Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Julisan world news (July 2016)

European Union leaders are focusing Wednesday on carving out a future without Britain, as they wrap up a summit in Brussels days after Britons voted to leave the bloc.
They have called for Britain to exit quickly and not to expect any membership benefits without paying the price..........EU Leaders Look Toward Future Without Britain
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  1. La ministre de l'Intérieur Theresa May figure aujourd'hui en bonne position au Royaume-Uni pour succéder à David Cameron au 10, Downing Street, après le retrait surprise de Boris Johnson, le leader du camp du Brexit. Portrait...

    Boris Johnson, l’ex maire de Londres, en se retirant de la course au poste de Premier ministre, a créé la surprise. Après cette décision du leader du camp du Brexit, c'est la ministre de l'Intérieur Theresa May qui figure désormais en bonne position pour succéder à David Cameron.

    La ministre de l'Intérieur Theresa May figure aujourd'hui en bonne position au Royaume-Uni pour succéder à David Cameron au 10, Downing Street, après le retrait surprise de Boris Johnson, le leader du camp du Brexit. Portrait.

    Boris Johnson, l’ex maire de Londres, en se retirant de la course au poste de Premier ministre, a créé la surprise. Après cette décision du leader du camp du Brexit, c'est la ministre de l'Intérieur Theresa May qui figure désormais en bonne position pour succéder à David Cameron......france24.com
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  2. Australians Prepare to Vote, Focus on Economy ...

    Australians are gearing up to hit the polls in a close federal election Saturday where the country will decide whether minor parties will overthrow the incumbent government.

    While climate change, immigration and education are key issues, it is the economy that is likely to decide who wins. Australia has avoided recession for 25 years, but the future is unclear as a resources boom fueled by China’s appetite for iron ore and coal continues to fade.

    In Sydney, cranes dominate the skyline as a swathe of new apartment blocks emerge alongside upgraded transport links. As a long mining boom comes to an end, Australia is banking on a reinvigorated construction industry, along with manufacturing, tourism and agriculture.

    But Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has created great anxiety here, and Australian political leaders have put economic security at the heart of their election campaigns.

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told voters the country needs the stability his center-right coalition government can provide.....voanews.com
    1/7/16

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  3. Greek MPs ratify deal for sale of majority stake in Piraeus port to China's COSCO ...

    Greek lawmakers ratified on Thursday with an overwhelming majority the landmark concession agreement with China's COSCO Shipping for the acquisition of a majority stake in Piraeus Port Authority (PPA or OLP in Greek).

    During a roll call held in the plenum, 223 MPs of the ruling coalition as well as opposition parties voted in favor of the bill on the approval of the sale, while 25 legislators voted against.

    A total of 248 legislators participated in voting which was broadcast live on the parliament's channel and 52 MPs were absent.

    The ratification of the contract for the privatization of Greece's largest port came a few hours ahead of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' first official visit to China.

    The Greek leader is scheduled to travel to Beijing on Friday, heading a large delegation of officials and businessmen, aiming to further develop bilateral ties.

    The changing of hands at Piraeus port under the deal approved on Thursday has been hailed by both sides and international experts as a milestone in the friendly Sino- Greek relations which will benefit Greece, China and the world.

    After the Greek parliament's green light, under the agreement sealed in April this year, COSCO will pay to Greece's privatization fund, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), 280.5 million euros (311.52 million U.S dollars) for the 51 percent of shares in PPA and the management of the port.....http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/991759.shtml
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  4. Taiwan mistakenly fires `carrier killer` missile towards China...

    "A Taiwanese warship mistakenly launched a supersonic "aircraft carrier killer" missile towards China on Friday", the navy said, as ties between the island and its once bitter rival deteriorate.

    The domestically developed Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) missile, with a range of 300 kilometres (around 200 miles), flew about 75 kilometres before plunging into waters off Penghu, a Taiwanese-administered island group in the Taiwan Strait.

    The navy said that it was not immediately clear how the missile had come to be launched, but suggested it could have been due to human error.

    "Our initial investigation found that the operation was not done in accordance with normal procedure," Vice Admiral Mei Chia-shu told reporters, adding that an investigation was under way.

    The missile was fired during a drill at around 8:10 am (0010 GMT) from a 500-tonne missile ship docked at a naval base in the southern city of Tsoying and flew in the direction of China.....india.com/AFP
    1/7/16

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  5. Court overturns Austria presidential poll result. The election will now be re-run...

    Austria's highest court has annulled last month's presidential election narrowly lost by the right-wing candidate of the Freedom Party.

    The party had challenged the result, saying that postal votes had been improperly handled.

    The Freedom Party candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost the election to the former leader of the Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, by less than a percentage point.

    The election will now be re-run.
    BBC
    1/7/16

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  6. Syrian President Bashar Assad says Western nations publicly critical of his regime have been quietly sending security officials to collaborate with his war-ravaged country...

    Assad told Australia's SBS news channel in an interview broadcast Friday that there is a double standard in the West. He says Western nations attack him politically but send officials to deal with him behind the scenes....AP
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  7. Syria: A military source said on Friday that a warplane that was on a training mission fell down in the eastern countryside of Damascus due to a technical fault....

    The source noted that the pilot managed to land with a parachute and that search is on to find him.
    SANA
    1/7/16

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  8. Britain's ruling Conservative Party was left reeling on Friday, after the shock withdrawal of favourite Boris Johnson from the race to become prime minister in the wake of the vote to leave the EU...

    Interior Minister Theresa May is now leading five candidates vying to replace Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his resignation after losing the referendum on Britain's membership of the 28-nation alliance.

    May urged voters to stay in the European Union before the poll, but promised to respect their verdict if she took office. She has said she would not trigger the exit process until next year.

    EU leaders have called for a swift divorce following last week's seismic vote, fearful of the impact of Britain's uncertain future on economic growth and the potential domino effect in eurosceptic member states.

    Ratings agency Standard and Poor's cut the EU's credit rating by one notch on Thursday to AA, its third-highest level, saying it now considered "cohesion within the EU" was a "neutral rather than positive rating factor".....i24news.tv
    1/7/16

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    1. GB: les anti-Brexit dans la rue...

      Des dizaines de milliers de Britanniques s'apprêtent à défiler samedi à Londres pour manifester leur opposition à la sortie du Royaume-Uni de l'UE, alors que la question de leur leadership agite les partis conservateur et travailliste.

      Les manifestants devaient partir à 11H00 (10H00 GMT) de Park Lane, dans le centre de Londres, pour se rendre jusqu'au parlement. Selon les organisateurs, quelque 40.000 personnes seront présentes au départ du cortège.

      "Nous pouvons retirer notre doigt du bouton d'autodestruction et empêcher le Brexit en refusant que le référendum ait valeur de dernier mot", écrit l'organisateur de la marche, Keiran MacDermott, sur la page Facebook de l'événement. "N'abandonnons pas la prochaine génération. Manifestons, protestons et stoppons le Brexit".

      Selon un sondage Ipsos Mori pour la BBC, 16% des Britanniques ayant voté au référendum pensent que la Grande-Bretagne restera dans l'UE, 22% ne sachant pas si le pays sortira du giron européen. Et 48% des votants estiment que des élections législatives doivent avoir lieu avant l'ouverture des négociations de sortie de l'UE.....rtl.be

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  9. Czech President Milos Zeman has called for a referendum on exiting the European Union and NATO, only a week after Britain voted to leave the EU, public radio said Friday...

    Zeman insisted he himself would vote against leaving when he spoke with voters in a small Czech town on Thursday, Czech Radio said on its website.

    "I disagree with those who are in favour of leaving the EU," the 71-year-old outspoken leftist said.

    "But I'll do my best to have a referendum so they can express themselves. The same goes for a NATO exit."

    Forty-nine percent of Czechs support staying in the EU, while 34 percent are in favour of leaving, according to a June poll by the Median agency.

    The Czech Republic, which joined the NATO Western defence alliance in 1999 and the EU in 2004, does not have a referendum law.

    But in March, parliament began debating a referendum bill that would need backing from 120 of 200 lawmakers to pass.

    The bill would give the green light to referendum proposals backed by at least 250,000 signatures in the country of 10.5 million people.

    However it would not allow voters to decide on issues -- such as an EU exit -- that would lead the country to breach international obligations.
    AFP
    1/7/16

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  10. US drone and air strikes have killed between 64 and 116 civilians outside war zones since 2009, the White House says...

    The numbers, covering the period from January 2009 to December 2015, are significantly lower than estimates by human rights groups.

    Some groups say that several hundred civilians have died in US strikes....BBC
    2/7/16

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  11. Polls closed in Australia's most populous states where Saturday's national elections are expected to be won or lost, with the outcome between conservative leader Malcolm Turnbull and Labor challenger Bill Shorten too close to call...

    Voting stations in the crucial states of Queensland and New South Wales shut at 6:00 pm (0800 GMT), along with Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, with those on the west coast set to close two hours later.
    AFP

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    1. De premiers sondages réalisés samedi à la sortie des bureaux de vote lors du scrutin législatif en Australie font état d'une course très serrée entre les camps du conservateur Malcolm Turnbull et de son challenger travailliste Bill Shorten, donnés au coude à coude...

      Selon un sondage de Channel Nine dans 25 circonscriptions qui ne sont pas considérées comme favorables à l'un ou l'autre bord, la coalition conservatrice sortante du Premier ministre et le camp travailliste ont recueilli 50% des voix....rtbf.be

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  12. A muezzin's call to prayer reverberated inside the 6th century Istanbul landmark Hagia Sophia for the first time in 85 years on July 1...

    The building in the city's historic Sultanahmet district broadcast the azan from its minarets following July 1's Laylat al-Qadr, or night of power, marking the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

    The broadcast of the morning call to prayer from within Hagia Sophia is likely to reignite the controversy over the use of the building, which was designated a museum in 1935 under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkisjh Republic.

    Although the prayer call has been played from Hagia Sophia's minarets for the last four years, the muezzin has always chanted from a prayer room in the museum grounds rather than from inside the former mosque and cathedral.

    Built as an Orthodox Christian basilica during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in 537, the famous domed structure, known as Ayasofya in Turkish, was converted to a mosque following Sultan Mehmet II's conquest of the city in 1453.....hurriyetdailynews.com
    2/7/16

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  13. U.S. accuses Russian warship of aggressive maneuvers near U.S. navy ship...

    A Russian warship carried out aggressive and erratic maneuvers close to a U.S. Navy ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, the second such Cold War-style incident there in a matter of weeks, the U.S. military said on Saturday.

    The U.S. European Command said the Russian frigate, Yaroslav Mudry, came unnecessarily close to the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto on June 30 and maneuvered in its wake.

    In a statement, EUCOM said the U.S. ship had not been threatened and it maintained course and speed. "But the closing distance by Yaroslav Mudry before the ship turned away from San Jacinto is considered a high risk maneuver, highly unprofessional, and contrary to international maritime regulations."

    Referring to the Yaroslav Mudry's close "aggressive, erratic maneuvers", EUCOM SAID: "These actions can unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries, and could result in dangerous miscalculations or accidents."....REUTERS
    2/7/16

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  14. A search vessel looking for the remains of victims of the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean in May has recovered all of the mapped bodies from the sea floor, investigators say...

    The Mauritian-based ship John Lethbridge is now sailing to Alexandria in Egypt.

    It will later return to the crash site to look for more bodies.

    The flight from Paris to Cairo crashed on 19 May, killing all 66 on board. The cause of the crash remains unknown.

    A statement by the Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee said that the search vessel John Lethbridge "retrieved all the human remains that were mapped at the crash location"....BBC
    4/7/16

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  15. Australian politicians seek minor party support amid election chaos...

    With the results of Australia's stunningly close national election potentially weeks away, Australia's prime minister and opposition leader were expected to spend Monday trying to drum up support from minor parties in desperate bids to form a working government.

    The country was facing the prospect of a dreaded hung parliament after Saturday's elections, which failed to deliver an immediate victor. With about a quarter of the votes left to be counted, neither Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative Liberal Party-led coalition nor the center-left Labor Party had secured the required 76 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives to form a government.

