Crowd cheers Argentina ex-leader Cristina Fernández

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:54
The former Argentine president launched a new political party ahead of legislative elections.

Mexico probes spyware attacks on journalists, activists

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:48
Mexican prosecutors have opened an investigation into the reported targeting of journalists, lawyers and activists with spyware sold exclusively to governments.

Pentagon 'wasted $28m' on Afghan camouflaged uniforms

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:47
A forest pattern camouflage uniform was chosen despite the country being only 2.1% woodland.

Brazilian president to hold two more meetings with Putin before year ends

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:47
"In the near future, we will meet once again in Hamburg, on the sidelines of the G20 summit, besides, there will be a meeting of the BRICS Group in China," Brazilian leader Michel Temer said

Russian defence minister's plane 'buzzed' by Nato jet

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:38
But a Russian escort jet then intervenes, chasing away the Nato aircraft, Russian media reports say.

Remarks by Vice President Pence at National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:36

Hyatt Regency
Bethesda, Maryland

9:56 A.M. EDT    

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you all.  Thank you to Attorney General Sessions for that warm welcome and warm introduction.  And let me say -- let me say thank you -- thank you to this Attorney General for your leadership at the Department of Justice.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a law-and-order Attorney General.  And I and the President are proud and honored to have him at our side.  (Applause.)  

It’s truly an honor to be here at the National Summit of Crime Reduction and Public Safety.  And I'm bringing greetings this morning from a tireless champion of the men and women of law enforcement in the United States of America, the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  

From the very start of this administration, President Trump has promised to support, in his words, the men and women of law enforcement and to support you strongly, and to protect every American’s right to live in safety and in peace.  And since literally the first day of this administration, President Trump has been busy keeping that promise to the American people and all of you.

In one of his earliest acts, the President established the first-ever Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, with the goal of fostering collaboration between federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement to improve the safety of our peace officers and the safety of the American people.  This very summit is an extension of the President’s leadership and that task force efforts.  And the discussions that you’re having will impact the policies of this administration and impact this country for years to come. 

The President and I are pleased also, as all of you learned yesterday from Attorney General Sessions, that 12 cities have already joined the new National Public Safety Partnership with the Justice Department.  The resources that will be available through this partnership will empower cities to identify the best tools and the best strategies to take on gangs, to take on the drug dealers, and take back their cities from the scourge of violent crime.

Let’s take a moment to congratulate the 12 chiefs of police who are here with us today who are providing that leadership in these 12 communities in America.  We thank you.  (Applause.)

And let me thank you all for attending this historic gathering.  At every level of American law enforcement that’s represented here -- and many important community groups are a part of the discussions that will take place -- allow me to express the pride and appreciation of the dedicated public servants of the Justice Department in particular who are here with us today from the DEA, the ATF, the FBI, the United States Marshals Service, and of course, the United States Attorneys.  Can we give them a round of applause?  We are proud of these public servants and the service they provide to the American people.  (Applause.)  

And to all the advocates here today, especially the advocates for victims and the advocates for those who have fallen in the line of duty and their families, thank you.  Just thank you for your compassion.  Thank you for being here today.  Thank you for pouring yourselves into the lives of the families of our fallen and those who have suffered the weight of violent crime in America.  You make a difference every day, and your efforts, in my heart, are treasure in heaven.  Let’s give them a round of applause.  (Applause.)  

And lastly, thank you to all the police chiefs, the sheriffs, the detectives, and other members of local, state, and tribal law enforcement who have traveled near and far to attend this summit.  You are the best of us.  And on behalf of President Donald Trump and the American people, thank you for the service that you and your families provide every single day to keep American families safe.  

Just last week, the entire world was awed when two of your kind, in the midst of a terrible attack on a congressional baseball team, demonstrated the courage that men and women in law enforcement demonstrate every week across this country.  As officers do all across America far too often, these two heroes rushed into danger without regard to their personal safety.  It’s truly remarkable to hear the story.

