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Turkey sends weapons to Syrian rebels facing Russian-backed…

AMMAN ( ) – Turkey has equipped an array of mainstream Syrian rebels it backs with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them try to repel a major Russian-backed assault, senior opposition officials and rebel sources said on Saturday.

Russia is backing the Syrian army’s large aerial and gr,上海夜网官方网站Lake,ound assault as it seeks to gain control of the last big stretch of rebel-held territory in the northwest of the country.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched the assault last month, saying rebels had breached an existing ceasefire, triggering a civilian exodus by bombarding Idlib and adjacent areas. It has been the biggest escalation since last summer between Assad and his enemies in Idlib province and a belt of territory around it.

Ankara stepped up supplies in recent days after failing to persuade Russia in recent meetings of a joint working group that it should end its escalation to avert a major influx of refugees pouring into Turkey, two senior opposition figures said.

In doing so Turkey signaled its readiness to preserve its influence in northwestern Syria, where it has beefed up its troop presence in a dozen military bases that were set up under a de-escalation deal with Russia, a senior rebel commander said.

Turkish officials were not immediately available to comment.

Overnight, a Turkish military convoy arrived at a base in northern Hama near rebel-held Jabal al Zawiya, where Rus,上海仙霞路夜生活Kai,sian and Syrian jets have been pounding for weeks, a rebel and a witness said.

The delivery of dozens of armored vehicles, Grad rocket launchers, anti-tank guided missiles and so-called TOW missiles, helped roll back some Syrian army gains and retake the strategically located town of Kfar Nabouda, one senior opposition figure said.

The TOW missile had been the most potent weapon in the arsenal of rebel groups battling Assad during the conflict. It was extended by Western and Arab foes of Assad until a CIA-led program of mil,上海夜生活网交流Landon,itary support to help moderate rebels was suspended in 2017.

A Western intelligence source said Washington had given a “greenlight” for the Turkey-backed mainstream rebels to use the TOW missiles, which had been in storage in the latest campaign.

Washington, which has criticized Russia’s latest campaign and urged a ceasefire, also said it saw signs that Assad has used poison gas in the latest offensive and warned that it would respond “quickly and appropriately” if this were proven.[L5N22Y5MO]

Assad has denied such allegations throughout the war.

A spokesman for the Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NLF), Captain Naji Mustafa, did not confirm or deny any new supplies by Turkey, saying rebels had long had a big arsenal of weapons from anti-tank to armored vehicles “alongside material and logistical support by our Turkish brothers”.

The retreat from Kfar Nabouda was an upset to a Russian goal of a speedy military campaign to gain another slice of heavily populated Idlib province.

In the last 24 hours, the Syrian army has been sending large troop reinforcements ahead of opening a new front, a source in touch with Syrian army commanders told .

The Syrian army said on Saturday it continued to intensify its attacks on what it called terrorist hideouts in the northwest.

A Turkey back上海夜生活网ed-rebel grouping called the National Army, which operates in northwestern border areas near Turkey, has been allowed to join mainstream rebel factions along the frontlines.

“Large numbers of our fighters have joined with all their weapons to repel the assault,” said Major Youssef Hamoud, their spokesman.

The rebels’ readiness to put aside differences that once led to bloody internecine fighting has united jihadists and mainstream rebels for the first time in years.

Twenty-nine detainees killed in Venezuela police station cellblock…

ACARIGUA, Venezuela ( ) – Twenty-nine detainees were killed and 19 police officers were wounded in a confrontation in a cellblock in central Venezuela in what a state official called a failed escape attempt, but human rights groups described as a massacre.

The incident took place in the town of Acarigua in a municipal police cellblock in the central state of Portuguesa.

“There was an attempted escape and a fight broke out among(rival) gangs,” Portuguesa Citizen Security Secretary Oscar Valero told reporters. “With police intervention to prevent the escape, well, there were 29 deaths,上海夜生活Octavien,,” he said, adding that some 355 people were being held in the cellblock.

Detainees detonated three grenades, which wounded 19 police officers, he said. Venezuela’s Information Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Human rights groups questioned the official version of the events.

“How is it that there was a confrontation between prisoners and police上海夜生活网, but there are only dead prisoners?” Humberto Prado of the Venezuelan Prisons Observatory said in a telephone interview. “And if the prisoners had weapons, how did those weapons get in?”

Detainees for several days had been demanding that,上海夜网千花Balthazar, government ombudsmen help them avoid being transferred to distant prisons where they would not be able to receive visits from relatives, Prado said.

Authorities entered the cell block to carry out searches and remove visiting women when violence broke out, Prado said, estimating the facility in fact held some 540 inmates.

Police cellblocks in Venezuela are meant to hold citizens for 48 hours while they face formal charges. But detained citizens can spend months or even years in such facilities because prisons are too overcrowded to re,上海仙霞路夜生活Falkner,ceive them and because of chronic delays in basic criminal justice proceedings required to indict them.

In 2018, a riot that led to a fire in a police cellblock in the central city of Valencia killed 68 people, including two women who were visiting.

Carlos Nieto of human rights group A Window to Freedom said the country has around 500 cellblocks with capacity to hold around 7,000 people that currently have nearly 55,000 detainees in custody.

Lawmakers question Trump ties to Panama project linked to…

SAO PAULO ( ) – Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee have asked the Trump Organization if it was aware of allegations that real estate agents and investors involved in the Trump Ocean Club in Panama had ties to money laundering and drug trafficking.

Democratic Representatives Norma Torres and Eliot Engel sent the letter, seen by , to the Trump Organization’s general counsel, Alan Garten, on Wednesday evening.

They asked what due diligence was done on investors and agents involved in the project, which earned President Donald Trump between $30 million and $50 million for lending his name to it, according to court records.

Garten wrote in an email on Thursday that he had not received the letter from Torres an,上海夜生活网交流Qirin,d Engel.

Torres and Engel largely based the questions in their letter on the findings of a investigation into the Trump Ocean Club published in November, in conjunction with U.S. broadcaster NBC News.

“Given widely reported allegations of money laundering and drug trafficking in connection with Trump Ocean Club Panama, we b,上海夜玩网论坛Idaia,elieve it is imperative to understand the Trump Organization’s knowledge of and role in sales at this property,” the representatives wrote.

They asked if the Trump Organization at any time became aware that “any agents or investors involved in Trump Ocean Club were involved in money laundering or illegal narcotics trafficking,” and, if so, had they reported it to U.S. or Panamanian authorities and terminated business arrangements with any suspected individuals.

The investigation found that a Brazilian man, Alexandre Ventura Nogueira, was responsible for between one-third and one-half of advance sales for the Trump Panama project, which was completed in 2011.

