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Russia says Japan distorting prospects for peace deal on islands MOSCOW--Russia has slapped down Japanese assertions that a deal is in the offing to resolve a decade MOSCOW--Russia has slapped down Japanese assertions that a deal is in the offing to resolve a decades-old territorial dispute, accusing Tokyo of distorting agreements struck with Moscow to break the deadlock Such statements cannot be regarded as anything other than an attempt to artificially aggravate the atmosphere around the problem of the peace treaty, to impose one's own scenario for its resolution on the other side, it said
These American war heroes were overlooked for decades due to race discrimination. Here are their remarkable Medal of Honor stories. The Army veterans had been overlooked for the nation's highest honor due to racial discrimination. Here are their unbelievable war stories. On March 18, 2014, President Barack Obama awarded 24 Army veterans with Medals of Honor in a single ceremony A 12-year congressional review of service records found dozens of awards had been overlooked or denied due to racial or ethnic discrimination The Daily Beast reported his body was later found slumped over his machine gun surrounded by the bodies of enemy fighters
Prison workers warn of 'escapes' as government shutdown continues: 'We’re the front line keeping MS13 locked up’ For 'essential' prison workers, the shutdown has meant weeks of working alongside gang members and murderers while worrying about paying the bills Guards in some America’s most dangerous prisons are warning that escapes and riots could be coming if the partial government shutdown continues to drag on with no end in sight The two small-sized 'Berdiansk' and 'Nikopol' armored artillery boats had come under enemy fire and are now dead in the water
Trump doubles down on threat to declare national emergency as he visits US-Mexico border Visit came as shutdown entered 20th day The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, on 25 November, announced the decision to introduce martial law in Ukraine for a period of 60 days When NBC News pointed that border officials caught a total of six people on a security watchlist over a six-month period, Kellyanne Conway told reporters Ms Sanders had made an unfortunate misstatement
Person 'decapitated' at Florida airport 'It does appear to be accident,' says local sheriff Authorities are investigating a decapitation involving a helicopter at a Florida airport, according to multiple local media reports A Fire Rescue official, confirmed to local CBS station 10News that the victim was decapitated by the rotor of the helicopter Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels amid their leaving the Kerch Strait
Opinion | The Syria deal Trump should strike What’s needed is a U.S.-brokered grand bargain with Turkey and the Kurds. That’s why the starting point of any grand bargain would have to be concessions from Kurds inside Turkey Read more: Hugh Hewitt: Trump’s ‘two great stars’ deliver a message to the world Josh Rogin: Trump undermines his entire national security team on Syria Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Saudi Arabia still has many questions to answer about Jamal Khashoggi’s killing
Opinion | Trump might win his trade war with China The president knows the secret to negotiating: Be willing to walk away. President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands after making joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017 He knew we were overpaying, and he knew that quiet efforts to cajole better behavior had largely fallen on deaf ears in Beijing
As Robert Mueller writes his report, a potential battle brews over obstruction of justice As special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up his Russia probe, investigators have focused on conflicting public statements by President Donald Trump and his team that could be seen as an effort to influence witnesses and obstruct justice, according to people familiar with the investigation. Silence from Mueller For a year, the Trump lawyers and the Mueller team have held on-and-off discussions for a possible interview with Trump, though the President has been counseled not to talk For the last two years, I have been warning the Justice Department, as they have been turning over tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of pages of investigative files in the Clinton e-mail investigation, that whatever precedent they were going to set, they were going to have to live by, Schiff said
Defence Secretary tells Russia 'don't mess with us' as he unveils the new £100MILLION stealth fighter F-35B Lightning II DEFENCE Secretary Gavin Williamson declared a fleet of new £100m Lightning II stealth fighter jets combat-ready, then warned Russia, “don’t mess with us.” The nine RAF jets armed with missiles and … We’ll be seeing the F35 going on operations, we’ll see the F35 supporting our personnel right around the world but also having the ability to strike anywhere in the world and degrade the enemies that wish to do Britain harm RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL
The Bin Laden Attack That the U.S. Failed to Answer Al Qaeda killed 17 U.S. sailors in its October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, but neither the outgoing Clinton administration nor the incoming Bush administration retaliated. Osama bin Ladenseen here in 1997 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, pointing out the presence of U.S. forces in the Middle Eastpersonally oversaw the plot to attack the USS Cole, according to the 9/11 Commission According to one source, bin Laden had wanted the U.S. to attack, and if it did not he would launch something bigger
Mike Pompeo goes to Egypt The secretary of state shares his thoughts on the Middle East. His boss may not agree with them No clarity in CairoMike Pompeo goes to Egypt The secretary of state shares his thoughts on the Middle East The former president never lived up to his lofty promises of promoting democracy and human rights, in part because the Arab Spring scrambled the staid politics of the Middle East and north Africa Beyond his fondness for autocrats, however, Mr Trump’s policy in the region is a muddle, and his top diplomat offered little clarity
‘Era of American shame over’: Pompeo delivers ‘good news’ of US 'liberators'' return to Middle East In his keynote speech in Cairo, the Secretary of State continued with Trump-era policy of not just refusing to read the room, but baiting the audience with cocksure declarations of American greatness verging on the evangelical. But now the flock will be arighted, continued Pompeo, a politician who has unironically spoken in public about his belief in the coming Rapture Life under ISIS was real hell, a living hell on Earth Do they want to continue watching the shows from the same ringmaster
From free love to drugged-up Britain in just 50 years Investigative journalist Peter Walsh who for a decade infiltrated the highest ranks of the drugs trade in order to gather intelligence shares the history of the UK's hunger for illicit drugs. Liverpool, with its docks, was a focal point for smugglers who, back then, supplied large tracts of the country through its network of dealers in the same way as ‘county lines’ spread out from London today Depressingly, after more than 50 years, the war is nowhere near being won and we’re all the losers as a result
Opinion | What Real Border Security Looks Like Republicans and Democrats should agree to build an Israeli-style “smart fence.” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi recently attested to the depth of cooperation in an interview last week with 60 Minutes so deep, in fact, that the Egyptian government made an attempt to stop the interview from airing Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook , Twitter (@NYTopinion) and Instagram
Maduro starts new Venezuela term by accusing US of imperialist 'world war' President Nicolás Maduro shrugged off a tempest of international condemnation to begin his second term in office A shower of domestic and international censure met the 56-year-old’s swearing in at the supreme court in Caracas on Thursday Amid heavy security, red-clad chavistas gathered outside the court in downtown Caracas, surrounded by posters reading: Yo soy presidente – I’m the president I think they’re just trying really to hang it out without any great master plan
U.S. Military Prepares for Syria Pullout Amid Uncertainty The U.S. military is moving ahead with its plans to withdraw all American troops from Syria, in keeping with a White House directive in December, even though a U.S.-Turkey rift appears likely to delay the pullout, defense officials said. A group of naval vessels headed by the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge is headed to the Middle East to back up troops at the vulnerable moment they are leaving Syria They are all trying to interpret the president’s directives in ways that comport with their own pet national-security projects, and not focused on coming up with one set of plays that each element of the government can work together on to implement
Pompeo's Mideast reset: New beginning or old cliché? When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered his address, "The United States: A Force for Good in the Middle East," on Thursday, he did so in a country where skepticism has replaced optimism when it comes to US officials bearing rhetorical gifts. 01:20 Cairo (CNN)Yes, we can! an Egyptian friend bellowed over the phone to me after hearing Barack Obama's June 2009 speech in Cairo Pompeo promised that the age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering
Turkey will attack Kurdish fighters in Syria regardless of US withdrawal, foreign minister says Ankara, which views the U.S.-backed Kurdish militias in Syria as terrorists, has already amassed thousands of Turkish troops along its border with Syria, seriously challenging Washington's position. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) holds a press conference in Washington, United States on November 20, 2018 The two NATO allies continue to lock horns over the issue of the Kurds, which has proved a massive thorn in U.S.-Turkey relations since the Pentagon began arming and training the Kurds to battle IS in Syria in 2015
