Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NATO and Russia to meet, but grievances remain | Reutersby mikenova Tuesday April 19th, 2016 at 5:52 PM

NATO and Russia to meet, but grievances remain | Reuters

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Russian and NATO envoys are unlikely to ease the worst tensions since the Cold War very much when they meet on Wednesday in their highest-level talks on security in almost two years.

How allegations of Saudi Arabia’s ties to 9/11 plotters became a problem for Obama, again – The Washington Post 

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Obama’s trip to Saudi Arabia prompts renewed scrutiny of 2001 attacks.

Kenyan Musical Brings African Folklore to Life 

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A popular Kenyan cartoon series, Tinga Tinga Tales, has been adapted into a live musical performance. In the stage version, the actors dress up as animals and other characters to teach children African folk tales. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Nairobi.

US Supreme Court Split on States' Ability to Sue Another

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The U.S. Supreme Court is divided over whether one U.S. state is allowed to sue another. The justices split 4-4 Tuesday over whether to overturn a 27-year-old Supreme Court precedent that allows courts in one state to sue and penalize government agencies in another state. The case stemmed from a tax dispute involving a California resident who moved to Nevada.  Gilbert Hyatt claims he moved to Nevada in 1991, shortly before receiving $40 million in patent fees for developing a computer chip. California officials say Hyatt moved to Nevada in 1992 and owes the state millions in back taxes. The deadlock means the precedent that was considered when the ruling was made, Nevada v. Hall, will remain in effect.  California officials had asked the justices to overturn a 1979 case that said courts in one state can hear a private citizen's lawsuit in another state. In a second case, also involving a state's authority to sue another state, the court ruled 6-2 that the Supreme Court of Nevada was in error when it awarded $1 million in damages to Hyatt, who had sued the California government. The majority ruled the Supreme Court of Nevada ignored rules of immunity by awarding damages above the $50,000 maximum that would be acceptable in similar suits against Nevada. Writing for the majority in the case Franchise Tax Board v. Hyatt, Justice Stephen Bryar said a state cannot treat another state in a "hostile" manner. The 4-4 ruling is the third time the short-handed court has deadlocked since the February death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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IS Terror Group Raises Millions from Plundered Relics

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The Islamic State (IS) may have raised as much as $100 million by digging up and selling priceless antiquities from territory it controls, according to experts consulted by a U.S. congressional panel. At a Tuesday hearing of the House Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, experts said IS is the wealthiest terror group operating today. The illegal relic trade is a "key source" of some of that wealth, according to Lawrence Schindell who tracks art sales and money laundering in the art world and heads ARIS Title Insurance Corporation. Looting of historic sites was going on before IS took over, but witnesses said IS "institutionalized” the activity and operates on an “industrial” scale. IS is organizing an increasingly sophisticated, systematic, destructive and profitable campaign to plunder some of the thousands of archeological sites in areas of Iraq and Syria. Professor Amr Al-Azm of Shawnee State University in Ohio, says IS sees cultural heritage items as resources to be exploited for revenue, in much the same way as oil. Yaya Fanusie of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, says the illegal relics trade is not as lucrative as the sale of oil by IS. But he says the relic trade requires less capital investment and can provide work badly needed by residents in areas where the economy is disrupted by conflict. IS also licenses relic hunters in areas under its control, taxes their finds, and is increasingly directly involved in finding and selling these goods. Fanusie says the relic trade is not likely to be disrupted by air strikes that have hurt revenue from oil operations. The relics trade is also easier to foist on populations under IS control, than kidnapping, extortion, confiscation, or taxes which also produce revenue. IS is well known for destroying key historic relics that do not confirm to its ideology, actions that sparked global outrage after assaults on historic relics in Palmyra and elsewhere. Experts say spectacular acts of vandalism by IS are a propaganda tool intended to show the world the international community is powerless to stop them. Witnesses say what is less known is that IS tends to destroy buildings or artifacts that are too large to move, while earning millions by selling many smaller items. Experts say IS methods of collecting relics are destructive, and sometimes employ bulldozers and trucks. Archeologists use trowels and paint brushes to carefully unearth relics. Patty Gerstenblith of the art preservation group Blue Shield says scholars glean great insight from the location and surroundings of their historic finds. She says the crude actions by IS closes these windows into history forever. Gerstenblith says freshly looted antiquities are the “perfect vehicle” for money laundering and other illegal activities connected with terrorism. According to Schindell, that is because artwork is a “high-value highly-portable asset traded in a market defined by discretion.” Several hearing witnesses discussed better tracking of artworks, stronger laws regulating sales of relics harvested in conflict zones, better coordination between financial regulators and law enforcement, and relevant training for intelligence and other agencies. Fanusie says learning more about IS relic operations can give new insight into the terror group's operations, leadership, intentions, and vulnerabilities. He called for Washington to step up enforcement and penalties for relic buyers Schindell says the looting and destruction of the global historic heritage will only stop when smarter enforcement makes selling plundered pieces of history less profitable.

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Kerry, Zarif Meet In New York

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are meeting in New York.

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Ivory Coast Architecture School Promotes Local Design Heritage

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In Ivory Coast, the National Order of Architects has opened the country’s first professional architecture school, meaning students no longer have to go abroad to learn the trade.  In addition to design and theory, professors want Ivory Coast’s next generation of architects to have an understanding of their country’s specific building needs and heritage. Emilie IOB reports for VOA from Abidjan.

AC and DC Power Systems May Become Integrated

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More than a century after the world embraced alternating current, AC, as the main electric energy supply system, direct current, DC, is coming back. Thanks to modern technology, the two systems can now be smoothly integrated, taking advantage of their strengths and bringing considerable savings to power companies as well as to their customers. VOA’s George Putic has more.

Nato believes there is 'justified concern' Isis will carry out nuclear attack in Europe 

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Experts say the terror group are trying to obtain biological and nuclear materials

Cuba's Raul Castro to Lead Communist Party for 5 More Years

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Cuba's Communist Party says 84-year-old President Raul Castro will hold the party's highest post for another five years, alongside his chief lieutenant, 85-year-old hardliner Jose Ramon Machado Ventura. Those disclosures came Tuesday, capping a four-day secret party congress that many analysts had expected to produce signs that party stalwarts - many of them in their 70s and 80s - would begin to step aside in favor of younger leaders. Government news sites said Castro, whose presidency ends in 2018, will remain the party's first secretary and that Machado Ventura will hold the post of second secretary.   Castro had earlier called for drastic changes to Cuba's Soviet-style command economy, while calling for top leaders to retire at age 70. But he has also indicated that new party rules would not be operational until the next party congress in 2021. The reports say the party also chose its powerful 15-member political bureau, which observers say is largely devoid of new and younger party members. The twice-a-decade congress ended a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to Havana, the first visit by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years.  Since then, Cuban leaders have sought to portray that visit as a U.S. attempt to woo ordinary Cubans away from the country's socialist values and toward a multi-party democracy.    More than a half century ago, Machado Ventura fought alongside Fidel Castro and Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara in a rebellion against dictator Fulgencio Batista, who ruled in the 1950s.   He has since sat on the powerful Politburo for the past four decades and has frequently been deployed by both Castros to maintain party discipline.

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How allegations of Saudi Arabia’s ties to 9/11 plotters became a problem for Obama, again

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NATO to Discuss Russia’s Risky Military Maneuvers – WSJ

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The interceptions of a U.S. Air Force plane and a Navy destroyer by Russian warplanes last week were unsafe and highlight the need for Wednesday’s discussion between Russia and the Western allies, the head of North Atlantic Treaty Organization said Tuesday.
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9:16 AM 4/19/2016 - Headlines: Analysts: Russia Plays Double Game in Afghanistan | Afghan Taliban launch attack in central Kabul, killing at least 28 | Reuters

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Obama to Visit a Saudi Arabia Deep in Turmoil - The New York Times

FILE - An Israeli special forces soldier walks outside the Central Jerusalem Bus Station after police said a woman was stabbed by a Palestinian outside the bus station, October 14, 2015.
Kerry Vows to Continue Push for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

