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Indicted California state senator ends Secretary of State campaign

SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – A prominent state senator withdrew from a race for California Secretary of State on Thursday, a day after he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with corruption and conspiring to import and traffic firearms, his attorney said.

Democratic state Senator Leland Yee said he would end his campaign to become California’s chief elections officer in a letter submitted to Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s office on Thursday, his attorney Paul DeMeester told reporters.

A former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, Yee had been considered a strong candidate for the seat, but now risks becoming the first California state senator ever suspended.

“This was a very personal decision on the part of the senator,” DeMeester told a news conference. “This is what he wanted to do in relation to that election for office given the circumstances of the federal case.”

Prosecutors criminally charged Yee, a child psychologist, in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms and six corruption counts. He was released on $500,000 bond.

Calls to Yee’s office were not returned on Thursday. DeMeester declined to speak about the case.

Yee’s arrest deals a blow to California Democrats, whose two-thirds majority in the state Senate was eroded when fellow senators Ron Calderon, indicted on corruption charges, and Rod Wright, found guilty of voter fraud, took paid leaves of absence earlier this year.

Democrats control large majorities in both houses of the state legislature and all statewide offices, but having a third senator under a cloud could seriously undermine the party’s ability to push key projects in an electio爱上海n year.

In the probe that led to Yee’s arrest, federal authorities also arrested Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, alleged to be the head of a Chinese organized crime syndicate, and two dozen other people, prosecutors said.

A criminal complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of California says that Yee, in exchange for campaign contributions, did favors for an undercover FBI agent.

He offered to facilitate a meeting between an undercover agent and an arms dealer, and discussed the types of weapons the undercover agent might need, the complaint said.

California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg has called for Yee’s resignation and could move to suspend him as soon Friday, sa,上海夜生活桑拿会所Garrett,id his spokesman Mark Hedlund.

The senate has never suspended a member, said Bernadette McNulty of the Office of the Secretary of the Senate. If suspended, Yee would still receive pay, likely until his term ends, but would not perform his legislative duties.

Other federal and state lawmakers have called for Yee to resign or be suspended from the sate senate.

“The allegations against Senator Yee are shocking,” U.S. Senator Dianne Fein,上海夜网Pat,stein, a Democrat from California, said in a statement. “It has become clear he has lost the confidence of his colleagues and for the good of his constituents should step down.”

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U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs…

(This version of Aug. 10 story corrects name of expert in paragraph 12, fixes typographical error in paragraph 3)

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA ( ) – A United Nations human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.”

Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uighurs and Muslim minorities were forced into “political camps for indoctrination” in the western Xinjiang autonomous region.

“We are deeply concerned at the many numerous and credible reports that we have received that in the name of combating religious extremism and maintaining social stability (China) has changed the Uighur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy, a sort of ‘no rights zone’,” she told the start of a two-day regular review of China’s record, including Hong Kong and Macao.

China has said that Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tensions b上海419论坛etween the mostly Muslim Uighur minority who call the region home and the ethnic Han Chinese majority.

A Chinese ,上海夜网Tanner,delegation of some 50 officials made no comment on her remarks at the Geneva session that is scheduled to continue on Monday.

The U.S. mission to the United Nations said on Twitter that it was “deeply troubled by reports of an ongoing crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslims in China.”

“We call on China to end their counterproductive policies and free all of those who have been arbitrarily detained,” the U.S. mission said.

The allegations came from multiple sources, including activist group Chinese Human Rights Defenders, which said in a report last month that 21 percent of all arrests recorded in China in 2017 were in Xinjiang.

Earlier, Yu Jianhua, China’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said it was working toward equality and solidarity among all ethnic groups.

But McDougall said that members of the Uighur community and other Muslims were being treat,上海夜生活论坛Penelope,ed as “enemies of the state” solely on the basis of their ethno-religious identity.

More than 100 Uighur students who returned to China from countries including Egypt and Turkey had been detained, with some dying in custody, she said.

Yemhelhe Mint Mohamed, a panel member, referred to “arbitrary and mass detention of almost 1 million Uighurs” and asked the Chinese delegation, “What is the level of religious freedom available now to Uighurs in China, what legal protection exists for them to practice their religion?”

