Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Московская конференция по безопасности: терроризм, ситуация в Сирии, отношения РФ-НАТО - ТАСС Wednesday April 27th, 2016 at 10:05 AM

Московская конференция по безопасности: терроризм, ситуация в Сирии, отношения РФ-НАТО - ТАСС

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Московская конференция по безопасности: терроризм, ситуация в Сирии, отношения РФ-НАТО
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В Москве открылась конференция по международной безопасности, организованная российским министерством обороны. В работе пятого по счету форума принимают участие высокопоставленные представители зарубежных военных ведомств, официальные лица, представители ...
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Министры обороны России и Китая обсудили перспективы двухстороннего сотрудничества

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В ходе переговоров генерал армии Сергей Шойгу отметил, что в этом году предстоит провести гораздо больше совместных учений и мероприятий, чем в предыдущие годы.

Russian Court Jails Ethnic Armenian From Kazakhstan For Trying To Join IS

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An ethnic Armenian from Kazakhstan has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail on Islamic extremism charges in Russia.

Russia Launches Criminal Investigation Into Death of Pilot in Syria 

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Russia's Investigative Committee has launched a criminal investigation into the killing of a Russian pilot in Syria despite a previous military investigation claiming there are no grounds to do so.

A Dutch court said Russia doesn't have to pay Yukos's investors. Will Russia have to pay anyway? - Washington Post

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A Dutch court said Russia doesn't have to pay Yukos's investors. Will Russia have to pay anyway?
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In 2014, an international tribunal decided Russia had unlawfully expropriated the Yukos oil company — and owed $50 billion to Yukos shareholders. Last week, a Dutch court found that, no, Russia doesn't have to pay. Here's the big catch: International ...
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Armenia-Russia Ties Under Question Amid Fighting, Anti-Moscow Protests - International Business Times

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Armenia-Russia Ties Under Question Amid Fighting, Anti-Moscow Protests
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GettyImages-518862864 Armenian artillery units are seen in the town of Martakert in Armenian-seized Azerbaijani region of Nagorny Karabakh on April 3, 2016. Sporadic fighting between Azeri and Armenian forces was reported on April 3, a day after Russia ...

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Начальник ГОУ Генштаба ВС РФ на конференции по безопасности рассказал о действиях российской авиагруппы в Сирии

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Генерал-лейтенант Сергей Рудской отметил, что в результате ударов российской авиации боевой потенциал террористических группировок многократно снизился, они утратили инициативу и отказались от наступательных действий.

Reports Claim Putin Ally Roldugin's Offshore Tied to Magnitsky Case 

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Banking records obtained from the Panama Papers show links between cellist Sergei Roldugin, a close ally of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and the case of Sergei Magnitsky.

Pentagon Won't Give Islamic State Clues on Cyber Strategy

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The Pentagon is being careful not to reveal the precise ways it is targeting Islamic State through the use of expanded cyber weaponry, concerned that any clues could help the terror network avoid future attacks.

U.S. Sees New Flashpoint in South China Sea

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U.S. military aircraft in recent days conducted their first patrol close to a shoal in the South China Sea near the Philippines, U.S. officials said, in a message to Beijing over a potential new flashpoint in the region.

Leader of Tibet's Government-in-Exile Is Re-Elected

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Prime minister of Tibet’s government-in-exile is re-elected in a vote that is part of an effort to strengthen democracy within the movement as it struggles to win more autonomy for Tibetans in China.

IS advances against rebels in north Syria 

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A network of activists monitoring the Syria conflict says militants from the Islamic State group have seized five villages from Syrian rebels close to the Turkish border.
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Money to Burn: Up to $800 Million of ISIS Cash Destroyed in Air Strikes 

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A senior American military official says that air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition may have destroyedas much as $800 million of cash held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).
The BBC reports that Major General Peter Gersten, speaking from Baghdad, told reporters thatfewer than 20 air strikes had targeted cash stores in parts of Iraq and Syria controlled by the group. In one case, the BBC says, an estimated $150 million in cash was destroyed when U.S.-led forces received intelligence identifying a room in Mosul, Iraq, where the group was storing the banknotes.
Gersten said successes targeting ISIS’s cash flow were causing more fighters to defect because oflower salaries.
“We’re seeing a fracture in their morale, we’re seeing their inability to pay, we’re seeing the inability to fight, we’re watching them try to leave Daesh in every single way,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the group.
[BBC]

