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  1. Turkey to rebuild nine mosques in Gaza

    The Turkish government will begin rebuilding nine mosques that were devastated during a summer 2014 operation by Israel, according to Israeli officials.

    The procedure for full confirmation of the projects that will be carried out by the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) was completed last week, Israeli officials told the Hürriyet Daily News.

    The Diyanet will supervise rebuilding efforts under the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), a temporary agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel that was intended to facilitate the import of essential construction materials into the territory following the cease-fire.

    Accordingly, nine mosques will be rebuilt: Muslim Mosque, Safa Mosque, Hamza Mosque, Zuhair Mosque, Hassan al-Bana Mosque, Badr Mosque, al-Bukhari Mosque, Sultan Abdul Hamid Mosque and al-Tawheed Mosque.

    Meanwhile, a project for the construction of the Khanyonis Slaughterhouse in Gaza by the Prime Ministry’s Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (T?KA) has also recently been fully confirmed by the GRM.

    A recent report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current economic trends persist.

  2. Saudi Arabia: The Region’s New Superpower

    The Saudis are planning to establish themselves as the Arab world’s undisputed military superpower…. At this rate, Saudi Arabia will soon replace Egypt as the Arab world’s most significant military power.

    The Saudi royal family is determined to secure the overthrow of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, one of Iran’s most important regional allies, and any attempt by Riyadh to deepen its involvement in the Syrian conflict is likely to result in direct military confrontation with Iran.

    The tragedy of all this for the Obama administration is that, had it not been for its obsession with doing a deal with Iran, Washington could have formed a useful strategic alliance with Riyadh to defeat common foes, such as Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

    • Yeah but that alliance would be in the best interest of the US and Obama wants to achieve only things that are in the best interest of our enemies.

  3. Britain wants to quit Europe: Shock new poll shows EU ‘no’ camp ahead for the first time as Cameron prepares to face down Tory rebels

    If a referendum was held tomorrow, 51 per cent would vote to leave the EU
    Follows string of polls in recent years showing lead for pro-Brussels camp
    New survey shows strong backing for the PM’s handling of migrant crisis
    Revealed that Cameron told Angela Merkel: ‘I could walk away from the EU’

  4. Migrant crisis: Hundreds force way past Hungarian police (BBC, Sep 7, 2015)

    “Hundreds of migrants have broken through police lines on Hungary’s border with Serbia and are walking towards the capital, Budapest. The migrants had earlier broken out of a registration camp at Roszke. About 300 are reported to be walking along a motorway, escorted by police officers…”

  5. Islamic State conflict: Two Britons killed in RAF Syria strike (BBC, Sep 7, 2015)

    “Two British Islamic State jihadists who died in Syria were killed by an RAF drone strike, David Cameron has said.

    Cardiff-born Reyaad Khan, 21, and Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen, died last month in Raqqa, alongside another fighter, in the first targeted UK drone attack on a British citizen, Mr Cameron told MPs.

    Khan – the target – had been plotting “barbaric” attacks on UK soil, he said.

    The “act of self defence” was lawful, despite MPs previously ruling out UK military action in Syria, the PM said.

    Khan was killed in a precision strike on 21 August by a remotely piloted aircraft, “after meticulous planning”, while he was travelling in a vehicle.

    Another British national, Junaid Hussain, 21 and from Birmingham, was killed in a separate air strike by US forces in Raqqa on 24 August…”

  6. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States Amidst Falling Oil Prices and Regional Upheavals

    The drop in oil prices of 55 percent over the past year stems from a classic supply and demand imbalance. The singular aspect of the current slump in the oil market is its occurrence at the height of the Middle East upheavals. This convergence of factors is problematic for the Gulf monarchies, and even more so for the nations economically connected to them. The high oil prices and foreign currency reserves from the outbreak of the unrest until 2014 helped the regimes in the Gulf maintain their citizens’ high standard of living. The big challenge now is to navigate this slump in peace and quiet. The current strategy consists of a controlled use of monetary reserves and budget cuts so as to minimize the damage to the standard of living and the risk of public discontent. However, sentiments are difficult to control, especially given the presence of subversive elements. Consequently, the risk to the stability of the regimes in the Gulf and the region is on the rise.

    • But it isn’t peace and quiet in the Gulf, there is a proxy war between Iran and Saudi in Yemen, and given the way the Iranian proxies are losing many expect Iranian fighters to start showing up with more advanced weapons. I know that when the fighting in Yemen started Saudi was talking to Egypt about getting military personal from them but haven’t heard anything more about this.


