Trump Orders Establishment of Space Force as Sixth Military Branch - The New York TimesAction.News ABC Action News Santa Barbara Calgary WestNet-HD Weather Traffic

Home WestNet.ca WebMail

              

Trump Orders Establishment of Space Force as Sixth Military Branch - The New York Times


Posted: Sat-Aug-2019



The idea has troubled lawmakers and even some members of the administration, who have cautioned that it could create unnecessary bureaucratic responsibilities for a military burdened by conflicts.

Headlines:
Heavy downpours wreak havoc in Istanbul and flood historic Grand Bazaar
TURKEY-WEATHER/

Strong rains in Istanbul on Saturday flooded several neighborhoods, as well as the Grand Bazaar, while officials said one person was found dead in the city.

... read more


'She's a phenomenon': Climate activist Greta Thunberg sailing into stiff winds in U.S.
Greta Thunberg Sets Sail from Plymouth UK

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is both humble and keenly aware of the powerful pulpit she occupies, but the 16-year-old from Sweden could run into fresh opposition from climate doubters when she arrives in the United States.

... read more


Baby dugong that captured hearts dies in Thailand
Thailand Baby Dugong

An eight-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste, officials said Saturday.

... read more


Who Framed Roger Rabbit animator Richard Williams dead at 86
Who framed roger rabbit

Richard Williams, a Canadian-British animator whose work on the bouncing cartoon bunny in Who Framed Roger Rabbit helped blur the boundaries between the animated world and our own, has died at age 86.

... read more


Hong Kong teachers march to 'protect our students' in 1 of several demonstrations
1162054492

Pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong's famous harbour on Saturday to demand the government heed their demands. Across the water, a pro-government rally called for an end to the sometimes violent protests.

... read more


Sudanese protesters ink final transition deal with army
1162031976

Sudan's pro-democracy movement signed a final power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council on Saturday at a ceremony in the capital, Khartoum.

... read more


Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir
1162027075

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy.

... read more


Medical examiner rules Epstein's prison death a suicide by hanging
PEOPLE-JEFFREY EPSTEIN/

The New York City medical examiner ruled Jeffrey Epstein's death a suicide on Friday, confirming after nearly a week of speculation that the financier hanged himself in his jail cell.

... read more


How rollbacks to the U.S. Endangered Species Act could impact conservation in Canada
USA-BUTTERFLIES/

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced some of the biggest changes in decades to the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The move will have ripple effects in Canada.

... read more


U.S. lawmaker Tlaib won't visit West Bank under 'oppressive conditions' imposed by Israel
APTOPIX US Israel Congress

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she won't travel to the West Bank after all to visit her family after the Israeli government lifted a ban on her entry, citing "oppressive conditions" that she says just work to humiliate her.

... read more


Mulan star Liu Yifei sparks boycott calls amid support of Hong Kong police
Disney's Mulan

The star of Disney's upcoming Mulan has become the latest entertainer to wade into the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, drawing praise from some while others call for a boycott of her anticipated live-action remake. 

... read more


Not for sale: Danish politicians ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland
1166568595

Danish politicians poured scorn on the idea of selling Greenland to the U.S. after reports President Donald Trump had privately discussed the idea of buying the world's biggest island with his advisers.

... read more


Suspect arrested after Canadian woman escapes attack in New Zealand that killed her fiancé
Bianca Buckley Sean Mckinnon

Police in New Zealand say a suspect has been arrested after an apparently random attack from which a Canadian woman was able to escape but killed her Australian fiancé.

... read more


Ebola spread to new Congo area reflects flawed response, aid workers say
CONGO EBOLA GOMA

A woman and her child were confirmed to be the first two Ebola cases in Congo's South Kivu province, health ministry says.

... read more


Cathay Pacific CEO resigns after Beijing pressure over employees in Hong Kong protests
HONGKONG-PROTESTS/

The CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways resigned on Friday following pressure by Beijing on the Hong Kong carrier over participation by some of its employees in anti-government protests.

... read more


Some migrants can be refused asylum at parts of U.S.-Mexico border, court rules
U.S. immigration

A federal appeals court's ruling Friday will allow the Trump administration to begin rejecting asylum at some parts of the U.S.-Mexico border for migrants who arrive after passing through a third country.

