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  • China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLAN: Type 001A

    04/26/2017 2:53:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Wednesday, 26 April 2017
    The launching ceremony of China's second aircraft carrier was held at the Dalian Shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) on the morning of April 26, 2017. Gen. Fan Changlong, member of the political bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) attended the ceremony and delivered a speech. China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLANFive years after commissioning the Liaoning (its first aircraft carrier) China launched this morning its second carrier – the Type 001A. Unlike the Liaoning, Type 001A was fully built in China....
  • North Korea threat: Experts paint dark picture of what fallout of pre-emptive strike

    04/26/2017 2:52:55 AM PDT · by topher · 1 replies ^ | 26-April-2017 | Ryan Gaydos
    Full Title: North Korea threat: Experts paint dark picture of what fallout of pre-emptive strike may look likeForeign policy experts theorized Tuesday about what a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea may look like in the event that pressure from China and deepening isolation does little to stop Pyongyang's rogue regime. The Trump administration--which is holding an emergency meeting Wednesday at the White House-- has said “all options” are on the table, but the White House appears to be losing patience with Pyongyang. Former CIA analyst Bruce Klingner told Newsweek that Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, would likely...
  • Indian Woman Sold, Tortured After Entering Saudi Arabia on Housemaid Visa

    04/26/2017 2:35:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 4/26/17 | Edwin Mora
    A woman from India was sold to her immigration sponsor for an estimated $4,700 after she entered Saudi Arabia on a housemaid visa and is being tortured by her captor, her daughter tells the Times of India (TOI). “My mother is in trouble in Saudi. She wants to return home, but her Kafeel [visa sponsor] is not allowing her to get back here,” Sameena Begum, the victim’s daughter, told TOI.Her daughter revealed that the victim “is facing mental and physical harassment at the hands of her kafeel (sponsor) in Saudi Arabia,” points the Indian news outlet.“The torture started when she...
  • Ivanka Trump's Booing in Berlin Leaves Angela Merkel Red-Faced

    04/26/2017 12:13:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 25, 2017 | Simon Shuster in Berlin
    Ivanka Trump had been speaking for less than five minutes on Tuesday before the jeers started coming from the audience. Given the topic and venue, they seemed almost inevitable. At the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the First Daughter of the United States had come to Berlin for a roundtable discussion on the empowerment of women, a subject that was sure to clash with the sexist and vulgar remarks her father has made about women in the past. Sure enough, when she referred to President Donald Trump as a “tremendous champion” of women’s rights, particularly the right to take...
  • Beijing 'bans Muslim baby names with religious meanings'

    04/25/2017 8:01:58 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 21 replies
    UCANews ^ | April 24, 2017 | Staff
    Muslims in Xinjiang region can no longer use names such as Mecca, Imam and Saddam. Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have banned dozens of baby names with religious meanings that are widely used by Muslims elsewhere in the world. Sources in Hotan, in the southern part of the region, had previously detailed a list of banned names in 2015, but the ban now appears to have been rolled out region-wide, Radio Free Asia reported. Islam, Quran, Mecca, Jihad, Imam, Saddam, Hajj, and Medina are among dozens of baby names banned under ruling Chinese Communist Party's "Naming Rules...
  • Ted Cruz Introduces EL CHAPO Act to Make Mexican Drug Lord Pay for Wall

    04/25/2017 6:18:46 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 57 replies
    Ted Cruz Introduces EL CHAPO Act to Make Mexican Drug Lord Pay for Wall Charles Fain Lehman 3-4 minutes BY: April 25, 2017 8:31 pm Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act on Tuesday, intending to cover the cost of the southern border wall by seizing more than $14 billion in drug proceeds from infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. According to Cruz's press release, the bill would use all funds forfeited to the federal government during the prosecutions of El Chapo and other Mexican drug...
  • Mayday election a chance for real change (United Kingdom)

    04/25/2017 4:43:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Belfast Live ^ | April 24, 2017 | Joe Lindsay
    There was a major announcement this week and we were given a heads up about it in advance. It was to happen at 11.15am on Tuesday, an announcement by Theresa May. I was kind of expecting her to reveal David Icke was right all along, then shed her human suit and order us to bow down and welcome our lizard alien overlords. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that exciting or dramatic. After recently stating categorically she would never call a snap election, last week Theresa, you guessed it folks, announced a snap election in June. I know it’s hard to imagine a...
  • Le Pen's Egyptian-born advisor: What's wrong with multiculturalism

    04/25/2017 4:10:06 PM PDT · by GraceG · 2 replies
    Eric Duhaime is in France, covering the presidential election for He talks with Marine Le Pen's Senior Political Advisor Jean Messiha, who came to France from Egypt as a child, when the immigration and assimilation process was very different. Messiha explains that this is why he agrees with Le Pen's immigration policies. MORE:
  • Macron campaign was 'targeted by Russian hackers' [Fausses nouvelles]

    04/25/2017 3:30:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 25 April 2017 16:39 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s political campaign was targeted by a group of Russian hackers last month, according to a report by a cybersecurity research group on Tuesday. The Pawn Storm group, which has been linked to several high-profile attacks in the West, used “phishing” techniques to try to steal personal data from Macron and members of his En Marche! campaign, Japan-based Trend Micro said. Pawn Storm, also known as APT28, is also believed to be behind the attacks last summer on the US Democratic National Committee, thought to be aimed at undermining Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. It is widely...
  • Netanyahu cancels talks with Germany over minister's meeting with rights groups

