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  • Daring raids by UK Special Forces leave 200 enemy dead in four weeks

    11/23/2014 5:53:43 AM PST · by the scotsman · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd November 2014 | Mark Nicol
    'SAS troops with sniper rifles and heavy machine guns have killed hundreds of Islamic State extremists in a series of deadly quad-bike ambushes inside Iraq, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Defence sources indicated last night that soldiers from the elite fighting unit have eliminated ‘up to eight terrorists per day’ in the daring raids, carried out during the past four weeks. Until now, it had been acknowledged only that the SAS was operating in a reconnaissance role in Iraq and was not involved in combat. But The Mail on Sunday has learned that small groups of soldiers are being...
  • 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...
  • Five EU Nations Condemn Demolition of Terrorists' Homes

    11/21/2014 5:25:33 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/11/14 | Ari Yashar
    Ambassadors from five major European Union (EU) member states met with the Foreign Ministry's senior diplomat Alon Ushpiz in Jerusalem on Thursday, where they voiced opposition to the demolition of the homes of Arab terrorists. Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Spain were the five countries whose consul generals argued that such demolitions, which are meant as a deterrent for future terrorists and a punishment for heinous crimes, are "counterproductive." The ambassadors also denounced the attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this Tuesday in which four Jews and a Druze police officer were murdered by two Arab terrorists, reports Haaretz citing Israeli...
  • Why We Should ALL Be Celebrating Today's UKIP Triumph in Rochester and Strood

    11/21/2014 8:14:15 AM PST · by rktman · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/21/2014 | James Delingpole
    It doesn't matter what you think of Mark Reckless. It doesn't even matter what you think of UKIP. Whether you love them or hate them their victory last night in the Rochester and Strood by-election was a victory for (almost) all of us. Let me explain why by way of reference to two characters who embody almost everything wrong with our current political class.
  • Rochester: Farage looks to more UKIP gains after success

    11/21/2014 5:31:44 AM PST · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/21/2014 | BBC
    UKIP's Mark Reckless says the Conservatives have been a "cosy cartel for too long" Nigel Farage has said UKIP can become a major force in Parliament at next year's election after its victory in the Rochester and Strood by-election...... Mr. Reckless took 16,867 votes, 2,920 more than Conservative Kelly Tolhurst's 13,947, with Labour's Naushabah Khan on 6,713-ahead of the Green Party.... In his acceptance speech on Friday morning, Mr. Reckless said Rochester and Strood had been UKIP's 271st most winnable seat and "if UKIP can win here, we can win across the country."...... UKIP leader Nigel Farage denied the result...
  • Ukip's Mark Reckless wins Rochester and Strood by-election

    11/21/2014 4:03:23 AM PST · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7:39AM GMT 21 Nov 2014
    UK Independence Party candidate Mark Reckless, who defected from the Tories, has beaten his former party to win the Rochester and Strood by-election by a majority of 2,920.
  • One in eight gay men in London has HIV, official figures show

    11/21/2014 1:52:51 AM PST · by granada · 20 replies
    Dailymail, UK ^ | 19 November 2014 | By ANNA HODGEKISS FOR MAILONLINE
    The number of people in the UK infected with HIV has reached an all-time high, new figures show. Nearly 110,000 are living with the condition, but around a quarter are unaware they have it. They are therefore at risk of passing on the virus to others through unprotected sex, experts warn.  The figures, from Public Health England (PHE), have been released ahead of National HIV Testing Week. They show that overall, more people are being diagnosed earlier. The proportion of people diagnosed with a late stage of HIV infection fell from 57 per cent in 2004 to 42 per cent...
  • Rochester and Strood by-election results: live

    11/20/2014 8:40:23 PM PST · by gasport · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14/11/21 | Ben Riley-Smith
    Latest 04.21 Reckless won by 2,920 votes in the end - a lead of around 8 percentage points The breakdown of votes... Ukip 16,867 Con 13,947 Lab 6,713 Green 1,692 Lib Dem 349 And the breakdown by share of votes... Ukip 42.05 per cent Con 34.77 per cent Lab 16.74 per cent Lib Dem 0.85 per cent 04.20 MARK RECKLESS WINS ROCHESTER AND STROOD BY-ELECTION 04.00 Farage hints another Tory MP is ready to jump
  • 'The Imitation Game' puts the spotlight on Alan Turing and his groundbreaking machine