С Председателем Правительства Дмитрием Медведевым.
Рабочая встреча с Председателем Правительства Дмитрием Медведевым • Президент России
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The Early Edition: April 19, 2016 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
IRAQ and SYRIA
Syria peace talks. The Syrian government delegation has said that the future of President Bashar al-Assad will not be a subject of discussion at peace negotiations, emphasizing the limited prospects of UN-brokered talks in Geneva. [Reuters]  Syria’s main opposition group, the High Negotiations Committee, postponed participation in the negotiations yesterday, withholding their engagement until the government delegation starts to discuss political transition for the country. [The Guardian’s Ian Black]  They have since said that the postponement is “indefinite” while “matters on the ground” remain unresolved. [Reuters’s Tom Perry and Laila Bassam]  Recent days have exposed infighting between the opposition. Sam Dagher reports. [Wall Street Journal]
Meanwhile, fighting has reportedly intensified in the north and center of Syria. [AP]
President Obama had an “intense conversation” with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday, Obama expressing concern over the fragility of Syria peace talks and heightened violence in Ukraine, the White House said. [New York Times’ Michael D. Shear and Nick Cumming-Bruce]
The AP is providing a timeline of latest updates on the UN-sponsored talks.
US military advisers are to be sent close to the front lines of the fight against ISIS in Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced to American troops at the airport in Baghdad yesterday. The Pentagon will also deploy a number of Apache attack helicopters and long-range artillery to assist in the fight. [New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt]  Carter also said that the “Iraqis are still in the lead” against ISIS, during an interview aired last night on “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.” [The Hill’s Rebecca Kheel]
“My expectation is that by the end of the year, we will have created the conditions whereby Mosul will eventually fall,” said President Obama speaking about the decision to increase support for the Iraqi military. [Reuters]
American and Kurdish forces killed Salman Abu Shabib al-Jebouri, known by the nom de guerre Abu Saif, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government Security Council yesterday. Jebouri was a member of the ISIS “military council.” [Wall Street Journal’s Matt Bradley and Paul Sonne]
China’s new special envoy to Syria is to visit Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia in an effort to urge a peaceful solution to the Syrian war, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Although China has largely left the matter to the other permanent members of the UN Security Council until now, this is a sign that it is attempting to become more involved, reports Ben Blanchard. [Reuters]
US-led airstrikes continue. The US and coalition military forces carried out three strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on April 17. Separately, partner forces conducted a further 17 strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]
“On the front line against ISIS: who fights, who doesn’t, and why,” an in-depth report from Scott Atran and Artis Research at The Daily Beast.
SAUDI ARABIA
President Obama will meet with the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this week. Issues likely to be on the agenda are Iran, the Syrian civil war, the conflict in Yemen, Islamic State and regional security. [New York Times]
There is a “public relations push” in Saudi Arabia ahead of President Obama’s visit tomorrow, reports Nahal Toosi, which has one goal: to demonstrate that Saudi Arabia is “as anti-terrorism as anyone in Washington DC” [Politico]
Saudi Arabia’s government paid “insufficient attention” to funds being sent to fuel the rise of al-Qaeda, President Obama’s deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said in an interviewreleased yesterday. Asked about Saudi Arabia’s possible complicity in sponsoring terrorism, he said that it was a matter of “a number of very wealthy individuals” who contributed “sometimes directly” to terrorist groups. [Politico’s Eliza Collins]
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. The bill that would allow the Saudi government to be sued in a US court over any involvement in the 9/11 attacks has been approved by the Senate committee. The bill was supported by democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. [The Hill’s Julian Hattem]  However, the White House has indicated that President Obama will veto the legislation. [The Hill’s Jordan Fabian]
The White House is “confident” that Saudi Arabia will not go through with its reported threat to sell billions of dollars of US assets, spokesperson Josh Earnest said yesterday. [Reuters]
LIBYA
The UN-backed unity government moved last week to take political control of Libya following a “surprise” decision by the Tripoli administration to disband itself. [Wall Street Journal’s Tamer el-Ghobashy and Hassan Morajea]
UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Seraj appealed for aid to fight Islamic State and rebuild a shattered Libya during his first video conference with EU foreign and defense ministers. The EU has responded by offering to assist with border management and with building police capacity. [The Guardian’s Patrick Wintour]
The EU is looking into “enhancing the capacity” of its naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea in anticipation of an “influx” of people heading for Europe from Libya and neighboring countries. [Financial Times’ Jim Brunsden]
The UK is keen to take a “leading role” in establishing stability in Libya, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond offering support and £10 million-worth of aid to the unity government during his visit to Tripoli yesterday. It has also been suggested that the UK may supply ground troops to Libya as part of a 6,000-strong European force under Italian command, reports Jonathan Marcus. [BBC]
GUANTANAMO BAY
The transfer of nine detainees from Guantánamo Bay to Saudi Arabia over the weekend has been “blasted” by Republicans, who insist that it “unnecessarily” puts US citizens at increased risk. [The Hill’s Kristina Wong]
Released detainees’ writings “provide a glimpse” of how their “humanity endured in one of the bleakest prisons of the war on terror,” reports Murtaza Hussain. [The Intercept]
ISRAEL and PALESTINE
A bomb on a bus in Jerusalem wounded around 21 people yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describing the explosion as a “terrorist attack,” though no perpetrators have been identified as yet. [New York Times’ Isabel Kershner]
Yosef Haim Ben David has been convicted of the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teenager in revenge for the abduction of three Israeli youths, an incendiary event which helped to instigate the subsequent war in Gaza. Ben David’s two accomplices have already been convicted and sentenced. [APReuters’ Jeffrey Heller]
The US feels “overwhelming frustration” at Israel’s government and its expansion of Jewish settlements. Vice President Joe Biden was speaking to the J Street lobby group in Washington yesterday about the US’s relationship with the Israeli government, stating that the US also has an “overwhelming obligation” to press for the “only ultimate solution” to the Israel-Palestine conflict, a two-state solution. [Reuters’ Lesley Wroughton]
EUROPEAN TERROR THREAT
There are “indications” that Islamic State has sent more fighters to Europe, according to Belgian authorities. [Reuters’ Robert-Jan Bartunek]
German authorities have arrested five people on suspicion of forming a right-wing terror group, designed to attack the homes of refugees and other facilities, prosecutors said. [AP]
A Moroccan man with suspected links to ISIS has been arrested by authorities in the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. [AP]
“Suddenly – and belatedly – leaders are willing to admit that extreme interpretations of Islam are a problem.” John Vicocur discusses what he describes as a “clash of civilizations” underway in Europe. [Wall Street Journal]
CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY
There should be limits on the government’s powers to conduct covert email searches, said Bill Gates yesterday, expressing his support for Microsoft Corp’s lawsuit against the government seeking freedom to inform customers when their data has been sought by federal agencies. [Reuters]
China has suggested that the US military may hack itself in order to increase budgets and present Beijing in a negative light. [The Hill’s Cory Bennett]
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
The Russian fighter jet “barrel-rolled” over the US spy plane it flew close to last Thursday, the Pentagon has claimed. This was the second of two similar incidents in the Baltic Sea the past week, the first involving a Russian aircraft performing a “simulated attack profile” on a US warship, though neither of the Russian planes involved appeared to be armed, the Pentagon has confirmed. [AFP]  NATO is due to discuss Russia’s actions when ambassadors meet with Russian officials tomorrow, secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has said. [Wall Street Journal’s Julian E Barnes]
A suicide bombing and gun attack hit a government security agency in Kabul, Afghanistan, this morning, killing “dozens” and injuring hundreds of people. The Taliban has claimed responsibility, saying that it detonated a truck filled with explosives. [Wall Street Journal’s Jessica Donati and Ehsanullah Amiri; AP]
A suicide attack in the northwestern city of Mardan, Pakistan, has killed at least one person today. A spokesperson for the militant group Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack. [AP’s Riaz Khan]
UK ministers have discarded a plan to introduce a war powers act that would cement into law a convention that parliamentary approval is required before troops are sent into combat, except in an emergency. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told MPs that he and the prime minister did not want to be “artificially constrained in action to keep this country safe.” [The Guardian’s Richard Norton-Taylor]
China has declined to respond to queries from the US military in relation to its use of a military aircraft to evacuate sick workers from one of its man-made islands in the South China Sea on Sunday. [Reuters’ Ben Blanchard]
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Today's Headlines and Commentary 

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In a significant setback to securing peace in Syria, the mainstream Syrian opposition group called for a halt to peace talks in Geneva today, announcing a new offensive against Syrian regime forces, and accusing the United Nations of bias in favor of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Reuters reports that the coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee, the main opposition body, said that it was “unacceptable” for peace talks to continue if the government did not lift sieges and stop bombing civilian areas. One diplomat told the newswire that Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations Envoy for the Syrian conflict, “must imperatively reassure the opposition” by “putting pressure on the government.” The withdrawal from peace talks follows a Friday meeting in Geneva in which de Mistura “mentioned the idea of Assad remaining in power symbolically in exchange for the opposition’s nomination of three Syrian vice-presidents.”
Earlier today, rebel forces launched “a fierce attack against government forces in Latakia province” while also making “separate advances further east in Hama.” Reuters writes that “there were heavy government air strikes in Homs province to the south.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that schools had been evacuated and hospitals shut throughout the region.   
Back in the United States, the Hill reports that the Department of State has announced plans to bring an average of 1,500 Syrian refugees per month to the United States in order to fulfill President Barack Obama’s goal of settling 10,000 in the country by September. Only 1,300 refugees have been taken in since the president set the target last September. To meet the goal, the State Department has launched a “surge operation” in Amman, Jordan, citing a lack of personnel for the delays in processing refugee applications.
President Obama leaves for Riyadh this week with damage control high on the agenda. The Gulf Cooperation Council meeting follows the president's remarks in an Atlantic magazine interview that insinuated the Saudi’s were “free riders” among other comments calling for Iran and the Saudis to “find an effective way to share the neighborhood and institute some sort of cold peace.” The rising tensions come at a time when the White House is seeking more help from Gulf allies in efforts to rebuild parts of Iraq. The Administration will likely look to address at least some of the Saudi worries by providing "new counterterrorism, military, missile defense, and cybersecurity capabilities.” The United States has also pledged $139 million in humanitarian aid for Yemen.
One other thing bothering the Saudis: a bill pending in Congress would allow the Saudi government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times shares that while the Obama administration is quietly seeking to kill the legislation, Riyadh has said that should the bill pass, it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of  American assets.
The New York Times reports that the Obama administration is preparing to expand the U.S.’s military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by boosting the number of Special Operator advising Syrian rebels. With the goal of accelerating the momentum of Iraqi forces, the administration is also considering “the addition of Army attack helicopters to fight against militants in Iraq.” There are now 50 special operations forces operating in Syria; under the new plan, that number could rise to 200. The plan for Iraq would include shifting trainers who are already in Iraq closer to Mosul.
Last week, President Obama announced that the United States is now conducting “cyber operations” against ISIS. Today, Shane Harris and Nancy Youssef of the Daily Beast have the rundown on what those operations entail. In short, “military hackers are disrupting ISIS’s encrypted chats, implanting viruses in terrorists’ computers, and mining the machines to launch real-world strikes.” In a sign of how prevalent and important encrypted chats have become, intelligence officers said that U.S. Cyber Command “has the capability to identify when someone is using an encrypted application and then target the communications infrastructure to make it harder, if not impossible, to use that application.”
Reuters reports that talks aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen, which were expected to begin today, have been delayed, as fighting continued throughout the country despite a ceasefire. A delegate representing Yemen’s Houthi group and the party of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said “there’s no point in going to Kuwait if there’s no respect for the ceasefire.” Elsewhere, Reuters notes reasons for optimism regarding the talks, even though a number of potential “spoilers” loom on the horizon. Two Yemeni officials said they expected to opposing delegations to arrive by Tuesday. 
Iran proudly displayed parts of its shiny, new S-300 missile defense system on Sunday at its annual Army Day Parade. The lifting of sanctions against Tehran as part of the nuclear deal allowed the sale of the system by Russia to Iran, which both Israel and the United States have protested. TheTelegraph has the photos, pulled from Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency.
The Washington Post writes that “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to the occupied Golan Heights on Sunday to declare that Israel will retain full control of the mountainous plateau forever and will never return the strategic highlands to neighboring Syria.” Israel seized the region during the 1967 Six-Day War, but the international community, including the United States, has never officially recognized Israel’s annexation of the territory. Syrian officials have recently signalled that they would like to include the region in Syrian peace talks.  
The United Nations announced on Sunday that so far this year, fighting in Afghanistan has killed or wounded 2,000 civilians and left more than 80,000 people displaced. The death toll fell 13 percent from last year, but the number of wounded increased 11 percent over the same period. Almost one-third of civilian casualties were children. And while the report blamed the Taliban for 60 percent of the casualties, it noted that deaths from government forces were up 70 percent from the same period last year. The Times notes that “the report came as fighting raged across several provinces.” Indeed,Afghan forces repelled a Taliban assault in the city of Kunduz over the weekend. According to Afghan government estimates, 40 Taliban fighters and four Afghan forces were killed in the fighting. TheTimes has more on the fighting, though not much.
The Times also carries the story of two Afghan troops—thought to be dead—who resurfaced in a Taliban prison. Their reward for coming home? The Afghan government now wants the $2,300 USD paid to their families following their deaths.
In what could be the first openly acknowledged mission of its kind, the Chinese Defense Ministry on Sunday morning announced that it had dispatched a military plane to Fiery Cross Reef, a man-made island in the disputed South China Sea. Per the ministry’s statement, the plane was on patrol when it was diverted to the island in order to pick up three injured construction workers.
Russian aviators just can’t get close enough to U.S. military equipment lately. CNN reports that on Thursday of last week, a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane was operating in the Baltic Sea when a Russian Su-27 flew within 50 feet of the U.S. aircraft’s wing tip, beginning a barrel roll from the left side, going over the top, and ending on the right side of the aircraft. U.S. officials called the maneuver “unsafe and unprofessional,” but Russia’s defense ministry denied the incident occurred, saying that the reports were “not consistent with reality.”  
According to the Wall Street Journal, on Friday, Apple asked U.S. District Judge Margo Brodie to “reject the Justice Department’s effort to make it help unlock an iPhone tied to a New York druge case,” a move that the Journal describes as “the latest legal volley in a continuing battle over encryption and privacy.” The latest court filing follows a February ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein that found that the government lacked the authority to compel Apple to assist agents in extracting data. The Department of Justice is appealing that ruling.
In Defense One, Patrick Tucker describes how the Burr-Feinstein encryption resembles Chinese law.
The Miami Herald reports that on Saturday, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia accepted nine Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay. The transfer, expected for several weeks, leaves 80 detainees remaining at the facility. The nine men have long been cleared for release, but have been unable to go home due to a White House policy that bars the repatriation of detainees to Yemen. The Saudi government agreed to take “non-citizens from Guantanamo to its rehabilitation program set up to help Saudi jihadists transition back into society.” The transferred detainees include Tariq Ba Odah, Mansour Muhammed Ali Qatta, Ahmed Kuman, Adbul Rahman al Qyati, Mashur al Sabri, Ahmed al Hikimi, Abdul Rahman Nasir, Mohammed al Hamiri, Ali al Raimi. The New York Times has more.
Parting Shot: Call it a drone strike of a different sort. Upon approach to Heathrow Airport in London, a British Airways Airbus 320 collided with a small drone. The plane landed safely and was cleared for its next flight, but the crash—reportedly, the first of its kindcomes as aviation authorities around the world worry about the increasing prevalence of hobby drones in restricted airspace. BBC has more.
ICYMI: This Weekend, on Lawfare
In this weekend’s Foreign Policy Essay, C. Christine Fair, Jacob S. Goldstein, and Ali Hamza arguethat Muslims with a greater knowledge of Islam are less likely to support terrorist organizations or radical interpretations of their faith.
Cody shared the latest Lawfare Podcast, which features a debate between Daniel Weitzner and Benjamin Wittes on “Going Dark and the Fallout from Apple v. FBI.”
Cody also provided The Week That Was, a roundup of Lawfare’s content from the previous week.
Sloane Speakman summarized the “surprising success of Syria’s quasi-ceasefire.”
Email the Roundup Team noteworthy law and security-related articles to include, and follow us onTwitter and Facebook for additional commentary on these issues. Sign up to receive Lawfare in your inbox. Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming national security events, and check out relevant job openings on our Job Board.
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NATO to Discuss Russia’s Risky Military Maneuvers

