Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Zimbabwe’s Incoming Leader Mnangagwa Arrives In Harare. Will Be Sworn In As President On Friday

Daily Mail: 'I was poisoned' declares the Croc: Zimbabwe's president-in-waiting says he had to 'act before he was eliminated' as he returns to Harare and gleefully gives his first speech to supporters since Mugabe resigned

* President Designate Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, gave speech to Zanu PF supporters in Harare on Wednesday
* Mugabe's former deputy said he was poisoned and decided to act rather than 'wait for them to eliminate me'
* He gleefully referred to Mugabe as the 'former president' while promising democracy, peace and jobs
* Mnangagwa is expected to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's interim leader on Friday until elections due for 2018

Zimbabwe's president designate Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived back in Zimbabwe on Wednesday where he delivered a tub-thumping speech to jubilant Zanu PF supporters in the capital Harare.

Mr Mnagagwa used his first public words after arriving back from South Africa to accuse the Mugabe regime of trying to poison him, and said he decided to act rather than 'wait for them to eliminate me.'

He also gleefully referred to Robert Mugabe as the 'former president' to wild applause from the crowd.

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More News On Zimbabwe's Political Crisis

Zimbabwe: What's happening? -- Al Jazeera
Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Mnangagwa returns home to cheers -- AP
Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday -- Reuters
Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday -- The Guardian
Zimbabwe crisis: Emmerson Mnangagwa returns to Harare to replace Mugabe -- DW
Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday -- Al Jazeera
Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa: key dates -- AFP
World reacts to end of Mugabe's era in Zimbabwe -- Al Jazeera
Zimbabwe has been here before. This time its new leader must let it embrace its potential -- Andrew Geoghegan, ABC News Online
Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa returns — What's next? -- Chloe Lyneham, DW
Zimbabwe's military is looking after its own interests — not democracy -- Enock C Mudzamiri, ABC News Online
How Mugabe managed to remain in power for 37 years -- Paul Brennan, Al Jazeera
Robert Mugabe's resignation letter in full -- Al Jazeera

Hope Dwindles As Search For Missing Argentine Submarine Enters A Critical Phase

Reuters: Search for missing Argentine submarine reaches 'critical phase'

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The search for an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic for one week reached a “critical phase” on Wednesday as the 44 crew on board could be running low on oxygen, a navy spokesman said.

Dozens of planes and boats were searching for the ARA San Juan, a mission that has plunged relatives of the sailors into an anguished wait for news and transfixed the South American country of 44 million people. (Graphic: Argentina missing submarine -

If the German-built submarine, in service for more than three decades, had sunk or was otherwise unable to rise to the surface since it gave its last location on Nov. 15, it would be using up the last of its seven-day oxygen supply.

“We are in the critical phase...particularly with respect to oxygen,” navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. “There has been no contact with anything that could be the San Juan submarine.”

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WNU Editor: This does not look good.

More News On Hope Dwindling As Search For Missing Argentine Submarine Enters A Critical Phase

Hope dwindles for families of lost Argentina submarine crew -- AP
Search for missing Argentinian submarine enters critical phase --The Guardian
ARA San Juan: Hunt for missing Argentinian submarine entering 'critical' phase as air supplies run low -- ABC News Online
Missing Argentine submarine 'is located by US Navy and a new sonar signal heard' as rescuers race to the spot with oxygen due to run out imminently -- Daily Mail
Clues dismissed as investigators admit they have ‘no trace’ of submarine -- Daily Telegraph
Why are stealth submarines so difficult to find? -- DW
Argentina sub: What happens when a submarine vanishes -- BBC

U.S. Declares ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Against The Rohingya Is Occurring In Myanmar

BBC: Rohingya crisis: US calls Myanmar action 'ethnic cleansing'

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Myanmar's military action against the minority Muslim Rohingya population constitutes ethnic cleansing.

He said the Rohingya had suffered "horrendous atrocities" and as a result the US was considering targeted sanctions against those responsible.

In September, UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein also accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing.

Mr Tillerson's comments come days before a visit to Myanmar by the Pope.

