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  • DOJ Convinces Trump To Back Off Declassifying Secret Russia Probe Documents, For Now

    DOJ Convinces Trump To Back Off Declassifying Secret Russia Probe Documents, For NowWASHINGTON ― The Justice Department has succeeded, for the moment, in


  • Brett Kavanaugh's Yale Fraternity Hoisted A Flag Made Of Women's Underwear In 1985

    Brett Kavanaugh's Yale Fraternity Hoisted A Flag Made Of Women's Underwear In 1985Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's fraternity at Yale has long been


  • Mother of baby swept away by Hurricane Florence floodwaters: 'I did everything I could'

    Mother of baby swept away by Hurricane Florence floodwaters: 'I did everything I could'The mother of a child who died after he was swept away by Hurricane Florence's


  • Joe Biden: Christine Blasey Ford 'Shouldn't Have To Go Through What Anita Hill Went Through'

    Joe Biden: Christine Blasey Ford 'Shouldn't Have To Go Through What Anita Hill Went Through'Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday defended his handling of Anita


  • Queens stabbing: Three infants among five people stabbed at 'illegal' New York day care centre

    Queens stabbing: Three infants among five people stabbed at 'illegal' New York day care centreAt least five people, three of them infants, have been stabbed at an in-home daycare centre in New York City, according to police. The stabbings occurred just before 4am in the Flushing neighbourhood, of the Queens borough at what authorities described as a “short-term residential facility” where all of the victims and suspect lived. Police said a 52-year-old woman allegedly stabbed a woman who works as a staffer in the facility eight times in the torso, then one of the babies’ fathers, as well as the three infants.


  • Duke shuts natgas plant due to Florence floods, coal ash leak feared

    Duke shuts natgas plant due to Florence floods, coal ash leak fearedDuke also said it cannot rule out the possibility that coal ash from another plant is flowing into nearby waters. Water breached the cooling lake dam at Duke's 625-megawatt natural gas L.V. Sutton plant, causing the company to shut the plant. Hurricane Florence brought several feet of rain to parts of North Carolina over a period of days, and the historic level of storm flooding is not expected to subside until next week.


  • Japan space probe drops hopping rovers towards asteroid

    Japan space probe drops hopping rovers towards asteroidA Japanese space probe Friday released a pair of exploring rovers towards an egg-shaped asteroid to collect mineral samples that may shed light on the origin of the solar system. The "Hayabusa2" probe jettisoned the round, cookie tin-shaped robots toward the Ryugu astroid, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). If the mission is successful, the rovers will conduct the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface.


  • 'Hotep' — community action in East New York

    'Hotep' — community action in East New YorkEast New York, a residential neighborhood in the eastern section of Brooklyn, has battled poverty since the 1950s. In April 2018, I began documenting grassroots community action in response to the social problems associated with poverty — from street crime and drug addiction to gun violence. In this series, which is part of a long-term urban project I started in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 2012, I have been following the efforts of a local organization called ManUp Inc. Members use the Egyptian word “hotep,” which means “to be at peace,” to greet people in their community.


  • Best Bites: Pumpkin spice waffles

    Best Bites: Pumpkin spice wafflesWelcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your


  • Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

    Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wallTrump complained that a spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is "ridiculous" because it does not include funding for a border wall.


  • Tucker Carlson Blames Democrats For Death Threats Against Christine Blasey Ford

    Tucker Carlson Blames Democrats For Death Threats Against Christine Blasey FordFox News host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday blamed Democrats for death threats


  • New details: Man accused of trying to steal plane

    New details: Man accused of trying to steal planeAuthorities say a man who is being accused of attempting to steal an American Airlines jet had a commercial pilots license and was in the U.S. with a Canadian passport.


  • A Family Seeks Answers After 2 Mental Health Patients Drown In Police Custody

    A Family Seeks Answers After 2 Mental Health Patients Drown In Police CustodyThe family of one of two mental health patients detained in South Carolina who


  • China tells US to withdraw Russia sanctions or 'bear the consequences'

