Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Video: Police pummel driver after 2-state high-speed pursuit Wednesday May 11th, 2016 at 10:42 PM

Video: Police pummel driver after 2-state high-speed pursuit

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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Helicopter video of a high-speed police pursuit from Massachusetts to New Hampshire shows a driver stepping slowly out of his truck, kneeling and putting his hands on the ground before several officers rush him and start pummeling him....

VIDEO: Protests over French labour reforms

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The French government is facing a vote of no confidence in parliament after it forced through a controversial bill designed to reform Labour laws.

F.B.I. Director Says ‘Viral Video Effect’ Blunts Police Work

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James Comey said he believed that “lots and lots of officers” were not engaging in confrontations with suspects out of fear of being videotaped.

FBI Told Police To Hide Stingray Phone Tracking - Vocativ

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FBI Told Police To Hide Stingray Phone Tracking
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A 2013 Reuters report on the practice, for example, found that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency routinely receives intelligence from various intelligence services, including the NSA, about where to find a suspected criminal, and that the DEA would then ...

Cyber attacks on Islamic State use tools others also have: US defense chief - Reuters

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Cyber attacks on Islamic State use tools others also have: US defense chief
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SANTA CLARA Cyber attack techniques used by the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State could also be used by other countries, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Wednesday. Speaking in California ... "That is why good, strong cyber defenses
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Pentagon chief overhauls Silicon Valley office, will open similar unit in Boston

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will overhaul one of his signature efforts, placing new leadership in charge of the Pentagon's office in Silicon Valley just nine months after it opened and directing the staff there to report directly to him.
     
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PBS NewsHour full episode May 11, 2016 

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From: PBSNewsHour
Duration: 53:37

Wednesday on the NewsHour, the GOP shows tentative signs of unity ahead of Donald Trump’s sitdown with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Also: Islamic extremism resurges in Afghanistan, a new form of transportation may be more than a pipe dream, transgender soldiers gain ground in a transitioning military, Uber hits major legal speed bumps across the country and a modern reinterpretation of Jane Austen.

FBI Chief: Islamic State Losing Attraction in US

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The number of Americans trying to travel overseas to join Islamic State militants has dropped since last year, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday. The FBI used to encounter "six, eight, 10'' such Americans per month in 2014 and the first half of 2015. But since then, agents have tracked an average of one person a month trying to travel, or actually traveling, to join the extremist group in the Middle East. "There's no doubt that something has happened that is...

Whistleblowers: We Could Have 'Saved Lives' During Benghazi Attack, State Dept Squashed Chances To Capture ... - Breitbart News

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Whistleblowers: We Could Have 'Saved Lives' During Benghazi Attack, State Dept Squashed Chances To Capture ...
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Two whistleblowers claimed that opportunities to “save lives” during the 2012 terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi Libya, and to capture the terrorists responsible for the attacks were missed, and the State Department squashed opportunities ...

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Ukraine recovers stolen masterpieces

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Ukraine says it has recovered 17 paintings - including works by Tintoretto and Rubens - stolen from an Italian museum and worth more than €16m (£13m; $18m).

Iraq Says Islamic State Now Holds Only 14 Percent Of Its Territory

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Iraq said it has retaken around two-thirds of the territory seized by the Islamic State in the militant group's lightning-fast sweep across the country's north and west in 2014.

Putin Orders Stepped Up Effort To Control Siberian Wildfires

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered firefighters do more to quell an early onset of uncontrolled wildfires raging in eastern Siberia.

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Former Intelligence Official: North Korea Regime Stable

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Kim Jong Un's hold on power in North Korea appears more secure than many pundits suggest, a former South Korean intelligence official said. Dr. Suh Hoon, former deputy director for North Korean Intelligence at National Intelligence Service, South Korea's main intelligence agency, said the North Korean regime is currently stable and is likely to remain in power for the foreseeable future despite increased international sanctions against the country. Suh, a prominent North Korea...