    Turnbull, who is pinning his hopes on mail-in and early ballots that traditionally favor the conservatives, said he remained quietly confident of an eventual victory....The Associated Press

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  16. Irak: deuil national après un attentat de l'EI qui a fait 213 morts à Bagdad ...

    L'Irak entame lundi trois jours de deuil national en hommage aux victimes de l'attentat suicide du groupe Etat islamique qui a fait au 213 morts dans un quartier commerçant de Bagdad. Cet attentat est le plus meurtrier à frapper la capitale irakienne depuis un an et l'un des pires jamais perpétrés en Irak.

    L'incapacité du pouvoir irakien à instaurer des mesures de sécurité

    Ce deuil national a été annoncé par le bureau du Premier ministre Haider Al-Abadi, qui s'est rendu sur les lieux du drame et a promis d'en "punir" les responsables.

    L'attentat, dont le bilan est le plus lourd dans la capitale irakienne depuis un an, met en lumière l'incapacité du pouvoir irakien à instaurer des mesures de sécurité efficaces à Bagdad.

    Et ce en dépit de l'aide de la coalition internationale dirigée par les Etats-Unis, qui entraîne les forces irakiennes dans le cadre de la lutte antijihadistes.

    M. Abadi a annoncé dimanche la modification des mesures de sécurité, notamment le retrait des détecteurs d'explosifs, dont l'efficacité avait été mise en doute..AFP..rtbf.be
    4/7/16

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  17. Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile from Yemen...

    Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile that Yemeni rebels fired towards the kingdom's southern city of Abha early Monday, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents said.

    "It was intercepted with no injuries," the coalition said in a statement, adding that the missile launcher was destroyed by Saudi air defenses.

    It was at least the fourth ballistic missile launched across the border since U.N.-brokered peace talks began in Kuwait in April between Yemen's Houthi rebels and the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi....AFP
    4/7/16

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  18. Nigel Farage, the British politician who led the UK Independence Party to win the "Brexit" referendum announced he is standing down as leader of UKIP...

    Farage told reporters at a Monday press conference he had "done my bit" to lead the vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU and said his party was in a "pretty good place"

    "During the the referendum I said I wanted my country back," Farage said. "Now I want my life back."

    He also said he was sticking to his decision, unlike he did after the 2015 general election.

    In a statement, Farage said: "I have decided to stand aside as leader of Ukip. The victory for the 'leave' side in the referendum means that my political ambition has been achieved. I came into this struggle from business because I wanted us to be a self-governing nation, not to become a career politician.....UPI.COM
    4/7/16

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  19. More than 180 people have been killed in flooding along the Yangtze River in China following torrential rain, officials say.

    Between 10cm and 50cm of rain has fallen in seven provinces, and storms stretching 1,600km (1,000 miles) are sweeping across central and southern China.

    At least 45 people are missing and 33 million are affected, officials say.

    The rain has also washed away railway lines and shut down road networks.

    The dead included 23 people who were killed in a mudslide in Guizhou Province and eight who died in the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province when a section of a wall collapsed, state media said.

    Heavy rain is forecast to continue until Wednesday across parts of southern and western China, the South China Morning Post reported......http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36702293
    4/7/16

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  20. Up to two dozen Taliban militants including 11 would-be suicide bombers were killed as a suicide vest went off accidentally in the southern Zabul province with Qalat as its capital 340 km south of Kabul on Monday, deputy to provincial police chief Ghulam Jilani Farahi said...

    "A group of Taliban militants were playing with a suicide jacket in their hideout in Khak-e-Afghan district today morning when the device exploded suddenly killing 24 insurgents including 11 suicide bombers on the spot," Farahi told Xinhua.....globaltimes.cn

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  21. Madrid's regional government is considering granting tax breaks to attract banks and international firms looking to move operations away from Britain after its vote to leave the European Union, a spokesman said Monday...

    Madrid has joined other EU cities in a scramble for businesses located in London, including Frankfurt and Paris, the continent's two biggest financial centers.

    The regional government is looking at introducing a more generous tax scheme for the purchase and sale of land and on capital gains on properties, the spokesman said.

    "We will be looking at the tax scheme in order to bring in investments from the City (of London), always with the ultimate aim of job creation," he said, without giving more details.....REUTERS

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  22. Islamist "rebels" and "militants" in Syria are guilty of war crimes, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday, accusing them of “a chilling wave of abductions, torture and summary killings.”...

    The London-based rights group named five Syrian anti-regime factions operating in northern Syria: Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, hardliner Ahrar al-Sham, Nureddin Zinki, the Levant Front and Division 16.

    The groups have detained and tortured lawyers, journalists, and children - among others - for criticizing them, committing acts seen as immoral, or being minorities, the report said.

    “Many civilians live in constant fear of being abducted if they criticize the conduct of armed groups in power or fail to abide by the strict rules that some have imposed,” said Philip Luther, head of Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa program.

    “In Aleppo and Idlib today, armed groups have free rein to commit war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law with impunity,” he added.

    The report is based on 24 accounts of abduction by anti-regime groups between 2012 and 2016 and another five cases of torture.

    Halim, a humanitarian worker, was kidnapped and tortured by Nureddin Zinki rebels in Aleppo city until he confessed to a crime.
    “When I refused to sign the confession paper the interrogator ordered the guard to torture me,” he said.

    “He then started beating me with cables on the soles of my feet. I couldn’t bear the pain so I signed the paper,” Halim said.

    Extremist and hardline religious groups operate their own religious courts which punish crimes such as apostasy or adultery with death.

    Saleh was held by Al-Nusra in late 2014, and was told by his guard that five women accused of adultery would “only be forgiven by death.”..AFP..alarabiya.net
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  23. Strasbourg: European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker sharply criticised politicians Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson as the "sad heroes" of Brexit who resigned instead of leading Britain through the EU exit they campaigned for...

    "I would just note that the proud Brexit heros of last week are now the sad heroes of Brexit," Juncker told a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

    "Johnson, Farage, they are retro patriots. Patriots don`t resign when things get difficult, they stay," he added.
    AFP

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  24. Two Swiss Air Force jets escorted an Israeli El Al passenger plane that was travelling from New York to Tel Aviv because of a bomb threat on board, Swiss media reported Tuesday...

    According to Israeli media reports, an anonymous bomb threat prompted Swiss authorities to send the F-18 jets to accompany the El Al flight.

    The Israeli plane was in Swiss air space for a total of roughly four minutes. Once it left Switzerland's air space the fighter jets returned to their base.

    El Al, Israel's national airline, confirmed the reports, but said that the flight had not been affected and the plane was on its way to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.....i24news.tv
    5/7/16

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  25. Feuer an Bord der Egypt Air vor dem Absturz...

    Eineinhalb Monate nach dem Absturz der Egypt-Air-Maschine hat die Auswertung des Stimmenrekorders neue Erkenntnisse über die Vorgänge in der Maschine kurz vor dem Unglück ergeben. Aus der zuständigen Untersuchungskommission verlautete, die Aufzeichnungen deuteten auf einen Versuch hin, ein Feuer in der Maschine zu löschen.

    Das stimmt mit Angaben nach Auswertung des Datenschreibers überein, wonach es vor dem Absturz Rauch in der Kabine gab.
    Der Airbus A320 war am 19. Mai mit 66 Menschen an Bord auf dem Weg von Paris nach Kairo über dem östlichen Mittelmeer abgestürzt. Einen Notruf gab es nicht. Nach dem Absturz wurde über eine Explosion an Bord und einen möglichen Terroranschlag spekuliert, was die ägyptische Regierung jedoch zurückwies. (Reuters)

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  26. US MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed in Northern Syria...

    A US military MQ-9 Reaper drone crashed Tuesday in Northern Syria. No reports of civilian injuries or damage.

    “The aircraft was flying a combat mission when positive control of the aircraft was lost,” the release stated. “The remotely piloted aircraft crash was not due to enemy fire. There are no reports of civilian injuries or damage to civilian property at the crash site.

    “The MQ-9 was destroyed by coalition aircraft and is not in enemy hands,” according to the statement from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

    The Air Force pledged to convene an investigation board to explore what caused the mishap.
    defence-blog.com
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  27. Conflit en Syrie - Déplacement inédit du président Assad à Homs pour la fête du Fitr...

    Le président Bachar al-Assad s'est rendu mercredi à Homs, une ville du centre de la Syrie, pour assister à la prière de l'Aïd al-Fitr marquant la fin du ramadan, un déplacement inédit du chef de l'Etat dont les sorties en public sont assez rares.

    La cérémonie religieuse, retransmise à la télévision publique, se tenait dans la mosquée al-Safa à Homs (centre) qui est aux mains du régime, à l'exception d'un quartier de la périphérie, tenu par des rebelles mais avec qui une trêve a été conclue. M. Assad, qui quitte très rarement Damas et dont les sorties en public sont assez rares, est apparu aux côtés du ministre des Biens religieux (Waqf) Mohammad Abdel-Sattar Sayyed et le mufti de Syrie, Ahmad Badredine Hassoun. La mosquée se trouve dans le quartier loyaliste d'Akrama, régulièrement la cible d'attentats perpétrés par les djihadistes du groupe Etat islamique (EI) ou du Front al-Nosra, la branche syrienne d'Al-Qaïda, selon le directeur de l'Observatoire syrien des droits de l'Homme (OSDH), Rami Abdel Rahmane....rtl.be
    6/7/16

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  28. Bad weather holds up Indian Ocean search for missing Malaysia MH370 aircraft...

    Adverse weather has caused a delay of up to eight weeks in the Indian Ocean search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, search officials said on Wednesday, pushing the hunt well beyond an expected conclusion date of mid-2016.

    The jet carrying 239 passengers and crew disappeared enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, in one of aviation's great mysteries. A wing part, known as a flaperon, washed up on the French island of Reunion in July 2015.

    Crash investigators have otherwise confirmed no other trace of the plane. An undersea search of the southern Indian Ocean, history's costliest such effort, has turned up nothing.

    "Poor weather conditions have severely impacted search operations," the Joint Agency Coordination Centre in charge of the search said in a statement....REUTERS
    6/7/16

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  29. Chilcot report: Tony Blair in focus ahead of launch...

    An official report into Britain's involvement in the Iraq war will be published on Wednesday, seven years after the inquiry opened, with the role of former Prime Minister Tony Blair expected to be scrutinised.

    Relatives of some of the 179 British troops who died will gather in London for the publication of the Iraq Inquiry, which runs to 2.6 million words - more than four times the length of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.....aljazeera.com
    6/7/16

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  30. At least six Yemeni troops were killed and dozens were wounded on Wednesday when two suicide bombers blew up their cars at a military base in the southern city of Aden, security sources said...

    About two dozen militants launched an attack on the soldiers inside the base after the explosions. Gun battles at the base, in the Khor Maksar district, were going on and military reinforcements were arriving, the sources said.

    The attacks followed bombings in three Saudi cities on Monday, after days of mass killings in attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh and Iraq apparently by ISIS as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan draws to a close.....REUTERS

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  31. The South Korean military is planning to ramp up its propaganda broadcasts targeting North Korean troops by doubling the number of loudspeakers along the heavily-fortified border, a report said Wednesday...

    Since the North`s widely-condemned nuclear test in January, the South has blasted a mix of news, propaganda messages and Korean pop music across the border using giant banks of about 17 loudspeakers.

    Yonhap news agency said the number of the loudspeakers would be doubled by the end of the year, and some ageing equipment replaced by new devices capable of broadcasting more than 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) away.

    It quoted a Seoul military official who declined to be named. Seoul`s defence ministry declined to confirm the report....AFP

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  32. El Reino Unido, a la espera del 'informe Chilcot': ¿pagará Tony Blair por la guerra de Irak? ...

    Este miércoles se publicará en el Reino Unido tras varios aplazamientos el polémico informe sobre la legalidad de la guerra de Irak, elaborado por la comisión liderada por el diplomático John Chilcot.

