The decision of the Latin American countries to recall their ambassadors in Tel Aviv is a "deep disappointment", says Israel.
El Salvador on Wednesday became the fifth Latin American country to
withdraw its ambassador from Israel in protest at Israel's military
offensive in Gaza.
Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have already recalled their ambassadors.
Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor said that the move
encourages Hamas; "this decision encourages Hamas which has been
recognized as a terrorist organization by several countries. The
countries standing against terror must act responsibly and should not
reward them. While Hamas has been responsible for hindering a ceasfire,
El Salvador, Peru and Chile were expected to support international
attitude for peace and demilitarization of Gaza", the statement said.
Earlier Israel criticized Brazil over its decision to recall its ambassador in protest at Israel's military offensive in Gaza.
Brazil was one of 29 countries in the UN Human Rights Council that
voted last Wednesday to investigate Israel over its military offensive
Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a
visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in
Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.
President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.
It "means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state," he said.
The Philippines renewed calls for thousands of its
nationals to leave Libya on Thursday after a Filipina nurse was abducted
and gang-raped, following the beheading of a Filipino construction
The foreign department said all 13,000 Filipinos there were to be
repatriated as clashes between rival militias threaten to tear the
country apart three years after Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi was
"We reiterate our call to our remaining nationals in Libya to
immediately get in touch with the Philippine embassy in Tripoli and
register for repatriation," said a fresh foreign department advisory
The call came as the ministry confirmed reports that a Filipina nurse was abducted and gang-raped there on Wednesday.
The woman was seized outside her residence and taken to an unknown
location, where she was sexually assaulted by up to six youths.
She was released about two hours later and a Filipino consular team took her to hospital for treatment, he added.
The Philippines ordered its nationals out of Libya on July 20, the
same day the beheaded remains of a Filipino construction worker were
found at a hospital in the port of Benghazi.
The man had been abducted by suspected militiamen on July 15,
apparently singled out because he was not a Muslim, according to Jose.
The department said a consular team has stayed behind in Tripoli
despite the precarious security situation to coordinate the evacuation
of Filipinos by land to Tunisia and Egypt where they will eventually be
flown home. It has also barred its nationals from traveling to Libya.
About 10 million Filipinos live and work abroad, many of them in the Middle East, in search of better-paying jobs.
OTTAWA, Canada - Canadian researchers say they have found 140 victims of
human trafficking in Ottawa in the last year, mostly from Canada or the local
They said they know of a few transgender victims. It's not
common to find men being trafficked. More often than not, the women were also
victims of some other societal pressure such as poverty, racism or homophobia.
The victims they found, identified through interviews with
support workers, were almost exclusively women and most were young, between the
ages of 12 to 25, said lead author Elise Wohlbold.
She says the result is many of the victims find themselves
vulnerable to traffickers.
"They're running away. They're looking for a better
life. And the trafficker's giving them that opportunity.
"The traffickers provide some kind of social inclusion:
home, safety, love, affection. They groom them over many months and once
they're in it, they're too scared to escape, or they're scared for their
families to escape," she said.
The findings go against the stereotype of the foreign-born
woman who is physically restrained and forced into trafficking. It's
psychological grooming, said Wohlbold.
Ottawa police Supt. Uday Jaswal said he's not surprised by
the findings and that police have been busy since they began investigating
It's an important step forward for our community to
understand the scope of human trafficking in Ottawa. It'll really help us
plan for the future in terms of how we need to respond, not only as a police service, but as a community, Uday Jaswal said.
More than 20 migrants have died and dozens are missing after their
makeshift boat sank off the Libyan coast, the navy said late Tuesday.
“A navy patrol on Monday rescued 22 clandestine migrants who were
clinging to debris from their boat,” spokesman Colonel Ayoub Kassem told
AFP, adding that more than 20 bodies were plucked from the water.
Survivors said some 150 people had been aboard the vessel, which sank some 100km (60 miles) east of the Libyan capital Tripoli.
Search operations for possible other survivors continued into Wednesday.
The migrants from south of the Sahara desert had sought to reach the
Italian coast or nearby Malta after crossing restive and lawless Libya.
Hundreds of would-be immigrants die in the process every year, while
others are detained by Italian police once they reach the southern EU
member’s territorial waters or the islands of Sicily or Lampedusa.
This year nearly 80,000 migrants have landed in Italy so far, many
more than the 2011 record of a total of 63,000, according to authorities
Catholicism is by far the dominant religion in Mexico, but the cult of Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, is quickly gaining followers.
