Monday, August 3, 2015

increases the number of victims of the fall of the military aircraft in the «countryside of Idlib» to 27 people

The death toll from the fall of military aircraft rose residential area, the city of Jericho Brive Idlib in Syria, to at least 27 people, as reported by the network "ABC" News News, citing Syrian activists.
She said, "local coordination committees," The military plane crashed in a crowded market, it was not clear exactly whether they have been bombed or not.

Syrian conflict began in March 2011, said the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, last week, that the proceeds so far amounted to 250 thousand Syrian people.

Russia conducted a military exercise

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the military exercises with the participation of the Air Force "tactical - the operational" and a battalion of air defense forces has successfully Siberia in eastern Russia.
A statement of the Russian Ministry, reported the news agency "Sputnik", that the fighter "MiG -31 lowpass" The continuous flight of 6 hours, which cut more than four thousand kilometers and underwent for 3 refueling operations were carried out at night at altitudes ranging between 4 and 5 thousands of meters.

She explained the Russian Defense Ministry, that the maneuvers included the shooting of combat operations, during which the pilots used "Jo-Jo" missiles to destroy targets were simulated winged missiles, while the aircraft "A 50" devoted to the task of early warning radar straighten fire fighters.

At the same time, Dagestan, southern Russia have seen training units of the Southern Military Region artillery forces, in combat operations Shooting using guns "tenant-S" self-propelled.

In the Kola Peninsula in the Far North of the European part of Russia, fighter jets, "Sukhoi -33" of the Russian Northern Fleet began to shift combat for the first time to guard the northern border.

Palestine received a memorandum on the International Criminal Jews terrorism

Ladder Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, in the court's headquarters in The Hague on Monday, a supplementary memorandum on the terrorist attack against Dawabsheh family in Nablus and terrorism settlers against the Palestinian people.
Palestinian news agency "Wafa" reported that al-Maliki met with the Prosecutor of the International criminal, on the instructions of President Mahmoud Abbas of the terrorist attack settlers on Dawabsheh family, and to follow up the Office of the Prosecutor procedures relating to the preliminary study of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Turning al-Maliki, during the meeting to the communication submitted by the State of Palestine to the General Prosecutor's Office on 25 June in light of the serious developments and the rapid evolution of events in the occupied land of the State of Palestine.

Palestinian minister stressed that the continuation of the occupation and its policies, including settlement activities and the promotion of impunity policy established for this type of crime and deepening tragedy.

International Criminal Court and called for the speedy opening of the investigation into the situation in Palestine, especially as the occupation continues to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinian people, in order to effectuate the accountability system and end the era of impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes.

US Location: United States, Turkey gamble in Syria

He saw the site "Business Insider" story US, US President Barack Obama, and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are locked in a big bet after agreeing to work together against al organization "Daash" terrorist in Syria.
He pointed out the site in a report broadcast on Monday that Erdogan wants to fight extremists Daash in the border towns with Syria, but it puts the major priority on domestic politics, which is to reduce the growing Kurdish power along the southern border of Turkey, where Ankara fears that encourages Kurdish gains in Iraq and Syria to revive the Kurdish rebellion in Turkey and seeking to establish an independent state.

The site that in order to achieve this end, use Erdogan Turkish air strikes against al Daash in Syria to attack the PKK rebels in northern Iraq forces, claimed that the Kurdish militia, the Syrian, "unit to protect the people", known as the "Way PGN", Day 27 July of this year they were bombed by Turkish troops, while a Turkish official denied that the army plans include military campaign on "Way PGN".

And since the announcement of the agreement between the United States and Turkey late last month to use Washington Turkish Airlines Incirlik base near the northern border of Syria, Turkish warplanes PKK bases attacked in northern Iraq, and his forces in southeastern Turkey on almost a daily basis.

The United States has already taken the right of access to Turkish al-Qaeda, as well as Turkey's participation in the attacks on militants Daash air.

