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Donald Trump brands Ted Cruz a ‘disgrace’ for saying Carson had quit presidential race: Zio-Watch, February 3, 2016


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From The Daily Mail

‘If we’re attacked by ISIS, we’ll beat the s**t out of them’: Donald Trump roars back into action and brands Ted Cruz a ‘disgrace’ for saying Carson had quit presidential race

  • Donald Trump called Ted Cruz a ‘disgrace’ and ‘dirty’ during his first appearance in New Hampshire on Tuesday 
  • Cruz has admitted that he and his supporters told Iowa voters that Ben Carson had dropped out of the race on Monday
  • Carson had not dropped out of the race and just left Iowa early to fly home to Florida and get some clean clothes 
  • Trump also said on Tuesday that he liked Marco Rubio, who finished third in Iowa, calling him a ‘good guy’
  • The presidential hopeful, who played Adele at his rally despite her requests that he stop doing so, seemed surprisingly tired and low energy at his rally 

Donald Trump roared back to his bombastic best last night, vowing once again to ‘beat the s**t’ out of ISIS if he was made president.

The Republican candidate appeared to have fallen flat after his second-place finish to Ted Cruz in the first primary of election.

But he returned to his sabre-rattling self at a rally in Milford, New Hampshire, last night, promising to be strongest defender of the country if America came under attack from terrorists.

He said: ‘If we are attacked, somebody attacks us, wouldn’t you rather have Trump as president if we’re attacked? We’ll beat the s**t out of them.’

On the attack: Donald Trump (above on Tuesday in New Hampshire) called Ted Cruz a ‘disgrace’ and ‘dirty’ during his first appearance in New Hampshire on Tuesday

Low blow: Cruz (above on Tuesday in South Carolina) has admitted that he and his supporters told Iowa voters that Ben Carson had dropped out of the race on Monday

Low blow: Cruz (above on Tuesday in South Carolina) has admitted that he and his supporters told Iowa voters that Ben Carson had dropped out of the race on Monday

Trump also vowed to team up with Russia to to wipe out the jihadists, it was reported by The Hill.

‘We can use them to knock out ISIS with us so that maybe we don’t always have to pay for it,’ the billionaire added.

Earlier, Trump wasted no time getting to work in New Hampshire on Tuesday afternoon, meeting with the media shortly after his plane landed from Iowa.

Trump, who appeared tired and surprisingly low energy, said he was still feeling positive about his campaign after a second place finish in the first primary of election season.

He then took some time to attack Ted Cruz when asked about the front-runner’s admission that people in his campaign had spread a rumor that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Paul quits Republican presidential race, Santorum reportedly out

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator who brought his father Ron Paul’s anti-interventionist outlook into the Republican mainstream, is ending his presidential campaign.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., also is reportedly dropping out, winnowing the Republican field to nine candidates.

Paul in a statement Wednesday suggested that he was dropping out to focus on his Senate reelection bid. On Monday, he fared poorly in the Iowa caucuses, the first vote of the 2016 campaign.

“I will continue to carry the torch for liberty in the United States Senate and I look forward to earning the privilege to represent the people of Kentucky for another term,” he said.
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From PressTV

Wed Feb 3, 2016 4:21PM

Syrian forces broke the siege of two major towns in the northern province of Aleppo on Wednesday after pushing back foreign-backed militants in a successful military operation.

Syria’s official news agency, SANA, said the Syrian forces conducted the final operation meant to break the siege on Nubbul and Zahra, ending the three-and-a-half-year blockade on the towns and liberating the residents from the captivity of militants.

The reports did not elaborate on the identity of the militants, saying the two towns were under siege by terrorist organizations. However, reports have shown that Aleppo’s northern countryside, where Nubbul and Zahra are located, have been under the control of the al-Qaeda-linked terror group al-Nusra Front.

Earlier in the day, Syria’s state television said Syrian forces had cut off major supply lines of the terrorists between the two towns and the nearby village of Maarasta al-Khan.

