Protesters waved red banners, and lobbed stones and bottles at the officers as the intensity of Saturday’s clashes escalated. Riot police made attempts to disperse the crowds, marching in solidarity with the victims of last week’s attacks. Police prevented the protesters from reaching the center of the town, where the bombs exploded by the city hall and post office. Pockets of the marchers also clamored for a change of government as many people in the town are angry at the government’s response to the attack. They also blame Turkish authorities for decision to take in Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in their country, saying it has made them a target for attacks. Barriers were broken down, with some detained, and others suffering injuries, according to a local tweet.The parade began with more than 1,000 participants. Local reports stated that the count could have even stood at over 10,000. However, it quickly fragmented, with the number of attendees dwindling to the hundreds. The clashes calmed down after approximately an hour.Last Saturday’s fatal car bombs in Hatay province on the Turkey-Syria border also injured a further 100 when they exploded outside a community hall and a post office in the center of town of Reyhanli. A third, unconnected explosion – likely an accident – also took place in a building containing some Syrian refugees.Residents of the town harbored frustration at the government’s immediate response, also saying that the country shouldn’t be accommodating refugees from Syria.Turkey had been quick to blame Syria for the devastating attacks, with Ankara warning it would take“all retaliatory measures necessary,” raising the prospect of an escalation in the conflict.Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan came in for criticism for traveling to the United States this week, instead of visiting the town to display support in the wake of its tragedy.Immediately following the blasts, approximately 100 of the city’s residents took to the streets outside Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, calling for Erdogan’s resignation and accusing him of a failed policy towards Syria which they believe led to the assault. …
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Turkish police have the man they believe to be the prime suspect in the double car bombing which killed more than 50 people near the Syrian border in custody.
A government official said that the two vehicles used in the attack were registered in the man’s name which has yet to be released, and that he had driven one of them to the blast sites. Police are still searching for two more suspects who were trying to cross the border to Syria. The government has accused Damascus of being linked with the incident in Reyhanli, promoting fears of the conflict being exported to neighbouring countries.
In Istanbul, protesters are decrying the government as being to blame for the explosions.
Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul has criticised the response of world powers to the Syrian conflict as mere “rhetoric” and called for help with the growing influx of Syrian refugees.
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She is the Moroccan woman at the centre of a sex scandal involving former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi.
In court, Karima el-Mahroug testified for the first time describing Berlusconi’s
so-called ‘Bung Bunga’ parties. She said a young woman danced while dressed as a Catholic nun and then stripped for the then Prime Minister.
But today’s trial is separate from one in which the 76-year-old is charged with paying for sex with an underage prostitute and covering it up, which he denies.
Away from the media mogul, the trial focused on three of his former aides charged with soliciting Ruby and other women for prostitution.
Nicole Minetti, former show girl turned politician, Italian talent agent Lele Mora and former news programme director, Emilio Fede, the third defendant. All three deny the charges.
Both Berlusconi and Ms el-Mahroug known as ‘Ruby the heart stealer’ deny having had sex. She admits receiving 7,000 euros after a party but claims it was merely a gift.
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The announcement comes after a meeting late Tuesday at the Egyptian security services headquarters in Cairo between Azzam al-Ahmed, the Fatah official in charge of reconciliation affairs, and Mussa Abu Marzuq, his Hamas counterpart.“We must take immediate steps to agree on the Palestinian National Council’s [PLO parliament] electoral law and set a date for elections. We have said these measures must be carried out within three months,” Ahmed told Voice of Palestine radio.His words were echoed by Sami Abu Zohri, a Hamas spokesman, who told AFP that both factions had decided to “finalize all reconciliation issues in three months, including that of the national unity government.”Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in April that he would renew consultations with the Hamas movement, after the resignation of Prime Minster Salam Fayyad, who had served since 2007.The two movements signed a reconciliation deal in Cairo in 2011, which was meant to have paved the way for legislative and presidential elections within 12 months.But the implementation of the Cairo agreement stalled over the make-up of the interim government. A second agreement signed by Abbas and Khaled Masha’al, the political bureau chief of Hamas, in Doha, Qatar in February 2012, was opposed by Hamas members in Gaza.The resignation of Fayyad in April opens up the possibility of a joint government; Hamas had never recognized his authority, instead pushing forward their own Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.Reconciliation between Fatah, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, is seen by many as an important prerequisite for securing peace between Israel and Palestine, since a lack of a unified government prevented any meaningful