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Syrias cessation of hostilities appears to be on the verge of collapse as government forces launched an attack on rebel positions north of Aleppo. The Washington Post writes that a surge in fighting across Syria on Thursday signaled the apparent collapse of a landmark cease-fire that has been under mounting stress in recent days because of intensifying assaults by government forces and rebels. Backed by Russian airstrikes, Syrian government attacks around Aleppo have been increasing in recent days, targeting rebel supply lines. Syrian media reported that government forces had seized the northern part of the Handarat Camp, which oversees supply lines into the city. Reuters adds that fighting near Aleppo has been escalating for two weeks, mostly to the south of the city where government forces backed by Lebanon’s Hezbollah and other militias have been waging fierce battles with rebels including Nusra Front fighters.

The surge in violence across Syria continues to threaten the peace talks which resumed earlier this week in Geneva, but it is unclear how the uptick in violence near Aleppo will impact the talks as both sides continue to blame each other for ceasefire violations. Representatives of the Syrian government met with a UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura for the first time, proposing amendments to the list of fundamental principles guiding the discussions. One government representative called the meeting constructive and fruitful.

Meanwhile, intense fighting between rebel forces and Islamic State militants has prompted a new wave of refugees attempting to flee the violence. As Syrian rebels, supported by U.S. airpower and Turkish artillery, attempt to regain the territory held by ISIS near the Turkish border, the intensified fighting has caused over 30,000 people to flee the area in the last 48 hours, the Wall Street Journal tells us. The exodus was largely caused after Islamic State militants opened fire on communities that had sheltered them, according to the Guardian. The Journal cites one American official who said that the rebel initiative to regain the territory is part of the U.S. strategy to isolate the Islamic States de facto capital, Raqqa.

After the announcement from earlier this week that U.S. forces were using cyber bombs to increase pressure on the Islamic State, CNN reports that the military has deployed a squadron of Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler aircraft capable of attacking ISIS’s ability to communicate closer to the front lines of the battle against the terrorist group. CNN writes that while the Pentagon won’t spell out their mission specifically, the Prowlers could be used to jam cell phone signals and other devices used to trigger roadside bombs, or to interrupt radio broadcasts used to distribute ISIS propaganda.

Over in Afghanistan, the United States has launched over 70 airstrikes against the Islamic State in the country since the Obama Administration granted U.S. forces the legal authority to target the militant group nearly three months ago. Military estimates have put the total number of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan between 1000 and 3000, but military spokesman Brig. Gen. Charles H. Cleveland told Pentagon officials yesterday that that number was closer to the lower estimate after U.S. operations against the group. Despite the apparent success against the group in Afghanistan, the Washington Post notes that the strikes against the Islamic State in Nangahar have done little to improve security in other parts of the country especially as the Taliban continues to pose a significant threat.

That said, just days after announcing their spring offensive, the Taliban launched a major offensive to retake the city of Kunduz, which the group seized briefly late last year before being pushed out by Afghan security forces. Reuters writes that fighting broke out on Thursday in six districts in Kunduz province, a crucial northern stronghold close to the Tajikistan border, as well as around the provincial capital, with Afghan security forces battling militants through the night.

Turning to Yemen, Yemeni forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition regained the city of Houta from al Qaeda militants. The local al Qaeda affiliate, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has taken advantage of the ongoing civil conflict to gain territory. Reuters reports that U.S. officials are considering supporting the United Arab Emirates push against the militant group, writing that the UAE has asked for U.S. help on medical evacuation and combat search and rescue as part of a broad request for American air power, intelligence and logistics support. Elsewhere in the country, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb which struck Aden with no casualties.

As the conflicts in Syria and Yemen continue, Reuters tells us that officials from over 50 Muslim states accused Iran on Friday of supporting terrorism and interfering in the internal affairs of regional states including Syria and Yemen.” Leaders from 57 Muslim countries including Iran met in Turkey at a summit for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). An OIC communique states that the Conference deplored Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of the States of the region and other Member States including Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia, and its continued support for terrorism.

Turning to the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited a U.S. carrier sailing in the region as part of his six day trip to India and the Philippines. Aboard the USS John C. Stennis, Carter said that what’s new is not an American carrier in this region but rather the context of tension which exists which we want to reduce. Carters visit to the region came as U.S. forces finished up an eleven day training exercises with their Philippine counterparts. The two countries have also begun joint patrols in the region.

Concurrently, Chinas defense ministry reported today that Gen. Fan Changlong, the countrys most senior commander, visited the South China Seas disputed Spratly Islands, the New York Times writes. The Times notes that although the details made public about General Fans visit were sparse, his visit to the area appeared intended to show Chinas determination to ward off any challenges to its claims over the islands, which are also the subject of claims by the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan. China calls them the Nansha Islands.

North Korea attempted to launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. sanctions and in an embarrassing setback for leader Kim Jong Un, drawing criticism from major ally China, Reuters tells us. The country has continued to develop its missile program despite increasing UN sanctions, much to the displeasure of its neighbor China. A Chinese state media source wrote that the firing of a mid-range ballistic missile on Friday by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), though failed, marks the latest in a string of saber-rattling that, if unchecked, will lead the country to nowhere, while a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that we hope all parties can strictly respect the decisions of the Security Council and avoid taking any steps that could further worsen tensions.

