Newscast Media DAMASCUS, Syria—The Russian Air Force carried out more airstrikes on 12 ISIL positions in Homs, Hama and Idleb as part of the agreement between Syria and Russia to eliminate the terrorists’ presence in Syria.
The Russian air operation in Syria started on Wednesday shortly after the upper house of the Russian parliament gave President Vladimir Putin the mandate to use military force in the Arab country upon President Bashar al-Assad’s request.
Russia Today website quoted Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Maj. Igor Konashenkov as saying in a statement that “a terrorist HQ and an ammunition depot were destroyed near Idleb, as were a fortified three-level command center near Hama.”
“A direct bomb hit also completely destroyed a workshop north of Homs that produced explosives and ammunition,” he added, saying that at this workshop terrorists were stuffing vehicles with explosives, which were then used to carry out terrorist attacks.
Twenty airstrikes targeted eight ISIL positions in Syria on Wednesday, according to the Ministry. Those included ammunition warehouses and command and control centers.
Russia’s Ministry of Defense has described the country’s first airstrikes against the Takfiri ISIL terrorists in Syria as successful.
Eight positions of the terrorist group were targeted successfully during the raids, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday following the airstrikes.
“Ammunition depots, weapons, fuel and lubricants, accumulation of military equipment have been struck as a result of the airstrikes,” Konashenkov added.
He also said the command and control posts of Daesh in the area had been “completely destroyed,” emphasizing, however, that “the civilian infrastructure and the nearby territory was not stricken.”
In a relevant context, the Ministry announced that the Russian landing ships in the Mediterranean and Russia’s Black Sea Fleet forces will take part in the Russian air operation against terrorist organizations in Syria to protect the Russian military facilities in Tartous and Lattakia.
In the meantime, commander of a CIA-trained group told Reuters that two Russian airstrikes in Syria Thursday hit a training camp operated by militant groups that received military training organized by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Hassan Haj Ali, head of the Liwa Suqour al-Jabal terrorist group, said the camp in Idleb province was struck by around 20 missiles in two separate sorties.
Source: Al Manar TV news
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Russia has conducted its first airstrike in Syria, near the city of Homs, a senior US official told CNN on Wednesday.
The Russians told the United States that it should not fly US warplanes in Syria, but gave no geographical information about where Russia planned to strike. The senior official said U.S. missions are continuing as normal.
Earlier Wednesday, the upper house of the Russian parliament gave President Vladimir Putin approval to use the air force in Syria, according to state media.
“The Federation Council unanimously supported the President’s request — 162 votes in favor of granting permission,” Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergey Ivanov said, according to ITAR-Tass.
After several days of familiarization flights, and the collection of potential targeting information by drones, the Russian air force was known to be ready.
Four Russian Su-34 Fullback fighter jets are now at the Latakia air base in Syria, and more than 600 Russian troops are in place, CNN said.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told reporters Tuesday that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter directed his staff to “open lines of communication with Russia on de-confliction.”
The timing of these discussions is to be worked out in the coming days. The purpose of the discussions is “to ensure the safety of coalition air crews,” he said.
Cook added that the two nations have common ground when it comes to fighting ISIL with Carter making clear that “the goal should be to take the fight to ISIL and not to defend the Assad regime.”
Source: Al Manar TV News
by Stoyan Zaimov
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Mat Staver, attorney and founder of the Liberty Counsel, has claimed in an interview that Pope Francis met with and prayed with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis during his visit to Washington, D.C. last week. The Vatican has refused to confirm or deny that the meeting between the pontiff and the clerk took place.
Staver told CBS News on Tuesday night that the two briefly met on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington.
“Staver said Pope Francis spoke to Davis in English and asked her to pray for him. He said Davis, in return, asked the pope to pray for her. The pope told her to stay strong, according to her lawyer,” CBS reported.
“Staver said the pope also gave Kim and her husband rosaries he had blessed.”
The pontiff also apparently thanked Davis for the courage she has displayed.
“There was no interpreter. ‘Thank you for your courage,’ Pope Francis said to me. I said, ‘Thank you, holy father.’ I had asked a monsignor earlier what was the proper way to greet the pope, and whether it would be appropriate for me to embrace him, and I had been told it would be okay to hug him,” Davis added in an Inside the Vatican report. (The website crashed presumably from a traffic spike on Wednesday morning after reporting the news.)
“So I hugged him, and he hugged me back. It was an extraordinary moment. ‘Stay strong,’ he said to me. Then he gave me a rosary as a gift, and he gave one also to my husband, Joe. I broke into tears. I was deeply moved.”
Staver has also claimed that the Vatican has possession of photos of the meeting. Father Ciro Benedettini of the Holy See Press Office has said, however, that “The Vatican does not confirm nor deny this.”
Vatican spokesperson the Rev. Federico Lombardi also refused to confirm or deny the meeting. Holy See officials have generally made it a policy not to comment on Francis’ private meetings.
Davis was jailed for six days earlier in September after she said she cannot sign same-sex marriage licenses, due to her religious belief that marriage is a union solely between one man and one woman.
