May 252015
 

About 100 military aircraft belonging to the US and eight European countries are set to take part in extensive military drills in the Arctic area, particularly in northern Norway, Sweden and Finland.

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NATO conducts broad aerial military exercise above European Arctic area (public domain)

The exercise aims to test the cooperation between the Nordic countries, a region concerned about the intensification of Russia’s military actions. The exercise had been planned before the annexation of Crimea to Russia last year began to increase regional tensions.

“The objective is to train units in orchestrating and conducting complex air operations, in close relationship with NATO partners,” said Norwegian General Jan Ove Rygg, the commander of the Operations.

The exercise, which sees 4,000 troops, will last until 5 June. It is attended by US allied states – Germany, Britain, France, the Netherlands and Norway- and three other countries – Sweden, Finland and Switzerland, members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace.

This event unfolds as the largest fighter jets exercise in Europe this year and the second of its kind after the one in 2013. It is envisaged to conduct such drills every two years, testing practically any type of intervention, from downing enemy aircraft to refueling in mid-air.

May 252015
 

The newly elected President of Poland, Andrzej Duda and his team took to a subway station in Warsaw where they shared coffee, snapped selfies and gave autographs, a kind of “youthful” attitude for the 43-year-old leader who wants to give new meaning to the expression “public service”.

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Poland’s new President-elect Andrzej Duda (pic: rmf24.pl)

Duda answered also the questions about various aspects including the “bins” – a type of employment contract.

“These contracts will gradually disappear and will be replaced by classic work contracts. An agreement in this respect was signed with the trade union Solidarnosc, and will take effect soon,” he said.

Andrzej Duda’s victory was set to be officially confirmed Monday night and could pave the way for a comeback of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of the Law and Justice (PiS) party, a conservative, populist, xenophobic and eurosceptic political group.

This victory represents a “yellow card” for the Civic Platform Party (PO), just months before the legislative elections.

May 252015
 

An Air France passenger airplane operating a flight between Paris and New York was escorted by US military planes before landing at John F. Kennedy airport. The move came following a bomb threat.

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Air France Airbus A330 (pic: wikimedia)

The Airbus A330 was assisted by US fighter jet aircraft during the final approach at JFK airport after the authorities had received an anonymous call about the existence of a bomb on board.

An unnamed official stated that the caller mentioned about the possibility of a chemical weapon on board of the aircraft.

The American Television WABC says that US authorities scrambled several fighters as Air France did not immediately respond to requests to provide information about the flight situation.

After landing in New York, the Airbus 330 was taken to an isolated area of ​​the airport to be checked by bomb disposal teams, but the threat did not appear to be credible.
Credit photo: By Pawel Kierzkowski [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

May 082015
 

A super tank which Russians boast it’s the best in the world, stopped operating right in the middle of the Red Square in Moscow.

T-14 Armata, the newest and most praised tank of the Russian army suffered some technical damage during a general rehearsal that took place on Thursday before the lavish military parade scheduled for May 9, Victory Day. The incident occurred apparently right under the eyes of President Vladimir Putin and his foreign guests, according to the site mk.ru.

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T-14 Armata breaks down on Red Square (pic: adevarul)

According to mk.ru, the laudable tank T-14 Armata stopped unexpectedly while moving in the ranks alongside other armored vehicles. An intervention team rushhed to the troubling tank to assist the repair efforts.

At the end of rehearsal, the announcer of the event said: “In these times we showed how evacuation of military equipment takes place. The halt of the tank was planned”. Finally, Armata was partially repaired and pulled out of the square by another armored vehicle. Russian media write that the T-14 experienced problems several times on a shooting polygon outside Moscow.

Army officials have described the Russian T-14 tank as a very flexible, which will enter service in 2020 and is among several latest military equipment presented at the upcoming parade on 9 May 2015.

Video: Rehearsal of Russian army equipment before military parade on Victory Day

May 072015
 
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May 072015
 
Turkish Stream gas pipeline to become operational in December 2016

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May 062015
 
Two died in Amersfoort after lightning strike

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May 052015
 
Jean-Marie Le Pen: I want my daughter Marine to get married soon. I am ashamed that she bears my name

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May 052015
 
BBC selected new Top Gear team that includes model Jodie Kidd

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May 052015
 
US businessman Jim Rogers willing to buy North Korea

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