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Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priority

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:11

Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priorityCountering China and Russia is a bigger focus for US national security than defeating terrorism, the American administration announced yesterday.  Donald Trump’s new national defence strategy named “inter-state strategic competition” as its primary concern rather than jihadist attacks.  It marks a tipping point after almost two decades when the US has focussed on countering terrorism following the September 11 attacks.  China, Russia, North Korea and Iran were all mentioned as powers that were threatening the international order.  The strategy signals a return of a Cold War-style mentality in American foreign policy that will focus on countering rival great powers.  James Mattis,  US Secretary of Defense Credit: EPA/WALLACE WOON James Mattis, the US defence secretary, explained the rationale behind the 11-page national defence strategy in a speech on Friday.  “We will to continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we’re engaged in today, but great-power competition - not terrorism - is now the primary focus of US national security,” he said.  Mr Mattis added: "To those who would threaten America's experiment in democracy: they must know if you challenge us, it will be your longest and worst day." The document itself included a similar message: “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security.” It called out threats posed by rival nations. “China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbours while militarising features in the South China Sea,” it read.  US President Donald Trump, right, and Russia's President Vladimir  Credit: APEC-SUMMIT “Russia has violated the borders of nearby nations and pursues veto power over the economic, diplomatic, and security decisions of its neighbours. “As well, North Korea’s outlaw actions and reckless rhetoric continue despite United Nation’s censure and sanctions. "Iran continues to sow violence and remains the most significant challenge to Middle East stability.” John McCain, the Republican senator of Arizona, welcomed the strategy, saying: “It gets the big decisions right, prioritises the threats we face, and offers clear guidance for making tough choices.” Mr Mattis also called on Democrats to agree new funding ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, warning that the military would suffer if they blocked budget proposals.  Appealing to Congress, he said: "No strategy can survive without predictable funding. As hard as the last 16 years have been, no enemy has harmed the US military more than defence spending caps and sequestration." Mr Trump cancelled his trip to Florida on Friday in an attempt to help avoid a government shutdown as Republicans piled pressure on their political opponents.   The US president was due to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort but stayed in Washington as scrambled negotiations played out behind the scenes.  A fierce blame game erupted in the American capital as political rivals pointed the finger at each other over who was at fault.  Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, accused Democrats of being unpatriotic by threatening to block a funding extension.   “The American people, the citizens who actually elected us, will be watching," he said.  "They will see which senators make the patriotic decision, stand up for the American people and vote to continue government funding." Chuck Schumer, the most senior Democrat in the Senate, noted that Mr Trump once said that America could use “a good shutdown”.


Photos of the week: 1/12 - 1/19

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:17

 1/12 - 1/19A house of horrors was discovered in Perris, California at the start of the week.


Tick, tick … boom? If the shutdown comes, who will pay the price?

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:46

Tick, tick … boom? If the shutdown comes, who will pay the price?With Republicans in control of all three branches of government, a shutdown would do nothing to convince Americans that the GOP can govern effectively.


The Electrification Era Moves Closer for Cars

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:42

The Electrification Era Moves Closer for CarsAutomakers are seeing the future, and increasingly it’s more high voltage than high octane. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, just under the sheet metal and hoods ...


'Leaning Out': Aerial photography by Jeffrey Milstein

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:48

 Aerial photography by Jeffrey MilsteinJeffrey Milstein’s overhead images of ports, train yards, airports, parking lots, and cityscapes, reveal harmonious symmetries invisible during daily life yet still somehow familiar.


Takata Recalls 3.3 Million More Airbags

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:47

Takata Recalls 3.3 Million More AirbagsTakata has expanded its already massive recall by an additional 3.3 million airbag inflators over the same concerns that they might explode and spray dangerous metal fragments into the vehicle’s ...


Aly Raisman Tells Nassar 'You Are Pathetic' After He Complains About Sentencing Hearing

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:37

Aly Raisman Tells Nassar 'You Are Pathetic' After He Complains About Sentencing HearingOlympian Aly Raisman addressed serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar in court Friday with a powerful statement, calling the former USA Gymnastics team doctor “pathetic” for complaining about the length of his sentencing hearing and “a monster” for abusing the trust of his young patients.


Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid plea for help

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:30

Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid plea for helpSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Top financial officials in Puerto Rico offered a peek Friday into why the U.S. territory is mired in an 11-year recession as a federal control board demanded more transparency and information about the island's finances.


Kremlin 'regrets' Ukrainian law recognising Russian occupation

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:35

Kremlin 'regrets' Ukrainian law recognising Russian occupationOf course, Russia will remain committed to the word and spirit of the Minsk accords with other guarantor countries France and Germany, but we regret that such steps only distract us from the desired goal," the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. The EU-brokered Minsk peace agreement, backed by Moscow and Kiev, was first reached in late 2014 and then re-worked in early 2015 with the help of Germany and France, but is violated almost daily.


