Monday, June 1, 2015

US Senate Debates NSA Reforms as Key Program Expires

US Senate Debates NSA Reforms as Key Program Expires

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The U.S. Senate has advanced a bill to reform the government’s domestic surveillance program. The chamber voted 77-17 to begin debate on the USA Freedom Act, which gives telecommunications companies, rather than the National Security Agency, the task of collecting and retaining Americans’ phone records in the fight against terrorism. The bill was overwhelmingly approved by the House of Representatives, but failed in an initial Senate test vote a little more than a week ago. On Sunday, the Senate reversed itself hours before the midnight expiration of the existing program, which is now defunct two years after it was exposed by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. For weeks, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had argued for a temporary extension of the NSA’s snooping abilities – to no avail. On Sunday, he conceded defeat, saying the USA Freedom Act is better than the alternative: no telephone records being collected at all. “Allow(ing) the program to expire altogether without attempting to replace it, in the face of growing, aggressive and sophisticated threats. That is a totally unacceptable outcome,” McConnell said. The Senate will debate the bill through Tuesday. Should it pass unaltered, it would go to the White House for President Obama’s signature. A statement issued by the White House press secretary after the Senate's action late Sunday urged lawmakers to ensure that what it called an "irresponsible lapse" in the surveillance program "is as short-lived as possible." The statement says: "On a matter as critical as our national security, individual Senators must put aside their partisan motivations and act swiftly.  The American people deserve nothing less." This turn of events constitutes a major victory for Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, who co-authored the bill. “The USA Freedom Act is a carefully crafted bipartisan compromise that protects Americans’ privacy but also keeps this country safe,” Leahy said. “This is a bill that does both.” For some, the bill’s reforms do not go far enough to protect Americans’ civil liberties. Republican Senator Rand Paul, who recently spoke for more than 10 hours on the subject, said the bulk collection of telephone records by any entity is an unconstitutional threat to privacy. “We are not collecting the information of spies. We are not collecting the information of terrorists. We are collecting all American citizens’ records all of the time. Are we going to so blithely give up our freedom?” Paul said. “I’m not going to take it anymore.” Backers of the expired program said it had been much maligned by critics eager to inflame public passions about government snooping. “A portion of the public has been led to believe that big government is in their bedroom, in their house, in their car, in their phone, that it tracks them wherever they go,” said Republican Senator Dan Coats. “It’s a bunch of hokum, and it’s wrong.” The Senate cut short last week’s recess by one day in order to try once again to address the NSA program. The chamber’s options were limited, given that the House of Representatives does not gavel in until later Monday. As a result, even if the Senate had voted to extend the program, House consideration would have occurred after it expired. Last month, a federal appeals court ruled the program illegal. Its expiration means there will be no need for a hearing of the case before the Supreme Court.

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Key Spying Provisions Of USA Patriot Act Expire

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Key parts of of post-September 11 Patriot Act that allow U.S. spy agencies to bulk collect phone data expired after the Senate failed to reach a deal by midnight local time (6 a.m. Prague time).

Assad's Army May Be Losing Its Biggest Backers: Russia And Iran - International Business Times

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Assad's Army May Be Losing Its Biggest Backers: Russia And Iran
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Members of the Syrian opposition said Sunday as many as 100 Russian advisers have left the country, sending a worrying signal to President Bashar Assad: One of his top financial and military backers in the 4-year-old civil war may be backing out ...
Report: Russia turning its back on Syrian regime, not honoring prior agreementsJerusalem Post Israel News
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Ruble rebound threatens rise of 'made in Russia' sector of the economy - Omaha World-Herald

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Ruble rebound threatens rise of 'made in Russia' sector of the economy
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“If the oil price goes down or if, God forbid, there is further escalation in Ukraine or there is surprising news coming from the Russian economy, which is suffering, then the ruble can take a hit,” said Sergei Guriev, a prominent economist who left ...
Russia c.bank halts 1-year forex repo auctions as of June 1Reuters

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Rich Russians turn London into Moscow on the Thames - USA TODAY

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Rich Russians turn London into Moscow on the Thames
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LONDON — Roman Grigorev and Dmitriy Zakirov have spent a lot of time driving around this city's posh neighborhoods in their vintage red Volga. The Russian car was popular in the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Now, as it circles Kensington, Mayfair ...