    China tells US to withdraw Russia sanctions or 'bear the consequences'Beijing has warned the US must “bear responsibility for the consequences” if Washington doesn’t withdraw new sanctions on China for procuring military equipment from Russia. The US government imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying ten SU-25 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping US sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US election. In response, “China expresses strong indignation at these unreasonable actions by the US side and has already lodged stern representations,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. The Chinese military bought Russian missile systems and jets, including the Su-35 combat aircraft pictured here Credit: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters “We strongly urge the US side to immediately correct the mistake and rescind the so-called sanctions; otherwise the U.S. side will necessarily bear responsibility for the consequences," he said, without giving details. China has cozied up to Russia lately at a time when both nations have been targeted by the US. Bilateral relations have been so successful that China was invited to take part in military exercises in Russia earlier this month, the country’s largest since the Cold War and the first including a country from outside the former Soviet bloc. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin also cultivated a rather public friendship. Xi and Putin have met several times, most recently at an annual economic forum in Vladivostok that occurred alongside the joint war games. The pair have enjoyed traditional foods together and Putin even recalled celebrating his birthday once with Xi. In 2017, Xi was award Russia’s highest state order, an occasion commemorated by Putin hanging an elaborate medallion around Xi’s neck. The following year Xi reciprocated by presenting Putin with a similar high order of friendship in the form of a giant gold necklace. As these new sanctions show, close relations with Russia means China could suffer collateral damage as the US continues to target Moscow, on top of escalating trade tensions with Washington. One US administration official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, said the sanctions imposed on the Chinese agency were aimed at Moscow, not Beijing or its military, despite an escalating trade war between the United States and China. Despite China essentially taking a hit for Russia, security analysts in Asia think the sanctions could further boost ties between Moscow and Beijing. "The imposition of US sanctions will have zero impact on Russian arms sales to China," said Ian Storey, of Singapore's ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute. "Both countries are opposed to what they see as US bullying and these kind of actions will just push Beijing and Moscow even closer together," he said, adding that Moscow needed Chinese money and Beijing wanted advanced military technology. Collin Koh, a security analyst at Singapore's S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said the sanctions would do little to counter the evolving research and development relationship between China and Russia. At a glance | Sanctions against Russia Indeed, for now, Geng said China would continue to work with Russia to promote strategic cooperation at an even higher level. China relies less on large big-ticket purchases from Russia, but Chinese defense industries are seeking expertise from Russia and former-Soviet states to plug knowledge gaps, he said. The sanctions target China’s Equipment Development Department, the military branch responsible for weapons and equipments, and its director Li Shangfu for engaging in transactions with Russia’s main arms exporter, Rosoboronexport. Trump has insisted there was no collusion with Russia. Moscow denies any effort to meddle in US politics. They also block the Chinese agency and Xi from applying for export licenses and participating in the US financial system, and adds them to the Treasury Department's list of specially designated individuals with whom Americans are barred from doing business. The US blacklisted another 33 people and entities associated with the Russian military and intelligence, adding them to a list under the 2017 law, known as the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, or CAATSA.            


  • Emilia Clarke's Badass 'Game Of Thrones' Tattoo Proves She's The Real Dragon Deal

    Emilia Clarke's Badass 'Game Of Thrones' Tattoo Proves She's The Real Dragon DealEmilia Clarke will forever wear her "Game of Thrones" role on her wrist.


  • In Puerto Rico, Many of the 3,000 Deaths Were Slow and Painful. Just Like the Recovery

    In Puerto Rico, Many of the 3,000 Deaths Were Slow and Painful. Just Like the RecoveryThe final number of deaths from Hurricane Maria, calculated by experts at GWU, was 1,000 beyond the upper estimates for Hurricane Katrina.


  • Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

    Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel AvivPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested Israel's new high-speed train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv on Thursday, but much work remains before it is fully operational. Netanyahu joined Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz on the ride from a newly built train station in Jerusalem's city centre to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. Travelling at speeds up to 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the ride from central Jerusalem to the airport will take 21 minutes -- half the time it takes to drive there in normal traffic, though congestion often makes the trip much longer.


  • Germany's Merkel sees a lot of work to do on Brexit by October

    Germany's Merkel sees a lot of work to do on Brexit by OctoberSubstantial progress must be made on Brexit by October if a deal is to be struck in November, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday after leaders discussed a possible final Brexit summit for November. Merkel said British Prime Minister Theresa May's so-called Chequers plan, hashed out at her country home in July, offered a good basis for negotiations but there was still a lot of work to do on the issue of future EU trade relations with Britain. "It was clear today that we need substantial progress by October and that we then aim to finalise everything in November," Merkel told reporters at an informal European Union summit.


  • Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang dies of illness at 61

    Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang dies of illness at 61HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, the country's No. 2 after the ruling Communist Party's leader, died Friday after a serious illness, the government said. He was 61.


