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Kurdish struggle is our generation’s Spanish Civil War, Russell-Moyle says – Morning Star Online

Kurdish struggle is our generation’s Spanish Civil War, Russell-Moyle says – Morning Star Online

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THE Kurdish national struggle will “go down in the history books” as this generation’s equivalent of the Spanish Civil War, Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle said today.

Speaking at a party conference fringe meeting, the MP for Brighton Kemptown said the revolution in Rojava, north-west Syria, was comparable to the anarchist revolution in Barcelona in 1936.

At the meeting, organised by the Freedom for Ocalan campaign, he said: “They have defeated Isis, who were a global fascist threat.

“They have created a system based on equality where women have joint leadership in all…

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Kenya, Somalia agree to normalise relations – Africanews English

Kenya, Somalia agree to normalise relations – Africanews English

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Somalia and Kenya have agreed to normalise ties, following months of tension over a maritime border dispute.

In talks mediated by Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Kenyan and Somali heads of state agreed ‘to restore relations to previous status’ and ‘take diplomatic steps to build confidence between the two governments’.

Kenya and Somalia have been at loggerheads over a maritime and territorial dispute, that is currently before the International Court of Justice, ICJ, in The Hague.

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Boeing, FAA Misjudged Pilot Response To 737 MAX Trouble: Report – NDTV

Boeing, FAA Misjudged Pilot Response To 737 MAX Trouble: Report – NDTV

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The report comes more than 6 months after the 737 MAX was grounded globally following two fatal crashes

New York: 

Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) misjudged how pilots would respond to multiple alerts and alarms as they encountered trouble when flying the 737 MAX, according…

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US tells Congress of plans to sell light attack reconnaissance helicopters to Thailand – Defence Blog

US tells Congress of plans to sell light attack reconnaissance helicopters to Thailand – Defence Blog

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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the U.S. State Department on Tuesday has cleared a possible $400 million foreign military sale of eight AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters to Thailand.

Congress was notified of the sale September 24, according to an announcement…

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Europe provides urgent aid to earthquake-hit Albania – NewEurope.EU

Europe provides urgent aid to earthquake-hit Albania – NewEurope.EU

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The European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated on 26 September, after two devastating earthquakes that hit Albania on 21 September, prompted flash floods.

In an immediate response, the EU has helped mobilise first aid supplies and relief items, such as tents, power…

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The National Guard’s suicide rate has surpassed the other military components – Military Times

The National Guard’s suicide rate has surpassed the other military components – Military Times

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The National Guard’s suicide rate has climbed higher than the active duty and Reserve’s, according to an annual Pentagon study released Thursday. In response, officials are looking for new ways to help troops feel comfortable coming forward about their issues and getting help they need.

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EU to hit seven more Venezuelan officials with sanctions – diplomats – Reuters

EU to hit seven more Venezuelan officials with sanctions – diplomats – Reuters

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia September 25, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will impose economic sanctions on another seven people close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday, three EU diplomats said, freezing their European assets and preventing travel to the bloc.

“A decision to add seven new people has been taken,” one EU diplomat said, following a meeting of EU ambassadors.

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Jacques Chirac, French President Who Opposed U.S. Iraq War, Is Dead At 86 – NPR

Jacques Chirac, French President Who Opposed U.S. Iraq War, Is Dead At 86 – NPR

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Former French president Jacques Chirac, in a 2011 photo. Chirac was a fierce opponent of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

 

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U.N. announces formation of Syrian constitutional committee – The Washington Post

U.N. announces formation of Syrian constitutional committee – The Washington Post

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In a statement, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres said the “Syrian-owned and Syrian-led” constitutional committee will be facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva, and he thanked Russia, Turkey and Iran for their diplomatic efforts. ­Russia and Iran are allied with Syrian President Bashar ­al-Assad, while Turkey supports the opposition in Syria’s civil war.

Dueling U.N. resolutions on Syria both fail, leaving millions at risk

During a summit last week between the Russian, Turkish and Iranian presidents, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that agreement had been reached on…

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Brexit revelation: How Winston Churchill only wanted ‘a non-executive European assembly’ – Express.co.uk

Brexit revelation: How Winston Churchill only wanted ‘a non-executive European assembly’ – Express.co.uk

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Mr Churchill is often seen as an iconic figure within British politics, having led the UK through the tumultuous Second World War. He was Prime Minister between 1940 and 1945, before being re-elected to serve a second term between 1951 and 1955. He backed the UK’s attempt to join the EEC – now the EU – in 1961, but often gave speeches implying he wanted to retain Britain’s sovereignty.

As a result, his legacy has been hotly debated by both the Remain and Leave campaigns in the Brexit debate.

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Israel election results: Gantz capitulates without battle – Haaretz Editorial – Israel News – Haaretz

Israel election results: Gantz capitulates without battle – Haaretz Editorial – Israel News – Haaretz

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Less than a week after his impressive electoral achievement, the head of the largest Knesset faction, Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz, conceded his right to be the first to try and form a coalition government. The explanation given by “party sources” for this concession is that Gantz prefers to wait for Netanyahu to try first and fail.

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Xi demands hard work toward new era victory – China Mail

Xi demands hard work toward new era victory – China Mail

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President Xi Jinping on Monday demanded ceaseless efforts to secure a great victory of socialism with Chinese characteristics for the new era.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks in Beijing during a visit to an exhibition of achievements in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

He stressed that during the seven decades since the founding of the PRC, the CPC has led people across the country to overcome one obstacle after another, creating miracle upon miracle.… Source

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Spain arrests 9 in Catalonia for plotting acts of violence – UPI News

Spain arrests 9 in Catalonia for plotting acts of violence – UPI News

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Spanish authorities arrested at least nine Catalan separatists Monday, and said they were plotting acts of violence in the Spanish territory.

Civil Guard officers raided homes and businesses and seized explosives, computers and documents, authorities said. Among the items found were sulfuric acid, paraffin, aluminum powder, paint stripper and gasoline. One suspect had floor plans of several public buildings, court officials said. More than 500 officers took part in the early morning raid in the province of Barcelona.

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Hong Kong: Protesters pushing region towards ‘manmade disaster’ – HK Police – RUPTLY

Hong Kong: Protesters pushing region towards ‘manmade disaster’ – HK Police – RUPTLY

The Chief Superintendent of the Hong Kong Police Public Relations Branch John Tse Chun-chung emphasised that the acts of protesters “will only push Hong Kong to the verge of a man-made disaster,” during a press briefing in Hong Kong on Monday.

“Over the weekend rioters went on a rampage across the city. Starting fires on the street, hurling petrol bombs, violently attacking innocent people and inflicting mass property destruction. Some even desecrated national flags and attempted to snatch an officer’s gun.… Source

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European Leaders Join U.S. in Blaming Iran for Saudi Oil Attacks, Urge New Deal – Small Wars Journal

European Leaders Join U.S. in Blaming Iran for Saudi Oil Attacks, Urge New Deal – Small Wars Journal

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The leaders of Britain, France and Germany joined the U.S. in blaming Iran for this month’s attacks on Saudi Arabia and said the time had come for Tehran to start talks on a new, long-term agreement dealing with its nuclear, regional and missile activities.

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Boris Gets Bonked by High Court

Supreme Court rules prorogation UNLAWFUL – The Sun BORIS Johnson has LOST his historic Supreme Court battle on the Parliament shutdown as judges ruled it unlawful. Speaker John Bercow said MPs must “return to the house” as a “matter of urgency” after 11 judges unanimously ruled today…
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Catalans to vote on greater self governance | World – The Times

Catalans to vote on greater self governance | World – The Times

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Spain’s prime minister has offered to give Catalonia a referendum on greater autonomy as he seeks to pre-empt a new drive for independence from Barcelona’s separatists.

Pedro Sánchez said he was ready to give more powers to Spain’s wealthiest region but would not entertain any vote on independence. “It is a referendum for autonomy, not for self-determination,” he told Spanish radio.

Catalonia already has a high degree of autonomy, controlling its own police service, schools, health service and prisons.

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A Century of Deathly Echoes for Congo After Leopold, the Belgian King that Killed 10 Million People
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A Century of Deathly Echoes for Congo After Leopold, the Belgian King that Killed 10 Million People

King Leopold had a simple task, turn the Congo into a viable money venture To that end, he succeeded. But in the process, he directed actions that led to the deaths of over 10 million people in Congo. The after-effects of that genocide still linger in the land. Caspian Report gives us a brief primer on the history of King Leopold. He also shows us how the specter of Leopold still affects the people of Congo to this day. King Leopold’s ghost still haunts the Congo – The Caspian Report - Video The #Congo’s natural resources have inspired a most unnatural history of greed and violence, which cost the lives of some 10 million. In the heart of Africa lies a country called the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is a vast place with lush forests, vigorous rivers, and incredible riches such as gold, timber, uranium, cobalt, diamond, etc. These natural resources have inspired a most unnatural history of greed and violence. For over a century, the Congo has been haunted by the memories of its past. While other African nations have come to terms with a history of exploitation and colonisation, the Congo continues to relive the unshakable legacy of one man – King Leopold II of Belgium, whose ventures cost the lives of some 10 million.
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Greece faces criticism over racism in handball game – Daily Sabah

Greece faces criticism over racism in handball game – Daily Sabah

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The government Tuesday strongly condemned the racial harassment of the Turkish women handball players and a crisis over hanging the Turkish flag during two matches between Turkey’s Muratpaşa Belediyespor and Greece’s PAOK last week.

Players had complained of PAOK fans spitting on them and hurling racist insults during the European Handball Federation Cup matches last week. The Turkish team also criticized the Greek authority’s refusal to hang the Turkish flag at the sports hall in Greece’s Thessaloniki during the matches.

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Turkey Deplores US Sanctions, Pledges Support for Iran – Iran Front Page – IFP News

Turkey Deplores US Sanctions, Pledges Support for Iran – Iran Front Page – IFP News

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In a Tuesday meeting with an Iranian economic delegation in Ankara, Pekcan said Turkey has sadly borne the brunt of the US sanctions on Iran.

The Turkish trade minister also pledged that her country will support the Iranian government and nation, who she described as brother of Turkey.

She then hailed the positive results of expert-level talks in various committees of Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Cooperation Commission, saying Ankara would be pleased to enhance trade ties with Tehran.

For his part, head of the Iranian delegation praised the Turkish president and trade minister for their…

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Katharine Gun: the spy who tried to stop the Iraq war – The Spectator USA

Katharine Gun: the spy who tried to stop the Iraq war – The Spectator USA

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In his memoir of office, Decision Points, George W. Bush writes about going to see Tony Blair in the Azores in the last days before the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It was a crisis meeting because they had failed to get a second UN resolution, to give legal cover for the war. This was thought crucial to help Blair and his government survive a no-confidence motion in the House of Commons. After the meeting, the Brits and the Americans shook hands on the tarmac and walked to their planes. Bush remembers his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, saying to him: ‘I hope that’s not the…

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Four dead, seven injured in Turkey’s southeast after blast: hospital source – Reuters

Four dead, seven injured in Turkey’s southeast after blast: hospital source – Reuters

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DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) – Four people died and seven people were injured in southeast Turkey after explosives installed on the road detonated during the passage of a vehicle, a local hospital source said on Thursday.

The blast occurred in the Kulp district of the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir, the source said.

Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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Moscow Asks U.S. to Confirm Location of Ex-Official Named as Possible Spy – The Moscow Times

Moscow Asks U.S. to Confirm Location of Ex-Official Named as Possible Spy – The Moscow Times

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Russia has asked the United States via Interpol to confirm the whereabouts of a former Kremlin official who Russian media have said may have been a U.S. spy exfiltrated in 2017, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Zakharova made the comment after U.S. media…

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Hellenic Parliament President expresses strong support to Cyprus – In-Cyprus.com

Hellenic Parliament President expresses strong support to Cyprus – In-Cyprus.com

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Hellenic Parliament President, Constantine Tassoulas, expressed on Thursday the unanimous and strong support of the people of Greece to Cyprus “during this phase of numerous developments and provocations” related to the Cyprus problem.

Tassoulas, who is paying an official visit to the island, also noted that the seventh and eighth volume of the “Cyprus File”, regarding events that shook the island in 1974, will be delivered by the beginning of October the latest. “We are almost ready to hand over the seventh and the eighth volume and we continue rapidly for the rest volumes, so…

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Germany urges Greece to step up migrant deportations to Turkey – PanARMENIAN.Net

Germany urges Greece to step up migrant deportations to Turkey – PanARMENIAN.Net

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PanARMENIAN.NetGermany‘s Interior Ministry on Thursday, September 12 called for Greece to step-up deportations to Turkey, as well as for stronger efforts in stemming the flow of illegal crossings to Greek islands in the first placeDeutsche Welle reports.

Stephan Mayer, the parliamentary secretary of the Interior Ministry, said, “We urgently need to make progress in small repatriations to Turkey, to improve the deteriorating conditions at certain hot spots on the islands.”

Speaking with the Funke Mediengruppe news publisher, Mayer described the situation…

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FESOJ condemns the new waves of media suppression in Somaliland – Modern Ghana

FESOJ condemns the new waves of media suppression in Somaliland – Modern Ghana

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Mogadishu- Thursday 12 September, 2019 – Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ) is appalled by the latest wave of Somaliland’s ongoing crackdown on the media after arbitrary arrest of Editor in Chief of Hadhwanaag news website Abdikani Abdullahi Ahmed known as “Asbaro” and the ban of Hadhwanaag website to freely operate in Somaliland on Wednesday night around 11:00 PM local time in Hargeisa,Somaliand.

FESOJ strongly condemns the latest arbitrary detention by Somaliland security forces the Editor-in-Chief of Hadhwanaagnews news website, Mr.

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Indonesia Prepares to Go Full PC With New Spate of Morality Laws
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Indonesia Prepares to Go Full PC With New Spate of Morality Laws

In response to rampant government corruption in Indonesia, it appears the people are now throwing their support behind new morality laws designed to assure that people live the right way, for the good of the whole.  The essential part of the video happens between the :45 mark and the 1:30 mark in the video.  The news reporter, from ABC News Australia, seems to bemoan the lurch towards the right in Indonesia while being part of an organization that consistently supports similar type morality laws in Australia (ones that control dangerous thoughts).
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Venezuela government, opposition talking despite stalled Norway-backed dialogue: sources – Reuters

Venezuela government, opposition talking despite stalled Norway-backed dialogue: sources – Reuters

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CARACAS (Reuters) – A group of Venezuelan government officials and opposition activists are quietly holding talks focused on the economy despite the stalling of a formal dialogue mediated by Norway, according to nine sources involved.

FILE PHOTO: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro takes part in a rally against the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, in Caracas Venezuela, August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero/File Photo

The talks involve Socialist Party officials who are seeking an end to U.S.

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British volunteer who fought with Syrian Kurds against IS and Turkey commits suicide – The New Arab

British volunteer who fought with Syrian Kurds against IS and Turkey commits suicide – The New Arab

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A British volunteer who fought with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) against the Islamic State group (IS) has reportedly committed suicide, pro-Kurdish media reported this week.

Jamie Janson, 42, travelled to Syria to fight IS alongside Kurdish forces in their former stronghold of Deir az-Zour, before moving into battle against Turkish forces who launched an attack on the city of Afrin.

“We international volunteers are standing with our friends in Afrin against the forces of tyranny and aggression,” he said last year in a video.

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U.S. Poised to Send 150 Troops to Patrol Northeastern Syria – The New York Times

U.S. Poised to Send 150 Troops to Patrol Northeastern Syria – The New York Times

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The Pentagon is preparing to send about 150 troops to northeastern Syria to conduct ground patrols with Turkish forces, reversing at least temporarily a withdrawal from Syria that President Trump ordered last December.

,,,,,Mr. Erdogan threatened last month to carry out a major cross-border operation into Syria to rout the Syrian Kurds who took control there from ISIS. Turkey conducted previous missions into Afrin and Jarabulus west of the Euphrates River.

American officials expressed skepticism that the Turkish military could sustain such an extensive and complicated operation into northeastern Syria, but worried that any Turkish invasion would wreak havoc with American counterterrorism goals and its relations with a NATO ally.

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Iran-backed militia says it downed surveillance drone in Iraq – Haaretz

Iran-backed militia says it downed surveillance drone in Iraq – Haaretz

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A prominent Iran-backed militia in Iraq said Wednesday it intercepted a surveillance drone east of Baghdad. According to a statement by the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), the drone had been collecting intelligence to prepare for an attack against military targets in the area.

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Liberals face more pressure over Gladys Liu – politics live – The Guardian

Liberals face more pressure over Gladys Liu – politics live – The Guardian

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Scott Morrison will not attend the UN climate action summit despite him being in America to visit the Trump administration at the time – deploying the foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, and the Australian ambassador for the environment, Patrick Suckling, instead.

Guardian Australia understands speaking slots at the event in New York on 23 September were reserved for countries announcing new emissions reduction targets or financial commitments to the UN Green Climate Fund – and Morrison has been signalling Australia won’t be going further, at least at this point, than…

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Growth of Migrants’ Attempts to Enter Bulgaria from Greece Again – Novinite.com

Growth of Migrants’ Attempts to Enter Bulgaria from Greece Again – Novinite.com

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The Ministry of Interior reports an increase in attempts of migrants to enter Bulgaria from Greece. Interior Minister Mladen Marinov explained that additional police and gendarmerie teams had been sent along the border with Bulgaria’s neighbour. According to him, there is no need for the country to use army units for security, BNR reported.

“We are following the processes in Turkey. You see what is happening. Unfortunately, these processes do not depend solely on our desire. They are more global and naturally, when there is movement and some anxiety, we are obliged to take action.

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Renewed Crisis in Argentina Puts IMF Under Fire – The Globe Post

Renewed Crisis in Argentina Puts IMF Under Fire – The Globe Post

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The International Monetary Fund, which last year approved a record $57 billion loan for Argentina in exchange for sweeping austerity reforms, is in the eye of the storm after President Mauricio Macri suffered a crushing defeat in the August 11 primary elections.

The victory of Peronist candidate Alberto Fernandez put Macri’s reelection in serious jeopardy, and threw financial markets into turmoil, worsening the already grim economic outlook.

Macri requested a loan from the IMF in April 2018 after a run on the currency weakened the peso and worsened the ongoing financial downturn.

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Malaysia Gonna Make It Rain, Literally
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Malaysia Gonna Make It Rain, Literally

Malaysia wants to kill smog by creating rain.  At least that's the latest plan....Malaysia To Seed Clouds, Induce Rain As Smog Pollutes Air – NDTVExcerpt:Malaysia prepared to seed clouds after air quality in parts of the country reached unhealthy levels due to smog from forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia, an official said Monday.Smog regularly blankets parts of Southeast Asia during the dry season when burning is used to clear Indonesian land for palm oil, paper plantations and other crops, sparking ire from regional neighbours.In the latest outbreak, parts of Malaysia’s eastern state of Sarawak on Borneo island have been blanketed over the past few days.The pollutant index in some places has reached “very unhealthy levels”, said Gary Theseira, special functions officer with the environment ministry.
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Separatists to rally in Barcelona on Catalonia’s ‘national day’ – FRANCE 24

Separatists to rally in Barcelona on Catalonia’s ‘national day’ – FRANCE 24

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Divided after their failed 2017 secession bid, Catalonia’s separatists will hold a rally in Barcelona on Wednesday that will test their strength before a Spanish court in October serves verdicts against the leaders of the independence push.

Since 2012, separatists have held massive rallies on September 11, Catalonia’s “national day”, which marks the fall of Barcelona to Spain in 1714. Organisers say a million people took part in past “Diada” rallies.

This year’s demonstration will get underway at 17:14 (1514 GMT) – a nod to the year – on Barcelona’s central Plaza Espana.

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