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  • Second death within hours at Chess Olympics

    08/15/2014 4:11:10 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 37 replies
    The Local (Norway) ^ | 15 Aug 2014 10:29 GMT+02:00
    A second chess player died at the Norway Chess Olympiad in Tromsø on Thursday. Police and medics were called to one of city's top hotels after the deceased was found alone in a hotel room at 10.30pm. The male victim is the second chess participant to die on the same day, after a 67-year-old man collapsed and died in the main play arena while playing his match yesterday. The second dead man was found in the Radisson Blu hotel in Tromsø on Thursday evening, a reporter from iTromso confirmed to The Local. Police chief Gunnar Baardsen said to NTB: "There...
  • Hero dog dies after saving drowning boy

    08/15/2014 4:07:14 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | 14 Aug 2014 11:26 GMT+02:00
    A dog has been hailed a hero after saving a five-year-old boy from drowning in the sea along Italy’s Adriatic coast, but minutes later died himself. Barillo, an eight-year-old mestizo dog, started barking after seeing the child struggling in the sea at San Benedetto del Tronto in the Marche region, and jumped straight in after failing to get the attention of his owner, La Stampa reported. Along with another swimmer, the dog managed to bring the boy to safety, but then drowned before reaching the shore after swallowing too much water. The incident happened on Sunday after the child, who...
  • Versailles pickpocket steals €10k from Chinese tourist

    08/15/2014 3:58:35 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    the local (France) ^ | 14 Aug 2014 11:57 GMT+02:00
    Chinese tourists have once again proved rich pickings for thieves in Paris when one visitor tothe Chateau de Versailles lost a staggering €10,500 when thieves rifled through his pockets. Chinese tourists have been warned not to carry wads of cash. Rated as one of the top destinations among the more than one million Chinese tourists that visit France every year,the Chateau de Versailles has also become a favourite spot for thieves. For one unlucky (or daft, depending on how sympathetic you are) 35-year-old Chinese tourist, it meant he lost €10,500 - the best part of his holiday budget - when...
  • Russian customs reports suspicious substances in Jack Daniels consignment

    08/15/2014 9:05:09 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | August 15, 15:36 UTC+4
    Suspicious substances have been found in a shipment of original Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey in the Urals city Yekaterinburg, Urals customs press service said on Friday. Consumer protection officials had also reported numerous violations in sales procedures for the US product on August 14, the customs service said. Russian alchohol market regulators Rosalcoholregulirovaniye told ITAR-TASS that bottle labels did not comply with retail sales rules. Authority press service head Natalia Lukyantseva said labels contained no Russian-language information and did not detail the spirit's origin or aging. Checking of the consignment continues, officials say.
  • German electricity price is half taxes and fees

    08/13/2014 9:41:16 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    deutsche welle ^ | 13.08.2014
    Taxes and fees now amount to 52 percent of the monthly power bill for retail consumers, according to a new report released Wednesday (13.8.2014) in Berlin by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). A typical household that uses 3,500 kilowatt hours of power per year pays about 85 euros ($113) a month for electricity. That's just one euro more than last year. About 45 euros, just over half the monthly total, is composed of taxes and special levies imposed by government. They include the standard value-added tax that applies to all goods and services, plus a special...
  • Chinese group asks Japanese Emperor, gov't to return looted relic

    08/11/2014 9:29:48 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2014-08-11 21:48:56 | Wang Cong and Ren Qinqin
    BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese group has asked Japan to return a 1,300-year-old stone stele looted by Japanese soldiers early last century from northeastern China. In a letter addressed to Japanese Emperor Akihito and the Japanese government on Sunday via the Japanese Embassy in China, the China Federation of Demanding Compensation from Japan (CFDC) said the Honglujing Stele, which documents China's endorsement of the first king of the Bohai Kingdom (698-926) in 713 A.D., should be handed back to China as soon as possible. CFDC president Tong Zeng told Xinhua on Monday that so far the federation has...
  • 44 French police injured at French league match

