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With the wealth of information at our fingertips, it is sometimes hard to see the ‘’forest for the trees’’. In this Strategic Briefing, we will give you a current perspective on many of the trends that shape our world and their relevance to Biblical Prophecy. Now, more than ever, we need to stay informed about what is really going on.

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Europe - The State of Dis-Union and its Islamization.

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India's Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam's defences

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:00:18 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 28, 2014 - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam's military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighbouring nuclear-armed giant China.

Modi said India would sell naval patrol boats to Vietnam under a $100 million line of credit to the Southeast Asian nation, which is trying to improve its defences in the disputed South China Sea.

Modi held talks in New Delhi with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who is on a two-day visit to India, as Hanoi courts powerful allies following soured relations with China over the disputed sea territory.

Modi, who swept to power in May, said the two leaders had agreed to strengthen relations, adding "our defence cooperation with Vietnam is among our most important ones".

"India remains committed to the modernisation of Vietnam's defence and security forces."

The leaders also called for "restraint" and "freedom of navigation" in the South China Sea, where China is embroiled in a bitter dispute with Vietnam and other nations.

"They agreed that freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea/South China Sea should not be impeded," said a joint statement after the talks.

"The (leaders called on the) parties concerned to exercise restraint, avoid threat or use of force and resolve disputes through peaceful means in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law."

In May Beijing moved a deep-water oil rig into waters claimed by Hanoi, prompting a months-long high-seas standoff and triggering deadly anti-China riots in Vietnam.

The rig was removed in July.

Modi's comments came after China's top foreign policy official made his second visit to Vietnam in four months Monday in an attempt to repair ties strained to breaking point.

India has long had its own tense ties with China following a brief but bloody border war in 1962.

- Oil and gas exploration -

The defence line of credit was announced last month during a visit by India's president to Vietnam.

Modi and Dung also welcomed the signing earlier Tuesday of an agreement of oil and gas projects between India's state-run oil exploration arm ONGC Videsh Limited and PetroVietnam.

Dung said Vietnam "highly appreciated" India's position on the South China Sea issue as well as its continued cooperation in oil and gas exploration.

At the start of his trip, Dung expressed hope that India would "actively support" a peaceful settlement of the territorial dispute.

Asked Tuesday about India and Vietnam exploring resources together in the South China Sea, a Beijing official said its position was "constant and clear".

"China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands (Spratly Islands)," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing in Beijing.

"In the South China Sea, any lawful and justifiable exploration activity is fine by us. But if such activity undermines the sovereignty of China and the interests of China, we are firmly opposed to this."

China has previously criticised India's cooperation with Vietnam in the sector.

China says it has sovereignty over essentially all of the South China Sea, which is believed to hold huge oil and gas deposits.

Vietnam staunchly opposes China's ongoing efforts to develop airstrips and military bases on the island chains it controls in the Sea.

 

 

NATO chief wants strong defence as basis for ties with Russia

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:00:18 PMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Oct 28, 2014 - NATO wants a constructive relationship with Russia but for that to happen it must engage Moscow from a position of strength, alliance head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.

The US-led military pact had helped ensure stability in Europe, he said, but now, with its intervention in Ukraine, Russia was "trying to roll back the progress we have made".

Nonetheless, whatever the problems caused, the fact remained that "both NATO and Russia are here to stay. So we simply cannot ignore each other," Stoltenberg told the German Marshall Fund think-tank.

"One way or the other, we will have a relationship. The question is what kind."

Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian premier who took the NATO helm earlier this month with the Ukraine crisis top of the agenda, said his experience proved it was best to deal with Moscow from a position of strength.

NATO membership gave Norway the confidence for a successful relationship with Russia and that was just as true today.

"Only a strong NATO can build a truly constructive and cooperative relationship with Russia," he said, repeating a position he has made several times since taking office.

The Cold War was marked by suspicion, and there "were echoes of that now," he said, but there was an alternative based on mutual respect, on the rule of law and "on common interest, not illusions".

Stoltenberg said NATO wanted a "cooperative relationship with Russia" but Moscow had to want it too and take the steps necessary.

"It is precisely at this time, when our relationship with Russia is the most difficult since the Cold War, that we need to have greater transparency and predictability... to make sure that crises do not spiral out of control," he said.

At the same time, he warned that NATO would not compromise on the principles or values enshrined in the alliance and reiterated its support for Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

At a NATO summit last month in Wales dominated by the fallout from the Ukraine crisis, the 28 alliance leaders committed to increase defence spending to two percent of annual economic output within 10 years.

They also approved plans to upgrade NATO's rapid response forces and to rotate forces through the eastern European member states to reassure them that the alliance would stick with them in any new crisis.

 

 

China Communist party to keep grip on legal system: Xinhua

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:00:18 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Oct 28, 2014 - China's ruling Communist Party on Tuesday reaffirmed its supremacy over the legal system, as it announced measures to centralise power and combat corruption following a highly-anticipated meeting.

The party closely controls China's parliament, military, police, prosecution and court systems, and anger at widespread injustice has emerged as an increasing problem for it.

The principle of upholding the party's leadership "must be adhered to" when implementing the rule of law, the party said in a 16,000-character statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency.

It was listed above equality before the law and upholding the rule of law in the document, which followed the Fourth Plenum meeting of the party's Central Committee.

Party leader Xi Jinping, in a commentary issued by Xinhua alongside the decision, said it "made it clear that adhering to the party's leadership is a fundamental requirement of socialist rule of law".

Official media also announced that a top retired general ensnared in Xi's anti-corruption drive had admitted taking "extremely huge" bribes in return for army promotions.

But there was no word on the fate of Zhou Yongkang, the powerful former security chief whose investigation was announced in July.

Police in China often extort confessions with violence, while local officials routinely decide the verdicts of court cases in advance, sometimes because of bribes or political pressure.

Several rights lawyers have themselves been detained in recent months.

Xi said the country was "troubled by unfair trials and corrupt judges", adding that "some even go two ways by draining both the defendant and the plaintiff".

Xinhua cited the Central Committee as saying: "Officials who intervene in law enforcement will... face criminal charges if their conduct causes serious problems such as wrongful convictions."

The party will strengthen safeguards against "extorting confession by torture and illegal collection of evidence", it said.

Analysts say such measures could reduce the frequency of unjust verdicts, but they are unlikely to apply in politically sensitive cases such as the prosecution of dissidents or former officials.

"They may continue to encourage the rule of law, but how much can they really do when the party is ultimately in control?" asked Jane Duckett, a professor of political science at the University of Glasgow.

"I can't see the Communist Party giving up the prerogative to have the final say in politically sensitive cases."

- Rank revoked -

Xu Caihou, formerly China's second-highest ranking officer as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, "was found taking advantage of his position to assist the promotion of other people", Xinhua said Tuesday, citing military prosecutors.

It said he had been discharged from the military and his rank of general was "revoked".

Xu, who was until 2012 a member of the Communist Party's elite 25-strong Politburo, is the first of its former members to fall in Xi's crackdown.

But the lengthy Fourth Plenum document made no mention of Zhou, the most senior Communist Party member to be investigated since the infamous Gang of Four were put on trial in 1980.

The absence of news on his fate may indicate divisions at the top of the party.

- 'Legal basis' -

The party document announced efforts to strip local governments of powers to pass legislation for their areas, and to step up corruption investigations, with a wider range of assets to be considered as potentially ill-gotten.

Official graft causes widespread public anger. Since taking office Xi has sought to present himself as a crusader against the scourge.

"Any major institutional or policy adjustments must be reported to the Party's Central Committee for discussion before a decision is made," Xinhua quoted the Central Committee as saying.

Authorities should not "make decisions with no legal basis", it added.

"(We will) accelerate the national legislation on the fight against corruption... and set up an effective mechanism so that government officials dare not, cannot and do not want to go corrupt," it said without providing details.

The ruling party had portrayed the conclave last week as a pivotal moment for reform of the legal system, and said its theme would be "rule of law".

But experts caution that in China the phrase refers to a greater centralisation of control by the ruling party rather than the separation of powers and primacy of law over politics characteristic of Western countries.

"They have made it clear that the Chinese legal system operates under a different set of concepts and under different values and principles," Flora Sapio, an expert on Chinese law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told AFP.

Mahjong faces endgame in China
Beijing (AFP) Oct 28, 2014 - Mahjong has become the latest "extravagance" to be condemned in censorious official Chinese media, as pleasure-seeking Communist Party officials are urged to shun the game in the name of curbing corruption.

Chinese people have been clacking mahjong tiles for more than a century, with some accounts even naming its inventor as the ancient sage Confucius. But officials have taken their hobby too far, according to a commentary in the People's Daily Tuesday.

"The phenomenon of Communist officials going to rural retreats to have fun, play mahjong and poker... must resolutely stop," the commentary said, referring to the widespread practice of betting on games "to add a little stimulation".

The article called for an equally "resolute" end to government staff "spending public money to visit historical sites in the name of 'study', and then simply going to any old fun place".

The commentary was the latest in a series of state-issued broadsides against official extravagance, as China's President Xi Jinping attempts to improve the Communist party's image in response to widespread anger over endemic corruption.

The campaign has led to an unprecedented investigation into retired security czar Zhou Yongkang, though the vast majority of officials punished since Xi came to power have been from the government's lowest levels.

The campaign against graft has been blamed for falling sales of luxury items, and hit business at expensive hotels and restaurants, according to reports.

But there has been a backlash by some officials who have held secret sauna parties and been hiding alcohol in plastic water bottles as they seek to get around the crackdown on extravagance, the People's Daily said last year.

"Constant reports of saunas held at farm houses" were evidence of a growing culture of "low key extravagance" that was damaging the new president's anti-corruption campaign, it added.

The Chinese government on Monday issued a ban on private clubs in historical buildings and parks, which are often frequented by officials, state-run media reported.

-'How will officials live?'-

Critics argue that party controls over China's media and courts limit the effectiveness of anti-corruption campaigns, which have often been announced by incoming Chinese leaders in recent decades.

Chinese officials are not obliged to disclose their financial assets, while China has jailed around a dozen activists who held small-scale street protests calling for such disclosure.

Despite claims linking it back to Confucius there is no consensus on the definitive origin of mahjong, a strategic game generally played with a set of 144 tiles, but many historians believe the modern game dates back to 19th century China.

The historical connection has done little for the Chinese national team, which has fared badly on the international circuit in recent years.

At this year's Open Mahjong Championship in Germany the highest-ranked Chinese player came in 30th, behind Japanese and European competitors, according to the state-run China Daily.

Some Chinese commented that their "shock at the news was no less than the Brazilians when they lost 1-7 to Germany at the semi-final of the World Cup," the newspaper added.

Users of China's social media services on Tuesday reacted to the mahjong ban with a mix of approval and bafflement.

"You can ban officials from playing mahjong in public places, but it's fine in their own homes," wrote one user of Sina Weibo, a service similar to Twitter.

"If this ban is introduced, how will officials in Chengdu live?" asked another user, referring to the southwestern Chinese city whose residents are famous for their love of the game.

Another commentator referred to recent government restrictions on buying several products, which in some cases require real-name registration before purchase.

"Buying matches, petrol, fruit knives all needs public declaration, and now playing mahjong needs public declaration. It seems everything must now be publicly declared, except officials' assets."

 

 

Top Chinese diplomat in Hanoi to ease territorial tensions

 
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Hanoi (AFP) Oct 27, 2014 - China's top foreign policy official on Monday made his second visit to Vietnam in four months, as the communist neighbours work to repair ties strained to breaking point by a territorial dispute.

In May, Beijing moved a deep-water oil rig into waters claimed by Hanoi, prompting a months-long high-seas standoff and triggering deadly anti-China riots in Vietnam. The rig was removed in July.

State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who last visited in Hanoi in June when he told Vietnam to stop "hyping-up" the dispute, met Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh Monday for talks.

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was not present as he left earlier for India, where he is due to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, highlighting Hanoi's recent efforts to seek powerful allies elsewhere after relations with Beijing soured.

After the Hanoi talks, Minh said Vietnam had "always attached importance to developing its cooperative partnership with China," according to a statement released by Vietnam's foreign ministry.

"Both sides recognise that handling maritime issues well is very important for bilateral relations," the statement said, without elaborating.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing in Beijing on Monday that bilateral ties had been hit by "temporary difficulties" but things were now back on track.

The ministry added in a statement that both sides had agreed to avoid "actions that complicate and broaden disputes".

Vietnam staunchly opposes China's ongoing efforts to develop airstrips and military bases on the island chains it controls in the South China Sea.

Its commercial fishing fleet routinely clashes with Chinese fisheries patrol vessels in contested waters from the northern Gulf of Tonkin to fishing zones around the Spratly Islands hundreds of miles further south.

It is unlikely there was any real breakthrough in resolving territorial rows during the talks, said Ian Storey, a senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

"Nevertheless, Yang's trip to Hanoi is important because it represents another step forward in efforts by the two countries to repair their relationship which was severely damaged by the oil rig incident," he said.

After rebuffing "scores of requests" for talks over the summer, the second visit by Yang Jiechi shows a "tactical shift" by Beijing, said Jonathan London of Hong Kong's City University.

The talks are evidence that China now "seeks stability" in its relationship with Hanoi, possibly to prevent it drawing other countries such as the US into the South China Sea dispute.

Yang's visit come "within a dynamic context that includes Hanoi's warming ties with Washington and Beijing's continued efforts to change the status quo in the maritime area," he said.

Since the rig incident, Vietnam has drawn closer to its former wartime foe America, with the US partially lifting a ban on lethal weapons sales earlier this month.