The Washington Post reported that the FBI has not found links to foreign terrorists on the recently-cracked iPhone from the San Bernardino case but is continuing to analyze the phone for other information which could further the ongoing investigation. The Post writes that one cellphone forensics expert said that if the bureau hasnt found anything significant by now, it is unlikely to find anything highly useful at this point.

Despite previously rejecting plea deals, Adnan Farah, suspect in an ISIS-related Minnesota case, changed his plea to guilty. Farah told the court that he was attracted to ISIS after he watched more than 100 of its propaganda videos, which showed children asking for help, ISIS handing out food aid to Muslims in Syria and jihadists fighting the Syrian government forces and that he was influenced by the videos and lectures of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American firebrand who preached jihad but also lectured on Islam.

As counterterrorism operations expand in Europe in the wake of the Brussels attacks, British officials announced that they had arrested at least five people. While no details on their identities or charges have been revealed, the Post writes that a police official told reporters that the arrests were made in coordination with French and Belgian security agencies. The Post adds that British media, citing police sources, have reported that at least two suspects linked to the Paris and Brussels attacks traveled last year to Birmingham in central Britain and took photographs of various sites, including a soccer stadium.

Also from Britain, the Guardian tells us that British security officials have launched an effort to take down online material used by Islamic State recruiters in efforts to reduce the impact of ISIS recruiters online. According to figures released by British police today, Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit is on course to remove 100,000 items, having already taken down 26,000 pieces of internet content in the first quarter of this year. Despite their efforts, the figures suggest a massive increase in extremist material online.

Elsewhere in Europe, Belgians transportation minister stepped down after being accused of ignoring security lapses at the Zaventem airport on the eve of the attacks in Brussels. Minister Jacqueline Galant denied having seen a report of security lapses in Belgium’s airports which had been identified by EU inspectors in 2015 but later resigned after government officials suggested that the report had been discussed. The BBC, citing Belgian media sources, notes that Galants departure does not change the fact that the entire government’s reputation on security appears to be in tatters.

As Europe attempts to step up its security measures, the European Parliament approved a law which would make the personal and credit-card data of all air travelers coming into and leaving the EU accessible to national police and intelligence services for up to five years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the legislation, known as the Passenger Name Record, was initially proposed five years ago but was put on hold over privacy concerns. Under renewed pressure by several EU governments, a number of measures intended to bolster counterterrorism initiatives across the bloc have been proposed or approved by European lawmakers since the attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Microsoft filed a suit against the government over a federal statute which prohibits the company from telling customers when federal investigators obtained a warrant to their access private communications. According to the Post, Microsoft claims that the Justice Department is abusing the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which allows authorities to obtain court orders requiring it to turn over customer files stored on its servers, while in some cases prohibiting the company from notifying the customer  and suggests that non-disclosure orders violate its constitutional right to free speech, as well as its customers protection against unreasonable searches. The suit is not in relation to a specific case but intended to challenge the legal process regarding secrecy orders, writes the Times.

CBS News tells us that the ACLU filed a lawsuit claiming the Bureau of Prisons has wrongfully withheld documents related to a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan known interchangeably by its nickname, The Salt Pit, and its code name, COBALT. An earlier ACLU request for files relating to a 2002 inspection of COBALT, described in the 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, was denied by the Bureau of Prisons, which claimed that no files existed on the visit. After an appeal of that response was rejected, Carl Takei, the attorney who filed the request, said it seems implausible that a domestic prison agency would send personnel to a war zone to inspect a detention site, and provide recommendations, but keep absolutely no record of the excursion.

The Miami Herald reports that the Guantánamo parole board denied the prisons oldest detainee release, citing his past involvement in terrorist activities and ties to al Qaeda. Saifullah Paracha, a 68-year-old businessman from Pakistan, was detained in Bangkok in a sting orchestrated by the FBI in 2003. His lawyers suggest that their client “cannot show ‘remorse’ for things he maintains he never did.” Declaring him too dangerous for release, the board pointed to Parachas refusal to take responsibility for his involvement with al-Qaida, his refusal to distinguish between legitimate and nefarious business contacts, and his role in facilitating financial transactions and travel and developing media for al-Qaida.

Parting Shot: Russian President Vladimir Putin answered Russian questions in the Q&A style, biannual “Direct Line.” In the just under four hour Q&A, Putin answered questions about his romantic life, the Panama Papers, world leaders, and Syria among other topics. Foreign Policy has the highlights here.

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In this Saturday, April 16, 2016, file photo, a resident stands in front of damaged house in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. A powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region. (Naoya Osato/Kyodo News via AP, File) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT (Associated Press)

By Associated Press April 16 at 6:50 AM

TOKYO — Back-to-back deadly earthquakes on successive nights near the city of Kumamoto in southern Japan have toppled buildings and triggered landslides.

Residents are on edge as strong aftershocks jolt the region. Officials were warning that rain expected Saturday night could cause more landslides.

Nearly 200,000 homes were without electricity, and drinking water systems had also failed in the area, Japanese media reported. Around 400,000 households were without running water.

Cubas Path to the Future Is Shrouded in Secrecy
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Cuba’s ruling Communist Party is expected to announce a series of economic and political reforms next week that it hopes to put in place as the country prepares for the end of the Castros’ rule in 2018.

