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French lawyer sues Israel at ICC over alleged war crimes in Gaza

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

French lawyer sues Israel at ICC over alleged war crimes in Gaza 25 July 2014 A prominent French lawyer says he has filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on behalf of the Palestinian government against the Israeli army. Gilles Devers said that the complaint covers war crimes committed by the Israeli army in June and July 2014 in Palestine...The challenge against the Israeli army at The Hague comes two days after the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for an independent probe into Israel's war crimes in Gaza.

Israel rejects Kerry Gaza ceasefire proposal: Israeli TV

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Israel rejects Kerry Gaza ceasefire proposal: Israeli TV 25 July 2014 Israel on Friday rejected a Gaza ceasefire proposal presented by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli public television reported. "The security cabinet has unanimously rejected the ceasefire proposal of Kerry, as it stands," Channel 1 said, adding that ministers would continue discussing it.

Five Palestinians Killed Amid Prayer Lockdown

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Five Palestinians Killed Amid Prayer Lockdown --Israelis are blamed for the deaths on a "day of rage" in the West Bank, as only men over 50 are allowed into a Jerusalem mosque. 25 July 2014 Five Palestinians have reportedly been killed in the West Bank - four shot by Israeli troops and the other by a female settler. Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinians in the village of Beit Ummar, near Hebron, medics said. In a separate shooting, Israeli settlers fired on a group of Palestinians near the northern city of Nablus, killing 18-year-old Khaled Oudeh and wounding four others after they threw stones at their car, security officials said.

IDF determines Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, previously considered missing, is dead

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

IDF determines Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, previously considered missing, is dead 25 Jul 2014 The IDF determined on Friday that Givati Brigade soldier Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul died in battle, and defined him as "a soldier killed in action whose burial site is unknown." In the case of Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul, the evidence was collected from the APC that was attacked last Sunday.

Israel bans radio ad listing dead children's names

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Israel bans radio ad listing dead children's names 25 July 2014 It is the radio advertisement Israeli authorities do not want their citizens to hear. In a quiet voice, a woman speaking in Hebrew reads the names and ages of just a few of the more than 190 Palestinian children killed in Gaza in the last two weeks of intensive Israeli air strikes. Describing the ad's content as "politically controversial", the Israeli Broadcasting Authority banned the 1 minute, 25-second spot produced by local human rights group B'Tselem.

Australian soldiers to back up police in securing Ukrainian site of MH17 crash

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Australian soldiers to back up police in securing Ukrainian site of MH17 crash --As well as backing up police, ADF personnel will help liaise with military elements from partner countries 25 July 2014 A small number of Australian soldiers will be deployed to back up police charged with 'securing' the crash site of MH-17 in Ukraine. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to make the announcement at a press conference on Friday afternoon, Fairfax Media has learnt. The announcement follows the revelation on Thursday afternoon that 50 Australian Federal Police officers have flown to London awaiting deployment to Ukraine as part of an international force to secure the site...The number of Australian Defence Force soldiers is expected to be fewer than the number of police because of the sensitivity of placing military personnel so close to the border with Russia.

190 Australian troops on standby for deployment in Eastern Ukraine

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Australian deployment to Ukraine imminent --190 Australian troops on standby for deployment in Eastern Ukraine 25 July 2014 The federal government is close to finalising an agreement with the Ukrainian government, to deploy federal police officers to the MH17 crash site. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the deployment would include Australian Defence Force personnel alongside AFP officers. Some of the police officers may be armed and a further 100 are set to travel to Europe to join 90 who have already arrived in Europe.

Norway: Terrorism Warning Announced

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Norway: Terrorism Warning Announced 24 July 2014 Norway's intelligence service said Thursday that it had received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria. Benedicte Bjoernland, the chief of the Norwegian police security service, said the agency had received "reliable information" from a foreign partner about some kind of attack "within days."

Court Censures Poland Over C.I.A. Renditions, Torture

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Court Censures Poland Over C.I.A. Renditions, Torture 24 July 2014 The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Poland had violated the rights of two terrorism suspects by allowing their transfer to a secret detention center run by the C.I.A. in Poland, where the two men were tortured. The ruling says Poland failed to prevent the two men -- Abu Zubaydah, born in Saudi Arabia, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi citizen -- from being subjected to "torture and inhuman or degrading treatment" after they were brought to the prison in northeast Poland. It ordered Poland to pay 100,000 euros, about $135,000, to Mr. Nashiri and $175,000 to Abu Zubaydah. Both are now being held at the American detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800 25 July 2014 Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school, killing at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. "Many have been killed – including women and children, as well as U.N. staff," he said in a statement. "Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act."

Wreckage From Algerian Jetliner Found in Mali

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Wreckage From Algerian Jetliner Found in Mali 25 July 2014 The wreckage of an Algerian airliner that disappeared from radar today was found in Mali near the border of Burkina Faso, according to a statement from the office of the French president...The Air Algerie jetliner had 110 passengers and six crew members on board when it took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, en route to Algiers, the airline said. Air navigation services lost track of the plane, an MD-83 model, about 50 minutes after it took off.