I was speaking yesterday to a senator who was there on the scene.  He talked about how the gunman rounded behind home plate, and there was literally nothing in between him and a dugout where there were members of Congress, and even the child of a member of Congress with nothing between them and the gunman with a semiautomatic weapon.  And those two officers, both of whom were injured in the assault, simply ran straight at the gunman and took him down.

You know, as my wife and I told Officer Crystal Griner and her family last Thursday at the hospital, her extraordinary courage and the courage of Officer David Bailey saved lives and prevented an even greater tragedy.  You know, we honor these heroes, but we also honor all those -- like those of you gathered here today -- at every level who stand in between us and the violence that besets our families and communities.  Let’s give these heroes a round of applause.  (Applause.)  

     You know, we support them by speaking of their courage, but we also support them by standing with them and standing with all of you, each and every day.  And make no mistake about it, President Donald Trump stands without apology with the men and women of law enforcement in America, and he always will.  (Applause.)  

President Trump knows that to keep our streets and cities safe, our law enforcement officers need two things:  resources and respect.  And this President has taken decisive action to restore the tradition of respect and honor owed to law enforcement.

Speaking at the Peace Officers Memorial Service just last month, where we honored 234 heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty, President Trump denounced attacks on law enforcement, in his words, as “a stain on the very fabric of our society."  And he's working every day to bring it to an end.

President Trump has directed the full force of the federal government to protect you, who protect us.  And under the leadership of Attorney General Sessions and the Department of Justice, we're already taking every available action to ensure the safety and security of our law enforcement officers.  

In the budget he sent to Congress just last month, the President called for more than $500 million to support federal law enforcement, including the hiring of more than 300 new attorneys and judges to tackle violent crime and support immigration enforcement.

And President Trump also called for more than $5 billion in grant funding to support the men and women of law enforcement at the state, local, and tribal level.  We will not rest until we ensure those of you who wear the uniform have the resources and the training to keep our families safe and go home safe to yours.  (Applause.) 

And it's maybe more important now than ever before.  The truth is, last year saw, actually, an increase in many of the worst types of violent crime.  In our largest cities, crimes like robbery, rape, aggravated assault, and non-fatal shootings all rose in 2016 -- in some places by double digits.  And the year before that, the murder rate saw its largest increase since 1968, and in many urban areas it continues to climb.

Statistics don’t tell the story, though.  Those of you who wear the uniform, those of you who walk a beat, those of you who are victims' advocates know this:  These aren’t numbers.  These are people.  These are families.  These are shattered lives.  

The President said not long ago, this violence must end. And under this administration's leadership, and the President's determination, and through your courageous service, we will bring this violence to an end.

President Trump has taken decisive action to restore law and order in our communities and keep our families and our children safe.  It all, of course, starts with simply enforcing the law.  President Trump has made it clear that it is the policy of this administration to enforce the laws of this country -- no exception, no apology.  (Applause.)  

At the President’s direction, the Department of Justice will no longer let the worst offenders off easy.  We’re once again pursuing the most serious readily available, provable charges for drug traffickers and violent criminals.  (Applause.)  

With the courageous efforts of all of you gathered here, our administration is also getting the most dangerous criminals off of America’s streets.  A strike force in Denver recently took down one of the major drug trafficking groups in the western United States.  A coordinated effort across five states caught more than 75 members of the Bloods, and a three-month campaign in San Diego took more than 140 gang members out of that community.

And as President Trump has pointed out, MS-13 is being decimated and going directly to prison, including more than 40 members of that vicious cartel who were arrested in New York City just a few days ago.  (Applause.)  
Under this President, he's also made it clear that America’s borders are now closed to illegal immigration, to illegal drug and illicit drugs, and anyone who dares to threaten the well-being of the people of this country.  He’s backed it up with action. 

In the South Texas Corridor –- one of the main highways for illegal drugs -- federal agents have seized more than twice as much cocaine and nearly three times as much heroin compared to this time last year.  Across the entire border, there have been at least 87 major drug seizures in just the past month and a half.

