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Turkey says has action plan to ease market concerns; lira firms…

ISTANBUL ( ) – Turkey has drafted a economic action plan and will start implementing it on Monday morning to ease investor concerns, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Sunday, after the lira plunged to a new record low in early Asia Pacific trade.

In an interview with Hurriyet newspaper published online, Albayrak described the lira’s weakness as “an attack,” echoing President Tayyip Erdogan – who is his father-in-law – and sa,上海夜网Leanne,id the action plan was ready.

“From Monday morning onwards our institutions will take the necessary steps and will share the announcements with the market,” Albayrak said, without giving details on what the steps would be.

Albayrak also said a plan has been prepared for banks and the real economy sector, including small to mid-sized businesses which are most affected by the foreign exchange fluctuations. “We will be taking the necessary steps with our banks and banking watchdog in a speedy manner,” he said.

He has also dismissed any suggestions that Turkey might intervene in dollar-denominated bank accounts, saying any seizure or conversion of those deposits into lira was out of the question.

The lira TRYTOM=D3 plunged to a fresh record low of 7.24 against the dollar during in Asia Pacific trade, where markets were opening for Monday morning. It pared losses after Albayrak’s comments and stood at 6.8603 at 2136 GMT Sunday.

The currency has lost more than 45 percent of its value this year, largely over worries about Erdogan’s influence over the economy, his repeated calls for lower interest rates in the face of high inflation and worsening ties with the United States.

On Friday, the lira tumbled as much as 18 percent at one point, its biggest daily drop since 2001.

Earlier, Erdogan had stood by his opposition to high interest rates, saying they were an instrument of exploitation and that Turkey was not going to fall into this trap.

In the Hurriyet interview, Albayrak said budget policies were important to support and strengthen the central bank’s monetary policies. “We will be entering a strong period in terms of fiscal policies,” he said.

Turkey’s banking watchdog BBDK in a statement said it was limiting banks’ foreign exchange swap transactions.

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Iran arrests 67 people for suspected financial crimes

DUBAI ( ) – Iranian authorities have arrested 67 people in a drive against financial crime, the judiciary said on Sunday, as the country faces renewed U.S. sanctions and a public outcry agains,上海夜生活Barbara,t profiteering and corruption.

Special Islamic revolutionary courts were being set up to 爱上海try suspects quickly after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Saturday for “swift and just” legal action to confront an “economic war” by foreign enemies, state television quoted a judiciary spokesman as saying.

The rial currency has lost about half of its value since April over worries about the sanctions, with heavy demand for dollars among ordinary Iranians trying to protect their savings.

The cost of living has also soared, sparking sporadic demonstrations against profiteering and corruption, with many protesters chanting anti-government slogans.

“Sixty seven suspects have been arrested, some ,上海夜生活论坛Idris,of whom were released on bail, and more than 100 people including government employees and officials, as well as private employees and others have been given travel bans,” judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said in remarks carried by state television.

The central bank and the judiciary have blamed “enemies” for the fall of the currency and a rapid rise in the price of gold coins.

Those arrested included a former central bank deputy, and some faced charges carrying the death penalty, the judiciary said.

The judiciary has suggested that arch-foes the United States and Israel, as well as regional rival Saudi Arabia and government opponents living in exile, are fomenting the unrest and waging an economic war to destabilize Iran.

In May the United States pulled out of a 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which international sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

Washington this week reimposed sanctions on Iran’s purchase of U.S. dollars, its trade in gold and precious metals and its dealings with metals, coal and industrial-related software, and it is planning to impose heavier sanctions in November aimed at Iran’s oil sector.

Thousands rally to demand Romanian government resignation

BUCHAREST ( ) – Thousands of Romanians rallied for a third day running on Sunday against the Social Democrat government in anti-corruption protests, demanding Prime Minister Viorica Dancila step down.

The protests in Bucharest and in several other major cities were peaceful, in contrast to the first night of demonstrations on Friday when riot police fired tear gas and used water cano爱上海n on a huge rally in central Bucharest, with hundreds of people needing,上海夜生活论坛Leeza, medical attention.

About 15,000 people rallied in front of the government headquarters in the capital on Sunday, whistling, blowing vuvuzelas and shouting “Corruption kills! Resignation!”. They also chanted “Thieves, thieves,” waving Romanian, U.S., NATO and European Union flags.

