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Italian debt mountain as of today has more than 70 billion euros – Spiegel (Buona Fortuna!)
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Italy is sitting on the biggest debt mountain which massively grew within last months – AWP
Italy PM Letta warns coalition allies as tension mounts
SARTEANO, Italy (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta warned his center-right coalition partners on Sunday that the future of the government was at risk [...]
Dennis Rodman says he’s returning to North Korea in August to visit his friend, the country’s totalitarian leader Kim Jong Un and hopes to be influential to getting US citizen Kenneth Bae released from his jail term.
In comments to TMZ, the former Bulls forward suggested his March trip may have led to an easing of tensions, asking whether Kim Jong Un eventually “put the missiles back in storage.”
Two mortar shells struck Israel’s Golan Heights on Monday in the early evening local time. Though the IDF described the mortars as accidental spillover from fighting across the border in Syria, they are bound to deepen fears of escalating violence in the region.
On Friday and Sunday Israel reportedly struck Iranian and Hezbollah assets based in Syria. The Israelis have subsequently made extensive efforts to dampen tensions – IAF jets had conducted the [...]
IDF deploys 2000 reserves to North in large-scale surprise drill, amid tensions with Hezbollah and Syrian instability.
First reported by Yaakov Lappin, Journalist for the Jerusalem Post, covering military/national security affairs
IDF Prepares Israeli City With Chemical Assault Drill
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Home Front Command held a wide-ranging exercise in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya on April 25 to prepare the local community for a chemical assault scenario. IDF [...]
North Korea has announced that an American tourist is to be tried on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, a crime that carries a possible death penalty.
The case against Korean-American Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned in North Korea since early November, could further stoke tensions between Pyongyang and Washington.
Responding to the development, the US State Department said the welfare of US citizens overseas remained a “critical priority” and that [...]
More than six months since the Japanese nationalistic escalation over the disputed island chain (that shall not be named) in the East China Sea sent Sino-Japanese foreign relations to a level not seen since a particular territorial dispute over Manchuria, tensions just hit a fever pitch overnight, when an armada of eight Chinese ships entered what Japan claimed were its territorial waters.
China’s version of the story is that the vessels were there [...]
Global Financial Crisis – Tensions at G-20, IMF Meetings. No Economic Recovery in Sight
Last weekend’s meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the G-20 saw further calls for policies to stimulate global economic growth. There were no concrete measures advanced to implement such a program, however, amid deepening divisions among the major powers.
While the discussions were not characterised by the air of crisis that accompanied some recent meetings, they were [...]
Seoul: North Korea has moved two more missile launchers to its east coast, where preparations are apparently under way for a missile test as tensions simmer on the peninsula, reports say.
Expectations had been high that Pyongyang would carry out a test to coincide with celebrations marking the birth of North Korea’s late founding leader Kim Il-sung on April 15 but it did not materialise.
April 25 could be another possible date [...]
A string of bombings across Iraq has claimed at least 55 lives, injuring 300 more, on Monday. The surge in violence comes barely a week ahead of Iraq hosting elections for the first time since US withdrawal from the country.
Officials said bombings hit 12 different areas, leaving 55 people dead and making Monday the country’s deadliest day since March 19, AFP reported.
The capital Baghdad and the surrounding area have seen 10 [...]
No comment. That’s what China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said earlier today (April 12) in response to a report by a US spy agency saying North Korea has a nuclear weapon it could mount on a missile. Several US and South Korean officials were also quick to deny the report. This is after promises by North Korea to turn its enemies’ strongholds into a sea of flames.
Even with an [...]
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the United States is prepared to enter into talks with North Korea, but only if it is serious about negotiating the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
Kerry is in Seoul meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se amid heightened tensions spurred by North Korea’s recent nuclear threats and provocations.
He landed in Seoul, about 30 miles from the demilitarized [...]
“China has sent North Korea its strongest warning yet not to “misjudge” the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, telling Pyongyang it “cannot shirk its responsibility” for ratcheting up tensions.
