Archaeologist discover relics of Wari empire at Ancash

Archaeologist discover relics of Wari empire at Ancash in Peru

 
Pre-Inca empire tomb found in Peru 

 
A team of archaeologists in Peru has discovered a royal tomb believed to belong to an empire that ruled the region before the Inca.

 

Archaeologist researchers from Peru and Poland say they found a 1,200-year-old tomb in the Ancash Region, about 280 kilometers north of the capital, Lima. The entrance of the tomb was covered with pumice stones. A main chamber contained mummified women that appear to belong to the royal family. Team too found about 1,200 burial accessories, including gold jewelry and silver bowls.

Founding of relics of old  empire called the Wari flourished in Peru between the 7th and 10th centuries. would add to unveil various useful information about the era lost history. As few details of the empire are known, including the system of government.The archeologists say this is the first tomb of the Wari empire to be unearthed. The research team encouraged says will excavate further and prepare a report. 

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Be responsible citizen of EuropeSchwarzenberg said,.Czech Republic has never

Be responsible citizen of Europe

Schwarzenberg said,.Czech Republic has never been and will never be part of Western Europe, outgoing Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09) said at the conference Central Europe as Home”. In the early 1990s, good friends used to say that we are part of Western Europe. Naturally, this was never so,” he added.

“We have a different mentality, we have a different tradition, we have a different political culture, as I found out in recent weeks. As a result, we are certainly not part of Western Europe,” Schwarzenberg said.

“We cannot help it, we will remain Central Europe and we will never leave the position,” he added.

In the past weeks, Prime Minister Petr Necas’s government fell after the police accused his closest aide Jana Nagyova of having spied on his wife.

Nagyova is also facing bribery charges.

President Milos Zeman then did not follow the will of a majority in the Chamber of Deputies and named his prime minister Jiri Rusnok, although his cabinet is unlikely to gain the Chamber of Deputies confidence and is expected to end by the autumn.

Speaking about identity, Schwarzenberg said its perception was changing in the form of ethnic, land and language identity throughout history. After several generations, another major change will occur, he added.

“I hope one day we will feel like responsible citizens of Europe. It is perhaps desirable for us to embrace the broader identity, too,” Schwarzenberg said.

The 20th century has revealed that it was a “tragic mistake and perverted thought” to place one’s own identity above that of others, he added.

“Let us be humble and do not approach ourselves too seriously,” Schwarzenberg said.

Bhutan Newsletter June 2013Show Details Kuzu zang pola (Hello)

Bhutan Newsletter June 2013

 
Kuzu zang pola (Hello) from the Tourism Council of Bhutan!

Summer has arrived here in the Kingdom and the warm sunny weather has allowed our Yak herders to migrate to the high altitude wild meadows accessible only at this time of the year, while on the valley floors the moist rice paddies are covered in the vibrant green in full growth.

This month we will focus on one of the most beautiful districts at this time of the year, Bumthang. This area is centrally located, forming the heart of the country and has its own unique architecture.

 
UNDERSTANDING BUMTHANG
The region is easily accessed by a weekly flight from Paro International Airport to Bumthang Domestic Airport located at the town of Chamkhar. It can also be reached via a 10 hour drive from the capital Thimphu.

The main town of Chamkhar is home to the Bumthang Cheese factory, Red Panda Beer Distillery,

the stunning Kurjey and Jambey Lhakhang temples as well as numerous other ancient temples.
 
The District of Bumthang (Bumthang Dzongkhag):Bumthang consists of four main valleys Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor. Choekhor is the largest of the four mountain valleys and is widely considered as ‘Bumthang Valley’. This serene region is one of the most peaceful places in the kingdom. With rolling hills, pristine forest, lush, verdant fields and an nparalleled number of historical and religious sites Bumthang is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
 
To learn more about Bumthang, visit our website at:http://www.tourism.gov.bt/map/bumthang
 
WHAT TO SEE
Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park covers 1,300 sq.km and is the second largest protected area of Bhutan. The park remains one of the largest undisturbed tracts of forest in the Himalayas. The varying altitude and rainfall have created a wide range of climatic conditions, making
it home to many species of plants, animals and birds including Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bears, Golden Langurs, the rare Clouded Leopard, Red Pandas and the Royal Bengal Tiger.

