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23 апреля, 19:01

Site of huge US bomb has few clues

THE remote site in eastern Afghanistan where the US military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb to be deployed in combat earlier this month bears signs of the weapon’s power, but little evidence of

21 апреля, 09:38

FedEx (FDX) Down 6.3% Since Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?

FedEx (FDX) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.

18 апреля, 10:18

15 Beloved Movies That Flopped in Theaters

From box office bombs to cult classics, these movies have only done well in the years and decades following their theatrical release.

15 апреля, 21:48

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai Accuses Successor Of 'Treason' By Allowing U.S. To Drop Massive Bomb

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai accused his successor on Saturday of committing treason by allowing the U.S. military to drop the largest conventional bomb ever used in combat during an operation against Islamic State militants in Afghanistan. Karzai, who also vowed to “stand against America”, retains considerable influence within Afghanistan’s majority Pashtun ethnic group, to which President Ashraf Ghani also belongs. His strong words could signal a broader political backlash that may endanger the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. Afghan defense officials have said the 21,600-pound (9,797-kg) GBU-43, dropped late on Thursday in the eastern province of Nangarhar, had killed nearly 100 suspected militants, though they acknowledged this was an estimate and not based on an actual body count. “How could you permit Americans to bomb your country with a device equal to an atom bomb?” Karzai said at a public event in Kabul, questioning Ghani’s decision. “If the government has permitted them to do this, that was wrong and it has committed a national treason.” Ghani’s office said the strike had been closely coordinated between Afghan and U.S. forces and replied to Karzai’s charges with a statement saying: “Every Afghan has the right to speak their mind. This is a country of free speech.” Public reaction to Thursday’s strike has been mixed, with some residents near the blast praising Afghan and U.S. troops for pushing back the Islamic State militants. While the bomb has been described as one of the largest non-nuclear devices ever used, its destructive power, equivalent to 11 tonnes of TNT, pales in comparison with the relatively small atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, which had blasts equivalent to between 15,000 and 20,000 tonnes of TNT.   “VIOLATION OF OUR SOVEREIGNTY” During Karzai’s tenure as president, his opposition to airstrikes by foreign military forces helped to sour his relationship with the United States and other Western nations. As the Kabul government, split between Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah under a U.S.-brokered power-sharing deal, remains fragile, Karzai’s political interventions draw close attention. Ghani has failed to build the kind of domestic following that Karzai still has despite stepping down in 2014. Karzai said he planned to “stand against America”, a stance he compared to decisions earlier in his life to fight against the Soviets and later the Taliban regime. “I decided to get America off my soil,” he said. “This bomb wasn’t only a violation of our sovereignty and a disrespect to our soil and environment, but will have bad effects for years.” While Karzai did not elaborate on how he would oppose the United States, his stance may pose problems for Ghani’s administration, which is heavily reliant on the United States and other foreign donors for aid and military support. On Friday, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, defended the strike, saying the decision to use the bomb was based on military needs, not political reasons. Afghan troops, backed by U.S. warplanes and special forces, have been battling militants linked to Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan for years. The most recent operation began in March and continued until troops hit Islamic State fighters entrenched in booby-trapped tunnels in a remote mountain region, leading commanders to call for the use of the GBU-43 bomb.   (Writing by Josh Smith; Editing by Gareth Jones) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

14 апреля, 19:14

Mom or dad: Russia has a more powerful bomb than the U.S.