Pew study sees a shrinking middle class in major US cities

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Ted Cruz built a brand on being the most hated man in Washington. Now what? - Washington Post

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Ted Cruz built a brand on being the most hated man in Washington. Now what?
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This post has been updated with Ted Cruz's comments to reporters Tuesday, his first full day back in the Senate. Last week, Ted Cruz made one of the biggest decisions of his political career: To essentially hand the 2016 Republican nomination to his ... 
Ted Cruz stalls on endorsing TrumpThe Hill

Cruz opens door to kick-starting suspended campaignFox News 
Ted Cruz, aka Lucifer, Goes (Back) to WashingtonDaily Beast
CNN-Wall Street Journal
 -NBCNews.com- Breitbart News
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Hillary Clinton Takes a Step to the Left on Health Care - New York Times

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Hillary Clinton Takes a Step to the Left on Health Care
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Hillary Clinton campaigned at the Mug 'n Muffin in Stone Ridge, Va., on Monday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times. For months during the Democratic presidential nominating contest, Hillary Clinton has resisted calls from Senator Bernie Sanders to ...
Clinton Lays Out Agenda For Making Child Care Better -- And More AffordableHuffington Post
Hillary Clinton Tries to Pitch Herself As Just-Folks on the Campaign TrailTIME
Clinton pledges that no family pays more than 10 percent of income on child careWashington Post
Wall Street Journal (blog)-CNN-U.S. News & World Report- UPI.com
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Russian Bid To Blacklist Syrian Rebel Groups Nixed At UN

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A Russian request to add two Syrian rebel groups to a United Nations terror blacklist was rejected by Britain, France, the United States, and Ukraine, diplomats said on May 10.

French finance minister admits to 'inappropriate' conduct towards female journalist

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PARIS (Reuters) - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin admitted on Wednesday to behaving inappropriately towards a female journalist, days after a sex scandal forced the resignation of the vice-president of the lower house of parliament.
  
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Iran Will Sue the U.S. for the Return of $2 Billion in Frozen Assets 

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Iran will challenge in international court the U.S. Supreme Court’s order that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets be paid as compensation for terror attacks, President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Tuesday.
“We will not allow the U.S. to swallow this money so easily,” Rouhani said, according to Agence France-Presse.
On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the $2 billion be paid to the survivors and relatives of attacks Iran had been reportedly tied to, including the 1983 bombing of U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.
The potential court case comes as Tehran and Washington work to improve relations. The two nations along with other world powers reached a long-sought nuclear deal last July.
[AFP]

Faulty NK intelligence humiliates spy agency - Korea Times

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Faulty NK intelligence humiliates spy agency
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The National Intelligence Service (NIS) is being ridiculed after it was found that its information on a top North Korean military officer was wrong. The spy agency had announced that Ri Yong-gil, a former Korean People's Army (KPA) chief, had been ...
Do blunders mean South Korea's spying apparatus is broken?Washington Post
“Purged” official shows up alive and well at N. Korean party congressThe Hankyoreh
N.Korea claims recent murder of pastor done by Seoul: mediaNK News
The Chosun Ilbo -Examiner.com -The Straits Times
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Israel marks somber Memorial Day for fallen soldiers

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Israelis have come to a two-minute standstill to remember fallen soldiers and victims of terror as the country marked Memorial Day, one of the most somber days on the Israeli calendar.





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My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked (Guest Column) - Hollywood Reporter

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My Father, Woody Allen, and the Danger of Questions Unasked (Guest Column)
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Despite Dylan Farrow's damning allegations of sexual abuse, the director of Cannes' opening film today remains beloved by stars, paid by Amazon and rarely interrogated by media as his son, Ronan Farrow, writes about the culture of acquiescence ...
Ronan Farrow Slams Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and More Stars for Working With Woody AllenE! Online
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Stars Working With Woody Allen Despite Sexual Abuse Allegations: That Kind of Silence Is ...Entertainment Tonight

Ronan Farrow Slams Hollywood Support for Woody Allen After Sexual Assault Claims, Ahead of CannesABC News 
Hollywood Life
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Brazil impeachment: President's fate in Senate's hands

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After months of speculation, mudslinging and debate, the process to open impeachment proceedings against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has reached its final stage: The Senate vote.

