The price of unconditional support for Congo’s regime

On Tuesday 1 June 2010, pedestrians walking past an abandoned car near a slum in a suburb of Kinshasa, Congo’s busy capital, noticed a body in the back seat. The corpse was that of Floribert Chebeya, one of Congo’s most respected human rights activists, who, only hours before, had sent a text message to his […]

Buckner lifeguard finds fulfillment training others

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – “I like the skill of swimming and seeing students progress,” said Mae-Lin Ynacay, lifeguard and water safety instructor at the Buckner Physical Fitness Center. “Even if it’s something as simple as kicking more efficiently, I find satisfaction in seeing them improve.”She was born and raised in northern California, and was […]

Civil-Military Operations Center Opens in Afghanistan

By the American Forces Press Service HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Marines and British forces of Task Force Helmand opened a joint civil-military operations center yesterday near the British Forward Operating Base Delhi in the Garmsir district here. On its first day, the CMOC had 31 visitors and paid 15 claims. The Marines established the […]

Fútbol and folk dancing: NMCB 5 experience African culture

KONTALI, Djibouti – As the four-wheel drive vehicles shuddered and lurched over the rocky dirt road, Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 caught a glimpse of the Kontali village as it appeared on the horizon, nearly hidden by the mid-day sun, Oct. 1.The small village, which sits atop a hill overlooking a vast expanse […]

US air strikes target Islamic State oil infrastructure

A third night of US air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) targets inside Syria focused on oil infrastructure controlled by the militant group, observer groups say, in an apparent attempt to cut off its funding supply.The attacks on a series of oil installations around the town of Mayadeen, in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, […]

She’ll go far: baby girl born on plane is given 1m air miles

A baby girl born on a flight halfway from Dubai to Manila has received a birthday present: a million air mile points.The Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific said the baby, named Haven, was the first to be delivered on one of its planes.Haven’s mother went into labour on Sunday, four hours into the flight and five […]

Baby survives crash that kills five of his family

Five members of the same British family have been killed in a car crash in Saudi Arabia – but a one-year-old baby miraculously survived.Three generations of the family had been making a religious pilgrimage to Mecca before a family wedding when the taxi they were travelling in crashed into a ditch.The victims have been named […]

China internet regulator slams Google’s certificate refusal

A Chinese internet regulator has slammed as “unacceptable” a decision by Google to no longer recognise its certificates of trust, a move which could deter Chrome browser users accessing sites approved by the authority.Google said on its official security blog on Wednesday that it would no longer recognise the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) […]

Spying for spying’s sake: spooks and their intelligence addiction

Spying is said to be the world’s second oldest profession. Since spying is covert by definition, it is used as a weapon against friends and allies, as well as enemies.However, the startling leaks published by the Guardian demonstrate, more than ever before, how technology has hugely extended the scope of spying in a way that […]

The fog of Charlie Wilson’s War

Director: Mike NicholsEntertainment grade: CHistory grade: DCharlie Wilson represented Texas’s second district for the Democratic party in the US House of Representatives. During the 1980s, he campaigned for Congress, Ronald Reagan’s administration and the CIA to escalate the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan by aiding Pakistan and the Afghan mujahideen.Casting In the lions’ den […]

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