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  • No More Games in Syria: Russian Airstrikes Pulverize 'Moderate' Rebels for 36 Straight Hours

    02/06/2016 12:02:04 AM PST · by tcrlaf
    Russia Insider ^ | 2-5-2015 | Rudy Panko
    It's a bad time to be a "moderate" in Syria: Even the Washington Post is now reporting that Al-Nusra and other freedom-loving moderate groups are losing the war. As the SAA closes in on Aleppo, Russia is paving the way for a new offensive in northern Homs. And by "paving the way", we really mean "36 hours of continuous airstrikes" For 36 straight hours, the Russian Air Force has pulverized the Islamist rebel defenses in northern Homs, as the Syrian Arab Army’s 47th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division and the National Defense Forces (NDF) prepare to strike the imperative...
  • Number of undocumented Cubans entering US up sharply in 2015

    02/05/2016 10:39:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    St. Augustine Record ^ | February 3, 2016 - 5:39pm | Megan O’Matz
    More than 51,000 undocumented Cubans entered the United States last year -- a dramatic surge over 2014. Newly released immigration numbers for the final three months of 2015 show that 17,071 Cubans arrived in the U.S. without prior authorization, bringing the calendar year total to 51,011, according to figures from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. That is an 84 percent increase over 2014. ...
  • Palestinians stepping up statehood bid, Israel’s UN envoy warns

    02/05/2016 8:52:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 4, 2016, 5:47 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Jerusalem is bracing for a series of Palestinian statehood initiatives in various international forums, including resolutions at the United Nations Security Council, Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said Thursday. "The Palestinians are increasing their involvement and activity in the international arena in a bid to internationalize the conflict," he told The Times of Israel. There are several initiatives calling for the creation of a Palestinian state circulating among UN diplomats, and while they recently received less exposure due to the world's focus on fighting the Islamic State terror group, these resolutions are anything but forgotten, he indicated. ...
  • Iran to strengthen missile program: army chief

    02/05/2016 8:48:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 4, 2016 10:11am EST | Parisa Hafezi
    Iran will continue to develop its missile program and it should not be considered a threat to neighboring and friendly countries, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted the head of the army as saying on Thursday. Under a deal reached between Iran and six major powers in 2015, most international sanctions imposed on Iran due to its nuclear program were lifted last month. However, sanctions imposed on its missile program were not lifted. According to a July 20 United Nations Security Council resolution endorsing the deal, Iran is still "called upon" to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to...
  • The Battle of Aleppo Is the Center of the Syrian Chessboard

    02/05/2016 7:34:38 PM PST · by OddLane · 12 replies
    The Washington Institute For Near East Policy ^ | February 5, 2016 | Fabrice Balanche
    On February 2, the Syrian army and its allies succeeded in cutting the northern road between Aleppo city and Turkey, known as the Azaz corridor. Although the battle was a local affair involving a relatively small number of fighters, it may prove to be a turning point in the war. In addition to threatening the rebel presence in Aleppo province, the development could put the entire Turkey-Syria border under the control of pro-Assad forces within a matter of months, or spur Kurdish forces there to choose coexistence with Assad. The offensive against the corridor was launched from Bashkuy (on the...
  • USA Transnational Report - Guest Kevin D. Freeman TOMORROW (2/6) 8 AM EST

    02/05/2016 6:20:09 PM PST · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 6, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN FREEMAN! Saturday (2/6) 8 AM EST!!! Kevin Freeman is a NY Times bestselling author and considered one of the world's leading experts on the issues of Economic Warfare and Financial Terrorism. His research has been presented in critical DoD studies and he has been asked to brief or present to the FBI, DIA, ONA, SEC, Naval War College, HASC, Naval Postgraduate School, DARPA, IARPA, and a host of government agencies tasked with protecting America. Topics of Discussion: >What is economic terrorism? >Can foreign enemies manipulate our stock market? >Are they doing it today? >Election & Economic...
  • Dollar tumbles as Fed rescues China in the nick of time

