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To All
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This Day In Naval History - November 27
Nov. 27
1941—Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Harold R. Stark sends "war warning" to Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet , Adm. Husband E. Kimmell, and Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, Adm. Ernest J. King.
1942—By orders of French Vice Adm. Jean de Borde, the French fleet is scuttled in Toulon, France to prevent the ships being used by the Germans.
1943—USS Callaghan (DD 792) is commissioned. Named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Rear Adm. Daniel J. Callaghan, who was killed during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal November 1942, she serves in the Pacific until she is sunk by a Japanese kamikaze July 28, 1945.
1943—USS Bowfin (SS 287) sinks the Vichy French cargo ship Van Vollenhoven off the coast of French Indochina while USS Seahorse (SS 304) sinks the Japanese fleet tanker San Ramon Maru in the East China Sea.
1944—Japanese kamikazes sink the submarine chaser SC 744 and damage USS Colorado (BB 45), USS St. Louis (CL 49) and USS Montpelier (CL 57). All the light cruisers are repaired and return to combat duty for the remainder of World War II. 
 
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Today in History
November 27
43 BC
Octavian, Antony and Lepidus form the triumvirate of Rome.
511
Clovis, king of the Franks, dies and his kingdom is divided between his four sons.
1095
In Clermont, France, Pope Urbana II makes an appeal for warriors to relieve Jerusalem. He is responding to false rumors of atrocities in the Holy Land.
1382
The French nobility, led by Olivier de Clisson, crush the Flemish rebels at Flanders.
1812
One of the two bridges being used by Napoleon Bonaparte's army across the Beresina River in Russia collapses during a Russian artillery barrage.
1826
Jebediah Smith's expedition reaches San Diego, becoming the first Americans to cross the southwestern part of the continent.
1862
George Armstrong Custer meets his future bride, Elizabeth Bacon, at a Thanksgiving party.
1868
Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer's 7th Cavalry kills Chief Black Kettle and about 100 Cheyenne (mostly women and children) on the Washita River.
1887
U.S. Deputy Marshall Frank Dalton, brother of the three famous outlaws, is killed in the line of duty near Fort Smith, Ark.
1904
The German colonial army defeats Hottentots at Warm bad in southwest Africa.
1909
U.S. troops land in Blue fields, Nicaragua, to protect American interests there.
1919
Bulgaria signs peace treaty with Allies at Unequally, France, fixing war reparations and recognizing Yugoslavian independence.
1922
Allied delegates bar the Soviets from the Near East peace conference.
1936
Great Britain's Anthony Eden warns Hitler that Britain will fight to protect Belgium.
1942
The French fleet in Toulon is scuttled to keep it from Germany.
1950
East of the Choosing River, Chinese forces annihilate an American task force.
1954
Alger Hiss, convicted of being a Soviet spy, is freed after 44 months in prison.
1959
Demonstrators march in Tokyo to protest a defense treaty with the United States.
1967
Lyndon Johnson appoints Robert McNamara to presidency of the World Bank.
1967
Charles DeGaulle vetoes Great Britain's entry into the Common Market again.
1970
Syria joins the pact linking Libya, Egypt and Sudan.
1973
US Senate votes to confirm Gerald Ford as President of the United States, following President Richard Nixon's resignation; the House will confirm Ford on Dec. 6.
1978
San Francisco mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, the city's first openly gay supervisor, assassinated by former city supervisor Dan White.
1978
Kurdistan Workers' Party (Parti Karkerani Kurdistan, or PKK) founded; militant group that fought an armed struggle for an independent Kurdistan.
1984
Britain and Spain sign the Brussels Agreement to enter discussions over the status of Gibraltar.
1999
Helen Clark becomes first elected female Prime Minister of New Zealand.
2001
Hubble Space Telescope discovers a hydrogen atmosphere on planet Osiris, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.
2004
Pope John Paul II returns relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
2005
First partial human face transplant completed Amiens, France.
2006
Canadian House of Commons approves a motion, tabled by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, recognizing the Quebecois as a nation within Canada.
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Monday Morning Humor from Al----Kids
Submitted by Alan Krause Jr:
JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister... After a while he asked: 'Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk? ' 
MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, 'If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.' 
STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom good night. 'I love you so much that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom window.' 
BRITTANY (age 4) had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: 'How does it know it's me?' 
SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. 'Please don't give me this juice again,' she said, 'It makes my teeth cough.' 
DJ (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: 'How much do I cost?' 
CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, 'I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in it?' 
MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: 'Why is he whispering in her mouth?' 
Tammy looked at her for a while and then asked, 'Why doesn't your skin fit your face?' 
JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: 'The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.' Concerned, James asked: 'What happened to the flea?' 
The sermon I think this Mom will never forget...This particular Sunday sermon... 'Dear Lord,' the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. 'Without you, we are but dust....' He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, 'Mom, what is butt dust?'



