A small contingent of US special forces will be sent as part of an “advise and assist” mission to the Syrian rebels fighting against Islamic State militants, Reuters reported citing unnamed US officials. Unnamed US officials told Reuters that 20-30 special forces operatives will be sent to Syria as military advisers, presumably to the US-backed rebel groups.
MEPs voted 285 - 281 to recognise the NSA whistleblower's status as a "human rights defender" and asked member states to grant him protection from extradition to the US, where he is wanted under several Espionage Act charges.
Two Russian lawmakers propose to amend the Law on Consumers’ Rights. It would demand food producers attach large and readable warnings on all GMO-containing products as well as detailed explanations of artificial additives in foodstuffs.
"In the United States we have 2.2 million people in jail today, more than any other country. And we’re spending about $80 billion a year to lock people up. We need major changes in our criminal justice system—including changes in drug laws," the U.S. Senator from Vermont said.
Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner insisted the move was aimed solely at bringing order to the unrelenting influx of people entering the country, telling parliament there were no plans "to build a fence around Austria."
Defence spokesman Yang Yujun said the PLA would take all steps to protect national security as it sent its own guided-missile destroyer Lanzhou and frigate Taizhou to warn USS Lassen, which had entered waters within 12 nautical miles of the Mischief and Subi reefs in the Spratly archipelago.
"I would like to mention one crucial issue in the development of the energy industry, and the economy as a whole. It is a question of finally stopping the use of foreign currency in internal trade,” said Putin at the fuel and energy presidential commission on Tuesday.
Russia’s defense ministry calls on foreign states to form a broad international coalition to counter the terrorist organization Islamic State, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday.
The European Commission is taking legal action against six European countries, including the Netherlands and Luxembourg, after they failed to implement rules that would allow for depositors to have their cash confiscated.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat from Hawaii’s second congressional district and member of the Armed Services Committee; “The U.S. and the CIA are working to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad while Russia, a long-time ally of Assad for decades is working to defend or uphold the Syrian government of Assad, and this puts us in a position of a possible direct head-to-head conflict with Russia as long as the U.S. and CIA continue down this path.”
Battling howling winds, driving rain and icy temperatures, thousands of migrants today marched into Slovenia. Photographed from above, the refugees formed a single column as they crossed into the country from Croatia. Slovenia's Prime Minister warns the EU will break up if leaders cannot agree on how to deal with crisis.
Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar: "If we do not deliver some immediate and concrete actions on the ground in the next few days and weeks, I believe the EU and Europe as a whole will start falling apart," Cerar said on Sunday as he arrived for an emergency summit on the refugee crisis in Brussels, Belgium.
Slovenia “will not be able to endure this for weeks if we do not get help.”
The US government has opposed South Korea’s plans to export T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic training jets to Uzbekistan as it fears a possible leakage of technology to Russia, the Korea Times newspaper reported citing a military source on Sunday.
The state has $66.1 million in excess tax revenue from recreational pot sales and the voters get to decide how it’s spent. Proposition BB, up for a vote in less than two weeks, would allocate all of the extra funds entirely to the state; $40 million for school construction and $12 million for marijuana education.
Governor Hickenlooper, who opposed the legalization of recreational marijuana, now supports keeping all of that revenue for the state.
President Vladimir Putin has familiarized himself with data on Islamic State positions in Syria supplied by former US President Jimmy Carter, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, noting that the information had been supplied through open channels as it was not of military nature.
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