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  • Syria war: Russian jets 'destroy IS convoy near Deir al-Zour' {200 jihadis dead!}

    08/21/2017 6:59:42 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 August 2017 | BBC
    Dozens of Islamic State (IS) militants are reported to have been killed in a Russian air strike near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour. Russia's defence ministry said at least 200 jihadists had died after its air force targeted a convoy of about 20 4x4s, armoured vehicles and tanks. It did not say when the strike took place, but a monitoring group reported that a convoy had been hit last Friday. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 70.IS has been besieging Syrian government-controlled areas of the city since 2015, leaving some 90,000 civilians...

    08/21/2017 6:53:33 AM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    South Front ^ | 21 August 2017 | South Front
    This map provides a general look at at the military situation in Syria on August 21, 2017, The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the important village of Humaymah near the Iraqi border opening a route to the storm of the T2 pumping station and the village of Taybah that may lead to the creation of the second ISIS pocket in Homs province.
  • Nations search for 10 missing after US destroyer collision(USS MCCAIN)

    08/21/2017 6:46:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies ^ | 8/21/2017 | unknown
    Vessels from several nations are searching Southeast Asian waters for 10 missing U.S. sailors after an early morning collision Monday between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker ripped a gaping hole in the destroyer's hull. The collision east of Singapore between the guided missile destroyer and the 183-meter (600-foot) Alnic MC was the second involving a ship from the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. Vessels and aircraft from the U.S., Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia are searching for the missing sailors. Four other sailors were evacuated by a Singaporean navy helicopter to a...
  • China's Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit

    08/21/2017 6:41:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies ^ | 08-21-2017 | joe mcdonald
    Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit, spokespeople for the company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for China's fast-growing auto brands. Great Wall has yet to formally declare its interest in Jeep, but a possible acquisition would be in line with chairman Wang Jianjun's goal, announced in February, of becoming the top specialty SUV producer by 2020. Great Wall "has this intention," said the public relations director for its Haval SUV brand, Zhao Lijia, when asked about a report by Automotive News that...
  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe: 'We will not prosecute killers of white farmers

    08/21/2017 6:28:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 8/19/2017 | unknown
    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has said that people who murdered white farmers during a government-sanctioned purge in the 2000s will never be prosecuted. The 93-year-old president addressed a rally in Harare on Monday to mark Heroes’ Day, which commemorates soldiers who have fought for the country, particularly in its independence war against British colonizers. Zimbabwe implemented a controversial land reform program in 2000 that saw squatters invade and seize hundreds of white-owned farms around the country. The violent seizures resulted in the murder of several white farmers, with many more displaced, and close associates of Mugabe given large chunks of...
  • UK F-35B - on final approach to QEC

    08/21/2017 6:26:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Royal Aeronautical Society ^ | 18 August 2017 | TIM ROBINSON
    The countdown is now on for the return of UK Carrier Strike. TIM ROBINSON reports from BAE Systems Warton on the behind the scenes activity to make the Lockheed Martin F-35B ready for the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth class. In just over a year's time, one lucky UK test pilot is set to perform a historic flight - the first landing of a new fighter aircraft on a brand-new aircraft carrier - a double first that is a major milestone. "This is the SuperBowl of flight test - a once in a lifetime opportunity," enthuses RAF F-35B test pilot...
  • Pope: Rights of migrants trump national security concerns

    08/21/2017 6:06:47 AM PDT · by Cyclops08 · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 08/21/2017 | NICOLE WINFIELD
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  • US, Canada, Mexico pledge quick work to update NAFTA

    08/21/2017 12:26:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2017 4:13 PM EDT | Paul Wiseman
    U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators are pledging to work quickly to update the North American Free Trade Agreement, a 23-year-old pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst trade deal in history. Wrapping up the first round of NAFTA renegotiation talks Sunday, the three countries said they planned to meet again in Mexico Sept. 1-5, in Canada in late September and back in the United States in October. They did not offer details on the substance of the five-day talks. …
  • Iran approves nearly all of Rouhani's Cabinet picks

    08/21/2017 12:13:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2017 10:23 AM EDT
    Iranian lawmakers on Sunday approved 16 Cabinet members nominated by recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, including the first defense minister unaffiliated with the elite, hard-line Revolutionary Guard in 25 years. Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said 16 of 17 proposed ministers were approved, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who negotiated the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Oil Minister Began Zanganeh was also approved. The most votes went to Gen. Amir Hatami for Defense Minister, with 261 out of 288 who voted. He will be the first defense minister with no ties to the hard-line Revolutionary Guard in nearly...
  • Refusing to Learn Lessons from Libya

    08/20/2017 8:44:01 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Consortium News ^ | 17 August 2017 | James W. Carden
    Official Washington never likes to admit a mistake no matter how grave or obvious. Too many Important People would look bad. So, the rationalizations never stop as with the Libyan fiasco In recent weeks, the Washington Post’s Cairo bureau chief Sudarsan Raghavan has published a series of remarkable dispatches from war-torn Libya, which is still reeling from the aftermath of NATO’s March 2011 intervention and the subsequent overthrow and murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. On July 2, Raghavan reported on what amounts to Libya’s modern-day slave trade. According to his report, Libya is “now home to a thriving trade...
  • Report: Probe into Imran Awan Checking Whether Sensitive Govt. Info Sold to Foreign Intelligence