Submitted by John Hudson:

     A little boy and a little girl attended the same school and became friends. Every day they would
sit together to eat lunch. They discovered that they both brought turkey sandwiches every day!
     This went on all through the fourth and fifth grades, until one day he noticed that her sandwich
wasn't a turkey sandwich. He said, how come you're not eating turkey, don't you like it anymore?"
     She said "I love it but I have to stop eating it."
     "Why?" he asked.
     She pointed to her lap and said, "Cause I'm starting to grow little feathers down there!"
     "Let me see" he said.
     "Okay" and showed him.
     He looked and said, "That's right. You are! Better not eat any more turkey."
     He kept eating his turkey sandwiches until one day he brought a peanut butter sandwich instead.
He said to the little girl, "I have to stop eating turkey sandwiches, I'm starting to get feathers down
there too!"
     She asked if she could look, so he showed her!  She said, "Oh, my goodness, it's too late for you! 
You've already got the neck and giblets!!!"



Submitted by Mark Logan:

This student received a 0% on his exam. I would have given him 100%!  Each answer is absolutely grammatically correct, and funny too. Obviously, the teacher had no sense of humor
 
Q1:  In which battle did Napoleon die?
A1:  His last battle

Q2:  Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
A2:  At the bottom of the page
 
Q3:   River Ravi flows in which state?
A3:  Liquid
 
Q4:  What is the main reason for divorce?
A4:  Marriage
 
Q5:  What is the main reason for failure?
A5:  Exams
 
Q6:  What can you never eat for breakfast?
A6:  Lunch or dinner
 
Q7:  What looks like half an apple
A7:  The other half
 
Q8:  If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what will it become?
A8:  Wet
 
Q9:  How can a man go eight days without sleeping ?
A9:  No problem, he sleeps at night.
 
Q10:  How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
A10:  You will never find an elephant that has one hand.
 
Q11:  If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in other hand, what would you have?
A11:  Very large hands
 
Q12:  If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
A12:  No time at all, the wall is already built.
 
Q13:  How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
A13:  Any way you want, concrete floors are very hard to crack.



Submitted by Al Anderson:

Why teachers continue to drink heavily…The following questions were in last year's GED (grade 12 equivalent) examination (These are genuine answers).
 
Q.  What is a turbine?A.
A.  Something an Arab or Sheik wears on his head.  Once an Arab boy reaches puberty, he removes his diaper and wraps it around his head. 

Q.  How is dew formed?
A.  The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
 
Q.  What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on?
A.   If you are buying a house, they will insist that you are well endowed.
 
Q.  What are steroids?
A.  Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs. 

Q.  What happens to your body as you age?
A.  When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.
 
Q.  What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A.   He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery. 
   
Q.  Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A.   Premature death.
 
Q.  What is artificial insemination?
A.   When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.
 
Q.  How can you delay milk turning sour?
A.   Keep it in the cow. 

Q.  How are the main 20 parts of the body categorized (e.g. the abdomen)? 
A.  The body is consisted into 3 parts:  the brainium, the borax, and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels:  A,E,I,O,U.
 
