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Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria chemical attack probe
Publish Time: 2017-10-25 01:17:00
Russia cast a veto at the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday preventing the renewal of the mandate for a mission that investigates the use of chemical weapons in Syria.The investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) - was unanimously created by the 15-member U.N. Security Council in 2015 and renewed in 2016 for another year. Its mandate is due to expire in mid-November.The JIM is due to report by Oct. 26 on who was responsible for an attack on April 4 on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, held by the opposition to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, that killed dozens of people.Russia wanted to discuss the report before voting on the extension of the mandate, and its U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia unsuccessfully asked to postpone the vote, The Telegraph reported.
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Ukraine's State Immigration Service refuses Mikheil Saakashvili to grant IDP status
Publish Time: 2017-10-24 15:59:00
According to Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsensko, Ukraine's State Immigration Service refused to grant IDP status to Mikheil Saakashvili, former president of Georgia. "Ukraine's State Immigration Service refused to give Mikheil Saakashvili an IDP status. He is now apatrid. There is no circumstance which could make it impossible to extradite or deport him", Lutsensko said.According to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, Saakashvili has not yet applied to the court in connection with the case.
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Deadly air strike hits Syrian government-held Deir al-Zor
Publish Time: 2017-10-24 08:00:00
An air raid in the government-held Qusur district of Deir al-Zor city in eastern Syria killed more than a dozen people, Syrian state television and a war monitor said on Monday. State television said jets from a U.S.-led international coalition battling Islamic State carried out the air strike and that it killed 14 civilians and wounded 32 others.The war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported that it was not known which aircraft carried out the strike, but that at least 22 people were killed, as reported by Reuters.The Syrian army, backed by Russia, Iran and Shi‘ite militias, is fighting Islamic State in the city of Deir al-Zor, as well as in parts of the surrounding countryside. Both Syrian and Russian jets have been hitting Islamic State in that area.The U.S.-backed coalition has been conducting air strikes against Islamic State in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias to the east of Deir al-Zor across the Euphrates.Coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon said by phone that he would check the reports, but that there was no reason for coalition jets to strike targets in Deir al-Zor city because the SDF was not fighting there.The rival U.S.-backed and Syrian army offensives against Islamic State have clashed several times over recent months as they have pushed the jihadists from territory in eastern Syria.The U.S. and Russia have said they communicate with each other to prevent possible points of conflict of violence between the two offensives.
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264 million children across the world aren't in school: UN
Publish Time: 2017-10-24 07:15:00
Some 264 million school-age children and young people worldwide were not in education in 2015, the United Nations says.The agency also warned that moves in many countries to hold schools accountable for results can backfire if they are not carefully designed.And it said that increasingly widespread policies to give parents more choice as to which school their children attend, including voucher programs, could worsen educational segregation.After a decline in the early 2000s, out-of-school rates have started to stagnate, UNESCO said in its progress report on the UN's development goals for education.Worldwide, there was a completion rate of 83 per cent for primary education, falling to 45 per cent for upper secondary schooling, the agency said, quoting household survey data from 128 countries for the 2010-2015 period.There were 40 countries where less than one-in-four young people had completed secondary education, but only 14 where at least 90 per cent had done so.UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova called for more government accountability. The report noted that while 82 per cent of national constitutions mention a right to education, only 55 per cent of countries make that right enforceable in the courts."Governments are the primary duty bearers for the right to education, yet this right is not justiciable [capable of being the basis for a court case] in almost half of countries, and the primary course of action for those with a complaint is lost," Bokova wrote.
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U.S. says it is considering sanctions over Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya
Publish Time: 2017-10-24 07:00:00
The United States is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the State Department said on Monday.“We express our gravest concern with recent events in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the violent, traumatic abuses Rohingya and other communities have endured,” it said in a statement. It added: “It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities, including non-state actors and vigilantes, be held accountable.”Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in large numbers since late August when Rohingya insurgent attacks sparked a ferocious military response, with the fleeing people accusing security forces of arson, killings and rape.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar’s military leadership responsible for its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority. Tillerson stopped short of saying whether the United States would take any action against Myanmar’s military leaders over an offensive that has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, mostly to neighboring Bangladesh.The State Department made the announcement ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the region early next month when he will attend a summit of ASEAN countries, including Myanmar, in Manila.It marked the strongest U.S. response so far to the months-long Rohingya crisis but came short of applying the most drastic tools at Washington’s disposal such as reimposing broader economic sanctions suspended under the Obama administration.Critics have accused the Trump administration of acting too slowly and timidly in response to the Rohingya crisis, Reuters reports.
