We are living in exciting times. The Signposts point to Jesus soon return.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Is technology causing us to 'evolve' into a new SPECIES?

Prophecy Sign:  The increase in knowledge - Genetic alteration/manipulation

What a time we live in, where genetics are making it possible to mix species and create new chimeras. Where we can genetically alter the human species into something completely outside the creation of God.  And even the Pope is good with this as he apparently gave his blessing to such shenanigans.  Will God allow this to go on much further?  Perhaps long enough for mankind to come up with some sort of altered human existence that will be unable to die, and where death eludes.

During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. Revelation 9:6 NIV

Is technology causing us to 'evolve' into a new SPECIES? Expert believes super humans called Homo optimus will talk to machines and be 'digitally immortal' by 2050
If you're under the age of 40, there is a good chance you will achieve 'electronic immortality' during your lifetime. This is the idea that all of your thoughts and experiences will be uploaded and stored online for future generations. That's according to a futurologist who not only believes technology will let humans merge with computers, that this will create an entirely new species called Homo optimus. And, he claims this could occur as soon as 2050. The predictions were made by Dr Ian Pearson as part of the lead up to The Big Bang Fair 2016. He believes that within the next 35 years, humans will 'live' online, and our pets could even 'talk' to us, like real-life Furbies. He also claims transhumanism – the idea we can make people technologically better – will be the norm by 2050.

Pope Francis Said to Bless Human-Animal Chimeras
A Spanish scientist working at the Salk Institute in California told Scientific American that Pope Francis personally blessed his cutting-edge research to mix human cells into animal bodies. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a prominent stem-cell biologist, is engaged in efforts to grow human tissue inside of farm animals such as pigs, sheep, and cows. This type of research is sensitive because scientists have to inject human stem cells into early-stage animal embryos, then try to grow the mixtures inside surrogate animals.

Genetic editing is like playing God – and what’s wrong with that?
The announcement that scientists are to be allowed to edit the DNA of human embryos will no doubt provoke an avalanche of warnings from opponents of genetic modification (GM) technology, who will warn that we are “playing God” with our genes. The opponents are right. We are indeed playing God with our genes. But it is a good thing because God, nature or whatever we want to call the agencies that have made us, often get it wrong and it’s up to us to correct those mistakes.

UK scientists allowed to genetically modify human embryos – regulator

A New Madrid Earthquake Is Coming And America Will Be Shaken Like Never Before

Prophecy Sign:  Great earthquakes in diverse places

Once things get rolling during the coming Great Tribulation, there may not be much left of the Americans as volcanoes, monster earthquakes and powerful tsunamis pummel much of North and South America leaving devastation in their path.

Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. Revelation 16:18 NIV

A New Madrid Earthquake Is Coming And America Will Be Shaken Like Never Before
Most Americans expect the next great earthquake in the United States to come on the west coast.  But what if it strikes right down the middle of the country instead?  The New Madrid fault zone is six times larger than the San Andreas fault zone in California and it covers portions of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.  Back in 1811 and 1812, a series of absolutely devastating earthquakes along the New Madrid fault zone opened very deep fissures in the ground, caused the Mississippi River to run backwards in some places, and were reportedly felt as far away as Washington D.C. and Boston.  They were the strongest earthquakes ever recorded east of the Rocky Mountains, and scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time before we experience similar quakes.  In fact, the U.S. Geological Survey has admitted that the New Madrid fault zone has the “potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought“, and the number of significant earthquakes in the middle part of the country has more than quintupled in recent years.  Someday, perhaps without any warning, an absolutely massive earthquake will strike the New Madrid fault.  Thousands of Americans will die, tens of thousands of structures will be completely destroyed, and millions of people will find themselves homeless.

