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Large explosion in military zone of Damascus — Syrian state TV

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There was an explosion in a military area of Damascus early Saturday evening, Syrian state television reported, giving no further details on the blast. “The blast heard in Damascus is a result of an explosion in a military zone in Mashrou Dummar”, a
'There was an explosion in a military area of Damascus early Saturday evening, Syrian state television reported, giving no further details on the blast. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “The blast heard in Damascus is a result of an explosion in a military zone in Mashrou Dummar”, a western suburb, state news agency SANA said.The explosion was said to have been at an ammunition store in an area of the city housing military facilities, Hebrew-language media reported.Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tFree Sign Up \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t It is not immediately known what caused the blasts or if there were any casualties.In the predawn hours of Wednesday morning, Syrian state media reported that Israel fired several missiles toward a mountain near the Golan border.According to Syrian and Lebanese reports, the target of the strikes was infrastructure set up by the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group and its allies in recent months. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t According to Syria’s official SANA news outlet, the strike targeted sites around Tel al-Harra, an area that Hezbollah has previously identified as being of “great strategic importance” because of the visibility it offers of the surrounding area.There were no reports of injuries.SANA also reported Israel had jammed Syrian air defense radars in the area, in what it called an act of electronic warfare.Israel has not officially commented on the alleged strike. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Earlier this month, two rockets were fired from Syria toward Israel’s Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights.There were no reports of injuries or damage.Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria in recent years, usually targeting bases linked with Iran.Toward the start of the Syrian civil war, the Israeli military established a number of “red lines” that if violated would result in a retaliatory strike, including any attacks — intentional or otherwise — against Israel.They also included Iranian efforts to establish a permanent military presence in Syria and attempts to transfer advanced munitions to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist group.In recent years, Israel has acknowledged conducting hundreds of airstrikes in Syria in response to these “red line” violations.Source link . The post Large explosion in military zone of Damascus — Syrian state TV appeared first on EPeak World News .'

