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[October 2014]

"Dieu, considérez que nous ne nous entendons pas nous-même et que nous ne savons pas ce que nous voulons, et que nous nous éloignons infiniment de ce que nous désirons"


  1. Ukraine rebels renew push to take Donetsk airport...

    Rebel forces in eastern Ukraine are conducting an offensive to capture the government-held airport in Donetsk, officials say.

    Pro-Russian rebels have tried several times in recent weeks to take the airport, which lies to the north-west of the city.

    The insurgents continued an offensive - begun on Wednesday - on "a broad front", the Ukrainian military says.

    An official truce in place in eastern Ukraine has often been violated.

    The ceasefire was called on 5 September, but on Wednesday four people were killed by a shell which landed on a school in Donetsk, and six died when a minibus was hit.

    A spokesman for what the Ukrainian government calls its anti-terrorist operation said Ukrainian forces repelled four attacks on the airport on Wednesday evening.

    A T-64 tank was destroyed and seven rebels were killed, Vladyslav Seleznyov told Kanal 5 TV.

    The rebels used tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems, artillery and mortars, he said, resuming their attacks on Thursday morning with small-arms fire...................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29455133

  2. Ukraine: Separatisten kontrollieren Donezker Flughafen...

    Die Waffenruhe in der Ukraine bleibt brüchig. Die russische Justiz bekräftigte Einleitung von Verfahren gegen ukrainische Regierungsmitglieder.

    Die Waffenruhe in der Ostukraine bleibt fast einen Monat nach ihrem Beginn brüchig. Bei neuen Kämpfen am geschlossenen Flughafen der Großstadt Donezk hätten Regierungskräfte mindestens sieben Separatisten getötet und zehn weitere Aufständische verletzt, sagte ein Armeesprecher am Donnerstag in Kiew...............http://diepresse.com/home/politik/aussenpolitik/3879420/Ukraine_Separatisten-kontrollieren-Donezker-Flughafen?_vl_backlink=/home/politik/aussenpolitik/3824780/index.do&direct=3824780

  3. Suicide blast hits Afghan army bus in Kabul, killing 4 ....

    Four people were killed and 10 others wounded after a suicide explosion targeted an Afghan army bus in southwestern Kabul Thursday morning, the third suicide attack on army vehicles in two days, sources said.

    "One suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest on an army bus in Doghabad locality in Dar-ul-Aman area, killing three army personnel and injuring 10 others," said Defense Ministry spokesman in his twitter account.

    The incident took place at around 6:40 a.m. (0210 GMT), spokesman General Zahir Azimi said. The bomber was also killed on the spot and the explosion destroyed the bus, he said.

    The Taliban insurgent group claimed responsibility for the twin attacks. Zabiullah Mujahid, a purported Taliban spokesman, told local media from an undisclosed location that the targeted bus was carrying 30 Afghan army officers when it came under Taliban attack. The bombing came two days after the country inked a security and defense agreement with the United States.

    On Wednesday morning, eight people, including seven army personnel were killed and 21 others wounded when two suicide attackers targeted two army buses in western and northern of Kabul.

    The attacks also came three days after Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in as the new president of the war-torn country.

    Afghan army and police are taking the lead in providing security for the country from the NATO-led troops. They are set to take the full security responsibility by the end of the year.

    More than 41,000 NATO-led coalition troops, down from the peak of 130,000 in 2010, are currently stationed

  4. Turkish MPs to vote on motion over Iraq and Syria....

    The motion to authorize the Turkish government to take immediate action against any group in Syria and Iraq threatening the country will be debated today at 3:00pm at a special session of the Turkish Parliament.

    CHP, the main opposition Republican People's Party, will vote against the motion which will enable Turkish army forces to enter a foreign territory, in the case of threats posed by Syria with chemical weapons or unspecified "terrorist groups."

    The leader of CHP said in the inauguration reception of the parliament that they do not want Turkish army forces to enter a foreign territory.

    "We describe the Middle East as a 'swamp.' The president has also described it so," he said, and added, "It is irrational to send Turkish troops into a 'swamp.'"

    On the other hand, MHP, the Nationalist Movement Party, conditionally supports the motion.

    HDP, the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party, will give the "No" vote for today's motion.................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/headline/398603--turkish-mps-to-vote-on-motion-over-iraq-and-syria

  5. US Tanks Arrive in Baltics as Poland Demands More Military Presence...

    The US announced it is deploying 700 soldiers and 20 ‘Ironhorse’ tanks across the three Baltic States and Poland. Meanwhile, Polish Prime Minister says she wants a greater military presence in Poland in light of events in Ukraine.

    Polish PM Ewa Kopacz made the remarks during her inauguration speech to the lower house of the Polish parliament..................http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=174183&cid=22&fromval=1

  6. « La sortie de l'Ukraine de la crise politique et économique contribuera aux intérêts nationaux de la Russie », a déclaré le président russe Vladimir Poutine jeudi lors d'une réunion au Forum sur l'investissement « L'appel de la Russie » à Moscou....

    Le président russe a souligné que la Russie s’était intéressée à ce qu’un « partenaire et voisin fiable » soit près d’elle.

    « Le peuple ukrainien a toujours été et restera le plus proche peuple fraternel pour nous », a noté M. Poutine. Le chef de l’Etat russe a ajouté qu'il espérait que les élections à la Verkhovna Rada d'Ukraine le 26 octobre apporteront la stabilité politique au pays.

    « Le retour à l'unité de l'Ukraine ne sera possible qu’avec le respect des intérêts de tous les citoyens ukrainiens », a indiqué M. Poutine.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_02/Le-peuple-ukrainien-restera-le-plus-proche-pour-la-Russie-Poutine-0412/

  7. China willing to jointly counter terror threat with US: Chinese FM...

    China opposes any form of terrorism and is willing to work together with the United States to counter the threat of terrorism, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday.

    Both sides should make efforts to realize positive interaction and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, Wang said when he met US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon.

    China respects the US traditional influence and realistic interests in the Asia-Pacific region and supports it in playing a constructive role in the Asia-Pacific affairs, while the United States should respect China's status and influence in the region, its need for reasonable development space and its legitimate rights, he said.

    China hopes the United States will properly handle those issues that hinder the development of China-US ties, such as its sales of weapons to China's Taiwan, and its warships and military aircraft's approaches to China for surveillance, Wang said.

    The Chinese foreign minister expressed appreciation for Hagel's constructive role in pushing ahead the relations between the two countries and militaries.

    The new-type relations between Chinese and US militaries are indispensable for the new-type major-country relations between them, Wang said.

    China and the United States should build strategic mutual trust, very importantly the mutual trust between their militaries, and reduce mistrust, he said.

    Expressing congratulations on the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Hagel said that the United States and China are partners, not rivals, and there are far more common interests than differences between the two countries.

    The US-China relations should move ahead along the right direction in the 21st century and the two countries should be jointly dedicated to safeguarding world peace, security and stability, Hagel said.

    This is what the peoples of the two countries and the whole world hope to see, he said.

    The military ties should play a role of bridge in the relations between the two countries, Hagel said, adding that the two sides should strengthen contacts and exchanges and enhance mutual trust.

  8. Putin hopes parliamentary election brings political stability to Ukraine...

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he hopes Ukraine's parliamentary election due on October 26 will help bring political stability to the war-torn country.

    “I hope that the election to the Ukrainian parliament will be held in a decent way, and finally, a long-awaited political stabilization will come,” Putin told the sixth VTB Capital’s annual investment forum Russia Calling!

    Putin warned Ukraine against discrimination on language, ethnic and religious grounds during the election. “We believe that all people living in any part of Ukraine will enjoy full rights envisaged by the norms of international law and the Ukrainian legislation,” the Russian leader said...............http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/752443

  9. Hong Kong protests: Tension mounts at office stand-off...

    Tension is growing at the Hong Kong government office in the Central district, with reports of protesters scuffling with police who are stockpiling riot gear.

    Students have massed outside the office demanding that Chief Executive CY Leung resign by midnight.

    They say they will occupy government buildings if he does not comply.

    Protesters are angry at China's plan to vet candidates for polls in 2017, saying they want full democracy................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29460525

  10. La BCE achètera des actifs à partir d'octobre et pendant deux ans....

    La Banque centrale européenne va acheter des actifs à partir de mi-octobre, pendant au moins deux ans. Elle fait confiance à la France pour mener à bien les réformes nécessaires.

    Elle était attendue de pied ferme, au sens propre comme au figuré. La Banque centrale européenne (BCE) a annoncé jeudi lors de sa réunion à Naples qu'elle achètera pendant au moins deux ans des « ABS » des créances titrisées, c’est-à-dire agrégées en « paquets », et des « covered bonds », des obligations sécurisées. L’achat des ABS débutera au quatrième trimestre 2014 et celui des covered bonds dès la mi-octobre. Ces mesures ainsi que le programme lancé récemment de prêts aux banques pour relancer le crédit (TLTRO) , devraient « avoir un impact significatif sur le bilan de la BCE », a déclaré Mario Draghi...................En savoir plus sur http://www.lesechos.fr/finance-marches/marches-financiers/0203825471121-bce-taux-inchange-a-005-les-marches-attendent-le-montant-des-achats-dactifs-1049169.php?xtor=RSS37&z11sQDDKe0Wted6d.99

    1. Euro-Zone: EZB startet umstrittene Wertpapier-Käufe....

      Die Europäische Zentralbank will die Kreditvergabe im Euroraum ankurbeln und kauft Wertpapiere am Kapitalmarkt. Kritiker warnen, die EZB entwickele sich zur "Bad Bank".

      Die Europäische Zentralbank kauft von Mitte des Monats an Wertpapiere am Kapitalmarkt, um die Kreditvergabe in Europa anzukurbeln. Das kündigte EZB-Chef Mario Draghi in Neapel an. Das Programm solle mindestens zwei Jahre lang laufen. Die Ankäufe würden zusammen mit anderen, bereits beschlossenen Maßnahmen für Banken einen deutlichen Einfluss auf die Bilanz der Europäischen Zentralbank (EZB) haben.

      Die EZB will Kreditverbriefungen – sogenannte ABS – und Pfandbriefe kaufen. Mit ABS-Papieren können Banken Kreditrisiken bündeln, aus der Bilanz auslagern und am Markt damit handeln. Idealerweise haben sie dann mehr Mittel frei, um neue Darlehen zu vergeben...................http://www.zeit.de/wirtschaft/2014-10/ezb-wertpapier-programm-neapel-draghi-inflation

    2. Πρόγραμμα ΕΚΤ για αγορά δανείων-ομολόγων από Ελλάδα και Κύπρο....

      Τίθεται σε εφαρμογή στα μέσα Οκτωβρίου, υπό τον όρο ότι οι χώρες παραμένουν στο μνημόνιο.

      Τιτλοποιημένα και καλυμμένα ομόλογα από τις ελληνικές τράπεζες θα αγοράσει η Ευρωπαϊκή Κεντρική Τράπεζα. Ο πρόεδρος της ΕΚΤ Μάριο Ντράγκι, μιλώντας πριν από λίγο επιβεβαίωσε ότι η ΕΚΤ θα προχωρήσει, υπό όρους, στην αγορά των παραπάνω τίτλων από ελληνικές και κυπριακές τράπεζες.

      "Πρέπει να εφαρμόζεται το πρόγραμμα δημοσιονομικής πολιτικής στην Ελλάδα, ώστε η ΕΚΤ να μπορεί να αγοράσει τιτλοποιημένα δάνεια και καλυμμένα ομόλογα από ελληνικές τράπεζες", δήλωσε ο διοικητής της ΕΚΤ σε συνέντευξη Τύπου που παραχώρησε σήμερα μετά τη συνεδρίαση του Διοικητικού της Συμβουλίου στην Νάπολη.

      «Αποφασίσαμε να περιλαμβάνονται στο πρόγραμμα χώρες με αξιολόγηση χαμηλότερη από το επίπεδο του ΒΒΒ-, όπως η Ελλάδα και η Κύπρος», δήλωσε ο πρόεδρος της ΕΚΤ προσθέτοντας ότι οι χώρες θα πρέπει να έχουν ένα επίσημο πρόγραμμα με την Ε.Ε.

      Ο κ. Ντράγκι τόνισε πως «ο συνολικός αντίκτυπος στον ισολογισμό μας θα είναι σημαντικός και ο ισολογισμός αναμένεται να κατευθυνθεί στο μέγεθος που είχε αρχές του 2012», ενώ παράλληλα σημείωσε πως "είναι δύσκολο να δώσεις ένα συγκεκριμένο μέγεθος λόγω της αλληλεπίδραση των τριών προγραμμάτων – του προγράμματος των ABS, των καλυμμένων ομολόγων και των στοχευμένων πράξεων αναχρηματοδότησης".

      Τέλος, ανακοίνωσε πως τα νέα προγράμματα της ΕΚΤ θα διαρκέσουν δύο χρόνια, με τις αγορές των καλυμμένων ομολόγων να ξεκινούν από τα μέσα Οκτωβρίου και τις αγορές ABS μέσα στο δ΄ τρίμηνο. Σύμφωνα με τον ίδιο, το πρόγραμμα αυτό θα βοηθήσει επίσης να αυξηθεί ο υπερβολικά χαμηλός πληθωρισμός στην ευρωζώνη και να φθάσει κοντά στο ποσοστό-στόχο της ΕΚΤ, που είναι κάτω από, αλλά κοντά στο 2%.................http://www.kathimerini.com.cy/index.php?pageaction=kat&modid=1&artid=185265

    3. Κόβει τον… αντί-μνημονιακό «βήχα» ο Μάριο Ντράγκι...

      «Παύει» τα φιλόδοξα σχέδια περί εξόδου από το Μνημόνιο, ο πρόεδρος της Ευρωπαϊκής Κεντρικής Τράπεζας (ΕΚΤ) Μάριο Ντράγκι. Όπως επισήμανε ο επικεφαλής της ΕΚΤ, η Ευρωπαϊκή Κεντρική Τράπεζα θα εντάξει στο χαρτοφυλάκιό της τιτλοποιημένα και καλυμμένα ομόλογα από τις ελληνικές τράπεζες.

      Πιο συγκεκριμένα, ο Μ. Ντράγκι επιβεβαίωσε ότι η ΕΚΤ θα προχωρήσει, υπό όρους, στην αγορά των παραπάνω τίτλων από ελληνικές και κυπριακές τράπεζες, παρόλο που τα συγκεκριμένα χρεόγραφα αξιολογούνται από τους οίκους αξιολόγησης με πολύ χαμηλή βαθμολογία (κάτω από το ΒΒΒ- που είναι το κατώτατο αποδεκτό όριο).

      Ο κ. Ντράγκι εξήγησε ότι η ΕΚΤ θα αγοράζει τα συγκεκριμένα ομόλογα, ενισχύοντας έτσι τη ρευστότητα των ελληνικών τραπεζών, οι οποίες διαθέτουν στα χαρτοφυλάκιά τους τίτλους αξίας 40 δισ. ευρώ. Το πρόγραμμα, διευκρίνισε ο Ντράγκι, θα διαρκέσει δύο χρόνια και αναμένεται να «διευκολύνει τις πιστώσεις» να χορηγηθούν στην πραγματική οικονομία της ευρωζώνης. Σύμφωνα με τον ίδιο, το πρόγραμμα αυτό θα βοηθήσει επίσης να αυξηθεί ο υπερβολικά χαμηλός πληθωρισμός στην ευρωζώνη και να φθάσει κοντά στο ποσοστό-στόχο της ΕΚΤ, που είναι κάτω από, αλλά κοντά στο 2%.

      Ωστόσο, ο επικεφαλής της ΕΚΤ έθεσε έναν συγκεκριμένο όρο: οι δύο χώρες να βρίσκονται σε πρόγραμμα προσαρμογής. Αυτομάτως, αυτό σημαίνει πως η Ελλάδα, προκειμένου να ευεργετηθεί από το συγκεκριμένο μέτρο, θα πρέπει να παραμένει στη… «μνημονιακή εποχή».

  11. Putin says 'foolish' sanctions will not hold back Russia...

    (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin dismissed Western sanctions as "utter foolishness" on Thursday and said they would not stop Russia developing into a stronger economic power.

    Attempting to take the higher ground in a speech to foreign and Russian investors, Putin said he was relaxed about the measures imposed on his country over Ukraine even though they had broken the fundamental principles of the global economy.

    Addressing financiers worried about the weakening economy, capital flight and a possible increase in state intervention, he said Russia was well placed to weather the storm............http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/02/us-russia-putin-idUSKCN0HR0XU20141002?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

    1. Πούτιν: Στόχος μας, μια ελεύθερη, ευημερούσα και ανοιχτή στον κόσμο Ρωσία - Οι δυτικές κυρώσεις είναι μια τεράστια ανοησία.....

      Την αισιοδοξία του ότι η Ρωσία θα είναι μια «ελεύθερη και ευημερούσα χώρα» εξέφρασε ο Ρώσος πρόεδρος Βλαντίμιρ Πούτιν σε σημερινή ομιλία του στο επενδυτικό φόρουμ Russia Calling που πραγματοποιείται στη Μόσχα. «Εμείς θα προχωρήσουμε με επιμονή στην επίτευξη των στόχων που έχουμε θέσει. Η πρόθεσή μας να οικοδομήσουμε μια χώρα ισχυρή, ευημερούσα, ελεύθερη, ανοιχτή στον κόσμο είναι ειλικρινής» δήλωσε χαρακτηριστικά ο ηγέτης της Ρωσίας, καλώντας τους συμμετέχοντες στο φόρουμ να συνεργαστούν με τις ρωσικές εταιρίες. «Θα εξακολουθήσουμε να βελτιώνουμε το επιχειρηματικό κλίμα στη χώρα μας» είπε, υπενθυμίζοντας ότι έχουν ήδη γίνει σημαντικές αλλαγές στη νομοθεσία, έχουν αρθεί πολλά εμπόδια και έχουν βελτιστοποιηθεί οι διαδικασίες.

      «Εκτιμήσεις κορυφαίων διεθνών οργανισμών έχουν επιβεβαιώσει την εμφανή πρόοδο της Ρωσίας σε αυτόν τον τομέα» σημείωσε ο Πούτιν και υπογράμμισε ότι το σημαντικό δεν είναι «μια καλή θέση στις αξιολογήσεις», αλλά «το πόσο άνετα αισθάνεται ένας επενδυτής που δραστηριοποιείται επιχειρηματικά στη Ρωσική Ομοσπονδία». Στο πλαίσιο της επιχειρηματικής πρωτοβουλίας και της βελτίωσης του επιχειρηματικού κλίματος, το Κοινοβούλιο πρέπει κατά τη διάρκεια των συνεδριάσεων του φθινοπώρου και της άνοιξης να υιοθετήσει ένα συνολικό πακέτο νομοσχεδίων, είπε ο Ρώσος πρόεδρος και κάλεσε τους βουλευτές να φέρουν προς συζήτηση αυτά τα νομοσχέδια άμεσα και με εποικοδομητικό τρόπο.

      «Οι κυρώσεις κατά της Ρωσίας είναι μια τεράστια ανοησία»

      «Οι επιβληθείσες κυρώσεις κατά της Ρωσίας είναι μια τεράστια ανοησία. Θα έχουν μακροπρόθεσμες αρνητικές συνέπειες στην παγκόσμια οικονομία» δήλωσε ο Βλαντίμιρ Πούτιν, ο οποίος, απαντώντας σε σχετική ερώτηση, ανέφερε ότι δεν δημιούργησαν προβλήματα (οι κυρώσεις) στη Μόσχα. «Δεν καθοριζόμαστε από αυτές τις αποφάσεις» είπε χαρακτηριστικά και πρόσθεσε ότι οι εν λόγω κυρώσεις παραβιάζουν θεμελιώδεις αρχές του Παγκόσμιου Οργανισμού Εμπορίου (ΠΟΕ) και υπονομεύουν την εμπιστοσύνη των διεθνών χρηματοπιστωτικών ιδρυμάτων και των νομισμάτων. Η Ρωσία είναι έτοιμη να υποστηρίξει τους τομείς της οικονομίας που έχουν πληγεί από τις δυτικές κυρώσεις και να συνδράμει στην αύξηση του κεφαλαίου των ρωσικών τραπεζών, είπε ο Πούτιν, ενώ ανέφερε ότι «η εμπιστοσύνη των σοβαρών διεθνών επιχειρήσεων που δραστηριοποιούνται στη Ρωσία δεν έχει μειωθεί». Στη διάρκεια της ομιλίας του ο Ρώσος πρόεδρος δεν παρέλειψε να επαινέσει τους εταίρους της χώρας από την Ασία και τη Μέση Ανατολή.

  12. Κικίλιας: Ετοιμαζόταν τρομοκρατικό χτύπημα στις 4/10 σε συγκεκριμένους στόχους...

    Για σχέδιο χτυπήματος με στόχο γνωστούς επιχειρηματίες, αλλά και τη ΝΔ, το οποίο, σύμφωνα με την αστυνομία, ετοιμαζόταν για τις 4 Οκτωβρίου, έκανε λόγο απόψε ο υπουργός Δημόσιας Τάξης Β. Κικίλιας. Η ανακοίνωση έγινε μετά τις έρευνες χτες και σήμερα της Αντιτρομικρατικής, σε διαμέρισμα στο Βύρωνα, όπου σύμφωνα με την ΕΛ.ΑΣ. βρέθηκαν και ιδιόχειρες σημειώσεις που υποδείκνυαν τους στόχους των επιθέσεων. Όπως δήλωσε σε συνέντευξη Τύπου ο Β.Κικίλιας οι έρευνες δειξάγονταν με πλήρη μυστικότητα, ενώ ενήμερος για την πορεία τους ήταν ο πρωθυπουργός,

    Ειδικότερα, όπως ανακοίνωσε ο υπουργός σε σημειώσεις που βρέθηκαν στην κατοχή του 30χρονου συλληφθέντα, ο οποίος φέρεται ότι συνδέεται με το περιβάλλον του Νίκου Μαζιώτη, υπήρχαν τα ονόματα των επιχειρηματιών Βαγγέλη Μαρινάκη και Θεόδωρου Φέσσα, αλλά και λεπτομέρειες για το κτίριο της Νέας Δημοκρατίας και πολυεθνικών εταιρειών...................http://www.enet.gr/?i=news-room.el&id=450248

  13. Red Cross official killed in Donetsk shelling — DPR defense ministry...

    The defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on Thursday confirmed the death of an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) official in the shelling of Donetsk.

    “A Red Cross representative, Laurent Etienne, a citizen of Switzerland, born 1976, was killed,” Eduard Basurin, head of the DPR defense ministry’s political department, said.

    1. Ουκρανία: Νεκρός Σουηδός μέλος του Ερυθρού Σταυρού στο Ντόνετσκ...

      Τη ζωή του έχασε ένας Ελβετός, μέλος της Διεθνούς Επιτροπής Ερυθρού Σταυρού (ΔΕΣΣ), στην πόλη της ανατολικής Ουκρανίας Ντόνετσκ κατά τη διάρκεια βομβαρδισμών στο κέντρο της πόλης.

      Τα βλήματα έπληξαν κυρίως ένα εμπορικό κέντρο, ανακοίνωσε η δημαρχία της πόλης της ανατολικής Ουκρανίας που βρίσκεται στα χέρια των φιλορώσων αυτονομιστών.

      Όσον αφορά το θάνατο του Σουηδού αυτός επιβεβαιώθηκε από τα σωστικά συνεργεία.

      Είναι η πρώτη φορά που το κέντρο της πόλης πλήττεται τόσο σφοδρά μετά την υπογραφή, την 5η Σεπτεμβρίου στο Μινσκ, της συμφωνίας εκεχειρίας.

