Kim mentioned that North Korea was a “powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate self-reliant A-bomb and H-bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty”, the North’s official KCNA news agency said Thursday. North Korea has already tested three atom bombs, which rely on nuclear fission. A hydrogen, or thermonuclear device, uses fusion in a chain reaction that results in a far more powerful explosion.
Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla pleaded with Congress to help his government emerge from a deepening fiscal crisis, saying the federal spending bill may be the best chance for the island to secure aid before bond payments come due next month. Democrats in the Senate failed in an effort to unanimously push through a bill that would allow some of Puerto Rico’s agencies to file for municipal bankruptcy, one of the island’s top priorities, lack of support among Republicans who control Congress.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Finance Ministry to take Ukraine to court for failure to pay debt on bonds. "File a suit then," Putin told Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, when speaking at a meeting with cabinet members.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN)Vitaly Churkin; “We believe that Turkey has acted recklessly and inexplicably, carrying out additional deployments on the territory of Iraq without the consent of the Iraqi government.”
US invasion and occupation of Iraq made the problem of terrorism worse by creating a new generation of terrorists. Counter-terrorism authorities such as General Stanley McChrystal, General Mike Flynn and George W. Bush’s counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke say that drone strikes in particular are creating more terrorists than they’re killing.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: Ankara gave Moscow ground for war, but Russia has refused to respond 'symmetrically' answering the question on Russian Su-24 downing by Turkish F-16 over Syria. "Naturally, war is the worst option. Turkey violated all international legal standards, they committed an act of aggression against us and gave ground for war. However we decided against a tit-for-tat response."
On Sunday morning the Greek parliament voted to approve a 2016 budget proposal containing a new round of sweeping austerity measures demanded by the troika, which consists of the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Tsipras and Syriza haveagreed to slash Greek public spending an additional €5.7 billion, €1.8 billion cuts in pensions and tax increases of over €2 billion.
The Philippines Supreme Court permanently halted the field testing for genetically modified eggplant, Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), upholding the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) which stopped the field trials for the GM plant.
War on drugs cost over $1 trillion, 51 billion spent annually in the United States. In 2013, at least 2.2 million people were incarcerated in U.S., U.S. home to the world’s largest prison population. About half the inmates in the federal prison system are there for nonviolent drug crime.
Hours after Donald Trump suggested the U.S. ban Muslims from entering the United States, the Republican presidential candidate said America should also consider “closing the Internet up in some way” to fight Islamic State terrorists in cyberspace. Trump mocked anyone who would object that his plan might violate the freedom of speech, saying “these are foolish people, we have a lot of foolish people.”
A United States Congressman has alleged that there are at least 72 employees of the Department of Homeland Security on the terror watch list.
The California Supreme Court ruled recently that under California law, consumers have a right to file lawsuits alleging food products are falsely labeled “organic.”The ruling overturned a lower court decision that banned such lawsuits on the basis that they were outdated and not permitted by federal law.
Pittsburgh Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police “has filed a civil rights grievance against the city, claiming officers have been order to undergo drug and alcohol testing that is in violation of their contract.” Union attorney Bryan Campbell describes the policy as “an illegal search and seizure.” Under the contract police officers can be subjected to drug or alcohol tests only in three circumstances: When an officer displays signs of impairment on the job, fires a weapon, or is involved in a vehicle crash.
TV journalist Ted Koppel: The Internet, whatever its advantages, has become a potential “weapon of mass destruction,” The threat is hacking intended to destabilize entire societies; someone hacks into the nation’s electric power grid, causes large parts of it to crash.
Air Force chief of staff General Mark Welsh; Air Force is now "expending munitions faster than we can replenish them." "B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers. We need the funding in place to ensure we're prepared for the long fight."
Obama ended his speech with demand Congress take action to formally authorize US military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria; would amount to a US declaration of war, similar to resolutions passed by Congress before Bush administration’s invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Russia can no longer tolerate state of affairs in the world, at the invitation of the Syrian government Russia began war against ISIS destroying ISIS arms depots, thousands of oil tankers financing ISIS by transporting stolen Syrian oil. Washington and its European vassals have put humanity in a very dangerous situation, only choices left to Russia and China are to accept American vassalage or prepare for war.