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The interceptions of a U.S. Air Force plane and a Navy destroyer by Russian warplanes last week were unsafe and highlight the need for Wednesday’s discussion between Russia and the Western allies, the head of North Atlantic Treaty Organization said Tuesday.
Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary-general, said the alliance will discuss Russia’s risky military maneuvers and related issues when allied ambassadors meet with Russian officials Wednesday.
The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels will be the first since June 2014, when the alliance cut off practical cooperation with Moscow following the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
“The incidents we have seen in the Baltic Sea over the last week with the unprofessional and unsafe behavior of Russian planes close to an American ship and an American plane underline the importance of open military lines of communication, predictability and risk reduction,” Mr. Stoltenberg said ahead of a meeting of European Union defense ministers in Luxembourg.
According to the U.S. account on Monday and Tuesday of last week, Russian warplanes and a military helicopter repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook , as it carried out operations in the Baltic Sea. In another incident on Thursday, a Russian fighter plane flew over the top of a U.S. reconnaissance plane. The Russian pilot, approaching from the left side, rolled his jet over the top of the Air Force plane.
Mr. Stoltenberg said Tuesday the incidents were dangerous. U.S. military officials said they are protesting the incidents.
The Russian military has disputed the U.S. accounts of the interceptions. Russian officials have said U.S. forces have started operating closer to Russia’s borders.
The U.S. ship and plane were operating in international waters and airspace. But there is little doubt the incidents were warnings by the Russian military for the U.S. to keep its forces away from Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave that is home to critical military bases.
In a roundtable with reporters last week, Alexander Grushko, Moscow’s ambassador to NATO, accused the alliance of building up forces in Poland and the Baltic region, an increase of forces he said was unjustified.
“In the long run, NATO has to choose what kind of relationship it wants to have with Russia,” he said. “I don’t see any possibility for the improvement of our relationship if NATO continues to move on the path of deterrence.”
NATO, Mr. Grushko said, was abandoning the idea that security isn’t guaranteed by increased number of tanks. The western allies, he added, are in violation of a 1997 agreement not to permanently station substantial numbers of combat forces in Eastern Europe.
“It was a common assumption that European security could not be based on more military assets, but, on the contrary, on restraint,” Mr. Grushko said.
Mr. Stoltenberg disputed the idea that NATO was the aggressor or had triggered an arms race in the Baltic. NATO’s reinforcement in Eastern Europe, he said, was a response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine
“NATO does not seek a new Cold War,” Mr. Stoltenberg said. “NATO does not want a new arms race. What NATO has done when it comes to reinforcement of our collective defense is defensive and is proportionate.”
Both Russian and NATO officials have played down the chances of any concrete agreement or progress from Wednesday’s meeting. But Mr. Stoltenberg has been pushing for the meeting since December and said the dialogue was important.
“It is very important we have political dialogue especially when times are difficult, as they are now,” Mr. Stoltenberg said. “When tensions are high, the need for open channels of dialogue, for predictability, for transparency, is more important.”
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Uncovering the Hidden Truths of 9/11

