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Bosnian police use stun grenades, rubber bullets as hundreds rally in capital

Police in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo have launched stun grenades and rubber bullets at angry demonstrators, Reuters reports. Several cities in the Balkan state are gripped by dissent after a local unemployment rally grew into a nationwide protest.

Several hundred demonstrators had previously thrown stones at law enforcement officials.

But the most violent clashes are in the northern city of Tuzla, where demonstrators set a government building on fire. Eyewitnesses report that as many as 6,000 people are on the streets of the city, which has a population of about 80,000.

The demonstrations began on Tuesday, after controversial privatizations of key local industries since 2000 resulted in eventual bankruptcies, leaving much of the working population unemployed. In total 27.5 percent of all Bosnian adults are without a job.

The worst of the protests so far were on Thursday, as 130 people – mostly police – were injured, as rioters began to attack shops and set fire to bins in Tuzla.

Protesters throw stones at police in front of a local government building in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, on February 6, 2014

Protesters throw stones at police in front of a local government building in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, on February 6, 2014Zenica, Bihac and Mostar are some of the other population centers that have witnessed clashes.

As protests have spread, the demands have broadened, with demonstrators asking not just for better economic conditions but for an overhaul of the political system. According to non-profit Transparency International Bosnians experience more corruption than any other Balkan state.

An election is scheduled for October.

Prime Minister Nermin Niksic, who held an emergency government meeting on Thursday, has recognized the validity of the protesters’ complaints, but implored them to refrain from violence.

Bosnian police use stun grenades, rubber bullets as hundreds rally in capital – reports — RT News.

كوماندوز أمريكي متنكر بزي “البدو الرحل” على أبواب الجزائر

ليبيا تضرب اتفاقها مع الجزائــر عرض الحائط وتسمح بالتدخل الأجنبي على أراضيهــــا.. و”كوماندوز” أمريكي يتواجد على الحدود الليبية الجزائرية

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كشفت امس صحيفة لوفيغارو الفرنسية، عن تواجد قوات الكوماندوز الأمريكية على الحدود الليبية الجزائرية، والتي يرجح أن تكون قد تدخلت للقضاء على الجماعات ”الجهادية”، وهي خطوة تتناقض مع التزامات ليبيا مع الدول الحدودية معها، وتعهداتها للجزائر بالتنسيق بين البلدين في المجال الأمني في إطار حماية الحدود ووقف تدفق السلاح والإرهاب، خلال زيارة الوزير الأول عبد المالك سلال إلى الأراضي الليبية

ونقلت الصحيفة عن مصدر عسكري فرنسي، أن تدخل القوات الخاصة الأمريكية جنوب ليبيا يثير قلق فرنسا، مؤكدا أنه منذ نهاية العام الماضي، تتواجد عناصر من وحدات ”دلتا” متنكرة في زي البدو الرحل، مهمتها الأساسية أن تقوم بتدريب القوات الخاصة الليبية على مطاردة عناصر تنظيم القاعدة في جنوب ليبيا على الحدود مع الجزائر، كاشفا عن مخاوف أمريكية من خطر تفكك جنوب ليبيا. وأضاف المصدر العسكري، أن الفرق المختلطة المتواجدة في جنوب ليبيا تم تعزيزها بطائرات دون طيار ووسائل استطلاع جوية، والتي تقوم بتحديد القوافل المشتبه بها في المنطقة. بينما تقوم عناصر قوات الكوماندوز الأمريكية بالاقتراب من الهدف على متن سيارات رباعية الدفع، وغالبا ما يترك الأمريكيون العناصر الليبية تتعامل معه

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وتواجه الحكومة الليبية والقوات النظامية صعوبات كبيرة في السيطرة على الأوضاع بليبيا بعد أزيد من عامين على الثورة التي أطاحت بالعقيد معمر القذافي، وذلك على خلفية انتشار السلاح وظهور مليشيات مسلحة أضحت تسيطر على الحدود وتتعامل بشكل مباشر مع التنظيمات الإرهابية

Morsi trial adjourned until February 4

Trial of deposed Morsi along with 14 defendants in presidential palace killings deferred.

The trial of deposed Mohamed Morsi has been adjourned until next week.

Morsi, who appeared in court on Saturday, faces charges of inciting his supporters to kill 10 protesters demonstrating near the presidential palace on December 10, 2012. The trial will resume on February 4.

He was accompanied by 14 defendants from the now banned Muslim Brotherhood. Most of the charges they face carry the death penalty.