... read more


Protests break out in India-administered Kashmir as police ask people to stay indoors
India Kashmir

Hundreds of people protested an unprecedented security crackdown and clashed with police Friday in Indian-administered Kashmir, as India's government said it was constantly reviewing the situation in the disputed region and the restrictions there will be removed over the next few days.

... read more


Zimbabwe police fire tear gas, beat protesters upset over economic woes
ZIMBABWE-POLITICS/

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader said his Movement for Democratic Change party backed down from a planned anti-government protest on Friday to avoid bloodshed and would change tactics in confronting what it called a "fascist" government.

... read more


How Beijing wages its media assault on the credibility of the Hong Kong protesters
Slug Cda Hong Kong 20190814

When protesters at the Hong Kong airport on Tuesday kicked and tied up a man they thought was acting suspiciously, they played right into the hands of the Chinese government they've spent weeks rallying against. China's campaign to discredit the pro-democracy demonstrators continues to intensify.

... read more


U.S. says it has warrant to seize Iranian tanker released in Gibraltar
Gibraltar Persian Gulf Tension

The captain of an Iranian supertanker at the centre of a diplomatic standoff no longer wants to keep command of the ship, a move that could provide a window for the U.S. to mount legal action to seize the vessel.

... read more


WhatsApp Is Radicalizing The Right In Bolsonaro's Brazil
The app was used to spread misinformation that helped elect far-right authoritarian Jair Bolsonaro. It still serves as a platform for radicalization. ... read more


Greenland To Donald Trump: 'We're Not For Sale'
The country's foreign minister has poured cold water on the president's reported interest in buying the world's biggest island. ... read more


French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert Climbs Hong Kong Skyscraper, Hoists Reconciliation Flag
Robert was arrested after the climb and taken to a nearby police station. ... read more


North Korea Fired More Projectiles Into Sea, South Korea Military Says
The Joint Chiefs of Staff didn’t immediately say what the weapons were, how many were launched or how far they flew. ... read more


Israeli Flight Attendant Dies 4 Months After Contracting Measles
The 43-year-old mother of three fell into a coma shortly after a flight from New York City to Tel Aviv. ... read more


India's Prime Minister Defends Kashmir Decision Amid Clash With Pakistan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his India Independence Day speech Thursday to defend his decision to strip Kashmir of the disputed region's special status. ... read more


23 Injured As Russian Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Cornfield
The Ural Airlines A321 collided with a flock of birds that got into both of the plane's engines. ... read more


Hong Kong Prepares For More Protests
Pro-democracy protests forced the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights this week. ... read more


Germany Headed Towards Recession As Stocks Slump
An ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has weakened demand. ... read more


Flights Resume At Hong Kong Airport After Protests Ease
Protestors apologized for disrupting travel operations at Hong Kong's international airport over two days. ... read more


Alleged Christchurch Gunman Sends Inflammatory Letter From Prison
New Zealand officials said they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques to send the letter, which was posted on 4chan. ... read more


Hong Kong Airport Resumes Flights As Protesters Apologize
Hundreds of flights had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police in a deepening crisis in the Chinese-controlled city. ... read more


First Came A Mysterious Explosion, Then The Russian Denials
The Kremlin won’t say much about a blast at a secretive Russian nuclear reactor. ... read more


Hong Kong Flights Canceled Again As Protesters Take Over Airport Terminals
The central government in Beijing ominously characterized the current protest movement as something approaching "terrorism." ... read more


Archeologists Unearth 'Sorcerer's Treasure Trove' In Pompeii Dig
Scientists speculate that a box of crystals, amulets, beetles and miniature figures of animals and penises may have been used for luck or fertility rituals. ... read more


Kashmir Enters Another Day Of India-Imposed Lockdown And Internet Blackout
Some in the mostly-Muslim territory were allowed to walk to mosques for Eid over a week after India stripped the disputed Himalayan region of its autonomy. ... read more


Hong Kong’s Airport Reopens After Unprecedented Closure Amid Protests
Hong Kong International Airport reopened on Tuesday after China said widespread anti-government protests had halted flights the previous day. ... read more


A Right-Winger Just Triumphed In Guatemala's Presidential Election
President-elect Alejandro Giammattei could follow Guatemala's current leader in eroding human rights and targeting the country's democratic institutions. ... read more