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A view from the top of the escalators in the Bankers Trust building show the wreckage of the World Trade Center on September 25, 2001 in New York. (Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)
For nearly 15 years, ever since jihadists took down the Twin Towers and killed nearly 3,000 Americans, many have wondered how a bunch of novice terrorists—several of whom could barely fly an airplane, much less a big jetliner—could pull off such complex and audacious attack. What al-Qa’ida termed their ‘Planes Operation’ was meticulously planned prior to execution—but by whom, exactly?
That key question remains partly open, and the American public has never received the full explanation from our government that they deserve. I know what they have not been allowed to see: When 9/11 happened I was a counterintelligence officer with the National Security Agency and part of my purview was looking into state connections to international terrorism. I was one of the few officials in our Intelligence Community seriously looking into al-Qa’ida’s links to foreign intelligence before the Twin Towers fell.
In the months after the attacks, a complex intelligence picture emerged of who secretly aided al-Qa’ida in the run-up to 9/11—large portions of which were kept highly classified. Why they remain classified still is a good question that needs to be asked. Regrettably, the 9/11 Commission, which was established to get to the bottom of that national tragedy, dodged certain key questions—though in fairness to its members the Commission was not allowed to see some important evidence.
For want of a complete explanation, conspiracy theories have proliferated about 9/11, promising the “real” story. Most of this is toxic silliness, with bizarre Internet theorizing by fools and charlatans about how the Twin Towers were “really” destroyed by persons not in al-Qa’ida: Jews, the Pentagon, the Illuminati, or space aliens, depending on your preferred flight of fancy. Such ridiculousness unfortunately obscures the reality that there remain important unanswered questions about the Planes Operation.
Let me state that the job done by the 9/11 Commission was essentially accurate but incomplete. The attacks were the work of al-Qa’ida and their airborne assaults on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon unfolded as the U.S. Government has told you. The backstory they have omitted, however, is vitally important and needs public airing.
This vexing issue is back in the news again thanks to CBS, whose 60 Minutes program reported on the so-called “28 Pages,” the portion of the official report on 9/11 that has been withheld from the public since 2003, through two presidencies. Many former officials, including members of Congress, long demanded Washington release the 28 Pages, to no avail. Presidents Bush and Obama have demurred because those pages reveal some very unflattering things about Saudi Arabia, our longtime ally.
Since the U.S. Government did not do its job, the task of unraveling Iran’s links to 9/11 has fallen to private citizens.
As the 28 Pages make clear, Saudi officials had contacts with some of the 9/11 hijackers that can charitably be termed odd. To any counterintelligence professional, these connections—combined with the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals—raise enormous red flags, particularly because there were visible connections between some of the hijackers and Saudi intelligence agents in the United States.
Just as bad, the U.S. Government, even in highly classified channels, demonstrated a stunning lack of interest in running down possible Saudi connections to the Planes Operation. Nobody really wanted to know what Riyadh’s role might have been. Accepting that a close ally may have had some sort of hand in 9/11 was a possibility seemingly too awful for the George W. Bush White House to contemplate.
Worse, the Bush administration enabled numerous Saudi nationals—including some with worrying connections to the hijackers—to flee the United States after 9/11, preventing any real investigation from taking place. While it is overwrought to present this as a grand conspiracy, as some seek to do, Americans should have questions about what was going on here. At a minimum, the FBI seems to have stonewalled efforts to look into what some of those Saudis were up to in the months before the attacks.
Yet nobody should expect Washington, DC, to come clean about this anytime soon. Almost 15 years later, admitting that two administrations have kept important facts about 9/11 from the public would cause political trauma. Not least because bipartisan refusal to admit the full truth about major terrorist attacks is something of a tradition in our nation’s capital. Additionally, Riyadh has reacted hystericallyto recent public comments on the 28 Pages, threatening dire economic pain if Americans start asking pointed questions about any Saudi angle to the Planes Operation. That they have something to hide is painfully obvious.
What exactly Saudi Arabia is hiding, though, may be less nefarious than some suspect. It’s evident that Saudi officials, both from their government and from several jihad-linked “Islamic charities,” provided material assistance to some of the 9/11 hijackers. This was the same template that Riyadh employed for decades—throwing money at radicals and terrorists in the hope they cause trouble outside the Kingdom rather than inside it—right until the Planes Operation exposed how toxic this nefarious Saudi bargain really was.
There is no evidence that Saudi assistance to 9/11 was more than tactical. Based on their usualmodus operandi with jihadists, it seems extraordinarily unlikely that Riyadh, per se, had anything to do with the Planes Operation. Low-level support to radicals had been Saudi policy for so long that they may have done so here without pondering consequences. We may never get to the bottom of exactly what Saudi officials were doing in the months before the Twin Towers fell.
This all looks eerily like the murky backstory to the June 28, 1914 Sarajevo assassination that caused World War One. We know Serbian intelligence was behind the attack—it was state-sponsored terrorism—just as we know that Russian intelligence was actually funding the assassination plot. However, over a century later we still don’t know whether the Russian government officially approved that—records, if they ever existed, were long ago destroyed—and it’s certainly possible that eager mid-level Tsarist spies were acting without official go-ahead.
Moreover, focusing solely on Saudi tactical support to the Planes Operation obscures the bigger question of possible strategic support to 9/11. In other words, did any governments secretly aid al-Qa’ida in even more substantial ways than Riyadh did? Regrettably this question was always considered even more off-limits inside the Beltway than talking about Saudi involvement in 9/11—and it still remains explosive today.
That Iran had some sort of hand in the Planes Operation has long been suspected by many insiders. Contrary to what “terrorism experts” may say, Tehran was always willing to aid Sunni extremists like al-Qa’ida, while Osama bin Laden and his ilk were equally willing to accept secret help from the Shia they despise. Iranian intelligence has enjoyed a clandestine relationship with al-Qa’ida going back to the early 1990s, and U.S. intelligence has known of meetings between their leadership and top Tehran spies since 1996.
As I exposed in my 2007 book Unholy Terror, it was this toxic secret brew of Saudi cash and Iranian know-how that enabled al-Qa’ida in the 1990s to transform from a regional terrorist group into a global movement and threat. The real road to 9/11 was paved by Riyadh’s moneymen and Tehran’s spies, who despite their mutual antipathy were both eager to help bin Laden and his movement in their jihad against the West.
Despite these facts, the 9/11 Commission demonstrated little interest in Iranian ties to the Planes Operation. While admitting that several of the hijackers had transited Iran, and that Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, the notorious KSM, the jihadist entrepreneur who came up with the Planes Operation, had stashed his family in Iran for years, it went no further. Why Tehran would want to help Sunni radicals was left essentially unexplored. In particular, the 9/11 Commission punted on the obvious lines of inquiry that such information opened up to anyone with eyes wanting to see, lamely noting that the issue of Iran’s role “requires further investigation by the U.S. Government.”
That additional inquiry never came. In fairness to the 9/11 Commission, they were not allowed to see important information that might have changed their minds. In particular, they did not see NSA signals intelligence that shed significant light on Iran’s clandestine role supporting al-Qa’ida generally and the Planes Operation particularly. SIGINT from NSA makes up the lion’s share of intelligence in our government, and the fact that the 9/11 Commission was never shown the impressive full NSA archive of reports, many highly classified, on the very topic they were investigating seems incomprehensible.
Since the U.S. Government did not do its job, the task of unraveling Iran’s links to 9/11 has fallen to private citizens who have filed suit against Tehran, with some success. At a minimum, they havemarshaled impressive evidence that Iran’s secret role was important and something that needs serious examination. Recently a Federal judge agreed, ordering Tehran to pay more than $10.5 billion in damages to the families of 9/11 victims on the basis of Iran’s role in that criminal conspiracy.
Nearly six years ago, I implored our government to at last deal with the knotty issue of foreign ties to 9/11, in particular to release any and all intelligence that bears on this vital question, to no avail. The same questions remain: What foreign governments had any operational impact on 9/11? What was Saudi Arabia’s role? How many hijackers spent time in Iran and what were they doing there? Were any al-Qa’ida officials involved in the Planes Operation, especially KSM, assessed as Iranian agents? What about Imad Mughniyeh, Iran’s arch-terrorist, who before his 2008 death is believed to have enjoyed a close relationship with certain top Sunni jihadists? Did Mughniyeh have anything to do with 9/11?
Answering these questions will finally bring the real backstory of 9/11 into focus. By all means our government ought to release the 28 Pages, the public should demand no less. Yet there is no point in unmasking Saudi Arabia’s role in the murder of nearly 3,000 Americans while ignoring the equally important, and possibly far greater role of Iran behind 9/11. It’s time for the truth to be revealed. The victims and the American public deserve nothing less than the full story of September 11, 2001.
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    mikenova shared this story from france24english's YouTube Videos. From: france24english Duration: 01:44 Subscribe to France 24 now : http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN ...
    » Trump keeps saying the nomination process is rigged: Is it?
    18/04/16 09:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from FoxNewsChannel's YouTube Videos. From: FoxNewsChannel Duration: 02:27 Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Junior weighs in on Fox & Friends
    » Ecuador president: Expect ‘considerable’ rise in quake death toll
    18/04/16 09:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. More than 270 deaths have been counted in the coastal quake zone.
    » Ecuador Searches for Victims After Powerful Quake
    18/04/16 09:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Ecuador was reeling Sunday after its strongest earthquake in decades killed hundreds and destroyed buildings, bridges and roads. At least 246 people died in the magnitude-7.8 quake, th...
    » No Oil-Freeze Deal at Doha Meeting
    18/04/16 09:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Top oil producers Sunday failed to reach a deal to freeze crude output at meetings in Qatar. The development threatens to undercut a recent rally in oil markets.
    » 2 Turks detained after sack incident at air base
    18/04/16 09:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. One man reportedly filmed the other as he chased and taunted a U.S. soldier.
    » Police officer wounded in West Philadelphia - Philly.com
    18/04/16 09:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. NJ.com Police officer wounded in West Philadelphia Philly.com Police investigators were dispatched to 59th and Market Streets in Southwest Philadelphia on Sunday night after an o...
    » Philadelphia Police Officer Shot and Wounded by Suspect - ABC News
    18/04/16 09:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Philadelphia Police Officer Shot and Wounded by Suspect ABC News A Philadelphia police officer was shot and wounded while trying to stop two men from stealing a car, officials sa...
    » The Latest: Russian currency plunges amid oil price drop
    18/04/16 09:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. The Latest news on global financial markets (all times local):
    » Apple Recovers Ton Of Gold From Old Devices
    18/04/16 09:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The company also recovered 10.4 million kilos of steel, two million kilos of aluminium and 1.4m kilos of copper.
    » The Daily Vertical: Watch What He Does, Not What He Says
    18/04/16 09:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.
    » Fraudsters 'scamming' German healthcare
    18/04/16 09:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Care staff from the former Soviet Union may be defrauding German healthcare providers of €1bn a year, according to reports.
    » Nearly Six Hundred Migrants Arrive in Italy - Wall Street Journal
