Saturday, May 27, 2017

These Are The Three Men Who Are Responsible For North Korea's Missile Program

FILE PHOTO : North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) test launch with Ri Pyong Chol (2nd L), Kim Jong Sik (C) and Jang Chang Ha (2nd R). in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS/File Photo

Reuters: Exclusive: Kim's rocket stars - The trio behind North Korea's missile program

After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them.

The three, shown with Kim in photographs and TV footage in North Korean media, are of great interest to Western security and intelligence agencies since they are the top people in the secretive country's rapidly accelerating missile program.

They include Ri Pyong Chol, a former top air force general; Kim Jong Sik, a veteran rocket scientist; and Jang Chang Ha, the head of a weapons development and procurement center.

The photographs and TV footage show that the three are clearly Kim's favorites. Their behavior with him is sharply at variance with the obsequiousness of other senior aides, most of whom bow and hold their hands over their mouths when speaking to the young leader.

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WNU Editor: This type of information is usually classified top secret. Hmmm .... more leaks from the intel community .... or some excellent investigative work by Reuters?

Friday, May 26, 2017

U.S. To Attempt First-Ever ICBM Intercept Test Over The Pacific Next Week

Flight Test 06b Ground-Based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. © US Missile Defense Agency / Flickr

The Hill: US to attempt first ICBM intercept test

The Pentagon will attempt to shoot down an intercontinental missile for the first time in a test next week, with the goal of preparing for such a strike from North Korea, ABC News reported.

The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday will shoot an interceptor from the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system — a network meant to protect the country against a limited nuclear attack — at a custom-made missile meant to simulate an ICBM.

The target is not a mock-up of an actual North Korean ICBM, Christopher Johnson, spokesman for the Missile Defense Agency, told ABC.

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More News On Next Week's ICBM Intercept Test

Pentagon to conduct first-ever ICBM intercept test -- ABC News
Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept -- AP
US military to test anti-ICBM system -- AFP
US to carry out first-ever test to see if missile defense system can intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile at a time when North Korea is trying to develop one -- Daily Mail
Amid North Korea dangers, US to launch first-of-its-kind missile intercept test -- FOX News
U.S. Plans Missile Defense Test Amid Concern Over North Korea -- WSJ
Long shot: Pentagon to test ICBM interceptor amid North Korea tensions -- RT
As North Korea Claims Missile Progress, Pentagon Plans ICBM Interceptor Test -- Sputnik
U.S. to test an ICBM 'interceptor' as threat from N. Korea grows -- Digital Journal

Heavy Fighting Between Rival Factions Reported In The Libyan City Of Tripoli

Smoke rises Friday after an explosion inTripoli, Libya. (Lorenzo Tugnoli /For The Washington Post)

Al Jazeera: Rival factions clash in Libya's Tripoli

Explosions and artillery fire shatter period of relative calm in the capital amid signs of a split in pro-Haftar forces.

Heavy clashes marked by loud explosions and heavy artillery fire have erupted between rival factions in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

The fighting on Friday was concentrated in the Abu Salim, Salahedeen and Qasr Bin Ghashir districts.

Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising above the city's skyline. Shooting continued throughout Friday prayers.

Al Jazeera's Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Tripoli, cited security forces as saying that at least 12 people were killed in the violence.

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More News On Today's Clashes Between Rival Factions In Tripoli

Heavy fighting between rival militias erupts in the Libyan capital -- Washington Post
Fierce clashes as rival factions battle in Libyan capital -- Reuters
Libya turmoil: Rival armed groups clash in capital, Tripoli -- BBC
At least 13 killed, nearly 80 wounded in Libya clashes -- Al Arabiya/AFP
28 killed and dozens wounded in Libya militia fighting -- Independent.ie
Update: Deadly clashes erupt in Tripoli -- Libya Observer
Heavy fighting breaks out in Libyan capital -- The National

Egypt Launches Air Strikes Against Libyan Militant Bases After Today's Massacre Of Christians In Central Egypt



DW: Egypt hits Libya training bases with airstrikes after attack on Christian Coptics

After a bus carrying Christians to a monastery was attacked by masked gunmen, Egypt has launched airstrikes against militant bases in Libya. Pope Francis called the attack on the Christians a senseless act of hatred.