Q. What is the fibula?
A.   A small lie.
 
Q.  What does 'varicose' mean?
A.   Nearby.
 
Q.  What is the most common form of birth control?
A.   Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium. 

Q.  Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean section.'
A.   The caesarean section is a district in Rome.
 
Q.  What is a seizure?
A.   A Roman Emperor. (Julius Seizure, I came, I saw, I had a fit.)
 
Q.  What is a terminal illness? 
A.   When you are sick at the airport. 

Q.  What does the word 'benign' mean?
A.   Benign is what you will be after you be eight. 

Q.  Name the four seasons 
A.   Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar!!!



Submitted by Barry Gaston:

Manners were expected of kids! Bet all are familiar to you! They may seem outdated to some, but these are the manners we grew up with. There wasn't any two ways about it: this was how you were expected to behave, especially when in public. The consequences for talking back or disobeying were often a swift clip of the ears or the behind as these were not negotiable or "sometimes" rules. These manners molded us into the people we are today!
The Golden Rule--Back when we were kids, this was the abiding principle in nearly all things. If you wouldn't like it, then don't do it to someone else.
Please and Thank You--"Gimme that" wasn't an option. You always said please and thank you.
Yes Ma'am, Yes Sir--You simply didn't answer an adult without following with a "ma'am" or "sir." It was just how you showed respect. This went double if you were in trouble!
Ask Permission to Be Excused--You didn't leave the table unless you had been excused. If you needed to leave before the others, you had to ask, and then wait for permission! It didn't matter if you didn't like what was on your plate! The same went for situations at school or with any adult: you needed to ask to be excused. 
Never Argue with an Adult--Even if you had a good point (or more likely, you thought you did) you were not to argue with any adult. And, smarting off was a sure ticket to a spanking or a time out!
Excuse Me--If you committed a faux pas, the way to handle it was to say "excuse me." It was the only polite thing to do. 
Take Off Your Hat--When you went inside, it didn't matter if you were wearing a fedora or a baseball cap: boys and men took their hats off. This was also true for any situation where respect needed to be shown such as when talking to the police, or if someone was hurt, or if a prayer was being said. Ladies often received a hat tip from a man passing by. 
"May I?" Instead of "Can I?"--How you phrased things was big deal, even with your parents. It was a constant source of irritation for adults to hear "Can I…"
Don't Interrupt Adults--When adults were talking you did not interrupt them. If your folks had a dinner party you had to wait until there was a lull in the conversation to say your peace.
Give Up Your Seat--On a bus or train it used to be common to give up your seat if an older person got on and needed one. Likewise, a man or boy would give up his seat for a lady oftentimes as well. 
Elbows Off the Table--It was so rude to put your elbows on the table! If you were at someone's home or a restaurant it was especially true. 
Always Use A Proper Greeting--"Good morning" and "good evening" were acceptable greetings. "Hi" was not! At the holidays you always gave a seasonal greeting and this was what everyone did, nothing special.
Sit Up--We may have wanted to slouch, we may have even slouched when we were in the treehouse or with our friends. But, we'd never let our teachers or parents see us slouching. It was considered starting on the wrong track and didn't show the proper respect or attention. We also heard "stand up straight" a lot, too!
No Whining--Complaining simply wasn't allowed. You might get kicked out of the house for an afternoon or sent to bed early for whining. "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit!"
Don't Show Off --It was considered very bad form to brag or show off. Nobody wanted to be called a braggart and you certainly would not have looked cooler in front of your friends for having bragged about something. There was a certain modesty were expected to maintain at all times. 
Use Silverware--At the table you had to use your silverware. You didn't push food around with your hands. It was considered sloppy to even help a kernel on to your fork with your finger. 
Never Talk With Your Mouth Full--This one seems like a no-brainer, but apparently this is not a hard and fast rule anymore. When we were kids it was really forbidden to chew with your mouth open. 
Thank You Letters--If someone was nice enough to visit you when you were sick or send you a card or get you a gift, you wrote a thank you letter in return. This is just good manners! If you didn't it was extremely rude.


