Defense

  • Extremist politician Itamar Ben-Gvir will become Israel’s next minister of national security. That's according to the first of what are expected to be several coalition deals struck by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud. The party announced the agreement with Ben-Gvir’s Jewish Power party on Friday. The awarding of the sensitive role to Ben-Gvir raises concerns of a further escalation in Israeli-Palestinian tensions. Ben-Gvir has a long record of anti-Arab rhetoric and stunts and is a disciple of racist Rabbi Meir Kahane. In his new role, Ben-Gvir will be in charge of the police and the paramilitary border police who operate in Palestinian population centers.

    3 hours ago
  • The U.S. is banning the sale of communications equipment made by Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE and restricting the use of some China-made video surveillance systems, citing an “unacceptable risk” to national security. The five-member Federal Communications Commission said Friday it has voted unanimously to adopt new rules that will block the importation or sale of certain technology products that pose security risks. It’s the latest in a years-long escalation of U.S. restrictions of Chinese technology that began with President Donald Trump and has continued under President Joe Biden’s administration.

    9 hours ago
  • Emily Kiser scored 20 points, Leigha Brown added 13 and No. 22 Michigan defeated Air Force 68-48 in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase. A 9-0 run overcame an early Falcons lead and the Wolverines led 15-10 after the first quarter. Kiser scored the first seven points of the second quarter for a double-digit lead that Michigan would maintain, leading 30-19 at halftime and 54-30 through three quarters. The Wolverines’ largest lead was 26. Milahnie Perris scored 11 points and Kamri Heath 10 to lead the Falcons

    11 hours ago
  • For more than three weeks, supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have blocked roads and camped outside military buildings across the nation. They refuse to accept his narrow defeat in October’s election and are pleading for intervention from the armed forces or marching orders from their commander in chief. The protests have gotten increasingly tense in a handful of states, such as Mato Grosso and Santa Catarina, where authorities have described tactics akin to terrorism. Bolsonaro has dropped out of public view, and has not disavowed the recent emergence of violence.

    15 hours ago
  • Two Iranian-born Swedish brothers are standing trial in Sweden on charges of spying for Russia and its military intelligence service GRU for a decade. The men, 42 and 35 respectively, appeared before the Stockholm District Court on Friday to face charges of having worked jointly to pass information to Russia between 2011 and 2021, when they were arrested.T he older brother worked for Sweden’s domestic intelligence agency but also for Sweden’s armed forces. Sweden’s prosecutors allege that the data they gave the Russians originated from several authorities within the Swedish security and intelligence service.

    19 hours ago
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hit out at what he said were skewed media portrayals of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine as he met with mothers of Russian soldiers fighting there. Putin denounced what he called “many fakes, cheating, lies" on television and on the Internet. The meeting in the Kremlin with more than a dozen women came as uncertainty persists over whether enlistment efforts may resume in the face of recent battlefield setbacks.  Putin said that he sometimes speaks with troops directly by telephone, according to a Kremlin transcript and photos of the meeting.

    19 hours ago
  • Greek authorities say they have arrested seven Egyptians who had been on board a fishing boat crammed with nearly 500 people that lost steering and triggered a major rescue effort earlier this week. The seven were arrested on suspicion of being involved in migrant smuggling, after a preliminary investigation identified them as allegedly having been involved in crewing the vessel. The dilapidated 25-meter (82-foot) boat had been heading from Libya to Italy with 483 people on board when it lost steering in rough seas south of the Greek island of Crete early Tuesday. The coast guard said a preliminary investigation showed the passengers had paid a smuggling ring $3,000-$4,000 each to be transported to Italy.

    21 hours ago
  • Iranian state news reports Tehran has sent additional units of special forces to fortify its northern border with Iraq and clamp down on what it says is infiltration by Kurdish opposition groups. The state run news agency IRNA quoted a top Iranian general saying the additional units were sent to the northern border region to fortify against Kurdish opposition groups and weapons smuggling from Iraq. It is a claim the groups deny and Iran has yet to provide evidence supporting its claims. Iraq also took decisions to formulate a plan to fortify its side of the frontier.

    24 hours ago
  • A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal and five others in Hong Kong were fined after being found guilty of failing to register a now-defunct fund meant to help people who were arrested in the widespread protests three years ago. Cardinal Joseph Zen is a retired bishop and a vocal democracy advocate of the city. He was first arrested in May on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces under the Beijing-imposed National Security Law. At that time, his arrest sent shockwaves through the Catholic community. Principal Magistrate Ada Yim ruled that the fund is considered an organization, not purely for charity purposes. That means it's obliged to register, and all six were convicted Friday. Their fines range from about $300-$500.

    November 25, 2022
  • A Cabinet minister says Pakistan’s premier has named the country's former spy chief as head of the army. The military has historically wielded huge political influence in Pakistan, ruling the country for half of its 75-year history. It also oversees Pakistan's nuclear program. Thursday's announcement says Gen. Asim Munir will replace Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, whose extended six-year term ends on Nov. 29. Munir begins his new role at a time of heightened political turmoil due to months of bitter feuding between Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his predecessor, former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

    November 24, 2022
  • The Israeli military says the body of an Israeli teen taken by Palestinian militants from a West Bank hospital was returned to his family. Relatives of 17-year-old Tiran Fero said that militants in the West Bank city of Jenin entered the hospital where Fero was being treated after a car crash. His father says they disconnected him from hospital equipment while he was still alive, and removed him from the hospital. The Israeli military said  on Thursday that Fero was already dead when he was snatched. Fero is from Israel’s Druze Arab minority. The incident threatened to ratchet up already boiling tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

    November 24, 2022
  • The intense firefight over Ukraine has the Pentagon rethinking its weapons stockpiles. If another major war broke out today, would the U.S. have enough ammunition to fight? It’s a question confronting Pentagon planners, not only as they aim to supply Ukraine for a war with Russia that could stretch years longer, but also as they look ahead to a potential conflict with China. U.S. defense production lines aren't scaled to supply a major land war. And some lines, like for the Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, were previously shut down. That’s putting pressure on U.S. weapons reserves and has officials asking whether U.S. stockpiles are big enough.

    November 24, 2022
  • The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has attacked South Korea with a string of insults for considering new unilateral sanctions against the North. Kim Yo Jong called South Korea's president and his government “idiots” and “a running wild dog gnawing on a bone given by the U.S.” Her diatribe Thursday came two days after South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it was considering additional sanctions on North Korea over its recent barrage of missile tests. Last month, South Korea imposed its first unilateral sanctions on North Korea in five years. The United Nations Security Council is unlikely to impose new sanctions because China and Russia oppose them.

    November 24, 2022
  • Two weeks after retreating from the southern city of Kherson, Russia is pounding the territory across the Dnieper River with artillery. Ukraine is striking at Russian troops with its own long-distance weapons. Ukrainian officers say they want to capitalize on their momentum in the war against the invading Russian forces. The Russian withdrawal from the only provincial capital it gained in nine months of war was one of Moscow's most significant battlefield losses. Ukrainian forces can now strike deeper into the Russian-controlled territories and possibly push their counteroffensive closer to Crimea, which Russia illegally captured in 2014.

    November 24, 2022