Posts published in Day: June 14, 2018

‘It’s Trump’s party now’ and Republicans could pay in November

Thursday, June 14, 2018

U.S. Representative Mark Sanford is the latest Republican to learn a tough lesson – challenging President Donald Trump can be political suicide. The South Carolina Republican congressman’s upset loss on Tuesday to a primary opponent who questioned his commitment to Trump, along with a recent setback for Trump critic Martha Roby in Alabama and the Senate nomination of a controversial anti-establishment Trump supporter in Virginia, reinforced the degree to which…

Turkish, US military officials agree on plan for Syrian town

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Turkey’s military says Turkish and U.S. officials, meeting in Germany, have reached an agreement on a plan for the strategic Syrian town of Manbij that was a source of tension between the NATO allies. A military statement on Thursday said Turkish and U.S. military officials met at the U.S. European Command headquarters in Stuttgart on June 12 and 13 and reached agreement on a “Manbij Implementation Plan.” It said the…

German army can lease arms-capable Israeli drones

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Germany’s army is set to fly arms-capable Heron drones for the first time in history, after a parliamentary committee approved leasing the aircraft from Israel. The project would cost Germany over $1 billion. Lawmakers in the Bundestag’s budget committee backed leasing a fleet of Israeli-made Heron-TP drones on Wednesday, allowing the German army to operate drones capable of carrying missiles for the first time. The controversial decision marks “an important…

Germany: Man charged with producing biological weapon at home in Cologne

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sief Allah H. was arrested after police in Cologne found a deadly toxin in his apartment. A local newspaper reported that the suspect came to Germany in 2016 and had terrorist sympathies. Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a 29-year-old Tunisian citizen in the western city of Cologne with producing a biological weapon after police found highly toxic ricin in his apartment. Sief Allah H. has been in police custody on suspicion of violating the…

Beijing is taking on a broader financial role. Here’s why that matters

By Daniel McDowell on Thursday, June 14, 2018

When the Argentine peso was in trouble last month, Argentina asked the International Monetary Fund for a $50 billion loan. But the government in Buenos Aires also reached out to Beijing for help — reportedly looking for as much as $30 billion. Argentina wants Beijing to bump up an existing “currency swap” agreement between the two countries’ central banks. Currency swaps effectively act like direct lines of credit between two…

What would deeper involvement in Yemen mean for US troops?

By Todd South on Thursday, June 14, 2018

As missiles fly and bombardments are launched by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, experts say that requests for direct U.S. military involvement to take the vital port city of Hodeida could open a host of problems for U.S. concerns in the civil war-ravaged nation. The Saudi-led coalition, which is backing Yemen’s exiled government, launched a fierce assault Wednesday on Hodeida, the Associated Press reported. It was the biggest offensive of…

Meghan Markle and the Queen LIVE: Newlywed joins monarch for first SOLO outing

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Newlywed the Duchess of Sussex will pass another royal milestone on Thursday as she accompanies the Queen for the first time together on an official royal visit to Cheshire. Meghan, 36, who married the Queen’s grandson Prince Harry last month in the gothic splendour of the 15th-century St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, will begin her rites of passage as a royal newcomer with a visit to Widnes and Runcorn,…

Actor Sylvester Stallone under probe for sexual assault

Thursday, June 14, 2018

US prosecutors have launched a probe to determine whether film star Sylvester Stallone should be charged in connection with a sexual assault reported last year, a spokesman said on Wednesday (June 13). “A case was presented today by the Santa Monica Police Department regarding Sylvester Stallone,” Mr Greg Risling, a spokesman at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, told AFP. “It is under review by our sex crime task force.”…

Baltic exercise a show of strength with ‘uninvited observers’ from Russia in mind

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Russia wasn’t invited to a 22-nation exercise aimed at deterring them, but the U.S. and NATO military planners of the event knew they’d be watching. The point of Baltic Operations 2018 at the tactical level is training, but at the strategic level, analysts say it is a show of strength — and that means the allies want Russia’s full attention. The two-week exercise is scheduled to end Friday, after bringing…

Key lawmaker: Talks might suspend exercises in Korea, but US troops aren’t leaving

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Wednesday that American troops must remain on the Korean Peninsula during negotiations with Kim Jong Un over his nuclear program, even if military exercises with South Korea are suspended during those talks. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, made those comments a day after President Donald Trump announced a halt to U.S.-South Korea military exercises following his historic summit in Singapore with Kim.…