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  • Iran says final nuclear deal with major powers 'impossible' by deadline

    11/23/2014 12:12:40 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/23/2014
    VIENNA - Iran says it will be impossible by a November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on Sunday. "Considering the short time left until the deadline and number of issues that needed to be discussed and resolved, it is impossible to reach a final and comprehensive deal by Nov. 24," ISNA quoted an unnamed member of Iran's negotiating team in Vienna as saying. "The issue of extension of the talks is an option on the table and we will...
  • Bill would lift ban on VA doctors advising patients on medical marijuana

    11/22/2014 8:49:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 21, 2014 | Kelly Cohen
    A new bill aims to make it easier for veterans to talk to their doctors about medical marijuana. The Veterans Equal Access Act, introduced Thursday by Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., would lift a ban Veterans Affairs doctors face that prevents them from giving opinions or recommendations on medical marijuana to veterans living in states where its use is permitted. "Post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury are just as damaging and harmful as any injuries that are visible from the outside," Blumenauer said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post. “Sometimes even more so because of...
  • Mexican president hails Obama's decisions on immigration

    11/22/2014 8:12:17 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    mercopress.com ^ | Nov. 22, 2014
    Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto hailed US President Barack Obama's sweeping steps on immigration, saying they were “most important measures taken in several decades” and would allow families to stay together.Obama's plan, unveiled on Thursday, eases the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million immigrants, many of them Mexican, who are in the United States without legal documents. “I want to publicly recognize the President of the United States for yesterday's announcement,” Peńa Nieto told a conference in Mexico. “These measures bring relief to principally Mexican immigrants.”
  • Biden Assails Russian Intervention in Ukraine as ‘Unacceptable’

    11/22/2014 6:28:59 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Andrew Roth
    MOSCOW — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in Kiev on Friday condemned Russia for its “unacceptable” military intervention in Ukraine, while exhorting Ukraine’s newly elected government to complete its democratic and anticorruption reforms. During a joint news conference, Mr. Biden urged Ukraine’s president, Petro O. Poroshenko, to form a new government “in days, not weeks,” and to champion economic reforms, promote further economic integration with the West and root out what Mr. Biden called “the cancer of corruption.” “Even if the guns in the east fell silent tomorrow, Ukraine would still face a struggle for its democratic and economic...
  • Somalia's Al-Shabab Kills 28 Non-Muslims in Kenya [White House Reaction?]

    11/22/2014 6:10:04 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    ABCNews ^ | November 22, 2014 | TOM ODULA
    Somalia's Al-Shabab Kills 28 Non-Muslims in Kenya Nov 22, 2014 By TOM ODULA One gunman shot from the right, one from the left, each killing the non-Muslims lying in a line on the ground, growing closer and closer to Douglas Ochwodho, who was in the middle. And then the shooting stopped. Apparently each gunman thought the other shot Ochwodho. He lay perfectly still until the 20 Islamic extremists left, and he appears to be the only survivor of those who had been selected for death. Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, attacked a bus in northern Kenya at dawn Saturday, singling...
  • Recycling from Western Countries Covers China in Filthy Garbage

    11/22/2014 5:54:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 11/22/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Recycling is a scam. I’ve said it before. It does nothing for the environment. It does plenty for the wallets of the well connected who have recycling businesses. That’s the only reason for recycling.Western countries dump their “recycling” into Third World countries in heaps indistinguishable from the old bad landfills. Except the difference is that they’re in major cities. These filthy photographs show monstrous mounting piles of waste overflowing into streets and even blocking roads in the city of Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong Province.The smell is so bad nauseous residents have taken to wearing masks.Tonnes of plastic recycling...
  • Ukraine in the semiring of Russian airbases: a strike would take an hour

    11/22/2014 5:49:27 PM PST · by annalex · 12 replies
    podrobnosti.ua ^ | November 20, 2014 | 19:01
    Ukraine in the semiring of Russian airbases: a strike on Sumy and Kharkiv would take an hour (Photos) Russia may at any time submit to the attack hundreds of aircraft. Photo alexshakun Satellite images of the Russian Air Force air bases, which are adjacent to areas of Ukraine, showed a huge number of strike aircraft. The pictures were taken in the summer and autumn of 2014 and the recently published updated on satellite maps from Google. So, at airbases from Kursk to Taganrog are more than fifty of the MiG-29 squadrons latest Sukhoi Su-34, Su-25 attack helicopters Mi-28. This allows...
  • New York Times: While you were sleeping, Obama re-upped us for another year in Afghanistan

