Russia plotted to assassinate the prime minister of a European nation and overthrow its government last year, according to senior Whitehall sources.
An election day coup plot to attack Montenegro’s parliament and kill the pro-Western leader was directed by Russian intelligence officers with the support and blessing of Moscow, to sabotage the country’s plan to join Nato.
North Korean chemistry expert suspected of killing Kim Jong-un’s half-brother is arrested in a dramatic raid
- Ri Jong-chol, 47, was arrested by Malaysian police in Kuala Lumpar overnight
- Malaysian police said Jong-chol studied medicine and chemistry in Pyongyang
- Kim Jong Nam was murdered on Monday using a fast-acting liquid poison
- Malaysian police believe he was assassinated on the orders of Kim Jong-un
Malaysian police have arrested a North Korean chemistry expert in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-un’s half brother Kim Jong Nam.
Ri Jong-chol, 47, who studied medicine and chemistry in Pyongjang was detained in Kuala Lumpur in connection with the murder.
Police are also hunting four North Korean men who flew out of Kuala Lumpur the same day Jong Nam was assassinated.
The four suspects are believed to have been part of a hit squad sent to murder the despotic leader’s half brother on the tyrant’s orders.
Malaysian police have so far arrested four people – including the chemistry expert – in connection with the murder probe.
February 18, 2017 3:26 pm
Senior White House officials and members of the National Security Council are pushing former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton as a replacement for ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
Among Bolton’s most vocal supporters are senior administration officials loyal to Flynn and who are upset at the general’s firing. Multiple sources described an effort by these Flynn loyalists to ensure that Bolton is selected as his replacement.
During an explosive interview on Friday, Mr Horowitz claimed the refugee violence crisis was out-of-control but that “European virtues” had put a stop to any discussion on the statistics.
Sweden accepted 160,000 asylum-seekers last year, with Fox News claiming only 500 have managed to gain employment – 0.3 per cent of those who arrived to claim refugee status.
Tucker Carlson, an anchor at the US news station, called Sweden’s response “grotesque”
“So they want to open up their borders up to everyone and anyone.
“From the onset of the refugee crisis, there was a surge in gun violence and rape – the statistics were clear.
“But locals were just said ‘it was men, not refugees’ so the majority in Sweden still want to have an open door policy. It’s confounding, really.”
He added: “The Swedish government try to cover up refugee rapes.
Erdogan banks on motley crew of Syrian armed groups
US not persuaded to ditch Syrian Kurds
Fehim Tastekin writes this week that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s expansive goals for Syria include a “Manbij and Raqqa in a three-phased operation. First will be setting up a ‘terror-free safe zone,’ which must also be covered by a no-fly zone. Second, Arabs and Turkmens will be settled in the safe zone. Finally, a national army will be established through a ‘train and equip’ program.”
Erdogan’s top priority remains the defeat of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Democratic Union party (PYD), which Turkey links with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which it considers a terrorist group. Turkey launched Operation Euphrates Shield in August to break the influence of the PYD and PKK, as well as the Islamic State (IS), in northern Syria.
Erodgan’s war against the Syrian Kurds seems to be the cause of irreconcilable differences with the United States over Syria. The US counts on the YPG as the core of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), its key on-the-ground partner in Syria. US plans for an attack on Raqqa, IS’ ‘”capital” in Syria, reportedly depend on the SDF for the first assault wave.
Trump hints at ‘big order’ of F/A-18 Super Hornets instead of some F-35s
President Trump on Friday said that the U.S. is looking into a “big order” of Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornets that may have stealth capabilities.
Trump made the comments during a tour of a Boeing plant in South Carolina. The message appeared to be also directed at Lockheed Martin, the maker of the F-35 and corporate rival, Bloomberg reported.
“We are looking seriously at a big order,” Trump said, referring to the F/A-18. He said, “If the price (of the F-35) doesn’t come down, we would. The F-18’s a great plane and now put a stealth component onto it.”
Carrier Strike Group 1 Conducts South China Sea Patrol
SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) — Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, began routine operations in the South China Sea, Feb. 18.
Prior to their operations in the South China Sea, ships and aircraft from within the strike group conducted training off the islands of Hawaii and Guam to maintain and improve their readiness and develop cohesion as a strike group. The strike group recently enjoyed a port visit to Guam and after departing the Marianas, conducted operations in the Philippine Sea.
Sunday’s verdicts raise the number of people on death row to 10.
Seven other people were given prison sentences Sunday ranging from 12 to 17 years long for spying for Israel.
US will ‘moderate commitment’ to Nato if allies don’t spend more. Can Norway hit the goal?
No need to include US in Ukraine peace talks, German FM says
“There must be close contact with the United States, but we think this [Normandy] format… should be maintained,” Gabriel said after he met with his Russian, French, and Ukrainian counterparts on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. The Minister added that the matter had been discussed with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and that he had “agreed with this.”