He suggested the site to be what you lose the United States can be a great, as the most effective to Washington allies, as well as ground troops in the battle against Daash in Syria, they are Kurds, and who feel very careful of being targeted by Turkey, although promised Ankara not to attack them .

Jihadi former German: I will reveal to the world the fact Daash

Former German fighter in the ranks of the organization "Daash" the terrorist said, he will reveal details about the inner workings of the organization. "So that the world knows Bhakagueth"
"Fox News" American Network quoted former jihadist, Ibrahim H.b, 26 years old, he said, just before his trial in the city of Cele, said that members of the organization are Tejeaarham between fighting or carry out suicide attacks, adding that he preferred the prison in Germany to remain free in Syria.

Jihadist Ibrahim will be subject to trial along with Ayoub, 27, on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization.

He traveled Moatnan, who carry the German and Tunisian citizenship, to Syria last year to join the ranks of the organization, and returned to Germany in August and September.

He says the public prosecutor in Germany Abraham volunteered to carry out a suicide attack in Iraq, but aborted the attempt.

Al-Nusra Front to execute a lawyer in Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the victory Front, an arm of al Qaeda in Syria, executed a lawyer in the city of Khan Shaykhun the southern countryside of Idlib in Syria.
It launched a subsidiary of Al-Nusra Front fire elements on the lawyer on charges of spying with the Syrian regime and leaking information about Tmrkzac and the headquarters of the Mujahideen, as they claim.

The victory is a front organization belong to the Jihadi Salafi ideology, is the arm of al-Qaeda in Syria, was formed in late 2011, and took advantage of the Syrian revolution extended its control over a number of Syrian cities.

The killing of 10 soldiers in Mali

At 10 soldiers were killed on Monday morning, following an attack by militants on an army camp in the financial Timbuktu region north of the country, according to the site, "Sky News Arabic".

A military source said, according to "AFP" The camp "Gourma Rarus" presented this morning a terrorist attack left dozens dead from the ranks of the Malian army, forces are still gathering information from the site of the attack.

Russia warns of Washington's support of the Syrian opposition risk

Crossed the Russian leadership denounced the decision to provide US support for the opposition in Syria, noting that the United States is working on earthquake Syrian situation while various forms of support for the opposition offer there.
Said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian presidential, in a statement quoted by news agency "Sputnik" Russian, referring to what the United States announced plans to support the opposition in Syria, "said Moscow has been notes that financial assistance or technical obtained by the opposition in Syria lead to more unrest in this country, and that this in fact lead to the establishment of the situation could be exploited by terrorists Daash because the planned leadership weaken lose the ability to meet this regulation and prevent its expansion. "

Peskov stressed that "this is fundamentally a matter of dispute between Moscow and Washington."

America pulls the aircraft carrier from the Gulf

The newspaper "World Tribune US" said US capacity to launch raids against al Daash may be temporarily serious blow in the fall of this year, as a result of Washington's intention to withdraw US aircraft carrier in the Gulf, which means it will not be the United States has no aircraft carrier in the Gulf for the first time since 2007, due to US President Barack Obama's budget cuts.
The newspaper quoted, in a report posted on its website, for Admiral John Richardson, nominated by Obama administration to lead the naval operations, was quoted as saying in front of the Armed Services Committee in the US Senate, there will be a gap of two months in the fall, where they will be to the United States any aircraft carriers in the Gulf, pointing out that the United States will own 11 aircraft carrier when the carrier "USS Gerald Ford" enter service next year.

Richardson said, in response to a question to Republican Senator John McCain, "without an aircraft carrier it would hurt our abilities."

She drew the American newspaper that at the moment, is published aircraft carrier "Theodore Roosevelt" in the Gulf region and that one-third of air operations against Daash runs from the carrier, it has also been recently published Roosevelt aircraft carrier group to Yemen.

The newspaper pointed out that the experts believe that the lack of an aircraft carrier in the Middle East is a big mistake and reduces the options available to the US President, because very powerful aircraft carriers and is moving relatively quickly in times of need without having to get permission from a.

