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Russian Federation gears up to test fine-tuned 'invincible' nuclear powered cruise missile
- July 20, 2018

Just days after Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, met his American counterpart, Russia's defence ministry has flooded its social media feeds with videos showing a variety of new nuclear weapons systems undergoing flight tests. The Kinzhal made its public debut at the May 2018 Victory Day parade in Moscow, when two MiG-31 fighters flew overhead carrying what appeared to be hypersonic missiles. (more...)
Father of MH17 victims attacks Trump on crash anniversary Father of MH17 victims attacks Trump on crash anniversary
- July 20, 2018

Anthony Maslin's three children - Mo, Evie and Otis , and their grandfather Nick Norris - were killed in the attack. Mr Maslin cited Mr Trumps" penchant for "fake news' spotting and his lack of empathy for the victim's and their families. (more...)
Spain drops arrest warrants for former Catalan leader Puigdemont
- July 20, 2018

Spanish authorities revoked European and worldwide arrest warrants for former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and other leading separatist politicians now in exile. But under European law, if that extradition were to go ahead, Spain could not then try him on the more serious charge of rebellion. If Mr Puigdemont and the others were extradited only on charges of embezzlement, they would only be able to stand trial in Spain on those charges. (more...)
Egypt passes law shielding senior military officers from prosecution Egypt passes law shielding senior military officers from prosecution
- July 20, 2018

In 2015, the country passed legislation that made it a crime to publish or share news stories that went against the government's official statements and these new laws, which need to be ratified by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, are opposed by those who see them as a way for the government to suppress criticism and control the media. (more...)
Trump seems to question U.S. commitment to defending all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Trump seems to question U.S. commitment to defending all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies
- July 20, 2018

Trump gave the interview to Fox News at the end of a European tour that saw him criticised for appearing to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's insistence that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 USA elections. Trump questioned whether or not the United States would defend it, as required to do by NATO's founding treaty. Other presidents including Barack Obama have argued the same point, and many experts agree to the principle that other countries should pay more. (more...)
New York City steam pipe explosion closes streets New York City steam pipe explosion closes streets
- July 19, 2018

At least, five high-pressure steam pipes exploded in Flatiron District, according to the New York Post . Debris, including chunks of asphalt, littered the nearby streets and cars that were parked by the explosion were covered in mud. People are advised to stay clear of the area for safety reasons. It remains unclear if anyone was injured in the explosion or what caused it. The company said it was carrying out environmental testing to determine whether any contaminants, such as asbestos, ... (more...)
‘Treasure ship’ claim raises eyebrows in South Korea
- July 19, 2018

The now bankrupt Donga Construction company previously attempted to explore and salvage the ship in the early 2000s. Doubts have also been raised about the company after a South Korean news website, Chosun Biz, claimed that the Shinil Group was only founded in June, even though the company said it is the successor company to Shinil Corporation that formed in 1957, said the BBC . (more...)
Skripal Novichok poisoning suspects identified Skripal Novichok poisoning suspects identified
- July 19, 2018

CNN, quoting a source with knowledge of the ongoing investigation into the incident, reported that police have identified two suspects involved in the attack. She died on 8 July after spending nine days in intensive care at Salisbury District Hospital. Matthew Rowley, the brother of Charlie Rowley, said that his brother had told him that the nerve agent had come from a perfume bottle . (more...)
British Police Reportedly Identify Russian Suspects In Nerve Agent Attack On Skripals British Police Reportedly Identify Russian Suspects In Nerve Agent Attack On Skripals
- July 19, 2018

Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign spy service, and his daughter Yulia, were found unconscious on a public bench in the English city of Salisbury on March 4. Investigators are working to the theory that Sturgess sprayed Novichok straight onto her skin, the PA source said. Ms Sturgess died earlier this month after apparently coming into contact with the nerve agent - thought to have been from the same batch used in ... (more...)
Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook Zuckerberg: Holocaust deniers won't be banned from Facebook
- July 19, 2018

Mr Zuckeberg, who is Jewish, said if a post "crossed the line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed". 'I think you can bet that, if the government here is anxious about. whether it's election interference or terrorism. Within hours, Zuckerberg emailed Swisher to say he got things wrong. (more...)
USA challenges China, EU and others at WTO over steel tariffs USA challenges China, EU and others at WTO over steel tariffs
- July 19, 2018

