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The new US strategy laid down by President Trump is antithetical to what a high-level Congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain had acknowledged during their recent visit to Waziristan. The company was later renamed and sold, and now operates as Academi. A commander from the Taliban-allied Haqqani network, long believed to have links to Pakistan's shadowy military establishment, told AFP that Trump "has proved it's a Crusade".
  • Sen. Jeff Flake downplays feud with President Trump

    Sen. Jeff Flake downplays feud with President Trump

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    Flake's been a critic of Trump since early on, and Trump has fought back by speaking out against the Arizona senator. Trump wrote about the senator who faces reelection in 2018. There were 13 Republican senators who voted against at least one of the proposals, four who voted "no" on at least two of them, and two who opposed all three versions.
  • Jim Fossel: How do we win in Afghanistan?

    Jim Fossel: How do we win in Afghanistan?

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    Gunmen stormed a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital while worshippers were at Friday prayers, setting off an explosion that killed a security guard outside and pushing into the shrine, officials said . The Trump administration had adopted a broad approach involving the intelligence community and United States partners, he reiterated, saying the president had also asked how others could do more.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launched; Everything You Need To Know

    Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launched; Everything You Need To Know

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    The screen will probably boost of 1,440 x 2,960 pixels resolution. There was also HDR-mode for videos. Galaxy S8 + plus S-Pen equals Galaxy Note 8 . Speaking of costs: T-Mobile will be selling the Note 8 with 64 GB of storage for $930. Overall, I think Note fans will love the Note 8 . It will likely be offered in a 6GB+64GB configuration, but a 256GB storage variant has also been suggested.
  • Trump gave Democrats a big ultimatum about the border wall

    Trump gave Democrats a big ultimatum about the border wall

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    So now he wants American taxpayers to foot the bill, and this week he threatened to shut down the entire government if Congress doesn't include wall funding in a debt ceiling bill that must be signed into law by September 30, when the government's authorization to spend money runs out.
  • TROPICS UPDATE: Harvey weakens, Watching another tropical system possible near us

    TROPICS UPDATE: Harvey weakens, Watching another tropical system possible near us

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    In its early Sunday update, the hurricane center said the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72.42 kph) and it is practically stationary about 45 miles (72.42 kilometers) northwest of Victoria, Texas. The storm caused nearly 300,000 customers to lose power and brought nearly 20 inches of rain in some areas. But Harvey doesn't have to fight those winds.
  • US Congress will raise debt ceiling, has many options - Ryan

    US Congress will raise debt ceiling, has many options - Ryan

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    The latest Republican to draw Trump's ire was Senator Bob Corker , who last week questioned whether Trump possessed the "stability" and "competence" to succeed as president. This is a legitimate issue to argue about - obviously the government can't provide unlimited social assistance across every possible dimension of human need.
  • Republicans blamed for debt ceiling 'mess'

    Republicans blamed for debt ceiling 'mess'

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    I think we've got to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around. If the debt ceiling is not raised, the government would not be able to borrow more money or pay its bills, including payments on its debts, which could hurt the US credit rating.
  • Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez asks for calm amid poor start

    Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez asks for calm amid poor start

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    And the day only got worse for the east London side after Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the third for Newcastle after a brilliant pass from Perez in the 86th minute. The persistent Ritchie did eventually produce a moment of quality when he floated a cross over for Clark, who made no mistake. With six points on the board, the Terriers won't be disheartened by the draw, but Mauricio Pellegrino will be disappointed by his players not kicking on from the previous win over West Ham .
  • Hurricane Harvey Settles Over SE Texas

    Hurricane Harvey Settles Over SE Texas

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    Xinhua correspondent saw most of the shops, restaurants and gas stations in Houston are open on Saturday as usual, with some shops pile sand bags at the gate. "We don't want anyone in San Antonio to let their guard down", said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg as Harvey moved farther inland Saturday afternoon.
  • Trump's war on the media is backfiring