    11/22/2014 5:42:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/22/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Or, more accurately, while you were voting. Was Barack Obama conveniently waiting for after the midterm elections to add another year of combat duty to our tour in Afghanistan, or is this just a big coincidence? YMMV, but the New York Times suggests that the decision was made longer than just 17 days ago in this Friday night document dump: President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country...
  • Iran said to give Hezbollah missiles that ‘can reach Dimona’

    11/22/2014 4:20:07 PM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 22, 2014, 6:07 pm
    Revolutionary Guard general says nuclear reactor ‘an easy target’ for Lebanese terror group Iran has supplied Lebanese terror group and Iranian proxy Hezbollah with missiles “that can reach Dimona,” according to a new report in the semi-official Fars news agency. The report said the Iranian Revolutionary Guards delivered a new class of missiles, “Fateh,” with ranges of 250-350 kilometers and which can fit a 500kg warhead. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Brigadier-General Sayed Majid Moussavi told the news agency that the new missiles will allow Hezbollah to hit any place in Israel, “including targets in the south on the occupied terriroty.” “Dimona...
  • Matthew Miller really did want to stay in North Korea

    11/22/2014 4:19:58 PM PST · by MAKOTHEDOG · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | NOVEMBER 22, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    Back when we first covered the release of the last American prisoners held by North Korea, questions were already making the rounds about Matthew Miller. He had allegedly gone to North Korea with the intention of defecting, had reportedly destroyed his passport and was ready to abandon the nation of his birth. Going by an interview in the Guardian this week, it looks like those reports were not exaggerated. For most people visiting North Korea, the prospect of being arrested during their trip is a source of some concern. But for 25-year old Californian Matthew Miller, it’s exactly what he...
  • Mexico confirms US agent wounded in north in July

    11/22/2014 3:18:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2014 5:53 PM EST
    The Mexican navy confirmed on Saturday that a U.S. marshal was wounded in Mexico while working with naval personnel in the northwestern state of Sinaloa during the summer. But the navy denied a report in the Wall Street Journal that the marshal and other U.S. officers were dressed as Mexican marines while participating in an operation against organized crime. It said the marshal was only training Mexican naval personnel and wasn’t wearing a Mexican uniform. …
  • Ted Cruz: Change tax benefits for military members fighting Ebola in Africa

    11/22/2014 3:09:53 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    washington Times ^ | Friday, November 21, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, announced Friday he has introduced legislation that would entitle members of the military fighting the spread of Ebola in Africa to the same tax benefits they would get if they were deployed to a combat zone.“The morbidity rate of Ebola poses a substantial danger to those who have been sent to combat it and, for the first time, this risk extends beyond the battlefield and directly threatens the safety of their families,” Mr. Cruz said in a statement.“Congress should give these service members the appropriate recognition and respect for their service in times of grave...
  • Lavrov accuses West of seeking 'regime change' in Russia

    11/22/2014 3:00:16 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Nov 22, 2014 | Polina Devitt
    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West on Saturday of trying to use sanctions imposed on Moscow in the Ukraine crisis to seek "regime change" in Russia.
  • Lithuanian President Calls Russia 'Terrorist State'

    11/22/2014 12:16:53 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 7 replies
    Lithuanian President Calls Russia 'Terrorist State' 11:19 (GMT) Dalia GrybauskaitÄ—, the Lithuanian president, has told LRT radio that Russian aggression will spread further in Europe if the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine are not countered. Delfi.lt reports: "Today, Ukraine is fighting for peace in the whole of Europe, for all of us. If the terrorist state that is carrying out aggression against its neighbour is not stopped, that aggression might spread in Europe and beyond," the president told the national radio LRT. Meanwhile Prime Minister Algirdas ButkeviÄŤius told the ÂŽiniĹł Radijas news radio on Thursday that the situation in Ukraine is...
  • Labour's Emily Thornberry quits over 'snobby' tweet

