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May 17, 2018 3:37 AM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
54 bombs found in home of Surabaya Police HQ suicide bomber


A family of suicide bombers linked to JAD attacked three churches across Surabaya on Sunday morning, killing at least 12 people and injuring 41 others.

Two attempted bombings were reported at two other churches in the East Java capital. Later the same day, another explosion was reported at a low-cost apartment in the neighboring city of Sidoarjo. The latest attack took place on Monday morning, when a bomb exploded at the Surabaya Police headquarters.

In total, 25 people, including 13 suicide bombers, were killed and dozens injured in the series of bombings in Surabaya, which resembled the pattern of attacks carried out by the Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) movement at dozens of churches across Indonesia at the start of the millennium.




Trump's Iran deal pullout sends a bad message to North Korea, former UN chief says

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is worried about America's image when it comes to establishing credibility in its upcoming talks with North Korea.
"Can I trust the U.S. president? This may be the first question by North Korea's leader," Ban told CNBC.


North Korea suspends high-level talks


Iran signs provisional pact to enter Russia-led free-trade zone

The EEU was established in 2015 based on the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus, and was later joined by Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. In 2016, Vietnam officially became the first non-regional country to join the bloc’s free trade zone, which is designed to ensure the free movement of goods, services, capital, and workers. Since then, more than 40 countries and international organizations, including China, Indonesia, Israel, South Korea, Egypt, and India, as well as some South American countries, have expressed interest in a free-trade deal with the EEU.
May 17, 2018 4:01 AM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
The ambitious multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by China could become a great opportunity for the Gulf nations, according to Bahrain's Minister for Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed.


Construction of a new railway linking Malaysia's east and west has begun as part of China's ambitious New Silk Road project. At an estimated cost of $13 billion, it’s the largest development project in Malaysia.

Performers dressed in warrior outfits patrol Jiayuguan Fort located at the start of the Great Wall of China in Jiayugun, Gansu Province. This section of the wall was originally built in 1372, and was the only place where the Silk Road used to pass through © David Gray China & Portugal step up cooperation on New Silk Road initiative

The planned 688 kilometers East Coast Rail Link will connect the South China Sea at the Thai border in the east with the strategic shipping routes of the Straits of Malacca in the west. China has claimed many parts of the South China Sea.


The US has demanded North Korea ship some of its nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles out of the country within half a year, according to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper, citing sources familiar with the talks.



German Chancellor Angela Merkel's working visit to Sochi on Friday could signal a positive shift in EU-Russia relations, as the European bloc reassesses its fealty to Washington.



BEIJING – A billion-dollar Indonesian real estate development with ties to U.S. President Donald Trump has become the latest project in China’s globe-spanning Belt and Road infrastructure project — just as Washington and Beijing are tussling over trade.

A subsidiary of Chinese state-owned construction firm Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC) signed a deal with Indonesia’s MNC Land to build a theme park outside Jakarta as part of the ambitious project, the company said in a statement last Thursday.




Middle Eastern oil currently travels 16,000km by sea to reach China. That distance will be reduced to 2,500km under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project of highways, railways and pipelines across Pakistan.

China also seeks to establish a maritime corridor connecting oil and gas fields in the Middle East through the Gulf “string of pearls” – the six GCC countries plus Iraq and Iran – to China and the cities of East and South East Asia.



Beijing: Oman and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Silk Road Economic Belt (One Belt One Road Initiative), the 21st century Maritime Silk Road.

Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs met with Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China, within the framework of his current official visit to China.

Bin Alawi conveyed greetings of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to President Xi Jinping of China. The Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs asked bin Alawi to convey the greetings and best wishes of the Chinese President to His Majesty the Sultan.

The two sides discussed means of enhancing bilateral relations as well as promoting cooperation in economic, trade and investment fields between the two countries.
May 17, 2018 9:05 AM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
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In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are a Threat to Democracy



A nude gunman has killed four people at a Waffle House in Nashville in the US state of Tennessee

The Turnbull government is urging Britain and other Commonwealth nations to step up their engagement in the Pacific amid concerns about the growing influence of China






A Chinese-backed plan to build Cambodia’s biggest dam could “literally kill” the Mekong river, according to a confidential assessment seen by the Guardian which says that the proposed site at Sambor is the “worst possible place” for hydropower.

The former Khmer Rouge commander who still leads Cambodia is again stoking anti-American sentiment

Now the Post is muzzled, Cambodia’s free press is gone

Suos Yara, a member of parliament from the ruling Cambodian People's Party said that the rising China has benefited Cambodia and the whole world.
May 17, 2018 5:00 PM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
In 1950-s the president of the US was a military general Dwight Eisenhower. He was a republican, right-wing politician and he was a general. It was a very famous incident. When he finished his presidency, he wrote a farewell letter to the nation saying to the American citizens the following: "The most dangerous thing in America is that the military-industrial conglomerate is really controlling this country. And they keep pushing us from one war to another".