The warning from North Korea’s only major ally came as speculation mounted that missile tests are imminent. US and South Korean officials are playing a waiting game, saying the launch of mobile weapons could come “at any time”, according to Pentagon sources [...]
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(CNN) – The Pentagon’s intelligence arm has assessed with “moderate confidence” that North Korea has the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon with a ballistic missile, though the reliability is believed to be “low.”
Disclosed first by a congressman at a hearing on Thursday and then confirmed to CNN by the Defense Department, the assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is the [...]
April 11, 2013
Tensions are rising in the Korean Peninsula after South Korea’s foreign minister warned that North Korea is expected to conduct a missile launch Thursday, a development that has prompted South Korea and the U.S. to increase their military alerts levels.
“Based on intelligence we and the Americans have collected, it’s highly likely that North Korea will launch a missile,” Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told a parliamentary hearing [...]
The Korean Peninsula has more than a 70 percent chance of war as tensions continue to escalate in the country, according to a warning on Wednesday from a top Chinese expert on North Korean affairs.
“There is a 70 to 80 percent chance that a war will happen because North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may want to use this opportunity to force a reunification of the Korean Peninsula,” Chinese expert Zhang [...]
Hamburg - A policeman (49) is dead Five more people to be ill. And the doctors are faced with a puzzle, given a mysterious illness series just outside Hamburg.
A man from the Emirates died in Munich, he had the corona virus.
Mann erliegt in München dem Coronavirus
Ein Patient aus den Arabischen Emiraten ist in München am Coronavirus gestorben. Es ist der erste Todesfall durch den Krankheitserreger in Deutschland. Für die Bevölkerung soll keine [...]
The Iranian commitment to stand with North Korea is another move in an escalating exchange of verbal hostilities – considered by many to be mostly posturing – and military maneuvers that North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. have engaged in over the past several months.
The deputy chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Masood Jazayeri announced that Iran will stand by North Korea and defend it in a [...]
A discussion on how today the world as we know it changes forever.
Specifically looking to the tensions over NK, which also tags through extension Russia/ China/ Iran/ Pakistan, but we also must take into account the on-going tensions with US/ Israel and Iran/ Syria, which also tags Russia/ China/ Pakistan, as well as underlying tensions between India/ Pakistan, which tags in US/GB/NATO/Russia/ Iran/ NK/ China.
**IF** Nk does not follow through [...]
“Without Mentioning North Korea, a Chinese Call to Avoid ‘Chaos’
BOAO, China — In an indirect but clear reference to the North Korean crisis, China’s president, Xi Jinping, said Sunday that world peace should not be put at risk because of a single country.
“No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain,” Mr. Xi said in a speech at an annual regional [...]
Vladimir Putin has said a war in Korea could be more devastating than the Chernobyl disaster as Pyongyang was warned against another nuclear test.
The Russian President said he was “worried about the escalation on the Korean peninsula, because we are neighbours”.
And Mr Putin, who also praised a US decision to postpone a planned missile test as part of efforts to reduce tensions, said he feared a situation worse than that [...]
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that Beijing would “not allow trouble on China’s doorstep.” and “expressed severe concern over the current tensions on the Korea Peninsula”.
From the South Korean and U.S. side, B-2 and B-52 nuclear bomber training sorties, missile defense deployments and ongoing Foal Eagle drills have been detailed to media by military spokespersons in Washington DC and Seoul at unprecedented levels of late.
While the nature of threats made on the Koreas seems to increase by the day, few know what Pyongyang’s over-arching strategy is, how likely it is that a military escalation will take place, or how tensions [...]
by Mark Howitt, World Public Union:
(Full declaration posted below) After several threats of nuclear attack, it seems that North Korea has finally taken the next step in their offensive by declaring a “State of War” with South Korea and it’s allies, including the United States. For the last couple of weeks there has been escalating tensions on both sides of the border and these tensions have now reached a critical point where [...]
Russia has warned of tensions in North Korea slipping out of control, after Pyongyang said it was placing its missile units on stand-by.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the situation could slip “toward the spiral of a vicious circle”.
