- US Plans to Confront China, Russia Power: More Bombers, Fighters, Tankers
US Air Force plans to return to Cold War firepower levels by adding more bombers, fighters, tankers and other frontline units -- part of President Donald Trump's vision of a stronger military to confront Russia and China. "The Air Force is too small for what the nation is asking us to do,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said during a speech at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Maryland.
- UK Government Ordered British Spies to Hack Belgian Telecom Firm
The operation had a codename “Operation Socialist” and was conducted by the British intelligence service GCHQ, the Guardian reported. Belgian Justice minister, Koen Geens, has confirmed that he received the report from the prosecutors and would discuss it with country’s national security council, led by Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.
- Rod Rosenstein Resigns As US Deputy Attorney-General
U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, has verbally resigned in anticipation of being fired by President Donald Trump, Axios news site reported.
- Israel Retains Syria Freedom of Action Despite Downed Russia Jet
Israel's coordination with Russia on its attacks in Syria remains unchanged despite the deadly downing of a Russian plane and the Jewish state retains its right to decide on military actions, an Israeli official said Friday. "There have been no changes to the deconfliction mechanism as a result of this unfortunate event," the military official said on condition of anonymity, referring to Monday's downing following Israeli air strikes.
- Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi to Die By Hanging – Iraq Court
Ismail Alwan Salman al-Ithawi was hunted down, caught and extradited after a joint operation involving Turkish, Iraqi and US intelligence agencies, according to the Iraqi authorities. "The Karkh criminal court in Baghdad sentenced to death by hanging one of the most prominent leaders of IS, who served as a deputy of Baghdadi," judicial spokesman Abdel Sattar Bayraqdar said.
- Israel’s Irresponsible Acts Let to Plane Downing In Syria – Russian Embassy
Russian diplomatic mission pinned the blame for the recent accidental downing of the surveillance plane in Syria’s Latakia Province on Israel’s Air Force, which was conducting aerial assaults against Syrian army positions when the incident happened. “Moscow views as irresponsible and unfriendly actions of Israeli Air Force, which exposed Russian Il-20 aircraft to danger and lead to death of 15 servicemen. Russia would take all necessary measures to eliminate threat to life and security of our military fighting against terrorism."
- China Denies Meddling In US Elections
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang rejected the claims, saying: "Anyone who has some knowledge of China's diplomacy will know that we will not interfere in other countries' domestic affairs." "We don't want others to interfere in our domestic politics, and we will not interfere in the domestic politics of others," Geng said at a regular press briefing.
- US President Trump Visits Storm-Ravaged North Carolina
Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week. “It’s been pretty bad,” said Echavarrieta, 34, his voice breaking.
- India Endorses Punishments to End Instant Triple Talaq
India on Wednesday prescribed arrests and jail terms for offenders in a campaign to stamp out instant Muslim divorce, or “triple talaq”, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to woo women voters of the South Asian nation’s minority community.
- Shinzo Abe Re-Elected As Liberal Democratic Party Leader
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader. Shinzo Abe said in a victory speech: “It’s time to tackle a constitutional revision. Now the fight is over. Let’s work together to make a new Japan."
- Ramaphosa Outlines Stimulus Plan For South Africa’s Ailing Economy
South Africa’s president announced a multi-billion-dollar stimulus programme on Friday, earmarking funds for job creation and infrastructure development as he seeks to make good on a pledge to revive the country’s ailing economy. “We have to resort to reprioritising our budget,” Ramaphosa told reporters in Pretoria, adding that there was no room to increase spending or borrowing.
- Theresa May to EU: Drop ‘Unacceptable’ Brexit Demands
Prime Minister Theresa May appealed directly to fellow European Union leaders on Wednesday to drop “unacceptable” Brexit demands that she said could rip Britain apart, urging the bloc to respond in kind to her “serious and workable” plan. “I believe that I have put forward serious and workable proposals,” Prime Minister Theresa May told the summit, according to a senior British government source. “We will of course not agree on every detail, but I hope that you will respond in kind.
- Nigerian Army Struggles Against Islamic State in West Africa
The setback in the war against Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) and the Boko Haram insurgency from which it split in 2016 comes as President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in elections next February. “The situation in the northeast is deteriorating,” said one security source, speaking on condition of anonymity. “They are running out of weapons, ammo and basic equipment. They are exhausted.”