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More News On The U.S. Declaring ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ Against The Rohingya In Myanmar

US declares ‘ethnic cleansing’ against Rohingya in Myanmar -- AP
US condemns 'ethnic cleansing' of Myanmar's Rohingya -- AFP
US condemns 'ethnic cleansing' of Rohingya in Myanmar -- DW
Tillerson declares violence in Myanmar is ethnic cleansing -- ABC News
Tillerson: Myanmar clearly 'ethnic cleansing' the Rohingya -- CNN
Violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma is 'ethnic cleansing,' US declares -- Fox News
U.S. Condemns Myanmar's Rohingya Crisis as Ethnic Cleansing -- Bloomberg
US: Myanmar attacks on Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing' -- Al Jazeera
U.S. hopes to pressure Myanmar to permit Rohingya repatriation -- Reuters

World News Briefs -- November 22, 2017

The Guardian: Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's president on Friday

Former vice-president, whose sacking by Robert Mugabe triggered the country’s political crisis, flies home from South Africa

Zimbabwe’s former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa has returned to the country and will be sworn in as president on Friday.

Mnangagwa fled for his safety to South Africa two weeks ago when he was sacked by Robert Mugabe, triggering a political crisis that culminated in the resignation of the 93-year-old autocrat on Tuesday.

Mnangagwa touched down at a military air base in Harare on Wednesday afternoon on a flight from Johannesburg. Car horns and celebrations greeted the motorcade believed to be carrying Mnangagwa as it passed through the Zimbabwean capital on the way to the ruling party’s headquarters.

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Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri puts resignation on hold. Saad Hariri's homecoming in Lebanon brings meager relief.

Syria: Putin, Erdogan, Rouhani hold talks as opposition gathers in Saudi Arabia.

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise.

Large-scale combat actions against terrorists in Syria nearing end — Putin -- TASS.

Iraq attacks at lowest since IS 'caliphate' declared: study.

Yazidi mass grave found in Iraq's Sinjar.

Yemen blockade leaves humanitarian staffers stranded.

Israeli man's photos in holy Muslim site cause social media rage.


North Korea threatens to make Japan and U.S. bases ‘disappear.

North Korea defection: Video shows soldier make daring border escape.

North Korea says US terror sponsor label a 'serious provocation'.

China denounces new U.S. sanctions on North Korea.

South Korea, China to hold summit next month to mend ties.

Rohingya crisis: US calls Myanmar action 'ethnic cleansing'. U.S. denounces violence against Rohingya as 'ethnic cleansing'.

Philippines' Duterte cancels communist peace talks.

Islamic schools in Pakistan plagued by sex abuse of children.


Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Mnangagwa returns home to cheers. Zimbabwe crisis: Emmerson Mnangagwa returns to Harare to replace Mugabe. Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa returns as Mugabe's likely successor. Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday.

Somalia says it requested U.S. air strike that killed 100 militants.

At least 30 killed in farmer-herder violence in Nigeria: police.

Migrants sold into slavery in Libya tell of 'total hell'.

South Africa's Ramaphosa leads in nominations for ANC leader: poll.

E.Guinea court confirms ruling party's landslide election win.

Uganda police say raid newspaper, detain staff over article about president.


German coalition talks: Merkel seeks to break stalemate. German Social Democrats under pressure in coalition impasse.

Ukraine rebel leader says situation in Luhansk is attempted coup.

Ratko Mladic found guilty at Bosnian war crimes trial. Ratko Mladic jailed for life over Bosnia war genocide.

Russian upper house approves bill targeting foreign media.

Le Pen decries 'fatwa' on National Front bank accounts. HSBC closes Marine Le Pen bank account.

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi appeals public office ban in Strasbourg.

Poland says it's complying with EU warning to stop logging or face fines.


Search for missing Argentinian submarine enters critical phase. Hope dwindles for families of lost Argentina submarine crew.

After holiday break, shutdown threat looms for Congress. Congress speeds toward shutdown over Dreamers.

Iranian charged in HBO hack as US Congress weighs nuclear pact.

Venezuela arrests top Citgo executives.

Mexico’s program to protect journalists struggles to work.

Mexican leftist Lopez Obrador leads presidential race polls.

Trump calls father of freed UCLA player an ‘ungrateful fool’.


US strikes al-Qaida in Yemen.

Pakistani court orders release of alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks.

Terrorism on the rise in Germany, prompting police to clamp down on extremists.


Saudis push for nine-month extension of OPEC-led oil cut - sources.

Uber boss says a data breach exposed 57m users' data and the company didn't tell anyone.

U.S. Christmas tree shortage may drive up prices.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 22, 2017

Members of the U.S. Army Special Forces provide training for Iraqi fighters from Hashid Shaabi at Makhmur camp in Iraq, Dec. 11, 2016.