Mattis unveils new National Defense strategy

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:43

Mattis unveils new National Defense strategyDefense Secretary Jim Mattis released the National Defense Strategy today that focuses on China and Russia as the biggest challenges to the U.S.


N.Korea cancels S.Korea visit by advance team for art troupe

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:40

N.Korea cancels S.Korea visit by advance team for art troupeSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation led by the head of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea over the weekend to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe she also leads during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.


Delta issues new rules on emotional support animals

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:05

Delta issues new rules on emotional support animalsAfter the airline said it saw a spike in animal incidents, passengers must now provide documentation for their pet to the airline within 48 hours of their flight.


Classmate speaks out about California ‘House of Horrors’ victim

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 09:03

Classmate speaks out about California ‘House of Horrors’ victimA classmate of one of the victims who attended community college says the Turpin son was very thin and always in the same clothing.


Gymnastics stars speak out against Larry Nassar

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:56

Gymnastics stars speak out against Larry NassarAly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber, two members of the 2012 USA Gymnastics team that stole the show at the London Olympics, were among the victims to give powerful statements against Larry Nassar.


Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:56

Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing babyA car plowed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade, killing a baby and injuring more than a dozen people.


How to Solidify Your Retirement Fund

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:27

How to Solidify Your Retirement FundThe traditional three-legged retirement stool -- consisting of pensions, personal savings and Social Security benefits -- is looking wobblier than ever. Defined benefit pension plans, which have been disappearing for some time, are now on the verge of extinction. Just 8 percent of private employers offered pension plans in 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Googe CEO: A.I. more important to humanity than fire, electricity

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:04

 A.I. more important to humanity than fire, electricityGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai discusses the importance of developing artificial intelligence and why it’s good that humanity is concerned about its development.


Adulthood now begins at 24, say scientists as young people delay work, marriage and families 

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:00

Adulthood now begins at 24, say scientists as young people delay work, marriage and families Adulthood does not begin until 24, scientists have concluded because young people are continuing their education for longer and delaying marriage and parenthood. The traditional definition for adolescence is currently between and the ages of 10 and 19, which marked the beginnings of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth. But, writing in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne argue the timings needs to be changed. They point to the fact that the brain continues to mature beyond the age of 20, and many people’s wisdom teeth do not come through until the age of 25. And people are also getting married and having children later, with the average man entering their first marriage aged 32.5 and women 30.6, an increase of eight years since the 1970s. Families have changed significantly since the 1970s Credit:  Fox Photos Lead author Prof Susan Sawyer, said delays in young people leaving education, settling down and becoming parents, showed adolescence was now longer and argued that policies that support youth should be extended beyond teenage years. Countries such as New Zealand already treat children who have been in care as vulnerable until they are 25, allowing them the same rights as youngsters “Age definitions are always arbitrary,” she said, but “our current definition of adolescence is overly restricted.” “The ages of 10-24 years are a better fit with the development of adolescents nowadays.” However other academics argued that just because young people were unmarried or still in education did not mean they were not fully functioning adults. But Dr Jan Macvarish, a parenting sociologist at the University of Kent, told the BBC: “There is nothing inevitably infantilising about spending your early 20s in higher education or experimenting in the world of work. “Society should maintain the highest possible expectations of the next generation.” Prof Sawyer also admits there could be downsides to he plan, particularly if youngsters were no longer seen as responsible or capable of full engagement in society until they were 24. "Such a view would risk disenfranchising adolescents and undermines their rights to fully participate in society," she added.


2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car: owners' impressions after a year

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:00

 owners' impressions after a yearCalifornians got the chance to buy Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars before everyone else, and the compact hatchback has sold well in the state, aided by its 238-mile rated range. What follows are John Porter's words, edited by Green Car Reports for comprehension, style, and length.


Taiwan stymies new China flights amid route row, official says

Yahoo Animals and Pets - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:25

Taiwan stymies new China flights amid route row, official saysBy Jeanny Kao and Brenda Goh TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Taiwan's aviation regulator has stalled applications for new flights from China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines amid a row between Beijing and the self-ruled island over air routes, a regulatory official said on Friday. Taiwan had not yet approved the applications to add flights during the approaching Lunar New Year holiday because in recent weeks the airlines had used four disputed air routes close to the island, said the official, who asked not to be identified. This month China opened several disputed air routes, including a northbound M503 route in the Taiwan Strait, without informing Taiwan, contravening what the democratic government in Taipei said was a 2015 deal to first discuss such flight paths.


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