30 Jun 16
EU Army on way? EU cannot rely on NATO and needs new defence policy says Brussels chief
According to a new foreign policy document from the Brussels-based institution to be handed to EU leaders next week, a "credible European defence" is also essential to preserve good relations with the US.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's Global Strategy document states that "as Europeans we must take greater responsibility for our security".
Istanbul airport attackers 'Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz'
The three men who carried out Tuesday's deadly attack on Istanbul airport were of Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationality, Turkish media and officials say.
Turkey believes IS was behind the suicide gun and bomb attack that left 43 people dead and more than 230 hurt.
Police carried out raids on Tuesday, detaining at least 13 suspects in Istanbul and more in the city of Izmir.
Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens
Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say.
Two bombs hit a convoy of buses carrying graduates from a ceremony on the city's western outskirts.
Paghman District Governor Musa Khan told the BBC that all but two of the dead were police cadets.
Violent clashes erupt in Nablus, Hamas calls on parties to unite against Israel
Two Palestinian Authority security officers were killed Wednesday night in the West Bank city of Nablus after violent commotions broke out between security forces and armed civilians.
The mayhem began after a gunmen wanted by the Palestinian security forces stormed the house of a local security officer and started shooting the people who were there, wounding the officer's wife.
Trump gets it right on Jerusalem
It seems to be a regular feature of the U.S presidential election cycle: Candidates from both parties solemnly pledge to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, only to sidestep the issue upon taking office. Shouldn't the selection of a capital city rest solely with the people of the country who reside there?
EU Army on way? EU cannot rely on NATO and needs new defence policy says Brussels chief
THE European Union cannot rely on NATO to protect its member states from external threats and must develop a policy of collective defense that allows it to "act autonomously if and when necessary"
Putin mends ties with Turkey, lifts tourism ban
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday lifted restrictions on travel to Turkey after mending ties with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seven months after Ankara downed a Russian jet, triggering a raft of sanctions.`
K2 'Zombies' at Brooklyn Intersection Where Use Is 'Epidemic': Reports
A street corner in Brooklyn is one of the worst spots in the city for synthetic marijuana use, with users lighting up in broad daylight, passing out on sidewalks and stumbling out into traffic, according to reports.
U.S. says Russian ship raised false signal in incident
The United States on Wednesday accused Russia of deliberately displaying the wrong naval signals and interfering with a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea, in the latest salvo about a June incident that both countries blame on each other.
"Deutsche Bank Poses The Greatest Risk To The Global Financial System": IMF
Over three years ago we wrote "At $72.8 Trillion, Presenting The Bank With The Biggest Derivative Exposure In The World" in which we introduced a bank few until then had imagined was the riskiest in the world.
California among 8 states to vote on legal weed in November
The legalization of marijuana for recreational use will be on the ballot on Nov. 8 in California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts and Maine, according to Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML. Legalization for medical use will also be on the ballot in Florida, Missouri and Arkansas on that same day.
29 Jun 16
EU BACKLASH: Brexit ‘TSUNAMI’ expected as 34 referendums set to rock union
THE European Union (EU) is about to be rocked by a “political tsunami” with right-wing parties across the continent calling for dozens of in-out referendums.
A study by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) revealed so-called extreme “insurgent parties” are calling for a total of 34 public votes - with matters ranging from their countries’ membership of the EU to refugee policy.
US Healthcare records offered for sale online
Three US healthcare organisations are reportedly being held to ransom by a hacker who stole data on hundreds of thousands of patients.
The hacker has also put the 650,000 records up for sale on dark web markets where stolen data is traded.
Prices for the different databases range from $100,000 (£75,000) to $411,000.
Istanbul Ataturk airport attack: Deaths rise to 41, with 239 hurt
The death toll in a gun and suicide bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport has risen to 41, 13 of them foreign nationals, with 239 injured, the Turkish city's governor says.
Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance late on Tuesday. They blew themselves up after police fired back.
PM Binali Yildirim said early signs pointed to so-called Islamic State.
Gay marriage in spotlight in Australia election
Same-sex marriage has become a front-page issue in the final days of Australia's election campaign.
The ruling conservative Liberal Party has promised to hold a plebiscite on the issue if it returns to power at this weekend's election.
But questions remain over whether the party would abide by a result in favour of same-sex marriage.
S Korea, US and Japan in first ever joint missile drill
South Korea, the US and Japan have conducted their first joint missile-tracking drill, in the waters off the US state of Hawaii.
The move follows North Korea's repeated tests in recent months of mid-range ballistic missiles.
Most tests have ended in failure, but the apparent success of the sixth last week alarmed the region.