    08/10/2014 6:01:10 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Times of India ^ | Aug 10, 2014, 05.27 PM IST
    PARIS: Violence before and after a weekend match in Corsica between Bastia and Olympique de Marseille has left 44 police officers injured, with eight requiring hospital treatment, prompting the French interior minister vowing to ban those responsible from stadiums. French authorities said on Sunday there would be a meeting in the coming days with officials of the French football league to put in place a plan to stop such "inadmissible violence." Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Minister of Youth and Sports Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said in a joint statement that those responsible will face the courts and also be sanctioned, "notably...
  • Plane crashes near Tehran airport, at least 38 reported dead

    08/10/2014 5:56:55 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Times of India ^ | Aug 10, 2014, 03.55 PM IST
    DUBAI: An Iran-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran with 48 passengers and crew on board crashed on a road near Tehran's Mehrabad airport on Sunday, killing at least 38 people, Iranian state media reported. Initial reports said that all passengers and crew on board had been killed, but state media later reported that some passengers had been injured and transferred to hospital. Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said that eight or nine had survived and quoted a doctor as saying that one of the injured had regained consciousness. State television said 38 people died instantly...
  • 47 Armenian soldiers killed near Azeri border

    08/08/2014 4:45:35 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    The Azerbaijani army has reportedly killed 47 Armenian soldiers in recent clashes, as President Ilham Aliyev visited a frontline zone near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Citing Russian diplomatic sources, Azerbaijan Press Agency (APA) reported 47 Armenian servicemen were killed and more than 100 were wounded near the border between the two countries, with the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry also stating that the Armenians suffered a “considerably greater number of losses” during the clashes. Last week the simmering tensions boiled over into the fiercest clashes seen since a cease-fire was agreed upon in 1994. Meanwhile, Aliyev was briefed on Aug. 6 by...
  • Boeing launches plan to turn tobacco into jet fuel

    08/07/2014 8:54:18 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Business Aug. 08, 2014 - 06:18AM JST
    U.S. aerospace giant Boeing says it is working with South African Airways and a Dutch biofuel company to make jet fuel from tobacco seeds. The Dutch firm, SkyNRG, is boosting its production in South Africa of a hybrid, nicotine-free, tobacco crop called Solaris with “biofuel production expected… in the next few years,” the three companies said in a statement. “Initially, oil from the plant’s seeds will be converted into jet fuel. In coming years, Boeing expects emerging technologies to increase South Africa’s aviation biofuel production from the rest of the plant,” added the firms. Aviation biofuel, made from renewable resources...
  • Yazidis fleeing Islamic State settled in homes in southeastern Turkey

    08/07/2014 5:00:18 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/07/2014
    Displaced Iraqis from the northern town of Sinjar head towards the autonomous Kurdistan region on August 4, 2014, as they seek refuge after Islamic State (IS) Sunni militants took control of their hometown. AFP Photo Yazidis fleeing Iraq following an offensive by Islamic State (IS) militants have been settled in homes in the town of Silopi in the southeastern province of Şırnak, Culture Minister Ömer Çelik has said from Twitter on Aug. 7. Another government official who spoke to the AFP on condition of anonymity said hundreds of Yazidis had entered Turkey since Aug. 6. "They have been accommodated by...
  • More than 1,000 Turks fighting for the Islamic Caliphate

    08/02/2014 3:17:47 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | August/02/2014 | Serkan Demirtaş
    The number of Turkish citizens fighting under the umbrella of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is slightly more than 1,000, according to Turkish officials, who admit that they are unable to learn the exact number. The estimated number of armed ISIL fighters is around 12,000 to 15,000, which shows that Turks make up just less than 10 percent of the jihadist group. Turkey has long been accused of not efficiently controlling its borders to prevent those foreigners joining the jihadist extremist groups and stop the flow of weapons into Syria. In response to these criticisms, Turkish...
  • China factory explosion kills scores [makes parts for GM]

