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Foreign Affairs (News/Activism)

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  • China ‘might agree’ to UN oil embargo of North Korea

    04/28/2017 2:59:46 PM PDT · by Mariner · 1 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | April 29th, 2017 | Shi Jiangtao
    Beijing would consider an oil embargo against Pyongyang in the case of further nuclear tests by its reclusive neighbour, according to diplomatic analysts. A suspension of oil supplies from Beijing could deal a much harder blow to Pyongyang than any of the existing sanctions, possibly paralysing the government of Kim Jong-un. But analysts said China was unlikely to impose further sanctions on North Korea without a mandate from the UN Security Council, given Beijing’s sweeping ban on coal imports from the North since February. Though economic data, especially on the sensitive crude-oil trade, is sketchy, analysts believe Pyongyang has for...
  • Tesla recruiting engineers in Mexico for California plant

    04/28/2017 2:45:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 28, 2017 | By Alexandria Sage
    Tesla Inc is recruiting engineers from Mexico to work on robotics and other automated equipment at its California factory, according to LinkedIn postings viewed by Reuters, part of a hiring push to ready the plant for mass production of the upcoming Model 3. A recruiting poster published on LinkedIn by Tesla's senior technical recruiter, David Johnson, listed 15 types of engineers the company would be seeking at a May 5-8 recruiting event in Monterrey, Mexico. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its Mexico hiring plans.
  • North Korea ballistic missile test fails: Report

    04/28/2017 2:31:40 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | 04-28-2017 | Christine Wang | @christiiineeee
    North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in local time, Korean news service Yonhap reported citing South Korea's military. Yonhap reported that the test appears to have failed. One U.S. official confirmed to NBC news that there was a test, but that it was not nuclear. The incident comes as the United States reconsiders its strategy in dealing with the isolated nation. In an interview with Reuters published late Thursday, President Donald Trump said he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion missile defense system. The system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), is designed to...
  • BREAKING - North Korea test-fires ballistic missile: Report

    04/28/2017 2:21:51 PM PDT · by rxsid · 30 replies ^ | 04/28/2017 | Christine Wang
    "North Korea test-fires ballistic missile: ReportChristine WangNorth Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday in local time, Korean news service Yonhap reported citing South Korea's military. This story is developing. Please check back for further updates.
  • Earthquake measuring 7.2 hits off Mindanao, Philippines: PTWC

    04/28/2017 1:52:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 28, 2017 | by Andrew Heavens
    An earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines at 2023 GMT on Friday. The quake was measured at a depth of 10 km, 68 km south of the city of General Santos, the Center added.
  • Reports: US troops deploy along Syria-Turkish border

    04/28/2017 12:27:32 PM PDT · by McGruff · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | SARAH EL DEEB and BOB BURNS
    U.S. armored vehicles are deploying in areas in northern Syria along the tense border with Turkey, a few days after a Turkish airstrike that killed 20 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, a Syrian war monitor and Kurdish activists said Friday. Footage posted by Syrian activists online showed a convoy of U.S. armored vehicles driving on a rural road in the village of Darbasiyah, a few hundred meters from the Turkish border. Clashes in the area were reported between Turkish and Kurdish forces Wednesday a day after the Turkish airstrike which also destroyed a Kurdish command headquarters.
  • What's Behind the Wave of ISIS Assassinations in Deir-ez-Zor? (Syria)

    04/28/2017 11:37:25 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    The Syrian Observer ^ | Apr 27th, 2017 | source: Alsouria Net
    Observers expect targeted killings of Islamic State members to continue throughout the eastern province as ISIS' power wanes and locals seek to enact revenge for atrocities carried out by the group and its associates, opposition outlet Alsouria writes Information from the areas under Islamic State (ISIS) control in the Deir-ez-Zor province has confirmed reports of a wave of assassinations targeting members of the group. Activists on social media said the number of executions carried out by ISIS in the city of Abu Kamal east of Deir-ez-Zor and in other cities and towns inside the province had increased, amid accusations of...
  • Trump Grumbles that U.S. Loses ‘Tremendous Amount Of Money’ Defending Saudi Arabia

