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UNITED STATES  

Trump tells troops F-35 fighter is "invisible" to the enemy, like in the movies. Note to Dotard: the Romulan Empire never shared its cloaking device with the US Air Force.

Trump administration looking to merging VA and Tricare. The goal is to privatize both and give retirees and vets a "voucher" good for one X-ray and one cup of coffee at McDonald's. Here's to Donald Trump contracting the most incurable form of fast-acting cancer known to mankind.

Head of US Strategic Command says he would not carry our any illegal order by Trump to launch a pre-emptive nuclear attack. Trump brings about a "Seven Days in May" in reverse.

CANADA 
Wall Street jobs fleeing Wall Street for Canada. Great work on jobs Trump: for Canada.
Canadian immigration policy called out of control under Trudeau. Critic once headed Canadian Immigration Service.
LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN    
Iran to dispatch warships to Gulf of Mexico. Port visits to friendly countries on tap.
Martinique becomes associate member of CARICOM. Guadeloupe applies for membership.
Mercosur-Eurasian Economic Union ties touted by Lavrov. Free trade agreement being discussed.
EUROPE  
Berlusconi takes political case to European human rights court. Can the world survive Trump, Duterte, and Berlusconi in power simultaneously?
Vatican engages in "art diplomacy" with Beijing. Art exchange first move toward establishing diplomatic ties.
FDP collapses Merkel's "Jamaica coalition." New elections loom.
Juncker the Drunker supports Rajoy over Catalonia. As if Juncker's opinion means anything.
Valencian protest confronts fascist Rajoy. Valencia demands more autonomy.
MIDDLE EAST
Israelis arrested for assaulting Cypriot police officers at Larnaca airport. Israelis: the worst tourists in the world; hotel thieves, shoplifters, and troublemakers.
Israeli deputy foreign minister says American Jews do not want to fight for their country, the United States. Tzipi Hotovely says American Jews are  not like their Israeli counterparts when it comes to serving in the military. Well, isn't she the anti-Semite? Hotovely must have heard the "war stories" from neo-con warhawks like Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, and Kristol.
Saudi authorities arrest Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi, second richest man in Saudi Arabia and richest in Ethiopia. He threatened to sue WMR editor years ago after 9/11 for a story he didn't like. Counterpunch sided with al-Amoudi and issued this retraction. WMR told al-Amoudi to bugger off. Looks like some "counterpuches" are sissy slaps.

"CLARIFICATION

ALEXANDER COCKBURN, JEFFREY ST CLAIR, BECKY GRANT AND THE INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF JOURNALISTIC CLARITY, COUNTERPUNCH

We published an article entitled “A Saudiless Arabia” by Wayne Madsen dated October 22, 2002 (the “Article”), on the website of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalistic Clarity, CounterPunch, www.counterpunch.org (the “Website”).

Although it was not our intention, counsel for Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi has advised us the Article suggests, or could be read as suggesting, that Mr Al Amoudi has funded, supported, or is in some way associated with, the terrorist activities of Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda terrorist network.

We do not have any evidence connecting Mr Al Amoudi with terrorism.

As a result of an exchange of communications with Mr Al Amoudi’s lawyers, we have removed the Article from the Website.

We are pleased to clarify the position.

August 17, 2005"

Egypt detains 29 accused Turkish spies. All are members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Filipino inmates in Sharjah prison convert to Islam. Sure, it was voluntary.
Distant member of Qatari royal family leads rebellion from Saudi soil. Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim says he intends to "purify" Qatar.
ASIA
North Korea bans amusement activities, including drinking and singing parties. But, this is according to South Korean intelligence agency, so it's llikely propaganda bunkum.
Drunk US Marine kills motorist in Okinawa. Another reason why the US should pull its military rapists and drunks out of Okinawa and leave Okinawa to the Okinawans.
Two Radio Free Asia journalists charged with espionage in Cambodia. Radio Free Asia is a project of the CIA.
AFRICA
White farmers to be compensated for their farms in Zimbabwe. Major reversal of Mugabe policy.
Sweden gearing up to recognize Somaliland's independence. Sweden would break ranks with the UN, which has given Somaliland the cold shoulder.
Mugabe officially resigns. And Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
All but three Cabinet ministers abandon Mugabe. VP tells Mugabe to resign.
Ex-Zambian President Kaunda flies to Zimbabwe to convince Mugabe to resign. Kaunda is one of the elder statesmen of southern Africa.
U.S. increasing troop levels in Somalia. U.S. troops now based in Puntland.
ZANU-PF recalls Mugabe as leader. Grace Mugabe ejected as leader of ZANU-PF's womens' league.
ANTIPODES/SOUTH PACIFIC
NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern backtracks on her comments about the stupidity of Donald Trump. Did Trump think she was the wife of Justin Trudeau?
Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees killing themselves in motorcycle accidents in Nauru. Are motorcycles part of the refugee aid packages these days?
POLAR/REMOTE ATLANTIC              
Progressives win seats in Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly. Five of the eight members are new.
Tristan da Cunha claims one of the world's remotest bars: The Albatross. The Faraday Bar in Antarctica features donated ladies' undies.
Raytheon initiates new Common Ground System at radar stations in Antarctica and Svalbard. There is little done by Raytheon that does not have a military component.
WORLD OF SCIENCE       
Alien bugs may have arrived on Earth in space dust. The cicadas, with their long and unearthly hibernation periods, probably arrived in meteorites.
55 Cancri e may be a double-sized Earth. But it is too hot on its solar side and too cold on its dark side.

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