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  • Tests under way for Ebola following Donegal death (Ireland)

    08/21/2014 12:01:09 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 8-21-2014 | Elaine Edwards, Martin Wall
    Tests are being carried out for the Ebola virus and isolation procedures have been put in place after the death of a man in Co Donegal. It is understood the deceased had been working in Sierra Leone and that a number of colleagues had contracted the virus there. He was found dead late last night and taken to Letterkenny General Hospital, it is understood. While the cause of death is unknown the HSE is carrying out tests to see whether it was due to exposure to Ebola. In a statement, the HSE said it was currently assessing a suspected case...
  • Kiev U-turn over claim that Russian tanks, artillery and 1,200 fighters deployed in E. Ukraine

    08/21/2014 11:58:28 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8-20-2014 | Will Stewart, Damien Gail
    -Ukrainian official claimed troops moved in just as the city was poised to fall -But they have since been forced to deny the allegation after strong rebuttal -If true it would have been tantamount to an invasion of Ukraine by Russia -Putin set to meet Ukrainian president Poroshenko in Belarus on Monday Muddled security officials in Ukraine were last night forced to deny a huge Russian military convoy had been deployed in the eastern rebel-run city of Lugansk. The strong rebuttal suggested an earlier claim about an invasion by Vladimir Putin's troops amounted to a crude propaganda move by the...
  • Transnistria Declared Mobilization

    08/20/2014 11:16:46 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Publika.MD ^ | 8-21-2014 | Publika
    (Google Translated) Transnistria declared mobilization. Chapter Tiraspol administration Yevgeny Shevchuk signed a decree calling all conscripts, reservists and employees of so-called state structures. In a paper published on the official website Shevchuk says that during the months of Transnistria will be charges in military peacekeeping force. The decree will come into force tomorrow. Responsibility for its implementation rests with the head of the regional department of defense. Earlier in Transnistria repeatedly stated about possible provocations on the part of Ukraine , which could lead to armed clashes.
  • Police officer suspended for pointing rifle at protesters, threatening them (Ferguson)

    08/20/2014 7:06:19 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    WashPost ^ | 8-20-2014 | Mark Berman
    A police officer who pointed an assault rifle at people in Ferguson on Tuesday night and threatened to kill them has been relieved of duty and suspended indefinitely, authorities said. A video documenting the encounter (warning: graphic language) that made the rounds Wednesday showed the officer — who was pointing his rifle in the direction of the camera — telling protesters, “I will [expletive] kill you.” When asked for his name, the officer responded with, “Go [expletive] yourself.”
  • ICRC team enters eastern Ukraine to smooth way for Russian convoy

    08/20/2014 10:44:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-20-2014 | Stephanie Nebehay
    Red Cross officials entered eastern Ukraine on Wednesday to smooth the planned delivery of relief supplies aboard a Russian aid convoy, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said. The convoy has been stuck at the Russia-Ukraine border for nearly a week due to Ukrainian concerns it could serve as a Trojan horse to infiltrate military supplies to pro-Russian separatists in the area. Moscow says the mission is purely humanitarian in support of civilians trapped by the conflict. "An advance ICRC team crossed into eastern Ukraine this morning, having received security guarantees from groups controlling the territory for this...
  • Air France Crews Petition to Stop Flights to Ebola-Affected Countries

    08/19/2014 11:42:11 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Mashable ^ | 8-19-2014 | Jessica Plautz
    More than 700 Air France staff have signed a petition asking the airline to stop flights to the West African countries hit hard by Ebola. Air France flies to Conakry in Guinea and Freetown in Sierra Leone. Despite assurances from world-health officials that Ebola's spread by air travel is unlikely, British Airways and Emirates have already canceled routes as a precaution. At least 1,145 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola on record. Some crew have even refused to board flights to the countries, a spokesperson for Air France told Agence France-Presse. Although some scheduled crew have refused...
  • Sacramento Kaiser Permanente Patient Being Tested For Ebola After Possible Exposure

    08/19/2014 7:41:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    CBS 13 ^ | 8-19-2014 | CBS13
    A patient admitted to Kaiser Permanente may have been exposed to the ebola virus, and test are currently being done to determine whether the virus is present, a representative has confirmed to CBS13. The unidentified patient was admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, and they have been placed in isolation. The medical center emphasizes all measures are being taken to protect the staff, and that the samples have been sent to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, who will test them. The tests are expected to take several days to complete.
  • ISIL Beheads American Photojournalist in Iraq

