Thursday, August 6, 2015

SeptiDrome world powers news (September 2015)


U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday made an all-out effort to defend the Iran nuclear deal, warning that blocking the accord by Congress would lead to war in the Middle East.
"Congressional rejection of this deal leaves any U.S. administration that is absolutely committed to preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon with one option, another war in the Middle East," Obama said in a speech at the American University. " The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy or some form of war.".......we don't have an alternative


  1. Migrant crisis: Hungary rail station move sparks protests...

    Hundreds of migrants have been protesting outside a major railway station in the Hungarian capital after police sealed off the terminal to stop them travelling through the EU.

    Crowds of people chanted "Germany" and waved train tickets after being forced to leave Keleti station in Budapest.

    Hungary is trying to restore order and enforce EU rules, officials said.

    Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for the fair distribution of refugees across Europe.

    Austrian police said 3,650 migrants arrived in the Austrian capital, Vienna, from Hungary on Monday, with most heading for Germany.

    Hungarian officials had earlier appeared to abandon efforts to register them under EU rules, which say they should seek asylum in the first EU country they enter, correspondents say......BBC

  2. Crise migratoire: Merkel envisage de remettre en question l'espace Schengen...

    Si l'Union européenne ne trouve pas un accord sur une juste répartition des réfugiés, l'espace Schengen pourrait être remis en question, a déclaré la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel.

    "Si l'on n'arrive pas à une répartition équitable des réfugiés en Europe, alors la question de l'avenir de la zone de libre circulation Schengen se posera. Nous ne voulons pas ça", a-t-elle dit selon l'agence Reuters.

    M. Merkel a dénoncé les accusations contre le gouvernement allemand, qui ignorerait le droit européen concernant l'accueil des réfugiés.

    "Nous ne devons pas nous accuser mutuellement, au contraire, nous devons changer la situation",

    a-t-elle souligné à Berlin, après les négociations avec le premier ministre espagnol Mariano Rajoy.

    Dans le même temps, la chancelière a fait remarquer que les migrants n'obtenant pas le statut de réfugié devaient repartir dans leurs pays d'origine..........

  3. Russia turns down Japan’s protest over Russian minister’s trip to disputed islands...

    The Russian side has turned down Japan’s protest over the Russian agriculture minister’s trip to Iturup, the biggest island in the Southern Kuril Archipelago, a source at the Russian embassy in Japan told TASS.

    "Today we received a protest, which we certainly turned down," the Russian embassy said.

    Earlier, Hajime Hayashi, the head of the Japan Foreign Ministry's European Affairs Bureau, voiced a protest to Russian Ambassador to Japan Yevgeny Afanasyev over the Russian minister’s visit to Iturup.

    "It is unacceptable and contradictory to Japan’s stance," the local Japanese media quoted Hayashi as saying.............

  4. British journalists arrested ‘for listing PKK affiliates in a notebook,’: Anadolu Agency...

    The abbreviations and English translations of organizations linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) written in a notebook has been mentioned among the evidence seized by the police in the arrest of two British journalists working for VICE News, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.

    Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, as well as their Iraqi translator Mohammed Ismael Rasool, were arrested by a court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Aug. 31.

    Although the Aug. 27 tipoff that led to the Aug. 28 detention of the two journalists claimed they had helped the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, the court issued the ruling for their arrest on suspicion they had supported the PKK in the southeastern Mardin, Şırnak and Diyarbakır provinces.

    The case has sown confusion, as Turkish media reported authorities interrogated Hanrahan and Pendlebury, asking them questions about possible links to both ISIL and the PKK, two outlawed organizations which are currently fighting each other.

    “As the prosecutor’s investigation deepened in line with testimonies and seized evidence, the opinion that the three journalists were in a relationship with the PKK has gained weight,” the agency reported on Sept. 1.

    The 700-word Anadolu Agency story also listed the evidence. “A notebook in which the abbreviations and English translations of the PKK/KCK [Kurdish Communities Union] terror organization’s affiliated entities was found in the hotel room that the journalists were staying in,” the agency said..................

  5. A large weapons stash was discovered Tuesday on a cargo ship off the Greek island of Crete, a police source said, with initial information suggesting it sailed from Turkey and was headed for Libya...

    Greek port police boarded the Haddad 1 and found shotguns in a shipping container, although no details were given on the other weapons found.

    The Bolivian-flagged ship had a seven-strong crew of Syrians and Egyptians. The boat was seized off Ierapetra on Crete's southern coast because it was not carrying the correct papers for its cargo, the police source said.

    The boat was being towed to another port on the island for further investigation.

  6. Βουλή: Μετά τις εκλογές η διερεύνηση των υποθέσων ΧαΪκάλη και Μητρόπουλου...

    Μετά τις εκλογές θα διερευνηθούν οι υποθέσεις που αφορούν τους Παύλο Χαϊκάλη και Αλέξη Μητρόπουλο, όπως αποφάσισε σήμερα ομόφωνα η Επιτροπή Πόθεν Έσχες, με το σκεπτικό, όπως δήλωσε η πρόεδρος της Επιτροπής Δέσποινα Χαραλαμπίδου, ότι δεν υπάρχουν όλα τα απαραίτητα στοιχεία και δεν θα μπορούσε να παρθεί οποιαδήποτε απόφαση.

    Ο κ. Χαϊκάλης ελέγχεται για δύο υποθέσεις του. Η πρώτη αφορά παλαιότερη καταγγελία περί χρηματισμού και χρηματιστηριακής συναλλαγής του, και η δεύτερη, φερόμενη εμπλοκή του σε εταιρεία off shore στη Κύπρο, ενώ ο κ. Μητρόπουλος για φορολογικό ζήτημα.

    Σε εκκρεμότητα πάντως, μέχρι τότε, θα βρίσκονται και οι υποθέσεις 10 βουλευτών και ευρωβουλευτών που δεν υπέβαλαν, ως υπόχρεοι, δήλωση περιουσιακής κατάστασης για το οικονομικό έτος 2013 χρήσης του 2012, 49 άλλων για τους οποίους διαπιστώθηκε ότι δεν είχαν καταθέσει όλα τα απαραίτητα παραστατικά, όπως για παράδειγμα συμβόλαια, και 31 ακόμα που ελέγχονται, καθώς έχουν αρνητικό πόθεν έσχες και δεν δικαιολογούν πλήρως την περιουσιακή τους κατάσταση.

    «Δεν θα ήταν χρήσιμο και φρόνιμο να παρθεί οποιαδήποτε απόφαση για τις δύο αυτές περιπτώσεις λίγο πριν τις εκλογές και χωρίς να υπάρχουν όλα τα απαραίτητα στοιχεία γιατί κάτι τέτοιο θα μπορούσε να εκληφθεί και ως εκδικητική πράξη. Οποιαδήποτε απόφαση παίρναμε θα ήταν πολιτική, γι αυτό θα έπρεπε να έχουμε όλα τα στοιχεία στη διάθεση μας», σημείωσε η πρόεδρος της Επιτροπής Πόθεν Έσχες, δικαιολογώντας την αναβολή της εξέτασης των δύο περιπτώσεων Χαϊκάλη και Μητρόπουλου για μετά τις 20 Σεπτεμβρίου...............

  7. The Daesh militant group on Tuesday wrested control of several parts of the Al-Qadam district of Damascus from opposition forces, local sources have told Anadolu Agency...

    According to sources close to the fighting, Daesh militants began attacking Syrian opposition fighters in the Al-Qadam district Saturday.

    Clashes remained ongoing Tuesday as opposition fighters attempted to retake lost areas.

    Daesh supporters shared photos and maps on social media showing the group’s control over several areas of Al-Qadam, which, they pointed out, were "only 10 kilometers from the Umayyad Mosque in central Damascus".

    Meanwhile, Jaysh al-Islam, a Syrian opposition group based in Damascus, announced Tuesday that it had attacked Daesh positions in the Al-Hajar al-Aswad district to the east of Al-Qadam.

    Daesh uses Al-Hajar al-Aswad as a staging point for attacks on opposition forces in Damascus.

    Syria’s ongoing civil war, now in its fifth year, has led to the death of at least 250,000 people and made the country the world's single-largest source of refugees, according to UN figures.

  8. At least 18 Turkish construction workers have been kidnapped by gunmen in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Iraqi and Turkish officials say...

    The workers were employed by a Turkish company building a sports stadium in the north-eastern Sadr City district.

    They were sleeping in caravans at the site when armed men wearing military uniforms reportedly arrived in pick-up trucks at dawn and took them away.

    Neither the identity nor the motive of the kidnappers was immediately known.

    Turkey recently began carrying out air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Syria, and allowing US warplanes to use its bases to bomb the jihadist group.

    Last June, 46 Turkish citizens were seized by IS militants as they captured the northern city of Mosul. They were released unharmed after more than three months in captivity.

    Sadr City is also stronghold of the pro-government Shia militias battling IS on the ground in Iraq.

  9. 4,300 migrants arrive in Athens as govt holds crisis talks...

    The Greek government was set to hold talks on Wednesday on the huge numbers of migrants landing on its shores, as some 4,300 more people arrived in Athens overnight, most of them Syrian refugees.

    Two ships carrying the latest arrivals docked at Athens' Piraeus port after sailing from Lesbos, one of several Greek islands struggling to cope with the huge waves of people crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey in flimsy boats.

    Some 1,800 people arrived on the Greek mainland on Tuesday evening, with another 2,500 landing at dawn, port police said, adding that they had been taken to a nearby train station.

    The ships were chartered by the Greek government to help relieve pressure on Lesbos, whose authorities and infrastructure are ill-equipped to deal with the huge influx of people.

    More than 160,000 people have arrived in Greece this year, most of them fleeing war in the Middle East, as Europe grapples with its biggest migration crisis since World War II.

    For many, Athens will be merely the first stop in a gruelling land journey north through the Balkans in a bid to reach Hungary, a key entry point into Europe.

    The numbers crossing from Turkey to Greece have soared over the summer as the migrants, many paying over $1,000 to smugglers for the risky passage, take advantage of the calm seas to make the

  10. Kampf gegen den ISIS: USA betreiben geheimes Drohnen-Programm in Syrien...

    US-Präsident Barack Obama wollte die Umwandlung der CIA in eine paramilitärische Spezialeinheit stoppen. Eigentlich. Nun zeigt sich: In Syrien sind die Spione an einem Drohnen-Programm beteiligt.

    Neben den offiziellen Militäraktionen gegen Ziele der Terrororganisation Islamischer Staat betreiben die USA ein bisher geheim gehaltenes Drohnen-Programm in Syrien, um hohe Funktionäre des IS auszuschalten. Das berichtet die Washington Post im Bezug auf mehrere nicht genannte Regierungsquellen. Das geheime Programm wird gemeinsam vom CIA und vom Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) betrieben und soll laut Aussagen von Offiziellen für mehrere Schläge gegen hohe IS-Funktionäre verantwortlich zeichnen...........

  11. American commandos and the CIA have jointly launched a secret drone operation to track down and kill senior Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in Syria, The Washington Post is reporting in Wednesday editions...

    According to the Post, the campaign is an independently run initiative that is separate from the overall military effort being waged against the extremist movement by the US and other regional allies.]

  12. French judges investigating claims that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered have closed the case without bringing any charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday...

    "At the end of the investigation... it has not been demonstrated that Mr Yasser Arafat was murdered by polonium-210 poisoning," the three judges ruled, according to a statement from the prosecutor at the court in Nanterre.

    Arafat died in Percy military hospital near Paris aged 75 in November 2004 after developing stomach pains while at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

    His widow Suha has maintained he was poisoned, possibly by highly radioactive polonium.

    But the judges ruled there was "not sufficient evidence of an intervention by a third party who could have attempted to take his life," the prosecutor

  13. Five Chinese ships seen off Alaska coast, Pentagon says...

    Five Chinese naval ships are currently positioned in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, US officials confirm.

    It is believed to be the first time Chinese military vessels have been seen operating in the area.

    Officials say they have been monitoring the ships' activities, but said they were operating in international waters.

    In recent years Beijing has taken a more assertive stance on maritime territorial disputes with Japan and South East Asian nations.
    'Not threatening'

    US defence officials have spotted three Chinese combat ships, a supply vessel and an amphibious ship moving toward the Aleutian Islands which is split between Russian and US control, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    They were seen not far from where US President Barack Obama is visiting as part of his three-day tour of Alaska to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on the state.

    "We are aware of the five People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ships in the Bering Sea. This is the first time we have observed PLAN ships in the Bering Sea," US defence department spokesman Bill Urban told the BBC on Wednesday.

    "We respect the freedom of all nations to operate military vessels in international waters in accordance with international law," he said.....BBC

  14. Les agriculteurs français entendent exprimer la colère d'un monde paysan qui se sent étranglé par la chute des prix de leurs produits et la multiplication des normes...

    Quelque 1.000 tracteurs répartis en six convois ont fait route lentement en direction de Paris jeudi matin pour exprimer la détresse du monde paysan et réclamer des aides, sans provoquer les embouteillages redoutés en raison d'une circulation nettement moins importante qu'à l'ordinaire, rapporte l'AFP.

    Vers 8H00 du matin, la préfecture de police de Paris avait compté 1.038 tracteurs, 49 bus et 50 véhicules légers qui faisaient route vers Paris. Au total les organisations agricoles ont prévu de mobiliser plus de 1.500 engins.

    On pouvait lire sur les pancartes "Paysans en détresse", "France n'abandonne pas tes paysans" ou encore "Il faut vivre de la ruralité" sur les tracteurs de ces agriculteurs en colère.............

  15. The White House has sought to play down a statement from the Department of Defense that five Chinese warships have been operating in the Bering Strait off the coast of the US state of Alaska...

    “I don’t think I would have much to add beyond what [Defense Department] have stated,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told a gaggle of reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

    “[The Defense Department had] positively identified a number of Chinese naval vessels in that region, but based on their analysis they have not detected any sort of threat or threatening activities,” Earnest stated...............

  16. Serbia sees 'huge problems' with Hungary's plan...

    Serbia's prime minister has warned of "huge problems" with migrants once Hungary's deploys military on its southern border with Serbia as part of a bid to stem the influx, and has urged the European Union to come up with a plan before that happens.

    Aleksandar Vucic said Thursday that "no one knows what will happen" after Sept. 15 when Hungary's new measures against migrants and human traffickers take effect.

    Vucic says Serbia is ready to share its part of the burden, but "we need to hear what would be that comprehensive solution."

  17. No secret in Russian-Syrian military technical cooperation — Russian Foreign Ministry...

    Media reports about Russian military planes in Syria have already been disavowed by Russia’s Defense Ministry and presidential administration, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

    "I saw reports about Russian planes on the Syrian territory. I also saw comments on this matter by Russia’s Defense Ministry and presidential administration that disavowed this information. There is nothing to add here," Zakharova said.

    "Sensational statements are often made about military-technical cooperation between Russia and Syria - that it grows or decreases," she said. "We see them in different parts of the world. And it is always made to sound sensational. We say that we never tried to make a secret out of this. This is our consistent position connected with assisting official Damascus in its fight against the terrorism threat," the diplomat stressed.

    Zakharova also noted that Russia "regularly raises on platforms of international organizations" issues of protecting Christians in Syria. "This is one of the most important topics in the context of the Syrian settlement," she stressed.............

  18. Hungarian PM says borders must be protected...

    Europeans risk becoming a minority on their own continent, Hungary's prime minister said, defending his country's hardline stand on migrants after hundreds spent the night stranded on a train surrounded by police.

    He spoke as hundreds of migrants, many of them Syrian refugees, woke after a night on a packed train stranded at a railway station west of Budapest, refusing to go to a nearby camp to process asylum seekers.

    "The reality is that Europe is threatened by a mass inflow of people, many tens of millions of people could come to Europe," Viktor Orban told public radio in a regular interview.

    "Now we talk about hundreds of thousands but next year we will talk about millions and there is no end to this," he said.

    "All of a sudden we will see that we are in minority in our own continent."

    Migrants had wrestled with police yesterday after being ordered off the train at Bicske, some throwing themselves on the tracks insisting they be allowed to remain on the train bound for a border town near Austria.

    The train had left Budapest after a two-day standoff at the city's main railway station as police barred entry to some 2,000 migrants.

    Hungary says they must be registered, as per European Union rules, but many refuse, fearing they will be sent back to Hungary if caught later in western and northern Europe........

  19. Turkish authorities stopped 57 people trying to cross to the Greek island of Kos on Thursday night, as migrants trying to reach Europe remained undeterred by the drowning of two toddlers this week on the same route...

    Images of the tiny body of 3-year old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a beach near the Turkish resort of Bodrum sparked a global outpouring of sympathy, and shocked European governments into renewed focus on tackling the migrant crisis.

    But the death of Kurdi - along with his 5-year old brother Galip, his mother and nine others - has done little to deter migrants, many refugees from war in the Middle East, from taking to small boats for the 4 km (2 mile) nocturnal crossing to Kos from Bodrum. by Reuters

  20. Eight police officers were killed and at least five injured in Tajikistan on Friday in two separate shootouts with armed groups that could have been led by rogue law enforcement agents...

    An armed group killed four police in an early morning shootout on the outskirts of the capital Dushanbe, a spokesman for the interior ministry said.

    During a separate attack, a further four policemen were killed in a shootout in the town of Vahdat just outside the capital, another police official noted.

    At least two militants were also killed.

    "In the course of two attacks on Friday morning, eight staff of the interior ministry of Tajikistan were killed," the official said, adding that five were injured in the two incidents.

    The official said that the alleged leaders of the armed groups appeared to be officers within police and the armed forces, but would not elaborate.

    The violence comes amid growing tensions in the majority-Muslim but secular post-Soviet country of 8 million people over the role of Islam in public life.

  21. Η Βρετανία ανακοίνωσε επιπλέον χρηματοδήτηση για τη συριακή προσφυγική κρίση...

    Η κυβέρνηση της Βρετανίας θα διαθέσει ένα επιπλέον ποσό περίπου 137 εκατ. ευρώ (100 εκατ. λίρες) για ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια για την αντιμετώπιση της συριακής προσφυγικής κρίσης, ανέφερε σήμερα ο Βρετανός πρωθυπουργός David Cameron.

    "Σήμερα μπορώ να ανακοινώσω ότι θα διαθέσουμε επιπλέον 100 εκατ. λίρες, ανεβάζοντας την συνολική μας συνεισφορά σε παραπάνω από 1 δισ. λίρες. Αυτή είναι η μεγαλύτερη από ποτέ ανταπόκριση της Μεγάλης Βρετανίας σε μια ανθρωπιστική κρίση", δήλωσε ο Cameron στους δημοσιογράφους κατά τη διάρκεια επίσκεψης του στην Ισπανία.