      Το σημερινό περιστατικό σημειώθηκε μία ημέρα μετά τον βομβαρδισμό που προκάλεσε τον θάνατο 10 πολιτών σε προάστια του Ντονέτσκ, κοντά στο –ελεγχόμενο από τον ουκρανικό στρατό– αεροδρόμιο της πόλης, όπου μαίνονται μάχες.............http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/862994/oukrania-nekros-souidos-melos-tou-eruthrou-staurou-sto-ntonetsk

    2. EU concerned about intensification of shelling in Ukraine’s east...

      The European Union is concerned about intensification of shelling and shooting in Ukraine’s east, the EU External Action Service said in a statement circulated in Brussels on Thursday.

      "We are concerned about the intensification, in spite of the ceasefire in place, of shooting and shelling in eastern Ukraine, which led yesterday to the tragic death of several civilians near a school in Donetsk,” the statement says.

      “We express our condolences to the families of the deceased, and recall the imperative of strict observation of the ceasefire protocol of 5 September and implementing memorandum of 19 September,” it said. “Observation of the ceasefire is a necessary step for the much needed restoration of law and order in the East of Ukraine, both in view of preventing human rights violations and for the investigation of those that have occurred so far.”

      “Many Ukrainian servicemen have equally died in fighting over the past weeks, notably as a result of the continued shelling of the Donetsk airport,” it said.

      The press service of the Donetsk state council said that on October 1 at least nine people were killed and another 30 wounded when the city was shelled from the area of the airport which the DNR militias are trying to recapture from encircled Ukrainian troops who continue shelling Donetsk’s residential districts.

      On Wednesday a biology teacher and two parents died when school No.57 came under fire and another five people received fragmentation wounds.

  14. IMF's Lagarde Sees Disappointing World Economic Advance...

    The chief of the International Monetary Fund says the world economy is "still dealing with the legacies" of the severe downturn several years ago, with a disappointing global recovery.

    IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde called Thursday on governments across the world to adopt policies to "aim higher" to promote economic growth, including labor market reforms and increased spending on major construction projects to improve basic infrastructures.

    She outlined world economic trends in a Washington speech ahead of next week's IMF and World Bank meetings. Lagarde said she sees a somewhat negative outlook for the world economy - "the new mediocre" - that stems from the global recession in 2008 and 2009, even as economic fortunes in some parts of the world have improved.

    Lagarde said the economic downturn several years ago has led to much higher governmental and corporate debt levels and unemployment that is a "major, major difficulty" in many countries.

    "The global economy is weaker than we had hoped only six months ago. So there is recovery, don't get me wrong. But it's weaker than what we had hoped," she said.

    She said the IMF is forecasting a "modest pickup" in 2015, but that economic advances will be uneven across the world.

  15. Karadzic seeks acquittal on genocide at Hague tribunal...

    A lawyer representing former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic told the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia his client was not responsible for and unaware of the July 1995 murder of thousands of Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.

    Speaking to the Hague-based U.N. court on the second and final day of defense closing arguments, Peter Robinson accused the the prosecution of carrying out a “legal lynching” of an innocent man.

    “Not a single witness has testified that Radovan Karadzic planned, ordered or was even informed about the execution of prisoners from Srebrenica. Think about that, and you have to ask yourself why. Maybe one reason is that it simply is not true.”

    Karadzic is charged with 11 crimes, including genocide, in connection with the ethnic cleansing campaign during the war in Bosnia. In July 1995, Serb forces under General Ratko Mladic’s command killed 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

    Also addressing the court Thursday, Karadzic claimed at the time of the massacre Srebrenica’s Muslim community sought to take over the Serb section of the city, while the Serbian community had no such designs on the city’s Muslim neighborhoods...................http://sofiaglobe.com/2014/10/02/karadzic-seeks-acquittal-on-genocide-at-hague-tribunal/

  16. No serious progress in Mideast settlement without Russia’s participation — Jordan's king...

    Without Russia, it is impossible to make serious headway in the settlement process in the Middle East, where the Russian Federation plays an important role, Jordanian King Abdullah II said Thursday at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.

    “The world should realize that without Russia, it is nearly impossible to make serious progress in the region,” Abdullah II said. “Of course, we are very grateful to Russia for the role it plays in the Mideast region.” He added that Moscow plays an important part in the Palestino-Israeli settlement and in the efforts to end the Syrian crisis.

    “Besides, Russia and Jordan stand shoulder to shoulder in counteraction to terrorism and extremism in the region and worldwide,” the king emphasized.

    Putin, in turn, noted Jordan’s stabilizing role in the Middle East where “the situation tends to deteriorate”.

    The Russian leader stressed that bilateral relations are developing and added that the leadership of the Russian Federation and Jordan are in constant contact. “We have good projects, and, which brings a special joy, trade turnover has sharply risen over the past year. It is not big in terms of figures but the tendencies are very good,” Putin said................Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_03/No-serious-progress-in-Mideast-settlement-without-Russia-s-participation-Jordans-king-9935/

  17. Britain's Cameron Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan ...

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan to hold talks with the leaders of the country's new unity government.

    Cameron met President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in the capital, Kabul, Friday morning for talks.

    During a news conference following the meeting, Cameron said Britain will continue to support the development of the Afghan forces despite its bringing home all of its combat troops by the end of the year.

    Britain currently has close to 3,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of the NATO force.............http://www.voanews.com/content/britains-cameron-makes-unannounced-visit-to-afghanistan/2471085.html

  18. Japan ready to continue dialogue with Russia....

    Japanese government is ready for talks with Russia, though Japan takes action in coordination with the other G7 countries over the situation in Ukraine, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, adding that Japan sought to contribute to peaceful settlement in Ukraine.

    Japanese-Russian dialogue is also aimed at settling the peace treaty problem. It is unnatural that the two countries have no peace treaty, the premier noted.

    The prime minister said that a bilateral meeting between Japanese and Russian leaders could be held during the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum) summit in Beijing in November. The Japanese prime minister, when speaking in the parliament last Monday, also called for a dialogue with Russia over Ukraine.

    Days after Japan imposed additional sanctions on Russia, Abe said Tokyo would work with the international community to stabilize the situation in Ukraine and urge Moscow to be a responsible state through dialogue.

  19. Australia authorizes special forces troops to go to Iraq....

    Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday, and its aircraft will also join U.S.-led coalition strikes.

    Abbott said in a nationally televised news conference the Australian troops would be engaged in an "advise and assist" capacity to support the Iraqi army in their battle against the militant Islamist group.

    The United States has been bombing Islamic State and other groups in Syria for almost two weeks with the help of Arab allies, and hitting targets in neighboring Iraq since August.

    European countries have joined the campaign in Iraq but not in Syria............http://www.todayonline.com/world/australian-aircraft-join-coalition-air-strikes-iraq

    1. Australian Government Approves Airstrikes in Iraq ...

      The Australian government has authorized air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said IS, also known as ISIL, has "declared war on the world" and must be "degraded" and "disrupted."

      Australian warplanes are expected to begin bombing missions inside Iraq within days. Canberra has already sent 600 troops and six fighter jets to a U.S. base in the United Arab Emirates. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australian commandos will be deployed to northern Iraq to act as advisers to local forces fighting insurgents. Critics worry that Australia will become enmeshed in another protracted war in the Middle East, but Abbott insists military action will make the nation safer.

      “It is in everyone’s best interests that the murderous rage of the ISIL death cult be checked and rolled back, and that is what we are determined to do. ISIL has declared war on the world, ISIL is launching an assault on civilization, not just upon the people of Iraq right now,” said Abbott.

      The United States and Arab nations have been bombing IS targets in Iraq and Syria for some two weeks. More than 60 nations are now involved in the U.S.-led mission, although most are not carrying out airstrikes. European nations involved in the air campaign are only hitting targets in Iraq.

      The combat operation has the support of Australia's main opposition Labor party. Its leader Bill Shorten said that “military action alone cannot drain the swamp of terrorism” and longer-term stability depends on the government of Iraq and its people.................http://www.voanews.com/content/australian-government-approves-airstrikes-in-iraq/2471110.html

  20. Egypt slams Israel's new settlement plan in E. Jerusalem....

    Egypt's Foreign Ministry on Thursday denounced a decision by Israel's Jerusalem municipality to approve plans to build 2610 settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

    In a statement, the ministry termed the decision "unconstructive" and said it violates the international law.

    It also warned of the decision's "negative impacts" on the stalled peace process with the Palestinians.

    The move "constitutes a major obstacle to efforts aiming to reach a final solution [to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict] based on the two-state principle."

    The municipality on Wednesday said Deputy Mayor Kobi Kahlon has signed an order approving the buildings in the Givat Hamatos settlement in East Jerusalem.

    Egypt has been mediating a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

    Following days of indirect talks, the Palestinians and the Israelis hammered out a temporary Gaza cease-fire deal on August 26 under Egyptian mediation, following 51 days of all-out Israeli attacks on the coastal Palestinian territory.

    A second round of negotiations, due later this month, is now expected to focus on issues that remain unsettled from the first round of talks. These include the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails and the construction of an airport and a seaport in Gaza.

    Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It unilaterally annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community....................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/398955--egypt-slams-israels-new-settlement-plan-in-e-jerusalem

  21. Donetsk airport remains under control of both Ukrainian troops and militia....

    As of Friday morning, October 3, 2014, the airport of Donetsk still remains partly under the control of security forces, and partly under the control of militia, spokesman of the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk, Georgy Morozov said.

    Last night, news agencies reported that the militia forces took complete control of the airport. "This is not true that we all took the airport - this is someone's wishful thinking," said Morozov.

    According to RIA Novosti, the night in Donetsk was relatively calm; solitary sounds of explosions were heard on the outskirts of the city. By morning, all was quiet.

    1. Donetsk airport under full control of self-defense forces...

      Self-defense forces of self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic have brought Donetsk airport under full control. However, there are still Ukrainian law enforcers in underground communication rooms of the airport, the information department of the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed republic told TASS.

      "At present, communication facilities of the airport have been screened to establish if any explosive devices might have been planted," the source said.

      Earlier media reports claimed the EU could impose additional sanctions on Russia if the Donetsk Airport and the city of Mariupol come under control of the militia.

      However an EU source in Brussels told TASS, that the issue of the European Union’s further sanctions against Russia is connected not with specific inhabited localities or control zones in embattled eastern Ukraine but with observation of the truce there.................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/752585

    2. Shelling of Donetsk residential areas inadmissible — EU foreign policy chief...

      European Union’s outgoing High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, said on Friday shelling of residential areas in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk is inadmissible.

      Eastern Ukraine's Donetsk has been under heavy sheeling for several days.

      On October 1 at least nine people were killed and another 30 were wounded when reidential areas of Donetsk were shelled by the government forces.

      One of the facilities reported to have been shelled was public school 57, where several adults were killed. There were no reports about casualties among children at the shelled school..................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/752720

  22. France : le ministre de la Défense précise les conditions de la livraison des Mistral à la Russie...

    La décision concernant la livraison du porte-hélicoptères Vladivostok à la Russie dépendra de l'accord de cessez-le-feu en Ukraine et du début d'un processus politique sérieux et pourra être prise fin octobre ou début novembre, a déclaré le ministre français de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian.

    Dans la nuit du 2 au 3 octobre le porte-hélicoptères Vladivostok avec le deuxième équipage russe a achevé une mission d'entraînement de 10 jours et a regagné Saint-Nazaire. Le navire avait à bord 250 marins russes et 200 spécialistes français.

    Précédemment le premier équipage russe s'est entraîné à manipuler le navire.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_03/France-le-ministre-de-la-Defense-precise-les-conditions-de-la-livraison-des-Mistral-a-la-Russie-7427/

  23. Teachers' salaries start to increase in Europe...

    In 2013/2014, teachers saw their salaries increase in 16 European countries (BE, DK, DE, EE, FR, HR, LU, HU, MT, AT, SK, FI, UK, NO, MK, TR) compared with the previous school year, according to a Eurydice report carried out for the European Commission. The rises were chiefly due to salary reforms and adjustments to the cost of living. The survey covers teachers and school heads at pre-primary, primary, lower secondary and upper secondary level. In about half of the 33 European countries featured in the report, teachers' purchasing power1 in 2014 is still below the 2009 level.

    In a few countries - BE(nl), DK (primary and lower secondary education), LT, LU, AT, FI (primary and lower secondary education) and IT (upper secondary education) – the decrease in purchasing power is relatively small at below 3%, while CY, IT (primary and lower secondary education), NL, PT, RO (primary education) and the UK saw a decrease of 5 to 10%. In IE, ES, RO (secondary education), SI and IS teachers saw a fall in purchasing power of 13% to 17%. The biggest decrease was in Greece with a fall of around 40%................http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1082_en.htm?locale=en

  24. David Cameron Sends ‘Best Wishes’ to Muslims for Eid al-Adha...

    British Prime Minister David Cameron has issued a message to Muslims on the advent of Eid al-Adha, sending his "best wishes" and stating that British Muslims are "the most giving faith community" in the country.

    "I want to send my best wishes to Muslims in Britain and around the world observing Eid al-Adha. This festival of sacrifice is a chance for us to come together and to reflect upon those less fortunate, especially those forced to make sacrifices themselves," Cameron was cited as saying on the UK government's official website Friday.

    The minister stated that he "above all" thought of those suffering in conflicts. "The displaced in Iraq, the beleaguered in Syria, the wounded in Gaza, the exposed in Eastern Europe – these people are giving up all they have to protect their families."

    Muslims from all over the world have helped to "build up Britain's businesses, run our public services and strengthen our society", Cameron said.

    "People here in Britain are giving what they can to help those in need – especially British Muslims, who are the most giving faith community in this country. This Eid, we will be thinking of those at the mercy of these conflicts and come together to pray for peace."

    Eid al-Adha, the "feast of sacrifice", is an important Muslim holiday, which lasts for three days and commemorates prophet Ibrahim's readiness to sacrifice his son on Allah's orders. The holiday is to begin on October 4.

    According to the most recent census of the United Kingdom, which was conducted in 2011, there were over 2.7 million Muslims living in Britain.

  25. Russia says aid worker was killed by mortar fire from Ukraine-held area....

    Russia said on Friday the mortar fire that killed a Swiss worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine was fired from territory controlled by Ukrainian government forces.

    "Kiev did not want to admit the obvious: the area of Donetsk affected by the fire was under the control of the (pro-Russian separatist) militia and the fire came from positions taken by Ukrainian forces," a Foreign Ministry statement said.

    1. Red Cross condemns Donetsk shelling...

      The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has condemned indiscriminate shelling in east Ukraine after a Red Cross employee was killed.

      Swiss citizen Laurent DuPasquier, 38, died when a shell landed near ICRC offices in the rebel-held city of Donetsk on Thursday.

      He was one of several casualties in the city, ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart said in a statement.

      The rebels and the government blamed each other for the shelling.

      Mortar shells landed in central Donetsk early on Friday, the BBC's Dina Newman reports from a hotel in the city centre.

      A Russian Foreign Ministry statement accused the Ukrainian government of "rushing to deny all responsibility" for the ICRC worker's death.

      "The shelling came from positions held by the Ukrainian security forces," the ministry said.

      Pro-Russian separatist forces launched an assault this week aimed at ejecting Ukrainian troops from the city's heavily damaged airport...............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29473617

    2. Merkel draws lessons from peaceful German unity 24 years ago...

      (Reuters) - Germany's path to reunification shows that lessons learned from its peaceful fight for freedom can be used to resolve many of the problems facing Europe and the world today, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

      In an unusually personal speech marking the 24th anniversary of German unification, Merkel said it was the courage of East Germans yearning for freedom that helped end the Cold War - and that similar courage was now needed worldwide.

      "We can all feel, more clearly now than in a long time, that freedom ... tolerance and human rights are not always self-evident," she told 1,500 dignitaries in Hanover and a national television audience. "They are not self-evident at home, nor in the European Union, across Europe nor around the world."

      Merkel said the basic rights which she and her fellow East Germans won with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and German unification 11 months later on Oct. 3, 1990, had to be defended repeatedly everywhere they were threatened.....................http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/03/us-germany-unity-merkel-idUSKCN0HS17G20141003?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

    3. Ukraine: UN chief ‘disturbed’ by death of aid worker, dangerous surge in fighting...

      The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “saddened and disturbed” to learn of the death of an international humanitarian aid worker, killed when a shell landed near the International Committee of the Red Cross Headquarters in eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

      This incident follows the “appalling” shelling of a school in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, which resulted in the death of a number of civilians, the Secretary-General said in a statement released by his spokesperson yesterday evening.

      Mr. Ban is also seriously concerned over the “dangerous surge” in fighting in recent days and mounting civilian casualties.

      “These recent, tragic incidents underscore the fragility of the current cease-fire and the importance of ensuring a secure environment in south-eastern Ukraine that will allow humanitarian actors to carry out their work and deliver critical assistance to those most in need,” the statement said...............http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48993#.VC669VfQqt8

    4. Merkel under fire for arms exports to Mideast...

      The German government has approved arms exports to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates sparking fierce criticism from the opposition.

      Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative-left coalition government informed Federal Parliament on Thursday that it has issued various export licenses for defense companies that plan arms sales to countries including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait and Oman. The arms for sale have included, according to a report from the Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Friday:

      Heavily armored military vehicles and light armored reconnaissance vehicles to Qatar
      Military engineering vehicles to United Arab Emirates
      Remote weapon systems and a prototype sample reconnaissance and surveillance system to Saudi Arabia
      Three thousand machine pistols and explosives to United Arab Emirates
      One thousand full automatic machine pistols to Jordan
      Grenade machine guns to Kuwait
      500 machine pistols to Oman

      Green Party lawmaker Agnieszka Brugger has sharply criticized German government for not honoring its commitment to follow strict principles for arms to countries that are not members of the EU or NATO.

      “The German government has not restricted arms exports, but on the contrary, has unscrupulously moved forward by approving arms sales to countries with highly problematic human rights records,” Brugger said.

      Left Party lawmaker Jan van Aken criticized Merkel’s coalition partner Social Democratic Party (SPD) and its lead Sigmar Gabriel.

      “It seems that Vice Chancellor Gabriel has totally caved in to the arms lobby,” he said.............http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/399228--merkel-under-fire-for-arms-exports-to-mideast

  26. Sweden to recognise state of Palestine...

    Sweden's new center-left government will recognise the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday.

    The U.N. General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most EU countries, have yet to give official recognition.

    "The conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law," Lofven said during his inaugural address in parliament.

    "A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognise the state of Palestine."

    For the Palestinians, Sweden's move will be a welcome boost for its ambitions................http://www.todayonline.com/world/sweden-recognize-state-palestine

  27. Donetsk nega l’occupazione completa dell'aeroporto della città....

    L’aeroporto di Donetsk a venerdì mattina resta ancora in parte sotto il controllo dalle forze ucraine e in parte delle milizie.

    Lo ha detto il rappresentante ufficiale del Ministero della Difesa della Repubblica Popolare di Donetsk Georgy Morozov.

    In questo modo ha commentato il comunicato, diffuso ieri sera, riguardante la completa "pulizia" dell'aeroporto.
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_03/Donetsk-nega-l-occupazione-completa-dellaeroporto-della-citta-9211/

  28. Ukrainian minister admits 108 army servicemen killed in trap set near town of Ilovaisk...

    A total of 108 Ukrainian army servicemen were killed in a trap set for the Ukrainian troops near the town of Ilovaisk, Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Geletei told a briefing on Friday.

    " The names and surnames of the killed army servicemen as well as their home addresses have been kept secret. We have no data about other volunteers, Interior servicemen or members of the National Guards who were killed in the same place," the defense minister said.

    Two days ago the defense minister declined to answer questions, put by members of an investigative commission appointed by the Ukrainian Rada, citing secrecy of the requested information as the reason...................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/752697

  29. Joint statement by HR/VP Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on the killing of a Red Cross worker in Eastern Ukraine...

    It was with shock and deep sadness that we learned of the killing of Laurent DuPasquier a dedicated 38-year old Swiss employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Donetsk yesterday. Our thoughts are with his family and friends as well as his colleagues in the ICRC.

    Access to the conflict areas and respect for those who provide assistance to help the population cut off from basic services is a humanitarian imperative. We are aware that there have been more civilian casualties in the same area. The continued shelling of residential areas is unacceptable. We call on all parties to the conflict to fully respect International Humanitarian Law, protect civilians and humanitarian workers and to ensure unhindered access for humanitarian organisations.

  30. Heavy fighting for Donetsk airport....

    There have been more fierce clashes in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are trying to capture Donetsk airport.

    Heavy firing could be heard near the airport - strategically important for both sides in the conflict.

    A government spokesman said the rebels had broken into one of the terminals but were later pushed back. The rebels say they have seized the airport...........http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29481979

    1. Donetsk airport under full control of self-defense forces...

      Self-defense forces of self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic have brought Donetsk airport under full control. However, there are still Ukrainian law enforcers in underground communication rooms of the airport, the information department of the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed republic told media today.

      "At present, communication facilities of the airport have been screened to establish if any explosive devices might have been planted," the source said.

      Heavy fighting has been taking place in the area of the airport as of lately.

      On October 1 at least nine people were killed and another 30 wounded after Donetsk was shelled from the area of the airport.
      Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_03/Donetsk-airport-under-full-control-of-self-defense-forces-3279/

  31. ISIS beheads British hostage Alan Henning...

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group claimed responsibility for the murder of British aid worker Alan Henning on Friday in a video showing his apparent execution.

    The video was almost identical to those released showing three previous murders carried out by the militant group. It also showed a masked ISIS militant with a hostage it identified as an American citizen Peter Kassig.

    The video, found online by the SITE private terrorism monitor, opens with a news report about the British parliament's vote last week to authorize air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq.

    It then cuts to Henning, sitting on his knees against a desert backdrop while wearing an orange prison outfit, with a masked militant standing over him wielding a combat knife.

    Henning addresses the camera, explaining that as a member of the British public, he is being made to pay the price for the parliamentary vote.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed the "brutal murder" of Henning and vowed to bring his killers to justice.

    "The brutal murder of Alan Henning by ISIL [another term used for ISIS militants] shows just how barbaric and repulsive these terrorists are," Cameron said in a statement released by his Downing Street office.

    "We will do all we can to hunt down these murderers and bring them to justice."

    President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism advisor Lisa Monaco said Washington was taking steps to confirm the authenticity of the tape and that the hearts of U.S. officials went out to Henning...............http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/10/04/ISIS-claims-murder-of-British-hostage.html

  32. Chinese premier to attend Europe summit, sign Russia rail deal...

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will attend a summit of European and Asian leaders on a trip starting next week that will also include a visit to Germany and the signing of energy and high-speed rail deals with Russia, the government and state media said.

    Li's Oct. 9-16 swing through the continent is the second this year, and culminates in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit in the Italian city of Milan, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

    It comes as the former British colony of Hong Kong has been rocked by pro-democracy demonstrations, and also as the European Union steps up sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

    In response to the crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned to China. In May, the two countries signed a $400 billion gas supply deal and Moscow has vowed to double bilateral trade by 2020.

    China is ready to seize any business opportunities in Russia resulting from Moscow's diplomatic showdown with Europe over Ukraine, Beijing's ambassador to Berlin told Reuters this week.

    While in Russia, Li will sign more than 30 agreements on finance, energy and high-speed rail cooperation, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, without providing details..................http://www.todayonline.com/world/chinese-premier-attend-europe-summit-sign-russia-rail-deal

  33. Obama 'strongly condemns' killing of British citizen...

    US President Barack Obama strongly condemned the killing of British citizen Alan Henning by Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria and said the United States would seek to bring his killers to justice.

