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China says senior Uighur official killed during raid in unruly Xinjiang

BEIJING A senior ethnic Uighur security official was killed in a police raid on a “nest of terrorists”, Chinese state media reported, providing specifics on a previously unannounced operation in the violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang.

Hundreds of individuals have been killed in the previous couple of years in the region which is property to the mostly Muslim Uighur individuals in violence blamed by the government on Islamist militants seeking an independent state called East Turkestan.

The official People’s Everyday, in a report late on Saturday, named the dead official as Maimaitijiang Tuohuniyazi, a deputy head of public security in Aksu, a vast element of western Xinjiang that borders Kyrgyzstan.

It said domestic safety chief Meng Jianzhu, who is currently in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi, supplied condolences to Tuohuniyazi’s widow, praising him as a brave and selfless man.

“In order to rescue a herder who had been kidnapped by terrorists, he threw himself into the breach, charged into the nest of terrorists and however heroically sacrificed himself,” the paper mentioned, with no giving other details.

At least 16 people, like five police officers, were killed in an attack at a colliery in Aksu in September. Chinese safety forces later said they had killed 28 “terrorists” involved in that attack.

The newspaper mentioned Meng took element in an award ceremony for these involved in tracking down the coal mine attackers.

Meng stated that more than the past year, security solutions had “clear successes” in cracking down on terrorism, and had succeeded in stopping “far more than 98 %” of terror plots in the organizing stage. He gave no specifics.

China’s battle against the violence in Xinjiang has been hampered by poor intelligence in a element of the country where few officials realize the Uighur language or Islam and the government has had difficulty recruiting Uighur operatives, diplomats and specialists say.

Meng has previously said the government required to boost its intelligence gathering and intelligence sharing amongst different departments it if wanted to better deal with the threat of terrorism, a rare admission of the problems it faces.

Rights groups and exiles say the violence in Xinjiang stems much more from widespread Uighur resentment at Chinese controls on their religion and culture rather than the action of a nicely-organized militant group.

China strongly denies abusing human rights in Xinjiang, and says it is facing a determined campaign from Islamist radicals and separatists.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by Miral Fahmy)

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Afghan forces end siege near Spanish embassy in Kabul: official

KABUL Afghan security forces have killed all the insurgents involved in the attack on a guest property near the Spanish embassy in Kabul, Interior Minister spokesman Sediq Sediqqi mentioned on Thursday.

A Spanish safety officer was killed in the attack, in a heavily protected portion of Kabul close to numerous embassies and government buildings. At least seven folks were treated in a nearby hospital run by Italian aid group Emergency, primarily for minor injuries.

Attackers blew up a vehicle bomb late on Friday afternoon just before at least 3 gunmen entered a compound and battled security forces for hours, with gunfire and explosions heard intermittently until late into the evening and early morning.

In a message posted to his Twitter account, Sediqqi stated all of the attackers had been killed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, just days following President Ashraf Ghani returned from a regional peace conference in Pakistan, exactly where he sought help to revive peace talks that stalled this year.

It followed a separate Taliban attack on the airport complicated in the southern city of Kandahar, in which at least 50 civilians and security forces personnel were killed.

(Reporting by James Mackenzie Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Military sites in Burundi capital attacked, says official, soldiers

Globe | Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:47am EST


NAIROBI Military sites had been attacked in Burundi’s capital in the course of a night of heavy gunfire and explosions, an official and soldiers said on Friday, the most recent flare up in violence in a nation Western powers fear will slide back into ethnic conflict.

Presidential media adviser Willy Niyamitwe mentioned on Twitter that opponents attacked military camps as element of “a diversion” to cost-free prisoners but said the raids “failed”. Two soldiers, who asked not be named, told Reuters attacks targeted 3 military websites, citing colleagues they spoke to on the scene.

