Saturday, June 20, 2015

US: Iran's sponsorship of global terror is 'undiminished' PressTV-‘ | Access to Iran military sites forbidden’ | Children raped, castrated, thrown into fires in South Sudan: | UN Saudis said set to build 16 nuclear reactors with Russian help | Putin reaffirms Russia's support for Syria's Assad - Middle East Updates - - Haaretz Daily | Israeli man killed in West Bank terror attack | Oren: Obama may reach out to Islam because 2 Muslim father figures abandoned him | Putin, Erdogan meet face to face, but don't see eye to eye | Wikipedia releases warning on Turkey’s censorship, monitoring | Opposition battles collection of medical records in Turkey - Middle East News: 20/06/15 07:22 - 19/06/15 04:51

Iran's leaders attend a 2013 ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Khomeini at his shrine just outside Tehran (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)

Children raped, castrated, thrown into fires in South Sudan: UN

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JUBA, South Sudan — Warring forces in South Sudan have carried out horrific crimes against children, including castration, rape and tying them together before slitting their throats, the UN has said.
“Survivors report that boys have been castrated and left to bleed to death… girls as young as eight have been gang raped and murdered,” UN children’s agency UNICEF chief Anthony Lake said in a statement released earlier this week.
“Children have been tied together before their attackers slit their throats… others have been thrown into burning buildings.”
Tens of thousands are believed to have been killed in the 18-month war, although there is no clear toll. At least 129 children were killed in May in the northern state of Unity, scene of some of the heaviest fighting in the civil war, UNICEF added.
Civil war began in December 2013 when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of planning a coup, setting off a cycle of retaliatory killings across the country that has split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines.
It has been characterized by ethnic massacres, rape and the use of child soldiers.
South Sudan national army soldiers patrolling the town of Bentiu. (Simon Maina/AFP)
South Sudan national army soldiers patrolling the town of Bentiu. (Simon Maina/AFP)
“The violence against children in South Sudan has reached a new level of brutality,” Lake added. Thousands of children have also been abducted to fight.
“Children are also being aggressively recruited into armed groups of both sides on an alarming scale – an estimated 13,000 children forced to participate in a conflict not of their making,” Lake added.
“Imagine the psychological and physical effects on these children – not only of the violence inflicted on them but also the violence they are forced to inflict on others.”
A quarter of a million children face starvation, while two-thirds of the country’s 12 million people need aid, with 4.5 million people facing severe food insecurity, according to the UN.
“In the name of humanity and common decency this violence against the innocent must stop,” he said.
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Three people arrested at Turkish border for chemical smuggling worth $2.5 million

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Two smugglers of Georgian origin have been arrested at Turkey’s northeastern border for attempting to smuggle caesium and a mercury-like substance, with a combined estimated market value of $2.5 million. 
Customs and law enforcement officers caught the suspects after the alarm of the x-ray body scanner was triggered on June 19, as the smugglers tried to enter the country through the Sarp border crossing in the northeastern province of Artvin. 


 Further screening revealed that the suspects were carrying 1.24 kilograms of caesium in two glass tubes and 48.23 grams of the mercury-like substance in six tubes, as well as nine precious stones of different sizes and colors. 
After the police questioned the suspects under custody, a 60-year-old Turkish citizen was also detained for his involvement with the smugglers.
All three suspects were taken a court, which ruled for their arrest. 
Reports indicate that the tubes containing caesium and the mercury-like substance were turned over to officials of the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority.
Smuggling of “orphaned” radioactive sources has become widespread since the collapse of central authority in former USSR states with the disintegration of the Soviet Union. 
The 
Black Sea
 region has since become an important route in chemical smuggling, with 630 incidents reported between 1991 and 2012, according to a report prepared for the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium.     
While the first incident in Turkey occurred in 1993, Turkey is the country with the third highest number of recorded incidents, after 
Russia
 and Ukraine, the report also states.
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Middle East Updates / Putin reaffirms Russia's support for Syria's Assad - Middle East Updates - - Haaretz Daily Newspaper

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Latest updates:
4:29 P.M. Putin reaffirms Russia's support for Syria's Assad
President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed Russia's support for Syrian leader Bashar Assad on Friday and said he opposed external interference to try to end the conflict there. 
Speaking at an economic conference in the city of St Petersburg, Putin also said Russia was concerned that fighting could worsen in Syria and come to resemble the conflict in Libya. (Reuters)
2:05 P.M. Palestinians call truce in Lebanon camp after deadly clashes 
A truce was reached Friday between rival Palestinian factions in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon, a day after fighting left two people dead, sources inside the camp said.
At least 10 people were wounded in the clashes, which erupted Thursday in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp between members of the militant al-Maqdsi Movement and rivals close to the Fatah party, which governs the West Bank, the sources said.
Hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades were used in the violence, they said. (dpa)
11:15: A.M. Kidnapped Tunisian diplomats freed and back in Tunisia, foreign minister says
Ten Tunisian diplomatic staff kidnapped by gunmen from the consulate in Libya's capital a week ago have been freed and are back in Tunisia, Tunisian Foreign Minister Taieb Bakouch told Reuters on Friday. 
Three of the 10 had been freed earlier in the week, but Bakouch said all the staff were now back in Tunisia.
He gave no details about negotiations to free the staff and no group had claimed responsibilty. But their release came shortly after a Tunisian court ruled to extradite a Libyan being held in Tunisia to face terrorism charges. (Reuters)
10:30 A.M. Al-Qaida in North Africa: Algerian militant Belmokhtar is alive
Al Qaeda's North Africa branch has denied reports that Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a major figure in insurgencies across North Africa and the Saharan border region, was killed in a U.S. air strike in Libya.
SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors radical Islamist organizations in the media, cited a statement from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb posted on Twitter declaring that Belmokhtar, also known as Khalid Abu al-Abbas, is alive.
"The mujahid commander Khalid Abu al-Abbas is still alive and well, and he wanders and roams in the land of Allah, supporting his allies and vexing his enemies," said the statement.
Belmokhtar also ran smuggling routes across North Africa. He was dubbed "The Uncatchable" by the French military. (Reuters)
8:00 A.M. Military court sentences U.S. Marine to time served for murder of Iraq policeman
A U.S. Marine convicted of the 2006 murder of a former Iraqi police officer was sentenced on Thursday to time he had already served in confinement, in a decision by a military jury at Camp Pendleton in California.
The jury also gave Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III a bad-conduct discharge from the Marine Corps. He had served about seven years in confinement and had faced a possible sentence of four more years.
After the killing in Iraq came to light, then-U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called it a "cold-blooded murder".
On Wednesday, the military jury at the Southern California base found Hutchins guilty of murder, conspiracy and larceny but acquitted him of a charge of making false statements. (Reuters)
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Israeli critically injured in shooting attack in West Bank

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An Israeli man was in critical condition and another moderately injured after a shooting attack in the West Bank Friday afternoon.
According to initial reports, the two men in their mid-20s were traveling in their car after visiting a spring near the the settlement of Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem, when they were flagged down by a Palestinian man, seemingly asking them for help. According to Ynet, they were shot at point-blank range.
Security forces and paramedics were called to the scene. An IDF helicopter evacuated the wounded to Tel Hashomer Hospital near Tel Aviv.
An MDA medic who was first on the scene said the critically injured man was shot in the upper body and was found unconscious and without a pulse before he was resuscitated and then transferred to hospital for further treatment.
A large deployment of soldiers aided by Israel Police were searching for at least one shooter.