Despite a heavy security presence outside court, a lawyer representing Morsi was mobbed by anti-Morsi protesters as he arrived.

Anti-Morsi protesters prevent a lawyer's vehicle from entering the police academy in Cairo, where the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi was to open.

Anti-Morsi protesters prevent a lawyer’s vehicle from entering the police academy in Cairo, where the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi was to open.

Selim al-Awa berated security at the police academy where his car was impeded by a crowd of angry protesters blocking the entrance to the court, according to the Associated Press news agency.

A demonstrator holds an anti-Muslim Brotherhood poster, with ousted Islamist Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi's photo, centre, and other Brotherhood leaders depicted with a noose around their necks, outside a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 1.

A demonstrator holds an anti-Muslim Brotherhood poster, with ousted Islamist Egyptian President, Mohammed Morsi’s photo, centre, and other Brotherhood leaders depicted with a noose around their necks, outside a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 1.

Ukraine unrest timeline — Saturday, February 1

he Ukrainian capital has been gripped by weeks of anti-government protests which have seen violent clashes between rioters and police. Unrest is also spreading beyond Kiev as the opposition and government struggle to end the crisis.

Saturday, February 1

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A car of a Canadian embassy employee has been torched in overnight violence in Kiev, local media report.

The Ukrainian city is experiencing a series of nighttime car burnings in the last few days, with some reports alleging that the perpetrators are targeting cars with plate numbers issued in anti-government leaning Western Ukraine.

Earlier Canada sanctioned some Ukrainian officials, by banning them from entering the country in response to what Canada called a suppression of the right to protest.

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Two masked men raided a boiler station in the city of Lvov and disabled heating for local administration buildings. The sabotage occurred amid a cold snap in the country, which sent temperatures in Lvov falling to -15 degrees Celsius.

It comes a day after opposition activists from the Svoboda nationalist party took control of the buildings by ousting the opposition group Common Cause, which had been holding their building since January 23.

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Ukraine’s interior ministry has launched a criminal investigation into the abduction of an anti-government activist, Dmitry Bulatov, who had been missing for over a week but turned up alive on Thursday, says deputy chief of Investigation Department of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Tatars. A “possible staging” of an abduction is believed to be one of the probable versions of the events.

“The investigation is working in several directions, including a criminal offense against the named individual [Bulatov]. Lucrative motives are also being investigated along with other possible reasons for his kidnapping. Another version is a possible staging of abduction with intent to commit provocation to trigger a massive public outcry,” said Tatars.

Ukraine unrest timeline — RT News.

CAR crisis : Stranded foreigners to be evacuated

Al-Nusra has been designated a terrorist organisation by the US, the UN and others.

There are many other hardline Islamist groups within the rebel movement, many of them gathered in the Islamic Front. Unlike ISIS, most have opted to shelve their visions of a post-Assad Syria until after regime change.

Hardly any of the major fighting factions on the ground support the idea of going to Geneva and negotiating a settlement with the regime.

So the possible eclipse of ISIS in Syria will have a limited impact on the talks in Switzerland, assuming they go ahead.

But it may have the effect of slightly strengthening the hand of the National Coalition, if it does end up attending, in a political environment where much attention internationally and in Syria itself is on the need to combat “terrorism”.

“With the regime talking about the need to fight terror, and even arguing that Geneva II should be dedicated to that, the real fight against it is being done by the opposition,” said one coalition official. “So it’s a good thing to invest in and put on the table.”

The news prompted thousands of people to take to the streets, with many shouting “it’s over, it’s over”

Sporadic killings carry on in Bangui despite the presence of international peacekeepers

French forces fired warning shots on Friday to prevent clashes between rival fighters

Although Mr Djotodia has officially disbanded the Seleka rebels, he has proved unable to keep them in check.

Their actions have prompted Christians to form vigilante groups, sparking a deadly cycle of revenge attacks.

Almost a million people have been displaced in the conflict.

Many villages are deserted, and the number of those who have fled their homes has doubled in the past month – including almost half of those living in Bangui.

BBC News – CAR crisis: Stranded foreigners to be evacuated.

Putin lifts ban on protests at Sochi Olympics, orders area specially for rallies

Russian President Vladimir Putin reversed a ban on political protests during the period of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Now protesters may march during the Games – but with certain restrictions.

“Gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets that are not directly connected to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, can be staged only after agreeing with Sochi municipal authorities and the regional department of the Interior Ministry,” the Kremlin’s press service announced Saturday.