    11/22/2014 1:03:37 PM PST · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | November 21, 2014
    Emily Thornberry has resigned from Labour's front bench after sending a tweet during the Rochester and Strood by-election which was branded "snobby". The shadow attorney general apologised for the message, which showed a terraced house with three England flags, and a white van parked outside. UKIP said she had "sneered, and looked down her nose at a white van in Strood with the cross of St George on it". Labour leader Ed Miliband was "angry" at her, a senior figure told the BBC. The resident of the house, Dan Ware, said Ms Thornberry - the MP for Islington South and...
  • Exclusive: Cornered but unbound by nuclear pact, Israel reconsiders military action against Iran

    11/22/2014 12:47:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 11/22/2014 22:17 | MICHAEL WILNER
    WASHINGTON -- Historic negotiations with Iran will reach an inflection point on Monday, as world powers seek to clinch a comprehensive deal that will, to their satisfaction, end concerns over the nature of its vast, decade-old nuclear program. But sharing details of the deal under discussion with The Jerusalem Post on the eve of the deadline, Israel has issued a stark, public warning to its allies with a clear argument: Current proposals guarantee the perpetuation of a crisis, backing Israel into a corner from which military force against Iran provides the only logical exit.
  • House Dems reject vet for top VA committee spot, pick rarely-seen Corrine Brown

    11/22/2014 11:02:17 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Democrats scrambled Wednesday to tamp down anger among veterans groups who objected to the party’s choice of Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida as ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Compounding the anger was the Democratic leadership’s treatment of the sole veteran among the panel’s Democrats, who was briefly ousted from the committee on a technicality and thus made ineligible to seek to become ranking member. As a result, Rep. Brown was the only Democrat seeking to serve as party leader on the committee that has been a watchdog for the Veterans Affairs Department’s wait-time scandal and the implementation...
  • Obama Has Shown Courage To Stand With Us, Say America’s Joyful Latino

    11/22/2014 10:42:36 AM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 22, 2014 | Rory Carroll
    Obama Has Shown Courage To Stand With Us, Say America’s Joyful Latinos President’s move to grant amnesty to 5 million immigrants delights Hispanics at rally in Las Vegas Rory Carroll 22 November 2014 Should Hillary Clinton, or any other Democrat, become the next US president, you may be able to trace their victory to a roll of the political dice played out last week beside a Las Vegas highway. Barack Obama’s cavalcade trundled up the road and into Del Sol high school on Friday to bring his case for the most sweeping immigration reform in decades to a rally in...
  • Pilot program to charge foreigners to enter Mexico suspended

    11/22/2014 9:42:41 AM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    ABC 10 News ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 | Barbara Medina
    Following a backlash from residents, visitors and protests from business leaders in Baja California, the pilot program to charge foreigners to enter Mexico has been suspended. The pilot program, announced on Nov. 13 by the National Institute of Immigration, also known as INAMI, would have required foreigners who enter Mexican territory for more than seven days to pay 306 pesos, or about $28. Initially, the program was only going to charge foreigners who entered Mexico through the pedestrian port of entry at Otay.
  • China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip: report

    11/22/2014 9:26:05 AM PST · by bgill · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 22, 2014 | staff
    Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday. The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed territory in the mineral-rich archipelago into military installations, adding to tensions waters also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei.
  • UKRAINE: American military expert considers paratroopers of Zhytomyr to be the best in the world

    The 95th independent airborne brigade, led by their commander, Mykhailo Zabrodskyi, conducted the longest raid in military history. This is the conclusion of American military expert, Phillip Karber, during an interview with tsn.ua. “Mykhailo Zabrodskyi and his 95th brigade became a part of military history at the beginning of August. They broke through the separatists’ line of defence, completed a march all the way to Mariupol, and made their way back along the border, destroying several Russian artillery battalions along the way, collecting for themselves their weapons and equipment. These battalions were located on the Ukrainian side of the border....
  • Angry at Israeli raid on al-Aqsa, Turkish governor orders synagogue be turned into museum