Vietnam last week released a high-profile dissident whose case has been raised by US President Barack Obama and allowed him to travel to the US.

 

 

Xi's all that: State media hail Chinese chief's 'busy' work life

 
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 27, 2014 - China's state media on Monday published an account of a "typical" day in the life of President Xi Jinping, the latest burnishing of the leader's profile.

The Shanghai Observer article, titled "How Does Xi Jinping Spend a Day?", comes just days after the ruling Communist Party released several photos from early in Xi's political career in the eastern province of Fujian.

It also follows the publication of a new book of Xi's speeches, and the award of China's top photojournalism prize last week for a picture of Xi holding an umbrella.

The author of the widely-publicised article, an unnamed writer "specialising in international news", described Xi as someone who "works at a swift pace and is extremely energetic" and "is at the office morning and night".

"Of course, like every ordinary Chinese person, Xi Jinping is also bound to have humour and joy in the midst of his very busy work life," the author wrote.

The account was given prominent coverage by China's state-run media, including on the homepage of the official Xinhua news agency.

The piece described Xi's work day last Friday, when he telephoned new Indonesian president Joko Widodo and hosted Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete in Beijing.

After a welcoming ceremony at Beijing's Great Hall of the People, the author wrote, Xi and his party "walked to the conference room so quickly that those of us behind them had to trot to keep up".

During the meeting, Xi suggested using simultaneous rather than consecutive interpretation "in order to save time", the article said.

Xi's workload lasted well into the evening, "when many people are at home having dinner or watching TV with the whole family", it added.

The article is the latest example of Xi being promoted personally on the public stage -- and more so than most of his predecessors.

Last week, the Communist Party published online photos of a young Xi working on a farm and meeting locals during his time as party chief in the eastern city of Ningde from 1988-1990.

Days earlier, a picture of Xi holding an umbrella and standing with his pants rolled up to his ankles was awarded China's top journalism award.

Last month, authorities published in Chinese and eight foreign languages a book of 79 articles highlighting Xi's speeches, instructions and other remarks.

In July, a report by the University of Hong Kong's China Media Project showed that Xi's name has graced the pages of the Communist Party's flagship newspaper, the People's Daily, more frequently than any other leader since Mao Zedong, who founded the People's Republic of China in 1949.

 

 

Japan, China officials hold informal talks on preventing conflict

 
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Tokyo (AFP) Oct 27, 2014 - Chinese defence officials are meeting a Japanese delegation in Beijing this week for informal talks on preventing simmering territorial disputes from erupting into armed conflict, the talks' host said Monday.

The former members of Japan's Air and Marine Self-Defense Forces will meet with the current Chinese defence officials on Wednesday, as Tokyo calls for a first official meeting between Japanese premier Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Japan's Sasakawa Peace Foundation, which has been involved in such talks over previous years, is hosting the forum amid fears of an armed conflict near the disputed Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands, also claimed by China which calls them Diaoyus.

There will be two days of talks in the Chinese capital followed by two more meetings that will be held in Japan or China in the coming months, with a report expected early next year, the Foundation said.

"We're hosting the meeting ahead of a resumption of official talks between defence authorities, and hope to help deepen communication between the two sides and create a positive atmosphere for bilateral relations," foundation official Yu Zhan said.

While there are signs of a thawing in relations between Tokyo and Beijing, longstanding territorial conflicts and Chinese anger over Japan's aggression in the first half of the 20th century have weighed on ties.

In November, Beijing unilaterally declared an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) covering the East China Sea, which overlapped a similar Japanese zone and covered the bitterly contested islands.

In the same month, Japan accused China of flying fighter jets "dangerously" close to its military planes near the disputed archipelago -- believed to harbour vast natural resources below its seabed -- but Beijing laid the blame at Tokyo's feet.

Last month, senior officials of the two countries agreed to resume stalled talks over setting up a hotline between defence officials to prevent an unintended conflict.

Abe and Xi, both strong nationalists, have not held direct talks, but the Japanese leader made brief contact with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang earlier this month at an international gathering in Italy. That followed other Japan-China meetings between senior officials and business leaders.

Last week, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso and China's Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli briefly chatted on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) finance ministers' gathering in Beijing, ahead of the forum's annual summit next month.

 

 

Pro-West parties win Ukraine landslide as shells fly in east

 
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Kiev (AFP) Oct 27, 2014 - Ukraine's pro-Western and moderately nationalist parties were on course Monday to score a crushing election win that boosted President Petro Poroshenko's bid to lead his country closer to Europe and end a pro-Russian revolt.

A partial vote count and exit polls showed overwhelming support for Poroshenko's drive to break the ex-Soviet republic of 45 million from Russia's orbit, while attempting to defuse a war with separatist insurgents that has killed at least 3,700 people.

Results with 40 percent of precincts reporting had Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's People's Front and the president's Petro Poroshenko Bloc neck and neck with about 22 percent of votes each. The parties were likely to form a ruling coalition, with Yatsenyuk keeping his premier's post.

Russia welcomed the outcome as backing for "a peaceful resolution" of the separatist war.

But in a fiery reminder of the hurdles Poroshenko faces, an election-period lull in the rebel east ended early Monday in a barrage of artillery fire.

Dozens of Grad multiple rockets fired by pro-Russian insurgents could be heard blasting from the city of Donetsk in the direction of a nearby Ukrainian military base, AFP correspondents said. More shelling was reported near the government-held Black Sea city of Mariupol.

Kiev and its Western backers see the six-month uprising, and the earlier annexation by Russian troops of Crimea, as an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to cripple Ukraine.

But Moscow says it's simply coming to the aid of Russian speakers who feel threatened by Ukraine's lurch toward the West.

In response, the United States and European Union have imposed damaging economic sanctions on Moscow, fuelling the kind of East-West tensions last seen in the Cold War.

- Moscow welcomes result -

Sunday's election was meant to finalise a revolution that began in February, when huge street protests ousted Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych after he abruptly rejected a landmark EU pact.

Communists and other Yanukovych allies were routed Sunday, although a party made up of his former associates did clear the hurdle to earn a small share of seats in the legislature through proportional representation.

Radicals that rejected Poroshenko's peace deal with the insurgents did poorly. So did corruption-tainted politicians who had steered Ukraine through two decades of stuttering reforms.

However, the revolutionaries now face giant challenges: restoring relations with Russia, ending the insurgency, eradicating corruption, tackling massive debt, and resolving a near permanent crisis over Russian gas supplies.

"Poroshenko and his government will have a difficult time resolving the task of moving into Europe," Yuriy Romanenko, at the Stratagema think-tank, told AFP. "The war will also go on for a long time. The standoff there could continue for several years."

In its first reaction, Moscow gave a guarded thumbs up to the new Poroshenko-Yatsenyuk era.

Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin said the result showed "that parties which support a peaceful resolution of the internal Ukrainian crisis received a majority."

He also said that "the election, in spite of a rather harsh and dirty campaign, is valid."

Western governments welcomed the vote, with France saying that the results "confirmed the people's fundamental choice".

Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna told Ukraine that it "had guarantees of support from the European Union and the United States. Everybody wants to help Ukraine in its economic reforms."

However, he also urged Ukraine "to resolve its relations with Russia".

- Peace talks and fighting -

Poroshenko says there can be no military victory against the separatists and that he is ready to negotiate autonomy, though not independence, for pro-Russian regions.

A Moscow-backed truce agreement signed by Kiev and the separatists on September 5 calmed the worst fighting, despite frequent violations, especially around the disputed Donetsk airport.

But after so much bloodshed it remains unclear whether either side is ready for tough compromise, with some analysts expecting the fighting to intensify now that the parliamentary election is over.

Despite the rise of relatively moderate parties, radical nationalists, including large formations of volunteer fighters, remain an important force in Ukraine.

On Sunday, voters living in Crimea and the separatist areas of the east -- about five million people in all -- were excluded from the election. Twenty-seven seats in the 450-seat parliament will remain empty.

That, plus the separatists' plan to hold their own leadership polls next Sunday, risked adding another layer of formality to what already appears to be the de facto break up of Ukraine.

 

 

'Premature' to talk of US troop cuts in Asia: Kerry

 
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Washington (AFP) Oct 24, 2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday it was too early to discuss cutting the number of US troops stationed in Asia and South Korea, amid increased tensions on the heavily guarded peninsula.

The warning came a day after Washington and Seoul agreed to delay transfer of the Pentagon's control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North. No new date was set to handover the powers.

The agreement, reached between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his South Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo, serves as a "blueprint" for when Seoul takes wartime operational control of the combined forces, Kerry said.

In the event of war with North Korea, current plans call for an American military commander to lead the 28,500 US troops deployed in South Korea as well as that country's 640,000-strong force

Kerry insisted there could be no talk of withdrawing US troops until Pyongyang proves it is committed to rejoining six-party talks on ending its suspected nuclear program.

US troops have been stationed on the peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

Asked after meeting his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-Se whether Washington would consider reducing its military presence in Asia if North Korea returned to negotiations, Kerry dismissed the idea.

"We remain open to dialogue with North Korea, but there is no value in talks just for the sake of talks," Kerry said.

"North Korea must demonstrate that it is serious about denuclearization, and we need to be certain that it is prepared to live up to its international obligations."

He stressed that "the mere entering into talks is not an invitation to take any actions regarding troops or anything else at this point.

"It would be way too premature to have any thought, or even discussion" along those lines, he said.

He also said Washington would not be issuing an apology to Pyongyang to secure the release of two Americans, Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae, saying the two men were being held "inappropriately."

A third US citizen, Jeffrey Fowle, was suddenly freed earlier this week after six months in detention. The circumstances leading up to his surprise release have not been disclosed.

- Unification -

Yun said South Korea was awaiting a "clear stance" on Pyongyang's nuclear policy and "a halt to the sophistication of its nuclear weapons."

"All of this has to be real. It has to lead to real solutions," Yun said.

The two Koreas agreed to resume high-level talks during a surprise visit to the South by a top-ranking North Korean delegation earlier this month.

Seoul has proposed an October 30 start date, but the only response from Pyongyang so far has been to warn the talks might not happen at all.

Yun said recently Pyongyang has behaved erratically and that "what they speak and what they do seem to be inconsistent."

But he insisted that if the two Koreas can start high-level talks "I believe we can find a path to improvement of relationship for peace on the Korean Peninsula, as well as an environment conducive to unification."

"We are making various efforts to try and provide that kind of an environment."

Kerry also ruled out any idea of visiting the isolated country and meeting leader Kim Jong-Un in the near term. Washington and Pyongyang do not have diplomatic ties.

 

 

Former Japan PM to meet with China's Xi: report

 
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Tokyo (AFP) Oct 24, 2014 - Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week, a report said Friday, as Tokyo tries to set up premier-level talks amid tensions with its giant neighbour.

The reported meeting on Wednesday is happening during Fukuda's three-day visit to Beijing as a board member of a China-based international forum, Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported.

The sit down, which could not be immediately confirmed, is likely to focus on clearing the way for the first bilateral talks between Xi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit next month in China, it said.

Abe and Xi, both strong nationalists, have not held direct talks and their nations remain deeply at odds over a disputed island chain as well as bitter memories of Japan's aggression in China and elsewhere in Asia leading up to and during World War II.

But the two sides have made visible steps in recent weeks towards a possible top-level meeting.

The NHK report comes days after Japan's deputy prime minister urged China to agree to a summit, as he met with a top Chinese official.

Taro Aso and China's Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli briefly chatted on the sidelines of the APEC finance ministers' gathering in Beijing, ahead of the forum's annual summit.

Aso, who is also Tokyo's finance minister, told Japanese media in Beijing that he had used the meeting to call for a meeting between Abe and Xi, stressing the importance of the countries' trade and business ties.

Abe made brief contact with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang last week at an international gathering in Italy, followed by other meetings between senior officials of both countries and a visit to China by a major Japanese business delegation.

Fukuda, who led Japan for a year from September 2007 before resigning amid poor approval ratings, briefly met with Xi in April last year at the same conference he is attending next week.

 

 

Kerry urges Moscow to implement Ukraine peace deal

 
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Washington (AFP) Oct 25, 2014 - US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Moscow to fully implement last month's ceasefire agreement on Ukraine, the State Department said in a statement Saturday.

The peace deal reached last month in the Belarussian capital Minsk between Kiev, Moscow and the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine includes monitoring and verification by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on both sides of the border.

In a phone call, "Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine and Secretary Kerry emphasized the need for Russia to implement all 12 points in the September 5th Minsk Agreement," the statement said of Friday's conversation.

The two top diplomats "also discussed the ongoing P5+1 negotiations on Iran's nuclear program," the statement said.

The six powers leading the talks with Iran, known as the P5+1, have set the November deadline to reach a comprehensive deal.

The aim is to close all of Tehran's avenues towards developing an atomic bomb, by cutting back its nuclear enrichment program, shutting down suspect facilities and imposing tough international inspections.

"Secretary Kerry provided an update on his recent tri-lateral meeting with EU High Representative (Catherine) Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister (Javad) Zarif and they agreed to stay in close touch on the issue in the weeks ahead," the State Department added.

NATO calls on Russia to withdraw troops ahead of Ukraine poll
Brussels Oct 24, 2014 - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia Friday to withdraw its troops from Ukraine as the country prepares for key national elections which pro-Moscow rebels plan to prevent in areas they control.

Stoltenberg, who took office last month with the crisis top of his agenda, said Russia's continued presence and support for the rebels violated international law, as well as Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Moscow denies that it has any military presence in Ukraine or that it supplies pro-Russian rebels there with weapons.

Kiev and the rebels agreed a ceasefire on September 5, which has been frequently breached.

