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Bill would separate SIU‘s Carbondale, Edwardsville campuses

Bill would separate SIU‘s Carbondale, Edwardsville campuses

A bill has been introduced in the Illinois Legislature that would separate Southern Illinois University‘s Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Democratic state Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea filed legislation Thursday that would abolish the SIU Board of Trustees and appoint new boards for each campus. The move comes after SIU trustees last week voted down a […]

Trump defends ‘mission accomplished‘ after strike on Syria

Trump defends ‘mission accomplished‘ after strike on Syria

President Donald Trump on Sunday defended his use of the phrase “Mission Accomplished” to describe a U.S.-led missile attack on Syria‘s chemical weapons program, even as his aides stressed continuing U.S. troop involvement and plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the regime of Bashar Assad. Stepping up the pressure on Syria‘s president, U.S. Ambassador to the United […]

Republicans criticize spill of dam water to help salmon

Republicans criticize spill of dam water to help salmon

Republican members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge‘s order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean. They‘re denouncing the spill and related efforts to permanently breach the four dams to increase wild salmon runs. The spill began on April 3. The four dams were […]

Audit: Idaho owes $3.1 million for health insurance bonus

Audit: Idaho owes $3.1 million for health insurance bonus

Auditors say that Idaho was overpaid $3.1 million and should repay the money given to them by a federal agency to cover children on government health insurance. The Idaho Statesman reports that an audit by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that Idaho “overstated” the number of children who were eligible […]

Optus removes online job ad calling for ‘Anglo Saxon‘ staff

Optus removes online job ad calling for ‘Anglo Saxon‘ staff

Telecommunications giant Optus has launched an internal investigation after a job advertisement calling for white candidates at one of its Sydney stores was posted online. Photo: 123RF The ad for a casual retail consultant appeared on employment portal Seek on Thursday afternoon, and said people “who are Anglo Saxon” would be preferred. The company has since removed the ad, which […]

‘No practicable alternative to the use of force‘ – May

‘No practicable alternative to the use of force‘ – May

Britain‘s Ministry of Defence says strikes were aimed at a military facility where the Syrian government was assessed to have stockpiled chemicals. Britain‘s Prime Minister Theresa May described it as a limited and targeted strike that did not further escalate tensions in the region. Photo: AFP PHOTO / PRU Four Tornado jets carried out the attack using Storm Shadow missiles […]

Trump blasts ex-FBI chief as ‘slime ball‘

Trump blasts ex-FBI chief as ‘slime ball‘

US President Donald Trump attacked James Comey as a “weak and untruthful slime ball” after the fired former FBI director castigated him as an unethical liar and likened him to a mob boss in a searing new memoir. Former FBI Director James Comey and US President Donald Trump. Photo: AFP or licensors The president fired Comey last May while his […]

The path to the attack on Syria

The path to the attack on Syria

Today‘s joint strike by the United States, Britain and France on Syria came after reports first surfaced last weekend that more 40 people were killed on 7 April in a suspected chemical attack on Douma, which was the last rebel-held town in the Eastern Ghouta region. Photo: SYRIAN CIVIL DEFENSE (WHITE HELMETS) / HANDOUT / AFP France and the US […]

US ‘has no moral right to blame other countries‘ – Russia

US ‘has no moral right to blame other countries‘ – Russia

Syria has been attacked just as it had a chance for peace, Russia‘s foreign ministry says, hours after US, British and French forces pounded Damascus with air strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack last week. US President Donald Trump and Russia‘s President Vladimir Putin Photo: AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV “First the ‘Arab spring‘ tested […]

US and allies launch strikes on Syria chemical weapons sites

US and allies launch strikes on Syria chemical weapons sites

The US, UK and France have bombed multiple government targets in Syria in an early morning operation targeting alleged chemical weapons sites. US President Donald Trump arrives to address the nation on the situation in Syria April 13, 2018 at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo: AFP or licensors The strikes are in response to a suspected chemical attack […]