• 73 killed, over 100 injured in terror-linked attack in Nice, France [Photos]

    15/Jul/2016 // 1255 Viewers


    PARIS, JULY 15, 2016: (DGW) At least 73 were killed  and 100 mortally injured as a lorry crashes into crowd of revellers celebrating in France ‘terror attack’

    Witnesses describe an exchange of gunfire between the driver and police as terror fears grow after the  incident in Nice. The gunfire, an aftermath of the incident happened shortly after 10.30pm on the Promenade des Anglais

    Nice bastille

    Joel Fenster, a 23-year-old law student from north London who is in Nice for a language course, told newsmen  how he and friend ran for cover after hearing gunshots.

    “We went to watch the fireworks on the beach and then after we knew there was meant to be a concert so we were walking round to the promenade. It was a perfectly normal night,” he said, speaking from his apartment in Nice.

    Police officers and rescued workers stand near a van that ploughed into a crowd in Nice.

    “Suddenly everyone started running in the opposite direction to us, and ducking down. It seemed like there was someone coming - there was a strong sense that we needed to get away. So we started running away from the beach, inland towards the old town.  We heard the gunshots - initially one, then later two more."

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  • Police evacuate Manchester stadium, dismantle fake bomb

    15/May/2016 // 498 Viewers


    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Police evacuated Manchester United's home stadium on the final day of the English Premier League season and dismantled a fake bomb Sunday just days after Britain raised its terror alert against Irish extremism.

    Police initially described the device as "incredibly lifelike" as Manchester United's planned match with Bournemouth was cancelled, to the boos of some fans. Four hours later, bomb technicians reported that the device was a hoax.

    The security alert reflects increased security at Premier League stadiums following last year's Paris attacks that targeted the Stade de France sports stadium as well as cafes, bars and a concert hall. It followed the British government's announcement Wednesday that it was raising the nation's threat level due to intelligence indicating the "strong possibility" of attacks in Britain by factions of the outlawed Irish Republican Army.

    Local media reported there were no telephoned warnings in advance of Sunday's alert, and no group claimed immediate responsibility for causing the disruption at Old Trafford stadium. IRA factions typically issue telephone warnings when placing bombs or hoax devices in civilian areas.

    It was the first Premier League match to be postponed because of a bomb threat. An exhibition soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands was canceled in November after police said they received a bomb threat. No explosives were found.

    On Sunday, security staff escorted fans from the stadium about a half hour before the scheduled 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) kickoff. Soldiers were deployed as part of the security sweep of the 75,635-seat stadium.

    Nearly four hours later, Greater Manchester Police announced that the suspect item was not a "viable device."

    "Full assessment now concluded and found device wasn't viable," the Greater Manchester Police said on its Twitter page. "A full search of the stadium is ongoing."

    Players from both teams were taken off the pitch during the warm-up and kept in the changing rooms. Some fans booed as a stadium announcer instructed them to exit the building.

    "We are doing everything we can to investigate this item as quickly as possible, however our priority is obviously to ensure the safety of everyone in the stadium and surrounding area," said John O'Hare, assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester Police.

    United said the package was found on the northwest end of Old Trafford. Fans sitting in other stands initially had been allowed to stay inside the stadium.

    Police maintained a strong presence outside Old Trafford as fire engines attended the scene. Sniffer dogs were also seen inside the stadium.

    Greater Manchester Police said on its Twitter page that people should "avoid the area if possible."

    The match was one of 10 taking place on the final day of the Premier League season. The other nine matches went ahead.

    United was vying with Manchester City to finish in fourth place in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League. City drew 1-1 at Swansea, effectively ending United's top-four chances.

    The Premier League said in a statement it would reschedule the Manchester United-Bournemouth match as quickly as possible.

    "It is always the last resort to abandon one of our fixtures and while we apologize for the inconvenience caused to fans, we are sure, in the circumstances, they will appreciate the need to do so," the Premier League said.

    United is scheduled to play Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London.

