Protesters attack Serbian PM at remembrance ceremony

Serbian bodyguards use umbrellas and protection to protect Prime Minister of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic when he was attacked by a stone-throwing mob during the memorial service..

Bosnia’s presidency has condemned an attack on Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. It said Mr Vucic had visited the town “in a spirit of reconciliation, intending to pay respect” but was forced to flee the ceremony after being booed and heckled and then pelted with stones.  About 8,000 Muslims were killed in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces during the Bosnian war. Following news that a small number of people had thrown stones at the Serbian Prime Minister who was attending the memorial, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: “People from across Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region and the international community gathered … Continue reading

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US ex-House Speaker indicted on federal charges

Ex-US House Speaker Dennis Hastert who has been indicted on federal charges.

Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, was charged on Thursday with lying to the F.B.I. and structuring cash withdrawals to avoid bank reporting requirements. Mr. Hastert, 73, a longtime Republican leader who served as speaker from 1999 until 2007 and now works as a lobbyist in Washington, was providing money to an unnamed person in order to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct” against that person, according to a federal indictment issued by the United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. The indictment says that Mr. Hastert, who was once a high school teacher and wrestling coach in a small Illinois town, paid … Continue reading

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Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz dismisses Crown Prince

New Saudi King Salman has named new Crown Prince

  Saudis awoke Wednesday morning to what was arguably one of the largest royal shake-ups in their kingdom’s history. At 4 a.m. local time on April 29, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 79, issued a series of royal decrees that mapped out Saudi Arabia’s future, hastening the transition to the next generation of princes and cementing his direct descendants’ power for decades to come. The decrees reverberated far beyond the Saudi royal court: Businessmen rescheduled flights, and investors canceled meetings, scrambling to react to the news. “Of course, I can’t travel now,” one local media commentator said of his scratched plans. As part of the royal decrees, King Salman … Continue reading

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Osama bin Laden’s secret files exposed

Former Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden whose house in Pakistan provided American forces with a treasure trove.

Federal prosecutors have introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011 as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect in New York. Abid Naseer is alleged to have taken part in al Qaeda’s plotting in Europe and New York City. And U.S. attorneys argue that the documents are important for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s network and activities. The Long War Journal has obtained the bin Laden files introduced as government exhibits. One of the documents is a memorandum dated June 19, 2010 written by “Mahmoud,” the alias used by Atiyah Abd al Rahman, to Sheikh Abu Abdallah, a nom de guerre used by Osama … Continue reading

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US seeking to deport Bosnians over war crimes

U.S. marshals escort Azra Basic into the Federal Courthouse in Lexington on March 17, 2011 to appear on charges of committing war crimes against ethnic Serbs.

Immigration officials are moving to deport at least 150 Bosnians living in the United States who they believe took part in war crimes and “ethnic cleansing” during the bitter conflict that raged in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. In all, officials have identified about 300 immigrants who they believe concealed their involvement in wartime atrocities when they came to the United States as part of a wave of Bosnian war refugees fleeing the violence there. With more records from Bosnia becoming available, the officials said the number of suspects could eventually top 600. “The more we dig, the more documents we find,” said Michael MacQueen, an Immigration and Customs … Continue reading

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Tensions rise in Washington as ‘Bibi’ bypasses White House

There is no love lost between Israel

Tensions between the White House and Benjamin Netanyahu intensified Wednesday as top administration officials condemned the Israeli prime minister’s plan to address Congress next week, while Netanyahu accused six world powers, including the United States, of “giving up on their commitment” in negotiations to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The unusually public spat marked one of the lowest points in a relationship that has long bonded the two countries. Although the new round of recriminations reflected the frosty personal relations between President Obama and Netanyahu, it came at a critical juncture in multilateral talks designed to prevent Iran from using a civilian program to develop a nuclear weapon. … Continue reading

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Ukraine ceasefire holding as country’s currency collapses

A local woman is overcome with emotion as she looks at blood stains and damage around a wrecked truck of supporters of the self-proclaimed

Ukraine came under increasing economic pressure from a collapsing currency and a threat to its gas supplies from the Kremlin on Wednesday, just as a long-awaited ceasefire took hold in the east. As the truce appeared to be coming into force, the Ukrainian army reported no combat fatalities in the past 24 hours, but the news did nothing to halt a currency collapse that forced the central bank to ban most trading. In rebel-held eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists were withdrawing heavy guns from the front. Kiev said it was too early to do likewise, but its acknowledgement that most of the front was quiet suggested it too could implement a … Continue reading

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Was the NYPD involved in Malcom X’s assasination?

Black Nationalist leader and Nation of Islam spokesman Malcolm X in Oxford with Eric Abrahams, right, the Student Union president, before addressing university students on the subject of extremism and liberty, 3rd December 1964.  (Photo by Keystone/Hulton)

50 years ago today, Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of Black America, and of all Africans period, was gunned down in a crime still shrouded in mystery to this very day. Was the NYPD (New York Police Department) involved or did police know about the impending murder and let it happen? And were some reporters, including Jimmy Breslin, tipped off that something was about to go down? On February 21 1965, El- Hajj Malik El-Shabazz [otherwise known as] Malcolm X, was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. The official story is that Malcolm was killed because of his rift with the Nation of Islam and with the … Continue reading

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Ukraine ceasefire said to be holding – but only just

A pro-Russia militant stands at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine.

France and Germany believe the ceasefire in Ukraine is “generally” being observed, a statement from the French presidency says. But the countries’ leaders, who helped broker the truce, said some “local incidents” must be “quickly” resolved. Shelling has continued around the besieged town of Debaltseve. However, fighting in the area is reported to have lowered in intensity since the ceasefire began at midnight Saturday (22:00 GMT). Pro-Russian rebels had previously said they were entitled to fire in the town, as they believe the territory belongs to them. Meanwhile, a military spokesman said Ukrainian troops had come under fire 60 times in the hours after the truce came into force, AFP … Continue reading

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Obama and Cameron fail to see eye to eye on surveillance

British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President barack Obama addressing the world press at the East Room in the White House on Friday.

US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron struck different notes on surveillance powers after the president conceded that there is an important balance to be struck between monitoring terror suspects and protecting civil liberties. As Cameron warned the internet giants that they must do more to ensure they do not become platforms for terrorist communications, the US president said he welcomed the way in which civil liberties groups hold them to account by tapping them on the shoulder. Obama agreed with the prime minister that there could be no spaces on the internet for terrorists to communicate that could not be monitored by the intelligences agencies, subject … Continue reading

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