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Russia unlikely to drop support of Assad regime - Jerusalem Post Israel News

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Russia unlikely to drop support of Assad regime
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Nikolay Kozhanov, a non-resident fellow at Carnegie Moscow Center and a visiting fellow at Chatham House London, told the Post on Sunday that, while Sunni media reports such as the one in Asharq Al-Awsat should be taken with a “grain of salt,” “Russia...
Assad's Army May Be Losing Its Biggest Backers: Russia And IranInternational Business Times
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Moscow Officials Say Non-Russian Language Education Now a ‘Luxury’ Russia Can’t Afford 

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Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, June 1 – Vladimir Putin’s much-ballyhooed program for the optimization of the Russian education system is supposed to solve “two major tasks” – reducing the amount of money the government has to spend on education while raising the quality of education, according to Matvey Storchkov.

 

            “Unfortunately,” the Nazaccent.ru writer notes, “in the majority of cases, the pursuit of the first goal makes the realization of the second impossible;” and among those who particularly suffer from cutbacks in state support for schools are non-Russian children in regions far from Moscow (nazaccent.ru/content/16181-rodnoj-yazyk-kak-roskosh.html).

 

            Indeed, Storchkov says, Putin’s “optimization” program represents a threat to schools in non-Russian languages and increasingly is making education in the native language of those who speak a language other than Russian “a luxury” that the current Russian government has decided it cannot afford

 

            But what makes this attitude and its consequences especially insupportable and infuriating is that while Moscow is cutting back support for non-Russian language education in the Russian Federation, it has announced plans to spend two billion rubles (40 million US dollars) to promote Russian-language instruction abroad (http://izvestia.ru/news/587189)

 

            “One of the most unpopular measures of optimization as far as parents and teachers are concerned,” Storchkov says, “is the unification of schools and the closing of ‘ineffective’ educational organizations.” In big cities, that means simply the redrawing of school districts; but in non-Russian areas, it can mean the destruction of non-Russian education.

 

            The journalist gives three examples, each of which threatens the future of non-Russian communities and each of which has generated protests from parents and teachers.

 

            The first concerns a boarding school in the village of Russkinskaya in the Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous District. There, “’the optimizers’ have suggested that such a schools is an excessive luxury” and that the children should simply be put in local schools. But that argument ignores two things, the Nazaccent.ru journalist says.

 

            On the one hand, all the children in the boarding school are Khanty whose parents live a nomadic way of life and who are unlikely to get any schooling if the boarding school is closed. And on the other, without such a school, they will not only lose their own language but lose the chance to gain skills to integrate in modern life.

 

            The second case involves educational arrangements in Timoshino near St. Petersburg. There officials want to close local schools and put all the children into a boarding school because the roads are too bad to travel on. But the consequence of that is that the children, most of whom are members of the Weps nationality, will be taught in Russian rather than in their native tongue.

 

             Parents and teachers of those who will be affected have organized protests and sent letters, so far without result, complaining that this educational reform must not be implemented lest it destroy their Finno-Ugric people. As Storchkov points out, these two cases show that Moscow has not adopted any consistent policy and regional officials are pursuing their own.

 

            And the third case involves parents, teachers and students in Sakha. Several weeks ago, parents marched through the streets of Yakutsk to demand that officials reverse their decision to ignore the ethnic and linguistic needs of children in making decisions about the languages used in schools.

 

            In the past, officials had supported Yakut language schools in Yakut majority areas and Russian language schools in others. But now, the former are under threat of closure because officials believe they can save money by amalgamating non-Russian schools with Russian ones. Parents say their complaints about this are being ignored.
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Подозреваемый в хищении на космодроме Восточный задержан в Минске - Коммерсантъ

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Подозреваемый в хищении на космодроме Восточный задержан в Минске
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Russia Wants To Convince BRIC Partners To Create Alternative Banking System - Forbes

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Russia Wants To Convince BRIC Partners To Create Alternative Banking System
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Russia has decided it will take the lead in disrupting the dollar denominated unipolar world. It's first attempt is to create an alternative to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication system, aka the SWIFT code, which is a ...
Russia's combat readiness tested during military drills near Ukraine borderUkraine Today

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Moscow’s Top Five Myths, Fakes and Stupidities about Ukraine This Week 

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            Staunton, June 1 – As he does each week, Dmitry Bukovsky of Kyiv’s “Delovaya Stolitsa” surveys Russian propaganda concerning Ukraine and picks out what he identifies as “the top five propagandistic myths, fakes, and stupidities of the Kremlin” for the last seven days (dsnews.ua/politics/top-5-propagandistskih-mifov-feykov-i-glupostey-kremlya-30052015104400).