The United States recently got permission to use the air base at Incirlik in Turkey in the bombing against Daash operations.

Russia announces creation of aerospace forces

Sergei Shoigu announced, Russian Defense Minister, on Monday, for the establishment of a new branch of the Russian armed forces, an aerospace forces, was created in August of this first through the integration of forces and air and space defense air force.
The news agency quoted the Russian Sputnik for the Russian Defense Ministry that the air forces of satellite branches of the military air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles and is also responsible for military satellites and managing the launch of forces.

Shoigu said that the establishment of satellite air forces through the integration of air defense forces and air force space is optimized and the most convenient way for the development of air and space defense system.

It has been appointed General Victor Bhundarev, commander of the Air Force, commander of Air Force Space.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

‘Platinum’ asteroid potentially worth $5.4 trillion to pass Earth on Sunday

An asteroid believed to be carrying up to 90 million tons of platinum in its core, as well as other rare and precious materials, is about to swoosh past our planet. The news has left developers of asteroid-mining technologies intrigued.
The platinum-rich asteroid officially named 2011 UW158, is 452 meters by 1,011 meters in size and will pass Earth at a distance of an estimated 2.4 million kilometers, according to the Goldstone Radar Observatory. It will be 30 times closer to Earth than the closest planet of the Solar system.

However, when the asteroid does pass, it will still be six times further away than the moon’s orbit, so it will be impossible to see 2011 UW158 with the naked eye.

If you don’t happen to own a telescope – fear not. The Slooh Community Observatory is undertaking a project, which links powerful telescopes to the internet for public use, will broadcast images of the mineral-rich asteroid, from an observatory in the Canary Islands.

It will be possible to watch 2011 UW158 LIVE at Slooh’s Live Stadium at 22:00 GMT on Sunday.

The proximity of asteroid’s orbit to Earth has already put it on the ‘wish list’ for future robotic mining missions. According to different estimates, it might contain ore of precious metals and other minerals worth from $300 billion, to an incredible $5.4 trillion.

The composition of asteroid 2011 UW158 has been established with the help of spectrometers measuring the intensity of light reflected from an object.

The broadcast from Slooh will include commentary from network’s host Eric Edelman and Slooh astronomer Bob Berman about the asteroid itself and the “lucrative material it harbors.”

“It's always fun when an asteroid whooshes past our world,” Berman said in a Slooh announcement. “What makes this unusual is the large amount of platinum believed to be lurking in the body of this space visitor. Can it be mined someday, perhaps not too far in the future?”

The so-called Planetary Resources group, an asteroid mining venture with financial backing from Google bosses Eric Schmidt and Larry Page, as well as British billionaire Richard Branson, defines asteroids like UW-158 as suitable for mining 'X-type,' having catalogued dozens of similar prospective targets across the solar system.

On Thursday, the company launched their first demonstration of the Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) vehicle from the International Space Station’s Kibo airlock - to test technologies for mining asteroids.

The vehicle was delivered to the ISS aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 in April. During its 90-day orbiting mission, the vehicle will be sending data to a group of scientists based at the firm’s headquarters in Redmond, WA.

Uncovered film shows Queen Elizabeth II rehearsing Nazi salute as a child (VIDEO)

A secret home movie that lay hidden for as long as eight decades, has just been released. It shows Queen Elizabeth II performing a Nazi salute as a child with her mother, sister and uncle at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The video was most likely filmed between 1933 and 1934, after Hitler's rise to power in Germany. The black-and-white footage, obtained by the British tabloid The Sun, features the then seven year-old Princess Elizabeth thrusting her right arm into the air in Adolf Hitler's signature gesture. She is seen dancing and waving excitedly at the camera with her younger sister Margaret, who was around three at the time. Their mother, Elizabeth (later known as the Queen Mother) and their uncle, Prince Edward (whose links to the Nazis still remain a controversy) are also seen performing the notorious salute.

The film which only lasts about 18 seconds has caused a furore in Buckingham Palace.