    "The United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of United Kingdom citizen Alan Henning" by the Islamic State group, Obama said in a statement.

    "Standing together with our UK friends and allies, we will work to bring the perpetrators of Alan's murder - as well as the murders of Jim Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines - to justice," Obama said, referring to other captives killed by Islamic State militants.

    1. Statement by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on the murder of British aid volunteer Alan Henning...

      "The news that Alan Henning, a British aid volunteer, has been murdered by ISIS after nine months in captivity in Syria is not just an appalling crime against humanity and a devastating blow to his family and loved ones. It is an attack against all those who want to help innocent civilians caught in the madness of a terrible war.

      Alan Henning was described by a friend who organised the convoys from Manchester to Syria in which he participated as “a man who is full of compassion ... just a normal bloke, an everyday taxi driver who wanted to do good”.

      I can well understand the despair that this latest act of barbaric propaganda by ISIS will have caused among Mr Henning's family and friends. This is one of the aims of his killers. They want to kill our humanity and our solidarity with the ordinary suffering Syrian people.

      The most lasting tribute that we can pay to this good man is to surrender neither our compassion nor our determination to bring light into the darkness that has descended on the lives of the people for whom he gave his own life."

  34. North Korea springs surprise by sending No 2 to South Korea...

    North Korea’s effective second-in-command held talks with leading South Korean government officials Saturday, after making a surprise trip south of the border – which was only proposed a day earlier according to Seoul’s unification ministry.

    Hwang Pyong-so arrived at Incheon International Airport at 10 a.m. along with two other key figures from the North’s governing elite – the trio were closely monitored by local media after travelling aboard North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s private jet.

    Their trip is seen as highly significant for a number of reasons, not least because it is the first time that such a high-level delegation has travelled from Pyongyang to South Korea since Kim succeeded his father Kim Jong-il, who passed away in late 2011.

    While the official line out of Seoul on Saturday was that the North Koreans had flown into Incheon for the scheduled Asian Games closing ceremony in the evening, their arrival follows months of inter-Korean tensions and intense speculation about the North’s leader – whose regular public appearances via North Korea’s state media came to an abrupt halt at the start of last month.

    During that period of absence, Hwang completed a rapid political and military ascent that has seen him rise to a level of seniority viewed as second only to Kim himself.

    Not for the first time, Chinese social media has been awash with unsubstantiated rumors of a North Korean coup – but South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reported this week that the North’s leader was recovering from surgery after fracturing both of his ankles.................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/399512--north-korea-springs-surprise-by-sending-no-2-to-skorea

  35. Suspicion over Turkey's military plans...

    The Turkish parliament has voted in favor of a military operation in Syria and Iraq. Foreign militaries will be allowed to attack the "Islamic State" from Turkey, but experts criticize the transparency of the operation.

    After a long debate, the Turkish parliament this week passed a mandate for potential military action in Syria and Iraq. The proposal was introduced by the governing AKP party, and the government now has free rein for a year to use ground troops, or any other military force against terrorist organizations.

    On top of that, foreign armies will be allowed to use Turkish bases and air space to attack the so-called "Islamic State" terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. This was the most controversial point in the parliamentary debate. The opposition wanted more information about which states would be involved, where exactly they would be stationed in Turkey, and for how long. They expressed the fear that foreign militaries could bring foreign terrorists into Turkey. Both the biggest opposition party, the social democratic CHP, and the Kurdish HDP, had announced before the session that they would be voting against the resolution................http://www.dw.de/suspicion-over-turkeys-military-plans/a-17973228

  36. Germany handed law-protected private data to NSA for years – reports...

    Intelligence service BND failed to protect the private data of German citizens as it handed over internet data collected at a Frankfurt traffic hub to the US, German media report citing secret documents.

    The documents cited by VDR and EDR television and the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which broke the news together, were obtained from the federal government during an ongoing parliamentary investigation into US National Security Service spying on German soil.

    Just like the NSA is forbidden by the law to spy on Americans, the BND is not allowed to spy on Germans. So when last year in was revealed that the two intelligence services had been collaborating to collect communication data at the De-Cix internet exchange node in Frankfurt, the BND had to produce explanations.

    The German service said it had a filter running, which prevented data of German citizens from being collected and forwarded to the NSA. But the system, which was claimed to ensure “complete and faultless” separation of the protected data was anything but faultless, and the BND knew it, the Friday reports said..................http://rt.com/news/193116-german-data-forwarded-nsa/

  37. US Welcomes Australia, Turkey, Denmark Joining Anti-IS Operation: White House...

    The United States welcomes the decision of Australia, Turkey and Denmark to join the international military operation against the Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday.

    "The United States welcomes the Australian government's deployment of fighter aircraft to participate in airstrikes on ISIL in Iraq as well as its intention to deploy Special Forces to Iraq to advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces," the White House statement read.

    "We also welcome the decision by the Danish parliament to authorize a contribution of F-16 fighters to join American, Iraqi, and international forces in countering ISIL positions in Iraq and to provide trainers to advise and assist Iraqi Security Forces," the White House stated.

    "The United States also welcomes the Turkish parliament's strong vote recognizing ISIL as a threat to Turkey's national security and authorizing Turkish military activity against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. We look forward to working closely with the Government of Turkey to incorporate Turkey's unique capabilities into the growing international coalition to counter ISIL," the White House announced..............http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141004/193637051/US-Welcomes-Australia-Turkey-Denmark-Joining-Anti-IS-Operation.html

  38. Dutch F-16s arrive in Jordan to join US-led mission against ISIS...

    Five Dutch F-16 fighter jets has arrived in Jordan to take part in the US-led military airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS), the defence minister said Friday.

    The Dutch aircraft will initially support Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told Parliament.

    The Dutch F-16s will be used to strike IS targets in Iraq and Syria, he said, adding the operation will be under the command of Qatar.

    On Sept. 24, the Dutch government decided to send up to eight F-16s and 250 support personnel to join the military mission.

    The White House on Friday welcomed Dutch participation in the airstrikes on the Islamic extremists.

    So far, five Arab nations -- Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain -- have joined the US-led coalition to fight the IS. France and Britain have assisted in the bombing campaign in Iraq, yet they have offered no troops.

  39. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Venizelos’ statement regarding the murder of the British citizen Alan Henning....

    “The abhorrent murder of the British citizen Alan Henning by the executioners of the so-called ‘Islamic Caliphate’ is yet another irrational act of barbarity and another heinous crime perpetrated by this terrorist organization against innocent citizens and civilians.

    We express our deep condolences to the victim’s family and to the citizens of Great Britain, and our solidarity with all of the populations and communities of the wider region that are suffering the ordeal of the unprecedented and base regime of the so-called ‘Islamic State’.

    This new brutal crime of the jihadist extremists of the ‘Islamic Caliphate’ strengthens the resolve of the international community and of Greece to do whatever is necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice and obliterate the threat that the so-called ‘Islamic State’ poses to the peace and prosperity of the wider region.”

  40. DPR upholds Minsk memorandum on ceasefire - defence ministry...

    “However, Ukrainian military have violated the ceasefire for so many times that we failed to register all the cases,” - he said

    Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) upholds the agreements on ceasefire adopted in the Belarusian capital Minsk, the press department of the DPR Defence Ministry told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

    “DPR keeps up to the ceasefire and other agreements,” the defence ministry said. “However, Ukrainian military have violated the ceasefire for so many times that we failed to register all the cases.”

    On September 20 the Contact Group on Ukraine adopted a memorandum on implementing a ceasefire. OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini, Ukraine’s former president Leonid Kuchma, Russia’s Ambassador to Kiev Mikhail Zurabov, DPR Prime Minister Aleksandr Zakharchenko and the head of Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), Igor Plotnitsky, signed the nine-item document that included a ban on all weapons, pulling back heavy weapons from the line of engagement and setting up a buffer zone of 15 kilometres. The memorandum also entrusts the OSCE with a task of controlling implementation of the agreements..............................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/752758

  41. La Germania pronta ad inviare in Ucraina 200 paracadutisti...

    Molto probabilmente 150 soldati della Bundeswehr (forze armate della Germania) monitoreranno il rispetto della tregua nella parte orientale dell'Ucraina.

    Altri 50 soldati tedeschi verranno impiegati a difesa degli ispettori OSCE. Il ministero della Difesa tedesco si aspetta di ottenere il via libera del Bundestag per poter inviare i militari in Ucraina.

    La Bundeswehr è pronta ad inviare in Ucraina 200 paracadutisti per assistere il personale dell'Organizzazione per la Sicurezza e la Cooperazione in Europa (OSCE) e monitorare il rispetto della tregua in Ucraina orientale, scrive la Bild sulla base di documenti del ministero della Difesa della Germania destinati ad uso interno.......http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_04/La-Germania-pronta-ad-inviare-in-Ucraina-200-paracadutisti-2600/

  42. Two Soldiers Allegedly Killed in Storming of Donetsk Airport: Ukrainian Official....

    Two members of the Ukrainian security forces have been killed during the raid of the Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine, the Kiev-led anti-terrorist operation (ATO) spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said on Saturday.

    "Two servicemen have been killed. One was a soldier from the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the other - a member of the National Guard," the official told 112 Ukraine TV channel.

    However, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, Andriy Lysenko told the Ukrainska Pravda [the Ukrainian Truth] newspaper that "During the storming on Donetsk airport on Friday, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and three others were injured."

    Ukrainian security officials claim they continue to control the airport, however independence supporters reported earlier seizing 95 percent of the airport while Ukrainian forces only held a single building...............http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20141004/193655323/Two-Soldiers-Allegedly-Killed-in-Storming-of-Donetsk-Airport-.html

    1. Ukraine: attaques et contre-attaques à l'aéroport de Donetsk...

      Attaques et contre-attaques se sont succédé vendredi à l'aéroport du bastion rebelle de Donetsk, dans l'est de l'Ukraine, les prorusses affirmant contrôler la quasi-totalité du site où l'armée ukrainienne est retranchée depuis quatre mois.

      L'intensification des hostilités et des bombardements des zones d'habitation à Donetsk, qui ont fait au moins 11 morts en deux jours parmi les civils, a été dénoncée comme "une escalade dangereuse" par le bureau du secrétaire général de l'ONU, un mois après la conclusion d'une trêve fragile entre Kiev, Moscou et les séparatistes.

      Selon Kiev, les rebelles ont lancé dans la soirée un assaut contre un terminal de l'aéroport dont ils ont occupé le premier niveau après avoir utilisé des fumigènes contre les soldats ukrainiens. Ces derniers ont dit avoir contre-attaqué et repoussé les insurgés. Une partie de ce terminal était en feu, selon un communiqué des forces ukrainiennes.

      A un poste de contrôle situé à deux kilomètres à l'est de l'aéroport de Donetsk, une équipe de l'AFP a entendu vendredi des tirs d'artillerie lourde et d'armes automatiques, nourris et réguliers.................http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_ukraine-attaques-et-contre-attaques-a-l-aeroport-de-donetsk?id=8370189

    2. Ukraine says its forces killed 12 rebels at Donetsk airport ...

      (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists have suffered their worst casualties since a ceasefire officially began on Sept.5, losing 12 men in attacks on buildings at Donetsk airport, Ukrainian military officials said on Saturday.

      The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine has become increasingly frayed in recent days, leading to the death of a number of civilians and soldiers as well as a Red Cross worker in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

      "The airport of Donetsk remains the priority target for terrorists. Yesterday they resorted to a few, fortunately unsuccessful, attempts to storm it," military spokesman Andriy Lysenko told journalists.

      "Twelve (separatists) were killed during the attacks and that is the biggest single loss among rebels since Sept.5," he added...............http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/04/us-ukraine-crisis-airport-idUSKCN0HT0DP20141004?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

  43. North and South Korea 'agree to talks'...

    North and South Korea have agreed to resume formal high-level talks that had effectively been suspended since February, reports from South Korea say.

    The agreement came during a surprise visit to South Korea by North Korean officials for the closing ceremony of the Asian Games.

    The visit was led by two top-ranking North Korean officials seen as close aides to leader Kim Jong-un.

    Both sides were said to have agreed to meet again within the next few weeks.

    Hwang Pyong-so, seen as the second-most powerful man in North Korea, held talks with Ryoo Kihl-jae, the South's reunification minister, on Saturday after flying to Incheon to attend the sporting event.............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29489134

    1. North Korea agrees for new round of talks with Seoul - Yonhap...

      North Korea has agreed to hold a new round of talks with South Korea at the highest level, Yonhap news agency said on Saturday.......http://en.itar-tass.com/world/752756

  44. Cameron: “We must take action” for IS hostage beheading....

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron led the global outcry over the video released by the Islamic State (IS) group purporting to show the beheading of British hostage Alan Henning.

    Condemning the murder of the former British cabbie who volunteered as an aid worker in Syria, Cameron said Henning's apparent slaying was “completely unforgivable'' and demonstrated the necessity of destroying the Islamic State extremist group.

    “There is no level of depravity to which they will not sink. No appeals made any difference,” Cameron said Saturday after receiving a security briefing from intelligence and military officials at Chequers, his official country retreat..............http://www.france24.com/en/20141004-hostage-british-beheading-world-reaction-muslims-henning/

  45. With huge search area mapped, MH370 hunt resuming...

    SYDNEY: In a bid to finally solve one of the world's most perplexing aviation mysteries, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is about to resume in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, with searchers lowering new equipment deep beneath the waves.

    The GO Phoenix, the first of three ships that will spend up to a year hunting for the wreckage far off Australia's west coast, is expected to arrive in the search zone Sunday, though weather could delay its progress.

    Crews will use sonar, video cameras and jet fuel sensors to scour the water for any trace of the Boeing 777, which disappeared March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

    The search has been on hold for months so crews could map the seabed in the search zone, about 1,800 kilometers west of Australia. The 60,000-square kilometer search area lies along what is known as the "seventh arc" a stretch of ocean where investigators believe the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed, based largely on an analysis of transmissions between the plane and a satellite...........http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/With-huge-search-area-mapped-MH370-hunt-resuming/articleshow/44310360.cms

    1. Unterwasser-Drohnen sollen Flug MH370 aufspüren...

      Die Suche nach dem im März verschollenen Flug MH370 im Indischen Ozean bekommt eine neue Dimension: Am Sonntag sollten nach Angaben der australischen Regierung das Spezialforschungsschiff "GO Phoenix" das neu eingegrenzte Gebiet erreichen und die Suche nach dem Flugzeugwrack der Malaysia Airlines aufnehmen.

      Das US-Schiff wird zunächst für zwölf Tage im Einsatz sein und dann ins australische Fremantle fahren, um seine Vorräte aufzufüllen. Am Sonntag sollte zudem die niederländische "Fugro Discovery" Fremantle erreichen, um sich von dort aus dem Sucheinsatz anzuschließen. Ein drittes Schiff, die "Fugro Equator", soll Ende Oktober dazukommen.

      Flug MH370 war am 8. März kurz nach dem Start in Kuala Lumpur Richtung Peking mit 239 Menschen an Bord vom Radar verschwunden. Ein Absturz im südlichen Indischen Ozean gilt als wahrscheinlichstes Szenario.

      Die Schiffe verfügen über ein Spezialsonar und Unterwasser-Drohnen, die Täler und Berge in bis zu sechs Kilometern Meerestiefe nach möglichen Wrackteilen absuchen und filmen. In den vergangenen Monaten waren technische Analysen vorgenommen und der Meeresboden kartiert worden, um das gewaltige Gebiet auf ein Areal einzuschränken, in dem die Maschine der Malaysia Airlines abgestürzt sein könnte......................http://diepresse.com/home/panorama/welt/3880495/UnterwasserDrohnen-sollen-Flug-MH370-aufspuren?from=rss

  46. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is demanding an apology from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden over comments in which he said the Turkish leader had admitted to him that Turkey had allowed foreign fighters to cross into Syria...

    Erdogan denied ever saying that and told reporters Saturday that Biden "will be history for me if he has indeed used such expressions." (AP)

  47. Deutschland schickt Hilfskonvoi in die Ostukraine...

    Wegen des nahenden Winters sollen mehr als 100 LKW Hilfsgüter in die Ukraine bringen. Der Entwicklungshilfeminister will einen Teil davon selbst in Charkiw übergeben.

    Die Bundesregierung hat angesichts des nahenden Wintereinbruchs in der Ukraine einen Hilfskonvoi mit mehr als 100 Lastwagen auf den Weg gebracht, vor allem für den Osten des Landes. Der Transport im Gesamtwert von rund zehn Millionen Euro solle bis Mitte Oktober in der Krisenregion eintreffen, teilte das Entwicklungshilfeministerium mit. Nach Informationen des Nachrichtenmagazins Spiegel sind die LKW bereits unterwegs und sollen sich an der polnisch-ukrainischen Grenze sammeln.

    Dazu gehörten unter anderem mobile Wohneinheiten und Küchen, Heizgeräte, Generatoren, Wasser- und Dieseltanks, Winterkleidung, Decken und Feldbetten. Die Zusammenstellung sei "eng mit der ukrainischen Regierung abgestimmt" und im Wesentlichen für ostukrainische Städte wie Charkiw, Slawjansk und Dnjepropetrowsk bestimmt.

    "Wir wollen damit ein Zeichen der Solidarität setzen", sagte Bundesentwicklungsminister Gerd Müller (CSU). In der Ukraine seien Schätzungen zufolge eine Million Menschen vor den gewaltsamen Auseinandersetzungen geflohen. Müller will am 14. Oktober in Charkiw einen Teil der Lieferungen übergeben.

    1. Germany Sends Humanitarian Convoy to Ukraine...

      German authorities have sent a convoy with humanitarian aid worth 10 million euros [$12.6 million] to Ukraine, Spiegel magazine reported Saturday.

      On the initiative of German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller, the government has sent to Ukraine about 100 trucks carrying humanitarian aid from 17 German cities. The convoy is carrying building materials, space heaters, blankets and rollaway beds, the magazine reported.

      The trucks are expected to arrive at the Polish-Ukrainian border in the middle of next week. The goods will then be loaded into the Ukrainian vehicles, which will take them to five zones of eastern Ukraine.

      Muller's initiative was criticized by the German Defense Ministry, since the decision on sending humanitarian aid lies in the area of competence of the Foreign Ministry.

      On Friday, it was reported that Germany may send 200 soldiers to Ukraine to monitor compliance with the ceasefire agreement in the east. Some 150 soldiers will control the situation in the area using drones, another 50 soldiers will protect members of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)...............http://en.ria.ru/world/20141004/193665870/Germany-Sends-Humanitarian-Convoy-to-Ukraine.html

  48. Facing fears over extremism, Austria unveils new law on Islam...

    Austria called for standardised German-language translations of the Koran and moved to prohibit foreign funding of Muslim organisations on its soil in a draft law aimed in part at tackling Islamic extremism.

    The bill will overhaul a 1912 law governing the status of Austrian Muslims, prompting concern from a major local Islamic body, which saw it mirroring widespread mistrust of Muslims.

    The initiative comes at a time of robust support for the far-right in Austria and also alarm over reports of Muslims from the small, neutral country joining Islamist militant forces fighting in the Middle East.

    “The clear message should be that there is no contradiction between being a faithful Muslim and a proud Austrian,” said Foreign Affairs and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz, a member of the conservative People’s Party.

    “If you don’t have orderly legal regulation … this can always bring dangers (of extremism). In this sense, if you like this is maybe a part of prevention,” he told reporters.

    He added that Sharia, or Islamic law, had “no place here”.

    Roughly half a million Muslims live in Austria, representing about 6 percent of the total population, which is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.

  49. La société russe Gazprom n’accuse pas réception de paiement remboursé de la dette de l'Ukraine pour le gaz russe. C'est ce qu'a déclaré le représentant officiel de la société russe, Sergueï Koupriyanov....

    Koupriyanov a suggéré que le Premier ministre ukrainien Arseni Iatseniouk parlait d’un montant remboursé de la dette en euro-obligations de la compagnie Naftogaz d’Ukraine.

    Plus tôt samedi, Iatseniouk a déclaré que l'Ukraine avait payé la Russie 1,67 milliards de dollars pour le gaz.

    Entre-temps, la dette de Naftogaz devant Gazprom représente plus de 5 milliards de dollars.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_04/LUkraine-na-pas-rembourse-sa-dette-pour-le-gaz-Gazprom-1419/

  50. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is halting its operations in eastern Ukraine for several days following the death of one its employees in the shelling of the city of Donetsk, the organization’s press secretary said....

    "We have suspended operations for a few days, because now the most important things for us are, first of all, ensuring the safety of our employees in Donetsk, and, secondly, to deliver the body of our worker (Laurent DuPasquier, 38) to his family in Switzerland,” Alina Murzaeva, ICRC’s press secretary in Ukraine, told RIA Novosti news agency.

    The future of ICRC’s presence in Ukraine is to become the subject of a later discussion, Murzaeva added.

  51. Ukrainian army uses prohibited weapons against civilians - rights council member...

    Ukrainian security forces are using prohibited weapons against civilians in the south-east of the country, a member of the Russian president’s Human Rights Council, Maxim Shevchenko, said on Saturday.

    He and Darya Morozova, a candidate human rights commissioner of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, visited one of the mass burial sites and the place where an exploded cluster projectile went off several days after landing, hurting teen-agers, on the outskirts of Donetsk.

    “Today I received confirmation that the Ukrainian army is using against civilians in the Donetsk republic weapons that one would hesitate to use even against an enemy army. The impression is that they are using everything they have at the despots,” Shevchenko said.

  52. Mexico mass grave found near Iguala after protests...

    A mass grave has been found on the outskirts the Mexican town of Iguala, where 43 students went missing on 27 September, officials say.

    It is not clear whether the bodies found in a pit are those of the missing students, who were last seen being forced into police vans.

    The group had travelled to the area, in the state of Guerrero, to take part in a protest over teachers' rights.

    Police opened fire on their buses, killing six people.

    Twenty-two police officers are being held in connection with the shooting.

    Witnesses said the most of the survivors - all trainee teachers - were bundled into police vans before disappearing.

    Some had gone into hiding and contacted their relatives after several days, still fearing for their lives.
    'Anonymous tip'

    It was thought initially that 44 students, not 43, had gone missing. They had been taking part in a protest over job discrimination against rural teachers..................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29493797

  53. There is no problem with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un's health: minister....

    SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- There is no problem with the health of Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae as saying Sunday.

    Ryoo Kihl-jae quoted DPRK's Kim Yang Gon as saying, "Kim Jong Un's health has no problem at all."

    Kim Yang Gon came to Incheon, along with two other highest-ranking DPRK officials, Hwang Pyong So and Choe Ryong Hae, to attend the closing ceremony of the Incheon Asian Games.

  54. ‘Every penny paid’: Ukraine PM confuses gas debt repayment with Eurobonds pay-off...

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk’s statement that $1.67 billion was transferred as part of the country's gas debt payment actually refers to the repayment of Eurobonds which Ukraine’s Naftogaz received under state guarantees, Russia’s Gazprom says.

    Arseny Yatsenyuk made the statement live on-air on Ukraine's “First” TV channel, specifically stating that the recent payment was connected to “gas debt.”

    “They [Russia] hoped that we will not pay off our gas debts. The day before yesterday, we paid every single penny of the [US$]1.67 billion debt,” Yatsenyuk stated.

    But Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov did not confirm receiving any money from Kiev, TASS reported. Kupriyanov added that he believes Ukraine’s prime minister was talking about Eurobonds.