    ¿Por qué ha tardado tanto tiempo en prepararse? ¿Qué le espera al ex primer ministro Tony Blair tras la publicación del informe? A continuación explicamos estos y otros puntos clave sobre la investigación.
    ¿Qué es el 'informe Chilcot'?

    El 'informe Chilcot' (oficialmente 'The Iraq Inquiry'), denominado así por sir John Chilcot, el hombre que encabezó su materialización, es una investigación independiente que el Reino Unido inició en el año 2009 para determinar la involucración de su Gobierno en la campaña bélica estadounidense en Irak en 2003.

    Inicialmente se suponía que los resultados de la investigación se harían públicos entre 12 y 18 meses después del inicio de la investigación, pero posteriormente el período de la publicación del informe se postergó en repetidas ocasiones.....RT.COM
    6/7/16

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  33. The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced on Wednesday that a truce (regime of silence) is enforced across Syria for 72 hours...

    The General Command said in a statement that the truce will last from 1:00 am, July 6th until midnight, July 8th.
    SANA
    6/7/16

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  34. Des centaines de Vénézuéliennes forcent une frontière pour s'approvisionner ...

    Environ 500 Vénézuéliennes ont franchi de force mardi la frontière avec la Colombie, fermée depuis près d'un an, afin d'acheter des vivres qui manquent dans leur pays, confronté à de graves pénuries, selon des médias locaux.

    Venant pour la plupart de l'Etat de Tachira (nord-ouest) et vêtues de blanc, les femmes ont réussi à franchir un cordon de soldats entre les ponts vénézuélien Simon Bolivar et colombien Francisco de Paula Santander, selon des images diffusées par des médias vénézuéliens et sur les réseaux sociaux.

    Après être passées de l'autre côté, elles se sont rendues dans la ville de Cucuta, dans le nord-est de la Colombie, pour y acheter des produits de première nécessité, avant d'effectuer le chemin inverse quelque deux heures plus tard.....rtbf.be

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  35. North Korea released water from a dam near its border with the South without warning early Wednesday morning, increasing fears of floods in areas already hit by heavy rainfall in recent days...

    The North did not notify South Korean officials in advance of the floodgates opening.

    Seoul has said it does not believe that Pyongyang would engage in a "flooding attack," but monitors water levels at the Hwanggang Dam closely.

    No major injuries or damages have been reported from Wednesday's discharge, but South Korea has evacuated residents who live along the Imjin river.

    Residents in areas prone to mudslides and flooding had been evacuated earlier this week following days of heavy rainfall.....voanews.com
    6/7/16

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  36. Typhoon Nepartak: Taiwan on high alert as storm approaches...

    Taiwan is bracing itself for the arrival of a vast typhoon, expected to hit the island in the next day.

    Thousands of tourists have been evacuated from offshore islands ahead of category five Typhoon Nepartak.

    The super typhoon packed winds of up to 263km (163 miles) an hour, some 780km south-east of Taiwan's Hualien city on Wednesday, officials said.

    They also warned of the risk of flooding and mudslides as high winds and lashing rains were expected.

    "As the typhoon kept gaining strength and approaching Taiwan over the past three hours, the Central Weather Bureau decided to issue a sea warning at 14:30 local time (06:30 GMT)", senior forecaster Chen Yi-liang told AFP.

    "Residents must heighten their vigilance."......http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36732266
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  37. Iraq war decision justified: Australia's Howard...

    Former Australian leader John Howard Thursday defended his decision to go to war with Iraq alongside the United States and Britain, saying it was justified at the time and there was "no lie".

    His comments follow an inquiry into Britain's role in the conflict which found its then prime minister Tony Blair took his country into a badly planned, woefully executed and legally questionable conflict in Iraq in 2003.

    Howard, prime minister from 1996 to 2007 and considered with Blair to be George W. Bush's staunchest ally in the U.S.-led invasion, said he regretted the loss of life but stood by his decision.

    "I believed that the decision to go into Iraq was justified at the time and I don't resile from that because I thought it was the right decision," he told a press conference in Sydney.

    Asked whether he should offer an apology to military families, Howard said: "Obviously I am sorry for the wounds or injuries that anybody suffered.

    "But if you're saying to me do I apologize for the decision that I took, the core decision? Well, I defend that decision. Of course I defend it....AFP
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  38. Thousands of refugees and migrants from Cuba, Haiti and as far away as Africa and Asia are stranded on the Colombia-Panama border, where they are seeking an overland route to the United States and the possibility of a better life...

    "We sold everything we had in Cuba. Our house and everything in it," Lisbet Franco, one of more than 1,000 Cubans stranded in the small Colombian port town of Turbo, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.

    "Coyotes [people smugglers] cheated us along the way and now with the border shut off we can't continue our trip," said Franco, who, with her family, has spent two months travelling in a bid to reach the US.

    Migrants from Latin America have long travelled overland to reach the US border. More recently, they have been joined by a surge in migrants from Cuba, as well as from Africa and Asia.

    With the numbers of migrants increasing, Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela announced in May that key border crossing with Colombia would be sealed.

    Thousands of are now stranded in Turbo - their last stop before Panama.....aljazeera.com

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  39. North Korea said Friday that the new US sanctions targeting its leader Kim Jong-Un amounted to a "declaration of a war" and vowed to take strong retaliatory measures...

    The move by the United States constituted "the worst hostile act" and "an open declaration of a war" against the North, Pyongyang`s foreign ministry said in a statement, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.
    AFP
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  40. US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment...

    The US and South Korea have agreed to deploy a controversial missile defence system, in the wake of intensifying threats from North Korea.

    The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system will be deployed solely to counter the threat from Pyongyang, a statement said.

    It is unclear exactly where it will be sited and who will have final control.

    Discussions began in February after North Korea fired a long range missile, but China has consistently objected.

    The THAAD system would be able to detect North Korean missiles and shoot them down, but China says it would seriously damage the security interests of countries in the region....BBC
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  41. Police detained three people on suspicion of involvement in the murder of police officers in Dallas...

    Negotiations continue with a fourth suspect, said chief of police David brown.

    According to him, the gunman claims that in the heart of Dallas laid a number of explosive devices, and «the end will soon come,» gave the Fox News channel. Evidence that police took extra security measures in the city centre were reported.

    David brown reported that the police are negotiating with a man barricaded himself on the second floor of the garage «El Centro». A woman was arrested on the first floor, and two more people.

    During a demonstration of protest against police violence in Dallas, the criminals opened fire on the guards. The result was four police officers killed and 11 people were injured.

    According to the estimates of investigators, was shot at least two snipers, took up positions in various buildings.
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  42. Snipers opened fire on police officers in Dallas, killing four officers and injuring seven others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men, police said...

    Three people are in custody and a fourth suspect was exchanging gunfire with authorities, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said early Friday morning.

    The suspect is not co-operating and has told negotiators he intends to hurt more law enforcement officials, the chief said.....AP
    8/7/16

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  43. Beijing will not take a "single step back" in the contested South China Sea, state-run media said Friday, despite reports of U.S. naval patrols close to its artificial islands ahead of a tribunal ruling in the dispute...

    Beijing asserts sovereignty over almost all of the strategically vital waters in the face of rival claims from Southeast Asian neighbors, and has rapidly turned reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes.

    It is currently holding a week of military drills around the Paracel Islands in the northern part of the sea, during which other ships have been prohibited from entering the waters.

    The Virginia-based Navy Times reported this week that three U.S. destroyers -- the Spruance, Stethem and Momsen -- have been patrolling near the Chinese-claimed Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands further south....AFP

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  44. ISIS extremists attacked a Shiite shrine north of Baghdad, killing 30 people, just days after one of the deadliest ever bombings in the country, a security spokesman said Friday...

    The overnight attack on the Sayyid Mohammed shrine in Balad, which involved suicide bombers and gun and mortar fire, also wounded 50 people, the Joint Operations Command spokesman said in a statement.

    The attack followed a devastating bombing in Baghdad that tore through a crowded shopping area early Sunday ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, killing 292 people....AFP

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  45. Super typhoon Nepartak hits Taiwan, disrupts power supply, transport...

    Power was partially restored in Taiwan on Friday (July 8) after a powerful typhoon slammed into the island’s eastern coast with ferocious winds and torrential rains, killing two people and injuring 72.

    Typhoon Nepartak made landfall early morning in Taitung county, grounding planes and fishing boats. More than 15,000 people were evacuated.

    By late morning, Nepartak had weakened to a medium-strength typhoon, packing maximum sustained winds of 163kmh and gusts of up to 230kmh, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said. It was forecast to reach mainland China’s Fujian province on Saturday morning.

    In the Philippine capital Manila and outlying provinces, government work and classes were suspended on Friday as typhoon-induced monsoon rains drenched many regions. Rescuers used rubber boats to move people around in waist-high floodwaters.....todayonline.com

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  46. Many ISIS terrorists killed in Homs and Hama...

    An army unit foiled an attack by ISIS terrorists on a number of military posts in Homs eastern countryside.

    The army unit clashed with the terrorists, who attacked military posts and sites in the hills of Abu al-Alaya village, 70 km east of Homs city, a field source told SANA on Friday.

    The clashes ended with killing and injuring many ISIS terrorists and destroying their vehicles and equipment.

    Hama

    In the neighboring Hama province, an army unit targeted gatherings and movements of ISIS terrorists near Aqareb dam in the eastern countryside.

    The army’s operation resulted in killing and injuring a number of ISIS terrorists and destroying a vehicle for them.
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  47. NATO takes command of a U.S.-built missile shield in Europe Friday, after France won assurances that the multi-billion-dollar system would not be under Washington's direct control...

    The missile shield, billed as a defense against any strike by a "rogue state" against European cities, is one of the most sensitive aspects of the United States' military support for Europe. Russia says the system is in fact intended by Washington to blunt its nuclear arsenal, which the U.S. denies.

    "Leaders will agree that missile defense is initially operational," a NATO official said, referring to the alliance summit under way in Warsaw on Friday.

    "This means U.S. ships based in Spain, a radar in Turkey and the missile defense base in Romania can work together under NATO command."

    A second NATO official confirmed that, saying "the conditions are met" to put the shield system under a NATO flag....REUTERS

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  48. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko offered NATO to use the experience that "Ukraine obtained in showing resistance to Russian troops."...

    In his article for The Wall Street Journal, Poroshenko stated that no member of the alliance has the experience of warfare against modern Russian army. According to him, Ukraine has such an experience, although he does not specify where exactly the Ukrainian "victorious" army came across the Russian army.

    Having started his article with the words praising NATO, Poroshenko wrote that the alliance was set up to "defend peace and world order" after the chaos of WWII. Therefore, according to the Ukrainian leader, it will be highly important to recollect those goals on Friday, when world leaders gather for the summit in Warsaw. Russia purposefully aggravates instability where possible in a hope to split the West and achieve her geopolitical objectives, he continued.

    "NATO's collective security could likewise benefit from Ukraine's experience and intelligence. Russia's aggression on the eastern flank of NATO territory is an aggression not only against Ukraine, but the Western world. Yet no NATO member state has actual battlefield experience engaging with the modern Russian army. Ukraine does," Poroshenko wrote....pravdareport.com
    8/7/16

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  49. Die US-Investmentbank Goldman Sachs hat sich die Dienste des ehemaligen EU-Kommissionspräsidenten José Manuel Barroso gesichert...

    Der 60-jährige Barroso werde Berater und „Präsident ohne Geschäftsbereich“ bei Goldman Sachs International (GSI) mit Sitz in der britischen Hauptstadt, teilte die Bank am Freitag mit. GSI ist die wichtigste Einheit der US-Investmentbank außerhalb von New York. „José Manuel bringt eine enorme Erfahrung mit und vor allem ein tiefes Verständnis von Europa.“ Er werde die Bank bei der Beratung von Kunden unterstützen, die „mit dem herausfordernden und unsicheren wirtschaftlichen Marktumfeld“ zurechtkommen müssten, erklärten die Co-Chefs von GSI, Michael Sherwood und Richard Gnodde......handelsblatt.com
    8/7/16

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  50. North Korean submarine ballistic missile test 'fails'...