Egyptian air force planes have carried out six strikes directed at camps near Derna in Libya where Cairo believes militants responsible for a deadly attack on Christians earlier in the day were trained, Egyptian military sources said on Friday.

The report came minutes after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had announced Egyptian forces struck jihadist camps but without saying where the strikes took place.

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More News On Egypt Launching Air Strikes Against Libyan Militant Bases After Today's Massacre Of Christians In Central Egypt

The Latest: Egypt strikes bases in Libya after Copts attack -- AP
Egypt hits jihadists after attack on Christians kills 28 -- AFP
Egypt launches air raids on Libya after Christians killed -- Reuters
Egypt hits 'jihadist camps' after attack on Coptic Christians -- BBC
Egypt strikes militant bases after 28 Coptic Christians killed in ambush -- USA Today
Sisi says Egypt has carried out airstrike on terror camps; sources confirm location is Libya -- Ahram Online
Egypt strikes 'terrorist camps' in Libya in response to attack on Coptic Christians (VIDEO) -- RT
A look at extremist attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christians -- AP

Tonight's Movie Is 'Napoleon'

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 26, 2017

US President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington January 28, 2017. Reuters

Eli Lake, Bloomberg: Trump's Allies, Convicted of High Crimes Without a Trial

Maybe Flynn committed treason. But so far no one has presented any evidence, just innuendo. That's not justice.


Heard any good Mike Flynn jokes lately?

How about this one from "Morning Joe," this week? "When it comes to legal issues, he's like Charmin. You just keep squeezing." Maybe you've seen Stephen Colbert's segment from February about Trump's former national security adviser: "It's funny 'cause it's treason."

Don't miss this exchange in the New Yorker last month with former acting attorney general Sally Yates. Reporter Ryan Lizza asked Yates about how she informed the White House counsel that Flynn had lied to his colleagues about his monitored conversations with the Russian ambassador. "You didn't just text, 'Heads-up, your N.S.A. might be a spy'?" Lizza asked. Yates quipped: "Is there an emoji for that?"

Well it's nice to see our elites are in such good humor about something so grave. If there truly was treason, it's no joking matter. If there was not, then this man's name is being tarnished unfairly. Ha. Ha.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 26, 2017

The Mystery Behind the Half-Million Dollars Michael Flynn Received as a Foreign Agent -- David Corn, Mother Jones

Law Enforcement Turns on the Law and Order President -- Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast

The US leaks British secrets. Our special relationship should be with Europe -- Martin Kettle, The Guardian

Former CIA chief Michael Hayden says U.S. let down by intel agencies: ‘Disappointment and shame’ -- S.A. Miller, Washington Times

Something Is Deeply Wrong in the U.S. Intelligence Community -- American Interest

How Trump Really Could Make a Difference in the Middle East -- Liz Peek, Fiscal Times

NATO: Too big to fail, too small to matter? -- Seth A. Johnston, The Hill

Trump Hands Putin a Win at First NATO Meeting -- Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy

At NATO Headquarters, Trump Again Fails to Lead -- Amy Davidson, The New Yorker

Trump’s defense budget looks a lot like Obama’s defense budget -- Alex Ward, VOX

Russian Electronic Warfare in Ukraine: Between Real and Imaginable -- Sergey Sukhankin, Eurasia Daily Monitor

The rapid rise of Libya's General Hifter -- Mustafa Fetouri, Al-Monitor

The Islamization of Kashmir's separatist movement -- Shamil Shams, DW

Forget North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal. Its Chemical and Cyber Weapons Are Already a Threat. -- Patrick M. Cronin, National Interest

Why civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria are increasing -- AFP

What is Iran's endgame in Syria? -- Up Front/Al Jazeera

World News Briefs -- May 26, 2017 (Evening Edition)



BBC: Egypt hits 'jihadist camps' after attack on Coptic Christians

Egyptian forces have struck "terrorist training camps" in retaliation for an attack on Coptic Christians, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said.