They Knew – Mathijs Koenraadt – Medium

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the New Nuremberg Trials Sometime during the fall of 2010, I was having lunch with a friend in Munich, Germany.She told me she’d moved there from Berlin, where she’d been living for many years.
'The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the New Nuremberg Trials Sometime during the fall of 2010, I was having lunch with a friend in Munich, Germany. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t She told me she’d moved there from Berlin, where she’d been living for many years.Having frequently visited the Berlin State Opera, she’d befriended the wife (or an ex-wife) of George Soros.At the time, I didn’t know as much about this man as I do now, other than the fact he was a Greek billionaire and a stock market speculator.He is, of course, Hungarian-American.During our lunch, I expressed my worries about the potential consequences of Europe’s aging populations seen in the light of Africa’s baby-boom. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Putting two and two together, I figured Africans would, one day, come to Europe, on foot and in droves, looking to find a future their homelands couldn’t offer them.She nodded, somewhat nervously, and said, “Yes, they will come to Europe.Millions will come.” She knew. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t George Soros knew.A particular circle of people knew years in advance that Europe was going to be flooded with migrants from African and Islamic nations.It was planned.But it would take another five years before less informed Europeans, such as myself, would be made aware of the plot to transform their continent into a multi-ethnic dystopia.Europeans wouldn’t find out about it until the so-called Syrian refugee crisis hit their shores in 2015.Even then, the media class, subservient to its owners, kept lying to our faces about the true nature of the Syrian crisis.We were told that dictator Assad was gassing his own people.Faced with such imagery, the peoples of the Europe felt a moral obligation to open their borders to millions of newcomers.But a recent report by the OPCW, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, casts the refugee crisis in a very different light.According to the leaked report, Assad hadn’t gassed his own people.Instead, U.S. and Israeli secret services had staged the gassings by manually placing gas cylinders for the media to find.The ulterior plan was to capture Syria’s Golan Heights, a strategic territory much needed to expand Israel’s regional power, and recently officially awarded to Israel by none other than President Donald Trump.This means that the entire Western media corps, including nearly every single mainstream journalist, were complicit in covering up war crimes committed against the Syrian people.å­ In September 2015, the media’s frequent lies about the nature of the Syrian crisis produced a hilarious scene in my home country of The Netherlands.Shortly after the first refugees had arrived there, sheepish Dutch citizens had begun collecting bags full of children’s toys to bring to the refugees.Hundreds of naïve Dutch parents and their kids showed up at one of the larger asylum centers to offer their sympathy and help.Dutch newspapers were finally forced to admit the truth.One local outlet noted: “The first toys have arrived [at the center] where no fewer than five-hundred Syrian refugees are to be housed.There’s a small chance, however, that the inhabitants will enjoy playing with the toys: the group of asylum seekers mainly consist of grown men.” Indeed, the refugees coming to Europe in recent years have been mostly grown men of fighting age, having left their women and children behind in bombed-out neighborhoods.One has to wonder why?The media circus fooled the Dutch but one must also blame Europeans for their almost innate naivety.What makes us so gullible?Why do we still trust the media?From 2016 onward, most new arrivals to Europe’s asylum centers didn’t even come from Syria anymore.People from all over the Third World began posing as Syrian refugees in order to win a European passport which secured them priority job offers, a monthly allowance, free public transportation, free healthcare, and free housing.In one extreme case, a Dutch mayor even awarded the so-called refugees 10,000 Euros to spend on furniture for their free homes.Alarmed of such free wealth, more than they could hope to earn in a lifetime, men began arriving from war-free nations such as Bangladesh, Morocco, and Central Africa.Still, the media kept speaking of “child refugees, and much needed dentists, architects, and engineers” who, supposedly, had come to support Europe’s economies.In reality, though, the newcomers were unskilled twenty-five-year-olds who could neither read nor write.We were welcoming people who had never even used a modern toilet before.In 2017, the waves of immigrants began to accelerate.As foreseen by Jean Raspail in his novel The Camp of the Saints, ships full of Central Africans were being fished out of the Mediterranean Sea on a daily basis.And then, all of a sudden, European women began discovering the meaning of the word ‘taharrush’, or tribal gang rape, a phenomenon practically absent in European cultures before opening the borders to armies of hostiles.It became clear to some that Europe had been selected as the dumping ground for the displaced populations of wars being waged in the Middle East.Though the United States and Israel had been certain of victory, the tables turned.Turkey, Russia, and Iran sided with Assad to help lead the Syrian armies to victory over the U.S.-Israeli coalition.Israel may have won the battle for the Golan Heights but in the end, Assad has won the war.What should have been another quick and dirty regime change, like the ones we’ve seen in Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Iraq, turned out to be Israel’s first great military defeat since the Six-Day War in 1967.To the bureaucrats of the European Union, however, the immigrant crisis had come just as planned.According to a 2009 EU document titled Report on a Common Immigration Policy for Europe , the European Parliament had long decided that, and I quote, “migration into Europe will always be a reality”, that the European Union “continues to need migrants’ labor”, and that the European Commission estimated “the need for 60 million migrant workers by 2050.” Today, already over 40% of ‘German’ children under the age of five is of immigrant origin.Soon, all of Germany’s major cities will have a minority white population.The EU bureaucrats scoff at such racist nativism that seeks to preserve something uniquely European.To them, the destruction of Europe’s nations, cultures, and peoples was a deliberate act.Once the white baby-boom generation has died off sometime during the next twenty years, Western European whites will have become minorities in their own countries.And by the year 2100, Europe will have a dominant Islamic majority.Pockets of white survivors will have no one left to turn to for help but each other.Even if there is nothing we can do to stop this nightmarish scenario from unfolding, we can still go after the perpetrators.The time has come, for us, to start collecting evidence for the new Nuremberg trials because there will be trials and the guilty will be hanged.Source link . 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Point of View — Digital Essay – nShotski – Medium

