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It Took Two to Make Russian Meddling Effective

A Washington Post report on 2016 election interference raises the question: What could Obama have done differently?<p>If there is one thing <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post’s</i> story on the Obama administration’s anemic response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election makes clear, it’s that it took two to make the …

Australia's murder rate falls to record low of one person per 100,000

Report shows knives are most common murder weapon followed by guns, with alcohol and beatings a big factor<p>Fewer people are being murdered in Australia, with the nation’s homicide rate hitting an all-time record low.<p>The latest report of the national homicide monitoring program reveals there were 238 …

Crime

Two Guys Tried To Rob A McDonald's Restaurant Full Of Special Forces Officers

Anybody who commits an armed robbery is either desperate, strung out or crazy, or a combination of the three, so they're usually not thinking …

Special Forces

Russia fires cruise missiles, targets Islamic State group positions in Syria

Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea have fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group's positions in Syria, the Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday.<p>The announcement came as Syrian government troops pushed ahead in their offensive against IS and militants in central and …

Middle East

Trump just checked Beijing in the South China Sea for the first time — and it's a risky bet

China said the USS Dewey, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed just a few miles off the coast of the Mischief Reef on Wednesday; the reef is an artificial island built and militarized by China.<p>On the US side, there was silence — the US did not issue a press release acknowledging the maneuver, and …

China

The Air Force Assembled 30 A-10 Warthogs Just to Show That it Can

The "Elephant Walk" in Georgia was a USAF show of force.<p>The U.S. Air Force just staged an "elephant walk" of A-10 Thunderbolt ground attack jets as a show of force. The May 22 exercise took place at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. In a statement on Facebook, the base stated the exercise "was …

The Pentagon Can't Believe Trump Told Another President About Nuclear Subs Near North Korea

“We never talk about subs!” three defense officials told BuzzFeed News after a transcript of a call between President Trump and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was published.<p>Pentagon officials are in shock after the release of a transcript of a call between President Donald Trump and his …

The Army and Marine Corps want big changes for their infantry arsenals — and Congress seems to be on board

The US military's efforts to upgrade its infantry arsenal appeared to get a boost last week, when a group of senators questioned two retired generals about the need for the change and the delays hindering it.<p>Both the US Army and the Marine Corps are reportedly looking to replace the M4/M16 rifle …

Military

GEORGE FRIEDMAN: A US attack on North Korea is imminent

Speaking Monday to a rapt audience at the 2017 Strategic Investment Conference in Orlando, Friedman said that while it was unlikely the US would take action before President Donald Trump returns home at the weekend, North Korea's actions appeared to have "offered the US no alternative" to a …

North Korea

Finland, Norway, and Sweden are conducting a massive air exercise amid Russia tensions

As part of the Nordic Defence Cooperation, Finland, Norway, and Sweden are joining forces for a large air exercise with help from the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland and the US nuclear-capable B-52H bombers.<p>The exercise will feature multi-role fighters, …

Military

Chinese fighter jets intercept US 'sniffer' plane over disputed territory

A pair of incidents involving fighter jets from China, Japan and the US over the East China seas have escalated an already tense situation. Several …

China

Russia steps up North Korea support to constrain US

In spite of international sanctions on North Korea's communist regime, Russia has been increasing fuel exports to Pyongyang and filling in the supply …

North Korea

Lithuania wants a permanent US troop presence as 'a game changer' to counter Russia

The Lithuanian president has said she wants an ongoing US troop presence in her country in light of increased Russian activity in the region and in response to Moscow's preparations for military exercises in neighboring Belarus late this year.<p>"We need the serious involvement of the US to not only …

Russia

US and China sign trade agreement

<b>The US and China have reached a 10-point trade deal that opens the Chinese market to US credit rating agencies and credit card companies.</b><p>Under the deal, China will also lift its ban on US beef imports and accept US shipments of liquefied natural gas.<p>In return, Chinese cooked chicken will be allowed …

China

North Korea crisis: Which country has the strongest military in the region? | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW | 11.05.2017

