In response to Washington’s decision to put Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on the terrorist list, the Iranian Supreme Security Council declared the US a “terrorist government” while calling the US CENTCOM a terrorist group as well. Following what it called an “unlawful and unreasonable action” of the US, Tehran officially declared the US “a terrorist government and the US Central Command known as CENTCOM as well as all its affiliates a terrorist group,” a statement of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme National Security Council headed by President Hassan Rouhani said. Also on rt.com Netanyahu thanks Trump for designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards ‘terrorists’ The statement blamed CENTCOM for harming Iran’s national security as well as ruining the lives of “innocent Iranian and non-Iranian individuals” to promote the US' “aggressive policies” in Western Asia. It also specifically … [Read more...] about Tit for tat: Iran’s Supreme Security Council puts US troops on its terrorist groups list
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PC Kris Aves was paralysed in the Westminster terror attack which killed five people and injured 50 two years ago. Khalid Masood ploughed a 4X4 into crowds before he was shot outside Parliament. Here's what happened and what a group of selfless volunteers have done to help brave PC Aves. What happened in the 2017 Westminster terror attack? Police declared the attack outside Parliament in Westminster as a terrorist incident. Masood mowed people down by driving a 4x4 vehicle on the pavement on Westminster Bridge, before crashing into the gates outside the Houses of Parliament. He then ran into the Parliament compound, carrying two blades where he fatally stabbed a police officer. The 52-year-old was shot by police and taken to St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, but later died. By chance, the BBC were filming their fly-on-the-wall series Hospital in its A&E when Masood was brought in on a stretcher. Following the attack, Westminster was immediately … [Read more...] about When was the Westminster 2017 attack, how many victims were there and how has the terrorist attack affected Parliament security?
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday announced a package of measures, including a ban of protests in the Champs Elysees avenue, in response to the spike of violence broken out from the "Yellow Vest" street action over the weekend, Trend reports Xinhua. In the latest demonstration in a series of weekly protests that began in November 2018 against dwindling purchasing power, a group of hard-left anti-capitalism militants, known as Black Blocs, ran amok across Paris on Saturday, torching cars and buildings, looting shops and smashing windows of boutiques in the fanciest shopping districts in Paris. "These were criminal acts. The government's response must be strong," Philippe told reporters. "From next Saturday, we will ban 'Yellow Vest' protests in neighborhoods that have been worst hit as soon as we see signs of the presence of radical groups and their intent to cause damage," he added. "When a demonstration is not declared and banned, all those who participate, protect the … [Read more...] about French PM unveils fresh security strategy in response to violent “Yellow Vest” protests
The French government admitted Sunday its security measures had been "insufficient" to stem an arson and looting rampage by black-clad anarchists during a "yellow vest" protest along the famous Champs-Elysees in Paris. Police appeared overwhelmed Saturday as demonstrators ran amok on the avenue, with retailers there saying some 80 shops and businesses were vandalised.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe acknowledged Sunday there had been security "flaws" which needed to be rectified."Analysis of yesterday's events highlights that the measures taken were insufficient to contain the violence and prevent wrongdoing" by the rioters, the premier's office said, adding that Philippe was due to meet President Emmanuel Macron on Monday morning.Already under political pressure, Macron -- who cut short a skiing trip to rush back to the capital for a crisis meeting late Saturday -- has vowed "strong" action.Retailers have expressed dismay over the 18th consecutive weekend of potent anti-government … [Read more...] about French govt admits security ‘flaws’ in Yellow Vest riots
Maurie Backman The Motley Fool Published 6:00 AM EDT Mar 17, 2019 Social Security helps millions of seniors pay the bills and enjoy retirement to the fullest. If you expect to count on those benefits, you'll need to be strategic in claiming them. Here are a few key things you ought to know that will help you make the most of Social Security, whether you're filing this year or in the future. 1. Commit your full retirement age to memory This is the age at which you're entitled to collect your full monthly benefit without a reduction. Although benefits are based on your earnings history – specifically, your 35 highest years of earnings – the age at which you file for them could cause that number to go up or down. If you file ahead of full retirement age, your benefits will be reduced for each month you claim them early, which is why it often pays to sit tight and wait until you can collect your benefits in full. Here's what full retirement age looks like, depending … [Read more...] about Social Security benefits to know even before retirement planning