Thousands of soldiers and veterans are coming together this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the legendary 101st Airborne Division.
The group of elite paratroopers, considered a ‘cut above the rest’, was created on August 16, 1942, and first saw combat on one of the most crucial days in U.S. history – the D-Day invasion of France.
The 101st Airborne Division and the Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based 82nd Airborne Division would go on to redefine war strategies from World War II to Vietnam to the Middle East.
They call it the Blue Lagoon, and people come from far and wide to cool off in its clear waters. Yet the flooded former quarry is so polluted that its contents are almost as toxic as bleach. Signs close to the shoreline warn that not only is the water known to contain abandoned cars, dead animals and human waste, but it has a pH level of 11.3 – compared with 12.6 for bleach and 11.5 for ammonia.
Homes in Kato Drys, Larnaca district are being threatened by a huge blaze that broke out Sunday afternoon. Continue reading
Israel has always felt under siege, but its internal problems could be more damaging than any external threat.
Israel has always felt under siege, but its internal problems could be more damaging than any external threat. The rift is between the secular and the ultra-Orthodox, who believe any compromise with Arabs is unacceptable. Zealous immigrants are boosting the extreme right and militant settlers are pushing further into Palestinian territory.
Last summer, a new social movement was born demanding an end to corruption, lower inflation and cuts to public services. Almost half a million Israelis took to the streets to… Continue reading