PressTV-‘Access to Iran military sites forbidden’

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A senior Iranian commander has reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic will not allow access to or inspections of its military sites under a potential nuclear agreement with six world powers.
On Friday, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said any visits to or inspections of Iran’s military sites “are forbidden,” stressing that “everyone should heed this red line.”
“National interests and security necessitate that outsiders and those who have spared no effort in opposing the Islamic establishment not be granted access to our military centers under any protocol or agreement,” he added.
On May 20, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Iran will not allow any inspections by foreign countries of its military sites. The Leader also stressed that foreigners will not be permitted to interview Iranian scientists in the nuclear domain.
Iranian negotiators have also reaffirmed that no such visits or interviews will be accepted as part of a deal between Iran and the P5+1.
Negotiators from Iran and the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council – the US, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany are in talks on the text of a final deal over Iran’s civilian nuclear activities. They face a self-defined deadline of June 30.
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Israeli man killed in West Bank terror attack

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An Israeli man who was critically injured Friday afternoon in a shooting attack in the West Bank succumbed to his wounds later Friday. He was named as Danny Gonen, 25, from the central city of Lod.
Gonen was shot in the upper body near the settlement of Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem. He was found unconscious and transferred to Tel Hashomer Hospital by IDF helicopter where he died over an hour after the attack.
Gonen was an electrical engineering student and the eldest of five siblings.
A second man, whose identity was not immediately made public, was moderately hurt in the attack and was being treated at Tel Hashomer.
The two men were traveling in their car after visiting a spring near Dolev, when they were flagged down by a Palestinian man, seemingly asking them for assistance. He then pulled a gun out of a bag he was carrying and opened fire on them at point-blank range, mortally wounding Gonen.
“The Palestinian asked for information regarding a nearby spring moments before drawing a gun and shooting the passengers at close range,” according to a statement released by the IDF.
The fatal incident took place in a West Bank area that Israelis are barred from entering without prior coordination with the security authorities, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.
The IDF and Israel Police forces launched a manhunt for the gunman in nearby Palestinian villages.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the incident proved that Israelis are under constant threat.
“We mustn’t let the relative calm mislead us. Efforts to hurt us (Israelis) are underway at all times, and we will continue to fight them using all the means available to us,” he said.
President Reuven Rivlin condemned the attack, which he said was “another step in the quiet and serious escalation in acts of terrorism we have witnessed in recent months,” and called on Palestinian and Arab-Israeli leaders to do the same.
“We will not accept a situation in which a young hiker has his life taken from him in the land of Israel because he is Jewish. Security forces will work tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible for this cruel and brutal act. There should be heard clear and decisive condemnation of such criminal acts from both the Arab leadership, which bears responsibility for actions of terrorism emanating from its territory, as well as from the leaders of the Arab community in Israel,” Rivlin wrote on Facebook.
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, issued a statement also condemning the attack and calling for calm.
“I condemn today’s deadly shooting attack on an Israeli civilian vehicle traveling in the occupied West Bank.
On this second day of Ramadan and at the start of the Shabbat, I call on all sides to exercise the utmost restraint, to maintain calm and promptly bring the perpetrators to justice,” Mladenov said.
A Hamas spokesman in Qatar praised the “heroic act,” according to Israel Radio.
Israel saw a wave of so-called “lone wolf” attacks last year by Palestinians using guns, knives and vehicles in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the West Bank. Over two dozen Israelis were killed in these attacks, including children. Police say it’s difficult to stop such attacks because assailants act on their own, without working through established terror groups.
Three Israeli teenagers were wounded by a Palestinian who hit them with his car near the Alon Shvut settlement in the West Bank last month, with the Shin Bet domestic security service saying the perpetrator had confessed to carrying out the attack for nationalistic reasons.
AFP and AP contributed to this report.
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Saudis said set to build 16 nuclear reactors with Russian help

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Saudi Arabia and Russia reached an agreement on Friday under which Riydah is reportedly to build up to 16 nuclear reactors under Moscow’s supervision, further bolstering ties between the two countries days ahead of the deadline for nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers.
According to Saudi owned al-Arabiaya TV, the agreement, which provides for the “peaceful use of nuclear technology,” was signed at a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at an economic forum in St. Petersburg. The Saudi report, which cited unnamed sources, was not immediately confirmed.
While the details of the nuclear energy cooperation pact were not immediately made public, Reuters reported joint projects in the future may include the construction of nuclear power reactors, Moscow-backed services in nuclear fuel cycling for nuclear power stations, and research reactor facilities.
Saudi Arabia, which has no industrial nuclear power plants, has recently increased efforts to forge new regional alliances and pursue nuclear capabilities in part to ward off a perceived threat from Iran.
The Saudi TV report quoted the Saudi ambassador to Russia Abdulrahman Al-Rassi as saying that Moscow plays an “important” role in implementing a United Nations Security Council call to “maintain stability and security in the world” — apparently a reference to a UN resolution urging the withdrawal of the Iranian-backed Houthi militias from Yemen.
Beginning in March, Saudi Arabia has spearheaded a military coalition of nine Arab states in an effort to restore power to Yemen’s president Mansour Hadi, who was ousted by the Shiite rebels last year.
“I think that Russia is feeling this responsibility and we always hope and talk with Russian officials on the Iranian issue,” the ambassador said.
The newly inked deal comes days before the June 30 deadline for an agreement at the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers aimed at curbing the weapons potential of Tehran’s nuclear program.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud has publicly denounced the prospect of a nuclear Iran as a “danger to the security of the whole region,” and Saudi concerns have led to meetings between Saudi and Israeli officials over fears that a weak nuclear accord with Tehran would leave the Islamic republic as a nuclear threshold state.
Saudi and other Gulf officials have been pressing for the United States to supply advanced weapons like F-35 stealth fighters as well as a written security guarantee in the face of the threat from Iran.
Last month, US President Barack Obama failed to reassure Gulf leaders that the nuclear deal would not embolden Iran to act more aggressively in the region.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
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Wikipedia releases warning on Turkey’s censorship, monitoring

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Wikipedia’s Turkish edition warned its users with a banner on top of its homepage that “access to this content is blocked,” listing the five articles currently censored in Turkey.
Wikipedia’s Turkish edition warned its users with a banner on top of its homepage that “access to this content is blocked,” listing the five articles currently censored in Turkey.

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Wikipedia has warned its users that Turkey “blocks” a number of its articles and is also monitoring contributors to the site.
“Did you know that some articles on Turkish Vikipedi have been blocked to users in Turkey?” Wikipedia’s Turkish homepage warns, giving a list of censored articles.
As of June 19, Turkey blocks a total of five Wikipedia articles: “Human penis,” “Female reproduction organs,” “Scrotum,” “Vagina” and “Opinion polling for the Turkish general election, 2015.”
The access ban for the page on polls was introduced on June 6, a day before parliamentary elections were held in Turkey.
“We are trying to overcome these obstacles in countries where access to information is limited or controlled,” daily Birgün quoted Wikipedia’s chief communicator Katherine Maher as saying regarding the latest bans in Turkey.
Maher said Wikipedia had also made efforts to make it more difficult for the Turkish government “to monitor its voluntary users and block its articles” by introducing the more secure HTTPS protocol in all of its languages.
TTNET, Turkey’s largest Internet service provider, also announced back in November 2014 that a number of Wikipedia pages had been blocked by Turkey’s Telecommunications Directorate (TİB). 
However, according to Wikipedia there was only one request from a Turkish ministry by late 2014 for the removal of content, which the website declined. Maher reportedly noted that “the community of Wikipedia is completely against censorship.”
Although Turkish President 
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
 has routinely slammed a number of Internet platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, the country’s authorities have yet to publicly turn against Wikipedia.
Only Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, a professor-turned-politician,
has criticized the use of Wikipedia in academic work
, complaining in November 2014 that the Internet encyclopedia allowed doctorate students to compile information for their theses in an “ordinary and mechanical” way.
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US: Iran's sponsorship of global terror is 'undiminished'

