Thursday, October 1, 2015

Nova times Int'l agencies news (November 2015)

"The (Russian) air strikes will in the near future be accompanied by ground advances by the Syrian army and its allies," said one of the sources familiar with political and military developments in the conflict.

"It is possible that the coming land operations will be focused in the Idlib and Hama countryside," the source added.............Hundreds of Iranian troops arrived in Syria 10 days ago with weapons to take part in ground operations in rebel-held areas of northern Syria, and Lebanon's ally Hezbollah is preparing to join the operation, Lebanese sources told Reuters on Thursday



  1. The US administration has authorized deploying A-10s and F-15 aircraft to İncirlik air base in southern Turkey tofurther counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)...

    The United States had already deployed about a dozen A-10 aircraft to İncirlik in the past couple of weeks and expects to send an additional dozen or so F-15 fighter jets there, as part of an effort to "thicken" air operations in northern Syria, a senior US defense official said.

    "That means we want a greater density of planes striking, a greater density of intelligence assets developing targets," the official said.

    The planned deployment is part of a new US strategy to step up the fight against ISIL. In a major policy shift for President Barack Obama and a step he has long resisted to avoid getting dragged into another war in the Middle East, the US will deploy dozens of special operations troops to northern Syria from next month to advise opposition forces in their fight against ISIL.

    The planned deployment, along with the US decision this week to include Iran in diplomatic efforts to end the conflict, represents the biggest change in the United States' Syria policy since it began a bombing campaign against ISIL targets there in September 2014.

    Announcing the measure on Friday, the White House said the troops would be on a mission to "train, advise and assist" and would number fewer than 50. Spokesman Josh Earnest declined to give details about their exact role.

    The decision by Obama, deeply averse to committing troops to unpopular wars in the Middle East, would mark the first sustained US troop presence in Syria and raise the risk of American casualties, although US officials stressed the forces were not meant to engage in front-line combat.

    "This is a dangerous place on the globe and they are at risk, and there's no denying that," said Earnest, who repeatedly rejected the idea that the deployment would constitute a ground combat mission, which Obama has long rejected as a solution in Syria.

    Earnest said the new mission in Syria was open ended and did not rule out the possibility of sending additional special forces troops into Iraq. Obama spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday about the fight against ISIL, Earnest said............

  2. Turkish jets on Saturday launched bombing raids against Islamic State targets in Syria, the day before Turks are due to vote in a parliamentary election, a senior government official said...

    American jets were standing by to assist and all aircraft involved in the operations returned safely, the official told Reuters. Turkey vowed to take a more active role in combating Islamic State in July, as part of a multi-pronged offensive which also saw them ramp up attacks on Kurdish militants.

  3. Turkey election: Erdogan's AK Party seeks majority...

    Turks are going to the polls in parliamentary elections for the second time in five months.

    The AK Party, formed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, failed to retain its majority in June's poll.

    Attempts to form a coalition government since then have proved unsuccessful.

    Security is the key issue in the election after weeks of violence involving Kurdish militants and bomb attacks blamed on the Islamic State (IS) group.

    Mr Erdogan has promised a return to stability if his party wins a majority.

    "This election will be for continuity of stability and trust," he said after praying at a new mosque in Istanbul on Saturday. He vowed to respect the result.

    But his opponents warn that an outright victory would fuel what they see as his increasingly authoritarian tendencies. ...........

    1. Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) looks likely to claim a majority in a critical parliamentary election, early results indicate...

      With almost 90% of all votes counted, state-run Anadolu Agency said the party was on 49.9%, with the main opposition CHP on 24.8%.

      The pro-Kurdish HDP and nationalist MHP appear likely to cross the 10% threshold needed to claim seats.

      Attempts to form a coalition government after elections in June failed.........

    2. Turquie: le parti d'Erdogan largement en tête des législatives...

      (Belga) Le parti islamo-conservateur du président turc Recep Tayyip Erdogan a largement remporté les élections législatives cruciales qui se sont déroulées dimanche en Turquie, selon les premiers résultats partiels rendus publics par les chaînes d'informations locales.

      Sur la base de 42% des bulletins dépouillés, le Parti de la justice et du développement (AKP, islamo-conservateur) obtenait 53,4% des voix, selon NTV et CNN-Türk, sans qu'il soit encore possible d'affirmer avec certitude qu'il retrouvera ou non la majorité absolue perdue il y a cinq mois. (Belga)

  4. L’EI exécute des enfants qui avaient tenté de fuir...

    Les combattants du groupe djihadiste ont exécuté 12 adolescents qui avaient tenté de fuir un camp d'entraînement de l'EI.

    "Au moins 12 enfants ont été tués par les radicaux de l'EI. Les enfants étaient soumis à un entraînement dans un camp militaire et ont été attrapés lors de leur tentative d'évasion. L'âge des enfants exécutés varie de 12 à 16 ans", a fait savoir le représentant du Parti démocratique du Kurdistan Saeed Mamuzini.

    Auparavant, l'EI avait publié des vidéos montrant des extrémistes entraînant des enfants dans des camps de la ville de Mossoul..........

  5. Grèce: nouveaux naufrages en Egée, 15 migrants morts dont 6 enfants...

    (Belga) Au moins 15 migrants dont six enfants ont péri dimanche dans deux nouveaux naufrages survenus en Egée, au large des îles grecques de Samos et de Farmakonissi, selon un nouveau bilan des gardes-côtes.

    Dans un premier temps, les autorités avaient annoncé le décès de 13 migrants mais deux autres corps ont été repêchés dans la soirée. Le premier naufrage a eu lieu à 20 mètres de la côte Galazio de Samos, quand une embarcation de six mètres de long a chaviré. Dix migrants, dont quatre nourrissons et deux enfants, ont été découverts noyés dans la cabine du bateau où ils étaient enfermés. Le corps d'une jeune fille a été découvert à la côte. Quinze personnes ont survécu au naufrage, et au moins deux migrants restent portés disparus, selon les gardes-côtes. Par ailleurs, deux corps ont été repêchés dimanche matin par un bateau de Frontex, l'agence de surveillance des frontières européennes, et des patrouilleurs grecs, qui naviguaient au large de l'îlot de Farmakonnisi, près de Samos...............

  6. Washington, Seoul Agree to Strenghten Defence Against Pyongyang 'Threat'...

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and his South Korean counterpart Han Min-koo agreed to enhance defense capacity amid what they deemed North Korea's "continuing threat," the joint statement read on Monday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Carter and Han had a bilateral closed-door meeting, which was followed by the statement.

    "The [South Korean] minister and the [US Defense] secretary reaffirmed that any North Korean aggression or military provocation is not to be tolerated," the joint statement read.

    The ministers expressed concern over the Pyongyang's intent to conduct a long-range missile launch and a nuclear test, and condemned the initiative.

    Carter also pledged to maintain the current level of the US military presence in South Korea and strengthen the US servicemen combat readiness, according to the statement.

    Currently, there are 28,500 US servicemen deployed in South Korea............

  7. L’opposition syrienne radicale annonce l’utilisation de boucliers humains..

    La coalition d’insurgés syriens Armée de l’islam compte utiliser des otages et des prisonniers de guerre enfermés dans des cages comme "boucliers humains" contre les frappes aériennes effectuées par l’armée du président Bachar el-Assad et les Forces aérospatiales russes, rapporte le journal américain New York Times.

    En guise de confirmation, l'opposition radicale a publié sur les réseaux sociaux des vidéos et des images avec le hashtag "cages de protection" représentant des hommes et des femmes transportés dans des cages dans les rues de Douma, bourgade située non loin de Damas.

    D'après Baraa Abdulrahman, média-activiste proche de l'Armée de l'islam, les djihadistes envisagent d'utiliser comme "boucliers humains" des prisonniers de guerre, pour la plupart des alawites de l'armée d'Assad, ainsi que des membres de leurs familles. Ils comptent placer des dizaines de "cages de protection" sur les toits des maisons et dans les rues de toutes les zones sous leur contrôle.

    Le groupe terroriste Etat islamique avait déjà utilisé des civiles comme boucliers humains afin d'empêcher l'armée gouvernementale de libérer des territoires occupés.........

  8. 8,500 refugees arrive in Slovenia since Sunday ...

    Around 8,500 refugees poured into Slovenia by train from Croatia on Sunday and overnight to Monday, bringing the total number of refugee arrivals across the country since Oct. 17 to 126,370.

    On Sunday night and Monday morning alone, three trains with refugees arrived at Dobova with 3,200 refugees, the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) reported.

    The refugees were transferred to reception centers inland or were sent on to Sentilj, the main point of entry into Austria. As of Monday morning, there were over 4,300 people at Sentilj waiting to cross as Austrian authorities did not allow passage during the night.

    It is expected that Austria will start letting in people during the day, Maribor police said in a press release. Meanwhile, a train carrying 600 refugees crossed into Austria at Jesenice based on a prior agreement with the Austrian authorities, STA reported.

  9. Australia Begins Naval Wargames With China...

    Australia has begun military exercises with China not far from the disputed artificial islands of the South China Sea. Canberra insists it is an invaluable chance to work alongside a regional neighbor, while analysts worry it could be used for propaganda purposes.

    The “live fire” exercises were planned long ago but come at a time of rising diplomatic tensions in the South China Sea, where the Chinese have tried to further their territorial claims by building new islands.

    Beginning Monday, the Royal Australian Navy will engage in war games alongside Chinese forces, not far from the disputed waters.

    Last week, the U.S. sent a warship through the area to assert what it called “freedom of navigation”............

  10. Iran said on Monday it would quit Syria peace talks if it found them unconstructive, citing the "negative role" of Saudi Arabia, in the latest twist in a spat between the regional rivals that bodes ill for efforts to ease turmoil across the Middle East...

    Increasingly bad-tempered exchanges between the conservative Sunni-ruled kingdom and the revolutionary Shi'ite theocracy have dampened hopes of improved ties after the adversaries sat down for their first meeting to discuss the Syria war last week.

    "In the first round of talks, some countries, especially Saudi Arabia, played a negative and unconstructive role  Iran will not participate if the talks are not fruitful," ISNA cited deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying.

    Delivering unusually personal criticism, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared to reprimand Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who, on Saturday, lashed out at Tehran for what he termed its interference in regional countries.

    "An inexperienced young man in a regional country will not reach anywhere by rudeness in front of elders," Rouhani was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA on Monday. He did not name the 'young man' but Jubeir was assumed to be his target.......REUTERS.......

  11. US to return to South China Sea after warship visit...

    The US has said it plans to return to contested areas of the South China Sea, with a top military commander saying it has conducted similar operations worldwide "for decades".

    The sailing of a US warship within an area claimed by China last week angered Beijing, which issued a warning.

    Adm Harry Harris, speaking in Beijing, said such moves should surprise no-one.

    An unnamed US official earlier told Reuters similar patrols would take place at least "twice a quarter".

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached the 12-nautical mile zone that China claims around the Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly archipelago.......BBC

  12. Sisi dismisses IS 'propaganda' over plane crash...

    Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has dismissed as "propaganda" claims by a branch of the so-called Islamic State militant group that it was responsible downing a Russian plane, the BBC reported this morning.

    His remarks came as a top US intelligence official said it was "unlikely" IS had been involved in the Kogalymavia airline disaster over the Sinai peninsula that killed 224 people on Saturday.

    "When there is propaganda that it crashed because of ISIS, this is one way to damage the stability and security of Egypt and the image of Egypt," Mr Sisi told the BBC.

    "Believe me, the situation in Sinai, especially in this limited area, is under our full control," he added.

    "All those interested in the matter are welcome to participate in the investigation."

    Experts say the fact that debris and bodies were strewn over such a wide area points to mid-air disintegration of the aircraft.

    Yesterday, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he could not rule out IS involvement in the incident, but thought it "unlikely".

    "We don't have any direct evidence of any terrorist involvement yet," he said...........

  13. Terrorism or accident? Mystery surrounds Russian plane crash...

    Mystery and confusion still surround the final moments of a Russian jetliner three days after it crashed in Egypt on Saturday, with officials and experts disagreeing over whether a terror attack is the most probable cause of the tragedy.

    The Metrojet Airbus A321 crashed in the desert in Egypt’s Sinai region on Saturday morning killing all 224 people on board, after plummeting suddenly from high altitude 23 minutes after taking off from the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh for St. Petersburg with mostly Russian passengers.

    Sinai Province, a local militant movement affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group, has claimed responsibility for bringing down the plane, but both Egyptian and Russian officials have dismissed that claim as not credible.

    James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, said Monday that while there is no direct evidence of any terrorist involvement yet, it could not be excluded that the plane was brought down by IS group extremists.

    “It’s unlikely, but I wouldn’t rule it out,” he told reporters in Washington.

    "ISIL has claimed responsibility,” Clapper said, using an alternate acronym for the IS group, “But we really don’t know” if it is involved, he added.......

  14. Cameron se niega a bombardear al EI en Siria...

    El primer ministro del Reino Unido, David Cameron, ha rechazado planes de realizar ataques aéreos contra las posiciones del Estado Islámico (EI) en Siria después de que no pudiera recibir el apoyo de laboristas, escribe el diario Times.

    La votación sobre el plan de intensificar acciones bélicas a través de la frontera de Irak que debía realizarse antes del fin del año quedó cancelada. Cameron no pudo convencer al número suficiente de los diputados del Partido Laborista y vencer la resistencia de los conservadores.

    Según Times, para una victoria segura David Cameron necesitaba el apoyo de 40 parlamentarios laboristas. No obstante, el líder del partido, Jeremy Corbyn, declaró que apoya solo "soluciones pacíficas" del conflicto.

    Esta situación probablemente decepcione a EEUU que la semana pasada envió a Siria 50 militares de las fuerzas especiales, indica el diario.............

  15. Curfew ordered in Turkey's Kurdish southeast as clashes kill one...

    Security forces backed by helicopters imposed a curfew in parts of a southeastern Turkish town on Tuesday and one man was killed in clashes with Kurdish militants, security sources said, the first death since a weekend election heightened tensions.

    The military said it carried out air strikes on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant bases across the border in northern Iraq on Monday, suggesting there will be no let-up in its campaign in the wake of the vote.

    The ruling AK Party won back a parliamentary majority on Sunday in a major victory for President Tayyip Erdogan, who has pledged to continue operations against the PKK after a two-year ceasefire collapsed in July.

    In the town of Silvan, militants in the PKK's youth wing dug trenches on Tuesday to keep police out of some areas, security sources said, while security forces put three neighbourhoods under curfew.

    A 22-year-old civilian was shot dead in the town, around 60 km (37 miles) north of Diyarbakir, the largest city in the mainly Kurdish

  16. Syrie: pas question de période de transition, affirme un responsable syrien...

    Un haut responsable syrien, Fayçal Moqdad, a affirmé mardi qu'il n'était pas question d'une "période de transition" en Syrie, alors que des pays occidentaux et l'opposition insistent sur une transition sans le président Bachar al-Assad.

    L'idée d'une autorité gouvernementale de transition dotée des pleins pouvoirs qui préparerait la tenue d'élections en Syrie a été approuvée par les grandes puissances en juin 2012, lors de la conférence internationale sur la Syrie dite de Genève I.

