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Chinese man gets death sentence for murdering 11

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first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Xinhua earlier said authorities fired or disciplined 12 police officers _ including two police chiefs _ for inadequately investigating the murders. Relatives of the victims were upset that reports of missing persons were initially ignored.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family BEIJING (AP) – State media say a serial killer in southwestern China’s Yunnan province has been sentenced to death for murdering 11 people.The official Xinhua News Agency says a court in Kunming city found Zhang Yongming, 56, guilty on Saturday of killing the 11 in Jinning county between 2008 and 2012. He showed no remorse in court.Xinhua says Zhang strangled his victims and used various methods including dismembering and burning the bodies to destroy evidence. It says he had been sentenced to death in 1979 for another homicide but was released after his sentence was reduced.center_img Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

US declares Haqqani network a terrorist body

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first_imgClinton, whose advisers were of two minds about whether the designation was the right path, said in a statement Friday that the U.S. will “also continue our robust campaign of diplomatic, military and intelligence pressure on the network, demonstrating the United States’ resolve to degrade the organization’s ability to execute violent attacks.”Enraged by a string of high-profile attacks on U.S. and NATO troops, Congress insisted Clinton deliver a report on whether the Haqqanis should be designated a terrorist organization and all of its members subjected to U.S. financial sanctions.A subsidiary of the Taliban and based in the remote North Waziristan region of Pakistan, the Haqqani network is responsible for several attacks in Kabul, including last September’s rocket-propelled grenade assault on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters. American officials estimate its force at 2,000 to 4,000 fighters and say it maintains close relationships with al-Qaida.U.S. defense officials said the administration doesn’t believe the Haqqanis have designs to attack the United States. But they said the group shelters al-Qaida and other militant groups, allowing them to plan and train for possible operations targeting the U.S. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project The U.S. already has sanctioned many Haqqani leaders and is pursuing its members militarily. But it resisted the terrorist designation because of worries that it could jeopardize reconciliation efforts between the U.S. government and insurgents in Afghanistan, and ruffle feathers with Pakistan, the Haqqanis’ longtime benefactor.“The only reservation _ and it’s only a mild one _ is whether this complicates reconciliation at all,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said. “I see only a very small downside to the designation and that’s more than offset by the financial pressure on the network.”Friday’s decision also could complicate talks to free the only U.S. prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a 26-year-old from Idaho who has been held by the Haqqanis since 2009.State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell dodged questions about reported Haqqani threats to further mistreat Bergdhal as a result of the designation but said the U.S. was doing everything it could to free him.“He’s just been held for too long,” Ventrell told reporters.American officials have held talks with Ibrahim Haqqani, the brother of the network’s founder, Jalauddin Haqqani, to try to further peace talks with the Taliban, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the negotiation attempts. The designation does not stop the U.S. from meeting with the Haqqanis, who’ve been among the least interested in talking reconciliation before American troops make an almost complete withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, officials said. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.The designation risks straining U.S.-Pakistan relations. Last year, outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen argued that the Haqqani network “acts as a veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence _ the most far-reaching volley in a long dispute between Washington and Islamabad.Other U.S. officials dispute that assessment but still accuse Islamabad of giving the network a free hand in North Waziristan region and providing it some logistical support. The accusation could take on added significance now that the Haqqanis are officially a foreign terrorist organization _ something the U.S. hasn’t issued for the Taliban.Sherry Rehman, the Pakistani ambassador in Washington, brushed off the designation, calling it an internal U.S. matter and noting that Haqqanis are not Pakistani nationals.“It’s not our business,” she said, but added that Pakistan would maintain its counterterrorism cooperation with the United States.Islamabad says that its forces are stretched thin in fighting an insurgency that already has killed more than 30,000 people and that it cannot also take on the Haqqanis near the Afghan border. Many analysts attribute the military’s reluctance to take them on to historical ties and an assessment that the group can be an important ally in Afghanistan after U.S. and allied forces withdraw. Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration declared Friday that the Pakistan-based Haqqani network of militants is a terrorist body despite misgivings about how the largely symbolic act could further stall planned Afghan peace talks or put yet another chill on the United States’ already fragile counterterrorism alliance with Islamabad.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision, signed Friday ahead of a Sunday deadline set by Congress, bans Americans from doing business with members of the group and blocks any assets it holds in the United States. The order, which will go into effect within 10 days, completes an odyssey of sorts for the Haqqanis from the days they partnered with the CIA during the Cold War and were hailed as freedom fighters. Since then, the network has developed a sophisticated, mafia-style financing operation that relies on extortion, kidnapping, smuggling and legitimate businesses, according to a recent report by the Combating Terrorism Center in West Point, N.Y.Last month, the U.S. scored a major counterterror success when an unmanned drone strike in Pakistan near the Afghan border killed one of Haqqani’s sons, Badruddin, considered the group’s No. 3.The State Department said in May 2011 that Badruddin Haqqani sat on the Miram Shah Shura, a group that controls all Haqqani network activities and coordinates attacks in southeastern Afghanistan. It also blamed him for the 2008 kidnapping of New York Times reporter David Rohde.The U.S. already had designated Haqqani and his sons individually as terrorists, but Congress wanted tougher action. In July, it set a deadline to prod the administration into imposing blanket sanctions on the group.___Lee reported from Vladivostok, Russia. Associated Press writers Sebastian Abbot and Kathy Gannon in Islamabad, and Kimberly Dozier and Donna Cassata in Washington contributed to this report.__Follow Bradley Klapper at https://twitter.com/bklapperap How men can have a healthy 2019 Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Imtiaz Gul, head of the Islamabad-based Centre for Research and Security Studies, predicted little additional fallout in a relationship that has suffered severe blows in the last 20 months, including a CIA contractor’s killing of two Pakistanis, the unilateral U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden and NATO’s accidental killing of two dozen Pakistani soldiers. But he said the U.S. sanctions wouldn’t prompt a Pakistani crackdown or hurt the Haqqanis significantly.“They are not a corporate sector entity maintaining bank accounts and working via the Internet doing banking transactions online,” said Gul. “They operate covertly through intermediaries.”Fighters for the head of the network, Jalauddin Haqqani, were among the leading recipients of CIA money during the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, when U.S. money helped finance Afghan rebels. They ousted the Russians in February 1989, overthrowing the Moscow-backed government in Kabul three years later before turning their guns on each other.Haqqani developed extensive foreign contacts over the years, getting money, weapons and supplies from Pakistani intelligence and serving as justice minister after the Soviets left, and minister of tribal and border affairs after Taliban fundamentalists seized power in 1996. He joined the Taliban insurgency when the U.S. helped overthrow the regime after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

