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Iraq reports major effort to recapture Tikrit

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BAGHDAD — Ground forces backed by helicopter gunships launched a three-pronged pre-dawn attack on the militant stronghold of Tikrit on Saturday, marking a major test for the Iraqi military as it attempts to gain the upper hand against insurgents.
But the offensive appeared to be faltering as night fell. Residents and a local tribal leader said militants from an al-Qaeda breakaway group had repelled the troops’ advance, rigging roads into the city with explosives. In contrast to those claims, state television said security forces had cleared the town center of militants.
The recapture of Tikrit, about 90 miles north of Baghdad and the home town of ousted president Saddam Hussein, would give a boost to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as he struggles to hold on to power in the face of a nearly three-week offensive by extremist fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But a high-profile failure would deliver a deep blow to already disheartened forces.
Iraqi military officers have taken pains to stress that the initiative is now in their hands, following anextensive land grab by an insurgency that has boasted of mass executions in Tikrit. Police took journalists, accompanied by armed escorts, to the perimeters of western Baghdad on Saturday to show that the capital is fully under their control.
“The animals are eating the corpses of ISIS,” Brig. Resan al-Brahimi, a federal police commander, told the assembled journalists. “The balance has shifted.”
Thousands of Iraqi Christians sought refuge in Iraq's Kurdistan region as ISIS fighters clashed with Peshmerga forces south of Mosul. (  / Reuters)
Elite counterterrorism forces were also air-dropped into the nearby town of Siniyah and the oil refinery at Baiji in the days before the Tikrit offensive, according to Ammar Toma, a member of parliament’s defense and security committee. The newfound confidence has led to speculation that recently arrived U.S. advisers had helped plan the operations.
“There has certainly been a positive development in the conduct of the security forces, particularly the elite forces,” Toma said. “This has all happened after the arrival of U.S. consultants. Now it’s a case of wait and see.”
But the success of the new offensives is yet to be proved, and it is unclear whether Iraqi army forces — which have made up for mass desertions with rapid training of new recruits — will be able to hold retaken ground in areas where anti-government sentiment runs high.
At Baiji, counterterrorism forces appeared to have weathered the desertion of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers Monday night and regained control of the refinery, according to a senior North Oil Co. official, although militants still control the surrounding area, rendering the facility unusable. Security officials, meanwhile, said that the Mansuriya gas field, which militants attacked Friday, had been secured by special forces.
The Tikrit operation, which began when counterterrorism forces in four helicopters were air-dropped Thursday onto a university campus on the city’s northern outskirts, appeared to run into difficulties from the outset. One helicopter was shot down and another suffered mechanical failure, residents said.
Since then, however, special forces have set up at the nearby al-Sahra air base, the former Speicher U.S. military base, according to a tribal leader from Tikrit who spoke on the condition of anonymity for security reasons. He claimed that the crew of one of the helicopters — a Lebanese national and “two or three” Iraqis — had been taken hostage by ISIS.
With their special forces in place to the northwest, Iraqi troops launched an offensive from three directions — the main Baghdad highway to the south, a road from Samarra to the southeast and the Irbil road to the northwest — early Saturday, according to a version of events laid out by the tribal leader and three other local residents contacted by phone.

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The troops were backed by helicopter gunships, but the roads were heavily booby-trapped and security forces were prevented from entering the city, residents said. The government forces then began bombarding the city by air in the afternoon, trying to break a siege against its men at the university and al-Sahra, they said.
According to the tribal leader, the city remains under the control of ISIS, along with Baathists and members of the Naqshbandi Army, Ansar al-Sunna and Ansar al-Islam, insurgent groups that formerly battled U.S. troops. ISIS members are a minority but the main fighting force, he said.
In contrast, military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim Atta said that ISIS was retreating and that an ISIS commander was among 29 insurgents killed in the assault.
Most residents have fled Tikrit, which has suffered three days of bombardment. Several who remained claimed government forces have used barrel bombs — explosives-packed drums that are notorious for causing high numbers of civilian casualties due to their inaccuracy.
It is not the first time Iraqi forces have been accused of dropping the makeshift munitions, a well-known tactic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as he battles rebels across the border. New York-based Human Rights Watch last month accused the Iraqi government of using barrel bombs in Fallujah, in the western province of Anbar, where insurgents have continued to make gains.
On the media tour Saturday, Brahimi, the police commander, stopped near the border of Abu Ghraib, the city’s western gateway from Anbar. “The enemies say they are on the outskirts of Baghdad,” he declared. “Where are they?”
But Jabbar Abed, a 31-year-old carpenter who lives in Abu Ghraib, said the answer was: “Not far.”
“It’s a very bad situation,” he said. “Every one is scared they will take control. Every day there are clashes.”
Ben Van Heuvelen in Irbil and Abigail Hauslohner in Beirut contributed to this report.

Loveday Morris is a Beirut-based correspondent for The Post. She has previously covered the Middle East for The National, based in Abu Dhabi, and for the Independent, based in London and Beirut.
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Obama to ask for $2 billion in emergency funds to stem immigration influx

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A toddler sits on the floor with other detainees at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (Eric Gay/AP)
The Obama administration, in a dramatic escalation of its border control strategy, will seek $2 billion in emergency funds to help stem an influx of Central American women and children entering the country illegally and new measures to more quickly deport those already here, the White House confirmed Saturday.
President Obama intends to notify Congress of his request on Monday, and the administration also will ask lawmakers to modify existing statutes to make it easier to return unaccompanied children to their home countries, an administration official said. The administration’s plans were first reported Saturday by the New York Times.
More than 52,000 unaccompanied children and 39,000 women with children had been apprehended on the border this year, officials said, a large increase over previous years. The surge, mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, has caught the administration off-guard and spurred Obama to order a multi-agency response to the crisis.
“We will inform Congress that we will be asking them to work with us to ensure that we have the legal authorities to maximize the impact of our efforts,” the administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the request was not yet formally made.
The administration has been under intense pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants. Republicans have criticized the administration’s border policies, calling them too weak to deter migrants from making a long, dangerous journey and demanding that the White House send a stronger message that the women and children will not be allowed to stay in the United States.
Video obtained by The Washington Post shows makeshift holding areas for detained migrants at the McAllen, Texas Border Patrol station. (  / Obtained by The Washington Post)
A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said his office had no comment until it receives the proposal and has time to review it.
But the escalation of enforcement is likely to be met with skepticism from immigration advocates, who have expressed concerns about the treatment and welfare of the children. Already the Obama administration had announced plans to send more immigration judges to South Texas, where most of the influx is occurring, and build more detention facilities for families that have been apprehended and are awaiting hearings.
“He is going to get a fight on this one,” said Kevin Appleby, migration policy director for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “It could result in vulnerable children being sent back to real danger and possible harm or death.”
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Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military

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June 27, 2014 6:59 p.m. ET
Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Pablo Valdez Martinez, right, chats with a potential Army recruit at a recruiting station in New York in 2009. The Defense Department estimates 71% of the roughly 34 million 17- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. would fail to qualify to enlist in the military if they tried. Getty Images
More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones.
The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the growing popularity of large-scale tattoos and devices called ear gauges that create large holes in earlobes.
A few weeks ago, Brittany Crippen said she tried to enlist in the Army, only to learn that a tattoo of a fish on the back of her neck disqualified her. Determined to join, the 19-year-old college student visited a second recruiting center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and was rejected again.
Apologetic recruiters encouraged her to return after removing the tattoo, a process she was told would take about year. "I was very upset," Ms. Crippen said.
The military services don't keep figures on how many people they turn away. But the Defense Department estimates 71% of the roughly 34 million 17- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. would fail to qualify to enlist in the military if they tried, a figure that doesn't even include those turned away for tattoos or other cosmetic issues. Meanwhile, only about 1% of youths are both "eligible and inclined to have a conversation with us" about military service, according to Major Gen. Allen Batschelet, commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
Comparable data aren't available for earlier years because the Pentagon began tracking eligibility only recently. But experts said seniors graduating from high school this year face the longest odds to qualify for military service since the draft was abolished in 1973.
"The quality of people willing to serve has been declining rapidly," said Gen. Batschelet.
Each year, about 180,000 young men and women successfully volunteer for America's active-duty forces. An additional 110,000 join the services' reserve and National Guard units. Individual services manage their own recruiting and have the authority to grant waivers to applicants who don't meet broad standards.
When the military faced escalating foreign engagement in recent years, recruiting standards were loosened: In 2007, only 79% of those who enlisted in the Army had completed high school, compared with 90% in 2001, while the Army also accepted recruits with more excess body fat during the height of the Iraq war.
"We have not adopted a zero-defect mentality. We evaluate each applicant from a whole-person perspective," said Nathan Christensen, a Defense Department spokesman, who added that military services have been meeting their recruiting targets in recent years.
To some degree, that has been aided by enlistment bonuses. From 2000 to 2008, the Defense budget for enlistment bonuses more than doubled to $625 million, and it jumped more than 50% to $1.4 billion for selective re-enlistment bonuses, according to a Rand Corp. analysis.
Obesity, the single biggest reason for disqualifying new recruits, and other obstacles, such as poor educational attainment, led 90 retired military leaders in 2009 to form Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit aimed at raising awareness and seeking solutions. The group has lobbied state and federal officials to improve nutrition in schools and expand access to early education.
"We're trying to make decision makers see this is a national-security matter—and they need to prioritize it," said retired Major Gen. Allen Youngman. In the past, he said, "a drill sergeant could literally run the weight off a soldier as part of the regular training program," but now, "we have young people showing up at the recruiter's office who want to serve but are 50 or more pounds overweight."
About a quarter of high-school graduates also can't pass the Armed Forces Qualification Test, which measures math and reading skills, Gen. Youngman said. "They aren't educationally qualified to join the military in any capacity, not just the high-tech jobs," he said.
U.S. Army First Sgt. James Sawyer, who heads recruiting across a swath of Los Angeles County, said tattoos have become the most common cosmetic reason that applicants are disqualified. The Army already banned tattoos on the face, neck and fingers, but according to regulations in effect May 1, soldiers also can't have more than a total of four visible tattoos below the elbows and knees, and tattoos must be relatively small. The goal of the tattoo rules is to maintain a professional-looking Army, Sgt. Sawyer said. He added that "the average person in California has a tattoo."
Gabby Guillen, director of tattoo removal at Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles nonprofit that provides services to former gang members, said that "on a daily basis, people come in saying they don't qualify for the military because of their tattoos. They have visible tattoos. Sometimes it's behind the neck area, on the hands, face, ears."
Sgt. Sawyer's El Monte, Calif., recruiting center serves towns with a total population of 325,000 people. It enlists 10 to 15 people a month. "A lot of times, we don't even get to the interview stage," said the sergeant on a recent afternoon as some would-be soldiers dropped in.
One young man showed up with two gaping holes in his earlobes, the result of wearing ear gauges. "Come back when they're closed," the recruiter said, after jotting down the applicant's information.
David Monzon, a 23-year-old East Los Angeles man, said he had long wanted to join the Army but wasn't able to enlist after graduating; at 5 feet 6 inches tall, he weighed 300 pounds. After researching weight-loss programs, Mr. Monzon eliminated pizza, chili-cheese fries and other fatty foods from his diet, and he began riding his bike everywhere.
In February, Mr. Monzon walked into the recruiting center weighing 210 pounds. Sgt. Sawyer told him he was impressed but that he still needed to drop a few more pounds.
"I was pretty confident I would make it," Mr. Monzon said. He did. Now 190 pounds, Mr. Monzon is heading to South Carolina for basic training in September.
Ms. Crippen, meanwhile, said she was still considering whether to remove her fish tattoo, the only one of four tattoos she has that is problematic. "My parents said they'll pay for it, but right now I really don't know what I'll do," she said. "My tattoo isn't offensive."
Write to Miriam Jordan at miriam.jordan@wsj.com
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Drone Dogfight: Big Defense Firms vs. Techies