    08/02/2014 9:08:10 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 30 replies ^ | Saturday 2 August 2014 20.33 AEST
    An explosion at a factory in China has killed at least 65 people, according to Chinese state media. Another 150 people were injured in the blast on Saturday morning in Kunshan, a city in the eastern province of Jiangsu near Shanghai. Workers in the factory were producing parts for cars for US companies including General Motors, state media said. "We heard the explosion and we were all shocked," a security guard from a nearby factory told Agence France-Presse. He said the blast happened as workers were changing shifts, resulting in higher casualties. Forty people died at the scene, and more...
  • Another Dane reportedly dies fighting in Syria

    08/02/2014 7:24:20 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 16 replies
    the Local (Denmark) ^ | 31 Jul 2014 17:50 GMT+02:00
    A teenager from Aarhus was killed by a roadside bomb in Syria, his family reported to media on Thursday. At least 100 Danes have joined the war. A 19-year-old from the Aarhus suburb of Viby has reportedly become at least the 16th Dane to die while fighting in Syria’s civil war. TV2 Østjylland reported on Thursday that the family of Ahmad Hallak has confirmed that the young man died in Syria on Monday. Family members told the TV station that Hallak was intensely motivated by his religious beliefs and strongly inspired by members of the Muslim community in Aarhus. The...
  • Last Danish troops leave Camp Bastion

    08/02/2014 7:21:24 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Local (Denmark) ^ | 01 Aug 2014 15:40 GMT+02:00
    Nineteen soldiers and over 50 heavily-loaded planes are on their way back to Denmark a week earlier than planned. The last Danish soldiers have left Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan, the Army Operational Command (Hærens Operative Kommando - HOK) said on Friday. The withdrawal is taking place a week earlier than originally scheduled. The last 19 Danish soldiers will be flown back to Denmark on Friday after having left Camp Bastion on July 27th. HOK said a total of 54 heavy-loaded planes carrying 2,348 tonnes of material is being transported back to Denmark by way of Dubai. “That’s the equivalent...
  • TTIP in danger as Berlin might refuse agreement with Canada

    07/31/2014 9:44:28 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    VoxEurop ^ | 31 July 2014
    The German Government might refuse the fully negotiated free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA) amidst “fears foreign firms might get too much power”, according to a report by Cerstin Gammelin, EU correspondent for the Südddeutsche Zeitung. German EU-Diplomats confirmed on Friday that the German Government cannot sign the treaty with Canada ‘as it is negotiated now’. Germany would generally be ready to initial the treaty in September, though the chapter on legal protection for investors is said to be ‘problematic’ and for now not acceptable.’ According to the paper, the acceptance of the Transatlantic investment and...
  • Wine cup used by Pericles found in grave north of Athens

    07/31/2014 5:12:42 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 34 replies ^ | Wednesday Jul 30, 2014 (14:14)
    The cup was likely used in a wine symposium when Pericles was in his twenties, and the six men who drank from it scrawled their names as a memento, experts say. A cup believed to have been used by Classical Greek statesman Pericles has been found in a pauper's grave in north Athens, according to local reports Wednesday. The ceramic wine cup, smashed in 12 pieces, was found during building construction in the northern Athens suburb of Kifissia, Ta Nea daily said. After piecing it together, archaeologists were astounded to find the name "Pericles" scratched under one of its handles,...
  • China, Australia, US plan trilateral military exercise

    07/31/2014 5:08:08 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    xinhua ^ | 2014-07-31 18:51:58
    BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- China, Australia and the United States will conduct their first trilateral military exercise in October, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday. "Exercise Kowari" of the three armies will take place in Australia, Geng Yansheng told a regular press briefing. Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, visited Australia from July 16 to 19, and reached consensus with the Australian side on developing military relations, according to Geng. The two sides formally announced the military exercise during this visit, said Geng. The general toured Australian naval and army facilities....
  • Turkey may woo Greek doctors to fill vacancies

