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Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-20 09:23:17
More than 20 people were killed in separate bomb attacks in Afghanistan on Monday, including at least 14 when a suicide bomber struck a minibus carrying Nepalese security contractors in the Afghan capital, officials said. In Kabul, a Reuters witness saw several apparently dead victims and at least two wounded being carried out of the twisted remains of a yellow bus after the suicide bomber struck the vehicle during the morning rush hour in the capital. Hours later, a bomb planted in a motorbike killed at least eight civilians and wounded another 18 in a crowded market in the northern province of Badakhshan, said provincial government spokesman Naveed Frotan. The casualty count could rise, he said. The attacks are the latest in a recent surge of violence that highlights the challenges faced by the Afghan government in Kabul and its Western backers as Washington slowly draws down its remaining troops despite a persistent insurgency. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter that 14 people had been killed and eight wounded in the attack in Kabul. Police were working to identify the victims, he said. The casualties appeared to include Afghan civilians and Nepalese security contractors, Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said after police and emergency vehicles surrounded the scene in the Banae district in the east of the city. He said the suicide bomber had waited near a compound housing the security contractors and struck as the vehicle moved through early morning traffic. As well as the bus passengers, several people in an adjacent market were also wounded in the attack, which occurred during Ramadan, Islam's holy month. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack in a statement from the Islamist group's main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, on Twitter. There was no immediate indication of who carried out the attack in Badakshan. The Nepalese government was still working through its embassy in Pakistan, which also oversees Afghanistan, to verify reports that its citizens were involved in the attack, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bharat Paudel said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his condolences to his two South Asian neighbors after the attack. "We strongly condemn the horrible tragedy in Kabul. Our deep condolences to people & Govts of Afghanistan & Nepal on loss of innocent lives," Modi said on Twitter. Another explosion in Kabul later on Monday morning wounded a provincial council member and at least three of his bodyguards, Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said. It was thought a bomb had been attached to the lawmaker's car, he said. The attacks underlined how serious the security threat facing Afghanistan remains since former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last month and was replaced by Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. The blasts follow a deadly suicide attack on a bus carrying justice ministry staff near Kabul last month and a separate attack on a court in the central city of Ghazni on June 1. The Taliban claimed both those attacks in revenge for the execution of six Taliban prisoners. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-20 09:21:12
Prime Minister David Cameron warned Sunday of abject humiliation for Britain if it quits the EU, as rival camps resumed a frequently acrimonious referendum battle shaken by the shock murder of lawmaker Jo Cox. Four days ahead of a referendum that could rewrite the political and economic destiny of Europe, the two sides launched a last-straight push for public support as latest polls showed the Remain camp gaining ground. "If you're not sure, don't take the risk of leaving. If you don't know, don't go," Cameron pleaded in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper. There will be no turning back from the "existential choice" made on European Union membership on June 23, the British leader told voters, predicting dire consequences of going it alone. "It would be a one-off and permanent diminution in our standing in the world; an abject and self-imposed humiliation for a proud and important country like ours," he said. The tightly-fought campaign had paused for three days to mourn Cox, a 41-year-old mother-of-two and active Remain campaigner who was stabbed and shot in the northern English village of Birstall on Thursday. It was the first murder of a sitting British member of parliament since 1990. Her 52-year-old alleged killer, Thomas Mair, appeared in court on Saturday and shouted: "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain". He was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court again on Monday. A psychiatric report has been requested Parishioners prayed for Cox at a Sunday church service nearby the murder scene. "Her humanity was powerful and compelling and we would do well to recognise her as an amazing example: a 21st century Good Samaritan," Reverend Paul Knight told the congregation. Leading Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said Cox's murder had affected the Leave campaign's rise. "We did have momentum until this terrible tragedy," he told ITV television. The Sunday Mirror newspaper, citing its own ComRes polling, said there had been a "dramatic swing" in the mood of voters, attributing it to "The Jo effect". The What UK Thinks website's average of the last six polls, conducted between June 10 and Saturday, put the Remain and Leave camps level at 50-50, excluding undecided voters. The Leave camp had been a few percentage points ahead in recent polling, but fresh surveys showing a rise in support for Remain brought the average neck-and-neck. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-19 10:38:29
