• Paris Attacks: President Francois Hollande speaks in a televised address

    14/Nov/2015 // 310 Viewers

    President Francois Hollande of France has accused the  Islamic State group of the attacks in six different locations in Paris last night in a  televised broadcast.

    Said President Hollande,  ''this is an act of war committed by a terrorist army'' and added that the wicked act ''against France, against values that we defend everywhere in the world, against what we are: A free country that means something to the whole planet''

    Speaking further the president said ''France will triumph over barbarism, will act by all means anywhere, inside or outside the country'' to forestall future attacks.

     

    Meanwhile, a 3-day national mourning has been declared amid the state of emergency across the country. France, he added, will reinstate border checks and controls.  An extraordinary meeting to address the parliament is billed for Monday next week.

     


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  • Paris Attacks: Death toll rises!

    14/Nov/2015 // 479 Viewers

    Against  earlier reports of 120 people that were killed in last night shootings and bombings across Paris, reports reaching us say the death toll has climbed to 128, 200 injured and 80  mortally wounded excluding the 8 attackers in explosive belts.

    This is the worst and deadliest terrorist attacks ever unleashed on the French capital in a series of coordinated shootings and, in fact the bloodiest attacks in the country.

    We will bring you more reports of this attack on civilization.

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  • Paris Attacks: Eiffel Tower closed till further notice

    14/Nov/2015 // 252 Viewers

    The Eiffel tower  is to remain closed till further notice following  the devastating terrorist attacks, sources disclosed to DailyGlobeWatch this afternoon in Paris.

    The iconic landmark is a tourist destination that attracts no fewer than 20,000 visitors daily from all over the world. The death toll from last night attacks is still rising and about 128 people have been reported dead while 200 were injured and 80 mortally wounded.

     

     

    The company decided to close the monument -- normally visited by up to 20,000 people a day -- after Friday's attacks which claimed at least 128 lives, a spokeswoman told AFP. It will remain closed "until further notice," she added.


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  • Breaking News: 5 feared dead as French high-speed train derails

    14/Nov/2015 // 239 Viewers

    Reports reaching DailyGlobeWatch say a Paris-Brussels bound high-speed TGV train has derailed somewhere between Paris and Strasbourg  killing about 5 passengers on board and leaving seven wounded. 

    The train our reporter was told caught fire and the locomotive veered off the rail track into the stream nearby.

    No terrorist attack has been linked with  this mishap  at the time of this report. We will bring you the details of this news story shortly.


    The train derailed near the city of Strasbourg

    Pix of derailed train with the light locomotive plunging headlong into the stream nearby:



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  • Former Italian Prime Minister, SilvioBerlusconi, opens up about Trump, Putin and the failure of political correctness

    14/Nov/2016 // 947 Viewers

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, left, and President-elect Donald Trump. (Tiziana Fabi, Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

     

    The similarities between former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and President-elect Donald Trump run the gamut, including their fake tans and their brash talk. During the U.S. election season, however, Berlusconi remained quiet about the man many view as his American counterpart. But with the election wrapped up, he was more forthcoming, saying in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that the parallels between him and Trump are “obvious.”

    “He, too, is an entrepreneur that at a point in his life decided to devote his skills and energies to his own country. And he was voted by all the Americans that are tired of old politics, shut in themselves, that have grown unable to listen and understand,” Berlusconi said “A policy that made the same mistake typical of the left all over the world: thinking that being 'politically correct' is the way to be close to people’s needs, without understanding that the actual weak are the citizens oppressed by the state, taxes, bureaucracy, uncontrolled immigration, unemployment, the terrorist threat.”

    Berlusconi held Italy's highest office for about nine years, in four stints — the longest of any Italian leader since World War II. Before entering politics, he presided over a vast media empire and amassed wealth greater than Trump's, according to calculations by Forbes magazine. In 2012, a year after losing elections, he was convicted of tax fraud. The next year, he was convicted of paying an underage prostitute for sex, though the conviction was overturned on appeal a year later.

    Both men have been accused of grossly and criminally abusing women yet have openly bragged about their sexual exploits. Both claim that their independent wealth means they have no stake in using political power to enrich themselves. Hailing from the business elite, they have railed against political elites of all ideologies, and voters have loved them for it. Berlusconi told Corriere della Sera that it would be incorrect to see Trump or him as part of a right-wing movement. Rather, he said, they are part of a populist center.

    “I don’t represent ‘the right’, I represent a liberal middle of the people in which the best political traditions of our country came together: from the Catholic one to reformative socialism, liberalism and a democratic, responsible right,” he said. “As far as these political definitions go, and I think they're less significant by the day, my role has been and will always be this. About Trump’s economic policy, there are many similarities and some differences between [his] program and ours: [His] tax policies can be appreciated, as well as his focus on controlling migration . . . I don’t agree with his protectionist choices and the isolationist tendencies he expressed. But politics taught me that leaders must not be judged on their programs but on their actions. We’ll watch him at work.”