The accord was subsequently widened to include a military pull-back but many of the provisions remain to be implemented as the death toll in the conflict tops 3,700.

Stoltenberg said Russia should use all its influence with the rebels to get them to respect the ceasefire and that it withdraw its forces from Ukraine and the border region as well.

Doing so would "contribute to deescalate the tension and create a more stable framework for a political solution," he said during a visit to SHAPE military headquarters near the west Belgian town of Mons.

Stoltenberg said it was "of great importance" that all sides respect the result of Sunday's elections, a key step for Ukraine to become a stable democracy.

NATO Supreme Commander General Philip Breedlove said Russia continued to have a significant force on the border with Ukraine.

Some units were preparing to pull back, Breedlove said, but this would still leave a very capable force in place on the border.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said some 18,000 troops were being withdrawn from the border area in an apparent gesture ahead of talks with Ukraine and European Union leaders on the crisis.

 

 

Japan deputy PM directly urges China to hold summit

 
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 22, 2014 - Japan's deputy prime minister on Wednesday urged China to allow a summit between the Asian rivals as he met a top Beijing official, he said.

Taro Aso and China's Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli briefly chatted on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) finance ministers' gathering in Beijing, ahead of the forum's annual summit next month.

Aso, who is also Tokyo's finance minister, told Japanese media in Beijing that he called for the first meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

He said he underscored the importance of the countries' trade and business relationship to Zhang.

"I told him that it would be extremely meaningful if the leaders from the two countries could hold a meeting at APEC," Aso said.

He did not give details of how Zhang responded.

Abe and Xi have not held direct talks, and their nations remain deeply at odds over a disputed island chain as well as bitter memories of Japan's aggression in China and elsewhere in Asia up to and during World War II.

But the two sides have made visible steps in recent weeks towards a possible Abe-Xi summit.

Abe made brief contact with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang last week on the sidelines of an international gathering in Italy, followed by other meetings between senior officials and a visit to China by a major Japanese business delegation.

The Japanese business community has been watching with keen interest whether Beijing and Tokyo can use APEC as an opportunity to ease tensions, if not to reset ties.

The two nations have had testy relations for decades, but they nosedived to historic lows after Japan in 2012 nationalised a set of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea -- which Tokyo controls as the Senkakus but which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus.

The purchase prompted angry anti-Japan protests in China, where Japan Inc. has faced greater difficulties doing business than before.

Coastguard units from Japan and China now routinely play cat and mouse around the islands as both sides seek to assert sovereignty.

Beijing also sparked regional controversy -- as well as condemnation from Washington -- late last year with its unilateral declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone that overlaps the islands.

China has repeatedly voiced its distrust of Abe, portraying him as a historical revisionist whose conservative beliefs are symbolised by his past visits to and continued support for a controversial Tokyo war shrine.

Beijing regularly urges Japan to take concrete measures on such issues.

Abe made an offering to the shrine last week.

 

 

Russia spy plane intercepted in NATO airspace: alliance

 
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Brussels (AFP) Oct 22, 2014 - NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea after it breached Estonian airspace, the alliance said Wednesday in the latest of such incidents amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.

The Ilyushin IL-20 "intelligence collection aircraft", which took off from the Russian Baltic coast enclave of Kaliningrad on Tuesday, was first intercepted by Danish F-16 jets when it approached Denmark, NATO said in a statement.

It then flew north towards non-NATO member Sweden which also sent jets to intercept the plane.

Nearly four hours later the plane flew towards NATO member Estonia and was detected in Estonian airspace "for a period of less than one minute, which represented an incursion of about 600 metres (yards) into NATO airspace," it said.

Portuguese F-16s spotted the Russian propeller plane and escorted it out of NATO airspace, the alliance said.

The Ukraine crisis has produced the worst east-west tension since the end of the Cold War.

NATO has stepped up its Baltic air patrols due to what it says is a surge in intercepts of Russian warplanes near Polish and Baltic airspace since Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March.

The Swedish Navy meanwhile has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week, although it said Wednesday it was pulling back some of its ships.

 

 

China Communist body ponders action against Hong Kong stars

 
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Beijing (AFP) Oct 22, 2014 - The powerful Youth League of China's ruling Communist party has opened a poll on possible sanctions against Hong Kong celebrities who support the city's pro-democracy demonstrators -- including boycotts, bans and Internet censorship.

The former British colony's vibrant film and music scenes have made its performers stars on the mainland. But celebrities including actors Chow Yun Fat and Anthony Wong have reportedly praised the protesters, who are labelled as criminals by Beijing.

"Which way would you choose to resist these unscrupulous artists?" the Communist Party's Youth League asked readers of its official microblog, naming several celebrities including Wong.

"Call for 'Occupy Central' artists to be banned from performing or broadcasting in mainland China" read the most popular of the poll's four possible responses.

"Resolutely not watch the works of 'Occupy Central' artists" was in second place.

Occupy Central is one of the main groups organising the pro-democracy protests, but mainland Chinese authorities and media often use the term to refer to the demonstrations generally.

Other options available were "Call for 'Occupy Central' artists' names to be scrubbed from the Internet", and "Delete the 'Occupy Central' artists' microblog accounts".

There was no choice not to take action.

The microblog post singled out Wong by name along with fellow actor Chapman To and singer Denise Ho. The poll had attracted more than 250,000 votes by late Wednesday afternoon.

The Communist Youth League boasts nearly 90 million members, and serves as a training ground for future party officials. Notable alumni include former President Hu Jintao.

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has blamed foreign countries for stirring up the protests, while Beijing has rejected statements by Western governments as "interference" in its internal affairs.

- Jazz saxophonist -

In an unexpected riff on the theme, US jazz saxophonist Kenny G visited one of the protest sites on Wednesday.

"In Hong Kong at the sight (sic) of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation," he said on Twitter.

The curly-haired maestro, whose smooth instrumentals are a fixture in Chinese shopping malls, gave a "peace" sign as he stood beside young activists in the city's Admiralty district, pictures posted online showed.

He later tweeted to clarify that he was "not supporting the demonstrators".

"It's unfair that I am being used by anyone to say that I am showing support for the demonstrators," the musician wrote.

"I don't really know anything about the situation and my impromptu visit to the site was just part of an innocent walk around Hong Kong," he added.

"I believe that the musical works of Kenny G are popular in China," Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said when asked about his activities.

"We hope that countries around the world, and citizens of those countries, do not support illegal activities of Occupy Central in any form," she added.

Other Western celebrities including long-time activist Mia Farrow and former 'Star Trek' star George Takei have also taken to social media to express support for the pro-democracy movement.

Hong Kong student leaders said Wednesday they may not take part in further talks with the government after accusing city authorities of failing to make any meaningful offer to end weeks of mass rallies.

Leung, in an interview late Monday, said open elections for his successor as demanded by demonstrators would result in the largest sector of society -- the city's poor -- dominating the electoral process.

 

 

Vietnam freed blogger to win allies in China dispute: analysts

 
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Hanoi (AFP) Oct 22, 2014 - Vietnam's sudden release of a top dissident who was shuttled from jail to the United States is part of an attempt to secure powerful allies amid a simmering maritime dispute with China, analysts said Wednesday.

Prominent blogger Nguyen Van Hai, whose case had been raised by US President Barack Obama, was freed two years after being sentenced to 12 years in jail for "anti-state propaganda".

Analysts say the timing of his release -- just weeks after Washington partially lifted a 40-year ban on arms sales to Hanoi -- suggests the communist nation is trying to improve ties with its former foe.

Hai's release was seen by Hanoi as necessary "to push forward efforts to build a new strategic partnership with the US", said Jonathan London, of the City University of Hong Kong.

The release of Hai, well-known in Vietnam as a strident anti-China activist, comes as Hanoi is locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing over waters and island chains in the South China Sea.

China placed an oil rig in disputed waters near the Paracel islands in May, sparking deadly anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam.

"There's been aggressive action from China in the East Sea this year, (Vietnam) needs to warm its relations with Europe and the US," Le Quoc Quyet, a Catholic dissident, told AFP, referring to the South China Sea by its Vietnamese name.

Hai's release will both annoy China and "keep the international community happy", said Quyet.

- 'A trick' -

On Wednesday Hai's son Nguyen Tri Dung told AFP he was happy but felt Hanoi had an ulterior motive in releasing his father, better known by his pen name Dieu Cay.

He said it could be connected to the US partially lifting the weapons sales ban and the ongoing negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal.

"It's not the government changing, it is a trick, they do it to get a temporary change in (international) opinion about Vietnam," the son told AFP, speaking in English.

He warned it may set a precedent whereby Hanoi arrests political prisoners and uses them as bargaining chips to "trade for more arms".

Vietnam's Foreign Ministry said Hai was released for "humanitarian reasons", without elaborating.

But if Hanoi was truly serious about improving rights it would abolish laws that allow the arbitrary arrest of dissidents, according to Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch.

"They're interested in being close to the US, which is connected to China and the TPP," he said, adding that Vietnam was still holding "hundreds" of other political prisoners.

Hai's release follows that of French-trained lawyer Cu Huy Ha Vu, the son of a Vietnamese revolutionary leader, who was freed in April and also went straight to the United States.

"The most plausible explanation for (the releases) is to meet US demands linking an improvement in human rights with the partial lifting of arms sale restrictions on Vietnam," said Vietnam expert Carl Thayer.

US embassy spokeswoman Lisa Wishman said while the US welcomed Hai's release they "remain deeply concerned for all political prisoners in Vietnam".

Hai, who went on hunger strike at least twice to protest at his treatment in jail, had been in detention since September 2008, after first being sentenced to two-and-a-half years for tax fraud.

 

 

India says no compromise with China on territory

 
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New Delhi (AFP) Oct 21, 2014 - India wants to resolve its border row with China but will not compromise on territory, the country's new national security advisor said Tuesday, after a tense stand-off between troops on the disputed border last month.

Hundreds of Chinese troops allegedly moved into territory claimed by India ahead of a visit by China's President Xi Jinping last month.

The troops eventually pulled back but tensions persist and last week China expressed concern over plans by India to build a highway along the border.

"We consider China as a very important neighbour," Ajit Doval said at an international security conference in New Delhi.

"But while we would like to take every opportunity to develop the relations to their best extent... we will never be able to make any compromise at the cost of our national security and territorial integrity."

China defeated India in a brief but bloody war in 1962 and their border remains unresolved, with both sides regularly accusing each other of sending soldiers into the other's territory.

Doval, who was appointed by the new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the two sides should "sit together and resolve our boundary dispute amicably and as early as possible".

"We have to involve and engage them (China) rather than follow the path of exclusive isolation from each other," he said.

 

 

Russia says sanctions against U.S. may be on the table

 
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Moscow (UPI) Oct 16, 2014 - Russia's deputy foreign minister told state media Thursday the Kremlin has "every right" to counter U.S. sanctions on the energy sector with its own response.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the Kremlin likely won't issue reactive sanctions against the United States, but felt the measures targeting the Russian energy sector were reflexive.

"Strictly speaking, we now have every right amid this mass of anti-Russian US sanctions to impose sanctions against the United States non-stop and in all the areas," he told state news agency RIA Novosti.

The Russian economy is struggling to cope with sanctions imposed on its energy sector in response the Kremlin's posture on the conflict in Ukraine.

Exports of crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas accounted for nearly 70 of all Russian export revenues in 2013 and the Russian Central Bank said it was struggling to keep Russian inflation in check because of U.S. and European sanctions.

Ryabkov didn't say which U.S. actions were sanctionable offenses.

Ties between Russia and its Western counterparts have taken a turn for the worse since Ukraine, a former member of the Soviet Union, started pivoting toward the European Union.

 

 

NATO says no sign of major Russian pullback from Ukraine border

 
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Brussels (AFP) Oct 16, 2014 - NATO said Thursday it saw no sign of any significant Russian pullback from Ukraine's border, despite President Vladimir Putin ordering thousands of troops to withdraw ahead of truce talks.

"We would welcome the withdrawal of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, as this would be a step in the right direction. But for the moment, we have not seen major and significant movements yet," a NATO official told AFP.

The Kremlin said on Saturday that Putin had ordered the pullback of 17,600 servicemen who had participated in summer drills in the southern Rostov region on the border with Ukraine.

The order came ahead of key talks between Putin, Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko and European leaders in Milan on Friday on the fragile truce in the former Soviet country.

But the Nato official said: "There is still a large and capable force sitting on the border of Ukraine and heavy equipment still has to be pulled back.

"As NATO leaders made clear at the Wales summit (in September), Russia must end its support for militants in eastern Ukraine, withdraw its troops and stop its military activities along and across the border with Ukraine."

 

 

Support for NATO membership grows in Ukraine: poll

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:14:28 AMGo to full article
Kiev (AFP) Oct 16, 2014 - The number of Ukrainians in favour of joining the NATO alliance has risen sharply during Kiev's drawn-out conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, a poll showed Thursday.

Becoming a NATO member would be the best way for Ukraine to ensure security, said 44 percent of respondents to the poll by the Foundation for Democratic Initiatives and Kiev's International Sociology Institute.

The figure showed a rise from 34 percent in a similar poll in May this year and 13 percent in another poll in 2012 by the same two institutions.

"The rise began this year. It's the reaction of Ukrainians to Russia's military aggression," said sociologist Maria Zolkina from the foundation.

Twenty two percent of those questioned wanted to keep an independent status while 15 percent wanted closer ties with Russia and the former Soviet states.

The 2012 poll showed 26 percent of Ukrainians in favour of joining a Russia-led bloc.

The poll was carried out in mid-September on 2,035 people from across Ukraine apart from Crimea and the eastern Lugansk region, due to intense fighting.