Report: Ex-Nazi camp guard deported by US dies in Germany BERLIN (AP) — Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who lived an unassuming life in New York City for decades until his past was revealed and he was deported to Germany last year, has died, German media reported Thursday. He was 95. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Westfaelische Nachrichten newspapers independently quoted German officials saying Palij died Wednesday in a care home in the town of Ahlen. U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, who lobbied for Germany to take Palij, said he'd been informed of the death. He credited U.S. President Donald Trump with seeing through Palij's August 2018 deportation after it had been stalled for a quarter-century. Palij eventually acknowledged serving in Trawniki but denied any involvement in war crimes The frequent protests outside his home featured chants such as Your neighbor is a Nazi! In 2017, all 29 members of New York’s congressional delegation signed a letter urging the State Department to follow through on his deportation
Maggots could be sent to Syria by UK to help clean wounds The plan is part of an initiative, co-sponsored by the DfID, to help those affected by conflict or humanitarian crises The idea came from a project called the Humanitarian Grand Challenge fund, financed by the UK, US and the Dutch government An American surgeon who witnessed their use, William S Baer, later carried out experiments on the use of blowfly maggots to clean away dead tissue
Syria sack ex-Glory boss Stange after loss to Jordan: reports Former Perth Glory boss Bernd Stange has reportedly become the second coaching casualty of the Asian Cup. The Jordanians outplayed and out-thought Syria - a shadow of the side that narrowly missed out on qualifying for last year's World Cup - to notch up their second win after beating defending champions Australia on Sunday AAP, Reuters Asian Cup Most Viewed in Sport Loading
‘One Paycheck, Maybe Two’: Federal Workers Tell Us How Long They Can Live Without Wages As the partial government shutdown drags on and it grows more likely that a payday will pass them by, affected workers describe their sacrifices and preparations. A few months I believe some things are worth fighting for, and this is one of them Sandra M., Department of Defense employee, Tacoma, Wash Follow the @ReaderCenter on Twitter for more coverage highlighting your perspectives and experiences and for insight into how we work
Iran fighter jets ‘CARPET BOMB enemy targets’ as Mike Pompeo issues Middle East warning IRANIAN military planes pummelled targets with “heavy carpet bombing” in a brazen show of force as the United States attacked the country’s “malevolent influence” in the Middle East. The Trump administration views Iran as a destabilising force in the Middle East, where its regime is supporting the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad in his civil war against rebels He eviscerated the track record of Barack Obama, whose desire for peace at any cost led him to strike the 2015 nuclear deal
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Combats Obama Administration Ideals in Cairo Speech Pompeo praised the U.S. as a "force for good" in the Middle East. He did not mention their faulty human rights records, including Saudi Arabia’s recent murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Bahrain’s suppression of its majority Shiite population, the Washington Post reports We’ve never dreamed of domination in the Middle East
Venezuela's Maduro starts new term as U.S. decries him as 'usurper' Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro started a second term on Thursday, defying c... Loyalty always, betrayal never, said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, shortly before handing Maduro a replica of the sword of Venezuelan liberation hero Rafael Urdaneta The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that Padrino had told Maduro to step down last month and said he would offer his own resignation if he did not Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Test for Trump’s steel border wall prototype 'proves it can be sawed through' US officials are defending the feeble border wall prototypes by claiming that it is intended to be destructible The two small-sized 'Berdiansk' and 'Nikopol' armored artillery boats had come under enemy fire and are now dead in the water The US is currently in the 20th day of a government shutdown, which started after Democrats refused to sanction that spending
Democrats filibuster pro-Israel bill, demand vote to reopen government Democrats for the second time successfully filibustered a bill that would have strengthened U.S. relationships in the Middle East while punishing the anti-Israel boycott movement. But Mr. McConnell plowed ahead, saying Democrats are trying to also shutdown the Senate But the most controversial part is a section authorizing state and local governments to refuse to do business with companies that boycott Israel or Israeli-linked corporations to protest the country’s occupation of Palestinian territory