A New Jersey social service agency has followed through with its threat to fire three office workers over their refusal to get a flu shot or, as an alternative, wear a surgical mask while in the company's Burlington Township headquarters.
Venezuela’s opposition won control of the legislature in the election Sunday, first time in almost two decades. Venezuelan economy has faced turbulence, rising inflation, has world’s largest oil reserves, drop in the price of oil has hit hard. Supporters of the government, say business oligarchs, corporations, and foreign governments — especially the U.S. pursued policies of economic sabotage in Venezuela.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu; "We consider it reasonable in the interests of our countries and their future to review those measures and also to cancel them immediately. Otherwise, the said economic measures will affect directly the economies of the countries and will cause negative consequences for the Russian people, no less than for the Turkish people." The relations between Moscow and Ankara worsened as an Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber.
Alarmed by President Erdogan’s political adventurism, a group of leading Turkish businessmen has asked the head of the Russian-Lebanese Business Council, Jacques Sarraf, to organize a meeting with their Russian colleagues in Lebanon. said they wanted to safeguard the Russian-Turkish economic relations against President Erdogan’s “irresponsible political decisions.
Finland's government is drawing up plans to give every one of its citizens a basic income of 800 euros (£576) a month and scrap benefits altogether. The proposal would entitle each Finn to 800 euros tax free each month, which according to Bloomberg, would cost the government 52.2 billion euros a year.
After five Turkish vessels were held at the port of Novorossiysk for “inspections,” Turkey retaliated on Friday by holding four Russian ships at the Black Sea port of Samsun. Alleged infractions which apparently include fire safety violations, pollution prevention violations, and problems with “life saving appliances.”
The aircraft carrier and its task force is now located in waters off Guyana and Venezuela, standard complement of the electronic surveillance capabilities. Venezuela Minister of Defense, Vladimir Padrino López: "For us it is a strange coincidence, but we do not believe it is a coincidence that the carrier will be very close on the election day.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has rejected calls to join the US-led war against ISIS by announcing airstrikes against targets inside Syria, saying that more airstrikes would only add to the chaos in the region.
Thousands of South Koreans, many wearing masks, marched in Seoul on Saturday against conservative President Park Geun-hye, who had compared masked protesters to terrorists after clashes with police broke out at a rally last month. The march Saturday was organized by labor, farmer and civic groups to protest what they say are setbacks in labor conditions and personal and political freedoms.
The retailer's Puerto Rican affiliate sued the U.S. commonwealth Friday over legislation that would more than triple the tax bill for large American corporate subsidiaries on the island that import goods from their mainland parent companies; argued in lawsuit the tax hike unfairly burdened the company, as it was the only entity to break into the top tax margin of $2.75 billion in gross revenue. The levy would bring the Wal-Mart unit's total income-tax burden to "an astonishing and unsustainable 91.5 percent of its net income," it said in the suit. Wal-Mart is the largest employer in Puerto Rico.
Obama is proposing to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenues for the government by taxing your retirement. This year's version of the budget included a number of provisions targeting retirement accounts.
Russia's Defence Ministry "It appears that recent statements of officials of the Pentagon and Department of State remind of the 'theatre of the absurd' based on double standards and quibbling," Konashenkov told a briefing in Moscow. "They either see it or not. They do divide the opposition - either it is moderate or immoderate. Even terrorists they regard as bad and very bad. Russia had repeatedly warned of a danger to ‘flirt’ with terrorists.
Turkey will have a permanent military base in the northern Iraqi region of Bashiqa near the city of Mosul as its military group training local forces in Iraq has been reinforced with additional personnel, Turkey's Hurriyet reports.
On Friday, the Bundestag, the German parliament, voted to participate in the war in Syria by a large majority. The decision to launch a major deployment of the Bundeswehr, with far-reaching and unpredictable consequences, was rushed through parliament in expedited proceedings.
Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh, and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a Credit Suisse conference in West Palm Beach this week that they stand to gain from the escalating conflicts in the Middle East; will see “indirect benefits” from the war in Syria providing “a lift.”
