Author: Nick Robins-Early

Report: Shooting In Paris Kills At Least One Police Officer On Champs Elysee

THE HUFFINGTON POST PARIS, April 20 (Reuters) – One policeman was killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in central Paris on Thursday night, a police source said. A person who fired on police on the Champs-Elysees shopping boulevard just days ahead of France’s presidential election has been killed, the source said. A police source also said there had been two assailants, and a witness told Reuters that one man got out of a car at the scene and began shooting with a machine gun. Police authorities called on the public to avoid the area. A Reuters reporter...

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Turkey Vote In Historic Referendum That Could Grant Erdogan Sweeping Powers

THE HUFFINGTON POST ANKARA/ISTANBUL, April 16 (Reuters) – Turks cast their votes in a referendum on Sunday that would give sweeping new powers to President Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history. Opinion polls have shown a narrow lead for a “Yes” vote, which would replace Turkey’s parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful presidency and may see Erdogan in office until at least 2029. The outcome will also shape Turkey’s strained relations with the European Union. The NATO member state has curbed the flow of migrants – mainly refugees from...

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The Brazen Killing Of A Putin Critic Fuels Suspicion Of The Kremlin

THE HUFFINGTON POST A prominent Russian member of parliament turned exiled critic of Russia’s president was shot dead in the center of Ukraine’s capital of Kiev on Thursday. One day earlier, a lawyer associated with the family of a murdered Russian whistleblower was grievously injured after falling four stories from his Moscow apartment. The two cases have brought renewed questions about whether the Kremlin is violently targeting critics at home and abroad.  In both incidents ― the murder of Denis Voronenkov in Kiev and Nikolai Gorokhov’s plummet to his death in Moscow ― Kremlin opponents were quick to claim...

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Donald Trump Says Refugee Crisis And Threats To UK Identity Drove Brexit

In a wide-ranging interview with the Times of London on Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump said he believes the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union “is going to end up being a great thing” and argued that threats to British identity were a main reason the UK voted to leave the union. “People, countries want their own identity and the UK wanted its own identity,” Trump told the paper. Trump also cited the migration crisis as a primary cause for Britain backing Leave in the June referendum. “I believe others will leave,” he added. “People don’t want to have other people coming in and destroying their country.” Some pro-Brexit politicians, such as Trump ally and former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, played to nationalist sentiment and fears over the refugee crisis in their campaign to leave the EU. In the lead-up to the vote, Farage drew widespread condemnation across party lines for unveiling a poster showing a long line of migrants and refugees, with the implication that the UK couldn’t control its borders. The UK actually resettled a very small number of refugees in the migrant crisis compared with other European nations. Even before voting for Brexit, the UK also had the power to opt out of EU asylum policy and refugee resettlement plans. On Friday, President Barack Obama’s envoy to the EU Anthony Gardner said that he believed Farage had...

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Gunman Kills At Least 11 People In Brazil New Year’s Party Mass Shooting

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 1 (Reuters) – A gunman stormed a house party and killed at least 11 people and himself during New Year celebrations in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas late on Saturday. Police in the state of São Paulo said the shooter is believed to have been angry over a separation from his former wife, who was among those killed. Local media reports said the couple’s 8-year-old son also died. A police spokesman could not confirm the identity or age of those killed or whether a child of the shooter, who also remains unidentified, was among the victims. Local media reported that a total of 15 people had been shot and several remain in critical condition. A neighbor interviewed by the Globo television network said that he and family members heard blasts about a quarter to midnight but did not immediately recognize it as gunfire, not New Year fireworks. Only when one of those shot ran into their property, bleeding and asking for help, did they realize that someone had been shooting. State police said they were called to the scene at 12:40 a.m. local time. Although Brazil struggles with high rates of crime and violence, mass shootings are uncommon. Gun deaths are frequent in heists, holdups and in confrontations among police, drug gangs and other criminals, but shooting sprees like those often seen in the...

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Russia Calls U.S. Move To Better Arm Syrian Rebels A ‘Hostile Act’

MOSCOW, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday that a U.S. decision to ease restrictions on arming Syrian rebels had opened the way for deliveries of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, a move it said would directly threaten Russian forces in Syria. Moscow last year launched a campaign of air strikes in Syria to help President Bashar al-Assad and his forces retake territory lost to rebels, some of whom are supported by the United States. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the policy change easing restrictions on weapons supplies had been set out in a new U.S. defense spending bill and that Moscow regarded the step as a hostile act. U.S. President Barack Obama, who has been sharply critical of Russia’s intervention in Syria, signed the annual defense policy bill into law last week. “Washington has placed its bets on supplying military aid to anti-government forces who don’t differ than much from blood thirsty head choppers. Now, the possibility of supplying them with weapons, including mobile anti-aircraft complexes, has been written into this new bill,” Zakharova said in a statement. “In the administration of B. Obama they must understand that any weapons handed over will quickly end up in the hands of jihadists,” she added, saying that perhaps that was what the White House was counting on happening. Alexander Shcherbak via Getty ImagesSpokeswoman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

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Head Of UN Nuclear Watchdog Says Iran Is Committed To Deal

DUBAI, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Iran has shown commitment to the deal on its nuclear program agreed with world powers, the head of the United Nations atomic energy watchdog said on Sunday, following complaints by Tehran over what it calls a U.S. violation of the accord. The White House said on Thursday that a bill extending U.S. sanctions against Iran for 10 years would become law without President Barack Obama’s signature, adding this would not affect overall implementation of the nuclear agreement. “We are satisfied with the implementation of the (agreement) and hope that this process will continue,” IAEA director general Yukiya Amano was quoted as telling reporters in Tehran by the IRNA news agency. “Iran has been committed to its engagement so far and this is important,” Amano was quoted as saying after meeting Iran’s nuclear energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi. In response to the U.S. sanctions extension, Iran ordered its scientists last week to start developing systems for nuclear-powered marine vessels. That action is expected to worsen tensions with Washington, already heightened by a promise by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s to scrap the deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met Amano on Sunday and “expressed hope Iran and the IAEA will be able to have good technical cooperation on nuclear propulsion for transports,” the semi-official Fars news agency said. Iran’s nuclear energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said he...

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Aleppo Evacuation Deal Reached As People Still Trapped Inside City

Abdalrhman Ismail / Reuters. People warm themselves around a fire while waiting to be evacuated from a rebel-held sector of eastern Aleppo, Syria December 17, 2016 BEIRUT/AMMAN, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Syrian rebels and pro-government forces reached a deal on Sunday to resume evacuations from east Aleppo in exchange for people being allowed to leave two Shi’ite villages besieged by insurgents. Some buses and Red Crescent vehicles arrived at the entrance to the villages of al-Foua and Kefraya shortly after the deal was announced, according to al-Manar television, affiliated to the Lebanese group Hezbollah, an ally of Damascus. However, five buses were attacked and burned on their to the villages, most of whose residents are Shi’ite Muslims, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian state media said. State television broadcast pictures of flames coming from the green buses which have come to be synonymous with evacuations in Syria. State media said “armed terrorists,” a term it uses for groups fighting against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, carried out the attack. Rebel officials said an angry crowd of people, possibly alongside pro-government forces, was responsible. Buses also began to arrive in eastern Aleppo, state media said, showing live footage. The Aleppo evacuation ground to a halt on Friday after a disagreement between rebels and the coalition of forces fighting for Assad’s government, who wanted people to be allowed to leave the...

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