    11/22/2014 6:40:56 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    The governor of the northwestern province of Edirne on the Turkish-Greek border has ordered a historical synagogue be turned into a museum, citing a recent Israeli raid on al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. “When those bandits blow winds of war inside al-Aqsa and slain Muslims, we build their synagogues,” Edirne Gov. Dursun Şahin told reporters on Nov. 21. “I say this with a huge hatred inside me. We clean their graveyards, send their projects to boards. The synagogue here will be registered only as a museum, and there will be no exhibition inside it.” A main opposition lawmaker has called for...
  • Strong quake strikes central Japan's Nagano city

    11/22/2014 6:27:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2014
    A strong earthquake has hit central Japan, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued. The Japan Meteorological Agency says the magnitude-6.8 earthquake hit parts of Nagano city and surrounding areas the hardest. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake's magnitude was 6.2
  • Final Report Released After Two-Year Investigation Into Benghazi (House Intel)

    11/22/2014 4:43:18 AM PST · by mazda77 · 55 replies
    AP, via The Blaze ^ | 11/21/14 | Oliver Darcy
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.
  • UKRAINE: Ponder Thanksgiving

    11/22/2014 5:51:24 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/magdych?fref=nf ^ | November 22, 2014 | Oleg Magdych
    Hunger. Wife prepares a delicious Chinese soup and still something else smelling incredibly delicious ... I sit, I smell, and feel with every growing breathe hunger. And guilt. Before my ancestors. They were dying of hunger. Before my fellow citizens on the occupied territories. They are on the verge of starvation. To our soldiers. They eat hot food once a day, and then-with luck ... I am spoiled. I need to learn how to treat with gratitude the food on my table. Not with the "prayer of thanksgiving," but namely with gratitude in my heart. Remember the Holodomor. Thank God...
  • Obama signs secret order expanding U.S. role in Afghanistan

    11/22/2014 5:15:31 AM PST · by maggief · 13 replies
    UPI ^ | November 22, 2014 | Amy R. Connolly
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- President Obama quietly signed a classified executive order authorizing a more expansive role for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2015, ensuring American troops will be fighting in the country for at least one more year, The New York Times reported. The order allows American troops to take a direct role in missions against militant groups that include the Taliban.
  • 'Do What You Agreed To Do,' Biden Tells Putin In Kyiv, Amid Maidan Events

    11/22/2014 4:06:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Speaking in Kyiv, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said that "it is unacceptable in the 21st century for countries to attempt to redraw borders by force in Europe or intervene militarily because they don't like a decision their neighbors have made." Speaking alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on November 21, he also said if Russia would fulfill commitments it made in Minsk to end the crisis in Ukraine and would respect the country's territorial integrity, "we could begin a rational discussion about sanctions."
  • Britain may turn into Europe’s most politically unpredictable country

    11/22/2014 1:33:11 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 21, 2014 | Anatole Kaletsky
    ... Britain could become literally ungovernable after the election, with no single party or coalition of parties able to form a majority government. Current public opinion polls predict that neither the Conservatives nor the Labour Party will win enough seats to form a majority government — even in a coalition with Liberal Democrats. Conservative-Liberal and Labour-Liberal majorities may both prove arithmetically impossible because of the rise of previously insignificant fringe parties. The Scottish Nationalists look able to boost their six seats in Parliament to anything between 20 and 50, largely at Labour’s expense. The United Kingdom Independence Party is threatening...
  • North Korea seeks to forge alliance with Russia: official

    11/22/2014 1:27:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Korea Times ^ | November 21, 2014 | Kim Kwang-tae
    North Korea seeks to forge alliance with Russia: official November 21, 2014 Kim Jong-un asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to exert influence to help silence international debate on his country’s dismal human rights record, according to a South Korean official. By Kim Kwang-tae SEOUL (Yonhap) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed hope of forging an alliance with Moscow as he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to exert influence to help silence international debate on his country’s dismal human rights record, a South Korean official said Friday. The rare move represents Pyongyang’s desperate attempts to find a diplomatic exit...
  • Nawaz Sharif asks Barack Obama to raise Kashmir issue during India visit

