Posts published in Day: December 10, 2018

Airman arrested off base on Okinawa with handgun in his possession

Monday, December 10, 2018

An airman assigned to Kadena Air Base was arrested off base Thursday for failing to report for duty and having a weapon in his possession, according to 18th Wing Security Forces. The airman is assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group, but was not further identified in a statement issued Monday by the wing. U.S. military authorities had alerted prefectural police in Naha and Okinawa City of the missing airman…

Ambani-Piramal wedding: Beyoncé sings at A-list Indian event

Monday, December 10, 2018

US singer Beyoncé has performed as part of the lavish festivities at the latest extravagant Indian celebrity wedding. Isha Ambani, the daughter of India’s richest man, is tying the knot with Anand Piramal, son of another Indian billionaire, this week. Beyoncé was one of many celebrities flown in, along with Bollywood stars and guests like Hillary Clinton. It comes on the heels of several recent Indian weddings competing for glamour,…

‘I can’t breathe!’: Final words of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi are revealed in new transcript of his gruesome killing

Monday, December 10, 2018

An audio recording has revealed the harrowing last words of journalist Jamal Khahsoggi as he was brutally killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. A source, who read a translated transcript of the recording, said that the journalist repeated several times ‘I can’t breathe’ moments before his death. The recording also captured the horrific sounds of Khashoggi’s body being dismembered with a saw – while his alleged killers…

US sets ‘hard deadline’ for China trade talks

Monday, December 10, 2018

The US and China have until March 1 to secure a trade deal which would “assure the protection of US technology” and “get additional market access” to US companies, US Trade Representatives Robert Lighthizer said Sunday. If the deal is not reached, the US is set to raise tariffs on $200 billion (€176 billion) of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent. “As far as I am concerned it is…

Kosovo: Survivors of wartime sexual violence speak out

Monday, December 10, 2018

While she was being raped by a Serbian policeman and a civilian, Vasfije Krasniqi asked the policeman to kill her. She was only 16 when the men took her from her family home in Northern Kosovo on April 14, 1998. Back then, she saw death as the only possibility to escape her ordeal. “But he answered: No, you will suffer more if you stay alive,” Vasfije Krasniqi said in an…

German rail strikes cause widespread delays

Monday, December 10, 2018

Long-distance rail travel came to a halt across Germany on Monday morning, with regional trains also heavily affected, especially in North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and the southwestern cities of Karlsruhe and Mannheim. There were also cancellations in Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, Hamburg and Lower Saxony. Services slowly resumed after 9 a.m. but disruptions are set to continue throughout the day, rail operator Deutsche Bahn said. Workers walked off the job for four hours during rush-hour…

SIPRI: US dwarfs rest of world in armaments production

Monday, December 10, 2018

US companies hold more than half of the world market share for military equipment, according to a recent study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI. The US company Lockheed Martin remains the undisputed leader among the world’s 100 largest defense companies — no other company in the industry made a larger profit in 2017. With sales amounting to $44 billion (€27.8 billion), Lockheed Martin leads the SIPRI ranking…

UK Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Allen to win seventh title

Monday, December 10, 2018

Ronnie O’Sullivan won the UK Championship for a record seventh time by outclassing Mark Allen 10-6 in York. O’Sullivan retained his title to move to 19 World, UK and Masters trophies – surpassing Stephen Hendry’s record in the ‘Triple Crown’ events. A run of six frames in a row allowed the Englishman to dominate the final. Northern Ireland’s Allen rallied to trail 9-6, but O’Sullivan closed out the match with…

Brexit ruling: UK can cancel decision, EU court says

Monday, December 10, 2018

The European Court of Justice has ruled the UK can cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU members. The ECJ judges ruled this could be done without altering the terms of Britain’s membership. A group of anti-Brexit politicians argued the UK should be able to unilaterally halt Brexit, but they were opposed by the government and EU. The decision comes a day before MPs are due to…

In Armenia election, landslide victory to Pashinyan’s bloc, results show

Monday, December 10, 2018

In Armenian early parliamentary election, held on Sunday, December 11, the political bloc led by Armenia’s acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, won, according to the Central Election Commission. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports that the official results from all polling stations in the morning of Monday, December 10, showed that My Step Alliance, which includes Pashinyan’s Civil Contract Party, won 70.4 percent of the vote. The results indicated that two…