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31 декабря 2017, 18:44

U.S. and Turkey visa crisis ends after three-month standoff

But tensions remained taut as Ankara denied it had given Washington any “assurances” that no more locally hired employees are under investigation.

30 декабря 2017, 21:42

Actualités du jour, 30 décembre 2017

Les États-Unis Heather Nauert, porte-parole du département d'état des États-Unis a annoncé que Washington est inquiet sur les tentations de changer la loi sur le Tribunal spécial pour les crimes de guerre au Kosovo. Rappelons, que le procureur du Tribunal spécial va condamner 60 ex-militaires de l'Armée de libération du Kosovo d’avoir fait les crimes contre les Serbes, les Tsiganes et les Albanais. Parmi les accusés il y a le président de Kosovo - Hashim Thaçi et le parlemantaire Kadri Vesseli. Thaçi a essayé de faire les changements sur le travail du Tribunal à l’aide du parlement mais n’a pas eu du soutien. Le représentant officiel du Pentagone Rebecca Riberich a nommé les affirmations de soutien américain de l'organisation terroriste «État Islamique» comme fausses et absurdes. Elle a abordé le sujet en réponse aux accusations de participation des États-Unis dans les récents tirs de roquettes de Lattaquié et Khmeimim du côté de DAESH. Selon ces mots, « il n’y a aucune preuve ». Rappelons que mercredi un système antiaérien russe a intercepté deux missiles, lancées par les militaires pour cibler la base aérienne Khmeimim. Franz Klintsevitch, premier vice-président du comité pour la défense et la sécurité du Conseil de la Fédération a déclaré que cette attaque aurait été impossible sans la participation des États-Unis. Selon les rapports de la police métropolitaine hier soir, une voiture de police a explosé près du commissariat à Malmö en Suède. La voiture est sérieusement endommagée, mais il n’y a pas de victimes. L'explosion s'est produite à 19:25, puis deux suspect ont été arrêtés. Ce sont des hommes de 26 et 22 ans. Le patron du Pentagone James Mattis a annoncé que Washington n’a pas l’intention de changer le rôle des représentants des forces armées américaines en Ukraine, et d’augmenter leur quantité. Selon lui, le changement possible des effectifs ne pourrait être lier qu’à la rotation. Il a également exprimé l'espoir que la transmission d'armes américaines à l'Ukraine n’amènerait pas aux «gros effets, jusqu'à ce que personne ne veut envahir l'Ukraine». Selon Mattis, «il s'agit des armements défensifs». L'ex-vice-chef d'état-major des Forces armées de l'Ukraine Igor Romanenko a déclaré que le pont de Crimée est vulnérable aux missiles. «Le pont présente une artère stratégique, qui pourrait assurer le groupement de l'adversaire de Crimée , ainsi que contribuer à la croissance économique», — a-t-il dit. Il a puis ajouté que le pont est assez vulnérable à l'aviation et aux missiles basées à terre et en mer. Pendant ces dernières 24 heures, les militaires de Kiev ont bombardé une fois les positions de la milice populaire de la République populaire de Lougansk dans la région du village Kalinovka. Le feu a été mené du côté du village Louganskoye par des lance-grenades et d'armes légères. En République populaire de Donetsk l’adversaire a tiré cinq mines sur les régions de localités Olenovka et Verkhnetoretskoye nizhneye en utilisant des lance-grenades et d'armes légères. Depuis le début du conflit armé les tirs ukrainiens en République populaire de Donetsk a causé 4567 mortes, parmi lesquelles il y a 605 femmes, 3962 hommes et 76 enfants de moins de 18 ans Агентство ANNA-News это волонтерский проект. Волонтеры ANNA-News ведут свои репортажи с мест событий, снимают видеоролики и публикуют аналитические статьи по проблеме национальной безопасности России и ее союзников в современных военно-политических условиях. ANNA-News это самые последние и актуальные новости из районов боевых действий Более подробно на сайте http://anna-news.info Помочь материально: http://anna-news.info/помощь-агентству-anna-news/ Мы в соцсетях: Вконтакте https://vk.com/anna_news Facebooke https://www.facebook.com/newsanna/ Twitter https://twitter.com/annanews_info Instagram https://www.instagram.com/anna_news.info/

30 декабря 2017, 20:35

Why ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is a Great Tribute to Carrie Fisher

Whether you loved or hated 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' the movie did deliver a powerful farewell to Carrie Fisher.