    11/22/2014 1:07:11 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 3 replies
    economictimes.indiatimes.com ^ | 22 Nov, 2014 | PTI
    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has asked US President Barack Obama to take up the Kashmir issue with the Indian leadership when he travels to India in January, saying its early resolution would bring enduring peace, stability and economic cooperation to Asia. Sharif made the request when Obama telephoned him last night to convey about his visit to India to attend the Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest and discussed bilateral ties and the regional situation. ... The Prime Minister said Pakistan "remains open to the resumption of bilateral dialogue, the onus is on India to create a conducive...
  • China And Russia Team Up To Build World's Largest, Most Powerful Chopper

    11/21/2014 11:35:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 11/21/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    Currently, the largest and most powerful helicopter to have ever entered production is the gargantuan Mi-26 'Halo' of Russian origin, of which many still serve in governmental and commercial roles around the globe. After decades of the 'Halo' being on top, a new record holder is now said to be on the way, with Russia and China joining forces to make it happen. This new super-heavy lift class chopper was originally thought to be an outgrowth of the existing, all-weather capable and highly modernized Mi-26T2, but now it seems that it will only borrow a few elements from it, and...
  • Jimmy Carter finds bright spot in being called a terrible president by John McCain

    11/21/2014 11:01:02 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 21, 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    Former President Jimmy Carter responded Friday to being referred to as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., quipping that it’s a “compliment” to be considered a terrible president by a “warmonger” like McCain. [SNIP] “I was lucky enough to go through my four years, we never shot a bullet or dropped a bomb or fired a missile,” Carter said.
  • Obesity Affects Number Of Those Eligible For Military Service (70% ineligible)

    11/21/2014 8:43:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WJZ-TV ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jessica Kartalija
    Unhealthy eating habits could become an issue of national security. The Department of Defense says that obesity is affecting the number of Americans eligible to serve in the military. Jessica Kartalija reports now there’s a push for kids to eat healthier. Recruiting for our military is facing a growing challenge. “I am very concerned about the reduced number of men and women who can meet all of the qualifications required to serve in our armed forces,” said retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Steven Tomaszeski. Now, retired admirals from Maryland are releasing a report, citing obesity as the number one reason...
  • US President Barack Obama should look at his own environmental record before lecturing Australia

    11/21/2014 8:08:30 PM PST · by Aussiebabe · 3 replies
    Courier Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 22 November 2014 | Des Houghton
    BARACK Obama won an Olympic gold medal for schmoozing in Brisbane last weekend. Along the way, the US president exposed the opponents of coal seam gas in Queensland as utter hypocrites. With China, the US is of course the worst polluter on the planet. Yet the shale boom sweeping across America is unlocking oceans of underground gas, a cleaner energy gradually replacing coal in US power stations. Obama knows gas is good. Gas drives his emissions reduction pact with China. However, the Greenies who swooned over Obama for his environmental crusade are the same snarling, left-of-centre bigots backing sinister groups...
  • Huge new warship to give Navy vast power projection (Australia)

    11/21/2014 7:59:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    Daily Telegraph, Australia ^ | 11/22/2014 | Ian McPhedran
    THOUSANDS of mattresses, pillows and doonas, tonnes of food and water and 400 sailors, soldiers and air force personnel have been installed on the navy’s newest and biggest ship — the 27,800-tonne HMAS Canberra. Known as a Landing Helicopter Dock or LHD — the $1.5 billion warship will be commissioned into service with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and handed over to Navy Chief Vice-Admiral Tim Barrett at Garden Island in Sydney on Friday November 28. The crew of Nuship Canberra (she actually becomes HMAS Canberra at commissioning) have spent the past 18 months training on advanced land based simulators...
  • Weird Speech Makes Obama Odd Man Out

    11/21/2014 7:54:30 PM PST · by Aussiebabe · 30 replies
    The Australian ^ | 22 November 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    THE United States embassy in Canberra advised President Barack Obama not to make the provocative, anti-Abbott speech on climate change which he made at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. That the President acted against the advice of his own embassy reveals a deeply divided and in part dysfunctional Obama administration, unable to reconcile its foreign policy objectives and its domestic imperatives. The speech was not only damaging for Tony Abbott, as it will be used by all his opponents on climate change up until the next election, it was a disaster for US foreign policy, because the gratuitous climate...
  • PAF wants to buy Chinese stealth aircraft: minister (Pakistan)

