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EU seeks details from Saudi Arabia on women human rights arrests…

BRUSSELS,上海夜生活桑拿会所Gabrielle, ( ) – The European Union has asked Saudi Arabia to shed light on the arrests and charges facing women human rights activists, saying that the detainees should be granted due process to defend themselves.

Saudi Arabia has in recent months detained several women’s rights activists, some of whom had campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom’s male guardianship system.

The detentions have triggered a major diplomatic row with Canada after the Canadians demanded the immediate release of the jailed activists.

The European Commission, the EU executive, said it has contacted Saudi Arabia.

“The EU has been engaging constructively with the Saudi authorities seeking clarification on the circumstances surrounding the ar,上海夜生活论坛Ines,rests of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia, notably with regard to the specific accusations brought against them,” spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

“We have been emphasizing the relevance of the role of human rights defenders and civil society groups in the pr上海龙凤419ocess of reform which the Kingdom is pursuing as well as the importance of respecting the rules of due process for all those arrested,” she said.

Earlier on Saturday, Mogherini spoke to Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on the phone, with both sides agreeing to intensify their cooperation in human rights as well as other areas.

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Cameroon probes video showing security forces apparently executing…

YAOUNDE ( ) – Cameroon’s government said on Friday it would investigate a video that Amnesty International said shows security forces shooting at least a dozen unarmed people in the far north of the country, where they are battling Islamist militants.

It also announced the arrests of seven soldiers in connection with a separate video that surfaced last month appearing to show men in military uniform shooting dead two women and two children.

Amnesty said in a statement it had verified the latest video through witness testimony, satellite imagery and analysis of the weapons, dialogue and uniforms. It said the video was shot in the village of Achigaya at an unknown date prior to May 2016.

The nearly four-minute video has circulated on social media in recent days. A government spokesman said it was released to undermine President Paul Biya ahead of an election in October.

At the start of the video, several men in military fa上海419论坛tigues with automatic-style weapons joke among themselves, with one saying in French: “This is a kamikaze mission.”

The men then open fire for roughly 12 seconds on about a dozen people sitting or lying down against a wall and under guard.

After the firing stops, one of the armed men approaches the motionless bodies and fires several more times from point-blank range. Around them, several buildings in the village are in flames and gunfire can be heard in the background.

“Here is yet more credible evidence to support the allegations that Cameroon’s armed forces have committed grave crimes against civilians,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, Amnesty International’s Lake Chad Researcher.

Government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary said authorities would open an investigation into the video but the government was the victim of a “campaign of denigration” before the election, when Biya will try to extend his 36-year rule.

“People want to discredit the army and president,” Tchiroma told .

SOLDIERS ARRESTED

Tchiroma announced later on Friday in a statement that authorities had arrested seven soldiers, including a lieutenant and a sergeant, in connection with the previous video.

The statement did not say when the arrests occurred. reported on July 19, citing security sources, that four soldiers had been arrested over the video — information that authorities later disputed.

“The Minister of Communication reiterates the Head of State’s resolve to ensure that the atrocities that may be committ,上海夜网Bella,ed by a few misguided soldiers are systematically investigated and, if need be, appropriate actions meted out,” it said.

Government and army officials had previously dismissed that video as “fake news” meant to tarnish the government’s image, even as they promised to investigate.

The Cameroonian army’s elite Rapid Intervention Brigade,上海夜生活Janessa, (BIR) has been battling Nigerian militant group Boko Haram in the country’s extreme north since late 2014.

Since then, the militants have killed hundreds of people in the Far North and their tactics have included the use of child suicide bombers to attack checkpoints, market places and mosques.

Ex-GM officials could be called to testify in U.S. Congress probe

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. lawmakers are considering calling on former General Motors Co executives and employees from parts supplier Delphi Automotive to testify as they cast a wide net in their probe of GM’s recall of 1.6 million vehicles with potentially lethal ignition-switch problems.

“We’re not ruling anything out,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton told when asked if his committee would elicit testimony from former GM officials, including ex-CEOs, and Delphi officials who may have been directly involved in reviewing the problem that first arose in 2001.

On April 1, the current head of GM, CEO Mary Barra, is scheduled to testify at the maiden congressional hearing on the automaker’s troubled cars, which have been linked to 12 deaths.

The 1.6 mi,上海夜生活Abbot,llion recalled cars include 2005-07 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s, 2003-07 Saturn Ions and other models.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Acting Administrator David Friedman is also expected to be at the House hearing.

The hearings come as a new /Ipsos poll shows Americans want tougher federal regulation of the automobile industry.

