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  • PM honours servicemen from Coral Sea

    04/30/2017 2:00:30 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies ^ | 1st May 2017
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has thanked the Australian and American servicemen who fought in the pivotal World War Two Battle of the Coral Sea on behalf of the generations who followed. "Our freedoms were secured by the bravery of the fighting men on those ships and the pilots who flew through everything the enemy and the weather could throw in their way," he told a dawn service in Townsville to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the battle. Families from sailors who served on the aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington that was lost in the battle, have flown from America to...
  • French voters skeptical Macron, Le Pen have answers on unemployment, security

    04/30/2017 1:37:15 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 April 2017 | Matthias Blamont
    A week before a decisive second round in France's presidential election, many voters are skeptical that either of the two candidates can solve chronic unemployment or tackle security concerns, a poll published on Sunday found. According to the Ifop poll, 45 percent of voters believe the two finalists would not put an end to unemployment, which has for years stood close to 10 percent in France. And 36 percent say neither candidate is able to protect France from attacks. France has been under a state of emergency since 2015 and has suffered a spate of Islamist militant attacks mostly perpetrated...
  • France kills more than 20 militants on Mali, Burkina border

    04/30/2017 1:32:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 April 2017
    France has killed more than 20 militants hiding in a forest near the border between the West African countries of Mali and Burkina Faso this weekend, its regional force said in a statement. The operation followed the death of a French soldier nearby earlier this month. It involved both air and ground strikes, the statement said. It did not identify the militant group. Mali has been regularly hit by Islamist militant violence, despite a 2013 French-led operation to drive them out of key northern cities they had seized. It extended a state of emergency by six months this weekend. Burkinabe...
  • Mélenchon, Hero to France’s Far-Left, Will Not Vote for Le Pen, But Won’t Endorse Macron

    04/30/2017 1:27:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Intercept, the ^ | 28 April 2017 | Robert Mackey
    Mélenchon predicted that forcing France to choose between a candidate of “the extreme right” and one of “extreme finance” would led to a political crisis, and left open the possibility that he would submit a blank ballot, a form of protest vote permitted under French electoral law. (Mélenchon’s platform included provisions for voting to be made mandatory, and for blank ballots to be recognized under law.)
  • 'We are running out of bombs': US admiral warns military is hitting ISIS so heavily stocks are

    04/30/2017 11:32:31 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 65 replies ^ | 4/30/17 | Darren Boyle
    FULL TITLE.........................'We are running out of bombs': US admiral warns military is hitting ISIS so heavily stocks are running low.................. US Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris testified before a Senate committee He admitted intensive operations against ISIS have depleted stocks of bombs He also warned the US needed to improve anti-missile and ship defences Admiral Harris also told the Senate he needed a replacement for cluster bombs
  • Kurdish official: US does not have to choose between the Kurds and Turkey

    04/30/2017 11:23:17 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ARA News ^ | April 30, 2017 | Ilham Ahmed
    Ilham Ahmed, the co-president of the Democratic Council of Syria. File photo Ilham Ahmed, the co-president of the Democratic Council of Syria, said that the United States should not choose between Turkey and the Kurds in Syria.Ahmed accused Turkey of turning a blind eye to terrorism. “Erdogan is trying to force the United States to choose between us [Syrian Kurds] and Turkey. We don’t think such a choice is necessary, but it is worth considering what that choice entails,” she said.“The Turks said they bombed our headquarters because they claimed our territory is being used to launch attacks against Turkey, but those...
  • US Marines In Syria To Defend Kurds Against Turkey

    04/30/2017 11:09:47 AM PDT · by drewh · 15 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | April 30, 2017, 8:14 AM
    The US has sent a group of US Marines armed with eight-wheeled Stryker armored carriers to northern Syria as a buffer between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces, after Turkish air strikes killed 20 members of the US-backed Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) militia, injured 18 and destroyed the local Kurdish command headquarters.Clashes broke out between Turkish and Kurdish forces after the air strikes. The convoy of US armored vehicles took up positions at the village of Darbasiyah in the northeastern Hasakah province, a few hundred meters from the Turkey border. It was the second time American armored troops had stepped...
  • May Day Rallies Push For ‘Sanctuary State’ Designation