The pollsters approximated the results for Lugansk by increasing the quota for eastern Donetsk.

The east of Ukraine is Russian speaking and generally more pro-Russia.

Kiev blames Moscow for stirring a bloody pro-Russian insurgency in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, where 3,600 have people died since April, according to the United Nations.

In 2010, former president Viktor Yanukovych opted for a non-aligned policy.

The new pro-Western leadership has vowed to put the country back on track to join the alliance - a sore point with Moscow which accuses Washington of meddling in its sphere of influence.

 

 

Beijing expresses concern over India's planned road on border

 
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New Delhi (AFP) Oct 15, 2014 - India plans to build a highway along its remote, disputed border with China in the country's northeast, an official said Wednesday, prompting concern from Beijing.

China defeated India in a brief but bloody war in 1962 and their border remains unresolved, with both sides regularly accusing soldiers of crossing over into the other's territory.

The proposed billion-dollar project aims to cut through mountainous terrain in the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, an official told AFP.

The home ministry official said project details were still being ironed out, but hoped construction of the 1,800-kilometre (1,118-mile) long road would begin soon.

The highway comes after the government of nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi has relaxed curbs on building near the disputed border since coming to power in May.

Asked about the road plan, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Beijing hoped India "will not take any actions that may further complicate the situation".

"The boundary issue between China and India is left by the colonial past. We need to deal with this issue properly," Hong told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

"Before a final settlement is reached, we hope that India will not take any actions that may further complicate the situation.

"We should jointly safeguard peace and tranquility of the border area and create favourable conditions for the final settlement of the border issue."

Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India in September was overshadowed by a troop standoff at the remote frontier. The visit had been intended to reset diplomatic ties between the two powers after Modi's election.

Hundreds of Chinese troops had allegedly ventured into territory claimed by India in a disputed area of mountainous northern Ladakh region, before eventually pulling back.

Junior home minister Kiren Rijiju told the Press Trust of India news agency on Tuesday that the road would be the "biggest single infrastructure project in the history of India".

He said poor roads connecting northeastern states to the rest of India was a major reason behind launching the project, expected to cost the government 400 billion rupees ($6.5 billion).

"The road has also been planned considering the large-scale migration of people from border areas and the need to push them back by creating all basic amenities to make them comfortable," said Rijiju.

 

 

China says no need 'so far' for PLA deployment in Hong Kong

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:14:28 AMGo to full article
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 15, 2014 - China sees no need "so far" for its army to be deployed in Hong Kong to contain democracy protests, a Beijing official said Wednesday, without ruling out the prospect after violent overnight clashes.

Rumours have frequently swept protest camps that the People's Liberation Army (PLA), which maintains a garrison in the city, will be deployed if Beijing feels Hong Kong authorities cannot handle the demonstrations that erupted more than two weeks ago.

"So far, as I see it, there is no need for it," the Chinese government official told a rare briefing in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

"Of course we hope that such a scenario will not unfold. The situation is gradually returning to normal," the official added on condition of anonymity.

Protests and roadblocks have convulsed Hong Kong over Beijing's insistence that it will vet candidates standing for election as the semi-autonomous city's next leader in 2017 -- a move protesters have labelled as "fake democracy".

Demonstrators clashed with dozens of police using batons and pepper spray early Wednesday, in some of the worst violence since the demonstrations began.

Beijing has previously expressed confidence that the city's administration could handle the protests and Hong Kong authorities have also ruled out any help from the PLA.

But rumours have frequently swirled of their possibly imminent involvement.

Democracy advocates expressed alarm in late August after Chinese army vehicles, with short guns mounted on turrets, were photographed travelling down a major thoroughfare, in what they condemned as a show of "military might".

At least four PLA armoured personnel carriers were seen near the busy Jordan and Yau Ma Tei regions of the city, the Apple Daily newspaper reported at the time.

One Western security analyst previously told AFP that PLA deployment was "the least likely option" considered by Beijing to contain protests.

Instead, he said, Hong Kong police could bolster their numbers by transporting officers from mainland China and placing them in local uniforms.

"That way they could still claim the protests were being handled internally," said the analyst who asked not to be named.

 

 

Ball in Japan's court for Xi-Abe talks: China envoy

 
‎22 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:12:01 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 15, 2014 - There is "a significant opportunity" for a first meeting between the Chinese and Japanese leaders at a regional gathering near Beijing next month, but the ball is in Tokyo's court, China's envoy to Japan said Wednesday.

After almost two years of high tensions, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has wasted no opportunity in recent weeks to talk up his chances of meeting President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of an APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation) summit.

Observers say the strategy is intended to bounce the Chinese president into a summit, or into a public snub that allows Japan to paint itself as the aggrieved party in a gathering PR war.

But Xi's ambassador to Tokyo, Cheng Yonghua, on Wednesday reiterated Beijing's line that Japan has to make concessions if there are to be talks.

"Major obstacles to current China-Japan relations are the issues related to history and territory," he said in a speech to business leaders in Tokyo.

"These are political obstacles that affect and critically hinder bilateral relations" from improving.

"The APEC summit to be held in Beijing in November will be a significant opportunity... But it is also true that there are problems."

Abe has not held official talks with either Xi or Premier Li Keqiang since he took office in December 2012.

On Wednesday as he left for an Asia-Europe meeting in Milan, Abe expressed his hope for contact with Li in Italy.

"In terms of talks with China and South Korea, I hope I will have a chance to chat," he told reporters.

Abe has not held a one-on-one summit with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, either.

The Chinese envoy blamed Japan for creating "obstacles" and sending bilateral ties to their lowest ebb since the two countries established normal diplomatic relations in 1972.

"The so-called purchase of the islands and the issue of history last year, which is the issue of Yasukuni, have had a significant impact on China-Japan relations," he said, referring to Tokyo's nationalisation of disputed islands in the East China Sea, and to Abe's visit to a controversial war shrine.

The Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, claimed by China as the Diaoyus, have been a source of friction for decades, but the issue became inflamed in 2012 when Tokyo bought some of them from their private Japanese owner.

Similarly, visits to Yasukuni, which honours Japan's war dead, including criminals from WWII, cause irritation, and Abe's 2013 pilgrimage was bitterly criticised.

China and South Korea see the shrine as a symbol of Japan's unwillingness to face up to its brutal warring history.

"I must stress that Japan's correct understanding and deep remorse on the past military invasion is an important political foundation for the China-Japan relationship to solidify and develop," Cheng said.

 

 

Putin says will speak to Merkel about cancellation of key forum

 
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Moscow (AFP) Oct 14, 2014 - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he would speak to German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week about the cancellation of a key forum that has served to promote ties between the two countries.

German media reported this week that Western NGOs had warned Merkel they were refusing to take part in a prominent civil society forum scheduled to take place in Russia in late October.

The cancellation appears to be a further snub to Russia which is struggling with its most pronounced isolation since the end of the Cold War as the West punishes Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis.

First held in Russia's second city Saint Petersburg in 2001, the "Petersburg Forum" is designed to bring together civil society representatives from the two countries and has often seen German and Russian leaders meet on the sidelines.

Germany's Der Spiegel magazine reported this week that a number of NGOs wrote to Merkel and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, saying they would not participate in the forum in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.

According to the Spiegel report, NGOs including Greenpeace, Amnesty and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, said in the letter they "don't want to take part in putting up a Potemkin facade called 'Civil Society Dialogue'."

Addressing Putin at a meeting in the Kremlin, his rights advisor said the cancellation of the forum was a "mistake."

"When the situation is tense, when the situation is complicated, such dialogue is needed more than ever," Mikhail Fedotov said.

"This is wrong, we should speak to each other. Our history has already seen an 'Iron Curtain'. We've seen this all before. Why repeat this?"

Putin said he would raise the issue with Merkel later this week when he is expected to travel to Milan for talks with EU leaders.

"I will tell the chancellor about it. We will see each other in Milan in several days and will talk."

At the same time he appeared nonchalant, saying the German side believed it was best to postpone the event so as not to "harm this process."

"Such is the logic of our German partners but I guess there's some rationale behind this."

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to say whether Putin had been scheduled to meet Merkel on the sidelines of the now-scrapped forum in Sochi.

At their meeting on the sidelines of the forum in Moscow in 2012 the two leaders famously clashed over the jailing of feminist rock band Pussy Riot.

'Props in the Kremlin show'

In past years, Merkel has sought to tread a fine line between expressing concerns over rights and the need to protect Berlin's economic interests in Russia.

She did however throw her full weight behind EU sanctions against Moscow after a Malaysian jet was shot down over the stronghold of Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine in July, killing all 295 people on board.

Germany's conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called the forum "something of a farce."

"The Russian participants were hand-picked and had close connections to the circles of power in Moscow," it said on Tuesday.

"Thus it is more than understandable if the German partners do not want to become props in this show."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier Tuesday it was counterproductive to prevent politicians from Russia and the West from meeting.

"Nothing can replace personal contacts," Lavrov said.

"We are fully in favour of these contacts not just remaining but intensifying," he told foreign business leaders.

 

 

Moscow and Beijing 'natural allies' Putin tells China

 
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Moscow (AFP) Oct 14, 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised growing economic ties with "natural ally" Beijing as he hosted Chinese premier Li Keqiang for high-profile talks.

Li's three-day visit to Russia comes as the Kremlin is locked in a battle of wills with the West over Ukraine and is seeking to ramp up cooperation with Asia and Latin America.

"We are natural partners, natural allies, we are neighbours," Putin told Li during talks at the Kremlin.

"We are setting large-scale, absolutely realistic goals for ourselves and no doubt this will serve our peoples well," he added.

The Chinese prime minister for his part praised the "inexhaustible" potential for cooperation between China, the world's largest energy consumer, and Russia, one of the largest energy suppliers.

"We are witnessing a growing tendency of the development of our cooperation in all spheres," Li said.

Li and Putin spoke after Russian and Chinese officials on Monday signed dozens of deals ranging from energy to banking to cars.

The two countries agreed to open a yuan-ruble swap line worth 150 billion yuan ($24.5 billion) to reduce dependence on the US dollar and promote bilateral trade and investment.

"A large amount of agreements have been signed," Putin said in remarks released by the Kremlin.

"But it's not the quantity that matters. What's important is that they are promoting our real cooperation, and in very different fields, both in energy and hi-tech, which is especially important."

After a decade of tough negotiations, China and Russia inked a 30-year, $400-billion agreement in May that will eventually involve Moscow supplying Beijing with 38 billion cubic metres of gas annually.

Critics, however, claimed that in his bid to spite the West, Putin signed an agreement that was more beneficial to China than to Russia.

- Tiger diplomacy -

Ahead of Li's visit to Russia, the two countries got caught up in a diplomatic incident of sorts when an endangered Siberian tiger wandered over the border into China in search of a meal.

The big cat, named Kuzya, was among three Siberian tigers released into the wild by the Russian president in May.

Kuzya's arrival sparked fears that the rare animal could fall victim to Chinese poachers.

The foreign ministry in Beijing pledged that Putin's tiger would be protected, citing an existing agreement on cross-border protection of Siberian tigers.

"We will make joint efforts with the Russian side to protect wild Siberian tigers which travel back and forth between China and Russia," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement.

Once bitter foes during the Cold War, Moscow and Beijing have over the past years ramped up cooperation, driven by a desire to counterbalance US global dominance.

China has spoken out against Western sanctions against Russia and has called on all sides to reach a political settlement over Ukraine.

Ahead of his Moscow visit, Li travelled to Germany for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel. He will also participate in a Europe-Asia summit in Milan later this week.

 

 

China, Russia seek 'international justice', agree currency swap line

 
‎22 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:12:01 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Oct 13, 2014 - Russia and China on Monday pledged to ramp up efforts to promote a just world order as they signed dozens of deals ranging from energy to finance.

Visiting Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev oversaw the signing of 38 agreements, including a deal to open a yuan-ruble swap line worth 150 billion yuan ($24.5 billion) in an apparent bid to reduce dependence on the US dollar.

Li's first visit to Russia as prime minister comes at a sensitive time, with the Kremlin locked in a battle of wills with Washington and Brussels over Ukraine.

Accused by Kiev and the West of stoking a bloody insurgency in eastern Ukraine, Russia is facing its most serious isolation since the end of the Cold War, with its economy shaken by several rounds of Western sanctions.

Russia hopes intensified cooperation with Asia will help it ride out EU and US sanctions.

After talks with Li in Moscow, Medvedev said the two countries should think many moves ahead.

"My colleague Mr Prime Minister just recently noticed that our peoples like to play checkers and chess. And those who think strategically play checkers and chess well," Medvedev told reporters after the talks.

"And also those who think about the future play well, that is why we should think about the future, developing our relations for years to come."

Li, who is set to meet President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, also resorted to allegory, saying Russia's famous nesting doll symbolised huge joint opportunities.

"I believe that the matryoshka symbolises the vast potential for cooperation between China and Russia," he said in comments translated into Russian.

"Both countries are full of determination to develop eternal friendship and together defend peace and stability in the region and the world on the whole."

The two countries agreed to jointly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II next year, a hugely symbolic date in Russia.

Li said the goal of the festivities would be, among other things, to "protect international justice and international order after the war."

China has spoken out against Western sanctions against Russia and has called on all sides to reach a political settlement over Ukraine.

- Currency swap line -

Among the top business deals was an agreement to open a currency swap line worth 150 billion yuan ($24.5 billion) to promote bilateral trade and investment.

"The agreement has been concluded for a period of three years and can be prolonged following agreement of the two sides," Russia's central bank said.

It allows the countries to use each other's currencies without buying them on the currency markets, said the bank.