    04/28/2017 10:51:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 28, 2017 | Callum Paton
    President Donald Trump says the U.S. is losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending Saudi Arabia, complaining that the Gulf monarchy is treating the United States unfairly. In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters, in which Trump discussed his first 100 days in office, the President criticized the key Middle Eastern ally, claiming the Kingdom wasn’t paying its way, and was relying on U.S. defense spending for its security. "Frankly, Saudi Arabia has not treated us fairly, because we are losing a tremendous amount of money in defending Saudi Arabia,” he said. It is not the first time Trump has accused...
  • Whitehall terror alert suspect named as Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali

    04/28/2017 9:10:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    SKY News ^ | April 28, 2017
    A terror suspect arrested near the Houses of Parliament has been named as Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali. The 27-year-old is believed to be a British national who was born overseas and went to school in Tottenham, north London. He was known to police prior to his arrest, according to Sky sources. Police say the suspect was detained by armed officers just yards from Downing Street after a stop and search in an "intelligence-led" operation.
  • Monks with guns

    04/28/2017 8:41:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 4/26/2017 | M. Jerryson
    Westerners think that Buddhism is about peace and non-violence. So how come Buddhist monks are in arms against Islam?
  • YPG announces the IDs of fighters martyred in Turkish airstrike

    04/28/2017 8:40:55 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, April 28, 2017 | none stated
    YPG Press Office has announced the IDs of 20 YPG-YPJ (People's/Women's Defense Units) fighters that fell martyr as result of the Turkish aerial attack on Qereçox on April 25. YPG Press Office has announced the IDs of 20 YPG-YPJ (People's/Women's Defense Units) fighters that fell martyr as result of the Turkish aerial attack on Qereçox on April 25. The statement by YPG Press Office said the following: “The YPG General Command Headquarters in Qereçox region was bombed by Turkish warplanes at 02:00 on April 25. The aerial attack targeted the YPG Press Centre office, Dengê Rojava (Voice of Rojava) Radio...
  • There was no booing of Ivanka [Fake News?]

    04/28/2017 8:22:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | 26.04.2017 - 15:01 Uhr | Staff
    Many people were surprised by Ivanka Trump’s performance in Berlin. Contrary to the stereotype, the daughter of the US President made a sophisticated and level-headed impression at the panel discussion with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, and head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde. The glamorous White House ambassador also cleverly handled a controversial issue. US media, however, are focusing on something else: they claim that Ivanka was booed and sneered at. BILD clarifies: At the “Women20 Summit”, there was in fact a moment during the panel discussion when the audience began murmuring. Panel moderator Miriam Meckel asked...
  • EU summit to assess Ireland's future in wake of Brexit

    04/28/2017 7:53:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2017 8:37 AM EDT | Lorne Cook
    European Union leaders meeting Saturday to approve the guidelines that will drive divorce negotiations with Britain will also assess wording which would allow a united Ireland — including Northern Ireland — to become part of the bloc at a potential future date. Two European officials said that the issue was likely to be added to the minutes of the summit, which will be held without British Prime Minister Theresa May. The officials asked not to be identified because the summit of 27 EU leaders still was being prepared. …
  • A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Germany: March 2017 [Collapse of the Heart of Europe]

    04/28/2017 6:27:52 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 28, 2017 | Soeren Kern
    March 1. More than 4,000 millionaires emigrated from Germany in 2016, compared to 1,000 millionaires who left the country in 2015, according to the 2017 Global Wealth Migration Review. Before the migration crisis erupted in 2015, millionaires were leaving Germany at the rate of only a few hundred per year. Most of Germany's millionaires, citing deteriorating security, left for Australia, Canada, the United States, Dubai and Israel. The mass exodus of wealth is hollowing out Germany's tax base at a time when the German government is spending tens of billions of euros for the upkeep of millions of refugees and...
  • Is Turkey trying to disrupt Raqqa operation?