Growth was "generally stable" but "the uncertainties of the external environment are mounting", said Mao Shengyong, a spokesman for the National Bureau of Statistics. Washington imposed an additional 25 per cent tariff on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6. "Let me say we will ensure the implementation of the signed contracts and we will cut the time for approval procedures", Li told Airbus China president Eric Chen, a pool report said. (more...)
Donald Trump Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin angers voters Donald Trump Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin angers voters
- July 19, 2018

No, " Trump responded, shaking his head. There was another clarification yesterday after the press ran with a terse Trumpian response-"no"-to ABC reporter Cecilia Vega's question about whether he believes Russian Federation is still meddling in American politics". (more...)
WTOs credibility, survival at risk as US-China trade war looms WTOs credibility, survival at risk as US-China trade war looms
- July 19, 2018

Since the entry into the WTO for 17 years, China's initial heart has remained unchanged and its words and deeds have been the same. "The trade war will deal a blow to global trade growth", Hua was quoted as saying by Efe news. "And a major part of US salmon and whitefish is processed in China to be re-exported to the US", Rabobank said. But Renmin University professor Yu Chunhai, who co-authored the report, cautioned that the basis of cooperation between China and the EU cooperation was ... (more...)
Thai cave boys speak to media for first time after dramatic rescue Thai cave boys speak to media for first time after dramatic rescue
- July 19, 2018

Two British divers found them on July 2, squatting on a mound in a chamber several kilometres inside the complex. "It was magical", he said. "They asked me a question and it was quite some time before I was able to answer it", he said. On Thursday, some of the boys and their relatives took part in religious ceremonies at Mae Sai's Wat Pha That Doi Wao temple - an ancient temple with scenic views of the surrounding countryside. (more...)
Israel's Parliament Has Passed a Controversial Jewish Nation Bill Israel's Parliament Has Passed a Controversial Jewish Nation Bill
- July 19, 2018

The "nation-state" law, backed by the right-wing government, passed 62-55 with two abstentions in the 120-seat Knesset after months of political debate and some parts were softened over concerns it would damage Israel's global image. It excludes the 20 percent Palestinian minority, making them second class citizens. The law, which had been in the works since 2011, has sparked a wave of protests, which spilled over the Israeli border and angered the influential Jewish diaspora in the US. (more...)
Two people bitten in possible shark attacks off Fire Island Two people bitten in possible shark attacks off Fire Island
- July 19, 2018

Lola told a press conference: "I saw something next to me and I kind of felt pain and I saw a fin, I don't know how to describe it, and then I ran out of the water because I felt it". State police sent a drone into the air to search the waters for sharks, according to George Gorman, Long Island deputy regional director of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. (more...)
'I accept' U.S. intelligence findings on Russian meddling 'I accept' U.S. intelligence findings on Russian meddling
- July 19, 2018

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer , meanwhile, called for immediate hearings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top officials to learn more about Trump's one-on-one meeting with the Russian Federation leader. "John McCain's statement is the exception, not the rule", Rep. Eric Swalwell said in a phone interview Tuesday. "I don't see any reason why it would be. (more...)
Strikes blamed on Israel killed 9 pro-regime fighters in Syria Strikes blamed on Israel killed 9 pro-regime fighters in Syria
- July 19, 2018

Aleppo , in the far north of the country, is rarely targeted. Earlier Monday, the country's official news agency SANA reported there was only damage to the site, identified as the Al-Nayrab airbase, adjacent to Aleppo's worldwide airport. (more...)
US rejects European call for Iran sanctions waiver: FT US rejects European call for Iran sanctions waiver: FT
- July 19, 2018

Four days of hearings into an earlier complaint lodged by Iran in October 2016 against the USA for freezing around $2 billion of its assets overseas are due to start on October 8 when the United States will argue the court has no authority to hear the case. (more...)
U.S. Intelligence Chiefs, Current And Former, Fire Back At Trump U.S. Intelligence Chiefs, Current And Former, Fire Back At Trump
- July 19, 2018