    "Εξήντα εκατομμύρια λίρες από αυτή την επιπλέον χρηματοδότηση θα διατεθούν για την βοήθεια Σύρων που βρίσκονται ακόμη στην Συρία. Το υπόλοιπο ποσό θα πάει σε γειτονικές χώρες, στην Τουρκία, την Ιορδανία και το Λίβανο, όπου οι Σύροι πρόσφυγες τώρα αριθμούν το ένα τέταρτο του πληθυσμού".

    Νωρίτερα, σήμερα ο πρωθυπουργός της Βρετανίας από τη Λισαβόνα ανακοίνωσε ότι η χώρα του θα υποδεχτεί "χιλιάδες επιπλέον" πρόσφυγες από τη Συρία, χωρίς ωστόσο να αναφερθεί στον ακριβή αριθμό.
    Πηγή: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

    1. UK to accept thousands more Syrian refugees, Cameron says ...

      Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that Britain would take in “thousands more” Syrian refugees and spend millions more in humanitarian aid after an outpouring of emotion over the image of a drowned Syrian toddler put him under pressure to act.

      Cameron gave no precise figures, but a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency told reporters in Geneva that the British move would improve the lives of 4,000 Syrians.

      As Europe seems at a loss to cope with thousands of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa seeking safety or better lives on the continent, many at home and abroad had accused Cameron’s government of being uncaring and inflexible.

      Several of his own Conservative legislators and the human rights chief of the Council of Europe urged Britain to take in more refugees.

      “Given the scale of the crisis and the suffering of people, today I can announce that we will do more in providing resettlement for thousands more Syrian refugees,” Cameron told reporters in Lisbon after meeting his Portuguese counterpart................

  22. The United Nations envoy facilitating efforts to restore peace in Libya said today that real progress was being made as the participants wrapped-up the latest round of the political dialogue process, which has been taking place in Geneva....

    Speaking to journalists after the latest discussions, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the UN Support Mission in the North African country, known as UNSMIL, Bernardino León, said that the day’s talks had been fruitful.

    “We have clarified a number of points with the different delegations, and particularly with the GNC [General National Congress] delegation,” he said. “And I think we have clarified all these points. We still have a couple of issues that the GNC will have to consult with their colleagues and that we also will discuss inside the team in order to make proposals.”

    The GNC, said Mr. León, was still very much a part of the political dialogue.

    The envoy added that some names had been proposed for the Prime Minister and Vice Prime Minister...............

  23. The transport of unregistered asylum seekers from Hungary to the Austrian border shows the failure of the EU's migration policy, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Saturday....

    After days of confrontation and chaos, Hungary's right-wing government has deployed dozens of buses to move on migrants from the capital, Budapest, to Austria.

    "What happened is the consequence of the failed migration policy of the European Union and the irresponsible statements made by European politicians," Szijjarto said on arrival to a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the migration crisis.

    Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak dismissed plans to set up a train corridor to Germany for migrants. "We have never discussed a corridor in the Slovak government," he told reporters ahead of the foreign affairs meeting.

  24. Fighting between rebels and Islamic State (IS) militants around the strategic Syrian town of Marea has left 47 dead, according to activists...

    The UK-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights said that 27 IS fighters were killed, with the rest being from other anti-government groups.

    Marea lies in an area that Turkey and the US have reportedly wanted to turn into an IS-free "safe zone".

    Last month it was alleged IS had used chemical weapons in an attack on Marea.

    Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said that on 21 August it had treated four members of a family who suffered from breathing difficulties and developed blisters after a mortar hit their home in Marea.

    The Syrian American Medical Society has also reported receiving 50 patients showing symptoms of chemical exposure.

    Local rebels say the shells were fired from an IS-held village to the east.

    Last month the US said it suspected IS of having used chemical agents in another attack on Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Reports of a sulphur mustard attack on Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Iraq are also being investigated.

    Also on Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concern to his Russian counterpart over reports of "an imminent enhanced Russian military build-up" in Syria.

    On Friday the New York Times reported that US officials believed Russia had sent a military advance team to Syria and was "taking other steps the United States fears may signal that President... Putin is planning to vastly expand his military support for [Syrian] President Bashar al-Assad".....BBC

  25. Réfugiés: plutôt que de les accueillir, Israël va construire une clôture ...

    Le Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu a prévenu dimanche que son pays ne se laisserait pas "submerger" par des réfugiés syriens et africains et annoncé le lancement de la construction d'une clôture à la frontière avec la Jordanie.

    "Nous ne laisserons pas Israël être submergé par une vague de migrants illégaux et d'activistes terroristes", a affirmé M. Netanyahu lors du conseil hebdomadaire des ministres, au lendemain d'un appel du chef de l'opposition, Isaac Herzog, à accueillir des Syriens fuyant la guerre civile. Pour rappel, le gouvernement israélien est une coalition entre la droite et l'extrême droite. Elle est composée du parti de Benjamin Netanyahu, le Likoud; du petit parti de centre-droit Koulanou; du parti d'extrême-droite nationaliste-religieux Foyer Juif et deux parti ultraorthodoxes également extrêmement à droite du spectre politique israélien.

    "Israël n'est pas indifférent à la tragédie humaine des réfugies syriens et africains (...) mais Israël est un petit État, très petit qui ne dispose pas d'une profondeur démographique et géographique, c'est pourquoi nous devons contrôler nos frontières", a-t-il ajouté, selon un communiqué de son bureau. Pour y parvenir, le Premier ministre a annoncé qu'Israël "commence aujourd'hui à construire une clôture à la frontière avec la Jordanie", le quatrième "mur" érigé par l'Etat hébreu..................

    1. Israel PM says country cannot take migrants...

      Israel’s prime minister has said his country is not indifferent to the plight of migrants and refugees flooding Europe, but that Israel is too vulnerable to absorb them.

      Benjamin Netanyahu bemoaned the “human tragedy” of the victims of Syria’s civil war and said Israel has aided them in various ways. But he added that Israel is too small a country, both geographically and demographically, to provide a haven for a large influx of migrants.

      Israel runs a field hospital on its border with Syria and has taken in wounded Syrians, but has stopped short of opening the borders to its longtime enemy.

      Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog says the country should take in a limited number of Syrian asylum seekers amid the current refugee crisis in Europe.

  26. Réfugiés: l'Iran appelle l'Europe à accomplir son devoir humanitaire ...

    Le président iranien Hassan Rohani a appelé les pays européens à aider les réfugiés qui affluent par dizaines de milliers sur leur territoire, saluant "l'attitude positive" de certains d'entre eux, a rapporté dimanche son site officiel.

    "Alors que les gens sont confrontés à des difficultés, c'est la grande mission humanitaire du monde, en particulier de l'Europe, d'aider ces déplacés", a déclaré le président Rohani en recevant le nouvel ambassadeur hongrois à Téhéran.

    Il a salué "l'attitude positive" de certains pays européens, sans mentionner lesquels, pour "sauver les déplacés" et appelé les autres à faire de même...............

  27. The Kurdish militant group PKK said on Sunday it had killed 15 Turkish soldiers in an attack on a convoy of armoured vehicles in southeast Turkey, in what could be the bloodiest assault since the collapse of a ceasefire in July...

    The number of casualties could not be independently verified but in a televised statement President Tayyip Erdogan confirmed an attack had taken place in Hakkari province, close to Turkey's borders with Iran and Iraq.

  28. Moldavie: des milliers de manifestants exigent la démission du président ...

    Des dizaines de milliers de personnes se sont rassemblées dimanche en plein centre de Chisinau, la capitale moldave, pour exiger la démission du président Nicolae Timofti et la tenue d'une élection présidentielle anticipée, a constaté un correspondant de l'AFP.

    "Nous resterons ici jusqu'au bout, jusqu'à ce que nos demandes soient entièrement satisfaites", a lancé l'un des organisateurs de la manifestation, l'avocat Andreï Nastase.

    Entre 50 000 et 100 000 manifestants réunis sur la place centrale de Chisinau selon les organisateurs réclament notamment la démission du président moldave Nicolae Timofti, dont le mandat s'achève en mars 2016, et l'organisation d'un scrutin au suffrage universel pour élire un nouveau chef d'Etat, qui est élu actuellement par le parlement.

    Ils accusent M. Timofti, réputé être proche des oligarques, de ne pas lutter de manière efficace contre la corruption.

    Alors que la cote de popularité de Nicolae Timofti n'a jamais dépassé 2% en Moldavie, qu'il dirige depuis 2012, la critique de ses activités s'est nettement aggravée cette année après un vaste scandale financier qui a vu disparaître un milliard de dollars - soit un tiers du PIB de cette ex-république soviétique - des coffres des trois banques principales du pays.

    Risque de manifestation "illimitée"

    Les manifestants demandent également le départ des dirigeants de la Banque centrale et du Parquet général et appellent au retour de la Moldavie sur le chemin de l'intégration européenne, dans une résolution rendue publique par M.

  29. Austria plans to end measures allowing migrants from Hungary and move 'towards normality'...

    Austria said on Sunday it planned to end emergency measures that have allowed thousands of refugees stranded in Hungary into Austria and Germany since Saturday and move step by step "towards normality".

    Austria had suspended its random border checks after photographs of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach showed Europeans the horror faced by those desperate enough to travel illegally into the heart of Europe, which is deeply divided over how to

  30. Más de 4.000 militantes del EI entran a Europa haciéndose pasar por refugiados...

    Más de 4.000 militantes del grupo radical Estado Islámico (EI) ingresaron secretamente en Occidente haciéndose pasar por refugiados, informó este domingo el periódico británico Sunday, citando palabras de un agente del EI.

    El agente relató sobre una operación secreta que se encuentra en marcha y confirmó que miles de "militantes del EI preparados en la UE".

    El EI, supuestamente, envía secretamente a militantes armados a través de la frontera de Turquía a los países de Europa.

    La fuente declaró que con ayuda de los contrabandistas locales, lo terroristas se suman al flujo de migrantes ilegales que viajan a Europa.

    Además especificó que el objetivo de la infiltración de estos militantes reside en la instauración de un califato en todo el mundo.

  31. Yémen: des pays du Golfe, dont le Qatar, déploient des troupes au sol ...

    Des milliers de soldats arabes du Golfe, fortement équipés, ont été envoyés en renfort au Yémen en provenance notamment du Qatar et d'Arabie saoudite, pour combattre des rebelles chiites pro-iraniens qui contrôlent une partie du pays, rapportent des médias lundi.

    Les autorités des pays concernés restent silencieuses sur ce déploiement qui se déroule dans la province de Marib, à l'est de la capitale Sanaa, encore aux mains des rebelles Houthis.

    La chaîne satellitaire Al-Jazeera du Qatar a rapporté l'arrivée au Yémen dimanche soir d'un millier de soldats qataris, soutenus par plus de 200 véhicules blindés, via le poste-frontière saoudo-yéménite d'

  32. Moldova's authorities say President will not resign despite protests...

    President Nicolae Timofti of Moldova will not resign contrary to the demands issued by participants in the ongoing protests against governmental policies in the center of Chisinau, Ion Paduraru, the chief of the presidential administration staff told Ziarul National newspaper.

    "The President's resignation is not public interests or the country's interests," he said. "President Timofti won't resign"...........

  33. Sommet sur les minorités d'Orient : un "plan d'action" pour sauver les victimes de l'EI...

    Paris accueille, mardi, un sommet international sur les minorités religieuses, victimes du conflit en Irak et en Syrie et persécutées par l'organisation de l'État islamique. Un "plan d'action" devrait être dévoilé.

    Un "plan d'action" sera dévoilé, mardi 8 septembre, à l'issue d'une conférence internationale organisée à Paris, sur les minorités persécutées au Moyen-Orient par l’organisation de l’État islamique (EI), ont indiqué des sources diplomatiques.

    La réunion, co-présidée par le chef de la diplomatie française Laurent Fabius et par son homologue jordanien Nasser Judeh, a pour but de tout faire pour permettre le retour chez elles des minorités du Moyen-Orient persécutées. Des populations essentiellement yazidies, shabaks et mandéennes.

    "L'objectif de cette rencontre est d'identifier des mesures concrètes pour répondre à tous les aspects de la situation des victimes de violences ethniques et religieuses au Moyen-Orient", a précisé le porte-parole du Quai d'Orsay, Romain Nadal. En clair, tracer les grandes lignes pour faciliter la protection et le retour des déplacés dans leur pays d’origine. Il ne reste qu'environ 400 000 chrétiens en Irak, contre environ 1,4 million en 1987..............

  34. El Estado Islámico secuestra a 127 niños en Irak en los últimos días...

    Miembros del movimiento yihadista Estado Islámico (EI) secuestraron a 127 menores de edad en la ciudad de Mosul, en el norte de Irak, en los últimos días, comunicó este martes el portavoz del Partido Democrático del Kurdistán en Mosul, Saeed Mamouzini.

    "En los últimos días, el grupo secuestró a 127 niños a las edades entre 11 y 15 años", dijo Mamouzini citado por el portal Iraqi News.

    Agregó que los menores de edad "se envían a campos especiales donde les enseñan usar armas y realizar atentados".

    Según Mamouzini, el objetivo del EI es convertir a los niños en terroristas suicidas.

    Además, indicó que un padre de uno de los niños asesinó a dos terroristas tratando de prevenir el secuestro.............

  35. Ägyptisches Militär meldet Tod von 29 Extremisten im Sinai ...

    Die ägyptischen Sicherheitskräfte haben bei einem Einsatz im Norden der Sinai-Halbinsel nach eigenen Angaben 29 Extremisten getötet. Auch zwei Soldaten seien ums Leben gekommen, als ihr Fahrzeug über eine Militärbombe gefahren sei, teilten die Streitkräfte am Dienstag mit.

    Der Einsatz im Morgengrauen richtete sich demnach gegen mutmaßliche Jihadisten-Verstecke in Rafah an der Grenze zum Gazastreifen, in Scheich Suweid sowie in Al-Arich. Die Extremisten in der Region sollen enge Verbindungen zur Miliz Islamischer Staat (IS) haben, die sich in Syrien und im Irak ausgebreitet hat. Sie nennen sich Sinai-Provinz des IS. Der Sinai ist die größte Bastion der Islamisten in Ägypten, fast täglich melden die Streitkräfte Gefechte aus der

  36. Turkish special forces crossed into northern Iraq in a ground incursion to pursue Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants after a deadly attack on the army, the Dogan news agency reported Tuesday...

    Two units of the Turkish special forces, supported by warplanes, crossed into northern Iraq to chase in "hot pursuit" two 20-strong groups of PKK militants after an attack that left 16 soldiers dead on Sunday, the agency added.

  37. Ukraine still faces threat of Russian military offensive: Poroshenko...

    Ukraine still faces the threat of a full-scale Russian military attack despite several days of relative calm on the front-lines of the east where government forces confront Russian-backed separatists, President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday.

    Poroshenko comments at a government meeting come amid signs of discord in the governing coalition over his peace efforts and disenchantment over falling living standards and economic hardship.

    Russia's aim is to "strangle our state economically and destabilize it," he said, referring to a Russian ban on Ukrainian food imports and a failure to agree on a new price structure for Russian gas imports which has left Ukraine's storage levels dangerously low as winter approaches.

    Moscow is also now insisting Kiev repays a $3 billion bond in full in December, disassociating itself from an agreement by other of Ukraine's creditors to ease repayment conditions on its huge foreign commercial

  38. Recent wave of migration could have disastrous consequences for Europe: FAO's India representative Shyam Khadka...

    UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that the recent wave of migration could have disastrous consequences for Europe and cause acute food insecurity. In an exclusive interview to TOI's Kounteya Sinha, FAO's representative to India, Shyam Khadka says Europe can learn from India which has a rich experience in dealing with humanitarian crisis and also has experience of implementing the world's largest public distribution system for food

    How serious is the migration crisis in Europe, especially for food security in the world?

    The migration crisis we are seeing in Europe is very serious in humanitarian terms. Its impact on the overall food supply at the global level, however, would not be very pronounced at this stage. For the affected migrating families, however, food security is clearly an issue and in a large number of cases, the main reason behind their migration. Since war or war-like situation in places where from out-migration is taking place would affect food production and supply locally, we need to ensure improved security and assured means for livelihood in an urgent basis. Otherwise, this crisis will persist, may even escalate bringing disastrous consequences to Europe and potentially other parts of the world......................

  39. European Council President Donald Tusk will pay an official visit to Turkey in the coming days as part of a regional tour which also covers Israel, Palestine and Cyprus, with a focus on the Syrian refugee crisis....

    During his visit to Israel, Ramallah, Turkey and Cyprus from Sept. 8-11, Tusk will discuss regional issues and cooperation, including how to help manage the migration crisis, according to a statement on the European Council’s official webpage.

    “The objectives of the visits will be to discuss how the EU can help prevent and fight illegal migration while protecting those in need and preventing further loss of life, stabilize the region and move forward with the Middle East peace process and reach a settlement to end the division of the island of Cyprus,” the European Council said.

    “Instability in the Mediterranean region poses a serious threat for the whole of Europe. The European Council made it one of its priorities to ensure effective EU cooperation on security issues, such as terrorism and the management of migration flows,” it added, recalling that in June 2015, EU leaders agreed on a series of measures on migration covering the areas of relocation and resettlement, return and readmission and cooperation with third countries.

    “We should accelerate the parts of the enlargement process related to immigration and asylum so that these countries have a better infrastructure for handling migration challenges. And there is a clear need to revitalize links with Turkey so that we are once again confident friends and partners on this and in other matters,” Tusk said last week, at the annual EU Ambassadors’

  40. In a move that could clear the way to investigations of possible war crimes in Ukraine's bitter conflict with Russian-backed rebels, Kiev has accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, backdated to early 2014....

    While Ukraine is not a member of the court, it can voluntarily accept its jurisdiction. Last year, Kiev filed a similar declaration accepting the Hague-based court's jurisdiction for possible crimes committed from November 2013 until February 2014.

    Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened a preliminary probe into possible crimes in Ukraine following last year's move, and after Tuesday's action she will likely now expand that to cover possible crimes committed in the country's conflict-hit east since then.
    Associated Press

  41. Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP party offices attacked in Ankara...

    A crowd has attacked the headquarters of Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP party, amid rising violence between Turkish forces and the militant Kurdish PKK group.