Newsweek: Trump’s Secret War? U.S. Military’s Presence In Middle East Has Grown 33 Percent In Past Four Months

President Donald Trump has increased the number of U.S. troops and civilians working for the Department of Defense in the Middle East to 54,180 from 40,517 in the past four months, representing a 33-percent rise.

This number doesn't even account for the big rise in troops stationed in Afghanistan since Trump announced his new strategy for the fight against the Taliban in late August.

These figures, first pointed out on Twitter by Dr. Micah Zenko, a foreign policy expert, come from the Pentagon's quarterly reports on personnel. In other words, these numbers are no secret, which raises concerns about the apparent lack of discourse over the expansion of the U.S. military in a region in which it already has a long, complicated history.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 22, 2017

Air Force: Afghanistan airstrikes spike while anti-ISIS bombings decrease -- Military Times

US air campaign in Libya moves south -- Threat Matrix

Argentina sub: What happens when a submarine vanishes -- BBC

Time, oxygen running out fast for crew of missing sub -- CBS/AP

Japan-Based US F-35s Plan "Show of Force" Near Korean Peninsula -- Scout Warrior

South Korea: Nuclear Submarines Not Worth the Cost -- Terence Roehrig, The Interpreter

Russia’s state arms program for 2018-2025 costs over $321 bln -- TASS

‘They Will Fight’: NATO Readies Forces Vs. Russia -- Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., Breaking Defense

Here Is the Russian Short-Range Missile That Has NATO Worried -- Popular Mechanics

How a French firm beat out Japanese companies in Australia’s submarine tender -- Defense News

India Successfully Test-Fires Supersonic Brahmos Missile From Su30MKI -- Sputnik

Boeing joint venture preps to overhaul Saudi Apache helicopter fleet -- Defense News

U.S. Plans to Expand Naval Engagements in Southeast Asia Using Littoral Combat Ships, EPFs. -- USNI News

US Navy tries new sleep guidelines after deadly Asia-Pacific ship collisions: report -- The Hill

US B-21 Raider Long-Distance Bomber Program Remains Shrouded in Secrecy -- Sputnik

Senate defense spending bill $50B lower than what authorizers want -- The Hill

Cochran recommends budget-cap busting defense bill -- Defense News

‘Going to break this force’: Air Force warns cuts, manning woes could hurt war zone fight -- Air Force Times

Laughlin Air Force Base suspends flying operations after fatal T-38 crash -- Air Force Times

4th F-35 Software Drop Enables New Small Diameter Bomb II-2020s -- Scout Warrior

Military investigators find additional remains of US soldier in Niger -- The Hill

The US Military Is Preparing for War in Space: We're Drafting Laws to Be Ready for It -- Newsweek

Boston Dynamics’ robot dog isn’t quite ready for the US military says this analyst -- CNBC

Military Members on Pence Detail Reassigned for Bringing Women to Hotel -- NBC

Pentagon investigating behavior of military personnel on Trump's Asia trip -- Politico

Federal court puts stop to Trump's transgender military ban -- ABC News

Video showing racial slurs by Marines to be probed -- The Hill

Military overhauls retirement system in biggest shift since World War II -- FOX News

VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets -- AP

How hypersonic flight could transform air combat -- Gareth Evans, Air Force Technology

U.S. Navy C-2 Cargo Plane Has Crashed Off The Coast Of Japan. 8 Rescued, 3 Missing

FOX News: Aircraft carrying 11 crashes in Pacific en route to USS Ronald Reagan; 8 recovered, Japan says

Three people remained missing Wednesday after a U.S Navy plane crashed in the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, as early indications point to some kind of engine failure as the cause of the mishap, multiple defense officials told Fox News.

Eight people who were on board the C-2 cargo plane were rescued in "good condition" by U.S. Navy helicopters, according to a statement from the U.S. Navy's 7th fleet. The aircraft crashed about 575 miles southeast of Okinawa as it was heading from Japan to the aircraft carrier.

The Japanese military is assisting in the recovery of the three who remain missing. The eight personnel who were recovered were found less than an hour after the crash occurred. They are currently being treated on board the aircraft carrier.

