Russia Preparing For War? Russian Military Breaks Sound Barrier With Supersonic Fighter Bomber

Russian military aircraft successfully completed a supersonic flight into the stratosphere, the Interfax News Agency reported Friday. The Sukhoi-34 flight was part of a tactical exercise conducted by Russia’s Eastern Military District in which planes practiced bombing runs in teams of two. “The pilots completed exercises in air navigation, takeoff, and landing at airfields in night conditions, and flying in a given, specific route to a specific area,” said Eastern Military District spokesman Alexander Gordeyev. The supersonic flight broke the sound barrier, traveling faster than the speed of sound. Supersonic speed refers to any speed more than five times faster than the speed of sound, or 798 mph.  An Il-78 Midas air force tanker and Su-34 bombers fly in formation during the Victory Day parade above Red …

Transgender artist bravely chronicles her transition in simple comics The complexities of transitioning and gender dysphoria can be hard to put into words. But art can fill in the gaps — and one artist is breaking the silence with her simple comics. Los Angeles-based artist Julia Kaye is using a series of black-and-white webcomics to document her own transition, getting to the core of deeply personal experiences within the trans community. Through her art, which she posts on Instagram with the username @upandoutcomic, the 28-year-old is speaking out about the process of transitioning with honesty and radical authenticity. Kaye started posting the autobiographical series online in late October. In the comics, she covers everything from the heartbreaking experience of being misgendered to relentless impatience with the process of hormone replacement therapy. The ...

Domino's Is Training GPS-Equipped Reindeer To Deliver Pizza In Japan What if Santa brought pizza instead of toys? Domino’s seems to be trying to find out, at least in Japan, as a video released online shows the company training reindeer to deliver fresh, hot pizzas in snowy Hokkaido.  The reindeer are equipped with GPS units so customers can track their pizzas ― but the footage indicates the system still needs a little more work:  Domino’s said in a news release working with reindeer poses “unique challenges” but they are hoping to have the system up and running in early December. That means eventually, this could become a true Christmas miracle: The company said they’re expecting “severe cold” in northern Japan this winter due to La Nina, and that reindeer could help ensure pizzas are delivered even during...

From India-Uruguay Customs agreement to proposed 2nd Diplomatic Enclave; here are key ... The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an agreement between India and Uruguay regarding cooperation and mutual assistance in Customs issues. (Reuters image) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an agreement between India and Uruguay regarding cooperation and mutual assistance in Customs issues. In another decision, the cabinet also approved transfer of land from Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to Land and Development Office for development of proposed second Diplomatic Enclave in the national capital. The decisions were taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. “The agreement will help in the availability of relevant information for prevention and investigation of Customs offences. The agreement is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries,”...

Ecuador President Rafael Correa Changes Military Command Again Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa made changes in the military leadership Saturday by removing the joint command of the Armed Forces and the heads of the Navy and the Air Force, but retaining the Army commander. ANALYSIS:3 Times Ecuador's Military Flexed Its Muscles at the President The Executive issued and signed several presidential decrees formalizing the changes from the coastal city of Milagro, where he heads an itinerant cabinet that travels around the country each week. Decree 1270 ceases the Joint Command of the Armed Forces Vice Admiral Oswaldo Zambrano Cueva, and designates a replacement. Decree 1271 ceases Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Force Fernando Noboa Rodas. And finally, with decree 1272, Correa appoints Brigadier Patricio Mora Escobar as general commander of the Air Force. Correa previously dismissed the military ...

Nigeria Explosion Latest Update: Boko Haram Blamed For Madagali Bomb Attacks As Death ... Two female suicide bombers killed at least 45 people Friday morning in a suicide bomb attack in territory claimed by the Boko Haram militant group in northern Nigeria. The motive behind the attack was unknown, but Boko Haram, which has waged a seven-year campaign against the Nigerian government, was immediately named as a potential suspect after recent violence in the region.  The women set off their explosives in a busy market, wounding at least 33 people, said Sa'ad Bello, of the National Emergency Management Agency. They were, "disguised as customers, detonated their suicide belts at the section of the market selling grain and second-hand clothing," local government official Yusuf Muhammad told AFP. Ahmadu Gulak, a driver who was buying tea at the market at the time...

The Kerry backlash Maybe he intended to, or maybe it was inadvertent: Either way, Secretary of State John Kerry set off a firestorm in the United States and Israel, making it harder for both Palestinians and Israelis to reach an accommodation. Palestinians are already threatening to take members of the Israeli Defense Forces to the International Criminal Court. The very “right-wing” voices Kerry condemned will only dig in deeper, making any compromise that much harder. As House minority whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a written statement in advance of Kerry’s diatribe: “I urged the Administration to veto the recently passed U.N. Security Council resolution regarding Israel and settlements. Unfortunately, they failed to do so, and Israel’s enemies were strengthened.” He (unsuccessfully) urged Kerry...

'We're still winning' despite injuries, Pacioretty says DALLAS — The Canadiens’ holiday road trip has been a success, but the team is paying a price.  The Canadiens posted a 4-3 overtime win over the Dallas Stars but they finished with two of their top six forwards in the clinic receiving medical attention.  Paul Byron, who has been having a career season, left the game in the first period with what appeared to be a concussion while Brendan Gallagher went to the dressing room after getting in the way of a shot by teammate Shea Weber. When the Canadiens go to Toronto Thursday, Gallagher will go home to Montreal.  It was the fifth consecutive overtime game for the Canadiens and they have won three of them to boost their record on this trip to 3-1-2. The Canadiens ...