White House rallies public, private efforts to prepare for devastating earthquakes
Spurred by renewed fears of the fabled “Big One” shattering the West Coast, the Obama administration on Tuesday promoted stronger earthquake-preparedness efforts as part of a first-of-its-kind White House summit. Private foundation grants will fund new research at universities in California and Washington State, the Forest Service will streamline the placement of seismic monitoring stations and a presidential order will tighten standards for new federal buildings. “While no one can predict earthquakes, the study of natural hazards and their causes and impacts has put us on the path to creating more effective tools to prevent these hazards from becoming disasters,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.

Next Crash Worse than 1929 & 2008 Combined

Prophecy Sign:  The coming global economic collapse

With European banks starting to crumble, national debt levels at astronomical levels and some week national economies approaching collapse, things aren't looking too rosy on the global economic front. Hence the warnings of a fast approaching global crash that would make 1929 look pale in comparison. We keep warning that a global economic crash will precede the implementation of the New Economic World Order of the future Antichrist.  All the dominoes are ready to fall.

Wail, you who live in the market district; all your merchants will be wiped out, all who trade with silver will be destroyed. Zephaniah 1:11 NIV

Next Crash Worse than 1929 & 2008 Combined-Michael Pento
Money manager Michael Pento says the next crash will be one for the record books. Pento contends, “If you look at any of the economic data coming out, it screams recession. It will be one of the worst recessions since 2008 and 1929—combined.” This is a description of a global depression. Pento contends, “Unfortunately, I think that’s exactly where we are headed. It’s not my opinion. It’s not a Cassandra. It’s not my view. It’s the entire view of all global markets. China is 45% down. There’s a bear market in Europe. There’s a bear market in Japan. There is a bear market in most of the United States.”

Stock Market Crash: Marc Faber Issues Dramatic Warning for Investors
The world is already in recession and we could be nearing a global stock market crash on par with 1987. At least, that’s according to renowned analyst Marc Faber. In an interview with CNBC on Monday, the publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom Report reiterated his call for a global stock market crash in the coming months. The entire world, in Faber’s view, is on the verge economic collapse. “[The market] will remain very volatile because interventions with fiscal and monetary policies, instead of lowering volatility they postpone it, and then it explodes,” Faber told the Fast Money panel.

EU on brink: Germany's biggest bank records shock losses risking economic RUIN of Eurozone
Germany could force the European Union into ruin after Deutsche Bank's share price plunged following the country's biggest lender's first annual loss since the financial crisis. The German lender posted a full year loss of £5.1 billion (€6.8bn) on Thursday - higher than the expected €6.7bn million. With losses of €2.1bn in the fourth quarter of 2015-16, fears of the entire eurozone toppling are becoming an increasing reality.

EU on brink of 'terrifying crisis' Five of Europe's big banks are in danger, warns expert
Some of Europe's biggest banks are on the brink for a crisis that echoes the 2008 meltdown, a finance expert warned today, as fears over the global economy escalate. Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Santander, Barclays and RBS are among the stocks that are falling sharply sending shockwaves through the financial world, according to former hedge fund manager and ex Goldman Sachs employee Raoul Pal. 

National Debt Surpasses $19 Trillion for First Time in U.S. History

Venezuela is on the brink of a complete economic collapse

Shocking New Israeli Report: Over 40% of Europeans Hold Antisemitic Views

Prophecy Sign:  Increasing hatred of the Jews

God will gather the Jewish people back into the land he gave them eons ago, but he may have to chase them back to get them there.  The growing antisemitism may be one of the 'hunters' used to drive the Jews homeward.

“And I will be found of you, saith the LORD, and I will turn your captivity, and gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you back unto the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” Jeremiah 29:14 KJV

"But now I will send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks. Jeremiah 16:16 NIV

Shocking New Israeli Report: Over 40% of Europeans Hold Antisemitic Views
More than 40% of European Union citizens hold antisemitic views and agree with the claim that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians and behaving like the Nazis, according to data presented during Sunday morning’s weekly Israeli cabinet meeting, the Hebrew news site nrg reported. Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day this week, Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett, who also serves as minister of education, presented the country’s 2015 antisemitism report, pointing to the trends emerging in Europe as a result of the spread of radical Islam; the refugee and migrant crisis; the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS); and the rise of the extreme right.

