SiasatRooz - Latest News World :: rss_full_edition Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:36:12 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 07:36:12 GMT World 60 Tens of thousands in U.S. cities protest Trump immigration order Tens of thousands of people rallied in U.S. cities and at airports on Sunday to voice outrage over President Donald Trump's executive order restricting entry into the country for travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. In New York, Washington and Boston, a second wave of demonstrations followed spontaneous rallies that broke out at U.S. airports on Saturday as U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents began enforcing Trump's directive. The protests spread westward as the day progressed. The order, which bars admission of Syrian refugees and suspends travel to the United States from Syria, Iraq, Iran and four other countries on national security grounds, has led to the detention or deportation of hundreds of people arriving at U.S. airports. One of the largest of Sunday's protests took place at Battery Park in lower Manhattan, within sight of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, long a symbol of welcome to U.S. shores. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York told the crowd that Trump's order was un-American and ran counter to the country's core values. "What we are talking about here is life and death for so many people," the Senate Democratic leader said. "I will not rest until these horrible orders are repealed." The march, estimated to have grown to about ۱۰,۰۰۰ people, later began heading to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in lower Manhattan. In Washington, thousands rallied at Lafayette Square across from the White House, chanting: "No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here." It was the second straight weekend that Washington was the scene of protests. Last Saturday, hundreds of thousands of women participated in an anti-Trump rally and march, one of dozens staged across the country. On Sunday, many of the protesters left the White House area and marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, stopping at the Trump International Hotel where they shouted: "Shame, shame, shame." A crowd that police estimated at ۸,۰۰۰ people eventually arrived at the steps of the U.S. Capitol, where a line of uniformed officers stood guard. As the crowd passed the Canadian Embassy en route to the Capitol, protesters chanted: "Hey hey, ho ho, I wish our leader was Trudeau." It was a reference to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Saturday Twitter message affirming his country's welcoming policy toward refugees. Trump defended the executive order in a statement on Sunday, saying the United States would resume issuing visas to all countries once secure policies were put in place over the next ۹۰ days. "To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting," Trump said. "This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe." 'NEVER AGAIN MEANS NEVER' Aria Grabowski, ۳۰, of Washington, was carrying a sign that read: “Never again means never again for everyone.” Above the slogan was a photograph of Jewish refugees who fled Germany in ۱۹۳۹ on a ship that was turned away from Havana, Cuba, and forced to return to Europe. More than ۲۵۰ people aboard the ship were eventually killed by the Nazis. ]]> World Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:15:56 GMT Duterte: US endangering regional security by storing arms in Philippines Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accused Washington of constructing permanent arms depots in his country, in a move which he said will disrupt regional security. "They're unloading arms in the Philippines now ... I'm serving notice to the armed forces of the United States. Do not do it, I will not allow it," said Duterte on Sunday during a televised press conference. He noted that the US is currently bringing arms into three provinces in the Philippines, which he stressed was in violation of a defense agreement between the two countries. "Provisions of the Visiting Forces (Agreement), there shall be no permanent facilities. A depot is by any other name a depot. It's a permanent structure to house arms," he said. "I do not even know if there is a nuclear tip (missile) now, that they are unloading," he added. Duterte, who has on multiple occasions voiced his disdain for the presence of US forces in his country, made the remarks after the Pentagon gave the go ahead for the construction of warehouses, barracks and runways on Philippine soil in accordance with an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the two countries. ]]> World Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:11:52 GMT Attack on Quebec mosque kills six, two suspects arrested Six people have been killed in a shooting attack on a mosque in Canada’s Quebec, according to police, who have arrested two suspects in the case. Assailants opened fire at people inside the mosque, known as the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, during evening prayers at ۲۰:۰۰ local time on Sunday (۰۱۰۰ GMT Monday). Quebec police said later that eight other people had also been wounded in the shooting attack, and that they had no reason to believe that gunmen other than the two arrested had been involved. Earlier, police had not ruled out the possibility that a third attacker might have fled the scene. Police also said an investigation had started and no information was yet available about the suspects taken into custody. ‘A terrorist attack on Muslims’ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada later issued a statement, calling the mosque incident “a terrorist attack on Muslims.” “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,” he said in the statement. Before issuing the statement, Trudeau had on his Twitter page called the incident “a cowardly attack,” and said his “thoughts are with victims & their families.” Trudeau had also said the government had offered “any & all assistance needed.” Quebec Province’s Prime Minister Philippe Couillard also took to Twitter to express solidarity “with Quebec people of Muslim faith.” He also wrote that the government was “mobilized to ensure the security of the people of