    Trump's war on the media is backfiring

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    Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, said the eclipse, which was the first coast-to-coast total eclipse of the sun by the moon in roughly 100 years, provides the flawless metaphor for the white nationalists and neo-Nazis that have rallied recently in cities such as Charlottesville , Virginia.
  • Arizona Gov. Won't Attend Trump Rally, But Will Greet Him on Arrival

    Arizona Gov. Won't Attend Trump Rally, But Will Greet Him on Arrival

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    Meanwhile, one of the state's four Democratic House members plans to lead a Trump protest and a second plans to meet with opponents before the event. "And I honestly believe they don't". "We have to get away from the idea that we're the only game in town, because we're not". During that meandering speech , Trump attacked fellow Republicans and went on a lengthy diatribe against the news media.
  • Trump's approval rating holds steady after Charlottesville

    Trump's approval rating holds steady after Charlottesville

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    The president was slated to give remarks about veterans' reforms but instead began by speaking about the clash. We now face two crises, one domestic - Charlottesville, Virginia - and one global - North Korea. "One vote away, I will not mention any names", he said, referring to McCain's vote against Republicans' healthcare bill. But Trump, in his retelling of his initial statement, omitted the line "on many sides" that had drawn so much criticism.
  • Gurmeet Ram Rahim Rape Case: Timeline of events

    Gurmeet Ram Rahim Rape Case: Timeline of events

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    Panchkula , a suburb of Chandigarh and the epicentre of violence, accounted for 28 deaths. The court verdict against dera head triggered violence by his followers leaving 30 dead and over 200 injured. Apart from this, two stations were also attacked by them. Be it taking him to the prison in Rohtak in an air conditioned helicopter or giving him an AC room to live in the Jail, the BJP-led Haryana government is giving all possible favours to an accused in a rape case.
  • Trump thanks Bannon though he said his 'presidency is over'

    Trump thanks Bannon though he said his 'presidency is over'

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    Steve Bannon is back at Breitbart News after he left the White House yesterday. Jim McLean is managing director of the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, Kansas Public Radio and KMUW covering health, education and politics. He also had advocated restraint in dealing with North Korea , rejecting the use of military force to solve the recent crisis. "That's strange", he noted, "since populist conservatism is the platform his boss ran on".
  • Watch as 120mph storm intensifies as it approaches US

    Watch as 120mph storm intensifies as it approaches US

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    The storm is expected to bring another 4-9 inches of rain and flash flooding is possible. Louisiana and Texas declared states of disaster, authorizing the use of state resources to prepare. Its transformation from an unnamed storm to a life-threatening behemoth took only 56 hours, an incredibly fast intensification. Harvey's devastation is just beginning, despite its downgrade to a category 1 hurricane.
  • Trump slams GOP leaders on border wall, debt limit, health bill

    Trump slams GOP leaders on border wall, debt limit, health bill

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    Fanning the flames of GOP discord, President Donald Trump is accusing Republican congressional leaders botching efforts to avoid an unprecedented default on the national debt. Republican Representative Jim Jordan of OH, another influential voice within the group, repeated the same message. "And we're going to continue to push forward and make sure that the wall gets built".
  • Trump wants to fight to win Afghanistan

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    The top USA general in Afghanistan on Thursday vowed to annihilate the Islamic State and crush what remains of al-Qaeda after President Trump announced a renewed effort in the war that has dragged on for almost 16 years. Trump did not specify how many troops will be deployed, how long they would serve, or what would constitute success in the region. Until Afghans come to value nationhood and the freedoms that accompanied the 2001 USA ouster of Taliban oppressors, they will forever ...
  • McMaster adds muscle to Kushner's Middle East peace effort

    McMaster adds muscle to Kushner's Middle East peace effort

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    This summer's Temple Mount crisis sent waves through the entire Arab world, but at the end, the result was the same bitter realization - that the Palestinian issue is something that Arab leaders talk about when they deem fit, but don't really care about solving.
  • 'Godman' convicted of rape, 13 killed in ensuing protests

