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Italy politicians thrash out plans for post-crisis leader | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Italy politicians thrash out plans for post-crisis leader | Reuters

By Antonella Cinelli and Isla Binnie | ROME ROME Political parties made their cases to Italy's president on Saturday for ways out of a government crisis prompted by Matteo Renzi's resignation as prime minister following his defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform.Renzi's Democratic Party (PD) was planning to use a meeting with President Sergio Mattarella later in the day to argue that Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, 62, should lead the new government, four party sources told Reuters.If he gets the nod, Gentiloni could take office next week and would face an immediate crisis in the banking sector, with the country's third-largest lender, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, likely to need state intervention to avoid collapse.Mattarella, a 75-year-old former constitutional court judge, must decide if someone can lead the country to national elections scheduled for 2018, or whether the next government will serve only until early elections in spring.Italians rejected Renzi's constitutional reform in a popular vote on Dec. 4, leading the 41 year-old to fulfil a pledge to resign as premier. #Politics #United States #Economy #Business #Middle East #markets #Italy
Parties make their cases to Italy president for new leader | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Parties make their cases to Italy president for new leader | Reuters

By Antonella Cinelli and Isla Binnie | ROME ROME Political parties made their cases to Italy's head of state on Saturday for candidates to lead the country out of a government crisis prompted by Matteo Renzi's resignation as prime minister.President Sergio Mattarella, a 75 year-old former constitutional court judge, must decide if someone can lead the country to elections scheduled for 2018, or whether an interim government could serve until early elections in spring.Italians rejected Renzi's constitutional reform in a popular vote on Dec. 4, leading the 41 year-old to fulfil a pledge to resign as premier if he failed to rally support for it.Mattarella started with smaller parliamentary groups on Thursday, gearing up to finish with Renzi's Democratic Party (PD), which holds a majority in both houses, later on Saturday.Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, whose small centre-right grouping in the ruling coalition met Mattarella around midday, said his party would support a new mandate for Renzi, although a parliamentary source said last week the PD leader had ruled out - for the moment - staying on as a caretaker #Politics #science #Europe #markets #Italy #Entertainment #article
Gambia's president-elect says loser Jammeh cannot reject polls | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Gambia's president-elect says loser Jammeh cannot reject polls | Reuters

By Lamin Jahateh | BANJUL BANJUL Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow said on Saturday the country's outgoing leader Yahya Jammeh had no authority to reject the results of Dec.1. polls, while the United Nations and African Union piled pressure on Jammeh to step aside #India #markets #Africa #Security #Argentina #Entertainment #Election
Iraq says army makes gains in gruelling Mosul battle | Reuters

Updated : Dec 10, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Iraq says army makes gains in gruelling Mosul battle | Reuters

By Dominic Evans and Stephanie Nebehay | BAGHDAD/GENEVA BAGHDAD/GENEVA The Iraqi army said it took full control of two more districts of east Mosul on Saturday, pushing back Islamic State militants in a slow and hard-fought advance into the city whose 1 million residents face growing shortages of fuel, water and food.A military statement said elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) troops took over the neighbourhoods of al-Murour and al-Qadisiya al-Oula, expanding their area of control in the east of the city.Despite the reported advance, the army's progress in Mosul remains painstakingly slow, facing brutal counter attacks from the hugely outnumbered but well prepared and heavily armed jihadists who have controlled the city since mid-2104.In an attempt to change the dynamics of the grinding seven-week campaign, troops from an armoured division punched their way deeper into the city on Tuesday in an attack on a hospital believed to be used as a military base by Islamic State.They were forced to withdraw from the complex after a ferocious counter-attack by Islamic State fighters, who deployed at least six suicide car bombs, although residents said the army was able to hold some territory nearby.The CTS, which has spearheaded the fighting in Mosul since it broke through Islamic State defences in the eastern outskirts in late October, controls half of the eastern bank of the city which is split by the Tigris running through its centre.Sabah al-Numani, spokesman for the CTS forces, told Iraqi television they had reached within 3 or 4 km (2 miles) of the Tigris, and hoped to take the remaining districts of the east bank "with the same speed" they had achieved so far. That would imply full control of the eastern half of the city would not be accomplished before late January, missing Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's target of recapturing the whole city by the end of the year #United States #Middle East #markets #United Kingdom #crisis #Entertainment
Schoolgirl suicide bombers kill 30 in Nigerian market - army | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Schoolgirl suicide bombers kill 30 in Nigerian market - army | Reuters

By Emmanuel Ande | YOLA, Nigeria YOLA, Nigeria Two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 30 people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated attack on a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Madagali on Friday, an army spokesman said. The bombings bore the hallmark of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has been waging an insurgency to set up a state adhering to a strict interpretation of Muslim laws in the northeast. #United States #India #Middle East #markets #Security #Nigeria #article
Philippine senators tell Duterte drug war must be legal, punish rogue police | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Philippine senators tell Duterte drug war must be legal, punish rogue police | Reuters

