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Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-02-23 09:14:06
Nearly three months after police cleared away the last of Hong Kong's pro-democracy street protests; lingering anger is stoking a new front of radical activism that has turned shopping malls and university campuses into a fresh battleground. While still relatively few in number, a cluster of outspoken groups have staged small but disruptive protests in recent weeks targeting mainland Chinese visitors - tapping a seam of grassroots resentment to call for greater Hong Kong nationalism and even independence from China. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-02-23 09:01:59
Australian PM Tony Abbott has announced a push to toughen citizenship laws and tackle those inciting hatred in an attempt to target domestic extremists. He said citizenship for dual nationals involved in terrorism could be suspended or even revoked. People born in Australia could also lose some privileges if they broke anti-terror laws, he added. Officials have warned that the country faces a growing security threat from radical Islamists. Dozens of Australian nationals are thought to be fighting for Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria. Experts are worried about the effect of returnees - and on those who support them - on domestic security. "It has long been the case that people who fight against Australia forfeit their citizenship," Mr Abbott said in a speech at the federal police headquarters in the capital, Canberra. "So Australians who take up arms with terrorist groups, especially while Australian military personnel are engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq, have sided against our country. And should be treated accordingly," he said. For dual nationals, that meant revoking or suspending citizenship, he said, and the government was also looking at measures targeting Australian nationals involved in terrorism. "These could include restricting the ability to leave or return to Australia, and access to consular services overseas, as well as access to welfare payments." Australian authorities have cancelled 100 passports belonging to fighters in Syria and Iraq since 2010. But this does not deprive them of the right to return to Australia if they are citizens. Mr Abbott said new proposals would also target "hate preachers", referring to groups that incited religious or racial hatred. "Organisations and individuals blatantly spreading discord and division - such as Hizb ut-Tahrir - should not do so with impunity," he said. In his speech, the prime minister said that a new security tsar would be appointed soon. Opposition leader Bill Shorten said he would "engage constructively" with the government over the new measures, but cautioned against rushing through the proposals. "Haste and confusion is never the friend of good, sensible security in the future," he was quoted as saying by Australia's ABC public broadcaster. 'Monster loose' Mr Abbott's announcement came a day after a report into December's Sydney cafe siege was released. Two hostages were killed when self-styled cleric Man Haron Monis seized control of the Lindt café. No direct links have been found between the gunman, who was killed when police stormed the cafe, and IS. But the Iranian-born refugee, who was well-known to police, asked for an IS flag during the course of the siege. The report said Australia's security hotline had received 18 calls about Monis just before the siege - but none suggested an imminent attack. "We don't believe that at any particular decision-making point, grievous errors were made, but the totality of decision-making let this monster loose in our community," Mr Abbott said. He warned that Australia would have to reconsider where the line was between individual freedoms and the safety of the community. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-02-23 08:56:56
Ukraine's military said on Monday it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline in the east as pro-Russian separatists had not stopped attacking government positions despite a ceasefire deal. Over the weekend, rebels and the Ukrainian military said they had reached an agreement to begin the process of withdrawing weapons, as required by the ceasefire deal that came into effect on Feb. 15. Violence has lessened significantly in recent days, but rebels twice shelled government troops overnight, spokesman Anatoly Stelmakh said. "Given that the positions of Ukrainian servicemen continue to be shelled, there can not yet be any talk of pulling back weapons," spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said in a televised briefing. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-02-23 08:04:00