    08/19/2014 2:41:24 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    TheWire ^ | 8-19-2014 | Polly Mosendz
    A video posted by ISIL terrorists in Iraq purports to the show the beheading of an American photojournalist who has been missing since 2012. The group claims the beheading is a message to President Obama to end the American intervention in Iraq. James Foley is a photojournalist who has worked for several news organizations. According to a website set up in his honor, he went missing while covering the conflict in Syria in 2012. In the video, they show journalist Steven Joel Soltoff, a journalist who worked for TIME, The National Interest and Media Line. Soltoff seems to have been...
  • Amnesty International has come to Ferguson

    08/18/2014 12:19:33 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    WashPost ^ | 8-18-2014 | Abby Ohlheiser
    In an unusual move, the global rights organization Amnesty International has dispatched a delegation of observers and organizers to Ferguson, Mo., to provide direct support to community members and to observe the police response to protests. The 13-person delegation, which arrived late last week, was the first of its kind deployed by Amnesty within the United States, the organization said. The St. Louis suburb has been filled with unrest since since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed on Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. That unrest intensified once again on Sunday, with reports...
  • Nigerian who died in UAE may have shown signs consistent with Ebola

    08/17/2014 3:46:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 8-18-2014 | Reuters
    A Nigerian woman with cancer who died in the Emirati capital had shown signs “that may be consistent with Ebola,” the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi said on Sunday. The 35-year-old woman was travelling to India from Nigeria via Abu Dhabi to seek treatment for advanced cancer when her health deteriorated during her time in transit at Abu Dhabi’s airport, the authority said in a statement according to the state WAM news agency. “It was noted at the time of resuscitation that she had shown signs that may be consistent with Ebola virus infection, although her existing medical condition provided...
  • Ebola Epidemic Most Likely Much Larger Than Reported, W.H.O. Says

    08/15/2014 8:19:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 8-15-2014 | NICK CUMMING-BRUCE
    West Africa’s deadly Ebola epidemic is probably much worse than the world realizes, with health centers on the front lines warning that the actual numbers of deaths and illnesses are significantly higher than the official estimates, the World Health Organization said. So far, 2,127 cases of the disease and 1,145 deaths have been reported in four nations — Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone — the W.H.O announced Friday. But the organization has also warned that the actual number is almost certainly higher, perhaps by a very considerable margin. “Staff at the outbreak sites see evidence that the numbers of...
  • Report: U.S. airstrikes carried out as part of Iraqi effort to retake Mosul Dam

    08/15/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-15-2014 | Anna Coren and Chelsea J. Carter
    U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq near ISIS-controlled Mosul Dam early Saturday morning, the Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported, citing eyewitnesses. CNN confirmed that a U.S. and Iraqi military operation aimed at retaking the country's largest hydroelectric dam from the so-called Islamic State was scheduled to begin early Saturday morning (Friday at 6 p.m. ET). The operation was to begin with U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes against ISIS positions, with Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces following up on the ground. U.S. fighter jets began carrying out the strikes early Saturday morning local time, Rudaw reported
  • URGENT STATEMENT of the Russian MFA, August 15, 2014

    08/15/2014 7:32:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 41 replies
    Slavyangrad.org ^ | 8-15-2014 | Russian Foriegn Ministry
    Statement of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Connection with the Attempts to Derail the Delivery of Humanitarian Aid to Those Suffering from Hostilities in the Southeastern Region of Ukraine 15-08-2014 The attempts to create new and greater obstacles in the way of the delivery of Russian humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Donbass cause deep concern. The implementation of this mission has entered its final stage. In discussions with the representatives of the Ukrainian authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), we were able to reconcile practically all the key parameters of the transfer...
  • JOURNALISTS: We Just Saw Russian Military Vehicles Cross Into Ukraine

    08/14/2014 12:27:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8-14-2014 | Jeremy Bender/Reuters
    The Guardian's Moscow correspondent, Shaun Walker, and The Telegraph's Roland Oliphant tweeted today that a column of armored personnel carriers (ACPs) and other Russian military vehicles have crossed over the Ukrainian border. Vladimir Putin's government is sending a convoy of unmarked white trucks to Ukraine, and military vehicles started traveling alongside a supposed Russian aid convoy earlier on Thursday. Most of the fleet of more than 262 vehicles, including about 200 trucks carrying aid, stopped 15 miles from the border of Ukraine's rebel-held eastern region of Luhansk. If these reports are correct, a separate military convoy has apparently continued into...
  • Russia Calls for Ceasefire in East Ukraine to Facilitate Humanitarian Effort

