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Friday, July 25, 2014

KINCORA EAMONN McANN IRISH TIMES





MI5’s murky role in Kincora scandal yet to be exposed

Kincora Boys Home – scene of homosexual prostitution scandal and never the subject of an inquiry. Photograph: Pacemaker
Kincora Boys Home – scene of homosexual prostitution scandal and never the subject of an inquiry. Photograph: Pacemaker
The former British intelligence officer Colin Wallace told Radio Ulster last weekend that any inquiry into Kincora Boys’ Home will not be able to get to the truth if it doesn’t have access to evidence about the role of MI5. If that’s so, the chances of the truth coming out are near to nil. Wallace has been trying for 40 years to expose child sex abuse at the east Belfast home. He has been ridiculed, ignored, lied to and lied about, and, as Paul Foot demonstrated in “Who Framed Colin Wallace?” in 1989, fitted up for manslaughter. Peter Robinson has suggested the Belfast home be added to the remit of the UK Child Abuse Inquiry. Others want a dedicated Northern Ireland inquiry. It matters little. MI5’s interests will take precedence over the rights of raped children. In the early 1970s, Wallace was based in Lisburn, a member of an undercover “psychological warfare” unit which worked closely with MI5. He was involved in “Operation Clockwork Orange”, a MI5 plot to smear Labour prime minister Harold Wilson and “wets” in the Tory opposition.

Clockwork Orange

In October 1974, Wallace told his superiors that he wanted out of Clockwork Orange. He then wrote a memo explaining in detail that destitute boys were being systematically sodomised by members of Kincora staff and were being supplied for abuse to prominent figures in unionist politics. The abusers – among them MPs, councillors, leading Orangemen and other influential individuals – became potentially important intelligence assets.
MI5 had come across Kincora through its interest in paedophile “housemaster” William McGrath, also leader of an eccentric loyalist organisation, Tara. The agency didn’t report the scandal, but allowed it to continue while monitoring the abusers. It wasn’t until an Irish Independent expose in 1980 that official notice was taken. An RUC investigation led to the imprisonment of McGrath and two other Kincora staff. Two inquiries were then established in succession by secretary of state James Prior. The first, under complaints commissioner Stephen McGonagle, collapsed on its first day when three of five panel members resigned upon being told they couldn’t delve into any matter which might be the subject of police investigation. The collapse of an inquiry after one half-day session may be a unique occurrence.
Prior pledged to the Commons that a second inquiry under retired judge William Hughes would investigate allegations of a cover-up involving state agents. But Hughes announced he would examine only “the administration of boys’ homes” and wouldn’t take evidence about “allegations [of] any cover-up”.

Roy Garland, who had briefly been McGrath’s second-in-command, had complained about Kincora in 1972 and identified McGrath as the main abuser. Hughes refused to call him. Robert McCartney QC, for the Kincora boys, expostulated: “Are my wits leaving me? A man who . . . put the finger on a man subsequently convicted for some of the most brutal acts of sodomy is not a relevant or material witness?”
Wallace’s offer to give evidence if allowed to deal with the role of security services was turned down. He sent a dossier to Mrs Thatcher, asking that it be passed to Hughes. It was not, and was later discovered to have been lost.
Hughes did have a document from Wallace showing that he had raised Kincora back in 1974, but rejected it because there was no evidence that it wasn’t a forgery. His report found no fault with MI5.
There were other bizarre events. Wallace supplied his dossier to Tory MP Teddy Taylor. It was stolen from a locked cupboard in a locked office at Westminster. MPs were furious at this encroachment on their rights. David Owen MP complained that even the Commons wasn’t safe from burglary. Some time later he opened his office in his Southend constituency and found the file on his desk. And so it goes on.
At a meeting in Downing Street in October 2011, David Cameron told the family of Pat Finucane that he couldn’t deliver a promised public inquiry into the murder of the solicitor in February 1989 by a UDA hit squad briefed by MI5.