MANILA Philippine senators have criticised the way President Rodrigo Duterte is carrying out his anti-narcotics campaign, saying it should be done within the bounds of the law and he must punish erring police officers.Police say 2,004 people have been killed by officers in self-defence during anti-drug operations since the president took office on July 1. Another 3,060 killings have been classified as "under investigation".Senators said while they had found no clear proof that the rising number of extrajudicial killings was state-sponsored, they told Duterte to observe due process and give the accused their day in court.Duterte has denied the police are conducting extrajudicial killings #Economy #markets #Police #President #article
Syrian government forces press attack in east Aleppo | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Syrian government forces press attack in east Aleppo | Reuters

By Laila Bassam and Lisa Barrington | ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army pressed an offensive in Aleppo on Friday with ground fighting and air strikes in an operation to retake all of the city's besieged rebel-held east that would bring victory in the civil war closer for President Bashar al-Assad. "The advance is going according to plan and is sometimes faster than expected," a Syrian military source told Reuters, adding that the Syrian army and its allies had recaptured 32 of east Aleppo's 40 neighbourhoods, about 85 percent of the area. Reuters witnesses, rebels and a monitor on Friday confirmed the military thrust. #India #Business #Syria #markets #United Kingdom #Turkey #crisis
Dutch police arrest terrorism suspect with loaded Kalashnikov | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Dutch police arrest terrorism suspect with loaded Kalashnikov | Reuters

AMSTERDAM Police acting on a tip-off from the Dutch intelligence agency arrested a 30-year-old "terrorist" suspect and seized an arsenal of weapons in the port city of Rotterdam on Friday afternoon, prosecutors said.Detectives found a Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle, four boxes of illegal highly explosive fireworks, a large depiction of the Islamic State flag, several mobile phones and 1,600 euros in cash when they searched the suspect's apartment."He is suspected of preparing a terrorist crime," prosecutors said in a statement. #India #Europe #markets #Iraq #Belgium #Netherlands
South Koreans celebrate impeachment of President Park | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

South Koreans celebrate impeachment of President Park | Reuters

By Ju-min Park | SEOUL SEOUL Jubilant South Koreans celebrated with cheers, hugs and selfies on Friday, after lawmakers voted to impeach embattled President Park Geun-hye over an influence-pedalling scandal that had drawn huge crowds to weekly protests demanding she step down.The impeachment motion, passed by 234 lawmakers with 56 opposed, suspends Park's powers and leaves the Constitutional Court to decide whether to uphold the motion and remove Park from office or reject it and reinstate her.A large crowd of demonstrators gathered outside parliament in anticipation of the outcome greeted the news with cheers."I feel great!" said 54-year-old rice farmer Im Chae-jum. #Politics #United States #India #Middle East #markets
African governments urged to help 3.5 million people uprooted from their homes in 2015 | Reuters

Updated : Dec 09, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

African governments urged to help 3.5 million people uprooted from their homes in 2015 | Reuters

By Tom Gardner ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As many as 3.5 million people in Africa were uprooted from their homes in 2015 due to conflict and natural disasters and left stranded in their own country, with many governments overlooking this growing problem, according to a report released on Friday. Figures from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) showed an average of about 9,500 people fled their homes daily last year, bringing the total number of Africans displaced internally to 12.4 million, with the number set to rise in 2016.The worst affected country was Nigeria, with as many as 736,000 fleeing their homes in 2015 as a result of violence associated with the Boko Haram militant Islamist insurgency.The report calculates the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) is double the number of the continent's refugees, estimated by the United Nations to have reached 5.4 million in 2015, highlighting the scale of Africa's comparatively overlooked "internal displacement crisis".While refugees are the responsibility of the international community, people displaced within their own country are the responsibility of national governments."Many of these governments are not even aware of the scale of the problem within their own borders," said Alexandra Bilak, IDMC director told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview."They need to take up their responsibilities and actually keep track of these people." ONGOING CRISES The figures for the first half of 2016 are likely to be at least as high with ongoing conflicts in countries like South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Nigeria, Bilak said.The report's publication marks the anniversary of the Kampala Convention, Africa's landmark commitment to preventing displacement and protecting the rights of IDPs, signed in 2009 and now ratified by 25 countries. It argues better data is needed, especially on people driven from their homes by slow-onset crises such as a drought, and this is crucial if governments are to meet their commitments."Reliable data on population movements is vital to ensure a timely and well targeted operational and policy response," the report said.The IDMC hoped the report would be a reminder that while the continent's refugee crisis has attracted international attention in recent years, the problem of huge numbers of Africans uprooted from their homes but temporarily settled in their own countries is not new."The same people remain on our books, year in, year out #India #Environment #science #markets #South Africa #Africa #Entertainment