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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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To All,
I hope your week has started well.
Regards,
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This Day In Naval History - May 16
1820 - Congress becomes first U.S. warship to visit China
1919 - Three Navy flying boats begin 1st trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland
1944: USS Franks (DD 554), USS Haggard (DD 555) and USS Johnston (DD 557) sink the Japanese submarine (I 176), 150 miles north of Cape Alexander, Solomon Islands, forcing Japanese to shift the position of their subs in the New-Guinea-Carolines area.
1965 - First US gunfire support in Vietnam by USS Tucker
 
·         Today in History May 16
1770
Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France.
1863
At the Battle of Champion's Hill, Union General Ulysess S. Grant repulses the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.
1868
President Andrew Johnson is acquitted during Senate impeachment, by one vote, cast by Edmund G. Ross.
1879
The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state.
1920
Joan of Arc is canonized in Rome.
1928
The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood.
1943
A specially trained and equipped Royal Air Force squadron destroys two river dams in Germany.
1951
Chinese Communist Forces launch second phase of the Chinese Spring Offensive in the Korean War and gain up to 20 miles of territory.
1960
A Big Four summit in Paris collapses because of the American U-2 spy plane affair.
1963
After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury
 
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Thanks to Rex
New Carrier Landing Tech Wows Pilots On First Deployment
Interesting development…
 
DEFENSETECH.ORG
New Carrier Landing Tech Wows Pilots On First Deployment
(DEFENSETECH.ORG 08 MAY 17) ... Hope Hodge Seck
 
ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH, PERSIAN GULF – After eight hours in the cockpit executing airstrikes on ISIS targets, fighter pilots assigned to this carrier are getting a little extra help as they come in for a landing.
 
The Norfolk, Virginia-based George H. W. Bush and the San Diego-based carrier Carl Vinson both deployed in January with air wings equipped with a developmental technology that allows them to better control lift, making landings safer and more precise.
 
How much more precise? So much, pilots attached to the ship told Military.com, that it's causing their arresting cables to wear unevenly.
 
The system, formerly known as Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies, or MAGIC CARPET, is now called Precision Landing Modes. It uses what's called dynamic lift control to take some of the burden of last-minute, high-stakes adjustments off pilots, who can focus on their flight path in and let the aircraft adjust accordingly.
 
For Capt. James McCall, commanding officer of Carrier Air Wing 8 aboard the Bush, one of the key improvements to the status quo that Precision Landing Modes (PLM) officers is the luxury of fewer power adjustments as the aircraft nears the carrier.
 
"When a pilot is landing an aircraft, if he wants to come down quicker, he's going to pull power, and if he wants to slow that down, he's doing to add power," McCall said. "As you get closer to the back end of the ship, any power-off correction tends to get folks' hair raised a little bit. Because, obviously, if that were to result in a large rate of descent, getting the engines to spool back up to do the other correction, reducing the rate of descent, it's not instantaneous."
 
With PLM flight control logic, the descending F/A-18 Hornet or E/A-18 Growler will use its flaps to help control rate of descent, allowing for a more consistent throttle speed and fewer manual corrections.
 
On the Bush, a Nimitz-class carrier, pilots have 786 feet of flight deck to work with, less than a tenth of a traditional runway length. But the requirements of landing are far more precise; pilots told Military.com they needed to fly the nose of the aircraft through a an imaginary box about one foot across in order to properly align their descent and snag a landing cable. On a dark night, Hornet pilots have described the experience of executing such a landing on a carrier as "emotional."
 
One pilot assigned to the wing's Strike Fighter Squadron 87, the Golden Warriors, which flies the F/A-18E Super Hornet, said the use of the new technology had caused accuracy rates to skyrocket – so much so that the target arresting cable, usually the second of three on the Bush, was wearing out faster than the others and had to be rotated.
"We were statistically too accurate," said "JoJo," the training officer for VFA-87, who asked to be identified by his callsign.
 
Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, head of Naval Air Forces, said something similar last August about the carrier-variant F-35C, which was designed with native PLM technology, known in that platform as Delta Flight Path.
 