    11/20/2014 4:00:14 PM PST · by the scotsman · 45 replies
    Engadget.com ^ | 21st November 2014 | Kris Naudus
    'It is the height of the Second World War. A group of codebreakers stands in a dimly lit warehouse 50 miles northwest of London, a giant machine composed of spinning drums and wires looms in front of them. It's taken years of work -- as well as a few shouting matches -- to get the device assembled and ready to start sorting through 159 quintillion combinations in search of the one that will let the British crack the Germans' infamous Enigma machine. The switch is flipped and nine rows of drums begin spinning as the assembled group waits... and waits....
  • School marked down by Ofsted for being 'too white'

    11/20/2014 12:57:12 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2:44PM GMT 19 Nov 2014 | By Graeme Paton, Education Editor
    Ofsted was accused of “political correctness” after downgrading a top rural primary school for effectively being too English. The education watchdog faced a backlash from MPs and parents following the decision to penalise Middle Rasen primary in Lincolnshire for not having enough black or Asian pupils. In a report, inspectors said the school was “not yet outstanding” because pupils’ cultural development was limited by a “lack of first-hand experience of the diverse make up of modern British society”. The move followed a shake-up of Ofsted inspections introduced in the wake of the “Trojan Horse” plot in Birmingham to impose hard-line...
  • Jack the Ripper was Whitechapel meat cart driver, claims criminologist

    11/20/2014 11:08:11 AM PST · by the scotsman · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20th November 2014 | Gemma Mullin
    'Jack the Ripper was a meat cart driver in Whitechapel, who legitimately blood-spattered appearance helped him evade justice, a criminologist has claimed. Dr Gareth Norris from Aberystwyth University believes 'carman' Charles Allen Lechmere, whose early route to work coincided with locations of Ripper killings, should be considered a suspect. Lechmere was found leaning over victim Mary Ann 'Polly' Nichols' body on Buck's Row in Whitechapel on August 31, 1888 and told police he had only been there a few minutes. But research has revealed that he lied to police about his name, calling himself Cross, and it was likely that...
  • British Police Call On Nation To ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ As ‘Knife Violence’ Continues

    11/19/2014 8:32:36 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 63 replies
    Countercurrent News ^ | 11-14-14 | unattributed
    The news out of the United Kingdom almost reads like a satire piece from The Onion. But as strange as it may sound to people around the world, and especially in the United States, the British police push to ban knives is no joke. The new “Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife” program is in full swing and police are telling us that they have joined forces with an already growing trend in the United Kingdom to ban “pointy” knives. Lancashire Police tell us that an “amnesty” program began at the end of August, and “more than 800 knives...
  • Hand over your guns and face no prosecution, say police

    11/19/2014 8:26:21 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    Brighouse Echo ^ | 11-19-14 | unattributed
    People will be able to walk into a police station with guns, knives and ammunition and face no prosecution tomorrow (Thursday). West Yorkshire Police is launching a ten-day weapons amnesty which will allow people to walk into Halifax Police Station and hand over weapons without fear of facing criminal action. The Force said the campaign, running from Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 30, will “avoid weapons getting into the wrong hands and provide members of the community with a safe place to dispose of firearms, ammunition, knives and other weapons they have”. West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Andy...
  • Whilst the West Focuses on the Middle East, Putin Plots His Way to World War Three

    11/18/2014 8:44:28 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Under the punned headline “No wonder Vladimir Putin was Russian to leave the G20 summit,” the Daily Mail told of how he had eaten lunch alone, and of how commentators had joked that Mr Putin had been ‘relegated to Siberia’ in the ‘family photo’ of world leaders. It concluded that Mr Putin had fled the summit after a “stern” discussion with British Prime Minister David Cameron, in which Cameron told Putin that he was “at a crossroads”. Sounding wearily schoolmaster-ish, Cameron later commented “There's a real choice here, there's a different and better way for Russia to behave that could...
  • Mogherini makes light of leaked EU paper on Israel sanctions

    11/18/2014 8:32:58 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    EUObserver ^ | Today @ 09:28 | http://euobserver.com/foreign/126558
    BRUSSELS - Europe’s new foreign relations chief has denied the EU is in talks on Israel sanctions, despite a leaked paper on the issue. Federica Mogherini, who chaired her first foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday (17 November), told press the leaked paper is a “technical working hypothesis” which “member states requested” when her predecessor was in office. She added: “It is not at the heart of today’s discussions on how to start a positive process with the Israelis and Palestinians. There’s currently no question of sanctioning anybody. The question is rather how to motivate people to … restart...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon jet to get new one billion euro radar