‘An inquiry’

Human rights campaigner Jane Winter, who was with the family, quoted Cameron saying, “Look, the last administration couldn’t deliver an inquiry . . . and neither can we, because there are people all around this place who won’t let it happen.” Ms Winter recalled that as he said this, Cameron raised a finger and made a circular motion in the air.
Much, much more on MI5’s Kincora role is contained in Foot’s meticulously researched account, as explosive a book as has appeared about the North. It was virtually ignored when published 25 years ago but it should now be urgently reprinted. Meantime, the surviving boys of Kincora can have no reason for confidence that the story of a British state agency facilitating certainly hundreds and likely thousands of child rapes will be told any time soon.
"Lie Down And Die Quietly"
Hanan Ashrawi: 'Deliberate Massacre' in Gaza 


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Israel "is deliberately targeting Palestinian civilians" 
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The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense
By Chris Hedges

There is little in life that Palestinians can choose, but they can choose how to die. 
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American Choice: Genocide Or Justice?

By Finian Cunningham


This is where the American government and the European allies are exposed as being on the side of the Israeli aggressor and genocidal regime.
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Clueless in Gaza
We Americans Support Democracy, But Only When the Elections Go Our Way


By Ted Rall 

By pushing regime change in Gaza, - the U.S. wants to replace a popular government with an unpopular one…in other words, subverting democracy.
OK. So, What Would You Do About Hamas?

By Barry Lando

O.K., you say, we acknowledge the horror of it all, but what the hell is Israel supposed to do?
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Iran's Supreme Leader Calls For End To 'Murderous' Israeli Regime

By Mehrdad Balali

"while waiting for an end to this cold-blooded murderous regime, mighty armed resistance is the only way to deal with it." 
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Israel Tapped White House Phones, Blackmailed President
Netanyahu Said To Have Offered Lewinsky Tapes For Pollard


By Rebecca Shimoni Stoil

New critical book on the Clinton family claims that Israel tapped White House phones, blackmailed president with recordings of intern.
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US Intelligence: Russia Didn’t Do It

By Paul Craig Roberts


Washington’s bribes and threats can produce whatever story Washington wants. 
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Murder Is Murder
Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment 


By Peter Van Buren

As medieval kings invoked church sanction to justify evil deeds, so in our modern world lawyers are mobilized to transform government actions -- torture, indefinite detention without charge, murder -- into something “legal.”
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist. 
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State Sanctioned Murder
Joseph Wood dies almost two hours after execution begins

By Ed Pilkington in New York


Convicted killer 'gasped and snorted' as officials attempted to execute him, as lawyers filed an emergency motion to halt the process. 
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What If Our Democracy Is A Fraud?
Perhaps we’re not as free as we think


By Andrew P. Napolitano

What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? 
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Running for Their Lives: The Child Migrant Crisis

