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МЗС вимагає припинити переслідування корінного народу Криму – Беца

Міністерство закордонних справ України вимагає припинити переслідування корінного народу Криму.

«Знову обшуки, затримання в окупованому Криму. Помста Росії за резолюцію 3-го комітету Генасамблеї ООН по Криму? Вимагаємо припинити знищення корінного народу Криму», – написала речниця МЗС Мар’яна Беца у twitter. 

В анексованому Сімферополі вдень 23 листопада силовики затримали групу кримських татар. ФСБ зарахували затриманих до членів Меджлісу кримських татар, що спростували в представницькому органі кримськотатарського народу.

У момент затримання групи кримськотатарських активістів стало зле ветерану кримськотатарського національного руху Веджіє Кашці, її відвезла з місця подій «швидка». Пізніше з’явилися повідомлення, що жінка померла.

Управління ФСБ Росії в анексованому Криму звинувачує затриманих активістів в «вимаганні в особливо великому розмірі» у громадянина Туреччини.

Після російської анексії в Криму почастішали масові обшуки у незалежних журналістів, громадських активістів, активістів кримськотатарського національного руху, членів Меджлісу кримськотатарського народу, а також кримських мусульман, підозрюваних у зв’язках із забороненою в Росії організацією «Хізб ут-Тахрір».

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French, Polish Leaders Meet to Mend Strained Ties

French president Emmanuel Macron is hosting Poland’s prime minister for talks ranging from Europe’s security to workers posted by their employer in another country, a contentious issue between the two European Union nations.

 

Bilateral ties are tense after Poland canceled a major deal to purchase French-made helicopters and after Macron criticized the government of Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and bypassed Poland during a visit to the region in the summer.

 

Macron gave Szydlo a warm welcome at the Elysee Palace on Thursday. Their talks are to include terms for workers from Eastern Europe working in richer EU countries; defense cooperation and armaments; the future of the EU after Britain leaves the 28-member bloc; and Poland’s concerns over Russia’s plans for a second gas pipeline on the Baltic Sea bed.

 

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Amnesty International’s Turkey Chief to be Held Pending Trial

An Istanbul court ruled Wednesday that Amnesty International’s Turkey director should remain in jail. The anti-terror case includes 10 other human rights defenders and is drawing increasing international condemnation.

The decision by the Istanbul court to continue detaining Taner Kilic pending trial on charges of seeking to overthrow the government has drawn swift condemnation by human rights defenders. The case has become an international focal point of growing concern over the prosecution of human rights activists in Turkey.

Andrew Gardner, a Turkey researcher for Amnesty International, criticized the court’s decision.

“Really this flies in the face of all reason. There is a wealth of evidence that he was innocent of all the charges,” he said. “There was frankly nothing to suggest he was guilty. But despite this, he is again spending another night in a Turkish prison. He already has been detained for six months. The next hearing is going to be on 31st January, 2018. Really, it’s a pretty desperate day for justice in Turkey.”

Kilic also is accused of being linked to those involved in a failed coup last year. The Turkish Amnesty chief is only person currently being held in pre-trial detention after the other 10 human rights activists were released following a hearing last month.

Among those currently on trial are two foreign nationals and other leading members of Turkey’s civic society.

Addressing the court, Kilic said he was being held in an eight-person cell with more than 20 people.

The case has drawn international condemnation. Ahead of the Wednesday hearing, more than 70 leading musicians and artists from around the world called for his release in an open letter. Numerous international human rights groups and European parliamentarians attended the hearing.

Critics say the case is aimed at silencing human rights activists in Turkey. But the government has strongly defended the prosecution, saying the judiciary is independent and that the country is continuing to face an unprecedented threat after the failed military takeover.

A state of emergency remains in force and a crackdown continues against those accused of being involved in last year’s coup attempt, with more than 50,000 people being jailed.

 

 

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Поліція: затримали 12 жителів Чернівецької області за підозрою у викраденні авто в Німеччині

У Національній поліції заявляють про затримання 12 жителів Чернівецької області за підозрою у викраденні автомобілів на території Німеччини.

За словами речника Нацполіції Ярослава Тракало, 22 листопада за місцем проживання підозрюваних провели обшуки і вилучили речові докази і документи.

«Встановлено, що в період з жовтня минулого року по липень цього року вказані громадяни, об’єднавшись у групу, скоїли крадіжки щонайменше 30 транспортних засобів на території Федеративної республіки Німеччина з метою подальшого перепродажу на території іншої держави за підробленими документами», – сказав Тракало. 