    Pictures from the scene appeared to show the HDP building in the capital, Ankara, on fire.

    Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has appealed for calm.

    Earlier, Turkish ground forces crossed into Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish militants for the first time since a ceasefire with the PKK two years ago.

    Turkish warplanes also launched a wave of air strikes on bases of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) in northern Iraq............

  42. Discours sur l'état de l'Union : Jean-Claude Juncker veut répartir 160.000 réfugiés dans l'UE dès la semaine prochaine...

    (Belga) Le président de la Commission européenne Jean-Claude Juncker a appelé mercredi matin, dans son Discours sur l'état de l'Union devant le Parlement européen, à répartir à travers l'Union européenne 160.000 réfugiés et ce, dès la semaine prochaine.

    Le président de la Commission a consacré une bonne partie de son discours à la crise "sans précédent" à laquelle l'Europe est confrontée, avec l'afflux de milliers de personnes fuyant les conflits en Syrie et en Irak et la situation oppressante en Erythrée. M. Juncker a rappelé l'histoire récente de l'Europe, où de nombreuses personnes ont été obligées de fuir juste avant et pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale et, plus récemment, avec le conflit en ex-Yougoslavie. Il a aussi appelé à ne pas distinguer les réfugiés en fonction de leur religion, soulignant là aussi que ce critère avait été utilisé durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale pour réprimer certaines populations. "Il est grand temps d'agir pour gérer cette crise de la migration", a-t-il exhorté, insistant sur le fait qu'il "n'y a pas d'alternative". (Belga)

  43. 850.000 migrants gagneraient l'Europe d'ici 2016...

    Le nombre de personnes traversant la Méditerranée pour trouver asile en Europe devrait s'élever à 850.000 d'ici 2016, rapporte le Haut commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR).

    "Pour 2015, le HCR anticipe environ 400.000 nouveaux arrivants qui vont solliciter une protection internationale en Europe en passant par la Méditerranée. En 2016, ce nombre pourrait atteindre 450.000, voire davantage", affirme l'organisation onusienne dans un communiqué............

  44. Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources familiar with the political and military situation there said on Wednesday...

    The sources, speaking to Reuters on condition they not be identified, gave the most forthright account yet from the region of what U.S. officials say appears to be a new military buildup by Moscow, one of President Bashar al-Assad's main allies, though one of the sources said the numbers of Russians involved so far were small.

    Two U.S. officials said Russia has sent two tank landing ships and additional aircraft to Syria in the past day or so and has deployed a small number of naval infantry forces.

    The U.S. officials, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said the intent of Russia's military moves in Syria remained unclear. One of the officials said initial indications suggested the focus was on preparing an airfield near the port city of Latakia, an Assad stronghold.

    The moves come at a time when forces of Assad's government have faced major setbacks on the battlefield in a four-year-old multi-sided civil war that has killed 250,000 people and driven half of Syria's 23 million people from their

  45. Heavy rain continued falling Thursday in central and northern Japan, where authorities have ordered tens of thousands of people to evacuate...

    The rains left over from what was Typhoon Etau have caused extensive flooding, including pushing the Kinugawa River over its banks and into the surrounding area north of Tokyo.

    Japan's Metrological Agency posted widespread warnings, urging people to be ready for more flooding and landslides. Some areas have seen more than 50 centimeters of rain this week.

    One person has been reported missing in Thursday's floods.

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Thursday to focus on the hardest hit areas and "prioritize the safety of the people."

  46. Moldova’s ex-president Vladimir Voronin, who is the leader of the opposition Communist Party and who stood at the helm of the country from 2001 through to 2009, has blamed the EU for the crisis that brought about mass protests in Chisinau...

    "In front of everyone’s eye and with an obvious share of involvement of your permanent mission, as well as many embassies of the EU member-states and other international organizations, an unprecedented corrupt mafia-based system has taken hold of Moldova," Voronin said in an open letter to the President of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland. "In essence, this system is state power here today."...........

  47. La Hongrie déploie l'armée à la frontière avec la Serbie...

    La Hongrie durcit sévèrement ses mesures contre l'immigration clandestine.

    Des forces armées ont été déployées à la frontière avec la Serbie d'où arrivent des milliers de migrants syriens, irakiens et afghans. Ceux qui essaieront de passer seront arrêtés et poursuivis, selon le Premier ministre Viktor Orban.

    Au premier semestre 2015, 300 à 400 personnes franchissaient en moyenne la frontière serbo-hongroise chaque jour. Fin août-début septembre, ce chiffre est passé à 3 000-3 500 personnes quotidiennement. Malgré tous ses efforts, la police ne parvient pas à contrôler une telle affluence. La frontière hongroise est une véritable passoire. Par endroits, aucun obstacle ne retient les réfugiés de l'Est. En juillet 2015, le parlement hongrois a décidé de construire un une clôture de barbelés à la frontière avec la Serbie d'ici novembre. L'afflux de réfugiés devrait atteindre son apogée ces jours-ci car après, le début de la saison des tempêtes en Méditerranée rend très dangereuse la traversée de la mer depuis la Libye vers l'Italie ou la Grèce. Selon les experts, la majeure partie de clandestins optera alors pour le "couloir des Balkans", c'est-à-dire la Hongrie. Mais manifestement la construction du mur n'avance pas aussi vite qu'attendu. Les autorités manquent de ressources financières et humaines pour un travail d'urgence d'une telle envergure................

  48. The Syrian people rather than external forces should decide on the future of their country and leadership, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday reconfirming Syria’s stance on the Syrian settlement...

    He refused to comment if UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura was preparing a plan that would allegedly leave just nominal powers to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    "How can we say anything without a plan?" Peskov asked.

    "Many proposals are being made to this effect but the most important thing is that it is the Syrian people rather than some external forces who should make decisions on Syria’s future," the presidential press secretary stressed.

    "As for our stance on a non-existent plan, we really do not have it," Peskov told journalists.

  49. There is a growing belief within the US government that the Islamic State militant group is making and using crude chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria, a US official has told the BBC....

    The US has identified at least four occasions on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border where IS has used mustard agents, the official said.

    The official said the chemical was being used in powder form.....BBC

    1. Le groupe État islamique fabrique des armes chimiques en Syrie et en Irak ...

      Les autorités américaines pensent que le groupe Etat islamique fabrique et utilise des armes chimiques. Un membre de l’administration américaine s’est adressé à la chaîne britannique BBC. Il l’a fait de manière anonyme parce qu’il n’avait pas l’autorisation d’en parler publiquement.

      Selon les renseignements américains, le groupe Etat islamique s’est servi de gaz moutarde au moins quatre fois, en Syrie et en Irak. Une équipe de la BBC a trouvé des informations sur le terrain qui confirment ces propos.

      Une cellule pour perfectionner les armes chimiques

      Selon la source de la BBC, les Etats-Unis pensent que le groupe fabrique ces armes lui-même, et qu’il a même créé une cellule de recherche pour les perfectionner. Le gaz moutarde n’est pas compliqué à produire. Les informations qui y sont liées sont facilement accessibles. Pour les Etats-Unis, le groupe n’a pas mis la main sur des armes chimiques en Irak. L’armée américaine était présente pendant près de 10 ans dans le pays, et les aurait découvertes.

      Autre piste : le groupe aurait pu s’emparer d’armes du régime syrien. Mais les Etats-Unis jugent que c’est peu probable. Le régime a bien utilisé des armes chimiques contre sa population, mais sous la pression internationale Bachar al-Assad a promis en 2013 de rendre son arsenal.

      La position officielle du gouvernement américain est toujours d’enquêter sur des rumeurs d’utilisation d’armes chimiques. Mais selon la source de la BBC, il y a aujourd’hui assez de

  50. Germany would welcome more Russian engagement in the fight against ISIS, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday...

    "I think we would welcome the Russian Federation and the Russian president ... getting actively involved in the fight against ISIS given the dangers arising from Islamist terrrorism," spokesman Martin Schaefer said at a regular government news conference in Berlin.

  51. Avions russes en Syrie: Washington ferait pression sur l'Irak...

    Les Etats-Unis exerceront sans doute une pression diplomatique sur l'Irak pour qu'il ferme son espace aérien aux avions russes de transport à destination de la Syrie.

    D'après l'ex-vice-directeur de la CIA Michael Morell, Washington est prêt à employer ce levier afin d'empêcher la livraison d'armes russes au gouvernement de Bachar el-Assad.

    "Les Etats-Unis exerceront une pression énorme sur l'Irak afin de mettre fin à ces vols", a affirmé sur la chaîne de télévision CBS M.Morell........

  52. Millions more Syrians could head to Europe, UN says...

    Millions more in Syria could become refugees and head to Europe if there is no end to the war, Peter Salama, UNICEF's regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, has said.

    "There could be millions and millions more refugees leaving Syria and ultimately (going) to the European Union and beyond," he said on Friday.

    Salama also said that internal refugees in Syria has now reached almost eight million.

    He issued the statement as Syrians and other refugees who are making their way to Europe, are facing several hurdles from police beatings to the bad weather........

  53. A horrific crane accident inside the Sacred Mosque in Makkah left at least 65 people dead and scores injured on Friday, the Directorate of the Saudi Civil Defense said...

    Saudi officials said a number of emergency vehicles and personnel are on the scene.

    The Sacred Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, is especially crowded during this time of the year as pilgrims begin arriving for the Hajj season.

    Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz had launched five new expansion projects at the mosque in July.

  54. Egyptian security forces have killed 98 militants in Sinai during a recent military operation, the military said on Friday...

    It was not possible to independently confirm the figure.

    Egypt is battling an insurgency that gained pace after the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood Islamist movement in mid-2013 after mass protests against his rule.

    The insurgency, mounted by Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate, has killed hundreds of soldiers and police and has started to attack Western targets. In the latest fighting, four Egyptian soldiers were killed, the military said.

    President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi describes Islamist militancy as an existential threat to Egypt, the most populous Arab state and a close U.S. ally.......Reuters

  55. France has suspended its honorary consul in the Turkish port of Bodrum after a TV report showed a shop she owns selling dinghies to migrants...

    Footage secretly filmed by France 2 TV shows Francoise Olcay selling dinghies and life jackets to migrants hoping to reach the Greek islands.

    The UN says 124,000 people reached Greece's shores by sea in the first seven months of 2015.

    Ms Olcay said the items would be bought elsewhere if she did not sell them.

    Admitting that she was taking part in the trade, she alleged that local Turkish authorities were also involved.

    She said others would have taken her place if she stopped selling supplies to the migrants.

    The BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris says that while honorary consuls are not members of the diplomatic corps, the news will be a big embarrassment to the French foreign ministry............

  56. Une consule honoraire de France vend des canots et des gilets de sauvetage à des migrant: Laurent Fabius la suspend de ses fonctions...

    A Bodrum, une consule honoraire de France, propriétaire d'un magasin d'articles maritimes, qui vendait des canots pneumatiques et des gilets de sauvetage à des migrants et réfugiés cherchant, vient d'être suspendue de ses fonctions.

    Le chef de la diplomatie française, Laurent Fabius, a suspendu vendredi de ses fonctions une consule honoraire en Turquie, propriétaire d'un magasin de ventes d'articles maritimes et qui à ce titre vend des canots aux réfugiés.

    "Le ministre vient d'ordonner sa suspension", a indiqué à l'AFP le porte-parole du ministère français des Affaires étrangères, Romain Nadal, interrogé sur un reportage de la chaîne de télévision France 2 montrant cette commerçante à Bodrum dans son magasin flanqué d'un drapeau français et d'une plaque affirmant que son commerce abrite une "agence consulaire de France"."Sa suspension vient d'être notifiée à Françoise Olcay par la consule générale de France à Istanbul dont elle relève", a-t-il ajouté. Françoise Olcay a les fonctions de consul honoraire depuis octobre

  57. Saudi Arabia has defended its efforts to aid Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country, following criticism that Gulf countries have not been taking in enough refugees since the crisis broke out there more than four years ago....

    The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Friday cited an official source in the foreign ministry as saying the kingdom wanted to make clear its role in helping refugee in light of charges it was doing nothing.

    The official said it was "important to clarify these efforts with facts and numbers in response to media reports, which included false and misleading accusations about the kingdom".

    None of the six states that form the Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, has signed the UN convention on refugees, which has governed international law on asylum since World War Two.

    But Gulf states say they have taken in hundreds of thousands of Syrians since the civil war there began in 2011, just not as refugees.

    The source said Saudi Arabia had received nearly 2.5 million Syrians since the conflict

  58. At least 85 people have been killed in a town in central India when a cooking gas cylinder blew up in a restaurant and set fire to explosives stored nearby, police said...

    The gas cylinder exploded as people were gathering for breakfast at the restaurant in the town of Petlawad in the state of Madhya Pradesh, about 800 km (500 miles) south of New Delhi, police inspector BL Gaur told Reuters.

    Mr Gaur said the restaurant was near an area which stored gelatine sticks used at construction sites........

  59. Left-wing MP Jeremy Corbyn elected Labour leader in UK...

    Jeremy Corbyn surged to a stunning victory on Saturday to win the leadership of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, in a triumph that reflected broader anti-austerity winds sweeping Europe.

    The socialist leader, whose odds of winning were 100/1 just four months ago, swept to victory in the first round of the contest with 251,417 votes or 59.5 percent of the ballots cast.

    Cheers and applause erupted in Westminster Hall in London at the announcement, with his delighted supporters chanting, "Jez we did!"

    Corbyn thanked everyone who took part in "this huge democratic exercise" which he says has shown Labour to be "passionate, democratic, diverse, united and determined in our quest for a decent and better society", according to the BBC.

    Anti austerity

    The newly-elected leader also condemned the UK’s "grotesque levels of inequality" and "unfair welfare system" in his victory speech to party members in the UK capital. Corbyn a proponent of higher taxes and more public spending, is steadfastly opposed to the austerity programme of Conservative Prime Minister David

  60. Employees of the Ukrainian security service on Saturday kidnapped and took to Ukrainian territory a Russian serviceman and his civilian brother, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry stated...

    "Today, on September 12, at about 6 a.m. [04:00 GMT] employees of the Ukrainian security service kidnapped Russian contract serviceman Viktor Barsukov from the village of Chertkovo in the Rostov Region, and took him to the territory of Ukraine," the ministry said in a statement.

    According to the statement, the Russian serviceman’s civilian brother Nikolay Barsukov was also kidnapped from the Russian village of Chertkovo located on the border with Ukraine.

    In the statement, the ministry urged the Ukrainian side to free the captured Russians and to stop such provocations.

    The defense ministry reportedly acquired the information about the kidnapping from the relatives of the victims.

  61. The foreign ministers of the so-called ‘Normandy Four’ group are satisfied with the generally holding ceasefire in Ukraine’s east, the Russian foreign minister said Saturday...

    "We, first of all, expressed satisfaction that the ceasefire is observed more or less. Separate cases of violation of this regime are taking place, but in general we have a positive assessment of what is happening," Sergei Lavrov stated after the ministers’ meeting in the German capital.

    Lavrov also confirmed that the extension of the Minsk negotiations was discussed during the so-called Normandy Four ministerial-level meeting on the Ukrainian conflict in Berlin.

    "We touched upon this issue, we believe that the most important thing is to preserve inviolable the package, the balance, which was anchored in Minsk documents, adopted and signed on February 12," Lavrov stated.

    He also emphasized that the contents of the Minsk agreements were more crucial than the timing............

  62. Réfugiés: l'Allemagne réintroduit des contrôles aux frontières avec l'Autriche ...

    L'Allemagne a décidé de réintroduire provisoirement des contrôles aux frontières avec l'Autriche par où arrivent des dizaines de milliers de réfugiés et suspend ainsi les accords de Schengen sur la libre circulation en Europe, ont rapporté dimanche les journaux allemands Bild et Spiegel sans citer de source.

    Le ministre allemand de l'Intérieur, Thomas de Maizière, doit faire une déclaration sur la crise des réfugiés devant la presse à 17h30, ont annoncé ses services sans plus de détails.

    Tous les policiers fédéraux ont été placés en état d'alerte, écrit le Spiegel sur son site internet et "tous les policiers disponibles vont être envoyés en Bavière pour fermer les frontières", poursuit l'hebdomadaire sur son site.

    Interruption du trafic ferroviaire en provenance d'Autriche

    Dans la foulée, l'Allemagne aurait également décidé d'interrompre les liaisons ferroviaires en provenance d'Autriche, selon un porte-parole de la compagnie des chemins de fer autrichiens, Ö

  63. Jérusalem : heurts entre manifestants et policiers sur l'esplanade des Mosquées...

    À quelques heures de la célébration de la nouvelle année juive, des affrontements ont éclaté dimanche entre la police israélienne et des musulmans sur l'esplanade des Mosquées, dans la vieille ville de Jérusalem.

    Des affrontements ont éclaté, dimanche 13 septembre, sur l'esplanade des Mosquées, dans la vieille ville de Jérusalem, entre la police israélienne et des musulmans à quelques heures de la célébration de la nouvelle année juive, ont indiqué la police et des témoins.

    Selon des témoins musulmans, les policiers israéliens sont entrés dans la mosquée Al-Aqsa, troisième lieu saint de l'islam, et provoqué des dégâts. Interrogée par l'AFP, une porte-parole de la police, Luba Samri, a démenti cette information, en précisant que les forces de l'ordre s'étaient contentées de fermer la porte d'accè

  64. Libya's rival governments have reached a "consensus" on the main elements of a political agreement, a U.N. special envoy told reporters early Sunday....

    Bernardino Leon said in Skhirat, Morocco that the two sides were able to "overcome their differences" on major outstanding issues, increasing the likelihood of signing a long-awaited agreement to form a unity government this month.

    He called it the first time "that we have the possibility to make it and to have this agreement with the all the parties, all the key parties in Libya onboard," adding that both sides have made compromises.

    "We know that it is going to require a lot of work, but we believe that it will be possible to reach this deadline of the 20th of September with an agreement that will be signed," said Leon.

    The most recent text of the draft agreement was not immediately

  65. Afghan Taliban storm Ghazni prison and free prisoners...

    Taliban militants have stormed a jail in Ghazni, central Afghanistan, killing at least four police officers and freeing about 350 prisoners.

    The deputy provincial governor of Ghazni province told the BBC the attack happened early on Monday.

    Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the attackers were well-organised and wearing military uniforms.

    One attacker blew himself up at the prison gates, he said, allowing others to force open jail cells.

    Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the group had carried out the attack.