Europe’s Jews feel threatened amid resurgence of anti-Semitism, 71 years after Auschwitz was liberated
This year’s commemorations come as a resurgence of anti-Semitism casts a shadow over a new generation of European Jews, something that is driving thousands of them each year to leave the continent. “We must be honest enough to admit that more than 70 years after the Shoah, anti-Semitism is still alive in our ‘civilized’ European Union,” Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s top foreign affairs representative, said in a statement. Jewish immigration to Israel from Western Europe grew last year due to a rise in anti-Semitic attacks. Most — nearly 8,000 — were from France, where Islamic extremist attacks have destroyed the sense of security previously felt by Europe’s largest Jewish population. In Germany, where hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees have arrived in the past year, Jews feel threatened from both the far right and people coming from countries like Syria.

“It’s Time For American Jews Come to Israel”, Says American Jewish Leader
Palatnik is referring to the dangers of increased anti-Semitism. “There’s been a build up. Anti-Semitism is worse than before the Holocaust. In Paris you can’t wear a kippah on the street. Is that what we’re waiting for?” she asked. Millions of American Jews do not yet see the danger about which Palatnik is speaking. Even if they believe that ultimately they will end up in Israel, concerns about making the adjustment are common. Additionally, most American Jews think they still have plenty of time. Palatnik disagrees. “I think it won’t be long,” she warned. “As the winds of anti-Semitism and politics change, your child having a hard time adjusting to an Israeli school will be very minor compared to the need to get out, get out now!”

War in Syria: Russia’s 'rustbucket' military delivers a hi-tech shock to West and Israel

Prophecy Sign:  The Gog/Magog alliance - Russia, (Land of Rosh/Magog)

Russia is slowly wrapping its tentacles around the Middle-East.....or is it the tentacles of the Middle-East wrapping themselves around the Russian Bear?  This tightening hold may be the hook that draws the Russians into a future conflict with the Jewish State, (the war of Gog/Magog).

The word of the Lord came to me:  “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal.  I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.  Ezekiel 38:1-4 NIV

War in Syria: Russia’s 'rustbucket' military delivers a hi-tech shock to West and Israel
It is not just NATO member states watching the Russians with concern. Israel, too, sees the build-up of Russian weaponry across its northern border in Syria and wonders where it will all end. Their apprehension is that the advanced equipment already in situ in the Middle East will end up with Iran, viewed as an existential threat to the Jewish state, or with other Arab countries, thus eroding the air superiority that is Israel’s primary advantage over its neighbours.
One of the most senior analysts in Israeli military intelligence told The Independent in Tel Aviv last week: “Anyone who wants anything done in this region is beating a path to Moscow.” Mr. Putin has relished pointing out the significance of the West seeing “for the first time that these weapons do exist, that they are of high quality, and that we have well-trained people who can put them to effective use. They have now seen, too, that Russia is ready to use them if this is in the interest of our country and our people.”

Bring On the Cashless Future

Prophecy Sign:  The future cashless society

In order to have a digital economy where everything is controlled by the flash of a hand or the scan of a forehead, real hard currency needs to be eliminated. The calls for the elimination of cash are being heard around the globe as more and more sources call for a new economic order where digital money is king, (playing right into the hands of a future global dictator). \

It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. Revelation 13:16-17 NIV

Bring On the Cashless Future
Cash had a pretty good run for 4,000 years or so. These days, though, notes and coins increasingly seem declassee: They're dirty and dangerous, unwieldy and expensive, antiquated and so very analog. Sensing this dissatisfaction, entrepreneurs have introduced hundreds of digital currencies in the past few years, of which bitcoin is only the most famous. Now governments want in: The People's Bank of China says it intends to issue a digital currency of its own. Central banks in Ecuador, the Philippines, the U.K. and Canada are mulling similar ideas. At least one company has sprung up to help them along. Much depends on the details, of course. But this is a welcome trend. In theory, digital legal tender could combine the inventiveness of private virtual currencies with the stability of a government mint. Most obviously, such a system would make moving money easier. Properly designed, a digital fiat currency could move seamlessly across otherwise incompatible payment networks, making transactions faster and cheaper. It would be of particular use to the poor, who could pay bills or accept payments online without need of a bank account, or make remittances without getting gouged.

