Laying into Britain, he said: “As for the position of the UK representative, I would liket to advise: give back the Malvinas [Falkland] Islands, give back Gibraltar, return the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which you turned into a huge military base.
Serbian Defense Ministry to Receive Six MiG-29 Jets From Russia by May
Russian specialists would help Belgrade modernize six aircraft to be received from Russia, as well as four fighter jets from the Serbian Air Force fleet, according to local media.
BELGRADE (Sputnik) — The Serbian Defense Ministry will receive six Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia before the end of April, Serbian media reported Sunday.
According to the Tanjug news agency, citing the ministry, Russian specialists would help Belgrade modernize six aircraft to be received from Russia, as well as four fighter jets from the Serbian Air Force fleet.
Jordan said late on Saturday that its warplanes bombed positions held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in southern Syria, two years after one of its pilots was captured and killed by the armed group.
Friday’s strikes came on the second anniversary of ISIL’s release of video showing pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh being burned alive in a cage after his aircraft crashed in Syria in December 2014.
NATO to Start Training Soldiers in Iraq
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will begin its training effort in Iraq on Sunday, as the alliance looks to step up its efforts to assist in the fight against Islamic State, according to NATO’s secretary-general.
The effort to train Iraqi soldiers in how to better counter the threat of improvised explosive devices inside Iraq will be small at first, but NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said it is an effort that could expand.
US embarrassed after deadly Yemen raid video outed as fake
In an awkward reversal, the US military promptly withdrew an old video by unidentified Yemeni militants it had released yesterday as evidence that a fatal raid in Yemen by American special forces this week that led to the deaths of at least 16 women and children was a counterterrorism success.
An expert in radical Muslim media said the footage by unknown militants appeared to be part of videos first released by extremists online some ten years ago, undermining the Pentagon’s explanation about its value.
A US Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesman confirmed that the video was removed from the website because the contents were old.
Even in the usually peaceful city of Izmir, nine people suspected of travelling to Syria and planning attacks in the city were detained
Turkish police on Sunday detained hundreds of suspected members of the Islamic State group in nationwide raids, just over a month after an attack on an Istanbul nightclub claimed by the militants.
Among around 400 detained in the biggest operation so far against IS after the New Year attack were foreigners and those suspected of planning attacks in Turkey, the Dogan and Anadolu news agencies reported.
The operation around the country saw 150 suspects detained in Sanliurfa in the southeast and 47 in the nearby city of Gaziantep, close to the Syrian border, Dogan said
Sweden to consider military partnership with UK
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron offers refuge to US scientists who are ‘afraid’ of Trump
- Emmanuel Macron encouraged US scientists to move to France on Saturday
- He offered his homeland to innovators who could help rebuild the country
- Macron didn’t name Trump but referenced the American president in his speech
- The former economy minister said those ‘who were fighting obscurantism and afraid, will have a new homeland’
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron called on U.S. scientists who were ‘afraid’ and at odds with Donald Trump’s administration to move to France.
The former economy minister urged U.S.-based scientists working on climate change, renewable energy or health issues to seek refuge across the Atlantic on Saturday.
He offered his homeland up to the inventive minds who were wary of the new political situation, so they could help rebuild a more innovative France.
German Social Democrats leader wants to send refugees back to North Africa
The chairman of the Social Democrats (SPD) has said a comprehensive approach to the migrant crisis had to involve the return of refugees to North Africa. His words echoed sentiments made by Germany’s interior minister.
Marking a shift in his party’s rhetoric, the chairman of the SPD-Parliamentary Group, Thomas Oppermann, spoke out in favor of sending refugees arriving on boats back to North Africa. In an editorial he penned in the Sunday edition of the German daily newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, Oppermann justified his view arguing that this would be an important step to curb human trafficking.
US and Japan carry out missile launch drills in Pacific – Tokyo
The SM-3 Block IIA missiles were launched from a US warship equipped with the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and successfully hit a hypothetical target – a ballistic missile, Japan’s Logistics Agency under the Defense Ministry said, according to Japan’s state newspaper Asahi Shimbun.
The drills took place in the Pacific Ocean near the Hawaiian Islands on Sunday, the agency added.