    Both the Taliban and the deputy governor confirmed that three of the attackers were killed.......BBC

    1. Un commando taliban a attaqué tôt lundi une prison de la province de Ghazni, dans l'est de l'Afghanistan, et libéré plusieurs centaines de détenus, a rapporté l'AFP...

      "A environ 02h30, six talibans vêtus d'uniformes militaires ont attaqué la prison de Ghazni. D'abord, ils ont fait exploser une voiture piégée devant la porte de la prison, puis tiré une roquette et fait irruption dans la prison", a dit à l'AFP le gouverneur adjoint de la province, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi.

      Au moins 352 détenus ont pris la fuite, selon ce responsable, mais jusqu'à 400 d'après le ministère afghan de l'Intérieur qui n'a pas précisé l'identité des prisonniers libérés.............

  66. Les forces égyptiennes tuent par erreur des touristes mexicains...

    (Belga) La police et l'armée égyptiennes ont tué dimanche 12 personnes, des touristes mexicains et des Egyptiens, en prenant pour cible par erreur leurs voitures alors qu'elles pourchassaient des djihadistes dans l'ouest de l'Egypte, a annoncé le ministère de l'Intérieur.

    Le désert de l'Ouest égyptien, très prisé par les touristes, est aussi l'un des repaires de groupes djihadistes, dont la branche égyptienne de l'Etat islamique (EI), qui y avait décapité en août un jeune Croate travaillant pour une compagnie française et commet de nombreux attentats contre les forces de sécurité dans tout le pays. "Les forces conjointes de la police et de l'armée, qui pourchassaient des terroristes à Wahat, dans le désert occidental, ont ouvert le feu par erreur sur quatre pick-up qui transportaient des touristes mexicains", lit-on dans un communiqué du ministère de l'Intérieur. "Douze personnes ont été tuées et 10 blessées parmi les touristes mexicains et des Egyptiens" qui les accompagnaient, selon le ministère. (Belga)

  67. Egyptian security forces accidently killed 12 Egyptians and Mexicans in the vast Western Desert after mistaking them for terrorists, the interior ministry said on Monday...

    “A joint police and army force were chasing terrorist elements in the western desert area of Al-Wahat and they engaged by mistake with four 4-wheel drives belonging to Mexican tourists who were present in a restricted area,” a statement from Egypt’s interior ministry read.

    “The incident resulted in the death of 12 people and the injury of 10 Mexicans and Egyptians, who have been transferred to hospitals for treatment.”

    The ministry did not specify the death toll of Egyptians and Mexicans apiece.

    The vast Western Desert, which is the gateway to volatile and lawless Libya, has been exploited by militants affiliated to the Islamic State group, who mainly target security forces in Sinai on Egypt’s eastern borders.

    Last month, five Egyptian troops died when their helicopter crashed while chasing “terrorists” in the Siwa Oasis in the Western Desert. An army spokesman said that was due to a “technical failure”.

    At least 21 Egyptian soldiers were killed in July 2014 when gunmen attacked a military checkpoint in the New Valley Governorate, also in the Western Desert.

    “An inspection team was formed to identify what happened and why the tourist convoy was present in the aforementioned restricted area,” the interior ministry statement added.

    Hundreds of police and army soldiers have been killed by militants since the July 2013 overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, with the Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province group claiming responsibility for many of the major attacks.

  68. Une embarcation remplie de réfugiés a fait naufrage en mer Égée, près de l’île grecque de Farmakonisi. 34 hommes, dont 15 enfants, ont péri, rapporte dimanche l’agence de presse Reuters...

    "L'embarcation transportant les migrants s'est sans doute renversée", indique l'agence.

    68 migrants ont été sauvés, et 30 réfugiés sont parvenus à gagner par leurs propres moyens les côtes de l'île de Farmakonisi.

    Selon l'agence, les autorités locales n'ont toujours pas fourni de détails sur la nationalité des victimes. Cependant, il s'agirait du plus lourd bilan lors d'un naufrage d'embarcation de réfugiés depuis le début de la crise des migrants..........

  69. Australia PM Tony Abbott ousted by Malcolm Turnbull...

    Australia is to have a new prime minister after Tony Abbott was ousted as leader of the centre-right Liberal Party by Malcolm Turnbull.

    In the hastily arranged party leadership ballot, Mr Abbott, who had been plagued by poor opinion polls, received 44 votes to Mr Turnbull's 54.

    Mr Turnbull said he assumed that parliament would serve its full term, implying no snap general election.

    The new leader will be Australia's fourth prime minister since 2013.

    The prime minister-elect is expected to be sworn in after Mr Abbott writes to Australia's governor general and resigns.

    The vote took place at a meeting of Liberal MPs late on Monday. They also voted for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to remain deputy leader of the party....BBC

  70. Hungarian police are reported to have blocked the main crossing point from Serbia this afternoon...

    Police fenced off a gap in a razor-wire barrier along the border by a railway line as other officers blocked the track.

    Hungary has also said it will tighten controls from today until 30 September to maintain public order and prevent criminal activity.....

  71. President Francois Hollande said on Monday French air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Syria would be necessary....

    “We are part of the coalition in Iraq [against ISIS],” Hollande said in a news conference with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari. “We started reconnaissance flights [in Syria] to enable us to consider air strikes if they were necessary and they will be necessary in Syria.”

    Hollande last week said Paris was beginning flights over Syria given the expansion of ISIS over the last year and the threat its militants could have on French interests at home and abroad.

    Paris has also been heavily engaged in the fight against al-Qaeda militants in West Africa and has been providing logistical support and intelligence to Nigeria and neighboring states combating Boko Haram

  72. Nordkorea hat angekündigt, sein Atomwaffenarsenal "in Qualität und Quantität" auszubauen....

    Das Land sei bereit, Feindseligkeiten der USA jederzeit mit Nuklearwaffen zu begegnen, zitierte die Nachrichtenagentur KCNA den Direktor der Atomenergie-Behörde am Dienstag.

    Die wichtigste Nuklearanlage, die spaltbares Material für das Atomwaffen-Programm des Landes liefere, sei in vollem Einsatz.

    Nordkorea setzte nach eigenen Angaben alle Anlagen für die Atomwaffenproduktion im umstrittenen Nuklearkomplex Yongbyon in Gang. Dazu gehörten auch der Fünf-Megawatt-Reaktor und die Anlagen zur Urananreicherung, wurde der Leiter des Atomforschungsinstituts am Dienstag von den staatlichen Medien zitiert. Das Land sei damit erfolgreich, die Qualität der Atomwaffen zu

  73. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that dialogue between Moscow and Washington on solving the Syria crisis was indispensable...

    Peskov made the comments when asked whether talks on Syria were possible between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama.

    However, Putin also said on Tuesday that it's impossible to defeat the extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group without cooperating with the Syrian

  74. Grenze zu EU-Land Rumänien... Ungarn plant den nächsten Zaun ...

    Ungarn will wegen der Flüchtlingskrise nun auch einen Zaun an der Grenze zum EU-Land Rumänien bauen. Das erklärte der Außenminister. Erst gestern hatte die Regierung die letzten Lücken im Grenzzaun zu Serbien geschlossen und ein strengeres Einwanderungsgesetz umgesetzt.

    Nach der Schließung der Grenze zu Serbien will Ungarn nun auch die Grenze zum EU-Land Rumänien teilweise mit einem Zaun abriegeln. Dies teilte Außenminister Peter Szijjarto in Budapest mit. Der neue Zaun solle im Drei-Länder-Eck Ungarn-Serbien-Rumänien beginnen und von dort aus entlang einer "sinnvollen" Distanz an der Grenze zu Rumänien errichtet werden. "Die Regierung hat beschlossen, mit den Vorbereitungen zur Errichtung eines Zauns an der ungarisch-rumänischen Grenze zu beginnen", so Szijjarto. Rumänien

    Erst am Montag hatte Ungarn die letzten Lücken im Grenzzaun zu Serbien geschlossen, durch die zuvor täglich Tausende Flüchtlinge ins Land gelangt waren. Damit sind Neuankömmlinge nun zu einem großen Umweg gezwungen, wenn sie in die Europäische Union wollen. Die meisten der vor allem aus Syrien, Irak und Afghanistan kommenden Flüchtlinge wollen nach Deutschland und auch Schweden.................

  75. France's defence minister said Tuesday jihadists from the Islamic State group were making major gains in Syria, especially in the northern region of Aleppo...

    In parliament, Jean-Yves Le Drian pointed to "the very significant progress of Daesh (IS) in Syria at this very moment... particularly in the Aleppo region, (the town of) Marea," as he defended France's decision to conduct surveillance flights over Syria with a view to carrying out air strikes.

  76. Η Ρουμανία διαμαρτυρήθηκε έντονα σήμερα εναντίον της απόφασης της Ουγγαρίας να ανεγείρει ένα φράκτη για την παρεμπόδιση της ροής μεταναστών στα ουγγρορουμανικά σύνορα, μια απόφαση που ανακοίνωσε η Βουδαπέστη νωρίτερα, εκτιμώντας ότι «δεν συμμορφώνεται προς το πνεύμα της Ευρώπης»...

    «Το υπουργείο Εξωτερικών (σ.σ. της Ρουμανίας) θεωρεί ότι η ανέγερση ενός φράκτη ανάμεσα σε δύο κράτη μέλη της ΕΕ που είναι στρατηγικοί εταίροι δεν αποτελεί ορθή χειρονομία από πολιτική άποψη και δεν συμμορφώνεται προς το ευρωπαϊκό πνεύμα», αναφέρει ανακοίνωση που εξέδωσε η ρουμανική διπλωματία. «Η ουγγρική πλευρά ενημερώθηκε για τη θέση αυτή» του Βουκουρεστίου, προστίθεται.

    Το ΥΠΕΞ της Ρουμανίας διευκρινίζει ακόμη στην ανακοίνωση που εξέδωσε ότι ενημερώθηκε για τις προθέσεις της Ουγγαρίας «λίγο πριν δημοσιοποιηθούν»............

  77. Valls exclut toute intervention terrestre et plaide pour une solution politique en Syrie...

    Le Premier ministre a prévenu que l’intervention aérienne de la France durerait sans doute « plusieurs semaines ». Mais son efficacité reste à démontrer.

    « Cette campagne durera le temps qu’il faudra, plusieurs semaines certainement ». Ce mardi, à l’occasion du débat (sans vote) organisé à l’Assemblée nationale sur l’intervention aérienne de la France en Syrie - annoncée la semaine dernière par François Hollande et entamée dans la foulée -, le Premier ministre, Manuel Valls, n’a pas cherché à masquer les difficultés qui s’annoncent. « Le chaos règne en Syrie », a-t-il rappelé, évoquant un pays dévasté par une guerre civile dans sa cinquième année, qui a fait 250.000 morts et 4 millions de déplacés à l’exté

  78. The White House said on Tuesday that the United States wants to see Russia take on "more constructive engagement" with the international coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Syria, rather than build up its military presence there...

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he did not have an update on whether or when President Barack Obama would call Russian President Vladimir Putin about the issue.

    "When our team and most importantly when the president determines that it would advance our interests to have a conversation with President Putin, then he'll pick up the phone and try to set up that call," Earnest told reporters at a briefing.

  79. The Australian government has confirmed it has launched its first air strikes inside Syria against targets of the so-called Islamic State (IS)...

    Australia is part of an international military coalition targeting IS strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

    Three air strikes were made on Monday, destroying an IS armoured personnel carrier and a crude oil collection point, the US said in a statement

    Australia's air force has been bombing IS targets in Iraq for about 12 months............

  80. Inondations éclairs dans l'Utah aux USA: 15 morts dont six enfants ...

    Quinze personnes, dont six enfants, sont mortes dans des crues subites dans l'Utah (ouest des Etats-Unis), selon les autorités locales mardi.Douze des victimes sont issues de deux familles qui étaient à bord de deux voitures emportées par les flots lundi dans la petite ville de Hildale.

    Les trois autres victimes ont été surprises par la subite montée des eaux dans le Parc national de Zion, au nord-est de Las

  81. Syrie : la France frappera "dans les prochaines semaines", annonce Le Drian...

    Les premières frappes aériennes contre l'EI en Syrie débuteront "dans les prochaines semaines", a annoncé sur France Inter le ministre français de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

    La France effectuera ses premières frappes aériennes contre l'organisation Etat islamique (EI) en Syrie "dans les prochaines semaines", a annoncé le ministre français de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, mercredi sur France Inter .

    Interrogé sur l'échéance à laquelle les chasseurs français, qui effectuent depuis le 8 septembre des vols de reconnaissance au-dessus de la Syrie, passeraient à des frappes, le ministre a répondu: "Dans les prochaines semaines, dès que nous aurons des cibles bien identifiées"

  82. USA: 15 morts dans des inondations...

    Seize personnes issues de deux familles étaient à bord de deux voitures qui ont été emportées par les eaux lundi dans la petite ville de Hildale. Trois personnes qui occupaient les voitures emportées ont survécu, une personne est toujours portée disparue. Les autorités ont indiqué aux médias locaux que douze personnes sont décédées, parmi lesquelles se trouvaient six enfants.

    "Ce sont les inondations les plus importantes qu'on n’ait jamais vues", a expliqué Michelle Catwin, porte-parole des autorités locales de Hildale.
    Dans le Parc national de Zion, un groupe de touristes composé de sept personnes a été emporté par les inondations. Le véhicule du groupe a été découvert lundi soir au détour d'un sentier dans le secteur du Keyhole Canyon. Trois personnes sont mortes et quatre sont portées disparues.

    Le parc se trouve à une trentaine de kilomètres au nord d'Hildale, ville située à la frontière entre l'Utah et l'Arizona, et couvre une superficie de près de 600 km carrés. Le parc est annuellement visité par plus de 2,5 millions de personnes............

  83. Syrie: l'Unesco dénonce un pillage archéologique à l'échelle "industrielle" ...

    Le groupe terroriste État islamique se livre en Syrie à un pillage archéologique à l'échelle "industrielle", s'est alarmée mercredi la directrice générale de l'Unesco, Irina Bokova, soulignant la nécessité de lutter contre le trafic d'objets d'art qui sert à financer le djihadisme.

    Des images satellites et l'afflux d'objets antiques observé sur les marchés clandestins témoignent d'un "pillage à l'échelle industrielle" en Syrie, via des "milliers de fouilles archéologiques illégales", a déclaré Irina Bokova lors d'une conférence sur le sujet à Sofia.

    "Limiter le trafic d'objets d'art est en ce moment la priorité numéro un", d'autant qu'il "sert au financement des extrémistes", a souligné la directrice générale de l'Unesco, qui a appelé les pays membres de l'Union européenne, en particulier, à "consolider leur législation pour arrêter ce trafic", soulignant qu'ils avaient "beaucoup" à faire dans ce domaine.

    Parallèlement aux destructions à caractère idéologique de sites antiques, l'organisation État islamique se livre à un important trafic marchand d'objets anciens, excavés de façon sauvage dans ce pays au très riche patrimoine antique, et qui le finance au même titre que les trafics d'armes, de pétrole ou d'êtres humains.

    "De nombreuses images prises par satellite (...) montrent des sites archéologiques en Syrie parsemés de milliers de fouilles archéologiques illégales, littéralement des trous, qui témoignent d'un pillage à l'échelle industrielle", a témoigné Irina

  84. Pour la première fois, la police anti-émeute hongroise a fait usage mercredi de gaz lacrymogènes et de canons à eau face à des réfugiés tentant d'entrer en Hongrie via la Serbie au poste-frontière de Roszke. Des migrants ont débordé la police et sont entrés en Hongrie....

    Gaz et autopompes ont été utilisés contre les personnes massée de l'autre côté de la clôture en barbelés construite par la Hongrie. Des véhicules militaires armés hongrois sont arrivés à la frontière serbe, la Serbie de son côté a aussi envoyé des renforts policiers et militaires.

    La police accuse les migrants d'avoir cherché à franchir la clôture et d'avoir eu un comportement agressif, "armés de tuyaux et de barres" . La télévision a montré des personnes lançant des pierres et des bouteilles en direction des policiers, par-dessus la clôture frontalière.

    La police hongroise a indiqué qu'un groupe de migrants était parvenu à "franchir le portail fermant la frontière", au poste dit Röszke II.

    "Le portail est actuellement remplacé par plusieurs rangées de policiers. La police protège les frontières de la Hongrie et de l'UE en respectant les lois et le principe de la proportionnalité", affirme la police dans un communiqué.

    Environ 500 migrants se trouvaient sur les lieux en milieu d'après-midi, dont quelque 300 participant aux échauffourées en criant "freedom, freedom", a constaté l'AFP.

    Deux hélicoptères hongrois, l'un de l'armée, l'autre de la police, survolaient les lieux.

  85. Hongrie : intervention musclée des autorités contre les migrants à la frontière...

    Des échauffourées ont éclaté à la frontière entre la Serbie et la Hongrie entre les forces de l'ordre hongroises et des migrants. Quelques dizaines de ces derniers ont réussi à franchir un portail fermant la frontière.

    Les forces de l’ordre hongroises ont utilisé des gaz lacrymogènes mercredi 16 septembre contre des migrants massés du côté serbe de la frontière et qui tentaient de la franchir. Des échauffourées ont éclaté entre les deux parties.

    "La foule rassemblée côté serbe de la frontière est devenue agressive et a lancé des pierres, des bouteilles et des bâtons sur les policiers côté hongrois, puis des migrants ont franchi le portail fermant la frontière", au poste dit Röszke II, avant d'être repoussés, a expliqué la police dans un communiqué.

    Des journalistes de l'AFP présents sur place ont vu des migrants lancer des projectiles sur les forces de l'ordre hongroises, et celles-ci riposter en tirant des gaz lacrymogènes et en faisant usage de canons à eau. Des dizaines de migrants ont cependant réussi à pénétrer en territoire hongrois après plus d’une heure d’affrontements, en arrachant le grillage mis en travers des deux voies d’accès vers la

  86. A powerful magnitude-8.3 earthquake shook Chile’s capital Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway and people to take refuge in the streets. Several strong aftershocks hit within minutes as tsunami alarms sounded in the nearby port of Valparaiso...

    There were no immediate reports on any injuries or damage, but communications were disrupted.

    Chilean authorities issued a tsunami alert for the country’s entire coast, and U.S. officials posted an alert for Hawaii. Chile’s emergency office warned that big waves caused by the quake could hit the coast by 11 p.m.

    The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.9 but quickly revised the reading upward to 8.3. U.S. officials said the quake struck just offshore in the Pacific at 7:54 p.m. (6:54 p.m. EDT, 1154 GMT) and was centered about 141 miles (228 km) north-northwest of Santiago. It said the quake was 4.8 miles (5 km) below the surface.

