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NATO F-16 'chased off' from Russian defense minister's plane
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 16:51:00
NATO fighter F-16 jet tried to approach the plane of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, but it was "chased off" by a Russian Su-27, RIA Novosti says. NATO planes tried to escort the Russian Defense Minister's plane over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea when he was traveling to Kaliningrad.The plane in which Shoigu was traveling was escorted by several Russian Su-27 naval aircraft fighters. One of the NATO planes tried to approach the defense minister's plane, but a Su-27 fighter jet swung its wing to chase off the NATO warplane.After the response from the Russian jet, the NATO F-16 reportedly retreated, media sources say.
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Portugal fires: Plane crashes while fighting deadly blazes
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 12:41:00
A plane tackling devastating forest fires in central Portugal that have claimed the lives of 64 people has crashed.The Canadair aircraft came down near Pedrogao Grande, local media reported. There has been no confirmation of casualties.A helicopter is understood to be on its way to where the plane crashed. Civil Protection Agency spokesman Fausto Coutinho said authorities had received reports of a plane crash near where the deadliest wildfires on record are raging.Earlier, firefighters said they were close to bringing the blaze under control. However, temperatures are forecast to reach 43 degrees Celsius and gusting winds remain a threat.And a separate fire in the village of Gois, further to the north, suggested the risk remained of further outbreaks.  About 160 other people were injured in the blaze, about 125 miles northeast of the capital Lisbon.
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Security high at Brussels stations after man exploded device
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 12:05:00
The Belgian government official said security will remain high Wednesday at Brussels rail facilities after a man blew up an explosive device at the city's Central Station, Associated Press reports. The man was shot by soldiers after detonating a small device there late Tuesday. He lay still for several hours while a bomb squad checked whether he was carrying more explosives and later died. No one else was hurt.Central Station re-opened at 0800 (0600 GMT) Wednesday. A police command car and several officers were still at the station, an Associated Press photographer said. Burn and blood marks remained on the floor at the scene, as workers continued to clean up and paint the area.Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon told VRT broadcaster that it is important to address security concerns but avoid over-reacting.He warned "against a society where we always and everywhere will be checked. If we do that, it would be fulfilling the aim of the terrorists." "If you protect yourself everywhere against anything, in the end we will end up in a police state," Jambon said.Belgium has been on high alert since suicide bombers killed 32 people at the Brussels airport and a subway station on March 22, 2016. Federal prosecutors, who visited the Central Station overnight, were due to hold a press conference at 0900 GMT.
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Starbucks set to hire 2,500 refugees in Europe
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 09:25:00
U.S. coffee chain Starbucks Corp said Tuesday it will hire 2,500 refugees in Europe as part of a wider worldwide hiring plan, months after the policy prompted a backlash from some customers.The world's largest coffee chain said it would hire the refugees at its European stores starting in eight countries over the next five years and had already started recruitment, Reuters reports.The move is part of the Seattle-based company's plan, unveiled in January, to add 10,000 refugees in 75 countries to its workforce.The company faced backlash soon after, with several people using the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks on social media to urge customers to stay away from its stores.But there appeared to be no similar reaction on Tuesday with only a handful of people on Twitter voicing their disapproval or support of the Europe hires.Starbucks will roll out the initiative in Britain, France, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands.The refugees will represent about 8 percent of more than 30,000 people currently employed by Starbucks in Europe, data provided by the company showed.A wave of refugee and migrants landing on Europe's shores in recent years has contributed to a rise of populist nationalist movements.Some 1.7 million refugees and migrants have arrived in the European Union since 2014.
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Isis-linked militants storm school and take hostages in Philippines
Publish Time: 2017-06-21 06:45:00
Around 300 Isis-linked militants stormed a primary school in the Philippines, taking civilians as human shields as they engaged government troops in a gunbattle. The pro-Isis militants, among them members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), stormed the school in Pigcawayan town in North Cotabato province on Mindanao island. They took five civilians as shields during their retreat, the military said, as reported by The Independent. There were no casualties and no students were taken hostage, Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said, discounting earlier reports some children were being held by the fighters. However, he said the military was investigating whether the five civilians were still with the militants.