French police detain 9 terror suspects

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first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories “This means that the threat is still here,” he said.Valls said some 48 people have been detained this year in 21 anti-terrorist operations. Most were let go, but some 17 remain in custody pending further investigation.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement PARIS (AP) – French authorities have detained nine people in anti-terrorist raids this week, including people suspected of plotting attacks in France or of belonging to jihadi networks, officials said Tuesday.Interior Minister Manuel Valls urged police to keep up the pressure in particular on groups preparing fighters to join extremist militants in Syria or to join al-Qaida.“We will leave no space for these groups,” he told reporters. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies France has been on higher alert for potential attacks since French troops entered Mali earlier this year to push out al-Qaida-linked extremists who had seized much of the West African country and have threatened France and Europe.Several French citizens have also gone to Syria to fight alongside extremist groups battling President Bashar Assad’s regime. That is complicating the French government’s efforts to aid _ and possibly arm _ the more mainstream Syrian opposition.Police detained six people in the Paris region Monday suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in France, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.The suspects, between 22 and 38 years old, were being questioned Tuesday by anti-terrorist investigators, prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said. They can be held up to four days under France’s anti-terrorism laws.Valls said the six were suspected in a recent theft and had “incontestably the intention to pass to action, or at least a will to commit terrorism.”In an unrelated investigation, three suspected extremists were detained Tuesday morning by agents from the DCRI intelligence agency, Valls said. He didn’t give details on the identities or place of arrest, but said the three had been under surveillance for alleged involvement in a jihadist movement. Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Patients with chronic pain give advice 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Global stocks shaken by bond market gyrations