Nogueira is under investigation in Brazil for international money laundering. The inquiry started in 2013 after the Finance Ministry’s financial crimes unit noticed several transfers of more than 1 million reais ($308,500) from accounts in Panama to his accounts in Brazil.

In a November interview with , Nogueira denied any wrongdoing in Brazil.

He said that he only learned after the Trump Ocean Club project was almost complete that some of his partners and investors in the project were criminals, including some with what he described as connections to the “Russian mafia.”

Nogueira, whose whereabouts are unknown, said he had not knowingly lau上海夜生活论坛ndered any illicit money through the Trump project, although he said he had laundered cash later in other schemes for corrupt Panamanian officials.

Garten said in November: “No one at the Trump Organizat,夜上海419龙凤论坛Hadley,ion, including the Trump family, has any recollection of ever meeting or speaking with this individual.”

Torres and Engel wrote in their letter that obtaining answers from the Trump Organization on the Panama project was “essential as we carry out oversight of U.S. policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean.”

They said they wanted to ensure that Trump was “fully committed to the goal of dismantling the transnational criminal organizations that are responsible for smuggling drugs into the United States.”

“If the President, in a previous role, failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the laundering of drug money, it would be of grave concern to us,” the letter read.

Heavy fighting in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI ( ) – Heavy fighting raged in the Libyan capital on Saturday as eastern forces made a new push to advance inside the city controlled by the internationally recognized gov,上海夜生活群Sabine,ernment.

The Libya National Army (LNA) force of Khalifa Haftar, who is allied to a parallel government in the east, started an offensive to take Tripoli almost two months ago but has not breached the city’s southern defenses.

The LNA made a new push on Saturday morning, trying to advance on a road from the former airport – located in a southern suburb – to,上海凤楼夜网Lake,wards the center but there was no sign of progress, residents said.

Fighting had slowed in recent weeks during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan when most people fast during the day until sunset.

The battle for Tripoli has killed at least 510 people, forced 75,000 out of their homes, trapped thousands of migrants in dete,上海夜生活乌托邦Falkner,ntion centers, and flattened some southern suburbs. It has also forced closures of schools, split families on different sides of the front line, and brought power cuts.

Two ambulance workers were killed and three wounded on Thursday when their ambulance cars were hit, the World Health Organization said. It did not say who was responsible.

The United Nations has been unable to negotiate a ceasefire. France has, like other European countries, called for a ce上海夜生活网asefire but also supported Haftar as a way to fight Islamist militants in the country.

On Wednesday, Haftar, meeting French President Emmanuel Macron, ruled out a ceasefire and said he wanted to rid the capital of militias that had “infested” the U.N.-backed government of Premier Fayez al-Serraj, a French presidential official said.

French police search for man who left bomb in Lyon

LYON ( ) – Police hunted on Saturday for a man who left a bomb in a pedestrian shopping street in the central French city of Lyon on Friday that wounded 13 people, including a 10-year-old girl.

Ninety police investigators support,上海夜网后花园Kaiden,ed by 30 scientific officers and technicians as well as local police were searching fo,上海夜哪里艳遇Kai,r the man, who was seen on security cameras at around 5.30 p.m. on Friday, anti-terrorism prosecutor Remy Heitz told reporters in Paris.

The man was seen leaving a paper bag in front of a bakery. The package exploded about a minute after he left.

French police were able to track the movements of the man, who appeared to be around 30 years old, for 10 minutes before the attack and are still trying to identify him. The man, who had a bicycle, was wearin上海夜生活网g sunglasses and a cap.

There has been no claim of responsibility yet for the bomb, Heitz said, calling for witnesses to help police find the suspect. On Saturday evening, police released additional photos of the suspect riding the bicycle.

A source close to the investigation said traces of DNA were isolated from the remnants of the bomb. Police found the attacker used triacetone triperoxide or TATP, a powerful homemade explosive.

The case is being handled as a terrorism investigation given the circumstances of the attack, committed in broad daylight, and the use of an explosive device capable of hitting a large number of people with screws and metal balls packed into a bag, he said.

Police found pieces of remote detonator and white plastic fragments that were probably part of the device, Heitz said.

Eleven of those wounded in the explosion, including the 10-year-old girl, were hospitalized.

Authorities have boosted surveillance and protection of public areas after Islamist groups carried out a string of attacks around France that killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds in the past fe,上海足浴夜网联系方式Dalton,w years.

Following the Lyon bomb, the Interior Ministry called for local authorities to raise surveillance and security in and around public areas and public events all over the country.

Army patrols were reinforced in Lyon.

The police chief for the region that includes Lyon banned demonstrations in the northern part of the city.

Norway says Venezuela government, opposition to hold new round of…

CARACAS ( ) – Norway said on Saturday that representatives of Venezuela’s government and opposition will return to Oslo next week following an initial round of preliminary talks about how to address the country’s political crisis.

“We announce that the representatives of the main political actors in Venezuela have decided to return to Oslo next week to continue a process facilitated by Norway,” the Scandinavian country’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

“We reiterate our commitment to conti,上海夜生活服务Idaline,nue supporti,上海仙霞路夜生活Lance,ng the search for an agreed-upon solution between the parties in Venezuela,” it said.

Venezuela has been plunged into political turmoil this year as opposition leader Juan Guaido invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, dismissing President Nicolas Maduro’s 2018 re-election as a fraud. More than 50 countries, including the United States and many members of the European Union, now see Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.

Maduro, who maintains control over state institutions amid a hyperinflationary economic meltdown and humanitarian crisis, calls Guaido a puppet of Washington.

The Venezuelan information ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the announcement.

The ruling Socialist Party has endorsed the talks, but opposition sympathizers remain skeptical, arguing that Maduro has previously used dialogue as a stalling tactic to maintain his grip on power while living standards steadily declined in the oil-rich nation.

During a rally in the western s上海夜生活tate of Lara on Sa,上海021夜网Easton,turday, Guaido did not directly address the Norway talks, but said the opposition would not repeat the errors of the past.

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“They will never fool us again with a false dialogue like (in) 2017,” Guaido told supporters later. “That’s why today we’re in the streets.”

Last week, opposition lawmaker Stalin Gonzalez and two advisors represented Guaido’s side, while Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez and Miranda state governor Hector Rodriguez went to Oslo on behalf of the government.

Each side met separately with Norwegian mediators, but there was no face-to-face meeting between government and opposition representatives, Gonzalez told local media.

North Korea warns U.S. nuclear talks will never resume without ‘new…

SEOUL/WASHINGTON ( ) – North Korea on Friday blamed an “arbitrary and dishonest” U.S. position for the failure of a recent summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump and warned that stalled nuclear talks would never restart unless Washington took a new approach.

