Jerusalem police disrupts conference, voids plans to declare controversial city Palestine’ capital

By NewsDesk, with Agency report, 

The Jerusalem District police Commander, Yoram Halevy, has disrupted  a conference at Russian embassy in eastern Jerusalem, following speculation of  plans to declare the city as capital of Palestine.

As gathered, the event was planned in a hotel within Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and that it was organized by Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for Liberation of Palestine, two terrorist organizations.

MK Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List party who attended the event, was livid over the police officers’ arrival at the scene.

“I thank Russia for the conference to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine,” he said.

Regarding the policemen who prevented him from continuing to speak, Odeh continued, “This is how these occupiers behave, they will suffer defeat, and Jerusalem will remain with its residents, uplifting and victorious and a capital for Palestine.”

Spain receives 600 migrants rejected from Italy, Malta

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No fewer than 600 migrants were reported to had been received by Spanish government on their arrival at arrived in port of Valencia on Sunday, after they were being rescued at sea and turned away from Italy and Malta.

The Aquarius rescue ship and two Italian Navy Vessels carrying 630 migrants from 26 countries, mostly Sudan, docked in the harbor in Valencia as interpreters and Red Cross workers were on the scene to offer support.

The Dattilo, one of the Italian coast guard ships, was the first to enter the port, carrying 274 migrants. It was followed by the Aquarius, which brought in another 106 migrants, before the second Italian ship docked with the rest of the migrants.

Spanish medical staff boarded the Dattilo to conduct preliminary health checks and police began registering the first immigrants at around 7 a.m. as they were allowed to disembark, according to the New York Times.

Some of the migrants are expected to be transferred to France, where the government welcomed passengers from the Aquarius.

About a week ago, Spain agreed to accept the migrants who were stranded at seas for days.

“It is our obligation to help avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and offer a safe port to these people, as such meeting with the obligations of international law,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Monday.

They had previously been ordered to standby about 30 nautical miles off the Italian and Maltese coasts, and were ultimately turned away.

Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said two other ships bearing the flag of the Netherlands had reached the coast of Libya and warned Italy would also block their entry.

“These gentlemen know that Italy no longer wants to be complicit in the business of illegal immigration, and therefore will have to look for other ports where to go,” Salvini said.

Cloudy weather condition on prediction for central states

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The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has informed that there was going to be cloudy weather conditions over Central States of the country on Monday, with chances of thunderstorms over Ilorin in the morning hours.

NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Sunday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 27 to 36 and 20 to 24 degrees Celsius respectively.

It added that there were prospect of thunderstorms and moderate rains over Makurdi, Jos, Taraba, Kaduna, Adamawa and Nasarawa axis during the afternoon and evening hours.

The agency predicted that the southern states would experience cloudiness with prospects of thunderstorms over some places like Benin, Enugu, Osogbo, Abeokuta, Shaki, Asaba, Lagos, and Portharcourt axis in the morning hours.

It also predicted moderate rain showers over the southwest inland and coastal cities with chances of thunderstorms over the southeast inland and coastal cities later in the day.

NiMet further predicted the southern states would have day and night temperatures in the range of 30 to 33 and 20 to 24 degrees Celsius respectively through the forecast period.

According to NiMet, Northern States will experience chances of thunderstorm over Zaria and Maiduguri axis in the afternoon and evening hours while other cities are likely to remain under cloudy conditions throughout the forecast period.

“Northern States would also have day and night temperatures in the ranges of 33 to 43 and 20 to 26 degrees Celsius respective.

“Prospects of thunderstorms and rain showers over some part of the country with varying intensities are likely to prevail in the next 24 hours” NiMet predicts.

Gay supporters march over fundamental right in Ukraine

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Protesters in support of guy have deified all odds to stage march to cast backings for the the group in Ukraine’s capital, the action of which was reported to had lasted minutes in spite opponents’ attempts to block them.

About 5,000 were on hand for the march, whose size was estimated at 2,000 by Ukraine’s Interior Ministry and up to 6,000 by organisers.

Sources reported that opponents tried to block the march on different occasions, but were moved aside by police.

Kiev held its first major pride march in 2016 after a pro-Western government that came to power sanctioned such events.

Some previous gay pride rallies in Ukraine have ended in violence.

In 2015, a gay pride march was called off when right-wing activists pelted participants with smoke grenades.