The proposals will be announced at the party’s seventh conference, which starts on Sunday. But their content and scope remain a mystery to all but a few senior leaders of the party. While the policy review that preceded the last party conference, in 2011, included broad debate by rank-and-file party members, this time top officials have not shared information with them or solicited their views.

This surreptitious approach is shortsighted at a time of change and rising discontent. Ordinary Cubans, including those who are critical of the Communist Party, should have a say in how the country will be run and by whom, without fear of reprisal and persecution.

For many Cubans, the island’s languishing economy is the most pressing issue. In 2011, party leaders promised to overhaul the centrally planned economy, but they have moved too slowly in opening up the country to foreign investment and allowing a private sector to take root. The main obstacle has been the Cuban military, which has long exercised monopoly control over large segments of the economy, creating an oligarchy in uniform that is reluctant to spread the wealth.

“If the state monopoly is not dismantled, nothing they do will work,” Pavel Vidal, a prominent Cuban economist who is now based in Colombia, said in an interview. “Cuba’s greatest asset is a well-educated population, but it must do more to reap the benefits of that.”

The type of transformative changes many Cubans yearn for will require a visionary leader. But it remains unclear who will lead the country when Raúl Castro — who became president after his brother Fidel became ill in 2008 — steps down in 2018. Also uncertain is whether ordinary Cubans will have a say in the new government.

The probable successor, Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, has offered few clues about how he would govern. His relatively low profile has led to speculation that he would be a far less powerful president than either of the Castro brothers. Cuba analysts think it is likely that Raúl Castro’s son, Alejandro Castro, who was the main contact in secret talks with the Obama administration that led to normalization of relations with the United States, will continue to wield considerable power behind the scenes.

Last year, the Cuban government said it was updating its electoral law. That process, which has been shrouded in secrecy, fed hopes that the country’s Communist leaders could be contemplating a more democratic system.

“If they embrace true economic reforms and start a process that improves the situation of civil and political rights, many Cubans would be willing to forget the harm they have caused to date and the historical judgment will be much less severe,” José Daniel Ferrer, the leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, the largest dissident group on the island, said in an email.

If reforms continue at a glacial pace, young Cubans will keep fleeing the island in droves, fueling a exodus that has become a referendum of sorts.

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One solider from an Army Reserve unit in New York is in critical condition and three others remain hospitalized after their Humvee overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Budget Cuts Forcing Marines to Work Double-Time, Face Safety Threats
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Hit with $131 billion worth of budget cuts and a force reduction of 30,000, the Marine Corps is being stretched to its limits, Fox News reported Thursday.

After 15 years of hard service, hard fighting, and deploying around the world, we dont have enough airplanes in the fly line to make sure that the Marines are ready to go, said Lt. Gen. Jon Davis.

Due to budget cuts and the departure of well-trained mechanics to the private sector, young Marines have had to work double-time, assuming the role of mechanic themselves.

My Marines are working 20 to 21 hours a day to get [the planes] ready to go on deployment, said Lt. Col. Matthew Brown, adding that he was worried about the safety risks associated with such a high workload.

The likelihood of a ground mishap or them making a mistake late at night, and the pressure to perform, is really where I see the bigger safety risk, Brown said.

The cuts have also impacted fly time, slashing it almost four times.

These last 30 days, our average flight time per pilot was just over four hours, said Lt. Col. Harry Thomas. The average flying time was once 15 hours per monthand building planes is not in the job description, he said.

Were an operational squadron, were supposed to be flying jets, not building them, Thomas said. One pilot told Fox News that Chinese and Russian pilots receive more fly time.

In addition, the planes that the Marines are fixing are themselves outdated and pushed to their breaking point after long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Faced with a delay to the fifth-generation Joint Strike Fighter model meant to replace the years-old F/A-18 Hornet jet, the Marine Corps has had to make due with the F/A-18, cannibalizing parts for a plane that has not been produced since 2001.

Sgt. Argentry Uebelhoer described the restoration process as fruitless.

Imagine taking like a 1995 Cadillac and trying to make it a Ferrari. Youre trying to make it faster, more efficient, but its still an old airframe so the aircraft is constantly breaking, Sgt. Uebelhoer said.

On some occasions, the Marines have had to wait 18 months to replace parts for the F-18, and, despite being restored, are still being used 2,000 hours past expiration.

Its very, very old to be flying for an aircraft, said Maj. Michael Malone. These aircraft were designed to fly for 6,000 hours.

Lt. Col. Brown lamented the sacrifice he was asking for from his Marines, considering the safety risks they faced, from exhaustion to outdated planes.

You can look a young Marine in the eye and at some point say, Hey, I want you to do one more for America and apple pie, and at some point you know, that gets old, Brown said.

Browns squadron will deploy to the Middle East within days.

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A brief meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was just “good manners” and not political meddling, says Pope Francis.

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Francis is with political reformers on the left regarding the environment and capital punishment, with political conservatives in opposing gay marriage. Single-issue activists should take note.

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USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, was repeatedly buzzed by Russian jets in recent days; it’s not the first time Russia has reenacted “Top Gun” at sea.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned Russia’s military for flying warplanes close to a U.S. guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea, saying the April 12 incident was a “dangerous” and “reckless” provocation.