Scientists Hail Promise Of First Effective Ebola Treatments In Congo Trial
An ongoing Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo has now become the second largest, killing at least 1,800 people since August 2018. ... read more


Russia Vows To Develop New Nuclear Weapons Despite Fatal Testing Mishap
Five Russian scientists were killed last week in what U.S. experts suspect was the botched test of a new nuclear missile. ... read more


Italy's Salvini lets 27 teenagers off Open Arms migrant ship
The interior minister backs down reluctantly over the migrant minors amid a row within his cabinet. ... read more


Russia bird strike: How cool heads glided jet down to safety
Russian crew are hailed as heroes for saving everyone aboard an Airbus jet hit by a flock of gulls. ... read more


Man found dead in underpass after Istanbul floods
A homeless man was found in the Unkapani district, apparently drowned, after heavy rain caused extensive damage ... read more


Malta migrants: Sole survivor describes 11 days in dinghy
Mohammed Adam Oga says 14 others died as they waited to be rescued in the Mediterranean. ... read more


Greenland: Trump warned that island cannot be bought from Denmark
Officials on the island say it's keen for trade and cooperation but it's not on the market. ... read more


Ken Clarke: I wouldn't rule out becoming prime minister
Ex-chancellor says he'd be willing to lead "a government of national unity" to prevent a no-deal Brexit. ... read more


Turkish army pension fund to buy British Steel
Turkey's military pension fund reaches a tentative deal to take over the insolvent steelmaker. ... read more


Big role of Europe humans in cave bear extinction
The arrival of human ancestors in Europe spelled the downfall of the cave bear some 40,000 years ago. ... read more


French 'Spiderman' scales HK skyscraper
The French daredevil unfurled a banner showing China and Hong Kong shaking hands. ... read more


Gareth Bale: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to 'count on' Wales forward
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he will now "count on" forward Gareth Bale despite previously saying the forward could leave. ... read more


Nora Quoirin death: Family want more answers after post-mortem
Nora Quoirin's family say post-mortem results do not answer the "many questions" they still have. ... read more


EuroMillions TV advert featuring paedophile pulled
Lottery operator Camelot confirms the advert will not be shown again ahead of Friday's rollover. ... read more


German finger wrestling pulls a crowd in Bavaria
The traditional contest sees men trying to pull each other across a table with just one finger. ... read more


Plastic particles falling out of sky with snow in Arctic
Even in the Arctic, microscopic particles of plastic are falling out of the sky with snow, a study has found. ... read more


The children sent to a DR Congo 'holiday camp' never to come back
A Belgian court is investigating an orphanage for alleged abduction of children from DR Congo. ... read more


ASAP Rocky: A complete timeline of rapper's assault case
ASAP Rocky and his co-accused are found guilty of assault in Sweden, a month after his arrest. ... read more


The 'poetry of concrete' and the tragedy of a broken bridge
Seven people tell the story of their connection to the Genoa bridge collapse. ... read more


Climate activists block train outside German VW car plant
Activists chain themselves to rails near a Volkswagen factory in the northern city of Wolfsburg. ... read more


Twin festival in northwest France reaches 25th year
The town of Pleucadeuc in northwest France holds an annual festival for twins, now in its 25th year. ... read more


Russia bird strike: Collision with gulls forces plane to land in field
Dozens of people were injured when the Airbus 321 was forced to land in a field near Moscow. ... read more


Far-right rally in Portland met by anti-fascist protesters
President Donald Trump tweeted about the demonstration, saying there is consideration to labeling Antifa an "organization of terror." ... read more


'Waiting for her': Rep. Tlaib's grandmother in the West Bank still hopes for a visit
"I hope, inshallah, that she will come back. I’m waiting for her," Muftia Tlaib told NBC News. ... read more


Ditch the switch? Call to go on permanent daylight saving time grows
Changing our clocks twice a year can be confusing — and it might also kill us, studies show. Now activists and some lawmakers are trying to do away with the "antiquated practice." ... read more


How teen Greta Thunberg went from solitary climate change protester to icon
“Instead of worrying about how that future might turn out, I’m going to try to change that future while I still can,” the teen told NBC News. ... read more


U.S. seeking to seize Iranian tanker detained in Gibraltar
The Grace 1 oil tanker seized by British authorities was suspected of violating European Union sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, an ally of Iran. ... read more


