Former Israeli space security chief says extraterrestrials exist, and Trump knows about it

A “galactic federation” has been waiting for humans to “reach a stage where we will understand… what space and spaceships are,” Haim Eshed said.

Image: A communication satellite orbits Earth.

A former Israeli space security chief has sent eyebrows shooting heavenward by saying that earthlings have been in contact with extraterrestrials from a “galactic federation.”

“The Unidentified Flying Objects have asked not to publish that they are here, humanity is not ready yet,” Haim Eshed, former head of Israel’s Defense Ministry’s space directorate, told Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper. The interview in Hebrew ran on Friday, and gained traction after parts were published in English by the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

A respected professor and retired general, Eshed said the aliens were equally curious about humanity and were seeking to understand “the fabric of the universe.”

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Wuhan Covid ‘lab leak’ scientists were ‘BITTEN by bats and sprayed with blood before ‘patient zero’ infected the world’

SCIENTISTS at a Chinese lab linked to the outbreak of coronavirus reportedly revealed they were bitten while collecting samples in a cave packed with infected bats.

One researcher – from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (W.I.V) – is said to have claimed fangs went through his rubber gloves “like a needle” leaving him spattered with blood.

Scientists at the the Wuhan Institute of Virology 'admitted to being attacked by bats'

A video – which first emerged two years ago – also apparently shows scientists working on “live viruses” without gloves and masks in an apparent breach of the World Health Organisation safety rules.

The startling claims come just 24 hours after it was revealed the scientist dubbed “Patient Zero” who vanished from the Wuhan lab at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak is still missing despite a year-long search.

Virus expert Huang Yanling was named online in China during the very first worrying reports of the deadly pandemic back in February of last year.

Swelling on one researcher's limb after being bitten during experiments

The US State Department believes she was the first of several working at the controversial institute who fell ill in the autumn of 2019 – months before the virus was officially acknowledged.

The claims created a link between the pandemic and the W.I.V. – which houses zoonotic bat diseases – and sparked fears the virus was accidentally leaked during experiments.

On the shocking video, researchers are seen collecting potentially highly- infectious bat feces with no noticeable personal protective equipment (PPE) other than gloves.

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/13772766/wuhan-covid-lab-leak-scientists-bitten-bats/

Migrant caravan: Guatemala blocks thousands bound for US

A group of US-bound Central American migrants has been met with truncheons and tear gas in Guatemala, where security forces blocked their path.

Thousands of people were intercepted on a road near the border with Honduras on Sunday. The government said it would not accept “illegal mass movements”.

An estimated 7,000 migrants, mostly from Honduras, have entered in recent days, fleeing poverty and violence.

They hope to travel on to Mexico, and then the US border.

Every year, tens of thousands of Central American migrants attempt this perilous journey to try and reach the US, often on foot, in groups known as “caravans”.

Several Guatemalan soldiers clash with Honduran migrants at a police control in the city of Chiquimula, Guatemala

President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, has vowed to end the strict immigration policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump, a Republican.

But the Biden administration, which will take office on Wednesday, has warned migrants not to make the journey, as immigration policies will not change overnight.

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-55699540

Italian PM battles for coalition’s survival over Covid recovery plan

Italy deserves a “cohesive government”, its prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has said as he began the fight for his coalition’s survival.

Conte told the lower house of parliament on Monday that the political crisis triggered last week by the former prime minister Matteo Renzi was “unfounded” and risked severely damaging the country at a time when Italians were struggling with health and financial worries.

Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, speaking about the current political situation in the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, on Monday

“It comes at a crucial stage, in the middle of a pandemic, with citizens suffering from the loss of loved ones,” Conte added. “We risk everything, and losing contact with reality. Was there really a need to open a political crisis at this time?”

Conte is seeking to fill the void created by Renzi, who yanked his small Italia Viva party from the ruling coalition over disagreements about the handling of the pandemic and a post-Covid economic recovery plan.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/18/conte-battles-for-his-coalitions-survival-over-covid-recovery-plan

Dutch Rutte government resigns over child welfare fraud scandal

The Dutch government has stepped down after thousands of families were wrongly accused of child welfare fraud and told to pay money back.

Families suffered an “unparalleled wrong”, MPs decided, with tax officials, politicians, judges and civil servants leaving them powerless.

After a Friday cabinet meeting the Dutch leader cycled to the palace to submit the government's resignation to King Willem-Alexander

Many of those affected were from an immigrant background and hundreds were plunged into financial difficulty.

PM Mark Rutte submitted the cabinet’s resignation to the king.

The new ministers and state secretaries of the cabinet Rutte III pose for a group photo with King Willem-Alexander (C) and Prime Minister Mark Rutte at Palace Noordeinde in The Hague, Netherlands on October 26, 2017

“Innocent people have been criminalised and their lives ruined,” he then told reporters, adding that responsibility for what had gone wrong lay with the cabinet. “The buck stops here.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55674146