Li's three-day Russia trip is part of a week-long visit to Europe.

Once bitter foes during the Cold War, Moscow and Beijing have over the past years ramped up cooperation as both are driven by a desire to counterbalance US global dominance.

China and Russia often work in lockstep at the UN Security Council, using their veto power as permanent council members to counter the West on issues such as the Syria crisis.

Russia's showdown with the West over Ukraine has given Moscow a new impetus to court Beijing.

Resource-hungry China is seeking to diversify its sources of energy amid booming domestic consumption, while Russia is seeking to tap fast-developing Asian markets.

After a decade of tough negotiations China and Russia inked a 30-year, $400-billion agreement in May that will eventually involve 38 billion cubic metres of gas annually.

Critics however disparaged the terms of the deal, saying Putin, in his bid to spite the West, signed an agreement that was more beneficial to China than to Russia.

Ahead of his Moscow visit, Li travelled to Germany for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel. He will also participate in a summit in Milan later this week.

 

 

Lithuania creates response force to prevent Ukraine scenario

 
‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:34:32 AMGo to full article
Vilnius (AFP) Oct 13, 2014 - Lithuania on Monday announced a new rapid reaction force designed to meet what it termed new unconventional security threats highlighted by the Ukraine crisis.

The Baltic nation's top general said 2,500 troops will be on high alert as of November to counteract so-called "hybrid warfare" involving unconventional attacks by unmarked combatants, like those in eastern Ukraine.

The move comes after NATO last month approved a rapid-response force in the wake of Russia deploying new combat tactics in Ukraine amid its March takeover of Crimea.

"We must immediately increase our readiness for unplanned military actions during peacetime," Major General Jonas Vytautas Zukas told reporters.

New threats include "manipulating national minorities, provocations, attacks by non-state armed groups, illegal border crossing, breach of military transit procedures," Zukas said.

The force, which accounts for about a third of Lithuania's 7,000-strong military personnel, will take from two to 24 hours to be fully mobilised.

The defence ministry on Monday also tabled legislation that would allow the president to authorise the use of military force in a defined territory without first declaring martial law.

So-called "little green men" -- armed soldiers without any identifying insignia -- played a key role in seizing Ukrainian military bases in Crimea after a hastily organised referendum led to its annexation by Russia in March.

Like Ukraine, Lithuania was part of the Soviet Union until 1990, but unlike it, joined the European Union and NATO in 2004 and gained protection under the alliance's Article Five collective defence guarantee.

Lithuania, along with Baltic partners Latvia and Estonia, has had rocky ties with Moscow since independence. Tensions have spiralled over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.

 

 

US force cuts too deep in uncertain world: Army chief

 
‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:34:32 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2014 - The US Army leaders warned Monday that budget cuts may force them to cut the size of force too deeply at a time of proliferating security challenges.

The warnings come as the army rolls out a new strategic vision that calls for reshaping the force to meet unpredictable demands in a fast-changing world situation.

General Raymond Odierno, the army chief of staff, said the advisability of plans to shrink the army from 490,000 to as low as 420,000 by the end of the decade is being thrown into question by events.

"The world is changing in front of us," he told reporters. "We've seen Russian aggression in eastern Europe, we've seen ISIS, we've seen some increased instability in other places."

"So I now have some concerns whether to go below 490 is the right thing to do or not, because of what I see potentially on the horizon," he said. "But we don't have the money to do that right now."

In the face of legally imposed government-wide budget cuts, the army has opted to cut troop strength to save money for weapons modernization and training and readiness programs -- but even those are at risk, Odierno and Army Secretary John McHugh said.

"We continue to increase the requirements of commitments of our forces and yet we cannot assure we are going to have the readiness to meet those commitments," Odierno said.

Both men said they saw little relief from sequestration until a new Congress settles in after next month's mid-term elections, but Odierno urged a debate on national security strategy that puts "all of it on the table."

Meanwhile, the army is moving ahead with a new "operating concept" that highlights the difficulty of planning for future conflicts in the current environment.

Called "Win in a Complex World," it is being touted as the biggest change in army forward thinking since the Cold War, when it was organized to fight land battles against the former Soviet Union with tanks, assault helicopters, and air defense missiles.

To the extent that the new concept is embraced by the service, it will shape the way the army equips and trains its forces over the next 20 years.

"We've got to begin the intellectual change right now," Odierno said.

The new concept stresses the creation of an adaptable force whose officers are encouraged to solve unforseen problems, rather than fight to set battle plans.

"The army cannot predict who it will fight, where it will fight, and with what coalition it will fight," General David Perkins, the commander of the army's Training and Doctrine Command said, introducing the document.

It envisions an army designed to operate closely with other military services, allied forces, civilian agencies and non-governmental organizations.

This marks a shift in emphasis from a heavy reliance on high-tech weaponry to an officer class trained and capable of thinking outside the military box.

 

 

Ukraine leader sacks defence minister ahead of Russia talks

 
‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:34:32 AMGo to full article
Kiev (AFP) Oct 13, 2014 - President Petro Poroshenko will nominate his fourth defence minister of the year Monday, after dismissing the incumbent ahead of high-level talks with Moscow aimed at bringing peace to the Western-backed former Soviet state.

Poroshenko's official website said he would nominate a new defence chief after "accepting the resignation" of Valeriy Geletey, who was only appointed in July.

The sacking highlighted a sense of failure that has enveloped the once-proud force as the six-month conflict with pro-Russian rebels drags on and the death toll from fighting approaches 3,400.

The military's performance has humiliated Ukrainians who had been celebrating the success of a bloody popular uprising that ousted the then Kremlin-backed leader in February and propelled Kiev on its Westward course.

Geletey's removal threatens to undermine Poroshenko's position ahead of a crunch meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Milan on Friday that will also include German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Kremlin said Merkel -- a vocal Poroshenko ally who helped arrange the two leaders' first meeting on the sidelines of a Normandy summit in June -- called Putin on Sunday "to discuss preparations" for Milan.

Poroshenko told the nation he had "no illusions" going into his fourth meeting with Putin since rising to power in May.

"These will not be easy negotiations, but I am ready for them," Poroshenko said in a Sunday evening television address.

"My goal (is) our country's unshakable independence, its territorial integrity, the inviolability of its borders, and the return of peace," he said.

Putin appeared to strengthen his hand with the order on Saturday for 17,600 Russian troops deployed near Ukraine to return to their bases -- a decision analysts linked to his desire to see biting Western sanctions suspended or at least rolled back.

- Eastern bloodbath -

There had been some speculation about Poroshenko's displeasure with Geletey's ability to organise a decisive assault on the insurgents since his appointment on July 3.

The respected Dzerkalo Tyzhnia weekly said Geletey's fate was sealed when he received a report on August 23 of an incursion by hundreds of Russian special forces and dozens of armoured vehicles into the eastern war zone -- allegations that Moscow denied.

The newspaper quoted a military commander as saying that Geletey ignored the intelligence and instead took part in an Independence Day parade in central Kiev the next day.

The alleged military deployment was followed by a sweeping counter-offensive that saw separatist gunmen quickly seize back a chunk of the land they had lost in the preceding weeks.

The militias also wiped out a Ukrainian unit of at least 100 soldiers near the town of Ilovaysk. The bloodbath shocked the country and soon saw Poroshenko sign a Russian-backed peace pact with the rebel command.

The September 5 truce agreement was designed to create a buffer zone along the front line and grant the insurgents limited autonomy within Ukraine.

But neither side has pulled back their big guns or halted all fire.

Militias across the Russian-speaking rustbelt are still attacking Ukranian forces and the number of civilians killed daily by stray shells and rockets is nearing that seen at the height of the six-month war.

The ongoing fighting could damage Poroshenko's chances in October 26 parliamentary elections that feature a powerful group of parties opposing any talks with Moscow.

- Russian withdrawal -

The Kremlin says that Putin has ordered back the soldiers from Ukraine's border simply because their scheduled summer training period had run its course.

But Moscow has repeatedly used its troop movements as a bargaining chip with the West over Ukraine's future in the past.

Analysts said the withdrawal order will be cited by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when he tries to convince US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris on Tuesday that the West's economic restrictions were no longer justified.

The troop pullback may also be designed to splinter the united, tough stance that Washington and Brussels forged after months of EU foot-dragging over sanctions against Moscow.

Some European nations with close energy and financial ties to Russia blame the weakness of their economic recoveries on the trade war that Moscow launched in reprisal for the Western punitive steps.

 

 

Ukraine leader sacks third defence minister this year

 
‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:34:32 AMGo to full article
Kiev (AFP) Oct 12, 2014 - President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Ukraine's third defence minister of the year Sunday in a surprise decision ahead of high-level talks with Moscow on bringing peace to the Western-backed former Soviet republic.

Poroshenko's official website said he would nominate a new defence chief on Monday after "accepting the resignation" of Valeriy Geletey.

But the sacking also highlighted a sense of failure that has enveloped the once-proud force as the six-month conflict with pro-Russian rebels drags on and the death toll from fighting approaches 3,400.

The military's performance has humiliated Ukrainians who had been celebrating the success of a bloody popular uprising that ousted the then Kremlin-backed leader in February and propelled Kiev on its westward course.

Geletey's removal threatened to undermine Poroshenko's position ahead of a crunch meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Milan on Friday, only the third time the two have met since Poroshenko came to power in May.

"I have no illusions. These will not be easy negotiations, but I am ready for them," Poroshenko told the nation in a television address.

"My goal (is to achieve) our country's unshakable independence, its territorial integrity, the inviolability of its borders, and the return of peace," he said.

Putin appeared to strengthen his hand with the order Saturday for 17,600 Russian troops deployed near Ukraine to return to their bases -- a decision analysts linked to his desire to see biting Western sanctions suspended or at least rolled back.

- Eastern bloodbath -

There had been speculation for days about Poroshenko's displeasure with Geletey's ability to organise a decisive assault on the insurgents since his appointment on July 3.

The respected Dzerkalo Tyzhnia weekly said Geletey's fate was sealed when he received a report on August 23 of an incursion by hundreds of Russian special forces and dozens of armoured vehicles into the eastern war zone, allegations that Moscow denies.

The newspaper quoted a military commander as saying that Geletey ignored the intelligence and instead took part in an Independence Day parade in central Kiev the next day.

The alleged Russian incursion was followed by a sweeping counter-offensive that saw separatist gunmen quickly seize back a chunk of the land they had lost in the preceeding weeks.

The militias also wiped out a Ukrainian unit of at least 100 soldiers near the town of Ilovaysk, a bloodbath that shocked the country and was followed by Poroshenko's decision to sign a Russian-backed peace pact with the rebel command.

The September 5 truce agreement was designed to create a buffer zone along the front line and grant the insurgents limited autonomy within Ukraine.

But neither side has pulled back their big guns or halted all fire.

Militias across the Russian-speaking rustbelt are still attacking Ukranian forces and the number of civilians killed daily by stray shells and rockets is nearing that seen at the height of the six-month war.

The still deadly fighting could damage Poroshenko's chances in October 26 parliamentary elections that feature a powerful group of parties opposing any negotiations with Moscow.

- Russian withdrawal -

The Kremlin says that Putin ordered back the soldiers from Ukraine's border simply because their scheduled summer training period had run its course.

But Moscow has repeatedly used its troop movements as a bargaining chip with the West over Ukraine's future in the past.

Analysts said the latest orders will be cited by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when he tries to convince US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris on Tuesday that the West's punitive measures were no longer justified.

The troop pullback may also be designed to splinter the united tough stand that Washington and Brussels forged on Russia after months of EU foot-dragging over sanctions.

Some European nations with close energy and financial ties to Russia blame the weakness of their economic recoveries on the trade war that Moscow launched in reprisal for the Western punitive steps.

 

 

China's Li in Russia for Putin talks

 
‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:34:32 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Oct 12, 2014 - Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Sunday arrived in Moscow for talks with President Vladimir Putin as Russia is struggling with its most pronounced isolation since the end of the Cold War.

"It is a major event in the bilateral relations," Chinese Vice Minister Cheng Guoping said ahead of Li's visit.

He said both sides would sign a joint communique and about 50 agreements. "We are confident it will be a success," he said.

Li's first visit to Russia as premier comes at a sensitive time as the Kremlin is grappling with the consequences of its support for separatists in Ukraine during a six-month conflict in the east of the ex-Soviet country.

Besides meeting Putin on Tuesday, Li during his three-day visit will also meet with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev and attend an economic forum.

Once bitter foes during the Cold War, Moscow and Beijing have over the past years ramped up cooperation as both are driven by a desire to counterbalance US global dominance.

China and Russia often work in lockstep at the UN Security Council, using their veto power as permanent council members to counter the West on issues such as the Syria crisis.

Russia's showdown with the West over Ukraine has given Kremlin a new impetus to court Beijing.

China for its part has spoken out against the sanctions slapped on Russia by the European Union and the United States to make the Kremlin change tack over Ukraine.

"China always opposes the wilful use of sanctions or the threat of sanctions," said Cheng.

"We welcome the moves by various parties to encourage the momentum of a political settlement of the Ukrainian issue."

Putin late Saturday ordered a pullback of troops from the border with Ukraine and will hold crunch talks with Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe meeting in Milan next week.

Ahead of his Russian visit, Li travelled to Germany for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 

 

Putin orders troop pullback from Ukraine border: Kremlin

 
‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:34:32 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Oct 12, 2014 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his defence minister to pull thousands of troops from the border with Ukraine, the Kremlin said ahead of key talks on a fragile truce in the ex-Soviet country.

"The head of state has tasked the defence minister with beginning to bring troops back to their permanent bases," the Kremlin said late Saturday evening.

