Sunday, May 1, 2016

Israel, Hamas and Egypt form unlikely alliance against Islamic State affiliate Sunday May 1st, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Israel, Hamas and Egypt form unlikely alliance against Islamic State affiliate

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The Islamic State's affiliate in Egypt is staging increasingly sophisticated and daring attacks, officials and analysts say, prompting Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian militant group Hamas to form an unlikely alliance against the terrorist group.
     

If Abadi fails to survive chaos, US must decide what's next

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President Obama's plan for fighting the Islamic State is predicated on having a credible and effective Iraqi ally on the ground in Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
     

Fort Bragg soldier accused in assault on fellow soldier

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Fayetteville police have charged a Fort Bragg soldier with kidnapping and rape of a soldier assigned to his unit.
     

NATO to put 16,000 troops on borders of Poland, Baltic states with Russia

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May 1, 2016, 9:59 AM (IDT)
US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said Friday that NATO will place four battalions, each with 4,000 troops, on the borders of Poland and the Baltic states with Russia. The placement of forces is a response to Russia's constant maneuvers and other military operations on its borders with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Work added. Two battalions will be sent by the US while Britain and Germany will each send one.
DEBKAfile: The deployment will mark the first time in 75 years, since Germany's invasion of Russia during World War II, for German forces to be placed on Russia's eastern border. American and British forces have never been placed so close to the Russian frontier. There is no doubt that the step will increase tensions between the US and Russia, and result in military responses by Moscow. 

Shiite mob storms gov't buildings, parliament in Baghdad

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May 1, 2016, 10:41 AM (IDT)
A mob of Shiite demonstrators, all supporters of Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr, broke into Baghdad's "Green Zone", the center of the Iraqi government, and took over government buildings and the parliament on Saturday. The demonstrators were protesting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's plan to dismiss all of his ministers and establish a government of experts that is not dependent on parties or on Shiites, Sunnis or Kurds. They were also protesting corruption by Iraqi officials.
The government declared a state of emergency, but the demonstrations are continuing. 
DEBKAfile: The cleric Moqtada al-Sadr hopes to depose the prime minister so that one of his supporters can be appointed to the position. For that reason he is ready to support the pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiites who are now headed by Nouri al-Maliki, who served as prime minister for many years. The Iranians are ready to support anyone who can depose al-Abadi and return al-Maliki to power, while the US opposes the toppling of the incumbent due to concern that any pro-Iranian prime minister who follows him will order the removal of the US troops fighting ISIS in Iraq.
This situation means that there is no possibility that the Iraqi army, which is mostly Shiite, will participate in the military campaign against ISIS in Iraq, including the city of Mosul, anytime soon.     

Arming military recruiters: Inside the Pentagon's agonizing policy review - Military Times

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Arming military recruiters: Inside the Pentagon's agonizing policy review
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Nearly a year after the terror attack that left five service members dead in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Pentagon remains unsure whether allowing recruiters and other vulnerablemilitary personnel to carry guns is a viable and effective way to improve ...

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Iraq: PM orders arrest of protesters who attacked lawmakers

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Al-Abadi's statement came a day after hundreds of angry anti-government followers of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tore down blast walls and poured into the parliament building.
     

Obama out: President closes out his run as comedian-in-chief

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President Barack Obama performed his brand of sharp-tongued comedy at the White House Correspondents' Dinner for the last time — wrapping up with "Obama out" and dropping the mic while the crowd cheered.
     

Carter, defense ministers to discuss Islamic State strategy

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter will convene a special meeting Wednesday with key allies to examine new possible measures in the fight against the Islamic State group, U.S. European Command said.
     

Iraqi Protesters Storm Green Zone, Enter Parliament

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In Iraq, hundreds of supporters of Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed into the high-security Green Zone on April 30, with a large crowd taking over the parliament chamber. The protesters moved in after lawmakers refused to hold a vote on government reforms. (Reuters)
Originally published at - http://www.rferl.org/media/video/iraq-protest-green-zone/27708822.html

Experts warn weapons gap is shrinking between US, Russia and China - The Hill

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Experts warn weapons gap is shrinking between US, Russia and China
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Competitors like Russia and China are closing the advanced weapons gap with the United States, aiming to push the U.S. out of areas on their front doorstep. Experts say they're improving their ability to target U.S. aircraft and ships, pushing the U.S ...