Pepper spray flies at Donald Trump rally in Anaheim – video

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Supporters and opponents of Donald Trump clash at a rally in Anaheim, California on Tuesday, with pepper spray being used against each other. Police say five people, including two little girls, were pepper sprayed by a demonstrator during the heated confrontation
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Books to change your life and thinking 

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100 cultural icons picked the novels and plays that have changed their lives and the world

N. Korea's Ruling Party Sets May 6 for Start of Convention - ABC News

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N. Korea's Ruling Party Sets May 6 for Start of Convention
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The announcement comes amid outside speculation that North Korea will soon conduct a fifth nuclear bomb test to burnish leader Kim Jong Un's military credentials amid tough international sanctions. The North's state media said Wednesday that the ruling ... 
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Iran sentences four journalists to jail

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A media advocacy group condemns the sentencing by a court in Iran of four reformist journalists to between five and 10 years in prison.

Surprise removal of German spy chief

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The head of Germany's foreign intelligence service, Gerhard Schindler, is to leave his job early amid reports that he was forced out.
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After Missteps, U.S. Tightens Rules for Espionage Cases

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The Justice Department last year dropped all charges against Xiaoxing Xi, head of Temple University’s physics department; he had been accused of sharing sensitive American-made technology with China.

Venezuela Panel Clears the Way for a Process to Oust Nicolás Maduro 

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A decision by the country’s electoral commission lifted hopes of the opposition politicians, who have vowed to remove the president by the end of the year.

World Press Freedom At Lowest In More Than A Decade, Watchdog Says 

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A U.S.-based rights watchdog says press freedom in the world declined in 2015 to its lowest level in 12 years, under increased pressure from a combination of political, criminal, and terrorist elements.

First Launch From Russian Cosmodrome Vostochny Delayed A Day

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The first rocket launch from Russian Cosmodrome Vostochny was postponed by a day after being plagued by delays and problems during construction.

Police Say Yerevan Bus Bomber Killed By Blast, Probably Accidentally

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Investigators in Armenia say a 55-year-old man who blew up a bus in Yerevan on April 25 was one of the two people killed in the explosion.

Kerry Draws Link Between Religion, Foreign Policy

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Saying governments cannot lead a world they do not understand, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted the impact of religion on foreign policy during a Tuesday speech in Houston, Texas. “We cannot understand the world if we fail to comprehend and honor the central role that religion plays in the lives of billions of people,” Kerry said at Rice University. It was his first speech focusing exclusively on the topic of religion and foreign policy. However, a senior State...

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Report: Press Freedom Declines to Lowest Point In 12 Years

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A new report says freedom of the press declined worldwide last year to its lowest point in more than a decade. Washington-based Freedom House, which advocates freedom and democracy, says in a report issued Wednesday that only one person in seven lives in countries where journalists' safety is guaranteed and news media are not subject to state intrusion and pressures. Zlatica Hoke reports.

With Big Delegate Leads, 2016 Election Moves Toward Trump-Clinton Matchup 

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Last April, Hillary Clinton announced she was running to be the next president of the United States.  Donald Trump did so in July.  Now, after 80 percent of the states have had their say, including a set of resounding wins by each of them on Tuesday, Clinton and Trump are within arm's length of facing off in the November general election. Of the two, Trump's nomination by the Republican Party is the less certain, but in his typical bombastic style he responded to a...

Russia Postpones First Launch from New Spaceport

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The first rocket launch from Russia's new cosmodrome, Vostochny, has been postponed one day for technical reasons. Russian media reported early Wednesday that the launch of a Soyuz rocket carrying three satellites was stopped just minutes before takeoff from the site where construction has been delayed by numerous problems. A second attempt at the launch is scheduled for the same time Thursday -- 11:01 a.m. local time. President Vladimir Putin has traveled to the cosmodrome to...

