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Romania prepares for WAR: Cash-strapped Bucharest invests in $1BN rocket launching system

The cash-strapped country’s new government has approved the purchase of a number of US-sourced weapons including American-made M142 HIMARS (high mobility artillery rocket system). Countries in Eastern Europe have been acquiring military-grade weapons amid fears of armed conflict breaking out along the Russian border. Romania and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania meet, or are close to, the two percent goal to ensure they get Washington’s full support in the event of war.  Romanian Defence Minister Mihai Fifor said the equipment would “improve Romania’s national and allied defence…

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NATO slams Germany for lack of military equipment as Russia threat grows

Members of the defence alliance take turn to head-up the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in Eastern Europe, an initiative that has increased in importance amid anxieties over Russia’s military behaviour in the region. Putin’s forces have placed nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea, and hosted a military games designed to emulate an invasion of Europe. Nato allies are said to be growing frustrated at an apparent lack of military preparedness in Germany. A Nato diplomat who asked not be named told Reuters: “German readiness levels…

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Once Again, the USA Women's Hockey Team Must Play Canada for Olympic Gold

Once Again, the USA Women’s Hockey Team Must Play Canada for Olympic Gold More (PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) — The United States will play for a gold medal in women’s hockey for the third straight Olympics. Four-time defending champion Canada will be waiting for them. The Americans had a 5-0 victory over Finland in the semifinals, a score that Canada matched against the Russians later Monday to set up the gold medal showdown between the two premier women’s hockey powers. In the two-man bobsled, the Canadians had to share a gold…

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Is ‘Czexit’ coming? Czech businesses fearing Brexit-style EU referendum

The country is said to be the second most eurosceptic nation after Greece, according to Eubarometer, which found that 39 percent of Czechs hold a negative view of the EU compared to 33 percent in the UK.  A departure from the EU for the former communist country would be damaging to their almost $200billion economy, Emerging Europe reports. Martin Kupka, deputy leader of the Civic Democrats party, said: “The Czech Republic does not need the general referendum law which the governing ANO party is currently negotiating with the Freedom and…

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WATCH: World’s First Footage of Baby Dumbo Octopus

For the first time, scientists have witnessed the birth of one of the ocean’s strangest creatures: a dumbo octopus. While on a research cruise east of Cape Cod in 2005, marine biologist Tim Shank was remotely operating an underwater vehicle to collect coral. He noticed something hiding in the coral that looked like a set of smooth, tan golf balls. He collected the little spheres and brought them to the surface. Once inside the facility, he noticed that one of them was opening. Shank filmed the opening and saw that…

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France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

The French government announced it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent over the next five years, resisting pressure from farmers concerned about their sheep (AFP Photo/RAYMOND ROIG) Paris (AFP) – The French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks. A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to increase from an estimated 360 now to 500 by…

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‘Where’s the banking exodus?’ Expert says Brexit decline has gone in OTHER direction

An expert has revealed that the country has grown as a base for global lending since Brexit and banks are now expressing a softer tone towards the Brexit impact on the banking industry in the UK. Bloomberg financial reporter Mark Whitehouse said: “People keep saying that the UK’s decision to leave the European Union will force the global financial industry to move some of its businesses out of London. “It’s thus odd to see it doing the exact opposite, at least in terms of lending.” Mr Whitehouse said that if…

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France to grow wolf packs despite farmers' anger

The French government announced it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent over the next five years, resisting pressure from farmers concerned about their sheep (AFP Photo/RAYMOND ROIG) Paris (AFP) – The French government announced Monday that it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent over the next five years, resisting pressure from farmers concerned about their flocks. A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to grow to 500 by 2023 compared with an estimated…

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EU on the BRINK as Netherlands REFUSE to pay more to plug Brexit blackhole

Jean-Claude Juncker has ordered EU nations to prop-up the ailing bloc in the wake of the UK’s departure by raising their contributions to 1 per cent of GDP.  European budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger revealed the EU faces an £11billion shortfall due to Brexit, which forms part of an overall £18billion budget blackhole caused by other crises including migration.  The Netherlands is not the only member nation to come out against coughing up higher contributions – Austria, Sweden and Denmark have also expressed concerns.  But the message from the Hague’s government…

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US officials tell world leaders to IGNORE President Donald Trump

It comes after the US President said his National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster had “forgot” to mention that his presidential election “was not impacted” by the Russians.  An investigation by Mr McMaster found “the evidence is now incontrovertible” that Vladimir Putin’s Russia interfered with the elections.  And on Sunday American officials sought to insist the nation was still angry with Russia over its election meddling and the nation remains firmly committed to Europe.  Mr McMaster told the international conference to dismiss Donald Trump’s tweets, telling the conference in Germany: “We…

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