A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry accused the United States of trying to shift the blame for the breakdown of the second summit between Kim and Trump, in Hanoi in February, by raising a “completely irrelevant issue”. He did not elaborate.

“The underlying cause of setback of the DPRK-U.S. summit talks in Hanoi is the arbitrary and dishonest position taken by the United States, insisting on a method which is totally impossible to get through,” the unidentified spokesman said in a statement carried by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency.

“The United States would not be able to move us even an inch with the device it is now weighing in its mind, and the further its mistrust and hostile acts toward the DPRK grow, the fiercer our reaction will be,” the official said, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea’s official name.

“Unless the United States … comes forward with a new method of calculation, the DPRK-U.S. dialogue will never be resumed and by extension, the prospect for resolving the nuclear issue will be much gloomy,” the official added.

The statement was the latest criticism of the United States since the failed summit in Vietnam and came just hours before Trump left for a state visit to Japan, where he is expected to discuss North Korea with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Some analysts saw the North Korean statement as a possible harbinger of more missile tests.

“Such a bold statement is clearly a warning to America, implying that if Washington will not at least compromise to,上海夜生活论坛Jackson, some extent, that Pyongyang will only apply more and more pressure,” said Harry Kazianis, of Washington’s Center for the National Interest think tank.

“We should not be shocked that as soon as this weekend more missiles will fly into the sky and tensions will climb with them even higher.”

Tension has mounted in recent weeks with North Korea firing short-range missiles early this month and W上海夜网ashington announcing the seizure of a North Korean ship suspected of illicit coal shipments in breach of sanctio,上海夜网Cade,ns.

In Hanoi, Kim had sought relief from punishing sanctions in return for the partial dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear program, while Trump called for a full roadmap for denuclearization, including the transfer of North Korea’s missiles and bombs to the United States.

The North Korean statement said the United States “pushed the talks to a rupture by merely claiming the unilateral disarmament of the DPRK.”

U.S. officials, including secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have insisted that dialogue has continued with North Korea but there has been no sign of direct talks since the summit.

A spokesman for the U.S. State Department said Trump had made clear he remained open to negotiations and was committed to the aims of transformed U.S.-North Korea relations, building lasting peace, and complete denuclearization.

“The United States remains ready,上海夜生活乌托邦Talon, to engage in constructive discussions with North Korea to make progress simultaneously and in parallel toward these goals and we continue to invite our counterparts for negotiations,” the spokesman said.

On Wednesday, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva called the ship seizure the biggest stumbling block to improving bilateral relations and warned Washington against using the “logic of strength” against Pyongyang.

Kim has set a year-end deadline for the United States to show more flexibility, but Trump and other U.S. officials have brushed that aside, calling for Kim to take action to denuclearize.

Germany in push to resurrect Afghan talks with Taliban

KABUL/BERLIN ( ) – Germany, a leading donor and member of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, has been talking with the Taliban and the Afghan government in an effort to restart peace talks to end 18 years of conflict, officials said.

While the Taliban have been talking with U.S. officials since October about a withdrawal of international troops, they have so far refused formal talks with the Western-backed government, which they dismiss as a “puppet” regime.

Berlin’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel, has visited Kabul for talks with the Afghan government and met Taliban officials in Doha at least twice this month.

“The current chance for a process towards a more peaceful Afghanistan should not be missed. If the friends of Afghanistan – and Germany is one of them – together can help in this effort, then we should do it,” Potzel said.

“In the end only the Afghans themselves, including the Taliban, can decide upon the future of their country.”

The chief U.S. negotiator in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, in March said that a draft agreement had been reached on a withdrawal of U.S. forces in exchange for a commitment by the Taliban to cut ties with militant groups such as Al Qaeda.

But there has been no agreement yet on a ceasefire or a start to talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, both seen as key conditions for a settlement.

An Afghan delegation had been due to meet Taliban,上海021夜网Mabel, officials in the Qatari capital Doha last month to build the basis for possible negotiations, but the meeting was canceled at the last minute after a dispute over the number of participants.

“We realize that U.S.-Taliban talks will gain momentum only if the insurgent leaders start engaging with the Afghan representatives,” a senio,上海夜网官方网站Faith,r German official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Sohail S,上海夜网推油Naia,haheen, spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Doha, said that Germany was one among several countries to have offered help to seek a peaceful resolutions. The European Union and Indonesia are among those to have offered help, another Taliban official said, declining to be named.

Discussions were held with Germany about an Afghan-Taliban meeting in Germany but no decision has been made, Shaheen told .

The moves come at a time when the Taliban controls or exercises influence over more than half of Afghanistan.

At least 3,804 civilians were killed in the war last year, according to a United Nations report, plus thousands of soldiers, police and Taliban militants.

The involvement of Germany, the second-largest donor and an influential member of the 39-member NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, follows concern among several U.S. 上海夜生活网allies at being excluded from the talks.

Germany, which last year spent 23 billion euros ($25.76 billion) in integrating hundreds of thousands of refugees from countries including Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, also has pressing domestic reasons for promoting peace. Next year, parliament will have to approve the continued presence of 1,200 German troops in Afghanistan.

“Lawmakers will ask why they should extend the mandate again if there is no progress there whatsoever,” said Conrad Schetter, an Afghanistan at the Bonn International Center for Conversion, an independent think-tank.

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Iraqi protesters urge Baghdad to stay out of U.S.-Iran showdown

BAGHDAD ( ) – Thousands of supporters of a populist Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim cleric urged political and factional leaders on Friday to stay out of any conflict between Baghdad’s two biggest allies, Iran and the United States.

Protesters from the movement of Moqtada al-Sadr, who once led Shi’ite militiamen against U.S. forces and is also vocally critical of上海夜网 Iranian influence in Iraq, chanted “no to war” and “yes to Iraq” in central Baghdad and the southern city of Basra.

Iraqis worry that their country will be caught up in any escalation of U.S.-Iranian tensions, which spiked earlier this month when President Donald Trump’s administration said it had sent additional forces to the Middle East to counter alleged threats including from Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.

Politicians and Shi’ite paramilitary leaders have called for calm and the Iraqi government has tried to position itself as a mediator between the two sides.

“We’ve just recovered from Islamic State. Iraq must not be used as a base to try to harm any country. America doesn’t want Iraq to be stable,” said protester Abu Ali Darraji.

There was speculation that Sadr would speak to demonstrators in Baghdad but he did not appear. The firebrand leader, whose political bloc came first in Iraq’s parliamentary election last year, is a friend of neither Washington nor Shi’ite Iran.