The American GBU-43 bomb that was used on April 13 to strike an Islamic State compound in Afghanistan acquired the nickname "The Mother Of All Bombs." It’s power is equivalent to 11 tons of TNT. It was the bomb’s first run out in combat since its creation in 2003. Its Russian equivalent appeared four years later and turned out to be four times more powerful, acquiring a name no less spectacular – "The Father of All Bombs." The new bomb was tested on September 11, 2007, on the sixth anniversary of 9/11. The Russian military said it was created to fight terrorism. Source: Asylum seeker/YouTube What's the advantage of these super bombs? The strike on ISIS positions on April 13 killed at least 36 militants, destroyed caches of weapons and military technology, and several secret underground tunnels. President Donald Trump called the U.S. Armed Forces’ operation "a very successful mission." Russia's answer to the GBU-13 is known as a Thermobaric Air Bomb (TAB). Its destructive power is comparable to that of a nuclear warhead. However, it doesn’t leave behind a radioactive cloud thanks to its so-called thermobaric explosion. Its destructive power is comparable to that of a nuclear warhead. Father Of All Bomb. Source: RIA Novosti "Ordnances such as the TAB, although less powerful, have been used in various wars in the last 50 years. The Americans used them to clean out the jungles in Vietnam, where they sent in their helicopters afterwards, and the Soviets used them to clean out the Tora Bora caves in Afghanistan, where the Mujahedeen used to hide," said Professor Vadim Kozyulin from the Academy of Military Sciences. In his words, the most powerful bombs in the Soviet Union and Russia were the TAB-1500 and the FAB-9000. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb sits at an air base in Southwest Asia waiting to be used should it become necessary. Source: ZUMA Press/Global Look Press The Russian bomb's construction The Father of All Bombs’ has a special nose that creates a deadly impact: "The aerosols [inside the nose] turn into a mixture that is detonated by the fuse. The bomb creates a striking wave that at the point of explosion forms an airless vacuum. And thanks to this change of pressure, all objects in the explosion's epicenter literally explode from within, be it people, technology, fortifications, or any other defensive structures belonging to the enemy," explains Alexei Ramm, an analyst from the Izvestia daily newspaper. According to The National Interest magazine, despite its smaller volume, the Russian bomb is four times more powerful than its American counterpart. It’s blast is equal to 40 tons of TNT, while the Mother's explosion is equal to 10 tons of TNT. Also, the Father's striking range is 20 times larger than the GBU-43. However, the fate of the Russian bomb is unknown. Since 2007 there have been no recorded tests or uses of the weapon.  Al Weimorts (left), the creator of the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, and Joseph Fellenz, lead model maker, look over the prototype of the bomb before it was painted and tested. Source: ZUMA Press/Global Look Press Ramm stressed that the Thermobaric bombs are classified by the UN as "non-human warfare sources that cause extreme human suffering." Ramm: "Nevertheless, the weapon has not been banned by any UN conventions and has not been a part of any agreement on arms reduction. Russian experts believe that this bomb can be replaced by a series of tactical nuclear warheads that Russia is armed with. The U.S. maintains the same position concerning its small nuclear warheads." A combination of still images taken from a video released by the U.S. Department of Defense on April 14, 2017 shows (clockwise) the explosion of a MOAB when it struck the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan. Source: Reuters Consequently, Ramm concludes, the U.S. Congress has decided to accelerate the development and production of this type of weapon. The American military does not hide the fact that it’s creating this weapon to strike nuclear objects in Iran and North Korea. Read more: Is Russia helping China build hypersonic weapons?>>>

13 апреля, 20:11

U.S. drops 'mother of all bombs' against ISIS in Afghanistan

The U.S. Thursday used its largest non-nuclear weapon for the first time ever in combat against Islamic State targets in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said.The strike dropped a GBU-43 bomb from an aircraft at 7:32 p.m. local time to destroy an Islamic State tunnel network in Nangarhar province, said Adam Stump, a Defense Department spokesman. The targeted group is known as the Islamic State in the Khorasan Province.The strike was intended to minimize the risk to Afghan and U.S. troops in the area conducting clearing operations, according to a release from U.S. Forces Afghanistan. It said all precautions were taken to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage. "As ISIS-K's losses have mounted, they are using IEDs, bunkers and tunnels to thicken their defense," said Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan. "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the momentum of our offensive against ISIS-K."

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06 апреля, 18:09

Alphabet (GOOGL) Launches YouTube TV in Five Metro Areas

Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) took the wraps off its own streaming video service YouTube TV.

05 апреля, 02:36

MSGN Stock Heats Up on Sale Rumors: Who Should Buy the Knicks' TV Partner?

New York area regional cable television network, MSG Networks Inc. (MSGN) is currently being shopped by ownership, and its stock price is heating up based on the reports.

