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I am well Lily, got my wagon back after gearbox restore$$$$ errr but feels good. This morning all white outside, willie was hard to find...think yesterday was shortest day of the year. So yes i am well ta, hope your doing Ok and getting lots of sun!!
Two Brown Falcons, one Little Eagle flying high and five pictures of Wedge-tail Eagle

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Malaysia joined Saudi-led, 34-member Islamic alliance against the Islamic State in December last year

Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, the other participating countries joined in a recent exercise including UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Senegal, Sudan, the Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Mauritania and Mauritius.

Malaysia's Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu says the country is considering ending its involvement in Saudi Arabia's ongoing military aggression against the people of Yemen.

34 Muslim countries join forces to fight terrorism in Saudi-led coalition

Full list of 34 nations in the Islamic military alliance:

Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Palestinians, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Togos, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

The US government regularly launches air attacks on al-Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) targets in Yemen, and recently admitted to having deployed a small number of troops on the ground. The US, along with other western powers such as the UK and France, has also supplied the Saudi-led coalition with weapons and intelligence.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued an official statement condemning the ongoing war in Yemen and urging the US and European countries to stop supporting ‘aggressors' by providing weapons and jets. Tehran has requested that Riyadh and its western allies take immediate steps toward ending the conflict. The Iranian ministry pointed out that according to various international organizations, the Yemen blockade — organized by the Saudi-led coalition — has resulted in "the worst humanitarian situation in the world" and put over 12 million residents on the "verge of starvation."

China says will maintain normal relations with Iran

RE: Women and men....Lady doctors....

Clearly you have never heard of Tantra
You can call me what you like i don't care, you have no idea what you on about

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yeah i didn't want to spend anywhere near as much as i eventually did. However I am getting a lot of enjoyment out of the results...wave

RE: Women and men....Lady doctors....

healthy out look, good on you Mercedes if you listen to the christian your gunner find a lump story you would eventually very likely develop a lump. I think your doing the right thing by ignoring their crap

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for what its worth the type of camera really depends upon what you want to photograph. I'm (in old 35m terms) taking bird photos (mainly) using 820m (300mm f4 pro + 1.4x teleconverter +820m) using Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark ii, mirrorless camera to obtain the sought of photos posted. Touch over AU$5k

DSLR cameras take very good scene pictures but not really very capable at focusing in-between branches or stopping moving objects. They lack features like eye detection, also the olympus lens used has stabilization built into the 300mm lens, as well as in the camera and they both work in tandem. Weather proofing and other features that pushed price up.
Wildlife comes down to money one way or the other. I started with Olympus E500 then purchased OM-D E-M1 with 70-300mm lens, then updated to 75-300mm mkii lens, before going for broke with the gear i now use...i hope you get your Nikon Coolpix P900 soon and enjoy using itwave

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wave hope you have been keeping wellcomfort

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The 35th Brigade of the Iraqi Army's 9th Armored Division has replaced its M1A1M Abrams main battle tanks with Russian T-90s. The US media have claimed that the decision was the result of Pentagon concerns about the Abrams falling into the hands of Iranian-backed militias. However, Russian observers say the T-90 is simply a better tank for Iraq.

Baghdad ordered 73 T-90 and T-90SK command tanks from Russia in 2017, with deliveries starting in February 2018. Last week, 39 T-90/SKs entered into service with the 35th Mechanized Brigade, a battle-hardened unit that had engaged Daesh (ISIS)* at the battle of Mosul and the battle of Kirkuk in 2016 and 2017, respectively. According to the Defense Ministry, the brigade's remaining Abrams have been transferred to the 34th Armored Brigade, which previously operated T-72s.

The US media have tried to put a positive spin on the swap, with journalists and analysts for The War Zone and Military Times saying the decision was based "at least partly" on US complaints about Abrams tanks being used by Popular Mobilization Units, Shiite militia groups supported by Iran, but officially designated as part of the Iraqi armed forces.

