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US Elections: Trump offers big US military expansion


Donald Trump proposed for more troops, more planes and more boats for the US military at a rally in Philadelphia. He sent a message to US generals that they would have to come up with a plan to defeat Islamic State (IS) in his first 30 days as Commander in Chief. The latest polls for the race to the White House show that it has narrowed. Democrats and several Republicans have labeled Mr Trump as a misfit to serve as President of the United States Of America but Trump has close in on the lead by rival Hillary Clinton. In his speech he called his vision for the US military by quoting Ronald Reagan’s "peace through strength".

Mr Trump pledged to increase Marine Corps battalions to 36, increase the number of Navy ships to 350, and add Army combat brigades. They are the same numbers pledged by Carly Fiorina during the Republican primary campaign, and similar to those of Mitt Romney when he was campaigning for the presidency in 2012. In a nutshell, they represent traditional and mainstream Republican defense policy.

Trump’s pledge to build such as strong military clearly shows that Mr Trump is running to renovate the already known situation that the USA has the capacity to fight two ground wars at the same time. The Pentagon has stated that, under President Obama, it couldn’t sustain that due to trimmed budgets. Read More

Apple Owes EU $14.5 Billion in taxes


The European Union on Tuesday 30 August commanded Ireland to fetch $14.5 billion in evaded taxes from Apple. The EU’s competition enforcer, commissioner Margrethe Vestager pictured left, said that Apple’s illegal deals with the Irish Government allowed the tech firm to pay almost nothing on its European business in some years. According to the Commission, the deals allowed Apple to make profit from two Irish subsidiaries to a head office with no employees, no land, no solid activities.

The European Union claims that Apple paid only 50 euros in taxes per one million euros in revenue during 2014. Europe demanded that Ireland recoup 10 years’ worth of back taxes, which amounts to 13 billion euros, or about $14.5 billion, and interest added. That amount is a small piece of the pie for Apple, a Company that has a total of profits reaching beyond $230 billion. However, the company described the decree from EU as a sore blow to the rule of law. The United States Treasury Department said it jeopardized "the important spirit of economic partnership between the U.S. and the E.U."

Margrethe Vestager, has made tax evasion a number one priority, a campaign that has affected Starbucks in the Netherlands, Amazon in Luxembourg and Anheuser-Busch InBev in Belgium. The United States Treasury, one of the major vocal critics of these EU tactics, has said that Europe is exaggerating its power, unfairly targeting American companies and hurting global efforts to curtail tax avoidance. Read More

A Great Granny who coaches an Olympic Champion

Granny Coach

The old woman, Anna Sofia Botha, 74, kept getting turned away, even though her credentials were impeccable when she tried to get close enough to congratulate the South African runner Wayde van Niekerk. Her student who had just won the gold medal in the 400 meters and broken a decade old world record in men’s track and field.

With her white helmet hair and kindly air, event officials could not believe that she was the coach of a gold medalist and record holder in one of track’s popular events.

When news spread about her, that a most unlikely coach had helped propel van Niekerk to gold, Botha was on the spotlight in the city or at least the Olympic Village.

She seemed confused when Sports Journalists surrounded her for interviews about her latest glory. Read More

Brazil Olympics: USA swimmer Ryan Lochte and three other athletes robbed in Rio

Ryan Lochte

According to the US Olympic Committee (USOC)statement, Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were stopped by people posing as armed police. The robbers wanted money and other personal belongings.

At first the International Olympic Committee (IOC) tried to cover reports about the robbery, but the US committee later confirmed it had happened. Lochte wrote on social media that he and the other athletes were alright, and thanked all those who had given him support.

The athletes went to a party at the French Olympic team’s hospitality house when their cab was blocked on the way back to the athletes' house. The story came up when Lochte's mother, Ileana, who explained to USA Today her son was fine but shocked by the robbery.

Lochte swam in two events at the Rio Games, winning gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Read More

French Church Attacked: Abdel-Malik Petitjean Was suspected as a radical before attack

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The second culprit behind an ISIS-affiliated attack that killed a priest in a church was a teenager already known to security experts as a potential Islamist militant.

French judicial sources told journalists that 19-year-old Abdel-Malik Nabil Petitjean, was identified from his DNA.

Petitjean, who is from eastern France, and friend Adel Kermiche, also 19, targeted the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during morning Mass.

They cut a priest’s throat and held three nuns and an elderly couple as hostages. One nun later escaped and switched an alarm. Both terrorists were later killed by law enforcement officers.

Security staff had opened a special file on Petitjean on June 29 on suspicions that he had been radicalized, a police source told Reuters. The government has said there are about 10,500 people with so-called "S files" related to potential jihadi activities in France. Kermiche was not only known to security forces but wore an electronic bracelet and was awaiting trial for alleged membership of a terrorist group having been released on bail. France’s intelligence services had received a tip-off from a foreign intelligence that an attack was being planned and issued out a photo to various security forces, RTL radio reported. Police had no name, only a photograph that appears to be of Petitjean, it added. Petitjean’s mother Yamina told BFMTV that her son had never spoken about ISIS. Read More