    18/04/16 09:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Wall Street Journal Nearly Six Hundred Migrants Arrive in Italy Wall Street Journal Nearly 600 migrants were rescued and brought to Italy between Sunday and Monday, the International O...
    » Obama courts Gulf kings keen just to see him go - Ahram Online
    18/04/16 09:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Ahram Online Obama courts Gulf kings keen just to see him go Ahram Online President Barack Obama will make another trip to Riyadh to consult Washington's Gulf allies on the crise...
    » Oil prices slide after freeze deal failure - Reuters
    18/04/16 09:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Reuters Oil prices slide after freeze deal failure Reuters LONDON Oil prices slid on Monday after a meeting between major producing nations on a proposed output freeze fell apart...
    » Egypt, France sign $2.4B in deals as Cairo protests continue - Al-Bawaba
    18/04/16 09:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Al-Bawaba Egypt, France sign $2.4B in deals as Cairo protests continue Al-Bawaba Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and his French counterpart Francois Hollande hold a press c...
    » Op-Ed Columnist: Bernie’s Israel Heresy
    18/04/16 09:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Sanders sets down an important marker for more open American debate of Israeli policies by expressing the consensus view in much of the world.
    » Indonesia Rules Out Criminal Inquiry of Anti-Communist Purges
    18/04/16 09:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. An official said that the government would, over time, try to answer how hundreds of thousands were killed in state-sponsored violence from 1965 to 1966.
    » Brazil's Senate to Determine Whether Rousseff Goes on Trial
    18/04/16 09:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is expected to give her reaction Monday to the launching of impeachment proceedings against her. Lawmakers in the lower house of Congress voted late Sun...
    » The Latest: Russia calls for direct Syria peace talks
    18/04/16 09:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):
    » Russian Security Chief Calls For Counterattack Against U.S. Influence
    18/04/16 09:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The head of Russia's Investigative Committee has called for sweeping new rights restrictions, citing the need to counteract the "destructive" influence of the United States.
    » Ecuadoran security minister says earthquake death count has risen to 350
    18/04/16 09:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. Ecuadoran security minister says earthquake death count has risen to 350.
    » India to Britain: Guess you didn't steal our diamond after all
    18/04/16 09:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. The Indian government said that the controversial Koh-i-Noor diamond had not been stolen by Britain years ago, but was a gift.
    » » 10:02 AM 4/17/2016 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: Putins Military Expansion Only Beginning, Felshtinsky Says 17/04/16 10:03 from The New York Web News
    18/04/16 09:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The World Web Times – worldwebtimes.com. Sites and Blogs Review in Brief |  Links » 10:02 AM 4/17/2016 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks: Putins Military Expansion Only Beginning, Felshtinsky Says 17/04/16 10...
    » AP Top Stories April 18 A - YouTube
    18/04/16 09:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Published on Apr 18, 2016 Here's the latest for Monday, April 18th: Brazil's lower house votes for impeachment; Aid effort after Ecuador earthquake; Warm weather follows Denver snow; Boston Marathon Monday.
    » 8:42 AM 4/18/2016 - Headlines: Dilma Rousseff Is Impeached by Brazil’s Lower House of Congress - The New York Times
    18/04/16 08:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. US Defense Secretary in Iraq for Talks on Beefing Up IS Fight Dilma Rousseff Is Impeached by Brazil’s Lower House of Congress - The New York Times Ъ-Газета - Але...
    » The saddest piece of Barack Obama’s legacy - The Washington Post
    18/04/16 08:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from E.J. Dionne Jr.. The saddest piece of Barack Obama’s legacy The inside track on Washington politics. Be the first to know about new stories from PowerPost. Sign up to follow, and we’ll e-mail y...
    » A Challenge to Poland’s Anti-Democratic Drift
    18/04/16 08:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . The conflict between the European Union and Poland’s right-wing government went up a notch on Wednesday when the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on Poland’s rulers to stop defying ...
    » AP Top Stories 17 P - YouTube
    17/04/16 19:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Published on Apr 17, 2016 Here are the top stories for Sunday, April 17th: Epic quake hits Ecuador; Air France to Tehran flights resume; Floods hit Russia; Royal suepr fans prep for Queen's birthday.
    » April 17, 2016
    17/04/16 19:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A look at the best news photos from around the world.
    » Russian Fighter Buzzes U.S. Air Force Plane Over Baltic Sea
    17/04/16 19:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane was intercepted by a Russian fighter plane over the Baltic Sea in what American officials said on Sunday was an unsafe and unprofessional manner—t...
    » Air France resumes flights to Iran, after nuclear deal - STLtoday.com
    17/04/16 19:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. STLtoday.com Air France resumes flights to Iran, after nuclear deal STLtoday.com Air France ground staffs work next to the Airbus A330 of the AF 738 Paris Teheran inaugural fligh...
    » Air France Resumes Flights To Iran After Eight Years
    17/04/16 19:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The resumption of the Paris-Tehran flight after eight years comes after a landmark nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers that went into effect in January.
    » Oil meeting breaks up without agreement
    17/04/16 19:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. A meeting of the world's leading oil producers to discuss capping output and reverse tumbling prices ends without agreement.
    » London Police Say Airliner May Have Hit a Drone
    17/04/16 19:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. A British Airways flight Sunday appears to have collided with a drone on a flight bound for London’s busy Heathrow Airport in what may be the first such incident involving a major airl...
    » Pope's Refugee Airlift Was Last-Minute 'Inspiration'
    17/04/16 19:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Pope Francis’ decision to bring migrants back with him from Lesbos set diplomats from Italy, Greece and the Vatican scrambling to find the appropriate refugee families.
    » Supreme Court Considers Fate of Millions of Undocumented Immigrants
    17/04/16 19:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The nation’s highest court will consider the fate of as many as 4 million undocumented immigrants Monday, when Supreme Court justices hear opening arguments in a landmark case debating th...
    » Yemen Envoys, Houthi Rebels Gather in Kuwait for Peace Talks
    17/04/16 19:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Envoys from Yemen's warring parties are in Kuwait for a third try Monday at United Nations mediated talks aimed at ending an 18-month conflict that has killed more than 6,000 people and c...
    » After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities
    17/04/16 19:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The government has for the first time endorsed a public discussion of the purges that killed at least 500,000 in the 1960s.
    » Thousands March Against Extremism and Terrorism in Brussels
    17/04/16 19:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. About 7,000 demonstrators marched against extremism Sunday thorough central Brussels, a city still in shock over last month's terrorist attacks that killed 32. One of the organizers calle...
    » Under English Garden, ‘Unparalleled’ Remains of Roman Villa
    17/04/16 19:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. A stone structure that Luke Irwin had been using as a planter for his geraniums. Archaeologists now believe it to be a child’s coffin that may date from between A.D. 175 and 220.
    » Reports: US soldier assailed by 2 Turkish youth
    17/04/16 19:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. Turkish media reports say two members of a Turkish nationalist youth group were detained after trying to put a sack over the head of a U.S. soldier at an air base in southern Turkey.
    » 5:08 PM 4/17/2016 - Earthquake kills 235 in Ecuador, devastates coast zone | Reuters | Earthquake in Ecuador Kills More Than 230, President Says - The New York Times
    17/04/16 17:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. Earthquake kills 235 in Ecuador, devastates coast zone | Reuters Earthquake in Ecuador Kills More Than 230, President Says - The New York Times Time Warp: Five d...
    » Chopin - Complete Nocturnes (Brigitte Engerer) - YouTube
    17/04/16 15:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova's YouTube Videos. Published on May 8, 2015 Serenity and dream... 1. 0:06 Op. 9, No. 1 in B flat minor. Larghetto 2. 5:53 Op. 9, No. 2 in E flat major. Andante 3. 10:29 Op. 9, No. 3 in B major...
    » 9:33 AM 4/17/2016 - Police: Alabama officer shot, suspect dead following chase - TheUnion.com | Pentagon Reports Another Russian Jet Incident in Baltic Sea | U.S. Reports Another Close Call With Russian Warplane Over Baltic Sea | John Kerry On Simulate
    17/04/16 11:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NEWS: The World and Global Security Review. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/time-warp-five-dead-in-argentina-after-taking-drugs-at-electronic-music-festival-that-got-out-of-a6987436.html T...
    » 6:05 PM 4/16/2016
    17/04/16 11:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The World Web News – world-webnews.com. LINKS Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks 1:49 PM 4/16/2016 Headlines: Protesters Nationwide Denounce Big Money in US Politics mikenova shared this story from Sites a...
    » Pentagon Reports Another Russian Jet Incident in Baltic Sea
    17/04/16 11:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The New York Web Times – Press This!. An Su-27 jet intercepts a US Air Force reconnaissance plane in international airspace in what US military says was an ‘unsafe and unprofessional manner’ So...
    » KGB successor takes aim at Brooklyn Nets owner in Russia - CBS News
    17/04/16 11:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. CBS News KGB successor takes aim at Brooklyn Nets owner in Russia CBS News MOSCOW- Russia's main domestic security agency has searched the offices of a company controlled by the billi...
    » Russia rattles nerves by buzzing US ship - The Hill
    17/04/16 11:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. The Hill Russia rattles nerves by buzzing US ship The Hill A close encounter between Russian jets that buzzed a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea is raising fears o...
    » Iran Vows to Defend Muslim Nations Against Terrorism, Israel
    17/04/16 11:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday vowed to defend Muslim countries against terrorism and Israel while insisting that its neighbors should not feel threatened. Speaking during a Na...
    » Iraq Demonstrators Support Cleric's Threat on Reform
    17/04/16 11:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Several hundred demonstrators gathered Sunday in Tahrir Square in central Baghdad in support of a Shi'ite cleric who has threatened the Iraqi government with mass protests if Prime Minist...
    » Spain unveils plans to build the tallest skyscraper in the EU
    17/04/16 10:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The Independent - Europe. Madrid unveiled plans to build Europe's tallest skyscraper potentially topping current title holder, The Shard
    » Nail Polish and Mascara - Beauty Brands Eye up Iran
    17/04/16 10:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. When Dubai businesswoman Negin Fattahi-Dasmal opened the first branch of her luxurious nail salon chain in Iran this year, it was met with both excitement and skepticism among image-consc...
    » Sotheby's Staging Comprehensive Middle East Art Auction
    17/04/16 10:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Sotheby's is staging what it calls its most comprehensive series of exhibitions and sales to cover the history of Middle Eastern art. Five sales which range from the contemporary to the a...
    » Barred From Hundreds Of Occupations In Russia, A Few Women Fight Back
    17/04/16 10:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Butcher, baker, fine -- but if you're a woman in Russia, better not try to be a blacksmith, carpenter, coal miner, or drive a bus with more than 14 seats. A ban barring w...
    » Russia in Review
    17/04/16 10:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - US-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism. April 14, 2016 Russia in Review: a digest of useful news from U.S.-Russia Initiative to Prevent Nucl...
    » 1 Dead, 4 Injured in Car Bomb in Kherson Region, Ukraine
    17/04/16 10:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from The Interpreter. Ukraine Day 789: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Yesterday April 15, a car bomb went off in the afternoon in the village of Novoalekseyovka in Kherson Region, killing a bicyclist and injuring 4 bystan...
    » Russia denies wrongdoing after jet barrel-rolls over US aircraft - CNN
