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New Zealander's death puts mental patients' restraint in Japan under spotlight

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:21
TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese campaign group whose members include lawyers and academics called on Wednesday for a change in psychiatric hospitals' practice of putting patients under prolonged restraint after the death of a New Zealand man.

Former Spanish bank chief found dead

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:17
Miguel Blesa, who led Caja Madrid, has died of a shotgun wound to the chest on a hunting lodge.

Former Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda, 93, is hospitalized

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:12
Zambian media say 93-year-old Kenneth Kaunda, the country’s independence leader and former longtime president, is hospitalized.

Chinese warships to take part in celebrations to mark Russian Navy Day in St. Petersburg

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:10
According to preliminary data, a detachment of Chinese warships will arrive in St. Petersburg on July 28 and will be open for visitors during their stay there

Addiction and intrigue: Inside the Saudi palace coup

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:06
(Reuters) - On Tuesday June 21 Mohammed bin Nayef, a powerful figure in Saudi Arabia's security apparatus for the past two decades and the next in line to the throne, was summoned to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the fourth floor of the royal palace in Mecca.

South Sudan peace hopes fade as war fragments, alliances shift

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:04
JUBA (Reuters) - When rebel leader Riek Machar fled the South Sudanese capital Juba last year, General Saki James Palaoko helped him escape government air strikes, evade the national army and slip into neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Russian filmmaker: ‘We are witnessing a dictatorship of political correctness in Europe’

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:01
Andrey Konchalovsky is confident that the state has the right, if it shells out money, to influence the creative process

Uruguay pharmacies start selling recreational marijuana

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:59
It is the first country to sell the drug legally over the counter for recreational use.

France wants major powers to make 'proposals' to Syrian warring parties

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:55
PARIS (Reuters) - France wants major powers involved in the Syrian crisis to join a contact group that would make proposals to warring parties, in an effort to break a deadlock in political negotiations, the French foreign minister said.

Jailed pro-Kurdish leader says fair trial impossible in Erdogan's Turkey

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:55
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's jailed pro-Kurdish opposition leader said no judge could stand up to Tayyip Erdogan, expressing doubts he could ever have a fair trial after the president publicly labeled him a terrorist.

Spacecraft manufacturer says ISS costs $150 bln, 10% of which is paid by Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:54
Russia uses 30% of the station’s potential, according to Energiya’s Deputy Director General Alexander Derechin

Mexico announces new laptop, tablet security on US flights

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:50
Mexican authorities say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has instituted heightened security measures for laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from the country.

Turkey PM tweaks cabinet, keeps economic team largely in place

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:47
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim kept the government's economic team largely in place during a limited cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, notably retaining economist Mehmet Simsek as a deputy premier.

Israeli steals Auschwitz items for student art project

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:45
Rotem Bides said she had acted to prevent the Holocaust from "turning into a myth".

Russian vertical takeoff drone fit for Arctic operation

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:44
It will be capable of flying at a speed of no less than 650 km/hr at an altitude of 7,000-8,000 meters

Ukraine, Georgia denounce pro-Russian separatists

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:42
Ukraine’s leader says Ukraine and Georgia will coordinate their efforts to reclaim areas captured by pro-Russian separatists.

Three Kenyan men sentenced to death for stripping woman

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:38
The incident was recorded and shared widely on social media in Kenya three years ago.

Prominent Serbian filmmaker to study Crimea’s attractions for potential filming locations

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:37
Earlier reports said that Kusturica and his folk and rock band The No Smoking Orchestra will give a concert in Yalta, Crimea, on July 23

French woman faces prosecution in Iraq over alleged IS links

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:30
A French woman captured in Mosul with her four children is facing possible prosecution in Iraq for allegedly collaborating with the Islamic State group, in a test case for how governments handle families of foreign fighters now that the extremists are in retreat.

German government set up diesel summit with auto bosses

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:30
The German government has invited leading automakers to a meeting next month to discuss how to reduce diesel emissions.

India's PM would like books instead of bouquets

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:27
Narendra Modi says he rather be given the leaves of a book instead of flowers on his official visits.

