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  • Obama says he's from Kenya, again

    07/23/2018 5:35:39 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    World News Daily ^ | July 22, 2018
    Why do so many Americans still believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya? Maybe because he keeps insisting it's so. He did again last week, while visiting his ancestral homeland of Kogelo. Participating in the opening of Sauti Kuu Resource Center, a youth facility built by his half-sister, Auma Obama, he said: "Now, three years ago, I visited Kenya as the first sitting American president to come from Kenya. When I was president it was a little bit harder to get up here cause my plane didn't fit the tarmac up here." "While three years ago my sister Auma introduced...
  • The art of the deal in Helsinki – the next chapter

    07/23/2018 4:22:59 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | July 22, 2018 | Week in Review
    Helsinki agreement provides new hope for Syria The understanding on Syria reached by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16, especially regarding the return of refugees, represents a potential watershed in recasting US-Russian coordination to expand humanitarian assistance and bring the seven-year war to a close. The attention given to Trump’s remarks on Russian meddling in the 2016 election at the summit may be drowning out awareness of the impact of Helsinki, which is already being felt in the region. There seems to have been a list of short- and long-term action items for both...
  • China's Xi visits Rwanda, 2nd stop on his Africa tour

    07/23/2018 3:53:23 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    ABC news ^ | 22 July 2018 | AP
    Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Rwanda, the second stop in his latest tour of Africa. President Paul Kagame has welcomed Xi as the first Chinese president to visit the East African country. On Monday Xi is expected to visit a memorial for Rwanda's 1994 genocide and sign bilateral agreements. The Chinese leader then moves on to South Africa to participate in a summit of the BRICS emerging economies that starts on Wednesday. Finally, Xi will visit the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius. China is Africa's largest trading partner, and it also seeks closer military ties. China opened...
  • Rouhani warns Trump: Beware the 'mother of all wars'

    07/23/2018 1:01:13 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 38 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/7/18 | Elad Benari
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday warned the United States not to "play with the lion's tail", saying that conflict with Iran would be the "mother of all wars", AFP reported. "You declare war and then you speak of wanting to support the Iranian people,” said Rouhani in comments directed at President Donald Trump. "You cannot provoke the Iranian people against their own security and interests," he added in a televised speech at a gathering of Iranian diplomats in Tehran. Rouhani repeated his warning that Iran could shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for international...
  • Assad eyes victory as Syrian rebels poised to leave Golan Heights

    07/23/2018 12:35:57 AM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 July 2018 | KAreem Shaheen
    Defeated Syrian rebels near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights are preparing to evacuate the region and cede control of the frontier to Bashar al-Assad, securing a key victory for the Syrian president, whose forces are on the verge of concluding a swift campaign to reclaim control of southern Syria. ..It marks a key milestone and victory for the Assad regime, which launched a major offensive a month ago to reclaim control of all of southern Syria – a region that includes Deraa, which borders Jordan, and Quneitra, which borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Deraa is considered the birthplace...
  • Israel Is Evacuating Hundreds of White Helmets Rescue Workers From Syria

    07/23/2018 12:31:28 AM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Time ^ | 22 July 2018 | Sarah El Deeb, Aron Heller
    The Israeli military in coordination with its U.S. and European allies evacuated hundreds of Syrian rescue workers known as the White Helmets from near its volatile frontier with Syria, in a complex and first-of-a-kind operation.M The evacuees, who were hemmed in from one side by advancing hostile Syrian troops and from another by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group, were transported to Jordan, from where they are expected to be resettled in Europe and Canada in the coming weeks....The U.S. State Department welcomed the rescue of “these brave volunteers” and cited the United Nations, Israel and Jordan for helping...
  • Mexican leftist appeals to "anti-establishment" Trump, seeks NAFTA deal (AMLO-President-elect)