The United States once described Sadr as the most dangerous man in Iraq, and designated his militia at the time, the Mehdi Army, a bigger threat to its forces than al Qaeda during an insurgency against U.S. troops after their 2003 invasion.

Sadr campaigned last year on a platform of Iraqi nationalism, opposed to both U.S. and Iranian ,上海高端夜生活在那里Ebba,influence in the country.

Amid rising U.S.-Iran tension, a rocket was fired last week into Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone which houses government buildings and diplomatic missions, but caused no casualties. No group claimed responsibility; U.S. officials say they strongly suspect Iran’s local allies.

The attack came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iraqi leaders that if they failed to keep in check powerful Iran-backed militias, Washington would respond with force.

U.S. intelligence had showed militias positioning rockets near ba,夜上海419龙凤论坛Mabel,ses housing U.S. forces, according to Iraqi security sources.

After pulling out of Iran’s 2015 nuclear dea,上海晚上耍女人的地方Falkner,l with world powers, Trump restored U.S. sanctions on Iran last year and tightened them this month, ordering all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil or face sanctions themselves.

Iraq has said it will send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help calm tensions.

Both Iran and the United States say they do not want war, but security officials and analysts warn that a small incident could spark a new spiral of violence in the volatile region.

El Salvador wartime parties suspend controversial amnesty bill

SAN SALVADOR ( ) – Lawmakers in El Salvador agreed on Thursday to suspend a controversial amnesty bill following an outcry from victims’ families, the United Nations and rights groups who said it aimed to whitewash crimes committed during a bloody civil war.

A 12-member congressional commission representing a range of political parties voted unanimously for a technical committee to review two other proposals and consult with members of civil society, the armed forces and the Catholic Church on Monday.

A new proposal could be ready for a vote by Wednesday, the legislators said.

The amnesty bill aimed to prohibit jail time for former military personnel and leftist guerillas accused of atrocities during the 198,上海夜生活网交流Idaia,0-1992 war in whi,上海夜生活怎么玩Tamara,ch 75,000 people were killed and 8,000 went missing. The bill instead proposed commun,上海夜网官方网站Caden,ity service.

Lawmakers with roots in opposing sides of the war were in a race against time to pass the bill, since President-elect Nayib Bukele opposed it and could veto the legislation if it was not on the books when he takes office on June 1.

In July 2016, the Supreme Court of Justice declared unconstitutional a 1993 amnesty law that prevented investigation, prosecution and imprisonment of people responsible for war crimes. Judges ordered Congress to adopt a new law to promote national reconciliation before July 2019.

The last-minute attempt to soften punishments is part of a backlash in Central America against attempts to bring justice for excesses in the region’s Cold War-era conflicts. It follows a similar bill in Guatemala that could lead to the release of former soldiers convicted of massacres.

Backed by the ruling leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) and the opposition right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA), the amnesty bill known as the “national reconciliation law” would have released former combatants in prison in 2016.

The two parties dominate the Legislative Assembly, controlling 60 of the 84 seats, and needed a simple majority to approve the bill.

“IMPUNITY FOR THE MASTERMINDS”

However, victims’ families said they were not consulted on the bill.

Human rights groups feared there would be no justice for those killed in notorious massacres like El Mozote and El Sumpul, as well as crimes including the 1980 murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the 1979 disappearance of former South African ambassador Archibald Gardner Dunn.

U.N. Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet, a former Chilean president who herself was detained during a military dictatorship in her country, urged lawmakers to refrain from “adopting provisions that contravene international law.”

“If passed, these provisions will unduly benefit people who, during the armed conflict, were directly responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes,” she said in a statement.

“They will also result in impunity for the masterminds and military le上海夜网aders who ordered such crimes, or failed to adopt measures to prevent or stop them.”

U.S. Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier said any national reconciliation law in El Salvador should protect the rights of victims to seek justice.

A small group of relatives of victims gathered on Thursday in front of the official residence of President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, a civil war leader of the FMLN, to protest.

“This law has many conflicts of interest,” said Andres Garcia, 64, who said his father was killed in 1985 by members of the military.

The bill proposed community service instead of jail time.

“(The penalty of imprisonment) will be replaced by a penalty of community service, with work days set out in the respective ruling, whose minimum limit will be three years and whose maximum will be 10 years,” the draft of the law read.

China bridles at rare meeting between Taiwan and U.S. security…

TAIPEI ( ) – China responded angrily on Monday as Taiwan confirmed the first meeting in more than four decades between senior U.S. and Taiwanese security officials.

Taiwan’s national security chief David Lee met White House national security adviser John Bolton earlier this mon,上海021夜网Tamara,th, the island’s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The official Central News Agency said the meeting was the first since the island and the United States ended formal diplomatic ties in 1979.

China considers Taiwan a wayward province, to be reclaimed by force if necessary, and the meeting angered Beijing which is already locked in a bitter trade war with Washington.

“China is extremely dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to this,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing, adding China was against any form of official exchanges between the United States and Taiwan.

The diplomatic ties between Beijing and Washington have become increasingly strained in recent weeks due to an escalating trade war, U.S. support for Taiwan and China’s muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.

The rare meeting will be viewed by Taiwan as a sign of support from the Trump administration. Tensions have also risen between Taipei and Beijing, which considers the democratically ruled island part of “one China”.

The meeting took place during Lee’s May 13-21 visit to the United Stat,上海夜网邀请码Octavien,es, Taiwan’s brief statement said.

“During the trip, together with U.S. government officials, Secretary-General Lee met with representatives from our diplomatic allies, reiterating support and commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the statement said.

Taiwan’s foreign affairs ministry and the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan declined to comment on Monday.

Beijing regularly calls Taiwan the most sensitive and important issue in ties with the United States, which has no formal ties with Taiwan but is the island’s main source of arms.

The Unites States has in recent mont,上海夜生活乌托邦Landon,hs increased the frequency of patrols through the strategic Taiwan Strait despite opposition from China.

China has been ramping up military and diplomatic pressure to assert its sovereignty over the island, conducting drills near Taiwan and snatching its few remaining diplomatic allies.

Earlier in May, the U.S. House of Representatives backed legislation suppor上海夜生活论坛ting Taiwan as members of the U.S. Congress pushed for a sharper approach to relations with Beijing.

The Pentagon says Washington has sold Taipei more than $15 billion in arms since 2010.

With Spanish politics in turbulence zone, what next for Sanchez & Co?

MADRID ( ) – Two sets of elections in the past month have left Spanish politics deeply fragmented, paving the way for a complex and hard-to-predict round of horse-trading as the main parties seek to form alliances.

At national level, acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez seems likely to stay in power after his Socialists (PSOE) won the April 28 parliamentary ballot with just over a third of seats, but it is far from clear which parties will back him to do so, for how long and what he will offer them in,上海高端夜生活在那里Queena, return.