    11/21/2014 7:54:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has expressed interest in procuring fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft FC-31 from China. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told Dawn on Friday the matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities. It is for the first time that a senior government functionary has confirmed talks with China over purchase of the longer-range stealth aircraft — an issue that has been a subject of speculation in defence circles since the 10th edition of the Zhuhai Air Show (China) held earlier this month, when the aircraft was unveiled. The Jane’s Defence Weekly had quoted an unnamed...
  • EU parliament to vote on Palestine statehood

    11/21/2014 7:33:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 21.11.14 @ 18:12 | Andrew Rettman
    The European Parliament will next Thursday (27 November) add its voice to the debate on whether EU states should recognize Palestine. The motion was initiated at the 11th hour by the left-wing GUE and S&D groups in the EU assembly. It is too early to say what the final text of the resolution will propose. The GUE group’s draft text “urges all EU member states … to recognize the State of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as the capital”. …
  • N. Korea conducts ejection launcher test for submarine missile: report

    11/21/2014 7:01:45 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/22
    N. Korea conducts ejection launcher test for submarine missile: report 2014/11/22 03:48 WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has conducted a test of an ejection launcher that helps fire missiles from submarines in a sign that the communist nation is making progress in its efforts to develop a submarine-based ballistic missile, a news report said Friday. The land-based test simulated the initial stage of boosting a missile out of a submarine launch tube and is a sign that the rogue state is moving ahead with plans for underwater missile strike capabilities for a future nuclear-tipped missile, the Washington Free...
  • House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories (AP plumbs new depths)

    11/21/2014 6:50:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 21, 2014 5:22 PM EST | Ken Dilanian
    A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees. […] In the aftermath of the attacks, Republicans criticized the Obama administration and its then-secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to run for president in 2016. People in and out of government have alleged that a CIA response team was ordered to “stand down” after the State Department compound came under attack, that a military rescue...
  • Mexican president hails Obama's immigration reform

    11/21/2014 6:33:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    buenosairesherald.com ^ | November 21, 2014
    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hailed US President Barack Obama's sweeping steps on immigration, saying they were "most important measures taken in several decades" and would allow families to stay together. Obama's plan, unveiled on Thursday, eases the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million immigrants, many of them Mexican, who are in the United States without legal documents. "I want to publicly recognize the President of the United States for yesterday's announcement," Pena Nieto told a conference in Mexico. "These measures bring relief to principally Mexican immigrants." "Those who will benefit will be migrants of Mexican origin who have...
  • Obama Raises Stakes On Immigration In Vegas Rally ["This Is About Who We Are"]

    11/21/2014 5:20:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 37 replies
    ABCNews ^ | November 21, 2014 | MARY BRUCE and CHRIS GOOD
    Obama Raises Stakes On Immigration In Vegas Rally LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Nov 21, 2014 By MARY BRUCE and CHRIS GOOD PHOTO: President Barack Obama speaks about immigration Nov. 21, 2014, at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. Pitching his immigration plan directly to the American people, President Obama told a rowdy crowd today that what he’s offering is a "common sense" first step to fixing a "broken system." "Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time, and everybody knows it," Obama said. "It's not amnesty," Obama said of his plan to shield up to 5...
  • John Kerry Stays In Vienna In Bid To Hammer Out Iran Nuclear Deal

    11/21/2014 5:10:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 21, 2014 | Julian Borger
    John Kerry Stays In Vienna In Bid To Hammer Out Iran Nuclear Deal Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif also cancels flights Four days of negotiations had failed to bring breakthrough US secretary of state John Kerry leaves a meeting in Vienna on Friday. Julian Borger 21 November 2014 The US secretary of state, John Kerry, and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, cancelled flights on Friday and held unscheduled late-night talks in an attempt to break the deadlock on Iran’s nuclear program. Zarif had planned to fly back to Iran from Vienna to consult leaders in Tehran on the next...
  • DHS: Visitors from three Ebola-stricken West African countries can stay in US for 18 months

