Reuters (via War News Updates) – 10 million North Koreans face food shortage after worst harvest, says United Nations * The UN found North Korean protein intake to be very low, with some families consuming protein only a few times a year
North Korea has cut food rations to 300 grammes a day – less than 11 ounces – the lowest ever for this time of year, and further cuts are likely after the worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said on Friday. | go to source
NDTV – Egypt’s antiquities ministry on Saturday unveiled a 4,500-year-old burial ground near the Giza pyramids containing colourful wooden coffins and limestone statues dating back to the Old Kingdom.
The site on the southeastern side of Giza plateau contains tombs and burial shafts from various periods, but the oldest is a limestone family tomb from the fifth dynasty (around 2500 BC), the ministry said. | go to source
Al Jazeera – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered “massive strikes” on the Gaza Strip after a two-day escalation that killed 24 Palestinians and four Israelis.
Israeli warplanes and gunboats continued to target the Gaza Strip on Sunday as fighters in the besieged enclave fired a barrage of rockets into southern Israel. | go to source
CTV News – Swedish broadcaster SVT says two activists linked to the Russian protest group Pussy Riot have successfully appealed their rejected asylum application and received shelter in Sweden.
Broadcaster SVT says Lusine Dzhanyan and Alexei Knedlyakovsky, who have two children, on Tuesday won their appeal of a 2018 ruling, where Swedish authorities said their situation didn’t justify asylum. | go to source
Greece is experiencing an ongoing shutdown of multiple mass public transportation services after transportation worker unions called for strikes beginning on May Day.
Times of India – Greece has been left without national rail, island ferry and other transport services for a day as unions hold strikes and rallies to celebrate May Day.
Hundreds of people gathered in central Athens on Wednesday for three separate rallies and marches to parliament organised by rival unions and left-wing groups. | go to source
Mexico Daily News – The consumer protection agency estimates that 11% of Mexico’s 12,000 gas stations do not sell complete liters of fuel, which many drivers have either realized or suspected for many years.
Profeco chief Ricardo Sheffield Padilla revealed that crooked gas stations tend to rob 100 milliliters of every liter of gasoline sold. He said Profeco inspects an average of 200 gas stations per week. | go to source
The IMF seems to believe a deal is in the works that could see an end to the ongoing US-China trade war.
Trend News Agency – International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Monday she expects the United States and China to reach a deal to end their trade dispute, which has unnerved financial markets and cast a shadow over the global economy, Trend reported citing Reuters. “I would say ‘Yes,’” Lagarde said at the Milken Institute Global Conference when asked whether talks between the world’s two largest economies would end in a deal. | go to source
NDTV – Last Thursday, Shane Piche, a former bus driver for the school district in Watertown, N.Y., received his sentence. Two months earlier, the 26-year-old had pleaded guilty to third-degree rape. According to the Watertown Daily Times, Piche had raped a 14-year-old girl who was on his bus route. But rather than hand Piche a prison sentence, Jefferson County Judge James McClusky gave the defendant 10 years probation, and assigned him the lowest level status on New York’s sex offender registry. The judge’s ruling goes against prosecutors’ hopes – and against the wishes of the victim’s family. | go to source
Times of India – A Turkish human rights group says close to 3,000 prisoners have joined a hunger strike to press authorities to end the alleged isolation in jail of Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. Human Rights Association head Ozturk Turkdogan said Tuesday that 2,983 people in 90 prisons are refusing food in protest of the jail conditions for Ocalan, whose family members and lawyers reportedly have been denied visits. | go to source
Al Jazeera – A US veteran of the war in Afghanistan, who prosecutors say plotted to detonate a bomb at a Los Angeles area rally causing mass casualties, has been taken into custody following an FBI online sting operation, federal prosecutors said on Monday. Mark Steven Domingo, 26, a US Army infantryman who served time in Afghanistan and later converted to Islam, was taken into custody on Friday after being given what he thought was a live explosive device to use in the attack, federal prosecutors said in a written statement. | go to source
The situation in Sudan appears to be headed towards more stability and normality after the military and a council representing the people protesting the military’s two-year transition to civilian government have reached an agreement to form a council for the path to civilian rule to be expedited.
Al Jazeera – There has been a breakthrough in Sudan after weeks of a standoff between protesters and the military over how the country should be governed in the coming months. Protest leaders and the army have reached a deal to form a joint civilian-military council to discuss a peaceful transition to civilian rule. | go to source
NATO is sending a message to Russia I am sure Putin will not appreciate. The message comes in the form of a military exercise in Estonia, the little Baltic state that was once a Soviet satellite.
Defense Blog – The Spring Storm is a large-scale live exercise of the Estonian Defence Forces, with participation from NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence and other Allied forces. This year’s training involved approximately 10 thousand soldiers and hundreds of combat vehicles and aircraft. “The Spring Storm exercise this year will be held in northeastern Estonia.Nearly 10,000 troops will take part in them, including the military contingents of Great Britain and Belgium from the NATO international battalion stationed in Estonia and the soldiers of the Estonian Defense Forces, ” the press service of the Estonian Armed Forces said. | go to source
Fox News – Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was pictured in a new video for the first time since July 2014, SITE Intelligence Group said Monday. The video was released by ISIS’s propaganda arm al-Furqan.
