2020-01-08: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-08). Israel will shoot down rockets with space-age 'LASER SWORD'. rt.com Israel announced an upcoming addition to its aerial defense systems: a laser weapon that the country's defense minister says will be able to intercept rockets, guided missiles, and other projectiles lobbed at the Jewish state. | Israel has been developing laser weapons since the mid-1990s, yet the most promising such weapon — the US-Israeli-developed Nautilus Tactical High Energy Laser — was shelved in 2006 in favor of continued reliance on the Iron Dome missile batteries. | However, research has continued in the meantime, and Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Wednesday that a fun…

RT (2020-01-08). 'Child stowaway' found dead in undercarriage of plane at Paris airport. rt.com A child aged around 10 years old has been found dead in the undercarriage of a plane that touched down at a Paris airport after arriving from the Ivory Coast. | Air France has confirmed that the "lifeless body of a stowaway" was discovered at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris early on Wednesday morning. | The child travelled to the French capital on an Air France Boeing 777 jet, which took off from the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan on Tuesday evening. The airline said that an investigation into the death is ongoin…

RT (2020-01-08). Ukrainian president Zelensky expresses condolences to victims' families after Ukrainian airliner crashes in Iran. rt.com Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has extended his condolences to the relatives of those killed in a plane crash in Iran. He said that the Ukrainian embassy is clarifying the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. | Zelensky cut short his trip to Oman and returned to Kiev after learning about the crash. | A Ukrainian International Airlines plane carrying 167 passengers and nine crew crashed shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran. The Boeing 737 reportedly experienced technical problems after becoming airborne.There were no survivors in the crash, Zelensky said, citing…

RT (2020-01-08). Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashes on takeoff from Tehran, all passengers and crew killed. rt.com A Ukrainian Boeing 737 bound for Kiev from Tehran has crashed after takeoff due to technical problems, Iranian media reported. Much of the regional airspace had been cleared due to Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq. | Flight radar information showed Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 abruptly disappearing after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini airport just after 6 am local time. | Also on rt.com | | WATCH ball of flame falling from the sky alleged to be Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran | There were 176 passengers and nine crew memb…

RT (2020-01-08). Engine fire led to Ukrainian Boeing 737 crash in Iran – airport official. rt.com A Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 had suffered an engine malfunction before it went down a few minutes after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport, an airport official has said. | The engine caught fire when the plane was airborne, Ali Khashani, a senior public relations official at Iran's major airport, was quoted by local media. The fatal engine failure is thought to have caused the jet to come down, between the cities of Sharhiar and Parand in the early hours of Wednesday. | The airliner, operated by Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), carried 176 passengers and nine crew, most of whom were Iranians, ac…

RT (2020-01-08). Iran won't hand over black box to the US, as Boeing offers help after Ukrainian airliner crashes near Tehran. rt.com Iran will not provide Boeing with the black box of a Ukrainian 737 that crashed near Tehran, the country's civil aviation authority has said. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. | Ali Abedzadeh, head of the Iran Civil Aviation Organization, said that Tehran would carry out its own probe into the crash, adding that Ukrainian authorities will be allowed to be "present during investigations." | He also said that it hadn't yet been decided where the black box would be sent for analysis.Responding to the crash, Boeing said in a statement that it was ready to "assist in any way needed." | A Boeing 737 ope…

RT (2020-01-08). Ukrainians, Iranians, Canadians, Germans & Brits among 176 killed in Boeing 737 crash near Tehran. rt.com Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has confirmed the number and country of origin of all passengers and crew on board the Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 which crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran. | All 176 people on board were killed after the plane's engine reportedly caught fire. | "Terrible news about the plane crash in Tehran. My sincere condolences to the families of the dead," Prystaiko said in statements posted to Twitter, adding that "Ukrainian authorities continue to investi…

