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Ken Hanly

Digital Journalist based in Brandon, MB, Canada. Joined on Jun 28, 2009
Expertise in General business news & info, Education, Politics

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US House Committee unveils $696.5 billion military spending bill

Washington - The House Armed Services Committee has unveiled a new military spending bill of $696.5 billion just a few days after chair Marc Thornberry announced that there was to be a bill of $640 billion.

Op-Ed: US warns that Assad may be planning a chemical attack in Syria

Washington - The US White House said on Monday that US intelligence had observed potential preparations for a similar attack similar to those observed prior to an attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhhoun last April blamed on Assad.

Op-Ed: Unrest may follow upon bribery charges against Brazil's president

Brazil's chief prosecutor delivered a series of charges against President Temer to a Supreme Court judge. The judge must decide if the case can be sent to the lower house of the Brazilian parliament.

Op-Ed: South Korean President and Trump may clash on policies

This week the new South Korean President Moon Jae-In will visit the United States and have his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. Moon's policies towards North Korea are less aggressive than those of the U.S.

Libyan Benghazi Defense Brigades agree to disband

The Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) has offered to dissolve itself and integrate some members into a legitimate army of the UN-brokered Government of National Accord (GNA). The group claims the move is to save Libya from further bloodshed.

Op-Ed: California Democrats put universal health care bill on hold

Sacramento - The California Senate recently passed a universal health care plan. However, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon has put the bill on hold indefinitely. The plan was sponsored bye the California Nurses Association.

Op-Ed: Questions remain about USS Fitzgerald collision with cargo ship

Tokyo - There are still many questions as to how the U.S. destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald managed to be hit by the bow of a cargo vessel off the Japan coast.

Op-Ed: Most U.S. terrorist attacks perpetrated by right-wing extremists

A new report claims that right-wing extremists were responsible for nearly twice as many incidents of terrorist acts as those identified with "Islamist domestic terrorism".

Op-Ed: Trump may take a hard line with Pakistan and up drone attacks

U.S. president Donald Trump is said to be considering a hard-line approach to relations with Pakistan in order to crack down on Pakistan-based militants who are launching attacks in Afghanistan.

Op-Ed: Trump revives the swamp and makes the rich richer again

Washington - U.S. president Donald Trump on the campaign trail railed against the influence of Wall Street on U.S. politics and promised to drain the Washington swamp but has done exactly the opposite.

Op-Ed: U.S. Admiral claims new icebreakers should have missiles

Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard, told a U.S. House sub-committee that the U.S. may need icebreakers with surface-to-air missiles to defend U.S. sovereign resources from Russia and China.

Op-Ed: Defeat of Islamic State will not end conflict in Syria

While the U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces are confronting the Islamic State in eastern Syria and beginning to enter the strategic city of Raqqa, the Syrian Army has been taking control of positions in their rear further west.

Op-Ed: Two Canadian airports ban ads by Flight Claim

The Quebec Company Flight Claim, based in Montreal, in April signed a contract for $73,000 that would allow them to run ads on baggage screens at Montreal's Pierre Elliot Trudeau airport.

Op-Ed: U.S. downing of Assad aircraft ups tensions with Russia in Syria

Russia has said that it will now consider US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its forces are also present as "targets" after the U.S. downed a Syrian jet.

Op-Ed: Lebanese academic to be new head of UN mission in Libya

The former Lebanese Minister of Culture from 2000 to 2003, Ghassan Salame has been appointed as the new UN envoy to Libya by the UN Secretary General Antonio Gutterres according to a number of media sources.

Op-Ed: Former Gadaffi air force chief said to return to Libya

Gaddafi's last commander of his air force Ali Sharif Al-Rifi fled Libya in 2011 but is now reported to have returned to his home town of Waddan in the Al-Jufra area.

Fed interest rate hike will have only modest effect on consumers

Washington - The US Federal Reserve increased short-term interest rates by a quarter point on Wednesday to an upper limit of 1.25 percent. The increase will have a quite modest impact on consumer's borrowing costs.

Op-Ed: Canada uses Trump's failings to defend doing what Trump wants

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan reveals that the Canadian government will increase defence spending by 70 percent over the next decade.

Op-Ed: U.S. general: 10,000 to 20,000 troops needed to beat Taliban

General Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff of the U.S. army said that the 16-year-old U.S. involvement in Afghanistan was a disgrace.

Libya's oil production could reach one million barrels a day soon

Speaking to U.K. ambassador, Peter Millett, Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) chair Mustafa Sanalla claimed that Libya was on course to produce one million barrels per day by the end of July.
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