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WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks before the deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran, the US State Department’s annual report on terror activity noted that Iran’s “state sponsorship of terrorism worldwide remained undiminished.”
The lengthy report, released Friday morning, also discussed Palestinian terrorism and attacks launched by Jewish Israelis against Palestinians and Christian and Muslim houses of worship.
The 388-page report, which warns that terror attacks worldwide rose 35% from 2013 to 2014, describes Iran’s attempts to spread its influence across the globe, using the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force as the “primary mechanism” for accessing terror groups throughout the Middle East, and with ties as far as South America.
“While its main effort focused on supporting goals in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, Iran and its proxies also continued subtle efforts at growing influence elsewhere including in Africa, Asia, and, to a lesser extent, Latin America,” the report warned.
The report detailed Iranian support for Hezbollah and its role in propping up the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as well as its restated willingness to re-arm Hamas following last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.
A comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran would necessarily entail offering significant sanctions relief to Tehran – and opponents of a deal, notably including Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warn that the additional funds returning to the Iranian economy will likely enable increasing state sponsorship of terror.
US administration officials have, in recent months, noted Iran’s continued state sponsorship of terror groups as justification for retaining some sanctions against Iran. However last last week, the Associated Press reported that “the Obama administration may have to backtrack on its promise that it will suspend only nuclear-related economic sanctions.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif (right). (photo credit: AFP/Brian Snyder, Pool)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif (right). (photo credit: AFP/Brian Snyder, Pool)
That article noted that 23 out of 24 currently sanctioned Iranian banks will be de-listed, including the government-owned Central Bank of Iran which was designated as a primary money laundering concern because the Iranians use it for financing terrorism, ballistic missile research and campaigns aimed at bolstering the Assad regime in Syria.
The Associated Press article warned that this additional relief would make it “easier for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and its police, intelligence services and paramilitary groups to do business.”
The annual report, compiled by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, counted some 13,500 terror attacks that killed almost 33,000 people in 2014 – a stark rise from the 18,000 deaths from some 10,000 attacks in 2013.
The rise of Boko Haram and the Islamic State and the continuing carnage of the Syrian civil war were among the leading factors in 2014’s grim statistics. According to the data compiled, 78 percent of all terror fatalities occurred in five countries — Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria.
Despite being outside of the ignominious top five, events in Israel and the Palestinian territories also received significant treatment in the annual report.
The report noted that “Israel was a committed counterterrorism partner in 2014,” and listed the terrorist threats against Israel as including Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria and “other violent extremists, particularly from Gaza but also from the West Bank.”
A priest walks past graffiti reading in Hebrew, "false idols will be eliminated," as he inspects the damage at the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, June 18, 2015. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
A priest walks past graffiti reading in Hebrew, “false idols will be eliminated,” as he inspects the damage at the Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, June 18, 2015. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
In addition to offering detailed accounts of Israel’s efforts to combat rocket fire and terror tunnel infiltration from the Gaza Strip, the report also mentioned that “attacks by violent extremists – both Israelis against a joint Arab-Israeli school and Palestinian residents, property and places of worship, and Palestinians against Israelis – in Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank continued.”
The authors of the report noted, however, that “Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke out against extremist violence and ‘price tag’ attacks (property crimes and violent acts by extremist Jewish individuals and groups in retaliation for activity they deemed to be anti-settlement) on multiple occasions, as did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”
The State Department added that legal cases against violent extremists responsible for price tag attacks “began making their way through the Israeli judicial system, although investigations by the Israeli authorities in the majority of such attacks did not result in prosecutions.”
In the three cases listed in the report as illustrative, charges were brought against the alleged perpetrators, but only one of the three cases has reached the sentencing phase. In that case, three Israelis were indicted for torching two vehicles and vandalizing buildings in the village of Farata. Two of the three were sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, an additional 12-month suspended sentence if they commit a similar offense within three years of release, and NIS 15,000 ($4,000) each in compensatory damages.
The report included incidents of terror and anti-terror activity in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem under a separate category from “Israel.”
It noted that “the Palestinian Authority (PA) continued its counterterrorism efforts in the West Bank where Hamas, PIJ and the PFLP remained present,” adding that Palestinian security forces “constrained those organizations’ ability to conduct attacks.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting with the Revolutionary Council of his ruling Fatah party, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 16, 2015. (AFP/ABBAS MOMANI)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting with the Revolutionary Council of his ruling Fatah party, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 16, 2015. (AFP/ABBAS MOMANI)
The report lauded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who it said “consistently reiterated his commitment to nonviolence and recognition of the State of Israel.”
“He condemned acts of violence, including the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank in June, and the attacks on civilians at a West Jerusalem synagogue in November in which five people died, including three American citizens,” the report continued.
The State Department report asserted that “the PA has taken significant steps to ensure that official institutions in the West Bank that fall under its control do not create content that leads to incitement to violence.” It cited the Palestinian Broadcasting Company’s code of conduct as stating that no programming is allowed that encourages “violence against any person or institution on the basis of race, religion, political beliefs or sex.”
At the same time, the report noted that “in practice, this code of conduct is not always observed, with some instances of inciting taking place via official media.”
It cited as examples a July 2014 post on one of Fatah’s official Facebook pages that read “Sons of Zion, this is an oath to the Lord of the Heavens: Prepare all the bags you can for your body parts” and the fact that in October 2014 the official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, included on its site Fatah’s call to its “fighters” and Palestinian people to “aid the Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem.”
The report mentioned the controversial PA practice of paying large sums to Palestinian security prisoners, which Israel says incentivizes terror.
The report did not take a similar view, reading instead that “as part of a policy codified in 2003, the PA provided significant financial packages to Palestinian security prisoners released from Israeli prisons in 2014 in an effort to reintegrate them into society.”
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Opposition battles collection of medical records in Turkey

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Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, speaks to the press before a meeting in Ankara, June 15, 2015. (photo by Getty Images/Adem Altan)
Author: Tulay Cetingulec Posted June 19, 2015
In May, the Turkish Ministry of Health asked family doctors to provide it with the medical records of patients with chronic psychotic disorders registered at communityl mental health centers. “Themedical record files of patients with schizophrenia, paranoid disorders, psychotic disorders and bipolar disorders should be filled in and dispatched,” the official letter said. The Health Ministry’s latest move comes as a fresh indication that despite criticism and controversy over efforts to collect personal data, the government continues to try to compile detailed profiles of citizens.
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 Turkey's Ministry of Health has embarked on a controversial effort to collect the names, addresses and diagnoses of psychiatric patients.
The ministry’s request led Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, to claim on March 17 that the police have been profiling all Turkish citizens. Speaking at a CHP parliamentary meeting, Kilicdaroglu charged that police intelligence “has collected online the personal information of all people in the country via the DEVA 1 and DEVA 2 [software] programs.”
In a joint statement June 5, the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), the Turkish Psychiatry Association, the Turkish Specialized Family Doctors Association and the General Practitioners Association stressed that sharing medical records without patient consent was unacceptable and warned that the ministry’s effort amounted to a constitutional violation. It called for new legislation to regulate how the ministry is allowed to collect, process and share medical records in line with the constitution and international treaties to which Turkey is a signatory.
According to CHP deputy Aytun Ciray, a physician and a former Health Ministry undersecretary, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government began collecting medical records in 2012. “That year, the Health Ministry began storing the hospital records of all patients under a legal provision adopted in an omnibus law. A legislative decree allowed it access to the medical records of third parties,” Ciray told Al-Monitor.
He recalled that the Constitutional Court, taking up a CHP petition, had ruled against the Health Ministry’s Health Net 2 project, under which personal information was collected. “The court ruled that this practice breached [principles of] personal freedoms and security and the protection of privacy since it entailed the selling of patients’ personal information. They were collecting all types of personal information, including addresses and medical information,” Ciray said.
He acknowledged the ministry’s right to collect statistics to compile the country’s health map, but he also said, “The method is wrong. One cannot seek to obtain information without the patient’s consent. If they want to map diseases, they could easily use codes for patients.”
Following the latest controversy over psychiatric records, the Health Ministry maintains that it was motivated by the aim to “ensure that patients receive treatment at community mental health centers.” Ciray is unconvinced. “Even if they claim to be building new hospitals and planning to direct [patients] to new psychiatric centers, the measure is still misplaced. Three years ago, the same ministry was inclined to pass patient information to pharmaceutical companies and newly established private hospitals,” he said.
The TTB in the statement it issued called on family doctors to resist the ministry’s demand, stressing that the government was pressuring physicians and medical institutions into following procedures that violate patient and human rights. “We urge family doctors to know they hold ethical and legal responsibility over the handover of such data and to refuse filling in those forms,” it said.
While efforts against the misuse of personal information continue in legal and democratic arenas, the Health Ministry appears bent on abusing its e-Nabiz (e-Pulse) electronic records system. The ministry's press office issued the following written statement in response to questions from Al-Monitor about its demanding patient records and the problems it might cause: "It’s out of the question for the Health Ministry to share the medical records of any patient with any party. We have developed e-Nabiz, a modern system through which citizens can access all their health records. Citizens can share the information in the system only if they wish to. The ministry is currently working on means to identify health problems and their prevalence in a given region without using people’s names. Determining the prevalence of a given health problem in a given region and taking measures accordingly is a duty of the Health Ministry and related institutions. No one has the authority or the right to know the identities and personal information of the patients in question. We are extremely meticulous and sensitive on this issue."
The TTB, however, underscored that the police had sought the personal information of psychiatric patients through the e-Nabiz system. Sharing medical records without the patient’s consent is unjustified even for the stated purpose of integrating community mental health centers, the organization contends. “For doctors to find the correct diagnosis, patients should be able to disclose to them what they have been through, what they have seen and what they know without any reservations,” the TTB said. “And to make those disclosures comfortably, patients should have trust and confidence that doctors will keep the disclosed information and events confidential. The circulation of such information is extremely dangerous.”
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Cengiz Gulec, former head of the Psychiatry Department at Ankara’s Hacettepe University Medical Faculty, raised additional concerns. “We don’t know what purpose the ministry is pursuing with this practice, but in psychological research, personal information is never enough. You cannot determine the outlook and prevalence of a given illness only via patients who have resorted to family doctors,” Gulec said.
“The notes I keep about my patients are my own private files. Those files are something that must remain between the patient and the doctor only. Sharing them is an affront to the basic principle of confidentiality,” he said. “Moreover, a psychiatric patient’s medical record in a general hospital and his/her records while under private treatment are two completely different things. This is something that requires utmost sensitivity. We are concerned about protecting not only the [names of] patients in psychiatry departments but also their confidential information.”
The Health Ministry’s real reason for identifying psychiatric patients remains a mystery, but allegations of all-encompassing profiling in Turkey is preventing the TTB, psychiatrists and others from concluding the intention is good.
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Putin, Erdogan meet face to face, but don't see eye to eye