In new push, IS advances toward Syrian city of Palmyra

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Islamic State media say the extremist group is advancing toward the Syrian city of Palmyra, once again threatening the ancient site only several weeks after the government recaptured it.
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Putin issues scolding for forest fires spreading in Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a scolding for the forest fires spreading across eastern Siberia, as happens nearly every year at this time.

Germany to annul convictions of gay men

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Germany is set to annul the convictions of gay men under a law criminalising homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-WWII West Germany.

Germany anti-gay law: Plan to rehabilitate convicted men - BBC News

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Germany anti-gay law: Plan to rehabilitate convicted men
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Germany is set to annul the convictions of gay men under a law criminalising homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-war Germany. Justice Minister Heiko Maas is to overturn the convictions and create a "right to compensation". About 50,000 men ...
Germany to quash historic convictions of gay men, pay compensation: ministerReuters
German Minister Seeks to Annul Convictions for HomosexualityABC News
Germany to quash historical convictions of gay menThe Guardian
Irish Times -Fortune -Bloomberg -PinkNews
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Germany investigating 40 Isil suspects who entered country posing as refugees

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Police search for motive in Massachusetts stabbing rampage - STLtoday.com

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Police search for motive in Massachusetts stabbing rampage
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The suspect in a series of stabbings is transported on a gurney into an ambulance by medical personnel at the Silver City Galleria mall in Taunton, Mass., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Multiple people have been stabbed in separate attacks at the mall and a ...

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Quietly, Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by U.S. companies

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HANOI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vietnam hosts a defense symposium this week attended by top American arms manufacturers, ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama and as Washington weighs whether to lift an arms embargo on its former enemy.
  
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Woody Allen opens Cannes; son resurrects sex abuse questions 

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CANNES, France (AP) -- The 69th Cannes Film Festival has opened amid stormy skies, heightened security and the premiere of a new Woody Allen film that prompted a letter from his son Ronan Farrow questioning the festival's and the media's continued embrace of the 80-year-old director....

Do Blunders Mean South Korea's Spying Apparatus Is Broken?

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When it comes to spying on North Korea, rival South Korea seems to be wrong almost as much as it's right. Seoul's intelligence agents get battered in the press and by lawmakers for their gaffes, including one regarding Ri Yong Gil, the former head of North Korea's military. Officials in Seoul's National Intelligence Service, the country's main spy agency, reportedly said Ri had been executed, but at this month's ruling-party congress, he was seen not only alive but...

Azerbaijan alleges white-phosphorus use in Karabakh fight

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Azerbaijan says Armenian forces have used white phosphorus weapons in the fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and is calling for an international investigation.

Russia says US missiles breach treaty

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Russia warns the US that activation of a European missile defence shield in Romania will violate a treaty on nuclear forces.

For Turkey’s Erdogan, Free Speech No Laughing Matter

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A German court is refusing to silence a top media executive who has defended a satirical poem that makes fun of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Cologne court Tuesday ruled comments by Axel Springer publishing house CEO Mathias Doepfner in support of a sexually explicit poem ridiculing the Turkish leader are protected by free speech laws. The development comes amid a long-running campaign by Erdogan to gag satirists, whether they be professional comedians and writers or...

Suicide on Periscope Prompts France to Open Inquiry - New York Times

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Suicide on Periscope Prompts France to Open Inquiry
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PARIS — In a series of videos on the live-streaming app Periscope, she said that her name was Océane, that she was 19 and that she worked in a retirement home. Seated on a couch, she smoked cigarettes, played with her cat, and showed off her tattoos ...
Shock in France: Young Woman Allegedly Describes Her Despair, Then Livestreams Her Suicide on PeriscopeTheBlaze.com
Suicide on Periscope in France is the latest in live-streamed horrorsWashington Post
Woman broadcasts herself on Periscope committing suicideArs Technica
CBS Local-BBC News-BuzzFeed News -Cosmopolitan.com 
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U.S. probes reports of fraud in obtaining aid for Syria

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NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The activities of several vendors obtaining humanitarian aid for Syria for the International Rescue Committee have been halted amid an investigation by the U.S. government into reports of corruption, officials said on Wednesday.
  