And thanks to President Trump, and the efforts of law enforcement across the American Southwest, illegal crossings at America’s southern border are down nearly 70 percent since January 1 of this year.  (Applause.)  

Now the gains we’ve made because of your service and courage are encouraging.  But the truth is, we still have a lot more to do to make this country safe again.  And I can assure you, this administration is firmly committed to working with each and every one of you, to the agencies and departments that are represented here, to get the job done.

President Trump has vowed, in his words now, “to work with you, not against you”; to “support you, not undermine you."  And I can assure you, serving with him every single day and knowing how he feels about the men and women of law enforcement, that's a promise you can count on every day, at every hour, under President Donald Trump.  (Applause.)  

The Attorney General, at the President’s direction, has already ordered the Department of Justice to support state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners in your joint mission to reduce crime and ensure safety.  He’s also ordered the Department to review its agreements with your jurisdictions to promote local accountability and local control.

But these are only the first steps, not the last.  We're just getting started.  To confront the violence besetting our streets in too many American cities, we must continue to strengthen the partnership between every level of law enforcement, from the federal government down to the smallest cities and towns and townships, and also with the community and advocacy groups that care so deeply about our people’s safety.

This very gathering is a testament to the President’s dedication to build a strong relationship with all of you and with the communities represented here.  Your input is vital as this taskforce continues to craft its recommendations, which the Attorney General will present to the President in the coming months.  And we want to work closely with you as we implement those recommendations in the months and years ahead. 

We want to listen to you, we want to learn from you, and we want to advance the security of the American people because of you.  

President Trump is supporting and standing with law enforcement at every level because he cares so deeply about the safety and security of the American people, and he knows we can make this country safe again.

This is about stopping drugs from entering our schools so that our children can shape their future.  It’s about kicking gang members out of our parks and alleyways so our families can live and play and walk the streets in peace.  It’s about protecting and respecting the courageous men and women who put on the uniform of law enforcement to serve our communities and keep us safe.

You know, this is very humbling for me to stand before you today, and it's somewhat personal to my family.  You know, I’ve never worn the uniform of law enforcement, but I grew up with an uncle who was a cop in Chicago.  He was one of the heroes of my youth.  And when we would travel from our small town in southern Indiana up to Chicago, one of the people we would be most excited to see was my uncle, in uniform, with his sidearm.  And we would see that resolve as he'd walk out the door of my grandparents' home and go to work.

We were filled with pride and, frankly, in awe of my uncle and the courage that he showed every day, putting his life on the line for people he didn’t even know, and then coming home as though it was just a job.  Truly inspiring.  It shaped my youth; it truly did.  

And I've always had that view of law enforcement officers ever since.  You know, I'm mindful of a story in the Old Book that there was encounter that took place between a Centurion and a Nazorean.  It's a great story, where a Centurion had approached the Nazorean in a little place called Capernaum.  He had someone in household who was sick, and he asked for help.  And as the Nazorean started to walk with him, he said, you don’t need to come with me.  He said, I'm a man under authority.  He said, I tell one person to do this, they do it.  Tell another to do this, he does it.  He says, you only say the word, and that young one will be healed.  

And he said in that moment words that I thought I could relate to, as he stood and he looked at that peace officer with a sword at his side and said that Jesus was astonished.  

You know, when I see people that put on a sidearm every morning, men and women who walk out -- give their families a kiss on the cheek and walk out to protect our families, I feel the same way.  I'm just in awe.  I'm in awe of people who answer a call of service in their life that puts the interest of others, the very lives of others, ahead of their own.

When I was Governor of Indiana, I was never more humbled than when I stood at a swearing-in -- a ceremony.  I was never more grieved than when I attended a funeral of one of those deputy sheriffs who had been sworn in at an occasion that I attended.  The American people are deeply grateful for the service that all of you render.  