  • Yes, Yandy Really Made A 'Sexy' 'Handmaid's Tale' Halloween Costume

    Yes, Yandy Really Made A 'Sexy' 'Handmaid's Tale' Halloween CostumeWelp: If you ever wanted to know what a "sexy" "Handmaid's Tale" costume looks


  • Sexual Assault Groups Stop Work With Senators Over Treatment Of Christine Blasey Ford

    Sexual Assault Groups Stop Work With Senators Over Treatment Of Christine Blasey FordFor two years, a task force of national sexual assault and domestic violence


  • At Least 5 People, Including 3 Infants, Stabbed at Overnight Day Care Center

    At Least 5 People, Including 3 Infants, Stabbed at Overnight Day Care CenterA motive for the stabbings hasn't been determined


  • Russia says US is trying to 'squeeze out' competitors in the global arms trade

    Russia says US is trying to 'squeeze out' competitors in the global arms tradeMoscow has accused the US of trying to “squeeze out” competitors in the global arms trade, after Washington imposed sanctions on China for buying Russian fighter jets. The US on Thursday blacklisted 33 Russian nationals and three entities in a new round of sanctions over Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. One of the companies was an aircraft-making factory in Russia’s Far East.


  • Hizbollah chief boasts of moving 'high-precision' weapons under Israel's nose

    Hizbollah chief boasts of moving 'high-precision' weapons under Israel's noseThe leader of Lebanon's militant Hizbollah has boasted the group now possesses "highly accurate" missiles despite Israeli attempts to prevent it from acquiring such weapons. Hassan Nasrallah did not offer specifics on the precision weapons, but his comments prompted a reply from Israel's Prime Minister. Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Hizbollah leader that "if he confronts us, he will receive a lethal blow that he can't even imagine." Israel worries that Hezbollah has been improving its capabilities and Israeli officials have said they will not allow "game-changing" weapons, such as guided missiles, to reach the group. In recent months, Israel has acknowledged carrying out scores of strikes in Syria, most of them believed aimed at halting suspected arms shipments for Hizbollah from Iran, its main backer and Israel's archenemy. Female supporters of Lebanon's Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah chant slogans as he addresses his supporters via a screen Credit: Reuters On Thursday, Nasrallah claimed Israeli strikes in Syria to prevent Hizbollah from acquiring precise missiles were ineffective. "I tell (Israel) no matter what it did to cut the route, it is over. It has already been achieved," he said, adding that Hizbollah "now possesses precision missiles and non-precision and weapons capabilities." Nasrallah was speaking during a traditional televised speech at the end of Ashoura, a top religious holy day for Shia Muslims that lasts for 10 days. He told supporters to be confident and Israelis to be concerned of Hizbollah's capabilities. Nasrallah said the balance of power in the region has changed. Hizbollah has thousands of fighters in Syria supporting President Bashar Assad's forces in the civil war. "If Israel imposes a war on Lebanon, Israel will face a destiny and reality it didn't expect any day," Nasrallah said. A general view shows Russian fighter jets on the tarmac at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia province, in the northwest of Syria Credit: AFP Nasrallah's speech was broadcast on a large screen to supporters in Beirut's majority-Shia suburb of Dahiya. On Wednesday, Nasrallah said Israeli claims to have targeted a shipment to Hezbollah in Syria's Latakia province earlier this week were "lies." Hizbollah fighters will continue to be deployed in Syria, he said, but perhaps in lesser numbers due to reduced fighting there after Syrian government forces regained control of most rebel-held areas. Nasrallah also urged supporters to rally behind Iran, saying it's facing hard times as more US sanctions take effect in November. 


  • N.C. hog farmers caught in conundrum: US loves pork, but not Big Pork

    N.C. hog farmers caught in conundrum: US loves pork, but not Big PorkIn Mr. Carter’s view, the fact that only 23 lagoons became inundated and 31 have overtopped is a sign of farm ingenuity in a state with 3,300 such lagoons across more than 2,000 farms. “We need an atta-boy for the job we’re doing,” says Carter. “The focus on pigs is because they are more regulated, they are more visible, and they can stink, there’s no doubt about it,” says North Carolina State University environmental engineer John Classen, who focuses on the waste chain.


