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Anti-India protests hit Kashmir after top rebel is killed SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday after government forces in a gunbattle killed a prominent rebel commander and his associate in the disputed region. Clashes between rock-throwing protesters and government forces erupted in different places in the area, with police and paramilitary soldiers firing shotgun pellets and tear gas to stop the protests. The gunbattle erupted after a group of heavily armed militants crossed from the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir into the Indian-held portion in western Rampur sector, said army spokesman Col. Rajesh Kalia. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 07:54:05 UT

Afghan official says 18 killed in suicide car bomb attack KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 18 people, mostly civilians, were killed Saturday when a suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of provincial security forces in eastern Afghanistan, an Interior Ministry official said. Najib Danish, the ministry's deputy spokesman, said the target of the bomber was a group of guards providing security for U.S. forces in Khost province, but most of the victims in the attack were civilians. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 07:34:00 UT

S. Korea responds to reported vessel hijacking off Somalia Some Somali fishermen, including former pirates, say foreign ships illegally fishing in local waters are forcing them to return to piracy to make money. In 2011, sailors and marines from the same unit raided a South Korean-operated cargo ship that had been hijacked by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea, rescuing all 21 crew members and killing eight pirates and capturing five others. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 07:26:27 UT

What happens to Earth if the US exits the climate deal? President Donald Trump, who once proclaimed global warming a Chinese hoax, will soon decide whether the United States stays in or leaves a 2015 Paris climate change accord in which nearly every nation agreed to curb its greenhouse gas emissions. In an attempt to understand what could happen to the planet if the U.S. pulls out of Paris, The Associated Press consulted with more than two dozen climate scientists and analyzed a special computer model scenario designed to calculate potential effects. Many said because of cheap natural gas that displaces coal and growing adoption of renewable energy sources, it is unlikely that the U.S. would stop reducing its carbon pollution even if it abandoned the accord, so the effect would likely be smaller. The world has already warmed by just over half that amount — with about one-fifth of the past heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions coming from the United States, usually from the burning of coal, oil and gas. [...] the fractions of additional degrees that the U.S. would contribute could mean passing the threshold faster, which could in turn mean "ecosystems being out of whack with the climate, trouble farming current crops and increasing shortages of food and water," said National Center for Atmospheric Research's Kevin Trenberth. Climate Interactive, a team of scientists and computer modelers who track global emissions and pledges, simulated global emissions if every country but the U.S. reaches their individualized goals to curb carbon pollution. [...] they calculated what that would mean in global temperature, sea level rise and ocean acidification using scientifically-accepted computer models. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 07:06:36 UT

Girls are increasingly being married off in war-torn Yemen Child marriages are mounting dramatically in the Arab world's poorest country, fueled by a war that has thrown society into turmoil. In a survey conducted in September in six provinces, 72 percent of female respondents said they got married before 18 — compared with around 50 percent in surveys before the war — and about 44 percent said they were wedded before they turned 15, the organization said. "Parents marry off their daughters to be relieved of the cost of their care or because they believe a husband's family can offer better protection," UNICEF said. In the 1990s, a law setting the age at 15 was repealed by Parliament under pressure from Muslim conservatives, who argue that Islamic Shariah law does not prohibit child marriage and that attempts to curb the practice are a Western plot. Human rights groups have documented cases of prepubescent girls bleeding to death from being raped by husbands. Before the war upended her family, her husband would bring in the equivalent of $20 a day, a decent wage in Yemen, and during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, when everyone hires butchers to slaughter sheep and other livestock, he would make as much as $4,000. A top tribal leader, Mohammed Shabana, intervened, and the father agreed under pressure to return half the money and to sign, along with the husband-to-be, a pledge not to marry off the girl until she turns 18. The father and the would-be husband could not be reached for comment. Because of the fighting between government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition on one side and Houthi rebels supported by forces loyal to the country's former president on the other, more than 400,000 girls under 18 have lost their homes, and many of them are living in refugee camps. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 06:55:24 UT

Palestinian prisoners end mass hunger strike JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners ended their 40-day fast on Saturday after reaching a compromise with Israel for additional family visits, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The hunger strike had evolved into one of the longest such protests with this many participants since Israel's 1967 capture of territories Palestinian seek for their state in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. More than 6,000 Palestinians are currently in prison for offences linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, for charges ranging from stone-throwing to weapons possession and attacks that killed or wounded Israeli civilians and soldiers. Palestinians rallied behind the hunger strikers as national heroes, relishing a rare break from deep divisions between two rival political groups, the Islamic militant group Hamas which runs Gaza and Fatah, the movement of Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who administers autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 06:55:04 UT