So to all of you here today -- to the police officers, sheriffs, detectives, deputies, agents, prosecutors, and every other member of the law enforcement community -- just know that whatever happens in the public debate from time to time, when tragedy strikes and people sometimes assume the worst, that this President, this administration, and the people of this country know you are heroes all.   

You have the appreciation of the American people.  And I promise you, you have the gratitude and resolve of our President and our determination to give you the resources you need and the respect you deserve as you protect and serve.

And you have our prayers.  For all of you in this room, and all that you lead back home, and all the departments and all the agencies, may God protect you as you protect our families.

We’ve got a lot of work to do.  But I say with confidence that with President Donald Trump in the White House, with the extraordinary service of the men and women of law enforcement in this country, and with God's grace, together we will make America safe again.

Thank you.  God bless you.  (Applause.)  And God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.) 

10:15 A.M. EDT

Philando Castile death: Police footage released

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:34
Newly released video shows a polite encounter quickly escalating during a Minnesota traffic stop.

Egyptian Christians, Muslims share Ramadan meals despite Islamist violence

REUTERS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:33
CAIRO (Reuters) - In a display of communal solidarity defying the sectarian violence of Islamist militants, Egyptian Christians in Cairo organize daily meals for Muslim neighbors who must fast from dawn to dusk during their holy month of Ramadan.

Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech

AP - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:30
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II outlined the British government's legislative program in a speech to Parliament on Wednesday after the prime minister promised "humility" in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union following a disastrous election that cost the ruling Conservative Party its majority. 2017-06-21T07:18:00-04:00 2017-06-21T11:18:39-04:00

Over 30,000 spectators travel between Confederations Cup host cities for free

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:28
Free travel passes are provided to those who have tickets for the Confederations Cup matches

Putin: Nord Stream-2 should promote energy market development

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:25
The Russian president says the Nord Stream-2 is not aimed against anyone

Jailing of indigenous assault victim sparks debate in Canada

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:16
A homeless indigenous woman, victim of a stabbing and sexual assault, was forced to testify in shackles, then jailed in a cell alongside that of her attacker in a case that has roused indignation in Canada about the treatment of the people it calls the First Nations.

Intel signs up as top Olympic sponsor through 2024

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:16
The International Olympic Committee says it has signed a deal with technology provider Intel, one week after McDonald’s ended its long-standing sponsorship three years early.

Jail threat haunts unlikely lover of Calais migrant

REUTERS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:12
CALAIS, France (Reuters) - She once supported France's anti-immigrant National Front party. She met and fell in love with Mokhtar, a teacher who fled Iran and ended up in Calais. She now risks 10 years in jail.

Brazilian president wishes Russia success in hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:10
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup

ICYMI: MT’s “Great Falls Tribune” Praises President Trump’s Beef Export Deal With China

THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS OFFICE - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:09

“China's ban on U.S. beef imports meant that the entire time former Montana Sen. Max Baucus was the Ambassador to China, from 2014 to earlier this year, he could not get a steak from a U.S.-raised cow in China. The persistence of many paid off and now Montana ranchers and our state's economy will benefit. We owe them all thanks.”


US beef exports to China will be good for Montana
Great Falls (MT) Tribune
June 21, 2017

China's 1.4 billion people will buy about $2.5 billion in beef this year.

Next month for the first time in about 14 years, U.S. cattle producers will have access to that market.

The news is good for Montana's $1.78 billion cattle industry. Montana's ranchers are mostly cow-calf operations, with calves sold to feedlots, where they are finished before they are harvested and the beef is processed. Wider markets for that beef generally means better markets for the cow-calf producer.

Trade deals are long and complicated. China's ban on U.S. beef imports meant that the entire time former Montana Sen. Max Baucus was the Ambassador to China, from 2014 to earlier this year, he could not get a steak from a U.S.-raised cow in China.

The persistence of many paid off and now Montana ranchers and our state's economy will benefit.

We owe them all thanks.

Read the full editorial here.