Exasperated US diplomats are in open revolt over Barack Obama's Syria policy, but radical change is unlikely in the twilight of his presidency. More than 280,000 people have been killed. Millions more have fled their homes. A relentless drumbeat of cluster bombs, barrel bombs, chemical bombs, murder, rape and torture has turned swaths of Syria to dust. Humanitarian aid sometimes drips into the beleaguered cities, but when it does, President Bashar al-Assad's regime makes sure "punishment" bombings quickly follow. "The Assad regime's actions defy all definitions of human decency," said one US official. There are ominous signs the regime is moving to strangle food production. In Syria, "you think you've reached the bottom and then you hear a faint scratching from below," another official said. Through it all, the Obama administration has insisted only Assad -- and his Russian and Iranian sponsors -- can end the madness. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-19 10:05:44
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that a controversial redevelopment of an Istanbul park that sparked major anti-government protests in 2013 would go ahead, despite opposition from secular Turks. "A project that we need to address in a courageous manner is (that of) Gezi park in Taksim. We will build this historic structure," he said in a speech in Istanbul. Erdogan was referring to hotly contested plans to rebuild an Ottoman-era barracks on the land occupied by Gezi Park, one of the few green spaces in central Istanbul, next to Taksim Square. The redevelopment, which included plans for a mosque, triggered mass protests in May-June 2013 that snowballed into a wave of public anger against the Islamic-rooted government of then premier Erdogan. Eight people were killed and thousands injured in the protests which were brutally suppressed by the police. All demonstrations in Taksim Square, a traditional rallying point for Istanbul residents, have since been banned. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-19 09:38:22
Funerals for two of the 49 victims killed in the shooting at a nightclub in Florida were marked by tense scenes on Saturday, as an impatient driver was accused of injuring two law enforcement officers and one burial took place under the watch of anti-gay protesters. Two Osceola County Sheriff's deputies on motorcycles were injured at the funeral procession for Jean Carlos Mendez in Kissimmee, Florida, some 20 miles (32 km) south of Orlando, when a driver cut through the cortege and struck them with her car, according to a statement on the sheriff's Facebook page. The deputies were taken to the hospital, where both were in stable condition, said the sheriff's spokeswoman, Twis Lizasuain. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-19 08:38:51
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said Saturday the EU should act quickly and firmly if Britain votes next week to leave the European Union. Britain's EU referendum will be held on Thursday, with an EU summit set for a few days later on June 28 at which Macron said EU leaders should take a firm stand with regard to the UK. "You are in or out... The European Council should give the British an ultimatum about their intentions, and France's president will be very clear about that," Macron said in an interview with Le Monde published Saturday. "We cannot, in the interests of the EU, leave any ambiguity to linger and to let too much time pass," Macron said. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-19 09:02:54
Iran and US aerospace giant Boeing have reached an agreement for the purchase of 100 aircraft to renew the country's ageing fleet, the head of Tehran's civil aviation authority announced Sunday. "We have 250 planes in the country, 230 need to be replaced," said Ali Abedzadeh, the head of the civil aviation body, adding that the deal still needed approval from the US government. In an interview with the Iran daily newspaper, Abedzadeh said there could be no precise timeline for the contract without US Treasury permission. The Islamic republic has ordered about 200 planes from three Western manufacturers since mid-January when economic sanctions were lifted following a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-18 10:02:01
Britain was reeling Friday from the murder of a lawmaker on a village street that froze campaigning at its frantic peak a week from a referendum on European Union membership. Jo Cox, a 41-year-old former aid worker and pro-EU campaigner known for her advocacy on behalf of Syrian refugees, was killed outside a library where she regularly met constituents in her home village of Birstall in northern England on Thursday. Witnesses told local media the petite mother of two had been repeatedly shot and stabbed. Both the Leave and Remain sides announced they would halt campaigning as a mark of respect, as commentators questioned whether the tone of the campaign had been divisive. The murder overshadowed a by-election victory by Cox's opposition Labour party in the London district of Tooting in the early hours of Friday. "Given the horrific events of today and the shocking death of Jo Cox, I do not intend to make a speech," the newly-elected MP Rosena Allin-Khan told the subdued counting centre. "Jo's death reminds us that our democracy is precious but fragile, we must never forget to cherish it." Earlier, dozens had gathered outside the Houses of Parliament in a vigil to remember Cox attended by Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, flanked by tearful party colleagues. "What's happened is beyond appalling. We are here in silent memory of her loss," Corbyn said as rain began to fall. "She was a fearless campaigner, and a voice for the voiceless. We feel shaken," said Fatima Ibrahim, 23, an activist with Avaaz. In the quaint streets of Birstall, the scene of the attack was cordoned off and police could be seen examining a shoe and a handbag. Mourners left flowers nearby in tribute. Police said an investigation was under way to determine the motive for the murder, the first killing of an MP since Ian Gow died in a car bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army in 1990. There were some indications that the man named by British media as the attacker, 52-year-old Thomas Mair, may have had extreme right-wing leanings. US advocacy group the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that Mair was a "dedicated supporter" of National Alliance, once the primary neo-Nazi organisation in the United States. It