04 апреля, 22:54

Terror attack in St. Petersburg: Facts, theories, and opinions

On the morning of April 4, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova gave the latest figures for the number of dead and injured in the terrorist attack in the St. Petersburg metro. The death toll now stands at 14 – of this number, 11 people died at the scene, and another three later succumbed to their injuries. As of this morning, about 50 people injured in the attack remain in the hospital. The Emergencies Ministry office in St. Petersburg published a list of the injured. The known facts The following is known for sure: the explosion happened in a train car in the tunnel between the Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut stations at about 2:40 p.m. local time on April 3. The train driver, Alexander Kaverin, followed instructions and didn't stop between stations and drove to the next platform, which helped save lives because in an enclosed space the number of victims would have been higher, said the St. Petersburg Metro's press office. Train driver Alexander Kaverin. / Photo: Reuters A second bomb, found at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya station, was disarmed by law-enforcement officers. The St. Petersburg news website, Fontanka, reported that this bomb was discovered before the blast in the train car, and it had been left in an unattended bag and consisted of two TNT bricks weighing about one pound each that were hidden inside a fire extinguisher. Theories One of the first theories that emerged on April 3 was the supposition that both bombs - at Ploshchad Vosstaniya and in the train - were left by a bearded man dressed in dark clothes who then quickly left the train car. Several hours after the terrorist attack, his photo was circulated by the media. By evening this theory fell apart: the man on the photograph saw himself on the news, went to the police and declared he hadn't done anything wrong. Later the news website, RBC, citing the St. Petersburg police, reported that the man wasn't involved in the terrorist attack. Then Interfax news agency, citing law-enforcement officers, said the blast was the result of a suicide bomber who was a student from Kazakhstan by the name of Maxim Aryshev. This information, however, has not been confirmed. According to other information, the attack was carried out by a Kyrgyz native who holds Russian citizenship, reported TASS, citing a spokesman of the State Committee of National Security (SCNS). The Kyrgyzstan embassy neither confirmed nor denied this report. Russia's Investigative Committee (RIC) says it established the identity of the alleged suicide bomber but has not yet made his name public. Kyrgyzstan's SCNS named the suspect as Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, born in 1995, and Gazeta.ru published his photo from social networks. According to Kommersant, he may have been identified by his head, which was the only part of the bomber's body intact after the blast. 22-year-old Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen Akbarzhon Jalilov. / Photo: Russian Archives/Global Look Press Islamist trace According to media reports, the investigation is checking the possible involvement of Islamist organizations banned in Russia, such as the Islamic State (ISIS). Kommersant, citing "a trustworthy source," said the security services knew that a terrorist attack was being planned in St. Petersburg because they had been "tracking" a Russian national who collaborated with ISIS and who had been detained upon his return from Syria. By wiretapping his phone, law-enforcement agents determined the telephone numbers of terrorists linked to ISIS who allegedly organized the attack, but the agents didn't have enough time to detain them and prevent the attack. Anyway, Kommersant reported that law-enforcement agents managed to block the "clandestine group's" lines of communication immediately following the attack, which helped prevent more casualties. This information is still preliminary, however. It's not known whether Kyrgyzstan native Akbarzhon Dzhalilov was linked to ISIS, and Govorit Moskva radio station contacted a man who worked with him in a sushi bar in St. Petersburg. He said that when they worked together in 2013 Dzhalilov didn't show signs of being religious and "didn't even pray." Situation after the attack The situation in St. Petersburg remains tense, and despite the fact that the metro, which was completely shut down on April 3, has resumed operations, some stations are periodically closed when unattended objects are discovered or due to telephone calls that threaten more attacks. The second bomb: How St. Petersburg metro was cleared of explosives The St. Petersburg Metro's press office said that, "thorough inspections of stations and tunnels" continue. Also, following a report about a suspicious object, one of the departments at St. Petersburg State University was evacuated. Additional security measures are in effect not just in St. Petersburg, but also in Moscow where deputy mayor Maxim Liksutov said police patrols have increased, more spot checks are being carried out and police use dogs to sniff out possible explosives. 'War has been declared against us' The measures that ordinary people can see are only the "tip of the iceberg," said Sergei Goncharov, president of the Association of Veterans of the Alfa Anti-Terror Unit. "Of key importance now is the covert intelligence work done by security services in order to uncover the terrorists' accomplices and prevent more attacks," said Goncharov. Kirill Yankov, chairman of the non-governmental organization, Passenger Union, holds a similar view, and in an interview with Kommersant he explained that no matter how much one increases the number of police in the metro, it's not possible to check everyone. "Of far greater effect is the work that we cannot see - covert intelligence operations, work in social networks, and etc.," said Yankov. When asked for how long increased security measures will continue, Goncharov said that essentially they should always be in effect. "At a time when a war has been declared by extremists against us and the whole civilized world, it would be wrong to say that we can relax in a few days or weeks," Yankov said. "We should always be on our guard."

