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Serbia's Vucic says long road ahead in talks with Kosovo

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 13:00

Expectations of an agreement that would involve a land swap, a proposal floated by both Belgrade and Pristina, dimmed after a face-to-face meeting between Vucic and his Kosovo counterpart, Hashim Thaci, was abruptly canceled on Friday. "I will do my best (to reach the agreement), but it is a long road full of thorns and problems ahead," Vucic told reporters during a visit to the Gazivoda Lake dam, control of which is a hot topic between Belgrade and Pristina. Part of the artificial Gazivoda Lake -- key for supplying water to some Kosovo municipalities including parts of Pristina -- is located in Serbia, where the source of its water lies.


Yale's Endorsement Of Brett Kavanaugh Reveals The Legal Establishment's True Colors

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 12:16

Generations ago, there was a Yale Law School professor who would start every


Bombings and air raids kill 4 in Syria's rebel-held Idlib

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 12:06

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government and Russian warplanes on Saturday targeted the southern edge of Idlib province in what activists described as the most intense airstrikes in weeks, ratcheting up military pressure on the densely populated rebel-held bastion.


Northern California wildfire surges in wilderness area

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 11:49

A California official says a stretch of major highway near the California-Oregon border hit by a roaring wildfire will remain closed through the weekend.


Pressure grows on German spy chief over Chemnitz protests

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 11:16

Germany has been deeply shaken by the most violent right-wing protests in decades after the Aug. 26 killing of the German man in Chemnitz, in the eastern state of Saxony, for which two immigrants were arrested. Friday's comments by Hans-Georg Maassen, head of the BfV domestic intelligence agency, aggravated tensions about whether politicians and the authorities are being too complacent in the face of rising xenophobia in Germany, where many thought the lessons of its Nazi history had long been learned. Maassen said he was skeptical about "media reports on right-wing extremists hunting down people in Chemnitz", adding that a video circulating showing that happening could have been faked.


Alibaba's Jack Ma to unveil succession plan next week, remain chairman

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 10:47

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's billionaire co-founder Jack Ma will announce a succession plan on Monday to hand the reins of his sprawling empire to a new generation of leaders but will remain executive chairman for the time being. Ma will announce the plan on his 54th birthday and the handover strategy will stretch over a significant period of time, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper reported citing a company spokesman. Alibaba declined to comment but pointed towards the SCMP story when asked about Ma's plans.


Pope tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 09:55

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy.


Russian Forces are Adding a Silent-but-Deadly New Weapon to Their Arsenal

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 09:47

According to a report from Jane’s 360, the Russian Ministry of Defense plans on acquiring new “silenced” mortar systems to help its commandos remain undetected downrange.


Clashes between Kurds and Syrian army troops leave 18 dead

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 09:36

Clashes erupted on Saturday between U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters and Syrian troops in the centre of the city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria that left at least 18 people killed, Kurdish forces said. The fighting took place after a Syrian military convoy entered areas in the city which the Kurdish YPG militia's internal security forces said were under their control. "They entered our areas of control and arrested civilians and members of the patrol targeted our forces," the internal security forces, known as the Asayish, said in a statement.


Soon the Air Force Will Select One of these Three Jets to Become its Jet Trainer for the 21st Century

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 09:32

And they’ll help train pilots even when on the ground.