    07/30/2014 8:53:16 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/30/2014
    Turkey is considering employing foreign doctors in order to fill vacancies in public hospitals, with Greek professionals being one of their main targets, Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu has said. “We are thinking of employing doctors from Greece and other countries, who we believe would fulfill the needs of our people and who will be accredited by YÖK [the Turkish Higher Education Board] after the related legal regulations have been made,” Müezzinoğlu told journalists during an Eid al-Fitr visit to an Istanbul hospital on July 29. “We [Turkey] have been increasing the capacity of our medical faculties since 2007, but such...
  • Senior Kosovo figures face prosecution for crimes against humanity

    07/29/2014 5:07:15 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies ^ | Tuesday 29 July 2014 09.42 BST | Julian Borger
    Leading political figures in Kosovo face indictment by a special EU court for crimes against humanity, including killings, abductions, sexual violence and other abuses of Serb and Roma minorities, according to the chief prosecutor leading a three-year special investigation. The threat of indictments comes in a progress report published on Tuesday morning in Brussels by Clint Williamson, an American prosecutor appointed by the EU in 2011 to investigate ethnic cleansing committed in Kosovo since the 1999 Nato intervention ended the conflict there. Williamson describes the suspects as "senior officials of the former Kosovo Liberation Army" (KLA), which fought against the...
  • Historic Chinese church gutted by fire

    07/28/2014 6:15:55 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Rakyat post ^ | BEIJING, July 28, 2014:
    This overhead view shows a firetruck (bottom, left) beside Jiangbei Cathedral in Ningbo, as firefighters put out a fire at the structure in Ningbo, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on July 28, 2014. — AFP pic A fire largely destroyed one of China’s oldest churches early today, state media reported, gutting the inside of the late 19th century structure. “The inside of the building is totally destroyed,” a firefighter told the official Xinhua news agency after the blaze at the gothic-style Jiangbei Cathedral in Ningbo, in Zhejiang province. “It’s a great loss. The church is such a beautiful building.” No...
  • No room for Christians in Iraq anymore, fleeing residents say

    07/27/2014 6:05:38 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/27/2014
    Alive but not at peace, Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Mosul are recounting their nightmares about the group, while also lamenting the ostensible end of a place for their community in Iraq. Thousands fled the violence after ISIL, which now calls itself the Islamic State (IS), took control of Mosul, and many others who were left behind were forced to flee the city last week under the threat of forced conversion or execution by jihadists. Not only were the Christians harried, but their heritage that is thousands...
  • Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon's vice PM, kills at least three

    07/27/2014 7:03:55 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    reuters ^ | By Tansa Musa
    YAOUNDE (Reuters) - The wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said. A local religious leader, or lamido, named Seini Boukar Lamine, who is also the town's mayor, was kidnapped as well, in a separate attack on his home. Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist militant group, has stepped up cross-border attacks into Cameroon in recent weeks as Cameroon has deployed troops to the region, joining international efforts to combat the militants. A Cameroon military...
  • Oil smuggling finances Islamic State's new 'caliphate'

    07/23/2014 4:57:04 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/23/2014
    Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq last month and are now selling crude oil and gasoline from them to finance their newly declared "caliphate". Near the northern city of Mosul, the Islamic State has taken over the Najma and Qayara fields, while further south near Tikrit it overran the Himreen and Ajil fields during its two-day sweep through northern Iraq in mid-June. The oilfields in Islamic State hands are modest compared to Iraq's giant fields near Kirkuk and Basra, which are under Kurdish and central government control. Most of the Islamic State-held oil...
  • Iran balks at Kurdish statehood threats

    07/20/2014 4:42:06 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    Asia Times ^ | Jul 18, '14 | By Mahan Abedi
    As Iraq continues to disintegrate, its powerful eastern neighbor, Iran, struggles to keep up with a wide range of issues and threats. For Iran, nothing is potentially more problematic and threatening than Kurdish independence. Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani raised the stakes for all key regional and international players by signaling determined political intent in Erbil to push for independence. An independent Kurdistan undercuts Iranian influence in Iraq. A nascent Kurdish state also signals a permanent base for American and Israeli influence on Iran's doorstep. As if this was not bad enough, Kurdish independence in Iraq will inevitably embolden irredentist Kurdish...
  • This Independence Day, India will remember her 1.3 million troops of WWI

