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Pentagon Says China Military ‘Likely Training for Strikes' on US Targets Pentagon Says China Military ‘Likely Training for Strikes' on US Targets
- August 18, 2018

Reuters says that at the beginning of the year, the Pentagon "put countering Beijing, along with Russian Federation, at the centre of a new national defence strategy". China's military budget for 2017 was about US$190 billion (S$260 billion), according to the report, far behind the Pentagon's annual budget of about US$700 billion. (more...)
Newspaper editorials across US rebuke Trump for attacks on the press Newspaper editorials across US rebuke Trump for attacks on the press
- August 17, 2018

He explained there is nothing more he wants than true freedom of the press, and pointed out the media is free to write and say whatever it wants. "Trump's anti-press rhetoric is toothless and should be of little concern to a confident, competent news media, the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia stated in an editorial". (more...)
Romanian police use tear gas to disperse protest Romanian police use tear gas to disperse protest
- August 14, 2018

Three journalists also said they were roughed up by police. Earlier Saturday, Romanian riot police defended their use of force at the protest Friday night in which 70 people, including 11 riot police, had to be taken to the hospital. The country's top anti-graft prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi was sacked in July, raising concern in Brussels. President Iohannis had been under extensive pressure from the PSD government to agree to her removal. (more...)
Erdogan vows to defy US 'threats' after currency crash Erdogan vows to defy US 'threats' after currency crash
- August 13, 2018

The ailing Turkish lira , which had already lost one third of its value this year largely over worries about Erdogan's wider control of the economy, crashed further to a fresh record low, at one point losing 18 percent, its biggest fall since 2001. (more...)
Mike Pence says Space Force will be established by 2020 Mike Pence says Space Force will be established by 2020
- August 12, 2018

He added that in 2014, China and Russian Federation had jointly proposed a draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects , but the U.S. anxiety by making diplomatic efforts to prevent the militarisation of space and opening its Tiangong-2 space station to the worldwide community. While these events may not represent a coherent plan by an adversary to militarize space, Pence argued that they represent a ... (more...)
North Korea: US not adhering to its side of the bargain North Korea: US not adhering to its side of the bargain
- August 11, 2018

Pyongyang insisted that the US should reciprocate to the North's suspension of missile launches and nuclear tests and other goodwill gestures such as the return of remains of American troops killed in the Korean War. American officials have been putting pressure on North Korea to follow its claimed suspension of nuclear tests and destruction of its nuclear test site with a handover of weapons. (more...)
Gates says he helped Manafort hide payments Gates says he helped Manafort hide payments
- August 09, 2018

Gates recounted how he and Manafort used more than a dozen offshore shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus to funnel the money, all while concealing the accounts and the income from the IRS. But Gates did not answer Downing's question after the prosecution objected to the relevance of the inquiry. But Trump has shown interest in the proceedings, tweeting support for Manafort. (more...)
Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Tops 200 Amid Another Strong Aftershock
- August 09, 2018

The new tremor hit off the north-west coast of Lombok, sending people running into the streets in panic. He has said several times that the number of deaths will increase. It comes just four days after a massive 6.9 magnitude quake shook the region on Sunday, killing 350 people. At least 40,000 homes were destroyed on Sunday and more than 150,000 people are homeless. (more...)
California fire officials contradict Trump’s claim about water shortage amid wildfire California fire officials contradict Trump’s claim about water shortage amid wildfire
- August 08, 2018

The Mendocino Complex Fire has already engulfed 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) - nearly the size of Los Angeles. Cal Fire deputy chief Scott McLean described the wildfires as "extremely fast, extremely aggressive [and] extremely dangerous". (more...)
Saudi Airlines suspends all flights to and from Canada amid growing dispute Saudi Airlines suspends all flights to and from Canada amid growing dispute
- August 08, 2018

Saudi Arabia has ordered roughly 15,000 Saudis studying in Canada to leave. The post was later deleted and reposted with the plane removed. "This Canadian stance represents an affront to the relations binding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Canada", said Mr Alzayani. (more...)
First fine handed down for violation of Denmark’s new ‘Burqa Ban’ First fine handed down for violation of Denmark’s new ‘Burqa Ban’
- August 07, 2018

The episode took place in the center of Hørsholm center where the woman with niqab came up to top with another woman by an escalator in the center. Veiled women take part in a demonstration against the veil ban. Human rights campaigners have slammed the ban as a violation of women's rights, while supporters argue it enables better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society. (more...)
Little girl dies after mother drowns her in Florida river Little girl dies after mother drowns her in Florida river
- August 07, 2018

The body of the little girl was discovered 75 feet offshore around 4:30 p.m. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. A Tampa woman has been arrested after she allegedly threw her child into a river. A GoFundMe page that was created by Denson in October 2017 stated Je'Hyrah was diagnosed with autism, the report said. Her mother, Shakayla Denson, is facing a number of charges, including first-degree felony murder. (more...)
Judge orders man's mouth to be taped shut during sentencing Judge orders man's mouth to be taped shut during sentencing
- August 05, 2018