German Spy Chief Steps Down, No Reason Given

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The head of Germany's intelligence agency is stepping down two years early, with no reason given for the sudden departure. Chancellor Angela Merkel's office announced the replacement of Gerhard Schindler with Finance Ministry official Bruno Kahl. Merkel's chief of staff Peter Altmaier said Wednesday the agency known as BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) faces "major challenges" during the coming years, including the evolution of its mission in light of the changing...

Hezbollah Develops New Skills in Syria, Posing Challenges for Israel 

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When Hezbollah first intervened on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Israeli defense analysts saw the foray as a blessing — better to have their Lebanese arch-enemy entangled in a war in Syria. But there is increasing concern that Hezbollah is getting valuable battlefield experience in Syria, especially when it comes to large-scale, coordinated offensive operations, something the Shi’ite militia had little knowledge of before. That practical experience could be of use in any...

Trump backers, critics clash, fire pepper spray outside Anaheim City Hall - Los Angeles Times

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Trump backers, critics clash, fire pepper spray outside Anaheim City Hall
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Supporters and opponents of Donald Trump clashed outside Anaheim City Hall on Tuesday as the City Council considers a resolution denouncing the GOP presidential candidate. According to witnesses, both sides were screaming obscenities at each other ...
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Inside Donald Trumps Secret Policy Shop - Daily Beast

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Inside Donald Trumps Secret Policy Shop
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Last fall Donald Trump decided he needed to get serious about vets and taxes, so he hired a well-known, well-hidden policy expert to craft his proposals. In the fall of 2015, Donald Trump had an early attempt at reinvention, releasing a series of tax ...

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Child gets hold of gun in car, kills driver - NBC4i.com

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Parents lead protest of probe into missing 43 students in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters gathered in Mexico City on Tuesday, angered by the government's handling of an investigation into 43 students who apparently were massacred in 2014 and the government's alleged treatment of international experts who have cast doubt on the official account.
  

Traffic to Wikipedia terrorism entries plunged after Snowden revelations, study finds

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Internet traffic to Wikipedia pages summarizing knowledge about terror groups and their tools plunged nearly 30 percent after revelations of widespread Web monitoring by the U.S. National Security Agency, suggesting that concerns about government snooping are hurting the ordinary pursuit of information.
  

Iran's Supreme Leader says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper

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DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States has only lifted Iranian sanctions on paper and in practice is scaring businesses away from the country, its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday.
  

Israel forces kill two alleged Palestinian assailants

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian woman and a man on Wednesday, saying they had tried to stab security forces at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
  
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Iranian F-7 fighter crashes, mechanical failure likely

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DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian F-7 fighter jet crashed on Wednesday morning in a central province during a training exercise, the Fars news agency reported.
  

Russia says Britain's human rights report not objective

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday the British Foreign Office's report on human rights record in Russia amounted to interference in its internal affairs and was detached from reality and not objective.
  

Russia wants more details about U.S. special forces deployment in Syria

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia wants to know more details about U.S. plans to bolster its special forces in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
  

'Remain' has 7-point lead ahead of Britain's EU referendum: Survation poll

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LONDON (Reuters) - Support for Britain to remain in the European Union stands at 45 percent while support for "Leave" is at 38 percent ahead of a referendum on EU membership on June 23, according to a Survation poll for online brokerage group IG published on Wednesday.
  

New plainclothes morality police prompt criticism in Iran

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Tehran resident Sousan Heidari has stopped letting her headscarf slip casually down over her neck and shoulders while driving in the Iranian capital. These days, the 22-year-old with a taste for bold makeup makes sure to pull it tightly over her dark hair, fearful of running afoul of a newly established undercover division of the morality police....