The eastern side of the park supports about 20% of Bhutan’s tiger population and the park itself forms an important link between the northern and southern tiger populations. It is also home to 391 bird species of which seven are among some of the world’s most endangered species. Phobjikha valley, a buffer zone to the park, is the winter habitat of the Black Necked Crane. More than 260 majestic cranes winter in Phobjikha every year.

 
Mebar Tsho (The Burning Lake) Mebar Tsho, also known as ‘The Burning Lake’ is considered one of the most holy Buddhist sites in the region. It is believed that scared treasure was discovered within the lake in the 15th Century.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
Paintings are incredibly important to Bhutanese culture and can be seen decorating buildings, temples and altars. Bhutanese paintings are traditionally religious in nature, depicting famous Saints and local Deities. Artists typically did not sign their work and remained anonymous.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS IN BHUTAN
The Matsutake Festival (24th August) The Matsutake Festival gives the cheerful Uraps (the name given to the people of Ura valley) a reason to celebrate and to have some fun. The much sought after Matsutake mushroom is native to the Ura Valley, where this festival occurs.

You’re invited to join the local people in an exciting day of picking mushrooms, learning   about   their art &

crafts, their traditional lifestyle, folk songs and dances, regional food and drink. Participate in the song and dance, as the villagers gather in the festival arena, in full costume.
 
Sample freshly picked mushrooms; try some wild honey or high altitude medicinal herbs and potions, along with other local dishes of wheat and barley. Shop for textiles, cane, bamboo and other regional products.
 
Tour of the Dragon (7th September) Considered one of the most challenging one-day events in the world, the race covers 268 kilometers of absolutely stunning Himalayan
landscapes as it takes cyclists from central to western Bhutan. 

Bikers will traverse four stunning mountain passes, travel through pristine, virgin forests, over babbling streams and raging rivers of crystal clear water.

 
Jambey Lhakhang Choekhor (18th September) According to legend this temple was built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo in 659 A.D. as part of a chain of 108 simultaneously constructed temples in order to
subdue an evil demoness that lay over the Himalayan region.

It is the oldest lhakhang in Bhutan and the annual festival that takes place here features some of the most unique and ancient mask dances.

 
WHAT TO DO
 
Bumthang Cultural Trek:This easy three-day trek takes you through beautiful valleys and along clear, trout-filled rivers. Bumthang is often known as the ‘cultural heartland’ of Bhutan & this trek offers
the perfect opportunity to discover remote temples and learn about the ancient history of this part of Bhutan. You will also visit a number of small villages which dot the route which offer the perfect opportunity to interact with the locals.

The only segment of the trek that may prove challenging is a 500m ascent to Pephe La pass. The best time to embark on this trek is in spring or autumn.

 
Ogyencholing Museum:Ogyencholing Estate is of considerable importance to the Tibetan Buddhist world due to its  links  with two of
the great Tibetan spiritual masters (Longchen Rabjam and Dorji Lingpa). 

The heirs of Ogyencholing decided to convert parts of their ancestral home to a museum which provides an excellent insight into the lifestyles and living conditions of a typical landed family over the last century. 

The museum is designed to share the heritage of this region with as many people as possible and at the same time to preserve and maintain Ogyencholing as a religious and cultural center. The museum was formally opened in May 2001 and is located in Ogyencholing Village.

 
For more info on trekking in Bhutan visit:http://www.tourism.gov.bt/activities/trek
 
For further information, please contact:
Tourism Council of Bhutan, India Representative Office
C/o Charson Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd.
1104 Arcadia, 11th Floor, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021 – India
Tel: 91 (22) 65172273; Fax: 91 (22) 22828835; Email: exec.office@charsonadvisory.com

Tourism Council of Bhutan 
Tarayana Centre, Chubachu, Thimphu, Bhutan 
Tel: 975 2 323251/2 ; Email: info@tourism.gov.bt; Web: www.tourism.gov.bt

UN approves $7.5-billion peacekeeping budget The United Nations has

UN approves $7.5-billion peacekeeping budget

 

The United Nations has adopted a peacekeeping budget plan for the year starting in July totaling more than 7.5 billion dollars.The budget was approved in a vote at the General Assembly on Friday. The money will cover UN peacekeeping activities in 14 places.

The total is up about 200 million dollars from the previous year to fund new activities. They include peacekeeping in Mali, where government and opposition forces have continued to fight, and an intervention brigade added to the existing UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Egypt’s opposition claims to have 22 million signatures for Morsi’s resignation ahead of mass protests

 

Pressure on embattled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is building, as opposition claim more people want him to resign, than those who voted him into office. There are fears that huge protest rallies scheduled for Sunday will descend into violence.