"It is disappointing that film shot eight decades ago and apparently from HM's (her majesty's) personal family archive has been obtained and exploited in this manner," a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

“Most people will see these pictures in their proper context and time. This is a family playing and momentarily referencing a gesture many would have seen from contemporary newsreels,” a palace source added, according to the Daily Mail.

"No one at that time had any sense how it would evolve. To imply anything else is misleading and dishonest."

When King George V died, Prince Edward was crowned King Edward VIII in 1936. He voluntarily renounced the throne in December 1936, with his reign lasting less than a year, to marry his American lover Wallis Simpson. In 1937 Edward and his wife, who were given the titles of duke and duchess of Windsor, met Adolf Hitler in Germany.

According to the new research, carried out by Dr Urbach, which was revealed last month, Edward VIII wanted Britain to be bombed into an alliance with the Third Reich and blamed “Jews and Reds” for World War II.

The historian spent nearly a decade delving into the archives of 30 nations, including Germany, Spain and Russia, which revealed the fascist sympathies of many European aristocrats. Writing for The Conversation website ahead of the release of her new book, Urbach said that while Prince Edward has always been known for his "pro-Nazi sympathies", “the extent of his betrayal could never be fully verified due to the secrecy of the Royal Archives.”

She wrote: “The Royal Archives have always ensured that letters from German relatives of the royal family in the run up to World War II remain closed.
“Naturally, such censorship has led to endless conspiracy theories.”

“Intelligence reports and German, Spanish and Russian documents show members of the British royal family were indeed far closer to Nazi Germany than has previously been recognized,” Urbach said.

The records even hint at a possible correlation between the Duke’s fascist leanings and the start of the German bombing campaign against Britain.

Urbach wrote that in another conversation on June 25, 1940, Don Javier Bermejillo, a Spanish diplomat and old friend of the Duke of Windsor reported that Edward stressed if one bombed England effectively, this could bring peace.

“Bermejillo concluded that the Duke of Windsor seemed very much to hope that this would occur: ‘He wants peace at any price.’”

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

4 launch rockets from Gaza toward Israel

Israeli media reported that four rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening, landed in open areas in the coastal city of Ashdod and near the city of "Kiryat Gat" southern Israel.

Israeli public radio and the newspaper "Yediot Ahronot" reported that four or five rocket-propelled grenades of the type "Grad" evening fired from the Gaza Strip towards the city of Ashdod and its environs without causing any injuries or damage, where they fell in open areas.

And dot warning sirens after nine o'clock in the evening in Ashdod and the Sahel region.

Change the party of former President of France Name

Approved the French judiciary, on Tuesday, to replace the renamed party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy of "Union for a Popular Movement" to "Republicans", and that four days of the referendum scheduled on Friday about the new label with the participation of supporters of the party before.

Several civic associations and parties of the left filed a lawsuit against the "Union for a Popular Party" to prevent him from using the name "Republicans".

For his part, the lawyer said civic associations Christophe Ogeevik, that according to the first article of the French Constitution, which states that the Republic of France is indivisible, all French Republicans, according to a poll conducted by "Harris" Institute last Friday.

As a lawyer Jean Castellane Union Party said for a Popular Movement, the French right is much used the name "Republican" compared with the left.

The left leaders have directed their barbs and sarcastic that Nicolas Sarkozy, chose this name, "he wants to take an exclusive manner on the principle and spirit of every citizen of the Republic and that does not belong to the party would be anti-Republic."

The killing of the Minister of War «Daash» in Iraq

The bombing of the Iraqi Army Air important seat Telecom continued to organize "Daash" terrorist, killing 17 of the elements of the organization west of Dujail, in Salahuddin province in northern Iraq.

A statement by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense this evening, Tuesday, that the so-called "minister of war in organizing Daash" killed as a result of an air strike to Army Aviation in Salah al-Din, an officer of the rank of brigade during the reign of Saddam Hussein's regime, pointing out that the Aviation face air strikes against sites Daash terrorist equipment in Mr. Ghraib area breaker Samarra operations in northern Iraq.