Bigger question marks hang over who will control the dominant cities of Barcelona and Madrid after Sunday’s equally inconclusive regional election.

And what will jailed Catalan separatist lawmakers do with their potentially pivotal parliamentary seats?

Following are potential scenarios.

SANCHEZ AS PM IN THE FIRST ROUND

Talks between party leaders are expected to begin next week, and parliament will likely vote on a prime minister by mid-July, the acting government’s spokeswoman said on Friday.

To win a first-round vote, Sanchez would need support from an absolute majority of lawmakers. A combination of PSOE, their far-left ally Podemos and a few regional parties minus Catalonia’s separatists would leave him at least one seat short.

But pa,上海夜网千花Mace,rliament last week suspended four jailed separatist lawmakers being tried over their role in Catalonia’s failed independence bid in 2017. If they kept their seats unfilled, Sanchez could win a second term without Catalan backing.

With the independence drive overshadowing Spanish politics, negotiating support from the separatists could potentially cost Sanchez other allies.

SANCHEZ WINS IN A SECOND VOTE

If the four Catal上海夜网ans’ seats were passed to other politicians who then voted against Sanchez, he would need to wait until a second round – where a simple majority would suffice – to be confirmed in office. PSOE and Podemos could achieve that with backing of all non-Catalan regional parties, plus one abstention.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Any PSOE hopes of swaying Catalan separatist votes in the national parliament might not survive implementation of a three-way alliance in Catalonia’s capital Barcelona. The local brand of center-right Ciudadanos has proposed it to Podemos and the Socialists, and it would prevent the secessionists from retaining control of city hall.

On the other hand it could help bridge the divide between PSOE and Ciudadanos, which has thus far been firmly opposed to a new Sanchez government.

Municipalities have to choose mayors by mid-June.

In Madrid, meanwhile, the mainstream conservative People’s Party, Ciudadanos and far-right Vox – who allied in the southern region of Andalusia last year – would together have enough seats to take over city hall.

They would also keep control of the regional government, where any deal would need to be struck by July 2.

However, talks on Monday in Paris between Sanchez and French President Emmanuel Macron on European alliances make it more difficult for Ciudadanos to ally with Vox.

Ciudadanos is from the same liberal camp as Macron, widely seen as a potential ally in the European Parliament for both the People’s Party and the Socialists.

Sanchez’ ambition for Spain to have a top EU job, which requires haggling in Brussels, adds further complexity , and Vox leader Santiago Abascal is not making it easier for Ciudadanos by demanding more clout for his party than under the Andalusia deal.

One alternative would be for Ciudadanos to team up wit,上海夜生活Hadleigh,h PSOE in both Madrid and its region, getting the mayor’s job for itself and allowing a Socialist to take over the regional post.

A national alliance between PSOE and Ciudadanos appears unlikely, but regional and European deals could make passing legislation easier for Sanchez.

OUTSIDE CHANCE OF REPEAT ELECTION

Parties are thought unlikely to block a Sanchez premiership, if only to avoid the stalemate over forming a government after inconclusive elections in 2015 that in 2016 led to a repeat election and a weak conservative government.

“In any case, there is no alternative right now to Sanchez,” said political analyst Lluis Orriols, adding that while the political cost of negotiating with PSOE would be high for Ciudadanos, it should not be ruled out.

COALITION GOVERNMENT?

In its four decades of democracy, Spain has never had a coalition government, and Sanchez’s plan is to govern alone with the backing of other parties in parliament.

But “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” a government source told .

Podemos has said it wants to be part of a coalition government, and PSOE has at least acknowledged the possibility of some posts for the far-left.

Explainer: The main players in Israel’s next election, the second…

JERUSALEM ( ) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to cobble together a coalition government despite weeks of trying and Israel will vote on Sept. 17 in the second election within months.

Netanyahu’s authority suffered a blow because he had confidently claimed victory in the last election on April 9 but could not put together a ruling conservative bloc as he was widely expected to do.

No single party has ever won an outright majority in the Knesset, making coalition governments the norm. Netanyahu is still set to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister in July, and has made clear that he intends to run – and win. But his opponents have another chance soon to bring him down.

The following are some of the main players in the campaign ahead:

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

The right-wing veteran universally known as “Bibi” is the dominant political figure of his generation, and his Likud Party secured 35 seats in the 120-seat Israeli parliament in April. It seemed to have enough natural allies to form a conservative coalition, but despite all his efforts, this proved not to be.

Netanyahu also faces possible indictment in three corruption cases, with a decision pending from Israel’s attorney-general as to whether he should be charged. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing, accusing his political opponents of a witch hunt against him.

Although Likud has so far rallied around its leader, that could change if party members scent weakness in a prime minister who could not assemble a government. Israel Katz and Gideon Saar are possible rivals to Netanyahu from within his own party.

In the coming campaign Likud is likely to focus on its traditional positions, including tough security policies on Iran, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many of its members oppose the creation,上海足浴夜网联系方式Easton, of a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu, in a pre-election promise last time around, said he would declare Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the occupied West Bank, a possible annexation, if he wins another term.

His close relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump is also likely to feature prominently in the campaign, as it did last time. But it remains to be seen how the domestic political turmoil affects the prospects of the long-delayed Mideast peace plan that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is spearheading.

BENNY GANTZ

A popular former armed forces chief and a political newcomer, Gantz emerged as a serious rival to Netanyahu in the April election, with impeccable security credentials. He heads the newly formed centrist Blue and White party, which campaigned on a platform of clean government, peace and security. It won 35 seats in the Knesset, the same as Netanyahu’s Likud.

Other prominent Blue and White members are Moshe Yaalon, a right-wing former defense minister, and centre-left former finance minister Yair Lapid.

Gantz has called for pursuing peace with the Palestinians while maintaining Israeli security interests. He has signaled he would make territorial concessions toward the Palestinians, but has sidestepped the question of Palestini上海夜生活网an statehood.

AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN

The Moldovan-born immigrant from the former Soviet Union is head of the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, which holds five seats in the Knesset. He launched the political attack that weakened Netanyahu’s grip on power.

He was once Netanyahu’s chief of staff, but turned on his former mentor, delighting his secular base by taking a stand against Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community on the issue of compulsory service in the military.

The religious United Torah Judaism party, a key Netanyahu ally, does not want young ultra-Orthodox seminary students to be forced into military service. But Lieberman and many Israelis want them to share the burden of mandatory duty.

Lieberman has stirred controversy in the past by questioning Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s commitment to peace, and the loyalty of Israel’s Arab minority.