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 13, 2015.  (photo by REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin)
Author: Paul J. Saunders Posted June 19, 2015
While observers often focus on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy successes — such as Moscow’s largely bloodless seizure of the Crimean Peninsula and its improving position in the Middle East — the Kremlin leader makes his fair share of mistakes. Some of them can even be quite costly, like the overconfidence in eastern Ukraine (following a relatively easy victory in Crimea) that has trapped Putin in a complex quagmire. Others look significant but might be correctable, such as Putin’s apparently casual attitude toward an important strategic opportunity in Russia’s relations with Turkey.
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 The recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Azerbaijan appears to reflect a mutual irritation between the two parties.
Broadly speaking, Russo-Turkish relations have improved significantly in recent years as trade has expanded. At the same time, Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have managed to compartmentalize differences over Syria and some other issues. Long-standing tensions in Turkey’s on-again off-again contacts with the European Union and its frequent differences with Washingtonhaven’t hurt either.
With this generally favorable context, Putin assembled a large and impressive group to meet with Erdogan on June 13 in Baku, Azerbaijan, where each was attending the opening ceremonies of the First European Games. Putin’s delegation included his top Kremlin foreign policy aide, Ambassador Yuri Ushakov; Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov; his influential press spokesman, Dmitry Peskov; Energy Minister Alexander Novak; and the heads of Gazprom and Russia’s state nuclear energy firm, Rosatom. Governments don’t typically do this unless they want — and expect — to make something happen.
Nevertheless, the Kremlin’s official report on the meeting noted only what the two men discussed — gas and nuclear deals, Turkey’s elections, the games — not what they agreed on or decided. Indeed, Peskov characterized the talks only as “very good, detailed and constructive.” In international diplomacy, words like “detailed” and “constructive” often follow difficult meetings rather than good ones — especially when officials don’t share much else. Few details have emerged from the conversation beyond Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller’s proposal for meetings between Russian and Turkish “experts” to discuss the Turkish Stream pipeline, which implies that important issues remain unresolved.
From this perspective, it is perhaps notable that the Kremlin’s account of Putin’s meeting with Millerjust two days after the session with Erdogan makes no reference to Turkey. In fairness, like most reports about Putin’s appointments, the transcript covers only the first portion of the meeting but makes clear that their conversation continued. Yet it seems likely that if Moscow wanted to highlight the trip, Putin had a natural opportunity to do so.
Indeed, Russian press accounts suggest that the meeting began quite poorly and, indeed, awkwardly. According to Kommersant, Putin and the rest of his delegation did not arrive on time for the discussion, leaving a surprised and “very grim” Erdogan on his own. Worse, a telephone call reportedly revealed that the Russian president had not yet left his own hotel to travel to the Four Seasons Hotel, where Erdogan was waiting. Though Lavrov and a few others soon appeared, Erdogan appeared to reporters to be uninterested in conversation. According to the Russian press account, “For the Russian minister, it did not appear important whether the Turkish president answered him or not.” Erdogan eventually left the room, with a journalist describing the scene as “completely scandalous.” Only a short time later did Erdogan return, with Putin appearing “three minutes” after. Erdogan greeted Putin without smiling, and even after the two presidents took their seats, neither “said a word.” Putin did not seem to have “experienced any discomfort,” however, andPeskov later gamely explained that their silence “was not connected with any tension in their relationship, or any problems,” but instead reflected the fact that Erdogan “almost never says anything during protocol meetings” before the press.
With this beginning — all transpiring in front of the assembled press — few would expect the closed portion of the meeting to go well absent a compelling Turkish dependence on Moscow (which does not exist). Moreover, Turkish press accounts state that Erdogan handed Putin a report detailing “systematically practiced” human rights violations against Crimean Tatars in Russian-occupied Crimea. Given Putin’s attitude toward Western criticism of Russia’s human rights practices, this seems unlikely to have improved the atmosphere.
While Putin may no longer feel particular “discomfort” at keeping people waiting — as he has a reputation for — it does not appear to be the best strategy for dealing with significant potential partners like Erdogan. It is especially difficult to understand when Russia’s president could not have had too many other obligations in Baku, since few heads of state were present. (In fact, Erdogan complained to Putin that no EU leaders had attended the opening ceremony.) Why irritate Turkey’s president needlessly just a few days after being among the first to congratulate him on his party’s performance in parliamentary elections? Conversely, if Putin himself felt annoyed in some way, possibly due to Erdogan’s recent criticism of his reference to the Armenian genocide, why make the congratulatory call the day after the election rather than waiting or not phoning at all?
With Russia’s stagnant economy and constrained diplomatic and commercial opportunities, Turkey seems like a genuine opening for Moscow to increase its regional influence, boost trade earnings and pursue security objectives in the Middle East. At the same time, since Moscow and Ankara do have some significant differences, achieving these goals will be neither automatic nor easy despite mutual interests and maybe even a few shared frustrations. In these circumstances, Putin’s apparent indifference to Erdogan’s pride is especially striking — all the more so since Russia’s president is clearly a proud man himself.
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Oren: Obama may reach out to Islam because 2 Muslim father figures abandoned him