    17/04/16 10:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. CNN Russia denies wrongdoing after jet barrel-rolls over US aircraft CNN The incident Thursday occurred when Washington (CNN) A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane was barrel-rolled b...
    » Putin’s Military Expansion ‘Only Beginning,’ Felshtinsky Says
    17/04/16 09:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Window on Eurasia -- New Series. Paul Goble             Staunton, April 17 – Diplomats, commentators, and the public typically focus on a particular a...
    » German spy chiefs on Snowden: Leaks were Russian op to drive 'wedge' between US & Europe - RT
    17/04/16 09:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. RT German spy chiefs on Snowden: Leaks were Russian op to drive 'wedge' between US & Europe RT NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden could have been acting under “ Ru...
    » США сообщили о перехвате российским Су-27 своего самолета над Балтикой - РБК
    17/04/16 09:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РБК США сообщили о перехвате российским Су-27 своего самолета над Балтикой РБК Представитель Европейского командования ВС США заявил, что российский Су-27 перехватил американский с...
    » US Air Force plane intercepted by Russian jet in 'unsafe' manner: Pentagon - Yahoo News
    17/04/16 09:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Yahoo News US Air Force plane intercepted by Russian jet in 'unsafe' manner: Pentagon Yahoo News Washington (AFP) - A US Air Force reconnaissance plane was intercepted by a Russian SU...
    » 'Erratic & aggressive': Pentagon protests Russian interception of US spy plane - RT
    17/04/16 09:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. RT 'Erratic & aggressive': Pentagon protests Russian interception of US spy plane RT He said the Russian Su-27 "performed erratic and aggressive maneuvers," only 50 feet...
    » Israel, Turkey, Russia and Egypt - Gatestone Institute
    17/04/16 09:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Israel, Turkey, Russia and Egypt Gatestone Institute To restore full relations between Israel and Turkey would irritate Russia , with which Israel has good trade and political relatio...
    » Russia jet 'provokes' US plane — again - New York Post
    17/04/16 09:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. New York Post Russia jet 'provokes' US plane — again New York Post A Russian plane performed a barrel roll over a US Air Force jet above the Baltic Sea in a new provocation, the US Eu...
    » Заседание правительства Израиля впервые прошло на Голанских высотах - РИА Новости
    17/04/16 09:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РИА Новости Заседание правительства Израиля впервые прошло на Голанских высотах РИА Новости В ходе заседания правительства, которое проходило на Голанских высотах, премьер-министр ...
    » Hundreds Rally In Baghdad Demanding Reforms
    17/04/16 09:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Several hundred Shi'ite demonstrators have rallied in central Baghdad to call for reforms.
    » Israel Affirms Its Hold on Golan Ahead Talks with Putin on Syria
    17/04/16 09:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Sunday that Israel would never relinquish the Golan Heights, in a signal to Russia and the United States that the strategic plateau should be...
    » Pending impeachment polarizes Brazilians | DW News
    17/04/16 08:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from deutschewelleenglish's YouTube Videos. From: deutschewelleenglish Duration: 02:12 For more news, go to: http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/s-9097 With Brazilian lawmakers set to begin debating the impeac...
    » Charlie Chaplin museum opens in Switzerland after years of planning
    17/04/16 08:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from itnnews's YouTube Videos. From: itnnews Duration: 01:07 A museum dedicated to Charlie Chaplin opens its doors in Corsier-sur-Vevey, western Switzerland. Report by Conor Mcnally.
    » At Vatican, Sanders urges rejection of 'immoral' economy — and gets mobbed by media - Washington Post
    17/04/16 08:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Washington Post At Vatican, Sanders urges rejection of 'immoral' economy — and gets mobbed by media Washington Post VATICAN CITY — Sen. Bernie Sanders told a Vatican conference Friday ...
    » Photos of the Day: April 15
    17/04/16 08:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. In photographs selected by editors of The Wall Street Journal, a migrant on the shore of the Greek island of Lesbos, North Korean soldiers celebrate the birth of the country’s founder,...
    » Obamas paid $81472 in taxes, returns show - USA TODAY
    17/04/16 08:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. USA TODAY Obamas paid $81472 in taxes, returns show USA TODAY WASHINGTON — President Obama and his wife Michelle paid $81,472 in federal taxes last year on an adjusted gross inco...
    » Top 5 Countdown for Week Ending April 16, 2016
    17/04/16 08:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. In this week's Top Five Countdown we’re shooting off the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, for the week ending April 16, 2016. After looking at this week...
    » US Coast Guard seizes $33M worth of coke in Caribbean waters
    17/04/16 08:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. The U.S. Coast Guard says it has seized $33 million worth of cocaine in international waters south of the Dominican Republic.
    » Critic of Psychologists’ Role in Interrogation Is Asked to Reconsider
    17/04/16 08:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. David Hoffman, a Chicago lawyer, found that a number of psychologists had shielded America’s interrogation techniques.
    » Refugee Crisis 'Totally Unmanageable,’ UN Chief Says
    17/04/16 08:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that the world's current refugee crisis, with more than 70 million displaced people, has become "totally unmanageable" and "uncontrollable."...
    » Files Suggest Honduran Police Leaders Ordered Killing of Antidrug Officials
    17/04/16 08:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. New documents paint a chilling portrait of impunity at the very top of Honduras’s police hierarchy: the unchallenged power to carry out assassinations.
    » Protesters Nationwide Denounce Big Money in US Politics
    17/04/16 08:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Conservative and independent protesters channeling themes from the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders dumped faux contributions into Boston Harbor on Friday, one of...
    » Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill
    17/04/16 08:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The kingdom has bristled over a bill that would allow its government to be held responsible in American courts for any role in the Sept. 11 attacks.
    » Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill - New York Times
    17/04/16 08:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. New York Times Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill New York Times President Obama at a Sept. 11 ceremony in 2015. The Obama administration argues ...
    » UPDATE 1-Turkey urges cooperation with Iran to fight terrorism, sectarian strife - Reuters
    17/04/16 08:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Washington Post UPDATE 1-Turkey urges cooperation with Iran to fight terrorism, sectarian strife Reuters ... * Ankara, Tehran on different sides in Syrian conflict. * Tripling of bilat...
    » Time Warp: Five dead in Argentina after taking drugs at electronic music festival that 'got out of control' - The Independent
    17/04/16 08:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. The Independent Time Warp: Five dead in Argentina after taking drugs at electronic music festival that 'got out of control' The Independent Officials in Argentina have confirmed that a...
    » Saudis warn of economic reprisals if Congress passes 9/11 bill - CNN
    17/04/16 08:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. CNN Saudis warn of economic reprisals if Congress passes 9/11 bill CNN (CNN) Saudi Arabia is warning it will sell off billions in American assets if the U.S. Congress passes a bipartis...
    » Castro Gives Tough Appraisal of Cuba's Progress on Reforms
    17/04/16 08:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. President Raúl Castro opened a Communist Party congress with a tough appraisal of the government’s scarce progress in implementing critical economic reforms, and a warning that Cuba mu...
    » Ted Cruz picks up delegates in Wyoming
    17/04/16 08:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. US Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz wins all 14 delegates in contention at a state party convention in Wyoming.
    » Rights, Freedoms Are Victims Of Central Asian Economic Crisis
    17/04/16 08:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Freedom House just released its annual Nations In Transit (NIT) report, an indispensable look at the human rights situation in 29 countries, including all five Central As...
    » Russia’s Separate Piece Sets Off Alarms About a Cold War Revival
    17/04/16 08:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Fishermen casting from a breakwater in February as a ship from the Baltic Fleet sailed from the port of Baltiysk in Russia’s westernmost province.
    » Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War
    17/04/16 08:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Buildups by the United States, Russia and China unsettle the balance of destructive force that has kept the nuclear peace for more than a half-century.
    » Head of British Spying Agency Apologizes for Its Treatment of Gays
    17/04/16 08:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Robert Hannigan, left, the director of the Government Communications Headquarters. He told a gathering organized by the human rights group Stonewall that the agency needed “people who dare ...
    » VIDEO: Castro addresses Cuba congress
    17/04/16 08:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Raul Castro has told members of the ruling communist party that privatisation and neo-liberal values will never be applied in Cuban socialism.
    » Powerful 7.8 Magnitude Quake Hits Ecuador's Coast
    17/04/16 08:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Authorities in Ecuador say a powerful earthquake has killed at least 28 people. A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador's central coastal region Saturday, sending people in the...
    » U.S. Reports Another Close Call With Russian Warplane Over Baltic Sea
    17/04/16 08:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The U.S. military says there has been another close encounter between a Russian warplane and a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane over international waters of the Baltic...
    » Russian jet threatens US reconnaissance aircraft - Fox News
    17/04/16 08:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Fox News Russian jet threatens US reconnaissance aircraft Fox News A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft on Thursday in the latest military pro...
    » Iraqi Forces Fight Islamic State Militants For Shi'Ite Town
    17/04/16 07:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Shi'ite militia fighters, backed by Iraqi government forces, battled Islamic State militants around Al-Bashir in Kirkuk Province on April 15. The town, with a mostly Turk...
    » Police: Alabama officer shot, suspect dead following chase
    17/04/16 07:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from AP Top News at 7:34 a.m. EDT. FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama authorities say a police officer has been shot and the suspect has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot....
    » Supreme Court Hears Case on Protecting Illegal Immigrants From Deportation - Wall Street Journal
    17/04/16 07:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Wall Street Journal Supreme Court Hears Case on Protecting Illegal Immigrants From Deportation Wall Street Journal Tech entrepreneur Cris Mercado still keeps the envelope that he...
    » Iran displays new Russian missile parts
    17/04/16 07:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Iran uses its Army Day to display parts of a long-awaited S-300 air defence system ordered from Russia after sanctions were lifted last year.
    » Parts Of S-300 Missile System Unveiled At Iranian Army Parade
    17/04/16 07:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Iran has showcased parts of S-300 air-defense missile systems ordered from Russia during its annual National Army Day parade in Tehran.
    » At Least 77 Killed in Ecuador Earthquake
    17/04/16 07:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The death toll from the powerful earthquake in Ecuador has risen to 77.  Hundreds are injured. Vice President Jorge Glas said the toll is likely to rise as reports from around the country...
    » Powerful Earthquake Hits Ecuador
    17/04/16 07:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The death toll from the powerful earthquake in Ecuador has risen to 77. Hundreds are injured. The U.S. Geological Survey says the shallow 7.8 magnitude quake struck late Saturday along th...
    » 4.1-15.16 – Recent Posts
    16/04/16 19:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Sites and Blogs Review. The World Web Times – wwtimes.com |  Links The World Web Times wwtimes.com Mike Novas Shared NewsLinks 9:42 AM 4/15/2016: When will Russia break? Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:53:52 +0000 LIN...
    » 1:49 PM 4/16/2016 – Headlines: Protesters Nationwide Denounce Big Money in US Politics