Williams "would not stop talking, despite more than a dozen warnings over the course of about 30 minutes". The drama began when Williams complained about only meeting his defence attorney recently, and having his cellphone taken from his cell, Fox 8 reported . (more...)
Evacuations orders in place due to massive Mendocino Complex Fires Evacuations orders in place due to massive Mendocino Complex Fires
- August 05, 2018

Its size overtook the deadly Carr Fire , about 100 miles (160 km) to the northeast, which is among 18 significant wildfires burning across California and 106 nationwide. Six people, including two firefighters, have died and the fire has destroyed 1060 homes and almost 500 other buildings, including barns and warehouses, making it the sixth most destructive wildfire in California history, state fire officials said. (more...)
United States judge blocks release of plans for 3D-printed guns United States judge blocks release of plans for 3D-printed guns
- August 03, 2018

Hours after a federal judge forced a group in Texas to remove online blueprints for 3-D printed firearms on Tuesday, gun-rights groups in California said they were publishing the files on a separate website. A Texas company called Defense Distributed is now fighting a legal battle over publication of plans which would allow gun lovers to print out firearms including a replica of the notorious AR-15 assault rifle, which has been used in a number of mass shootings. (more...)
White House: Donald Trump Received August Letter from Kim Jong White House: Donald Trump Received August Letter from Kim Jong
- August 03, 2018

Military pallbearers carry the remains of US service members collected in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during Repatriation ceremony after arriving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. "Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war, but today we prove these heroes were never forgotten", Pence said during his speech. US officials say they have already contacted the family of a service member whose dog tag was returned. (more...)
Facebook Has IDed Ongoing Political Influence Campaign In Midterms Facebook Has IDed Ongoing Political Influence Campaign In Midterms
- August 02, 2018

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it eliminated 32 accounts for what the company described as " coordinated inauthentic behaviour" ahead of the mid-term United States congressional elections in November. "It's clear that whoever set up these accounts went to much greater lengths to obscure their true identities than the Russian-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) has in the past", the statement said. (more...)
Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Blocking 3D-Printer Guns Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Blocking 3D-Printer Guns
- August 02, 2018

The company behind the plans, Defense Distributed , reached an agreement with the federal government in June allowing it to make the plans for the guns available for download , starting this week. Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson had announced on Monday that he would be suing the State Department to get it to change its mind on the so-called "ghost guns". (more...)
Manafort hid millions in foreign accounts, US prosecutor says Manafort hid millions in foreign accounts, US prosecutor says
- August 01, 2018

Manafort arrived at the courthouse Tuesday morning wearing a black suit, with his hair neatly parted. The pool of jurors will face questions from both sides and US District Judge T.S. The luxurious lifestyle was funded by Manafort's political consulting for the pro-Russian Ukrainian political party of Viktor Yanukovych, who was deposed as Ukraine's president in 2014. (more...)
Israel intercepts activist boat trying to break Gaza blockade Israel intercepts activist boat trying to break Gaza blockade
- August 01, 2018

According to the group, the navy said it would "take all necessary measures" if the vessel did not adjust its course. According to Palestinian media, Israeli troops have blocked the way of the boats and directed them toward the port of Ashdod, some 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv. (more...)
Fort Myers college student goes missing while swimming in Israel Fort Myers college student goes missing while swimming in Israel
- July 31, 2018

The body of TeNiya Jones, 19, was discovered Monday when it washed up on the shore in Tel Aviv, two days after she was reported missing, Times of Israel reported. Capilouto added that the university is sending the remainder of students back to Amman before the program concludes this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with TeNiya, her family and the students and others impacted. (more...)
UK's top envoy makes 'Japanese wife' gaffe in China UK's top envoy makes 'Japanese wife' gaffe in China
- July 31, 2018

As well as risking upsetting his wife, Mr Hunt's blunder also threatened to offend the Chinese officials sat across the table from him. "My wife is Japanese - my wife is Chinese ", Hunt said at talks with prominent Chinese leaders, including Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. (more...)
Robert Mugabe rejects ruling party in Zimbabwe election Robert Mugabe rejects ruling party in Zimbabwe election
- July 30, 2018

Robert Mugabe has said he will not vote for his former party Zanu-PF or the current president, Emmerson Mnangagwa , in the country's historic election on Monday. "I was regarded as an enemy, but how come that I am treated now as a nonentity, an opponent?" "I tried to do my best", he said, as journalists began to drift away. (more...)
Giuliani: 'I want you to hear' Cohen tapes Giuliani: 'I want you to hear' Cohen tapes
- July 30, 2018

President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that he wants the public to hear more of Michael Cohen's recordings as he continued to claim that they vindicated Trump. In his interview with ABC, Giuliani insisted that "there's nothing on [Cohen's recordings] that would concern us", though he said Trump's team has hired experts to review and analyze Cohen's tapes. (more...)
Facebook Has Temporarily Banned Conspiracy Peddler Alex Jones From Its Platform Facebook Has Temporarily Banned Conspiracy Peddler Alex Jones From Its Platform
- July 28, 2018

