Archive for May 2015
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid a man to conceal a sexual relationship they had while the man was a student at the high school where Hastert taught, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity. Tribune reported earlier in the day that two unnamed federal officials said that Hastert paid a man from his past to conceal sexual misconduct.
Hastert was indicted Thursday on charges that he structured bank withdrawals to avoid federal reporting requirements and later lied about it to the FBI.
Several Saudi commanders were killed in the Yemeni army’s massive rocket attack on the airport of the Saudi border city of Najran, a senior member of Ansarullah movement announced on Saturday. “Several senior Saudi commanders were killed and large groups of Saudi soldiers fled the battlefield after the Yemeni army’s artillery heavily bombed Najran’s airport and several Saudi cities along the border on Friday,” Majid al-Samadi told FNA on Saturday.
BEIRUT (AFP) — The Syrian government has abandoned Idlib to concentrate on regions deemed vital for its survival, a security source and monitor said Friday, allowing Al-Qaeda to seize the province’s last regime-held city.
Rebels now control the vast majority of Idlib province after Al-Nusra Front — Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate — and its allies overran Ariha and surrounding villages on Thursday.It was the latest blow to loyalist forces who have been battling myriad rebel groups, following the fall of the ancient city of Palmyra to the Islamic State (IS) group last week.
HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Israeli authorities delivered a demolition order to an electricity grid and water well in the western Hebron village of al-Kum on Monday.
Local Ismail al-Rujoub said that Israeli forces stormed the village and delivered the orders for an electricity grid of 800 meters owned by the al-Yassiriya municipality that currently provides power to a village neighborhood of 10 houses.
Israel ‘refusing’ to repair disconnected Gaza electricity grid
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s electricity distributor has accused Israel of refusing to repair a 12 megawatt grid supplying power to Gaza City that became disconnected in Israeli-controlled territory on Thursday.
The Gaza Electricity Distribution Corporation said in a statement on Tuesday that the loss of the al-Qubba electricity grid was having a serious effect on the power supply to Gaza City, which has suffered an insufficient supply for years.
The statement said that Gazan technicians would need to enter Israeli territory to repair the disconnection, requiring special permission from the Israeli military, but this has so far been denied.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has condemned a recent deadly terrorist attack against Shia worshippers in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.All measures should be taken to prevent such incidents and combat those who have targeted the security and stability of the region by provoking religious strife, said Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham on Friday.
Cruel, unjustifiable act
Amnesty International also denounced the act of terror as cruel and unjustifiable.“Members of Saudi Arabia’s Shia Muslim community have been subjected to cruel attacks during Friday prayers for the second week in a row. There can be absolutely no justification for attacking worshippers in a mosque,” said Deputy Director at Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program Said Boumedouha.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Tighe Barry, a CODEPINK activist, from Washington, to discuss Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen despite a truce the Saudis announced last week.
Press TV: I have asked this question during the past fifty days and I am still not getting really a clear answer, maybe you can enlighten us. Why Saudi Arabia is attacking Yemen?
Barry: Well, this is unclear to me except that Saudi Arabia is saying that they want to re-install Hadi as the president of Yemen, but Hadi ran away and I doubt he will ever come back. I think what Saudi Arabia is doing is similar to what Israel does in Gaza which I have been many times. They have a very poor country to their south that they can exploit. They want to use Yemen as a doormat and they will continue firing as they please with $60 billion worth of US military equipment, US logistics, and US training.
Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh says Saudi officials tried to bribe him in a failed attempt to secure his alliance against the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The former Saudi ambassador to Yemen “came to me with a message from the kingdom asking me to stand by (Yemen’s former fugitive president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour) Hadi… against the Houthis,” Saleh said in an interview with al-Mayadeen television channel aired on Friday, adding, “They told us ‘we’ll pay you millions of dollars if you ally with us.’”Saleh stated that he rejected the offer to show his support for “national unity for all political forces in Yemen.”