 

            The past week’s list, which highlights some of the rich variety of tactics Russian propaganda makes use of, includes:

 

  1. When Moscow Needs ‘Evidence’ of Ukrainian ‘Fascism,’ the DNR Comes Through. The Russian foreign ministry said that Moscow hopes the OSCE will react to what it said was the presence of Nazi symbols on Ukrainian military equipment. Shortly thereafter, Bukovsky reports, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the head of the DNR, came through with what Moscow said it needed. He showed a Ukrainian flag with a swastika drawn on it but provided no evidence that he had not put the swastika on it himself (ria.ru/world/20150528/1066902471.html).
     
  2. Stalin is Now a Regular on Russian Icons – and Putin Makes an Appearance There Too.Given what Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin did to destroy religion, one might think that Orthodox Russians would not want to honor him by putting his visage on icons. But that is not so, and some Russian nationalists are celebrating his increasingly frequent appearance on them (zavtra.ru/content/view/prohorovka/). Although Bukovsky does not mention it, Vladimir Putin is now appearing on icons as well, the result one Russian religious commentator says of the Moscow Patriarchate’s too rapid expansion in the number of bishoprics and the deteriorating level of the knowledge of those who occupy those positions (expertmus.livejournal.com/190509.html).
     
  3. Who is Selling a Ukrainian Passport?Russian media last week were filled with reports that “Ukrainians have begun to sell their passports on the Internet.”  (See, for example, vesti-ukr.com/strana/101444-ukraincy-reshili-prodavat-svoi-pasporta-za-2000-dollarov.) Efforts to track down those who supposedly are doing so, however, has not found the mass phenomenon Moscow suggests has emerged. Instead, it appears some of the passports being sold were stolen and that their sale simply reflects the following reality, Bukovsky says: “Some make their way in live by the minds; others by the sale of passports.”
     
  4. DNR Says Ukraine Plans ‘New Chemical Attack’ but Provides No Evidence. DNR field commanders this week said that that Ukrainian forces were preparing “a new chemical weapons attack.”  But the reports collapsed of their own weight because those who made these declarations demonstrated by what they said that they had no idea what was contained in containers that they insisted had chemical weapons (voicesevas.ru/news/yugo-vostok/14282-vsu-gotovit-diversii-v-donbasse-s-ispolzovaniem-himicheskih-veschestv.html).
     
  5. ‘No One Doubts’ Life is Becoming More Joyous in the DNR – Except Those Living There. When conditions were at their worst in Soviet times, Moscow propagandists resorted to the formulation that “no one has any doubts” that things are getting better. Now, the DNR powers that be have adopted the same formula: Those who look around themselves can see that there are problems, but the pro-Moscow forces insist that “no one has any doubts” that everything is getting better all the time (nahnews.org/241858-smi-dnr-za-god-dostigla-bolshix-uspexov-chem-ukraina/).
     
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Russia to Start Construction On New Iranian Nuke Plant - Washington Free Beacon

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Russia to Start Construction On New Iranian Nuke Plant
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Russia's Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation made the announcement early on Monday, stating that it will begin building a second nuclear power plant in Iran's southern region later this year, according to Iran's state-controlled Fars News Agency.
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Russian planes, US warship have close encounter near Crimea - CNN

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Russian planes, US warship have close encounter near Crimea
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Washington (CNN) The U.S. Navy took the unusual step Monday of releasing video of a RussianSu-24 aircraft flying past the right side of the guided missile destroyer USS Ross in the Black Sea. The video was distributed to make clear that the airplanes ...
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British victim of clerical sex abuse chosen to help root out paedophilia in the Catholic Church may face legal action from Vatican adviser

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A British clerical sex abuse victim chosen by Pope Francis to help root out paedophilia in the Catholic Church has been threatened with legal action by one of the pontiff’s closest advisers for suggesting he helped conceal child sex abuse in his native Australia.

Election Shifts Show Kremlin Wary Of Fallout From Recession

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The Russian authorities are trying to bring forward parliamentary elections due in December 2016 and calling snap elections in the provinces this year in a bid to minimize possible fallout from the economic crisis, which could present an opportunity to the opposition.

US High Court Declines Request to Revive Immigration Law

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a ruling that struck down an Arizona law that denied bail to illegal immigrants charged with certain felonies. The justices rejected an appeal filed by Maricopa County and its controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Three of the court's conservative justices – Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito – said they would have heard the case. Four of the nine justices must agree to hear a case for the court to take it up. The court's action means the October 2014 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the 2006 law is unconstitutional, is the final word in the case.