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Carla Fendi, philanthropist and fashion force, dies
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:39:00
Carla Fendi, one of the five sisters who transformed the family leather goods business into a global luxury fashion house long known for its furs, has died following a long illness. She was 79.The Rome-based fashion house confirmed Fendi's death Monday, expressing pain for the loss and gratitude for her continued contributions.The sisters opened the first Fendi store in Rome's historic center in 1964, and a year later hired a young designer named Karl Lagerfeld who helped catapult the Italian brand into global fame, with a focus on designing luxury furs.Each sister had her role, and Carla Fendi, as Fendi president, was the family business' public face until they sold to the French luxury group LVMH in 1999. She was honorary president until her death, Miami Herald reported.
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Soldier martyred, 6 injured in eastern Turkey
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 12:32:00
One soldier was martyred and six others injured late Monday in a missile attack in eastern Turkey, according to the Turkish General Staff. Members of the terror group used rocket launchers and long-barreled weapons to attack a military convoy from the 2nd Border Brigade Command that was on the Cukurca-Van Highway at approximately 11 p.m. local time (2000GMT), said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, Anadolu news agency reported. The troops were attacked as they were being transported from the Cukurca district in Hakkari to Van, the source added. The injured soldiers were taken to the hospital.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015. Since then, it has been responsible for the deaths of around 1,200 people, including women and children.More than 1,200 victims, including security force personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July 2015.
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Colombia conflict: Two Dutch journalists kidnapped
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 11:21:00
Two Dutch journalists have been abducted in Colombia in an area near the Venezuelan border. Derk Bolt and Eugenio Follender went missing at the weekend in Catatumbo, a region where several armed groups operate, including the left-wing ELN.They were searching for the mother of a Colombian child adopted in the Netherlands a few years ago. The Colombian authorities tweeted a demand "for the immediate release of the two men."Last year the ELN rebel group kidnapped a Spanish journalist and several Colombians in the same area. All were later released.The Colombian army says it has sent specialist forces to the region to search for the Dutchmen. They work for the Dutch TV programme Spoorloos, which traces lost relatives. Derk Bolt is a presenter and Eugenio Follender a cameraman.The two men were working in the municipality of El Tarra on the border with Venezuela - an area where rebel group the ELN (the National Liberation Army) is strong. There are strong suspicions that the group was responsible.Last year in the same area Spanish-Colombian journalist Salud Hernández Mora was kidnapped by the ELN, as were two Colombian journalists, Diego D'Pablos and Carlos Melo, who had gone to the area to cover the story, BBC reports.
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Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko to meet with Donald Trump
Publish Time: 2017-06-20 10:31:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday for talks on security, political and economic issues, Poroshenko’s office said. “It is very important that my meeting, as the Ukrainian president, in the White House will be earlier than (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s meeting,” it quoted Poroshenko, who is already in the United States, as saying. It will be their first meeting since Trump took office on Jan. 20. Poroshenko said that he also would meet top officials from the State Department, ministries of defence, trade and energy.“There never was such a powerful visit. And precisely in order to have the opportunity to talk about our cooperation in the security, political and economic spheres”, he added.Poroshenko praised the U.S. Senate for the decision to introduce new sanctions against Russia, saying that sanctions were a civilized mechanism “to force the aggressor to get away from Ukraine”, withdraw troops and equipment.Last week, the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly for new sanctions punishing Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and to force Trump to get Congress’ approval before easing any existing sanctions.The move was intended to punish Russia over issues including alleged meddling in the election, which Moscow denies, annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and support for the government of Syria in that country’s six-year-long civil war.The Minsk peace agreement, brokered by France and Germany and signed by Russia and Ukraine in February 2015, calls for a ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line and constitutional reform to give eastern Ukraine more autonomy.
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Mikheil Janelidze holds meetings in Luxembourg
Publish Time: 2017-06-19 16:25:00
Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze will take part in the Ministerial of Eastern Partnership countries in Luxembourg.Within the visit Mikheil Janelidze holds bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of EU member countries. The case of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli is one of the main issues discussed during the meetings.
