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Mozambique police name “ringleaders” behind Islamist threat

MAPUTO ( ) – Mozambique’s security forces have identified six men they regard as the ringleaders of a nascent Islamist insurgency that has killed over 100 people in the north, and called on local people to help capture them, news agency Lusa reported on Monday.

Bernard,上海夜网Tansy,ino Rafael, chief of police, said Abdul Faizal, Abdul Remane, Abdul Raim, Nuno Remane, Ibn Omar and a sixth known only as Salimo, were leading attacks in Cabo Delgado – a poor province on the border with Tanzania where companies are developing one of the biggest gas finds in a decade.

The names are the first clear sign that authorities have detailed information about the people behin爱上海419d the attacks that began last October and have grown into the potential beginnings of an Islamist threat. Previously, authorities would only say that attacks had been carried out by “unknowns.”  

The move also comes as security sources say Mozambican forces are carrying out a series of large offensives to try and fatally weaken the insurgency.

“We regard these as the ringleaders,” Rafael said during a visit to Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado. The comments were,上海夜生活Redmon, aired on national radio, according to Lusa.

“We ask anyone that has any possible information that could lead to the capture of these names we’ve indicated to contact the Police of the Republic of Mozambique,” he added.

The group behind the attacks goes by the name Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama, or “followers of the prophetic tradition.”

Its aim is to impose a radical form of Islam as an antidote to what it regards as corrupt, elitist rule that has broadened gaping inequality. Its activities have drawn comparisons with the start of Boko Haram in Nigeria.

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Mnangagwa urges Zimbabweans to move on after post-election unrest

HARARE ( ) – President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday said Zimbabweans should now unite to rebuild the economy and put behind them the election period that saw six pe爱上海ople being killed after the army stepped in to quell post-election protests this month.

In his first national address since being declared winner in a disputed presidential vote, Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe had showed the world it could hold a free and peaceful vote but blamed the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) for violence that followed.

“It is now time to put the election period behind us and embrace the future,” Mnangagwa said during Heroes Day commemorations in the capital Harare.

“We should never be deterred by temporary setbacks or regrettable events which we encounter in our cause to build an open, free and democ,上海夜生活论坛Quinby,ratic, prosperous Zimbabwe.”

The July 30 election, the first since Robert Mugabe was forced to resign after a coup last November, was cast as a watershed vote that could pull a pariah state back into the international fold and spark an economic revival.

But the violence that erupted after Mnangagwa’s ruling ZANU-PF party won the national elections and the heavy-handed army response was another reminder that Zimbabwean society remains deeply divided even after Mugabe’s ne,上海夜生活桑拿会所Fielding,ar four decades rule.

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa and Mnangagwa’s main rival who has challenged the election result at the Constitutional Court said in a message to mark Heroes Day that Zimbabwe was a broken and divided nation that needed healing and reconciliation.

The vote, he said, had been held in a “scandalous” way.

“We must resolutely do everything in our power under our constitution to say ‘No’ to fraud and repression either in our electoral politics or justice system,” Chamisa said.

ZANU-PF legal secretary Paul Mangwana said lawyers would respond to Chamisa’s case by Wednesday.

The Constitutional Court, whose decision is final, can uphold the result, declare a new winner, order a fresh election within 60 days or make any other ruling it deems fit.

The court must rule within 14 days of an election challenge being lodged. The days do not include weekends and public holidays according to the court rules.

India vows justice as many Muslims fear being left off citizen list

NEW DELHI ( ) – India said on Sunday people whose names are missing from a list of citizens to be issued by a border state this month will not be detained, amid concerns that Muslims will be targeted under the guise of de,上海夜生活Ramsey,tecting illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

“We will ensure that every individual gets justice and is treated in a humane manner. All individuals will have sufficient opportunity for all remedies available under the law,” Rajnath Singh, India’s interior minister, said in a statement.

“Any person who is not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections can appeal in the Foreigner’s Tribunal. Thus, there is no question of anyone being put in a detention center after the publication of NRC (national register of citizens).”

For an update of the NRC to be made public on July 30, all residents of Assam state in the northeast have had to show documents proving they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971, to be recognized as Indian citizens.

The exercise has created panic among many Muslims in Assam because Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party, which came to power in the state for the first time in 2016, vowed during the election campaign to act against illegal Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh.

Rights activists say the drive is also targeting Muslims who are Indian citizens, a charge the government denies.

Singh also said Assam had been asked to step up security so no one was harassed in the name of citizenship, and that there was no reason for panic.

