Dow hits record high while tech retreats

(Reuters) – The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record closing high on Monday, helped by Boeing, while selling in Facebook, Alphabet and other technology companies checked the S&P 500 and pulled the Nasdaq lower.

The S&P 500 information technology .SPLRCT dipped 0.53 percent, with Facebook (FB.O) falling 1.86 percent and Alphabet (GOOGL.O), Google’s parent company, down 1.34 percent.

Source: Dow hits record high while tech retreats

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North Korea can hit most of United States: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has shown that Pyongyang now may be able to reach most of the continental United States, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

The assessment, which the officials discussed on condition of anonymity, underscored the growing threat posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, and could add pressure on President Donald Trump’s administration to respond.

North Korea said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an ICBM that proved its ability to strike America’s mainland.

Source: North Korea can hit most of United States: U.S. officials

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Oil at two-month high, ends above $50 a barrel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices rose to two-month highs on Monday, ending the strongest month of the year for crude futures, boosted in part by expectations of U.S. sanctions against Venezuela’s oil sector and as supply concerns have waned in recent weeks.

During the trading day, chatter centered around potential U.S. Treasury sanctions targeting the country’s oil sector in response to Venezuela’s Sunday election which Washington denounced as a “sham.”

That helped boost prices prior to settlement due to concern about possible limits on oil imports from Venezuela or exports of U.S. fuel to that country. After the close, however, the U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions limited only to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Source: Oil at two-month high, ends above $50 a barrel

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North Korea likely to conduct 6th nuclear test: defense ministry

North Korea is likely to conduct its sixth nuclear test as well as an additional intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, the Ministry of National Defense said Monday.

“There is a possibility North Korea will test its nuclear warhead and missile capabilities through a nuclear test with more explosive power,” the defense ministry said in a report to the National Assembly. “North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site is always ready to conduct a nuclear test at any time.”

The prospect came during an emergency meeting of the Assembly’s National Defense Committee, convened following North Korea’s alleged second ICBM test late Friday night.

Source: North Korea likely to conduct 6th nuclear test: defense ministry

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Report: Los Angeles to host 2028 Summer Olympics

LOS ANGELES, July 31 (Reuters) – Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics after reaching a deal with Olympic organizers, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday, citing an unnamed source close to the negotiation.

The agreement also paves the way for the 2024 Summer Games to be awarded to Paris. An announcement from the International Olympic Committee was expected later on Monday.

Source: Report: Los Angeles to host 2028 Summer Olympics

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As Tensions Rise on God’s Holy Mountain, Earth Heaves With Quakes, Cyclones and Storms

The recent confluence of a global rash of epic natural disasters and rapidly rising tensions surrounding the Temple Mount echoes events from 2,000 years ago, when the destruction of the Temple preceded a catastrophic volcanic eruption in a distant section of the world.

On Sunday, 25,000 people were evacuated from their homes in northeast Japan as a level eight typhoon caused massive flooding. Over the weekend, eight tropical cyclones simultaneously churned through the North Pacific, something that hasn’t happened in more than four decades. This followed a freak storm that hit Japan with no warning last Tuesday, pelting the Ikebukuro area with hailstones.

Not to be outdone by the heavens above, the earth made itself known by rocking and rolling in several separate locations. On Friday, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Greece and Turkey, killing 2 people and injuring over 300.

Read more at https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/92088/tensions-rise-gods-holy-mountain-earth-heaves-quakes-cyclones-storms/#H1CVeLTsQsUtYyJ1.99

Source: As Tensions Rise on God’s Holy Mountain, Earth Heaves With Quakes, Cyclones and Storms

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Muslims Converting to Christianity by the Hundreds in Finland

Hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East, including from Iran and Iraq, have converted to Christianity in Finland, according to officials in the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran community.

A report in Finnish media Yle Uutiset says the conversions are estimated to be several hundred in recent years within the country’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Source: Muslims Converting to Christianity by the Hundreds in Finland

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What Is So Alluring About Cults? Billy Graham Answers

Whether it’s watching from afar through a documentary or hearing about discoveries/escapes on the news, we’ve developed a fascination with cults.

“I’d never do that!” we might proclaim. Or “Who is crazy enough to join something so silly?”

Or, we may even think a cult has slowly indoctrinated a close friend or family member.

A reader had a similar question for Billy Graham: “Why do people get involved in cults? I think my cousin has gotten involved in one, but she won’t listen to any of us who try to talk to her about it. In her view, we’re all wrong, and her group is the only one that’s right.”

Source: What Is So Alluring About Cults? Billy Graham Answers

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State of Emergency for 31 Florida counties including Broward, Palm, Miami-Dade

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency for 31 Florida counties including Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade as Tropical Storm Emily made landfall on the Gulf Coast.

Emily was passing over west-central Florida on Monday afternoon and was about 30 miles southeast of Tampa, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory issued at 2 p.m.

The storm, which formed suddenly on Monday morning just off Tampa, wasn’t expected to directly affect South Florida but forecasters said it could dump several inches of rain on us.

Source: State of Emergency for 31 Florida counties including Broward, Palm, Miami-Dade

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