Peaceful rallies have repeatedly been held since the Social Democrats took power in early 2017 and tried to decriminalize several graft offences.

Earlier this year, ruling party legislators pushed changes to the criminal code through parliament, drawing concern from the European Commission and U.S. State Department. The changes are being challenged in the Constitutional Court.

Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by the Supreme Court in June for incitement t,上海夜生活桑拿会所Becca,o abuse of office, a ruling which is not final as it is pending an appeal.

Protesting Nigerian troops fire into air at northeastern airport

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria ( ) – Nigerian troops staging a protest at the airport in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Sunday shot into the air for around four hours, soldiers and local people said.

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There were no reports of any injuries.

The soldiers were protesting their against redeployment to a restive part of the northeast to fight militants from the jihadist Boko Haram group, which for nine years has waged a bloody insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state in the region.

Discontent in some parts of the military is one of the challenges related to the insurgency faced by President Muhammadu Buhari months ahead of a February election he plans to contest in which security looks set to be a campaign issue.

The soldiers – who witnesses said were shooting for around four hours from 06:30 p.m. (1730 GMT) – said they were protesting against their redeployment from their base in Maiduguri, state capital of Borno, to Marte, a restive district in the state.

“We are angry and that is why we are shooting. Why are they taking us again to another place after spending about four years?” said a soldier, adding that they were previously told they would only fight insurgents for a maximum of three years.

A military spokesman could not immediately be r,上海夜生活论坛Gareth,eached for comment.

Henrietta Yakubu, a spokeswoman for the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said she was told the protest had ended. “The situation has normalized,” she said, adding that the protest had not forced the airport to shut down.

was unable to independently verify whether the protest had ended.

The unrest comes amid problems within the military’s ranks as the fight again爱上海st Boko Haram continues, despite the government having said since December 2015 that they had technically been defeated.

In July a fourth commander in 14 months was named to lead the fight against the militants after a number of embarrassing defeats. Last week at least 15 soldiers and an official from Nigeria’s disaster agency were killed by suspected militants.

Senate panel plans to make losers pay for frivolous patent lawsuits

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. senators seeking to curb frivolous patent litigation plan to add a “loser pays” amendment into a bill that many believe has a good chance of becoming law, a leading lawmaker said on Thursday.

The change would require parties that lose lawsuits to cover winners’ legal bills, and is expected to deter prolonged, frivolous and vexatious litigation. Such measures have been pushed by big technology companies such as Google Inc and Apple Inc.

Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a committee meeting on Thursday that he and other senators planned to amend a bill introduced in November to “send a strong上海419论坛 signal that patent trolls who pursue lawsuits with no reasonable basis should pay reasonable attorneys fees.”

Companies that buy up large numbers of patents to extract licensing fees or damages for infringement are often called pate,上海夜生活论坛Samara,nt trolls or patent assertion entities by critics.

The bill also would require patent holders to disclose ownership and allow manufacturers to step into lawsuits to protect customers accused of using an infringing device.

Some retailers, coffee shops and other low-tech companies that offer free wi-fi to customers say they have been threatened with lawsuits unless they paid licensing fees for using routers that allegedly infringe certain patents.

“I think we can do this (pass a bill). I do think we need time to do it,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said on Thursday. “I think we are united on the troll. The troll must go.”

She noted that companies of all sizes in California have been hurt by patent fights. But she and some senators also cautioned in a discussion that any legislation should ensure that companies whose legitimate innovations have been stolen can still sue for ,上海夜网Kashton,infringement.

The Senate measure is similar to a measure overwhelmingly passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 5.

The White House supports the legislation.

Mali votes in run-off amid heavy security to counter militant threat

BAMAKO ( ) – Malians voted in a run-off presidential election on Sunday but observers reported that turnout was low, with several polling stations coming under attack from armed men and one election official killed.

Thousands of soldiers were mobilised to provide security following an inconclusive first round last month that was marred by militant attacks and opposition accusations of fraud.

The Mali Citizen Observation Pool (POCIM) said there had been a “persistent climate of tension in some polling centers in Segou, Bamako and several other localities” in the run-off.

Despite problems, the election had generally being conducted well, European Union observers said in preliminary comments.