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In an op-ed published Friday, Kulanu Knesset member and former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren speculates that President Barack Obama’s relentless outreach to the Muslim world may stem from the fact that he was abandoned by the two Muslim father figures in his life and therefore seeks acceptance by their co-religionists.
In the article, in Foreign Policy Magazine, Oren also posits that the world may look back on Obama’s approach to Middle East issues as naive and hard to credit.
The piece marks Oren’s third op-ed critical of Obama published in major US media in less than a week. In the first of the series, the former ambassador published “How Obama abandoned Israel” in the Wall Street Journal, followed by “Why Obama is wrong about Iran being ‘rational’ on nukes,” in the Los Angeles Times. He also gave a lengthy interview to the Times of Israel this week in which he echoed charges in his new book, “Ally,” to the effect that aspects of US-Israel ties are “in tatters”because of the president.
The Obama administration responded bitterly to Oren’s earlier criticism of the president, calling it “absolutely false.” His opposite number, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, said Oren was motivated by a desire to sell books. But while freshman MK Oren’s party leader Moshe Kahlon on Wednesday apologized and distanced the party from the Wall Street Journal piece, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly refused a US request to do likewise.
Dreams From My Father
Dreams From My Father
In the Foreign Policy article Friday, Oren writes that “Obama’s attitudes toward Islam clearly stem from his personal interactions with Muslims. These were described in depth in his candid memoir, ‘Dreams from My Father,’ published 13 years before his election as president. Obama wrote passionately of the Kenyan villages where, after many years of dislocation, he felt most at home and of his childhood experiences in Indonesia. I could imagine how a child raised by a Christian mother might see himself as a natural bridge between her two Muslim husbands. I could also speculate how that child’s abandonment by those men could lead him, many years later, to seek acceptance by their co-religionists.”
Oren offers a similar assessment in his new book, acknowledging that he does so “at the risk of armchair psychoanalyzing.” In “Ally,” Oren also says he scoured “Dreams from My Father” in vain “for some expression of reverence, even respect, for the country its author would someday lead” but finds none. Instead, in Oren’s reading, “the book criticizes Americans for their capitalism and consumer culture, for despoiling their environment and maintaining antiquated power structures.” He writes that Obama accused Americans traveling abroad of exhibiting “ignorance and arrogance” — the very same shortcomings, notes Oren dryly, that the president’s critics assigned to him.
In the Foreign Policy article, Oren goes on to say that “Historians will likely look back at Obama’s policy toward Islam with a combination of curiosity and incredulousness. While some may credit the president for his good intentions, others might fault him for being naïve and detached from a complex and increasingly lethal reality.”
Ally by Michael Oren
Ally by Michael Oren
Noting that understanding Obama was crucial to his role as ambassador, a post he held from 2009-13, Oren writes in Foreign Policy that he taught himself an “Obama 101″ course and “devoted months to studying the new president, pouring over his speeches, interviews, press releases, and memoirs, and meeting with many of his friends and supporters.”
He says that over his four years as envoy, he was rarely surprised by the president’s approach, especially on Muslim and Middle Eastern affairs.
Oren charges that it is this very approach that led Obama to “boycott” a major gathering in Paris attended by dozens of world leaders following the devastating jihadist terror attacks in January at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, and at a kosher deli in which four Jewish men were killed.
“The president could not participate in a protest against Muslim radicals whose motivations he sees as a distortion, rather than a radical interpretation, of Islam,” Oren writes in Foreign Policy.
A few months after the terror attacks, Obama was roundly criticized for a number of statements in US media in which he seemed to dismiss the anti-Semitic nature of the attack at the deli, instead condemning the “vicious zealots who … randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli.”
Oren says these comments were an extension of Obama’s thinking on Islam and the Mideast. “If there are no terrorists spurred by Islam, there can be no purposely selected Jewish shop or intended Jewish victims, only a deli and randomly present folks,” Oren writes.
Oren, a bestselling US-born historian, is writing the pieces to coincide with the publication of “Ally.” Oren also gave a comprehensive interview to The Times of Israel this week in which he discussed his upcoming book at length. He said “Ally” was “a cri de coeur… for an alliance that should be in a much better place than it is.” He also said he wanted to get the book published as soon as possible because “we’re at a crucial juncture now with the Iran issue, and it’s very important to set certain records straight as we go into what could be a fateful period for the State of Israel.”
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» Demirel showed best and worst of Turkey
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Few people in Turkey liked former President Suleyman Demirel, yet the statesman, who died June 16, represented his compatriots’ best and worst sides.
» Amidst crackdown, tunnel smuggling is risky business in Gaza
19/06/15 18:01 from Full Feed
As the Egyptian army intensifies its campaign to destroy the border tunnels from southern Gaza, many still rely on smuggling goods for work, as no better jobs are available.
» Osman Hamdi Bey Museum closed to tourism
19/06/15 18:01 from Hurriyet Daily News
Archaeologist and painter Osman Hamdi Bey's mansion, which serves as a museum in Muğla's Yatağan, is currently closed to tourism, drawing reaction from locals
» I don’t want to remember Demirel, good or bad 
19/06/15 18:01 from Hurriyet Daily News
My youth was spent hating him. Of course we did not know that, in the coming decades, my generation and I would develop a bigger capacity for hate and bigger reasons to accommodate hatred
» Diving points center of attraction 
19/06/15 18:01 from Hurriyet Daily News
Divers flock to the waters off Antalya to see their natural beauty, but also to explore the sunken wrecks of warplanes and ships. The Side Underwater Museum is one of the popular new attractions in the area
» INTERVIEW: Critical period for Hizbullah in Turkey’s tense southeast
19/06/15 18:01 from Hurriyet Daily News
As tensions between Islamist and secular groups spike in southeastern Anatolia, scholar Mustafa Gürbüz speaks to HDN about the past, present and future of Kurdish Hizbullah
» A new page is needed in Turkish politics
19/06/15 18:01 from Hurriyet Daily News
Demirel’s passing closes a page in Turkish politics. A new one may open through current coalition talks
» Süleyman Demirel, in memoriam
19/06/15 18:01 from Hurriyet Daily News
Three days ago, Süleyman Demirel, a guru of Turkish politics, died at the age of 90.
» Demirel’s last letter and a testament 
19/06/15 18:01 from Hurriyet Daily News
I remembered the letter the moment I heard the news about the death of Turkey’s ninth president, Süleyman Demirel.
» Governors serving only the AKP 
19/06/15 18:01 from Hurriyet Daily News
The governor of Tunceli, an eastern province, distributed white goods to voters using the means of his office to support the election propaganda of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).
» The message Turkey will deliver to the world
19/06/15 18:01 from Hurriyet Daily News
On June 23, Turkey’s new parliament will convene and lawmakers will take oaths to begin their legislative works officially.
» In photos: 22 best bicycle routes in Turkey
19/06/15 18:01 from Hurriyet Daily News
The best 22 bicycle routes around Istanbul and throughout Turkey in which one can enjoy the country’s urban and natural beauties
» News in Brief - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 21:30GMT
19/06/15 18:00 from PressTV Media RSS
News in Brief - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 21:30GMT
» Bahrainis demand Salman’s release in fresh rally
19/06/15 17:58 from PressTV Media RSS
Bahraini people have staged a fresh rally to protest the recent court ruling against opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman.
» Cell purporting Hamas ties claims deadly West Bank attack
19/06/15 17:55 from The Times of Israel
Group named for terrorists who kidnapped, killed Israeli teens last summer says it’s responsible for killing of Danny Gonen, 25, on Friday
» Cell claiming Hamas ties says it killed Israel in West Bank
19/06/15 17:55 from The Times of Israel
Group asserting responsibility for cold-blooded shooting of Danny Gonen is named after terrorists who murdered 3 Israeli teens last summer
» Cell claiming Hamas ties says it killed Israeli in West Bank
19/06/15 17:55 from The Times of Israel
Group asserting responsibility for cold-blooded shooting of Danny Gonen is named after terrorists who murdered 3 Israeli teens last summer
» Debate: Palestine's case against Israel at ICC
19/06/15 17:46 from PressTV Media RSS
This edition of The Debate examines the Palestinian move to file a lawsuit against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
» Pakistan ready to cooperate with Iran, Afghanistan against ISIL
19/06/15 17:44 from PressTV Media RSS
Pakistan says it is ready to cooperate with other countries, including Iran and Afghanistan, to counter the potential threat posed by the ISIL.
» WikiLeaks to disclose over 500,000 Saudi documents
19/06/15 17:44 from PressTV Media RSS
WikiLeaks says it will publish over 500,000 Saudi documents on the Internet over the upcoming weeks.