RT (2020-01-08). WATCH ball of flame falling from the sky alleged to be Ukrainian plane that crashed in Iran. rt.com An unauthenticated video has emerged online purporting to show a Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashing soon after takeoff from the Iranian capital en route back to Kiev. | Posted online late on Tuesday night, the brief video clip shows what is said to be a Ukraine International Airlines flight as it hit the ground, giving off a bright flash. There were 176 passengers and nine crew on board; all of them were confirmed dead. | The accident comes on the heels of Iranian ballistic missile strikes on US bases in Iraq, which prompted America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to close the airspace over the region to…

RT (2020-01-08). 'One of our best planes': Ukrainian Boeing 737 that crashed in Iran was 'in excellent condition' & manned by experienced crew. rt.com Nothing was wrong with the Ukraine International Airlines jet that came down in Iran with 176 on board, the company has said. It was one of the best planes in UIA's fleet and had undergone maintenance just days before the crash.

The Canary (2020-01-08). Plane crash which killed 176, including three Britons, caused by fire, Iran says. thecanary.co Three Britons have died after a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed moments after take off from Iran, officials have said.All 167 passengers and nine crew on the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 flight from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran to the Ukrainian capital Kiev were killed minutes after take-off at 6.10am local time (2.40am GMT) on 8 January.The crash comes amid escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf following the killing last week of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani by the US.Debris is seen from an Ukrainian plane, containing three Britons, which crashed moments after take-off from Te…

Andrew Moss (2020-01-08). Immigration and the Prison Industrial Complex. counterpunch.org In the past year, the struggle over immigration rights continued along a broad array of fronts. There were significant setbacks, such as the implementation of the "Remain in Mexico" policy that made asylum nearly impossible to attain. But there were also victories, such as a federal judge's ruling in November that required the government to More

teleSUR (2020-01-08). Ecuador Buys $4m Worth of Non-Lethal Weapons for Armed Forces. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's Ministry of Defense announced Monday it will purchase US$3.6 million worth of non-lethal weapons and riot gear for the Armed Forces, ahead of new strikes called by various social and Indigenous groups for the first quarter of 2020. | RELATED: | UN: Unnecessary and Disproportionate Repression in Ecuador | "Following NATO's criteria, we have bought gear to Israel, France, and the United States," Minister of Defense Oswaldo Jarrin told the press, adding that the gear will be…

WSWS (2020-01-08). Boeing, reversing its stance, recommends simulator training for 737 Max 8 pilots. wsws.org The airplane manufacturer's reversal highlights its culpability in previously opposing simulator training, even after two deadly crashes of 737 Max commercial jets that took a combined total of 346 lives.

Staff (2020-01-08). Ukrainian Airplane Crashes Near Iran's Capital, Killing 176. truthdig.com SHAHEDSHAHR, Iran — A Ukrainian airliner carrying 176 people crashed on the outskirts of Tehran during a takeoff attempt Wednesday hours after Iran launched its missile attack on U.S. forces, scattering flaming debris and passengers' belongings across farmland and killing everyone on board. | Iranian officials said they suspected a mechanical problem brought down the 3 Ω-year-old Boeing 737. Ukrainian officials initially agreed but later backed away and declined to offer a cause while the investigation is going on. | The Ukraine International Airlines flight was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew m…

Zero Hedge (2020-01-08). New, Potentially "Catastrophic" Wiring Issues Found In Boeing 737 Max. globalresearch.ca As if Boeing needed any more bad news. | The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conducted an internal audit in December of the Boeing 737 Max and found wiring issues could potentially cause a "catastrophic" short circuit at the rear of the …

sputniknews (2020-01-08). Watch First Video From Ukrainian Plane Crash Site Near Tehran. sputniknews.com The Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashed on Wednesday morning near Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport killing all passengers and crew on board.