    "Il n'y a pas de période de transition. Il existe (en Syrie) des institutions officielles qui fonctionnent", a déclaré le vice-ministre syrien des Affaires étrangères, cité par l'agence officielle syrienne Sana.

    "Nous parlons de dialogue national, d'un gouvernement élargi (à l'opposition), d'un processus constitutionnel et non d'une période de transition", a-t-il insisté au cours d'une visite à Téhéran, allié clé du régime de Bachar al-Assad.

    "Le président Bachar al-Assad est le président légitime élu par le peuple syrien, tout le monde doit respecter cette volonté", a-t-il

    1. Syria conflict: Russia says keeping Assad 'not critical'...

      Russia says it is not crucial for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to stay in power, saying it is up to the Syrian people to decide, the Russian foreign ministry has said.

      When asked if saving the Syrian leader was a matter of principle for Russia, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: "Absolutely not, we never said that."

      "We are not saying that Assad should leave or stay," she added.....BBC

  17. Russian, US, Saudi lists of opposition eligible for talks with Damascus partially coincide...

    Russia’s, the United States’ and Saudi Arabia’s lists of Syrian opposition representatives who could be invited for talks with Damascus partially coincide, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday.

    "We have prepared our vision," she told the Ekho Moskvy radio station. "It is not based on political speculation or political preferences. We have been working with these organizations, both in Moscow and in European capitals and in the Middle East, for four years."

    "The lists partially coincide," she said, adding that the United States and Saudi Arabia had added some other organizations to their lists.

    At a meeting of Russia, US, Saudi and Turkish foreign ministers in Vienna on October 29, the Russian side handed over to the partners a list of 38 representatives of Syrian opposition who could be invited for talks with the current Syrian authorities.
    Russian stance on Syria remains unchanged

    Zakharova also said Russia’s stance on the Syrian settlement remains unchanged.

    "Fresh attempts have been made by Western media to present things in a way that Russia allegedly changed its stance on the future of Syrian (President Bashar al-Assad)," Zakharova said..............

  18. Israel has passed an amendment to the country's civil law establishing a minimum prison sentence of three years for people who throw rocks at Israeli troops, civilians or vehicles...

    Passed late on Monday night by a vote of 51-17, the legislation includes a number of provisions, among them one that permits the government to strip those convicted of stone throwing of their state benefits.

    In effect, the move will further entrench Israeli civil law in occupied East Jerusalem, according to rights groups.

    Palestinians in the rest of the occupied West Bank, however, are subject to Israeli military law.

    The law also enables Israel to cancel national health insurance and other social programmes for the parents of an imprisoned minor.

    Rima Awad, a member of the Campaign for Jerusalem, a Palestinian rights group, said that Israel is "collectively punishing" Palestinian Jerusalemites.

    "The families of the accused are also being punished," Awad told Al Jazeera.

    'Extraordinary step'

    "Setting minimum sentences is an extraordinary step," the law's preface reads. "But the uniqueness of the phenomenon [of rock-throwing] and its scale, which have expanded of late, justify as an extraordinary measure the establishment of minimum punishments in this case as a temporary provision."

    The move comes on the heels of widespread unrest, as an increase in Palestinian protests against Israel's ongoing occupation have given way to frequent clashes across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the besieged Gaza Strip..............

  19. Islamist militants launched a rare attack in Kurdish territory in northern Iraq on Tuesday, breaching a local government compound near several oilfields across the frontline that divides Kurdish forces and ISIS fighters...

    A policeman at the scene said a suicide bomber blew himself up at a checkpoint clearing the way for other militants to enter the compound at the town of Dibis 50 km (30 miles) south of Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region,

    He said at least two of his colleagues had been killed in the initial explosion and fighting between the militants and Kurdish security forces was continuing.

    "I'm hearing gunshots," he said.

    Dibis has been controlled by Kurdish forces since the Iraqi army's northern divisions collapsed in June 2014 as ISIS overran around a third of the country including the city of Mosul.

    Backed by airstrikes from an international coalition led by the United States, Kurdish peshmerga forces have driven back the militants in the north, largely insulating their area from violent instability.

  20. US Provided Syria Militants with RC Drones...

    The Remote Control (RC) drones downed by the Syrian army last week in Daraa countryside was American drones, sources said on Tuesday.

    Field sources in Syria said that the drones downed in Ezraa area in Daraa countryside in October 26 is of are Switchblade triCopters.

    The three-rotor SwitchBlade, a small, collapsible RC drone is designed to compete with radially symmetric quadrotors in the realms of search and rescue, infrastructure inspection, aerial photography, research, and (of course) recreational flight.

    The sources cited information saying that the US led Military Operations Center (MOC) provided the insurgents with the drones, noting that the range of such drones reaches 10 km.

    The drones can fly for about 11 minutes, the sources added.

  21. Egypt's President Sisi defends sweeping security laws...

    President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has defended Egypt's sweeping security laws, insisting he is still taking the country on a path to democracy.

    Ahead of a visit to the UK, Mr Sisi told the BBC that Egypt was threatened by extremist groups and feared the collapses suffered by its neighbours.

    He underlined that Egypt's situation was different to that of Europe.

    The retired field marshal led the army's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests.

    Since then, hundreds of people have been killed and more than 40,000 are believed to have been jailed in a crackdown on dissent.

    Most of them have been supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, but secular and liberal activists have also been prosecuted for breaking a 2013 anti-protest law that gives the interior ministry the power to ban any gathering of more than 10 people............

  22. Taiwan and China leaders to hold first meeting since 1949...

    Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks with his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore on Saturday in the first such meeting of leaders from the two rivals since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949.

    The unexpected but historic meeting carries risks for both presidents, political experts said.

    It comes at a sensitive time in Taiwan, with presidential elections being held on Jan. 16 amid rising anti-China sentiment, particularly among younger Taiwanese who worry about Beijing’s influence over the island and don’t believe Taiwan benefits from closer economic ties with its giant neighbour.

    Ma’s office said in a statement the purpose of his trip was to “consolidate cross-strait peace and maintain the status quo”.

    Ma would not sign any agreements, nor issue any joint statements with China, it added..........

  23. Soudan du Sud: un avion-cargo s'écrase à son décollage, au moins 25 morts ..

    Plusieurs personnes ont été tuées mercredi à Juba dans l'accident d'un avion-cargo qui s'est écrasé peu après son décollage de l'aéroport de la capitale sud-soudanaise, a constaté un journaliste de l'AFP.

    Des sauveteurs tentaient de localiser d'éventuels rescapés et sortaient des corps de la carcasse de l'avion.

    L'appareil s'est écrasé sur une petite île située sur le Nil-Blanc, qui court à environ 800 m du bout de la piste de l'aéroport.

    Depuis la rive du fleuve, le journaliste de l'AFP pouvait voir la queue de l'appareil, entière, au sol et émergeant d'une zone forestière. Le sol herbeux alentour était jonché de débris.

    "Seules trois personnes ont survécu à l'accident"

    Selon l'AFP, il y aurait au moins 25 morts. Des médias locaux, dont la station de la mission locale de l'ONU Radio-Miraya, ont de leur côté parlé de jusqu'à 40 tués, sans donner de source.

    Le directeur de l'aéroport, cité par ces médias, a indiqué que "seules trois personnes avaient survécu à l'accident", sans donner d'autre bilan. Le type de l'appareil et le nombre de personnes à bord n'étaient pas connus dans l'immé

    1. Crash au Soudan du Sud: l'avion pas enregistré en Russie...

      Un avion de transport avec à son bord cinq membres d'équipage russes s'est écrasé au Soudan du Sud.

      D'après un conseiller du ministre russe des Transports, l'avion accidenté ne figurait pas dans les régistres de l'aviation civile russe.

      Un avion de transport Antonov 12 avec à son bord cinq membres d'équipage russes s'est écrasé au Soudan du Sud mercredi 4 novembre.

      Selon les informations relayées par le South Sudan Tribune sur sa page Twitter, deux personnes, dont un enfant, ont survécu au crash de l'aéronef..........

  24. Turkey may hold a referendum on changing the constitution to create an executive presidential system and discussions on the issue will accelerate in the period ahead, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday...

    Ibrahim Kalin was speaking three days after the ruling AK Party clawed back a majority in a general election, a triumph for Erdogan, whose ambition for stronger presidential powers rests on the AKP controlling parliament.

    Erdogan cast the outcome as a vote for stability after months of uncertainty, but opponents fear it will only fuel the hunger for power of a leader they say has grown increasingly authoritarian.

    "An issue like the presidential system can't be decided without the nation. If the mechanism requires a referendum, then we will hold a referendum," Kalin told reporters, adding the change was not simply a personal issue for Erdogan..........

  25. Twenty-six people thought to be Lebanese and Syrian were winched to safety by helicopters off Cyprus in an overnight operation when their sailboat began to sink in rough seas, authorities said...

    Radars picked up a distress signal from the boat sailing off the island's south-eastern tip, which is prone to very strong sea currents. Police said a number of passengers required medical treatment for hypothermia.

    "The occupants of the sailboat said they had set off from Lebanon," a police spokesman said.

  26. En Iran, manifestations massives contre les USA...

    Plusieurs milliers de personnes ont manifesté dans la capitale iranienne en criant des slogans anti-américains et en brûlant des drapeaux pour marquer le 36ème anniversaire de la prise de l’ambassade américaine à Téhéran, annonce la chapine iranienne Press TV. Des dizaines de milliers de manifestants se sont rassemblés devant l'Université d'Etat de Téhéran et ont marché jusqu'au bâtiment où se trouvait autrefois la mission diplomatique américaine.....

  27. The Syrian army regained control of a road southeast of Aleppo on Wednesday, state television said, taking back the government’s only supply route into the city from ISIS fighters who had seized it last month...

    Army forces took full control of the road which runs from Aleppo through the towns of Khanaser and Ithriya and links up with the cities of Hama and Homs further south, the channel flashed in a news bulletin. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the report.

    The road is the army’s supply route to government-held western parts of Aleppo, home to around 2 million people.

    Rebels are mainly in the eastern sector of the city, which was Syria’s most populous before the conflict broke out in 2011.

    ISIS said late last month it had taken control of most of the Syrian army checkpoints on the road and seized large caches of ammunition from army outposts in the area.

    Areas around Aleppo have seen weeks of heavy fighting after Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian fighters launched an offensive to retake territory around Aleppo from rebels and jihadist

  28. One of two black boxes from Russian plane damaged: Egypt ministry...

    Investigators have extracted and validated the contents of the flight data recorder, one of two so-called black boxes recovered from the Russian airplane that crashed in Egypt, Egypt's Civil Aviation Ministry said Wednesday.

    The ministry said the second black box which contains the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) was partially damaged and much work was required to extract data from it.

    "Consequently no further comment on the CVR can be made. Examination of parts on site is continuing," said the ministry's statement.

    Earlier, ISIS's Egyptian affiliate dismissed in an audio message doubts that it had downed the Russian passenger plane over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all aboard, and said it would tell the world how it did so in its own

  29. A321-Absturz in Ägypten: Ermittler vermuten Explosion im Triebwerk...

    Eine Explosion im Triebwerk soll den Absturz der russischen Passagiermaschine Airbus A321 am Samstag über der Sinai-Halbinsel verursacht haben. Das geht aus der Auswertung der Flugschreiber hervor, wie ein Vertreter der zuständigen ägyptischen Untersuchungskommission mitteilte.

    Die Ursache der Explosion müsse noch geklärt werden, sagte der Sprecher zur ägyptischen Zeitung „al-Masri al-Jaum“. Bei dem Unglück waren am Samstag alle 224 Insassen ums Leben gekommen. Das Passagierflugzeug war vom Badeort Scharm el-Scheich nach Sankt Petersburg unterwegs gewesen. Die Wrackteile wurden auf einer Fläche von mehr als 20 Quadratkilometern verstreut.......

  30. Russia’s Syria force grows to 4,000: U.S. officials...

    Moscow’s military force in Syria has grown to about 4,000 personnel, but this and more than a month of Russian air strikes have not led to pro-government forces making significant territorial gains, U.S. security officials and independent experts said.

    Moscow, which has maintained a military presence in Syria for decades as an ally of the ruling Assad family, had an estimated 2,000 personnel in the country when it began air strikes on Sept. 30. The Russian force has since roughly doubled and the number of bases it is using has grown, U.S. security officials said.

    The Russians have suffered combat casualties, including deaths, said three U.S. security officials familiar with U.S. intelligence reporting, adding that they did not know the exact numbers.

    The U.S. has extensive intelligence assets in the region, along with satellite imagery and electronic eavesdropping coverage and contacts with moderate Sunni and Kurdish rebels on the ground in

  31. Russia has sent air defense systems to Syria to protect its forces there, Syria's state news agency SANA said on Thursday, citing a Russian official...

    The defense systems are deployed in Syria to protect Russia's war jets operating there and to respond to other emergency situations, SANA said.

    "We have taken into consideration all possible threats and sent to Syria not only offense warplanes, launchers and choppers, but also anti-aircraft missile defense systems to use in the extreme scenarios like the possibility of aircraft being hijacked from airbases that are controlled by the Syrian government and targeting our bases," Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev, commander-in-chief of the Russian Air Force, was quoted as saying.

    Russia started airstrikes on militant groups' posts in Syria on Sept. 30, a move hailed by Syrian government officials as "an efficient step" in its war against terrorism.

  32. No requests for military assistance from Iraq to Russia — Kremlin...

    There have been no requests - official or unofficial - from the Iraqi authorities to Russia for military strikes against terrorists in that country and there are no reasons for considering such a possibility for now, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

    "There have been no official or unofficial request from Iraqi counterparts," Peskov said. In the wake of media rumors Russia’s ambassador in Baghdad Ilya Morgunov said the Iraqi authorities did not rule out the possibility of addressing Russia with such a request Peskov said that he had no information on that score at the moment.

    Asked if Moscow was considering the possibility of attacking terrorist targets in Iraq, Peskov said, "No we have no reasons for that."

  33. Kurdish PKK militants end unilateral ceasefire in Turkey: agency...

    Kurdish militants ended a month-old ceasefire in Turkey on Thursday, a day after President Tayyip Erdogan vowed to "liquidate" them, dashing hopes of any let-up in violence in the wake of a national election.

    The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group said the ruling AK Party, which won back its parliamentary majority in Sunday's election, was on a war footing.

    "The unilateral halt to hostilities has come to an end with the AKP's war policy and the latest attacks," it said in a statement carried by the Firat news agency, which is close to the militant group.

    Erdogan, who oversaw a peace process with the PKK which collapsed in July, vowed on Wednesday to continue battling the PKK until every last fighter was "liquidated".

    Eighteen people were killed in clashes with the military in the mainly Kurdish southeast on Thursday, bringing this week's death toll to almost 40. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the insurgency since it began in 1984.

    The PKK - designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union - declared the ceasefire on Oct. 10 as a move to avoid any violence that might prevent a "fair and just election". The government dismissed it as an electoral tactic.