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China’s new aircraft carrier is in for repairs — and its project manager faces corruption charges

Gunmen open fire at US art festival, at least 22 people have been injured after several people opened fire at an all-night festival in the US state of New Jersey.
Updated Updated 11 hours ago

China seen flexing loan muscle as it pushes further into Pacific

China’s thrust into the Pacific islands region, a collection of more than a dozen tiny nations including Fiji, Niue and Timor Leste scattered across thousands of miles of ocean, has the U.S. and its close ally Australia worried. The region played a key role in World War II and remains strategically important as Western powers seek to maintain open sea lines and stability. For Beijing, it offers raw materials, from gas to timber, and a clutch of countries who could voice support for its territorial claims.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday confirmed that the Papua New Guinean government last month insisted that Taiwan’s representative office change its name due to repeated pressure from China.

Since late last year, China had taken advantage of its status as the second-largest provider of aid to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to keep pressuring the government to change the name of Taiwan’s representative office and its treatment of the office’s staff, ministry spokesman Andrew Lee

Taiwan Loses 2 More Allies To China And Scrambles Jets To Track Chinese Bomber Drills

The West African country Burkina Faso became the latest country to cut ties with the island. After the Dominican Republic, that's two in less than one month. And like other countries, including the United States, that for decades have broken diplomatic relations with Taiwan, they did so for one reason: to please China.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen was angered by China's latest moves, including its poaching of Burkina Faso, one of Taiwan's last allies in Africa and the fourth country to ditch Taiwan since the president took office in 2016.

"The series of outrageous maneuvers from China intended to diminish Taiwan's sovereignty has crossed a red line for Taiwanese society

Malaysia is scrapping plans for a high-speed railway to Singapore. Here's who wins and loses

Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said his country would scrap plans to build a high-speed railway that would have linked Kuala Lumpur with Singapore.

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About 500 goods initially targeted for sanctions in March were stricken from the list at the behest of US firms that rely on imports.

Beijing's countermeasures closely mirrored Washington's, with 545 American exports, also valued at $34 billion, facing punitive duties as of July 6, including agricultural products and vehicles, according to the official news agency Xinhua.

China in April already put punitive duties on 128 US goods, including pork, wine and certain pipes in response to global US tariffs on steel and aluminium imposed by Trump the month before.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has seemingly invoked the Bible to justify the Trump administration's policy of separating children from migrants caught crossing the US-Mexico border

On Sunday, when New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern is due to deliver her first child, Winston Peters will receive a text message. It will confirm to him that he has taken over the role that he has circled for decades, after first winning entry to parliament in 1978. Peters, 73, will be acting prime minister in Labour’s left-leaning government.

China has fired back against the United States in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump by raising import duties on tens of billions of dollars of US goods including lobsters, soybeans, electric cars and whiskey.

The value of China's American lobster imports grew from $108.3m in 2016 to $142.4m last year. The country barely imported any American lobster a decade ago.

"Anything that affects the supply chain is obviously not a great thing," Kristan Porter, president of the Maine Lobstermen's Association, told the Associated Press news agency.

"The lobstermen obviously are concerned with trade and where they go."

China and the US are major seafood trading partners beyond just lobster, and the new tariffs would also apply to dozens of types of fish and other seafood that China imports from the US, including salmon, tuna and crab.

The US imported more than $2.7bn in Chinese seafood last year, and the US exported more than $1.3bn to China.

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On March 30, speaking at the energy forum in Seoul, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa said that the improvement of the security situation on the Korean peninsula will make it possible to start the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia to South Korea via North Korea.

Members of Saudi Arabia’s national football team will face a disciplinary penalty for their crushing defeat by Russia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup opener, the Al-Youm Assabaa newspaper quoted the Saudi Football Federation chief Adel Ezzat as saying.

Italian bank Intesa will continue working with Russian companies under sanctions, but without violating the restrictive measures imposed on them by the United States, Chairman of Intesa Supervisory Board Antonio Fallico told TASS on Friday.

The US Department of Justice has indicted five employees of Russia’s Sovfracht shipping company for supplying jet fuel to Syria in violation of US sanctions imposed on that country.

Phnom Penh – Cambodia on Monday inaugurated the 251-km section of the China-funded national road No. 6 from southeastern Kampong Cham province to northwestern Siem Reap province.

China’s defense minister is due to visit Cambodia this month to discuss expanding military ties between the two countries, according to Cambodia’s defense ministry.