Kim Jong-un made the missile order after talks responding to US stealth bomber flights over the Korean peninsula, state news agency KCNA said.
The time had come to “settle accounts” with the [...]
from Zero Hedge:
Update: German chancellor, Cypriot president discussed Cyprus rescue, official says. Merkel told Anastasiades that Cyprus can negotiate on rescue package only with troika: official.
To say that the tensions within the European “Union” are getting unbearable would be an understatement. According to Mega TV, Anastasiades is reported to have said to Rehn and Brok: “When I warned you that there would not be a parliamentary majority to pass the agreement, [...]
March 15, 2013
A military officer has anonymously tipped the Yonhap news agency that North Korea “test fired” two short range missiles into the East Sea Friday.
“The launch was seen as testing its capability for short-range missiles. It seemed to be conducted on a military-unit level, not at a national level,” the source told Yonhap.
This doesn’t just underscore tensions between North and South, but between hawkish generals and their young [...]
Foreign banks banned from opening branches in Russia
MOSCOW, March 15 – RAPSI. President Vladimir Putin has signed a government-sponsored law banning foreign banks from opening branches in Russia, PRIME reported on Friday, citing a post on the government legal information website.
Lots of bans in Kremlin this week.
Pro-Kremlin lawmakers on Tuesday proposed banning members of parliament from travelling abroad to countries such as the United States without permission of the Russian parliament’s speaker. [...]
HONG KONG — China congratulated Pope Francis on Thursday on his ascension to the papacy, but also warned the Vatican not to interfere in what China deems to be its internal affairs.
The reaction underscored the tensions between the Vatican and China’s government, which has been accused of suppressing Catholicism under Communist rule.
Hua Chunying, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said that Beijing hoped the pope, who was elected on Wednesday, would work with Chinese [...]
The People’s Liberation Army seen nodding in approval.
(Boston Globe) — America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.
Kim Jong-un addressed troops facing Yeonpyeong island, which North Korean artillery shelled in 2010, killing four people and injuring 19.
The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited troops on the border with the South and has reportedly told them to “annihilate the enemy” as tensions continue to rise in the region.
Kim Jong-un addressed troops in coastal positions facing Yeonpyeong island, which North Korean artillery shelled in 2010, killing four people [...]
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has told troops to prepare for “all-out war” as tensions continue to rise on the Korean peninsula.
from The Telegraph:
Kim told troops during a frontline tour that the slightest provocation would result in his immediate order for a “great advance” along the entire frontline with the South, according to state media.
His visit to a unit near the disputed maritime border with South Korea coincided with an outpouring [...]
BEIJING: A Chinese military officer has raised the spectre of nuclear weapons and warned Australia not to side with the United States and Japan as a territorial dispute in the East China Sea continues to escalate.
America is the global tiger and Japan is Asia’s wolf, and both are now madly biting China.
Colonel Liu Mingfu
Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu, of the National Defence University, blamed America’s ‘‘orchestration’’ and Japan’s ‘‘militarism’’ for rising tensions [...]
BEIJING (AP) — China has launched the first ship in a new class of stealth missile frigates, state media reported Tuesday, amid ongoing tensions with neighboring countries over Beijing’s maritime claims.
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The Japanese government wants to move ahead with the creation of an emergency military hot line with China as tensions remain high over allegations Beijing used weapons-targeting radar against Japanese naval forces, Parliamentary Secretary for Defense Masahisa Sato said Tuesday.
On Friday, China denied Japanese accusations that Chinese naval ships locked weapons-guiding radar on two occasions in January—once on a naval vessel, and once on a helicopter. Chinese officials said normal [...]
The US military announced on Monday an anti-mine exercise in “the Middle East’s international waterways” in May with more than 20 nations participating, the latest show of global will to keep waterways open as tensions with Iran simmer.
Israel’s Navy is also expected to take part in the drill, which was characterized as defensive and a follow-up to the IMCMEX 12 exercise held last September, focused on keeping oil shipping lanes [...]