    11/21/2014 4:36:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2014
    The Obama administration says people in the United States whose home countries are ravaged by Ebola can stay in America. The decision by the Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary status to about 8,000 people currently living in the U.S. The move, first reported by Reuters, was designed to protect people from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone from being deported back to areas experiencing disaster conditions. The temporary stay currently has an 18-month ceiling on it. However, after that time, DHS will assess whether the protection should be extended. In order to receive protected status, residents from the three...
  • Jihadists Launch Major Attack on Iraq's Ramadi

    11/21/2014 3:28:22 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    Naharnet ^ | 11-21-2014 | Agence France Presse
    The Islamic State group launched a major attack on the Iraqi city of Ramadi Friday, attempting to seize one of the last urban pockets under government control in troubled Anbar province. Parts of Ramadi, the provincial capital, and all of Fallujah to its east, fell to anti-government forces in January. In June, IS-led militants began overrunning more of Anbar and have gained further ground in recent weeks, raising fears that the province, which stretches from the borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to the western approach to Baghdad, could fall completely. "IS launched a surprise attack from four directions...
  • North Korean linked to Kim Jong-un's purged uncle 'goes missing' in Paris

    11/21/2014 2:34:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 21 Nov 2014 | Henry Samuel
    North Korean linked to Kim Jong-un's purged uncle 'goes missing' in Paris Kim Jong-un's secret agents strike in Paris, reports say, as North Korean architecture student whose father was close to dictator's uncle goes missing By Henry Samuel, Paris 5:44PM GMT 21 Nov 2014 Comments4 Comments The son of an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle has gone missing in Paris, sparking speculation that secret agents tried to kidnap him to spirit him back to the Communist nation. Referred to only by his surname Han, the architecture student went missing two weeks ago, raising concerns for his safety....
  • Obama ignored embassy’s warnings on climate change speech

    11/21/2014 2:29:40 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 22nd November 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    BARACK Obama defied the ­advice of his embassy in Canberra to deliver a stinging attack on the Abbott government’s climate policies in Brisbane last weekend. The US embassy, under the leadership of ambassador John Berry, advised the President, through his senior staff, not to couch his climate change comments in a way that would be seen as disobliging to the Abbott government, sources have revealed. When The Weekend Australian put this information to the US embassy, a spokesman said: “As is the case with all presidential speeches, President Obama’s remarks at the University of Queensland in Brisbane were prepared by...
  • Heartwarming Video: Canadian hockey fans finish Star Spangled Banner after singer’s mic cuts out

    11/21/2014 2:26:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/21/2014 | Guy Benson
    We interrupt this week’s deluge of executive amnesty and Grubergate coverage to bring you this heartwarming Friday afternoon palate cleanser. First, some brief background, from HuffPo: They may be our biggest rivals on the ice, but when it comes to honouring our American neighbours, Canadians don’t pass up on the opportunity to chime in. The video, filmed Nov. 18, shows the opening of the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the Nashville Predators hockey game. When Canadian singer Michelle Madeira began the American national anthem, her microphone failed. So what did the Canadian crowd do? They picked up right where she...
  • Massive protest over 43 missing students rocks Mexico City

    11/21/2014 1:41:27 PM PST · by jalisco555 · 17 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 11/21/14 | Diane Jeantet
    MEXICO CITY – Clashes broke out between protesters and police officers on Thursday night, as tens of thousands gathered in front of Mexico City’s National Palace in support of families and friends of the 43 students abducted by police in Iguala, in the state of Guerrero on Sept. 26. On a day normally marked by reverent remembrances of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, various marches led by parents and families of the missing students started at different points of the city around 4 p.m. and made their way toward the Zócalo, the city’s central square. As thousands converged on the...
  • A Death in Syria

    11/21/2014 1:33:23 PM PST · by Sherman Logan · 4 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    In a few hours' time, the President of the United States will apparently do to his oath of office what the Islamic State does to its captives. As I said to Hugh Hewitt the other day, even a constitution of meticulously constructed checks and balances requires a certain seemliness of its political class. This chief executive is brazen in his lawlessness, and ever more so. And he has calculated that those who object lack the stomach to do anything about it. We shall see. However, I would like also to note another example of presidential brazenness this week - Barack...