» UN warns of “looming humanitarian catastrophe” in Yemen
19/06/15 17:39 from PressTV Media RSS
The United Nations has appealed for one-point-six billion dollars in aid for millions of people in war-stricken Yemen. The world body is raising the alarm over a looming humanitarian catastrophe. Ahmad Fawzi says the funding appeal will,...
» Charleston white suspect charged with nine counts of murder
19/06/15 17:33 from PressTV Media RSS
The man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church has been charged with nine counts of murder.
» Putin: Russia will continue cooperation with West
19/06/15 17:32 from PressTV Media RSS
Russia is warning that the 2002 US withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty could still trigger a new Cold War. Speaking at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the US unilater...
» UNICEF: Children raped, castrated, thrown into fires in South Sudan
19/06/15 17:30 from PressTV Media RSS
The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF has accused South Sudan's warring sides of committing horrific atrocities against children. UNICEF chief Anthony Lake says such crimes include castration, rape and tying children together before slitting th...
» 4 civilians killed in fresh Saudi airstrike on Yemen 
19/06/15 17:00 from PressTV Media RSS
Four civilians are killed as Saudi warplanes attack the city of Baqim in Yemen’s Sa’ada province.
» Yemeni forces attack Saudi military bases in Jizan
19/06/15 17:00 from PressTV Media RSS
Yemeni army forces and popular committees attack Saudi military bases in Jizan.
» Top 5 - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 16:00GMT
19/06/15 16:28 from PressTV Media RSS
Top 5 - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 16:00GMT
» Putin, Erdogan meet face to face, but don't see eye to eye
19/06/15 16:16 from Full Feed
The recent meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Azerbaijan appears to reflect a mutual irritation between the two parties.
» Israel not doing enough to stop 'price tag' attacks
19/06/15 16:16 from Full Feed
Despite declarations by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about forcefully fighting price tag attacks, these acts of vandalism and violence against Muslim and Christian places of worship continue.
» Pan-Islamic movement becomes political player in Palestine
19/06/15 16:16 from Full Feed
Hizb ut-Tahrir in the Palestinian territories emerged as a political party that seeks the return of the Islamic caliphate, unlike Hamas and other Islamic parties that focus on the resistance against Israel.
» Opposition battles collection of medical records in Turkey
19/06/15 16:16 from Full Feed
Turkey's Ministry of Health has embarked on a controversial effort to collect the names, addresses and diagnoses of psychiatric patients.
» US State Department: Terror attacks, deaths, up sharply in 2014
19/06/15 16:16 from JPost.com - Front Page
Fatalities due to terrorism soars by 81% whilst ISIS surges ahead of al-Qaida as leading jihadist group.
» American drone pilots ‘psychologically worn-down’
19/06/15 16:14 from PressTV Media RSS
Brian Becker says US drone pilots are psychologically being worn-down because of the criminal character of their efforts.
» 10-year-old dies after sustaining stab wounds to head and neck
19/06/15 15:29 from The Times of Israel
Mother tells hospital her son tripped, fell on a pole while playing outside home in Bedouin village near Beersheba; police launch investigation
» Boy, 10, dies after stabbed in head and neck
19/06/15 15:29 from The Times of Israel
Mother says he tripped, fell on a pole while playing outside home in Bedouin village near Beersheba; police launch investigation
» Yemen Ansarullah movement slams Riyadh for derailing peace talks
19/06/15 15:28 from PressTV Media RSS
The Ansarullah movement slams the Saudi regime for derailing Yemen’s peace talks.
» Iran volleyball team routs US in World League
19/06/15 14:59 from PressTV Media RSS
Iran’s national volleyball team has beaten US 3-0 at the 2015 FIVB World League.
» Iranian volleyballers stun US in World League
19/06/15 14:59 from PressTV Media RSS
Iran’s national volleyball team has blanked US at the 2015 FIVB World League.
» US details Iran funding of terror proxies targeting Israel in new report
19/06/15 14:34 from JPost.com - Front Page
​​Calls Israel a "committed counterterrorism partner" throughout 2014.
» Over 90,000 at Temple Mount on first Friday of Ramadan
19/06/15 14:26 from The Times of Israel
More than 2,000 Israeli Police and Border Police on duty throughout day; no incidents reported
» MERS outbreak in South Korea on the decline
19/06/15 14:15 from PressTV Media RSS
MERS outbreak in South Korea on the decline
» EU expected to approve military mission against migrant smugglers
19/06/15 14:13 from PressTV Media RSS
The EU is set to approve the launch of a military mission against migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean.
» Sport - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 17:00 GMT
19/06/15 14:04 from PressTV Media RSS
Sport - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 17:00 GMT
» Amid escalating culture clash, Regev heckled at award ceremony
19/06/15 13:52 from The Times of Israel
Demonstrators protest ‘atmosphere of dictatorship’ they say created by culture minister day after she calls artists ‘ungrateful tight-asses’
» Culture Minister Regev gets mix of heckling, silent treatment at award ceremony
19/06/15 13:52 from The Times of Israel
Demonstrators protest ‘atmosphere of dictatorship’ created by Likud pol day after she calls artists ‘ungrateful tight-asses’
» Russia economic sector open to world: Putin
19/06/15 13:47 from PressTV Media RSS
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says his country is open to the world and will continue economic cooperation with the West.
» Full News - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 15:00 GMT
19/06/15 13:42 from PressTV Media RSS
Full News - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 15:00 GMT
» NAACP calls Charleston shooting 'act of racial terrorism'
19/06/15 13:40 from PressTV Media RSS
NAACP President Cornell Brooks says Wednesday’s shooting in South Carolina “was an act of racial terrorism.”
» US: Iran’s sponsorship of global terror is ‘undiminished’
19/06/15 13:35 from The Times of Israel
Annual report, released as nuclear deal deadline looms, highlights Revolutionary Guards as primary terror mechanism; hails Abbas for reducing incitement
» Putin reaffirms support for Syria's Assad, hopes for Iran deal soon
19/06/15 13:34 from JPost.com - Front Page
Putin defends Moscow's backing of Syria's Bashar al-Assad, says driven by concerns that any overthrow would plunge country into even deeper disarray.
» PM says West Bank killing shows Israelis face constant threat
19/06/15 13:19 from The Times of Israel
After Palestinian gunman shoots dead Danny Gonen, 25, president notes gradual escalation of terror; Hamas hails ‘heroic’ act
» US built on slavery, colonialism: Activist
19/06/15 13:14 from PressTV Media RSS
An activist says the US is built on slavery, genocide and colonialism, with the entire white population benefiting from the oppression of black people.
» Lebanese man to stand trial in Cyprus over alleged Hezbollah bomb plot
19/06/15 13:11 from JPost.com - Front Page
26-year-old Lebanese-Canadian accused of plotting to target Israelis or Jews abroad.
» Riyadh uses money to flout international law: Analyst
19/06/15 12:49 from PressTV Media RSS
An analyst says the Al Saud regime uses money to silence the international community on the crimes it is committing against Yemen.
» North Korea claims it has cure for MERS, AIDS, SARS, Ebola
19/06/15 12:48 from PressTV Media RSS
North Korea claims to have produced a single miracle drug that can cure MERS and AIDS among other deadly diseases.
» 38 Taliban militants killed in Afghan army operations
19/06/15 12:02 from PressTV Media RSS
Nearly 40 Taliban militants are killed in Afghan army operations in Helmand Province.
» Uganda Muslims raise funds for sickle cell children
19/06/15 11:56 from PressTV Media RSS
Uganda Muslims raise funds for sickle cell children
» Police officer acquitted of concealing evidence in Gezi victim case
19/06/15 11:50 from Hurriyet Daily News
A local court acquitted a police officer and hotel owner who had deleted a hotel’s security camera footage, which had recorded the fatal beating of a protester during the Gezi Park demonstrations in 2013
» France’s Hollande: imposing migrant quotas not right way to handle problem
19/06/15 11:46 from Hurriyet Daily News
French President Francois Hollande said June 19 that he thought commitments by individual EU member states offered a better way of resettling African and Middle Eastern migrants rather than the imposition of national quotas by Brussels
» Experts concerned about growing steroid use
19/06/15 11:41 from PressTV Media RSS
The growing number of young Britons using steroid has concerned health experts.
» Wikipedia releases warning on Turkey’s censorship, monitoring
19/06/15 11:38 from Hurriyet Daily News
Wikipedia has reacted after Turkey blocked a number of articles ranging from male and female reproduction organs to opinion polling for the recent general election
» Saudis said set to build 16 nuclear reactors with Russian help
19/06/15 11:34 from The Times of Israel
As deadline for world powers’ deal with Tehran nears, Riyadh and Moscow reach pact on nuclear power cooperation
» Ukraine to make Russian debt payment in days
19/06/15 11:34 from PressTV Media RSS
Ukraine pledges to make an interest payment on the Russian debt in the coming days.
» Anti-Islam Dutch politician to show cartoons of Prophet Mohammad in TV air time
19/06/15 11:28 from PressTV Media RSS
Anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders will show cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in public TV air time.
» Government launched probe into former culture minister over tenure 
19/06/15 11:25 from Hurriyet Daily News
An investigation file that was signed by current Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik about his predecessor, Ertuğrul Günay, over his activities during his tenure has been sent to Turkey’s parliament for a probe.
