Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has posted online an apparent call for an attack on Donald Trump in revenge for last year’s killing of its top military commander, Gen Qasem Soleimani. A photomontage, on his official website, appears to show the ex-US president playing golf in the shadow of a warplane or large drone. The website image is captioned “vengeance is definite”. Twitter has suspended a small account which first tweeted the image. A spokeswoman told Reuters the account – @khamenei_site – was fake and violated Twitter’s platform manipulation and spam policy. However, the post was also retweeted by Ayatollah Khamenei’s much larger Farsi Twitter account with more than 300,000 followers. It has since disappeared from that account.
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Internal reports prepared by Veterans Affairs Canada show Canadian veterans have been waiting longer and longer in recent years to access psychiatric services and other medical support at government-run clinics. The reports obtained by The Canadian Press through the access-to-information system are separate from the controversy surrounding the backlog of tens of thousands of applications from veterans for disability benefits.
SYDNEY — Google said on Friday it will disable its search function in Australia if the government proceeds with a media code that would force it and Facebook Inc to pay local media companies for sharing their content. Australia is on course to pass laws that would make the Big Tech giants negotiate payments with local publishers and broadcasters for content. If they can’t strike a deal, a government-appointed arbitrator will decide the price.
“Healthy, female workers between the ages of 20 and 40 wanted for a military site,” reads the job advertisement from a 1944 German newspaper. Good wages and free board, accommodation and clothing are promised. What is not mentioned is that the clothing is an SS uniform. And that the “military site” is Ravensbrück concentration camp for women. Today the flimsy wooden barracks for the prisoners are long gone. All that remains is an eerily empty, rocky field, about 80km (50 miles) north of Berlin
Iranian missiles land within 20 miles of ship, 100 miles from Nimitz strike group in Indian Ocean: officials
EXCLUSIVE: Long-range missiles from Iran splashed down close to a commercial ship in the Indian Ocean Saturday and 100 miles from the Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group, Fox News has learned, in the latest example of rising tensions in the region. U.S. officials say at least one of the missiles landed 20 miles from the commercial vessel but refused to offer more specifics about the ship, citing privacy concerns. The officials requested anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.
Just prior to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, North Korea held a parade attended by its leader Kim Jong-un that reportedly showcased a new submarine-launched ballistic missile it called the world’s “most powerful weapon.” The BBC, citing state media, reported that four of these missiles were seen in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square on Thursday after a meeting that included Kim calling the U.S. Pyongyang’s “biggest enemy.”
North Korea has unveiled a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile, described by state media as “the world’s most powerful weapon”. Several of the missiles were displayed at a parade overseen by leader Kim Jong-un, reported state media. The show of military strength comes days before the inauguration of Joe Biden as US president. It also follows a rare political meeting where Mr Kim decried the US as his country’s “biggest enemy”. Images released by North Korean state media showed at least four large black-and-white missiles being driven past flag-waving crowds.
Money laundered through Middle East, Africa for Toronto-based scheme to dodge Iran sanctions, U.S. alleges
A Toronto-based conspiracy to ship goods to Iran in violation of sanctions involved the movement of money through banks in the Middle East and Africa, an indictment unsealed in the United States alleges. As part of the alleged conspiracy, financial transactions were allegedly routed through the United Arab Emirates, Uganda, China, Turkey and Canada in what U.S. prosecutors said was money-laundering. Amin Yousefi Jam, 33, and Arash Yousefi Jam, 32, Iranian citizens living in Ontario, have also been charged with conspiracy to violate sanctions and smuggling.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un celebrated his birthday with a long wish-list of new weapons. It included more accurate long-range missiles, super large warheads, spy satellites and a nuclear-powered submarine. The military plans announced during one of the biggest political events in North Korea in the last five years may sound threatening – and it is indeed a threat. But it’s also a challenge. The timing of this message is key as it comes as US President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office. Mr Kim, who has also now been promoted to Secretary General (the highest rank of the ruling Worker’s Party), is struggling to be heard outside his own country amidst the current tumult in the US. But if the incoming US administration harbours any hopes of preventing Mr Kim’s nuclear ambitions, now might be the time to listen.
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards unveiled an underground missile base at an undisclosed Gulf location on Friday, Iranian state media reported, at a time of heightened tension between Tehran and the United States. “The base is one of several bases housing the Guards’ Navy’s strategic missiles,” the state media quoted the head of the Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, as saying.