Shelby Johnston

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The Syrian army has secured the road to Aleppo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army secured a road into the government-held side of Aleppo that was captured by rebels last month and was expected to soon open it for civilians, state-owned al-Ikhbariya TV reported on Friday.<p>The advance by the Syrian army and allied militia in the Ramousah area of …

Turkey eyes better ties with Egypt, Syria in future - PM | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey, which patched up strained ties with Israel and Russia, aims to normalise relations with Egypt and even rebuild ties in future with Syria, where it has launched a cross-border offensive, the prime minister said on Friday.<p>Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks during …

North Africa

Violence breaks out in Gabon after controversial presidential election results

Gabon’s national assembly building in the capital city of Libreville was set ablaze late on Aug 31, as protestors demonstrated against the narrow victory of incumbent president Ali Bongo under controversial circumstances.<p>The protests and the fire prompted security forces to storm the opposition …

Africa

Is Israel really detrimental to the world?

If we disperse, as Soros and his lot would like, the world will not know how to achieve peace, and human society will collapse into complete …

US calls Iran's actions in Arabian Gulf 'unsafe' and 'provocative'

General Joseph Votel told reporters at a Pentagon press briefing that Iran was alone it's carrying out of what he said was the "unprofessional" …

Israeli Soldiers Carry Out A Limited Invasion Into Central Gaza

31 Aug<p>9:05 AM<p>Several Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Wednesday morning, Palestinian agricultural lands east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in …

Iran to Turkey: Get out of Syria

Turkey on Wednesday denied agreeing to a US-brokered truce with Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria, saying it would not compromise with a …

Mexico federal police chief sacked over suspected cartel executions

Mexico's president dismissed the chief of the federal police force Monday, less than two weeks after the country's human rights commission released a scathing report.<p>The report alleged federal police "executed arbitrarily" at least 22 suspected drug cartel members during a raid on a ranch.<p>Interior …

Latin America

Haredim lay out terms for Netanyahu's surrender

Taking it to the mat: Haredi political leaders met today with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, offering him a chance to explain himself and plan …

Dilma Rousseff: A Strong Woman Brought Down by Brazil’s Meek Men

Brazil’s first woman president refused to be bowed during a 14-hour Senate interrogation. She will be impeached anyway.<p>SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Dilma …

Ex Mossad chief: Israel's biggest threat is potential civil war, not Iran

"If a society crosses a certain line in its division and hatred, then it is a real possibility to see a phenomenon like a civil war."<p>><p>Mossad chief …

Kremlin: Putin to meet Turkey's Erdogan, UK's May, Saudi's bin Salman in China | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian leader Vladimir Putin will hold a number of high-level bilateral meetings on the sidelines of Sept. 4-5 summit in Hangzhou, China, a Kremlin aide told reporters on Tuesday.<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a news …

North Africa

Vladimir Putin Secret War: Ukraine, Syria

Over the past few months, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been unusually active on multiple fronts. He has expanded his military operations in …

Israel's secretive surveillance industry in the spotlight following iPhone spyware discovery

The discovery of sophisticated spyware to infiltrate and remotely take control of iPhones without leaving a trace has put a spotlight on Israel's secretive surveillance industry, considered among the world's most advanced.<p>Apple rushed out a security update last week after researchers said a …

‘Maintaining influence’: US, India sign major military pact amid Chinese concerns

The US and India have signed a major military deal facilitating the bilateral use of navy bases, allowing Washington to boost its military presence …

Fight for Syria's Aleppo exposes limits of Russian air power | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s politically-sensitive and ultimately fruitless decision to launch bombing missions on Syria from Iranian soil has exposed the limits to its air power, leaving Moscow in need of a new strategy to advance its aims.<p>A frame grab taken from footage released by Russia's …

Middle East

The big push against Isil in Mosul is a humanitarian disaster waiting to happen

British soldiers will not have seen fighting like this since back in the Gulf War. as they prepare for the bloodiest battle to date with Isil<p>The battle for the terrorist group's capital city, Mosul, is a hugely significant point in the war against terrorists. Indeed, as the meaning of the word …

Middle East

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Outside meddling has unleashed horror in Syria. We must step back

Today’s news that the American secretary of state, John Kerry, and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, are in Geneva to discuss ending the war in Syria should raise everyone’s spirits. Why does it not do so?<p>The answer is that these and other outside powers have tried this often before and …

Middle East

Putin Is Building a Great Russian Firewall

Denis Davydov, executive director of the Safe Internet League, a nongovernmental organization closely linked to the Kremlin, is happy with what the …

Will states follow DOJ’s private prison move? Some are ahead of the feds.

Uncle Sam is an influential guy. When he speaks, states listen.<p>If history is a guide, the Justice Department’s decision to phase out private prisons could have an impact well beyond federal Bureau of Prison facilities. Already, some states are ahead of the federal government in closing for-profit …

U.S. Department of Justice

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics.

Sometimes I get sick of saying it, but just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse … Donald...<p>During the morning of April 1, 2018, a car drove up …

Bolivarian Miners Kill Government Minister In Protest Against Socialism

Around here we usually make fun of Bolivarian socialism by reference to the idiocies which Nicolas Maduro has been imposing upon the people of Venezuela. They do, after all, call their system “Bolivarian socialism.” Across the continent, in Bolivia, we also have a closely related Bolivian …

Venezuela