    02/05/2016 6:06:31 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 04 February 2016 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The US dollar has suffered one of the sharpest drops in 20 years as the Federal Reserve signals a retreat from monetary tightening, igniting a powerful rally for commodities and easing a ferocious squeeze on dollar debtors in China and emerging markets. The closely-watched dollar index (DXY) has fallen 3pc this week to 96.44 and given up all its gains since late October. This has instant effects on the world’s inter-connected financial system, today more geared to the US exchange rate and Fed policy than at any time in modern history. David Bloom, from HSBC, said the blistering dollar rally...
  • House Republicans Pick Racist Steve King To Chair Immigration Task Force

    02/05/2016 4:40:11 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 70 replies
    politicususa.com ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | John Lundin
    Republican lawmakers – who are unhappy with the perceived “executive overreach” of the Obama administration – are forming a new task force to find “legislative solutions” to challenge the president’s power — and they picked a telling lawmaker to lead the effort. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a passionate anti-immigrant hardliner, will serve as chairman. The task force will conduct hearings and investigations “relating to separation of powers and executive overreach issues,” according to the resolution approved on a voice vote on Wednesday. It’s unclear which of President Obama’s executive actions the task force will focus on, but immigration policies will...
  • [tens of] Thousands of Syrians amass on Turkish border

    02/05/2016 3:45:02 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 05 February 2016
    Tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence in the war-torn country have amassed on the Turkish border, with more compatriots also expected to head toward the frontier. The increased refugee flow from northern Syria amid the conflict in Syria’s Azaz and Aleppo regions – two strongholds of the Syrian opposition – reached the Turkey border on Feb. 5 as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said they expected around 70,000 refugees, including Turkmens, to flock to the Turkey-Syria border. Around 10,000 refugees have already been placed in tent cities on the Syrian side of the border, having reached the region after...
  • Obama, Xi discuss NKorea amid signs of rocket launch preps

    02/05/2016 3:36:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 02/05/2016 | Matthew Pennington
    But the U.S. has appeared more eager than China, the North's only ally and its main source of economic support, to crank up sanctions. Chinese state news agency Xinhua, in its dispatch about the call between the two leaders, said Xi stressed that the current situation on the peninsula is "complicated and sensitive." A North Korean launch is considered a violation of U.N. sanctions as similar technology can be used for ballistic missiles. The North Korea-focused website, 38 North, said in an analysis the evidence from satellite imagery taken on Wednesday and Thursday doesn't mean the North has starting filling...
  • Two arrested at toned-down asylum center debate in Heesch [Netherlands -after riots week before]

    02/05/2016 3:11:06 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    NL Times ^ | 26 January 2016 | Janene Pieters
    A meeting about the planned asylum center in Heesch on Monday night was relatively quiet. About a thousand protesters gathered near the town hall, but left again an hour later without incident. Two people were arrested, one for lighting fireworks and another for refusing to identify himself, Omroep Brabant reports. The protesters weren’t aloud [sic] on the square in front of the town hall because of an emergency decree issued due to the riots that erupted at the asylum center meeting in the town last week. The protesters therefore gathered around the square. According to the broadcaster, they shouted some...
  • S&P affirms A+ credit rating for Israel

    02/05/2016 3:09:10 PM PST · by Mr. M.J.B. · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2-5-2016 | Ben Ariel
    Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services on Friday affirmed its 'A+/A-1' long- and short-term credit ratings for Israel, with a stable outlook. The ratings are supported by Israel's prosperous and diverse economy, strong external balance sheet, and flexible monetary framework.
  • No Women Allowed in Saudi Arabia Starbucks

