Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. Turkey’s Defense Minister Fikri Isik rejected the demand, saying any call for the base to be shut would represent interference in Ankara’s relations with Doha. QATAR WON’T NEGOTIATE UNDER BOYCOTTThe four Arab countries accuse Qatar of funding terrorism, fomenting regional instability and cozying up to revolutionary theocracy Iran. But on Monday, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar would not negotiate with the four states unless they lifted their measures against Doha. Qatar must pay reparations to these countries for any damage or costs incurred over the past few years because of Qatari policies, he added.
June 23, 2017 09:11 UTC
The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Ozerov, the head of the defense committee in the Russian upper house of parliament, as saying on Friday. “I think this information is close to 100 percent,” the agency quoted Ozerov as saying. “The fact that ‘Islamic State’ (IS) has still not shown him anywhere also adds to our confidence that al-Baghdadi has been killed.”Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Alexander Winning; Reuters
June 23, 2017 09:00 UTC
U.S. officials say they have warned firms about the risks of allowing the Russians to review their products’ source code, because of fears it could be used in cyber attacks. China sometimes also requires source code reviews as a condition to import commercial software, U.S. trade attorneys say. Without the source code approval, Symantec can no longer get approval to sell some of its business-oriented security products in Russia. TRUSTED LABSOver the past year, HP has used Echelon to allow FSTEC to review source code, according to the agency’s records. In a statement, McAfee said the Russia code reviews were conducted at “certified testing labs” at company-owned premises in the United States.
June 23, 2017 09:00 UTC
North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday. North Korea’s state media, which is normally quick to publicize successful missile-related developments, did not carry any reports on the engine test. U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that a “major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible over its weapons programs, although U.S. officials say tougher sanctions, not military force, are the preferred option. The continental United States is around 5,600 miles (9,000 km) from North Korea. Any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale”, Trump’s defense secretary, Jim Mattis, said last month.
June 23, 2017 08:26 UTC
The Houston Rockets have drafted Isaiah Hartenstein in the second round of the NBA draft. However, the German center will not be part of the Western Conference semifinalists’ plans for the coming season.Houston used their only pick of this year’s National Basketball League (NBA) draft – the 43rd overall – to select the 19-year-old German national team player Isaiah Hartenstein on Thursday night. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Hartenstein would be on his way to North America shortly, but at first would only stay a few weeks. He also helped the German national team to a fourth place finish at the FIBA under-18 Euro championship in December. There are currently three Germans in the NBA: Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks),Paul Zipser (Chicago Bulls) and Dennis Schröder (Atlanta Hawks).
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June 23, 2017 08:26 UTC
“The sergeant used an unauthorized weapon to repel the attack, causing the death of one of assailants,” Interior minister Nestor Reverol said on Twitter. The national guard uses shotgun cartridges filled with small rubber pellets against protests. Opposition lawmaker Jose Manuel Olivares said Vallenilla had been killed by the national guard firing rubber bullets at point blank range. Venezuela’s national guard is a wing of the military charged with internal public order. On Monday, a teenager died during another protest in the same area after footage showed a national guard soldier pointing a pistol at protesters.
June 23, 2017 04:07 UTC
“We see today’s…stress test results as a positive for Trump administration efforts to deregulate the banks,” said Jaret Seiberg, a policy analyst with Cowen & Co. That is much better than the 4.5 percent threshold that regulators demand, and an improvement on the 8.4 percent common equity tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio assessed last year. Under the Fed’s examination, Citi’s minimum CET1 ratio in the most stressful scenario was the highest among big Wall Street banks, at 9.7 percent. Its model produced a 9.8 percent minimum CET1 ratio, 1.4 points better than the Fed’s. Conversely, JPMorgan’s analysis appeared to be more dour, with its CET1 ratio coming in 1.3 percentage points below the Fed’s.
June 22, 2017 22:30 UTC
Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) announced Thursday that they will be operating a help center to receive harassment reports from women during Eid al-Fitr holiday. NCW will be working with an Interior Ministry unit specialized in combating violence against women to ensure swift intervention in cases of harassment, said Morsi. She added that the lawyers of the NCW’s Complaints Department will accompany police forces during the security campaigns as well as during their response to sexual harassment reports during the Eid. Security measures will be stepped up during Eid al-Fitr to arrest sexual harassers, and the NCW shall provide legal assistance to women who file lawsuits against perpatrators. National holidays in Egypt have become associated with a peak in sexual violence and mass incidents of harassment and rape.