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Updated June 27, 2014 6:49 p.m. ET
The battle over new rules for unmanned aircraft in the U.S. is pitting the drone industry's two starkly different cultures against each other: high-tech entrepreneurs versus big aerospace and defense companies.
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Meanwhile, upstarts like PrecisionHawk Inc. and SZ DJI Technology Co. are pitching lightweight, low-cost devices that entrepreneurs are using to film movies, inspect homes and monitor crops. Many of their drones are hand-held and some can be bought at Wal-Mart for a few hundred dollars. These drones are poised to capture the commercial market as new rules open it up, analysts say.
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The two groups tend to have different sensibilities and different target customers, even meeting at different conferences. They've coexisted amicably, with the big firms serving the military and the smaller players serving hobbyists. But now their relationship has soured over efforts to influence long-delayed drone regulations and their increasing convergence in the market as demand for drones takes off.
Lacking clear rules for unmanned aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration has prohibited their commercial use without its approval. Many filmmakers, farmers and others have been using smaller drones without government consent, but the FAA has approved just two commercial drones, both for use in Alaska. The FAA plans to propose rules for small drones later this year that could help decide whether the drone incumbents or upstarts thrive.
Many small drone makers and entrepreneurs accuse the larger companies of pushing for restrictive regulations that will create barriers in the market and protect the incumbents' position atop it. "No one says it out loud, but we all know that's the situation," said Sven Juerss, chief executive of German drone maker Microdrones GmbH. The incumbents "invested millions in the bigger birds, and they want to sell them as long as possible."
The bigger drone makers reject that claim. They have lobbied extensively on Capitol Hill, but they say they are leaning on the FAA to open up the skies to drones from all manufacturers—as long as they're safe. "It's one of those urban myths that I've seen zero evidence of being true," said John Langford, CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences Corp., which helps develop and build some of the largest drones. "There's nobody who has a more genuine interest in the safe evolution of [drone] rules than the big players, because, remember, they have the most to lose if it's not done right."
The FAA plans to release rules for small drones this year that could help decide whether incumbents or upstarts thrive. Above, a ScanEagle. Associated Press
Some observers say the drone industry is ripe to become a classic story of tech disruption, in which lower-cost, less-powerful devices overtake the market from the more expensive and advanced incumbents. They liken the current moment in drones to the shift from big, industrial computers to PCs in the 1980s.
The big aerospace companies "are the [computer] mainframes of this industry…We're the personal computers," said former Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson, who founded California drone maker 3D Robotics Inc. in 2009. "This is exactly what happens from industry to industry: The mammals emerge, they're small and pathetic, but they get better, faster, and then you have an evolutionary shift."
Patrick Egan, a drone advocate from Sacramento, in 2007 shut down his commercial-photography business that used a homemade drone after the FAA effectively banned commercial-drone use. He has used a drone-news website and related podcast to become one of the most prominent critics of the FAA and large aerospace companies, which he accuses of colluding to rig rule making.
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Mr. Egan opened his event by criticizing FAA advisory committees, which are chaired by executives from the big aerospace companies, for recommending rules that he said would harm entrepreneurs. For instance, a committee with the standards-making organization ASTM International recommended that the FAA require drone makers to have extensive quality-assurance programs and produce military-standard manuals for their devices. "Gee whiz, I don't know where I'm going to fit the tech-writing team because I'm going to have the quality assurance team in the garage," he told the crowd. "I'm not taking this one lying down."
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Paul McDuffee, who heads government relations for Boeing-owned drone maker Insitu Inc., said the aerospace firms are lobbying for rules that will benefit all makers and users. "Right, wrong or indifferent, [Mr. Egan] is still going to benefit from this, yet he continues to throw rocks at those of us who have worked hard to get to this point," he said.
Michael Toscano, CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the biggest drone trade group, disputes that it is "big versus small." He said the users and makers of smaller drones are focusing their frustration with the FAA onto larger drone makers, who aren't in such a hurry for rules. "The larger guys still have a defense market," he said, whereas the smaller companies "can see the fruit; they just can't pick it and eat it."
Although most of the incumbents' drones are large and expensive, several companies have developed smaller devices for the commercial market. AeroVironment sells a quadcopter called the Qube that is used by several police departments, and Lockheed Martin is already leasing to farmers its Indago quadcopter, which can be folded into a briefcase.
Still, both companies said they aren't targeting consumers looking for low-cost drones, adding that their core customers remain militaries and big corporations.
Indeed, Andreas Neuman, a former U.S. Air Force drone pilot turned drone consultant, said the big aerospace companies understand their aircraft are overqualified and too expensive for most commercial uses. He said they are focused on securing lucrative, large-scale contracts with big companies, such as the five-year deal AeroVironment recently signed with BP BP.LN 0.00% BP PLCU.K.: London GBp514.60 0.00 0.00% June 27, 2014 4:35 pm Volume (Delayed 15m) : 12.08M P/E Ratio 15.16 Market Cap GBp94.93 Billion Dividend Yield 4.51% Rev. per Employee GBp2,828,72006/27/14 Drone Dogfight: Big Defense Fi... 06/27/14 Rosneft Signs $1.5 Billion Oil... 06/26/14Glencore Appoints First Woman ... More quote details and news » BP.LN in  Your Value Your ChangeShort position PLC for its Alaska operations.
A September report by the U.S. Department of Transportation said that most commercial drones will come "from the Radio Controlled (RC) type vehicle makers as opposed to the suppliers of DoD and public agency aircraft." The report predicts that "as [drone] usage becomes more mainstream, DoD suppliers are expected to seriously enter the commercial marketplace."
Write to Jack Nicas at jack.nicas@wsj.com
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Iraqi Forces Stalled in Push Against Militants, Say Officials

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Updated June 29, 2014 7:41 a.m. ET
An Iraqi Shiite Turkmen fighter stood guard at a checkpoint in Salah Al Din province on Saturday. Iraqi troops were trying to advance on Tikrit from the direction of Samarra to the south. Reuters
BAGHDAD—Iraqi security forces were locked in a standoff outside the city of Tikrit on Sunday morning, local security officials said, as the military's most muscular effort to beat back a three-week-old Sunni insurgency appeared to stall.
The military offensive, which began Saturday afternoon after weeks of preparation, was hampered by extensive land-mine formations laid by insurgents on the main road between Samarra, the provisional headquarters of Iraqi forces north of Baghdad, and Tikrit, according to security forces at the Samarra Command Center.
Reports from the ground contradicted government statements carried by the official television station, which said Iraqi security forces had "cleansed" Tikrit and were preparing to recapture all of the surrounding Salah Al Din province in the coming hours.
But as of Sunday morning, Iraqi forces still hadn't succeeded in taking Tikrit, the birthplace of former President Saddam Hussein and a flash point in the Sunni-led resistance against American forces following the 2003 invasion, according to residents of the city.
A member of the Kurdish security forces stood guard at a checkpoint in Salah Al Din province on Saturday. Reuters
Regaining control of Tikrit from fighters led by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, would amount to a major psychological victory for Iraqi forces following three weeks of humiliation.
It would also mark a major victory for Iraq's embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his political life against a newly elected parliament that appears increasingly determined to prevent him from securing a third four-year term. 
Iraq's new parliament sits Tuesday amid massive pressure, both from Iraqi politicians and leaders abroad, to rush the formation of a new unity government that might be capable of leading the country out of what is arguably Iraq's worst security crisis since the 2003 U.S. invasion.
Though Mr. Maliki's electoral coalition won a plurality of seats in the April 30 vote, many lawmakers from among his own Shiite bloc blame him for the country's fragile national unity and the military's crushing defeats.
Mr. Maliki's Shiite-led Iraqi government appeared to be caught off guard when ISIS forces abruptly took the country's second-largest city of Mosul in a predawn blitz on June 10, sending military officers trained and supplied by the U.S. fleeing for safety. 
In the ensuing two days, insurgents quickly moved south to within striking distance of Baghdad, halting their advance outside the city of Samarra about 80 miles north of the capital.
Since then, ISIS fighters and their allies appeared to have reinforced their seized territory while taking crucial towns in the country's west, including important border posts straddling the Jordanian and Syrian borders.
The latest offensive in Tikrit was weeks in the making, as Mr. al-Maliki struggled to rebuild his broken and demoralized military.
Over the past several days, officers at the Samarra Command Center said that troops there had been reinforced by some 180 tanks and 700 fighters. Resupply convoys on the road to Samarra were protected by what witnesses described as a "human wall" of infantry soldiers guarding the convoys on the highways to Samarra.
In his daily televised press briefing, Iraqi army Lt. Gen. Qassim Atta said Iraqi troops had killed 29 "terrorists," including ISIS leader Abu Abd al-Hadi. His account of the casualties and Mr. Hadi's death couldn't be confirmed.
It was unclear whether the push toward Tikrit was a result of additional American military support. The U.S. military has sent at least 180 out of the 300 military advisers that President Barack Obamapromised to send last week. 
The "timing and quality" of the weekend assault indicated that U.S. advisers were probably involved in planning, said Ammar Toma, a member of the security and defense committee in parliament.
"These remind us of the operations that were done by U.S. troops in association with Iraqis" during the U.S. occupation, Mr. Toma said.
U.S. drones have recently flown reconnaissance missions over Iraqi airspace. Though Mr. Obama declined Iraqi government requests for airstrikes against militants, American F-18 Hornets have been flying more than 30 reconnaissance sorties over the area around Baghdad every day, Mr. Toma said. 
Unlike the drones, F-18s are fighter jets are normally used in airborne attacks. 
The American air operations are girding Iraq's moribund air force, which consists of assault helicopters and two small Cessna-style planes. 
Iraq's Ministry of Defense announced Saturday that five Russian-made Sukhoi Su-25 jets had arrived in Baghdad. The jets are the only real fighter planes in Iraq's almost nonexistent air force arsenal, though it remained unclear if Iraqi pilots were properly trained in their use.
In the past week, Iraqi soldiers launched two air assaults on ISIS positions north of Samarra in the hopes of beating back the insurgents from capital.
Despite their limited air capabilities, Iraqi troops have executed what they described as two successful air operations in the area around Tikrit in the past week. Mr. Toma said an air assault on an ISIS camp in the town of Siniya, outside the refining city of Beiji, destroyed 100 vehicles and killed 10 ISIS fighters last Tuesday.
In an air landing the following day, the army's elite Golden Team soldiers managed to seize and secure the campus of Tikrit University, Mr. Toma said.
Despite the optimism from senior Iraqi officials, ISIS land mines have complicated Iraqi efforts to advance into the city, which remained in ISIS hands Sunday morning. Hundreds of families fled the city by car to the safety of the semiautonomous Kurdish north, according to security officials from the northern city of Kirkuk.
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Iraq Says Russian Experts Have Arrived to Help Prepare Jets for Fighting

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BAGHDAD — Iraqi government officials said Sunday that Russian experts had arrived in Iraq to help the army get 12 new Russian warplanes into the fight against Sunni extremists.
The move was at least an implicit rebuke to the United States, where concerns in Congress about the political viability of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s government have stalled sales of advanced jet and helicopter combat planes to Iraq.
“In the coming three or four days the aircraft will be in service to support our forces in the fight” against the insurgents of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said Gen. Anwar Hama Ameen, the commander of the Iraqi Air Force, referring to five SU-25 aircraft that were flown into Iraq aboard Russian cargo planes Saturday night and two more expected later Sunday. General Ameen also said that Russian military experts had arrived as well to help set up the planes, but that they would stay only a short time.
Last week President Obama ordered 300 American military advisers into the country, and the Iranians have reportedly sent advisers from their Republican Guards’ Quds Force.
A visual guide to the crisis in northern Iraq.
Partial or completeContestedAttacks since Mosul
This is the capital of Iraq
ISIS control of cities
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How Syria and Iraq’s Borders Evolved
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is trying to establish its own Sunni state across borders that have their origins in the Ottoman Empire and post World War I diplomacy. Related Maps and Multimedia »Related article »
Sources: Rand, McNally & Co. World Atlas (1911 Ottoman Empire map); United Kingdom National Archives (Sykes-Picot); Dr. M. Izady, Columbia University’s Gulf 2000 project (religious and ethnic map)
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Sykes-Picot Agreement
  • Current Boundaries

Ottoman provincial borders

Ottoman provincial borders

Independent Arab states
under French influence
Independent
Arab states under
British influence

Independent Arab states
under French influence
Independent
Arab states under
British influence

Ottoman Empire

Before WWI, the Middle East was divided into several administrative provinces under the Ottoman Empire. Modern Iraq is roughly made up of the Ottoman provinces of Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra.

Sykes-Picot Agreement

In 1916, Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot, British and French diplomats, secretly drew the first map to divide up the Ottoman Empire, beginning a series of border negotiations that led to the establishment of British and French mandates in 1920.

Religious and Ethnic Regions Today

Iraq's current boundaries bring together different, often adversarial, groups under one mixed national identity that has been strained by conflict. Still, if Iraq were to split, partition would not be so simple as drawing new borders along religious or ethnic lines.
Sources: Rand, McNally & Co. World Atlas (1911 Ottoman Empire map); United Kingdom National Archives (Sykes-Picot); Dr. M. Izady, Columbia University’s Gulf 2000 project (religious and ethnic map)
Key
Border crossing Crossing controlled by ISIS

Tanf
Controlled by
Syrian government
Yaroubia
Syrian
Kurdish
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Rabia
Iraqi Kurdish
pesh merga

Yaroubia
Controlled by
Syrian Kurdish forces
Rabia
Iraqi Kurdish
pesh merga

Syria and
Jordan

Karamah

Control Jordanian Army
The Jordanian army has increased security at the crossing, which remains open, but with little traffic.

