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The US president is committing a “huge crime” by fueling the conflict in Ukraine, Roger Waters told CNN

US President Joe Biden is fueling the Ukraine conflict, which is a “huge crime,” Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters said in an interview released on Saturday.

Waters sat down with CNN’s Michael Smerconish to discuss, in particular, the political views that the rock legend hasn’t shied away from displaying in his new concert tour ‘This Is Not A Drill’, which features a montage of alleged “war criminals.” The slideshow includes a picture of Joe Biden with the caption “WAR CRIMINAL. Just getting started.”

“[Joe Biden] is fueling the fire in Ukraine for start. That’s a huge crime. Why won’t the United States of America encourage [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky to negotiate, obviating the need for this horrific, horrendous war, that’s killing [people]?” he asked.

Waters also pushed back against Smerconish, who argued that Ukraine was “invaded” by Russia, noting that the entir..

The shadow defense minister says Canberra needs to arm itself amid Asia-Pacific tensions

Australia must acquire its own “sovereign” missiles with the help of the US and Britain in countering China, Shadow Defense Minister Andrew Hastie has said.

“The strategic outlook is very bleak. It’s being driven by a rising China with both revisionist and expansionist ambitions,” Hastie, who served as deputy defense minister from 2020 to May 2022, told ABC on Sunday.

“Which is why we need missiles that can reach out and touch an adversary,” he said, adding that Canberra should work closer with the US and the UK on the matter.
“We need to partner to develop our own sovereign missiles, Australian-owned, Australian-delivered, if required.”

The US, Britain, and Australia signed a defense pact last year, known as AUKUS, which allows Canberra to acquire nuclear submarines. Hastie urged the government to have a “relentless political focus” on delivering the submarines as soon as possible. China has..

The cost-of-living crisis may lead to more abandonments, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has said

Rising costs in the UK could have “a worrying impact” on the welfare of people’s pets, one of the biggest animal charities in the country warned on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky News, a spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) explained that as the “rising cost of living puts a strain on people’s finances,” there is concern that more pets will be abandoned. The charity is also worried that it could see a rise in the number of pets “being treated with home remedies to cut costs instead of being taken to the vet.”

“This could all have a worrying impact on animal welfare,” the spokesman said, while urging pet owners struggling with care for their animals to “seek help from friends and family,” or reputable charities.

Earlier this month, the RSPCA reported that the cost-of-living crisis added “a further dimension” to the pr..

During the Cold War, Britain’s secretive ‘dirty tricks’ unit smeared Kenya’s leftist vice president, The Guardian reported

A covert unit within the British Foreign Office targeted Kenya’s first vice president, Oginga Odinga, in the 1960s as part of a “black propaganda” campaign, The Guardian reported on Saturday, citing newly declassified documents. After Kenyan independence from the UK in 1963, London perceived the left-wing politician as a threat to its interests, according to the papers.

Odinga is said to have been subjected to a three-year campaign by the Information Research Department (IRD), a covert unit initially established by the post-WWII Labour government to spread anti-Communist views. The effort was led by the Special Editorial Unit (SEU), a highly secretive “dirty tricks section” of the IRD, the report says.

After Kenya broke free from British rule in 1963, London apparently viewed President Jomo Kenyatta as the preferred leader of the country. However, the UK seemed..

According to the Israeli military, it was launched by Palestinian Islamic Jihad and killed several children in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released a video on Sunday showing what it says was a failed rocket launch by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) that killed several children in Gaza.
The clip appears to show a rocket barrage, with one missile losing speed and falling. The IDF said it was launched by the militant group Islamic Jihad in Gaza last night and killed Palestinian civilians, including children. The IDF also accused PIJ of using civilians as “human shields.”

Watch this failed rocket launch which killed children in Gaza.
This barrage of rockets was fired by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in Gaza last night.
The rocket in the red circle misfired, killing Palestinian civilians—including children—in Jabaliya in northern Gaza.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) August 7, 2022

Meanwhile, according to the Palestinian authorities, the d..