June 22, 2017 14:36 UTC
The weather in general will be suitable for traveling and outings to parks, open-air areas, beaches of both the Red and Mediterranean seas, and the Nile River, the statement said. He warned of mist in the early morning on agricultural roads and roads close to the sea. Abdel Aal warned of direct exposure to sunlight for long hours and advised putting a protective cover for the head. The expected weather temperatures during Eid along the north coast will range between 29 C to 31 C; in Lower Egypt and Cairo from 36 C to 38 C; in northern Upper Egypt from 36 C to 39 C; in southern Upper Egypt from 40 C to 44 C; and in southern Sinai from 38 C to 40 C, according to the statement.
June 22, 2017 14:15 UTC
A 3,400-year-old tomb holding the remains of more than a dozen possibly mummified people has been discovered on Sai Island, along the Nile River in northern Sudan. The Across Borders research project told Live Science that the tomb on Sai Island, 200km from Egypt’s southern border with Sudan, dates back to Egypt’s New Kingdom. The Egyptians built settlements and fortifications throughout Nubia, including on Sai Island, which had a settlement and a gold mine. The artifacts found in the tomb include scarabs, ceramic vessels, a gold ring, the remains of gold funerary masks worn by the deceased and a small stone sculpture known as a shabti. According to Across Borders, Egyptians built settlements and fortifications in the historic region known as Nubia, including Sai island where they constructed an outpost and a gold mine.
June 22, 2017 13:07 UTC
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived on Thursday at Entebbe Airport in Uganda where he was received by the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to attend the summit of the Nile Basin countries. Museveni praised Sisi’s keenness to participate in the summit of the Nile Basin countries, stressing the importance of the summit in launching a serious dialogue on the topics of the Nile water that would hopefully bring the views of the Nile Basin countries closer together. Sisi expressed Egypt’s keenness to strengthen its relations with Uganda in all fields. He expressed his appreciation for Museveni’s efforts over the past period to hold the Nile Basin countries summit which Sisi described as important. He praised efforts made by Museveni during his presidency of the Nile Basin Initiative to restore harmony among the Nile Basin countries.
June 22, 2017 12:56 UTC
Gaza’s power plant has been off-line for two months due to a payment dispute between the Palestinian Authority, based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and Gaza’s Hamas Islamist rulers. The Palestinian Authority has cut payments for its Israeli electricity supply, arguing that Hamas is not reimbursing its share of the cost, and Israel has therefore cut the power supply by almost a third. Diesel tankers, flying the Egyptian and Palestinian flags, crossed into Gaza two days after the Israeli supply cuts began. The imports were agreed at talks in Cairo this month between Gaza’s Hamas chief, Yehya Al-Sinwar, and Egyptian security officials. Hospitals largely rely on generators for power, as do Gaza residents who can afford the high cost of fuel to run them.
June 22, 2017 12:45 UTC
Now they have said we’d better focus on where we can agree and come back to this in October,” a senior EU diplomat said. We have to make progress in areas like the return of migrants and common standards in the asylum system,” a German EU diplomat said. A second senior EU diplomat saw this as a “clear change of strategy”. A senior EU official preparing the leaders’ summit said the aim was to “highlight areas in which there has been progress and convergence”. As immigration spiked, EU leaders in 2015 decided by majority on an obligatory relocation system, outvoting four eastern states.
June 22, 2017 12:45 UTC
The European planemaker said it won 326 net new orders and commitments against its estimate of a comparable Boeing tally of 443, excluding conversions from other models to support the launch of the Boeing 737 MAX 10. Airbus on Thursday signed deals with AirAsia, and privately-owned Iranian carriers Zagros Airlines and Iran Airtour. Yes,” Airbus sales chief John Leahy told a news conference. Leahy said he had expected the new Boeing plane to make more of a splash. Reporting by Tim Hepher and Victoria Bryan; Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal and Mike Stone; editing by David Clarke and John Stonestreet; Reuters
June 22, 2017 12:22 UTC
About 5,000 mourners gathered on Wednesday to mourn Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year old American-Muslim with Egyptian origins who was murdered on Monday after being beaten, and kidnapped in front of a mosque in Virginia. Many attendees at the funeral on Wednesday were teenagers, but the vast majorities were from the local Muslim community. “There is nothing like losing a child, especially in the way that we lost Nabra,” said Imam Mohamed Magid, the religious leader of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. Virginia’s hate crime law requires in part that the suspicion that the victim was targeted because of her religion. Nabra’s sister Nour, who is 10, addressed the crowd, standing next to Imam Mohamed Magid from ADAMS.
June 22, 2017 12:11 UTC