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Corsica wildfire ravages 2,000 hectares of forest
Publish Time: 2017-10-23 11:12:00
A wildfire tearing through the French island of Corsica has destroyed 2,000 hectares (nearly 5,000 acres) of forest.The fire, which erupted on Sunday in the north of the Mediterranean island, was still raging Monday, as scores of firefighters battled to put out the flames.However emergency services say no longer poses a threat to villages in the area.Source: thelocal
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More than a dozen die in Nigeria suicide attack
Publish Time: 2017-10-23 10:20:00
A suicide bomber killed 13 other people in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Sunday, a police official said, the deadliest attack in over a month as the conflict with Boko Haram stretches into its ninth year.The evening attack, which also injured five people, struck the city’s Muna Garage area, Damian Chukwu, a police commissioner, told Reuters.The area is home to a camp for just some of the more than 2 million people who have fled fighting with the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency, which has left over 20,000 dead.Source: France24
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CNN: Typhoon Lan reaches Japan, bringing ferocious winds
Publish Time: 2017-10-23 10:13:00
At least two people were killed and many injured as a mammoth typhoon struck Japan, hurling dangerous winds and threatening to cause major flooding and mudslides.Typhoon Lan made landfall early Monday along Japan's southern coast near Minamiizu. The storm is rapidly moving to the northeast at 59 kilometers per hour (37 mph), CNN meteorologist Matt Daniel said.As of early Monday Lan was whipping sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (100 mph), which makes it a Category 2 storm, according to Daniel.More than 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, with a further 2.2 million homes under advisory to prepare for evacuation.In Fukuoka, a city on the southern island prefecture of Kyushu, a 63-year-old man died when falling construction scaffolding struck him, police in the city told CNN.Police in Osaka, in central Japan, said a woman was found dead in a flooded car in the city, though they could not be certain the incident was related to the typhoon.Source: CNN
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8 people, including a minor injured in Munich stabbing attack
Publish Time: 2017-10-21 23:05:00
Several people, including a 12-year-old boy, were injured as a knife-wielding man attacked people in the German city of Munich.The perpetrator began assaulting pedestrians indiscriminately early on Saturday near the Rosenheimer station in east of downtown Munich.Eight pedestrians, including a 12-year-old boy, were stabbed in five nearby locations, Hubertus Andrae, Munich police chief, said at a press-conference. Their injuries suffered were “superficial” and “non-life-threatening,” he added, as reported by Russia Today.The perpetrator, who was described as an unshaven, “corpulent,” blonde-haired man, fled the scene on a bicycle. Police helicopters were raised in the air as the authorities advised the locals to stay indoors.The manhunt ended three hours after the stabbings took place, with the suspected perpetrator being arrested. German police ruled out terrorism in the attack, with Andrae saying: “We have no indication of a terrorist, political, or religious motive.” “I assume it is to do with a psychological disorder of the perpetrator,” he stressed, adding that the attacker was known to police over previous offences.The male, a 33-year-old German national, will be sent to the psychiatric clinic for further examination, the police chief added.The attack on Saturday comes the very next day after another suspect, described by witnesses as a “madman,” injured nine people inside the VIVO shopping mall in the Polish town of Stalowa Wola. The knifeman, reportedly aged 27, indiscriminately attacked visitors before being apprehended by police.Munich itself saw a shooting rampage in July last year, when an eighteen-year-old shot dead nine people at the Olympia shopping mall in the Bavarian metropolis.The gunman committed suicide shortly after the shooting, and was described in conflicting reports as either a far-right extremist or an Islamist.