    One foreign leader for whom both Berlusconi and Trump have expressed admiration is Russian President Vladimir Putin, who shares many of their traits, including populism and alleged womanizing. Recent reports suggest that Trump's presidential campaign was in touch with members of Putin's government, and Democrats repeatedly alleged that Putin's intelligence agencies were meddling in the U.S. electoral process to Trump's benefit. Berlusconi and Putin are close friends, and they often go on vacation and throw parties together.

    “Trump understood something of fundamental importance: the Russian Federation needs be considered a full-fledged Western country,” said Berlusconi, echoing sentiments that Putin has voiced repeatedly. “We need Russia to face — together — the dramatic problems of the international arena: from Islamist extremism to the wave of migrants. Up until now President Putin has shown himself capable of facing the challenges of our time before and better than the other international leaders.”

    Berlusconi, 80, is hoping to return to political relevance in Italy after his tax fraud conviction and health problems have kept him out of the limelight. On Dec. 4, Italy will hold a referendum on constitutional reform that is being seen as a vote of confidence in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has threatened to resign if he loses the vote. Berlusconi's Forza Italia political party has recently been polling at about 12 percent.

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  • Breaking News: Watch as fistfight breaks out in Ukraine parliament on Monday - Washington Post reports

    14/Nov/2016 // 355 Viewers

    Opposition Party leader Yuriy Boyko (L) and leader of Radical Party Oleh Lyashko scuffle during a meeting of parliament faction leaders in Kiev, Ukraine, November 14, 2016. (REUTERS Photo)

     

    PARIS, November 14, 2016. 10:01 AM EST  (DGW) - A brawl broke out between two Ukrainian MPs on Monday during a meeting of parliament faction leaders in Kiev, as one party leader accused another of working with the Kremlin and calling for him to be jailed, The Washington post has reported.

    Oleh Lyashko, the leader of Radical Party, was on the receiving end of several punches thrown by Opposition Party leader Yuriy Boyko after he accused Boyko of traveling to Moscow to receive orders from the government there.

    "Instructions must be received from your own people, from Ukrainians," Lyashko said.

    "By the way, I also want to ask the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) why they visit Moscow and are not yet in jail?" he added before Boyko jumped to his feet and aimed a punch at Lyashko's face.

    Other lawmakers were quick to intervene and end the scuffle. But Lyashko continued his tirade, leading to a second fistfight.

    This is not the first time Lyashko, known for his populist views, has been a part of violent scuffles in parliament, where brawls happen on a regular basis.

    The Opposition Bloc mainly unites lawmakers from the now defunct Party of Regions, the party of Viktor Yanukovich, the pro-Kremlin Ukrainian leader who fled the country for Russia after mass protests and shootings in 2014.


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  • JUST IN: Putin, Trump agree to "partner-like" dialogue to normalize Russian-American relations - Kremlin

    14/Nov/2016 // 297 Viewers

     

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump spoke on the phone on Monday evening and agreed on the need to normalize ties between Washington and Moscow, the Kremlin said.

    The Kremlin said that Putin expressed readiness to establish a "partner-like" dialogue with Trump's administration as they noted "the extremely unsatisfactory state of Russian-US relations at present" and "declared the need for active joint work to normalize them."

    In the U.S., Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway declined comment to reporters when she was asked about any calls from world leaders that Trump has received.

    The Kremlin says that Putin and Trump agreed that U.S.-Russian ties are "unsatisfactory" and spoke for joint efforts to normalize them and engage in a "constructive cooperation on a broad range of issues."

    The Kremlin adds that they also agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against the No. 1 enemy — international terrorism and extremism." The Kremlin says they discussed the settlement of the Syrian crisis in that context.


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  • World War111: Heavy tension as ex-general says NATO-Russia nuclear war ‘possible within a year’

    14/Oct/2016 // 414 Viewers

     

    NATO’s former deputy military chief in Europe says his book, a fictional story which describes a nuclear war with Russia over the Baltic nations taking place in 2017, is based on an “entirely plausible” scenario.
    General Sir Richard Shirreff, from Britain, served at the second-highest NATO military office in Europe between 2011 and 2014. He says his experience acquired in the alliance of war-gaming future conflicts helped him model the narrative for the book.

    According to his scenario, starting next year Russia would first occupy Ukraine to secure a land route to Crimea and then invade the three Baltic nations, all of which are members of NATO. The move, Shirreff argued, would be driven by the perception of NATO’s weakness and Russia’s opposition to what it sees as the alliance’s attempts to encircle it.

    We need to judge President [Vladimir] Putin by his deeds not his words,” the retired general told BBC Radio 4’s Today program. “He has invaded Georgia, he has invaded the Crimea, he has invaded Ukraine. He has used force and got away with it.”

