Iraq: Kurdish security forces launched an offensive on ISIS in northern Iraq Wednesday, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, and retook villages the jihadis used to launch attacks, officials said. The Kurdistan Regional Security Council said peshmerga forces, began a "large-scale offensive" around 7:00 a.m. (0400 GMT), retook four areas and were working to clear more.
BEIRUT: There was no sign of infiltration of Israel's northern border from Lebanon by gunmen, the Jerusalem Post said Wednesday night, citing Israeli authorities. Report said that all roads in the north have been reopened.
"36,000" number the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is constantly throwing around as the number of people in the U.S. who supposedly die every year from influenza? It's completely made up, and its purpose is to sell more flu vaccines, as evidenced by actual mortality data showing that only a few hundred people at most die from influenza annually.
The world’s biggest oil platform has begun commercial production at the Sakhalin-1 offshore project in Russia’s Far East. The Berkut oil rig is expected to extract 4.5 million tons of oil annually. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $10-12 billion, making it the largest direct foreign investment.
Most striking aspect of Obama’s hour-long address, riddled with tired clichés and empty rhetoric, was the sheer unreality of the picture he presented of America, totally at odds with the actual experience of tens of millions of working people: mounting social and economic crisis, escalating attacks on democratic rights and the growing danger of world war.
Russian government may spend over 500 billion rubles ($7 billion) from the country’s oil wealth Reserve Fund on an anti-crisis plan, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Wednesday after a meeting of President Vladimir Putin with government members, where they discussed a plan of measures to support the economy in the current conditions. The Russian president broadly supported the plan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: "Relations between Moscow and Washington have become seriously acute on the American front. The US administration has wrapped up bilateral dialogue in most areas. We call on our American partners to return to the path of constructive mutual activities on bilateral issues as well as on the world arena where our countries carry great responsibility.
Russia will take appropriate measures to increase its economic sovereignty as the global economy is eroding under pressure from political factors; President Vladimir Putin.
Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, called on GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer to drop the price of pneumococcal vaccine to $5 per child in the most impoverished countries. Pharmaceutical companies overcharging donors and developing countries for vaccines that earn them billions of dollars in wealthy countries. "Cost of vaccinating children in poorest countries 68 times higher than in 2001.
Almost 1.4 million Irish residents, or 28 percent of Ireland’s population, were forced to endure “enforced deprivation” throughout 2013, Ireland’s Central Statistics Office (CSO). “Enforced deprivation” is a form of poverty characterized by a lack of two or more basics required for a comfortable standard of living, ability to afford adequate food, heating and clothing.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls; government will spend 425 million euros ($490 million) on counter-terrorism in response to the Paris attacks. Three police were among those killed by the gunmen. France will bolster its intelligence apparatus, introducing a measure to make it easier to tap phones. 3,000 people with ties to Francesome at home, others abroad, will be monitored by anti-terror surveillance agents.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov: Obama's annual State of the Union address showcased America's "aggressive foreign policy" and quest to dominate world affairs. also accused the West of trying to unseat Putin.
"Americans have set a course for confrontation.
The Republican leader released a letter extending the invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu for Feb. 11. Boehner also told a private meeting of GOP lawmakers that Congress would move ahead on new penalties against Iran despite Obama's warning that any legislation would scuttle diplomatic negotiations over the country's nuclear program.
Following an oil pipeline leak and subsequent spillage of over 50,000 gallons of oil into the monumental Yellowstone River, cancer-causing chemicals have now been detected even within nearby water treatment plants which usher mass amounts of water meant for drinking.
Moscow and Tehran have signed military cooperation deal that implies wider collaboration in personnel training and counter-terrorism activities. It may also resolve the situation concerning the delivery of Russian S300 missiles, Iranian media reported.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has said she plans to sue Fox News after it broadcasted incorrect reports of Paris “no go zones” governed by Sharia law, which non-Muslims are forbidden to enter and police avoid going to.
Tumbling oil prices putting pressure on Malaysia's commodity-driven economy, hurting its exports and currency, putting spotlight on huge debts the country runs. Malaysia, a major exporter of liquefied natural gas and oil, suddenly faced with cheap oil, other commodities will drive current account into deficit, has unnerved foreign investors. Malaysiaa net importer of foreign capital. Credit markets now rank Malaysia riskiest in Southeast Asia, exposeure to market volatility," foreign currency reserves dropping US$25 billion since 2013.
Swedish financial aid to Georgia has been used by American organizations in the country to produce talk shows, radio and television programs, about the European Union and NATO membership; Aftonbladet tabloid newspaper: citing government documents.
The United States Congress allocated $75 million to support Ukrainian defense sector in 2015, in addition to $119 million it has already provided in 2014; US Ambassador to Ukraine. US announced it will provide a billion loan guarantee to Kiev until July 2015. US Congress considering another billion dollars guarantee.