    'Godman' convicted of rape, 13 killed in ensuing protests

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    The Haryana police chose not to respond to the queries from the Kerala government on the security cover for the god man. Kerala had sought details of the security personnel accompanying him. At the time of court pronouncing him guilty in the 2002 case, the sect chief appeared "calm and composed", the CBI counsel said. Haryana's chief secretary has said that Ram Rahim's "Z plus" security was withdrawn after his conviction in the rape case.
  • Hurricane Harvey hits Texas: What we know so far

    Hurricane Harvey hits Texas: What we know so far

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    Donie Hatcher-Walters, who lives in Rosharon near Galveston with her family, including two children, did not evacuate ahead of Hurricane Harvey and were waiting out the storm. Nim Kidd is the chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Recently, in response to the looming Hurricane Harvey, the National Weather Service , FEMA , and other local and federal government officials and departments have been pushing the message "turn around, don't drown" on Twitter to discourage ...
  • Almost 10 percent of Americans think it's OK to be a neo-Nazi

    Almost 10 percent of Americans think it's OK to be a neo-Nazi

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    In America , especially living in a state that was part of "the North" in the Civil War, the white supremacist ideology is largely perceived as a symbol of someone's backwardness and low intelligence. You don't need a graph to spot the trend line here. It should mourn the loss of Heather Heyer . He then also told the crowds "So on August the 14th, that was it, I said 'all people, I love all people, everything'".
  • Still fighting Civil War

    Still fighting Civil War

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    But it is still an interesting idea to commemorate the place of the American Civil War in Canadian history. Let's not pretend that these statues are historic. As of May 2017, Alabama passed laws against altering, renaming, or removing any monuments, streets or buildings made or named as memorials if they're 40 years or older, which puts the majority, if not all, of the Alabama Confederate memorials under its protection.
  • White House calls GOP Sen. Corker's criticism of Trump 'ridiculous and outrageous'

    White House calls GOP Sen. Corker's criticism of Trump 'ridiculous and outrageous'

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    One woman was killed when a auto driven by an avowed white supremacist plowed into a crowd of people after the rally turned violent, and numerous demonstrators were injured during the rallies on August 11 and 12. His Twitter feed is a nightmare hellscape of conspiracy theories and veritable trash people, and he watches about as much far-right media as your one family member who still yells about people getting "Obama phones" and shares deliberately misleading pictures of gas prices under ...
  • Violence singes Haryana, Punjab as sect followers go berserk

    Violence singes Haryana, Punjab as sect followers go berserk

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    Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh being convicted of rape by a CBI court in Haryana ticked off hordes of his followers, who have since taken to rioting, vandalism and taking lives of innocents in the process. "Why did the Punjab Government allow them to come to Haryana?" Singh will be sent to a jail in the town of Rohtak until his sentence is announced on Monday, a prosecution lawyer said.
  • President Abbas meets Trump's senior advisor, discusses efforts to revive peace

    President Abbas meets Trump's senior advisor, discusses efforts to revive peace

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    A Middle East expert with close ties to the White House described the visit as a "temperature taking", and said the parties don't expect to make an announcement out of the visit. By amending the Palestinian Prisoners Law in 2010, PA President Mahmoud Abbas increased monthly installments from approximately $275-$1,110 per month to $390-$3,340.
  • Texas braces for Hurricane Harvey

    Texas braces for Hurricane Harvey

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    Torrential rain and a rapid increase in storm surge are the main threats for the storm. "A lot of people are taking this storm for granted, thinking it may not pose much of a danger to them", Governor Greg Abbott told local Houston station KPRC.
  • How will Trump's India card play in the Afghan great game?

