A Nigerian port health official uses a thermometer to screen Muslim pilgrims for Ebola at the Hajj camp before boarding a plane for Saudi Arabia at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, Sept, 18. In the hardest-hit countries — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — "an exponentially rising caseload threatens to push governments to the brink of state failure," Chan said. According to the latest WHO figures, 5,300 people are believed to have contracted Ebola, and more than 2,600 have died — the majority in Liberia. The United Nations is leading the global response to contain and eradicate Ebola, and Ban announced that he is establishing a U.N. The Security Council encouraged the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to accelerate the rapid diagnosis and isolation of suspected Ebola cases, and launch public-education campaigns about the virus.
The resolution addresses the "detrimental effect" of the isolation of the affected countries — all poor and emerging from conflict in West Africa — especially on their economies.
A live video of Medecins Sans Frontieres physician's assistant Jackson Niamah is shown at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Acute corruption should be understood not as a failure or distortion of government but as a functioning system in which ruling networks use selected levers of power to capture specific revenue streams. It contributes to other international security threats, such as symbiotic relationships between states and transnational organized crime networks, facilitation for terrorist organizations, permeable international security regimes, and acute economic disruptions. Western policymakers typically prioritize other considerations, such as immediate security imperatives, the economic or strategic value of maintaining relations with a given government, or return on investment, over corruption concerns. At the same time, jihadis from several continents flocked to Syria, where an estimated 150,000 people were dead after three years of civil war and millions fled their homes. Is there a thread linking these far-flung events, all high on the West’s list of security priorities?
The role structured government corruption may play in exacerbating international insecurity is often overlooked. Corruption is typically seen as a pathology, a fraying at the edges of a system or, at worst, a sign of system failure. But currently, Western governments and key business actors are not well set up to respond in this holistic way.
A better understanding of acute and structured corruption as a functioning system, and of how it interacts with other risk factors to exacerbate threats to international security, could better public- and private-sector decisionmaking in a number of ways. Contribute to more sustainable peace deals by reducing the distortion of negotiations between governments or between governments and insurgent groups that often hampers post-conflict consolidation. As a result, a more sophisticated understanding of acute corruption could reduce the need for military interventions once crises erupt by helping head them off through more effective use of nonmilitary policy instruments, before conflict actually breaks out.
An overlay of well-known indices tracking corruption on the one hand and violence or instability on the other reveals a visible correspondence: countries characterized by severe corruption also tend to suffer conflict or state failure (see figures 1 and 2). While such simple correlations are arresting, they are not very informative about the dynamics of systemic corruption and how, precisely, it may threaten global security.
Pinpointing a correlation between failing states and states that are seen as corrupt, moreover, proves nothing about causation.
Finally, the notion that disintegrating states pose dangers to their neighborhoods constitutes little more than a tautology.
To usefully build on the correlations between severe corruption and threats to international security, closer examination is needed of both the ways corruption is structured in a given country and the independent risk factors with which it interacts. At issue in this context is not garden-variety corruption, the kind that exists in every country. But the situation is qualitatively different when a country harbors endemic corruption that pervades the political system, or when the critical levers of government action are captured—resulting in a veritable repurposing of the state to the material benefit of a few elite networks.
The first consists of those whose corruption is relatively structured, whose governing systems have been bent to benefit one or a very few cliques, best thought of as networks.
Control over legislative systems further guarantees corrupt networks’ ability to achieve their objectives. William J Burns retired as the deputy secretary of state in 2014, and is currently the president of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, among the most influential think tanks in Washington DC. There has often been the search for the next big idea in Indo-US ties after the nuclear deal. As our relationship matures, it will be difficult to replicate dramatic bilateral initiatives like the civil nuclear deal. I have long believed that terrorism, festering tensions between India and Pakistan, and the risk of conflict between these two nuclear powers is one of the most underappreciated threats to regional and indeed global security. Since the P5+1-Iran framework agreement in Lausanne, there appear to be divergent interpretations emerging from Washington and Tehran about what it really means. The understanding announced in Lausanne on April 2 is an important step forward in what has been a long and complicated diplomatic road. The parties are now engaged in the difficult, painstaking work of negotiating the details of the agreement – from the verification and enforcement provisions to the choreography of sanctions relief.
The world has seen increasing rifts between US administration and the Congress on foreign policy issues, including Iran.
Do you think the nuclear understanding with Iran will open up diplomatic possibilities for US to help restore some order in parts of the region, or does US run the risk of alienating its older allies and aggravating the security dilemma? While I hope over the long-term for an easing of Iran’s regional behaviour and an opening up of a very young Iranian population to the rest of the world, I do not assume that progress on the nuclear issue will lead anytime soon to relaxation of tensions with Tehran on other regional problems, or to normalization of United States-Iranian relations. That means we must work to reassure our partners in the region, whose concerns about both Iranian threats and the impact of a nuclear deal are palpable.
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In his address, the High Commissioner touched upon India’s unique geographical location and key global and regional developments influencing India’s security environment and highlighted that India’s unique geographical position, maritime as well as continental entity, with its footprints and interests reaching well beyond South Asia and positioned as a bridge between different parts of Asia such as West Asia, Central Asia, East Asia etc. He underlined the transformation of global and regional balance of power, in which the risk of direct conflict between major states has markedly receded; transnational challenges like terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, energy security, climate change and the prolonged economic crisis have become the primary threats to global peace and stability. He emphasized the need for a collective global response to these challenges and especially the ones emanating from non-states actors, failed or weakened States. He drew attention to international terrorism as possibly the pre-eminent threat to global peace and security while pointing out India’s own experience as a victim of cross border terrorism for over two decades.
The High Commissioner highlighted that India’s overriding foreign and defense policy objective is to secure a peaceful and enabling international environment, both in the neighborhood and globally, so as to concentrate on domestic priorities of nationhood and inclusive development while ensuring independence and autonomy in India’s decision making. He underlined that another vital objective is to protect and safeguard India’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and to deal with non-traditional threats to security which are increasingly becoming trans-national in character. The High Commissioner drew attention to the fact that India has never pursued aggressive or expansionist policies and India’s armed forces have always been used to defend the motherland against external aggression. India’s defense preparedness and credible deterrence includes nuclear doctrine of credible minimum deterrence, which envisages no first use of nuclear weapons, non-use against non-nuclear weapon states and voluntary moratorium on further nuclear tests.
The High Commissioner emphasized that a natural corollary of India’s non-aligned foreign policy has been to enhance engagement with all the major countries of the world, which has resulted in substantial strengthening of our relationship with all the major countries and regions of the world and India’s rapid economic and social transformation since early 1990s has provided opportunities to meaningfully engage with the rest of the world in an unprecedented manner. India, at the same time, has been in the forefront of promoting South-South cooperation and continues to give highest priority to closer political, economic and other ties with our neighbors in South Asia and extended neighborhood. He also referred to India’s successful “Look East Policy” launched in 1990s which is based on a cooperative paradigm of positive inter-connectedness of economic and security interests. High Commissioner Kantha highlighted that India is Sri Lanka’s closest neighbor and our bilateral relationship is extremely strong, anchored in common civilization heritage, shared interests and interlinked destinies. He underlined that India has consistently stood for a united, strong and prosperous Sri Lanka and the defense cooperation between the two countries encompasses a wide array of activities such as high level exchanges, training, joint exercises and exchange of goodwill visits by Naval ships of the two countries.
Indian High Commissioner’s address was followed by an interactive session in which he responded to interesting questions raised by student officers.
2016 Tamil Nadu poll scenario: PWF’s CM candidate Vijayakanth to launch poll campaign today! Amid a maze of car repair shops in Haiti's gritty capital, Andre Eugene pitches a shredded tire he found atop a towering sculpture he built out of rusty engine parts, bed springs and other castoff junk. The Haitian sculptor is a founding member of Atis Rezistans, a shifting collective of artists who recycle whatever useful scraps they can find to give a raw, physical shape to the spiritual world of Voodoo as the religion is known by Haitians, and weigh in on the country's chronic political and economic troubles. While Haiti's established galleries were slow to warm to the scrap sculptors of the capital's impoverished Grand Rue neighborhood, bustling with furniture-makers and other craftsmen, the artisans working with recycled materials have been embraced by a number of international art connoisseurs and academics. Over the last decade, the work of Atis Rezistans has been exhibited in cities such as Paris, London, and Los Angeles. Haitian art has long had a reputation for imaginative richness, and wealthy international collectors including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and filmmaker Jonathan Demme sought out self-taught painters colorfully evoking the everyday lives of Haitians or depicting dreamlike scenes. The materials that form the sharp-edged sculptures include automotive fragments, carved wood pieces, broken TVs, discarded toys and even real human skulls collected at a cemetery of mausoleums where bones were scattered by grave robbers.