War catches up with thousands of Syrians who fled to Idlib for safety

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 09:21

When the fighters of the Islamic State (Isil) began to murder opposition activists in Aleppo, Mostafa and his family fled south towards Raqqa.  When Raqqa fell to the jihadists, they fled again, this time to the northern countryside of Aleppo near the border with Turkey.  And when Assad’s forces took control of the countryside in 2015, they fled to Idlib, now the last-remaining rebel stronghold in Syria. “We’ve been here about three years. Idlib has been a safe place for us,” Mostafa told The Sunday Telegraph. “But we always know this day would come. Everyone in Syria knows you can go to another place but the war will follow you.” For Mostafa and around one million other displaced Syrians, Idlib has been a place of relative safety after being forced to flee their homes.  Families from all over Syria - Aleppo, Ghouta, Daraa, and a dozen other bombed-out cities - converged on the rural northwestern province after their own hometowns were overrun by Isil or the regime. Around half of the 2.5 million civilians in Idlib arrived there recently from somewhere else. Syrian and Russian jets pounded Idlib on Saturday Credit: Photo by Ekrem Masry/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images But Idlib’s time as a sanctuary looks to be coming to an end. Syrian regime forces are massing on the borders of the province and appear to be preparing for a final assault under the cover of Russian airpower.  Russian war planes launched 60 raids in less than three hours on Saturday, signaling the potential start of the attack. Four civilians were killed in the strikes, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.  “Sometimes I tell people what happened in Ghouta and they shake their heads. I don’t think they believe me,” said Muhammad, a 27-year-old who arrived in Idlib in March after surviving the regime’s five-year siege of Ghouta, a Damascus suburb.  “People don’t know the threat waiting for them because they don’t have the experience I have.” At the end of previous sieges, the regime would often give rebel fighters and the civilians who support them the option of going to Idlib in return for surrendering. Green buses would ferry the defeated to Idlib, which is largely under the control of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate.  Hayat Tahrir al-Sham controls much of the province  Credit: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images Now there is nowhere left to run. All other rebel-held areas have fallen to Assad’s forces and Turkey has closed its border, saying it cannot take another influx of Syrian refugees. Smugglers can still get people across the border but at a cost of $3,000 (£2,321), far beyond the means of most people.   “Everyone is asking the same hard question: what will you do if the regime comes?” said Ahmad, who came to Idlib after Assad’s forces overran Aleppo in late 2016. “Many people will fight to the death.”  One small source of comfort is the Turkish military presence in Idlib. Turkey’s forces have set up around a dozen military posts and civilians hope they may be able to shelter near them during an attack, believing Assad’s troops won’t risk bombing Turkish soldiers.  Others talk of trying to get out of Idlib to the area around Afrin, which is controlled by the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebel forces. The route would be perilous, especially during an assault.   Idlib seige | The officers 'personally responsible' for war crimes Although few people moved to Idlib by choice, many of its new residents speak happily of their time in the province, living alongside fellow Syrians who cling to the ideals of their almost-defeated revolution.  “I have never been to London but I heard that one street you can hear 100 languages. Here in Idlib, on one street you have people from all 14 governates in Syria,” said Mostafa.  “When you meet somebody from Homs or Deir Ezzor you don’t ask him what happened, you know that he is like you and he lost brothers or children. You don’t ask where they were before because you know it will open old wounds.” Mostafa said he had lost two brothers during the war, one killed by Isil and the other by the regime. “We have a saying in Arabic: ‘our pain has made us one family’. It’s true in Idlib.”


Classics for sale: Audi TT quattro Sport

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 08:00

A brilliant car with an unusual reputation, the Audi TT was one of the sportscars of the 2000s. And there's one in our classifieds for a bargain price


Thoughtful American Airlines Captain Delivers 40 Pizzas to Stranded Passengers

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 07:48

Their flight was rerouted due to weather.


Syrian war documentary wins top Venice prizes

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 06:33

A film that follows two friends through four nightmarish years of the Syrian civil war has lifted some of the top prizes at the Venice film festival, which ends Saturday. "Still Recording", a documentary by Ghiath Ayoub and Saeed Al Batal, records what happened to two idealistic art students after they were swept up in the fervour of the Syrian revolution. Friends Saeed and Milad leave Damascus and go to Douma in 2011, a suburb under rebel control, to set up a radio station and recording studio.


Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quake

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 05:38

The death toll from a powerful quake that triggered landslides in northern Japan rose to 35 Saturday, as tens of thousands of rescue workers raked through the mud for survivors. The majority of the dead are from the small rural town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside collapsed from the force of the 6.6-magnitude quake, causing deep brown scars in the landscape. "We never had landslides here," said Akira Matsushita who lost his brother in Atsuma.


Tweeters Stir Over Donald Trump's Claim He 'Fell Asleep' To Barack Obama's Speech

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 04:54

People online mocked President Donald Trump after he joked about falling


Rouhani evokes Iran-Iraq war in call to defy US pressure

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 04:14

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani evoked memories of the devastating Iran-Iraq war on Saturday to call for unity in the face of economic hardships and US pressure. This is an economic, psychological and propoganda war," Rouhani said on state television. "We had sweet days and we had hard days during the sacred defence," he said, using the official name for the war with Iraq which claimed up to two million lives between 1980 and 1988.


Tucker Carlson Has No Idea How Diversity Strengthens America

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 01:00

Fox News host Tucker Carlson sees absolutely no benefit to diversity.


New York Times Beefs Up Security Amid Anonymous Op-Ed Controversy

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 23:44

The New York Times has beefed up its security in light of the controversial


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