Asian shares were flat on Monday as many countries in the region returned from Lunar New Year holidays, with sentiment supported by relief that Greece reached a deal to avert an immediate fiscal crisis. Euro zone ministers late on Friday agreed to extend Greece's financial rescue package by four months, a shorter extension that the six months the country had sought. Relief over the last-minute deal boosted Wall Street shares to record highs, and was likely to jump-start European markets. Spreadbetters saw Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE and Germany's DAX .GDAXI opening about 0.5 percent higher, and France's CAC 40 .FCHI up 0.8 percent. The Greek stock market will be closed on Monday for a public holiday. "Friday's agreement between Greece and the EU left both sides claiming victory, as well as pushing stock markets in the U.S. to record highs, and looks set to see European markets open higher this morning with the FTSE100 potentially opening at a record high," Michael Hewson, chief strategist at CMC Markets in London, said in a note to clients. But Asian markets as a whole saw little follow-up buying after the U.S. gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was virtually flat from its Friday close, after earlier drifting lower. U.S. stock futures ESc1 were also nearly flat in Asian trading, but Japan's Nikkei .N225 took a cue from Wall Street's Greek-relief rally to rise 0.7 percent and notch another 15-year high. "The debt deal is giving comfort to the market," said Masashi Oda, chief investment officer at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, adding that investors' risk appetite for Japanese shares is mainly due to their attractive valuations. Activity in Asia is expected to pick up this week as many market players return from Lunar New Year holidays, with mainland Chinese markets set to remain closed until Wednesday. Oil prices wobbled, as cautious optimism about the Greek debt deal struggled to offset supply concerns. Brent LCOc1 pared gains and was slightly higher at $60.24 a barrel, while U.S. WTI crude CLc1 erased its earlier rise and dropped about 0.3 percent to $50.66. Greece has to provide a list of reform measures to euro zone by Monday to secure financing, but domestically it came under attack for selling "illusions" to voters after failing to keep a promise to extract the country from its international bailout. "Ultimately Greece has to carry out reforms but it is uncertain given that the government has won by promising not to reform," said Hiroki Shimazu, senior market economist at SMBC Nikko Securities. The euro traded at $1.1377 EUR= little changed from Friday's late U.S. levels and within its well worn trading range of the past few weeks centering around $1.13-1.15. The yen was also steady for much of the session, trading at 118.95 yen JPY= against the dollar, after a rise in U.S. Treasury yields after the Greek bailout agreement on Friday helped the U.S. unit climb off a low of 118.30 yen. Later on Monday, Germany's Ifo business climate index is expected to show a continued recovery in the euro zone's powerhouse economy. [DEBUSS=ECI] Looking ahead, investors will focus on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony on the economy and monetary policy before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday. Although the minutes from the Fed's last policy meeting published last week were more dovish than expected, increasing signs of strength in the U.S. jobs market could revive expectations of a rate hike in June. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-02-22 14:48:07
The Nigerian army has retaken the north-eastern town of Baga, held by Boko Haram militants since 3 January. In a tweet from its official account, the army said that "mopping up" operations were continuing. It also claimed in a separate statement that it had killed many Boko Haram militants, though this has not been independently verified. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-02-22 09:38:22
The family of a Glasgow woman suspected of encouraging three London girls to join Islamic State (IS) say officials "failed" to stop them leaving the UK. Aqsa Mahmood, 20, who went to Syria to be a "jihadi bride" in 2013, reportedly had online contact with one of the girls who left London last week. It is feared that Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, 15, may try to join extremists in Syria. Scotland Yard said it would not discuss matters of surveillance and security. In a statement, Ms Mahmood's family said it was "full of horror and anger" that she "may have had a role to play" in recruiting the girls for IS. 'Evil distortion' "However, the security services have serious questions to answer," the family added. "Aqsa's social media has been monitored since she disappeared over a year ago, yet despite alleged contact between the girls and Aqsa, they failed to stop them from leaving the UK to Turkey, a staging post for Syria." The statement said despite UK government "rhetoric" about IS, authorities had not taken "basic steps to stop children leaving" to join the militants. Addressing Ms Mahmood, who moved from Glasgow to Syria to marry an IS fighter, the family added: "You are a disgrace to your family and the people of Scotland, your actions are a perverted and evil distortion of Islam." Their lawyer Aamer Anwar told BBC Breakfast that they wanted to know how the girls could have been allowed to travel to Turkey alone. He added: "They are deeply distressed and angry. They are thinking: 'How many other families is this happening to?'