Friday, March 24, 2017

Putin: We try to maintain smooth relations with both the acting power of France and the opposition representatives

President Putin has told French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Moscow that Russia has no intentions to influence the French elections, but reserves the right to meet any French politicians it wishes.

“We attach a lot of importance to our relations with France, trying to maintain smooth relations with both the acting power and the opposition representatives,” Putin said ....

France's Marine Le Pen urges cooperation with Russia against 'terrorism'

Moscow (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin met France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen as she visited Moscow on Friday, with the Russian leader stressing that the Kremlin does not meddle in French politics.

"We by no means want to influence the current events but we reserve the right to communicate with all representatives of all political forces of the country, as do our partners in Europe and the United States for example," Interfax news agency quoted Putin as telling Le Pen ....

Thursday, March 23, 2017

32 Republicans voting no on GOP ObamaCare repeal bill

President Trump met with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus on Thursday, but the two sides were unable to get a deal that would allow the lawmakers to support the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation, hours before an expected vote.

House GOP leaders appear to be short of the 215 votes they need to pass their bill.

GOP leaders are working to shore up conservative votes, and have focused on winning over the Freedom Caucus by eliminating "essential health benefits" that insurers must include in their plans. By eliminating the benefits, conservatives say premium costs would drop ....

Latam, US and Canada to challenge Venezuela’s authoritarian regime

MEXICO CITY—The U.S., Canada and Latin America’s leading nations have agreed to challenge Venezuela’s authoritarian regime, a joint effort that wouldn’t have been possible a decade ago.

Fourteen nations plan to issue a joint statement in coming days calling on the government of President Nicolás Maduro to release political prisoners, return full powers to the National Assembly and set a timetable to hold regional elections that Venezuela has indefinitely postponed, according to Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray.

In a region where countries like Mexico avoid interfering in each other’s affairs, it is rare for a large number of countries, including all of the most influential ones, to come out publicly against another nation ....

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

US spy agencies may have picked up Trump communications: lawmaker

Washington (AFP) - Donald Trump's communications may have been swept up in intelligence gathering on suspected foreign agents, according to explosive allegations made Wednesday by the Republican head of the House intelligence committee.

Devin Nunes -- who worked on Trump's transition team and is now leading an investigation into possible links between that campaign team and Russia -- said the now president's communications may have been intercepted late last year.

Nunes however said there was no evidence that then-president Barack Obama ordered the surveillance -- as Trump has claimed -- or that the president was the target.

Rather, Nunes suggested, Trump's communications were picked up during court-approved targeting of suspected foreign intelligence operatives ....

Suidlanders Reach out to Americans 'to Stop South African White Genocide'

For a few days now, I had been getting calls from an unfamiliar number. I assumed it was just a solicitor trying to sell me something. After what seemed like the second or third time I have been called from this unknown number, I answered the phone this morning.

It turns out that I was being contacted by a South African group called the Suidlanders. A trusted comrade in the movement had given them my number. They are in the United States on a speaking tour to raise awareness about the rapidly worsening situation for Whites in South Africa. The Suidlanders are essentially the South African equivalent of our doomsday preppers except that they are prepping for the very real possibility of a Zimbabwe-style White Genocide ....
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan escalated his rhetoric tenfold Wednesday after he seemingly threatened to kill Europeans in "the streets" throughout "the world" if the current diplomatic row with Germany and the Netherlands continues ....

UK parliament incident treated as 'terrorist': police

"Dozens" Hurt In Shooting Outside UK Parliament, Alleged Assailant Shot By Armed Police; Building On Lockdown

Two people have reportedly been shot outside the U.K. parliament building in London, in a developing incident that may have taken place on the adjacent Westminster Bridge.

A parliamentary clerk told Reuters two people had been shot, but there was no official confirmation from the police. A Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge near the parliament building.

Reports said that a man was seen waving a knife and police said they treating the situation as a firearm incident ....

Massive circular shadow floats past space station

The bizarre footage shows part of the space station looking out onto a black nothingness.

For no apparent reason, the dark outlook begins to get lighter as some sort of circular object floats past.

It continues to get lighter and lighter as the shadow is lifted ....