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Palestinians to bury 58 people killed in US embassy protests

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Funerals are to be held in Gaza for the 58 people killed by Israeli forces as tens of thousands protested along the frontier against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The funerals were expected to take place in the coastal enclave on Tuesday, coinciding with the day Palestinians mark the “Nakba”, or catastrophe, commemorating the more than 700,000 people who fled or were expelled from their homes in…

Germany to miss NATO defense spending goal

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Germany will fail to meet an annual defense spending goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the country’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) announced on Monday. Speaking during an annual conference of the armed forces (Bundeswehr) in Berlin, von der Leyen predicted that the German military budget would only grow gradually from currently 1.24 percent of GDP…

Former US Army official gets 6 years in bribery scheme

Monday, May 14, 2018

A former Army official has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for accepting bribes related to contracting at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Forty-four-year-old John Kays of Pinehurst, North Carolina, also was ordered Friday to forfeit more than $631,000 and pay restitution of more than $880,000. Kays’ wife, 43-year-old Danielle Kays, is serving an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty for her role in…

Princely feuds in the Persian Gulf thwart Trump’s efforts to resolve the Qatar dispute

Monday, May 14, 2018

When the rulers of Abu Dhabi and Bahrain teamed up to invade Qatar in 1867, Doha was a tiny outpost on an obscure desert peninsula coveted by rival tribes. Today, Doha is a city transformed into a glittering modern capital by natural-gas-derived wealth — and Qatar is still the object of its neighbors’ wrath, an outlier and maverick whose emir refuses to fall into line with the region’s powerful royal…

Russians behind the killing of 29 civilians in Ukraine identified

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Russian major general now believed to be helping lead his country’s missile and artillery efforts in Syria was behind the indiscriminate shelling in January 2015 of a Ukrainian town that left at least 29 civilians dead. Working off of raw video, cellphone intercepts and information gleaned from social media and military websites in Ukraine and Russia, a joint reporting team that includes U.K.-based Bellingcat and McClatchy has identified nine…

US soldiers deployed to Europe clink beer steins with Germans at Volksfest

Monday, May 14, 2018

Soldiers deployed on a nine-month rotation to Europe celebrated German and American style at the German-American Volksfest Hohenfels this weekend. The German-American Volksfest is a traditional German festival, with American flair. The fest is open to local Germans, American soldiers and families stationed in the area. The 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, who happen to be conducting training in the area while on rotation supporting Operation Atlantic…

European spy chiefs warn of hybrid threats from Russia, IS

Monday, May 14, 2018

European intelligence chiefs warned Monday that Russia is actively seeking to undermine their democracies by disinformation, cyberattacks and more traditional means of espionage. The heads of Britain and Germany’s domestic intelligence agencies, as well as the European Union and NATO’s top security officials, pinpointed Moscow as the prime source of hybrid threats to Europe, citing attempts to manipulate elections, steal sensitive data and spark a coup in Montenegro. They also…

Linkevičius and Turkish Foreign Minister discuss preparations for NATO summit

Monday, May 14, 2018

On 9 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius paid a working visit to Turkey and met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The Foreign Ministers of Lithuania and Turkey discussed preparations for the next NATO summit. It will be held in July Belgium. “Both countries are members of the Alliance, which aim at strengthening NATO‘s cooperation and addressing the most pressing challenges…

IS still threatens Europe, warns MI5 chief

Monday, May 14, 2018

The head of MI5 has warned that Islamic State aspires to commit “devastating” and “more complex” attacks in Europe after losing territory in the Middle East. Andrew Parker told European security chiefs in Berlin the group required international focus “for years”. He revealed 12 terror attacks have been stopped in the UK since the Westminster attack in 2017. He condemned Russia for the “reckless” poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury.…

Gaza clashes: 18 dead in violence before US embassy opening

Monday, May 14, 2018

At least 18 Palestinians in Gaza have been shot dead by Israeli troops after bloody clashes erupted on the border, Palestinian officials say. The violence comes before the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, which has infuriated Palestinians. They see it as clear US backing for Israeli rule over the whole city, whose eastern part Palestinians lay claim to. Top US officials, including President Donald Trump’s daughter and her…