By Mitchell Zimmerman

U.S. policies stoked the gang violence Central American kids are fleeing. 
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Israel kills 107 people in Gaza Thursday: : At least 788 Palestinians have been killed and 5,118 have been injured since the beginning of the Israeli attack on the people of Gaza.
17 people killed as Israel shells UN shelter in Beit Hanoun: - Israeli forces have shelled a UN school in Beit Hanoun, with at least 17 dead and 150 injured as many more are feared killed among the hundreds who had taken shelter there with Israeli coordination.
Hamas claims to have killed 8 Israeli soldiers in Gaza attack: The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades said on Thursday that they had killed eight Israeli soldiers in northeastern Gaza City in what was potentially the deadliest attack on the military since the ground invasion began last week.
UN rights council to form commission of inquiry over Israeli 'war crimes' in Gaza: The United States cast the only dissenting vote in the United Nations Human Rights Council, with European nations abstaining.
UN warns of 'dire' Gaza situation:UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos expresses extreme concern at the situation in Gaza, warning that residents are running out of food and water.
Backs to the wall, Palestinian leadership comes out fighting: The Palestinian Authority is fed up with the international community’s empty promises to implement its national aspirations, and realized that the Palestinians have no one to rely on but themselves.
We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve.: Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part
Not In Our Name: Jewish Activists Arrested in Sit-in at Friends of Israel Defense Forces NYC Office : Video - For about an hour, activists read the names of the more than 600 Palestinians killed, and demanded the organization stop its fundraising for the military attacking Gaza. Nine were arrested when they refused to leave the premises. We get a video report from the protest.
Brazil recalls ambassador from Israel over Gaza attack: "We strongly condemn the disproportionate use of force by Israel in the Gaza Strip, from which large numbers of civilian casualties, including women and children resulted."
At least 60 people killed in attack on Iraq prisoner convoy : At least 60 people have died in clashes after suicide bombers and fighters attacked a bus transferring convicts from a prison north of Baghdad, according to Iraqi police. Security and medical officials said on Thursday that about 50 prisoners were among the dead, many of them burnt beyond recognition. A number of policemen also died.
Twin car blasts welcome new Iraq president; 21 killed: Iraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country’s new president.
Islamic State orders genital mutilation of Iraqi women – UN: Sunni militants from the Islamic State have ordered all girls and women aged 11 to 46 in and around the city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the UN reported. The potential number of victims is estimated at 4 million.
Islamic State Isn’t Circumcising Women and Didn’t Steal $400 Million Either: A number of apparently false stories about the jihadist group's behavior in Iraq's second-largest city are spreading like wildfire through the Western media.
State Dept. Official: ISIS No Longer a Terrorist Group But ‘A Full-Blown Army’: Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. “It is now a full-blown army seeking to establish a self-governing state through the Tigris and Euphrates Valley in what is now Syria and Iraq.”
Mortar shell kills 11 Syrians in Aleppo: At least 11 people, including three children and a woman, were killed and eight others wounded when a mortar shell fell on a district of Aleppo city, north Syria, on Thursday. The area is controlled by the regular forces, according to a statement by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
42 killed in Nigerian attacks: Police said the first attack was carried out by a suicide bomber on the convoy of Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, a cleric who has fiercely criticized Boko Haram’s deadly five-year uprising.
Rival Libyan militias clash in Tripoli, Benghazi: Heavy black smoke rose over southern Tripoli on Thursday after rival militias exchanged artillery and rocket fire in a battle over the Libyan capital's airport that has killed more than 50 people in nearly a fortnight of fighting.
Foreign intelligence behind attack on army: Egypt: "The terrorist operations (in Egypt) are carried out by terrorist elements, mercenaries, trained in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, and recruited by foreign intelligence services," Abdel Latif said.
13 Killed as PAF Jets Pound Alledged Militant Hideouts in NWA: According to military sources, the PAF warplanes targeted alledged militant hideouts located near Pak-Afghan border in Tehsil Shawal in wee hours of Wednesday, killing 13 militants and flattening four sanctuaries. The deceased militants could not be identified immediately
Deadly attacks kill 8 people in Afghanistan: A bombing in an Afghanistan market has killed at least six people while two foreign women have been killed in a separate attack. A young girl was among the dead in Thursday's bombing at a market in Takhar province, AP news agency reported.
Two foreign occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Two soldiers of the NATO-led coalition or International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
War crime in Afghanistan.: Al Jazeera America on how a U.S. backed paramilitary unit carried out the extrajudicial executions of three men in Alizai, a village in eastern Afghanistan, on June 1st 2014.
Four soldiers killed in east Ukraine ongoing clashes: Four Ukrainian soldiers and one civilian have lost their lives during the ongoing clashes between Ukrainian army and rebels
Ukraine's Government Collapses, PM Yatsenyuk Resigns: Bloomberg reports that the fragile coalition government has collapsed after two parties quit. The UDAR and Svoboda parties said they’d leave the government and seek a snap parliamentary ballot.
Fighting continues near Ukraine crash site: Fighting between Ukrainian troops and rebels has continued to take place near the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, as experts in Britain begin analysing crucial data from the downed airliner's black boxes.
Fact or propaganda? ‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian Soldier: A pro-Russian militant has admitted his unit shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Italian Newspaper Corriere della Sera has reported. The interview confirms pro-Russian forces mistook the passenger plane for a military one and were told to prepare to engage pro-Ukraine soldiers on the ground.
Propaganda alert: State Department: Blame for downed plane ‘lies directly’ with Putin: State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf on Wednesday said blame for the crashed Malaysian Airlines flight "lies directly at President [Vladimir] Putin's feet," as the Obama administration looked to raise pressure Russia. Harf said Putin was responsible not just for the downed commercial airliner, "but every incident we've seen” throughout the conflict. "Period."
If Russia is behind MH17 crash, where’s the evidence? – Defense Ministry: Russia has so far been the only nation to release evidence related to the MH17 crash, the Defense Ministry said, urging other countries to follow suit. Though there have been a lot of claims of Russia’s involvement, none have been backed by proof.
MH17: Russia accuses US of fabricating evidence: Russia's deputy defence minister says US evidence 'mostly cited social networks' and did not correspond to reality
US hasn’t shown ‘smoking gun’ on Malaysian airlines crash: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.). The Intelligence Committee’s ranking member, said Wednesday that he and Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein were disappointed with the information released by the Obama administration on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
NATO Poland base may be prepared for blitz against Russia: NATO’s Europe commander advocates stockpiling a base in Poland with enough weapons, ammunition and other supplies to support a rapid deployment of thousands of troops against Russia, British media reported.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GAZA : THIS IS THE LAST BATTLE