04 апреля, 18:17

The second bomb: How St. Petersburg metro was cleared of explosives

Russia’s second city witnessed a deadly terror attack at 14:40 on Monday, April 3. An unidentified person set off a homemade explosive device inside a metro train carriage in the tunnel between Tekhnologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad stations. This was the not the only target though, and it soon become clear there was more than one bomb on St. Petersburg’s metro and that the same terrorist, or an accomplice, was responsible. A second device was found in the entrance hall of Ploshchad Vosstaniya station, and it was discovered even before the explosion at Tekhnologichesky Institut. He defused the bomb and saved lives The authorities were made aware of an unattended bag on the platform of Ploshchad Vosstaniya station about nine minutes before the explosion at Tekhnologichesky Institut station, according to St. Petersburg news site Fontanka. The device inside the bag was camouflaged – the terrorist had placed the explosive in the casing of a five-liter fire extinguisher. Presumably, a photo of a neutralized bomb at the metro station 'Ploshchad Vosstaniya'. / Photo: Russian Archives/Global Look Press "Inside the extinguisher bomb was about one kilo of explosive  and a couple of kilograms of ball bearings which, to increase the force and impact of the blast, had been set in foam insulation," a law enforcement source told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. The bomb, which consisted of two blocks of TNT, a detonator, and shrapnel in the form of ball bearings, turned out to be three times as powerful as the one that exploded at the other station. The story of how it was defused has not yet been confirmed, but there’s talk of a heroic Russian National Guardsman (member of a recently created federal security body with a broad range of powers and its own internal troops –RBTH) singlehandedly deactivating the device. Train car, where the explosion took place. / Photo: Russian Archives/Global Look Press "Here's what happened. Yesterday the explosive device was deactivated by a member of the Russian National Guard who did not wait for the arrival of trained experts. At Ploshchad Vosstaniya station. So he saved not only himself but also an enormous number of civilians," writes Mysh v ovoshchnom (a username that roughly translates as "Mouse in a Greengrocer's Shop") on Telegram. Odd details The media are saying that judging by footage from security cameras, the two bombs – the one that went off and the one that was deactivated – were brought into the metro by the same person. But the odd fact remains that the terrorist abandoned the more powerful bomb and, according to one of the theories being considered, blew himself up inside the train car with the lesser device. Anonymous Telegram account Karaulny ("Sentinel") gave the following explanation: "The extinguisher bomb was fitted with a timer...while in the train car the bastard set off the device manually. That is why the large bomb was left behind and the small one was taken onto the train car as a 'backpack'." But the route chosen by the terrorist – if it was one person – is still puzzling. The stations are some distance away from each other and are on different sides of the city and on different lines. "Doesn't it seem to you an excessively complicated route to have taken?" writes an anonymous commentator on Telegram. Read more: Russia’s security services face a new type of terrorism

04 апреля, 15:00

Experts say St. Petersburg bombs most likely made by Syrian rebels

The improvised explosive device (IED) was not produced by militants from the Caucasus, an interlocutor close to the Federal Security Service told RBK.  Reserve colonel Andrey Payusov and Abdallah al-Hamed – an explosives expert in the Syrian arm – agree with this, after seeing a photo of the unexploded IED. The authenticity of RBK’s picture was confirmed by the interlocutor. Payusov pointed out that it was a simply manufactured improvised explosive device, consisting of the shell of a fire extinguisher and an explosive based on saltpeter (potassium nitrate). An ex-employee of the Main Directorate of the General Staff (former GRU) agrees with this assessment. In a conversation with RBK, he noted that saltpeter mixes well with sulfur. Attack in St. Petersburg: Who benefits? A detonator was placed in the center of the IED, Payusov says, and the device was loaded with metal ball bearings. They were located along the perimeter of the device and were partially enclosed in the explosive itself. "These bombs are very easy to make, you can literally make them on your lap. But usually, the striking elements are nuts, cut wire, or simply construction dowels and nails, because they are easy to buy. Here we have absolutely identical balls, which aren’t that easy to buy. Perhaps, similar bearings were at the disposal of the terrorists." Payusov also stressed that the militants of the Caucasus underground almost never make bombs using ball bearings. "This is a simple, even primitive IED," said Oleg Krinitsyn, an FSB officer in reserve and head of the private military company RSB-Group. "At the same time, it's a reliable device. There are only a few elements in it, so there is a smaller chance that one of them might not work." Many extremist groups in Syria, including ISIS, are creating similar explosive devices to the one used in the attack, al-Hamed told RBK. He says the basis of the explosive mixture is a combination of ammonium nitrate and sugar with the addition of TNT and gunpowder –  one of the most rudimentary types of explosives used by ISIS. Al-Hamed noted that the same IEDs were found in large numbers in the territories formerly controlled by the terrorists and the Al-Nusra Front. The explosion on the St. Petersburg metro occurred on April 3 between the stations of Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad. According to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, 14 people were killed and 49 injured. The second explosive device was discovered at Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station before being neutralized by sappers. Read more: ‘During such times people should be closer to one another’