State media say six strikes hit the town of Derna in neighbouring Libya.

Gunmen earlier attacked a bus carrying worshippers in central Egypt, killing at least 28 people and wounding 25 others.

President Sisi said he would "not hesitate to strike terrorist camps anywhere".

Announcing the strike in a TV speech late on Friday, he promised to "protect our people from the evil".

Countries supporting terrorism should be punished, he said, as he appealed to US President Donald Trump for help.

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MIDDLE EAST

UN braces for up to 200,000 Iraqis to flee Mosul.

US-led strikes kill scores of civilians in east Syria, rights monitor reports. 'Coalition strikes kill 106 civilians' in Al Mayadeen. US-led Syria strike kills scores of relatives of IS fighters.

American service member dies in northern Syria: Pentagon.

Syria army takes control of Damascus-Palmyra road: monitor.

Iraqis demand compensation after US probe into Mosul strike.

Iraqi journalist claims country's elite special forces unit tortures, executes civilians (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT).

Turkey shuns US resolution on Turkish bodyguards violence.

Gaza Palestinians: Hamas kills three 'collaborators'.

UN fears Gaza energy crisis could spark fresh violence.

ASIA

U.S., Japan agree to enhance North Korea sanctions: White House.

Russia, China urge caution in countering North Korea's nuclear program.

Two Chinese fighters intercept US plane in S. China Sea.

Philippines army battles IS-linked group in southern city. 'They kill defenceless people': thousands flee Philippine city of Marawi.

Philippines says foreign fighters part of Islamic State 'invasion'. Marawi: Foreign fighters 'among militants in Philippine city'.

At least 15 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack. Taliban kill 15 at Afghan army base in Kandahar. New Taliban attack on Afghan base kills at least 15 soldiers.

Conflict rages in Thailand’s south.

Trump meets with Abe on 'big problem' North Korea.

China tightened border controls with North Korea, US diplomat says.

China slams U.S. operations in South China Sea.

Heavy rains cause deadly landslides in Sri Lanka. 91 killed, 110 missing in Sri Lankan floods, mudslides.

India opens longest bridge on China border.

AFRICA

Gunmen kill at least 28 Coptic Christians in central Egypt.

Egypt hits Libya training bases with airstrikes after attack on Christian Coptics.

Tears and anger as Egyptian Copts bury attack victims.

Rival militias clash in Libya capital.

Attempt to broker South Sudan political agreement fails.

South Sudan refugees scrounge for scraps as rations slashed in Uganda camps.

Tunisia opens trial over 2015 Sousse beach killings.

DR Congo opposes international probe into deaths of UN investigators.

Nigeria moves closer to long-delayed overhaul of oil sector.

Zambia expels South Africa's Mmusi Maimane.

Burundi orders couples to wed amid drive to 'moralise society'.

EUROPE

Hundreds of migrants rescued in major operation off Libya.

Estonia to expel 2 Russian diplomats; Moscow blasts move.

UK police say they've arrested some key players behind Manchester bombing.

Manchester attack: 'Immense progress' made by police. What we know about the Manchester attacker's bomb.

Europeans making sales pitch to Trump on climate accord.

Trump ruffles feathers by calling Germans ‘bad’ on trade.

EU's Tusk calls on G7 to maintain Russia sanctions.

Mediterranean refugee crisis looms over the G7 summit.

IOM: More than 60,000 migrants reach Europe by sea in 2017.

UN envoy calls off Cyprus talks, no deal on peace summit.

AMERICAS

Trump on attack on Copts in Egypt: 'The bloodletting of Christians must end'.

US growth rate revised up to 1.2%.

Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive.

Jared Kushner says he will cooperate with Russia inquiry after reports he is under scrutiny.

