SiasatRooz - Most Popular World :: rss_full_edition Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:36:03 GMT News Studio(News Distribution System{CURRENT_THEME}/ch01_newsfeed_logo.gif Produced by SiasatRooz 100 70 en Copyright© SiasatRooz, all rights reserved Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:36:03 GMT World 60 Saudi Arabia to set up container city for Syrian refugees A Saudi Arabian relief organization is set to build a container city near Turkey's border with Syria to tackle flow of Syrian refugees fleeing the country's 18-month-old civil war.Saudi Relief Communities & Campaigns will set up the container city with a 10 thousand people capacity in Turkey's southern province of Kilis -- which houses already nearly 13 thousand Syrian refugees -- under an agreement with the Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD).The agreement was penned in a ceremony on Friday held in the Turkish capital, Ankara, by AFAD Chairman Fuat Oktay and Khaled al-Salam, head of the Saudi relief organization.Speaking at the ceremony Oktay said Syrian refugees in Kilis province were accommodated in twelve tent camps and in one container city, adding that the total number of Syrian refugee in Turkey had reached over 91 thousand and that the country had been doing its best to meet all needs of Syrians staying in camps. ]]> World Sat, 29 Sep 2012 15:56:28 GMT Al-Qaeda terrorist attack outside Yemeni presidential palace kills at least 26 Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the car bomb outside the Yemeni presidential compound in a southern city that has killed at least ۲۶ people, hours after the country's new president was formally inaugurated. The health official said the fatalities in the blast Saturday in the city of al-Mukalla were presidential guards, according to Associated Press. A security official said it was a suicide blast. A car containing explosives blew up while trying to attack a presidential palace, reports Al Arabiya news channel. “A pick-up truck driven by a suicide bomber exploded at the entrance of the presidential palace in Mukalla,” the channel quotes an official as saying. “Seven of the wounded have already been hospitalized while others are on their way to hospitals.” The attack comes hours after Yemen's new President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi took the oath of office, replacing Ali Abdullah Saleh, who resigned after months of protest against his rule. Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has taken the oath of office after his landslide victory in the Yemeni presidential election. The former vice-president pledged to preserve the country’s unity, independence and territorial integrity in a televised address. Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down after ۱۰ months of violent public protests in a power sharing deal. Hadi, the sole candidate in the poll, received ۹۹.۸ per cent of the votes. ]]> World Sat, 25 Feb 2012 16:00:54 GMT Q&A: Illinois nuclear plant loses power. What got vented into the air? A nuclear plant in Illinois shut down one reactor Monday after a transformer failed. The problem is growing for aging nuclear plants. But in this case, the public was never in danger, officials say.Nuclear regulators are keeping close tabs on an Illinois nuclear plant after a loss of off-site power to the plant Monday morning.One of two reactors at the Byron nuclear power plant shut down when a transformer supplying electricity to the plant failed. Backup generators immediately kicked in to supply electricity to the reactor's safety systems, including its cooling system. Plant workers reportedly saw the transformer, located in the plant's switch yard, release smoke after it failed, but local firefighters found nothing burning when they arrived. During the shutdown, the plant vented steam containing trace amounts of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen. But the release represented no health threat, federal and plant officials told the Associated Press. Candace Humphrey, Ogle County’s emergency management coordinator, added that public safety was never in danger. How often does a transformer fail US plants? About six to eight times a year, according to David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer currently tracking nuclear-safety issues for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Not all result in a loss of off-site power, he says. Some plants can quickly isolate the bad transformer and draw electricity from other sources. While the number seems small, the number of failures is rising, he adds. In many cases the transformers are as old as the plants themselves and have reached the end of their design lives. While the loss of a transformer can result in an emergency shutdown, as at Byron, the devices are not considered part of an emergency system. So they are not as rigorously inspected as a plant's emergency systems are, Mr. Lochbaum says. The decision on when to replace them is left up to the utility. Why did the plant let off steam? To relieve pressure in the plant's cooling system. Byron's reactors are pressurized-water