Posts published in Day: October 12, 2018

Russia conducts massive exercise of its nuclear forces

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Russian military says it has conducted a massive test of the nation’s strategic nuclear forces involving multiple missile launches. The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday’s maneuvers featured launches of ballistic missiles by the navy’s nuclear submarines from the Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk. As part of the drills, long-range bombers also fired cruise missiles, the ministry said, adding that all missiles hit their designated practice targets. It…

Paratroopers under investigation after death of fellow soldier

Friday, October 12, 2018

Italian prosecutors are investigating whether four 173rd Airborne Brigade soldiers with Sgt. Kevin Connor on the night he died, possibly from alcohol poisoning, are criminally culpable. Connor, 24, was found dead in the barracks after midnight on Oct. 1 after the soldiers called paramedics and said that Connor had stopped breathing. The soldiers had spent Sunday evening watching football and drinking at the Arena, the base bowling alley. By the…

Army expelled 500 immigrant recruits in one year

By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke on Friday, October 12, 2018

Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service, The Associated Press has found. The decade-old Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest recruiting program was put on hold in 2016 amid concerns that immigrant recruits were not being screened…

Attempt on LRT’s independence poses threat to freedom of speech, Lithuanian president says

Friday, October 12, 2018

An attempt on Lithuania’s national broadcaster LRT’s independence poses threat to the freedom of speech, President Dalia Grybauskaite says. “An attempt on the independence of the national broadcaster and attempts to politicize its activity pose threat to the freedom of speech and democracy as well as Lithuania’s international image,” the president told BNS Lithuania via her press service. Her statement came in response to the findings of an ad-hoc parliamentary…

New primary education standard to give schools more freedom in organization of education process in Latvia

Friday, October 12, 2018

A new primary education standard will give schools more freedom in organizing the education process, the National Center for Education Director Guntars Catlaks told reporters on Thursday. The new primary education standard is based on teaching basic competences necessary for a modern-day person, and ensuring that children do not only learn something but also know how to put their knowledge to practical use, and grow to become responsible members of…

Kanye West says Trump hat ‘made me feel like Superman’

Friday, October 12, 2018

Kanye West launched into an expletive-filled rant as he lavished praise on US President Donald Trump at an event in the Oval Office. Wearing a Make America Great Again hat “made me feel like Superman”, he said. West had been invited to the White House for lunch to discuss prison reform and other issues. At the end of the 10-minute monologue, during which Mr Trump nodded in approval, the president…

Minister of Defence thanks Estonian soldiers serving in Afghanistan

Friday, October 12, 2018

Estonian Defence Minister Juri Luik met with the personnel of the Estonian defence forces serving in Afghanistan on Thursday and thanked them for their service. The Estonian minister, currently on a visit to Afghanistan, looked at the work of the Estonian infantry platoon serving in the NATO-led mission Resolute Support and went on a motorized patrol with servicemen of the platoon, ESTPLA-27, in Kabul’s so-called green zone, spokespeople for the…

Woman “nearly has heart attack” opening knicker drawer after hearing odd noise coming from inside

Friday, October 12, 2018

If you go away on holiday there are a few things that need sorting out. Making sure your neighbours come around to water the plants and look after the pets is probably one of the main ones, so you don’t come home to any nasty surprises. One woman made sure she had a friend coming to feed her cats and came home to a very surprising discovery. She went up…

South Korea’s Moon optimistic about end to Korean War

Friday, October 12, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told the BBC that it is only a matter of time before the US and North Korea declare an end to their state of war on the Korean peninsula. The war ended in 1953 with an armistice but a peace treaty was never signed. Mr Moon, the son of North Korean refugees, also said there could be more diplomatic “bumps and bruises” as he…

Hurricane Michael leaves ‘unimaginable destruction’

Friday, October 12, 2018

Hurricane Michael left “unimaginable destruction” as it ploughed into coastal areas of Florida, the state’s governor, Rick Scott says. “So many lives have been changed forever,” he said. “So many families have lost everything.” The worst hit areas of Florida’s northwest coast saw houses ripped from their foundations, trees felled, and power lines strewn across streets. Hurricane Michael struck on Wednesday with winds of 155mph (250km/h). It weakened to a…