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    Pakistan collaborated with USA on its war against terror and this collaboration has cost Pakistan lives of 70,000 citizens and over $100 billion to the economy. She went on to say that United States supports an Afghan-led peace process for Afghanistan's stability. "When Richard Nixon, for instance, became president in 1969, he and Henry Kissinger knew the Vietnam War can not be won by the USA but they didn't want to take responsibility for having been defeated".
  • Top general praises Trump Afghanistan plan, vows to 'annihilate' ISIS

    Top general praises Trump Afghanistan plan, vows to 'annihilate' ISIS

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    Congress and the American people likewise are entitled to hear how we are going to apply pressure to Pakistan - while involving its archenemy, India , in this fight. Hua implied that the United States hasn't fully recognized Pakistan's efforts in the worldwide community. The demonstrated security improvement inside Pakistan would not have been possible without eliminating all terrorist hideouts.
  • Analysts strongly denounce statement made by US President against Pakistan

    Analysts strongly denounce statement made by US President against Pakistan

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    Apparently, the tone and tenor of the new policy is quite Clausewitzian in trying to combine military, political, and diplomatic components, but in reality, it is only the military component that is preponderant. PTI chief said Pakistan has been biggest collateral damage in this Afghan adventure, adding all the political parties in Pakistan came together and implemented National Action Plan (NAP) which is to disarm the terrorists.
  • Dera Sacha Sauda chief convicted in rape case by CBI court

    Dera Sacha Sauda chief convicted in rape case by CBI court

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    Punjab Chief Minister, Amrinder Singh has said that if the situation demands, we would impose curfew in Punjab. The violence erupted shortly after the verdict was announced when a restive crowd of the sect leader's followers outside the court began throwing stones and attacking journalists and media vans.
  • Thailand's Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Is Now A Fugitive

    Thailand's Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Is Now A Fugitive

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    For her adoring supporters, she is an icon for whom many have pledged to fight. His supporters, who delivered him unprecedented electoral victories, believe his only offense was challenging the power of the country's traditional elite, led by monarchists and the military and supported by the urban middle class.
  • Trump's manufacturing council, policy forum disbanded

    Trump's manufacturing council, policy forum disbanded

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    The vocal thanks, and support, he has received for his refusal to condemn white supremacist groups from people such as David Duke , a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, has solidified Trump's image of being sympathetic to extremist groups peddling hate.
  • 'India emerging as important regional strategic partner to US'

    'India emerging as important regional strategic partner to US'

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    The new United States policy on Afghanistan pushes for increasing the number of USA troops in Afghanistan and gives the forces free hand to handle insurgents instead of micro-managing them from the Washington . Sources said the Director General of Military Operations briefed the meeting over the ongoing military operations on the Pakistan-Afghan border as well as the internal security situation of the country and the situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Hurricane warning issued for Texas Gulf coast

    Hurricane warning issued for Texas Gulf coast

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    Harvey is moving slowly to the northwest at 10 mph with sustained winds up to 65 mph. "We absolutely have a playbook, we know exactly how to do it", Rocky Vaz, director of Emergency Management, said . "With this system's intensity and slow motion, it is the worst of both worlds", he said referring to the expected winds and rains. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical depression was centered about 11 p.m.
  • White House dysfunction ensnares the world

    White House dysfunction ensnares the world

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    Trump". As seen in the photo above, Trudeau helped Ivanka with her chair at a roundtable discussion at the White House on February 13. He argued that Trump's criticisms of Republican senators will not help him advance his agenda. An additional threat comes from a "brutal" form of capitalism, one driven by state-sponsored cronyism and private commodity driven output that has supplanted the Judeo-Christian method of " enlightened capitalism ".
  • Dupraz: Neymar on same level as Messi and Ronaldo

    Dupraz: Neymar on same level as Messi and Ronaldo

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    It has been reported that Messi is waiting to see who the club sign to replace Neymar after the Catalans were humiliated by Real Madrid during the recent Spanish Super Cup with a 5-1 defeat on aggregate. "I don't know", he said . Neymar's management company management group N & N Consultoria said that Neymar is suing his former club Barcelona for a €26 million unpaid loyalty bonus that was included in the contract that he signed with the club last November.
  • Zinke: No National Monuments to Be Eliminated

    Zinke: No National Monuments to Be Eliminated

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    President Obama broke the record with the number of national monument proclamations he issued and the millions of acres he locked up within them. Orrin Hatch of Utah, have called on the administration to revoke monument status for the Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, both in Utah.