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  • Cabinet revolts against Theresa May, UK media reports

    03/23/2019 11:49:35 PM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    Deutsche Weile ^ | 23 March 2019 | DW
    UK media reported late on Saturday that Prime Minister Theresa May was facing a cabinet revolt and may have to resign immediately. The move comes just days ahead of a planned third vote on May's twice-rejected Brexit deal. What we know so far: The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail reported on the potential coup, citing Conservative MPs. All said an interim leader would be appointed to oversee the last weeks of Brexit negotiation. The Daily Mail tabloid said Environment Secretary Michael Gove would likely take temporary leadership before a full contest in the summer. The Times...
  • Nigel Farage claims '20 million people in spirit' have joined his Leave Means Leave march

    03/23/2019 11:43:49 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Independent ^ | 23 March 2019 | Greg Evans
    If you thought Brexit is being badly handled then spare a thought (or not) for the people who conceived and organised the Leave Means Leave march that brought just 200 marchers. The literal walk across the country against the delay of Brexit took off from Sunderland last Saturday with a small group of people making their way to London. Nigel Farage, who had promoted the march and was presumably the face of it, failed to complete even a single day of the trek and has since been appearing on TV moaning incessantly about Brexit. Given the small number of participants...
  • Europeans see Germany's global role on the rise: Pew study

    03/23/2019 6:23:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 103 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.20.2019 | Lewis Sanders IV
    In a survey published late Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, nearly half of all respondents in 10 EU member states said Germany plays a more important role in the world that it did a decade ago. “There is a sense in Europe that while German power is on the rise, French and British power is stagnant or in decline,” the center said. The view across Europe: The idea that Germany plays a more important role today is most pronounced in Greece, with 81 percent of respondents agreeing.In Italy and Spain, roughly 56 percent shared the same viewHowever, only 37...
  • Pentagon identifies soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    03/23/2019 4:54:05 PM PDT · by McGruff · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | March 23, 2019 | Ryan Browne and Jamie Crawford
    The Pentagon has identified two soldiers killed Friday in Kunduz Province in Afghanistan as a result of what it said were wounds sustained while engaged in combat. The two soldiers were identified as Spc. Joseph Collette of Lancaster, Ohio, 29, and Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, 33, of Cortez, Colorado. Collette was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Group in Fort Carson, Colorado, and Lindsay was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Fort Carson. Two US defense officials told CNN Friday that the two US service members were killed during a...
  • Brexit: Govt preparing to enter 'very high readiness mode' for no deal

    03/23/2019 3:58:17 PM PDT · by fruser1 · 36 replies
    Sky News ^ | 22 March 2019 | Deborah Haynes
    The armed forces have activated a team in a nuclear-proof bunker under the Ministry of Defence as the government prepares next Monday to enter "very high readiness mode" for a no-deal Brexit, Sky News can reveal. A number of war games have been conducted to help ready commanders for dealing with a range of possible eventualities in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • At least six killed in blasts as Kabul marks Persian New Year AFP | Kabul

    03/23/2019 3:15:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Business Standard of India ^ | March 21, 2019 15:15 IST
    At least six killed in blasts as Kabul marks Persian New Year Serial blasts hit New Year celebrations in Kabul 6 die as blasts hit Kabul New Year celebrations Afghan official: 3 explosions target Shiite shrine in Kabul IS suspects behind Kabul twin bombing arrested: Officials Huge explosion rocks Kabul, casualties feared: Officials At least six people were killed by blasts in Kabul Thursday during Persian New Year celebrations in a Shiite area of the Afghan capital, authorities said, in the latest violence to hit the war-torn city. "Twenty-three were wounded and six people were martyred (killed) in today's explosions...
  • Twin bombing at Afghan ceremony kills 4, including official

    03/23/2019 3:07:06 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Business Standard of India ^ | March 23, 2019 17:05 IST
    A twin bombing at a public ceremony in southern Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least four people, including a provincial official, and wounded more than 30, officials said. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, said the bombings targeted a celebration of Farmer's Day in a sports stadium in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Mohammad Khan Nasrat, the economic director of Helmand, was among those killed in the attack, the government said in a statement. Zwak said 31 other people were wounded in the blasts, including provincial council members and provincial security officials, but he said none were...
  • Al Shabaab attack on Somali gov’t building ends with 15 people dead