    02/05/2016 3:02:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Ad Week ^ | Feb. 4, 2016 | Shawn Paul Wood
    Let’s start with when Starbucks opened up its location in Riyadh. The coffee siren is the face of Starbucks. Her flowing locks of java love strike those brand affinity chords nationwide and across the pond, so why not in the Middle East? Because boobies or some such. The logo was considered a bit too randy for the locals, so Starbucks completely caved and came up with a falling star on the Sydney Opera House in Australia. That story didn’t gain a lot of traction, but this more recent one is definitely approaching #PRFail territory. Women have been officially “barred” from...
  • Geldermalsen [Netherlands] refugee centre plan dropped in wake of riots

    02/05/2016 2:59:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Dutch News ^ | 23 December 2015
    Plans to build a temporary refugee centre for 1,500 people on an industrial estate in Geldermalsen have been dropped, mayor Miranda de Vries said on Wednesday. At least 14 people were arrested earlier this month when a mob of anti-refugee protestors tried to storm the town hall where the plans were being discussed. Nevertheless, Geldermalsen will still do its duty, De Vries told broadcaster Nos, without giving further details. This will be done in dialogue with locals, she said. The speed and scale of the previous plan was an error of judgement and did not deal properly with the concerns...
  • Austria to send back 50,000 migrants

    02/05/2016 2:48:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Austrian, the ^ | 01 February 2016 | Bel Trew
    Austria is to step up the deportation of migrants by sending at least 50,000 home just as Germany has told refugees that their welcome was temporary. Last September the two countries opened their borders to hundreds of thousands of people fleeing conflict and poverty across Africa and the Middle East. Despite an outpouring of sympathy for their plight, there has been growing public concern about crime and security, forcing the governments to pull back from the open-door policy. Yesterday the Austrian authorities said that they would carry out at least 50,000 deportations over the next four years. The number of...
  • British accuse Australia of banning them from WWI Battle of Fromelles centenary commemoration

    02/05/2016 2:40:36 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 5th February 2016 | Sophie Aubrey
    THE relatives of slain British soldiers have accused the Department of Veterans' Affairs of banning them from attending centenary commemorations for a catastrophic WWI battle that killed thousands of Australian soldiers. The Battle of Fromelles is among Australia's bloodiest military encounters and the brutal loss has long been blamed on a disastrous incompetence of British military strategy. A special service to mark the battle's 100th anniversary is to take place on July 19 this year at the Pheasant Wood military cemetery in Fromelles, northern France. The slaughter is viewed by historians as the darkest 24 hours in the Australia's history...
  • Nine suspected PKK militants killed in fire in Cizre [Turkey] during operation

    02/05/2016 2:23:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 05 February 2016 | ŞIRNAK
    Nine suspected militants, four members of security forces and dozens of outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants have been killed in two towns over two days in the latest spate of violence in Southeast Anatolia. Nine suspected PKK militants were reportedly killed and 25 others were wounded in a fire that erupted in an apartment building in the southeastern district of Cizre on Feb. 5 where operations are continuing. Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Group Deputy head İdris Baluken wrote on his official Twitter account that nine people had been killed and 25 injured others were still inside the building early...
  • German cruise giant cancels Turkey routes over ‘security concerns’

    02/05/2016 2:19:37 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 01 February 2016 | Ali Varlı
    Germany’s AIDA Cruises has adjusted its 2016 deployment in Europe, opting to pull the AIDAstella from the Eastern Mediterranean due to “ongoing security concerns” in Turkey. The 2013-built AIDAstella will now be re-deployed to the Western Mediterranean, taking over the routes of the AIDAaura and sailing from Palma de Mallorca in Spain, according to a written statement issued by the company on Jan. 29. It said the move came as a result of the large number of inquiries from guests concerned following the Jan. 12 bomb attack in Istanbul that killed 11 German tourists. The AIDAstella was originally scheduled on...
  • Saudi Arabia willing to send ground troops to Syria

