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Belgium train derailment: One dead and many injured
Publish Time: 2017-02-19 12:15:00
At least one person has been killed and about 20 injured when a train carriage fell on to its side following a derailment close to the Belgian capital Brussels, railway officials say, - BBC reported.The accident happened as the train was departing Leuven station at a slow speed heading towards the capital.Emergency services were quick to arrive at the scene of the crash, which happened at 12:20 GMT on Saturday.The damaged carriage could be seen on its side part way down a slope.
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Arrested Die Welt Journalist Faces 5 Years in Turkish Prison for Terrorism
Publish Time: 2017-02-18 13:41:00
A German newspaper reported on Friday that one of their correspondents was arrested by Turkish police and accused of membership in a terrorist organization. The correspondent was reporting on leaked emails from the Turkish Energy Minister.Deniz Yücel, a 43-year-old dual citizen of both Turkey and Germany, is a reporter for German daily Die Welt. He was in Turkey reporting on emails leaked to the public by Marxist-Leninist hacker collective RedHack, Sputnik agency reported. The hackers had uncovered emails from Berat Albayrak, the Energy Minister, and son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.The leaked emails allegedly detail Albayrak's involvement in influencing public opinion through fake Twitter accounts and his control of Turkish media companies, as well as "involvement in organizations such as Powertrans, the company implicated in [Daesh] oil imports."
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Israeli Defense Minister: Three main problems we must handle are Iran, Iran and Iran
Publish Time: 2017-02-18 12:39:00
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman met for the first time on Friday with new US Secretary of Defense James Mattis on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany, foreign media says. According to Israeli media outlets, the two discussed the threats posed by Iran, as well as other Middle East security issues. “The three main problems we must handle are Iran, Iran and Iran,” Lieberman stated after the meeting with Mattis. “We must build a genuine and effective coalition to deal with the terrorism it [Iran] spreads around the world, the development of missiles it is engaged in and its nuclear arms race.”Lieberman and Mattis, the media reports said, intend to “maintain open dialogue and cooperation to strengthen Israel’s security and protect America’s interests in the region, as true allies.” Furthermore, the two agreed to meet again soon. 
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Donald Trump says 'fake news' media is 'enemy of the American people'
Publish Time: 2017-02-18 12:22:00
US President Donald Trump has branded his critics in the US press "not my enemy" but the “enemy of the American people”, in a tweet that came a day after he launched a sustained attack on the media during a White House press conference. In his latest barb aimed at US journalists, the Republican billionaire took to Twitter to accuse reporters of publishing “fake news” and singled out several broadcasters for criticism. Mr Trump has frequently attacked the media but has never before called it an enemy of the American public.It comes a day after an astonishing news conference in which the US President criticised the press and commented on the nature of reporters’ questions. During a 77-minute sparring session with journalists, he claimed coverage based on White House leaks was “fake because so much of the news is fake”, despite admitting that the leaks are “absolutely real”. 
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Explosion kills 3-year-old in southeastern Turkish town
Update Time: 2017-02-18 12:19:00
A car bomb attack targeting government lodgings in southeastern Turkey has killed a three-year-old child and wounded 15 people, an official says.The bomb exploded near the homes of judges and prosecutors in the mainly Kurdish town of Viransehir, in Sanliurfa province, which borders Syria.The state-run Anadolu Agency quoted Sanliurfa governor Gungor Azim Tuna as saying the attack was carried out with an explosives-laden vehicle, killing the child and wounding 15 others. Anadolu said medics and police were dispatched to the area, which was immediately sealed off.Turkey has suffered a series of violent attacks since 2015 that have been carried out either by the Islamic State group or by Kurdish militants who have led a three-decade old insurgency and resumed fighting after a cease-fire collapsed that year.The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, has targeted police or government lodgings with car bombs in the past, CBC News reports.
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Pakistan Sufi shrine blast: 35 terrorists killed in security crackdown
Update Time: 2017-02-17 17:29:00
At least 35 terrorists were killed as the law enforcement agencies launched a security crackdown across Pakistan on Friday.The crackdown comes after a bomb ripped through the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a revered 13th century Muslim saint, in Sehwan city of Sindh province which left 75 persons dead and hundreds injured, The News International reported.According to a statement by Sindh Rangers, 18 terrorists were killed in operations in Karachi overnight, while six were killed in Orakzai agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.At least four militants were killed in Bannu and two died in a police encounter in Dera Ismail Khan city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.Three terrorists were shot dead during a search operation in Peshawar city and two were killed in Sargodha city of Punjab province.The Islamic State (IS) militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack at the crowded shrine on Thursday, which followed a series of extremist assaults this week. "Scores of suspects were arrested from different cities after the federal and provincial law enforcement authorities started a crackdown across the country," a government official said. According to the official, the crackdown will continue for the coming days.The Sindh government announced three days mourning period as Pakistanis vented their grief and fury on social media, bemoaning the lack of medical facilities to help the wounded. Many of the injured were flown to Karachi and other major towns in Sindh for medical facilities.Pakistan has been experiencing a fresh resurgence in terror attacks with the bombing at Qalandar's shrine the tenth assault over the past five days in the country. 
