Monday, July 6, 2015

Obama says recent Islamic State losses show group will be defeated - Monday July 6th, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Obama says recent Islamic State losses show group will be defeated

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday recent territory losses by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria show the extremist group will be defeated.
  

Syria Regime Hits Back at Rebels

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As rebels make gains in the four-year civil war, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, fight to control his strongholds.

In Greece, ATM Lines, Bank Transfer Limits Enter Second Week

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The government is considering granting exceptions to capital controls that are fast choking the economy, with importers unable to pay foreign suppliers, even for critical goods.

WorldViews: Kenyan lawmakers say Obama shouldn’t be allowed to talk about gay rights during his visit 

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In just a few weeks, President Obama will visit Kenya. It's an important visit for many reasons, not least because many Kenyans hope that his familial link to the country can lead to a better relationship between the United States and East Africa.Read full article >>









France discreetly returns looted gold antiquities to China

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French luxury tycoon François Pinault personally handed over four 2,000-year old solid gold birds of prey heads to Chinese embassy in Paris











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Israel Arrests 6 Bedouin for Supporting Islamic State Group - New York Times

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Israel Arrests 6 Bedouin for Supporting Islamic State Group
New York Times
JERUSALEM — Israel's Shin Bet security agency says it has arrested six Bedouin for establishing a cell supportive of the Islamic State group. The agency said Monday that four of those arrested were teachers and tried to indoctrinate students at their ...
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ECB haircut adjustment will not hit Greek banks' business - source - Reuters

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ECB haircut adjustment will not hit Greek banks' business - source
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FRANKFURT, July 6 The European Central Bank's adjustment to the discount on Greek banks' collateral for emergency funding will not impact their regular business, a person familiar with the situation said on Monday. "It doesn't change anything for the ...
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Here’s the Trickiest Part of the Iranian Nuclear Talks

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After more than 18 months of talks, the U.S. and Iran are within striking distance of a nuclear deal. But diplomats familiar with the talks say the hardest issue negotiators have struggled with from the start remains unresolved: the nature and extent of international inspections to monitor the supposedly peaceful nuclear program Iran gets to keep under the agreement. Which means the final push for a deal is probably the most important.
The heart of the interim “political framework” that the U.S. and Iran agreed to on April 2 was a step-by-step-lifting of economic sanctions on Tehran in exchange for its commitment to allow international monitors to verify tough limits on its nuclear program. But the outline left unresolved just how much access the monitors would get and what would happen if there were a disagreement. “The interim deal was largely silent on verification conditions,” says David Albright, a former arms inspector and the president of Institute for Science and International Security.
What kind of access the IAEA gets makes all the difference in part because Iran has a history of cheating on nuclear deals. A signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it committed to monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). But twice in the past twenty years it secretly built nuclear facilities that were only uncovered by aggressive intelligence work by the U.S., France, the United Kingdom and Israel. And Iran has never explained the research into nuclear weapons that the international community uncovered over that time.
Since the April deal, Iran has sent mixed messages on how much access inspectors would get to suspected nuclear sites around the country. On May 20, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ruled out inspections of military facilities. But Iranian officials suggested to reporters last week in Vienna that the country would accept additional, intrusive inspections proposed by the IAEA. Getting those additional measures is key to U.S. and Western confidence in a deal. “The IAEA has to get better cooperation from Iran,” says Albright.
Even if Iran agrees on paper to the additional IAEA inspections, though, skeptics worry that in practice Tehran will block monitors. The U.S. negotiators have pushed for a system to resolve disputes quickly so that Iran couldn’t hide evidence at a suspect site before inspectors got there. How that system would work and whether Iran will agree to it are still unknown.
The final question is what happens if the IAEA and international powers actually catch Iran breaking the agreement. The U.S. has insisted that sanctions must be reimposed automatically if the IAEA finds violations Iran can’t or won’t explain them. While details are thin, sources familiar with the talks say both sides have made progress on that issue in recent days.
Ultimately a nuclear deal with Iran is only as strong as the inspections that verify its implementation. The question now is whether Iran will actually accept intrusive monitoring and if not, will U.S. negotiators have the fortitude to walk away after a year and a half of talks have brought them so close to a deal.

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Russian Military Jet Crashes Killing 2 Pilots

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A Russian military aircraft crashed during a training mission on July 6, killing both pilots, the Defense Ministry said.