Many of their artworks are a nod to Baron Samedi, the Vodou god of the dead, and his rambunctious offspring, Gede. Perhaps their most acclaimed collaborative creation has been a mashup of high art-meets-developing world called the "Ghetto Biennale." Every two years, international artists come to the Grand Rue neighborhood in a kind of cross-cultural festival that leaves the door open for just about anything.
The Ghetto Biennale takes a form developed for European art fairs and radically subverts it, according to Anthony Bogues, a Brown University professor who co-curated a 2011 exhibition of Haitian art at the Providence, Rhode Island school. Posted in the US newspaper's idea section alongside an op-ed with the title "The GOP must stop Trump", the mock-up appeared three months before the Republican Party convention confirms its White House nominee. A number of mainstream US newspapers, from The New York Times to The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post have taken strong positions in their editorial pages against Trump's election bid, urging Republicans to reject the populist rhetoric against migrants, Muslims or women that has fueled his campaign. Back on the real-life campaign trail, Trump hit back, telling supporters the newspaper was "stupid". One mock-up article features US soldiers refusing to obey orders to kill the families of Islamic State fighters, another has a Republican-controlled Congress passing a libel law targeting "absolute scum" in the press - both riffs on campaign pronouncements by Trump. Although Trump leads the Republican primary race, he is projected to lose in a landslide in a general election matchup against the likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. But the paper's editorial warned that the prospect - however slim - of the billionaire real estate mogul winning the highest office in the land "demands an active and engaged opposition".
A cease-fire that took effect in Yemen at midnight was largely holding on Monday despite some violations by rebel fighters, said a general loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. The general accused the Iran-backed Shiite rebels of violating the cease-fire on several fronts since it entered into force on Sunday.
The breaches occurred in the cities of Taez in southwestern Yemen and Marib east of the capital Sanaa, and the province of Jawf farther to the north, he said. A rebel missile fired toward Marib from the region of Sanaa was intercepted soon after the cease-fire began, he added. In Taez, the military commission in Yemen's third largest city said it had recorded "12 cease-fire violations by the rebels". Loyalist and rebel forces have pledged to honor the UN-brokered cease-fire, adding to cautious optimism ahead of new talks to reach a lasting peace deal. There are renewed hopes the truce can form the cornerstone of a long-lasting peace deal that can be hammered out from April 18 in Kuwait.
Three earlier attempts collapsed after a Saudi-led coalition in March 2015 began airstrikes to support the Hadi government and push back the Huthis who overran Sanaa in September 2014 before advancing to other regions. Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, carry the coffin of a fellowHouthi whowas killed during fighting against Saudibacked Yemeni forces in Marib province, a fewhours before the start of a fresh ceasefire in Sanaa, Yemen, on Sunday.
So, get your water guns ready for the three-day nationwide street party that begins on Wednesday to mark the Thai New Year.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand expects this year's holiday will generate more than $427 million for the tourism sector and attract half a million visitors in a span of five days. Songkran, as the festival is known, has the spirit of a soggy Mardi Gras and is a major tourist attraction. Rare controversy has preceded this year's water fight, with environmentalists and other critics calling for festivities to be curtailed. Seventeen of Thailand's 77 provinces have been declared drought zones with the lowest level of rainfall in more than two decades.
And yet Thailand's government is playing down the dry spell and says it is powerless to crimp such a popular national holiday. In 2011, TAT used the holiday to organize a Guinness World Record attempt for the world's largest water pistol fight, drawing more than 3,400 people to a 10-minute shootout in central Bangkok.
The prime minister, a former general who has dictatorial powers after toppling a civilian government in 2014, has bristled at the notion of canceling Songkran. More than 250 Malaysian schools were closed on Monday due to a heatwave brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon which is severely affecting food production and causing chronic water shortages in many countries. Authorities ordered schools in the states of Perlis and Pahang to shut after temperatures soared above 37 C over a 72-hour period, according to local reports. The education ministry said the decision was made to protect the health of some 100,000 students, the official news agency Bernama reported.
The sweltering heat in Malaysia has reportedly slowed vegetable production, leading to price hikes. January and February 2016 smashed global temperature records, the World Meteorological Organization said in March, attributing the highs to the "unprecedented" advance of climate change. Many parts of Asia have been affected by the strong El Nino dry spell which has also hit agriculture in Thailand and the Philippines. The 18-year-old, named as Bourhan Hraichie, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm and intentional choking following the incident after lockdown at the medium-security Kempsey prison north of Sydney last week. He reportedly assaulted his cellmate then used a razor blade to carve "e4e" into his head, an apparent reference to the Islamic State group's "eye for an eye" mantra, before placing a towel on his face and pouring boiling water over him. The cellmate, who was rushed to hospital with injuries to his head and burns to the face, was initially reported to be a former soldier, although officials later distanced themselves from the claim.
New South Wales Corrections Minister David Elliott said he was outraged by the alleged attack. The manager of the facility has been suspended but the state's Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin denied Islamic radicalization was a big problem in the prison system. Steve McMahon, a spokesman for the Public Sector Association, which represents prison guards, told reporters Hraichie should have been segregated. The teenager, who has been transferred to a maximum-security prison, is due to face court in May.
Canberra has been increasingly concerned about homegrown extremism and raised its terror threat alert level to high in September 2014. The world's count of wild tigers roaming forests from Russia to Vietnam has gone up for the first time in more than a century, with 3,890 counted by conservation groups and national governments in the latest global census, wildlife conservation groups said on Monday. The tally marks a turnaround from the last worldwide estimate in 2010, when the number of tigers in the wild hit an all-time low of about 3,200, according to the World Wildlife Fund and the Global Tiger Forum. India alone holds more than half of the world's tigers, with 2,226 tigers roaming reserves across the country, from the southern tip of Kerala state to the eastern swamps in West Bengal, according to its last count in 2014.
But while experts said the news was cause for celebration, they stopped short of saying the number of tigers itself was actually rising. Still, this is the first time tiger counts are increasing since 1900, when there were more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. The global census, compiled from national tiger surveys as well as the International Union for Conservation of Nature, was released a day before ministers from 13 countries meet for three days in New Delhi. The countries teamed up with conservation groups after the disappointing count in 2010, and pledged to double wild tiger numbers by 2022. Migrants waged running battles with Macedonian police after they were stopped from scaling the border fence with Greece near the border town of Idomeni on Sunday, and aid agencies reported that hundreds of stranded travelers were injured. Macedonian police used tear gas, stun grenades, plastic bullets and a water cannon to repel the migrants, many of whom responded by throwing rocks over the fence at police. More than 50,000 migrants have been stranded in Greece after Balkan countries closed their borders to the massive flow of refugees pouring into Europe. Clashes continued in the afternoon as migrant groups twice tried to overwhelm Macedonian border security. The aid agency Doctors Without Borders estimated that their medical volunteers treated about 300 people for various injuries. A five-member migrant delegation approached Macedonian police to ask whether the border was about to open. Giorgos Kyritsis, a spokesman for the government's special commission on refugees, said Macedonian forces had deployed an "indiscriminate use of chemicals, plastic bullets and stun grenades against vulnerable people". Kyritsis said the Idomeni campers should "not believe the false rumors spread by criminally irresponsible individuals and to cooperate with Greek authorities that guarantee their safe transfer to organized temporary hospitality locations". Many migrants expressed confusion over the situation, unaware that European Union governments support Macedonia's decision in early March to block the migrant flow from northern Greece. A family with toothpaste smeared over their faces as a protection against tear gas, moves to safety as migrants clash with Macedonian police in the northern Greek border village of Idomeni, on Sunday.
Thousands of people were gathered at the temple at Kollam in the state of Kerala on Sunday for the pyrotechnic show to mark the start of the Hindu year when sparks ignited a cache of fireworks stored inside the temple grounds. The district administration said it had not given permission for the fireworks display following complaints of noise. An officer said the 20 people taken into custody were employees of a fireworks manufacturer who was given the contract for running the show at the Puttingal Devi temple. The head of the manufacturing unit was injured, one of 383 people who are being treated in hospitals across the state with burns and injuries caused by flying concrete and debris.
Kerala is studded with temples managed by rich and powerful trusts that often flout local regulations. On Monday, relatives of the victims were scouring the temple grounds for possessions of their loved ones among the shoes, handbags and other articles strewn in a pile of debris and a puddle, dark with blood. The scale of the tragedy has ignited demands that firework shows be banned at crowded places in Kerala.