(Writing by Edmund Blair)


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China official hints at shipping merger announcement

BEIJING Dec 11 Two of China’s most significant shipping firms could release statements within days about a attainable merger, a senior government official stated on Friday following media reported cabinet had authorized the tie-up.

The combination of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Firm (COSCO) and China Shipping Group would develop the world’s fourth-largest container shipping firm with a roughly eight.1 percent share, a main step in Beijing’s program to develop a globally competitive maritime sector.

“About the merger program of China Shipping and COSCO, I would recommend you monitor statements from the two firms in the coming days,” Zhang Xiwu, vice chairman of the Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), the agency that spearheads state-sector mergers, told reporters.

A merger of the two firms would represent a huge reshuffling of government-controlled assets as consolidation of China’s state-owned industries gathers momentum.

Collectively, COSCO and China Shipping handle 488 billion yuan ($ 75.66 billion) in assets, according to Barclays analysts.

Even so, as a merged entity they would nevertheless lag far behind the top 3 business players – APM Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Organization and CMA CGM, which oversee practically 40 percent of the market, analysts said.

Share trading in the listed units of the two conglomerates, including COSCO’s flagship China COSCO and China Shipping’s China Shipping Development , have been halted considering that Aug. ten.

Chronic over-capacity and slow financial growth have pushed worldwide freight rates to record lows, top firms to enter vessel-sharing alliances and look for acquisitions. ($ 1 = 6.4495 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Brenda Goh, Mattew Miller and Chen Aizhu Editing by Stephen Coates)

China to prosecute former atmosphere official for graft

BEIJING Chinese authorities will prosecute a former atmosphere official for corruption after an investigation identified he took bribes and accepted invites from firm executives to play golf, the Environment Ministry stated on Friday.

Xiong Yuehui was head of a technological standards division at the ministry until he became topic of a corruption probe in August.

An investigation by graft inspectors identified Xiong actively sought to hamper the probe, forming a “conspiracy of silence” with other people, breaking celebration discipline rules and covering up his individual affairs, the ministry’s discipline physique said.

He employed his position to “seek positive aspects” for other folks, and took gifts like cash, the ministry mentioned in a statement released by the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Xiong “a lot of instances went to private clubs and accepted invitations from company bosses to play golf”, it added.

It was not feasible to reach Xiong for comment and unclear if he has a lawyer.

Tales of corruption and officials’ higher living, including extravagant banquets and expensive rounds on golf courses, have stirred widespread public anger due to the fact bureaucrats are meant to live on modest sums and lead morally exemplary lives.

In October, the party for the very first time listed golf as a discipline violation as it tightened guidelines to quit officials engaging in corrupt practices.

Private clubs have also been a target of President Xi Jinping’s sweeping battle against deep-seated corruption due to their reputation in China as places exactly where shady dealings or sexual liaisons are carried out by an extravagant elite.

Xiong has been formally removed from his position and his case handed over to legal authorities, the ministry said, which means he will be prosecuted.

The Environment Ministry is at the forefront of government efforts to tackle the country’s critical pollution issue, which includes the smog that often covers China’s major cities.

In July, the government announced a corruption probe into a former deputy atmosphere minister, Zhang Lijun. There has been no news of him considering that.

In February, China’s primary anti-graft body reprimanded the ministry for a series of troubles, like interference by ministry officials and their relatives in environmental influence assessments.

Environmental degradation is one particular of China’s most serious concerns and a very sensitive one particular also, with thousands of protests each year sparked by concern about pollution, particularly from factories.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by Michael Perry)

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Former ally of jailed China official in very good health shortly before death: report

BEIJING A 44-year-old former organization ally of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai was in very good wellness in jail shortly just before he died of a heart attack, a Chinese on the internet news outlet reported, adding to the mystery more than his death.

Xu Ming, founder of plastics-to-house conglomerate Dalian Shide Group, died on Friday in prison in the central province of Hubei, according to Prism, an on-line news portal run by Tencent, China’s biggest social network.