reactors. Water is circulated through the reactor core under high pressure so it can be heated above its boiling point. This superheated water is passed through a steam generator – basically a large heat exchanger that converts water in the secondary cooling system into steam the generators can use. This system is designed to isolate water that comes into contact with the reactor from the water that is used to produce steam for the turbines. When a pressurized-water reactor is shut down, this secondary system continues to make steam. But the steam no longer is being run through the turbines and through the cooling towers to be returned as a liquid for another cycle. Steam builds up in the secondary system and must be vented to prevent pipes in this secondary system from bursting. Where did the tritium come from? It's a byproduct of the nuclear reactions that take place in the plant's reactors and boron, used in a reactor's coolant to help control the reactor's chain reactions. It found its way into the vented steam at Byron because the piping that carried the reactor water through the steam generator has some small leaks, Lochbaum says. How dangerous is it? Tritium loses half its radioactivity in ۱۲.۳۴ years. The form of radioactivity it produces will not penetrate skin, although it can be ingested or absorbed through the skin as a component of water. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, tritium emissions from nuclear power plants “account for less than ۰.۱% of total background dose” humans are exposed to each year from natural sources. These background sources represent about half of the radiation doses people receive, the NRC notes. ]]> World Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:24:09 GMT Police start evacuating Paris migrant camp on heels of Calais closure French police moved in at dawn on Friday to evacuate thousands of migrants living in tents under a railway bridge in northeast Paris where numbers have soared since the closure of another large camp outside the port city of Calais last week. Police moved in around ۰۵۰۰ GMT, a Reuters journalist at the scene said. A spokeswoman for the Paris prefecture said the migrants - many from war-torn countries such as Afghanistan and Sudan - would be transferred by bus to holding centers across the Paris area where they will be able to process asylum requests. "The evacuation operation is running smoothly so far," she said, adding that all the migrants would be moved out on Friday. Some ۶۰۰ police officers have been deployed at the location, she said. Estimates put the number at the camp at as many as ۳,۰۰۰. ]]> World Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:48:35 GMT 'US casualties in Iraq surpassed 50,000' Despite US efforts to impose an information blackout on its war casualties, the number of US troops killed and wounded in Iraq has exceed ۵۰,۰۰۰, a senior Iranian commander says. “Based on the existing figures and data, the American forces killed and injured in Iraq are estimated to be ۵۰,۰۰۰. However, it seems that the real statistics are much higher than this,” said Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, the deputy head of Iran's Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff.“Of course the figure ۵۰,۰۰۰ killed and wounded Americans, is notwithstanding the mercenaries of other nationalities who are in the US Army fighting against the people of Iraq,” the Iranian commander added. Jazayeri made reference to the enormous cost of maintaining US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and argued that the American taxpayers are rarely aware of the undeniable fact that the cost of the Iraq war is at least USD ۱,۰۰۰ billion. “Of course some sources have estimated the cost of war [in Iraq] to be more than USD ۳,۰۰۰ billion and with careful calculation this figure will rise even higher,” he added. There are currently about ۳۹,۰۰۰ US soldiers in Iraq. According to a ۲۰۰۸ bilateral security accord, known as the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), all the US troops are required to leave the country by the end of this year. Under pressure from Washington, Iraqi political leaders recently agreed to allow some US forces to stay longer for 'training' purposes, but refused to grant them immunity from prosecution. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has also rejected the US proposal that ۳,۴۰۰ of the troops remain in the country, saying “we do not need such a large number.” Over one million Iraqis have been killed in the US-led invasion and occupation of the country since ۲۰۰۳, according to the California-based investigative organization Project Censored. ]]> World Sat, 10 Dec 2011 15:19:19 GMT Extradited ex-priest faces 55 Irish abuse charges DUBLIN — A defrocked Irish priest who was extradited from Brazil with British help has appeared in a Dublin court charged with ۵۵ counts of sexually abusing ۱۸ children. The judge ordered ۷۲-year-old Peter Kennedy held without bail Wednesday in Dublin's Cloverhill Prison until his next court appearance Feb. ۸. Kennedy fled to England in ۲۰۰۲ after his accusers told police he had