Millions including drug traffickers are asking for her protection. The church calls it a Satanic cult.
Actually, many beliefs in that area of the world are often a combination of voodoo and Christianity (among other tribal religions). The people were impressed with the Christian religion when the missionaries brought it to them and basically adopted it carrying along much of their own religious beliefs creating an interesting mix of customs and beliefs.
MANILA, Philippines—Protesters are dispersed with water cannon as they attempt to force
their way closer to the House of Representatives to coincide with the
State of the Nation Address (Sona) by Philippine President Benigno
Aquino III Monday, July 28, 2014, in Quezon City.
People not known to join past protest actions
against President Aquino, such as award-winning scriptwriter Ricky Lee
and satirist Mae Paner (aka Juana Change), were at a huge rally against
the President’s fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday.
“The people now have a different view of this government. There’s
a growing desperation and anger among the people,” Lee, who wrote the
script of Nora Aunor’s highly acclaimed movie “Himala,” said of the
crowd gathered a few kilometers from the House of Representatives where
Aquino delivered his address.
“As long as there are people sleeping on the streets, as long as
there’s hunger, the state of the nation is not OK. It’s that simple,”
the scriptwriter said. Lee said he supported Aquino in the 2010
Paner joined the protest calling for Aquino’s impeachment,
wearing a Filipiniana dress she once wore in an election campaign for
him in 2010.
Anticrime crusader Dante Jimenez and about 30 members of the
Volunteers against Crime and Corruption were also among the first-timers
at the Sona rally.
“President Aquino has failed to realize that the worsening
corruption results in increased criminality in our society. We cannot
fight crimes if we cannot address corruption,” said Jimenez.
“I was ‘yellow’ before,” Paner told the crowd on Commonwealth Avenue
in Quezon City, referring to the President’s political campaign color.
“I’m sorry that I supported him. I thought the lives of ordinary
people would improve under his administration,” said Paner, a petitioner
in one of the three impeachment complaints against Mr. Aquino.
“It turned out that at the end of his straight path is a cliff,” she said.
Paner told the crowd to watch out for her costume change when she
goes to the House to attend the President’s Sona. She was among the
hundreds of people in the gallery of the House of Representatives as the
President delivered his address.
Paner, the comedian known as “Juana Change” who campaigned for
Aquino in 2010, stayed behind and attempted to heckle the President
during the latter part of his speech.
A member of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) was quick to
confiscate Paner’s placard before she could create a commotion. Paner
was not kicked out of the event, as she stayed slumped over her seat
while the PSG stood eagle-eyed across the aisle for the rest of the
Demand for exotic meat has led to an increase in poaching in eastern Malaysian state of Pahang. Berita Harian reported that the problem arose following
demand from consumers for exotic meat. Among the animals sought were deer and jungle fowl.
State Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan)
director Khairah Mohd Shariff said they were aware that more poachers would be
on the prowl during the Hari Raya period.
"We do not dismiss the possibility that there could be
licensed hunters who are exceeding quotas set by Perhilitan, along with illegal
hunters out to make easy money," she said.
She said Perhilitan personnel would be monitoring hot spots
throughout the week to curb poaching.
Khairah said poachers faced fines of up to RM50,000 and a maximum of two years' imprisonment. She also warned licensed hunters against exceeding their
quotas. However, she explained that Perhilitan faced an uphill
battle curbing poaching due to the vast jungle areas and lack of personnel.
DEMAND for exotic meat has led to an increase in poaching in Pahang.
Berita Harian reported that the problem arose following demand from consumers for exotic meat.
Among the animals sought were deer and jungle fowl.
State Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director
Khairah Mohd Shariff said they were aware that more poachers would be on
the prowl during the Hari Raya period.
"We do not dismiss the possibility that there could be licensed
hunters who are exceeding quotas set by Perhilitan, along with illegal
hunters out to make easy money," she said.
She said Perhilitan personnel would be monitoring hot spots throughout the week to curb poaching.
Khairah said poachers faced fines of up to RM50,000 (S$19,552) and a maximum of two years' imprisonment.
She also warned licensed hunters against exceeding their quotas.
However, she explained that Perhilitan faced an uphill battle curbing
poaching due to the vast jungle areas and lack of personnel.
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An al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.
Al-Nusra Front released the new video on Friday showing American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, with other fighters before the May 25 attack that targeted several army positions in the government-held city of Idlib in northwestern Syria.
It said two of the other three suicide attackers were from foreign countries, including one who was identified as being from the Maldives.