New Regional Policy Draft Pushing Russia toward Hyper-Centralized ‘Post-Federalism,’ Shtepa Says

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            Staunton, June 1 – Vladimir Putin is launching a new regional policy, one so deeply centralist that “the regions will in fact lose their title of subjects of the Federation and be converted into only objects of administration from the center,” according to Vadim Shtepa, one of Russia’s leading regionalist writers.

 

            In today’s “Gazeta,” Shtepa says that this new approach to Russia’s regions contained in a draft paper on “Foundations of State Policy on the Regional Development of the Russian Federation” (http://regulation.gov.ru/project/25352.html) that replaces a 1996 document can best be described as “’post-federalism’” (gazeta.ru/comments/2015/05/28_a_6737745.shtml).

 

            In the 1990s, Moscow routinely ignored the Federation Treaty and the federal principles in the Russian Constitution, Shtepa says, but “the new document replaces the federation not only de factobut also de jure.” The word “federation” remains in the new document “but only as something entirely nominal, a polite reference to the constitutional past.”

 

            Indeed, the Russian regional writer argues, “by analogy with post-modernism, one can characterize” what Putin is proposing “as ‘post-federalism,’ as one and the same words suddenly acquire different meanings and interpretations.” Thus, while federalism is typically about the delegation of powers from the regions to the center, Putin’s new version does just the reverse.

 

            “It is extremely indicative,” Shtepa continues, “that unlike the 1996 document, in the new draft are completely absence such fundamental federalism terms as ‘decentralization of power’ and ‘equality of subjects.’”  Instead, it specifies that regional policy is all about promoting “the national interests of the Russian Federation.”

 

            The new document says that Moscow will pursue its regional policy “’selectively.’” That obviously means that “some regions will have more rights and authority than others.”  Whether that will strengthen the state as a whole as the document claims is, Shtepa suggests, “extremely doubtful.”

 

            There is another “interesting distinction” between the 1996 document and the 2015 draft: The earlier document calls for creating conditions for the formation of free economic zones; the new one makes no reference to that. Moreover, the new one calls for the development of “mysterious ‘macro-regions,’” an apparent bow to Putin’s stalled regional amalgamation effort.

 

            At present, the Russian Federation in words copies successful federal systems like those in the United States and elsewhere, but in reality, it guts these words of any meaning by Moscow’s control over tax revenues, forcing regions to depend on the center, and its control over candidates for gubernatorial office, thus limiting the role of the regions still further.

 

             The new draft simply scraps the words and thus makes it even more likely that the country will move ever further away from federalism toward a hyper-centralized regime. Indeed, Shtepa says, about the only area where regions are to have any autonomy is in the intellectual sphere, where the new document says they should try to come up with new ideas.

 

            But under current conditions, any such efforts would be extremely “risky,” he continues, because Moscow has in place a variety of supervisory organs which are always prepared to charge anything they don’t like coming from the regions as a manifestation of a dangerous “’separatism.’”

 

            “In a word,” Shtepa says, “Russian regional policies under conditions of post-federalism will ever more recall the story about the empty pool.”  The coach will tell his charges: “’Learn to swim!’” To which the latter will respond, “’Fill the pool with water.’” To which the coach in turn will respond, “’Learn to swim and then we’ll fill it up.’”

 

 

 
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Sanctions Spark Russian Cheese Industry Boom

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Profits at Russia's cheese factories are booming as state support and bans on imports from the West force supermarkets to turn to local producers.

