The United States said Saturday it was looking into reports that American anti-tank missiles were found by forces loyal to Libya's unity government at a captured rebel base. The New York Times reported Friday that four Javelin missiles were found at a base used by men under the command of Khalifa Haftar, a military leader who has waged a months-long offensive against Libya's internationally recognized government based in Tripoli. Markings indicate the missiles were first sold to the United Arab Emirates, a major buyer of US arms. "We take all allegations of misuse of US origin defense articles very seriously. We are aware of these reports and are seeking additional information," a State Department spokesperson said on condition of anonymity. "We expect all recipients of US origin defense equipment to abide by their end-use obligations." The missiles were apparently discovered this week when forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) recaptured the strategic town of Gharyan … [Read more...] about US says investigating missile find at Libya rebel base
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Europe By Shaimaa Khalil BBC News 20 August 2016 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37130963 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel As the row over the ban on burkinis - full-body swimsuits - on some French beaches continues, the BBC's … [Read more...] about Why do some find the burkini offensive?
The Arab world is turning its back on religion and on US relations, according to the largest public opinion survey ever carried out in the region. A survey of more than 25,000 people across 10 countries and the Palestinian territories found that trust in religious leaders has plummeted in recent years. The study, compiled by BBC News Arabic and Arab Barometer, a Princeton University-based research network, also identified a marked rise in the proportion of people describing themselves as “not religious” – from 11% in 2012-2014 to 18% this year. Just 12% of the countries surveyed – which included Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen – had a positive view of Donald Trump. More than twice as many (28%) felt positively towards Russia’s Vladimir Putin, while Turkey’s Recep Erdogan fared the best (51%). At least 60% of respondents in eight of the 11 places surveyed said violence against the US was … [Read more...] about Arab world turns its back on religion – and its ire on the US
Let’s be honest: how excited are we really for Men in Black: International, 22 years after the first one and a full seven years after the disposable Men in Black 3? (I have vague memories of Time-travel, and Tommy Lee Jones looking old and fed-up.) The hype machine has been dutifully churning out hype. At the Cineplex last week, you could see not just a trailer but also a tie-in with a brand of designer dark glasses (“Do you have what it takes to wear the glasses?”). On the internet – specifically popsugar.co.uk – you can find headlines like ‘Here’s How Men in Black: International Fits Into the Rest of the MiB Universe’. Even the subtitle is a nod to the fact that the non-US market is where Hollywood makes most of its money these days – though in fact the film isn’t really so ‘international’: everyone’s either American or British (as opposed to merely American) and it mostly takes place in London and New … [Read more...] about Film review: Men in Black: International **
Crusader armies were made up of people from remarkably genetically diverse backgrounds, hailing not just from western Europe but also much further east, according to a new study that gives unprecedented insight into the fighters’ lives. The Crusades to the Holy Land were spread over two centuries, with many Europeans heading east to fight, and others turning up to trade. While experts say it is well known that high-ranking crusaders entered into marriages with Armenians to shore up political allegiances, the study adds to evidence that footsoldiers were also striking up relationships as they headed east. “Those were the regular normal people who are also mixing together, and their sons were joining the fight later on,” said Dr Marc Haber, author of the research from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge. Dr Kathryn Hurlock of Manchester Metropolitan University, who was not involved in the study, said the findings were not a surprise to historians. “But the … [Read more...] about Crusader armies were remarkably genetically diverse, study finds