Russia defends intercept of US Air Force reconnaissance plane - USA TODAY

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Russia defends intercept of US Air Force reconnaissance plane
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Moscow defended its intercept of a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the Baltic Sea on Friday, saying it took the action because the aircraft turned off its transponder. Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov dismissed Pentagon claims that ...
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Finland Risks 'Serious Crisis' With Russia if it Joins NATO, Experts Warn - DefenseNews.com

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Finland Risks 'Serious Crisis' With Russia if it Joins NATO, Experts Warn
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HELSINKI — If Finland joined NATO, it would provoke a "serious crisis" with neighboringRussia, an expert report commissioned by the government warned on Friday. The report also said that Finland and Sweden should decide together if they want to join ...
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Scores of Migrants Reported Missing Off Libyan Coast

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Scores of migrants were missing Saturday off the Libyan coast after their inflatable boat took on water and sank, European monitors said. The International Organization for Migration said 84 people remained missing at midday, hours after an Italian cargo ship rescued 26 people who had been aboard the doomed boat.   A spokesman for Italy's coast guard told reporters the migrants had come from several West African countries and had most likely left Libya on Friday. He said the cargo ship had found the migrant boat taking on water, with survivors saying many passengers had fallen overboard and drowned. Television footage showed the cargo ship transferring survivors to a coast guard cutter, which in turn delivered them to a migrant camp on the Italian island of Lampedusa. The IOM said 1,244 migrants from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have drowned so far this year while attempting to reach Europe by sea in overcrowded, unsafe vessels. Earlier in April, witnesses and survivors told VOA that hundreds of migrants had drowned in the eastern Mediterranean when their boat overturned.  The incident occurred April 8 but was not fully reported until 10 days later, after survivors were rescued adrift at sea. Social media accounts described most of those migrants as Somalis trying to escape war and drought in their homeland.

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Putin reshuffles Russia's law enforcement structures - Reuters

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Putin reshuffles Russia's law enforcement structures
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MOSCOW Russia's President Vladimir Putin fired several high-ranking law enforcement officials on Saturday in one of the biggest overhauls of the country's power structures in recent years. According to a decree published on the president's official ... 
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2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed, 4 Wounded; Kuchma Says Russian-Backed Militants Violate Ceasefire 

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US legislators propose bill to tie Russian sanctions to Crimea - RT

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US legislators propose bill to tie Russian sanctions to Crimea
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Democrat Eliot Engel and Republican Adam Kinzinger, the authors of the bill posted on the website of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on Friday, suggest that Russia could be freed from sanctions if and when the US President “submits to the appropriate ...

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Battle for Aleppo Highlights How Russia Is Winning at Expense of Western Powers - Haaretz

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Battle for Aleppo Highlights How Russia Is Winning at Expense of Western Powers
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Battle for Aleppo Highlights How Russia Is Winning at Expense of Western Powers. The fighting also underscores the strategic paradox in which the West (together with Russia) is focusing on the war against ISIS while the Syrian regime continues to ...
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Президент Финляндии заявил о необходимости референдума по членству в НАТО - РБК

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Президент Финляндии заявил о необходимости референдума по членству в НАТО
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Для вступления Финляндии в НАТО потребуется проведение референдума, заявил президент страны. Ранее в стране был составлен официальеный доклад, согласно которому членство в альянсе вызовет кризис в отношениях с Россией. Финляндия и Швеция не будут совместно ...
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Obama Pokes Fun at Friends and Enemies at Washington Dinner 

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Journalists, politicians and celebrities attended the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday in Washington. It was a chance for U.S. President Barack Obama to poke fun one last time at friends and enemies in the media and on Capitol Hill. In a reference to Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, Obama said, "Next year at this time someone else will be standing here in this very spot, and it's anyone's guess who she will be." The notoriously "thin-skinned" Donald Trump did not attend the dinner. Trump was in attendance last year, but was reportedly not amused by the jokes the president directed at him. WATCH: Related video from annual dinner Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde and  Bernie Sanders – the other Democratic presidential hopeful – were among those at the black-tie affair. Celebrities in attendance Among the film and television performers at the event were Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Jared Leto, Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston, and actors Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum. Comedian and television host Larry Wilmore also delivered funny and controversial remarks.    The televised dinner event, a long-running tradition organized by the White House Correspondents' Association, has morphed from being a relatively low-key gathering of journalists and their sources from around town. But the dinner, actually a weekend of events, also draws an annual chorus of condemnation from critics who say that laughing and partying with sources is not conducive to hard-hitting journalism. It also is an event that helps fund scholarships and awards that recognize journalists. PHOTO GALLERY: Related photos of White House Correspondents Association dinner

