Hundreds have gone missing in eastern Ukraine’s dirty war

By Jack Losh June 26 KIEV, Ukraine — On a warm afternoon in Ukraine’s breakaway east, as the front line rumbled with only occasional shellfire, Stanislav Aseev, a 27-year-old undercover journalist, was heading home to Donetsk. Many of his colleagues had long since fled the battle-scarred industrial city — a separatist stronghold where freedom of ­expression is harshly repressed. DespiteContinue reading “Hundreds have gone missing in eastern Ukraine’s dirty war”

Venice, Italy is trying to find ways to deal with a flood of tourists

VENICE, Italy (CNN) — Can Venice save itself? Locals say it’s drowning — not under the rising waters of the Adriatic, but under a flood of tourism. The 20th century brought the world’s most famous archipelago a new airport, a new cruise terminal and even new railway lines across the old bridge connecting Venice toContinue reading “Venice, Italy is trying to find ways to deal with a flood of tourists”

Romania is home to around 6,000 brown bears

While Dracula’s legend usually fails to scare tourists away from the blood-sucking vampire’s 15th century castle, a large, furry and protective mother bear has had more success. Romanian authorities have declared Poenari castle off limits after visitors climbing the 1,480 steps up to the ruins had close shaves with the animal and her three cubs.Continue reading “Romania is home to around 6,000 brown bears”

U.S. Pacific Fleet commander: I’d launch nuclear strike against China if Trump ordered it

A senior U.S. military official said Thursday that he would launch a nuclear strike against China next week if President Trump ordered it. “The answer would be: yes,” said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, in response to a hypothetical question from an academic at an Australian National University security conference in Canberra.Continue reading “U.S. Pacific Fleet commander: I’d launch nuclear strike against China if Trump ordered it”

Russia raises the stakes in Syria, warning U.S. after downing of Syrian jet

Russia’s Defense Ministry warned sternly Monday that it would target U.S. warplanes flying in a conflict zone of Syria, raising the stakes in a war that now involves more than a dozen countries and has long held the potential for a superpower confrontation. Russia was responding to the U.S. downing of a Syrian jet onContinue reading “Russia raises the stakes in Syria, warning U.S. after downing of Syrian jet”

The air war in the skies above Syria

The complexity of air war in Syria (American viewpoint) The U.S. pilot who shot down a Syrian regime attack jet earlier in June apparently  attempted a series of aerial maneuvers to warn the Syrian pilot away from attacking a U.S.-backed ground force. It was only after the Syrian ignored the warnings, which also included droppingContinue reading “The air war in the skies above Syria”

Spanish Government Files Legal Bid to Halt Catalan Referendum

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s government has lodged a legal bid to stop Catalonia holding an independence referendum, asking the Constitutional Court to veto moves by the regional assembly, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday.   “There will not be any referendum on Oct. 1,” Rajoy told a news conference in Madrid after his weeklyContinue reading “Spanish Government Files Legal Bid to Halt Catalan Referendum”

EU announces new emergency support for Greek refugee crisis

July 27, 2017 ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Commission announced a new emergency support package for Greece Thursday to help it deal with the refugee crisis that has seen tens of thousands of migrants and refugees stuck in the country. The €209 million-euro ($243 million) package includes a 151 million-euro program to help refugeeContinue reading “EU announces new emergency support for Greek refugee crisis”

Dunkirk (2017 Film Review)

Things We Can Tell You About Christopher Nolan’s Film (Without Totally Spoiling It) © Warner BrosChristopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ is easily one of 2017’s most hotly-anticipated films and finallythe day of its UK cinema debut is almost here. It stars Tom Hardy, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Sir Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy alongside a host of breakthrough actors – yes,Continue reading “Dunkirk (2017 Film Review)”

Flydubai FZ981 flight deck co-pilot was fatigued, but under ‘tremendous pressure’ to go to work

Flydubai has  pushed the boundaries of sensible operating policy, a pilot purporting to work for the airline told RT. He says it encourages not reporting illness or fatigue, as was allegedly also the case with the crashed flight’s pilot Alejandro Alava. . After the crash of low-cost carrier Flydubai’s flight FZ981 in Rostov-on-Don last year,Continue reading “Flydubai FZ981 flight deck co-pilot was fatigued, but under ‘tremendous pressure’ to go to work”