    08/14/2014 11:56:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    Rossiya Segodnya ^ | 8-14-2014
    Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday called for an immediate ceasefire in violence-torn eastern Ukraine to ensure the safe delivery of humanitarian aid to civilian population suffering amid armed clashes between Kiev-led forces and independence supporters. "It is necessary to guarantee the security of the upcoming humanitarian mission," the ministry said in a statement. "We urge the warring sides at this crucial junction to show the political will to alleviate the suffering of the population of the affected region," the statement said. Russia has sent a convoy of 280 trucks carrying some 2,000 metric tons of humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine,...
  • WHO reports 128 new Ebola cases, 45 deaths in West Africa

    08/14/2014 8:33:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8-13-2014 | Reuters
    The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday reported 128 new Ebola cases and 56 deaths in West Africa in the two days to August 11, raising the death toll from the worst ever outbreak of the disease to 1,069.
  • Ferguson, Missouri "Social Unrest" Day 3 Live Thread.

    08/13/2014 4:18:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 348 replies
    Various | 8-13-2014 | TCRLAF
    Already starting again tonight, it seems. Let's use this thread for Live updates:
  • Rockets fired toward Ashkelon, sirens sound in southern Israel

    08/13/2014 12:48:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Cleveland Jewish News/JPost ^ | 8-13-2014 | JPost
    Rockets were fired from Gaza Wednesday night two hours before the midnight deadline to Sunday's 72-hour cease-fire, as the IDF enhanced its troop presence along the border preparing to once again wage war against Hamas in Gaza. One rocket exploded in open territory in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. No damage or injuries were reported.
  • Ukrainian Hryvnia Sinks To Record Lows Against US Dollar

    08/13/2014 11:38:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies
    BI ^ | 8-12-2014 | Myles Udland
    The Ukrainian hryvnia just made a new low against the U.S. dollar. On Tuesday, one dollar bought 13.4 hyrvnias, with the hryvnia losing more than 4% against the dollar just today. The latest drop in the currency comes amid reports that Russia is sending a convoy of 280 humanitarian aid trucks into Ukraine, according to Reuters.
  • Angela West: Am I “Acting White” by asking why black people are looting their own neighborhood?

    08/12/2014 1:58:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 61 replies
    Allen West ^ | 8-12-2014 | Angela Graham-West
    Would I be “acting white” if I asked why in God’s name are black people looting and destroying their own neighborhood in St. Louis? Would I be a sell-out if I asked why stealing all the tennis shoes from a sporting goods store would make a point for justice for a young man who was killed allegedly by a cop? Would I be an “Uncle Tom” if I asked why burning a gas station, breaking into at least one convenience store, including a check-cashing store, a boutique, a small grocery store, a sporting goods store, a cellphone retailer, a tire...
  • Yazidi MP wounded in helicopter crash on Mount Sinjar

    08/12/2014 11:12:37 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    Zeenews/AFP ^ | 8-12-2014 | AFP
    Kirkuk: An Iraqi lawmaker who helped bring attention to the plight of besieged members of her Yazidi community was wounded Tuesday in the crash of a helicopter delivering aid, officers said. The pilot was killed when the chopper, overloaded with rescued Yazidis, crashed during takeoff on Mount Sinjar, two senior army officers said. A New York Times journalist also sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash, the paper said
  • Ukraine: Humanitarian mission into rebel-held territory will be led by Red Cross

    08/11/2014 10:30:17 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Winnepeg Free Press ^ | 8-11-2014 | Yuras Peter Leonard
    The Red Cross will lead an international humanitarian aid operation with Russia and the European Union into the rebel-held city of Luhansk — a plan that Ukraine says the backing of President Barack Obama. The Kremlin earlier announced that it was dispatching the humanitarian convoy into eastern Ukraine. Ukraine had previously objected to Russia sending any aid into the region, and the West had strongly warned Russia that any attempt to send its military personnel into Ukraine under the guise of humanitarian assistance would be seen as an invasion. In the last week, Ukrainian government forces have been closing in...
  • Ukraine crisis: the neo-Nazi brigade fighting pro-Russian separatists