"They were landing in the same spot on the runway every time, tearing up where the hook touches down," he told a Washington, D.C. audience about field testing of the capability. "So we quickly realized, we needed to either fix the runway or adjust, put some variants in the system. So that's how precise this new system is."
 
Aboard the Bush, McCall said the system had reduced landing touchdown dispersion by about 50 percent, a remarkable improvement in accuracy. In April, he said, he sent an email message to the Navy's other air wing commanders, sharing the unit's findings about the system the positive impact it's had so far.
 
The system is currently planned for a 2019 full roll-out to Super Hornet and Growler squadrons across the Navy. McCall said the only element the current system lacked was full redundancy as a fail-safe.
 
"Because it doesn't have full redundancy, we still expect our youngest aviators to come out of our training pipeline and learn how to fly the jet manually, so they have a baseline to fall back on in case of some sort of aircraft malfunction," he said. "I do expect those requirements to change as the system is fully redundant."
 
PLM doesn't guarantee a perfect landing or take the pilot out of the game, however. During observation of daytime carrier landings May 3 and 4, Military.com saw at least one bolter, when an aircraft fails to snag an arresting hook, and multiple wave-offs, in which planes weren't correctly aligned in their approach and were told to circle and try again.
 
Nor does it take the fun out of flying, JoJo said. Only one pilot in the entire air wing didn't love the system, he said, and that pilot did not have much experience on it. Nostalgia for the old way of landing was essentially nonexistent, he said.
 
"We just think it's the greatest," he said. "It makes [landing] so easy and safe, and you're able to focus more on the tactical execution. I have no complaints."
 
 
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thanks to Tam
 
 
Here's the REAL scandal we need to focus on, not the fake news being slopped out by the media!
Hillary is just the tip of the sh!t iceberg.
Tam
According to a new report from Fox News, it was former DNC staffer Seth Rich who supplied 44,053 DNC emails to WikiLeaks and not some random Russian cyber terrorist, as we've all been led to believe..."I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and Wikileaks."


Murdered DNC Staffer Seth Rich Shared 44,053 Democrat Emails With WikiLeaks

For the past several months, Democrats have based their "Resist 45" movement on unsubstantiated assertions that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian intelligence officials to undermine the 2016 Presidential Election thereby 'stealing' the White House from Hillary Clinton.  Day after day we've all suffered through one anonymously sourced, "shock" story after another from the New York Times and/or The Washington Post with new allegations of the 'wrongdoing'.
But, new evidence surfacing in the Seth Rich murder investigation may just quash the "Russian hacking" conspiracy theory.  According to a new report from Fox News, it was former DNC staffer Seth Rich who supplied 44,000 DNC emails to WikiLeaks and not some random Russian cyber terrorist, as we've all been led to believe. 
According to Fox News, though admittedly via yet another anonymous FBI source, Rich made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, an American investigative reporter and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.  According to Fox News sources, federal law enforcement investigators found 44,053 emails and 17,761 attachments sent between DNC leaders from January 2015 to May 2016 that Rich shared with WikiLeaks before he was gunned down on July 10, 2016. 
The Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., street just steps from his home had leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks, law enforcement sources told Fox News.
A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report detailing the contents of DNC staffer Seth Rich's computer generated within 96 hours after his murder, said Rich made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time.
"I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and Wikileaks," the federal investigator told Fox News, confirming the MacFadyen connection. He said the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department.
Then, on July 22, just 12 days after Rich was killed, WikiLeaks published internal DNC emails that appeared to show top party officials conspiring to stop Bernie Sanders  from becoming the party's presidential nominee. As we've noted before, the DNC's efforts to block Sanders resulted in Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigning as DNC chairperson.
Rich
These new revelations seem to be consistent with the findings of Rod Wheeler, a former DC homicide detective and Fox News contributor, whose private investigation firm was hired by Rich's family to probe the case.
"My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks," Wheeler told Fox News. "I do believe that the answers to who murdered Seth Rich sits on his computer on a shelf at the DC police or FBI headquarters."
"My investigation shows someone within the D.C. government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward," Wheeler told Fox News. "That is unfortunate. Seth Rich's murder is unsolved as a result of that."
The botched robbery theory, which police have pursued for nearly a year, isn't panning out, Wheeler said. Two assailants caught on a grainy video tape from a camera posted outside a grocery mart, shot Rich twice in his back, but did not take his wallet, cell phone, keys, watch or necklace worth about $2,000.
As you'll recall, Rich's death has been shrouded in mystery from the
start as was shot from behind in the wee hours of the morning but was not robbed.
Shortly thereafter, Julian Assange implied that Seth Rich was, in fact, a source for WikiLeaks and offered a $130,000 reward for information leading to his killer.
Seems that not everyone within the FBI is on board with the "Russian hacking" narrative and are finally starting to come forward.