He continued: "So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". He also criticised special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation stemming from the alleged election meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 USA presidential election, calling it a "rigged witch hunt". (more...)
Trump Abandoned US Allies in Syria, Russia Big Winner: Israeli Media Trump Abandoned US Allies in Syria, Russia Big Winner: Israeli Media
- July 19, 2018

Earlier on Tuesday, 15 civilians were killed in strikes in both provinces, including 14 in Ain al-Tina village on the administrative border with Quneitra . On June 19, after securing Damascus and outlying areas of the capital, regime forces - backed by Russian Federation - launched an offensive against Deraa. (more...)
Brexit campaign group 'broke electoral law', says Electoral Commission Brexit campaign group 'broke electoral law', says Electoral Commission
- July 19, 2018

Under UK electoral law, campaign groups may work together towards a common goal, but their spending can not exceed the individual spending limit for the lead campaigner. It has fined Vote Leave more than £60,000 for the "serious breaches" and referred senior figures to the police as a result. The commission has now referred both Mr Halsall and Mr Grimes to the Metropolitan Police in relation to false declarations of campaign spending. (more...)
Did Queen Elizabeth Snub President Trump By Wearing This Accessory? Did Queen Elizabeth Snub President Trump By Wearing This Accessory?
- July 18, 2018

President Trump arrived in London, the British monarch was photographed sporting the American State Visit Brooch during a meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. had a more capable Commander in Chief. Is the Queen sneakily signaling her disapproval of America's current president? Mr. Trump walked alongside the queen as she inspected the Honor Guard at Windsor Castle on Friday. (more...)
Side by side, Trump, Putin stress 'no collusion' Side by side, Trump, Putin stress 'no collusion'
- July 18, 2018

Days before the summit, Coats had spoken publicly of his concerns about cyber threats to USA national security and singled out Russian Federation as the most aggressive foreign actor in that arena. Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the worldwide stage with a man he has described as an important USA competitor - but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader. (more...)
Facebook Says Will Not Remove Fake News, Will Demote It Instead Facebook Says Will Not Remove Fake News, Will Demote It Instead
- July 18, 2018

At a House hearing Tuesday over whether social media companies were suppressing certain political views, Maryland Democrat Jamie Raskin pressed Facebook's head of global policy management Monika Bickert about why the network would not remove Infowars , which called the high school students who survived this year's mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. (more...)
Trump Blames Trump Blames "US Foolishness" For Russia Rift Ahead Of Putin Showdown
- July 18, 2018

Putin trolls America by offering to have his own intelligence agencies "investigate" their interference in the 2016 presidential election - and Trump praises him for it. "It's quite clear to everyone that our relations are going through a complicated stage, and yet those impediments, the current tension, the tense atmosphere, essentially have no solid reason behind it", Putin said. (more...)
Putin says idea Russian Federation has compromising material on Trump is 'nonsense' Putin says idea Russian Federation has compromising material on Trump is 'nonsense'
- July 18, 2018

The statement from Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, did not directly reference Trump's comments at a news conference alongside Putin in Helsinki. "He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people", Trump told reporters during a news conference in Helsinki following his joint summit with Putin. (more...)
Butina Indicted For Conspiracy Against US, Failing To Register As Russian Agent Butina Indicted For Conspiracy Against US, Failing To Register As Russian Agent
- July 18, 2018

She's the latest Russian to be charged in an expanding investigation that on Friday led to the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers who allegedly stole and disseminated emails from Democratic groups. Prosecutors say the official directed Butina to use her contacts with the NRA and other conservative causes to gather intelligence on American officials and political organizations. (more...)
Trump Campaign Spent Over $1 Million on Legal Fees in 2018 Trump Campaign Spent Over $1 Million on Legal Fees in 2018
- July 18, 2018

Previous presidents have pretended for a couple of years that they didn't know if they were going to run for reelection and that their actions weren't informed in part by politics. In total, the committees spent in excess of $8.5 million during the second quarter. Trump's campaign appears to be renting out its email list to other committees through Parscale's firm, a not-uncommon revenue-generating technique used by committees that have built files of active supporters. (more...)
Trump Says Russia to Trump Says Russia to "help with North Korea"
- July 18, 2018

Trump's remarks come days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "firm commitments" were made during a meeting between USA and North Korea officials at the Demilitarized Zone to discuss the repatriation of American service members' remains from the Korean War. (more...)

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