- EU Slams UK PM Theresa May’s Brexit Plan
Donald Tusk: “The Brexit negotiations are entering their decisive phase. Various scenarios are still possible today but I’d like to stress that some of Prime Minister May’s proposals from Chequers indicated positive evolution in the UK’s approach. On other issues, such as the Irish question, or the framework for economic cooperation, the UK’s proposals will need to be reworked and further negotiated.”
- Brexit Talks With EU Hit Impasse – Theresa May UK PM
British Prime Minister Theresa May said: “Throughout this process, I have treated the EU with nothing but respect. The UK expects the same. A good relationship at the end of this process depends on it.”
- Russia to US On Sanctions: ‘Stop Going Round In Circles’
Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov: “It would be good for them to remember there is such a concept as global stability which they are thoughtlessly undermining by whipping up tensions in Russian-American ties. We recommend that Washington's operators of the sanctions machine at least superficially acquaint themselves with our history to stop going round in circles."
- Iran To UN: Condemn Israeli Threats, Supervise Its Nuclear Programme
“The United Nations’ members should not turn a blind eye to these threats and must take firms actions to eliminate all Israeli nuclear weapons,” Fars news agency quoted Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou as saying in letters to the U.N. secretary general and the security council.
- Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn ‘Would Back Members’ On New Vote
UK Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "I'm not calling for a second referendum. I hope we will agree that the best way of resolving this is a general election. But I was elected to empower the members of the party. So if conference makes a decision I will not walk away from it and I will act accordingly."
- Bolsonaro Gains Lead in Brazilian Presidential Election
Jair Bolsonaro, who is recovering in hospital from a near-fatal stabbing two weeks ago, is backed by 28 percent of the voters surveyed by polling firm Datafolha, a gain of 2 points since the previous poll a week ago.
- Trump to Protect US Sovereignty At United Nations
Since U.S. President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations a year ago pushing an “America First” policy, he has quit the Iran nuclear deal, the U.N. Human Rights Council and lashed out at some of the closest allies of the United States. “It is not saying multilateralism can’t work. But it’s saying sovereignty is a priority over all of that,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, previewing Trump’s address on Tuesday at the annual U.N. General Assembly.
- Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi: The Forgotten Designer Of Nigerian Flag
Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi mailed his submission to Lagos a short time later, and in October of the following year received a letter inviting him to the London office of the Commissioner for Nigeria in the United Kingdom, where he was told that his green and white design had been selected. He had won 100 pounds ($281 in 1959) as well as a place in Nigeria's history books.
- Russia’s Primorsky Region Election To Be Re-Run After Fraud Scandal
A regional election in Russia’s Far East will be re-run, the local election commission said on Thursday, dealing a rare blow to the Kremlin after allegations the vote had been rigged in its candidate’s favour. “We believe that in the circumstances it is not possible to reliably understand the result of the will of the people, which means we can’t declare either of the candidates elected,” Tatyana Gladkikh, the chairwoman of the local election commission, said on Thursday. The new election must be held within three months of the annulled Sept. 16 vote.
- France: Brexit Deal Possible, But Prepare For ‘No Deal’
“The British people decided to leave in a (2016) referendum, we respect that. But this choice cannot lead to the EU going bust, unravelling,” Nathalie Loiseau, minister for European affairs, told France Info radio. “That’s the message we have tried to send for several months now to our British counterparts, who may have thought we were going to say ‘yes’ to whatever deal they came up with.”
- 265,432 Delta State Registered Voters Yet To Collect PVCs – INEC
The Administrative Secretary of INEC in the state, Mrs Rose Orianran-Anthony, made the disclosure on Thursday in Asaba during the electoral body’s consultative meeting with political parties. Orianran-Anthony said that 135,897 PVCs were unclaimed in 2014/2015 registration period and 129,525 PVCs were uncollected from the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
- Putin Oks Russian S-300 Air Defense System Total Protection For Syria
The Russian military will also supply better control systems to Syrian Air Defense Troops, “which are only supplied to the Russian Armed Forces,” defense chief Sergey Shoigu elaborated. Arguably, the most concerning thing for Israel will be the delivery to Syria of an S-300 anti-aircraft system, which will boost Syria’s capabilities to deny Israel access to its airspace.