Slovenia: Nato state appoints first female head of Armed Forces

Slovenia: Nato state appoints first female head of Armed Forces

Maj Gen Alenka Ermenc will take up the post of chief of staff on Wednesday. The 55-year-old former army commander began her military career in 1991, when the country won its independence from the former Yugoslavia. Maj Gen Ermenc is currently serving as the army’s deputy-chief of staff. President Borut Pahor said he hoped she would improve the army’s performance. “The global trend of a deteriorating security situation continues and even though Slovenia is not…

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Spongebob squarepants maker dies at 57

Spongebob squarepants maker dies at 57

The news was confirmed by Nickelodeon, which has broadcast the hugely popular cartoon series since 1999. In a statement, the company said Hillenburg’s cause of death was motor neurone disease (also known as ALS– a condition he revealed he had been diagnosed with in March last year. As well as creating the character, Hillenburg also directed 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. “We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of…

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Rapper six9ine pleads not guilty to Racketeering

Rapper six9ine pleads not guilty to Racketeering

The rapper was arrested earlier this month and could face a minimum of 32 years in prison. The trial date has been set for 4 September 2019 and he’ll remain in custody, although it is unclear for how long. It all stems from his involvement with a violent US gang. The Nine Trey Bloods are a New York gang and also known as TreyWay, which 6ix9ine has mentioned on Twitter. The rapper’s been charged with six…

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Ukraine-Russia clash: captured Ukrainian sailors shown on Russian T.V

Ukraine-Russia clash: captured Ukrainian sailors shown on Russian T.V

Statements by three captured Ukrainians have been released by Russia’s security service after Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian boats off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea. One, Volodymyr Lisovyi, said he was commander of a military unit and was part of a naval task force. One of the men, Volodymyr Lisovyi, said he was aware of the “provocative nature” of the Ukrainian action. Ukraine’s navy commander said the men had been forced to…

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Obama agents pepper sprayed migrants: History dares caravan retaliation fury

Obama agents pepper sprayed migrants: History dares caravan retaliation fury

Democrats are expressing outrage that U.S. border agents on Sunday shot rounds of tear gas at caravan migrants who threw rocks at law enforcement while trying to breach the U.S.-Mexico border. But critics hammering the Trump administration are glossing over a similar episode that occurred under then-President Barack Obama. In 2013, during the Obama administration, Border Patrol agents reportedly used pepper spray to fend off a group of approximately 100 migrants who attempted to rush the same San…

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6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iran more than700 injured

6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iran more than700 injured

More than 700 people were injured when a magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit western Iran, authorities said Monday. No fatalities were reported. Most of the victims suffered only slight injuries in Sunday night’s quake, according to Iranian state television. It added that more than 160 aftershocks occurred in the region, including two quakes stronger than magnitude 5. Tremors were reportedly felt across the wider region, with reports of at least one death in nearby Iraqi Kurdistan….

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Italian movie director Bernardo Bertolucci dies of Cancer

Italian movie director Bernardo Bertolucci dies of Cancer

Born in Parma in 1941, his other films included The Conformist, The Dreamers, 1900 and The Sheltering Sky. Winner of two Oscars, for directing and co-writing The Last Emperor, he was known for his bold visual style and the controversy stoked by Last Tango in Paris’s explicit sexual content. A spokesperson confirmed to the BBC he died of cancer after a short illness. His final feature, Me and You, had its premiere at the Cannes…

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Russia-ukraine crisis; Tension proliferate after Russia seizes Ukrainian naval ships

Russia-ukraine crisis; Tension proliferate after Russia seizes Ukrainian naval ships

Ukraine’s parliament is to decide whether to bring in martial law, after the capture of three of its naval vessels by Russia. The three ships were sailing off the coast of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, when they were seized. Ukraine said Russia rammed one of its boats in an “act of aggression”, while Russia said the ships had illegally entered its waters. The incident marks a major escalation of tension between…

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Trump threatens to close U.S-Mexico borders

Trump threatens to close U.S-Mexico borders

President Trump offered Mexico some advice on deporting migrants massed in Tijuana and threatening to storm the U.S., telling the neighboring nation in a tweet to send them “back to their countries” by plane or by bus – or face a permanent closure of the border. Trump’s tweet followed a vow from Mexico to deport migrants who tried to illegally enter the U.S. The Trump administration has said asylum claims from members of a series…

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Samsung agrees to pay cancer employees $85m

Samsung agrees to pay cancer employees $85m

After 11 years of controversy, Samsung has apologised for creating an unsafe work environment that resulted in a number of former employees contracting leukemia and other cancers. The company has vowed to compensate ill workers by 2028. The announcement comes weeks after Samsung reached a final settlement with Banolim, a group representing ex-Samsung workers and their families. In a news conference held in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung’s president of its device solutions division Kinam Kim…

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