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“What is power” Some would say power is being the man with the biggest gun.But what is it really?In some cases, this is true that the man with the biggest gun has the most power.
'“What is power” Some would say power is being the man with the biggest gun.But what is it really?In some cases, this is true that the man with the biggest gun has the most power.In most places in the world, this is true, such as the middle eastern counties such as Iran, Israel, and Iraq where the crusades still carry on.The list also includes America, Russia, and North Korea, for these countries it the country that has the most capable nuclear strike force. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t But in the real world when you leave behind the grown-up children playing with their toy nukes you find true power comes with respect.This respect has to be earned by the person looking for power.True power is never given, only taken away, it has to be earned, same as respect.Many books demonstrate how much power the people have, but none effectively demonstrate it as well as To Kill a Mockingbird & Twelve Angry Men.Twelve Angry Men To Kill a Mockingbird A good example from Twelve Angry Men of how power is misused in the court system is those 12 men had the power to send that boy to die.A marvelous saying from the book is ‘Life is in their hands and death is on their minds.’ The book also demonstrates the economic power of how the kid is treated like an animal just because he is from the low socio-economic slums and it not given a fair trial either.In ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ this is the same case.When Tom Robinson was trialed the jury gave a guilty verdict just because they had the power to send a black man to jail.Abuse of military power is a very common event in today’s society.Three of the many examples of this issue are listed below \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t In India in 1992 inquiries were still continuing into a scandal allegedly involving £32 million in illegal commissions on a £775 million import of arms from a Swedish manufacturer in 1986.The commissions had been paid through a network of intermediary companies and individuals.Allegedly some of the funds were received by the government.The governing party was defeated in 1989, largely as a result of this affair.Even though it regained power in 1991, in 1992 the foreign minister was forced to resign after it emerged that he had formally requested the Swiss government to slow down its investigation of the ownership of the secret accounts into which the disputed amounts were known to have been transferred.This issue is a great example of military corruption and illegal military activity.This shows that the military has to much power in India and that it is not a force of the people, more the force of the rich few.This also demonstrates that the government abused their power over the military to get what they wanted, money.It also shows how the foreign minister abused his authoritarian power to delay the investigation lead by the Swiss.In South Korea in 1993 5 generals were arrested for giving bribes ranging from US$37,700 to US$377,000 to the air force chief in return for promotions.Similar bribery charges had been made to 5 navy officers for their promotions.In 1993 the defense minister of South Korea offered to resign because of his brother’s implication in a scandal involving multi-million dollar arms deals.In Thailand, it is alleged that the attempted military coup in 1992 was less a response to corruption in government than against the steady slide of patronage from the military to those with financial power. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t This issue is a clear demonstration of how power is bought.It also proves that even in South Korea’s military there is corruption and unethical practices happening.True power is never given, only taken away, it has to be earned, same as respect.Power and respect are one and the same concept.As the famous quote goes, “With great power, comes even greater responsibility”. Source link . The post Point of View — Digital Essay – nShotski – Medium appeared first on EPeak World News .'

Five Ways To Identify And Retain Fantastic Talent With Jeremy Rovinsky And Kage Spatz