    11/19/2014 7:52:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 19, 2014 | Sarah Young
    Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain have through their Eurofighter project signed a 1 billion euro (0.83 billion pound) contract to provide their jointly backed Typhoon jet with a new sort of radar, in an effort to secure new orders. The fighter is produced by Eurofighter partner companies BAE Systems (BAES.L), Airbus (AIR.PA) and Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI), and BAE said it signed a contract worth 365 million pounds ($572 million) to integrate the new radar onto the jets. Under the deal signed in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday the Typhoon jet will in future be available with the "Captor E-Scan radar". The four...
  • Legalise handguns and repatriate migrants: Ukip's 7 most controversial policies

    11/19/2014 3:55:30 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 44 replies
    On the eve of the Rochester by-election we take you through the Ukip policies and positions which have caught the imagination of voters. Deport migrants Mark Reckless, the Ukip candidate in the Rochester and Strood by-election, has raised the prospect of European migrants being forced to leave Britain if Ukip wins power. Mr Reckless said workers from the continent would only be allowed to stay in Britain for a fixed “transitional period” under Ukip plans to end unrestricted migration from the rest of Europe. He said the party would be willing to “look sympathetically” at people who have “integrated”. The...
  • Commons pubs vote 'hugely damaging'

    11/19/2014 2:20:08 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    hartlepoolmail.co.uk ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | hartlepool mail
    Britain's biggest pub landlord today warned that a vote by MPs to reform the historic "beer tie" between tenants and pub companies could result in a fresh wave of closures and major job losses. Enterprise Inns said yesterday's successful Commons rebellion "threatens to have serious unintended consequences for publicans and the industry at large". The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said the vote was "hugely damaging" and that the Government's own research showed it would result in 1,400 more pubs closing, with 7,000 job losses.
  • Don't focus too much on Ebola, warns the Queen

    11/19/2014 1:26:56 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 November 2014 | Francesca Infante
    The Queen warned last night that focusing too much attention on the Ebola outbreak could lead to an upsurge in other deadly diseases such as malaria. At an event alongside world leaders in the science of infectious diseases yesterday, she asked ‘piercing’ questions about how the disease ought to be controlled. And the monarch said she worried that Ebola, which has claimed 5,000 lives already, risked overshadowing the risk from other deadlier diseases like malaria, which kills the same number every week.
  • Rotherham scandal: IPCC to investigate 10 officers over handling of child sex claims ( UK )

    11/18/2014 5:39:35 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Nov 2014 | David Barrett
    The Independent Police Complaints Commission will investigate 10 South Yorkshire police officers over their handling of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham . The police watchdog has announced it is to investigate 10 South Yorkshire police officers over their handling of child sexual exploitation in the wake of the Rotherham child abuse scandal. ... The controversy following Prof Jay's report led to a series of high-profile resignations including Roger Stone, the Rotherham council leader; Martin Kimber, the council chief executive and Joyce Thacker, the director of children's services. The most high profile resignation was that of Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire's police...
  • Thousands gather in grief for three Americans and a Briton killed by axe-wielding Palestinian

    11/18/2014 1:13:24 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2014 | Ted Thornhill, Paul Alster In Israe, Inna Lazareva In Jerusalem, Michael Burleigh
    Thousands gathered in grief on Tuesday after three American-Israeli rabbis and a British rabbi were killed by Palestinian terrorists armed with axes and guns at a Jerusalem synagogue. Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, Rabbi Arieh Kupinsky, 43, and Rabbi Kalman Levine, 55, were all dual nationals of the U.S. and Israel. Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, originally from Liverpool in the UK, was named as the fourth victim. They were slaughtered in a dawn attack by two cousins who screamed 'god is great' as they attacked at random. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to 'respond harshly,' describing the attack as a...
  • My jihadi son should be executed: Father of UK Islamic State fanatic 'was part of ISIS death squad'