Opposition politicians led by Rahul Gandhi also visited the temple site, demanding a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire which took place amid a state election to choose a new assembly. At least 112 people were killed in a massive fire at a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala Sunday. March 23, 2010: At least 24 people were killed in a massive fire at the iconic Stephen Court building on Kolkata's Park Street. Sept 5, 2012: At least 54 people were killed by a devastating fire that engulfed a fireworks factory in Tamil Nadu. Dec 28, 2013: At least 23 people, including two children, were killed in a fire that broke out on an air-conditioned coach of an express train in Andhra Pradesh. In an election marred by allegations of vote-buying and a day after an attack left seven people dead, Fujimori, 40, had a double-digit lead over the second-place contender, centrist rival Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, 77. But since Fujimori fell short of 50 percent, she must now face Kuczynski in a second round vote on June 5. Both have promised to boost the economy and fight crime in this South American mineral-exporting country of 30 million people. Fujimori was on top with 39.18 percent of votes in line with exit polls, after nearly half of the ballots were counted. Observers complained that the electoral process was undermined when half the candidates dropped out or were excluded from the running under a tough new electoral law. Keiko, daughter of former leader Alberto Fujimori, survived attempts to ban her from the race and mistrust over her father's legacy.
Alberto Fujimori's dark decade in power from 1990-2000 lives in the memory of many Peruvians. Keiko Fujimori waves to supporters and media after voting in the presidential election in Lima, Peru, on Sunday. Two militants were killed and a third blew himself up in an attempt to attack a police station in southern Russia on Monday, police said, adding that no police officers or civilians were hurt. Pakistan has raised the death toll from the quake that struck the country the day before, saying five people were killed.
Russia has delivered the first part of an advanced missile defense system to Iran, Iranian media reported on Monday, starting to equip Teheran with technology that was blocked before it signed a deal with world powers on its nuclear program.
A former journalist accused of belonging to al-Shabab was executed in the Somali capital for killing five Somali journalists. The World Food Programme on Sunday delivered aid by air for hungry people trapped in the besieged city of Deir Ezzor, an area controlled by Islamic State group. Pirates off the coast of Nigeria have attacked a Turkish cargo ship, kidnapping six crew members in a region which has seen increasing piracy in recent years, a Turkish maritime news agency reported on Monday. A tense, divided Brazil held its breath and braced for disturbances on the streets on Monday ahead of a vote to decide whether President Dilma Rousseff should face impeachment. Action was scheduled to kick off with a congressional commission's nonbinding vote at about 5:00 pm on whether to recommend impeachment.
Then on Friday, the full lower house is expected to open debate, with a vote either on April 17 or April 18. The commission appears poised to call for Rousseff's impeachment, based on allegations that she fiddled accounts to mask the dire state of the government budget during her 2014 re-election. The latest survey of the 513 deputies by Estadao daily on Sunday showed 289 in favor, still short of the 342 needed to carry the motion.
With Latin America's biggest country gripped by recession, political paralysis and a vast corruption scandal, the stakes are huge and passions on both sides intense. If the case is taken up by the Senate after being confirmed by the lower house, Rousseff would have to step down for up to 180 days while a trial is held. Temer would also remain president if a two-thirds majority in the Senate votes to depose Rousseff.
There's a new face on Sesame Street - a sassy, fun 6-year-old Afghan puppet girl called Zari, with purple skin, an orange nose and multicolored hair, an infectious giggle and outfits to please Afghanistan's broad kaleidoscope of ethnicities and cultures. Zari will wear a headscarf with her school uniform, which unlike that for girls across Afghanistan will not be black - Sesame Street characters do not wear black - but pale blue. Sesame Street's new character, a sassy, fun 6-year-old Afghan puppet girl called Zari, interacts with a child during a recording session ahead of her television debut on Afghanistan's local production of the show in Kabul. She is a "universal character", according to the team in Kabul that helped create Zari as the first Afghan character on the long-running children's show, already the most popular in Afghanistan where children have taken Grover and the Cookie Monster to their hearts.
Zari - whose name means "shimmering" in Afghanistan's two official languages, Dari and Pashtu - made her debut on Thursday on the fifth season of Afghanistan's local production of the show called Baghch-e-Simsim, which translates as Sesame Garden. She joins Sesame Street's multicultural lineup, which includes Muppets in Bangladesh, Egypt and India who each do separate segments on their own national programs. Zari, too, will have two segments in each show, one on her own and another in which she interviews people from a wide range of backgrounds aiming to educate her young audience about such things as the importance of study, exercise and health. While many of the show's characters are non-gender specific, the Kabul producers said they felt it was important to make the Afghan character a girl to help overcome the endemic misogyny that is often excused as part of the country's cultural and religious heritage.
The goal in bringing Sesame Street to Afghanistan had always been to eventually have an indigenous character, said Clemence Quint, program manager for Lapis Communications, the Afghan partner of the Sesame Street Workshop, which has produced Sesame Street in New York since 1969.
The two production houses worked together with Afghanistan's Education Ministry to develop a Muppet that fit into every Afghan's vision of their nation, while still conforming to the values that have made Sesame Street one of the world's most successful children's television programs, she said. Her skin and hair were also designed to ensure that Zari cannot be identified with any specific ethnicity, but rather with all of them, Quint said. Afghanistan has been at war for almost 40 years, since the 1979 Soviet invasion and the subsequent war that lasted a decade.
But his plan may prove too much even for a show known as an annual celebration of weirdness, held this year in Stockholm, Sweden, in May.
The act by the lanky 21-year-old with a mane of reddish blond hair was dreamed up by Viktor Drobysh, a well-known Russian producer with a strong Eurovision track record.
Eurovision, now in its 61st year, features acts ranging from the brilliant to the bizarre and pulls in a TV audience from around the world. Ivan will represent Belarus, a former Soviet republic located between the European Union and Russia.
Eurovision is known for its wacky outfits - from Finland's 2006 winner Lordi in their monster masks to Ukraine's 2007 drag queen contestant Verka Serduchka in her disco-mirrored headdress. But Ivan has been dubbed in some reports as possibly the songfest's weirdest contestant yet, something he takes as a compliment.
He says he and Drobysh thought long about possible costumes, but ultimately decided on none at all, to show "nature and man are together".
The Islamic State group has released most of the 300 cement workers it abducted near Damascus after questioning them to find out who were Muslims and killing four who were members of the minority Druse sect, a Syrian opposition monitoring group and a news agency linked to the extremists reported on Saturday. The reports came two days after IS abducted the cement workers and contractors from al-Badia Cement Company in Dumeir, just northeast of the capital, after a surprise attack on government forces. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said all those abducted have been released except for 30 people who were guards at the cement factory. The IS-affiliated Aamaq news agency said most of the 300 were released after questioning to determine their religion and whether they support the government.
The Druse, a 10th Century offshoot of Shiite Islam, made up about 5 percent of Syria's prewar population of 23 million people. Aamaq also released a video from inside the cement plant, about 45 kilometers northeast of Damascus, showing trucks and bulldozers in the sprawling facility. Government forces and insurgents meanwhile clashed near Handarat, just north of the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest, activists said. Elsewhere in northern Syria, a mine left behind by IS near the Kurdish town of Kobani killed at least four children and wounded several others late on Friday. Kobani-based Kurdish official Idriss Naasan told The Associated Press that the children were shepherds who took their sheep and goats to graze in Darb Hassan on Friday. Also in Syria's north, a senior official with al-Qaida's local branch appeared in a video during which he denied reports by state media that he was killed in the northwestern province of Idlib.
A Saudi citizen, al-Mheisny had been fighting in northern Syria for months, serving both as a senior religious and military commander with the al-Qaida branch, known as the Nusra Front. Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi underwent successful eye surgery on Saturday, a senior party official said, weeks after the 70-year-old's fledgling administration took power.
He declined to comment on the specific nature of the operation but said it was minor and that Suu Kyi, who is state counselor and foreign minister, would return to hospital for surgery on the other eye on April 16.


Photos published by local media showed Suu Kyi at the hospital with her personal doctor Tin Myo Win, one of the few people permitted to visit her during the 15 years the military kept her under house arrest in her crumbling Yangon mansion.
He said President Htin Kyaw had also arrived at the hospital to see Suu Kyi after the operation.
Suu Kyi and her party took their seats in government last month following a massive election win in November, forming the first civilian administration in decades. The nation's constitution bars Suu Kyi from the presidency but her role as state counselor allows her to wield influence across the cabinet and parliament. At least 53 other soldiers were wounded in Saturday's daylong clashes with the Abu Sayyaf militants and allied gunmen in the hinterlands bordering the towns of Tipo Tipo and Al-Barka on Basilan island, regional military spokesman Major Filemon Tan and other army officials said. The large combat casualties were reported as the Philippines marked the Day of Valor on Saturday to remember Filipino veterans who died in World War II. Government forces were deployed to kill or capture Abu Sayyaf commander Isnilon Hapilon, who has publicly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and has been hunted for years for his alleged involvement in several terrorist attacks, three military officials told The Associated Press on Saturday. Washington has offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to Hapilon's capture and prosecution. The Abu Sayyaf militants, many of whom were armed with M203 grenade launchers, apparently managed to reinforce their ranks quickly as the fighting raged and gathered between 100 and 150 fighters, allowing them to inflict heavy casualties on government troops, the officials said. Among the slain militants was a Moroccan, who was identified as Mohammad Khattab, and a son of Hapilon, Tan said, adding about 20 other gunmen were wounded. It's the largest single-day government combat loss this year in the south, where the military has been battling Muslim separatist rebels, extremists, and leftist guerrillas. Last year, 44 police commandos were killed in clashes with various Muslim insurgent groups in southern Mamasapano town while on a covert mission that was fraught with faulty planning and execution but nevertheless killed a top Malaysian terror suspect in Southeast Asia.
