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    Why aren't these buses protected and armed?

    Posted in: Gunmen hijack buses in Pakistan, kill 19

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    Since the article does not tell us, and I cannot find it on the internet, I am guessing that FTF must mean here Foreign Terrorist/Fighter...?

    Posted in: Foreign fighters switching tactics to reach Syria, Iraq

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    Did this guy live with his head in the clouds? A complete innocent? Does he now feel no shame at what went on under his watch?

    Posted in: Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

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    From the Chosun Ilbo's report. Nice photo, and seems fair and balanced.

    "The defendant claims that a man sitting behind him put something into his bag, which he identified as a camera later in his hotel room, but evidence including surveillance video footage shows nobody sitting behind him," the court said in the ruling.

    http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2015/05/29/2015052901489.html

    Posted in: S Korean court finds swimmer Tomita guilty of stealing camera

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    There are 47 relatively active volcanoes throughout Japan that have some kind of monitoring system placed on them. Five to ten of these will erupt, on average, per year, I just saw an J Meteorological Agency spokesman explaining on TV.

    47 is close to the number of nuclear reactors here!!!

    Posted in: Island off southern Japan evacuated after volcano erupts

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    China's official stance: Regarding China's construction on some of the islands and reefs in the South China Sea, the Chinese ambassador said China has every right to do so since it falls entirely within China's sovereignty and is completely lawful, reasonable and justified.

    He said the construction is carried out mainly for three purposes: improving the living and working conditions of people stationed there; better performing China's international responsibility and obligation in maritime search and rescue, disaster prevention and mitigation, environmental protection; and better providing international public good such as navigation safety, marine science and research, meteorological observation and fishery production.

    Ma said China will continue to make concerted efforts with ASEAN countries for the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC), careful management of frictions and practical cooperation on the sea, so that the South China Sea could become a sea of peace, cooperation and friendship.

    From: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2015-05/29/content_20852301.htm

    Posted in: U.S. hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response

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    This is a Saudi-led coalition, not the usual US-led coalition.

    Posted in: Coalition strikes, fighting kill 40 rebels in Yemen's Aden

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    Incredible footage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=148&v=rTO3ZWOZSsU

    Oh and 'dong' in the article must be there to represent the Japanese "Don!", which would more likely be "Thud" or "Thump" in English.

    Quote: “There was a really loud, ‘dong’ sound of an explosion, and then black smoke rose, darkening the sky,” he told the national broadcaster NHK. “It smelled of sulfur.”

    Posted in: Island off southern Japan evacuated after volcano erupts

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    Well, in Syria for a start.

    Posted in: Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants

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    Fine-tuning? What was it all up to now then?

    Posted in: U.S. to 'fine tune' Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

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    Timing, mistie710?

    Putin says the timing is to sabotage the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    Posted in: Asian federation still backs Blatter

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    According to a J TV analysis of the trial, even the Korean jury admitted that they could not be sure that a) the black object being put into the bag was actually the camera in question, and b) that the figure was Tomita.

    Tomita originally admitted the theft, but later said that an Asian-looking man had come up behind him as he was sitting there and put the camera into his bag. No such person can be seen in the video.

    Multiple personality?

    The problem with the video system there is the poor quality of the picture and the lack of any built-in timing evidence in the frames.

    The stolen camera was found in his bag, however, and the area was strictly off-limits to anyone without a pass, so any third man would be highly unlikely.

    Tomita's eye movements and body language sure do not make him look like someone protesting genuine innocence, though.

    Posted in: S Korean court finds swimmer Tomita guilty of stealing camera

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    A friend in New York City once asked me to look after his snappy growling Doberman for the weekend. What a nightmare weekend that was.

    Posted in: 4 people bitten by Doberman Pinscher in Nagoya

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    Well this is how it should be. Serious leaflets were a long time in coming.

    The problem with surgical airstrikes is that often the enemy does not even know who was taken out and when. If they do not know what is hitting them, they suffer minimal psychological damage. They need to have it spelled out in black and white, otherwise IS morale will fail to suffer.

    Go, Kurds, get your lands back!

    Posted in: Kurdish fighters in Syria on the march against IS militants

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    Apparently he is quite a star in China too, where people feel proud that he is flying the flag for Asia.

    Posted in: Nishikori hardened by American dream

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    And that's the lighthouse on the left. Cool pix!

    Posted in: Strange lights appear in the skies of Japan, but thanks to fish, not aliens

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    Maybe my students won't think me "bata-kusai" while I use olive oil. Is this the slippery slope?

    Posted in: Japan braces for another butter shortage

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    Hamas is saying it was a stray missile that should have headed out to sea, but landed on Ashdod. They would be disappointed if the Israelis did not fire back, though, I expect.

    Incredible photo here: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/rocket-gaza-lands-southern-israel-150526190055947.html

    Posted in: Israel launches air strikes in Gaza after rocket attack

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    Good on the FBI and the Swiss authorities!

    Posted in: Swiss open criminal proceedings in 2018, '22 World Cup votes

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    Somewhat like IS in western Iraq maybe. With IS it is more of a Sunni religious alliance, though.

    In the case of the Taliban they are ethnic Pashtun, so they have a natural affinity with the people in the south. When in power they had a strong tendency to ethnic cleansing, although there is a strong religious element too.

    Posted in: Militants lay siege to guesthouse in Afghanistan's capital

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