The Kremlin said the order meant that 17,600 servicemen, who had in the summer participated in military drills in the southern Rostov region on the border with Ukraine, would be pulled back.

Defence minister Sergei Shoigu received the order after reporting that "summertime training on military ranges of the Southern military district is over," the Kremlin said.

The late Saturday meeting between Putin and his defence minister took place after the president chaired a meeting of his national security council, said the Kremlin, without providing further details.

Putin is expected to meet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for key talks on the sidelines of a Asia-Europe forum in Milan on Friday.

Kiev reported that pro-Moscow rebel attacks had subsided and Poroshenko said for his part the two would discuss the fragile truce agreed last month.

 

 

 

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School projects onboard exploded Virginia rocket destroyed

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:39:06 AMGo to full article
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Over a dozen school projects were onboard the U.S. supply rocket that exploded shortly after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, but a group of California students will have another shot at getting their project - containing live worms - into space. The project, developed by students at the Urban Promise Academy middle school in Oakland, would have sent the worms to the International Space Station to study the effects of space on composting, Oakland School District spokesman Troy Flint said on Wednesday. ...
 

Showdown imminent over nurse's quarantine in Maine

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:05:58 AMGo to full article
This undated image provided by University of Texas at Arlington shows Kaci Hickox. In a Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 telephone interview with CNN, Hickox, the nurse quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa, said the process of keeping her isolated is "inhumane." (AP Photo/University of Texas at Arlington)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — State police plan to monitor the movements and interactions of a nurse who vowed to defy the state's quarantine for health care workers who treat Ebola patients, but troopers cannot take her into custody without a judge's permission.
 
 

U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:35:18 AMGo to full article
By Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election. A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead heat in Illinois, possibly the most fiscally dysfunctional state, shape up as de facto referendums on reform and their results could make municipal bond investors alter their bets. ...
 

Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:15:08 AMGo to full article
This Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows lava that has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary above the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. After weeks of slow, stop-and-go movement, a river of asphalt-black lava was less than the length of a football field from homes in the Big Island community Tuesday. The lava flow easily burned down an empty shed at about 7:30 a.m., several hours after entering a residential property in Pahoa Village, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. A branch of the molten stream was less than 100 yards (90 meters) from a two-story house. It could hit the home later Tuesday if it continues on its current path, Oliveira estimated. Residents of Pahoa Village, the commercial center of the island's rural Puna district south of Hilo, have had weeks to prepare for what's been described as a slow-motion disaster. Most have either already left or are prepared to go. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town.
 
 

U.S. education department gets tougher on for-profit colleges

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:18:47 AMGo to full article
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will introduce stricter regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under new regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 percent of discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. This is lower than the current threshold of 30 percent of discretionary income and 12 percent of total earnings. The U.S. ...
 

Quarantined Ebola nurse goes outside; police watch

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:12:53 AMGo to full article
State troopers and a television reporter stand across from the home where Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, is staying, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. Hickox said Wednesday she plans to stop quarantining herself in rural Maine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state officials preparing to legally enforce the quarantine. She said she'll defy the state if the policy isn't changed by Thursday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa vowed on Wednesday to end her voluntary quarantine, even going so far as to step out of her home and shake a reporter's hand, signaling a showdown with state police monitoring her and state officials seeking to legally enforce her confinement.
 
 

Hundreds feared buried under Sri Lanka mudslide

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:34:32 AMGo to full article
Sri Lankan men stand by a damaged house caused by mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at the tea plantation, killing at least 10 people and leaving more than 250 missing, an official said. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed.
 
 

Five members of Utah family likely died of poisoning: reports

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:26:55 AMGo to full article
(Reuters) - Police believe two parents and three children found dead inside their Utah home weeks ago likely died of poisoning, local media reported on Wednesday. The five people, including children between the ages of 11 and 14, were found on Sept. 27 at their home in Springville, about 45 miles (72 km) south of Salt Lake City. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and their children Benson, Emery and Zion, were each found lying next to a cup of colored fluid, according to the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, which cited documents filed in court by police. ...
 

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:24:48 AMGo to full article
NASA handout photo of an aerial view of the Wallops Island launch facilities in Wallops Island, VirginiaBy Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying cargo and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. (2222 GMT) on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. ...
 
 

Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says will not be bullied

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:16:48 AMGo to full article
Nurse Hickox speaks to her lawyer from a hospital quarantine tent in NewarkBy Susan Heavey and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights. Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa. ...
 
 

Obama on Ebola fight: We can’t seal ourselves off

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:50:43 AMGo to full article
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly during an event with American health care workers fighting the Ebola virus, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The president says it is essential that the U.S. and other countries work to stop the outbreak at its source.
 
 

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:39:47 AMGo to full article
Smoke rises from the Pu'u O'o vent on the Kilauea VolcanoBy Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slogging toward the village of Pahoa for weeks, moving at speeds of 10 to 15 yards (meters) an hour as it bubbled over a cemetery and reached the community's outskirts. ...
 
 

Man released after being cleared in North Carolina courthouse shooting

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:07:40 AMGo to full article
Ontarious Montre Lewis is seen in an undated picture released by the Nashville Police Department in Nashville, North Carolina(Reuters) - A man held on suspicion of shooting two people in front of a courthouse in North Carolina has been released by authorities, who said on Wednesday he was not the gunman. Police kept up their search for the shooter who critically wounded two men in front of the Nash County courthouse on Tuesday morning, police said, adding their initial suspect, Ontarious Montre Lewis, 23, was cleared after questioning. "He was definitely not the person that did any shooting," Nashville, North Carolina, Police Chief Thomas Bashore said of Lewis. ...
 
 

Saying she will not be bullied, nurse fights Maine Ebola quarantine

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:37:00 AMGo to full article
Members of the media wait outside the home of Theodore Wilbur in Fort Kent MaineBy Susan Heavey and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights. Hickox, 33, tested negative for Ebola after returning from treating patients in West Africa. ...
 
 

Purdue University accused killer found dead

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:29:52 AMGo to full article
This photo provided by Indiana State Prison shows Cody Cousins. The Indiana Department of Correction said Wednesday in a statement that 24-year-old Cody Cousins was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after he was found unresponsive Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in his cell at the prison in Michigan City. The DOC says Cousins apparently took his own life with self-inflicted lacerations to his neck and both arms. Cousins pleaded guilty to murder in the Jan. 21 attack inside a Purdue University classroom filled with students that killed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt (AP Photo/ Indiana State Prison)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man who fatally stabbed and shot a fellow Purdue University student earlier this year has been found dead from an apparent suicide in his prison cell, state correction officials said Wednesday.
 
 

Nation 'unprepared' for Ebola oubreak

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:26:34 AMGo to full article
In this Oct. 24, 2014, file photo, members of the Department of Defense's Ebola Military Medical Support Team dress with protective gear during training at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio. Even small clusters of Ebola cases could overwhelm parts of US medical care system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and other components of the emergency medical network. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)An independent review gives dire warnings about the U.S. health care system's readiness.
 
 

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:16:31 PMGo to full article
An unmanned Antares rocket is seen exploding seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad in this still image from NASA video at Wallops IslandBy Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. ...
 
 

Storied Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee remembered

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:48:17 PMGo to full article
Quinn Bradlee, son of Ben Bradlee, is embraced by Carl BernsteinWASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Bradlee, the longtime executive editor of The Washington Post during some of its proudest moments, was remembered as a "journalistic warrior" Wednesday during his funeral at Washington National Cathedral.
 
 

Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:20:43 PMGo to full article
The lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano is seen near the village of Pahoa, HawaiiBy Karin Stanton KONA Hawaii (Reuters) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept across a residential property on Hawaii's Big Island early on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes and businesses at the edge of a seaside town. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slogging toward the village of Pahoa for weeks and was clocked at average speeds of 10 to 15 yards (nine to 14 meters) an hour as it bubbled over a road and overran a cemetery. ...
 
 

Chrysler recalling 381K trucks over fire hazard

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:03:35 PMGo to full article
A Chrysler sign is seen outside the Warren Truck Assembly plant where the Dodge Ram pickup truck is assembled in Warren, MichiganDETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's Chrysler Group said on Wednesday it is recalling 381,876 Ram trucks mostly in the United States to correct a potential fire hazard. Chrysler said in a statement that problems with 2010-2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups and 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs equipped with Cummins diesel engines could cause fuel-heater housings to overheat and fuel to leak. It said 314,704 of the trucks are in the United States, 59,432 in Canada and the rest outside North America. Chrysler said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the condition. ...
 
 

Twenty-nine charged in Chicago with 'cracking cards' bank fraud scheme

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:18:08 PMGo to full article
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people in the Chicago area face state or federal charges for involvement with a bank fraud scheme known as "cracking cards," which found participants through rap music and social media, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The multimillion-dollar scheme, which started on Chicago's South Side about three years ago, involved recruiting bank customers to give up their debit cards and PIN numbers with the promise of making fast cash, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago said. ...
 

Purdue University shooter found dead in Indiana prison

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:29:18 PMGo to full article
Cody Cousins is seen in an undated picture released by the Indiana Department of Corrections in Indianapolis, Indiana(Reuters) - A former Purdue University student who admitted killing a fellow student on campus in January has been found dead in prison of an apparent suicide, a state prison official said on Wednesday. Cody Cousins, 24, was found unresponsive Tuesday night in his cell at the prison in Michigan City with self-inflicted lacerations to his neck and arms, Indiana State Prison Superintendent Ron Neal said in a statement. Attempts were made to revive Cousins, who was alone in the cell, but he was pronounced dead about 25 minutes after being found during a routine check, Neal said. ...
 
 

FBI under fire for 'completely unacceptable' act

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:07:29 PMGo to full article
FBI Agents on August 16, 2014, investigate the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the location where he was killed on Canfield Drive in Ferguson, MissouriThe FBI has come under fire from media organizations following disclosures that it created a fake news website to track down a suspect in a bomb threat case. Documents revealed the FBI created a fake Associated Press news article that appeared to be in the Seattle Times, to trick the suspect to install malware that would reveal his location. The incident dates back to 2007, but the documents surfaced this week after a security research for the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted a link to the case file on Monday. "The FBI impersonating the press is just as irresponsible as the CIA running fake immunization programs.
 
 

Elton John's bold words about Pope Francis

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:59:13 PMGo to full article
Elton John performs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit.
 
 

Report: Red Cross was totally unprepared for Sandy relief

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:57:32 PMGo to full article
Recovery Continues Two Weeks After Superstorm SandyTwo years after Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says "as many as 40 percent" of the relief organization's emergency vehicles were used as backdrops for press conferences during the group's response to the storm, a new report by ProPublica and NPR finds.
 
 

Ebola nurse fights quarantine in Maine

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:24:13 PMGo to full article
The home Theodore Wilbur boyfriend of Kaci Hickox the nurse who was released from quarantine is seen in Fort Kent MaineKaci Hickox tested negative for the virus and refuses to stay put for 21 days.
 
 

After U.S. rocket explodes, Russians deliver food to Int'l Space Station

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:23:16 PMGo to full article
Russia Launches Unmanned Supply Ship Toward Space StationAn unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff in Virginia.
 
 

More than 100 believed dead in Sri Lanka landslide

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:33:07 PMGo to full article
A deadly landslide hits village in central Sri LankaBy Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - A landslide in hilly south-central Sri Lanka is believed to have killed more than 100 people on Wednesday as it buried scores of houses, a government minister said, and the toll is likely to rise. The landslide hit a village in the tea-growing area of Sri Lanka after days of heavy monsoon rain, with more than 300 people listed as missing. ...
 
 

Who was Ebola's patient zero?

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:40:12 PMGo to full article
a family photograph of a new-born Emile, known as patient zeroLONDON (AP) — In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control.
 
 

Increasing diabetes cases lead to new global health fears

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:43:39 PMGo to full article
A tuberculosis patientHaving diabetes triples a person's risk of contracting TB, which killed about 1.5 million people last year, said the report compiled by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the World Diabetes Foundation. A growing link has been observed between diabetes -- a disease of diet, lifestyle and genes -- and TB, a respiratory disease spread by bacteria, it said. "This is largely because diabetes rates are skyrocketing around the world, and having diabetes increases the risk that a person will become sick with TB." According to the report, it was estimated that there were more people in the world living with a combination of TB and diabetes than there were people living with TB and HIV -- a well-known duo that has claimed millions of lives.
 
 

Costly U.S. nuclear arms revamp, tight cash call for tough choices

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:07:31 AMGo to full article
Hagel delivers the keynote address to the Association of U.S. Army annual meeting in WashingtonBy David Alexander KINGS BAY Ga. (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel grabbed a ladder extending through the sleek black hull of the USS Tennessee at a Navy submarine base here and disappeared down the hatch for a close look at one of the Pentagon's most daunting budget issues. Inside the vessel, 24 tubes for launching nuclear ballistic missiles sliced through the submarine's decks, with the crew's bunks and Spartan living quarters packed in around them. The Tennessee and 13 other Ohio-class submarines are critical elements of the U.S. ...
 
 

U.S. supply rocket explodes on liftoff

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:40:57 AMGo to full article
An unmanned Antares rocket is seen exploding seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad in this still image from video shot at Wallops IslandAn unmanned Antares rocket explodes seconds after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad.
 
 

'I don't feel safe anymore'

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:25:41 AMGo to full article
a couple surveys the remains of the home owned by the woman’s parentsResidents still feel mental anguish two years after Sandy ravaged the East Coast.
 