Senate panel could pass new Russia sanctions this summer.

Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro Congress.

Venezuelan unrest results in month-long public transport closures.

Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure.

UN Peacekeepers: How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

G7 leaders pressure tech firms on removing terror propaganda.

Three top Islamic State militants killed in Iraq, Syria: Pentagon.

Libya and UK ‘work closely’ to investigate Manchester bombing.

No link found between cancer and conditions at Guantanamo.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall St. drifts before long weekend; consumer stocks up.

G7 leaders reach impasse on climate, urge cyber crackdown.

Cyber-insurance market bound to explode.

Trump's first G7 summit gets down to work in Sicily.

Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate.

CEO pay by the numbers: How big were last year’s raises?

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 26, 2017



New York Times: Iraqi Forces in Mosul Plan ISIS Assault, but Fight Could Be Long

LONDON — Although the Iraqi military on Friday began leafleting areas of western Mosul still controlled by the Islamic State, warning people to evacuate because an offensive was imminent, the American military is not predicting a speedy resolution to the battle for the city.

Speaking at a news conference in London, Col. Ryan S. Dillon, the American coalition spokesman for Iraq and Syria, would not predict a timeline for the Iraqi military, supported by American advisers and air power, to finally oust the extremists. “I am confident they will retake Mosul,” he said. “This is inevitable. It will happen.”

Islamic State militants overran the city of more than one million, as well as other large stretches of the country, over just a few days in June 2014. More than two years later, in October 2016, Iraqi forces trained and advised by Americans and other coalition countries began an offensive to retake the city. Iraqi officials predicted success within a few months, but Islamic State fighters have managed to hold onto important parts of the city’s west side, including its historic center.

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WNU Editor: The above video is a must see look at how the battle for Mosul is evolving on the ground.

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 26, 2017

Exclusive: Inside the battle for Mosul, chaos on the ground -- France 24
Dozens of Islamic State militants killed in airstrike, west of Mosul -- Iraqi News
Iraqi forces call on civilians to flee Mosul’s Islamic State held Old City -- Reuters
Mosul neighbors refute U.S. claim that ISIS stored explosives in building leveled in airstrike -- Washington Post
Iraq demands compensation for devastating airstrike on Mosul -- NYP/AP
What's that drone flying in over the horizon? It's a scout from Islamic State -- Los Angeles Times
Iraq investigating elite unit accused of human rights violations in Mosul campaign -- Washington Post
Journalist’s Footage Shows Iraqi Forces Torturing Civilians, ABC Report Says -- NYT
Iraq official admits to war crimes in Mosul -- Middle East Monitor
UN envoy: Liberation of Mosul 'imminent,' IS days numbered -- FOX News

U.S. Soldier Killed In Syria After A Vehicle Rollover Incident

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq says a U.S. service member has died in northern Syria. (Pictured: a US military vehicle travels in the town of Amuda, northern Syria April 29)

Task & Purpose: US Service Member Dies In Syria After A Vehicle Rollover Incident

An unnamed service member died May 26 in Syria after a vehicle rollover accident, the Department of Defense announced. It also has yet to release his service branch.

A spokesman from Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement, that the service member “died of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover in northern Syria, May 26, 2017. Further information will be released as appropriate.”

This marks the third death for U.S. forces in Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton was killed by an IED in northern Syria. In March, Air Force Staff Sgt. Austin L. Bieren died from natural causes in the same region.

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WNU Editor: Preparations by U.S. and U.S. allies to defeat ISIS in Syria are stepping .... US-backed Syrian Forces Step Up Training Ahead of Raqqa Offensive (VOA). More here .... US Sends Syrian Kurds New Batch of Weapons, Armored Vehicles (Sputnik)

More News On A U.S. Soldier Killed In Syria After A Vehicle Rollover Incident

US service member killed in vehicle rollover in Syria -- ABC News
American service member dies in northern Syria: Pentagon -- Reuters
US troop killed in vehicle rollover in Syria -- The Hill
Vehicle Rollover Kills US Service Member in Syria -- Military.com
American soldier dies in northern Syria after his vehicle rolled over in crash -- Daily Mail/AP

Report: U.S. Led Coalition Air Strikes Kill 106 Civilians' In Al Mayadeen, Syria

Reuters: Air strikes in east Syria kill more than 100: Observatory

Air strikes since Thursday evening have killed more than 100 people including children and other family members of Islamic State fighters in al-Mayadin, a town held by the jihadists near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the raids were carried out by U.S.-led coalition warplanes.