Iraqi air force also destroyed two locations to Daash Albjrary area in Salahuddin sector operations, and raided four locations Daash Karmah in Anbar province, which resulted in inflicting heavy losses in the ranks of the organization.

He visited the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi Command Joint Operations Center to see the progress of the battles for liberation in Anbar and Salahuddin north, and praised the progress made by the armed forces and the crowd People in operations against Daash all axes.

A Hamas rocket hits southern Israel

According to the channel "Sky News" in Arabic night that he heard loud siren in Ashdod and Lachish region of southern Israel after the launch of a rocket from the Gaza Strip, the channel did not provide further details.

The Israeli occupation army has revealed early this May, the launch of a rocket from inside the Gaza Strip towards the settlement of "Eshkol" to the east of the southern Gaza Strip.

Libyan Prime Minister survives assassination attempt

Survived Libyan Prime Minister, Abdullah bending, an assassination attempt, after leaving the city of Tobruk, while the number of his bodyguards were wounded, according to satellite "Sky News Arabic".

The parliamentarians Libyans, they stressed that the elected Council of Representatives, based in the city of Tobruk commented hearing attended by the Prime Minister of the government internationally recognized Abdullah bending, Tuesday, after protesters burned a car outside the building, showed a current picture of the means of social communication car burned but was not immediately clear as demanded by the protesters.

3 strongly magnitude earthquake hits northwest Wales

It announced the British Geological Survey, on Tuesday, recording a weak earthquake measuring 3 on the Richter scale on the island of Anglesey in the Irish Sea, northwest Wales.

She explained the Commission, in a statement, said the quake was recorded the second hour and 41 minutes at noon at a depth of six kilometers, noting that the epicenter is located in the Carnarvon in Wales, it was not disclosed until now for any damage caused by the weak earthquake.

10 killed and 120 injured in an explosion in a fuel truck south Yemen

Killed at least 10 people were killed by the explosion of a truck carrying fuel Yemen's southern city of Taiz center, after the outbreak of clashes between residents and armed groups were trying to grab the fuel from the truck.

And local medical officials said, as the "Arab tomorrow," the news channel quoted today, Tuesday, that at least ten people were killed in the explosion and the fire that followed, as well as 120 others were injured, some in serious condition.

And it saw the third largest city of Taiz Yemen fierce fighting in the past few days.

Abdullah bending survives assassination attempt in Tobruk

Survived Libyan Prime Minister, Abdullah bending, from an assassination attempt after leaving the city of Tobruk on Tuesday evening, according to "Sky News Arabic".

Sky News said, according to the sources, the assassination attempt that resulted in the injury of a number of guards Prime Minister internationally recognized, were injured.

It did not reveal the operation, which came after a tumultuous parliamentary session devoted to the accountability of the government attended bending details, and saw the riots outside the parliament building.

The number of older people on the protesters to ignite the fire in two cars outside the building, prompting the head of the House of Representatives, the wife of Saleh, to suspend the meeting for a brief period.

The MP Tariq Jerohy has described the events that took place outside the parliament, who is based in based in Tobruk, as a "premeditated and fabricated".

Saudi Arabian Crown visiting those injured in the accident Qudayh

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz visited, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Eastern Province, on Tuesday, the injured citizens in Qudayh mosque incident occurred last Friday, where reassured on the health status for people with medical care they receive, wishing them a speedy recovery.
And the transfer of Crown wishes to the injured and calls Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud that Yemen upon them a speedy recovery.

And he visited the Crown Prince of the eastern region and condolences and those with families of deceased citizens in the accident and offered them consolation.

And transfer them condolences Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and his calls that God Almighty grant the deceased rest in peace and forgiveness and Eskinhm roomy committee.

He stressed that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the government is keen to establish security in all regions of the Kingdom and the face of anyone who tries to tamper with their security, stability and safety of its citizens, and that most of those behind this incident in the grip of justice, pointing out that the security forces carry out their duties to control all those involved wherever they are to apply God proceeded in the right.