UN envoy: IS attacks threaten Libya’s oil installations

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The U.N. envoy to Libya says attacks by the Islamic State group are a serious threat to Libya’s oil installations.
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The Early Edition, April 27, 2016 

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Before the start of business, Just Securityprovides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
IRAQ and SYRIA
Syria’s ceasefire has buckled beneath fresh fighting in and around Aleppo, days after the peace talks in Geneva came to a halt. [The Guardian’s Kareem Shaheen and Daniel Boffey]  At least 35 people have been killed as a result of rebel shelling and government airstrikes in the area, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. [Al Jazeera]
The peace talks will resume on May 10, despite the renewed fighting, Russia’s news agency RIA has reported, citing Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. [Reuters]
The US and Turkey are deploying advanced rockets and additional Turkish forces to the Syrian border in an effort to shut off the Islamic State’s main route out of Syria, US and Turkish officials said yesterday. The Islamic State and other militant groups have been using a 60-mile stretch of the border to transport weapons, supplies and troops between the countries, and to send members to carry out attacks in Europe. [Wall Street Journal’s Ayla Albayrak and Dana Ballout]
The Islamic State has taken five villages along the Syria-Turkish border today, further weakening rebels’ hold on the Aziz district, north of Aleppo. [AP]
The number of foreigners joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has dropped significantly, now at around 200 per month as opposed to up to 2,000 a month a year ago, US Air Force Maj. Gen. Peter E Gersten, Deputy Commander for Operations and Intelligence for the US-led campaign said yesterday, crediting progress on the battlefield by coalition forces and their partners for this. [Wall Street Journal’s Paul Sonne]
Airstrikes on the Islamic State’s cash stores have destroyed up to $800 million of the “best-funded” terrorist  organization’s funds, Maj. Gen. Gerstein said during a briefing yesterday. It is not known exactly how wealthy Islamic State is, but last year it approved a budget of $2 billion after capturing oil fields and imposing taxes before suffering significant losses to its finances. [BBC]
President Obama would consider sending yet more troops to Syria if the addition of 250 announced on Monday “yields positive results,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday, though no plans to do so have been made as yet. [The Hill’s Jordan Fabian]
A 35-year-old resolution rejecting Israel’s sovereignty of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel from Syria in the 1967 war, remains in effect, the UN Security Council has said, responding to Israel’sdeclaration last week that it will never give up its claim over the land. [New York Times’ Rick Gladstone]
US-led airstrikes continue.The US and coalition nations carried out seven strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on April 25. Separately, partner forces conducted a further 18 strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]
CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY
The FBI isn’t sharing the tool it used to crack the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters with Apple because its own understanding of the tool is too limited, reports the Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima. FBI Director James Comey indicated that the bureau will not even engage in the usual White House-led process whereby government agencies debate whether to disclose computer software flaws to the software maker so that it can fix them.
Washington has been given greater oversight and control over national security cases under new rules issued by the Justice Department following the collapse of several high-profile prosecutions of Chinese-Americans, which led to allegations that they were being singled out as spies. [New York Times’ Matt Apuzzo]
The Pentagon will not reveal the cyber tactics it is using against the Islamic State for fear that the terror group will use the information to defend itself from future attacks, head of US Cyber Command and the NSA Adm. Mike Rogers said yesterday. [Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta]