 

American couple held in Qatar for death of adopted daughter

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:25:16 AMGo to full article
YAHOO EXCLUSIVE: American couple held in Qatar speaks: “We Are Being Kidnapped”. Watch here .An American couple feels trapped and abandoned by the U.S. Government as they await a possible death sentence following the death of their daughter in the oil rich country of Qatar. Grace and Matthew Huang were accused of starving their adopted daughter Gloria to death almost two years ago. Since the tragic night of Gloria's passing, the Huangs have been jailed, separated from their other two children. Their lives are in the hands of a foreign government whose judicial process is mysterious and terrifying to them.They decided to share their story exclusively with Yahoo’s Global News Anchor Katie Couric.
 
 

Islamic State advances through Syria

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎02:37:55 AMGo to full article
Image grab from a propoganda video shows Islamic State fighters driving through the city of Homs, in Syria in March 2014Islamic State group jihadists have attacked an oil and gas field in Syria, killing at least 30 pro-regime forces and security guards, a monitoring group said Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack was launched on Tuesday night and fighting continued through the night. "IS managed to control parts of the field," the Britain-based group said after the assault at Shaer, in Homs province. An unknown number of jihadists were also killed, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
 
 

A soldier mourned in Canada

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:24:50 PMGo to full article
Soldiers load the coffin into a hearse during the funeral procession for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo in HamiltonHundreds lined streets of Hamilton, Ontario, to watch funeral procession for Corporal Nathan Cirillo, shot dead in Ottawa terrorist attacks.
 
 

Republican dives into 'Redskins' fight

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:12:16 PMGo to full article
Former Republican National Committee chairman and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie prepares to vote at the Fairfax County Government Center voting station Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Gillespie is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie, trailing in the polls and short on campaign cash, is hoping a last-minute appeal to devoted fans of the Washington Redskins' name gets him over the goal line in his Senate bid.
 
 

Major Islamic State battle taking shape

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:58:33 PMGo to full article
Kurdish peshmerga fighters drive in convoy through Arbil after leaving a base in northern Iraq on October 28, 2014Kurdish peshmerga fighters are headed for Syrian border town for probable battle.
 
 

Obama says US can't shy away from Ebola battle

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:48:23 PMGo to full article
In this Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 photo provided by attorney Steven Hyman, quarantined nurse Kaci Hickox meets with the prominent New York civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, seated, at the isolation tent at University Hospital in Newark, N.J., where Hickox was confined after flying into Newark Liberty International Airport following her work in West Africa caring for Ebola patients. For Americans wondering why President Barack Obama hasn’t forced all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients, the White House has a quick retort: Talk to the Founding Fathers. A hodgepodge of state policies, some of which directly contradict Obama’s recommendations, has sowed confusion about what’s really needed to stop Ebola from spreading in the United States. While public health advocates denounce state quarantines as draconian and scientifically baseless, anxious citizens in non-quarantine states are asking whether they’re at greater risk because their governors and the president have adopted a lesser level of caution. (AP Photo/Steven Hyman) MANDATORY CREDITThere's a reason President Obama hasn't forced states to follow a single, national rule.
 
 

House Democrats seek change to deportations

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:31:00 PMGo to full article
Anti-deportation protesters chant in front of the White House in WashingtonA group of Democrats want to change policies affecting some migrant families.
 
 

Marathon bombing suspect's friend convicted of lying

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:29:15 PMGo to full article
Robel PhilliposRobel Philipos didn't tell truth to FBI investigators who questioned his presence in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room.
 
 

Dallas nurse becomes fourth Ebola patient discharged from Emory hospital

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:56:03 PMGo to full article
FILE - This Oct. 21, 2014, file photo, provided by Amber Vinson, shows Vinson at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Vinson, a Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, will attend a news conference, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, to discuss her discharge from the hospital after tests showed she's virus-free. (AP Photo/Amber Vinson, File)(Reuters) - A Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on Tuesday after being found free of the virus and thanked God and her family for helping her recover. "I sincerely believe that with God all things are possible," said nurse Amber Vinson, who looked vibrant at a news conference with the health workers who treated her. Vinson is the fourth patient successfully treated for Ebola at Emory's hospital. ...
 
 

Friend of accused Boston bomber found guilty of lying to authorities

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:27:54 PMGo to full article
Robel Phillipos, a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with lying to investigators, leaves the federal courthouse after a hearing in his case in BostonBy Ross Kerber BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Tuesday found a college friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber guilty of lying to authorities in a terrorism investigation. Robel Phillipos, 21, was charged with lying about having visited suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the 2013 attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. Phillipos showed no emotion as the verdict was read in federal court in Boston and said little to journalists as he walked to a waiting car. He faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 29. ...
 
 

U.S. isolates troops, Australia imposes visa ban on Ebola-hit West Africa states

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:10:54 PMGo to full article
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, visits the Western Area Emergency Response Centre in FreetownBy Phil Stewart and Matt Siegel WASHINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.S. military has isolated soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa and Australia imposed a visa ban on the affected countries, policies that critics said would have little benefit but could feed a global panic. Ebola has killed nearly 5,000 people since March, mostly in West Africa, but nine cases in the United States prompted states such as New York and New Jersey to ignore federal advice and quarantine all health workers returning from the region. The United Nations criticized the U.S. ...
 
 

As 'Hunt for Reds in October' fails, new Russia military threat seen

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:38:32 PMGo to full article
Crew members onboard a Swedish Navy craftBy Alister Doyle and Simon Johnson OSLO/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Fears of Russia re-asserting its Cold War dominance in the Baltic Sea are forcing countries there to re-think their defenses, prioritizing military spending at home and reducing participation in far-flung U.N. or U.S.-led missions. Sweden's fruitless search for a submarine -- dubbed by locals "The Hunt for Reds in October" -- and Russian violations of airspace are seen as elements of what one defense minister called a 'hybrid warfare', where fear and propaganda are deployed to keep countries on their toes. ...
 
 

Former officials: White House did little to stop Islamic State's ascent

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎03:30:52 PMGo to full article
James JeffreyThe Obama administration “did almost nothing” in response to intelligence warnings earlier this year that Islamic State radicals were gaining ground in Iraq and threatening the country’s stability, a former ambassador to Iraq says in a new interview.
 
 

Ebola-free nurse to leave Atlanta hospital

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:15:32 PMGo to full article
Ebola nurse Amber VinsonAmber Vinson, one of two Texas health care workers to contract Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, to be released.
 
 

Two inmates to be put to death in Texas, Missouri, as overall U.S. executions drop

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:15:31 PMGo to full article
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Two U.S. inmates convicted of murder as teenagers are scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday and early Wednesday at a time when the number of executions in the United States is on pace to be the lowest in two decades. Texas plans to execute Miguel Paredes, 32, who was convicted with two co-defendants of killing three people in 2000. In Missouri, Mark Christeson, 35, is scheduled to die by lethal injection early on Wednesday. He was convicted of killing a woman and her two children 16 years ago. ...
 

As Ebola fears spread, children allegedly bullied for West African ties

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:55:19 PMGo to full article
Two schoolchildren from Senegal were brutally beaten at a school in the Bronx last week by classmates who called them "Ebola," their father said Monday.
 

Which president was better at dealing with Putin?

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:54:07 PMGo to full article
Raw: Obama, Bush Honor Tanzania Bomb VictimsHouse Speaker John Boehner certainly has an answer.
 
 

 

 

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South Africa poised to be key player in humanitarian assistance, says UN relief chief

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:34:13 AMGo to full article
Learning from the experiences of the Eastern and South Africa region will be vital in global efforts to reform humanitarian action, a top United Nations humanitarian official said today in Pretoria, South Africa, at the opening of the regional consultation for Eastern and Southern Africa of the World Humanitarian Summit.
 

Ban pays tribute to late Zambian President Michael Chilufya Sata

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:17:57 AMGo to full article
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to Zambia’s late President Michael Chilufya Sata, praising his vision for the country and commitment to addressing the needs of Zambia’s poor.
 

UN Asia-Pacific forum helps foster youth volunteerism to counter unemployment

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:15:13 AMGo to full article
The United Nations has helped set up a youth alliance committed to serving their communities through volunteerism in the Asia-Pacific region, where more than 80 million young people of working age are unemployed, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said today.
 

Massive scale-up of assistance needed for countries impacted by ongoing Syria crisis - UN relief official

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:38:17 AMGo to full article
The ongoing civil war in Syria and its spillover effects continue to inflict a devastating human and humanitarian toll on neighbouring Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan, a senior United Nations relief official said today, warning that rising numbers of displaced persons, increasing pressure on refugee hosting countries and dwindling international support left the UN “racing against the clock” to meet the needs on the ground.
 

‘Status quo not viable option’ in Jerusalem, UN political chief tells Security Council

 
‎30 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:33:25 AMGo to full article
Ongoing tensions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank cannot be separated from the larger reality that remains unresolved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.
 

Ban ‘deeply troubled’ by findings of review of allegations of misreporting by joint Darfur Mission

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:03:22 PMGo to full article
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is “deeply troubled” by the findings of a review conducted into recent allegations that the UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s Darfur region intentionally sought to cover up crimes against civilians and peacekeepers.
 

UN study finds ‘substantial’ skills mismatch for European workers

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:58:56 PMGo to full article
Europe’s labour market is facing a “substantial” mismatch between supply and demand as a sizeable percentage of continental workers are currently over- or under- qualified for their jobs, a new United Nations study has found.
 

Youth policy must bridge gap between ‘haves and have nots,’ expert tells UN-backed forum

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:42 PMGo to full article
Deliberations on a modern youth policy framework continued today in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku as hundreds of experts, policymakers, researchers and activists met for the second day of a United Nations-backed meeting, which is expected to usher in a set of focused guidelines to assist counties in defining, planning, financing, implementing and evaluating youth policy.
 

Signs of Ebola decline in Liberia offer ‘glimmer of hope’ – UN

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:47:05 PMGo to full article
The spread of Ebola in Liberia may be slowing, as demonstrated in the decline in burials and sickbed occupancy rates, as well as a plateau in lab-reported new cases in the West African country hardest hit by the virus, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, while cautioning against drawing premature conclusions.
 

Ukraine: Ban deplores planned holding of November ‘elections’ by rebel groups

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:23:50 PMGo to full article
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the planned holding by armed rebel groups in eastern Ukraine of their own “elections” on 2 November, calling the potential polls a “breach of the constitution and national law.”
 

South Sudan: UN officials welcome launch in of campaign to end use of child soldiers

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:59:18 PMGo to full article
The United Nations stands ready to support the Government of South Sudan in its renewed commitment to end the recruitment and use of children in the army, top UN officials declared today as the Organization launched a new initiative in the country.
 

UN applauds donation by Malala Yousafzai for reconstruction of Gaza schools

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:23:51 PMGo to full article
As the United Nations ramps up its reconstruction efforts of war-ravaged Gaza, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, has announced a contribution of $50,000 to help with the rebuilding of UN schools heavily damaged during the recent fighting in the enclave.
 

Farming sector hit by insecurity as Central African Republic crisis grinds on – UN report

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:51 PMGo to full article
The continuing crisis in the embattled Central African Republic has taken a large toll on agricultural production and is eroding the capacity of the country’s population to secure sufficient food, a new report by the United Nations food and agriculture agencies has found.
 

In Somalia, Ban lauds country’s progress towards stability, urges ‘continuity’

 
‎29 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:13:29 PMGo to full article
Somalia has made “remarkable progress” as it continues down the road towards economic and political stability, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he arrived in the capital city of Mogadishu – the third stop in a tour of the Horn of Africa aimed at promoting development and consolidating peace and security across the wider region.
 

UN chief urges continued global support for Lebanon amid ongoing regional crises

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:50:43 PMGo to full article
Lebanon remains “a beacon of tolerance and co-existence” in an otherwise combustible region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, adding that in the face of growing challenges along its borders, the Middle Eastern country will need to continue its close collaboration with the United Nations and other international stakeholders.
 

UN expert urges General Assembly to refer DPR Korea rights report to International Criminal Court

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:14:05 PMGo to full article
A United Nations human rights expert called on the General Assembly today to refer a UN-mandated report documenting wide-ranging and ongoing crimes against humanity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
 

‘The only way to stop Ebola is at its source’ – UN chief

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:31:21 PMGo to full article
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries that have imposed travel bans or closed their borders in response to the Ebola outbreak of the need to convey a sense of urgency without inciting panic, saying “the only way to stop Ebola is to stop it at its source.”
 

Iraq: condemning destruction of shrine, UNESCO urges end to ‘cultural cleansing’

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:07:39 PMGo to full article
The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) strongly condemned the destruction of the Imam Dur shrine in the governorate of Salah-e-Din in Iraq, and called for an end to such acts of “cultural cleansing.”
 

UN reaffirms importance of women&#39s empowerment for global peace, security

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:56:32 PMGo to full article
As the world is swept by unparalleled levels of displacement, festering conflicts, and a convergence of crises, the international community must fully endorse the role of women's empowerment and gender equality in ensuring global peace, security and development, the Security Council and top United Nations officials declared today.
 

Culture must be considered in approaches to disaster risk reduction – UN-backed report

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:33:49 PMGo to full article
Disaster risk reduction approaches must recognize why people live with risks and how their behaviour and attitudes related to culture affect their exposure and sensitivity to hazards, a new United Nations-backed report out today warns.
 

In Addis Ababa, Ban hails new UN facility as symbol of shared ‘strong desire for peace’

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:21:04 PMGo to full article
The United Nations is “better placed to deliver better results,” declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as a new office facility was inaugurated today at the UN Economic Commission for Africa compound in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
 

Leaders of tomorrow must be heard today, Ban tells Global Forum on Youth Policies

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:41:46 PMGo to full article
Young people around the world must “raise your voices” so they are heard loud and clear, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a packed audience of youth Ministers, experts, activists and volunteers this morning, kicking off the First Global Forum on Youth Policies, in Azerbaijan, itself a nation with more than half of its population under age 29.
 