Have a great week,
Al

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Item Number:1 Date: 11/27/2017 CANADA - AUDIT GIGS ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE; REPORT HITS COSTS, LACK OF LEADERSHIP TRAINING (NOV 27/TORSTAR)  TORONTO STAR -- A new report from the auditor general in Canada is highly critical of the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario – pointing to high costs and alleged weakness in teaching military and leadership skills, reports the Toronto Star.   The report, released on Nov. 21, says that even though the institution is supposed to turn out military leaders, military training is not an emphasis, with most students seeing it as "irrelevant" and a "poor use of time.".   Incidents of misconduct at the school show that it is not achieving its mission of producing leaders with strong leadership skills, says the study.   Elsewhere, the report pointed out that recommendations "from previous reviews of the Royal Military College of Canada to enhance military training did not result in fundamental changes," as quoted by the Ottawa Citizen.   In addition, the school costs considerably more than civilian colleges – about Can$40,000 (US$31,000) more annually, says the report.   In response, senior officers defended the college, saying its graduates were better prepared to quickly take on military leadership roles.   Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said the Defense Dept. would look at ways to reduce its operating costs.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 11/27/2017 EGYPT - TERRORISTS WITH ISIS FLAG MASSACRE MORE THAN 300 AT SUFI MOSQUE (NOV 27/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Bedouin leaders are calling for solidarity with the Egyptian military after Friday's terror attack, reports the Wall Street Journal.   At least 305 people were killed and 128 injured the attack on a Sufi mosque in the Sinai Peninsula, said local officials.   Between 25 and 30 militants surrounded the Al Rawda mosque in Ber al Abd during Friday prayers. The attackers set fire to the worshippers' cars before opening fire on the building, police say.   The terrorists were dressed in army fatigues, witnesses said.   The army said it retaliated on terrorist targets on Saturday, killing several militants. It did not elaborate.   Some attackers carried the black flag often associated with the Islamic State, said officials cited by Reuters. No group has claimed responsibility of the attack. The Islamic State affiliate, called Sinai Province (formerly Ansar Bait al-Maqdis) has been active in the Sinai since 2013.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 11/27/2017 INDIA - COAST GUARD TAKES DELIVERY OF 6TH AND FINAL OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL (NOV 27/GOA)  GOA SHIPYARD -- The Goa Shipyard in India has announced the delivery of the last of six offshore patrol vessels built for the Indian coast guard.   The Sujay was handed over on Nov. 20, 34 days ahead of the contractual schedule. All six of the ships were delivered ahead of schedule, the shipyard said in a release that day.   The milestone marks the conclusion of the 344-foot (105-m) offshore patrol vessel program.   The first ship in the class, Samarth, was commissioned in November 2015, noted the shipbuilder.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 11/27/2017 INDIA - IN A FIRST, BRAHMOS CRUISE MISSILE IS FIRED BY SU-30MKI FIGHTER (NOV 27/INDIAMOD)  INDIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has been launched by an Indian air force Su-30MKI fighter for the first time, the Indian Ministry of Defense reported last week.   During the trial on Nov. 22, the fighter jet launched the missile, jointly developed by India and Russia, at a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.   The missile was gravity-dropped from a fuselage hardpoint on the fighter jet. The two-stage engine then activated and propelled the BrahMos towards its target, the ministry said on Wednesday.   The air-launched variant of the BrahMos, weighing 2.5 tons, is the heaviest weapon to be carried by the Su-30MKI. The weapon will significantly increase the air combat capability of the jets, said the ministry.   Plans call for 42 Su-30MKIs to carry the BrahMos once testing is completed, noted the Times of India
Item Number:5 Date: 11/27/2017 IRAN - IF THREATENED, TEHRAN WILL INCREASE RANGE OF MISSILES, SAYS REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS DEPUTY (NOV 27/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- The deputy commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned that if Europe threatens Tehran, the IRGC will increase the range of its ballistic missiles, reports the Independent (U.K.).   In an interview with state television on Saturday, Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said: "we have confined the range of our missiles to 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) until today and have not increased it any further, it is not because of a lack of technology, because we have no limitations for the range of our missiles in technological terms."   French President Emmanuel Macron has called for dialogue with Iran about its ballistic missile program.   The head of the IRGC's military force, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, said on Friday that any attempts to negotiate Iran's missile capabilities would prove "fruitless," as quoted by Al Jazeera (Qatar).  