In camps and ruins, Mosul civilians' ordeal is far from over

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:20
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The battle for Mosul is all but over after nine months of devastating urban warfare between government forces and Islamic State militants, but Iraqi civilians are suffering in a humanitarian crisis of monumental scale.

Defense lawyers ask Supreme Court to refer Nemtsov murder case for rehearing

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:20
On July 13, Moscow’s District Military Court found all five of the defendants guilty of Nemtsov’s murder and handed them 11-to 20-year sentences in a maximum-security penal colony

In Suu Kyi’s Myanmar, concern rises over press freedom

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:20
In the old, military-ruled Myanmar, it would not have been a surprising scene: three journalists, bound together in chains, raising shackled hands in unison and speaking out against their repressive government.

Queen Elizabeth visits Canada House to mark confederation

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:20
Queen Elizabeth II has visited Canada House in central London to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

In Suu Kyi's Myanmar, concern rises over press freedom

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:18
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — In the old, military-ruled Myanmar, it would not have been a surprising scene: three journalists, bound together in chains, raising shackled hands in unison and speaking out against their repressive government. 2017-07-19T05:01:00-04:00 2017-07-19T09:01:50-04:00
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French woman faces prosecution in Iraq over alleged IS links

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:18
PARIS (AP) — A French woman captured in Mosul with her four children is facing possible prosecution in Iraq for allegedly collaborating with the Islamic State group, in a test case for how governments handle families of foreign fighters now that the extremists are in retreat. 2017-07-19T05:08:00-04:00 2017-07-19T09:08:57-04:00
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Russia to take mirror measures if USA ships lethal weapons to Ukraine

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:11
Will arms shipments from the USA to Ukraine complicate the already strained relations between Kiev and Moscow? Potential supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine remain exclusively in the interests of the United States from the point of view of economic benefits and increasing pressure on Kiev

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:10
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Poland put on notice as EU calls for halt to judicial shake-up

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:04
BRUSSELS/WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland could face punishment by the European Union if Warsaw does not halt judicial reforms which the bloc's executive said on Wednesday would put its courts under government control.

Russian hi-tech firm offers advanced reconnaissance drone for export

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:01
The Orion drone is capable of conducting air reconnaissance and giving target designation data

Legal pot sales begin in Uruguay under landmark 2013 law

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:00
Marijuana is going on sale at 16 pharmacies in Uruguay, the final step in applying a 2013 law that made the South American nation the first to legalize a pot market covering the entire chain from plants to purchase.

White House says it’s upset by Kadyrov’s anti-gay remarks

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 15:00
The White House says it was concerned at remarks by the leader of Chechnya who suggested any gay people in his Russian republic should be shipped to Canada.

Free train tickets in Russia to be available for 2018 FIFA World Cup fans in winter

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:55
Russia is currently in full-swing preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Kenyan leaders steer clear of hate speech before vote, but monitors wary

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:49
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan politicians are steering clear of inflammatory rhetoric at large public rallies before next month's vote, but there are fears that hate speech is still spreading online and at smaller meetings out of sight of authorities, monitors said.

Tour de France legs: Pawel Poljanski sends internet into meltdown

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:47
Pawel Poljanski shared the snap of his veiny legs on Instagram after the 16th stage of the race.

Liu Xiaobo supporters mark his death amid concerns for widow

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:46
BEIJING (AP) — Supporters of Liu Xiaobo gathered worldwide Wednesday to mark the traditional Chinese observance of the seventh day after the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate's death, amid growing concern over the fate of his widow, Liu Xia, who has been kept under house arrest for more than seven years. 2017-07-19T03:39:00-04:00 2017-07-19T07:39:46-04:00
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On hot mic, Israeli PM raps 'crazy' EU, admits Syria strikes

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:46
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was caught Wednesday by a live microphone railing against the European Union's "crazy" insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties with the 28-state bloc, and trumpeting Israel as essential to its prosperity and survival. 2017-07-19T04:40:00-04:00 2017-07-19T08:40:15-04:00
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Russia probes opposition using fidget spinners for promotion

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:40
Russian authorities are investigating fidget spinners after state television reported that opposition activists are using them to attract supporters.