RT (2020-01-08). WATCH debris from Ukrainian Boeing 737 burn in chilling VIDEO from crash site. rt.com The aftermath of a tragic plane crash that killed everyone on board a Ukraine International Airlines jet in Iran has been caught on film, showing the entire site strewn with fire. | The grim crash site features in a widely shared video purportedly taken shortly after the incident. The entire place looks completely lifeless, with debris smoldering. | Bound for Ukraine's capital Kiev, the Boeing 737-800 crashed after departing from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport early on Wednesday. Iranian authorities have confirmed that there were no survivors. | Think your friends would be interested? Share th…

teleSUR (2020-01-07). Tehran: Flight Carrying 180 Passengers Crashes After Takeoff. telesurenglish.net A Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines has crashed due to technical problems after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport with 180 passengers and crew aboard, the semi-official Fars news agency tweeted on Wednesday. | Flight Radar's website reports that communication with the plane was lost almost immediately after takeoff | #PS752 departed Tehran at 02: 42UTC. Last ADS-B data received at 02: 44UTC. t.co/qXWHUPGDTu pic.twitter.com/vuAi6TOqTp — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) | teleSUR (2020-01-07). No Survivors After Ukrainian Boeing With 176 Aboard Crashes. telesurenglish.net A Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 Wednesday crashed due to technical problems after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, bursting into flames and killing all 176 people on board. | RELATED: | UNESCO Responds to Trump's Threat To Destroy Iran Cultural Site | Debris and smoldering engine parts from the airplane were strewn across a field southwest of the Iranian capital where rescue workers in face masks laid out scores of body bags. | Ukraine's Foreign Minister…

Zero Hedge (2020-01-07). 52 Stealth Fighter Jets Elephant Walk In Show Of Force Amid Threats Of War. globalresearch.ca With another 3,000 US troops preparing to deploy to the Middle East and six Boeing B-52 Stratofortress nuclear-capable bombers headed to a major US military base at Deigo Garcia, 52 stealth fighter jets conducted a Combat Power Exercise Monday amid …

RT (2020-01-06). FBI conducted record number of gun sale background checks in 2019, as Democrats promise gun control. rt.com The FBI carried out a record 28 million background checks on firearms purchases in 2019, as Americans rushed to buy weapons amid calls for tougher gun laws. | According to FBI data, 28,369,750 background checks were performed in 2019, smashing the previous record of 27 million in 2016. The agency ran 202,465 checks on Black Friday alone. The Christmas period was a festive one for firearms retailers, with just under three million checks carried out in December, the second-highest month since the National Instant Criminal…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-06). Military Contractors Raytheon, Lockheed Martin See Stock Prices Soar Amid Iran Crisis. mintpressnews.com Lockheed Martin, famous for its fighter planes, helicopters and missiles, saw its stock price spike to over $416, a jump of seven percent almost overnight. Raytheon and General Dynamics saw similar increases.

Whitney Webb (2020-01-04). Why a Shadowy Tech Firm With Ties to Israeli Intelligence Is Running Doomsday Election Simulations. mintpressnews.com A shadowy tech firm with deep ties to Israeli intelligence and newly inked contracts to protect Pentagon computers is partnering with Lockheed Martin to gain unprecedented access to the heart of America's democracy.

ANSWER (2020-01-01). Sat. Jan. 4 National Day of Action U.S. Troops Out of Iraq! liberationnews.org Initiators for this call include the ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK, Popular Resistance, World Beyond War and many other anti-war and peace organizations.

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-27). Israel Bombs Gaza For Xmas, Israel Threatens To Attack All Helping Iran & Saudis Bomb Yemen Market. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/26/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Lawrence Wittner (2019-12-22). Americans Are Ready for a Different Approach to Nuclear Weapons. zcomm.org Although today's public protests against nuclear weapons can't compare to the major antinuclear upheavals of past decades, there are clear indications that most Americans reject the Trump administration's nuclear weapons policies. Since entering office in 2017, the Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran, scrapped the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Read more…

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-17). US Regime Change In Mexico, US Bombs Afghan Hospital, Saudis Get Involved In Syria & More OPCW Leaks. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/16/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Jon Rainwater (2019-11-07). Take Action — Some actual, SANE legislation. peaceaction.org Trump has plans to spend nearly $2 TRILLION over the next 30 years on unneeded and unnecessary nuclear weapons and delivery systems. This makes no sense. This is insane. That's nearly $100 million wasted every day for thirty years on weapons we are supposed to be getting rid of. To put that amount in perspective, …

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