Monthly Archives: Agosto 2019

Milan, buona (molto spesso) la prima, mentre l’Udinese…

Il Milan ricomincia il suo cammino in Serie A in terra friulana. E c'è da dire che i rossoneri sono in vantaggio in fatto di vittorie sull'Udinese, anche se non hanno il fattore casa dalla loro parte.

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Amazon fires: The devastation seen from above

Swathes of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil are burning at a record rate.

Two ‘Israeli suicide drones’ crash & explode in Beirut, Lebanon’s Hezbollah claims

An explosion rocked the Lebanese capital just as Israel was bombing ‘Iranian targets’ in Syria. The blast was a result of an ‘Israeli drone attack’ in which one UAV crashed and another one prematurely exploded, Hezbollah claims.

A small drone failed to detonate and crashed in the southern suburb of Beirut, while the second drone exploded near the militant group’s media center, damaging the building, Hezbollah spokesperson told news agencies. No casualties were reported in the incidents which the organization immediately blamed on Israel.

Unverified pictures surfaced online showing the debris that resemble a quad-copter similar to the drones which Israel uses for surveilance and to deploy tear gas in Gaza border clashes. Israel has yet to confirm carrying out any operations against Hezbollah, which it considers a terrorist organization closely allied with Iran.

Hours earlier, however, the IDF admitted to carrying out a raid in Syria, claiming it targeted Iranian linked forces ironically suspected of planning a “large scale attack of multiple killer drones.”

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‘Honor for entire India!’ Modi scores two high state awards on Persian Gulf tour (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been honored by two high state awards in a single day from monarchs of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

The day began with the bestowment of UAE’s highest civil honor award – the Order of Zayed – which Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan placed on Modi’s neck for playing a “pivotal role” in strengthening bilateral ties, which last year reached new heights. 

Humbly accepting the honor, Modi dedicated the recognition of his work to all 1.3 billion Indians, over 3 million of whom live in UAE. The bilateral trade volume last year grew by 20 percent to $59.9bn while Indian export to UAE grew by 7 percent to over $30bn, partly because of UAE’s free trade zones.

Moving on with him Persian Gulf tour, Modi flew to Bahrain, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the kingdom. During a royal welcome from King Salman Al Khalifa, the Indian leader received yet another award to add to his collection – the Order of the Renaissance – which he dedicated to the entire nation of India.

It is an honor for entire India. This is a symbol of the close and friendly relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and India.

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He does love missiles! Smiling Kim tests N. Korea’s ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher’ (PHOTOS)

The successful test of a new “super-large multiple rocket launcher” was nothing short of a “miracle” performed by North Korean scientists, Pyongyang said, as Kim Jong-un vows to continue missile launches so pleasing to his sight.

It seems US President Donald Trump was spot-on when he said Kim just loves watching those rockets fly. Photos from the Saturday test, released by state media KCNA, showed the North Korean leader captivated and sincerely delighted by “majestic explosions rocking the Earth again and again.”


A smiling Kim also posed with the launcher vehicle and a team of scientists, whom the media called a “precious treasure and wealth of the country which cannot be bartered for anything.”


Earlier in the day, when asked about North Korea’s seventh military test this summer, Donald Trump said Kim had always been “pretty straight” with him about his passion for launching missiles, implying that yet another test would hardly impact the already stalled denuclearization talks.


Meanwhile Kim once again emphasized that North Korea “will never barter its strategic security” for the sanctions relief (which the US never guaranteed in the first place), and vowed to vigorously battle the “ever-mounting military threats and offensive pressure.”


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‘There was no hope’: Treatable disease often mistaken for Alzheimer’s

Normal pressure hydrocephalus, which causes mobility and memory issues, can be mistaken for dementia.

Changing places: Why countries decide to move their capitals

Indonesia is the latest country to embark on moving its capital city. Here are some other examples.

Zimbabwe: Is it worse off than under former President Mugabe?

The opposition in Zimbabwe says things are worse than under former leader Robert Mugabe - it it right?

Imran Khan: A year facing Pakistan’s harsh realities

Pakistan's cricketer-turned-PM has had success abroad but struggled at home during a tough year in office.

Is the US still Asia’s only military superpower?

A report finds the US' defence strategy in the Indo-Pacific region is close to a crisis.

Instagram influencers: Have we stopped believing?

Instagrammer Tiffany Mitchell has been forced to deny faking a road crash for likes.

Udinese-Milan, l’ultima volta la decise Romagnoli

L'ultimo precedente del Milan in casa dell'Udinese risale al 4 novembre dell'anno scorso, quando il Milan di Gattuso riuscì a prevalere soltanto al 97', grazie al colpo di Alessio Romagnoli.

In Edicola sul Fatto Quotidiano del 25 Agosto: Il ritorno di Conte – Il Fatto Quotidiano

In Edicola sul Fatto Quotidiano del 25 Agosto: Il ritorno di Conte  Il Fatto Quotidiano

“Il nodo è uno solo: il nome del premier”. Un dirigente del Pd zingarettiano a fine pomeriggio sintetizza così lo stato dell'arte. Confuso e complicato, perché ...

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Four people injured by US lightning strike

Four people are injured as lightning strikes hit a tree at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

UK sends 3rd warship to reinforce US-led anti-Iran armada in the Persian Gulf

The UK, the biggest supporter so far of Washington’s idea for an international naval armada to ‘protect shipping’ in the Persian Gulf, is sending a third warship to the region, as the standoff with Iran continues.

