Colin Clark

3,171 Flips | 1 Magazine | 4 Likes | 2 Following | 260 Followers | @ozjude | Colin Clark is founding editor of Breaking Defense, a BreakingMedia news website. Before that, he started DoDBuzz, the first all-online defense site.

Pompeo to head to North Korea as doubts mount about its intentions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will leave for North Korea on Thursday seeking agreement on a plan for the country's denuclearization, despite mounting doubts about Pyongyang's willingness to abandon a weapons program that threatens the United States and its allies.<p>In …

The Preservation Battle of Grand Central

"If we don’t care about our past we can’t have very much hope for our future,” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis intoned at a press conference held at Grand …

The Roman Empire, explained in 40 maps - Vox

Two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD, Caesar Augustus died. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace …

Military History

EU Retaliation Against U.S. Over Metal Tariffs to Start June 22

The European Union triggered the first phase of retaliation against the U.S. over its metal-import tariffs imposed on national-security grounds, …

Exclusive: Malaysia's Najib explains why he had so many luxury handbags, lots of cash, jewelry

LANGKAWI, Malaysia (Reuters) - Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak says he shouldn’t be blamed for the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, and declares he knows nothing about money from the state fund appearing in his personal account.<p>Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to …

Saudi-led coalition seizes Yemen's Hodeidah airport, fears for population grow

ADEN (Reuters) - Fears of a humanitarian crisis in Yemen’s main port city Hodeidah grew as fighting spilled into residential districts on Wednesday after Arab coalition forces seized the airport from the Iran-aligned Houthis.<p>Members of UAE-backed fighters, Yemeni Resistance Giants' Brigade fire the …

Laser Attacks Against U.S. Forces Spread to the Pacific

The laser strikes follow reported incidents in Djibouti by Chinese military personnel.<p>Laser attacks against U.S. forces have spread out of Africa into the Pacific. U.S. personnel operating in the East China Sea area have been the victim of blinding laser attacks similar to those that took place …

Texas billboard that tells 'liberals' to keep driving will come down

A billboard in the Texas panhandle that gained national attention for its message urging "liberals" to keep driving until they leave the state will be coming down.<p>"Liberals please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS," the sign reads, according to a photo taken by Kyle …

New Mexico

‘I wish for death’: detainees in Yemen reveal rampant sexual torture

The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind head dresses, but their accents were clearly foreign – from the …

More than 600 members of Jeff Sessions' church just charged him with violating church rules

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than 600 members of the United Methodist Church have issued a formal complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a fellow church member, charging that his "zero tolerance" policy on immigration violates church rules and may constitute child abuse.<p>The complaint charges Sessions …

United Methodist

Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal 'no longer critical' after poisoning

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is "improving rapidly" and is "no longer in a critical condition" following a nerve agent attack in Salisbury last month, the hospital treating him said in a statement on Friday.<p>Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, …

Nerve Agents

China says relations with Russia at 'best level in history'

<b>(CNN) —</b> China and Russia are publicly heralding a new age of diplomacy between the two countries, at a time when both are being targeted by the United States with punitive measures.<p>During a visit to Moscow on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was quoted as saying relations between two …

Why China is so confident it can beat Trump in a trade war

In the political realm, however, Xi enjoys advantages that may allow him to cope with the economic fallout far better than Trump can. His …

U.S. Needs China More Than China Needs the U.S.

Not one to be outdone by any adversary, Donald Trump has upped the ante in a rapidly escalating trade war with China, threatening an additional $100 billion of tariffs on top of the initial round of $50 billion. In doing so, the Trump administration is failing to appreciate a crucial reality: The …

Mexican President to Trump: 'Nothing and no one stands above the dignity of Mexico'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> After days of President Donald Trump's aggressive rhetoric against immigration via Mexico, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto delivered a stern response to his US counterpart, telling him that "nothing and no one stands above the dignity of Mexico."<p>The five-minute-long speech …

Peña

Trump faceoff with China exposes GOP weakness in rural US

<b>SPOKANE, Wash.</b> — Gary Bailey is certain China is trying to rattle Donald Trump voters with its threat to slap tariffs on soybeans and other …

US imposes sanctions against Russian oligarchs and government officials

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration is unleashing additional sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs with ties to President Vladimir Putin along with 12 companies they own or control.<p>The measures announced by the Treasury Department on Friday were also aimed at 17 senior Russian …

Sanctions

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?

On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.<p>To guard against a …

Human Rights

Office of Special Counsel: Conway violated Hatch Act

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The US Office of Special Counsel announced Tuesday that White House aide Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on two occasions by "advocating for and against candidates" in last year's Alabama Senate special election.<p>RELATED: What is the Hatch Act?<p>In a new report, the OSC …

Donald Trump

Estonian Spies Understand the Russian Threat

Tiny Estonia's intelligence service would never pay $100,000 to a random Russian for some open-source data, which is what the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency apparently did, according to the New York Times. It's one of the Western world's few spy services with real Russia expertise, owed to its …

Sanctions

What’s the immigration status of Melania Trump’s parents?

By Glenn Kessler<p>Glenn Kessler<p>The Fact Checker<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Several readers asked about the immigration status of Melania Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, after spotting social media posts such as this one:<p>With congressional debate beginning on overhauling immigration laws, it’s …

Immigration

25 Years of Satellite Data Uncover Alarming Error in Sea Level Measurements

Climate change is worsening faster than we thought.<p>The Earth is changing in ways that could cause an actual mass extinction during our lifetimes. In …

Global Warming

South African president Jacob Zuma 'recalled' by ruling ANC party, after refusing to resign immediately

South Africa's ruling party says the scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma must leave office.<p>Ace Magashule, secretary-general of the African National Congress, confirmed the party's national executive committee has decided to "recall" Mr Zuma, who has been discredited by corruption scandals.<p>Speaking …

Conservatives lash out at GOP spending binge

NEW YORK (AP) — The GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility no more.<p>That's according to some conservatives who are grappling with a Republican-backed spending binge that threatens to generate trillion-dollar deficits for years to come while staining a cherished pillar of the modern-day Republican …

Barack Obama

The Hush-Hush Deal That Keeps the Middle East From Exploding

TEL AVIV, Israel—Midday Monday, two uniformed Israeli soldiers mistakenly drove into downtown Jenin, a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank. …

Israel

U.S. Strikes Killed Scores of Russia Fighters in Syria, Sources Say

U.S. forces killed scores of Russian mercenaries in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the …

Damascus warns Israel of 'more surprises' in Syria

DAMASCUS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will face “more surprises” should it again attack Syrian territory, Damascus said on Tuesday, after Syria’s air defenses shot down an advanced Israeli warplane during the fiercest flare-up between the old foes in 36 years.<p>An old military vehicle can be seen …

Bashar al-Assad

Kelly increasingly isolated as Porter scandal rages on

The chief of staff has been left to shoulder the blame over the failure to remove the former staff secretary, who held only an interim security clearance.<p>Turbulence in this West Wing is typically generated by President Donald Trump, but for the past week, it’s been chief of staff John Kelly — the …

Hells Angels: Thai police arrest three Australian bikers, seize weapons

Thai police have arrested three Australians they say are members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, seizing guns, swords and a sports car.<p>Police in …

Apple to Save an Astounding $47 Billion Under Tax Reform, Report Finds

The impending tax reform package is expected to lower rates across corporate America, but one company—Apple—will get a significantly bigger one-time …