Myanmar, having warmed to the West, turns to China again The opposite is happening as the Southeast Asian country's new civilian government fails to attract Western investment and Beijing goes on a charm offensive. Suu Kyi's historic struggle for democracy still evokes deep respect in Washington and European capitals, but 14 months running a civilian government has exposed her inability to bring peace to a country riven by ethnic conflict. "Amid the unpredictable challenges of this democratic transition, Western influence on Burma is waning, while Beijing is becoming more assertive," Myanmar's Irrawaddy news website said in an editorial. Suu Kyi's trip ended with an agreement with China to create an economic cooperation zone as part of the Asian giant's "Belt and Road" initiative to connect with Asian and European markets. The Obama administration seized the opportunity while trying to "pivot" American foreign policy focus to Asia, hoping deeper relationships with its booming economies would provide the U.S. long-term strategic and economic advantages. Trump has started to reach out to Southeast Asian leaders, praising Philippines' president Rodrigo Duterte for his deadly war on drugs and inviting him and Thailand's prime minister, who took power in a coup, to the White House. Obama helped her transformation from political prisoner to national leader, fostering democracy on China's doorstep. Western nations in March backed a U.N. fact-finding mission on reported atrocities against Myanmar's downtrodden Rohingya Muslims. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 06:34:05 UT

Mosul siege extends IS fight in Iraq, puts civilians at risk MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces are steadily closing in on the remaining pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group in Mosul, inching toward a victory that U.S.-led coalition officials say is "only a matter of time." The Iraqi government on Friday announced a call for all civilians in the Old City to flee, but human rights groups warned the orders could force tens of thousands into deadly frontline clashes. By afternoon, at least three coalition airstrikes were called in to clear IS fighters armed with medium machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. "Because the enemy cannot flee, the area is completely sealed off," said Brig. U.S. defense officials say "taking the time" to surround Islamic State strongholds is part of a new approach in the war against IS under the Trump administration, aimed at preventing militants from regrouping after territorial losses and foreign fighters from fleeing. [...] human rights group Save the Children warned the order would likely lead to "deadly chaos" as the Iraqi government has not negotiated safe passage for civilians with IS. Since the push on western Mosul began, the United Nations says more than 580,000 people have been forced to flee. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 06:26:00 UT

Sri Lanka confirms 100 dead in mudslides; 99 missing AGALAWATTE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has appealed for outside help as the death toll from floods and mudslides on Saturday rose to 100 with 99 others missing. At an intersection close to Agalawatte, 98 kilometers (60 miles) south of capital Colombo, four bodies in coffins were kept in a house, awaiting boats to be taken to a temple where displaced people have taken refuge. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 06:13:22 UT

Bombing puts British security officials on back foot again Abedi lived near the same Manchester neighborhood that was home to Abd al-Baset Azzouz, a master al-Qaida bomb maker and recruiter accused in the 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Libyan city of Benghazi. [...] Abedi was no longer "under the microscope" of British security authorities, who years ago regarded him as a person of interest, a British government official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the investigation into the attack. British security officials say at least five terror plots in Britain have been thwarted in the past two months, although they have not released details of the plots. Khalid Masood killed four people and injured several others in a March attack near Britain's Parliament, prompting headlines such as "Killer escaped from MI5's radar." Belgian security services were repeatedly accused by French authorities of failing to prevent extremists from the largely Muslim Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek from plotting the November 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 06:09:34 UT

UN Peacekeepers: How a Haiti child sex ring was whitewashed COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The general sat on a plastic lawn chair in the garden of his mother's home, the scent of tropical blooms filling the air as he talked about the alleged rape and sodomy of a Haitian teenager by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper. [...] Sri Lanka has never prosecuted a single soldier for sexual assault or sexual misconduct while serving in a peacekeeping mission abroad, the AP found. The alleged abuses committed by its troops abroad stem from a culture of impunity that arose during Sri Lanka's civil war and has seeped into its peacekeeping missions. The government has consistently refused calls for independent investigations into its generation-long civil war, marked by widespread reports of rape camps, torture, mass killings and other alleged war crimes by its troops. In future deployments, Sri Lanka will provide U.N. officials with military records and personal information dating back to 2005 for all soldiers it plans to send on missions so they can be screened by the U.N., said Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Sri Lankan officials will have "to certify in writing that (they're) not aware of any allegations against any unit member having been involved in the commission of any acts that amount to violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law," he said. Sri Lanka must also establish its own screening process for the soldiers and "pre-deployment training by U.N. standards and specifications including conduct of discipline on human rights and on sexual exploitation and abuse," Haq said. The situation in Congo, meanwhile, is so complex the country is hosting a U.N. peacekeeping mission to manage its own violent conflict while also sending personnel on peacekeeping missions to other countries. The allegations of sexual abuse by Sri Lankan peacekeepers echo those of the country's generation-long civil war against the ethnic Tamil rebel group, known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which was fighting for an independent homeland in the island nation's north and east. Countries with better trained troops and human rights records have been reluctant to offer personnel for peacekeeping since 1993, when 18 American troops were killed in Somalia. Robert O. Blake, who was the U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka from 2006 to 2009, was one of many officials who pressed the Sri Lankan government for more transparency about the war crimes allegations. Dias led an army division whose troops were accused of attacking civilians and bombing a church, a hospital and other humanitarian outposts in 2009, during the fierce last months of Sri Lanka's civil war. Yet, evidence presented against Dias by two human rights groups in Europe led authorities to threaten a criminal investigation in 2011 while Dias was serving as a deputy ambassador to Germany, Switzerland and the Vatican. "A suspected war criminal is the wrong person to conduct an investigation into alleged crimes committed by a peacekeeper," said Andreas Schuller with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, a Berlin-based group that helped launch the complaint. After the AP published its investigation into the Haiti child sex ring last month, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned the U.N. Security Council that "countries that refuse to hold their soldiers accountable must recognize that this either stops or their troops will go home and their financial compensation will end." Last year, the U.N. announced it would not be accepting any more Burundian police to the mission in the Central African Republic because of allegations of serious human rights violations in their homeland, and that the military deployment was under review. In a jungle clearing about a two-hour drive from Colombo, a loudspeaker played the sounds of whooshing helicopter blades as dozens of peacekeeping recruits fanned out for a practice run, loading cargo into a small white sedan standing in for the chopper. Instructors at the training camp, a two-hour drive from Colombo, said they have taken steps to address the risk of sexual abuse and exploitation since the child sex ring scandal in Haiti. Tamil lawyer K.S. Ratnavale, who recently argued for a rare conviction of three soldiers for gang rape, said prosecuting members of Sri Lanka's popular military is often impossible due to victim intimidation, a lack witnesses and poor evidence collection. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 05:08:01 UT