In the worst incident, armed men killed the chairman of the electoral office in Arkodia village in Niafunke region in northern Mali, an army spokesman said, confirming observers’ reports.

Incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, 73, is expected to win a second term even though he has been unable to stem a surge in ethnic and militant violence.

However opposition challenger Soumalia Cisse, 68, a former finance minister, said he was confident of victory but also accused the government camp of trying to stuff ballot boxes.

Mali is high on the list of Western powers’ security concerns, and a respectable election is important in the effort to restore stability to the vast West African nation.

Militants, some linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, have regrouped since French troops pushed them back in 2013 from areas they had seized in the north.

They are now expanding their influence again across the desert north and into the fertile centre of the country. Former colonial ruler France and the United States have deployed troops across West Africa to combat the threat.

Mali is also a major transit route for ,上海夜网Beckham,illegal migrants trying to reach Europe, a concern in European Union capitals.

For Malians the election is about securing peace but also alleviating hardship and poverty.

Soldiers searched voters in the capital Bamako as they waited in line under rainy skies to cast their ballots.

“I voted without problem. I came to fulfil my duty as a citizen,” said Dramane Camara, 31, at a polling station in a school in Bamako. “I expect the new president to solve the problem of the north, which is peace. Because the return of peace means the return of NGOs, investors, so creating jobs.”

After polls had closed at 6 p.m. local time, POCIM estimated the total turnout at 22 percent. That included 19 percent in Mopti, 35 percent in Timbuktu and 24 percent in th爱上海419e capital.

Two polling stations were set on fire in Douentza district, and electoral agents were threatened, it said.

Voting was halted in Sendegue and Takoutala, two villages in Mopti region, after armed men chased away electoral agents.

“In general, there have been problems with a lack of ballot papers, poor quality ink, and a failure to display voters lists in front of the polling stations,” POCIM said in a statement.

SECURITY STEPPED UP

The first round on July 29 was marred by armed attacks and other security incidents at about a fifth of polling places.

The government stepped up security for the run-off, putting 6,000 troops on the streets on top of 30,000 already on duty.

The head of the European Union observer mission, Italian politician Cecile Kyenge, said that apart from the killing in Niafunke, the election appeared to have taken place without major incidents. But, she said, the EU had no observers in Timbuktu, Mopti and Kidal – areas where violence has been rife.

Keita urged people not to respond to any provocation as he voted in Bamako. “I pledge that all the difficulties we faced are now behind us,” he told cheering supporters.

Keita – known as IBK – took 41 percent of the vote in the first round against nearly 18 percent for Cisse.

Results from the first round took five days to emerge and authorities have not said when they expect the run-off result to be announced.

Cisse, who lost against Keita in 2013, said he was confident of victory when he voted in his homet,上海夜生活Tallulah,own Niafunke. “We travelled across the whole country and we found an extremely strong desire for change everywhere,” he said.

Cisse also accused the other side of cheating, saying in Bamako they had found people before the vote who already had ballot papers.

Cisse, who blames Keita for the worsening violence and accuses his government of rampant corruption, also alleged fraud in the first round but the constitutional court upheld the result.

Pope tells Obama of concern for ‘religious freedom’ in U.S

VATICAN CITY ( ) – Pope Francis and Vatican officials on Thursday told U.S. President Barack Obama they were concerned about “religious freedom” in the United States, an apparent reference to the contraception mandate in Obama’s health care plan.

Obama held nearly an hour of private talks with the pope and then the president and Secretary of State John Kerry held separate talks with,上海夜生活论坛Tate, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and other diplomats.

The talks included “discussion on questions of particular relevance for the Church” in the United States, including “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection,” a Vatican statement said.

Obama’s 2010 healthcare law, widely opposed by Republicans, includes a prov上海419论坛ision that requires employers to cover the cost of contraception in their health insurance plans.

Catholic and other religious groups say the mandate forces them to support contraception and sterilization in violation of their religious beliefs or face steep fines.

The so-called contraception mandate has been the subject of more than 100 lawsuits across the United States.

Just this week the U.S. Supreme Court signaled it may allow corporations to mount religious objections to government action, possibly paving the way for companies to avoid covering employees’ birth control as required under Obamacare.

During a 90-minute oral argument on Tuesday, the nine Supreme Court justices appeared ready to rule that certain for-profit entities have the same religious rights to object as individuals do.