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Supporters of Iraqi Cleric Camp Near Baghdad Parliament

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Hundreds of followers of Iraq's mercurial Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr set up camp overnight near Baghdad's parliament, hours after breaking into the government-controlled Green Zone and storming the building. "We assure our people that the situation in Baghdad is under the control of the security forces, and I call on the demonstrators to withdraw and protest peacefully, and not to encroach upon the public and private properties, which are the property of all Iraqis," Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement Saturday. As night fell, the demonstrators set up tents inside the Green Zone, which houses government ministries, the parliament and foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy. U.N. and Western diplomats said their compounds remained on lockdown later Saturday. ​Arab media reported that the U.N. and several foreign embassies were evacuating personnel, but VOA could not independently confirm the reports. The Washington Post reported that members of parliament, many of whom live in the Green Zone, went into hiding, and some left the country. The U.S. Embassy denied reports Saturday of an evacuation or that it was sheltering Iraqi officials. Shwan Dawoodi, a Kurdish lawmaker, told the Post they were “scared for their lives. ... What’s happening in the streets is terrifying,” he told the newspaper by phone. He said he was attacked as he left parliament. Demonstrating for months Supporters of Sadr had been demonstrating outside the Green Zone for months, responding to their leader's call to put pressure on Abadi to follow through on months-old reform promises, including replacing politically appointed ministers with nonpartisan technocrats. Sadr had warned in a televised speech earlier in the day that a popular uprising or revolution would take place to put an end to corruption in the government. WATCH: Related video of demonstrators But the storming of parliament occurred after a session of parliament had failed to reach a quorum to vote on a Cabinet reshuffle proposed by Abadi. Some ministers were approved earlier in the week despite disruptions by dissenting lawmakers. Iraqi security forces fired tear gas at one entrance of the zone but appeared to be largely standing down as protesters marched through the area. Shortly after protesters broke into the Green Zone, Iraqi security forces "declared a state of emergency in Baghdad," Iraqi military spokesman Brigadier General Saad Mann said. On Saturday, Iraq President Fuad Masoum urged the protesters to be calm and law-abiding. He called on the protestors "not to harm the lawmakers and employees, not to touch the public and private properties, and to evacuate the (parliament) building." Masum also called for an emergency meeting of political leaders Sunday. He urged "the prime minister, speaker and leaders of parliament blocs to come up with the desired reshuffle and implement the reforms to fight the corruption." Unprecedented breach The occupation of the parliament was an unprecedented security breach, although the Green Zone has often come under mortar attacks at various times in the years since U.S. forces ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The capital was already on high alert Saturday because of the planned Shi'ite pilgrimage to Kadumiya early next week. ​Also Saturday, a suicide bomber driving a car near a group of Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims outside of Baghdad exploded in an attack that killed at least 17 people and wounded nearly 40 more, police said. Police officials at the scene said the bomb attack targeted the pilgrims walking into Baghdad’s holy Kadhimiyah shrine, but other officials said the bomber was targeting a nearby open-air market. It was not immediately clear which of the two accounts was accurate. No one immediately took credit for the bombing, but Islamic State has claimed responsibility for similar attacks in that past that have targeted Shi’ite pilgrims near Baghdad. Several days ago, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met top Iraqi leaders during a visit to Baghdad to discuss the political situation and military operations inside the country to defeat Islamic State militants. VOA's Edward Yeranian contributed to this report from Cairo. Some material for this report came from AP and Reuters. 

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Russia will not ask Syria to halt air strikes on Aleppo - euronews

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Russia will not ask Syria to halt air strikes on Aleppo
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Media reports claim Russia will not try to persuade Bashar al-Assad to call a halt to air strikes on Aleppo. The bombardment of Syria's second city continued on Saturday. Nearly 30 strikes hit rebel-held areas of the city – the ninth straight day that ...
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В пасхальных богослужениях приняли участие около 4 млн человек - Газета.Ru

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В пасхальных богослужениях приняли участие около 4 млн человек
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В пасхальных богослужениях минувшей ночью приняли участие около 4 млн человек, сообщает ТАСС со ссылкой на пресс-центр МВД. «Всего в праздниках приняли участие около 4 млн человек. Только в Москве храм Христа Спасителя посетили около 5 тыс. человек. Нарушений ...
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Kerry Calls Syria Cease-fire 'Top Priority' Ahead of Geneva Talks 

