Corbyn trolls May’s call for cross-party collaboration by sending autographed Labour manifesto

Corbyn trolls May’s call for cross-party collaboration by sending autographed Labour manifesto

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has mocked Prime Minister Theresa May’s appeal for cross-party collaboration in policy making by sending her a copy of his party’s manifesto.
Corbyn took to Twitter to troll the PM after she appealed to the opposition and other parties to propose new policies and support government legislation through the Commons.
The socialist leader posted a picture of himself signing the 2017 Labour manifesto, with the autograph reading: “Dear Prime Minister, you asked for policy ideas. So here’s our General Election manifesto. Kind regards, JB Corbyn.”

The Tory leader – whose leadership has been under severe pressure since a disastrous showing in the general election left her party short of an absolute majority – made an unprecedented request for Labour to work together on ideas for government last week.

Just before heading to Hamburg, Germany for the G20 summit, she told MPs: “This government has an ambitious agenda to change this country and there are many issues on which I would hope that we would be able to achieve consensus across this house.”

May’s plea came amid mounting pressure to scale back some Tory policies in order to win the support of other parties and carry on leading Britain with a minority government.

Corbyn hit back at the PM’s appeal, however, saying: “I’m really surprised she [Mrs. May] had so much to contribute to the G20 given there was barely a mention of international policy in her party’s manifesto, or indeed any policy, so much so that the government is now asking other parties for their policy ideas.
“And so if the Prime Minister would like it, I’m very happy to furnish her with a copy of our election manifesto.

“Or better still, an early election in order that the people of this country can decide.”

Corbyn has been saying that his party is ready for another vote since the June election saw Labour’s popularity surge, while the Tories lost the 17-seat working majority they had earned with former PM David Cameron.

There have been growing calls for May to resign since the election, with reports suggesting that Conservative members are planning to resign en masse in a coup attempt to oust her.

Although May has said she is determined to remain Britain’s leader for the entire five-year parliamentary term, Corbyn let it slip at the Glastonbury Festival that he expects to become PM within the next six months.

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ISIL Leader in Hawija Proclaims Himself Emir after Baghdadi’s Death Reports

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior ISIL leader in Iraqi city of Hawija declared himself a new leader of the terror group, adding to the state of chaos within the group’s ranks that followed reports of the death of the group’s founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“Abu Haitham al-Obaidi, deputy to the ISIL's mayor of Hawija, dissented from the group and named himself a new Caliph after Baghdadi’s death reports were confirmed,” said Jabbar al-Maamouri, a leader at the Popular Mobilization Forces, Al Sumariya reported.

He explained that Obaidi is a senior military leader, and had withdrew with tens of his loyalists to the Western side of Hawija, where he entrenched preparing for a “decisive” confrontation with his opponents.

“Hawija is bracing for a bloody infighting among ISIL members, the most violent since the group took over Hawija in June 2014,” said Maamouri.

A local source told Alsumariya News earlier that ISIL’s broadcast service in Hawija mourned Baghdadi and declared plans to name a successor.

Alsumariya News quoted a local source in Tal Afar Tuesday saying that ISIL made a brief statement in which it confirmed Baghdadi’s death . It said that infighting among Baghdadi’s loyalists and opponents broke out, prompting the group to carry out wide-scale arrests and to impose a curfew at most of the town.

No official Iraqi authority confirmed the reported statement.

Since Iraqi government forces, backed by their allies, launched a major offensive in October to retake Mosul, ISIL’s largest bastion in Iraq, clashing speculations around Baghdadi’s survival were plentuous. Russia said it was 100% sure Baghdadi was killed in a strike in Syria last month, but its declaration was met with skepticism from the United States and other countries.

On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over ISIL members in Mosul, saying the recapture of the city was an end of the self-styled rule by the group declared by Baghdadi in 2014.
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Trump’s son-in-law tried to get $500mn loan from Qatar

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has “tried and failed” to get a $500 million loan from a key member of the Qatari royal family before pushing the president to toe hard line against the Persian Gulf nation, reports say.

