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August 30, 2016

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation \’Euphrates Shield\’

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation ‘Euphrates Shield’

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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On Monday, special presidential envoy for the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Brett McGurk, urged for the “unacceptable” clashes between the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Turkish troops, who are allied with theFree Syrian Army (FSA) to end.

Over the weekend Turkey targeted the PYD in Jeb el-Kussaa, near the border of Turkey in Northern Syria. Reports state at least 20 civilians died, and 50 were wounded due to Turkish air-strikes and artillery fire. On Sunday, another 15 civilians died, many of which are reported to be Kurdish civilians. So far, 35 civilians have died due to the operation, however on Monday, Turkey refuted this and claims only 25 Kurdish militants died in the strikes.

Turkish forces in allegiance with the (FSA) and backed by the U.S, launched operation “Euphrates Shield” on August 24, and quickly captured the ISIL held city of Jarabulus, where ISIL fighters seem to have fled without a fight. Approximately 40 Turkish tanks and 2,000 FSA troops entered Jarabulus via the Turkish border that day. In support of the operation, U.S. A-10 and F-16 warplanes also hit targets within Syria.

Turkish President, Recap Tayyip Erdogan said operation “Euphrates Shield” targets “terrorist groups” such as ISIL and the PYD, who Erdogan claims have been threatening and attacking Turkey from Syria. However analysts have said the operation is really to prevent the PYD, who had been marching towards Jarabulus, from gaining territory in Northern Syria and creating an independent state.

Ankara considers the PYD and its military wing (YPG) to be a faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who are regarded as enemies of the Turkish government for starting an insurgency within Turkey. Earlier this month, the YPG helped regain control of the formerly ISIL held city of Manjib, and have been deemed as one of the strongest U.S. backed forces in Syria.

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. sided with Turkey’s demands and asked the Kurdish troops to withdraw over the Euphrates River or risk losing U.S. support. Later that day, US State Secretary John Kerry said the Syrian Kurdistan forces had retreated east from Euphrates.

The Syrian regime condemned Turkey’s actions claiming their invasion violates Syria’s sovereignty and added that Turkey was merely “replacing one terrorist group with another.” Following a complaint from Syria to the United Nations (UN), a spokesman from Secretary General Stephane Dujarric de la Rivière, confirmed Turkey’s actions were considered an invasion.


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Lightning strikes dead more than 300 wild reindeer in Norway

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A lightning strike in Southern Norway’s Hardangervidda region has killed more than 300 wild reindeer, according to reports from local authorities. The bodies were discovered on Friday by a hunting warden at the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate located between Møsvatn and Kalhovd in Telemark County. Knut Nylend of the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate operations center told Sputnik News, “The deer were found dead in an area 50-80 meters in diameter”. Due to an intense thunderstorm on Friday afternoon, Nylend suspects the herd were killed by a lightning strike.

The rare incident has left 323 deer dead, including 70 young calves and 5 others needing to be euthanized due to injury. A representative from Norway’s Environment Agency, Kjartan Knutsen, also spoke to the AFP. “There were very strong storms in the area on Friday. The animals stay close together in bad weather and these ones were hit by lightning.”

Although the close proximity of the bodies indicate they were killed by a lightning strike, further tests are underway. Samples of the dead animals’ blood and tissue will be examined for chronic wasting disease (CWD), which was detected in both Norwegian reindeer and elk earlier this year. It is still unclear what will happen to the carcasses and if they will be collected and disposed of.



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August 29, 2016

Chinese Military to train to train Syrian Armed Forces

Chinese Military to train to train Syrian Armed Forces

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Guan Youfei, rear admiral of the People’s Liberation Army Navy of China has met with the Syrian Defence Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij in the city of Damascus to discuss China’s ties with Syria and to provide special military training to the Syrian Military. Beijing has supported the Bashar al-Assad government since 2011 by providing medical equipment and support but has decided to further this help with military and medical training. According to defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian the training will take place in China and is intended to ease the humanitarian crisis. The announcement from China’s Defense Ministry comes days after a Russian defense official called for a multi-national, non-NATO aliiance in Syria. The defence official is hoping that the fight against the Islamic state could end within a year with the combined efforts of Russia, China, India and Iran in Syria.



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August 28, 2016

Australians in Edinburgh Comedy 2016

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The stand-up comedy scene in Australia has achieved more success since the announcement that four Australian comedians were shortlisted for what is considered to be the biggest and most difficult test in the stand-up industry: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with the current comedy scene being dubbed as “a new golden age for Australian comedy”. Three of the comedians took up the nomination of Best Comedy Act which nominates a total of eight, though none of them won.