За його словами, затриманих судитимуть за статтею 289 (незаконне заволодіння транспортним засобом) Кримінального кодексу. 

У Державній фіскальній службі України 13 листопада повідомляли, що цього року в Україну було імпортовано 123 тисячі автомобілів, з яких 56 тисяч – вживані.

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Крим: померла ветеран кримськотатарського руху Веджіє Кашка

Після затримань кримських татар у Сімферополі померла 82-річна ветеран кримськотатарського національного руху Веджіє Кашка.

Про це повідомляє кореспондент Радіо Свобода з посиланням на джерела в лікарні. Цю інформацію підтверджує кримськотатарська активістка Муміна Салієва.

«Веджіє залишила цей світ. Пишу і не віриться. Не можу знайти слова, джемаат…», – написала Салієва на своїй сторінці у Facebook.

Кримські ЗМІ повідомляють, що «в результаті пережитого стресу померла 82-річна жінка». Російське видання «РИА Новости» стверджує, що ім’я загиблої – Веджіє Кашка.

Раніше стало відомо, що в момент затримання групи кримськотатарських активістів у центрі Сімферополя стало зле ветерану кримськотатарського національного руху Веджіє Кашці, її відвезла з місця подій «швидка».

В анексованому Сімферополі вдень 23 листопада у місцевому кафе затримали кримськотатарських активістів. За інформацією кримських ЗМІ, силовики звинувачують затриманих у «вимаганні в особливо великому розмірі» в громадянина Туреччини.

Кореспондент Радіо Свобода стверджує, що затримали Бекіра Дегерменджі, Асана Чапуха, Кязіма Аметова.

Публічних коментарів російських силовиків з цього приводу поки немає.

Після російської анексії в Криму почастішали масові обшуки у незалежних журналістів, громадських активістів, активістів кримськотатарського національного руху, членів Меджлісу кримськотатарського народу, а також кримських мусульман, підозрюваних у зв’язках із забороненою в Росії організацією «Хізб ут-Тахрір».

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Balloons, Broadway Stars and Security at Macy’s Parade

One of the nation’s biggest outdoor holiday events, the parade makes its way through 2 miles of Manhattan with marching bands, performers from Broadway hits, elaborate floats and signature giant balloons. Olaf from the Disney movie “Frozen” and Chase from the TV cartoon “Paw Patrol” will be among the new balloons Thursday, along with a new version of the Grinch of Dr. Seuss fame.

The parade also will feature heavy security, including officers with assault weapons and portable radiation detectors among the crowds, sharpshooters on rooftops and sand-filled city sanitation trucks poised as imposing barriers to traffic at every cross street. 

“Every year the NYPD has done more to keep this event tonight and the parade itself safer,” Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio told crowds gathered to watch the balloons being inflated Wednesday. “Because we understand we are dealing with a very challenging world. And so the amount of resources and personnel we put in has increased each year to make us safer.” 

Authorities say there is no confirmation of a credible threat to the parade, but it comes after a truck attack on a bike path near the World Trade Center killed eight people in October. Weeks earlier, a gunman in a 32nd-floor Las Vegas hotel room rained bullets on a crowd at a country music festival, killing 58 and injuring hundreds.

 New York City’s mayor and police brass have repeatedly stressed that layers of security, along with hundreds of officers, will be in place for the Thanksgiving parade and that visitors shouldn’t be deterred. But they’re asking spectators to be alert for anything suspicious. 

Police officers will escort each of the giant balloons to help monitor wind speeds and ensure the wafting characters don’t go off course, but winds weren’t expected to climb above 17 mph.

 In 2005, a balloon caught an unexpected gust of wind and struck a lamppost in Times Square, injuring two people. Since then, the parade has been accident-free. 

The 91st annual parade begins at 9 a.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC. Smokey Robinson, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Flo Rida and Wyclef Jean will be among the stars celebrating, along with performances from the casts of Broadway’s “Anastasia,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” plus a dozen marching bands. 

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Australia Calls on US to Build Asia Presence

Australia on Thursday called on the United States to build a strong presence in Asia and bolster ties with “like-minded” partners while warning against China’s rising influence.

A more insular United States would be detrimental to the liberal nature of the world’s “rules-based order,” the government said in a 115-page foreign policy white paper.