  • Pot 'enthusiasts' wanted to sample cannabis in Canada, hundreds apply

    Pot 'enthusiasts' wanted to sample cannabis in Canada, hundreds applyA Toronto marketing company is looking to recruit six "cannabis enthusiasts" to test strains of pot and report back on their characteristics. "A self-avowed interest in cannabis together with the ability to distinguish the often nuanced characteristics of different strains is desirable," said the job posting. The selected pot "connoisseurs" will form a "cannabis curation committee" whose advice will help determine which strains the company includes in sample packages once recreational-use pot becomes legal on October 17.


  • The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Looks Similar, Hides a Big Change Underneath

    The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Looks Similar, Hides a Big Change UnderneathIt's adopting a new independent rear suspension, just like the Suburban.


  • The 64 Most Delish Mexican Recipes

    The 64 Most Delish Mexican Recipes


  • Alibaba Backpedals On Promise To Bring 1 Million Jobs To U.S., Blames Trump Tariff War

    Alibaba Backpedals On Promise To Bring 1 Million Jobs To U.S., Blames Trump Tariff WarChinese tech giant Alibaba will no longer bring the 1 million jobs it had


  • 3D-Printed Gun Creator Cody Wilson Arrested In Taiwan After Sexual Assault Charge

    3D-Printed Gun Creator Cody Wilson Arrested In Taiwan After Sexual Assault ChargeCody Wilson ― 3D-printed gun creator, neo-Nazi funder and sexual assault


  • Photo Shows Wanda Barzee's First Taste of Freedom After Release From Utah Prison

    Photo Shows Wanda Barzee's First Taste of Freedom After Release From Utah PrisonThe woman convicted of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart was also reportedly heard "wailing religious scripture" in her hotel room.


  • 'We Do Not Support This Conduct.' PayPal Joins the Growing Number of Sites to Ban InfoWars

    'We Do Not Support This Conduct.' PayPal Joins the Growing Number of Sites to Ban InfoWars'We do not support this conduct'


  • Seven people shot in Syracuse, New York: reports

    Seven people shot in Syracuse, New York: reportsEmergency services in Syracuse, New York, said they were responding to reports of a shooting where there were up to seven victims, including children. Rough cut, no reporter narration.


  • Israel showed Russia proof Syria to blame for downed plane: Israeli military

    Israel showed Russia proof Syria to blame for downed plane: Israeli militaryIsrael has provided Moscow with proof it bore no responsibility for bringing down a Russian plane in Syria, an Israeli military official said on Friday. Fifteen Russian crew were killed when an IL-20 surveillance plane crashed near Latakia in northern Syria on Monday. Russia has said Syria shot the plane down shortly after Israeli jets hit a target in the area.


  • Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in US Senate: reports

    Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in US Senate: reportsChristine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, is willing to testify next week in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, US media reported on Thursday. Blasey Ford's lawyers have told the committee she cannot appear at its hearing scheduled for Monday, calling the date Republicans set "arbitrary", according to the Washington Post and New York Times. Both cited an email the lawyers sent to the committee seeking to negotiate a new date for the hearing, after committee chairman Chuck Grassley set a deadline of Friday morning to agree to appear on Monday.


  • Will American Airlines bar customers from changing a ticket?

    Will American Airlines bar customers from changing a ticket?FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is threatening to prohibit customers from making changes to nonrefundable tickets if Congress makes good on a proposal to crack down on what critics call unreasonable airline fees.


  • A Ferrari V-6 Will Return, but the Dino Stays Dead

    A Ferrari V-6 Will Return, but the Dino Stays DeadFerrari will launch a new V-6 engine in its road cars for the first time since the days of the Ferrari-built, but not Ferrari-branded, Dino, more than 40 years ago. Announced at an investor meeting, the all-new turbocharged engine, which Ferrari said is a "new architecture" versus the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6s it builds for current Maserati models, will be used in the company's new modular front-engine platform underpinning the next-generation Portofino, GTC4Lusso, and 812 Superfast, all of which will arrive no later than 2022. The engine will be compatible with all-wheel drive, although for the latter, it's unclear if Ferrari will refine the second gearbox for the front axle as seen in the Lusso, currently the only all-wheel-drive Ferrari, or adopt a more conventional layout by fitting electric motors to the front axle.


  • White House Brags About Trump's 'Historic Recovery Effort In Puerto Rico'

    White House Brags About Trump's 'Historic Recovery Effort In Puerto Rico'White House officials on Thursday touted President Donald Trump and his


  • 70 Healthy Snacks That Are Way Better Than Anything In A Vending Machine

    70 Healthy Snacks That Are Way Better Than Anything In A Vending Machine


  • Jogger Seeks Shelter at Chinese Restaurant After She’s Brutally Stabbed: Authorities

    Jogger Seeks Shelter at Chinese Restaurant After She’s Brutally Stabbed: AuthoritiesCustomers tried to revive the newly-engaged woman before she died.


