Wednesday, February 22, 2017

US will receive a strong slap in the face if underestimates Iran’s defensive capabilities: Iranian commander

The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games. ______ Since taking office last month, U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to get...

Historic breakthrough: Netherlands passed a bill to decriminalize cannabis cultivation

Dutch lawmakers have made a “historic breakthrough” on marijuana legalization, passing a measure in the lower house of Parliament to decriminalize cannabis cultivation. ______ MPs narrowly passed a bill Tuesday that would build on the country’s existing policies of relaxed enforcement of marijuana consumption and sale. However,...

Canada will open doors for 1,200 Yezidi refugees from Iraq, protecting from the IS group

Canada will resettle 1,200 Yezidi refugees who faced persecution by the Islamic State group, the immigration minister said Tuesday. Some 400 have already been airlifted to this country. ______ "Our operation is under way and individual survivors of Daesh have been arriving in Canada for resettlement in...

Israeli government a ‘cancerous tumor’: Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel

Iran’s Supreme Leader called on Palestinians on Tuesday to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a "cancerous tumor" that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely liberated. ______ "... by Allah’s permission, we will see that this intifada will begin a very...

Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that house long-range surface-to-air missiles

China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters. ______ The development is likely to raise...

Britain’s urban butterfly population down 69% in 2 decades – study

Butterflies are disappearing more rapidly from British towns and cities than from the countryside, according to a new study taken over the last 20 years. The research blames a multitude of factors for the decline, including climate change. ______ The study, published in the May 2017...

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard has launched advanced rockets during military exercises

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has launched several sophisticated rockets during military exercises, Iranian media reported on Monday. ______ The semi-official Tasnim news agency , considered to be close to the Revolutionary Guard, said the launch of the "smart and advanced" rockets came during an annual three-day...

Russia’s combative ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York

Russia's combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. ______ The ministry gave no details on the circumstances of his death but offered condolences to his relatives and...

Almost 1.4 million children could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan & Yemen, UNICEF warns

Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency said Monday. ______ In Yemen, where war has been raging for nearly two years, 462,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition...

SOROS UNDER FIRE: Movements to ban billionaire-funded groups sweep across Europe

Billionaire investor George Soros is attempting to use his influence to block changes which would reduce the European Union’s (EU) power. A number of NGOs funded by the Hungarian-American Europhile business magnate have complained about proposals from four central European states to take power away...

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