20 kill during suicide bomb attack in Afgan

By NewsDesk, with Agency report, 

No fewer than 20 people were reported to have killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd in Afghanistan on Saturday.

Provincial health director, Najibullah Kamawal, confirmed the death toll but said 25 wounded had been taken to hospital.

The incident happened at a time when Afghan and Taliban, security forces, and civilians are celebrating an unprecedented ceasefire in the war-torn country.

The attack came as President Ashraf Ghani announced an extension of the government’s week-long ceasefire with the militant group after both sides agreed to halt hostilities for Eid.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast marking the suspension of fighting in Rodat district of Nangarhar province, but an Afghan security source said the Islamic State group was to blame.

“A suicide bomber detonated among people, security forces and Taliban who were celebrating the ceasefire,” provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.

Ghani made his announcement in a rare televised address to the nation, in which he also asked the Taliban to extend their three-day ceasefire which is due to end Sunday.

“I order the security forces to remain on their defensive positions,” Ghani said, adding details of the extension would be released later.

The government’s ceasefire, which was due to end Tuesday, did not include IS.

On the first two days of Eid, Taliban fighters, Afghan security forces and civilians hugged and took selfies with each other across the country, in an outpouring of emotion over the ceasefire.

In the contested district of Bati Kot in Nangarhar, Taliban fighters carrying assault weapons and rocket-propelled grenade launchers travelled by car and motorbike, waving Afghan and Taliban flags.

Villagers also flocked around the insurgents, hugging them and happily taking selfies with the heavily armed fighters as they celebrated the Muslim holiday capping the holy month of Ramadan.

 

 

Merkel affirms position on European’s migration issues

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has insisted that migration was a European challenge that needed the continent answer, in spite dispute over the issue inside her government.

However, Merkel’s position was coming ahead of a meeting with French President, Emmanuel Macron, though the two leaders were expected to speak on the issue and other that may affecring the continent.

There were claimed that Merkel was locked in a standoff with her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, over his demand for some asylum-seekers to be turned back at the border. Merkel opposes unilateral action, arguing that it would weaken the European Union.

In her weekly video message Saturday, Merkel named migration as one of four major challenges to be addressed by German and French leaders when she meets Macron in Germany on Tuesday along with ministers from both governments.

Villagers cut python open after swallowing woman in Indonesia

By NewsDesk, with Agency report, 

Group of men from a village in Indonesia have cut open a python’s belly, which swallowed a 54-year-old woman, Wa Tiba, that had early been announced missing after her whereabouts was not cleared to any member of the village.

As gathered, Tiba went missing while tending to her vegetable garden near her village on Muna Island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday, according to the village chief, Faris.

When her family went to look for her, they found only her belongings in the garden, including her sandals, a machete and a flashlight.

The villagers subsequently launched a search for her but were horrified to find  a 23-foot-long python with a severely bloated belly just 50 yards from the garden.

Faris said the villagers killed the snake and when they cut open its belly, they found the woman’s body still intact wearing all her clothes.

Local police chief Hamka, who only has one name like many Indonesians, said: “Residents were suspicious the snake swallowed the victim, so they killed it, then carried it out of the garden.

“The snake’s belly was cut open and the body of the victim was found inside.”

Local villager Ayu Kartika said: “Everyone cried and was in shock. It looked like a horror movie. The people are terrified, afraid to go outside.”

Taxi driver rams football fans in Russian

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A taxi drove has been reported to had rammed crowd of pedestrians near Moscow’s Red Square, injuring eight people including two Mexicans who were in city for World Cup which Russia is hosting.

As gathered, the incident took place as residents and visiting soccer fans thronged the centre of Moscow on a balmy summer evening, a short distance from the Kremlin.

Moscow’s traffic management authority said the taxi driver had a driver’s license issued in Kyrgyzstan, a mainly Muslim ex-Soviet republic.

He was identified as Analbek Uulu from Kyrgyzstan.

Traffic management authority cited the driver, who was in police custody, as saying he had not driven into the crowd on purpose.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a post on Twitter: “There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi. The driver lost control of the vehicle.”

The city’s police said they had opened a criminal investigation into a suspected violation of the traffic code.

Eight people were hurt and had been taken to hospital, Moscow city’s healthcare department said in a statement. It said seven were in a satisfactory condition, while one woman was seriously hurt.