The FBI processed a record number of firearms background checks on Black Friday, the bureau said on Tuesday.The FBI processed 185,345 background checks – roughly two per second – on the busiest shopping day in the United States. That is about 5% more than the FBI processed on Black Friday in 2014, the Associated Press reported. The FBI conducts background checks for gun purchases from federally licensed dealers and for permits to carry guns.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has stationed four warships in the Black Sea, the Russian news agency Sputnik reported Friday. The Black Sea sits between several countries with strained relations of late, including Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. U.S. would send a guided missile destroyer, the USS Ross, “to promote peace and stability in the region” as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve; press release from the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: “Those who believe that economic sanctions against an honorable nation like Turkey can bring it to its knees will be mistaken, insisting once again that Ankara did not know the nationality of the plane it downed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to form an economic bloc, as an alternative to the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). He has asked the government to start making contacts with Asian countries.
Several Dutch lawmakers have called on the government of the Netherlands to join the US-led coalition that is involved in a bombing campaign against purported positions of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Syria. The Netherlands deployed four F-16 warplanes to Iraq in October 2014 to bomb what was announced as Daesh targets.
Friday’s decision by Germany, following those by France and the United Kingdom, to join the air campaign against ISIL in Syria collectively mark the most significant sharing of a burden born principally by the United States since the strikes began.
Conservative Defence Secretary Michael Fallon authorised the first air strikes by RAF squadrons immediately following the vote by the British parliament in favour of bombing Syria.
Turkey has refused US demands to close the part of the border with Syria which is controlled by Daesh (Islamic State) militants, local media reported. Ankara said that it is impossible to close the border and Daesh terrorists may boost their forces in response.
The court, in The Hague, Netherlands, will use the UN’s ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ developed in 2011 to assess damages for Monsanto’s acts against human life and the environment. The court will also rely on the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002, and it will consider whether to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense.
Joseph P. Ganim had been the mayor of Connecticut’s largest city for 12 years; convicted 16 counts of criminal misconduct, including racketeering, extortion, bribery, tax evasion and mail fraud, serving seven of the nine years of his sentence. Tuesday, December 1, 2015, after being reelected in a landslide vote, Joe Ganim was sworn into the office of mayor – for the second time.
Less than a month after the Paris attacks, France has drawn up a draft law to extend state of emergency for up to six months from the current three-month limit.
NATO foreign ministers welcomed Montenegro into their fold on Wednesday in the alliance’s first expansion since 2009, defying Russian warnings that enlargement of the U.S.-led bloc further into the Balkans was a “provocation”.
President Vladimir Putin said Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane last month was a war crime, Kremlin would punish Ankara with additional sanctions, retaliatory actions would be neither hysterical nor dangerous. Russia halting talks with Ankara on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline,"We are not planning to engage in military saber-rattling (with Turkey)," if anyone thinks they are going to get away with some measures concerning their tomatoes or limits on construction and other sectors, they are sorely mistaken."
David Cameron announced one billion pounds from UK taxpayers will go to fund the ‘reconstruction’ of Syria after it has been pummeled by British bombs. The lunacy of pledging to rob the public purse to repair the damage Cameron is so hell-bent on creating is breathtaking until you examine who the plan makes sense for: Cameron’s much loved British companies.
Eren Erdem, a lawmaker from the Republican People's Party, Turkey's largest opposition party, revealed he is ready to publicize information next week linking Berat Albayrak, President Erdogan's son-in-law and the Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, to the Daesh terrorists oil trade.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) continued her harsh criticisms of the Obama administration's foreign policy, saying actions against the Islamic State group could lead the U.S. into a "devastating nuclear war" with Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin; accusing Ankara of having trade ties with terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. “We were prepared to cooperate with Turkey on most sensitive issues and go further than their allies. Allah knows why they did it. Apparently Allah decided to punish the ruling clique in Turkey by taking their sanity.” “We will not forget this aid to terrorists. We have always considered betrayal the worst and most shameful act.