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva Sunday for talks on the Syrian situation. Kerry would discuss ongoing efforts to reaffirm a cessation of hostilities throughout Syria with the foreign ministers of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as well as U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, according to a State Department statement Saturday. Kerry called the U.N. envoy to Syria and the Syrian negotiations coordinator in preparation for the trip. He made it clear that ending the violence in Aleppo and returning ultimately to a durable, nationwide cessation of hostilities is a "top priority," State Department spokesman John Kirby said. ​Kerry also expressed his concern about Assad forces continuing to escalate the conflict, Kirby said. "The secretary expressed his deep concern about the deteriorating situation in Aleppo, where the ... regime (of President Bashar al-Assad) continues to escalate the conflict by predominantly targeting innocent civilians and parties to the cessation of hostilities -- not Nusra, as the regime falsely claims," he said. "Such attacks are direct violations of the cessation and must stop immediately." About 30 airstrikes by Syrian government warplanes and helicopter gunships hit rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo Saturday, killing at least five people. Civilian deaths Nearly 250 civilians have died in shelling, rocket fire and air raids in the contested city since April 22, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Among those killed were at least 50 people in a hospital that was hit in an airstrike. The surge of violence comes as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned that the intensification of fighting could bring many people closer to a humanitarian disaster in Aleppo, Syria's largest city and former commercial center. Aleppo was left out of the temporary U.S.-Russian brokered cease-fire that took effect Saturday. The cease-fire, set to last for 24 hours in Damascus and the Eastern Ghouta region, appeared to be holding. Truce plans State Department spokesman Mark Toner said similar truce plans for Latakia would test the commitment that all of the parties made to the initial cessation of hostilities. “This is a recommitment and it is a test for the Russians, for the regime, as well as for the opposition,” Toner said. Rebels continued to hit government-controlled neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo with rocket and artillery fire. The Syrian government also kept up its bombing raids. More than 80 international and Syrian NGOs signed an urgent statement Friday demanding that U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin respond to appeals by the United Nations and try to stop the bloodshed. From Geneva, U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said this past week's violence in Syria showed a "monstrous disregard for civilians' lives by all parties to the conflict." Rebels demanding the removal of Assad and the government troops opposing them control separate parts of Aleppo, and portions of the surrounding province are in the hands of numerous other fighters, including members of al-Qaida and the Islamic State terror group. Fighting in the conflict, which has been going on more than five years, has killed more than 270,000 people and displaced millions.

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On May Day, Workers Around World Call for Rights, Higher Wages

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International Workers' Day, also known as Labor Day in some places, is a celebration of laborers and the working classes promoted by the international labor movement, socialists and communists, and occurs every year on May 1.

Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter

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Millions of Orthodox Christians across the world are celebrating Easter, their most important religious holiday.

Three Turkish Soldiers Killed In PKK Attack

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Three Turkish soldiers have been killed and 14 others injured in an attack on May 1 in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, blamed on rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Turkish army said.

Задержаны подозреваемые в убийстве экс-начальника полиции Сызрани - Взгляд

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Задержаны подозреваемые в убийстве экс-начальника полиции Сызрани
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Следственный комитет сообщил о задержании троих подозреваемых в резонансном убийстве бывшего начальника полиции Сызрани Андрея Гошта и членов его семьи. «Было сделано все для скорейшего задержания злодеев», - прокомментировал эту информацию официальный ...
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Workers Across Asia Rally for Rights, Higher Wages