    11/18/2014 10:19:07 AM PST · by dennisw · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 November 2014 | Larisa Brown and Andy Dolan and David Williams
    My jihadi son should be executed: Father of UK Islamic State fanatic 'who was part of ISIS death squad' that beheaded 17 Syrian soldiers disowns him after video British ISIS jihadist Nasser Muthana should face death, his father said Muthana is thought to be one of the killers in a sick ISIS beheading video Medical student from Cardiff 'must face up to what he has done' says father David Cameron claimed 'sick terrorists' could face charges of treason The British medical student suspected of involvement in an Islamic State death squad should face execution himself, his father said yesterday. Nasser...
  • Five killed in terror attack at Jerusalem synagogue

    11/18/2014 12:18:25 AM PST · by INVAR · 68 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | November 18, 2014 | LAZAR BERMAN
    East Jerusalem men enter Har Nof yeshiva complex with pistol and axes; 6 injured, including two police; assailants killed Four people were killed, including one policeman, in a terror attack at a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighborhood Tuesday morning. Police said two attackers, apparently from East Jerusalem, came into the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood shortly after 7 a.m. and began attacking worshipers at morning prayers with a gun, a meat cleaver, and an ax. Both terrorists were killed by police. Israel Police said there were six injured, including two policemen, one of whom was seriously injured, and another...
  • World economy warning light on red

    11/18/2014 4:09:53 AM PST · by John W · 10 replies
    Associated Press via Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | November 18, 2014 | Danica Kirka
    LONDON – The global economy's problems seem to be multiplying. Hours after the leaders of the world's 20 most developed economies sought to boost confidence by promising to increase global output by $2 trillion over five years, Japan said it had fallen into recession. That leaves the country – the world's third-largest economy – on a long and growing list of troubled economies. China is slowing as well, and Europe can't seem to take off. Among major economies, only the United States and Britain are growing at decent rates, and how long that lasts depends on how much trouble their...
  • Jail Time For Four Men Who Threw Pig's Head At Mosque In May 2013

    11/17/2014 10:05:49 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 44 replies
    OpposingViews.com ^ | 17NOV2014 | Lina Batarags
    Four men were jailed for throwing a severed pig’s head into a mosque in Lancashire last May. Shocked women and children watched as the four friends dumped a carrier bag containing the severed head in the parking lot of Blackpool Central Mosque. Preston Crown Court was told the four men had organized the crime—which came only two days after the murder of solider Lee Rigby in May 2013—as a prank, knowing it would be seen as an insult in a Muslim place of worship. The four men—Thomas Ashton, 21; Andrew Warner, 31; Travis Crabtree, 25; and Steven White, 28—are all...
  • British ‘Jihadi John’ identified as 2011 London rioter?

    11/17/2014 8:02:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The administration confirmed over the weekend that US aid worker Peter Kassig was recently killed by beheading. He is the fifth Westerner to be murdered on camera by the British accented representative of the Islamic State known as “Jihadi John.” British authorities indicated the formerly anonymous ISIS killer is suspected to be 23-year-old Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a U.K. citizen of Egyptian descent and an amateur rapper from West London. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bary has been an active malcontent for some time. A video recently surfaced of the suspected ISIS militant speaking with an Australian television reporter during the London riots...
  • John Major attacks Ukip and calls for Britain to remain in EU

    11/17/2014 2:35:47 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 16 November 2014 | Rowena Mason
    Sir John Major has attacked the UK Independence party (Ukip) for spreading profoundly un-British politics of “negativity and sheer nastiness”, as he warned the UK would be a less relevant nation if it left the European Union.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Six Tory MPs to defect to Ukip if it wins Rochester and Strood by-election

    11/17/2014 2:56:19 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 28 replies
    UP to half a dozen Tory MPs are ­planning to defect to Ukip if their party loses Thursday’s by-election. Insiders claim Basildon and Billericay MP John Baron is the most likely to cross the floor. Five others could also make the switch in the coming weeks, according to sources. Last night Mr Baron refused to rule out joining Ukip and would refer only to earlier comments he made on BBC’s Newsnight last month. When he was asked on the programme whether he would defect, he replied: “You should never say never in politics.” However, he added: “My very strong preference...
  • One week to ‘finish the job’ in Iran nuclear talks

    11/16/2014 6:44:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | November 16, 2014
    One week to ‘finish the job’ in Iran nuclear talks ‘Failure would be a dangerous scenario for the entire world’ AFP Published: 14:30 November 16, 2014 Gulf News Vienna: Iran and six world powers begin a final round of talks in Vienna on Tuesday aiming to overcome significant remaining differences and agree a historic nuclear deal by a November 24 deadline. “There’s still a big gap. We may not be able to get there,” US President Barack Obama warned last Sunday. After 12 years of rising tensions, threats of war and failed diplomacy this accord would silence for good fears...
  • G20 leaders reveal global growth plan to boost GDP by $2 trillion