    “It is hard to imagine that the payment for gas went through before the agreement was signed,” Kupriyanov said, referring to the final agreement between Ukraine and Russia that is not expected to be signed until next week.

    September 30 was the maturity date of Eurobonds given to Naftogaz. The sum which Ukraine had to pay back equaled $1.67 billion...........http://rt.com/business/193240-ukraine-pm-debt-eurobonds/

  55. The approach of a powerful typhoon forced the suspension of search efforts Sunday on Mount Ontake, where 12 people remain missing following a deadly volcanic eruption....

    Typhoon Phanfone was expected to bring heavy rainfall of about 120 milliliters in areas around Mount Ontake for the 24 hours through Monday morning, according to the Nagano Meteorological Observatory.

    Heavy rain combined with a large accumulation of volcanic ash on the 3,067-meter mountain poses a risk of mudslides.

    A total of 51 people have so far been confirmed dead in the country’s worst postwar volcanic disaster on Sept. 27.

    Authorities in Kiso and Otaki at the foot of the mountain in Nagano Prefecture have warned people in the area to be alert..................http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/05/national/typhoon-phanfone-takes-aim-at-japan-halts-search-for-ontake-bodies/#.VDDK6VfQqt8

  56. Latvian Opposition Party Harmony Leads in Parliamentary Elections...

    RIGA, October 5 (RIA Novosti) - Latvian opposition Social Democratic Party Harmony, also referred to as Social Democratic Party Concord, takes a lead in Latvian parliamentary elections, with 70 percent of votes counted, Latvia's Central Electoral Commission said on Sunday.

    According to the preliminary results, the Harmony (Concord) Party, the Union of Greens and Farmers agrarian political alliance and the Unity Party have received the majority of the votes.

    According to the data, obtained from 494 polling stations out of 1054, the opposition Party Harmony (Concord) received 23.46 percent of the votes, while the Union of Greens and Farmers received 22.77 percent and the Unity Party – 22.15 percent...................http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141005/193676263/Latvian-Opposition-Party-Harmony-Leads-in-Parliamentary-Elections.html

    1. Latvia's ruling parties win election dominated by Russian issue...

      Latvia's hawkish center ruling coalition has won a clear majority in a general election, results showed on Sunday, after taking a hard line over the actions of Russia, its neighbor and former ruler, in Ukraine.

      Victory for the center in the Baltic state, which takes over the presidency of the EU at the start of next year, will bring a sigh of relief from many worried that the pro-Russian Concord party might gain power and give Russian President Vladimir Putin a friendly voice in the European Union.

      "The pro-European, relatively predictable, economically liberal course will continue," Ivars Ijabs, associate professor of political science from University of Latvia, said.

      Together, the Unity party, the Nationalist Alliance and the Union of Greens and Farmers had won 58 percent support with 99 percent of votes counted, according to figures from the electoral commission.

      "Putting the current votes for the coalition in the preliminary results together, it [the coalition] has convincingly acquired a majority," Latvian President Andris Berzins said on television on Sunday.

      While Latvia is still recovering from the financial crisis which saw its economy contract around 20 percent, the election has been dominated by security issues....................http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/05/us-latvia-election-idUSKCN0HU0LR20141005?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

  57. Japan, U.S. consider deploying Ospreys at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo...

    Japan and the United States are considering deploying 12 CV-22 Osprey transport aircraft at the Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo as soon as next July, a Japanese government source said Saturday.

    The governments initially planned to deploy the aircraft at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. But ahead of the gubernatorial election there in November, Tokyo and Washington are looking at basing the aircraft in Tokyo to avoid increasing the prefecture’s burden from hosting U.S. military facilities.

    Deployment at Yokota would base the tilt-rotor aircraft on the mainland for the first time. At present, 24 MV-22 Osprey aircraft are deployed at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Okinawa.............http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/05/national/japan-u-s-consider-deploying-ospreys-at-yokota-air-base-in-tokyo/#.VDDNUVfQqt8

  58. Suicide bombing hits Chechen capital...

    Four police officers have been killed and four others injured in a suicide attack in the Chechen capital, Grozny, Russia's interior ministry says.

    The attack took place outside a hall where a concert marking Grozny's City Day was about to take place.

    A statement from the ministry said police were searching a "suspicious" young man when he detonated a device.

    Grozny was ravaged by two wars between Russia and Chechen separatists but has been relatively calm in recent years.

    The Russian statement said that police officers on duty at the event "noticed a suspicious young man near metal detectors set up at the concert hall".

    "When the police decided to search him and establish his identity, the man blew himself up," it said.

    There has been no information about any civilian casualties.

    The ministry added that Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev was preparing to decorate the police involved for preventing what it described as a major terrorist act.

    "They gave their lives to save thousands of people who had come to the concert," Itar-Tass news agency quoted the ministry as saying.................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29498909

    1. Man who blew himself up in Grozny identified...

      A man who blew himself up in the Chechen capital city of Grozny on Sunday has been identified, a spokesman for the Russian interior ministry told TASS.

      “The man has been identified as a resident of the Staropromyslovsky district who has been missing since he left home two months ago,” the spokesman said.

      An investigation is underway.

      Earlier on Sunday, the press centre of the Russian interior ministry said that that a major terrorist attack had been prevented by the police in Grozny.

      “A concert on the occasion of the City Day was planned for Sunday evening in Grozny,” the press centre said. “Police officers who were on duty at walk-through metal detectors near the concert hall saw a suspicious-looking young man. When the police officers moved towards him, the man blew himself up.”

      The explosion killed four police officers and injured four more, the press centre said, adding that there was no information about casualties among civilians.

  59. Ban welcomes high-level political dialogue between Seoul, Pyongyang...

    5 October 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the high-level political dialogue that took place between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

    “It is encouraging that the two parties agreed to hold another round of high-level talks soon,” Mr. Ban said through his spokesperson.

    The agreement to hold more talks came as officials from both countries met yesterday on the margins of the closing ceremony of the Incheon Asian Games.

    In a statement that followed, Mr. Ban reiterated his hopes that the concerned parties will continue to build positive momentum toward a peaceful and denuclearized Korean peninsula.

    The UN chief has repeatedly emphasized that dialogue is the only way to resolve outstanding issues related to the peninsula.

  60. Israel permits Gazans to pray at Jerusalem mosque...

    Hundreds of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip prayed on Sunday at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first time Israel has allowed such visits from the coastal enclave since the Hamas militant group overran the area in 2007.

    The visit was among a package of concessions that Israel has made in the wake of a 50-day war against Hamas to coincide with the current Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

    Israel said it granted some 1,500 permits to Palestinians in Gaza wanting to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the three-day holiday, which began on Saturday. Some 500 worshippers were expected in Jerusalem on Sunday, with the remainder set to arrive over the next two days.

    Israel has restricted travel out of the Gaza Strip since Hamas took over the territory in 2007. It has granted permits for humanitarian reasons and to Christians wanting to travel to Bethlehem for holidays, but permits specifically meant to allow Muslims to visit the mosque have not been issued previously, according to Gisha, an Israeli group that advocates freedom of movement for Gazans.

    Israel said it has eased other restrictions as well, including allowing agricultural and fishing products to be exported from Gaza to the West Bank. Israel also has agreed to a procedure that would facilitate the entry of construction materials into Gaza to help with post-war construction.............http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-permits-Gazans-to-pray-at-Jerusalem-mosque/articleshow/44417806.cms

  61. VIDEO: Mortar shell hits house in Turkish border town, four wounded...

    At least four people were wounded when a mortar shell fired from Syrian territories during clashes between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Kurdish forces hit a house in a Turkish border town on Oct. 5.

    The mortar shell exploded at around 1.20 p.m. after hitting the wall of the house in Şanlıurfa province’s Suruç district, only two kilometers from the Turkish-Syrian border.

    Four people in the house were injured due to pieces of shrapnel and stone, and they were taken to the Suruç State Hospital.

    The Turkish military hit the Syrian side of the border immediately with howitzers after the mortar bomb hit the house. Officials said they fired at the coordinates from where the mortar fire came, without consideration of who the shooters were...............http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/video-mortar-shell-hits-house-in-turkish-border-town-four-wounded.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72554&NewsCatID=341

  62. Ukraine : la trêve est violée par des unités armées hors contrôle (Kiev)...

    Le chef adjoint du centre d'information analytique du Conseil de sécurité nationale et de défense (CSND) de l'Ukraine, Vladimir Polevoï a accusé des unités armées incontrôlables d'avoir violé la trêve dans l'Est de l’Ukraine.

    Début septembre, les représentants de Kiev et des Républiques populaires autoproclamées de Donetsk et de Lougansk sont parvenues à un accord sur un cessez-le-feu et un échange de prisonniers. Entre-temps, les parties ont accusé mutuellement à plusieurs reprises de violer la trêve.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_05/Ukraine-la-treve-est-violee-par-des-unites-armees-hors-controle-Kiev-2134/

  63. Elections in Donetsk People’s Republic to be valid regardless of voter turnover...

    No lower limits of the voter turnout will be established at the oncoming elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) will, speaker of the DPR Supreme Council (parliament) Boris Litvinov told TASS on Sunday.

    “Results of the elections will be valid regardless of the voter turnout,” he said. “I can only add that apart from Alexander Zakharchenko (the current head of the Donetsk People’s Republic), no one has filed documents to the Central ElectionCommission.”

    Elections of the DPR head and to its Supreme Council will be held on November 2.

  64. Turkey Evacuates 2 Villages in Light of Shelling From Syrian Territory: Reports...

    The residents of two Turkish villages, located on the border with Syria, have been evacuated due to shelling from the territory of Syria, Turkey's Anadolu reported Sunday.

    "We decided to transfer the residents of Buyuk Kendirci and Kucuk Kendirci in a more secure place," Anadolu quoted Sanliurfa Governor Izzettin Kucuk as saying.

    According to Anadolu, a shell landed in the territory of Turkey, near the town of Suruc in Sanliurfa Governorate. It burst in the yard of a private house, injuring two people, who were taken to a local hospital.

    The incident happened after military confrontation had intensified between the Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters in Kobani, a city in Syria's Aleppo Governorate which the Kurdish People's Protection Units took control of in 2012 as a result of the Syrian civil war..............http://en.ria.ru/world/20141005/193704465/Turkey-Evacuates-2-Villages-in-Light-of-Shelling-From-Syrian-Territory.html

  65. Kurdish female fighter blows herself up on ISIS....

    A female Kurdish fighter carried out a suicide bomb attack against jihadists from the Islamic State group outside the embattled Syrian border town of Kobane on Sunday, a monitor said.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the woman blew herself up at an ISIS position east of the city, killing a number of jihadists who have surrounded Kobane and are battling to seize it.

    "The operation caused deaths, but there is no confirmed number," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

    He said it was the first reported instance of a female Kurdish fighter carrying out a suicide bombing against the Islamic State group, which has itself often favored the tactic..............http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/05/Kurdish-woman-suicide-bomber-attacks-ISIS-monitor.html

    1. Female YPG Commander Detonates Herself in Islamic State Bastion...

      A female commander of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) has broken into an Islamic State bastion and detonated herself with a grenade, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Sunday.

      "Aleppo province: a female commander in YPG broke into [Islamic State] bastion around the eastern outskirts of [Ayn al-Arab], clashed with them, fired grenades then detonated herself with a grenade," the organization wrote...................http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20141006/193705019/Female-YPG-Commander-Detonates-Herself-in-Islamic-State-Bastion.html

  66. I terroristi fingono di essere rifugiati per arrivare in Europa...

    I terroristi dello Stato islamico cercano di entrare in Europa fingendosi rifugiati per poter fare attacchi terroristici. L’Intelligence americana ha ascoltato le conversazioni tra i militanti, grazie ai quali ha saputo che giungono in Turchia dalla Siria e poi con passaporti falsi arrivano nei Paesi dell’Unione Europea UE.

    Lo riporta il giornale tedesco Bild am Sonntag. I membri dello Stato Islamico non utilizzano aerei a causa dei rigorosi controlli. In Germania, vengono seguiti i collegamenti tra gli abitanti locali e gli estremisti iracheni e siriani. In precedenza, dalla Repubblica Federale Tedesca sono partite 450 persone per andare a combattere in Siria. Molti di loro sono tornati in Germania e possono essere pericolosi. In Iraq vi sono circa 2mila cittadini europei, tra i quali 400 tedeschi.
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_06/I-terroristi-fingono-di-essere-rifugiati-per-arrivare-in-Europa-3557/

  67. Brazil election: Rousseff to face rival Neves in run-off...

    Brazilian incumbent Dilma Rousseff has won most votes in the country's presidential election, but has fallen short of outright victory.

    She received about 42% of the vote and faces a run-off against centre-right rival Aecio Neves, who got 34%.

    Analysts now predict a potentially tight second round on 26 October................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-29501500

  68. At least one dead, three missing as Typhoon Phanfone lashes Japan....

    Powerful Typhoon Phanfone hit the capital and surrounding areas Monday morning, dealing a heavy blow to millions of commuters in the metropolis.

    The season’s 18th typhoon made landfall near Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Monday morning, moving near Yokohama, just south of Tokyo, at 11 a.m. The typhoon, which has brought heavy rains and strong winds to the Shikoku, Tokai and Kinki regions, moved inland from the Pacific near Hamamatsu shortly after 8 a.m, forcing airline companies to cancel many flights, while bullet trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line and commuter train services were partly suspended.

    In Shizuoka Prefecture, a total of 267,000 households, or 667,000 people, were urged to evacuate to safer ground as of 9:30 a.m., the prefectural government said.

    In Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, more than 4,600 people were urged by the local city office to evacuate due to the risk of rivers overflowing their banks.

    The typhoon was moving northeast at a speed of 45 kph with an atmospheric pressure of 950 hectopascals at its center. It was packing winds of up to 180 kph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.......................http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/06/national/strong-typhoon-bearing-tokyo-area/#.VDIThlfQqt8

  69. Le puissant typhon Phanfone a touché le centre du Japon...

    Le puissant typhon Phanfone a touché lundi matin (heure locale) l'île principale du Japon, Honshu, après avoir déjà balayé le sud de l'archipel où il a fait quatre morts et disparus, dont trois militaires américains, a-t-on appris auprès de l'Agence de météorologie nationale.
    Ce 18e typhon de la saison, qui se dirige désormais tout droit vers Tokyo, a cloué au sol plus de 600 avions et provoqué la suspension des recherches au sommet du mont Ontake (centre du Japon), une semaine après la soudaine éruption volcanique qui a fait au moins 51 morts. (Belga)

    1. Phanfone, 18e typhon de la saison, a atteint l'île principale du Japon...

      Le puissant typhon Phanfone a touché lundi matin (heure locale) l'île principale du Japon, Honshu, après avoir déjà balayé le sud de l'archipel où il a fait quatre morts et disparus, dont trois militaires américains, a-t-on appris auprès de l'Agence de météorologie nationale.

      Le typhon est arrivé vers 08h00 heure locale (dimanche 11h00 GMT) "près de la ville de Hamamatsu", à environ 200 kilomètres au sud-ouest de la capitale, a indiqué un porte-parole de l'Agence de météorologie nationale à l'AFP. Trois heures plus tard, il se rapprochait à une vitesse de 65 km/h de Yokohama, dans la banlieue de Tokyo, noyée depuis dimanche sous des précipitations incessantes.

      Accompagné de vents allant jusqu'à 180 km/h, le typhon a cloué au sol plus de 600 avions, au lendemain de l'annulation de 216 vols, et provoqué la suspension des recherches au sommet du mont Ontake (centre du Japon), une semaine après la soudaine éruption volcanique qui a fait au moins 51 morts.

      Avant que le centre de ce cyclone tropical atteigne le centre du Japon, des trombes d'eau sont tombées sur une grande partie de l'archipel ce week-end, faisant craindre une nouvelle catastrophe après un été extrêmement pluvieux. L'agence météorologique a ainsi émis des alertes spéciales en raison de risques de glissements de terrain, inondations, vagues énormes et pluies torrentielles. Sur la route et le rail, le trafic était perturbé, et plusieurs écoles avaient fermé leurs portes. Par précaution, les autorités ont recommandé l'évacuation de centaines de milliers d'habitants, même si peu suivent généralement ces conseils. Dans la seule préfecture de Shizuoka, 1,7 million de personnes étaient concernées. Plus de 50.000 autres ont même reçu l'ordre de quitter leur logement.

      Plus de 150 morts en trois mois

      Les premiers décès étaient à déplorer lundi matin, parmi lesquels probablement trois soldats américains, emportés dimanche après-midi par une mer déchaînée sur l'île d'Okinawa (sud). "Ils prenaient des photos avec en toile de fond de gigantesques vagues fouettées par le vent", a expliqué un porte-parole de la police. Le corps de l'un d'entre eux a été retrouvé, les deux autres sont toujours portés disparus, a-t-il ajouté sans pouvoir préciser s'ils étaient en mission sur l'île, qui abrite la plus grande partie des 47.000 soldats américains basés au Japon..................http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_le-puissant-typhon-phanfone-a-touche-le-centre-du-japon?id=8371341

    2. New NATO chief to discuss rapid reaction forces in Warsaw...

      NATO’s new Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is set to discuss strengthening the alliance’s eastern flank and developing rapid reaction forces during the talks with Poland’s leadership in Warsaw on Monday.

      Stoltenberg, former Norwegian prime minister, is due to meet with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, NATO said in a statement.

      The new chief of the North Atlantic Alliance is also expected to visit Lask Air Base, where NATO soldiers are involved in operations.

      Former head of Poland’s National Security Bureau, Stanislaw Koziej, said the NATO chief and Komorowski are set to discuss the outcome of the September summit of the alliance in Newport, Wales.

      In particular, the talks will focus on activities aimed at strengthening the eastern flank through permanent presence of forces at drills in bordering countries, establishing rapid reaction forces and expanding infrastructure for shifting the troops.

      “No doubt, an important issue is suspension of tendencies aimed at reducing defense budgets in Europe. Besides, we think, the most essential issue is strengthening trans-Atlantic ties,” Koziej said.

      “We expect that Secretary Stoltenberg, as the former prime minister of Norway, understands well the treats that Eastern Europe is facing,” Poland’s Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/752842

    3. Protests could hurt Hong Kong economy: World Bank....

      SINGAPORE: Protests in Hong Kong could hurt the city's economy - as well as China's - but the impact will depend on how long the "uncertainty" lasts, the World Bank's chief Asia economist said Monday (Oct 6).

      Sudhir Shetty said the Bank was closely monitoring the events in Hong Kong, where thousands of pro-democracy protesters have paralysed major streets for more than a week, leading to a tense stand-off with the government.

      "Obviously we, like every other set of economic analysts, are looking very closely at the situation and following it and looking at its impact," he told reporters in Singapore. "The impacts will be both on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region itself, their economy, but also in terms of the broader impact on the Chinese economy. As of now, what we anticipate is obviously a greater impact on Hong Kong SAR - so slower growth in 2014 than was being anticipated earlier."................http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/international/protests-could-hurt-hong/1400462.html

  70. Next phase of underwater MH370 search begins...

    SYDNEY: The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 entered a new phase Monday (Oct 6) with the resumption of the underwater search for the aircraft, officials said.

    Until now experts had been concentrating on mapping the seabed in the southern Indian Ocean search zone where the plane carrying 239 people is thought to have crashed in March. The Malaysian-contracted GO Phoenix vessel has now arrived in the area and begun its work scanning the ocean floor for the jet, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said.

    "The vessel GO Phoenix, with equipment and experts provided by Phoenix International, has arrived in the search area in the southern Indian Ocean, and commenced underwater search operations," the bureau said in a statement.....................http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/next-phase-of-underwater/1400224.html

  71. New Nato chief wants constructive ties with Russia...

    WARSAW: Nato wants constructive relations with Russia even as it increases its presence in its member states in eastern Europe, the alliance's new secretary-general told a Polish newspaper on Monday.

    Jens Stoltenberg, who is visiting Poland, said Nato would still respect its international commitments, which include a post-Cold War deal with Moscow about western military deployments in former members of the old Soviet bloc.

    "There is no contradiction between a strong NATO and building constructive relations with Russia," Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister who took up his new job last week, told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily in an interview.

    "That stems from my political experience. Norway is a small country that neighbours Russia, yet despite that, probably even in the coldest periods of the Cold War, we were able to cooperate on questions of energy, fisheries and demarcation of maritime borders," he was quoted as saying.

    Relations between Moscow and the NATO alliance are at a post-Cold War low over Russia's actions in Ukraine, where it annexed the Crimean peninsula in March and has been supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine....................http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/New-Nato-chief-wants-constructive-ties-with-Russia/articleshow/44485653.cms

    1. Poland Monday urged NATO's new secretary general to push ahead with a missile shield system amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the Cold War....

      "We firmly support the creation of this (missile shield) system as a pan-NATO one because only this makes deep sense both politically and in terms of defence," Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

      " Poland is determined to build its missile shield and air defence system - it's important not only for Poland - and we uphold our obligations for the U.S. portion of this project," Komorowski said.

      Stoltenberg, who chose Warsaw for his first foreign visit, said Poland "was a key contributor to our missile defence system."

      The new NATO chief said last week that Russia must reverse course in Ukraine but stressed that the alliance remains ready to have a constructive relationship with Moscow.

      Poland said last year it would spend 33.6 billion euros ($43.3 billion) to set up its own missile shield.

      NATO's 28 members decided in 2010 to create a missile shield based on U.S. technology. The project is due to be completed in 2020, with significant elements in Romania and Poland.

      The Western defence alliance insists the role of the planned shield is a "purely defensive" response to external threats, notably from so-called "rogue states," and is in no way directed against Russia.

      But Moscow has taken a dim view of the project, seeing it as a security threat on its very doorstep...............http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2014/Oct-06/273089-poland-urges-nato-to-push-ahead-with-missle-shield.ashx#ixzz3FNhKoMtt

  72. Explosion in Grozny: Police officers prevent large terrorist act...

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov cursed the "bastards," who arranged a terrorist attack in the capital of Chechnya, Grozny, on October 5. The blast took place at the time, when local residents were celebrating the City Day and the birthday of the leader of the republic. The explosion killed five police officers, 13 more were injured. No civilians were injured in the explosion.

    "We will look for these enemies of Islam everywhere and always, and we will not let even their spirit remain in Chechnya. Those who contributed to the killings of the officers will face severe punishment - no one should doubt that. We have paid a high price for peace in Chechnya and we will not let the bastard shatter it," Kadyrov said through his Instagram account.

    The suicide bombing occurred on October 5, at about 5 o'clock. The blast took place near the building of a summer amphitheater, where a concert was to take lace at 7:00 p.m. The police officers on duty noticed a suspicious young man, who was wearing a holster with a gun. The man tried to pass himself off as a police officer. When the officers decided to inspect and identify the man, an explosion occurred.

    According to preliminary data, the improvised explosive device was not "a suicide belt", but it was filled with striking elements, so the number of victims was large.

    The suicide bomber was identified immediately: he was a 19-year-old native of Grozny, who had left home about two months ago without saying anything to his relatives.

    Terrorist acts in Chechnya have become very rare during in recent years. Today, on October 6th, Grozny residents bury the policemen, who died on duty.

    1. EU Condemns Deadly Suicide Bombing in Russia’s Chechen Capital...

      The European Union on Monday condemned the suicide bombing that shocked the Chechen capital of Grozny as it prepared to celebrate the City Day.

      "We condemn the attack of a suicide bomber on the City Day celebrations in Grozny. There can be no justification for such an attack against innocent lives," the EU said in a press release.

