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‘Taking Down’ Islands in Western Pacific is a ‘Core Competency’ - US General
- June 01, 2018

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said in response to a reporter asking about whether the USA has ability to "blow apart" China's controversial man-made islands. "I would just tell you that the United States military has had a lot of experience in the Western Pacific taking down small islands", McKenzie said, when asked if the United States has the ability to "blow apart" one of China's disputed, man-made islands in the South China Sea. (more...)
Socialists take power in Spain as Mariano Rajoy ousted Socialists take power in Spain as Mariano Rajoy ousted
- June 01, 2018

The center-left Socialist Party had called the no-confidence vote last week and proposed its leader to replace. He already conceded defeat and congratulated Sanchez, 46, as the next prime minister. "It has been an honour to leave Spain better than I found it. Thank you to all Spaniards and good luck", he said. His party has also faced continued allegations of corruption over the past years, culminating in the recent scandal. (more...)
Putin critic Bill Browder 'arrested in Spain on Russian arrest warrant' Putin critic Bill Browder 'arrested in Spain on Russian arrest warrant'
- June 01, 2018

Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley told the Press Association: "I have notified the Foreign Secretary's office and I shall be speaking to the Spanish ambassador". He said after his release: "Good news". "Interpol is incapable of stopping Russian abuse of their systems". Mr Browder was in Madrid to give evidence to a Spanish prosecutor about money from the Magnitsky case that was moved to Spain. (more...)
Rajoy poised to step down as Spain's prime minister amid confidence vote
- June 01, 2018

Thank you to all Spaniards and good luck", he said. The no-confidence motion in Rajoy was triggered by a long-running corruption trial involving members of his party. He has already committed to respecting a budget passed by Rajoy, and the fragmented parliament means Sanchez will find it hard to row back on structural reforms passed by his predecessor, including new labour laws and cuts in healthcare and education. (more...)
Trump's net worth dips for second straight year Trump's net worth dips for second straight year
- June 01, 2018

The Hill reports that's the lowest it has been since Bloomberg began tracking it in 2015. A Trump Organization spokesperson disputed Bloomberg's findings, arguing in a statement that the financial service's analysis underestimates "the value of our prime NY real estate locations". (more...)
Anti-Brexit campaign backed by George Soros to launch next week Anti-Brexit campaign backed by George Soros to launch next week
- June 01, 2018

MPs in the Conservatives, Labour and other opposition parties are planning to vote for amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill which seek to keep Britain in a customs union with EU and inside the single market . He said: "Ultimately, it's up to the British people to decide what they want to do". Mr Soros added: "Best for Britain fought for, and helped to win, a meaningful parliamentary vote which includes the option of not leaving at all". (more...)
US Says it Will Veto 'Morally Bankrupt' UN Resolution Against Israel US Says it Will Veto 'Morally Bankrupt' UN Resolution Against Israel
- June 01, 2018

Hamas on Thursday hailed Kuwait's role in thwarting a US -proposed UN Security Council draft resolution regarding rockets fired at Israel from the blockaded Gaza Strip. Israel's military began air strikes soon after. Israel said its troops were defending its border and accused Hamas militants of trying to attack under the cover of the protest. (more...)
US sanctions Iran groups, Evin Prison for rights abuses US sanctions Iran groups, Evin Prison for rights abuses
- June 01, 2018

The threat of US sanctions has prompted Russian oil giant Lukoil to put its plans to develop projects in Iran on hold while the Indian company that owns the world's largest oil refining complex plans to stop buying oil from Iran, Reuters reported on May 30. (more...)
Rod Blagojevich's wife appeals to President Trump to help her husband Rod Blagojevich's wife appeals to President Trump to help her husband
- June 01, 2018

Mr. Trump commented Thursday that Stewart was once one of his biggest fans. "So it's hard to even hope that our deal might be ending soon", she explained. "We all want to go through a process, and we want to make sure everyone is guilty properly", Trump said, not joking, days before the 2016 election. (more...)
June 15 deadline in study of materials in Cohen raids, judge says June 15 deadline in study of materials in Cohen raids, judge says
- June 01, 2018

Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti appeared in court Wednesday as well, arguing to be admitted pro hac vice to a jurisdiction in which he's not registered to practice, the Southern District of NY. Federal prosecutors declined to touch upon whether or not they would attempt to reassemble the contents of the shredder earlier than turning them over or whether or not the very existence of a shredding machine necessitated the search warrant out of worry Cohen was trying to destroy proof. (more...)
Iran willing to push for cease-fire in Yemen talks with European powers Iran willing to push for cease-fire in Yemen talks with European powers
- June 01, 2018