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More News On Today's U.S. Navy C-2 Cargo Plane Crash Off The Coast Of Japan

The Latest: Navy says 8 people recovered in good condition -- ABC News/AP
U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 crashes into Pacific Ocean off Japan, 8 rescued -- Washington Post
8 rescued, 3 missing after US Navy cargo plane crashes off Japan -- UPI
3 Missing, 8 Rescued Following C-2A Crash Near Okinawa -- USNI News
Navy aircraft crash leaves 3 missing in Philippine Sea -- CNN
Eight rescued after US Navy plane carrying 11 crashes in Pacific -- The Hill
Navy Aircraft With 11 Aboard Crashes Into Waters Off Japan -- New York Times
8 Recovered After Plane Carrying 11 Crashes In Philippine Sea, Navy Says -- NPR

Dramatic Video Shows North Korean Soldier's Daring Defection To The South

Reuters: Escape from North Korea: video shows defector under fire

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean border guard briefly crossed the border with the South in the chase for a defector last week - a violation of the ceasefire accord between North and South, a video released on Wednesday by the U.N. Command (UNC) in Seoul showed.

The North Koreans were only steps behind the young man when they shot him at least four times as he made his escape on Nov. 13. The video, filmed as the defector drove an army truck through the demilitarized zone and then abandoned the vehicle, gives a dramatic insight into his escape.

The defector, identified by a surgeon as a 24-year-old with the family name Oh, was flown by a U.S. military helicopter to a hospital in Suwon, south of Seoul. Doctors said he had regained consciousness, having had two operations to extract the bullets, and his breathing was stable and unassisted.

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More On The Dramatic Video That Shows The North Korean Soldier's Daring Defection To The South

Dramatic new video captures North Korean soldier's daring defection -- CBS News
North Korea defection: Footage of moment soldier flees -- BBC News
Video shows North Korean soldier's daring, bullet-ridden defection to South -- USA TODAY
Watch dramatic video showing North Korean forces chasing, firing on defecting soldier -- Los Angeles Times
North Korean defector shot by soldiers while escaping over the border in dramatic video -- The Independent
North Korean soldiers violated Armistice Agreement in pursuit of defector: UNC -- NK News
North Korean defector: What we've learned from dramatic footage -- BBC News

Life As A Women Soldier In The North Korean Army

BBC: Rape and no periods in North Korea's army

A former soldier says life as a woman in the world's fourth-largest army was so tough that most soon stopped menstruating. And rape, she says, was a fact of life for many of those she served with.

For almost 10 years Lee So Yeon slept on the bottom bunk bed, in a room she shared with more than two dozen women. Every woman was given a small set of drawers in which to store their uniforms. On top of those drawers each kept two framed photographs. One was of North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung. The second was of his now deceased heir, Kim Jong-il.

It was more than a decade ago that she left, but she retains vivid memories of the smell of the concrete barracks.

"We sweat quite a bit.

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Update: Conditions for female North Korean soldiers are so brutal their periods stop and rape is commonplace, defector says (Daily Mail)

WNU Editor: So much for the North Korean claim that it is a worker's paradise.

Afghan Leaders Criticize U.S. Airstrikes On Taliban Drug Labs

Washington Post: Afghan leaders in Helmand criticize U.S. airstrikes on Taliban drug labs

KABUL — A newly announced campaign of U.S. and Afghan airstrikes against Taliban-run narcotic centers was met with alarm and criticism Tuesday from political leaders in Helmand province — the heart of Afghanistan’s huge opium trade — where officials said 10 such air attacks were carried out in the past week.

Some legislators and provincial representatives expressed worries that civilians could be harmed. Others dismissed the campaign, announced by U.S. military officials Monday, as a dramatic but misplaced effort to showcase Washington’s determination to go after insurgent bastions and criminal activities as part of its new military strategy.

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Previous Post: U.S. Launches Airstrikes Targeting The Taliban's Opium Production Facilities In Afghanistan (November 21, 2017)

WNU Editor: Instead of going into the fields and cutting the crop .... just target the locations where the drug is made and stored. My sense is that these strikes were effective .... and some are not happy.

Will China One Day Replace The United States As The World's Top Arms Dealer?

The Inner Mongolia Military Command (MC) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducts a drill in early October, during which a batch of new equipment are unveiled, including the all-terrain vehicle, Beidou navigation terminals, low-light level night vision devices, etc. With the new equipment, the comprehensive border control ability of the frontier forces will be strengthened greatly. (PLA Daily/Qian Xiaohu and Wang Zhonghui)

Robert Farley, The Diplomat: Can China Replace the United States as the World's Top Arms Dealer?