France ready to counter chemical weapons use in Syria in collaboration with Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:36
According to the French Foreign Ministry, Paris is committed to a constructive dialogue with Moscow on the issue

Zimbabwe: Lion kills 10-year-old girl in Chiredzi

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:34
Police said the child was relieving herself at night behind her home when she was dragged away.

Hungary searches international trains after bomb threat

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:34
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police say they are inspecting all international trains arriving in Hungary after receiving an anonymous bomb threat. 2017-07-19T04:26:00-04:00 2017-07-19T08:26:12-04:00
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Kenya: 3 men sentenced to death for stripping, abusing woman

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:32
A Kenyan court has sentenced three men to death for stripping naked and abusing a woman during a wave of attacks by mobs claiming that women were inappropriately dressed.

Clashes erupt between rebels, al-Qaida in northwest Syria

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:32
Syrian activists say clashes have broken out between rebels and al-Qaida-linked militants in the opposition’s main stronghold in northwestern Syria.

On hot mic, Israeli PM raps ‘crazy’ EU, admits Syria strikes

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:32
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been caught by a live microphone railing against the European Union’s “crazy” insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties with the 28-state bloc, and trumpeting Israel as essential to its prosperity and survival.

Philippines cancels talks with communist rebels amid attacks

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:20
The Philippine government scrapped preliminary peace talks with communist rebel leaders in Europe due to continuing guerrilla attacks, including new violence Wednesday that killed a government militiaman and wounded at least four presidential guards in the country’s south, officials said.

Rights group: Bahraini activist charged under terrorism law

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:20
A Bahraini rights group says a female activist has been charged under an anti-terrorism law amid a crackdown on dissent in the U.S.-allied Gulf island nation.

On hot mic, Israeli PM raps 'crazy' EU, admits Syria strikes

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:20
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been caught by a live microphone railing against the European Union's "crazy" insistence on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a precondition for closer ties with the 28-state bloc, and trumpeting Israel as essential to its prosperity and survival. 2017-07-19T04:07:00-04:00 2017-07-19T08:07:16-04:00
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Cholera kills four in Kenyan capital since May, government shuts hotels

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:12
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A cholera outbreak in the Kenyan capital has killed four people since May and the government has shut down a three-star hotel and a popular restaurant there to control its spread, the health minister said on Wednesday.

Top 10 fashion icons of sports world

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:10
Sports Illustrated, one of the leading sports magazines in the world, released its second annual Fashionable 50 list

Vigil honours Justine Damond, shot dead by US police

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:08
Family and friends meet at dawn on a Sydney beach to mourn the passing of Justine Damond, an Australian woman fatally shot by US police.

German publisher appeals to top Turkish court over reporter

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:08
BERLIN (AP) — A German newspaper publisher says it has filed an appeal to Turkey's highest court against the incarceration for the past five months of a German-Turkish reporter. 2017-07-19T03:55:00-04:00 2017-07-19T07:55:18-04:00
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Russia’s new Soyuz-5 carrier rocket to fully replace Proton launchers by lift capacity

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:02
This will be achieved by installing a heavier Fregat acceleration unit on the Soyuz-5 carrier rocket

Afghan officials: Roadside mines kill 3 children, 2 soldiers

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:00
Afghan officials say that roadside mines have killed three children and two soldiers in two separate incidents in the country’s western province of Herat.

Turkey changes justice, defense ministers in cabinet shuffle

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:00
Turkey’s prime minister has announced a cabinet reshuffle, replacing or swapping 11 ministers in the 26-member council of ministers.

ESA to develop navigation system and drilling rig for Russia’s lunar mission

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:56
The test version of this equipment will be installed on the Luna-25 probe

Saudi teachers face trial for alleged Iran spying, pipeline plot: media

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:50
RIYADH (Reuters) - Two men have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia charged with spying for Iran and plotting to attack a major oil pipeline, two Saudi newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Singapore annuls marriage after husband changes sex: report

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:48
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has annulled a couple's marriage after the husband changed sex, the Straits Times newspaper reported on Wednesday, prompting an outcry from a group that campaigns for the rights of gay and transgender people.

