Posts tagged news
Posts tagged news
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko allowed a ceasefire that was set to end Monday night to lapse, and promised to fully fight off the separatists in the Eastern region. Ukrainian officials applauded the move, while Russian President Putin again reaffirmed his right to protect Russians residing in Eastern Ukraine.
In response to 20 rockets from Gaza, Israel launched tactical strikes on 34 targets within the Strip. Palestinian casualties mount up, as hostilities rise again following the discovery of the dead bodies of three abducted Israeli teens in the West Bank.
56 casualties are counted after a car bomb explodes in Maiduguri. The Northeastern city is also known as the birthplace of the Boko Haram terrorist group, responsible for the seizure of more than 250 young girls.
French bank BNP Paribas was fined close to $9 billion, among other penalties, for helping clients go around US sanction on Cuba, Iran, and Sudan. The bank had recently plead guilty on the charges.
Malaysia will comply with an extradition request from New Zealand for a junior military official after he was charged with sexual assault.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is detained by authorities on influence peddling charges.
Recent racist attacks in Northern Ireland bring fear that the KKK are raising their influence, shortly after a KKK flag goes up in Belfast.
Martin Schulz, left, of the German Social Democrats, has been re-elected to lead the European Parliament.
The Iraqi Council of Representatives failed to form a unity government to counter the ISIL movement after a call for a quorum was not answered.
The Japanese Cabinet has allowed the Japanese Self-Defense forces to have the authority to fight overseas, a marked shift from years of pacifism. Japan is one of a number of Asian countries currently riled in controversy with China for control of the South China Sea.
"Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, whose court-martial made him the public face of the military’s struggle to prevent and police sexual misconduct in the ranks, dodged a jail sentence," yesterday, reports The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock.
Instead, a military judge reprimanded him and fined him $20,000. Sinclair admitted to having an extramarital affair with a junior officer, but denied assaulting or threatening her. He also pled guilty to having improper relationships with two other women. http://wapo.st/1gKIitf
"The Pentagon has put the brakes on an environmental assessment of the effects of eliminating potentially dozens of intercontinental ballistic missile silos as defense officials sort out two conflicting provisions in the fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill.
"Last month, Pentagon officials asked the Air Force to proceed with the study, which could be the firststep toward decommissioning silos at sites in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. But in an interview Thursday, a defense official said the department has put that assessment on hold as officials review whether they can proceed with the study.” http://goo.gl/0zRPws
While you’re watching the Grammy’s, don’t forget about Ukraine.
Orthodox Priest between protestors and police in Ukraine.
Be safe Ukraine.
Protestors in Ukraine
Canadian train carrying crude oil and propane derails in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. 45 homes have been evacuated, no injuries.
Two suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed in US drone strike in Hadhramaut, Yemen.
Yemen has been attacked since April 2009 by various forces. Some say it is by secessionist groups, others say it is by militaristic insurgents.
Civilian Deaths in Iraq at worst levels yet. Three suicide bombers recently killed at least 29 in Baghdad, Youssifiyah, and Latifiyah, targeting pilgrims migrating to Karbala for the holy holiday of Arbaeen. A former Sahwa official and his four family members were also shot dead by military-clad gunman in Abu Ghraib. The death toll in Iraq was 659 in November alone.
Senators casting the same votes: A view of Congressional polarization through the years.