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France votes in second parliamentary round
Publish Time: 2017-06-18 11:26:00
France votes in the second round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, in a run-off between the top candidates from last Sunday's first round, - BBC reported.President Emmanuel Macron is hoping to obtain a strong mandate in parliament to help him pursue his reform plans.His La République en Marche (Republic on the Move or LREM) with its MoDem allies is expected to win most seats.Traditional parties are urging voters to back Mr Macron's rivals to stop a monopolisation of power.President Macron formed his party just over a year ago, and half of its candidates have little or no political experience.They include a retired bullfighter, a Rwandan refugee and a mathematician.A party needs 289 seats to control the 577-seat National Assembly. LREM is predicted to win more than 400.
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Three killed in blast at Colombia shopping centre
Publish Time: 2017-06-18 09:10:00
Three women have been killed in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, in what the authorities say was a terrorist attack, - BBC reported.An explosion occurred at a shopping centre in the busy Zona Rosa area. Eleven other people were injured in the attack.Bogota's mayor Enrique Penalosa said that one of those who died was from France.The authorities say they believe the explosion was caused by a small bomb in a ladies toilet.The attack happened on a busy Saturday afternoon, when the Andino shopping centre was full of people buying presents for Father's Day, being celebrated on Sunday.A 23-year-old French woman, Julie Huynh, who had been working as a volunteer at a school in the south of the city was the first victim to be identified.Ana María Gutiérrez, 27, and Lady Paola Jaimes Ovalle, 31, were taken to hospital, but were later pronounced dead.Another French citizen, Nathalie Levrand, 48, was admitted with soft tissue trauma, said medical staff at Bogotá Country Clinic.
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Trump unveils new restrictions on travel, business with Cuba
Update Time: 2017-06-17 16:21:00
US President Donald Trump slammed former President Barack Obama's dealings with the communist regime in Cuba on Friday in Miami, charting his own course of more confrontational relations with the Castro-led government.The speech, which came as the President signed a directive outlining his posture toward Cuba, is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to chip away at Obama's legacy. Obama spent the last two years of his presidency looking to warm relations with Cuba, including a trip to the island in 2016. "I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba," Trump said.Casting the Obama administration as people who looked the other way on the Castro regime's human rights violations, Trump said that he, as President, will "expose the crimes of the Castro regime." "They made a deal with a government that spread violence and instability in the region and nothing they got, think about it, nothing they got, they fought for everything and we just didn't fight hard enough, but now, those days are over," Trump said. "We now hold the cards. The previous administration's easing of restrictions of travel and trade does not help the Cuban people. They only enrich the Cuban regime."Trump listed some of the Castro regime's anti-United States actions, ranging back to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and added, "We will never, ever be blind to it. We know what is going on and we remember what happened."Although Trump said he was "completely" canceling Obama's Cuba policy, the change is posture is only a partial shift from Obama's policy, CNN reports. 
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Seven sailors missing, three injured after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with container ship
Publish Time: 2017-06-17 12:33:00
Seven sailors are missing and three injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided early on Saturday morning with a Philippine-flagged container ship south of Tokyo Bay in Japan, the U.S. Navy said.The Japanese Coast Guard said the destroyer was experiencing some flooding but was not in danger of sinking, while the merchant vessel was able to sail under its own power.The U.S. Navy said in a statement the USS Fitzgerald, an Aegis guided missile destroyer, collided with a merchant vessel at about 2:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT), some 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, a rare incident on a busy waterway.Three aboard the destroyer had been medically evacuated, including the ship's commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, who was reportedly in stable condition after being airlifted to the U.S. Naval Hospital on the Yokosuka base, the Navy said.The other two injured were transferred to the hospital to treat lacerations and bruises, it said. The Fitzgerald, the Japanese Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defense Force were searching for the seven missing sailors.Benson took command of the Fitzgerald on May 13. He had previously commanded a minesweeper based in Sasebo in western Japan, as reported by Reuters. 