Outrage over the police deaths stalled a peace deal with the largest Muslim insurgent group some of whose fighters got entangled in the fighting.
The United States and the Philippines have separately blacklisted the Abu Sayyaf as a terrorist organization for carrying out deadly bombings, extortion, kidnappings for ransom, and beheadings of locals and foreigners, including Christian missionaries in the south. More than a decade of US-backed Philippine offensives have weakened the Abu Sayyaf, but it remains a key security threat. Pakistani official Arif Ullah told The Associated Press that the magnitude-7.1 quake was centered near Afghanistan's border with Tajikistan. Ahmad Kamal, a spokesman at National Disaster Management Authority, said they have not received any information about damages from the earthquake-hit areas. However, he said that post-quake landslides were a potential threat, and said he had asked regional authorities to prepare for all possible contingencies. A Pakistani student, Kiran Saeed, said she was studying at home when her chair shook and initially she thought someone had deliberately pushed it. Sahiba Bibi, an Islamabad resident, said she almost fell to the ground when the tremors began. Sunday's earthquake was the strongest one since October when magnitude-7.5 earthquake damaged thousands of homes in the northwest. In addition to Pakistan and India, the quake was felt in Afghanistan, said the US Geological Survey, which placed it at a depth of 210 kilometers. There were no immediate reports of injuries and the USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties or damage.
A massive fire broke out during a fireworks display in a Hindu temple in south India early on Sunday, killing more than 100 people and injuring at least 200 others, officials said. The fire started when a spark from the unauthorized fireworks show ignited a separate batch of fireworks that were being stored at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravoor village, a few hours north of Kerala's state capital of Thiruvananthapuram, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the state's top elected official. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) arrives at a hospital to meet the injured victims of a fire, which broke out at the Puttingal Devi temple, in Kollam in the southern state of Kerala, India, on Sunday. Thousands had been packed into the temple complex when a big explosion erupted around 3 am, officials said. Most of the 102 people died when the building where the fireworks were stored collapsed, Chandy told reporters at the temple complex. Local TV channels broadcast images of huge clouds of white smoke billowing from the temple, as fireworks were still going off in the night sky.
The temple holds a competitive fireworks display every year, with different groups putting on successive light shows for thousands of devotees gathered for the last day of a seven-day festival honoring the goddess Bhadrakali, a southern Indian incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali. This year, district authorities denied permission for the fireworks display, Chief Minister Chandy said. The state's High Court had earlier mandated that fireworks must be stored more than 100 meters from temples - orders that were flouted at the Paravoor temple, said Loknath Behera, a top police official.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the accident as "heart-rending and shocking beyond words". Krishna Das, a resident of Paravoor village, said he had started walking away from the temple as the fireworks display was about to end when a deafening explosion followed by a series of blasts went off.
Many of the buildings within a kilometer of the temple were damaged with cracks in the walls or broken window panes from the impact of the explosion, Das said.
With his win on Saturday in Wyoming, Sanders has now won seven of the last eight state contests. Clinton, looking right past the Wyoming results, told a crowd in Brooklyn that she needs a big win in New York on April 19 to help her quickly lock up the Democratic nomination. Trump organized late in Colorado and left the state convention up to his organizers, and spent about a half-hour on Saturday touring the National Sept 11 Memorial and Museum in lower Manhattan.
He and Clinton found a rare point of agreement in poking back at Cruz for his earlier criticism of "New York values". Trump's campaign said in a statement after his museum visit that the site was "symbolic of the strength of our country, and in particular New Yorkers, who have done such an incredible job rebuilding that devastated section of our city. Clinton, for her part, told a Latino crowd in Brooklyn, that "I actually think New York values are really good for America".
The poll also showed growing support for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a potential 2018 presidential bid, another boost for the ruling Workers Party as it fights opposition leaders' efforts to impeach Rousseff.
The survey was the first to gauge support for a possible impeachment of Vice President Michel Temer, who will become Brazil's president if Rousseff is suspended in coming weeks to face impeachment hearings. Many analysts have questioned his capacity to muster a stable coalition with little popular support and many leaders of his PMDB party under investigation for alleged corruption. According to Datafolha, 61 percent of Brazilians want Rousseff to be impeached by Congress, compared to 68 percent in March.
If both are impeached and thrown out of office, 79 percent of Brazilians favor early elections, in which Lula would likely be a strong candidate.
Voting intentions for Lula rose to between 21 and 22 percent, depending on the election scenarios, Datafolha said.
The lower house of Brazil's Congress is expected to vote April 17 on whether to impeach Rousseff as she faces charges that she manipulated budget accounts in 2014 to boost her reelection prospects. The attackers who struck Brussels on March 22 initially planned to launch a second assault on France, Belgium's Federal Prosecution Office said on 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. Sunday's statement provides confirmation of what many have suspected: the series of raids and arrests in the week leading up to the Brussels attacks - including the capture of key Paris attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam - pushed the killers to action. Belgian police detained four men in Brussels raids over the weekend who were charged with participating in "terrorist murders" and the "activities of a terrorist group" in relation to the Brussels attacks. Abrini has acknowledged being the "man in the hat" spotted alongside the two suicide bombers who blew themselves up at Brussels Airport, officials said. Abrini was a childhood friend of Brussels brothers Salah and Brahim Abdeslam, both suspects in the Paris attacks, and he had ties to Abdelhamid Abbaoud, the Paris attackers' ringleader who died in a French police raid shortly afterward. The other suspects charged over the weekend were identified as Osama Krayem, who left the Swedish city of Malmo to fight in Syria and was described by one relative as having been "brainwashed". The past couple of days' developments represent a rare success for Belgian authorities, who have been repeatedly criticized for bungling the bombings investigation. Democratic People's Republic of Korea top leader Kim Jong-un supervised a successful test of a new engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile, media said on Saturday, in its latest report of advances in an arms programme that has attracted UN sanctions.
Six million Chadians began voting on Sunday in an election likely to see President Idriss Deby extend his 26-year rule in a country increasingly on the frontline of the global war on terror. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation on Sunday in the wake of a months-long political crisis that has paralyzed the government and frozen the release of vital Western aid. Cassoulet, the stick-to-your-ribs staple of French cooking combining beans and duck - at least in the original recipe - is spreading its wings as makers in southwestern France look to conquer the world palate. The drive to promote the dish rooted in the Hundred Years War is ambitious, according to Jean-Louis Male, the "grand master" of the guild based in the cassoulet capital, Castelnaudary. Now Poli's academy has teamed up with Male's guild to promote the dish around the world, working through France's diplomatic missions in countries including Canada, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Japan. The hearty stew has already made inroads in New York, where it is served in 30 restaurants, and it is gaining ground in Chicago and Houston.
In New York in September, 25 chefs competed in a "cassoulet-off" with Pierre Landet of the Felix restaurant triumphing in the category of authenticity.
The true origins of cassoulet are lost in the mists of time but are irrevocably linked to the Hundred Years War, the 116-year religious conflict between France and England in the 14th and 15th centuries. As legend has it, the residents of Castelnaudary invented the meal to combat famine while under siege by the British.
Proponents of cassoulet have made a virtual religion of it, with a guild donning red robes and hats for special gatherings.
The guild - the Grande Confrerie du Cassoulet de Castelnaudary - even has a hymn in its praise sung in the local Occitan language. An early high priest of cassoulet was Prosper Montagne, who in 1929 spoke of a trinity of recipes composed of Castelnaudary the Father, Carcassonne the Son, and Toulouse the Holy Spirit.
In 2011, Castelnaudary's market nearly erupted into violence when a mischievous British duo staged a stunt in which they professed to offer "genuine" cassoulet with flavours including orange marmalade and mint.
The name is said to come from the cassole, a large earthenware pot that the dish was originally cooked in.
Of 85,000 tons produced each year, 22,000 are top quality, Male said, adding that Castelnaudary represents 90 percent of the best quality cassoulet.
Waddling over the rocks, legions of penguins hurl themselves into the icy waters of Antarctica, foraging to feed their young. Like seals and whales, they eat krill, an inch-long (2.5 cm) shrimplike crustacean which forms the basis of the Southern Ocean food chain. But penguin-watchers said krill are becoming scarcer around the western Antarctic peninsula, under threat from climate change and fishing.