“God’s moral law conflicts with my job duties,” Davis has said. “You can’t be separated from something that’s in your heart and your soul.”
The National Catholic Reporter said on Monday, however, that when Francis was asked about Davis on his flight back to Rome from Philadelphia, he said that he was unaware of the details behind the case.
Still, the Roman Catholic Church leader said that “conscientious objection” is a “human right,” and added that Davis should be allowed the right to follow her conscience. http://www.newscastmedia.com/kim-davis.html
Newscast Media CHATTANOOGA—When the Supreme Court issued the ruling in
Obergefell v. Hodges in regard to homosexual marriage, it hadn’t anticipated that such a
ruling would be used to deny couples divorces.
A Tennessee couple has been denied a divorce by Chancellor Jeffrey M. Atherton, who
wrote, “When the U.S. Supreme Court defined what must be recognized as a marriage, it
would appear that Tennessee’s judiciary must now await the decision of the U. S.
Supreme Court as to what is not a marriage, or better stated, when a marriage is no
longer a marriage.” CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media BUJUMBURA—So far there has been no stopping Pierra Nkurunziza. He has now begun his third term as president of Burundi, despite protests from international donors. Criticism from domestic opposition figures is also growing louder.
In an interview with Deutsche Welle, Leonard Nyangoma, the chairman of Burundi’s opposition alliance said he believes Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza is acting out of fear.
“I think Nkurunziza is scared. If he was consistent, he would have sworn the oath on 26 August. The constitution says the mandate of a Burundian president lasts five years and that a president may be re-elected only once. Nkurunziza had already had two mandates. Seen purely mathematically, his second term in office ends on 26 August. This act is a return to his old ways. He is used to violating the constitution. This is preposterous.”
When asked about his prediction of any future developments Nyangoma said, “Nkurunziza cannot act against the will of the people. The population organized around CNARED is ready to topple the dictatorship, should Nkurunziza continue to act illegally. We will do everything to remove him. What should one do with a dictatorship other than fight against it?”
The opposition alliance gave Nkurunziza untill August 26 to resign. If by then Nkurunziza agrees to negotiate his resignation, the opposition says it is ready for talks.
“For us, he remains president until 26 August. If he resigns before the end of his mandate, that would mean he has finally got the message. But if he continues to cling on to power, we would have the legitimization to fight him with all means. I call on all forces in Burundi, including the institutions of national security, to stand as one man to expel Nkurunziza,” Chairman Nyangoma said in the interview.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Newscast Media NEW YORK—After the first GOP debate moderated by Fox News, Donald Trump continues to make headlines, and seemed to steal the show, particularly due to the personal questions that were asked about his life and business dealings.
Trump thought the questions were unfair and went as far as blaming Megyn Kelly for asking questions that had nothing to do with how Trump plans to make America great again.
“I think Megyn behaved very nasty to me,” Trump said, after the debate.
Trump also refused to pledge that he would not run as an independent if he wasn’t the Republican nominee.
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by Michael Gryboski
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—An organization dedicated to stopping sexual exploitation has denounced Amnesty International’s recent decision to support the decriminalization of prostitution.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has called Amnesty’s recently approved resolution “irresponsible” and contrary to the global organization’s fundamental human rights goals.
Dawn Hawkins, executive director of NCOSE, said a in statement that Amnesty “has failed to remain true to its mission of ‘preventing and ending grave abuses.’” CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—Newscast Media HOUSTON—The 38th Annual Houston World Series of Dog Shows, the city’s premier canine extravaganza, held July 15-19, 2015, at NRG Center in Houston, Texas is at hand.
Once again, these are just a small fraction of the many breeds being showcased. The show continues until Sunday where breeds like the Akita, Boxer, Dachshund, Greyhound, Doberman, Labrador, Irish Setter, Great Dane, Dalmatian, Bouvier, Cocker Spaniel, Bull Dog, Mastiff, Basenji and many more breeds will compete.
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Newscast Media TEHRAN—America has today negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran, but
some politicians in Washington are afraid that numerous concessions may have been
made to the Islamic Republic in order to finalize it.
After finalizing the deal, President Barack Obama said, “Today, after two years of
negotiations, the United States, together with our international partners, has achieved
something that decades of animosity has not…This deal demonstrates that American
diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change — change that makes our
country, and the world, safer and more secure. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—The past two decades have experienced a continual
rise in alternative medicine to cure ailments that the medical community has either
been unable to cure, or recommended expensive surgery for particular ailments.
Health practitioners who primarily use nutritional supplements, change in lifestyle and
diet to cure incurable diseases are naturopathic doctors with an “N.D.” at the end of
their names, meaning naturopathic doctor.
The field of naturopathy obviously makes big pharmaceutical companies nervous
because they cannot patent herbs and other remedies that are abundant in nature.
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court of the United States gave President
Barack Obama a victory in ruling that federal subsidies that help some Americans pay
for their Obamacare health plans are legal under the Affordable Care Act.