The General Directorate of Health Affairs, Eastern Province announced, in a statement today, that the number of those who have recovered from the scene and left the hospital after receiving medical care 62 recovering until the morning, while still 25 wounded were receiving treatment, including 6 cases in intensive care and in stable condition.

The terrorist incident has resulted in the deaths of 21 people and wounded several others.

Monday, May 18, 2015

​France’s main Protestant Church gives blessing to gay marriages

France's largest Protestant Church, the fourth-largest religious group in the country, has voted for its pastors to give their blessing to homosexual couples. The move comes two years after Paris legalized same-sex marriages.
"The synod has decided to take a step forward in accompanying people and these couples by opening the possibility of celebrating liturgical blessings if they want," said Laurent Schlumberger, president of the Church.

The United Protestant Church of France, claims it has about 110,000 active members and 400,000 believers. It was created back in 2012-2013 after the merger of the Reformed Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. It ranks behind Catholicism, Judaism and Islam in numbers of adherents.

The decision was supported by 94 delegates out of 100. Only three voted against blessing homosexual couples. However, the vicars who oppose the practice won’t be forced to perform it.

“The decision was adopted overwhelmingly and calmly, and has allowed us to move forward together, even if different positions within our Church remain on this subject,” Schlumberger added.

“It’s an option, not an obligation,” as “every pastor and every parish is free to implement this change.”

The Popular Evangelical Mission, which is much smaller than the United Protestant Church, previously authorized a ceremony of "prayer and liturgical welcome" for same-sex couples in France.

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Tear gas, clashes after same-sex marriage law protest in Paris (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
France legalized gay marriages and adoption of children by gay couples in May 2013. The first official same-sex ceremony was held soon afterwards, on May 29, in the city of Montpellier. The bill saw nationwide protests defending traditional family values.

On Saturday, the Church of Scotland moved even further and voted to accept ministers and deacons in same-sex civil partnerships.

The Synod of the Lutheran Church of Sweden said yes to same-sex weddings back in 2009 and Denmark in 2012 made it mandatory for all churches to offer full religious weddings for gay couples. Norway followed its neighbors in 2014.

However, not all churches are so liberal towards same-sex weddings. Conservative Protestant churches, especially evangelicals, oppose the practice.

READ MORE: Ultra-conservative Catholics hit out at possible Vatican plans to welcome gays

The Vatican policy towards homosexuals became milder since Pope Francis was ordained. In 2013 he stated, "If a person is gay and seeks God and has goodwill, who am I to judge?"

The Catholic Church still condemns homosexual acts; however, it recognizes that gays could play a role within the Church.

​Saudis resume airstrikes on Yemen following five-day humanitarian ceasefire

The five-day humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen has ended with the resumption of Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebel positions, despite United Nations envoys’ calls for an extension of the truce.

Coalition airstrikes hit rebel positions and tanks in several neighborhoods of the port city of Aden, Yemeni security officials told the Associated Press when the ceasefire expired at 11:00pm on Sunday.

“They began bombing Aden a few minutes ago,” an army commander loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh confirmed to Sputnik.

Reports from the ground said explosions could be heard near the airport and the districts of Khor Maksar and Crater. Air raids have allegedly hit the Houthi-held presidential palace as well as a military base military officials and witnesses told Saana.

The bombardment resumed despite UN calls to extend the humanitarian pause which has largely held in the country since.

“I call on all parties to renew their commitment to this truce for five more days at least,” UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said shortly before the resumption of air campaign. “This humanitarian truce should turn into a permanent ceasefire.”

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The UN call for peace comes as Yemeni political parties gathered in the Saudi capital Riyadh in search of a political solution to the crisis. Houthis, the main rebel fighting force on the ground, however decided not to send their representatives as some 400 delegates including ousted President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi took part in the talks.