molested them when they were children from ۱۹۶۸ to ۱۹۸۴. The church removed Kennedy from the priesthood in ۲۰۰۳ by which time he had emigrated to Brazil using his British passport. The church that year paid one of Kennedy's accusers euro۳۲۵,۰۰۰ ($۴۲۵,۰۰۰) in damages, the biggest abuse settlement reported in Ireland. Brazil deported Kennedy to England Dec. ۲۶. He was returned to Dublin Jan. ۱۸. ]]> World Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:32:53 GMT Hollywood hacker who leaked nude Scarlett Johansson photos set to receive jail term A Florida man who hacked the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson and other Hollywood stars is to be sentenced today.35-year-old Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida pleaded guilty in March to nine charges of unauthorised access to a computer and wiretapping.Nude pictures of Johansson, 29, intended for her ex-husband Ryan Reynolds were subsequently published on the internet.Prosecutors alleged that Chaney illegally hacked the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry.His named victims include singer Christina Aguilera and actresses Mila Kunis and Johansson - who went public in the hope that publicity around the case would provide awareness about online intrusion.Others are said to include Jessica Alba and actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens, naked pictures of whom were also released online last year after being stolen from her Gmail account.Chaney’s arrest by the FBI last August was part of a year-long investigation that has been dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi".The investigation began in late 2010 as reports began to surface of celebrities' mobile phones and computers being hacked into.Federal prosecutors are recommending a six-year prison sentence. ]]> World Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:17:16 GMT Iran urges UN to fight extremism under Guterres' leadership Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has offered his heart-felt congratulation to Antonio Guterres on his election as the new UN secretary general, expressing hope that he would engage in an all-out fight against extremism and help find peaceful solutions to the crises in Syria and Yemen. “At the critical time that you will assume the leadership of... [the UN], it is imperative that the United Nations engage in the crucial fight against all aspects of violent extremism and play effectively and efficiently its part in efforts towards finding peaceful and locally-owned solutions for the ongoing crises in Yemen and Syria,” read part of Zarif’s congratulatory message to the new UN chief.The top Iranian diplomat also pointed to last year's nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – plus Germany, hoping that 67-year-old Guterres would play an active role in supporting the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which resolved the long-running dispute over the Iranian nuclear program.“Following the fruition of the JCPOA on Iran's nuclear file, which enhanced hope in our region, we look forward to the United Nations, under your guidance, to help and follow up on the full implementation of the deal in its entirety by all parties,” the Iranian foreign minister’s message pointed out.Under the JCPOA, which took effect in January, the Islamic Republic has agreed to roll back certain aspects of its nuclear program — including the volume of its uranium stockpiles enriched to the 20-percent level — and has provided international atomic monitors enhanced access to its nuclear facilities. ]]> World Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:35:05 GMT Iraqi forces kill, injure some 240 Takfiris in anti-terror fight Amid battles to rid Iraq of Daesh terrorists, the country’s armed forces have carried out fresh operations, killing and wounding around ۲۴۰ Takfiri militants on several fronts. An unnamed Iraqi security source said on Sunday that a number of Daesh elements lost their lives and sustained injuries in airstrikes conducted by Iraqi fighter jets in western Ramadi, Anbar's provincial capital, Iraq’s War Media Cell reported. The air raids targeted the militant-held Forqan military base near Ramadi’s Raveh district, based on precise information obtained by the army’s intelligence unit, the report added. A large quantity of explosives was confiscated at the base, which was used by the terrorists for making car bombs and other purposes. The strikes also killed ۵۰ Daesh terrorists, among them ringleader Osama al-Qanzi, also known as Abu Salman. The report also said that the Iraqi warplanes conducted similar aerial attacks in other Anbar neighborhoods such as Anah, Qa’im and Akashat that left some ۱۴۰ Takfiris dead and injured. Meanwhile, the Popular Mobilization Units foiled an attempted attack near Tal Afar airport, west of Mosul, killing seven militants and destroying ۴ of their vehicles. Meanwhile, the commander of Nineveh Liberation Operation, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Yarallah, said that ۴۰ Daesh elements were slain in eastern Shirqat, which lies on the Tigris River ۱۰۰ kilometers