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first_img Sponsored Stories SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks fell on Tuesday and Wall Street was expected to open lower as investors worried about a slump across bond markets and a rise in the cost of crude oil.KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 1.6 percent to 6,917.17 and Germany’s DAX sank 1.9 percent to 11,451.14. France’s CAC 40 dropped 1.5 percent to 4,952.96. Futures showed the U.S. was headed for a down day, with S&P 500 and Dow futures both down 0.6 percent. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   VOLATILE BONDS: A sell-off in global bond markets, including U.S. Treasurys, has increasingly rattled investors since last week. Weakness in bond prices pushes up borrowing costs and can drag on economic activity. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen recently warned that long-term bond yields, which move in the opposite direction to bond prices, could quickly shoot higher once the Fed begins raising interest rates from a record low.In Europe, bond yields had been depressed in recent weeks, with many touching record lows, by the European Central Bank’s stimulus program, which entails buying bonds. Some experts say the bounce back was overdue. The German 10-year yield was up another 0.10 percentage points on Tuesday, to 0.72 percent, having traded as low as 0.08 percent last month.ANALYSTS’ TAKE: “Some of the recent volatility in bond markets has played a big role in the choppy price action in equities,” IG strategist Stan Shamu said in a note.Erik Nielsen, chief economist at UniCredit Research, says the current rise in bond yields should not worry investors too much in the longer term as the yields had previously dropped sharply. Many German government bonds, for example, were near zero or even negative — meaning investors were paying to lend the German government money. “Markets are – and will continue to be – very volatile,” said Nielsen, but the economies of the U.S. and Europe remain on track. “If you keep your eyes on the key fundamentals, there’ll still be lots of money to be made.” ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained $1.16 to $60.41 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 14 cents to close at $59.25 a barrel on Monday.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 119.97 yen from 120.16 yen in the previous trading session. The euro strengthened to $1.1243 from $1.1147.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies GREEK TALKS: Also overshadowing markets was a lack of a deal to get Greece more bailout loans. Eurozone official Jeroen Dijsselbloem said progress was made at Monday’s meeting among finance ministers from eurozone countries but more time and effort was needed to reach a firm deal. Greece wants easier terms for the loans but faces an acute cash crunch that many experts think could see it default on its debts within weeks if it does not get more loans. A default could eventually even cause it to drop out of the euro bloc.ASIA SCORECARD: Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed flat at 19,624.84 and South Korea’s Kospi was also little changed at 2,096.77. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 1.1 percent to 27,407.18. But Australia’s S&P/ ASX 200 rose 0.9 percent to 5,674.70 and China’s Shanghai Composite index advanced 1.6 percent to 4,401.22.CHINA CUT: Chinese stocks continued to get a boost from Sunday’s interest rate cut, which was the third cut in half a year aimed at shoring up sputtering economic growth. The central bank’s latest move came after trade data released on Friday showed imports and exports declined in April suggesting domestic and foreign demand are slowing. At the same time, inflation remains low, giving policymakers leeway to ease monetary policy as they strive to keep growth from falling below a 7 percent target. Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Malaysian men watch the trading board at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Asian stock markets were mostly weaker Tuesday after the latest talks between Greece and its European creditors failed to reach agreement on bailout terms as the Greek government runs low on cash. Chinese stocks were a bright spot, boosted by an interest rate cut on the weekend. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)last_img read more