Just two months before, for the duration of September’s Mid-Autumn Festival, he told household and close friends that he was in excellent well being and fine mental state and exercised from time to time, a buddy told Prism in a report carried on Wednesday.

The government has provided no explanation for Xu’s death. Prism’s report was picked up by other Chinese news portals and has not been removed from the Net, as can occur with sensitive stories.

Requests for comment from the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Public Security went unanswered. Reuters has also not been able to attain family members for comment.

Xu’s family members was told that Xu had a heart attack when using the toilet, fell to the ground and died, the buddy told Prism.

It took several hours for the household to be notified, the friend added, according to the report.

The trial of Xu, listed by Forbes as China’s eighth-richest particular person in 2005, had been shrouded in secrecy. It was never ever created public when he was arrested, indicted and convicted. His prison term was unknown.

Xu was scheduled to be released from prison in September 2016, according to Hong Kong-primarily based Phoenix tv.

Xu’s relationship with Bo became a focus a couple of years ago when the politician was probed for corruption.

Bo was ousted as Communist Celebration boss of the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing and from the party’s choice-producing Politburo in 2012. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for corruption and abuse of power.

Throughout Bo’s trial in 2013, the court stated Bo was charged with getting about 21.eight million yuan ($ three.39 million) in bribes from Xu.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Incoming Argentine official will ‘promptly’ begin debt talks – mediator

NEW YORK A court-appointed mediator in the Argentina debt dispute mentioned on Wednesday that the country’s incoming secretary of finance intends to begin settlement talks in the long-running litigation “promptly.”

Daniel Pollack, a New York lawyer appointed to oversee the settlement discussions, confirmed he had a meeting earlier this week at his offices with the incoming finance official, Luis Caputo.

Pollack stated Caputo expressed the intention of the new administration to commence settlement negotiations “promptly” right after Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri is sworn into office on Thursday.

Pollack stated he also met a week earlier with representatives of bondholders holding $ ten billion in judgments against Argentina. No substantive negotiations to resolve the litigation occurred at either meeting, he stated in a statement.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

Turkey summons Russian envoy more than alleged rocket launcher on ship: official

World | Mon Dec 7, 2015 9:08am EST


ANKARA Turkey summoned the Russian ambassador on Monday soon after accusing Russia of a “provocation” after a serviceman on the deck of a Russian naval ship allegedly brandished a rocket launcher although the vessel passed by way of Istanbul at the weekend.

Relations have deteriorated sharply given that Turkey final month became the very first NATO member in much more than half a century to down a Russian plane, which it mentioned had violated its airspace whilst flying sorties more than Syria. The pilot was killed.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz Writing by Ece Toksabay editing by David Dolan)

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Yemen humanitarian ceasefire anticipated in days, ahead of peace talks: official

DUBAI Yemen’s warring parties are anticipated to announce a humanitarian ceasefire within days ahead of U.N.-sponsored talks to end a civil war that has killed practically 6,000 folks, an official from President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government stated on Monday.

The United Nations specific envoy to Yemen has met Hadi in Aden and Houthi officials in the Omani capital Muscat with a proposed agenda for the talks, which Hadi’s foreign minister Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi mentioned would start on Dec. 15.

“The Houthis have authorized the agenda blueprint,” an official in Hadi’s office told Reuters. “Inside days a humanitarian ceasefire will be declared and actions to free prisoners and lifting the siege on the cities would commence.”

Forces loyal to Hadi, backed by air strikes and ground forces from a mostly Gulf Arab coalition, have been locked for nine months in a civil war with the Houthis, who rule the capital Sanaa and other cities.

The Houthi spokesman, in a posting on his Facebook web page, confirmed that his group had discussed “the venue and the date for the talks planned for the middle of this month” with the U.N. envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.

“Ways for a ceasefire and subsequent self-assurance-creating methods had been also discussed, and we expressed our openness to conduct a responsible and severe dialogue,” the spokesman, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, added, with out supplying specifics.