    02/05/2016 2:02:21 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 05 Feb 2016
    Saudi Arabia is prepared to deploy ground troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) if US-led coalition leaders agree to the offer. Saudi's air force has targeted ISIL with air strikes since the campaign began in Syria in September 2014, but the Gulf kingdom is now ready to provide ground forces to defeat the armed group, a military spokesman said on Thursday.
  • The Geneva refugee convention can’t cope with this crisis. Time for a rethink

    02/05/2016 2:11:46 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 18 January 2016 | Mary Dejevsky
    How far we have come from the warm generosity of the German summer to the cold hard reality of a Nordic winter. Europe’s internal borders have been closing; its external borders are being reinforced. And governments are looking for ways to foot the bill for receiving and integrating all the new arrivals, many of whom have crossed deserts and seas in the hope of finding a safe haven in Europe. The German finance minister has mooted an EU-wide tax on petrol. Danish MPs are debating a law to allow the confiscation of asylum-seekers’ valuables to help pay for their keep....
  • Three Republicans Ask to Visit Iran to Observe ‘Iranian Democracy in Action’

    02/05/2016 2:10:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 5, 2016 | 4:17 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Three Republican lawmakers have asked Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to facilitate their visa applications to visit Iran, where they want to observe "Iranian democracy in action," meet with imprisoned Americans, and visit nuclear facilities. Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) say they also want to use the visit to get an update on Iran's ballistic missile developments, and to discuss with the IRGC its detention last month of 10 U.S. Navy sailors in the Persian Gulf. "If Iran is truly a partner in peace,...
  • EU officials find that most of the ‘refugees’ are not refugees. What a mess

    02/05/2016 1:52:37 PM PST · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Spectator ^ | 30 January 2015 | Douglas Murray
    Even EU officials are now finally admitting that a lot – or, rather, most – of the people we have been calling ‘refugees’ are not refugees. They are economic migrants with no more right to be called European citizens than anybody else in the world. Even Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission, made this point this week. In his accounting, at least 60pc of the people who are here are economic migrants who should not be here – are from North African states such as Morocco and Tunisia. As he told Dutch television:- Swedish officials are coming to...
  • Commission attempt to suppress EU immigration audit infuriates lawmakers

    02/05/2016 1:41:35 PM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Euractiv ^ | 01 February 2016
    The Juncker Commission has been fighting the European Court of Auditors to suppress a report on EU migration policy that should have been published by now. EurActiv France reports. Last year, a team from the European Union’s independent auditing body examined the bloc’s cooperation with third countries on migration and asylum. Funding for this cooperation is allocated through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), a programme that finances the development of small businesses and other projects, with a budget of roughly €1 billion over six years. But the report, submitted to the European Commission in October 2015, was clearly...
  • Video: John Kerry attacked in Rome; attacker cried “You created ISIS!”

    02/05/2016 1:38:18 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 25 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 02/05/2016 | Robert Spencer
    Kerry did aid in creating the vacuum that the Islamic State filled, with the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and the American support for the weak Shia government in Baghdad. He also helped arm the Islamic State by sending weapons to “moderates” who either weren’t moderate and gave their weapons to the Islamic State, or who were weak and allowed their weapons to be captured by the Islamic State. USA Newsflash, February 5, 2016: “ John Kerry’s recent voyage to Italy almost ended in him getting a black eye. He traveled here in order to meet with Italian...
  • Mother of girl raped by three Somali men - attackers' relatives terrified her throughout trial

    02/05/2016 1:35:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 01 February 2016 | Martin Robinson
    The mother of a 16-year-old raped by three Somali men today claimed 50 of their friends and family carried out a two-month campaign of intimidation throughout the trial. The woman, says she was smuggled into court via a back door 'as if she was the criminal'. Muhyadeen Osman, Bilal Ahmed and Mowled Yussuf, all 20, gang raped the girl at the Victoria Park Hotel in Manchester, having spent the night before there for Eid. 'On one occasion, the judge said only 10 of the family members were allowed into the court but still another 20 ganged up in the corridors...
  • Isil uses advertising hoardings to crucify 'spies' in its new Libyan 'caliphate'

