Posts published in Day: December 5, 2018

Fourth soldier dies from large IED blast in Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Pentagon has identified a fourth casualty from the improvised explosive device that claimed the lives of three special operations troops last week and left three other Americans wounded. Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary died Sunday in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of injuries sustained from the IED blast that occurred Tuesday in Andar district, Ghazni province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation, according to NATO’s Resolute Support mission to train…

Police target ‘Ndrangheta mafia in raids across Europe

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Joint investigative teams involving police in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium are targeting members of the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta mafia, Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Agency and Italy’s Polizia di Stato confirmed after several media outlets had reported the story. Around 90 arrests were made. In Germany, the raids – which are part of Operation Pollino – are focused on the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where the mafia has traditionally…

Most advanced military radars in the region enter service in Lithuania

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Airspace Surveillance and Control Command of the Lithuanian Air Force begins conducting air surveillance tasks with two long-range 3D radars from a NATO manufacturer located in Antaveršis (Southern Lithuania) and Degučiai (Western Lithuania). New infrastructure and radars is Lithuania’s largest contribution so far to the development of both, national and NATO collective defence capabilities. “The operational launch of the two long-range radars marks a huge qualitative leap in strengthening both,…

Ukrainian authorities block large cyber attack

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ukrainian security authorities have stated that a massive cyberattack has been thwarted and claimed Russia was to blame for the alleged digital assault. American news agency AP reports that on Tuesday, December 5, the Security Service of Ukraine made an announcement that hackers used malicious accounting documents to target the information technology systems of the country’s judiciary.   The body characterised the alleged hacking as «massive», but gave little detail…

After weeks of unrest, France suspends fuel tax meant to help curb climate change

By James MCAULEY on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced Tuesday that the French government will temporarily suspend a carbon tax plan that triggered weeks of often violent protests nationwide. To help curb climate change, the government had proposed the taxes, which were slated to take effect in January and were designed to wean consumers off diesel and other polluting fuels and to favor electric cars. But the price increases those taxes represented led…

Estonian formin affirms NATO allies’ united support for Ukraine, Georgia

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On the first day of a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, member states of the alliance reaffirmed their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. The NATO foreign ministers talked about the alliance’s cooperation with Georgia and Ukraine and the political situation in the Black Sea region, but also transatlantic security, spokespeople for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said. According to Mikser, the NATO…

Tensions soar in the Balkans over plans for Kosovo army

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Serbia sought support from allies Russia and China on Tuesday in opposing the formation of a Kosovo army, warning that a military in its former province could lead to renewed clashes in the Balkans. Kosovo’s parliament is set to vote Dec. 14 on transforming the country’s security forces into a regular army. Serbian officials claim the army would be used against the Serb minority in Kosovo, which declared independence in…

Groom cancels wedding after discovering heartless bride’s cruel reaction to sister’s miscarriage

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

In the run-up to their big day, there’s always a chance that even the nicest of brides will become a bridezilla. We all understand they want everything about their wedding to be perfect, but sometimes they just take things too far. And one woman definitely went beyond the point of no return as she was planning her big day, as her wedding planner recently revealed. The problems, she claimed, all…

Mattis, GOP hawks warn Trump against defense cuts at White House meeting

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and two top Republican lawmakers met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday to argue against a $33 billion budget cut he’s considering for the military. Their strategy was to link budget problems to Trump’s sometime-foil, President Barack Obama. Mattis, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry held the meeting to discuss the administration’s…

Dutch court rejects man’s request to be 20 years younger

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Dutch motivational speaker Emile Ratelband may feel like a 49-year-old but according to Dutch law he is still 69. A Dutch court on Monday rejected Ratelband’s request to shave 20 years off his age in a case that drew worldwide attention. “Mr. Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly,” Arnhem court said in a press statement . “But amending his…