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USA warship opens fire at 'provocative' Iranian navy boat USA warship opens fire at 'provocative' Iranian navy boat
- August 31, 2016

A separate incident August 24 resulted in a USA vessel firing three shots to " warn the Iranian craft away", according to the Pentagon. A top U.S. commander sharply criticized recent high-speed maneuvers by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps patrol boats in the Persian Gulf that last week prompted a U.S. (more...)
South Alabama opens as huge underdog at Mississippi State South Alabama opens as huge underdog at Mississippi State
- August 31, 2016

Unfortunately for Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State football program, this weekend led to an arrest. He said the two-man plan isn't an attempt to deceive the Jaguars. Fall camp began with four options as potential starters. Until then, expect "Nick Williams" to continue to be the starter for the foreseeable future. (more...)
USA to look into India's concerns on visa fee hike USA to look into India's concerns on visa fee hike
- August 31, 2016

The issues of the visa fee and the totalisation agreements was also raised in the US-India CEOs forum in the presence of Pritzker. Kicking off the second US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue and the US-India CEO Forum, US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Jeffery Zients, US Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and Indian Minister of Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman, along with business leaders from both countries addressed ... (more...)
After lengthy stand-off with police, Chris Brown arrested
- August 31, 2016

Meanwhile, Brown posted a least three online videos declaring his innocence and dismissing TV reports that he was barricaded inside. Officers responded to a woman's call for help at Brown's suburban Los Angeles residence around 3 a.m. After police received and served a search warrant, Brown and his guests were brought outside while authorities did a protective sweep. "At the same time", Brown added, "when I call the police for stalker people that are endangering my life, they don't come ... (more...)
Chinese Premier Li meets Canadian PM Trudeau
- August 31, 2016

Asked if he had raised human rights concerns and the case of a jailed Canadian, Trudeau said the foundation of a good relationship is the ability to be frank and open about issues that can be worked on together. China is Canada's top export market for the oilseed and the import dispute has taken centre stage during Trudeau's visit to China. China indicted Canadian citizen Kevin Garratt in January on charges of spying and stealing state secrets. (more...)
Clashes intensify between US-backed groups in Syria
- August 31, 2016

FILE - Turkish troops return from the Syrian border, in Karkamis, Turkey, Aug. 27, 2016. The Jarablus Military Council subsequently said the temporary ceasefire was "under the oversight of the global coalition led by the United States". " Turkey's claims that it is fighting the YPG west of the Euphrates have no basis in truth and are merely flimsy pretexts to widen its occupation of Syrian land ", Redur Xelil, chief spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, told Reuters . (more...)
Cook hints EU may lose jobs — Apple-EU stoush
- August 31, 2016

In 2013, the Senate panel called Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to a high-profile hearing in which he insisted the company's tax arrangements were legal and fair. The EU says that Ireland gave Apple illegal tax breaks over a period of 10 years and now wants the tech giant to pay 13 billion euros, or about $14.5 billion, in back taxes. (more...)
American University of Afghanistan in Kabul attacked by gunmen, official says American University of Afghanistan in Kabul attacked by gunmen, official says
- August 31, 2016

Reuters quoted a police official at the scene as saying that the fight was over and at least two attackers had been killed. The attack began just after dusk, when the private university is usually packed with students, many of them working professionals doing part-time courses. (more...)
Trump to make quick trip to Mexico before immigration speech
- August 31, 2016

Late Tuesday night, Trump tweeted , "I have accepted the invitation of President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and look very much forward to meeting him tomorrow". illegally. The timing of the excursion coincides with Trump's scheduled once and for all clarifying speech Wednesday on immigration in Arizona. The Mexico trip looked to be the type of dramatic, Trump-style event to ensure he dominates the headlines as he tries to further close a gap in national opinion polls that now favors his ... (more...)
France seeks halt to talks on EU-US trade deal
- August 31, 2016