    A magnitude-8.8 quake and ensuing tsunami in central Chile in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts. That quake released so much energy, it actually shortened the Earth’s day by a fraction of a second by changing the planet’s rotation................AP

  87. Powerful Chile quake kills two, sparks tsunami alert....

    A massive 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck the centre of Chile on Wednesday, triggering the evacuation of coastal areas and warnings that tsunami waves could reach as far as Japan.

    At least two people were killed and 10 hurt in Chile, where thousands of terrified residents rushed out onto the streets in the capital Santiago. The quake was felt as far away as Argentina, where buildings also swayed.

    The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the shallow offshore quake at a magnitude of 8.3 and said it hit just 228 kilometres north of Santiago, a city of 6.6 million people.

    The quake, which struck at 7.54 pm, hit at a depth of eight kilometres, USGS said. Seismologists also reported two aftershocks, both above 6.0.

    The Chilean government put the main earthquake at 8.0 on the Richter scale..........AFP

  88. Libye: un pétrolier russe détenu par les islamistes...

    Le pétrolier est détenu dans le port de la capitale libyenne Tripoli, son équipage est soupçonné d'avoir participé à une opération de contrebande de pétrole de la ville libyenne de Zawar, a rapporté un représentant des islamistes, Twafik Alskir.

    "Mercredi après-midi le pétrolier battant pavillon russe a été arraisonné après avoir essayé de passer du pétrole en contrebande du port de Zawar. Le navire a été saisi, les onze membres de son équipage ont été arrêtés", a déclaré Twafik Alskir cité par Reuters.

    Selon les informations disponibles, il s'agit d'un navire "Mécanicien Tchebotarev", affecté au port d'Astrakhan, qui était arrivé en Libye de Rostov-sur-le-Don........

  89. Iraq officials have said that two suicide attacks on Thursday targeting police in commercial areas in Baghdad have killed 14 people....

    Police say both attacks on Thursday morning were carried out by bombers on foot, wearing explosives-laden vests.

    One bomber struck in Baghdad's Bab al-Sharji area, killing eight civilians and a police officer there. Twenty-one were wounded in that explosion.

    The second bomber hit in al-Wathba Square, killing five people, including two policemen, and wounding 12.

    Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.

    No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which bore the hallmarks of ISIS.

  90. European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday he will convene an extraordinary Council summit next week on the current refugee crisis...

    "I convene an extra #EUCO on Wednesday 23 September at 18h to discuss how to deal with the refugee crisis," Tusk wrote on Twitter.

  91. Au moins 29 personnes ont été tuées dans l'attaque d'un commando taliban contre une base de l'armée de l'air pakistanaise. Cet assaut est le plus important des insurgés islamistes depuis leur raid contre une école de Peshawar en décembre 2014....

    C'est leur attaque la plus importante depuis le massacre de l'école de Peshawar en décembre dernier. Les Taliban ont mené vendredi 18 septembre un assaut contre une base de l'armée de l'air dans le nord-ouest du Pakistan, tuant au moins 29 personnes et en blessant 29 autres.

    À l'aurore, plus d'une dizaine d'insurgés ont participé à l'attaque de la base militaire de Badaber, située en banlieue de Peshawar, carrefour à la lisière de l'Afghanistan, mais les militaires sont parvenus à endiguer leur progression, a déclaré le général Asim Bajwa, porte-parole de l'armée pakistanaise.

    De violents affrontements ont aussitôt éclaté et les militaires ont "confiné les terroristes dans un espace restreint", a ajouté ce responsable. "Seize personnes priant dans une mosquée" adjacente au théâtre des affrontements ont pé

  92. Une vingtaine de bus de migrants arrivés à la frontière entre la Croatie et la Hongrie...

    (Belga) Une vingtaine de bus de migrants sont arrivés vendredi après-midi depuis la Croatie à la frontière hongroise, à Beremend, où plus de 200 policiers et militaires hongrois étaient déployés. Deux bus ont pu traverser la frontière et leurs passagers ont été transférés dans des bus hongrois pour une destination qui n'a pas été précisée de source officielle, a constaté un correspondant de l'AFP.

    Le correspondant a compté quelque 22 bus arrivant à la frontière, avec chacun une soixantaine de migrants à bord, dont des femmes et des enfants. Ils faisaient face à environ 200 policiers et 50 militaires hongrois chargés de garder la frontière, que Budapest a souhaité fermer au flux de migrants. Par ailleurs, dans la bourgade voisine croate de Beli Manastir, des dizaines de migrants sortaient de la gare, où un important dispositif policier était déployé et où stationnaient une dizaine de bus. Des bus revenaient à vide de Beremend pour se rendre à Beli Manastir, a constaté un autre correspondant de l'AFP. Peu auparavant, Zagreb avait confirmé avoir entamé l'acheminement des migrants du Moyen-Orient se trouvant sur son sol vers la frontière avec la Hongrie. Le flux de migrants a commencé à se détourner vers la Croatie cette semaine, après la fermeture par Budapest mardi de l'intégralité de sa frontière avec la Serbie, par où plusieurs dizaines de milliers de réfugiés avaient transité ces dernières semaines. Partisan d'un ligne dure dans ce dossier, le gouvernement hongrois a commencé à disposer des barbelés sur sa frontière croate, après en avoir fait de même cet été sur les 175 km de sa frontière avec la Serbie. (Belga)

  93. Les ministres russe et américain de la Défense Sergueï Shoïgou et Ashton Carter sont convenus d’une reprise des échanges entre les militaires de leurs pays respectifs.

  94. Israel has deployed hundreds of extra police to Jerusalem after days of clashes between Palestinian protesters and security forces...

    Much of the tension has focused on the al-Aqsa mosque compound, a hugely important site in Islam and Judaism.

    The militant Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas had called for a "day of rage" over al-Aqsa.

    Palestinians have also been angered by Israeli plans which could allow police to open fire on stone-throwers.

    An Israeli motorist died earlier in the week in an accident apparently caused by a rock-throwing attack in Jerusalem............

  95. Russian, Japanese foreign ministers to discuss issues of peace treaty conclusion in Moscow...

    Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida will focus on promotion of the negotiation process aimed at conclusion of a peace treaty between Russia and Japan, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

    "Japanese Foreign Minister [Fumio] Kishida's working visit to Russia will take place on September 20 to 22," the Russian Foreign Ministry said." His talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are scheduled for the visit as well as [Kishida’s] participation in the ninth session of the Russian-Japanese intergovernmental commission on trade and economy."

    "During the upcoming meeting, the ministers will exchange views on the whole range of bilateral agenda and also will focus on topical international issues of mutual interest," the ministry said in a commentary. "Issues related to the negotiation process aimed at conclusion of the peace treaty are due to be on the table. The Russian side clearly accentuates that the promotion in this aspect cannot be possible if Japan fails to recognize the post-war historic realities."...............

    1. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will meet his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov next week to discuss bilateral relations, frayed recently by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit to a disputed island claimed by both countries...

      Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Kishida will meet Lavrov in Moscow on Monday to discuss a range of issues including the four disputed Pacific islands, which have strained ties between the countries since the end of World War Two.

      Japan lodged a protest last month over Medvedev's visit to Iturup, one of the islands known in Russia as the Southern Kuriles and referred to as the Northern Territories in Japan.....Reuters

  96. Kampf gegen Terrorgruppe Boko Haram: Nigerias Armee befreit 90 Menschen....

    Es ist ein kleiner Erfolg im Kampf gegen Boko Haram: 90 Männer, Frauen und Kinder hat die nigerianische Armee nach eigenen Angaben aus der Gewalt der Terrorgruppe befreit. Und es gibt noch eine weitere Erfolgsmeldung.

    Nigerias Armee hat nach eigenen Angaben 90 Menschen, darunter Dutzende Frauen und Kinder, aus der Gewalt der Islamistengruppe Boko Haram befreit. Aus den beiden Dörfern Dissa und Balazala im nordnigerianischen Bezirk Gwoza seien am Donnerstag 23 Männer, 33 Frauen und 34 Kinder gerettet worden, teilte Armeesprecher Sani Usman am Freitagabend mit.

    Das Militär habe außerdem eine Grundschule wiedereröffnet, die im Zuge des Konflikts mit Boko Haram geschlossen worden war. Es würden nun Sicherheitsmaßnahmen ergriffen, um Schüler und Lehrer zu schützen. Die Wiedereröffnung der Schule sei "bedeutend", weil Boko Haram ausdrücklich westliche Bildung bekämpfe..............

  97. African Union suspends Burkina Faso after military coup...

    The African Union says it has suspended Burkina Faso and will impose sanctions on coup leaders if they do not restore the interim government and release its senior officials.

    The AU statement, issued on Friday, followed a meeting of the Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  98. Turkish jets hit Kurdish militant camps in Iraq, at least 55 killed...

    At least 55 Kurdish militants were killed when Turkish warplanes pounded camps belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight, security sources said on Saturday.

    The jets took off from a base in Diyarbakir, in Turkey's southeast, and later returned without damage, the sources said.

  99. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday Syria's President Bashar Assad has to go but the timing of his departure had to be decided through negotiation...

    Speaking after talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond he called on Russia and Iran to use their influence to convince Assad to negotiate.

    He said there is an urgency to renewing efforts to find a political settlement to end the four-year war and worsening refugee crisis in Syria.

    "We need to get to the negotiation. That is what we're looking for and we hope Russia and Iran, and any other countries with influence, will help to bring about that, because that's what is preventing this crisis from ending," said Kerry.

    "We're prepared to negotiate. Is Assad prepared to negotiate, really negotiate? Is Russia prepared to bring him to the table?".....Reuters

  100. Le gouvernement canadien s'engage à accueillir 10.000 réfugiés syriens...

    (Belga) Le gouvernement du Canada s'engage, s'il reste au pouvoir après les élections d'octobre, à accueillir 10.000 réfugiés syriens d'ici un an grâce à une simplification des procédures administratives, a annoncé samedi le ministre de l'Immigration Chris Alexander.

    Ces 10.000 réfugiés syriens, dans le cadre du quota déterminé par l'ONU, devraient entrer au Canada "d'ici septembre 2016, soit 15 mois plus tôt que prévu", a indiqué le gouvernement conservateur sortant. "Nous ferons tout cela en réduisant la paperasse, et en s'assurant que la sécurité des Canadiens" soit garantie, a déclaré Chris Alexander lors d'un point de presse en marge de sa campagne pour les élections législatives du 19 octobre. Des instructions vont être données en ce sens aux personnels chargés de la délivrance des visas, a expliqué le ministère de l'Immigration dans un communiqué. Le Canada considère désormais que "les personnes qui fuient le conflit ont qualité de réfugiés", afin de permettre d'accélérer le traitement des demandes, a indiqué le

  101. Nearly 30 migrants were feared missing off the Greek island of Lesbos, the coastguard said Sunday, in the latest boat sinking in an ongoing Aegean Sea tragedy that has cost hundreds of lives...

    The coastguard said it had rescued 20 people spotted in the water by a helicopter from EU border agency Frontex, but the survivors said another 26 people had been in the boat.

    The state news agency ANA said there were children among those missing, but the coastguard declined to comment.

    On Saturday, a five-year-old Syrian girl died in another attempted crossing from Turkey to Greece, and there was no news on another dozen people who were in the boat with her.

    The accident again occurred east of the island of Lesbos, one of the Greek islands that has seen a heavy influx of refugees from war-torn Syria this year.

    Many have perished trying to cross the Aegean Sea in search of a better future in

  102. Warring sides in Syria agree local ceasefire: monitor, al-Manar...

    Warring parties in Syria have agreed local ceasefires in two Shi'ite villages in northwestern Syria and a town near the Lebanese border, a group monitoring the war and the al-Manar TV station controlled by Lebanon's Hezbollah reported.

    It will be the third time local ceasefires have been agreed in those areas since August, and follows a renewed offensive by insurgents against the two villages - al-Foua and Kefraya - since Friday. Both previous ceasefires collapsed.

    The ceasefire was due to begin at 12 noon (0900 GMT), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and al-Manar reported.

    Al Foua and Kefraya are being defended by pro-government militia supported by the Lebanese group Hezbollah. The border town included in the ceasefire - Zabadani - has meanwhile been targeted in a weeks-long offensive by the Syrian army and Hezbollah. They are seeking to capture it from rebels.

    Rebels said the rebel held town of Madaya, next to Zabadani which is also included in the ceasefire and where thousands of civilians have taken shelter, had witnessed heavy shelling overnight by the army in apparent retaliation against the offensive on the two Shi'ite

  103. Dutzende Flüchtlinge in der Ägäis vermisst...

    Neues Unglück vor der griechischen Insel Lesbos: Nach dem Untergang eines Flüchtlingsbootes werden Dutzende Menschen vermisst. Unterdessen machten sich in Ungarn erneut tausende Menschen zu Fuß auf den Weg nach Westen.

    Nach einem neuen Unglück mit einem Flüchtlingsboot vor der Insel Lesbos hat die griechische Küstenwache eine Suche nach 26 Vermissten gestartet. 20 Schiffbrüchige seien gerettet worden, meldete die Behörde am Sonntagmorgen.

    Ein litauischer Hubschrauber der europäischen Grenzmission Frontex habe vor der Südostküste der Insel Menschen gesichtet. Daraufhin seien zwei Boote der Küstenwache zum Rettungseinsatz hinausgefahren. Nach Angaben von Überlebenden waren insgesamt 46 Menschen auf dem Boot, das vor der Küste sank.

    Erst am Samstag war vor derselben Insel in der Nähe der türkischen Küste ein fünfjähriges Mädchen beim Untergang eines Boots ums Leben gekommen, mehrere Menschen waren

  104. Ukraine: les Tatars de Crimée lancent un blocus économique de la Crimée....

    (Belga) Plusieurs centaines de Tatars de Crimée et des militants du mouvement de l'extrême-droite Pravy Sektor ont entamé dimanche un blocus de marchandises ukrainiennes destinées à la péninsule ukrainienne de Crimée, pour protester contre son annexion par la Russie il y a un an et demi.

    Les manifestants ont partiellement bloqué la route devant les trois points de passage utilisés par les camions pour aller en Crimée depuis la partie continentale de l'Ukraine en y posant notamment des blocs de béton, ont constaté des journalistes de l'AFP. La circulation de passants et de voitures n'a en revanche pas été entravée. Vivement opposés à l'annexion de la Crimée, les militants protestent aussi contre les violations des droits de l'Homme qui se sont multipliées dans la péninsule depuis son annexion, problème dénoncé aussi récemment par l'Organisation pour la sécurité et la coopération de l'Europe (OSCE)

  105. Active members of the Crimea Tatars community organised in Simferopol and Bakhchisaray protests against the food blockade of the peninsula, Crimea’s Deputy Prime Minister Ruslan Balbek told TASS on Sunday....

    Young people organised a flashmob by the house of Ukraine’s legislator Mustafa Jamilev.

    "Over a hundred people participated in it," he said. "They scanned Jemilev is traitor. The participants carried posters reading ‘Food blockade cannot make Crimea kneel,’ and the participants threw eggs into a man wearing a mask of the politician.".....

  106. Activists and radicals of Ukraine’s Right Sector are putting cement bins on the road connecting Ukraine and Crimea, 112.Ukraine television broadcaster reported on Sunday...

    Representatives of the Crimean Tatars and of a Ukrainian extremist organisation - Right Sector - which is banned in Russia, begin an ongoing protest to block food supplies to Crimea. They plan to prevent trucks carrying food from getting the goods to Crimea and back to Ukraine......

  107. Φρένο βάζει το Συμβούλιο της Επικρατείας στο ανεξέλεγκτο κύμα εισόδου προσφύγων και στην αθρόα -με διαδικασίες fast track- παροχή προσωρινής προστασίας για ανθρωπιστικούς λόγους, ενώ δεν επιτρέπει παραμονή στην Ελλάδα παράτυπων προσφύγων...

    Την ίδια στιγμή το ΣτΕ επέστρεψε ως μη νόμιμο στους εννέα συναρμόδιους υπουργούς το σχέδιο Προεδρικού Διατάγματος με το οποίο επιχειρήθηκε η νομιμοποίηση εκατοντάδων χιλιάδων εκτοπισθέντων από τις πατρίδες τους αλλοδαπών.

    Στο Ε΄ Τμήμα του Ανώτατου Ακυρωτικού Δικαστηρίου κατατέθηκε για νομοπαρασκεαυστική επεξεργασία σχέδιο Προεδρικού Διατάγματος με το οποίο επιχειρήθηκε να τροποποιηθεί παλαιότερο διάταγμα (Π.Δ. 114/2010) με το οποίο καθιερώθηκε «ενιαία διαδικασία αναγνώρισης για αλλοδαπούς και ανιθαγενείς του καθεστώτος του πρόσφυγα ή δικαιούχου επικουρικής προστασίας σε συμμόρφωση προς την Οδηγία 2005/85/ΕΚ του Συμβου­λίου «σχετικά με τις ελάχιστες προδιαγραφές για τις διαδικασίες με τις οποίες τα κράτη μέλη χορηγούν και ανακαλούν το καθεστώς του πρόσφυγα».

    Το επίμαχο σχέδιο Προεδρικού Διατάγματος προέβλεπε κατά παρέκκλιση της ισχύουσας νομοθεσίας χορήγηση καθεστώτος παραμονής για ανθρωπιστικούς λόγους με απόφαση του γενικού γραμματέα Δημόσιας Τάξης σε όσους είχαν υποβάλει αίτημα διεθνούς προστασίας έως τις 21.11.2010, το οποίο εκκρεμεί σε δεύτερο βαθμό, με μοναδικές προϋποθέσεις:
    α) Να είναι κάτοχοι δελτίου αιτήσαντος άσυλο αλλοδαπού σε ισχύ και
    β) να μη συντρέχει «κίνδυνος για την εθνική ασφάλεια ή για την κοινωνία της χώρας, λόγω τελεσίδικης καταδίκης για τη διάπραξη σοβαρού εγκλήματος και χωρίς να ελέγχεται η συνδρομή των προβλεπόμενων στο ΠΔ 114/2010 προϋποθέσεων.

    Ακόμη, το σχέδιο διατάγματος προβλέπει ότι το κατ’ εξαίρεση χορηγούμενο καθεστώς παραμονής για ανθρωπιστικούς λόγους ισχύει για δύο έτη

  108. Μέρκελ: Η Γερμανία δεν μπορεί να αντιμετωπίσει μόνη τη μετανάστευση...