Israel celebrates 68th birthday after solemn Memorial Day

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In a jarring contrast, Israel transitioned Wednesday night from melancholic reflection to remember its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism to joyous Independence Day festivities in celebration of 68 years since the modern Jewish state was formed.





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Islamic State yearly oil revenue halved to $250 million: U.S. official

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Air strikes, a drop in the price of oil, and counter-smuggling efforts by neighboring countries have combined to cut Islamic State's oil revenues in half to about $250 million per year, a senior U.S. Treasury official said on Wednesday.
  

Ukraine Recovers 17 Paintings Stolen In Italy

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Ukraine says it has recovered 17 paintings that were stolen from an Italian museum last year.

U.S., Britain, France block Russia bid to blacklist Syria rebels

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain, the United States, France and Ukraine blocked a Russian proposal at the United Nations to blacklist Syrian rebel groups Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham for links to Islamic State and al Qaeda militants, diplomats said on Wednesday.
  

Russian soldier dies in Syria after shelling by militants

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A Russian soldier has died in Syria, the Russian military’s ninth casualty since the start of the Syrian campaign.
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US Investigators: Deadly 2013 Fertilizer Explosion Deliberately Set 

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Someone deliberately set a fire that ignited a fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people in 2013 in the southwestern U.S. state of Texas. U.S. investigators said Wednesday they have eliminated all reasonable accidental and natural causes. Federal explosives investigator Robert Elder said, "This was a criminal act." Investigators said no arrests have been made in the massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in the small town of West, Texas, and did not name...

Canada’s Oil Sands Industry Staggers After a Devastating Fire

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Smoke filling the street in deserted downtown Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, last week. A devastating fire in the region continues to rage.

Russian Soldier Dies In Syria After Coming Under Fire

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Russia says one of its soldiers has died after coming under fire in the central Syrian province of Homs.

Corruption Crackdown Costs 1,400 Police Their Jobs in Colombia 

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Colombia's national police force has fired more than 1,400 officers over the past 80 days in a crackdown on corruption, the country's top law enforcement official said Wednesday. The 180,000-strong police force has let go of nearly 18 officers per day since General Jorge Hernando Nieto took over leadership of the organization in February, he told journalists. The dismissals are part of a "zero tolerance for corruption" plan, Nieto said, as the force seeks to improve...

Freed Mexican Drug Lord Still in Business, US Says

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The U.S. Treasury on Wednesday said veteran drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero has continued to traffic illegal drugs since being released from a Mexican prison, and it named his common-law wife as a key accomplice. Caro Quintero, convicted of ordering the torture and killing of a U.S. anti-drug agent in Mexico in 1985, was freed from prison in August 2013 in a move that angered the U.S. government. He then went underground. On Wednesday, the Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control...

Macedonia's Albanian Minority Parties to Join Election Boycott

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Two Albanian political parties in Macedonia said on Wednesday they would join a boycott of the parliamentary election on June 5 in protest over government control of the media and state bodies, raising doubts about the viability of the poll. The early election was called last month after lawmakers dissolved parliament as part of the European Union-brokered deal to end the political deadlock linked to a wiretapping scandal. Macedonia has been in turmoil since February last year, when...

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ATF: Intentional fire caused fatal blast at Texas plant

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DALLAS (AP) -- A fire that was intentionally set caused the 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, federal officials said Wednesday, describing the blaze as "a criminal act."...

Violence created growing population of displaced in Mexico

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Violence unleashed by organized crime has forced thousands of people in Mexico to abandon their homes, adding to the country’s internally displaced population, the country’s National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday.





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Fermilab Scientists Cautiously Excited About Possible New Particle 

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At the European Organization for Nuclear Research facility in Switzerland, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator is about to begin producing six times the amount of data previously available to scientists. As the Large Hadron Collider returns to full operation, scientists at Fermilab, America's premier particle physics lab, are excited about a tantalizing discovery made at the Swiss-based facility. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

US to Switch On European Missile Shield Despite Russian Alarm