Dutch court clears man who helped his 99yearold mother die

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first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court on Wednesday cleared a man of any criminal responsibility for helping his 99-year-old mother take her own life — a case that aimed to create precedents for assisting suicide in a country where euthanasia already is legal under certain circumstances.Judges in the city of Arnhem said Albert Heringa should not be prosecuted for helping his mother die in 2008 by giving her enough pills for a fatal overdose. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Prosecutors said they would carefully study the ruling before deciding whether to appeal to a higher court.“Assisting suicide according to the conditions laid out in the euthanasia law is and remains, in the view of the prosecution office, exclusively a task for a doctor,” prosecutors said in a statement.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories In a written verdict, the appeals court said Heringa had to decide between obeying the law against assisting suicide and his “unwritten moral duty” to help his mother achieve her wish for “a painless, peaceful and dignified death.”Heringa “could not lean back and do nothing, while watching her suffer,” the verdict said. “This would have caused him life-long feelings of guilt.”While euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands for years if carried out under strict conditions by a physician, assisted suicide by a friend or relative of the person who wants to die remains illegal.Euthanasia supporters welcomed the decision, which overturned a lower court’s conviction of Heringa in 2013. While he was found guilty in 2013 of assisting his mother’s suicide, the court did not impose a punishment.Heringa appealed his conviction, while prosecutors said he should have been given a three-month suspended sentence.“This is a step in the direction we want to go,” said Fiona Zonneveld of the Dutch Association for Voluntary Euthanasia. “Many people who consider their lives completed want to be helped by their loved ones. We think that should be allowed.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Suicide bombs rip through Nigerian marketplace killing 29

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first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing attacks by Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist group active in northeast Nigeria, have come to Yola. The suicide bombings marked the first such attack in this city.The bombs went off as merchants were closing shop, others were hurrying to make last-minute purchases and commuters were catching tricycle taxis home.“I can see blood splattered everywhere, including my car, but I can’t give any detail because we are all running,” bread seller Ayuba Dan Mallam said shortly after the blast.Deputy Police Superintendent Othman Abubakar blamed Boko and said two suicide bombers were among 31 corpses recovered from the scene.Two hours earlier, eight soldiers were killed by a suicide car bomb at a checkpoint outside a military barracks in Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast, located 410 kilometers (255 miles) north of Yola.___Associated Press writers Haruna Umar in Maiduguri and Michelle Faul in Lagos, Nigeria, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the main market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Yola, killing 29 people and themselves, officials said Friday, blaming the extremist Boko Haram group.Another 38 victims, some with serious injuries, were treated in hospitals after the Thursday night explosion, Sa’ad Bello of the National Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press.center_img Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in societylast_img read more

Michelle Obama recalls Charleston on visit to US base

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first_imgU.S. first lady Michelle Obama visits the roof of the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Earlier Michelle Obama toured the U.S. and Italian pavilions at the Expo 2015 world’s fair focused on food and nutrition, topics in step with the first lady’s initiative to promote healthy eating.(AP Photo/Luca Bruno) Four benefits of having a wireless security system Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Comments   Share   Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories After the moment of solemnity, the U.S. first lady turned her attention to thanking the soldiers and their families for their service.She noted that soldiers from U.S. Army Africa based in Vicenza were “the first American military boots on the ground to stop the spread of Ebola” and that the 173rd Brigade, also in Vicenza, deployed paratroopers in recent days so that “for so many, that means another Father’s Day without Dad around.”Mrs. Obama said one of her missions as first lady is “to make sure I shine a light, a really bright light, on all of you and everything that you do for the folks back home.”The first lady then spent a half an hour among the troops shaking hands and giving hugs. Nearby, first daughters Malia and Sasha, Mrs. Obama’s mother Marion Robinson and a cousin scooped ice cream for the soldiers, their spouses and children.Mario Caballero, who serves in the 173rd brigade, and his wife Sabrina Rezzara were standing nearby hoping to give the first lady a gift, a party favor from their 10-month-old son’s baptism.“I love her. She’s amazing. I love all the support she gives to the troops,” said Rezzara, an Italian from Vicenza. VICENZA, Italy (AP) — Michelle Obama shared her dismay Friday over the killings of nine worshippers at a historic black church in the United States, telling American soldiers and their families based in Italy that she hopes such tragedies “will one day come to an end.”“We have seen too many tragedies like this,” Mrs. Obama said of the attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. “There is something particularly horrifying about something that happens so senseless in a house of worship.” The first lady and her daughters later read books to about 150 children in the middle school gymnasium, and Mrs. Obama presided over a surprise baby shower for 23 expectant mothers from the base.She was to speak privately afterward with the pregnant women to discuss their concerns about the closure of the birthing center on the base last year, according to a base official.Before Vicenza, the first lady spent days in Milan promoting the healthy eating agenda behind her “Let’s Move” initiative in conjunction with Milan’s Expo 2015 world’s fair focusing on food and nutrition. Her four-stop trip started in London and will wrap up with cultural stops in Venice.On Thursday in Milan, Obama, her daughters, her mother and cousin lit candles inside Milan’s Gothic-inspired Duomo for the victims of the South Carolina shooting.Speaking to the troops and her family in Vicenza on Friday, she referred to her husband’s expression of anger and sadness at the slayings.“As my husband said yesterday, simply saying our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families and community of Charleston simply does not convey the heartache that we feel,” Mrs. Obama said. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Australia trying to verify death of citizen fighting in Iraq

