Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Nova e-polis global news (November 2015)

"The assertions that [Russia] demanded from the United States something are absolutely out of place," Peskov said. "Certainly, these demands are not mentioned but the fact that the U.S. and its allies forming a coalition aimed to battle the ISIL [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the former name of Islamic State - eds. TASS] are part of an information impact.".........Kremlin says that assertions that Moscow presumably demanded from other counties to clear the skies over Syria when Russian aircraft launched its first air strikes there are out of place


  1. Turkish jets on Saturday launched bombing raids against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria, the day before Turks are due to vote in a parliamentary election, a senior government official said...

    American jets were standing by to assist and all aircraft involved in the operations returned safely, the official told Reuters. Ground forces were not involved.

    Turkey vowed to take a more active role in combating ISIL in July, as part of a multi-pronged offensive which also saw them ramp up attacks on Kurdish militants.

    Since then, the Turkish military has primarily concentrated on hitting its old foe, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), although Turkish airbases have also been used by US-led coalition jets to hit ISIL targets in northern Syria.

    ISIL militants control swathes of territory along the Turkish border, and the group is linked to a recent suicide bomb attack on a peace rally in Ankara, which killed more than 100 people.

    The bombing raids come at a sensitive time for the Turkish government, as it attempts to act decisively after criticism for failing to prevent the Ankara attack, the worst of its type in the country's history.

    At the same time, most Turks hold deep misgivings about any deeper involvement in the Syria conflict, and the opposition has strongly criticized President Tayyip Erdogan's foreign policy in the run-up to Sunday's parliamentary polls.

  2. UN and Red Cross scold world leaders over 'conflict paralysis'...

    The heads of the UN and Red Cross have issued a rare joint rebuke to world leaders, accusing them of "disturbing paralysis" in the face of conflict.

    "This flouts the very raison d'etre of the UN," its chief, Ban Ki-moon, said.

    International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer said the world had rarely witnessed so much suffering and instability.

    They urged immediate concrete steps to ease the plight of civilians in places like Afghanistan, Nigeria and Syria.

    It is the first time the two bodies have issued a joint warning, says the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva, in a sign of desperation over the spread of conflicts across the world.
    'Defying basic humanity'

    "Rarely before have we witnessed so many people on the move," Mr Maurer told reporters at a joint news conference with Mr Ban in Geneva on Saturday.

    He said some 60 million people globally had been displaced from their homes because of conflict and violence - "the highest figure since World War Two"...........

  3. Greek parliament approves bank recapitalization bill ...

    Greek legislators approved on Saturday with a wide majority a bank recapitalization bill that paves the way to address the key issue for the stability and growth of the ailing economy.

    The move came only a few hours after the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that the results of the stress test for Greece's four largest banks revealed a 14.4 billion euro (15.85 billion U.S. dollars) shortfall.

    Despite diverging views on some issues, all pro-euro parties represented in the 300-member assembly who jointly control 269 seats agreed on the necessity of proceeding with the third bank recapitalization since the start of the crisis in late 2009, and voted in favor of the draft bill.

    They considered the bank recapitalization as a crucial first step to restart the Greek economy.

    Only the ultra- Right Golden Dawn and the Communist party voted against the bill.

    The bill sets the framework for the procedure of the recapitalization that should be concluded by year end to avoid a bail in on deposits of over 100,000 euros according to the new European laws that come into force on Jan. 1.

    Briefly the bill foresees that Greek banks should use common or preferred shares and other tools to strengthen their capitals and be in a better position to face crises in the future...........

  4. Islamic State advances in Homs Province...

    Islamic State (IS) fighters have reportedly captured the Syrian town of Maheen, in central Homs Province, from government forces.

    They launched the offensive with two suicide car blasts late on Saturday, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

    Clashes were also taking place in nearby Sadad, a mostly-Christian town.

    The latest development comes amid air campaigns in Syria by Russia and a US-led coalition.

    Islamic State has been expanding from its mainly northern and eastern strongholds towards Homs in central Syria in recent months. The group overran the town of Tadmur - home to the ancient ruins of Palmyra - in May, and later took al-Qaryatain town in August.

    The latest offensive on Maheen and Sadad brings IS to within 20km (13 miles) of the main road that links the Syrian capital Damascus to Homs and other cities further north.
    Christian population

    The Observatory said at least 50 government soldiers were killed or wounded in the fighting. The attack on Maheen began late on Saturday with twin suicide car bombs, a favoured tactic for IS militants launching an assault............

  5. Syrie: un groupe rebelle utilise des civils dans des cages comme "boucliers humains"...

    Un groupe rebelle syrien a placé des civils alaouites et des soldats du régime dans des cages en fer sur des places publiques près de Damas comme "boucliers humains" face aux frappes aériennes, selon une vidéo et une ONG.

    Jaïch al-Islam ("L'armée de l'islam" en arabe), considéré comme le plus important groupe rebelle près de la capitale, "a placé des soldats du régime faits prisonniers et des civils alaouites dans des cages et les a dispersés sur des places de la Ghouta orientale, surtout dans la ville de Douma", a déclaré dimanche à l'AFP le directeur de l'Observatoire syrien des droits de l'Homme (OSDH), Rami Abdel

    1. „Moderate” syrische Opposition benutzt Kinder in Käfigen gegen Angriffe – Video...

      Die Koalition der syrischen Rebellen der Armee des Islam (Dschaisch al-Islam) hat Menschen, darunter auch Frauen und Kinder, in Käfige gesetzt, um sie dann als "Schutzschilder" gegen die Luftschläge der Armee Baschar Assads und der russischen Luftstreitkräfte zu

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

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

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

  7. China, S. Korea, Japan agree to properly handle historical issues ...

    Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that China, South Korea and Japan agreed to properly handle historical and sensitive issues lingering among the three neighbors.

    Li made the remarks at a joint press conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after the first China-Japan-South Korea leaders' meeting following a three-and-a-half-year hiatus.

    China, South Korea and Japan should stick to the policy of facing up to history and looking forward to the future, so as to better develop trilateral cooperation and bilateral ties, he said.

    He voiced his hope that the trilateral cooperation will be free from disturbances.

    The trilateral summit, which came into being in 2008, was suspended in 2012 due to Japan's policy of historical revisionism over its wartime past and such right-leaning politics, therefore, prompted anger from China and South Korea, both of them suffered the most under Japan's wartime barbarities.

    Li called on the three countries to make commitment to the world in the 70th anniversary of the victory of the anti-fascist war to firmly advance trilateral cooperation, so as to contribute to regional peace and stability.................

  8. Republican presidential candidates accused President Barack Obama on Sunday of showing weakness in US policy in Syria, doubting that his small deployment of special operations troops will make much difference without a coherent broader strategy...

    "I don't have a problem with the tactics of it. And the numbers might even have to be larger at some point," Florida Senator Marco Rubio said of the Obama administration's disclosure on Friday of the deployment of fewer than 50 special operations troops on the ground in northern Syria in the coming weeks.

    "I think the broader issue is: what is the strategy?" Rubio said on the CBS program "Face the Nation."

    The announcement marked a reversal of Obama's vow not to send US ground troops into Syria's civil war, raging since 2011............

  9. Hundreds of Colombians Fighting in Yemen Paid by Saudi-Led Coalition...

    Hundreds of former Colombian soldiers have joined the Saudi-led coalition – not free of charge, of course – and have now taken up frontline positions in Aden, South American media reports.

    Colombian hirelings are all set to enter the fighting. They are paid by one of the Saudi-led coalition members – most likely, by Saudi Arabia itself or the United Arab States – recent reports in South American media claim...

    Up to 800 Colombian soldiers are taking “frontline positions” in Aden, the southern port city, where Sunni jihadists – mainly ISIL – have recently stepped into the fray with government forces and Saudi-led coalition units that captured this second most important city of Yemen from Shiite Houthi rebels just in August, the Spanish-language channel TeleSUR reported..........

  10. Aviones rusos bombardean en dos días 237 objetivos terroristas en Siria..

    La Fuerza Aeroespacial rusa durante los últimos dos días realizó 131 vuelos de combate, durante los cuales atacó 237 objetivos terroristas en Siria, informó este lunes a la prensa el portavoz del Ministerio de Defensa de Rusia, mayor general Ígor Konashenkov.

    "Durante las últimas 48 horas desde la base aérea Hmeimin partieron 131 vuelos de combate, durante los cuales fueron atacados 237 objetivos de los terroristas en las provincias de Hama, Latakia, Homs, Damasco, Alepo y Raqqa", enumeró el portavoz.

    Según Konashenkov, las ataques se realizaron contra los grupos terroristas Estado Islámico (EI) y Frente al Nusra.

    Entre los objetivos destruidos, se encuentran refugios suberráneos y posiciones de la artillería antiaérea de los terroristas en la provincia siria de Homs, señaló.

    "En la región de Tadmor, Homs, un avión de ataque Su-25 atacó fortificaciones del EI; como resultado de los impactos directos fueron destruidas las fortificaciones, los refugios subterráneos, así como las posiciones de la artillería de los terroristas", indicó.......

    1. Russia's air force flew 131 sorties and hit 237 targets in Syria in the last two days, Interfax news agency reported the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Monday...

      The ministry said the air force hit targets in Syria's Hama, Latakia, Homs, Damascus, Aleppo and Raqqa provinces.

  11. The Vienna talks on Syria have created prerequisites for closer cooperation between Russia and the Western coalition on the ground, Russia’s Permanent Representative at NATO Alexander Grushko said on Monday...

    "The meeting in Vienna was a very big step forward… I think today objective conditions are being formed to unite in some format on the ground," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.

    He stressed that NATO was not involved in the Syrian conflict in any way. "All NATO countries are participating in the US-led coalition individually," Grushko said. "From the formal point of view, NATO’s role is to ensure additional protection to Turkey from the so-called missile threats from Syria." Apart from that, in his words, the alliance was training law enforces in a number of countries of the region...........

  12. The U.S. Navy plans to conduct patrols within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea about twice a quarter to remind China and other countries about U.S. rights under international law, a U.S. defense official said on Monday...

    "We're going to come down to about twice a quarter or a little more than that," said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about Navy operational plans.

    "That's the right amount to make it regular but not a constant poke in the eye. It meets the intent to regularly exercise our rights under international law and remind the Chinese and others about our view," the official said.

    U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on Monday said there would be more demonstrations of the U.S. military's commitment to the right to freely navigate in the region.

    "That's our interest there ... It's to demonstrate that we will uphold the principle of freedom of navigation," Rhodes told an event hosted by the Defense One media

    1. Pékin promet une riposte ferme à toute provocation en Mer de Chine...

      La Chine est déterminée à opposer une ferme réponse à toute provocation en mer de Chine méridionale, a annoncé la porte-parole de la diplomatie chinoise Hua Chunying.

      Ces déclarations font suite aux promesses du Pentagone de poursuivre ses missions de patrouille navale au large des îles contestées, en mer de Chine du Sud, en dépit des protestations émises par Pékin.

      "Nous réagirons fermement aux provocations délibérées de la part de tout pays et sommes déterminés à surveiller ce qui se passe dans les eaux concernées et dans leur espace aérien", a fait savoir M.Chunying.

      "Nous nous opposons résolument à toute tentative de la part d'autres pays de porter atteinte à la souveraineté de la Chine et à ses intérêts en matière de sécurité et de liberté de navigation et de communication aérienne", a souligné la porte-parole.........

  13. Crash en Egypte: des images satellite excluent l'hypothèse d'un missile ...

    Des images satellite américaines excluent que l'avion commercial russe qui s'est écrasé ce week-end dans le Sinaï en Egypte ait été frappé par un missile, ont expliqué mardi des responsables militaires US à la chaîne ABC.

    Un flash alors que l'appareil survole le territoire égyptien

    "L'hypothèse selon laquelle l'avion aurait été touché par une roquette est exclue", a indiqué une source anonyme. Les images infrarouges transmises par un satellite américain montrent un flash alors que l'appareil survole le territoire égyptien. Les analystes estiment qu'il pourrait s'agir d'une explosion, depuis le réservoir de kérosène ou à la suite de la détonation d'une bombe à bord de l'appareil. Mais aucun élément ne va dans le sens d'un projectile tiré depuis le sol, selon les sources d'ABC.

    Une version des faits que semble soutenir James Clapper, le chef du renseignement américain, pour qui rien n'indique qu'un missile soit à l'origine du drame. Celui-ci a cependant ajouté qu'il était encore trop tôt pour exclure la responsabilité de l'organisation Etat islamique, qui a revendiqué l'attaque contre l'aéronef.

    "De la propagande"

    Le président égyptien Abdel Fattah al-Sissi a, lui, fustigé mardi dans un entretien avec la BBC la "propagande" du groupe Etat islamique (EI), qui affirme être responsable du crash de l'avion russe. Il a aussi prévenu que l'enquête serait longue pour déterminer les causes du crash qui a coûté la vie samedi à 224 personnes, essentiellement des touristes russes..........

  14. David Cameron renonce à l'idée de bombarder l'EI...

    Le premier ministre britannique David Cameron ne soumettra pas au vote du parlement la loi concernant le bombardement des positions du groupe terroriste Etat islamique en Syrie.

    N'étant pas parvenu à convaincre le nombre nécessaire de députés du Parti travailliste britannique à soutenir le lancement de l'opération des forces aériennes du Royaume-Uni en Syrie, le chef du gouvernement anglais a été obligé de renoncer à cette initiative, rapporte le journal The Times...............

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

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

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

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

  16. The Turkish government on Tuesday rejected Western criticism over the state of press freedom in the country after claims of media intimidation during the weekend election...

    “There is no pressure on the media. Nobody is forced to be silent in this country,” Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said in a television interview, while warning that the media could not enjoy limitless immunity.

    The White House on Monday voiced concerns at the “intimidation” of Turkish journalists during the campaign for Sunday’s election that bolstered the already strong hand of longtime leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP).

    International observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) also charged that the vote was marred by a media crackdown, violence and other security

  17. Human Rights Watch has accused Syrian rebel groups outside Damascus of war crimes after they placed hostages including civilians in cages for use as "human shields" to deter government strikes...

    Video posted over the weekend showed dozens of captives, among them soldiers and civilians, in cages being transported to different parts of the Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the powerful Jaish al-Islam group had placed the caged captives in public squares to deter government bombing.

    Human Rights Watch said the practice "constitutes hostage-taking and an outrage against their personal dignity, which are both war crimes."

