Responding to a question posed by ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, deputy press secretary Eric Schultz argued the US can swap prisoners with the Taliban because the group is not a terrorist organization but “an armed insurgency.”
NATO troops leaving Afghanistan have left behind unexploded ordinance that is killing civilians at the rate of more than one a day, majority of whom are children. Since first invading Afghanistan in 2001, NATO air forces have dropped 20,000 tons of bombs on the country. About 10 percent do not detonate on contact with the ground and some malfunction.
Bolivian leader Evo Morales: RT has become the voice of revolutionaries, voice of the peoples of the world and countries the United States would like to silence. Morales was responding to comments made by Andrew Lack, new head of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), in which he compared RT to terrorist organizations.
THE AIM is clear: The big European powers, led by Germany, want to sabotage Greece's new government, led by the radical left party SYRIZA, by insisting that it continue to repay its crushing $336 billion debt to foreign lenders--thereby depriving it of resources to fund its aggressive reform program.
Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has informed Israel through the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) that it is not interested in further escalation of hostilities following an exchange of rocket strikes; Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
An Argentinian-born US nuclear scientist has been sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to sell a classified nuclear technology to a US agent he believed was a Venezuelan official, according to CNN.
Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johnson said the United States should look out for possible acts of terrorism, similar to the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine. He also added that the DHS should stay on alert and cooperate with major chiefs and sheriffs around the country to share information.
The United States and other Western countries must stop backing Ukrainian war hawks rampaging in the country's east, Russian Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Andrei Kelin said Thursday.
The Ukrainian government forces' use of indiscriminate weapons, such as Grad multiple rocket launchers, in fighting independence supporters in the southeast of the country has resulted in the killing of large numbers of civilians; Human Rights Watch.
Washington disagrees with former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev that the United States is in another Cold war with Russia, which might turn into a "hot" one; spokesperson for the US Department of State Jen Psaki, stressing that the United States continues to work with Russia on various issues including Iran, Syria, and Ukrainian conflict.
Russian Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for human rights, democracy and supremacy of law Konstantin Dolgov "Poland’s foreign minister said that sanctions against Russia embodied a common position of the whole world,". "The problem is he forgot about China, India, Brazil, other Latin American countries, and Africa." "Mr. Schetyna seems to need an upgrade not only in history but also in political geography.
Microsoft Corp made its popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications available for free on Android tablets on Thursday, marking the latest step in its drive to get as many mobile customers as possible using its software. It also released an app for its popular Outlook email programme to run on Apple Inc's iPhone and iPad,
Moscow has called on Bosnia and Herzegovina not to deliver weaponry to Kiev that could be used to kill civilians; Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has promised an extra 1,000 hryvnias (over $60) a day to every Kiev soldier fighting against independence supporters in the country's southeast amid massive draft evasion.
Two alleged Russian bombers were seen flying over British airspace on its southern coast, leading the Royal Air Force (RAF) to dispatch two jets in response.
During a raid to recover a number of stolen goods and cars, in São Paolo, Brazilian police discover two war tanks, assumed to be US-made M-41 models likely sold off in an auction, did not possess any weapons or engines. Police also seized 500 TV sets.
Francisco Illarramendi, the 45-year-old son of a former Venezuelan diplomat is due to be sentenced in Connecticut on Thursday, charged over a massive fraud scheme that involved investments from Venezuela's state oil company.
Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We're all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach - a chip under the skin. Along with access to doors and photocopiers, they're promised further services including the ability to pay in the cafe with a touch of a hand.
Someone in high offices decides who dies in the trenches, and who goes to a ski resort, who go to the ATO zone, and who goes to a prestigious European university.
Draft evasion is endemic. In a western Ukraine region 57% of those called up simply ignored their draft papers. In a different region in central Ukraine the figure is 50%. Draft-dodging in Ukraine can be punished by up to three years in jail.
Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, asked Congress to throw out spending cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control, proposed $74 billion in added spendingabout 7 percent split about evenly between defense programs and domestic side of the budget.
Greece, stripped of its independence by its EU membership and acceptance of the euro as its currency, has lost is sovereignty. Without control over its own money, Greece cannot finance itself. Greece must rely on private banks from other countries.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid the blame on Iran for Wednesday?s multipronged attack by Hezbollah on Israel?s northern border that killed two IDF soldiers and wounded seven others.