    08/20/2017 8:23:39 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Aug 2017 | Breitbart News
    Paul Sperry at the New York Post gives an update on Imran Awan, the former IT staffer of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). According to Sperry’s sources, Awan and up to four other individuals are being investigated for potentially stealing sensitive information on U.S. lawmakers and selling it to foreign governments. “Some 80 offices were potentially compromised,” he writes. From the New York Post: Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say. What started out 16 months ago as a scandal...
  • Saudis in talks over alliance to rebuild Iraq and 'return it to the Arab fold'

    08/20/2017 8:09:02 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 18 August 2017 | Martin Chulov
    Iraq and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq’s war-torn towns and cities, while bolstering Baghdad’s credentials across the region. Meetings between senior officials on both sides over the past six months have focused on shepherding Iraq away from its powerful neighbour and Saudi Arabia’s long-time rival, Iran, whose influence over Iraqi affairs has grown sharply since the 2003 ousting of Saddam Hussein. Iraq and Saudi Arabia have long been considered opponents in the region, but a visit by the Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to Riyadh last week and...
  • German Reich 2.0: Journalist sentenced to JAIL for posting historic Husseini-Hitler photo

    08/20/2017 7:13:35 PM PDT · by Lera · 71 replies
    Full title :German Reich 2.0: Journalist sentenced to JAIL for posting historic Husseini-Hitler photo on Facebook Not only do they import the next generation of Jew-hunters, they prosecute people telling history. This is a nightmare. A district court in Munich earlier today sentenced German journalist Michael Stürzenberger to six months in jail and an additional 100 hours of charitable work for publishing this photo in his Facebook timeline. It shows Adolf Hitler and Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, shaking hands in 1941 in Berlin.
  • Quiet Epidemic of Suicide Claims France’s Farmers

    08/20/2017 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Aug 2017 | Paméla Rougerie
    A dairy farmer, Jean-Pierre Le Guelvout, once kept 66 cows at a thriving estate in southern Brittany. But falling milk prices, accumulating debts, depression and worries about his heath in middle age became too much to bear. Just 46, Mr. Le Guelvout shot himself in the heart in a grove behind his house one cold December day last year. “It was a place that he loved, near the fields that he loved,” explained his sister Marie, who said she was “very close” to him but did not see his suicide coming. The death of Ms. Le Guelvout’s brother was part...
  • 10 missing after USS John McCain collides with merchant ship; search underway

    08/20/2017 6:35:30 PM PDT · by Enchante · 347 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | August 20, 2017 | LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN
    A Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, collided with a commercial vessel east of Singapore early Monday morning local time, the Navy said. There were 10 sailors missing and five injured, the Navy said. The collision with the merchant ship Alnic MC occurred east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, as the McCain was on its way for a routine port visit in Singapore, the Navy said.
  • Philippines may get $433-M grant from US next year

    08/20/2017 6:14:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Philippine Star ^ | August 19, 2017 | Helen Flores and Mary Grace Padin
    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines may receive grants amounting to $433 million from the United States’ Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC) starting next year owing to apparent improvements in governance and other key indicators. In a report released last Wednesday, the MCC included the Philippines in a list of candidate-countries under the “low income” category eligible to receive assistance for 2018. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III welcomed the development. But should the MCC decide to push through with the grant­, he said the Philippine government would still need to go over the conditions set by the agency under the compact and...
  • USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca

    08/20/2017 5:02:26 PM PDT · by blueyon · 80 replies ^ | 8/20/17 | By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
    SOUTH CHINA SEA - The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore. Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft. Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities.
  • Australia Gun Culture Part 14: Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party

    08/20/2017 4:25:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 August, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Extremely restrictive firearms laws were imposed on the Australian population in 1996, after the Port Arthur Massacre.The Australian gun culture is fighting to restore some sanity to firearm law down under. One of the clampdowns put in place in 1996, was to make ownership of .22 rimfire semi-auto rifles so restricted as to be an effective ban. The combined firearms council of Victoria is calling for the return of their bunny guns. From The state’s peak political body for Victoria’s shooting organisations is calling on the state government to allow shooters to use 22 self-loading rifles after a 20...
  • Protesters march against 'chaos' in Swedish maternity care

    08/20/2017 4:16:16 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 12 replies
    TheLocal ^ | 20 August 2017
    A series of demonstrations were held in towns and cities across Sweden on Saturday, in protest against the "chaos" at the country's maternity wards. In 16 Swedish towns and cities demonstrators Demonstrators -- including midwives and members of the public -- took to the streets to march for better maternity care. READ ALSO: More mums flown to Finland to give birth due to overcrowding at Swedish hospital Around 170 protesters had gathered in Jönköping in southern Sweden. Emily Wallstedt, one of the organizers, said there had been no response yet from the county council politicians, but she remained hopeful. "Hopefully...
  • 'Swedish police should prioritize crimes against freedom of speech'

    08/20/2017 4:10:04 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 3 replies
    TheLocal ^ | 17 August 2017 | Emma Löfgren
    The government has presented 'Defence of the Free Word', an action plan to combat threats and hate against journalists, elected representatives and artists. Could you explain the background? Threats against journalists, elected representatives and artists have been highlighted in a series of studies, and also through reports from victims. Apart from the fact that the government has commissioned and financed surveys to ensure that the measures we invest in contribute to positive change, we have also learned from studies and intense roundtable discussions with everyone from editors-in-chief and journalists to artists and organizers – because another thing that has been...