Thousands demonstrate in Sudan to mark 40 days since deadly crackdown

KHARTOUM ( ) – Tens of t,上海419论坛最新Dahlia,housands demonstrated in cities across Sudan on Saturday, witnesses said, to mark 40 days since security forces killed dozens when they stormed a protest camp in the capital Khartoum.

The demonstrations were the first since the ruling military council and civilian opposition agreed in principle to a power-sharing arrangement ahead of elections. The deal has yet to be finalised and signed.

A meeting between the two sides planned for Saturday was postponed to Sunday, a leader of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition told . But the military council denied the meeting was being delayed.

“Saturday’s session will discuss the constitutional document as determined by the mediation,” state news agency SUNA said, citing the council.

African Union mediator Mohamed Hass,爱上海北京验证论坛Pablo,an Lebatt had said on Thursday the council and the FFC would meet on Saturday to study and ratify a constitutional declaration. They had agreed to a political declaration that determines the transition’s different institutions, he said.

After the meeting, the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which leads the FFC, said: “The draft constitutional declaration is ‘not final’ and is not open to final signature in its current form.”

The constitutional declaration’s signing was pushed to Sunday for further consultations based on FFC’s wishes, Lebatt said on Sky News Arabia earlier on Saturday.

In Khartoum on Saturday, thousands protested on Sitteen Street, a major thoroughfare in the capital, a witness said. Some lit candles to remember those killed at the protest camp on June 3, while others lit the torches on their mobile phones.

“We came out to express our opinion and convey our voice and salute the memory of our eternal martyrs,” said protester Mostafa Sayed Ahmed.

上海419论坛Six vehicles belonging to the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), each carrying about six men armed with assault rifles and sticks, drove through a portion of Sitteen Street as protesters chanted “Civilian!” at them, a witness said.

“The fate of the former regime, to us, until now, is vague and many things are unclear,” said Osama Iskandar, a young protester, referring to the government of Omar al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military on April 11.

“We will be on the Sudanese street level until our demands are fulfilled,” he said.

A witness also saw more than 20 RSF vehicles carrying men in riot gear at Abu Janzir Square in the heart of Khartoum.

“Look at these crushed people,” said Hussein Ismail, a middle-age demonstrator who was chanting “We either get their rights or die like them!”

“Their demands are clear, which are a civilian government, a democratic state, which is a people that calls for justice and peace and love.”

Several hundred also demonstrated in Khartoum’s Burri neighborhood, a working-class district and the cradle of many of the protests. RSF troops stood on roads surrounding Burri, armed with sticks.

“Blood for blood, even if (we get) civilian rule!” protesters chanted.

Security forces used barbed wire to block a main road leading to the Defence Ministry compound, the site of the protest camp crushed by security forces in June, a witness said.

At least 128 people were killed during the raid and in the two weeks that followed, according to doctors linked to the opposition. The government confirmed at least 61 deaths.

Across the Blue Nile, hundreds protested in the neighborhoods of Shambat and al-Mazad in Khartoum North.

In Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman, hundreds demonstrated on al-Arbaeen Street, a major artery. Thousands also turned out in Wad Madani, capital of Jazeera state, while others protested in Port Sudan, capital of Red Sea state, and Al-Ubayyid, capital of North Kordofan.

General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, deputy head of the Transitional Military Council and head of the RSF, which controls Khartoum and whose members are accused of violently dispersing the sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, defended the latter’s role in maintaining security.

“Rapid Support are not angels, but we prosecute every offender,” Dagalo, known by his nickname Hemedti, said ,爱上海同城对对碰aishLark,in a televised speech. “Were it not for Rapid Support, Khartoum’s situation would have been different.”

U.S. unsure about circumstances of tanker towed to Iran

DUBAI ( ) – U.S. officials say they are unsure whether an oil tanker towed into Iranian waters was seized by Iran or rescued after facing mechanical faults as Tehran asserts, creating a mystery at sea at a time of high tension in the Gulf.

The MT Riah disappeared from ship tracking maps when its transponder was switched off in the Strait of Hormuz on July 14. Its last position was off the coast of the Iranian island of Qeshm in the strait.

Iran says it towed a vessel into its waters from the strait after the ship issued a distress call. Although Tehran did not name the vessel, ,上海千花验证归来Hadleigh,the Riah is the only ship whose recorded movements appea,上海419龙凤后花园Sabrina,r likely to match that description.

A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said it appeared that the tanker was in Iranian territorial waters, but it was not clear whether that was because Iran had seized it or rescued it.

The mystery comes at a time when Washington has called for greater security for ships in the Gulf.

Iran has threatened to retaliate for the British seizure of an Iranian oil tanker accused of violating sanctions on Syria. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has branded the British action “piracy”.