NSA spied on EU diplomats in Washington, NY and Brussels –media report

Not only European citizens, but also employees of the EU diplomatic missions in Washington and the UN were under electronic surveillance from the NSA, Der Spiegel magazine reports citing a document obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

UK’s far right leader arrested marching to Woolwich

Tommy Robinson, the leader of the English Defence League (EDL) and another member of the far-right party have been arrested for violating a police order not to march to a site in Woolwich, south London, where a soldier was murdered last month, the group said. The march to honor the memory of Lee Rigby, a soldier who was publically hacked to death by two British converts to Islam, went ahead anyway. Police said the EDL’s plans risked causing “serious public disorder.”

Highly radioactive water detected in Fukushima-1 well, 6 meters away from Pacific

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant said on Saturday that high levels of radioactive substances, including strontium, have been detected at a well at the port of the facility, just six meters from the Pacific Ocean, the Japan Times reports. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said 3,000 becquerels of radioactive substances per liter were detected in groundwater from the well – which is 100 times higher than the maximum legal limit. “It is true that radioactive contamination has been found from groundwater near the sea, but we do not know whether tainted water has made its way into the Pacific,” a TEPCO official said.

US Vice President personally asked Ecuador’s President to reject Snowden’s asylum request

US Vice President Joe Biden has asked Ecuador to reject NSA-leaker Edward Snowden’s asylum request, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said during his regular Saturday television broadcast. The White House has confirmed that Biden contacted Correa earlier on Friday morning to discuss the matter. Correa reiterated that there will be no decision made on Snowden’s asylum request unless the whistleblower is on Ecuadorean territory. Snowden remains in Russia’s Sheremetyevo Airport, where he arrived after he fled Hong Kong.

US Vice President Joe Biden has asked Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa to turn down an asylum request from whistleblower Edward Snowden.The former National Security Agency contractor Snowden revealed the extent of the US government’s communications surveillance activity. He is now wanted in the United States for espionage.
Snowden is currently holed up at a Moscow airport. He has requested political asylum from Ecuador.
President Correa spoke in a TV program on Saturday. He said he talked with Biden on the phone on Friday upon request from the US side.
Correa said he told Biden his country can’t consider the asylum request until Snowden arrives in Ecuador or shows up at one of its diplomatic missions.
He added he told Biden the request would be judged in accordance with Ecuadorean law.

‘The French betrayed me and I consider myself practically Russian,’ – Depardieu

 French actor Gerard Depardieu, who recently received Russian citizenship in protest against high taxes in France, has praised his adopted homeland during a press conference during the annual Moscow Film Festival, saying he has a “French-Russian heart”. “You can’t change your nationality but you can choose a state, a life, liberty and democracy, as I see it,” said the actor, who is promoting his new film, Rasputin. “I am friends with Putin,” continued Depardieu. “He has a very strong personality; he is exactly the kind of leader Russia needs at the moment.”

Scores of Chinese Uighurs attack police station in Xinjiang

Around a hundred Uighur separatists riding motorcycles and wielding weapons have reportedly assaulted a police station in Hotan in the western region of Xinjiang, in what officials labeled a “terrorist attack”. The Muslim Uighur minority say their cultural and language rights are being suppressed by central authorities and the ethnic-Han majority. Earlier this week 35 people died in similar clashes in the region.

S. African police shoot stun grenades at anti-Obama protesters

 South African police fired stun grenades at hundreds of protesters on Saturday who were demonstrating against US President Barack Obama’s visit to South Africa, according to AFP. Three loud bangs were heard as police tried to move the angry protesters away from the area. Obama’s visit to the country has caused some controversy among a coalition of trade union groups and left-wing political organizations which planned a “national day of action” to coincide with his visit. The groups have indicated that they are cynical about American foreign and trade policies, and that they feel Obama has done nothing to the advantage of South Africa, but merely continued American foreign policies, to which they had hoped for an end.

South China Sea focal at ASEAN meetPosted on June 30,

South China Sea focal at ASEAN meet

Posted on June 30, 2013 by 

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are trying to forge a unified policy on China’s increasing maritime presence in the region. Ten ministers began a four-day conference in Brunei on Saturday.