    03/23/2019 3:02:18 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Standard Digital ^ | 23rd Mar 2019 18:10:59 GMT
    Somalia’s al Shabaab stormed a government building on Saturday, detonating a suicide car bomb in the heart of the capital Mogadishu with at least 15 people, including an assistant minister, killed during the ensuing gun battle. In the latest bombing claimed by al Shabaab, an Islamist group which is fighting to establish its own rule in Somalia, based on a strict interpretation of sharia law, a huge explosion shook central Mogadishu and a large plume of smoke rose above a building housing Somalia’s ministries of labor and works. Police later said the fighting at the building had ended and that...
  • Hungary: Muslim “refugee” discovered to have beheaded 20 people for the Islamic State

    03/23/2019 2:05:59 PM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | MAR 23, 2019 4:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Hungary: Muslim “refugee” discovered to have beheaded 20 people for the Islamic State He was ordered expelled from Hungary after being caught with forged documents on December 30, but he was detained on Friday, so clearly he didn’t leave after he was expelled. Also he seems to have moved freely around Europe for quite some time. His story is evidence that European authorities are overwhelmed and cannot deal adequately with the Muslim migrant crisis they have inflicted upon themselves. “Hungary detains Syrian Islamic State member accused of killings,” Reuters, March 22, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): BUDAPEST (Reuters)...
  • Macron says IS defeat removes 'significant threat' to France

    03/23/2019 11:32:26 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 42 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/3/19
    French President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday that the fall of the so-called "caliphate" run by Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria has removed a source of potential terror attacks against France. "A significant threat to our country" has been "eliminated", Macron said on Twitter, adding that "the step taken today is immense." "But the threat remains and the fight against terrorist groups must continue," he added. France has suffered a wave of jihadist-inspired terror attacks that have killed 250 people since 2015, when gunmen massacred 12 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The next day a...
  • When Omar met Erdogan: The unearthed report from their 2017 meeting

    03/23/2019 11:22:53 AM PDT · by JOHN ADAMS · 20 replies
    The Conservative Review ^ | March 19, 2019 | Jordan Schachtel
    About a year and a half ago, on Sept. 18, 2017, a relatively unknown Minnesota state representative flew to New York City to hold a closed-door meeting with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was in town for the 72nd U.N. General Assembly. This meeting of now-Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., with Mr. Erdogan, the despotic ruler of Turkey, went almost entirely unreported, as it was not open to the press and Omar was not a high-profile figure. Since then, photos of the meeting surfaced on social media, but it largely appeared that there was no report detailing what...
  • Muslim with armband saying “jihad” attacks police, screams death threats in the name of Allah

    03/23/2019 10:26:00 AM PDT · by robowombat · 15 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | MAR 23, 2019 11:00 AM | ROBERT SPENCER
    France: Muslim with armband saying “jihad” attacks police, screams death threats in the name of Allah “We do not have the human means to follow all these people.” That is exactly the situation that the Islamic State several years ago declared it was its intention to bring about. “Man With ‘Jihadi Armband’ Storms French Police Station Attacking Officers,” by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, March 20, 2019: A 34-year-old man in Bordeaux was arrested over the weekend after entering a police station and attacking officers while yelling death threats in the name of Allah. The man, who was not identified by name,...
  • France: Man converts to Islam, is arrested while trying to pick up his mail-order sub-machine gun

    03/23/2019 10:21:37 AM PDT · by robowombat · 26 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | MAR 23, 2019 12:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Just another day in glorious, multicultural France. A French former prisoner who had converted to Islam while incarcerated was arrested after trying to have a sub-machine gun delivered to him by post. The 30-year-old, who was not identified by name, was arrested last week in the city of Angers in Western France at a local post office while attempting to pick up the firearm that had originally come from the United States, Le Parisien reports. On Friday, the man was indicted on charges of importing category A weapons, according to public prosecutor Yves Gambert. Local media also added that the...
  • US evangelical leaders met, prayed with Brazil’s conservative President Bolsonaro

    03/23/2019 7:46:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2019 | Samuel Smith
    A group of about a dozen American evangelical leaders led by Pat Robertson met with Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday following his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Led by Robertson and his Christian Broadcasting Network, the group included author Joel Rosenberg, evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, Charisma Media founder Stephen Strang, Maryland Bishop Harry Jackson, and Jonathan Falwell, pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the son of Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell Sr. Not only did the group discuss the future of the South American country and their shared belief in traditional Christian values, but...
  • Mexicans Are Stealing Border Wall Materials, Using Them For Home Security (Frito Banditos!)