A “kill-list” of US government officials has been published by the United Cyber Caliphate, a hacking group which supports the Islamic State and which claims to have infiltrated the State Department to access the information. The State Department has told reporters it is unable to comment due to security concerns, though Cory Bennett, reporting in The Hill, notes that a lot of the officials’ personal data is publicly available online.
Visits to Wikipedia pages on terror groups and their tools have dropped almost 30-percent since 2013’s revelations of the NSA’s mass surveillance. That’s according to a forthcoming paper in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal investigating the “chilling-effect” on the legal pursuit of online information following the disclosure of the NSA’s widespread web monitoring by former contractor Edward Snowden. [Reuters’ Joseph Menn]
SAUDI ARABIA
“There’s the Saudi Arabia then, and there’s the Saudi Arabia now.” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-KY) has not read the redacted 28-pages of the US’s report on 9/11 believed to discuss Saudi Arabia’s connection to the attacks, but said yesterday that their decade-old contents will not affect the US’s relationship with the Saudi Arabia of today. [The Hill’s Julian Hattem]
There is a “disconnect between the rhetoric of strategic partnership with the United States and the actual practices of Persian Gulf regimes,” says the Washington Post editorial board, accusing the Obama administration of playing down or ignoring abuses such as  “the abduction, torture and trial on trumped-up charges of US citizens” Kamal and Mohamed Eldarat.
EUROPEAN TERROR THREAT
Belgium has extradited Salah Abdeslam to Paris to stand trial for his alleged part in the terror attacks in Paris on November 13, during which around 130 people were killed. [BBC]  France’s Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas has said that Abdeslam will be held in solitary confinement in a maximum-security jail in the Paris region. [AP]
The Islamic State may be targeting Sweden’s capital Stockholm, the Iraqi government has warned, an official telling reporters that the government had found intelligence indicating a plan involving seven or eight Iraqi citizens. [NBC News’ Phil Helsel and Kate Brannelly]
European countries are “grappling with how far to go in tightening laws to prosecute, monitor and restrict the movements of returnees” from Islamic State camps in Syria and Iraq, the question of whether to take pre-emptive action against those who have not been implicated in terrorist plots at the center of the debate. [New York Times’ Adam Nossiter]
NORTH KOREA
The US is “setting up a shield” to block “low-level threats” posed by North Korea, President Obama said in an interview aired yesterday. This has involved “positioning our missile development systems,” presumably a reference to plans to deploy a new missile defense system in South Korea, suggests Jordan Fabian. [The Hill]
North Korea has announced its first ruling party congress in 36 years, which analysts are suggesting will be preceded by another nuclear test. The summit will be carefully observed for signs of how Kim Jong-un’s party will present its nuclear weapons policy, “byongjin.” [The GuardianNew York Times’ Choe Sang-Hun]  The congress will take place on May 6. [AP]
“Technologically backward, unreliable, and wickedly unsafe for the unfortunate souls tasked with operating them.” David Axe discusses North Korea’s nuclear missile submarines, which leader Kim Jong-un “wants the world to think he’s just crazy enough to use.” [The Daily Beast]
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
The US has warned its citizens about “credible indications” of terrorist attacks on tourist areas in Turkey via its Embassy’s website. [AP]
There are concerns that China is considering expanding the area of the South China Sea in which it hopes to reclaim islands, US defense officials confirming that the US has recently flown three different “freedom of navigation” air patrols near the area, which were later condemned by China. [Wall Street Journal’s Gordon Lubold and Jeremy Page]
Yemeni government forces have captured al-Qaeda’s last stronghold along Yemen’s southern coast. The extremists departed so suddenly, however, that some are speculating about a “secret deal” with local dignitaries. The army denies this. [Al Jazeera’s Saeed Al Batati]
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Public Sector Will Work Only Two Days a Week in Venezuela