» Nationalist opposition MHP, Kurdish problem-focused HDP to be closely seated in parliament
19/06/15 11:24 from Hurriyet Daily News
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputies will seat closely in parliament as the two parties secured 80 seats alike in the June 7 general elections
» 19 US racist groups operate in South Carolina
19/06/15 11:21 from PressTV Media RSS
South Carolina is home to 19 known hate groups, including two factions of the Ku Klux Klan and four "white nationalist" organizations.
» GPs to be offered better deal if they open for seven days
19/06/15 11:20 from PressTV Media RSS
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt offers incentives to GPs in the hope of extending their working hours and easing the burden on the NHS.
» Turkish President Erdoğan to give mandate to Davutoğlu on June 24
19/06/15 11:20 from Hurriyet Daily News
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is expected to give the mandate to form a government to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu on June 24, officials told the Hürriyet Daily News on June 19
» Cyprus trial set for suspect in large ammonium nitrate haul
19/06/15 11:14 from Hurriyet Daily News
Cyprus police say a trial date has been set for a Lebanese-Canadian man who was arrested in connection with the seizure of more than five tons of a chemical compound that can be converted into an explosive
» Greek Cyprus trial set for suspect in large ammonium nitrate haul
19/06/15 11:14 from Hurriyet Daily News
Greek Cyprus police say a trial date has been set for a Lebanese-Canadian man who was arrested in connection with the seizure of more than five tons of a chemical compound that can be converted into an explosive
» Israeli man killed in West Bank terror attack
19/06/15 11:11 from The Times of Israel
25-year-old succumbs to wounds after coming under fire near settlement of Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem; second man in moderate condition
» Israeli man killed in West Bank terror attack named
19/06/15 11:11 from The Times of Israel
Danny Gonen, 25, succumbs to wounds after coming under fire near settlement of Dolev; second man in moderate condition; IDF searching for gunman
» White suspect charged with murder in attack on black US church
19/06/15 11:09 from JPost.com - Front Page
21-year-old Dylann Roof charged nine counts of murder for attack.
» Switzerland may tighten anti-money laundering rules
19/06/15 11:06 from Hurriyet Daily News
Switzerland may tighten its anti-money laundering laws after a report by a government-appointed group found the country was still subject to financial crime
» UK's Cameron tells Muslim communities to do more to tackle extremism
19/06/15 11:00 from Hurriyet Daily News
British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Muslim communities and families on June 19 to do more to fight extremism, warning some Muslims risk fostering radicalism in young people by quietly condoning extreme views.
» Cameron: Muslims must do more to tackle ISIL threat
19/06/15 10:53 from PressTV Media RSS
David Cameron has called on Muslim communities to do more to tackle ISIL threat.
» Iran commander rules out inspections of military sites
19/06/15 10:52 from PressTV Media RSS
A high-ranking Iranian commander rules out access to or inspection of the Islamic Republic’s military sites.
» Ken O'Keefe: US, biggest purveyor of war on the planet
19/06/15 10:47 from PressTV Media RSS
Ken O'Keefe says the United States is the biggest purveyor of violence and war on the planet.
» US arrests alleged ISIL suspect 
19/06/15 10:31 from PressTV Media RSS
US officials say a man has been arrested in New York for supporting the ISIL terrorist group.
» Yemeni factions continue UN-backed peace talks in Geneva
19/06/15 10:31 from PressTV Media RSS
Yemeni political factions continue indirect negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva on a potential agreement.
» Yemeni factions fail to reach deal in UN-backed peace talks
19/06/15 10:31 from PressTV Media RSS
Yemeni political factions fail to reach an agreement in indirect negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva.
» News in Brief - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 13:30 GMT
19/06/15 10:21 from PressTV Media RSS
News in Brief - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 13:30 GMT
» US, Russia edging toward nuclear catastrophe: Anti-war activist
19/06/15 10:16 from PressTV Media RSS
The United States and its NATO allies are edging toward a high-risk military standoff with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, an annalist says.
» Seventy powers demand Syria barrel bombings end 
19/06/15 10:12 from Hurriyet Daily News
Seventy countries across the planet united June 18 to express outrage over the Syrian regime's systematic use of barrel bombs and to demand an end to the deadly, indiscriminate attacks.
» Suspected terror attack: Two seriously wounded in West Bank shooting
19/06/15 09:58 from JPost.com - Front Page
IDF forces, MADA, make way to scene.
» Two seriously wounded in West Bank shooting terror attack
19/06/15 09:58 from JPost.com - Front Page
IDF forces, MADA, make way to scene.
» 25-year-old killed in West Bank shooting terror attack
19/06/15 09:58 from JPost.com - Front Page
A second youth sustained moderate injuries.
» 'A Palestinian asked them to stop, and opened fire'
19/06/15 09:58 from JPost.com - Front Page
Senior IDF source says search underway to find Palestinian terrorist who shot dead an Israeli west of Ramallah.
» Hamas claims responsibility for West Bank terrorist attack
19/06/15 09:58 from JPost.com - Front Page
Senior IDF source says search underway to find Palestinian terrorist who shot dead an Israeli west of Ramallah.
» EU to launch operation against Libya migrant smugglers
19/06/15 09:41 from Hurriyet Daily News
The European Union will next week activate the first phase of a plan to disrupt the business of human traffickers in the Mediterranean and destroy the boats they have been using to ships tens of thousands of migrants toward the EU, offic...
» Tunisia to close consulate in Libya after attack
19/06/15 09:40 from PressTV Media RSS
Tunisia says it will close its consulate in Libya, following an attack on the diplomatic mission.
» Two Israelis hurt, one seriously, in shooting attack in West Bank
19/06/15 09:33 from The Times of Israel
Security forces, paramedics on scene of incident at Dolev junction, near Jerusalem
» One critically injured in shooting attack in West Bank
19/06/15 09:33 from The Times of Israel
IDF, police searching for suspects who opened fire on group of Israelis near settlement of Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem
» Israeli critically injured in shooting attack in West Bank
19/06/15 09:33 from The Times of Israel
IDF, police searching for suspects who opened fire on group of Israelis near settlement of Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem
» Violence kills 70, injures 500 in Burundi: Rights body
19/06/15 09:32 from PressTV Media RSS
At least 70 have been killed and some 500 others wounded during weeks of violence in Burundi, a rights group says.
» Saudis can no longer count on US, Israel in Yemen war: Activist
19/06/15 09:32 from PressTV Media RSS
An activist says Riyadh has to fight its newest resistance in Yemen on its own because it cannot count on the US anymore.
» The Lite - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 12:00 GMT
19/06/15 09:31 from PressTV Media RSS
The Lite - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 12:00 GMT
» Middle East Updates / Putin reaffirms Russia's support for Syria's Assad
19/06/15 09:29 from Middle East
Palestinians call truce in Lebanon camp after deadly clashes ; Kidnapped Tunisian diplomats freed and back in Tunisia, foreign minister says; Al-Qaida in North Africa says Algerian militant Belmokhtar is alive.
» Three people arrested at Turkish border for chemical smuggling worth $2.5 million
19/06/15 09:23 from Hurriyet Daily News
Two smugglers of Georgian origin have been arrested at Turkey’s northeastern border for attempting to smuggle caesium and a mercury-like substance, with a combined estimated market value of $2.5 million.
» Arizona rabbi donates his ‘spare’ kidney to save young Israeli
19/06/15 09:07 from The Times of Israel
Following the ideals he preaches, Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz gives Yossi Azran, a fledgling playwright who has been on dialysis for 15 years, a new lease on life
» Top 5 - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 09:00 GMT
19/06/15 08:56 from PressTV Media RSS
Top 5 - Fri, June, 19, 2015 - 09:00 GMT
» NYC police officer kills knife-wielding man 
19/06/15 08:55 from PressTV Media RSS
An American police officer in New York City has fatally shot a man who allegedly pulled a knife on him.
» Israeli president sends condolences to Erdoğan
19/06/15 08:48 from Hurriyet Daily News
Israel and Pakistan have expressed deep condolences on the death of former Turkish President Süleyman Demirel, who received a state funeral on June 19
» Russian FM urges judicial permission for foreign assets seizure
19/06/15 08:46 from PressTV Media RSS
The Russian FM says Moscow expects judicial permission to seize foreign property in a case involving now defunct Yukos oil company.
» Belgian PM recognizes 1915 killing of Ottoman Armenians as ‘genocide’ 
19/06/15 08:43 from Hurriyet Daily News
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has recognized on the behalf of the Belgian government the killing of Ottoman Armenians in eastern Anatolia from 1915 as “genocide,” Belgian media reported on June 18
» Father’s Day shopping expected to total more than 1.5 bln liras
19/06/15 08:40 from Hurriyet Daily News
Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen (TESK) President Bendevi Palandöken has said consumer spending for this year’s Father’s Day on June 21 is expected to be more than 1.5 billion Turkish Liras and that this amount will accel...
» US workers rally for wage increase in Los Angeles 
19/06/15 08:34 from PressTV Media RSS