      China is in big trouble or th ey wouldn’t be selling off their foreign reserves, they economy is an expoert economy, if the rest of the worlds economy is so bad people aren’t buying China can;t sell. The econonmic problems in Europe combined with the massive invasion of Moslems has caused a lot of people to start hording cash which means less sales for the companies that import from China. A weaker remimbi isn’t going to make people buy when they are afraid for their economy and future.

  7. Turkey vows to ‘wipe out’ PKK rebels after bomb attack (BBC, Sep 7, 2015)

    “Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has pledged to “wipe out” Kurdish PKK rebels in their strongholds after a deadly bomb attack on the Turkish army.

    “The mountains of this country, the plains, highlands, cities will be not abandoned to terrorists,” he said.

    At least 16 Turkish soldiers died in Sunday’s attack in the south-eastern Hakkari province, the army said.

    In retaliation, Turkey carried out several air strikes on PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) targets on Monday.

    Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Mr Davutoglu said: “You cannot discourage us from our war on terror. Those mountains will be cleared of these terrorists. Whatever it takes, they will be cleared.”

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier said he was saddened by the attack and promised a “decisive” response…”

  8. Germany’s Merkel Demands EU Partners Help With Refugees (abcnews, Sep 7, 2015)

    “…Following an overnight Cabinet meeting, Germany said it would set aside 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion) to boost aid for asylum-seekers and hire 3,000 more federal police. It also planned to make it easier to build refugee housing and for non-German speakers to hold jobs.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel reflected on what she called “a moving, in some parts breathtaking weekend behind us,” when Austria and Germany threw open their borders for thousands of asylum-seekers trying to get out of Hungary. She said all EU countries could help accommodate the families fleeing war and poverty…”

    • This is really cheap… First she was jumping two meters high, and that at her age and stature, claiming that the Germans could and would handle “it all” without any problems, and now she is asking neighbors for help. And we already now that this asking practically means demanding by extortion…

  9. German Intelligence Has Evidence IS Used Mustard Gas in Iraq (abcnews, Sep 7, 2015)

    “Germany’s foreign intelligence agency BND has collected evidence of mustard gas use by the Islamic State group.

    German daily Bild reported Monday that BND intelligence agents collected blood samples from Kurds who were injured in clashes with IS.

    It quoted BND chief Gerhard Schindler as saying that the agency has “information that IS used mustard gas in northern Iraq.”

    Schindler told the paper that the mustard gas either came from old Iraqi stockpiles produced under Saddam Hussein’s rule or was manufactured by IS after it seized the University of Mosul.

    A senior German intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly, confirmed the comments attributed to Schindler. He declined to confirm that the BND collected blood samples or discuss the agency’s methods…”

  10. Germany DORTMUND : Protesters hurl rocks at anti-refugee rally organisers in Dortmund

    Protesters hurled bottles and stones at the car of the organisers of an anti-refugee rally led by right wing political party “Die Rechte” in Dortmund, Monday night.

  11. Hungary: Scuffles erupt as refugees break police line on route to Budapest

    Refugees broke through a police cordon near the village of Roszke, close to Hungary’s border with Serbia, Monday, as they attempted to continue their journey to Western Europe. The group were later stopped by police, half guided to a so-called “reception centre” nearby, the other half gaining access to a motorway leading to Budapest.

  12. Gunfights in Tajikistan’s Capital City Have Killed at Least 35 People

    Authorities have accused the country’s former deputy defense minister of being behind the attacks

    A series of violent clashes between police and criminal gangs over the weekend in Tajikistan’s capital city, Dushanbe, have resulted in the deaths of at least 35 people, UPI reports.

    The new agency cites official statements that say gunfights broke out Friday when a group of men “captured significant amounts of weapons and ammunition” in a raid on the country’s Ministry of Defense and a local department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

    Police killed at least 13 gunmen while losing 9 of their own men, and subsequent reports on Saturday said another 13 suspects were shot dead in the mountains surrounding the city, UPI says. Authorities have also reportedly arrested 32 others in connection with the attacks.

    Officials accuse Abdukhalim Nazarzoda, the country’s former Deputy Defense Minister, of being the mastermind behind the violence after finding large amounts of weapons and ammunition at premises he owns.

    Nazarzoda is a former member of the United Tajik Opposition, a militant rebel alliance that was folded into the national government when a five-year civil war ended in 1997. The 51-year-old politician was dismissed from his post last Friday over accusations that he belongs to the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan — a group banned recently for alleged ties to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).