      In its statement, Brussels expressed "our condolences to the families of the victims as well as to Russia's government and people" and wished "a quick recovery" to those injured.

      The statement also recalled "the importance of fighting against terrorism in the common interest as expressed in the joint statement agreed at the EU-Russia Summit on January 28, 2014."......................http://en.ria.ru/russia/20141006/193739553/EU-Condemns-Deadly-Suicide-Bombing-in-Russias-Chechen-Capital.html

  73. Le FBI accuse la Chine de cyberespionnage à grande échelle...

    La Chine mène une cyberguerre agressive contre les Etats-Unis qui coûte des milliards de dollars aux entreprises américaines chaque année, affirme le directeur du FBI, James Comey. Selon le chef de la police fédérale, l'immense majorité des grandes entreprises américaines ont déjà été visées.

    « Il y a deux sortes de grandes sociétés aux Etats-Unis. Celles qui savent qu'elles ont été piratées par les Chinois et celles qui ne savent pas qu'elles ont été piratées par les Chinois », a soutenu M. Comey lors de l'émission « 60 Minutes » de la chaîne de télévision CBS. Les pertes annuelles dues aux cyberattaques lancées depuis la Chine sont « impossibles à dénombrer » mais se chiffrent en « milliards », d'après le chef du FBI............http://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2014/10/06/le-fbi-accuse-la-chine-de-cyberespionnage_4500894_3210.html#xtor=RSS-3208

  74. Typhoon heads out to sea, leaving at least one dead...

    At least one person was dead and five were missing Monday as a strong typhoon whipped through the Tokyo metropolitan area after making landfall further south, bringing torrential rain and strong winds to the Kanto region.

    More than 2 million people in eight prefectures were advised to evacuate from Typhoon Phanfone, the 18th of the year, while 50,000 were given actual orders to leave.

    Among them were residents on Izu Oshima Island, where a typhoon caused deadly mudslides in October last year.

    In the meantime, two men were missing Monday in separate mudslide accidents in nearby Yokohama that damaged a temple and an apartment building.................http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/06/national/strong-typhoon-bearing-tokyo-area/#.VDKE4FfQqt8

  75. Kobane: ISIS 'may soon take Syria-Turkey border town'...

    The key Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane might fall to Islamic State (IS) fighters soon, an official there has told the BBC.

    A flag of Islamic State has been seen flying over a building on the eastern edge of Kobane.

    The official, Idriss Nassan, confirmed IS was now in control of Mistenur, the strategic hill above the town.

    Kobane has seen intense fighting over the past three days as Syrian Kurds try to defend the town.

    US-led forces have been conducting air strikes on IS positions in the area to try to slow its advance.

    The Pentagon confirmed a fresh strike had "destroyed two IS fighting positions south of Kobane"................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29509828

  76. Syrie: la partie est de Kobané assiégée par l'EI, l'OTAN prête à aider...

    Les jihadistes du groupe Etat islamique (EI) ont hissé lundi après-midi deux drapeaux noirs à leurs couleurs aux limites est de la ville frontalière syrienne de Kobané qu'ils assiègent, a constaté un photographe de l'AFP depuis la frontière turque toute proche.

    L'un des deux drapeaux a été planté sur une colline et un autre sur un bâtiment situé dans l'est de la ville. Interrogé par l'AFP, un responsable syrien local s'est toutefois refusé à confirmer que les jihadistes étaient entrés dans Kobané (Aïn al-Arab en lague arabe), théâtre de violents combats depuis plusieurs jours.

    Lundi encore, la ville était secouée par de nombreux tirs de mortiers et parsemée d'épaisses fumées, selon une journaliste de l'AFP présente à la frontière.

    L'armée turque a déployé d'importants renforts, notamment des chars et des véhicules blindés, autour de son poste-frontière de Mursitpinar, juste en face de Kobané.

    Le Parlement turc a accordé jeudi son feu vert au gouvernement islamo-conservateur d'Ankara pour intervenir militairement contre l'EI en Syrie comme en Irak mais l'armée turque est restée jusque-là l'arme au pied.

    L'OTAN prête à soutenir la Turquie

    L'OTAN s'est dit prête à soutenir la Turquie en cas de menace de la part du groupe terroriste État islamique (EI), a déclaré lundi à Varsovie le nouveau secrétaire général de l'OTAN Jens Stoltenberg.

    "La Turquie est une alliée de l'OTAN et notre première responsabilité est de protéger l'intégrité et les frontières de la Turquie. C'est la raison pour laquelle nous y avons déployé des missiles Patriot : afin d'améliorer, de renforcer sa défense aérienne", a-t-il indiqué à la presse dans la capitale polonaise où il effectue sa première visite à l'étranger depuis l'entrée en fonctions le 1er octobre..............http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_les-kurdes-repoussent-un-assaut-des-djihadistes-contre-kobane-en-syrie?id=8371478

  77. NATO will defend every Ally, NATO Secretary General stresses in Poland...

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that NATO would defend every Ally on a visit to Poland on Monday (6 October 2014). “NATO’s most important task is to protect and defend our nations against attack. We will defend our Allies, all Allies”, Mr Stoltenberg said after meetings with Polish President Bronisław Komorowski and Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz in Warsaw.

    International security challenges including Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine, progress in implementing the decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Wales, and preparations for the 2016 Summit in Poland were the main themes during the talks. The Secretary General expressed his commitment to implementing the Wales Summit decisions in full. He stressed that the steps being taken by NATO to reinforce collective defence are fully in line with NATO’s international commitments.

    Mr Stoltenberg praised Poland for its significant contribution to the Alliance’s operations and its commitment to strong defence: “Polish troops serve with great distinction in Afghanistan, and in Kosovo. You are a key contributor to our Missile Defence system. Soon, Poland will spend 2% of its Gross Domestic Product on defence. And you are making the right decisions to invest in new equipment and capabilities”.

    Mr Stoltenberg also held talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Tomasz Siemoniak, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Grzegorz Schetyna, before heading to Łask Air Base to meet with air force personnel from Poland and other Allied countries. The visit to Poland is NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s first official country visit since taking up his post as earlier this month.

    1. NATO Does Not Confirm Statement Attributed to Secretary General on Deploying Troops...

      North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has not confirmed that NATO's Secretary General told the Polish TVP Info TV Channel that the alliance can deploy its troops wherever it wants, a spokesperson for NATO told RIA Novosti Monday.

      "We don't have a record of him saying that in English - and we're not responsible for the Polish interpretation of the live interview," a spokesperson said, adding that Stoltenberg was referring to NATO forces in general, "which of course can be deployed on the territory of the Alliance as Allies decide."

      The spokesperson also noted that there is no change in NATO policy "on any issue" and that the Secretary General's interview with the Polish Gazeta Wyborcza "makes clear that there is no calling into question of the Founding Act."

      According to the Polish broadcaster TVP Info, during an interview on Sunday NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the following: "NATO has a strong army after all. We can deploy it wherever we want to."

      Later several media sources said that the Polish interpreter had added a phrase about NATO being able to deploy troops wherever, distorting Stoltenberg's words.

  78. Russie : une réunion du Conseil de sécurité sur la situation en Ukraine...

    Vladimir Poutine a présidé une réunion du Conseil de sécurité consacrée entre autres à la situation dans le sud-est de l'Ukraine, a communiqué le porte-parole du président Dmitri Peskov.

    Selon lui, les participants à la réunion ont fait état de la fragilité du cessez-le-feu, en particulier dans la région de l'aéroport de Donetsk.

    Entre-temps, des habitans civils continuent de périr à Donetsk. Le week-end dernier 7 habitants ont été tués et 20 autres blessés dans les bombardements de la ville.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_06/Russie-une-reunion-du-Conseil-de-securite-sur-la-situation-en-Ukraine-0915/

  79. Mosca ritiene necessario indagare i crimini in Ucraina...

    La Russia insiste sulla necessità di un'indagine imparziale di tutti i crimini in Ucraina. Lo ha detto il Ministro degli Esteri Sergei Lavrov. Secondo lui, questo vale per il "caso dei cecchini", per gli eventi a Odessa e Mariupol, così come per lo schianto del Boeing malese e per le fosse comuni nei pressi di Donetsk.

    Lavrov ha detto che non c’è stato alcun progresso nelle indagini su questi crimini. Inoltre, il Ministro ha detto che i Paesi occidentali dovrebbero sobriamente valutare la loro posizione nella questione ucraina e capire che non si può dare la colpa di tutto ai miliziani.
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_06/Mosca-ritiene-necessario-indagare-i-crimini-in-Ucraina-7855/

    1. Lavrov on Ukraine crisis: don’t blame everything on independence supporters...

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday called on all countries to take a candid stance on the conflict in Ukraine and realize that independence supporters should not be blamed for everything.

      “Possibly, all countries must assume a candid approach to the Ukrainian issue and understand that accusing the self-defense forces of everything while supporting the Kiev government’s every whim has no prospects,” he said.
      Read more: http://indian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_06/Lavrov-Ukraine-crisis/

  80. South China province sees almost 1,500 new dengue fever cases - Xinhua...

    The number of people infected with dengue fever is rising alarmingly in South China with 1,431 new cases reported in Guangdong Province, Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

    A total of 21,527 people have been diagnosed with dengue fever in 20 out of 21 prefecture-level cities in Guangdong so far, the agency quoted local health authorities as saying.

    One new fatality case was reported by the provincial health and family planning commission on Sunday, bringing the death toll in the province to six, Xinhua said.

    Dengue is a mosquito-borne, potentially fatal disease that affects, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 100 million people in tropical and subtropical regions every year, causing fever combined with muscle and joint aches.

    The outbreak of dengue this year is believed to be the worst in 20 years, Xinhua said, adding that health authorities attributed the outbreak to high temperatures and wet weather in Guangdong, where the mosquito population was five times the normal level.

    Apart from Guangdong, some other southern provinces and regions, including Fujian, Hunan and Guangxi, also reported dengue cases lately, the agency said.

  81. White House resumes criticism of Israel's decision to continue settlement construction, says 'odd' of Netanyahu to call stance 'un-American'....

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at his daily briefing on Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks that American criticism of Israeli settlement construction was against American values, “did seem odd.”

    “It did seem odd for him to defend Israel's position by saying US position is un-American,” Earnest said. “American values are why this country's support for Israel has been unwavering.” Earnest repeated the U.S. criticism of settlement construction and said that continuing it “will send a troubling message” about Israel’s intentions.

    The White House statement was a lengthy defense of U.S. policy toward Israel, centered around the "American values" theme that Netanyahu raised.

    "The fact is, when it comes to American values, it’s American values that lend this country’s unwavering support to Israel. It's American values that have led us to fight for and secure funding to strengthen Israel's security in tangible ways."

    Earnest said it was U.S. funding for Israel's "Iron Dome" system that has prevented Hamas rockets from hitting their targets. "It's American values that have led us to fund and build an Iron Dome system that protected the lives of countless innocent Israeli citizens," he said.

    On Wednesday, the White House and U.S. State Department warned that Israel's decision to move ahead with the planning process of 2,600 new housing units in Jerusalem's Givat Hamatos neighborhood, and the recent occupation of some 25 apartments in Silwan, located near the Old City in Jerusalem, will "poison the atmosphere" with the Palestinians and the Arab world.............http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.619534

  82. IMF supports reforms for more orderly sovereign debt restructurings...

    The IMF is engaged in a number of reforms designed to reduce the costs of sovereign debt restructurings—for the benefit of debtors, creditors, and the system more generally, it said today.

    These reforms include possible changes to the IMF’s lending framework that are designed to give the IMF a broader range of policy responses in the context of sovereign debt distress. Separately, there is a recognition that, in circumstances where a sovereign and its creditors have reached the conclusion that a debt restructuring is necessary, the existing legal framework may not be sufficiently robust to prevent “holdout” creditors from undermining the restructuring process. Recent developments, including the Argentine litigation in the United States, have highlighted these vulnerabilities, a document added...................http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/171553/imf-supports-reforms-for-more-orderly-sovereign-debt-restructurings

    1. El FMI impulsa cambios para mantener su liderazgo en la reestructuración de deudas....

      El organismo emitió hoy el documento en el que propone reformas para abordar los problemas de la acción colectiva así como para modificar la cláusula pari passu y pone como ejemplo el caso argentino.

      El Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) emitió hoy un nuevo documento en el que busca frenar de manera concreta el accionar de los fondos buitre, al proponer reformas para modificar la "cláusula pari passu" en los contratos de deuda, como consecuencia de la interpretación del fallo del juez Thomas Griesa en la causa que enfrenta Argentina.

      Al mismo tiempo, busca cambiar el enfoque actual de "cláusulas de acción colectiva" o "cláusulas de mayorías", que probaron que en los últimos años tampoco fueron efectivas para procesos exitosos de reestructuración llevada adelante por distintos países.

      Estos son signos de que el FMI acepta hoy cambios que históricamente fueron propuestos por la Argentina y que fueron desoídos por el establishment, en pos de mantener el liderazgo en los procesos de reestructuración de deuda de los países, hoy puesto en tela de juicio................http://www.telam.com.ar/notas/201410/80631-el-fmi-advierte-sobre-las-consecuencias-globales-que-tiene-el-accionar-de-los-fondos-buitre.html

  83. North, South Korea Exchange Fire After Border Violation Incident: Reports...

    MOSCOW, October 7 (RIA Novosti) - North and South Korean border patrol boats have briefly exchanged fire after a North Korean ship crossed the maritime border between the republics, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday, citing South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

    "One North Korean patrol boat crossed the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the Yellow Sea at around 9:50 a.m.," the JCS was quoted as saying in a statement.

    "To force the ship to retreat, our military sent warning messages and fired a warning shot. But the North fired back rather than backing down, which caused us to fire again," the South Korean military added. The North Korean ship then reportedly retreated.

    During last weekend's visit of top-ranking Pyongyang's officials to the closing of the Asian Games in Icheon, South Korea, the two nations agreed to hold the first high-level talks in months.............http://en.ria.ru/world/20141007/193749865/North-South-Korea-Exchange-Fire-After-Border-Violation-Incident.html

  84. US says not targeting Syrian govt in airstrikes on militants...

    The United States reiterated on Monday that it is not targeting the Syrian government in its ongoing airstrikes on the Islamic State militant group.

    "Our position hasn't changed. Our focus is on ISIL," State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told reporters at a daily news briefing, using another name of the extremist group that proclaimed a caliphate in late June in areas it had seized in Syria and Iraq.

    "We certainly are continuing to support the Syrian opposition, but I don't have anything new on that regard," she added.

    Washington is leading air raids on the Islamic State targets in both Iraq and Syria, with a view to "degrading and ultimately destroying" it, while President Barack Obama has time and again ruled out sending in US troops for a combat role.

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, however, warned that airstrikes are not enough for a victory in Syria.

    "If ISIS goes, another radical organization may come in," he told CNN in an interview aired Monday, using another acronym of the Islamic State. "So our approach should be comprehensive, inclusive, strategic and combined ... not just to punish, to satisfy our public opinion, to punish one terrorist organization, but to eliminate all terrorist threats in the future, and also to eliminate all brutal crimes against humanity committed by the regime."

  85. EU may ease sanctions against Russia or toughen them - future foreign policy chief...

    The European Union may “ease its sanctions regime against Russia should the situation in Ukraine improve or toughen it if the situation deteriorates,” outgoing Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, who will take office of the EU’s foreign policy chief November 1, said Monday.

    Speaking at hearings in the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mogherini also said she is convinced that “the Ukrainian crisis has no military solution”.

    She said the EU should constantly work with Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko and the new Ukrainian parliament that will be elected in a few weeks to support the efforts of Ukrainian diplomats.

    “We should also back Ukraine’s economy, which is in a disastrous state shortly before the winter in the presence of the threat of an energy crisis, Mogherini said.

    Mogherini has been approved for her new post by leaders of the 28 EU member states, but European deputies have to formally confirm her appointment.

    Russia came under Western sanctions, originally visa bans and asset freezes, for incorporation of Crimea in mid-March after a coup in Ukraine in February. Later, Western claims that Russia is taking part in hostilities in southeast Ukraine, which Moscow has repeatedly denied, resulted in more serious, sectoral, restrictions........................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/753023

  86. Plusieurs quartiers de Kobané aux mains des jihadistes de l'EI....

    L'organisation de l'EI s'est emparée lundi soir de trois quartiers de Kobané. La ville syrienne, défendue par les combattants kurdes, subit depuis trois semaines les assauts répétés des jihadistes.

    Malgré la résistance des combattants kurdes syriens (YPG), l’organisation de l’État islamique resserre inexorablement son étau sur Kobané (Aïn el-Arab en arabe). Lundi, en fin de journée, les jihadistes ont réussi à entrer dans Kobané, plantant leurs drapeaux noirs à une centaine de mètres à l'est et au sud-est de la ville.

    Mardi matin, ils évoluaient dans trois quartiers de l’est de la ville syrienne kurde assiégée depuis le 16 septembre. "Ils ont pris la cité industrielle, Maqtala al-Jadida et Kani Arabane, dans l'est de Kobané après de violents combats contre les Unités de protection du peuple kurde (YPG)", a déclaré à l'AFP le directeur de l'Observatoire syrien des droits de l'Homme (OSDH), Rami Abdel Rahmane, en évoquant des scènes de "guérilla urbaine". Terrorisés par l'avancée des jihadistes connus pour leurs exactions - meurtres, viols, enlèvements - des centaines "de civils résidant dans les quartiers est ont fui vers la Turquie voisine", a-t-il précisé..................http://www.france24.com/fr/20141007-syrie-ei-etat-islamique-quartiers-kobane-jihadistes-kurdes-turquie/

  87. Spent over $1 billion on military operations in Iraq, Syria: Pentagon...

    The Pentagon has spent as much as $1.1 billion on US military operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since the mission began in mid-June, including more than $62 million alone in Navy airstrikes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

    US Central Command, in data released Monday, said that the Navy has dropped roughly 185 munitions, including 47 cruise missiles launched from ships in the region. Central Command said Air Force fighter jets have far exceeded those numbers, launching close to 1,000 munitions. The data released Monday broke out the $62 million spent on Navy munitions, but provided no cost estimates for Air Force munitions.

    The bulk of the Navy costs were for the 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by American warships in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea that targeted the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell, in eight locations west of the city of Aleppo in Syria. The group was said to be plotting imminent attacks on American and Western interests, and it was one of the key targets two weeks ago when the US first began airstrikes into Syria.................http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Spent-over-1-billion-on-military-operations-in-Iraq-Syria-Pentagon/articleshow/44556745.cms

  88. Street battles as ISIL enters Syria's Kobane....Kurdish forces order civilians to flee as ISIL enters Kurdish-Syrian border town, sparking heavy street fighting....

    Fighters from ISIL have penetrated the Syrian town Kobane for the first time, sparking street-to-street fighting and an order from its Kurdish defenders for all civilians to flee.

    Two black ISIL flags were seen flying on Kobane's eastern side on Monday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, while there were reports of ISIL fighters entering the town from the east.

    "Urban guerrilla warfare has started and the fighting is taking place for the first time in districts at the eastern entrance, in Maqtala al-Jadida and Qani Arab," said Rami Abdelrahman, the observatory's head.

    The AFP news agency quoted a spokesman for Kurdish forces as saying that all civilians had been told to leave immediately.

    "Military officials asked civilians to evacuate - they declared Kobane a military area," said the spokesman identified by AFP as Mustafa Bali. "ISIL advanced to the eastern side. There were fierce clashes in the streets," he added.

    According to Al Jazeera sources, the clashes in Qani Arab are the heaviest since the start of the offensive as ISIL tries to bring in more fighters to take control of the city.

    Kurdish activists stated that one group of ISIL fighters were eliminated by the town's defenders, drawn from the Kurdish irregular force known as the YPG, as they attempted to enter from the east..........http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/10/isil-penetrates-key-syrian-town-kobane-201410618837412383.html

  89. Eight anti-tank shells found in field on Russian territory near border with Ukraine...

    Eight Ukrainian anti-tank shells have been found in a field on the Russian territory in the Matveyev-Kurgan district in the Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, a regional representative for prevention of emergency situations told TASS Tuesday.

    The shells with a reported caliber of 120 millimeters were found on Monday by local farmers in a field one kilometer off a small village belonging to the settlement of Yekaterinovsky, the source said.

    The territory where the ammunition was found has been cordoned off. The local administration has asked for help to render the shells safe.

    It is not the first incident when Ukrainian ammunition was found on the Russian territory. In a previous incident a Ukrainian shell was found also in the Matveyev-Kurgan district on September 23.

  90. Il Primo Ministro ceco: Ucraina verso un disastro umanitario...

    Se l'Ucraina non cerca un dialogo con la Russia per riprendere le forniture di gas, ci si deve attendere per questo inverno una catastrofe umanitaria. Questa opinione è stata espressa dal Premier ceco Bohuslav Sobotka.

    Per quanto riguarda le cause della crisi ucraina attuale, il Primo Ministro ceco ha detto che esistono diverse fonti. In particolare, il "tiro geopolitico dell'Ucraina tra Oriente e Occidente."
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_07/Il-Primo-Ministro-ceco-Ucraina-verso-un-disastro-umanitario-9249/

  91. US responds to Davutoğlu, says stance on ISIL fight unchanged...

    The United States has said its position on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has not changed, hours after Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the operation should target the Syrian regime.

    “Our position hasn’t changed. Our focus is on ISIL. We certainly are continuing to support the Syrian opposition, but I don’t have anything new on that regard,” U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Oct. 6 during a press briefing.

    The question was about remarks Davutoğlu made during an interview on Oct. 6 with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour...............http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-responds-to-davutoglu-says-stance-on-isil-fight-unchanged.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72632&NewsCatID=359

  92. Three more bodies found on Mount Ontake as search resumes...

    NAGANO – Rescue teams found three more bodies atop Mount Ontake on Tuesday as police, firefighters and Ground Self-Defense Force personnel resumed their search for missing climbers for the first time in three days.

    The discoveries took the confirmed death toll from the Sept. 27 eruption to 54.

    The bodies were found near the summit of the 3,067-meter mountain, a source involved in the search said.

    With the latest recoveries, the official list of missing fell to 12.

    Nearly all those killed in the eruption, which happened without warning, were hit by falling rocks thrown into the air......................http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/07/national/searchers-find-2-bodies-mount-ontake-bringing-volcanos-toll-51/#.VDPPIVfQqt8

  93. Japon: le typhon Phanfone a fait 6 morts...

    Le typhon Phanfone qui a balayé le Japon et traversé Tokyo lundi a fait au total 6 morts et cinq disparus dont deux militaires américains, selon un dernier bilan diffusé mardi par plusieurs médias.

    A Yokohama, au sud-ouest de Tokyo, deux jeunes gens entre 20 et 30 ans ont trouvé la mort dans des glissements de terrain qui ont détruit leurs maisons respectives, a indiqué un responsable de la municipalité.

    Outre les morts et les disparus, Phanfone a également laissé derrière lui 62 blessés dans des accidents, a indiqué la télévision publique NHK.

    Les premiers décès et disparitions signalés concernaient trois soldats américains qui avaient été emportés dimanche après-midi par une mer déchaînée sur l'île d'Okinawa, à l'extrême su de l'archipel. "Ils prenaient des photos avec en toile de fond de gigantesques vagues fouettées par le vent", a expliqué un porte-parole de la police. Seul le corps de l'un d'eux a été retrouvé.

    Un surfeur de 21 ans a également disparu au large de Fujisawa, tandis qu'un lycéen a été emporté par une vague à Yokosuka, au sud de Tokyo.

