U.S. fails to win enough support at U.N. to condemn Hamas

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A U.S. attempt to get the United Nations to condemn violence by Palestinian militant group Hamas for the first time failed on Thursday because the draft resolution fell short of votes needed in the General Assembly.

The resolution required two-thirds support and while Assembly resolutions are non-binding, they can carry political weight. The U.S. text received 87 votes in favor, 58 against, 32 abstentions and 16 countries did not vote.

In an earlier procedural move requested by Kuwait, the 193-member body narrowly voted to require two-thirds support and not a simple majority for adoption of the draft resolution.

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley had written to member states on Monday to urge them to vote for the U.S.-drafted text, warning them: “The United States takes the outcome of this vote very seriously.”

Haley, who will step down at the end of the year, has been a staunch defender of Israel.

“Before the General Assembly can credibly advocate compromise and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel, it must on record, unambiguously and unconditionally, condemn Hamas terrorism,” Haley told the body before the vote.

The United States is working on a long-awaited plan to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, but the Palestinians are skeptical and have accused the Trump administration of siding with Israel on core issues.

Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters that “rejecting the American drafted resolution against the resistance represents a blow to the American administration and reaffirms the legitimacy of the resistance.”

Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said the countries that rejected the draft resolution should be ashamed. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended those that voted in favor.

Israel captured Gaza in the 1967 Middle East war but withdrew in 2005, while holding onto most of the separate West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule.

For more than a decade Gaza has been controlled by Hamas under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade. The economy has collapsed, creating what the World Bank describes as a humanitarian crisis with shortages of water, electricity and medicine.

Israel says it has no choice but to enforce its blockade to defend itself against Hamas, which calls for Israel’s destruction and has used Gaza as a base for missile attacks.

Iran’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Eshagh Al Habib accused the United States of trying to deflect the attention of the world from the root causes of the conflict and said “we recognize Hamas as a legitimate resistance movement fighting for the liberation of Palestinian territory from foreign occupation.”

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Man claims flu jab left him unable to breathe, walk or see just days later

Shane Morgan went from being perfectly healthy to being unable to breathe on his own, confined to a hospital bed after getting the injection.

He's been in hospital for two weeks, having spent time in intensive care where he was put on a ventilator.

His family blames the flu jab.

At the start of November, Shane and his wife Monique were planning for the upcoming festive season which they were expecting to celebrate with their extended family – which includes young children.

So, the pair decided to get a flu jab to avoid catching or spreading any seasonal viruses.

Symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome

Guillain-Barré (pronounced ghee-yan bar-ray) syndrome is a very rare and serious condition that affects the nerves.

Most people do make a full recovery but it can be fatal and it can leave people with long-term problems.

Symptoms start in your feet and hands, before spreading to your arms and legs.

Other initial signs include: 

  • numbness
  • pins and needles
  • muscle weakness
  • pain
  • problems with balance and coordination

You can die from Guillain-Barré syndrome if it causes blood clots or severe breathing difficulties. One in 20 cases is fatal.

"About 36-hours after he got the flu shot he started to get sick," Monique said.

Shane started to complain that he couldn't feel his legs or arms, so his wife rushed him to Centennial Hills Hospital, LA, where he spent four days on a ventilator in the ICU.

Docs started treating him for Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) – a rare disorder where a person's immune system damages their nerve cells.

It can be fatal.

It's extremely rare but a link between the flu jab and GBS has been established.

Up to two people in every one million people develop GBS from the jab.

The couple now says that no one in their family will ever get the flu shot ever again, although health officials say that such a rare story shouldn't put people off from having it.

In fact, they claim that you're way more likely to develop GBS if you catch the flu.

The NHS says that while the causes of GBS isn't clear, it can be triggered by the flu vaccine, although again, it stresses that "this is extremely rare and the benefits of vaccination outweigh any risk".

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Killer Chris Watts Moved To Unknown Prison Due To ‘Safety Concerns’

Convicted killer Chris Watts was moved under the dark of night, leaving prison in the state of Colorado late Monday evening, several sources confirm with RadarOnline.com.

“Christopher Watts is no longer in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections,” a source close to the investigation told Radar. “He is being moved to an out-of-state prison due to security concerns.”

The source noted that the only people informed of Watts’ whereabouts were Shanann Watts’ family.

“He was taken from Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center in the late hours of Monday, Dec. 3,” the source told Radar exclusively. “His family will not be made aware of his whereabouts until he arrives to the new facility, securely.”

The Colorado Department of Corrections confirmed that Watts is no longer in their custody as of late Monday night as authorities transferred him under the cover of darkness to an “unknown location,” noting that it is “far from Colorado.”

Prison records stated Watts’ custody status was “transferred” and his location was “unknown,” as of December 3, 2018.

The unexpected move comes just under ten days after Watts was transferred to the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center for a physical and mental evaluation.

As Radar readers know, the cold-blooded killer pleaded guilty to murdering his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34 – and two beautiful little girls – Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, on the morning of Aug. 13.

A video exclusively obtained by Radar showed Watts immediately after his confession when he was shackled and transported to the Weld County Jail pending his first court appearance.

The demented murderer brutally strangled his pregnant wife and smothered his two daughters in their home on August 13, 2018. He dumped the little girls’ bodies in oil tanks and dug a shallow grave for Shanann.

“It’s likely he’s being taken to a prison similar to the one where James Holmes is housed at,” the sources told Radar. “When one commits a heinous crime that attracts the attention of media outlets across the nation, it’s a safety concern not just for him, but for other inmates within the prison.”

Watts ultimately pleaded guilty to all counts in exchange of avoiding the death penalty, accepting five life sentences without the possibility of parole.

This is a developing story.

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