Six months ago he set in motion the events which led to the current crisis when he weakened Netanyahu’s ruling right-wing coalition by resigning as defence minister.

The stated reason was that Netanyahu was not taking forceful enough military action against Hamas in Gaza, but many suspect his actions were rooted in personal ambition. While other coalition candidates talked of being ‘king-makers’, it was Lieberman’s actions that proved decisive.

AVI GABBAY

A former telecom chief, Gabbay led the centre-left Labour party into a disastrous election, at which it slumped from 18 seats to six. Gabbay has publicly backed a two-state solution with the Palestinians and the party’s campaign stressed social and economic reform, as well as pursuing peace.

RABBI RAFI PERETZ

A former chief rabbi of the Israeli military, Peretz heads the United Right party, which holds five seats in the Knesset. It is the most prominent political representative of Israeli settlers in the West Bank. It repudiates the idea of a Palestinian state and stresses Israel’s biblical and religious connections to land Palestinians seek for a state.

MOSHE KAHLON

A former Likud member, Kahlon heads Kulanu – ‘All of Us’ – which won four seats in April, down from 10. As finance minister in Netanyahu’s government he partly delivered on his pledge to halt soaring housing prices, but has fallen short on dramatically reducing overall living costs. His party casts itself as moderate right-wing and focused its campaign on socio-economic issues.

YAKOV LITZMAN

The deputy health minister heads United Torah Judaism, which represents ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredim, of European origin. It has eight seats. Successive coalition governments have had to rely on support from ultra-Orth,夜上海论坛Rachel,odox parties, which traditionally put their religious demands above larger issues like security and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. UTJ is primarily concerned with safeguarding state benefits for Haredi men who devote themselves to full-time religious study and do not serve in the conscript military or work. This pitted them against Lieberman.

ARYEH DERI

The interior minister heads Shas, which represents Haredi Jews of Middle Eastern origin. It is an ally of UTJ, and both religious parties have been an almost permanent fixture in successive governments It holds eight seats, like UTJ.

AYMAN ODEH AND AHMAD TIBI

The six-seat socialist party draws most of its voters from Israel’s 21 percent Arab minority. It advocates an Arab-Jewish alliance to fight discrimination, racism and social inequality in Israel. Arab parties have never joined governing coalitions in Israel.

ABAS MANSOUR

Head of a party with four seats, Raam-Balad is a mix of Islamist and Arab nationalists. It describes itself as a democratic movement opposed to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.

TAMAR ZANDBERG

Head of the left-wing Meretz party, wh,上海夜生活怎么玩Idaline,ich won four seats. It has not been part of a coalition government in the past two decades. Popular with liberal middle-class Israelis, the party advocates a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Turnout at France’s ‘yellow vest’ protest hits fresh low

PARIS ( ) – The number of “yellow vest” demonstrators marching against high living costs in France dwindled on Saturday following several weeks of waning turnout, more than six months into the protests against President Emmanuel Macron.

Police fired teargas at some protesters in the southern city of Toulouse. But the demonstrations – on the 29th weekend in a row since they first erupted last November, leading on some occasions to riots – passed off largely peacefully.

Some 9,500 people took to the streets across France on June 1, the Interior Ministry estimated, with 1,500 in Paris. That was down from the 12,500 natio,上海夜生活论坛Mace,nwide last Saturday,上海夜哪里艳遇Qirin,, and a far cry from the close to 300,000 that first occupied roundabouts and blocked roads in what began as an outcry against fuel tax hikes.

The latest anti-government protests coincided with a long holiday weekend for many French and with soaring tempe上海夜生活网ratures, though numbers also fell throughout May.

That will provide some relief for Macron, who was forced to put some reforms on hold and make costly concessions to try and contain the unrest and find ways to boost purchasing power.

Even so the government is still on tenterhooks. A 5.9 percent hike in the power prices of state-controlled utility EDF – the highest increase in years – came into force on Saturday, after ,上海晚上耍女人的地方Cadence,the government earlier postponed it due to the protests.

A second increase to French electricity prices in August cannot be ruled out but is not desirable, Junior Environment Minister Emmanuelle Wargon said on Friday.

French police have come under scrutiny from rights groups over the use of heavy duty crowd control weapons including “flash ball” riot guns that fire rubber ball-shaped projectiles.

“Since I saw a young woman get injured, I can’t let go,” Roland, a 71-year-old protester in Paris said.

EU tells Britain: There will be no renegotiation of Brexit deal

LONDON/BRUS,上海夜哪里艳遇Lance,SELS ( ) – The European Union will not renegotiate the Brexit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May agreed, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday, as concerns grew that a successor to May could trigger a confrontation with the bloc.

Brexit is up in the air after May announced plans to step down, triggering a leadership contest in the ruling Conservative Party that could bring a new prime minister to power who wants a much more decisive break with the EU.

One of the candidates, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said it would be “political suicide” to pursue a no-deal Brexit, a reprimand to frontrunner Boris Johnson who said last,上海夜生活男人好去处Sabrina, week that Britain should leave with or without a deal by the end of October.

Hunt, who voted to stay in the EU in the 2016 referendum but now accepts Brexit, said he would try for a new agreement that would take Britain out of the EU customs union while “respecting legitimate concerns” around the Irish border.

The EU, though, said there would be no renegotiation.

“I will have a short meeting with Theresa May, but I was crystal clear: There will be no renegotiation,” Juncker said before a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels.

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he believed the risk of Britain crashing out of the bloc without any divorce agreement was growing.

“Well I think there is a growing risk of a no deal. There’s a possibility that the new British prime minister may try to repudiate the withdrawal agreement,” he told reporters.

Any successor to May will have to accept that the Brexit divorce deal she agreed will not be ratified by the current British parliament so they will have to find a solution to the Irish border issue that upset many lawmakers.

Many Brexit supporters opposed her deal because of a “backstop” that requires Britain to adopt some EU rules indefinitely unless a future arrangement is found to keep open the land border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Under laws now in effect, Britain will automatically leave the EU on Oct. 31 without an agreement unless parliament approves one first, the EU grants an extension, or the government revokes its decision to leave.

NO-DEAL BREXIT?

Pitching himself in contrast to Johnson and others who insist leaving the EU without a deal must remain on the table, Hunt said any such move would be blocked by lawmakers and trigger a national election.

“Trying to deliver no deal through a general election is not a solution; it is political suicide,” Hunt wrote in Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph. “A different deal is, therefore, the only solution – and what I will pursue if I am leader.”

Trade minister Liam Fox, who is not running for the premiership, said while leaving with a deal was preferable, the leadership candidates were agreed that leaving the EU without a deal was better than not leaving.

