Putin: US Asian trade negotiations not transparent  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Trade has long been the driving force of economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. However, as the effect of tariff liberalization started to wear off, it became clear that we need additional agreements covering services, investment, non-tariff barriers, competition policy and subsidies. - Referenced Article

Communications Issue with Obama's ISIS Strategy  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

If, God forbid, a similar incident accured in the the US like it did in Paris, how would we immediately change our strategy against ISIS? During Bush43's administration, there were frequent briefings about our efforts against Al Qaeda and our war efforts. President Obama makes a legitimate case against those preaching boots on the ground; if we send 50,000 troops to destroy the ISIS caliphate in Syria, how do we maintain that very costly occupation?

Maintaining an occupation force in Syria will put American Serivice Personnel in harms way and it has the potential of increasing suicidal bandits comitting simlar attrocities around the world. So ask a candidate, what specifically do they mean by 'step up our efforts.' Will they give you a litany of tactics or can they articulate a comprehensive strategy?

Obama has to do a better job of communicating his strategy against ISIS in the way of setting up weekly briefings specifically on his plan to defeat ISIS. It's safe to say that American know more about Presidential contender Donald Trumps rhetoric about what's wrong with Obama's Syrian strategy than they know about the Administrations plan.

Communication is the issue.

Abu Nabil taken out in an airstrike  

CNN By : Eugene Scott

The U.S. military on Friday killed the senior ISIS leader in Libya, the Pentagon said.

Abu Nabil, an Iraqi national and longtime al Qaeda operative, was taken out in an airstrike authorized and initiated prior to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook. - Referenced Article

7.0-magnitude quake hits off southwestern Japan, small tsunami reported  

The Times of India By : IANS

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Kyushu in southwestern Japan on Saturday, triggering a minor tsunami in the southern part of Kagoshima prefecture, Xinhua reported.

The strong earthquake jolted about 160 km southwest of Makurazaki, Kagoshima, at 5:51 a.m. local time (20:51 GMT on Friday) at a depth of about 10 km, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). - Referenced Article

As Paris Attacks Unfolded, Players and Fans at Soccer Stadium Remained Unaware  


Shortly after 9:45 p.m. on Friday, at halftime of an exhibition soccer match between France and Germany, the players on both teams went to their locker rooms to rest while the coaches, who normally would have been reviewing their strategies, instead received shocking news.

Everyone had heard the two explosions outside the stadium during the first half of the game... - Referenced Article

Shaker Aamer arrives in Britain hours after release  

Washington Post By : Karla Adam and Adam Goldman

A suspected al-Qaeda member who became a cause célèbre among human rights groups and British lawmakers returned home Friday after being held more than 13 years at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison.

Shaker Aamer, who was first cleared for release in 2007, crossed the Atlantic on a plane chartered by the British government, touching down at London’s Biggin Hill airport just before 1 p.m. local time. - Referenced Article

Obama to Send Special Operations Forces to Help Fight ISIS in Syria  


President Obama will deploy a small number of American Special Operations forces to Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria to help local forces fight the Islamic State, the White House announced on Friday. - Referenced Article

Afghanistan and Pakistan Hit by Huge Earthquake  


A deadly earthquake hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday afternoon, causing heavy damage and sowing panic across one of the world’s most impoverished and war-torn regions.

At least 208 were reported killed, with 131 or more of them in Pakistan, and that figure seemed likely to rise significantly, officials in both countries said. - Referenced Article

Congress and White House Near Deal on Budget  


Congressional leaders and the Obama administration are close to a crucial budget deal that would modestly increase domestic spending over the next two years and raise the federal borrowing limit.

The accord would avert a potentially cataclysmic default on the government’s debt and dispense... - Referenced Article

Obama to Announce Halt of US Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan  


The United States will halt its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and instead keep thousands of troops in the country through the end of President Obama’s term in 2017, Mr. Obama will announce on Thursday, prolonging the American role in a war that has now stretched on for 14 years. - Referenced Article

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