In a vast ocean whose water flows influence the whole planet, krill rely on the sea ice to protect them and provide algae to feed them while they grow. The peninsula has warmed by 3 degrees Celsius over the past half-century, according to groups such as the World Wildlife Fund. The International Union for Conservation of Nature said penguins and krill are both potentially threatened by future climate change.
Belgian prosecutors launched a fresh appeal on Thursday for help in finding the suspected surviving attacker of last month's Brussels airport bombings, releasing a video of the escape route taken by the so-called "man in the hat".
Police have been desperately searching for the third suspect ever since he was seen on CCTV next to the two suicide bombers who blew themselves up at the airport in coordinated attacks that also struck a Brussels metro station. A suspect in the attack which took place at the Brussels international airport is seen in this CCTV image. The newly released police video shows the man, wearing a dark hat and a light-colored jacket, fleeing the airport's departure hall after the bombs went off at 07:58 am on March 22.
CCTV footage shows him continuing his route on foot toward central Brussels where surveillance cameras lose track of him at 09:50 am. Along the way, the fugitive discarded his jacket and at one point appears to be on the phone. Investigators are urgently looking for the jacket, described in the statement accompanying the video as light "with a hood which is dark inside". Potential witnesses were asked to contact the police using a designated phone number and e-mail address.
Belgian authorities have been criticized for not doing enough to tackle the rise in homegrown extremism, as close links have emerged between the Brussels attackers and those behind the Paris terror assaults in November which left 130 dead.
A committee of French lawmakers probing the two major terror strikes in Paris last year met in Brussels with Belgian and European counterterrorism officials on Thursday.
Georges Fenech, who presides over the group, said that "it is important to make progress on cooperation" between France and Belgium, especially on intelligence sharing and criminal law policy. The sole surviving suspect in the Paris carnage, Salah Abdeslam, was arrested in Brussels on March 18, just around the corner from his family home, after four months on the run. He is currently being held in a prison in the northern Belgian city of Bruges, where he is awaiting extradition to France. He has told investigators he planned to blow himself up outside the Stade de France on Nov 13, but changed his mind.
His lawyer Sven Mary on Thursday said it would be "several weeks" before his client could be transferred to France, as Belgian investigators still want to question him about a police raid at a Brussels apartment on March 15.
The attacks have exposed a complex network of cross-border jihadist cells, putting pressure on European security forces to improve cooperation. A police source on the Greek island of Lesbos said 45 Pakistani men had been put on a Turkish ferry, despite efforts by activists to stop the second expulsion operation under an EU-Turkey deal that has been slammed by rights groups. A small group of activists who jumped into the water and clung onto the ferry's anchor were pried off by coast guard officers and briefly detained. A child cries as migrants clash with Greek policemen as they try to open the border fence at a makeshift camp at border with Macedonia on Thursday. Some 30 protesters also gathered at Lesbos' port, chanting "Stop deportations", "EU, shame on you" and "Freedom for the refugees". In Germany, Europe's top destination for refugees, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced that asylum applications had dropped 66 percent in March after a string of border closures in the Balkans halted the influx from Greece.
The highly disputed deal was designed to discourage people from making the perilous Aegean crossing from Turkey to Greece in flimsy boats, by presenting them with the threat of deportation straight back to where they came from.
For every Syrian refugee sent back to Turkey, one Syrian is supposed to be resettled in Europe. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the EU on Thursday that Ankara would drop the deal if Brussels fails to live up to its side of the bargain. Turkey's long-stalled accession process to join the EU is also supposed to be re-energized under the accord. Turkish coast guard operations to intercept migrants and clamp down on people-smugglers have helped sharply reduce the numbers arriving in Europe, with more than 65,000 people stopped from crossing the Aegean Sea since January, according to state media. Erdogan also argued Turkey deserves something in return for its commitment to Syrian refugees, on whom it has spent some $10 billion since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.
She came of age during the violent period of her father's rule in the 1990s which destroyed his marriage to her mother and landed him in jail for crimes against humanity. Alberto Fujimori's dark decade in power from 1990 to 2000 lives in the memory of many Peruvians, but Keiko proudly wielded the family name as she launched herself into politics. She misjudged voters' sensibilities when she pledged during the last election campaign in 2011 to pardon her father.
A scorpion rode on the back of a monkey crossing a river and half way across the scorpion stung him. And I think the key to understanding this is to understand that from their point of view, this is not seen as evil, ita€™s not seen as bad. The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) was founded by Hassan al-Banna in 1928 in opposition to Ataturka€™s abolition of the Ottoman Empire (Caliphate) in 1924 with secular Turkey in the aftermath of World War I.
The Jahili system can be seen in this video of Egyptian President Nassera€™s speech in the 50a€™s when he was cheered for mocking the hijab and Salafists. That system also existed in the new secular Turkey, where Islam was more suppressed than in Egypt.
In 1999 the World Health Org reported that 97% of Egyptian women had Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafis were on record supporting Islamic practices like killing apostates, amputating thieves, and FGM. But since that 2010 PEW poll in Egypt was published months before the Arab Springa„?, why were most Expertsa„? predicting a pluralistic government that respects universal human rights would be elected, and where were those votes supposed to come from?
Why is it that only the so called Islamophobesa„? warned at the start of the uprising in January 2011 that the Brotherhood was best positioned to takeover Egypt through elections, and if they did, predicted what it would look like?
Many Expertsa„? have been claiming for years that the new Brotherhood has Renounceda„? violence, respects Human Rightsa„?, is largely secular with no overriding agenda, and therefore must have the opposite goals and methods than the 3 key ideologues.
Raymond Ibrahim names the most notable 2012 Fatwas in Egypt, which got bolder under the Brotherhood. He twice turned down offers to be the Brotherhood Supreme Guide or General Leader (GL) - 1976 and 2004.
He drew the largest crowd of the 2011 Arab Springa„? to Cairoa€™s Tahrir Sq., around 2 million after being banned from the country for decades.
You have seen the 3 Key Ideologues whose influences are a€?impossible to exaggeratea€? according to Professor John Esposito. 5th GL: Mustafa Mashhur (1996-2002) He said the MB differed from al Qaeda only in its tactics, not in its goals. 6th GL: Ma'mun al-Hudaybi (2002-2004) - As GL, he was one of the first to welcome and justify the assassination of Egyptian secularist Faraj Fawda after a group at al-Azhar accused him of blasphemy. In fact, a document called The Project was seized in the raid of a luxurious villa in Campione, Switzerland in November 2001. Included in the Swiss seizure was The Project - a 14-page plan written in Arabic, dated 1982, which outlines a strategy to a€?establish an Islamic government on eartha€?. Ita€™s a flexible, multi-phased, long-term approach to the a€?cultural invasiona€? of the West using various tactics, ranging from immigration, deception, political legitimacy, and terrorism.
Developing a comprehensive 100-year plan (already 30 years old) to advance Islamist ideology worldwide. Avoiding open alliances with known terrorist organizations and individuals to maintain the appearance of a€?moderationa€?. Establishing financial networks to fund the work of conversion of the West, with full-time administrators and workers. Involving ideologically committed Muslims in institutions on all levels in the West, including government, NGOs, private organizations. Infiltrating and taking over existing Muslim organizations to realign them towards the MBa€™s collective goals.
Cultivating an Islamist intellectual community, including the establishment of think-tanks and advocacy groups, and publishing a€?academica€? studies to legitimize Islamist positions.
Instrumentally using existing Western institutions until they can be put into service of Islam. Instituting alliances with Western a€?progressivea€? organizations that share similar goals. Supporting jihad movements across the Muslim world through preaching, propaganda, personnel, funding, and technical and operational support.
Adopting the total liberation of Palestine from Israel and the creation of an Islamic state as a keystone in the plan for global Islamic domination. Instigating a constant campaign to incite hatred by Muslims against Jews and rejecting any discussions of conciliation or coexistence with them. What Tamimi describes is that The Project would militarize the Palestinian MB by reviving the terrorist a€?secret apparatusa€?, which eventually resulted in HAMAS December 1987. During a traffic stop of Ismail Elbarasse, police discovered he was a Hamas operative wanted on a Material Witness warrant in a Hamas case out of Chicago. Many of these documents were entered into evidence at the largest successfully prosecuted terrorism financing and Hamas trial in U.S.
Holy Land Foundation (HLF) was the largest Islamic non-profit in the United States and was a Hamas entity. There is a significant Muslim Brotherhood Movement in the United States which began in the 1950a€™s. The first national Islamic organization, the Muslim Students Association, was created by the Muslim Brotherhood.