Panelists also raised reports of mistreatment of Tibetans in the autonomous region, including inadequate use of the Tibetan language in the classroom and at court proceedings.

“The U.N. body maintained its integrity, the government got a very clear message,” Golok Jigme, a Tibetan monk and former prisoner living in exile, told at the meeting.

U.S. ambassador urges Britain to ditch support for Iran nuclear deal

LONDON ( ) – The United States urged Britain on Sunday to ditch its support for a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and instead join forces with Washington to counter the global threat it says Tehran poses.

Despite opposition from European allies, U.S. President Trump in May pulled the Un,上海夜网Cameron,ited States out of a deal between world powers and Tehran under which international sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

Since then, Britain, France and Germany have sought to keep the deal alive, while Trump has prepared new sanctions, saying a broader and more balanced deal is needed. Iran has denounced the sanctions as “U.S. unilateralism”.

U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson criticized Tehran for funding “proxy wars and malign activities” instead of investing in its economy. He said Iran needed to make tangible and sustained changes to behave like a normal country.

“Until then, America is turning up the pressure and we want the UK by our side,” Johnson wrote i上海龙凤419n the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

“It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal. We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and jo,上海夜生活桑拿会所Daryl,in us as we lead a concerted global effort toward a genuinely comprehensive agreement.”

Asked about Johnson’s article, the British foreign office pointed to comments from Middle East minister Alistair Burt, who last week ruled out Britain going along with the United States.

Burt said the deal was an important part of regional security and that, with the European Union, the government was trying to protect British companies from the U.S. sanctions when dealing with Iran. Britain remained open to talks with the United States on how to address concerns about Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said last week that Trump’s repudiation of the nuclear deal was illegal and Iran would not yield to Washington’s renewed campaign to strangle Iran’s vital oil exports.

But protests have broken out in Iran as its currency has collapsed in value and inflation has soared. The protests have often begun with slogans against the high cost of living and alleged financial corruption, but quickly turned into anti-government rallies.

France fumes at proposed post-Brexit EU sea trade links

PARIS ( ) – France deems unacceptable a European Commission proposal to exclude French ports from a re-routing of a strategic trade corridor between Ireland and mainland Europe after Brexit, the government said.

At the moment much of Ireland’s trade with,上海夜生活桑拿会所Caleb, the continent goes via Britain in trucks. However, with less than eight months to go until Britain leaves the European Union there is still little clarity on its future trade relations with the bloc, nor the nature of the Irish Republic’s border with the British province of Northern Ireland.

The new route put forward by the Commission would conn爱上海ect Ireland by sea with Dutch and Belgian ports including Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. French ports such as Calais and Dunkirk would be bypassed.

“France and Ireland maintain important trade channels, both overland via Britain and via direct maritime routes. The geographical proximity between Ireland and France creates an obvious connection to the single market,” French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne wrote to the EU’s transport commissioner in a letter dated Aug. 10.

“Surprisingly, the Commission proposal in no way takes this into account. This proposal ther,上海夜生活论坛Ignatius,efore is not acceptable to France.”

At stake are jobs, millions of dollars’ worth of port revenues and possibly EU infrastructure funding.

Borne said that French ports had the necessary resources to ensure they could handle the likely increase in trade flows, hinting at concerns of congestion in ports such as Calais, France’s busiest passenger port.

Wave of strikes hits Syria’s last rebel-held bastion

BEIRUT ( ) – Dozens of air strikes and shelling hit parts of the last swathe of Syrian territory still held by rebels on Friday, according to rebels, rescue workers and a war monitoring group, in a possible prelude to a full-scale government offensive.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of strikes from helicopters and war planes had hit parts of Hama, Idlib and Aleppo provinces, killing at least 29 people.

The three areas in northwest Syria are the last major ones still in the hands of fighters seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces recaptured the area around Damascus and the southwest earlier this year.