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first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Reports that an Australian, notorious for holding up the severed heads of Syrian victims, has been killed fighting in Iraq have raised the potential for his young family to be repatriated from the Middle East, Australia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.Australian intelligence agencies were attempting to verify the recent deaths of Australians Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. Both men were seen in photographs posted on social media holding heads of Syrians. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up Nettleton’s father, Peter Nettleton, said his son-in-law’s reported death filled him with joy.“I was ecstatic when I heard he was dead. It’s great news.” Peter Nettleton told The Daily Telegraph newspaper.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img The law would automatically strip the citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism offenses or suspected of serious terrorism-related offenses.Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government was considering making the law retroactive so that terrorists already convicted could be deported on release from prison. The law could apply in future to Australians who were not dual nationals but could apply for citizenship from a parent’s homeland.The government estimates that up to half of about 120 Australians who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State movement are dual citizens.The government has also passed contentious new laws that make it a criminal offense to even visit Mosul or the Islamic State movement’s Syrian stronghold of al-Raqqa province, where the Sharrouf family was thought to be based.Sharrouf was among nine Muslim men accused in 2007 of stockpiling bomb-making materials and plotting terrorist attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest cities. He pleaded guilty to terrorism offenses in 2009 and served less than four years in prison.Sharrouf slipped out of Australia in late 2013 using his brother’s passport because his own had been canceled. Nettleton later took their children to Syria to reunite with her husband. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Fairfax Media newspapers reported last month that the Australian family of Sharrouf’s Muslim-convert wife, Tara Nettleton, was trying to help her bring her three young boys and two teenage daughters from Syria home to Sydney.Sharrouf’s 7-year-old son horrified the world a year ago when he was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier by the hair.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described it as “one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed.”Bishop said the Sharrouf’s death would have to be verified before Australia considers repatriating the family.“We understand that there are family members in Syria or Iraq and should these reports be verified, then we will try to be in contact with them,” Bishop told Australian Broadcasting Corp.But the government will not guarantee that the family can return.“It would depend very much on the circumstances and the advice that we receive from our intelligence agencies at the time,” Bishop told ABC.Sydney-born Sharrouf, who was also a Lebanese national, was a prime target of legislation to be introduced to Parliament on Wednesday that would allow terrorists who are dual nationals to be stripped of their Australian citizenship. Check your body, save your lifelast_img read more

