A desperate father has told of how he resorted to hiring a special forces soldier to help him retrieve his daughter when the girl was snatched by his ex-wife and taken to Poland. Craig Michael, 35, said he spent months planning the operation after being forced to take drastic action when his pleas for help from the authorities fell on deaf ears. His ex-wife, Marta Swinarska, had taken the couple's five-year-old daughter Crystal from their home in Cyprus and fled to her native Poland - later ignoring two court orders to return her. Desperate: Craig Michael, 35, has told of how he resorted to hiring a special forces soldier to help him retrieve his five-year-old daughter Crystal (pictured) when the girl was snatched by his ex-wife and taken to Poland He spoke of the dramatic moment the pair found Crystal and reunited her with her older sister Castalia, six According to the Daily Mirror, Mr Michael spent two-and-a-half years and £35,000 trying to get his daughter back … [Read more...] about ‘I hired special forces to rescue my daughter’: Father tells how soldier helped retrieve five-year-old who had been snatched by his ex-wife and taken to Poland
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Russia responded on 5 January to an attack by a swarm of drones targeting a Russian airbase in north-western Syria and a naval station on the Mediterranean Sea. The multi-drone attack, which is suspected to have been launched by militants, is the first of its kind, representing a new threat from terrorist groups. The use of a swarm attack demonstrates a militant capability, which was previously limited to states, to simultaneously control and coordinate several commercial drones at one time using a GPS unit. This development may send viewers of the science-fiction series Black Mirror into hiding, but it should prompt professional militaries to double down on countermeasures, specifically the creation of electronic jamming tech. Swashbuckling drones operated by rebels and militants have been shoring up the frontlines of conflict internationally, in some cases braving the choppy waters off the coast of Yemen, and in others crowding the skies over Syria and Iraq. The Lebanese militant … [Read more...] about How do we thwart the latest terrorist threat: swarms of weaponised drones?
A personal trainer's dizziness turned out to be a brain tumour that needed removing during a ten-hour operation that she was kept awake for. Nichole Bates, from Minnesota, was diagnosed with an astrocytoma tumour in the front left side of her brain in July this year. The 29-year-old experienced dizzy spells up to three times a day which caused her to retch multiple times a day. She also suffered from fatigue. But she never imagined it would be due to cancer because she was physically fit and training at the gym five times a week, competing in bikini competitions. Mrs Bates had to be awake during the operation to remove 85 per cent of the tumour so that surgeons could make sure they weren't causing brain damage. She has been having chemotherapy to kill the remaining tumour ever since, and is slowly getting back into her training regime. Nichole Bates, 29, from Minnesota, was diagnosed with an astrocytoma tumour at the front left side of her brain this year. She is … [Read more...] about Personal trainer’s dizziness turned out to be caused by a brain tumour that surgeons had to remove while keeping her AWAKE in a 10-hour operation
Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin clearly have a lot to talk about. For the second time in three months, the German chancellor and the Russian president are getting together for a bilateral meeting. This time, after Merkel visited the Black Sea resort of Sochi in May, Putin is in the German government's retreat in Meseberg, a picturesque castle outside Berlin. Why exactly the two leaders should choose to meet again this weekend is unclear — though it could have something to do with the fact that Merkel's government, having just survived a domestic political crisis before the summer break, now has its mind clear for foreign policy, an area that plays to the chancellor's long experience. At first glance, there would seem to be endless topics for the two long-serving leaders to discuss — Russian interference in the US election, or the alleged poisoning of former Russian spies in the UK, for instance — but on Monday Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert … [Read more...] about War and fuel: Angela Merkel’s headaches in Russia talks
What will Donald Trump be able to achieve at a summit with Vladimir Putin? Very little. Russia will by no means withdraw from Crimea. It will continue to support rebels in eastern Ukraine, as well as President Bashar Assad and Iranian troops in Syria. And Trump will not be able to change much, if anything, when it comes to Putin's "Russia first" policy. The Kremlin leader, on the other hand, can expect to gain a great deal from a Russia-US summit. When he and Trump meet to talk about international issues, TV images the world over will covey the same message: two politicians negotiating on an equal footing. Putin will score points with this summit, with or without results. Read more: India, Russia strive for 'multipolar' world in Trump's 'America first' era The different faces of Vladimir Putin From KGB to Kremlin Putin joined the KGB, the former Soviet Union's security agency, in 1975. In the 1980s he undertook his first foreign posting as a KGB agent to Dresden, … [Read more...] about Opinion: Putin comes up Trumps