Sent from Tamara's iUniverse 
 
 
 
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Thanks to Carl
(Good article to put in your big "C" data base!  Several good "Comments"!)
 
 

Groundbreaking Database Helps Improve Cancer Treatments

May 14, 2017
 
Dr. Mercola Discusses Integrative Cancer Treatments with Dr. LaValley - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DLhe-cmeYA  (28:19) Published on May 10, 2017   Click HERE to watch the full interview!  Download Interview Transcript 
 
By Dr. Mercola
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Thanks to Carl
 
 

The state-of-the-art Navy vessel that's designed to shoot down Kim Jong-un's ballistic missiles before they start World War Three

·         Ship has been developed by the US Navy to intercept North Korean missiles
·         MV Pacific Collector shoots out a vehicle which smashes into a warhead
·         A test to see if the new technology works will be carried out in late May 
·         The news comes as head of US Pacific Command warns Congress that Kim Jong Un 'is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today'
 
 
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Thanks to Bill….to funny!
 
Hypnotist at a Seniors' Home
 
It was entertainment night at the Senior Citizens' Center.
After the community sing-along led by Alice at the piano, it was time for the star of the show - Claude the Hypnotist!                                          
Claude explained that he was going to put the whole audience into a trance. "Yes, each and every one of you and all at the same time," said Claude.
The excited chatter dropped to silence as Claude carefully withdrew, from his waistcoat pocket, a beautiful antique gold pocket watch and chain.
"I want you to keep your eyes on this watch" said Claude, holding the watch high for all to see
"It's a very special and valuable watch that has been in my family for six generations," said Claude.
He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting, "Watch the watch --- watch the watch ---- watch the watch                                          
The audience became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth.
The lights were twinkling as they were reflected from its gleaming surfaces.
A hundred and fifty pairs of eyes followed the movements of the gently swaying watch.
They were all hypnotized.
And then, suddenly, the chain broke!!!
The beautiful watch fell to the stage and burst apart on impact.
"SHIT," shouted Claude.
It took them three days to completely clean up the Senior Citizens' Center and Claude was never invited back again.
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 05/16/2017 AFGHANISTAN - SECURITY FORCES WIN BACK DISTRICT NEAR KUNDUZ FROM TALIBAN (MAY 16/RADPAK)  RADIO PAKISTAN -- Afghan security forces have taken back a district close to the northern city of Kunduz from the Taliban, says the Interior Ministry, as reported by Radio Pakistan.   The Qala-i-Zal district in Kunduz province fell earlier this month as part of the Taliban's annual spring offensive.   On Tuesday, security forces gained control of the district governor's office, police headquarters and other areas, said the ministry.   One Taliban fighter was killed in the operation, said the Defense Ministry. No details were given on government casualties.   Fighting continues throughout Kunduz, with the Taliban controlling most of the city's surrounding districts. The city center is in the government's hands.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 05/16/2017 AZERBAIJAN - AZERI TROOPS HIT ARMENIAN ANTI-AIR SYSTEM IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTRY (MAY 16/TREND)  TREND NEWS AGENCY -- The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry says its forces have destroyed an Armenian air defense system in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, reports Trend (Azerbaijian).   The neighbors have been in a prolonged conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh since a separatist war ended in 1994.   An Armenian Osa surface-to-air missile system was moved Monday to the frontline in the Fisuli-Khojavend sector, according to the Ministry.   Azerbaijani troops destroyed the system and a resupply vehicle, killing several Armenian personnel, the ministry said on Tuesday.   The separatist Defense Ministry in Nagorno-Karabakh said that its military equipment was damaged by guided missile, but maintained that there were no casualties, reported AFP.   "Azerbaijani forces' provocation will not be left unanswered," the ministry said