Members affected  discussed disputes between China and some ASEAN members over islands in the South China Sea.They are looking to conclude a legally-binding code of conduct with China to peacefully resolve the disputes.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korea’s Yun Byung-Se to come face-to-face and talks on the sidelines of the annual diplomatic and security meetings at  the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Brunei, the Japanese foreign ministry said late Saturday. 

 

South Korea’s Yun called off a visit to Tokyo this year two months back after two Japanese cabinet ministers paid their respects at the Yasukuni shrine, a central Tokyo spot that honours 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including war criminals.

Two countries are having important trading relationship both  allies of the United States, South Korea and Japan often struggle to get along.

On Sunday with a firm focus on trying to ease tensions with China over a territorial row, amid warnings that failure could lead to conflict on South China sea and other territorial disputes and trifles prevailing.

Rains have dampened the toxic fumes  from uncontrolled burning of Indonesia’s enormous rainforest  drifted across to neighbouring countries is expected to be high on the agenda at the annual 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers’ meeting in Brunei’s capital.

Meeting  on Monday and Tuesday to include the United States, China, Japan, Russia and other countries across the Asia-Pacific, the rostrum for  face-to-face diplomacy on matters pertain to Asians tiger.

 China’s increasingly assertive postures  in staking its claims to most of the South China Sea were set to dominate. This is self explanatory in setting the tone for the event, a powerful arm of China’s state-run media warned the Philippines on Saturday that its defiance could lead to aggressive Chinese action.

“If the Philippines continues to provoke China… a counterstrike will be hard to avoid,” said an editorial in the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party reports media.

ASEAN members include Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Taiwan, also claim parts of the strategically vital South China Sea.

 

Newspapers reports the waterway,  believed to sit atop vast deposits of oil and natural gas,  regarded as one of Asia’s potential military flashpoint  the growing  tensions in recent years has enhanced concerns on matter of  battles for curb.

 Recently Philippines  the most rhetoric  of the other claimants parties has express great concern  at China’s growing dominance which is  including  an increased Chinese naval presence in the area, and Philippines  expressing   her  latest threat from its more powerful neighbour.

“There is no place in the relations of civilised nations to use such provocative language. We call on China to be a responsible member in the community of nations,” foreign ministry spokesman Raul Hernandez said in response to the People’s Daily commentary.

ASEAN members trying for more than a decade to secure agreement from China on a legally binding code of conduct that would govern actions in the South China Sea.China resisted agreeing to the code, wary of giving any concessions that may weaken its claim to the sea.

 Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said ASEAN would continue to press its case with China in Brunei.”We will be really zeroing in on the need for the code of conduct,” Natalegawa told reporters on Saturday.

 US Secretary of State John Kerry  to hold a series of meetings with his counterparts from the world’s major powers, including Russia’s Sergei Lavrov and China’s Wang Yi to ease the repository of unease.

 United States  placed in fix  this weeks by perceived Chinese and Russian side Syria and help fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden presence at Moscow’s airport en-route to asylum destination after being allowed to leave the Chinese territory of Hong Kong 

India, China hold border talks India, China hold 16th

India, China hold 16th round of border talks.More than 400 intrusions have been made by the Chinese army in span of five years in North to NE Himalaya.
And latest few in Ladakh. McMahan line a document by British remain is vital source to understand  India China border history. Tranquility and peace along with ecological balance the agenda of two biggest asian countries.
 McMahon Line is a line agreed to by Britain and Tibet-China as part of the Simla Accord, a treaty signed in 1914. It is the effective boundary between China and India,  its legal status is diluted by the Chinese government.
 
India and China began the 16th round of their border talks in Beijing on Friday led by their special representatives – National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon from India and State Councillor Yang Jiechi from China.
 
This is the first meeting of the special representatives on border talks since the new Chinese leadership took over in March and comes in the aftermath of the Chinese troop incursion in Ladakh that raised temperatures between the two neighbours.
While Menon has helmed the border talks earlier, Yang, the former foreign minister, took over as state councillor and top diplomat in March. His predecessor, Dai Bingguo, had served as the special representative since the mechanism was introduced in 2003.
The two-day talks are expected to be followed by the visit of Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony from July 4- 7.
Yang was quoted as saying that he is ready to break new ground on the border talks.
“I stand ready to work with you to build on the work of our predecessors and break new ground to strive for the settlement of the China-India boundary question and to make greater progress in the China India strategic an cooperative partnership in the new period,” he said.
Menon is to also meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his visit besides Foreign Minister Wang Yi, foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told the media in Beijing.
Premier Li, during his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month, had said the festering boundary question is to be resolved through negotiations between their special representatives.
The June 28-29 talks is expected to focus on the recent Chinese troop intrusion in Depsang in Ladakh.