    11/16/2014 5:13:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    CTV ^ | November 15, 2014
    G20 leaders reveal global growth plan to boost GDP by $2 trillion The Associated Press Published Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:00PM EST Last Updated Sunday, November 16, 2014 1:45AM EST BRISBANE, Australia -- Leaders of the G20 nations finalized a plan Sunday to boost global GDP by more than $2 trillion over five years by investing in infrastructure and increasing trade. The communique issued at the conclusion of their summit in Brisbane, Australia says the leaders plan to jumpstart growth, in part, by creating a global infrastructure hub. The plan will purportedly help match potential investors with projects, and also...
  • Jihadi John is 'wounded in US airstrike that killed 10 top ISIS commanders'

    11/16/2014 1:48:22 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/16/14 | Abul Taher for The Mail on Sunday
    Jihadi John, the Briton who beheaded two British and two American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a US-led air strike, according to reports received by the Foreign Office. The masked ‘executioner’ with a London accent is believed to have narrowly escaped death when he attended a summit of the group’s leaders in an Iraqi town close to the Syrian border last Saturday. The meeting was targeted by American and Iraqi jets.
  • UK: World's 'first' bungee jump in Bristol captured on film

    11/16/2014 5:01:18 AM PST · by the scotsman · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10th November 2014 | BBC News
    'BBC Inside Out reveals the newly discovered footage of the world's first bungee jump from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol 35 years ago. The jump took place on 1 April, 1979, and was undertaken by members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club. It led to the birth of a worldwide sport. BBC Inside Out tracked down the footage, which has not been seen for decades, from the original jump in 1979. The film shows the Dangerous Sports Club practising in a garage on the morning of the jump. David Kirke jumped off the bridge in top hat and...
  • Oil price slump to trigger new US debt default crisis as Opec waits

    11/15/2014 7:51:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 101 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14 November 2014 | Andrew Critchlow
    Remember the global financial crisis, triggered six years ago when billions of dollars of dodgy loans - doled out by banks to subprime borrowers and then resold numerous times on international debt markets - began to unravel and default? Stock markets plunged, banks collapsed and the entire global financial system teetered on the brink of catastrophe. Well a similarly chilling economic scenario could be set off by the current collapse in oil prices. Based on recent stress tests of subprime borrowers in the energy sector in the US produced by Deutsche Bank, should the price of US crude fall by...
  • The Great British rake-off...what really happens to the billions YOU donate to charity

    11/16/2014 2:17:25 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 54 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 November 2014 | David Craig
    The figures are astonishing. There are more than 195,289 registered charities in the UK that raise and spend close to Ł80 billion a year. Together, they employ more than a million staff – more than our car, aerospace and chemical sectors – and make 13 billion ‘asks’ for money every year, the equivalent of 200 for each of us in the UK. But many charities have become hungry monsters, needing ever more of our money to feed their own ambitions. And while registered charities claim that almost 90p in every pound donated is spent on ‘charitable activities’, many spend at...
  • Canada's Stephen Harper to Putin at G20 Meeting: Get out of Ukraine

    11/15/2014 5:35:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Glenn Reynolds refers to this as “smart diplomacy – the real thing,” but it’s based on the very dumb diplomacy rolled out by Vladimir Putin over the past year. Brisbane, Australia hosts the G-20 meeting this week, and Putin decided to make a point by sending a war flotilla of the Russian navy to the waters north of Australia, in order to make the point that, er … he’s a reasonable guy, or something: But it was clear that Putin’s actions over the past few days were top of mind for the leaders.Abbott lashed out at the Russian leader...
  • Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine

    11/15/2014 11:39:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | 1/15/14 | Sam Frizell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions. “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald, Reuters reports. President Barack Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.” German Chancellor Angela...
  • Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim

    11/15/2014 7:09:12 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    bbc.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    Several commentators pointed out that the "Malaysia" logo on the plane from the photograph was in the wrong place. Maksim Kats, a Russian blogger, said the plane in the picture looked like a slightly altered version of the one that tops the search results if you Google "Boeing view from above" in Russian. It also happens to be a publicity photo of a Boeing 767, not a 777, which was shot down over Ukraine in July. Others noted that the fighter jet looked different from an Su-25 - the type which the Russian media had consistently claimed shot down MH17....
  • David Cameron: Putin is not a man of his word