    Tajik authorities find guns, arrest 14 in swoop on former minster’s supporters

  13. BANGKOK – Suspect confesses to delivering bag to shrine bomber, police say

    Erawan shrine blast suspect Yusufu Mieraili has admitted to delivering the backpack containing the bomb to the yellow-shirted suspect who left it in the Ratchaprasong area, causing the deadly explosion on Aug 17, police sources say.

    Arrest warrants were issued for two more suspects Monday and officials have also detained two Indian nationals for questioning.

    Mr Mieraili, 25, was transferred Monday from the 11th Military Circle to the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) for further questioning.

    The investigation into the Erawan shrine attack, which killed 20 people and injured 130, pinpointed a man in a yellow T-shirt captured on CCTV cameras as the prime suspect.

    Another blast took place at Sathon pier the following day, but caused no casualties.

    A man wearing a blue shirt was identified as a suspect on CCTV footage.

    Police sources said Mr Mieraili confessed to being part of the network which planted the bombs.

    Mr Mieraili said he had seen both the yellow- and blue-shirted men at the Pool Anant apartment in Nong Chok district, where a haul of bomb-making material was seized last week, but he denied knowing the names of the men.

    He allegedly confessed to passing the bomb-laden rucksack to the yellow-shirted suspect, who got out of a taxi at Hua Lamphong railway station and travelled by tuk-tuk to the shrine where he is thought to have planted the bomb.

    Mr Mieraili’s passport shows he is a Chinese national from the Xinjiang region, which is home to ethnic Uighurs. He told investigators his parents still live in the region.

    When the blast took place, he was nearby and used his mobile phone to take photos of the aftermath before heading to Pratunam, where he escaped by taxi, the source said.

    Mr Mieraili decided to confess to the crimes because he feared he would be sent back to China, said the source, adding that the suspect prefers to be prosecuted in Thailand rather than be sent back to China.

    In addition, investigators gleaned from questioning him that 10-12 people were involved in the bombings.

    Alson Monday, two new arrest warrants were issued for Abdullah Abdulrahman, 180cm tall, and another unidentified man. The warrant for Mr Abdulrahman is based on an identikit sketch.

    Police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri said the pair were also tenants of Room 412 and 414 at the Pool Anant apartment.

    They face charges of possessing illegal explosive substances and military hardware without having a licence.

    The announcement of the new suspects brings the total number of suspects in the case to 12 — 10 of whom remain at large.

    Meanwhile, two Indian nationals were hauled in for questioning after they were seen on CCTV footage at the Maimuna apartment building frequently speaking with Mr Mieraili, a police source said.

    The pair stayed in a room near the one where urea-based fertiliser and other items for bomb-making were discovered on Aug 30.

    The Indian men’s passports were genuine, and they had met Mr Mieraili at the apartment building, according to investigators.

    Meanwhile, National Police Chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang called a meeting with the heads of 54 immigration police checkpoints countrywide.

    A source who attended the meeting said Pol Gen Somyot was angry with immigration officers for allowing bomb suspects to enter the country illegally.

    Pol Gen Somyot said some immigration police benefited from illegally allowing foreigners to overstay their visas in Thailand.

    Officers give student visas to foreigners to teach at bogus schools for 12,000-15,000 baht, the source said, citing the police chief.

    Other officials have accepted bribes from foreigners in order to enter the country illegally, he added.

    Some immigration officers also unlawfully give entry stamps to migrants who use Thailand as a transit country while seeking access to third countries, the source said.

  14. URUGUAY –Syrian refugees granted asylum in Uruguay are now fighting to leave

    MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) – Five families of Syrian refugees granted asylum in Uruguay last year protested outside the president’s offices on Monday, demanding they be allowed to leave the South American country in search of better jobs, even back in the Middle East.

    Uruguay accepted the 42 Syrians fleeing civil war in October 2014, but the families said they felt the leftist government had failed to deliver on a promise of good incomes.

    “I am not afraid to go back to Lebanon,” said 36-year-old Aldees Maher, whose family had initially sought safety in a refugee camp across the border from Syria. “I want a place that guarantees me, my family a life.”

    Their protests come as Europe struggles to cope with record numbers of asylum seekers escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and illustrate the challenge host nations face integrating the often-destitute refugees.

    In Uruguay, a secular country with a tiny Muslim population of about 300, the refugees receive housing, health care, education and financial support from the government. Even so, they have struggled to settle in and relations with locals have been strained.

    “I don’t have any way of getting a job to earn enough money and look after the family. Before we came, the embassy told us we could earn $1,500 a month,” said Maher.