Iran Revives Embargo Debate as Nuclear Talks Near End

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Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, the foreign minister of Iran, sat next to Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief as they meet with other foreign ministers in Vienna on Tuesday.

Angela Merkel Faces Monumental Test of Leadership After Greek Vote 

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The German chancellor must find a way to maintain European unity and the euro as a currency while also devising an acceptable resolution to Greece’s financial crisis.

Chicago police superintendent calls for more gun laws after deadly weekend 

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Ten people were killed over holiday weekend despite increased police presence. Garry McCarthy says flow of guns into the city must be stopped
Ten people, including a seven-year-old boy, were killed in shootings in Chicago over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Police superintendent Garry McCarthy acknowledged that his department’s decision to increase the police presence in the city by 30% in anticipation of holiday violence had not prevented the killings – and called for more restrictive gun laws. Last year 14 people were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend.
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Greek referendum: smart response from Tsipras, but triumph may be brief 

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Winning the vote decisively has refreshed the prime minister’s anti-austerity mandate, but rebuilding trust with eurozone members will not prove easy
Alexis Tsipras’s response to the Greek referendum was smart. A dumber politician might have been tempted to turn up the volume following the thumping victory for the no side in the referendum. But instead of striking macho poses, the Greek prime minister was emollient. He said Greece wanted to resume talks with its creditors, and backed up his words by getting rid of his finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, who relished being a figure of hate in Brussels.
Emollient and realistic, because, without question, Tsipras is in an uncomfortable position. The Greek economy is even closer to seizing up than it was before Sunday’s vote. The banks remain shut and it looks as if the cashpoints will run out of cash within the next 48 hours. Even if a deal is done in the next few days, Greece is in the early stages of another deep and painful recession.
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Florida man caught having sex on a beach gets two and a half years in jail 

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A four-year-old child saw the activity and both Jose Caballero, 40, and the woman involved, Elissa Alvarez, 21, must now register as sex offenders
A man convicted of having sex on a public beach in Florida in front of a child was sentenced on Monday to two and a half years in prison, a state prosecutor said.
Jose Caballero, 40, was arrested in Bradenton Beach in west-central Florida last July after other beachgoers complained that he was fondling and starting to have sexual intercourse with a woman on the beach in the middle of the afternoon.
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$333K in Settlements for 6 Pepper-Sprayed Occupy Protesters

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New York City to pay $333K to 6 Occupy Wall Street protesters who sued over cops' pepper spray

Condemned Boston Marathon Bomber Files Motion for New Trial

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Boston Marathon bomber files motion for new trial for conviction and death sentence

Obama at Pentagon for Meetings on Islamic State

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Obama meeting with military leaders at the Pentagon on campaign against Islamic State

At least 12 killed after Iraqi jet accidentally bombs Baghdad

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An Iraqi warplane has accidentally dropped a bomb on Baghdad, after a mechanical fault caused the weapon to fall from a plane over a residential area of the city.










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Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State.
  

Air attack possible lead in 1961 U.N. chief plane crash: inquiry

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A United Nations inquiry into a 1961 plane crash that killed then Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold found that new information pointing to an aerial attack or threat bringing down the aircraft warrants further investigation.
  

Governments need to do more to regain citizens' trust, OECD says

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WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Advanced countries need to do more to address breaches of integrity by public officials and help win back citizens' trust in national governments, a survey by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found.
  

Секреты пропаганды «Исламского государства»

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What Does Greece's 'No' Vote Mean for Russia?

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As EU leaders gather Tuesday to seek an answer to Greece's sweeping rejection of international bailout terms, Russia -the EU's third-largest trading partner - is quietly waiting to see where the chips fall.

Russians Rally in Support of U.S. Teacher Sentenced for Sex With Teens 

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The sentencing of an American teacher to 22 years in prison for having sex with teenaged students has sparked outrage among Russians adamant that the 30-year-old had "done nothing wrong" by pursuing the amorous affairs.
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Georgian Parliament Votes On Interior Ministry Reform

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The Georgian Dream coalition pledged in the run-up to the 2012 elections to split up the country’s powerful Interior Ministry, abolishing some departments and separating the security and intelligence bodies.

A rare Pentagon briefing for Obama; US troops praised for restraint in Kabul; French defense minister in DC today; Iran wants missiles in its nuke deal; And a bit more.

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