Chop-chop: Saudis may cut billions in military contracts & petrodollar in response to US sanctions

US penalties against Saudi Arabia over the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi may never be implemented. But just in case, the oil-rich kingdom has threatened to hit back using several effective weapons. Washington pledged ‘severe punishment’ if the Saudis ordered the killing of Khashoggi, a Saudi-born journalist, who disappeared nearly two weeks […]

Turkey to limit foreign steel imports in response to US metal tariffs

Turkey has told the World Trade Organization it plans to impose steel import quotas from October 17 to protect the domestic steel industry. Earlier this year, the United States doubled the previously-imposed import tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel to 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively. A trade dispute between Ankara and Washington has been […]

US warns Syria response will be ‘stronger’ than ever before if Assad uses chemical weapons again

AP Photo/Hassan Ammar White House National Security Adviser John Bolton warned Syria on Monday that any use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people will result in a “much stronger response” than those following two previous incidents. The warning comes as Syrian, Russian, and pro-regime forces surround Idlib, the last rebel stronghold and the final […]

Bolton promises ‘much stronger’ response if chemical weapons used in Syria

US national security adviser John Bolton has warned that the US, France and UK will launch a ‘much stronger’ response to any chemical weapons attack in Syria, as the US bolsters its regional military presence in preparation. “We’ve tried to convey the message in recent days that if there’s a third use of chemical weapons, […]

Jet2 flight emergency response as ‘sickness bug’ causes passengers to vomit onboard

The Jet2 flight returned from Spain last night to Leeds at 9:45pm when the incident occurred. After landing, two ambulances and a Hazardous Area Response team were dispatched to the area. Passengers were reportedly being violently sick due to the bug after landing at the airport. No-one was reported to have been taken to hospital. […]

Slow-witted and blinkered: Moscow slams ‘aggressive’ US sanctions, vows response

Washington’s policy on relations with Russia is apparently aimed at disrupting any normal dialogue, as it constantly invents new ‘false pretexts’ for introducing more sanctions, the Russian deputy foreign minister has said. “As usual, [Washington provided] no evidence or justification while only throwing out vicious innuendos,” Sergey Ryabkov said in a statement on US accusations […]

Verizon data throttling hampered response to Mendocino wildfire

Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden has filed an addendum (PDF) as part of a lawsuit headed by 22 state attorneys general that’s seeking to reinstate net neutrality regulations repealed by the FCC in December. In the addendum, Ars Technica reports, the fire chief claims that Verizon throttled an unlimited data plan to the […]

Israel strikes 140 Gaza targets in response to 150 Hamas rockets (VIDEO)

The IDF has conducted another series of air strikes against at least 20 alleged Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, after the militant group fired over 150 projectiles into southern Israel. “IDF fighter jets targeted over 20 terror sites in military compounds and in a Hamas training camp. Among the sites targeted were a weapons […]