SANA said Syrian forces in Nubbul and Zahra have now reached other militants in Maarasta al-Khan and there are no remaining terrorists there.
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From Russia Today

Merkel cabinet agrees to fast-track asylum requests, restrict family reunifications

Published time: 3 Feb, 2016 17:14

© Fabrizio Bensch German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has agreed to restrict family reunions for refugees and fast-track asylum requests as part of the government’s efforts to reduce the number of new arrivals in the country.

The so-called ‘Asylum Package II’ includes the creation of special reception centers at the border, where asylum seekers from nations that are deemed “countries of safe origin” will be processed and potentially returned to their home countries, DPA reported.

The proposed legislation adds Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia to that list.

Family reunifications will also be put on hold for two years for refugees who are not automatically entitled to asylum status under international agreements, but who could potentially fall victim to persecution if they returned home.
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From Russia Today

‘Stay home!’ Germany threatens to stop aid if influx of Afghan refugees continues

Published time: 3 Feb, 2016 15:13

Germany will only continue to provide security support to Afghanistan if the influx of refugees from the nation ceases, the country’s interior minister said. He added there is no “welcome money” for refugees, and no guarantee of jobs or housing. TrendsEU refugee & migrant influx

“We’re staying here as long as it’s necessary. But we also expect that the Afghan population stays here,” German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said during a visit to Kabul on Monday, as quoted by N-TV news channel.

“We want the influx of refugees to be stopped,” he said, noting that many Germans question why so many refugees are fleeing Afghanistan when Berlin is providing security assistance there.

Migrants wait after they arrived in the first registration camp of Erding near Munich, Germany. © Michaela Rehle

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He called on Afghans to “stay here to build [up] the country,” noting that parts of the country are stable.
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From Russia Today

Shutting off smuggling through Turkey-Syria border key condition for ceasefire in Syria – Lavrov

Published time: 3 Feb, 2016 11:50

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. © Grigoriy Sisoev Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. © Grigoriy Sisoev / Sputnik

Ending smuggling across the Turkish-Syrian border is a key condition to make the ceasefire work in the Syrian conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, stressing that he sees no reason to stop the Russian counter-terrorist operation in Syria.

“The key component for the ceasefire to be operational is the burning issue of arms smuggling across the Turkish-Syrian border, supplying the militants [in Syria],” Lavrov said.

Without the smuggling being disrupted, “it is hard to expect the ceasefire to take place – ever,” he said, adding that the issue has been discussed with the American co-chairs of the Syrian Support Group.

Lavrov expressed hope that more detailed dialogue will continue after the Syrian Support Group meets in Munich on February 11, where Moscow will present its own suggestions regarding the ceasefire in Syria.

The foreign minister called the stance of the Riyadh-formed delegation of the Syrian opposition “short-sighted” – particularly with regard to their demand that the Russian Air Force halt its anti-terrorist campaign in Syria.
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From Russia Today

German mayor says schoolgirls shouldn’t walk near refugee center to avoid sexual harassment (VIDEO)

Published time: 3 Feb, 2016 11:45

© Fabrizio Bensch A German mayor became the least popular resident of his own town after saying that schoolgirls should not “provoke” refugees and should take alternative routes to school to avoid sexual harassment. The comments outraged concerned citizens.

The Bad Schlema town hall meeting turned sour after a grandfather confronted Mayor Jens Müller about young schoolgirls who have been harassed by asylum seekers from the windows of the town’s refugee shelter. He asked Müller what would happen in the summer, when the girls are wearing less clothing.

“That’s easy, just don’t provoke them and don’t walk in these areas,” said Müller, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.

That response was met with outrage from residents, with one person calling for Müller to step down.

“You’re not allowed to walk in your own city anymore! Go home, boy! Who the hell elected you?” a man shouted behind a camera filming the event. “Boy oh boy, you’ve got some nerve,” he added.
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From PressTV

Wed Feb 3, 2016 5:42PM

Hundreds of people have escaped their homes in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, which has been the scene of deadly clashes between the army and militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Residents of the conflict-hit district of Sur in the city fled the area on Wednesday after a week-old curfew in the district’s western parts was lifted.

According to witnesses, people deserted Sur with their belongings loaded onto trucks and handcarts. Sur has suffered heavy damage in the clashes since a curfew was declared there a month ago.