    Sunday's security scare rekindled memories of April 1997, when the dominant Provisional faction of the IRA used a telephoned bomb warning to force the evacuation of the Grand National horse race in Liverpool being attended by 60,000 fans, many of them Irish. That disrupted race eventually went ahead two days late in front of relatively few fans.

    Manchester United also enjoys a huge following in Ireland.

    The Provisional IRA has observed a cease-fire since July 1997 and renounced violence in 2005, but several rival factions continue to plot attacks in the British territory of Northern Ireland.

    On Wednesday, Home Secretary Theresa May told lawmakers in the House of Commons that the domestic intelligence agency MI5 had decided to raise its threat level of an IRA attack in Britain to "substantial," the third-highest level. That means MI5 — responsible for monitoring IRA splinter groups in Northern Ireland — considers an IRA attack in Britain a "strong possibility."

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  • At G20, Obama vows renewed effort to eliminate Islamic State

    15/Nov/2015 // 247 Viewers

    U.S. President Barack Obama vowed on Sunday to step up efforts to eliminate Islamic State in Syria and prevent it from carrying out attacks like those in Paris, while European leaders urged Russia to focus its military efforts on the radical Islamists.

    Speaking at a G20 leaders summit in Turkey, Obama described the killings in Paris claimed by Islamic State as an attack on the civilized world and said the United States would work with France to hunt down those responsible.

    The two-day summit brings Obama and fellow world leaders just 500 km (310 miles) from Syria, where a 4-1/2-year conflict has transformed Islamic State into a global security threat and spawned Europe's largest migration flows since World War Two.

    "The skies have been darkened by the horrific attacks that took place in Paris just a day and a half ago," Obama said after meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

    "We will redouble our efforts, working with other members of the coalition, to bring about a peaceful transition in Syria and to eliminate Daesh as a force that can create so much pain and suffering for people in Paris, in Ankara, and in other parts of the globe," he added, using an alternative name for Islamic State.

    Obama and his Western allies now face the question of how the West should respond after Islamic State again demonstrated it posed a threat far beyond its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

    Washington already expects France to retaliate by taking on a larger role in the U.S.-led coalition's bombing campaign against Islamic State (ISIL).

    "We're confident that in the coming days and weeks, working with the French, we will be able intensify our strikes against ISIL in both Syria and Iraq to make clear there is no safe haven for these terrorists," U.S. Deputy National security adviser Ben Rhodes said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press".

    But European Council President Donald Tusk said Russia too should focus its military operations on Islamic State, rather than on the Syrian opposition battling President Bashar al-Assad, urging cooperation between Washington and Moscow.

    "It should be our common aim to coordinate our actions against Daesh and for sure the cooperation between the United States and Russia is a crucial one," he said.


    Russia joined the conflict a month and a half ago with air strikes in Syria, but has been targeting mainly areas where foreign-backed fighters are battling Assad, its ally, rather than Islamic State, its critics say.

    Turkey and Western allies, by contrast, want Assad out.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he welcomed the renewed sense of urgency to find a solution to the war in Syria after the Paris attacks, adding the world had a "rare moment" of diplomatic opportunity to end the violence.

    Source: (Reuters)



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  • Breaking News: France Begins Revenge Mission, Pounds IS targets in Raqa, Syria

    15/Nov/2015 // 827 Viewers

    France has commenced a revenge mission as its warplanes pound IS group targets in Raqqa, Sky24, satellite television news  monitored in Rome  is reporting. 

    No fewer than 12 warplanes including 10 fighter-bombers are taking part in this operation targeting IS group positions.

    Among the places targeted and being destroyed are the jihadist recruitment centre, ammunition depot, and a command post. The fighter planes, DailyGlobeWatch learnt, departed from The Emirates and Jordan for the combat operations in coordination with US forces.

    This is in the wake of the Paris shootings and bombings on Saturday night  that killed 129 people, left 300 people injured and 80 mortally wounded. 

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  • Breaking: Muslims on the run as Germany bans Islamist 'True Religion' group, launches dawn raids in mosques across country

    15/Nov/2016 // 1055 Viewers


    Police launched dawn raids across Germany on Tuesday on about 190 mosques, flats and offices linked to an Islamist group after the government banned the organization, accusing it of radicalising youngsters.

    Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the DWR 'True Religion' group had persuaded about 140 people to join militants in Iraq and Syria.

    DWR, also known as "READ!" made no reference to the raids on its website and did not immediately respond to a request for comment. De Maiziere said it had several hundred members.

    Pictures showed masked police officers carrying away computers and files from properties.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has come under pressure to harden her line on security after several attacks claimed by Islamic State across Europe, including a bombing and a knifing in Germany that wounded some 20 people in July. She is also under fire for letting in about 900,000 migrants, mostly Muslims, last year.

    Some Syrians in Germany say many mosques here are more conservative than those at home, and that they are confronted by Muslims who insist on a literal interpretation of the Koran.

    Last month, a Syrian committed suicide in prison after he was arrested on suspicion of planning to bomb an airport. His brother and friends have said he was "brainwashed" by ultra-conservatives imams in Berlin.

    The domestic intelligence agency said in June about 8,900 ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists were in Germany.

    De Maiziere said Tuesday's raids in 10 German states were the biggest crackdown on any group since the government shut down a movement known as Kalifatstaat (Caliphate State) in 2001, accusing it of extremist activities.

    He said DWR had distributed Korans and other religious material especially to young people, but this was not the reason for the ban.

    "Today's ban is rather directed against the abuse of religion by people propagating extremist ideologies and supporting terrorist organizations under the pretext of Islam."

    DWR members have tried to hand out material in German town centers to passers-by, often holding banners or wearing garments with the word "READ!" emblazoned in gold. The ban means they are now prohibited from running such campaigns.

    Fears about the number of migrants entering the country have boosted support for Alternative for Germany (AfD), a populist party that says Islam is incompatible with the constitution and has siphoned off support from Merkel's conservatives.

    A spokeswoman for the interior ministry said there was no indication that DWR was planning attacks itself. Overall, some 820 people have left Germany for war zones in Syria and Iraq, and officials fear they may pose a security threat on their return.

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  • Modern humans out of Africa sooner than thought

    15/Oct/2015 // 166 Viewers

    © Nature/AFP / by Marlowe Hood | This image provided by the journal "Nature" on October 14, 2015 shows 47 human teeth found in the Fuyan Cave, Daoxian, in southern China


    PARIS (AFP) - 

    Human teeth discovered in southern China provide evidence that our species left the African continent up to 70,000 years earlier than prevailing theories suggest, a study published on Wednesday said.

    Homo sapiens reached present-day China 80,000-120,000 years ago, according to the study, which could redraw the migration map for modern humans.

    "The model that is generally accepted is that modern humans left Africa only 50,000 years ago," said Maria Martinon-Torres, a researcher at University College London and a co-author of the study.

    "In this case, we are saying the H. sapiens is out of Africa much earlier," she told the peer-reviewed journal Nature, which published the study.



    While the route they travelled remains unknown, previous research suggests the most likely path out of East Africa to east Asia was across the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East.

    The findings also mean that the first truly modern humans -- thought to have emerged in east Africa some 200,000 years ago -- landed in China well before they went to Europe.

    There is no evidence to suggest that H. sapiens entered the European continent earlier than 45,000 years ago, at least 40,000 years after they showed up in present-day China.

    The 47 teeth exhumed from a knee-deep layer of grey, sandy clay inside the Fuyan Cave near the town of Daoxian closely resemble the dental gear of "contemporary humans," according to the study.

    They could only have come from a population that migrated from Africa, rather than one that evolved from an another species of early man such as the extinct Homo erectus, the authors said.

    The scientists also unearthed the remains of some 38 mammals, including specimens of five extinct species, one of them a giant panda larger than those in existence today.

    No tools were found.

    "Judging by the cave environment, it may not have been a living place for humans," lead author Wu Liu from the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing told AFP.

    - Why not Europe? -

    The study, published in the journal Nature, also rewrites the timeline of early man in China.

    Up to now, the earliest proof of H. sapiens east of the Arabian Peninsula came from the Tianyuan Cave near Beijing, and dated from no more than 40,000 years ago.