A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State told Reuters that its forces had conducted strikes near al-Mayadin on May 25 and 26 and were assessing the results.

The Observatory said more than 40 children were among those killed in the strikes, which leveled al-Mayadin's municipality building.

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More News On Reports That A U.S. Led Coalition Air Strike Has Killed 106 Civilians' In Al Mayadeen, Syria

Airstrikes on Islamic State-held town in Syria kill scores of civilians, monitoring group says -- Washington Post
’42 children among 106 dead’ after two days of US-led coalition airstrikes on ISIS-held eastern Syrian town, claims British-based human rights monitor -- Daily Mail
'Coalition strikes kill 106 civilians' in Al Mayadeen -- Al Jazeera
US-led Syria strike kills scores of relatives of IS fighters -- AFP
US-led strikes kill scores of civilians in east Syria, rights monitor reports -- DW
US-led air strikes kill more than 100 civilians in Syria, SOHR says -- TRT World
Dozens of civilians, incl women & children, killed in US airstrikes in Syria – state media -- RT

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly: 'The Terror Threat Is Worse Than Most Realize'



The Hill: DHS chief: If you knew what I knew about terror, you’d ‘never leave the house’

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Friday said the terror threat is worse than most realize, saying some people would "never leave the house" if they knew the truth.

“I was telling [Fox host] Steve [Doocy] on the way in here, if he knew what I knew about terrorism, he’d never leave the house in the morning,” Kelly said on “Fox & Friends.”

He noted there were four major terror attacks in the last week — in England, Egypt, the Philippines and Indonesia — "by generally the same groups."

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WNU Editor: The media narrative is that this is now the new normal for all of us. Personally .... I hate this new normal, and I am refusing to accept it.

U.S. Diplomats: China Is Tightening Its Borders With North Korea

A North Korean soldier stands on guard at the Yalu River in Sinuiju, North Korea © Aly Song / Reuters

FOX News: China tightened border controls with North Korea, US diplomat says

Chinese officials understand the urgency of pressuring North Korea and said they have taken measures to tighten security at its border as part of the U.N. sanctions aimed at halting Pyongyang's nuclear and missile activities, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton told reporters in Beijing on Friday that Chinese officials said they've tightened border inspections, beefed up policing on the border and stepped up customs inspections.

China has announced a suspension of coal imports from North Korea through the rest of the year, but has been generally reticent about what other steps it's taking to use its leverage as Pyongyang's most important trading and diplomatic partner.

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WNU Editor: U.S. officials are saying that China is on board when it comes to North Korea. That the Chinese - North Korean border is tightening, and that China realises that something has to be done soon. But when people in the know from China are asked to confirm this .... they are saying something else .... China ‘won’t back further measures to rein in North Korea’ (South China Morning Post). In fact .... their focus is on this .... Russia, China say North Korea's nuclear threats are no excuse to deploy US missile defenses (Business Insider/Reuters).

More News On U.S. Diplomats Saying That China Is Tightening Its Borders With North Korea

US diplomat: China tightened border controls with N. Korea -- ABC News/AP
China says it's tightened security at N. Korean border – top US diplomat -- RT
U.S. says China realises limited time to negotiate with N.Korea -- Nasdaq
Top U.S. Diplomat Warns China to Do More to Curtail North Korea -- Bloomberg
U.S. says China realizes limited time to negotiate with North Korea -- Fiscal Times

Chinese Fighters Intercept U.S. Navy Surveillance Plane Over The South China Sea

A Pair of Chinese SU-30 Fighter Jets (Photo: CNN)

Reuters: Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane: U.S. officials

Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an intercept of a U.S. military surveillance plane near Hong Kong on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed that the U.S. P-3 surveillance plane was 150 miles South East of Hong Kong in international air space when the aircraft carried out an unsafe intercept of the plane. One Chinese aircraft flew in front of the American plane, restricting it's ability to maneuver.