    04/25/2017 3:23:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 25 April 2017 09:44 CEST+02:00 | AFP/DPA/The Local
    Update: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to cancel talks set for Tuesday with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel over the visiting diplomat’s plan to also meet rights groups critical of Israel’s government. Gabriel confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Netanyahu had canceled the talks, scheduled for the same day, at the last minute. An Israeli official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP that the cancellation was made after Gabriel declined to call off meetings with Israeli rights groups Breaking The Silence and B’Tselem. Breaking The Silence seeks to document alleged Israeli military abuses in the Palestinian territories, while...
  • UK refuses to apologize for Balfour Declaration, Palestinians threaten to sue

    04/25/2017 2:11:53 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 11 replies
    Ma'an News Agency ^ | April 25, 2017 | Ma'an News Agency
    Palestinian leaders have continued to issue threats of suing the UK government over the declaration, with Hassassian reportedly saying that there are a “number of attorneys in the UK” who are already making steps to sue the government.
  • Gardner Talks Border Wall During Online Town Hall

    04/25/2017 1:16:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    CBS Local ^ | April 25, 2017
    Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican representing Colorado, talked to constituents about big issues like border security, during his online town hall on Monday night. Gardner addressed the border wall and he said now is not the time to debate President Donald Trump’s border wall promise as a government shutdown looms in our nation’s capitol. “And I think it would be irresponsible to shut the government down over a conversation about border security,” said Gardner. Gardner says he does support border security and believes it’s important as the country moves forward.
  • Apple Wins Free Speech Award After China Censorship | China Uncensored

    04/25/2017 12:16:14 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 5 replies
    China Uncensored via YouTube ^ | April 24, 2017 | Chris Chapel
    Video at link.
  • South Korean presidential candidate campaigns with a StarCraft map

    04/25/2017 12:02:24 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 8 replies
    Polygon ^ | April 22, 2017 | Owen S. Good
    Moon Jae-in, viewed by many as the favorite in South Korea's upcoming special election for president, has an interesting piece of campaign propaganda: A StarCraft map. That's a map for StarCraft: Brood War — the 1998 expansion for StarCraft that just went free (along with the main game). If you can't tell what's going on in this time-lapse video, Moon is spelling out his name with mineral deposits. StarCraft, as is very well known, is something of a national pastime for South Korea, so the appeal Moon is making here is pretty apparent — like a U.S. president filling out...
  • Why North Korea won't give up its nukes voluntarily

    04/25/2017 12:00:29 PM PDT · by luke1825 · 35 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 4/24 | peter lucas
    The North Koreans may be crazy, but they are not stupid. They know what happens when you give up your nukes. Your leader gets killed and your country gets wrecked, just like Moammar Gadhafi and Libya in 2011. Sometimes you lose your country and your life even if you don't have weapons of mass destruction, like Saddam Hussein in Iraq
  • After dinner with Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham says US will stop 'the nutjob in North Korea'

    04/25/2017 11:47:14 AM PDT · by Textide · 42 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4/25/2017 | Jacob Pramuk
    Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that President Donald Trump will not allow "the nutjob" leader of North Korea to develop missiles that could threaten the United States. The South Carolina Republican made his comments about Kim Jong Un on Twitter a day after having dinner with Trump.
  • Chinese pressure hits North Korean trade

    04/25/2017 11:42:03 AM PDT · by Textide · 11 replies ^ | April 26th (Local) |
    CHINA’S push to use its trading clout to hurt North Korea is starting to be felt as new figures show a sharp drop in imports. New figures show that Chinese imports from North Korea fell 35 per cent month-on-month in March, after Beijing suspended coal purchases to punish its nuclear-armed neighbour for missile tests. Total imports from the North by China — Pyongyang’s sole major diplomatic ally and chief trading partner — stood at $US114.56 million ($151 million) last month, down from $US176.7 million ($233 million) in February, according to Chinese customs data.
  • S. Korea, US, Japan to take 'UNBEARABLE PUNITIVE ACTION' if N. Korea provokes

    04/25/2017 11:28:52 AM PDT · by Textide · 20 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 4/25/2017 | Korea Times
    Senior officials of South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed at a meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday to take unbearably strong punitive action against North Korea if the communist country launches a fresh military provocation, the South Korean participant said. The three countries' chief negotiators on the North Korean nuclear issue held a meeting earlier in the day to coordinate their responses to advancing nuclear and missile threats by North Korea. Kim Hong-kyun, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs at the foreign ministry, represented the South Korean side, vis-a-vis his U.S. and Japanese counterparts, Joseph Yun...
  • WATCH: Trump Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

    04/25/2017 10:43:22 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 13 replies ^ | April 25, 2017 | insider fox news
    President Donald Trump commemorated Holocaust Remembrance Day with a speech hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on Tuesday. The keynote speech was part of the museum’s unveiling of its new conservation and research center, which is home to a collection of artifacts donated by those who survived Adolf Hitler’s massacre of Jews during World War II. "As president of the United States, I will always stand with the Jewish people. And I will always stand with our great friend and partner the state of Israel," Trump said. "Today, we remember the six million Jewish men, women and children...
  • Senate staff perplexed by unusual White House private briefing on North Korea (Impromptu SCIF)

    04/25/2017 9:41:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2017 | David Nakamura and Ed O'Keefe
    The White House announced Monday that it would host an unusual private briefing on North Korea for the entire Senate, prompting questions from lawmakers about whether the Trump administration intends to use the event as a photo op ahead of its 100-day mark. Press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the lawmakers would be briefed Wednesday by several senior administration officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. He emphasized that the meeting plan had been convened by Senate leadership and that the White House was serving “as the location.” Yet the White House setting perplexed...