Tensions continue to run high on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea's bellicose posture makes its neighbors increasingly nervous. DW takes a look at …

North Korea

U.S. shifting forces to monitor large Russian military exercises, officials say

VILNIUS, Lithuania — The U.S. military will increase its ability to observe Russian troop movements near the Baltic states during a large military exercise planned by Moscow this summer, U.S. defense officials said.<p>The United States will put ships in the Baltic Sea and take over the North Atlantic …

Military

US national security adviser says 'be prepared for military action against North Korea'

America's National Security Adviser has said America should be “prepared” to take military action against North Korea.<p>Lieutenant General HR McMaster …

North Korea

Japan sends largest warship to aid US vessels in western Pacific amid North Korea tensions

Japan's largest warship Izumo departed Yokosuka port on Monday morning amid rising tension following missiles tests by North Korea.

Two F-35s have been deployed to Bulgaria

Two U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft, 14-5094 and 14-5091, belonging to the 34th Fighter Squadron, from Hill Air Force Base and temporarily deployed to RAF Lakenheath, UK, arrived at Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria on Friday.<p>The aircraft were supported by a single KC-135R Stratotanker, …

Military

Senate Intel Chair says US is in a new Cold War with Russia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in an interview last week that the United States is in a new Cold War with Russia.<p>The North Carolina senator made the comments during an interview on North Carolina public television station UNC-TV's "Front Row …

Russia

Nuclear-Capable Russian Bombers Fly Near U.S. To Intimidate America

Between Tuesday and Friday, Russia nightly flew warplanes, including a pair of nuclear-capable Tu-95 Bear bombers, into the U.S. air defense identification zone (ADIZ). On Wednesday night, Russia flew two IL-38 anti-submarine planes into the U.S. ADIZ. On the other three nights, Russia flew the …

North Korea

Russia warns US not to take 'risky road' by repeating Syria action in North Korea

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responds to Mike Pence's 'the era of strategic patience is over' remarks.<p>Russia has urged the US President Donald …

U.S. Air Force Stages Massive "Elephant Walk" in Japan

The unannounced military exercise was meant as a show of force in the Pacific theater.<p>The United States Air Force staged a massive "elephant walk" yesterday at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. The 18th Wing stationed at Kadena is the largest combat-ready wing in the Air Force, operating two …

Military

Tensions escalate as defiant North Korea 'makes unsuccessful missile launch' day after massive show of strength

North Korea made an unsuccessful attempt to launch a missile the day after displaying a massive show of strength, South Korean and US military sources have said.<p>Details of the attempted launch are scant, but it will be seen as a gesture of defiance by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.<p>U.S. …

North Korea

Polish foreign minister: Russia may respond to US strike on Syria by escalating war in Ukraine

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said Friday that Russia might respond to the US strike in Syria by escalating fighting in war-torn eastern Ukraine.<p>"Now everyone is waiting for the reaction from Russia. Either it will react in Syria or, as some say, unfortunately, in Ukraine," …

Russia

Russia's 'father of all bombs' is 4 times stronger than the 'mother of all bombs' for a horrifying reason

On April 13, the US military dropped a school bus-size munition nicknamed the "mother of all bombs" on a network of ISIS-held caves and bunkers in northeastern Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon.<p>Weighing about 21,600 pounds and stretching 30 feet, each MOAB (officially called the GBU-43/B …

War

Trump dumps Russia, woos China instead

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has a new best frenemy.<p>Once upon a time, Trump mused about how well he and Russian President Vladimir Putin would get along. Then-candidate Trump said Putin had declared him a "genius," criticized the Obama administration's tensions with Moscow and said it …

Foreign Policy

‘Mother of All Bombs’ Killed Dozens of Militants, Afghan Officials Say

KABUL, Afghanistan — A day after the United States military dropped its most powerful conventional bomb on caves used by Islamic State affiliates in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday that dozens of militants had been killed, but that they were still trying to assess the full extent of …

US missile strike on Syria 'a violation of international law'

The US has called its attack on an airbase in Syria "a strong signal" for the Assad regime. Legal experts, however, criticized the action. In an …

Middle East