    16/04/16 19:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Sites and Blogs Review.   Protesters Nationwide Denounce Big Money in US Politics Your Conversation On The Bus Or Train May Be Recorded : All Tech Considered : NPR Iran pushes U.S. for more access to ...
    » OSCE Warns of Intensified Fighting in Ukraine's Separatist East
    16/04/16 19:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government troops has increased sharply in eastern Ukraine in defiance of calls to observe a year-old peace agreement, the head of a...
    » Upcoming Elections Energize Young Voters in New York City
    16/04/16 19:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. In New York City, opinions on the U.S. presidential candidates are as diverse as the city itself. Some New Yorkers are pro-Donald Trump, like Jane Jimenez. “I think he’s a good businessma...
    » US: North Korean missile launch a ‘catastrophic’ failure
    16/04/16 19:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. A North Korea missile launch meant to celebrate the birthday of the country’s founder ended in failure, U.S. defense officials said, an embarrassing setback in what was reportedly the inaugural test...
    » Suicide crisis in Attawapiskat - Reuters
    16/04/16 19:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Reuters Suicide crisis in Attawapiskat Reuters People take part in a march and candlelight vigil in the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, Canada, April 15, 2016. Ove...
    » At the Vatican, Sanders blasts 'immoral' wealth inequality
    16/04/16 19:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from AP Top News at 7:19 p.m. EDT. VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Bernie Sanders issued a global call to action at the Vatican on Friday to address "immoral and unsustainable" wealth inequality and pove...
    » EU referendum: Boris Johnson accuses Barack Obama of 'hypocrisy' - BBC News
    16/04/16 19:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Telegraph.co.uk EU referendum: Boris Johnson accuses Barack Obama of 'hypocrisy' BBC News Boris Johnson has accused Barack Obama of "hypocrisy" over his support for the UK remaining in...
    » As oil output falls, Libya is on the verge of economic collapse
    16/04/16 19:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. New unity government has made resurrecting the oil industry a priority. But militias might stand in its way.
    » How Brazil’s impeachment process works
    16/04/16 19:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. President Dilma Rousseff faces an impeachment vote in the Chamber of Deputies on Sunday, the first step toward a trial.
    » John Kerry On Simulated Attack Of Russian Jets: Reckless, Provocative, Dangerous - Tech Times
    16/04/16 19:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Tech Times John Kerry On Simulated Attack Of Russian Jets: Reckless, Provocative, Dangerous Tech Times Tension arose in the Baltic Sea when two Russian jets flew past an American destr...
    » U.S. Plans to Step Up Military Campaign Against ISIS
    16/04/16 19:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. People fled their homes during fighting between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State in Hit, a city in the Anbar Province, on Wednesday.
    » 9 Guantánamo Prisoners From Yemen Are Sent to Saudi Arabia - New York Times
    16/04/16 18:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. New York Times 9 Guantánamo Prisoners From Yemen Are Sent to Saudi Arabia New York Times The United States' outpost at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where 80 detainees remain in the wart...
    » Afghan Civilians Killed in Raid
    16/04/16 18:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Twelve people were killed when Afghan and U.S. forces conducted a raid on the house of a suspected al Qaeda member in east Afghanistan, Afghan and U.S. sources said.
    » Raul Castro presents grim portrait of Cuban reforms
    16/04/16 18:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from AP Top News at 6:11 p.m. EDT. HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban President Raul Castro delivered a grim report on the state of the country on Saturday, saying that the communist bureaucracy had failed to implement most ...
    » IMF Urges Continued Low Interest Rates, More Spending, Reforms
    16/04/16 18:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Financial officials from around the world are pledging a stronger effort to stimulate the sluggish economy. In a communique issued Saturday, members of the International Monetary Fund sai...
    » Iranian FM Prods US on Bank Restrictions
    16/04/16 18:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Iran's foreign minister said Saturday that Washington should do more to remove obstacles to the Islamic Republic's ability to do business with non-U.S. banks. Mohammad Javad Zarif said Ir...
    » German Comic Who Lampooned Erdogan to Extend Break From TV Show
    16/04/16 18:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The move by Jan Böhmermann seemed intended to tamp down a debate that erupted two weeks ago after he broadcast a lewd poem about the Turkish president.
    » U.S. Releases Nine Guantanamo Prisoners to Saudi Arabia
    16/04/16 18:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The U.S. has released nine more prisoners from its base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and sent them to Saudi Arabia for resettlement, officials said.
    » Bangladeshi Editor, 81, Is Accused in Plot to Kill Leader’s Son
    16/04/16 15:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The arrest of the editor, Shafik Rehman, is the latest in a string of criminal proceedings against journalists in Bangladesh.
    » 2:50 PM 4/16/2016 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks 1:49 PM 4/16/2016 Headlines: Protesters Nationwide Denounce Big Money in US Politics
    16/04/16 15:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Sites and Blogs Review. LINKS Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks 1:49 PM 4/16/2016 Headlines: Protesters Nationwide Denounce Big Money in US Politics mikenova shared this story from Sites and Blogs Review....
    » Pope Visits Migrants on Lesbos
    16/04/16 15:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Pope Francis visited the Moria detention camp on the island of Lesbos Saturday.   Adults and children broke down in tears at the sprawling fenced complex on the Aegean island, pleading fo...
    » AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week
    16/04/16 15:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from AP Top News at 2:46 p.m. EDT. Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you ...
    » Pope Francis meets refugees and migrants in Lesbos - video
    16/04/16 15:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. Pope Francis arrives in the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday to highlight the humanitarian crisis unfolding across Europe. The Pope is greeted by hundreds of cheering m...
    » Angela Merkel Must Go - Huffington Post
    16/04/16 15:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Huffington Post Angela Merkel Must Go Huffington Post Daniel Williams Author of “Forsaken: The Persecution of Christians in Today's Middle East,” available from O/R Books. German Chanc...
    » Bernie Sanders Meets with Pope Francis: ‘It Was a Real Honor’
    16/04/16 15:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World – TIME. ROME — U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told The Associated Press that he met briefly with Pope Francis at the papal residence Saturday and said it was a “real honor” to call on “on...
    » Kerry Asks Russia For Help In Syria Cease-Fire
    16/04/16 15:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Russia’s foreign minister for help in getting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop violating the cease-...
    » Obama's power over immigration drives Supreme Court dispute
    16/04/16 15:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from AP Top News at 2:46 p.m. EDT. WASHINGTON (AP) -- The raging political fight over immigration comes to the Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute that could affect millions of people who are in the United Sta...
    » On one Havana street, gentrification exposes old inequality
    16/04/16 15:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. Halfway down Calle Habana, a crumbling two-story colonial building is being painstakingly restored by a Cuban-American businessman who fled as a child after the 1959 revolution. On the corner, brigh...
    » AP Explains: Why Brazilian president faces impeachment
    16/04/16 15:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is facing possible impeachment by Congress, with the lower Chamber of Deputies expected to vote on the measure on Sunday. The effort comes amid an angry public moo...
    » Iranian, Turkish Presidents Discuss Syria, Bilateral Trade
    16/04/16 15:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani held an official meeting in Ankara on April 16 with the Syrian conflict and bilateral tra...
    » Pentagon chief: US eyes ways to step up Islamic State fight
    16/04/16 15:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he’ll talk with his commanders in the coming days to identify more ways the U.S. can intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
    » Helicopter crash reported near Baltimore-Washington Airport - Reuters
    16/04/16 15:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Helicopter crash reported near Baltimore-Washington Airport Reuters A helicopter crash was reported on Saturday near Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport,...
    » UK Spy Chief Rues Treatment of Gay WWII Hero
    16/04/16 15:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The head of Britain's digital spy agency has apologized for historic prejudice against gay people while paying tribute to Alan Turing, whom he called the organization's most famous member...
    » Opinion: Syria’s Future: A Black Hole of Instability
    16/04/16 15:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Peace talks have restarted, but Bashar al-Assad and the rebels are fighting over a state that is beyond salvaging.
    » Plucked from the uncertainty of Lesbos: 12 Syrian refugees
    16/04/16 15:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. Pope Francis says his gesture is “a drop of water in the sea” of Europe’s migration crisis. Yet for 12 Syrian refugees, the pope’s decision to fly them back to Italy from Greece is an act of kindnes...
    » Report: Saudis threaten U.S. over 9/11 vote - YouTube
    16/04/16 15:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Published on Apr 16, 2016 A report in the New York Times says that Saudi Arabia is threatening to sell off billions in U.S. assets if the U.S. Congress passes a bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue forei...
    » TV Station Stands Behind German Comedian Who Mocked Erdogan
    16/04/16 14:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A German television station is pledging its full support to comedian Jan Boehmermann in any legal proceeding brought against him for mocking Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The h...
    » French president vows support for Lebanon during visit - Washington Post
    16/04/16 14:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. Washington Post French president vows support for Lebanon during visit Washington Post BEIRUT — French President Francois Hollande said Saturday his country will stand by Lebanon to bo...
    » U.K. Spy Chief Apologizes for Agency’s Past Anti-Gay Prejudice
    16/04/16 14:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World – TIME. (LONDON) — The head of Britain’s digital espionage agency has apologized for the organization’s historic prejudice against homosexuals, saying it failed to learn from the tr...
    » Dilma Rousseff’s Former Supporters in Brazil Express Disillusionment
    16/04/16 14:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. As the president faces a possible impeachment, working-class people who brought her party to power say they feel abandoned and want a change.
    » Weapons, Rights Frame Hollande's Egypt Visit
    16/04/16 14:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. French President Francois Hollande arrives in Egypt Sunday for a visit intended to shore up security cooperation and produce lucrative weapons deals despite sharp criticism by rights grou...
    » Rousseff Works to Sway Lawmakers on Eve of Impeachment Vote
    16/04/16 14:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. On the eve of a crucial impeachment vote in Congress, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff worked behind the scenes to buttress her coalition.
    » Syria talks resume, chances seen as very slim amid violence
    16/04/16 14:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. Indirect peace talks between Syria’s warring parties have resumed in Geneva to the backdrop of escalating violence in the country’s north and a refusal by the Syrian government to negotiate a transi...
    » Pope Francis Says Bernie Sanders Meeting Was Not an Endorsement
    16/04/16 14:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World – TIME. (ROME) — Pope Francis said his brief encounter Saturday with U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was a sign of good manners, “nothing more,” and hardly evidence of in...
    » AP PHOTOS: The path of destruction from Japan’s earthquakes - The Washington Post
    16/04/16 07:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . AP PHOTOS: The path of destruction from Japan’s earthquakes The inside track on Washington politics. Be the first to know about new stories from PowerPost. Sign up to follow, and we’ll e-mail you ...
    » Cuba’s Path to the Future Is Shrouded in Secrecy