Item Number:3 Date: 05/16/2017 CHINA - GENERAL ACKNOWLEDGES DJIBOUTI FACILITY IS CHINESE 'MILITARY BASE' (MAY 16/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- A senior Chinese official has acknowledged, apparently for the first time publically, that the Chinese naval facility being built in Djibouti is a "military base," reports the South China Morning Post.   Jin Yinan, a retired major general and former director of the strategic research institute at China's National Defense University, told a forum in Hong Kong last week that China's military base on the Horn of Africa should be finished in the near future and put into service.   Beijing has previously described that facility as a "support facility."   The base is expected to provide logistics support to Chinese vessels in the region, particularly to resupply counter-piracy, humanitarian and peacekeeping missions.   "The main task for the Djibouti base now is to refill and provide a resting place for the Chinese navy," said Zhou Chenming, a military expert with Knowfar Institute for Strategic and Defence Studies, a non-government think tank in Jiangyin. "It is not a military base in the full sense. But its capability may be upgraded later to repair ships and its capacity may be enlarged to accommodate planes, which makes it more like a real base
Item Number:4 Date: 05/16/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - KEY GERMAN, ITALIAN MINISTERS PROMOTE E.U. MISSION ON LIBYA'S NIGER BORDER (MAY 16/EUO)  EU OBSERVER -- The governments of Germany and Italy are urging the European Union to set up a mission that would stabilize Libya's southern border to help curb migration to Europe, reports the E.U. Observer, citing German media.   German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and his Italian counterpart, Marco Minniti sent a joint letter last week to the European Commission calling for a mission along the Libyan border with Niger to be set up "as soon as possible," the Berlin's Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday.   "The first months of this year have shown that our efforts up to this point have been insufficient. We must prevent hundreds of thousands of people who are in the hands of smugglers from risking their lives in Libya and the Mediterranean," said the letter.   Greater development and local support is also needed for people who live along the border, the document says. The letter also pushes for "technical and financial support" for Libyan authorities.   Libya is prepared to start joint border patrols in the region, Abdulsalam Kajman, the vice president of the U.N. and E.U.-backed government in Tripoli, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The Italian government is prepared to help train new border guards for the mission, said Kajman.   These plans are part of a broader effort to prevent people from fleeing from Libya to the E.U. and to crack down on migrant-smugglers
  Item Number:5 Date: 05/16/2017 INDIA - TEJAS TEST-FIRES BEYOND-VISUAL-RANGE MISSILE (MAY 16/INDIAMOD)  INDIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- India's domestically developed Tejas fighter has successfully demonstrated the ability to fire a beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile, reports the Indian Ministry of Defense.   The Tejas launched a Derby missile on May 12 in the lock-on after launch mode against a target that was beyond visual range, the ministry said that day.   The test was designed to evaluate the integration of the Derby missile with the aircraft and verify its performance, noted officials.   The missile launched flawlessly and all systems performed as expected. The Derby scored a direct hit on the maneuvering air target, said the ministry
Item Number:6 Date: 05/16/2017 IRAQ - BAGHDAD EYES PRE-RAMADAN MOSUL VICTORY (MAY 16/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Iraq maintains that its forces have gained control of almost 90 percent of Mosul from the Islamic State, reports Agence France-Presse.   Iraqi troops have been trying to take back the northern city for seven months.   ISIS still holds 10.5 percent of the right bank of the city, which is bisected by the Tigris River, said a spokesman for the joint operations command on Tuesday.   The terrorists control a few districts in the west, or about 12 square km (4.6 sq mi), including Mosul's Old City, said the spokesman.   Baghdad is pushing to declare victory by the start of the holy month of Ramadan on May 27, according to military commanders cited by Reuters.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 05/16/2017 ISRAEL - ELBIT UPGRADES MADE TO SPEAR MK 2 MORTAR SYSTEM (MAY 16/ELBIT)  ELBIT SYSTEMS -- Elbit Systems has announced that it will display the latest version of the Spear mortar system at this week's International Land Warfare and Logistics Conference in Latrun, Israel.   The Spear Mk 2 is an upgraded version of the Spear, 120-mm fully autonomous modular mortar system.   The latest variant features a high recoil reduction capability, improved situational awareness, wider area coverage, quick deployment and autonomous or manual activation, noted a company release on May 15.   The mortar system can be easily installed on a range of lightweight combat vehicles, say company officials.   The mortar can be operationally deployed within 60 seconds