    07/22/2018 10:38:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | July 23, 2018 | Sharay Angulo, Julia Love, Peter Cooney and Paul Tait, Reuters
    Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sent U.S. President Donald Trump a letter calling for a swift conclusion to NAFTA negotiations and pledging his wish to reset relations between the two countries, Mexican officials said on Sunday. Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sent U.S. President Donald Trump a letter urging a swift end to NAFTA negotiations and suggesting the leaders could work well together due to their shared anti-establishment style, Mexican officials said on Sunday. The letter was delivered during a recent meeting in Mexico with senior U.S. officials, and details were disclosed once Trump had received it, said...
  • Europol signs strategic agreement with Israeli Police

    07/22/2018 10:36:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 18, 2018 18:24 | Tamara Zieve
    Europol signed a strategic agreement with the Israel Police on Tuesday, marking the first-ever working agreement signed between the European Union criminal intelligence agency and a non-EU country. The agreement was signed in The Hague by Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich and Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol. The signing of the “Police to Police” agreement followed intensive discussions and a vote at the Europol headquarters which was unanimously approved by 28 representatives of member countries. Europol said in a press release that the agreement will be important for tackling priority crime areas affecting both the European Union and...
  • Soaring land prices could prevent possible South Korea troop withdrawal from Demilitarised Zone

    07/22/2018 10:08:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | July 23, 2018
    SEOUL (KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The two Koreas' efforts to ease military tension along the border may be hampered by unexpected obstacles - including the vicissitudes of the real estate market. At the April 27 inter-Korean summit, the leaders of the two Koreas pledged to ease tensions, feeding speculations that South Korea's military is preparing to reduce its presence across the border. Among possibilities being raised is the pulling back of forward-deployed troops near the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), particularly the Marine Corps' 2nd Division and Army's 7th Mechanized Corps. However, even if related plans are approved by...
  • German army mulls recruiting foreign EU nationals to boost recruitment

    07/22/2018 9:21:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.21.2018 | es/jm (AFP, dpa)
    Germany’s long-understaffed army has a new plan to boost recruitment: allowing foreigners from other European Union countries to serve in the unified armed forces (Bundeswehr). The defense ministry confirmed on Saturday that it was seriously considering the idea. “The Bundeswehr is growing. For this, we need qualified personnel,” a Defense Ministry spokesman told German news agency DPA. Speaking with local newspaper Augsburger Allegemeine, Social Democrat (SPD) defense expert Karl-Heinz Brunner said that he could imagine EU citizens serving in the Bundeswehr. But he warned that any soldier who fought for Germany must be promised citizenship. “If citizens of other countries...
  • German politicians allied against Steve Bannon

    07/22/2018 9:04:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.23.2018 | es/se (AFP, dpa)
    Plans for US far-right figure Steve Bannon to exert his influence on the European parliament’s 2019 election have been met with alarm across Germany’s political spectrum. Bannon has become a controversial figure, known for his ties to the campaigns for the UK to leave the European Union and the election of US President Donald Trump. “We have to fight now, with good arguments, confident and true,” said Michael Roth, a center-left Social Democrat (SPD) lawmaker and Minister of State for Europe in an interview with the Welt newspaper. Europe should not “be afraid of nationalist campaigns with which Mr. Bannon...

    07/22/2018 8:39:29 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 219 replies
    Twitter ^ | President Trump
  • China first half total trade with North Korea slumps 56 percent year-on-year in dollar terms

    07/22/2018 8:39:22 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 3 replies
    Reuters) - The value of China's trade with North Korea in the first half of 2018 tumbled 56.1 percent from a year earlier to $1.1 billion, customs data showed on Monday. In the same period, imports from North Korea dropped sharply by 87.9 percent on-year to $107.3 million, while exports were down 38.8 percent to $997.3 million. China's June total trade with North Korea was valued at $217.16 million, down from $230.87 million in the previous month.
  • NIH Funds $772,060 Study on How Well Mexican-Americans on Border Sleep