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Spanish woman gives birth to healthy twins at age of 64
Publish Time: 2017-02-17 13:01:00
A 64-year-old woman has given birth to healthy twins after her second successful pregnancy at an advanced age, a doctor in northern Spain has said.Enrique Martin, medical director at Recoletas hospital, said on Thursday that the babies, delivered by caesarean section on Tuesday, were “perfectly healthy”. The twins are a boy, born weighing 5.3 pounds (2.4kg), and a girl who weighed 4.9 pounds (2.2kg).According to Spanish newspaper Diario de Burgos, their mother had her first child at 58, but her daughter has been in the custody of local authorities since 2014 because she did not attend school and was not properly cared for.
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NATO to boost Black Sea presence
Update Time: 2017-02-17 12:38:00
NATO to boost Black Sea presence NATO defense ministers have decided to beef up the military alliance's naval presence in the Black Sea while taking additional measures in the cyber defense field and continuing efforts for stronger presence in the Baltic Sea, which are all targeting Russia, foreign media reports. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that NATO will hold more war games and training in the strategically important sea, which borders allies Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania, but also Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.Russia's naval fleet based at Sevastopol in Crimea has been a major concern for NATO, especially after Crimea was unilaterally annexed from by Russia on March 2014 in a clear violation of international law. Stoltenberg said at the meeting the NATO allies discussed their presence in the Black Sea region and agreed on two additional maritime measures as well as a multinational framework brigade in Romania.Stoltenberg described the new measures as "an increased NATO naval presence in the Black Sea for enhanced training, exercises, and situational awareness, and a maritime coordination function for our Standing Naval Forces when operating with other Allied forces in the Black Sea region". He added, "And this shows allies stand together, united and strong".Several NATO allies are already providing troops to 3,000-5,000-strong land force in Romania.  
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Mogherini says U.S. may lose leader’s role in the world
Update Time: 2017-02-15 17:07:00
High representative of the European Union for foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini is concerned about the possible loss of the US’s leading role in the world. She stated this in an interview with European Alliance of leading periodicals (LENA) after a trip to Washington.“I’ve never seen the United States as polarized, divided and conflict-laden as it is now. Anyone who wants to play the role of a world leader, needs to be internally strong, confident and cohesive,” said Mogherini, noting that the problems that arose in the United States, may become a “destabilizing factor for the world.”As regards the relations of States and the European Union, Mogherini expects “the transition to a new stage”. “We will carefully discuss the issue to see where we have common ground. There is no drama,” — said Mogherini. However, she noted that in the future there will probably be more issues on which Washington and Brussels will have different positions.
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Russia Won't Discuss Crimea, Dismisses Report Of Contacts With Trump Team
Update Time: 2017-02-15 17:05:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman says Moscow will not discuss the return of Crimea to Ukraine with the United States or any other country.Dmitry Peskov spoke on February 15, a day after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that U.S. President Donald Trump has "made it very clear" that he expects Russia to "return Crimea" and reduce violence in eastern Ukraine.The Kremlin spokesman referred to Crimea as Russian territory, saying that "Russia never discusses issues related to its territories with foreign partners, including the United States."Russia seized control of Crimea in March 2014 after sending in troops and staging a referendum denounced as illegal by the United States and a total of 100 countries in the UN General Assembly, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported.
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Austerity-weary farmers hold protest march in Athens
Publish Time: 2017-02-15 12:54:00
Some 2,000 Greek farmers protested in Athens on Tuesday over increases to their tax and social security contributions amid the government’s ongoing austerity drive.They left their tractors at home but distributed farm produce for free, arguing that they can no longer earn a living from the land. “Things are getting worse all the time,” one demonstrator told Euronews.“We can no longer sustain our families because everything is going up – taxes, production costs and the VAT on our supplies. “The key point is that the big monopolies with their massive profits are killing off the small farmers,” another man said. “We are asking the government to take the new measures back because we can’t survive.”A young woman told Euronews: “I know firsthand as a young person what kind of a future they have in store for me, and the reason I am here today is to gather strength from this struggle.”Marching through the streets rather than resorting to their traditional tractor blockades,farmers wanted to highlight what they see as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras feeding off their livelihoods in his efforts to satisfy Greece’s international creditors.One banner showed Tsipras and Agriculture Minister Vangelis Apostolou depicted as black crows with hooked claws, swooping down on a farmer.