    "Nothing can justify caging people and intentionally putting them in harm's way, even if the purpose is to stop indiscriminate government attacks," said HRW deputy Middle East director Nadim Houry.

    "Ending Syria's downward spiral requires international backers of armed groups as well as the government to make protecting civilians a top priority."......AFP........

  18. The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it was premature for the Russian government to invite Syrian opposition to talks in Russia...

    Russian media reported that Syrian government officials and members of the country's splintered opposition could meet in Moscow next week.

    "We think it's premature," State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said.

    She said there would come a time when it would be appropriate but that for now nations involved in diplomatic efforts on Syria's conflict should concentrate on what was agreed on in talks last week in Vienna.

  19. After a century of searching, archaeologists said they have found the remnants of an ancient Greek fortress once a center of power in Jerusalem and a stronghold used to hold off a Jewish rebellion celebrated in the scriptural Book of the Maccabees...

    Researchers have long debated over the location of the Acra, built more than 2,000 years ago by Antiochus Epiphanes, king of the Hellenistic Seleucid empire.

    Many asserted it stood in what is now Jerusalem's walled Old City, at spots like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or by the hilltop where two Jewish temples once towered and which now houses the al-Aqsa mosque compound.

    Overlooking valley

    But the remains unearthed by the Israel Antiquities Authority and made public on Tuesday are outside the walls, overlooking a valley to the south, an area where archaeologists say Jerusalem construction was concentrated under the biblical King David.

    Antiochus, who lived from 215-164 BC, chose the spot for the Acra in order to control the city and monitor activity in the Jewish temple, said Doron Ben-Ami, who led the excavation.

    With an estimated length of up to 250 meters (yards) and 60 meters in width, it would have dominated the

  20. Taiwan and China to hold historic summit in Singapore...

    Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore on Saturday - the first ever meeting between leaders of the two sides.

    Both said the talks would focus on relations across the Taiwan Straits.

    China has claimed sovereignty over Taiwan since 1949, when the Nationalist government fled to the island after defeat by the Communists.

    However, ties have improved since President Ma took office in 2008......

  21. South China Sea Dispute Sinks ASEAN Joint Statement ...

    A meeting of ASEAN defense ministers Wednesday in Malaysia did not include the signing of any joint statement, after China lobbied to block any mention of the contentious South China Sea.

    For years, China and others in the region, most notably the Philippines and Vietnam, have pressed overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea, but tensions there have increased recently as China has constructed man-made islands.

    Wednesday's talks included the 10 members of ASEAN plus China, the United States, Australia, India and Japan. A U.S. defense official said it was better that the group issue no joint statement rather than one that did not include any mention of the South China Sea.

    China's Defense Ministry said it regretted that the defense ministers' meeting had failed to issue a joint declaration and accused "certain countries" outside of Southeast Asia of being responsible for the cancellation of a

  22. At least 40 people were said to have been killed Wednesday when a Russian-crewed cargo plane crashed shortly after taking off from South Sudan's capital Juba...

    "Cargo plane heading to Paloch in Upper Nile State crashed just 800 meters from Juba International Airport runway," reported Radio Miraya, a UN-backed station.

    A crew member and a child passenger survived the crash, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters, also saying that the plane was Russian built. He said there may have been about 20 people on board, including 10 to 15 passengers plus crew, and that an unknown number were killed on the ground.

    A police officer, who did not give his name, said at least 41 people died, according to the Reuters news agency.

    A crew member and child passenger survived the crash; many were killed on the

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

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

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

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

  23. Les USA en Syrie, des pyromanes déguisés en pompiers...

    En dépit de l'effort apparent des USA d'écraser les terroristes en Syrie, les idées djihadistes s'y propagent comme un virus ainsi que dans les environs, un constat pas surprenant du fait que la coalition US censée lutter contre l'EI comprend les mêmes pays qui favorisaient l'expansion de l'EI à l'époque.

    Djihadistes "modérés" et "radicaux"

    Washington tente de faire la différence entre djihadistes soi-disant "modérés" et "radicaux", mais se révèle désorienté face à la complexité des divers groupes djihadistes, dont Al-Qaïda en Irak (EI), Al-Qaïda en Syrie (Al-Nosra), Al-Qaïda dans la péninsule Arabique (AQPA), Al-Qaïda au Maghreb islamique (AQMI) et d'autres, signale l'analyste de Johns Hopkins University et l'ancienne employée du ministère américain de la Défense Christina Lin.

    En fin de compte, poursuit-elle, tous les djihadistes partagent la même idéologie et poursuivent le même but d'établir un khalifat global en conformité avec la loi islamique de la Charia.......

  24. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for NATO powers to help rebuild Libya, beset by violence since an uprising backed by the Western military alliance toppled leader Muammar Qaddafii, in an interview...

    Sisi was quoted in British newspaper the Daily Telegraph ahead of a visit to London in which he is to discuss security co-operation with Prime Minister David Cameron.

    "Libya is a danger that threatens all of us. If there is no government then this only creates a vacuum where extremists can prosper," Sisi said, according to the Telegraph.

    "It was a mission that was not completely accomplished... We must support all efforts to help the Libyan people and the Libyan economy."

    Libya has descended into chaos since longtime dictator Qaddafi was ousted in 2011 and killed in the midst of an uprising supported by NATO

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

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

  26. Britain said Wednesday that the Russian plane that crashed in Egypt after taking off from Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh might have been brought down by an explosive device...

    "While the investigation is still ongoing we cannot say categorically why the Russian jet crashed," Prime Minister David Cameron's office said in a statement.

    "But as more information has come to light we have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device."

    As a precautionary measure, it said, the government had decided that flights due to leave the resort for Britain on Wednesday evening would be delayed to allow time for a team of UK aviation experts, currently on their way, to make an assessment of the security arrangements in place at the

  27. Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France will meet Friday in Berlin for fresh talks on the conflict plaguing eastern Ukraine, a German foreign ministry spokesperson said Wednesday.

    "I can confirm that the so-called Normandy format meeting will be held on Friday afternoon," said Sawsan Chebli, using the term for a diplomatic grouping that brings together senior representatives of the four countries.

    The latest cease-fire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists has been in place since September 1.

  28. Amnesty International dénonce des dizaines de milliers de disparitions forcées en Syrie ...

    Le gouvernement syrien est responsable de dizaines de milliers de disparitions forcées au cours des quatre dernières années, dénonce jeudi Amnesty International sur base de son nouveau rapport intitulé "Entre la prison et la tombe". L'organisation évoque "une campagne soigneusement orchestrée destinée à semer la terreur et à écraser le moindre signe de dissidence à travers le pays".

    Le Réseau syrien pour les droits humains a rassemblé des informations sur au moins 65 000 disparitions depuis 2011, dont 58 000 disparitions de civils, rapporte Amnesty. "Les personnes capturées sont généralement détenues dans des cellules surpeuplées, dans des conditions épouvantables et sans aucun contact avec le reste du monde. Beaucoup meurent des suites de maladies et de torture ou sont victimes d'une exécution extrajudiciaire."

    "Imposer des sanctions ciblées"

    Les profils les plus visés sont ceux des des opposants, militants des droits humains, journalistes, médecins et travailleurs humanitaires. Selon l'organisation, l'État tire profit de ces crimes contre l'humanité par le biais d'un marché noir, les familles cherchant à obtenir des informations étant exploitées par des individus qui leur soutirent de l'argent. "Ce système constitue 'la poule aux oeufs d'or' pour le régime, une source de financement sur laquelle il compte", selon un avocat cité par Amnesty. En février 2014, le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU a adopté la Résolution 2139, qui demande qu'il soit mis fin aux disparitions forcées en Syrie, mais il n'a pas encore pris de mesures supplémentaires pour garantir sa mise en oeuvre, déplore Amnesty.

    "Le Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU doit confier le dossier au procureur de la Cour pénale internationale et imposer des sanctions ciblées, y compris un gel des avoirs des autorités syriennes", réclame l'organisation.

  29. U.S. and British officials are telling the media it is "highly possible" a bomb brought down a Russian passenger jet over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last week, killing all 224 people on board.

    One U.S. official has told some media that intercepted communications point to the possibility that Islamic State was responsible. And British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said "there is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive devise on board the aircraft."

    Experts are examining the wreckage for any signs of terrorism, while some reports say forensic examinations have revealed shrapnel in some of the victims. The experts also have retrieved both black box flight recorders.

    Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the disaster, but has so far not presented any firm evidence to back it up..........

  30. The head of Russia's air force said Thursday the military has sent anti-aircraft missiles to Syria in order to protect the Russian planes that have been conducting airstrikes there since the end of September...

    Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that the Russian jets were at risk of being attacked or hijacked during their missions.

    Russia's air campaign has come under scrutiny by others operating in the region, particularly the United States, which has been leading a coalition of countries bombing Islamic State militant targets for more than a year.

    Top U.S. diplomats said Wednesday that 85 to 90 percent of Russian airstrikes in Syria have hit moderate Syrian rebels and not the Islamic State group. Assistant Secretaries of State Anne Patterson and Victoria Nuland gave that assessment in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. .........

  31. Russian arms exporter praises Syria for timely payments for arms supplies...

    Syria and almost all Middle East countries receiving Russian armaments pay for arms supplies in full and on time, state weapons exporter Rosoboronexport CEO Anatoly Isaikin said on Thursday.

    "Naturally, we’re offering different payment plans, grace periods and loan mechanisms, depending on the economic condition of a country so that it can make long-term budget plans," he said in an interview with RT international news TV Channel.

    "But almost all the countries, including Syria and other states in that unstable region, are paying the full cost within the time limits stipulated in the contracts," he added.

    The Rosoboronexport head said he agreed with the statement that Russia’s military operation in Syria "is good testimony for Russian armaments."

    "The efficiency of weapons in combat conditions is good testimony for this weaponry and, at the same time, inefficient use is bad testimony. So far, Russian armaments have good testimony precisely because they operate quite efficiently," he said...........

  32. Three million migrants are likely to arrive in Europe by 2017 as the record influx via the Mediterranean continues, the European Commission says...

    The EU's executive arm said the influx would have a "small but positive" effect on EU economic output, raising GDP by 0.2-0.3%.

    The influx will raise the EU population by 0.4%, the Commission forecasts, taking account of failed asylum claims.

    The flow of Syrian refugees to Europe shows no sign of abating, the UN says.

    The weather in the Aegean Sea has got rougher with the onset of winter. But Peter Sutherland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special representative on migration, said Syrians were not put off by that.

    The Syrian war "is driving people to desperation in terms of leaving and it will continue in its effects", he told the BBC.

    "This is now a global responsibility, but it is a particular European responsibility," he said.
    '5,000 daily'

    Conflicts and abuses in Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia are also pushing people towards Europe.

    The flow of refugees and other migrants from Turkey to Greece is expected to continue at a rate of 5,000 daily this winter, the UN refugee agency UNHCR says.........

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. The rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said Thursday that it had torn up a unilateral truce in Turkey after a surge in deadly violence since the country's weekend election...

      Its announcement comes after several days of Turkish air raids against the PKK in both southeastern Turkey and across the border in northern Iraq and a spate of deadly clashes.

      "The unilateral state of inaction has ended due to the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government's latest attacks," the PKK said in a statement carried by the pro-Kurdish news agency Firat.

      "After the election, the AKP has demonstrated it is going to be a war government," said the PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara and its Western allies.

      President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had vowed on Wednesday that Ankara would press ahead with its military campaign against the rebels in a conflict that has plagued Turkey for more than three decades.

      About 45,000 people have been killed since the PKK launched an armed campaign for greater autonomy in southeastern Turkey in 1984..........

  34. France to deploy aircraft carrier to assist in operations against IS group...

    France will deploy its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to support operations against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and Iraq, the presidency announced on Thursday.

    “The deployment of the battle group alongside the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has been decided to participate in operations against Daesch and its affiliate groups,” the statement said, referring to the Arabic acronym for the IS group.

    France has been part of the US-led coalition bombarding the IS group in Iraq since September 2014, and expanded its campaign to include Syria two months ago.

    The deployment will more than double the country’s military presence in the region, where it already has six Rafale fighter jets based in the United Arab Emirates, as well as six Mirage fighter aircraft in Jordan.

    The Charles de Gaulle, France’s only carrier, is usually accompanied by an attack submarine, several frigates and a refuelling ship.......

  35. US ground-attack aircraft gunned down patients and medical staff as they fled a burning hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said in a report released on Thursday...

    "Patients burned in their beds, medical staff were decapitated and lost limbs, and others were shot by the circling AC-130 gunship while fleeing the burning building," the report stated.

    On October 3, US forces bombed a MSF hospital in Kunduz, killing at least 30 medical staff and patients, including three children, in what might be the deadliest incident of civilian casualties since the Afghan conflict began in 2001.

    The MSF, according to the report, concluded an initial review of the bombing comprising of a view from inside the Kunduz hospital, but the report lacks "the view from outside the hospital — what happened within the [US] military chains of command."..............

  36. Russia’s Sukhoi-25 planes have destroyed a warehouse in Syria’s Idlib province containing anti-tank missiles meant for the terrorist group Jabhat al Nusra, Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov has said...

    "In the area of Maarat al Nu’man, Idlib province, according to data obtained through the joint information centre in Baghdad, a batch of anti-tank missiles had been delivered to a warehouse several days ago," Konashenkov said, adding that the weapons were addressed to militants for destroying the Syrian troops’ advancing armour.

    "After this information was confirmed by several other sources a pair of Sukhoi-25 fighter-bombers attacked the target. The warehouse and the stored ammunition was destroyed," Konashenkov said................

  37. France to deploy aircraft carrier to help operations against Islamic State...

    PARIS: France will deploy its aircraft carrier to support operations against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, President Francois Hollande said on Thursday, bolstering Paris' firepower in the region amid international efforts to launch Syrian peace talks.

    The carrier is usually accompanied by an attack submarine, several frigates, refuelling ships, as well as fighter jets and surveillance aircraft.

    "The aircraft carrier will enable us to be more efficient in coordination with our allies," Hollande said at the inauguration of the new defence ministry headquarters in

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

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

  39. La primera caja negra no arroja luz sobre la catástrofe del A321 en Egipto...

    Los datos de la primera caja negra no han ayudado a esclarecer las causas del siniestro del avión ruso en Egipto que se cobró 224 vidas, escribe el diario Kommersant que cita a fuentes cercanas a la investigación.