    07/22/2018 6:21:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 19, 2018 | 10:35 AM EDT | Melanie Arter
    The University of Arizona received $772,060 in taxpayer funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal year 2018 to study the “sleep health” of Mexican-Americans on the U.S.-Mexico border. […] “Short sleep duration, insomnia disorder, and sleep apnea are highly prevalent in the population. These conditions are associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, daytime functioning problems, and poor mental health,” [the grant description] stated. The study’s researcher noted that there are disparities in sleep health in racial and ethnic minorities, including Mexican-Americans. Furthermore, “social-environmental factors at the US-Mexico border may play an important role in sleep health disparities.” According...
  • Israelis demand equal gay surrogacy rights

    07/22/2018 6:13:11 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 23rd 2018 | BBC News
    Tens of thousands of Israeli protesters have rallied in Tel Aviv against a law denying surrogacy to gay couples and single fathers. Demonstrators held their gathering in the central Rabin Square, and at one point briefly blocked a major motorway. At least one person was arrested. Israel's parliament on Wednesday allowed surrogacy for single women and women unable to bear children. Previously, only heterosexual married couples were granted the same rights. The legislation also envisaged state funding for surrogacy. "We came here today (Sunday) to say to the government 'No more'," demonstrator Oz Dani in Rabin Square was quoted as...
  • Ambassador Huntsman to Gehrke: Why I’m staying

    07/22/2018 5:32:45 PM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 21 Jul 2018 | Amb. Jon M. Huntsman
    {snip} "...I have taken an unscientific survey among my colleagues, whom you reference, about whether I should resign. The laughter told me everything I needed to know. It also underscores the fragile nature of this moment. As for my sons, active-duty naval officers whom you also call out, I honor their courageous service each time I salute the Marine guards protecting our large embassy compound. Their words when asked if I should resign are unprintable." Sincerely, Jon M. Huntsman
  • Francesco Molinari becomes first Italian to win British Open in 158 years

    07/22/2018 2:36:35 PM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 60 replies ^ | 7/22/18 | Darren Walton
    (snip) --- Francesco Molinari has held off a cast of golfing giants including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Jordan Spieth to become the first Italian winner of the British Open in 158 years. Playing alongside the resurgent Woods in the final round, Molinari carded a nerveless two-under-par 69 to win the Claret Jug by two shots from McIlroy (70), English hope Justin Rose (69) and Americans Xander Schauffele (74) and Kevin Kisner (74). With a brilliant birdie at the last, 35-year-old Molinari's eight-under 72-hole total of 276 eclipsed Padraig Harrington's Carnoustie tournament record score from 2007 by a...
  • Iran's Rouhani warns Trump about 'mother of all wars'

    07/22/2018 2:14:53 PM PDT · by Mariner · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 22nd, 2018 | Reuters Staff
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying “war with Iran is the mother of all wars”, but did not rule out peace between the two countries. Iran faces increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions after Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats, Rouhani said: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” the state new agency IRNA reported. “America should know that peace with Iran...
  • White House rejects Putin's East Ukraine Referendum Bid

    07/22/2018 10:15:33 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies
    Vatican News ^ | Jul 2018 | Stefan Bos
    The announcement that the US rejected a Russian-backed proposed referendum on eastern Ukraine came after Washington agreed to provide more military aid. Ukrainian Government forces continue to clash there with independence-seeking pro-Russian separatists in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people. Russia is accused of arming separatists in the east of the country. Ambassador Anatov said President Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin discussed the possibility of a referendum on eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit. In separate remarks, Ambassador Anatov said through an interpreter that the two leaders discussed several ideas but complained that Ukraine's government refuses...
  • Greenwald: Ecuador Working to Finalize Assange's Release to UK Officials

    07/22/2018 9:55:44 AM PDT · by Hostage · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday July 22, 2018 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Ecuador is working to finalize an agreement to withdraw its asylum protection from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in order to throw him out of the country's embassy in London and turn him over to British authorities, journalist Glenn Greenwald reported on Saturday. On Friday, Ecuador President Lenin Moreno was in London, where he was to speak at the Global Disabilities Summit, Greenwald reports on The Intercept, but the actual purpose was to meet with British officials to finalize the agreement to turn Assange over. The WikiLeaks founder has been at Ecuador's embassy in London since 2012. Moreno will also travel...