The United States has also blamed Iran for attacks on tankers in the Gulf since May, which Tehran denies.

Shipping experts say U.S. sanctions on Iran intended to halt its oil exports have led to a rise in unusual tanker movements away from shipping lanes, with Iran seeking covert ways to export its oil. Increasingly, ships are switching off location transponders, transferring oil at sea and concealing their routes. Iran has also become more dependent on a fleet of ageing ships, and some have had to be towed for emergency repairs.

Adding to the riddle of the missing ship was difficulty establishing who owns it, which no country or company has so far publicly claimed. Initial reports described it as Emirati. However, an Emirati official told the tanker was neither owned nor oper,阿拉爱上海会员验证区Ebba,ated by the UAE.

The tanker’s registered manager is Prime Tankers in the UAE. That company told it had sold the tanker to another UAE-based company, Mouj al-Bahar. An employee at Mouj al-Bahar told that the firm did not own it but had been managing the vessel up to two months 上海龙凤419ago, and that it was now under the management of a company called KRB Petrochem. could not reach KRB Petrochem for comment.

Indonesian president tells cities to build waste-to-energy plants

JAKARTA ( ) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has urged cities across the country to se,上海419龙凤体验Daisy,t up waste-to-energy plants this year to tackle the country’s growing mountain of trash, according to a statement published on the cabinet secretary’s website on Tuesday.

The world’s fourth-most populous country with 260 million people gener,爱北京验证阿拉爱上海爱上海419Naia,ates huge amounts of garbage and, according to a 2015 study published in Science journal, was the world’s second-biggest contributor of plastic pollutants in the oceans.

In the same statement, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said cities including Jakarta, Surabaya, Bekasi and Solo had pledged to build such plants, which incinerate trash to drive turbines to create power.

“This is not about the electricity, this is about taking care of the trash,” Widodo said on the cabinet secretary’s website, where he also questioned why there had not been more progress.

The president issued a regulation in April last year pushing regions to set up eco-friendly plants to turn waste into electricity.

According to a February energy ministry statement, 12 waste-to-energy power plants were due to be operating by 2022 and combined should create up to 234 megawatts of electricity using 16,000 tons of waste a day.

Indonesia’s archipelago of more than 17,000 islands has struggled to cope with waste, with much of it going into landfill and often eventually seeping out to pollute rivers and oceans.

Indonesia has also become the latest Southeast Asian country to send back trash amid a spike in imports from Western countries after China banned imports, disrupting the global flow of millions of tonnes of waste each year.

As part of efforts to reduce pollution, Indonesia has also sought to put a levy on plastic bags but this has been delayed by parliament after complaints from industry.

Anung, the cabinet secretary, said on the website that Bekasi, a satellite city of mo,爱上海北京验证论坛Falkner,re than two million people near Jakarta, generated 1,700 tonnes of waste a day.

France to create space command within air force: Macron

PARIS ( ) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he had approved the creation of a space command within the French air force to improve the country’s defense capabilities.

Addressing military personnel a day before the Bastille Day爱上海419 parade, Macron said the new military doc,2019上海龙凤419Gabe,trine setting up a space command wou,后楼凤419Rachel,ld strengthen protection of French satellites. He said the investment involved had yet to determined.

“To give substance to this doctrine and ensure the development and reinforcement of our space capabilities, a space command will be created next September in the air force,” Macron said, adding that it would later become the Space and Air Force.

French Defence Mi,上海后宫阁419Hal,nister Florence Parly said last year she was committed to giving France strategic space autonomy in the face of growing threats from other powers amid a race in space militarization.

The French military spending program for 2019-2025 has earmarked 3.6 billion euros ($4.06 billion) for investments and renewal of French satellites.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation aims to recognize space as a domain of warfare this year, four senior diplomats told in June.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration announced a plan last year to create a new “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the military by 2020.

Japan-South Korea feud deepens with disputed accounts of trade meeting

SEOUL/TOKYO ( ) – A row between Japan and South Korea escalated on Saturday, with contested accounts of a frosty meeting the day before that had failed to make progress on a dispute that could threaten global supplies of microchips and smartphone displays.

Tokyo lodged a protest against Seoul, saying it had broken an agreement on what the two sides would disclose from the Friday discussions on Japan’s curbs of exports to Korea of some materials used to make high-tec爱上海h equipment, said Japanese trade ministry officia,上海后花园419最新Rae,l Jun Iwamatsu.

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) also disputed a Korean offici,上海推油论坛新419Falkner,al’s statement that Seoul had asked Japan on Friday to withdraw the restrictions.