    16/04/16 07:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story . Cuba’s ruling Communist Party is expected to announce a series of economic and political reforms next week that it hopes to put in place as the country prepares for the end of the Castros’ rule in...
    » Top Navy official: Russian sub activity expands to Cold War level - CNN
    15/04/16 18:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. CNN Top Navy official: Russian sub activity expands to Cold War level CNN "NATO is viewed as an existential threat to Russia , and in the post-Cold War period, the expansion of N...
    » U.S. Urges Russia to Halt Assad Aleppo Attack as Truce Frays - Bloomberg
    15/04/16 18:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. New York Times U.S. Urges Russia to Halt Assad Aleppo Attack as Truce Frays Bloomberg The U.S. is urging Russia to help halt an offensive by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on rebe...
    » 4 soldiers hospitalized after Humvee crash, 1 'critical'
    15/04/16 18:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. One solider from an Army Reserve unit in New York is in critical condition and three others remain hospitalized after their Humvee overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike.
    » Apple hits back against FBI in New York iPhone feud - San Jose Mercury News
    15/04/16 18:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. The Verge Apple hits back against FBI in New York iPhone feud San Jose Mercury News In court papers, Apple's lawyers revived their defense of the company's need to protect the security o...
    » Budget Cuts Forcing Marines to Work Double-Time, Face Safety Threats
    15/04/16 18:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Hit with $131 billion worth of budget cuts and a force reduction of 30,000, the Marine Corps is being stretched to its limits, Fox News reported Thursday. “After 15 years of hard se...
    » FBI appoints new CIO from within - FedScoop
    15/04/16 18:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. FedScoop FBI appoints new CIO from within FedScoop The FBI has asked for an additional $38.3 million in the 2017 budget to fund anti-encryption technology and research — more than doubli...
    » Politician Leading Charge to Impeach Brazil's President Has His Own Legal Tangles
    15/04/16 18:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Eduardo Cunha, the politician bringing impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to a floor vote, is himself under indictment.
    » Guatemalan ex-president linked to new scandal
    15/04/16 18:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. Former Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and his then-vice president led a criminal structure that collected at least $30 million in bribes to award a contract to build a port terminal, the cou...
    » Brazil Supreme Court rejects government bid to suspend impeachment vote - swissinfo.ch
    15/04/16 18:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. swissinfo.ch Brazil Supreme Court rejects government bid to suspend impeachment vote swissinfo.ch RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A majority of Brazil's Supreme Court rejected on Friday a r...
    » New Delhi's Street Children Publish Newspaper
    15/04/16 18:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Newspapers occasionally write about the plight of children living in the streets, but a group of homeless kids in India's capital New Delhi is putting together their own monthly publicati...
    » The Czech Republic is getting a new name: Czechia - Washington Post
    15/04/16 18:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Washington Post The Czech Republic is getting a new name: Czechia Washington Post Politicians in the Czech Republic are set to put decades of debate to an end this week by offici...
    » Japan Assesses Damage After Strong Quake on Island of Kyushu
    15/04/16 18:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Nine people were killed by the Thursday quake, and some 44,000 people were taking refuge in shelters and public buildings.
    » A Witness Places Mexican Federal Police at the Kidnapping of the 43 Missing Students
    15/04/16 18:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World – TIME. A commission investigating the disappearance of 43 Mexican students says it has found a witness who puts two federal police officers, and officers from another city, at the scene of their mas...
    » Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The End of Catholic Guilt
    15/04/16 18:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Pope Francis is merely acknowledging the obvious. As before, he’s using words to change hearts.
    » Russian Judge Resigns After Agreeing To Hear Case Against Putin
    15/04/16 18:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A Russian judge who agreed to accept a lawsuit filed against Russian President Vladimir Putin has abruptly resigned.
    » Fallen Russian soldier's family mourns with medal, and questions
    15/04/16 18:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. PALTSO, Russia (Reuters) - The 27-year-old Russian special forces officer smiles out of the picture in a flak jacket and camouflage hat. The last photo of Fyodor Zhuravlyov was taken i...
    » Polish leader hails shift to Christianity 1,050 years ago
    15/04/16 18:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. Poland’s president is leading formal celebrations marking the 1,050th anniversary of Christianity in Poland with a speech declaring the baptism of Poland’s first king as the most important historica...
    » Flash Flooding Hits Iran
    15/04/16 18:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Flash flooding has hit western and southwestern Iran following days of torrential spring rainfall. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)
    » Russia's Lavrov and Kerry discuss Syria, Nagorno-Karabakh
    15/04/16 18:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the Syria crisis settlement in a phone talk on Friday, Russia's ministry sai...
    » Bernie Sanders arrives at the Vatican
    15/04/16 17:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has arrived in Vatican City to speak at an economy and social conference.
    » Man convicted in 1957 murder of 7-year-old to be freed - WGN-TV
    15/04/16 17:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Washington Post Man convicted in 1957 murder of 7-year-old to be freed WGN-TV CHICAGO — A man convicted of the 1957 murder of a 7-year-old girl learned that he will be set free. ...
    » Sanders calls Pope Francis a ‘visionary’ during Vatican trip – video
    15/04/16 17:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called Pope Francis a ‘visionary’ and praised his efforts to create a ‘moral economy’ during his visit to the Vatican on ...
    » Democrats Trade Barbs During New York Presidential Debate
    15/04/16 17:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had several sharp exchanges during Thursday's debate in Brooklyn, New York ahead of next Tuesday's very important New York primary.
    » Man wrongly convicted in 1957 Illinois murder to be released
    15/04/16 17:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from AP Top News at 5:22 p.m. EDT. CHICAGO (AP) -- A 76-year-old man from Washington state who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted in the abduction and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois schoolgirl in 1957 wi...
    » Read the Speech Bernie Sanders Gave at the Vatican - TIME
    15/04/16 17:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. TIME Read the Speech Bernie Sanders Gave at the Vatican TIME Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is speaking at the Vatican Friday, praising Pope Francis and denouncing income inequality...
    » Nemtsov Plaque In Yaroslavl Removed
    15/04/16 17:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A plaque to mark the home of slain Russian politician Boris Nemtsov in the central Russian city of Yaroslavl has been removed.
    » Pope Francis to lay down a moral challenge for Europe in visit to refugee island
    15/04/16 17:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. The visit will put in stark relief the continent’s decision to send migrants back across the sea.
    » Unclear on US Rules, Banks, Corporations Wary of Doing Business in Iran
    15/04/16 17:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Three months after the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, banks and other corporations are wary of doing business in the country due to concerns over running afoul of U.S. sanctions...
    » Pakistan Rejects Allegation of Plotting Raid on CIA's Afghan Base
    15/04/16 17:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Pakistan on Friday rejected as “preposterous” allegations that its spy agency had links with the Haqqani network of militants and played a role in the 2009 suicide attack on a CIA base in...
    » Tensions Flare at Egypt Red Sea Islands Protests
    15/04/16 17:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Tensions flared in Egypt on Friday as protests over the handover of two islands to Saudi Arabia were dispersed or prevented by security forces with tear gas and military blockades. Outsid...
    » In Race to Capture Syria's Raqqa, Assad May Have Edge
    15/04/16 17:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria has shrunk by nearly a quarter in the past few months, but Kurds, Syrian rebels and forces loyal to embattled President Bashar al-Assad have al...
    » Ex-Cop Wrongly Convicted Of '57 Killing Is Freed
    15/04/16 17:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. Jack McCullough will be released from prison after prosecutors found evidence to overturn his conviction in the 1957 killing of Maria Ridulph
    » The Obamas paid $81000 in federal taxes for 2015 - CBS News
    15/04/16 17:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. CBS News The Obamas paid $81000 in federal taxes for 2015 CBS News President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama reported an adjusted gross income of $436,065 and paid $81,472 in...
    » Zika Mutates Extremely Quickly, Which Is Why It’s So Scary
    15/04/16 17:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World – TIME. One thing that’s especially confounding about Zika is that as soon as something about the virus is understood, it comes under question. Until recently, experts believed Zika was a relatively ...
    » US Defense Secretary Visits Carrier in South China Sea
    15/04/16 17:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Just a day after U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that American sailors had conducted joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, the Secretary decided to go ...
    » US bars government employees from traveling to Acapulco
    15/04/16 17:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from World. The U.S. government is barring employees from traveling to the Mexican resort city of Acapulco, where a rise in homicides has made it one of the world’s deadliest cities in recent years.
    » The Correspondents
    15/04/16 17:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The Correspondents is VOA’s weekly discussion of the world’s top stories, as seen through the eyes of our dedicated reporters in the US and around the globe. Hosted by Mil Arcega, our pan...
    » Russia Calls NATO's Europe Military Buildup 'Absolutely Unjustified' Ahead Of First Meeting Since Ukraine Conflict - International Business Times
    15/04/16 17:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. International Business Times Russia Calls NATO's Europe Military Buildup 'Absolutely Unjustified' Ahead Of First Meeting Since Ukraine Conflict International Business Times The first ...
    » Russia is more dangerous than Isis, says Polish foreign minister - The Guardian
    15/04/16 17:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. The Guardian Russia is more dangerous than Isis, says Polish foreign minister The Guardian “By all evidence, Russia's activity is a sort of existential threat because this activity ca...
    » Russia is more dangerous than Isis, says Polish foreign minister
    15/04/16 17:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Russia | The Guardian. Witold Waszczykowski describes Russian activity as an ‘existential threat to Europe’ during a debate on the future of Nato Russia is more dangerous than Islamic State, Poland’s forei...
    » ABSCAM agents to FBI chief: Bureau's 'reputation' on the line in Clinton probe - Fox News
    15/04/16 17:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. Fox News ABSCAM agents to FBI chief: Bureau's 'reputation' on the line in Clinton probe Fox News Former FBI agents who worked the notorious 1970s sting operation known as ABSCAM have wri...
    » Putin’s Main Target in Syria: Helping al-Assad Win the Civil War
    15/04/16 17:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Eurasia Daily Monitor - The Jamestown Foundation. On March 14, President Vladimir Putin surprised both friend and foe by announcing that the Russian military mission in Syria was “mostly accomplished” and ...
    » Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Operations, chapter 01
    15/04/16 17:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Intelligence Analysis and Reporting. Title:                      Comprehensive Bibliographies Author:                Paul W. Blackstock Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr.”Chapter 1: Compreh...
    » Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Operations, chapter 02
    15/04/16 17:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
    mikenova shared this story from Intelligence Analysis and Reporting. Title:                      Selective Bibliographies Author:                  Paul W. Blackstock Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr.”Chapter 2: Selective...