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Communist Party congress: China picks its leaders
Publish Time: 2017-10-19 20:36:00
Behind closed doors, those CPC delegates will elect the powerful Central Committee, which has about 200 members.This committee in turn elects the Politburo and from that, the Politburo Standing Committee is chosen.Those are China's real decision-making bodies. The Politburo currently has 24 members, while the Standing Committee has seven, although these numbers have varied over the years.While there is a vote, in reality many of these people have already been handpicked by the current leadership, and the committee just approves their edict.The Central Committee also elects the Party's top leader - the general secretary - who becomes the country's president. That is, and will most likely continue to be, Xi Jinping.Source: BBC
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„you should have thought about it earlier“- Vladimir Putin on Catalonia
Publish Time: 2017-10-19 18:28:00
EU countries bolstered separatist sentiment in Europe when they bowed to US pressure and supported Kosovo breaking away from Serbia. They now face such consequences as the Catalan crisis, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says.As for the situation with Catalonia, we have seen a unanimous condemnation of the independence supporters by the EU and a number of other states, Putin said. Regarding that, I have to say – you should have thought about it earlier.Did they not know about centuries-old contradictions of this nature in Europe? They knew, didn’t they? But at the time they de facto welcomed the disintegration of a number of states in Europe, with undisguised relish, he added.Source: RT
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Travel authorization for third country nationals in the Schengen Area
Publish Time: 2017-10-19 18:12:00
Traveling in the Schengen Area may be restricted. In this regard, the European Parliament begins negotiations with the European Council. The vote was held at the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. The regulation was supported by the majority of the Committee. According to the amendments made by the European Parliament, third country nationals exempt from visa requirements on entering the Schengen area will need to apply for a travel authorization before coming to the EU.
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Kurds fearful and angry after Iraqi forces take Kirkuk
Publish Time: 2017-10-19 17:16:00
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Traveling in the Schengen Area may be restricted
Update Time: 2017-10-19 16:14:00
Traveling in the Schengen Area may be restricted. In this regard, the European Parliament begins negotiations with the European Council. The vote was held at the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. The regulation was supported by the majority of the Committee. According to the amendments made by the European Parliament, third country nationals exempt from visa requirements on entering the Schengen area will need to apply for a travel authorization before coming to the EU.
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US wants stronger India economic, defense ties given China's rise, Tillerson says
Update Time: 2017-10-19 11:59:00
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said before a visit to India next week that the Trump administration wanted to dramatically deepen cooperation with New Delhi, seeing it as a key partner in the face of negative Chinese influence in Asia.Speaking on Wednesday, less than a month before President Donald Trump is due to make his first state visit to China, Tillerson said the United States had begun to discuss creating alternatives to Chinese infrastructure financing in Asia.In another comment likely to upset Beijing, he said Washington saw room to invite others, including Australia, to join U.S.-India-Japan security cooperation, something Beijing has opposed as an attempt by democracies to gang up on it.The remarks coincide with the start of a week-long Chinese Communist Party congress at which President Xi Jinping is seeking to further consolidate his power.The United States seeks constructive relations with China, but we will not shrink from China's challenges to the rules-based order and where China subverts the sovereignty of neighboring countries and disadvantages the U.S. and our friends, Tillerson told the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.India and the United States should be in the business of equipping other countries to defend their sovereignty, build greater connectivity, and have a louder voice in a regional architecture that promotes their interests and develops their economies, Tillerson added.Source: CNBC 
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Russia socialite Ksenia Sobchak declares presidential bid
Publish Time: 2017-10-19 09:31:00
Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak is to stand in the country's presidential election in March, when Vladimir Putin is widely expected to run again.Ms Sobchak conceded she was an unlikely candidate and said she supported opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is barred from standing.However he had warned her not to stand and some commentators now predict an opposition split.The Kremlin welcomed her candidacy, saying it was fully constitutional.Source: BBC
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Catalan president given until 10 a.m. Thursday to back down