Russia could freeze the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project for several years in response to Turkey shooting down a Russian jet in Syria. Turkish Stream gas pipeline is one of the major projects for Russia and Turkey. It aims to deliver Russian natural gas to Turkey via the Black Sea, then further to Southern Europe. The start of construction was scheduled for June but has been delayed.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: any expansion of NATO was "a mistake, even a provocation." Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov: Moscow has always noted the continuing expansion of NATO, of the military infrastructure of NATO to the east, can only lead to retaliatory measure from the east, from the Russian side, in terms of guaranteeing the security and maintaining a parity of interests.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday attended the launch of the first leg of the power line ensuring direct supplies of electricity from Russia's mainland to the Crimean peninsula hit by Ukraine's energy blockade; expected to completely eliminate Crimea's dependency on electricity transit through Ukraine. Crimea was plunged into darkness last week after Ukrainian nationalists blew up pylons that support electricity lines from Ukraine.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected the possibility of normalizing relations with Ankara after Turkey downed a Russian warplane inside Syria. He made the remarks on Wednesday in response to a question about the measures Turkey could possibly take to mend ties with Russia
Europeans are being dispossessed of the social welfare systems that made life under capitalism liveable. Simultaneously, the most heavily indebted countries are being looted. The living standards of the populations are being squeezed to death in order to pay off the fraudulent debts incurred by corrupt governments.
Turkey has begun a defacto blockade of Russian naval vessels, preventing transit through the Dardanelles and the Strait of Bosporus, between the Black Sea and Mediterranean. According to the AIS tracking system for the movement of maritime vessels, only Turkish vessels are moving along the Bosphorus, in the Dardanelles there is no movement of any shipping at all.
Russian Defense Ministry has released evidence which it says unmasks vast illegal oil trade by Islamic State and points to Turkey as the main destination for the smuggled petrol, implicating its leadership in aiding the terrorists. According to Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, Russia is aware of three main oil smuggling routes to Turkey. Oil “in large quantities” enters Turkey via “live oil pipelines,” consisting of thousands of oil trucks.
For his opposition to launching British airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been branded a "terrorist sympathizer" by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The British Parliament on Wednesday will debate then vote on whether the UK joins the U.S., France, and Russia in bombing targets in Syria. The 'Yes' side is expected to prevail.
Every Western government and Washington’s Asian vassal states are totally under the control of private corporations and private interest groups. The corporations govern, and they are in the process of institutionalizing their governance with the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Partnerships. The purpose of these “partnerships” is to make global corporations higher than the laws of the “sovereign” countries in which they do business.
The decision by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to allow a free vote on UK participation in bombing missions in Syria is a total capitulation to the right-wing, pro-war forces in his party. Corbyn was elected by a landslide to lead the party based on his declared anti-austerity, anti-war stance.
The German government says it will join the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria, but has ruled out any cooperation with the country’s president Bashar Assad. The plans will see Berlin sending 1,200 personnel to the region, but in an advisory role.
Can Dündar, editor in chief of Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gül, the newspaper’s capital correspondent in Ankara, arrested last week on charges of spying and aiding and abetting terrorists. "The charges center on a Cumhuriyet report in May, including photos and video, suggesting Turkish intelligence was secretly ferrying weapons to extremist Syrian rebels. A court in Istanbul ordered the arrest of three senior army officers, including two generals on charges of espionage and leading a terrorist group involving the search of Turkish intelligence trucks in 2014.
"President Obama expressed his regret for the recent loss of a Russian pilot and crew member and reiterated the United States' support for de-escalation between Russia and Turkey. Obama urged Putin to focus Russia's air campaign in Syria against Daesh terrorists and not target Western-backed militants.
Philip Williams’ home was demolished in the spring by town officials while he spent six months recuperating from surgical complications in Fort Lauderdale. Hempstead, New York, officials deemed his modest two-story home unfit for habitation, knocked it down. Mortgage, property taxes were up to date.
US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham called Sunday for 100,000 foreign soldiers, most from Sunni regional states but also including Americans, to fight the Islamic State group in Syria. Both McCain, the chair of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and Graham, one of its members, sharply criticised current US strategy as insufficient and unsuccessful in defeating the jihadists.
While the United States and Europe argue over how many Syrian refugees to allow in, the richest Persian Gulf states have accepted exactly zero. Amnesty International; The Muslim countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council that include Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates refuse to accept any Syrian refugees.