While the overwhelming amount of popular comedians of many nationalities lowered the odds of any of the Australian nominees from winning the gong award on Saturday, the 27th of August; the nominations for the Australian comedians show a unique complexity and refinement.

Also notable is the claim of diversity as none of the Australian comedy award nominees are heterosexual, Caucasian males, if the purple puppet Randy Feltface is included. Randy’s show “Randy Writes a Novel” has in particular received popularity and praise, with the The Scotsman giving the show four stars and calling it “brilliant and barmy”. The other nominees are a female and two homosexuals.

Tom Ballard, Zoe Coombs Marr and Randy were all nominated for Best Comedy Act, while Nath Valvo was nominated for Best Newcomer, as was Randy. Former Triple J breakfast host Ballard was nominated for Best Newcomer at the same festival last year and has received an equal score from The Scotsman.



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Court rules on France\’s burkini ban

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On Friday, France‘s highest administrative court suspended the ban on the burkini, a type of swimwear designed for Islamic women, in the southern French town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.

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The court ruling only applied to the ban enforced by Villeneuve-Loubet, which was found to be an illegal breach of fundamental freedoms. Mayors from 30 French towns, who have been imposing the ban, were urged to follow the court’s ruling. However several of the towns, including Nice, have vowed to continue the restrictions and will still fine women who wear the swimsuit.

The decision to ban the burkini faced international scrutiny and sparked debate over women’s rights and French secularism, after photographs emerged on Wednesday of police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a Nice beach. The women was issued with a fine for her attire but French officials denied the women had been forced to remove parts of her clothing, as had previously been reported.

Moroccan-born education minster Vallaud-Belkacem objected to the wording of the ban which likened the measure to preventing terrorism. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban on burkinis. “We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces,” Mr Valls said in an interview on BFM-TV. Mr Valls went on to equate the burkini as “a symbol of the enslavement of women.”

Aheda Zanetti, the Sydney designer who created the burkini, claimed her design was intended to be empowering. “My symbol is freedom, flexibility and confidence,” Zanetti told SBS. I wanted to give power back to them, I wanted to make them more confident,” she said.

The court’s final decision on the legality of the bans is to be made at a later date.


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French court suspends burkini ban

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On Friday, France‘s highest administrative court suspended the ban on the burkini, a type of swimwear designed for Islamic women, in the southern French town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.

File photo of a burkini.
Image: Giorgio Montersino (flickr).

The court ruling only applied to the ban enforced by Villeneuve-Loubet, which was found to be an illegal breach of fundamental freedoms. Mayors from 30 French towns, who have been imposing the ban, were urged to follow the court’s ruling. However several of the towns, including Nice, have vowed to continue the restrictions and will still fine women who wear the swimsuit.

The decision to ban the burkini faced international scrutiny and sparked debate over women’s rights and French secularism, after photographs emerged on Wednesday of police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a Nice beach. The women was issued with a fine for her attire but French officials denied the woman had been forced to remove parts of her clothing, as had previously been reported.

Moroccan-born education minster Vallaud-Belkacem objected to the wording of the ban which likened the measure to preventing terrorism. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban on burkinis. “We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces,” Mr Valls said in an interview on BFM-TV. Mr Valls went on to equate the burkini as “a symbol of the enslavement of women.”

Aheda Zanetti, the Sydney designer who created the burkini, claimed her design was intended to be empowering. “My symbol is freedom, flexibility and confidence,” Zanetti told SBS. I wanted to give power back to them, I wanted to make them more confident,” she said.

The court’s final decision on the legality of the bans is to be made at a later date.


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Joel Campbell debuts for Sporting CP

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Joel Campbell debuts for Sporting CP

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Joel Campbell made his first appearance for his new team Sporting CP when he came off the bench in the 69th minute to take on Porto on Sunday.

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He had a successful pre-season with his owner club Arsenal after scoring three times in their five preseason friendly games and was considered fit enough to take part in this encounter. He came on to replace Gelson Martins and had a positive impact on the game, helping them to maintain their 2–1 lead. After beating Porto, they now stand first in the league at nine points having won all three matches so far.

On August 21 Arsenal announced they have let their Costa Rican forward, 24 year old Joel Campbell to leave on a loan spell to Portuguese club Sporting CP for the season 2016-17. Apart from participating in Premeira Liga where they came second last season behind Benfica he’s also expected to take part in the elite European club championship UEFA Champions League.