  34. Bad Weather Stops Iraqi Forces from Fighting ISIL for Control of Ramadi...

    Heavy rain in Iraq halted operations to retake the city of Ramadi from the ISIL group for the second time in a week, a senior officer said on Thursday.

    ISIL seized Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, in May, and security forces have fought their way to the outskirts of the city, where they have been battling the group's terrorists in recent days.

    "Operations to liberate Ramadi were stopped because of weather conditions and heavy rains," said Staff Major General Ismail Mahalawi, the commanding officer for Anbar operations..........

  35. Deadly bomb rocks Lebanese town near Syrian border...

    A bomb exploded in a Lebanese town near the Syria border on Thursday, killing and wounding several people including clerics who were holding a meeting at the time, security officials and state media said.

    The security officials said the bomb exploded in Arsal, near the office of the Qalamoun Clerics Association that is active in helping refugees. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief reporters, said 10 people were killed or wounded in the blast.

    State-run National News Agency said the bomb was placed on a motorcycle that blew up outside the association's office, killing five and wounding six. NNA said the dead included the head of the group, Syrian cleric Osman Mansour.

    Qalamoun is a mountainous region in Syria that borders Lebanon. Most of it was captured over the past year by Syrian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters...............

  36. Les autorités françaises ont décidé de déployer un groupe de navires militaires avec le porte-avions Charles de Gaulle à sa tête pour leurs opérations contre le groupe terroriste Etat islamique, selon l'Elysée....

    Paris a décidé d'envoyer un groupe de navires avec le porte-avions Charles de Gaulle à sa tête pour participer aux opérations militaires contre l'Etat islamique, lit-on dans un communiqué de l'Elysée. Ce communiqué a été publié suite à une réunion du Conseil National de la Défense présidé par François Hollande.

    "Le déploiement du groupe aéronaval constitué autour du porte-avions Charles de Gaulle a été décidé pour participer aux opérations contre Daech et ses groupes affiliés", annonce le document.

    Actuellement, le navire à propulsion nucléaire Charles de Gaulle, le seul porte-avions français, se trouve à Toulon pour des opérations d'entretien depuis le printemps.

    Depuis septembre 2014, la France participe à la coalition anti-EI en Irak. Paris a commencé à mener des frappes sur la Syrie un an plus tard.

  37. Turkey Welcomes US Decision to Halt Weapons Supply to Syrian Kurds...

    On Wednesday, US Army Colonel Steve Warren said that the United States would continue supplying munitions to the anti-ISIL rebel forces in Syria, except for the Kurdish militants, because Turkey, a US ally in fight against the Islamic State, believes they pose a threat.

    Ankara praises Washington’s decision to stop supplying arms to the Syrian Kurds, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said Thursday.

    "We are pleased to hear that. Earlier, we expressed our concern. We will monitor how it is implemented," Bilgic told reporters.

    Turkey, which is home to millions of Kurds, had feared that the weapons provided by the United States could have fallen into the arms of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a militant group considered to be a terrorist organization by Ankara.

    According to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Ankara has warned Washington and Moscow against providing military aid to Syrian Kurds. Moscow responded by saying that no such aid has been given.

  38. MSF Report: Afghan Hospital Attack Had No Military Purpose ....

    The international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says an internal review of last month's airstrikes by U.S. forces on its hospital in northern Afghanistan shows no reason why the facility should have come under attack.

    The organization, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), released a report Thursday documenting events surrounding the airstrikes. The report says there were no armed combatants fighting within or from the hospital grounds.

    Last month, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Army General John Campbell, had said the U.S. accepted full responsibility for the bombing, which, according to the Pentagon, came after Afghan forces called in U.S. airstrikes against Taliban fighters thought to be firing from inside the medical compound.

    The MSF document, part of an ongoing review of events undertaken by the group, is based upon 60 debriefings of MSF national and international employees who worked at the 140-bed trauma center, internal and public information, before and after photographs of the hospital, email correspondence, and telephone call records.................

  39. Putin Vows to Protect Compatriots Abroad, including in Libya, Syria...

    Russia will always protect fellow countrymen abroad, including in Yemen, Libya and Syria, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

    "People who are not in Russia due to various reasons should be firmly sure: we will always protect your interests," Putin told the fifth World Congress of Compatriots in Moscow.

    "Moreover, in difficult and crisis situations, such as in Libya, Syria or Yemen," the Russian leader said.

    Putin stressed that safeguarding compatriots from any discrimination remains Russia’s key task. The president explained that this concerns the key rights such as studying the native language and preserving cultural and spiritual traditions.

    Russia will continue implementing the state program assisting the relocation of compatriots to the motherland, Putin said, adding that more than 367,000 people, including 130,000 from Ukraine, have moved to Russia under this program.

    "We remain close to each other indeed. I am sure that wherever you are, the historic motherland will always remain a secure foothold for you," Putin told the participants of the congress.

  40. Chemical weapons experts have determined that mustard gas was used during fighting in Syria in August, according to a report by an international watchdog seen by Reuters...

    The chemical - which causes severe delayed burns to the eyes, skin and lungs and is banned under international law - was used during a battle between ISIS insurgents and another rebel group, diplomatic sources said.....REUTERS

  41. France will put in place border checks to coincide with UN climate talks that start in Paris on November 30, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Friday...

    "For a month we are going to set up checks on borders," Cazeneuve told French media.

    Five weeks before they hope to sign off on a pact to curb global warming, more than 60 environment and energy ministers gather in Paris from Sunday to narrow political rifts.

    The three-day huddle seeks to target areas of possible compromise ahead of a year-end summit in the French capital tasked with inking the first-ever universal agreement to rein in climate-altering greenhouse gases.

    It will be a chance for ministers to examine a rough draft of the deal that remains little more than a laundry list of opposing options, despite months of haggling...........

  42. China and Vietnam have agreed to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea and not take any acts that "complicate" the issue, Chinese state television reported on Friday...

    The agreement came at the end of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Vietnam. by Reuters

  43. A burst dam at an iron ore mine owned by Vale and BHP Billiton left at least two people dead, more than 30 injured and dozens missing overnight, a spokesman for firefighters in the city of Mariana said Friday...

    The dam had been holding back waste water at the Germano mine operated by the firms' Samarco joint venture, and the disaster unleashed a mudslide that destroyed hundreds of homes in a nearby village Thursday.

    The incident has halted operations at the mine, which produces about 30,000 tons of pellets per year.

  44. Grèce: des divergences subsistent avec les créanciers, pas de compromis en vue...

    La Grèce a peu de chances d'obtenir lundi à Bruxelles le feu vert nécessaire au déboursement de 2 milliards d'euros promis dans le cadre de son troisième plan d'aide financier, à cause des divergences subsistant avec ses créanciers, selon plusieurs sources européennes.

    "Je ne crois pas qu'il y aura un feu vert lundi" pour le déboursement de cette tranche d'aide qui dépend de la mise en oeuvre de certaines réformes économiques souvent douloureuses pour Athènes, a confié vendredi une source européenne proche des discussions.

    Les ministres des Finances de la zone euro se réunissent lundi après-midi à Bruxelles pour leur réunion mensuelle où la Grèce risque d'occuper les débats. L'idée était encore en début de semaine que cette réunion débouche sur un accord permettant le déboursement d'une tranche de deux milliards d'euros, qui aurait déjà dû être versée en

  45. Germany is set to speed up the deportation of asylum-seekers after weeks of disputes within the government coalition over the "overwhelming" surge of new refugees...

    Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the agreement on Thursday to set up three to five reception centres nationwide that would expedite the process of either accepting or repatriating refugees.

    "We have reached these agreements in the spirit that we will manage this," she said, alongside Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel of the centre-left Social Democrats and Horst Seehofer of the CSU party.

    For weeks, Seehofer has been urging Merkel to reduce the number of the refugees in the country, saying that local authorities are struggling to deal with the refugee influx............

  46. Taiwan and China leaders hold historic talks...

    The presidents of China and Taiwan exchanged a historic handshake on Saturday as they began the first summit between leaders of the two sides since their 1949 civil war split.

    China's Xi Jinping and Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou shook hands, smiled broadly and waved to a huge pack of assembled media at a hotel in Singapore before going behind closed doors for the landmark talks.

    Both men shook hands and smiled in front of a mass of journalists, Xi wearing a red tie, the colour of the Communist Party, and Ma a blue one, the colour of his Nationalist Party.

    Moving into a meeting room, Xi, speaking first and sitting opposite Ma, said Chinese people on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait had the ability and wisdom to solve their own problems.

    "No force can pull us apart," Xi said. "We are one family."

    In response, Ma said he was determined to promote peace across the Taiwan Strait and that relations should be based on sincerity, wisdom and patience.

    Ma also asked Xi indirectly to respect Taiwan's democracy.

    "Both sides should respect each other's values and way of life," he said.

    The talks between China President Xi Jinping and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, the first such meeting since China’s civil war ended in 1949, are held in the neutral venue of Singapore...........

  47. A British passenger jet came close to being hit by a rocket as it came in to land at Egypt's Sharm al-Sheikh in August, British media reported on Saturday (Nov 7), although the UK government said it concluded the incident was not a deliberate attack...

    The pilot of the Thomson flight from London to Egypt took evasive action after spotting the missile coming towards the plane as it flew to the Red Sea resort, the Daily Mail reported.

    The rocket was believed to have come within 1,000 ft (300m) of the plane, an unnamed source told the paper.

    Britain confirmed the incident had occurred but played down its significance as investigators try to pin down the cause of a Russian passenger plane crash over Egypt's Sinai. Western officials believe it was brought down by a bomb after taking off from Sharm al-Sheikh on Oct 31.

    "We investigated the reported incident at the time and concluded that it was not a targeted attack and was likely to be connected to routine exercises being conducted by the Egyptian military in the area at the time," the Department for Transport said in a statement.

    A government source also said the rocket was not thought to have come as close as the report

  48. The Egyptian head of the international team investigating the Russian Metrojet plane crash in Sinai has said it is too early to say what caused it...

    Ayman al-Muqaddam said all scenarios were still on the table.

    On Friday French officials suggested the crash was caused by a violent explosion.

    The Airbus 321 came down in the Sinai Peninsula on 31 October, killing all 224 on board shortly after leaving the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

    Earlier on Saturday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry criticised a failure by unnamed countries to share intelligence relating to the crash with Egypt.

    The US and the UK have both said intelligence points to the strong possibility it was caused by a bomb.

    The UK halted flights to Sharm el-Sheikh and is repatriating tourists.....BBC

  49. Searchers used small airplanes and a drone Saturday to look for 19 people confirmed as missing following the burst of two dams inside an iron ore mine, while authorities lowered the official death count to one...

    The Fire Department said officials were now not sure that a second body, which was found 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the site of the accident, was a victim. It said the list of missing included 13 mine workers and six residents of a nearby village that was overrun with mud and water.

    Bras Azevedo, secretary of social defense in the nearby city of Mariana, told The Associated Press that authorities had to be cautious in sorting out exactly how many people were missing or dead. "There are still people in isolated areas; they could be the ones we are looking for," he said.........AP........

  50. Tusk Demands Tougher Border Controls in Germany Amid Migrant Crisis..

    Speaking with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Tusk said Berlin’s attitude to immigrants was "the most liberal and tolerant in Europe’s history," but added it should take seriously its duty to defend Eu frontiers.

    "I understand that Germany, for historical reasons, may find it difficult to toughen the border regime. But Germany’s duty toward Europe also means that, if necessary, it should be able to vigorously control European borders together with other European countries," Tusk said..........

  51. Confusion as Bright Light Flies over US West Coast ...

    A bright light moving across southern California Saturday night brought confusion and speculation from witnesses on the coast.

    Some described it as a shooting star while others said it was a rocket. Other observers added that they saw it explode before the light trail began.

    The light came from a planned missile test by the Navy, the Pentagon said in a statement.

    The Navy Strategic Systems Programs had tested an unarmed Trident missile flight from the USS Kentucky, a ballistic missile submarine, off of the west coast.

    This kind of procedure happens frequently, the Pentagon said.

    “Each activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities,” the statement said.

    The Navy said it does not announce military tests, but Los Angeles International Airport did announce night flight routes were going to be affected until November 12 to accommodate for military airspace use.

  52. EU justice ministers meet in Brussels over refugee crisis...

    European Union justice ministers will meet in Brussels today in an attempt to speed up implementation of measures recently agreed to tackle the refugee crisis.

    Since August, EU member states have agreed to provide more personnel for the EU border agency Frontex, as well pledging billions of euro in aid for countries in the Middle East and Africa in order to try to stem the flow of migrants.

    However, officials say only a percentage of the promises have been followed through.

    Yesterday, Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the country needs to send a message to the world that it is reaching the limit of its capacity to help Europe's flood of refugees and migrants.

    Germany expects 800,000 to a million refugees and migrants to arrive this year, twice as many as in any prior year...........

  53. Riots at Australian prison after detainee death...

    Fences at an immigration detention facility on the remote Australian outpost of Christmas Island were torn down and fires were lit following the death of a detainee, forcing some guards to abandon the facility, according to reports on Monday.

    Australia’s Department of Immigration confirmed there was a “disturbance” at the centre, saying there were reports of damage but no injuries.

    The incident followed the death of an inmate who had escaped over the weekend. The Department of Immigration said the man, identified by refugee advocates as an Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker, had escaped on Saturday. His body was discovered by search and rescue teams on Sunday at the bottom of cliffs away from the centre, the department said.

    New Zealand Labour Party corrections spokesman Kelvin Davis, who recently visited the centre, told Radio New Zealand the riot had started when an inmate inquiring about the death was hit by a guard.

    “I believe a fence has been torn down and detainees from the segregated unit have joined the other detainees. I believe that canisters have been fired into the compound but haven’t gone off,” he said.

    Asylum seekers are a hot political issue in Australia. Successive governments have vowed to stop them reaching the mainland, sending those intercepted on unsafe boats to camps on Christmas Island, and more recently Manus island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru in the South Pacific...........

    1. Australia's immigration minister has said police used tear gas to bring an end to unrest at the Christmas Island migrant detention centre...

      Peter Dutton said five detainees were injured, but could not confirm reports that police had used rubber bullets.

      The immigration department said all areas of the facility were back under "full and effective control" after police used "some force".

      The disturbances began on Sunday after an escaped detainee was found dead.

      Inmates had started fires inside the buildings and barricaded themselves inside a compound with weapons.

      Christmas Island is a remote outpost located 2,650km (1,650 miles) north-west of Perth and 380km south of Java in Indonesia.

      It is part of Australia's network of offshore processing centres for irregular migrants who arrive by boat, but also houses foreigners facing deportation after committing crimes in Australia.
      'Group of criminals'

      Police reinforcements arrived at the detention centre early on Tuesday to restore order................

  54. Obama, Netanyahu set for first talks since Iran deal...

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet on Monday for the first time since the Israeli leader lost his battle against the Iran nuclear deal, with Washington seeking his re-commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

    Netanyahu, who infuriated the White House by urging Congress, in an address in March at the Republican leadership’s invitation, to reject an emerging accord with Iran, hopes the talks will help outline a new 10-year military aid package for his country.