    North Korea has test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine but it failed in its initial flight stage, South Korea's military says.

    It says the missile was launched in waters east of the Korean peninsula - the latest in a recent series of tests.

    It comes less than three months after a previous attempt to launch a missile from a submarine failed.

    North Korea, believed to be developing nuclear weapons, is banned by the UN from any use of ballistic missiles....BBC
    9/7/16

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    1. North Korea missile fell into sea, no threat to North America: U.S. Strategic Command...

      The U.S. Strategic Command said on Saturday it had tracked what it believed was a KN-11 submarine-launched ballistic missile fired from North Korea's east coast port of Sinpo, which then fell into the sea between the North and Japan.

      The command said in a statement the missile was tracked over the Sea of Japan, "where initial indications are it fell". The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile did not pose a threat to North America, it said.

      The Sea of Japan is known as the East Sea in South Korea.
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  51. In Belgium urged NATO to consider the revision of the position of Russia...

    NATO should consider changing its position on Russia if the Minsk agreements will be implemented. On Saturday, July 9, said the foreign Minister of Belgium Didier Reynders on the occasion of the summit of the organization in Warsaw, reports TASS.

    “I share the position that if Russia will agree to full implementation of the Minsk agreements, need to see how to change the position of our side,” — said the Minister.

    However, he said that Belgium will send at least 150 troops in Lithuania to the multinational battalion of the Alliance....http://rushincrash.com
    9/7/16

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  52. The first Russian charter flight carrying tourists to Turkey since a diplomatic crisis erupted eight months ago landed Saturday in the Turkish Mediterranean resort of Antalya, the airport said...

    The Rossiya Airlines plane touched down at Antalya's international airport at around 7:30 GMT after President Vladimir Putin last month officially lifted restrictions on tourism to Turkey.

    The plane, flying from Moscow's Vnukovo airport, was carrying 189 tourists, NTV television said.

    Russia had banned the sale of agency tours to Turkey as retaliation for Ankara's shooting-down of a Russian war plane in November on the Syrian border.

    The move dealt a crushing blow to the Turkish tourism industry, which is hugely reliant on Russian tourists especially on its Mediterranean coast....AFP
    9/7/16

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  53. British government rejects petition calling for second EU referendum...

    The British government has rejected an online petition signed by 4.1 million people calling for a new referendum on whether to leave the European Union.

    Britons voted by 52 to 48 percent, or 17.4 million votes to 16.1 million, to leave the EU in a June 23 referendum, a result which most politicians have said should be respected but which some who voted "remain" are struggling to accept.

    The petition called for the government to enact a rule that there should be another referendum if the vote for "remain" or "leave" was less than 60 percent based on a turnout of less than 75 percent.

    The Foreign Office, the ministry that had steered through parliament the EU Referendum Act setting out the rules, responded that the legislation did not set a threshold for the result or for minimum turnout.

    "The Prime Minister and Government have been clear that this was a once in a generation vote and, as the Prime Minister has said, the decision must be respected," it said....reuters.com
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  54. Russia said on Saturday it had expelled two U.S. Embassy staff members in June after a similar 'unfriendly' move by Washington...

    One of the expelled diplomats was involved in an incident with a Russian policeman near the U.S. Embassy entrance in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

    Another diplomat was "also a CIA operative", Ryabkov said.

    Relations between Russia and the United States have chilled following Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, after which the West imposed sanctions against Russia.

    Ryabkov said the two U.S. diplomats were declared persona non grata.

    "We hope that they in Washington will realize all the viciousness of the aggressive anti-Russia line. If they decide there to move on the path of escalation, they won't be left without a response," the statement cited Ryabkov as saying.
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  55. Streit mit Türkei könnte Awacs-Einsatz gefährden...

    Die Nato will von der Türkei aus Awacs-Flugzeuge gegen den IS einsetzen. Doch deutsche Verteidigungspolitiker ärgern sich über ein Besuchsverbot des Bündnispartners – und drohen damit, den Einsatz zu blockieren.

    Sie sind die „fliegenden Auge" der Nato: Awacs-Flugzeuge des Militärbündnisses werden seit mehr als 30 Jahren zur Luftraumüberwachung und als Gefechtsleitstände genutzt. Der Nato-Gipfel in Warschau hat sich jetzt darauf verständigt, dass die Maschinen „direkte Unterstützung“ für die internationale Anti-IS-Koalition leisten sollen. Nach Angaben des Bündnisses sollen die mit starken Radaranlagen ausgestatteten Flugzeuge im Luftraum über der Türkei und dem Mittelmeer Informationen über die Lage in Syrien und im Irak sammeln.....handelsblatt.com
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  56. Up to 300,000 Syrian refugees could get Turkish citizenship: Report...

    Up to 300,000 Syrian refugees living in Turkey could be given citizenship under a plan to keep wealthy and educated Syrians in the country, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on July 2 that Syrian refugees in the country would be offered nationality "if they want it", the first time such an idea had been proposed at the highest level.

    Nationality would be given step-by-step, with initial plans for 30,000 to 40,000 Syrians gaining citizenship, the Haberturk daily said.

    In total, Turkey is targeting giving Turkish citizenship to up to up to 300,000 Syrians, it added.

    Turkey is hoping such a move would allow skilled Syrian refugees to become citizens, the paper said. Educated refugees from other countries could choose to become nationals as well.

    Family members of those chosen to become Turkish citizens could also get the right to become nationals, it added.....AFP

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  57. Kashmir fear after mob drowns policeman...

    There are fears of more violence in Indian-administered Kashmir, after a policeman drowned when an angry crowd pushed his car into a river on Sunday.

    At least 23 people have died and many more injured in clashes over the death of a popular separatist rebel.

    Burhan Wani, 22, died in a gunfight with the Indian army on Friday.

    The violence that has erupted after his death is the worst seen for years in the restive region, claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan.

    Kashmir has been a flashpoint for more than 60 years, sparking wars between the countries....BBC
    11/7/16

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  58. Pentagon chief Ashton Carter arrived in Baghdad Monday for talks with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the fight against the Islamic State group and plans to recapture Mosul from the jihadists...

    Carter's unannounced visit -- his fourth to Iraq since beginning his job in February 2015 -- comes two days after Iraqi forces captured an airbase to the south of Mosul that is seen as an important step toward the eventual battle for the country's second city, which has been under IS control since June 2014.

    More than two years after IS overran large parts of Iraq as well as territory in neighboring Syria, Carter wants to highlight successes, even as the jihadists have fought back with devastating attacks in Iraq and abroad.

    "What I'll be discussing with Prime Minister Abadi and our commanders there are the next plays in the campaign, which involve the collapse and control over Mosul," Carter told reporters aboard a military plane ahead of his visit.

    The ultimate goal, he added, was "the recapture of all of Iraqi territory by the Iraqi security forces, but of course Mosul is the biggest part of that."...i24news.tv
    11/7/16

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  59. Germany plans to assume greater security role...

    Germany to outline new military roadmap in White Paper to be released Wednesday

    "Economic giant, political dwarf" -- that is how the world long viewed post-World War II Germany, the European export power reluctant to use military muscle in global conflicts.

    It is an image that Europe's most populous country wants to shed as it gradually assumes a bigger defense role, within the frameworks of NATO and the European Union.

    That ambition, the outcome of a debate that began two decades ago, is the message of Germany's new military roadmap, the defense ministry's so-called White Paper, to be released Wednesday.....i24news.tv

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  60. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have issued advice to citizens visiting the United States. Advise them to refrain from visiting places where the protests and crowded places in General...

    The warning is linked with black Americans ‘ demonstrations against police violence. During such actions the protesters have repeatedly opened fire on police guarding them. Killing several guards of the law....[israel-today.ru]
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  61. Beijing defiant ahead of South China Sea ruling...

    Beijing braced Tuesday for an international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea, where it has expansive territorial claims, with all eyes watching for the Asian giant's reaction on the ground or in the water.

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague is set to release its final decision on the case, which was brought by the Philippines challenging China's position.

    In a months-long campaign Beijing has sought to discredit the UN panel, which it says has no jurisdiction in the multi-national dispute.

    The China Daily newspaper, which is published by the government, topped its front page Tuesday with a picture of Woody Island in the Paracels, emblazoned: "Arbitration invalid"..AFP...france24.com

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  62. Two Egyptian policemen were killed in a bomb blast in the country's restive North Sinai, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported on Monday...

    A roadside explosive device planted in North Sinai's Arish city blasted when a police vehicle was passing by, killing one police officer and a sergeant.

    Three other policemen were injured and sent to a military hospital for treatment.

    The Egyptian Interior Ministry said that security services have redoubled their efforts to catch terrorists responsible for such attacks in the vicinity of Arish and Sheikh Zuweid, the report said.

    Egypt has been battling a growing wave of anti-government terrorism since the military removed former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 and later blacklisted his Muslim Brotherhood group.

    A Sinai-based militant group loyal to the Islamic State (IS) regional terror group claimed responsibility for most of the terrorist operations that killed hundreds of police and military men over the past few years.

    The Egyptian military has been launching a continuous massive security campaign in the peninsula which left about 1,000 militants killed and a similar number of suspects arrested.

    The security raids in Sinai are part of the country's "war against terrorism" declared by ex-military chief and now President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi following Morsi's ouster.
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  63. Vietnam says China 'sank' fishing boat in disputed sea...

    Vietnam has accused the Chinese coastguard of sinking a fishing boat near a disputed island chain, authorities said Tuesday, ahead of key UN-backed ruling on claims in the flashpoint South China Sea.

    Two Vietnamese boats were chased by a pair of Chinese coastguard ships on Saturday afternoon off Vietnam's Quang Ngai province, the Vietnam Fisheries Society (Vinafis) said in a statement.

    One ship was boarded by Chinese coastguards who forced the crew overboard, Vinafis said, while a second vessel was prevented from reaching the stranded fishermen.

    "Chinese men jumped onto fisherman Vo Van Luu's boat, struck the Vietnamese sailors and... sunk the vessel," forcing five crew members overboard, the statement said.

    The five fishermen remained in the sea until dark, when the second Vietnamese vessel was able to approach the area....AFP
    12/7/16

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  64. A suicide car bombing ripped through an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated northeastern district of Baghdad on Tuesday morning, killing at least 11 people, officials said, as government forces deployed in most of the Iraqi capital and closed off major roads around the city...

    The developments came on the heels of two large-scale attacks claimed by the Islamic State group that killed more than 300 people last week. On Monday, visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Washington will send 560 more troops to Iraq to help battle IS.

    In Tuesday's bombing, the explosives-laden pickup truck exploded during the morning rush hour at a vegetable and fruit market in the al-Rashidiya district, a police officer said. The blast killed 11 and wounded up to 32, and also damaged several cars, he added.

    A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media....AFP
    12/7/16

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  65. U.S. troops in Afghanistan can strike Taliban more easily: Carter...

    The senior U.S commander in Afghanistan will have greater freedom to strike at the Taliban under broad new powers approved last month by President Barack Obama, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday.

    Carter, on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, said the powers granted to General John Nicholson would allow "much more efficient use and effective use of the forces we have here as well as the Afghan forces."

    Nicholson himself said the new broader authorities were being used "almost daily" in support of Afghan forces, pointing to a significant pickup in the pace of U.S. operations, 18 months after the end of the main NATO combat mission.

    A U.S. military official said the new authorities had been used a couple of dozen times since they were approved by the White House in June.

    Carter's visit comes days after Obama shelved plans to cut the U.S. force in Afghanistan nearly in half by year's end, opting instead to keep 8,400 troops there through to the end of his presidency in January.....REUTERS

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  66. The two-month battle for ISIS's Libyan stronghold of Sirte has killed more than 240 unity government fighters and wounded over 1,400, a medic said Tuesday...