How China could undercut the dominant U.S. market position in global arms sales.

In his recent tour of East Asia, Donald Trump made a point of touting U.S. arms sales, which bring cash to the United States and jobs to American workers. Trump’s point is straightforward, if not often acknowledged in U.S. policy circles: arms sales not only extend U.S. influence, but also benefit the United States economically. The United States has enjoyed a dominant global position in arms transfers since at least the early 1990s, despite export restrictions that occasionally restrict transfers for political and technological reasons.

U.S. market position depends on two factors; the technological superiority of U.S. equipment, and the political value in establishing a defense relationship with the United States. Historically, China arms export strategy has been built around exploiting the edges of these U.S. advantages. First, China sells military equipment at much lower prices that the United States, which for some types of equipment (and some sellers) is ideal. Second, China will sell to just about any customer.

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WNU Editor: Maybe one day China will replace the U.S. as the world's top arms dealer .... but I do not see it happening any time soon.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau: The Government Will Try To Reintegrate ISIS Fighters Back Into Society

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking during a press conference on the last day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Lima, November 20, 2016. (AFP/RAFAEL ZARAUZ)

Times of Israel/AFP: Canada plans to help Islamic State fighters ‘let go of that terrorist ideology’

PM Trudeau pledges to prosecute those returning gunmen who broke anti-terror laws, but also says his government will try to reintegrate them into society

OTTAWA — Canada is concerned about the national security threat posed by citizens who joined the Islamic State group returning to this country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday.

In parliament, Trudeau pledged to prosecute those who broke Canada’s anti-terrorism laws by joining the IS group, but also said his government would try to reintegrate them into society.

“We recognize the return of even one individual (who joined the IS group) may have serious national security implications,” Trudeau said.

“We are going to monitor them. We are also there to help them to let go of that terrorist ideology,” he added.

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Update: Trudeau Vows to 'Help' Returning ISIS Fighters 'Disengage' (PJMedia)

WNU Editor: So .... Prime Minister Trudeau believes these fanatics can be rehabilitated/reintegrated. I do not share his optimism. Two days ago I posted an article on President Trump being more popular than the Macron, Merkel, and May .... Poll: Merkel, Macron, May Are Less Popular Than Trump (November 20, 2017). I forgot to mention Prime Minister Trudeau .... The Justin Trudeau Lovefest Gets a Reality Check (Bloomberg).

Everyone Is Getting Ready For Venezuela To Go Bankrupt

Fortune: Venezuelan Bondholders Are Preparing for a Fight if the Country Defaults on its $60 Billion Debt

Holders of Venezuelan bonds are meeting with each other and considering forming committees, advisers and fund managers told Reuters, as questions mount about the feasibility of President Nicolas Maduro’s proposal to restructure $60 billion of debt.

Maduro has said the country will keep servicing its obligations for now. But bondholders ranging from longstanding investment funds to hedge funds and emerging markets funds in the United States and elsewhere are starting to lay the foundations for a potentially bitter and messy battle over a possible default down the road.

A UK-based hedge fund, MacroSynergy Partners, has invited institutional holders of Venezuelan and state-owned oil company PDVSA debt to a Nov. 30 meeting in London to discuss the likely path forward and the next steps for creditors, according to an invitation seen by Reuters.

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More News On The Economic Mess That Is Venezuela

Venezuela’s Creditors Begin Organizing Among Themselves -- Bloomberg
Venezuelans Revert to Pre-Money Era with Barter -- AIER
Venezuela arrests Citgo chief in anti-corruption dragnet -- ABC News/AP
Venezuela pumps below OPEC target -- Al Jazeera
Venezuela quickly becoming Russia's newest satellite state -- The Hill
Nobody is going to bail out Venezuela -- Salon
Venezuela is going through a messy economic default — here's all you need to know -- CNBC

Modernizing Today's Nuclear Arsenal Is Raising Fears Of A New Arms Race

FILE PHOTO - A U.S. Air Force B-52 flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

Reuters: Special Report: In modernizing nuclear arsenal, U.S. stokes new arms race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama rode into office in 2009 with promises to work toward a nuclear-free world. His vow helped win him the Nobel Peace Prize that year.

The next year, while warning that Washington would retain the ability to retaliate against a nuclear strike, he promised that America would develop no new types of atomic weapons. Within 16 months of his inauguration, the United States and Russia negotiated the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as New START, meant to build trust and cut the risk of nuclear war. It limited each side to what the treaty counts as 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads.