But a Korean trade ministry official shot back that Seoul had “clearly demanded Japan withdraw its trade restrictions at yesterday’s meeting, and there should be no disagreement over that matter with Japan.”

He told the two sides had discussed what they would disclose but that there was no agreement.

“I am frustrated,” said the Korean official, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.

Japan recently tightened restrictions on the export of three materials used in high-tech equipment, citing what it has called “inadequate management” of sensitive items exported to South Korea, as well as a lack of consultations about export controls.

But the dispute also appears to be rooted in a decades-old wartime disagreement. It comes amid deep frustration in Japan over what Tokyo sees as Seoul’s failure to act in response to a South Korean court ruling ordering a Japanese company to compensate former forced laborers from the Second World War.

In the Friday talks, South Korean officials expressed regret over Japan’s export restrictions and asked Tokyo to remove them, participant Han C,2019上海龙凤419Octavien,heol-hee, a trade ministry director, told reporters as he was leaving Japan on Saturday.

In response, Iwamatsu, director of METI’s trade control policy division, told a hastily arranged news conference: “We’ve checked the record of the meeting … We found no clear comment asking for the withdrawal.”

Iwamatsu said the two sides had agreed on what they would disclose from the talks but that the Korean official went beyond the agreement. “We believe this is something that affects our relationship of trust,” he said.

One reason for the sensitivity over characterizing the talks could be a Japanese fear that if Korea can assert that it used consultations and unsuccessfully sought to have Tokyo withdraw the curbs, Seoul could justify escalating the matter to the World Trade Organization.

“The nature of the meeting is not a consultation, but an occasion where Japan gives explanation after getting a request from the South Korean government,” Iwamatsu said.

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“Therefore we would like to correct an expression from a South Korean official that the meeting can appropriately be described as a consultation for problem solving.”

Friday’s talks began with two negotiators from each side facing off in stony silence in a small meeting room, without greeting each other and with the Japanese officials not standing or bowing when their Korean counterparts entered.

A Japanese official later explained that the bureaucrats had earlier met and exchanged greetings. South Korean media, however, reported there was a “cold reception” for their officials, and that the meeting took place in a room that looked like a “garage”.

Factbox: Britain’s post-Brexit immigration plans

LONDON ( ) – The British government set out its biggest overhaul of immigration in decades on Wednesday, publishing a long-awaited policy paper on how it intends to approach the issue after it exits the European Union.

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OVERVIEW:

– the new system will apply to EU and non-EU citizens

– it will prioritize skilled migrants

– it will come into force after Britain’s planned post-Brexit implementation period, due to end in December 2020

– there is no target, but a pledge to reduce annual net migration to “sustainable levels”

– Britain will introduce an Electronic Travel Authorisation system similar to the United State’s ESTA scheme

– Irish nationals will not need visas

– EU citizens will not need visas for tourist visits up to six ,上海后花园千花网Sabrina,months

SKILLED WORKER SCHEME

– no cap on numbers

– workers will need an employer to sponsor them

– they will be allowed to bring dependents, extend their stay and in some cases settle permanently

– employers will no longer be required to carry out a resident labor market test

– this visa will be subject to a minimum salary threshold, to be set in consultation with businesses over the next year

– where there ,上海419论坛Lance,are specific skills shortages, the minimum salary threshold may be lowered

– the government will aim to process most work visas within three weeks

TEMPORARY WORKER SCHEME

– transitional measure, which will be reviewed by 2025

– open to workers of any skill level from “low risk” countries, including the EU

– limited to 12 months, followed by a further 12-month “cooling off” period to continuous work

– these workers will not be allowed to bring dependents or access public funds

– they will not be entitled to extend their stay or seek permanent settlement

– do not have to be sponsored by an employer or have a job offer

SECTOR-SPECIFIC SCHEMES

– no plans for such schemes, with the possible exception of seasonal agricultural workers

– a small-scale pilot scheme for agricultural workers will be run in 2019

STUDENTS

– no limit on numbers of international students

– will be allowed to stay in Britain for a fixed period after they have finished studying in order to find work: six months for undergraduate and masters students and a year for PhD students

EU CITIZENS ALREADY IN BRITAIN

– will need to apply for settled status

– need to have been living in the UK continuously for five years to be eligible

– those who arrive before the end of the implementation period but have not been in Britain for five years can ap,上海419论坛最新Easton,ply for pre-settled status so they can stay until they have accumulated five years

– the settlement scheme will be open until six months after the end of the implementation period

Republican Marco Rubio winning Wall Street fundraising race

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK ( ) – Republican Marco Rubio’s presidential run has drawn more money from Wall Street donors than any other candidate, according to a review of campaign finance disclosures, shoring up his position as his party’s establishment alternative to front-runner Donald Trump.