    Forces loyal to the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord began an operation in May to recapture the coastal city which ISIS overran in June last year.

    By retaking Sirte, the hometown of late dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the GNA forces would deal a major blow to ISIS which has faced a series of setbacks in Iraq and Syria.

    The command center of the unity forces for the military operations against ISIS is in Misrata, 200 kilometers (120 miles) east of Tripoli.

    "The toll of martyrs after two months of fighting is 241 dead and more than 1,400 wounded," the medical source in Misrata told AFP.

    "Some of the wounded are treated in Libya but others have been transferred abroad, to nearby countries such as Turkey, Tunisia and Italy," said the source who requested anonymity.

    The GNA forces have closed in on ISIS in Sirte, in an area measuring just a few square kilometers (miles).
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  67. The head of the German Parliament on Tuesday acknowledged the possibility of a withdrawal of troops from Turkey in light of the latter's hostile attitude towards German legislators...

    Norbert Lammert, president of the Bundestag, Germany's lower chamber, cited Ankara's refusal to allow members of the federal parliament to visit German troops at Incirlik Airbase as a likely trigger for a withdrawal.
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  68. The death toll in the collision of trains in Italy has risen to 27 people...

    The number of victims of a train crash in the South-East of Italy has risen to 27 people, dozens of people were hospitalized with injuries. This is reported by Italian media, citing data from the rescuers working at the crash site.

    The collision of two passenger trains occurred Tuesday, July 12, between the settlements of Corato and Ruvo di Puglia in the Apulia region. As a result of collision three cars were completely destroyed......israel-today.ru
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  69. Iran calls in French envoy over exiled opposition rally...

    Iran has called in the French ambassador and lodged a formal protest over a rally outside Paris held by an exiled opposition group last weekend, a diplomatic source said Wednesday.

    The National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), which includes the former rebel People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK), claimed that 100,000 Iranians attended the annual rally at Le Bourget, near Paris, on Saturday.

    "The holding of this rally by those whose hands are stained with the blood of the Iranian people... is unacceptable," said the message handed to French ambassador Francois Senemaud by senior foreign ministry official Abolqassem Delfi, state media reported.

    The MEK is reviled by Tehran for siding with Saddam Hussein's regime during the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88.

    The US State Department listed it as a "terrorist organisation" in 1997.

    After the US-led invasion of 2003, its remaining fighters were disarmed and placed in camps where many of them remain with their families to this day.

    It was removed from terrorist watch lists by the European Union in 2008 and the United States in 2012.

    Iranian government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht described the NCRI as an "annihilated terrorist group" and a "stinking corpse".

    "The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to confront this hypocritical little group and will condemn any government" that supports it, he told the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday.
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  70. A search and rescue operation was underway off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos Wednesday after a boat carrying migrants overturned, leaving a child dead and six people missing...

    The coast guard said the body of a girl had been retrieved from the sea while four survivors had been rescued. The first two had told authorities they had been in an inflatable dinghy with another nine people when the vessel capsized as it headed to the island from the nearby Turkish coast.

    Vessels from the Greek coast guard and the European border agency Frontex were searching for the missing.

    Lesbos has been the main arrival point for hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants heading to Europe. But numbers of new arrivals have fallen dramatically following a March deal between the European Union and Turkey to limit the refugee flow.
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  71. In his last address to parliament as prime minister on Wednesday, David Cameron said post-Brexit Britain should "try and be as close to the EU as we can be"...

    Taking questions in the House of Commons, Cameron said his advice to Theresa May, who is set to succeed him later in the day, would be that British trade, cooperation and security would be best served by a close relationship with Europe.
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  72. France will send more military advisors to Iraq and its aircraft carrier will return to the Gulf later this year in the fight against ISIS, President Francois Hollande said Wednesday...

    "We will intensify the army's efforts to support the Iraqis as they try to recapture Mosul (from ISIS)," Hollande said, adding that the Charles de Gaulle carrier will return to the Gulf "in the autumn" to be used for bombing raids on ISIS targets.
    AFP

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  73. Hungarian police and soldiers have beaten some migrants severely before sending them back across the border to Serbia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday...

    Since July 5, migrants caught within 8 kilometers (5 miles) of the border are being returned to the Serbian side of the razor-wire fence built by Hungary last year to stem the migrant flow. Police said 621 people were sent back to Serbia through the fence during the first week the new rules were in effect.

    One of the claims of abuse noted in the HRW report said men in a group of between 30 and 40 migrants that also included women and children were beaten by soldiers for two hours after being detained in Hungary....AP

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  74. A top Islamic State group commander, Omar al-Shishani, has been killed in Iraq, the jihadist-linked Amaq agency said on Wednesday...

    Amaq did not specify when Shishani was killed, but the loss of the commander is a significant blow to the jihadist group, which has suffered a string of setbacks in Iraq this year.

    The Pentagon announced in March that American forces had killed Shishani and said his death would likely hamper IS's ability to carry out operations inside and outside of Iraq and Syria.

    But it did not specify how or where he was killed.

    US officials previously said Shishani "likely died" in an air strike, but reports surfaced that he had survived.

    Shishani was a fierce, battle-hardened warlord with roots in Georgia and a thick red beard who was one of the most notorious faces of IS.

    Shishani, whose nom de guerre means "Omar the Chechen", was one of the IS leaders most wanted by Washington which had put a multi-million-dollar bounty on his head..AFP...france24.com

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  75. The radio station of militants loyal to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed and some insurgents have been killed as unmanned plane targeted their hideout in Achin district of the eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday, local media reported...

    Citing Nangarhar provincial government spokesman Attahullah Khogiani, Tolo television said in its morning news bulletin that few important IS figures including radio technical experts are among those killed in the air strike.

    IS outfit has yet to make comment on the report.

    The security forces had in the past also destroyed radio station of IS fighters in Achin district. However, the hardliner militants repaired their radio and resumed their propaganda in the past.
    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/994236.shtml
    14/7/16

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  76. Kabul has no plans to revive a peace process aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table after a four-nation effort earlier this year produced no results, the spokesman of the Afghan president said Thursday....

    Haroon Chakhansuri, President Ashraf Ghani's spokesman, said the four-nation group - comprising Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States - has no plans to meet again anytime soon.

    The group has met five times since January, in Kabul and Pakistan. The meetings did not include the Taliban, who have refused to join peace talks.

    "There is no set time" for another meeting of the group," Chakhansuri told The Associated Press.....AP

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  77. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview released Thursday that his Russian ally has "never" discussed a political transition with him, despite international support for such a process...

    "Only the Syrian people define who`s going to be the president, when to come, and when to go. They never said a single word regarding this," he told NBC News, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.....AFP

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  78. The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee said North Korea has the capability to manufacture as many as 21 nuclear weapons...

    A bill condemning North Korea's nuclear tests includes an amendment revising an earlier estimate of 10-16 weapons of mass destruction.

    According to the change, that estimate now stands at 13-21 nuclear bombs.

    The amendment also indicated the deployment of U.S. anti-missile defense system THAAD may considerably improve the ability to respond to North Korea's missile attacks.

    On Wednesday South Korea confirmed the location where the THAAD system would be deployed sometime in late 2017......upi.com
    14/7/16

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  79. Ugandan army crosses into S Sudan to evacuate citizens...

    A heavily-armed Ugandan military convoy has crossed into South Sudan to evacuate citizens trapped by recent fighting in the capital, Juba, according to officials.

    The operation comes a day after the United Nations warned of the possibility of fresh fighting in Juba, despite a two-day ceasefire that followed a major outbreak of violence, in which almost 300 people were killed.

    The Ugandan army convoy of around 50 lorries escorted by machinegun-mounted armoured vehicles crossed the border on Thursday at Nimule, some 200km from Juba, to open up a secure corridor for fleeing civilians.

    Al Jazeera has learned that the Ugandan forces have already reached the town of Nasitu, 20km south of Juba as of 1200 GMT.

    Al Jazeera has also learned that the entry of Ugandan forces into South Sudanese territory has been authorised by the government of President Salva Kiir.....aljazeera.com
    14/7/16

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  80. Iran's economy has benefited notably from the removal of nuclear sanctions, US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the landmark deal between Tehran and major powers...

    But he stressed that the US will continue to apply sanctions pressure on the country over its alleged support for terror and its ballistic missile program, despite Tehran's criticisms that Washington has not fully followed through with its side of the nuclear deal.

    "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached one year ago today was a landmark international achievement, removing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran while illustrating the power of economic sanctions, coupled with tough diplomacy, to bring about a safer world," Lew said in a statement.......AFP

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  81. France has declared three days of national mourning after at least 84 people were killed while watching a Bastille Day fireworks display in the city of Nice...

    Flags are being flown at half-mast.

    The attacks have been condemned by leaders from around the world as France extends its state of emergency in place since the attacks in Paris in November 2015, in which 130 people died.

    President Michael D Higgins said he was shocked and saddened to learn of the attack with "its appalling loss of life, including children".

    He said: "All of the thoughts of those who value freedom and the public world are with the people of France at this time."

    US President Barack Obama condemned what he said "appears to be a horrific terrorist attack".

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would stand by France’s side in the "fight against terrorism".

    "All of us who have come together at the ASEM summit are united in our feeling of disbelief at the attack of mass murder in Nice," Ms Merkel said on the sidelines of the major summit between Asian and European leaders in Mongolia.

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he was shocked and saddened at what had happened in Nice....rte.ie

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  82. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday that his country should stop interfering and hyping up the South China Sea issue, as the dispute took center stage at a key regional summit in Mongolia...

    China has refused to recognize Tuesday's ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague invalidating China's vast claims in the South China Sea and did not take part in the proceedings. It has reacted angrily to calls by Western countries and Japan for the decision to be adhered to.

    Meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, Li told Abe that China's stance on the South China Sea was completely in line with international law, state news agency Xinhua reported.

    "Japan is not a state directly involved in the South China Sea issue, and thus should exercise caution in its own words and deeds, and stop hyping up and interfering", Li said, according to Xinhua.

    Japan's Kyodo news agency said Abe told Li that a rules-based international order must be respected. The agency also said Abe and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had agreed the ruling must be observed......reuters.com

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  83. The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Friday released 28 pages of the official report on the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States that had been classified for 13 years...

    The United States probed links between the Saudi government and the 9/11 attacks, finding multiple suspicions but no proven ties, documents declassified Friday showed.

    Following a decision by President Barack Obama, the so-called "28 pages" of findings were made public, showing that intelligence agencies were not able to "identify definitively" Saudi links to attacks on US soil, including the 2001 plane strikes on New York and Washington.

    Saudi Arabia welcomed on Friday the release of the classified pages and hoped their release would clear up suspicions about Riyadh's actions, intentions or long-term friendship with the United States.

    "Since 2002, the 9/11 Commission and several government agencies, including the CIA and the FBI, have investigated the contents of the '28 Pages' and have confirmed that neither the Saudi government, nor senior Saudi officials, nor any person acting on behalf of the Saudi government provided any support or encouragement for these attacks," Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, Abdullah al-Saud, said in a statement.

    "We hope the release of these pages will clear up, once and for all, any lingering questions or suspicions about Saudi Arabia's actions, intentions, or long-term friendship with the United States."
    (FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
    16/7/16

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  84. EU chiefs Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker have backed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government and urged a "swift return" to normal after a coup attempt...

    "The tensions in and challenges for Turkey cannot be solved with guns," EU President Tusk told reporters during an Asia-Europe summit in Mongolia.

    "Military coups have no place in modern Turkey. There is no alternative to democracy and the rule of law."

    The comments followed a joint statement by Mr Tusk, European Commission head Mr Juncker, and EU foreign policy head Federica Mogherini calling for "a swift return to Turkey's constitutional order."

    "Turkey is a key partner for the European Union. The EU fully supports the democratically elected government, the institutions of the country and the rule of law," it added.