    08/11/2014 10:04:44 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 73 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8-11-2014 | Tom Parfitt
    Kiev throws paramilitaries – some openly neo-Nazi - into the front of the battle with rebels The fighters of the Azov battalion lined up in single file to say farewell to their fallen comrade. His pallid corpse lay under the sun in an open casket trimmed with blue velvet. Some of the men placed carnations by the body, others roses. Many struck their chests with a closed fist before touching their dead friend’s arm. One fighter had an SS tattoo on his neck. Sergiy Grek, 22, lost a leg and died from massive blood loss after a radio-controlled anti-tank mine...
  • Troops surround Baghdad ‘Green Zone’ as embattled Prime Minister Maliki appears to cling to power

    08/10/2014 3:11:57 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    News.com.au ^ | 8-10-2014 | News.com
    UNCONFIRMED reports suggest troops have sealed off Baghdad’s “Green Zone” in an apparent coup. Controversial Iraqi PM Maliki won a fresh round of elections, but does not hold a clear majority in parliament. He technically remains prime minister until parliament sits and votes. But Mr Maliki has this morning lashed out against his opponents, calling them “ministers for ISIS”. “Today I will file a formal complaint to the federal court against the president,” he said, in a surprise address at midnight Iraq time. Controversial Iraqi PM Maliki won a fresh round of elections, but does not hold a clear majority...
  • Ghana authorities issue red alert on Ebola

    08/09/2014 10:25:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 28 replies
    Enews of India ^ | 8-10-2014 | Enews
    Ghana's health ministry has issued a red alert Saturday on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)in the country. "It has been confirmed that some Ghanaian fishermen living and fishing along the borders of Liberia have been returning home with symptoms of EVD,"Xinhua reported citing the ministry. It urged citizens to avoid using public swimming pools and keep strict hygienic practices. The statement suggested that people keep and use hand sanitizers often. It also due to the cholera outbreak in the country and the striking similarities between some of the cholera and EVD symptoms, people should wear protective clothing including hand gloves...
  • Concern over Ontario patient from Nigeria with flu symptoms

    08/09/2014 7:10:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    News 1130 ^ | 8-9-10 | News1130
    A public health official says a patient at a hospital near Toronto has been isolated as a precautionary measure after showing flu-like symptoms similar to those characteristic of the Ebola virus. Dr. Eileen de Villa with Peel Public Health says the steps are being taken because the patient at Brampton Civic Hospital recently travelled to Nigeria, which has been hit with an outbreak of the disease. She says the patient is showing a fever and other flu-like symptoms but cautioned there has been no diagnosis yet. She says the hospital has put heightened infection-control measures in place in addition to...
  • Malaysia wants the ‘missing’ Ukrainian ATC tapes

    08/09/2014 5:00:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    New StraightsTimes ^ | 8-8-2014 | HARIS HUSSAIN AND TASNIM LOKMAN
    UKRAINE has denied that its State Security Service (SBU) had seized the air-to-ground transmission tapes between its air traffic controllers and Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on the day the jetliner was shot down. Its ambassador to Malaysia Ihor Humennyi, in an exclusive interview with the New Straits Times, said that reports alleging that the SBU had seized the recordings had not been independently verified or confirmed by Kiev. “There is no proof or any evidence that the tapes were confiscated by the SBU. “I only read this in the newspapers.” Almost immediately after the shootdown, several news agencies, including the...
  • KENYA: Suspected Ebola Patient Isolated in an Ambulance

    08/08/2014 11:50:15 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    IQ4News Kenya ^ | 8-9-2014 | IQ4News Kenya
    A suspected Ebola patient was on Friday night isolated at an ambulance at Kenya’s biggest referral facility, the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), IN Nairobi. However, reports from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) where the blood was taken for sampling indicate that no result has come out. Kenya’s unpreparedness against ebola, that is currently ravaging West Africa, has been put into question with Doctors saying that the country lacks the wherewithal to deal with the deadly infection. There are only two major referral facilities in Kenya, the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in...
  • Over 10,000 killed in Kiev’s punitive op - Ukrainian MPs