Analysts have said that Cambodia is seeking to rapidly scale up its military ties with China after deteriorating relations with the United States when it pulled out of joint military drills last year.

Rangers find 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia
Snares – either metal or rope – are indiscriminately killing wildlife across Southeast Asia, from elephants to mouse deer. The problem has become so bad that scientists are referring to protected areas in the region as “empty forests.”

WASHINGTON, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Speaking with Fox News at the White House, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has started to return the remains of the U.S. soldiers missing in the Korean War.


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France is increasing its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region, sending warships through the South China Sea and planning air exercises to help counter China’s military build-up in disputed waters.

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to put the blame on Hamas.

Beijing’s islands-building in the South China Sea and their militarization, replete with surface-to-air missiles, is near complete. With guile, threat, and coercion, China can now seize control of one of the main transport arteries of Southeast Asia, making a mockery of international laws and norms.

But there is another prize in Beijing’s sights, an artery that runs straight through mainland Southeast Asia. The mighty Mekong River, which starts in China (known there as Lancang), and connects Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, is a crucial lifeline that nourishes some 60 million people along its banks.

Together these dams can hold back 23 billion cubic metres of water, or 27 percent of the river’s annual flow between China and Thailand. Other dams in the lower Mekong are piddling by comparison, with generating capacity in the tens or low hundreds of MW.

The bottom line: Chinese dams can now regulate the Mekong’s flow.

Thailand wants Vietnam and other neighboring countries to set up an infrastructure and project developments fund for the Mekong Delta region, aiming to cut their dependence on Chinese investment.

India wants to build armament factories in Vietnam to export to third countries, a military industry meeting heard Wednesday.

17 Foreigners Arrested in Chiang Mai for Teaching English Online

All foreign instructors were asked to produce passports and work permits to authorities. Twelve of them carried passports but had no work permits. They were two German nationals, an Irish national, a French national, a Dutch national, two Britons, two Australians and three Americans.

RE: I owe 11,700 USDs remaining on a 2015 Zero Emission Audi 3.0 Turbo Diesel.

Mazda gearbox started whinging four weeks ago, is currently on its way back from gearbox-doctor-Brett, repair main box $1,700.00 + freight, + new clutch $400.00 I purchased off eBay, + out and in etc etc
If its not one thing its another, is 75km from here to town.
I am planing a drive in the northern south Australian desert area birding asap...

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You think you got problems with your political system try this

Angry supporters of a losing election candidate have set fire to a passenger plane in Papua New Guinea's Highlands.

Witnesses said the Dash 8 aircraft was stopped from leaving the town of Mendi this afternoon and was set alight.

RE: I owe 11,700 USDs remaining on a 2015 Zero Emission Audi 3.0 Turbo Diesel.

AUTOMAKER Volkswagen says it’s being fined 1 billion euros ($1.550 billion) by German authorities in connection with the diesel emissions scandal.

Volkswagen said in a statement on Wednesday that it would accept the fine imposed by prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig.

Prosecutors concluded that Volkswagen failed to properly oversee the activity of its engine development department, resulting in some 10.7 million diesel vehicles with illegal emissions-controlling software being sold worldwide.
Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to manipulating 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide with software designed to reduce harmful emissions during testing but that allowed them to rise to many times legal limits in real driving conditions.

The scandal dubbed “dieselgate” has so far cost the world’s largest carmaker more than 25 billion euros in buybacks, fines and compensation, and the company remains mired in legal woes at home and abroad.

RE: I owe 11,700 USDs remaining on a 2015 Zero Emission Audi 3.0 Turbo Diesel.

image taken of an Australian take on the issue


If the car is not running hot then its unlikely to cook so itis probably spelt milkcrying

RE: I owe 11,700 USDs remaining on a 2015 Zero Emission Audi 3.0 Turbo Diesel.

if they have really stuffed its performance then perhaps you might, but how much would you loose probably best to carefully consider before you talk yourself into parting with it.