    02/05/2016 1:24:09 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 04 February 2016 | Colin Freeman
    Zafaran roundabout in the Libyan city of Sirte used to be one of the best spots for local businesses to advertise. Today, however, the message that they carry is not one that passing motorists care to linger over. With Colonel Gaddafi's home city now firmly in the grip of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants, the billboards' rusting black gantries are now used for crucifixions of anyone accused of "spying" against the regime. The corpses of murdered suspects are strung up as a graphic warning to others, with the victims' families then prevented from retrieving their bodies...
  • 81% of Germans say refugee crisis 'out of control' under Merkel govt – poll

    02/05/2016 1:10:37 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    RT ^ | 04 February 2016
    More than four in five Germans believe Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government isn’t controlling the refugee crisis, and welcome tougher measures to deal with it, a poll by ARD Deutschlandtrend has suggested. The vast majority of the country's citizens disagree with Merkel’s refugee policy, according to the poll conducted last weekend. Asked whether “the federal government has the refugee situation under control,” 81 percent of Germans answered “No,” with just 18 percent saying “Yes.”
  • German journalist-government tells media what it can/cannot report - Cologne sex attacks

    02/05/2016 1:07:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03 February 2015 | Corey Charlton
    A former news boss in Germany has claimed the country's media is told what to report on by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government. His admission comes as the country grapples with accusations media ignored hundreds of sex attacks committed by migrants during Cologne's New Year celebrations. Dr Wolfgang Herles, the former head of a public broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), said journalists are instructed to write news reports that are to 'Ms Merkel's liking'. Dr Herles labelled the situation a 'scandal' during a radio panel discussion on media and freedom of the press, Breitbart reported. Asked if the media landscape had...
  • German intel gets over 100 tip-offs on ISIS militants among refugees

    02/05/2016 1:02:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    RT ^ | 05 February 2016
    German security service BfV reportedly received more than 100 tip-offs that ISIS militants had infiltrated the country among refugees, according to a recent report. The news comes as massive nationwide anti-terror raids took place this week. The head of the German domestic intelligence service (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, told a gathering of politicians that the agency had received more than 100 warnings indicating there were Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants staying in Germany as refugees, newspaper Berliner Zeitung reported Friday, without citing its sources. However , some cases of “baseless defamation” were among those tip-offs, Maassen added, according to the...
  • Afghan migrants who attacked pensioners in train video denied asylum

    02/05/2016 1:00:31 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03 February 2015 | Imogen Calderwood, Flemming Emil Hansen
    EXCLUSIVE - Afghan migrants who attacked pensioners in THAT shocking train video were denied asylum after arriving four years ago... but Germany says it's 'too dangerous' to send them home ___ A gang of migrants who attacked two pensioners on a Munich subway train are Afghans who have been living in Germany for four years even though their asylum applications have been rejected, MailOnline can reveal. The men - aged 19, 20 and 23 - cannot be deported back to Afghanistan because it is deemed too dangerous. They may only be fined 200 euros for the attack. Shocking footage of...
  • Turkey planning $5 billion for Gaza seaport

    02/05/2016 12:57:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    INN ^ | 2/5/2016, 10:13 AM | Ari Yashar
    In the midst of ongoing normalization talks with Israel, Turkey is planning to invest $5 billion in reconstructing the Hamas stronghold of Gaza including a seaport - which Israel has fiercely opposed due to the blatant threat of weapons smuggling. The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News on Friday reported that a team of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) announced the expensive rebuilding plan, which is being prepared by the Center for Multilateral Trade Studies at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV). The plans to reconstruct the Hamas-held region came after meetings with Palestinian Authority...
  • Swedish police being ATTACKED as they struggle in 'NO GO ZONES' as migrant crime rockets