    07/20/2014 3:28:26 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Times of India ^ | Jul 21, 2014, 12.24 AM IST | Manimugdha S Sharma,TNN
    In the killing fields of Gallipoli in 1915, Australia and New Zealand found their national identities. This Independence Day, India, which has been sprinting along the superpower track, will find an opportunity to pause for a moment to remember the 1.3 million Indians who fought in the First World War. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Great War, a global organization of NRIs wants to declare August 15 as Remembrance Day in memory of the Indian soldiers. They have chosen this day because "there could be no better day to be free of our old inhibitions about...
  • Democrats may lose Hope in Arkansas despite Clinton legacy

    07/20/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    LA Times ^ | By Lisa Mascaro
    Much has changed since Bill Clinton grew up in this sleepy Arkansas town. The former Clinton home is now a well-appointed museum. The old two-lane road in front grew into a bustling artery leading to a Wal-Mart. Across the street sits a taco truck, whose owner, immigrant Elvia Bello, sells her famous tamales to the small but growing Latino population in the once-segregated community. But perhaps the biggest change of all in a state that once had reliably elected Democrats is the sandwich-board sign on a corner with hand-painted letters announcing: "Tea Party Meeting 4th Thursday 7 p.m." This busy...
  • Iraqi Kurds begin oil pumping from Kirkuk

    07/17/2014 10:31:35 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region has begun to pump oil from Kirkuk fields previously controlled by Iraq’s central government into the pipeline system that runs in its own territory, a senior Iraqi oil official said on July 17. Kirkuk lies on the disputed boundary between the northern Kurdish region and the rest of Iraq and is at the heart of a long-running dispute between Baghdad and Arbil, the Kurdish regional capital, over territory and natural resources. Kurdish forces took control of production facilities at the Kirkuk and Bai Hassan northern fields on July 11, exploiting a power vacuum created by an...
  • Syrian car hits family in Turkey, raising racial tensions

    07/16/2014 9:33:12 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/16/2014
    Tension between locals and Syrians escalated in the southeastern province of Gaziantep when a car with a Syrian plate hit a family on July 15, injuring a mother and a daughter. The Syrian driver, whose identity remains unknown, crashed into the family of four while the latter was crossing the Özdemirbey Avenue in the evening hours. Güneş Aydoğan, 54, and her 5-year-old daughter Betül Aydoğan were taken to hospital after being injured in the accident. Turkish citizens who gathered at the scene attacked the car and broke its windows, attempting to lynch the Syrian driver. The outraged group also attacked...
  • Dutch court rules nation liable over 300 Srebrenica victims

    07/16/2014 9:21:20 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/16/2014
    A court in the Netherlands ruled Wednesday that the Dutch state was liable for the deaths of over 300 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II. Families of the victims had brought a case the Dutch government over the 1995 killings, accusing Dutch UN peacekeepers of failing to protect the 8,000 slaughtered by ethnic Serb troops just a few months before the end of the Bosnian war. The judgement was greeted with a mixture of satisfaction and dismay by relatives after the court found the state was liable...
  • What is UN good for if Gaza in flames, asks Turkish PM Erdogan

    07/16/2014 9:13:53 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/16/2014
    The humanitarian tragedy in Gaza due to Israel’s devastating attacks has moved Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to once again slam the United Nations’ alleged lack of effectiveness. “I wonder, how can we make an explanation for what Israel has done, as a human being, no matter which religion or sect we are from?” Erdoğan said late on July 15. “The United Nations is the number one responsible on this matter. I always ask the U.N: What do you serve for? Why was this U.N. founded? To provide the world’s peace? If the U.N. can’t fulfill its job, then...
  • Egypt opens border to wounded Palestinians