Abu al-Baraa al-Hamawi, a rebel leader in northern Hama, said a “massacre” had resulted from strikes 上海龙凤419in western Aleppo on the town of Urem al-Kubra. Pro-opposition television Orient News said at least 20 people were killed there and the Observatory said at least 18 had died.

On Thursday the Syrian army had dropped leaflets over Idlib province, urging people to agree to a return of state rule and telling them the seven-year war was nearing its end.

Al-Hamawi said Friday’s attacks – the heaviest in months – appeared part of a “psychological media war against the people”.

Colombia’s Cano Limon pipeline halted by bomb attack

BOGOTA ( ) – Colombia’s state-run oil company Ecopetrol SA has halted pumping on its Cano Limon-Covenas pipeline because of a bomb attack, the company said on Saturday.

The attack took place on Friday evening上海419论坛 in a rural area in Saravena municipality, in Arauca province near the border with Venezuela.

Ecopetrol, which owns the pipeline via its subsidiary Cenit, did not att,上海夜网Sailor,ribute the attack to a specific armed group. Ho,上海夜生活论坛James,wever, according to military sources, the pipeline has been attacked nearly 60 times this year by the National Liberation Army (ELN), the country’s remaining active guerrilla group.

“The incident caused a spillage of crude into vegetation and soil, without affecting water sources, and reached part of a tertiary road that provides alternative access from Saravena to Tame municipality,” Ecopetrol said in a statement.

Despite the stoppage of the pipeline, which can transport up to 210,000 barrels per day, production and exports from the Cano Limon field, operated by Occidental Petroleum Corp, were unaffected.

The 485-mile (780-km) pipeline was stopped for six months earlier this year because of repeated attacks and crude theft, before restarting on July 10.

The ELN, considered a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union, has about 1,500 combatants and opposes multinational companies, claiming they seize natural resources without benefiting Colombians.

Egyptian forces kills 12 suspected militants in Sinai: agency

CAIRO ( ) – Egyptian security forces have killed 1,上海夜生活Ignatius,2 suspected militants in raids on their hideouts in north Sinai, state news agency MENA reported on Sunday, 上海龙凤419the latest in a campaign to uproot armed Islamists behind a wave of violence in the area.

The deaths raised to at least 325 the number of suspected militants killed in the Sinai campaign which began in February, according to a count based on military statements. At least 35 military personnel have also been killed.

The state news agency said security forces came under fire when they raided a walled compound in al-Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, without giving a time frame for the incident.

It said the raiding forces responded in kind and 12 suspected militants were killed in the shootout. The authorities were trying to verify their identities.

Five rifles, four of them automatic guns, were recovered from the scene as well as some ammunition and two ready-to-use bombs, MENA said.

There were no reports of casu,上海夜网Lars,alties among security forces.

Sisi was re-elected in March in a landslide victory against one opponent seen as a token candidate. His critics say his presidency has brought a harsh crackdown on dissent, but supporters argue the measures are needed to stabilize Egypt, which was rocked by years of unrest after protests toppled veteran leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Jordan says four people killed in police raid on house sheltering…

AMMAN ( ) – Jordan said on Saturday four people were killed during a police raid on a house sheltering militants suspected of being behind a bomb attack on a police van a day earlier.

Security forces stormed a building in the city of Salt where suspects behind the planting of the home-made bomb t,上海夜生活Parkes,hat killed one policeman on Friday were believed to be hiding.

Government spokeswoman Jumana Ghunaimat told the state news agency Petra that three suspects had been arrested so far in an operation that was still underway against a cell hiding in a building in the center of hillside Salt city, about 30 km (18 miles) west of Amman.

The suspects had refused to hand themselves over to the security forces and blown up part of the hilltop building, Ghunaimat added.

Later Ghunaimat said security forces were moving to seize the site and see if there were any civilians held hostage.

Witnesses heard several strong explosions near the site which a security source said were explosives being detonated by the police as they closed in on the militants.

Police had earlier blamed a gas canister for Friday’s blast near the site of爱上海419 a music festival in the town of Fuheis.

Ambulances were seen rushing to the main city hospital from near the building in a residential area of Salt that was sealed off by police.

