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Dreams of Empire: Analysts doubt UK military will get ‘hard’ post-Brexit UK defense chief Gavin Williamson cited a Russian resurgence in claiming the British military must project ‘hard power’ worldwide after Brexit. Analysts, who see Britain as only a regional power, have greeted this with skepticism. HomeUK News Dreams of Empire: Analysts doubt UK military will get ‘hard’ post-Brexit Published time: 11 Feb, 2019 19:33 Edited time: 11 Feb, 2019 19:55 Get short URL FILE PHOTO Increases in armaments production won’t actually be helpful to the economy, as the number of people employed there is quite small
Acting Pentagon chief: no orders to withdraw from Afghanistan Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan in Kabul discussed peace talks and the fight against the Taliban. It's not about the US, it's about Afghanistan, Shanahan said The Taliban is responsible for about half of civilian casualties, with the remaining deaths and injuries attributed to ISIL and coalition strikes, according to a UNAMA report Inside Story Is there hope for peace in Afghanistan
US-backed Syrian forces battle to capture last ISIL enclave ISIL snipers, landmines slow US-backed militia's advance on remaining holdouts in eastern Deir Az Zor province. The SDF launched an offensive on Saturday attempting to expel about 600 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS) fighters from a 4-square-kilometre area in Baghouz village, near the Iraqi border on the eastern banks of the Euphrates River The armed group overran large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, but a series of military offensives have reduced that territory to just Baghouz Inside Story Has ISIL been defeated in Syria
Temporary OCMAExpand location offers a unique experience for arts lovers The Santa Ana-based museum is housed in a former furniture store, across from South Coast Plaza. Last May, the Orange County Museum of Art made a big splash with the unveiling of models and plans for its long-awaited new location at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa We want dynamic, active engagement with our visitors The 52,000-square-foot building is being designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne and his Culver City-based firm, Morphosis
Britain will use force to protect our interests: UK warns Russia and China RUSSIA and China were yesterday put on notice that Britain is prepared to launch military action to protect its interests. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is setting out plans to boost the lethality of the Armed Forces Extra cash will be pumped into cyber forces to allow the country to play Russia and rogue states like North Korea at their own game And, a nation that people can turn to when the world needs leadership
NO BACKING DOWN: Williamson says Britain READY to use ‘hard power’ against Russia BRITAIN must be ready to counter Russian missiles and stand up to countries which “flout international law” defence secretary Gavin Williamson has warned. He said: Such action from Russia must come at a cost He added: To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger The defence secretary said F-35s enhance the reach and lethality of our forces and added carrying American jets reinforces the fact that the US remains our very closest of partners
Venezuela opposition envoys in Rome to press Guaido's cause Envoys for Venezuela's self-declared caretaker leader Juan Guaido met Vatic... Rank-and-file opposition supporters, though often Roman Catholics, are suspicious of the Vatican given its support of past talks that have enabled Maduro to win time and survive various waves of protests Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
ISIS executioner filmed beheading Western hostage killed by tank shell AN ISIS executioner filmed beheading a Western hostage has been killed by a tank shell in the terror group’s last stand in Syria. Indonesian terrorist Muhammad Saifuddin executed the foreigner in a… Basri said the family hadn't heard from Saifuddin since he left Indonesia to join IS in Syria with his wife and children about four years ago TWIN BROTHER ALSO KILLED His twin brother also joined ISIS and died in the conflict Email us at or call 0207 782 4368
Oil prices fall 1 percent; slow progress in trade talks counters... Oil prices fell about 1 percent on Monday as worries surrounding the resumption ... There’s a lot of uncertainty about what’s going on with this trade war, whether they’re going to get anything done, said Phil Flynn, oil analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago Still, oil prices have been buoyed this year by output curbs from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, including Russia, a group known as OPEC+ Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally President Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. He warned that the president risks alienating his strongest supporters unless he goes to war with Democrats But there was nothing subtle about O'Rourke's response: He'll be joining a march through his hometown to protest a border wall at the same time as Trump's rally
Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers pleads not guilty Bowers now faces 63 charges after pleading not guilty to 44 others in November Emergency services were called on the afternoon of the 24 December after residents of the building had heard cracking sounds throughout the morning EPA 48/50 26 December 2018 A young man dressed in a Father Christmas suit distributes gifts to children in the old city of Mosul AFP/Getty 49/50 25 December 2018 A participant in a Santa Claus costume jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the 'Copa Nadal' (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona's Port Vell
Yemen food aid to feed millions at risk of rotting: UN As food assistance goes bad in storage, more than 10 million Yemenis are on the brink of starvation. But the granary has remained off-limits to aid organisations for months More than 10 million Yemenis are on the brink of starvation The war has been at a stalemate for years, with the Saudi-UAE coalition and Yemeni forces unable to dislodge the Houthi movement that controls the capital city Sanaa and most urban centres
EBOLA OUTBREAK: Warning issued as death count hits 500 - ‘We are at a crossroads’ THE EBOLA outbreak ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 500 people, the country’s health minister said on Saturday, stressing that a vaccination programme had saved scores of lives. A Red Cross staff counts the number of people at an Ebola screening point (Image: Getty Images) The call to attention comes as Ebola has spread to 18 separate health zones in DR Congo This alert, a PHEIC, has only been used four times in the past – for the last major Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, the Swine flu outbreak in 2009, a resurgence of polio in 2014, and the Zika outbreak in South America in 2016
Russia, Turkey agree to 'take decisive measures' in Syria's Idlib Defence ministers meet amid calls from Moscow for Ankara to do more to remove hard-line fighters from the province. 'Decisive measures' Monday's joint statement, as reported by Russia's RIA Novosti news agency, spoke of the need in particular to take decisive measures to ensure security in the Idlib demilitarised zone Witness A Stranger Came to Town: Accounts of the War in Syria
Meteor SIGHTING? Mysterious video shows bright fireball shooting across sky at high speed SHOCKING footage of a bright object with a fire-tail shooting across the night sky has been caught by multiple people in Venezuela, prompting suggestions of a meteor. It is still not clear whether the bright object was a meteor, with officials not yet commenting on the sightings An expert on Amazon Primes’ Asteroid Trackers warned that in about 20 years time Apophis will be on a path that will bring it closer to Earth than our own communications satellites Right now the odds of a cosmic collision seem slim but if something like Apophis were to hit the Earth, you wouldn’t want to be there
Britain’s Gavin Williamson places Russia & China on notice, I'm not joking UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is itching for conflict with Russia and China. He’s not mad. Not even slightly. But he is stupid. Very. By the time they turned their attention to Syria, intent on exploiting an Arab Spring that NATO in Libya transformed into an Arab Winter, Russia had recovered and was able to intervene The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT
Iran marks 40 years since Islamic Revolution with nostalgia and threats Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stood before a big crowd celebrating the Islamic Revolution's 40th anniversary on Monday and vowed to boost his country's military and ballistic missile program, defying US pressure and sanctions. Prices have soared, the rial currency has plummeted and food and medical shortages have affected households across Iran But authorities say that the country is no stranger to hardship, and regularly invoke its people's steadfastness in the eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s CNN's Shirzad Bozorgmehr, Zahra Ullah and Samuel Quashie-Idun contributed to this report
Militant Iran taunts U.S. on revolution's 40th birthday Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched and some burned U.S. flags to mark the... Prices of basic foodstuffs have soared since President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions Revolutionaries later began executing supporters of the Shah including four top generals Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
Outcome Of Trade Negotiations Is Hard To Predict, But Globalization Of Manufacturing Is Here To Stay As trade talks between the U.S. and China continue, it's useful to remember some economic principles that got us to where we are today. The trade war between the U.S. and China is on every manufacturer’s mind Then we can assess the potential impact of any new agreement, if we reach one Labor cost differentials can be quite large – a 40:1 ratio or more between the U.S. and China in the early 2000s was common
Pompeo says US 'not covering up' Jamal Khashoggi's murder After failing to meet a deadline to submit a report on the murder, Pompeo says US to continue probing Khashoggi killing. Michael McCaul, a Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Saturday that  everyone involved in this gruesome crime must be identified and held accountable Saudi Arabia indicted 11 people in the killing, including several officials close to the crown prince, and is seeking the death penalty against five of them