Like the U.S., Iran is involved in the government-led battle against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Iraq, but Iran also supports the Syrian government against ISIS and insurgents, whereas the U.S. He called on the Europeans "to offer an economic package that would secure Iran's interests, while Iran is waiting to see if Europe can address technical and political challenges" about European private sector activities in Iran following the US withdrawal from the JCPOA. (more...)
Ex-N Korea spy chief heading to US Ex-N Korea spy chief heading to US
- June 01, 2018

Chung Sung-yoon, an analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification, said Kim Yong-chol would be the most senior North Korean on United States soil since Vice Marshal Jo Myong-rok met then-president Bill Clinton in 2000. It includes senior officials with the National Security Council and the Pentagon. Reports said that talks continued until Tuesday. At the same time, a "pre-advance" USA team was in Singapore to meet the North Koreans and the White House announced on Tuesday that ... (more...)
Parkland shooter's disturbing videos before massacre Parkland shooter's disturbing videos before massacre
- June 01, 2018

Nikolas Cruz sits next to his attorneys appointed by the Broward Public Defender's Office as a judge determines if he can afford his own lawyer, in Broward Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., April 11, 2018. Some parents of the dead have argued that the Broward Sheriff's Office and Broward County Public Schools could have done more to stop the shooting, which took place in Stoneman Douglas' freshman building. (more...)
Mattis Announces Name Change for U.S. Pacific Command Mattis Announces Name Change for U.S. Pacific Command
- June 01, 2018

Mattis owed the name change to increased connectivity between the Indian and Pacific oceans, according to a press release from the command. Since taking charge of U.S. He has been nominated to serve as the USA ambassador to South Korea and is retiring from the Navy after a 40-year career. And in a reference to China's " One Belt, One Road " global economic initiative Mattis said "the Indo-Pacific has many belts and many roads". (more...)
Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalise sexual harassment Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalise sexual harassment
- June 01, 2018

A Saudi woman checks a auto at the first automotive showroom exclusively dedicated for women in Jeddah , Saudi Arabia, Jan. 11, 2018. "This group was targeted mainly because they advocate for human rights, and some of them advocated for Saudi women's rights, the same rights that the people in power are claiming to be giving to women gradually", the organization Prisoners of Conscience previously told Newsweek following the arrests . (more...)
Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes
- June 01, 2018

This allegedly self-serving attempt to revive the commercial whaling industry in Japan and other instances of Japanese vessels killing whales in protected waters, has led to worldwide condemnation for the atrocious practice. It also says the mass hunting of minke whales is carried out in accordance with the International Convention for Regulation of Whaling. Humane Society International senior program manager Alexia Wellbelove told the Sydney Morning Herald the killing of 122 ... (more...)
How Trump's election shook Obama: 'What if we were wrong?' How Trump's election shook Obama: 'What if we were wrong?'
- June 01, 2018

But Rhodes also seems to acknowledge that Trump used some of the same lines of attack employed by Obama during the hard-fought 2008 presidential primary against Clinton - minus what Rhodes describes as the "racism and misogyny". Obamas take on claims of Russian meddling in the USA election is also featured vividly in the memoir where he says: "I talk about it every time I'm asked.What else are we going to do?" Rhodes writes he did not learn about the FBI investigation until after leaving ... (more...)
Kremlin says it is Roman Abramovich's right to take Israeli citizenship Kremlin says it is Roman Abramovich's right to take Israeli citizenship
- June 01, 2018

Gaining Israeli citizenship seemingly represents quite a few challenges for the Russian tycoon when doing business on British soil. It has been reported that Abramovich, who is Jewish, travelled to Tel Aviv on Monday and received documents which would make him a citizen of Israel. (more...)
Canada's Freeland to visit Washington this week for… Canada's Freeland to visit Washington this week for…
- June 01, 2018

The federal government says it is taking further steps to prevent foreign steel and aluminum from being dumped into the North American market just ahead of a USA decision on whether to slap punishing duties on those products. "They are looking to strengthen the US and by doing that weaken Canada and Mexico". The Canadian leader also downplayed the impact a Nafta collapse would have. (more...)
Trump says he's giving full pardon to Dinesh D'Souza
- June 01, 2018