“It’s always the ordinary people who suffer,” said Mehmet Ceylan while leaving the area, adding, “I’ve lived in Sur for years, and I’ve never witnessed a scene like this.”

The development comes as the eastern side of Sur has remained under a round-the-clock curfew.

Ankara says the curfews in the Kurdish-majority southeast are needed to allow security forces remove barricades, explosive devices and ditches set up by PKK militants.

Turkey has been engaged in a large-scale campaign against the PKK in its southern border region in the past few months. The Turkish military has also been conducting offensives against the positions of the group in northern Iraq. The PKK is an outlawed group that has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since 1980s.
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From PressTV

Wed Feb 3, 2016 3:33PM

Yemeni forces shot down a Saudi spy aircraft on Wednesday in the northwestern province of Hajjah.

According to Yemen’s al-Masirah television channel, the Yemeni forces managed to shoot down the aircraft in the Harad district of the province.

The downing of the spy aircraft comes a few days after the Yemeni troops fired a surface-to-air missile at another Saudi spy aircraft in Sa’ada Province.

The Yemeni forces also killed 15 mercenaries fighting for the regime in Saudi Arabia as they thwarted an attempt by the militants to advance in Moris district of Yemen’s province of Dalea.

Meanwhile, Yemeni forces killed a Saudi soldier near the military base of al-Hathir in al-Tuwal district of Saudi Arabia’s border province of Jizan.

The Saudi military base of al-Faridah in Jizan was also hit by Yemeni artillery shells.

Saudi war machine takes more lives in Yemen
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From PressTV

Wed Feb 3, 2016 3:25PM

A US drone has crashed near Turkey’s Incirlik air base with officials blaming a mechanical failure for the rare incident.

Turkish media said on Wednesday that the US Predator drone crashed on a field south of the country after leaving the Incirlik base.

A spokeswoman for the United States Air Forces in Europe said an investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash.

Captain Lauren Ott, who is based at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, would not elaborate on the mission of the drone, but said mechanical failure may have caused the incident.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency cited a witness as saying that he heard a large explosion after an object with flashing lights crashed into a field.

Police reportedly cordoned off the crash site, which officials said was simply an unpopulated area in southern Turkey, while inspections continued on the wreckage.
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From PressTV

Wed Feb 3, 2016 1:59PM

Israeli forces have shot and killed three Palestinians in al-Quds (Jerusalem) over an alleged attack on police officers, in the latest act of violence against Palestinian people.

The shooting took place on Wednesday at the Damascus Gate, which is one of the entrances to the Old City of al-Quds.

Israeli authorities claim that the Palestinians armed with guns, knives and explosives had attacked Tel Aviv regime’s police who approached them for an identity check.

At least two Israeli policewomen were said to have sustained injuries in the incident, one of them critically.

According to later reports, one of the Israeli policewomen died at hospital.

The deadly attack on the three Palestinians came a day after Israeli military forces shot and critically wounded a 14-year-old teen during skirmishes in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

The occupied Palestinian territories have been the scene of heightened tensions. The latest wave of tensions was triggered by Israel’s imposition in August 2015 of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds.
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From PressTV

Wed Feb 3, 2016 11:10AM

Israeli military forces have abducted at least 17 Palestinians in separate raids across the Palestinian territories.

Local media reported that Israeli troops arrested 13 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and four fishermen off the coast of the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Israeli soldiers also demolished over 20 residential buildings in the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) and displaced a number of families.

In the Gaza Strip’s southern city of Khan Yunis, Israeli forces broke into homes and violently searched them, causing excessive property damage. In another development, Israeli troops raided a historical museum in the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank and destroyed a number of the artifacts there.

Also on Wednesday, some 50 Israeli settlers, backed by army soldiers, stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

The occupied Palestinian territories have recently been the scene of heightened tensions. The tensions were triggered by Israel’s imposition in August 2015 of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.
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From PressTV

Wed Feb 3, 2016 11:1AM

The Lebanese army has reportedly killed a senior member of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group during a large-scale operation in the east of the country.

Lebanon’s Al Ahd news website named the terrorist figure as Anas Za’arour, and said he was killed in an operation in the town of Arsal’s al-Arnab Valley on Wednesday.