    Maher said he would demonstrate in front of President Tabare Vazquez’ office until the families’ demands were answered.

    The refugees hold an identity and travel document that is recognized internationally, but other states can deny them entry.

    Maher and his family returned to Uruguay after spending 20 days in Istanbul’s airport in August after immigration officials refused them entry to Turkey.

    “If they want to go, they can. But it is not up to us whether another country allows them entry,” said Javier Miranda, head of the human rights secretariat inside the presidency.

    One 22-year-old Syrian who identified herself as Sanaa said she felt deceived by Uruguay’s treatment of the refugee group.

    “It’s not what they said it would be like here. We want to leave,” she said.

    Another group of 80 Syrian refugees is expected to land in the country before the end of the year.

    Syrian refugees protest to leave Uruguay, say too costly

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Syrian refugees protested outside the Uruguayan presidency Monday to demand authorities help them leave for other countries, saying the nation that gave them sanctuary is too expensive and they have scant economic opportunity.

    Uruguay welcomed the 42 refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war in October 2014, but the five families now say officials promised more than they could deliver.

    “There’s no future for us here. The government’s aid plan lasts two years, and one has passed by,” Ibrahim Al Mohammed told The Associated Press.

    Al Mohammed said he can’t get by on just 11,000 pesos ($380) a month as a hospital worker, barely above Uruguay’s 10,000-peso minimum wage.

    “I have a wife and three young sons,” he said. “What will I do to earn a living when the help runs out?”

    The refugees lack passports from their home country, and cannot get Uruguayan ones because they are not citizens. The government has provided them with Uruguayan IDs and travel documents, but not all countries recognize them.

    In August, one of the families tried to travel to Serbia but was held for 23 days at the Istanbul airport. Ultimately they returned to Uruguay.

    “I understand them. They realize that leaving Uruguay is very hard and that creates a great deal of insecurity,” said Javier Miranda, head of Uruguay’s Human Rights Secretariat. “But the travel document that Uruguay gave them is valid. What we can’t do is force third countries to accept it because it’s out of our reach.”

    Miranda defended the refugee program, saying Uruguay hopes the Syrians could have a dignified life here. He acknowledged the country is relatively costly, but said the job offers are the same for everyone and aid cannot extend beyond two years.

    Maher Aldees’s family, the one that got stranded in Istanbul, had been living in the coastal city of Piriapolis, where local officials accused the parents of not sending their daughters to school. Authorities later said the issue was resolved.

    Aldees said they now want to travel to Syria or Lebanon and intend to protest outside the presidential offices until authorities take them to the airport. Another family, the Ashlebis, also arrived with their suitcases and vowed to remain as long as necessary.

    “They told us a lot of things that never came true,” Ibrahim Ashebli said. “They told us this country was cheap, and it’s expensive. Money is not enough. There’s no work.”

    Under ex-President Jose Mujica, Uruguay agreed to take in 120 Syrian refugees. A second group of seven families is supposed to arrive later this year, and Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa has rejected criticism from those who say Uruguay should not receive any more.

    President Tabare Vazquez, who took office in March, said in his inaugural speech that a “profound analysis” was necessary before Uruguay accommodates more Syrian refugees.

    Since civil war broke out in 2011, more than 4 million Syrians have fled the country, more than any other refugee crisis in almost 25 years, according to the United Nations.

    ( in Spanish )

  15. Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican

    The people in the Vatican who believe in Christ are warning the Pope that he can’t change the doctrine of the Church or change how the Bible is written. The socialist have not only come close to starting civil wars in all western nations they are doing the same thing in the Catholic Church.

  16. New Range Rover is a ‘fortress’ on wheels
    Land Rover has unveiled an armoured 4×4 that can take on all terrains – as well as TNTs and grenades

    We have all read how the super rich are buying hideaways where they think they will be semi save, looks like Range Rover has decided they should make the money for up armoring the vehicles of the super rich rather then let after market companies do so.

  17. NETHERLANDS – Trial opens of 10 accused of recruiting Dutch Muslims for Islamic State

    AMSTERDAM -Ten suspected Islamist radicals went on trial in the Netherlands on Monday, accused of recruiting Dutch Muslims to fight with Islamic State insurgents in Iraq and Syria.

    The trial, the largest against alleged jihadists in the Netherlands in a decade, is seen as a test of whether a court can convict suspects who may endorse a radical ideology but have not carried out any attacks in the West.

    Lawyers for the defendants said at a hearing on Monday they are innocent of any wrongdoing and have a right to speak out about their religious and political views.

