Iran Publishes Pictures of Captured U.S. Sailors Crying

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U.S. sailor crying in photo released by Iran

 

Iran has released new photographs in which at least one of the recently captured U.S. sailors is crying, according to a series of the pictures posted on social media. Continue reading

EU founding members pledge deeper integration

A two-speed Europe is back in the picture after talk from four years ago. The EU will likely split but a core group of nations will remain together in solidarity. For those who follow the written word of God, it could very well be the 10 horns (nations) as written about in Daniel 7 (See also Revelation 17), in Bible prophecy. As hs been documented here, the crisis is forcing a core unit to consider integration as the only answer to its problem. All this is coming falling under Berlin’s leadership. The Fourth Reich has landed and its United States of Europe is coming. The Berlin club put the task in motion and you’ll be seeing this political union with its own EU Army.

 

The six founding members of the EU have recommitted to building an “ever closer union”, but they have acknowledged differences with other states and for the first time they have backed a “two-speed” Europe.

At informal talks on Tuesday (9 February) in Rome, where the bloc’s founding treaty was signed in 1957, the foreign ministers of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands underscored that for them answers to the EU’s challenges lay in more integration, not less.

In a nod to Britain, they acknowledged that not every country should have to agree.

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Trump SLAMS Merkel as he warns refugee crisis could trigger the END OF EUROPE

The outspoken billionaire – who last night romped home to a decisive victory in New Hampshire’s Republican primary – said German Chancellor Angela Merkel was wrong to let in more than one million migrants last year.

Turning his fire on Merkel, he said: “I think Angela Merkel made a tragic mistake with the migrants.

“If you don’t treat the situation competently and firmly, yes, it’s the end of Europe.”

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Iran: With A Lot Of Help From My Enemies

Now that the sanctions are being lifted the government can allocate more resources to the many wars and insurgencies the country is involved in. Iran proclaims that all this mayhem is merely fellow Shia trying to defend themselves from Sunni aggression. In many cases this is true but over the centuries Iran has always extracted a high price for such protection. The Iraqi Shia are feeling that pressure, with local pro-Iran Shia militia leaders making it very clear that their main loyalty is to Iran, not the Iraqi government. In Syria the Shia minority, which has ruled (as the Assad dictatorship) since the 1970s has been threatened by a Sunni rebellion since 2011. Iran has been key in keeping the Assads going since then and now believes victory is in sight. Continue reading

NATO to set up 40,000-strong rapid response spearhead forces at its eastern borders

The NATO chief stressed that this is “Russia which is conducting a wide range of military exercises including many snap exercises, un-notified exercises, and Russia which has shown the will not only to exercise its military force but also to use military force, to intimidate neighbors and to change borders in Europe as we have seen in Ukraine and in Georgia. Continue reading

Russian hands-off warning to US, Saudis, Turks amid crucial Aleppo battle

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The five-year Syrian civil war, faces its most critical moment. Saturday, Feb. 6, a combined force of Syrian army and Hizballah troops and an Iraqi Shiite militia under Iranian officers, were led by Russian air and Spetsnaz (special forces) officers into pressing forward to encircle 35,000 rebels trapped in Aleppo, the country’s largest city. As they tightened the siege, 400,000 Syrian civilians were also trapped and forced to bear heavy Russian air bombardment and savage artillery fire from the ground forces closing in on the city. Continue reading

Russia suspects Turkey is preparing for incursion into Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry said it has observed “a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish armed forces for active actions on the territory of Syria.”

Ankara responded by saying it has the right to to protect its security and accused Russia of diverting attention from its own “crimes” in Syria. Continue reading

Turkey’s Erdogan “taunted EU leaders” over migrant deal

The stormy meeting on October 5 last year came as European leaders, led by Jean-claude Juncker, the European Commission president, tried to strike a 3bn euro deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants crossing into Europe.

In extraordinary exchanges, Mr Erdogan appears to taunt Mr Juncker, saying that Turkey does not want the European Union’s money and flatly rejecting the offer of 3bn euros over two years.

“Erdogan said that Turkey didn’t need the EU’s money anyway, ‘We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria any time and we can put the refugees on buses’”, threatened Mr Erdogan according to the minutes published by the Greek website Euro2day.

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Trump to Savage: Maybe Obama doesn’t want to defeat ISIS

In another wide-ranging interview with talk-radio host Michael Savage, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested President Obama might not have a desire to defeat the Islamic jihadist group ISIS, and the real-estate billionaire shied away from declaring he would win the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.

Trump repeated his observation that President Obama refuses to identify the enemy as “radical Islamic terrorism,” insisting ISIS and other groups have nothing to do with Islam.

“It’s radical Islamic terrorism, and we have a president who won’t even use the words,” he said. “If you don’t use the words, you’re never going to get rid of the problem.

“Maybe he doesn’t want to get rid of the problem,” Trump said. “I don’t know exactly what’s going on.”

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U.S. defense intelligence chief predicts increased ISIS attacks

Speaking to a security conference, Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart linked his warning to the militant group’s establishment of “emerging branches” in Mali, Tunisia, Somalia, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Continue reading

Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops’ readiness amid continuing tensions with the West.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise that involves troops of the Southern Military District. Continue reading

North Korea’s new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

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North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate a satellite launch on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. People in Pyongyang danced and watched fireworks the day after a rocket launch that has been strongly condemned by many countries around the world. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

 

TOKYO (AP) — Here’s a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea’s newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended.

Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket launches to develop nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, it now has two satellites circling the Earth, according to NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command, which monitors all satellites in orbit.

Both of the Kwangmyongsong, or “Shining Star,” satellites complete their orbits in about 94 minutes and based on data released by international organizations tracking them, the new one passed almost right over Levi’s Stadium about an hour after the Super Bowl ended. Continue reading

Exclusive: Iran wants euro payment for new and outstanding oil sales – source

 

 

Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the U.S. dollar following last month’s sanctions relief.

A source at state-owned National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) told Reuters that Iran will charge in euros for its recently signed oil contracts with firms including French oil and gas major Total, Spanish refiner Cepsa and Litasco, the trading arm of Russia’s Lukoil. Continue reading

Hillary Clinton Says Banning Fossil Fuel Extraction on Public Lands a ‘Done Deal’

Hillary Clinton said that banning fossil fuel extraction on public lands is a ‘done deal,’ the Hill reported. Continue reading

China’s currency reserves plunged in January

While you were busy watching Super Bowl 50, the Chinese continued dumping U.S. Dollars in record amounts.

 

At $3.23 trillion, China still has the world’s biggest reserve of foreign currency holdings.But that has declined by $420bn over six months and stands at the lowest level since May 2012. Continue reading