Prior U.N.-mediated negotiations to finish the conflict by way of dialogue failed as battles rage across the nation and Saudi-led warplanes bomb positions of the Houthi group and its Yemeni army allies.

The proposed agenda for the talks stipulates quick self-confidence-developing measures, including the release of the Yemeni defense minister captured by the Houthis in March, lifting a siege of cities and other population centers, and suspending recruitment of youngsters to fight in the conflict.

Hadi’s supporter say Houthi forces are besieging the city of Taiz, north of Aden. The Houthis say the Saudi-led coalition is successfully placing significantly of the country under siege by closing off its air space and sea ports.

The peace talks would be aimed at implementing a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted in April, which offers for the restoration of the Yemeni government and withdrawal of Houthi forces from the cities.

(Reporting By Mohammed Ghobari, Writing by Sami Aboudi Editing by Dominic Evans)

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Venezuela opposition says wins legislature, no official confirmation

CARACAS Venezuelan opposition leaders said their coalition won control of the legislature from the ruling Socialists for the first time in 16 years on Sunday, though there was no confirmation from the national electoral board.

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, prominent rights activist Lilian Tintori and another opposition leader who asked not to be identified said the Democratic Unity coalition had gained a majority in the 167-member National Assembly.

“The results are as we hoped. Venezuela has won. It’s irreversible,” tweeted Capriles, a former presidential candidate and one of the leading figures inside the coalition.

The National Electoral Council was yet to give official results, however, and there was no word from the headquarters of President Nicolas Maduro’s Socialist Party.

Several opposition sources told Reuters they believed the coalition had won around 100 seats in the legislature.

Should that be confirmed, it would be a severe setback for Venezuela’s ruling “Chavista” movement, named for Maduro’s popular predecessor Hugo Chavez who died in 2013.

It would also be a further blow to Latin America’s left following last month’s swing to the center-right in Argentina’s presidential election.

The Democratic Unity coalition appeared to have to capitalized on a wave of discontent with spiraling inflation and product shortage that many Venezuelans blame on Maduro.


“I used to be a proud Chavista,” said Rodrigo Duran, a 28-year-old security guard who switched allegiance in his vote on Sunday. “But how can I carry on when my salary doesn’t allow me to feed my children? They deceived us.”

If its victory is confirmed, Venezuela’s opposition will have the chance to break the ruling party’s control over the budget and seek amnesty for dozens of jailed activists including hardline leader Leopoldo Lopez, the husband of Tintori.

But without a two-thirds majority – or 112 seats – they would be unable to shake up other institutions such as the courts and electoral council, widely viewed as pro-government.

Maduro’s term is due to end in 2019, but Sunday’s election could build momentum within the opposition to push for a recall referendum next year.

“We know we’ve won, we don’t know what the government is going to do,” Tintori said in a video. “More than 100 legislators, I’m so happy.”

Opposition supporters congregated at a campaign headquarters in a hotel of affluent east Caracas hugged and high-fived, though many cautioned they were still awaiting official confirmation.

Since Chavez died in 2013, Venezuela’s economy, which relies heavily on crude oil exports, has descended into crisis.

With inflation thought to be in triple digits, vast lines outside supermarkets owing to shortages of basic goods and an 80 per cent collapse of the currency on the black market, it is the economy that turned many away from the government.

“I voted because we want a change in this country. We’re bored of so many queues, food shortages, a minimum wage that doesn’t get us anywhere,” said Cristobal Jesus Medina Chacon, a 27-year-old engineer who arrived at his voting station in the western city of San Cristobal at 4 a.m.

Experts say both dysfunctional state controls and the plunge in oil prices are behind Venezuela’s economic demise.

(Additional reporting by Reuters Venezuela; Writing by Andrew Cawthorne; Editing by Kieran Murray)

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