The poll, conducted March 21-25, found that 67 percent of those surveyed said they either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed that the federal government needed to strengthen auto safety regulation.

GM and NHTSA were up against a Tuesday deadline for providing Upton’s committee with a raft of information on how it responded, or failed to respond, to warnings that the ignition switches could unexpectedly turn off vehicle engines and safety equipment while the car上海419论坛s were operating.

“We’ll see where Tuesday’s (April 1) hearing takes us” before deciding next steps, Upton said.

Senator Claire McCaskill, who chairs a Commerce subcommittee that also intends to hold GM hearings in early April, told that “anything is possible” in regard to witnesses who could be called to testify, including former GM officials.

Besides the congressional investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice is conducting a criminal probe of GM officials, which could complicate the ability of some to testify before Congress.

FOCUS NOT JUST ON GM

McCaskill made it clear that ,上海夜网Samson,federal regulators will be closely grilled in upcoming hearings.

“One of my biggest focuses is on NHTSA,” McCaskill said.

“What did they know, when did they know it, why didn’t they know more?” she added.

How deeply Congress probes GM and NHTSA could depend in part on the interest level of the American public, according to consumer safety advocates.

The /Ipsos poll found that auto recalls register on consumers’ radar screens and that many remember safety problems that are a few years old.

Forty-six percent said they knew about a major vehicle recall by GM, while 38 percent were aware of one by Toyota, which suffered sudden, unintended acceleration problems that were the subject of congressional hearings in 2010.

The poll, with a sample of 1,175 Americans aged 18 and older, found that 29 percent said they were less likely to buy a GM car, with 75 percent of that group citing safety concerns.

Amid the growing scrutiny by Congress of GM, two senators on Tuesday offered legislation aimed at improving the auto industry’s reporting of safety problems.

Democratic senators Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut introduced a bill that would require automobile manufacturers to provide more information about fatal accidents involving their vehicles and better public access to those reports.

Markey said a legislative fix was necessary after “a massive information breakdown at NHTSA has led to deadly vehicle breakdowns on our roads.”

In 2000, Congress passed a law requiring an early warning reporting system for NHTSA to catch safety defects.

The two senators want to beef up that law by requiring automakers and auto equipment manufacturers to automatically submit accident reports and other documents that alert them to fatalities involving their equipment.

The information would have to be publicly released, unless it is exempted from the Freedom of Information Act.

Currently, the industry documents are provided to NHTSA if the federal agency requests them and are not automatically made public unless requested under FOIA, the senators said.

“Timely information can save lives when it reveals lethal defects,” Blumenthal said.

Russia tells Washington curbs on its banks would be act of economic…

By Andrew Osborn and Andrey Ostroukh

MOSCOW ( ) – Russia warned the United States on Friday it would regard any U.S. move to curb the activities of its banks as a “declaration of economic war” and would retaliate, as new sanctions took their toll on the ruble and U.S. lawmakers threatened more.

The warning, from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reflects Russian fears over the impact of new restrictions on its economy and assets, including the ruble RUB= which has lost nearly six percent of its value this week on sanctions jitters.

Economists expect the Russian economy to grow by 1.8 percent this year. If new sanctions proposed by the U.S. Congress and the State Department are implemented in full, which remains uncertain, some economists fear growth could weaken to almost zero.

President Vladimir Putin discussed what the Kremlin called “possible new unfriendly steps by Washington” with his Security Council on Friday.

Moscow’s strategy of trying to improve battered U.S.-Russia ties by attempting to build bridges with President Donald Trump is backfiring after U.S. lawmakers launched a new sanctions drive last week because they fear Trump is too soft on Russia.

That in turn has piled pressure on Trump to show he is tough on Russia ahead of mid-term elections. The State Department announced new sanctions on Wednesday, blaming Moscow for the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Britain in March.

Russia imposes own sanctions after U.S. “hostile thrust”

MOSCOW ( ) – Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions on nine U.S. officials and lawmakers on Thursday as tension over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea mounted, warning the West it would hit back over “every hostile thrust.”

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said the U.S. sanctions imposed this week were unacceptable and that the Kremlin would act on the principle of reciprocity.

Three White House officials and five U.S. senators – Harry Reid, Robert Menendez, John McCain, Mary Landrieu and Dan Coats – were among the Americans barred from Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner was also on the list.

“We have repeatedly warned that sanctions are a double-edged instrument and would hit the United States like a boomerang,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. “There must be no doubt: We will respond adequately to every hostile thrust.”

Moscow’s action followed U.S. sanctions on Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean individuals announced by President Barack Obama on Monday and again on Thursday.