The most prominent Islamic organizations in North America are controlled by the Brotherhooda€™s Movement to include, but not limited to:A  Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), Muslim Students Association (MSA), International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) which was demonstrated to be a Hamas entity in US. ICNA is partnered with the Muslim American Society (MAS), and their training program to Muslims across North America includes the call to a€?wage wara€? against all systems of government not under Islamic rule, and calls Muslims to a€?hate and despisea€? all un-Islamic governments. That was the same Brotherhood advising the US government, which is why Western leaders agree the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam, despite a mountain of evidence that all the Islamic State is doing - beheadings, crucifixions, massacres, sexual enslavements, and the subjugation of religious minorities - is rooted in Islamic theology, and so called denunciation by stealth jihad groups in the US on theological grounds are bogus.
The process of settlement is a a€?Civilization-Jihadist Processa€? with all the word means. In other words this strategy has already been operative in America for at least 27 years as of 2014! Political, military, law enforcement, media, and religious leaders are being duped across America by the Brotherhood leadership.A  The approach tactics differ depending on the targeted organization a€“ ie for media the approach may be a a€?civil rightsa€? basis, while for Christian leaders it will be based on the Muslimsa€™ claiming they are a€?also followers of Jesusa€?A without the explanation that to the Muslims, Jesus was a Muslim prophet. Here is an example of that: In a 2011 LA Times op-ed, MPAC president Salam al-Marayati threatened the FBI with a total cut-off of cooperation between American Muslims and law enforcement if the agency failed to revise its law enforcement training materials by eliminating all references to Islam that CAIR and other MB front groups claimed were offensive. Our entire national security apparatus is focused on the threat of the violent Jihadis around the world. Qutb and al-Banna would be amazed if they knew the Brotherhood would take over Egypt with the help of the U.S. Yet, American political leaders from both parties continue to disparage this request in personal terms, giving clear indication they are completely ignorant of the facts in this matter. The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest Muslim Brotherhood (MB) organization in North America, created to be the a€?nucleusa€? for the Islamic Movement, according to MB documents seized by the FBI in Annandale, Virginia in 2004.
Because of the evidence ISNA is a Brotherhood front, as well as the numerous financial documents detailing money going directly from ISNA and their banks to Hamas entities overseas, ISNA is an unindicted co-conspiratorA in the largest Hamas trial ever successfully prosecuted in U.S. When ISNA filed a motion with the federal court to have their name removed from the unindicted co-conspirator list, the government stated that ISNA exists to be a financial support entity for Hamas. ISNAa€™s two key directors and its President, Mohamed Magid, all work with Secretary Clinton and her office.
Are Senator McCain and Speaker Boehner aware that ISNA President Mohamed Magid spoke at a Counter-Terrorism training program at CIA Headquarters at Langley last week? 3) Eboo Patel - member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. 6) Imam Mohamed Magid - see above, advisor to Department of Homeland Security and Secretary of State, president of ISNA. With all that influence ita€™s not surprising Obama handed the 2011 Arab Spring in Egypt to the Brotherhood, and in 2013 will not say a word to support the people demonstrating against the Brotherhood beginning to institutionalize universal human rights abuses. John Brennan, CIA director nominee, is uniquely unqualified to be the CIA director as evidenced by him being the architect of the outreach program to the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States as well as in the Middle East. In 2014 the United Arab Emirates insists CAIR is a terrorist organization after the State Department asks why. A month later Obama revealed he just met with Muslim leaders (again) tied to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Ita€™s a myth that Islamic Extremistsa„? tend to come from less education, more poverty or local grievances.
As I read essays about the Brotherhood that named people, orgs, companies, etc, I found many foreign names that started to sound the same.
Here are some of the sharia authorities employed by important Western financial institutions, including 5 from the US MB at a Glance Chart. Edina Lekovic is the Communications Director of MPAC held an Interfaith Dialogea„? with Jamal Badawi, an associate of Qaradawi, at UCF where someone was ejected for asking a question about Reliance of the Traveller. Moderatea„? Jimmy Carter,A MPAC's Lekovic & Director Tarin Dr. Here is a list of stories showing the Egyptian Brotherhood has not moderated since the Arab Springa„?. Yet despite the Brotherhooda€™s stated intentions and reaching many of their goals with White House support, in 2013 three times Pulitzer Prize winning Middle East Experta„? Thomas Friedman blamed global warming for the outcome of the Arab Springa„?. Security Council called the Ebola outbreak in Africa "a threat to international peace and security" Thursday, and urged the world to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies to combat the rapidly accelerating and deadly virus. President Barack Obama for sending 3,000 troops to provide expertise in logistics, training and engineering. It calls for the lifting of travel and border restrictions imposed as a result of the Ebola outbreak, a resumption of shipping and air service to the affected countries, and stepped-up efforts to deliver health workers and supplies. Security Council vote to adopt a resolution declaring Ebola a "threat to international peace and security," on Thursday, Sept.
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Policymakers and private companies often pay insufficient attention to corruption when deciding what foreign and defense policies to pursue or where to invest. It combines with other risk factors, such as ethnic, religious, or linguistic rifts in a population or severe economic disparities, to increase the likelihood of a security challenge.
Gather information on the structure of ruling networks, the levers of power and revenue streams they capture, and other risk factors with which acute corruption may be interacting. Policymakers and business executives alike should conduct nuanced cost-benefit analyses before deciding to invest in a systemically corrupt state. Decisionmakers should take advantage of the wide variety of available tools and leverage when approaching corrupt countries (see appendix in full paper).
In Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents were exacting a record toll on local security forces as North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops were leaving a still-unstable country in the wake of their withdrawal.


Consequently, much of the work to devise remedies is entrusted to aid agencies and local civil society actors, whose hard-fought efforts strive for small-scale, concrete successes. Governments have been repurposed to serve an objective that has little to do with public administration: the personal enrichment of ruling networks. Information on the organization, manning, and practices of kleptocratic networks in key countries is not systematically gathered. Or, where intervention has taken place, it could increase the chances of achieving security objectives by improving operations.
Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index does a great service by focusing world attention on the problem of corruption and mobilizing efforts to fight it. Could a reputation for chaos merely be translating into a reputation for corruption, muddying the analytical waters? Such public-sector criminality is never to be condoned, and it presents its own security hazards. In Algeria and Pakistan, the ruling network is co-equal with the primary instrument of force: the army. Arranging technical legality for corrupt activities by way of legislation that suits them is a hallmark of kleptocracies. Banks tendered loans to Ben Ali insiders with no expectation of recovery—except as a punishment. He has worked extensively on relations with India as well as Russia, Iran, and the Middle East. A real strategic partnership between major powers is not just about one-off major initiatives but also about the practical application of the partnership across the wide array of issues where our interests increasingly converge – from building order and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific to countering WMD proliferation and combating violent extremism and terrorism which threaten our liberal democratic societies. Is a part of US attention to India driven by the need to manage China’s ambitions in the region? While there is no question that we have strong views about the emerging order in the Asia-Pacific and that our Indian counterparts broadly share those views, it is neither the purpose nor intention of US policy to use the strategic partnership with India to contain China. In your assessment, is there any change in the attitude of the military-intelligence establishment towards terrorist groups who use Pakistan as a base to attack India?
As someone who has dealt with Iran, how do you see the framework agreement and the challenges ahead in getting to a final pact?
It builds on the November 2013 interim agreement, which emerged out of the quiet backchannel talks we conducted with Iran, after 35 years without sustained diplomatic contact. They are more focused on getting this right than getting it done quickly, which I think is absolutely the right instinct.
Our partnership with India is a very good example of what bipartisan consensus looks like and what it can achieve.
Congressional sanctions against Iran helped build the leverage necessary for diplomatic progress and helped make possible the historic opportunity we have to complete a comprehensive agreement. He underlined the major risks associated with weapons of mass destruction possibly falling into the hands of terrorists and non-state actors and to the increased incidences of piracy, gun running and terrorism in the Indian Ocean region.
He also underlined India’s recognition that transnational challenges can be addressed only through global efforts.
India has never sent troops abroad except for UN peace keeping operations or at the express specific request of the legitimate government of the country concerned.
He underlined that India’s defense preparedness has not been at the cost of development and India’s defense expenditure remains modest at around 2% of the GDP and in per capita terms is among the lowest in the world. He noted that there is a growing appreciation of India’s relevance and role in addressing cross-cutting global issues and India today is today a net provider of security in domains ranging from maritime security to UN Peace keeping operations and one of the engines helping to pull global economy out of recession. In recent years, the relationship has been marked by close contacts at the highest political level, growing trade and investment, cooperation in the fields of development, education, culture and defence, as well as a broad understanding on major issues of international interest. The event concluded with the presentation of a memento to the High Commissioner by the Commandant, Staff College. There are sculptures included in the permanent collections of museums, including the Frost Art Museum in Miami. And even though found-object creations have been part of the poor country's art for decades, experts say there has been nothing like the in-your-face works of Atis Rezistans.