Egyptian Court Adjourns Al Jazeera Journalists Trial for 4 Days

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A Cairo court on Monday adjourned the trial of three Al Jazeera television journalists for four days after hearing the prosecution's closing argument that their reporting had endangered Egypt's national security. Australian journalist Peter Greste, who was released in February after 400 days in jail and deported, has not returned for the trial and the presiding judge only mentioned him once when reading out the names of the accused. Mohamed Fahmy, a naturalized Canadian who gave up his Egyptian citizenship, and Egyptian Baher Mohamed were present to hear the argument that their meetings with members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and use of the word "coup" to describe the army's July 2013 seizure of power had harmed the country. The three were arrested in December 2013 and originally sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organization. Egypt's high court ordered a retrial in January and Fahmy and Mohamed were released on bail in February, shortly after Greste was deported. The three journalists, whose case prompted an international outcry, were arrested after several months of protests by Muslim Brotherhood supporters against the army toppling of Egypt’s first freely elected civilian President Mohamed Morsi. Egyptian authorities accuse Qatar-based Al Jazeera of being a mouthpiece of the Brotherhood, which was outlawed as a terrorist organization after then army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sissi ousted Morsi following mass protests against his one-year-rule. Al Jazeera denies the allegations. Greste told Reuters last week he feared he would be found guilty in absentia at the retrial. Egyptian courts usually declare absent defendants guilty as charged and give them the option of a retrial if they turn themselves in. The court will hear the defense's closing arguments in the June 4 session, Greste's lawyer Mostafa Nagy said. Separately, a Cairo criminal court sentenced in absentia 29 people, including seven minors, to between five and 10 years in prison for charges including illegal assembly, threatening violence and destroying public property, a judicial source said. The defendants were arrested after a February 2013 protest at the presidential palace in Cairo, one of many demonstrations for and against Morsi in the months before his ouster. The court had earlier released the defendants, who will be retried if they are arrested or hand themselves in.

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1915 - век спустя. Блок, Маяковский, Прокофьев - 01 июня, 2015 

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Fifa scandal dims South Africa’s legacy

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Corruption probe into alleged $10m bribe to secure football tournament

Iraqi Security, Stabilization Among Priorities at Meeting

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Iraqi command and control over all of the forces battling Islamic State militants in the country will be one of the key focal points of a counter-IS coalition ministerial meeting in Paris on Tuesday.   A senior State Department official said Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other officials attending the meeting will also focus on Iraqi army recruitment, mobilizing tribes, stabilizing communities cleared of Islamic State militants and recalling police in hard-hit Anbar province.   The official commented Monday in a background briefing.   In a statement, the French foreign ministry said the group would also “convey a strong message” about the need to find lasting political solutions to the Iraqi crisis.   Secretary Kerry to participate remotely   State Department officials said Secretary of State Kerry would participate in the session “remotely."   He had planned to attend in person but was forced to cut short his European trip, that also included a stop in Spain, after fracturing his femur while bike riding in France on Sunday.     The State Department said Kerry was in “good spirits” and eager to take part in Tuesday’s small group ministerial meeting as he receives medical treatment in Boston.   Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who traveled to Paris on Monday, will now lead the U.S. delegation.   Crucial time   The meeting comes at a critical time. Last month, Islamic State fighters took over Ramadi, the provincial capital of Iraq’s Anbar province.  They used a series of vehicle-borne explosive devices to push Iraqi security forces into retreat.   “Given what happened in Ramadi, this is not business as usual,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf in reference to Tuesday’s meeting.   “We are focused on action here and what happens next,” she added.   Review of goals, Syria’s situation     The Counter-Islamic State Coalition Small Group Ministerial last met in London, in January. Kerry and British foreign secretary Philip Hammond hosted the session.   On Tuesday, officials will also review progress on some of the priorities set in the previous meeting, including finding ways to cut the Islamic State’s financing and cut the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq and Syria.   Also, the senior State Department official said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius would be hosting a meeting that focused specifically on the Islamic State’s presence in Syria.   “We have to get at this problem. We can not allow them sanctuary,” the official said.   Islamic State's widening influence   In recent weeks, militant groups carrying out attacks in countries including Libya and Nigeria have claimed allegiance to the Islamic State.   “We are not going to be distracted every time a terrorist organization raises a black flag and says they are ISIL,” the senior State Department official said.   The official added that while the coalition had to focus on the “heart” of the Islamic State network in Iraq and Syria, it could not ignore the fact that the militant group has been trying to expand and cooperate with other terrorist groups.

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Blatter’s Top FIFA Deputy Is Said to Have Transferred Money Central to Bribery Case

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Law enforcement officials said that Mr. Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general, is the person who prosecutors say made a 2008 bank transfer to a soccer official accused of taking a bribe.







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China: Ship with 400 On Board Sinks in Yangtze River

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China says a passenger ship traveling the Yangtze River with more than 400 people on board sank Monday night in the Hubei region of central China. Early accounts from China's Xinhua news agency were sketchy. The agency said the vessel was headed from Nanjing to Chongqing city in southwest China. There were no immediate reports of casualties or details leading to the sinking. Xinhua said seven people had been pulled from the river with pre-dawn rescue efforts under way Tuesday.

2,890,6772,890,6772015-05-30La Noche Oscura, The Darkness Of My Soul

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2015-05-31Easy Access to Money Keeps U.S. Oil Pumping

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World Bank Raises 2015, 2016 Growth Forecasts for Russia