When America is in war, they have to buy all these weapons and so the companies become very rich. In addition, the companies that produce weapons in US are so rich that they pay to all the politicians. So the whole political establishment in the US is controlled by this money.
May 17, 2018 6:42 PM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
Xi Jinping suggested joint development of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) projects and China’s Belt and Road Initiative at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the Chinese Foreign Ministry reported.

"The two countries’ leaders reached important agreements, in accordance with which we should help unite the Belt and Road Initiative and the EAEU )" the Chinese Foreign Ministry quoted Xi Jinping as saying. "It is necessary to support each other on the world stage when dealing with everyday issues."


Moscow to benefit from evolving US-China trade war — Russian diplomat

The United States announced on April 3 its intention to introduce a 25-percent duty on a range of 1,300 products imported from China worth the total sum of about $50 billion. Beijing responded to Washington’s move by introducing 25-percent duties on imported US cars as well as soybeans and other agricultural products.

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May 18, 2018 9:42 AM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
Syrian and Russian forces launch large-scale attack on Palestinian refugee camp controlled by Isil

Before the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Yarmouk was home to around 160,000 Palestinian refugees - people who had been displaced from their homes in modern-day Israel during the 1948 war, and their descendants. More than 100,000 Syrians also lived in the area.

(An amassing image
Residents wait in line to receive food aid distributed in the Yarmouk refugee camp on January 31, 2014 in Damascus, Syria. Credit: UNRWA )

When the Syrian revolution moved to Yarmouk, many Palestinians were forced to take a side. Some sought protection fromthe government, while others looked to the rebel groups.




Donald Trump blames China for North Korea’s threat to cancel face-to-face meeting

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Mr Trump also dismissed Mr Bolton’s own suggestion last month that the “Libya model” from 2003 and 2004 would be used by America for talks with North Korea.

Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, was convinced to give up his nuclear programme at the time. However he was later toppled and killed in 2011.

North Korea singled out Mr Bolton and his Libya plan in a lengthy criticism of America’s position as they threatened to pull the plug on the Trump-Kim summit.
May 18, 2018 5:22 PM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
May 19, 20188:02am

shooting in the US. Ten people are dead with at least another ten injured, including police who responded to a gunman opening fire on an art class at a Texas high school while reportedly shouting “Surprise!”
May 19, 2018 5:56 AM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
At least is some good news:

Bendigo welcomes striking four-tonne jade Buddha after epic global journey

'We wanna make a big Buddha'

The Buddha's story began 18 years ago on the arctic circle where an 18-tonne boulder of nephrite-jade was discovered by miners.


A giant Buddha carved from a single piece of jade has taken pride of place inside the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in central Victoria.

The stupa — a sacred Buddhist monument — stands 50 metres high and 50 metres wide at its base, making it the largest of its type in the western world.

Rising up from the central Victorian bush, the $20 million building includes the 2.5-metre high, four-tonne Buddha carved from a massive boulder of nephrite-jade found in the Yukon in the far northwest of Canada.
Ian Green and the $20 million stupa in Myers Flat just outside of Bendigo.
Photo: Ian Green and the $20 million stupa in Myers Flat just outside of Bendigo. (ABC Central Victoria: Larissa Romensky)

The Buddha arrived after visiting 135 cities across 21 countries and an estimated audience of 11 million people on a fundraising and awareness tour.

It was unpacked from its shipping crate and placed upon an alabaster throne.

Chairman of the Great Stupa, Ian Green, said the Buddha was "really about inspiring people".
The Jade Buddha
Photo: The four-tonne Jade Budda was carved out of a single piece of jade valued at more than $1m. (ABC Central Victoria: Larissa Romensky)

'We wanna make a big Buddha'

The Buddha's story began 18 years ago on the arctic circle where an 18-tonne boulder of nephrite-jade was discovered by miners.

"It was dubbed polar pride because it was in the polar region and it was like the pride of the region," Mr Green said.

A massive piece of Nephrite Jade was found 18 years ago in Yukon in northern Canada.

May 19, 2018 4:08 PM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
Islamic summit urges 'international force' to protect Palestinians

UN Human Rights Chief: Gaza is a 'Toxic Slum'

Erdogan says UN is 'finished', world risks 'chaos'

Gulf widening between US and key allies over Gaza

Israel withdraws its bid for UN Security Council seat

Credit to: UNRWA The amassing image mentioned in post #6

Residents wait in line to receive food aid distributed in the Yarmouk refugee camp on January 31, 2014 in Damascus, Syria.