Iraqi migrant trains at U.S. border patrol academy

REUTERS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:08
ARTESIA, N.M. (Reuters) - At a training facility in the middle of a desert in New Mexico, aspiring border patrol agent Stevany Shakare sprinted laps in 103-degree Fahrenheit weather as her instructors shouted at her to run faster.

MP slams US attempt to buzz Shoigu’s plane over Baltic Sea as ‘military rudeness’

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:06
According to a Russian MP, the NATO aircraft had violated military ethics

Top NATO official says alliance does not violate NATO-Russia Founding Act provisions

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:04
May 2017 was marked by the 20th anniversary of the signing of the NATO-Russia Founding Act

Video shows woman demanding 'white doctor' for her son in waiting-room rant

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:00
"Can I see a doctor please that's white, that doesn't have brown teeth, that speaks English?” the woman said at a clinic in Ontario.

One of Africa’s largest wildlife relocations begins

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:56
Conservationists have launched what they call one of Africa’s biggest wildlife relocations — the transfer of 7,500 animals over three years to a Mozambican park whose wildlife was nearly wiped out by civil war.

Greenland mourns 4 missing in tsunami

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:56
Greenland flags were flying at half-staff Wednesday across Denmark and in Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, to mourn four people who are presumed dead after a tsunami flooded a village on the Arctic island’s west coast.

Bereaved US dad believes Jordan court will ‘render justice’

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:56
The father of one of three U.S. military trainers killed at a Jordanian air base last year says he has more faith in the kingdom’s legal system after attending court this week.

New chance for sick Iranian boy after rescue picture

REUTERS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:53
LONDON (Reuters) - When Emad and his mother entered the Iranian parliament this month, they were hopeful they would get help to treat his advanced illness.

Exclusive: U.N. chief set to name Russian diplomat to top anti-terror job - diplomats

REUTERS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:47
UNITED NATIONS/VIENNA (Reuters) - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres is set to appoint a Moscow envoy in Vienna to head a newly created U.N. Office of Counterterrorism, officials and diplomats said on Wednesday, giving a Russian a top job at U.N. headquarters in New York.

US conservative activist sues Polish paper for defamation

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:46
A trial opened has opened in Warsaw on claims by a conservative American political activist that he was defamed by a Polish journalist who described him as “Trump’s man” and sympathetic to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Son of EU Council head questioned over Polish financial scam

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:46
The son of the European Council president was questioned Wednesday by a Polish parliamentary commission as a witness within an investigation into one of the country’s biggest financial scams.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister says he has cancelled his meeting with U.S. undersecretary over new US sanctions

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:46
Russia’s deputy foreign minister says he has cancelled his meeting with U.S. undersecretary over new US sanctions.

UN welcomes deployment of force to fight extremists in Sahel

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:46
The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution welcoming the deployment of a 5,000-strong force from five countries in Africa’s vast Sahel region to fight the growing threat from extremists.

Egypt doubles capacity of ration cards

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:36
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says the government will increase the monthly capacity of ration cards through which it distributes food subsidies from LE21 ($1.16) per person to LE50 ($2.77) in an attempt to ease the effects of hard-hitting economic reforms.

'Criminal hand' started Portugal fires - fire chief

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:35
Questions raised about how the fires started and spread, as officials express hope they are nearly out.

Royals, fashion and hats at the Royal Ascot horse race

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:35
Royal Ascot is a five-day annual event that happens during the month of June

Queen's elderly husband Prince Philip in London hospital

AP - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:32
LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip, the elderly husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been hospitalized with an infection but is said by Buckingham Palace to be out of bed and in good spirits. 2017-06-21T06:25:00-04:00 2017-06-21T10:25:03-04:00

Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech

AP - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:30
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II outlined the government's legislative program in a speech to Parliament on Wednesday after the prime minister promised "humility" in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union following a disastrous election that cost the ruling Conservative Party its majority. 2017-06-21T06:21:00-04:00 2017-06-21T10:21:13-04:00

Thailand King Vajiralongkorn unhurt in air pistol shooting

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:27
German authorities say King Vajiralongkorn was shot at by teenagers while cycling late at night.

