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  • Paris's Gare du Nord station evacuated amid security concerns

    Our Foreign Staff 8 MAY 2017 • 11:57PM Police poured into Paris' Gare du Nord station late on Monday evening, evacuating passengers from platforms and sealing off the area. French police said in a single tweet that there was an operation underway at the busy station, which is the terminus of a large suburban and national rail network as well as Eurostar trains from London. Dave James Phillips, a 39-year-old technology consultant from Britain, said he was getting off the last train in from London when he saw officers flooding the station.
  • Indivisible Guide - Resisting Pres. Trump

    02/11/2017 2:40:03 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 38 replies
    Indivisible Guide ^ | December 2016 | Various
    When we put the Indivisible Guide online as a poorly formatted, typo-filled Google Doc, we never imagined how far and fast it would spread. Since December, the guide has been downloaded over a million times. More than 4,500 local groups have signed up to resist the Trump agenda in nearly every congressional district in the country. What’s more, you all are putting the guide into action—showing up en masse to congressional district offices and events, and flooding the congressional phone lines. You’re resisting—and it’s working. We are absolutely floored. It may have started as a tweeted Google Doc, but now...
  • Wartime Bosnian commander arrested for crimes by Islamic fighters

    12/09/2015 6:42:40 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 8, 2015 | Maja Zuvela
    Bosnian police arrested a wartime Muslim army commander on Tuesday on charges of failing to prevent crimes committed by foreign Islamic fighters against captive Bosnian Serb soldiers during a 1992-1995 war. The arrest of 63-year-old retiree Sakib Mahmuljin was carried out on orders of the state war crimes prosecutor, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. "The suspect is under investigation for acting in contravention of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions while serving as a commander of the 3rd Corps of the Army of BiH," it said. Mahmuljin has denied the charges during earlier proceedings. Many Islamic fighters,...
  • SAUDI BUSINESSMAN GIVES $10M FOR ISLAMIC LAW CENTER AT YALE

    09/12/2015 7:26:25 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 57 replies
    AP ^ | Michael Melia
    A Saudi businessman has donated $10 million to Yale Law School to establish what school officials hope will become the country's top center for the study of Islamic law. Abdallah S. Kamel made the award after meetings with university representatives including Yale President Peter Salovey. Kamel, chief executive of the Dallah Albaraka Group banking and real estate enterprise in Saudi Arabia, has sponsored a lecture series on Islamic law for the last three years. Yale officials say the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization reflects a growing interest at Yale and other institutions in...
  • Romanian company hires cat as communications director

    06/21/2015 10:09:27 AM PDT · by Dragonfly · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 9, 2015 | Tom Wyke
    He’s the purr-fect employee: Company in Bucharest hires a CAT as communications director…. And it earns more than a typical Romanian Bossy beat off the competition of 700 other applicants for the top job The fluffy feline was appointed after the company said it was impressed by his attitude Bossy will reportedly receive a salary equivalent to £110 a month plus bonuses By TOM WYKE FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 12:22 EST, 9 June 2015 | UPDATED: 06:45 EST, 10 June 2015 With the competition for jobs fiercer than ever, the director of communications position at a new start up was always...
  • Albania and Kosovo to unite inside EU or not: Albanian PM

    04/08/2015 8:06:55 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | April7, 2015 | Fatos Bytyci and Matt Robinson
    (Reuters) - The unification of Albania and Serbia's majority-Albanian former province of Kosovo is "inevitable", whether it happens through membership of the European Union or not, Albania's prime minister said on Tuesday. The suggestion was denounced in Belgrade, where a senior official accused Tirana's Prime Minister Edi Rama of "banging the war drums" over Kosovo, which many Serbs regard as the cradle of their nation and Orthodox Christian faith. Serbia and the West are sensitive to any talk of unification of Albania and Kosovo, something Western powers ruled out when they backed Kosovo's secession from Serbia in 2008. Kosovo and...
  • Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars

    03/23/2015 4:59:25 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | March 23, 2015 | Guy De Launey
    Leaving Kosovo: Exodus of young people as frustration soars By Guy De Launey BBC News, Kosovo 22 March 2015 From the section Europe "We are like two million birds in one cage, but we are hoping for a better life" The scene in Mitrovica's 7 Arte Cafe seems convivial enough. Fairy lights twinkle, a mixture of Albanian and English-language hits play over the sound system and the 20-somethings gathered around the tables regularly break into laughter. But the joviality papers over a grim reality for these young people. Kosovo may have unilaterally declared independence from Serbia seven years ago, but...
  • 86-year old Serb guards over WWI dead in Greece

    11/09/2014 1:39:08 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 8 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 9, 2014 | Costas Kantouris
    For over half a century, the 86-year-old has been a caretaker at Thessaloniki’s Allied War Cemetery in northern Greece. In the centenary year of the start of World War I, Mihailovic is ever more the embodiment of remembrance as another Nov. 11 Armistice Day approaches.
  • Trade Dispute Centers on Ukrainian Executive with ties to Clintons

    02/14/2014 10:03:27 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 2 replies
    NYT ^ | February 12, 2014 | Amy Chozick
    Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton have built a sprawling network of powerful friends around the globe, one that could aid Mrs. Clinton’s chances were she to seek the presidency. But those relationships often come with intersecting interests and political complications; few people illustrate that more vividly than the Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk. A steel magnate and major contributor to the former president’s foundation, Mr. Pinchuk was in frequent contact with Mrs. Clinton’s State Department, at meetings arranged by a Clinton political operative turned lobbyist, Douglas E. Schoen.
  • 7 charged in Kosovo-based organ trafficking ring

    11/19/2010 11:18:41 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 6 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 11/16/2010
    PRAGUE — At least seven people have been charged with participating in an international organ-trafficking network based in Kosovo that sold kidneys and other organs from impoverished victims for up to $200,000 to patients from as far away as Israel and Canada, police and senior European Union officials said Monday.
  • What's safe to put in your pet's bowl?

    05/07/2007 4:00:32 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 13 replies · 767+ views
    Seattle P-I ^ | May 6, 2007 | Cecelia Goodnow
    Last updated May 6, 2007 11:05 p.m. PT What's safe to put in your pet's bowl? Weeks after tainted food killed dogs and cats, trust shaken but few answers By CECELIA GOODNOW P-I REPORTER Ohio electrician James Spratt sailed to London in 1860 to sell lightning rods, but the sight of quayside dogs scrabbling for scraps set him on a more momentous course. We know him today as the inventor of commercial pet food. Now the industry Spratt inspired has itself become a lightning rod -- for distressed and angry animal lovers who wonder what to feed their pets as...
  • Pedophiles to launch political party [Netherlands]

    05/30/2006 10:27:26 AM PDT · by Dragonfly · 76 replies · 2,035+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 5/30/06 | Reuters
    Pedophiles to launch political party AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch pedophiles are launching a political party to push for a cut in the legal age for sexual relations to 12 from 16 and the legalization of child pornography and sex with animals, sparking widespread outrage. The Charity, Freedom and Diversity (NVD) party said on its Web site it would be officially registered Wednesday, proclaiming: "We are going to shake The Hague awake!" The party said it wanted to cut the legal age for sexual relations to 12 and eventually scrap the limit altogether. "A ban just makes children curious," Ad van...
  • Netherlands considers burqa ban

    12/21/2005 10:10:23 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 23 replies · 676+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/21/05 | BBC
    Netherlands considers burqa ban The Dutch immigration minister says she will look into the legality of banning the burqa, the robes worn by some Muslim women to cover their bodies. Rita Verdonk made the pledge after a majority in parliament said it would support such a ban. The proposal was put forward by independent politician Geert Wilders. "That women should walk the streets in a totally unrecognisable manner is an insult to everyone who believes in equal rights," he said. "This law is a comfort to moderate Muslims and will contribute to integration in the Netherlands," he added in a...
  • U.S. moves to bring stability to Balkans

    05/23/2005 3:16:54 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 8 replies · 219+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 5/23/05 | Steven R. Weisman
    U.S. moves to bring stability to Balkans By Steven R. Weisman The New York Times MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005 WASHINGTON The Bush administration, opening an initiative to stabilize the Balkan states, is seeking to speed up talks to grant greater independence for Kosovo in return for strides by the Kosovo government to protect the rights of Serbs and other minorities, State Department officials have announced. As part of the effort, R. Nicholas Burns, under secretary of state for political affairs, will travel this week to Europe and the Balkan region to meet with officials about Kosovo and various steps that...
  • U.S. moves to bring stability to Balkans