    04/28/2017 6:20:02 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | April 27, 2017 | Fehim Tastekin (TranslatorTimur Göksel)
    Turkey appears to be hoping that its bombing this week of Sinjar in Iraq and Rojava in northern Syria will enable it to intervene in those countries on a larger scale. Since Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria in August 2016, attacks against organizations linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Syria and Iraq have always been on the agenda. Harassment artillery fire on Rojava, an autonomous but unrecognized Kurdish area, has been constant. After the coalition of countries battling the Islamic State (IS) decided to exclude Turkey from a pending operation to retake Raqqa in Syria, Turkey's massing of troops on the border has...
  • LIVE: Rex Tillerson chairs a meeting of the UN Security Council on North Korea (10am on CSPAN3)

    04/28/2017 4:33:51 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 67 replies
    UN ^ | LIVE at 10am ET
    Rex Tillerson makes his first trip to the UN to chair a Security Council meeting on North Korea. The US chairs the Security Council for the month of April. Other nations sending foreign ministers to the meeting are Britain, China, Japan, and South Korea. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief the council during the meeting. Live coverage on CSPAN 3 as well as live stream from the UN website.
  • North Korea turns to Southeast Asian nations for help to stop 'nuclear holocaust'

    04/28/2017 4:14:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Yahoo7 ^ | April 28, 2017
    North Korea turns to Southeast Asian nations for help to stop 'nuclear holocaust North Korea has appealed to neighbouring nations for support in what it says is its ongoing campaign to prevent what could be a "nuclear holocaust". North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho warned the situation on the Korean peninsula was "reaching the point of war" due to US actions in a letter to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' secretary general. The letter criticised the length of the US-South Korean military exercises and urged the ASEAN chief to notify the 10 member nations' foreign ministers on the "grave...
  • Trump blast Venezuela as 'a mess" as politicians meet in a SPORTS HALL in desperate bid......

    04/28/2017 4:00:46 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 4/27/2017 | Rebecca Taylor
    Donald Trump has called Venezuela a 'mess' as waves of anti-government unrest continue, with 29 declared dead. The people of Venezuela have been protesting in the streets of Caracas this month, during a deepening economic crisis. At the White House today, President Trump said: "Venezuela is a mess. I'm very sad for Venezuela, very sad to see what's happened in Venezuela." 'Venezuela is a very sad situation.' His comments came as the government of leftist President Nicolas Maduro prepares to withdraw from the Organization of American States, a Washington-based grouping that encompasses all countries in the western hemisphere but Cuba....
  • Palestinian Authority 'stops paying Israel for Gaza electricity'

    04/27/2017 10:00:23 PM PDT · by Lera · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 April 2017
    The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority has told Israel that it will stop paying for electricity supplied to the Gaza Strip, Israeli officials say. There was no confirmation from the PA. But President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened "unprecedented steps" to end the political division with the rival Hamas movement, which dominates Gaza. Hamas called Thursday's move "a grave escalation and an act of madness".
  • EU Parliament lost 5 million euros in Le Pen alleged jobs fraud, legal source says

    04/27/2017 9:20:55 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies ^ | April 27, 2017 | Kate Brady
    A French legal source said Thursday that the EU Parliament has accused Marine Le Pen of using funds meant for European parliamentary assistants to pay staff for party work in France between 2012 and 2017, while still leader of the far-right National Front (FN). The allegations, which Le Pen has denied, triggered an investigation in France. The parliament had initially estimated the amount of the contested salaries to be 1.9 million euros ($2.1 million) but now believes the FN wrongfully spent 4,978,122 euros, the source said, quoting a note to French investigators from the parliament's legal team. Patrick Maisonneuve, a...