Abu-Salha appears smiling in the video and speaks in broken Arabic.
"I want to rest in the afterlife, in heaven. There is nothing here and the heart is not resting," Abu-Salha says.
"Heaven is better. When people die they either go to heaven or hell. There is happiness beyond explanation.''
The video, released by al-Nusra Front's media arm, al-Manara al-Baydha, was posted on self-proclaimed jihadi websites.
Two US F16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort a Panama City-bound
flight from Canada back to Toronto on Friday after a man on the plane
apparently threatened to blow up the aircraft, authorities said.
Major Julie Roberge of North American Aerospace Defense Command
(NORAD) said the jets flew up to join Sunwing Airlines flight 772 as a
“precaution” less than an hour after it took off from Toronto’s Pearson
Video shot by a passenger showed armed Canadian law enforcement
officers shouting “heads down, hands up” as they stormed aboard the
aircraft in helmets and tactical gear after it was escorted back to
Local media said a 25-year-old Canadian man was arrested on suspicion
of threatening the aircraft. Toronto’s City News quoted one passenger
as saying the suspect became angry after learning that the duty-free
items he wanted were not for sale.
Flight 772 had another diversion on Friday night after a passenger on board suffered a head injury after fainting. The plane made an emergency landing in Montego Bay, Jamaica, landing about 6: 45 p.m. local time. It departed for Panama at 8:05 p.m.
Malaysia former prime minister accused the state of Israel of behaving like
untouchables in their annexation of Palestinian land, secure in their
arrogance as the “chosen” people of God.
The Jews are acting worse than the Nazis who persecuted them during
World War II, with their continued military oppression of the
Palestinian people, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed said today.
“When Jews were persecuted by the Nazis in Germany, they seek the
sympathy and support of the world. But their sufferings have taught them
nothing, have not made them understand the pain of suffering,” Dr
Mahathir said in his latest post on his blog, chedet.cc.
“Instead they are now behaving worse than Nazis, not caring at all for the sufferings and deaths they inflict upon others.”
Dr Mahathir said the ongoing Israeli military offensive, which has so
far killed over 600 Palestinian civilians and razed numerous public
buildings and private homes, is proof that the Israelis “don’t care”
what the world thinks of the massacre.
The retired politician, who is a staunch supporter of the
establishment of a Palestinian state and the ouster of Jews from Arab
land, accused the West of supporting Israel’s conduct by branding those
who criticise the Israelis as anti-Semitic.
“The Jews are Semitic people. So are the Arabs. But today the Jews
behave as if they are the only Semitic people. They accused everyone of
being anti-Semitic if they criticised the Jews or accuses them of wrong
doings. For whatever they do, however criminal it may be they would
accuse their detractors as being anti-Semitic.
“In this free world we can accuse anyone of anything and it is
tolerated because it is part of freedom of speech. But the Jews may not
be a criticised in any way without the critic being labelled
‘anti-Semitic’. And many European countries support this view to the
extent of jailing anyone accused of being anti-Semitic.
“Clearly the Jews think of themselves as special beings who are
privileged to the point of being above condemnation or even criticism,”
Dr Mahathir said it is unconscionable that the Israelis are allowed
to forcibly take over Palestinian land, dividing communities and
depriving Palestinians of even the most basic of human rights over the
past 60 years of their occupation.
The country’s longest serving prime minister — who has a history of
having used the controversial Internal Security Act (ISA) to allegedly
stem political dissent — also accused the Israeli administration of
detaining “hundreds” of Palestinians indefinitely, to be used as
bargaining chips whenever an Israeli soldier is caught by the other
Dr Mahathir said despite their actions clearly going against
international laws, morality and human rights, Israel’s Jews continue to
act with impunity as if they are “above any laws, any moral code, any
“The Europeans and the Americans created this monster and they care
not for the atrocities committed by it. They will continue to support
Israel even if the Israelis commit genocide, kill all the Arabs. This is
their way to atone for all their treatment of the Jews in the past.
“The Jews should really be venting their spite on the Germans and
other Europeans. But they are too smart. Killing Arabs is easier and
more fun,” he said, referring to historical accounts of persecution of
Jews by the Europeans.
