Britain stops Russian ship carrying attack helicopters for Syria (Telegraph)
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“A Russian ship believed to be carrying helicopters and missiles for Syria has been effectively stopped in its tracks off the coast of Scotland after its insurance was cancelled at the behest of the British government.
British security officials confirmed they had told Standard Club that providing insurance to the shipment was likely to be a breach of European Union sanctions against the Syrian regime.”
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US threatens sanctions on Somalis who block peace plan (BBC)
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“Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson was speaking after making the first visit by a top US official in two decades.
He said his trip to Mogadishu was to acknowledge “significant progress” made against al-Shabab militants.
…the US envoy was in and out of the Somali capital in a matter of hours on Sunday, but during his key visit met the Somali president, prime minister and other members of the Transitional Federal Government.
Mr Carson said the US would impose sanctions on anyone standing in the way of the political process now under way.”
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Students sentenced to eight years for banner in Turkey (Hurriyet)
@11 months ago
“Two students who staged a protest in 2010 to demand free education were sentenced to eight years and five months in prison yesterday by a Turkish court.
The students, Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer, unfurled a banner reading: “We want free education, we will get it,” during a meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Roma citizens on March 14, 2010.
Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer have already spent one and a half year in jail under arrest. They were released in October 2011, after the previous prosecutor of the case, Kasım İlimoğlu, requested the students’ acquittal, arguing their act was constitutional and fell within the limits of the freedom of expression.
However, Prosecutor Adem Özcan, who replaced İlimoğlu following his appointment to the case, demanded on March 9 that the students, Ferhat Tüzer, Berna Yılmaz and another suspect Utku Aykar, be sentenced on charges of membership of a terrorist organization. Ferhat Tüzer, a mechanical engineering student at Trakya University, Berna Yılmaz, an anthropology student at Ankara University and the other suspect Utku Aykar opened a banner demanding free education during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s meeting with the Roma community in March 2010.
Tüzer and Yılmaz were subsequently arrested but later released after remaining behind bars for 18 months, while Aykar was tried without arrest.”
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Japan Ramping Up Plutonium Production Despite Reactor Shutdowns (Global Security Newswire)
@11 months ago
“Japan’s atomic industry over the next year plans to produce half a ton of plutonium, even though all of the nuclear power plants that could utilize the fuel source are disabled or inactive, the Associated Press reported on Friday.
The country’s considerable plutonium reserve, which is enough to build roughly 5,000 rudimentary nuclear bombs, has raised security concerns from among nonproliferation specialists.
The industry justifies its plutonium production plans by arguing the surplus stocks will eventually be needed when a number of planned reactors are finally built and activated. The future reactors will run on mixed-oxide fuel, which is a blend of uranium and plutonium, Federation of Electric Power Companies spokesman Kimitake Yoshida said.”
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Somalia discusses its future at landmark Istanbul meet (Hurriyet)
@11 months ago
“The Istanbul Conference on Somalia, under the theme ‘Preparing Somalia’s Future: Goals for 2015,’ opens today with the participation of heads of state and representatives from more than 50 countries, and international organizations in cooperation with the United Nations. The conference will end on June 1.
The Istanbul conference is organized on the eve of rising opportunities of ending political, security, humanitarian instabilities and disputes that have continued for 21 years in Somalia.”
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