  Item Number:6 Date: 11/27/2017 JORDAN - MUWAFFAQ SALTI AIR BASE IN LINE FOR BUILDUP WITH U.S. FUNDING (NOV 27/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. defense budget passed by Congress earlier this month includes significant upgrades for a strategic air base in Jordan, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, which is near Jordan's border with Iraq and Syria, has played a major role in U.S. operations against the Islamic State terrorist group.   Yet, says the Air Force, the pace of operations has overwhelmed the existing facilities at the base. Fighters from other countries, such as Belgium and the Netherlands, have also flown from the base.   The air base has limited ramp space for combat operations and no dedicated space for cargo and personnel recovery operations, according to Air Force budget documents.   The facility would get US$143 million in upgrades under the latest budget, which is expected to be signed into law. The figure is the largest for any overseas Air Force operational site, officials said.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 11/27/2017 NIGERIA - ARMY ORDERS TROOPS TO BECOME MULTILINGUAL: LEARN IGBO, HAUSA, YORUBA BY END OF NEXT YEAR (NOV 27/PREM)  PREMIUM TIMES -- The Nigerian army recently ordered all of its officers and men to become multilingual and learn all three of the major languages in the nation, reports the Premium Times (Abuja).   All personnel should become proficient in Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba by December 2018, said an army spokesman on Nov. 22.   English remains the official language of the army. Yet, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa may be needed for civil-military cooperation activities or for interrogations, the army said in a release.   A basic level of proficiency is expected. A certified proficiency level will come with an additional language allowance, said the army. The ability to speak the three languages will also be considered a bonus for those seeking to join the army or gain a commission.   Nigeria is Africa's most populous country, with more than 250 ethnic groups. The CIA lists the following as the most populous and politically influential: Hausa and the Fulani, 29 percent; Yoruba, 21 percent; Igbo (Ibo), 18 percent; Ijaw, 10 percent; Kanuri, 4 percent; Ibibio, 3.5 percent; and, Tiv, 2.5 percent.   The agency's "World Factbook" also notes that English is the official language, with Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani and more than 500 additional indigenous languages
  Item Number:8 Date: 11/27/2017 PAKISTAN - AFTER ARMY'S ASSISTANCE IN DEAL, BLASPHEMY PROTESTORS DISPERSE, LAW MINISTER RESIGNS (NOV 27/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Pakistan's minister of law has resigned under pressure following long protests and clashes that killed two and paralyzed the capital over the weekend, reports CNN.   Minister Zahid Hamid announced his resignation on Monday. Protest leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi said he had instructed his supporters across the country to disperse, reported Al Jazeera.   The army was instrumental in brokering a deal that granted amnesty to those arrested in security sweeps of protest camps, reported the Wall Street Journal.   Rizvi and his party, the Tahreek-e-Labaik, began blocking a major thoroughfare near the capital, Islamabad, on Nov. 8. The protestors were demanding the resignation because they claimed a change in the oath of office weakened rules requiring lawmakers to make reference to the prophet Muhammed.   The change was claimed to make it easier for those from non-orthodox sects of Islam to hold public office. The government first called it a meaningless change of wording.   The Tahreek-e-Labaik is one of two new hardline religious parties in Pakistan. Both are campaigning to maintain the nation's blasphemy laws, which include the death penalty for offenses to Islam.   The government apologized and denied making the changes, calling them clerical mistakes, noted CNN
Item Number:9 Date: 11/27/2017 PAKISTAN - EXTREMIST LEADER FREED FROM HOUSE ARREST; U.S. STILL HAS 410 MILLION BOUNTY ON HIS HEAD (NOV 27/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- Akistani authorities have released the alleged mastermind of the attacks in India in 2008 and founder of the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) militant group from house arrest, reports the International Business Times.   Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, designated as a terrorist leader by the United Nations and the United States, was freed on Nov. 23 after serving 10 months of house arrest.   A Lahore court rejected a government request to hold him longer, finding that Saeed did not pose a threat to public safety, reports BBC.   Saeed was placed under house arrest in January. He was accused of directing the attacks in Bombay (Mumbai) that killed 166 people. He founded LeT in the 1990s. The group was responsible for numerous attacks on government targets in India.   Saeed also set up the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a social welfare group, in 2008. The U.S. government says it is a front for LeT.   The U.S. still has a US$10 million bounty on his head, noted NBC News