“If the EU doesn’t want to negotiate any changes – which I think would be unfortunate and I think would be quite surprising – then I think that of course does increase the chance of a no-deal exit,” Fox said during a trade visit to Egypt.

Rivals for the top job were quick to reject Hunt’s views.

“Political suicide actually lies in not having a clean break from the EU and not leaving on the 31st October,” Esther McVey, a Brexit hardliner and former minister who is standing for the leadership, said in a tweet.

Under the party’s rules for picking a new leader, Conservative lawmakers will select a shortlist of candidates and put them to the party’s members for a vote. So far 10 candidates have said they are running.

The Conservative Party had a disastrous showing in European elections at the weekend, losing most of its support to a new Brexit Party, which topped the poll while calling for a swift no-deal exit from the EU.

Other parties that want to halt Brexit altogether also surged in the vote, leaving little space in the middle for Britain’s two main traditional parties, the Conservatives and Labour, both of which had campaigned in favour of a,上海新夜网龙凤Eden, compromise.

Labour has since edged closer to a position that could make it possible to call off Brexit, saying 上海夜生活a public vote – either a new national election or second referendum – is the way to reunite the country.

Several of Labour’s senior figures have called on its leadership to go further and openly call for a new referendum in which the party would campaign to stay in the EU.

Netanyahu’s wife reaches plea bargain in meals fraud case: Israel…

JERUSAL,上海夜网推油Tallulah,EM ( ) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, has reached a plea bargain in a fraud case over allegedly misusing state funds to order catered meals, Israel Radio said on Wednesday.

Under the agreement, she will pay the state 45,000 shekels ($12,400) in reimbursement and a 10,000-shekel fine while admittin,上海夜玩网论坛Dallas,g a lesser charge, the report said.

According to the original indictment, Sara Netanyahu, along with a government employee, fraudulently obtained from the state more than $100,000 for hundreds of meals supplied by restaurants, bypassing regulations that prohibit the practice if a cook is employed at home.

The deal was reached in a six-month-long mediation process and will go into effect after it is ratified by a judge, the radio reported.

A spokesman for the Netanyahu family declined to comment. Prosecutors were not immediately available for comment.

The prime minister is embroiled in legal woes of his own – three corruption cases in which he has denied wrongdoing – and a political crisis that could force him to c上海夜生活all a new nation,上海夜生活桑拿会所Barrett,al election later on Wednesday.

In February, Israel’s attorney general said he intended to file fraud and bribery charges against Benjamin Netanyahu, pending a pre-trial hearing. That session is set for October.

Israel faces new vote as Netanyahu fails to form government

JERUSALEM ( ) – Israeli lawmakers voted to dissolve parliament on Thursday, paving the way for a new election after veteran Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government before a midnight deadline.

Netanyahu preferred a new ballot, set for Sept. 17, to the alternative, under which President Reuven Rivlin could have asked another politician to try and form a ruling coalition.

But the need to go to the polls again so soon after a closely contested April 9 election in which Netanyahu had claimed victory, showed a new weakness in a leader who has been in power for the past decade and who has become the face of Israel for many.

Potential indictments in three corruption cases have only deepened questions about his political survival.

“We will win,” Netanyahu, 69, head of the right-wing Likud party, vowed after parliament voted when the deadline expired for him to assemble his fifth government.

However, he was looking over his shoulder at the Likud benches during the vote in what some commentators interpreted as concern about any last-minute revolt. Not a single Likud lawmaker wavered in voting for an election.

With coalition-building potentially stretching into November once that election is over, the uncertainty seems likely to delay further U.S. President Donald Trump’s forthcoming plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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At the White House, Trump voiced regret at the turmoil in Israel and praised Netanyahu, with whom he has been in lockstep in a tough stance on the Palestinians and Iran.

“It’s too bad what happened in Israel. It looked like a total win for Netanyahu – who’s a great guy. He’s a great guy. And now they’re back in the debate stage and they’re back in the election stage,” Trump told reporters.

The crisis arose – officially, at least – from a feud over military conscript,上海夜生活男人好去处Hadley,ion between Netanyahu’s presumed allies: ex-defense minister and far-right secularist Avigdor Lieberman, and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.

Those parties want young religious scholars exempted en masse from mandatory national service. But Lieberman and many other Israelis say they should share the burden.

Faced with the prospect of having to step aside at the end of a 42-day post-election period allowed for putting together a government, Netanyahu instead mustered support to dissolve the Knesset.

He cast Lieberman, a settler in the occupied West Bank, as a leftist for effectively blocking the creation of a right-wing administration and said his erstwhile ally was out to topple him.

“Lieberman is power-drunk, driven by whims and personal ambition,” Netanyahu said in a televised statement.

In a dig that foreshadowed election campaign attack lines, Lieberman retorted that he lives in a settlement, whereas Netanyahu has a home in a beachfront suburb.

“The man from Caesarea is accusing the man from Nokdim of being left-wing?” said Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beitenu party.

An election poll by Channel 13 TV News showed both men’s parties gaining strength in the fallout. But it also showed that Netanyahu would be unable to form a right-wing government without Lieberman.

PROSECUTION

As the coalition deadline neared, public attention had been focused on pledges by Netanyahu loyalists to push for 上海夜网a vote in the Knesset granting him parliamentary immunity from criminal prosecution and to pass a law ensuring such protection cannot be stripped by the Supreme Court.

Many opponents and political commentators saw Netanyahu’s push for a,上海夜网官方网站Jacklyn, new election, before the poll in April and now, as being motivated by his legal woes.

“It’s astounding how easily one man is taking the entire State of Israel hostage for his own personal gains. We are head,上海夜生活乌托邦Quaid,ing to another election just so that he can escape prosecution,” Gabi Ashkenazi, a member of the centrist Blue and White party and former armed forces head, told Army Radio.

Dubbed “crime minister” by foes, Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing in the graft investigations he faces, and has said he aims only to ensure the Supreme Court does not overstep in judging decisions by popularly elected lawmakers.

Israel’s attorney general has said he intends to charge Netanyahu with bribery and fraud, pending a pre-trial hearing, set for October.

First elected in the late 1990s, Netanyahu will overtake Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion, in July as Israel’s longest-serving premier.

The last election, in which Netanyahu showcased his warm relations with Trump and frequent contacts with Russian President Vladimir Putin, ended with him neck-and-neck with Benny Gantz, a politically untested ex-armed forces chief and head of Blue and White.

But Netanyahu was given the nod to form a government after ultranationalist, right-wing and religious party leaders voiced their support.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro averts crisis as Senate backs his move to cut…

BRASILIA ( ) – Brazil’s Senate on Tuesday voted to approve right-wing P,上海夜生活网419Idaia,resident Jair Bolsonaro’s decree to revamp the executive branch, averting a potential crisis that had sown doubt about his ability to obtain the congressional backing he needs to push through legislation.