There is an exception for religious institutions such as houses of worship that mainly serve and employ members of their own faith, but not schools, hospitals and charitable organizations employing people of all faiths.

The reference t,上海夜网Danica,o “life” was reference to the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion. Obama supports abortion rights.

The subject was raised when Obama met then-pope Benedict in 2009, when the president promised to do everything he could to reduce the number of abortions.

Arrested and killed: inside the Bangladesh prime minister’s war on…

DHAKA ( ) – Bangladesh police arrested Riazul Islam as he was walking home from his in-laws’ house. At 3:15 a.m., he was shot dead in a sandy field beside a set of railroad tracks north of Dhaka.

Police say he was killed in a gunfight with other drug dealers, and they recovered 20 kg of marijuana from the site. His parents say the officers extorted money from them and then killed him.

“I knew my son was in police custody. All of a sudden my son was dead. I couldn’t believe it. The police took money and they still killed him,” said his mother, Rina Begum.

Bangladesh is the newest frontline in state-backed drug crackdowns in Asia, and Islam is one of more than 200 people shot dead by police in Bangladesh since May, when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the campaign.

Critics say the crackdown reflects Hasina’s increasingly authoritarian rule ahead of a general election, due by December. That was also shown in its response to recent student demonstrations over road traffic deaths, including the use of rubber bullets and the arrest of a prominent photographer.

Hasina emphasized that the police and intelligence agencies would now tackle the drug problem in the same tough way they had countered violent extremism in recent years.

Such campaigns can be popular with voters as has been shown by President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war in the Philippines.

Hasina’s office did not respond to questions about whether the drugs campaign was a populist ploy.

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The bodies appeared rapidly after Hasina’s pronouncement. And, just like the Philippines, the killings a,上海夜生活论坛Nat,ppeared to follow a script: suspects  died in “gunfights”, typically at night, and weapons and drugs were found nearby.

In more than a third of the 211 killings recorded by Dhaka-based human rights group Odhikar since mid-May, the suspects were arrested before they were killed.

The police are overseen by Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, who denied the police were executing suspects.

“Our law enforcement people don’t kill, they don’t execute anyone. It is impossible. If they do so they will be fired at that moment,” he told . “It is not a lawless country.”

After Islam was arrested, according to the police report, officers took the “top terror” of the neighborhood to the field beside the railroad tracks to draw in and arrest other drug dealers. The other dealers “sensed” the officers’ presence and began firing randomly, and “to save life and government property”, the officers fired back.

“Roni [Islam] was shot and fell down. He died on the spot,” according to the report, which said two officers were wounded.

Islam’s autopsy report, read to by a hospital official, noted that a single bullet entered his head near his left ear and exited near his right. Each of the two officers were treated for small areas of tenderness and swelling on one of their hands, according to records at another hospital.

None of the six witnesses in the police report saw Islam die, they told .

One of the six, handyman Mohammad Bappy, who lives at the edge of the field where Islam was shot, snapped photos of Islam’s dead body. One of the pictures shows blood on the ground beneath Islam’s head.

“There was no gun,” he said. “If there had been a gunfight we would have heard lots of firing from two sides. That didn’t happen.”

Kamal Hossain, the officer in charge of the operation, said drug use leads to crime and arrests don’t work.

“They come out on bail and they do the same thing, selling and using drugs,” he said. “Every drug dealer should be killed. Then drugs can be controlled.”

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The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh and the European Union have all expressed concern about the killings of drug suspects in Bangladesh.

After a government official in the southern city of Teknaf was gunned down by Rapid Action Battalion police in May, the state-funded National Human Rights Commission sent a letter to the mini,上海夜生活桑拿会所Benji,stry in charge of the police to remind it of human rights.

But Hasina pressed on.

“Drugs destroy a country, a nation and a family,” she told parliament in June. “We will continue the drive, no matter who says what.”

Most of the killings took place in May, when there were 129 as the campaign began, but then dropped to 38 in June before picking up to 44 in July.

Drugs have long been a concern for the Bangladesh government, which bans consumption of alcohol by Muslims, who make up the vast majority of the population.

But it’s not clear how much drug use has grown or even how many people use drugs. Asked for figures, Bangladesh’s narcotics deputy intelligence chief said there were none.

“We have no government statistics or non-government statistics about users,” Nazrul Islam Sikder said, adding: “But we guess 7 to 8 million.”