    Anteriormente el jefe de la agencia rusa para el transporte aéreo (Rosaviatsia), Alexandr Neradko, comunicó que la caja negra con los datos vitales del vuelo había sido analizada.

    "Los datos de la caja negra (…) no permiten establecer las causas de la peor catástrofe de la historia de la aviación rusa", afirmaron las fuentes.

    Según la edición, la caja negra ha confirmado que durante los primeros 20 minutos del vuelo todos los sistemas del avión funcionaban bien, pero luego sucedió algo que cortó abruptamente el registro de los parámetros del vuelo.

    Los expertos creen que esto pudo ocurrir por una descompresión explosiva, tras lo cual se quebró la cola de la aeronave con la caja negra.

    "El registro de los parámetros de los sistemas cesó de inmediato al desprenderse la cola, en donde se encontraba la caja negra", aseguraron...........

  40. China's Xi says Vietnam ties can survive 'disruptions'...

    China and Vietnam are good socialist neighbours with a long-shared history of revolutionary friendship and should be able to dispel and survive any "disruptions" in relations, visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping said in Hanoi on Friday.

    The two communist-led states have competing claims in the South China Sea, which came to a head last year with Beijing's parking of an oil rig in waters off the Vietnamese coast, leading to anti-China riots.

    Both agreed on Friday to maintain peace in the sea and build a relationship of trust........

  41. A dam burst Thursday at a mining waste site in Brazil, killing at least 17 people and injuring more than 50, a fire chief said...

    "The number of missing is going to surpass 40 but that is not official," said Adao Severino Junior, fire chief in the city of Mariana in southeastern Minas Gerais state.

    The village of Bento Rodrigues near the dam is practically buried in mud, the fire chief said.

    "The situation is grim. It is dark. There is a lot of mud," Severino said.

    Rescue operations will continue through the night, he added.

    1. As many as 10 people are still missing from the closest village to two collapsed dams at a mining complex in Brazil, the mayor of the nearby city of Mariana told journalists Saturday, with 13 workers having gone missing when the dams burst...

      "The death toll will rise for sure... The number of missing will rise because we're talking to the residents of Bento (Rodriguez) and some people still aren't accounted for," the mayor, Duarte J?nior, said ahead of a formal briefing.

      "What we're seeing is maybe three to six people, at the most 10 people, that are missing from Bento," he said.

  42. Germany to fast-track asylum returns..

    Germany is to speed up the repatriation of failed asylum seekers, after the governing coalition resolved a rift on the issue.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel said five special centres would handle the applications of asylum-seekers deemed to have little chance of staying.

    Her Christian Democrats and their junior partners, the Social Democrats, have argued for weeks over the plan.

    Germany says it expects to receive at least 800,000 asylum seekers this year......

    1. Germany has scaled back its refugee policy for Syrians, the largest group of asylum seekers, including eliminating their right to have their families join them in the country, a newspaper reported Friday...

      As Europe's top economy prepares for the arrival of around one million asylum seekers this year, Germany has now downgraded the standard of legal protection for Syrians, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported.

      The new measures mean that Syrian refugees will only receive a residence permit for one year and can no longer claim a right of their families to move to Germany.

      "The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees has been ordered to only grant secondary protection for refugees from Syria's civil war," the FAZ quoted an interior ministry document as saying.

      The ministry was not immediately available for

  43. Turkish aid agency encourages refugees to stay in Syria...

    Turkey is encouraging displaced civilians to remain in Syria and is supporting aid camps there but it does not intend to shut its borders to those fleeing the civil war, the head of Turkey's disaster management agency said on Friday.

    Turkey is under pressure from the European Union, which it aspires to join, to keep refugees on its soil and help stem the biggest migration crisis Europe has faced since World War Two. It has offered financial aid and accelerated membership talks.

    But Ankara is already struggling to cope with 2.2 million Syrian refugees. Although it runs what are widely held to be some of the best-equipped refugee camps near the Syrian border, they have capacity for just 330,000 of that total.

    "An open-border policy is the main policy we have been following since the beginning of this crisis ... but the entire world including Europe has to open its doors for the refugees, it's not just for Turkey," Fuat Oktay, director of Turkish disaster management agency AFAD, told Reuters............

  44. US to boost aviation security in wake of Egypt crash...

    WASHINGTON: The United States will boost security for US-bound flights as a precaution following the recent Russian passenger jet crash in Egypt, including tighter screening of items before they are brought on board aircraft, US homeland security secretary Jeh Johnson said on Friday.

    Johnson said in a statement that he and the head of the Transportation Security Administrator, "out of an abundance of caution, have identified a series of interim, precautionary enhancements to aviation security with respect to commercial flights bound for the United States from certain foreign airports in the region."
    Reuters -

  45. Angry protesters tried to storm parliament in Taiwan and 27 were arrested at the airport Saturday as leader Ma Ying-jeou headed to a historic summit in Singapore with Chinese President Xi Jinping...

    There were also reports that three members of the anti-China Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) were escorted by police from a hostel in Singapore -- it is not clear whether they are under arrest.

    Demonstrators say they will gather outside the presidential office in Taiwan Saturday afternoon as the summit gets under way.

    The meeting will be the first between leaders of the two sides since their 1949 split following a civil war won by the Chinese Communists.

    Xi and Ma will shake hands at a luxury hotel in Singapore around 3:00 p.m. before holding talks behind closed doors for an hour...........AFP

  46. Le pilote d'un avion britannique à destination de l'Egypte avait repéré un missile en août...

    (Belga) Un avion de la compagnie britannique Thomson Airways à destination de la station balnéaire égyptienne Charm el-Cheikh a été contraint de "prendre des mesures d'évitement", en août dernier, après que le pilote eut repéré un missile à quelque 300 mètres de distance, à proximité de l'aéroport, a confirmé le gouvernement britannique, cité samedi par The Guardian.

    L'avion, en provenance de Londres et qui transportait 189 passagers à destination de Charm el-Cheik, a dû prendre "des mesures d'évitement", selon le gouvernement britannique, après que le pilote eut repéré un missile le 23 août dernier. Le vol TOM 476 avait pu atterrir sans encombres et les passagers n'ont pas été avertis de l'incident, selon The Guardian. Le Département des Transports britannique (Department for Transport ou DfT) a confirmé l'information, mais ne croit pas que l'avion britannique constituait une cible. "Une enquête a démontré qu'il ne s'agissait pas d'une attaque ciblée", a confirmé un porte-parole du gouvernement, qui attribue l'incident à des manœuvres militaires égyptiennes. Samedi dernier, un avion civil russe en provenance de Charm el-Cheikh avec 224 passagers à bord s'est écrasé dans le Sinaï, ne laissant aucun survivant. L'analyse des boîtes noires de l'avion permet de "privilégier fortement" l'hypothèse d'un attentat à la bombe, selon des sources proches du dossier. (Belga)

  47. Egypt says foreign countries did not coordinate with Egypt on security...

    Foreign countries did not heed Egypt's calls for greater coordination to fight terrorism and have not shared intelligence with Cairo about the crash of a Russian passenger plane last week, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Saturday.

    An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash, but several countries have already suspended flights to the Sinai resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, citing the possibility that the flight which originated there was brought down by a bomb.

    "The information we have heard about has not been shared with Egyptian security agencies in detail," Shoukry told a news conference. "We were expecting that the technical information would be provided to us."
    (Reporting by Omar Fahmy; writing by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Dominic Evans)
    - Reuters

  48. Noise heard in last seconds of crashed flight...

    Russian plane which crashed in Egypt last week was flying on auto-pilot and appeared to breakup in mid-air after a sudden noise, but it is too soon to conclude exactly what brought it down, the lead investigator has said.

    Ayman al-Muqaddam, head of a team of experts looking into one of Egypt's worst air disasters, said the cockpit voice recording would be analysed to identify the nature of the noise, which Western governments have indicated may have been a bomb.

    Islamic State militants fighting security forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula have said they brought down the Airbus A321, which crashed 23 minutes after taking off from the resort of Sharm al-Sheikh one week ago, killing all 224 passengers............

  49. Pentagon: US Doesn't Seek War With Russia, Ready to Defend Self-Interest...

    The United States does not want Russia to be its enemy but it will continue to defend its interests, adapting operational plans to Russia’s behaviour, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter vowed Saturday in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum.

    "We do not seek a cold, let alone a hot war with Russia," Carter said in an address before US politicians and defense sector. "We do not seek to make Russia an enemy, but make no mistake, the United States will defend our interests, our allies, the principle of international order and the positive future it affords us all."

    The US defense chief stressed that the Pentagon would continue to modernize its military technologies and nuclear capability to counter the rising military power of Russia and China, and update the plans for defense and deterrence.

    Carter again accused Russia of violating sovereignty in Ukraine and Georgia, and said Moscow was "throwing gasoline" at the crisis in Syria with its air operation against Islamists there........

  50. Venezuela said on Sunday a U.S. Coast Guard "intelligence" plane violated its air space and that other such planes were circulating close to the South American country...

    "Forty-eight hours ago, an intelligence plane for the U.S. Coast Guard took off from the air base in Curacao," Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said in a televised broadcast.

    "The most serious part is that this plane, a Dash-8 ... violated air space, our air space," he added.

  51. Riot hits Australia's Christmas Island migrant center...

    A disturbance broke out Monday at Australia's Christmas Island detention center, the immigration department said, amid reports rioters seized control of the facility after the death of an asylum seeker.

    The department said it was not aware of injuries on the remote Indian Ocean island, although inmates allegedly set fires and smashed up the center after security guards fled for their lives.

    "The department can confirm a disturbance at Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre," a statement said. "The department and its service providers are working together to resolve the situation."

    Officials declined further comment but a detainee told Radio New Zealand (RNZ) rioters had armed themselves with bats and poles to resist any attempt to re-take the facility.

    The man said the catalyst was the discovery on Sunday of the body of an Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker, named by Australian media as Fazel Chegeni, after he escaped. It was unclear how Chegeni died.

    "We're sick of it. We see it all the time, people trying to hurt themselves, kill themselves," the man, who spoke with a New Zealand accent and did not give his name, told RNZ by telephone.

    Detainees have long complained about ill-treatment at the center, which is part of Canberra's hardline migration policy..............

    1. A standoff between protesting detainees and officials at a remote detention centre for asylum seekers in the Indian Ocean ended on Tuesday after federal police arrived to stop more than a day of unrest that prompted guards to flee the facility and left parts of the compound badly damaged, officials said...

      Most detainees co-operated with police negotiators at the detention centre on the Australian territory of Christmas Island, but officials used "some force" against a core group of protesters who had built barricades and had threatened to use weapons, the immigration department said in a statement. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said officers used tear gas to subdue the detainees, but declined to elaborate on what other tactics police used to quell the unrest.

      Five detainees were being treated for injuries or medical conditions, though none were life-threatening, the department said. Dutton said the injuries amounted to minor lacerations..........AP..........

  52. Obama, Netanyahu to meet for first time since Iran nuclear deal...

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets US President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday in a bid to thaw frosty personal ties, turn the page on the Iran nuclear deal and talk defense.

    The White House meeting, scheduled for 10:30 am (1530 GMT), will be closely watched in particular because it marks the first encounter by the two leaders since October 2014.

    Since then, Washington and other world powers reached a landmark nuclear accord with Tehran in a move Israel strictly opposed.

    In the wake of that July agreement, the relationship between Netanyahu and Obama – who no longer bother to hide the extent of their differences – has only deteriorated further....AFP.............

  53. La Unesco va a votar este lunes si Kosovo se convierte en el miembro 196 de la organización...

    La votación tendrá lugar en la sede la organización en París en el marco de la Conferencia General, que arrancó la semana pasada.

    El pasado 21 de octubre, el consejo ejecutivo de la organización ya dio luz verde a la integración de Kosovo.

    Entonces la iniciativa, propuesta por Albania, contó con 27 votos a favor, 14 en contra y 14 abstenciones.

    Para entrar en la Unesco, no es necesario que el Estado o territorio sea miembro de la ONU o reconocido a nivel internacional.

    Kosovo, que declaró su independencia en 2008, necesita el apoyo de al menos dos tercios de 195 miembros de la organización, 111 de ellos reconocen su soberanía.

    1. Kosovo fails in bid to gain UNESCO membership...

      The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO narrowly voted against granting Kosovo full membership on Monday in a decision that Serbia hailed as a diplomatic victory.

      The vote had been fiercely opposed by Russia and Serbia, which attempted to get it postponed earlier in the day. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had warned on Friday against using UNESCO to legitimize what he called Kosovo's self-proclaimed state.

      Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 almost a decade after NATO went to war to halt the killing and expulsion of ethnic Albanian civilians by Serbian forces trying to crush a an insurgency.

      Serbia does not recognize Kosovo as sovereign but signed up to an accord in 2013 designed to settle relations between the two as a condition of Belgrade's further progress towards membership of the EU.

      The new country is so far recognized by 111 states, but not by Serbia or U.N. Security Council members Russia and China............

  54. A Jordanian officer kills his American trainer and wounds others, before committing suicide, Al-Arabiya reports, quoting a Jordanian source.

    AFP reports that two US soldiers are dead.

  55. Russia’s military operation against the Islamic State (ISIL) jihadist group in Syria may help to resolve the four-year civil war in the country, former Polish President Lech Walesa said Monday...

    "Now that Russia has joined in the resolution of the conflict in Syria, I think that the situation will calm down. I know that if the Russians have joined, the situation will be resolved," Walesa told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    Also Walesa stated that restoring order in Syria must include the avoidance of past mistakes made by US-led intervention and regime change in the Arab world.

    "I am for restoring order and peace. Doing so, like the removal of [former Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi, is wrong. They are still fighting there. It really needs to be done wisely," Walesa said..............

  56. WADA: Russia should be banned from all athletic competition...

    The World Anti-Doping Agency has recommended that the IAAF suspend Russia from all athletic competition due to what WADA said amounted to state sponsored doping.

    Accusing the Russian government of "direct intimidation", it also highlighted what it said was a "deeply rooted culture of cheating."

    In addition, the report revealed corruption and bribery at the highest levels of international athletics and said direct evidence against the IAAF had been passed to Interpol.

    IAAF president Sebastian Coe has said he will seek urgent approval from the governing body's members to consider sanctions against Russia, which could include suspension.