The US congressman who coined the term 'freedom fries' has died He said he wished he had never coined the famous phrase Officials voiced fears that the toll was set to rise AFP/Getty 1/50 10 February 2019 Female artists dominated the Grammys with Alicia Keys opening the show up by inviting her sisters Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama and Jada Pinkett Smith onto the stage
Trump tells Democrats to ‘loosen up and have fun’ as government shutdown talks stall on immigration concerns Politicians in Wasington have until Friday night to reach a funding agreement and avoid another shutdown An economic miracle is taking place in the United States and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations, Mr Trump said AFP/Getty 3/22 Congresswomen, dressed in white in tribute to the women's suffrage movement, pose for a photo as they arrive AFP/Getty Images 4/22 The 72-year-old harkened back to American achievements, celebrating the moon landing as astronaut Buzz Aldrin looked on from the audience and heralding the liberation of Europe from the Nazis AFP/Getty 5/22 He also led the House chamber in singing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor sitting with first lady Melania Trump
Iran's revolutionaries, masters of chaos and crisis, mark 40 years of the Islamic Republic How Iran 'mastered the art of using and abusing external pressure and crises to create a rally-‘round-the-flag effect' Few believed a bunch of loud, unruly Islamists and leftist zealots could seize control of what was then one of the most powerful countries in the world First came the burdens of a devastating eight-year war with Iraq that continue to haunt the country
RIP INF Treaty: Russia’s Victory, America’s Waterloo Orlov is one of our favorite essayists on Russia and all sorts of other things. He moved to the US as a child, and lives in the Boston area. Orlov is one of our favorite essayists on Russia and all sorts of other things A victim of hubris Forced to react, the Americans, with the EU in tow, tried to cause public relations scandals over some unrelated matter Ignore Russia’s efforts to demonstrate that the accusation is false
'Acting' on world stage as Pentagon's Shanahan makes debut KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At an extraordinary moment in Pentagon history, a former business executive with little political stature and without military experience is making his international debut as the acting U.S. defense secretary. Pat Shanahan was in Afghanistan's capital on Monday, meeting with Afghan leaders and American military commanders and diplomats. Next up is a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels and then an international security conference in Germany. It was Shanahan's first-ever visit to Afghanistan, where American troops have been at war for 17 years and the Trump administration is pushing for a peace deal with the Taliban. Pat Shanahan was in Afghanistan’s capital on Monday, meeting with Afghan leaders and American military commanders and diplomats Next up is a NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels and then an international security conference in Germany It was Shanahan’s first-ever visit to Afghanistan, where American troops have been at war for 17 years and the Trump administration is pushing for a peace deal with the Taliban
Acting Pentagon chief supports Kabul role in peace talks Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday it was important f... Michael Kugelman, a South Asia specialist at the Woodrow Wilson Center, said Shanahan’s main priority in Kabul should be to address Afghan government concerns The top priority of Shanahan has to be to impress upon the government that we’re going to do everything we can to get you into this conversation, Kugelman said Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles
‘Correct immediately!’ Times calls Ukrainian conflict ‘civil war,’ gets slammed by Ukraine’s embassy The Times has annoyed Kiev after describing the prolonged conflict in Ukraine as a “civil war.” Ukraine’s embassy in the UK rushed to slam the paper and remind the world that Kiev supposedly fights “Russian aggression.” The piece, which provoked such an angry reaction from the Ukrainian officials, has in fact little to do with the Ukrainian conflict itself and is dedicated to a seemingly much more pressing problem provoking concerns across Europe – the outbreak of measles
Warren’s foreign policy shows she’s missing why Trump was elected | William M Arkin In laying blame at Trump’s door, the senator isn’t seeing why things have not changed and gotten worse under him The next presidential election is more than a year away and no fewer than 11 aspirants have announced that they are running, another eight labeled certain or likely to run It is Washington and its ability, indeed even its self-appointed duty, to stand in the way of anything that it sees as not in its interest
Top Pentagon official in Afghanistan amid push for peace Pat Shanahan, the recently installed acting secretary of defense, met with U.S. commanders and Afghan leaders. Thus far the Taliban have refused to negotiate with the government of President Ashraf Ghani, calling it illegitimate It's not about the U.S., it's about Afghanistan, Shanahan told reporters traveling with him from Washington Shanahan took over as acting secretary of Defense on Jan. 1 after James N