It’s not a revolution, but Iran’s regime ‘is embarrassed’

NewsWorld365 - January 4, 2018

The Iranian government appears to have contained the civil unrest across that country so far, but the protests could still evolve into a serious threat to the regime, current and former intelligence officials told NBC News. “At this moment, the government appears to have this under control — this is discontent, not revolution,” said a former senior intelligence official with long Middle East experience, after Iran was roiled by a sixth day of anti-government protests in more than 70 cities. The protests are both large and small, according to one official, who said that in some cities, demonstrators can be counted […]

US suspends millions in security assistance to Pakistan

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The US state department said on Thursday it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan until Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, which Washington believes is destabilizing the region. A state department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said she could not provide a dollar value for the suspended aid, but said it was in addition to the $255m in military aid it has already put on hold. Nauert said some of the aid could still be permitted if Islamabad takes decisive action against the groups. “Today we can confirm that we are suspending … security assistance only to Pakistan at this time until the […]

U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to Trump voter fraud panel

NewsWorld365 - December 28, 2017

A U.S. appeals court in Washington on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s decision to allow President Donald Trump’s commission investigating voter fraud to request data on voter rolls from U.S. states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) watchdog group, which filed the lawsuit, did not have legal standing to seek to force the presidential commission to review privacy concerns before collecting individuals’ voter data. EPIC had argued that under federal law, the commission was required to conduct a privacy-impact assessment before gathering personal data. But the three-judge appeals […]

Peru president eyes Cabinet changes after Fujimori pardon: minister

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Demonstrators protest against pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori in Lima, Peru, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced Sunday night that he granted a medical pardon to the jailed former strongman who was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, corruption and the sanctioning of death squads. The poster reads in spanih: "Assassin, Thief, Not to pardon".(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru’s center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski may reshuffle his Cabinet in coming days, after triggering an outcry by pardoning former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori, the prime minister announced on Wednesday. Mercedes Araoz said Kuczynski, a 79-year-old former Wall Street investor, had asked her to remain at the helm of the Cabinet and to look for ways to strengthen it. “The president asked me to carry out a comprehensive review and we’ll see what happens in coming days,” Araoz said at a press conference, her first public appearance since the pardon on Christmas Eve. In the past two weeks, the political […]

Benazir Bhutto assassination: How Pakistan covered up killing

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By Owen Bennett Jones, BBC News Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to lead a Muslim country. The decade since an assassin killed her has revealed more about how Pakistan works than it has about who actually ordered her death. Bhutto was murdered on 27 December 2007 by a 15-year-old suicide bomber called Bilal. She had just finished an election rally in Rawalpindi when he approached her convoy, shot at her and blew himself up. Bilal had been asked to carry out the attack by the Pakistani Taliban. Benazir Bhutto was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s first democratically elected […]

Peru’s ex-leader Fujimori asks for forgiveness amid heated protests

NewsWorld365 - December 26, 2017
Demonstrators protest against pardon of former President Alberto Fujimori in Lima, Peru, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced Sunday night that he granted a medical pardon to the jailed former strongman who was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, corruption and the sanctioning of death squads. The poster reads in spanih: "Assassin, Thief, Not to pardon".(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

(CNN) Confined to a hospital bed with tubes hooked up to his body, Peruvian ex-President Alberto Fujimori thanked the current leader for commuting his prison sentence — and asked for forgiveness from those he upset. Fujimori was serving a 25-year prison sentence for human rights abuses when the current president pardoned him Sunday, citing Fujimori’s failing health. “The news of the humanitarian pardon granted by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski surprised me at this intensive care unit,” the 79-year-old Fujimori said in a video posted on his Facebook page. “I am aware that the results during my government on one side […]

US-Russia relations are getting chilly

NewsWorld365 - December 25, 2017

Washington (CNN) In the space of a week, the Trump administration has named Russia a “rival power,” sanctioned a close Putin ally, and decided to give Ukraine anti-tank weapons to help in its fight against Moscow-backed militias. It’s a series of steps that has been paired with tougher rhetoric from the State Department about Moscow’s destabilizing activities in eastern Ukraine, and serious charges from the Pentagon that Russia is intentionally violating de-confliction agreements in Syria. The slew of actions highlights a decided turn away from the warmer, more cooperative relationship with Russia that President Donald Trump called for during his […]

China, Russia oppose UNGA resolution on Rohingya

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The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution urging Myanmar to end the military campaign against Muslim Rohingyas. It also called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to assign a special envoy to the country, despite opposition once again from China, Russia and some regional countries. The resolution, put forward by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), was adopted by a vote of 122 to 10 with 24 abstentions. It further called for Myanmar to grant access to aid workers, ensure the return of all refugees and give full citizenship to them. China, Russia, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, […]

Jerusalem violence puts damper on Christmas in Bethlehem

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ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM — It was a subdued Christmas Eve in the alleged historic birthplace of Jesus Christ on Sunday, with spirits dampened by recent violence sparked by President Donald Trump’s recognition of nearby Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Crowds were thinner than previous years, with visitors deterred by clashes that have broken out in recent weeks between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces. Although there was no violence Sunday, Palestinian officials scaled back the celebrations in protest. Cool weather, and a rainy forecast, also weighed on the holiday cheer. Claire Degout, a tourist from France, said she would not allow Trump’s pronouncement, which […]

Russian presidential election: Alexei Navalny barred from competing

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been formally barred from competing in next year’s presidential election. The Central Electoral Commission has said Mr Navalny was ineligible because of a corruption conviction which he says is politically motivated. He has urged his supporters to boycott the March vote. Mr Navalny, 41, was widely regarded as the only candidate with a chance of challenging President Vladimir Putin. “We’re declaring a strike by voters. The procedure that we’re invited to take part is not an election,” Mr Navalny said after the decision, adding that he would lead protests across the country. Known for […]

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