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‘It is crystal clear’ Russian military is on the ground, Ukraine PM says

Russian leaders must be blind if they keep denying that forces from their country have crossed the border, Ukraine’s prime minister said Monday. “If they need, I can give them my glasses,” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, removing black frames from his face and holding them up to reporters. “It is crystal clear that (the) Russian military is on the ... Read More »

Jordan Unleashes Fury After ISIS Murders Pilot

Two days after news emerged that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, the Middle Eastern nation hit back, and is promising more. Fighter jets carried out airstrikes Thursday, then returned to fly over the home of the slain 27-year-old pilot, Lt. Moath al-Kasasbeh, in the village of Ay in Karak governorate. “This is just the beginning and ... Read More »

Man with fake gun disrupts Dutch Broadcast

A man wielding a fake gun has been arrested in a studio of Dutch news broadcaster NOS, causing the main evening bulletins to be cancelled. Staff were evacuated from the building in the Media Park in the city of Hilversum. The man, smartly dressed and carrying what appeared to be a long pistol, paced around a studio, reportedly demanding airtime. ... Read More »

At least 26 killed in Egyptian attack

At least 26 people were killed and dozens more wounded, including civilians, during a series of militant attacks on army and police positions in Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula, medical and security sources told Aswat Masriya, a news website that deals with Egyptian issues. At least 36 people were wounded in the assaults, which involved car bombs and mortar rounds in ... Read More »

France Launches Anti-Jihadist Website

The French government launched an online platform Wednesday to counter jihadist propaganda, just three weeks after deadly terror attacks which claimed 17 lives in Paris. The target audience is families and friends of young people at risk of radicalization, young people themselves, and the wider public, according to a government news release. Entitled “Stop jihadism,” the website opens with a ... Read More »

Earthquake Hits California

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was centered about 25 miles southwest of the town of Ferndale, California. It was 204 miles northwest of Sacramento. Jay Parrish, the city manager of Ferndale, said it was a gentle, yet fairly significant earthquake. It was a rolling ... Read More »

Isreali Prime Minister Cannot Visit-Obama Declares

President Barack Obama says he will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March because his trip to Washington comes too close to Israel’s upcoming elections. “I’m declining to meet with him simply because our general policy is, we don’t meet with any world leader two weeks before their election,” Obama said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed ... Read More »

New York shuts down

New York City and other areas in the north-east US have shut down as Winter Storm Juno is expected to dump as much as 90cm (36ins) of snow. All non-emergency vehicles were banned in New York City from 23:00 on Monday (04:00 GMT Tuesday) and subway services were suspended. An emergency has been declared in the states of New York, ... Read More »

Philippines clashes kill dozens

Forty-three elite police commandos were killed by Muslim insurgents in the southern Philippines Sunday, when they were ambushed while pursuing “high value” terrorist bomb makers. The commandos, members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) unit of the Philippine National Police, were killed in a firefight that raged for 12 hours in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao Province, said police deputy director ... Read More »

Execution set for U.S. disabled man

Twice-convicted murderer Warren Lee Hill is set to be executed in Georgia on Tuesday night, despite pleas from human rights groups and legal representatives who say his intellectual disability should make him ineligible for the death penalty. Hill has an IQ of approximately 70 and the “emotional capacity of a young boy, ” said his attorney, Bill Krammer. Federal law ... Read More »