Item Number:8 Date: 05/16/2017 ISRAEL - MILITARY WILL BOOST CYBER CAPABILITIES, DECIDES AGAINST SINGLE COMMAND (MAY 16/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- A senior official says the Israeli military has discarded its former plans for a unified cyber command, reports the Times of Israel.   The plan was made public in 2015. However, after two years of discussion and work, the military decided to retain the current setup with defensive capability in the army's computer service directorate and retaining the elite Unit 8200 within military intelligence, said the unnamed senior officer.   New plans call for Unit 8200 to continue to collect signals intelligence and conduct offensive cyber operations.   The military will also upgrade its defensive capability into an operational command, with the authority to act and respond to attacks, said officials.   Currently, the military unit is just responsible for building and maintaining the military's online network.   The upgraded capabilities are expected to be available by September.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 05/16/2017 IVORY COAST - CONFLICTING REPORTS EMERGE OVER SUPPOSED DEAL WITH MUTINOUS SOLDIERS (MAY 16/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The BBC reported on Monday that soldiers in the Ivory Coast had accepted a deal from the government to end their mutiny.   However, other reports -- including one from Reuters mad after a government announcement -- indicated that there still was no agreement over a deal.   In January, about 8,400 soldiers, mostly former rebels, mutinied and demanded bonuses and higher pay. The government agreed to pay 12 million CFA francs (US$19,575) for each soldier, paying each 5 million francs (US$8,150) that month.   On Friday, some mutineers dropped their demands for the remainder of the pay on national television, prompting soldiers to take to the streets in several cities.   Under the latest announcement, the government had offered an immediate bonus payment of 7 million CFA francs (US$8,400) and another 2 million CFA francs (US$3,370) at the end of June.   An earlier deal announced Monday was rejected by the renegade soldiers. That included just the initial 5 million CFA francs (US$8,400), while the soldiers had demanded 7 million CFA francs (US$11,770).   According to Al Jazeera, "renegade" soldiers nixed the deal within minutes of the announcement.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 05/16/2017 KENYA - MILITANTS KILL ADMINISTRATIVE CHIEF IN HIS HOME (MAY 16/SDN)  STANDARD DIGITAL NEWS -- Gunmen believed to be Al-Shabaab militants have killed a government official in his home in Kenya's northeast, reports the Standard (Kenya).   The militants attacked a village near Mandera on Monday night in the Omar Jillo area, killing the administrator of the area, said police and locals.   Two officers with the Kenya Police Reserve were missing after the incident, said a regional official.   "We don't know if they were abducted or they are hiding. The gang shot randomly, hitting the chief in his compound," the official said.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility. "We suspect the attackers are militants, since after the raid they escaped toward Somalia," the head of the regional police force told Reuters
Item Number:11 Date: 05/16/2017 KUWAIT - ORDER PLACED FOR HORNET FIGHTERS TO RECEIVE LOCKHEED SNIPER PODS (MAY 16/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- Lockheed Martin has announced receiving a contract to deliver Sniper advanced targeting pods to the Kuwaiti air force.   The deal covers 14 pods, spare parts and associated support for Kuwait's F/A-18C/D Hornet fighters.   Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2018 to address what are considered an urgent operational requirement, said a Lockheed release on Monday.   The Sniper pod provides targeting and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, notes the company.   The pod can detect, identify and automatically track and laser-designate small targets at long ranges. The pod also supports the employment of all laser- and GPS-guided weapons against static and moving targets, said company officials
