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  • Alberto Fujimori: Peru's ex-president pardoned

    12/24/2017 9:15:30 PM PST · by Nextrush · 23 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/24/2017 | BBC
    Imprisoned former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has been pardoned by incumbent leader Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Mr. Kuczynski's office said in a statement that Fukimori, 79, was being released on health grounds. Fujimori-who was in power from 1990 to 2000-was recently taken from prison to hospital because of low blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm. He has been serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses and corruption..... He was admired by some Peruvians for combating Maoist rebels, whereas his critics consider him a corrupt dictator. Fujimori has been in and out of hospital for a variety of health problems in...
  • Japan considering buying F-35B fighters that can operate from helicopter carriers

    12/24/2017 7:37:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    KYODO ^ | DECEMBER 25, 2017
    In what could be seen as a change in Japan’s defense posture that has banned the possession of offensive aircraft carriers, the Defense Ministry is considering buying new fighter jets that may be put on its helicopter carriers, government sources said Sunday. The sources said the introduction of F-35Bs, which are capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings, will be useful to counter China’s growing maritime assertiveness. They are expected to bolster defenses of far-flung islands in the southwest, where only short runways exist, they said. The move, however, is likely to trigger a backlash from China and other neighboring...
  • North Korea: New UN sanctions an act of war

    12/23/2017 8:49:46 PM PST · by Nextrush · 39 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/23/2017 | BBC
    North Korea has described the latest UN sanctions imposed on the country as an "act of war". The foreign ministry said the measures were tantamount to a total economic blockade, the KCNA news agency reported. It added that strengthening North Korea's deterrence was the only way to frustrate the U.S. The UN Security Council imposed the new sanctions in response to Pyongyang's latest ballistic missile tests.......
  • Nikki Haley Wins Tweet of the Year

    12/21/2017 4:39:24 AM PST · by simpson96 · 35 replies ^ | 12/20/2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Nikki Haley, our U.N. ambassador, had the tweet of the year. Nikki Haley tweeted the following: “At the U.N. we’re always asked to do more & give more,” meaning America. The U.N., we, the United States. We’re always asked to do more and give more. “So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us. On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The U.S. will be taking names.” That is her tweet about the vote today at the U.N....
  • UN votes resoundingly to reject Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as capital

    12/21/2017 10:52:46 AM PST · by DFG · 163 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/21/2017
    The United Nations general assembly has delivered a stinging rebuke to Donald Trump, voting by a huge majority to reject his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The vote came after a redoubling of threats by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, who said that Washington would remember which countries “disrespected” America by voting against it. Despite the warning, 128 members voted on Thursday in favour of the resolution supporting the long-standing international consensus that the status of Jerusalem – which is claimed as a capital by both Israel and the Palestinians – can only be settled...
  • U.N. Defies Trump's Threats by Passing Resolution on Jerusalem

    12/21/2017 12:57:44 PM PST · by simpson96 · 64 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/21/2017 | Kambiz Foroohar
    The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly backed a measure critical of President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s warning that the move could put funding for their nations and the global body at risk. The nonbinding UN resolution passed on Thursday by a vote of 128-9, with 35 nations abstaining. Key U.S. allies backing the measure over Trump’s threats included the U.K., France, Italy, Japan and Germany. The U.S. was joined in opposition by countries including Guatemala, Nauru and Micronesia. Abstentions included Australia, Canada and Argentina. “The United States will...
  • Nikki Haley warns UN: Americans don't want to 'pay for the privilege of being disrespected'

    12/21/2017 8:59:47 AM PST · by GonzoII · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 21, 2017 | Joel Gehrke
    World leaders rebuking the United States at the United Nations shouldn’t expect the American people any longer to “pay for the privilege of being disrespected,” U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned Thursday. “In the case of the United States, we are asked to pay more than any other nation for that dubious distinction,” Haley told the UN General Assembly. “We have an obligation to demand more for our investment. And if our investment fails, we have an obligation to spend our investment in more productive ways.”
  • Trump threatens Jerusalem opponents with US funding cutoff