Israelis kill Palestinian protesters in West Bank

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Israelis kill Palestinian protesters in West Bank --Witnesses: Israeli forces used live rounds, tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters 24 July 2014 Israeli forces have killed several Palestinians in the occupied West Bank during a deadly crackdown on a massive protest rally against the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip. The violent clashes erupted during a protest rally in the village of Qalandiya near Ramallah on Thursday night. Initial reports say at least four Palestinians were killed and more than 200 others injured in the fierce clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied region.

Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola 24 Jul 2014 A Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus after he collapsed on arrival at an airport in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. Ebola has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in the region in February, straining their impoverished healthcare systems. The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, said Lagos state authorities had requested the flight's manifest to contact the other passengers.

Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around Fallujah: medical official

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around Fallujah: medical official 22 July 2014 [US-backed] Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Fallujah on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said...Ahmed al-Shami, a spokesman for the Fallujah health office - the local arm of the health ministry - said the 19 dead included women and children and that Fallujah hospital had also received 38 wounded people since Monday evening. Residents of Fallujah and the nearby town of Garma said helicopters fired artillery and dropped three barrel bombs on Fallujah and two on Garma.

At least 15 die in Israeli shelling of Gaza school as toll exceeds 750

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

At least 15 die in Israeli shelling of Gaza school as toll exceeds 760 24 July 2014 [Updated: Death toll over 760] Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 760 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his horror at the attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. "Many have been killed – including women and children, as well as U.N. staff," he said in a statement. "Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act."

U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama 24 July 2014 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, likely setting it up for consideration by the full House next week. The Republican initiative already has spawned a bitter debate with Democrats less than four months before elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. [LOL! The same hypocritical GOP scum-bags were *silent* when unelected dictator George W. Sociopath was *waterboarding* people. --LRP]

Newington PD Acquires Armored Vehicle Used for Afghanistan Combat

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Newington PD Acquires Armored Vehicle Used for Afghanistan Combat 23 July 2014 (CT) The BAE Caiman is a six-wheeled, all-terrain, roadside-bomb-proof armored vehicle designed to carry troops into combat in Afghanistan. The Newington Police Department recently acquired a Caiman from the military at no cost through a surplus equipment program, Police Chief Richard C. Mulhall told the town council Tuesday. Town Manager John Salomone added that the Caiman, which can carry up to 12, is significantly bigger than the three armored vehicles the town shares with about 28 area municipalities.

Fidel Castro's Niece Reportedly Aboard Missing Air Algerie Plane

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Fidel Castro's Niece Reportedly Aboard Missing Air Algerie Plane 24 July 2014 An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people, reportedly including Fidel Castro's niece, has vanished from the radar in a desert area of Mali, authorities said today. Air navigation services lost track of the plane, an MD-83 model, about 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, en route to Algiers. French forces, which are stationed in Mali to combat al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and tribal separatists, sent two planes searching for the airliner.

UK issues 400 arms licenses to Israel

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

UK issues 400 arms licenses to Israel 24 July 2014 A report by British arms export controls parliamentary committee shows that Israel received around £8bn in the form of 400 arms licenses from the UK in 2013. The report shows that the arms Israel received included combat drones, F-16, Apache fighter jets, spare parts for tanks, crowd-control ammunition, military support vehicles, assault rifles, pistols and parts for "all-wheel drive vehicles with ballistic protection." According to the report, over 3,000 arms and military equipment export licenses worth more than £12bn were approved for 27 countries classified by the Foreign Office as "of concern" due to their so-called poor human rights record, but no actions have been taken to withdraw the said contracts.

Doncaster's Yorkshire Wildlife Park to get England's first polar bear

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Doncaster's Yorkshire Wildlife Park to get England's first polar bear 23 July 2014 Yorkshire Wildlife Park is getting ready to welcome its latest and coolest creature yet. Polar bear Victor is set to become the first resident in the Doncaster-based wildlife park's purpose-built polar bear centre. The 15-year-old polar bear is due to arrive at the park from his home at Rhenen Zoo in Holland next month - and will be the only one in England...The park is also in the process of attempting to rescue another polar bear, named Yupi, who is trapped in soaring temperatures and a concrete enclosure in a Mexican zoo.

Mourners pay respects to man who died in NYPD custody

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Mourners pay respects to man who died in NYPD custody 23 July 2014 Friends and supporters gathered Wednesday night at a church in Brooklyn, N.Y., to mourn for a man who died last Thursday after being placed in a banned chokehold by police. Cell phone video of Eric Garner's altercation with police in Staten Island has gone viral over the last few days, and includes a scene in which Garner says "I can't breathe" at least eight times as police press his head into the sidewalk. Police said they suspected Garner, a 350-pound asthmatic, of selling untaxed cigarettes.