    08/08/2014 9:46:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 130 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 8-8-2014 | RT
    More than ten thousand people have been killed in Kiev’s punitive operation in southeastern Ukraine since April, said a Ukrainian parliamentary group. The MPs addressed the president urging to declassify information on citizens killed. The Ukrainian parliamentary group “For peace and stability” said on Friday that the figure was given by volunteer groups working in the east of the country, ITAR-TASS reported. “We have estimated that just in the first two weeks of July nearly 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the area of the ‘anti-terrorist operation’,” the group said in a statement in the Verhovnaya Rada (Ukraine’s parliament). “The...
  • Nigeria Declares State Of Emergency/ Study Finds W. African Ebola Virus Is Undetected New Strain

    08/08/2014 11:12:09 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 8-8-2014 | Durden
    Following the WHO's warnings, (the ironically named) Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a "state of emergency" over the Ebola outbreak that is rapidly escalating in his nation. This comes on the heels of a US medical journal study that finds, as Reuters reports, the Ebola virus that is ravagaing West Africa was not imported from Central Africa but caused by a "new strain" of the disease - raising the specter of further regional epidemics. Ebola is endemic to Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan and Gabon, and scientists initially believed that Central Africa's Zaire strain of the virus...
  • Ukraine Considers Sanctions That Would Block the Flow of Gas from Russia

    08/08/2014 8:06:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    Yahoo News/The Wire ^ | 8-8-2014 | Polly Mosendz
    Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine announced today that the nation is considering a new round of sanctions against Russia, including transit sanctions, which would affect both air travel and gas supplies to Europe. Earlier this week, Russia sanctioned produce, pork, beef from a variety of nations and air travel from Ukraine, in retaliation for U.S. and E.U. sanctions against them. This new round of Ukrainian sanctions also includes a list of 172 Russian citizens and 65 companies. They would be sanctioned specifically for "sponsoring terrorism, supporting the annexation of Crimea, and violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine." For the...
  • Nigerian, suspected with Ebola infection, in Cotonou hospital (Benin Republic)

    08/07/2014 10:12:00 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    News Nigeria ^ | 8-7-2014 | NN
    Benin Republic, Nigeria’s neighbour, has reported its first case of Ebola. The suspected victim is however a Nigerian. He is now receiving treatment in a hospital in Cotonou, the seat of government. Health Minister Dorothée Gazard, an associate professor of parasitology and mycology, said on state television on Thursday, that a sample of of the Nigerian blood has been sent to Senegal for testing, . The case is unconfirmed but Gazard’s announcement triggered widespread fears in the political capital Cotonou. Many people said they would stock up on food and stop eating at popular roadside food stalls to avoid possible...
  • Malaysia Airlines to be taken private ahead of revamp

    08/07/2014 9:54:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Tahoo News/AFP ^ | 8-8-2014 | AFP
    Deeply troubled Malaysia Airlines will be de-listed and taken private ahead of a major restructuring following the double disasters of MH370 and MH17, under a proposal announced Friday by its majority shareholder. State investment vehicle Khazanah Nasional, which owns 70 percent of the flag-carrier, said it would purchase all minority shares and finalise a restructuring plan by the end of the month. The move confirmed growing speculation that Khazanah planned to completely take over Malaysia Airlines to strengthen its hand in addressing the free-falling carrier's mounting problems. Khazanah said all stakeholders will need to work together to save the company...
  • To communicate with the Crimea is proposed to create a fleet of WIG (Return of the Ekranoplane!)

    08/07/2014 8:53:12 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    tvzvezda ^ | 8-7-2014 | tvzvezda
    Autumn in the State Duma will discuss prospects for the revival of production of high-speed vessels, the so-called WIG. In the long term fleet they can be used not only in the Russian army, but also to address communications to the Crimea. Technology WIG - ships on dynamic air cushions - was developed over half a century ago. Court, more similar to passenger planes, moved over the sea at a certain height due to the effect of the aerodynamic screen, allowing marine vessel to reach speeds of hundreds of kilometers per hour - write "Izvestia". "WIG - this ingenious development....
  • Russian bombers penetrated U.S. airspace at least 16 times in past 10 Days

    08/07/2014 9:11:31 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8-7-2014 | Bill Gertz
    Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted at least 16 incursions into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones over the past 10 days, an unusually sharp increase in aerial penetrations, according to U.S. defense officials.
  • Europe Furious That Putin Dares To Retaliate To Sanctions, Blames Economic Slide On Kremlin