30 декабря 2017, 01:30

Public service recognised in New Year honours list

Knighthoods for top HMRC civil servant Edward Troup and Home Office permanent secretary Philip Rutnam are among the honours for public staffLocal government, fire and police staff recognised in New Year honoursEdward Troup, who steps down at the end of 2017 as executive chair and permanent secretary of HM Revenue & Customs, receives a knighthood in the New Year honours list, one of many public servants to be recognised.Troup turned from poacher to gamekeeper in 2004 when he left Simmons & Simmons to work on corporate tax policy in Gordon Brown’s Treasury, joining HMRC in 2012 as tax assurance commissioner. He oversaw the 2016 official inquiry into any wrongdoing arising from the Panama Papers tax leaks. Continue reading...

29 декабря 2017, 22:45

Crypto Exchange CEO Released After Paying $1 Million Ransom In Bitcoin

Just yesterday we warned that the lives of the world's new "Bitcoin Billionaires" had just become a bit more complicated after reports surfaced that one such crypto investor, Pavel Lerner, was kidnapped by a group of armed men wearing ski masks as he left his office in the Obolon district of Kiev earlier this week. While it may have seemed that his fate was sealed at the moment of his kidnapping, the Financial Times has just confirmed the Lerner has been released after paying his kidnappers a $1 million ransom in Bitcoin. An executive of a UK-registered cryptocurrency exchange kidnapped in Ukraine this week has been released after paying a ransom of more than $1m in bitcoins, according to an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, in a crime he dubbed “bitcoin kidnapping and extortion”. “He was kidnapped by an armed gang for the purpose of extorting bitcoins,” Mr Gerashchenko told the Financial Times, adding: “We have operative information that he paid more than $1m worth of bitcoins.” He said Mr Lerner was held for one and a half days, “then released in a state of shock. ... He got very lucky that he remained alive.” As we noted yesterday, Pavel, a Russian citizen, has a number of startups in Ukraine linked to cryptocurrency mining and blockchain technology.  In addition, he is also the CEO of EXMO, a UK-based Bitcoin exchange.  According to prior reports from The Telegraph, Lerner (40) was pulled into a black Mercedes Benz by a group of armed men wearing ski masks as he left his office on December 26. Adding to the intrigue of the abduction, EXMO's website suffered a DDOS attack yesterday morning, which knocked trading temporarily offline, just as news of the kidnapping begin to draw public attention. Following the news of Lerner's disappearance, EXMO issued a statement requesting "any information regarding his whereabouts" and assuring customers that he could not be 'convinced' to give up their Bitcoin or personal data stored on the exchange. A spokesman was unavailable for comment but a statement sent to RT, the broadcaster backed by the Russian government, said that Mr Lerner's kidnapping would not affect the business. "We are doing everything possible to speed up the search of Pavel Lerner," it said. "Any information regarding his whereabouts is very much appreciated. Despite the situation, the exchange is working as usual. We also want to stress that nature of Pavel’s job at EXMO doesn’t assume access either to storages or any personal data of users. All users funds are absolutely safe." Of course, Lerner is not the first Bitcoin extortion target for the world's new breed of crypto terrorists.  Earlier this month we reported that, Nice Hash, the largest crypto-mining marketplace, was hacked with over 4,700 bitcoins, worth over $62 million, stolen and ultimately ending up at the following address: Conclusion: If you've made a small fortune trading Bitcoin over the past couple of quarters it may be best to keep that information to yourself...

29 декабря 2017, 22:00

Richard Branson's Virgin healthcare firm scoops £1bn of NHS contracts

Virgin Care’s success highlights fears over role of private companies in NHS and casts doubt on recent assurances by Jeremy HuntRichard Branson’s Virgin Care won a record £1bn of NHS contracts last year, as £3.1bn of health services were privatised despite a government pledge to reduce the proportion of care provided by private companies.Overall, private firms scooped 267 – almost 70% – of the 386 clinical contracts that were put out to tender in England during 2016-17, according to a new report. They included the seven highest value contracts, worth £2.43bn between them, and 13 of the 20 most lucrative tenders. Continue reading...

29 декабря 2017, 17:29

Can Marriott (MAR) Stock Maintain its Stellar Show in 2018?

Marriott (MAR) is poised to grow on the back of Starwood acquisition, solid brand position, and increased demand for travel.