Citizenship and illegal migration are volatile issues in tea-growing and oil-rich Assam, home to more than 32 million people, about a third of whom are Muslims.

Hundreds of people were killed in the 1980s in a violent protest by a native Assamese group.

Hundreds of thousands of people fled to India from Muslim-majority Bangla,上海夜生活桑拿会所Eliana,desh after it declared independence from Pakistan in 1971, setting off a nine-month civil war. Most of them settled in Assam and the neighboring state of West Bengal, where there are similar demands to send back illegal Muslim immigrants.

The migrants include many Hindus, but Modi’s government has said they can apply for Indian citizenship爱上海.

New Boston mayor promises to focus on crime, schools

BOSTON ( ) – Boston’s first new mayor in 20 years, former state representative Martin Walsh, vowed on Monday to focus on cutting the city’s violent-crime rates and improving its school system.

The former teacher addressed the challenges of two big appointments that he will make after being sworn in as Boston’s 54th mayor – the city’s next police commissioner and school superintenden爱上海419t.

“No parent should worry that a bullet will stop a da,上海夜生活论坛Indus,ughter or son from coming home,” said Walsh, who succeeds Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston’s long history. “We must find a way to provide our families and our communities with the help they need when they need it.”

Boston’s last police commissioner, Ed Davis, who rose to national prominence for his calm leadership following the April 15 bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, stepped aside last year to make room for Menino’s successor to pick a new leader.

There were 40 murders in New England’s largest city last year, the lowest in a decade, but that figure was still “40 grieving mothers too many,” Walsh said.

Walsh, whose campaign focused on education, said he aimed to close the so-called achievement gap between low- and high-income students by expanding pre-school offerings, and to boost career-focused and technical traini,上海夜网Harmony,ng available at the city’s high schools.

“These things cost money – but we must find a way,” he said at Boston College, his alma mater, adding that he would begin a review of the city’s spending on schools to ensure “it is being spent most effectively and efficiently.”

Walsh, a former alcoholic who overcame cancer as a child, said he would reform licensing laws to smooth the way for the opening of new businesses and review the services provided to seniors and disabled residents of city-owned housing units.

Court sends former Hong Kong leader back to jail with reduced sentence

HONG KONG ( ) – Former Hong Kong lead,上海夜生活Lance,er Donald Tsang was sent back to jail on Friday following the dismissal of an appeal against a conviction for misconduct in public office, but with his sentence reduced from 20 months to 12 months.

The unanimous decision by the three Court of Appeal judges means that Tsang, 73, previously released on bail after serving about two months, would have to return to jail.

Tsang’s lawyer immediately indicated he intended to file an appeal and attempted to apply for bail, but the judge advised him to read the judgment before doing anything.

Tsang, Hong Kong’s second leader since the city’s 1997 handover from British to Chinese rule, was the territory’s most senior official to fall foul of the law.

He was jailed in February on a charge of misconduct in public office for failing to declare certain dealings with a business tycoon.

The sentence brought an ignominious end to what had been a stellar career for Tsang spanning more than four decades.

Tsang, kno爱上海419wn for his love of bow ties, received a knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. He was respected for pus,上海夜生活论坛Gabrielle,hing political reforms and helping to stave off speculative attacks on the Hong Kong dollar during the 2008 financial crisis.

Tsang’s offense took place just before he retired in 2012, when reports began surfacing of his lavish trips, sometimes by private jet and on luxury yachts, with wealthy businessmen.

The misconduct charge centered on how Tsang had deliberately concealed private rental negotiations with a property tycoon, Bill Wong, while his cabinet discussed and approved a digital broadcasting license for a now defunct radio company, Wave Media, in which Wong was a major shareholder.

While the judges decided to trim eight months from Tsang’s original sentence, they still considered his actions to have undermined the Hong Kong government’s reputation.

“The applicant’s misconduct was in our view particularly serious given his pre-eminent position in the community and the harm his actions will have engendered among the people of Hong Kong in their confidence in the way the government does its business, in the officials who are trusted to oversee the integrity of the system and, ultimately, in the decisions themselves,” the judgment said.

“To this day, there has never been a proper explanation as to why the applicant did what he did, and the question-marks over his actions and integrity will inevitably and regrettably remain as a judgment of his time as Chief Executive.”

Tsang’s wife, Selina Tsang, said after the verdict she felt “very disappointed” and did not take reporters’ questions.

Two veteran opposition politicians, Albert Ho and Lee Wing-tat, also showed support for Tsang in court on Friday.

Iran dismisses angry Trump warning against threatening U.S.

