February 23, 2019

Kidnapped British aid workers death might be ‘friendly fire’

Linda Norgrove the British aid worker killed last week following an abortive rescue attempt by US forces may have been killed by friendly fire. The US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, has ordered an investigation into the death of Norgrove who was kidnapped two weeks ago in the … [Read more...]

Pakistan protests “unjustified” US drone attacks

The upsurge in US drone attacks in Pakistan has led the Pakistan government to protest that the strikes have "neither justification nor understanding". It is estimated that more than 150 people, militants and civilians, have died in US drone strikes over the last month. Pakistan Foreign … [Read more...]

US State Department issues Europe travel alert

The United States issued a general travel alert for Americans in Europe on Sunday amid concerns that al Qaeda or related groups are planning attacks on civilian targets. The U.S. State Department says "U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt … [Read more...]

Leaking Gulf of Mexico BP oil well “effectively dead”

The leaking BP oil well that spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for months following the April 11 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig has been finally sealed. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who is the top federal official overseeing the clean-up said that the well was … [Read more...]

US plans $60 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia

The Obama administration is about to notify Congress of plans to sell $60 billion of military equipment to Saudi Arabia according to an anonymous defense official. The official, quoted on CNN says that the "enormous" deal " is the largest of its kind in history." Congress would have to approve … [Read more...]

Cuba to axe one million jobs to boost economy

Cuba has announced radical plans to lay off up to a million state employees in an attempt to revivie its struggling economy. In an attempt to lift productivity, the Cuban Labour Federation says that several hundred thousand workers will lose their jobs within six months, with more to … [Read more...]

New Zealand exit FIBA World Basketball Champs – Oh those Russians

The New Zealand Tall Blacks have bowed out of the FIBA World basketball championships in Turkey today, going down 78-56 to Russia in their round of 16 clash. It was the land of the giants as 2 metre plus Sergey Monya, Timofey Mozgov and Sasha Kaun shut down the kiwis offence. The Russians had … [Read more...]

Hurricane Earl – Evacuations possible on U.S Atlantic Coast

Hurricane Earl is set to bring storm surge flooding and high winds to the U.S. Atlantic Coast by the weekend and evacuations may be neccessary. The huge weather system is currently classed as a category 4 hurricane and is hitting the southern Bahamas. Earl's maximum sustained winds are at 135 mph … [Read more...]

US Combat Troops Exit Iraq

The last American combat brigade in Iraq has left the country. The 4,000 strong 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division began crossing by convoy into Kuwait early on Thursday the US military has announced. This brings an early end to combat operations, which were scheduled to finish on 31st … [Read more...]

Obama supports ‘ground zero’ mosque in New York

US President Barack Obama has joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in defending plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City. The 13-storey Islamic community centre and mosque would be located about two blocks from the former World Trade Center site. President Obama … [Read more...]

Giant Iceberg breaks free from Greenland

A giant ice sheet measuring 260 sq km (100 sq miles) has broken off a glacier in Greenland, according to researchers at the University of Delaware. The block of ice separated from the Petermann Glacier, on the north-west coast of Greenland and is the largest Arctic iceberg in 40 years. Cracks … [Read more...]

California same-sex marraige ban overturned by judge

A US federal judge has overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage. US District Judge Vaughn Walker found it unconstitutionally discriminated against same-sex couples who wanted to marry. The now overturned ammendment to the law was passed by voters in 2008 by only 52% to 48%. It banned … [Read more...]

Obama confirms US troop withdrawl from Iraq

US President Barack Obama has confirmed the end of all combat operations in Iraq by 31 August. I hope they have told the militants because it would be a bit embarrassing if the US forces stopped fighting but the insurgents kept going. Of the 65,000 US troops currently stationed in Iraq, 50,000 … [Read more...]