    While saying the IAAF "need time to properly digest and understand" the report, Coe said the information is alarming.

    Coe said: "We will do whatever it takes to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust in our sport. The IAAF will continue to offer the police authorities our full co-operation into their ongoing investigation."

    The Russian federation will be asked to respond to the sanctions, with the IAAF Council then making decisions on next steps.............

  57. Syrie : la France a bombardé un centre d'approvisionnement pétrolier de l'EI ...

    La France a conduit de nouvelles frappes contre l'EI en Syrie, a annoncé, lundi, le ministre de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian, précisément contre un centre d'approvisionnement pétrolier du groupe jihadiste.

    L'armée française a bombardé, dimanche 8 novembre, un centre d'approvisionnement pétrolier de l’organisation de l’État islamique (EI) près de Deir Ezzor, dans l'est de la Syrie.

    "En Syie nous sommes intervenus (...) hier soir par une frappe sur un point de délivrance pétrolier aux environs de Deir Ezzor à la frontière entre l'Irak et la Syrie", a révélé, lundi 9 novembre, le ministre français de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian, lors d'un point de presse en marge du Forum international de Dakar sur la paix et la sécurité en Afrique.

    Les frappes françaises, y compris celle de dimanche, ont été réalisées sur la base de renseignement collecté par les Français lors de vols de reconnaissance, a révélé Jean-Yves Le Drian.

    "Nous avons des cibles propres", a-t-il précisé. "Comme les Américains ont la maîtrise du ciel, cela se passe en coordination avec eux" pour la sécurité des vols, a-t-il ajouté.

    "Nous avons davantage de renseignements depuis que le président de la République a souhaité que nous volions au-dessus de la Syrie. Nous avons pu accumuler beaucoup de cibles potentielles", a souligné Jean-Yves Le

    1. The French army has stepped up its bombing campaign against the ISIS' oil infrastructure with two new strikes in eastern Syria, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday...

      "We struck again twice last night in the Deir al-Zor region, (targeting) part of an oil distribution station and secondly a gas separation plant," Le Drian told journalists on the sidelines of a forum on African peace and security in Dakar, Senegal.

  58. Das Kosovo hat knapp die Aufnahme in die UN-Kulturorganisation Unesco verpasst. Das Ziel der früheren serbischen Provinz, Vollmitglied bei den Vereinten Nationen zu werden, rückt damit wieder in weite Ferne...

    Das Kosovo ist mit seinem Antrag auf Aufnahme in die UN-Kulturorganisation Unesco gescheitert. Die Resolution für die Aufnahme der früheren serbischen Provinz, die 2008 ihre Unabhängigkeit erklärt hatte, verfehlte in Paris die nötige Zwei-Drittel-Mehrheit um wenige Stimmen.

    Insbesondere Serbien und Russland, die wie auch einige andere Staaten die Unabhängigkeit des Kosovo nicht anerkennen, hatten sich vehement gegen die Aufnahme des Balkanstaates ausgesprochen, da dies eine politische Aufwertung bedeutet hätte. 92 Mitgliedstaaten stimmten für die Aufnahme des Kosovo, 50 dagegen und 29 enthielten sich. Nötig wären 95 Ja-Stimmen gewesen - es fehlten damit nur drei Stimmen..........

  59. EU kritisiert Reformprozess in der Türkei...

    Ermittlungen gegen Journalisten, Einschränkungen bei der Versammlungsfreiheit und Stillstand in der Kurdenfrage: So deutlich kritisiert die EU-Kommission den Beitrittskandidaten Türkei in ihrem Fortschrittsbericht. Doch die EU findet auch lobende Worte.

    Die EU-Kommission übt in ihrem neuen Fortschrittsbericht überraschend heftige Kritik am EU-Beitrittskandidaten Türkei. Die Brüsseler Behörde wirft der Regierung in Ankara insgesamt einen "bedeutenden Rückgang im Bereich der Meinungs- und Versammlungsfreiheit" vor. Es gebe "insgesamt einen negativen Trend beim Respekt der Rechtsstaatlichkeit und grundlegender Rechte", heißt es in dem Bericht, der gerade in Brüssel vorgestellt wird.

    Zudem beklagt die EU-Kommission Mängel im Kampf gegen die Korruption. Auch beim Aufbau eines unabhängigen Justizsystems trete die Türkei auf der Stelle, zitierte die Zeitung "Die Welt" bereits vorab aus dem Papier.
    "Wachsende Intoleranz"

    Während in der Vergangenheit einige Fortschritte erzielt worden seien und politisch sensible Fragen öffentlich diskutiert werden konnten, "sind neue polizeiliche Ermittlungsverfahren gegen Journalisten, Schriftsteller und die Nutzer sozialer Medien besorgniserregend". Auch mit Blick auf die Versammlungsfreiheit werfe die EU-Kommission der Türkei "eine wachsende Intoleranz gegenüber öffentlichen Protesten und eine restriktive Interpretation des Versammlungsrechts" vor, so die Zeitung.

    Zudem bemängelt die EU-Kommission demnach auch den "Stillstand" in der Kurdenfrage und fordert Ankara zur Aussöhnung mit den Kurden auf..............

  60. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed close US-Israeli ties Nov 9, during a tightly choreographed White House appearance designed to quiet disputes over Iran and Middle East peace...

    Speaking in the Oval Office, Obama admitted it was "no secret" the two men disagreed on how to deal with Iran's nuclear program, but both sought to end bitter public rancor and focus on areas of cooperation, including a military deal worth more than $30 billion.

    Obama -- who leaves office in early 2017 -- offered the combative Israeli prime minister a lengthy handshake and hailed the "extraordinary bond" between the two countries.

    The designed-for-television display of cordiality signaled a willingness on the part of both men to avoid unnecessary drama in the last 12 months of working together.

    Obama said Israel's security was a "top" foreign policy priority for his White

  61. Russia has circulated a document on ending the nearly five-year-old Syrian conflict that calls for drafting a new constitution in up to 18 months that would be put to a popular referendum and be followed by an early presidential election...

    The document, obtained on Tuesday by The Associated Press, makes no mention of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stepping down during the transition - a key opposition demand. It only mentions that “the president of Syria will not chair the constitutional commission.”

    It calls for U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura to launch a political process between the Syrian government and “a united delegation of the opposition groups” on the basis of the June 2012 communique agreed upon by major powers in Geneva calling for the establishment of a transitional governing body for Syria with full executive powers, leading to elections.

    Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Vladimir Safronkov, who expressed regret that the document had been leaked, told The Associated Press: “It’s our vision — it’s our proposal.”...............

    1. Syria conflict: Russia 'peace plan' revealed ahead of key summit...

      A Russian document circulating at the United Nations has proposed a constitutional reform process in Syria, lasting 18 months, to be followed by presidential elections.

      The document does not say whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should remain in power during that time.

      It says certain Syrian opposition groups should take part in key talks on the crisis in Vienna on Saturday.

      The Syrian army meanwhile has broken a siege in the north.

      Army units fought their way to Kuwairis airbase, east of Aleppo, and eliminated large numbers of Islamic State (IS) militants, reports said..........

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

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

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

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

  63. Indonesia could take China to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if Beijing's claim to the majority of the South China Sea and part of Indonesian territory is not resolved through dialogue, Indonesia's security chief said on Wednesday...

    Beijing's claim to almost the entire South China Sea is shown on Chinese maps with a nine-dash line that stretches deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, including parts of the Indonesian-held Natuna islands.

    Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also claim parts of the waterway. The Philippines has already taken China to the ICC in The Hague, a case Beijing refuses to recognise.

    Indonesia believes China's claim over parts of the Natuna islands has no legal basis......REUTERS........

  64. L'UE approuve l'étiquetage des produits des colonies israéliennes...

    La Commission européenne a demandé mercredi aux 28 Etats membres de mettre en oeuvre l'étiquetage des produits originaires des colonies israéliennes dans les Territoires palestiniens, une mesure à laquelle s'oppose vivement Israël, selon un communiqué.

    La décision controversée, reportée à plusieurs reprises, a été approuvée lors d'une réunion du collège des commissaires européens à Bruxelles. La Commission a "adopté ce matin la notice interprétative sur l'indication d'origine des marchandises en provenance des Territoires occupés par Israël depuis juin 1967", précise le communiqué.

    L'UE considère qu'il s'agit avant tout d'une mesure "technique" visant à informer les consommateurs européens et non d'une décision "politique" comme l'affirme le gouvernement israélien. Elle porte l'obligation à l'industrie alimentaire et à la distribution de mentionner l'origine des produits sur les étiquettes.

    Aujourd'hui les produits des colonies israéliennes, toutes illégales au regard du droit international, sont étiquetés comme fabriqués en Israël. Les produits concernés représentent "moins de 1%" du total des échanges commerciaux entre l'UE et Israël, soit 154 millions d'euros en 2014, selon des chiffres de la Commission...............

    1. The European Union published new guidelines on Wednesday for labeling products made in Israeli settlements, a move Brussels said was technical but Israel branded "discriminatory" and damaging to peace efforts with the Palestinians...

      Drawn up over three years by the European Commission, the guidelines mean Israeli producers must explicitly label farm goods and other products that come from settlements built on land occupied by Israel if they are sold in the European Union.

      The decision comes at a time of heightened tension between Israel and the Palestinians, amid a wave of deadly attacks by Palestinians targeting Israelis. The violence, in which 12 Israelis and more than 70 Palestinians have been killed, is in part fueled by the occupation and the growth of settlements.

      Israeli officials, briefed that the decision was coming, were quick to denounce it. The foreign ministry said it was a political move designed to pressure Israel over its settlements policy. It summoned the EU ambassador to Israel.

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in Washington on an official visit, called the decision "hypocritical and a double standard", saying the EU was not taking similar steps in hundreds of territorial conflicts elsewhere in the world.

      "The European Union should be ashamed of itself," he said. "We do not accept the fact that Europe is labelling the side being attacked by terrorist acts."

      The EU's position is that the lands Israel has occupied since the 1967 Middle East war - including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights - are not part of the internationally recognized borders of Israel.

      As such, goods from there cannot be labelled "Made in Israel" and should be labelled as coming from settlements, which the EU considers illegal under international law.

      "It's an indication of origin, not a warning label," the EU ambassador to Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, told Reuters.

      Britain, Belgium and Denmark already affix labels to Israeli goods, differentiating between those from Israel proper and those, particularly fruits and vegetables, that come from the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank. Now, all 28 EU member states would have to apply the same labelling.

      While there is no EU official wording, goods must carry the word "settlement" on the tag when sold in European shops. If an Israeli farmer refuses, a retail outlet can attach the label themselves, as the European Commission has sufficient information about where goods come from.

      Israel's foreign ministry said the move singled Israel out and was potentially harmful to long-standing peace efforts.

      "We regret that the EU has chosen, for political reasons, to take such an exceptional and discriminatory step, inspired by the boycott movement," it said in a statement.

      "Product labeling will strengthen the radical elements advocating a boycott against Israel and denying Israel's right to exist, contradicting positions the EU publicly opposes."

      Double standard charge

      Two elements have particularly enraged Israeli officials. They see the measures as an effective boycott of Israel - akin to the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement that has gained traction in recent years - and say other cases of long-standing occupation, such as Morocco's seizure of Western Sahara, are not treated in the same way.

      The EU dismisses the suggestion of a boycott, pointing out that it is not telling consumers what not to buy. Those who do not want to buy Israeli settlement goods probably already avoid them, and those that support the settlements may now more actively seek out settlement produce.

      The question of a double-standard is harder for the EU, which has been criticized over Western Sahara in the past. When it comes to goods from northern Cyprus, seized by Turkey in 1974, the EU calls it "an internal issue.".... by Reuters

  65. Russia would step up efforts in focusing attention on concerns of Christians in the Middle East, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday at a meeting with Syrian Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II...

    "Russia was among the initiators to hold a special event on the sidelines of the human rights council in Geneva this March which was devoted to the Christians’ distress and beginning of their exodus from the region," Lavrov said. "We will stand up for this direction and this position and will promote it in the international organizations."

    "The Middle East is a cradle of Christianity," he went on to say. "Christians have been living there for 2,000 years. It should be done so that the civilizational tissue of that region would be preserved and would not be breached."

  66. Immediately after the U.S. killed at least 30 people in a devastating airstrike on a charity hospital, Afghanistan's national security adviser told a European diplomat his country would take responsibility. The Afghans were convinced the hospital was occupied by Taliban...

    That's according to notes of the meeting reviewed by The Associated Press. But more than a month later, no evidence has emerged to support the Afghan assertion about the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders. Eyewitnesses tell the AP they saw no gunman at the hospital.

    Instead, there are mounting indications that the U.S. military relied heavily on Afghan allies who resented the internationally run hospital. It did treat Afghan security forces and Taliban alike, but says it refused to admit armed men.

  67. Iraq Kurds launch major offensive to retake Sinjar from IS...

    Iraqi Kurdish forces on Thursday launched a major operation against the Islamic State group in the town of Sinjar, which lies on a key supply line for the jihadists, a senior officer said.

    "The attack began at 7:00 am (0400 GMT), and the (Kurdish) peshmerga forces advanced on several axes to liberate the center of the Sinjar district," Major General Ezzeddine Saadun told AFP.

    Columns of smoke rose over the town from US-led coalition strikes and Kurdish shelling against IS positions in Sinjar, an AFP journalist said.

    Sinjar is located on a key IS supply line linking Mosul, its hub in Iraq, with Syria, where it also holds large tracts of territory.

    Cutting that link would be a major blow to the jihadists' ability to move fighters and supplies between the two countries.

    The autonomous Kurdish region's security council said up to 7,500 of its peshmerga fighters would take part in the operation, which aims to retake Sinjar "and establish a significant buffer zone to protect the (town) and its inhabitants from incoming artillery."...........

  68. Les Kurdes irakiens veulent débarrasser Sinjar de l'EI...

    Les forces kurdes irakiennes ont entamé une offensive de grande envergure contre l'Etat islamique afin de libérer la ville de Sinjar en Irak des terroristes, jeudi 12 novembre, a rapporté la chaîne Al Arabiya.

    Depuis plus d'un an, les islamistes se sont emparés de Sinjar (nord-ouest de l'Irak, ndlr). Cette ville représente une voie d'approvisionnement stratégique pour les terroristes entre leur fief syrien de Raqqa et la ville de Mossoul, où se concentre le pouvoir djihadiste en Irak.