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Workers across Asia called for higher wages and better working conditions Sunday in observation of the international day to honor laborers, while Turkish police and protesters clashed in Istanbul as several dozen people tried to reach the capital's Taksim Square, where festivities were banned. International Workers Day, also known as Labor Day, is celebrated May 1. The holiday honors laborers and the working class and is promoted by the international labor movement, socialists and communists. In South Korea, tens of thousands of people protested the government's labor reform plans. Labor leaders said a bill being pushed by President Park Geun-Hye and her conservative Saenuri Party would make it easier for companies to lay off workers. "Just as workers of previous generations fought for the right to an eight-hour day at the risk of their lives 120 years ago, we are here to share the pain of workers in the Republic of Korea," said the Federation of Korean Trade Unions (FKTU) spokesman Kim Jun-young. Many protesters also called for a higher minimum wage. Police said more than 10,000 officers were deployed for the protests but no clashes were reported, unlike last year when dozens of people were injured after police used water cannon and tear gas. TPP criticized Malaysian trade union president Abdullah Sani criticized Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, saying unions fear its effects on workers. The TPP is a multilateral free trade agreement, led by the United States, and signed by 12 countries on February 4. It is currently undergoing a two-year ratification process. In Indonesian, workers called for higher wages to improve the quality of their lives. Indonesia has nearly 111 million workers, but almost half of them are low-skilled laborers, according to National Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data from August 2013. With the regional minimum wage in Jakarta set at $238 a month, workers said they are having a difficult time trying to make a comfortable living. In Taipei, Taiwan, thousands of protesters from different labor groups called for raising the minimum wage and shorter working hours. Many young Taiwanese have seen wages stagnate and have had a harder time trying to find full-time jobs as the export-led economy has slowed. Garment factory workers also rallied in Cambodia. Philippines election And protesters in the Philippines said President Benigno Aquino's government has done little to resolve work issues. The Philippines will hold elections May 9, and many laborers hope the elections will bring about better wages as well as help lift people out of poverty. Many countries in Asia ramped up security efforts Sunday to ensure May Day rallies remained calm. In Turkey, where protesters and police regularly clash during labor day festivities, the Istanbul governor's office said Saturday that it would have nearly 25,000 Turkish security forces on duty in the city in order "to provide for the security of citizens." Numerous roads were also closed. Authorities had arranged with union members to hold International Workers Day rallies in a designated area near the airport, but Turkish police firee tear gas and scuffled with dozens of protesters who attempted to reach Taksim Square.. The U.S. embassy had warned of the "potential for violent confrontation between demonstrators and security personnel" Sunday. Previous clashes On May 1, 2015, Turkish police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse May Day protesters in Istanbul, while police and demonstrators engaged in pitched battles in some areas. Tens of thousands of people, carrying the Russian tricolor, marched across Moscow's Red Square Sunday morning in a pro-Kremlin workers' rally. May Day coincided with the Orthodox Easter in Russia this year. A cease-fire was set to begin Sunday in Ukraine, which also celebrated the start of the Orthodox Easter and May Day holidays. Martin Sajdik, the special envoy for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said after talks Friday in Minsk, Belarus, the cease-fire was to go into effect at midnight Saturday (2100GMT).   The conflict in eastern Ukraine between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government troops has killed nearly 10,000 people since it began in April 2014. And in the United States, thousands of people are expected to rally at events from New York to Los Angeles for immigrant and worker rights. They also planto speak out against what they see as hateful presidential campaign rhetoric. The annual events have become a rallying point for immigrants and their supporters in the U.S. since massive demonstrations in 2006 against a proposed immigration enforcement bill. Material for this report came from AP, Reuters and AFP. PHOTO GALLERY: Related photos of International Workers Day events

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Russia: talks taking place on including Aleppo in Syria's 'regime of calm' - agencies - Reuters

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Russia: talks taking place on including Aleppo in Syria's 'regime of calm' - agencies
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General Sergei Kuralenko, in charge of Russia's ceasefire monitoring center in Syria, was also cited as saying that the "calm" around Damascus has been extended for another 24 hours until 2100 GMT on Monday. Kuralenko also said that overall the "regime ...
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US Once Again Forced to Turn to Russia for Help on Syria - ABC News

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US Once Again Forced to Turn to Russia for Help on Syria
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Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome. At stake are thousands of lives and the fate of a feeble peace process ...

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Obama Needles Clinton and G.O.P. Field at Correspondents’ Dinner – The New York Times 

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He promised that his administration would “continue to fight” for journalists held against their will. And he praised the Washington press corps for trying to resist the commercial pressures to dumb down journalism, saying that “there are so many of you who are pushing against those trends. ”He then offered just two words: “Obama out.” He dropped his microphone, and turned from the podium.

Gay Dance Clubs on the Wane in the Age of Grindr – The New York Times 

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While gay bars continue to proliferate (especially in Hell’s Kitchen), dance clubs are on the decline.

On the Ground in Syria: Bloodshed, Misery and Hope – The New York Times 

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The New York Times’s Cairo bureau chief reported from Aleppo, Syria, where inhabitants try to carry on despite a civil war’s inescapable reality.

The First Global Terrorists Were Anarchists in the 1890s – The New York Times 

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And then as now, migrants and civil liberties paid the price.

The Many Faces of Dennis Hastert – The New York Times

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Of all the abilities that human beings possess, perhaps none is as mysterious as our talent for compartmentalization. Each of us is multiple people, and different ones emerge in different circumstances and relationships. If we can never fully know somebody, it’s not simply because his exterior doesn’t match his interior. It’s because there are so many chambers inside, and a few are more hidden than others, even from the person himself.
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Protests in Baghdad throw administration’s Iraq plan into doubt – The Washington Post 

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Hours before Iraqi unrest, a guarded optimism prevailed at White House.