Slovak PM Fico threatens boycott of 'rip-off food'

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:40
Slovakia's leader says his country has a right to the same quality food as the rest of Europe.

Face of Defense: Soldier Continues Lifetime of Learning

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:40
Ever since his days as a private in basic training, Army Capt. Eric Moton has never been one to rest on his laurels.

The Latest: Lecointre to be France’s top military official

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:40
The Latest on the departure of France’s military chief (all times local):

Turkish prime minister announces cabinet reshuffle, names new justice and defense ministers

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:40
Turkish prime minister announces cabinet reshuffle, names new justice and defense ministers.

Spanish banker Miguel Blesa found dead on country estate

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:39
MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish banker whose brushes with the law and extravagant hunting trips came to symbolize the excesses of the country's economic boom has been found dead on a country estate, a family member said on Wednesday.

Kremlin withholds comments about Malorossiya

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:38
The Russian administration needs to deeply analyze the statement first, Peskov said, adding that the Kremlin gives first priority to the observation of the Minks Accords

Russian envoy expresses hope new OSCE chief will develop cooperation potential

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:37
Moscow will welcome efforts to expand the dialogue with the OSCE, which was developing successfully with former Secretary General Zannier

Britain's William and Kate meet Merkel during pre-Brexit charm tour

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:34
BERLIN (Reuters) - Prince William and his wife Kate met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday as part of a charm offensive to shore up relations with European Union countries before Britain leaves the bloc.

Montenegro begins trial of alleged pro-Russian coup plotters

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:33
PODGORICA (Reuters) - The trial of 14 people in Montenegro accused of an election day plot to kill the prime minister and bring a pro-Russian party to power began on Wednesday, with defense lawyers demanding the state prosecutor be removed from the case.

5 things AP journalists saw at Koreas' tense border village

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:30
PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — Some call it one of the scariest places on Earth; others view it more as a tourist spot. 2017-07-19T03:17:00-04:00 2017-07-19T07:17:32-04:00
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Official: Francois Lecointre, who led EU training mission in Mali, to be French military chief after predecessor quit

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:28
Official: Francois Lecointre, who led EU training mission in Mali, to be French military chief after predecessor quit.

Behind the scenes of a BBC report

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:25
See the journey the BBC team made to film a piece about sapphire mining and lemurs in Madagascar.

Goat picks fight with office, goat wins

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:11
Staff in a US office were shocked to discover a break-in, then shocked when CCTV revealed a goat was the culprit.

Russia to strip of citizenship for terrorism

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:11
The draft law on the deprivation of Russian citizenship for terrorism was submitted to the State Duma after the terrorist act in the St. Petersburg metro on April 3 2017

Yemen civilian death toll in Saudi-led airstrike reaches 20

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:10
Yemeni medical officials say the death toll from a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on fleeing civilians in the province of Taiz has reached 20.

Swiss identify glacier bodies as couple missing since 1942

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:10
Swiss police say they’ve formally identified two bodies found on an Alpine glacier as those of a couple missing for nearly 75 years.

Russian filmmaker Konchalovsky compares Oscars to McDonald’s and suggests sanctioning it

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:10
Konchalovsky thinks that films that have been awarded an Oscar over the past years are a far cry from being masterpieces

French military chief quits over budget dispute with Macron

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:08
PARIS (AP) — France's military chief quit Wednesday in a dispute with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts, in a new challenge to Macron's administration and his economic reforms. 2017-07-19T01:32:00-04:00 2017-07-19T05:32:46-04:00
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Rare northern hair-nosed wombat born in Australia

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:07
The northern hairy-nosed wombat joey joins just 250 members of the critically endangered species.

EU urges Poland to put judicial changes on hold or face action

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:04
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's executive called on Poland on Wednesday to put on hold judicial reforms it said would "have a very significant negative impact" on courts' independence, or face disciplinary action as early as next week.