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Love of Russians to Stalin reached historic high of over 16 years
Publish Time: 2017-02-15 12:45:00
A poll by the Levada center, the attitude to the historic personalities was held 20-23 January 2017, among 1.6 thousand adult Russians in 48 regions of the country. Among Soviet and Russian leaders, respondents have recently become better to treat Joseph Stalin, Leonid Brezhnev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, to the sociologists. Top 3 favorite historical leaders of the Russians is, accordingly, Putin, Brezhnev and Stalin.If with “admiration”, “respect” and “sympathy” to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU Stalin in March 2016 was treated with 37% in January 2017, that number had grown to 46%. The approval of Stalin reached a historic high of over 16 years, from the data of sociologists of the Levada center.While reducing the number of indifferent to the Soviet leader (from 32 to 22% for the year) increased the number of malcontents by Stalin. If “aversion”, “fear”, “disgust”, “hatred” in the beginning of 2016 he was treated by 17%, in 2017 — already on 21%. Although, according to sociologists, negative attitude to Stalin gradually went from the beginning of 2000-ies.
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U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn resigns
Update Time: 2017-02-14 21:02:00
US President Donald Trump’s embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night, following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russia. His departure upends Trump’s senior team after less than one month in office.In a resignation letter, Flynn said he held numerous calls with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the transition and gave “incomplete information” about those discussions to Vice President Mike Pence. The vice president, apparently relying on information from Flynn, initially said the national security adviser had not discussed sanctions with the Russian envoy, though Flynn later conceded the issue may have come up.Trump named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting national security adviser. Kellogg had previously been appointed the National Security Council chief of staff and advised Trump on national security issues during the campaign.The Justice Department warned the Trump administration weeks ago that contradictions between the public depictions and the actual details of the calls could leave Flynn in a compromised position, an administration official and two other people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press Monday night, National Post reports. 
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Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in Aleppo: rights group
Update Time: 2017-02-14 13:12:00
Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during battles to retake the city late last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Monday.The findings add to mounting evidence of the use of banned chemical weapons in the six-year-old Syrian civil war and could strengthen calls by Britain, France and the United States for sanctions against Syrian officials.Government helicopters dropped chlorine bombs "in residential areas in Aleppo on at least eight occasions between November 17 and December 13, 2016," the New York-based group said, as reported by Reuters.The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which oversees a global treaty banning toxic warfare, had no immediate comment.Syria and its ally Russia, which helped state troops in the Aleppo assault, have repeatedly denied using chemical weapons in the conflict. They blame opposition militants seeking to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad.Human Rights Watch said its report, which was based on interviews with witnesses, analysis of videos and photos and social media posts, did not find proof of Russian involvement in the chemical attacks, but noted Moscow's key role in helping the government to retake Aleppo. "The attacks, some of which included multiple munitions, killed at least nine civilians, including four children, and injured around 200," it said.Ole Solvang, deputy emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, said in an interview that the way chemical attacks moved in step with the frontline showed they were an integral part of the offensive. "This is a strong indication that these chlorine attacks were coordinated with the overall military strategy. And it is a strong indication then that senior military officers, the commanders of this military offensive in Aleppo, knew that chlorine was being used," he said.A U.N.-OPCW inquiry assigned to identify organizations and individuals responsible for the chemical attacks concluded last October that Syrian government forces had used chlorine as a chemical weapon at least three times in 2014-15. Islamic State militants, it said, had used sulfur mustard gas in one attack.The U.N. Security Council extended the mandate of the inquiry, known as the Joint Investigative Mission (JIM), until November this year. It is
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Turkish police detain more than 500 people in operations targeting PKK
Publish Time: 2017-02-14 13:08:00
Turkish police detained more than 500 people on Monday in operations across Turkey targeting suspects linked with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. It said senior members of the group were among the 544 suspects held in operations across 25 provinces, including the major western cities of Istanbul and Izmir, - foreign media say.Officials from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were among the 45 detained in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, the provincial governor's said in a statement.The government accuses the HDP, the second biggest opposition party in parliament, of being a political extension of the PKK and many of its officials and MPs have been remanded in custody on charges of such links.The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the European Union and United States, launched an armed insurgency against the state in 1984 and more than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.A ceasefire between the PKK and the state broke down in July 2015 and thousands have been killed in conflict since then. 