." Kadiza, Shamima and Amira, who all attended Bethnal Green Academy in east London, flew from Gatwick to Turkey after telling their parents they were going out for the day. Police said they had been interviewed after another girl from their school went to Syria in December, but nothing had indicated they were at risk. BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford says Ms Mahmood uses a Twitter account to encourage British women to join her in Syria, and that last Sunday Shamima sent her a message via Twitter. He said it was not clear whether the London girls - all "star GCSE pupils" - had yet crossed from Turkey into Syria. The schoolgirls' families have all made public pleas for them to return home. Shamima's family said: "Syria is a dangerous place and we don't want you to go there. Get in touch with the police and they will help to bring you home. "We understand that you have strong feelings and want to help those you believe are suffering in Syria. "You can help from home, you don't have to put yourself in danger. Please don't cross the border." Kadiza's family said: "In your absence, we, as a family, are feeling completely distressed and cannot make sense of why you left home. "Due to the speculation that you may be travelling towards Syria, we are extremely worried about your safety." And Amira's family said: "You are strong, smart, beautiful and we are hoping you will make the right decision. We miss you more that you can imagine." Prime Minister David Cameron said the situation was "deeply concerning" and UK authorities would do "everything we can to help these girls". 'Religious aspect' Sara Khan from Inspire, an organisation which works to counter extremism and gender inequality, said 50 to 60 other young girls are thought to have left the UK to join IS extremists. "I don't think we can underplay the religious aspect to it," she told BBC Breakfast. She added that many see it as a "religious obligation" - whereas in reality, they were "being exploited" and "groomed". Ms Khan said relatives, especially mothers, could help prevent others leaving in a similar way by "recognising early signs and differences" in their children's behaviour and by challenging extremism. Jonathan Russell of counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, also said "front-line workers", including teachers and university lecturers, needed to play more of a role in spotting when people were developing "potentially dangerous views". He said while it was likely there would be an enquiry into what more could have been done, the focus should be on "radicalisation and the motivations of these young girls". More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-02-22 09:00:31
Hundreds of Turkish troops in armoured vehicles have entered into northern Syria and evacuated a historic Ottoman tomb and the soldiers guarding it. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the remains of Suleyman Shah would be moved elsewhere in Syria. He said troops had destroyed the tomb's complex, apparently to prevent it from being used by Islamic State (IS) militants. Turkey considers the shrine be to sovereign territory. Suleyman Shah was grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman empire, Osman the first. 'Highly successful' "We had given the Turkish armed forces a directive to protect our spiritual values and the safety of our armed forces personnel," Mr Davutoglu said in televised remarks. Earlier, in a series of tweets (in Turkish), Mr Davutoglu hailed the armed forces for carrying out a "highly successful" operation amid the "inherent risks" of conflict in Syria. He said the remains had been moved to Turkey but would soon be rehoused in an area of Syria under Turkish military control, closer to the Turkish border. The Turkish flag had already been raised over the site, the PM said. There were no clashes with IS during the operation, but one soldier died in an accident, he added. The operation began on Saturday at about 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT) and ended on Sunday morning. A large convoy, including 600 troops and about 100 tanks and armoured vehicles, passed through Kobane - the city which Syrian Kurdish fighters retook last month from IS - and travelled some 35km (20 miles) south to the tomb on the banks of the Euphrates river. Suleyman Shah is believed to have drowned in the river. The tomb has been permanently guarded by a contingent of about 40 soldiers, who rotate periodically. The site is part of Turkish territory, according to a treaty signed in 1921 (in French) that gave Turkey the right to station guards and fly its flag there. When the treaty was signed the tomb and legal enclave were some 80km south of their current location, but were moved after the original site was flooded by the creation of the reservoir Lake Assad in 1974. The Turkish convoy was believed to be larger and more heavily armed than usual because of recent heavy fighting between the Kurdish militia and Syrian rebel groups against IS militants. Since driving IS out of Kobane in January, the Kurdish Popular Protection Units and rebels have taken a number of surrounding villages. They are now said to be only 25km from Tal Abyad - the strategically important border town east of Kobane that is used by IS militants to cross into Turkey. IS has seized larges swathes in Syria and Iraq, proclaiming a caliphate. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-02-22 09:00:25