    While that issue will be on the agenda of Netanyahu’s talks with Obama, U.S. officials said the president would also press Netanyahu for steps to keep alive the possibility of a future Palestinian state alongside Israel.

    U.S.-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014. The eruption of a wave of violence between the two sides last month has made an end to that bloodshed a more immediate priority.

    In public remarks to his cabinet on Sunday about his Washington visit, Netanyahu spoke only in general terms about “possible progress with the Palestinians, or at least, stabilizing the situation when it comes to them”.................

  55. Catalonia Lawmakers to Vote on Renewed Independence Effort ...

    Lawmakers in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region are launching a renewed effort Monday to seek independence.

    The Together for Yes coalition and leftist CUP party, which together control 72 of the regional body's 135 seats, have put forth a proposal to begin an 18-month process toward secession. Catalonian lawmakers are due to vote on the measure Monday.

    Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy promised last month to use "all political and legal means" to stop an independence push, including taking the matter to the country's Constitutional Court. He called desires for Catalonia to break away "an act of provocation." ........

  56. Date of second ministerial meeting on Syria being coordinated — Russian Foreign Ministry...

    The date of the second ministerial meeting on the Syrian settlement is being coordinated, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of information and media told TASS on Monday.

    "The second ministerial meeting on Syria is being coordinated," the foreign ministry said.

    A diplomatic source told TASS earlier that the meeting will most likely be held on November 14. China also said that Beijing plans to join the talks in Vienna on November 14.

    However, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said last week that the next ministerial meeting on Syria will take place in the Austrian capital on November 12........

  57. India Monday successfully testfired its home-made, nuclear-capable Agni IV ballistic missile off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, sources said....

    "The missile was launched from the integrated test range at Wheeler Island. The testfiring was part of a user trial by the Indian Army," the sources said.

    The surface-to-surface Agni IV missile has a strike range of 4,000 km and is a two-stage weapon system that is 20 meters long and weighs 17 tonnes.

    Agni I, II and III are already in use and this was the fifth trial of Agni IV missile. The last trial of the missile in December 2014 was also successful.

  58. A Jordanian police officer has shot and killed two American instructors at a training facility for Iraqi and Palestinian Authority forces near Amman.

    The shooter killed himself after carrying out the attack at the American-funded Jordan International Police Training Centre (JIPTC) in Muaqar , on the eastern outskirts of the Jordanian capital, a security source told Reuters.

    Two others were wounded in the attack, according to AFP.

    1. A military officer has killed himself after killing two Americans and wounding others Monday in a training camp in Jordan, a source from the Arab country told Al Arabiya News Channel...

      The incident happened in Al-Mowaqqar east of the capital, Amman. Some of the wounded are Germans, the source added.

      Initially, the source said one American trainer was killed.

      There are no further information about the incident........

    2. Un policier jordanien tue trois instructeurs dans un centre d'entraînement ...

      Un policier jordanien a tué deux instructeurs américains et un autre sud-africain, lundi, dans un centre d'entraînement militaire à l'est d'Amman, avant d'être lui-même abattu par ses camarades.

      Un policier jordanien a tué deux instructeurs américains et un autre sud-africain, lundi 9 novembre, dans le Centre international jordanien pour l'entraînement de la police situé à Mouakar, à l'est d'Amman, en Jordanie.

      Le policier a blessé deux autres instructeurs américains et quatre jordaniens, avant d'être abattu par ses camarades, a expliqué le porte-parole du gouvernement jordanien Mohmmed Momani. L'un des Américains est dans un état critique, a-t-il ajouté.

      L'assaillant avait le grade de capitaine et n'avait "aucun lien avec des organisations terroristes", a affirmé une source proche de sa famille. "En état de choc", cette dernière était interrogée par les services de sécurité, a ajouté cette source. "Une enquête est en cours pour déterminer les motivations du crime et les circonstances", a indiqué Mohmmed Momani, qui est aussi ministre de l'Information............

  59. Russia should be banned from athletics competition, a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report has recommended...

    Wada's independent commission examined allegations of doping, cover-ups, and extortion in Russian athletics, which also implicated the IAAF, the sport's world governing body.

    It also wants five athletes and five coaches to get lifetime doping bans.

    The report also identified "systemic failures" in the IAAF that prevent an "effective" anti-doping programme.

    In addition, it states the London 2012 Olympics were "sabotaged" by the "widespread inaction" against Russian athletes with suspicious doping profiles by the IAAF and the Russian athletics federation............

  60. Serbian Envoy Praises Kosovo's Failed UNESCO Bid as Victory for Int'l Law ...

    Kosovo's failure to gather the needed majority of votes to join the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) is a victory for justice and international law, Serbia's Ambassador to Russia Slavenko Terzic told Sputnik on Monday.

    "I am glad that justice, international law, the UN charter won," Terzic said.

    "It would have been unacceptable to pass Serbia’s most cultural heritage to the people who destroyed it, and unfortunately quite a lot of UNESCO members supported,” he said, adding that if UN's cultural body had approved the bid, it would have “severely damaged the authority of this organization."

    "This fact, in a sense, returns to the beginning of the issues of Kosovo and Metohija self-proclamation," Slavenko Terzic stated.

    The partially recognized state managed to gather 92 votes in favor of its accession to UNESCO, just a few votes short of the needed two-thirds majority..........(Sputnik)

  61. British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday that he had "no emotional attachment" to the institutions of the European Union (EU) and wanted to "debunk" the idea Britain could not survive outside the EU...

    Addressing the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), he said he is not satisfied with the status quo and Britain had to renegotiate its deal with Europe.

    If he gets the changes he wants, Cameron said he will campaign "vigorously" to stay in the EU. If not, he said he will "rule nothing out".

    Cameron said it will be "difficult and hard" but he believed that he can convince the EU's other 27 states to commit to irreversible and legally-binding commitments before the British public go to the polls.

    Cameron's speech was heckled by two anti-EU young men who suddenly stood up holding up a banner saying "CBI=Voice of Brussels" and chanted slogans lambasting the organization for what they claim is a pro-EU stance.

    The two teenagers were moved from the meeting hall shortly.

    "Whilst there's no uniform views on the subject, neither within the CBI, nor among the wider business community, the majority of CBI members want to remain in a reformed EU," said Paul Drechsler, CBI president.

    CBI is one of the British leading independent employers' organization, representing 140 trade associations, alongside larger and medium-sized businesses who tend to join the CBI directly.

  62. La Comisión Europea pide a Serbia que cambie su política exterior...

    Para ingresar en la Unión Europea Serbia debe hacer que su política exterior sea más acorde con las declaraciones y la política de la UE y la Comisión Europea, dice un informe de la CE.

    "Debe aumentar la concordancia de la política exterior serbia con las declaraciones de la UE y las decisiones del Consejo Europeo", reza el documento.

    Al mismo tiempo, el documento no menciona las medidas concretas que ha de aprobar Serbia.

    Durante su reciente visita a Moscú, el primer ministro serbio, Alexandr Vucic dijo que su país es uno de los pocos en Europa que no han introducido sanciones contra Rusia y no piensan hacerlo en el futuro.

  63. Per evitare un disastro militare, l'Arabia Saudita ha allora cercato nuovi alleati. In cambio di denaro, già il 16 ottobre scorso ottobre, il Senegal ha inviato 6.000 uomini e il Sudan altri 2.000....

    Sono 400 i soldati sudanesi giunti oggi ad Aden, nel sud dello Yemen, nell'ambito dell'operazione di rafforzamento della coalizione a guida saudita che mira a sconfiggere la rivolta degli Houthi.

    Uno dopo l'altro, gli Emirati Arabi Uniti e l'Egitto si sono ritirati dalla coalizione, dopo aver subito pesanti perdite tra i loro ufficiali, lasciando di fatto le operazioni militari nelle sole mani degli israeliani.

    Gli Houthi, spinti verso nord dai bombardamenti, hanno effettuato svariate incursioni in Arabia Saudita e hanno distrutto delle basi aeree militari assieme alle loro attrezzature.

    I soldati sauditi, quasi tutti stranieri in servizio sotto il distintivo saudita, hanno disertato in massa costringendo il re a emettere un decreto contro gli abbandoni di postazione. Per evitare un disastro militare, l'Arabia Saudita ha allora cercato nuovi alleati. In cambio di denaro, già il 16 ottobre scorso ottobre, il Senegal ha inviato 6.000 uomini e il Sudan altri 2.000............

  64. U.S. Air Force general says impressed with Saudi-led operations in Yemen...

    Air Force General Charles Brown, commander of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, said on Tuesday he was impressed with the work the Saudi-led coalition is doing in Yemen.

    Brown said the U.S. Air Force has been working together with Saudi forces on training, and he was impressed with their air operations. "We're both of the same mindset," he said.

  65. Turkish foreign minister to attend new round of Vienna talks...

    The latest round of the Vienna talks for negotiations on the conflict in Syria will be held in Vienna on Nov. 14, with Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu attending the meeting from Turkey.

    While Sinirlioğlu will be representing Turkey at the third round of negotiations for a political solution in Syria, United States Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna, the U.S. State Department said.

    “Secretary Kerry will hold bilateral and multilateral meetings with foreign counterparts to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria,” spokesman John Kirby said.

    The talks will be a continuation of a dialogue between 17 nations, along with U.N. and EU representatives, to agree on a plan to end the Syrian civil

  66. Syrian troops on Tuesday reached the fences of a key airbase besieged by rebels since December 2012 in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitor group reported.

    The Syrian troops backed by the Lebanese Hezbollah group and Iranian fighters managed to storm one of the fences of Kweiris airbase and opened a pathway between the army units and the Syrian soldiers trapped inside the airbase, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    Meanwhile, a source told Xinhua that the Syrian units have yet to enter the besieged airbase, adding that "nothing is militarily preventing the army from entering the base, as the most important part of the operation has been achieved and what is left is no more than technical details."

    He said families of the soldiers, who have been besieged inside the base, are awaiting the good news.

    The Syrian army backed by the Russian airstrikes unleashed a wide-scale offensive in October in the southern countryside of Aleppo in hope of breaking the siege on the airbase and securing the international road connecting Aleppo with the Syrian coast and southern provinces.
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  67. Die französische Luftwaffe hat Ölanlagen des Islamischen Staates (IS) in Syrien innerhalb von 48 Stunden ein zweites Mal angegriffen...

    Wie das Verteidigungsministerium in Paris am Dienstag mitteilte, wurden Bombenangriffe gegen Objekte des IS im Raum der Stadt Deir ez-Zor geflogen.

    „Unser Hauptanliegen besteht darin, das Finanzpotential des IS durch die Zerstörung von Ölanlagen in Gebieten zu untergraben, die von diesem Terrornetzwerk kontrolliert werden“, hieß es in der Mitteilung. Zu den Resultaten der zwei Luftschläge machte das Verteidigungsministerium aber keine Angaben.

    Ihre ersten Angriffe auf IS-Positionen in Syrien hatte Frankreichs Luftwaffe Ende September geflogen. Regierungschef Manuel Valls hob hervor, dass die Bombardements als eine Maßnahme der „Selbstverteidigung“ nötig waren.

  68. Le président russe Vladimir Poutine a ordonné de mettre en place un système de défense aérienne conjointe avec l'Arménie dans la région caucasienne...

    Le président russe Vladimir Poutine a ordonné de mettre en place un système de défense aérienne conjointe avec l'Arménie dans la région caucasienne.

    Un accord ad hoc avec la partie arménienne devra être signé par le minsitère russe de la Défense.

    1. El presidente ruso, Vladímir Putin, encargó al Gobierno firmar un convenio con Armenia sobre la creación de un sistema de defensa antiaérea en el Cáucaso...

      Según el respectivo documento, se trata de "un sistema regional de defensa antiaérea en la región de seguridad colectiva en el Cáucaso".

      Las respectivas negociaciones con la parte armenia correrán a cargo de los Ministerios de Defensa y de Exteriores.

      Anteriormente, se anunció que Rusia priorizará la creación de sistemas de defensa antiaérea regionales.

  69. Iran has stopped dismantling centrifuges in two uranium enrichment plants, state media reported on Tuesday, days after conservative lawmakers complained to President Hassan Rowhani that the process was too rushed...

    Last week, Iran announced it had begun shutting down inactive centrifuges at the Natanz and Fordow plants under the terms of a deal struck with world powers in July that limits its nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions.

    Iran’s hardliners continue to resist and undermine the nuclear deal, which was forged by moderates they oppose and which they see as a capitulation to the West.

    “The (dismantling) process stopped with a warning,” Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the National Security Council, was quoted as saying by the ISNA student news agency.........

  70. Heavy fighting in Libya's Benghazi, 16 killed - official...

    At least 16 people have been killed in heavy fighting in the Libyan city of Benghazi between forces allied with the official government and Islamic State fighters, a military commander said on Wednesday.

    Benghazi, caught up in fighting for more than a year, is just one front in Libya's multi-sided war involving two competing governments - an official one in the east and a self-declared one controlling Tripoli - and the loose coalitions of armed factions backing them.

    Battles involving air strikes erupted on Tuesday between Gen. Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, and militants allied with Islamic State, military spokesman Milad Zwei told Reuters.

    "Our special forces are making progress and have recaptured the air defence camp between Mash'hash and Sidi Faraj districts. The camp was captured last year by Islamic State," he said.

    Haftar declared war on Islamist fighters in Benghazi more than a year ago and he was later named commander in chief for the official government. But his campaign has failed to sweep out militants from the city.

    Both sides have alternately held the upper hand in the fighting. Islamic State fighters are also increasingly in the battle, including foreign jihadists......REUTERS.......

  71. EU sets guidelines on labelling Israeli settlement goods...

    The European Commission has issued new guidelines for the labelling of some products made in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian and Syrian land.

    Agricultural produce and cosmetics sold in EU member states must now have clear labels showing their place of origin.

    Israel's foreign ministry condemned the "exceptional and discriminatory step".

    The EU considers settlements built on territories occupied by Israel in 1967 to be illegal under international law - something Israel disputes.

    The EU says settlements constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible...........

    1. Israel's deputy foreign minister says the government will suspend a series of ongoing meetings with the European Union to protest the EU's decision to begin labeling exports from West Bank settlements...

      Tzipi Hotovely said Wednesday that Israel was sending a "very strong message" of displeasure.

      "We say you can't be involved in what is going on in the Middle East while you are taking such an extreme step of labeling products... boycotting us," she told Channel 2 TV.

      Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said Israel would suspend a series of regular dialogues on political issues in the Middle East, human rights and international organizations.

      He said the suspension would likely be temporary.

  72. Qatar announces first soldier death in Yemen...

    A Qatari soldier serving with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen has been killed, Qatar's first fatality of the conflict, the foreign minister said on Wednesday.

    "We congratulate ourselves and our nation for the martyrdom of a son of our homeland in Yemen," Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah announced on Twitter.

    "May God accept him in the highest heavens and bestow patience and solace on his family."

    Government officials later confirmed the death, though no more details were given.

    There have been no previous deaths reported among the Qatari force though two soldiers had previously been injured, said officials.