  • Police Launch International Manhunt for 3D-Printed Gun Activist Cody Wilson

    Police Launch International Manhunt for 3D-Printed Gun Activist Cody WilsonHe cancelled his flight following new developments in a case against him


  • Classics for Sale: Rare Peugeot 309 GTI

    Classics for Sale: Rare Peugeot 309 GTIThe Peugeot 205 GTI might have all of the glory, but the 309 GTI is the rarer car today. Check out this well looked after example we've found.


  • Gavin Williamson commits extra British troops in Ukraine to stop Russia 'reversing Cold War outcome'

    Gavin Williamson commits extra British troops in Ukraine to stop Russia 'reversing Cold War outcome'Only a month ago, a Ukrainian soldier was killed by sniper fire at the spot where Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, is now standing. This is the front line of the West’s new war with Russia. Two hundred yards away, Russian-backed separatists are in position, their sniper rifles at the ready. Protected by helmet and body armour, Mr Williamson is surveying the remains of a hospital, its walls bullet-riddled and the windows blown out. Separatist fighters had targeted it with mortars  and machine gun fire from across the fields that now represent an illegal de facto border between Ukraine and Russian-occupied territory outside Marinka, a satellite town about three miles to the west of Donetsk.  Mr Williamson had deployed forward from the safety of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, to see for himself the effects of what he called Russia’s “brazen and reckless” act of initiating the conflict in the east of the country.  Britain will increase military support to its ally by sending Royal Marines later this year and increase the presence of Royal Navy patrols in the Black Sea in 2019.  Odessa, Ukraine’s biggest port, located in the west of the country, is expected to come under pressure from the Russian Navy over the coming months as they try to effect an economic blockade. Gavin Williamson with troops in the contested region of Ukraine. September 18th 2018. Tension with Russia after Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution in 2014 led to separatists, backed by regular Russian military units, seizing Crimea and a large swathe of Ukrainian territory along the border. More than 10,000 lives have been lost in the conflict. Mr Williamson’s Ukrainian hosts watched nervously as the Secretary of State surveyed the damage, mindful that he stay on the paved surface. The fields either side are now feared to have been planted with landmines hidden beneath the soil.  The Ukrainian soldier killed last month had been shot at from a house on the Russian separatist side of the frontline. Mr Williamson became on Tuesday the first western minister outside of Ukraine to experience the frontline - and Vladimir Putin’s land grab - at such close proximity. He may as well have been sauntering down Whitehall. “The Kremlin is trying to undermine our values, destroy our way of life, and reverse the outcome of the Cold War,” said Mr Williamson, 42. “Its behaviour only increases the risk of miscalculation and the prospect of crisis turning to chaos.”  There needs to be a response to Russian encroachment. We’ve got to make it clear that there is a price to be paid for such actionsDefence Secretary Gavin Williamson The Mi-8 Hip helicopter taking us east towards the 300 mile-long Line of Control, the new, illegal border with Russia, had raced forward at 120 knots, pulling up sharply to get over trees and power lines. Twenty-six Ukrainian aircraft have been shot down by Russian-supplied surface to air missiles since the conflict started, so the pilots take no chances and cling to the safety of the folds in the earth.  Some 35,000 Russian-backed separatists and an estimated 4,000 regular Russian troops are located in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine. Holding them back are around 60,000 Ukrainian forces. The Kremlin tried to break the will of the Ukrainian people, Mr Williamson said, but the nation came together against such a blatant act of aggression. “What you’ve seen is an independent free nation that has been attacked by a powerful neighbour and we’ve seen men and women come together to repel that invasion and push back those that would wish to do them harm,” he told the Telegraph, accompanying him on the visit.   “Vladimir Putin and his cronies around him want to abuse their power. This is not the type of behaviour we expect of any nation, let alone one that sits as a permanent member of the Security Council. [Russia is becoming] a pariah nation.”  The Defence Secretary receives a brief in a hardened bunker from the Ukrainian General in command of the operational area.  Around 300,000 people live without clean water after the treatment plant supplying this region of Ukraine was destroyed by shelling. Just inside Russia an estimated 700 tanks are available to push further into Ukraine should the order come. Cyber attacks are common with Ukrainian military personnel regularly harassed on their personal mobile phones. The message from Russia is clear: we can get to you any time we want.   Russia’s military intelligence arm, the GRU, blamed by Britain for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, is also present. Two GRU operatives were caught inside Ukraine in 2016 and exchanged for a pilot that had been shot down. They are all constant reminders of how easily Russia and the separatists can raise or lower the pressure, according to the wider agenda of destabilising Ukraine and making it an unattractive prospect for Nato or EU membership.  Gavin Williamson stayed at the front line for about 20 minutes, accompanied by Ukraine’s Joint Force Operation Commander, Lieutenant General Serhiy Nayev. The protection party of around 50 soldiers, scanning the scrub and battered buildings nearby for signs of movement, were eager to move on.  Four years of war in Europe: A photo dispatch from the frontline in Ukraine Despite all the security measures, including having two Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships cover our approach, the soldiers admitted Russia probably knew the British Defence Secretary was here. To attack the British minister would, of course, be an outrageous and provocative act, but after Salisbury all rules have changed. Mr Williamson was undeterred and happy to stay chatting with Ukrainian troops. “We have common values and we believe in standing up for those common values,” he said, “It’s important that we stand up for the international rules-based order. “There is a constant pattern where Russia is pushing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour [and] there needs to be a response to Russian encroachment. We’ve got to make it clear that there is a price to be paid for such actions.”  Mr Williamson is in no doubt that blame lies directly with Mr Putin. “The behaviour of the Putin-led regime is not acceptable. We want to be able to ensure that the people who are on the front line, where we are today, have the best ability to survive and defend their homeland.” He also fears Mr Putin is widening his new Cold War with the West. Mr Williamson added: “We’re seeing Russian aggression, not just on the front line but an increasingly more assertive posture in the Black Sea. They want to open up new fronts.” Gavin Williamson is shown the last checkpoint on the Ukrainian side of the contested Line of Control. The Russian-backed separatist checkpoint is 300m further down the road.  The Defence Secretary is pledging to stand firm. “We’re going to be upping our training and support efforts with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, making sure that the Ukrainian Navy and Ukrainian forces have the skills and the technical ability to deal with these increasing threats.” Mr Williamson was criticised in the past for saying Russia should “go away and shut up”. Invited by the Telegraph to repeat his suggestion at full volume towards the trenches just a few hundred yards away, he politely declined.  It was time to get back in the heavily armoured vehicles and head West, to the relative safety of Kiev. Mr Williamson’s full-throated support for his Ukrainian hosts and promise of increased British military personnel had earned much praise. “You are very brave for coming here,” one Ukrainian soldier told him.  “Our commitment remains unwavering,” Gavin Williamson said. “As long as the danger lasts we will continue to stand by your side. The safer you are here, the safer we are in the UK.”  