Ta-ta to passwords and PINs; faces and fingerprints to rule the future

Prophecy Sign:  Technology for the "Mark of the Beast"

We are now at the point where biometrics have made it feasible to implement a completely cashless society where financial transactions, (day to day buy and sell), can be conducted with the flash of a hand or the swipe of a forehead. Everything about you can now be stored digitally and accessed by way of fingerprints/iris scans or wearable electronic devises, (implantable chips).

It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. Revelation 13:16-17 NIV

Ta-ta to passwords and PINs; faces and fingerprints to rule the future
Facial and fingerprint recognition technologies are expected to see accelerated growth over the next five years as security applications emerge in the government, enterprise, finance, consumer and other markets. The market value of facial recognition technologies is expected to nearly double from $230 million in 2015 to $450 million in 2019; that represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 18%, according to market research firm Trend Force. Led by Apple's iPhone juggernaut, unit shipments of fingerprint sensors have grown from 316 million in 2014 to 499 million last year and will continue to increase each year to peak at 1.6 billion in 2020.

Are implanted chips the future of boarding passes?
Great strides have been made in the field of biometrics in the past few years. Some airports do, indeed, use fingerprinting and retinal scans to confirm passengers' identity, especially for the various pre-check programs. The high-tech tool that allowed Dutch tech entrepreneur Andreas Sjöström to breeze through Stockholm’s hub without a ticket, boarding pass or passport was much different than a digital fingerprinter, however. Sjöström had something called a near-field communication (NFC) chip implanted just under the skin on his hand.

Company Developing ‘Tech Tattoos’ So People Can Track Their Medical, Financial Info
Could we soon be carrying all of our medical and financial information on a tattoo? Software company Chaotic Moon has developed a “tech tattoo” that gets embedded into a person’s arm and can track a person’s financial and medical information. Eric Schneider, the company’s hardware creative technologist, explained the tattoo can monitor if a person is about to get sick. “Rather than going to the doctor once a year for your physical, this tech tattoo can be something you put on your body once a year and it monitors everything that they would do in a physical and it sends that to your doctor, and if there’s an issue they can call you,” Schneider said. “So the tech tattoos can really tie in everything into one package.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New World Paradigm: Russia, Iran and China Make a Strong Team

Prophecy Sign:  Last days Alliances

China and Russia will be key players during the dark days of the coming Tribulation period.  It's not surprising then that we should see the two super-powers now growing closer by the day. Throw into the mix the Iranians and you have bible prophecy staring you in the face.

Ezekiel 38/39 alliance -  Russia, Iran, Libya, Turkey, Sudan

Kings of the East, (Revelation 16), alliance - China, Asian nations

New World Paradigm: Russia, Iran and China Make a Strong Team
Cooperation between Russia, Iran and China might signal a formation of a new world paradigm, able to re-define the global situation in the world both politically and strategically; the recent developments in the relations between the three might be more significant than many realize, according to an American investigative journalist. The recent developments between Russia, Iran and China, right after the easing of the anti-Iranian sanctions, might be more important and significant than people actually realize, American investigative journalist Carol Gould, currently based in the UK, said during a live broadcast on Iranian news channel Press TV.

China & Russia: The Best of Friends? by Chuck Missler
The ultimate invasion of the Middle East by "Gog and Magog" is well known to most Biblically informed observers. The invading forces of Magog - recognized as referring to Russia by most authorities - are wiped out by "hailstones of fire" from the heavens, which also cause an earthquake felt around the world. A disturbing aspect of this encounter is that similar "hailstones of fire" also appear to fall on those "who dwell securely in the isles" or coastlands. Some suspect that this could be a hint of an intercontinental nuclear exchange as part of the confrontation with Magog and its allies. The climactic intervention by the "Kings of the East" is also a major aspect of the final Biblical scenario. The rise of China as a major world power is one of the dominant factors of the forthcoming century.