The most potent threats to human rights are often birthed out of moments of fear. People and their governments are capable of some of the most heinous atrocities in the name of preserving the state, in the face of real or imagined threats. During times like these, while many are mourning, governments and their adversaries alike can seize the opportunities brought about by the air of death and fear.
France is using the terror attack as the excuse now to shut down pre-paid debt cards. Terrorists can circumvent any restriction. It is like gun control. Criminal do not buy guns at a store. Like drugs, they are readily available on the streets. Regulations only impact honest people just like debt cads or whatever
Over 200 people were arrested in Paris on Sunday during a banned rally to urge a deal at an upcoming United Nations summit on climate change, local media reported. The rally was held despite a ban on all demonstrations under a state of emergency announced in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the city.
Plummeting living standards have forced large numbers of young Greek women into prostitution. In the US escalating tuition costs, with 75% of the university budget spent on administration, rather than on faculty or student aid, lack of jobs available to graduates that pay enough to service the student loans. Loans were made to corrupt Greek governments who were paid bribes; proceeds often used for purchases from country from which the loan originated.
The decision of the German government to participate in the war in Syria marks a new stage in the resurgence of German militarism. On Thursday, the federal government agreed to participate in the US-led international military coalition bombing Syrian positions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), by deploying six Tornado jets, at least one tanker aircraft, a warship and satellite reconnaissance.
Thousands of people protested in London and around Britain Saturday against Britain joining in bombing attacks on ISIS in Syria. The UK Parliament will vote next week on whether to join with the US and France in launching air strikes on Syria. Prime Minister David Cameron is leading the push for bombing
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced "sadness" on Saturday over the downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkish forces. "We wish it hadn't happened, but it happened. I hope something like this doesn't happen again, added that both sides should approach the issue in a more positive way, and renewed a call for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Syrian army command made the announcement in a statement released on Saturday, saying that Turkey sends the arms in shipments claiming they are humanitarian aid.
Tensions between Russia and the United States continue to escalate, after Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Washington of handing Ankara details of the flight path of the Russian plane downed by Turkey in Syria on Tuesday. US President Barack Obama signed a defence bill handing over hundreds of millions of dollars to militias fighting Russian-backed forces in Ukraine and Syria.
The French interior ministry said Friday the government was trying to prevent the activists from demonstrating ahead of the COP21 conference, but their lawyers and Amnesty International accused the government of abusing the 'state of emergency' put into effect after the Paris attacks.
Obama administration is pressing Turkey to deploy thousands of additional troops along its border with Syria to cordon off a 60-mile stretch of frontier that U.S. officials say is used by Islamic State to move foreign fighters in and out of the war zone.
The federal government has decided that Americans don’t need to know what’s in their food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said recently that it would not require labeling of genetically modified plants that have been approved for sale.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree imposing a package of economic sanctions against Turkey following its downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria. The measures include banning several Turkish organizations and the import of certain goods. Employers in Russia will be prohibited from hiring Turkish nationals for work starting January 1, 2016.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed regrets about the incident with downing the Russian Su-24 jet but their statements also contained threats. Erdogan warned Moscow that Turkey would take steps if its warplane was downed by the Russian S-400 missile system in case of violation of the Syrian airspace.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Moscow for backing the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as well as Russia's air raids against the militant groups operating in the Arab state.“We very sincerely recommend to Russia not to play with fire,” Ankara does not want its ties with Moscow to “suffer harm in any way.”The Turkish president said he may hold talks with Vladimir Putin at a climate change summit to be held in Paris, France, next week. Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov said the Russian head of state refused to contact Erdogan.
The downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish fighters this week dramatically escalated global tensions and posed point blank the danger of a conflict between nuclear-armed powers. Yet even as the US-led war in the Middle East was placing the world on a knife-edge, President Barack Obama spent last week ramping up the confrontation with China over its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced Russia would suspend its visa-free regime with Turkey from January 1, 2016. "Some 69,000 [Turkish] citizens indicated ‘tourism’ as the purpose of their arrival [in Russia], about 31,000 arrived on business trips, whereas others came on personal visits.
Turkey's annual revenues from Russian tourists stood at $10 bln, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) Oleg Safonov, the country will "obviously not be receiving those funds anymore." Russia’s Su-24 warplane was downed by an air-to-air missile launched from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet.
