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UAE tiff turns India to Iran for extra oil

<b>Deadlocked talks with the UAE have pushed India to Iran's lap for the purchase of 6 million barrels of crude as New Delhi is boosting its strategic</b> …

Oil

Here's how small the North Korean Internet is

North Korea is the most repressive, secretive state in the world. There’s no free press, no independent media, and scarce few people have access to the Internet. It’s about as close as you can get to George Orwell’s Airstrip One.<p>One brilliant illustration of this is found in North Korea’s DNS …

Russia bombed aid convoy in major threat to Syria cease-fire, US claims

Russia was responsible for bombing a United Nations convoy outside Aleppo, Syria Monday killing at least 12 aid workers, a U.S. official told Fox News on Tuesday.<p>The U.N. aid agency is suspending all convoys in Syria -- putting an already fragile cease-fire agreement between the U.S. and Russia …

Saudi Arabia Is STILL Winning

A several weeks ago I authored an article entitled <i>Saudi Arabia is Winning</i>. It pointed out the fact that while domestic oil production is decreasing, …

US blames Russia for Syria convoy attack; Moscow points to terrorists

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The United States has reached the preliminary conclusion that Russian warplanes bombed an aid convoy and warehouse belonging to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, two US officials told CNN.<p>"All the evidence we have points to that conclusion," one of the officials said.<p>The White House …

Congressman seeks to block arms sale to Saudi Arabia, citing U.S.-backed war crimes in Yemen

Exclusive: Rep. Lieu tells Salon “There is now overwhelming evidence that war crimes are being committed in Yemen”<p>The bipartisan campaign to block U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia is growing, both within and outside the government.<p>Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., introduced a new bill on Tuesday morning …

Obama: Israel cannot ‘permanently occupy, settle Palestinian land’

US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that while the Palestinians should reject terror and incitement, Israel must recognize that it cannot …

Microsoft surprised everybody by announcing what's probably its last Nokia phone

The Nokia 216, a super basic phone with a pair of lousy 0.3 megapixel cameras, a web browser, a 24-day battery(!) and not much else, isn't going to distract people away from the iPhone 7, nor is it meant to.<p>Instead, it's a last-minute play for developing nations like India, where smartphones are …

Iran sentences US resident to 10 years in jail over spying claims

Nizar Zakka, a campaigner for internet freedom, was held in Iran after being invited to a conference<p>A US permanent resident detained for a year in Iran over spying allegations has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and a $4.2m (£3.2m) fine, his supporters said.<p>The case is the latest in an Iranian …

Spying

As Saudi Arabia Diversifies, A Texas Oil Refinery May Be In Its Future

Saudi Arabia is such an influential player in the oil industry that any action it takes — or is rumored to take — can sway global markets. So it's not surprising there's a lot of speculation about whether its massive state oil company, Saudi Aramco, is trying to buy a refinery in Texas.<p>The oil …

Ban Ki-moon condemns ‘apparently deliberate’ Syria aid convoy attack

UN secretary general hails dead aid workers as heroes and calls bombers ‘cowards’ in farewell address to general assembly<p>US defence officials now believe that Russian planes dropped the bombs that destroyed a UN aid convoy that killed at least 20 people, the Guardian has learned.<p>The claim of direct …

Middle East

“Sorry we killed your family”: We are the terrorists in the Middle East, and our compliant media will never tell the truth

<b>(AP/Najim Rahim)</b><p>The real Middle East terrorists? Look in the mirror. We’ll never face it, because the media won’t level with us<p>Dana E. Abizaid<p>November 28, 2015 11:30am (UTC)<p>As the great American lawyer and statesman John Adams noted, “facts are stubborn things.”<p>Anybody paying attention to the facts …

War

Obama Caught In Another Lie About Iran Ransom

President Obama has repeatedly assured Americans that the $400 million in cash secretly shipped to Iran on a cargo plane the same day that the …

Why Are We Sending $38 Billion to Rich and Powerful Israel?