This comes as part of amended restrictions on security measures in the Black Sea resort that will take effect January 7, a month before the Winter Games begin, and last until March 21, after the Paralympics have finished.

The initial decree, signed by Putin in August last year, banned any protests for the period of the Olympic Games. At that time, right groups, calling for everything from gay rights to political reform, have complained that the ban was “unconstitutional.”

Putin also ordered officials to designate a place where demonstrations may be held during the Olympics and Paralympics, his press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

The International Olympic Committee welcomed the decision.

“It is in line with the assurances that President Putin gave us last year and part of the Russian authorities’ plans to ensure free expression during the Games whilst delivering safe and secure Games,” the IOC told Reuters.

The decree comes after Putin ordered a security clampdown across the country in the wake of two suicide bombings in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, which killed at least 34 people and injured over 100.

On Friday, the Russian president together with the country’s PM, Dmitry Medvedev, arrived in Sochi to inspect various Olympic venues in the area and watch preparations for the opening ceremony.

Putin lifts ban on protests at Sochi Olympics, orders area specially for rallies — RT News.

عدم مثول نجل اردوغان امام جهات التحقيق يؤكد هروبه الى جورجيا

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بلال اردوغان , كان من المفترض ان يذهب  إلى دار العدل باسطنبول امس الاول ” الثانى من يناير ” للمثول امام جهات التحقيق بعد استدعاؤه من قبل المدعى العام التركى للتحقيق معه فيما عرف باسم فضيحة الفساد الكبرى ,ولكن بلال أردوغان لم يذهب إلى المحكمة للمثول امام جهات التحقيق حتى الان , وهو الامر الذى قد يؤكد مزاعم هروبه الى جورجيا

وكان مكتب المدعى العام التركى قد بعث بطلب استدعاء الى نجل رئيس الوزراء رجب طيب اردوغان ” بلال ”  يوم 25 ديسمبر الماضى للتحقيق معه بتهم تأسيس منظمة إجرامية وتورطه في جرائم مالية في حق الدولة

طلب استدعاء بلال اردوغان للمثول امام جهات التحقيق التركيه يوم الثانى من يناير والصادر بتاريخ 25 ديسمبر

طلب استدعاء بلال اردوغان للمثول امام جهات التحقيق التركيه يوم الثانى من يناير والصادر بتاريخ 25 ديسمبر

وكانت صحيفة “يورت” التركية قد اكدت السبت الماضى انباء حول هروب بلال نجل رئيس الوزراء التركي رجب طيب أردوغان, من تركيا إلى جورجيا دون استخدام جواز السفر مشيره إلى أن بلال أردوغان هرب على إثر إعلان قائمة أسماء متورطة في قضايا فساد ورشاوي طالت عددا كبيرا من السياسيين ورجال الأعمال وبيروقراطيين للاشتباه في تورطهم في التلاعب والتزوير والفساد في 28 مناقصة تصل قيمتها إلى 100 مليار دولار

وكان رئيس حزب اليسار الديمقراطي ” معصوم توركر ” قد اكد ايضا , في تصريحات خاصة لمحطة “الشعب” الفضائية الإخبارية صحة أنباء هروب بلال أردوغان من تركيا خوفا من اعتقاله

Bilal Erdoğan ifade vermeye gitmedi | soL Haber Portalı.

Egypt seeks to bring friendship with Russia to ‘Soviet level’ — RT News

Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour (C) defense minister Abdlefatah al-Sissi (2ndR) meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (2-L), and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (L) on November 14, 2013 at the presidential palace in Cairo.

Egypt wants to develop its ties with Russia, bringing the two nations to the level of friendship they enjoyed during the Soviet era. However, Egypt is not looking to replace the US as its key ally, according to the country’s foreign minister.

We want to give a new impetus to our relations and return them to the same high level that used to exist with the Soviet Union,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said following a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Cairo on Thursday.

We believe that Russia plays an important role on the international arena. We want our relations to develop for the benefit of both states,” Fahmy added.

However, the Egyptian top diplomat said that Russia was not meant to be “a substitute” for any other country.

Cairo wants to intensify relations. But they won’t be alternative to anyone,” the Egyptian FM said. He sought to refute speculation that Cairo is headed toward a major shift in its foreign policy.

Washington has remained a close ally with the country for three decades, but tensions between the two nations have mounted since the military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July.

Sergey Lavrov refrained from making any judgments on the political developments in Egypt, saying that Moscow is against “any foreign interference into internal affairs.”