dialogue between the parties.However, there are considerable differences between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas is committed to violence and refuses to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist.Hamas’ charter sates that “There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by jihad” and that “the land of Israel is forfeit to Islam forever.”Fatah on the other hand signed the Oslo peace accords with Israel in 1993, which accepted the right of Israel to exist.Hamas’ terms of reconciliation with Fatah have been that the PA cease security co-operation with Israel in the West Bank, and they also want control of key ministries currently dominated by Fatah, such as the Ministry of Interior. Hamas have also said that no change is made to their security services in Gaza.Amal Hamad, a member of the Fatah Central Committee from Gaza, told the Jerusalem Post on Monday that Hamas was not serious about achieving reconciliation with Fatah.“Hamas is interested in maintaining its Islamic emirate in the Gaza Strip, Hamas does not want to end the conflict with Fatah,” she said. She also accused the Islamist organization of cracking down on Fatah supporters in the Gaza Strip, noting that more than 30 Fatah activists have been summoned for interrogation in the past 24 hours by Hamas. …
All is fair in love and war, espoused Toru Hashimoto, the mayor of Osaka and co-founder of nationalistic opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party).Those sex slaves were euphemistically called ‘comfort women’ and came from several countries, mostly China and Korea, but also from Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan. It is believed that no less than 200,000 women passed through this system.“In the circumstances in which bullets are flying like rain and wind, the soldiers are running around at the risk of losing their lives. If you want them to have a rest in such a situation, a comfort women system is necessary. Anyone can understand that,” Hashimoto told reporters at the Osaka City Government building. Brothels were needed “to maintain discipline in the military – it must have been necessary at that time,” he specified.Hashimoto stressed that he is familiar with the history of the period and insisted that sex slavery was common not only in the Japanese army, an obvious reference to alleged ‘Joy Divisions’ in Nazi concentration camps in Europe during World War II.An unidentified government official told South Korean Yonhap news agency that Seoul is disappointed that a senior Japanese official “made comments supportive of crimes against humanity and revealed a serious lack of a historical understanding and respect for women’s rights,” AP reported.But Toru Hashimoto refused to deny that comfort women were forced to provide sexual services against their will.“It is a result of the tragedy of the war that they became comfort women against their will. The responsibility for the war also lies with Japan. We have to politely offer kind words to [former] comfort women,” he said, following the path of former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, who in his tenure apologized to those Asian countries that Japan colonized in the first half of the 20th century.In 1995, the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, Tomiichi Murayama issued a statement in which he acknowledged that the Japanese military forces were “seriously involved” in “staining the honor and dignity of many women” and offered his profound apology to all wartime comfort women who suffered “emotional and physical wounds that can never be closed.”The current position of the Japanese government has suffered little change since then.“The stance of the Japanese government on the comfort women issue is well known. They have suffered unspeakably painful experiences. The [present PM] Abe cabinet has the same sentiments as past cabinets,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told journalists on Tuesday.However, the co-leader of Japan Restoration Party expressed support to the contrary position of PM Shinzo Abe, who recently made a controversial statement that Japanese aggression in WWII is yet to be defined. The statement sparked outrage in South Korea and China.“What Prime Minister Abe is saying is correct in that, academically, there are no definitions on aggression,” Hashimoto said.But the co-leader of the opposition party went even further. Last week Toru Hashimoto visited Japan’s southernmost Okinawa prefecture, which hosts the US largest military bases in Japan. There he met local politicians to discuss uniting forces in replacing American military from the prefecture’s main island. Also, during a meeting with American military brass there, he proposed that the US marines should use local sexual facilities more actively to control sexual energies.Hashimoto tweeted on Tuesday that official military brothels are nothing new and that immediately after the WWII the Allied Occupation forces in Tokyo established the Recreation and Amusement Association, which ran a number of brothels for soldiers.The Pentagon’s spokesperson has dubbed Hashimoto’s remark ‘ridiculous’, The Japan Times reported, while Tokyo officially specified that the remark was made by an opposition politician and represents his own opinion.Still, there is a chance that both Washington and Tokyo misread Hashimoto’s intent. He may have been referring to Okinawa’s already existing ‘bath houses’, which is a delicate name for accommodation house, to large extent to save the local female population from sexual harassment by the American contingent. Usually heavily-censored by Japanese authorities, the cases of rape of the local women and girls by the US contingent on Okinawa happen on a regular basis. The last trial on rape charges against American servicemen on Okinawa took place in March this year, when two US Navy sailors were convicted and sentenced to prison term for raping and robbing a local woman, AP reported. …