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U.S. calls Venezuela's vice president an international drug trafficker
Publish Time: 2017-02-14 12:59:00
U.S. authorities on Monday said the vice president of Venezuela was an international drug trafficker and slapped severe sanctions on him.The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said Tareck El Aissami has played a "significant role in international narcotics trafficking," a news release said. "OFAC's action today is the culmination of a multi-year investigation under the Kingpin Act to target significant narcotics traffickers in Venezuela and demonstrates that power and influence do not protect those who engage in these illicit activities," said John Smith, acting director of OFAC, as reported by CNN.El Aissami, who was appointed vice president of Venezuela in January, is a former interior and justice minister and governor of the country's Aragua state.The Treasury Department said he "facilitated shipments of narcotics from Venezuela to include control over planes that leave from a Venezuelan air base, (and) narcotics shipments of over 1,000 kilograms from Venezuela on multiple occasions, including those with the final destinations of Mexico and the United States."In addition, the department said El Aissami is linked to coordinating drug shipments to Los Zetas, a violent Mexican drug cartel, and provided protection to a Colombian drug lord.Monday's action imposes sanctions on El Aissami that prohibit anyone in the United States from doing business with him, and freezing any assets the US.A senior administration official said Monday's sanctions are "not a reaction to El Aissami's role as executive vice president of Venezuela. The designation is the result of a years-long investigation of narcotics trafficking by OFAC."The official went on to say, "This is a narcotics trafficking case ... and any other kind of activity is not a basis for our action today." El Aissami is also a subject of a yearlong CNN and CNN en Espanol investigation published last week.A confidential intelligence document obtained by CNN links El Aissami to 173 Venezuelan passports and ID's that it says were issued to individuals from the Middle East, including people connected to the terrorist group Hezbollah.The official who ordered the issuing of the passports, the report said, is El Aissami, who "took charge of
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Germany's Merkel Cancels Summit with Israel in Wake of Palestinian Land-grab Law
Publish Time: 2017-02-14 10:40:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to cancel a joint summit with Israel's government, scheduled for May 10 in Jerusalem. The official reason her office gave the Prime Minister's Office for the cancelation in the planned visit by Merkel and top officials was the German elections in September. But German and Israeli sources say there was another reason, albeit not the main one – her dissatisfaction at the Israel's new law to expropriate private Palestinian lands, enacted in Knesset last week.An Israeli source who was in contact with the German Foreign Ministry and the chancellor's office last week reported hearing massive anger over the law. The Israeli source, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue, said he had heard from German officials that in response to the law's enactment, the German government had launched a number of initiatives, both publically and in diplomatic channels, to express its dismay at the legislation.According to the source, one of those responses had to do with the Netanyahu-Merkel summit. Merkel's initiated the summit between the German and Israeli government during Ehud Olmert's term as prime minister. Since then they have been held almost annually, alternating between Berlin and Jerusalem, and including a meeting between the two premiers and between the ministers of the two governments, as well as a joint cabinet session. The purpose of the summits is to highlight the close relations between the two countries, reports. 
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Steinmeier chosen as German President
Update Time: 2017-02-13 12:28:00
Former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected president by a parliamentary assembly, - BBC reported.The Social Democrat, 61, is one of Germany's most popular politicians.The post is largely ceremonial, but the president represents Germany abroad and is seen as carrying moral weight.During the US election campaign, the usually circumspect ex-lawyer described Donald Trump as a "hate preacher" and predicted more challenging relations with Washington.He has also criticised those who "make politics with fear", and spoken out against right-wing populism.
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Hamburg airport evacuated and 50 treated over 'substance in air'
Publish Time: 2017-02-12 17:35:00
Hamburg airport in Germany was briefly evacuated and at least 50 people were injured by an unknown substance believed to have been in the air conditioning system, - BBC reported.Both terminals was cleared and flights were halted after people complained of eye irritation and coughs.Hundreds of passengers waited outside as officials tried to establish the cause.The airport reopened about an hour later and flight operations resumed.The alarm was raised after reports of a strong smell in the airport and fire crews set up treatment centres for people complaining of irritation.An unknown substance was later found in the security check area, Reuters quoted a police spokeswoman as saying.
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Donald Trump considers issuing new travel ban
Publish Time: 2017-02-12 12:16:00
Donald Trump is considering a new executive order to ban citizens of certain countries from travelling to the US after his initial attempt was overturned in the courts, - BBC reported.Mr Trump told reporters on Air Force One that a "brand new order" could be issued as early as Monday or Tuesday.It comes after an appeals court in San Francisco upheld a court ruling to suspend his original order.It barred entry from citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries.It is unclear what a new US immigration order might look like.Mr Trump said that it would change "very little", but he did not provide details of any new ban under consideration.Despite his suggestion on Friday, Mr Trump's administration may still pursue its case in the courts over the original order, which was halted a week ago by a Seattle judge."We'll win that battle," Mr Trump told reporters, adding: "The unfortunate part is it takes time. We'll win that battle. But we also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order."
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