The HMS Defender, a type-45 destroyer, left Portsmouth earlier this month, but its final destination was announced only on Saturday. Britain also has HMS Kent and HMS Montrose, both type-23 frigates, in the area. London says the ships are tasked with protecting UK-flagged vessels, after Iran seized the Stena Impero in July, following the Royal Navy’s earlier detention of its tanker, Grace 1, in Gibraltar.

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Freedom of piracy: US seeks allies to outsource hunt for Iranian oil tankers

Tensions in the Gulf erupted earlier this year when the US increased its military presence in the region while also applying its sanctions campaign against Iran. Washington accused Tehran of attacks on oil tankers in the region in May and June and sent its aircraft carrier the USS Lincoln.

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Marines onboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) watch nearby Iranian fast inland attack craft, as it transits the Strait of Hormuz, off Oman © U.S. Navy / Reuters / Adam Dublinske
American and British naval presence in Gulf brings insecurity - Iranian commander

The US has been calling for the proposed international naval force to patrol the area but the UK was the only one to send its ships. Australia and Bahrain said last week that they would join the efforts.

“The presence of America and England in this region means insecurity,” the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s navy Alireza Tangsiri said last week.

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Squabbles & strife kick off G7 summit in France

As leaders of the world’s seven most developed countries descended on Biarritz for their annual summit, there was more disagreement than harmony among the group, and more petty squabbling than in a soap opera.

Trade tension, environmental anxiety, tech taxes and Brexit woes have cast a shadow over the meeting in France so that  European Council President Donald Tusk predicted a “difficult test of unity and solidarity.”

French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump jabbed at each other even before the American touched down on French soil. Macron urged world leaders to follow France’s example and impose a digital tax on Silicon Valley tech companies, which he said on Wednesday “are not contributing to the common good.” Trump took offense, and threatened on Friday to tax “their wine like they’ve never seen before” in response.

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All change: Trump calls Macron ‘friend’ at G7 after slamming French leader as ‘foolish’ weeks ago

Nevertheless, both leaders appeared all smiles after a lunch on Saturday. Trump brushed off their earlier spat, saying “every once in a while we go at it a little bit.” Still, the joviality is unlikely to soften Trump up to accepting Macron’s plan to save the Iran nuclear deal that would involve negotiating with the Islamic Republic and allowing it to sell its oil.

Trump and Macron’s beef was not the only fictitious trade issue on display, with the US president arriving in France shortly after announcing an additional five percent tariff on $550 billion worth of Chinese imports and “ordering” American companies to leave China. The other G7 leaders have long opposed Trump’s mercantilism, and the addition of new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not change the balance.

Johnson promised to lecture Trump on his trade dispute with Beijing, which he said could potentially cause a “downturn in the global economy.” Nevertheless, Johnson will have to tread carefully, as the UK will soon be seeking a trade deal of its own with the US, should Brexit proceed as planned on October 31.

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Johnson also slammed Macron for his own trade tiff with Brazil. Accusing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of lying about his efforts to tackle climate change, Macron promised to place the burning Amazon rainforest at the top of his agenda for the weekend, and threatened to veto a trade deal between the EU and the Mercosur bloc that includes several South American countries.

With the deal 20 years in the making, Johnson told reporters on Saturday that “There are all sorts of people who will take any excuse at all to interfere with trade and to frustrate trade deals and I don’t want to see that.” The previous evening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that blocking the deal - which would also affect Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - was “not the appropriate answer.”

On Brexit, Johnson was the subject of snide remarks from Donald Tusk, who said he hoped “Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as ‘Mr. no-deal,’” should the UK exit the union without any sort of trade agreement, as the British leader has said he would be willing to do. In a kind of ‘I know you are but what am I?’ response Johnson quipped that “if Donald Tusk does not want to go down as ‘Mr No Deal’ Brexit then that point should be borne in mind too.”

Last year’s summit in Canada ended in disarray, as President Trump withdrew his signature from the joint communique traditionally issued by the leaders at the end of the weekend. Macron’s decision to forego the communique this year speaks to the discord within the group. Which of course begs the question: if the world’s seven most advanced democracies cannot agree on such a bland and perfunctory statement, then why go through the process at all?

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Christian Coleman charged under anti-doping rules

American sprinter Christian Coleman is charged under anti-doping rules with missing three drugs tests, says the US Anti-Doping Agency.

‘Kill first!’ Netanyahu claims Israel’s Syrian strikes thwarted imminent ‘Iranian aggression’

The Israeli Defense Forces have struck multiple ‘Iranian targets’ outside Damascus, claiming it helped prevent a deadly attack by ‘killer drones.’ Syrian state TV said the country’s air defenses intercepted most of the missiles.

There were multiple reports of explosions in the sky over Damascus on Saturday evening before midnight, as Syrian air defense forces engaged “hostile targets” coming from the direction of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. In a rare admission, the IDF confirmed the raid, claiming that it targeted Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias who were allegedly planning a "large scale attack of multiple killer drones."

The raid reportedly focused around Aqraba village, southeast of Damascus, but the majority of the missiles were intercepted before they could reach their targets, Syrian military sources claimed. There was no immediate confirmation of any death or injuries, even though Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said there might be casualties among the ‘militia.’

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‘Israeli missiles’ strike strategic hill near Golan Heights – state media

Israel frequently launches airstrikes in Syria, citing its inherent right to battle the ‘Iranian threat’ anywhere at any time, but rarely comments on specific operations.

“Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression,” Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted after the attack. “If someone rises up to kill you, kill him first.” 

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South Africa seizes Air Tanzania plane in Johannesburg

A farmer claims the plane was impounded because Tanzania's government hasn't paid him compensation.
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