    The supposed invasion of Georgia in 2008 was Russia’s response to a Georgian attack on its breakaway region of South Ossetia, which started with the killings of Russian peacekeepers stationed there to prevent such hostilities. Russia responded by defeating the NATO-trained Georgian Army and withdrew. Moscow later recognized South Ossetia as a sovereign state, formalizing its de facto independence from Georgia that had been in place since the 1990s.

    The supposed invasion of Ukraine in 2014 was Russia’s use of its troops, which were legally deployed in Crimea under a treaty with Ukraine, to prevent hostilities after an armed coup in Kiev. The Crimean people, who overwhelmingly opposed the new Ukrainian government and its nationalistic leanings, voted in a referendum to part ways with Ukraine and rejoin Russia.

    If Russia used military force against any NATO members, the entire alliance would be obliged to declare war on Russia. The US is the most powerful member of NATO and has the world’s biggest military force. According to Shirreff, Russia would use its nuclear arsenal to counter NATO’s response.

    “Be under no illusion whatsoever – Russian use of nuclear weapons is hardwired into Moscow’s military strategy,” he said, omitting the fact that NATO’s nuclear nations – the US, Britain and France – have always kept a pre-emptive nuclear strike as a possible option. Russia dropped its pledge not to use nuclear weapons first in 1993.

    A scenario of conflict between Russia and NATO members over one of the Baltic states was earlier explored by the BBC in a film, which focused on decision-making at a British advisory body responding to the crisis. In the film, the stand-off escalated into a full-scale nuclear conflict and the advisers contemplating an option to destroy Russia’s biggest cities with Trident missiles.


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  • UK ill-equipped to face Russia, Putin could wipe out UK in 24 hours - UK military expert, Andrew Foxall, warns

    14/Sep/2016 // 1198 Viewers

     

    A top military expert has warned that the UK is ill equipped and not prepared for a nuclear war if Russia decides to engage them, hence the region will be wiped out if Putin decides at any point in time to go on the offensive against them.

    Britain and Russia don't have the best of International relationships right now and reports indicate that Russia's military have the capacity and strength to walk over NATO's forces in the event of an agression.

    Dr Andrew Foxall, director of Russian studies at influential think-tank The Henry Jackson Society told Daily Star Online: "As things stand, the UK is ill-equipped to deal with Russia.

    "There is an urgent need to strengthen not only the UK’s defences, but those of NATO members as a whole.

    "The alliance simply isn’t doing enough to build up the range of capabilities necessary to deter an aggressive and resurgent Russia."

    Dr Foxall believes that the West's shift to focus on terrorism and conflicts in the Middle East over recent years has meant our traditional military capabilities have suffered.

    He added: "For almost two decades, the UK, with its NATO partners, has focused on counterinsurgency warfare.

    "The military has been up against lightly armed insurgent forces, rather than conventional state-on-state warfare.


    "This very different form of war has introduced logistics systems, training, exercises, equipment, and priorities quite different from those required to respond to a Russian threat."

    Russian forays in Georgia, Ukraine and now Syria have proved that they could decide to provocate UK by foraying into British territory too, Dr Foxall says.

    "Russia’s Air Force bombers are frequently intercepted by RAF jets in close proximity of UK airspace.

    "Russia’s warships often sail near British waters.

    "And Russia’s submarines have attempted to record the ‘acoustic signature’ made by the Vanguard submarines that carry Trident nuclear missiles."

    "More alarmingly, in 2008, a Russian Tu-160 “Blackjack” bomber carried out a dummy nuclear attack on northern England", he said.

    "Flying towards Hull, the bomber came within 20 miles of British airspace before turning away.

    "While the chances of war between Russia and the UK seem rather low, it remains a possibility Russia will prepare for it – and Moscow has been doing so for some time."

     


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  • BIAFRA: IPOB members' protest in Geneva, Switzerland

    15/Feb/2016 // 2532 Viewers

     

    Pierre Fleur reports from Geneva

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 15, 2016: (DGW) - The Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) on Monday  staged a peaceful protest march in Geneva, Switzerland calling for the immediate and unconditional  release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and a referendum for independence from Nigeria.

    The IPOB members condemned in its entirety the ongoing massacre of unarmed Biafran agitators and called the attention of world leaders to prevail on the Nigeria government to stop the provocative killings of Igbos in the south-east.

    The agitators insisted on a referendum, a course of action, said one of the agitators, to free Biafrans from the  oppressive yoke of the Nigerian government. 

    His words, ''We are irrevocably committed to our call for a referendum to free our people from Nigeria. We are a people that have been marginalized, a people which the Nigerian government has committed several crimes against humanity on and this time around we have made up our mind to secede from Nigeria and there is no turning back''

    ''We shall carry this protest to the 27 countries that make up the EU and indeed the rest of the world until they heed our pleas and prevail on the evil government in Nigeria to free our people'', one of the visibly  angry agitators also  told our reporter in Geneva.

    On inquiry whether they will resort to armed struggle to actualize an independent Biafran State, they said they are in no move to disclose their next line of action to anyone for security reasons.

      

     

     

     

     

     


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