Kremlin vows Russia will respond to new US sanctions

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:26
On June 20, the US Department of the Treasury added 38 individuals and entities to the sanctions list

Egypt doubles capacity of ration cards

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:26
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says the government will increase the monthly capacity of ration cards through which it distributes food subsidies from LE21 ($1.16) per person to LE50 ($2.77) in an attempt to ease the effects of hard-hitting economic reforms.

Kremlin: Putin’s visit to Brazil unlikely to take place this year

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:17
The joint statement by the Russian and Brazilian presidents on strategic foreign policy dialogue was signed on June 21

Queen’s Speech: Pomp, ritual in delivering UK gov’t program

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:16
Queen Elizabeth II delivered a speech to Parliament on Wednesday outlining the British government’s legislative agenda. It’s an event normally marked by pomp and tradition.

UK police studying cause of death of man in mosque attack

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:16
Detectives in London still are trying to determine the cause of the death for a Muslim man who died during the van attack near Finsbury Park Mosque, the city’s police chief said Wednesday.

Russia and Brazil support political solution of Syrian conflict

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:13
Moscow and Rio de Janeiro confirmed their support for the Geneva peace talks

Downward dog

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:13
It's International Yoga Day, but why does the world love yoga?

Russian deputy PM says Confederation Cup teams undergoing tough doping control

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:08
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup that kicked off on June 17 is being held in Moscow, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Kazan

Police dashcam footage of Philando Castile shooting

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:05
Philando Castile was killed during a police traffic stop in Minnesota last June.

Russia and Brazil may expand space cooperation — Putin

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:03
Brazil is interested in expansion of GLONASS network on its territory

Wimbledon champion Boris Becker declared bankrupt

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 16:00
The three-time champion owed a substantial sum to an investment company.

Russia will not lift embargo on tomatoes supplies from Turkey in coming years — ministry

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:56
Russia has lifted almost all restrictions on deliveries of agricultural products from Turkey to date

Russian Deputy PM says over 400,000 tickets sold for Confederations Cup matches

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:40
"Everything is going pretty well but we hope that more people will feel the wish to come and see the games," Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said

Hungary: Trial starts in case of 71 migrants killed in truck

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:36
The trial of 11 men indicted in the case of 71 migrants who died in the back of a refrigerated truck in 2015 started in Hungary on Wednesday.

The new, young crown prince reshaping Saudi Arabia

REUTERS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:34
RIYADH (Reuters) - The young prince named heir to Saudi Arabia's throne has built a reputation as a bold reformer intent on weaning the kingdom off oil and driving a far more aggressive foreign policy to counter the influence of arch-rival Iran.

U.S., China meet on North Korea after Trump points to failed Chinese effort

REUTERS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:28
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top diplomats and defense chiefs from the United States and China began a day of talks in Washington on Wednesday looking for ways to press North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

Russia says NATO’s drills near its borders raise concern

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:26
Russia’s defense minister says the security situation near the nation’s borders has worsened because of NATO’s activities.

Police refute report on alleged terrorist threat in Moscow

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:23
Earlier in the day, several social networks and mass media outlets reported about alleged preparations for a terrorist attack in Moscow

Egypt sends fuel for Gaza's only power plant as Hamas links thaw

REUTERS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:17
GAZA (Reuters) - Egypt sent fuel on Wednesday to the Gaza Strip's only power plant to help alleviate an energy crisis that has left the Palestinian enclave's two million residents with less than three hours of electricity per day.

Croatian taxi drivers in protest against Uber

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:16
Hundreds of Croatian taxi drivers on Wednesday blocked one of the capital’s main boulevards with their cars to protest against Uber services in the country.