Quebec.” The Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec, also known as the grand mosque of Quebec, has been the target of hate crimes before. During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan last June, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the mosque. During federal elections in ۲۰۱۵, a majority of people in Quebec supported a ban on the Muslim head veil, or niqab. Another attack was reported on a mosque in the Saguenay region of Quebec Province in ۲۰۱۳, involving pig blood splattered on the floor of the site. In ۲۰۱۵, a mosque was set on fire in the neighboring state of Ontario. Just on Saturday, Prime Minister Trudeau had said his country would welcome Muslims and people of other faiths whom the United States has banned. US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order barring all incoming nationals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia from the United States for ۹۰ days. The listed countries are all Muslim-majority. The Canadian Immigration Ministry also announced on Sunday that the country would offer temporary residence permits to people stranded in the country as a result of Trump’s ban. ]]> World Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:09:44 GMT Iraq war veteran accused of killing five at Ft. Lauderdale airport An Iraq war veteran took a gun out of his checked luggage and opened fire in a crowded baggage claim area at Fort Lauderdale's airport on Friday, killing five people, months after he showed up at an FBI office behaving erratically. Esteban Santiago, ۲۶, who was taken into custody immediately following the shooting and questioned at length, was expected to face federal charges in the shooting rampage, said George Piro, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's office in Miami. Piro said investigators had not ruled out terrorism as a possible motive in the rampage and were reviewing the suspect's recent travel. Santiago, who had served in the U.S. military, had arrived in Ft. Lauderdale shortly before ۱ p.m. local time (۱۸۰۰ GMT) on a connecting flight from Alaska, authorities said, when he retrieved a ۹mm semi-automatic handgun from his checked luggage and began firing indiscriminately. Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca said on Twitter that the gunman went into a restroom to load his weapon and came out firing. Witnesses told MSNBC television he only stopped after running out of ammunition, at which point he surrendered to police. Cellphone video posted on social media showed travelers kneeling and treating victims on the floor next to a carousel. At least two victims had pools of blood from apparent head wounds. The gunman, who wore a "Star Wars" T-shirt, said nothing as he fired, witnesses told MSNBC. "This is a senseless act of evil," Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters. A White House spokesman said President Barack Obama had spoken to Scott and Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief and had extended his condolences to the loved ones of the victims. ]]> World Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:53:58 GMT U.S. intel report: Putin directed cyber campaign to help Trump Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Republican Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the ۲۰۱۶ presidential campaign, U.S. intelligence agencies said in an assessment on Friday. Russia's objectives were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate former Secretary of State Clinton, make it harder for her to win and harm her presidency if she did, an unclassified report released by the top U.S. intelligence agency said. "We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in ۲۰۱۶ aimed at the U.S. presidential election," the report said. "We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments." The report, although it omitted classified details, was the U.S. government's starkest public description of what it says was an unprecedented Russian campaign to manipulate the American body politic. Reports of Russian interference in the already divisive election have roiled Washington, even as the U.S. Congress on Friday certified Trump’s victory in the Electoral College. Clinton won the popular vote by nearly ۳ million ballots. The report's conclusions, though lacking details of how the Russians may have relayed the material to WikiLeaks and others, will give ammunition to Democrats and Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress who want tougher action against Russia, setting the scene for a potential showdown with Trump. It could also give a boost to members of Congress seeking an independent, bipartisan investigation of Russian hacking. Trump, who has developed a rocky relationship with U.S. spy agencies and at times disparaged their work, defended the legitimacy of his election victory after receiving a nearly two-hour briefing Friday on the report. The report neither assessed "the impact Russian activities had on the outcome of the ۲۰۱۶ election" nor did it provide details on the evidence underpinning its conclusions, a fact likely to keep alive the controversy over what Moscow may have done. Russia denies the U.S. government's allegations of hacking during the election campaign. ]]> World Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:52:03 GMT Huge US military force in Germany to boost NATO presence in E Europe The US military has begun the deployment of hundreds of combat vehicles such as tanks as well as artillery guns along with ۳,۵۰۰ troops to Germany in an alleged bid to boost NATO’s deterrence force against Russia in Eastern Europe. US warships started unloading the military hardware, which includes ۸۷ tanks and ۱۴۴ Bradley fighting vehicles, in the northern German port of Bremerhaven on Friday for eventual transfer to member countries of the military alliance in Eastern Europe to enhance what was described as “deterrence against possible Russian aggression.” Nearly ۳,۵۰۰ American troops from the ۴th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado, will join the military equipment over the next two weeks, marking the outset of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which provides for continuous presence of a US armored brigade combat team in Europe on a nine-month rotational basis. The deployment is aimed at relieving supposed concerns in newest NATO member nations such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland over what the US-led military alliance has termed as increasingly erratic and belligerent Russia. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the move last year, declaring that the force would take part in regular military drills across the region with NATO allies. ]]> World Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:50:37 GMT Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq, mostly Iranian pilgrims A suicide truck bomb killed about ۱۰۰ people, most of them Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla ۱۰۰ km (۶۲ miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said. Islamic State, the ultra hard-line Sunni militant group that considers all Shi'ites to be apostates, claimed responsibility the attack in an online statement. The group also is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive on its stronghold Mosul, in northern Iraq, in which Iranian-trained Shi'ite militias are taking part. The pilgrims were en route back to Iran from the Iraqi Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala, where they had commemorated Arbaeen, the ۴۰th day of mourning for the killing of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, in the ۷th century AD, the medical sources said. The gas station has a restaurant on its premises that is popular with travelers. Five pilgrim buses were set afire by the blast from the explosives-laden truck, a police official said. In recent months Islamic State has intensified attacks in areas out of its control in efforts to weaken the offensive launched on Oct. ۱۷ to retake Mosul, the last major Iraqi city under Islamic State control. Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned the attack without giving a casualty toll. Tehran will continue to support Iraq's "relentless fight against terrorism," ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. "The United States remains steadfast in its partnership with the Iraqi people and government and this attack only serves to strengthen our resolve in defeating ISIL," National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. ]]> World Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:12:48 GMT Trump will pursue 'regional hegemony' in South China Sea: Chinese academics A Donald Trump presidency does not mean the United States will withdraw from the South China Sea, but rather will continue pursuing "regional hegemony", Chinese academics who drafted a report for an influential government think tank said on Friday. Ensuring "absolute control" over the South China Sea was the crux of U.S. military strategy in the Asia-Pacific, according to what the authors said was China’s first ever public report on the U.S. military presence in the region, released on Friday in Beijing. "There will be no overturning change to U.S. policy in the South China Sea," said Wu Shicun, head of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, an influential Hainan-based think tank that wrote the report. Trump rarely mentioned the South China Sea on the campaign trail, but concentrated on the economic relationship with Beijing, threatening to label China a currency manipulator and impose import tariffs on Chinese imports. U.S. commitments to its allies would not change, nor would its stance on protecting freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, said Wu. As such, tensions between China and the United States in the South China Sea would likely grow in lock-step with China's military growth, he added. China claims most of the energy-rich waters through which about $۵ trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. Recent U.S. efforts to counter what it sees as China limiting freedom of navigation in the South China Sea have drawn Beijing's ire and stoked fears of military conflict. A patrol by U.S. warships in October was dubbed "illegal" and "provocative" by the Chinese Defence Ministry. "From the U.S. perspective, China's large-scale construction activities in the South China Sea confirmed U.S. suspicion that China intended to implement an anti-access/area-denial strategy," the report said. There would be "more continuity than change" in Trump's military policy in the Asia-Pacific, said Zhu Feng, director of the South China Sea Center at Nanjing University, at the report launch. Trump may not use the term "rebalancing" to the region, but he would likely retain most of policies, he added. Both academics agreed that there was a high possibility of increased U.S. military spending in the Asia-Pacific under Trump. ]]> World Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:07:51 GMT Iranians honor 40 days after Imam Hussein martyrdom anniversary Iranians of all ages and social strata have taken to the streets and religious commemoration centers across the country, unified by one cause, honoring the ۴۰th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam. The occasion called Arba’een occurs ۴۰ days after Ashura, the tenth day of the lunar calendar month of Muharram when the grandson of Prophet Muhammad was martyred at the hands of the tyrant of the time, Yazid I, back in the seventh century. The first nine days of Muharram feature mourning processions in anticipation of Ashura. The rituals culminate with Arba’een, known as the world’s largest annual pilgrimage. The occasion has invariably worked to unify Muslims in the face of attempts to create divergence, animosity and misunderstanding among them. Large numbers of Iranians travel to Iraq each year, walking the distance between the Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, which houses the Imam’s holy shrine, so as to be able to be there by Arba’een. The devotees are joined by their fellow Muslims from other countries along the course. Imam Hussein is a highly-venerated figure not only among Shias but also Sunni Muslims. Even some groups of Iraqi Christians join the march to Karbala. Iraq will commemorate Arba’een on Monday. This year, the Mehran border crossing with Iraq, which is used by Iranians, had to be temporarily shut by Iraqi authorities due to the overwhelming influx of pilgrims. ]]> World Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:26:09 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