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Indonesia says military chief barred from US, seeks explanation

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Indonesia said Sunday its military chief had been refused entry to the United States and asked Washington for an explanation. General Gatot Nurmantyo was due to attend a conference in Washington at the request of General Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, but the military said he was unable to board his Emirates flight in Jakarta on Saturday.


Russian Americans divided over President Trump, fear another Cold War

Added: 22.10.2017 15:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

Anastasia Kurteeva worries about a new Cold War.
She's afraid that escalating tensions between the United States and Russia will make it harder for people to travel freely between the countries, harder for her parents in Moscow to visit.
The U.S. government's decision in August to temporarily suspend...


Ferrari running big update package at Austin, split between drivers

Added: 22.10.2017 13:38 | 0 views | 0 comments

Ferrari has brought a raft of Formula 1 upgrades to the United States Grand Prix, but only Sebastian Vettel is running the full package


Mogadishu death toll rises to 358 as Somalia president to announce ’state of war’ on al-Shabaab

Added: 22.10.2017 13:28 | 0 views | 0 comments

Thousands of anguished Somalis gathered to pray on Friday at the site of the country’s deadliest attack, while the toll rose to 358 and dozens remained missing. Somalia’s president will announce a "state of war" against the al-Shabaab extremist group blamed for the bombing, the prime minister said. The United States is expected to play a supporting role in the new offensive that President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is set to launch on Saturday, a Somali military official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters. Somalia’s army spokesman Capt. Abdullahi Iman said the offensive involving thousands of troops will try to push al-Shabaab fighters out of their strongholds in the Lower Shabelle and Middle Shabelle regions where many deadly attacks on Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and on Somali and African Union bases have been launched. Also on Friday, the U.S. military said it had resumed its fight against al-Shabaab with a drone strike. The extremist group has not commented on Saturday’s truck bombing in Mogadishu, which Somali intelligence officials have said was meant to target the city’s heavily fortified international airport where many countries have their embassies. The massive bomb, which security officials said weighed between 600 kilograms and 800 kilograms (1,300 pounds and 1,700 pounds), instead detonated in a crowded street after soldiers opened fire and flattened one of the truck’s tires. Deadly truck bomb hits Somalia's capital 00:44 Somalia’s information minister Abdirahman Osman said late on Friday that 56 were people still missing. Another 228 people were wounded, and 122 had been airlifted for treatment in Turkey, Sudan and Kenya. "This pain will last for years," said a sheikh leading the Friday prayers at the bombing site, as long lines of mourners stood in front of flattened or tangled buildings. Men walk near destroyed buildings as thousands of Somalis gathered to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims, at the site of the attack in Mogadishu Credit: AP Since the election of the country’s Somali-American president in February, the government has announced a number of military offensives against al-Shabab, Africa’s deadliest Islamic extremist group, only to end them weeks later with no explanation. Experts believe that has given the extremists breathing space and emboldened them in their guerrilla attacks. Iman, Somalia’s army spokesman, told the AP that troops recaptured three towns in Lower Shabelle region from al-Shabaab on Friday in preparation for the new offensive. Somali officials did not give details on what role the U.S. military might play. There was no immediate response late on Friday from the U.S. Africa Command. The U.S. has stepped up military involvement in the long-fractured Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump approved expanded operations against the group early this year. The U.S. has carried out at least 19 drone strikes in Somalia since January, according to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Thousands of Somalis gather to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims, at the site of the attack in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 Credit: AP The latest U.S. drone strike occurred Monday about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of the capital, the U.S. Africa Command told the AP earlier on Friday. It said it was still assessing the results. Earlier this week, in response to questions about the massive truck bombing, a Pentagon spokesman said the United States has about 400 troops in Somalia and "we’re not going to speculate" about sending more. In April, the U.S. announced it was sending dozens of regular troops to Somalia in the largest such deployment to the country in roughly two decades. The U.S. said it was for logistics training of Somalia’s army and that about 40 troops were taking part. Weeks later, a service member was killed during an operation against al-Shabab. He was the first American to die in combat in Somalia since 1993.

Indonesia demands answers after military chief denied U.S. entry

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Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the U.S. secretary of state and summon Washington's deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to the United States, Indonesian officials said on Sunday. Armed Forces Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was about to board a flight on Saturday when the airline informed him that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection had denied him entry, military spokesman Wuryanto told a news conference in Jakarta.


Why Superman Is Definitely a Democrat

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Why Superman Is Definitely a Democrat
We run down the stances Superman would take on issues facing the United States in its current political climate.


Ricciardo unaware Verstappen was given upgraded Renault F1 engine

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Daniel Ricciardo says he was unaware that Max Verstappen had been given an upgraded engine for this weekend's United States Grand Prix


Heavy rain, gusty storms to sweep across southern US into Monday

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Rain capable of causing travel disruptions and storms strong enough to knock down trees will push across the southern United States into Monday.


Costumed pooches prance In annual Halloween Dog Parade in New York City

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More than 500 animals wore costumes to what is known as one of the largest dog Halloween events in the United States. The 27th annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City continued its reign as October’s cutest event, bringing together New York’s fluffiest pets and their ever-creative owners. This year’s crop of dog models – dressed in costumes that ranged from the President to the Devil to Kellyanne Conway – put on a delightful show for spectators.

Solar industry fears for thousands of jobs should U.S. impose import restrictions

Added: 22.10.2017 11:27 | 0 views | 0 comments

Singapore-headquartered solar panel maker REC hopes to be exempt from potential U.S. restrictions on imports following a recent trade finding that said no significant injury to the United States had been caused by makers including those from Australia, Canada and Singapore. U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce by early next year measures which his administration will take to limit imports after the U.S. International Trade Commission found in September that U.S. panel makers had been harmed by cheap imports. Many companies have warned that a solar trade dispute involving potential import tariffs between the United States and other countries could cost thousands of jobs and slow down the development of the clean energy technology.

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