    Le but de l'opération des combattants peshmerga (terme officiel du gouvernement régional du Kurdistan pour qualifier les forces armées du Kurdistan irakien), baptisée "Free Sinjar", est donc d'arriver à couper toute circulation de matériel et d'hommes entre Mossoul et Raqqa.........

  69. The Kremlin says secret plans for a Russian long-range nuclear torpedo - called "Status-6" - should not have appeared on Russian TV news...

    The leak happened during a report on state-run Channel One about President Vladimir Putin meeting military chiefs in the city of Sochi.

    One general was seen studying a diagram of the "devastating" torpedo system.

    Launched by a submarine, it would create "wide areas of radioactive contamination", the document says.

    The "oceanic multi-purpose Status-6 system" is designed to "destroy important economic installations of the enemy in coastal areas and cause guaranteed devastating damage to the country's territory by creating wide areas of radioactive contamination, rendering them unusable for military, economic or other activity for a long time", the document says.

    "It's true some secret data got into the shot, therefore it was subsequently deleted," said Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

    "In future we will undoubtedly take preventive measures so this does not happen again."

    However, the Russian government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported details of the weapon, without showing the diagram, and speculated about a super-radioactive cobalt device. So the leak may not have been accidental.
    Cobalt warhead?

    On the diagram the giant torpedo's range is given as "up to 10,000km" (6,200 miles) and depth of trajectory is "up to 1,000m" (3,300ft).

    It was developed by Rubin, a submarine design bureau in St Petersburg..............

  70. Russia’s special services will examine a video being distributed on behalf of the Islamic State terrorist group and containing threats directed against the Russian Federation, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday when asked to comment on the video posted on the web...

    "I have read reports about that video, but I haven’t seen it, I don’t know the video’s authenticity, believability of these sources, but anyway, I don’t doubt that it is a material to be examined by our special services," Peskov said.........

  71. Egypt Air barred from flying into Russia: Moscow airport...

    Russian aviation authorites have banned Egypt Air from flying into the country, one of Moscow's airports said Friday, with Russian flights between the two countries already suspended following the passenger jet crash in Sinai.

    "The airport has received a telegram from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency on the prohibition of Egypt Air?s flights to Russian territory from November 14," a representative of Moscow's Domodedovo airport told Russian news agencies.

    1. L’aviation russe interdit tous les vols Egypt Air vers la Russie ...

      L’autorité de l'aviation civile russe a annoncé vendredi avoir pris la décision d’interdire les vols d'EgyptAir à destination de la Russie. Il y a deux semaines, un avion russe s'est écrasé dans le Sinaï égyptien avec 224 personnes à bord.

      À partir de samedi, la compagnie aérienne nationale égyptienne EgyptAir aura l’interdiction d’effectuer des vols en direction de la Russie. Un responsable de l'aéroport de Moscou-Domodedovo a rapporté vendredi 13 novembre à Reuters que l’autorité russe de l'aviation civile avait pris cette décision sur la base d'une directive de l'Agence fédérale russe chargée du transport aérien (Rosaviatsia).

      Contactée par l'AFP, Rosaviatsia s'est refusée à tout commentaire. Cette décision intervient près de deux semaines après le crash dans le Sinaï d'un Airbus A321 de la compagnie russe Metrojet qui a coûté la vie à 224 personnes, de nationalité russe pour la plupart.............

  72. La Russie amplifie sa campagne militaire en Syrie, 289 cibles détruites en 2 jours...

    Les forces aériennes russes amplifient leur campagne militaire en Syrie, avec 289 cibles détruites en 2 jours.

    L'Armée de l'air russe a réalisé, du 11 au 12 novembre, plus d'une centaine de sorties et a détruit 289 cibles terroristes, a déclaré vendredi aux journalistes le porte-parole du ministère russe de la Défense, le général Igor Konachenkov.

    "En deux jours, 11 et 12 novembre, les avions russes ont effectué 107 sorties lors desquelles ils ont frapppé 289 cibles terroristes dans les provinces d'Alep, de Damas, d'Idleb, de Lattaquié, de Hama, de Deraa, d'Homs et de Deir ez-Zor", a précisé le général.

    En cela, les frappes des forces aériennes russes avaient visé ces derniers temps six provinces, alors qu'aujourd'hui, l'ampleur géographique de la campagne s'est élargie à huit provinces, d'après les rapports du ministère russe de la Défense. Selon M. Konachenkov, les frappes de ces derniers jours ont pour conséquence 184 régions fortifiées détruites, y compris des positions rebelles, 50 points fortifiés avec de l'équipement militaire et des armements, et 34 postes de commandement...........

  73. 127 dead in six coordinated terror attacks in Paris, death toll expected to rise...

    The AFP news agency says that 127 people are confirmed dead and 180 injured in a wave of attacks across Paris on Friday night, with attackers gunning down scores of civilians and carrying out suicide bombing across six locations around the French capital. The death toll is expected to rise, with eighty of the wounded said to be in a critical condition.

    Investigators said at least eight attackers were dead by the end of the violence -- the bloodiest in Europe since the Madrid train bombings in 2004 -- in a city still reeling from jihadist attacks in January............

  74. Death toll surges to 128 in Paris gunfire and blasts...

    France has decided to close its borders, declare a nation-wide state of emergency, and deploy its army in and around Paris after at least 128 people were killed and 180 injured with 99 critical in multiple shootings, a 100-person hostage crisis, and explosions rocked the French capital late on Friday.

    The drastic measures were announced by French President Francois Hollande who made a televised address late on Friday evening, just minutes before midnight.

    The attack is believed to be the biggest to take place in a France's history.

    A total of eight militants were killed, including seven by their suicide belts, during Friday's attacks, a source close to the investigation told Agence France-Presse..............

  75. François Hollande veut prolonger l'état d'urgence pendant 3 mois ...

    Le président français François Hollande a indiqué dimanche aux responsables parlementaires qu'il souhaite que l'état d'urgence, décrété après les attentats sanglants de vendredi à Paris, dure trois mois, ont indiqué à l'AFP plusieurs sources parlementaires.

    "Il nous a dit qu'il voulait que l'état d'urgence dure trois mois" au minimum, a déclaré l'une d'elles.

    La prolongation de l'état d'urgence au-delà de 12 jours ne peut être autorisée que par une loi, votée par le Parlement, qui en fixe sa durée définitive.'

  76. Les présidents américain Barack Obama et russe Vladimir Poutine ont eu une conversation en aparté dimanche en marge du sommet du G20 en Turquie, selon des images retransmises par la télévision turque...

    Ces images tournées lors d'une pause montrent les deux hommes un peu à l'écart des autres chefs d'Etat. MM. Obama et Poutine, face à face sur des fauteuils en cuir, sont lancés dans une intense conversation, penchés l'un vers l'autre, entourés de deux collaborateursь rapporte l'AFP.

    L'entretien a duré près de 20 minutes..........Lire la suite:

  77. France's fragile economy under siege after Paris attacks...

    France's fragile economic recovery is under threat after the Paris attacks, economists said on Sunday, with tourism and consumer spending likely to come under siege.

    "We've been observing a general climate of lethargy since Saturday," said Philippe Waechter, head of economic research at Natixis bank. "There is risk that this generates a wait-and-see attitude, and uncertainty. Uncertainty is never a good thing for the economy."

    It's a cruel irony that only hours before the attacks the French government was celebrating the best economic news in months: that France had finally returned to growth in the third quarter.

    France had "exited the period of extremely weak growth that had lasted too long", Finance Minister Michel Sapin said about the 0.3 per cent GDP rise in the quarter, predicting "a new phase" for the French economy. But that was before the attacks.

    Fears for tourism

    Now the fear is that France's money-spinning tourism sector will be the first to feel the pain. "We're worried about the clients who usually come here for the end-of-year festivities," said Evelyne Maes, president of the hotel and restaurant employers' association.

    Paris is the world's top tourist destination, and tourism accounts for nearly eight percent of France's gross domestic product, with just under 84 million visitors last year..................

  78. Moscow does not consider Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah to be a terrorist organisation, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying on Sunday...

    Russia is seeking an international agreement on what groups active in the Syrian conflict should be deemed terrorist and which can be involved in negotiations for a political settlement, but Moscow's view differs from that of Washington.

    On Saturday, participants at talks in Vienna on Syria agreed that Jordan will coordinate efforts to compile a common list of terrorist groups.

    "Some say Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation. We maintain contacts and relations with them because we do not consider them a terrorist organisation," Bogdanov was quoted as saying on Sunday.

    "They have never committed any terrorist acts on Russian territory. Hezbollah was elected by people to the Lebanese parliament. There are cabinet members and ministers who are from Hezbollah in Lebanon. It's a legitimate socio-political force."

    Hezbollah forces are fighting in Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is also a Moscow ally...........REUTERS

  79. French warplanes pounded the Islamic State (IS) group's de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa on Sunday, destroying a command post and a training camp, the defence ministry said...

    In its first air strike against IS since the string of deadly Paris attacks claimed by the jihadist group, 12 warplanes, including 10 fighter bombers, dropped 20 bombs on the targets.

    "The first target destroyed was used by Daesh (another Arabic acronym for IS) as a command post, jihadist recruitment centre and arms and munitions depot. The second held a terrorist training camp," a ministry statement said.

    According to anti-IS activist group 'Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently', there have been over 30 airstrikes which also targeted a stadium, museum, hospitals clinics, political buildings and a forested area outside the city.

    The planes left from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates and was conducted in coordination with American forces, the ministry said.

    French President Francois Hollande on Saturday blamed the Islamic State group for the gun and suicide attacks that left at least 129 dead in Paris on Friday, calling them an "act of war"............

  80. French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date targeting the Islamic State's stronghold in Raqqa just two days after the group claimed coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 129 people, the defence ministry said...

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

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

    The air strikes were launched on the opening day of the G20 summit in Turkey where world leaders in a draft statement raised the alarm over an escalating international movement of "foreign terrorist fighters".......

  81. The deadly terrorist attacks in Paris have again shown that the international community must join hands in further stepping up cooperation to fight terrorism, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday...

    Xi said there is a particular need to "address both the symptoms and root causes" of such attacks and there should be "no double standards".

    He made the comments when addressing the routine informal meeting of leaders from BRICS nations in Antalya, Turkey.

    Top leaders of the five leading emerging economies-Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa-attended the gathering ahead of the annual G20 summit on Sunday and Monday.

    The G20 was expected to issue a statement on combating terrorism following Friday's attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people and injured hundreds more. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

    On Saturday, Xi extended condolences to French President Francois Hollande over the attacks and said in a telegram that China has always opposed all forms of terrorism.......

  82. Media: Islamic State terrorists dressed as women caught while trying to flee Aleppo...

    Several dozens of Islamic State terrorists seeking to flee Aleppo have been caught wearing women’s clothes, Fars News Agency said on Sunday citing its sources.

    "Dozens of ISIL terrorists were caught dressed in women’s clothes and wearing make-up in an attempt to flee the Aleppo battlefields, North of Syria," Fars said.

    It also posted two photos of terrorists dressed as women.

  83. Friday's attacks by Islamist militants in Paris were organised from Syria, French PM Manuel Valls says...

    He added that the authorities believed new terror attacks were being planned in France and other European countries.....BBC

  84. La Pologne veut créer une armée avec les migrants syriens...

    "Des centaines de milliers de Syriens sont arrivés dernièrement en Europe. On pourrait en faire une armée", a proposé le futur chef de la diplomatie polonaise.

    Les centaines de milliers d'immigrés syriens arrivés en Europe pourraient former une armée pour aller combattre pour la liberté de leur pays, a estimé dimanche soir Witold Waszczykowski, le futur ministre polonais des Affaires étrangères du gouvernement conservateur en cours de formation.

    "Des centaines de milliers de Syriens sont arrivés dernièrement en Europe. On pourrait en faire une armée", a-t-il déclaré à la télévision publique TVP Info.

    "Des dizaines de milliers de jeunes hommes sautent de leurs bateaux gonflables, avec leur iPad à la main, et au lieu de demander d'abord à boire ou à manger, ils demandent où ils peuvent charger leur téléphone portable. Ils pourraient aller combattre pour libérer leur pays, avec notre aide", a ajouté le futur chef de la diplomatie au sein du gouvernement conservateur qui sera officiellement nommé lundi......Lire la suite:

  85. Local officials said two elderly women were killed while six others, suffered injuries after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Lefkada island in western Greece on Tuesday...

    The Fire Brigade said both women were fatally injured by collapsing walls in their homes. According to Christos Katforis, the deputy mayor of Apollonion Municipality, six people, including two boys aged 10 and 12, were taken to hospital with minor injuries. He added that damages to properties and regional roads were reported.

    The tremor was felt across most of western Greece. Some residents on Lefkada and Kefalonia rushed out to the streets when the ground began to shake.

    Scientists at the Geodynamic Institute of the Athens Observatory spotted the quake's epicenter at 5 kilometers deep in the sea, approximately 25 kilometers off the northwest coast of Lefkada. They also revised the magnitude from the preliminary estimate of 5.6 to 6.1. At least 20 aftershocks have been detected over the past couple of hours.

    Meanwhile, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) stated earlier that a 6.5 magnitude earthquake occurred 14 kilometers off Nidri, Greece at around 0710 GMT on Tuesday.

  86. La Russie a multiplié par deux le nombre de ses frappes aériennes contre les terroristes en Syrie, a déclaré le ministre de la Défense Sergueï Choïgou dressant un rapport au président Vladimir Poutine...

    Les avions russes ont réalisé en 24 heures 127 sorties et frappé 140 cibles appartenant aux terroristes, y compris 6 postes de commandement, a rapporté le ministre russe de la Défense.

    Selon le ministère, l'aviation russe a tiré des missiles de croisière lors des frappes sur les terroristes en Syrie.

    En outre, les bombardiers stratégiques russes Tu-160, Tu-95MS et Tu-22 ont été engagés dans l'opération en Syrie, a indiqué Sergueï Choïgou.

    "Aujourd'hui, de 05h00 à 05h30 heure de Moscou (de 02h00 à 02h30 UTC), 12 bombardiers à long rayon d'action et des bombardiers Tu-22M3 ont frappé des cibles de l'EI dans la province de Raqqa et de Deir ez-Zor. De 09h00 à 09h40 (de 06h00 à 06h30 UTC) des missiles stratégiques Tu-160 et Tu-95MS ont lancé 34 missiles de croisière sur des cibles des terroristes dans les provinces d'Alep et d'Idlib", a ajouté le ministre.