    02/05/2016 12:55:40 PM PST · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | 05 February 2016
    SWEDISH police are being attacked as they struggle to cope with crime in "no-go" areas of the country with high migrant populations, a report has revealed.___ The country has seen a huge surge in crime since the start of the migrants crisis in Europe with a rise in sex assaults, drug dealing and children carrying weapons. In the secret report by Sweden's National Criminal Investigation Service, attacks on officers are detailed, including police cars being stoned by masked groups. Some 52 areas have been put on a '"blacklist" which are then divided into three categories from "risk areas" to "seriously...
  • Russian 'SPETSNAZ' commandos on the ground in Syria to crush ISIS as 70,000 refugees flee

    02/05/2016 12:45:43 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 38 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 18:01, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 | Tom Batchelor
    Russian 'SPETSNAZ' commandos on the ground in Syria to crush ISIS as 70,000 refugees flee RUSSIAN 'Spetsnaz' special forces troops have surrounded the Syrian city of Aleppo amid fierce fighting in the besieged city, according to reports. By Tom Batchelor PUBLISHED: 00:00, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 | UPDATED: 18:01, Fri, Feb 5, 2016 Commandos sent by the Kremlin are apparently working covertly to support Syrian government forces who say they are close to retaking parts of the city from Islamic State control. Russian airstrikes have intensified in recent days in a bid to crush ISIS and rival rebel groups that...
  • Video Shows Tens Of Thousands Massing At Turkey Border As Russia, Iran Bear Down On Key Syrian City

    02/05/2016 12:39:49 PM PST · by amorphous · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5 Feb 2016 | Tyler Durden
    On Thursday we brought you the latest from Syria, where Hezbollah and the IRGC have encircled Aleppo and cut off rebel supply lines to Turkey. It was months in the making, but it now appears that the city - Syria's second largest - will soon be retaken by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad. As we've explained in the past, that would effectively restore the President's grip on power as he would effectively control most of the country’s urban centers - even if that "control" is tenuous. Eastern Syria is of course a different story entirely, as ISIS is dug in...
  • [Ireland] Disguised gunmen target boxing fans in Dublin hotel; 1 dead

    02/05/2016 12:32:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 2:16 PM EST | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Gunmen disguised as police opened fire on boxing fans at a Dublin hotel Friday, killing one man and wounding two others in an attack that could reflect tensions within Ireland's top cocaine-smuggling gang. Fans attending the weigh-in ceremonies for a Dublin boxing event fled in terror as two gunmen wearing police uniforms opened fire inside the lobby of the Regency Hotel. Witnesses inside the ballroom hosting the ceremony saw two other men in the crowd, including one disguised as a woman, running away holding handguns. It wasn't clear whether they opened fire, were working as scouts for the other gunmen,...
  • Assad Forces Poised to Take Back Aleppo

    02/05/2016 11:32:45 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 02/04/2016 | Faysal Itani
    In a serious blow to the rebellion, the Syrian regime has severed the main insurgent supply line from Turkey to long-contested Aleppo, Syria’s second city. This is the culmination of several tactical regime victories against the opposition in recent weeks, largely due to Russian air support. Although some Western policy-makers (and many opposition supporters) continue to insist that Russia and its allies are sinking into a quagmire in Syria, the facts on the ground indicate that it is the insurgency and its backers who are stuck in a morass. Since the beginning of February, the regime took several towns north...
  • Chinese-led investors plan to buy Chicago Stock Exchange

    02/05/2016 10:51:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 5, 2016 1:44 PM EST | Joseph Pisani
    The Chicago Stock Exchange, founded more than a century ago, said it has agreed to be acquired by a Chinese-led investor group. The buyers are considering opening a stock exchange in southwest China and also hope to list Chinese stocks in the U.S., Chicago Stock Exchange CEO John Kerin said in an interview Friday. The exchange needs the cash from the buyout to launch its new trading products and platforms, Kerin said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kerin will continue as CEO after the deal closes. Leading the investor group is Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group, a holding company...
  • Germans Make Refugees Feel at Home With Cooking and Sport