Kushner – a real-estate developer like his father-in-law – purchased a tower at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York for $1.8 billion some years ago, but the building failed to generate enough money to cover its debts, according to The New York Times.

More than a quarter of the office space in the building has remained vacant for several years, causing huge losses to Kushner Companies.

In 2015, when Trump was launching his presidential campaign, Kushner and his father targeted Qatari billionaire Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani (HBJ) as a potential investor to save the property.

Al-Thani, who was the prime minister of Qatar from 2007 to 2013, finally agreed to invest $500 million in the property, according to The Intercept, on the condition that Kushner Companies generate the rest of the money for the project on its own.

In March this year, Kushner Companies reached out to Chinese insurance company Anbang for help. The company agreed to provide a $4 billion loan to develop the property. But weeks later, the company pulled out.

Al-Thani killed the deal as Kushner Companies could not secure the rest of the money.

Shortly after that, America’s regional allies, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt, severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Trump, who earlier visited Saudi Arabia, suggested he was behind the punishing moves against Qatar.

Kushner also negotiated a massive weapons deal between Saudi Arabia and American weapons manufacture Lockheed Martin which was signed during Trump’s visit to the kingdom in May.

The $110 billion arms deal signed by Saudi King Salman and US President Donald Trump was a component of $350 billion in economic and military investments between the two countries over the next 10 years, according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

American analysts have blamed Kushner and his father-in-law for promoting America’s armament industry by fueling conflicts in the Middle East region.
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Chaotic Mosul evacuation caused more people to die – Lavrov
Iraq and the US-led coalition failed to create the conditions for an organized withdrawal of people from Mosul, which might have led to increased number of casualties during the operation against Islamic State, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

“In case of Mosul, no conditions were created to allow civilians leave in an organized way. It was all chaotic, spontaneous. Obviously, when it happens in such an unexpected manner, it adds inconvenience and, probably, causes an increased number of victims,” Lavrov told the journalists after an informal OSCE ministerial meeting in Mauerbach, Austria on Tuesday.

On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi officially declared that Mosul, which has been Islamic State’s (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) de facto capital in Iraq for the last three years, has been fully liberated from the terrorists.

However, the eight-month-long operation, which the Iraqi forces carried out with the support of the US-led coalition’s aviation and Special Forces, has left most of the city in ruins, leading to thousands of civilian casualties and around a million people internally displaced.

“Of course, we are glad that the IS will suffer defeat, but, the price for victory against terrorism will be high in any case,” Lavrov said.

On Tuesday, Amnesty International issued a damning report, which slammed the US-led coalition in Mosul for misplaced and excessive airstrikes, urging it to publicly admit its failure to protect civilian lives.

Earlier, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, said that over 8,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in Mosul, while 915,000 residents were forced to flee.

Of Mosul’s 44 residential neighborhoods, six have been nearly completely destroyed, 22 were moderately damaged, and 16 lightly damaged, Grande said.

Lavrov has pointed out the apparent hypocrisy of the mainstream media coverage of Mosul, comparing it to the coverage of the liberation of Syria’s Aleppo during the Syrian government’s Russian-backed anti-terrorist operation. Even though special corridors were created to allow civilians and militants leave, the operation to liberation the eastern part of Aleppo was severely criticized.

“There was hysteria due to civilians allegedly suffering the most. There was hysteria because the Syrian Army and us, together with our partners from Turkey and Iran, organized corridors for the withdrawal of civilians from eastern Aleppo and withdrawal of militants, who were ready to do so. We were accused of ethnic cleansing,” Lavrov said.

“However, now the fact that many residents are returning to Aleppo escapes our Western colleagues. They prefer to turn a blind eye to it,” he added.