    11/15/2014 6:30:49 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | November 15, 2014
    David Cameron has warned Russia it will face more sanctions if it continues to support the separatists in Ukraine's civil war. Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Cameron said: "If Russia continues to destabilise Ukraine, and we continue to see Russian troops and Russian tanks inside Ukraine, then there's going to have to be a very different relationship with Britain and Europe on the one hand, and Russia on the other, and potential for further sanctions." Mr Cameron also suggested in a separate interview that he does not trust Vladimir Putin, and said he was saddened that Mr Putin...
  • 5 Reasons “feminists” can’t complain about comet scientist’s “sexist” shirt

    11/15/2014 5:16:44 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Yesterday, mankind achieved something seriously amazing: we landed a space probe on a comet millions of miles away from Earth. Unfortunately for the scientists involved in this momentous accomplishment, modern day “feminists” exist. One of the scientists was wearing a shirt covered in sketches of of scantily clad women. Not actual photos of women, but sketched images of pin ups in skivvies. So this chick from The Atlantic does what “feminists” do when encountering the inane: she lost her damn mind. Naturally, this scientist’s wardrobe selection means women are not welcome to participate in scientific oriented fields…
  • Harper tells Putin to ‘get out of Ukraine’ at G20 in Australia

    11/15/2014 4:50:34 AM PST · by xp38 · 21 replies
    680 News ^ | November 15 2014 | Lee-Anne Goodman
    Stephen Harper had a showdown with Vladimir Putin on Saturday, telling the Russian leader to “get out of Ukraine” in a dust-up at the Group of 20 summit in Australia. Harper’s spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of G20 leaders at a private leaders’ retreat on Saturday morning when Putin approached and extended his hand. MacDonald said Harper told Putin: “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine.” According to MacDonald, Putin did not respond positively. He didn’t provide...
  • Early Euro roundup: Welbeck shines for England; Minnows earn points

    11/15/2014 11:31:34 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 27 replies
    NBC - ProSoccerTalk ^ | Nov. 15, 2014 | Nicholas Mendola
    Saturday’s round of Euro 2016 qualifiers are neatly broken up into five matches at Noon and five more at 245pm ET. Macedonia/Slovakia, Spain/Belarus, Switzerland/Lithuania and Montenegro/Sweden are still on the schedule, but let’s take a quick run through the matches that just finished up. There will be parties in Liechtenstein and San Marino as the minnows picked up points against ‘superior’ competition. The latter picked up its first result in more than a decade
  • Scientist apologizes for his sexist shirt, but the Internet still wants women to shut up and die

    11/14/2014 4:46:14 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 147 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11-14-14 | Rachel Feltman
    Matt Taylor, who's a great scientist and seems to also be a pretty cool dude, gave a teary, heartfelt apology for his choice of attire on the day of Rosetta's probe landing. "I made a big mistake, and I offended many people," Taylor said at Friday's media briefing, his voice trembling, "and I'm very sorry about this." With that, the briefing moved onto the science (as it should -- Philae's days are numbered, and we want to find out as much as we can from the little probe that could). Taylor seemed to have trouble speaking for a few minutes,...
  • National Lottery winners Gareth and Catherine Bull: 'We won Ł40m but have barely spent a penny'

    11/15/2014 3:36:17 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 45 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 15 Nov 2014 | Jessica Salter
    The first person Catherine and Gareth Bull told about their Ł40.6 million lottery win in January 2012 was their sons’ headmistress. ‘We didn’t know at that point if we wanted to go public but from that first minute the boys were our priority,’ Catherine says. ‘We knew they would want everything to be the same. So we went to see her to talk it through first.’ The Bulls are, as they quite cheerfully admit, two of the most boring multimillionaires you could ever meet. Since the headmistress assured them that Joel and Declan – then aged 10 and eight –...
  • David Cameron compares Russia to Nazi Germany on eve of Putin meeting

