Turkey kills 1,005 terrorists in major assault in Syria:
TURKISH soldiers have entered the centre of strategically-vital al-Bab in northern Syria in a major blow to fanatical Islamic State as Ankara claimed to have killed more than 1,000 terrorists.
Turkish air raids kill 47 civilians in Syria’s al-Bab:
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 14 children and nine women were among the fatalities of Thursday’s aerial assaults.
Syrian military has liberated Aleppo:
Forces have lost control of their last enclave in the strategic city as Ayrian army troops capture their biggest battlefield prize in more than five years of war.
Syrian Ambassador to U.N. Reads Names of Spies and Intelligence Agents Trapped in East Aleppo : Video –
Syrian Ambassador to U.N. Reads Names of Spies and Intelligence Agents Trapped in East Aleppo
Islamic State claims suicide car bombs that killed at least 23 east of Mosul:
Islamic State claimed three suicide car bombs that killed at least 15 civilians and eight Iraqi policemen on Thursday in an eastern suburb of Mosul, according to a military statement.
UN says Mosul attacks killed 11, including 4 aid workers:
The U.N. mission said Thursday that the attacks occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday in eastern Mosul, where Iraqi troops are battling Islamic State militants. It says up to 40 other people were wounded in the attacks.
US: kills 28 alleged al-Qaeda members in Yemen:
The strikes across Yemen, including in the Shabwah, Hadramawt and Baydah governorates.
Egypt delays U.N. vote on illegal settlements after Trump, Israel urge U.S. veto:
Egypt postponed a U.N. Security Council vote on Thursday on a resolution it proposed demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, diplomats said, after Israel’s prime minister and U.S. president-elect Donald Trump urged Washington to veto it.
Trump calls for veto of UN resolution on Israel settlements;
« This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis, » Trump added.
Trump saved Israel from diplomatic ‘hit’ by Obama at UN;
After Egypt withdraws anti-settlement resolution hours before vote, unnamed official tells Channel 2 that president-elect responded to Netanyahu call for help
DRC: At least 34 killed in anti-Kabila protests;
Security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 34 people during protests this week against President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down at the end of his mandate, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday.
Libya: IS Suicide Bomber Kills Eight LNA Forces near Benghazi:
The Islamic State group (IS) has proven again it is not fully eradicated from Libya as a suicide bomber of the group killed near Benghazi 8 soldiers of the Libyan National Army (LNA) aligned with Marshal Khalifa Haftar
Eight killed in Taliban attack on MP’s house in Afghanistan:
The Taliban has said an attack killing several MPs targeted « an important gathering of officials. » Police have confirmed that civilians were also among the dead.
Fact or fiction?
Russian hacks into Ukraine power grids a sign of things to come for U.S.?:
The suspected motive for the attack is the war in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists are fighting against Ukrainian government forces.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin signal renewal of nuclear arms race:
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin fired the starting gun on a new nuclear arms race on Friday as they both vowed to launch a major expansion of their countries’ arsenals.
Evidence suggests suspect drove Berlin crash truck: prosecutor’s office:
Forensic evidence from the truck that ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market on Monday, killing 12, suggests that Tunisian suspect Anis Amri was at the wheel of the vehicle,
Berlin Truck Terror Suspect and the Curious Matter of ID Papers Left Behind:
One intriguing-if barely discussed-aspect of the Paris massacre was the quick progress authorities made in their investigation.
US State Police Have Spent Millions on Israeli Phone Cracking Tech;
When cops have a phone to break into, they just might pull a small, laptop-sized device out of a rugged briefcase. After plugging the phone in with a cable, and a few taps of a touch-screen, the cops have now bypassed the phone’s passcode.
Canada admits that the armored vehicles it’s selling to Saudi Arabia could be used in the fighting in Yemen
: Canada’s $15 billion military export deal to Saudi Arabia could help the Middle Eastern monarchy wage war in Yemen, according to Ottawa’s own legal arguments, heard in court this week.
Nearly 95% of all new jobs during Obama era were part-time, or contract;
A new study by economists from Harvard and Princeton indicates that 94% of the 10 million new jobs created during the Obama era were temporary positions.
China tycoon moves jobs to US, citing high taxes at home:
A Chinese auto glass tycoon has caused a stir by shifting part of his empire to the United States and setting up a factory in Ohio, citing high taxes and soaring labour costs at home.
Icahn: If you’re going to have a trade war with China, ‘get it over with’:
On what regulations he wants to target, Icahn cited blended-fuel requirements for refineries. He’s not a disinterested party-Icahn holds a majority stake in CVR Energy CVI, +11.99%
Goldman Is Back on Top in the Trump Administration:
Former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin served as Trump’s national finance chairman and is now Trump’s nominee for U.S. Treasury secretary. Trump has also tapped Goldman Sachs President to be his top economic adviser in the White House
Something Wicked This Way Comes:
« The narrative about an improving economy, thriving jobs market, and glorious future is bullshit. I know it. You know it. And your establishment puppeteers know it. But only « fake news » sites would dare reveal these inconvenient truths. »
Clinton swamps Trump in popular vote:
More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than any other losing presidential candidate in US history.
Ray McGovern: A Disgruntled Bernie Supporter Probably Leaked DNC Emails:
McGovern said that when President Obama wanted an investigation into the possible hacking, he was doing so at the behest of the director of the CIA, John Brennan.
ACLU Comment on Obama Rescinding Muslim and Arab Special Registration System:
The dormant National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) could have been reactivated by President-elect Donald Trump to fulfill his promise to target Muslim immigrants for « extreme vetting. »
U.S. cities with Nativity scenes ignore takedown demands:
Groups demand they should not be placed on publicly owned property