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Update: Chinese fighter jets pulled an 'unsafe' close pass near a US Navy plane over the South China Sea (Business Insider)

WNU Editor: The Chinese are fuming over this .... China slams U.S. operations in South China Sea. (UPI).

G-7 Leaders Meet In Sicily For Two Days -- News Updates May 26, 2017



Reuters: Trump and other leaders clash on trade, climate at G7

Leaders from the world's major industrialized nations began talks on Friday at a G7 summit in Sicily which is expected to expose deep divisions with U.S. President Donald Trump over trade and climate change.

The two-day summit, at a cliff-top hotel overlooking the Mediterranean, began a day after Trump blasted NATO allies for spending too little on defense and described Germany's trade surplus as "very bad" in a meeting with EU officials in Brussels.

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G-7 Leaders Meet In Sicily For Two Days -- News Updates May 26, 2017

The Latest: G-7 Leaders Back Stronger Fight Against Terror -- AP
Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate -- AP
Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive -- AP
Trade, Climate Change on Agenda for G-7 Summit in Sicily -- VOA
President Trump attends G7 meetings in Italy -- ABC News
Trump arrives at G7, says foreign trip saved money, created jobs -- FOX News
Hopes for refugee crisis plan fall into chasm between G7 and Trump -- The Guardian
Protesters kept away from G7 but message getting across -- Euronews
Seven things you need to know about the G7 summit -- Al Jazeera
The G-7 is meeting for the first time in a year, and more than half the participants are new -- Business Insider

Coptic Christians Targeted And Massacred In Egypt By Militants -- News Roundup





Daily Mail: At least 28 people killed, including children, as masked gunmen 'dressed in military uniforms' open fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians to pray at a monastery in Egypt

* WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
* Ten masked gunmen opened fire on buses carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt
* At least 28 killed and more injured when attackers sprayed bullets at the convoy
* Worshippers were heading to St Samuel Monastery to pray when gunmen struck
* ISIS has claimed responsibility for recent deadly attacks on churches in Egypt

At least 28 people including children are dead and injured 25 after masked gunmen opened fire on buses carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt, it has emerged.

Up to 10 masked attackers dressed in military uniforms stopped a convoy in Minya province, 140 miles south of Cairo, as the group was heading towards Saint Samuel the Confessor Monastery in Maghagha to pray.

The gunmen, who arrived in three four-wheel drive vehicles, used automatic weapons to spray bullets at the convoy before fleeing. A health ministry official said a 'large number' of victims were children.

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Coptic Christians Targeted And Massacred In Egypt By Militants -- News Roundup

Militants attack Christians in Egypt, killing at least 28 -- AP
Masked gunmen kill 28 in attack on Christians in Egypt -- Reuters
Egypt Coptic Christians killed in bus attack -- BBC
New attack on Egypt Christians kills 28 -- AFP
Gunmen kill 26 in latest attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt -- The Guardian
Gunmen kill at least 28 Coptic Christians in central Egypt -- Washington post
Coptic Christians killed in Minya bus attack -- Al Jazeera
Egypt Attack: Coptic Christians Killed on Bus Heading to Monastery -- NBC
Egypt bus attack: Coptic Christians targeted, at least 28 killed -- FOX News
Gunmen kill 26 Coptic Christians on buses bound for Egyptian monastery -- ABC News Online
Egypt: 26 killed in attack on Coptic Christians -- DW
Egypt attack: Gunmen kill at least 28 Coptic Christians in bus ambush -- USA Today
23 killed in attack targeting Egypt's Coptic Christians -- UPI
Coptic Orthodox Church says it 'suffers with the whole nation' following deadly attack on Christians in Egypt's Minya -- Ahram Online
Children among dozens killed as gunmen ambush convoy of Egyptian Coptic Christians (GRAPHIC VIDEO) -- RT
Egypt's targeted Christian Copts -- AFP