Publish Time: 2017-10-19 08:33:00
Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont is facing a final deadline to drop a secession bid, with Spain warning it will suspend the region's autonomy if he fails to do so by 10:00 (08:00 GMT).After a referendum on 1 October, he signed an independence declaration but then suspended it, asking for dialogue.Reports suggest he will press ahead on independence if Madrid moves to take direct control.There are fears that this may lead to civil unrest in Catalonia.Article 155 of Spain's 1978 constitution, which cemented democratic rule after the death of dictator General Franco three years earlier, allows Madrid to impose direct rule in a crisis but it has never been invoked.In the lead-up to the deadline, there have been mass protests over the detention of two leaders of the separatist movement.Source: BBC
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Wave of Taliban suicide attacks on Afghan forces kills at least 74
Publish Time: 2017-10-18 11:40:00
At least 74 people have been killed in a wave of Taliban suicide attacks targeting police compounds and government facilities in the south, east and west of Afghanistan. Among those killed was a provincial police chief. Scores of people, including police officers and civilians, were also wounded.The deputy interior minister, Murad Ali Murad, said the attacks on Tuesday had been the biggest this year. He told a press conference in Kabul that 71 people had been killed by insurgents in Ghazni and Paktia provinces, as reported by The Guardian.In southern Paktia province, 21 police officers and 20 civilians were killed when suicide car bombers targeted a police compound in the provincial capital of Gardez. Among the wounded were 48 police officers and 110 civilians.The provincial police chief, Toryalai Abdyani, was killed in the Paktia attack, Murad confirmed. The interior ministry said that after the two cars had exploded in Gardez, five assailants with suicide belts had tried to storm the compound but had been killed by Afghan security forces.Gardez city hospital reported receiving at least 130 people wounded in the attack, a health ministry spokesman, Waheed Majroo, said.Hamza Aqmhal, a student at Paktia University, said he had heard a powerful blast that shattered the windows of the building he was in. The university is about 1.25 miles from the training academy, said Aqmhal, who was slightly injured by broken glass.A lawmaker from Paktia, Mujeeb Rahman Chamkni, said that along with the provincial chief of police several of his staff had been killed in the attack. Most of the casualties were civilians who had come to the centre, which also serves as a passport office, Chamkni said.In southern Ghazni, suicide car bombers stormed a security compound in Andar district and killed 25 police officers and five civilians, Murad said. At least 15 people were wounded in the attack, including 10 police officers, he added.Despite the high death toll, Murad said Afghan forces remained confident about their “readiness to fight terrorists and eliminate them from Afghanistan”.Arif Noori, a spokesman for the provincial governor in Ghazni, said the onslaught there had lasted nine hours. The bodies of 13 Taliban fighters were discovered after the attack, Noori added.<
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French police arrest 10 suspected extremists, plotting attack on mosques, politicians
Publish Time: 2017-10-18 11:39:00
Ten people said to have far-right links were detained in a series of raids conducted by French anti-terrorist police in the Paris and Marseille areas on Tuesday. Their intended targets were reportedly mosques, migrants and a former presidential candidate, Russia Today reports. The arrests were made in Seine-Saint-Denis, north of Paris, and in the city of Marseille in southern France on Tuesday morning and afternoon, French TV station M6 reported. The suspects, including two minors, are nine young men and one woman, aged from 17 to 25 years.It is not clear if the suspects had elaborated plans for an imminent attack on either a person or a religious institution, with Reuters citing a court official as saying that they had a “vague” draft that would involve mounting an attack on a place of worship, a politician or migrants.  
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Demonstrators set up tents in front of the parliament building in Kiev
Publish Time: 2017-10-18 09:00:00
Several thousand government protesters have rallied outside Ukraine's parliament and some urged President Petro Poroshenko to step down, foreign media say. Former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, who leads a Ukrainian opposition party, said at Tuesday's rally in Kiev that Poroshenko was responsible for "poverty and humiliation."Protest organizers are demanding changes to Ukraine's election laws to encourage competition. They also want an anti-corruption high court established.The demonstrators set up tents in front of the parliament building and are vowing to continue protesting until the demands are met.Saakashvili poses a political challenge to Poroshenko, who appointed him as governor of Ukraine's Odessa region after Saakashvili was termed out of office in Georgia.They since have had a falling out. The president revoked Saakashvili's citizenship in July. Saakashvili forced his way across Ukraine's border last month. 
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