The latest U.S. sanctions, which also involved a bank, targeted several individuals close to Putin in retaliation for his military seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Any assets they have in the United States will be frozen and they will also be barred from U.S. travel.

“The appearance of some of the names on the list causes nothing but extreme perplexity,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “But no matter what the names are, the practice of (issuing ,上海夜生活论坛Caris,sanctions) lists is unacceptable for us.”

The White House officials cited by Moscow were senior Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer and deputy national security advisers Ben Rhodes and Caroline Atkinson.

Lawmakers in Washington were quick to welcome their new designation.

“If standing up for the Ukrainian people, their freedom, their h,上海夜生活桑拿会所Olek,ard earned democracy, and sovereignty means I’m sanctioned by Putin, so be it,” said Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

McCain threw in a bit of sarcasm.

“I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen,” said the Arizona Republican, who travelled to Kiev in December and addressed huge crowds of protesters against what was then Ukraine’s Moscow-backed government.

Peskov said the Kremlin was studying the latest U.S. sanctions list and Swiss-based oil trading firm Gunvor said it was assessing the impact of the inclusion of the company’s Russian shareholder Gennady Timchenko.

A Gunvor statement said Putin had no ownership, beneficial or otherwise, of the firm, and any understanding otherwise was “fundamentally misinformed and outrageous”.

Russian Railways, the country’s railway monopoly, said the decision to put its president Vladimir Yakunin on the U.S. list 爱上海was unjustified.

Two police officers among four fatally shot in Canada

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick ( ) – Four people, including two police officers, were killed in a shooting in eastern Canada on Friday in the latest eruption of gun violence across the country that has led to calls for weapons bans in cities.

Police in Fredericton, a city of about 56,000 that is the capital of the province of New Brunswick, said a suspect was in custody and was being treated for serious injuries. A local health official said multiple shooting victims were being treated at one hospital.

Witnesses said the shooting occurred at an apartment complex, and local media showed emergency vehicles converging on a tree-lined residential street. Nearby facilities were closed and authorities imposed a lockdown for residents before issuing an all-clear message.

Officials identified the slain officers as Sara Mae Burns, 43, and Lawrence Robb Costello, 45. They did not release the names of the two civilians who were killed, and said only that the suspect was a 48-year-old Fredericton man. They did not release information about a possible motive or the weapon.

“It was scary,” said Marlene Weaver, who was in bed on Friday morning when she heard shots. “It takes you back to the shooting in Moncton.”

She was referring to a 2014 incident in which three Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers were killed and two wounded in Moncton, New Brunswick, about 195 km (121 miles) from Fredericton in one of the worst incidents of its kind in Canada.

Friday’s shooting occurred three weeks after a gunman walked down a busy Toronto street, killing two people and wounding 13 before killing himself.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters the RCMP were assisting Fredericton authorities in the investigation.

U.N. General Assembly approves Chile’s Bachelet as rights chief

UNITED NATIONS ( ) – The United Nations General Assembly approved on Friday the appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as the world body’s new human rights chief.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Bachelet on Wednesday. She will replace Jordan’s Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who is stepping down at the end of the month after a four-year term in the Geneva-based job.

Guterres said Bachelet will take office “at a time of grave consequence for human rights.”

“Hatred and inequality are on the rise. Respect for international humanitarian and human rights law is on the decline. Space for civil society is shrinking. Press freedoms are under pressure,” he told reporters on Friday.

Bachelet, who was tortured under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, was the first woman to be president of Chile, one of the region’s most developed economies.

A former pediatrician, Bachelet first served as president from 2006 to 2010, and was popular for her government’s welfare policies and steady economic growth during her tenure.

Bachelet then led U.N. Women, which supports gender equality and the empowerment of women, between 2010 and 2013. She returned to Chile and served again as president from 2014 to March this year, pushing for a more radical tax-and-spend agenda, as well as for gay marriage and abortion rights in the socially conservative country.

Zeid told reporters in New York earlier this month he did not seek a second term because he did not believe key world powers, including the United States, China and Russia, would support him.

Zeid has been strongly critical of some of U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies and his attack,上海夜生活Ike,s on the media.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a statement on Wednesday that the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights can have a “strong voice” on critical issues.

“The U.N. has failed to adequately address major human right上海419论坛s crises in Iran, North Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and elsewhere, or stop its chronic, disproportionate obsession with Israel. It is up to Ms. Bachelet to speak out against these failures rather than accept the status quo,” Haley said.

The United States withdrew in June from the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council, which is separate from t,上海夜网Santi,he High Commissioner for Human Rights office but works closely with it, over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform.