While tribal fractions seek stability, the UN World Food Program (WFP) said that getting aid into the country during the five-day pause in fighting was largely successful. The agency was able to deliver vital food, fuel and medicine supplies that were needed in Saudi-blockaded Yemen.

UN estimates that conflict in Yemen has killed more than 1,400 people, many of them civilians, since the Saudi-led air campaign began in late March.

ISIS claims full control of Ramadi after Iraqi troops abandon positions (VIDEO)

Iraqi forces have retreated from a compound they used as a command center in Ramadi, losing control of Aden’s provincial capital to Islamic State militants, despite substantial US airstrike support helping Iraqi troops and loyal militia hold the city.

“Ramadi has fallen,”said Muhannad Haimour, a spokesman for the governor of Anbar province. “The city was completely taken. ... The military is fleeing.”The spokesman added that at least 500 people were killed in the jihadist offensive.

The militants claimed their full control of the city after squashing last major pocket of resistance from tribal and government forces.

“God has enabled the soldiers of the caliphate to cleanse all of Ramadi... after storming the 8th brigade. They (now) control it along with a battalion of tanks and missile launchers and in addition to the Anbar operations command,” the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) statement said. The group also said it had seized tanks and killed dozens Iraqi security forces.

The final ISIS offensive that drove out government forces and tribal militias began early Sunday. Militants focused their attack on police officers defending the Malaab district in southern Ramadi by simultaneous bombings. Another three suicide bombers stormed the gate of the military headquarters to take control of the Anbar Operation Command.

Jihadis “pushed into the Ramadi military command headquarters after a fierce fight. The whole city is under their control,” Ahmed al-Dulaimi, a tribal leader told Bloomberg via phone.

Local security officials told AP that the militants already carried out mass killings of Iraqi security forces and civilians. Sunni tribal leader, Naeem al-Gauoud, said that bodies litter the streets in Ramadi, while others are thrown in the river.

Two days of fighting in Ramadi had displaced around 8,000 people according to the International Organization for Migration.

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ISIS captures capital of Iraqi Anbar, raises black flag over Ramadi govt HQ
Ramadi has been captured despite US-led air support and a counter-offensive by Iraqi forces to recapture the city. At least seven airstrikes in Ramadi were conducted in the last 24 hours – the highest number of strikes to target any single location. “It is a fluid and contested battlefield,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. “We are supporting (the Iraqis) with air power.”

The Pentagon refused to immediately admit Ramadi had fallen, with Defense Department spokeswoman Maureen Schumann saying it was “too early to make definitive statements about the situation on the ground.” She said the United States was “continuing to monitor reports of tough fighting in Ramadi and the situation remains fluid and contested."

The Islamic State indeed has military advantage in Ramadi, the Pentagon confirmed, warning that the city falling into the hands of jihadists would be a great propaganda boost for them. But in the worst case, official said according to Reuters, the US-led coalition would support Iraqi army in taking the city back “later.”

Sunday, May 17, 2015

‘Muslim religion must be banned’: French Mayor in trouble after extreme tweets, calls to deport Muslims

A mayor of a French town has been suspended from former president Nikolas Sarkozy’s UMP party after urging a ban on Islam in the country and the immediate “escorting to the border” of those practicing the religion.

“The Muslim religion must be banned in France,” Robert Chardon, mayor of the southern town of Venelles, wrote on Twitter earlier this week.

All followers of Islam should be “immediately escorted to the border,” the mayor added, forecasting that the Muslim faith will be banned in France by 2027.

The controversial tweet was made by Chardon as part of an online public discussion initiated by French ex-president and UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) leader, Nicolas Sarkozy, under the #NSDirect hashtag.

Sarkozy, who is likely to run for president once again in 2027, was quick to distance himself from the comments.

“I condemn this proposal even if secularism also means fixing limits. Rights and limits go together,” he wrote.

The Venelles mayor was also slammed by Twitter followers, who on their part suggested “to ban idiocy in France” instead of Islam, Sputnik news agency reported.

"In France, everyone is free to choose whether or not to believe in God, and that's just fine!" one of the users reminded, while another wrote to Chardon that he was “glad not to live in your **** town!”