Tanf

Control Syrian government

Bukamal

ControlISIS
Seized June 25

A local agreement between ISIS and the Nusra Front on June 25 effectively placed Bukamal under ISIS control, removing any barriers to their movement at this crossing.

Yaroubia

Control Syrian Kurdish forces
Seized October 2013

This side is controlled by Syrian Kurdish forces affiliated with a party that is engaged in a power struggle with Iraqi Kurdish leaders.

Iraq

Trebil

Control ISIS
Seized June 22

ISIS took this crossing after Iraqi forces fled.

Waleed

Control ISIS
Seized June 22

ISIS took this crossing after Iraqi forces fled. Frightened police officers, reached by telephone, said that the army had already left and that the police scattered when militants arrived.

Qaim

Control ISIS
Seized June 20

On Friday, ISIS took control of the municipal council, customs office, border crossing and Iraqi police station, increasing its already significant presence on the main route between Baghdad and Aleppo. The Iraqi government said it abandoned the crossing in a strategic move to concentrate forces in Baghdad.

Rabia

Control Iraqi Kurdish pesh merga
Seized June 10

Kurdish pesh merga forces secured this crossing on June 10 immediately following the fall of Mosul.
Consequences of Sectarian Violence on Baghdad’s Neighborhoods
Baghdad became highly segregated in the years after the American-led invasion of Iraq. The city’s many mixed neighborhoods hardened into enclaves along religious and ethnic divisions. Related Maps and Multimedia »
Source: Dr. M. Izady, Columbia University’s Gulf 2000 project
Key
Sunni majority Shiite majority Christian majority Mixed areas

2003: Before the Invasion

Before the American invasion, Baghdad’s major sectarian groups lived mostly side by side in mixed neighborhoods. The city’s Shiite and Sunni populations were roughly equal, according to Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor and Middle East expert.

2009: Violence Fuels Segregation

Sectarian violence exploded in 2006. Families living in areas where another sect was predominant were threatened with violence if they did not move. By 2009 Shiites were a majority, with Sunnis reduced to about 10 percent to 15 percent of the population.
• Kadhimiya, a historically Shiite neighborhood, is home to a sacred Shiite shrine.
• Adhamiya, a historically Sunni neighborhood, contains the Abu Hanifa Mosque, a Sunni landmark.
• The Green Zone became the heavily fortified center of American operations during the occupation.
• Sadr City was the center of the insurgent Mahdi Army, led by the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr.
• Huriya was transformed in 2006 when the Mahdi Army pushed out hundreds of families in a brutal spasm of sectarian cleansing.
• More than 8,000 displaced families relocated to Amiriya, the neighborhood where the Sunni Awakening began in Baghdad.
• Adhamiya, a Sunni island in Shiite east Baghdad, was walled and restricted along with other neighborhoods in 2007 for security.
• Neighborhoods east of the Tigris River are generally more densely populated than areas to the west.

2003: Before the Invasion

Before the American invasion, Baghdad’s major sectarian groups lived mostly side by side in mixed neighborhoods. The city’s Shiite and Sunni populations were roughly equal, according to Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor and Middle East expert.
• Kadhimiya, a historically Shiite neighborhood, is home to a sacred Shiite shrine.
• Adhamiya, a historically Sunni neighborhood, contains the Abu Hanifa Mosque, a Sunni landmark.
• The Green Zone became the heavily fortified center of American operations during the occupation.
• Sadr City was the center of the insurgent Mahdi Army, led by the Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr.

2009: Violence Fuels Segregation

Sectarian violence exploded in 2006. Families living in areas where another sect was predominant were threatened with violence if they did not move. By 2009 Shiites were a majority, with Sunnis reduced to about 10 percent to 15 percent of the population.
• Huriya was transformed in 2006 when the Mahdi Army pushed out hundreds of families in a brutal spasm of sectarian cleansing.
• More than 8,000 displaced families relocated to Amiriya, the neighborhood where the Sunni Awakening began in Baghdad.
• Adhamiya, a Sunni island in Shiite east Baghdad, was walled and restricted along with other neighborhoods in 2007 for security.
• Neighborhoods east of the Tigris River are generally more densely populated than areas to the west.
Source: Dr. M. Izady, Columbia University’s Gulf 2000 project
Battle for the Baiji Oil Refinery
Witnesses reported that Sunni extremists seized Iraq’s largest oil refinery on June 18 after fighting the Iraqi Army for a week, but officials disputed the reports and the situation remains unclear. Workers were evacuated, and the facility, which provides oil for domestic consumption to 11 Iraqi provinces, including Baghdad, was shut down. Related Maps and Multimedia » Related article »
Source: Satellite image by NASA

Smoke plume
at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday.
ABOUT 115 MILES
TO BAGHDAD

Smoke plume
at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday.
ABOUT 115 MILES
TO BAGHDAD
Source: Satellite image by NASA

Key  Towns attacked  Bomb attacks
Miles from
Central Baghdad
Several clashes occurred at the outskirts of Samarra, where Shiite militiamen have been sent to protect the Al-Askari Shrine.
The Iraqi army retook control of Ishaqi and Muqdadiya on June 14. In Muqdadiya, a Shiite militia assisted the government forces.
Militants took control of several neighborhoods in Baquba on June 16 but were repulsed by security officers after a three-hour gun battle. Later, 44 Sunni prisoners were killed in a government-controlled police station.
Falluja and many towns in the western province of Anbar have been under ISIS control for about six months.
At least five bomb attacks occurred in Baghdad, mainly in Shiite areas, in the week after the rebel group took Mosul. The bodies of four young men were found shot on June 17 in a neighborhood controlled by Shiite militiamen.

Key  Towns attacked  Bomb attacks
Miles from
Central Baghdad
Several clashes occurred at the outskirts of Samarra, where Shiite militiamen have been sent to protect the Al-Askari Shrine.
The Iraqi army retook control of Ishaqi and Muqdadiya on June 14. In Muqdadiya, a Shiite militia assisted the government forces.
Militants took control of several neighborhoods in Baquba on June 16 but were repulsed by security officers after a three-hour gun battle. Later, 44 Sunni prisoners were killed in a government-controlled police station.
At least five bomb attacks occurred in Baghdad, mainly in Shiite areas, in the week after the rebel group took Mosul. The bodies of four young men were found shot on June 17 in a neighborhood controlled by Shiite militiamen.
Falluja and many towns in the western province of Anbar have been under ISIS control for about six months.
Ten Years of ISIS Attacks in Iraq
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group that staged a stunning operation to seize Iraq’s second largest city, has been fueling sectarian violence in the region for years. Related Maps and Multimedia » Related article »
Sources: Global Terrorism Database, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

Attacks That Could Be Attributed to ISIS

Attacks That Could
Be Attributed to ISIS
2004-05 The group emerges as “Al Qaeda in Iraq” following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Its goal is to provoke a civil war.
2006-07 The group’s February 2006 bombing of one of Iraq's most revered Shiite shrines ignites sectarian violence across the country. After merging with several other Sunni insurgent groups, it changes its name to the Islamic State of Iraq.
2008-10 I.S.I. claims responsibility for more than 200 attacks, many in densely-populated areas around Baghdad.
2011-12 The group is relatively quiet for most of 2011, but re-emerges after American troops withdraw from Iraq.
2013 Seeing new opportunities for growth, I.S.I. enters Syria’s civil war and changes its name to reflect a new aim of establishing an Islamic religious state spanning Iraq and Syria. Its success in Syria bleeds over the border to Iraq.
2004-05 The group emerges as “Al Qaeda in Iraq” following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Its goal is to provoke a civil war.
2006-07 The group’s February 2006 bombing of one of Iraq's most revered Shiite shrines ignites sectarian violence across the country. After merging with several other Sunni insurgent groups, it changes its name to the Islamic State of Iraq.
2008-10 I.S.I. claims responsibility for more than 200 attacks, many in densely-populated areas around Baghdad.
2011-12 The group is relatively quiet for most of 2011, but re-emerges after American troops withdraw from Iraq.
2013 Seeing new opportunities for growth, I.S.I. enters Syria’s civil war and changes its name to reflect a new aim of establishing an Islamic religious state spanning Iraq and Syria. Its success in Syria bleeds over the border to Iraq.
2004-05 The group emerges as “Al Qaeda in Iraq” following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Its goal is to provoke a civil war.
2006-07 The group’s February 2006 bombing of one of Iraq's most revered Shiite shrines ignites sectarian violence across the country. After merging with several other Sunni insurgent groups, it changes its name to the Islamic State of Iraq.
2008-10 I.S.I. claims responsibility for more than 200 attacks, many in densely-populated areas around Baghdad.
2011-12 The group is relatively quiet for most of 2011, but re-emerges after American troops withdraw from Iraq.
2013 Seeing new opportunities for growth, I.S.I. enters Syria’s civil war and changes its name to reflect a new aim of establishing an Islamic religious state spanning Iraq and Syria. Its success in Syria bleeds over the border to Iraq.
2004-05 The group emerges as “Al Qaeda in Iraq” following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Its goal is to provoke a civil war.2006-07 The group’s February 2006 bombing of one of Iraq's most revered Shiite shrines ignites sectarian violence across the country. After merging with several other Sunni insurgent groups, it changes its name to the Islamic State of Iraq.2008-10 I.S.I. claims responsibility for more than 200 attacks, many in densely-populated areas around Baghdad.2011-12 The group is relatively quiet for most of 2011, but re-emerges after American troops withdraw from Iraq.2013 Seeing new opportunities for growth, I.S.I. enters Syria’s civil war and changes its name to reflect a new aim of establishing an Islamic religious state spanning Iraq and Syria. Its success in Syria bleeds over the border to Iraq.
Note: Before 2011, less information was available on who was responsible for attacks, so the number of ISIS attacks from 2004 to 2010 may be undercounted.
Sources: Global Terrorism Database, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
A Week of Rapid Advances After Taking Mosul
After sweeping across the porous border from Syria to overrun Mosul, insurgents aligned with the jihadist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continued to press south down the main north-south highway toward Baghdad. Related Maps and Multimedia » Related article »

June 12
Dhuluiya captured
Attacks in
the days after
Mosul captured
June 11
Parts of Baiji
captured
After capturing MosulTikrit and parts of a refinery in Baiji, insurgents attacked Samarra, where Shiite militias helped pro-government forces. Then, they seized Jalawla and Sadiyah but were forced back by government troops backed by Kurdish forces. They continued their moves south by Ishaki andDujail.