Like YouTube , Facebook (fb) has removed four videos that Jones posted to the social network. Earlier this week, YouTube gave Jones a light punishment for violating its policies against "violent or graphic content" by giving him a strike, which merely prevents Jones from livestreaming on the platform for 90 days. (more...)
The FBI reportedly seized more than 100 Cohen recordings pertaining to Trump The FBI reportedly seized more than 100 Cohen recordings pertaining to Trump
- July 27, 2018

The word "cash" may reveal Trump's intent to keep secret a scheme that was created to protect him from a shameful truth - his betrayal of his wife - and might also violate election laws that require every campaign-related expenditure be made public. (more...)
Justin Bieber Sends Prayers to Demi Lovato After Overdose Justin Bieber Sends Prayers to Demi Lovato After Overdose
- July 26, 2018

Cardi B said: "We love you Demi Lovato ". A concert scheduled for Atlantic City, New Jersey on Thursday has been canceled following her hospitalization. She added: "I know it, we are there for her in any way". Lovato's camp says there is misinformation out there and they'd like privacy during her recovery. (more...)
Israel strike Army positions in central Syria Israel strike Army positions in central Syria
- July 26, 2018

The request for the evacuation came as the volunteers and their relatives were threatened by advancing forces of the Syrian government in the south of the country. "It was the only alternative for our trapped volunteers who would otherwise have faced detention or death at the hands of the Syrian regime and its ally Russian Federation", it said. (more...)
Syria condemns Israeli evacuation of White Helmets as 'criminal operation' Syria condemns Israeli evacuation of White Helmets as 'criminal operation'
- July 25, 2018

Israel rebuffed on Monday a new Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria away from the Golan Heights ceasefire line, an Israeli official said, complicating Moscow's bid to stabilise the country amid a waning civil war. Those rescued will be kept in a "closed" location in Jordan before being resettled in Britain, Germany, and Canada within three months, the source told Reuters. (more...)
Trump signals consequences for Cohen over secret recording Trump signals consequences for Cohen over secret recording
- July 25, 2018

NY is a "one-party consent" state, meaning that in general, it is legal to record a conversation as long as at least one party agrees, even if that person is the one doing the recording. Ms McDougal says she had a 10-month affair with Mr Trump in 2006, a year after he married his current wife Melania. In the conversation, Cohen and Trump discussed purchasing the rights to McDougal's story from American Media Inc., since the company, which publishes the National Enquirer , had already ... (more...)
Trump & Putin Helsinki Summit with Russian Expert William Taubman | Connecting Point Trump & Putin Helsinki Summit with Russian Expert William Taubman | Connecting Point
- July 24, 2018

President Donald Trump on Monday morning attempted to combat reports of growing concerns about what Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed during their closed-door meeting a week ago. However, Trump sent out a tweet last night saying the following. A man Barletta hopes to join in the Senate, two-term Republican Sen. Most Americans do not feel Trump went "too far" in supporting Putin, and while more Americans say United States leadership has gotten weaker than stronger under Trump, his ... (more...)
Duck boat probe will check if Coast Guard rules were ignored Duck boat probe will check if Coast Guard rules were ignored
- July 24, 2018

Divers have recovered a video recorder from the sunken duck boat that may provide clues to the disaster. Seventeen people died when the Ride the Ducks boat went down Thursday night in Table Rock Lake on the outskirts of Branson after a thunderstorm generated near-hurricane strength winds. (more...)
Russian Federation claims Trump, Putin reached military agreements Russian Federation claims Trump, Putin reached military agreements
- July 22, 2018

So the world was left to wonder: Was he really tripped up by a double-negative or was that clarification really a cleanup operation? Trump's remarks, which he has since tried to clarify, are in sharp contrast to the findings of the USA intelligence community. (more...)
Trump finds it 'inconceivable' lawyer would tape a client Trump finds it 'inconceivable' lawyer would tape a client
- July 22, 2018

Cohen secretly recorded a conversation he had with Mr. Trump shortly before the 2016 presidential election in which they discussed a possible payment to Karen McDougal , a former Playboy model who alleges she had an affair with Mr. In New York state, it is legal to record a conversation if one party consents . "The transaction that Michael is talking about on the tape never took place, but what's important is: If it did take place, the president said it has to be done correctly and it ... (more...)
Killed, Including 9 Family Members, After Missouri Duck Boat Capsizes During Storm Killed, Including 9 Family Members, After Missouri Duck Boat Capsizes During Storm
- July 22, 2018

The company had been operating for 47 years without incident, Mr Pattinson told CBS, adding that the captain had over 16 years of experience on the water. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area on Thursday, saying conditions were ripe for 70mph winds. Afterward, the National Transportation Safety Board warned that the boats' canopy roofs presented a hazard, making it hard for people, even those wearing life jackets, to escape if one of the vessels ... (more...)