south of Mosul. He added that the ۹th Division of Special Forces made some advances on the west bank of Tigris River and purged several districts of terrorists. There were also reports that three drones operated by Daesh were shot down near Tal Afar airport as they were carrying booby traps. It was the first time that Daesh used the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to attack Iraqi troops. The airport was liberated earlier this week as the Iraqi army soldiers and allied fighters are leading a major offensive to retake the city of Mosul, the last Daesh bastion in the Middle Eastern country, for more than one month now. Separately, Shirqat governor Ali Dudah resettled expelled residents of a neighborhood and resettled them in another area under tight security controls, citing their cooperation with Daesh. He said that the locals hid Daesh bodies and set up a checkpoint in central Shirqat, killing five members of the Popular Mobilization Units. ]]> World Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:24:12 GMT A week into battle for Mosul: Turkey ignores Iraq’s rejection and joins war Turkey has confirmed its involvement in the battle for Mosul despite Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's opposition to such measures. On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim announced that Turkish troops had joined the military offensive by the request of Kurdish Peshmerga forces, who were engaged with Daesh terrorists in the town of Bashiqa, located to the east of Mosul. On Saturday, Abadi reiterated his stance on the involvement of Turkish forces in the battle for Mosul, stressing that Iraqi forces will accomplish the task themselves. "I know that the Turks want to participate, we tell them thank you, this is something the Iraqis will handle and the Iraqis will liberate Mosul and the rest of the territories," he said following a meeting with visiting US Defense Secretary Ash Carter in Baghdad. “We don't have any problems,” Abadi added, noting that the Iraqi government "will ask for help from Turkey or from other regional countries” if need be. Ankara has been locked in a diplomatic row with Baghdad over the presence of Turkish troops at the Bashiqa military camp. The Iraqi government says the troops are there without Baghdad’s permission, and has frequently called for their withdrawal. Peshmerga close in on Mosul Meanwhile, Kurdish Peshmerga forces have reached within eight kilometers of Mosul. Earlier, Kurdish forces announced that they had retaken the Bashiqa which is located close to Mosul. A Kurdish commander also confirmed that Turkey had shelled Daesh positions using heavy artillery on request of the Peshmerga forces. According to Kurdish forces, two Peshmerga factions linked together after surrounding Bashiqa and managed to secure an area measuring around ۱۰۰ square kilometers and secure a long stretch of the Bashiqa-Mosul highway in a move which severely limits the Takfiri terrorists' freedom of movement. According to Brigadier General Nijem al-Jabour, Iraqi troops have managed to retake a power station from Daesh terrorists some ۳۰ kilometers south of Mosul.  He added that so far some ۳۰ villages surrounding the Daesh stronghold have been purged from Daesh’s presence. Another Iraqi official noted that Daesh executed around ۴۰ people who were celebrating the liberation of their villages. Half of Mosul refugees will be children The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) warns that half of the Iraqis expected to flee Mosul when the offensive reaches the city itself will be children. "The UN is estimating that between ۱.۲ to ۱.۵ million people may be affected by the current situation in Mosul. We as UNICEF estimate that at least ۵۰ percent of these people will be children," said UNICEF's Middle East regional director, Geert Cappelaere. Iraqi refugees that fled violence in Mosul wait to enter Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) controlled land, near the Iraqi border, in Hasakah province on October ۲۳, ۲۰۱۶. (Photo by Reuters) Since the offensive began last week, around ۵,۶۴۰ people have fled the city. "These children have been exposed for over two years to probably a lot of atrocities, extreme living conditions and we want to be there for them to provide them the psycho-social support, to provide them efforts that give them back a normal life as a child," he added. According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), so far, around ۹۰۰ families, some ۵,۴۰۰ people, have been accepted in designated refugee camps outside of the direct conflict zone. Over the past week, the Iraqi army, backed by volunteer forces, has been engaged in a large military offensive to cleanse Mosul of Daesh terrorists. Mosul fell to Daesh in ۲۰۱۴, when the terror group started ravaging the country, naming the city as its so-called headquarters in Iraq. The Mosul offensive involves more than ۲۵,۰۰۰ Iraqi ground forces. It is expected to take weeks, if not months, to drive Daesh out the city, which hosts more than a million civilians. ]]> World Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:41:48 GMT