Attacks in
the days after
Mosul captured
June 11
Parts of Baiji
captured
June 11-12
Samarra attacked
June 12
Dhuluiya
captured

June 11-12
Samarra
attacked
June 12
Dhuluiya
captured
June 13
Jalawla and
Sadiyah
attacked
June 14
Ishaki and
Dujail
attacked
June 11
Parts of
Baiji captured
Attacks in
the days after
Mosul captured
After capturing MosulTikrit and parts of a refinery in Baiji, insurgents attacked Samarra, where Shiite militias helped pro-government forces. Then, they seized Jalawla and Sadiyah but were forced back by government troops backed by Kurdish forces. They continued their moves south by Ishaki andDujail.
What the Militants Want: A Caliphate Across Syria and Iraq
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has vowed to establish a caliphate — a unified Islamic government ruled by a caliph, someone considered to be a successor to Muhammad’s political authority — stretching from western Syria across Iraq to the eastern border with Iran. This map shows the boundaries envisioned by ISIS. Related Maps and Multimedia »
Source: “The Islamic State in Iraq Returns to Diyala” by Jessica Lewis, Institute for the Study of War
Source: “The Islamic State in Iraq Returns to Diyala” by Jessica Lewis, Institute for the Study of War
Attacks Follow Sectarian Lines
The insurgents, originating in Syria, moved through Iraq's Sunni-dominated north and west, occupying cities and towns surrendered by Iraqi soldiers and police. They have largely avoided the Kurd-dominated northeast, but have threatened to march on to Baghdad and into the Shiite-dominated areas of the south. Related Maps and Multimedia »
Source: Dr. M. Izady, Columbia University’s Gulf 2000 project

Predominant group
Sunni Arab
Shiite Arab
Kurd
Source: Dr. M. Izady, Columbia University’s Gulf 2000 project
Iraqi Cities, Then and Now
Many of the Iraqi cities that have been attacked and occupied by militants in recent days were also the sites of battles and other major events during the Iraq War. Related Maps and Multimedia »
Mosul
MosulIraq
Then: American forces took control of Mosul in April 2003. What followed was a period of relative peace until mid-2004 when periodic insurgent attacks flared, resulting in a large-scale battle in November. The death toll reached dozens, including a number of Iraqi soldiers who were publicly beheaded.Related Article »
Now: In perhaps the most stunning recent development, Sunni militants drove Iraqi military forces out of Mosul on June 10, forcing a half-million residents to flee the city. Iraqi soldiers reportedly dropped their weapons and donned civilian clothing to escape ISIS insurgents.
MosulMoises Saman for The New York Times
Falluja
FallujaIraq
Then: Falluja played a pivotal role in the American invasion of Iraq. It was the site of a number of large-scale battles with insurgents. In April 2003, it became a hot bed for controversy when American soldiers opened fire on civilians after claiming they had been shot at. Incessant fighting left the city decimated, leveling a majority of its infrastructure and leaving about half its original population.Related Article »
Now: Sunni militants seized Falluja’s primary municipal buildings on Jan. 3. The takeover came as an early and significant victory for the group, initiating a slew of attacks south of the city.
FallujaMax Becherer for The New York Times
Tikrit
TikritIraq
Then: The home of Saddam Hussein, Tikrit became the target of an early American military operation during the Iraq war. Securing it proved cumbersome, however, as insurgents mounted continued attacks on the city for years afterward. On Dec. 14, 2003, Hussein was found hiding in an eight-foot deep hole, just south of Tikrit.Related Article »
Now: Tikrit fell to ISIS insurgents on June 11, clearing a path for them to march on to Baiji, home to one of Iraq’s foremost oil-refining operations. After taking the city in less than a day, militants continued the fight just south, in Samarra.
TikritChang W. Lee/The New York Times
Samarra
SamarraIraq
Then: Samarra is home to the Askariya shrine, which was bombed in 2006, prompting an extended period of sectarian violence across the country.Related Article »
Now: After an initial attack on June 5, ISIS insurgents have now positioned themselves just miles away from Samarra. It is unclear whether they are capable of capturing the city in the coming days, but the Shiite shrine makes it a volatile target.
SamarraAyman Oghanna for The New York Times
Video: Iraq’s Factions and Their Goals
Published June 13
A look at the goals of of the three main groups in Iraq — Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish — as the country threatens to split apart along sectarian lines. Related Maps and Multimedia »
Growing Humanitarian Crisis
The United Nations estimates that at least 500,000 Iraqis were displaced by the takeover of Mosul. Food supplies are low and there is limited fresh water and little electricity. An additional 430,000 people were displaced by fighting In Anbar Province, which insurgents have controlled for more than six months. Related Maps and Multimedia »

Safin Hamed/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
An Iraqi family, one of thousands who have fled Mosul for the autonomous Kurdish region, walks past tents at a temporary camp.
Video: Behind the Group That Took Mosul
Published June 10
Background on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Islamist group that appears to be in control of the second largest city in Iraq. Related Maps and Multimedia »
This was the first report of Russian military aides in the country, although General Ameen said they were experts, not advisers.
American officials, citing intelligence reports, have also said that Iran has been sending surveillance drones over Iraq as well as supplying the government with military equipment and support.
On Thursday Mr. Maliki said the Iraqis, in an arrangement with the Russian Ministry of Defense, had ordered a dozen SU-25s, a ground-attack fighter jet useful for close air support operations.
“They are coming very fast,” General Ameen said in a telephone interview, “because we need them in this conflict against the terrorists as soon as possible.” He said the Russians would leave within three days or so after the aircraft were ready for service.
The Iraqi military used SU-25 jets extensively during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, but they have not been used in Iraq since 2002 or earlier.
Still, General Ameen said they would soon see action again. “We have pilots who have long experience in this plane and of course we have the help of the Russian friends and the experts who came with these aircraft to prepare them,” he said. “This will produce a very strong punishment against the terrorists in the coming days.”
Sunni jihadi fighters were reported on Sunday to have stalled a government offensive to retake the central Iraqi city of Tikrit. Insurgents had apparently retaken control of key government buildings in the center of Tikrit city, according to witnesses who reported seeing the black flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, flying over many important buildings. The day before, Iraqi flags had been hoisted on many of them, as Iraqi troops carried out a ground assault after a three-day-long operation intended to take the city and roll back the insurgents’ advance toward Baghdad.
Iraqi forces carried out repeated airstrikes, mostly using helicopters, on insurgent targets throughout the city on Sunday for the fourth day in a row, witnesses said.
The Iraqi army remained in control of roads leading into Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s birthplace and a longtime stronghold of Sunni hard-liners, about 100 miles north of Baghdad, and also controlled the campus of Salahuddin University in Tikrit and a military base, Camp Speicher, on the outskirts of the city.
The military’s advance, supported by tanks and helicopter gunships, was hampered by a large number of bombs planted along the roads, a common tactic of the insurgents.
According to a security official in Tikrit, speaking on the condition of anonymity as a matter of government policy, ISIS fighters had kidnapped six relatives of Maj. Gen. Jumaa al-Jabouri, deputy commander of Iraqi military operations in Salahuddin Province, holding them hostage and destroying their homes in the eastern part of the city.
What appeared to be a jumbo Russian transport aircraft was shown Saturday night on Iraqiya, the state television network, unloading the SU-25 warplanes at what was believed to be an air base in Taji, a short distance north of Baghdad.
The new aircraft “will increase and support the strength and capability of the Iraqi air forces to eliminate terrorism,” a statement issued by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense said.
The Iraqis have asked the United States for help in buying aircraft such as F-16s and advanced helicopter gunships, some of which they do already have, but Congress has been reluctant to approve more such sales until Mr. Maliki forms a government that is more inclusive of Sunni and Kurdish leaders.
There have also been unconfirmed reports that Iran was prepared to return some of the Iraqi warplanes that Saddam Hussein flew to Iran in 1991 to escape American destruction. Those included 24 French F1 Mirage fighters, and 80 Russian jets.
The United States announced last week that it had begun flying armed drones over Iraq to protect the 300 American advisers ordered sent there by Mr. Obama, but there have been no reports that they have gone into action.
“We are still coordinating with the American side in relation to the study of important targets,” Gen. Qassim Atta, the chief Iraqi military spokesman, said about the advisers on Saturday. “Soon it will be clear what they are going to be doing.”
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Same-Sex Marriages, 10 Years Later

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So, what happens to a marriage over the course of 10 years? Make that a gay marriage.
On May 23, 2004, The New York Times printed 41 wedding announcements that included 5 same-sex couples, the first legal gay marriages to appear in these pages. (It began publishing same-sex “celebrations” two years earlier.)
Earlier that week, Massachusetts had become the first state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia do so now and on Wednesday, a federal appeals court struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.
So, where are those first five couples now? Three live in Massachusetts, one moved from Boston to Washington, D.C., and one is in Brooklyn. They have a total of five children, with three born in wedlock. The men and women involved are now 41 to 58 years old. Four couples are still together, one isn’t.
And how did a marriage license change their lives? Some couples talked about how it made everyday headaches like tax and insurance forms go away. One said their lives didn’t change at all. And two couples said they ended up being transformed in ways they had not expected.
“I wasn’t necessarily, like, the bride type of lesbian,” said Mary Beth Caschetta, 47, who married Meryl Cohn, 52, at their home in Provincetown, Mass. “But our marriage has been such a stabilizing force in my life — in both of our lives, really — in a way I could never have imagined.”
Deborah Gar Reichman, Shelley Curnow
After their first child was born, Deborah Gar Reichman and Shelley Curnow were determined to balance being parents with their busy social lives. Art openings? Definitely. Dinners? Sure.
“We were just bringing the car seat into the restaurant,” Ms. Reichman said. “We were totally doing that.”
And then, in 2011, the second child came, and goodbye to all that. Hours spent at tapas restaurants were forfeited. Uploading videos of their children on YouTube became their new extracurricular sport.
“It’s a totally different story now,” she said. “There’s something about two kids that makes you into good parents.”
Ms. Reichman, 41, and Ms. Curnow, 44, have lived in the same 950-square-foot apartment in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, since 2001. (They have a good deal, too. When they moved in, the rent was $1,800. It’s now $2,500.) Ms. Reichman produces TV promos and Ms. Curnow is a systems developer. They started dating in the late 1990s and got engaged on the dance floor of a TriBeCa nightclub in 2002. (“It was a huge plastic ring, almost like a ring pop,” Ms. Reichman said.)
They didn’t set out to make history when they set the date for their wedding in the Berkshires a full year ahead of time. In fact, on a save-the-date invitation, they drew up a timeline of relationship milestones (their first date, adopting a dog), and joked that their marriage would finally be legal in 2024. Turns out, their wedding date fell on the first weekend that same-sex marriage was legal in Massachusetts. It was a happy coincidence, even if they hadn’t intended to get that certificate.
Media reports at the time had mischaracterized them as New Yorkers crossing state borders to making a political statement. It wasn’t about that.
“It was all about standing under a huppah,” Ms. Reichman said. “We wanted our families to come together and to be really legitimate in their eyes.”
Either way, the wedding was a rager, and after that, “we were the couple of the family.” And then they became a couple of parents. Their two children, 6-year-old Felix and 2-year-old Elinore, rule their lives.
On a recent night off, the couple saw the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots.”
“A year later!” Ms. Reichman said, laughing. “A year after it got the Tony. We used to be the people who would have seen it already.”
Or take their 10th anniversary celebration last month at a Spanish restaurant in the East Village.
“Oh, my God, we had the best time,” Ms. Reichman said. “We did the tasting menu and a wine pairing, and we got so drunk and just looked at each other and said: We just never do this anymore. This is so sad. So, we’ve decided to do this once a month.”
Ten years after they became among the first gay couples in the country to legally marry, what’s most remarkable is how unremarkable it is now, they said. They’re just Brooklyn parents.
“It’s striking how uninteresting it is in a way,” Ms. Curnow said. “I have so much more common ground with my co-workers who are parents and heterosexual than many of my gay friends who are not parents.”
Or, as Ms. Reichman put it: “I identify as a parent now,” she said. “I’m a Carroll Gardens parent! I go to the park and I know everybody.”
Mary Beth Caschetta, Meryl Cohn
If there is one thing that Mary Beth Caschetta is grateful for, it is her family. Well, technically, her wife’s.
“I don’t have a really great relationship with my family,” Ms. Caschetta said. “Meryl’s family? They’re my cheerleaders.”
“They adore her,” said Meryl Cohn, her wife, on the phone at a Honda dealership, where the couple was buying their first new car in 14 years. “It’s kind of a joke between us that they like Mary Beth better than they like me.”
Ms. Caschetta found out five years ago that her father had disinherited her. (“I leave no bequest to my daughter for reasons known to her,” he wrote in his will. She has her theories, but she is not certain.) She still speaks to her mother, but she is not in contact with her three older brothers.
“Would I have been disinherited if I married my childhood sweetheart, who was a guy who lived down the street?” she said. “One hundred percent no.”
The couple met in the late 1990s, but it wasn’t until Ms. Caschetta saw Ms. Cohn on “Oprah” (in her capacity as a gay advice columnist) that she realized her attraction to Ms. Cohn. “I was like, ‘Meryl’s extremely beautiful,’ ” Ms. Caschetta said. “Now I knew I had some feelings for her.”
They moved in together in 2000 and now split their time in Massachusetts between Northampton and Provincetown. Both are writers. And like Ms. Caschetta, Ms. Cohn was surprised by how much she fell for marriage.
“I don’t have some overly romantic notion of it,” Ms. Cohn said. “We were already committed to each other, so I was surprised marriage felt so meaningful in some serious way that feels anchoring. Maybe those feelings would have happened over time anyway, but it does feel like a deeper commitment to say: ‘You. You’re the one I married.’ ”
Brad Reichard, Michael Shannon
“ ‘Husband’ is a weird word, right?” Brad Reichard, 44, said the other day in Bryant Park in Manhattan.
“I use ‘spouse’ a lot,” replied Michael Shannon, the 58-year-old engineer he married.
“I refer to him as my other half,” added Mr. Reichard, who works in public relations. " ‘Spouse’ is way too formal.”
Mr. Reichard and Mr. Shannon were in New York for a two-day pit stop before retreating to their vacation home in Cape Cod, Mass. They were making their way from the District of Columbia and staying at the Waldorf-Astoria, since that is one of the few hotels they know of that will accommodate their two harriers, Tommy and Hillary.
The couple started dating in 1994 and marriage wasn’t on their mind (“Unless you really wanted to make yourself feel terrible, you don’t think about the things you’re never going to have,” Mr. Reichard said), but politics was. Starting in the early aughts, they volunteered for the budding marriage-equality movement in their home state, Massachusetts.
“When something is patently wrong?” Mr. Shannon said. “We tend to take arms.”
They were married at their Cape Cod home and had legal benefits until they moved to Washington in 2006, when Mr. Shannon took a new job.
“All of a sudden, poof, the marriage doesn’t exist,” Mr. Shannon said. “We were just two people again.”
With that came complications involving insurance forms and filling out apartment applications. (Washington did not allow gay marriage until 2010.)
The two have no plans for children (“Maybe if we were 22 now, we would have made different decisions going forward,” Mr. Shannon said), but being together is enough for them, they said.
“You have kids, you have that in common,” Mr. Reichard said. “For us? We’ve got our lives. We’ve got each other.”
Hillary Goodridge, Julie Goodridge
In 1995, Hillary and Julie Goodridge had the most private of commitment ceremonies. It was held in their backyard in Boston. They didn’t mow the lawn. No guests were invited. They simply read vows to each other.
“This will seem crazy, but we were a profoundly private couple,” said Julie, who was pregnant with their daughter at the time (“We didn’t want to have an illegitimate child,” Hillary said, joking).
A few years later, they stepped into the spotlight as the lead plaintiffs in the Massachusetts case Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which made all this marriage business possible. Theirsecond ceremony was a little different. “Well, we were married in front of international media,” Julie said. That glare took a toll.
“Basically, when you’re talking about your relationship in public all day long, and that’s what we were doing, the last thing you want to do is come home at night and cozy up and talk about your relationship,” Julie said.
Two years into their marriage (and 19 years after they started dating), they separated. The divorce was made final in 2009. It’s taken some time to try to figure it all out.
“When you get separated, it’s harder to remember the good times,” Julie, 56, said. “I had to get to a place where I really felt like this woman was my family.”
One thing kept them united: their 18-year-old daughter, Annie, who is heading to Oberlin in the fall. (The couple changed their surnames to Goodridge when she was born.) Hillary, 58, now lives with her girlfriend, Harlyn Aizley, and Julie has been dating someone new this year. The former spouses speak constantly.
“This wasn’t one of those heterosexual couples where the dad moves to California or something,” Julie said.
They got through the tough times and say they’re better for it.
“People were just so pissed off with us,” Hillary said, of when news of their divorce became public. “There were leaders in the G.L.B.T. community who said, ‘You’re ruining everything; we can’t believe you’re doing this.’ ”
And five years later?
“What are we at now, 19 states?” Hillary said, laughing. “Clearly we ruined the whole movement. Only 19. We’d have the whole nation if we didn’t separate.”
Diane Curtis, Ellen Leuchs
“The generic word for ‘parents’ becomes ‘moms,’ ” Diane Curtis said.
Ms. Curtis, a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, was discussing her two children, Jamie, 12, and Romy, 6. Apparently, having two moms isn’t a big deal in their Massachusetts neighborhood.
“Our neighbor, a very good friend of Jamie’s, his term for parents was moms, too,” said Ellen Leuchs, Ms. Curtis’s wife. “He’d always say, ‘We should go ask our moms; I should go ask my mom.’ But he doesn’t have two moms. He has a mom and dad.”
It helps that they live outside Northampton, Mass., which is, in Ms. Curtis’s words, “a very heavily lesbian neighborhood.”
Ms. Curtis, 51, and Ms. Leuchs, 46, met and started dating in 1994. They had a commitment ceremony in 1998 and made it legal in a small ceremony at a state park in South Deerfield, Mass.
Having children changed their relationship but, as they see it, being married has not.
“I still feel so happy that it makes all the paperwork so much easier,” said Ms. Leuchs, who works in fund-raising. “It makes me feel much more secure about things.”
Thanks to the Supreme Court ruling a year ago that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, this was the first year they did not have to file separate tax returns. “The accountants are a lot less happy now,” Ms. Leuchs said.
And with a bundle of dates to remember (when they first met, their commitment ceremony, their legal wedding, kids’ birthdays, their birthdays), they are not too keen on anniversaries.
“We were on the Cape on the day this year, and Diane said, ‘Happy anniversary!’ ” Ms. Leuchs said. “I didn’t even realize it. She reminded me and I said, ‘Oh that’s right, that’s right.’ ”
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U.S. Phone Searches Expanded in 2013