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“You must unlearn what you have been ‘programmed’ to believe from birth. That software no longer serves you if you want to live in a universe where all things are possible.” -Jacqueline E. Purcell

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” - William Paley

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." - Native American proverb


Israel, Not Hamas, Orchestrated The Latest Conflict In Gaza

By Musa al-Gharbi 

Washington's ironclad support for Israel provides effective shield for war crimes.
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Israel: International Anger Mounts
By Felicity Arbuthnot

“Mr Obama, do you have a heart? I invite you, spend one night – just one night – with us in Al Shifa’a Hospital. 
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HRW Whitewashes Israel, The Law Supports Hamas

By Norman Finkelstein

Some Reflections on Israel’s Latest Massacre.
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AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy

By Stephen M. Walt

"The explanation for America's impotent and morally bankrupt policy is the political clout of the Israel lobby." 
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US Aid to Israel - The Real Deal

3 Minute Video

With over 650 people killed in Gaza just this July and the Israeli military's long list human rights abuses, is this special relationship worth the price? 
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Gaza’s Resistance Will Not be Crushed

By Ramzy Baroud

One can say with a great degree of conviction that Israel cannot possibly subdue Gaza.
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5 Broken Cameras 

Palestinian Documentary 

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.
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The Mystery of a Ukrainian Army ‘Defector’

By Robert Parry

U.S. intelligence officials suggest that the person who fired the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may have been “a defector” from the Ukrainian army, an apparent attempt to explain why some CIA analysts thought satellite images revealed men in Ukrainian army uniforms manning the missile battery. 
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The Tragedy of MH17
A Chessboard Drenched in Blood


By Pepe Escobar 

The MH17 tragedy may have been a horrendous mistake. But it may also have been a desperate gambit by the Kiev minions of the Empire of Chaos. 
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Ukraine: Anvil of the New Cold War

By Tom Hayden 

To understand the present crisis over downed Malaysian flight MH17, we need to look at the roots of the new Cold War. 
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Obama's Hot War

By Glen Ford

Washington appears to have crossed some kind of Rubicon, to embark “on a mad, scorched earth policy to terrorize the planet into submission through relentless escalation into a global state of war.” 
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The Path to a New 1914?
How America Chose War After 9/11 


By Jonathan Schell

As shocking as September 11th was, it was not a decisive catastrophe, but rather a warning.
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The United States Wants the World to Forget These Prisoners

By Molly Crabapple

Civil liberties defenders must remember that Muslims are not a separate class of people. Attacks on Muslims’ rights are attacks on human rights. 
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Postcard from the End of America: Wolf Point