Iranian oil is about to hit a wall
A major part of the fall in oil prices last year was driven by concerns over the rising production levels of Iran. With nuclear sanctions in place, Iran had been forced to significantly curtail production due to lack of buyers. Once those sanctions disappeared due to the Iranian nuclear deal, the country was prepared to begin exporting crude en masse once more. That outcome caused investors to panic and led oil prices to fall considerably.
Greenspan Warns “Early Days Of A Crisis,” Inflation Coming and Urges Return To Gold Standard
Alan Greenspan, the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve has warned that Brexit was a “terrible outcome in all respects” and that we are in the “early days of a crisis.” U.K. policy makers miscalculated and made a “terrible mistake” in holding a referendum on whether to quit the European Union, Greenspan said.
Nigel Farage Batters Obama: "He Came To Britain And Behaved Disgracefully"
Back in April President Obama took a trip over to the UK in order to lecture another country on how to vote - Obama of course was staunchly in the Remain camp. Obama even penned an op-ed titled: "As your friend, let me say that the EU makes Britain even greater."
Of course, we all know the historic outcome of the Brexit vote, and we have even asked if it was Barack Obama who actually was the deciding factor:
At Least 36 Killed In Istanbul Airport Attack
At least 36 people have been killed in an attack on the main airport in Istanbul, a senior Turkish official has told the Associated Press.
Initial indications suggest Islamic State was behind the attack, the official said.
Survey finds excess health problems in lesbians, gays, bisexuals
Gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals reported more health problems than straight men and women, in a large U.S. survey.
For the first time since its launch in 1957, the National Health Interview Survey in 2013 and 2014 included a question about sexual orientation.
Florida confirms birth defects after mom gets Zika abroad
Florida confirmed its first Zika-related case of microcephaly, in a child whose mother contracted the virus in Haiti, officials said Tuesday.
In a statement, Republican Gov. Rick Scott called the diagnosis "heartbreaking" and asked federal health experts to talk with Florida medical professionals about what precautions pregnant women should take.
28 Jun 16
House Benghazi Report Details Military, Intelligence Failures
“We are now convinced, contrary to the administration’s public claim that the military did not have time to get to Benghazi, that the administration never launched men or machines to help directly in the fight,” wrote Reps. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) and Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) in the analysis. “That is very different from what we have been told to date. And the evidence is compelling.”
Nigel Farage jeered telling MEP's they've 'never had proper job' in EPIC EU exit speech
"What happened last Thursday was a remarkable result. It was a seismic result, not just for British politics, but for European politics but perhaps even for global politics too, because what the little people did, what the ordinary people did, what the people who have been oppressed over the last few years and who have seen their living standards go down [did], they rejected the multinationals, they rejected the merchant banks, they rejected big politics.
Lebanon army detains 100 Syrians after Qaa bombings
Lebanon's army has detained more than 100 Syrians for entering the country illegally following a series of suicide bombings in a border village.
The raids took place at informal refugee camps in the Baalbek region.
On Monday, at least eight bombers blew themselves up in the predominantly Christian village of Qaa, killing five people and injuring almost 30 others.
Pakistan's transgender community cautiously welcomes marriage fatwa
A religious decree declaring transgender marriage to be legal has been cautiously welcomed in Pakistan, but activists say attitudes still need to change.
The decree, or fatwa, was passed on Sunday by a group of clerics.
It said that according to Islam transgender people with "visible signs" of being male or female may marry someone of the opposite sex.
Police temporarily close Temple Mount to non-Muslim visitors
Following three consecutive days of rioting by Arab youths on the Temple Mount, police announced on Tuesday morning that the contested holy site would be closed to non-Muslim visitors through Thursday.
In a statement, police said the decision was made after security assessments indicated it was not safe for Jewish visitors, who have been the target of attacks there during the final 10 days of Ramadan.
In Gaza, UN chief calls on Israel to lift 'suffocating' blockade of Strip
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel on Tuesday to lift the "suffocating" blockade on the Gaza Strip, a day after Israel said the naval blockade of Gaza would continue under a deal with Turkey to normalize ties.
...Ban told reporters: "The closure of Gaza suffocates its people, stifles its economy and impede reconstruction effort, it is a collective punishment for which there must accountability."
European 'superstate' suggested as Brexit solution
the E.U. blew into a tumult on Monday when it was revealed that a new “superstate” is being considered... “Under the radical proposals E.U. countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels.”
Mexico City shaken by earthquake
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake registered as a magnitude 5.7, and originated in the state of Oaxaca, 215 miles south of Mexico City.