Recession-hit rich countries suffer ‘great leap backwards’ in child poverty – UN

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:40:17 PMGo to full article
Some 2.6 million children have sunk below the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries since 2008, negatively impacted by the wave of recessions that rippled through their economies following the meltdown of blue chip financial intuitions, according to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report out today.
 

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican journalist, urges investigation

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:47:22 PMGo to full article
The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today denounced the recent killing of Mexican journalist Antonio Gamboa Urias, the editor of a local magazine in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, and urged authorities to conduct a quick and thorough investigation into the murder.
 

UN-backed study on fruit flies to prompt better pest controls, renewed trade

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:25:58 PMGo to full article
What was long thought to be four distinct agricultural pests is actually one and the same fruit fly, a new study spearheaded by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has shown, encouraging renewed efforts and solutions for better pest management.
 

UN agriculture chief lauds ‘key’ role of family farmers in food-secure future

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:35:32 AMGo to full article
Praising family farmers for their key role in meeting the needs of a growing world population, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stressed the need to seize global momentum to improve the widespread food insecurity still haunting many rural areas around the world.
 

UN envoy leads call for action, resources to ensure meaningful role for youths in policy talks

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:32:29 AMGo to full article
Meeting for the first time since arriving in Azerbaijan for the United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies, dozens of youth experts and activists today deliberated a “common narrative” that will best engage other stakeholders and help transform youth policy rhetoric into solid reality.
 

Greater resources needed for Iraqis ahead of harsh winter, UN, regional officials warn

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:33:10 AMGo to full article
Senior officials from the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) warned today that an “immense” humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Iraq and called for greater resources from the international community to help with the upcoming winter season, as they concluded a four-day mission to conflict-riven areas in the country.
 

Ban hails Tunisian vote as critical step as country continues transition to democracy

 
‎28 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:20:11 AMGo to full article
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Tunisian people on the legislative elections held in the North African country on 26 October, welcoming the polls as a “crucial step for the country’s future” and a “decisive milestone in the transition to democracy.”
 

Blackwater convictions spotlight need for treaty on private security – UN experts

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎11:06:19 PMGo to full article
The United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries today appealed for stronger global regulations of private security, saying last week’s conviction of Blackwater contractors shows the need for all private security personnel to be held accountable for international human rights and humanitarian law violations.
 

Citing ‘surge’ in executions, UN expert voices deep concern about right to life in Iran

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:50:36 PMGo to full article
The human rights situation in Iran remains of deep concern, an independent United Nations expert said today, flagging issues related to the right to life, the judicial system, religious persecution, and discrimination against women.
 

South Sudan: 60 civilians injured in fighting near UN base

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:42:12 PMGo to full article
More than 60 civilians were injured yesterday after fighting broke at a protection of civilians site next to the United Nations House on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan, according to a UN spokesperson.
 

DR Congo: amid fresh violence, ‘presence without action, undermines our credibility’ – UN envoy

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎10:18:05 PMGo to full article
Amid continuing flare-ups of deadly violence and a tenuous humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) in the vast African nation today underlined the need for a “proactive, not reactive” response in countering the country’s rebel groups and boosting protection for civilians.
 

Young people in ‘driver’s seat’ from very beginning of policy process a must – UN experts

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:28:19 PMGo to full article
Rather than merely being consulted on policy matters, young people must be in the driver’s seat with all the other stakeholders from the very beginning of the process and throughout, a Youth Specialist of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) stressed ahead of the Global Forum on Youth Policies, kicking off tomorrow in Baku, Azerbaijan.
 

Ebola: UN envoy concludes visits to affected countries, presents ‘robust’ recovery plan

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:43:11 PMGo to full article
The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has wrapped up his visits to the three West African countries battling the Ebola outbreak as part of the Organization’s ongoing efforts to drum up international support in tackling the deadly crisis, it was announced today.
 

UN’s Ban, global leaders join forces in multi-billion dollar Horn of Africa pledge

 
‎27 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:23:56 PMGo to full article
Spearheading a high-level delegation of global and regional leaders in a visit to the Horn of Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced a new $8 billion development initiative aimed at boosting economic growth, reducing poverty and spurring business activity across the African region’s eight countries.
 

Egypt: Ban, Security Council condemn deadly terrorist attacks in Sinai

 
‎25 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:00:00 AMGo to full article
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have strongly condemned two terrorist attacks that targeted military checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula.
 

Libya: UN ‘deeply concerned’ by reported threats against national rights institution

 
‎25 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:31:22 AMGo to full article
The United Nations human rights office expressed “deep concern” today at reports of threats and intimidation directed against Libya’s national human rights institution, the National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR), based in Tripoli.
 

More respect, less criminalization for migrant workers, UN rights expert urges

 
‎25 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:57:36 AMGo to full article
The lack of political will to stand up for migrant workers’ rights remains the greatest challenge to the protection of this “very vulnerable” group of human beings, an independent United Nations expert affirmed today.
 

DR Congo: UN, African Union urge eastern town to support operations to end rebel threat

 
‎25 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:52:00 AMGo to full article
Visiting the site of a recent flare-up of deadly violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations and African Union (AU) envoys met with the Mayor of the town of Beni, Congolese military officials and local leaders, urging a united front to “put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups,” including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area.
 

Mexico: UN rights office urges authorities to ‘step up’ efforts to find missing students

 
‎25 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:00:22 AMGo to full article
The United Nations human rights office has voiced concern about the continued enforced disappearance of students in the Mexican town of Iguala and urged local authorities to step up their efforts in finding them.
 

Amid uneasy ceasefire, Ukraine risks becoming ‘protracted’ conflict, UN officials warn

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:50:43 PMGo to full article
The simmering conflict in Ukraine continues to take lives and exacerbate already precarious humanitarian conditions in the country’s Eastern regions, two senior United Nations officials told the Security Council today, as they warned that the situation risks turning into a “protracted low-intensity conflict.”
 

Ebola: industry leaders meet to discuss vaccine trials, as UN agencies continue aid push

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎09:17:25 PMGo to full article
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has convened a meeting with top Government officials from Ebola-affected countries, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies to discuss and agree how best to best fast-track testing and the deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to halt the spread of the deadly virus.
 

UN-backed forum: world&#39s youth to demand seat at policy table

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎08:52:51 PMGo to full article
Set to kick-off next week in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku, a United Nations-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies will, for the first time, amplify voices passionate about developing and implementing national policies tailored to the specific needs, aspirations and demands of today's young people.
 

Kyrgyzstan: UN urges country to scrap draft law violating rights of LGBT people

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:49:40 PMGo to full article
The United Nations human rights office today called on the Kyrgyz Parliament to refrain from passing draft legislation that would discriminate against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people.
 

UN agencies launch new joint initiative targeting elimination of global food waste

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:47:22 PMGo to full article
The world wastes enough food to feed an estimated two billion people, the United Nations said today as its three Rome-based food agencies announced the launch of a digital platform designed to take aim at the growing problem of “food loss.”
 

On UN Day, Ban celebrates Organization’s continuing commitment for a better world

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:10:20 PMGo to full article
As multiple crises – ranging from poverty and disease to terrorism and climate change – continue to afflict the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the 69th anniversary of the United Nations today, declaring that the Organization is needed now “more than ever.”
 

UN expert urges Member States to consider justice as pillar of development

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎01:06:13 AMGo to full article
The pursuit of development must expand beyond economic gains and include claims of justice, non-discrimination and opportunities, an independent United Nations expert told the General Assembly today.
 

Right to online privacy at risk as governments engage in mass surveillance – UN expert

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:26:41 AMGo to full article
States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, an independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert said today as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals’ right to privacy.
 

Ahead of World Day, UN hails landmark global polio eradication campaign

 
‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎12:16:27 AMGo to full article
Every day, a thousand or so children are being protected from disability as part of a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio through a worldwide campaign that has immunized millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on the eve of World Polio Day.

 

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The History of the House of Rothschild

by Andrew Hitchcock

 

 

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The Rothschilds have been in control of the world for a very long time, their tentacles reaching into many aspects of our daily lives, as is documented in the following timeline.  However, before you jump to the timeline, please read this invaluable introduction which will tell you who the Rothschilds are as oppose to who they claim to be.

The Rothschilds claim that they are Jewish, when in fact they are Khazars.  They are from a country called Khazaria, which occupied the land locked between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea which is now predominantly occupied by Georgia.  The reason the Rothschilds claim to be Jewish is that the Khazars under the instruction of the King, converted to the Jewish faith in 740 A.D., but of course that did not include converting their Asiatic Mongolian genes to the genes of the Jewish people.

You will find that approximately 90% of people in the world today who call themselves Jews are actually Khazars, or as they like to be known, Ashkenazi Jews.  These people knowingly lie to the world with their claims that the land of Israel is theirs by birthright, when in actual fact their real homeland is over 800 miles away in Georgia.

So, next time you hear an Israeli Prime Minister bleating about the so-called persecution of the Jews, consider this, every Prime Minister of Israel has been an Ashkenazi Jew.  Therefore when all these Prime Ministers have curried favour with the West for their re-establishment of a Jewish homeland, they have knowingly and deliberately lied to you, as they were never from that region, and they well know it, because it is they who call themselves Ashkenazi Jews.

The Book of Revelation, Chapter 2, Verse 9, states the following which would appear to be about these Ashkenazi Jews:

"I know thy works, and tribulation and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan."
The most wealthy bloodline in the world bar none and the leader of the Ashkenazi Jews in the world today is the Rothschild family.  As you will see in the timeline, the Rothschilds have obtained this position through lies, manipulation and murder.  Their bloodline also extends into the Royal Families of Europe, and the following family names:  Astor; Bundy; Collins; duPont; Freeman; Kennedy; Morgan; Oppenheimer; Rockefeller; Sassoon; Schiff; Taft; and Van Duyn.

However, these are not the only bloodlines to worry about.  You are probably aware of the centuries old pratice undertaken by many Ashkenazi Jews whereby they would change their name, in order for them to appear part of the dominant race of the country in which they lived, so as they could obtain influential positions in that country, which they would then exploit to serve their real masters elsewhere.  There is plenty of evidence to prove the Rothschilds continue that deceptive tradition.

Furthermore the Rothschilds are known to sire many children secretly that they can put into positions of power when required.  This started with the very first man who took the name Rothschild, who had a secret sixth son.  Finally, remember the world is a diverse place, I could if I wanted change my name to Rothschild, or any of the names listed above, and that would not make me part of this family anymore than converting to Judaism in 740 A.D. will make these Ashkenazis Jewish.

Please, therefore, do not automatically assume someone you see with the name Rothschild or any of the names listed above are part of the Rothschild criminal network.  Furthermore and most importantly, the majority of Ashkenazi Jews are innocent and not part of this network.  Check the facts out for yourself first, this article is designed to inform people who the enemy is, not single out people of a particular race or people with a particular surname, who may have nothing to do with this Rothschild criminal network.
 

1743: Mayer Amschel Bauer, an Ashkenazi Jew, is born in Frankfurt, Germany, the son of Moses Amschel Bauer, a money lender and the proprietor of a counting house.

 

Moses Amschel Bauer places a red sign above the entrance door to his counting house. This sign is a red hexagram (which geometrically and numerically translates into the number 666) which under Rothschild instruction will end up on the Israeli flag some two centuries later.

 

1753: Gutle Schnaper, an Ashkenazi Jew (future wife of Mayer Amschel Bauer), born to respected merchant, Wolf Salomon Schnaper.

1760: During this decade Mayer Amschel Bauer works for a bank owned by the Oppenheimers' in Hanover, Germany.  He is highly successful and becomes a junior partner. Whilst working at the bank he becomes acquainted with General von Estorff.

Following his father's death, Bauer returns to Frankfurt to take over his father's business. Bauer recognises the significance of the red hexagram and changes his name from Bauer to Rothschild, after the red hexagram or sign signifying 666 hanging over the entrance door ("Rot," is German for, "Red," "Schild," is German for, "Sign").

 

Now Mayer Amschel Rothschild, he discovers that General von Estorff is now attached to the court of Prince William IX of Hesse-Hanau, one of the richest royal houses in Europe, which gained its' wealth by the hiring out of Hessian soldiers to foreign countries for vast profits (a practice that continues today in the form of exporting, "peacekeeping," troops throughout the world).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Conflict in Darfur
Date 2003–2009 /2010

 

Location Darfur, Sudan
Belligerents
Sudan JEM factions
Bandera Darfur.svg SLM (Minnawi faction)
Sudan LJM
Allegedly supported by:
 Chad
 Eritrea
Sudan Janjaweed
Sudan Sudanese Armed Forces
Sudan Sudanese Police
Foreign Mercenaries
African Union
 
United Nations
Commanders and leaders
Sudan Khalil Ibrahim
Sudan Ahmed Diraige
Bandera Darfur.svg Minni Minnawi
Sudan Abdul Wahid al Nur
Sudan Omar al-Bashir
Sudan Musa Hilal
Sudan Hamid Dawai
Sudan Ali Kushayb
Sudan Ahmed Haroun
Rodolphe Adada
United Nations
Martin Luther Agwai
Strength
NRF/JEM: Unknown N/A 9,065
Casualties and losses
unknown
  • 178,258-461,520 excess deaths
  • 2,850,000 Displaced (UN estimate)
  • 450,000 Displaced (Sudanese estimate)
unknown 51 peacekeepers killed

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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