I just attempted to check USA second hand values and though most on offer were 2Lt not three i amaged to find a couple 3Lt

2015 Audi Q5 TDI Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) $33,500.

The 2015 Audi Q5 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Luxury Compact SUVs category. Currently the Audi Q5 has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 65 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
2015 Audi Q5 3.0T quattro tiptronic Premium Plus in Alexandria, VA Price: $27,900 Mileage: 44,004 miles

Certified 2015 Audi Q5 3.0T Premium Plus $34,888 Mileage 35,700

if its performance is Ok, why not take to your grave !!

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Saana: A Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's exiled government began an assault on Wednesday morning on Yemen's port city of Hodeida, a crucial battle in the three-year-old war that could push the Arab world's poorest country into further chaos.

Coalition warplanes and warships carried out strikes on Houthi fortifications to support ground operations by Yemeni troops massed south of port, the internationally recognised Yemeni government in exile said in a statement issued by its media office.

The US has provided the Arab coalition with logistical support, but it's unclear what position the Americans will take on a full-scale attack on Hodeida.

Wellington: Millennials and guacamole fans are dismayed with avocado prices hitting record highs in New Zealand.

The price for an average avocado hit $NZ5.06 ($4.69) in May, up from $NZ3.38 at the same time last year, according to Statistics New Zealand.

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Syngman Rhee was a South Korean politician, the first and the last Head of State of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, and President of South Korea from 1948 to 1960.

Rhee completed a traditional classical Confucian education and then entered a Methodist school, where he learned English. He became an ardent nationalist and, ultimately, a Christian. In 1896 he joined with other young Korean leaders to form the Independence Club, a group dedicated to asserting Korean independence from Japan. When right-wing elements destroyed the club in 1898, Rhee was arrested and imprisoned until 1904. On his release he went to the United States, where in 1910 he received a Ph.D. from Princeton University, becoming the first Korean to earn a doctorate from an American university. He returned home in 1910, the year in which Korea was annexed by Japan.

Rhee found it impossible to hide his hostility toward Japanese rule, and, after working briefly in a YMCA and as a high-school principal, he emigrated to Hawaii, which was then a U.S. territory. He spent the next 30 years as a spokesman for Korean independence, trying in vain to win international support for his cause. In 1919 he was elected (in absentia) president of the newly established Korean Provisional Government, in Shanghai. Rhee relocated to Shanghai the following year but returned to Hawaii in 1925. He remained president of the Provisional Government for 20 years, eventually being pushed out of the leadership by younger Korean nationalists centred in China. (Rhee had refused to recognize an earlier impeachment, for misuse of his authority, by the Provisional Government in the 1920s.) Rhee moved to Washington, D.C., and spent the World War II years trying to secure Allied promises of Korean independence.

As president, Rhee assumed dictatorial powers, tolerating little domestic opposition to his program. Rhee purged the National Assembly of members who opposed him and outlawed the opposition Progressive Party, whose leader, Cho Bong Am, was executed for treason. He controlled the appointment of mayors, village headmen, and chiefs of police. He even defied the United Nations (UN) during the Korean War (1950–53). Hoping that UN forces would continue to fight and eventually unite North and South Korea under one government, Rhee hindered the truce talks by ordering the release in June 1953 of some 25,000 anticommunist North Korean prisoners.

In 1949, Congress dragged its feet in considering a $150 million dollar aid bill to South Korea. Syngman Rhee had so often talked about invading North Korea that US leaders feared giving him too much in the way of weapons. For this reason, South Korea was sent only rifles, bazookas, and light artillery; tanks an airplanes were held back. Also by 1949, most of the US military had moved out. Only 500 advisors, known as KMAG (the Korean Military Advisory Group) remained in South Korea, under the command of Brigadier-General William L. Roberts. In January of 1950, the House defeated the Korean Aid Bill by a single vote; Korea was scheduled no to get American Aid for the following year, 1950.

On June 25, 1950 the North Korean army attacked South Korea, crossing the 38th Parallel. Pentagon officials were stunned, and had no immediate contingency plan ready. Some said little could be done, while others suggested it was the beginning of Stalin's plot to take over the world.

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of course most people have an American/ United Nations respondent Forces one eyed bias view of the interdependent arising's of the Korean War.
However no one yet knows what the current positive discussions lead to.
No body of sound mind expected NK to turn over its arms, but the talks are at least step in right direction I think.

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