In a statement Thursday, Blagojevich's wife, Patti Blagojevich, said: "Amy, Annie and I are very encouraged by the President's [sic] comments today ". D'Souza, who made the documentary " 2016: Obama's America ", had claimed he was selectively prosecuted, but the judge said he had produced no evidence of this. (more...)
Rival Libyan leaders to meet in Paris as Europeans push for peace Rival Libyan leaders to meet in Paris as Europeans push for peace
- June 01, 2018

The High Council of State (HCS) voted on Monday to attend the Paris conference but on four conditions: the political deal signed in Skheirat in 2015 would be the legal framework of the initiative, elections wouldn't be held before a referendum on the constitution, the importance of military institutions operating under civilian authority, and implementing a prompt ceasefire in the eastern city of Derna and lifting the siege. (more...)
Pakistan, India reach cease-fire agreement in Kashmir Pakistan, India reach cease-fire agreement in Kashmir
- June 01, 2018

Tensions between the two nuclear neighbours have failed to ease after 19 Indian soldiers were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in September 2016 by an armed group India has claimed to have links with Pakistan. Houses have been damaged, and dozens of schools in villages along the frontier have been closed, with authorities advising residents to stay indoors. (more...)
Trump Broke Out a Throwback Lie About Firing Comey Trump Broke Out a Throwback Lie About Firing Comey
- June 01, 2018

Since we know Trump is incapable of editing himself, he nearly certainly has expressed to White House aides his annoyance with Comey's pursuit of the Russian Federation investigation. One source told the Times that Trump only wanted Rosenstein to mention the fact that the president himself was not a target of the investigation. (more...)
Trump reportedly wants to push German carmakers out of the U.S. Trump reportedly wants to push German carmakers out of the U.S.
- May 31, 2018

Tariffs would presumably have a negative impact on German auto sales in the USA, though Mercedes-Benz and its peers already manufacture some of their US-market vehicles in American factories. At the time, the president called Germany a great auto producer but said that the business relationship with the United States was an unfair one-way street. (more...)
Zimbabwe to have elections on July 30, says president Zimbabwe to have elections on July 30, says president
- May 31, 2018

This is the first post-Mugabe polls after the long-serving leader was deposed in a 2017 de facto coup. Despite a slew of reformist pledges and announcements it is unclear whether Mnangagwa, who was a vital cog in the ZANU-PF party and helped Mugabe to hold onto power for 37 years, has won the support of ordinary Zimbabweans. (more...)
Denmark joins other European nations in adopting 'burqa ban' Denmark joins other European nations in adopting 'burqa ban'
- May 31, 2018

Denmark has banned veils in public, insisting that covering the face was not compatible with social values. If it turns out to focus only on women in the niqab or burqa, it could amount to discrimination against a minority group and hence be against the law, Louise Holck of the Danish Institute for Human Rights told TV2 television. (more...)
Billionaire Abramovich Puts New Chelsea Stadium Project on Hold Billionaire Abramovich Puts New Chelsea Stadium Project on Hold
- May 31, 2018

The Russian billionaire sanctioned the decision to put all further developments of Chelsea's home ground on hold , which was announced on Thursday. The club are looking to redevelop Stamford Bridge into a 60,000-seat stadium and were hopeful of taking up residency in 2021. (more...)
USA might get nasty at European Union privacy laws USA might get nasty at European Union privacy laws
- May 31, 2018

Shares of United States steel manufacturers were jumping in early trading Thursday after The Wall Street Journal reported that President Donald Trump was ready to announce tariffs on European Union , Mexican, and Canadian steel imported into the country. (more...)
Assad: US losing cards in Syria, must leave our soil Assad: US losing cards in Syria, must leave our soil
- May 31, 2018

Assad said the government had "started now opening doors for negotiations" with the SDF. "Because the majority of them are Syrians, supposedly they like their country, they don't like to be puppets to any foreigners", he said in English. "Fortunately, it has been avoided, not by the wisdom of the American leadership, but by the wisdom of the Russian leadership". Trading insults: Responding to U.S. (more...)
Storms, lightning leave 47 dead in India Storms, lightning leave 47 dead in India
- May 31, 2018

According to ANI , 12 people have died and 28 are injured due to thunderstorm in different parts of Jharkhand . At least 12 people were killed and almost 28 injured in thunderstorms in different parts of Jharkhand, ANI reported on Tuesday. (more...)

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