The Mexican embassy in Moscow said two Mexican women had been lightly injured. Also among those hurt were a Ukrainian and two Russian citizens, Russia’s TASS news agency quoted a source in the emergency services as saying.

Video of the incident posted on social media showed the yellow Hyundai taxi pull sharply out of a line of stationery traffic, accelerate and mount the narrow pavement, which was packed with pedestrians.

The vehicle drove for about 10 meters along the pavement, bowling over pedestrians, with some of them being carried along on the bonnet of the car.

The taxi came to a halt after hitting a traffic sign. As bystanders tried to pull open the driver’s side door, the driver, dressed in black trousers and black T-shirt, jumped out and sprinted away.

More bystanders chased after him and could be seen trying to tackle him to the ground as the footage ended.

A witness told Reuters that some of the people hit were wearing Mexican team colours. Mexico take on Germany on Sunday in their first World Cup match at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, and thousands of Mexican fans are in the Russian capital.

A second witness at the scene told Reuters about the driver of the taxi: “He was pulled out of the vehicle, he ran off but bystanders apprehended him. He was shouting: ‘It wasn’t me’.”

Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, said she called the emergency services on her mobile phone.

Describing the actions of the driver, she said: “He ran into a group of Mexicans. There were shouts, moans. He was only stopped because he hit a traffic sign.”

“Someone gave him a punch in the face. He stayed in the car, people came up to him, said what are you doing, punched him in the face, he opened the door and tried to run away.”

“It’s scary that it was in the center (of Moscow) and I was right opposite,” she said.

Moscow’s traffic management authority said the driver was not drunk and Interfax news agency cited a source saying there was no alcohol in his blood.

The same source told Interfax the driver had said he fell asleep at the wheel and accidentally pressed the accelerator pedal.

Russian authorities have vowed to host a safe soccer World Cup, which Russia is hosting for the first time ever. It is taking place in 11 cities until July 15.

In central Moscow, authorities have installed heavy concrete blocks across the entrances to pedestrianized areas following a spate of incidents in European cities in which vehicles were used to mow down people.

The U.S. State Department on Friday updated its travel advice on Russia, saying terrorist groups were plotting attacks.

Summit with North Korea’s Kim ‘better than anybody expected’ – Trump

By News Desk, with Agency Report,

U.S. President Donald Trump said a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday had gone “better than anybody could have expected”, and they would sign a document following talks on ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula.

Kim stood silently alongside Trump as he spoke to media during a post-lunch stroll through the gardens of the Singapore hotel where the summit was held, but the North Korean leader had earlier described their meeting as a “a good prelude to peace”.

Both men walked to Trump’s limousine and looked in at the rear seat, with Trump apparently showing Kim something inside. They then resumed their walk.

“A lot of progress – really very positive. I think better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line, very good. We’re going now for a signing,” Trump told journalists, without giving details on what would be signed.

Should they succeed in making a diplomatic breakthrough, it could bring lasting change to the security landscape of Northeast Asia, like the visit of former U.S. President Richard Nixon to China in 1972 led to the transformation of China.

Both men had looked serious as they got out of their limousines for the summit at the Capella hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa, a resort island with luxury hotels, a casino, manmade beaches and a Universal Studios theme park.

Explosion at Hawaii volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea

By News Desk, with Agency Report,

A small explosion at the summit of Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea Volcano on Sunday sent ash spewing into the air, creating a driving hazard for roads on parts of the Big Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Lava fountains from a fissure in the volcano reached as high as 180 feet (55 meters) from Saturday night into Sunday, pushing flows of molten rock into the ocean, it said.

“Seismic activity at the crater continues with gas explosions and ash eruptions under 10,000 feet (3,050 meters). While the eruption is never predictable, conditions appear stable for the moment,” Richard Rapoza, a spokesman for Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, said in an email.

The eruption, which entered its 39th day on Sunday, stands as the most destructive in the United States since at least the violent 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state that reduced hundreds of square miles (km) to wasteland and killed nearly 60 people, according to geologist Scott Rowland, a volcanologist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

No one has died in this Hawaii eruption but some 600 homes have been swallowed by lava flows from Kilauea since May 3, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim said last week.

Vacationland, a private development believed to comprise about 160 homes, was completely erased, and at least 330 houses were devoured by lava at Kapoho Beach Lots, Kim said.