The United States is considering slowing a planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan to ensure that "progress sticks" after more than a decade of war, new Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during an unannounced visit to Kabul on Saturday. Under the current plan, the United States will halve the number of troops in Afghanistan to just over 5,000 this year, gradually winding down to a "normal" U.S. embassy presence by the end of 2016. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-02-22 08:40:46
A fresh band of winter weather was churning up the East Coast on Saturday after pummeling parts of the South and Midwest, threatening to pile up more snow in storm-weary Boston and send the region back into a deep freeze. The system cut a curving, 2,000-mile path from southern Missouri to Maine, with a winter storm warning in effect until Sunday for parts of southern Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. In Kentucky and Tennessee, forecasters warned of possible flooding as rain fell on frozen ground. The system was dropping steady snow on Washington and Baltimore as it pushed up the East Coast toward New York City and Boston later Saturday. The snow and sleet will be followed by another blast of bone-chilling cold starting late Sunday. Boston, already hit by 98.7 inches (251 cm) of snow this winter, was due more, said Bob Oravec, a meteorologist with the NWS. "Boston has had a lot of heavy snow this winter and it looks like they are going to get some more," he said. The city's snowfall is about 68 inches (173 cm) above the average yearly total of 31 inches (79 cm), Oravec said. Another blast of Arctic air will follow the storm system, with well-below freezing temperatures in store on Monday for millions of people along the East Coast. The icy conditions had caused scores of traffic accidents across at least a dozen states. Nearly a week of cold and ice has contributed to 18 weather-related fatalities in Tennessee since Monday, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. They include 9 people who died of hypothermia and five victims of motor-vehicle accidents. In Kentucky, 10 people have died since Monday in weather-related incidents, said Buddy Rogers, a spokesman for Kentucky Emergency Management. Pennsylvania authorities said Friday at least two people had frozen to death outside. In Brooklyn on Friday, temperatures hovered around 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15.6 degrees Celsius), beating the record low of 7 degrees set in 1950, according to NWS records. A 119-year-old record low temperature for Feb. 20 was broken in Washington, with a temperature of 5 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15 degrees Celsius) recorded at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. More»
Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-02-22 08:15:08
Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists have exchanged dozens of prisoners in east Ukraine, a Ukrainian Security Council aide confirmed on Sunday, a step toward implementing an internationally brokered peace deal. Reuters reporters in the village of Zholobok, 20 km (12 miles) west of the rebel stronghold of Luhansk, saw more than 130 Ukrainian servicemen being released late on Saturday evening in exchange for 52 rebel fighters. The exchange is one of the first moves to implement the peace deal reached on Feb. 12 in the Belarussian capital Minsk after the French, German, Russian and Ukrainian leaders met. The Security Council's Markian Lubkivskyi, in a post on his Facebook page early on Sunday, published a list of the 139 released Ukrainian servicemen and said the government would do its utmost to free those remaining in rebel captivity. Fighting has eased in many areas since a ceasefire came into effect a week ago, but the truce was badly shaken by the rebel capture on Wednesday of the strategic town of Debaltseve, forcing a retreat by thousands of Ukrainian troops. The Ukrainian military said rebels had launched 12 separate attacks on government troop positions overnight, using artillery and mortar fire. The town of Pesky near Donetsk had seen the most intense fighting, while separatist groups had attempted to "storm" Ukrainian positions in Shyrokyne, east of the strategic port city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov, it said on Facebook. Kiev accuses separatists of building up forces and weapons in Ukraine's southeast and has said it is braced for the possibility of a rebel attack on Mariupol. Nevertheless, rebel leaders said on Saturday they had signed a document detailing a plan for the withdrawal of heavy weapons, as required by the Minsk agreement, a sign they may be prepared to halt their advance, having achieved their main military objective by seizing Debaltseve. The rebel press service DAN said Ukrainian troops had been shelling parts of Donetsk, reporting that artillery fire could be heard in the city at around 0730 GMT. More»