Syria May Use Air Defenses Against Turkey if Kurds Attacked

RT reports that the Syrian government warned Turkey against launching a bombing campaign in the Syrian province of Afrin, saying its air defenses may be used. The Turkish leaders had threatened airstrikes against Afrin-based Kurdish militias. The statement comes after Turkish officials threatened to attack Kurdish militias in the area to prevent the creation of … More Syria May Use Air Defenses Against Turkey if Kurds Attacked

Investors Shrug Off Latest Government Shutdown Threat

As reported by Reuters news agency, investors have shrugged off the latest threat of a federal government shutdown, saying they are not worried about a major pullback in shares even if U.S. lawmakers fail to strike a deal. According to the report, if history is any guide, a shutdown would not be enough to knock … More Investors Shrug Off Latest Government Shutdown Threat

Lebanon Turns Smartphones into Spying Machines

Reuters news agency reports that Lebanon’s intelligence service may have turned the smartphones of thousands of targeted individuals into cyber-spying machines in one of the first known examples of large-scale state hacking of phones rather than computers, researchers say. Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security (GDGS) has run more than 10 campaigns since at least … More Lebanon Turns Smartphones into Spying Machines

Gas Tax Hike for Infrastructure Mulled

One America News Network reports that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration says it wants to pledge $200 billion worth of federal money to support infrastructure projects with the remaining $800 billion coming from state and local governments across the country. According to the report, a nationwide gas tax is being floated as a possible source … More Gas Tax Hike for Infrastructure Mulled

Apple to Pay $38 Billion Tax to Bring Funds Overseas to U.S.

As reported by Reuters news agency, Apple Inc. will make about $38 billion in tax payments to bring funds kept overseas back to the United States under new federal tax laws, the company said on Wednesday. According to the report, Apple said it expected to invest over $30 billion in the United States over the … More Apple to Pay $38 Billion Tax to Bring Funds Overseas to U.S.

Myanmar and Bangladesh Reach Agreement for Return of Rohingyas

As reported by Reuters news agency, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on Tuesday to complete within two years the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar last year. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), responding to the plan, said they were concerned about forcibly repatriating over 650,000 … More Myanmar and Bangladesh Reach Agreement for Return of Rohingyas

Erdogan Set to Invade Syria to Attack Kurdish Militias

Reuters news agency reports that President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey’s planned military operation against Kurdish militia forces in Syria’s Afrin region will be supported by Syrian rebel fighters. In recent days, President Erdogan has repeatedly warned of an imminent incursion in Afrin after the U.S.-led coalition said it was working with the … More Erdogan Set to Invade Syria to Attack Kurdish Militias

U.S. on Pace to Rival World’s Top Oil Producer

Reuters news agency reports that surging shale production is poised to push U.S. oil output to more than 10 million barrels per day – toppling a record set in 1970 and crossing a threshold few could have imagined even a decade ago. According to the report, this new record, expected within days, likely won’t last … More U.S. on Pace to Rival World’s Top Oil Producer