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Mexico News Daily – The foreign affairs secretary expressed concern over border delays in a diplomatic note to the United States embassy on Friday. Marcelo Ebrard urged the U.S. government to hasten the movement of border traffic that has been slowed by measures and threats by President Donald Trump. | go to source
Trend News Agency – On April 26, a meeting was held between Ambassador Ariel Bergamino, acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, and Rashad Aslanov, ambassador of Azerbaijan accredited to Uruguay, Trend reports with reference to Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry. | go to source
Channel News Asia – Germany has stopped processing some applications for asylum by Syrian refugees, pending a new assessment of the security situation in the war-torn country, according to a report on Saturday (Apr 26). | go to source
Multiple US tech firms are coming together to express concerns that Microsoft might decide to acquiesce to the Chinese government and cut off a Chinese tech labor movement using Guthub to coordinate their efforts.
From China Digital Times – U.S. Tech Workers Back Chinese Counterparts Over Work Conditions
“In recent months, Chinese tech workers have used the Microsoft-owned codesharing platform GitHub to coordinate the “996.icu” campaign against the long work hours demanded by many of their employers. Because of the site’s https encryption, which prevents selective blocking, and its immense value to the tech industry, which deters a site-wide block, it has increasingly been adopted by Chinese users as a haven for various kinds of sensitive content. Amid fears that the 996.icu movement might disrupt this situation, dozens of workers from Microsoft and other U.S. tech firms issued a letter this week expressing solidarity with their Chinese counterparts, and urging Microsoft and GitHub to resist any pressure to help stifle the movement.” | go to source
The Moscow Times – Putin is back in Beijing now for the new Silk Road’s second forum and this time, with opposition to Xi’s grand vision growing in the West, he’s bringing more than just bromides. After six years of wrangling, Russia has quietly approved its first project designed specifically for the Belt and Road Initiative — a toll road linking China’s western neighbor Kazakhstan with Belarus, which borders Poland and two other EU members. | go to source
China Mail – China and Russia will cooperate on an array of major strategic projects and increase capabilities to jointly cope with security threats and challenges, Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe said Thursday. | go to source
NewsRep – US Army’s new night vision goggles can link to rifle sights to fire around corners …..the U.S. Army is poised to begin fielding its new advanced night vision goggles, which feature not only improved low-light performance, but better vision capabilities across a wide swath of potential combat environments. The new Enhanced Night Vision Goggles – Binocular (ENVG-B) come with dual-tubed binoculars, rather than the old monocular setup, granting the user greater situational awareness and depth perception. The white phosphorous tubes also provide greater image resolution than the old green glow we’ve come to expect from night vision goggles. | go to source
Russia Today – Snack giant PepsiCo’s Indian subsidiary is suing nine farmers in the state of Gujarat, telling them to lay-off growing a type of spud used in its popular brand of potato chips. Advocacy groups, meanwhile, have vowed to bite back. The potato farmers, who tend plots averaging 3-4 acres in size, stand accused by the US multinational of infringement of intellectual property rights for the alleged illegal growing and selling of the particular tuber without Pepsi’s consent. Known as FL 2027, the variety is used in the company’s popular Lay’s brand of potato chips for which it has exclusive rights. | go to source
China is not too pleased with the recent US-Taiwan military deal involving F-16 fighters and training. They’ve issued the use bellicose response:
From War News Updates – Beijing has accused Washington of violating the one-China principle with its recent sale of a US$500 million military package to Taiwan, saying the act seriously hurt relations between the two countries and jeopardised stability in the Taiwan Strait. “The Chinese side resolutely opposes any countries selling weapons to Taiwan,” the defence ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, while repeating its position that it regards the self-ruled island as an inalienable part of the mainland and its need to uphold its territorial integrity. | go to source
China Mail – The Ukrainian parliament has approved a language law that seeks to increase the use of Ukrainian in a country where Russian is also widely used. The Supreme Rada on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to support the bill which will force increased use of Ukrainian in the media and in public administration. | go to source
NDTV – Sri Lanka has banned the use of drones and unmanned aircraft following the massive Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 350 people and injured more than 500 in the country’s worst terror attack. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said that the ban will be in effect until further notice. The use of drones and unmanned aircraft has been temporarily banned within the Sri Lankan airspace, Colombo Gazette reported. | go to source
Rightzilla – President Trump Accuses Former President Obama Of Ordering British Spies To Target His 2016 Campaign – War News Updates
Here is is folks. the tweet that produced the winnng zilla of the day, from War News Updates. simply highlighting what President Trump Tweeted, which was this “Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson accuses United Kingdom Intelligence of helping Obama Administration Spy on the 2016 Trump Presidential Campaign.” @OANN WOW! It is now just a question of time before the truth comes out, and when it does, it will be a beauty!”
This is the type of headline that could have been written by either zilla, but the rightzillas wrote it so the rightzillas get it. | go to source