The Senate also voted to keep the Council for Financial Activities Control (COAF) under the auspices of the economy ministry. Control of the COAF, which tracks suspicious funds flowing through the fin,上海夜生活群Kaiden,ancial system, became a hot-button issue and threaten上海夜生活论坛ed to derail Bolsonaro’s ministry-slashing decree.

Failure to obtain congressional approval would have risked throwing Bolsonaro’s young government into a crisis, deepening concerns about the fate of an ambitious pension reform bill – the cornerstone of his economic agenda.

Bolsonaro issued the decree the day he took office in January to cut the number of ministries ,上海夜生活网交流Kaiden,to 22 from 29. That was set to expire next week if it were not confirmed by lawmakers.

But his own PSL party had planned to vote against the decree in the Senate because they were unhappy that it had been revised by the lower house to keep the COAF anti-graft unit in the economy ministry – out of the control of Justice Minister Sergio Moro, a former federal judge who jailed political and business high-fliers in the “Car Wash” probe. [nL2N22Y1WG]

Senator Major Olimpio, the PSL leader in the Senate, had wanted the COAF to be under Moro as a tool for tracking money laundering in the banking system.

But he changed his mind after meeting with Bolsonaro. Olimpio said Moro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes, who is leading the pension reform effort, also asked him to back down.

“In view of the requests by the president, Moro and Guedes, we cannot put the government reorganization in danger and the PSL will vote to keep the COAF at the Economy Ministry,” Olimpio told reporters earlier on Tuesday.

Moro, visiting Portugal, said he was disappointed his ministry would lose the COAF, but said it was a democratic decision by Congress.

Besides, he told reporters in Estoril, “we can’t allow the whole government reorganization to be lost because of the COAF.”

Republicans to Trump: Let Mueller do his job

WASHINGTON ( ) – Republican senators warned President Donald Trump on Sunday not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and said the president must let federal investigators looking into Russian meddling in the U.S. election do their jobs.

The Republican president has renewed his Twitter attacks on both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller’s probe since the firing on Friday of the bureau’s former deputy director, Andrew McCabe, two days before he was eligible to retire with a full pension.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who has criticized Trump harshly, said the president’s latest comments appeared to be aimed at the firing of Mueller. Senator Lindsey Graham, another,上海凤楼夜网Pablo, Republican, said if Trump were to dismiss Mueller, it would mark “the beginning of the end of his presidency.”

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, said: “As the speaker has always said, Mr. Mueller and his team should be able to do their job.”

In an effort to tamp down the chatter, White House lawyer Ty Cobb issued a statement on Sunday night saying Trump was not weighing Mueller’s removal.

“In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller,” he said.

The Republican comments underscored the risks for Trump if he goes too far to thwart the federal probe.

“I don’t know what the designs are on Mueller, but it seems to be building toward that (firing him), and I just hope it doesn’t go there, because it can’t. We can’t in Congress accept that,” Flake told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“So I would expect to see considerable pushback in the next couple of days urging the president not to go there.”

In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump accused the FBI leadership of lies, corruption and leaking information. He called the Russia probe a poli,上海夜生活网交流Larissa,tically motivated witch hunt.

“The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime,” Trump said on Saturday. On Sunday, he attacked former FBI Director James Comey a,上海新夜网龙凤Idaleen,nd McCabe, top officials who were involved in the Russia probe and subsequently fired.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Moscow conducted an influence campaign aimed at swaying the 2016 presidential election to Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Mueller is investigating the Russian meddling and any possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

On Saturday, Trump’s personal lawyer John Dowd urged the Justice Department official overseeing Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, to “bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey.”

Republican U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy criticized Dowd in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.”

“I think the president’s attorney, frankly, does him a disservice when he says that and when he frames the investigation that way,” Gowdy said. “If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it.”

TRUMP FRUSTRATED

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said the Trump team was fully cooperating in the Mueller investigation and that the president was expressing his growing frustration with how long the probe has lasted.

Graham, a co-author of legislation that would make it harder for a president to fire a special counsel, said it w上海夜生活as very important that Mueller be allowed to proceed without interference and that many Republicans share this view.

“The only reason Mr. Mueller could ever be dismissed is for cause. I see no cause when it comes to Mr. Mueller,” Graham said on CNN.

Trump also drew criticism from fellow Republicans on Sunday over the firing of McCabe, who said he believed he was targeted because he corroborated Comey’s claims that Trump tried to pressure Comey into killing the Russia probe.

“I don’t like the way it happened. He should’ve been allowed to finish through the weekend,” Senator Marco Rubio said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Rubio, who supports the special counsel probe, said the decision to fire McCabe was made before the release of the Justice Department inspector general’s report that Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited in his dismissal. Sessions said the report concluded McCabe leaked information to reporters and misled investigators about his actions.

On Twitter, Michael Bromwich, McCabe’s lawyer, hit back at Trump’s tweets about his client, calling the president’s comments “childish, defamatory, disgusting & false.”

“The whole truth will come out in due course,” Bromwich wrote. “But the tweets confirm that he has corrupted the entire process that led to Mr. McCabe’s termination and has rendered it illegitimate.”

Mueller subpoenas Trump business for Russia, other documents: NYT

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents, including some related to Russia, the New York Times reported on Thursday, citing two people briefed on the matter.

Details of the subpoena were not avai上海夜生活网lable, the newspaper said. The Trump Organization, which U.S. President Donald Trump ran with his family before he entered the Wh,上海夜生活群Gabriel,ite House, played down the significance of any subpoena, a lawyer saying on Thursday that the company has told the public since July that it is being cooperative with the special counsel’s investigation.

Mueller is investigating Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. election, and potential collusion by Trump aides. Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it meddled in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow officials.

Mueller has charged several Trump associates and more than a dozen Russians.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the Times report about a subpoena, which was the first known time Mueller had demanded materials directly related to Trump’s businesses.

The S&P 500 ended slightly lower on Thursday in choppy trade as strong jobs and manufacturing data was balanced by the Times report on Mueller’s subpoena.

“This is old news and our assistance and cooperation with the various investigations remains the same today,” New York lawyer Alan Futerfas, who ,上海凤楼夜网Landon,represents the Trump Organization in the Russia probe, said in a statement.

Futerfas also represents Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump Organization officers and employees.

Congressional committees also have been investigating Russia and the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The White House declined to comment specifically on the report and referred questions to the Trump Organization.

“We’re going to continue to fully coopera,上海夜哪里艳遇Landon,te. Out of respect for the special counsel, we’re not going to comment,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.