News around the world Kerry meet AbbasUS Secretary of

Kerry meet Abbas

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resume peace negotiations with Israel.

He met Abbas in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Friday. Kerry is in the region in an effort to revive the Middle East peace process

Obama arrives in South Africa

US President Barack Obama is visiting South Africa, where world media is focusing on the health of former president Nelson Mandela. Mandela, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for leading the struggle to abolish the apartheid system, had a recurrence of lung infection earlier this month and is in critical condition in hospital.

Obama arrived in Pretoria on Friday on the second leg of a tour of 3 African countries. He was cautious about visiting Mandela in hospital. En route to South Africa, Obama said the last thing he wants to do is to be in any way obtrusive to Mandela’s family.

The first African American to serve as US president, Obama has called Mandela’s effort to achieve reconciliation between blacks and whites after the abolition of apartheid his ideal.

 

ASEAN Meet begins

ASEAN foreign ministers will hold a series of meetings over 4 days from Saturday in Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan.

Foreign ministers from Japan, China, South Korea, and the US will join them in discussions on maritime security.

The agenda will include territorial disputes over islands in the South China Sea involving two ASEAN members — the Philippines and Vietnam — and China. China is increasing its maritime activity.

ASEAN foreign ministers in their meeting in July of last year failed to reach agreement on how to deal with China. That was the first ASEAN foreign minister’s meeting to end without adopting a joint statement.

Attention is focused on what extent the ASEAN countries and China can agree on rules for peaceful settlement of the territorial disputes.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the series of ministerial meetings.

The ASEAN Regional Forum on Tuesday will be attended by North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun.

South Korean President meet Chinese Leaders

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has reiterated her resolve to strengthen cooperation with China.

Park, now visiting Beijing, met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday. Earlier on Thursday, she met President Xi Jinping.

During her meeting with Li, Park is believed to have proposed that the 2 countries aim to increase mutual investment and work together to transform their export-oriented economies into ones based on domestic demand. Li is believed to have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation.

The South Korean President also met Zhang Dejiang, the Chinese Communist Party’s Number 3 on Friday.

Park indicated that exchanges should be promoted between the South Korean parliament and China’s National People’s Congress.

Morsi’s opponents &supporters rally 

Protesters began gathering at Tahrir Square, central Cairo, on Saturday.

 .he demonstrators said the president made only wrong decisions for the country.  Many said  will continue  protest until he steps down

Morsi’s supporters are holding a sit-in at a square near the presidential palace. Some of them are preparing for possible clashes with opponents with helmets and batons at hand.

A supporter said he will continue backing Morsi as he thinks Egypt will fall into chaos if the president resigns.

The state-run news agency and other Egyptian media report that clashes across the country left 6 people dead and more than 600 injured as of Friday.

An American man reportedly died after being stabbed in the chest on Friday when he happened to be near a rally in the northern city of Alexandria.

US State Department issued a travel advisory to US citizens on Saturday. US government officials and their family members are advised to leave Egypt for safety reasons.

Soldiers dead in Thailand roadside bomb attack

 
Eight soldiers have been killed and four wounded in a roadside bomb attack in Thailand’s restive south according to police, marking the deadliest assault on Thai security forces in several years. Two of the wounded were soldiers while the other two were villagers. Military vehicles had been targeted by the attackers Yala province, close to the Malaysian border. More than 5,000 people have been killed since 2004 when a separatist insurgency started again in the Muslim-majority region. Government talks with Muslim separatist rebels are underway on the largely Buddhist country. However, attacks continue to occur on a daily basis. Militants fighting for greater autonomy are believed to have carried out the attack.
 

 

N. Korea to discuss 6-party talks in Moscow 

 
North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator is scheduled to meet senior Russian officials in Moscow next week “as part of efforts to resume the six-party talks,” RIA Novosti reported citing Russia’s Foreign Ministry. North Korea’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan will meet deputy Foreign Ministers Vladimir Titov and Igor Morgulov on Thursday, amid a push to get the North to resume talks over security concerns connected to its nuclear program. Pyongyang walked out of talks with the US, South Korea, Japan, Russia and China in 2009, saying that it will not abandon its nuclear program.
 