Doomsday Clock: Threat of oblivion pits humanity at 'three minutes to midnight', experts say

Prophecy Sign:  Rumors of Wars

The Doomsday clock may not have moved forward, but it certainly hasn't moved backwards either. Nations are still war mongering which could and will lead to millions of deaths, just as the book of Revelation warns of:

When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword. Revelation 6:3-4 NIV

Doomsday Clock: Threat of oblivion pits humanity at 'three minutes to midnight', experts say
Humanity is still terrifying close to wiping itself out, according to one of the world's most senior group of experts. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which sets the widely-respected "Doomsday Clock", said that it was making no change to the time of three minutes to midnight. When that time was set in a meeting last year, it became the closest to oblivion that humanity has ever been. The group of senior scientists, formed in the wake of the Second World War and the threat of nuclear oblivion, said that nobody should take solace in the fact that humanity has moved no closer to oblivion. "Three minutes (to midnight) is too close," a statement from the Bulletin read. "Far too close.

Sweden’s Army Chief Warns Of WORLD WAR 3 Inside Europe ‘Within a Few Years
Sweden, which has not officially been at war in over 200 years, will soon be pulled into a European conflict according to an internal army document sent to soldiers and civil servants ahead of army manoeuvres next week. Citing the situation in Sweden, the recent decisions of domestic politicians, and global instability, the chief of the Swedish army General Anders Brännström told men under his command they could expect to be fighting a war in Europe against skilled opponents “within a few years”.

Could China spark WAR? Beijing tilts friendship towards Iran risking fury of Saudi Arabia
China could be on the brink of sparking complete financial warfare as it seeks closer relations with Iran at the expense of Saudi Arabia, experts have warned. Beijing announced it would be deepening economic engagements with Iran by imposing 17 agreements for cooperation. It comes just a week after international sanctions were lifted against the country causing oil to flood the markets.

Are North Korea and Iran in secret NUCLEAR plot to WIPE OUT Israel? Expert warns of threat

Prophecy Sign:  The coming Middle-East War(s)

The Prophet Ezekiel tells us that Persia, (Iran), will prepare for an invasion of Israel.  She will join several other nations and will march her armies against the Jewish state.

Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them.  After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. Ezekiel 38:7-8 NIV

Are North Korea and Iran in secret NUCLEAR plot to WIPE OUT Israel? Expert warns of threat
North Korea could try to work with Iran to covertly give it a nuclear arsenal to destroy Israel, it has been claimed. An expert on the Middle East said that the rogue states' history of working with Iran means the risk of nuclear co-operation is real. It comes just after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, reawakening fears over its nuclear arsenal. Warnings about the two nations - both determined to end Western world leadership - were made by Middle East analyst Dr Theodore Karasik.

End of the World: “Muhammad Mahdi” is coming
Two of the most dangerous apocalyptic Muslim groups−that strongly believe in establishment of a global Islamic state and believe in annihilation of non-Muslim nations−are the Islamic State and the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. They both share the same fatal ideology and mission with some minor differences. They believe that this is the end of the times for non-Muslims, and that they should prepare the world for the coming of the Imam Mahdi (also known as Muhammad al Mahdi) who would establish Islamic rule around the world and clean up the planet from those who do not practice Islam. Apocalyptic Muslims have long believed that the appearance of Mahdi would coincide with a civil war in the lands of sham [Syria], which will destroy the country. In addition, Iraq will be in engulfed with domestic militia wars. They also believe that other non-Muslims will become vulnerable to Muslims and Islamic rulers.