    02/05/2016 10:45:34 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 5 February 2016
    When asylum seeker Fouad Nour Aldin from Gaza arrived in Germany a year ago, he used to spend all day brooding inside his shelter -- until a scheme hooked him up with German buddies. The 41-year-old Palestinian, a former bus driver, is one of more than a million migrants who arrived in Germany last year. Like many others, he initially struggled to communicate, knew little about German life and had hardly any contact with locals. “We don’t have any plans and our days are long and boring and if you just sit there thinking you can get stressed,” he said....
  • Pope Francis, Russian Patriarch Kirill to meet in Cuba to heal 1,000yr rift [Rev 17]

    02/05/2016 9:50:47 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Russia Times ^ | 2/5/2016 | Staff
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, is to meet his Roman Catholic counterpart, Pope Francis, during a historic visit to Latin America. The groundbreaking meeting is to happen in mid-February in Cuba. The meeting between heads the two major Christian churches would be an unprecedented move to mend a millennium-long rift between the Western and Eastern branches of the religion, which started with the Great Schism of 1054. The upcoming meeting confirms Russia's status in the Christian world, according to Alexandr Avdeev Russia's ambassador to the Holy See. "In light of the Western sanctions, the meeting between...
  • German spy agency says ISIS sending fighters disguised as refugees

    02/05/2016 9:12:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/05/2016
    Islamic State militants have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said on Friday, a day after security forces thwarted a potential IS attack in Berlin. Hans-Georg Maassen said the terrorist attacks in Paris last November had shown that Islamic State was deliberately planting terrorists among the refugees flowing into Europe. "Then we have repeatedly seen that terrorists ... have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees. This is a fact that the security agencies are facing," Maassen told ZDF television. "We are trying to recognize and identify whether there are still more...
  • Op-Ed: Memo to idiots cheering Bernie and Hillary

    02/05/2016 9:02:41 AM PST · by Lera · 62 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/5/16 | Jack Engelhard
    Communism sucks. Socialism does too. Ask the people who survived both systems. As Fidel came to power in 1959, how many Americans slid onto rafts to get into Cuba? Or took the last ship to Havana? I'll need actual names. Attention to all you college kids out there so starry-eyed for Bernie - are you serious? But you're young. Far and wide you've been educated by Liberal pro-BDS professors, so you're not expected to know too much except that the two most reliable beacons of tolerance and liberty, the United States and Israel, are on the wrong side of history....
  • This U.S. missile is about to get a ship-killing upgrade

    02/05/2016 8:53:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2016 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    In an apparent move to show how serious the Pentagon is about countering conventional threats such as Russia and China, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter announced Wednesday that the U.S. Navy would get a new ship-killing missile. The SM-6 is a vertically launched system fired from the deck of destroyers and cruisers. The missile was designed and fielded to intercept ballistic missiles in flight while they are passing through the upper atmosphere, but now, with Carter’s announcement, the SM-6 will be upgraded to defeat enemy ships. “It makes the SM-6 basically a twofer,” said Carter to an audience of...
  • European Parliament: ISIS Perpetrating Christian Genocide in Middle East

    02/05/2016 8:40:56 AM PST · by AncientAirs · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 02/05/2016 | CNA/EWTN NEWS
    Strasbourg, France — The European Parliament on Thursday declared that genocide is taking place in the Middle East against Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic and religious minorities at the hands of the Islamic State. ... Such a declaration is significant because it calls for members of the United Nations Security Council to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court, which would officially investigate to see if genocide is taking place.
  • Death from above: North Korea has started using balloons to drop cigarette butts on the South

