Tunisia: Security Measures against gender

Tunisia suspended Emirates flights after a public outcry over security measures in the United Arab Emirates targeting women from the north African country.

The transport ministry said it has suspended Emirates flights to Tunis until the airline finds the appropriate solution to operate flights “in accordance with international law and agreements”.

A number of Tunisian women said their travel to the Gulf state on Emirates had been delayed and some had been forced to undergo additional examination of their visas.

That triggered angry reactions on social media and media outlets in Tunisia.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE foreign minister, said on Twitter: “We contacted our Tunisian brothers about security information that necessitated taking specific procedures.

“We should avoid misleading attempts … We highly value Tunisian women and respect them,” he added, without elaborating.

  1. Is there any need for this?
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Iran :13 dead as a result of Earthquake

strong earthquake that shook the Iran-Iraq border region on Sunday killed at least 13 people, authorities and state media in the two countries said. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 temblor was centred 20 miles (32 kilometres) southwest of Halabja, near the northeastern border with Iran.

In Iraq, officials said the quake had killed six people in Sulaimaniyah province and injured around 150.

“Four people were killed by the earthquake” in Darbandikhan, the town’s mayor Nasseh Moulla Hassan said.

Iraq: Force to launch into Islamic support system

Iraq’s Prime Minister says Iraqi forces are launching an operation to push Islamic State group fighters out of a patch of territory on the western edge of the country near the border with Syria.

Haider al-Abadi is announcing the push during a visit to the holy city of Karbala on Saturday during the Arbaeen pilgrimage that commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and a central figure in Shiite Islam.

Iraqi forces retook Iraq’s border crossing with Syria earlier this month in a U.S.-led coalition-backed operation that involved Iraqi army units, Iraqi special forces and local tribal fighters.

All that remains from the so-called “caliphate” that once stretched to the edges of Baghdad are patches of territory along the Euphrates in the deserts of Syria and Iraq.

Kudos to The Associated Press.

China : UCLA basketball result in Shanghai….

SHANGHAI — It was supposed to be a shining example of U.S.-China sporting cooperation and a chance for an elite group of students to learn from another culture.

But Saturday’s season opening Pac-12 college basketball game between UCLA and Georgia Tech was overshadowed by three players who weren’t even there, and by an entirely unwelcome learning experience.

Three UCLA players — including a younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie sensation Lonzo Ball — were stuck in a hotel more than a hundred miles away after being arrested this week for allegedly shoplifting from a store, or stores, in the lakeside city of Hangzhou.

Their teammates, seemingly unfazed by the holes in their squad, led for most of the game, and held off a late Georgia rally to close out a hard-fought contest 63-60. Both coaches praised their respective team’s fighting spirit, even if there was more effort than experience on offer in squads filled with rookies.

Sources in the traveling party said the three missing players would not be on board the plane when the teams fly back to Los Angeles Saturday night.

“It’s certainly very unfortunate and very disappointing to me as commissioner of the conference, when we’re guests in another country, guests of our partners, that any of our students should be involved in this incident,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott told a news conference before the game.


kudos Washington post

Trump, Putin comment on Syria

The United States and Russia released a joint statement on Syria Saturday, the Kremlin said, after President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on the sidelines of an economic summit here.

The two men “confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria” and agreed to “maintain open military channels of communication” to ensure the safety of forces on both sides, a Kremlin-posted readout said.

The presidents also “agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria” and repeated calls for all parties to take part in the Geneva political process, according to the text of the joint statement published on the Kremlin’s website.

The U.S. has yet to release its own statement detailing the leaders’ discussion and the White House did not immediately respond to questions about the Kremlin announcement.

President Trump and Russian President Putin talk at the break of a leader’s meeting at the APEC summit in Vietnam on Saturday MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/KREML / EPA

Trump has long expressed interest in working with Russia both to defeat ISIS and to help broker peace in civil war-ridden Syria. And though the two countries may find common ground on those subjects, the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and intensifying investigations into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Kremlin still hang over the relationship.

Saturday was also not the first time Russia has beaten the United States on releasing descriptions of the leaders’ meetings or establishing its own early narrative out of those face-to-face conversations.

When the two leaders held a lengthy meeting in Hamburg over the summer, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters afterwards that Trump had accepted Putin’s denials about interfering in the 2016 election. Afterwards, a Trump administration official told NBC News Lavrov’s account was “not accurate” while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Trump pressed President Putin “on more than one occasion” on the meddling issue.


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U.S: Richard allegation of sexual harassment…..

Ms Tech was a junior writer and researcher on the show and Dreyfuss was married with a young child.

In an interview with  Vulture, a show business website, Ms Teich alleged Dreyfuss made repeated sexual advances towards her.

On at least one occasion, she claims, Dreyfuss exposed himself adding that he appeared to hope she would perform a sex act although he never actually requested she did so.

“It was like an out-of-body experience. I just tried to swiftly get out of the room. I pretended it hadn’t really happened,” she told Vulture.

“I kept moving because it was part of my job, and I knew he was, at the time, a very important guy, and certainly important to me.

“I trusted him. That’s what’s always so weird. I liked him. That’s part of why it’s so painful, because of the level of innocence one brings to these things. I felt responsible, that I must have indicated in some way that I was available for this.”

In a statement to Vulture, Dreyfuss admitted he had made mistakes in the past, but had never “exposed” himself. He also claimed that he was in no way an “assaulter.”

“I value and respect women, and I value and respect honesty,” Dreyfuss said.

“I emphatically deny ever ‘exposing’ myself to Jessica Teich, whom I have considered a friend for 30 years. I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years.

“I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual. I didn’t get it. It makes me reassess every relationship I have ever thought was playful and mutual.”

kudos to U.K telegraph