    Qatar sent 1,000 troops into Yemen in September as part of the ongoing Arab coalition against Iran-backed Shiite rebels............

  73. Syria’s Christians are grateful to the Russians for their support in the fight against terrorism and in political settlement of the crisis, the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II said on Wednesday at a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov...

    "All of us, Syria’s Christians and Muslims, are grateful to the Russians as you have stand up to help us battle terrorism so that peace can get back to our homes," His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II said. "We know that Russia can help us find a political solution to the crisis, involving all those who are determined to revive Syria and to work with Syria’s legitimate government. We need a united country with a united government."...........

  74. US offers $27 mln for information on Somali al Shabaab leaders...

    The United States State Department said Tuesday that it is offering rewards for information leading to the identification or location of six key leaders of the Somalia-based terrorist organization al-Shabaab.

    A statement released on their website said that the "Secretary of State has authorized rewards of up to $6 million for information on the whereabouts of Abu Ubaidah (Direye), up to $5 million each for information on Mahad Karate, Ma’alim Daud, and Hassan Afgooye, and up to $3 million each for information on Maalim Salman and Ahmed Iman Ali."

    The Shabaab, meaning "youth" in Arabic, emerged out of an insurgency against Ethiopia, whose troops entered Somalia in a 2006 US-backed invasion to topple the Islamic Courts Union that was then controlling the capital Mogadishu.

    Since their emergence, al-Shabaab has killed thousands of civilians, aid workers, and peacekeepers in Somalia, Uganda, and Kenya...........

  75. Kurdish forces in northern Iraq have launched an offensive to retake Sinjar, a strategic town near the Syrian border, from Islamic State militants...

    The campaign is supported by air strikes by the US-led coalition.

    Recapturing Sinjar would effectively cut off the supply line between the IS strongholds of Raqqa and Mosul.

    When the town fell to IS last year, tens of thousands of people from the Yazidi religious minority were trapped after fleeing up Mount Sinjar.

    Hundreds of men were killed and thousands of Yazidi women and girls captured and used as sex slaves........

  76. US rejects Israel request for Golan sovereignty recognition, says official...

    The White House rejects Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s suggestion to President Barack Obama that US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights should be discussed, a senior official has told Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

    The official said that Netanyahu's proposition at the meeting between the two leaders in Washington on Monday was unjustified and possibly even harmful to US efforts to end the conflict in Syria, and that therefore US objection to Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights remains unchanged.

    The conversation about the Golan Heights was part of a wider discussion between the two leaders about Syria and growing Iranian influence in the region.

    “We were talking about Syria and Netanyahu said he had nothing to do with the domestic situation in the country, and that he cared about [preventing] the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah and [the creation] of a second front in the Golan by Iran and Hezbollah,” the official said.

    “And then he [Netanyahu] said almost in passing that one way to do it would be to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan … because under these conditions Israel will not give it back to Syria,” he said............

  77. Kurdish forces launched an offensive Thursday to retake the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State militants who overran it more than a year ago, killing and enslaving thousands of its Yazidi residents and triggering U.S.-led air strikes...

    Operation Free Sinjar aims to cordon off the town, take control of Islamic State supply routes and establish a buffer zone to protect the town from artillery, a statement from the Kurdish national security council said.

    Sinjar is a symbolic and strategic prize, sitting astride the main highway linking the cities of Mosul and Raqqa - Islamic State’s bastions in Iraq and Syria.

    U.S.-led coalition air strikes pounded Islamic State-held areas in the town overnight, as around 7,500 Kurdish special forces, peshmerga and Yazidi fighters descended from the eponymous mountain towards the frontline in a military convoy.

    Kurdish forces and the U.S. military said the number of Islamic State fighters in the town had increased to nearly 600 after reinforcements arrived in the run-up to the offensive, which has been expected for weeks but delayed by weather and friction between various Kurdish and Yazidi forces in Sinjar...........

  78. Police have targeted 17 people in raids in several European countries connected to a suspected jihadist network....

    Among those arrested were six suspects in Italy, four in Britain, and three in Norway. Police say some of the suspects may have travelled to Syria or Iraq.

    Italy's Ansa news agency said the suspects were accused of international terrorism association.

    The network was allegedly plotting to free its leader, Mullah Krekar, who is already in detention in Norway.

    Krekar, the Iraqi-Kurdish founder of the radical Islamist group, Ansar al-Islam, is one of those held in the operation.

    Two other suspects were arrested in Norway. The three of them are suspected of plotting attacks in Norway and other European countries, according to Italian police.

    They face extradition to Italy.
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    Krekar - born Najm Faraj Ahmad - has served several jail sentences in recent years, including for praising the killing of staff at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January.

    The anti-terrorism operation included investigations in the UK, Norway, Finland, Germany and Switzerland, Italian police said.

    Arrest warrants were issued for 17 people and at least 13 were arrested............

    1. Un réseau de djihadistes démantelé en Europe...

      Les forces de l'ordre de nombreux pays européens, la Norvège, l'Italie et le Royaume-Uni entre autres, ont annoncé un coup de filet à l'encontre d'un réseau djihadiste qui projetait de grossir ses rangs grâce à de nouvelles recrues djihadistes et de libérer par la suite son chef, détenu actuellement en Norvège.

      Au moins 13 personnes ont été arrêtées, et les mandats d'arrêt concernent 17 personnes, dont la plupart sont Kurdes, rapporte l'agence de presse italienne Ansa. Plusieurs djihadistes sont déjà partis se battre en Irak et en Syrie au côté de l'Etat islamique. Les personnes arrêtées devraient être poursuivies pour terrorisme international.

      La police suppose que les terroristes étaient venus en Europe après avoir transité par la Syrie et par l'Irak. A priori, ces radicaux prévoyaient de recruter de nouveaux islamistes pour les envoyer à l'étranger, où ils devaient essayer de libérer leur chef, Najmuddin Ahmad Faraj, dit "mollah Krekar".........

  79. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says plans for a new submarine-launched nuclear torpedo shown on Kremlin-controlled television were secret and should never have been aired...

    The video broadcast on NTV and Channel One - shot over a military officer's shoulder during a meeting with Putin - showed a document describing a weapons system called Status-6, which it said would cause radioactive contamination to make coastal areas unsuitable for military or economic activity “for a long time.”

    The channels later removed the footage.

    Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said late Wednesday: “It's true that some secret information was caught by the camera and therefore it was subsequently removed. We hope this will not happen again.”

    The appearance of the video on Kremlin-controlled channels raised suspicions it was done intentionally to alarm the West.

  80. Coalition forces fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group are preparing for a wide-scale aerial operation in Syria, private broadcaster CNN Türk has reported...

    A number of Turkish and American fighter jets in southern Adana’s İncirlik Air Base were preparing for a “wide-scale operation” by next month, with a “boots on the ground” option set aside by the security sources in Ankara.

    The coalition’s air operation could be an intensive one which lasts for days, the report added.

    The aim of the operation was also to cleanse the Jarabulus, Azaz and Mare lines in northern Syria.

    The U.S. Air Force’s F-15 jets, which arrived in İncirlik on Nov. 6, meanwhile would not secure Turkish airspace as previously reported, with an objective instead of securing coalition jets from possible attacks coming from Syria and Russia..........

  81. At least 37 were killed and 180 injured Thursday as two explosions hit the south of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, local media reported...

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Al Arabiya television channel, the Lebanese army is cordoning off the scene.......

  82. IS release video threatening Russia...

    The Islamic State has released a Russian language video Thursday threatening Russia with attacks "very soon."

    The group's Al-Hayat Media center released the video with chants of "soon very soon the blood will spill like an ocean, the throats of the kafir (infidel) will tremble from the knives. the lions of the ummah (Muslim community) have awoken and raised their swords, strengthening the ummah day after day."

    In the video, the group warns that they will "make your wives our concubines and your children our slaves," and that "your resources will do you no good. they will not save you from becoming slaves to the nation of brave sons.".........

    1. Belgian authorities place armed military guards at Russian embassy’s entrance...

      Belgian authorities have placed armed military guards at the entrance of the Russian embassy. The patrol consists of two servicemen wearing field fatigues and carrying automatic rifles.

      Russian diplomats gave the assurances, however, that the measure was not linked with whatever threats to the embassy.

      "It’s part and parcel of the authorities’ steps to tighten up security in this city," a spokesman for the mission said.

      The embassy continues its routine operations.

  83. EU gives green light to German, Swedish temporary border checks...

    The European Commission has formally authorized the temporary reimposition of border controls by Sweden and Germany's extension of frontier checks to help get a grip on a large influx of asylum seekers, the EU executive said on Friday.

    With refugees flooding into European Union territory in the worst migrant crisis since World War Two, the viability of the EU's Schengen system of open borders is under strain as never before as EU members reintroduce controls at their frontiers.

    Sweden, long a haven for people fleeing war and persecution, was the latest EU state to re-establish checks at its borders to stem a tide of migrants coming from Denmark.

    Germany reimposed border controls on Sept. 13 and decided to extend them beyond an initial limit of two months foreseen by Schengen rules, using a clause that permits stretching checks to a maximum of six months.

    "The temporary reintroduction of border controls between member states is an exceptional possibility explicitly foreseen in and regulated by the Schengen Borders Code, in case of a serious threat to public policy or internal security," the European Commission said in a statement.

  84. La Russie interdit les vols d'EgyptAir...

    L'aéroport Domodedovo confirme la réception d'un télégramme de l'agence fédérale de transport aérien Rossaviatsia décrétant l'interdiction des vols de la compagnie aérienne égyptienne EgyptAir en Russie à partir du 14 novembre, rapporte le porte-parole de l'aéroport.

    Les autorités de l'aviation russe ont expliqué l'interdiction des vols d'EgyptAir par l'absence de programme de sécurité.

    Après la suspension des vols des compagnies aériennes russes en Égypte, EgyptAir restait le seul transporteur aérien entre la Russie et ce pays arabe. La compagnie aérienne faisait trois vols par semaine.
    La compagnie ne réserve plus de billets à Moscou, a rapporté le centre d'appel de la compagnie aérienne à Rossiya Segodniya.

    "Pour le moment, nous ne pouvons pas réserver de billet, le système ne nous permet pas de le faire. Asseyez de rappeler dans quelques jours", a-t-on répondu dans la compagnie.......

  85. Plusieurs attentats ont eu lieu vendredi soir à Paris. Le président français a décrété l'état d'urgence sur l'ensemble du territoire et a rétabli les contrôles aux frontières. Au moins 120 personnes ont été tuées...

    Selon un bilan encore provisoire, 127 personnes ont été tuées, dans plusieurs fusillades à Paris et en région parisienne. Selon les autorités, une centaine de personnes sont mortes durant une prise d'otages dans la salle de spectacle du Bataclan, où des assaillants ont ouvert le feu vendredi dans la soirée. Entre une vingtaine et une quarantaine de personnes ont également perdu la vie dans plusieurs fusillades qui ont éclaté dans le centre de Paris, notamment dans dans les Xe et le XIe arrondissements où se trouvent de nombreux bars et restaurants. Plusieurs explosions ont par ailleurs eu lieu aux abords du Stade de France, au nord de Paris, où se déroulait un match amical de football.

    Au moins huit assaillants ont été tués.

    Le président français François Hollande a décrété vendredi soir l'état d'urgence et a annoncé le rétablissement des contrôles aux frontières. "Toutes les forces possibles" sont mobilisées pour neutraliser les terroristes, a ajouté le chef de l'État.

    Sur les réseaux sociaux, la préfecture de police appelle les personnes vivant à Paris à rester chez elles. Selon une source proche de l'enquête citée par l'AFP, des attaques auraient été menées dans six endroits différents de la capitale.................

  86. At least 128 people were killed in the Friday night terrorist attack in Paris, police said Saturday...

    Death toll in last night's series of terrorist attacks in Paris has risen to 128, a source at the prosecutor's office said on Saturday. The overall number of killed and injured has risen to 250 people.

    Gunmen strapped with suicide bombs attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at locations across Paris on Friday in a deadly rampage that a shaken President Francois Hollande called an unprecedented terrorist attack in France.

    Terrorist attacks were staged at different locations in Paris on Friday, including the Bataclan concert hall and the Stade de France stadium, claiming the lives of more than 150 people.

  87. France suffers from savage terror as Syrian people have been: Assad ...

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday condemned the terror attacks in Paris a day earlier, saying the French are suffering the same terror as the Syrians have been, according to the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV.

    "What France suffered from savage terror is what the Syrian people have been enduring for five years," Assad reportedly said during his meeting on Saturday with a visiting delegation of French lawmakers, according to al-Mayadeen.

    The state news agency SANA cited Assad as telling the French lawmakers that the Paris attacks could not be separated from the deadly bombings that rocked Lebanon's capital Beirut on Thursday, during which over 40 people were killed, and the five years of Syrian conflict.

    In a jab at France, the embattled leader said "the wrong policies of the West, including France, in the Arab region have contributed to the spread of terrorism."

    The Syrian government has for long accused the West of supporting the insurgency against Assad's rule, deeming such actions as a "support of terror."

    Assad stressed the importance of adopting new policies that could be efficient in curbing the support of terror groups, by drying up their resources and halting their logistic and political support until finally eliminating them completely.

    Syria's Foreign Ministry also condemned the attacks, saying the Syrian people know more than anyone else the ugliness of terrorism and what happened in Paris, noting that terrorism constitutes a grave danger on the security and peace in the entire world...........

  88. Irak: des Yazidis brûlent des maisons de musulmans à Sinjar ...

    Des membres de la minorité irakienne yazidie ont pillé et brûlé des maisons d'Irakiens musulmans à Sinjar (nord-est) après la reconquête de cette ville tombée aux mains du groupe jihadiste État islamique (EI) en 2014, ont indiqué des témoins dimanche.

    Les Yazidis, minorité kurdophone et adepte d'une religion pré-islamique, avaient été attaqués brutalement par l'EI lors de la prise de leur fief de Sinjar en 2014, les jihadistes les considérant comme des hérétiques. L'ONU avait décrit cette attaque comme une "tentative de génocide".


    Des Yazidis qui avaient fui les exactions de l'EI en août 2014 avaient confié à l'AFP que certains de leurs voisins musulmans avaient aidé les jihadistes à trouver leurs cibles en leur indiquant qui était yazidi.

    La ville de Sinjar a été reprise vendredi à l'EI lors d'une offensive conduite par les forces kurdes irakiennes appuyées par des frappes aériennes de la coalition internationale conduite par les États-Unis.......

  89. Le président français François Hollande veut modifier la loi de 1955 sur l'état d'urgence pour l'adapter à la situation après les attentats...

    Le prochain Conseil des ministres examinera un projet de modification de la loi de 1955 sur l'état d'urgence pour en revoir le "périmètre" et la "durée", actuellement limitée à 12 jours sans vote du parlement, a rapporté dimanche l'AFP citant M.Hollande.

    Les deux commissions des lois de l'Assemblée et du Sénat travailleront ensemble aux "adaptations" de cette loi après les attentats, a déclaré le président du Sénat, Gérard Larcher (Les Républicains), à sa sortie de la rencontre des responsables parlementaires avec le président Hollande à l'Élysée.