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Amanda Bennett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author, has been chosen as the new director of the Voice of America, the U.S. governments largest international broadcaster. Bennett will be sworn in on Monday April 18 at VOA headquarters, according to a statement from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees VOA and four other U.S. broadcasting entities. Bennett served as the executive editor of Bloomberg News, where she created and ran a global team of investigative reporters and editors until 2013.  Previously, she was editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. She also spent two decades as an editor and reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she and her colleagues shared a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on how public health officials misrepresented the AIDS epidemic in order to secure more public funding and financial support. I am confident that Amanda is the best person to lead VOA through the vast media challenges of the 21st century, said BBG CEO John Lansing Bennett is the author of six books including In Memoriam (1998), co-authored with Terence B. Foley; The Man Who Stayed Behind (1993), co-authored with Sidney Rittenberg; Death of the Organization Man (1991) and The Quiet Room (1996), co-authored with Lori Schiller. “The Cost of Hope,” Bennetts memoir of the battle she and Foley, her late husband, fought against his kidney cancer, was published in 2012.   More recently, she has been a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. With her husband, Donald Graham, she co-founded The Dream.US, which provides college scholarships to the children of undocumented immigrants.   “I am happy and excited to be part of such a vital news organization,” said Bennett. “We are the only source of reliable, objective, credible news and information for a huge chunk of the world. Whats more, our mission of covering the fascinating complexity of our country and its people is a beat like no other.

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President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia spoke on issues including the Panama Papers, the G.D.P. and sanctions, and the Syrian campaign.


Линия Путина: “Везде торчат уши заказчиков!”

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Четырнадцатая прямая линия Владимира Путина стала рекордной по скорости исполнения чиновниками поручений, которые глава государства давал в ходе общения с россиянами в прямом эфире.

Как отмечает агентство “Интерфакс”, нынешняя прямая линия продолжалась 3 часа 40 минут, за которые глава государства ответил на 80 вопросов. Таким образом, она не побила рекорда по продолжительности, но стала беспрецедентной по скорости реакции чиновников на высказывания главы государства.

Так, на первый вопрос президенту о состоянии дорог в Омской области ответ последовал буквально через несколько минут. Непосредственно во время прямого эфира появилась новость о том, что к 1 мая власти региона обещают починить 21 дорогу.

Еще более оперативной была реакция прокуратуры на просьбу президента обратить внимание на ситуацию с соблюдением трудового законодательства на острове Шикотан: уголовное дело в отношении директора рыбкомбината на этом острове было возбуждено через десять минут после слов президента.

Что нового сообщил Путин россиянам? – обсуждают политики Геннадий Гудков, Сергей Иваненко, Константин Янкаускас, философ Игорь Чубайс.

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» A strange recent history of Russian jets buzzing Navy ships
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mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, was repeatedly buzzed by Russian jets in recent days; it’s not the first time Russia has reenacted “Top Gun” at sea.

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» Putin’s geopolitical trolling: the strategy behind Russian jets buzzing a US destroyer – Vox
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mikenova shared this story from Russia – Google News. Vox Putin’s geopolitical trolling: the strategy behind Russian jets buzzing a US destroyer Vox The Russian planes were flying at the US ship in the same way they would be if they were…

» Kerry: Russian Warplanes In Baltic Sea Made ‘Reckless’ Provocation
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» Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Named VOA Director
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» Керри назвал «провокационным» пролет российских Су-24 над эсминцем США – РБК
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mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РБК Керри назвал «провокационным» пролет российских Су-24 над эсминцем США РБК Госсекретарь США Джон Керри назвал инцидент со сближением российских Су-24 с американским эсминцем «б…

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mikenova shared this story from NYT > Europe. President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia spoke on issues including the Panama Papers, the G.D.P. and sanctions, and the Syrian campaign.

» Линия Путина: “Везде торчат уши заказчиков!”
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mikenova shared this story from SvobodaRadio’s YouTube Videos. From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 53:44 Четырнадцатая прямая линия Владимира Путина стала рекордной по скорости исполнения чиновниками поручений, которые глава государства дав…

» Russia is running out of money – Deutsche Welle
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mikenova shared this story from Russia – Google News. Deutsche Welle Russia is running out of money Deutsche Welle Russia is increasingly suffering under an economic crisis that saw economic performance indicators shrink by 3.8 percent; …

» США по военным каналам обсудили с Москвой пролет самолетов над эсминцем – РБК
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mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РБК США по военным каналам обсудили с Москвой пролет самолетов над эсминцем РБК США через военного атташе в Москве выразили обеспокоенность Москве из-за сближения российского Су-24…

» Declassified U.S. document suggests Pakistani link to attack on CIA agents
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» Obama visits CIA as role in war against ISIS expands – YouTube
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mikenova shared this story . Published on Apr 14, 2016 On ‘Special Report,’ Kevin Corke explains the new plans to supply more powerful weapons to Syrian rebels

» Fox News Exclusive: Budget Cuts to Military – YouTube
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mikenova shared this story . Published on Apr 14, 2016 A Fox News exclusive tonight–we’ll take you to the home of Marine Corp Aviation where most jets are nearly 25 years old, parts are being reused and pilots are missing out on vital t…

» Europe|Russia’s Vulnerable Side Is at Fore in Putin’s Call-In Show – New York Times
14/04/16 16:02 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia – Google News. New York Times Europe| Russia’s Vulnerable Side Is at Fore in Putin’s Call-In Show New York Times But Russians were clearly feeling vulnerable, as questions poured in about high price…

» Russia’s Vulnerable Side Is at Fore in Putin’s Call-In Show
14/04/16 16:00 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia. Domestic concerns, not international swaggering, dominated the choreographed call-in show, amid a second, punishing year of recession in Russia.