Workers in the US state of California have held rallies calling for wage increase on the 25th anniversary of Justice for Janitors Day.
» Children in South Sudan victims of brutal crimes: UNICEF
19/06/15 08:32 from PressTV Media RSS
UNICEF says children in South Sudan have been subjected to horrific crimes, including rape.
» Turkey cheaper than Europe but cars, booze, tobacco remain expensive
19/06/15 08:29 from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey is more expensive than a few European countries but it remains cheaper than a majority of the continent, according to a new comparative purchasing power parity index released June 19 by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK)
» Ex-Israeli foreign minister granted diplomatic immunity
19/06/15 08:27 from PressTV Media RSS
The British government granted former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni diplomatic immunity in an effort to avoid possible arrest over alleged war crimes against Palestinian people.
» Syria’s Druze under threat as conflict spreads
19/06/15 08:18 from The Times of Israel
As jihadist rebels gain ground in Druze-populated southern regions, religious minority fears looming disaster, the BBC reports
» America’s incurable racism
19/06/15 08:13 from The Times of Israel
The only surprise about the slaying of 9 African American worshippers is that anyone is surprised
» Euro zone sets emergency summit on Greece as money flees
19/06/15 08:04 from Hurriyet Daily News
Euro zone leaders will hold an emergency summit on June 22 to try to avert a Greek default after bank withdrawals accelerated and government revenue slumped as Athens and its international creditors remain deadlocked over a debt deal
» On culture wars and holy wars
19/06/15 07:58 from The Times of Israel
Culture minister’s feud with Israeli artists continues; PM demands that authorities nab Galilee church arsonists
» S Korea says MERS outbreak shows signs of subsiding 
19/06/15 07:46 from Hurriyet Daily News
South Korea said June 19 that the MERS outbreak that has killed 24 people appears to have begun subsiding, as it reported one new case - the lowest rate of new infections in two weeks
» Frustrated Assange marks third year in Ecuadoran embassy 
19/06/15 07:44 from Hurriyet Daily News
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on June 19 clocked up three years inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London, after claiming that Swedish prosecutors cancelled a landmark meeting in his case earlier this week
» Children raped, castrated, thrown into fires in South Sudan: UN
19/06/15 07:43 from The Times of Israel
18-month civil war characterized by ethnic massacres, mass child abductions into service of warring militias
» Turkish women beat Romania in straight sets
19/06/15 07:40 from Hurriyet Daily News
The Turkish national women’s volleyball team claimed its third victory in a row at the European Games in Baku on June 19, by defeating Romania in a Group A game.
» Weak Gaza economy crippled by high unemployment: IMF
19/06/15 07:37 from Hurriyet Daily News
Economic activity in embargo-hit and war-torn Palestine is insufficient to generate enough job opportunities, according to the IMF, as Gaza welcomes the holy month of Ramadan ‘jobless and foodless’
» When truth is sacrificed to power
19/06/15 07:33 from The Times of Israel
As with today’s anti-Israel campaigns, the biblical rebellion of Korach was predicated on falsehoods
» Israel and World Bank sign water tech deal
19/06/15 07:30 from The Times of Israel
Together with the international financial institution, Israeli expertise will help countries face growing water challenges
» Sberbank to provide 500 mln euro loan for third Istanbul airport
19/06/15 07:29 from Hurriyet Daily News
Russia’s largest lender, Sberbank, has granted İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi (IGA), the builder and future operator of a third airport in Istanbul, 500 million euros in credit for the project, according to announcements by both parties
» Hundreds gather for iftar dinner on main Istanbul street
19/06/15 07:28 from Hurriyet Daily News
Hundreds of people held an outdoor iftar dinner, “Yeryüzü İftarı,” for a third time on Istanbul’s İstiklal Avenue on June 18, for the first day of Ramadan.
» Heavy airstrikes across Yemen kill 10 civilians
19/06/15 07:25 from The Times of Israel
Saudi-led coalition continues pounding of Shiite rebel forces; explosions rock capital Sanaa
» Middle East Updates / Palestinians call truce in Lebanon camp after deadly clashes 
19/06/15 07:18 from Middle East
Kidnapped Tunisian diplomats freed and back in Tunisia, foreign minister says; Al-Qaida in North Africa says Algerian militant Belmokhtar is alive.
» President Erdoğan and former President Gül hold surprise meeting in parliament
19/06/15 07:07 from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey's Erdoğan and Gül held a surprise meeting in the office of Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek for around an hour
» Stowaway falls to death from British Airways jet
19/06/15 06:58 from PressTV Media RSS
A man hiding in the undercarriage of a British Airways jet fell to his death minutes before the aircraft touched on London’s Heathrow airport.
» Russia ‘ready to consider bailing out Greece’
19/06/15 06:55 from PressTV Media RSS
Russia says it is ready to consider offering loans to debt-stricken Greece, which is struggling to secure financial aid from its Western creditors.
» First Silk Road rail cargo enters Iran 
19/06/15 06:45 from PressTV Media RSS
The first cargo carried on the Silk Road railway has entered Iran from the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan, local officials said.
» Palestinians flock to Jerusalem to attend first Friday prayer of Ramadan
19/06/15 06:37 from JPost.com - Front Page
Police expecting thousands of Muslims to come in from different areas such as Ramallah, Bethlehem and Hebron.
» UN’s Ban condemned by left and right over Israel chiding
19/06/15 06:31 from The Times of Israel
Report on children in armed conflict, which places special focus on Israel, slammed by lawmakers from Meretz to Likud
» US drone strikes kill 14 in eastern Afghanistan
19/06/15 06:19 from PressTV Media RSS
Fresh US drone strikes claim the lives of at least 14 people in eastern Afghanistan.
» US church shooting
19/06/15 06:16 from PressTV Media RSS
US church shooting
» UN's envoy to Yemen slams Sana’a attacks
19/06/15 06:07 from PressTV Media RSS
The United Nations special envoy to Yemen condemns a series of deadly bombings in Sana'a.
» Wales has highest child poverty in UK
19/06/15 06:05 from PressTV Media RSS
A new report shows that one in three children in Wales live in poverty.
» US pushing NATO up to Russia’s borders to encircle it: Analyst
19/06/15 05:56 from PressTV Media RSS
The US is pushing NATO right up to Russia’s borders in an attempt to encircle the country, says an analyst.
» Russia, Saudi Arabia sign nuclear energy deal
19/06/15 05:55 from PressTV Media RSS
Russia and Saudi Arabia sign an agreement on cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.
» Russia sees chance for final Iran deal by June 30
19/06/15 05:52 from PressTV Media RSS
Russia says Iran and the P5+1 group can reach a final nuclear agreement before June 30.
» Greece, Russia sign memorandum on gas pipe to Greece
19/06/15 05:48 from Hurriyet Daily News
Russia and Greece on June 19 signed a preliminary agreement to set up a joint venture to build a pipeline through Greece, Moscow said
» Iran VP warns against growing threat of extremism 
19/06/15 05:41 from PressTV Media RSS
The Iranian vice president warns against the growing extremism, saying it will harm the entire world.
» 5,000 contract dengue fever in south Yemen: Official
19/06/15 05:40 from PressTV Media RSS
At least 5,000 people are diagnosed with dengue fever in southern Yemen.
» Amnesty calls on Mexico to probe attacks on migrants
19/06/15 05:31 from PressTV Media RSS
Amnesty International warns Mexico over a rise in attacks against migrants.
» Amnesty urges Mexico to probe attacks on migrants
19/06/15 05:31 from PressTV Media RSS
Amnesty International warns Mexico over a rise in attacks against migrants.
» Left-wing lawmakers to visit burned ‘Jesus loaves’ church
19/06/15 05:27 from The Times of Israel
Arson attack on Christian holy site draws condemnation from across political spectrum, Shin Bet launches investigation
» Left-wing lawmakers visit burned ‘Jesus loaves’ church
19/06/15 05:27 from The Times of Israel
Arson attack on Christian holy site draws condemnation from across political spectrum, Shin Bet launches investigation
» MHP: No government without AKP
19/06/15 05:18 from Hurriyet Daily News
There can be no government without the involvement of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), as the largest party in the new parliament, a senior Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy has stated, as jostling to form a coalition gover...
» No government without AKP, Turkey's nationalist opposition says
19/06/15 05:18 from Hurriyet Daily News
There can be no government without the involvement of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), as the largest party in the new parliament, a senior Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputy has stated, as jostling to form a coalition gover...
» France's Fabius heads to Mideast to sell peace initiative
19/06/15 05:15 from Hurriyet Daily News
France's foreign minister heads to the Middle East this weekend with an initiative aimed at bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks under an international framework amid growing regional instability.
» New Jersey man charged with conspiracy to provide support to ISIL
19/06/15 04:58 from Hurriyet Daily News
US authorities on June 18 charged a New Jersey man with conspiring to support the militant ISIL, the fourth person arrested in recent days in and around New York City as part of a broader investigation.
» The advent of religious Jewish terrorism
19/06/15 04:51 from The Times of Israel
The torching of the Tabgah Church marks the moment when the extremism took on a decidedly theological bent

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