We respect Egypt’s sovereignty and the right of the Egyptians to decide on their fate,” he said during a joint press conference.  “We expect that current efforts, including the development of a new constitution and a referendum on this basic law to make further progress and achieve the goals set by Egypt.

Lavrov and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu are heading the Russian delegation in the highest level visit to Egypt in years. For the first time in the history of relations between the two states, talks are being held in the ‘2+2’ format – two top diplomats and two military chiefs.

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Russia, Egypt begin ‘new era’ in military relations

Shoigu and his Egyptian counterpart, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, discussed military collaboration during the talks.

Strong and democratic Egypt will be an important factor to maintain peace in the Middle East. We hope that the situation will stabilize soon and that all problems will be solved by peaceful means,” the Russian defense minister said.

The Egyptian army chief told media that the talks prove the two countries “will continue strategic relationship, which is opening a new stage in constructive and fruitful military cooperation.”

We have common goals for ensuring fair and lasting peace in the Middle East. Our region is a heart of peace and guarantor of security and calm,” Sisi said.

The two countries have agreed to hold joint military drills on countering terrorism and piracy, Shoigu said on Thursday.

We also agreed to step up exchange of delegations and expand cooperation between the Navies and Air Forces,” the Russian minister said.

Shoigu’s presence at the talks sparked rumors in the media of a possible major arms deal between the two nations. According to media reports, Cairo was lobbying for around US$2 billion worth of Russian arms after the US discontinued support to Egypt’s military-backed rulers. So far, there has been no official confirmation that any such deal was discussed at the talks.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Fahmy told RT Arabic that the possibility of his country buying Russian weapons “is being considered in principle.

Egypt-Russian relations in the military-technical area have been going on for over 30 years…Since 1970 ties and even earlier, Egypt has been purchasing weapons from Russia and also modernizing them. So, this topic is not new. An issue of buying new kinds of Russian military hardware should be thoroughly examined,” he said.

Cairo was the USSR’s key Arab ally for about two decades, between the 1950s and 1970s, when the Soviet Union provided then Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser with technical and military aid, particularly during the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Soviet Union also helped Egypt construct the Aswan High Dam along the Nile.

Relations between the two nations weakened in the 1970s, when Egypt’s foreign policy took a U-turn under President Anwar Sadat, who brought the nation closer to the US. Washington has been contributing about $1.5 billion a year in military aid to Egypt for decades.

But following the July ouster of Morsi and subsequent crackdown on his supporters, Washington withheld deliveries of military hardware and $260 million in cash aid to Egypt. The US underlined, however, that it was not severing ties with its long-standing ally.  Secretary of State John Kerry said in October that the US would consider resuming some of the aid “on a basis of performance” following the interim government’s ‘roadmap’ which promises to lead to fair elections, Reuters reported.

The Egyptian army-backed government slammed the “strange” decision which was made “at such a vital time during which Egypt is facing a war against terrorism.”

Egypt seeks to bring friendship with Russia to ‘Soviet level’ — RT News.

The death anniversary of legendary Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel-Nasser

15 January 1918 – 28 September 1970

Egyptian Revolution of 1952

Revolution begin on the preceding evening, as the evening of 22 July 1952 was when the Free Officers Movement led by Muhammad Naguib and Gamal Abdel Nasser commenced the military coup d’état that launched the Revolution, and ultimately led to the abdication of King Farouk (the penultimate King of Egypt and Sudan).

The leaders of the Revolution, Muhammad Naguib and Gamal Abdel Nasser

The leaders of the Revolution, Muhammad Naguib and Gamal Abdel Nasser

Farouk I – king of Egypt and Sudan leaves Alexandria 26 7 1952

Nationalization of Suez Canal

On 26 July 1956, Nasser gave a speech in Alexandria announcing the nationalization of the Suez Canal Company as a means to fund the Aswan Dam project in light of the British–American withdrawal. In the speech, he denounced British imperialism in Egypt and British control over the canal company’s profits, and upheld that the Egyptian people had a right to sovereignty over the waterway, especially since “120,000 Egyptians had died (sic)” building it.The motion was technically in breach of the agreement he had signed with the UK on 19 October 1954, although he ensured that all existing stockholders would be paid off .