There's plenty of evidence of playfulness and irreverent theatricality, such as a skull-topped figure with a stethoscope, snake sculptures with scales of inlaid bottle caps and much frank sexual imagery. But the country's government wants visitors from around the globe to know that the biggest water fight in the world is still on. Revelers line the streets, or prowl the roads in pickup trucks, armed with buckets, water guns or hoses and douse anyone in sight. Paddy fields and rubber plantations have also been affected by the severe temperature rise.
In other words, it may just be that experts are aware of more tigers, thanks to better survey methods and more areas being surveyed. While Russia, India, Bhutan and Nepal all counted more tigers in their latest surveys, Southeast Asian countries have struggled.
Around 11,000 remain camped out at the border with Macedonia, ignoring instructions from the government to move to organized shelters as they still hope to reach Western Europe.
The increasing use of tear gas reached families in their nearby tents in Idomeni's makeshift camp. Many said they were responding to Arabic language fliers distributed on Saturday in the camp urging people to attempt to breach the fence on Sunday morning and "go to Macedonia on foot".
When Macedonian police replied that this wasn't happening, more than 100, including several children, tried to scale the fence.
But he said the blame for Sunday's trouble had to be shared with those in the camp spreading rumors of border openings.
They expressed reluctance to accept Greek offers of better accommodation far away from their often muddy, cold border encampment. Each year temples hold fireworks displays, often competing to stage the most spectacular ones, with judges who decide the winners.
In what was described as the worst fire tragedy in any hospital in India, at least 89 persons were killed, most of whom were suffocated to death by poisonous smoke. This is a great responsibility, which we are going to honor", she told cheering supporters. In the second round, unusual coalitions can be built to bar someone's path," said Gaspard Estrada, executive of the OPALC think tank.
The courts held him responsible for the massacre of 25 people he said were terrorists in 1991 and 1992.
The identity of the militants who attacked the police station in the town of Novoselitskoye in the Stavropol region was not yet clear. A provincial disaster management agency also said five others were injured in the quake in northwestern Pakistan. Hassan Hanafi Haji, who was extradited from Kenya last year on the request of the Somali government, was executed by firing squad at a police academy in Mogadishu on Monday. The food assistance has reached the besieged parts of the city for the first time since March 2014. Her vice-president, Michel Temer, who has gone over to the opposition, would take the reins. Her costumes incorporate fabrics and designs from all Afghanistan's ethnic groups - predominantly Pashtun, Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara. And while there is no rule on nudity, spokesman Paul Jordan said this is "not appropriate" for a family show. The soldier is responsible for tasks that include defusing explosives and removing land mines. It said four workers who belonged to the minority Druse sect were killed and 20 pro-government gunmen are still being held. In the western part of Aleppo province, troops backed by Lebanon's Hezbollah fighters battled militants in Khan Touman and al-Ais, where insurgents last week killed more than two dozen Lebanese militants and government forces, according to activists and state media. The Observatory said four children were killed and six wounded when the mine exploded in the village of Darb Hassan.
When they opened the door to a house, the mine exploded, killing four children and wounding the rest. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the military assault.
With an unwieldy collective of preachers and outlaws, it vowed to wage jihad, or holy war, but lost its key leaders early in combat, sending it on a violent path of extremism and criminality. We came out of the home and everyone was reciting verses from Quran," she told the AP from Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad. Successive explosions from the building storing the fireworks sent huge chunks of concrete flying as far as a kilometer, according to resident Jayashree Harikrishnan. He said he saw scores of people running away, chased by fire and chunks of concrete and plaster from the temple building. They were used to rush the injured to hospitals in the nearby cities of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram. The Republicans, too, are trying to scoop up delegates out West while bidding for some New York love. But his latest victory did nothing to help him in the delegate chase: He and Clinton each got seven delegates. Ted Cruz completed his sweep of Colorado's 34 delegates by locking up the remaining 13 at the party's state convention in Colorado Springs. In all cases, he was competitive with environmental activist Marina Silva and outperformed leaders from the main opposition party, the PSDB. Fifty-three percent of respondents said they would not vote on Lula under any circumstances. It didn't provide any details on the initial plot or its targets and the office couldn't immediately be reached for further comment. A subsequent explosion at Brussels' Maelbeek subway station killed another 16 people the same morning.
One of them, Mohamed Abrini, has also been charged in relation to the Paris attacks, prosecutors said.
Surveillance footage has also placed him in the convoy with the attackers who headed to Paris ahead of the Nov 13 massacre. Brahim Abdeslam blew himself up in the Paris bombings while Salah Abdeslam was arrested in Brussels on March 18 - four days before the attacks there - after a four-month manhunt.
Despite the progress, Brussels remains under the second-highest terror alert, meaning an attack is still considered likely. The engine was ignited at Kim's command and released a fiery blast, and the test showed the indigenously designed rocket fulfilled all required conditions, the DPRK's Korean Central News Agency said. Deby, the warrior president who took office in a 1990 military coup, faces 12 challengers but is widely expected to win a fifth term after consolidating his grip on power in this central African nation.
The tough-talking prime minister's decision comes barely two months after he survived a no-confidence vote in his government.
It's a keystone species for everybody," said Ron Naveen, leader of the US conservation group Oceanites, as penguins squawk on the rocks behind him.
Last week police asked all residents and business owners in the Brussels region who have external surveillance cameras not to delete any footage from March 15 onward.
Even though the Brotherhood was outlawed for decades in Egypt they were tolerated to some extent which allowed them to change the society gradually. This practice is sanctioned by Reliance of the Traveller and other authoritative Islamic sources. So ita€™s not surprising that a year after the 2011 Arab Springa„?, after the Brotherhood initially said they would not take a leadership role in the Egyptian opposition coalition, they and the Salafis won a combined 80% of Egypta€™s Parliamentary vote, then Brotherhood candidate Morsi was elected president, soon began controlling the press, forced out military chiefs, granted himself sweeping new powers, and drafted a new sharia constitution that passed in public referendum, all before the end of 2012. There is so much known about the MB in their own words, the fact there is still any debate at all about what their goals and methods are shows how extraordinarily successful their deception has been. Wrote Jihad is the Way, cautions Muslims not to rush to Jihad until Jihad is prepared and timed fully for maximum benefit. The target was Youssef Nada, director of the Al-Taqwa Bank of Lugano, who had active association with the Muslim Brotherhood for more than 50 years and admitted to being one of the organizationa€™s international leaders. US and Swiss investigators had been looking at Al-Taqwaa€™s role in money laundering and funding a wide range of Islamic terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda and HAMAS. According to testimony given to Swiss authorities by Nada, the unsigned document was prepared by a€?Islamic researchersa€? associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
As can be seen in a number of examples throughout the West a€“ the plan outlined in The Project 30 years later in 2012, has been overwhelmingly successful. The 1st Caliph Al Bakr al-Baghdadi has a PH.D in Islamic Studies and was a Muslim Brotherhood leader before he rampaged across Syria and Iraq to create the new Caliphate. The Ikhwan [Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and a€?sabotaginga€? its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Goda€™s religion is made victorious over all other religions.
In approximately 1993, the Brotherhood begins establishing between 80 and 120 new non-profit organizations annually.
The latest blast came from leaders in the GOP, publicly defending a senior advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to the U.S. The federal judge agreed stating the government provided a€?ample evidencea€? and left ISNA on the list. McCain and Speaker Boehner aware that Secretary Clintona€™s official position on the so-called a€?Arab Springa€? was that it was a freedom movement led by students who organized on Twitter?
Or that ISNA advised Senator Richard Durbina€™s Senate committee before his hearings in the summer of 2011?
Also a presenter at John Espositoa€™s Georgetown conference in 2008 Is There a Role for Shari'ah in Modern States? 5 of those leaders are covered in the Key Faces of US MB, and Tariq Ramadan has his own page. Videos have come to light in which he [President Morsi] lashed out against Jews with venomous hatred, referring to Qura€™anic curses of them as a€?apes and pigsa€? and declaring that there could be no negotiations with Israel. In the course of the investigation conducted by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, we discovered that there were at least four hundred visits in the three years between 2009 and 2012 to the White House of radical Islamic groups, some of whom were unindicted co-conspirators in terrorism trials, but all of whom had been involved in establishing radical Islamic rhetoric, including support for Hamas, Hezbollah, denigrating the US, calling this a war against Islam by the United States.
I couldna€™t tell if I came across someone already, and if I did who or what they were connected to. In 2005 he already demonstrated his astounding ignorance of Islam and therefore the Middle East, when he nominated Grand Ayatollah Sistani for a Nobel Peace Prize, and even insisted he was serious. Margaret Chan said the "deadly and dreaded Ebola virus got ahead of us," and it was now time to urgently catch up. Ban also read the names of about 20 other countries that have responded with contributions, and urged all nations coming to the U.N. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Burns spoke on issues ranging from US government's foreign policy to P5+1-Iran framework agreement. If these values were to fray, the relationship would inevitably fray as well, which would serve neither of our interests. While we should not define our relationship purely around dramatic bilateral initiatives, we should still continue to think ambitiously, especially about issues like sustainable development, climate change, defense cooperation, and trade.