“Australia believes that international challenges can only be tackled effectively when the world’s wealthiest, most innovative and most powerful country is engaged in solving them,” the government said.

Roadmap to future

The white paper is a guide for Australian diplomacy and provides a roadmap for advancing its interests.

The election of President Donald Trump represented a step toward a more isolationist world, which could be negative for Australia’s export-dependent economy, commentators have said.

Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional trade agreement in January, shortly after he took office.

“Strong and sustained U.S. engagement in the international system remains fundamental to international stability and prosperity,” the government said in the paper.

“Without such engagement, the effectiveness and liberal character of the international order would erode.”

Australia is one of the staunchest U.S. allies, and troops from the two countries have fought alongside each other in all major conflicts for generations.

But the economic growth and power that the United States has enjoyed since the end of the World War II is now being challenged by China, Australia said.

Australia and China have close economic ties, but China is suspicious of Australia’s close military relationship with the United States.

‘Tensions, benefits’

Australia warned in the paper of risks it faces, particularly in the “Indo-Pacific region” because of a shift in the balance of power.

While the government recognized the economic benefits from China’s rise, it was also trying to “wish China away,” said Jane Golley, deputy director at the Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University.

“To actually drop the word ‘Asia’ from ‘Asia-Pacific’ undoes three decades of diplomatic effort,” Golley said, referring to the use of the phrase “Indo-Pacific” which came up 120 times in the paper. “Asia-Pacific” was not used once.

The United States and some of its allies have recently been talking up their vision of the “Indo-Pacific,” instead of the “Asia-Pacific,” in a play on words aimed at undermining the influence of China.

“There is a small reference to China’s geo-economic strategy in the paper, but the emphasis is on the tensions that could create, rather than the economic benefits,” Golley said.

“We’ll have to see how China reacts to this but they’re not going to like this policy.”

Australia-China relations low

Relations between Australia and China sank to a low point this year after Australia rejected high-profile Chinese investments, citing “national interest.”

Australia has also shown little enthusiasm for China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, which aims to connect China to Europe and beyond with infrastructure projects.

The initiative was mentioned just once in the paper.

“We are not embracing the future,” Golley said. “We are holding on to the past and reaching on to the life jacket rather than thinking of building a whole new ship.”

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Search Continues for Missing Sailors After US Navy Plane Crashes in Western Pacific

Search and rescue operations continued Thursday for three sailors still missing after a U.S. Navy transport plane crashed Wednesday into the western Pacific Ocean.

The Navy said the twin-propeller C2-A Greyhound aircraft plummeted into the sea about 925 kilometers (575 miles) southeast of Okinawa while it was on a routine mission taking passengers and cargo from a U.S. base in Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.

It said eight of the 11 people aboard were rescued about 40 minutes later and taken to the Reagan where they were reported in good condition.

The Navy said several U.S. and Japanese naval ships and aircraft have, so far, covered more than 320 nautical miles in their search for the missing.

There was no immediate explanation for the crash, and the Navy said the incident is being investigated.

Military exercises

U.S. President Donald Trump, at his oceanfront Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for the Thanksgiving weekend holiday, said via Twitter that he is monitoring the situation.

“Prayers for all involved,” he said.

The Reagan was operating in the Philippine Sea as part of joint exercises with Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, part of 10 days of training designed to increase defensive readiness and interoperability in air and sea maneuvers between the two countries.

More than 14,000 U.S. personnel are participating in the drills, which also include the guided-missile destroyers USS Stethem, USS Chafee and USS Mustin, and a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron.

Fifth Navy incident this year

Wednesday’s crash was the fifth major Navy incident in Asian waters this year.

Two fatal accidents left 17 sailors dead and prompted the Defense Department to remove of eight top Navy officers from their posts, including the 7th Fleet commander.

The destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in August off Singapore, leaving 10 U.S. sailors dead and five injured. The USS Fitzgerald, another destroyer, collided with a container ship in waters off Japan in June, killing seven sailors.

After investigations, the Navy concluded the collisions were avoidable, resulting from widespread failures by commanders and crew members, who did not recognize and respond quickly to the emergencies as they unfolded. The Navy has called for improved training, and increasing sleep and stress management for sailors. 

Separately, in January, the USS Antietam ran aground near Yosuka, Japan, and the USS Lake Champlain collided with a South Korean fishing vessel in May.

Carla Babb contributed to this report.

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