29 декабря 2017, 01:22

Will Oil and Energy Stocks Dominate the Market in 2018?

Tech stocks have dipped over the last month, implying that Wall Street is taking its profits and moving money into different sectors ahead of the New Year. Our "Oils and Energy" group currently sits atop the list of 16 different sectors covered here at Zacks.

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28 декабря 2017, 20:32

US, Turkey announce end to visa dispute sparked by arrest

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced Thursday that it is resuming normal visa services for Turkish citizens, saying Turkish authorities fulfilled assurances that no local staff would be detained or arrested for performing their duties. Turkey reciprocated by restoring full visa services to Americans.

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28 декабря 2017, 19:20

U.S., Turkey mutually lift visa restrictions, ending months-long row

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions on Thursday after Washington said Ankara had kept to assurances no further U.S. mission staff would be targeted for performing official duties, following detention of two earlier this year.

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28 декабря 2017, 19:20

U.S., Turkey mutually lift visa restrictions, ending months-long row

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The United States and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions on Thursday after Washington said Ankara had kept to assurances no further U.S. mission staff would be targeted for performing official duties, following detention of two earlier this year.

28 декабря 2017, 17:29

Auto Stock Roundup: Honda EV Activities, Volkswagen Crossover Versions in Focus

Activities by the automakers to scale up EV operations continue. Recall issues still plaguing automakers.

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28 декабря 2017, 17:21

U.S. Embassy in Ankara says lifts all Turkey visa restrictions

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara said on Thursday it lifted all restrictions on visa services, after Turkey fulfilled high-level assurances on detained local embassy personnel, easing a months-long row.

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28 декабря 2017, 17:21

U.S. Embassy in Ankara says lifts all Turkey visa restrictions

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara said on Thursday it lifted all restrictions on visa services, after Turkey fulfilled high-level assurances on detained local embassy personnel, easing a months-long row.

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28 декабря 2017, 15:00

From Alden Ehrenreich to Zazie Beetz: the 40 rising film stars of 2018

From the first black woman to win a comedy Emmy to the trans actor tipped for Oscars glory, here are the 40 names virtually assured of success in the coming 12 monthsIn September, Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing, for the “Thanksgiving” episode of Master of None, based on her own coming-out story. Her upbringing on the southside of Chicago also informs new TV drama The Chi, which she wrote, produced and stars in. Look out for her, too, in dystopian sci-fi Ready Player One. Continue reading...

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28 декабря 2017, 13:00

Tom Grennan: the pop wideboy putting dark days behind him

At 18, the Bedford-born singer was set upon by a group of strangers, an assault that left him badly injured. The experience spurred him on to develop his music, polished pop-soul with a wideboy touch that is fast earning him acclaimGrowing up, Tom Grennan didn’t harbour any aspirations to be a singer. In fact, his mates back home in Bedford had never heard him perform until a house party during their A-level year. “I’d just got properly drunk for the first time,” the 22-year-old remembers. “And I just started singing this Kooks song, Seaside. They’re the first band I’d ever seen live. I’d never sung before – it was the alcohol that gave me the confidence.”Grennan’s friends assured him that his performance had been better than your average boozy karaoke session, and he began making music. When he moved to London to study acting at university, he got a guitar, learned some chords, and started searching out open mic nights. “I didn’t really do much studying,” he admits with a laugh. After graduating, he got a job making lattes at Costa, but continued plugging away at his music: polished pop-soul with a wideboy touch. Think Paolo Nutini, if he’d grown up on Jamie T, listened to rappers J Hus and Dave, and featured on a Chase & Status record. It’s a sound that is reflected in Grennan’s image; in his press shots and on stage, he pairs classy tailoring with an oversized nose ring, and a blunt, half-shaved crop. Continue reading...

28 декабря 2017, 12:04

Rest in Peace - Top Anchor Pays Tribute to the Great Russians Who Passed in 2017

It's time to remember the other losses of 2017. Let's remember those who left, who bequeathed a lot to us - in life, culture, and science.

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28 декабря 2017, 07:00

Trust Me (Rebroadcast)

Societies where people trust one another are healthier and wealthier. In the U.S. (and the U.K. and elsewhere), social trust has been falling for decades — in part because our populations are more diverse. What can we do to fix it? The post Trust Me (Rebroadcast) appeared first on Freakonomics.