» Putin calls Obama ‘decent man’ for remarks on mistakes in Libya
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mikenova shared this story from World. For Putin and other Russian officials, it was a welcome mea culpa.

» Poll of British Muslims Reveals Startling Views on Gays and Terror
14/04/16 13:31 from Mike Nova’s Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Muslim men at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London. A new poll revealed views among Britain’s largest religious minority that differed from the greater population’s.

 

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» Russia urges closing Turkey-Syria border to bar extremists
14/04/16 23:00 from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting – The Washington Post
Russia is calling for the closing of the Turkey-Syrian border to prevent the Islamic State and the Al-Nusra Front extremist groups from receiving foreign fighters and weapons into Syria — and from exporting oil, artifacts and other goods.

» China blasts new US-Philippine military cooperation
14/04/16 23:00 from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting – The Washington Post
China’s Defense Ministry has accused the U.S. and Philippines of militarizing the region with stepped-up military cooperation and says China will steadfastly defend its sovereignty and maritime rights in the area.

» Lewandowski: Battery case became ‘huge distraction’ for Trump campaign
14/04/16 22:52 from Top Stories
Trump, he said, had stood by Corey Lewandowski even though “all the other candidates in the race asked me to be fired and said I should have my chance, my day in court.”

» North Korea Missile Test Fails, South Korea Says
14/04/16 22:51 from WSJ.com: World News
North Korea held a failed missile test, South Korea’s military said, a launch that local media reports said was the first test of a new type of midrange weapon.

» Carter to visit aircraft carrier in South China Sea
14/04/16 22:47 from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting – The Washington Post
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he will be visiting an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, the visit coming a day after he announced new military aid to the Philippines that spurred protests from China.

» Canada Extends Benefits to People of Mixed Aboriginal and European Ancestry
14/04/16 22:46 from NYT > International
A ruling by the country’s Supreme Court will affect about 600,000 people who had been in a “jurisdictional tug of war” between the federal government and provinces.

» Bitterly feuding, Clinton, Sanders clash in NY debate
14/04/16 22:44 from AP Top Headlines At 7:05 a.m. EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Deepening their increasingly bitter feud, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aggressively challenged each other's judgment to be president in Thursday night's Democratic debate, sparring over Wall Stree…

» Strong quake kills 9, injures more than 800 in Japan
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KUMAMOTO, Japan (AP) — At least nine people were killed and more than 800 injured by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that toppled houses and buckled roads in southern Japan, the government's chief spokesman said Friday….

» Trump plays up his New York values
14/04/16 22:40 from Top Stories
The Manhattan billionaire commands the crowd of party elites as his rivals compete with dinnertime conversation.

» U.S. to Put Warplanes in Philippines Amid South China Sea Tensions
14/04/16 22:39 from WSJ.com: World News
The U.S. will start stationing warplanes in the Philippines this week as the vanguard of a major deployment as Washington and its allies mount a coordinated response to Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.

» The Latest: Updates From the Democratic Debate in New York
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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders agree that NATO countries in Europe should pay more for the alliance’s collective defense

» Clinton blames Obama for Libya, Syria messes
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“The president said no. Now, that’s how it works. People who work for the president make recommendations and then the president makes the decision.”

» China GDP growth slips to 6.7%
14/04/16 22:37 from FT.com – World
Property and infrastructure show strength as financial services drag

» US Defense Secretary to Visit Carrier in South China Sea
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12:24 PM 4/10/2016 – Syrian PM says Russia to back new Aleppo attack; opposition says truce near collapse Reuters BEIRUT/MOSCOW The Russian air force and Syrian military are preparing a joint operation to take Aleppo from rebels, the Syrian prime minister was quoted saying on Sunday, and an opposition official said a ceasefire was on the verge of collapse.

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Afghan, Pakistani Capitals

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A strong earthquake has shaken the capitals of Afghanistan and Pakistan. There were no immediate reports Sunday of casualties or destruction from Kabul or Islamabad. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.6-magnitude quake struck in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan at a depth of 210 kilometers. Earthquakes at such depths usually do not cause extreme damage. The quake was also felt in other parts of the South Asian region.

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Saudi Arabia’s king has addressed the Egyptian parliament on the fourth day of a landmark visit that saw the oil-rich kingdom pledge billions of dollars in investment and aid to Egypt.   In his six-minute address Sunday, King Salman said Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed to build a bridge linking the nations across the Red Sea and to work together to create a pan-Arab defense force, an Egyptian idea first floated last year.   Lawmakers received Salman with deafening applause and a standing ovation. Some lawmakers waved the kingdom’s green flag, while others chanted “all of Egypt greets you.”    Saudi Arabia has been a traditional source of economic and political support to Egypt, but the kingdom significantly stepped up its backing after the military’s 2013 ouster of an Islamist President.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Tenders Resignation

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation resigned in a televised address.