The year 2014 has shaped up to be a tragic one so far for
the aviation industry, with at least 852 people confirmed dead. These are the some of the deadly air accidents so far as of
July this year:
Feb 11 – Algerian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules On February 11, an Algerian Air Force Lockheed C-130
Hercules aircraft crashed into Djebel Fertas, a mountain in the Oum El Bouaghi
Province, Algeria. The C-130 was carrying 78 people on board, 74 passengers and
four crew. Rescue teams found one survivor and 77 bodies at the site,
with preliminary reports indicating poor weather conditions caused the crash,
as eyewitnesses reported seeing the plane clipping a mountain prior to the
Feb 16 – Nepal Airlines Flight 183
In this incident a Nepal Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-6
Twin Otter crashed in the jungle near Dhikura VDC. This is approximately 74
kilometres south-west of Pokhara, Nepal, on 16 February 2014. All 18 people on board – 15 passengers and three crew – died
in the crash. The crew were attempting to divert to Bhairahawa Airport because
of the weather conditions.
March 8 – Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370
MH370 was a Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew.
It left the KL International Airport at 12.41am on March 8 and disappeared from
radar screens about an hour later, while over the South China Sea. It was to
have arrived in Beijing at 6.30am on the same day. A multinational search was mounted for the aircraft, first
in the South China Sea and then, after it was learned that the plane had veered
off course, along two corridors – the northern corridor stretching from the
border of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to northern Thailand and the southern
corridor, from Indonesia to the southern Indian Ocean. Following an unprecedented type of analysis of satellite
data, United Kingdom satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat and the UK
Air Accidents Investigation Branch concluded that Flight MH370 flew along the
southern corridor, and that its last position was in the middle of the Indian
Ocean, west of Perth. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak then announced on
March 24 – 17 days after the disappearance of the aircraft – that Flight MH370
“ended in the southern Indian Ocean. The wreckage of the plane has yet to be
May 17 – Lao People’s Liberation Army Air Force An-74 crash
In this crash, an Antonov An-74 airplane of the Lao People’s
Liberation Army Air Force crashed in northern Laos, killing 16 out of the 17 on
board. The flight was headed to Xiangkhouang Province, carrying
members of Laos’s Cabinet to a ceremony celebrating the 55th anniversary of the
second division of the Lao People’s Army. Among the dead were Deputy Prime Minister Douangchay Phichit
and four other senior members of the administration.
June 14 – Ukrainian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76
On June 14, forces of the Lugansk People’s Republic shot
down a Ukrainian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76MD which was on approach to land at
Luhansk International Airport, also in the Ukraine, killing all 49 on board. The aircraft, which had 40 passengers and 9 crew was
participating in Ukranian anti-insurgency operations against the Lugansk
People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic, in its eastern Luhansk and
Donetsk oblasts. It was carrying troops and equipment from an undisclosed
location. The Il-76 came under heavy fire as it approached Luhansk
airport, with a machine gun firing on it, along with man-portable surface to
air missiles – which ultimately brought it down.
July 17 – Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17
MH17, a Boeing 777-200ER airliner was shot down on July 17
while on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The crash, which killed all 298 on board is believed to have
been caused by a Buk surface to air missile.
MH17 went down about 50km from the Russia-Ukraine border,
near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. This is an area controlled by the pro-Russia Donbass
People’s Militia, in a conflict zone between the militia and the Ukraine
government. Russia has denied involvement in the crash, with its envoy
to Malaysia saying there was false evidence against Russia over the tragedy. MAS has since announced that would retire flight number MH17
and change the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur route to flight number MH19 from July 25.
July 23 – TransAsia Airways Flight GE222
The flight from Kaohsiung International Airport to Magong
Airport in the Penghu island chain crashed while trying to land after aborting
the first attempt during thunder and heavy rain as Typhoon Matmo pounded
Taiwan. The ATR 72-500 propeller plane was carrying 54 passengers
and four crew members when it plunged into eight houses in Magong on its way
from Kaohsiung in southwestern Taiwan, injuring five people on the ground. Forty-eight people were killed, while 10 survived the crash.
July 24 – Air Algerie Flight AH5017
An Air Algerie flight crashed in Mali on Thursday en route
from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 on board. Swiftair, the
private Spanish company that owns the plane, confirmed on the same day it had
lost contact with the MD-83 operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying
110 passengers and six crew. The passenger list included 50 French, 24 Burkinabe, eight
Lebanese, four Algerians, two from Luxembourg, one Belgian, one Swiss, one
Nigerian, one Cameroonian, one Ukrainian and one Romanian. However, the final casualty toll has yet to be confirmed. It had been reported that Burkino Faso Transport Minister
Jean Bertin Ouedrago said it asked to change route at 0138 GMT because of a
storm in the area. Latest reports indicate that all 116 on board are believed
to have perished.