    "La prolongation de l'état d'urgence sera aussi l'occasion d'ajuster le texte de 1955", a précisé M.Larcher.

    Selon son entourage, le président veut en "refixer le périmètre" ainsi que la "durée"............Lire la suite:

  90. Sudanese refugees shot dead on Egypt-Israel border...

    At least 15 Sudanese refugees have been shot dead and eight more injured in Egypt's Sinai region as they reportedly attempted to enter Israel.

    Speaking on the condition of anonymity, Egyptian security officials told the Associated Press that the refugees were killed while caught in the crossfire between security forces and people smugglers on Sunday.

    Earlier in the day, however, officials said that security forces had shot the Sudanese as they approached the border fence separating the Sinai and southern Israel.

    Most of the people being smuggled through the Sinai are fleeing political violence in Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia, among other countries - risking their lives to make the perilous journey to seek asylum in Israel.

    Many have been shot, sometimes fatally, by security forces, while others have been tortured by Egyptian and Sudanese human traffickers, according to human rights groups..........

  91. French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date targeting the Islamic State's stronghold in Raqqa just two days after the group claimed coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people, the defence ministry said...

    "The raid ... including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped," the statement said, adding that the mission had taken place this evening.

    The operation, carried out in coordination with U.S. forces, struck a command centre, recruitment centre for jihadists, a munitions depot and a training camp for fighters, it said.

  92. The United States has transferred five Yemeni detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United Arab Emirates...

    The five low-level detainees had been held at the U.S. military prison for more than a decade. None had been charged with a crime.

    The transfers reduced the detainee population at the prison to 107, including 48 cleared for repatriation or resettlement in a third country...........

  93. China says global war on terror should also target Uighur militants...

    The struggle against Islamist militants in China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang should become an "important part" of the world's war on terror, China's foreign minister said, following the attacks in Paris.

    Hundreds of people have died in unrest in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur people, and other parts of China over the past three years.

    Beijing has blamed the violence on Islamist militants, led by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a group it says has ties to al Qaeda. More recently China has reported that some Uighurs have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic State and other groups.

    Speaking in Turkey on Sunday on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the international community to form a "united front to combat terrorism" in the aftermath of Paris attacks, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday...........

  94. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who met on Sunday on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty summit in Turkey’s Antalya, have agreed that contacts between the two countries have become more active in the recent period...

    Putin recalled that he had met with Abe on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in September. "Since then, certain events have taken place demonstrating enlivened contacts between the two countries. The [Japanese] foreign minister paid a visit to Russia, contacts go on in the sphere of economics, although, regrettably, trade has considerably slumped," Putin said.

    "However Japanese companies that have invested an aggregate of about 12 billion U.S. dollars into the Russian economy - and we see and feel it - are interested in further joint work and we are set to support them," the Russian leader noted.

    The Japanese prime minister agreed with that point of view and said the dialogue with Putin would be useful to encourage close relations.

  95. Severe Drought Continues to Plague South Africa...

    South Africa remains in the grip of a severe drought after one of the driest rainy seasons on record. The disaster has placed a strain on the country's water supply, affecting an estimated 2.7 million families.

    The worst-hit are those residing in rural areas, where people have to collect water once a day. As the drought persists, the government has declared five provinces a drought disaster for agriculture.

    Agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana said the average maize production has been the lowest since 2008. So far, South Africa has yet to produce enough supply of maize to export to Swaziland and Botswana. This means prices will be forced to rise domestically, although Zokwana warned that if the drought persists further, it may become a regional disaster.

    The hardest-hit provinces include Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga. Majority of the rain falls in these provinces between October and March, but with the El Nino phenomenon expected to dominate the weather in the coming months, the possibility of decent rainfall looks grim.

  96. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Monday that authorities believe new terror attacks are being planned in France and in other European countries following the carnage in Paris...

    "We know that operations were being prepared and are still being prepared, not only against France but other European countries too," he said.

    Police carried out dozens of pre-dawn raids on suspected Islamists, focusing particularly on the Lyon area where they made five arrests and seized "an arsenal" of weapons, police sources said.

    Prosecutors said they had identified two more Paris attackers, including a Syrian and a Frenchman who was previously charged in a "terrorist" case.

  97. Des dizaines de djihadistes de l’Etat islamique (EI) déguisés en femmes ont été interceptés aux alentours de la ville syrienne d’Alep...

    D'après l'agence iranienne Fars, les terroristes ont poussé la transformation jusqu'à se maquiller pour passer inaperçus. Pour étayer ses dires, l'agence a publié des photos de deux hommes astucieusement déguisés en femmes.

    Les "travestis" ont été capturés par les forces gouvernementales après une tentative malchanceuse de fuir le champ de bataille d'Alep, au nord de la Syrie.

    Selon l'agence, à la fin de la semaine dernière, l'armée syrienne a repris aux terroristes de l'EI environ 410 km2 de territoire occupé de la ville d'Alep...........Lire la suite:

  98. German police in the western city of Aachen have arrested two women and one man in an operation linked to the attacks last Friday in Paris which killed at least 129 people...

    "After [receiving] leads we arrested two women and one man," a spokeswoman for Aachen police said, declining to give any information on the identity or nationality of the three individuals.

    German broadcaster ARD had reported the arrests took placein Alsdorf, a small town near Aachen in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and close to Germany's border with Belgium and the Netherlands.

    Other German media quoted a witness as saying police made the arrests in front of a job centre.

    A manhunt is on in France and Belgium for one of the eight attackers involved in shooting and bomb attacks on restaurants, a music hall and a sports stadium in the Paris region.

    The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.............

  99. Canada will increase the number of ground troops it has in Iraq to train local forces as a way of making a bigger military contribution to the coalition fighting Islamic militants, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says...

    Trudeau said the increase, from the current number of 69 special forces trainers, is one of the scenarios being worked on as the government prepares to end the air combat mission of its CF-18 fighter jets in the U.S.-led coalition that is bombing targets in Iraq and Syria.

    Trudeau disclosed the plan during a wide-ranging, 20-minute news conference aboard his Canadian Forces airliner, several hours before it touched down in the Philippine capital of Manila on Tuesday night local time for the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit.............

  100. U.S., Turkey working to finish shutting northern Syria border: Kerry...

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the United States is starting an operation with Turkey to finish securing the northern Syrian border, an area that Islamic State militants have used as a lucrative smuggling route.

    "The entire border of northern Syria - 75 percent of it has now been shut off. And we are entering an operation with the Turks to shut off the other remaining 98 km (61 miles)," he said in an interview with CNN.

    Kerry arrived in Paris on Monday to pay respects to victims of Friday's militant attacks that killed 129

  101. Syria will only share intelligence information with France if Paris changes its policies in the region, President Bashar Assad said in an interview with French magazine Valeurs Actuelles...

    "If the French government is not serious in its fight against terrorism, we will not waste our time collaborating with a country, government or an institution that supports terrorism," he said in the interview carried out the day after Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.

    "You have to first change policy so that it is based on one criteria, to be part of an alliance that joins countries only fighting terrorism and not supporting them."............Reuters

  102. Officials have cancelled an international friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands after police evacuated the stadium after a truck bomb disguised as an ambulance was found outside the stadium....

    Hannover chief of police said that "there was a device intended to be detonated inside the stadium," in which German chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Antoinette Hennis-Plasschaert were supposed to present.

    This is the second friendly match to be cancelled over security fears following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. On Monday a match between Spain and Belgium was cancelled after Belgium raised their terror threat level............

  103. Transdniestria says its relations with Chisinau keep on deteriorating...

    Relations between Moldova and Transdniestria keep on deteriorating, Transdnieastria’s acting Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatyev said on Tuesday at a meeting with Special Representative of the acting OSCE Chairman-in-Office for the Transdnistrian settlement process Radojko Bogojevic.

    "The Moldovan side is seeking to evade contacts with Transdniestria," he said. "Osipov [Moldova’s negotiator - TASS] keeps on refusing to take part in talks in the bilateral format citing Moldova’s having no government as a reason. The dynamics of meetings of joint expert groups is very low as well."..........

  104. Investigators have obtained a video confirming there was a ninth attacker in Paris among the men who opened fire on bars and restaurants, sources close to the inquiry have said...

    The video indicates that a second unidentified attacker could be on the run with 26-year-old Salah Abdeslam - unless the man in the video is one of two suspected accomplices being held in

  105. Armed police are raiding a flat in the north Paris suburb of Saint Denis in an operation linked to Friday's attacks...

    At least two suspects have reportedly been killed, including a woman who blew herself up with a suicide belt. Several explosions and gunfire were heard.

    Three people have also been arrested, according to French media reports.

    The focus of the operation is reported to be Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the alleged mastermind of the Islamic State-claimed attacks that killed 129 people......BBC

  106. La mort de Russes dans l'attentat contre l'Airbus A321 dans le Sinaï équivaut à une attaque contre la Russie toute entière, selon Sergueï Lavrov...

    Le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères a également indiqué que Moscou s'engagerait à prendre toutes les mesures nécessaires afin de garantir sa sécurité.

    "En ce qui concerne notre enquête visant à rechercher et punir les auteurs de l'attentat, comme a précisé Vladimir Poutine, elle sera fondée sur l'article 51 de la Charte des Nations Unies, qui implique le droit de tout Etat à la légitime défense, individuelle ou collective, dans le cas d'une attaque. L'attentat dans le Sinaï était précisément une attaque contre les citoyens russes, ce qui équivaut à une attaque contre l'Etat", a déclaré M.Lavrov lors d'une conférence de presse après une rencontre avec le ministre libanais des Affaires étrangères, Gibran Basilio.......

  107. Sweden raises threat level, citing 'concrete information'...

    Sweden's security police raised on Wednesday their terrorist threat assessment by one step, to four on a scale of five, issuing an arrest warrant for one person and saying there was "concrete information" of a possible attack in Sweden days after the Paris killing spree.

    Security police (SAPO) chief Anders Thornberg said one arrest had been made "in absentia" for terrorism crimes for an unnamed suspect. He said there were no known links at present with the Paris attacks but the threat from Islamic State militants formed the backdrop to the raised risk level.

    "We are in an intensive operative phase and are working to analyze and assess incoming information," Thornberg told a news conference. "At present, we know of no links to what has happened in France and Belgium."

    Level four means that there is a high probability that "persons have the intent and ability to carry out an attack"........

  108. Russian Military Plane Denied Entry into Azeri Airspace...

    A Russian Air Force jet that took off from the102nd Russian military base in Gyumri, Armenia was denied entry into Azeri airspace, reports.

    The jet, an Antonov AN-124 Ruslan, was traveling to Russia on Sunday, November 15 when it was forced to turn back shortly after take-off. Aviation blog mil_avia was the first to report on the incident.

    The blog post includes the pilot’s radio communications with dispatchers in Gyumri. According to the records, the pilot said he was forced to return because, “the Azerbaijani military sector forbade entry to the zone.”

    The 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri carries out missions and support mainly by air.

  109. Obama mettra son veto à une loi limitant l'entrée de réfugiés syriens...

    Le président américain Barack Obama mettra son veto à toute loi adoptée par le Congrès limitant l'entrée de réfugiés syriens aux Etats-Unis, dans la foulée des attentats de Paris, a indiqué la Maison Blanche mercredi.

    "Si le président" reçoit la loi que la Chambre des représentants, dominée par les républicains, pourrait voter dès jeudi, "il y mettrait son veto", a souligné la Maison Blanche dans un communiqué

  110. China vows justice for IS execution of hostage...

    The Islamic State group said Wednesday it had killed two hostages, one Chinese and a Norwegian, as French and Russian air strikes on its Syrian stronghold reportedly left 33 fighters dead.

    The jihadists' English-language Dabiq magazine featured graphic photos of two bodies that appeared to be Chinese hostage Fan Jinghui and Norwegian Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad.

    A stamp-like caption overlaid on the full-page photo read: "Executed after being abandoned by the kafir (disbeliever) nations and organisations."

    It was unclear when, where, or how they were killed, but their heads were bloodied by apparent gunshot wounds...........

  111. China, Norway Condemn Hostage Killings by Islamic State ..

    China on Thursday joined Norway in condemning the killing of their citizens who had been held hostage by the Islamic State militant group.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping said "terrorism is the common enemy of human beings," and that his country opposes it in all its forms. The government vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

    Islamic State militants used their online English-language magazine, Dabiq, to claim killing 50-year-old Chinese national Fan Jinghui and 48-year-old Norwegian Ole-Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad. It showed photos of two bodies, and a caption said the two were "executed after being abandoned by the kafir [infidel] nations and organizations."

    Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Wednesday the killing was a "barbaric act."

    “There is no excuse for the treatment our countryman has been exposed to, neither in religion or ideology," she said. "This is a cold blooded murder.”...............

  112. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Thursday that Russia was sincere in wanting to cooperate in the fight against the ISIS group in Syria...

    "There is an opening, so to speak, with the Russians. We think they are sincere and we must bring together all our forces," Fabius told France Inter radio.

    Relations between France and Russia have deteriorated since last year's Ukraine crisis.

    But both countries have suffered major terror attacks at the hands of ISIS in recent weeks -- the coordinated gun and bomb attacks last Friday in Paris, and the bombing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month.

    President Francois Hollande called this week for the "bringing together of all those who can realistically fight against this terrorist army in a large and unique coalition", while his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin ordered his navy in the Mediterranean to establish contact with its French counterparts and work together "as allies".

  113. Frankreichs Premier: Terroranschläge unter Einsatz von Chemie- und Biowaffen möglich...

    Nach dem Blutbad in Paris sieht der französische Premierminister Manuel Valls die Gefahr, dass Terroristen Anschläge unter Einsatz von Chemie- und Biowaffen verüben.

    Es bestehe die Gefahr, dass Terroristen chemische und bakteriologische Waffen einsetzen, sagte Valls am Donnerstag im französischen Parlament. Die Abgeordneten entscheiden am Donnerstag über eine Verlängerung des Ausnahmezustandes, der nach den Anschlägen in Paris vom 13. Oktober verhängt worden ist..................

  114. An aeroplane with 161 people aboard made an emergency landing in the Black Sea city of Burgas Thursday, following a bomb threat while en route to Egypt from Poland's capital of Warsaw, Bulgarian authorities said...

    All passengers and crew were evacuated, but no explosives have been found aboard, a spokeswoman for the Burgas airport told Reuters, adding that the airport remained closed.

    "The plane landed in Burgas at 05.48 a.m. (0348 GMT) after a request for flight number LLP8015 travelling from Warsaw to Hurghada to make an emergency landing, due to a report of the presence of explosives on board," the press officer said.............Reuters

  115. John McCain calls for 10,000 US ground troops in Syria...

    The United States could ‘take out’ the Islamic State (IS) group with the deployment of 10,000 ground troops, US Senator John McCain has told FRANCE 24 in an exclusive interview.

    The Republican former presidential candidate said the IS group posed “a direct threat” to the United States that could be dealt a knock-out blow with a ground deployment in Syria.