Prosecutors Are Reading Emails From Inmates to Lawyers

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Prosecutors Are Reading Emails From Inmates to Lawyers 22 July 2014 Jailhouse conversations have been many a defendant's downfall through incriminating words spoken to inmates or visitors, or in phone calls to friends or relatives. Inmates' calls to or from lawyers, however, are generally exempt from such monitoring. But across the country, federal prosecutors have begun reading prisoners’ emails to lawyers -- a practice wholly embraced in Brooklyn, New York, where prosecutors have said they intend to read such emails in almost every case. The issue has spurred court battles over whether inmates have a right to confidential email communications with their lawyers -- a question on which federal judges have been divided.

International Pressure Could Get Arturo Out of Argentina

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

International Pressure Could Get Arturo Out of Argentina 17 July 2014 The plight of Arturo, an elderly polar bear in Argentina, has gained international attention. The bear is at Argentina's Mendoza Zoo, ten thousand kilometers from his natural habitat. Specialists and activists want the bear taken to Winnipeg to spare him from the Argentine heat. An online petition by a Canadian woman has more than 200,000 682,000 signatures urging the Argentine President to allow Arturo to be sent to the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.

Arizona execution lasts nearly two hours

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Arizona execution lasts nearly two hours, witness says Joseph Wood was 'gasping and struggling to breathe' 21 July 2014 Arizona executed Joseph R. Wood on Wednesday afternoon, but the execution lasted for nearly two hours as Wood struggled to breathe, according to his attorneys. "I've witnessed a number of executions before and I've never seen anything like this," Dale Baich, one of Wood's attorneys, told The Washington Post in a phone call. "Nor has an execution that I observed taken this long." Baich, still in the parking lot at the state prison in Florence, Ariz., described watching Wood "gasp and breathe heavily" for more than an hour and 40 minutes.

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist --'Not even death provides a guarantee of getting off the list.' 23 July 2014 The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither "concrete facts" nor "irrefutable evidence" to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The "March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance," a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government's secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place "entire categories" of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to "nominate" people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as "fragmentary information."

U.S. Senate sets $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome in emergency bill

July 23, 2014 by legitgov

Insane in the membrane: U.S. Senate sets $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome in emergency bill 22 Jul 2014 U.S. Senate DemocRATs included $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome rocket interception system in an emergency funding bill on Tuesday that also cut $1 billion from President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion to deal with thousands of undocumented child immigrants [so corpora-terrorists can eventually get more cheap labor]. More than 600 people - most of them Palestinians - have been killed in the current conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza...U.S. lawmakers tend to be heavily pro-Israel. [Too bad Detroit isn't Tel Aviv. Start reading.]

Obama administration sending military advisers to Ukraine within weeks

July 23, 2014 by legitgov

Obama administration sending military advisers to Ukraine within weeks 23 Jul 2014 The United States is reportedly preparing to send a team of military advisers into Ukraine to assist with revamping forces there in the midst of the ongoing crisis between government-loyal troops and an anti-Kiev militia. On Tuesday this week, the Washington Times reported that a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense confirmed plans to put Pentagon advisers in Ukraine. The newspaper says that Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, told the Times that the objective of sending DoD advisers overseas is to "shape and establish an enduring program for future US efforts to support the Ukrainian military through subject-matter expert teams and long-term advisers."

NYPD's Miller: No Likely Terror Connection in Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Placement

July 23, 2014 by legitgov

NYPD's Miller: No Likely Terror Connection in Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Placement 22 Jul 2014 American flags were once again flying on top of the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday afternoon, after someone replaced the flags sometime overnight with what appeared to be whitewashed or faded versions of Old Glory. NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said police do not believe the incident was connected to any terror threat. Miller said as of around 8:30 p.m. Monday, the American flags were still flying on the Brooklyn and Manhattan towers of the bridge. But around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, construction workers noticed the white flags had taken their place.

RT stringer among 4 people taken hostage in besieged Ukraine's Donetsk - report

July 23, 2014 by legitgov

RT stringer among 4 people taken hostage in besieged Ukraine's Donetsk - report 23 Jul 2014 RT's contributor, UK journalist Graham Phillips, is among four people taken hostage by Ukrainian troops, ANNA news agency reports. Phillips has been missing since he went to Donetsk airport on his own while a firefight was taking place. The other three people in the group are reportedly ANNA news agency's cameraman; an employee of the press service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic; and possibly an acquaintance of Phillips, who accompanied the journalist to the airport.

FAA extends ban on U.S. flights to and from Tel Aviv for another 24 hours

July 23, 2014 by legitgov

FAA Extends Travel Ban to Israel for Another 24 Hours 23 Jul 2014 The FAA announced today that they have not lifted their ban against travel to or from Tel Aviv's airport and will prohibit travel to the country for an additional 24 hours. "The agency is working closely with the Government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible," the FAA said in a statement.

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