The Western media had also claimed that the Syrian-Russian humanitarian cargo contained “neither medicine nor medical equipment,” which was later refuted by evidence from the ground.

“After East Aleppo was liberated [in December 2016] the representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) visited that part of the city and discovered huge supply of those drugs and everything that’s needed to take care of one’s health,” Russia’s top diplomat stressed.

Lavrov said that Moscow officially addressed the UN for explanations on why WHO as the body, which is responsible for humanitarian issues, was unaware of the real situation with medical supplies in East Aleppo and did nothing to stop the media misinformation.

There has so far been no reply from the UN so far, but Moscow “will be pushing for explanations,” Lavrov said.

The UN has meanwhile urged the liberators of Mosul to provide security to the civilian population of the city and assure their human rights, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General, told RT.

“On the one hand we’re certainly pleased that they [Islamic State] are no longer in control of the city. But, at the same time, we want to make sure that all of the forces that have helped liberate the city of Mosul in recent days, including the Iraqi security forces and any of their allies, will make sure that civilians are protected and that the rule of law is respected,” Haq said.

The restoration of law in Mosul is of prime importance as “people of that city haven’t had any real way of having their rights respected” during years of IS rule, he stressed.

Despite the Iraqi PM announcing the full liberation of Mosul, Haq said that “there may still be fighting in different pockets of the city. We want to make sure that the civilian population is safe; that they have access to water; that their rights will be respected.”

‘Collective punishment & war crimes’: HRW condemns forced relocation of ISIS families in Iraq
Forced relocations of alleged Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists’ families to a “rehabilitation camp” in Iraq are an act of collective punishment, Human Rights Watch has stated. RT spoke to an HRW member who visited the camp.
In a report published Thursday, HRW said that at least 170 families of suspected ISIS fighters, mainly women and children, were relocated against their will to a closed “rehabilitation camp” in Bartalla, 14 kilometers east of Mosul, Iraq, recently retaken from terrorists.
The organization considers the relocations “abusive acts” amounting to “war crimes.”
The Middle East director at HRW, Lama Fakih, called on Iraqi authorities to stop abusive actions against entire families, noting that such abuses impede reconciliation in the liberated areas.
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Botched nuclear shipment puts pressure on Los Alamos to make changes
Small amounts of radioactive material being transported incorrectly has led to the firing of several employees after an incident at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the prominent facility that specializes in nuclear weapons.

Last month, federal regulators launched an investigation into the lab after small amounts of nuclear materials were shipped by air, instead of by ground, as they were intended to be. They were supposed to be sent to facilities in California and South Carolina aboard a commercial cargo plane. Air transport of these materials is not allowed due to US regulations, according to a press release by the National Nuclear Security Administration.

The laboratory has said it will not comply with requests to provide any details about the mistakes of its employees in connection to last month’s error and have said that everyone involved in the mishap has been held to account for their actions, according to the Associated Press.

The lab has transferred the duties related to certain nuclear shipments to another division in the wake of the accident. They have also created more controls for the making of shipment labels.

A spokesman for Los Alamos said “the lab is putting into place laboratory-wide measures to significantly reduce the likelihood of similar events occurring,” the Albuquerque Journal reported.

The lab also said in a statement that “although these shipments arrived safely at their destinations and no one was hurt, this mistake, taken together with other mistakes in recent years, is unacceptable and is in the process of being addressed promptly and thoroughly.” They went on to say “our response to this incident is not business as usual,” the AP reported.

Nuclear watchdog groups spoke out following the incident and said that the lab was lucky to avoid a disaster because its packaging of materials allowed for possible rapid pressure changes.

No contamination or loss of radioactive material was found after tests were done on the shipments when they arrived at their destination.

Los Alamos is currently preparing to ramp up production of a key plutonium component for the US cache of nuclear weapons. Federal regulators, which are composed of an independent panel, have opened up a review of the lab’s track record and its ability to work safely with plutonium, the AP reported.

