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A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu has killed at least 20 people, police say. Stampa E-mail
Sabato 14 Ottobre 2017 15:29

Somalia: At least 20 dead in Mogadishu blast


Many others were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.

Images from the scene show the area has been completely devastated. Police say the death toll may rise.

It is not clear who staged the attack. Mogadishu is a regular target for the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab group, which is battling the government.

Police captain Mohamed Hussein told Reuters news agency: "It was a truck bomb. There are casualties but we do not know the exact amount as the scene is still burning."

Witnesses told the BBC they believed dozens of people were dead.


A BBC Somali reporter at the scene said the Safari Hotel had collapsed, with people thought to be trapped under the rubble.

Mogadishu resident Muhidin Ali told news agency AFP it was "the biggest blast I have ever witnessed, it destroyed the whole area".


source bbc.com

Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. Stampa E-mail
Martedì 10 Ottobre 2017 13:45

North Korea 'hackers steal US-South Korea war plans'


Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country's defence ministry.

The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea.

They also include reports to the allies' senior commanders.

The South Korean defence ministry has so far refused to comment about the allegation.

Plans for the South's special forces were reportedly accessed, along with information on significant power plants and military facilities in the South.

Mr Rhee belongs to South Korea's ruling party, and sits on its parliament's defence committee. He said some 235 gigabytes of military documents had been stolen from the Defence Integrated Data Centre, and that 80% of them have yet to be identified.

The hack took place in September last year. In May, South Korea said a large amount of data had been stolen and that North Korea may have instigated the cyber attack - but gave no details of what was taken.

North Korea denied the claim.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports that Seoul has been subject to a barrage of cyber attacks by its communist neighbour in recent years, with many targeting government websites and facilities.

The isolated state is believed to have specially-trained hackers based overseas, including in China.

North Korea has accused South Korea of "fabricating" the claims.

News that Pyongyang is likely to have accessed the Seoul-Washington plans for all-out war in the Koreas will do nothing to soothe tensions between the US and North Korea.

The two nations have been at verbal loggerheads over the North's nuclear activities, with the US pressing for a halt to missile tests and Pyongyang vowing to continue them.

The North recently claimed to have successfully tested a miniaturised hydrogen bomb, which could be loaded onto a long-range missile.

In a speech at the UN in September, US President Donald Trump threatened to destroy North Korea if it menaced the US or its allies, and said its leader "is on a suicide mission".

Mr Kim responded with a rare statement, vowing to "tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire".

Mr Trump's latest comment took the form of a cryptic tweet at the weekend, where he warned that "only one thing will work" in dealing with North Korea, after years of talks had proved fruitless. He did not elaborate further.


source bbc,.com

AUTARQUICAS 2017: Almada e Barreiro, dois bastiões históricos dos comunistas, passaram para o PS. Stampa E-mail
Lunedì 02 Ottobre 2017 18:32

CDU perde dez câmaras, nove para o PS e uma para independentes

No balanço da noite eleitoral, as contas da CDU saldam-se pela perda de dez autarquias, nove das quais passam para as mãos dos socialistas. É o caso de dois bastiões históricos dos comunistas. Almada, município que era do PCP desde as primeiras eleições locais, em 1976, terá agora como presidente de câmara a socialista Inês de Medeiros, que venceu as eleições por 213 votos. O Barreiro, que há três mandatos estava sob gestão da CDU, também votou ontem maioritariamente no PS. No distrito de Setúbal, o partido de Jerónimo de Sousa viu ainda cair o município de Alcochete.

No Alentejo, a CDU perdeu a câmara do Alandroal (distrito de Évora). Mais a sul, passaram para o PS Barrancos, Castro Verde, Moura e a própria capital de distrito, Beja.

 A coligação, que junta PCP e PEV, perdeu também para os socialistas a câmara de Constância, em Santarém, e Peniche, no distrito de Leiria, esta para um grupo de independentes. Neste último caso a CDU passou de partido maioritário, com três vereadores, a quarta força política, com apenas um eleito no executivo municipal...................



A gunman fired hundreds of bullets at festival-goers in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Stampa E-mail
Lunedì 02 Ottobre 2017 13:47

More than 50 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert.

