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Have 7th Fleet collisions impacted confidence in U.S. Navy?

The United States Navy’s largest overseas fleet is coming off a troubling year: five accidents, 17 sailors killed, leaders summarily dismissed. And on Tuesday, a military spokesperson said the Navy will convene court-martial proceedings against sailors tied to two deadly collisions last year. The spate of collisions involving the 7th Fleet, based in the Japanese port of Yokosuka, has alarmed allies, emboldened adversaries and raised urgent questions about American military readiness at a time of heightened tensions in the Pacific, experts say. “What we have done is discourage our allies,…

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Have 7th Fleet collisions hurt confidence in U.S. Navy?

The United States Navy’s largest overseas fleet is coming off a troubling year: five accidents, 17 sailors killed, leaders summarily dismissed. And on Tuesday, a military spokesperson said the Navy will convene court-martial proceedings against sailors tied to two deadly collisions last year. The spate of collisions involving the 7th Fleet, based in the Japanese port of Yokosuka, has alarmed allies, emboldened adversaries and raised urgent questions about American military readiness at a time of heightened tensions in the Pacific, experts say. “What we have done is discourage our allies,…

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WORLD WAR 3 WARNING: Sweden sends emergency guide to five million residents as fears peak

The advice booklet, titled “If Crisis or War Comes”, will be sent out to all 4.7million Swedish households by June. It will updated giving advice on how to handle terrorist attacks and cyber warfare, as well as conventional war tactics. Christina Andersson, from Sweden’s civil contingencies agency, which will produce the guide, said the decision to update procedures came as a result of intensifying Russian military manoeuvres in the region. Experts believe Russia has rehearsed military drills involving the capture of Sweden, within the last year. Vladimir Putin’s eastern superpower…

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NATO alliance is NOT READY to defend against cyber warfare with Russia, top expert warns

The western alliance has been in a “state of denial” about the danger posed by hackers acting on behalf of countries such as Russia and China, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru said. The former NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges warned Russia has been “militarising” its cyber capabilities over the past decade while NATO only began to address the issue seriously in 2013. He cited a series of cyber attacks on government agencies, energy networks and telecommunications services in the UK, United States and Germany – all believed to have…

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Norwegians to Trump, we don’t want to move to the U.S.

OSLO, Norway — On a quiet winter morning, Ingvild Rosseland walked her two dogs through a snowy forest in Huk, a public park in the capital of Norway — a country recently designated by President Donald Trump as not being a “shithole.” The president used the vulgarity while referring to immigration from African nations, and told a group of lawmakers that the United States should have more people coming from places like the Scandinavian nation, according to a Democratic aide. “It’s nice that people want us,” Rosseland, 40, said as…

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Czech election results LIVE: Zeman leads first round in major blow to EU

Voters are at ballot boxes today to select a new president, however, early exit results show the public have opted to keep their eurosceptic head of state, Milos Zeman. The vote, likely to end in a run-off in two weeks’ time, is seen as a referendum on the 73-year-old Zeman, in office since 2013, who has criticised migration from Muslim countries and Germany’s decision to accept many migrants in Europe. Early results show Zeman has taken 44.2 per cent of the vote against eight competitors, with his closest rival Jiri…

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Russia’s EXPLOSIVE war games: Thousands of troops simulate ATTACK in huge drills

Huge explosions are seen in some of the photos, blasting sand from the beach as fireball erupted. Troops were seen testing out UR-77 Meteroit mine clearing systems, or working with an array of pistols and guns. And flares filled the air with smoke as soldiers advanced on their targets under the cover of the thick black plumes. The drills involved more than1,000 soldiers, including the engineer and sapper units of the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet. And the military exercise comes amid concern Russia could be preparing to launch an attack.…

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Trump ‘s***hole’ countries: What countries did Donald Trump insult with ‘racist’ remark?

The US president’s remarks were made in the Oval Office at the White House when he was briefed on a new immigration bill, according to two sources. Republican US Representative Mia Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, called for Donald Trump to apologise and said his comments were “unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values”. A spokesman for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said there were no other word to describe the remarks than racist. They said: “There is no…

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Czech election sees trouble brewing for Brussels as frontrunner suggests EU referendum

The outspoken incumbent President Mr Zeman, who has pro-Russian and anti-immigrant views, leads opinion polls in the first round of voting against a crowded field of challengers. The fierce critic has a 42.5 per cent chance of winning the first round, according to the most recent public poll by TNS Kantar & Median. But the controversial populist could face a tougher threat from a single opponent in a run-off in two weeks if he does not win outright in the first round.  Final polls showed the most serious challenger was…

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Russia targets Europe’s weak links to bring down EU from the INSIDE, US government claims

Bulgaria as well as Scandinavian nations are also high on the hit list for the Kremlin’s propaganda machine.  The 206-page report on Russian influence, written by the minority Senate foreign relations committee, said the Hungarian government had enabled Kremlin interference to shore up its own political strength. And Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has welcomed Russian propaganda in his eastern-European country, as “it aligns with the themes that he promotes”, such as being anti-EU, anti-US and anti-migrant. The report, named ‘Putin’s asymmetric assault on democracy in Russia and Europe’ said:…

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