Several incidents over the past few years have jolted the Arab kingdom, which has been comparatively unscathed by the uprisings, civil wars and Islamist militancy that have swept the Middle East since 2011.

Militants from al Qaeda and other radical jihadist groups have long targeted the U.S.-allied kingdom and dozens of militants are currently serving long prison terms.

Jordan earlier this year said it had foiled an Islamic State plot that included plans for a series of attacks last November on security installations, shopping malls and moderate religious figures, state media reported.

Security forces have been extra vigilant since the start of this year with warnings that sympathisers of Islamic State could launch revenge attacks after the militants were driven out of most of the territory they once controlled in Syria and Iraq.

King Abdullah, a Middle East ally of Western powers against Islamist militancy who has also safeguarded Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel, has been among the most vocal leaders in the region in warning of threats posed by radical groups.

Jordan plays a prominent role in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, providing military, logistical and intelligence support, according to Western d,上海夜生活论坛Lex,iplomats and regional intelligence sources.

Corruption scandal makes Washington Democratic primary a dead heat

WASHINGTON ( ) – A campaign finance scandal in the District of Columbia has made next week’s Washington Democratic mayoral primary a dead heat, dissolving embattled incumbent Vincent Gray’s lead, a poll showed on Wednesday

Gray, who federal prosecutors have linked to corruption charges, trails city council member Muriel Bowser, with polls showing the challenger having the support of 30 percent of likely Democ,上海夜生活论坛Lance,ratic primary voters and the incumbent just 27 percent, the Washington Post survey showed.

Support for Bowser has more than doubled since a January Post poll, while Gray’s backing is unchanged. Eight candidates are running in the mayoral primary and winning that contest is seen as tantamount to winning the general election in the heavily Democratic U.S. capital.

Gray’s reputation was tarnished this month when D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson, a former government contractor, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws. Federal prosecutors had accused him of funneling more than $660,000 through friends and relatives to Gray’s successful 2010 campaign.

Prosecutors say Gray agreed to refer to Thompson as “Uncle Earl” in fundraising conversations to conceal the activities.

Gray, who has presided over an economic boom, improved schools and a drop in the city’s murder rate to a 50-year low, has denied anything illegal took place.

Both Gray and Bowser are black, b,上海夜生活桑拿会所Maggie,ut Gray has more support in largely black wards, according to the Post poll.

The newspaper’s survey showed that 49 percent of likely primary voters said the corruption probe would be a ma爱上海419jor factor in their vote, up from 43 percent in January.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face David Catania, an openly gay independent member of the city council, as the leading challenger in November.

A poll question about possible general election matchups showed Catania and Gray tied with 41 percent support, while a hypothetical matchup between Bowser and Catania showed the Democrat with a 30-point lead.

The Post polled 661 likely voters from March 20 to 23. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points, meaning results could vary by that much either way.

Virginia lawmakers recess without Medicaid, budget deal

RICHMOND, Virginia ( ) – Virginia’s legislature ,上海夜生活Balthazar,has recessed without reaching agreement with Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe over a budget or Medicaid expansion.

McAuliffe, a former Democratic Party fundraiser, and the Republican-dominated House of Delegates are deadlocked over a two-year pilot expansion of Medicaid, the fe,上海夜网Bastian,deral healthcare program for the poor the governor has proposed.

House lawmakers meeting in a two-day special session defeated McAuliffe’上海龙凤419s proposed $96 billion two-year budget late on Tuesday. The House then passed its own version of the budget without Medicaid expansion, seen as a priority for the governor, before adjourning.

The Democratic-controlled state Senate will reconvene April 7 to take up the budget fight anew. A budget must be approved by June 30 or risk state operations starting to shut down.

Republicans are asking McAuliffe to deal with the budget and Medicaid in separate sessions.

“We would be more than happy to debate Medicaid in a special session,” said Kirk Cox, Republican House majority leader. “I think is afraid he loses all his leverage without the budget.”

McAuliffe, who made Medicaid expansion the centerpiece of his gubernatorial campaign last year, has not responded to the rebuff.

But he has said that accepting $2 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would release money that could be used to create jobs, raise state salaries, bolster pensions and implement health reforms.