By Linh Dinh
An indication of the poverty in Wolf Point is that 98% of the public school children qualify for free or reduced priced breakfast and lunch.
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Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As - Iraqi forces kill 117 insurgents in single day: In Salahudin province, the army forces seized four villages after clashes with Sunni militants, including those who are linked to Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), just north of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, a provincial police source told Xinhua.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As - Baghdad Suicide Car Bomb Kills 23: Police: At least five of the those killed were policemen, as were eight of those wounded, said police and medical sources, who both gave figures higher than 40 for the number of wounded.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As - Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja - medical official: Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said.
Recent Iraqi Air-strikes Killed 75 Civilians: Human Rights Watch: The New York-based human rights watchdog says it documented 17 airstrikes, the majority in the first half of July, in which barrel bombs were used.
Iraq Christians flee with little more than clothes: Iraqi Christians who fled the northern city of Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremist militants said they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did manage to take along.
‘We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL: High-ranking U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.”
24 Palestinians killed in Israeli assault on Gaza Wednesday morning: More than 650 Palestinians -- the vast majority of whom have been civilians, including more than 160 children -- have been killed in the assault so far, while Israel has suffered 29 deaths, 27 of whom have been soldiers.
Quds Brigades say fighters killed 3 Israeli soldiers in southern Gaza: The al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that its militants had set up an ambush al-Khuzaa near Khan Younis, killing three soldiers. An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately comment on the claim.
The moment 'unarmed civilian was shot dead by an Israeli sniper' : Video : Abdellah explained that he and the other ISM volunteers were unable to approach the young man, amid fears they would be targeted too.
Palestinians plead for UN action to stop Gaza violence: "On behalf of the Palestinian people, we ask: What is the international community doing to stop this bloodletting, to stop Israel's atrocities?" Riyad Mansour said during a debate on the Gaza crisis.
Israel 'Could Be Guilty Of Gaza War Crimes': UN: There is a "strong possibility" Israel is violating international law in Gaza, the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights has said.
57% of Americans back Israeli attack on Gaza: The CNN poll conducted from Friday to Sunday – just as Israel was launching its ground operation in the conflict, which started July 8 – found that 57 percent of Americans see Israel’s actions as justified, with 12 percent among those respondents saying Israel is not using enough force.
An open letter for the people in Gaza: The Lancet: "We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel.
Al-Jazeera Gaza offices evacuated after direct hit by Israeli fire: . "Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building," said Stefanie Dekker. "We are high up in the building so we had a very strong vantage point over the area. But we have evacuated."
Israeli professor's 'rape as terror deterrent' statement draws ire: 'The only thing that deters a suicide bomber is the knowledge that if he pulls the trigger or blows himself up, his sister will be raped,' says Bar-Ilan University professor.
The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce: Op-Ed: One could imagine that an agreement on the basis of the Hamas proposal could not only stop the current round of hostilities but also pave the way towards a lasting solution of the conflict. However Israel has shown no interest in considering this proposal
The most vile op-ed you will read about Gaza: Op-Ed: I’d like to propose a new rule of thumb for writers: When your op-ed’s first sentence reads “Let’s state the obvious: No one likes to see dead children,” you should step away from the keyboard, take a look in the closest mirror and think long and hard about exactly the argument you’re about to make.
Human Rights Group: Over 700 Killed in Deadliest 48-Hour Span of Syrian Civil War: Syria has reportedly seen the deadliest 48-hour period of its three-year civil war. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 700 people were killed on Thursday and Friday, more than those killed in the chemical attack on Ghouta nearly one year ago.
Two Turkish soldiers, 6 Kurdish rebels killed in Syria border clash: Two Turkish soldiers and at least six Kurdish rebels were killed in clashes in southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border, the Turkish military said Tuesday.
Syrian insurgents seize 3 towns: Fighters from the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s official affiliate in Syria, have seized three strategic towns on the border with Turkey in a major blow to US-backed moderate rebels.
Syrian government forces launch offensive in key Damascus suburb: Syrian government forces launched an offensive to recapture the opposition-held district of Jobar, in eastern Damascus, on Tuesday, in an attempt to halt rebel mortar strikes on the capital.