    Η Ευρώπη οφείλει να επιμερίσει την ευθύνη για την αντιμετώπιση της μαζικής μετανάστευσης, δήλωσε σήμερα η Γερμανίδα καγκελάριος Άγκελα Mέρκελ, προειδοποιώντας ότι η χώρα της δεν μπορεί να στεγάσει όσους μεταναστεύουν μόνο για οικονομικούς λόγους.

    «Η Γερμανία θέλει να βοηθήσει. Αλλά δεν πρόκειται μόνο για πρόβλημα της Γερμανίας, αλλά ολόκληρης της Ευρώπης. Η Ευρώπη πρέπει να δράσει από κοινού και να αναλάβει την ευθύνη. Η Γερμανία δεν μπορεί να αναλάβει μόνη της αυτήν την ευθύνη», δήλωσε η κ. Μέρκελ σε συγκέντρωση του γερμανικού συνδικάτου Verdi.

    Υιοθετώντας επιφυλακτικότερους τόνους σε σχέση με τις τελευταίες εβδομάδες, η καγκελάριος προειδοποίησε επίσης ότι η Γερμανίδα δεν είναι σε θέση να στεγάσει όσους μεταναστεύουν μάλλον για οικονομικούς λόγους, παρά για να ξεφύγουν από τον πόλεμο και τις διώξεις.

    «Είμαστε μία μεγάλη χώρα. Είμαστε μία ισχυρή χώρα. Αλλά να προσποιηθούμε ότι εμείς μόνοι μπορούμε να επιλύσουμε όλα τα κοινωνικά προβλήματα του κόσμου δεν θα ήταν ρεαλιστικό», ανέφερε χαρακτηριστικά.

  109. U.S. considers abstaining on UN vote condemning Cuba embargo...

    Officials tell The Associated Press the Obama administration is considering taking the unprecedented step of abstaining from the annual UN vote condemning the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

    If the administration abstains, it would mark the first time the U.S. has declined to take a stand against a UN resolution directly criticizing American law. And, it would effectively pit President Barack Obama and the rest of the world against Congress, which has refused to lift the embargo.

    Obama has been urging Congress to scrap the 54-year-old embargo since December, when he announced that Washington and Havana would normalize diplomatic relations.

    Last year's UN vote against the embargo was 188-2 - and only Israel joined the U.S.

    The officials aren't authorized to speak publicly on sensitive, internal deliberations and demanded anonymity.

  110. Greek leftist Tsipras returns in unexpectedly clear election win...

    Greek leftist Alexis Tsipras stormed back into office with an unexpectedly decisive election victory on Sunday, claiming a clear mandate to steer Greece’s battered economy to recovery.

    The vote ensured Europe’s most outspoken leftist leader would remain Greece’s dominant political figure, despite having been abandoned by party radicals last month after he caved in to demands for austerity to win a bailout from the euro zone.

    In a victory speech to cheering crowds in a central Athens square, he promised a new phase of stability in a country that has held five general elections in six years, saying his mandate would now see him through a full term.

    “Today in Europe, Greece and the Greek people are synonymous with resistance and dignity. This struggle will be continued together for a full four years,” he

  111. Some 100 migrants, who were denied entry to the territory of Austria at the border with Slovenia, managed to run past the Austrian police, Croatian newspaper Jutarnji list reported...

    The closure of the Serbian-Hungarian border and the penalties introduced on Tuesday by the Hungarian government for border infringements have prompted thousands of migrants coming from Serbia to reroute through Croatia and Slovenia, in their journey to more affluent EU states.

    "We were not able to detain them because they moved as a crowd," the media cited a police representative as saying on Sunday.

    According to the media, the police representative noted that the number of law enforcement officers at the border in the town of Spielfeld was not sufficient to stop the undocumented migrants from entering Austrian

  112. Support for Turkey’s ruling AK Party has slipped by 1.6 points from June’s election to 39.3 percent, a survey from pollster Gezici showed on Monday, casting doubt on the AKP’s chances of forming a single-party government after a November 1 vote...

    The center-right, Islamist-rooted AKP founded by President Tayyip Erdogan lost its single-party majority in June for the first time since coming to power in 2002, taking 40.9 percent of the vote.

    After failing to secure a coalition, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has formed an interim cabinet ahead of the November re-run...........Reuters

  113. The airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition against the positions of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria have not produced any result, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has told Kyodo News in an interview...

    The airstrikes "were not effective and they in fact achieved nothing," Mekdad said on Sunday. The IS terrorist group "has become stronger in both Iraq and Syria under the American war against terrorism."

    The diplomat also stressed that increased cooperation with the Syrian government is indispensable in the campaign against the IS.

    Syria is using new weapons provided by Moscow and will not hesitate in requesting the deployment of Russian troops depending on future developments in the conflict, he said.............

  114. The head of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, lamented on Monday the decision by Greek leftist Alexis Tsipras to renew a coalition with the small right-wing Independent Greeks party...

    Tsipras stormed back into office with an unexpectedly decisive election victory on Sunday, claiming a clear mandate to steer Greece's battered economy to recovery.

    The vote ensured Europe's most outspoken leftist leader would remain Greece's dominant political figure, despite having been abandoned by party radicals last month after he caved in to demands for austerity to win a bailout from the euro zone.

    Speaking to France Inter radio, Schulz said he could not understand Tsipras' decision to bring the Independent Greeks, who polled less than 4 percent of the vote, back into government.

    "I called him (Tsipras) a second time to ask him why he was continuing a coalition with this strange, far-right party," Schulz said................Reuters

  115. UN: Arms Sales to Warring Parties Fueling Syrian War ...

    he International Commission of Inquiry on Syria is calling on states to curb the flow of weapons to armed groups, which it blames for fueling the war that has killed nearly one quarter of a million people in Syria since March 2011. The Commission has presented an oral update of its latest findings to the UN Human Rights Council.

    In a hard-hitting emotional presentation before the U.N. Human Rights Council, Commission Chair Paulo Sergio Pinheiro told members of the U.N. Council that Syria has fallen apart before their eyes.

    “A nation has collapsed into the world’s most chaotic and lethal battlefield. This war remains deadlocked as violence rips through the social fabric of Syrian society… This disintegration, this rending of a nation, is the price of doing nothing made manifest,” said Pinheiro.

    Pinheiro said all warring parties are deliberately targeting civilians, who are the primary victims of this vicious conflict. He described government bombardments of civilian areas and indiscriminate shelling by anti-government armed groups..............

  116. Russia sends drone aircraft on surveillance missions in Syria - U.S. officials....

    Russia has started flying drone aircraft on surveillance missions in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Monday, in what appeared to be Moscow's first military air operations inside the country since staging a rapid buildup at a Syrian air base.

    The U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, could not immediately say how many Russian drones were involved in the surveillance missions or the scope of the flights.

    The Pentagon declined to

  117. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will jointly address the European Parliament in Strasbourg on October 7, the first such event by leaders of the two countries since 1989, a statement said...

    "This is a historic visit for historically difficult times. The EU is facing immense challenges and requires strong commitment by its leaders," EU Parliament chief Martin Schulz said in a statement announcing the visit.

  118. Hungary has passed a bill authorizing the government to use military to help handle the asylum seeker crisis in the country....

    Hungarian parliament has passed a law authorizing the use of non-lethal force to help handle the refugee crisis in the country.

    Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban in a speech before the vote called for the EU states to prepare for an inflow of millions of refugees and stated that Hungary is “able to protect it’s own borders if Europe doesn’t want to protect its borders.”

    According to the new law, Hungarian army would be allowed to use rubber bullets, pyrotechnical devices, tear gas grenades or net guns.

  119. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged European leaders to ensure refugees and migrants are treated properly as many of them have endured arduous journeys to flee persecution, conflict and human rights abuses...

    His spokesman said Mr Ban has "followed with increasing concern the closing of some borders in Europe, as well as the lack of proper reception facilities”.

    He has also raised concerns about the “increased use of detention and criminalisation of irregular migrants and asylum seekers," Stephane Dujarric, said............

  120. The United Nations on Monday handed Libya’s warring factions a final draft of a peace accord to end their conflict, telling the factions the U.N.’s work was over and they must take the deal or leave it....

    The U.N.-sponsored agreement, after months of stalled negotiations, aims to end fighting between two rival governments and their armed backers that has pushed Libya close to collapse four years after Muammar Qaddafi’s demise.

    Western powers want the U.N. deal to resolve the conflict that has allowed Islamist militants to gain ground in the chaos and smugglers to profit by shipping migrants and asylum seekers from Libya’s coast to Europe.

    They can refuse or reject the proposal, but in this case they will be choosing uncertainty, choosing difficulties of working with international community.
    U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon

    U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon had set September 20 as a date for a deal. He told reporters on Monday that he hoped the factions would now return to reach a final agreement after the Eid Al-Adha Muslim celebrations this week and before October 20, when the mandate of the elected parliament ends.......Reuters.........

    1. Libyen: UNO verkündet Einigung auf Friedensvertrag...

      Nach quälend langen Verhandlungen haben sich Vertreter der libyschen Konfliktparteien laut Angaben des UNO-Vermittlers Bernardino León auf einen Text für ein Friedensabkommen geeinigt. Léon erklärte in der Nacht auf Dienstag nach Gesprächen im marokkanischen Skhirat, jetzt müssten die Fraktionen in Libyen selbst dem Text noch zustimmen. "Wir haben unsere Arbeit beendet." Es liege ein abschließender Text vor. Er hoffe, dass es in Kürze zu Gesprächen über die Bildung einer Regierung der Nationale Einheit kommen werde.

      Vier Jahre nach dem Sturz des Machthabers Muammar al-Gaddafi kämpfen in Libyen schwer bewaffnete Milizen um die Macht. Es gibt in dem ölreichen Land zwei Regierungen und zwei Parlamente, in Tobruk und in Tripolis. Terrorgruppen nutzen das Machtvakuum aus. Fristen für Friedenslösungen sind bereits mehrfach verstrichen. Die Vereinten Nationen streben neben einer Einheitsregierung auch die Entwaffnung der Milizen

  121. Syrie: Fabius prône à nouveau un gouvernement d'union nationale...

    La solution à la crise syrienne passe par un "gouvernement d'union nationale" incluant des éléments du régime et de l'opposition, a réitéré le chef de la diplomatie française Laurent Fabius, sans toutefois exiger le départ du président Bachar al-Assad comme préalable, dans un entretien à plusieurs journaux européens mardi.

    "Pour éviter un effondrement du système comme en Irak, il faudra conserver l'armée et d'autres piliers de l'État (…) Il faut à la fois des éléments du régime et des membres de l'opposition qui refusent le terrorisme", a déclaré M. Fabius dans un entretien publié par les quotidiens français Le Figaro, suisse La Tribune de Genève, espagnol El Pais, italien La Repubblica et belge Le Soir.

    A la question de savoir si le départ du président syrien était un préalable à la négociation, M. Fabius a répondu: "Toute discussion est vouée à l'échec si l'on dit: + Quoi qu'il arrive, le futur de la Syrie, ce sera Bachar al-Assad+. Mais si on exige, avant même que la négociation commence, qu'Assad présente ses excuses, on n'avancera pas non plus"..............

  122. France FM rules out military participation in ground operation in Syria...

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius believes it is impossible as well as totally unreasonable for his country’s military forces to take part in the ground combat operation in Syria, French daily Le Figaro reported.

    "It would be inadmissible to send French soldiers for the ground operation in Syria, moreover, letting them act alone since no other country intends to take a similar step," Fabius said in an interview with Le Figaro.

    Fabius said that "the experience of armed conflicts in the past proved that wars of such nature are impossible to win in countries by means of armies from other countries."

    "Of course, military aviation of international coalition could be of help and is capable of rendering a support, but in reality such military operations must be conducted by representatives of the local population and countries of the region," the top French diplomat said.

    Asked whether it was inconsistent for France, which at first rejected ideas of delivering air strikes on Syria but then announced their necessity, Fabius said: "We have obtained verified data that militants of the Islamic State were preparing in Syria terrorist attacks on France and other countries."

    "Facing such threat France decided to conduct reconnaissance flights, which would enable us to deliver air strikes if the need arises," he said. "This is a legal self-defense."

    "There is no inconsistency in all of this as we have simply adjusted our stance to conditions of reinvigorated threat, which was proved to exist," Fabius added.

  123. The Egyptian security forces killed 19 militants on Monday during massive raids in the Western Desert and the restive Sinai peninsula, the Egyptian military spokesman said....

    Brigadier-general Mohamed Samir pointed out that 10 militants were killed and one was injured and arrested in the Bahariya Oasis region in the Western Desert and nine others were killed on the 15th day of a large-scale anti-terror campaign in North Sinai province.

    "The forces managed to eradicate a highly-dangerous armed terrorist cell in the Bahariya Oasis region that plotted to carry out attacks during the upcoming Muslim Sacrifice Feast," the military spokesman said in the statement.

    A few days earlier, the Egyptian security forces killed 12 people including eight Mexican tourists by mistake while chasing militants with similar 4x4 vehicles near Bahariya Oasis in the country's Western Desert.

    In North Sinai, the forces arrested 17 suspects, destroyed 25 hideouts, 28 huts and dens, 14 motorbikes and seven vehicles belonging to the militants.

    Monday's raids in Sinai mark the 15th day of a large anti-terrorism operation that left hundreds of militants killed and a similar number of suspects arrested.

    Last week, a police general was shot dead by unknown militants riding a vehicle and a soldier was also killed during a separate fire exchange with security forces in North Sinai.............

  124. Chobani CEO urges hiring refugees to help solve migrant crisis...

    In addition to donating a large portion of his personal wealth to the current migrant crisis, the Turkey-born founder of American yogurt company Chobani has stated his intention to hire refugees to help change their lives and their future.

    Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani, told CNN Money, “My background is the reason that I knew how important it is to be accepted into a new community. And I knew that it’s only possible if you get a job.”

    Ulukaya started Chobani in 2007 and has been hiring refugees to work at his upstate New York plant since 2008. He had hired around 300 refugees, according to the CNN story.

    “Even though I was hiring refugees here for five years, I didn’t know how bad this [current crisis] is,” he said.

    Many migrants have been stalled in places like Lesbos, a Greek Island Ulukaya recently visited.

    Ulukaya said that needs to change and the undertaking will require corporate America to step up.

    A CNN reporter asked, “You’re asking business leaders to contribute. Why should they?”

    Ulukaya responded, “Because we are effective.”

    He said business leaders can do more than just write checks.

    “Let’s face it, the way we’re dealing with the refugee crisis today is the same way that we did in the 1940s and 1950s. [A] refugee has a cell phone and the Facebook group [informs them about] which roads to follow. The way they deal is different than the conditions on the ground,” he said.

    While he has promised to eventually give away most of his $1.4-billion-dollar fortune to support the cause, so far he has donated some $2 million for immediate relief.

  125. Foreigners arrested in Turkey for abetting refugees...

    Five people, including a German and a French national, were arrested Monday in Istanbul for encouraging Syrian refugees to head for Turkey’s border with the EU, police said.

    The suspects are accused of aiding and abetting refugees in circumventing police restrictions on migrants heading for Edirne province, which borders Greece and Bulgaria.

    Around 3,000 refugees have been waiting at Istanbul’s main bus station to travel to the province, where thousands are already seeking to enter the EU....................

  126. At least 38 ISIS fighters were killed in airstrikes by the Damascus regime against three jihadi-held towns in central Syria, activists said Tuesday....

    Monday's strikes hit Palmyra and two other towns in Homs province, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

    The Syrian air force has been increasing its strikes against ISIS in recent days as it received reinforcements from Russia, he said.

    "The number of raids is growing and the strikes are more precise after the Syrian air force received arms and more efficient planes from Moscow," said Abdel Rahman, whose group relies on broad network of civilian, military and medical sources inside Syria.

    Experts close to the regime have told AFP that Russia has sent advisers to train Syrian troops in the new weapons, in particular short-range air defense systems and tanks.

    U.S. military officials told AFP Monday that Russia had deployed 28 combat planes in Syria, in the latest move in Moscow's increasing military presence in the war-torn

  127. Four Russian Naval Missile Vessels to Hold Drills in Eastern Mediterranean...

    According to the source, two of the ships are currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea.

    “The Black Sea sailors will hold a number of exercises in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea,” the source told RIA Novosti.

    The source did not specify the type of exercises or in which exact region the naval exercises would be held.

  128. Russian security service: Truck drivers blocked on Ukraine's border with Crimea may revolt...

    Drivers of several hundred trucks stranded in Ukraine on the border with Crimea due to the so-called food blockade are on the verge of a revolt, a department of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB, former KGB) said on Tuesday.

    "The persons crossing the state border say that a revolt is about to start among the drivers of the trucks on the adjacent territory as the goods inside them are spoiling," the Frontier Department of Russia’s state security service said.

    The situation on the Russian checkpoints remains stable. The persons and cars cross the border in a normal regime. There are no trucks coming to Crimea from Ukraine, he added.

    On Sunday, a group of protesters under Ukrainian parliament member Mustafa Dzhemilev, and leader of Crimean Tatars in Ukraine Refat Chubarov launched what they called a food blockade of Crimea to stop the traffic of trucks carrying foods to Crimea through border checkpoints. Later, they were joined by the extremist group Right Sector, which is outlawed in Russia.

    Crimea’s head Sergey Aksyonov said earlier Ukraine’s blockade was nothing but a comedy film, since Ukrainian goods accounted for no more than five percent of all products on offer. If their supply from Ukraine ends, it will take two weeks to replace them, he said.

  129. Abbas warns of risk of new Palestinian intifada...

    Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas warned Tuesday of the “risk of an intifada” if clashes over the Al-Aqsa mosque compound continue, after a meeting with French leader Francois Hollande in Paris.

    “What is happening is very dangerous,” Abbas said, calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “stop” the chaos at the flashpoint holy site.

    Abbas warned against “an intifada (uprising) which we don’t want.”

    Tensions are high after days of clashes at the Al-Aqsa mosque site during the Jewish New Year last

  130. Czech PM says will insist on rejecting migrant quotas...

    The Czech Republic is sticking to its position of rejecting any mandatory quota system for redistributing asylum-seekers among European Union member states, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Tuesday ahead of EU meetings on the migration crisis.

    The Czech Republic is among several central European countries to have sparred with Germany and others over accepting some of the hundreds of thousands of people flooding into Europe, mostly fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia............REUTERS

  131. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has told the country's security council that staying out of the NATO alliance was a "criminal" policy that his government is ready to reverse...