Morning after Greeks united proud of their defiance

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first_imgElderly people argue with a bank worker as they wait to be allowed into a bank to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) for the week in Athens, Monday, July 6, 2015. Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned following Sunday’s referendum in which the majority of voters said “no” to more austerity measures in exchange for another financial bailout. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)n Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Check your body, save your life Some said the referendum result, which showed more than 60 percent of Greeks rejecting austerity terms, marks a turning point in Greece’s relations with the rest of Europe and the world. They believe the “no” vote expresses an independent spirit in the face of wealthier nations and financial institutions perceived to be bent on imposing more hardships on the Greek people.“I don’t think anything has changed yet but I believe the situation will change for the better now,” said Vaggelis Arkadinos, a 47-year-old who has stopped paying his rent and utility bills because of a cash shortage. “Now it’s worse than ever, but I hope it will soon get better. I expect the government to get us a good deal as soon as possible, so we can get our life back.”Some took particular pleasure in saying “no” to German creditors.“You can’t always say ‘yes’ to the German will,” said shop worker Eleni Lampaki, 50. “I think now we will be back at the negotiating table in a better position because of this vote. … Part of our debt has to be forgiven.”She said the constant German demand for more Greek austerity reminds many of Germany’s harsh wartime occupation of Greece — a time in which many Greeks went hungry and defiant for years. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up Still, these good feelings do not mean that business — or life — is good. The bank closures, now in their second week, are having a devastating impact as Greeks hold tightly onto what cash they have, fearing the banks might even run dry. Cash machines are limited to dispensing 60 euros ($66) per customer each day. No one has access to their safe deposit boxes — where some Greeks are thought to have put cash savings — since the banks are closed.Small business operators can’t use credit cards or money from bank accounts to replenish their stock — they have to rely on the cash generated from customer purchases, which are few and far between.These restrictions are creating unease that is undercutting the morning-after glow of saying “no” to creditors.Papadokostakis said the storm of the brief yet furious referendum campaign has been replaced with a calm feeling of satisfaction. But he knows the underlying crisis is far from solved.“I’m afraid this quiet situation will become very anxious and dangerous,” he said. “We hope other people don’t have to live like us. It’s not good to be under this stress.”center_img “I have the memory of my parents from World War II,” she said. “And I think the Germans hate the Greeks because of our resistance during the war. It’s a personal issue for them.”Lampaki said the “no” vote will help future generations even if there is hardship ahead.“I think the Greeks have been very powerful to say ‘no,’” she said. “This was a vote for the future of the country, for our children and grandchildren. We did the right thing. There was a revolution yesterday.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Across the country, Greek banks remained closed, access to cash was severely limited and it was far from clear when or if a fresh bailout deal with international creditors could be reached for this deeply indebted nation.Yet there was pride and defiance in Athens after a lopsided victory for those who want the Greek government to reject the demands of European creditors for more austerity, including further cuts to pensions. Greeks know full well they are whisper-close to financial ruin but many feel they have at least reclaimed their dignity.“Something happened last night with the Greek people,” said George Papadokostakis, 34, who runs the Due coffee shop in west Athens. “I’m very happy. We were in a dead-end situation (but) with the ‘no’ vote we believe there may be something better. I thought we were dead, now we have a small hope.”He thinks the “no” vote will help Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government get a better deal from its European creditors. Indeed, three Greek opposition parties signed a declaration of support Monday for Tsipras in future bailout talks, adding to the backing he has from his governing Syriza party and junior government partner the Independent Greeks. ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Nicky Zachary closed her family’s shoe store just a few hours after opening it Monday — the few customers who had strolled in hadn’t bought a thing. But she was not discouraged — she thinks a landmark “no” vote in a nationwide referendum Sunday has bonded Greeks together.“We can live with very little and we can live through difficult situations,” said Zachary, 50. “I think, after the referendum, the Greek people are united in this situation. I don’t want to lose the dream for a better Greece. I want to have hope for a better deal.”last_img read more

Alliance Airlines to open Cairns base

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Alliance Airlines has announced that it will open a full operations base in Cairns from 3 May, 2010.The airline’s Managing Director, Mr Scott McMillan, said Alliance Airlines would base two Fokker 100 jets at Cairns Airport.The Brisbane-based carrier would increase its Cairns flights from the current five departures per week to 10, and would actively explore further growth opportunities. Initially, the airline will base up to 20 employees, including 14 flight crew and three engineers at the new Cairns base. “The resources industry is buoyant and growing in Queensland and in neighboring markets including the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea,” said Mr McMillan.“We are a national company and we are a significant part of the resources industry infrastructure in Australia, and Cairns is the perfect base for our next phase of growth, providing modern facilities for both domestic and regional international flight operations,” he said. The airline currently operates a fleet of 11 Fokker 100 jets and six Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft from bases in Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide and Perth. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/22e8f/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