    EU representatives at the gathering met earlier in the day to discuss the unfolding situation.....http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0716/802800-turkey-reaction/
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  85. The acting chief of Turkey's army announced on Saturday than an attempted coup had failed and that 104 putschists had been killed, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fought to wrest back control following the most serious challenge to his 13 years of rule...

    After hours of chaos and violence unseen in decades, Erdogan ended uncertainty over his whereabouts, flying into Istanbul airport in the early hours and making a defiant speech cheered by hundreds of supporters.

    Soldiers and tanks took to the streets late on Friday and multiple explosions rang out throughout the night in Ankara and Istanbul, the two biggest cities of the strategic NATO member of 80 million people....i24news.tv

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  86. Forces loyal to the Turkish government fought on Saturday to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt which crumbled after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan's call to take to the streets and dozens of rebels abandoned their tanks...

    More than 90 people were killed in violence that erupted late on Friday after a faction of the armed forces attempted to seize power using tanks and attack helicopters, some strafing the headquarters of Turkish intelligence and parliament in Ankara, others seizing a major bridge in Istanbul.

    Erdogan appeared to accuse the coup plotters of trying to kill him, and promised to purge the armed forces which in the past have staged a number of successful coups. "They will pay a heavy price for this," he said. "This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army.".....reuters.com

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  87. Tokyo raised pressure on Beijing at an Asia-Europe summit Saturday to respect an international tribunal`s ruling that dismissed its claims to much of the South China Sea...

    At a retreat outside the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the assembled leaders that the rule of law was "a universal principle that the international community must firmly maintain," according to Japan`s Jiji Press.

    "I strongly hope the parties to the dispute comply with the award and lead to a peaceful solution of the dispute in South China Sea," he said.

    The ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on Tuesday invalidated Beijing`s claims to much of the South China Sea, which are embodied in a "nine-dash line" that dates from 1940s maps and stretches close to other countries` coasts.

    The decision has proved a boon to Tokyo, which is embroiled in a separate territorial dispute of its own with Beijing and vies with it for influence across Asia...AFP

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  88. 194 killed in quashed Gülenist coup attempt: Military ...

    A bloody coup attempt by a large number of soldiers, including high-ranking generals was quashed by the security forces on July 16 as hundreds of thousands of civilians hit the streets across the country against the rebel soldiers in a night that put a black mark on Turkish democracy.

    Only Chief of General Gen. Staff Hulusi Akar was saved among the top commanders held hostage by the Gülenist coup attempters, as whereabouts of others remained unknown, said deputy Chief of Staff Ümit Dündar on July 16.

    The air force’s command, the gendarmerie command and some units from the armored forces took part in the coup attempt, he said, adding that it was quashed.....hurriyetdailynews.com

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  89. Turkish army announces coup has failed as over 100 putschists killed...

    The acting chief of Turkey's army announced on Saturday than an attempted coup had failed and that 104 putschists had been killed, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fought to wrest back control following the most serious challenge to his 13 years of rule.

    After hours of chaos and violence unseen in decades, Erdogan ended uncertainty over his whereabouts, flying into Istanbul airport in the early hours and making a defiant speech cheered by hundreds of supporters....AFP

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  90. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has strongly condemned the coup attempt in Turkey on Friday night and expressed solidarity with the democratically elected government...

    “On behalf of the German government, I condemn in strongest terms the attempt of Turkish military units to overthrow the elected government and elected president of the country by using violence,” Merkel told reporters on Saturday.

    She denounced attacks carried out by tanks and warplanes that targeted parliament, government units, and civilian protesters.

    “The bloodshed in Turkey must now come to an end. Germany stands side by side with those in Turkey who defend the democracy and the rule of law,” she said...aa.com.tr

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  91. Erdogan says Turkey will consider reinstating death penalty...

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey would consider reinstating the death penalty after the attempted coup.

    "In democracies, decisions are made based on what the people say. I think our government will speak with the opposition and come to a decision," he said, reacting to crowds in Istanbul calling for capital punishment.

    "We cannot delay this anymore because in this country, those who launch a coup will have to pay the price for it," he told supporters after attending funerals for the putsch victims."....AFP

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    1. Germany warned Turkey on Monday that if it reinstated the death penalty it would bring an end to accession talks with the European Union...

      After President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in the wake of a failed coup attempt that Turkey would consider a return of capital punishment, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman told reporters: "Introducing the death penalty in Turkey would mean the end of EU membership talks."
      AFP
      18/7/16

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  92. El nuevo ministro británico de Asuntos Exteriores, Boris Johnson, promete defender la soberanía de Gibraltar, cuyo futuro ha sido puesto en duda después de que el Reino Unido votara a favor de abandonar la Unión Europea (UE), informa la agencia Reuters...

    Tras una reunión con el ministro principal de Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, Johnson ha señalado que "el pueblo de Gibraltar en repetidas ocasiones y abrumadoramente ha expresado su firme deseo de permanecer bajo la soberanía británica y vamos a respetar ese deseo". También ha afirmado que le aseguró a Fabian Picardo el firme compromiso con Gibraltar.

    Además Johnson ha sostenido que el Reino Unido no entrará en ningún proceso de negociaciones sobre la soberanía de Gibraltar si el pueblo no lo desea. "Vamos a seguir tomando las medidas necesarias para salvaguardar a Gibraltar, su gente y su economía incluyendo el mantenimiento de un buen funcionamiento de la frontera Gibraltar-España", ha agregado Boris Johnson...
    [RT.COM]
    17/7/16

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  93. A court in northeastern Greece has granted a three-day postponement in the trial of eight Turkish military personnel charged with illegally entering the country after they flew to Greece in a helicopter during a military coup in Turkey...

    The court on Monday postponed their trial until Thursday. The helicopter's pilot has also been charged with violating air traffic regulations, and the other seven as accomplices to the violation. The eight - identified as two majors, four captains and two master sergeants - left court handcuffed to each other in pairs and covering their faces with towels or clothing, in the same way as they had arrived.

    Turkey is seeking their return, and all eight have requested asylum in Greece. The Greek government has said their asylum applications will be examined under international law, but that the fact that they are accused in their country of participating in a coup will be taken into account.

    "What must be implemented is Greek and international law," Deputy Defense Minister Dimitris Vitsas said on private Mega television Sunday. He said the asylum application would be examined "but I must say that the argument in favor of extradition from the Turkish side is quite strong, I would say very strong."

    On Monday, Vitsas said decisions would be made by the judicial system, and noted that the examination of asylum applications "usually takes from 15 to 25 days."...Associated Press

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  94. Thousands of people have returned to the scene of last week's Bastille Day attack in Nice to remember victims with a minute's silence...

    Families of some of the dead and injured gathered in the city alongside French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Nice mayor Philippe Pradal.

    After the silence at the Monument du Centenaire, the crowd broke into applause followed by the French national anthem as people defiantly raised their fists in the air.....rte.ie

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  95. The U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul said on Monday it expected demonstrations near its facilities following an attempted military coup in Turkey on Friday and it warned American citizens to avoid the area...

    Turks have been marching and protesting in public places to demonstrate support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since early Saturday morning following the attempted coup by a faction within the Turkish military.

    Turkey is demanding that the United States extradite an exiled cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who it says was behind the coup attempt. Gulen denies involvement and Washington says Ankara must provide genuine evidence before it would hand him over.

    On Twitter, some accounts urged followers to meet at the Consulate on Monday at 2:00 p.m. (1100 GMT).

    The consulate and embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara have already cancelled visa appointments scheduled for Monday "due to recent events", according to the consulate's Twitter account.
    REUTERS

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  96. There are conflicting reports about whether a former Turkish air force commander has confessed to planning Friday's attempted military coup...

    At least 232 people died and 1,400 were wounded in the ensuing violence, and there have been mass arrests.

    The state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Gen Akin Ozturk as telling interrogators he had "acted with intention to stage a coup".

    But two private broadcasters said the general had denied playing a role....BBC

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  97. Iraqi officers said Tuesday that Kurdish security forces detained and tortured several soldiers, an event that would likely undermine trust between the two sides when cooperation against jihadists is needed...

    But a Kurdish security spokesman denied that the incident took place, and other Kurdish officials did not respond to requests for comment.

    Iraqi forces are carrying out operations in Nineveh province to set the stage for a final assault on its capital Mosul, the country's second city that has been held by the Islamic State jihadist group since 2014.

    Both Iraqi federal troops and forces from the country's autonomous Kurdish region will have important roles to play in battle for the city, but there are significant tensions between the two sides over financial and political issues.

    Kurdish "asayesh forces beat eight of our soldiers during their return from the battlefield for a holiday" on Monday, a senior officer in the 9th Division told AFP.....i24news.tv
    19/7/16

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  98. A gunman has broken into a hotel in the south of France, La Dauphine Libere reported on Tuesday...

    The assailant entered the Hotel Formule 1 in Bollene - Vaucluse department - at around 1:45pm. The hotel was immediately evacuated by gendarmerie officers.

    The armed individual is still inside the hotel which has been cordoned off by police. The attacker’s motives remain unknown.

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  99. The U.S. ambassador to Albania warned Tuesday that Washington will take action against politicians who do not vote for a judicial reform agreement, considered key to convincing the European Union to launch membership negotiations with the Balkan country...

    Donald Lu said Tuesday that the actions would be "grave and long-term ones.'' He did not elaborate.

    "There will be specific negative repercussions from the U.S. on those political leaders who vote against this reform,'' said Lu, speaking in Albanian at a civil society rally at the Parliament offices. He did not give details but said those had been handed to the political parties.

    He accused Lulzim Basha, leader of the opposition Democratic Party, of continually changing objections to a draft agreement.

    Eight hours of talks late Monday among three negotiators of the main political parties reached no compromise on just one remaining topic.

    In an extraordinary meeting on Albania and Turkey Tuesday, the foreign committee of the European Parliament strongly urged Albanian politicians to endorse the package on Thursday, as did Johannes Hahn, the bloc's enlargement commissioner.

    Parliamentarians said they would be in intensive telephone calls with Albanian counterparts until Thursday's vote..AP...http://www.voanews.com/content/washington-repercussions-to-albania-if-law-reform-not-voted/3424608.html

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  100. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was Wednesday to chair a crunch security meeting in Ankara for the first time since the failed coup, with tens of thousands either detained or sacked from their jobs in a widening purge...

    The Turkish air force meanwhile launched their first strikes against targets of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq since the putsch aimed at unseating Erdogan, in a sign he has regained full control over the armed forces....AFP

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    1. Turkey has temporarily banned all academics from travelling abroad, officials say...

      The move follows last week's failed coup and comes amid a wide-ranging purge of state employees.

      More than 50,000 people have been rounded up, sacked or suspended, including about 21,000 teachers.

      President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is chairing meetings of his national security council and cabinet in the capital, Ankara....BBC
      20/7/16

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  101. Libya attack: Three French soldiers killed...

    France's defence ministry says three of its soldiers have died in Libya, reportedly after their helicopter was shot down.

    A short statement said the soldiers died "while on mission" in the north African country.

    Earlier on Wednesday, ministry spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed French special forces were in Libya.

    On Tuesday, Associated Press quoted Libyan officials as saying an Islamist militia shot down a French helicopter.

    The attack on Sunday happened near the city of Benghazi, and left no survivors, AP reported.....BBC
    20/7/16

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  102. Le Royaume-Uni renonce à la présidence tournante du Conseil de l'UE en 2017...

    La Première ministre britannique Theresa May a informé le président du Conseil européen Donald Tusk que le Royaume-Uni renonçait à assurer la présidence tournante du Conseil de l'UE de juillet à décembre 2017, a-t-on appris mercredi auprès de l'exécutif britannique.

