Daily Archives: December 21, 2015

Trump: Hillary Is a Liar — ‘She Lies Like Crazy About Everything’

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” while responding to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton saying in the debate last night that he is “becoming ISIS’s best recruiter,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declared that to be “just another Hillary lie.”

Trump said, “Nobody has been able to back that up. It’s nonsense. Just another Hillary lie. She lies like crazy about everything. Whether it’s trips where she was being gunned down in a helicopter or an airplane, she’s a liar and everybody knows that. But she just made this up in thin air.”

He continued, “I think my words represent toughness and strength. Hillary’s not strength. Hillary’s weak, frankly, she’s got no stamina, she’s got nothing….she couldn’t even get back on the stage. Nobody even knows what happened to her. It’s like she went home and went to sleep….She couldn’t get back on the stage last night I’ll tell you why. Because we need a president with great strength and stamina and Hillary doesn’t have that. We can not have another bad president like we have right now. We need a president with tremendous intelligence, smarts, cunning, strength, and stamina.”

He added, “She may have traveled a lot but she didn’t do the job because the entire world blew up around her. So she wasted a lot of time and energy and money and frankly she wasted a lot of lives because her policies were disaster for the world. The Middle East has blown up around her. Her decisions were horrible. and hundreds of thousands of people have been killed because of her faulty decisions.”

 

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‘Fake bomb’ forces Air France flight into emergency landing

A bomb scare that forced an Air France flight into an emergency landing in Kenya on Sunday (December 20) turned out to be a hoax.

Flight AF 463 from Mauritius to Paris was diverted and evacuated at Mombasa airport after a passenger found a suspicious item in the toilets.

The package was taken away for examination. It turned out it was a fake bomb made of cardboard and a timer, the French airline said.

The Boeing 777, with more than 470 people on board, had been checked before take-off, Air France said.

“As usual the crew had carried out a safety check of all the cupboards in all the lavatories, including where the suspicious package was found,” the airline’s chief executive, Frédéric Gagey, told reporters.

Asked if the device was placed in the restroom during the flight, Gagey said that sounded like the most plausible scenario, but did not give more details.

The pilots decided to land at the nearest airport, in Kenya. The plane was evacuated using the emergency slides. Some passengers were later questioned by Kenyan police.

It’s the third Air France plane bound for Paris to be diverted over a bomb scare since the attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital last month.

 

Russia’s position on Syria is strong for its honesty and persistence – Putin

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin explained strength of the Russian position on Syria by honesty and persistence.

“Not only openness, but persistence and, I can say, honesty of the position (of Russia on Syria) – make it strong,” he said in an interview for the World Order film by Vladimir Solovyev, which Rossiya1 broadcasted in its Vesti Nedeli programme on Sunday.

While speaking about the crisis in Syria, Putin said for Russia it is “easy to be working both with President Assad and with the U.S. side. I have discussed it recently with President Obama, and with our counterparts from Saudi Arabia, from other Arab countries,” Putin said. “Why easy? We are not waving tail and do not change the position.”

While explaining Russia’s position on the Syrian settlement, the president added: “First, we asked the people: this way or not, do you agree or not.”

“In fact, on basic parameters of the settlement everyone said “Yes,” and then we worded our position on the components, which are common and acceptable, and now we do not have to be jumping back and forwards as a ‘lassoed flea’.”

The Russian position, he said, “is based on our dialogues, which making our position strong.”

The president said he always tries not to breach the undertaken obligations, “not to breach the obligations we claim to be obligations of this country.”

He explained he behaved so not that much for the moral principles, but rather for pragmatic reasons. “This way it is easier to work,” he said.

 

Iraqi army urges civilians to leave IS-controlled Ramadi ahead of possible assault

The Iraqi army has called on civilians to leave the Islamic State-controlled (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) city of Ramadi within 72 hours, which may mean the military is preparing to launch an assault on the city.

Iraqi military jets dropped leaflets carrying the warning on Ramadi on Sunday. The leaflets also show safe routes for civilians to take when leaving and ask residents to carry identification documents with them.

“All security forces were instructed on how to deal with civilian approaching them,” joint operations spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told Reuters.

The notice for civilians may mean that the Iraqi army is getting ready to launch a large-scale military operation to recapture Ramadi.

“It [dropping leaflets] is an indication that a major military operation to retake the city center will start soon,” an unnamed officer told Reuters.

The Iraqi army has been on an offensive to retake Ramadi for several weeks. The Iraqi army had dropped leaflets on the city on November 30 as well, which also called on local residents to leave the city within 24 hours because of a coming assault.

Government troops managed to seize more than 60 percent of the city and take control of its center in early December. IS terror group has blown up bridges over the Euphrates in an attempt to stop the advance of the Iraqi army.

The US has said it is ready to provide the Iraqi army with extra assistance in liberating Ramadi from IS terrorists.

“The United States is prepared to assist the Iraqi Army with additional unique capabilities to help them finish the job, including attack helicopters and accompanying advisers, if circumstances dictate and if requested by Prime Minister Abadi,” US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on December 9, as cited by Reuters.

Ramadi, the capital of the Anbar province, was captured by IS terrorists in May – the last significant military achievement of the jihadists in Iraq.