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Public employees, which account for over a third of Venezuela’s formal labor force, will have Wednesday and Thursday off, adding to an earlier decree which made Fridays a holiday, President Nicolas Maduro said on state television.

PBS NewsHour full episode April 26, 2016 

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Duration: 53:51

In our news wrap Tuesday, opponents said they’d keep up a fight against a law that requires North Carolina voters to show a photo ID after a federal judge upheld it on Monday. Also, officials warned of a major storm system threatening the Great Plains with giant hail and tornadoes.

СМИ: главу немецкой разведки BND меняют по решению ведомства канцлера - РИА Новости

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Sexual Assault Still Major Problem for Military, Researchers Say

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Despite significant investments by the U.S. military to reduce interpersonal violence and educate service members, sexual assault continues to be a major problem in the armed forces, say researchers who gathered at Arlington National Cemetery this week. Sexual assault is a heinous crime that devastates victims and has a far-reaching negative effect for the Department of Defense (DoD) because it undermines the department’s core values, degrades mission readiness and raises financial costs, said Brenda Farrell of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the independent investigative arm of Congress. Farrell said that while DoD data show that assaults on service members went from 2,800 in 2007 to 6,100 in 2014, other data suggest that “reported sexual assaults represent only a fraction of the incidents that are actually occurring in DoD."   Andrew Morral, a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit policy organization, said that in early 2014 at the request of the DoD, the company assessed the rates of sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the military. RAND then invited close to 560,000 active and reserve service members in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to participate in a survey in August and September of that year. Morral said that “out of about 1.3 million active-component service members, an estimated 20,300 were sexually assaulted.” Approximately 1 percent of men and 4.9 percent of women among active-component service members were victims. The RAND report also showed the risk of sexual assault varied substantially by branch of service. Men and women in the Air Force had a much lower risk. Solving the problem Service Women’s Action Network CEO Judy Patterson said that in order to solve the military sexual assault problem, it is critical that leaders, policymakers and individuals understand the "continuum of harm" that she said connects a broad range of deeply rooted beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that lead to sexual violence. Morral also said the sexual assault experiences of men and women differ. “Men who are assaulted are more likely than women to experience multiple assaults, and they are more likely to be assaulted by multiple offenders during each incidence and to describe the assault as hazing," she said. In a GAO report this year on DoD’s policies to address and track hazing of service members, Farrell said “initiation and rites of passage can be effective tools to instill loyalty among service members … such activities have at times included cruel and abusive behavior, and it hasn’t always been easy for service members to draw a clear distinction between legitimate traditions and patterns of misconduct. Sometimes hazing may cross the line into sexual assault.” “Compared to women, men are less likely to tell anyone about the event or file a report," Morral said. "And those findings may have implications for prevention and reporting programs at DoD specifically when men are not recognizing that some of the assaults are sexual assaults and not just a form of hazing.” Highest DoD priority DoD insists that eliminating sexual assault remains the department’s highest priority and recognizes in its prevention strategies that prevention is more than just annual training or weekend safety briefings, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in the DoD’s 2014-16 Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy report. In an effort to establish shared understandings of prevention, DoD adopted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention definition of prevention as it applies to sexual violence, including approaches that take place before sexual violence has occurred, long-term responses to address the lasting consequences of violence, and sex offender treatment intervention. But Liz Medina, a supply administration’s specialist in the Marine Corps, said that year after year, Marines are required to participate in sexual awareness training, which she referred to as a check in a box. “Usually these are conducted before a three- or four-day weekend where they are thinking, 'As soon as I am done with this training, I am off for a long weekend.' ” Medina said she’d like to see more support from the military leadership instead of what she described as a hostile environment that some victims, like a friend of hers, who was brutally raped in Japan, received from her unit.

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Venezuela Opposition Kicks Off Maduro Recall Drive

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Venezuela's election board gave opposition leaders on Tuesday a document letting them begin the process of seeking a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro, who is under fire over a deepening economic crisis. Triple-digit inflation, Soviet-style production shortages and a severe recession have made the socialist leader broadly unpopular, and the opposition's decisive victory in legislative elections last year has emboldened it to push for a recall vote. Opposition...

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Erdogan Ape Tramples Freedom of the Press

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Dutch daily’s cartoon depicts Erdogan as ape crushing free speech

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan © Joshua Roberts
 

A front-page caricature went public in a popular Dutch daily De Telegraaf, showing Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan as a sinister ape squashing freedom of speech in Europe.

The cartoon illustrates a brawny ape with President Erdogan’s face – turned red and puffy – squashing a slim woman resembling Dutch columnist Ebru Umar.
In the caricature, called “The long arm of Erdogan”, the Turkish president stands on a rock labeled“Apenrots,” Dutch for “ape rocks.” The word is also used to refer to a place in The Hague where the Foreign Ministry’s premises are located.
The Dutch cartoon is a reflection on the latest developments in Ankara’s crackdown on freedom of speech in Turkey and beyond.
Umar’s case appears to be the most recent in the growing log of media crackdowns in Turkey. She was arrested on Saturday over tweets Ankara said “insulted” Erdogan, and released on Sunday on condition she stays in Turkey and reports to the police.
In another case, earlier in April, German TV comic Jan Böhmermann read out a poem accusing Erdogan of child abuse and inclination to bestiality after Ankara expressed anger at a satirical clip by rival show Extra 3. Responding to Turkey’s demand to indict Böhmermann, Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed him to be prosecuted under a little-used law dating back to the 19th century.
Merkel’s decision created a storm in Germany, with some critics accusing the government of making concessions to Ankara and saying the EU is largely dependent on Turkey to stem the flow of refugees.
On Tuesday, German prosecutors said in a statement that they want to interview Böhmermann to decide if there are any grounds to proceed with his case.
In Turkey, the opposition media are under severe pressure from the government. Previously, the Cihan news agency was raided and seized by the police, just days after a similar action against the popular opposition newspaper Zaman.