Russian authorities consider implementation of regulative measures in foods prices in case of significant – over 30% — fluctuations in the market; Deputy PM Arkadi Dvorkovich. Cabinet reluctant to freeze prices. Russian-made foods have appreciated significantly during last several months. Among reasons: lack of market competition with imported goods.
The speaker of the Federation Council, upper house of Russia’s parliament, Valentina Matviyenko: Russia will cope with Western sanctions,“will get a powerful charge of new creative energy” as a result Western countries complicates life for Russians; not the first time. Difficulties caused by many different reasons, both external and internal.
. Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on Wednesday with members of the Russian government to discuss measures to ensure sustainable development of the economy and stability in the social sphere in 2015: Kremlin press service.
Each weapon is mounted with a digital scope that runs on Linux, includes several sensors that measure range, wind velocity and direction, target size, temperature, and barometric pressure. All these numbers are crunched by on-board computer, which displays the spot you need to aim for. The scope follows the target as it moves, when you pull the trigger the rifle doesn’t fire until you are on target.
In the mid-1960s, there was a photocopying machine in the operations room of Western Union International in New York. Whenever a foreign government sent a cable via the company’s facilities, the Western Union operator would copy it on the machine. That machine belonged not to Western Union International, but to the National Security Agency. It gave the NSA access to cables in which embassies communicated with their countries and to messages from nations giving instructions to their legations in the United States.
"We will continue to strengthen our armed forces and military organizations as a whole by making them modern, mobile, well-equipped and capable of performing their main task - to neutralize risks and political, potential threats to the security of our country; Putin.
Netanyahu: “Western Europe is undergoing a wave of Islamisation, of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism. It is awash in such waves, we want to ensure that for years to come Israel will have diverse markets all over the world, “We definitely want to reduce our dependence on certain markets in western Europe.
The richest one percent of the world’s population will have more wealth next year than the other 99 percent combined, according to a report issued Monday by the Oxfam charity.
Russia will lift its embargo on food imports from the West only “if the West adjusts its anti-Russia sanctions”, Agriculture Minister Nikolay Fyodorov.
Russian stock indices edged up on the Moscow Exchange on Tuesday after opening in negative territory, despite weak oil prices and increased tension over the situation in eastern Ukraine.
Russia may raise energy prices for Ukraine if Kiev is discontented with them, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev . This was the way Medvedev reacted to the Ukrainian side’s statements regarding deliveries of electric power to Ukraine and Crimea. “If our Ukrainian partners don’t like the Russian prices for electric power, we may raise them.”
Ukraine army is using forbidden means and methods of warfare in a bid to regain control over the Donetsk airport, Andrey Kelin, Russia’s Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
All Ukrainian soldiers taken hostage on Tuesday during fighting at Donetsk airport will be handed over to their relatives, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko. Ukrainian soldiers killed in attacks at Donetsk airport would be handed over for burial in their homeland.
Stock markets mostly climbed worldwide as China managed to partially recover from yesterday’s stock crash on the optimistic GDP report and stimulus measures, while the European bourses advanced, beating their 7-year highs on the expectations of the full-scale ECB stimulus, due Thursday.
Ukrainian government forces have lost more than 120 soldiers, six tanks, five infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers in attacks on positions of Donbas militia in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, senior commander of the militia in Donetsk People's Republic.
Reporters and cameramen from Russia's top TV channel Rossiya-24 came under mortar shelling in the war-torn city of Donetsk, shots were purpotedly fired by Ukrainian forces. The crew went to the Kievsky avenue to check details of mortar shelling of a bus stop. Journalists of Russian and Ukrainian TV channels were at the scene at the moment of the attack.
A new robot designed to have functions comparable to a human being, revealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin at Central Institute for Scientific Research Tochmash Tuesday. Robot made five shots with its gun, able to effectively work on its own travel a variety of terrains, drive a vehicle, provide emergency medical aid. New types of guns also presented to Putin, including a new sniper rifle.
Iran’s parliament (Majlis) speaker, Ali Larijani, has called for stronger unity among Muslim countries in the face of Israeli aggression. Israeli intervention ] in Syria is a significant sign that they plan to pressure Muslims countries through conspiracy. Muslim countries must unite in the face of incursions by the Zionist regime.
Russian Defense Ministry; claims by Kiev about alleged deployment of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border are “absolute nonsense” and hallucination. also denied sending weapons to the militants.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Chinese government to revise legislation of a new anti-terrorism law, called for the law to be brought in line with international legal standards, needs to respect rights, not build a new architecture of surveillance,” abusive counterterrorism measures can also inflict grave harm and exacerbate conflict.”
A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputy in Florida was fired this week after an investigation concluded that he used excessive force on a disabled inmate, punched and kicked the inmate while he was on the floor.
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