    02/05/2016 8:04:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    National Post ^ | February 5, 2016 | Choe Sang-Hun
    Death from above: North Korea has started using balloons to drop cigarette butts on the South Choe Sang-Hun, The New York Times February 5, 2016 8:44 AM ET More from The New York Times SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea likes to call South Korea a land of "political filth" and its leaders, including President Park Geun-hye, "human trash." Now, apparently to highlight its contempt, it has begun sending balloons into the South loaded with an unusual payload, the police here said Thursday: cigarette butts. North and South Korea have escalated their propaganda war across their heavily armed border since...
  • Russia says it supports Kurdistan

    02/05/2016 8:03:39 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 6 replies
    rudaw.net ^ | 02/05/2016 | Rudaw
    By Rudaw 7 hours ago Rudaw: The Kurdish President has decided to hold a referendum for independence of the Kurdistan Region. What is Russia's point of view on that, and if Kurdistan implements this plan, how would Russia respond to it? Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova: "About referendum, as you know this is something that belongs to countries themselves and the decisions of their nations, and considering a Kurdish state, we do support Kurdish permanent and legitimate rights in this regard and in the context of those nations who are ready to make their destiny. This is the Russian...
  • Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo

    02/05/2016 7:38:20 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Fri Feb 5, 2016 10:16am EST | John Davison
    Fri Feb 5, 2016 10:16am EST Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo BEIRUT | By John Davison Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the city which once held two million people could soon fall under a full government siege. Video footage showed thousands of people, mostly women, children and the elderly, massing at the Bab al-Salam border crossing. Men carried luggage on top of their heads, and the elderly and those unable to walk were brought in wheelchairs. Some women sat on the...
  • Refugees Go Clubbing In Russia, Harass Girls, Wake Up In Hospital The Next Morning

    02/05/2016 5:34:25 AM PST · by rktman · 67 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/4/2015 | Jacob Bojesson
    A group of 51 refugees were brutally assaulted outside a night club in Murmansk, Russia, after they groped and molested women at a night club Saturday. The refugees had previously been ordered to leave Norway for "bad behavior" and tried their luck in Russia. What they didn't realize when they went out clubbing in Murmansk is that Russians have less tolerance when it comes to sexual assault on local women than other European countries.
  • U.S.: N. Korea Injecting Fuel into a Missile, Readied For Launch in a Few Days

    02/05/2016 12:56:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | February 5, 2016 | Atsushi Okudera
    /begin my excerpts U.S.: N. Korea Injecting Fuel into a Missile, Readied For Launch in a Few Days Washington = Atsushi Okudera February 5, 2016 15:00 N. Korea, which issued notice to launch a satellite, which is a de-facto ballistic missile launch, have started to inject fuel into its rocket, which was revealed to Asahi Shimbun by a U.S. defense official. It is said to be "readied for launch as early as within a few days." It could be fired in the period starting at Feb. 8, which N. Korea had set. /end my excerpts
  • Refugees Go Clubbing In Russia, Harass Girls, Wake Up In Hospital The Next Morning

    02/04/2016 9:14:19 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 151 replies
    A group of 51 refugees were brutally assaulted outside a night club in Murmansk, Russia, after they groped and molested women at a night club Saturday. Ads by ZINC The refugees had previously been ordered to leave Norway for “bad behavior” and tried their luck in Russia. What they didn’t realize when they went out clubbing in Murmansk is that Russians have less tolerance when it comes to sexual assault on local women than other European countries. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/04/refugees-go-clubbing-in-russia-harass-girls-wake-up-in-hospital-the-next-morning/#ixzz3zGeqRl3F
  • New UN stamp supports gay rights

    02/04/2016 8:56:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2016 5:56 PM EST
    The United Nations Postal Administration on Thursday released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The colorfully designed stamps by artist and UNPA art director Sergio Baradat are also meant to celebrate the diversity of the gay community and marks the first time the global body's post office has issued stamps with an LGBT theme. The stamps were unveiled in a ceremony at the U.N. General Assembly building that included a performance by the New York Gay Men's Chorus. ...