, including brutal public punishments and executions, and other challenges like guerrilla warfare remain due to new fanatical recruits pouring through the border from Turkey into Syria.
“[IS’] global brand is fading with the defeat of the physical caliphate and as stories about the horror of life under ISIS are disseminated,” officials stated on the Defense Department’s website.
4…………> ET 2018 Greetings: Mexico
An unidentified vertical flying object, caught on camera by a Mexican woman who can be heard asking “What is that?” in the background as she films, has sparked a heated debate on “YouTube”, as social media users were confused by the “out of this world” pair of videos showing what appears to be an odd UFO hovering over the skies above Mexico and Texas.
Was it a piece of dirt or even bird excrement on a window, a set of old, deflating balloons, or the jetpack of fictional billionaire Tony Stark himself in his famous Iron Man suit?
“Any ideas what this might be people? Really curious. Also saw that this has been seen in China,” the Texas clip’s uploader wrote.
5…………> Thou Shall Not Sleep When Stealing: 11th Commandment
Police in central Islamic Merkeldom of Germany arrested a man who broke into a house, ransacked the property and then fell asleep on the sofa, giving the family from Erfurt the shock of their life to find a would-be burglar asleep on their couch. Officers have said drugs were likely the cause of the mid-theft drowsiness, and they will keep “clumsy off” in custody “in order to prevent health-endangering sleep deprivation.”
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