British jets strike IS militants west of Baghdad

A combo of handout pictures received from Britain’s Ministry of Defence on Sep 30, 2014 shows screen shots of a strike on an Islamic State armed pick-up truck at an undisclosed location in Iraq during an armed mission in support of Op Shader. (AFP/Crown Copyright 2014).

Two British fighter jets fired four Brimstone missiles on Islamic State militants west of Baghdad overnight, in their second strike in as many days in Iraq, said the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday (Oct 1)

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US forces launch missile strike against Al Shabaab leader in Somalia

Abdukadir Mohammed Abdukadir, alias Ikrima, who was targeted in an abortive US raid in Somalia, is believed to have spent time in Britain after a failed asylum request in Norway

Members of Somalia’s Al Shabaab militant group parade during a demonstration to announce their integration with al Qaeda, in Elasha, south of the capital Mogadishu, last year Photo: AP

The US strike took place just a day after Al Shabaab, which are linked to Al-Qaeda, called for attacks against foreign forces

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Iran deal would greatly reduce Israel’s military option, ex-advisers say

An F-15I over the IAF's Hatzerim air base (photo credit: Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

An F-15I over the IAF’s Hatzerim air base (photo credit: Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

Giora Eiland: Practically speaking, ‘a deal shuts the option down’; Uzi Dayan: It would be reduced; Dore Gold: We’ll do what’s necessary

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US could accept Israeli strike on Iran soon, says former IDF intel chief

Amos Yadlin, former director of military intelligence, and current head of the Institute of National Security Studies (photo credit: Gideon Markowicz/Flash90)

Amos Yadlin predicts Washington will be more tolerant of an Israeli attack late this year or early next if nuclear talks don’t yield results

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BART strike avoided for Monday, but possible shutdown now looms for Tuesday

Stan Green, of Martinez, pickets outside Caltrans headquarters as talks continue between Bay Area Rapid Transit management representatives and union workers to avoid a midnight strike deadline, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Stan Green, of Martinez, pickets outside Caltrans headquarters as talks continue between Bay Area Rapid Transit management representatives and union workers to avoid a midnight strike deadline, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

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Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during weekend storms in India

(SOURCE)  Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India.

It is not rare for lightning to strike someone when it is monsoon season, but that the sheer number of the death toll is extremely rare. 

The strikes killed people in the eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand.

 
Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India.

Fatal: Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in India (file)

 ‘About 24 people including seven children were killed Saturday and Sunday by bolts of lightning across Bihar,’ State Disaster Management Minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha said.

In neighbouring Jharkhand, eight people including two children died, Puran Mahto, an official in the state’s Dhanbad district said.

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Obama wins bipartisan support for Syria strike

US president promises ‘limited and proportional’ military action to send Assad clear message and hamper chemical weapons use

 

President Barack Obama, flanked by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, speaks to media in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama, flanked by House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, speaks to media in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (photo credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s call for a military strike in Syria won significant momentum Tuesday, with leaders of both parties in Congress announcing they are convinced that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people and that the United States should respond.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner emerged from a White House meeting and told reporters: “This is something that the United States, as a country, needs to do. I’m going to support the president’s call for action. I believe that my colleagues should support this call for action.”

 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi also said they will support Obama because the U.S. has a compelling national security interest to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction.

But their endorsements still don’t resolve the deep ambivalence and even opposition toward action in both parties, and Boehner’s spokesman followed up the speaker’s announcement by describing the resolution’s passage as “an uphill battle.” Dozens of conservative Republicans and several liberal Democrats have come out against intervention, and may be prepared to ignore the positions of their leaders and the president.

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Kerry: Obama reserves the “right” to violate the Constitution and attack Syria without congressional approval.

1 September, 2013

John Kerry says in the video (@ 3 minutes 15 seconds) that President Obama has the right to take military action against Syria without Congressional approval.