    The new discovery raises questions about why it took so long for H. sapiens to find their way to nearby Europe.

    "Why is it that modern humans -- who were already at the gates -- didn't really get into Europe?", Martinon-Torres asked.

    Wu and colleagues propose two explanations.

    The first is the intimidating presence of Neanderthal man. While this species of early human eventually died out, they were spread across the European continent up until at least some 50,000 years ago.

    "The classic idea is that H. sapiens... took over the Neanderthal empire, but maybe Neanderthals were a kind of ecological barrier, and Europe was too small a place" for both, Martinon-Torres said.

    Another impediment might have been the cold.

    Up until the Ice Age ended 12,000 years ago, ice sheets stretched across a good part of the European continent, a forbidding environment for a new species emerging from the relative warmth of East Africa.

    "H. sapiens originated in or near the tropics, so it makes sense that the species' initial dispersal was eastwards rather than northwards, where winter temperatures rapidly fell below freezing," Robin Dennell of the University of Exeter said in a commentary, also in Nature.

    Martinon-Torres laid out some of the questions to be addressed in future research, using both genetics and fossil records.

    - A near miss -

    "What are the origins of these populations, and what was their fate? Did they vanish? Could they be the ancestors of later and current populations that entered Europe?"

    She also suggested there might have been "different movements and migrations" out of Africa, not just one.

    Besides the prehistoric panda, called Ailuropoda baconi, the scientists found an extinct species of a giant spotted hyaena.

    An elephant-like creature called Stegodon orientalis and a giant tapir, also present, were species that may have survived into the era when the Chinese had developed writing, some 3500 years ago.

    The cache of teeth nearly went unnoticed, Wu told AFP.

    He and his Chinese colleagues discovered the cave -- and its menagerie of long-deceased animals -- in the 1980s, but had no inkling that it also contained human remains.

    But 25 years later, while revisiting the site, Wu had a hunch.

    "By thinking about the cave environment, we realised that human fossils might be found there," he told AFP by email. "So we started a five-year excavation."

    by Marlowe Hood

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  • Italy begins debating same-sex unions bill

    15/Oct/2015 // 194 Viewers

    ROME (AFP) - 

    Italy's parliament began debating a civil union bill for gay couples on Wednesday, kicking off a hotly-awaited rights battle championed by Premier Matteo Renzi but expected to drag on for months.



    The country is the last major state in western Europe not to legally recognise and protect homosexual couples, and Renzi had promised a law would be passed by the end of the year -- a deadline now looking a bit tight.

    While attempts by previous administrations to change the law have been thwarted by parties with deep ties to the powerful Catholic Church, this time the majority of opposition parties have said they support the bill.

    But Renzi's coalition partner, the small New Centre Right (NCD) party, fiercely opposes parts of it.

    The proposed law offers some of the benefits of marriage, such as being able to receive part of a deceased partner's pension, automatic inheritance and being able to adopt the child of a partner if it only has one legal parent.

    In July, the European Court of Human Rights upheld discrimination complaints filed by three Italian couples, saying Rome should introduce some form of civil union -- an embarrassing ruling which helped pro-civil unionists.

    While 74 percent of Italians support the idea according to a recent poll, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Rome in June to protest a change to the law.

    A Senate vote on the bill is expected before the end of the year, after which it will move to the lower house of parliament.

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  • Corrupt Nigerians, others to lose UK property in crackdown

    15/Oct/2016 // 218 Viewers


    A crackdown on corrupt politicians, tax evaders and criminals from across the globe looms in the United Kingdom. Tough laws are planned to stop such people from moving ill-gotten money to the country or buying property there, according to a report in London.

    The existing weak laws are being taken advantage of by such corrupt who launder stolen wealth through London’s banks.

    The National  Crime  Agency estimates that  £100bn of tainted cash is laundered in the UK annually with a large percentage going into real estate.

    But all that is about to end under the criminal finances bill, published on Thursday.

    Whereas the current dispensation precludes the authorities from seizing property from foreign criminals except they have been convicted in their country of origin, the new bill seeks to empower the appropriate agencies to force suspects to explain the source of their wealth.