said Mair had spent over $620 on reading material from the group, which advocated the creation of an all-white homeland and the eradication of Jewish people. "Neighbours called him a "loner," but he also has a long history with white nationalism," the Southern Poverty Law Center said. It added that Mair had purchased a handbook with instructions on how to make a gun, noting that witnesses told British media the assailant used a gun of "old-fashioned" or "homemade" appearance. One witness of the attack, cafe owner Clarke Rothwell, told the Press Association that the gunman had shouted "put Britain first" repeatedly during the attack. "Britain First" is the name of a far-right anti-immigration group, which released a statement saying it was "obviously not involved" and "would never encourage behaviour of this sort". Mair's brother, Scott Mair, told the Daily Telegraph that Thomas "is not violent and is not all that political". "He has a history of mental illness, but he has had help," Scott Mair said. The newspaper also reported that Thomas Mair had been a subscriber to a magazine published by a South African pro-apartheid group. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-18 10:19:00
Bilateral investment talks between the United States and China "continue to be productive," the U.S. Trade Representative's office said on Friday after the two sides exchanged new offers this week. A USTR spokeswoman said U.S. and Chinese negotiators exchanged revised "negative lists" of sectors that would stay off-limits from foreign investment as they try to reach a deal for a bilateral investment treaty. "China will need to demonstrate the substantial liberalization of its investment market, ensure that U.S. firms can compete on a level playing field, and address other key priorities to facilitate the progress and successful conclusion of a mutually beneficial and high standard BIT," the USTR spokeswoman said in a statement. Obama administration officials and U.S. companies have complained that China has over 100 sectors of its economy closed to U.S. investment and that these must be narrowed substantially to reach a treaty deal. Chinese officials have said that U.S. security reviews of Chinese acquisitions of American firms are too onerous, particularly for investment in high-technology sectors. The USTR statement did not specify any new sectors that China had offered to open to U.S. investment or divulge other details of Beijing's latest offer. U.S. businesses have complained about Chinese ownership restrictions in key areas such as financial services, health insurance, agriculture, and audio-visual, while the Chinese side has complained about limited market access in certain U.S. sectors such as transportation, radio communications, natural resources and high-technology companies. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lewd on Thursday said that "the jury is still out" on the merits of China's latest negative list, and that Beijing's negotiating stance in the bilateral investment treaty talks were "one important barometer" in China's commitment to reform its economy and open it to foreign competition.. Lewd also has said that time was running short to complete a treaty deal during the final months of the Obama administration and that an optimum time to reach an agreement was prior to a G20 leaders summit in China in early September. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2016-06-15 10:33:41
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to sign a series of agreements in areas ranging from trade to civil aviation during a visit to Serbia and Poland starting this week, diplomats said on Wednesday, as China looks to bolster its presence in central and eastern Europe. Central and east European countries are competing for Chinese investment in everything from banking to beer, looking to lure firms in need of new markets while securing a foothold for their own products in the huge but difficult Chinese market. Xi is expected to sign agreements in education, finance and technology, among other fields. Chinese foreign direct investment to Europe hit a record high in 2015 of around 20 billion euros ($22.45 billion), a 44 percent annual rise. Germany, Britain and France accounted for almost half the total, according to a report by Germany's Mercator Institute for China Studies and the U.S.-based Rhodium Group. Only snippets of investment went to central and eastern Europe, but as Chinese firms look to diversify as the economy slows, volumes are growing, thanks to deals in infrastructure, energy, finance, real estate and travel. Firms are finding a warm welcome in central and east Europe. In Hungary, the Chinese have a currency clearing center. Hungary and Serbia have signed a deal with China to build a high-speed railway from Belgrade to Budapest. Hungary has also issued bonds in the Chinese currency. In April, China's Hebei Iron & Steel Group signed a 46 million euro deal to buy a Serbian steel plant. Also in April, China Everbright Group, a state-backed financial firm, bought into Albania's international airport. In Germany by contrast, there are political concerns about losing key expertise to China as a growing number of Chinese companies seek to buy German industrial technology. "This (visit) shows the great importance China's leaders and government place on the development of China-Europe relations," said Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Haixing in a briefing. "We believe this visit will push forward the development of China-European relations to a great extent." The Chinese have also created a "16+1" forum - their way of communicating with multiple central and east European states, with a total population of around 120 million. But the relationship has not all been plain sailing. Ahead of Xi's visit to the Czech Republic in March, unknown activists defaced dozens of Chinese flags with black paint. Police also arrested 12 people who replaced Chinese flags with Tibetan ones along the main route from Prague's airport. Xi will also visit Uzbekistan, where he will attend a summit of the Chinese and Russia-led security bloc, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. More»