At least six people were killed and 20 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest at the entrance to Kadhimiya, a mostly Shi'ite Muslim district in northwest Baghdad, police and medical sources said on Sunday. ... [Reuters - 24/7/16]



Syrian government air strikes have put four makeshift hospitals and a local blood bank in Aleppo out of action in the past 24 hours, according to local rescue workers and a monitor.

"Five medical facilities were hit [overnight] and are out of service right now," Ammar Salmo, a spokesman for volunteer rescue group known as the White Helmets, told Al Jazeera.

The bombardment killed a two-day-old baby in a children’s hospital in a besieged eastern neighbourhood of Aleppo, said the Independent Doctor’s Association, a group of Syrian doctors that supports clinics in the city.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith, reporting from Gazientep along the Turkey-Syria border, said that several of the hospitals hit are still able to function. ... [Al Jazeera - 24/7/16]


German military training 100 Syrian migrants in pilot project [Reuters - 23/7/16]:


The German military is training more than 100 Syrian migrants for civilian roles suited to helping the eventual reconstruction of their country, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in remarks released ahead of publication on Sunday.

Von der Leyen told the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily that the pilot program was focused on training migrants in a variety of areas such as technology, medicine and logistics.

It was not immediately clear if von der Leyen planned to expand the program to include more of the one million migrants who arrived in Germany last year.

"The idea is that they will go back to Syria one day and help with the reconstruction" of their war-shattered country, von der Leyen told the newspaper.

She said Germany could also play a role in training Syrian security forces once it had a responsible government.

Syrian refugees can carry out civilian tasks for the German military, but are not eligible to work as soldiers, she said.

Von der Leyen sparked controversy within her own Christian Democratic party recently when she suggested that EU citizens could in certain cases take over armed roles in the German military.

The defense minister also advocates greater diversity in the German military and moves to recruit more immigrants.



Lebanese army launches patrols in Arsal, entryways to refugee camps [Naharnet – 23/7/16]



@ItalianNavy [24/7/16]:  Nave Vega #MarinaMilitare ha terminato lo sbarco di 726 #Migranti a Reggio Calabria



@HumanityCrew [24/7/16]:  This early morning, one boat arrived to Skala, Lesvos. All of the refugees are safe.




Today Sunday #Lesbos.30 people, 1 child, fleeing by sea because there is no hope on Earth. The drama continues ...  via @PROACTIVA_SERV [24/7/16]



@moas_eu [23/7/16]:  Our crew report that being adrift in the #Mediterranean for so long, many were in complete shock ...



@moas_eu [23/7/16]:  Earlier today #MOASResponder received transfer of 90 people rescued this morning after having been adrift for 5 days  



Day 127 refugee protests, Nauru


Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [24/7/16]




Man remanded in custody over fatal North Hobart stabbing [ABC - 24/7/16]



A man has been arrested and another is seriously injured after a stabbing in regional Victoria.

The men were involved in an altercation at a Norlane home about 1.15pm on Sunday and one was stabbed a number of times, police say.

The stabbed man was taken to Geelong hospital in a serious condition.

The other man, believed to be aged in his 20s, was arrested at the scene and was taken to hospital under police guard with minor injuries.

Police believe the men are known to each other. [Nine MSN - 24/7/16]



A woman has been knocked unconscious and two men have suffered dislocated limbs after a brawl in Sydney's CBD on Saturday night. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 24/7/16]


... They don't know what drove a father, separated from wife Kath but hosting a regular "sleepover" in the caravan parked out the front of the Deighton Street [Mt Isa], to seemingly kill himself and his kids. ... [Brisbane Times - 23/7/16]



Why do fathers kill their families? New ‘family annihilator’ study reveals new clues [International Business Times - 14/8/13]



Gold Coast father shot while fighting thief stealing daughter's car from driveway [Yahoo - 24/7/16]



A Brisbane man who allegedly used a machete to slash the face, arms and legs of a 24-year-old stranger has been charged with attempted murder.

The 37-year-old man allegedly fetched the knife from his home after a becoming involved in a fight with four other men in Burpengary, north of Brisbane, on early Sunday morning.

He is also charged with grievous bodily harm after he seriously wounded a 22-year-old man who came to the aid of his friend.

The injured men were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The alleged offender will face Caboolture Magistrates Court on Monday. [Yahoo - 24/7/16]



A man is in a serious condition in hospital after swerving to avoid a horse near Chillagoe, 200 kilometres west of Cairns, on Saturday afternoon. ... [Brisbane Times - 24/7/16]



Motorcyclist injured in serious crash on Ipswich Motorway [Brisbane Times - 24/7/16]



A man has been taken to hospital after crashing his motorbike on the Gold Coast this morning.

It’s understood the man came off his bike on Bains Road at Currumbin Valley around 10.30am. ... [MYGC - 24/7/16]



A woman has been seriously injured in a crash in the Gold Coast hinterland.