22 марта, 18:57

FedEx (FDX) готовилась к празднику, который не пришел

Гигант доставки FedEx Corp. (FDX) сообщил, что некоторые из его крупнейших розничных клиентов отгрузили меньше посылок во время праздничного сезона, чем прогнозировалось, после того как компания увеличила расходы на укомплектование персоналом в ожидании огромного спроса. "Мы задействовали неиспользованные мощности", - сказал во вторник на телефонной конференции финансовый директор FedEx Алан Граф. В результате, финансовые показатели FedEx снизились в третьем финансовом квартале, закончившемся 28 февраля. Хотя выручка выросла на 18%, чему способствовали более высокие тарифы и большее количество отправленных посылок, общая рентабельность снизилась на фоне 30% роста расходов на топливо и инвестиций в электронную коммерцию. Как FedEx, так и конкурирующая United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) изо всех сил стараются идти в ногу с резким ростом в электронной коммерции. В то время как все больше людей делают покупки в Интернете, компании тратят значительные средства на создание центров сортировки посылок и автоматизацию средств для более прибыльной доставки. Обе компании также обращают внимание на амбиции Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), которая захватывает долю в розничной торговле и медленно строит собственную сеть доставки. Несмотря на то, что это может повлиять на деятельность FedEx в области электронной коммерции, компания говорит, что 85% ее деятельности - поставки от бизнеса бизнесу. FedEx подтвердила свой прогноз на финансовый год и спрогнозировала более здоровый четвертый финансовый квартал, поскольку перевозчик теперь корректирует надбавки к топливу еженедельно, а не ежемесячно, чтобы лучше реагировать на колебания расходов. Компания сократила прогноз капитальных расходов на год на $300 млн до $5,3 млрд, поскольку это позволит сэкономить расходы на основной бизнес. В целом, прибыль компании в третьем квартале выросла на 11% до $562 млн, или $2,07 на акцию. Исключая затраты на интеграцию и реструктуризацию, связанные с приобретением TNT Express, прибыль упала до $2,35 на акцию с $2,51 на акцию годом ранее. Выручка выросла на 18% и достигла $15 млрд. Компания, расположенная в Мемфисе, заявила, что интеграция голландской TNT Express, купленной в прошлом году за $4,8 млрд, плавно продвигается вперед и добавит от $1,2 млрд до $1,5 млрд к операционным доходам подразделения Express к 2020 году. На текущий момент акции FedEx (FDX) котируются по $194,63 (+1,45%) Информационно-аналитический отдел ТелеТрейдИсточник: FxTeam

22 марта, 15:11

FedEx (FDX) Misses on Q3 Earnings, Strong Q4 Anticipated

FedEx (FDX) reported lower-than-expected earnings in the quarter.

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22 марта, 01:16

FedEx Reports Slow Profit Growth As Investors Wait For TNT Express Deal To Pay Off

FedEx will be chewing the $5 billion bite it took last May for the next four years.

17 марта, 19:39

NCAA tournament 2017: day two - as it happened!

No11 USC defeats No6 SMU in the day’s biggest upsetSouth Carolina wins first tournament game in 44 yearsKeep up to date with our live tournament bracketRegional previews: East | Midwest | South | West 4.24am GMT Here’s today’s final scores: 4.18am GMT The Kentucky Wildcats beat a frisky Northern Kentucky Norse team 79-70. Kentucky will face Wichita State in the second round. And thus ends one of the more predictable first rounds in NCAA tournament history. Continue reading...

16 марта, 16:49

FedEx (FDX) to Report Q3 Earnings: Will the Stock Gain?

FedEx Corporation (FDX) is set to report third-quarter fiscal 2017 results on Mar 21.

15 марта, 18:06

Еврокомиссия одобрила слияние Time Warner с AT&T стоимостью $85 млрд

Европейская комиссия, выполняющая функции главного антимонопольного регулятора Евросоюза, одобрила слияние американской Time Warner Inc., владеющей одноименной киностудией и телеканалами TNT, HBO и CNN, и оператора связи AT&T Inc., сумма которого оценивается в $85,4 млрд.

15 марта, 17:29

Еврокомиссия одобрила слияние Time Warner с AT&T стоимостью $85 млрд

Европейская комиссия, выполняющая функции главного антимонопольного регулятора Евросоюза, одобрила слияние американской Time Warner Inc., владеющей одноименной киностудией и телеканалами TNT, HBO и CNN, и оператора связи AT&T Inc., сумма которого оценивается в $85,4 млрд.

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09 марта, 17:30

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Alphabet, Amazon, Netflix, AT&T and DISH Networks

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Alphabet, Amazon, Netflix, AT&T and DISH Networks

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07 марта, 13:46

EU court strikes down 2013 decision to block UPS-TNT deal

A European Union court on Tuesday struck down a 2013 decision by EU regulators to block a planned takeover of Dutch-based package delivery company TNT Express by United Parcel Services Inc.