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London fire: May offers £5m to victims amid criticism of response
Publish Time: 2017-06-17 12:22:00
Theresa May has announced a package of measures to help the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, including £5m of cash handouts to be distributed to residents, but appeared to row back on an earlier commitment to rehouse people in the local area.In a statement announcing the funding, Downing Street pledged that all residents displaced by the fire would be rehoused locally within three weeks and close enough to their former homes that children could attend the same school.But speaking to Sky News later, the Prime Minister acknowledged that those who had lost their homes might be rehoused in other parts of London, saying that people would be rehoused “as far as possible within the borough or neighbouring boroughs. Some people may actually want to go to another part of London.”After being widely denounced for failing to meet victims face to face, the prime minister paid two visits to the scene of the deadly blaze on Friday. She met victims at a nearby hospital before returning to Downing Street to chair a two-hour crisis meeting of cabinet ministers – including the home secretary, Amber Rudd, and the communities secretary, Sajid Javid – to agree what action should be taken. 
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European Parliament's resolution on Afgan Mukhtarli case
Publish Time: 2017-06-15 20:10:00
The case of Azeri journalist, who disappeared from Georgia, goes beyond the scope of two countries.The European Parliament has adopted a resolution concerning the issue of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli. European Parliament urged the government of Georgia to conduct the investigation timely  and called on the Azerbaijani government to released Mukhtarli without delay.Debates were held before the voting. The tone of the MEPs was acute. The speakers criticized the situation on media and human rights in Azerbaijan.Wife of the Azerbaijani journalist was also attending the session.
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European Parliament adopted resolution on Afgan Mukhtarli’s case
Update Time: 2017-06-15 16:10:00
The European Parliament has adopted  resolution on Afgan Mukhtarli’s case today. The document, which is titled as “The Case of Afgan Mukhtarli and the situation of media in Azerbaijan“, starts with the case of Azerbaijani journalist.Georgia is mentioned in the document.  According to the resolution, the European Parliament strongly condemns the kidnapping of on Afgan Mukhtarli from Georgia and its detention in Baku, also, expected trial is considered as a violation of human rights.
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European Parliament to vote for resolution on Afgan Mukhtarli
Publish Time: 2017-06-15 12:03:00
European Parliament will conduct voting on draft resolution about Afgan Mukhtarli’s case today. European MPs express serious concern over the disappearance of Afgan Mukhtarli in Georgia and his obvious illegal transfer to Azerbaijan; urge the Georgian authorities to ensure a prompt, thorough, transparent and effective investigation into Mukhtarli’s disappearance in Georgia and possible illegal transfer to Azerbaijan, as well as allegations of ill-treatment and bring all the perpetrators to justice; urge Azerbaijan to drop charges against Mukhtarli, release him and allow him to rejoin his family in Georgia.
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London Fire: 6 Dead, 74 Hurt in High-Rise Apartment Blaze
Publish Time: 2017-06-14 14:32:00
At least six deaths were confirmed early Wednesday after a blaze ripped through a high-rise apartment block in the British capital as residents slept. At least 74 people were injured, according to authorities. More than 250 firefighters battled the west London inferno through the night.Local resident Tim Downie told NBC News he saw "people dangling children out the windows to try and get them to safety" as flames spread upward. Several witnesses recounted watching people jumping from Grenfell Tower — including some who leapt from the 10th story.Local officials believe that several hundred people were in the building, which dates back to the 1970s. The high-rise had a "stay put" policy in the event of a fire — with residents urged to shut their windows and doors and await rescue.London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton called it an "unprecedented incident," adding that a "number of fatalities" had been confirmed. Police later put the death toll at 6, but warned that figure was likely to grow. 
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Mikheil Saakashvili would not dare to attack South Ossetia in 2008, if no one were behind him - Vladimir Putin
Publish Time: 2017-06-14 12:34:00
Former President Mikheil Saakashvili would not dare to attack South Ossetia in 2008, if no one were behind him, - Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary film made by famous American filmmaker Oliver Stone. "I do not have a 100% proof that someone provoked him but it seems to me that he would never dare to commit this provocation independently. I think so. In any case, nobody stopped him," Putin said.The Russian president also clarified that the Russian government was surprised when "Saakashvili's actions were not only supporting, but the Western media tried to portray as if Russia attacked Georgia.""I did not believe my eyes and ears when I saw that western media blamed Russia for the attack. The main thing is that millions have believed it. Mr. Saakashvili himself said that he ordered his own army to start the action," Putin said. 
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