Thursday, September 24, 2015

China's Xi Jinping welcomed by Joe Biden for first US visit – video by Guardian Staff

China's Xi Jinping welcomed by Joe Biden for first US visit – video 

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Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Washington on Thursday for his first US state visit and talks with President Barack Obama, where differences over cyber spying, economic policy and territorial disputes in the South China Sea may cause tension. Vice president Joe Biden led the welcoming delegation after the plane touched down
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Muslim face veils hot topic in Canadian debate

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Canadian opposition leaders have accused Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper of playing divisive politics in a French-language debate ahead of next month’s election.









U.S., China to Announce New Steps to Fight Climate Change

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The U.S. and China Friday will announce significant new steps in their efforts to combat climate change, including a pledge by China to launch a program by 2017 to cap some emissions and put a price on carbon.

US and China to Announce New Measures to Combat Climate Change - TIME

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US and China to Announce New Measures to Combat Climate Change
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The United States and China will announce on Friday a slew of new policies to combat climate change, including a national cap-and-trade program in China, according to senior White House officials. The White House framed the announcement from the ...
The Pope, Obama, and China's President Want to Save EarthWIRED
China to Launch Carbon Emissions Market in 2017, Official SaysNBCNews.com
China to Launch National Pollution-Trading System to Cut EmissionsBloomberg

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Путин рассказал, что ему больше всего импонирует в американцах - Росбалт.RU

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Путин рассказал, что ему больше всего импонирует в американцах
Росбалт.RU
МОСКВА, 24 сентября. Президент РФ Владимир Путин высказал мнение в интервью интервью американскому журналисту Чарли Роузу, фрагмент которого телеканал CBS опубликовал на своем сайте, благодаря чему США достигли больших успехов в развитии страны. Журналист ...
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Путин назвал неподходящим сравнение его с царемРБК
Путин рассказал Си-би-эс, что ему нравится в американцахBBC Russian
Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ -Российский Диалог -Говорит Москва
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В ООН сообщили, что гумагентства без аккредитации обязали покинуть ЛНР - РИА Новости

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В ООН сообщили, что гумагентства без аккредитации обязали покинуть ЛНР
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Власти республики, как сообщалось ранее, из-за выявленных нарушений отказали в аккредитации на территории республики десяти из 11 подавшим заявки иностранным гуманитарным организациям. Луганск. Архивное фото. © РИА Новости. Евгений Биятов | Купить иллюстрацию.
ООН: ЛНР прогоняет международные гуманитарные агентстваBBC Russian
ООН: власти ЛНР обязали неаккредитованные гуманитарные агентства покинуть республикуКоммерсантъ
В ЛНР предписали неаккредитованным гуманитарным организациям покинуть республикуLenta.ru
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Thorny Issues Remain on Obama, Xi Agenda

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Washington Thursday for a state visit and talks with President Barack Obama expected to be clouded by differences over alleged Chinese cyber spying, Beijing's economic policies and territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Vice President Joe Biden led the welcoming delegation as Xi's plane touched down at Joint Base Andrews on the second leg of a week-long trip that began in Seattle, where the Chinese leader sought to reassure U.S. companies that he is working to create a more favorable investment climate in his country. Later, President Obama hosted Xi at a private working dinner, where White House aides said they would begin grappling with the main issues that divide their countries. On Friday, Xi will be treated to full honors, including a 21-gun salute, a formal summit, a joint news conference and a black tie state dinner. U.S. officials earlier said cyber security is expected to be a focal point in talks between the U.S. and Chinese presidents. State Department spokesman John Kirby said, “We continue to have serious concerns about China’s practices in the cyber realm and that is probably not going to be abated anytime soon.”   President Obama has said he is considering U.S. sanctions against China in response to attacks. Cyber attacks are among the "difficult issues in the U.S.-China relationship" that 26 Congress members are urging Obama to take up in talks with Xi.  In a letter Monday, the representatives urged the president to directly address "pressing areas of disagreement."   Fingerprints Stolen   On Wednesday, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management said a further investigation into the data breach reported earlier this year revealed that more than 5.5 million fingerprint records were stolen, five times as many as first thought.   U.S. officials have not accused China of the breach. However, U.S. investigators have told reporters privately that they believe the Chinese government is responsible. U.S. business leaders are seeking personal assurances from President Xi that their companies will be treated fairly when they do business in China, and that Beijing will scale back its alleged large-scale cyber theft of commercial secrets that has cost American companies billions of dollars in recent years.   “China and the United States have had a late and feeble start to consultations on what to do about managing the rules of cyberspace,” said Carnegie Endowment for International Peace analyst Douglas Paal in an Op-Ed for China Daily. South China Sea Another area of disagreement expected to be discussed is China's controversial territorial claims in the South China Sea. Most pressing is China's island-building efforts in the Spratly Islands chain, parts of which are also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.   “We do not take positions on claims,” said Kirby.   But he added, “It is unhelpful for the status quo to be changed in an overt manner, whether it is through reclamation or militarization of reclaimed land.” The U.S. has demanded China stop those activities, calling them out of step with international norms and a risk for sparking conflict in the region. Earlier this week, Xi told The Wall Street Journal that the Spratly Islands have been Chinese territory since ancient times. Human rights China's human rights record is another source of friction, and several rights groups are urging President Obama to not shy away from the issue during his meetings with President Xi. "It's a big and complicated relationship, and so there are a lot of topics vying for attention," acknowledged Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch.  "But we certainly think that the deterioration of the rights situation in China under Xi merits special attention." When the Chinese leader spoke Tuesday in Seattle, dozens of protesters gathered to condemn what they see as Beijing's harsh policies in Tibet and its crackdown against other political dissidents. Xi also is likely to experience protests in Washington and in New York, where he plans to address the U.N. General Assembly. Cooperation Despite the multitude of disagreements, one area of cooperation expected to be highlighted by the two leaders is climate change. During Obama's visit to Beijing last year, the two countries agreed to reduce climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement was seen as a landmark moment for the world's two worst polluters. The two sides also will attempt to find common ground on how to deal with North Korea, which is continuing to advance its nuclear weapons program and is threatening to carry out a satellite launch, which many say is a disguised long-range missile test.