Whats a Statue of Joseph Conrad Doing in Vologda? Residents Want to Know

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            Staunton, April 10 More than half of Vologda residents say they have no idea who Joseph Conrad was and only four percent have read the works of the great Polish-English writer, but 12.8 percent want to remove a statue honoring him from their city, with an additional  7.1 percent calling for it to be shifted to a less prominent place.
            According to Severinform.ru, the Conrad monument was erected by the Polish government in April 2013 in recognition of the fact that the future writer lived in that Russian city as a child and at the same was welcomed by local officials as an indication of cultural cooperation (severinform.ru/?page=newsfull&date=06-04-2016&newsid=241337).
            But that was before two events which have changed the situation in that northern Russian city: On the one hand, there has been an upsurge in Russian nationalism in the wake of Moscows Anschluss of Crimea. And on the other, many Russians are upset about Polands plans to tear down more than 500 Soviet monuments as part of a de-communization effort.
            The reason the Poles wanted to erect a Conrad monument in Vologda was that the future writer moved there with his parents. But as Vologda bloggers have pointed out, the family didnt just move there: they were exiled after Russias suppression of the Polish uprising in 1863 in which Conrads father had participated.
            Indeed, Severinform writes, what the father did was little different from what those who fought for the independence of Chechnya-Ichkeria two decades ago and thus equally deserving of condemnation rather than honor.
            Joseph Conrad personally was no better, the news service says. He fled Russia to avoid military service, hid his knowledge of the Russian language, and condemned Dostoyevsky as a failed novelist.  The outlet does not note that he also penned two remarkable novels about Russian secret service links to espionage and terrorism, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes. Perhaps the  Vologda writer hasnt read them.

Ukraine disillusion focuses on Poroshenko

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Britain’s Cameron Discloses Tax Information, But Draws More Attacks

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British Prime Minister David Cameron, hoping to defuse controversy over profiting from his late father’s offshore funds, took the unusual step Sunday of releasing a summary of the last six years of his tax returns, but lucrative gifts from his mother immediately drew new attention. The three-page summary of the British leader’s earnings and tax payments showed that his mother, Mary Cameron, gave him two gifts totaling about $320,000 in 2011, a year after Cameron’s father, Ian, a millionaire stockbroker, died. The gifts were tax-free and only become taxable if she dies before 2018, leaving British media to question the tax implications. Newspaper report The Mail newspaper on Sunday headlined its story on Cameron’s financial affairs, “Cameron Tax Bill Dodge.” A Cameron spokesman said the gifts were merely an attempt by his mother to “balance” the inheritance sums received by Cameron and his three siblings after their father’s death. WATCH: Related video of protests against British Prime Minister David Cameron Cameron released the information after days of muddled answers from 10 Downing Street about his involvement in his father’s offshore accounts revealed in the Panama Papers, part of the more than 11 million documents about offshore companies leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca that were disclosed a week ago by the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Before releasing the tax summary, Cameron said Saturday, “I could have handled this better. I know there are lessons to learn, and I will learn them. And don’t blame No. 10 Downing Street or nameless advisers. Blame me.” Cameron’s financial disclosures showed that he and his wife, Samantha Cameron, each earned about $15,000 in profits from the 2010 sale of their investments in Blairmore Holdings, the offshore company created by his father, Ian. But the earnings were low enough that neither was required to pay capital tax on the gains. Financial documents The documents also showed that in the 2014-2015 financial year, the British leader had taxable income of about $283,000 and paid more than $107,000 in taxes. The disclosures by Cameron, the leader of Britain’s Conservative party, failed to quiet opposition attacks on his handling of the information revealed in the disclosures from the Panamanian law firm. “The prime minister has been forced to admit that not only had he benefited from a company that paid no tax in 30 years, but that he may pay no tax on any benefits potentially gained from the same company,” a Labor Party spokesman said. “David Cameron can’t hide any more. He needs to come to parliament on Monday and put the record straight.”

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk To Resign; Parliamentary Speaker Hroysman Proposed

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Iran Says Missile Program Not Negotiable

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Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran will not negotiate with the United States over its missile program.

Police Fire Tear Gas at Migrants on Macedonian-Greece Border

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Macedonian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at hundreds of migrants as they tried to break through a border fence on the Greek side of the countries’ shared border. Macedonian officials said a group of migrants left their camp Sunday and stormed toward the fence after rumors had spread through the cramp that Macedonia would be opening its border. When Macedonian police denied this, hundreds of migrants tried to scale the fence, while others threw stones demanding to be allowed to cross. Police said the incident took place at the Idomeni border crossing in northern Greece where more than 10,000 migrants and refugees have been stranded since mid-February after Balkan nations closed off access to their borders. The clashes began soon after some 500 migrants gathered close to the fence. Activists had distributed fliers, in Arabic, Saturday, calling for the migrants to gather at the fence Sunday morning. A delegation of five migrants asked Macedonian police whether the border was about to open. When Macedonian police denied this, more than 100 hundred migrants, including several children, tried to scale the fence. Doctors from the medical charity MSF said dozens of people were injured, many of them suffering respiratory problems, others with slight injuries from rubber bullets. Macedonia and other Balkan countries to its north have closed their borders, on what was once the busiest migrant route to central Europe. The European Union has said it will only accept war refugees from Syria and Iraq as well as those from other countries who are eligible for asylum. Some material for this report came from AP.