75 ISIL militants 'defect' to Syrian rebel group: At least 75 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants in Syria have laid down their weapons and defected to an umbrella rebel group called ‘Islamic Front’, according to an opposition leader.
Yemeni Al-Qaeda Establishing 'Islamic Emirate' "We warn all women that they have to adhere to the Sharia-enforced hijab and [wear gloves] ... men must not enter women's souks unless strictly necessary ... Whoever violates this, will have to bear punishment," according to a statement in the leaflet distributed in the region, reports local daily al-Ayyam.
Second bomb in Nigeria's Kaduna kills 50 - Red Cross worker; A second bomb blast in Kaduna killed 50 in the north Nigerian city's crowded Kawo market on Wednesday, a local Red Cross worker on the scene told Reuters by telephone.
Somalia MP killed in drive-by shooting: Politician and folk singer Saado Ali Warsame is fourth MP killed in 2014 in attacks pinned on the armed group al-Shabab.
Egyptian judge accuses al-Jazeera journalists of being in league with devil: In explanation for jailing of three men, Mohamed Nagy Shehata says devil encouraged them to use journalism against Egypt
Kerry, Aides Undergo Metal Detector Screening Before Meeting With Egyptian President: Kerry and his aides were checked with a metal detector. Security personnel reportedly raised a handheld metal-detector wand to Kerry’s suit jacket before waving him through. Kerry’s aides were also subjected to the handheld wand and were told to walk through a metal detector.
Rebels 'shoot down two Ukrainian attack jets': "Two Sukhoi Ukrainian fighter jets have been shot down. The fate of the pilots is not known," spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky said on Wednesday, adding that the planes were brought down about 25km from the crash site of MH17.
Ukraine to Conscript Military Reserves to Fight Separatists in Country's East: Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree on Tuesday to call up more military reserves and men under 50 to fight rebels in eastern Ukraine
All-out brawl breaks out in Ukrainian parliament over flight MH17 vote : Video - A brawl broke out in Ukraine's parliament as ministers voted to approve a presidential decree to call up more military reserves. Report by Laurie Blake.
US says rebels downed MH17 plane 'by mistake': US intelligence officials have said they believe pro-Russian separatists most probably shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 "by mistake" last week, not realising it was a civilian passenger flight.
US: No link to Russian gov't in plane downing: The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia.
Sanctions on Russia Hit German Economy Hard: Last Thursday, just a day after the US sanctions were announced, the German-Russian Foreign Trade Office in Moscow was besieged by phone calls from concerned German companies who do business with both the US and Russia. The risks are significant, with large fines threatening those who violate the American sanctions
MH17 victims arrive in Netherlands: The first two planes carrying victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrive in the Netherlands where a day of mourning has been declared.
19 alledged Taliban insurgents killed in separate NATO airstrikes: At least 19 peoples were killed in separate airstrikes carried out by NATO-led coalition forces in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Five foreign guards killed in Kabul attack: A Taliban suicide attacker riding a motorbike killed five foreign guards in Kabul yesterday, the latest blast to rock the Afghan capital during an impasse over presidential election results.
13 Alledged Militants Killed in Airstrikes in Pakistan's North Waziristan: At least 13 people were killed Wednesday during air strikes carried out in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.
A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary: Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely-seen footage.
Thom Hartmann: Rich rats hijacked our democracy: Op-Ed: Make no mistake about it; when rich people or corporations put money into politics or politicians, it's an investment, and they're expecting a financial return, whether it be in lower taxes or fewer regulations.
Texas governor Rick Perry to deploy 1,000 troops to Mexican border: Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run after his 2012 bid flamed out in a series of public gaffes, spent part of the weekend in Iowa, where he questioned President Barack Obama's commitment to securing the border and said Texas would do so if the federal government did not.
Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty: A total of 16.3 million children live in poverty, and 45 percent of children in the US live in households whose incomes fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.
U.S. Consumer Sentiment Shows Unexpected Deterioration In July: The unexpected decrease by the headline index reflected a deterioration in consumer expectations, as the gauge of consumer expectations fell to 71.1 in July from 73.5 in June.
Top judge attacks lethal injection as Arizona fails in death penalty appeal: One of America’s top judges has launched a dramatic attack on the use of medical drugs in executions, stating that the attempt to disguise the brutality of the death penalty by giving condemned prisoners the appearance of serenity in their final moments is “doomed to failure” and that the country should return to the firing squad.