    Selon le ministère de la Défense, suite aux missions, tous les bombardiers russes sont rentrés à la base aérienne.........

  87. U.S. says Russia gave advance notice of strikes on Syria's Raqqa...

    Russia gave the United States advanced notice before launching a "significant number" of strikes in Syria on Tuesday targeting the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa but a U.S. official said the former Cold War foes were still not coordinating militarily.

    France has appealed to Washington and Moscow to join in a grand coalition to fight the Islamist group that controls swathes of Syria and Iraq and has claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks in

  88. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will increase the number of military trainers Canada has in Northern Iraq but remains committed to removing the country's fighter jets despite the Paris attacks...

    Trudeau said he told allies Canada will do more training. Canada currently has had 69 special forces soldiers with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters since last year. Trudeau says details like how many more and their exact role still needs to be decided.

    The current mission also includes six CF-18 fighter jets, a refueling tanker aircraft, two surveillance planes and one airlift aircraft but Trudeau reiterated he will remove the fighter jets from the combat mission against ISIS.

    He made the comments on a plane headed to the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit on Tuesday.

  89. Germany's international friendly against Holland was called off at late notice on Tuesday evening amid fears it would be targeted by terrorists...

    The match in Hannover was due to begin at 7.45pm GMT but a security alert saw police step in at around 6pm to prevent it taking place.

    The German football federation (DFB) announced in a short Twitter statement: "The team are in a safe place. The match will not go ahead.".......

    1. The friendly soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled at short notice due to the serious threat of an attack at the stadium on Tuesday....

      "We had concrete evidence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device in the stadium," Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told German TV.

      Referring to another bomb threat about an hour beforehand that turned out to be a false alarm, Kluwe said, "After the first object turned out to be harmless, we got a tip that had to be taken seriously that an attack was being planned.".........AP...........

  90. The Kremlin does not comment on media reports claiming that a missile strike was delivered from a Russian submarine in the Mediterranean Sea at the Islamic State terrorist organization’s facilities in Syria, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

    Peskov said "nothing was said about that" in a report that President Vladimir Putin listened to in the Defense Ministry earlier Tuesday.

    "This question will probably be best answered by our colleagues from the Defense Ministry," he said.......

  91. French security sources say that surveillance video shows a possible ninth assailant during Friday's attacks in which 129 people died...

    The video reportedly shows a third figure in the car carrying the group which attacked several bars and restaurants.

    It is not clear if this ninth attacker is one of two suspected accomplices detained in Belgium or is on the run....BBC

  92. At least two people are believed to have died after French police were involved in a prolonged shootout in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis early this morning...

    A Belgian Islamic State militant suspected of masterminding last week's Paris attacks was believed to be holed up in an apartment the national soccer stadium, one of the sites attacked by suicide bombers last week...........

  93. Russian government has decided to impose food embargo against Ukraine starting from January 1, Russia’s Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev said in an interview aired by the Rossiya-24 TV news channel on Wednesday...

    "Since Ukraine joined anti-Russia sanctions - economic, financial - we’ve decided to impose … protective measures in the form of food embargo," he said, adding that the decision is "postponed till January 1."

    "Most likely we’ll have to protect our market on a unilateral basis from unattended access of goods through Ukraine’s customs territory, those being goods from third countries, first of all from the states of the European Union. The protection will mainly concern introduction of most favored nation regime. In a situation like that we won’t have reasons for keeping zero rate of customs tariff with Ukraine," the Minister said.

  94. La Russie frappe Raqqa, en avertissant par avance les Américains ...

    La Russie a mené des frappes notamment avec des missiles de croisière sur Raqqa, le fief du groupe Etat islamique dans le nord de la Syrie, en prévenant les Américains pour la première fois, a indiqué mardi le Pentagone."C'était la première fois que les Russes nous notifiaient à l'avance sur certaines de leurs opérations", a déclaré mardi Peter Cook, le porte-parole du Pentagone. Cette information préalable était "professionnelle", suffisante pour éviter tout incident avec les avions de la coalition menée par les Etats-Unis, a précisé Peter Cook.

    La notification de ces frappes, utilisant notamment des missiles de croisière, s'est faite dans le cadre de l'accord conclu en octobre par Moscou et Washington pour éviter les incidents aériens entre les avions russes et ceux de la coalition, qui mènent des opérations de bombardement distinctes en Syrie. Washington accuse Moscou d'avoir avant tout frappé les rebelles luttant contre son allié Bachar al-Assad, et non le groupe Etat islamique. M. Cook a reconnu que "ces derniers jours", les Russes avaient "plus concentré leurs frappes" contre l'EI. "Nous nous en félicitons", a-t-il dit, en excluant toutefois toute coordination sur les frappes, que Moscou appelle de ses voeux. "Tant qu'ils ne changent pas leur politique" de soutien au régime de Bachar al-Assad, "nous ne voyons pas tellement de possibilité de coopération", a-t-il souligné................

  95. Young female suicide bombers kill 15 in Nigeria...

    At least 15 people were killed yesterday (Nov 18) when two female suicide bombers, one said to be aged around 11, blew themselves up at a busy mobile phone market in northeast Nigeria, a day after more than 30 were killed in a bomb

  96. L'Italie renforce la sécurité de sites historiques sur le conseil du FBI...

    (Belga) L'Italie a renforcé la sécurité autour de sites historiques à Rome, au Vatican et à Milan après avoir été avertie par le FBI de possibles attaques djihadistes, a rapporté la presse italienne mercredi.

    La place Saint-Pierre, la cathédrale de Milan et le célèbre opéra de la ville, la Scala, font partie des cibles possibles mises en exergue par la police fédérale américaine, qui a aussi transmis aux autorités italiennes des informations sur cinq individus potentiellement dangereux présents en Italie. Ces informations ne contiennent toutefois pas de détails sur des préparatifs d'attentats spécifiques, selon la presse. L'Italie a renforcé ses mesures de sécurité après les attentats qui ont frappé Paris vendredi dernier, le Vatican et Rome en particulier étant considérés comme des cibles potentielles pour des

  97. A map shown by the Russian military on state television appears to show that some Russian artillery contingents could be operating on the ground in central Syria's Homs region...

    Russia has servicemen at bases in government-held Syria helping to conduct an air campaign in support of forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad but denies it has deployed ground troops.

    The detailed map shown in footage during a defense ministry briefing with President Vladimir Putin Tuesday showed acronyms for Russian contingents near areas where the regime is conducting an offensive against jihadists.........

  98. Chinese Foreign Ministry has confirmed on Thursday that Chinese national Fan Jinghui had been kidnapped and murdered by militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group banned in Russia...

    "We express our condolences to his family," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website. "The Chinese government strongly condemns this inhuman action and will definitely hold the perpetrators accountable."

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei noted that Beijing "had made all-out effort" to rescue the hostage.........

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

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

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

  100. Danger of chemical attack - French PM...

    French PM Manuel Valls has warned that France could face chemical or biological attack from terror groups, as MPs debate extending the state of emergency after the Paris attacks.

    Belgian police are meanwhile raiding six properties in and around Brussels, linked to suspected Paris attackers Bilal Hadfi and Salah Abdeslam.

    It remains unclear whether the suspected organiser of the attacks was killed in Wednesday's raid in Paris.

    Friday's attacks killed 129 people.

    Mr Valls was addressing the French parliament ahead of a vote to extend the state of emergency by three months.

    He told MPs that "terrorism hit France, not because of what it is doing in Iraq and Syria ... but for what it is".

    "What is new are the ways of operating; the ways of attacking and killing are evolving all the time," the prime minister said.

    "The macabre imagination of those giving the orders is unlimited. Assault rifles, beheadings, suicide bombers, knives or all of these at once."

    Mr Valls also called for Europe to adopt measures on sharing information about airline passengers as a way of protecting collective security................

  101. McCain veut l'envoi de 10 000 soldats américains en Syrie ...

    Le sénateur américain John McCain, qui conteste la stratégie de Barack Obama face à l’organisation de l’État islamique, réitère sur France 24 son appel à un déploiement de troupes internationales au sol en Syrie et en Irak, afin de lutter contre les jihadistes.

    "Cela signifie environ 10 000 Américains, avec une coalition de pays arabes, peut-être aussi avec des pays de l’OTAN et même la France", déclare John McCain sur France 24. "Nous pourrions être sur le terrain avec une couverture aérienne pour pouvoir attaquer Daesh [l’organisation de l’État islamique]. Ils ne sont pas invincibles, ils ne sont pas imbattables"................

  102. Kuwait says group supplying funds and weapons to IS has been caught...

    Kuwaiti authorities have arrested an extremist network that supplied funds and weapons, including rockets, to Islamic State, state news agency KUNA quoted the Interior Ministry as saying on Thursday.

    The group included a Lebanese, an Egyptian, five Syrians, two Australians and a Kuwaiti national, KUNA

  103. Islamic State threatens to blow up White House ...

    Islamic State (IS) militants threatened to bomb the White House and launch more attacks in Paris, according to a new video released Thursday.

    The six-minute video titled "Paris Before Rome" was produced by the IS in the Dijlah province of Iraq, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute based in Washington.

    The video showed an Islamic State fighter threatening to attack French monuments and vowing to strike the White House.

    "We began with you, and we shall conclude with the so-called White House," a fighter in the video said, "We shall blow it up, just like we blew up the idols on this good land."

    Another fighter in the video threatened U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande. "We shall burn you with our suicide belts and our car bombs, we shall track you down wherever you go."

    The latest threats came one day after the militant group released a video that threatened to attack New York City..............

  104. Gunmen have launched an attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in the centre of Mali's capital, Bamako....

    Two people have locked in 140 guests and 30 employees in "a hostage-taking situation", the hotel's owners said in a statement.

    Police have surrounded the hotel, which the gunmen entered shooting, and shouting "God is great!" in Arabic, a security source told Reuters.

    The US-owned hotel is popular with expats working in Mali.....BBC

  105. Gunmen attacked the iconic Radisson hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako on Friday. The attackers are believed to have taken hostages, according to a security sources...

    Automatic weapons fire could be heard from outside the luxury 190-room hotel, where security forces have set up a security cordon, according to witnesses.

    "A hostage-taking or attempted hostage-taking is in progress," said FRANCE 24 correspondent Serge Daniel, reporting from Bamako. Daniel said that security forces had established a security perimeter and that the hotel was "completely sealed off".

    The identity of the attackers and their motives are not yet known.....

  106. "Il y a dans l'hôtel de Bamako des touristes et des responsables d'entreprises de nombreuses nationalités."

  107. EU Ministers Discuss Border Controls After Paris Attacks ...

    European justice and interior ministers are holding crisis talks in Brussels Friday to discuss ways to coordinate and tighten security checks at the member states' external borders as an emergency measure following the Paris attacks.

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said France was not notified by any European Union state that the now dead ringleader of the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, had entered the bloc. Cazeneuve said it is "urgent that Europe wakes up, organizes itself and defends itself against the terrorist threat."

    The Paris prosecutor said police found another body overnight in an apartment raided by police who were searching for suspects in the attacks. The prosecutor's office said the body was that of a woman, but her identity was not immediately clear.

    Meanwhile, the manhunt continues for at least one suspected terrorist on the run since the deadly attacks last week in Paris...........

  108. Turkey on Friday summoned the Russian ambassador in Ankara to protest against Russian airstrikes on Turkmen villages in northern Syria, close to the Turkish border...

    Ankara asked Moscow to end the operation immediately, the Turkish Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Tanju Bilgic said in a statement.

    "The Russian acts are not a fight against terror, but bombing of Turkmen villages which may lead to serious consequences," the spokesperson added.

    Turkish Foreign Ministry officials also had a phone call with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and conveyed warnings, the spokesperson said.

    "In recent days, there is an intensified attack against Syrian people, our Turkmen siblings," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters on Friday, noting that Ankara had contacts with Russia.

    "We are against all kinds of attacks staged against civilian people. We are against all kinds of attacks that would lead to a new influx of refugees. We are condemning this barbarian attack in the strongest way," he said.

    "Nobody can legitimize massacres targeting our Turkmen, Arab and Kurdish siblings there, claiming fight against terror," he added.

  109. Menace imminente à Bruxelles: le niveau d’alerte relevé au maximum...

    C’est une mesure des plus exceptionnelles que celle enclenchée en milieu de nuit par l’Ocam, l’Organe de coordination pour l’analyse de la menace qui a décidé de pousser le curseur au maximum, estimant le danger à 4 sur une échelle de 4 et ce, en Région bruxelloise, le reste du pays restant au niveau 3. Un niveau 4 déjà enclenché par deux fois, fin 2007, lorsque le feu d’artifices a été annulé à Bruxelles et, plus récemment, après l’attentat contre le musée juif, indique-t-on à la direction générale du Centre de crise qui met en avant une « menace imminente en Région bruxelloise »

  110. EEUU abordará con Rusia coalición anti-EI cuando Moscú deje de apoyar a Asad...

    EEUU está dispuesto a examinar con Rusia su papel en la coalición contra el Estado Islámico si Moscú cambia su postura hacia la situación en Siria y deja de apoyar al presidente Bashar Asad, declaró el viernes el portavoz de la Casa Blanca, John Kirby.

    La coalición internacional que lucha contra el grupo terrorista Estado Islámico (EI) es liderada por EEUU.

    "Si Rusia tiene propósitos firmes de combatir al EI y cambia de postura hacia las acciones militares en Siria, pues perfecto, entonces estaremos dispuestos a debatir su aporte a la coalición, pero por ahora no lo vemos", dijo Kirby.

    Todos los miembros de la coalición –indicó– deben mantener la misma postura hacia el EI.

    "Pero si usted apoya a Asad y le brinda ayuda, eso no responde a las tareas principales de la coalición, que es el aniquilamiento del Estado Islámico", apuntó el portavoz de la Casa Blanca.

    Moscú ha declarado en reiteradas ocasiones que solo el pueblo sirio puede decidir el futuro de su presidente, Bashar Asad.................Lea más en

  111. Brussels will remain on the highest level of terror alert, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says, amid a manhunt for suspects linked to the 13 November attacks in Paris...

    Schools, universities and the metro in the Belgian capital will remain closed on Monday, Mr Michel said.

