North Korea calls latest UN sanctions an act of war

According to North Korea’s foreign ministry, the latest round of UN sanctions are “an act of war,” and threatened to punish those who supported the measure. The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday due to its recent ICBM test, seeking to limit its access to refined petroleum products and crude oil along with its earnings from workers abroad.

The new resolution seeks to ban nearly 90% of refined petroleum exports by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year and demands the “repatriation of North Koreans working abroad within 24 months”. The US-drafted resolution also caps crude oil supplies to North Korea at 4 million barrels a year and commits the Council to further reductions if the North conducts another ICBM/nuclear test.

In a statement, North Korea’s foreign ministry said the US is “terrified” by its nuclear force and was getting “more and more frenzied in the moves to impose the harshest-ever sanctions and pressure on our country”.

Former Sanders campaign director running for congress in Iowa

Pete D’alessandro, who is Bernie Sanders former campaign director in Iowa, is now running for congress. Pete is Running for Iowas 3rd congressional district campaigning for; $15 minimum wage, Expand Medicare-for-all, tuition free college, lead on addressing the global climate crisis. He’s been endorsed by his local Our Revolution chapter & also the national group, Nurses United.


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Russian security forces kills three terrorists in Gubden

Three terrorists were killed by Russian security forces in the village of Gubden (Republic of Dagestan) this morning, after they barricaded themselves inside a building and resisted arrest by firing upon law enforcement.

One of the terrorists killed (Aligadzhi Khamutaev) was also wanted for the murder of eight people and multiple attacks on police. Various firearms, grenades and ammunition were seized at the location, and there were no casualties among civilians or security personnel during the operation.


Russia claims it intercepted U.S. fighter jet


A Russian interceptor was reportedly scrambled to stop a “rogue US fighter jet” from “actively interfering with an anti-terrorist operation” earlier this month, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed. The DM also accused the US of “provoking close encounters” with Russian jets in Syria continuously. A US F-22 fighter was purportedly preventing two Russian Su-25 aircraft from bombing Islamic State targets to the west of the Euphrates, according to the ministry.

Russian DM spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said it was “another example” of US aircraft preventing Russian forces from carrying out operations against the Islamic State. Konashenkov added that “most close-midair encounters between Russian and US jets in the area around the Euphrates River have been linked to the attempts of US aircraft to get in the way (of the Russian warplanes) striking against Islamic State terrorists”. He also insisted that the US has provided no explanation for the incident, as well as other similar encounters.

The claims were made in response to the Pentagon’s claims regarding “an increase in unsafe behavior by Russian warplanes”. “We saw anywhere from six to eight incidents daily in late November, where Russian or Syrian aircraft crossed into our airspace on the east side of the Euphrates River,” Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, spokesman for USAF Central Command, said.

“Our greatest concern is that we could shoot down a Russian aircraft because its actions are seen as a threat to our air or ground forces, and it’s increasingly tough for our pilots to discern whether Russian pilots are deliberately testing or baiting us into reacting, or if these are just honest mistakes”.

He also said that Russian pilots have been “crossing into the airspace east of the Euphrates and flying dangerously close allied forces,” and that such actions “could be interpreted as threatening, giving our pilots the rights to fire in self defense”.


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Former Trump aides enter FBI custody

Former campaign manager for United States President Donald Trump Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates turned themselves over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.

This comes amid a probe into allegations regarding Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates with a 12-point indictment that includes conspiracy against the US and conspiracy to launder money.


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Beyond these two charges, the pair faces the following: unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements and seven counts of failure to disclosed foreign bank and financial accounts.

Mr. Trump responded on Twitter a few hours after the charges were laid out, saying “sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign”.

He also called for investigation focus on “crooked” former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

 

The president followed up with a second tweet saying there is “no collusion!”

The indictment revealed that former foreign affairs aide to Mr. Trump George Papadopoulos secretly plead guilty in lying to FBI agents during the investigation.

Manafort and Gates will appear in court at 1:30 pm ET.

The White House has yet to formally respond to the incidents.


More details to follow. Image 1 of Paul Manafort from CNN.


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Russia fires multiple ICBM’s in drill

Russia’s military fired multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles in a drill on Thursday.

The Defence Ministry says its forces launched three ICBM’s from “submarines” and another from the northwestern Plesetsk Cosmodrome, or space center.

The state-backed RT news agency reported that Moscow said the launches were “conducted as part of large-scale war games involving Russia’s strategic forces.”


Video purports to show launch of ICBM’s


Two submarines from the Northern and Pacific Fleet’s fired three missiles as training for their crews, RT reported.

Cruise missiles from Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers engaged targets in dual test grounds in Russia and one target in Russian ally Kazakhstan’s territory.

“All the objectives f the exercises were successfully achieved,” said the defense ministry.


More details to follow. Image 1 of Russian RT-2PM2 Topol-M from Wikimedia. 


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Clinton campaign paid for dossier research

The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for the research that brought about the Russian dossier that states allegations against United States President Donald Trump in regards to Russia. 

This is according to the Washington Post, which released the exclusive story on Tuesday evening, citing sources “familiar with the matter.”

The dossier, written by Brit Christopher Steele, brings up allegations in regards to Mr. Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and Moscow.

A lawyer representing the 2016 Clinton campaign and the DNC, Marc E Elias, utilized Fusion GPS in April 2016 to carry out the research found in the dossier, according to the WP.

Once complete, Fusion GPS brought on Mr. Steele, a former British intelligence officer, to write the document, which became public on Jan 11 of this year via Buzzfeed.

Many news agencies were aware of the dossier’s existence since fall 2016, including local media and international, such as BBC News.

The Clinton campaign and DNC funded Fusion GPS’s research until the end of October 2016, writes the Washington Post.

Elias and Fusion GPS declined to give comment to the Post, and spokesmen for the Clinton campaign and the DNC also had none at this time.


More details to follow. With files from the Washington Post. Image 1 of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail in 2016 from Wikimedia Commons.


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