Written by Ron Paul<p>Monday September 19, 2016<p>Last week’s announcement of a record-breaking US aid package for Israel underscores how dangerously …

Kerry Seeks to Keep Syria Truce Alive After Renewed Bombing

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday it was too early to declare a one-week-old Syrian cease-fire deal dead even as reports emerged that …

Assad might have hidden some of Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons

The inspectors decided they would have to check for themselves.<p>In three visits to the site, known as Ha fir 1, specialists from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons started to believe they had caught Syria lying about the extent of its secret chemical-weapons development.<p>Samples …

U.S. says Russia must clarify Syria army statement that truce is over | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it was working to extend a cessation of hostilities agreement in Syria but called on Russia to first clarify a statement by the Syrian army that the truce was over.<p>A boy stands near the entrance of the Waer district in the central Syrian city of …

Afghan police killed by U.S. air strike - Afghan officials | Reuters

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A U.S. air strike killed as many as eight Afghan policemen outside the embattled provincial capital of Uruzgan province, Afghan officials said on Monday, as security forces, supported by U.S. strikes, battle resurgent Taliban militants.<p>An initial air strike late …

Egypt Edges Closer to Final IMF Nod for $12 Billion Loan

Egypt is making “very good progress” toward securing the additional financing required to seal a $12 billion loan accord with the International …

RAF Reaper drones used in airstrike that killed Syrian troops, MoD says

Ministry of Defence confirms British involvement in US-led airstrike that killed at least 62 Syrian government troops<p>RAF Reaper drones were involved in the weekend airstrike that killed at least 62 Syrian government troops and threatened the fragile truce in the country, the Ministry of Defence has …

Erdogan Declares New Push on ISIS Stronghold Al-Bab

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey are to make a new push to capture the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) stronghold of al-Bab in northern Syria, …

Samsung Galaxy Note7: How to tell if your device is safe or not

As Samsung continues to lick its wounds in the aftermath of the Galaxy Note7 debacle that led to the recall of millions of devices due to a faulty battery, the Korean electronics giant is introducing measures to ensure consumers know whether they have one of the upgraded “safe” units or one of the …

The Latest: UN says many killed in Syria aid convoy attack

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the developments in Syria, where a Russia-U.S.-brokered cease-fire, now in its seventh day, is hanging in the balance …

Indian entrepreneur sells 'untouchable' foods to challenge caste bias | Reuters

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A former rebel fighter and member of India’s “untouchable” caste is taking on caste-based discrimination with packaged foods that would have been regarded as impure just decades ago.<p>Chandra Bhan Prasad, 58, was born into the Dalit Pasi community of pig rearers …

India

U.S., Japan, South Korea ministers discuss tougher measures against North Korea | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Foreign ministers for the United States, Japan and South Korea met in New York on Sunday, ahead of U.N. meetings, to discuss stepped-up measures against North Korea and expand collaboration with one another after Pyongyang’s fifth and largest nuclear test.<p>Minister of Foreign …

North Korea

A Terrorist Attack in Kashmir Sparks Fears of a Military Conflict Between India and Pakistan

India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh called neighboring Pakistan a “terrorist state” Sunday, in response to an attack by suspected militants in the …

Pakistan

British air force admits involvement in airstrikes which hit Syrian govt troops

Britain’s military has admitted involvement in an airstrike in eastern Syria which reportedly killed over 60 Syrian Army troops. Subsequent reports suggest a Reaper drone may have been used.<p>The strike in the area of Deir el-Zor was originally attributed to Australian, US and Danish forces operating …

Syrian 'cessation' hangs by thread amid violence, accusations

<b>(CNN) —</b> A week after Russia and the United States agreed a new cessation of hostilities in Syria, the deal is on life support.<p>A mistaken attack by coalition airpower that killed dozens of Syrian troops, as well as fresh airstrikes in Aleppo and Idlib, have led to bitter exchanges between Washington …

The US and Russia have less influence in Syria than they think

At about 5pm on Saturday, two US F-16 fighter bombers and two A-10 specialised ground attack aircraft bombed what they believed was a concentration …

Why Are Mass Killings by White People in the US Almost Never Called Terrorism?

There were over 300 mass shootings in the United States in 2015, and less than one percent of them were committed by Muslims. Due to scapegoating, …