    03/23/2019 7:24:54 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 24 replies
    Huffington Post / AP ^ | March 20, 2019 | Ryan Grenoble/Gregory Bull
    <p>Cars lined up to cross into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico, are seen through barriers topped with concertina wire at the San Ysidro port of entry. Thieves have been taking the wire and selling it in Tijuana for home security.</p>
  • U.K. HOME OFFICE CLAIM: CHRISTIANITY NOT PEACEFUL RELIGION

    03/23/2019 6:54:47 AM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies
    WND ^ | March 22, 2019
    U.K. HOME OFFICE CLAIM: CHRISTIANITY NOT PEACEFUL RELIGION Letter denying convert's bid for asylum also ridicules faith A wave of outrage is developing in response to a snarky letter from the U.K. Home Office denying a request for asylum from a Muslim-turned-Christian because officials said Christianity is not a peaceful religion and the convert didn’t really believe in it anyway. The case developed, the Express newspaper of London reported, when an Iranian national was rejected for asylum. An appeal is being pursued, and a wide range of officials and experts are blasting the action. The Home Office worker who dispatched...
  • How the Constitution Dies

    03/23/2019 6:01:25 AM PDT · by vannrox · 11 replies
    Wilder Wealthy Wise ^ | March 18, 2019 | Editorial staff
     Soldiers heading towards Omaha Beach.When I was in grade school the teachers spoke of the Constitution with reverence.  As second graders, we listened as the teacher told the story of how it was written and the freedoms it guaranteed us and the responsibilities that it demanded of us.  My grade school teachers were all married women, and they loved America.  It was a small town, and the teachers had grown up in the area.  Some of them had taught their own children and their own grandchildren in the same school where the chalkboard dust, lead paint dust, water from...
  • The Second Death of Long-Submerged Shipwrecks (Climate Change themed article - Ugh)

    03/23/2019 5:48:46 AM PDT · by vannrox · 16 replies
    Atas Obscura ^ | 27JUL18 | by Jessica Leigh Hester
    Climate change is coming for underwater archaeological sites. by Jessica Leigh HesterJuly 27, 2018 Landmarks Week July 23–27 The Second Death of Long-Submerged Shipwrecks Wrecks stand to see a number of threats in a changing ocean. Here, NOAA diver John Brooks a ship off the coast of Hawaii. Robert Schwemmer, CINMS, NOAA/CC-by 2.0On a choppy voyage to Antarctica in 1928, the crew of the ship that would eventually be rechristened as the Vamar bestowed upon their vessel an optimistic nickname: “Evermore Rolling.” It proved to be a bit of a misnomer. Far from slicing through cresting waves forever, the ship...
  • Found: A Ship Once Described By Herodotus

    03/23/2019 5:34:39 AM PDT · by vannrox · 31 replies
    Atas Obscura ^ | 19mar19 | by Jonathan Carey
    A wreck discovered in the Nile suggests the ancient Greek historian’s description was spot on. by Jonathan CareyMarch 19, 2019 Found: A Ship Once Described By Herodotus The wooden hull of ship 17. Christoph Gerigk@Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation Herodotus is known as the father of history, but some of his writings have created more questions than answers. In his account of a fifth-century B.C. trip to Egypt, included in his most important work The Histories, the ancient Greek historian describes seeing unusual boats called baris sailing down the Nile. However, no physical evidence was discovered of the ships until now.A team...
  • German prosecutors arrest 10 suspects over Islamist attack plan

    03/23/2019 4:56:55 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 12 replies
    DW ^ | March 22, 2019 | staff
    Prosecutors in Frankfurt said the ten individuals were detained on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack using a car and guns. The aim was to kill as many people as possible. Prosecutors in Frankfurt issued a statement on Friday to say the suspects were detained in police raids involving 200 officers in the Frankfurt region earlier in the day. *snip* According to the initial investigation, the accused were planning to use a vehicle and firearms to kill as many "unbelievers" as possible.