IATA discourages strikes in Spain

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first_imgThe International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged AENA, the Spanish air navigation service provider, and the Spanish air traffic controllers to avoid strike action at all costs. Spain’s air traffic controllers have been urged by IATA’s Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani, to accept AENA’s offer to enter into an arbitration process. “This is not the time for strikes. Arbitration is a fair, open and balanced means to settle the differences between AENA and the air traffic controllers. And it would avoid debilitating disruption to Spain’s economy,” he said. Mr Bisignani said that with 20 percent unemployment, Spain could not afford to be a spectator in the post-global financial crisis environment: “The economy is weak and it can ill afford the devastating effects of an air traffic control strike on Spanish business, especially tourism.” The recent ash crisis that closed much of Europe’s air space cost airlines $1.8 billion, and is estimated to have cost the economy over $5 billion, he noted. “Even the threat of a strike is seeing people changing plans to avoid Spanish destinations, airports and airspace. That’s lost money for the economy and puts Spanish jobs at risk. Agreeing to arbitration would remove the threat of a strike and restore passenger confidence.” After much deliberation, Europe seems to be making headway on key elements of the Single European Sky. Uniting Europe’s airspace is a critical factor in its success. The annual benefits are expected to include savings of over EUR 5 billion in costs, reduction of delays by millions of minutes, and reductions in CO2 emissions of 16 million tonnes. The standstill between AENA and the Spanish air traffic controllers comes as Spain prepares to benefit from the Single European Sky.“AENA too must change to ensure that Spain has cost-efficient air connectivity to power its economy. The burden of this change includes the controllers,” Bisignani said. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img read more

Amadeus American Express Global Business Travel and Microsoft Receive

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first_imgSecond award win for Amadeus this year, following Best Technology Provider victory at Travel Weekly Globe AwardsAmadeus, a leading travel technology partner and transaction processor for the global travel and tourism industry, along with its partners Microsoft and American Express Global Business Travel have been awarded Travel Team of the Year by the Business Travel Awards in London last week.Amadeus, Microsoft and American Express Global Business Travel worked together to address the challenges Microsoft faced with its new online travel initiative in Europe and create a new way to deliver travel services for the Microsoft traveller.  Full integration and alignment between the three parties responsible for the success was critical. The teams worked creatively to break down inherent organisational boundaries creating a  seamless relationship between the business travel services provider, the client and the technology provider. This new way of working together bridged the gap between organisations, emphasized the traveller experience and delivered a 21st century solution expected for a leading technology company.Over a period of months the team not only worked through the implementation process but continued to drive dramatic business results, for all three business partners proving the effectiveness of the hybrid model. Microsoft has to date achieved significant savings through the online booking tool and increased online adoption by 30% across EMEA. Julia Heesterman, Head of Travel Services EMEA at Microsoft commented: ”This award is proof that a clear and shared vision can truly drive amazing results. The support of our partners and the willingness of all involved to challenge their own thinking has been critical to this success, as such I am thrilled to be able to showcase the value of a true partnership approach which triumphs over the traditional supplier client model. Simply put, this was a significant undertaking achieved by an outstanding group of true travel professionals.”   John Lyons, Vice President Business Development at American Express Global Business Travel stated: “This is one example of how American Express Global Business Travel is transforming the way our clients think about their travel programmes, and the results we can achieve when we challenge ourselves creatively. I am delighted that the work with our partners has been recognised and am looking forward to continuing to deliver outstanding results.” As the winners collected their award, the event presenter commented, “Praise indeed! The judges said this was a fascinating exercise in co-operation that brought together different technologies and developed an innovative relationship, all underpinned by a great team charter. All together a brilliant example of how to build a new culture and working model in an effort to improve traveller experience.” The awards, judged by leading corporate travel managers and the editorial team at Buying Business Travel, was one of the most fiercely contested in recent years. Albert Pozo, VP Multinational Business & Corporate Travel, Amadeus comments: “Amadeus is delighted to have created strong relationships with two important players in the industry that have lead to a win-win situation for all. These types of partnerships take time to develop and require commitment from all parties, but the savings and the operational benefits speak for themselves. We look forward to extending this level of collaboration to forge new relationships with key partners in the future, and to continue to prove that by putting together the expertise and core competencies that each of us has uniquely developed, we are able to achieve results that exceed our individual possibilities and can manage improvements that result in a positive impact on the bottom line.” This is the second industry award for Amadeus this year, after receiving the accolade of Best Technology Provider at the recent Travel Weekly Globe Awards. It was the third consecutive year Amadeus had won the award, demonstrating their continued commitment to offering the best services and products to travel agents. Source = Amadeuslast_img read more