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The number of phone numbers searched under the National Security Agency's phone-data surveillance program increased by 50% last year, according to a report that otherwise provides scant new information on the numbers of Americans and foreigners subject to U.S. surveillance.

Stocks at Midyear: Better Than Many Expected

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Given last year's huge rally and a harsh winter, the market is holding up well.

Obama Seeks Funds for Border Control

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The White House is seeking $2 billion to respond to the surge in children and other migrants from Central America illegally crossing the U.S. border, and is seeking new authority to return them home more quickly, the White House said Saturday.

In Military Care, a Pattern of Errors but Not Scrutiny

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Internal documents depict a military medical-care system in which scrutiny is sporadic and avoidable errors are chronic.

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29/06/14 10:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Russia's foreign minister says chances of settling crisis would have been higher if it only depended on Russia and Europe Russia's foreign minister on Saturday accused the Uni...
» Taliban kills dozens in days-long attempt to retake former Afghan stronghold
29/06/14 10:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. KABUL — The KABUL — In its largest battle this year, the Taliban has amassed hundreds of fighters in Helmand province in its ...
» New VA report Blames 'Corrosive Culture' for Lack of Care - WEAR
29/06/14 10:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. WEAR New VA report Blames 'Corrosive Culture' for Lack of Care WEAR WASHINGTON (AP) -- A review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a...
» British minister condemns 'cowardice' of EU leaders over Juncker vote
29/06/14 10:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. LONDON (Reuters) - Two British ministers condemned on Saturday EU leaders who privately voiced concerns over the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commission President but voted ...
» Singapore Gays Rally to Counter Opposition
29/06/14 10:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. (SINGAPORE) — Thousands of gay rights activists gathered in downtown Singapore on Saturday for an annual rally that came under unprecedented criticism from religious conservat...
» Armed U.S. drones fly over Baghdad
29/06/14 09:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. Armed U.S. drones fly over Baghdad A U.S. official says armed drones are now flying over Baghdad to provide additional protection to U.S. military advisors. From: CNNInternatio...
» ArtsBeat: Bolshoi Director Attacked With Acid Returns to Hospital
29/06/14 09:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director who was nearly blinded in an acid attack last year, is in intensive care at a Moscow hospital, Russian news agencies reported Saturday.
» A Reignited War Drives Iraqis Out in Huge Numbers
29/06/14 09:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Iraqis have fled their homes in recent weeks, filled with fear and uncertainty — and a painful sense of familiarity. More than a million Iraqis have been displaced this year, and for many i...
» Saudi king, in Ramadan message, vows to crush terrorists
29/06/14 09:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi King Abdullah, in a Ramadan message on Saturday, vowed to crush Islamist militants threatening the kingdom, the state news agency reported, saying the world's t...
» Argentina’s Vice President Charged in Corruption Case
29/06/14 09:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Vice President Amado Boudou has been charged with bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office in the acquisition of the company that prints the country’s currency.
» Ukraine rebels free OSCE monitors, 3 Ukrainians killed in attack - The Star Online
29/06/14 09:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Star Online Ukraine rebels free OSCE monitors, 3 Ukrainians killed in attack The Star Online An unidentified member of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine walks out of...
» European observers released by pro-Russian insurgents - The Times (subscription)
29/06/14 09:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Times (subscription) European observers released by pro-Russian insurgents The Times (subscription) Pro-Russian insurgents have released four European observers they had held...
» Pro-Russia rebels release second Ukraine monitor group - Bangkok Post
29/06/14 09:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Pro-Russia rebels release second Ukraine monitor group Bangkok Post Donetsk (Ukraine) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine on Saturday released a second group of European moni...
» Death squads, Isis and a new generation of fighters - why Iraq is facing break-up - Telegraph.co.uk
29/06/14 09:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Telegraph.co.uk Death squads, Isis and a new generation of fighters - why Iraq is facing break-up Telegraph.co.uk As an MP for one of world's most heavily-armed constituencies, H...
» North Korea Fires 2 Missiles in Defiance of U.N. Ban
29/06/14 09:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The launching off the east coast came four days before the Chinese president was due to make his first visit to the peninsula, in Seoul, South Korea.
» Obama sends CIA to UK to probe terrorist 'breeding ground': President in pointed snub to MI5 over 'lone wolf' mission to interrogate British security experts
29/06/14 09:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Sources said the U.S. agents want to assess stability of Muslim relations in UK - an unusual move as Obama normally relies on intelligence passed directly from the British.
» Obama to Seek Funds to Stem Border Crossings and Speed Deportations
29/06/14 09:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Monday, President Obama will seek $2 billion for border enforcement to cope with the influx of illegal Central American migrants, including unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied minors.
» Libyan suspect pleads not guilty in Benghazi attack
29/06/14 09:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Libyan militia leader pleaded not guilty in a U.S. federal court on Saturday to a terrorism charge in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Bengha...
» North Korea fires two missiles - Sydney Morning Herald
29/06/14 09:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Sydney Morning Herald North Korea fires two missiles Sydney Morning Herald Seoul: North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off the east coast, Seoul's military s...
» Britons demand Euro exit: Shock MoS poll says voters agree Cameron was right to block President... (and worry over claims new man has cognac at breakfast)
29/06/14 09:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The election by 26 EU members of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new president of the European commission has made it more likely that Britain will leave the EU and that David Cameron will b...
» PM's rage at EU turncoats: You'll live to regret 'Der Spitzenkandidat'! Cameron rages at other leaders he thought agreed with him over 'Juncker the drunker'
29/06/14 09:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. David Cameron believed that he could count on the support of Herman Van Rompuy, German leader Angela Merkel, Holland’s Mark Rutte and Italy’s Matteo Renzi on blocking the appointment of...
» BBC spends £500k to ask 33,000 Asians 5,000 miles from UK what they think of climate change: Corporation savaged for 'astonishing' campaign survey on global warming
29/06/14 09:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The £519,000 campaigning survey by little-known BBC Media Action is designed to persuade the world to adopt more hard-line policies to combat global warming.
» Congress Obstructs, So I Act Alone - Yeshiva World News
29/06/14 09:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from world news - Google Blog Search. oba President Barack Obama says he'll keep acting on his own as long as congressional Republicans block his economic agenda. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama...
» Pro-Russia Ukraine rebels free four international observers - Fox News
29/06/14 09:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Fox News Pro-Russia Ukraine rebels free four international observers Fox News June 28, 2014: An unidentified member of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine gets out of ...
» Iraqi Forces Hit Snag in Tikrit Push
29/06/14 09:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Iraqi security forces were locked in a standoff outside the city of Tikrit, local security officials said, as the military's most muscular effort to beat back a three-week-old Sunni in...
» Iran general says ready to help Iraq against militants
29/06/14 09:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is ready to help Iraq fight an armed revolt using the same methods it deployed against opposition forces in Syria, an Iranian general said, suggesting Tehran is ...
» Drones, scanners and GPS all part of 'precision farming' arsenal
29/06/14 09:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by AFP news agency. Drones, scanners and GPS all part of 'precision farming' arsenal Aerial drones, infrared scanning and cloud computing aren't the first things you'd associate with farming, but t...
» Libyan suspected in Benghazi attack now in US federal custody - Reuters Africa
29/06/14 09:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Libyan suspected in Benghazi attack now in US federal custody Reuters Africa By Doina Chiacu. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Libyan militia leader suspected in the 2012 attack on the...
» Iran General: Ready to Help Iraq Against Militants
29/06/14 09:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Iran is ready to help Iraq fight an armed revolt using the same methods it deployed against opposition forces in Syria, an Iranian general said, suggesting Tehran is offering to take a la...
» Israel bombs multiple targets in Gaza after rocket attacks
29/06/14 09:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft attacked at least six militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, hours after rockets fired from the Palestinian territory set a factory in Israel o...
» FBI: Puerto Rico man aims laser at helicopter - Yahoo News
28/06/14 17:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
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» puerto rico police - Google Search
28/06/14 17:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Puerto Rico Police <a href="http://www.policia" rel="nofollow">www.policia</a>. pr .gov/ Cached Similar Share View shared post Agreement for the sustainable reform of the Puerto Rico Police Depart...
» Policía Puerto Rico (PRPDNoticias) on Twitter
28/06/14 17:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Policía Puerto Rico (PRPDNoticias) on Twitter. The latest from Policía Puerto Rico (@PRPDNoticias). Cuenta Oficial de la Policía de Puerto Rico Descarga el app BastaYa desde tu móvil y denun...
» Reforma de la Policía | El Vocero de Puerto Rico
28/06/14 17:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from El Vocero de Puerto Rico. Tema: Reforma de la Policía
» federal monitor | The Speaker of Puerto Rico
28/06/14 17:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from El Vocero de Puerto Rico. Subject: federal monitor
» Uniform Changes must be reported to federal monitor
28/06/14 17:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from El Vocero de Puerto Rico. By Melissa Correa Velázquez, THE SPOKESMAN - 2:07 pm Federal Judge Gustavo Gelpi, ordered the Police Superintendent Jose Caldero to inform the police technical advisor Arnald...
» Law & Order | The Speaker of Puerto Rico
28/06/14 17:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from El Vocero de Puerto Rico. Psychologist arrested for selling bullets to undercover agent by Miguel Rivera Puig, THE SPOKESMAN He said bail of $ 50,000 Elderly couple arrested for bribery Allegedly, the coup...
» Non-confrontational policy across government | The Speaker of Puerto Rico
28/06/14 17:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from El Vocero de Puerto Rico. José M. Saldaña. THE SPOKESMAN / Archive Por José M. Saldaña - 4:00 am The disastrous policy of non-confrontation was established in the early '80s by the UPR ...
» Le fall machete man and his dog in County
28/06/14 17:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . By <a href="http://Primerahora.com" rel="nofollow">Primerahora.com</a> 06/28/2014 | 10:15 a.m. A citizen and his pet were injured this morning to face two masked men intercepted him when he attemp...
» Theft is reported in the General Police Headquarters
28/06/14 17:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . By <a href="http://Primerahora.com" rel="nofollow">Primerahora.com</a> 06/28/2014 | 10:27 a.m. A projector assigned to the Office of Community Relations was stolen from the second floor of the Pol...
» Jose Caldero - The New Day
28/06/14 17:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Jose Caldero Saturday, June 28, 2014 Security Cauldron announces changes for shipping more police on the streets With the closure of the Press Office of Bayamon and Carolina, the superintendent, José L. ...
» Police in Puerto Rico - The New Day
28/06/14 17:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Puerto Rico Police Saturday, June 28, 2014 Security Cauldron announces changes for shipping more police on the streets With the closure of the Press Office of Bayamon and Carolina, the superintendent, Jos ...
» Cauldron announces changes for shipping more police on the streets
28/06/14 17:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . With the closure of the Press Office of Bayamon and Carolina, the superintendent, José L. López Caldero, today began a restructuring of police staff who perform civilian work and the projected trans...
» Puerto Rico Police
28/06/14 17:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Puerto Rico Police According to Jose Caldero, there are about 1,218 agents doing office work. The theft occurred during the transfer of the Office of Community Relations. So ordered by the federal judge Gusta...
» Colonel Jose Caldero
28/06/14 17:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Colonel Jose Caldero According to Jose Caldero, there are about 1,218 agents doing office work. Seek to increase the level of clearing up cases of great complexity in which multiple murders committed and wher...
» Superintendent of Police
28/06/14 17:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Superintendent of Police According to Jose Caldero, there are about 1,218 agents doing office work. So ordered by the federal judge Gustavo A. Gelpi. The operator assigned to Colonel Orlando Melendez Serrano ...
» Superintendent initiates changes to send more police to the streets
28/06/14 16:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . By Maribel Hernández Pérez 06/28/2014 | 24:52 With the closure of the Press Office of Bayamon and Carolina, the superintendent, José L. López Caldero, today began a restructuring of police...