  • Hezbollah leader says has rockets despite Israeli efforts in Syria

    Hezbollah leader says has rockets despite Israeli efforts in SyriaThe leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Thursday that his group had obtained precision rockets despite Israeli strikes in recent years aimed at cutting the supply route through Syria. "No matter what you do to cut the route, the matter is over and the resistance possesses precision and non-precision rockets and weapons capabilities," Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said, addressing Israel in a broadcast speech. "If Israel imposes a war on Lebanon, Israel will face a fate and a reality it has never expected on any day," he added.


  • Best Gas Cooktops of 2018

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  • 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged / SVR

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  • Mueller Probe's Fate Hinges On Rod Rosenstein Convincing Trump He Was Just Joking

    Mueller Probe's Fate Hinges On Rod Rosenstein Convincing Trump He Was Just JokingThe fate of special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation could


  • 8 people, including 4 migrants in US illegally, die in crash

    8 people, including 4 migrants in US illegally, die in crashEight people, including four immigrants in the U.S. illegally, were killed in a head-on crash on an Arizona highway, authorities said.


  • Arrest made in fatal stabbing of jogger in Washington, DC: Police

    Arrest made in fatal stabbing of jogger in Washington, DC: PoliceAn arrest was made in the slaying of Wendy Karina Martinez and the suspect is expected to appear in court later today.


  • Female Employee Dies After Killing 3 and Wounding 3 at Maryland Warehouse

    Female Employee Dies After Killing 3 and Wounding 3 at Maryland WarehouseA female employee at a Maryland distribution center died after killing three people and wounding three others in a mass shooting