Showing posts from May 8, 2016

EU parliament mulls funding ban for far-right party

The European Parliament may restrict its grant payments to a far-right alliance that is planning a large rally in Sweden at the end of the month. The Alliance for Peace and Freedom (APF) is an EU-level party with fire-brand Stefan Jacobsson, a Swede with a neo-Nazi past, as its secretary-general. More than a quarter of MEPs signed thé pétition (Photo: ) It also counts members from the Greek neo-nazi Golden Dawn party, the British National Party, and Germany's National Democratic Party (NPD), among others. They received some €400,000 in EU money this year and are said to be using some of it to finance the rally. Swedish centre-left MEP Marita Ulvskog told this website on Friday (13 May) that it has to be stopped. "They are now preparing for a large meeting this summer in Sweden where nazis and fascists from different parts of the European Union will gather in Sweden and they are paid by EU money," she said. Ulvskog had already tried

GPH-MILF peace process supports fight against organized crime and terrorism

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Govt failed to announce programme to end peace process: Dahal

May 11, 2016- UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has taken a swipe at the government's failure to announce any programmes in recently unveiled policy and programme to complete the peace process. Speaking at parliament meeting on Wednesday, Dahal drew the attention of KP Sharma Oli-led government towards the issue. He also urged the main opposition Nepali Congress to seriously take up the government failure to announce such programmes. "Not bringing any programmes aimed at completing the peace process will push the country towards another mishap. The peace process should be resolved in accordance with the Comprehensive Peace Accord and not through our common theory of law or any traditional manner," Dahal said. He stressed the need of a national unity government which would aid in the implementation of the new constitution and guide the country towards prosperity. Responding towards the government's claim to organise local bodies election, Dahal said

Nigeria hopes U.S. will sell it aircraft to fight Boko Haram

ABUJA, May 13 (Reuters) - Nigeria hopes the United States will sell it aircraft to fight Boko Haram militants, saying its human rights record had improved sufficiently for a blockade on arms deals to be lifted, the foreign minister said on Friday. U.S. officials told Reuters this month Washington wants to sell up to 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to Nigeria in recognition of President Muhammadu Buhari's reform of the country's army. Congress needs to approve the deal. Under Buhari's predecessor Goodluck Jonathan, the United States had blocked arms sales and ended training of Nigerian troops partly over human rights concerns such as treatment of captured insurgents. In the first Nigerian comment since the Reuters story, Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said the government had set up reporting mechanisms inside the military to monitor human rights. "We are taking it extremely seriously and are implementing best practices in the area," he told

EXCLUSIVE - The Greatest Escape: Daring anti-Isis squad rescue a British mother and her FIVE children from heart of Islamic State

Family whisked out of Raqqa in the 'dead of night' and taken to safety Not the first time Liwa Thuwar al-Raqqa, which carried out the daring rescue, has smuggled people out of the dangerous ISIS-controlled city Group has hit out at the West for 'lack of support' in trying to retake Raqqa A British mother and her five children have escaped the Islamic State in a daring rescue operation organised by a brigade of Syrian fighters working inside Raqqa, the terror group's headquarters. The family were ferried out of the city in the dead of night and driven to a safe territory close to Turkish border, MailOnline can reveal. Liwa Thuwar al-Raqqa (Raqqa Revolutionaries' Brigades), the group who carried out the rescue, declined to name the woman, but there are at least two possibilities, both from Bradford and both of whom have fled with their families in the last year. Scroll down for video  +6 Saviours: Fighters working with the rebel group Liw

AP Exclusive: Peace Deal Expected With Armed Afghan Group

The Afghan government is expected to finalize a peace deal with a notorious militant insurgent group within days, marking a breakthrough in attempts to end the 15-year war, an official and a representative of the group said on Saturday. Ataul Rahman Saleem, deputy head of Kabul's High Peace Council, told The Associated Press that the deal with the armed wing of Hezb-i-Islami could be completed on Sunday, after two years of negotiations. A senior representative of Hezb-i-Islami, Amin Karim, also said he expected President  Ashraf Ghani  to approve the final version of the agreement on Sunday. Such a deal would mark a much-needed success for Ghani in forging peace with insurgent groups fighting to overthrow the Kabul administration. His attempts to open a dialogue with the Taliban, mainly via overtures to the Pakistan government which is believed to support it, have failed. While Hezb-i-Islami has been a largely dormant force in recent years, and has little political rele

‘Avengers’ threaten new insurgency in Nigeria’s oil-producing Delta

YENAGOA/ABUJA, Nigeria: They call themselves the Niger Delta Avengers. Little is known about the new radical group that has claimed a series of pipeline bombings in Nigeria’s oil-producing region this year and evaded gunboats and soldiers trawling swamps and villages. Their attacks have driven Nigerian oil output to near a 22-year low and, if the violence escalates into another insurgency in the restive area, it could cripple production in a country facing a growing economic crisis. President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would crush the militants, but a wide-scale conflict could stretch security forces already battling a northern rebellion by hard-line Islamist group Boko Haram. Militancy has been rife over the past decade in the Delta, a southern region which is one of the country’s poorest areas despite generating 70 percent of state income. Violence has increased sharply this year – most of it claimed by the “Avengers” – after Buhari scaled back an amnesty deal with

'Records on ISIS terrorists ignored;: Turkish MP accuses govt, passespolice data to RT

A Turkish opposition MP has accused the government of ignoring Islamic State activity on its territory despite knowing precise locations of militants. Documents containing what is thought to be proof of those allegations have been handed to RT. Eren Erdem of the Republican People's Party (CHP), told the Turkish parliament that the Turkish police have had extensive data on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) activities in the country, but didn’t act against the terrorists under pressure from the government. “There is no negligence here, there is intent. Everything is in AKP’s hands, but they did not interfere. It means (President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Erdogan’s ruling) AKP Party makes a distinction between terrorist organizations and turns a blind eye to IS,”  he stressed. According to Erdem, security forces wiretapped the phones of IS militants in the country, knowing of their plans and whereabouts. “These phone conversations include terrorists’ locations, which hote