    Mme May a annoncé la nouvelle mardi au téléphone à M. Tusk faisant valoir que son pays "sera très occupé avec les négociations pour quitter l'UE", a déclaré un porte-parole. Londres devait initialement assumer cette présidence après Malte et avant l'Estonie. Cette décision intervient un peu moins d'un mois après le vote britannique en faveur d'une sortie de l'Union européenne. Samedi, le ministre des Affaires étrangères Didier Reynders avait indiqué que la Belgique était disposée à assumer la présidence de l'Union européenne à la place du Royaume-Uni. "Nous avons eu une présidence en 2001 puis en 2010 et la prochaine n'était prévue qu'en 2024", avait-il ajouté. (Belga)
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  103. Syrie: des rebelles anti-Bachar, supposés plus modérés que l'EI, décapitent devant la caméra… un ENFANT palestinien...
    Une vidéo diffusée mardi sur les réseaux sociaux montre des combattants rebelles décapitant un jeune garçon après l'avoir capturé près d'Alep, dans le nord de la Syrie.

    La vidéo montre le garçon étendu à l'arrière d'un camion et un combattant qui commence à le décapiter avec un petit couteau. Un autre combattant crie: "Nous ne laisserons personne à Handarat", localité située au nord d'Alep et où les rebelles et les forces du régime syrien s'affrontent.


    La victime serait un enfant d'un camp de réfugiés palestiniens


    Dans cette zone d'Handarat se situe un camp de réfugiés palestiniens qui a été largement abandonné au cours des années. L'Observatoire syrien des droits de l'homme (OSDH), une ONG basée en Grande-Bretagne, a confirmé que la vidéo montrait des combattants rebelles. Dans une vidéo antérieure, l'enfant était assis à l'arrière d'un camion avec des combattants qui l'accusaient d'être un membre des brigades Al-Qods, un groupe palestinien se battant au côté du régime du président syrien Bachar al-Assad. D'après Rami Abdel Rahmane, directeur de l'OSDH, "le jeune garçon n'a pas plus de 13 ans, il a été capturé mardi dans la région d'Handarat, mais les faits ont eu lieu dans une zone d'Alep tenue par les rebelles, le quartier Al-Machad pour être précis."...[rtl.be]
    20/7/16

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  104. Ten people were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east, an army spokesman said, adding that the military had intervened to restore order...

    "We denounce the killing of 10 civilians and huts being torched," said Captain Guillaume Djike on Tuesday, adding that the violence broke out overnight in Kibirizi, about 85 kilometres (50 miles) north of Goma, the main city of the troubled Nord Kivu province.

    Gaston Kakule, a resident of the area, blamed rebels from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which is active in the area, of staging the attack.

    Kakule said all those killed belonged to the Nande ethnic group, referring to a local tribe.

    "The army intervened and re-established order," army spokesman Djike said.

    The director of the Congo-based Center for Studies of Peace and Defense of Human Rights, Omar Kavota, told The Associated Press that the victims included a one-year-old child.

    The victims were shot dead or decapitated by machetes in the attack by an armed group, he said....aljazeera.com

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  105. Well-known journalist Pavel Sheremet died on Wednesday when his car exploded in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, Ukrainska Pravda digital newspaper reported...

    The explosion took place at about 07:45am (04:45 GMT) at the intersection of Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Ivan Franko streets, minutes after the journalist left his home.

    Sheremet, 44, born in Minsk, was a famous journalist with a distinguished career in Belarus and Russia, and had been based in Kiev for five years.

    The car, in which Sheremet moved, belongs to the director of Ukrainska Pravda, Yelena Pritule, who was not in the vehicle at the time of the explosion. So far, police have not presented any version of the possible causes of the explosion.

    Sheremet started his career in the early 90s in Belarusian television and in 1996 was named chief correspondent of Russian Public Television in Minsk.

    Sheremet, who was a staunch critic of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, was arrested in 1997 while preparing a report on the situation in the Belarusian-Lithuanian border, accused of illegal journalistic work and receiving money from foreign secret services.

    Sheremet was then sentenced to two years in prison by the Belarusian Justice, but was released after three months thanks to pressure from Russia.
    EFE

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  106. Turkish Defense Ministry suspends 262 military judges and prosecutors as full investigation launched...

    The Turkish Defense Ministry suspended a total of 262 military judges and prosecutors on July 20, as part of an investigation launched into all military judges and prosecutors.

    The ministry announced the investigation into all military judges and prosecutors had been launched as a part of the ongoing probe into the failed coup attempt of July 15.

    Meanwhile, a total of 21 military judges, including five staff colonels and nine members of the military court of appeals, military high administrative court and the Defense Ministry, were taken under supervision by the instruction of the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on July 21.

    The ministry also suspended one deputy undersecretary, one major general, two brigadiers and one rear admiral from their duties.

    In addition, a total of 900 police officers were also suspended from their duties in the capital Ankara for having links to the Gülen movement, blamed for orchestrating the failed coup attempt on July 15.....hurriyetdailynews.com

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  107. Britain will double its deployment of troops to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting ISIS, defense minister Michael Fallon told reporters Wednesday...

    The additional 250 troops will bring Britain's contingent of advisers to more than 500, he said, as allied ministers met in Washington to plan moves to defeat the extremists.
    AFP
    21/7/16

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  108. MSF appelle la Jordanie à évacuer les blessés de guerre syriens bloqués à sa frontière...

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) a appelé jeudi à l'évacuation des blessés de guerre syriens bloqués à la frontière avec la Jordanie, le secteur ayant été déclaré par Amman "zone militaire fermée" depuis un attentat qui a tué sept militaires le 21 juin.

    Le chef de la mission de MSF en Jordanie, Luis Eguiluz, a appelé les autorités jordaniennes à "poursuivre leur solidarité avec les blessés de guerre - une solidarité qui a sauvé les vies de nombreux enfants, femmes et hommes syriens". "La fermeture des frontières signifie que les victimes les plus vulnérables du conflit - celles grièvement blessées par la guerre - n'ont plus la possibilité d'être sauvées", souligne M. Eguiluz.....rtl.be

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  109. French President Francois Hollande and Taoiseach Enda Kenny have said Britain should begin the process of leaving the European Union "as soon as possible"...

    In a joint statement, Mr Hollande and Mr Kenny said they "looked forward to the notification as soon as possible by the new British government of the UK's intention to withdraw from the Union, which will permit orderly negotiations to begin".

    Both leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining the closest possible partnership between the EU and the UK....rte.ie
    21/7/16

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  110. The United States is encouraging the Turkish government to maintain democratic institutions after an attempted coup and the international community "will be watching" what happens in the NATO country, the White House said Thursday...

    However, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing, "The United States is not going to micromanage the situation in Turkey."
    REUTERS

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  111. Nice truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel received logistical support for his Bastille Day attack from five suspects who are now in custody, French prosecutor Francois Molins has said...

    Mr Molins told a news conference the crime had been planned for months.

    He said one of the suspects had filmed the scene of the attack the day after.

    All five are facing preliminary terrorism charges for their alleged roles in helping Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian living in Nice.....BBC
    21/7/16

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  112. Succession de Ban Ki-moon: Antonio Guterres en tête après un premier vote...

    Le Portugais Antonio Guterres est arrivé en tête des candidats à la succession de Ban Ki-moon comme secrétaire général de l'ONU lors d'un premier vote jeudi, selon des diplomates.

    Dans ce scrutin secret organisé au Conseil de sécurité, l'ancien Haut commissaire aux réfugiés de l'ONU devance de peu l'ex-président slovène Danilo Turk, parmi 12 candidats en lice. (Belga)

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  113. Libya's U.N.-backed unity government has said that France did not coordinate with it over the presence of French troops in Libya and that it would not compromise on its sovereignty after France announced the deaths of three of its soldiers there...

    Special forces teams from countries including France, Britain and the United States are on the ground in western and eastern Libya to fight Islamist militants.

    The French have been working alongside forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar who have been battling Islamist militants and other opponents in Benghazi and elsewhere in the east. But Haftar has rejected the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, which is backed by major Western powers — including France.

    The GNA's Presidential Council said in a statement released late Wednesday that it had asked France for an explanation after President Francois Hollande announced the soldiers' deaths during "dangerous intelligence operations."..REUTERS..voanews.com
    21/7/16

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  114. Donald Trump has vowed to tackle multiple threats facing the US, in his speech in Cleveland, Ohio accepting the Republican presidential nomination...

    "The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end," he told the party convention.

    The businessman promised his presidency would usher in a new era putting America and ordinary people first....BBC
    22/7/16

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  115. Près de 40 soldats syriens et combattants prorégime ont péri jeudi quand des rebelles ont fait exploser un tunnel à Alep (nord), rapporte vendredi l'Observatoire syrien des droits de l'Homme (OSDH)...

    Les insurgés ont "creusé ce tunnel en-dessous d'une position du régime dans le Vieil Alep et l'ont fait exploser, provoquant l'effondrement de l'immeuble" et tuant au moins 38 de ces combattants, a indiqué à l'AFP Rami Abdel Rahmane, directeur de l'OSDH.
    AFP
    22/7/16

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  116. Le gouvernement allemand s'est dit vendredi opposé en l'état à de nouvelles avancées dans les négociations d'adhésion de la Turquie à l'UE à la suite des mesures de reprise en main par le président Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

    "Dans les circonstances actuelles il n'est pas pensable d'ouvrir de nouveaux chapitres" dans les négociations, a déclaré le porte-parole du gouvernement et de la chancelière Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert, lors d'un point de presse régulier.

    Après une longue phase d'immobilisme, Européens et Turcs avaient fait fin juin un pas en ouvrant un nouveau chapitre des discussions portant sur les questions budgétaires. Les Européens avaient accepté de le faire dans le cadre de l'accord passé avec Ankara pour contenir le flux de réfugiés cherchant à se rendre en Europe depuis la Turquie.

    Les négociations d'adhésion ont démarré en 2005 mais avancent depuis à vitesse d'escargot. Suite à la reprise en main de l'armée, de la justice, de l'enseignement et des médias en Turquie par le pouvoir du président Erdogan à la suite de la tentative de putsch, des voix s'élèvent en Europe pour suspendre les négociations, voire y renoncer.

    Ces négociations sont découpées en 35 chapitres couvrant tous les domaines, que les Etats membres doivent d'abord accepter d'ouvrir puis ensuite de refermer lorsqu'ils estiment que les conditions sont remplies par la Turquie.

    Or, à ce jour, seuls 16 chapitres sur 35 ont été ouverts et seulement un a pu être refermé.
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    22/7/16

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  117. La directrice du FMI, Christine Lagarde, renvoyée devant la justice pour l'arbitrage Tapie...

    La cour de cassation a rejeté le pourvoi de la directrice générale du FMI Christine Lagarde dans l'affaire de l'arbitrage Tapie. Elle comparaîtra devant la Cour de justice de la République pour répondre de sa responsabilité.

    La Cour de cassation a confirmé vendredi 22 juillet le renvoi devant cette juridiction de la directrice générale du Fonds monétaire international pour répondre de sa responsabilité dans l'arbitrage Tapie. Christine Lagarde, qui était ministre des Finances au moment des faits, sera jugée pour négligence d'une personne dépositaire de l'autorité publique ayant mené à la destruction, au détournement ou à la soustraction par un tiers de fonds publics. Ce délit est passible d'un an de prison et de 15 000 euros d'amende.

    Après cette annonce, l'avocat de Christine Lagarde a regretté le rejet du pourvoi de sa cliente. "La Cour de cassation n'a en rien tranché la question de fond de la responsabilité de madame Christine Lagarde. Ce débat aura lieu devant la Cour de justice et je suis convaincu que cette dernière écartera toute responsabilité de madame Lagarde", a expliqué Me Patrick Maisonneuve dans un communiqué transmis à Reuters.

    Le FMI a également apporté son soutien à sa directrice générale. Le conseil d'administration du FMI, qui représente ses 189 États membres, "continue d'exprimer sa confiance dans la capacité de la directrice générale de s'acquitter efficacement de ses fonctions", a déclaré le porte-parole de l'institution, Gerry Rice, dans un communiqué.....france24.com

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  118. France will supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against the Islamic State group, President Francois Hollande said Friday, but ruled out any troop deployment in the country...

    "This morning at the defence council, I took the decision as part of the anti-Daesh coalition to make weapons available to Iraqi forces," Hollande said, using another name for the IS group.