The U.S. senator from Florida has received more than $4 million from the employees of banks and investment firms like Bank of America Corp (BAC.N), Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) since launching his bid for t,上海后花园花千坊Rae,he presidency last year, according to the analysis of individual donations totaling more than $200 each. (Click here for a graphic: reut.rs/1Q4ZisK)

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the race on Saturday after poor finishes in the early nominating contests of Iowa, Ne上海419论坛w Hampshire and South Carolina, came in second in Wall Street donations, accumulating $2.45 million in contributions, while Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton took third place with $723,361, according to the review.

The amounts include contributions to the candidates’ respective Super PACs, fundraising groups that are not directly connected to their campaigns but whi,上海千花网Kailani,ch spend on their behalf.

More money could be on the way for Rubio a,上海419会所高级论坛Gabi,s the Republican field narrows. Within minutes of Bush leaving the race, for example, some of his donors told they were preparing to throw their financial support behind Rubio.

Wall Street donations, however, can hurt as well as help a candidate, especially with voters who blame bankers for the 2008 financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recession.

“The idea of raising cash from Wall Street is a tricky one,” said University of Iowa professor Tim Hagle. “Even on the Republican side, there’s a certain mistrust among the base for that sector.”

But Hagle added that the financial support could help Rubio as he seeks to become the Republican party’s anti-Trump candidate.

“The advantages of having the additional funding at this critical time seem to be worth the extra criticism that might come his way as a result,” the professor said.U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who won Iowa’s caucuses but trailed Rubio slightly in South Carolina’s primary, where he had hoped to win second place, has drawn just under $85,000 from Wall Street employees, according to the review.

The support for Rubio was largely driven by donations to his allied Super PAC, Conservative Solutions. Billionaire investor Paul Singer endorsed Rubio in October and contributed $2.5 million to the Super PAC, according to the filings.

In January, Rubio raised $9,792, the third-highest total for the month in the presidential field behind Clinton, with $51,000, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, with $26,000. Christie has also dropped out of the race.

Bush raised just $5,513 from the sector in January.

Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump have received some of the smallest totals from Wall Street.

Sanders, who has blamed the financial crisis on Wall Street and has promised to break up big banks, raised $26,650 from bank employees since launching his bid, a tiny fraction of the $96 million he has raised from all sources.

Trump, a billionaire businessman who is self-funding his campaign, raised only $1,566 from employees of banks. Most of Trump’s fundraising has come in the form of selling merchandise on his website.

Syrian Kurds seek Damascus deal regardless of U.S. moves

QAMISHLI, Syria ( ) – Syrian Kurdish leaders aim to secure a Russian-mediated political deal with President Bashar al-Assad’s government regardless of U.S. plans to withdraw from their region, a senior Kurdish official told .

The Kurdish-led administration that runs much of northern Syria presented a road map for an agreement with,后楼凤419Barney, Assad during recent meetings in Russia and are awaiting Moscow’s response, Badran Jia Kurd, who attended, said.

If such a deal could be agreed, it would piece back together the two biggest chunks of a country splintered by eight years of war and leave one corner of the northwest in the hands of anti-Assad rebels backed by Turkey.

The talks with Russia and new overtures towards Damascus underline a recalibration of Kurdish strategy since President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw U.S. forces whose presence has stabilized the Kurdish-led region.

Their immediate priority is to find a way to shield the region from Turkey, which views the Kurdish YPG militia as a national security threat.

Turkey has already sent its army into Syria twice to roll back the YPG. But it has held off attacking the large Kurdish-controlled area of the northeast where U.S. forces operate.

Trump, who has not set out a withdrawal timetable, said on Wednesday the United States would leave slowly “over a period of time”. He also said the United States wanted to protect Kurds, who have been vital to the U.S. campaign against Islamic State.

Jia Kurd welcomed the idea of a slow withdrawal but said the United States had not discussed the pullout with its Syrian allies who were caught off guard by Trump’s announcement.

To fill the expected vacuum, they want Russia to help secure a Syrian army deployment at the northern border. This is part of a wider effort to strike a deal with Damascus they hope will also safeguard their regional autonomy.

Jia Kurd said Russia had agreed to mediate.

“The final decision is (to reach an) agreement with Damascus, we will work in this direction regardless of the cost, even if the Americans object,” Jia Kurd said in the northern Syrian city of Qamishli.

“Our view is that (Russia) is trying to open new horizons with Damascus, this is what we sensed from them.”

BALL IN RUSSIA’S COURT

Damascus and the YPG have mostly avoided confrontation during the war. At times, they have even fought common foes.

They convened political talks last year in Damascus, but these broke down without progress. Jia Kurd said the nee爱上海d for Damascus to enter serious dialogue was now more pressing.