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'Jeremy Rovinsky & his family I wish more people in leadership positions would internalize the idea that they themselves ultimately benefit from treating others with respect. Millions of people can benefit from learning how those involved in the hiring process think and operate. Of course, HR professionals can learn a lot from one another as well. The goal of this particular series is to aid HR leaders in their hiring and retention strategies, as well as to teach prospects what hiring managers actually look for. As a part of my HR Strategy Series, I’m talking to top experts in the field about their five ways to identify and retain fantastic talent. Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeremy Rovinsky. Jeremy is Dean & General Counsel of National Paralegal College. He has been admitted to practice law in a number of jurisdictions and has been published in multiple law journals and academic publications. Jeremy has taught Advanced Legal Writing and Advanced Property at an ABA-accredited law school, helped update the Rules of Professional Conduct for an American Indian Community Court, and served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Justice Courts. Jeremy graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School. Thank you so much for doing this! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? My pleasure! After I graduated from law school, my wife and I moved to Israel, where I was working with an Israeli firm and operating my own law practice. I always wanted to clerk for a judge, and was offered a clerkship at the Court of Appeals in Phoenix. As I was clerking, I was in the right place at the right time, and met a friend’s brother-in-law, who worked at National Paralegal College. He told me the college was opening a graduate school, and I expressed interest in teaching. He was impressed with my clerkship, and offered me the opportunity to teach the graduate school’s first Constitutional Law class. One class led to another, and when my clerkship was coming to an end and I was interviewing with law firms, the school extended me an offer to become a full-time school administrator. I began as Dean of the graduate school, and eventually became Dean of the entire school. Can you share the most interesting or funny story that happened to you since you started this career? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? I’ve served as an Adjunct Law Professor at a local law school. On the first day of one class, I got a bit of a cold reception, as I was one of the youngest people in the room; one student even told me, “You are really young for a law professor.” I just smiled and responded that at the time I already had 4 kids. By the end of the class, I received overwhelmingly positive student feedback. It made me appreciate how we should never judge someone just by their outside appearance! Are you working on any exciting new projects at your company? How is this helping people? We recently launched a new project, LawShelf.com, an Educational Media subsidiary company. It is very exciting because it’s mission is to demystify the law and present short, high-quality videos covering relevant legal topics for the public. I am also a big fan of the specific micro-credentials in the form of digital badges that LawShelf offers to people who complete the video-courses in specific areas of law. Congratulations on the new project! Let’s now jump to the main focus of our series. Hiring can be very time consuming and difficult. Can you share 5 techniques that you use to identify the talent that would be best suited for the job you want to fill? Please share an example for each idea. Social media and online footprint.  I want to see if a person has a Linkedin page with a professional picture and relevant credentials. I also look to Facebook and Twitter to make sure the person has not publicly posted inappropriate things. You would be surprised what people post! Evaluate enthusiasm.  I get a lot of resumes from attorneys who want to teach our legal courses. When I receive an impressive resume but don’t have an open position, I encourage the applicant to remain in contact. Some do, and some don’t. I just recently hired someone who kept on my case — and it paid off! Connections.  It is a big help if I see that the person has a shared connection on Linkedin, or knows someone within my organization. A resume will only show so much, as will a 15-minute in-person interview. It means a lot more if a colleague or friend can vouch for a candidate. My organization has hired friends and family members of good employees as positions opened. I try to assess if I (and my colleagues) will enjoy working with the person. Your job is not your primary social network, but, at the same time, you spend the majority of your waking hours with your colleagues, so I try to hire people who will bring  positivity and friendliness  to the organization. Collaboration.  If I like a candidate, I will walk him or her around the office and introduce to my colleagues. After the interview, I will ask my colleagues for their feedback. Often they can spot things that I didn’t see, or they can confirm the feelings I had. With so much noise and competition out there, what are the top 3 ways to attract and engage the best talent in an industry when they haven’t already reached out to you? Word-of-mouth.  You would be surprised how much this is still relevant in our Internet age. It is not uncommon for people to reach out to me and say that they heard that my school is a great place to work. Online presence.  We maintain an active Facebook page, where the general public can see relevant posts about legal developments. I think it helps build our brand while providing a beneficial service for the public. Network.  I meet great people at conferences and while doing side-jobs, such as teaching at law schools as an adjunct and serving as a Judge Pro Tem. When I tell people that I am Dean of NPC, often there is a lot of interest to learn about teaching opportunities. What are the 3 most effective strategies used to retain employees? BE KIND.  Care about the people you work with and supervise. It goes a very long way. Show appreciation! Invest in people.  If someone needs training, help them get it. Learn what makes your people happy, and try to deliver in a tailored way. In your experience, is it important for HR to keep up with the latest trends? Can you give some examples of what this looks like? Definitely. I believe the major trends are generational. As more millennials move up the corporate latter, and Gen-X and Gen-Y enter the workforce, it is important to understand how they think and what they really want. In general, millennials want to make a lot of money, and also do something they deem meaningful. The younger generation entering the workforce generally requires more constant positive feedback and compliments, as well as flexibility. If you can figure out what your people want, and deliver it, they will reciprocate. Can you give an example of a creative way to increase the value provided to employees without breaking the bank? Think about “intangibles” you can offer. Can you offer increased flexibility? Professional development? Small things that can make the office a more fun and welcoming place to be? You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? I wish more people in leadership positions would internalize the idea that they themselves ultimately benefit from treating others with respect. Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life? Rav Yitzchok Hutner is reported to have told a student of his: “Regardless of what you hear quoted in my name, do not believe it unless I have told it to you personally.” I try to remember this quote when I indirectly hear things about others, or someone claims that someone else said something. Always go directly to the source! Often a person’s statement, or intentions, were taken out of context. Some of the biggest names in Business, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world whom you would love to have a private lunch with, and why? Nikki Haley. I have so much appreciation for how she represented the United States at the United Nations, and love her elegance and refinement that she brings to the public discourse. Our country is so broken right now, and I think she may be able to build bridges and bring different types of people together. Thank you so much for these fantastic insights!'