Item Number:12 Date: 05/16/2017 NATO - TOP U.S. GENERAL CALLS FOR FLEXIBLE DETERRENCE ON ALLIANCE'S EASTERN FLANK (MAY 16/BNS)  BALTIC NEWS SERVICE -- The senior officer of U.S. Army Europe says Washington is promoting a flexible deterrence strategy on NATO's eastern flank, seeking for forestall a potential crisis, reports the Baltic News Service.   The way to deter a crisis is through speed of recognition, speed of political decision and speed of assembly, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges told journalists on Saturday at the Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.   Both unity of NATO and the European Union is "absolutely necessary for deterrence," said Hodges.   Improving the capacity to move rapidly under peacetime rules will give political leaders more options in a crisis, he said.   "Better rail transport is an important way for countries to facilitate movement between allied countries," said the general.   In addition, Hodges urged Russia to hold much more transparent military exercises, including the upcoming Zapad drills in Belarus
Item Number:13 Date: 05/16/2017 SOUTH KOREA - U.S. CARRIER STRIKE GROUP, LED BY CARL VINSON, IS STAYING IN AREA (MAY 16/YON)  YONHAP -- A U.S. carrier strike group is going to remain near the Korean Peninsula on an open-ended mission, says a South Korean defense official cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The San Diego-based Carl Vinson carrier and its escorts arrived in Korean waters in April in a show of forces against North Korea.   "Joint drills between South Korea and the U.S. [involving the Vinson] are under way" with no date set to end, said a spokesman for the South Korean navy on Tuesday.   The announcement by the South comes after North Korea announced over the weekend that it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile. The spokesman declined to comment on whether that test affected the Vinson's schedule.   The Carl Vinson is supposed to be replaced by the Ronald Reagan carrier.   After a brief delay caused by a maintenance issue, the Reagan departed its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan, on Tuesday for a scheduled patrol of the Asia-Pacific region, reported the Stars and Stripes. The departure was a day later than previously planned
  Item Number:14 Date: 05/16/2017 SYRIA - 6TH ROUND OF U.N.-BACKED TALKS KICK OFF IN GENEVA (MAY 16/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A new round of Syrian peace talks has begun in Geneva, reports Agence France-Presse.   Tuesday's talks are the first day of the sixth round of U.N.-backed negotiations.   The new round is supposed to end Friday. Previous efforts have not yielded concrete results.   Separate discussions held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, led to a May 4 deal to create four "de-escalation zones" in Syria.   Fighting has decreased overall since the deal came into effect. Meanwhile, the government has brokered the evacuation of three rebel-held districts in Damascus, which is not included in the agreement.   More than 320,000 people have been killed since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 05/16/2017 TURKEY - AFTER ANKARA BLOCKS GERMAN DELEGATION AGAIN, MERKEL THREATENS TO WITHDRAW GERMAN FORCES (MAY 16/FT)  FINANCIAL TIMES -- Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is considering withdrawing German troops from a base in Turkey after Ankara blocked a visit by German lawmakers, reports the Financial Times (U.K.).   Merkel said on Monday that Berlin could move its forces in Turkey to another country if Ankara continued to block a visit.   "We will continue to talk with Turkey, but in parallel we will have to explore other ways of fulfilling our mandate," including looking at alternatives such as Jordan, she said.   Reuters reported that a German military survey team will visit Jordan in coming days to look at potential bases. Cyprus and Kuwait are also being considered, government sources said.   Last year, Ankara stopped German lawmakers from accessing Incirlik air base, where about 250 German troops are stationed as part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, noted Deutsche Welle.   That move came after Germany's Parliament officially recognized actions by the Ottoman Empire in World War I against Armenians as genocide -- infuriating Turkey. Ankara allowed the visit after several months.   Ankara refused a request for a second visit over the weekend, reported the Independent (U.K.). The reason is believed to be linked to Berlin's decision to grant asylum to a number of Turkish military officers allegedly involved in a failed coup in Turkey in July 2016
Item Number:16 Date: 05/16/2017 TURKEY - FACING POSSIBLE ISIS THREAT, DOMESTIC SECURITY RAISED TO PROTECT RUSSIAN VESSELS IN BOSPORUS (MAY 16/HUR)  HURRIYET -- Turkish authorities have beefed up their security in the Bosporous Strait, fearing ISIS attacks against Russian ships, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul).   Turkish intelligence has received information about Islamic State plans to attack Russian warships with long-barreled guns or portable missile launchers, according to reported the Haberturk newspaper on Tuesday.   Acting on this potential threat, police have identified 146 such vulnerable points, reported Tass (Russia).   Additional police helicopters and coast guard boats will be deployed to escort Russian vessels through the strait, said officials