The main aims of the road-map are to protect the border from Turkey, to find a way to integrate the governing st,免费上海楼凤论坛Idaia,ructures of northern Syria into the constitution, and to ensure a fair distribution of resources in northern and eastern Syria.

“The ball is in the court of Russia and Damascus,” Jia Kurd said. “On this basis we can negotiate and start a dialogue.”

One of the biggest challenges will be reconciling the regional autonomy demands with Assad’s goal of exercising authority over the whole country again. The Syrian foreign minister recently said a federal Syria was unacceptable.

Jia Kurd said “conservative” elements in Damascus wanted to ignore political changes and to “impose their control and influence” through the kind of agreements forced on areas where anti-Assad rebels had been defeated.

“This is rejected by us,” he said.

The Kurds’ bargaining chips include control of dams on the Euphrates River, oil fields and other resources. Jia Kurd said these would be one main element of the dialogue.

Analysts however say their bargaining position has been weakened by Trump’s announcement, which heightened Kurdish fears of a Turkish offensive.

Turkey views t,爱上海419验证Tamara,he YPG militia as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waved a 34-year insurgency in Turkey.

Analysts believe Assad and the YPG could eventually work together against Turkey-backed rebels in northwestern Syria.

Jia Kurd said ending the Turkish occupation and defeating the remaining insurgents there required an agreement between Damascus and the Kurdish-led administration:

“This will give a big push towards ending the occupation and terrorism in Syria.”

Two car bombs explode in Somali capital, one dies

MOGADISHU ( ) – One person died and another was injured in two car bombs that exploded in 爱上海the heart of the Somali capital on Saturday and the Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The bombs detonated in two diffe,上海贵族宝贝论坛India,rent cars near a main road in the center of the city. Al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in Mogadishu and other parts of the Horn of Africa country.

“Two people were injured in the two car bombs. One of them died of the wounds,” said Major Mohamed Hussein, a police officer.

Al Shabaab told they had planted the car bombs and that they were targeting a police official but that he had escaped.

Another police officer, Ahmed Nur, said one of the cars was parked and had nobody in it, while the second was moving and the two people inside it had been injured. One of the injured is the one who later died.

On Friday, at least three people were killed in separate attacks in Mogadishu, including a female university student shot dead in her class by two men armed with pistols.

Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government and establish its own rule based on its own strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

The group also wants to drive ,上海龙凤419Jasper,African Union (AU)-mandated AMISOM peacekeepers out of the country.

German coalition avoids split with solution to spymaster crisis

BERLIN ( ) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition resolved a dispute over Germany’s scandal-tainted spymaster on Sunday, ending a crisis that had prompted concerns the six-month-old government could fall apart.

The three coalition parties had agreed on Tuesday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen to the Interior Ministry following accusations that he harbored far-right views. Maassen had questioned the authenticity of video footage showing radicals hounding migrants in the eastern city of Chemnitz.

But their decision sparked public outrage because the senior post they picked for Maassen came with a pay rise. Some members of the Social Democrats (SPD) — the junior partner in Merkel’s coalition — had called for their party to quit the alliance if the decision was ,上海419论坛Raleigh,not revoked.

The deal unraveled on Friday when Andrea Nahles, leader of the center-left SPD, said it was a mistake. A poll published on Thursday had shown 72 percent of voters had less confidence in the government after the clumsy compromise.

After a meeting between the party leaders on Sunday to hammer out a new compromise, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said they had agreed Maassen would work in the Interior Ministry in future but would not receive a pay rise.

Seehofer said Maassen would be a special advisor focusing on European and international tasks. Before the meeting some SPD members had insisted that Maassen should not be responsible for security or migration issues in his new role.

Seehofer said the decision about pay was a response to the heavy public criticism of the initial plan, but insisted the coalition had not been at risk of falling apart over the affair.

Democrats wouldn’t reject U.S. budget deal over jobless aid: senator

WASHINGTON ( ) – A senior Democrat said on Sunday he hoped an emerging deal on the U.S. budget would include an extension of unemployment benefits but added that his party would not necessarily walk away from an agreement that left it out.

“I don’t think we’ve reached that point where we’ve said, ‘This is it, take it or leave it,’” Senator Richard Durbin told the ABC program “This Week,” when pressed on whether his party would insist on including jobless aid in a final deal.

Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, said that based on what he has heard from Senator Patty Murray, the lead Democratic negotiator on the budget, the fiscal talks are making progress and moving in the right direction.

The House of Representatives and Senate budget panel, created after the government shutdown in October, is discussing a two-year accord that would ease the impact of across-the-board spending cuts known as the “sequester” and lower the near-term risk of another damaging fiscal showdown.