    05/23/2005 3:16:46 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 5 replies · 165+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 5/23/05 | Steven R. Weisman
    U.S. moves to bring stability to Balkans By Steven R. Weisman The New York Times MONDAY, MAY 23, 2005 WASHINGTON The Bush administration, opening an initiative to stabilize the Balkan states, is seeking to speed up talks to grant greater independence for Kosovo in return for strides by the Kosovo government to protect the rights of Serbs and other minorities, State Department officials have announced. As part of the effort, R. Nicholas Burns, under secretary of state for political affairs, will travel this week to Europe and the Balkan region to meet with officials about Kosovo and various steps that...
  • UN: No evidence over Kosovo drownings

    04/30/2004 5:02:57 PM PDT · by Dragonfly · 14 replies · 148+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/28/04 | BBC
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 18:56 GMT 19:56 UK UN: No evidence over Kosovo drownings Serbian churches were burned in the violence An incident which led to the worst ethnic clashes in Kosovo for four years may have been based more on rumour than fact, the UN has concluded. Nineteen people died when violence flared after three Albanian children drowned - reportedly after being chased into a river by Serbs last month. But an international investigator found there was no evidence for the story. Last week a report blamed "reckless and sensationalist" media reporting for sparking the violence. The...
  • Croat generals plead not guilty

    03/12/2004 2:09:41 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 1 replies · 64+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/12/04 | BBC
    Croat generals plead not guiltyTwo retired Croatian general have pleaded not guilty to crimes against humanity at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Mladen Markac and Ivan Cermak are accused of atrocities against Serbs during the war in Croatia in 1995. The seven charges against them include murder, persecution and inhumane acts during and after the recapture of the Krajina region by Croatian troops. The two men said they voluntarily surrendered to prove their innocence. Mr Markac, 48, and Mr Cermak, 54, were flown to The Hague earlier this week in a move seen as the first...
  • Gen. Wesley Clark, character and courage

    01/21/2004 1:03:38 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 60 replies · 200+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/21/03 | Chuck Larson and Dan Christman
    Wednesday, January 21, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M. Guest columnists Gen. Wesley Clark, character and courage By Chuck Larson and Dan Christman Special to The Times Retired four-star Army Gen. Wesley Clark did something truly historic recently — and it has nothing to do with his run for the White House. Clark testified against the former president of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic, who is being tried for genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague. For the first time in history, a former military commander faced down a former head of state in an international court of law....
  • Serbia-Montenegro president apologises in Sarajevo

    11/13/2003 10:06:12 AM PST · by Dragonfly · 3 replies · 165+ views
    B92 ^ | 11/13/03 | B92
    Sarajevo | 15:07 -> 16:02 | Beta Serbia-Montenegro president apologises in Sarajevo SARAJEVO -- Thursday – The president of Serbia-Montenegro has apologised today in Sarajevo for "evil" committed during the war in Bosnia. Svetozar Marovic said he apologised for “every evil act or misfortune that anyone in Bosnia-Hercegovina was exposed to because of Serbia-Montenegro”. The president said it was up to the politicians in power to create an “atmosphere of forgiveness”. “Both sides must be brave, and we must help each other to heal these wounds”, said Marovic, adding that he hoped his apology would improve relations between the two...
  • Support for talks on splitting Serbia, Kosovo

    06/24/2003 10:54:24 AM PDT · by Dragonfly · 25 replies · 402+ views
    Financial Times ^ | June 23 2003 | Judy Dempsey and Kerin Hope
    Support for talks on splitting Serbia, Kosovo By Judy Dempsey and Kerin Hope in Thessaloniki Published: June 23 2003 5:00 | Last Updated: June 23 2003 5:00 The European Union and the US will back direct talks between Serbia and Kosovo that could help end one of the last outstanding disputes to dog stability and security in the Balkans. Diplomats hope the talks could eventually lead to Serbia and Kosovo agreeing on how they could peacefully separate from each other, with internationally recognised borders. The talks, expected to take place next month outside the region, were agreed in principle at...