Philippines forces hit militants; civilians wave white flags MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Philippine military jets fired rockets at militant positions Saturday as soldiers fought to wrest control of a southern city from gunmen linked to the Islamic State group, witnesses said. The city of Marawi, home to some 200,000 people, has been under siege by IS-linked militants since a failed raid Tuesday night on a suspected hideout of Isnilon Hapilon, who is on Washington's list of most-wanted terrorists. Isnilon got away and fighters loyal to him took over parts of the city, burning buildings and seizing about a dozen hostages, including a priest. The violence prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the country's south, where a Muslim rebellion has raged for decades. On Friday, Duterte ordered his troops to crush the militants, warning that the country is at a grave risk of "contamination" by the Islamic State group. In a sign that the long-standing problem of militancy in the south could be expanding, Solicitor General Jose Calida said foreigners were fighting alongside the gunmen in Marawi, including Indonesians and Malaysians. Hapilon, an Islamic preacher, is a commander of the Abu Sayyaf militant group who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 04:42:34 UT

Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept The system has evolved from the multibillion-dollar effort triggered by President Ronald Reagan's 1983 push for a "Star Wars" solution to ballistic missile threats during the Cold War — when the Soviet Union was the only major worry. The Pentagon has a variety of missile defense systems, but the one designed with a potential North Korean ICBM in mind is perhaps the most technologically challenging. The rocket releases a 5-foot-long device called a "kill vehicle" that uses internal guidance systems to steer into the path of the oncoming missile's warhead, destroying it by force of impact. While it wasn't scheduled with the expectation of an imminent North Korean missile threat, the military will closely watch whether it shows progress toward the stated goal of being able to reliably shoot down a small number of ICBMs targeting the United States. In its 2018 budget presented to Congress this week, the Pentagon proposed spending $7.9 billion on missile defense, including $1.5 billion for the ground-based midcourse defense program. Other elements of that effort include the Patriot designed to shoot down short-range ballistic missiles and the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which the U.S. has installed in South Korea as defense against medium-range North Korean missiles. ... Pubdate: Sat, 27 May 2017 00:28:45 UT

News of the day from across the globe, May 26 Chinese officials have told the U.S. that they’ve tightened inspections and policing along the border with North Korea as part of U.N. sanctions aimed at halting Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile activities, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said Friday. Beijing’s action reflects a growing awareness about the urgent need for China to pressure North Korea into halting its testing of missiles and nuclear bombs, Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton said in Beijing. Taliban fighters attacked an army camp in the southern Kandahar province Friday, killing at least 15 soldiers, said Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghan Defense Ministry. Indonesian police arrested three suspects Friday for alleged involvement in twin suicide bombings that killed three policemen in Jakarta, while the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, have carried out a sustained crackdown on Islamic militants since the 2002 bombings by al Qaeda-affiliated radicals that killed 202 people in Bali. Newspaper articles often appear with entire sections blank, evidence of national security censors. The German government wants kindergartens to inform authorities if parents fail to prove they have attended a doctors’ consultation on child vaccinations. Authorities already can impose a fine of $2,800 on parents who persistently refuse to attend the vaccine consultations, compulsory for children attending kindergarten. ... Pubdate: Fri, 26 May 2017 22:16:22 UT

Militants attack Christians in Egypt, killing at least 28 CAIRO — Masked gunmen riding in three sport utility vehicles opened fire Friday on a packed bus taking Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of Egypt’s capital, killing at least 28 people, including two little children, authorities said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the fourth to target Christians since December, but it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State. Egyptian warplanes retaliated by striking militant bases in eastern Libya after President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi warned in a televised address that training camps for terrorists who attack Egypt would be hit regardless of where they are. Security officials quoted witnesses as saying they saw eight to 10 attackers in military uniforms and masks. Arab TV stations showed images of a bus riddled with bullet holes, with many of its windows shattered and bloodstains on the seats. ... Pubdate: Fri, 26 May 2017 22:04:27 UT








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