As PM Modi heads to Beijing, what would be your assessment of the US-India-China relationship?
In fact, we strongly believe that a thriving China is good for China, good for the United States, and good for India.
There is often a sense in Delhi that US has not used its leverage enough with Pakistan to reform its behaviour.
I wish there was a quick and neat way to achieve more dramatic and durable gains, but it is going to take continued engagement and sustained efforts over many years. The parameters detailed in the Lausanne joint statement outline a solid comprehensive agreement that would verifiably close off Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon. If we are to successfully tackle the challenges we face across a very complicated international landscape, we will need to renew and revitalize this consensus. I remain optimistic that Congress will vote in favor of a strong, verifiable, comprehensive nuclear agreement. Taking a firm stance against threatening Iranian actions in the region, from Syria to Yemen, not only shores up anxious longtime friends. The government has instructed the Tourism Ministry to make sure foreign tourists don't misunderstand the severity of the drought and cancel holiday plans out of concerns the water supply will be cut off, he said.
Some areas are closed to traffic for wet and wild street parties with loud music, booze and dancing.
They are also behind the others in conservation measures, and do not yet conduct a tiger census on their own. The Stavropol region is close to the North Caucasus, where an Islamic insurgency has simmered for years.
It said 20 homes were damaged in Sunday's magnitude-7.1 quake in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which borders Afghanistan. A total of 20 tons of urgently needed food supplies - mainly beans, chickpeas and rice - were dropped by an aircraft.
At the end of 2015, pirates kidnapped crew members from Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland in the area. Ambulance sirens went off, and in the darkness no one knew how to find their way out of the complex," he said.
He already had collected 21 delegates and visited the state to try to pad his numbers there. However, 40 percent rated him as Brazil's best president ever, well above the second in the list, his predecessor Fernando Henrique Cardoso, with 14 percent of mentions in the poll. Investigators have found intimate links between the cell behind those attacks and the group that killed 130 people in Paris on Nov 13. He said President Petro Poroshenko's party had already nominated parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman to his post and that he would not stand in the way. If the European Union does not take the necessary steps, then Turkey will not implement the agreement," he said. See how much it changed under gradualism while Turkey did not during the same time by comparing these 2010 PEW poll results taken just before the Arab Springa„? 2011. More later on his ties to al Bannaa€™s grandson Said Ramadan, and Nadaa€™s Swiss Nazi banking connections going back to the 1950a€?s in the US MB History at a Glance Chart.
Here is video of Islamic State stoning woman to death for adultery, which Islamic law permits because Mohammad did it.
Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. Today, there are over 2,000 Islamic non-profit [501(c)(3)] organizations in the United States.A Not all are controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, but many are. Later in 2012 Obama picked Marayati, who defends Hamas and Hezbollah, to represent the US at a human rights conference.
But again in a June 2012 post on Twitter, Billoo wrote as a a€?public service announcementa€™ that, a€?ita€™s never a good idea to speak to an FBI agent without an attorney. A three-judge appellate panel unanimously agreed and left ISNA on the unindicted co-conspirator list. She blocked Middle Eastern Christians' access to White House to discuss their fear of sharia coming to Syria like it did in Egypt. The OIC is in a full-scale campaign to intimidate Western governments into adopting Hate Speecha„? codes that will effectively quash criticism of Islam - including quoting what theologians and jihadists say. Those who are protesting against his regime, on the other hand, are in favor of genuine democratic rule, without Sharia restrictions on the freedom of speech and its denial of equality of rights to large segments of the popular. Sistani is also serious about his interpretation of Koran 9:28, posting for years on his website that all non-Muslims are as filthy as dogs, pigs, semen, poop, urine, and the sweat of animals that eat dogs, pigs, semen, poop, or urine.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, announces initiatives for the fight against Ebola during a meeting of the council at U.N. Experts and specialized departments working on the issue are rarely at the table when critical decisions are made.
There, under Mubarak, Gamal’s crony capitalist network captured its own armed branch, the detested Amn al-Shurta, or auxiliary police, omnipresent throughout Egyptian life.
I think the President’s remarks are not a message or a warning, but simply an expression of his strong commitment and desire to make sure we sustain the forward momentum both governments have worked so hard to build. The 21st century Asia-Pacific we seek is one in which India, the United States, China and all the states of this region and beyond enjoy good relations.
Much has been made of the parties’ divergent public interpretations, but what actually matters is the fine print of a comprehensive agreement.
The hard truth is that it is very hard for us to build coalitions abroad in support of our values and interests if we fail to build them at home.
It also is the best way to produce Iranian restraint, much as a firm stance on sanctions helped persuade Iran to reassess its nuclear strategy. Jayakrishna, said he planned to file a petition before the Kerala High Court on Monday curbing the use of fireworks. The more time goes by, the easier it is to see, and as the MB imposes Islamic Human Rightsa„? in Egypt, with a new epidemic of rape, and calls by prominent clerics to destroy Egypt's Great Pyramids begin. The OIC seeks to re-establish the global Islamic State (Caliphate) and implement Islamic Law. This individual's immediate family founded a Muslim Brotherhood front group which, at a minimum, raises questions about Abedina€™s position inside the government. If Abedin is not aware ISNA is a Hamas support entity, she is incompetent at her job and should be relieved of her duties. Secretary of State refer to the Muslim Brotherhooda€™s revolution in the Middle East this way? Is the Secret Service aware that the leader of a Hamas support entity has been coming into the White House? They are insufficiently resourced even to carry out the relatively marginal tasks they are assigned. In Ben Ali’s Tunisia, the army was excluded from the workings of the kleptocracy and the police provided the ruling network with muscle.
Rather than seeking to divide Asia, we have consistently pursued policies that aim to unite and connect the region – strategically and economically. You think to yourself - are you telling me a billion people really are hell-bent on subjugating the world? Here is a video of a Jordanian pilot being burned to death, which Islamic law also permits.
If we keep in mind that from the Brotherhood perspective, this is an Influence Operation, not a a€?terrorista€? operation, their operation here might beginA to make a little more sense. Or that Mohamed Magid has worked with the National Security Council and sits on the Department of Homeland Securitya€™s Advisory Committee?
The only two mass popular uprisings in Muslim countries that he has not supported have one thing in common: both have been against pro-Sharia Islamic supremacist regimes.
They are striving in the way of Allah, a Muslim mansa€™s burden to do their part to Liberatea„? the world from the Oppressiona„? of man made secular law. Ita€™s useful at a glance, but if you are really skeptical there is so much info here that you could spend hours on it to see their country of origin, education and degrees held, professional history, leadership positions held in these orgs (ie, Founder, Director, President), criminal convictions if any, political connections, and timeline. Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Beijing is a good opportunity to deepen those connections and to find ways to strengthen cooperation and manage areas of competition.
The Muslim Brotherhood, like the OIC and Al Qaeda, seeks to re-establish the global Islamic State (Caliphate) and implement Islamic Law. Since Abedina€™s parents co-founded the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs with backing from the Muslim Brotherhooda€™s Muslim World League, questions about her loyalty and affiliations are not only proper; they are required as a matter of policy for such a position in our government. Perhaps the influence exerted by the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhooda€™s Hamas-supporting entity ISNA has something to do with it. Are the American people aware that the very agencies legally charged to support and defend the Constitution and this nation are working with the leader of a known Hamas-supporting entity? For the moment just glance at them to see how big and unified the spiderweb of relationships is. All of the enemy doctrine can be found on the internet, in books, in speeches, in their training curricula, and coming out of their mouths on a daily basis.A When the MB says they have a€?renounced violencea€? they are a€“ hold onto your hats a€“ lying. But because it is the Muslim Brotherhood, which many American leaders have either coddled, worked with, or ignored, these five Members of Congress who are abiding by their oaths of office and asking for a legitimate investigation into this potentially damaging espionage issue, are being attacked by Senator McCain and Speaker Boehner.
Myers says it is obvious all these leaders must be aware of the general methods and long term goals.
And it was seen as a good thing, just like a€?The White Mana€™s Burdena€? was articulated as - we need to bring civilization to the savages, for their own good. Here are 27 well educated US operatives named in a 2013 Egyptian newspaper investigative report. There are MB branches in around 70 countries, and these charts show just the tip of the U.S. Whether ita€™s done through violence, force, colonialism, conquest or whatever, it is the same exact thing in Islam. The more I read the longer it got, and eventually I had to call it good enough to make an exclamation point!



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