    “Ground troops [means] about 10,000 Americans with a coalition of Arab countries, hopefully NATO countries, maybe even France, where we could go in on the ground with sufficient air support to take out ISIS,” McCain said, using another acronym for the Islamic State militants. “They are not invincible, there are not unbeatable.”..................

  116. French expert says chemical attack unlikely despite PM's warning...

    The French premier's warning of a chemical or biological weapons attack cannot be excluded, a security expert said Thursday, but stressed this was unlikely as it would be extremely difficult to stage.

    Olivier Lepick, an expert on chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, said Paris had been preparing itself for years and was ready to react if it took place.

    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls evoked the possibility of such attacks after Friday's carnage in Paris by saying: "We must not rule anything out...There is also the risk from chemical or biological weapons."

    Lepick questioned if there was "a political motivation" for Valls' warning. "What I know from my contacts in the intelligence services is that there is no real, pertinent or cross-checked information that leads one to think that such a type of attack is being prepared," he told AFP.........AFP......

  117. North Korea proposes talks with South Korea for next week...

    North Korea has proposed talks with South Korea to be held on Nov. 26 at the truce village on their militarized border, the North's official KCNA news agency said on Friday.

    The talks, if held, would be the first government-level meeting focused on easing tension since the two sides agreed to improve ties following an armed standoff in August.

    The North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, its main agency handling inter-Korean ties, proposed to hold working-level contact for government talks, KCNA said.

    An official at South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles ties with the North, confirmed receiving Pyongyang's proposal and said it would soon make a decision on whether to accept it, possibly later on Friday.

    The South has proposed to hold government talks on several occasions following the agreement on Aug. 25, which ended a standoff that involved an exchange of artillery fire amid an escalation of tension following landmine blasts at the

  118. Gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako on Friday, seizing 170 guests and staff in an ongoing hostage-taking, the hotel chain said...

    Automatic weapons fire could be heard from outside the 190-room hotel in the city-center, where security forces have set up a security cordon, an AFP journalist said.

    Security sources said the gunmen were "jihadists" who had entered the hotel compound in a car that had diplomatic plates. According to another security source, at least 10 gunmen entered the hotel guns and grenades, shooting and screaming "Allahu Akbar."

    "It's all happening on the seventh floor, jihadists are firing in the corridor," one security source said.....AFP

  119. Gunmen have attacked a luxury hotel in Mali's capital, taking as many as 140 guests and 30 employees as hostages....

    The U.S. embassy in Mali said in a statement Friday: "The Embassy is aware of an ongoing active shooter operation at the Radisson Hotel."

    The embassy urged all U.S. citizens and the embassy staff to "shelter in place."

    It was not immediately clear if any of the hostages had been killed or wounded.

    A security source told the French news agency that the gunmen are on the seventh floor of the Radisson Hotel in Bamako. "Jihadists are firing in the corridor," the source said.....

  120. Double attaque près d'une mosquée au sud de Bagdad: au moins 6 morts ...

    Un double attentat à la bombe dont un mené par un kamikaze a fait au moins six morts et 19 blessés vendredi près d'une mosquée chiite au sud de Bagdad, ont indiqué des responsables.

    Selon un colonel de la police, une bombe placée en bord de route a explosé au moment où les fidèles sortaient de la mosquée dans la région de Youssoufiyeh, puis un kamikaze a fait détoner ses explosifs après que les forces de sécurité avaient accouru sur les lieux.

    Parmi les six morts figurent deux policiers, a-t-il ajouté. De nombreux membres des forces de sécurité figurent également parmi les 19 blessés.

    Des sources médicales dans deux hôpitaux de la région ont confirmé le bilan à Youssoufiyeh, une localité à majorité sunnite située à environ 25 km au sud de Bagdad...........

  121. Turkey summoned the Russian ambassador after Moscow's war planes carried out a heavy bombing raid inside Syrian territory "very close" to the Turkish border, the foreign ministry said on Friday...

    Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov was summoned to the ministry to hear Turkey's concern over Russia's bombing of "civilian Turkmen villages... very close to the border" with Turkey, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Turkey has asked Russia to "immediately end its operation," it added.

  122. Indonesia is considering offering a small island to process refugees captured en route to Australia, its security ministry said on Friday, in what would make it the third country this year to offer help with Australia's tough immigration policy...

    The government had "formed small teams to discuss this matter," a spokesman for Indonesia's Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs told Reuters, referring to a media report quoting security chief Luhut Pandjaitan.

    "We can discuss the possibility of allocating an island. But Australia is required to finance it entirely," Pandjaitan was quoted saying in The Jakarta Post.

    The matter will be finalised when the Indonesian and Australian leaders meet on December 22, the spokesman said, adding that the meeting would also cover terrorism and trade, among other issues..........

  123. Belgium raised its terror alert level to the highest level in the capital Brussels on Saturday, warning of an "imminent threat" in a statement from the OCAM national crisis centre...

    "Following our latest evaluation... the centre has raised its terror alert to level 4, signifying a very serious threat, for the Brussels region," said the statement, which comes a week after the Paris attacks left 130 dead.

    "The analysis shows a serious and imminent threat requiring specific security measures as well as detailed recommendations to the population," OCAM, which is part of the Belgian Interior Ministry, said in the statement............

  124. Serbia Allowed to Control Airspace for First Time in 16 Years...

    Serbia will now be able to control its southern regions with radar for the first time in sixteen years, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in Belgrade Friday after meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

    “We have not had Vranje and Leskovac on our radars for 16 years, but now I am quite confident that with installing those radars and with new agreements we will have much better police and military protection of our airspace, which is vital for preparing the defense and sovereignty of Serbia’s territory,” Vucic said during a joint news conference with the visiting NATO chief, Tanjug news agency reported.

    Jens Stoltenberg said that KFOR had lifted its 16-year airspace restrictions over a 25 km zone stretching into central Serbia from the ‘administrative line’ with Kosovo, adding that NATO respected Serbia’s neutrality policy.

    Stoltenberg arrived in Serbia on Thursday for a two-day visit for consultations with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.

    The air security zone was established shortly after the NATO air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia that lasted for 78 days and ended on June 10, 1999.

    According to different estimates, between 1,200 and 2,500 were killed in the attacks. Almost 13,000 were injured. The material damage is estimated at between $30 billion and $100 billion.

  125. A landslide at a jade mine has killed at least 90 people in northern Myanmar, witnesses say...

    The victims were buried when a vast heap of waste material, discarded by the mining companies, collapsed in Kachin state, Burmese media reported.

    Many of the dead were scavengers living on or near the waste dumps, who search through the debris in the hope of finding fragments of jade to sell.

    The state of Kachin produces some of the best jade in the world.

    The landslide in Hpakant happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, and there are reports of dozens more missing.

    A huge rescue operation is underway with the Myanmar Red Cross, the army, police and local community groups all at the scene trying to dig people out of the earth.........

  126. Reino Unido ofrece su base aérea de Chipre a Francia...

    El primer ministro del Reino Unido, David Cameron, anunció este lunes que permitirá a las Fuerzas Armadas de Francia usar la base área de su país en Chipre durante las operaciones contra el Estado Islámico (EI).

    "Hoy he ofrecido al presidente (de Francia François) Hollande el uso de la base RAF Akrotiri por la aviación francesa en sus operaciones contra el EI y un apoyo adicional para repostar combustible en el aire", dijo tras reunirse con el líder galo citado por el portal cyprus

  127. EU migration chief in Pakistan after rejection of deportee deal...

    The European Union official in charge of migration was in Pakistan on Monday for talks after the country last week suspended a deal to accept deportations from mainland Europe.

    Pakistan's rejection of deportees comes at a time when European leaders facing an influx of migration are desperate to streamline procedures for repatriations.

    Dimitris Avramopoulos, European commissioner for migration, was meeting with Pakistan's foreign policy chief and interior minister on Monday, EU spokeswoman Ayesha Babar said in Islamabad.

    She added that the one-day visit was planned in advance.

    "He's not coming just because of the statements" by Pakistani officials that the country would no longer accept deportees from Europe," she

  128. Türkei schickt Flüchtlinge offenbar nach Syrien zurück...

    Die Türkei lasse syrische Flüchtlinge nur mehr in Sonderfällen einreisen, sagt Human Rights Watch. Deutschland fordert europaweite Kontingente

    Die Türkei schickt Flüchtlinge in das Bürgerkriegsland Syrien zurück, berichtete die Menschenrechtsorganisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) am Montag. Türkische Grenzsoldaten fingen die Schutzsuchenden bereits an der Grenze ab, erklärte die Menschenrechtsorganisation. Um überhaupt in die Türkei zu gelangen, seien die Flüchtlinge auf Schmuggler angewiesen..........

  129. Russia, Iran agree world powers must not impose will on Syria - Interfax...

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei agreed on Monday that global powers should not impose their political will on Syria, the Interfax news agency said, citing a Kremlin spokesman.

    Putin met Khamenei on the sidelines of a Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Summit in Tehran.............

  130. Deux bombes ont explosé mardi en Egypte près d’un hôtel dans le Sinaï, faisant au moins trois morts et 12 blessés, rapporte la télévision d’Etat...

    Parmi les morts il y a un policier, parmi les victimes — neuf agents des services de sécurité, a rapporté la télévision égyptienne.

    Les explosions se sont produites dans la ville d’el-Arish au lendemain de l’organisation du second tour des élections législatives dans la région.

    Une voiture piégée conduite par un kamikaze a explosé devant un hôtel abritant des responsables électoraux, faisant au moins trois morts et douze blessés, apprend-on auprès des services de sécurité et médicaux.............

  131. Un avión militar se ha estrellado en Siria cerca de la frontera con Turquía, informa el canal televisivo turco Haberturk...

    No se precisa a que país pertenece el avión ni otros detalles del incidente, informa Ria Novosti.

  132. An unidentified aircraft has crashed in Syria near the Turkish border, Haberturk TV reported Tuesday...

    The Turkish television did not specify what type of plane, whether it was military or not, or to which country it belonged to.

    1. Fighter jet crashes in Syria near Turkish border: Reports...

      An undentified fighter jet has crashed in Syria near the Turkish border, CNN Türk has reported.

      The report said the fighter jet had crashed into tents in Latakia’s Yamadi village near the Syrian border where Turkmens are currently staying, according to Turkmen sources. Pilots were seen landing with the aid of parachutes, the witnesses said.

      CNN Türk reported that Turkish jets downed the fighter jet due to border breach.

  133. La Russie déploiera un système antiaérien S-400 en Syrie...

    Un système mobile de défense antiaérienne et antimissile dernier cri S-400 Triumph sera déployé sur la base militaire de Hmeimim en Syrie, a annoncé le ministre russe de la Défense Segruëi Choïgou.

    Le radar du système S-400 est capable de viser simultanément 300 cibles, et possède une capacité antimissile. 72 missiles peuvent y être chargés simultanément.

    Le déploiement de ces batteries antimissile de dernière génération va compléter les mesures annoncées mardi soir par l'état-major de l'armée russe: envoi près de la province de Lattaquié, dans le nord-ouest de la Syrie, du croiseur lance-missiles Moskva de la flotte russe, équipé de systèmes antiaériens, et le fait que les bombardiers russes voleront désormais sous la protection de chasseurs.............Lire la suite:

  134. Verteidigungsminister: Rettungseinsatz für Su-24-Pilot erfolgreich beendet...

    Russische und syrische Spezialkräfte haben den Rettungseinsatz für den Piloten des in Syrien abgeschossenen russischen Kampfjets Su-24 erfolgreich abgeschlossen, teilte Russlands Verteidigungsminister Sergej Schoigu dem russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin mit. Der Pilot sei lebend und gesund zum Stützpunkt gebracht worden.

    „Die Operation wurde erfolgreich beendet. Der Pilot ist zu unserem Stützpunkt gebracht worden. Er ist am Leben und gesund“, sagte Schoigu.

    Dem Minister zufolge dauerte der Einsatz zwölf Stunden. Schoigu bedankte sich bei „allen unseren Jungs, die die ganze Nacht unter kolossalem Risiko gearbeitet haben“. Der Einsatz war um 3.40 Uhr Moskauer Zeit zu Ende.

    „Ich habe dem Obersten Befehlshaber der Streitkräfte Russlands (dem russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin – d. Red.) von dem erfolgreichen Abschluss (des Einsatzes – d. Red.) berichtet. Er äußerte dem ganzen Personalbestand, der an diesem Einsatz beteiligt war, Worte des Dankes“, teilte Schoigu weiter mit.

  135. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday condemned Turkey of its "recklessly criminal actions" of downing Russian warplane on Tuesday...

    "This damage will be difficult to repair -- its direct consequence may be the cessation of a number of important joint projects and the loss by Turkish companies of their positions on the Russian market," Tass news agency quoted Medvedev as saying.

  136. Migrant crisis: 'EU cannot take any more refugees'...

    European countries cannot accept any more refugees, the French prime minister has been quoted as saying.

    Manuel Valls said stricter control of the EU's external borders would determine the bloc's fate, in comments published by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

    Europe's border controls have come under renewed scrutiny since the attacks in Paris on 13 November.

    European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has said that the Schengen agreement is "partly comatose".

    Several EU countries have imposed border controls in recent week - despite the Schengen system of passport-free movement - amid the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants, many of whom are fleeing Syria and Iraq........

  137. Russian pilot who survived crash says Turkish jets didn't issue any warnings...

    A Russian airman who has survived the downing of his warplane says Turkish jets did not issue any warnings. Capt. Konstantin Murakhtin said Wednesday on Russian television that his plane was flying over Syrian territory and didn't violate Turkish airspace.

    Muravkin was rescued early Wednesday by Russian and Syrian commando and was speaking in televised comments from the Russian Hemeimeem air base in

  138. NATO is not interested in escalation of the situation around Russia's Sukhoi Su-24 bomber shot down by Turkey in Syria, Russia’s plenipotentiary representative to the North Atlantic alliance Alexander Grushko said on Rossiya 1 television channel on Wednesday...

    "NATO is not interested in escalation. I think NATO is just afraid of consequences for itself should the incident not be settled," Grushko said.

    The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday dwelled on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's statement regarding the incident. Lavrov noted that the statement wasn't coordinated in detail with other NATO members, and stressed that the statement covers up Turkey............

  139. Turkey, Russia foreign ministers may meet next week in Belgrade - Turkish official...

    Turkey's foreign minister and his Russian counterpart agreed during a phone call on Wednesday that they could meet in Belgrade next week, a Turkish government official said, after Turkey shot down a Russian jet near the Turkish border.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who canceled a trip to Istanbul scheduled for Wednesday, said Russia viewed the downing as a planned act and Moscow would "seriously reconsider" its relations with Ankara.

    The meeting is expected to take place at the OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade, Serbia, on 3-4 December.

  140. A US aircraft attacked a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in the Afghan city of Kunduz because of "human error", a US military inquiry said.,,

    The investigation found that the crew of the AC-130 gunship mistook the clinic for a nearby government building that had been seized by Taliban.

    At least 30 civilians were killed in the 3 October attack, amid a campaign to retake Kunduz from Taliban forces.