» A Milestone for Same-Sex Marriage
28/06/14 14:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . The battle to legalize same-sex marriage saw a historic victory this week when the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver became the first federal appeals court in the nation to declare...
» isis group - Google Search
28/06/14 14:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . News for isis group Isis execution site revealed by satellite images, claims ... The Guardian ‎- 1 day ago Human Right Watch map that appears to show an Isis execution site ... The US-based group said m...
» Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
28/06/14 13:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Wikipedia - Recent changes [en]. Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant الدولة الاسلامية في ال...
» Exclusive: U.N. experts trace recent seized arms to Iran, violating embargo
28/06/14 12:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A U.N. expert panel has concluded that a shipment of rockets and other weapons that was seized by Israel came from Iran and represents a violation of the U.N...
» Scots 'bribed with knighthoods and CBEs to vote no in referendum'
28/06/14 12:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The number of top honours handed to Scots has soared 40 per cent in 18 months as one MP, Paul Flynn, said the system was being used to 'curry favour' north of border.
» Venezuela blackout leaves commuters scrambling, silences president
28/06/14 12:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. CARACAS (Reuters) - A blackout cut power to much of Venezuela on Friday afternoon, snarling traffic in the capital Caracas and other major cities and interrupting a televised speech by...
» Seeking Solution in Iraq, Kerry Turns to Saudis - New York Times
28/06/14 11:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. New York Times Seeking Solution in Iraq, Kerry Turns to Saudis New York Times Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, in Jeddah on Frida...
» Taliban Mount Major Assault in Afghanistan
28/06/14 11:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The group has attacked police outposts and government facilities in several districts of northern Helmand Province, sending the police and military officials scrambling to shore up defenses.
» Syria: Dispute Unsettles Rebel Coalition
28/06/14 11:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The interim government said that it would fire the head of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army and refer its members to a commission investigating corruption.
» White House Report: A 'Corrosive Culture' at Veterans Affairs
28/06/14 11:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A newly-released White House report speaks of a "corrosive culture" within the scandal-plagued Veterans' Affairs (VA) health care system. President Barack Obama ordered the review after s...
» 'Terrorist prisoners massacred by the police to stop them joining Isis'
28/06/14 11:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The official account, though, given hours after the killing on Monday by the governor of Hillah, 57 miles south of Baghdad, was that militants had attacked the convoy.
» Too much sleep in middle age is as bad for you as too little: More than eight hours 'can damage brain power'
28/06/14 11:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Scientists examined almost 9,000 English people in long-term study and found over-65s who slept too long had poorer memories and decision-making.
» Abdullah Abdullah and 15,000 Protesters Gathered in Kabul
28/06/14 11:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Tension seemed amplified in a second demonstration in support of Abdullah Abdullah, who has complained of widespread ballot fraud in the recent presidential election.
» Widespread blackouts hit Venezuela
28/06/14 11:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Public transport suspended and presidential ceremony interrupted in latest failure of shaky electricity infrastructure A power plant failure has knocked out electricity across...
» Supremes' recess-pick double slap - New York Post
28/06/14 11:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Supremes' recess-pick double slap New York Post This week's unanimous Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's illegal recess appointments is a double smackdown. First, it's a r...
» US flying armed drones in Iraq - The Guardian
28/06/14 10:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Guardian US flying armed drones in Iraq The Guardian Predator drone aircraft The US has confirmed it is flying armed drones in Iraq. Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features. The ...
» Argentina's vice-president charged with corruption over money printing deal
28/06/14 10:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Amado Boudou accused of secretly buying company that produces country's currency while serving as economy minister Argentina's vice-president, Amado Boudou, has been charged w...
» Obama Has Even Less Maneuvering Room After Getting Dissed on Recess ... - The Root
28/06/14 10:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Obama Has Even Less Maneuvering Room After Getting Dissed on Recess ... The Root I would like to receive The Root email newsletter. I would like to receive The Chatterati email n...
» US dispatches armed drones over Iraq - Al-Bawaba
28/06/14 10:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. US dispatches armed drones over Iraq Al-Bawaba The Pentagon has announced that US drones armed with Hellfire missiles are flying over the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad to protect...
» Review: VA a struggling agency beset with ills - KLAS-TV
28/06/14 10:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Review: VA a struggling agency beset with ills KLAS-TV By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press. WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing "significant and chronic system failures" in the nation's health...
» Russia Accuses US Over Ukraine Confrontation
28/06/14 10:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the US of encouraging Ukraine into a confrontation with Moscow.
» Mountain Lion Runs Wild Through Mall
28/06/14 10:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The big cat opts to take a rest outside a steakhouse at the mall, prompting a scare caught on camera by bystanders.
» VA review finds 'significant and chronic' failures - Killeen Daily Herald
28/06/14 10:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. VA review finds 'significant and chronic' failures Killeen Daily Herald WASHINGTON — In a scathing appraisal, a review ordered by President Barack Obama of the troubled Veterans ...
» Court ruling comes as president's use of power is tested - Youngstown Vindicator
28/06/14 10:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Court ruling comes as president's use of power is tested Youngstown Vindicator Before a unanimous Supreme Court weighed in, the White House had brushed off claims that President ...
» Iraq crisis: US drones over Baghdad as Iraq battles for Tikrit - Indian Express
28/06/14 10:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Indian Express Iraq crisis: US drones over Baghdad as Iraq battles for Tikrit Indian Express Thousands of soldiers, backed by air cover, tanks and bomb disposal units, were A Pen...
» Russia Accuses U.S.of Pushing for Ukraine Confrontation
28/06/14 10:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Russia's foreign minister has accused the United States of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Moscow. Sergei Lavrov, in televised remarks Saturday, said "our American colleagues still prefe...
» Golden Gate bridge board unanimously approves $76m anti-suicide net
28/06/14 10:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Families of those who died jumping from San Francisco bridge celebrate 'extraordinary' vote in favour of suicide barrier San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge moved a big ...
» WorldViews: The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the drumbeats of war
28/06/14 09:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. One hundred years ago today in Sarajevo, a Serb nationalist shot to death at point-blank range the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, ...
» Ukraine, E.U. Sign Historic Trade and Economic Pact
27/06/14 13:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. More Thousands Flee Ukraine for Russia; Truce Nears End Ukraine to Sign EU Deal That Sparked Revolution (BRUSSELS) — Ukraine’s new president signed a trade and economic pact w...
» Angara (rocket family) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
27/06/14 11:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Wikipedia - Recent changes [en]. The Angara rocket family is a family of space-launch vehicles being developed by the Moscow -based Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center . The rockets, whic...
» angara space rocket complex - Google Search
27/06/14 11:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . State Commission authorizes flight tests of Angara Space Rocket ... Space Fellowship - Jun 23, 2014 Share Shared on Google+. Flight testing of the Angara Space Rocket Complex (SRC) begins at the MoD State Tes...
» Russian Angara Rocket Launch Fails At Last Minute, For Reasons Unknown
27/06/14 11:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. T he inaugural test launch of Russia's Angara rocket -- its first new design of a space vehicle since the Soviet era -- was canceled on June 27 minutes before blastoff. A...
» EU Signs Pacts With Eastern Neighbors
27/06/14 10:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The European Union signed sweeping trade-and-political agreements with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, pushing the bloc's influence eastward but potentially provoking fresh tensions with...
» ISIL Staged ‘Mass Executions’ in Iraq, Rights Group Says
27/06/14 10:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Photograph and satellite imagery indicate that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) insurgents have carried out mass executions in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, Human Rights W...
» Petro Poroshenko to Extend Ukraine Ceasefire by 72 Hours: Diplomatic Sources - NDTV
27/06/14 10:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. NDTV Petro Poroshenko to Extend Ukraine Ceasefire by 72 Hours: Diplomatic Sources NDTV Brussels: Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko is ready to extend by 72 hours a ceasefire wit...
» The signature that led to millions of deaths
27/06/14 10:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. The signature that led to millions of deaths CNN's Erin McLaughlin visits the home of Emperor Franz Joseph to see the place where he signed the declaration that began World War...
» How reporters struggled to predict the impact of archduke's assassination
27/06/14 10:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. First takes played down impact of Franz Ferdinand's murder - but just 37 days later Britain declared war on Germany "It is not to be supposed," wrote a correspondent...
» Iraq's killing fields where ISIS massacred up to 190 prisoners in four days
27/06/14 10:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Massacre: Human Rights Watch has produced a series of graphics like this which they say document the execution of at least 160 Iraqi prisoners in Tikrit over four days
» Russian Rocket Launch Aborted Due To ‘Technical Issues’
27/06/14 10:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. Russia has postponed Friday’s historic test launch of an Angara space rocket, Russia Today reports. The second attempt will take place Saturday. The Defense Ministry sai...
» Obama Proposes New Aid for Syrian Rebels
27/06/14 08:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The Obama administration has proposed a $500 million program to train and equip the moderate opposition fighting in Syria.
» Long-Time Senator and Watergate Investigator Howard Baker Dies at 88
27/06/14 08:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Long-Time Senator and Watergate Investigator Howard Baker Dies at 88     Former U.S. Republican senator Howard Baker, who became a household name during the 1973 Watergate hearings, has d...
» Ukrainian rebels free four OSCE hostages, four still in captivity
27/06/14 08:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Rebels in southeast Ukraine early on Friday released four out of eight international observers, captured over a month ago, in an apparent goodwill gesture t...
» Jail chiefs and police back stars' call to legalise drugs
27/06/14 08:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The Release drug charity was behind a celebrity-backed letter to Downing Street calling for drugs to be legalised and for an international review by the UN
» Iraq helicopter crashes in airborne commando assault on Tikrit
27/06/14 08:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BAGHDAD/ARBIL (Reuters) - Iraqi forces launched an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit on Thursday with commandos flown into a stadium in helicopters, at least one of which crashed a...
» Iraq's Christian Minority Feels Militant Threat
27/06/14 08:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. As Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham sweep through Iraq, the small congregation and makeshift defenders of a Baghdad church highlight the precarious condition of...
» Venezuela's Leader Faces Challenges From His Own Party
27/06/14 08:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro took to the airwaves pleading for obedience from members of his ruling Socialist party.
» Yemen: Militants Attack Airport
27/06/14 08:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Militants attacked an international airport, a military barracks and a post office in the southern city of Sayoun on Thursday.
» Jean-Claude Juncker Becomes Divisive Figure in European Union
27/06/14 08:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Jean-Claude Juncker, a former prime minister of Luxembourg, has become the European Union’s most divisive figure in his run for president of its executive branch, while revealing little of ...
» As Pakistan Advances Against Taliban, Fleeing Civilians Pour Into Northern Towns
27/06/14 08:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Officials said that more than 500,000 refugees had arrived in Bannu, Waziristan, by Thursday morning.
» Search for the new 'C' as MI6 chief steps down: Sir John Sawers to leave post in November after five years in charge
27/06/14 08:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Following a rocky year when the British intelligence service was thrown into disarray by whistleblower Edward Snowden, M16 boss Sir John Sawers is to step down.
» US: Further Sanctions on Russia are ‘Ready’
27/06/14 08:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The United States says it is fully prepared to impose further sanctions should Russia fail to call on pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine to disarm. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry did ...
» Scars of WWI Linger 100 Years Later in Europe