 Suspected gunman Stephen Paddock                                     Undated image

A gunman, named as 64-year-old Nevada resident Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel towards an open-air music festival attended by 22,000.

Police say he killed himself as officers stormed the room where 10 guns were found.

The attack is the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

US President Donald Trump tweeted his "warmest condolences and sympathies" to the victims and their families, and called the shooting "terrible".

Sheriff Joe Lombardo described the shooting as a "lone wolf" attack and there was no information about Paddock's motives.

"We have no idea what his belief system was," he said.


source bbc.com

As the NFL community began to speak out against Trump’s comments on Sunday Stampa E-mail
Domenica 24 Settembre 2017 20:06

NFL players, owners defy Trump on anthem protests


SOMERSET, N.J.,/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - National Football League players sat out, knelt and linked arms during pre-game national anthems played across the country and in London on Sunday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump called on fans to boycott teams that do not discipline players who protest.

In the first few games since Trump stepped up his criticism of NFL players, dozens of players and coaches of teams including the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins did not stand for the anthem and took a knee, a gesture that began last year as a protest over police treatment of African-Americans and other minorities.

The Pittsburgh Steelers waited off the field during the national anthem before their game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago to avoid “playing politics” in divisive times, coach Mike Tomlin said.

In Detroit, several members of the Lions knelt while singer Rico Lavelle dropped to one knee and pumped a fist in the air at the end of his performance of the national anthem.

And in Philadelphia, city police officers joined with Eagles and rival New York Giants players and Eagles team owner Jeffrey Lurie to link arms during the anthem in a sign of solidarity.

Trump made a series of comments over the weekend criticizing players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” Trump wrote on Sunday morning on Twitter. “Fire or suspend!”

In another tweet, Trump, who is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, said that the “league should back” fans who are upset about the protests.

The form of protest began in 2016 when then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick put one knee to the ground during pre-game renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Several players have since made similar gestures.

Kaepernick initially started his protests last year by sitting during the anthem but when critics said it was a sign of disrespect, he instead took to kneeling.

At a political rally on Friday in support of his favored Senate candidate in a special election in Alabama, Trump suggested any protesting football player was a “son of a bitch” and should lose his job.

The comments criticizing African-American athletes, who are taking a stand against institutional racism and inequality, stirred up Trump’s conservative base as he grapples with North Korea’s nuclear threats, an investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and ties to Trump associates while also struggling for a legislative win on healthcare in Congress.

As the NFL community began to speak out against Trump’s comments on Sunday, including people he considers friends and allies, Trump took to Twitter again on Sunday afternoon.

“Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!” he wrote.

In a follow-up Tweet, Trump announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team, which won the Stanley Cup, accepted his invitation to the White House. “Great team!” he wrote.


On Sunday morning, NFL managers, coaches and owners began to weigh in on the feud, criticizing the president for calling out players’ political dissent.

New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, who has dined with Trump and who the president considers a friend, criticized Trump and defended players’ right to protest.

“I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the president on Friday,” Kraft said in a statement. Kraft said he supports his players’ “right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner they feel is most impactful.”

Over a dozen Patriots players and coaches knelt or linked arms, including quarterback Tom Brady, who Trump had namedropped as a friend when he was on the campaign trail. Brady placed one hand on his chest and used the other to link arms with his teammates.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan linked arms with team players in solidarity at the game against the Ravens in London’s Wembley Stadium. Khan donated $1 million to the Trump inauguration fund..........................


SOURCE  James Oliphant, Valerie Volcovici http://www.reuters.com

25 SETTEMBRE 2017 Stampa E-mail
Sabato 23 Settembre 2017 15:11

A Guide to the Kurdish Independence Referendum


Kurdish nationalist movements have dreamed of an independent state ever since the breakup of the Ottoman Empire early last century and the birth of the modern Middle East. Now, Iraq’s Kurds are taking steps toward that elusive goal. They’re scheduled to vote Sept. 25 in a referendum on statehood. Leaders of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region say a “yes” verdict will mark the beginning of a separation process rather than an abrupt splintering from the rest of the country. Iraq’s national government, as well as the country’s neighbors -- many with their own restive Kurdish minorities -- oppose the vote and have threatened to undermine moves toward secession.