    12/20/2017 6:24:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 109 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 20, 2017 7:08 PM EST | Edith M. Lederer
    President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to cut off U.S. funding to countries that support a resolution criticizing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care,” he said, alluding to U.S. aid. The president strongly supported U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley who said Tuesday that the United States “will be taking names” of countries that vote in favor of a General Assembly resolution Thursday declaring that Jerusalem’s status can be changed only by direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. “For all these nations, they take our money and then vote against us. They take hundreds of millions of...
  • In Rare Move, Trump Threatens to Cut Aid to UN Members Who Vote Against Jerusalem

    12/20/2017 11:40:22 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 100 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Dec 20, 2017 | Boa Landeu (Reuters)
    U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor Thursday of the United Nations resolution rejecting Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Speaking to reporters at the White House Wednesday, Trump also expressed support for a letter sent by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, in which she warned member states against supporting the resolution. (Snip) "They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars, and then they vote against us," Trump said. "Well, we're watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We'll save a lot....
  • Haley Vetoes Jerusalem Resolution; Slams Obama For Not Backing Israel a Year Ago

    12/18/2017 5:22:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 18, 2017 | 6:42 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    As U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley on Monday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution seeking to overturn President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, she also sharply criticized the Obama administration’s decision a year ago not to back Israel in the same forum, calling the implications of that move “a stain on America’s conscience.” Monday’s resolution was backed by all other 14 members of the council — the ten temporary members and permanent members Russia, China, Britain and France — but Haley declared that she was casting the sole dissenting vote “proudly.” “The fact that this veto...
  • Britain just betrayed America at the United Nations

    12/18/2017 5:05:55 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 91 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 18, 2017 | By Benny Avni
    Haley berated UN member states for their hypocrisy. On the one hand, she noted, they complained that Trump’s decision “prejudges” final-status issues. On the other, she said, they rely on the United Nations, despite being “disproportionally hostile” to Israel, to weigh in on all kinds of issues regarding Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. Prior to the vote, knowing full well Haley would veto the proposed resolution, Rycroft and other envoys from American-allied countries worked behind the scenes to make sure the United States would stand alone in opposition. They watered down the language, weeded out explicit anti-American statements and dutifully anchored the text...
  • French Prime Minister defends €350,000 private flight home

    12/20/2017 10:43:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 20 December 2017 12:08 CET+01:00 | AFP
    French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe defended on Wednesday his decision to charter a private aircraft at a cost of €350,000 ($415,000) to bring him and a delegation back from Tokyo earlier this month. AFP disclosed late Tuesday that Philippe’s office had hired an Airbus A340 with first-class seats to fly from Japan to Paris on December 6 instead of using an A340 army transport plane flying the same route at roughly the same time. The prime minister’s office has argued that Philippe needed to be back in Paris urgently because President Emmanuel Macron was leaving the country and that the...
  • The competitor of Mitsubishi Pajero Sport from Nissan is declassified

    12/16/2017 10:59:14 PM PST · by NorseViking · 4 replies
    In the Network there were photos Nissan Terra, the frame SUV created on the basis of the Navara pickup. Mitsubishis Pajero Sport and Toyota Fortuner will become his main competitors. Photos of the car appeared on the Chinese social network, and then crept away on the Internet. The author of a post claims that in pictures the production version of the SUV removed for the state certification in Celestial Empire. The SUV will receive the name Terra: its Nissan registered this year in Malaysia, but till today was considered that it is reserved for the electric crossover on the basis...
  • Kaluga (Russia) began building of Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUVs

    12/16/2017 10:23:09 PM PST · by NorseViking · 2 replies
    Today at PCMA plant (Peugeot Citroen Mitsubishi Automotive) in the village of Rosva near Kaluga has started the production of on-frame Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUVs. The start was late a little: originally release of Russian Sport was planned for November. However, this model for the Kaluga plant is not absolutely new. Previous generation Mitsubishi Pajero Sport SUVs were assembled from 2013 to 2016 here, however with an coming of the SUV of present, third generation the company switched to direct import from Thailand again. And at first to us were delivered only petrol Sports, and diesel SUVs appeared in Mitsubishi...
  • North Korea readying for another nuclear test? Satellite images show hectic activity at Punggye-ri

    12/12/2017 9:57:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | Updated December 12, 2017 14:54 GMT | By India Ashok
    North Korea appears to be pressing ahead with its nuclear programme. Satellite images recently detected hectic activity at the North Korean nuclear test site, Punggye-ri. Experts say that after North Korea's last nuclear test, minor tremors were detected near Mt Mantap, located close to the nuclear site. However, Pyongyang is now engaged in additional tunnel work at the site. According to experts at 38North, a US-based think tank, the fresh activities were detected at the West Portal of the site – indicating that the site may be undergoing an expansion. Meanwhile, the North Portal, where the previous five tests were...
  • Hiroshima survivor urges US, North Korea, to negotiate

    12/09/2017 8:40:41 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/12/17
    Hiroshima atomic bombing survivor Setsuko Thurlow and International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) leader Beatrice Fihn on Saturday urged the United States and North Korea to negotiate and avoid nuclear war. On Sunday, the two will receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Thurlow, 85, was 13 years old at the time of the Hiroshima bombing. "No human being should suffer what we suffered," Thurlow told reporters Saturday. "I deeply and strongly urge the leaders of North Korea and the U.S. never to use nuclear weapons ... Negotiate....
  • The terrible cost of Trump's Jerusalem decision

    12/08/2017 2:20:41 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 62 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Dec. 8, 2017 | Peter Van Buren
    Donald Trump's formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing some seven decades of American policy, is arguably the most unnecessary decision of his time in office and one that will have consequences lingering far past his tenure. The decision may yield some domestic political advantage among Jewish and evangelical Christian voters for the president, but at irrationally high expense globally. Jerusalem is where Israel's president presides, and where the parliament, supreme court, and most government ministries are located. In practical terms, it is the capital. However, unlike in nearly every other nation, the United States maintains its...
  • High Priestess of Tokyo Shrine Killed With Samurai Sword

    12/08/2017 7:19:42 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 43 replies
    Newser ^ | 12/17/2017 | Rob Quinn
    (NEWSER) – The former high priest of a famous Tokyo shrine killed his older sister, an accomplice, and finally himself with a samurai sword Thursday in what police believe was a feud over succession. Police say 58-year-old Nagako Tomioka, the high priestess of the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, was killed by her brother, Shigenaga Tomioka, on the temple grounds after she got out of her car, the AP reports. His female accomplice attacked the driver, inflicting non-life-threatening injuries and chasing him hundreds of feet down a road, leaving a trail of blood. Shigenaga Tomioka is believed to have then killed his...
  • North Korea Boats Washing Up in Japan Spark Spy Scare

    12/06/2017 5:30:56 PM PST · by rockinqsranch · 11 replies
    Reuters/gcaptain. ^ | December 6, 2017 | By Kiyoshi Takenaka
    An increasing number of fishing boats from North Korea has been appearing off Japan – some in distress, some abandoned and some with dead bodies on board – raising fears about infiltration by spies as tension with North Korea surges.
  • Japan May Turn Its F-15J Eagles Into Cruise Missile Carriers

    12/06/2017 7:25:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Drive ^ | DECEMBER 5, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Japan is at a strategic crossroads of sorts. The days of strict adherence to Article Nine of the country's constitution are coming to an end as threats both new and old grow and evolve. Tokyo seems to be willing and able to move beyond the strategic confines of its post WWII past to become a more capable and longer-reaching military force that can project power well beyond its own territory and even its region. But considering what seems like an exponentially expanding threat posed by North Korea, as well as an increasingly hostile dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands,...