    11/14/2014 11:59:36 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | November 14, 2014 | Steven Swinford
    David Cameron has compared Russia to Nazi Germany because of its actions in Ukraine on the eve of a tense meeting with Vladimir Putin. Mr Cameron will on Saturday night challenge Mr Putin about Russia’s continued acts of aggression in Ukraine as it supplies heavy weapons and tanks to the separatists. In a reference to World War II, Mr Cameron said that the world must “learn the lessons of history” and intervene to stop “a larger state bullying a smaller state”. He said: "Russian action in Ukraine is unacceptable. We have to be clear about what we are dealing with....
  • British PM: ‘Root Cause’ of Terror Is ‘Extremist Narrative,’ Not Poverty, Foreign Policy

    11/14/2014 10:08:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 14, 2014 - 4:24 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    The “root cause” of terrorism is not poverty, marginalization or Western nations’ foreign policy, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday, but an “extremist narrative” that must be confronted. Addressing the Australian federal parliament in Canberra, Cameron announced new measures that are being put in place in Britain to prevent jihadists from returning to the country from Middle East conflict zones and to stop suspected foreign fighters from leaving in the first place. He contested the argument that issues like poverty and deprivation, or unhappiness with foreign policy, are fueling Islamist terrorism. …
  • Eric Brown: The man who seemed not to notice danger

    11/14/2014 9:05:40 AM PST · by the scotsman · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14th November 2014 | Luke Jones
    'Pilot Eric "Winkle" Brown holds two of the most startling records from the world of flying. And that's just a part of his extraordinary life. Brown's exploits run through some of the most momentous events of world history. He was at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he interrogated Hermann Goering, helped liberate the Belsen concentration camp and by chance managed to sing with the Glenn Miller band. But his greatest achievements were as a Royal Navy test pilot. He mastered deck landings in the face of tremendous danger. Now 95, he is a hero among military pilots who fly far more...
  • Sir John Major tells Germans: Britain has a 50-50 chance of quitting EU

    11/13/2014 7:52:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:30PM GMT 13 Nov 2014 | Christopher Hope
    Britain has just a 50-50 chance of remaining in the European Union, Sir John Major has warned, saying that opposition to continued membership of the European Union has reached “a critical mass”. In a speech in Berlin on Thursday Sir John warned that Britain’s frustration was “no game”, adding: “There is a very real risk of separation that could damage the future of the United Kingdom—and Europe as a whole.” Sir John—who was a pro-European during his time as Prime Minister from 1990 and 1997—also said that it was time officials in the European Union recognized real concern in the...
  • Letter shows ECB threat ahead of Ireland bailout (European Central Bank)

    11/09/2014 10:32:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11/06/14 @ 16:26 | Honor Mahony
    The European Central Bank on Thursday (6 November) formally made public a letter showing that the eurozone bank threatened to pull emergency bank funding if Ireland did not enter a bailout and undertake austerity measures in 2010. The letter, signed by the then-ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet, speaks of “great concern” about the solvency of Irish lenders—which had loaned heavily to the overheated construction sector—and the extent to which the whole eurosystem was exposed. It then says that the ECB would cut off emergency funding to Irish banks unless Ireland meets four conditions, including getting a bailout and undertaking “fiscal consolidation,...
  • German City's Answer to Europe's Border Crisis? A Four-Star Hotel

    11/07/2014 5:38:34 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 5th 2014 | CARLO ANGERER
    COLOGNE, Germany — With its wood-paneled piano bar and luxurious spa, the four-star Bonotel assures visitors paying up to $300 per night that it meets the "international standard of a first-class hotel." But starting next year, the hotel's marble-and-mirrored lobby and "quiet, peaceful ambience" will play host not to indulgent travelers but desperate asylum seekers. Germany's fourth-largest city spent almost $7 million to buy the Bonotel this summer. Its doors will soon be shut and its 93 opulent rooms filled with asylum seekers, a move underscoring how Europe's economic powerhouse has been overwhelmed by an influx of people seeking a...
  • Amazon Testing Air Drones For Parcels Delivery

    11/13/2014 1:18:58 AM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 11/13/2014 | Itar Tass
    The world's biggest Internet-retailer Amazon is going to start testing air drones for delivery of parcels in Britain. Two years after buying the Cambridge startup Evi Technologies, the company turned to looking for engineers and experts who can help with the tests, the Business Insider reported. It is likely that the military specialists will be involved in the tests. The drones will be flying over Cambridge. The date of the start is not yet announced. The project named Prime Air in future will allow the customers to receive their parcels within 30 minutes after the order confirmation. The Amazon drones...