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US Not Clear on Russian Overlap in Syria

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says it is unclear whether the United States can find a way to cooperate with Russia on the crisis in Syria. "We will continue to work with Russia on issues where our interests overlap,” Carter told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday. “It is possible, but not yet clear, that such an overlap might exist in Syria." While the two countries both desire the Islamic State’s defeat, Carter said the U.S. cannot work with Russia if it were to “indiscriminately” fire on enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Carter welcomed his Ukrainian counterpart, Colonel-General Stepan Poltorak, to the Pentagon, reaffirming America’s commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty amid Russia’s aggressive support of separatists in Ukraine’s east. He said the United States has provided Ukraine with $244 million in training and equipment. President Barack Obama will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where both Ukraine and Syria are expected to dominate the discussion. When asked about Russia’s involvement in Syria, Ukrainian Minister of Defense Colonel-General Stepan Poltorak told reporters that one factor of Russia’s involvement in Syria is “to divert the attention of the international community from Ukraine."

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Obama to host Xi Jinping amid growing tensions over Chinese cyberattacks 

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President Obama will honor Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday with a 21-gun salute and a state dinner at the White House amid growing tensions over China's cyberplundering of U.S. government secrets, relentless industrial espionage, human rights crackdowns and an aggressive confrontation with an American spy plane.
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Obama's personal ties with China's Xi yield mixed policy results

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President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping's relationship will be tested anew as talks delve into China's flouting of U.S. concerns about cyberattacks and Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea.
     

German ex-sniper gets 20 years in murder-for-hire sting operation case

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A former German army sniper was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday after he was caught in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sting operation that tested whether ex-soldiers would kill a federal agent.
     

Deaths of at least 717 in hajj stampede pose new challenge for Saudi king

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Review: ‘Quantico’ Flips Between Jousting F.B.I. Recruits and a Terrorist Attack 

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With its roller-coaster plot reversals and amorous characters, this ABC drama evokes signature elements of Shonda Rhimes’s series even though it isn’t one.

Hillary Clinton tells Lena Dunham that women should be proud to be feminists 

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Former secretary of state is interviewed by comedian for first issue of her online newsletter











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Who was Mona Lisa? Burial breakthrough may solve identity mystery behind Da Vinci masterpiece 

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The remains are believed to belong to Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a silk merchant whose portrait was painted by Leonardo da Vinci











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British tourists held overnight by Peruvian protesters 

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Tour party hijacked by indigenous campaigners angered by halt in road construction











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Israel Approves Harsher Punishment for Stone-Throwers

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Israeli leaders on Thursday approved harsher measures to combat stone-throwing Palestinians, including allowing police to use live ammunition when there is an "immediate and concrete danger to police or civilians." The measures include a minimum four-year sentence for stone-throwers, fines and jail time for stone-throwing minors ages 14 to 18, and even fines for their parents. According to the measures, officers also will be permitted to fire from .22-caliber rifles, which...

Edward Snowden: mass surveillance does not help combat terrorism – video 

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Former US spy contractor Edward Snowden on Thursday backs a push for an international treaty for protection against improper surveillance and for whistleblowers. Speaking via video conference from Russia, Snowden says mass spying is now a global problem. Journalist Glenn Greenwald and his partner David Miranda are also involved in the campaign they call the Snowden treaty
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Obama and Putin to meet; Syria and Ukraine vie for attention

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WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in New York on Monday at a time of high tension in Europe and the Middle East, but the Kremlin and the White House disagreed on Thursday over the top priority for the talks.









  

Israel Acts to Combat Violence in Jerusalem

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The security cabinet will ease some rules on police shooting and is proposing harsher sentences as it clamps down on Palestinians throwing rocks, firebombs and fireworks at Israeli citizens and soldiers.

Saudis Seek to Fend Off UN Inquiry on Yemen - New York Times

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Saudis Seek to Fend Off UN Inquiry on Yemen
New York Times
GENEVA — As Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies pressed their military offensive against Houthi rebels in Yemen, Saudi diplomats were waging their own battle to fend off calls in the United Nations Human Rights Council for an international inquiry into ...
Yemen conflict: No end in sight, six months onBBC News
Dutch Want UN Human Rights Chief to Report on War-Torn YemenABC News

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World Briefing: Iraq: Yazidis Turn to International Court

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The court’s current chief prosecutor said because those countries have not joined the court, it has no jurisdiction over matters that take place in Syria or Iraq.

U.N. Agencies Told to Leave East Ukraine

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It is rare that United Nations agencies are ordered to cease operations in a country or region.

U.S. to Press China on Island Expansions

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The Obama administration is hoping to get assurances from President Xi Jinping that China will stop its reclamation work in the South China Sea.

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At Last, New York Greets Pope Francis

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Thousands line New York City streets for a glimpse of the pontiff.

U.S., allies review Afghan pullback options: WSJ

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and allied defense officials, increasingly wary of White House plans to scale back the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, are reviewing new drawdown options that include keeping thousands of American troops in the country beyond the end of 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.









  

U.N. Speech Marks Putin's Return to Center Stage

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By sending military assets to Syria, Vladimir Putin has made Russia an indispensable player in the world’s biggest crisis—the wave of refugees fleeing the Middle East, Kremlin watchers say.

Russia: Obama to meet with Putin next week - USA TODAY