Drug seizures data from the Department of Narcotics Control suggests the drug trade has grown, but much of the increase happened three years ago, long before Hasina launched the crackdown. The data shows a dramatic increase in methamphetamine or “yaba” pill seizures beginning in 2015.

No one believes the official accounts of the killings, said Rashid Alam, a 50-year-old manager of a garment factory near the field where Islam was shot, but he is more concerned about the scourge of drugs use for communities.

“We understand he is a drug dealer and the police shot him,” he said. “That kind of death is okay. Good job, really.”

Critics of Hasina say the crackdown is meant to show voters she is responding to popular concerns and to strike fear in political opponents ahead of the election. According to media reports, some of those killed were activists of the opposition Bangladesh National Party.

For Ashrafuzzaman Zaman, liaison officer of the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission, the politics of the drug crackdown are clear.

“You kill 200 people and you make 150 million afraid: today or tomorrow you can also be one of them. That is the message the government is giving to the people,” he said.

Hasina’s office did not respond to the allegations from her critics.

But Home Minister Khan denied the campaign was a cover to target opposition politicians, and said no drug offender is treated differently from another.

“His identity is only as a criminal,” he said. “Even if he has a link with the ruling party, he will not be spared.”   

Alabama candidate takes shot, literally, at Obamacare in ad

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama ( ) – A congressional candidate in Alabama is taking aim – literally – at the federal statute known as Obamacare in a new campaign advertisement in which he fires rounds from several weapons into a paper copy of the healthcare reform law.

Will Brooke, a Birmingham businessman, is one of seven Republican candidates seeking to replace U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus, who is retiring.

In the video, released on Wednesday, Brooke loads a thick stack of papers into a target and then fires multiple rounds from a pistol, rifle and AR-15 assault rifle at it. None of the bullets manage to destroy the copy of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic President Barack Obama上海419论坛’s signature healthcare law.

“Well we had some fun and knocked some holes in it, but we didn’t quite get the job done,” Brooke said in the ad. “Looks like we’ll have to resort to more extreme measures to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with a market-based solution.”

The candidate then loads the stack into a wood chipper to shred the pages in the video’s final scene.

Brooke hopes to get some attention by having fun with a serious subje,上海夜生活桑拿会所Octavia,ct, he said in a statement, vowing to fight the law that he said has caused insurance,上海夜生活Penelope, premiums in Alabama to rise and resulted in thousands of residents losing their health coverage.

The Alabama Democratic Party did not respond immediately to calls for comment on the ad.

Factbox: Japanese Emperor Akihito remade monarchy’s image

TOKYO ( ) – Emperor Akihito, 84, spent much of his three decades on the throne seeking to soothe the wounds of war, reaching out to the those in need, and remaking the image of the imperial family into a “middle-class” monarchy.

Akihito will step down in favor of Crown Prince Naruhito on April 30, 2019, the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in nearly two centuries. Below are some key facts about t,上海夜网Carl,he emperor.

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Akihito’s father, Hirohito, was considered a “living god” until he renounced his divinity after Japan’s defeat in World War Two, beginning a makeover of the monarchy into a democratic symbol.

Akihito, 11 when the war ended, expanded on that new image. His 1959 marriage to Michiko Shoda, the daughter of a wealthy industrialist, was the first by an emperor to a commoner, and they worked to draw the imperial family closer to the people.

All three of their children went to university and married commoners, and the public was informed when Akihito was d,上海夜生活桑拿会所Nancy,iagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002, a sharp contrast to the secrecy around Emperor Hirohito’s fatal illness, revealed after his death to be intestinal cancer.

IMPERIAL RULES

Still, Akihito lives with constraints.

His public comments are carefully vetted and negotiated to ensure they do not interfere with Japanese politics.

Unlike ordinary Japanese, the emperor and other royals have no surname. Akihito has a driver’s license, but only drives inside palace grounds. He has no passport and cannot vote or live outside imperial property, because the royal family is not included in Japan’s family register system.

Akihito took the unusual step of giving a televised addres上海419论坛s in August 2016 to convey his concerns that age and health problems would make him unable to carry out his duties.

But because of the ban on imperial political statements, he could only hint at his desire to abdicate and the government had to enact a special law to allow him to do so.