Brazilian president urges Russian businessmen to invest in country’s economy

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:13
"There are more than 50 sectors of industry, including electricity industry, gas and oil sectors that may be interesting for Russia," Brazil President Michel Temer said

Polish government receives new official jet

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:06
The first of Western-made jet aircraft for carrying government officials has arrived in Poland.

4 cardinals press pope to clarify divorce-remarriage stand

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 15:06
Four conservative cardinals who publicly questioned Pope Francis’ opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics are pressing their case and arguing that the issue is dividing the church.

Around 20 military bases to be established in western Russia before year-end

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:50
Around 40 garrison towns are currently being built, according to Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu

Theresa May pledges ‘consensus’ on Britain’s E.U. withdrawal

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:50
The outreach over Brexit reflected the government’s weakened position after an election gamble that failed.

Gung-ho culture at Warmbier’s tour agency on N. Korea trip

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:46
Beer-soaked “booze cruises” down North Korea’s Taedong River. Saint Patrick’s Day pub crawls in Pyongyang featuring drinking games with cheery locals.

Russia regrets new US sanctions, mulls retaliatory moves

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:46
The Kremlin has voiced regret about the new U.S. sanctions against Russia and warned of possible retaliation.

Legal wrangling deepens over Egypt transfer of islands

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:46
The head of Egypt’s highest court has ordered a temporary suspension of rulings by other courts on a 2016 deal that transfers two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Britain's Prince Philip admitted to hospital with infection

AP - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:46
LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip, the 96-year old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been admitted to a hospital for treatment of an infection and did not attend the Queen's Speech in Parliament. 2017-06-21T04:33:00-04:00 2017-06-21T08:33:07-04:00

South Sudan no longer in famine, but situation is critical

AP - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:46
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost 2 million people are on the brink of starvation and an estimated 6 million people — half the population — will face extreme food insecurity between June and July, according to reports by the government and the United Nations released Wednesday. 2017-06-21T04:05:00-04:00 2017-06-21T08:05:58-04:00

NATO jet approached plane carrying Russian defense minister, reports say

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:40
If confirmed, the encounter over the Baltic Sea would mark the latest in a string of aerial incidents pitting Russia and the West.

Brazil pilot survives crash landing in Amazon but dies in rescue

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:34
The pilot lost his grip on a rope thrown by rescuers and was dragged away by an Amazon river.

Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech

AP - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:34
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II outlined the government's legislative program in a speech to Parliament on Wednesday after the prime minister slimmed down her plans and promised "humility" in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union following a disastrous election that cost the ruling Conservative Party its majority. 2017-06-21T04:22:00-04:00 2017-06-21T08:22:59-04:00

Kremlin has not yet seen Qatari emir’s message to Putin

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:29
A senior diplomatic source in Qatar informed TASS over the phone on Wednesday that the emir had sent a message to the Russian leader through the Embassy in Moscow

Legendary Soviet spymaster passes away at 91

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:26
Yury Drozdov was directly involved in many intelligence operations, including the exchange of Rudolf Abel for American pilot Francis Gary Powers

Rwanda says gunmen kill 1, injure 8 in attack near Burundi

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:26
Rwanda’s military says a 52-year-old woman has been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in the southwestern district of Rusizi near the Burundi border.

2 Angolan journalists charged with insulting the state

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:26
A prominent journalist and human rights campaigner in Angola says he and another journalist face charges of insulting the state for an article about an allegedly unethical real estate deal involving the attorney general.

Naked thief nabbed by Austrian police at Vienna hotel

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:26
Austrian police have arrested a suspected thief. But first, they made sure he put on some clothes.

Germany files espionage charges against alleged Turkish spy

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:26
German prosecutors have filed espionage charges against a man accused of spying for Turkish intelligence on a Kurdish politician and activists.

U.S.-backed Syrian forces close in on Raqqa from south

REUTERS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:25
BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian militias closed in on Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa on Wednesday, taking territory on the south bank of the Euphrates River with the aim of encircling the city, a militia spokesman told Reuters.

