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Trump says he 'decided not to kill a lot of Iranians' after drone shootdown

Trump says he 'decided not to kill a lot of Iranians' after drone shootdownThe downing of the drone came amid steadily escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran over that country’s nuclear program. Iran’s government said the drone was over its airspace.

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 11:33 AM

Witness could face perjury charge in Navy SEAL court-martial

Witness could face perjury charge in Navy SEAL court-martialA witness who dropped stunning testimony at the war crimes trial of a decorated Navy SEAL by telling the court he had killed an Islamic State captive in Iraq in 2017 — not his accused platoon chief — could now face charges of perjury, according to the Navy. The Navy's legal adviser to the commander overseeing the court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher notified the witness's lawyer, Brian Ferguson, in an email late Tuesday that the testimony Corey Scott gave last week could be used against him if he lied on the stand or gave a false statement. Cmdr. Tam Lawrence, Naval Special Warfare spokesperson, said Scott was granted immunity in exchange for the promise of truthful testimony.

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 11:18 PM

Iran drone downing highlights limitations of US unmanned aircraft

Iran drone downing highlights limitations of US unmanned aircraftUS drones have been a key tool in conflicts against insurgent organizations such as the Taliban and the Islamic State group, but Iran's downing of one of the aircraft highlights their limitations against more sophisticated adversaries. While drones offer the significant attraction of not putting American lives at risk and can stay aloft for more than a day, allowing for extended surveillance missions, they can be vulnerable to air defenses, are often expensive, and their loss can lead to sensitive hardware falling into the wrong hands. "I believe sophisticated air defenses will continue to have good chances to shoot down an aircraft like an RQ-4 whenever it is in position to do meaningful surveillance of their territories or other assets," he said, referring to the type of drone brought down by Iran last week near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 10:04 AM

U.A.E. Splits With U.S. Over Blame for Oil Tanker Attack in May

U.A.E. Splits With U.S. Over Blame for Oil Tanker Attack in May(Bloomberg) -- The United Arab Emirates appeared to distance itself from U.S. claims that pinned attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on Iran.“Honestly we can’t point the blame at any country because we don’t have evidence,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Wednesday in Moscow. “If there is a country that has the evidence, then I’m convinced that the international community will listen to it. But we need to make sure the evidence is precise and convincing.”While an investigation by the U.A.E., Norway and Saudi Arabia concluded that a “state actor” was most likely behind the incident in May, no nation was singled out. Still, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that Iran was almost certainly responsible.The attack predated the pair of strikes in the Gulf of Oman this month that the U.S. has also blamed on Iran. Vessels were targeted off the U.A.E. coast in May as they made their way toward the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s foremost oil shipping chokepoint.Iran’s foreign minister has labeled Bolton and the leaders of the U.A.E., Israel and Saudi Arabia as the “B-team” that’s prodding President Donald Trump into going to war with the Islamic Republic. Trump slapped new sanctions on Tehran this week.With tensions on the rise across the Middle East, the U.A.E.’s top diplomat tried to change tack after talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.“We are in a region that is tense and important for the world and we don’t want more tension,” said Sheikh Abdullah.\--With assistance from Zainab Fattah and Verity Ratcliffe.To contact the reporter on this story: Abbas Al Lawati in Dubai at aallawati6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at, Paul Abelsky, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 7:23 AM

Best Kamado Grills From Consumer Reports' Tests

Best Kamado Grills From Consumer Reports' TestsFor more than 30 years, the Big Green Egg was the only widely available kamado-style charcoal grill. In that time, this grill developed a cultlike following, and it’s easy to see why.  Its thick ...

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 5:00 PM

UPDATE 5-U.S. regulator cites new flaw on grounded Boeing 737 MAX

UPDATE 5-U.S. regulator cites new flaw on grounded Boeing 737 MAXWASHINGTON/SEATTLE, June 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has identified a new risk that Boeing Co must address on its 737 MAX before the grounded jet can return to service, the agency said on Wednesday. The risk was discovered during a simulator test last week and it is not yet clear if the issue can be addressed with a software upgrade or will require a more complex hardware fix, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The FAA did not elaborate on the latest setback for Boeing, which has been working to get its best-selling airplane back in the air following a worldwide grounding in March in the wake of two deadly crashes within five months.

