Thursday, July 30, 2015

New TSA Chief Vows to Improve 96% Failure Rate on Weapons Detection

VADM Peter Neffenger, (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

If the new head of the Transportation Security Administration gets his way, all airport screeners will be retrained within 60 days to better detect explosives and spot weapons and more passengers will enroll in the agency's expedited security checkpoint program.

And one day travelers will be able to use fingerprints or some other biometric identifiers instead of paper or electronic boarding passes.

Peter Neffenger, who has been on the job as TSA administrator for four weeks, went before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday and said it was a "huge concern" that the agency's officers failed to identify bombs, weapons and other security threats 96 percent of the time during recent undercover testing. 

"It greatly disturbs me to know that we had that failure rate at the checkpoint," he said.  

Full article available here: New TSA Chief Vows Improvement

Source: NBC News

Officer's Bodycam Was Crucial to Murder Indictment: Officials

Officials in Cincinnati say a university police officer who shot a driver to death during a routine traffic stop probably would not have been indicted for murder without a critical piece of evidence — video from a camera worn by the cop.

"We're glad that we did have it," Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said on MSNBC on Wednesday.

University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing claimed in an incident report that he was dragged by Samuel Dubose's car during the July 19 stop, officials said. Tensing, 25, said he was "almost run over by the driver of the Honda Accord and was forced to shoot the driver with his duty weapon." 

But bodycam video told a different story, prosecutors said. 

Full article and videos available here: Officer's Bodycam....

Turkey: Three Soldiers Killed as Anti-PKK Airstrikes Intensify

Source: Euronews

‘Pennies’: A Story of Palestinian Child Beggars

Source: Euronews

Charges Brought Over Killing of Zimbabwe’s Famous ‘Cecil’

Source: Euronews

Afghan Taliban Names a New Leader, But Peace Talks Delayed

Reuters, 30/07 15:14 CET

By Jibran Ahmad

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – The Taliban have chosen supreme leader Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that scheduled peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government would be postponed.

Pakistan cited a statement in Kabul on Wednesday about Omar’s death as the reason for the delay in negotiations, amid fears that it could trigger a potentially bloody succession battle.

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was appointed leader at a meeting of the Taliban’s top representatives, many of whom are based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, according to the sources who were present at the shura, or gathering.

Full article available here: New Leader 

Source: Euronews

MH370: Wreckage Found on Island ‘Came from Boeing 777’

By Sarah Joanne Taylor

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution to Try Suspects in MH17 Crash in Ukraine

Source: Euronews

UK is Not a “Safe Haven”, Says Cameron

Source: Euronews

Memon: India Executes Plotter of 1993 Mumbai Attacks

Source: Euronews

Tsipras Warns Syriza Anti-Bailout Rebels of Possible Early Greece Election

By Alasdair Sandford

Source: Euronews

Schäuble Wants EU Commission Oversight Role Reduced


German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wants the European Commission stripped of some of its key oversight roles – a move he says will safeguard the political independence of EU monitoring bodies.

According to a July 30 article published by German newspaper Frankfurt Algemeiner Zeitung, Schäuble is concerned the increasingly political activities of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker conflict with the institution’s original remit to oversee treaties and the single market. 

Full article and video available here: German Finance Minister 

Source: Euronews

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

President Obama Speaks to the People of Africa

During his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia, President Obama delivers remarks at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The President Holds a Bilateral Meeting with the African Union Headquarters Chairperson

President Obama delivers remarks in a bilateral meeting with African Union Headquarters Chairperson Dr. Dlamini Zuma.

The President Tours the Faffa Food Factory in Ethiopia

White House Press Briefing

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz briefs reporters and responds to questions on range of topics, including reports that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar died in April 2013 in Pakistan.

Video link: WH Press Briefing 

Source: C-Span