The accident happened on Macrozamia Drive, off Henri Robert Drive, at Clagiraba around 11.30am.

It’s understood a vehicle struck a tree on the side of the road. ... [MYGC - 23/7/16]



A man has died after his car crashed off a cliff in southeast Queensland.

The 64-year-old man was killed when the car he was driving left Mount Nebo Road, northwest of Brisbane, and crashed down an embankment around 7.45am on Saturday. ... [Yahoo - 23/7/16]




Burleigh Waters man slices his leg open with angle grinder [MYGC - 24/7/16]



A man has been injured after six people narrowly escaped a fire which burned a house boat down to the waterline at the Gold Coast on Friday evening.

Initial investigations suggest a faulty generator started a fire about 6.40pm on the 49-foot commercial house boat, which was anchored in a waterway off the Horizon Shores Marina on Cabbage Tree Point Road at Woongoolba. ... [Brisbane Times - 23/7/16]



Child in hospital after Sydney window fall [Nine MSN - 24/7/16]



Arson attack on Radio 6PR and WAToday building in East Perth [WA Today - 24/7/16]



Mexico: Chiapas Mayor and union organiser killed, 3 others dead [teleSUR - 23/7/16]



Israel's Foreign Ministry says a senior official has met with a visiting former military general from Saudi Arabia.

The meeting marks a rare public engagement between countries that have no official relations. ... [Daily Star - 24/7/16]



Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit "Al Qaida" in Yemen [Gulf News - 23/7/16]



A grenade exploded on Friday outside a mosque in Yemen's capital Sanaa, controlled by the Iran-allied Houthi group, residents said, as worshippers were leaving after midday prayers.

There were no injuries or casualties, a Reuters witness said. No group claimed responsibility for the explosion under a parked car by the Bilal mosque in western Sanaa. ... [Reuters - 22/7/16]



Gabon police charge demonstrators, beat up AFP cameraman [eNCA - 23/7/16]



American activists from the Black Lives Matter movement marched with Brazilian partners through central Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, to protest police violence before the city hosts the first-ever Olympics in South America next month.


Organized by a group of six activists associated with the U.S.-based movement, Saturday's march included about 200 Brazilian activists and a ceremony at Candelaria cathedral, the infamous site of a 1993 massacre in which a death squad, including off-duty policemen, killed eight children and adolescents who slept on the church steps. ...  [Reuters - 23/7/16]



Munich gunman inspired by rightwing Breivik: police [The Local - 23/7/16]



... "We go to school not far away from here," 14-year-old Kristina said.

"We meet here all the time to have ice cream or just to hang out with friends. This place will never look the same again." ... [Deutsche Welle - 23/7/16]



Turkish PM describes FETO as 'sick terrorists' [Anadolu - 23/7/16]



U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, the main suspect behind the bloody July 15 coup attempt, is more dangerous than former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, Turkish EU minister has said, criticizing the bloc for failing to stand by Turkey during the unrest. ... [Hurriyet Daily News - 23/7/16]



Fethullah Gülen's key aide captured after failed coup attempt [Daily Sabah - 23/7/16]



Turkey issued warrants for the detention of 300 presidential guards after last week's Gülenist coup attempt.

At least 283 had already been detained and taken to the Ankara Police Department.

Meanwhile, the Turkish government cancelled 10,856 passports "due to a flight risk, including close to 10,000 green/grey (official) passports", with the holders either in custody or on the run, the official said. ... [Daily Sabah - 22/7/16]



Joe Biden expresses US support, urges rule of law in call with Turkey PM [Hurriyet Daily News - 22/7/16]



A failed coup in Turkey has changed the geopolitical landscape overnight realigning Ankara with Moscow while shattering Washington’s plan to redraw the map of the Middle East.

Whether Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan staged the coup or not is of little importance in the bigger scheme of things.

The fact is, the incident has consolidated his power domestically while derailing Washington’s plan to control critical resources and pipeline corridors from Qatar to Europe.

The Obama administrations disregard for the national security interests of its allies, has pushed the Turkish president into Moscow’s camp, removing the crucial landbridge between Europe and Asia that Washington needs to maintain its global hegemony into the new century.

Washington’s plan to pivot to Asia, surround and break up Russia, control China’s growth and maintain its iron grip on global power is now in a shambles.

The events of the last few days have changed everything. ... [Counterpunch - 20/7/16]



"Use comments on Race, Women, Inciting Violence to make Trump truly beyond the pale."  @wikileaks [23/7/16]:  ... DNC @realDonaldTrump master playbook (powerpoint) ...



@wikileaks [23/7/16]:  UK: Blair priv-sec, now Sky, asks former ambo to get her into US DNC, disses Labour #Corbyn ...