  94. Turkey says Kobane ‘about to fall’ to IS jihadists....

    Turkey’s President said Tuesday that the key Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane is ‘about to fall’ to the Islamic State (IS) group and that a ‘ground operation’ is needed to defeat the jihadists.

    The IS group entered Kobane for the first time Monday after a three-week-long siege. At least 20 jihadists were reported to have been killed in the ensuing street fighting.

    By early Tuesday morning, the jihadists had taken three Kobane neighbourhoods, according to the AFP.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Erdogan warned Tuesday that the city was “about to fall” and that a ground operation was needed to defeat the jihadists. He made the comments during an address to Syrian refugees at a camp in Gaziantep province, near the border with Syria...............http://www.france24.com/en/20141006-is-group-fights-kurds-battle-key-syrian-turkey-border-town-kobane/

  95. Poroshenko asks OSCE to increase number of observers to 1,500...

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday called on the OSCE to increase the number of observers to 1,500.

    “The head of state asked the OSCE representatives to immediately step up the Special Monitoring Mission’s efforts. He called for increasing the number of observers to 1,500,” the presidential press service said.

    At the same time, Poroshenko said at least 29 drones were indispensable for observers to monitor the areas of southeastern Ukraine.

    The delivery of drones for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission will be over on October 13, Poroshenko said.

    He said the first two drones had been delivered to Ukraine.

    Poroshenko also invited OSCE representatives to take part in monitoring the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 26.

  96. Le parquet général d'Ukraine instruira les crimes de guerre commis par les membres du bataillon Aïdar...

    Le parquet général d'Ukraine instruira les affaires concernant l'enlèvement et la détention des habitants de la région de Lougansk par les représentants du bataillon Aïdar, a communiqué le procureur militaire principal et adjoint au procureur général d'Ukraine Anatoli Matios.

    Précédemment l'organisation de défense des droits de l'homme Amnesty International a annoncé avoir rassemblé des dizaines de faits de violation du droit humanitaire par les membres du bataillon ukrainien Aïdar.

    Au total une demi-douzaine de bataillons financés par des particuliers opèrent dans l'est de l'Ukraine.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_07/Le-parquet-general-dUkraine-instruira-les-crimes-de-guerre-commis-par-les-membres-du-bataillon-Aidar-3876/

  97. Echanges de tirs à la frontière entre le Liban et Israël...

    L'artillerie israélienne a pilonné le territoire du Sud-Liban après que trois soldats de Tsahal ont été blessés à la frontière, rapportent mardi les médias internationaux, se référant à des sources militaires.

    Le porte-parole de l'armée israélienne a refusé de commenter l'incident, alors que la chaîne de télévision libanaise Al-Manar annonce que des coups de feu retentissent toujours près du village de Kfar Shuba, dans le sud du pays, sans donner d'autres détails.

    La frontière israélo-libanaise est une zone de tension. Des incidents ont régulièrement lieu le long de la Ligne bleue, qui fixe la frontière libano-israélienne. Cette ligne a été tracée par les Nations unies après le retrait israélien, mettant fin en 2000 à 22 ans d'occupation du sud du Liban.

  98. Moldovan authorities fine 4 TV channels for re-broadcasting Russian programs...

    Moldova’s authorities have on Tuesday fine to four local TV channels re-broadcasting Russian programs over "anti-Ukrainian coverage of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine."

    Moldova’s decision to ban Russia 24 TV news channel for the next six months until January 1, 2015 is outrageous and will certainly produce a negative impact on the Russian-Moldovan relations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in July.

    "It is clear that Moldova took this step under a far-fetched pretext on the wave of euphoria from signing an association agreement with the European Union. However, the decision does not meet an integral right of citizens to free access to information, one of the basic European democratic principles, which Chisinau is zealously trying to observe,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

    Moldova has banned rebroadcasting of Russia’s Russia 24 television channel being driven by the desire to please the United States and the European Union, Konstantin Starysh, a lawmaker with the Party of Communists and former chief of the Moldovan office of the MIR television company, told TASS........................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/753186

  99. 6.6-magnitude quake slams Yunnan, severe casualties expected ...

    A 6.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Jinggu county in Southwest China's Yunnan Province at 9:49 pm Beijing time on Tuesday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC).

    The epicenter was monitored at 23.4 degrees north latitude and 100.5 degrees east longitude, and the focus of the quake was 5 kilometers deep, the center said in a statement.

    The CENC said the epicenter is about 67 kilometers away from the city of Lincang and 85 kilometers away from Pu'er. A strong tremor was also felt in the provincial capital Kunming.

    The CENC also said that this earthquake will likely cause severe casualties and economic losses.

    Jinggu county has a population of around 306,000, a majority of which are ethnic minorities such as the Dai and Yi groups.

    One person was confirmed dead and at least 19 injured in Jinggu county as of late Tuesday night, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

    Casualties in other townships remained unknown as of press time.

    Local authorities said the nearby airports were not affected by the earthquake and are under normal operation.

    Some 1,250 troops had been dispatched to the earthquake emergency area as of Tuesday night.

    On August 3, a 6.5-magnitude quake struck Ludian county in Yunnan Province, killing more than 600 people and injuring more than 3,000.

    1. M 6.1 - YUNNAN, CHINA....local time: 21:49...

      Magnitude Mw 6.1
      Region YUNNAN, CHINA
      Date time 2014-10-07 13:49:41.7 UTC
      Location 23.45 N ; 100.69 E
      Depth 10 km
      271 km SW of Kunming, China / pop: 1,023,674 / local time: 21:49:41.7 2014-10-07
      244 km NW of Phôngsali, Laos / pop: 13,500 / local time: 20:49:41.7 2014-10-07
      162 km N of Jinghong, China / pop: 62,105 / local time: 21:49:41.7 2014-10-07

    2. At least one person has been confirmed dead and 19 others were injured after a 6.6-magnitude quake jolted a county in southwest China Tuesday night, according to local government....

      The casualties was reported from the Yongping Town, Jinggu County of Yunnan Province, which is only five kilometers away from the epicenter.

      With a population of some 54,000 people, the mountainous town is one of the worst-hit area in the quake.

      "Many houses collapsed and we are investigating the casualties. The aftershocks seem non-stopping," an official with the town's Mangfei village told Xinhua.

      The telecommunication service is occasionally disrupted, he added.

      The quake at 9:49 p.m. (Beijing Time), with a focal depth of five kilometers, jolted the Jinggu Dai and Yi Autonomous County with a population of 290,000, said an official with the county's publicity department.

      Tremor was felt across the province, which is prone to earthquake disasters, the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) said, predicting "serious casualties and economic loss."

      The center initiated a Class-II emergency response to the quake, and classified the quake as a major earthquake disaster...................http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-10/08/c_127069913.htm

  100. Pushilin: Kiev prepara una nuova operazione punitiva nel Donbass...

    Il capo del quartier generale socio-economico del Fronte Popolare della "Novorossia" Denis Pushilin ha dichiarato che il Presidente dell'Ucraina Petro Poroshenko ritardare la firma della legge sullo status speciale del Donbass.

    "Senza concedere al Donbass uno status speciale gli accordi di Minsk perdono la loro forza. Questo testimonia che l'Ucraina rifiuta il piano della risoluzione pacifica. Probabilmente l'Ucraina sta preparando una nuova operazione punitiva contro le Repubbliche popolari di Donetsk e di Lugansk”, ritiene Pushilin.
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_07/Pushilin-Kiev-prepara-una-nuova-operazione-punitiva-nel-Donbass-6966/

  101. FΤ: Μεγάλες κρατικές συμφωνίες με την Κίνα ετοιμάζει η Ελλάδα...

    Όταν ο Πρόεδρος της Κίνας πραγματοποίησε μια ανεπίσημη στάση μιας μέρας τον Αύγουστο στη Ρόδο, πηγαίνοντας προς τη σύνοδο της Βραζιλίας, ο Έλληνας Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας και ο πρωθυπουργός πέταξαν στο νησί από την Αθήνα, προκειμένου να διασφαλίσουν ότι η παραμονή του Xi Jinping θα εξελισσόταν ομαλά, αναφέρουν οι Financial Times, σε ανταπόκριση της Κerin Hope με τίτλο «Greece primps for big China deals».

    Το δημοσίευμα σχολιάζει ότι ο Κινέζος Πρόεδρος επαίνεσε τις προσπάθειες της χώρας και διαβεβαίωσε ότι η Κίνα βλέπει την Ελλάδα ως κεντρική πύλη εξόδου στη Ν. Ευρώπη, κάνοντας λόγο για «ολοκληρωμένη στρατηγική συνεργασία μεταξύ των δύο χωρών».

    Επισημαίνει ότι πλέον, στην παρούσα φάση, η Κίνα επαναξιολογεί την Ελλάδα και τις υποδομές της, οι οποίες πρέπει να πωληθούν, όπως προβλέπει το σχέδιο διάσωσης. Από θάλασσα και αέρος η Ελλάδα συνάδει με τις κινεζικές φιλοδοξίες για βαθύτερη εξάπλωση στην Ευρώπη, αναφέρει χαρακτηριστικά και προσθέτει ότι Κινέζος σύμβουλος, που ζήτησε να παραμείνει ανώνυμος, σχολίασε: «Είμαστε πίσω από την Ιταλία και την Ισπανία στις άμεσες επενδύσεις και στην καινοτόμο δραστηριότητα κρατικές εταιρείες δείχνουν σοβαρό ενδιαφέρον για την Ελλάδα. Θα μπορούσε να πει κανείς ότι πρόκειται για μακροπρόθεσμη και πολιτικά καθοδηγούμενη προσέγγιση».

    Πιθανός πλειοδότης για τον Διεθνή Αερολιμένα Αθηνών είναι μια σύμπραξη εταιρειών αποτελούμενη από τις Friedman Pacific Asset Management, ένα fund με έδρα το Hong Kong και τον όμιλο Shenzhen International Airport Group, ενώ το υπουργείο Μεταφορών αναμένει την κρατική κινεζική εταιρεία Construction Engineering Corporation να κτίσει και να διαχειριστεί ένα νέο αεροδρόμιο στην Κρήτη αξίας 800 εκ ευρώ. Παράλληλα, η επίσης κρατική Fujian Shipbuilding, που διαχειρίζεται ναυπηγεία, έχει δείξει ενδιαφέρον για τα Ναυπηγεία Ελευσίνας.

    Πράγματι, υπογραμμίζει το δημοσίευμα, η ναυτιλία είναι το δυνατό χαρτί της Ελλάδας, καθώς ελληνικά πλοία μεταφέρουν το 60% των κινεζικών εισαγωγών σε στρατηγικά εμπορεύματα, όπως αργό πετρέλαιο, άνθρακας και σίδηρος, με αντάλλαγμα οι Έλληνες πλοιοκτήτες να κατασκευάζουν πλοία στην Κίνα..............http://www.kathimerini.com.cy/index.php?pageaction=kat&modid=1&artid=185755

  102. Nuland Confirms US Could Lift Sanctions Against Russia If Minsk Agreements Implemented...

    US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland confirmed Tuesday that if the Minsk agreements are fully implemented, the United States could lift a number of sanctions against Russia.

    Speaking at a meeting with the students of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, Nuland said the United States could cancel some of the sanctions it had imposed against Russia if the Minsk agreements are fully implemented and if both sides of the Ukrainian conflict observe the ceasefire.............................http://en.ria.ru/world/20141007/193782564/Nuland-Confirms-US-Could-Lift-Sanctions-Against-Russia-If-Minsk.html

    1. Les Etats-Unis ont nommé les conditions d’annulation des sanctions contre la Russie...

      Les États-Unis sont prêts à abolir les sanctions contre la Russie au fur et à mesure que les conditions décidées à Minsk sont remplies, a indiqué la secrétaire d'Etat adjointe des Etats-Unis pour les affaires européennes et eurasiennes Victoria Nuland, en s’exprimant devant les étudiants à Kiev.

      Nuland a également souligné qu’il est peu probable que les pays de l’OTAN soient d’accord de voir l’Ukraine en tant qu’un nouveau membre de l’alliance. Selon la fonctionnaire américaine, Kiev bénéficie déjà de tous les avantages d'une telle coopération. Cela concerne notamment la participation de ce pays à des exercices conjoints et à la formation des soldats.
      Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_07/Les-Etats-Unis-ont-nomme-les-conditions-d-annulation-des-sanctions-contre-la-Russie-8551/

    2. US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland confirmed Tuesday that if the Minsk agreements are fully implemented, the United States could lift a number of sanctions against Russia....

      Speaking at a meeting with the students of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, Nuland said the United States could cancel some of the sanctions it had imposed against Russia if the Minsk agreements are fully implemented and if both sides of the Ukrainian conflict observe the ceasefire..............http://en.ria.ru/world/20141007/193782564/Nuland-Confirms-US-Could-Lift-Sanctions-Against-Russia-If-Minsk.html

  103. South China's Guangdong Province reported 1,661 new dengue cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases this year up to 23,146, said local health authorities on Tuesday....

    The number of cases has been rising quickly, with more than 1,000 new infections discovered every day last week. One fatality was reported by the provincial health authority on Sunday, bringing the death toll in the province to six.

    The latest death occurred in western Guangzhou's Liwan district. The city has seen five deaths caused by dengue so far this year.

    Guangzhou has been the worst-hit city in the province.

  104. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called on Tuesday for a referendum on whether to keep Denmark's opt-out of European Union justice and home affairs rules, the country's first vote on the EU since 2000....

    Denmark voted in a 1993 referendum to opt out of sections of the Maastricht Treaty including an EU defense policy and the euro. The country voted in 2000 to reject the euro again.

    Thorning-Schmidt's call was seen as a signal that the government wants to reassess its somewhat arms-length relationship with the European Union.

  105. Pentagon Says Impossible to Defeat Islamic State by Airstrikes Alone...

    US-led airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria are effective, but will not destroy the group on their own, Pentagon spokeswoman Cmdr. Elissa Smith told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

    “Our airstrikes have been effective in achieving our goal of degrading and ultimately destroying ISIL,” Cmdr. Smith said in a statement, using an alternate version of the extremist group’s name.

    “This isn't going to be solved through airstrikes or military power alone. There has to be more to this than just airstrikes. It doesn't mean that the airstrikes aren't important, that they won't continue or that they aren't being effective. What it does mean is that airstrikes are just one piece of a much larger strategy that's going to take some time,” the Pentagon press officer stressed................http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20141007/193787761/Pentagon-Says-Impossible-to-Defeat-Islamic-State-by-Airstrikes-Alone.html

  106. Only 20% of industrial enterprises are running in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Roman Kachur said on Tuesday....

    “From 50 to 80% of industrial enterprises in eastern Ukraine are not operating,” he told a briefing.

    In Luganks, he said, 19 out of 23 systemic enterprises are not operating. In Donetsk, production slumped by 50% in July-August 2014 on July-August 2013.

    The country’s GDP demonstrated a 4.6% decrease in the first and second quarters of the current year. “This tendency will stay in place throughout the third and fourth quarters due to a slump in production and consumption,” Kachur said.

    On October 6, governor of Ukraine’s National Bank Valeria Gontareva said that the bank’s forecast for the GDP growth was “minus 8.3%

  107. US Involved in Discussions About Ukraine's Gas Needs: US State Department...

    The United States is involved in the ongoing discussion about the Ukrainian gas needs, and wants to see the issue resolved, US Department of State Spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated at a press briefing Tuesday.

    “This has been obviously an ongoing discussion. It’s one where our assistant secretary Amos J. Hochstein has been very involved, and a number of officials in the administration have been very involved. We too want to see this resolved, and certainly recognize the seasonal changes that are approaching here,” Psaki said.

    US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz stated that it is impossible to reach significant proportions of natural gas exports until the end of the current decade. He also stressed that there was no quick fix of the problem when answering the question whether the dependency of Ukraine on Russia’s gas could be decreased with America’s assistance.

    The issue of meeting the Ukrainian gas needs was among the topics on US Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland’s agenda during her visit to Kiev.

    According to Psaki, Nuland discussed “the economic prosperity of Ukraine, and issues like their access to gas, and their need to be well-supplied for the winter.”.............http://en.ria.ru/world/20141008/193787946/US-Involved-in-Discussions-About-Ukraines-Gas-Needs.html

  108. Twitter sues US government over spying...

    Twitter has sued the US government over surveillance laws.

    Under current regulations, Twitter cannot reveal certain information about government requests for users' data relating to national security.

    Twitter argues that this violates the right to free speech, as defined by the First Amendment to the US Constitution.

    The firm said it brought the case in an effort to force the government to be more transparent about personal data requests.

    "It's our belief that we are entitled under the First Amendment to respond to our users' concerns and to the statements of US government officials by providing information about the scope of US government surveillance," Twitter's lawyer, Ben Lee, wrote in a blog post.

    Twitter brought the action against the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a northern California court on Tuesday.

    In April, Twitter submitted a Transparency Report to the US government for publication; however, so far officials have denied the firm's request to share the full report with the public.

    That report includes specific information about the nature and number of requests for Twitter user information relating to national security.

    "The US government engages in extensive but incomplete speech about the scope of its national security surveillance activities as they pertain to US communications providers, while at the same time prohibiting service providers such as Twitter from providing their own informed perspective as potential recipients of various national security-related requests," wrote Twitter...................http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29528665

    1. Twitter klagt US-Regierung auf Recht zu mehr Transparenz....

      Twitter will über Behördenanfragen genauer informieren, darf das aber nicht. In der Klage wird mit dem Recht auf Meinungsfreiheit argumentiert.

      Der Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter klagt gegen die US-Regierung, um sich ein Recht auf mehr Transparenz bei Behördenanfragen zu erkämpfen. Das Unternehmen aus San Francisco will genauere Zahlen zu Anträgen auf Zugang zu Nutzerdaten mit Bezug auf nationale Sicherheit veröffentlichten dürfen.

      Derzeit dürfen die Angaben nur in recht breiten Spannen gemacht werden, selbst wenn es keine solchen Anfragen gab. Twitter verklagte nun die Bundespolizei FBI und das Justizministerium, um diese Regel zu kippen.

      Der aktuelle Zwang zu breiten Spannen sei ein Verstoß gegen den ersten Zusatzartikel zur US-Verfassung, in dem Meinungs- und Pressefreiheit festgeschrieben werden, argumentierte Twitter in der am Dienstag veröffentlichten Klage. Man könne so nicht auf Sorgen der Nutzer reagieren. Alle Versuche, eine Lösung ohne eine Klage zu finden, seien ergebnislos geblieben..................http://diepresse.com/home/techscience/internet/3882883/Twitter-klagt-USRegierung-auf-Recht-zu-mehr-Transparenz?from=rss

  109. Canada votes to join airstrikes against Islamic State militants....

    Canada has voted to join the US led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq after the country's Prime Minister Stephen Harper won the support of parliament.

    Parliamentarians led by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper carried the vote, by 157 to 134, in favour of the six-month mission.

    Both the opposition New Democrats and Liberals voted against it, saying they fear the mission could become a quagmire.

    Six hundred air crew and other personnel, along with six fighter jets and several other military aircraft, will now head to the Middle East.

    Mr Harper has ruled out sending ground combat troops...............http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1008/650772-canada-to-join-air-strikes-against-is-militants/

  110. Issue of mass graves near Donetsk not reflected in UN report on human rights in Ukraine...

    The issue of mass burial sites recently discovered near the city of Donetsk has not been reflected in a regular United Nations report on human rights in Ukraine.

    Nothing is said about the investigation of the crime on any of the 37 pages of the report obtained by TASS, which will be officially circulated later Wednesday.

    The document covers the period from August 18 to September 16, 2014. Unidentified mass graves in southeast Ukraine are formally not subject to consideration by the rights monitoring mission of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

    However, the global organization earlier pledged to touch upon the issue in its sixth report.

    Southeastern militias recently found a few mass graves at sites where Ukrainian troops had been stationed. It was reported on September 23 that militiamen found unidentified burial sites near the Kommunarskaya-22 mine in the vicinity of the villages of Kommunar and Nizhnyaya Krynka............http://en.itar-tass.com/world/753218

  111. Turkey Tuesday declared a curfew in three eastern and southeastern provinces in an effort to disperse demonstrations against the advance of Islamic State (IS) militants into Kurdish populated Kobane town in northern Syria, the private Dogan news agency reported...

    The curfew was declared in towns of southeastern Mardin province, eastern Van province and eastern Siirt province of Turkey, according to the report.

    One person, Hakan Buksur, was reportedly killed by live ammunition as riot police fired at demonstrators with bullets, tear gas and water cannons in Varto town in eastern province of Mus, said the report.

    "Protesters should empty the streets or the issue will produce unforeseen results," Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said in Gaziantep province on Tuesday, warning that "violence will be responded to."

    The pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP) issued an appeal on Monday, calling on Kurds in Turkey to hold demonstrations against Islamic State's "attempt to massacre" Syrian Kurds in the city of Kobane.

    Protesters have been staging demonstrations across Turkey since late Monday as Kurds in the country urge the Turkish government to defend Syrian Kurds in the neighboring country that has witnessed fierce clashes between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters for three weeks.

    Kurdish groups, reportedly affiliated with the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), torched banks, cars, buildings on Tuesday, following reports that the IS militants had captured some parts of Kobane over the weekend.

    Kobane, also known as Ayn al-Arab, has been subject to ferocious attacks by Islamic State militants over the past two weeks. IS fighters have succeeded in capturing hundreds of Kurdish villages around Kobane, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee............http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/885048.shtml

    1. Τουρκία: 14 νεκροί στον ξεσηκωμό των Κούρδων για το Κομπάνι...

      Ανεξέλεγκτες διαστάσεις λαμβάνουν οι εκδηλώσεις διαμαρτυρίας Κούρδων διαδηλωτών στην Τουρκία κατά της κατάληψης της κουρδικής πόλης Κομπανί της Συρίας. Ανησυχία επικρατεί στην Αγκυρα, υπό το φόβο να περάσει η σπίθα του πολέμου στη Συρία τα σύνορα της Τουρκίας.

      Στις συγκρούσεις με τις δυνάμεις ασφαλείας νεκροί έπεσαν 14 άνθρωποι, ενώ αναφέρονται δεκάδες τραυματίες. Σύμφωνα με επίσημες πηγές στόχος εμπρηστικών επιθέσεων έγιναν 343 κτίρια, τα περισσότερα δημόσια, και πυρπολήθηκαν περίπου 40 οχήματα. Σε επιφυλακή η τουρκική αστυνομία, η ηγεσία της οποίας ανακάλεσε όλες τις άδειες.

      Απαγόρευση κυκλοφορίας επιβλήθηκε το βράδυ της Τρίτης σε έξι νοτιοανατολικές επαρχίες -Ντιγιαρμπακίρ, Βαν, Μάρντιν, Μους, Μπάτμαν και Σίιρτ- με κουρδικό κυρίως πληθυσμό.

      Στο Ντιγιαρμπακίρ, τη μεγαλύτερη κουρδική πόλη της Τουρκίας, στρατιωτικές δυνάμεις κατέβηκαν στους δρόμους για να καταστήλουν τους εξαγριωμένους διαδηλωτές. Κατά τις συγκρούσεις στην πόλη έχασαν τη ζωή τους 8 άτομα. ΚΑτά τη διάρκεια της νύχτας και παρά την απαγόρευση της κυκλοφορίας σποραδικά πυρά ακούγονταν από διάφορες συνοικίες του Ντιγιαρμπακίρ.