Obama pledges to address gender pay gap

ORLANDO, Florida ( ) – President Barack Obama used a speech at a community college on Thursday to begin a series of events highlighting economic issues affecting women such as the gender pay gap in which women earn three-quarters as much as their male counterparts.

He spoke at the Orlando campus of Valencia College, a two-year institution that has been recognized for placing students in jobs and sending them on for higher degrees. Many of the students at Valencia are older and are returning to school fort training that will lead to higher-paying work.

Women are “facing unfair choices or outdated workplace policies that hold all of us back, and that has to change,” the president said.

The White House plans similar events in Denver, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York. The administration says the meetings will lead to a short list of actions the president can take by executive order, push Congress to act on, or launch with business collaboration. The measures would all be aimed at making it easier for women to find good jobs and be paid at levels that match those of their male counterparts.

“The president has a range of tools and he want爱上海419s to figure out which are the right ones,” White House adviser Valerie Jarrett told reporters.

The White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report last week saying that although more women are earning higher educational degrees and filling a wider range of jobs than in the past, they continue to earn less than men. Full-time female workers make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, the CEA said.

As part of efforts to spur gender pay equity, the Small Business Administration will hold a conference to identify ways to get more women trained and start careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, professions with higher salaries.

“To improve earnings, we need to get women in higher paying occupations,” said Betsey Stevenson, ,上海夜网Darren,a member of the CEA.

Obama urged Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25, a proposal that faces strong opposition from many Republicans. The White House says the increase is particularly,上海夜生活桑拿会所Harn, important for women, who constitute a large share of the minimum wage workforce.

Women have been steady supporters of the president and of Democrats, and Obama wants to rally support among voters to prevent the Republicans from winning control of the Senate in November elections.

The president was also due to speak at two Democratic Party fundraising events in Miami before returning to Washington.

Several people hurt in blast at Brazil steelmaker Usiminas’ plant

SAO PAULO ( ) – An explosion tore through Brazilian steelmaker Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA’s largest plant on Friday, injuring 30 people and shaking the nearby town of Ipatinga, according to the company and firefighters.

The company, also known as Usiminas, said none of the injuries were severe and that most people had suffered “light bruising,” adding that there were no fatalities.

The blast was centered on a huge barrel-shaped piece of equipment that stores gases released during the steel production process, according to the company. The plant employs about 6,500 people directly.

The blast was loud enou上海龙凤419gh to be heard throughout the ,上海夜生活桑拿会所Cade,city of about 250,000 and sent a plume of smoke into the sky, according to Usiminas’ press office and a firefighters’ spokesman. The company said it halted the plant’s blast furnaces temporarily.

The Ipatinga plant produced 813,000 tons of crude steel between April and June of this year, the company said in its latest earnings report.

Shares in Usiminas, one of the largest steel producers in Brazil, fell as much as 9 percent after initial reports of the explosion but later trimmed losses to about 6 percent.

“Our preliminary reading is that the impact on the stock is exaggerated,” the Itau BBA analysts wrote, noting that the plant could be covered by insuran,上海夜网Ojai,ce.

Ipatinga is a city in the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil, part of the so-called steel valley where other companies, including Arcelor Mittal, also operate plants.

Erdogan tells Turks to buy crumbling lira as Trump turns the screws

ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON ( ) – President Tayyip Erdogan told Turks on Friday to sell their gold and U.S. dollars to support the country’s currency which plunged after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a feud with NATO ally Turkey by doubling tariffs on metals imports.

The Turkish lira TRYTOM=D3 has long been falling on worries about Erdogan’s influence over monetary policy and worsening relations with the United States.

On Friday the currency dropped as much as 18 percent at one point, the biggest one-day fall since a 2001 financial crisis in Turkey.

Reverberations spread through global financial markets, with European stock markets especially hit as investors took fright over banks’ exposure to Turkey. U.S. stocks were also rattled.

The lira has lost more than 40 percent this year. It hit a record low after Trump announced he had authorized higher tariffs on imports from Turkey, imposing duties of 20 percent on aluminium and 50 percent on steel.

The lira, Trump noted on Twitter, “slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar!”

“Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!” he wrote.

An important emerging market, Turkey borders Iran, Iraq and Syria and has been mostly pro-Western for decades. Financial upheaval there risks further destabilising an already volatile region.  

Without naming countries, Erdogan said supporters of a failed military coup two years ago, which Ankara says was organised by a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, were attacking Turkey in new ways since his re-election two months ago.

The new duties on Turkey are double the level that Trump imposed in March on steel and aluminium imports from a range of countries. The White House said he had authorized them,上海夜生活论坛Thea, under a section of U.S. trade law that allows for tariffs on national security grounds.