New Orleans TV anchor dies in plane crash while reporting a story
The longtime, award-winning news anchor in New Orleans died along with a veteran stunt pilot. ... read more


Georgia teen collapses, dies in summer heat
"Being a former basketball player myself, I know those practices are mandatory, you can't just not go," the family's representative said. ... read more


Missouri city apologizes after selfie taken near scene where infant's body found
The photo was taken on a day intended to promote government service, but a Columbia official said it was insensitive. ... read more


Miley Cyrus' break-up drama isn't just gossip — it's a blow to the patriarchy
Women like Cyrus are speaking out about sexuality in ways that put the power — and responsibility — back into their own hands. ... read more


'I'm afraid': Frightened kids ask candidates to protect them from school shooters
Through tears, one girl put her question to O'Rourke: "What actions will you take to protect people like me and my classmates from this happening?" ... read more


Scientists ventured inside a rare 'fire cloud.' Here's what they found.
New research on the clouds aims to improve forecasts of weather and air quality. ... read more


Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s plane bounced multiple times, went off runway during crash
Earnhardt was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, two pilots and a dog. ... read more


Actor Heather Locklear pleads no contest in battery against deputies
A 120-day sentence was stayed pending completion of a residential treatment program, the district attorney said. ... read more


Video shows rescue of cruise-ship passenger in wheelchair who fell into water
A Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson said the woman was being escorted in a wheelchair by a family member when the accident happened. ... read more


Man charged after daughter, 12, drove into man and dog, killing them
Police said the girl apparently hit the gas instead of the brakes. ... read more


I wanted to make my community safer and more neighborly. The advice I got surprised me.
A professor and police offer share out-of-the box ways to reduce crime and make your neighborhood safer. ... read more


Girl wore tux for senior portrait. School yearbook left her picture out.
Holley Gerelds said she felt "more comfortable" in a tux than the traditional black drape for girls. The yearbook listed her as "not pictured." ... read more


Airport worker fired for slipping traveler note that read: 'you ugly'
Neal Strassner says a security guard handed him a torn piece of paper with the two words scrawled on it. ... read more


Computer crash delays air travelers
"Customs is experiencing a system shutdown nationwide," New York's Kennedy airport said on Twitter. ... read more


White Arkansas woman charged with pulling gun on black teens fundraising for school
Jerri Kelly, 46, has been booked on suspicion of false imprisonment and endangering welfare of a minor. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975786/190817-portland-rally-mn-1555_15ff229b14ba2001c1902e9caec4a43d.jpg
Far-right rally in Portland met by anti-fascist protesters
President Donald Trump tweeted about the demonstration, saying there is consideration to labeling Antifa an "organization of terror." ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975511/tlaib_grandmother_675c30e0a43f846f87abfea610b0ff7e.jpg
'Waiting for her': Rep. Tlaib's grandmother in the West Bank still hopes for a visit
"I hope, inshallah, that she will come back. I’m waiting for her," Muftia Tlaib told NBC News. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2969386/190812-daylight-savings-time-main-kh_469a3f0451d4f71d318339f10cb1159a.jpg
Ditch the switch? Call to go on permanent daylight saving time grows
Changing our clocks twice a year can be confusing — and it might also kill us, studies show. Now activists and some lawmakers are trying to do away with the "antiquated practice." ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_32/2964246/190808-greta-thunberg-young-climate-activists-main-kh_517be93172c217a1da231a4aea94e86a.jpg
How teen Greta Thunberg went from solitary climate change protester to icon
“Instead of worrying about how that future might turn out, I’m going to try to change that future while I still can,” the teen told NBC News. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975731/190817-grace-tanker-gibraltar-mn-140_db4a6811d6bfb8d3800e473e29576018.jpg
U.S. seeking to seize Iranian tanker detained in Gibraltar
The Grace 1 oil tanker seized by British authorities was suspected of violating European Union sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, an ally of Iran. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975751/190817-nancy-parker-mn-1440_7f083333c4dd61965bdcfc50456043ea.jpg
New Orleans TV anchor dies in plane crash while reporting a story
The longtime, award-winning news anchor in New Orleans died along with a veteran stunt pilot. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2974276/190816-elite-scholars-academy-ew-1031a_7ea0d9bf984499227661fc3702471b4b.jpg
Georgia teen collapses, dies in summer heat
"Being a former basketball player myself, I know those practices are mandatory, you can't just not go," the family's representative said. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975351/190816-columbia-pd-officers-selfie-ac-1026p_b3b3446d18a18a5e3388fbd95bd85812.jpg
Missouri city apologizes after selfie taken near scene where infant's body found
The photo was taken on a day intended to promote government service, but a Columbia official said it was insensitive. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2973361/190815-miley-cyrus-ew-454p_9b94f442e45ade57fce18129dc5ea5aa.jpg
Miley Cyrus' break-up drama isn't just gossip — it's a blow to the patriarchy
Women like Cyrus are speaking out about sexuality in ways that put the power — and responsibility — back into their own hands. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975611/190815-beto-orourke-guns-1x1-mn-1025_f6464fc6fe61a278e7d31653d262b0e3.jpg
'I'm afraid': Frightened kids ask candidates to protect them from school shooters
Through tears, one girl put her question to O'Rourke: "What actions will you take to protect people like me and my classmates from this happening?" ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2970186/190813-firecloud-ac-632p_e39dceeb6ebf5e8846598e858fcbc06e.jpg
Scientists ventured inside a rare 'fire cloud.' Here's what they found.
New research on the clouds aims to improve forecasts of weather and air quality. ... read more


Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s plane bounced multiple times, went off runway during crash
Earnhardt was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, two pilots and a dog. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975331/190816-heather-locklear-nbc-news-mugshot-template-2018-ac-914p_7b41022400eb38d0c1f8d2649731ef8a.jpg
Actor Heather Locklear pleads no contest in battery against deputies
A 120-day sentence was stayed pending completion of a residential treatment program, the district attorney said. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975771/190817-cruise-rescue-virgin-islands-mn-1525_3333feea98e4125d2d53e5226554d4fa.jpg
Video shows rescue of cruise-ship passenger in wheelchair who fell into water
A Carnival Cruise Line spokesperson said the woman was being escorted in a wheelchair by a family member when the accident happened. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975621/190817-houston-tomas-mejia-mn-1055_ca27ce43e0d0f72492ff397c4850f052.jpg
Man charged after daughter, 12, drove into man and dog, killing them
Police said the girl apparently hit the gas instead of the brakes. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_31/2956756/190801-downtown-cincinnati-street-2008-ac-759p_f14f565745835a8961981e3c20064cd3.jpg
I wanted to make my community safer and more neighborly. The advice I got surprised me.
A professor and police offer share out-of-the box ways to reduce crime and make your neighborhood safer. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975666/190817-tux-yearbook-mn-1310_625950983dc77d9d36e0cc81285098a8.jpg
Girl wore tux for senior portrait. School yearbook left her picture out.
Holley Gerelds said she felt "more comfortable" in a tux than the traditional black drape for girls. The yearbook listed her as "not pictured." ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975241/190816-you-ugly-tsa-note-rochester-airport-se-705p_b5b642cfff27f8a3533af50772e69acb.jpg
Airport worker fired for slipping traveler note that read: 'you ugly'
Neal Strassner says a security guard handed him a torn piece of paper with the two words scrawled on it. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2975176/190816-delta-airplanes-jfk-2014-ac-621p_4fd16d5da45996aa4c6b3d7ddae8cf58.jpg
Computer crash delays air travelers
"Customs is experiencing a system shutdown nationwide," New York's Kennedy airport said on Twitter. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2974701/190816-jerri-kelly-template-se-331p_f19b551d2a5bcc5943ed2395331d54df.jpg
White Arkansas woman charged with pulling gun on black teens fundraising for school
Jerri Kelly, 46, has been booked on suspicion of false imprisonment and endangering welfare of a minor. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2974931/190816-dorian-harris-ac-427p_10f2864070a635fbbd7be1e6c9228544.jpghttps://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_11/2782046/190311-mexico-border-eva-longoria-cs-508p_ffd8fd31a4efb5641b3600a1c7302a70.jpghttps://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2974676/190816-gaby-dunn-interview-se-253p_5b631131d5854807737595feab1369fe.jpghttps://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2974606/190816-2x1-man-stowaway-flight-havana-ew-213p_d2cdfe3ae16c19e701b27d849e0c9a12.jpghttps://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_33/2974611/190816-naturalization-ceremomy-se-213p_fbf3e270ab9a1c6da3294e6dcb289424.jpg