    Ukraine has been fighting with separatist rebels in the east since April 2014 in which more than 8,000 have died. Russia backed the rebels, fearing that the pro-Western course of the new Kiev government will make it a NATO ally.

    Poroshenko, who on Tuesday chaired the security council with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in attendance, said he intends to change the decision against joining NATO. He added, however, that it will up to a popular vote to decide on the membership.

    NATO officials have made clear that Ukraine needs to enact political, economic, social and military reforms to be considered for membership.
    Associated Press

  132. Two Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt for broadcasting false news have been freed after receiving pardons from President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi...

    Mohammed Fahmy, a Canadian, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, were among 100 prisoners whose release was ordered.

    State media said a third person from the case was also pardoned. It is not clear if this is the Australian Peter Greste, who was deported in February.

    They were sentenced to three years in prison last month after a retrial.

    Prosecutors accused them of collaborating with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military in 2013.

    The journalists denied the allegation and said they were simply reporting the news. Legal experts said the charges were unfounded and politically motivated......BBC

  133. The district court of Amsterdam expects Crimean museums to give a reply on the Scythian gold collection by October 21, the court’s spokesperson, Fatima el-Gueriri, told TASS on Wednesday....

    The initial deadline was September 23. "They did not send their reply today. They asked to set a new date what we did. Now the court is awaiting the reply by October 21," the spokesperson said......

  134. What the EU leaders agreed...

    At least €1bn (£700m, $1.1bn) extra will be donated to the UN refugee agency and the World Food programme
    More help for Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and other countries
    Greater co-operation and dialogue with Turkey
    Assistance for Balkan states, who have become a major route for migrants travelling north
    Strengthened border controls, including more funding for border security forces.....BBC

  135. Explosion meurtrière dans une mosquée de Sanaa, au moins 25 morts...

    Au moins 25 personnes ont été tuées, jeudi matin, dans une explosion ayant eu lieu lors de la prière de l'Aïd el-Kebir dans une mosquée de Sanaa, la capitale yéménite.

    Une explosion a secoué, jeudi 24 septembre, dans la matinée, la mosquée Balili de la capitale du Yémen, en pleine prière d'Aïd el-Kebir, faisant au moins 25 morts, ont rapporté des témoins et des médecins.

    L'attentat, commis par deux kamikazes et qui n'a pas été revendiqué, s'est produit dans le quartier de Santa's al-Safiya, au premier jour de la fête musulmane d'Aïd el-Kebir, la plus importante du calendrier

  136. EI: la Russie pourrait mener des frappes unilatérales...

    La Russie envisage la possibilité d'effectuer des frappes aériennes unilatérales contre l'EI en Syrie, si les Etats-Unis rejettent une proposition visant à coordonner leurs actions avec Moscou, rapporte l'agence Bloomberg.

    Parallèlement, selon Bloomberg, qui cite des sources proches du Kremlin et du ministère russe de la Défense, Moscou préférerait que le gouvernement américain accepte d'allier ses forces avec la Russie, l'Iran et l'armée syrienne afin de lutter contre Daech.

    "La Russie estime que le bon sens prévaudra et qu'Obama acceptera la main tendue par Vladimir Poutine. Mais la Russie agira de toute façon, même si cela ne se produit pas", a déclaré à Bloomberg la spécialiste du Moyen-Orient à l'Institut russe d'études stratégiques, Elena Souponina.

    Selon une source anonyme à Washington, les Etats-Unis seraient prêts à discuter de la coordination des attaques afin d'éviter des incidents avec des avions russes, mais ils n'ont pas encore reçu une proposition "concrète" de Moscou. En outre, la coalition n'envisage pas la possibilité de coopérer avec les troupes d'Assad, ajoute la source...............

  137. Georgia does not have a chance to get NATO membership and it does not have any need for foreign military bases on its territory, Nino Burdjanadze, a former speaker of the national parliament and the leader of the Democratic Movement for United Georgia party said here on Thursday....

    "Let's state a realistic thing: Georgia doesn't have a chance for becoming a NATO member and even if had had one after 2008, now this membership is already unrewarding for our country," she said.

    Burdjanadze stressed her reluctance to see the military bases of any foreign country. "Friendship yes, cooperation yes, work together for making life better - yes, but I wouldn’t like to see military bases in our little Georgia under any circumstances, and regardless of the size of the territory, too," she said.

    "I think we must build relations in a manner that would make foreign bases unneeded," Burdjanadze said. "Russia should feel confident no threat to it is coming out of our country. These are Russia’s legitimate interests, like the interests of any other state."

    "We must realize there is no building security of the state at the expense of security of other countries," she said.

  138. Hajj stampede: Saudi king orders safety review...

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage after at least 717 people died in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca.

    Another 863 people were injured in the incident at Mina, which occurred as two million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj's last major rite.

    It is the deadliest incident to occur during the pilgrimage in 25 years.

    The king said there was a need "to improve the level of organisation and management of movement" of pilgrims......BBC

  139. Border Tense as Serbia, Croatia Block Traffic in Migrants Dispute ...

    Tensions on the Serbia-Croatia border are growing in a tit-for-tat blockade sparked by the influx of refugees and other migrants.

    Parked cargo trucks span the border at the main crossing between Croatia and Serbia as trade became a victim of Europe's migrant crisis.

    The backlog began when Croatia responded to the cross-border flood of refugees, and other migrants, by closing all but one crossing with Serbia.

    Zagreb banned all trucks from Serbia except perishable goods, a move that cut off Serbian trade links to much of Europe.

    Belgrade responded with its own embargo on imports from Croatia................

  140. À Lesbos, "les migrants seront bientôt plus nombreux que les locaux"...

    Sur l’île grecque de Lesbos, des migrants affluent jour après jour, sous l’œil ébahi des locaux. Ces derniers craignent que, sans aide de l’Union européenne, les migrants dépassent en nombre la population et fassent fuir les touristes. Reportage.

    En arrivant sur la plage idyllique du village de Molyvos, en Grèce, les migrants éclatent en sanglots, s’agenouillent pour embrasser le sol ou immortalisent cet instant à l’aide de selfies. Emportés par la joie d’avoir franchi la barrière de la mer et d’entrer enfin en Europe, certains d’entre eux ne savent pas qu’ils viennent de mettre les pieds sur l’île de Lesbos.

    Les habitants des lieux, en revanche, n’ignorent rien des migrants. Depuis plusieurs mois, ils assistent au ballet des bateaux, des secouristes et, parfois, des morts. Depuis le début de l’année, ils sont plus de 200 000 à avoir foulé le sable de cette île qui jouxte les côtes turques. Rien que pour la journée de mercredi 23 septembre, plus de 2 500 d'entre eux, majoritairement des Syriens et des Afghans, sont arrivés, épuisés, sur les plages de Lesbos.

    Ramenés à l’échelle de la population locale, ces chiffres sont impressionnants : le village touristique de Molyvos abrite 1 500 âmes en été, et 1 000 le reste de l’année. "Lorsque les touristes partiront, les migrants finiront par être plus nombreux que les locaux", alarme une habitante, Thanassis

  141. Alarmed by news that the de facto authorities in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine have ordered United Nations agencies in Luhansk to end operations and to leave the area by tomorrow, 25 September, the top UN humanitarian official urged the authorities, as well as parties “with influence over [them]” to ensure the resumption of humanitarian aid by UN and non-governmental agencies....

    According to a statement from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), this alarming news follows the de facto authorities’ rejection of applications by UN agencies and all international non-governmental organization (NGOs) working in Luhansk to work in the area. Several international NGOs have been informed that they must leave by 26 September.

    “I am also extremely concerned by the situation regarding accreditation and registration of international NGOs in Donetsk. A decision by the de facto authorities in Donetsk on the UN’s future operations remains on hold, and all UN agency operations have been suspended,” said Stephen O’Brien, the Under-Secretary-General for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief

  142. 34 PKK-Kämpfer in der Osttürkei getötet...

    Bei Anschlägen und anschließenden Gefechten sind in der südosttürkischen Provinz Sirnak zwei Soldaten und 34 Kämpfer der verbotenen Kurdischen Arbeiterpartei PKK getötet worden.

    Die Soldaten seien bei zwei PKK-Angriffen ums Leben gekommen, teilten die türkischen Streitkräfte am Freitag mit. Die Armee habe bei anschließenden Gefechten und einer Offensive in der Region 34 PKK-Kämpfer getötet. Acht Soldaten und ein Dorfschützer seien verletzt worden. Die PKK gab zunächst keine Erklärung

  143. Migrants: la France n'accueillera "pas plus de 30.000 réfugiés"...

    Selon le premier ministre français Manuel Valls, il faut "s'attaquer à la source au problème", car il est impossible d'accueillir tous les migrants sur le sol européen.

    La France n'accueillerait "pas plus de 30.000" demandeurs d'asile dans le cadre du plan européen de relocalisation des réfugiés, a annoncé le chef du gouvernement sur les ondes de la chaîne de télévision France 2..............

  144. Selon l'ONU, 8 000 migrants arrivent chaque jour en Europe...

    Le coordinateur régional du Haut commissariat de l'ONU pour les réfugiés a estimé vendredi que 8 000 personnes arrivaient chaque jour en Europe, précisant qu'il ne fallait pas s'attendre à ce que ce chiffre diminue.

    Le coordinateur régional du Haut commissariat de l’ONU pour les réfugiés (HCR), Amin Ouad, a estimé vendredi 25 septembre qu'environ 8 000 personnes arrivaient chaque jour en Europe, ajoutant que ce nombre "ne devrait pas diminuer".

    Amin Ouad a avancé que l'afflux actuel de migrants pourrait n'être que "la
    partie émergée de l'iceberg", notamment en raison de la situation humanitaire en Irak. Selon Dominik Bartsch, coordinateur adjoint de l'ONU pour les questions humanitaires dans ce pays, quelque 10 millions de personnes y auront besoin d'une assistance humanitaire d'ici la fin de l'année.

    Plus de 3 millions de personnes ont déjà été déplacées en Irak en raison de la guerre. Quelque 500 000 civils pourraient, à leur tour, quitter la ville de Mossoul si les forces gouvernementales irakiennes tentent de reprendre cette agglomération, passée sous le contrôle de l'organisation de l'État islamique, estime-t-il.
    Reuters -

  145. Russia says will retaliate after Ukraine bans its airlines - Interfax...

    Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said on Friday that Russia would be forced to take retaliatory measures after Ukraine banned Russian airlines, the Interfax news agency reported.

    The Ukrainian government said earlier on Friday it would ban flights by Russian airlines from Oct. 25 as part of a wave of sanctions against Russia over its support for separatists in the east of the country.

  146. Syrian army forces continued operations against terrorists on Friday, killing more of them and destroying their positions after its advance in Damascus’s Eastern Ghouta yesterday, where its units established full control over all hills overlooking it from the western side....

    Army units targeted terrorists’ positions and movements in Ein al-Beida and Jbata al-Khashab villages in the northern countryside of the southern Quneitra province, a military source told SANA on

  147. Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said on Friday that he wants the U.S.-led coalition to bomb more ISIS targets and that he has "no knowledge" of Russian military experts in Iraq to coordinate with the Iraqi military...

    "The frequency of the air force campaign fluctuates and I hope it will get higher frequency in the future," Jaafari told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

    "I have no knowledge of Russian military experts in Iraq to coordinate with Iraqi forces," he said, adding that he supported "all efforts to end crisis in Syria."

  148. Croatia under EU pressure on Friday removed its border restrictions with Serbia, which it had introduced over the migrant crisis, Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said on the government's Twitter account...

    "The border was unblocked at 5:00 pm (1500 GMT). All cars, regardless of their registration plates ... can now enter Croatia," Ostojic said.

  149. Russia summons Polish ambassador after Soviet graves vandalized...

    The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Polish ambassador to Moscow on Friday after graves of Soviet soldiers were vandalized in a Polish village, an act which Poland's Foreign Ministry also condemned.

    The incident comes just over a week after Ambassador Katarzyna Pelczynska-Nalecz was summoned in Moscow to explain the removal of a Soviet-era statue in a Polish town.

    A statement on the Russian ministry's website demanded exhaustive measures to find and bring the vandals to justice.

    "One gets the impression that the desecration of our memorial places has been raised in Poland to the rank of a state policy," the statement

  150. US-trained rebels give equipment to al-Qaeda affiliate...

    A group of US-trained Syrian rebels has handed over their vehicles and ammunition to fighters linked to al-Qaeda, the US military has admitted.

    It said one rebel unit had surrendered six pick-up trucks and ammunition to the al-Nusra Front this week - apparently to gain safe passage.

    Congress has approved $500m (£323m) to train and equip about 5,000 rebels to fight against Islamic State militants. ..........BBC

    1. Syrie : des rebelles formés par les Américains ont remis du matériel militaire à Al-Qaïda....

      L'armée américaine a reconnu vendredi que des rebelles syriens qu'elle avait formés avaient remis du matériel militaire au Front al-Nosra. Les rebelles ont dit qu'ils avaient été rançonnés, mais c'est une "violation des règles" pour les Américains.

      Encore un coup dur pour le programme de formation des Nouvelles forces syriennes. Des rebelles syriens formés par les États-Unis ont en effet remis une partie de leur équipement et munitions au Front al-Nosra, la branche syrienne d'Al-Qaïda, a reconnu, vendredi 25 septembre, le commandement des forces américaines au Moyen-Orient (Centcom).

      Les rebelles ont indiqué à l'armée américaine qu'ils avaient remis "six pick-ups et une partie de leurs munitions à un intermédiaire soupçonné d'appartenir au Front al-Nosra, soit à peu près 25 % de leur équipement", apparemment "en échange de leur passage", a indiqué le Centcom dans un communiqué.

      S'il est confirmé, ce comportement "est très préoccupant et constitue une violation des règles" du programme de formation des NSF (New Syrian forces, Nouvelles forces syriennes), a indiqué dans le communiqué le colonel Patrick Ryder, un porte-parole du

  151. Syrer in Deutschland: Bleiberecht - auch ohne Asylverfahren? ...

    Werden syrische Flüchtlinge aus dem Asylverfahren ausgeklammert? Laut einem Bericht plant die Bundesregierung, dass Syrer direkt für drei Jahre eine Aufenthaltsgenehmigung bekommen sollen. Das soll die Behörden entlasten. Die Bundesregierung dementierte.

    Zur Entlastung des Bundesamtes für Migration und Flüchtlinge plant das Bundeskanzleramt nach Informationen des "Spiegels" Ausnahmen vom gängigen Asylverfahren für Syrer. Flüchtlinge aus dem Bürgerkriegsland sollen laut dem Bericht direkt für drei Jahre eine Aufenthaltserlaubnis erhalten, ohne das reguläre Verfahren zu durchlaufen. So könnte das Bundesamt sich auf die weniger aussichtsreichen Asylverfahren etwa für Zuwanderer aus Balkanstaaten konzentrieren und diese schneller abarbeiten.

    Syrer mit dem geplanten Aufenthaltsstatus dürften keine Verwandten aus ihrer Heimat nachholen, heißt es laut "Spiegel" in Kreisen der großen Koalition. Für die Bundesländer solle dieses Vorgehen mit finanziellen Zugeständnissen verbunden werden: Der Bund würde demnach für alle Flüchtlinge mit diesem Status aufkommen.

    Dementi aus Berlin

    Die Bundesregierung dementierte die Meldung. "Solche Pläne gibt es in der Bundesregierung nicht", sagte ein Sprecher der Bundesregierung dem ARD-Hauptstadtbüro. Auch ein Sprecher des Bundesinnenministeriums erklärte, die Meldung treffe nicht zu................

  152. German officials said Friday they estimate that almost a third of asylum-seekers who arrive in the country and claim to be Syrian are in fact from elsewhere...

    Germany has said it will temporarily refrain from sending Syrians back to other European Union countries they have travelled through, as would normally be possible under EU rules. This has been interpreted by some of those seeking refuge from poverty, persecution and war as a sign that Germany gives special preference to people from Syria.

    Already, Syrians make up the largest single group among the hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers arriving in Germany this year............Associated Press

  153. Allemagne, Brésil, Inde et Japon veulent entrer au Conseil de sécurité...

    La chancelière allemande Angela Merkel a joint sa voix à celles des dirigeants du Brésil, de l'Inde et du Japon samedi pour demander que ces pays entrent dans un Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU élargi et repensé.

    Mme Merkel a estimé en marge du sommet de l'ONU sur le développement qu'un Conseil de sécurité avec davantage de membres permanents serait mieux à-même de gérer les grandes crises internationales. Le Conseil de sécurité ne compte actuellement que cinq membres permanents avec un droit de veto, Etats-Unis, Russie, Chine, France et Royaume-Uni, ainsi que 10 pays membres non-permanents qui changent régulièrement. A ce titre, Mme Merkel a estimé que les pays du "G4" sont des "candidats légitimes" pour entrer de manière permanente au Conseil. Les quatre pays appuient les uns les autres leurs candidatures respectives. "Un Conseil de sécurité plus efficace et représentatif est plus que jamais nécessaire pour régler les crises et les conflits globaux qui sont apparus ces dernières années", ont demandé les quatre pays dans un communiqué commun. Les cinq membres permanents sont les seuls à disposer d'un droit de veto et leurs divisions sur d'importants conflits comme en Syrie ou en Ukraine ont fait que le Conseil de sécurité n'a pu prendre aucune décision d'envergure sur ces crises. Mme Merkel a rencontré la présidente brésilienne Dilma Rousseff, le Premier ministre indien Narendra Modi et le Premier ministre japonais Shinzo Abe pour discuter de leur candidature commune. L'Assemblée générale de l'ONU s'est mise d'accord plus tôt dans le mois sur un texte de réformes éventuelles du Conseil, mais la Chine, les Etats-Unis et la Russie ont refusé de le signer. (Belga)

  154. Premières frappes françaises en Syrie, Hollande évoque la "légitime défense"...

    La France a détruit un camp d'entraînement de l'organisation de l'État islamique, situé dans l'est de la Syrie, a annoncé dimanche François Hollande. Il s'agit des premières frappes aériennes françaises en Syrie.

    La cible se situait à Deir-ez-Zor, dans l’est de la Syrie. L’armée française a bombardé un camp d’entraînement de l’organisation islamique (EI) situé dans cette ville, a annoncé François Hollande, dimanche 27 septembre, en marge de la 70e Assemblée générale de l’ONU à New York.