Movietone newsreels reporting Nasser’s nationalization of the Suez Canal and both domestic and Western reactions

Suez Crisis

France and the UK,  saw its nationalization as yet another hostile measure aimed at them by the Egyptian government. Nasser was aware that the canal’s nationalization would instigate an international crisis and believed the prospect of intervention by the two countries was 80 percent likely. He believed, however, that the UK would not be able to intervene militarily for at least two months after the announcement, and dismissed Israeli action as “impossible”. In early October, the UN Security Council met on the matter of the canal’s nationalization and adopted a resolution recognizing Egypt’s right to control the canal as long as it continued to allow passage through it for foreign ships. however, the UK, France, and Israel made a secret agreement to take over the Suez Canal, occupy parts of Egypt, and topple Nasser.
On 29 October 1956, Israeli forces crossed the Sinai,Two days later, British and French planes bombarded Egyptian airfields in the canal zone.
It was at Port Said that Nasser saw a confrontation with the invading forces as being the strategic and psychological focal point of Egypt’s defense. British and French forces landed in Port Said on 5–6 November, its local militia put up a stiff resistance, resulting in street-to-street fighting.
The US Eisenhower administration condemned the tripartite invasion, and supported UN resolutions demanding withdrawal and a United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) to be stationed in Sinai. Nasser commended Eisenhower, stating he played the “greatest and most decisive role” in stopping the “tripartite conspiracy”. By the end of December, British and French forces had totally withdrawn from Egyptian territory, while Israel completed its withdrawal in March 1957.

Sir Anthony Eden has resigned as prime minister of Britain due to Suez Crisis

Sir Anthony Eden has resigned as prime minister of Britain due to Suez Crisis

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Death and funeral

As the summit closed on 28 September 1970, hours after escorting the last Arab leader to leave, Nasser suffered a heart attack. He was immediately transported to his house, where his physicians tended to him. Nasser died several hours later, around 6:00 p.m. Heikal, Sadat, and Nasser’s wife Tahia were at his deathbed. According to his doctor, al-Sawi Habibi, Nasser’s likely cause of death was arteriosclerosis, varicose veins, and complications from long-standing diabetes. Nasser was a heavy smoker with a family history of heart disease—two of his brothers died in their fifties from the same condition.The state of Nasser’s health was not known to the public prior to his death.

Following the announcement of Nasser’s death, Egypt and the Arab world were in a state of shock. Nasser’s funeral procession through Cairo on 1 October was attended by at least five million mourners. The 10-kilometre (6.2 mi) procession to his burial site began at the old RCC headquarters with a flyover by MiG-21 jets. His flag-draped coffin was attached to a gun carriage pulled by six horses and led by a column of cavalrymen. All Arab heads of state attended, with the exception of Saudi King Faisal. Jordanian King Hussein and PLO chairman Arafat cried openly, and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya fainted from emotional distress twice. A few major non-Arab dignitaries were present, including Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin and French Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas.

Almost immediately after the procession began, mourners engulfed Nasser’s coffin chanting, “There is no God but Allah, and Nasser is God’s beloved … Each of us is Nasser.”Police unsuccessfully attempted to quell the crowds and, as a result, most of the foreign dignitaries were evacuated. The final destination was the Nasr Mosque, which was afterwards renamed Abdel Nasser Mosque, where Nasser was buried.

Because of his ability to motivate nationalistic passions, “men, women, and children wept and wailed in the streets” after hearing of his death, according to Nutting.The general Arab reaction was one of mourning, with thousands of people pouring onto the streets of major cities throughout the Arab world. Over a dozen people were killed in Beirut as a result of the chaos, and in Jerusalem, roughly 75,000 Arabs marched through the Old City chanting, “Nasser will never die.” As a testament to his unchallenged leadership of the Arab people, following his death, the headline of the Lebanese As-Safir stated, “One hundred million human beings—the Arabs—are orphans.” Sherif Hetata, a former political prisoner and later member of the ASU under Nasser, said that “Nasser’s greatest achievement was his funeral. The world will never again see five million people crying together.

Gamal Abdel Nasser Burial – Five million people attended

 

Egypt court bans all Muslim Brotherhood activities nationwide — RT News

An Egyptian court has banned all activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the country. Its assets will also be confiscated according to the court ruling.”The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organization and its non-governmental organization and all the activities that it participates in and any organization derived from it,” said the presiding judge Mohammed Sayed. The Brotherhood has been outlawed for most of its 85-year existence.But after the ouster of former long ruling President Hosni Mubarak, it formed a political party and organized post-Mubarak elections.In June 2012 the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi won the presidential elections. However, on July 3 of this year the army overthrew Morsi after he rejected the military’s ultimatum to reach an agreement with Egypt’s opposition. The constitution was also suspended. In March, it registered as a recognized non-governmental organization.

via Egypt court bans all Muslim Brotherhood activities nationwide — RT News.