May 20, 2018 4:43 PM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
Tension has been running high along Syrian-Israeli border amid Israeli accusations for Iran and Shia Hezbollah group of building up a military presence in war-torn Syria.

Iran and Hezbollah are strong allies of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime, the forces of which have been fighting opposition groups in a deadly civil war since 2011.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have been killed and millions more displaced by the conflict.



French special forces have installed six artillery batteries in areas held by Kurdish militia near the Syrian-Iraqi border, the Anadolu news agency reported.



China’s new train line to Iran sends message to Trump: We’ll keep trading anyway



The First Saudi-Iranian War Will Be an Even Fight

May 21, 2018 4:13 AM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
Taiwan says it is accelerating production of nearly a dozen stealthy Tuo Chiang-class missile corvettes, the first of which will be focused on air-defense missions.

The first-in-class Tou Chiang displaces less than 600 tons, but has a top speed of nearly 75 miles per hour. The catamaran-style ship also features a low-observable hullform.



Taiwan paratrooper regains consciousness after free falling 1,300 feet

his parachute failed to open during a routine jump Thursday



China successfully influenced an Australian council to paint over students' flags of Taiwan
May 22, 2018 12:16 AM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
Pakistan backs China, Russia efforts to save Iran N-deal

Pakistan supports China, Russia and Europe’s efforts to offer a new accord to Iran to salvage its 2015 nuclear deal, diplomatic sources said.

A senior official at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had assured China, Russia and the European countries that it will back their efforts for the nuclear deal.


In 2014, Russia and Pakistan signed a military cooperation agreement. In 2016, they held their very first joint military drills to counter terrorism and drug trafficking, called Druzhbha ('Friendship') in Cherat, Pakistan. In April 2017, they held the two-week Druzhbha 2017 in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Karachaevo-Cherkessia.

And April 2018 saw Pakistan's National Security Advisor Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua visiting his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patruschev in Moscow, the same month Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited.



China lauds launch of its banking service in Pakistan



Indonesia has formally received into service the first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters that arrived in-country in late 2017.



China tops list of foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia




India, Indonesia and Vietnam among Asian US allies caught in crossfire of Russian arms sanctions

Under a law that US President Donald Trump signed in August, any country trading with Russia’s defence and intelligence sectors will face sanctions
May 22, 2018 8:36 PM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
Beijing lands nuclear bombers in the South China Sea in a clear sign that it's pushed out the US without firing a shot
May 23, 2018 4:11 PM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
The type clowns Bush put in power in Iraq:
Dozens of foreign ISIS brides have been sentenced to death in Iraq

According to the paper, at least 40 women have been sentenced to death, while it’s believed around 300 people in total with links to ISIS have so far been executed.


Details of an 18th century Spanish galleon laden with gold and emeralds have been revealed almost three years after the shipwreck was discovered off the coast of Colombia. However, it’s true location remains closely guarded.
The 62-gun, three-masted galleon, known as the ‘holy grail of shipwrecks’ due to its lucrative cargo was discovered off the coast of Cartagena in November 2015.

The Spanish vessel went down with an extensive treasure of gold, silver, and emeralds during a battle with British ships in the 1708 War of Spanish Succession. The items are believed to have been extracted from Spanish colonial mines in Peru and Bolivia to fund King Philip V of Spain’s war efforts, and are believed to be worth up to $17 billion dollars.


Drunk mechanic stole US military plane from Cold War base

The mystery of the US Air Force mechanic who stole a military plane 49 years ago before crashing off the English coast is a step closer to being solved.

On May 23, 1969, after a night of drinking, Sergeant Paul Meyer bluffed his way past ground crew at a US air base in eastern England and took off in a four-engined Hercules C-130.
May 24, 2018 5:43 PM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
The battle over brumbies: how NSW's invasive species became heritage horses

Cull in Kosciuszko national park scrapped in favour of legislation to ensure feral animals are protected



Lives, homes in danger from WA bushfires
8:02am May 25, 2018

Lives and homes may be at risk as a series of bushfires burn out-of-control in the southern region of Western Australia

Residents in Albany have been issued an immediate bushfire warning, with an official alert to act now to survive with lives and homes under threat.