Joel had joined Arsenal in 2011 but didn’t meet the criteria for attaining a work permit to play in England. Consequently he was loaned out the next three years to FC Lorient, France, Real Betis, Spain and Olympiakos, Greece. After an impressive performance for his country in the World Cup 2014, he was retained in the Arsenal squad but despite making a few starts struggled to get sufficient opportunities and was shipped again to Villarreal, Spain in January, 2015.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has often praised Campbell for his technical qualities, fighting attitude and his defensive work but both he and the player felt at 24, he needed more playtime to develop further and felt the best way to do that was to go out on loan again. This is his fifth loan spell away from Arsenal since joining them in 2011.



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Court decision to rule on Frances burkini ban

Court decision to rule on Frances burkini ban

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

{{France} On Friday France‘s highest administrative court suspended the ban on the burkini, a type of swimwear designed for Islamic women, in the southern French town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.

The court ruling only applied to the ban enforced by Villeneuve-Loubet, which was found to be an illegal breach of fundamental freedoms. Mayors from 30 French towns, who have been imposing the ban, were urged to follow the court’s ruling. However several of the towns, including Nice, have vowed to continue the restrictions and will still fine women who wear the swimsuit.

The decision to ban the burkini faced international scrutiny and sparked debate over women’s rights and French secularism, after photographs emerged on Wednesday of police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a Nice beach. The women was issued with a fine for her attire but French officials denied that the women had been forced to remove parts of her clothing, as had previously been reported.

Moroccan born education minster Vallaud-Belkacem, objected to the wording of the ban which likened the measure to preventing terrorism. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban on burkinis, “We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces,” Mr Valls said in an interview on BFM-TV. Mr Valls went on to equate the burkini as “a symbol of the enslavement of women.”

Ahedan Zanetti, the Sydney designer who created the burkini claimed that her design was intended to be empowering. “My symbol is freedom, flexibility and confidence,” Zanetti told SBS. I wanted to give power back to them, I wanted to make them more confident,” she said.

The court’s final decision on the legality of the bans’ will be made at a later date.


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August 26, 2016

India proposes ban on commercial surrogacy

India proposes ban on commercial surrogacy

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Wednesday a draft law to ban commercial surrogacy in the country. Commercial surrogacy is where a person or couple pay another woman (the surrogate) to carry a pregnancy for them. The new proposed law will allow only infertile couples who’ve been married five or more years to use a surrogate to conceive, on the condition that the surrogate is a close relative of the couple’s.

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The proposed ban will prevent single women, foreigners, non-resident Indian nationals, and the LGBTI community from accessing surrogacy services.

Minister Swaraj was quoted in the Indian Express newspaper saying, “we do not recognise live-in and homosexual relationships … this is against our ethos,” adding that Indians living overseas would be banned as “divorces are very common in foreign countries”.

The draft bill will now go to parliament for approval. If approved, minister Swaraj said the ban on commercial surrogacy would come into affect 10 months after passing parliament, allowing for women already in commercial surrogacy arrangements to give birth.

Experts in surrogacy have criticized the proposed law, saying that a complete ban on commercial surrogacy will simply force ineligible couples into illegal surrogacy arrangements. India is one of few countries in the world that currently allows commercial surrogacy. In 2012 the United Nations estimated that there are over 3,000 fertility clinics in India, generating approximately $400 million USD a year from commercial surrogacy.



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Norway announces new border fence with Russia

Norway announces new border fence with Russia

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Norway has announced that it will be building a steel fence at its Artic border with Russia, in order to deter the arrival of refugees and asylum seekers attempting to enter the country.

Last year, around 5,500 asylum seekers entered Norway’s borders through Russia and around 23,000 asylum seekers, mainly Syrians, applied for a refugee status in Norway, causing Justice Minister, Anders Anundsen to support the decision to create a fence on the border. Anundsen stated that the fence controls who enters Norway and the Schengen area.

The decision to erect a fence was brought forward in April of this year, amid requests from the police in the Finmark region; who also back the temporary shut down of the Storskog-Borisoglebsk border crossing. The police chief for Norway’s Finmark region, Katrine Haetta, said that if the flow of refugees is out of control, the fence is the solution.

The steel fence will be 200 metres long and 3.5 metres in height, stretching from the Skorskog border point. Works on the new fence have already begun with wooden barriers being removed, which were initially placed to keep reindeer herds in check.

The fence is due to be completed before winter frosts, in the next few weeks. The purpose of completion before winter frosts is because illegal migrants will have a harder time trying to enter Norway via the forest.



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