    “Some defendants may have crossed lines, but the way the cases are brought in is exaggerated,” said Bart Stapert, an attorney for one of the accused.

    Prosecutors say the suspects, aged 19 to 41, played a variety of roles within a single criminal group “with the goal of committing terrorist crimes”. Some allegedly focused on recruiting, others preached in favour of IS at demonstrations and on the Internet and others managed finances and logistics.

    “We think it’s important to keep people from going to fight under the flag of ISIS or other terrorist organizations”, prosecution spokesman Wouter Bos told Reuters. “We also don’t want them to return with more skills and commit attacks at home.”

    In neighboring Belgium, the leader of a radical Islamist group that recruited young men to fight in Syria was sentenced to 12 years in prison in February

    The Dutch secret service last month estimated that 210 Dutch youths have left for Syria since 2013, of whom 38 have been killed.

    The chief suspect, identified by the media as Azzedine Choukoud, 33, is accused of “terrorist recruitment” and “inciting terrorism”. Under Dutch privacy law, the court only named him as Azzedine C.

    He is a public figure in the Netherlands, after appearing in a television interview as “Abou Moussa” and participating in a pro-Islamic State demonstration in The Hague. He was arrested in Germany in August 2014 with his wife, who is also on trial.

    Three defendants are being tried in absentia. They are believed to be in Syria, with one of them possibly dead.

    A verdict in the case is expected on December 3.

  18. DENMARK – Danish police close motorway as refugees march to Sweden

    Copenhagen (AFP) – Police in southern Denmark late Monday closed a motorway as groups of refugees marched towards the border with Sweden, known for its more generous asylum policies.

    “This is being done for the safety of the people who are walking along the motorway,” local police said in a statement after closing the first 29 kilometres (18 miles) of the road from Rodby harbour in southern Denmark to Copenhagen.

    Earlier in the day, up to 150 refugees began marching towards the border but many later agreed to be taken to police stations to register for asylum in Denmark.

    They were among around 300 refugees who landed Sunday in Rodby, which has Scandinavia’s busiest ferry crossing to Germany.

    But scuffles broke out with police when some ran off to avoid having their fingerprints taken in fear they would be registered as seeking refuge in Denmark and unable to go on to Sweden, where many said they had family.

    Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said at a Monday press conference that around 400 refugees had entered Denmark over the past 24 hours but doubled that number to 800 a few hours later.

    “We cannot just ignore our obligations and send them to Sweden without its consent, because then we would be doing the same as many other countries, which is the reason the European asylum system is under massive pressure,” he said.

    As more refugees arrived in Denmark’s south there were also more people taking to the roads to walk towards Sweden, which asylum seekers typically reach by taking the train across a bridge linking Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmo.

    The bridge is not open to pedestrians.

    Many of those walking on the motorway raised their hands as they shouted: “Malmo, Malmo, Malmo,” the Politiken daily wrote.

    Around 100 Danes had gathered on a bridge crossing the road to hand out food and diapers to the walkers, who had only covered a fraction of the 160 kilometres between Rodby and the capital.

    Laila Saied, an engineer from Syria, said she had travelled through Europe with her husband and two children for one month in the hope of reaching Sweden.

    “I slept on the street, I was on the sea with my children,” she told broadcaster TV 2 News earlier in the day.

    Prime Minister Rasmussen said he had told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Denmark was willing to accept 100 refugees from Germany “given the very special situation Germany and Europe is in.”

    While Sweden has become a top EU destination for refugees by issuing permanent residency to all Syrian asylum seekers, Denmark has sought to reduce the influx by issuing temporary residence permits, delaying family reunifications and slashing benefits for newly arrived immigrants.

    The Local – Refugees try to walk from Denmark to Sweden

    Some 60 to 100 refugees left Rødby on the southern Danish island of Lolland on Monday morning with the intention to walk to Sweden. Danish police are escorting the group, which includes men, women and children.

    Danish network TV2 spoke with some of the refugees, who said that they did not want to have their fingerprints taken in Denmark and be subjected to processing by Danish authorities under the Dublin rules, which state that the first EU nation to register an asylum seeker must process the claimant’s application.

    Some refugees told the broadcaster that they had heard about Denmark’s tougher immigration rules and longer processing times in relation to Sweden, while others said that they had family members waiting for them in Sweden.

    “I want to go to Sweden. I like Denmark, but my family is in Sweden. There is no family in Denmark,” one woman who declined to be identified told TV2.

    In the below video posted to Twitter, those marching appear to be chanting “Malmö, Malmö” as they leave Rødby. ( link on the page )

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    video – Copenhagen

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