Residents in Gardena, California reported a foul-smelling, black sludge coming from their sinks, Golden State Water Company claims that this “water” is safe to drink. Customers gathered samples of the water for the water company to test, they still refused to test the samples because they needed “special tubes” to do so.
Federal, state and local governments can take your belongings, whether or not you have done anything wrong. Attorney General Eric Holder announced earlier this month that he was “suspending” federal government participation in certain forms of asset forfeiture, did nothing to address state forfeiture laws, which account for greatest amount of forfeiture activity.
Europe putting together a plan to track travelers and gather personal information. FBI planning a super DNA database to keep information on everyone. DHS launching Iris and facial recognition at the borders. Ukraine label Russia as an aggressor and the south eastern people terrorists. Western paid mercenaries are in Ukraine. Israel bombs Syria. Malware that attacked companies now linked to NSA. US and UK preparing for a cyber attack drill. The Islamic State threatens Obama and prepares to attack the US. Be prepared for a false flag.
The possible exclusion of Russia from the SWIFT payment system proposed by the European Parliament will hurt the world’s economy, Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma told Baltkom. In response, Russia's Central Bank said the country might introduce alternative channels of interbank communications to replace SWIFT.
A group of US technology companies and trade associations have called on the Chinese cyber authority to reconsider new cybersecurity controls that require the disclosure of sensitive intellectual property. New Chinese trade purchasing requirements, will primarily target computer equipment for Chinese banks.
A Moscow court has arrested Svetlana Davydova, on suspicion of spying for Ukraine, suspected in high treason and espionage, a source in the court's office told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
Experts from the Russian national nuclear corporation Rosatom will create a demo water decontamination station this autumn to be used at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant, the project head of the subsidiary RosRAO, that deals with radioactive materials, Sergei Florya, told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany’s largest newspapers: he accepted news stories written and given to him by the CIA and published them under his own name. Much the deception was to drive nations toward war. Corruption of journalists and major news outlets by the CIA is routine, accepted, widespread in media, journalists who do not comply cannot get jobs at any news organization, their careers cut short.
Russia's finance minister Anton Siluanov: *RUSSIA WOULD WEIGH FINANCE FOR GREECE IF ASKED, "if such a petition [for financial aid] is submitted to The Russian Government, we will definitely consider it."
Ukraine is experiencing a corporate takeover of its agriculture a longtime target for foreign investors as the world’s third largest exporter of corn, fifth largest exporter of wheat. foreign companies, Cargill, Monsanto, DuPont, gaining control over Ukraine's agricultural supply chain.
Ukraine’s military Chief of Staff Viktor Muzhenko admitted Russian troops have not been taking part in combat operations in the country’s east during news briefing in Kiev, acknowledged that Russian army units not involved in combat action in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The Pentagon is deeply concerned about the rapid military technological advances made by China and Russia, modernizing their nuclear weapons, anti-ship, anti-aircraft missiles, long-range strike missiles, capabilities in cyber and electronic warfare when US military superiority edge is steadily eroding.
The 82nd Airborne, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, will deploy this week as part of the Operation Inherent Resolve mission to Iraq. Deployment expected to last nine months to help train Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State.
80 percent drop in oil revenues since June, Alaska has no state sales or income taxes, “Even if you lay off every state employee, that only saves us a billion [dollars]“We’d still have $2.5 billion to go; ”Chris Tuck, Democrat minority leader in the Alaska House of Representatives. Governor, considering creating the state’s first income and sales taxes.
Residents of towns along the frontline in eastern Ukraine have been living in constant fear, sounds of artillery fire – a signal to quickly run and hide in the nearest basement. Repair crews are working round the clock trying to bring essential services, like electricity and heating, back to functioning. regularly come under fire.
Gorbachev: “the US has already dragged us into a new Cold War, trying to openly implement its idea of triumphalism,” “What’s next? Unfortunately, I cannot be sure that the Cold War will not bring about a ‘hot’ one. I’m afraid they might take the risk.
“I do not support legalization of marijuana; it’s not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization, nor would it be the position should I become confirmed as attorney general;” Lynch.
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