    04/30/2017 9:36:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | April 30, 2017
    BOSTON (AP) — Immigrants and activists are marking International Workers’ Day with marches and rallies in Boston and its suburbs. The “Here to Stay” rallies in Boston, Chelsea and Everett on Monday are also meant to be a call for Massachusetts lawmakers to approve the Safe Communities Act. That proposal would make Massachusetts a so-called “sanctuary state” where state agencies limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement efforts.
  • Iran satellite TV head shot dead in Istanbul: Dogan news

    04/30/2017 8:44:46 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-30-17 | Ece Toksabay
    The head of an Iranian satellite television network who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, Turkey's Dogan news agency said on Sunday. GEM TV founder Saeed Karimian and an associate were driving in Istanbul's Maslak neighborhood after 8 p.m. (1.00 p.m. ET) on Saturday when their car was blocked by a jeep and shots were fired, Dogan said. Karimian was found dead by emergency services arriving at the scene, Dogan said. His associate was taken to hospital but could not be...
  • Inside Kim Jong-un's camps of death: Former North Korean female guard reveals the horrors she saw

    04/30/2017 7:45:17 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 36 replies ^ | 4/29/17 | Ian Birrell
    FULL TITLE.....................Inside Kim Jong-un's camps of death: Former North Korean female guard reveals the horrors she saw in secret prisons where thousands face being starved, beaten, raped and butchered........................Lim Hye-jin still shivers at the memory of two brothers who managed to escape briefly from her massive concentration camp in the mountains of North Korea. Seven family members were killed on the spot in revenge. Scores more prisoners were savagely beaten as collective punishment for the breakout. Several weeks later, guards and inmates were ordered to gather as the pair – their bodies battered from torture – were dragged back behind...
  • McSally introduces bill on staffing shortages at dorder

    04/30/2017 7:36:03 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Kelly Schibi
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., has introduced bipartisan legislation to boost national security and alleviate the shortage of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Border Patrol agents along the border. The bill will provide the Commissioner of CBP with discretionary authority to expedite the hiring of existing law enforcement officers and veterans who meet CBP background checks and experience standards. "Fully staffing our CBP officers at our ports of entry and Border Patrol agents between the ports of entry is vital for security and economic growth of our communities and nation,” said McSally, Chairwoman of the...
  • Yazidis in Turkey on the verge of extinction

    04/30/2017 7:29:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 04/27/17 | Uzay Bulut
    A Yazidi cemetery has been vandalized in the southeastern city of Şanlıurfa in Turkey, the Turkish news site Gazete Karınca reported. The graves in the Yazidi cemetery of Zewra village were damaged by “unknown individuals” on the night of the referendum on the Turkish constitution, April 16. The Yazidi Cultural Foundation condemned the attacks in a written statement, saying in part: “Just as ISIS [Islamic State] attacks graves and shrines and exhibits its inhumane character, those who attacked our dead also revealed their own mentality.”Yazidis, or Yezidis, are a Kurdish-speaking ethno-religious community indigenous to northern Mesopotamia. Their ancient faith, Yazidism, has a...
  • Donald Trump: North Korea Could Still Face Military Action As Japan Moves Warship To Protect US

    04/30/2017 7:06:19 AM PDT · by Strategy · 6 replies
    News Australia ^ | April 30, 2017
    US President Donald Trump said he would not rule out the use of military force against North Korea, as Japan sent its biggest warship since WWII to protect a US supply ship. When asked at during a factory tour before his rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to mark his 100th day in office what his message on North Korea is, Trump told reporters: "You'll soon find out, won't you?" Asked whether that meant military action, Trump said: "You'll soon find out." His comments came as Japan dispatched its biggest warship since World War II to protect a US supply ship, as...
  • Joke of the Week: Arab Countries Would Give Security Guarantees to Israel