Durbin’s comments signaled some flexibility on the issue of jobless aid. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said last week that Democrats “cannot support” a budget deal without an extension of unemployment insurance. Pelosi later clarified that she would like to see jobless benefits included in the budget deal but that she would be open to the idea of passing it under separate legislation.

Speaking on ABC on Sunday, Republican Senator Rob Portman, who is a member of the negotiating committee, expressed optimism about a fiscal deal, saying he hoped it could come together by the end of the week.

An extension of emergency unemployment benefits is a priority for President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress. Democrats have warned that without an extension, federal benefits will expire for some 1.3 million Americans in the week of December 28.

Democrats see a budget deal as one of the best legislative vehicles for passing an extension of the jobless aid, though they have said there are other op,上海419论坛Abriel,tions they could consider.

Federal unemployment benefits kick in for out-of-work Americans who have exhausted their state unemployment aid, which in many states runs out after 26 weeks.

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The emergency federal aid began during the Great Rece上海419论坛ssion in 2008 and has been renewed every year since.

Though government figures on Friday showed the U.S. unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, many Democrats say the U.S. job market is still far from robust and long-term unemployment remains a problem for many Americans.

Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has said that if Obama has a plan for extending unemployment benefits, he would “entertain” it.

Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said an extension of jobless benefits beyond the traditional 26 weeks could work against the unemployed.

He cited studies that show that the longer workers have been unemployed, the harder it is for them to find jobs.

“When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you’re causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy,” Paul said. “And it really – while it seems good, it actually does a disservice to the people you’re trying to help.”

Senate panel approves resolution on Syria military strikes

WASHINGTON ( ) – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing limited U.S. military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a contentious debate in the full Senate next week on the use of force.

The committee voted 10-7 in favor of a compromise resolution that sets a 60-day limit on any engagement in Syria, with a possible 30-day extension, and bars the use of U.S. troops on the ground for combat operations.

The compromise is more limited than President Barack Obama’s original proposal but would meet his administration’s goal of punishing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government for what the United States says was the use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, killing more than 1,400 people.

The relatively close committee vote reflected the broad divisions on the authorization in Congress, where many lawmakers fear it could lead to a prolonged U.S. military involvement in Syria’s civil war and spark an escalation of regional violence.

Five Republicans and two of Obama’s fellow Democrats – Chris Murphy and Tom Udall – voted against the resolution. Democrat Ed Markey voted “present,” saying in a statement that he is still undecided.

The full Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to vote on the resolution next week. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives also must approve it. Both votes are expected to be close, as scores of lawmakers in both parties have yet to stake out a public position other than to say they are looking for more answers.

Obama and administration officials have urged Congress to act quickly, saying U.S. national security and international credibility is at stake in the decision on whether to use force in Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons.

“If we don’t take a stand here today, I guarantee you, we are more likely to face far greater risks to our security and a far greater likelihood of conflict that demands our action in the future,” Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

“Assad will read our silence, our unwillingness to act, as a signal that he can use his weapons with impunity,” Kerry said.

Protesters held hands splattered with blood-red paint in the air behind Kerry as he spoke at a House hearing that underscored the skepticism among lawmakers in both parties about the authorization.

House members peppered Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, with questions about the duration, targets, potential response and level of international support for military action in Syria.

“Whether we ultimately support a resolution on the use of force or not, it will depend on how these concerns are addressed in the coming days by the administration,” Republican Steve Chabot told the officials.

‘LIMITS OF AMERICAN POWER’

In the Senate committee, Murphy said he rejected the resolution because he was concerned a strike could make the situation worse in Syria and he feared the possibility of a prolonged U.S. commitment.

“I oppose it not because I don’t gag every time that I look at those photos of young children who have been killed by Assad in his lethal attacks. It’s simply because I have deep concerns about the limits of American power,” Murphy said.

Senate leaders are unsure if Obama can win the 60 votes needed to overcome possible Republican procedural roadblocks. In the 435-member House, a senior Republican aide predicted most of the 50 or so Republicans backed by the conservative Tea Party movement and a number of Democratic liberals will join forces to vote no, leaving the outcome in doubt.

More closed-door briefings are planned for lawmakers in the House and Senate on Thursday as the administration continues to build the case for the use of military force.

The Senate committee vote came after the panel’s leaders – Democratic Chairman Robert Menendez and senior Republican Bob Corker – crafted a compromise to meet concerns that Obama’s proposed resolution was too open-ended.

Republican John McCain, a proponent of strong action in Syria, objected to the more narrow compromise. The committee adopted his amendments spelling out the policy goals of degrading Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons and increasing the military capability of rebel forces.

