Monthly Archives: September, 2018

Merkel Warns Trump Against ‘Destroying’ UN

Sunday German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned US President Donald Trump against “destroying” the United Nations. “I believe that destroying something without having developed something new is extremely dangerous,” Merkel said at a regional election campaign event in Bavaria. Continue reading →

Microwave Weapons Likely Used Against US Embassy Staff

Doctors and scientists believe weapons using microwave radiation likely were used to attack American diplomats and their families in Cuba and China, and say they are sure that those affected have suffered brain injuries. Continue reading →

Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge agrees to cooperate with FBI probe, denies latest allegations

Friday the  high school friend of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, whose name has been drawn into the allegations leveled against the Supreme Court nominee by several women, said he would cooperate with any law enforcement investigation that will “confidentially” probe the allegations, which he “categorically” denies. Continue reading →

US General Assumes NATO Command in Afghanistan

Sunday in a handover ceremony, U.S. Army Gen. Austin Scott Miller assumed command of the 41-nation NATO mission in Afghanistan. Miller took over from Gen. John Nicholson, who held the post for more than two years, at a ceremony at NATO headquarters in Kabul attended by senior Afghan officials and foreign ambassadors.The handover comes as Afghan forces are struggling to contain a resurgent Taliban and an increasingly powerful Islamic State affiliate. The Taliban control several districts across Afghanistan, and both groups have launched a relentless wave of attacks in recent months.

“The world recognizes Afghanistan cannot be a safe haven for terrorism, the world recognizes that we cannot fail. I know this has been a long fight, and it has been generations for us, for the Afghan people,” said Miller, who most recently led the Joint Special Operations Command.

Nicholson called on the Taliban to accept the government’s offer of a cease-fire and renewed peace negotiations, saying “you don’t need to keep killing your fellow Afghans.”


The nearly 17-year-old NATO mission began with the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban after the Sept. 11 attacks. The U.S. and NATO formally ended their combat mission in 2014 but still routinely come to the aid of Afghan forces.

Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, acknowledged the setbacks, saying “we have a bloody nose, but we are not defeated.”

Also Sunday, at least four people were wounded after their vehicle was detonated by a sticky bomb in the capital Kabul, according to Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

Rahimi said the blast took place near the capital’s diplomatic area. “All four wounded people were transferred to hospital and they are not in a life-threatening condition,” he said.


No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul, but both Taliban insurgents and Islamic states militants are active and have claimed earlier attacks in Kabul.

Prosecutor tells wavering senators she wouldn’t charge Kavanaugh, as vote looms

The sex-crimes prosecutor Republicans hired to question Brett Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford at Thursday’s hearing told senators the case would not hold up in a courtroom, sources told Fox News—guidance that could prove critical as wavering lawmakers prepare to vote. Continue reading →

Prime Minister: Ireland Must Respect the ‘Office’ When Trump Visits

The Irish government must treat the U.S. president’s office with the respect it deserves when Donald Trump visits in November despite disagreeing with many of his policies, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said ahead of planned protests. Continue reading →

California man in ‘state of fear’ after aiding Mueller probe

A California man who unwittingly sold bank accounts to Russians meddling in U.S. elections is living in a “constant state of fear” after becoming a government cooperator, his attorney said in a court filing Wednesday. Richard “Ricky” Pinedo has received death threats after testifying before a grand jury and helping special counsel Robert Mueller secure an indictment against 13 Russians accused in an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, his attorney, Jeremy Lessem, said in court papers. Continue reading →

Huckabee Slams Trumka: Conditions on the Rise for Workers

Labor Day former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took issue with AFL/CIO President Richard Trumka over his comments about the economy and American workers, saying there is no way he could say matters are not good. Continue reading →

Ohio’s Kasich Clashes With Fellow Republicans Over Guns

It appears that Gov. John Kasich has grown increasingly frustrated as he’s watched shootings in Las Vegas and Florida — and closer to home in Cincinnati and his city of Westerville — fail to move state lawmakers around the country to tighten state gun laws. Continue reading →

Frank Field won’t call by-election after quitting Labour

Frank Field has said he will not be triggering a by-election in his Birkenhead constituency after resigning the Labour whip. The ex-minister said nearly all of the constituents he had spoken to believed he should “simply get on with the job”. Continue reading →