Some former Sisi allies turn critics as Egypt election nears

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 13:02
CAIRO (Reuters) - Some of the people who helped propel Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power are calling for his replacement in an election next year, a sign of a shift in the still widespread view that he is a force for stability.

Swiss identify glacier bodies as couple missing since 1942

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:56
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss police say they've formally identified two bodies found on an Alpine glacier as those of a couple missing for nearly 75 years. 2017-07-19T02:43:00-04:00 2017-07-19T06:43:36-04:00
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Russian air bases will stray in Syria for 49 years

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:52
Russia's Federation Council has ratified the protocol to the bilateral agreement between the Russian Federation and Syria about the deployment of Russia Air Force airborne formations on the territory of the Arab republic

Swim robot probes Fukushima reactor to find melted fuel

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:50
An underwater robot has captured images and other data inside Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on its first day of work.

Venezuela: Once again, interference from the USA in Latin America

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:49
Remember the attempted coup in Venezuela in 2002, which failed miserably as Hugo Chavez thrashed his treacherous assailants like a Grand Master of Chess humiliating a rookie with a fool's mate in three seconds flat? Well ladies and gentlemen they are trying it on again, this time using traitors inside Venezuela ("Opposition") to create chaos.

Hungarian police search international trains after bomb threat

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:48
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian police have halted and vacated all 18 international trains circulating in Hungary in response to a bomb threat, they said in a statement Wednesday.

ZTE Guides for 29.9% Gain in 6-Month Net Profit

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:40
Year-on-year increase powered by network infrastructure and mobile devices

Makhosi Khoza: Jacob Zuma critic to get security protection

BBC WORLD NEWS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:39
ANC MP Makhosi Khoza has been sent death threats, saying she has 21 days to live.

Federation Council ratifies European Council’s convention on anti-terrorism financing

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:31
The document was signed on January 26, 2009, in the name of Russia

Indonesia bans Hizbut group that seeks global caliphate

AP - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:30
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian government on Wednesday banned Hizbut Tahrir, an Islamic organization that wants to establish a global caliphate, under a new presidential decree criticized as draconian by rights groups. 2017-07-19T00:42:00-04:00 2017-07-19T04:42:43-04:00
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Israel, Central European states say better EU-Israel ties needed

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:23
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The leaders of Hungary and Israel on Wednesday called for improved relations between the EU and Israel, notably in security and technology, in an era defined by terrorism threats and migration.

German Cabinet voices concern over ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses activities in Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:21
Russia violates its international obligations, according to the German government

Trump administration letting Africa’s crises drift: Experts

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:20
When President Donald Trump left his chair at this month’s G20 summit while Africa was discussed and had daughter Ivanka sit in for him, critics blasted it as a breach of diplomatic protocol. But it also drew attention to the growing concern that when it comes to the continent of 1.2 billion people, the U.S. leader has been notably absent.

South Africa searches for 8 missing fishermen after capsize

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:20
Maritime emergency teams in South Africa are searching for eight missing fishermen whose boat capsized several days ago, killing at least one crewmember.

Iran’s presidents says his country will ‘stand up to’ the US

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:20
Iran’s president says his country will stand up to the United States and reciprocate for any new sanctions that America imposes on the Islamic Republic.

Tokyo airport police find 30 bullets in US plane crew’s bag

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:20
Japanese airport police have found 30 bullets in an American Airlines crewmember’s carry-on bag and said Wednesday that the flight attendant apparently carried them through his security checks at U.S. airports.

Russian lunar missions delayed over unprepared Baikonur spaceport infrastructure

TASS [Russian State News] - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:12
It was reported earlier that three missions to the Earth’s natural satellite were scheduled aboard Soyuz carrier rockets in 2019-2021

Islamist insurgents clash across Syria's Idlib

REUTERS - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:11
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Clashes between rival insurgent groups broke out in Syria's Idlib region in some of the heaviest fighting between Islamist factions which hold sway in the northwestern province, war monitors reported on Wednesday.

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