POSTED JUNE 26, 2019 4:07 PM

Watch Out, Russia and China: The Navy Has a New Plan to Kill Your Submarines

Watch Out, Russia and China: The Navy Has a New Plan to Kill Your SubmarinesSmall said the Navy is ultimately looking for a “family of systems.”Should an enemy submarine surface well beyond undersea or surface drone detection range and send intelligence to attack platforms - US Navy platforms could be vulnerable in some instances. Fortified by targeting data from well beyond the horizon, enemy subs, planes and ships might, in this case, be well-positioned for a coordinated strike.However, should an interwoven web of Navy surveillance assets track and share vital information, coordinated surface, air and undersea drones could sustain an unprecedented advantage -- and a new attack synergy could actually begin to transform maritime warfare.Enemy mines, surface ships, small boats and submarines might be detected more quickly, but, perhaps of greater importance, cross-domain drone connectivity would completely change the sensor-to-shooter kill chain. With this in mind, Navy weapons developers have put this initiative on the fast track, with the hope of rapidly networking its fleet of surface, air and undersea drones.Submarine hunting with Textron’s Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) is already breaking through to a new level of detection and attack technology, laying a foundation of progress from which to build toward a new horizon of the desired interconnected maritime drone combat. This new level of multi-domain drone networking was described at the Navy League’s Sea Air Space Symposium by Capt. Pete Small, Program Manager for Unmanned Systems. Small said this is now being advanced through a collaborative effort between Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Air Systems Command.“In the command and control area we are looking to standardize protocols across UUVs, USV and UAVs,” Small said. Using common protocol standards and flexible architecture, the Navy plans to solidify what Small called “a smattering of manned and unmanned systems, satellites and ground stations communicating with the right interfaces.”Surface radio or GPS signals, coupled with various kinds of sonar or low-frequency undersea communications, form the foundation for emerging kinds of networking which bring the prospect of a new era of interconnectivity. Also, DARPA and BAE Systems are now working on an emerging GPS-like undersea networking technology as well.“You might have a destroyer that needs to operate a UUV and a USV and link back to a shore-based command and control center. You have got to have common protocols. Every unmanned system is a little different and has its own requirements. Ships and subs have different elements. You need commonality for platform integration,” Small said.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 9:00 PM

Skydiving plane in Hawaii crash was involved in previous terrifying incident

Skydiving plane in Hawaii crash was involved in previous terrifying incidentThe skydiving plane that crashed in Hawaii on Friday, killing all 11 aboard, had been involved in a terrifying incident before that.

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 11:58 AM

Democratic debate winners and losers: Elizabeth Warren triumphs while Beto O'Rourke flounders