    08/07/2014 8:57:23 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 107 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 8-7-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Either Europe is run by a bunch of unelected idiots, or... well, that's about it. After blindly doing the US' bidding over all propaganda matters Ukraine-related, and following just as blindly into round after round of US-inspired sanctions, sanctions to whose retaliation Europe would be on the frontline unlike the largely insulated US, Europe appears to be absolutely shocked and is apoplectic that after several rounds of sanction escalations, Russia finally unleashed its own round of sanctions and yesterday announced a 1 year ban on all European food imports, something which will further push Europe into a triple-dip recession as...
  • Clashes in Kiev as Ukraine moves to clear Independence Square protest camp

    08/07/2014 8:07:24 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8-7-2014 | Roland Oliphant
    Protesters and police have clashed in central Kiev as authorities moved to clear the protest camp on Independence Square. Black smoke billowed over the city centre as protesters set fire to barricades and hurled cobblestones at police and interior ministry troops who arrived to remove tents and barricades on Thursday morning. Clashes erupted when municipal workers equipped with cranes and backed by police and interior ministry troops arrived to clear tents on Khreshyatik street, the city's main thoroughfare, early on Thursday Ukrainian media reported the fires had been extinguished and many tents removed by early afternoon. It is not known...
  • Impunity reigns for abductions and ill-treatment by pro-Kyiv vigilantes in eastern Ukraine

    08/06/2014 12:25:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Amnesty International ^ | 8-6-2014 | Amnesty International
    In eastern Ukraine, the battle lines have been shifting for months, after pro-Russian separatists asserted effective control over several key towns across the region. In a bid to assert its control, the Ukrainian forces have been fighting for months, to reinstate Kyiv’s authority over areas held by pro-Russian separatists. Law and order do not necessarily follow. In the broader context of a deteriorating security situation in the east, Amnesty International has recently raised its concerns with the Ukrainian authorities about one particularly errant MP who has been “detaining” – in effect abducting – and ill-treating individuals across the region. He’s...
  • Finland warns Russia sanctions could spell ‘economic crisis’

    08/06/2014 11:03:56 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Euratciv ^ | 8-6-2014 | Euractiv with Reuters
    Finland could face an economic crisis because of European Union sanctions against Russia and Helsinki will seek financial compensation from the EU if it is disproportionately hit by the measures, its prime minister said on Wednesday (6 August). Last week, the EU imposed tough sanctions targeting Russia's banking, oil and defence sectors over Moscow's stance in the Ukraine crisis. The West accuses Moscow of actively backing pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and blames them for downing a Malaysian airliner last month. Russia denies the charges. Russia is Finland's third largest export market, accounting for about 10% of total Finnish sales...
  • Moscow may force European airlines to fly around Russia

    08/05/2014 6:01:13 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 48 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 8-5-2014 | Rueters
    The Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has threatened to retaliate for the grounding of a subsidiary of Aeroflot, the national airline, because of EU sanctions, with one newspaper reporting that European flights to Asia over Siberia could be banned. Such a move would enforce costly detours on airlines, including Lufthansa and IAG, owner of British Airways, as more fuel would be needed for extended routes. Low-cost carrier Dobrolyot, operated by Aeroflot, suspended all flights last week after its airline leasing agreement was cancelled under European Union sanctions because it flies to Crimea, a region Russia annexed from Ukraine in March....
  • Putin asks government to develop countermeasures to Western sanctions

    08/05/2014 4:47:34 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 37 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 8-5-2014 | RT
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his government to come up with countermeasures to Western sanctions imposed against Russia over the Ukrainian conflict. Putin stressed that Moscow’s response should be “cautious.” “Obviously we need to do it cautiously in order to support domestic manufacturers, but not hurt consumers,” he said on Tuesday. The president expects the government to present a response to the sanctions as soon as possible. Putin said that the political tools of pressure being used against the Russian economy are unacceptable, stressing that they go against international rules and norms. Putin’s comments come on the same day...
  • Russia Calls For Emergency UN Security Council Meeting As Troops Fortify On The Border

    08/05/2014 2:09:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 32 replies
    Yahoo News/BI ^ | 8-5-2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Russia has called for emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday over what it called an urgent humanitarian situation in Ukraine, according to a report from the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS. "We are convening an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine," Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin was quoted as saying. Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the U.N. and the International Committee of the Red Cross expressed "readiness" to discuss its plan to deploy a "humanitarian mission" to Ukraine, which some consider to be a...
  • Ukraine's Security Chief submits resignation — Media