“These amendments are vital to ensuring that any U.S. military operations in Syria are part of a broader strategy to change the momentum on the battlefield in Syria,” McCain said.

The committee rejected Udall’s amendment to prohibit air and naval forces from entering Syrian waters or air space, and an amendment by Republican Rand Paul of Kentucky that would have reaffirmed Congress’s role in declaring war.

Polls sho,上海贵族宝贝论坛Tate,w strong public opposition to U.S. military involvement in Syria, and the debate in the U.S. Con,上海龙凤419Rafaella,gress is unfolding one week after Britain’s Parliament ,上海千花网Hank,rejected British involvement in any military operation.

In Sweden, Obama issued a blunt challenge to U.S. lawmakers to authorize a military strike on Syria.

“My credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line,” Obama told a news conference in Stockholm. “And America and Congress’s credibility is on the line, because (otherwise) we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.

Kerry told House lawmakers that at least 10 countries have pledged to participate in a military intervention in Syria, but did not identify them or specify what roles they would play.

Many members of Congress have said they are worried the resolution could lead to the deployment of U.S. ground troops, or “boots on the ground,” in Syria – which administration officials said would not happen.

“It’s very clear on the House side there is no support for boots on the ground,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce told Kerry at the hearing.

Kerry answered flatly, “There will be no boots on the g上海419论坛round. The president has said it again and again.”

Kerry had a sharp exchange with Republican congressman Jeff Duncan, who said the administration has a credibility problem after the 2012 deaths of U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.

“Mr. Kerry, you have never been one that has advocated for anything other than caution when involving U.S. forces in past conflicts,” Duncan said. “The same is true for the president and the vice president. Is th,上海419论坛James,e power of the executive branch so intoxicating that you would abandon past caution in favor (of) pulling the trigger on a military response so quickly?”

Kerry, a Vietnam War veteran, responded that “I volunteered to fight for my country, and that wasn’t a cautious thing to do when I did it.”

“We don’t deserve to drag this into yet another Benghazi discussion when the real issue here is whether or not the Congress is going to stand up for international norms with respect to dictators,” Kerry added.

Venezuela’s Maduro names Delcy Rodriguez as vice president

CARACAS ( ) – Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday named Delcy Rodriguez, the head of the constituent ass,上海千花网Natalia,embly, as vice president as he reshuffled his cabinet after his widely-condemned re-election in May.

Rodriguez, 49, was president of the pro-government legislative super body known as the constituent assembly, which critics say Maduro set up last year to override an opposition-controlled national assembly. She was also previou,爱上海Harriet,sly foreign minister.

“I have named as executive vice president a young woman, brave, seasoned, daughter of a martyr, revolutionary and tested in a thousand battles,” Maduro said on Twitter.

Rodriguez replaces Tareck El Aissami, who will become indust,爱上海419Paulina,ry and national production minister, Maduro said.

The United States has sanctioned El Aissami for alleged links to drug trafficking, along with numerous other high-ranking officials in Venezuela. Canada sanctioned Rodriguez, al爱上海419ong with 39 other officials, last September for “anti-democratic behavior.

Maduro’s re-election on May 20 has been condemned by the United States and other Latin American nations as an undemocratic farce. In response, the United States imposed new sanctions on Venezuela’s all-important oil industry.

Critics say Maduro has resorted to increasingly authoritarian tactics as Venezuela’s economy has spiraled deeper into recession, fuelling discontent with Maduro’s Socialist agenda. Maduro accuses the United States of an “economic war” against Venezuela and trying to delegitimize a democratic victory.

On Wednesday, Maduro announced 10 other minister changes, but did not mention changes in the key ministries of oil, economy and defense.

“From my heart, I am grateful to my brothers and sisters who accompan,上海贵族宝贝论坛Jax,ied me during the darkest times our Republic has experienced in decades,” he said.

Prime Day 2019: Amazon Prime members can get unlimited music for $0.99

Alexa, play Ariana Grande. Nonstop. Until the end of time. (Or at least for the next four months.)

Among the 2019 Prime Daydeals Amazon is offering to Prime members is four months of Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99. That’s $0.99…. total. All the music, no ads, unlimited skips and available offline.

The usual monthly cost is $7.99, which means Prime members are snagging an insane 97% discount with that under-$1.00 cost. It’s also worth comparing to Spotify and Pandora, both of which will cost you $9.99 a month.

If you’re not already signed up for Prime, you can do it here.

The offer runs through July 16, which means you’ll have to opt in here in the next few days to catch it. Once the four months are up, you can cancel your membership or keep it going for the usual monthly rate.