    07/10/2014 4:52:01 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | July/10/2014
    Rafah is Gaza's only border crossing that bypasses Israel, which has hammered the coastal strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire. AFP Photo Egypt opened its Rafah border crossing to Gaza on Thursday to receive wounded Palestinians as Israel pounded the enclave with air strikes, an official at the border said. Hospitals in north Sinai, which borders Gaza and Israel, have been placed on standby to receive the Palestinians, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported. The crossing is usually closed, with Egyptian officials citing the tense security situation in Sinai, where the army is battling an Islamist insurgency. Rafah is...
  • Pro-Erdoğan group hacks Armenian weekly’s website, threatens community with ‘eradication’

    07/09/2014 4:07:47 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin
    Hürriyet ^ | July/09/2014
    The website of the weekly Armenian newspaper Agos was hacked in the late hours of July 8, posting a message and a photo of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with an Ottoman stamp in the background. The hackers, calling themselves “Herakles Fearlesleon,” threatened to “eradicate” the community and accused it of “treason,” while also sending messages of support to Erdoğan. “We have seen a lot of traitors like you. We know what you did and what you will do in the future. But from now on the great Ottoman state will be reborn with the master Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” a...
  • China starts publishing daily Japanese war crimes 'confession'

    07/04/2014 9:29:50 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 11 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Jul. 04, 2014 - 11:50AM JST
    China began publishing “confessions” of 45 convicted Japanese World War II criminals on Thursday, officials said, in Beijing’s latest effort to highlight the past amid a territorial dispute between the two countries. The documents, handwritten by Japanese tried and convicted by military courts in China after the war, are being released online one a day for 45 days by the State Archives Administration (SAA), it said in a statement on its website. In the first, dated 1954 and 38 pages long, Keiku Suzuki, described as a lieutenant general and commander of Japan’s 117th Division, admitted ordering a Colonel Taisuke to...
  • China's Xi highlights Japan militarist past in Seoul speech

    07/04/2014 9:20:20 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Jul. 04, 2014 - 04:15PM JST
    Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the joint suffering of China and South Korea under Japanese militarism during a speech in Seoul Friday that came days after Tokyo announced a landmark shift in military policy. “In the first half of the 20th century, Japanese militarists carried out barbarous wars of aggression against China and Korea, swallowing up Korea and occupying half of the Chinese mainland,” Xi said in an address at Seoul National University. “When the war against Japan was at its highest pitch, the Chinese and Korean people shared their suffering and helped each other with sweat and blood,” he...
  • Israel's prime minister backs Kurdish independence

    06/29/2014 5:29:24 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies ^ | Sunday 29 June 2014 19.32 BST
    Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu voiced support for Kurdish statehood, taking a position that appears to clash with the US. Netanyahu on Sunday called for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan as part of a broader alliance with moderate forces across the region. Netanyahu laid out his positions in a policy speech that marked his most detailed response to the gains made by Sunni extremists fighting in Iraq. His endorsement of Kurdish independence put him at odds with prevailing international opinion. Netanyahu said that the rise of both al-Qaida-backed Sunni extremists, as well as Iranian-backed Shia forces, had created the...
  • Texas man pleads guilty to attempt to join ISIL via Turkey

    06/29/2014 6:53:03 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | June/28/2014
    This undated image provided by the Austin Police Department shows Michael Wolfe. Wolfe is one of two Central Texas men who have been separately accused of trying to plot their entry into conflicts in Syria and Somalia to support terrorists, according to federal prosecutors. (AP Photo/Austin Police Department) A Texas man pleaded guilty on Friday of attempting to provide support and resources to a Middle Eastern foreign terrorist organization as part of a federal undercover operation, U.S. prosecutors said. Michael Wolfe, 23, admitted that "he planned to travel to the Middle East to provide his services to a foreign terrorist...
  • Turkey to meet Kurdistan Regional Government’s fuel demand amid oil crisis