    08/04/2014 11:14:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 1 replies
    Andriy Parubiy, the secretary of the Ukrainian national security and defense council, allegedly submitted resignation two weeks ago, a Ukrainian online edition reported on Monday. "Parubiy made this decision after he was proposed to announce a new stage of ceasefire in the counter-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine," ZN.UA said citing an unnamed source. ZN.UA said that Parubiy refused to make this announcement and decided to step down. The secretary's press service said they had no information on his resignation
  • ISIS claims gains, takes control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam

    08/04/2014 8:56:48 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 8-4-2014 | Alan Duke and Hamdi Alkhshali
    Fighters with the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria reached the triangle border between Iraq, Syria and Turkey, it said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday. ISIS took control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam on Iraq's Tigris River, which provides power to the city of Mosul about 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the south, the commander of the Peshmerga Kurdish fighters who had been defending the facility said Sunday. The dam workers remained inside the facility, which fell after a 24-hour battle, Lt. Col. Herash said. SNIP----- "If you control the Mosul Dam, you can...
  • US Ebola victim arrives at Emory University hospital in Atlanta

    08/02/2014 8:22:05 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 65 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | 8-2-2014 | Jessica Glenza
    One of two American aid workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus returned to the US from Africa on Saturday. Both were volunteers treating Ebola patients in Liberia, one of three countries affected in a West African outbreak that has so far killed 729 people, the deadliest outbreak in history. Dr Kent Brantly of Texas was transported to the Emory University hospital in Atlanta, where he will be quarantined in a sophisticated isolation unit. He returned to the US in a private jet outfitted with a containment tent. Transport of the second aid worker, the South Carolina missionary Nancy Writebol,...
  • Azeri troops killed in clashes with Armenia as tensions flare

    08/01/2014 10:49:28 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 8 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 8-1-2014 | Emil Guliyev with Mariam Harutunian
    Azerbaijan said Friday eight soldiers had been killed in three days of clashes with arch-foe Armenia on the border and near the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region as tensions spiked in the long-running conflict. International mediators, who have for years sought to help the two countries reach a breakthrough, expressed concern over the violence, with the United States renewing a plea for the presidents from both countries to meet for talks. Azerbaijan's defence ministry said Armenian troops had ramped up their activity in the past few days and attacked Azeri positions. "Reconnaissance and sabotage groups of the Armenian armed forces attempted...
  • U.S. plans to train, arm Ukraine National Guard in 2015

    08/01/2014 5:32:39 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 73 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 8-1-2014 | Missy Ryan
    The Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to train and arm the Ukrainian national guard next year, the Pentagon said on Friday, as Washington continues to intensify its response to Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. "The Defense Department and State Department have notified Congress of our intent to use $19 million in global security contingency fund authority to train and equip four companies and one tactical headquarters of the Ukrainian national guard as part of their efforts to build their capacity for internal defense," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters. The training, which requires...
  • U.S. gifts $8 billion [sic] to Ukraine for border protection

    08/01/2014 3:09:17 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 47 replies
    UPI ^ | 8-1-2014 | JC Finley
    The U.S. will be providing Ukraine with an additional $8 billion to bolster its border guard capabilities, the White House announced Friday. Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday that the U.S. will provide approximately $8 billion to help bolster Ukraine's State Border Guard Service. Biden shared the news with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a phone call on Friday. "This additional assistance," the White House said, "includes engineering equipment for improving infrastructure along Ukraine's borders, transport and patrol vehicles, surveillance equipment to extend the visual range of border security patrols, and small boats to conduct maritime patrol and interdiction operations."
  • President Obama will be giving a LIVE statement on Ukraine at 2:50P (ET)

    07/29/2014 12:09:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 115 replies
    He's already 20 minutes late....
  • US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry (Strategic Terror Attack against Israel!)

    07/29/2014 11:23:01 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    AP Big Story ^ | 8-28-2014 | MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE
    The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat. "It's simply not the way partners and allies treat each other," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Her comments were echoed by the White House, where National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the U.S. was "dismayed" by mischaracterizations of Kerry's efforts. Israeli media reports have cast Kerry as seeking a cease-fire that is more favorable to Hamas and being...