Event Travel Management wins AFTA Best Business Events Travel Agency A

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first_imgEvent Travel Management has been recognised as the Best Business Events Travel Agency in Australia, claiming the prestigious Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) award at the weekend.The specialist event division of Corporate Travel Management was presented with the award at a gala dinner in the Grand Ballroom of Sydney’s The Westin on Saturday 21 July 2012, with Event Travel Management General Manager Tracey Edwards proudly accepting the award.“I am very proud of all of my team for their ongoing hard work, their commitment and dedication to our clients, and their focus on continually innovating to be ahead of the pack,” said Edwards.“The business events industry is an extremely dynamic, challenging and rewarding space to work in, and this award is just further proof that what we do for our clients and suppliers is recognised by our industry – I couldn’t be more proud.”Corporate Travel Management Managing Director Jamie Pherous echoed Edwards’ sentiments.“At CTM we are so focused on providing compelling and innovative solutions for our clients, and our events team is no different – it is fantastic to see their dedication and commitment for their clients recognised by the travel industry with this prestigious award,” said Pherous Source = Event Travel Managementlast_img read more

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort Ticks The Boxes For Sustainability Award

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first_imgSource = Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort has recently been awarded an Earth Check Certification for their sustainability achievements and commitment to the environment. General Manager James Murphy said the prestigious award from EC3 Global is a fantastic achievement because it recognises the resort’s collective efforts to deliver continuous environmental improvements. “The certification process looks at the resort’s carbon footprint, taking into consideration energy consumption which YTD has reduced by 22%, sustainability efforts of our suppliers and what locations we source our employees from to reduce the carbon footprint to and from work. “Our commitment to environmental initiatives compliments the work done by our parent company Accor Hotels under the banner Planet 21, which was launched in Cairns in April this year with a tree planting day at the Cattana Wetlands,” he said.“This award is an amazing triumph not only for our dedicated team members but also our guests who we engage as much as possible in our environmental initiatives,” said Mr Murphy. “The Earth Check Certification also acknowledges the important work we do within our local community and our support towards worthwhile charities like Mission Australia.”“We are also proud to be part of one of the world’s largest international hotel groups, Accor, who were responsible for planting over 2 million trees in 2011 alone,” he said. The program is managed by EC3 Global, a worldwide benchmarking certification and performance improvement system assisting the travel and tourism industry to attain sustainability. The company’s certification system responds directly to the major environmental problems facing the planet including climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management. last_img read more

Virgin announces new reciprocal frequent flyer program

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first_imgVirgin Australia and South African Airways have today announced a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement giving Velocity Frequent Flyer and Voyager members the ability to earn and redeem Points across both airlines’ networks.From early next year, Velocity members will be eligible to earn Velocity Points and Status Credits on all South African Airways operated services, including Airlink and SA Express.At the same time, Voyager members will be able to earn Miles on all Virgin Australia operated services, on all domestic, short-haul and long-haul international routes.Members of both frequent flyer programs can use their Points to purchase Reward Seats on flights from both of the airlines operated services.Velocity Frequent Flyer chief executive officer Neil Thompson, said that this an exciting extension of the bilateral codeshare agreement Virgin Australia launched with South African Airways in October.“Having the ability to earn and redeem Points as well as enjoy a number of premium services like priority check-in, priority boarding and lounge access with South African Airways is an important benefit for our members,” Mr Thompson said.South African Airways executive customer loyalty Ms Suretha Cruse, said that South African Airways is delighted to build upon the strong relationship we have with Virgin Australia.“We have had very positive feedback since code-sharing on Virgin Australia’s domestic network and this will only further enhance our customers’ experience, we look forward to welcome Velocity members on the award-winning services of SAA,” Ms Cruse said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more