    "They will be there next month," he said following the meeting with a handful of ministers and the heads of the security forces....AFP

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  119. An American man who died fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish fighters to oust Islamic State from the northern Syrian city of Manbij has been named as Levi Jonathan Shirley...

    Shirley, who adopted the Kurdish name of Agir Servan, was killed on July 14, the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) said in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.

    The YPG is part of a U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters called the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), which launched an offensive in May to seize the last territory held by Islamic State insurgents on Syria's frontier with Turkey.

    The YPG has attracted foreign fighters from around the world, including Britain, Germany, Canada, Australia and Turkey. A YPG official said in February that seven Westerners had died fighting with the group.

    In May, the YPG said a Portuguese national had died, also fighting in Manbij.....reuters.com
    22/7/16

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  120. Shots have reportedly been fired at a shopping centre in German city Munich, sparking a major police operation...

    According to local media reports, there are a number of fatalities. This has not yet been confirmed by authorities....independent.co.uk

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  121. Police in the German city of Munich have asked members of the public to submit any videos, photos or audio recordings from Friday's mass shooting...

    Nine people were killed and 16 wounded, three of them critically, at a shopping mall by a lone gunman who later shot himself dead nearby, police say.

    No motive for the German-Iranian man's actions has yet been established.

    The attack is the third on civilians in western Europe in eight days, following the violence in Nice and Wuerzburg.

    Police will give an update on their investigation later on Saturday. They are asking people to upload any recordings that could help them to a special account.

    Special forces have reportedly searched the killer's home in the Munich district of Maxvorstadt....BBC
    23/7/16

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  122. German police say 10 dead in Munich, including lone shooter...

    Friday's assault at a Munich shopping mall was "probably" the work of a lone assailant who took his own life after fatally shooting nine people, German police said.

    "We found a man, who killed himself. We assume, that he was the only shooter," the Munich police said on Twitter shortly after authorizing the resumption of transit service in the Bavarian metropolis.

    Authorities, who had been searching for three attackers based on witness accounts, had ordered public transportation shut down during the manhunt....EFE
    23/7/16

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  123. Turkey can hold suspects in detention without charge for up to 30 days under its state of emergency imposed in the wake of the failed coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

    Suspects can be held for a month before being taken to a judge to decide whether to remand them in custody, said an announcement in the official gazette, where all laws and decrees appear when they come into force.

    Activists including Amnesty International had warned Turkey against expanding the detention period, which in normal times stands at a maximum of four days....AFP

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  124. Au moins deux personnes sont mortes et au moins 13 autres ont été blessées dans une fusillade survenue aux premières heures de lundi sur le parking d'une boîte de nuit à Fort Myers, en Floride...

    Au moins deux personnes ont été tuées et 13 blessées lors d'une fusillade survenue dans la nuit du dimanche 24 au lundi 25 juillet sur le parking d'une boîte de nuit de Fort Myers, en Floride, rapportent les chaînes de télevision américaine NBC et CNN.

    L'établissement, appelé le "Club Blu", accueillait une fête d'adolescents ("teen event") au moment des faits. Une personne au moins a été arrêtée, selon les chaînes d'information....france24.com
    25/7/16

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  125. Twin car bombs were detonated Tuesday outside the United Nations office at a Somali army checkpoint near the Mogadishu airport, killing 13 people and wounding five, police officials said...

    The dead included nine security officials with the United Nations.......upi.com
    26/7/16

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  126. Germany must face the fact that Islamist terrorism has arrived and respond with tougher security and tighter immigration policies, Bavaria's state premier said on Tuesday...

    "Each attack, each act of terrorism, is one too many. Islamist terrorism has arrived in Germany," Horst Seehofer, a long-standing critic of Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy, told a news conference.

    "We need more security in Germany. People are riled up, full of fear, and that is completely understandable. They need reliable answers from politicians and not endless debates and justifications," Seehofer said after a meeting of party leaders.

    A spate of attacks in Germany since July 18 have left 15 people dead - including four attackers - and dozens injured. Two of the assailants had links to Islamist militant groups, German officials say.

    Two of the five attackers recently entered Germany from Syria, another was from either Pakistan or Afghanistan, stoking concerns about unprecedented immigration after 1 million migrants arrived last year, many fleeing conflict in the region.

    Immigration and security are sure to be big topics in next year's federal elections, where the clash between Seehofer's Christian Social Union (CSU) and Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) may undermine conservatives' hopes of staying in power......REUTERS
    26/7/16

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  127. Hillary Clinton approved by the candidate in presidents of the United States...

    On Tuesday, July 26, at the national Congress of the Democratic party of the United States, held in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton was approved by a presidential candidate, reports Reuters.

    During the voting, the delegations from various States, Clinton received the required nomination votes.

    As a candidate for Vice-President on the Congress was adopted Senator Tim Kane.

    The official nomination of Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate from the Democratic party will be held on Thursday, July 28. After a formal vote and approval of her candidacy, Clinton needs to give a formal consent to run for the Democratic nomination for the national presidential election on 8 November.....israel-today.ru
    27/7/18

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  128. Syrie: au moins 44 morts dans l'attentat de Qamichli (nouveau bilan médias officiels) ...

    Au moins 44 personnes sont mortes et 140 ont été blessées dans un attentat ayant visé des bâtiments de la sécurité kurde mercredi dans la ville syrienne de Qamichli (nord-est), non loin de la frontière turque, selon un nouveau bilan des médias officiels.

    Dans un précédent bilan, les médias officiels syriens avaient fait état d'au moins 31 morts et 170 blessés au cours de cette attaque, marquée par deux explosions. Elle a eu lieu dans un quartier où sont installés de nombreux organismes -notamment de sécurité- de l'administration autonome que les Kurdes ont installée dans les territoires qu'ils contrôlent dans le nord-est syrien.
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    27/7/16

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  129. Russia has strengthened its southwestern flank as NATO builds up its military presence near its borders and next-door Ukraine remains unstable, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday...

    Moscow has deployed more air defence systems in the southwest and has also deployed a "self-sufficient" contingent of troops in Crimea, Shoigu told a meeting at the Defence Ministry broadcast on state television.

    "Since 2013 ... we have formed four divisions, nine brigades and 22 regiments," he said. "They include two missile brigades armed with Iskander missile complexes, which has allowed to boost fire power to destroy the potential adversary."

    Shoigu said "terrorist" groups were also active in the North Caucasus
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    27/7/16

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  130. Le président Bachar al-Assad a promulgué aujourd’hui le décret législatif N°15 de l’année 2016 portant une amnistie à chaque personne qui a fui la justice et porté l’arme, s’il s’est rendu avec son arme aux autorités judiciaires spécialisées, et à chacun qui libère une personne enlevée de façon sûre et sans rien demander.
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  131. Syrian Civilian Casualty Claims Found Credible...

    The United States military has started a formal investigation into what officials are calling credible claims of civilian casualties from a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Manbij, Syria.

    Speaking to reporters from Baghdad, Col. Chris Garver said the initial U.S. assessment of allegations into civilian casualties proved the allegations are credible enough to warrant the investigation.

    Syrian rights groups have claimed a coalition airstrike in Manbij on July 19 killed civilians, with the reported death toll ranging from about 10 to several dozen.....http://www.voanews.com/content/syrian-civilian-casualty-claims-found-credible/3437386.html

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  132. Indonesia quickly rebuffed appeals from the U.N. human rights chief and the European Union to abandon plans to execute 14 people for drug crimes as preparations intensified Thursday at the prison island where the death row inmates are held...

    High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the U.N. Human Rights Office is “deeply concerned” by death penalty cases that lack transparency and compliance with the right to receive a fair trial, including the right to an appeal. He called on the government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to impose an immediate moratorium on executions.

    The European Union said the death penalty is an unacceptable denial of human dignity and called on Indonesia to “consider joining the wide community of over 140 states that have abolished the death penalty entirely or have adopted a moratorium.”..AP..voanews.com

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  133. China says it is to hold joint military exercises with Russia in the South China Sea, amid heightened tensions over the disputed waters...

    The announcement follows a ruling by an international tribunal earlier this month that rejected China's claims in the region.

    The Chinese government has vowed to ignore the ruling.

    China's defence ministry said September's drills would be "routine" and would not "target any third party".

    Spokesman Yang Yujun said the exercises would be carried out in the "relevant sea and air of the South China Sea", but did not give exact locations.

    He said the drills aimed to "consolidate and develop" China and Russia's comprehensive strategic partnership, and "enhance the capabilities of the two navies to jointly deal with maritime security threats".

    China and Russia have conducted joint naval exercises for several years which analysts say is designed to stem US power in the Asia-Pacific region.

    China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims to territory in the South China Sea....BBC
    28/7/16

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  134. Al Qaeda told its Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, that it could break organisational ties with global militant organisation to preserve its unity and continue its battle in Syria, in an audio statement released on Thursday...

    A break with al Qaeda could pave the way for greater support from Gulf states such as Qatar for Nusra Front, the most powerful faction in Syria's five-year conflict opposing both President Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State militant group. It could also lead to closer ties between Nusra and other fighting factions in Syria.

    "You can sacrifice without hesitation these organisational and party ties if they conflict with your unity and working as one body," al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in an audio statement directed to the Nusra Front.

    "The brotherhood of Islam among us is stronger than any organisational affiliation ... Your unity and unification is more important to us than any organisational link."

    Listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States, Nusra Front was excluded from Syria's February cessation of hostilities truce and Russia and the United States are also discussing closer coordination to target the group....REUTERS

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  135. Trump slams Clinton for not saying "radical Islam" during acceptance speech ...

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump slammed rival Hillary Clinton after she accepted her nomination at the Democratic National Convention, reproaching her for not uttering the words "radical Islam" during her speech.

    "Our way of life is under threat by Radical Islam and Hillary Clinton cannot even bring herself to say the words," Trump said in one of several tweets he fired off during his opponent's address in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
    EFE
    29/7/16

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  136. Turquie: près d'Istanbul, un "cimetière des traîtres" pour les putschistes ...

    "Cimetière des traîtres", le panneau planté sur un monticule de terre, près d'un chantier dans la banlieue d'Istanbul, annonce la couleur: c'est dans ce décor sans gloire que doivent être inhumés les mutins du putsch raté du 15 juillet.

    Pas un millimètre d'ombre sur cette parcelle de terrain rocailleuse exposée au soleil brûlant de juillet. A quelques mètres, des ouvriers construisent un refuge pour animaux errants.

    Les autorités turques ont décidé d'enterrer ici les 24 mutins tués lors de la tentative de coup d'Etat qui n'a pas réussi à renverser le pouvoir du président Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Au total, le putsch raté a fait 270 morts.

    Jusqu'ici, un seul soldat mutin a été inhumé sommairement dans ce cimetière désolé. Le capitaine Mehmet Karabekir aurait tué un notable durant le putsch raté et sa famille aurait refusé de s'occuper de ses funérailles. Seul un monticule de terre signale sa tombe. Trois autres fosses ont été creusées à proximité....rtbf.be
    29/7/16

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  137. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a 6- percentage-point lead over Republican rival Donald Trump, a new poll released Friday has revealed...

    The Reuters/Ipsos poll, which was published the day after Clinton formally accepted the Democratic nomination for the Nov. 8 election, showed that nearly 41 percent of likely voters favor Clinton, while 35 percent favor Trump.

    Clinton and Trump traded insults at opposite ends of the country, taking their fight for the White House to rival battleground states and portraying starkly different visions of America....i24news.tv

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  138. Complexes of air defence With-300, remaining in the Crimea from Ukraine, canned and will not be used by the Russian military. On Saturday, July 30, reported RIA Novosti in Sevastopol, a source in law enforcement bodies of the region...

    “The s-300 complexes, remaining in Crimea after the Ukrainian army, are in stock,” — said the Agency interlocutor.

    The source added that Russian troops in Crimea are armed with the latest air and missile defense s-400...rushincrash.com
    30/7/16

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