Item Number:10 Date: 11/27/2017 RUSSIA - CHECHNYA'S LEADER 'READY TO STEP DOWN'; KREMLIN SAYS HE WILL STAY (NOV 27/BL)  BLOOMBERG -- The regional leader of Chechnya has said he wants to step aside and let the Kremlin choose a successor, reports Bloomberg.   Ramzan Kadyrov's statements came during an interview aired Sunday by state television. "Previously, there was a need for the likes of me – to fight wars, to bring order. But today we have order, respect and understanding in society and in Russia," he said.   The former rebel has led Russian's Chechnya republic since 2007 and was endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March to continue the job, noted the Guardian (U.K.).   The Kremlin said he would stay regardless of the comments, reported Reuters. "Kadyrov has repeatedly said that he is…a consistent and committed member of Putin's circle of adherents and intends to continue working where and how the president of the country orders him… continues to remain the current head of the republic," said a Kremlin spokesman on Monday.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 11/27/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - 40 NATIONS MEET IN RIYADH FOR ISLAMIC COUNTERTERROR SUMMIT (NOV 27/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Saudi government has gathered officials from 40 Muslim nations for the first meeting of an Islamic counterterrorism alliance, reports Agence France Presse.   The members broadly agreed on the need to address terrorism, but expressed different priorities, noted Reuters. Yemen called confronting Iran, Al-Qaida and Islamic State, while Turkey requested aid in dealing with Kurdish separatists.   The alliance does not include Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-rival, or Syria or Iraq, whose leaders are close to Iran.   Also absent was Qatar, which was not invited.   Qatar is a founding member, but has been blockaded by its neighbors over its relations with Iran and alleged support for extremism in the region, something it denies.   The group has yet to take any major action since its founding two years ago
  Item Number:12 Date: 11/27/2017 SOUTH KOREA - NEW TASK FORCE GEARS UP FOR NEGOTIATING WITH U.S. OVER DEFENSE COST-SHARING (NOV 27/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently put together a new task force to prepare for upcoming talks with the United States on sharing the costs of American military forces deployed on the Korean peninsula, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Chang Won Sam, the current ambassador to Sri Lanka, was named as the chief negotiator for the talks on dividing the costs of stationing 28,500 American military personnel.   The allies have been sharing the costs under a negotiated agreement since 1990. The accord is revisited every five years. The latest agreement, finalized in January 2014, is set to expire at the end of 2018.   The task force "consists of the chief and vice government negotiators for defense cost sharing as well as working-level staff from the foreign and defense ministries," said a Foreign Ministry spokesman on Nov. 21.   The talks are expected to be challenging, since U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Seoul to assume more of the costs, including the stationing of Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense systems.   Paid Military Periscope subscribers can get more information on the THAAD at:  http://www.militaryperiscope.com/weapons/missrock/antiball/w0004384.html   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:13 Date: 11/27/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - RISING COSTS OF F-35S MAY MEAN FEWER AIRCRAFT BOUGHT, SAY OFFICIALS (NOV 27/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- British defense officials say that rising and unpredictable costs in the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter program could force the Defense Ministry to buy fewer jets than planned, reports London's Daily Telegraph.   The 2015 Strategic Defense and Security Review indicated that the U.K. would maintain its plans to buy 138 F-35s over the coming decades. London has already ordered an initial batch of 48 at an estimated cost of 9.1 billion pounds (US$12 billion) by 2025, including training and maintenance.   Yet, it is impossible to accurately predict the costs of the F-35 program, Stephen Lovegrove, the permanent secretary of the Defense Ministry, told members of the House of Commons defense committee last week.   Once the jets become operational, the MoD will conduct an annual review of their costs to help forecasts, said Lt. Gen. Stephen Poffley, the deputy chief of defense staff.   If rising costs does lead to fewer F-35s being purchased, the ministry would have to consider retaining older aircraft, the officials said