It added that some other terrorists had also been killed, and as many as 20 arrested during the same raid, but did not specify their affiliations.

Some reports put the total number of the fatalities and arrests in the operation at 27.

The raid also led to the discovery of a large quantity of explosive materials and explosive belts.

Rahshan Saglam, Press TV’s correspondent in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, reported last Sunday that the army had strengthened its positions in Arsal after fighting broke out between al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front and Daesh terrorists on the outskirts of the strategic town that lies near the Syrian border.

Daesh reportedly managed to take over Nusra positions in the area during the confrontation, she said. The groups are the main terror outfits wreaking destruction in Syria.
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From PressTV

Wed Feb 3, 2016 10:39AM

More than a hundred members of Daesh Takfiri militant group have been killed when Iraqi government forces carried out a number of clean-up operations against the terrorists across the crisis-stricken Arab country.

On Tuesday, the 76th Infantry Regiment of the Anbar Operations Command thwarted a Daesh offensive against Zankurah district, located west of Anbar’s provincial capital city of Ramadi, killing 14 of the extremists and destroying two vehicles rigged with explosives in the process, Arabic-language al-Sumaria satellite television network reported.

Iraqi troopers also killed two Daesh terrorists, injured three others and destroyed a militants’ hideout in the city of Husaybah, situated seven kilometers (4.5 miles) east of Ramadi.

Additionally, Iraqi bomb disposal units cleared seven booby-trapped houses, and defused 25 explosives-laden tankers plus 15 improvised explosive devices in the Sura area of Anbar Province.

They also cleansed 16 roads in the Albu Risha area, located in the northwestern outskirts of Ramadi, of explosive devices.

Tens of Daesh Takfiris were also killed and 30 others wounded as Iraqi government forces mounted an operation in Albu Shajal district east of Ramadi.

A number of militant commanders, identified by the noms de guerre Abu Omar al-Shishani, Abubakir al-Iraqi and Abu Ja’far al-Mohammadi, were among the slain terrorists.
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From Russia Today

Around 5,000 refugee kids missing in Germany, police say some could be victims of crime – govt

Published time: 3 Feb, 2016 19:21

© Kai Pfaffenbach The German government says nearly 5,000 child and teenage asylum seekers have gone missing from refugee homes since the start of 2016. Police believe that figures could be distorted but have not ruled out that some might have been the victims of crime.

A spokesman for the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) told the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundsch that a total of 4,749 unaccompanied children and teenagers had been reported missing since entering the country, The Local reported.

Around 10 percent of those who have disappeared are under the age of 13 and 4,387 were between the ages of 14 and 17.

© Muhammad Hamed

‘Refugees must be respected’: NGOs call on world leaders to walk the talk on Syria crisis

Speaking to The Local, the BKA said that some of the children will turn up again, and that the figures could be misleading if a child has been reported missing at a number of different locations. However, the organization did not rule out that some of the minors could have been the victims of crime.
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From Russia Today

New transatlantic data transfer deal sealed with ‘written assurances’ of US spying limitations

Published time: 3 Feb, 2016 03:26

© Sigtryggur Ari © Sigtryggur Ari / Reuters

The US and the EU have agreed on new rules for sharing personal data across the Atlantic that will allegedly better protect Europeans’ privacy from US intelligence agencies after the previous Safe Harbour mechanism was deemed inadequate.

“We have agreed with our US partners a new framework that will ensure the right checks and balances for our citizens,” said digital commissioner Andrus Ansip at a press conference in Strasbourg. The vital deal, called the ‘Privacy Shield’ was reached months after the so-called Safe Harbour agreement was annulled by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in October last year.

The new “Privacy Shield”, the EU Commission believes, abides by the ECJ requirements to ensure stronger obligations that American companies, such as Facebook and Google, protect the personal data of Europeans. The new framework is expected to be in place in three months.

“The US side has clarified that they do not carry out indiscriminate mass surveillance of Europeans,” said Ansip, claiming that the US intelligence activities underwent “substantial internal reviews.” Furthermore, the American side has provided written assurances ruling out indiscriminate mass surveillance of personal data.

