Russia seeks talks on Syria with Full Spectrum of the Opposition ~ link ~
Syria's ally Russia says there should be talks between the Syrian government and the "full spectrum" of opposition. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also urged an intensification of efforts to find a political solution to the war. Mr Lavrov was speaking at a meeting between Russia and Syrian opponents Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the US.
Ukraine: The guns have fallen silent but the crisis remains ~ link ~
Since Russia embarked on its foreign policy venture in Syria, you could be forgiven for thinking that the crisis in eastern Ukraine was over. The guns have largely fallen silent, more than 18 months after Russia annexed Crimea and pro-Russian rebels took control of large areas of Donetsk and Luhansk.
But now there are regular reports of both sides withdrawing weapons from the frontline.
Obama White House warns Netanyahu over Inflammatory Rhetoric against the Palestinians ~ link ~
The administration of US President Barack Obama has warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop "inflammatory rhetoric" against Palestinians after he claimed a Palestinian Muslim leader provoked the Holocaust.
In a controversial speech on Tuesday, Netanyahu said the grand mufti of Jerusalem (al-Quds) during the 1940s, Haj Amin al-Husseini, convinced German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler to annihilate the Jews.
The USA-China South China Sea Showdown ~ link ~ This could start a war, even World War III, or it might just blow over if the powers that be want it to!!! Stirling
Jordan and Russia to coordinate actions on Syria ~ link ~ The Jordanians are good at knowing who the real power in an area is! Stirling
ISIS earns $50 million/month from smuggled oil ~ link ~ The US and its allies could have stopped this cash flow ANYTIME it wanted to ... it just did NOT want to!!! Stirling
42 Killed in horrific French road crash ~ link ~ link ~ link ~ link ~
At least 42 people, many of them elderly, are dead after a lorry and a bus collide in southwest France in the country’s worst road disaster since 1982, officials say.
The Friday incident prompted President Francois Hollande to tweet a message during an official visit to Athens. "The French government has fully mobilized after this terrible tragedy," he said.
The incident took place early in the day, when the two vehicles collided head-on on a single carriageway road near the Puisseguin town north of Bordeaux. Both vehicles caught fire after the collision.
The Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield dies at 85 ~ link ~ May God grant him Eternal Peace. His home Scone Palace is magnificent (I saw it years ago). Stirling
SETI is searching for alien signal from Kepler Star 8462852 ~ link ~
“We either caught something shortly after an event like two planets crashing together or alien intelligence,” said Dr. Gerald Harp, senior scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, referring to the baffling light variations seen by the Kepler Observatory in the star KIC 8462852 . And he and a team from the Institute are working hard at this moment to determine which of the two it is.
The Paul Ryan Revolution ~ link ~
On one side: Paul Ryan, who said he’d only run for speaker of the House if Republicans were unified, open to reforms, and respectful of his family life. On the other: the House Freedom Caucus, which had influenced John Boehner’s decision to retire and Kevin McCarthy’s withdrawal from consideration. The Freedom Caucus had a reputation. Combative, aggrieved, empowered.
And supportive of Ryan. Even the persnickety Justin Amash of Michigan endorsed him. That adversarial relationship between “conservatives” and “leadership” we had heard about for so long? It melted away. The encounter between the Wisconsin congressman and his colleagues wasn’t a fight. It wasn’t a negotiation. It was unification.