The Latest: UAE rulers welcome new Saudi crown prince

AP - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:18
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on Saudi Arabia's King Salman appointing his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince (all times local): 2017-06-21T04:04:00-04:00 2017-06-21T08:04:42-04:00

100 dead in Central African Republic town, mayor says

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:16
Clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic town of Bria have left at least 100 people dead in the wake of a peace agreement signed this week in Rome that called for an immediate cease-fire, officials said Wednesday.

Germany’s Kohl to be honored by Macron, Clinton at EU event

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:16
The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and former U.S. President Bill Clinton are expected to address a memorial service for ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Siberian scientists invent technology to wirelessly recharge and ‘kill’ drones

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:11
The system, which features dual technology, helps minimize atmospheric disturbances, Institute Researcher Grigory Filimonov said

Russia-Portugal football clash in Moscow to draw full-house attendance

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:08
Due to the extreme attention towards the upcoming match, the organizers decided to open all of the stadiums entrances three hours prior to the start of the match

Top NATO official: Russia and US should resume work on flight incident prevention in Syria

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:06
"We want to do everything that we can to avoid incidents and accidents wherever at the air or at sea," Deputy Secretary General of NATO Rose Gottemoeller said

The Latest: Hungary trial begins in case of 71 dead migrants

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:04
The Latest on European migration issues (all times local):

Sweden summons Russia after Baltic Sea air incident

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:04
Sweden on Wednesday summoned Russia’s ambassador in the country after a Russian fighter jet flew close to a Swedish reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

Belgium tightens security after failed Brussels bombing

AP - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:00
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium tightened security even more on Wednesday to counter fears that lone attackers could strike anywhere and at any time, a day after a failed bombing by a man shouting "Allahu akbar" at a Brussels train station put the nation on edge. 2017-06-21T03:39:00-04:00 2017-06-21T07:39:31-04:00

Romanian prime minister, gov’t ousted in no-confidence vote

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:56
Romania’s prime minister and his government were ousted Wednesday in a no-confidence vote submitted by members of his own party.

Marco Rubio and Ivanka Trump respond to failed hug gags

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:47
Marco Rubio and Ivanka Trump have responded to jokes on social media about their failed hug

Tool against democracy

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:45
Oxford researchers warn that computational propaganda is a powerful tool against democracy.

Suspect in Nemtsov’s murder denies guilt

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:38
One of suspects in Boris Nemtsov’s killing, Anzor Gubashev, once again denied his guilt in the crime and called the late Russian politician a brave man

Face of Defense: Guardsman Trains Next Generation of Shooters

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:36
For New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Michael Kapela, his seventh Adjutant General's Combat Sustainment Training Exercise -- known as the "TAG Match" -- was more meaningful than his first.

Soviet spymaster Yuri Drozdov dies at 91

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:34
Yuri Drozdov, the Soviet spymaster who oversaw a sprawling network of KGB agents abroad, died Wednesday. He was 91.

Romanian lawmakers oust PM Grindeanu in no-confidence vote

REUTERS - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:33
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's ruling leftists overwhelmingly voted to oust Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's six-month-old government on Wednesday, opening the way for a new cabinet with a comfortable parliament majority over the next few weeks.

Queen outlines UK government agenda in scaled-down speech

AP - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:28
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II outlined the government's legislative program in a speech to Parliament on Wednesday after the prime minister slimmed down her plans and promised "humility" in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union following a disastrous election that cost the ruling Conservative Party its majority. 2017-06-21T03:15:00-04:00 2017-06-21T07:15:20-04:00

Pope pledges more than $500,000 in South Sudan aid

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:26
Pope Francis is offering 460,000 euros (more than $500,000) in aid for South Sudan to help finance two hospitals, a school and farm equipment.

Syrian opposition’s Moscow Group does not expect transitional process launch in Geneva

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:19
The leader of the Syrian opposition’s Moscow platform noted improvements in the Syrian peace talks


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