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FEMA's Appeals Process Favored Insurance Companies Almost Every Time

FEMA has taken the unprecedented step of reopening all Superstorm Sandy flood claims because thousands of homeowners said insurance companies intentionally lowballed damage estimates.<p>Similar allegations surfaced in 2004 after Hurricane Isabel struck the Mid-Atlantic. To answer critics then, FEMA …

At Least 39 Taliban Militants Killed In Airstrikes And Clashes In Pakistan's Restive Northwest

At least 23 Taliban militants were reportedly killed in airstrikes in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan region on Friday, the Pakistani army said …

Iran tests suicide drone in military drill

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's army said Saturday it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the …

Syria ready to discuss Russia peace plan talks, opposition dismissive | Reuters

BEIRUT/CAIRO (Reuters) - Syria said on Saturday it was willing to participate in “preliminary consultations” in Moscow aimed at restarting talks next year to end its civil war but the Western-backed opposition dismissed the initiative.<p>Two rounds of peace talks this year in Geneva failed to halt the …

US-led coalition hits IS jihadists with 39 air strikes

The 13 strikes conducted Thursday in Kobane, which is known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic, destroyed 17 fighting positions, as well as IS buildings, staging areas and a vehicle, the US-led anti-IS coalition said in a statement.<p>On Friday four air strikes destroyed three IS buildings and two vehicles in …

N. Korea calls Obama 'monkey,' blames U.S. for shutdown

North Korea hurled a racist insult at President Obama on Saturday and accused the U.S. of engineering the country's recent Internet disruption, while continuing to deny launching a cyberattack on Sony Pictures in response to the comedy <i>The Interview</i>.<p>The film, about the assassination of North Korean …

Mind your tongue

A GHOST is haunting Europe—the ghost of exclusive, narrow-minded nationalism. The continent has seen its share of destabilising –isms, from Marxism …

French voters like Merkel, back German reform example: poll | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - A majority of French voters view Germany’s Angela Merkel positively and want their government to emulate her reforms, according to a poll published on Sunday, revealing a sharp contrast to President Francois Hollande’s own dismal ratings.<p>Angela Merkel, German chancellor and leader …

Russia denies military aircraft 'near miss' with Swedish passenger jet

Russia, which has increased its military presence in the Baltic Sea area following row with Nato over Ukraine, admits its aircraft was in area but denies planes nearly collided<p>A war of words has erupted between <b>Sweden</b> and <b>Russia</b> over claims that Moscow’s military aircraft have been endangering …

Yemen's Houthis claim gains in Arhab

At least four Shia Houthi fighters have been killed in Radaa while battling Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.<p>Houthis are also pushing for control of an area just north of the capital Sanaa.<p>They have blown up seven buildings in the Arhab - a district of greater Sanaa - apparently owned by their …

NATO Aims to Be 'More Responsive' in Wake of Russian Aggression

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine and other intimidating shows of force have created a "very different kind of scenario" for NATO, according to the defense alliance's top commander in Europe.<p>On Monday, 28 Russian military planes including TU-95 and TU-22 strategic …

German spy agency nabbed phone calls by Kerry, Clinton

Germany's foreign intelligence service recorded phone calls made by US Secretary of State John Kerry as well as former secretary Hillary Clinton, according to reports by German news agencies, a potentially embarrassing revelation given the European country's outcry last year over US spying on …

Surveillance

Senior Kosovo figures face prosecution for crimes against humanity

Leading political figures in Kosovo face indictment by a special EU court for crimes against humanity, including killings, abductions, sexual violence and other abuses of Serb and Roma minorities, according to the chief prosecutor leading a three-year special investigation (pdf).<p>The threat of …

Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya

A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda.<p>A key jihadist leader and …

French far-right Front National party makes big gains in local elections

France's far-right Front National party has made significant gains in local elections, when voters sent a message of deep dissatisfaction with the Socialist president François Hollande.<p>As the voting stations closed, polls were suggesting the governing Socialists had gained just 43% of the vote …

Is Russia setting its sights on the Middle East?

In the face of strong Western criticism and sanctions brought against Russia for its annexation of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin, increasingly popular at home, is looking for ways to expand his country's international clout. He doesn't have to go far to find them.<p>For decades, during the Cold …

Kenya gunmen open fire on church service

Two gunmen stormed a church near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa and opened fire on worshippers, killing six people and wounding 20 others, police officials said.<p>One witness said the gunmen shouted out in a foreign language before shooting indiscriminately at the congregation on Sunday.<p>"Both …

Hammer and scythe

<b>Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the return of history</b><p>ON MARCH 18th Russia annexed Crimea, marking the first time the country expanded its borders …

Arab League summit hit by new rifts | Algeria

<b>Doha, Qatar</b> - The 25th Arab League summit is set to begin on Tuesday, but new divisions have stifled hopes of meaningful progress on the conflict in Syria, the ongoing threat of political violence in the region and another round of Israeli-Palestinian talks.<p>With days remaining before the gathering …

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NATO: Russia Has 'Sizeable' And 'Ready' Forces at Ukraine Border

Russia has amassed enough forces on Ukraine’s border to reach Moldova’s vulnerable Trans-Dniester region, NATO’s top military commander warned on Sunday.<p>Moscow has mobilized a “very, very sizeable and very, very ready” military contingent on Ukraine’s eastern boundary, Supreme Allied Commander …

U.S. imposes new sanctions on 7 Russians, several Ukrainians

WASHINGTON-- PresidentObamahas signed an order that imposes sanctions on seven Russian government officials, including a deputy prime minister and one of PresidentVladimir Putin's closest advisers.<p>In a statement, the<p>White Housesaid Russia's incursion inCrimeaundermined "democratic processes and …

Turkish cleric says Erdogan crackdown worse than army coup era | Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen has described a crackdown on his followers by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as “ten times worse” than anything meted out after coups by the secularist army.<p>Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen is pictured at his residence in Saylorsburg, …

Venice Organizes Online Vote to Become Independent From Italy

It's not just Crimea: the Italian region of Veneto, which includes the city of Venice, is holding a referendum to secede too.<p>Local activists and …

Somalia car bomb targets African Union convoy

A convoy of the African Union's (AU) AMISOM force has been targeted by a car bomb just outside the Somali capital, witnesses and a Somali army source have said, though it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.<p>A spokesman for al-Shabab told the AFP news agency that the group carried …

Russia's Vladimir Putin recognises Crimea as nation

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1061000/1061370_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524697717_387c9807790700cc8c8796ebedad561d<p><b>Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognising Crimea as a sovereign state, paving the way for it to be absorbed into Russia.</b><p>The …

Poll: Obama approval at record low

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is at a historic low, according to a new poll.<p>The president’s approval rating fell to 41 percent in March from 43 percent in January, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found. Over half — 54 percent — disapprove of the president.<p>The results indicate …

Author Of Milestone Stem Cell Research Says His Papers Should Be Withdrawn

Outside researchers haven't been able to reproduce the papers' results.<p>One of the scientists involved in two milestone stem cell papers now wants to withdraw the papers.<p>Late in January, a team of American and Japanese scientists announced they'd discovered a new, easy way to transform adult skin …