"Hispanics are the most brand loyal consumers in the World: Known fact." ‏@wikileaks [23/7/16]:  ... Questionable DNC strategy for "Getting out the Latino vote in 2016" ...



... The Sun, you will recall, is the newspaper that appears at ease with its columnists describing refugees dying at sea as “cockroaches”. ...  Fatima Manji: The Truth - why Kelvin MacKenzie's smears won't stop me from doing my job [Liverpool Echo - 19/7/16]



Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the death of 18 year old Mzee Mohammed in Mersyside police custody.  Co-Chair of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, National BME Officer for the Respect Party and former Director of Policing and Equalities for Mayor of London Lee Jasper criticises the IPCC, Theresa May’s speech and dismissed allegations that the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn and his old boss Ken Livingstone are anti-Semitic.  Do Black Lives Matter in the UK? [RT - 23/7/16]



Police attacked near Paris, cars torched over death in custody [France 24 - 23/7/16]



2 dead, 7-year-old boy injured in Miami shooting [Local 10 - 23/7/16]:


... A detective at the scene told Local 10 News reporter Michael Seiden that the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute.



Four people are dead and a child is injured after a shooting at an apartment complex, according to the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office. ... [KVUE - 23/7/16]



Youngstown attorney arrested for wearing Black Lives Matter badge in court [WFMJ - 23/7/16]




Of the 71 US-bound Cuban refugees who passed through Cayman this week, 26 have been detained, and will probably be forcibly returned [Cayman Compass - 23/7/16]



Alexei Leyva Céspedes hoped the rough seas that nearly drowned him and 23 other Cuban rafters would be the only obstacle he would confront on his way to the American Dream.

He did not count on the U.S. Coast Guard's tenacity in blocking the growing flow of undocumented Cuban migrants; the hard times he spent for several days aboard a cutter; climbing a lighthouse off the Florida Keys; and his inability to talk to the attorneys representing the rafters in court.

Two months later, Leyva abandoned the U.S. Navy base in Guantánamo, where the rafters were transferred while their search for asylum was processed, and returned to his hometown of Puerto Padre in the eastern province of Las Tunas.

“They told me I couldn't enter the United States, that I would have to stay on the base at least two years until another country agreed to give me asylum,” he said from Cuba.

“I have family, two children and a wife. I couldn't live away from them so long.” ... [In Cuba Today - 21/7/16]



Offshore refugee concentration camps were reopened by the ALP under the watchful guidance of the United States [Buzzfeed - 4/6/16]



"SHUT DOWN OFFSHORE!" ‏@elahe_zivardar [23/7/16]: Day 126- peaceful protest in Nauru  ...


@elahe_zivardar [23/7/16]:  ... People chant: what happened to Hodan?



@racvictoria [23/7/16]:  Day 72 of peaceful protests on #Manus Enough is Enough. ...



Refugees in South East Asia are dying because the dishonest political, media and human rights establishment are getting away with murder [SBS - 21/7/16]



Australia's anti-refugee policy is bipartisan, directed by the US and supported by the UNHCR.  While criticism is only directed at the government, it will inevitably get worse [Sydney Morning Herald - 9/4/10]


... The suspension, pending a review, followed the announcement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that it was reviewing security conditions in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan - major source countries for asylum seekers arriving in Australia. 

It also follows a statement by a senior official of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Indonesia who declared people smuggling was out of control.

Manuel Jordao said there were 4000 asylum seekers registered with the UN in Indonesia, and large numbers of them would try to get to Australia by boat.

He called for new solutions to get the situation under control.

Senator Evans, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith and Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor fronted a press conference shoulder-to-shoulder this morning to deliver the new hardline policy.

The government will review the situation in Sri Lanka after three months and in Afghanistan after a period of six months. ...




Joint press conference [9/4/10]:


... CHRIS EVANS:   ... What the pause says is that we think conditions are improving, that the advice from the UNHCR is they're reviewing their advice, and their advice is one of many that we use — the State Department and other organisations.

When we combine that country advice, we're seeing an improved situation. ...




‏@pajhwok [23/7/16]:  #Afghanistan: 6 killed and wounded as stray rocket hits Paktia house ...



‏@pajhwok [23/7/16]:  The relatives of those killed and wounded in twin suicide attacks in Kabul on Saturday closed the entrance to the airport in central Bamyan province in reaction to the attack.



@pajhwok [23/7/16]:  Kabul, demo suicide attack #Afghanistan



... Mohammad Ismael Kawasi, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) spokesman, confirmed the casualties in the explosions that took place in the middle of the crowd at around 2:30 pm.

Security forces cordoned off the site and no one was allowed to enter the area.

Luqman, one of the rally participants, told Pajhwok Afghan News the first explosion happened near the Barikot Cinema and the second followed in Demazang Square.

He said a large number of people were wounded and evacuated to hospitals. ... [Pajhwok - 23/7/16]





24 July 2016