Item Number:14 Date: 11/27/2017 UNITED NATIONS - 4 U.N. PEACEKEEPERS, 1 SOLDIER KILLED IN 2 ATTACKS CLAIMED BY AQIM OFFSHOOT (NOV 27/F24)  FRANCE 24 -- Five people have been killed in two separate attacks in Northern Mali claimed by an Al-Qaida-affiliated group, say U.N. officials as reported by France 24.   Jihadists attacked peacekeepers and Malian defense forces in Indelimane, about 43 miles west of Menaka near the border with Niger, on Nov. 24, the UN officials said. Three peacekeepers from Niger and one Malian soldier were killed in that incident. Seventeen soldiers and a civilian U.N. employee were injured.   The mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, said it dispatched a rapid-reaction force supported by attack helicopters to Indelimane to aid the peacekeepers on the ground.   Separately, attackers bombarded a U.N. convoy north of Douentza in the Mopti region of central Mali, reported Al Jazeera. Peacekeepers engaged the assailants in heavy fighting that involved rocket launchers, mission officials said. One peacekeeper was killed and three others seriously injured in that clash, said the U.N.   On Saturday, Jama'at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims or JNIM) claimed responsibility for both attacks. The group was formed when four distinct factions of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) unified in March 2106.  
Item Number:15 Date: 11/27/2017 USA - AMERICAN AIRSTRIKES IN AFGHANISTAN RISE DRAMATICALLY OF LATE; NUMBERS DOWN AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE (NOV 27/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- Official figures reveal that the U.S. Air Force has been dropping more bombs in Afghanistan, while fewer airstrikes are being made against Islamic State targets, reports the Military Times.   The U.S.-led coalition released 653 weapons in Afghanistan in October, the highest total since November 2010, when 866 weapons were dropped, according to statistics released by U.S. Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) on Nov. 21.   The coalition has dropped 3,554 weapons to date in 2017, with more than 4,000 releases anticipated by the end of the year, said AFCENT.   Meanwhile, the number of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have dropped. In October, the anti-ISIS coalition released 1,642 weapons, less than half the 3,550 dropped in September, according to Air Force figures.   The decline is linked to victories over the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria that have allowed those countries to retake around 95 percent of the territory previously held by ISIS, said AFCENT.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 11/27/2017 USA - DARPA'S NEW QUEST: TECH FOR MAPPING, NAVIGATING SUBTERRANEAN SPACES (NOV 27/DARPA)  U.S. DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a DoD R&D agency, has issued a request for information for technologies that might lead to future systems that could rapidly map and navigate unknown underground environments.   As above-ground intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities become more sophisticated, adversaries are going underground to evade detection, noted the agency release on Nov. 21.   The agency pointed out that urbanization is accelerating the frequency and complexity of dangerous subterranean environments faced by military personnel as well as emergency responders conducting underground search-and-rescue missions.   "We're looking for audacious ideas on how to overcome the multi-faceted challenges these locations present -- poor visibility and communications, difficult access, and unpredictable terrain among them -- and provide previously unimaginable capabilities for warfighters and emergency responders," said Timothy Chung, a program manager in the agency's Tactical Technology Office.   Of particular interest are disruptive concepts, approaches, architectures and technologies that significantly outperform current approaches for manually and laboriously mapping and searching subterranean environments in terms of map resolution, navigation speed, search fidelity and systems cost, said the agency release.   The agency said it is interested in integrated solutions as well as novel component technologies capable of in-situ mapping and navigating rugged and dynamic terrains; sensors and computation for perception in austere conditions, such as low-light or obscured settings; distributed information sharing in degraded communications environments, particularly in unknown structural or geological surroundings; and advanced autonomous capabilities and platform design innovations enabling extended operations with minimal human intervention.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 11/27/2017 USA - NAVY IDENTIFIES 3 SAILORS PRESUMED DEAD IN CRASH OF TRANSPORT IN PHILIPPINE SEA (NOV 27/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- After calling off the search, the U.S. Navy has released the names of the three sailors presumed dead in the crash of a C-2A Greyhound transport in the western Pacific Ocean, reports Stars and Stripes.   The three were identified as Lt. Steven Combs, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Chialastri and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso.   The transport was carrying 11 personnel when it went down on Nov. 22 en route from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. The Reagan was operating with Japanese forces in the Philippine Sea.   Eight were rescued shortly thereafter. The navy ended the search-and-rescue efforts on Nov. 24.   The cause of the crash is under investigation, noted USNI News