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At first, it was suggested that the comments didn’t come from the mayor as his account on Twitter was hacked.

But Chardon confirmed the authenticity of the tweet, and expressed eagerness to defend his position.

In his interview with Le Monde paper, said he stands firm in his belief that banning Islam and deporting all Muslims is "the only solution for most of France's problems."

Muslims should practice their religion "in their country of origin," Chardon said.

According to the mayor, the understandings of this idea came to him as an epiphany, while he was taking leave to get treatment from mouth cancer.

Union for a Popular Movement vice-president, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, announced that party has suspended Chardon, who will be later removed from UMP’s ranks.

“I have called for the expulsion procedure to be started for these absurd statements that in no way reflect the values and program of the UMP,” Kosciusko-Morizet told AFP.

Racism and xenophobia against the country’s five billion Muslims have been on the rise in France, following series of terror attacks by Islamic radicals, including the deadly shooting at Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly in mid-January.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cops investigating after 10yo maced during Tony Robinson Minneapolis march The mayor and chief of police in Minneapolis are asking for the public's help in finding out how a 10-year-old boy was gassed during Wednesday night's solidarity march protesting the death of Tony Robinson.
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New app lets you create & share videos with life-size holograms of celebrities Want a video where you’re chatting with Obama? Or a selfie with a Bengal tiger? A new app, which creates the illusion of life-size holograms via a mobile device you can share on social media, has been launched on the Kickstarter crowd funding website.
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'We Are the World'.... order? Social media slams NATO’s charity song performance NATO foreign ministers got their rocks off and sang karaoke at the end of a meeting in Antalya, Turkey. Perhaps the song choice - “We Are The World” – was poor though. They got roasted on social media for their perceived peace-promoting hypocrisy.
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Genetic test can predict if you survive radiation poisoning A team of scientists have found an accurate way to immediately identify long term radiation damage by examining blood-bound genes, allowing more accurate predictions of who can survive radiation exposure after a nuclear catastrophe or a dirty bomb.
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​Private US oil company to drill near Deepwater Horizon A privately owned US oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore has been given permission to drill near BP’s Deepwater Horizon, the place of largest oil spill in US history.
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Scientists find way to deliver drugs straight into people’s brains A team of Canadian scientists has found a way to break the barrier of the human body that keeps the nervous and circulatory systems apart, and inject the drugs directly into the brain using “carrier” antibodies.
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​Poland sues Gazprom seeking lower gas price PGNiG, Poland’s largest gas distributor, has filed a lawsuit against Gazprom and Gazprom Export in the Stockholm arbitration court, saying it wants conditions similar to the European gas market.
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Death toll from Amtrak derailment stands at 8, authorities say Officials say that an eighth body has been recovered from the scene of this week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Force British jihadists into de-radicalization programs, says counter-terror chief Counter-terror police attempting to cope with growing numbers of Britons drawn to extremist ideologies may request fresh powers to force people to enroll in de-radicalization programs, the UK’s counter-terror chief says.
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Ukrainian nationalists assault women & elderly in war on Soviet-era Victory Day symbols As the world marked the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat in WWII, Ukraine has seen a wave of attacks against Victory Day symbols associated with May 9 celebrations in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
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‘Russia - reason to keep NATO alive’ A great opportunity to dissolve military alliances was wasted at the end of Cold War and since then Western commanders have been looking for reasons, like Russia, to keep NATO alive, says Tony Robinson, co-director at Pressenza News Agency.
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The Evil within: The truth we dare not see about Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen On the 70th anniversary of the fall of Nazi Germany, fascism is far from dead. As Yemen bleeds under Saudi Arabia’s grand war, it is really the annihilation of one people we are seeing play out - the Zaidis of Yemen.
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Oxford University head condemns sexual harassment on campus Sexual harassment and intimidation is widespread at Oxford University student parties and its social areas, according to the principal of Somerville College Dr Alice Prochaska.
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