 

​Top N. Korea general hails brotherhood ties with Cuba during visit

 
North Korea’s Chief of General Staff Kim Kyok-sik said his country and Cuba “share the same trench,” as he spoke to the media in Havana. The hardliner general gave the address after paying tribute to Cuba’s pro-independence hero Antonio Maceo in the company of his local counterpart General Alvaro Lopez Miera. North Korean delegation is to stay in Cuba until Monday discussing cooperation in defense technology and military training, Cuban news agency reports.
 

 

​12 killed in bus fall into Peru river

 
A bus crash in Peru left at least 12 people dead on Friday, when the vehicle carrying 25 passengers plunged off a 100 meter cliff into Huachecsa River, in the town of Chacpa, in the northern Huari province, officials said. Traffic police blame speeding and the narrow road along the cliff for the tragedy. The incident comes just nine days after another bus plunged into a river in Peru killing 35 people.
 

 

​Chinese lash out at Philippines on  disputed Asian islands

 
China’s People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, came with scalding front-page criticism of the Philippines over their latest mover to send soldiers and supplies to the disputed Spratly Islands. The newspaper called it “illegal occupation” and lashed out at the Philippines for calling on the US as a “patron” in the dispute. The criticism came ahead of the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Brunei, which starts on Saturday. Asian ministers are hoping to hammer out a legally binding Code of Conduct for maritime conflicts in the region. South China Sea is a place of numerous land disputes, involving China, Philippines, Malaya, Vietnam, and other nations contesting sovereignty over islands.
 

 

Four radical Islamists investigated suspected to plot  attacks in France

 
Four suspected radical Islamists, who were arrested in the Paris region earlier this week on suspicion of plotting attacks in France, have been put under formal investigation, according to legal and police sources. Three of the suspects, aged between 22 and 34, are French; one is from Benin, a country in West Africa, the sources told Reuters. Two other suspects arrested in the same raid on a suspected Islamist cell have been released. Security has been intensified in France since January when French military intervened in Mali to fight back Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels who gained control of the north of the former French colony.
 

 

Brazilian president met youth organizations 

 
Aiming to connect with Brazil’s youth, the largest demographic to take part in nationwide protests still ongoing since two weeks ago, President Dilma Rousseff met in the capital Brasilia with the leaders of 25 youth organizations. Though no concrete announcements resulted from the Friday talks, Rousseff’s government cast them as the beginning of a dialogue with the country’s youth, reports the AP. Though the numbers taking part in protests have been greatly reduced since hundreds of thousands filled the streets of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and dozens of other municipalities last week there were still large showings in Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Recife in tandem with Confederations Cup matches. Having already made a number of announcements, including greater investment in public transportation, education and health services, Rousseff’s government will also be launching a new website on July 8 focusing exclusively on youth issues in a bid to serve the country’s disaffected group.
 

 

Judge places hold on parts of new Kansas abortion law

 
A Kansas state judge has put on hold two abortion restrictions that were set to take effect next week, one of which providers believe would have effectively ended the procedure in an emergency situation. The most contentious provision blocked by Judge Rebecca Crotty is a redefinition of medical emergencies that would exclude mental health reasons, such as threatening to commit suicide. The other provision Crotty struck down would compel abortion providers to declare on their own websites that the Kansas state health department’s information on abortion and fetal development is accurate and objective. According to the AP, the state health department currently asserts that a human fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks, a contention critics say is unfounded. Among the state provisions that will still take effect is a ban on tax breaks for abortion providers, and a requirement that doctors inform patients that abortions end the life of “whole, separate, unique, living human being.” Kansas has spent almost $769,000 on private attorneys in defending anti-abortion laws enacted since 2011.
 

 

Nearly 22  killed across Iraq bombings continue

 
Violence continued in Iraq Friday with a series of explosions killing at least 22 people across the country. A suicide bomber attacked a funeral in Dujail, killing four, and two explosions at a neighborhood football stadium left five players dead in Madaen, 30 miles southeast of Baghdad. A senior police officer’s car exploded in Ramandi and, when a crowd gathered to examine the wreckage, a second blast detonated, killing 10 others. This is just the latest tragedy in escalating levels of violence since the beginning of the year. Over 1,000 people in Iraq were killed in May alone, the most violent month since 2006-20
 
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