1. What’s the likely outcome?

Judging by massive pro-independence rallies, it won’t even be close. Crowds have filled the streets of Erbil, the region’s capital, and other towns dancing and waving Kurdish flags. The 900,000 people registered to vote will be asked one question: “Do you want the Kurdistan region and the Kurdistani areas outside the region’s administration to become an independent state?” More than 98 percent of Iraqi Kurds voted for independence in a 2005 referendum that did not result in statehood. Kurdish President Massoud Barzani has said this year’s vote is different because it’s organized by the regional government whereas the previous one was arranged by activists without official approval.

2. Is there any organized opposition?

Businessman Shaswar Abdulwahid Qadir has led a "Not for Now" campaign. He says the referendum is being held to distract from pressing problems that he argues the Kurdish Regional Government has failed to address. These include a shortage of basic services and a financial crisis sparked by a drop in oil revenue and an influx of refugees who fled the 2014 advances of militants of the Islamic State. Some Kurds object to the referendum because, they argue, President Barzani is using it to entrench the rule of his Kurdistan Democratic Party, whose struggle for preeminence with its rival, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, erupted into civil war in the 1990s.

3. Who’s voting?

The vote will be held in the three governorates officially ruled by the KRG, as well as in disputed areas currently controlled by Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga. The Kurds expanded their domain in 2014 when, faced with Islamic State attacks, the Iraqi army deserted the oil-rich city Kirkuk. The Kurds took parts of the city and its environs and now control significant oil exports. Pre-referendum warnings against secession by Iraq’s national government may be more widely heeded in Kirkuk.

4. What happens after votes are tallied?

There’s no mechanism for a part of Iraq to secede, and Kurdish officials from the president down say they will take their time arranging a divorce. Some observers contend that the Kurdish leaders don’t actually intend to pursue a split but rather want to use the referendum results to force the national government to resolve long-standing arguments over territory and revenue from oil sales. Among the biggest points of contention is the future of Kirkuk, which along with nearby oil fields produces about half a million barrels of crude daily. The national government says it owns Kirkuk and won’t negotiate it away.

5. Does Kurdish statehood have any backing?

Not really. Iraq’s parliament and top court have declared the vote unconstitutional. Neighbors Iran and Turkey oppose both the vote and statehood, which they see as a precedent that could encourage Kurdish separatists in their own countries. The U.S. is pushing the Kurds to postpone the referendum, arguing it will add to instability at a crucial point in the fight against Islamic State. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the same point and urged the Kurds to resolve their issues with the national government through diplomacy. Israel and Russia, the top funder of Kurdish oil and gas deals, are the only major players in the Mideast that haven’t called on Iraq’s Kurds to cancel the plebiscite; Israel alone has encouraged the Kurds.

6. What might opposing states do?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened sanctions against the Kurdish region if the vote goes ahead. The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, warned that Iran would close border crossings and cancel security agreements with the Kurds in the event of secession. Many analysts say irate neighbors are likely to wait and see what emerges from any talks between the regional and national governments following a “yes” vote rather than rush to action.

7. Could Kurdistan survive on its own?

 The Kurdish region has its own state institutions and armed forces, which have played a leading role in pushing Islamic State to the brink of military defeat in Iraq. It has also developed its own energy sector. But the region is landlocked, relying on Turkey and Iran for trade routes. Notably, it exports oil through a pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean. If its neighbors were to shut it off, the region’s economy would shrivel.

8. What sets Kurds apart?

Numbering about 30 million in all, the Kurds are an Indo-European people whose traditional Kurdish homeland is today divided among Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. Kurds have their own language and are mostly Sunni Muslims. In Iraq, Kurds make up about a fifth of the country’s 38 million people. When Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq, he displaced and killed countless members of the community, using chemical weapons at times. They were protected from such ravages when U.S.-led forces imposed a no-fly zone over Kurdish territory after the 1991 Gulf War. The enclave won a large degree of autonomy under the post-Saddam Iraqi constitution agreed in 2005. Kurdish nationalism deepened as the peshmerga scored battlefield successes against Islamic State and brought Kirkuk into the area under their control.


SOURCE  Caroline Alexanderhttps://www.bloomberg.com

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