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U.S., Afghan forces strike opium factories to curb Taliban funds

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:48

By Girish Gupta KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan forces have launched joint attacks on Taliban opium factories to try to curb the insurgent group's economic lifeline, officials from both countries said on Monday. U.S. Army General John Nicholson showed videos at a press conference of targeted aerial strikes against what he described as Taliban drug factories. "Last night we conducted strikes in northern Helmand to hit the Taliban where it hurts, in their narcotics financing," said Nicholson, flanked by Afghan Army Lieutenant General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali.


Iran, Lebanon reject Arab League criticism as tensions mount

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:38

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday rejected a harsh statement by Arab League foreign ministers condemning the Islamic Republic and its proxy Hezbollah, saying the tirade was "full of lies" and the product of Saudi "pressure and propaganda."


Argentina navy says sub reported problem in final call

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:32

Argentina's navy revealed Monday that a submarine missing for five days reported a mechanical breakdown in its final communication, and that weekend signals did not come from the vessel, dimming hopes for its 44 crew members. It was therefore asked to change course and go to Mar del Plata," said Gabriel Galeazzi, the head of the naval base in the northeastern city, located 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Buenos Aires. Enrique Balbi, a spokesman for the navy, meanwhile told a press conference in the capital that seven signals received by naval bases over the weekend were not attempted distress calls from the submarine, as previously hoped.


'We are heavily armed': Florida church uses warning signs to protect congregation

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:12

A church in Florida has put up a sign warning those who might to enter with an eye to do harm that the congregation is “heavily armed”.


Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:21

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


In 1956, Russia Came Close to Starting a Nuclear War against Israel, Britain and France

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:20

Eden resigned as prime minister, while the British resigned themselves to no longer acting as an imperial power. The West Germans noted that the Soviets had threatened to attack Western Europe, and the United States had not protested. Israel grudgingly withdrew, and began preparing for the next war (which would come in 1967).


Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:13

American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.


US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 08:04

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high.


France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:26

Once he had destroyed the entire company—11 Panzer IIIs and two Panzer IVs in all—Billotte continued his advance and added two 37-millimeter anti-tank guns to the tally. By 7:00 A.M., Stonne was back under French control and would remain so for the rest of the day. The same day, the tank Riquewhir would charge into a column of enemy infantry, its blood-stained tracks causing the German 64th Schutzen Regiment to panic and flee an entire sector of Stonne.


Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:01

A U.S. court case against a wealthy Turkish gold trader is a "clear plot against Turkey" that lacks any legal basis, Ankara's government spokesman said on Monday, ratcheting up rhetoric ahead of a trial that has strained diplomatic relations. Bekir Bozdag also told a news conference that the U.S. case was aimed at harming economic relations between Turkey, Iran and Russia. "The Zarrab case is a clear plot against Turkey, a political case and lacking any legal basis," Bozdag told a news conference following a cabinet meeting.


Trump-Russia probe: Mueller requests dismissal documents on former FBI Director James Comey, reports say

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 06:25

Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested the Justice Department turn over a range of documents, including some about the dismissal of former FBI director James Comey, it has been reported. Mr Mueller is currently leading an investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, and is also reportedly examining whether Mr Trump himself obstructed justice by asking Mr Comey to drop an investigation into then National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.


10 Things That Good Houseguests Never Ever Do

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 05:45

It’s houseguest season, with friends and relatives gathering for varying lengths of time under one roof.


Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 04:02

The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by Cleveland.com, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.


Daughter of Haitians, 10, urges Trump to extend families' protected status

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 04:00

Any 10-year-old who records her own video address to a United States president is usually seeking high marks in fifth grade civics. For Ronyde Christina Ponthieux, the message is much more poignant – a personal appeal to Donald Trump not to tear her family apart. While Ronyde is an American citizen, born and raised in Miami, her parents are not, and they face deportation if Trump follows an expected path and ends the temporary protected status (TPS) of more than 50,000 Haitian immigrants living legally in the US.


Diana Ross' Grandson Stole The Show During Her AMA Performance

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 03:54

Another star was born Sunday night when Diana Ross turned her American Music Awards performance into a family affair.


Christina Aguilera Performs Touching Tribute To Whitney Houston At AMAs

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 02:55

Christina Aguilera took the stage Sunday night to pay tribute to Whitney Houston at the 2017 American Music Awards.


Twenty Chinese Uighurs use blankets to escape Thai cell

Top Stories - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 02:32

Twenty ethnic Uighur Muslims from China broke out of a detention center near the Thai-Malaysia border, Thai officials said on Monday, after digging holes in the wall and using blankets as ladders. The 20 were part of the last remaining group of more than 200 Uighurs who were detained in 2014. Members of the group identified themselves as Turkish citizens and asked to be sent to Turkey but more than 100 were forcibly returned to China in July 2015, a move that sparked international condemnation, including from rights groups who feared they could face torture in China.


Clinton Says Russian Disinformation, GOP Voter Suppression 'Likely' Cost Her Wisconsin

Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 22:24

Hillary Clinton believes that GOP efforts to keep voters from the polls and a “weaponized” disinformation campaign by the Russians “likely” cost her Wisconsin during the presidential election.


M7 earthquake triggers tsunami warnings for New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 20:13

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunami waves towards New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck 51 miles east of the Loyalty Islands and was the second major tremor in the same area in less than 24 hours and the third in the past month. Monday's quake struck at 9.43 am local time (2243 Sunday GMT) at a shallow depth of six miles, east of the remote Loyalty Islands, the United States Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said small tsunami waves were observed in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, but later said the danger had largely passed. Waves may have reached up to one metre (three feet) above the high tide level in parts of New Caledonia and smaller in Vanuatu, the PTWC said. "Minor sea level fluctuations...may continue over the next few hours," a statement from the agency said. "Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas should take action to inform and instruct any coastal populations populations at risk," the PTWC said in an alert. Nervous residents reported feeling several tremors throughout the night before the quake hit. "Parked cars were shaking and everyone went outside," one official from Mare in the Loyalty Islands told AFP. "I thought I was going to faint, I was very afraid and I rushed out of my building," said a resident of central Noumea. A Tsunami threat is forecasted to hit the Southern islands and parts of Central islands. Waves of 0.30 meters to 0.5 meters are likely to hit the coastlines of TAFEA, SHEFA and MALAMPA and possibly SANMA provinces. People from these provinces should take precautionary measures.— Dan McGarry (@dailypostdan) November 20, 2017 Wayan Rigault, communications manager at Hotel Nengone Village on the island of Mare, said there was no immediate damage, but guests were on alert for a formal evacuation warning. "We are a little bit scared, we have had an earthquake last night and today it was quite a big one," he said.  Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office advised people in southern provinces to evacuate coastal areas for higher ground. New Caledonia's civil security agency said it was still compiling data, and was not planning to evacuate immediately. Authorities in Australia and New Zealand said there were no tsunami threats to either of those countries. 


Tank War: America's M1 Abrams vs. Israel's Super Merkava Tank (Who Would Win?)

Top Stories - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 19:49

If the Merkava IV offers any lessons to the U.S. military, it should be regarding the importance of fielding effective countermeasures against more advanced anti-tank missiles such as the Kornet, which the U.S. military has so far only encountered in limited numbers. The Merkava IV’s combat experience with the Trophy APS suggests that implementing such an upgrade to the U.S. tank fleet could significantly improve its survivability.


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