“…After multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court — the Affordable Care
Act is here to stay,” President Barack Obama remarked. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Securities and Exchange Commission has
announced enforcement actions against 36 municipal underwriting firms for violations in
municipal bond offerings. The cases are the first brought against underwriters under the
Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) Initiative, a voluntary
self-reporting program targeting material misstatements and omissions in municipal
bond offering documents.
The Enforcement Division initiative announced in March 2014, offered favorable
settlement terms to municipal bond underwriters and issuers who self-reported
securities law violations. The first issuer charged under the initiative settled with the
SEC in July 2014. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—In its first case involving crowdfunding, the Federal
Trade Commission has taken legal action against the deceptive tactics of a project
creator who raised money from consumers to produce a board game through a
Kickstarter campaign, but instead used most of the funds on himself.
Crowdfunding involves individuals and businesses funding a project or venture by
raising funds from numerous people, often via dedicated online platforms.
According to the FTC’s complaint, Erik Chevalier, also doing business as The Forking
Path Co., sought money from consumers to produce a board game called The Doom That
Came to Atlantic City that had been created by two prominent board game artists.
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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United States has sent a stern warning to Burundi
President Nkurunziza advising him to give up his ambitions of running for a third term,
and also warned him not to retaliate against coup masterminds like Major General
Godefroid Niyombare, and the opposition movement.
When Nkurunziza made it back to Burundi, the whole world was waiting for him to
announce he was stepping down, and would not seek a third term for the presidency—
just like Congo’s Joseph Kabila announced, to avert further violence in his country.
Instead, Nkurunziza’s mistake is that he is taking faulty advice from his neighboring
fellow presidents, who are encouraging him to deal with protesters with a heavy hand,
and to ignore or violate the Burundian Constitution, by running for president beyond the
limits allowed by the Constitution of his country. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
Newscast Media BUJUMBURA, Burundi—For a while, Burundi opposition was able to
seize power from Pierre Nkurunziza as crowds celebrated the fall of a dictatorship in
which dozens of lives were lost during the protests.
Many conflicting reports were released about the status of the coup that started with a
mutiny. The government side said the coup was a “joke” while coup leader, Major
General Godefroid Niyombare announced he was in charge. Many people asked how
long it took to engineer a coup, since in other instances coups only took a few hours to
be consummated. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
Newscast Media BUJUMBURA, Burundi—The death toll was rising. The protesters
remained steadfast. The ambition of participating in a meeting on regional stability
was a lure too strong to resist. Little did he know that a mutiny was in the making, and
upon exiting the stage of his country, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza was
declared persona non grata by his own military generals who turned against him.
The West and European Union had criticized Nkurunziza for deciding to run for a third
term since the announcement has led to the death of dozens of life.
What is curious is, whether the West had a hidden hand in luring Nkurunziza out of his
country, to attend a meeting, knowing that there were generals who would use that
opportunity to pull an “Idi Amin” on him? CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
The map above shows the 12 different regions of Uganda which are: West Nile,
Acholiland, Lango, Karamoja, Teso, Masaba, Busoga, Buganda, Kigezi, Ankole, Toro and
Bunyoro. Granting federal status to each of the twelve regions will not only promote
growth and development, but also curb theft and corruption.
A Karamajong leader will find it hard to rob Karamoja’s treasury because the
Karamajong people themselves will hold him accountable, and it would also be
self-defeating for him to sabotage his home region. The same applies to all other
regions. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
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In his radio interview with Voice of Uganda Radio, Kiyingi said he had evidence that
shows Museveni violated the Constitution, which means he believes Museveni has
rendered himself unfit for command.
“He failed to govern Uganda, based on principles of national interest and common good
enshrined in the national objective and directive principles of state policy, and here he
broke Article 8 section (a) of the Uganda Constitution. Therefore, we have a mandate,
we have a legal basis, even under the Constitution Museveni made himself, to effect a
change in Uganda,” Kiyingi said. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>
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Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas—His is a life that reads like a plot from a James
Bond movie. His arch rival, with 30 years under his belt as the sole contender in the
landlocked East African country, realizes this is no ordinary foe challenging him for the
At the funeral of his late wife Robinah, the Australian-based Ugandan cardiologist, Dr.
Aggrey Kiyingi narrates that he was approached by a state agent, who was armed with a
pistol, and ordered him to enter a car that was parked within the vicinity.
“No, I will not,” an angry Kiyingi cried out, after noticing the car into which the agent
wanted to thrust him, was an unmarked vehicle. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>
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Newscast Media CAPE TOWN—The memory of South Africans living in neighboring
African countries as refugees isn’t distant because apartheid is still fresh on the
countries that hosted their fellow Africans. Yet South Africans have shown their
gratitude by attacking the same hands that cared for them when they were destitute.
African immigrants have faced a wave of violence against their businesses, families and
personages from South Africans who accuse them of taking their jobs. While the
attacks against people from foreign countries is usually referred to as xenophobia, a
different phrase called “Afrophobia” has been coined since these are Africans
attacking fellow Africans. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>