Three years of talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership have failed to resolve multiple differences, including over food and environmental safety. He did not indicate when or under what conditions the the talks could restart. "We'll see if the U.S. position changes after the presidential election". (more...)
Trump may meet with Mexican president ahead of immigration speech
- August 31, 2016

Peña Nieto had invited both Trump and his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton to visit Mexico last week. Pena Nieto's office says in its own tweet that the two men will meet in private Wednesday. Trump is scheduled to hold fundraisers Wednesday morning in California and deliver his immigration speech in the evening at the Phoenix Convention Center. (more...)
ISIS Toll: 72 Mass Graves and Counting ISIS Toll: 72 Mass Graves and Counting
- August 31, 2016

Sinjar mountain is dotted with mass graves, some in territory clawed back from IS after the group's onslaught against the Yazidi minority in August 2014; others in the deadly no man's land that has yet to be secured. "There's been virtually no effort to systematically document the crimes perpetrated, to preserve the evidence, and to ensure that mass graves are identified and protected". (more...)
Turkish soldier killed in Syria
- August 31, 2016

There was no immediate comment from the YPG, but forces aligned to the Kurdish group had said on Saturday that no Kurdish militia were in areas being targeted by Turkish in the cross-border offensive. The US supports the Syrian Kurdish fighters as an effective adversary of IS in the area. Back in January 2015, the Kurdish forces liberated Kobani from the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh, which had earlier also laid a siege to the town. (more...)
Uzbek president's daughter thanks well-wishers for support for ill father Uzbek president's daughter thanks well-wishers for support for ill father
- August 31, 2016

She said it was too early to make any predictions about his recovery. "The question is if they will be able to keep this once the current leader is gone". Despite being awarded the title of Hero of Uzbekistan, Karimov's government has frequently been accused of human rights abuses, including forced child labor, the killing of unarmed protestors in the 2005 Andijan massacre and even boiling protesters alive. (more...)
Pakistan needs to join other nations in combating terrorism: John Kerry
- August 31, 2016

Kerry, along with U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, is leading the American delegation to the second meeting of the U.S. -India strategic dialogue, which seeks to improve security and economic development ties between the nations. In particular, India is seeking justice for a 2008 terror attack in Mumbai that killed 172 people, and wounded more than 300. "Both countries said we will fight terrorism co-jointly", he added. (more...)
European Union ruling on Apple could reach Colorado
- August 31, 2016

Apple's Irish tax arrangement was considered "the most brazen" among multinational techy companies, said Aisling Donohue, a partner at tax and business advisory firm MGPartners in Ireland. "The decision leaves me with no choice but to seek Cabinet approval to appeal the decision before the European courts", Noonan said in a statement. (more...)
State funeral held for dozens of victims of Italian natural disaster
- August 31, 2016

Representatives of diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan, public figures and government officials have signed the book. On Wednesday, a 6.0-magnitude quake shook the central Italian Umbria region, causing damage across numerous towns in several provinces and resulting in the death of over 240 people. (more...)
US targeted Islamic State official in Syria strike US targeted Islamic State official in Syria strike
- August 31, 2016

Al-Adnani was well known for ordering operatives to attack countries participating in the US-led coalition against ISIS . Adnani had coordinated the movement of IS fighters, directly encouraged lone-wolf attacks on civilians and members of the military and actively recruited new members, the Pentagon spokesperson said. (more...)
State Election Databases Are Vulnerable to Breaches State Election Databases Are Vulnerable to Breaches
- August 31, 2016

Hackers downloaded personal data for as many as 200,000 IL voters but were unable to access Arizona voter data. While two United States officials said there is no definite conclusion that Russian Federation is attempting to do so, the worry is real. (more...)
Dilshan to retire after third ODI against Aussies
- August 31, 2016

Reports suggest that Dilshan was initially reluctant to retire, despite being persuaded to do so, but having managed to score only 22 and 10 in the first two matches against Australia, he has changed his mind. I think I've learned a lot about the way I play, particularly white-ball cricket, from the IPL. Warne's comments came in the wake of his country's shocking 0-3 Test series defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka. (more...)