Bolivian President Evo Morales: Western powers create terrorism in an attempt to unseat governments which are against imperialism, warning, however, that such a policy would backfire.
Western states create terror threats and provide financial support to terrorists, who serve as their proxies, in a bid to depose anti-imperialism heads of state and governments.
Turkish president declaring his military will shoot down any new intruder. Russian Defense Ministry prepared to destroy any aerial target that may threaten its warplanes, announced severance of all military ties with Turkey. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered sanctions against Turkey, bans on products. Russia was biggest source of Turkish imports last year, worth $25 billion, largest destination for Turkish exports, mostly textiles and food, confiscation of large quantities of Turkish food imports.
Russian state hi-tech corporation Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov announced Russia had signed a contract with China on the delivery of 24 Su-35 multifunctional fighter jets to China.
The Italian government makes efforts to broaden the international coalition against the Islamic State (ISIL) militant group by including Russia; Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
Vladimir Putin emphasized that Turkey’s air forces hitting the Russian plane contradicted “common sense and international law [as] the plane was shot down over Syrian territory.” “I have to say that we find absolutely inexplicable the treacherous stabs in our back dealt by those we thought to be our partners and allies in the anti-terrorist struggle.
French President Francois Hollande told Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday that world powers must create a "grand coalition" to combat Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. Germany, to send reconnaissance aircraft, tanker planes and a warship to help in the fight against ISIL.
The U.S. government is working hard to ensure quicker processing of U.S. foreign arms sales, which surged 36 percent to $46.6 billion in fiscal 2015 and look set to remain strong in coming years; Vice Admiral Joe Rixey, Pentagon Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
RUSSIANS have been warned to stay AWAY from Turkey as flights to tourist parts of the country have been cancelled following the downing of a Russian jet. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan: Russia’s response to downing of its fighter plane near the Syrian border was "unfitting" after Russia suggested some projects could be cancelled; accused Russia of slander after it said Turkey was the main buyer of oil and gas from Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in Syria.
A national association of state lawmakers has announced that it will investigate a burgeoning effort to let companies opt out of workers’ compensation insurance and write their own plans for how they’ll care for injured workers.
Russia’s largest tour operators are terminating their business with Turkey in response to the Kremlin's travel warning. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov canceled his visit to Istanbul over the jet incident, recommended Russians not visit Turkey in the near future. Three million tourists from Russia visited the country last year, could cost Turkey $30 billion a year. Putin warned downing of the Russian warplane will have grave consequences for Russia’s relations with Turkey.
The massive rise came thanks to bumper profits from the Crown Estate, which owns 350,000 acres of land across Britain . It also owns a sprawl of London's plush West End including Regent Street, where rents have exploded since the financial crisis. 15% of those profits are handed to the Queen as a sovereign grant,up 19% in three years, part of the annual cost of the Royal family, at £334m." Dozens of people have been kicked out of Crown Estate homes after being told they would have to buy them at inflated prices .
Federal customs service said that customs officers gave the order of 100% screening of cargo from Turkey, and then to leave them at the warehouse of temporary storage.
Turkey’s claim that the SU-24 was in Turkey’s airspace for 17 seconds but only traveled 1.15 miles means that the SU-24 was flying at stall speed! The entire Western media was too incompetent to do the basic math! Do not expect any truth from any Western government or from any Western media. Governments and media know that the Western populations are uneducated, unaware, and can be relied upon to accept any preposterous story.
Russia’s state-owned gas giant, Gazprom, has announced halting natural gas supply to Ukraine after Kiev failed to make upfront payments for more supplies.
Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian bomber involved in an anti-terror mission against the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group means that Ankara has effectively sided with IS. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Turkey’s role in the terrorist group’s illegal oil trade.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Moscow isn't planning any war on Turkey. "We are not planning to wage a war against Turkey, our attitude towards the Turkish people has not changed," the minister said. "We have questions only to the Turkish leadership."
Russia's State Duma’s International Affairs Committee deputy head Leonid Kalashnikov following the downing of the Russian Su-24 warplane in Syria. "We should immediately freeze economic relations with Turkey, diplomatic ties may be halted as well.
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