Item Number:18 Date: 11/27/2017 USA - SIGAR REPORT ON CHILD ABUSE IN AFGHANISTAN SAID TO HAVE BEEN BLOCKED BY DOD; PENTAGON WENT WITH ITS OWN PROBE (NOV 27/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- A Senate aide says the Pentagon attempted to block an independent assessment of child sex abuse among by Afghan soldiers and police, reports the Washington Post.   A report by the DoD's Inspector General's office (DODIG) was released on Nov. 16 instead of a parallel, allegedly more critical report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).   While both reports reach the conclusion that more efforts need to be placed in training American personnel to identify and report suspected sexual abuse committed by their Afghan colleagues, the classified SIGAR report is said to be more thorough and broader, covering information that touches on the State Dept. and Afghan government, say those familiar with the report.   An aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D.-Vt.) said the DoD showed "resistance" when SIGAR was named for the probe.   The results of the SIGAR inquiry remain unreleased and classified. The report was requested in 2015 and submitted to the DoD for review in February, before the DODIG report was finished, noted the Post
Item Number:19 Date: 11/27/2017 USA - WASHINGTON SAID TO BE CUTTING OFF ARMS TO KURDS FIGHTING IN SYRIA; OFFICIALS SAY U.S. PREPARING TO 'WIND UP' SUPPORT (NOV 27/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The U.S. has pledged to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units (the YPG), say Turkish officials cited by the BBC.   Saturday in Anakara, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu President Trump made the promise during a phone call on Friday to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   The White House confirmed the conversation but said only that it informed Ankara of "pending adjustments to the military support provided to our partners on the ground in Syria," as quoted by France 24.   Ankara has pushed the U.S. to stop arming Kurdish groups in Syria, considering them to be aligned to the PKK, which both the U.S. and Turkey classify as a terrorist group. An unnamed U.S. official cited by the Wall Street Journal said later that Washington is preparing to "wind up" its direct support for Kurdish forces in Syria.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 11/27/2017 USA - WASHINGTON SANCTIONS TARGET CHINESE FIRMS TRADING WITH N. KOREA, ANGERING BEIJING (NOV 27/TREASURY)  U.S. TREASURY DEPT. -- The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury has implemented sanctions against multiple entities, one individual and merchant vessels for trading with North Korea.   The measures target third-country persons with long-standing commercial ties to the North, as well as transportation networks that enable Pyongyang to generate revenue, said a Treasury release on Nov. 21.   The sanctions block any property or interests in property of those designated within U.S. jurisdiction and transactions by U.S. persons involving the designated persons are generally prohibited.   Chinese firms Dandong Kehua Economy & Trade Co., Dandong Xianghe Trading Co., and Dandong Hongda Trade Co. were slapped with sanctions for exporting approximately US$650 million in goods to North Korea and importing another US$100 million since 2013, said the release.   Sun Sidong and his company, Dandong Dongyuan Industrial Co., were also sanctioned for around US$28 million in trade with the North over several years, Treasury said. Dongyuan has also been associated with front companies for North Korean organizations involved in weapons of mass destruction development.   The OFAC also identified the Maritime Administration and the Ministry of Land and Maritime Transportation as agencies, instrumentalities, or controlled entities of the government of North Korea, as well as six North Korean shipping or trading companies.   The U.S. agency blocked 20 North Korean-flagged vessels belonging to those firms.   Beijing responded angrily, saying the new U.S. sanctions targeting Chinese traders were "wrong," insisting that it had enforced United Nations sanctions. On Nov. 22, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said: "We consistently oppose any country adopting unilateral sanctions based on its own domestic laws and regulations and the wrong method of exercising long-arm jurisdiction," as quoted by AFP.

 
 
 
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