Monthly Archives: August 2013

U.N. experts prepare to leave Syria, chemical probe needs time

A convoy of UN cars ferries UN inspectors to areas where the chemical attacks are said to have taken place.

A team of U.N. investigators has finished gathering samples and evidence related to a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people in suburbs near Damascus last week and is packing up to leave, a U.N. spokesman said on Friday. The team will be leaving Syria on Saturday but will return later to investigate several other alleged poison gas attacks that have taken place in Syria during the country’s 2-1/2 year old civil war, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said. “The samples that have been collected will be taken to be analyzed in designated laboratories and the intention of course is to expedite the analysis of that sampling that’s been … Continue reading

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Five dead inTaliban attack on army base in Kapisa District

Taliban fighters on the prowl in Afghanistan

The Taliban have claimed credit for a suicide assault today on an Afghan Army base in Kapisa, where jihadists have been making inroads since Coalition forces withdrew from the central province. A suicide assault team attacked the Afghan National Army base in Tagab District early in the morning, at 6:30 a.m., the official spokesman for Kapisa province told Xinhua. A suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives at the main gate in an attempt to breach the perimeter and allow the assault team to enter the base. “They failed to go passed the first gate as the army responded to the attack, killing five militants,” the spokesman said. He … Continue reading

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Manning stuns world by turning into woman called ‘Chelsea’

Pfc Bradley Manning who yesterday asked to be left to live rest of h[her]is life as Chelsea Manning.

Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier sentenced to 35 years in military prison for the biggest breach of classified documents in the nation’s history, yesterday (Thursday) shocked the world by demanding that from now on he is female and wants to live as a woman named Chelsea. Manning, 25, launched an unprecedented bid to get female hormone treatment in a military prison a day after he was sentenced for leaking documents to the WikiLeaks website. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning, I am a female,” Manning said in the statement read by anchor-woman Savannah Guthrie … Continue reading

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Afghanistan’s future depends on foreign soldiers – U.S.

Gen Joseph Danford: "It

Afghanistan’s security will remain dependent on international troops for many years after most foreign combat forces leave by the end of 2014, the U.S. commander of the NATO-led force in the South Asian country said. With the formal security handover to Afghans approaching, intense debate is under way about how many troops the United States and its mainly NATO allies should leave to conduct training, support and counter-terrorism operations. The White House favors about 7,000 U.S. troops, but some in the U.S. military would prefer two or three times as many. However many are left behind, they will play a vital role in supporting the Afghan National Security Forces. ANSF … Continue reading

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Police fire teargas, birdshot at Bahrain demonstrators

The US Fifth Fleet of the coast of Bahrain

Bahraini police fired teargas and birdshot to disperse scattered protests across the country on Wednesday, as Shi’ite Muslims responded to a call by online activists for pro-democracy demonstrations. The main opposition group said around 60 rallies were held in 40 locations, in an upsurge of a two-and-a-half-year-old campaign to push the Sunni Muslim ruling family for more democracy in the Shi’ite-majority nation of 1.25 million people. The United States temporarily closed its embassy and Bahrani authorities tightened security after opposition figures used social media to call for rallies. Small protests passed off peacefully across Bahrain earlier in the day, witnesses and activists said, but demonstrators and riot police clashed in … Continue reading

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UK spending ‘millions’ to aid insurgents in Syria

British Prime Minister David Cameron accused of secretly funding Syrian opposition

  Details have emerged of the millions of pounds the British government is investing to aid the insurgents in Syria in their fight to topple the government of Bashar al-Assad. In documents seen by the Independent newspaper, the UK has so far sent around £8m of aid including 4×4 vehicles, radios, satellite systems, body armour, and trucks. The items are being channelled through the so-called Free Syrian Army.  The news has not been received well by the anti-war movement in the UK Fighting has raged in Syria for over two years with over one hundred thousand killed and millions displaced. Britain, alongside France were instrumental in having the EU arms … Continue reading

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President Obama asked to call off coming Putin meeting

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin get up to leave after their meeting in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013.

Two American officials have called on President Barack Obama to call off his upcoming meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after Moscow granted asylum to American whistle-blower Edward Snowden. “I would urge the president to cancel the bilateral summit he’s having with Putin,” Sen. Charles Schumer told CBS News on Sunday.  “President Putin’s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I’ve learned that unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more.”  The two presidents are scheduled to meet later this month before the G20 summit, which is set to be held in Russia next month. The US-Russia relationship “is more … Continue reading

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