May 17, 2019

US photos showed cruise missiles on Iranian boats

fatido/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- One of the key "threat streams" that Iran or Iranian-backed groups in the Middle East were planning possible attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq, Syria and at sea were U.S. intelligence photos that indicated that Iran had placed cruise missiles on small boats in the Persian Gulf region that could be used against ships or land targets, according to a U.S. official. That imagery suggested a threat to U.S. naval ships, ships of partner nations and was one of the factors..
May 17, 2019

Pentagon wants to help Afghan insurgents willing to enter ceasefire

KeithBinns/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon is requesting the ability to provide lodging and transportation to insurgent groups in Afghanistan that are looking to implement local ceasefires with the Afghan government, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The decision to request the authority came after a largely successful ceasefire was implemented between the Taliban and Afghan government last summer. "Following the June 2018 ceasefire in Afghanistan, the Commander of U.S. Forces--Afghanistan reque..
May 17, 2019

Tons of plastic, other waste washing onto shores of remote Australian islands: Study

Eloi_Omella/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Millions of pieces of plastic are washing onto the shores of a chain of remote Australian islands, according to a new study. The waste is polluting the Coco Islands, an archipelago of 27 tiny islands located in the Indian Ocean about 1,300 miles off the coast of northwest Australia. It mostly consists of bottle caps and lids, plastic drinking straws and shoes, "predominantly" flip-flops, according to a study published Thursday by Scientific Reports. The study did..
May 17, 2019

Austria’s headscarf ban sensationalizes a marginal issue, Muslim groups say

Montes-Bradley/iStock(BERLIN) -- Six months after banning headscarves in Austrian kindergartens, the country's ruling right-wing government has gone a step further and prohibited girls under the age of 11 from wearing the Muslim covering in primary schools. The ban, which Austrian lawmakers approved in a vote late on Wednesday, was proposed by the country’s right-wing coalition government, which is made up of the populist far-right Freedom Party (FPO) and center-right People’s Party (OVP). ..