The other U.S. vote battle: could Senate tilt to Democrats?
WASHINGTON: Republicans enjoy a strong 59-seat majority in the 435-member House, and it will not be easy for Democrats to flip the 30 seats needed to retake control, most analysts say. As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump duke it out for the White House, a heated political battle is also on for the U.S. Congress, with the Senate on the verge of shifting into Democratic hands. Who runs the two chambers — and the legislation introduced there — is crucial, as bills can easily get stuck, particularly if the leadership does not belong to the same party as the president. Both the Senate and the House of Re...Read More
'Islamic State' Turning Into a Guerrilla Army, Top General Warns
New York: Four days ago, the U.S. defense secretary was predicting a 'lasting defeat' of ISIS. Now, a top general is warning that the terror group is preparing for a guerrilla war. The capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq is now under assault. But ISIS isn't going anywhere. Instead, the terror group is beginning to rebrand itself from a "caliphate" to an insurgency, a top U.S. general fighting ISIS said Wednesday. It's much more than a change of name, or even a shift in tactics. It could well mean that there will be no "lasting defeat" of ISIS, even if it loses control of Iraq's se...Read More
India's Modi, at summit, calls Pakistan 'mother-ship of terrorism'
Goa: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi branded Pakistan a "mother-ship of terrorism" at a summit of the BRICS nations on Sunday, testing the cohesion of a group whose heavyweight member China is a close ally of India's arch-rival. Modi's remarks to a meeting of leaders from the BRICS - which include Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa - escalated his diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan, which India accuses of sponsoring cross-border terrorism. Tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors have been running high since a Sept. 18 attack on an army base in Kashmir, near the disputed frontie...Read More
Russia deploys nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad
Europe: 8 October 2016, Russia has deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in its western-most region, Kaliningrad, which borders on Nato members Poland and Lithuania. Poland said the development was of the "highest concern", adding it was monitoring the situation. Russia's defence ministry said the new deployment was part of military exercises and had happened before. The US and Nato have seen disagreements with Russia intensify in recent times, particularly over Syria and Ukraine. Kaliningrad is a Russian enclave sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. The Iskander system has a range of...Read More
Russia expands Pacific bomber patrols near US bases
Europe: Russia has prepared a new strategic bomber division in the far east to patrol a huge area of the Pacific where the US military is especially active. Tupolev Tu-22M3 and Tu-95MS bombers will fly from Siberia as far as Hawaii, Guam and Japan, all of which host major US naval and air bases, Russia's Izvestia daily reported. Russia has sent Tu-22M3s on bombing runs in Syria and Tu-95s regularly carry out patrols near Western Europe. Nato has criticised Russia's flights. Britain's RAF and other Nato air forces regularly scramble fighters to monitor the Russian bombers' movements over th...Read More