  Item Number:17 Date: 05/16/2017 UKRAINE - U.N. REPORT POINTS AT KIEV FOR BREAKING EMBARGO, SUPPLYING ARMS TO S. SUDAN (MAY 16/EA)  EAST AFRICAN -- A United Nations report has alleged that Ukraine has supplied South Sudan with weapons.   A recently released report from a "panel of experts" monitoring the arms embargo on South Sudan says that Ukraine has been violating those restrictions, reports the East African (Nairobi, Kenya).   On Jan. 27, to cite one example, an Il-76 transport aircraft departed Kharkiv airport in Ukraine for Gulu in Uganda, the report says.   According to the manifest, the transport -- operated by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense -- was carrying two L-39 jets and overhauled engines.   The government in Kiev acknowledged that the jets were listed as being operated by the Ugandan military and that the end user certificates indicated they were only to be used for advanced pilot training, said the report.   The panel said it was investigating if the aircraft were ultimately being transported to South Sudan, trying to trace suspicious reports about a new military aircraft at Juba airport.   The U.N. report implies that the jets based in Uganda were operating in South Sudan during fighting between government forces and rebels
Item Number:18 Date: 05/16/2017 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS HOLDING MILITARY ACTIVITIES ON YEMEN'S SOCOTRA ISLAND (MAY 16/WAM)  EMIRATES NEWS AGENCY -- The United Arab Emirates says it has sent troops to a Yemeni island for training drills, according to the Emirati state-run news agency WAM.   The recruits concluded an "intensive military training course" on the island of Socotra in the Gulf of Aden, said military on Tuesday.   There had been unconfirmed reports for years of such training, noted the New Arab.   The Emirati troops will help secure the island's coastal areas while being trained in weapons, field and battle skills, first aid, internal security and topography, according to the report.   A parade was held to show the recruits' "readiness to defense their country."   Emirati forces and aid organizations have been on Socotra since a November 2015 cyclone. The area has also experienced recent attacks by Somali pirates, noted one wire agency.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 05/16/2017 USA - NAVY BRINGS 'TOP GUN' TACTICS TO SURFACE FLEET (MAY 16/SDUT)  SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE -- The U.S. Navy is sending its top surface warfare officers to the fleet to mentor their peers on the latest tactics and doctrine, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.   Over the last 18 months, at least 131 officers have graduated from the warfare tactics instructor course, which is modeled after the Top Gun program for pilots.   The surface warfare program covers integrated air and missile defense, amphibious, anti-submarine and anti-surface specialties. A course is also being developed for mine-warfare, officials said.   Sea-combat and mine-warfare courses are held in California, while integrated-air, missile-defense and amphibious-operations classes take place in Virginia.   Those who graduate are seen as assets, strenthening combat power of the Navy's warships. Officials plan to put one instructor aboard every large surface vessel within a few years
  Item Number:20 Date: 05/16/2017 USA - WASHINGTON PLACES ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS ON PAKISTANI TERRORIST GROUPS (MAY 16/DAWN)  DAWN -- The U.S. government has imposed more sanctions on terrorist groups in Pakistan, reports the Dawn (Pakistan).   The measures, announced on May 12, came a day after U.S. intelligence agencies reported to Congress that Pakistan-based terrorist groups are still launching attacks in Afghanistan and India.   The sanctions are aimed at disrupting the leadership and financial networks of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Jamaat Dawa al Quran (JDQ) in Pakistan, as well as the Taliban, Al-Qaida, the Islamic State and ISIS-Khorasan by designating three individuals and one entity based in Pakistan, said the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control.   Hayatullah Ghulam Muhammad, Ali Muhammad Abu Turab and Inayatur Rahman were named as "designated terrorists" involved with the aforementioned groups.   The order also targets the Welfare and Development Organization of the JDQ, according to India Today.
 
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