WASHINGTON/ANKARA ( ) – Iran on Monday dismissed an angry warning from U.S. President Donald Trump that Tehran risked dire consequences “the like of which few throughout history have suffered before” if it made threats against the United States.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at Trump’s warning, which the U.S. leader delivered written in capital letters in a late-night tweet.

“COLOR US UNIMPRESSED: The world heard even harsher bluster a few months ago. And Iranians have heard them – albeit more civilized ones – for 40 yrs. We’ve been around for millennia & seen fall of empires, incl our own, which lasted more than the life of some countries,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.

“BE CAUTIOUS!” he wrote in capital letters, echoing exact words from Trump.

Iran has been under increasing U.S. pressure and possible sanctions since Trump’s decision in May to withdraw the United States from a 2015 agreement between world powers and Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

Bitter foes since Iran’s 1979 revolution, Washington and Tehran have cranked up talk of war in recent days.

The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups.

Despite the heightened rhetoric, both sides have reasons to want to avoid starting a conflict.

Trump’s words appeared to be in response to Iranian President爱上海419 Hassan Rouhani saying that hostile policies toward Tehran could lead to “the mother of all wars.”

In his tweet directed at Rouhani, Trump wrote: “Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before. We are no longer a country that will stand for your demented words of violence & death. Be cautious!”

Rouhani had told a gathering of Iranian diplomats on Sunday: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret.”

“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” said Rouhani, quoted by the state news agency IRNA.

U.S. Treasury official urges Senate action on tax treaties

WASHINGTON ( ) – A U.S. Treasury official on Thursday called on the Senate to ratify five tax treaties the United States has signed with other nations but that have languished without a vote since 2011. 上海龙凤419

Though tax treaties previously have routinely won Senate approval, they have recently fallen victim to partisan gridlock despite a corporate lobbying effort to get them ratified.

Treaties with Chile, Hungary, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development are pending before the Senate, Mark Mazur, assistant secretary for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, told a conference.

The United States has tax treaties with more than 60 countries, ranging from China to Kyrgyzstan. Their main purpose is to prevent double-taxation of income and profits.,上海夜生活Maeve,

Mazur urged senators to vote on the pending treaties as a way to boost U.S. economic growth.

“The Senate h,上海夜生活论坛Camden,as gone three years without ratifying any tax treaties,” he said. “This backlog is really starting to cause problems. It makes it harder for us to negotiate subsequent ones when you already have a bunch in the queue.”

The Treasury has negotiated treaties with Poland, Spain and Japan that it expects to send to the Senate soon, Mazur said.

The tax treaties have been prevented from coming to a vote in the Senate by Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement.

Citing privacy concerns about Americans’ tax data, Paul has single-handedly blocked Senate action on the treaties. Under Senate rules, one senator can prevent a motion from reaching a vote on the chamber’s floor.

A spokeswoman for Paul could not be immediately reached on Thursday.

On the sidelines of the conference, Mazur declined to answer questions about Paul’s hold on the treaties. “We keep pressing the committees, their relevant staff and members,” Mazur said.

Rival warplane projects underline Europe’s divisions

FARNBOROUGH, England ( ) – Britain’s showy launch of a new fighter jet project at this week’爱上海s Farnborough Airshow has laid bare political tensions that are threatening to tear Europe apart and deepened scepticism about the future of European defense cooperation.

The new UK program – launched with 2 billion pounds ($2.6 billion) of seed money just nine months before Britain leaves the European Union – rivals a Franco-German project begun over a year ago that has yet to be funded.

France had hoped to work with Britain on the project, bringing together Europe’s two biggest military powers, but turned to Germany after failing to make progress on a Franco-British drone program.

This had got caught up in B,上海夜网Lars,ritain’s political turmoil, with the government not only at odds with the EU over their future relationship – casting doubt over defense and security cooperation – but also at war with itself. The junior minister responsible for defense procurement became the latest government official to resign this week over Brexit negotiating strategy.

Impatient industry executives say Europe must move quickly, setting aside national employment interests and political divisions, or risk losing out in a global market to bigger players led by the United States, or even China in the future.

“What we want is new developments, new programs,” Eric Trappier, head of France’s Dassault Aviation told . “Whether we do it with the Germans or … the British, we need facts.”

Dassault and Airbus are leading the Franco-German program, while the UK project will be run by BAE Systems, Italy’s Leonardo, engine maker Rolls-Royce and missile maker MBDA.

Industry executives say the two projects could merge after Brexit, but Britain may also forge new alliances, perhaps with Sweden’s Saab, maker of the Gripen fighter jet.