Prince William, Wife Kate Begin Royal Tour of India

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid their respects at one of the sites of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks Sunday as they began a weeklong visit to India, their first royal tour in two years.   Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, began their first engagement in India by laying a wreath at a memorial at Mumbai’s iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel, where 31 people were killed in the 2008 attacks. A total of 166 people were killed when 10 gunmen targeted multiple locations in the city.   Crowds of onlookers gathered to catch a glimpse of the couple as they got out of their car and entered the hotel, where employees welcomed them with garlands of roses.   In the visitor’s book at the hotel, the couple wrote: “In memory of those who lost their lives and those injured in the senseless atrocities at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.”    Later Sunday, the royal couple played a round of cricket at a local cricket academy. Kate, in a printed tunic dress, smiled and waved at people who had gathered at Mumbai’s well-known Oval cricket grounds, while William, in shirt-sleeves and dark glasses, took the first turn with the bat as Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar bowled a single slow delivery.    After that, a young schoolgirl bowled to William, who was caught with the second ball.   Kate, too, faced a couple of slow deliveries at the exhibition match, which gave her and her husband a chance to mingle with cricket enthusiasts.   It was a busy afternoon for William and Kate. They met children and volunteers from three Mumbai nongovernmental organizations that work with the poor and took a tour of Mumbai in an open-top bus with slum children.   The royal couple were to cap their first day in India at a charity ball attended by Bollywood celebrities, sports stars and business leaders.    William and Kate are traveling without their two children – 2 1/2-year-old Prince George and 11-month-old Princess Charlotte. They had taken George to Australia with them in 2014 on their last royal tour.   During their trip, the royal couple will sit down for lunch with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. In a nod to William’s conservation efforts, they’ll visit Assam state’s Kaziranga National Park, home to two-thirds of the world’s Indian one-horned rhinos.   They’ll also take a one-day trip to neighboring Bhutan at the invitation of the Himalayan kingdom’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema.   William and Kate will then head back to India, where they’ll wind up their tour with a visit to the Taj Mahal, retracing the steps of a 1992 visit to the monument of love by William’s mother, the late Princess Diana.

Embattled Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Resigning

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Ukraine’s embattled prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said Sunday he is resigning, opening the way for a new government to be formed in an effort to end Kyiv’s political crisis. Yatsenyuk said in a televised speech and Twitter comments that he hopes his resignation, to be formally submitted to parliament on Tuesday, would give Ukraine a chance to adopt new electoral, constitutional and judicial reforms and to join the European Union and NATO, the western military alliance. He said he is quitting because “the political crisis in the government has been unleashed artificially” and that the efforts to force him out have “blinded politicians and paralyzed their will to bring about real changes in the country.” Yatsenyuk’s cabinet survived a no-confidence vote in February, but two parties left the governing coalition for failure to oust him. He has been criticized for Ukraine’s worsening economy and the slow pace of reforms. Early elections could be called if Ukraine lawmakers fail to unite behind a new prime minister, but President Petro Poroshenko has sought to avoid new voting for fear of further destabilizing the country. Kyiv’s forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists for control of eastern Ukraine for two years, with more than 9,000 fighters and civilians killed in the clashes. At the same time, Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and it remains under Russian control.

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After Sanders Wins Wyoming Caucuses, All Eyes On New York

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are looking beyond Saturday’s results in the Wyoming Democratic caucuses to a bigger prize: the April 19 primary in New York.

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Belgian Terror Suspects Charged

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‘Man in the hat’ found?; return to Palmyra; Hitler house. Photograph shows the Archbishop of Canterbury the Right Reverend Justin Welby. (Credit: Press Association)

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Paris Terror Suspect Confesses He Was In Video With Brussels Bombers

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Paris terror suspect Mohamed Abrini, who was arrested Friday, confessed to prosecutors that he was “the man in the hat,” seen in surveillance video before the deadly terror attacks in Brussels.

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Hanging On: A Pressured Middle Class In Economic Recovery

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In a new weekly segment, we’ll examine the increasing pressure on the middle class and how that’s driving political discourse. Rachel Martin begins by interviewing The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson.