In Gulf, US Contends With Shadowy New Head of Iran’s Fast-Boat Navy

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A second U.S.Navy destroyer, the Mason, was en route to the Gulf of Oman on Friday in a show of force, set to join the destroyer Bainbridge in the region following reported attacks on two civilian oil tankers.
'A second U.S.Navy destroyer, the Mason, was en route to the Gulf of Oman on Friday in a show of force, set to join the destroyer Bainbridge in the region following reported attacks on two civilian oil tankers . U.S. leaders have blamed the attacks, which damaged the vessels but appear to have caused no casualties, on the fast-boat navy of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), now led by a shadowy figure, Adm.Alireza Tangsiri. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Tangsiri maintains that the U.S. is bluffing.The Americans “just want to exert pressure in order to have negotiations,” Tangsiri, the newly appointed commander of the IRGC navy, said last month of a recent buildup of U.S. forces in the region led by the carrier Lincoln and its strike group.In his only known public statement, Tangsiri told Iran’s Fars news agency that “we are fully prepared and, if the enemy makes any mistakes, we can in the first stage hit all American installations in the area.Surely, the enemy will not make such a mistake.” Related content: Who is this saber-rattling admiral? \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “Not much is known about him,” American Enterprise Institute analyst Michael Rubin said of Tangsiri, who replaced Adm.Ali Fedavi with a mandate from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni for “accelerated growth of military capabilities and preparations.” Since Tangsiri took over earlier this year, “there’s been a huge increase in Iranian [unmanned aerial vehicle] activity” over the region to monitor U.S. movements, said Rubin, an Iran specialist with close ties to the U.S.Navy.Iran has long relied on a “good cop, bad cop” strategy at sea with the U.S.Navy, he said, with the regular Iranian navy maintaining professional contacts with American ships while the IRGC navy threatens to go rogue. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t In the current crisis, Rubin said he doesn’t immediately foresee the U.S. returning to the so-called “tanker wars” strategy of the 1980s, when Navy warships escorted re-flagged Kuwaiti tankers through the Gulf and the Straits of Hormuz.Retired Vice Adm.Michael Franken agreed. “There’s nothing to be gained by running to the gun here” in response to two abandoned tankers burning in the Gulf, said Franken, a 36-year veteran with long experience in the region and now an analyst at the Stimson Center.In addition, the Navy lacks the assets for prolonged escort duty, Franken said. “It becomes a huge, huge lift for the Navy,” he said. “No, I don’t think we’re going to be headed to tanker escorting duties.” On Friday, President Donald Trump blamed Iran for the explosions aboard the two tankers and ramped up pressure on Tehran.At the same time, he left room for the possibility of negotiations.Trump went on the cable program “Fox & Friends” and said that the video released by U.S.Central Command showing a small Iranian boat pulling what was said to be a limpet mine from the side of one of the tankers was evidence of Iran’s culpability. “Well, Iran did do it, and you know they did do it because you saw the boat.They didn’t want the evidence left behind,” Trump said. “It was them that did it.” “They’re a nation of terror,” he said of Iran, but “they’ve changed a lot since I’ve been president.” “They’re in deep, deep trouble” because of sanctions imposed by the U.S., Trump said, but “we want to get them back to the table if they want to get back.I’m in no rush.” He added that if Iran seeks to close the Straits of Hormuz, through which passes about 30% of the world’s oil, “it won’t be closed for long.” In a series of releases Thursday, the Navy and U.S.Central Command said the service had received a pair of distress calls within an hour from the tankers Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous, which were proceeding about 10 nautical miles from each other in the Gulf of Oman.The Bainbridge, which had been about 40 miles from the general area, took aboard 21 crew members from the Kokuka Courageous, the Navy said.The Mason was joining the Bainbridge in the Gulf of Oman on Friday, it added. “This is what we’re out here for,” said Cmdr.M.Kathryn Devine, commander of the Bainbridge, according to the Navy release. “Our mission is to ensure maritime safety and to answer the call for aid when we can.” The 23 crew members of the Altair, who had abandoned ship, were initially picked up by the cargo ship Hyundai Dubai and then transferred to an Iranian naval vessel and taken to the port city of Jask, according to a statement from the Bermuda-based Norwegian company Frontline Ltd., owner of the Front Adair.Frontline Ltd. said the crew members were unharmed and are expected to be repatriated shortly.The ship remained afloat, it said, adding, “The cause of the explosion remains unknown to the company, although we have ruled out the possibility that it was caused by mechanical or human error.” Iran’s English-language Press TV showed footage of several of the Front Adair crew members apparently in good condition. “This video refutes false reports by some media outlets claiming that Iran avoided helping the sailors working on the vessel,” Press TV said.At a news conference Thursday, U.S.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran for the tanker attacks. “It is the assessment of the United States that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks,” Pompeo said. “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication,” he added.In response, Amir Abdollahian, chief adviser to the Iranian Parliament speaker, said in a series of Tweets on Friday that U.S. intelligence agencies and Israel’s Mossad intelligence service were responsible for the tanker attacks, Iran’s Fars news agency reported. “The main suspects of the recent insecurities in the region of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman are the U.S. intelligence services and Mossad,” Abdollahian said Friday, in a post on his Twitter page.Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, said solid evidence of Iran’s involvement in the tanker attacks is lacking, but the toll on Iranians of the U.S. sanctions makes it increasingly likely that the Tehran regime will lash out. “Iran is looking for some kind of concession,” Slavin said. “If the U.S. continues to force the embargo, you’re going to see more incidents like this.” In a statement Friday from its United Nations mission, Iran acknowledged frustration at the economic sanctions. “The U.S. economic war and terrorism against the Iranian people, as well as its massive military presence in the region, have been and continue to be the main sources of insecurity and instability in the wider Persian Gulf region and the most significant threat to its peace and security,” the statement said. — Richard Sisk can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com . 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Bulgaria investigation: England’s Euro qualifying group rivals face racism allegations