World News Briefs -- May 26, 2017



Radio Free Europe: Trump, Other Leaders Hold 'Most Challenging G7 Summit In Years'

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized countries met on the Italian island of Sicily for what European Council President Donald Tusk said would "no doubt" be "the most challenging G7 summit in years."

Some of the participants hold "very different positions on topics such as climate change and trade," Tusk said before the two-day summit opened on May 26 in the resort town of Taormina.

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MIDDLE EAST

US-led strikes kill scores of civilians in east Syria, rights monitor reports. 'Coalition strikes kill 106 civilians' in Al Mayadeen. US-led Syria strike kills scores of relatives of IS fighters.

American service member dies in northern Syria: Pentagon.

Syria army takes control of Damascus-Palmyra road: monitor.

Iraqis demand compensation after US probe into Mosul strike.

Iraqi journalist claims country's elite special forces unit tortures, executes civilians (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT).

Turkey shuns US resolution on Turkish bodyguards violence.

Gaza Palestinians: Hamas kills three 'collaborators'.

ASIA

Philippines army battles IS-linked group in southern city. 'They kill defenceless people': thousands flee Philippine city of Marawi.

Philippines says foreign fighters part of Islamic State 'invasion'. Marawi: Foreign fighters 'among militants in Philippine city'.

At least 15 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack. Taliban kill 15 at Afghan army base in Kandahar. New Taliban attack on Afghan base kills at least 15 soldiers.

Conflict rages in Thailand’s south.

Trump meets with Abe on 'big problem' North Korea.

China tightened border controls with North Korea, US diplomat says.

China slams U.S. operations in South China Sea.

Heavy rains cause deadly landslides in Sri Lanka. 91 killed, 110 missing in Sri Lankan floods, mudslides.

India opens longest bridge on China border.

AFRICA

Rival militias clash in Libya capital.

Attempt to broker South Sudan political agreement fails.

South Sudan refugees scrounge for scraps as rations slashed in Uganda camps.

Tunisia opens trial over 2015 Sousse beach killings.

DR Congo opposes international probe into deaths of UN investigators.

Nigeria moves closer to long-delayed overhaul of oil sector.

Zambia expels South Africa's Mmusi Maimane.

EUROPE

Manchester attack: 'Immense progress' made by police. What we know about the Manchester attacker's bomb.

Europeans making sales pitch to Trump on climate accord.

Trump ruffles feathers by calling Germans ‘bad’ on trade.

EU's Tusk calls on G7 to maintain Russia sanctions.

Mediterranean refugee crisis looms over the G7 summit.

IOM: More than 60,000 migrants reach Europe by sea in 2017.

UN envoy calls off Cyprus talks, no deal on peace summit.

AMERICAS

Trump meeting with G-7 leaders after going on offensive.

Jared Kushner says he will cooperate with Russia inquiry after reports he is under scrutiny.

Senate panel could pass new Russia sanctions this summer.

Venezuela military defends protests role, backs Maduro Congress.

Venezuelan unrest results in month-long public transport closures.

Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure.

UN Peacekeepers: How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Three top Islamic State militants killed in Iraq, Syria: Pentagon.

Libya and UK ‘work closely’ to investigate Manchester bombing.

No link found between cancer and conditions at Guantanamo.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Trump's first G7 summit gets down to work in Sicily.

Trump, G-7 peers seek deals on terrorism, trade, climate.

CEO pay by the numbers: How big were last year’s raises?

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 26, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. KCNA via Agence France-Presse

Alex Lockie, Business Insider: Here's why the US would have to be insane to attack North Korea

Despite reports of US and Chinese military buildups, North Korea's increased pace of provocations, and the Trump administration's claims that "all options are on the table," the US would have to be insane to attack North Korea.