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Officials: Group that hit Brussels planned 2nd France attackPARIS (AP) – The attackers who struck Brussels on March 22 initially planned to launch a second assault on France, Belgium’s Federal Prosecution Office said Sunday. But the perpetrators were “surprised by the speed of the progress in the ongoing investigation” and decided to rush an attack on Brussels instead, the office said in a statement. It didn’t provide any details on the initial plot or its targets and the office couldn’t immediately be reached for further comment. Two suicide bombers killed 16 people at Brussels Airport on March 22. A subsequent explosion at Brussels’ Maelbeek subway station killed another 16 people the same morning.
2016 candidates scoop up delegates in West, bid for NY loveWASHINGTON (AP) – Bernie Sanders is pointing to his growing string of statewide wins and Hillary Clinton to her still-commanding lead in the delegate hunt as the Democratic rivals jostle for momentum heading into New York’s big primary later this month. The Republicans, too, are trying to scoop up delegates out West while bidding for some New York love. With his win Saturday in Wyoming, Sanders has now won seven of the last eight state contests. But his latest victory did nothing to help him in the delegate chase: He and Clinton each got seven delegates. “Now that we are in the second half of this campaign, we are going to state after state which I think have a more progressive outlook,” Sanders said.
Hong Kong emerges as hub for creating offshore companiesHONG KONG (AP) – In 2009, Jasmine Li, whose grandfather was the fourth most powerful politician in China at the time, donned a floral Carolina Herrera gown and debuted at a ball in Paris. That same year, a British Virgin Islands company she would later come to own for $1 was born in an aging building in a red-light district of Hong Kong, just one example of the city’s key role in helping the world’s elite shuttle their wealth offshore. The information about Li, who has not been accused of wrongdoing, comes from a tremendous cache of documents leaked from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Washington to boost mental hospitals’ security after escapesSEATTLE (AP) – Washington officials promised they were working quickly to increase security at the state’s psychiatric hospitals after a week in which two patients escaped and another two went missing. A man accused of torturing a 20-year-old woman to death in 2013 was recaptured Friday night after a two-day, cross-state manhunt that some worried would not end peacefully. “I was afraid this was going to go sideways,” Spokane sheriff’s spokesman Mark Gregory said Saturday. “I’m glad it didn’t.” Gregory gave much of the credit for Anthony Garver’s capture to a canine officer named Gunnar. The dog found Garver hiding in the woods near his family home in Spokane, then signaled two human officers.
3 rescued island castaways spelled ‘help’ with palm frondsHONOLULU (AP) – The men rescued in this tale of three castaways were not named Tom Hanks, or Gilligan, or Robinson Crusoe. Though they might as well have been. In a scene straight from Hollywood, or a New Yorker cartoon, a U.S. Navy plane spotted the word “help” spelled out in palm fronds on a beach on a deserted island in the remote Pacific. The three men, missing for three days after a wave overtook the skiff they were traveling in, were found waving their orange life jackets on the tiny Micronesian island of Fanadik, several hundred miles north of Papua New Guinea, officials said Saturday.
Britain’s ‘out’ campaigners mistrust the EU, and each otherLONDON (AP) – Tempers are flaring and insults are flying in Britain’s battle over the European Union. Leading campaigners have branded one another elitist, irrelevant and unfit to run a sweet shop – and they’re all on the same side. With less than three months to go until a June 23 referendum, Britain’s anti-EU campaigners are bitterly divided, with two rival camps battling over which will be the standard-bearer in the campaign – and over how to win the historic vote. Will voters make up their minds based on concerns about immigration and national sovereignty, or on worries about the value of the pound in their pocket?
Migrants stuck in limbo in Serbia after Balkan route closurePRINCIPOVAC, Serbia (AP) – Walking a winding path inside a thick oak forest at the border between Serbia and Croatia, Jiyan Ali cannot believe his misfortune: he barely made it to Europe across rough seas and rugged mountains, only to be abruptly halted just meters away from his dream destination – the European Union. The 20-year-old Kurd from Rojava, Syria, has been stuck on the Serbian side of the frontier together with some 200 of his fellow refugees since early March when Balkan countries suddenly shut their borders for migrants escaping wars and poverty in their home countries. Now there is no legal way for the group to move forward to the heart of Europe, or backward toward Greece or Turkey, and they are stuck living in a rundown former psychiatric hospital in a country that cannot offer them work or other opportunities they desperately seek.

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Bernie Sanders was annoyed Sunday by Bill Clinton’s claim that Sanders was being a “subconscious” sexist because he called Hillary Clinton unqualified to be president.

“I appreciate Bill Clinton being my psychoanalyst. It’s always nice,” Sanders said on CNN’s State of the Union.

When asked about the former president’s suggestion that Sanders would not have said Hillary was “unqualified” if she were a man, Sanders muttered “oh my goodness” under his breath.

Sanders said that the Clinton campaign’s accusations of sexism are part of a larger strategy to present him in a negative light.

“I think the Clinton campaign has made it public. Basically they’ve told the media that here in New York, they’re about to become very negative, about to beat us up,” Sanders said, insisting that he would not tolerate it. “We have tried to run an issue-oriented campaign, but … we are not going to be attacked every single day.”

Sanders stood by his “doubts” about the former secretary of state and pointed to her record of voting for the Iraq war and supporting “disastrous” trade agreements.

“I have my doubts about what kind of president she would make,” Sanders said.

Sanders has softened his claim that Clinton is not qualified to be president, saying that the former secretary of state “obviously” has the requisite experience to lead the country, but that her voting record and close ties to Wall Street show “bad judgment.”

Hillary Clinton also accused Sanders of sexism in October, when the Vermont Senator, using an often repeated campaign phrase of his, said that “all the shouting in the world” would not lead to gun control.

“I haven’t been shouting, but sometimes when a woman speaks out, some people think it’s shouting,” Clinton shot back days later.

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Officials say more than 100 people are dead at a crowded Hindu temple in southern India after an unauthorized fireworks display went bad. (April 10)


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