Journalist Darya Aslamova was barred from entering Kosovo on Saturday

Russian journalist and veteran war reporter Darya Aslamova was briefly detained and banned from entering Kosovo on Saturday amid the recent flare-up of tensions between Serbia and the breakaway region.

Kosovo Interior Minister Xhelal Svecla wrote on Facebook that Aslamova, who writes for newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, was detained at a border checkpoint in the northern part of the region.

“Many countries have proven that she had engaged in espionage for the Russian military intelligence and acted under the guise of a journalist,” Svecla wrote, accusing Aslamova of “propagandizing about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” The minister added that Aslamova was banned from entering Kosovo and the authorities were holding the journalist until her “intentions are determined.”

Svecla posted several photos of Aslamova, including some with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Syrian President Bashar Assad.


On his visit to the Philippines, top US diplomat also spoke about “protecting” democracy and “precious maritime resources”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken paid a visit to Manila to meet the Philippines’ newly elected leader and reassure him of Washington’s full support in the face of China’s “destabilizing and dangerous” actions following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan.

The 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between Washington and Manila remains “ironclad,” Blinken said at a joint press conference with his Philippine counterpart Enrique Manalo on Saturday.

“We always stand by our partners… an armed attack on Philippines’ armed forces, public vessels, or aircraft in the South China Sea would invoke US mutual defense commitments under that treaty,” the top US diplomat said.

Besides discussing security partnership, Blinken said they also spoke about deepening economic relations and “strengthening democracy,” in conversations with Secretary Manalo and Ferdinand Marc..

Multiple firefighters feared dead after another blasts rocks a burning Cuban oil depot

The Cuban government has pleaded for help from “friendly countries” as firefighters are struggling to contain a blaze, raging at a major oil storage facility in the city of Matanzas for a second day, following a thunderstorm on Friday night.

Only one person was officially confirmed dead, but 17 firefighters were listed as unaccounted for on Saturday, following a powerful explosion at the Matanzas Supertanker Base. At least 121 people were injured, five of them in critical condition. Hundreds of civilians were forced to evacuate from the area.

The blaze was initially sparked by a lightning strike that hit one of the facility’s eight massive fuel tanks on Friday. On Saturday, the fire spread to a second tank, despite military helicopters constantly dropping sea water and firefighters pouring water on the remaining tanks to keep them cool.

Due to the heat of the first explosion of an oil tank in ..

The IDF accuses Palestinian militants of using civilians as “human shields”

The death toll in the Gaza Strip amid Israel’s ongoing ‘Operation Breaking Dawn’ has grown to 24, including six children, with over 200 people wounded as of Saturday night, according to Palestinian health officials. The Israeli military accuses the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militants of using civilians as “human shields” and killing own people in botched rocket attacks.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed striking multiple “terrorist targets” across the Gaza Strip on Saturday, but denied any responsibility for a deadly blast in Jabalia refugee camp in the north of the enclave that reportedly killed at least six people, including three children.

“Following the reports of the tragic events in Jabaliya, the IDF concluded an in-depth debrief. Based on all the IDF systems data, it appears that this event is the outcome of an Islamic Jihad rocket misfire,” the IDF said in a tweet on Saturday night, ad..

The US leader will abide by the “strict isolation measures” until a second negative result, his doctor said

President Joe Biden tested negative for Covid-19 on Saturday, but “in an abundance of caution” will remain in strict isolation under daily monitoring until a second negative result confirms he has beaten his “rebound” infection, according to White House physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor.

“The President continues to feel very well,” O’Connor wrote in his daily update on Biden's condition.

The US leader initially tested positive for Covid-19 on July 21, despite having been fully vaccinated and receiving two booster shots. He worked in isolation for five days, while experiencing a mild cough and body aches, before testing negative last week.

However, just three days later, Biden tested positive once again, with O’Connor noting that “a small percentage of” patients being treated for Covid-19 with Pfizer’s antiviral pill Paxlovid are likely to suffer so-called “rebound Covid..