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Fears of greater conflict: U.S.- Russia military tit for tat

Washington:The war of words between America and Russia is escalating. So, too, is the movement of implements of war -- from U.S. fighter jets to Russian nuclear weapons. So is an actual war imminent? No one in Russia, NATO or the United States has gone that far yet. Still, the rhetoric and actions from both sides have definitely ratcheted up in recent days, raising concerns of a new arms race -- if not worse -- amid tensions both sides blame on each other. The major players all claim their movements are defensive and necessary responses to their foe's provocation. None has talked of an invasion. Still, that's not what some experts are worried about. They say a bigger fear is what things can happen, accidentally, when you have in...

June 19, 2015 at 11:48 am | News Desk

China pushes Uighurs to give up fasting in Ramazan

BEIJING: Some local governments in China's unruly far western region of Xinjiang are stepping up controls on the Islamic faith followed by the Uighur people ahead of Ramazan, including making officials swear they will not fast. The holy month, which begins this week, is a sensitive time in Xinjiang following an uptick in deadly attacks blamed by Beijing on Islamist militants over the past three years in which hundreds have died. In recent days, state media and government websites in Xinjiang have published stories and official notices demanding that party members, civil servants, students and teachers in particular do not observe Ramazan, something that happened last year too. In Jinghe county near the Kazakh border, food safety of...

June 18, 2015 at 4:38 pm | News Desk

11 cops, armymen dead in Helmand Taliban attack

KANDAHAR: Afghan officials say that at least 11 members of the security forces have been killed in a Taliban assault on government buildings in an unstable district in southern Helmand province. The officials said on Thursday that four soldiers and seven police officers were killed when the insurgents overran Musa Qala ? which has shifted between government and Taliban control for years. Saqi Jan, police logistics expert in the district, said four soldiers and four police were killed in the attack, which began late Wednesday night. Earlier the spokesman for the provincial governor, Omar Zawaq, said three policemen had been killed. Jan says that police have regained control of the area around the district police headquarters afte...

June 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm | News Desk

Russia ready to sell four Mi-35 helicopters to Pakistan

MOSCOW: A draft contract for the delivery of four Mi-35M 'Hind E' combat helicopters has been sent to Pakistan from Russia, a source in the Russian military and technical cooperation said on Wednesday, according to a report published on TASS news agency's website. "Following the results of the talks held earlier on helicopters, which Pakistan would like to get from Russia, a draft contract on the delivery of four Mi-35M gunships has been sent to the Pakistani side. Pakistan is now studying the document," the source said. According to Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, talks between Russia and Pakistan are under way regarding the delivery of helicopters. However, Rosoboronexport declined to reveal details regarding these consult...

June 18, 2015 at 4:18 pm | News Desk

Sleeping giants India ‘sink to new low’

NEW DELHI: India hit a new low with their “humiliating” loss to tiny Guam in World Cup qualifying, the country's media said Wednesday. India, once hailed the sleeping giants of football by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, were outclassed by the Pacific island minnows on Tuesday night. The 2-1 defeat was made even more embarrassing as India, with a population of 1.25 billion compared to Guam's 160,000, are 33 places above Guam Matao (174) in the FIFA world rankings. “HUMILIATION”, screamed the Mail Today tabloid which said the defeat was the latest in a string of poor performances. “There is a point after which the word embarrassing does not do justice while describing repeated debacles,” the newspaper said in its back pa...

June 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm | News Desk

US Secret Service Security Breaches: An American Problem

"I wish you spent the time protecting the White House that you spent protecting your reputation here today." ---Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachussetts to former Secret Service Director, Julia Pierson during her Congressional hearing Since the above quote was made, the United States Secret Service Director, Julia Pierson, has resigned. On September 19, 2014, a man jumped over the fence of the White House and entered the main floor...with a folding knife. Up to this point he was completely undetected. This is the White House we are talking about...the residence of the President of the United States. It would be another ten whole days until The Post would report that the White House intruder, Omar Gonzalez, had made it that far into the execut...

October 18, 2014 at 9:10 am | News Desk

To the Detriment of a Nation

Sexual deviancy is not a protected civil right. Sexual deviancy exists and is noted by clinical psychiatrists.  But deviants should not receive hugs at the White House and a welcomed berth in the military. President Barack Obama is the  Commander-in-Chief of the combined military forces of the United States of America.  He maintains an unusual focus on detrimental policy changes that weaken the traditions and  morale of a  professional standing army. Why such intense personal interest? The door was closed the day that my Navy  OIC (officer in charge) sat with me and the ten year (mandatory) review of a secret clearance landed on his desk. The officer under review was in my department and under my direct command. He had an incident ...

June 12, 2014 at 2:55 am | Tammy Swofford

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