    MSF said the report demonstrates "gross negligence" by the US military.

    The group said the incident constituted "violations of the rules of war" and reiterated calls for an "independent and impartial investigation into the attack"......BBC

    1. Raid contre MSF en Afghanistan: "une erreur humaine", reconnaît l'armée américaine ...

      La cause du raid américain sur un hôpital de Médecins sans Frontières ayant fait 30 morts en Afghanistan est "avant tout l'erreur humaine" a déclaré mercredi un général américain annonçant à la presse les conclusions de l'enquête du Pentagone sur l'incident.

      "L'accident tragique mais évitable (a été) causé avant tout par l'erreur humaine", a déclaré le général John Campbell, patron des 13 000 soldats étrangers de l'Otan en Afghanistan.

      Il a indiqué que des sanctions seraient prises, expliquant que certaines règles d'engagement n'avaient pas été respectées. L'hôpital a été "confondu" avec une autre cible, a-t-il expliqué.

      L'hôpital de Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) à Kunduz, dans le nord de l'Afghanistan, a été visé le 3 octobre par un long bombardement des forces spéciales américaines.

      "L'établissement médical a été confondu avec une cible par les personnels américains qui pensaient être en train de bombarder un autre bâtiment à quelques centaines de mètres de là, où ils avaient été informés de la présence de combattants", a indiqué le général Campbell.

      "Les personnes ayant déclenché le raid et ceux qui l'ont exécuté depuis le ciel n'ont pas pris les mesures appropriées pour vérifier que cet endroit était une cible légitime", selon l'enquête américaine.

      MSF, qui réfute catégoriquement le terme d'"erreur", a exigé une enquête internationale indépendante sur les faits, qui font déjà l'objet de trois investigations: celle du Pentagone, une de l'Otan, et une autre des forces afghanes.

  141. The Turkish army on Wednesday released a series of audio recordings of apparent warnings issued to a Russian jet before it was downed near the Syrian border...

    "This is Turkish Air Force speaking on guard. You are approaching Turkish airspace. Change your heading south immediately," a voice in one of the recordings can be heard saying in English, repeating the message several times.

    Meanwhile one of the Russian pilots of a fighter jet shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border told state media on Wednesday that there was no prior warning from the Turks...........

  142. Le parlement français a approuvé mercredi la prolongation des frappes aériennes contre le groupe terroriste Etat islamique (EI) en Syrie après un vote quasi-unanime du Sénat...

    325 des 346 sénateurs ont appuyé la proposition du gouvernement de prolonger l'engagement des forces aériennes au-dessus du territoire syrien. Personne n'a voté contre.

    Plus tôt dans la journée, l'Assemblée nationale a aussi voté pour la prolongation de l'opération contre Daech en Syrie...........Lire la suite:

  143. Russia to strengthen control over food supplies from Turkey — Ministry of Agriculture...

    Russia will strengthen control over food supplies from Turkey and will perform additional border and production checks, the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture said on Thursday.

    "The Russian Government authorized Rosselkhoznadzor [federal agricultural supervision agency — TASS] to strengthen control over agricultural products and foods supplies from Turkey and organize additional checks on the border and at production sites in Turkey," the press service said. Measures are introduced in view of repeated violations of Russian standards by Turkish producers, it added.

    "About 15% of Turkish agricultural products on average do not meet Russian standards," Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev said. According to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, Russia imported foods and agricultural products from Turkey in the amount of $1.7 bln in 2014. At the same time, Russian export of foods and agricultural products to Turkey rose by a third in 2014 and totaled $2.4 bln.

  144. Turkey expects new talks on its EU bid next month...

    The EU will give fresh impetus next month to Turkey's bid to join the 28-nation bloc by opening talks on economic policy, Turkey has announced.

    Turkey's new Europe Minister Volkan Bozkir said the EU had agreed to open a new chapter in stalled negotiations.

    Turkey's long-running dispute with EU member Cyprus, and the EU's concerns about human rights in Turkey have made progress in the talks extremely slow.

    But the EU wants to encourage Turkey to stem the flow of migrants to Europe.

  145. Zwei Tage nach dem Abschuss des russischen Kampfjets durch die Türkei hat Russland ein S-400-System in Syrien stationiert...

    Das Langstrecken-Flugabwehrraketensystem hat in der Provinz Latakia unweit der Grenze zur Türkei Stellung bezogen, berichtet ein Korrespondent der Nachrichtenagentur RIA Novosti vor Ort.

    Die S-400 sind gegen alle Typen von Flugzeugen über Drohnen bis zu Marschflugkörpern wirksam und können auch taktische Raketen abfangen. Selbst Tarnkappenflugzeuge (Stealth) haben dagegen keine Chance. Jedes System kann gleichzeitig 36 Ziele in einer Entfernung von bis zu 400 Kilometern beschießen..........

  146. Le ministre turc des Affaires étrangères Mevlüt Cavusoglu a exclu jeudi que la Turquie présente des excuses à la Russie pour avoir abattu un de ses avions militaires qui avait, selon Ankara, violé son espace aérien près de la frontière syrienne...

    "Il n'y a pas de raison que la Turquie s'excuse pour une situation où elle a raison. Nous avons communiqué (à Moscou) notre tristesse quant à cet incident", a indiqué M. Cavusoglu lors d'un déplacement dans la partie nord de l'île de Chypre.

  147. La Cancillería rusa aconseja a sus ciudadanos que se encuentran en Turquía, volver a Rusia por el riesgo de ataques terroristas....

    "Debido a las amenazas terroristas que perduran en Turquía confirmamos nuestra recomendación a los ciudadanos rusos de abstenerse de viajar a la República de Turquía y a los que se encuentran allí por motivos personales volver a Rusia", indicó en un comunicado.

    El 25 de noviembre la Agencia de Turismo rusa, Rosturism, recomendó a operadores turísticos rusos suspender la venta de viajes a Turquía hasta el Año Nuevo.

    A su vez, el jefe del ente, Oleg Safónov, advirtió que tras el cese del flujo turístico ruso Turquía perderá casi 10.000 millones de dólares........

  148. Russia's defence ministry said on Thursday it has suspended all cooperation with the Turkish military including a hotline set up to share information about Russian air strikes in Syria, TASS news agency reported...

    Russia has also threatened economic retaliation against Turkey and said it is still awaiting a reasonable explanation for the shooting down of its warplane on Tuesday.

  149. L'armée de l'air turque suspend les vols au-dessus de la Syrie...

    La décision a été prise après la destruction d'un bombardier russe Sukhoi Su-24 au-dessus du territoire syrien par un missile air-air tiré depuis un F-16 turc.

    Le quotidien Hyrriyet a annoncé vendredi, se référant à des sources diplomatiques, que l'aviation de guerre de Turquie a suspendu les vols au-dessus du territoire syrien dans le cadre des opérations de la coalition internationale anti-EI suite à l'incident du bombardier russe abattu..............

  150. Bulgaria's parliament ratified on Friday an agreement with NATO ally Poland for the repair of its ageing Soviet-era MiG-29 fighter jets, part of a push by the Balkan country to reduce its reliance on Russia...

    Under the deal, which Russia has sought to challenge, Poland will lend Bulgaria two jet engines for two years and repair the engines of six MiG-29 jets for an estimated 6.14 million euros ($6.52 million)........

  151. The absence of US-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria is not related to Russia’s deployment of an advanced S-400 Triumf air defense system at the Hmeimim airbase, a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) spokesperson told Sputnik on Friday...

    “The lack of Coalition strikes has nothing to do with the S400 deployment,” the spokesperson said. “The fluctuation or absence of strikes in Syria reflects the ebb and flow of battle.”

    CJTF-OIR reported earlier on Friday that the US-led coalition carried out no airstrikes in Syria against ISIL targets on Thursday, while conducted 18 airstrikes against ISIL terrorist positions in Iraq.

    “We strike targets where we find and vet them and in the order we want to attack them. We also dedicate a lot of time and research into developing our targets to ensure maximum effect again ISIL and to minimize the potential for civilian casualties,” the spokesperson added............

  152. Ban Ki-Moon says Syria ceasefire possible in 6 months...

    A ceasefire in Syria could be possible within six months with elections following a year later, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon told FRANCE 24 in an exclusive interview Saturday, though he admits such a goal is a tall order for the war-torn country.

    “The first priority is to have a nationwide ceasefire within six months and within 18 months have an election,” Ban told this week’s edition of The Interview.

    “Of course this road map may be very ambitious and it’s a very tight schedule. That is why my special envoy, Staffan de Mistura, has been and is still continuing to work very closely with the countries concerned.”

  153. President Vladimir Putin is fully mobilized to tackle what the Kremlin regards as an unprecedented threat from Turkey following the shooting down of one of its warplanes by a Turkish F-16, the Russian leader's spokesman said on Saturday...

    In comments which underscore how angry the Kremlin still is over the incident, Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, called the behavior of the Turkish air force "absolute madness" and said Ankara's subsequent handling of the crisis had reminded him of the "theater of the absurd."

    "Nobody has the right to traitorously shoot down a Russian plane from behind," Peskov told Russia's "News on Saturday" TV program, calling Turkish evidence purporting to show the Russian SU-24 jet had violated Turkish air space "cartoons"...........Reuters

  154. Body of Russian pilot to be handed over to Russia, says Turkish PM...

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has stated the body of the Russian pilot was brought to Turkey to be handed over to Russia, in a press briefing held at Ankara’s airport prior to his departure for the EU-Turkey Summit.

    The body of the pilot, who was downed by Turkish F-16s on Nov. 24, would be prepared in accordance with Orthodox tradition before being handed over to Russia, Davutoğlu said.

    "The pilot who lost his life during the air violation was received by us on the (Syrian) border last night," Davutoğlu told reporters.

    He added that a Russian official would "soon" travel to the southern Hatay region on Nov. 29 with a Turkish military official to take possession of the body.

    The Russian embassy in Turkey told the RIA Novosti news agency that Oleg Peskov's body would be flown on Nov. 29 from Hatay in the presence of Russia's military attache to an aerodrome in Ankara where it would be met by the ambassador.

    The date and time when the body would be returned to Russia was still to be confirmed, embassy spokesman Igor Mityakov was quoted as

  155. Russian sports clubs will be banned from signing Turkish players during the upcoming winter break, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Sunday...

    "I think that if anyone wants (to sign a Turkish player) during the upcoming transfer window in the winter break, there will not be such a possibility," Mutko, who is also president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), told the R-Sport news agency.

    "We don't need to jump too far ahead, but (the clubs) have already got the message."

    Asked in clarification if the sports ministry was telling clubs not to sign Turkish players, Mutko replied: "Of course, absolutely."

    Russia introduced a raft of punitive economic measures against Turkey on Saturday after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane earlier in the week..............REUTERS

  156. Shelling from Yemen has killed a border guard trooper and two residents in Saudi Arabia’s border region, officials said, in the deadliest barrages in weeks along the frontier...

    The border guard died on Sunday after “heavy firing from inside Yemeni territory” at Dahran al-Janub, the interior ministry announced.

    Also Sunday, in the Jazan region, two Yemeni residents died in shelling from over the border, the Civil Defense agency said.

    Another Yemeni, among hundreds of thousands living in Saudi Arabia, died on Saturday when attackers from Yemen opened fire on Saudi Arabia’s Najran border zone, Civil Defense

  157. Russia's close ally Kazakhstan on Monday urged Moscow and Istanbul to create a bilateral commission to jointly investigate the downing of the Russian bomber jet by Turkey which has strained relations between the two countries...

    "There is a need to form this commission in order to find and punish those responsible and restore the relations," Nazarbayev said, delivering his annual address to the nation.

  158. Iraq’s military command has told civilians in the ISIS-held Ramadi to leave the city, a sign that an operation may soon be underway to retake the provincial capital...

    Monday’s statement, broadcast on Iraqi state TV, says the Ramadi families are requested to leave the city from its southern, Himaira area. No further instructions or details were given.

    It’s unclear if the long-awaited operation to recapture Ramadi is imminent.

    The U.S.-led alliance carried out seven airstrikes near Ramadi on Saturday, targeting ISIS fighters, key positions and weapons caches.

    ISIS captured Ramadi in May, after government forces abandoned their posts. The provincial capital of Anbar province is located about 115 km west of Baghdad.

    The extremist group controls large swaths of territory in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

  159. Syria on Monday "categorically" denied using chemical weapons including chlorine gas in its four-year civil war, telling a global watchdog it is cooperating fully with efforts to destroy its stockpile...

    "We wish here to state categorically that we have never used chlorine or any other toxic chemicals during any incidents or any other operations in the Syrian Arab Republic since the beginning of the crisis and up to this very day," Deputy Foreign Minister Fayssal Mekdad told the annual meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

  160. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Monday that the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group executed 18 Syrian soldiers in the city of Palmyra...

    The UK-based monitor group said IS told the locals in Palmyra that they would be executed for being part of what it described as the "infidel army" of the Syrian government. The slain soldiers were captured during clashes with IS militants in the ancient city.

    The observatory said the executions were made in a public square in Palmyra, but did not provide details concerning the date.

    The Islamic State took full control of Palmyra in May and since then it has destroyed the city's military prison and a number of Islamic tombs. IS also made public executions of people suspected of conniving with the government.

    Palmyra is renowned for its monumental ruins, the remnants of a great metropolis that was once one of the most important cultural centers in the ancient world.

  161. Le leader du Labour et pacifiste convaincu Jeremy Corbyn a choisi de laisser les députés du parti libres de voter pour des frappes aériennes britanniques en Syrie, ouvrant ainsi la voie à un vote favorable au Parlement...

    Cette décision a été annoncée lors d'une réunion de M. Corbyn avec son cabinet fantôme, selon un haut responsable du parti travailliste cité par les médias.

    Le Premier ministre conservateur David Cameron doit demander, peut-être dès mercredi, le feu vert du Parlement pour une extension à la Syrie des raids aériens déjà menés en Irak. Mais auparavant, il voulait rassembler un large consensus pour s'éviter un échec -comme fin août 2013- et alors qu'il ne dispose que d'une courte majorité au Parlement.

    "Nous avons toujours dit que nous ne reviendrions devant le parlement pour un vote que si nous sentions qu'il y avait une majorité claire (pour)", a rappelé lundi un porte-parole du gouvernement.

    Ces derniers jours, plusieurs dizaines de députés travaillistes, choqués par les attentats de Paris, ont laissé entendre qu'ils voulaient voter pour ces bombardements.

    Or M. Corbyn a réaffirmé son opposition farouche à cette intervention, selon lui synonyme surtout de victimes civiles. Dimanche encore, il affirmait qu'"aucune décision (n'avait) été prise. Beaucoup de députés hésitent encore".

    Finalement, il a décidé de lâcher la bride à ses députés tout en décidant que la position officielle du parti serait contre les frappes. Il veut aussi réclamer à M. Cameron de retarder le vote, le temps d'avoir les réponses qu'il souhaite sur la justification de ces bombardements.

    Cette position lui évite un éclatement de son cabinet fantôme, très divisé sur la question, et une rébellion ouverte des parlementaires, dont le vice-président du parti, Tom Watson.................


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