    06/28/2014 11:09:45 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | June/27/2014
    Turkey will meet northern Iraq’s additional 4,000 tons of processed oil demand, the Turkish energy minister has said, but warned of border gate restraints amid fuel scarcity in the region after the shutdown of Iraq’s biggest refinery. Turkey currently ships 9,000 tons of fuel to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq and an additional 4,000 tons have been demanded, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız said, answering reporters’ question at the Bosporus Energy Club meeting on June 27. “Can we meet this? Of course we can … Will it be possible for all of the order to pass through Habur...
  • Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani says Kurdish self-rule in Kirkuk to stay

    06/27/2014 5:08:52 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | June/27/2014
    Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani said June 27 there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in oil city Kirkuk and other towns now defended against Sunni militants by Kurdish fighters. "Now, this (issue) ... is achieved," he said, referring to a constitutional article meant to address the Kurds' decades-old ambition to incorporate the territory in their autonomous region in the north over the objections of successive governments in Baghdad. Kurdish forces stepped in when federal government forces withdrew in the face of a jihadist-led offensive earlier this month. Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting British Foreign...
  • Syria opposition sacks Free Syrian Army command over graft allegations

    06/27/2014 5:06:48 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin
    hurriyet daily news ^ | June/27/2014
    Syria's opposition government sacked the military command of the rebel Free Syrian Army late Thursday over corruption allegations, as the White House asked lawmakers for $500 million for moderate insurgents. A statement by the opposition government said its chief Ahmad Tohme "decided to disband the Supreme Military Council and refer its members to the government's financial and administration committee for investigation". The decision came amid widespread reports of corruption within the ranks of the FSA, which is backed by Western and Arab governments in its battle to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The government in exile said it...
  • Swedish music festivals opt to go cash free

    06/14/2014 11:05:54 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 32 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | 13 Jun 2014 10:21 GMT+02:00
    Dropped wallets, mile-long lines to buy a hotdog, and stolen cash are a thing of the past - at least at music festivals in Sweden. Cash is no longer king. Many Swedish music festivals will soon be entirely cashless, organizers announced on Friday. "All festival armbands will have chips," said Niklas Westergren, marketing director at FKP Scorpio, one of the largest organizers of music festivals in Sweden. "Before the festival begins, people can create a profile where they can add their bank details." Instead of keeping track of cash, festival-goers can transfer money from their accounts and then just swipe...
  • Spain forces Coke to rehire workers

    06/14/2014 11:00:49 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 24 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 13 Jun 2014 16:06 GMT+02:00
    Coca-Cola will have to reemploy and reimburse the 821 workers it sacked in April when it closed four of its bottling plants in Spain now that a judge has ruled the drinks multinational carried out the lay-offs unlawfully. The sudden lay-off of 1,190 (finally 821) Coca-Cola employees from its bottling plants in Madrid, Mallorca, Alicante and Asturias were, according to holding company Iberian Partners, needed to improve efficiency. But Spain’s High Court ruled on Friday that the fizzy drinks giants had not carried out the merging of all of their eight bottling plants in Spain appropriately. They also blamed them...
  • Egypt pleads with Italian tourists to return

    06/14/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 22 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | 12 Jun 2014 14:02 GMT+02:00
    Tour operators in Egypt have this week held a conference to urge Italian tourists to return, after instability in the country prompted a crisis in the travel industry following the 2011 ousting of dictator Hosni Mubarak. Around 700 tour operators gathered this week at the ‘United for Egypt’ conference held at the Port Ghalib resort, La Stampa reported. Organizers from both countries hoped the meeting would give a much-needed boost to tourism to Egypt, which has seen a dramatic fall-off in recent years. “In 2008 in Egypt there were 1,073,159 Italian travellers. That number literally collapsed and in 2013 local...
  • Rockefeller family member killed in small plane crash near New York City

    06/13/2014 10:41:52 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 34 replies
    yahoo news ^ | by Victoria Cavaliere
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The great-grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller was killed on Friday when his small plane crashed shortly after taking off from an airport north of New York City, a family spokesman and the Federal Aviation Administration said. Dr. Richard Rockefeller of Falmouth, Maine, was piloting the Piper PA-46 aircraft when it went down about 10 minutes after takeoff from Westchester County Airport in Purchase, 23 miles (37 km) north of New York City, family spokesman Fraser Seitel and the FAA said. He was the only person on board, according to an FAA statement. "This is...
  • Turkish opposition lawmakers accuse Turkish government of 'protecting ISIL and al-Nusra militants'