Puerto Rico debt rescue plan engulfed in Great Recession ‘bailout’ politics – The Washington Post 

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May 1 payment deadline will pass with no resolution in Congress

How Clinton and Obama tried to run the world — while trying to manage each other – The Washington Post 

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The president liked running foreign policy out of the West Wing, Landler explains, and “Clinton had trouble penetrating Obama’s clannish inner circle.” That inner circle was devoted to finding symbolic, legacy-building opportunities for the boss. Ben Rhodes, Obama’s foreign policy whisperer, regarded outreach to closed societies such as Cuba as “exactly what a history-making president like Obama should be doing,” Landler writes, and threw himself into secret negotiations with Havana. Obama saw the Iran nucl
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Trump deals Clinton a winning card – The Washington Post

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If Trump were a woman, not only would he not get 5 percent of the vote, but also he would be tarred, feathered, branded and ridden out of town backward on a donkey. Voters male and female would recognize immediately that such a woman was inappropriate, lacking in quality and character, perhaps more than a little crazy — and utterly unqualified to be president of the United States. The only thing Trump’s got going for him, one is tempted to say, is the men’s vote , which is no way to deflect accusations of

Kyiv Sees No Elections in Eastern Ukraine Until Russians Leave

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The proposal also directs the State Department to implement a strategy to respond to Russian propaganda and disinformation.“Driven by President [Vladimir] Putin, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has undermined that country’s sovereignty, and at the same time threatened our own long-term investment in a Europe that is whole, free and at peace,” Engel said. The act “makes clear that the United States will not just stand by as Putin bullies his neighbors, tests the resolve of NATO, and works to fracture Western unity.”Kinzinger said it had been obvious time and again that “there is no stopping Vladimir Putin’s disrespect for global order, especially in regards to Ukraine. It is time for the United States to stand with Ukraine legislatively and most effectively,” he said. A bipartisan group of 14 members, including the bipartisan leadership of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, joined Engel and Kinzinger in introducing the Stability and Democracy (STAND) for Ukraine Act (H.R. 5094).
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Putin reshuffles Russia’s law enforcement structures | Reuters

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Putin also dismissed, among others, two deputies of Russia’s Investigative Committee, Yuri Nyrkov and Vasily Piskarev. He raised the rank of the Committee’s investigator for special cases case, Lev Gura, to a senior investigator.Gura took the post of General Major Igor Krasnov, who was appointed a deputy of the Investigative Committee.Krasnov spent the past decade investigating some of Russia’s biggest assassinations and assassination attempts. He has also been known for his work on cases on Russia’s ultranationalists. A year ago, he was appointed the chief investigator into the death of the opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, killed in February 2015.There was no reason given in the president’s decree for the personnel changes in the federal agencies, which also included several dismissals and appointments in regional law enforcement agencies.In a separate decree Putin appointed, as expected, former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, deputy chairman of the President’s Economic Council.
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US legislators propose bill to tie Russian sanctions to Crimea — RT News 

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Members of the US Congress introduced a bill “to contain, reverse and deter Russian aggression” and “assist Ukraine’s democratic transition,” proposing that sanctions against Russia be lifted if and when Crimea “is returned” to Ukraine. Democrat Eliot Engel and Republican Adam Kinzinger, the authors of the bill posted on the website of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on Friday, suggest that Russia could be freed from sanctions if and when the US President “submits to the appropriate congressional committee

Поздравление православным христианам, всем гражданам России, отмечающим Пасху • Президент России 

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Oil Patch Relieved by Price Rebound

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Oil prices finished their best month in a year and are headed back toward $50 a barrel, bringing some relief to beleaguered energy producers even though they reported some of their worst quarterly results in years.

Syrian Regime Hurls Airstrikes at Aleppo

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Syrian government warplanes and helicopter gunships launched airstrikes on Saturday on insurgent-held neighborhoods in the northern city of Aleppo.

Sudanese army transport plane crashes, killing all 5 crew

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Sudan’s army says a military transport plane has crashed due to a technical failure while landing in the country’s south, killing all five crew members.

Sudanese army transport plane crashes, killing all 5 crew

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Sudan's army says a military transport plane has crashed due to a technical failure while landing in the country's south, killing all five crew members.