Democratic debate winners and losers: Elizabeth Warren triumphs while Beto O'Rourke floundersThe Democrat Party 2020 presidential election debate in Miami was the major chance for the many of the candidates involved to pitch themselves to a national audience.The 10 candidates on the stage, with another 10 debating tomorrow, had around 10 minutes maximum to make sure they stood out. Some triumphed, some failed.The candidates were: Cory Booker, Beto O'Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Julián Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Tim Ryan, John Delaney, Bill de Blasio, and Jay Inslee.Ms Warren is the frontrunner of those names when it comes to the national polls, with Mr Booker and Mr O'Rourke the other candidates with solid name recognition.Here are our winners and losers from the two hours of questions, impassioned statements and squabbles. WinnersElizabeth WarrenThe senator from Massachusetts was the person to beat in the debate and would have expected the other candidates to come after her. Getting through the two hours without a major slip or spat would have been enough.But Ms Warren did more than that. She has set herself up as the candidate with plans, putting out more policy plans than almost anyone else among the more than 20 Democrat candidates. That showed in a strong first hour that involved questions on her favourite topics - healthcare and the economy.She has called for "structural change" in many departments and that message was relayed strongly. Other candidates will be bemoan her airtime, the third most among the candidates, and the fact she was given the last word.A quieter second half to the debate might be picked up by some - but giving other candidates a chance to fight with each other for the limelight left her looking quite stately.Cory BookerThe New Jersey senator spoke for the longest amount of time, 10 minutes and 55 seconds, but he used it effectively.He was involved in most of the topics and had one standout moment talking about violence against the LGBT+ community and particularly."We do not talk enough about transgender Americans — especially African-American trans Americans," he said to a cheer from the audience.Mr Booker had decent name recognition before the debate and will not have done his standing any harm.Julian Castro The former San Antonio mayor had been running under the radar - but had a very strong night.He managed to carve out more than nine minutes of speaking time and made sure he took advantage of an emphasis on immigration for a large section of the debate.Gained a cheer for his quote that the the photograph of the bodies of Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria who drowned crossing the Rio Grande should "p*** us all off".Painted President Donald Trump as cruel over his border policies in the wake of that and made former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke look slightly foolish when the pair clashed over what to do over immigration at the southern border.Amy KlobucharThe centrist candidate sounded level-headed throughout the debate, whether she landed enough big hits is open to question - but she got a couple of quips in about Mr Trump's unsuitability for office.She also scored a big point in taking Washington Governor Jay Inslee to task in trying to claim credit over legislating to protect a woman's right to choice an abortion in his state. Ms Klobuchar said that there were "three women on the stage" who had fought hard to protect those rights.Lower-polling candidatesTim Ryan and John Delaney got in a decent amount of airtime each - around seven minutes - and scored some decent soundbites on immigration and climate policy.Mr Inslee's major issue is global warming and much of his four minutes of talking was taken up with discussion of it. He will take that as a win. LosersBeto O'RourkeThe former Texas congressman, who shot to national attention during his close-but-no-cigar run for the Senate in 2018 in a deeply Republican state, had a bad night.He has been able to raise a lot of money from donations, but was out of his depth on policy here and sounded forced.Speaking Spanish was a good way to reach out to the Latino vote - but being beaten on immigration issues by Mr Castro was not.He needs to start looking like a well-rounded candidate to lift his sagging poll numbers. But he did not do that here.Bill De BlasioThe New York mayor wanted to show off his policies on wages and gun control to a national audience. What he actually did was repeatedly talk over others and failed to make much of an impact.Will have done his likeability with voters some harm. Tulsi GabbardMs Gabbard was the most searched candidate on Google during the debate, and that is likely what she would want. Pushed her military credentials when speaking about foreign policy which should win some fans,However, pivoting questions to her military record when it did not call for it, such as when being asked about the gender pay gap will have left a sour taste.The debate formatIt was always going to be difficult for candidates to make inroads in a format that had 10 people on stage on each of two nights.Policy was generally front and centre, which will have pleased party leadership, but in reality we will not get a true idea of candidates and their ideals for another few months.

POSTED JUNE 27, 2019 12:51 AM

Donald Trump says woman who claimed he raped her is 'not my type'

Donald Trump says woman who claimed he raped her is 'not my type'Donald Trump has said that a woman who claimed to have been raped by him more than 20 years ago is “not my type”.  The US president made the comment as he again denied an alleged sexual assault on the journalist E Jean Carroll.   Carroll said the incident happened in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman a luxury New York department store in the mid-1990s.  She claimed Mr Trump pulled down her tights against her will and raped her. Mr Trump has categorically denied the claim.  Interviewed by The Hill, the US political newspaper, Mr Trump said: “I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” Asked if she was lying, Mr Trump said “totally lying” and added: “I know nothing about this woman. I know nothing about her. She is - it’s just a terrible thing that people can make statements like that.” E. Jean Carroll, the journalist and columnist, makes the rape allegation in a new book Credit: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle Speaking to CNN, Carroll reacted to Mr Trump’s comment by saying: “I love that I'm not his type.” She said of the incident: “It was against my will, and it hurt, and it was a fight." Caroll also generated headlines by saying that “most people think of rape as being sexy” – a remark that came as she said the word rape carried “so many sexual connotations”.  Carroll detailed the claim about Mr Trump and other allegations of assault in her new book, exerts of which were run in New York Magazine last week. A senior White House official said at the time: “This is a completely false and unrealistic story surfacing 25 years after allegedly taking place and was created simply to make the President look bad.”

POSTED JUNE 25, 2019 2:43 PM

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