    Brussels has been on lockdown all weekend, as police search for suspected Paris attacker, Salah Abdeslam.

  112. Le président américain a fait savoir qu'il participerait à la conférence de Paris sur le climat (COP21) malgré les attentats meurtriers qui ont frappé la capitale française. Suivez en direct les derniers développements de l'après-13-Novembre...

    •La police diffuse le portrait du troisième kamikaze du stade de France.

    • Barack Obama a souligné qu'il participerait à la conférence sur le climat (COP21) qui doit s'ouvrir le 30 novembre au Bourget, au nord de Paris. Depuis la Malaisie où il participe à un sommet des dix pays membres de l'Association des nations d'Asie du Sud-Est (Asean), le président américain a appelé les dirigeants de tous les pays à l'imiter pour montrer que le monde n'a pas peur des "terroristes".

    • Le porte-avions français Charles-de-Gaulle, sera en mesure lundi de prendre part aux efforts de la coalition dans sa lutte contre l'organisation État islamique (EI), a annoncé le ministre français de la Défense Jean-Yves Le Drian. Le porte-avions a appareillé mercredi 18 novembre de Toulon pour se rendre dans l'est de la Méditerranée avec son groupe aéronaval.

    • "Il n'y aura pas de victoire militaire contre Daech à court terme", prévient le chef d'état-major des armées françaises, Pierre de Villiers, dans un entretien accordé au "Journal du Dimanche".

    • Plus d'une semaine après les attentats qui ont endeuillé Paris, sept des huit personnes interpellées mercredi lors de l'assaut policier à Saint-Denis, au nord de Paris, ont été relâchées samedi 21 novembre tandis que Jawad Bendaoud, l'homme qui a fourni l'appartement à Abdelhamid Abaaoud, organisateur présumé des attentats parisiens, reste en garde à vue. Les enquêteurs sont toujours à la recherche de Salah Abdeslam........

  113. "Triunfo de Macri en Argentina pone a prueba las relaciones con Rusia"...

    La victoria del candidato opositor Mauricio Macri en las elecciones presidenciales en Argentina será una prueba de resistencia para las relaciones entre Moscú y Buenos Aires, opina el coordinador del grupo parlamentario de amistad entre Rusia y Argentina, Alexandr Sidiakin.

    "Para Rusia la victoria de Macri significa una prueba de resistencia de las relaciones ruso-argentinas, incluyendo su firmeza ante la coyuntura política", dijo.

    A su juicio, probablemente el nuevo presidente "quiera priorizar las relaciones de Argentina con EEUU y Europa, lo que puede dificultar o aplazar la adhesión de Argentina al BRICS".

    Al mismo tiempo, Sidiakin resaltó que para Rusia es muy importante conservar las relaciones bilaterales, que alcanzaron un alto nivel en el ámbito de economía y comercio.

    "La prohibición de importaciones agroalimentarias abrió nuevas posibilidades de aumentar suministros de carne y lácteos de Argentina, Rusia invirtió 2.000 millones de dólares en la construcción de centrales hidroeléctricas y lanzó un proyecto de construcción de gasoductos (en Argentina)", declaró Sidiakin............

  114. Climate change root cause of Syrian war: Britain's Prince Charles...

    Britain's Prince Charles has pointed to the world's failure to tackle climate change as a root cause of the civil war in Syria, terrorism and the consequent refugee crisis engulfing Europe.

    The heir to the British throne is due to give a keynote speech at the opening of a global climate summit in Paris next week where 118 leaders will gather to try to nail down a deal to limit rising greenhouse gas emissions.

    The prince said in an interview with Sky News, to be aired on Monday and recorded before the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, that such symptoms were a "classic case of not dealing with the problem".

    "Some of us were saying 20 something years ago that if we didn't tackle these issues, you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought, and the accumulating effect of climate change which means that people have to move," he said................Read more at Reuters

  115. Kerry says more cooperation with Russia possible, seeks to reassure opposition...

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday it was possible to broaden cooperation with Russia on Syria, but such a move should not deter opposition groups trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Washington has long resisted working more closely with Russia until Moscow shows that its air strikes in Syria are against Islamic State militants and not aimed at insurgent forces fighting Assad.

    Kerry met Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan on Monday and later held talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on ways to bring Syrian opposition groups together at a conference in Riyadh next month.

    Although he said Washington was not under pressure to work more closely with Moscow, such cooperation would be possible under the right circumstances and could lead to "constructive possibilities"...........Read more at Reuters

  116. A U.S. military helicopter crashed in the east region of South Korea Monday, killing two pilots aboard, Yonhap news agency reported citing the police...

    The AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed at around 6:20 p.m. local time (0920 GMT) on the road in Wonju, Gangwon province.

    The two pilots aboard were confirmed dead. The helicopter caught fire while falling down and was entirely damaged, according to the report.

    The police, military and firefighting authorities were investigating the cause of the incident.

  117. ESM-Chef: Griechenland-Rettung kostet weniger als erwartet...

    15 Milliarden Euro für die Bankenrettung würden "nicht gebraucht", teilte der Direktor des Euro-Rettungsfonds, Klaus Regling, mit.

    Die Rettung Griechenlands vor dem Staatsbankrott kostet aller Voraussicht nach weniger als befürchtet. Wie der Direktor des Euro-Rettungsfonds ESM, Klaus Regling, am Montagabend in Brüssel sagte, wird das Land die in einem dritten Hilfspaket veranschlagten bis zu 86 Milliarden Euro nicht benötigen. Grund sei, dass für die Rekapitalisierung der griechischen Banken weniger Geld nötig sei als veranschlagt.

    "All das bedeutet, dass die Gesamtsumme von 86 Milliarden nicht genutzt werden wird", sagte Regling nach einem Treffen der Euro-Finanzminister. Demnach wird die Bankenrekapitalisierung weniger kosten als die zehn Milliarden Euro, die bereits im Sommer zur Auszahlung vorgesehen gewesen seien. Die darüber hinaus zur Verfügung stehenden 15 Milliarden Euro für die Bankenrettung würden "nicht gebraucht", sagte der ESM-Chef. "All dies reduziert die 86 Milliarden."..............

  118. Hollande to press Obama on co-operation with Russia in fight against Islamic State...

    President Barack Obama will stand in solidarity with French President Francois Hollande at the White House on Tuesday, 11 days after the Islamic State group launched a series of deadly attacks in Paris. But Hollande is likely to leave Washington without firm backing for his call to bring Russia into a new coalition to fight the extremists.

    Hollande's visit to Washington is part of a diplomatic offensive to get the international community to bolster the campaign against the Islamic State militants. The group is believed to have been behind the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in Paris, as well as separate attacks in Lebanon and Turkey and the downing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.

    As the Islamic State group expands its reach outside its bases in Syria and Iraq, Obama is facing increased pressure at home and abroad to ramp up U.S. efforts to destroy the militants. So far, Obama is resisting calls to either change or significantly ramp up his approach, and instead is focused on getting other countries to offer more counterintelligence, humanitarian and military assistance..........AP........

  119. Suicide Bomber Behind Explosion at Hotel in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula...

    A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a car parked at the Swiss Inn hotel in the town of Arish in Egypt's northern Sinai peninsula, local media reported Tuesday citing security sources.

    According to the local Vetogate news portal, human remains were found in the car following the explosion near the hotel. The bomb killed three policemen and injured 12 people.

    The attack occurred early in the day near a hotel where judges who are following the country's parliamentary election results are staying, the media reported.

  120. Неизвестный военный самолет разбился на сирийской территории недалеко от границы с Турцией, сообщает агентство Рейтер со ссылкой на турецкий канал Haberturk TV...

    Телеканал не уточняет тип самолета и страну, которой он принадлежал..........

  121. A fighter jet has crashed in Syria on the border with Turkey, the Turkish TC channel Haberturk reported on Tuesday...

    There have been no reports about the pilot’s fate.

    1. A warplane crashed in Syria near the Turkish border on Tuesday, but it was not clear to which country the plane belonged, Turkish media reported...

      Private broadcaster CNN Türk reported that the aircraft was a warplane and that it was downed by Turkish fighter jets after a violation of the Turkish airspace.

      News report suggest the aircraft was probably a Syrian or Russian plane.

  122. Medvedev: Ankara a montré qu'il protégeait l'EI en abattant l'avion russe...

    Selon le premier ministre russe, la Turquie a témoigné par ses actions qu’elle protégeait de fait les combattants de l'Etat islamique.

    "Ce n'est pas surprenant, compte tenu de l'information disponible sur l'intérêt financier direct de certains fonctionnaires turcs liés aux livraisons de produits pétroliers provenant des entreprises appartenant à l'EI", a indiqué Dmitri Medvedev.

    Dmitri Medvedev estime également que les actions de la Turquie, qui a détruit le Su-24 russe, ont détruit de longues relations de bon voisinage entre la Russie et la Turquie, y compris dans les domaines économique et humanitaire...........Lire la suite:

  123. Putin: Regierung in Ankara unterstützt gezielt „Islamisierung“ der Türkei...

    Nach dem Abschuss des russischen Kampfjets durch die türkische Luftwaffe beschuldigt Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin die Regierung in Ankara, gezielt eine „Islamisierung“ der Türkei voranzutreiben.

    Mit Blick auf den Jet-Abschuss sagte Putin, dass das Problem viel tiefer liege: „Die jetzige Führung der Türkei betreibt seit Jahren gezielt eine Innenpolitik, die die Islamisierung ihres Landes unterstützt.“ Der Islam sei eine große Weltreligion und auch in Russland eine der traditionellen Religionen. „Wir unterstützen selber den Islam und werden das auch weiter tun.“ Doch im Fall der Türkei „handelt es sich um die Unterstützung einer radikaleren Richtung. Das schafft eine sehr ungünstige Atmosphäre.“..............Weiterlesen:

  124. Ukraine closes airspace to all Russian planes...

    Ukraine has banned all Russian planes from using its airspace and exports of Russian gas to Ukraine have been halted by state-controlled giant Gazprom.

    The decision was announced by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a televised government meeting.

    Gazprom said it had halted gas deliveries to Ukraine because it had used up all the gas it had paid for.

    But Ukraine said it had stopped buying from Gazprom because it could get cheaper gas from Europe.

    The airspace ban applies to military planes as well as civil airliners..............

  125. Pilote survivant du Su-24: aucune mise en garde de la part de la Turquie...

    Le pilote survivant du Su-24 exclut formellement toute violation de l’espace aérien turc, car selon lui, l'équipage de l'avion connaissait "comme les doigts de sa main" la zone où l'incident a eu lieu.

    En outre, le pilote a indiqué qu'il n'y avait eu aucune mise en garde de la part de la Turquie, ni visuellement, ni à la radio.

    "Il n'y a eu aucun contact. C'est pourquoi nous nous sommes préparés à la manœuvre de tir comme prévu. Il faut se rendre compte de la vitesse du bombardier et quelle est celle d’un F-16. Si on avait voulu nous mettre en garde, ils auraient pu se montrer, prenant une direction parallèle. Mais rien de tel n’a eu lieu. Et un missile a frappé subitement la queue de notre avion. Nous ne l'avons même pas observé visuellement afin d’entreprendre une manœuvre anti-missile", a-t-il déclaré..........Lire la suite:

  126. Nach Bomber-Abschuss: Türkei schickt 18 Kampfjets gleichzeitig zur syrischen Grenze...

    Nach dem Abschuss des russischen Bombers Su-24 hat der türkische Generalstab gleichzeitig 18 Kampfjets auf Patrouille an der syrischen Grenze geschickt und auch Panzer in die Region verlegt.

    Wie der Generalstab am Mittwoch mitteilte, nahmen an der massiven Patrouillenaktion 18 Jagdflugzeuge des Typs F-16 teil. Nach Angaben der Nachrichtenagentur Anadolu verlegte das türkische Militär nach dem Abschuss des russischen Flugzeugs zudem 20 Kampfpanzer an die Grenze zu Syrien.

    Vor dem Hintergrund des andauernden Krieges in Syrien hatte das türkische Militär bereits zu Jahresbeginn an der Grenze große Truppenkontingente aufgestellt.....

  127. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has not agreed to the proposal of the Turkish foreign minister about the meeting, Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova told TASS on Wednesday....

    "We made a point of the Reuters report, which said, citing a spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry, that an agreement had been reached to hold a meeting of the foreign ministers in the coming days," she said. "Such statements of the Turkish Foreign Ministry once again point to the lack of basic ideas of ethics and respect and are significant in terms of the credibility of everything that we hear from Ankara.".........

  128. Syrian army source: rebels make heavy use of TOW missiles ...

    A Syrian military source said rebels are making heavy use of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles paid for by Saudi Arabia and supplied via Turkey in recent weeks and the weapons are having an impact on the battlefield.

    The so-called TOW missile is the most potent weapon in the arsenal of rebel groups battling President Bashar al-Assad, and has been seen in action more frequently since Russia intervened with air strikes on Syria on Sept 30.

    A rebel group was shown using one of the guided missiles to destroy a grounded Russian helicopter in Syria on Tuesday.

    Addressing the increased supplies of TOW missiles for the first time, the Syrian military source said they had an impact on the fighting, but played down their overall significance, saying the army was gaining

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

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

    1. La portavoz del Ministerio de Exteriores ruso Maria Zajárova llamó la grabación de las advertencias a los pilotos del bombardero ruso Su-24, revelada por Turquía "un montaje"...

      "Hay muchas grabaciones en Internet (…) ¿Cuánto (tiempo) necesitaron para editar esa 'obra maestra'?", dijo.

      Turquía reveló este jueves una grabación que presuntamente prueba la advertencia al avión ruso antes de que fuera derribado en Siria esta semana.

      En el audio, entregado por el ejército turco, se escucha decir en inglés "Cambie su rumbo hacia el sur inmediatamente", sin embargo, no se escuchan las alertas antes de que abrieran el fuego........

  130. La Russie a accusé mercredi la Turquie de "provocation planifiée" au lendemain du crash d'un avion de guerre russe, abattu près de la frontière syrienne par l'armée turque, tout en écartant, comme Ankara, une escalade militaire dans la région...

    "Nous avons de sérieux doutes sur le fait qu'il s'agisse d'un acte spontané, cela ressemble beaucoup à une provocation planifiée", a déclaré le ministre russe des Affaires étrangères Sergueï Lavrov, lors d'une conférence de presse.

    Pour autant, la Russie "ne fera pas la guerre à la Turquie, (ses) relations avec le peuple turc n'ont pas changé", a affirmé M. Lavrov.......

  131. Les députés français approuvent massivement la prolongation des frappes aériennes en Syrie...

    (Belga) Les députés français ont adopté mercredi à la quasi-unanimité la prolongation des frappes aériennes en Syrie, décidées début septembre par le président François Hollande et intensifiées depuis les attentats de Paris mi-novembre.

    Les députés ont voté (515 voix pour, quatre contre et dix abstentions) "la prolongation de l'engagement des forces aériennes au-dessus du territoire syrien", comme le veut la Constitution lorsque la durée d'une intervention militaire excède quatre mois. (Belga)

  132. Le chef de l'Etat français, après avoir rencontré depuis le début de la semaine David Cameron, Barack Obama et Angela Merkel, poursuit ce jeudi son marathon diplomatique en vue d'une coalition élargie anti-Etat islamique (EI) en se rendant à Moscou pour rencontrer Vladimir Poutine...

    La coordination de la lutte contre l'organisation djihadiste EI, qui a revendiqué mercredi l'attentat suicide de mardi en plein cœur de Tunis, est compliquée, surtout après la destruction mardi d'un chasseur russe par la Turquie, pays de l'Otan et membre de la coalition anti-EI, au motif que l'avion aurait violé son espace aérien.

    Néanmoins, les 27 partenaires de la France au sein de l'Union européenne vont tous apporter un soutien militaire direct ou indirect aux opérations françaises extérieures, a annoncé de son côté le ministre français de la Défense, Jean-Yves Le Drian, sans plus de précisions..............

  133. Russian-Turkish forum planned for December canceled — official...

    The Russian-Turkish forum due this December has been canceled, the head of Russia’s federal government agency Rossotrudnichestvo said on Thursday.

    "I am the co-chair of the Russian-Turkish forum," Lyubov Glebova said. "Public formats usually come after the meetings of the heads of states, and such a forum was scheduled for December."

    The forum could be held after such a meeting takes place, she said. "However, this does not mean that we are scaling down or reducing the Russian-Turkish relations."

    The official stressed that the political environment is not changing the basis of the Russian-Turkish relations that are "traditionally stable and friendly."

  134. Russland rechnet mit der Unantastbarkeit der Rechtsnormen für den Schiffsverkehr durch die Schwarzmeerengen, wie der Kreml-Pressesprecher Dmitri Peskow am Donnerstag sagte...

    „Die Normen für die Schiffsfahrt durch die Schwarzmeerengen werden durch das Völkerrecht geregelt, nämlich durch die Konvention von Montreux “, äußerte er am Donnerstag in einer telefonischen Pressekonferenz. Moskau rechne „mit der Unantastbarkeit der Normen der freien Schifffahrt durch die Schwarzmeerengen“.

    Die freie Schiffspassage durch die türkischen Meerengen wird durch den Vertrag von Montreux geregelt, der am 20. Juli 1936 geschlossen wurde. Er gab der Türkei die volle Souveränität über die Dardanellen, das Marmarameer und den Bosporus zurück

  135. Britain's Cameron says time to bomb militants in Syria...

    Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday it was time to join air strikes against Islamic State in Syria because Britain cannot "subcontract its security to other countries".

    Many Britons are wary of entering into another war in the Middle East after Western intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya failed to bring stability to the region and some believe led to the rise of militants groups such as Islamic State.

    But after Islamic State claimed responsibility for killing 130 people in Paris, some members of parliament who were reluctant to launch further military action in the Middle East now feel it is needed to protect Britain from such attacks.

    Cameron lost a vote on air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in 2013 and must persuade some wary members of his own Conservative Party and in the opposition Labour Party to back him if he is to win parliament's support for military action................

  136. Japan to deploy troops near East China Sea islands...

    Japan is planning to deploy about 500 ground troops on a southern island as territorial disputes with China continue to escalate.

    Vice Minister of Defence Kenji Wakamiya was in Ishigaki on Thursday to explain to Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama a plan to deploy the soldiers on the island beginning in 2019.

    Ishigaki has jurisdiction over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyu islands.

    Japan has stepped up defence readiness with the Chinese military build-up and its aggressive patrols near the disputed islands.

    Beijing insists it has sovereign rights to nearly all of the East China Sea and the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which about one-third of all the world's traded oil passes.

    The disputed waters - also claimed in part or in whole by Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Brunei - have also become the stage for a tussle for regional dominance between Beijing and Washington, the world's two largest economic and military powers.

  137. Russia's foreign ministry on Thursday slammed as "extraordinarily dangerous" Poland's call to annul a NATO act that prevents it from having permanent military bases on its soil...

    "We consider these statements to be extraordinarily dangerous and exceptionally provocative," Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

    Poland's new right-wing Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski on Wednesday called for scrapping the 1997 act on NATO-Russia relations to let the alliance install the bases, saying the document causes "inequality" between new and old members of the alliance.

    Zakharova said that Waszczykowski's statement was part of an attempt to rally Western public opinion ahead of next year's NATO summit in Warsaw and that the annulment of the deal could "bring down the existing European security system."

    "We see here the desire to convey the irreversible course taken by the alliance on the military containment of our country," she said in a briefing.

    The 1997 document stipulates that older NATO members "have no intention, no plan and no reason to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of new members" like Poland, Hungary or the Baltic countries.

    Russia has long insisted this provision also rules out permanent bases and troop deployments.

  138. Erdogan: Ein S400-Einsatz gegen türkische Jets in Syrien wird als Aggression gelten...

    Die Türkei wird laut Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan einen Einsatz russischer Fla-Systeme S400 gegen türkische Kampfjets über Syrien als Aggression auslegen.

    In einem CNN-Interview darauf angesprochen, erklärte Erdogan, hypothetisch sei eine solche Entwicklung durchaus wahrscheinlich. Die Türkei würde in dem Fall „zu dringenden Maßnahmen gezwungen sein“. Sollte ein türkischer Kampfjet vernichtet werden, würde dies Ankara als einen Aggressionsakt gegen die Souveränität des Landes auslegen. Sein Staat sei zur Selbstverteidigung berechtigt, betonte er..........

  139. France's Fabius backtracks after suggesting working with Syrian army...

    France's foreign minister was forced to backtrack on Friday after suggesting earlier in the day that troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be used to fight ISIS before a political transition took place in the country.

    "The cooperation of all Syrian forces, including the Syrian army, against Daesh (ISIS) is obviously welcomed, but, as I have constantly said, it will only be possible in the framework of a political transition," Laurent Fabius said in a statement.

    Fabius, one of Assad's fiercest critics, had told RTL radio earlier on Friday that while troops on the ground to fight ISIS could not be French there could be "Syrian soldiers from the Free Syrian Army, Sunni Arab states, and why not regime troops".

    Officials close to Fabius at the time clarified his position saying that cooperation could only happen once a unity government without Assad was in place.

    However, his original comments, which would have marked a departure in the Western position that the Syrian leader must step down, spread

  140. Prominent Kurdish lawyer shot dead in Turkey...

    An unidentified gunman on Saturday killed a top Kurdish lawyer who had been criticised in Turkey for saying the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organisation.

    Witnesses said Tahir Elci was shot in the head after making a statement to the media in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s troubled, mainly Kurdish southeast where he was president of the local bar association. A policeman was also killed in an ensuing exchange of fire.

    Hundreds of people have been killed since a ceasefire between the PKK and Turkish security forces collapsed in July, reigniting a conflict in which some 40,000 people have died since it began in 1984.

    “The moment the statement ended, the crowd was sprayed with bullets,” a local official from the pro-Kurdish HDP party, Omer Tastan, told Reuters.

    “A single bullet struck Elci in the head,” he said, adding that 11 people had also been injured in the incident.

    An HDP statement later described the killing as a “planned assassination” in a written statement, while calling for a protest in Istanbul...............

  141. The Syrian army said on Saturday that Turkey had recently increased supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment to what it described as terrorists in Syria, and accused its northern neighbor of firing shells at Syrian army positions...

    "We have certain information that the Turkish government has recently increased its support to the terrorists and the level of their supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment necessary to continue their criminal acts," an army statement said.....REUTERS

  142. Turkey to help EU curb migration in exchange for cash, EU membership talks ...

    Turkey will help the EUropean Union handle the flow of migrants that has called into question the future of Europe's passport-free travel in exchange for cash and restarting stalled talks on EU accession, draft conclusions of an EU-Turkey summit said.

    "Both sides will, as agreed and with immediate effect, step up their active cooperation on migrants who are not in need of international protection, preventing travel to Turkey and the EU, ensuring the application of the established bilateral readmission provisions and swiftly returning migrants who are not in need of international protection to their countries of origin," the draft, seen by Reuters, said.

    In exchange, Turkey will get 3 billion euros of initial aid to handle the refugees on its territory. The amount might be adjusted later on depending on developments, the draft said.

    The EU would also open in December the next chapter of negotiations with Turkey in its accession talks to the EU, which have been dragging on since 2005, and prepare further chapters for discussion in the first three months of next year.

    The EU also aims to lift the need for visas for Turks travelling to the EU in October 2016 if Ankara meets certain criteria specified in an agreed roadmap, said the draft, which may still be changed after the talks which start at 15.00 GMT.

  143. A Russian warplane recently entered Israeli-controlled airspace from Syria but the intrusion was resolved without incident, Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Sunday...

    Yaalon's comments come amid deep concern over the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, which claims it strayed over the Syrian border into its airspace and ignored repeated warnings to change course. Moscow denies the allegations.

    "There was a slight intrusion a mile (1.6 kilometres) deep by a Russian plane from Syria into our airspace, but it was immediately resolved and the Russian plane returned towards Syria," Yaalon told public radio.

    "It was apparently an error by the pilot who was flying near the Golan."

    Israel seized most of the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and later annexed the territory in a move never recognised by the international community.

    Yaalon recalled that Israel and Russia had made arrangements to avoid clashes over Syria, with the agreement said to include a "hotline" and information

  144. Die griechische Piraeus Bank bekommt eine Finanzspritze von 2,72 Mrd. Euro. Auch private Investoren sollen helfen, den Kapitalbedarf der Bank zu decken, wie die EU-Kommission am Sonntag mitteilte....

    Die Bank ist nach Angaben der Brüsseler Behörde der wichtigste Kreditgeber für griechische Firmen und Privatleute.

    Die Piraeus Bank wurde neben drei anderen großen Banken des Landes von der europäischen Bankenaufsicht überprüft....

  145. Israel's prime minister has suspended contacts with European Union representatives regarding the political process with the Palestinians to protest the bloc's decision to label Israeli exports from the West Bank...

    Israel's Foreign Ministry said Sunday that Netanyahu had ordered contacts frozen until a "reassessment process is completed."

    It did not go into detail as to which institutions are affected. The peace process with the Palestinians broke down early last year.

    Israel also said it would suspend dialogue on certain political issues earlier this month when the EU issued its new directive that labels Israeli produce made in the West Bank. Israel says the labeling is unfair and discriminatory. The EU says it is an accurate depiction of origin since the goods are not made in Israel.

  146. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told a senior Iranian official on Sunday that his adversaries had increased weapon supplies and financial support to insurgents since the start of a major offensive aided by his allies to regain lost territory...

    Assad was quoted by state media as telling Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, that the military support his country was getting from Iran and Russia had pushed the enemy states he did not name to “further escalate and increase financing and equipping of terrorists”.

    The Syrian army said on Saturday that Turkey had increased supplies of weapons, ammunition and equipment to what it described as terrorists in Syria......REUTERS.......

  147. Moscow and Ankara should carry out a joint investigation into the downing of Russian warplane last week and restore bilateral relations, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in his address to the nation on Monday...

    "Whatever it takes, I believe this commission needs to be created jointly and be concluded quickly, and those guilty should be found and punished. Mistakes should be admitted and ties should be restored. I call on our Russian and Turkish friends to do this," Nazarbayev said.

    Kazakhstan deeply regrets that this incident has occurred between Russia and Turkey, Nazarbayev said. "The fact is that the Russian bomber did not attack Turkey."............

  148. The United States has received “credible reports of an imminent attack” in the Afghan capital within the next two days, strongly urging U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution if moving around Kabul...

    “There were no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of the planned attack,” the American embassy said Monday in its emergency message for U.S. citizens.

    It again warned U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan.

    “The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical. U.S. citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan may wish to consider departing,” the announcement said....................

  149. NATO’s Stoltenberg: All allies fully support Turkey’s right to defend its airspace...

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday that all allies fully support Turkey's right to defend its airspace over Turkey's downing a Russian warplane near the Syrian border last week.

  150. EU slams Syria for gaps in chemical weapons declaration...

    A European Union envoy criticized Syria Monday for "gaps and contradictions" in its declarations about its chemical weapons arsenal to the global watchdog overseeing the destruction of the toxic armaments.

    Jacek Bylica of Luxembourg said that the lack of clarity from Damascus, "make it impossible to have confidence that its chemical weapons program has been irreversibly dismantled."

    Bylica delivered the damning statement on behalf of the EU on the opening day of the annual meeting of member states of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

    Syria declared an arsenal of 1,300 tons of chemical weapons when it joined the OPCW in 2013 under pressure from the international community following a deadly chemical attack on a Damascus neighborhood.

    More than 99 percent of those weapons have been destroyed, but questions remain about whether Syria declared all of its

  151. France says Russian strikes in Syria must only target Islamic State....

    Russian air strikes in Syria must clearly target only Islamic State, France's foreign ministry said on Monday in response to questions over recent raids by Moscow on opposition groups in the north of the country.

    After traveling to the Russian capital on Thursday, French President Francois Hollande said he had agreed with his counterpart Vladimir Putin that these attacks would only hit Islamic State and similar jihadi groups in Syria.

    The West has accused Moscow of mostly targeting Western-backed rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad..........JPOST.COM

  152. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ankara of shooting down a Russian warplane to protect supplies of oil from the Islamic State group to Turkey....

    "We have every reason to think that the decision to shoot down our plane was dictated by the desire to protect the oil supply lines to Turkish territory," Putin said during a news conference on the fringes of UN climate talks near Paris.

    "We have received additional information which unfortunately confirms that this oil, produced in areas controlled by the Islamic State and other terrorist organisations, is transported on an industrial scale to Turkey."................


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