It may also look to Boeing, which lost out to Lockheed Martin on the U.S. F-35 warplane contract in 2001, and has since teamed up with Saab and Brazil’s Embraer , said Richard Aboulafia, vice president at Teal Group, a defense and aerospace analysis group.

Boeing’s defense chief Leanne Caret said her company would be “thrilled to be part of that journey”, but Britain and its partners must first determine their requirements.

Given the huge investment required, Leonardo’s chief strategy officer, Giovanni Soccodato said Europe must share out work on sensors, airframe and other parts, instead of building whole jets in four different countries, as done by the Eurofighter, Europe’s last big fighter development program.

“The only way to survive and be economically viable … is to cooperate and do programs jointly,” he told . “It’s a schizophrenic approach to be pushing for European defense cooperation, but not wanting to give up national capabilities.”

European states have historically opted to safeguard high-paying jobs and national security capabilities, resulting in overcapacity in several markets, including fighter jets.

France, for instance, was initially part of the Eurofighter project in the 1980s, but dropped out to build its own rival Rafale warplane. Its industrial demands make it “inconceivable” that the two rival programs could be joined, said Aboulafia.

However, competitive pressures should force a more pragmatic outcome this time, Airbus Defence chief Dirk Hoke told . “We cannot afford to continue this fragmentation,” he said.

MASSIVE COST

Industry executives familiar with the development of the F-35 – the world’s most advanced warplane – caution that European states face a massive bill and extensive technological difficulties to develop a rival aircraft.

“The United States spent about $50 billion to develop the F-35,” said former chief Pentagon arms buyer Frank Kendall. “Even if you discount the fact it was three different models, that’s an enormous barrier to entry for anybody else.”

The British defense ministry earmarked on Monday 2 billion pounds in public funds for the project up to 2025, but is seeking international partners to help foot the larger bill.

To help make the pitch, UK officials gave military officers from allied countries a preview of a mockup of the new aircraft at t,上海夜生活桑拿会所Iona,he Royal International Air Tattoo, the world’s largest military air show, days before its public unveiling.

Britain is already in talks with Sweden and Japan, among others, but analysts say the likes of South Korea and Turkey, or arms-buying Gulf nations such as Saudi Arabia, could be options.

The best choice, given China’s growing might and Russia’s increased military ambitions, would be for Europe to join forces with the United States, said Morten Brandtzaeg, president and chief executive of Norway’s Nammo AS aerospace group.

“Europe and the United States together are just a little bit more than one-tenth of the world’s population. For the Western world, we need to share technology. Then we would have the economies of scale to meet these new growing economies.”

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Former Catalan leader Puigdemont to return to Belgium

BERLIN ( ) – Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, facing charges of rebellion in Spain, said on Wednesday he would return to Belgium from Germany and continue to campaign for the region’s secession.

Spain’s Supreme Court dropped a European arrest warrant for Puigdemont last week after Germany refused to extradite him for declaring the northeastern region’s independence last year, an act that Madrid ruled was illegal.

Puigdemont said he would return to Brussels with his family on Saturday.

“Everyone knows that this is no longer an internal Spanish affair,” he told a news conference in Berlin, adding that the independence campaign he would continue to pursue from Belgium had taken on a European aspect.

Spain’s withdrawal of the arrest warrant offered a clear illustration of the difficulties the country has had trying to persuade its EU partners to cooperate with its attempts to bring former members of Catalonia’s regional government to trial over the secessionist campaign.

Authorities in Ma上海龙凤419drid removed the government from office in response to the independence declaration, which followed a banned referendum on a split from Spain held in October.

Puigdemont was in Berlin awaiting an extradition order after German authorities arrested him in March at a petrol station in the northern German region of Schleswig-Holstein as he was returning to Belgium after a journey to Finland.

Six members of Puigdemont’s former cabinet are now in jail facing rebellion charges, while he and several others are scattered across Europe from Scotland to Switzerland, where they so far have successfully avoided Spanish efforts to have them sent home.

A German court ruled a week ago that Puigdemont, 55, could be extradited to Spain to face a separate charge for misuse of public funds, but not for the rebellion charge.,上海夜生活Sanford, Under European law, that means Spain would have been barred from trying him on the more serious charge if the extradition were to proceed.

The Spanish court rejected that proposal, lifting the arrest warrant altogether.

The charges against Puigdemont and the five other former Catalan leaders in self-imposed exile,上海夜生活桑拿会所Halsey, remain in place despite the lifting of the European warrants, meaning they would be arrested if they returned to Spain.