    "Nos forces ont atteint leurs objectifs : le camp a été en totalité détruit. Six avions ont été utilisés, dont cinq Rafale", a ajouté le président français, depuis New York où il assiste à l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU. Il n’y aurait, aux dires du chef de l’État, aucune victime civile. "D’autres frappes pourront avoir lieu si nécessaire dans les semaines à venir", a poursuivi François Hollande, invoquant la "légitime défense" et la nécessité de "protéger" le territoire.

    Plus tôt, dans la matinée, l’Élysée avait publié un communiqué révélant que les premiers raids aériens de la France contre l’EI avaient été menés. "La France a frappé en Syrie [...] sur la base de renseignements collectés au cours des opérations aériennes engagées depuis plus de deux semaines, dans le respect de notre autonomie d'action, en coordination avec nos partenaires de la coalition", a écrit l'Élysée. "Notre pays confirme ainsi son engagement résolu à lutter contre la menace terroriste que constitue Daech", ajoute le texte..........

  155. Syrie : d’autres frappes possibles “dans les prochaines semaines”...

    Six appareils de l'armée française ont bombardé et détruit en totalité dimanche un camp d'entraînement de l'EI. D’autres frappes pourront avoir lieu « dans les prochaines semaines ».

    Six appareils, dont cinq Rafale, de l'armée française ont bombardé et détruit en totalité ce dimanche matin un camp d'entraînement de l'Etat islamique à Deir ez-Zor, dans l'est de la Syrie, a déclaré François Hollande. "Nos forces ont atteint leurs objectifs : le camp a été en totalité détruit. Six avions ont été utilisés, dont cinq Rafale", a dit le président français lors d'une déclaration en marge de l'Assemblée générale des Nations unies, à New York. Le président a précisé que d’autres frappes françaises pourront avoir lieu « dans les prochaines semaines".

    “La France a frappé ce matin en Syrie, a frappé un camp d’entraînement de ce groupe terroriste Daesh qui menaçait la sécurité de notre pays”, a expliqué François Hollande. "Les cibles ont pu être identifiées grâce à des vols de reconnaissance mais aussi grâce à la coalition qui nous a fourni également des informations", a-t-il précisé.

    D'autres frappes possibles

    La présidence de la République avait indiqué un peu plus tôt dans la journée avoir procédé aux premières frappes aériennes contre l'EI en Syrie...........En savoir plus sur

  156. 17 people drown after boat sinks off Turkish coast...

    Seventeen migrants attempting to reach Greece by boat from Turkey have drowned after their boat sank off Turkey.

    The victims, all thought to be Syrians, included five women and five children, local media said.

    Another 20 people on the boat's deck, who were wearing life jackets, survived, the news agency said.....BBC

  157. At least three Israeli air strikes hit Syrian army targets on the Golan Heights on Sunday, rebel sources and a monitoring group said.

    The raids struck near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied part of the strategic plateau. There were no immediate reports of casualties, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Rebel sources in southern Syria confirmed the account.

  158. Obama dévoile la cause des conflits armés dans le monde...

    Selon le président américain, plusieurs conflits armés survenus dans le monde ces dernières années sont liés au manque général d'éducation.

    Plusieurs interventions militaires auraient pu être évitées si les Etats investissaient plus dans l'éducation de leurs citoyens, estime le chef de la Maison Blanche.

    "Cette absence de développement, lorsque les gens n'ont pas accès à l'éducation et à l’emploi, lorsqu'ils n'ont pas d'espoir et que leur dignité humaine est humiliée, contribue à attiser les conflits, les tensions et l'instabilité dans le monde", a expliqué M.Obama.

    Le dirigeant US a promis de poursuivre sa lutte pour le développement de l'éducation et la création de nouveaux emplois aux Etats-Unis et dans le monde entier après son départ du poste présidentiel prévu en 2016.

    Dans le même temps, il a dévoilé l'intention du gouvernement US de débloquer 300 millions de dollars pour la lutte contre le sida en Afrique. Evoquant la crise migratoire qui affecte l'Europe, M.Obama a appelé à apporter toute l’assistance nécessaire aux réfugiés affluant sur le continent.

  159. Turks kidnapped in Baghdad appear in video promising their release...

    Sixteen Turkish workers abducted in Baghdad earlier this month have appeared in an online video promising their release, days after a U.N.-backed deal to extricate Syrian villagers under siege from rebels supported by Ankara.

    The men were kidnapped on Sept. 2 from a stadium they were building on the outskirts of the capital along with two others who were released earlier in the southern city of Basra.

    The abductees had appeared in a video days after their capture, apparently held by an armed group that used a familiar Shi'ite Muslim slogan and threatened to attack Turkish interests in Iraq if its demands were not met.

    The new video released late on Sunday showed the men sitting below the same slogan, clean-shaven and wearing T-shirts.

    The video's authenticity could not be verified. Officials in Iraq and Turkey were not immediately available to

  160. Turkey remains opposed to any political transition in Syria involving President Bashar Assad, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying on Monday in an apparent clarification of its policy....

    Turkey has been Assad's most outspoken critic since Syria descended into bloodshed in 2011, blaming him for violence that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more, and insisting he had to be removed.

    But last week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan floated the idea that Assad could be part of a transitional period. He later said his comments did not represent a policy change.

    Davutoglu, in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, said on Sunday that Turkey would accept whatever political solution Syrians choose, but it could not include Assad, Hurriyet Daily News reported......Reuters

  161. Fresh clashes broke out Monday morning between Palestinians and Israeli police for the second consecutive day in Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound, ahead of opening the site to Jewish visitors...

    A police spokesperson said Palestinian "rioters" barricaded themselves inside al-Aqsa Mosque and placed obstacles to block entry.

    Following failed negotiation attempts, police entered the al-Aqsa compound at 6:45 am (4:45GMT), and were met with rocks and firecrackers threw by Palestinians within the mosque, the spokesperson said.

    At least 15 Palestinians were wounded as the dozens of police stormed the site, Palestinian media reported.

    The clashes erupted on the first day of the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot, during which Jews were expected to arrive for prayers at the adjacent Wailing Wall.

    On Sunday, the police decided to deny entry of Muslim worshipers under the age of 50, after fresh clashes erupted earlier that day........

  162. Protesters gather in Hong Kong a year since mass rallies...

    Yellow umbrellas and makeshift tents were back in central Hong Kong on Monday (Sep 28) as protesters gathered a year to the day since huge pro-democracy rallies brought parts of the city to a standstill.

    But with crowds numbering just a few hundred, the turnout was a reflection of the movement's loss of momentum after failing to push Beijing into allowing fully free leadership elections.

    At the height of the 2014 protests, which lasted for more than two months, tens of thousands regularly gathered to demand political reform. Yet despite the unprecedented rallies which garnered extensive coverage across the world, protesters were unable to force change.

    Frustrated activists now say they need to regroup and come up with new strategies, conceding that changing the minds of Beijing and the Hong Kong government is currently a hopeless task.

    Around 500 protesters gathered at the former main rally site in the financial district of Admiralty on Monday afternoon, jeering police who warned them not to block

  163. Yemen conflict: Deadly air strike hits wedding party...

    An air strike in Yemen has hit a wedding party, killing at least 27 people, according to reports.

    At least eight children were said to be among the dead in the attack in the village of Wahijah, near the south-western Red Sea port of Mocha.

    A government official quoted by AP news agency said the air strike had been "a mistake".

    A Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes in Yemen since March to try to push back Houthi rebels.

    The rebels seized control of much of the country earlier this year.
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    First reports from the village said that 12 women, eight children and seven men had been killed, with dozens more wounded, when the air strike hit two tents during a wedding for a local man linked to the Houthi group.

    One security source put the death toll as high as 38, with at least 40 injured, but this was not confirmed.

    The coalition has not yet commented on the incident.

    The UN says almost 4,900 people, including more than 2,200 civilians, have been killed in fighting in Yemen since 26 March...........BBC

  164. Les Taliban s'emparent de Kunduz, ville stratégique du nord afghan...

    Les Taliban se sont emparés lundi de Kunduz, ville stratégique du nord de l'Afghanistan. Un succès retentissant pour les Taliban, 14 ans après avoir été renversés par les Occidentaux.

    C'est une victoire autant stratégique que symbolique pour les Taliban. Chassés du pouvoir en 2001 par les Occidentaux, ils viennent de reprendre Kunduz, grande ville stratégique du nord de l'Afghanistan. Dans la matinée, la police locale assurait pourtant être en mesure de défendre la ville, située à moins de 100 km de la frontière avec le Tadjikistan et capitale d'une province où la rébellion a progressé ces dernières années.

    Un journaliste local, contacté par France 24, assure que l'armée afghane a fui et laissé les Taliban occuper les bâtiments officiels de la ville sans résister.

    Zabihullah Mujahid, porte-parole taliban, s'est félicité de la prise de la ville et a invité les habitants de Kunduz à rester chez eux. "Les moudjahidine s’efforcent d’épargner les civils. Les habitants doivent être sûrs que nous ne leur causerons aucun problème",

    1. Die Taliban haben offenbar die afghanische Provinzhauptstadt Kundus erobert. Auf dem zentralen Platz weht die Taliban-Flagge. Die Islamisten hatten Kundus zuvor aus drei Richtungen angegriffen...

      Knapp zwei Jahre nach dem Abzug des letzten Bundeswehr-Soldaten aus Kundus hat sich die radikalislamische Taliban-Miliz bis in das Zentrum der nordafghanischen Provinzhauptstadt vorgekämpft. Einem Reporter der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters zufolge hissten Taliban-Kämpfer auf dem zentralen Platz der 300.000-Einwohner-Stadt ihre

  165. Broad coalition against Islamic State hardly possible now — expert....

    Broad coalition for fighting against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization is hardly possible now, and exchanging information and coordinating actions should be on top of the agenda at the current stage, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences Vitaly Naumkin told a press conference in TASS on Tuesday.

    "Full-fledged coalition is hardly possible today," Naumkin said. "However, there are common interests, exchange of information, and this is important. Not many people want IS to exist," he noted.

    "The main task now is to coordinate actions, exchange information, agree on informing each other about each other’s actions," Naumkin explained. The expert said "it is important to involve other interested countries that also face a terrorist threat." Among such countries are India, China, Pakistan and Egypt.............

  166. US President Barack Obama is set to chair a UN gathering of world leaders to discuss counter-terrorism...

    The US is seeking support for the fight against groups including Islamic State (IS).

    The meeting comes a day after Mr Obama and the leaders of Russia, China and Iran addressed the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on its 70th anniversary.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin met Mr Obama on the sidelines of the UNGA to discuss the Syrian war.

    That meeting, and the leaders' speeches at the UNGA, have highlighted splits about how to end the conflict.

    Russia will chair its own meeting on Wednesday on countering extremism as this month's UN Security Council president.....BBC

  167. Crise des migrants - 346 personnes secourues au large de la Libye...

    (Belga) Les garde-côtes libyens ont annoncé mardi avoir secouru 346 migrants à bord de trois canots pneumatiques au large de Garaboulli, à 60 km à l'est de Tripoli.

    "Les bateaux ont été interceptés à environ 10 milles marins au large de Garaboulli et de Ghot el-Rommane (environ 35 km à l'est de Tripoli). Les deux premiers transportaient 230 migrants dont 34 femmes et quatre enfants. Le troisième transportait 116 migrants, dont 54 femmes et deux enfants", a indiqué Mohamad Jannane, officier des garde-côtes

  168. Japan's Abe calls for 'amicable' and 'stable' China relationship...

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Japan needed to develop a stable and amicable relationship with China.

    "Already we have gone through several rounds of summit meetings and we are steadfastly moving to further develop a mutually beneficial relationship based on common strategic interests," Abe said at Bloomberg headquarters in New York.

    Asked by Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg how Japan would deal with China's economic slowdown, Abe said:

    "Certainly we export a lot, we invest a lot in China. Therefore the economic relationship between Japan and China is very close in the field of trade and investment. And therefore there is a need, we have to watch very carefully the path of the Chinese economy."

    Abe has tried to improve relations with China, but progress has been slow over Japan's perceived failure to atone for its wartime aggression and China's increasingly assertive tone in territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas.

    Ties have thawed slightly since Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping met at international gatherings in April and last November, but the diplomatic relationship between Asia's two biggest economic powers is far from

  169. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday that creating a "safe zone" for refugees in northern Syria could put them at risk of being massacred, starkly distancing her country from a Turkish proposal...

    France said on Monday it would discuss with its partners in the coming days the suggestion by Turkey and members of the Syrian opposition that a "no-fly zone" could be created in northern Syria.

    Speaking to lawmakers from her party in Berlin, Merkel expressed concern about the dangers of trying to create such a buffer zone.

    "If we were not able to guarantee security, then a situation would arise that would be even worse than Srebrenica," Merkel said, according to a number of people present in the meeting, referring to the slaughter of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995.

    There was concern that Islamic State could overrun such a security

  170. Colombia promete a la ONU terminar el conflicto armado en seis meses...

    El conflicto armado en Colombia, el último y más antiguo del Hemisferio Occidental, concluirá en seis meses gracias a un modelo que puede servir de ejemplo al mundo, afirmó este martes el presidente Juan Manuel Santos ante la Asamblea General de la ONU.

    “Vamos a terminar el último y más antiguo conflicto armado del Hemisferio Occidental”, subrayó Santos al anunciar que en menos de seis meses se firmará un acuerdo de paz con la guerrilla de las FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia).

    “El legado más valioso que les podemos dejar a nuestros hijos es la paz”, pues se trata “del bien supremo, el más sagrado, y razón de ser de las Naciones Unidas”, añadió Santos, arrancando aplausos de la audiencia.

    “Luego de casi tres años de negociaciones en las que hemos avanzado en la mayoría de los puntos de la agenda acordada, se logró un acuerdo en lo que tal vez era el mayor obstáculo… lo más difícil en cualquier proceso de paz: un sistema de justicia transicional que garantiza la no impunidad para los delitos cometidos en el conflicto”, añadió el jefe de Estado..............

  171. At U.N., Hungary defends blocking migrants, says fences not 'for fun'...

    Hungary's foreign minister on Tuesday rejected criticism of his country's handling of migrants fleeing to Europe from war zones and said the decision to build fences on its borders was not done "for fun," but to protect the European Union.

    Thousands of refugees cross the border daily to Hungary, a landlocked country of 10 million and an eastern outpost of Europe's passport-free Schengen zone, and hope to travel on to Germany or northern Europe.

    "This is not a refugee crisis or a migrant crisis, it's a mass popular movement with an unlimited supply of people," Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters at the United Nations on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders.

    "Europe is not in shape to take hundreds of thousands of migrants and it is a mistake for certain EU countries to make statements encouraging them to come to Europe."

  172. Russia's upper house of parliament has voted to allow the military to be deployed in Syria, paving the way for air strikes on the militant Islamic State (IS) group...

    The vote followed a request from Syria for military aid, senior Kremlin official Sergey Ivanov said.

    Mr Ivanov ruled out the use of ground troops and said the step involved only the use of the air force.

    President Vladimir Putin called this week for a broad anti-terror coalition......BBC

  173. Crimes de guerre: la France ouvre une enquête visant le régime Assad ...

    Une enquête pénale pour "crimes de guerre" a été ouverte en France visant le régime de Bachar al-Assad, pour des exactions commises en Syrie entre 2011 et 2013, a appris mardi l'AFP de sources concordantes.

    Après un signalement du Quai d'Orsay, le parquet de Paris a ouvert le 15 septembre une enquête préliminaire pour "crimes de guerre", a annoncé une source proche du dossier, une information confirmée par une source diplomatique.

    L'enquête se base notamment sur le témoignage de "César", un ex-photographe de la police militaire syrienne qui s'était enfui de Syrie en juillet 2013, en emportant 55.000 photographies effroyables de corps torturés.

    Le ministère des Affaires étrangères a signalé les faits au procureur de Paris au titre de l'article 40 du code de procédure pénale, qui oblige toute autorité publique à transmettre à la justice les informations qu'elle possède si elle a connaissance d'un crime ou d'un délit quel qu'il soit, a expliqué la source proche du

  174. Arab coalition forces have announced on Wednesday the capture of an Iranian boat carrying weapons last Saturday near southeast of Oman’s Salalah coast, Al Arabiya News Channel reported...

    When the boat was first inspected and seized, a number of rockets and missiles were found on board intended for Houthi forces, a coalition statement said. Among other arms, 18 armor-piercing shells, 54 anti-tank missiles, 15 battery kits designed for military projectiles and weapons guidance systems were found.

    The Arab coalition forces also announced the arrest of 14 sailors on board the ship. The boat was seized on the third day of the Muslim holiday of Eid

  175. Russia has sent its military experts to the recently established Baghdad center coordinating air strikes and ground troops in Syria, a Russian official close to the matter told Reuters Wednesday...

    He would not say how many experts were sent.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said the center is used to share information on possible air strikes in Syria.

  176. Les Etats-Unis ont suspendu l'envoi de rebelles syriens "modérés" vers les centres d’entraînement en Turquie et en Jordanie, le temps de réexaminer leur programme de formation et d’équipement....

    Les Etats-Unis ont suspendu l'acheminement de rebelles syriens "modérés" vers les camps d’entraînement en Jordanie et en Turquie, a annoncé mardi devant les journalistes à Washington le porte-parole du Pentagone Peter Cook.

    "Le temps de réexaminer le programme, nous avons suspendu l'envoi de recrues syriennes (en Jordanie et en Turquie, ndlr), mais le programme de formation et d’équipement de rebelles +modérés+ est toujours en vigueur, l'entraînement, le recrutement et la vérification de combattants se poursuivant", a déclaré M.Cook.

    Selon le Wall Street Journal, le Pentagone envisagerait de revoir à la baisse ce projet doté de 500 millions de dollars, qui devait concerner au départ environ 5.000 rebelles par an pour combattre en Syrie le groupe djihadiste Etat islamique (EI)..............

  177. The Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq says it has driven the Islamic State group out of more than 140 sq kilometers (54 sq miles) of territory near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and cleared part of a major highway...

    A statement from the Kurdistan Region Security Council on Wednesday said Kurdish peshmerga fighters backed by US-led airstrikes pushed the militants beyond Ghara Heights and Mount Batiwa, south of Kirkuk, and secured a stretch of a highway which connects it to the central city of Samarra.

    The IS group swept across northern Iraq in the summer of 2014 and currently holds roughly a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria. The Kurdish government says some militants were seen fleeing toward the contested town of Hawijah.


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