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Day: July 9, 2016

Report slams opaque training deal between UK police and overseas states
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Report slams opaque training deal between UK police and overseas states

    Britain’s secretive provision of police training to foreign regimes with dubious human rights records threatens the integrity of the UK “brand” of policing that such programmes aim to promote internationally, a parliamentary report has warned. In highly critical findings about how security personnel from states such as Saudi Arabia benefit from British assistance, the home affairs select committee describe the government’s refusal to reveal details of “opaque” training agreements as “totally unacceptable”. The MPs also state that the lack of transparency around the contracts mean the Foreign Office’s own guidance on ensuring human rights obligations are met may not be “fit for purpose.” They call for the government to secure written guarantees in future that such training ...
David Cameron to commit more Bitish troops to Aghanistan
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

David Cameron to commit more Bitish troops to Aghanistan

    David Cameron is to send more British troops to Afghanistan amid concerns about the deteriorating security situation. The Prime Minister, attending the Nato summit in Warsaw, will announce that he is to deploy up to 50 additional personnel to help build up the beleaguered Afghan security forces. They will join the 450 British troops already in the country who had been due to return at the end of this year but will now have their mission extended into 2017. The move follows the announcement by President Barack Obama that he is to keep the remaining 8,400 US troops in Afghanistan for the remainder of his presidency, further slowing the draw-down of US forces. Arriving in Warsaw, Mr Cameron said it was essential that Nato continued "to work with the Afghan government and the ...
India bars unauthorised Peace TV airing
Asia, ENGLISH

India bars unauthorised Peace TV airing

    Screen shot of letter from India’s Information and Broadcasting ministry (I&B) to cable operators on "transmission of un-authorized TV channels by cable operators - action by authorised officers of the state governments." India’s Information and Broadcasting ministry (I&B) yesterday directed cable operators to black out “un-authorised” television channels including controversial Peace TV of Dr Zakir Naik, reports The Hindustan Times. The I&B ministry held a meeting Friday — attended by representatives from the home ministry, intelligence agencies and National Investigation Agency (NIA) — to discuss all unlicensed channels broadcast in the country. Transmission of un-authorized TV channels by Cable Operators - Action by Authorised Officers of the State Governmen...
Government dashes hopes of second EU referendum in e-petition response
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Government dashes hopes of second EU referendum in e-petition response

    The hopes of more than 4.1 million people who signed a petition calling for a second referendum on the EU have faded, after a response from the government saying was a “once in a generation vote”. Parliament must consider all petitions that reach a threshold of 100,000 votes for a debate and, although the decision has yet to consider the motion for a debate, the Foreign Office responded to the signatories by email on Friday evening, pointing out that over 33 million have had their say. Referring to the wording of the petition, which asks for a second vote to be held because the vote to leave did not surpass 60% of the vote and the turnout was less than 75%, the government response states that the European Union Referendum Act did not include rules about minimum turnout. Th...
Dallas police shooter Micah Johnson was accused of sexually harassing female soldier in Afghanistan
America, ENGLISH

Dallas police shooter Micah Johnson was accused of sexually harassing female soldier in Afghanistan

    "Have a safe summer," reads a sign at the entrance to John D Horn high school in Mesquite, Texas, from which Dallas gunman Micah Johnson graduated in 2009. The man who this week shot dead five police officers before being killed by police using a remotely controlled explosive device, was already a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps when he left school. By 2013, as a full-blown reservist, he was deployed to Afghanistan as a mason and carpenter with the US Army’s 420th Engineer Brigade. He is not believed to have seen combat, though he was awarded an Army Achievement Medal and a Nato Medal. Yet whatever his state of mind when he left for the Middle East, he returned to the US the following year a troubled man. Johnson left the Army in 2015 as a private first...