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Ariana Grande attending the Cast of the Broadway Musical 13 Handprint Ceremony at Planet Hollywood in New York City. October 30th, 2008 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)

Actress Ariana Grande arrives at Variety’s 3rd annual ‘Power of Youth’ event held at Paramount Studios on December 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD – DECEMBER 07: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ ‘The Lovely Bones’ at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on December 7, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

SANTA MONICA, CA – MARCH 14: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the Make A Wish Foundation event hosted by Kevin and Steffiana James at Santa Monica Pier on March 14, 2010 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Actress Ariana Grande arrives at Nickelodeon’s 23rd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards held at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on March 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – MAY 27: Actress Ariana Grande attends the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ new season premiere viewing party at Trousdale on May 27, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Ariana Grande arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Ariana Grande arrives to the world premiere of ‘Project Natal’ for Xbox 360 party held at Galen Center on June 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Ariana Grande attends the 21st Annual ‘A Time For Heroes’ Celebrity Picnic Benefit at Wadsworth Theater on June 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)

Actress Ariana Grande arrives to the premiere of ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ during the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 04: Ariana Grande attends the 3rd Annual Broadway in South Africa Concert at The Manhattan Center on October 4, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 24: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at Variety’s 4th Annual Power of Youth event at Paramount Studios on October 24, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 14: Ariana Grande arrives at the 2011 Do Something Awards at Hollywood Palladium on August 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 10: Ariana Grande attends the 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 13: Ariana Grande attends the Malan Breton Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Ariana Grande attends Nickelodeon’s celebration of the 8th Annual Worldwide Day of Play at The W Hotel on September 23, 2011 in Washington, DC.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – OCTOBER 23: Actress and singer Ariana Grande arrives at Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times’ 19th Annual Halloween Carnival at Universal Studios on October 23, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 26: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at the Nickelodeon’s 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium on October 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California. The show premieres on Sunday, Nov. 6th at 8:00p.m. (ET) on Nick at Night. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 01: Actress Ariana Grande attends the opening night of ‘Wicked’ at the Pantages Theatre on December 1, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – DECEMBER 06: Ariana Grande attends Popstar! Magazine Celebrates Their Break-through Artists Of 2012 on December 6, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – DECEMBER 07: Ariana Grande attends Project Angel Food’s 2011 Divine Design Gala at The Beverly Hilton hotel on December 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 22: Ariana Grande visits Planet Hollywood Times Square on December 22, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Ariana Grande arrives at Variety’s 6th Annual Power Of Youth Event at Paramount Studios on September 15, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 15: Ariana Grande attends the 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

CITY OF COMMERCE, CA – NOVEMBER 10: Actress / Singer Ariana Grande attends the Citadel Outlets 11th annual tree lighting event at Citadel Outlets on November 10, 2012 in City of Commerce, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 12: Ariana Grande attends the premiere of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 18: Actress Ariana Grande Hosts Sharpies One Direction Fan Event at 404 Event Space on November 18, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 03: Ariana Grande attends KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2012 at Nokia Theatre LA Live on December 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

PASADENA, CA – DECEMBER 12: Ariana Grande poses for a photo on Opening Night of ‘A Snow White Christmas’ at the Pasadena Playhouse on December 12, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)

SUNRISE, FL – DECEMBER 20: Ariana Grande participates in Y 100 Jingle Ball at BB&T Center on December 20, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 29: Ariana Grande arrives at the Nickelodeon’s 27th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Recording artist Ariana Grande arrives at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 24: Actress/singer Ariana Grande arrives at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Ariana Grande arrives at the official 2014 iHeartRadio after party at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Beck,上海千花网Park,er/WireImage)

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Singer Ariana Grande arrives at The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 30: Ariana Grande attends the Republic Records Private Post-VMA Celebration at Ysabel on August 30, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 22: 2015 Singer Ariana Grande attends the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2015/Getty Images for dcp)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 15: Ariana Grande attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 22: Singer Ariana Grande attends the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Lester Cohen/BBMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 28: Ariana Grande attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV.com)

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 20: S上海龙凤419inger Ariana Grande attends the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 07: Ariana Grande attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Ph,爱上海419Quimby,oto by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 20: Ariana Grande attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Ariana Grande attends Billboard Women In Music 2018 on December 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Billboard )

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China to build market-orien Samuelted, internationalized business environment based on rule of law: Premier

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Tuesday that China will build market-oriented, internationalized business environment based on rule of law to further energize market entities.


Li made the remarks when addressing the opening ceremony of the An,上海贵族宝贝论坛Maurice,nual Meeting of the New Champions 2019, also known as the Summer Davos Forum, in the city of Dalian.


Established by the World E,上海龙凤419论坛Virginia,conomic Forum in 2007, the summer forum is held each year in China, alternating between the port cities of Dalian and Tianjin.