      Οι διαδηλωτές, μέλη του ΡΚΚ, κατέστρεψαν μεταξύ άλλων άλλων και την προτομή του Κεμάλ Ατατούρκ, που βρισκόταν στην φοιτητική εστία της πόλης, γεγονός πρωτόγνωρο και με ιδιαίτερο συμβολισμό όσον αφορά την προσβολή του κύρους του τουρκικού κράτους........http://www.philenews.com/el-gr/top-stories/885/222125/tourkia-14-nekroi-ston-xesikomo-ton-kourdon-gia-to-kompani#sthash.vz7a1XdV.dpuf

    2. Diyarbakır'da sokağa çıkma yasağı uzatıldı...

      Valilikten yapılan açıklamada, 5442 sayılı İl İdaresi Kanununun 11/C maddesi gereğince merkez Bağlar, Kayapınar, Sur, Yenişehir ilçeleri ile Bismil, Silvan ve Lice ilçelerinde ortaya çıkan şiddet eylemleri nedeniyle bozulan asayiş ve güven ortamının tekrar tesis edilmesi için saat:07.00’ye kadar sokağa çıkma yasağı ilan edildiği anımsatıldı.

      Yapılan değerlendirme sonucu sokağa çıkma yasağının Çınar, Eğil, Ergani, Dicle, Hani, Hazro, Kocaköy, Kulp ilçelerinin de dahil edilerek 9 Ekim Perşembe günü saat 06.00’ya kadar uzatıldığı belirtilen açıklamada, şu ifadelere yer verildi:

      "Şehrimizin huzuru, vatandaşlarımızın can ve mal güvenliği bakımından sokağa çıkma yasağına uyulması büyük önem arz etmektedir.

      Güvenlik, sağlık (112 komuta kontrol, 112 Acil Sağlık İstasyonları, hastanelerde vardiye değişimleri), itfaiye, su, doğalgaz, elektrik, ulaşım idaresi çalışanları hariç diğer kamu görevlileri idari izinli olacaktır."........http://www.aa.com.tr/tr/rss/401003--diyarbakirda-sokaga-cikma-yasagi-uzatildi

    3. More than 10 killed in ISIL protests across Turkey as curfew declared in six provinces...

      At least 14 people were killed and many more were injured as the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants on the Kurdish town of Kobane in northern Syria prompted fresh protests across Turkey on Oct. 7. A curfew has been declared in six Turkish provinces.

      At least 10 people were killed during the clashes between groups with opposing views about the situation in Kobane, security sources told Hürriyet. Most clashes happened between the suspected members of Hizbullah, a radical Islamist grouping known for aiding the state in the torture and murder of Kurdish activists in the 1990s, and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The former group reportedly supports the ISIL, while the latter supports the YPG, the Kurdish militia in Kobane, and condemn the Turkish government's inaction in protecting Syrian Kurds.

      The highest death toll was in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, where suspected members of Hizbullah allegedly strafed a crowd of protesters. An association building belonging to Hizbullah was subsequently attacked. Eight people were killed in the city on Oct. 8, five of whom were described as pro-Hizbullah.............http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/wrap-up-more-than-10-killed-in-isil-protests-across-turkey-as-curfew-declared-in-six-provinces.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72659&NewsCatID=341

    4. CHP leader Kılıçdaroğlu: Turkish army should stay out of Syria...

      Turkey's main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has warned the government not to make Turkey a part of the war in Syria while giving humanitarian assistance to the Kurdish-populated town of Kobane (Ayn al-Arab), which has been under heavy attack by forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for over two weeks.

      Speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News in a telephone interview, Kılıçdaroğlu said Turkish soldiers should not enter Syrian soil and added that he believed the Turkish army is of the same opinion.

      The CHP head accused Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu of using the fight against ISIL as a justification of the government’s first priority, overthrowing the Syrian regime. He said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, meanwhile, was trying to build an “extraordinary leader” image for himself through a “cheap war” in Syria............http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/chp-leader-kilicdaroglu-turkish-army-should-stay-out-of-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72674&NewsCatID=409

    5. Three people have been killed and at least 36 injured in demonstrations throughout Turkey in support of the presence of the terrorist group Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in the Syrian town of Kobani across the Turkish border, Turkish police have said....

      Hakan Buksur, 17, died after being hit by a gas canister in the head Tuesday in protests in the town of Varto in the eastern province of Mus.

      Protesters Yusuf Celik and Muhdi Erdogan also died during demonstrations in the southeastern province of Siirt.

      Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said: "Violence will not solve anything and will be reprised.

      "Such senseless attitudes should come to an urgent stop."

      At least 35 people, five of them Turkish police officers, were also injured in Istanbul, western Denizli and the eastern provinces of Mus, Erzurum, Siirt, Igdir, Diyarbakir and Sirnak provinces.

      - Shops, vehicles damaged

      Many private and public cars, bank branches, offices and political party buildings were damaged in clashes between protesters and police in several dozen other Turkish cities.

      Dozens of people from Istanbul and Izmir were also detained in protests and provincial governorates declared curfews in several cities including Mardin, Van, Batman, Siirt and Diyarbakir...................http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/400940--one-dead-eight-injured-in-kobani-protests-in-turkey

    6. Le sud-est de la Turquie s’embrase face à la chute annoncée de Kobané...

      Au moins 14 personnes ont péri et des dizaines d'autres ont été blessées, mardi en Turquie, lors de violentes manifestations en soutien à Kobané, la ville kurde syrienne assiégée par les jihadistes de l’organisation de l'État islamique (EI).

      Le sud-est de la Turquie, à prédominance kurde, s’est embrasé, dans la soirée du mardi 12 octobre, lors de violentes manifestations fustigeant le manque de soutien du gouvernement islamo-conservateur à la ville syrienne kurde de Kobané.............http://www.france24.com/fr/20141008-turquie-kurdes-manifestations-morts-kobane-siege-ei-islamistes/

    7. Protest gegen Ankaras Nichtstun: Tote und Verletzte bei Kurden-Demos ...

      Bei Zusammenstößen zwischen Polizisten und kurdischen Demonstranten in der Türkei sind nach Medienberichten mindestens 14 Menschen ums Leben gekommen. Dutzende seien verletzt worden, meldete die Nachrichtenagentur Dogan. Schauplatz der Gewalt war vor allem der überwiegend kurdisch geprägte Osten der Türkei, wo viele Aktivisten mehr Hilfe für den syrisch-kurdischen Grenzort Kobane forderten, den der IS zu erobern droht.

      Laut Dogan kamen allein in der osttürkischen Stadt Diyarbakir acht Menschen zu Tode, als die Polizei mit Wasserwerfern und Tränengas gegen Protestierende vorging. Die Demonstranten sollen zuvor Autos angezündet und Geschäfte beschädigt haben. Die weiteren sechs Todesopfer seien aus anderen Städten der Region gemeldet worden. Zu Zusammenstößen kam es auch in der nahe Kobane gelegenen Wüstenstadt Kucuk Kenderciler. Für fünf Provinzen wurden Ausgangssperren verhängt. Der türkische Innenminister Efkan Ala hatte mit "unvorhersehbaren Folgen" gedroht, sollten sich die Demonstranten nicht zurückziehen..............http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/kurden-proteste-103.html

    8. Deaths in Kurdish protests across Turkey....

      Nine killed in clashes with police over government's "inaction" against ISIL as president says Kobane "about to fall".

      At least nine people were killed in demonstrations across Turkey, local media reported, as Kurds demanded the government do more to protect the Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters.

      Police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters who burnt cars and tyres as they took to the streets mainly in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish eastern and southeastern provinces late on Tuesday.

      Earlier, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had warned that Kobane was about to fall into the hands of ISIL.

      Clashes also erupted in the capital Ankara and in the country's biggest city, Istanbul, where almost 100 people were detained and 30 people were injured, including eight police officers, the Istanbul Governorship said in a news release early on Wednesday.

      Five people were killed in Diyarbakir, the largest Kurdish city in the southeast, which saw clashes between protesters and police................http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/10/deaths-kurdish-protests-turkey-201410722504757570.html

    9. Washington is concerned by Turkey's reluctance to engage Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobane, a news report said Wednesday....

      "There's growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre less than a mile from is border," an unnamed senior administration official was quoted as saying by the New York Times.

      Islamic State is close to taking the town of Kobane, in the ethnic Kurdish area of Syria, from the defending Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), officials said Tuesday, as U.S.-led airstrikes pounded the militants' positions.

      "After all the fulminating about Syria's humanitarian catastrophe, [Turkey is] inventing reasons not to act to avoid another catastrophe," the official said. "This isn't how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone's through from their border."

      U.S. officials dismissed Turkey's excuses for inaction, saying the request for a no-fly zone over northern Syria made no sense as the frequent U.S.-led air force sorties in the area already effectively kept enemy aircraft away, the report said.

      U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu twice since Monday, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, as Washington urges Turkey to take action.

      The YPG has links to the Turkish Kurdish rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), considered terrorists by Turkey, as well as by the U.S. and the European Union.

    10. Iran criticised the "passivity of the international community" Oct. 7 regarding the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane and said the world should help President Bashar al-Assad confront "the terrorists."...

      The comments by foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkhan came shortly after Turkey's president said Kobane was on the verge of falling to jihadists fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

      There is a "need to support the Syrian government's fight against the terrorists", she said, according to the official IRNA news agency............http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/iran-slams-world-passivity-over-kobane-in-syria.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72682&NewsCatID=352

  112. Kiev continues to violate international humanitarian law - UN report...

    Kiev doesn’t have full control of its military and paramilitary forces, who continue to violate the principles of international humanitarian law, highlights the latest UN report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, examined by RIA Novosti.

    The 37-page report due to be circulated on Wednesday covers the period from August 18 to September 16 and contains testimonial evidence of cases of violation on behalf of Ukrainian military units.

    “During the reporting period, international humanitarian law, including the principles of military necessity, distinction, proportionality and precaution continued to be violated by armed groups and some units and volunteer battalions under the control of the Ukrainian armed forces,” the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reads.

    Specific evidence of “beatings, poor nutrition and lack of medical assistance” are also mentioned in the report, RIA reports. The UN expressed special concern over the “enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and ill-treatment allegedly perpetrated by members of the volunteer battalions,” in particular Aydar, Dnepr-1, Kiev-1 and Kiev-2. ..............http://rt.com/news/194052-ukraine-human-rights-violations/

  113. Toxic exports allowed: EU drops labeling of Canadian tar sands as highly polluting....

    The European Commission has proposed a directive that abandons obligatory labeling of tar sands oil as highly polluting, opening way for Canada's sands crude imports and drawing criticism for putting oil producers' interests above the environment.

    In light of recent economic tensions with Russia and the EU's energy dependence on its eastern neighbor, the European Commission has published a proposal, the text of which removes one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of Alberta exporting its oil sands crude to Europe. The revised draft still has to be approved by EU member-states before being passed on to the European Parliament.

    “The commission is today (Tuesday) giving this another push, to try and ensure that in the future, there will be a methodology and thus an incentive to choose less polluting fuels over more polluting ones like, for example, oil sands,” EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said in a statement.

    “It is no secret that our initial proposal could not go through due to resistance faced in some member states,” Hedegaard added. “I strongly recommend Member States to adopt this proposal and keep the safeguards that will allow cleaner fuels to be used in transport across Europe.”

    The desire for a trade deal with Canada had been a factor in revising the draft said EU sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Reuters.

    Oil sands crude is more damaging to the environment as it emits more carbon over its life-cycle, but under the new draft that was EU will be counting it in the same category as conventional oil, opening way for larger imports from Canada.

    The debate about labeling tar sands crude, in the EU started in 2009 when the block approved legislation aimed at cutting greenhouse gases from fuel by 6 percent by 2020, but failed to agree how to implement it. The law is part of the EUs broader strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels...............http://rt.com/news/194048-eu-sand-oil-imports/

  114. Multinational Operation Against Islamic State Yet Another Mistake by West: Moscow...

    The multinational coalition’s operation against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is yet another mistake by the West, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

    “The situation surrounding airstrikes on the Syrian territory by the US and its allies under the pretext of fighting against international terrorism causes legitimate concerns. This is done without the legitimate Syrian government’s consent and without being properly authorized by the UN Security Council. There are fears that we, in fact, are witnessing yet another mistake by our Western partners, a mistake for which regional states or possibly an even wider group of nations will have to pay,” he said.

  115. L'Ukraine a reçu le gaz norvergien à 340 dollars...

    La Norvège fournit le gaz à l'Ukraine à un prix de 340 dollars pour 1000 mètres cubes, rapportent les médias ukrainiens en référence à une source au sein du ministère de l'Energie et l'industrie houillère du pays.

    Les livraisons de gaz inversé en provenance de Norvège ont commencé le 1 octobre, leur volume est de 11 millions de mètres cubes de gaz par jour. Les détails du contrat et ses termes concernant la formation des prix n'ont pas été divulgués.

    La source a noté que depuis le début de 2014, l'Ukraine avait reçu 700 millions de mètres cubes de gaz à travers la Pologne, et 600 millions de mètres cubes à travers la Hongrie et un milliards de mètres cubes à travers la Slovaquie.

    Le 6 octobre, le chef du ministère russe de l'énergie, Alexandre Novak a déclaré que la Russie était prête à fournir le gaz à l'Ukraine à un prix de 385 dollars pour 1000 mètres cubes.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_08/LUkraine-a-recu-le-gaz-norvergien-a-340-dollars-4003/

  116. China dismisses Dalai Lama's wish to visit Tibet...

    China today spurned the Dalai Lama's wish to visit Tibet, insisting that he should first genuinely give up his attempt to split the country and stop undertaking separatist activities to ensure his "personal future".

    "Our policy on the 14th Dalai Lama is consistent and clear. Instead of talking about returning to Tibet, he should genuinely give up his attempt to split China and stop undertaking separatist activities," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a media briefing.

    "That is what he should do right now, and only that will be helpful to his personal future," Hong said in a modified version of his reply sent to here.

    Earlier, the translator quoted Hong as saying that the Dalai Lama should "give up his position and conduct of splitting China and this will do good for him".

    Hong was reacting to a question on reports that the 79-year old Tibetan spiritual leader was in informal talks with China to make a historic pilgrimage to Tibet after more than half a century in exile............http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-dismisses-Dalai-Lamas-wish-to-visit-Tibet/articleshow/44709959.cms

  117. Kiev estime que la mission de suivi de l'OSCE doit étendre son activité à l'ensemble de la frontière russo-ukrainienne.

    La frontière entre la Russie et l'Ukraine est longue de 2 300 km. Une grande part de la frontière entre les régions de Donetsk et de Lougansk et la Russie se trouve sous le contrôle des milices des républiques autoproclamées.

    La mission de l'OSCE sur les postes de passage russes de Donetsk et de Goukovo travaille depuis le 24 juillet. Elle compte actuellement 18 personnes.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_08/Kiev-insiste-sur-lelargissement-de-lactivite-de-la-mission-de-lOSCE-sur-la-frontiere-avec-la-Russie-0621/

  118. Super typhoon on course for Japan....

    TOKYO: —A super typhoon on course to hit Japan over the weekend is as powerful as the deadly storm that ripped through the Philippines in 2013 killing thousands of people, meteorologists said Wednesday

    The monstrous storm, named Vongfong, was picking up speed as it churned through the far west of the Pacific Ocean.

    “Its strength is very much similar to Haiyan,” which ravaged the Philippines in November, said a meteorologist at the Japan Meteorological Agency...............http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/supertyphoon-on-course-for-japan

  119. L’ISIS ha pubblicato le regole per i giornalisti...

    I militanti de "Lo Stato islamico" hanno pubblicato le regole per i giornalisti che lavorano nei territori controllati dagli islamisti.

    Secondo il documento, che contiene 11 punti, i giornalisti dovranno giurare fedeltà al califfato e il loro lavoro sarà controllato dell’ISIS. Ai rappresentanti dei mass media è vietato lavorare con i canali appartenenti alla lista nera: Al Arabiya, Al Jazeera e Orient, pubblicare materiali senza l'approvazione del gruppo. Inoltre i giornalisti sono obbligati a ricevere una licenza per il lavoro.

    Per qualsiasi violazione delle regole i giornalisti saranno sospeso dal lavoro e portati davanti alla giustizia", si dice nel documento.
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_08/L-ISIS-ha-pubblicato-le-regole-per-i-giornalisti-5377/

  120. Fidel Castro: NATO Making Incredible Efforts to Promote War Against Russia...

    Cuban revolutionary leader and former president Fidel Castro has slammed NATO, referring to recent statements by Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, for making incredible efforts to promote war against Russia.

    "Yesterday I listened to the statements of the new Secretary-General of NATO, a former Prime Minister of Norway, who took office six days ago. How much hatred he has in his face! What incredible efforts to facilitate a war against the Russian Federation! Who can be more extremist than the IS [Islamic State] fanatics? What religion do you practice? After all this, would you be able to enjoy eternal life in God's hands?" Castro said in his latest article published in Spanish on Tuesday............http://en.ria.ru/world/20141008/193822628/Castro-NATO-Making-Incredible-Efforts-to-Promote-War-Against.html

  121. France backs idea of creating Syria buffer zone...

    French President François Hollande has thrown his support behind a Turkish proposal to create a buffer zone on its border with Syria to protect displaced people, his office announced on Wednesday.

    Hollande backed the idea following a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier in the day.

    “(The president) insisted on the need to avoid massacres in the north of Syria. He gave his support to the idea proposed by President Erdogan to create a buffer zone between Syria and Turkey to host and protect displaced people,” read a statement from Hollande’s office.

    It added that the two countries also agreed on the need to give more support to the moderate Syrian opposition to fight Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State group (IS), also known as ISIS or ISIL.

    Later in the day, both the United States and Britain offered cautious support for the idea of a buffer zone, saying they were willing to “examine” the proposal............http://www.france24.com/en/20141008-france-hollande-buffer-zone-turkey-syria/

  122. Poland Warns Russia to Change Tack on Ukraine or Face Further Sanctions...

    The European Union will impose tougher sanctions on Russia unless Moscow's policy in Ukraine changes, Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna has said.

    Since a cease-fire was agreed between pro-Moscow separatists and Ukraine's government a month ago, most European leaders have focused on when the sanctions on Russia can be eased, with little discussion about making them tougher.

    But breaches of the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine have renewed Western diplomatic pressure on Moscow. Western states accuse Russia of giving military support to the rebels — an allegation the Kremlin has denied.

    "If Russia does not change its policy, sanctions will be toughened and they will make themselves felt even more in Russia," Schetyna said in an interview with Polish broadcast Polsat News.

    "All the European countries are speaking with one voice, together with Australia, the U.S. and Canada. The free world says 'no' to this kind of policy," he said. "The Polish viewpoint is shared by other countries."

    Poland, a NATO member which has borders with Russia and Ukraine, has been more hawkish than many other EU states on how to react to Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

    Schetyna was appointed foreign minister last month. His predecessor, Radoslaw Sikorski, was elected speaker of the Polish parliament.

  123. Eastern Ukraine conflict continues to take heavy toll on civilians, UN report warns...

    While the fragile month-long ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is a welcome step towards ending the conflict, armed groups continue to terrorize the population in areas under their control, pursuing killings, abductions, torture, ill-treatment and other serious abuses, the United Nations Human Rights Office said today as it released its latest report on the situation in the country.

    “Further prolongation of this crisis will make the situation untenable for the millions of people whose daily lives have been seriously disrupted,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement from his Office on the release of the report.

    “For almost half a year, residents of the areas affected by the armed conflict have been deprived of their fundamental rights to education, to adequate healthcare, to housing and to opportunities to earn a living.”

    The 6th monthly report of the 35-strong UN human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine covers the period from 18 August to 16 September. It notes that between 24 August and 5 September, armed groups of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ and ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ were bolstered by an increasing number of foreign fighters, including citizens believed to be from Russia................http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49027#.VDWWg1fQqt8

  124. At least 9 civilians injured as shopping centre shelled in Donetsk...

    At least nine people have been injured in the shelling of a shopping mall in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko said.

    He said there were children among the injured people. TASS reports from the site that the shelling continues, and gunfire can be heard even in central Donetsk.

    The parties to the Ukrainian conflict agreed on a ceasefire and exchange of captives during the OSCE-mediated talks in Minsk on September 5 that came two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed his seven-point plan to settle the situation in the east of Ukraine. The long hoped-for ceasefire took effect the same day. Fragile truce holds, but has been violated several times.

  125. Islamic State militants launch a renewed assault on Kobane...

    Islamic State fighters launched a renewed assault on the Syrian city of Kobane tonight.

    It came as at least 21 people were killed in riots in neighbouring Turkey where Kurds rose up against the government for doing nothing to protect their kin.

    Heavily outgunned defenders said so called Islamic State militants had pushed into two districts of the mainly Kurdish border city tonight, despite US led airstrikes.

    Earlier, the Pentagon acknowledged that US strikes would probably not be enough to safeguard the town.

    In Turkey, street battles raged between Kurdish protesters and police across the mainly Kurdish southeast, in Istanbul and in Ankara.................http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1008/650772-syria/

  126. Why the conflict-torn city of Kobane matters so much....

    ......After three-and-a-half years of war in Syria, Kobane is at the heart of Kurdish aspirations for greater autonomy.

    While forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have concentrated their military and political resources against the armed rebellion elsewhere in Syria, Kurds have consolidated their power over Kobane.

    Indeed, in and around Kobane, Kurds have developed a taste for the autonomy they have longed for from the governments of Syria and Turkey.

    It is no surprise that they are now doggedly defending one of the cities they hope will be one day be a bedrock of their independence.

    The IS group, with its own avowed plans for an Islamic theocracy in the region, understands the significance of defeating the Kurds in Kobane.

    Beyond the desire to prevent rival political aspirations in the region and to expand the territory under their control, the jihadists view the battle for Kobane as a struggle against Kurdish “secular nationalism.”......http://www.france24.com/en/20141008-kobane-significance-why-important-kurds-islamic-state/

  127. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has sacked some deputy ministers, the cabinet press service said on Wednesday....

    The premier dismissed First Deputy Finance Minister Anatoly Myarkovsky, First Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Anatoly Maksyuta and Deputy Industrial Policy Minister Natalia Boitsun.

    The press service did not say who would replace them.

    The documents were signed on October 6.

  128. 6.8-magnitude quake jolts southeastern Pacific...

    A 6.8-magnitude earthquake jolted the Southern East Pacific Rise early Thursday, the US Geological Survey said.

    The quake, which occurred at 0214 GMT, was centered 570 km southwest of Hanga Roa, Chile, with a depth of 10 km.

  129. U.S. frustration rises as Turkey withholds military help from besieged Kobane...

    U.S. airstrikes alone cannot save the militant-besieged town of Kobane, along the Syria-Turkey border, the Pentagon said Wednesday, amid rising tensions between the Obama administration and its Turkish ally.

    As American aircraft struck Islamic State positions aroundKobane for the third day in a row, senior administration officials expressed growing exasperation with Turkey’s refusal to intervene, either with its own military or with direct assistance to Syrian Kurdish fighters battling the militants.

    “Of course they could do more,” a senior official said. “They want the U.S. to come in and take care of the problem.” The administration would also like Turkey to be more zealous in preventing foreigners from transiting its territory to join the Syrian militants...............http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-frustration-rises-as-turkey-withholds-military-help-from-besieged-kobane/2014/10/08/311cb190-4f0e-11e4-babe-e91da079cb8a_story.html?wprss=rss_homepage

  130. Budget deadlock between EU members overshadows jobs summit...

    European leaders have met to discuss Europe's persistent unemployment problem but failed to reach agreement over any new strategy or new funds.

    Instead they pledged to focus on spending the 6.4bn euros (£5bn) already earmarked for Europe's young jobless.

    Only 12% of that original budget has been spent so far.