“We have for the first time received detailed written assurances from the United States on the safeguards and limitations applicable to US surveillance programs,” noted Ansip.

According to justice commissioner Vera Jourova, written assurances would include guarantees from the office of the director of national intelligence in the White House.
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From Russia Today

Ukraine’s Right Sector volunteer battalion is illegal – Judge Advocate General

Published time: 2 Feb, 2016 18:43

Members of Right Sector © Gleb Garanich Members of Right Sector © Gleb Garanich / Reuters

The volunteer battalion of the ultranationalist Ukrainian Right Sector group is illegal, according to the country’s Judge Advocate General, who slammed the group for its failure to integrate into Ukraine’s military.

The Right Sector battalion has over the past two years failed to decide whether it wanted to join the ranks of Ukraine’s army or of National Guards, the Judge Advocate General said in an interview.

FILE PHOTO: Activists of the Right Sector movement and their supporters gather outside the parliament building to demand the immediate resignation of Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov, in Kiev March 27, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

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According to all juridical norms and practices, and to the Ukrainian Constitution, speaking in meager legal terms, the Right Sector volunteer battalion is an illegal armed group,” Judge Advocate General Anatoly Matios told Ukraine’s Public Radio.

Matios has condemned certain incidents when the Right Sector volunteer battalion militants violated Ukrainian legislation.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Sanders raises $3 million in 24 hours after Iowa caucuses

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivering a speech on financial reform in New York, Jan. 5, 2016. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivering a speech on financial reform in New York, Jan. 5, 2016. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — After virtually tying with Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Iowa Democratic caucus, Sen. Bernie Sanders raised $3 million in a 24-hour period, a record for the insurgent presidential candidate.

Sanders, I-Vt., who has abjured raising money from major givers, scored the amount from small donations online in the 24 hours after Monday’s vote, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.  Clinton, long the presumed front-runner, claimed victory in Iowa, the first state to hold a vote, with a razor-thin margin.

Sanders and Clinton also agreed to add debates to what has been criticized as a sparse schedule of six for the Democratic candidates. A a newly scheduled debate will be held Thursday in New Hampshire.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Bernie Sanders played a rabbi in a ’90s movie, here’s what it means

Bernie Sanders — Independent senator from Vermont, insurgent Democratic candidate for president and folk singer — turns out to be a movie rabbi too.

Sanders fans have uncovered a cameo appearance he made in a 1999 indie film, “My X-Girlfriend’s Wedding Reception.”

He does a persuasive comic turn as a rabbi who still isn’t over the Dodgers baseball team’s departure from Brooklyn, and who lets it get in the way of wishing the newlyweds well.

“I remember when I used to walk down my old neighborhood in Brooklyn. That was before the Dodgers went to Los Angeles which was the worst thing — the worst thing that ever happened, and I don’t know why we let them do that,” he complains at the wedding reception.

“I mean nowadays there is no pride, you don’t know who owns what team, you don’t know who’s playing for what. Today they’re here one day and they’re gone the next day. It’s a terrible thing.”
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Jewish Voice for Peace takes credit for fake anti-Israel New York Times

The New York Times newspaper being delivered to newsstands and all night deli's starting at 5 a.m. on May, 2008, in New York City. ( Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images)

The New York Times newspaper being delivered to newsstands and all night deli’s starting at 5 a.m. on May, 2008, in New York City. ( Jonathan Torgovnik/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Jewish Voice for Peace took credit for distributing thousands of fake and anti-Israel versions of The New York Times in Manhattan and on social media.

The organization, which supports the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement, said in a statement released Wednesday that it distributed 10,000 copies of the parody, which included such articles as “Congress to Debate US Aid to Israel” and “In the Footsteps of Mandela and King: A Non-Violent Movement Gains Ground Ten Years On,” as well as an editorial, “Our New Editorial Policy: Rethinking Israel-Palestine.”

Members of Jewish Voice for Peace New York and Jews Say No!, a New York City-based pro-Palestinian organization, created the paper to “point out how biased current reporting is on Israel and Palestine and to show what a paper that was fair and accurate could look like,” Just Say No! member Alan Levine, one of its writers, said in a statement.
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