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  1. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Pentagon spends US$1b on Islamic State fight

    Posted Oct 08th 2014, 04:17am by AP

    ... more than US$62 million alone in navy air strikes and Tomahawk cruise missiles. US Central Command said the navy had dropped roughly 185 munitions, including 47 cruise missiles launched from ... of the key targets two weeks ago when the US began air strikes into Syria. The Pentagon has struggled to come up with specific cost figures for the Iraq and Syria operations. Officials say it has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1611696/pentagon-spends-us1b-islamic-state-fight
  2. News - China - CRIME

    Farmers pass off Korean banknotes as US currency in scam targeting elderly

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 07:23pm

    ... elderly women as they were leaving banks in different parts of Qinyang. One of the men would strike up a conversation, while another said he needed to exchange “US dollars”. If the victim agreed, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1622997/farmers-pass-korean-banknotes-us-currency-scam-targeting-eldery
  3. News - World

    Key partners in the US-led coalition taking on Islamic State militants

    Posted Sep 30th 2014, 04:27am by AP

    ... air strikes to providing military assistance and humanitarian aid. Here are some of the coalition's key partners. UNITED STATES: The US, which is leading the coalition, has launched dozens of air strikes on Islamic State targets. It has also sent military advisers, supplies and humanitarian aid to help Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces beat back the insurgents. GULF STATES: ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1604146/key-partners-us-led-coalition-taking-islamic-state-militants
  4. News - China - CORRUPTION

    Xi pledges to strike hard against PLA corruption

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 12:28pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... Reuters in Beijing President reiterates intent to hunt down graft in the military, following the announcement earlier this week of an investigation into former security chief Zhou Yongkang President Xi Jinping has pledged to strike hard against graft in the military, urging soldiers to banish corrupt practices and ensure their loyalty to the ruling Communist Party, state media ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1564076/xi-pledges-strike-hard-against-pla-corruption
  5. News - World - GAZA

    Gaza’s sole power plant knocked out by Israeli strike

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 05:32pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Gaza Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader, digs in for long fight Israeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant on Tuesday, witnesses said, ... City – usually the prelude to major army strikes. “We need to be prepared for a lengthy campaign. We will continue to act with force and discretion until our mission is accomplished,” Netanyahu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1561942/gazas-sole-power-plant-knocked-out-israeli-strike
  6. Lifestyle - Books - SPORTS

    Book review: Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, by Dan Epstein

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 12:31pm by MCT

    ... Chris Vognar Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76 by Dan Epstein Thomas Dunne Books 4 stars Chris Vognar The 1970s were famously known as the "Me" decade, but they were also a zany decade in America's pastime. Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76 spotlights arguably the craziest year ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1559014/book-review-stars-and-strikes-baseball-and-america-bicentennial
  7. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    US drone kills Pakistan Taliban deputy commander

    Posted May 29th 2013, 03:48pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Miranshah, Pakistan Security sources hail US killing of top Islamist leader, but militants won't confirm his death A US drone strike killed the number two of the Pakistani Taliban in the North Waziristan region on Wednesday, three security officials said, in what would be a major blow in the fight against militancy. The drone strike killed seven people, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1248978/us-drone-strike-kills-six-pakistan
  8. News - World - SYRIA

    Islamic State jihadists take heavy losses in battle for Kobane on Syria-Turkey border

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 08:34pm by Agence France-Presse in Mursitpinar

    ... against IS in Iraq, which Washington has made its priority. But US-led warplanes kept up their strikes on the jihadists around Kobane on Syria’s northern border with Turkey, helping the town’s ... “But thanks to air strikes and [the Kurdish fighters’] response, they did not make any progress.” IS fighters suffered heavy losses in their effort to seal the battle for the town, which has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1620019/islamic-state-jihadists-take-heavy-losses-battle-kobane-syria-turkey
  9. News - Hong Kong

    Lufthansa strike has limited impact on Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 09:52pm by Reuters and Christy Choi

    ... of planned strike action by thousands of workers calling for higher pay. “We expect things to return to normal by Wednesday, but there are no flights flying out [to Hong Kong] from Germany today.” said Frank Puttmann, the director of Lufthansa Group Communications Asia Pacific. Puttman said the airline was confident the German union Verdi representing striking workers would only strike ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1220896/lufthansa-strike-has-limited-impact-hong-kong
  10. News - World

    Iraqi forces' air strikes leave 19 dead in Fallujah

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 10:57pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Fallujah Iraqi air strikes kill 19 inmilitant-held Fallujah Iraqi government air strikes have killed 19 people, including children, in militant-held Fallujah. The Iraqi army has been shelling Fallujah, 70km west of Baghdad, for months in a bid to drive out the Sunni militants from the group known as Islamic State. The insurgents, backed by local Sunni tribal leaders, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557649/iraqi-forces-air-strikes-leave-19-dead-fallujah

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