    Thus, the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs and other agencies can apply to the high court for an order asking a suspect to explain how he obtained the funds to purchase a property, jewelry or other property worth more than £100, 000.

     The bill could come into force as early as spring 2017.

    Some politically exposed Nigerians are believed to have acquired property in England with stolen public funds.

     These include the late former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Diepreye Alamieyesigha, and former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who is currently serving a jail term in the country for money laundering.

     The bill also seeks to invest the police with more power to freeze bank accounts and confiscate assets such as jewelry and art, which are harder to seize under current laws.

    Security Minister Ben Wallace said of the bill: “We will not stand by and watch criminals use the UK to launder their dirty money or fund terrorism.”

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  • UK goes tough on illegal immigrants, offers £2,000 to leave as country faces colossal migrant crisis

    15/Oct/2016 // 940 Viewers


    PARIS, OCTOBER 15, 2016: (DGW) THE UK Government  in an apparent withdrawal of  its magnanimity has launched a major  crackdown on illegal immigrants in the country, DAILYGLOBEWATCH has reliably gathered.

    Under this setting, the government is giving £2000 to illegal immigrants to make them leave the country as a  crisis  has hit UK's frontiers, official figures show.

    Meanwhile,  Margaret May has come under intense fire and  pressure by dissenting voices to put the situation under control in that she was in charge of the country's immigration services  for twelve years - a period when asylum claims hit the highest level in the country until she assumed office as Prime Minister

    Again, DailyGlobeWatch exclusively gathered that immigration officials are never less busy  dealing with queues of immigrants which run into tens of thousands each day in a bid to secure residence status in the United Kingdom.

    Amid the growing  discontent and concern  by various social groups in the country, the Home Office in a bid to tackle the problem has commenced an offer of £2000 each to illegal immigrants and free airlift paid for to their countries of origin.

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  • WW3 RED ALERT: Europe's military oh high alert as Russia moves nuclear-capable missiles within range of Berlin

    15/Oct/2016 // 482 Viewers


    Russia has moved nuclear-capable missiles near to the Polish border as tensions escalate between the world’s largest nation and the West.
    The Iskander missiles sent to Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea between Nato members Poland and Lithuania, are now within range of major Western cities including Berlin.
    Polish officials – whose capital Warsaw is potentially threatened – have described the move as of the ‘highest concern’.
    Germany’s foreign minister said the situation between Russia and the West was more dangerous than during the Cold War.
    ‘It’s a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous,’ Frank-Walter Steinmeier told German newspaper Bild.
    German diplomat and security policy expert Wolfgang Ischinger said there was ‘considerable danger of a military confrontation’.
    He added: ‘This danger has not been as strong in decades and the confidence between West and East has never been so low.’
    Iskander missiles have a range of up to 440 miles (700km). Their deployment in Kaliningrad comes amid deep divisions between Moscow and the West over Syria, where Russia and the regime of Bashar al-Assad have been bombing rebel-held districts. 
    Russia has shrugged off concerns about the Iskander missiles, saying they have been deployed in Kaliningrad before and are there now as part of a routine military drill.

    But Estonia’s chief of defence Lieutenant General Riho Terras said he believed Russia was attempting to dominate the Baltic Sea. 
    He said: ‘In the long term, Russia’s wish is to bring the Baltic Sea and the passages leading to it more and more under its control, and to control it much like it does the Black Sea.’

    Kaliningrad, annexed from Germany in 1945 and geographically separated from the rest of Russia, is of vital strategic importance to Moscow. 
    It is the westernmost part of Russia and is home to its Baltic Fleet, as well as fighters and helicopters.

    Lithuania’s foreign minister, Linas Linkevicius, said: ‘The deployment not only increases tensions in the region, but also possibly violates international treaties which limit deployment of ballistic missiles of range of over 500 kilometres.’ He said the matter would be discussed in a Nato-Russia Council meeting.

    A US intelligence official said the deployment could be Russia expressing contempt towards Nato. US secretary of state John Kerry has said Russia and the Syrian regime should be investigated for war crimes over civilian deaths in Syria.

    Credit: DAILY MAIL


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