Serbia, Bosnian Serbs hold joint anti-terrorism drill

Published: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:21 AM


            Serbian special forces try to apprehend a supposed terrorist during a joint anti-terrorist drill between Serbia and Republic of Srpska, not far from the border crossing Trbusnica, near the city of Loznica some 120 km (75 miles) west of Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. Anti-terrorist police from Serbia and the Serb mini-state in Bosnia have held a joint drill that could add to simmering tensions in the Balkans stemming from the 1990s’ war. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Police from Serbia and the Serb mini-state in Bosnia have held a joint anti-terrorism drill that could add to simmering tensions in the Balkans stemming from the 1990s war.

The exercise, dubbed "Drina 2016," was held Sunday at the border between Serbia and Bosnia simulating an extremist attack and a bus hijacking. Several thousand people watched the drill.

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic says that the exercise has shown that borders shouldn't exist when it comes to fighting terrorism.

Joint security drills by Serbian and Bosnian Serb troops remain a sensitive issue because Serbia backed Bosnian Serbs in their fight against Bosnia's Muslims and Croats during the 1992-95 war.

About 100,000 people died in the war, and millions were made homeless amid numerous atrocities.

Michael Flynn being investigated by DOD; was warned in 2014 about taking foreign payments

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

The inspector general of the Department of Defense has opened an investigation into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn reported money he received for a speaking appearance in Russia.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D-Maryland), released three documents Thursday that confirmed the investigation, ABC News is reporting.

One of the letters Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, released was a letter from the Defense Intelligence Agency stating that they found no record that Flynn had sought permission to speak in Russia, nor had he reported income from that speech.

A U.S. official, which Flynn as a retired military officer would be considered, must, by law, both seek permission and report income derived from any activity with a foreign government.

Flynn once headed the DIA.

CNN is reporting that Flynn also received a warning from the DIA in 2014 against receiving payments from foreign governments without congressional approval
Flynn is alleged to have taken $45,000 for speaking at an engagement in Russia in 2015.

“These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon,” Cummings said in a statement. “Our next step is to get the documents we are seeking from the White House so we can complete our investigation. I thank the Department of Defense for providing us with unclassified versions of these documents.”

Cummings released the documents Thursday, two days after he and House Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz held a press conference to say they believe Flynn broke the law when he failed to get permission for the speech in Russia.
Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, has said that Flynn did discuss his speech with officials at the DIA. Cummings said no proof of that has been found. 

Flynn resigned as national security adviser in February after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about a meeting he had with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States. 

Heist in South America is ‘robbery of the century’

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 5:19 AM

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Authorities are calling a heist in South America the “robbery of the century” after dozens of gunmen stormed a private security firm in Paraguay, CNN reported.

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More than 50 people carrying large caliber weapons detonated explosives and set vehicles on fire as they stole millions of dollars and sparked a violent police chase into Brazil, CNN reported. One police officer was killed and another was injured, along with three bystanders.

The group escaped with money from several vaults inside Prosegur, a private security firm in Ciudad del Este, police said.

Police initially said the vaults could store up to $40 million, but neither authorities nor the firm confirmed the amount of money that was stolen.

Ciudad del Este is Paraguay's second-largest city, located along the border with Brazil and Argentina.

Authorities believe the robbers were members of Primer Comando de la Capital, one of the largest criminal organizations in Brazil.

The robbers were able to cross the border into Brazil, CNN reported. A small group was intercepted by Brazilian police about 50 miles from Ciudad del Este, officials said.

Three suspects were killed and four were arrested during the confrontation, a spokesman with Paraguay's Interior Ministry said in a news release.

North Korea test launch fails just after regime shows off new missiles

Published: Sunday, April 16, 2017 @ 5:34 AM

News outlets showed images Saturday of North Korea’s annual celebration of its founder, Kim Il Sung, and the exhibition of a long line of missiles through the streets of Pyongyang.

These, when placed alongside comments made by top official Choe Ryong Hae about the United States asking for “nuclear justice,” were a clear attempt by North Korea to display its military might.

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Hours later, this appears to have blown up in North Korea’s face.

According to ABC News, a Defense Department official said a ballistic missile launch “blew up almost immediately.”

“U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time April 15. The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo,” U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. David Benham said.

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Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that President Donald Trump has been briefed on the failed launch and has no comment at this time.

“The president and his military team are aware of North Korea’s most recent unsuccessful missile launch. The president has no further comment,” he said.

The kind of missile that was launched is still being determined, though earlier in the day it was speculated that North Korea had developed and was showing off its version of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Hospital grants dying man’s last wish for glass of wine, cigarette

Published: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 10:41 AM

A Danish hospital temporarily suspended its rules last week to allow a dying man his final wish: a glass of white wine and a cigarette.

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Carsten Flemming Hansen, 75, was admitted April 3 to Aarhus University Hospital, suffering from an aortic aneurysm and internal bleeding, Danish newspaper BT reported. He was too ill to undergo surgery, and doctors predicted he had only days left to live.

Hansen told hospital officials that he had one final wish: to have one last Green LA cigarette and a glass of wine.

“It was the best thing for him. It meant a lot to him throughout life,” Hansen’s daughter, Mette Gold Bech Demuth, told BT. “He was annoyed that he wasn’t allowed to smoke inside. He really wanted to have his very last cigarette.”

Despite hospital rules that forbid smoking, nurses in the vascular surgery ward and Hansen’s family “agreed that, in this situation, Carsten Hansen’s wants were more important than treatment, prevention and smoking rules,” the hospital said in a Facebook post. They took Hansen up to a balcony, where he and his family had a view of the sunset while Hansen smoked and drank his wine.

EN VÆRDIG DØD PÅ HOSPITALET I dag sov Carsten Flemming Hansen stille ind på Aarhus Universitetshospital. Få dage...

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“It was a very cozy and relaxed atmosphere,” nurse Rikke Kvist said, according to The Guardian. “Of course there were relatives also affected by the fact he was going to die, and they were sad.”

Hansen died Friday, officials from the Aarhus University Hospital said.

Demuth said family members were grateful that the hospital was willing to be flexible for her father.

“I can’t thank them enough,” she told BT. “They have really been a great support to my father and the family throughout the process. I am just so grateful.”