27/06/14 08:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. A century after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary sparked WWI, tensions persist over the killing and its aftermath.
» The 100-Year Legacy of World War I
27/06/14 08:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Articles, maps and archival materials tell the story of the war’s lasting impact.
» Ukraine rebels release OSCE observers
27/06/14 08:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Four members of international monitoring team handed over but four still held as pro-Russia fighters make 'goodwill gesture' Rebels in south-east Ukraine have released four ou...
» Russian Policewomen Have Been Told to Stop Looking So Hot
27/06/14 08:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. Russia’s Military of Internal Affairs is enforcing a crackdown on police attire in response to rapidly rising hemlines on the skirts of Russian policewomen. The ministry found...
» Kerry Heads to Saudi Arabia for Talks on Iraq
27/06/14 08:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets Friday with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to discuss how to confront Sunni extremists that have taken over large parts of Iraq and Syria. Kerry met...
» Barack Obama asks US Congress for $500 mn to train, equip Syrian rebels - Zee News
27/06/14 08:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Barack Obama asks US Congress for $500 mn to train, equip Syrian rebels Zee News Washington: With the conflicts in Syria and Iraq becoming increasingly intertwined against the sa...
» Hungary PM Orban says will not support Juncker's nomination
27/06/14 08:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday that he would not support the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for EU Commission president.
» EU leadership: David Cameron warns UK could leave Union if Jean-Claude ... - The Independent
27/06/14 08:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Independent EU leadership: David Cameron warns UK could leave Union if Jean-Claude ... The Independent David Cameron warned other European leaders last night that the appoint...
» Four Ukrainian servicemen killed in new fighting: military source
27/06/14 08:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. KIEV (Reuters) - Four Ukrainian servicemen were killed and five wounded in an overnight attack by separatist fighters on a military post in the east of the country, a military analyst ...
» Mass gay wedding in Toronto for 115 couples
27/06/14 08:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by AFP news agency. Mass gay wedding in Toronto for 115 couples A mass wedding in Toronto brings 115 gay and lesbian couples together as part of the city's World Pride Week (Duration 01:11) From: A...
» Court ruling comes as Obama's use of power tested - WIS
27/06/14 08:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Court ruling comes as Obama's use of power tested WIS (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, June 25, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the...
» Vladimir Putin's adviser calls Ukrainian president a 'Nazi' as EU deal signed
27/06/14 08:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Sergei Glazyev tells BBC before the signing in Brussels that Petro Poroshenko lacks legitimacy to make the deal A senior adviser to Vladimir Putin has called the Ukranian pres...
» Thousands march on Afghan president's palace to protest elections
27/06/14 08:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. KABUL (Reuters) - Thousands of angry protesters marched on the Afghan president's palace on Friday in support of candidate Abdullah Abdullah's allegations that mass fraud had been comm...
» David Cameron continues opposition of Jean-Claude Juncker at EU summit - video
27/06/14 08:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. European leaders arrive at a meeting in Brussels on Friday ahead of an expected decision on a nominee for the president of the European Commission. The vote is mired in c...
» Ukraine signs agreement with EU
27/06/14 08:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. Ukraine signs agreement with EU Ukraine signs sweeping economic agreement with the European Union. From: CNNInternational Views: 8 0 0 ratings Time: 05:29 More in News & Po...
» China jails 25 members in latest sentencing of illegal cult
27/06/14 08:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court has sentenced 25 members of a banned religious group to prison terms of up to eight years, state media said on Friday, the largest in a series of pr...
» Ukraine Risks Russian Wrath By Signing EU Deal
27/06/14 08:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. Moscow warns of "grave consequences" after Ukraine, along with two other former Soviet republics, signs a trade deal with the EU.
» Italy leads challenge to Russia sanctions
26/06/14 21:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News. Italy will seek to curb US and German attempts to broaden the scope of sanctions against Russia at an EU summit on Friday
» Iraqi Parliament to Meet in Step to Form New Government
26/06/14 21:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s vice president called on parliament Thursday to convene next week, taking the first step toward forming a new government to present a united front agains...
» Libya to move new parliament to Benghazi despite collapse of security
26/06/14 21:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's new parliament will hold sessions in the eastern port city of Benghazi from Aug. 1 onwards to help implant state institutions in a region where law and orde...
» As Iraq Combusts, U.S. Oil Could Come to the Rescue
26/06/14 21:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. More Iraqi Parliament to Meet in Step to Form New Government Syria Bombed ISIS Fighters in Iraq, Maliki Confirms The War in Iraq Could Fuel Terror at Home Even though the conf...
» Thousands Flee Ukraine for Russia; Truce Nears End
26/06/14 21:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. IZVARYNE, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up Thursday at the eastern border to cross into Russia, with some saying they felt betra...
» Maliki hails Syrian air raids on Isis in Iraq as leaving both states 'winners'
26/06/14 21:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Prime minister denies coordination with Assad as Iraqi forces raid Tikrit and Kurdish leader makes symbolic visit to Kirkuk Iraq's leader, Nouri al-Maliki, has welcomed Syrian...
» World powers plan strategy to rescue Iran nuclear deal
26/06/14 21:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Senior diplomats from six world powers met in Brussels on Thursday to search for ways to resuscitate negotiations with Iran over its contested nuclear program, wit...
» Ukrainian government, rebels to continue talks as Kerry steps up pressure on Russia
26/06/14 21:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. KIEV, Ukraine — The warring sides in Ukraine’s conflict announced Thursday that they would continue talks Friday, when a shak...
» EU Gains Impetus Over Reform of Energy Strategy
26/06/14 21:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. EU leaders want to overhaul the bloc's energy policy at their summit Friday, in an effort to improve security, cut costs and reduce vast differentials between countries.
» Supreme Court Rules Some Obama Appointments Illegal
26/06/14 21:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan battle with President Barack Obama, limiting the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary...
» Interview: Ukraine FM Says Russia Has No Prospects in Crimea
26/06/14 21:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Questioning the viability of long-term political and economic goals Russia has set for itself in Crimea, Ukraine’s new foreign minister says that Moscow has no chance of implementing them...
» Israel's Peres receives US Congressional Gold Medal
26/06/14 21:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by AFP news agency. Israel's Peres receives US Congressional Gold Medal Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday received the Congressional Gold Medal in the US Capitol rotunda, as he bi...
» Poroshenko is the 'Chocolate King'
26/06/14 21:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. Poroshenko is the 'Chocolate King' Petro Poroshenko told CNN's Christiane Amanpour how his chocolate business got caught up in politics of Russia tensions. From: CNNInternation...
» Poroshenko: No tolerance for corruption
26/06/14 21:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. Poroshenko: No tolerance for corruption Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko says he wants to change the country and stop corruption. From: CNNInternational Views: 0 0 rati...
» Poroshenko: Ready for peace deal
26/06/14 21:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. Poroshenko: Ready for peace deal Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko says he's ready to make a peace deal with President Vladimir Putin. From: CNNInternational Views: 0 0 ...
» Obama Seeks $500 Million to Train and Equip Syrian Opposition
26/06/14 21:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The program would be the most significant action yet by the United States in the conflict in Syria, which has spilled over the border to Iraq.
» U.N. Says Opium Production Has Reached All-Time High
26/06/14 21:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. More land was used to cultivate illicit opium in 2013 than ever before, due to increased smuggling through southern Afghanistan, according to the United Nations. The annual Wo...
» Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels - BBC News
26/06/14 21:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. BBC News Syria crisis: Obama asks Congress for $500m for rebels BBC News President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress to approve $500m (£294m) to train and equip what he desc...
» China cyber crime cooperation stalls after U.S. hacking charges
26/06/14 21:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fledging cooperation between the United States and China on fighting cyber crime has ground to a halt since the recent U.S. indictment of Chinese military offici...
» Meriam Ibrahim Released After Airport Arrest
26/06/14 21:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The 27-year-old's release is dependent upon her remaining in Sudan, but the US says she ought to be able to leave the country.
» Hague: Iraq Must Unite To Combat ISIS Threat
26/06/14 21:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The Foreign Secretary describes ISIS as a "brutal terrorist group whose ideology is alien to Iraq and the Middle East in general".
» As Pakistan wages an offensive against militants, tensions with Afghanistan rise
26/06/14 21:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan has evacuated more than 450,000 civilians from a terrorist-plagued district in the northwester...
» Iraq's leader welcomes Syrian airstrikes
26/06/14 21:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. Iraq's leader welcomes Syrian airstrikes Does Iraq need U.S. airstrikes, if it has Syria? CNN's Jim Sciutto reports. From: CNNInternational Views: 23 0 0 ratings Time: 02:12 Mo...
» Syrian army air raids strike various targets in Aleppo
26/06/14 21:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by AFP news agency. Syrian army air raids strike various targets in Aleppo The Syrian army conducted Thursday air raids against targets in the area of ​​Karm al-Jabal in Aleppo, killing...
» Senator 'happy to send' troops to Iraq
26/06/14 21:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. Senator 'happy to send' troops to Iraq Sen. Johnson, R-Wisc., says he would send American military personnel to Kurdistan, and troops to protect Americans. From: CNNInternation...
» IRS Commissioner: Allegations serious
26/06/14 21:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. IRS Commissioner: Allegations serious CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about the current scandal and accusations plaguing his agency. From: CNNInterna...
» U.N. aid chief urges Security Council to act on Syria aid crisis
26/06/14 21:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. aid chief appealed to the Security Council on Thursday to take action on the "inhuman" obstruction of humanitarian relief in Syria, as Russia and We...
» Day of reckoning arrives for Britain over EU's Juncker
26/06/14 21:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - David Cameron will make a last-ditch stand against the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president on Friday, enforcing a point of principl...
» US Military Advisers: Iraq Assessments to Take Weeks
26/06/14 21:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. In the southern Iraqi city of Basra, hundreds of fresh recruits train, preparing to join the battle against Sunni militants who have been strengthening their grip on large swaths of the n...
» Ukraine warns on ceasefire as rebels agree to fresh peace talks
26/06/14 16:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian separatists agreed on Thursday to resume peace talks to end the conflict in the east, but President Petro Poroshenko warned he might not extend a ceasefire b...
» Kerry Turns Up Pressure on Russia Over Ukraine
26/06/14 15:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Secretary of State John Kerry The secretary of state said Russia needed to take steps in the coming “hours” to pressure separatists in eastern Ukraine to give up the fight.
» Argentina's economy minister says the nation's being pushed to default
26/06/14 12:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters Video: Top News. Argentina's Economy Minister warns UN diplomats that the country is being pushed toward a new default after a U.S. Supreme Court decision favored holdout creditors. Deborah Lutterb...
» Drone firm says it did not peep on Seattle woman
26/06/14 12:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: U.S.. (Reuters) - A drone that spooked a Seattle woman in her apartment and prompted a police probe of possible invasion of privacy was not trying to catch an illicit image but rather shooting a p...
» Top official at U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan to step down
26/06/14 12:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: U.S.. (Reuters) - A top official in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan who oversaw a number of high-profile insider trading cases is leaving his post after two and a half years, according to ...
» Two top Veterans Affairs officials leave agency, VA says
26/06/14 12:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: Politics. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday announced the departure of two senior officials in the wake of a scandal over concealed and extensive delays in pro...
» IRS official may have sought audit of Republican senator: emails
26/06/14 12:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: Politics. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. Internal Revenue Service official at the center of a controversy over the tax agency's treatment of Tea Party groups sent emails in which she appears...
» Fresno, Calif., fires may be work of arsonists, investigators say