Italy Dreads Looming Invasion of 400,000 New Immigrants ‘in Coming Weeks’

Prophecy Sign:  Ethnic and religious uprisings - Kingdom against Kingdom

Civil unrest and uprisings will spring forth as cultures clash when millions more migrants sweep across borders into lands they are totally unfamiliar with.  You might think that this is almost a by design way of collapsing Western societies with the goal of implementing global governance.  

When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”  Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  Luke 21:9-10 NIV

Italy Dreads Looming Invasion of 400,000 New Immigrants ‘in Coming Weeks’
As the Schengen treaty guaranteeing open internal European borders continues to crumble, Italy is gearing up for a tidal wave of as many as 400,000 immigrants “in the coming weeks,” according to Italian sources, and worse still, they will be coming to stay. Italian authorities fear that their worst nightmare is materializing before their eyes: as droves of immigrants arrive on Italy’s shores, they have no choice but to remain in Italy. According to analysts, the worst is yet to come. Until a few days ago the Italian peninsula was a transit channel for tens of thousands of desperate migrants en route to the countries of Northern Europe, yet now these same migrants are finding themselves stranded in Italy because of closed borders to the north. Overnight, Italy has moved from being a passageway to a dead end.

Migrant crisis RIPS EU apart
Turmoil within the European Union has grown as bewildered leaders agreed to scrap its founding principle of free movement in response to the escalating migrant crisis. Ailing Brussels staggered ever closer to its own grave with the announcement the flagship Schengen agreement, for so long thought indispensable, is being shelved because of the refugee chaos. Nations are now set to reimpose border controls for the first time in more than 30 years, effectively killing off Brussels' dream of creating a European superstate to rival America and China. A number of EU heavy hitters have lined up in recent weeks to warn Schengen was vital to the survival of the 28-nation bloc, which is paralysed by indecision and facing extinction over its failure to control the flow of millions of migrants into the continent.

Medieval Europe? Migration Gridlock Dragging EU Back to the Dark Ages

Argentina Scrambles to Fight Biggest Plague of Locusts in 60 Years

Prophecy Sign:  Pestilence and Plagues

When society and infrastructure breaks down, things like disease takes hold and results in the deaths of many.  Such will be the case during the coming Tribulation period.

I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:8 NIV

Argentina Scrambles to Fight Biggest Plague of Locusts in 60 Years
Farmers and fumigators in Argentina are running out of time as they scramble to control the country’s worst plague of locusts in more than half a century, officials warned on Monday. The provincial authorities and Senasa, the government’s agricultural inspection agency, have intensified their efforts to exterminate swarms of the insects in the dry forests of northern Argentina. But their attempts might not be enough to prevent the locusts from developing into a flying throng in the coming days — when they will then threaten to devour crops like sunflowers and cotton, and grasslands for cattle grazing. “It’s the worst explosion in the last 60 years,” Diego Quiroga, the agriculture agency’s chief of vegetative protection, said in a telephone interview.

Swine flu OUTBREAK: 72 more deaths as killer disease continues its spread across Europe
An outbreak of swine flu has killed 72 more people and is putting thousands more lives in danger as the deadly virus continues to spread across Eastern Europe. Up to 40,000 people are expected to contract the disease in the Ukaine capital Kiev, where residents are covering their faces with masks or scarves. Schools have been closed for more than a week and some public gatherings have been banned as authorities struggle to head off the outbreak. The Ukrainian health ministry has confirmed 72 swine flu deaths, of which 47 were in the past week. The number of fatalities in areas of the Donetsk region held by pro-Russian rebels could be as high as 300, according to the intelligence service. The nasty virus has spread to many former Soviet countries, reaching epidemic levels in St Petersburg, Russia, where at least 30 people have died.

Zika Virus May Have Spread To Common Mosquito
Scientists in Brazil believe the devastating Zika virus may have already crossed over to the common mosquito, dramatically increasing the risk of it spreading worldwide. The Brazilian government is already struggling to contain a growing public health disaster. There are suspicions the mosquito-borne virus is linked to more than 4,000 babies with brain deformities in South America's largest country.