    06/13/2014 8:44:24 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | June/13/2014
    This photograph shows ISIL commander Abu Muhammad, April 16, 2014, allegedly receiving free treatment in Hatay State Hospital after being injured during fighting in Idlib, Syria. Two lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) have accused the government of protecting and cooperating with jihadist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the al-Nusra Front, while the Turkish government quickly denied the claim. CHP Deputy Parliamentary Group Head Muharrem Ince has asked for explanations of a photograph showing ISIL commander Abu Muhammad allegedly receiving free treatment in Hatay State Hospital on April 16, 2014,...
  • ISIL issues ‘10 commandments’ for Islamic rule

    06/13/2014 8:34:42 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 32 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | June/13/2014
    Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who abducted 80 Turks in northern Iraq and who are approaching ever closer to the Iraqi capital Baghdad, have set rules for those living under their control in the province of Nineveh. The group, which has made clear that it intends to create a new Caliphate, published the document two days after taking the provincial capital Mosul. Arabic-speaking reporter Jenan Moussa translated the document. A redacted version is as follows: 1) People, you tried secular rulings (Republic, Baathist, Safavid) and they gave you pain. Now is time for the...
  • ISIL militants 'executed 1,700 Shiite soldiers', UN alarmed

    06/13/2014 8:32:15 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 29 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | June/13/2014
    Concerns are growing over executions and mounting abuses by militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), amid a warning from the United Nations that hundreds of people were killed, many of them summarily executed, after the seizure of Mosul. “The full extent of civilian casualties is not yet known but reports received by UNAMI, the U.N. mission in Iraq, to this point suggest that the number of people killed in recent days may run into the hundreds and the number of wounded is said to be approaching 1,000,” Rupert Colville, the spokesman of the U.N.’s...
  • Red Cross freezes Libya work after Swiss death

    06/08/2014 3:47:39 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    The Local (Switzerland) ^ | 05 Jun 2014 18:11 GMT+02:00
    The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is temporarily freezing its operations in Libya to reevaluate the security situation after a Swiss staffer was killed by gunmen. "We are freezing movement (of personnel) for the time being to analyze the situation so we can adapt our operations," ICRC spokesman David-Pierre Marquet told AFP on Thursday. He said there were no plans to permanently halt the organization's operations in Libya. The announcement came a day after Michael Greub, a 42-year-old Swiss citizen heading the ICRC's office in Libya's third city Misrata, was killed by gunmen in Sirte, 200 kilometres...
  • Italians flock to Albania in search of work

    06/08/2014 3:33:56 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | 06 Jun 2014 08:00 GMT+02:00
    There has been a jump in the number of Italians moving to Albania for new opportunities, with 19,000 taking up work or study visas, Italian media reported on Thursday. The figures from the Albanian government represent “a real boom”, sociologist Rando Devole was quoted in Il Messaggero as saying. “That says a lot about the Italian crisis, but also about the growth of Albania through its own immigrants,” he said. Albanian immigrants to Italy have acted as ambassadors for their country, “convincing owners of small businesses in Italy to open in another part of the Adriatic coast,” Devole said. Although...
  • Turkish-American F-35 engine production facility inaugurated in İzmir

    06/08/2014 2:36:20 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | June/06/2014
    Kale Pratt & Whitney, a joint venture of American aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and Turkish aviation company Kale, has inaugurated its new engine factory in the Aegean province of Izmir, where the most critical engine parts of F-35 fighter jets will be manufactured. The parts of the F-135 engine of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighters will manufactured, assembled and repaired at the plant, the opening of which has been marked with a ceremony attended by President Abdullah Gül, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz and company managers. With the aim of producing fuselage parts for the new generation...