26/06/14 12:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: U.S.. (Reuters) - Fire investigators in the central California city of Fresno on Wednesday were scrutinizing evidence from two brushfires that erupted downtown this week to see if they are related...
» Minorities seen driving U.S. household growth: study
26/06/14 12:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: U.S.. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Minorities will account for more than one-third of U.S. households by 2025 and make up nearly half of first-time homebuyers, according to a study released on Thursday.
» More Americans use cannabis, seeking treatment: U.N. report
26/06/14 12:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: Health News. VIENNA (Reuters) - More Americans are consuming marijuana as their perception of the health risks declines but more are seeking help for problems related to the drug, a U.N. report sa...
» West renews Russia sanctions threat as Ukraine ceasefire crumbles
26/06/14 12:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: Top News. BRUSSELS/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Western powers warned Russia on Wednesday that they could impose new sanctions if Moscow did not do more to defuse the conflict in eastern Ukraine,...
» Russia must urge Ukraine separatists to disarm 'in hours': Kerry
26/06/14 12:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: Top News. PARIS (Reuters) - US Secretary of State John Kerry, after meeting with France's foreign minister, said on Thursday Russia should call on separatists in Ukraine to disarm within "the next...
» Militants take Iraqi gas field town, president calls parliament session
26/06/14 12:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: Top News. BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Militants took a town an hour from Baghdad that is home to four natural gas fields on Thursday, another gain by Sunni insurgents who have swiftly taken large areas to...
» Shoplifting suspect killed after firing gun in Los Angeles mall -police
26/06/14 12:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: U.S.. (Reuters) - Los Angeles police said they had killed a shoplifting suspect in a residential neighborhood late on Wednesday evening after he opened fire in a nearby mall at a security guard wh...
» U.S. top court rules against Obama over appointment power
26/06/14 12:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: U.S.. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a blow to President Barack Obama by cutting back the power of the White House to temporarily fill senior government posts ...
» Op-Ed Contributor: The Tajiks' Forgotten War
26/06/14 12:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Opinion. The arrest of a young researcher in southeastern Tajikistan portends the escalation of a local conflict the government would like to wish away.
» Supreme Court Curbs President’s Power to Make Recess Appointments
26/06/14 12:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Home Page. The ruling affirmed a federal appeals court ruling last year that called into question the constitutionality of recess appointments by presidents of both parties.
» When Tabloids Take the Low Road
26/06/14 12:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Editorials. A former journalistic star and aide to David Cameron is convicted in the British phone-hacking scandal.
» High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments
26/06/14 12:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 11:16 a.m. EDT. WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Repub...
» The regional implications of an Iranian nuclear deal - InsiderOnline
26/06/14 12:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from anti-americanism in russia - Google News. The regional implications of an Iranian nuclear deal InsiderOnline The entire ideological foundation of the current Iranian regime rests as much on anti-Americanis...
» An American Phobia - The Voice of Russia
26/06/14 12:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from anti-Americanism - Google News. An American Phobia The Voice of Russia American concerns about the growth of anti-Americanism abroad must first be addressed by a reassessment of commonly held beliefs and a...
» Kerry Discusses Security Challenges with Middle Eastern Officials
26/06/14 12:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with representatives of Middle Eastern and Gulf states to discuss security challenges in the wake of a quick advance of an Islamist insurgenc...
» Julian Assange May Be Britain’s Next Top Model
26/06/14 12:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. Julian Assange, the fugitive founder of WikiLeaks, may be making a guest appearance at London Fashion Week in September, the Independent reports. Ben Westwood, son of acclaime...
» Prominent Activist Slain in Libya
26/06/14 12:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. One of Libya's most prominent female activists was assassinated in the restive eastern city of Benghazi when gunmen stormed her house.
» MI6 chief Sir John Sawers to step down
26/06/14 12:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Sawers, the first outsider to be appointed to the role in decades, has been in post since 2009 Sir John Sawers, the head of Britain's overseas intelligence agency MI6, is to s...
» Google: 100,000 lives a year lost through fear of data-mining
26/06/14 12:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. The search firm's CEO and co-founder, Larry Page, estimates 100,000 lives could be saved next year if mining of healthcare data was acceptable Fear of data-mining of healthcar...
» Old tanks defend Baghdad against ISIS
26/06/14 12:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. Old tanks defend Baghdad against ISIS CNN's Nic Robertson journeys to the front lines, where old Iraqi tanks are being used to keep ISIS out of Baghdad. From: CNNInternational ...
» Iran Debates Role In the Middle East
26/06/14 12:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. After toiling more than a decade to shape Iraq and Syria into strong Arab allies of the Islamic Republic, Iran is now facing a daunting reality: supporting two states torn by war.
» Sudanese Christian Woman Freed Again
26/06/14 12:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned has been freed again after being detained on accusations of forging travel d...
» Report: Ukrainian Rebels Agree to Further Peace Talks
26/06/14 12:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Ukrainian separatist rebels have agreed to take part in further peace talks on Friday to end the conflict in Ukraine's eastern regions, Interfax news agency said on Thursday. “There is an...
» Divergent visions could split Iraq's Sunni revolt
26/06/14 12:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BAGHDAD/DUBAI (Reuters) - The militants dismantling Iraq's borders and threatening regional war are far from united -- theirs is a marriage of convenience between ultra-hardline religi...
» Germany and EU row over energy subsidies
26/06/14 12:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News. A row has broken out between Germany and the EU over subsidies for energy producers
» Exodus from Pakistan's troubled north
26/06/14 12:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. Pakistan's much-awaited military offensive in North Waziristan was launched more than a week ago, and followed an attack on Karachi airport that left at least 36 people dead.
» Crisis worsens, Iraq's parliament to meet
26/06/14 12:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. As Sunni extremist militants and the Iraqi military battle for control, the nation's Vice President called for parliament to start creating a new government.
» Meriam Ibrahim freed again after rearrest at Sudan airport
26/06/14 12:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Lawyer says woman whose death sentence for apostasy was overturned has been released after pressure from diplomats A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for apostasy...
» Analysis: Iraq Producing Unusual Mideast Dynamic - ABC News
26/06/14 12:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Reuters Analysis: Iraq Producing Unusual Mideast Dynamic ABC News Strange bedfellows, indeed. The Obama administration has found itself in a foreign policy and national security ...
» Tea party losses don't stop cash or curb influence - The Seattle Times
26/06/14 12:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Tea party losses don't stop cash or curb influence The Seattle Times Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year's Republican primaries, the nation's tea party groups have...
» Turkey Government Seeks to Advance Talks With Kurds
26/06/14 12:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Turkey's government took its first concrete step in a two-year effort to secure peace with its restive Kurdish population, seeking to advance talks ahead of presidential elections in A...
» Britain's intelligence agencies are told to make privacy invasion assessment
26/06/14 12:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Watchdog's 2013 report says agencies must set out specific invasion requested when asking for surveillance permission Britain's security and intelligence agencies should consi...
» Saudi king orders steps to protect kingdom against 'terrorist threats': agency
26/06/14 12:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah ordered "all necessary measures" to protect the kingdom against potential "terrorist threats", state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.
» Blood for Oil
26/06/14 12:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. During a june 19 White House press conference, U.S. President Barack Obama gave all the expected reasons for acting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS):...
» Iran Flying Spy Drones Over Iraq
26/06/14 11:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Iranian drones have been conducting surveillance flights over Iraq as part of Tehran's efforts to provide intelligence and assistance to the Iraqi government, U.S. officials said
» Taliban Launch Afghan Offensive
26/06/14 11:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Taliban massing fighters in an attempt to seize ground from government forces as U.S. and international forces depart.
» U.S. working with Europe to prepare new Russia sanctions if needed: Kerry
26/06/14 11:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States is working with its European partners to prepare a new round of sanctions against Russia in case they are necessary, U.S. Secretary of State John...
» Nigeria: Explosion Near Shopping Centre
26/06/14 11:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. A bomb has gone off near an upmarket shopping centre in the Nigerian capital Abuja, according to reports.
» Maliki changes tune on unity government
26/06/14 11:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Uploads by CNNInternational. Maliki changes tune on unity government Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki is defiant in his refusal to create a unity government. CNN's Nic Robertson reports. From: CNNInterna...
» Venezuela ruling party suspends leader for echoing criticism: media
26/06/14 11:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party has suspended one of its directors for echoing a former official's recent criticism over corruption, local media reported on Wedn...
» NATO to Strengthen Ties With Georgia, Not Offer Full Membership
26/06/14 11:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. NATO members, wary of antagonizing Russia, propose closer ties with Georgia but stop short of granting full membership to the one-time Soviet republic. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh ...
» Federal appeals court upholds right to gay marriage - USA TODAY
26/06/14 11:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. USA TODAY Federal appeals court upholds right to gay marriage USA TODAY A federal appeals court in Denver ruled Wednesday that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to ma...
» Kerry warns Russia that additional U.S., E.U. economic sanctions are possible
26/06/14 11:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. BRUSSELS — Russia’s move to rescind authority to invade Ukraine is welcome but is not enough to head off possible new Europea...
» Federal appeals court overturns Utah's ban on gay marriage - Los Angeles Times
26/06/14 11:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Reuters Federal appeals court overturns Utah's ban on gay marriage Los Angeles Times Video: Gay couples from Utah travel to Denver to pushing their case for same-sex marriage at ...
» The Fall of the Green Berets’ Lawrence of Afghanistan
26/06/14 11:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME » Time Sections » World. More John Kerry Tells Iran and Syria to Back Off Iraq More The First U.S. Special Forces Have Arrived in Baghdad What the Supreme Court's Aereo Ruling Means for Your TV NBC Ne...
» At least 10 dead, more wounded in blast in Nigerian capital -source - Reuters Africa
26/06/14 11:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. At least 10 dead, more wounded in blast in Nigerian capital -source Reuters Africa ABUJA, June 25 (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed and more wounded when an explosion to...
» Pro-Moscow forces in Ukraine urge Putin to send 'peacekeeping' troops to Donetsk and Lugansk, as NATO accuses Russia of posing 'a threat to the international order'
26/06/14 11:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Troops: Separatists supporting Moscow in eastern Ukraine have called on Russian president Vladimir Putin to put soldiers into Donetsk and Lugansk regions to maintain order
» Crash Foils Prison Drugs Drone Smuggling Plot
26/06/14 11:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. Prison staff foil a "sophisticated" plan to carry drugs into the jail when the device hits special netting and is brought down.
» Meriam Ibrahim: Khartoum summons South Sudanese and US ambassadors
26/06/14 11:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Diplomatic wrangling over case continues after freed woman is detained for trying to fly to US on papers issued by South Sudan Sudan has summoned the ambassadors of United Sta...
» Remote-control helicopter containing drugs crashes into Irish prison yard
26/06/14 11:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Prison service confirms device landed in Wheatfield jail. One inmate understood to have found and ingested drugs A remote-control helicopter has crashed into an Irish prison y...
» Deadly blast hits Nigerian shopping mall
26/06/14 11:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Multiple fatalities reported in explosion at Emab Plaza, in upscale suburb of capital Abuja Witnesses said at least eight people were killed in an explosion at a shopping mall...
» Economy shrinks 2.9 percent, worst drop in five years. But why worry? (+video) - Christian Science Monitor
26/06/14 11:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Christian Science Monitor Economy shrinks 2.9 percent, worst drop in five years. But why worry? (+video) Christian Science Monitor The US economy shrank an unexpected 2.9 percent...
» Fight Against Taliban 'Isn't Going Too Well'
26/06/14 11:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. Afghan security forces leave at the site of burning NATO supply trucks after an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani...