It includes circumstances where a suspect has been arrested, but not convicted. As of October 2014, South Africa had 160 recorded serial killers since 1950. A disproportionately large number of them were white males, although no racial group was more likely to be a victim. The coronavirus has hit the Middle East hard, devastating tourist-dependent economies, closing schools and social service programs, burdening weakened health care facilities, and prompting new surges in emigration from all sectors of the population. While economies may have slowed and activities halted, the churches of the Middle East plow on, responding to others — the vast majority of whom are not Christian. The churches work to address immediate existential needs of displaced families, such as medical care and food, and to more long-term investments in people’s lives, including catechesis, counseling, education and health care. A prospective observational study was undertaken in 21 UK CCUs from November 5 to 18, 2012. A data collection web portal was designed where the specialist critical care pharmacist reported all interventions at their site. Each intervention was classified as medication error, optimization, or consult. In addition, a clinical impact scale was used to code the interventions. Interventions were scored as low impact, moderate impact, high impact, and life saving. The final coding was moderated by blinded independent multidisciplinary trialists. Wells GA, Li T, Maxwell L, Maclean R, Tugwell P. Responsiveness of patient reported outcomes including fatigue, sleep quality and activity limitation and quality of life following treatment with abatacept in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Sadly, I still see their deadly poison spread across social media and it continues at a dangerous pace. The proverb that “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop” is coming home to roost, and we as a society have failed to cater to our young by not directing them to character-building activities. Forget these functions where senior officials come and pay lip service to the youth. What we need are school activities, sports facilities, debates involving the others, adventure games and imaginative and innovative activities that spur interaction. We need initiatives to promote healthy bodies and creative minds. I believe government schools should include qualified teachers from the West and the East so that Saudi teachers can learn from their experience and exchange ideas to implement a modern education that can cater to the needs of the 21st century students. We should also cater to the needs of teachers and give them incentives and show them more respect. Unless teachers are encouraged to invent, innovate and given a free hand to impart knowledge within the parameters of the curricula, education would be in the same rut led by teachers devoid of motivation. Meanwhile the business community should also bear responsibility in addressing the needs of the youth. Businesses should build sports facilities, parks, and other youth related centers instead of focusing only on malls that are mushrooming everywhere in the country. It is the land of the Two Holy Mosques and should be a haven of peace, light and progress for all. History will not forgive us if we fail to protect this sacred land. Iran’s pragmatist President, Hassan Rouhani, struck a more conciliatory note than Khamenei on Saturday. Following a phone call with the ruler of the Gulf Arab state of Qatar on Saturday, Rouhani said the nuclear agreement would improve Iran’s relations with its neighbors.
“I will not wait for the session of the cabinet,” which is set to discuss the crisis on Thursday, he said. Al-Mashnouq ruled out the transport of waste to countries outside Lebanon because of its high cost. “Garbage is on the streets and needs a quick solution,” he said. Last week, the minister asked municipalities to dispose of their own waste, but his call has drawn mixed reactions. Al-Mashnouq said following a meeting for the parliamentary environment committee on Tuesday that Sukleen can no longer find a place to stash waste. “All municipalities should help find a solution to this problem,” he said. MP Marwan Hamadeh, who heads the committee, announced his support for the minister’s plan to create landfills in several areas and for each region to treat its waste. “The environment committee’s meetings will be open-ended pending a solution” to the waste management crisis, Hamadeh said. “Fatah al-Islam’s entry into the Nahr al-Bared camp shows the failure of the Palestinians’ autonomous security system,” Saniora told Paris-based news channel France 24. The premier, who is a staunch opponent of Syria, also implicated intelligence agents from Lebanon’s once dominant neighbor in sponsoring the militants. “Undoubtedly … there is a link between them and some of the Syrian intelligence services,” he said. And Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Science and Technology from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He is currently a Professor with the National University of Defense Technology. His research interests include array signal processing, radar system design, SAR/ISAR imaging and electronic countermeasures. The World Health Organization warned that the number of deaths from COVID-19 was on the rise globally, with 15,000 people having died from the virus in the last week alone. “We cannot live with 15,000 deaths a week,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a briefing on Wednesday, adding with colder temperatures approaching in the northern hemisphere, risk factors would increase with more people spending time inside. “He appeared to believe that his qualifications were somehow superior to all others including his patients’ physicians, and he maintained these beliefs even when confronted with serious concerns about his patient care.” The new law allows security agencies to bar protests not previously reported to authorities, while also setting prison terms and high fines for violators. It appears aimed at ending the near-daily protests by Islamists supporting Morsi and others opposing the military-backed interim government. The military suspended the Islamist-drafted, voter-approved 2012 constitution in the July 3 coup that ousted Morsi.
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Li LC, Adam PM, Backman CL, Lineker S, Jones CA, Lacaille D, Townsend AF, Yacyshyn E, Yousefi C, Tugwell P, Leese J, Stacey D. A proof-of-concept study of ANSWER, a web-based methotrexate decision aid for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. In 1985 a powerful and practical public-key scheme was produced by ElGamal; his work was applied using large prime integers. In this work we implement the classical and modified ElGamal cryptosystem to compare and to test their functionality, reliability and security. To test the security of the algorithms we use a famous attack algorithm called Baby-Step-Giant algorithm which works in the domain of natural integers. We enhance the Baby-Step-Giant algorithm to work with the modified ElGamal cryptosystems. The astrological associations of the domino game have not thrown light as yet upon the question of its origin. They have been referred to in connection with the method of telling fortunes, and it has been observed that the disks accompanying the bamboo dominoes from Fuhchau bear the names of the cyclical animals.
He was a great kid and my children had a special name they called him. I feel so fortunate to have met CJ through the bridge community. Through his suffering and your companionship, you both radiated hope, humour and steadfastness. CJ was an inspiration as he fought a valiant battle with optimism and courage! Condolences Adele and to CJ’s children, Paul and Emma, and family. My condolences to his Adele, children, family and many many friends. Hopefully Adele, Paul and Emma, Jean, Anne, Mary and the rest of the family and loved ones will find great comfort in CJ’s remarkable life and achievements. Memorial donations may be made to the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research online at istar.ualberta.ca, or to the Edmonton Humane Society online at edmontonhumanesociety.com, or to a charity of your choice. The University of Alberta respects the sovereignty, lands, histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Métis and Inuit nations. The Middle East — for all its current turmoil, political and civil strife, and economic disparity — forms the cradle of Christianity, and is home to some of the most dynamic Christian communities living the Gospel to the fullest. Role of primary surgery in the treatment of advanced oropharyngeal cancerH Seikaly, VL Biron, H Zhang, DA O’Connell, DWJ Côté, K Ansari, … Primary surgery vs chemoradiation treatment of advanced-stage hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinomaBN Harris, VL Biron, P Donald, DG Farwell, QC Luu, AF Bewley, AM Chen, … Detection of human papillomavirus type 16 in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma using droplet digital polymerase chain reactionVL Biron, M Kostiuk, A Isaac, L Puttagunta, DA O’Connell, J Harris, … This newsletter will keep you up to date and notify you of any changes to the application dates and deadlines, exam format and specialty-specific guidelines on applying for Fellowship with The Royal College of Dentists of Canada. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. A variety of newsletters you’ll love, delivered straight to you. The cabinet of outgoing prime minister Hassan Diab resigned days after the Beirut explosion, and the country has been without a fully functioning government since. If his patients die, Mourad says the blood will be on the government’s hands. George Ghanem, chief medical officer at the hospital, called it “a crime against humanity.” Hala Kilani, the doctor in charge of the dialysis department at the Lebanese American University Medical Center – Rizk Hospital, said medical teams were fighting each day to secure the necessary amounts of filters needed to continue with dialysis and blood tests for patients. The physician is one of many Lebanese health-care professionals speaking out about a shortage of pharmaceutical drugs in the country. When search suggestions are available use up and down arrows to review and enter to select.
For example, the president went to Cairo in June 2009 and gave a very long speech which served as the foundational document of his administration’s positions on the Middle East. It also touched on many issues vital to Israel’s security, such as America’s relationship with what Obama called the Muslim world, particularly the outreach to Iran and Iran’s right to nuclear energy. Although it had amazing and far-reaching ramifications for Israel, we in the embassy never saw a draft of it, we had no warning of it. Since Tehran views the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles a “defense capability,” Jafari’s words were a warning to the world powers that Iran’s ICBM program was inviolable. The prime minister advises US Congress to match the Iranian parliament by pursuing the opposite tactic. Whereas, Iran’s lawmakers, instead of endorsing the Vienna nuclear deal, enacted measures for circumventing it, US lawmakers must give it teeth to block Iranian evasions. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has switched tactics for his struggle against the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The accord was unanimously endorsed Monday, July 20, by the UN Security Council and European Union in the first step towards winding down sanctions. Debkafile’s Washington and Jerusalem sources report that the prime minister has turned aside from his effort to persuade a majority of US lawmakers to thumbs-down on the deal by vetoing a presidential veto. Netanyahu plans instead to put before the US Congress a proposal for new laws to specify in detail the issues on which Iranian violations would make US administration penalties mandatory. This legislation would spell out the penalties and their duration. It is critical for all involved in the process to remember and build on the Skhirat’s achievements, which may be limited but remain the best bet to prevent Libya’s further collapse. What is unrealistic for the two main parties is to hope that without the other one on board there can be any national unity government. Indeed, lack of agreement will only raise risks of further military escalation in the capital, since security forces from the Tripoli faction control access to all government and state institutions there, including the Central Bank and the National Oil Corporation. There is also the schooling factor where there is too much emphasis placed on rote and rituals rather than character building. Some abuse their position of authority by acting venomously in the open, while the cowards prefer the anonymity of the social media. The total lack of extracurricular activities keeps the youth bored and idle. Educational institutions do not provide the means to harness the energies of our young. No school plays, theaters, hobby workshops, or even just plain social work, planned and guided by schools that could help strengthen their moral fiber.
How effects on health equity are assessed in systematic reviews of interventions. Petkovic J, Welch V, Tugwell P. Do evidence summaries increase health policy-makers’ use of evidence from systematic reviews? Under the law, people who refuse to give samples for the test face one year in jail and a fine of up to $33,000. DNA gathering systems like the one Kuwait intends to apply have been outlawed by the European Court of Human Rights, several U.S. domestic courts and others on the grounds of privacy rights, HRW said. “To serve the interests of Kuwaiti national security and comply with Kuwait’s obligations under international human rights law, the bill should be amended and narrowed extensively,” it said. Kuwait has charged 29 men and women in connection with the mosque bombing and their trial is scheduled to start on August 4. Ankara has in the last weeks appeared to take a harder line against the IS group, rounding up dozens of suspected members in Istanbul and other cities.
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The State of Israel—not just my party, not just the prime minister—views this as a terrible deal, one that deeply endangers us. The book had to come out now to trigger the precise conversation we’re having tonight. What do they expect from us—to go silently into that night of the signing of this agreement? I would say all the time to the administration, “Rather than threaten us, try love.” That was always my line, “Try love, try love.” Because Israelis make concession when we feel secure. But when Rahm left the White House and went off to be the mayor of Chicago, I viewed it as a loss for me because he was somebody I could call in the middle of the night. Even though we had serious policy disagreements sometimes, I know he cared passionately about Israel. That created a link that couldn’t be broken by policy differences. It was also part of my special relationship with people like Rahm Emanuel, who I’d known for a long time before I got into office. Rahm’s father had fought in the Irgun, in the Israeli War of Independence. (Hence, his name, Rahm, or thunder.) Rahm had a deli accident when he was 16 and sliced off the top part of a finger. According to Obama, when he lost the top part of that finger, he lost half of his vocabulary. By the way, if you define security relationship more broadly, things look differently. If you include the fact that the United States negotiated for seven months with the Iranians—and that has a certain impact on our security—without even telling us, you can’t say the security relationship is better than ever. ‘Imad Al-Din Adib, a columnist for the Egyptian daily Al-Watan, has harshly criticized what he called the “pathetic” agreement arrived at by the U.S.-led P5+1 and Iran, arguing that it allows Iran to produce a nuclear bomb after it expires and disregards Iran’s regional policy that harms its neighbors.
- Although Fabius did not provide more precise details, his aides told Agence France Presse that the trip would likely take place next Wednesday.
- The region is a traditional stronghold for Suleiman Franjieh’s pro-Syrian Marada Movement.
- There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts that rocked an area in Gaza City.
- “I will not wait for the session of the cabinet,” which is set to discuss the crisis on Thursday, he said.
- The WFP had described the truce as the “final hope” to deliver desperately needed aid.
- “Polarization and divisions had its impact on the constitution.”
The Army of Conquest began an attack against the villages on July 15, saying it was retaliation for a regime offensive on Zabadani, the last rebel-held bastion along Syria’s border with Lebanon, earlier this month. It said the attack would “give you a taste in the north of what our people are tasting in Zabadani”. Agence France Presse/Naharnet/21 July/15/U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to try to ease tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, as the Israeli leader urged lawmakers in Washington to reject the hard-won agreement. The two men greeted each other with a long handshake before entering the meeting that lasted nearly two hours, making no comment about the tensions over the nuclear accord that Netanyahu has harshly condemned. Their meeting came on the final day of Carter’s visit to Israel, the first stop on a regional tour aimed at reassuring U.S. allies in the region who have concerns over the Iran deal. On Monday, Carter met with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and signaled the United States was ready to boost military cooperation with the Jewish state. He also toured the country’s northern border with Lebanon for an assessment of the threat Israel says Hizbullah poses. Iran is accused of supporting militants in the region, including Israeli enemies Hizbullah and Hamas, and Israel argues that the expected lifting of sanctions under the nuclear accord will allow it to boost its help for such groups. Carter on Monday sought to address Israel’s worries that the nuclear deal with its arch-foe Iran meant Washington was shifting its focus in the region, saying Israel remained “the bedrock of American strategy in the Middle East”. Under the July 14 agreement, Iran has agreed to dismantle or mothball much of its nuclear industry in return for an easing and eventual lifting of sanctions. World powers have called it an historic opportunity to set relations with Iran on a new path. Netanyahu has argued however that it is not enough to keep the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons that could be used to target Israel. He has said that military force remains on the table to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, although experts say unilateral strikes by Israel appear highly unlikely for now. Carter has noted that the deal does not preclude the use of military force to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, although the agreement is designed to resolve the issue diplomatically. The United States currently grants Israel about $3 billion a year in military aid in addition to spending on other projects, such as the Iron Dome missile defense system. There have been suggestions that the assistance could be increased due to the Iran agreement. The U.S. Congress has 60 days to review the accord and Netanyahu has been urging lawmakers to reject it, including in a series of television interviews with U.S. networks. A W-band PIN diode single pole double throw switch with low insertion loss was successfully developed using a hybrid integration circuit of microstrip and coplanar waveguide in this paper. In order to achieve low loss of the SPDT switch, the beam-lead PIN diode 3D simulation model was accurately established in Ansys High Frequency Structure Simulator and the W-band H-plane waveguide-microstrip transition was realized based on the principle of the magnetic field coupling. The key of the proposed method is to design the H-plane waveguide-microstrip transition, it not only realizes the low IL of the SPDT switch, but also the direct current bias of the PIN diode can be better grounded. In order to validate the proposed design method, a W-band PIN diode SPDT switch is fabricated and measured. The measurement results show that the IL of the SPDT switch is less than 2 dB in the frequency range of 85 to 95 GHz, while the isolation of the SPDT switch is greater than 15 dB in the frequency range of 89.5 to 94 GHz. In the frequency range of 92 to 93 GHz, the IL of the SPDT switch is less than 1.65 dB, and its isolation is higher than 22 dB. Switch rise time and switch fall time of the SPDT switch are smaller than 29ns and 19ns, respectively. Good agreement between the simulations and measurements validates the design method. Lu J, Danko KJ, Elfassy MD, Welch V, Grimshaw JM, Ivers NM. Do quality improvement initiatives for diabetes care address social inequalities? Saudi Arabia’s arrest of 431 suspected militants from nine nationalities came as a relief; they will go a long way to prevent further attacks on innocents. In the past few days there have been two incidents where young extremists killed their blood relatives. One killed his father before being shot by security forces and the other blew himself up at a checkpoint after murdering his maternal uncle. It is no use blaming only outside forces or ISIS for youth going astray. These people become deviants because of various factors, the most important being a negative upbringing and neglect by parents. Rebel bombardment on Sunday killed 57 civilians in the Dar Saad neighborhood on northern Aden, according to local health chief Al-Khader Laswar. The rebels have overrun much of the Sunni-majority country, aided by their allies among forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh. In rebel-controlled Sanaa, a car bombing near a Shiite mosque on Monday claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed four people, the Shiite rebels said. The Sunni extremists of IS have carried out a string of deadly attacks against Shiite targets in Yemen since March. The Huthis, who overran Sanaa last September, also lost 11 fighters in other attacks in the capital on Monday night, medics and witnesses said. Six were killed in a shooting at a checkpoint near the central bank. Naharnet/21 July/15/Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun said on Tuesday that his party does not intend to topple Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s government. “Toppling the cabinet led by Tammam Salam is not among the objectives that we are currently working for,” Aoun told Iran’s state news agency IRNA. “Our priority is to object from within the cabinet and continue our street movements,” he said.
Under the treaties establishing the EU, there are no democratic checks on figures such as Mogherini or on the enormous power they wield. This means they will try to acclimatize with an unhappy period with minimum losses. But if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far succeeded in bringing his message to the American public thanks to Israel’s powerful friends in Washington, the Arabs can only depend on themselves and defend and cement their national unity. Coming to the second question—on whether the deal is now final and irreversible—well, I believe the answer will come from Iran and not the US. Much will depend on how Iran handles the deal, given the nature of its regime, its power structure, its political “dualism,” the internal power struggle between its competing wings, its contradictory doublespeak, and the limits to its maneuvering. The US president, a man with a clear-cut ideological identity, is fully convinced he is doing the right thing. At this point one might argue that trust and goodwill are necessary in politics, but are not sufficient in the absence of solid guarantees.
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Second, his mother , his sisters, his many bridge friends at the Edmonton Bridge Centre, and his many non-bridge-playing friends all provided much needed support. Third, CJ enjoyed the company of his dog, Max, whom he adopted in 2013 from the Edmonton Humane Society, but CJ often wondered who was truly being rescued. CJ started his life journey in 1957 and grew up in New Liskeard, Ontario. He was an active Boy Scout and possessed a passion for learning and self-improvement. These characteristics, along with a high level of initiative, a strong work ethic, perseverance and an ability to get along well with others, resulted in his success in developing personal and business relationships based on trust, loyalty and respect.
Indeed, the long history of dealing with Iran’s nuclear program has neither encouraged trust nor shown any aspect of goodwill. Even after the approval of the deal the chants “death to America” and “death to Israel” were resonating in the streets of Tehran in response to rousing Eid sermons. As this was taking place against the US and Israel, the speeches and actions against the Arab states were much more sinister and belligerent. But last time we tried to have a pause, the Houthis didn’t keep the pause. They moved people, they attacked, they did different things, so they’ve given people a lot of reason to be suspect of their intentions. Obviously, it would be better to have a political resolution, but you have to have people willing to sit down and negotiate.
“Those who have the brains take their diplomas and leave. They are the young people who would go on to be middle executives and entrepreneurs. In the long term, their absence means we may face a serious shortage of policy developers and managers.” Syria, Lebanon’s former power broker, was widely blamed for the Hariri killing but has denied involvement in the crime. Lebanese tanks moved deep into the northern Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared Saturday, taking up positions near the Samed center, where Fatah al-Islam militants have been dug in. An army spokesman said three soldiers were killed and a dozen wounded by Fatah al-Islam sniper fire. Meanwhile, mediation efforts to broker a peaceful end to the 21-day siege of Nahr al-Bared have suffered a setback. Fatah al-Islam militants holed up inside Nahr al-Bared have booby trapped corpses as well as buildings in order to inflict as many casualties as possible among Lebanese soldiers determined to finish off the terrorists, state-run Tele Liban said. TRIPOLI – The Lebanese army officially announced today that four more Lebanese soldier at the Nahr el Bared Palestinian refugee camp were killed yesterday by enemy fire at the Nahr el Bared camp, where battles have been raging for the past 20 days. All foreign judges are to be named by UN chief Ban Ki-moon, who will also appoint the prosecutor from nominations made by a panel of two international judges. He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.” They replied, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.” Now the men there numbered about five thousand.
- The election of 2012 was much more significant than 2008; it confirmed that the changes are permanent and that Israel has to adjust to them.
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- Meanwhile the business community should also bear responsibility in addressing the needs of the youth.
- Despite the dispute, the FPM clinched a deal to discuss the government’s decision-making mechanism that was taken as a result of the absence of a president since May 2014.
The constitutional panel, dominated by secularists, has been working on changes as part of a military-backed timeline that calls for voters to approve it. It plans for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held early next year. The constitution before the 50-member committee makes drastic changes in ensuring civil liberties, fighting discrimination, criminalizing torture, protecting religious freedoms and giving lawmakers power to remove the president. Yet the draft also allows Egypt’s powerful military to choose its own chief and try civilians in military tribunals. Drawn from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, the exhibition features nearly 90 works by a diverse group of artists from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and the UAE. The exhibition is curated and organized by Suheyla Takesh, Curator at the Barjeel Art Foundation, and Lynn Gumpert, Director of the Grey Art Gallery at New York University. Vice-president social Hadi Wess, who was in favour of the motion, voiced concerns that Tallon used his power as comptroller general for personal matters. Wess highlighted Tallon’s complaints against his opponent Rachiq after the election. In an accompanying PowerPoint presentation, Rachiq said that SFUO executives are paid less than student union executives in Canada per hour, and even less than some employees of the federation. He also said that the executive is not eligible for overtime, though they work in excess of their designated 40 hours per week. Nonetheless, I brought it out now because in the next week or so there is liable to be an agreement signed between the United States, other permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany, with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
According to Adib, the Obama administration is mistaken in its assessment that lifting sanctions on Iran will lead to democratization and political reforms in the country, because the resultant influx of cash to Iran will be channeled to increasing tensions in the region. He also compared the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the 1938 Munich Agreement signed by British prime minister Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler, adding that many historians viewed the Munich agreement as the cause of Hitler’s megalomania. Going forward, the U.N.-led process would benefit from modification. It needs to shift the parties to face-to-face talks, since the previous format in which the parties negotiated individually with the U.N. Each side would need to empower its delegation to negotiate rather than serve as a mere conduit for proposals requiring approval at every stage. Avenues of compromise are still open, and it’s not surprising that the Tripoli-based GNC didn’t sign the accord, even though some may have been frustrated by the hard-line stances of their president, Nuri Abu Sahmein. The GNC are a significant constituency, and the new State Council offered to their members was endowed little clear power. Meanwhile their HoR rivals in Tobruk got sole legislative authority and a one-year extension in office. Other negotiating tracks, representing municipal councils, political parties and women, also signalled their backing, as did Libya’s neighbours and those regional and international actors that support the dialogue and peace process. Everybody knows how hard it will be to bring this agreement to life, notably because one side refuses to accept it without amendments. Libya remains chaotic and fragmented since July 2014, with two rival sets of parliaments, governments and military coalitions. Islamic State and other extremists are expanding to fill the security void. Khadija Dawood, 30, Sugra Dawood, 34, and Zohra Dawood, 33, whose children are aged between three and 15, are believed to have used British social welfare benefits to pay for the trip, which cost upwards of £13,000 (€18,700; $20,000). Friends said the women took their children to war-torn Syria because they did not want them to grow up in England. In the meantime, Washington is now working hard to “market” the deal through a kind of PR campaign, directly as well as through international friends such as the UK, who are attempting to sugarcoat the deal for Israel. Regarding the Arab countries, however, they are now awaiting the outcome as “the War against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” suddenly takes center stage, while post-1920 political entities are facing collapse under the welter of escalating religious and sectarian conflicts. The point I’m making is that $100 billion is nothing compared to what gets spent every year in the region. So I am saying – we are saying in the United States we think things can be done far more effectively to push back against proxy activities. And most importantly, we would like to encourage people to find an alternative to any of these activities, and we believe there are ways to try to bring about a different set of relationships and, ultimately, absolutely protect the region’s security and interests. By AFP | Paris/Tuesday, 21 July 2015/France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday he would visit Iran “next week”, after the historic deal on its nuclear programme. Although Fabius did not provide more precise details, his aides told AFP that the trip would likely take place next Wednesday. I was invited before but didn`t go, but now I think everything is in place for me to go,” he said, adding that he would also hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Fabius’s trip will be hot on the heels of a similar visit from German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who was the first top Western official to visit the country since world powers and Tehran struck a nuclear deal after years of negotiations. Gabriel, who is also Chancellor Angela Merkel`s deputy and energy minister, embarked on a three-day trip with a small delegation of representatives from companies and industry groups. Western powers are scrambling to get their feet in the door in Iran`s economy after the long-delayed nuclear pact. France used to have a strong presence in Iran before the sanctions went into effect, with Peugeot and Renault being major players in the Iranian auto industry and energy giant Total heavily involved in the oil sector. But two-way trade has fallen from four billion euros ($4.4 billion) in 2004 to just 500 million euros in 2013, according to French statistics. The French employers` federation, MEDEF, is due to visit Iran in September to try to kick start ties. Some 107 representatives from the body travelled to Iran early last year, triggering anger in the US which said it was still too early to do business with Tehran. By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News/Tuesday, 21 July 2015/The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants with nine air strikes in Syria and 14 in Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said on Monday. In Syria, the strikes hit tactical units and fighting positions near Aleppo, Hasakah and Kobane, and minefields near Raqqa, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement. President Barack Obama said last week the coalition was intensifying its campaign in northern Syria. In Iraq, the air strikes destroyed tactical units, vehicles and fighting positions near eight cities, including Mosul, Fallujah and Ramadi, it added. The strikes began in Iraq in August 2014, after ISIS captured Mosul and launched an offensive that seized areas of the country’s western desert, threatening to approach Baghdad. The campaign was later extended to Syria after President Barack Obama vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the ISIS threat through strikes and increased support for Iraqi and Kurdish forces. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Graphic images of the carnage in a cultural center shocked the country, with the press publishing front page photos of the mutilated corpses of the activists lying on the ground covered in pages from broadsheet newspapers. “One suspect has been identified. All the (suspect’s) links internationally and domestically are being investigated,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in televised comments.
No official census has been taken since 1932, for fear of upsetting the delicate power-sharing agreement between Lebanon’s rival sects. “I received a job offer to work as a security officer in the Green Zone in Baghdad, for 10 times the salary I’m paid now,” he said. “Why would I bother to stay? If I’m going to die anyway, I’d rather die rich.” Lebanon has been plagued by a recently re-emerged campaign of bombings, as well as political assassinations, since the murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. Abdo Asmar is 24, and has been trying to leave Lebanon for years, without any success. He has found work as a security guard for a private company, in what he says is “a flourishing career in Lebanon, given the circumstances”. A poll published in April conducted by Information International, an independent Beirut-based research centre, found that 30 percent of Lebanese – nearly one in three people – wanted to emigrate abroad, and 60 percent in the age bracket. The poll also found that nearly 12 percent of undergraduates want to emigrate, along with over 15 percent of professionals.
What most Middle Easterners saw over the course of the last six-plus years was the United States and Israel drifting quite far apart in spite of increased security cooperation. Because the Obama administration distinguishes between diplomatic daylight and security daylight and it calculated that the closer relations are in the security field, the greater leeway it has to put daylight in the diplomatic field. This amounts to a very interesting intellectual exercise, one that did not work. As for daylight, the president openly said, “Look at the past eight years [a reference to the George W. Bush administration]. During those eight years, there was no space between us and Israel, and what did we get from that? When there is no daylight, Israel just sits on the sidelines, and that erodes our credibility with the Arab states.” Turns out, he put daylight between the two countries on other issues too, like Iran. “Borderline hysteria” is how one Israeli journalist, Ben Caspit, summarized the Obama administration’s response. Last Sunday, July 12, two days before the Vienna accord was signed, President Hassan Rouhani issued an executive order under the heading “Nuclear Achievements Act” for Iran’s Foreign Ministry and its Nuclear Energy Agency AEOI to implement… the Majlis resolution. In other words, for Tehran, the entire Vienna package is still up in the air, held in abeyance for the world powers to obey the condition laid down by the Iranian parliament. Debkafile’s sources note that such legislature would be the US Congress’s answer to the law the Iranian Majlis adopted on June 23 – and the Guardian Council a day later – whereby the nuclear accords signed in Vienna would go into force only if all sanctions were lifted forthwith. Then, too, the foreign minister would be required to report to the Iranian parliament every six months on the performance of the six world powers which signed the deal in complying with their commitments under the accord. A key example of this is the item on monitoring Iran’s nuclear facilities. President Barack Obama and administration officials emphasize tirelessly that inspections will be deeper and more extensive than ever before, and no nuclear activity will escape the notice of US intelligence. But, according to the prime minister, the deal with the IAEA and the secret annexes of the Vienna accord open the door for Iran to conduct covert activity which US intelligence would not be obliged to report. All these contracts, including the arrangement with the International Atomic Energy Agency-IAEA, are, Netanyahu notes, couched in “extremely economical terms” – general enough to give Tehran plenty of room for maintaining that its breaches are legitimate. Is clinging to his seat until the end, while the Syrian people, who have lost hundreds of thousands of their sons and whose cities, villages, and towns have all been destroyed, cannot agree to any compromise or solution that will leave this regime in place. This pulling in two opposite directions will ultimately lead to [Syria’s] division and to the emergence of the sectarian mini-state that the Iranians seek – one that complements the Hizbullah state and will reach from Damascus to Latakia… In his June 13, 2015 column in the official Jordanian daily Al-Rai, former information minister Saleh Al-Qallab blamed the Arabs for Iran’s expansion in the region from Iraq to Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. It is this helplessness and silence in the face of Iraq’s occupation by Iran, he wrote, that has led to the current situation, in which Iran is occupying several Arab countries. After occupying Iraq, Iran is now striving to divide Syria and to establish there a pro-Shi’ite mini-state, he said, and this could impact the entire region. He concluded by calling on the Arabs to foment internal wars in Iran in order to thwart its regional sectarian plans. Special Representative Bernardino León, 18 out of the 22 participants of the U.N.-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue signed the preliminary framework agreement. Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group.
Aoun reiterated that the FPM ministers would object the discussion of any item before dealing with the cabinet’s decision-making mechanism. “Issues such as waste management have been previously discussed by the government and the involved ministers can implement such decisions without stirring them” on Thursday, he said. The cabinet has several items on its agenda and is set to discuss Lebanon’s waste management problem in addition to its working mechanism. The government crisis grew earlier this month when a dispute broke out between Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, who is Aoun’s son-in-law, and Salam. Bassil accused Salam of infringing on the Christian president’s powers in the absence of a head of state. Despite the dispute, the FPM clinched a deal to discuss the government’s decision-making mechanism that was taken as a result of the absence of a president since May 2014. But the government has other items on its agenda and an environmental crisis that erupted over the weekend will likely be thoroughly discussed. The Naameh landfill that lies south of Beirut was closed last Friday in accordance with a government decision. The closure caused trash to spill out of dumpsters after Sukleen, which is responsible for collecting and transporting the garbage in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, failed to dispose of waste following the landfill’s closure. Sukleen said it can no longer fill up its premises with accumulated trash. “Serial killer who killed 5 people sentenced to life in prison” .