May 25, 2018 4:58 AM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
Western Ukraine Air Controller redirected MH17 out of an international air corridor while the aircraft (MH17) was still in Polish airspace, the air controller ordered MH17 to change its flight path and headed the aircraft (MH17) to lower its ceiling and fly a course straight to a missile system, they the West Ukraine government, had known for three days the location of the missile system. And they the West Ukraine Government released to international news media photos of the missile system parked alongside a round about. By there own admission they stated two West Ukraine air force planes had been shot down by missile systems previously owned by Ukraine prior to divided lines of democracy.




Malaysia's transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said: 'MH17's flight path was a busy major airway, like a highway in the sky. It followed a route which was set out by the international aviation authorities, approved by Eurocontrol, and used by hundreds of other aircraft.'
It emerged that flight MH17 had initially filed a flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000ft above Ukrainian territory. On entering Ukrainian airspace, however, the plane's pilots were instructed to fly at 33,000ft by the local air traffic control due to other traffic. Malaysia Airlines said the pilots had to follow the lead of the local authorities.
The crew were aware of the no-fly zone covering Crimea and south-eastern Ukraine implemented by the International Cival Aviation Organisation, so to would every air controller in that region.

Malaysian Airlines MH17 Was Ordered to Fly over the East Ukraine War zone.

Malaysian Airlines Confirms that it was Instructed to Fly MH17 at Lower Altitude over East Ukraine

On the matter of MH17’s flight path, Malaysian Airlines confirms that the pilot was instructed to fly at a lower altitude by the Kiev air traffic control tower upon its entry into Ukraine airspace.

”MH17 filed a flight plan requesting to fly at 35,000ft throughout Ukrainian airspace. This is close to the ‘optimum’ altitude.

However, an aircraft’s altitude in flight is determined by air traffic control on the ground. Upon entering Ukrainian airspace, MH17 was instructed by Ukrainian air traffic control to fly at 33,000ft.”
( For further details see press releases at : )

33,000 feet is 1000 feet above the restricted flight altitude (see image below). The request of the Ukrainian air traffic control authorities was implemented.

MAS operations director Captain Izham Ismail has also refuted claims that heavy weather led to MH17 changing its flight plan.“There were no reports from the pilot to suggest that this was the case,” Izham said. (News Malaysia July 20, 2014)

What is significant, however, is that the Western media acknowledged that the change in the flight path did occur, and that the “heavy weather” narrative is a fabrication.
MH17 Flight Route Approved By Eurocontrol, Safe Per ICAO, IATA









May 25, 2018 4:42 PM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
Shooter detained after Indianapolis school shooting

A SCIENCE teacher is being hailed a hero after tackling a school shooter who left two injured in Indianapolis.

A MALE student armed with two handguns opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning (local time), wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody.

Australia looses the plot:
Clive Palmer’s assets frozen by court

CLIVE Palmer has had more than $200 million in personal assets frozen by a court after a nine-month legal battle.


Australia looses the plot:

Russia accused of shooting down Malaysian airliner

Russia slams 'discrediting' bid after Netherlands and Australia say it's liable for 2014 downing of jet that killed 298.
May 26, 2018 3:53 AM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
China has begun large-scale mining operations on its side of the disputed border with India in the Himalayas, where a huge trove of gold, silver and other precious minerals – valued at nearly US$60 billion by Chinese state geologists – has been found.

ost of the precious minerals – which include rare earths used to make hi-tech products – are hidden under Lhunze county, a military stronghold China took from India by force nearly 60 years ago.

In just a few years, the discovery has turned the once quiet, remote county with 30,000 permanent residents, most of them Tibetan herders, into a booming mining centre.

China conquered South Tibet after launching a war against India in the early 1960s. “But our troops had to retreat quickly because we had no people there to hold the land,” the scientist said.

May 26, 2018 4:48 PM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
More than 1,600 Chinese structures in South China Sea



Rare Sighting of Small, Critically Endangered Deer Reported in Vietnam
The camera trap images of two large-antlered muntjacs offer a glimmer of hope for the species



India-Vietnam Defense Ties in the Spotlight With Naval Exercise

Recent engagements confirm the uptick in activity in the defense realm.

On May 21, three Indian naval ships began a five-day visit to the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, which is expected to culminate in a naval exercise between the two sides.


An unexpected find in a Vietnam shop, a journey home for a Marine's dog tag

Marine Pfc. William J. Bresnahan didn’t make it back from Vietnam. His body was returned in a casket and buried on June 12, 1967, at Saint Denis Cemetery, not far from his home, with full military honors.

His personal effects — photographs, letters from home, his money clip, high school class ring and service medals, including a Purple Heart — arrived later at the house in a big manila envelope.

One thing was missing. His dog tags.

May 27, 2018 12:04 AM CST Huge response to Qantas pilot school as more than 12,500 apply / + some international affairs
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