    04/30/2017 6:02:15 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said, “the Arab countries will be ready to give security guarantees to Israel,” if Israel leaves the territories we liberated in 1967 (which includes the Kotel, of course), according to a report in Sputnik News. Coming from Jordan, the country on the verge of collapse and takeover by ISIS, that’s just a barrel of laughs. ..... Safadi added: “We consider the settlement of the Palestinian problem as a core of tensions in our region. That is why we definitely plan to create additional conditions for security and stability in our region and in the whole...
  • Russia's Air Defense on High Alert After N Korean Missile Launch - Top Lawmaker

    04/30/2017 4:32:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 2017.04.29
    Russia's Air Defense on High Alert After N Korean Missile Launch - Top Lawmaker Another ballistic missile launch carried out by Pyongyang has increased the probability of a military conflict in the region, Victor Ozerov, the chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament’s committee on defense and security, told Sputnik Saturday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — North Korea is believed to have launched a KN-17 intermediate ballistic missile in the early hours of Saturday from a site north of Pyongyang. Japan, South Korea and the United States said the test appeared to have failed after the missile broke up within North...
  • North Korea now threatens to sink US Navy's nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan

    04/30/2017 4:14:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 51 replies
    IBTimes ^ | April 30, 2017 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    North Korea now threatens to sink US Navy's nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan The Ohio-class submarine is stationed in the South Korean port of Busan. North Korea has issued a fresh threat to sink the US Navy's nuclear-powered submarine which is currently stationed in the Korean peninsula waters. Pyongyang said the vessel would be turned into an "underwater ghost". USS Michigan, armed with cruise missiles, arrived at the South Korean port of Busan on 25 April to take part in "routine" exercises. The Ohio-class submarine is being joined by a large fleet of the US Navy's warships led by the supercarrier...
  • Russians, in peaceful protest, call for Putin to quit

    04/30/2017 12:54:23 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 29 April 2017 4:57pm | Andrew Osborn and Svetlanda Reiter
    MOSCOW - Several hundred Russians lined up in central Moscow on Saturday under the gaze of riot police to hand over handwritten appeals for President Vladimir Putin to quit, as similar protests took place in other cities. Putin, who has dominated Russian politics for 17 years, has not said whether he will run in presidential elections in March 2018. But the 64-year-old politician, who enjoys high popularity ratings, is widely expected to do so. Saturday's protest in the capital -- called "We're sick of him" -- was organized by the Open Russia movement...
  • Trump invites Philippines' Duterte to White House in 'friendly' call

    04/29/2017 10:32:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | April 30, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    US President Donald Trump on Saturday invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to Washington in a "friendly" call in which the leaders discussed the "threat" of North Korea, the White House said. The announcement comes amid rising tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs following its latest test-fire, as well international criticism of Duterte's drug crackdown that has claimed thousands of lives. "It was a very friendly conversation, in which the two leaders discussed the concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regarding regional security, including the threat posed by North Korea," the statement said. The leaders also...
  • President Trump: In my first 100 days, I kept my promise to Americans

    04/29/2017 9:21:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 107 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29 at 6:00 PM | By Donald J. Trump
    People cheer as President Trump walks out to speak during a campaign rally in Nashville on March 15. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) One hundred days ago, I took the oath of office and made a pledge: We are not merely going to transfer political power from one party to another, but instead are going to transfer that power from Washington, D.C., and give it back to the people.In the past 100 days, I have kept that promise — and more.Issue by issue, department by department, we are giving the people their country back. After decades of a shrinking middle...
  • Trump vows 'warm, working relationship' with Duterte in phone call (Philippine president)

    04/29/2017 7:58:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Rappler ^ | April 30, 2017
    MANILA, Philippines – US President Donald Trump reiterated his commitment to Philipppine-US ties and a "warm, working relationship" with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a phone call Saturday, April 29. Trump, who is marking his 100th day in office Saturday, called Duterte after the conclusion of the 30th ASEAN Summit, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Sunday, April 30. "The ambit of the conversation between the two leaders includes the expression of commitment of US President Trump to the PH-US alliance and his interest in developing a warm, working relationship with President Duterte," Abella said. Trump also said "he looks forward"...