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Bulgaria might have to play their Euro 2020 qualifier against England behind closed doors after Uefa launched an investigation into alleged racist behaviour by their fans in the game against Kosovo.The hosts lost Monday’s Group A match, in the
'Bulgaria might have to play their Euro 2020 qualifier against England behind closed doors after Uefa launched an investigation into alleged racist behaviour by their fans in the game against Kosovo.The hosts lost Monday’s Group A match, in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, 3-2.Uefa will hear the case on Thursday, 18 July, with a partial or full stadium closure among possible sanctions.Group leaders England face bottom-placed Bulgaria in Sofia on 14 October.European football’s governing body is also investigating Latvia for alleged racist behaviour by fans in their Group G home defeat by Israel.Montenegro were ordered to play a home match behind closed doors following the racist abuse of England players by supporters in March.Source: Read Full Article . The post Bulgaria investigation: England’s Euro qualifying group rivals face racism allegations appeared first on Best World News .'

Two pilots killed in Vietnam military plane crash

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Two pilots were killed in Vietnam Friday after their military plane crashed during a training session, an official told AFP.Though Vietnam has a good civilian aviation record, airplane and helicopter crashes are regularly reported in the military,
'Two pilots were killed in Vietnam Friday after their military plane crashed during a training session, an official told AFP. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Though Vietnam has a good civilian aviation record, airplane and helicopter crashes are regularly reported in the military, which relies on an arsenal of imported equipment — mostly from longtime ally Russia.The two pilots in central Khanh Hoa province died when their Russian two-seater training aircraft Yakovlev Yak-52 crashed near a mountain, killing one of them instantly. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t “One was found dead while the other one died on the way to hospital,” said Nguyen Ngoc Khue, the head of the local commune where the accident occurred.The crash site was blocked off for investigation, Khue added, and photos in state media showed plumes of smoke billowing from the downed plane.The Yak-52 took its first flight in 1976 in Russia and was later manufactured in Romania by Aerostar.It was designed to train civilian sport pilots and military pilots in the former Soviet Union. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Friday’s crash follows several similar accidents in the communist country in recent years.In July 2018, two pilots were killed when training in central Nghe An province in a Russian-made Sukhoi Su-22 that belonged to Vietnam’s Air Defence Force.At least 14 people were reported killed in military crashes in 2016. \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t.bsaProContainer-1 {\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tdisplay: none;\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t}\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Vietnam is seeking to modernise its military equipment by purchasing more equipment from partners beyond old Soviet ally Russia, including from France, Germany and Israel.US President Donald Trump has also encouraged Hanoi to buy more American equipment to narrow a trade gap.Observers say Vietnam is willing to do so, but could struggle to afford US military hardware.Source link . The post Two pilots killed in Vietnam military plane crash appeared first on EPeak World News .'