By the time Obama left office in January 2017, the risk of Armageddon hadn’t receded. Instead, Washington was well along in a modernization program that is making nearly all of its nuclear weapons more accurate and deadly.

And Russia was doing the same: Its weapons badly degraded from neglect after the Cold War, Moscow had begun its own modernization years earlier under President Vladimir Putin. It built new, more powerful ICBMs, and developed a series of tactical nuclear weapons.

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WNU Editor: A sobering read.

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Remembering The Battle Of Tarawa 74 Years Ago: 'The Toughest Battle In U.S. Marine Corps History'

Daily Caller: FLASHBACK: Japan Thought It Would Take One Million Men 100 Years To Take This Fortified Island, But The US Marines Did It In Three Days

Seventy-four years ago, the U.S. Marines waged war against hardened Japanese forces across the Tarawa atoll in the Gilbert Islands and emerged victorious.

Japanese Admiral Keiji Shibasaki, commander of the highly-fortified garrison on Betio Island, was reportedly so confident in his position that he claimed it would take one million men 100 years to take control of the atoll. The U.S. Marines took it in three days, but it was, according to one historian and Business Insider, “the toughest battle in Marine Corps history.”

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WNU Editor: Out of 4,500 Japanese troops .... and after three days of fighting .... only 17 were captured alive.

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Zimbabweans celebrate in Harare. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo gallery .... Zimbabwe celebrates (Reuters)

Power Struggle In Rebel Held Ukraine

FILE PHOTO: Igor Plotnitsky (R), leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic, salutes during the Victory Day military parade in the rebel-held city of Luhansk, Ukraine May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo

Reuters: Ukraine rebel leader accuses sacked ally of staging revolt

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Armed men in masks blocked off the center of Ukraine’s rebel-controlled city of Luhansk on Tuesday in what the rebel leader said was a revolt by supporters of a sacked regional police chief.

In fighting that broke out in 2014, Russian-backed rebels threw off rule by a new pro-Western leadership in Kiev and set up two self-proclaimed separatist statelets in eastern Ukraine, one centered on Luhansk and another around the city of Donetsk.

Those separatist regions are aided by Moscow but not recognized by any state, and they have been dogged by outbreaks of internal tensions that have on occasion turned violent.

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which monitors the implementation of a much-violated ceasefire agreement with Ukraine, said on Tuesday it had observed military-style vehicles and armed men in central Luhansk.

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More News On Reports Of A Power Struggle In Rebel Held Ukraine

Power struggle shakes breakaway republic in eastern Ukraine as armed men seize Luhansk -- The Telegraph
Masked, Gun-Toting Troops Hit Streets Of Ukraine's Separatist-Held Luhansk -- Radio Free Europe
Ukraine rebel leader accuses sacked ally of staging revolt -- Euronews
Rebel infighting sparks fears in east Ukraine -- Digital Journal
Lugansk: interior minister announces exposure of plot in the republic -- Eurasia Daily

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Russian Authorities Have Confirmed Reports Of High Levels of The Isotope Ruthenium-106 In The Urals

ABC News Online: Russia admits spike in radioactive ruthenium-106 over Ural Mountains amid fears of nuclear accident

Russian authorities have confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains.

But the suspected source of the leak, a nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of contamination.

The Russian Meteorological Service said in a statement on Tuesday it recorded the release of ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September and classified it as "extremely high contamination".

Russian authorities insisted, however, that the contamination posed no health risks.

France's nuclear safety agency earlier this month said it recorded radioactivity in the area between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains from a suspected accident involving nuclear fuel or the production of radioactive material.

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WNU Editor: Something went wrong. It's not everyday that someone decides to release a radioactive isotope like ruthenium-106 into the atmosphere.

More News On Russian Authorities Confirming Reports Of High Levels of The Isotope Ruthenium-106 In The Urals

Russia confirms spike in radioactivity in the Urals -- AP
Russian nuclear facility denies it is source of high radioactivity levels -- The Guardian
Russian radioactivity recorded 986 times higher than usual as toxic cloud sparks nuclear accident rumours. -- The Independent
That ‘harmless’ radioactive cloud over Europe probably did come from Russia after all -- Washington Post
Officials confirm 'high pollution' after spike in radioactivity in Urals, say no health risk -- RT
What's ruthenium-106? What you need to know about Russian radiation -- CBC