To the untrained eye, the preparations for war are all there. The US has deployed the world's most advanced missile-defense system to South Korea, to protect against ballistic missiles. The world's most advanced jet, the F-35, has been sent to Japan.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 26, 2017

US Lawmakers warn: Iran wants military base in Syria near Israel -- Washington Examiner

US Increases Contacts With Russia to Avoid Conflict Over Syria -- Military.com

What new weapons can China unleash against US missile shield? -- South China Morning Post

Is this China's new drone bomber? Picture claims to show Beijing's sea-skimming anti-ship unmanned aircraft 'that could avoid radar detection' -- Daily Mail

Beijing Protests US Navy Patrol Through South China Sea -- Military.com/Canadian Press

China protests U.S. warship entering South China Sea -- Xinhuanet

Missing Sukhoi-30 fighter jet: Chinese military paying 'close attention' to incident -- First Post

As military slims down, China struggles to find vets work -- Nikkei Asian Review

Russia's Putin drafts new rearmament program -- Defense News

Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jets to start arriving for troops in 2019 -- TASS

Russian Armed Forces to Receive T-50 Fighter Jets in 2019, S-500 Systems in 2020 -- Sputnik

'We are wide awake’ — Russian defense chief on US threat from space -- TASS

The Russian Military's Ultimate Goal: To Kill Its Enemies from Long-Ranges -- National Interest

Russia sends military satellite into orbit for missile warnings -- Space Flight

Long-neutral Sweden beefs up military defenses to face Russia threat -- PBS News Hour

Britain resumes sharing Manchester intelligence with U.S. -- UPI

NATO troop increase plan draws criticism in Afghanistan -- Al Jazeera

Trump chides NATO leaders to spend more on defense -- Defense News

Pentagon to deploy eight additional interceptor missiles in Alaska -- UPI

Army Chief: Infantry Needs New 7.62mm Rifle -- Military.com

Chief: The Army has developed a bullet that penetrates 5.56 mm-resistant body armor -- Army Times

F-35 office gets new leader -- The Hill

Super Hornets to get infrared search and track system -- UPI

Next-Gen Fighter, Nuclear Cruise Missile Eyed for Funding Boost -- Defense Tech

Mini drones: A growing interest as a US military capability -- C4ISRNet

Senators rip $6 billion Army 'debacle' -- The Hill

Senators make new push to rein in Trump's military powers -- Politico

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Pentagon probing reports John Glenn's remains were disrespected -- The Hill

Trump effect inspires radical Christians in military -- Nina Burleigh, Newsweek

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Missile Defense Needs to Address New Threats -- Mead Treadwell, RCD

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Montenegro's Prime Minister Marković Does Not Understand What The Fuss Is All About When President Trump 'Shoved' Him


The Week: Montenegro leader shrugs off shove from Trump, calling it 'natural' that U.S. presidents 'be in the first row'

Some observers found it rude when President Trump casually pushed Montenegro's prime minister, Duško Marković, out of the way so he could get to the front row for a NATO photo-op on Thursday, but Marković calls the encounter "an inoffensive situation." Journalists are "differently commenting" on the scene, he added, but "I want to tell you that it is natural for the president of the United States to be in the first row."

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WNU Editor: I was waiting for this response from the Montenegor Prime Minister .... and I expected this response from him. As I had mentioned in the comment thread on this story yesterday (link here) .... anyone who has had any experience with international conferences/summits/meetings/etc. knows that this type of behaviour is always done by everyone who is there. It is part of the culture .... I have also been a part of it .... and it is not personal. That is why I had fun reading the commentary and news reports on this story yesterday .... people were commenting and passing judgement on something that they have no idea on the why and how it is done. Now here is an easy prediction .... Montenegro's Prime Minister Marković has set the record straight .... but no one in the media who expressed outraged yesterday are going to post this story.