    The leaders remained divided over whether the EU's approach to austerity should be eased.

    France's President Hollande and Germany's Chancellor Merkel were among European leaders gathered to discuss how to create more jobs at a three-hour meeting in Milan.

    It was the third summit to tackle the issue in the last 18 months.

    Youth unemployment is over 40% in several European countries, while the overall unemployment rate for the 28 nation bloc stands at 11.5%.

    Under the "Youth Guarantee" scheme agreed last year EU leaders adopted the aim of getting every young person into a job or training within four months of registering as unemployed.
    Austerity differences

    Significant differences remain over overall economic strategy, with Germany resisting pressure to ease its approach to government spending.

    The EU imposes a limit of 3% on the budget deficits of member countries, limiting the amount they can spend over and above budget revenues.

    France and Italy have been urging an easing of these spending restrictions to allow governments to pursue more expansionary policies, which they argue would lead to the creation of jobs..........http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29546437

  131. The developments in the Middle East prove there is persisting threat of the use of chemical and biological weapons, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Thursday....

    “In the modern conditions, the threat of the use of chemical and biological warfare agents persists. The recent Middle East developments prove this,” Shoigu said at conference at the Defense Ministry.

  132. Turkey's foreign minister says it cannot be expected to lead a ground operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria on its own.....

    Mevlut Cavusoglu also called for the creation of a no-fly zone over its border with Syria after talks in Ankara with new Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg.

    Turkey is under intense pressure to do more to help Kurdish forces fighting IS in the strategic Syrian town of Kobane.

    Activists say IS now controls about a third of Kobane after fierce fighting.

    Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoting "reliable sources", said IS was advancing towards the centre of the town from eastern districts.

    Earlier, a Kurdish leader in Kobane said IS had entered two more districts overnight, bringing in heavy weapons.

    Turkey has stationed tanks along its border overlooking Kobane, but has made no move to intervene......................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29548662

  133. Russia creates unified space system to detect ballistic missile launches...

    Russia is developing a unified space system for detecting launches of ballistic missiles, which will become one of the key guidelines for establishing the nuclear deterrence force, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.

    “Creation of a unified space system is one of the key guidelines for the development of Russia’s nuclear deterrence forces. As a result, we shall be able to detect launches of various ballistic missiles, including test launches of experimental models from world ocean areas and the territories of countries making such tests,” Shoigu said at a conference.

    He added that the future system would replace the missile attack warning means created back in the Soviet era.

    The unified space system will incorporate new generation space satellites and also upgraded command posts controlling the orbital cluster and gathering and processing special information in the automatic mode.

  134. NATO says not discussing no-fly zone, safe zone in Syria....

    Establishing a no-fly zone or a safe zone inside Syria, proposals Turkey has been advocating to a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, has not been discussed by NATO, the alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

    "I believe there is no simple and straightforward way out of the problems we are seeing," Stoltenberg said in a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusaoglu. "It has not been on the table of any NATO discussions," he said, referring to the safe zone plans.

  135. India warns Pakistan to stop 'unprovoked attacks'....

    India has warned Pakistan of heavy retaliation if it does not stop "unprovoked firing" in Kashmir.

    Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said India would make it "unaffordable" for Pakistan if the attacks continued.

    These are the strongest comments yet from India's government on the recent escalation of tension.

    At least 19 people have been reportedly killed as troops continue to exchange fire in some of the worst violence in the disputed region in a decade.

    Of those killed since violence began last Friday, 11 are on the Pakistani side while eight are on the Indian side.

    Both sides have accused each other of starting the hostilities.

    A ceasefire agreed in 2003 remains in place, but the nuclear-armed neighbours often accuse each other of violating it.

    Both sides continued to exchange fire on Wednesday night, and Indian officials said eight people, including three soldiers, had sustained "minor injuries".

    "If Pakistan persists with this adventurism, our forces will make the cost of this adventurism unaffordable for it," Mr Jaitley told reporters in Delhi.

    "Pakistan should stop this unprovoked firing and shelling if it wants peace on the border," he added..............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29547581

  136. Palestinian prime minister arrives in Gaza for first time since Hamas coup d'etat ...

    Rami Hamdallah, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority’s reconciliation government, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

    The visit marks the first time that a sitting Palestinian prime minister has entered the Hamas-controlled enclave since the Islamist group ousted Fatah from power in 2007.

    Hamdallah is scheduled to convene a cabinet meeting of the reconciliation government - a body comprised of technocrats who have the formal backing of both Fatah and Hamas.

    The cabinet session will take place in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ home in Gaza City. Afterward, Hamdallah is scheduled to dine with Hamas’ deputy political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh.

  137. Ukraine’s Naftogaz makes Eurobond payment to avoid default...

    An investment fund holding Eurobonds issued by the Ukrainian national energy company Naftogaz has received a Eurobond payment, a source in the fund said on Thursday.

    “The money has been transferred,” the source said, without specifying when the payment had been received.

    Ukraine’s Naftogaz risked running into technical default, if it failed to make a coupon or principal payment until October 10, according to Naftogaz’s Eurobond issue prospectus.

    Naftogaz missed the deadline on September 30 for repaying five-year Eurobonds worth $1.595 billion issued in 2009 against state guarantees. Naftogaz announced on October 1 it had repaid the Eurobonds worth $1.595 billion and made a $75.76 million interest payment.

    Naftogaz owes Russia’s Gazprom $5.3 billion for natural gas supplied to Ukraine.

  138. ‘Islamic State is lesser evil for Turkey than Assad or Kurds’...

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is more concerned with the Kurdish problem in his own country and changing the Assad regime in Syria than with Islamic State militants, New Delhi based strategic studies professor Brahma Chellaney told RT.

    RT: What's it going to take for Ankara to do something to appease the Kurdish protesters, before the riots spin out of control?

    Brahma Chellaney: Turkey is facing a bottom challenge largely because of the President Erdogan’s role in the rise of Islamic State. President Erdogan has played a crucial role in the efforts of the US and others to topple President Assad. He was the one who invited the CIA to come and actually train the Syrian rebels. Now he’s facing the blowback, and that blowback is going to be quite severe. In fact it’s going to get Turkey down the same road that Pakistan has traveled. So we are going to see the “Pakistanization” of Turkey in the coming years, and the Kurdish issue is one dimension in the larger picture.

    RT: Some pro-Kurdish protesters have resorted to violence. How's this going down with their supporters at home and abroad?

    BC: The Kurds have long been repressed in Turkey. They’re not a small minority but a large minority, they dominate southeastern Turkey, the areas bordering with Syria. So they can be a major headache for the Turkish government, especially if the Kurdish insurgency were to revive in Turkey. The Turkish government, I think, handled these protests very prudently. If it tries to use too much force against these Kurdish protesters, the backlash could be quite severe and could trigger a revived Kurdish insurgency..................http://rt.com/op-edge/194416-turkey-erdogan-kurds-kobani-isis/

  139. Ukraine Close to Humanitarian Catastrophe As Cold Season Nears: Moscow...

    Ukraine is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe especially as the cold season nears, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday.

    “According to our estimates the humanitarian situation in the country is close to disaster, especially taking into account the upcoming cold season. Such opinions were voiced not only by Russia, but also by many international organizations, including the UN,” he said.

  140. Hong Kong: le gouvernement annule une rencontre avec les étudiants...

    Le gouvernement de Hong Kong a annulé jeudi une rencontre avec les étudiants prodémocratie, qui avait pour but d'entamer un dialogue pour mettre fin à plus d'une semaine de manifestations ayant paralysé une partie de la ville.

    "Les bases d'un dialogue constructif ont été sapées. Il est impossible d'avoir une rencontre fructueuse demain", a déclaré la numéro deux de l'exécutif local, Carrie Lam, en référence à une réunion prévue vendredi après-midi.

    Carrie Lam a accusé les étudiants d'avoir "sapé la confiance" par leurs déclarations des deux derniers jours.

    "Le dialogue ne peut être utilisé comme prétexte pour inciter davantage de gens à se joindre à la contestation", a-t-elle déclaré. "Les militants de l'occupation illégale doivent s'arrêter"...............http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_hong-kong-le-gouvernement-annule-une-rencontre-avec-les-etudiants?id=8374226

  141. Turkey’s President Says Protests in Country Not Related to Events in Kobani...

    Mass riots in Turkey are unrelated to the events in the Syrian town of Kobani, which is besieged by the Islamic State (IS) militants, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement Thursday.

    "The biggest source of our grief is associated with the victims of violence in many Turkish cities... Still, the violence that we see has no relation to the events in this town," Erdogan stressed in the statement posted on the official presidential website.

    The organizers of these riots intend to destabilize the situation in Turkey and undermine the process of peaceful settlement of the Kurdish issue, Erdogan said.

    The Turkish president called on political parties, public organizations and family members of the protesters to share prudence and caution. Erdogan stressed that the authorities would not allow any threats to the stability, security and inter-ethnic unity of the country............http://en.ria.ru/world/20141009/193864574/Turkeys-President-Says-Protests-in-Country-Not-Related-to-Events.html

  142. Russian President Vladimir Putin could hold talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next week on the sidelines of a summit of Asian and European leaders in Milan, the Kremlin said on Thursday....

    Kremlin foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov confirmed Putin would attend the ASEM (Europe-Asia Meeting) summit in the northern Italian city on Oct. 16-17 and said German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande might take part in the talks with Poroshenko.

    "A series of meetings is planned with Western partners, where Ukraine will be the key theme," Tass news agency quoted Ushakov as saying..............http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Russias-Putin-may-have-talks-with-Ukraine-leader-next-week-Kremlin/articleshow/44756017.cms

  143. Kiev residents use electric heaters to keep homes warm...

    Residents of the Ukrainian capital do not even hope that Kiev authorities will be able to solve problems with heating and hot water supplies. In the coming heating season, temperatures in Kiev apartments may fall down to +16C, which is two degrees below the allowable level. Residents of the city already use electric heaters and warm clothes to get warm in their homes.

    LifeNews correspondents talked to Kiev resident Alexander Atrashchenko, who said that in his apartment б he uses several heaters that work in shifts. The man also uses an electric stove and dryer.

    "We replaced our gas stove and now use the electric one, and we turn it on to get warm too. A lot depends on the weather, of course. It's a lot warmer on sunny days. For the time being, we turn heaters on, one after another," the man said.................http://english.pravda.ru/news/society/08-10-2014/128750-kiev_winter-0/#.VDa9WlfQqt8

  144. Morning curfew lifted in Diyarbakır, night curfew still in effect...

    The curfew imposed following deadly clashes over protests condemning the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) assault on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane was readjusted by the Turkish authorities late on Oct. 8.

    The Diyarbakır Governor’s Office has announced that the morning curfew that has disrupted daily life in the province will be lifted on Oct. 9. However, the night curfew will be maintained for at least one more night, starting at 6 p.m. and continuing until 6 a.m. on Oct. 10. Schools were closed and flights were canceled during the curfew.

    Twelve people have died in Diyarbakır province alone, where violent clashes erupted between supporters of Kurdish movements and members of the Free Cause Party (Hüda-Par), the political wing of the radical Turkey-based Islamist Hizbullah group.................http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/morning-curfew-lifted-in-diyarbakir-night-curfew-still-in-effect.aspx?pageID=238&nID=72728&NewsCatID=341

  145. Mosca ritiene “di parte” il rapporto ONU sui diritti umani in Ucraina...

    "Purtroppo nella relazione della missione di monitoraggio ONU sui diritti umani in Ucraina, pubblicata l'8 ottobre, ancora non si vedono né un approccio oggettivo nè valutazioni imparziali.

    Gli autori continuano ad usare ad hoc le informazioni e trarre conclusioni politicamente di parte", - ha dichiarato il portavoce del ministero degli Esteri russo Alexander Lukashevich in una conferenza stampa oggi.

    Allo stesso tempo ha rilevato l'obbiettività e i contenuti dei rapporti della missione OSCE in Ucraina. Lukashevich ritiene che abbiano in questo contribuito la comunicazione diretta tra i membri della missione e i rappresentanti delle autorità separatiste di Donetsk e Lugansk.
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_09/Mosca-ritiene-di-parte-il-rapporto-ONU-sui-diritti-umani-in-Ucraina-3522/

  146. Gorbatchev hospitalisé, se dit prêt à se battre pour vivre...

    Le dernier dirigeant de l'Union soviétique, Mikhaïl Gorbatchev, âgé de 83 ans, a été hospitalisé mais est décidé à se battre pour vivre, ont rapporté jeudi soir des agences de presse russes.
    "Mon état de santé est moyen depuis une semaine et aujourd'hui, je suis à l'hôpital. Mon état de santé s'est détérioré", a déclaré M. Gorbatchev cité par l'agence Ria Novosti depuis son hôpital. "Je suis branché à un moniteur", a-t-il ajouté sans préciser où il était hospitalisé. "Vous connaissez mon caractère, je suis déterminé à lutter, à vivre", a-t-il également dit à l'agence Interfax. En juin 2013, le dernier dirigeant de l'Union soviétique avait été hospitalisé pour un bilan de santé. M. Gorbatchev est apparu ces dernières années le visage bouffi, et fatigué lors de ses dernières interventions publiques. Selon les médias russes, il souffrirait de diabète. En raison de problèmes de santé, il ne s'était pas rendu en avril 2013 aux obsèques de l'ancien Premier ministre britannique Margaret Thatcher. Très respecté en Occident, il l'est beaucoup moins par la plupart des ses concitoyens qui le rendent responsable de l'explosion de l'URSS et du chaos économique et social qui a suivi. Le père de la perestroïka (réforme) lancée en 1985, avait annoncé sa démission à la télévision le 25 décembre 1991, prenant acte de la disparition de l'URSS après un accord signé sans lui par l'Ukraine, le Bélarus et la Russie. M. Gorbatchev entretient ces dernières années des relations délicates avec l'actuel président russe Vladimir Poutine, qu'il a critiqué à de nombreuses reprises pour les reculs démocratiques et appelé à céder le pouvoir. Lauréat du Prix Nobel de la paix en 1990, il intervient régulièrement lors de réunions internationales. Il préside la Fondation Gorbatchev qui s'occupe de programmes caritatifs et d'éducation. (Belga)

  147. Ex-Sowjetführer Gorbatschow im Krankenhaus....

    Wegen seines „mäßigen“ Gesundheitszustandes hat sich der frühere Präsident der Sowjetunion in ein Krankenhaus einliefern lassen. Einer russischen Nachrichtenagentur sagte Gorbatschow, er wolle um sein Leben kämpfen.

    Sein Gesundheitszustand sei seit einer Woche „mäßig“, daher befinde er sich nun im Krankenhaus, wurde der 83-Jährige am Donnerstag von der Nachrichtenagentur Ria Nowosti zitiert. Er sei „an einen Monitor angeschlossen“, fügte Gorbatschow hinzu. Der Name des Krankenhauses und die genaue Diagnose wurden zunächst nicht bekannt.

    „Sie kennen meinen Charakter“, sagte Gorbatschow der Nachrichtenagentur Interfax. „Ich bin entschlossen, um mein Leben zu kämpfen.“ Bei seinen letzten öffentlichen Auftritten wirkte der ehemalige Politiker müde. Laut Medienberichten leidet er an Diabetes............http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/international/ex-sowjetfuehrer-gorbatschow-im-krankenhaus/10819794.html

  148. Duma to urge UN, OSCE, CE to investigate crimes against people in Ukraine...

    The State Duma (lower house of Russian parliament) on Friday will discuss a draft appeal to the parliaments of the world and international organisations which urges them to investigate the crimes against civilians in the south-east of Ukraine.

    The draft was submitted by the leaders of all Duma factions and Speaker Sergei Naryshkin.

    The document points to mass “burial sites containing the bodies of dozens of tortured and executed people who have fallen victim to the so-called counter-terrorism operation carried out by the Kiev authorities”.

    “The use of prohibited means and methods of warfare and inhuman treatment of captives have become commonplace,” the draft says.

    The lawmakers said that “Kiev’s orders and the actions of the perpetrators of the bloody crimes and those who are sponsoring them must be given a clear legal assessment”.

    “The State Duma urges the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Council of Europe and the world community to conduct an impartial, independent and comprehensive international investigation of the crimes which resulted in numerous casualties among civilians in the South-East of Ukraine,” the draft appeal says.

    The lawmakers will also call on their foreign colleagues to step up the dialogue in the interests of peace and security in Europe and convene an international conference on modern threats and the role of parliamentary diplomacy in dealing with them......................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/753655

  149. Chinese fisherman shot dead by S.Korean coast guard ....

    A Chinese fisherman was shot dead by the South Korean coast guard Friday morning in what the coast guard claimed was its crackdown on illegal fishing.

    "The skipper was shot dead in the process of crackdown. Details on the incident would be announced in the near future, but not today," a coast guard official told Xinhua by phone.

    The official declined to comment on how many blank and live ammunitions the South Korean coast guard officer shot and other details on the incident.....................http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/885540.shtml

  150. Nach griechischem Schuldenerlass: Bundesbank überprüft deutsche Bad Bank...

    Die Bad Bank der HRE hat Griechenland mehr Schulden erlassen als sie musste, hat die F.A.Z. unlängst aufgedeckt. Nun hat die Bankenaufsicht Sonderprüfer geschickt.

    ie Bad Bank der Hypo Real Estate muss sich nach Informationen der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung gerade einer Sonderprüfung der Bankenaufsicht unterziehen. Von der Bafin beauftragte Sonderprüfer der Bundesbank untersuchen, ob in der FMS Wertmanagement die Mindestanforderungen an das Risikomanagement (MA Risk) eingehalten werden. Diese Sonderprüfungen der Bankenaufsicht erfolgen oft, aber nicht immer aufgrund eines konkreten Anlasses.

    In der Deutschen Bank etwa finden derzeit Sonderprüfungen der Aufsicht statt, weil Devisenhändler Kurse manipuliert haben sollen. „Der Schwerpunkt der Prüfung bei uns ist Dienstleistungssteuerung nach MA Risk“, sagte der Sprecher der staatlichen Abwicklungsbank FMS Wertmanagement dieser Zeitung.

    Die Abwicklungsbank beauftragt Servicegesellschaften und etliche Berater. Die Honorare von Beratern über insgesamt 57 Millionen Euro, die von der Bad Bank zwischen Oktober 2010 und Februar 2012 aufgebracht werden mussten, hat schon der Bundesrechnungshof gerügt. Der Bafin geht es nun aber offenbar darum, ob die FMS Wertmanagement Geschäfte einwandfrei auslagert. Darüber hinaus sollen die Prüfer ihr striktere formale Vorgaben auferlegt haben, bevor sie Wertpapiere verkauft. Dies allerdings bestreitet der Banksprecher vehement..................http://www.faz.net/frankfurter-allgemeine-zeitung/nach-griechischem-schuldenerlass-bundesbank-ueberprueft-deutsche-bad-bank-13199310.html

  151. Ποινή 1,6 δισ.στη Βενεζουέλα για την εθνικοποίηση κοιτασμάτων....

    To ποσό του 1, 6 δισ. δολαρίων καλείται να πληρώσει η κυβέρνηση της Βενεζουέλας στον αμερικανικό ενεργειακό κολοσσό ExxonMobil για την εθνικοποίηση κοιτασμάτων πετρελαίου το 2007 από την κρατική εταιρεία πετρελαίου PDVSA. Δεδομένου ότι ο αμερικανικός ενεργειακός κολοσσός ζητούσε αποζημίωση 14,4 δισ.δολαρίων, η Βενεζουέλα χαρακτήρισε την απόφαση του Διεθνούς Κέντρου για την Επίλυση Επενδυτικών Διαφορών ως «νίκη» της εθνικής της κυριαρχίας.

    Η υπόθεση χρονολογείται από το 2007, οπότε η ExxonMobil -μετά την εθνικοποίηση των κοιτασμάτων πετρελαίου- προσέφυγε στο Διεθνές Κέντρο για την Επίλυση Επενδυτικών Διαφορών κάνοντας λόγο γαι απώλειες ύψους 16,6 δις από την αθέτηση της συμφωνίας με την κρατική πετρελαϊκή εταιρεία Petroleos της Βενεζουέλας, με την οποία συνεργαζόταν στο πλαίσιο εταιρικής σχέσης.

    Μέχρι στιγμής δεν έχει γίνει γνωστό εάν η Βενεζουέλα θα ασκήσει έφεση ωστόσο ο υπουργός Εξωτερικών της χώρας έκανε λόγο για "λογική" απόφαση. Πάντως, η επιδίκαση του συγκεκριμένου ποσού θεωρείται πλήγμα για το Καράκας καθώς είναι δεδομένη η ανεπάρκεια των ταμειακών διαθεσίμων της Βενεζουέλας, η οποία βιώνει μια άκρως υποτονική οικονομία με πληθωρισμό που καλπάζει και με ανοιχτές πληρωμές ομολόγων.

    (Πηγή:BBC, ΑΜΠΕ)

  152. Up to 700 trapped in Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, UN says...

    The UN special envoy to Syria has warned that up to 700 people, mainly elderly, are still trapped in the Syrian border town of Kobane.

    Staffan de Mistura also urged Turkey to allow in volunteers to Syria to defend the town from Islamic State militants.

    There are reports that IS has taken control of the Kurdish headquarters in the town, but this has been denied by a Syrian Kurdish official there.

    Kobane has been a major battleground for IS and the Kurds for three weeks.

    The fighting has forced hundreds of thousands of Syrians, mainly Kurds, to flee into neighbouring Turkey, which has so far ruled out any ground operation on its own against IS.

    Kurdish forces, who are being helped by US-led coalition strikes against IS, say they urgently need more weapons and ammunition to push back the militants' advance in the town.
    'No Srebrenica'

    Except for one narrow entry and exit point, Mr de Mistura said Kobane was "literally surrounded" by IS, with hundreds of mainly elderly civilians still inside the city centre and another 10-13,000 gathered nearby, AFP reports.

    He said the civilians would "most likely massacred'' if the town fell to IS, warning that the UN did not want to see another Srebrenica - where thousands of Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995 during the Bosnian conflict...................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29570734

  153. Japanese court orders Google to halt search harassment...

    The Tokyo District Court on Thursday issued an injunction ordering Google Inc. to remove some Internet search results revealing the name of a man who claims his privacy rights have been infringed upon due to articles hinting he may have been involved in a crime in the past, according to a document obtained by Kyodo News.

    Some of the results “infringe personal rights,” Judge Nobuyuki Seki said in the document. “Google, which manages the (Google) search engine, has the obligation to delete them.”................http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/10/national/crime-legal/tokyo-court-orders-google-remove-search-results-man/#.VDfnGlfQqt8

  154. Syrie: appel à la Turquie pour laisser passer les volontaires pour protéger Kobané ...

    L'émissaire spécial des Nations Unies pour la Syrie Staffan De Mistura a appelé vendredi la Turquie à laisser les volontaires kurdes syriens retraverser leur frontière pour porter secours à la ville de Kobane, attaquée par les jihadistes du groupe Etat Islamique.

    "Nous appelons les autorités turques à autoriser le flot de réfugiés à entrer dans la ville pour soutenir son action d'autodéfense", a dit l'envoyé spécial dans une conférence de presse à Genève, alors que la Turquie interdit pour l'instant aux réfugiés ayant traversé la frontière en venant de Syrie de la retraverser dans l'autre sens.

    Il a déclaré craindre un "massacre". "Vous vous souvenez de Srebrenica" dans l'ex-Yougoslavie, a-t-il ajouté.............http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/1131651/syrie-appel-a-la-turquie-pour-laisser-passer-les-volontaires-pour-proteger-kobane


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