The lab is operated by Los Alamos National Security LLC, which is a private consortium, which includes the University of Southern California and Bechtel. Following performance reviews that were deemed unsatisfactory, the federal government made the decision to not extend the consortium’s more than $2 billion annual operating contract past 2018. The feds have also started to compose and rebid the contract. There has been increased criticism of Los Alamos after many articles were written by the Center for Public Integrity about federal regulators’ interest in safety lapses at the lab, according to the Journal.

Feds probe Los Alamos lab for mislabeling & shipping nuclear materials by air

Federal regulators are investigating an “absolutely unacceptable” violation of improper handling of nuclear material after the mislabeled cargo was sent on commercial cargo flights to two laboratories in the United States.

Last week, unknown quantities of “special nuclear material” were sent from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina via “commercial air cargo” in violation of federal regulations.

Originally, the nuclear matter to both labs was packaged and “containerized” for commercial ground cargo transportation. But it later emerged that the documents by Los Alamos National Laboratory were prepared for air shipment in violation of well-defined federal regulations, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said in a statement.

While the packaging was not breached and the nuclear material not contaminated during its transportation, the NNSA announced that it is now investigating the case.

“This failure to follow established procedures is absolutely unacceptable,” said NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, USAF (Ret).

“I require the contractors who manage and operate our national laboratories and production plants to rigorously adhere to the highest safety and security standards in performing the vitally important work they do for our national security.”

The NNSA emphasized there was “no loss of radioactive material,” but promised that those who potentially jeopardized public security will be held accountable. It also gave assurances to undertake measures to avoid future incidents of this type.
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Thousands pay tribute to Muslim victims of 1995 Srebrenica massacre

Thousands of people have gathered in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica to pay respect to Muslim victims of the 1995 massacre, during which thousands of men and boys were killed by Serbian forces.

The remains of more than 70 recently identified victims were buried on the 22nd anniversary on Tuesday of the Srebrenica massacre, Europe's worst massacre since World War II.

The victims were put to final rest at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center and Cemetery.

Every year, new bodies are discovered and the remains are identified through DNA analysis before being buried at Potocari.

Thousands of activists each year attend massive marches to remember the genocide victims.

Ahead of the Tuesday ceremony, thousands of people marched across Bosnia-Herzegovina to the memorial site to remember those who were massacred 22 years ago.

In July 1995, a large number of Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred by Bosnian Serb forces and buried in mass graves. In addition to those killed, thousands of women, children and elderly people were forcibly deported, and a large number of women were raped across the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has estimated the number of victims at 8,000. The United Nations has called this “the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War”.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a tribunal established by the UN to prosecute those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law, and the International Court of Justice have concluded that the acts committed at Srebrenica constituted genocide.

The carnage took place after Bosnian Serbs ran over the Bosnian town, even though it was formally declared a UN-protected area. Serb troops overran the zone despite the presence of hundreds of Western troops tasked with protecting innocent civilians.

Thousands of Bosniaks had sought shelter from Bosnian Serb soldiers in a UN Safe Area base, which was being defended by the Dutch peacekeepers when it was overrun by Serb forces.

Serb death squads butchered a large number of Muslim Bosnian boys and men in Srebrenica over the course of four days.

Last month a Dutch appeals court upheld a 2014 ruling that found the Netherlands responsible for the deaths of 350 Bosniak men in the Srebrenica massacre.

According to declassified US cables, cited in a report by the UK-based daily The Guardian, British, American and French governments were prepared to cede UN-protected safe areas to armed Serb militias during the war in Bosnia.

A former Dutch Defense Ministry official has also said that the UN facilitated the takeover of Srebrenica and the brutal carnage there by providing 30,000 liters of fuel gas to Serbs.

The revelations have posed a serious challenge to the official Western version of events.

In March last year, former Bosnian Serb political leader, Radovan Karadzic, was convicted of war crimes for his role in the Srebrenica killings and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Bosnian Serb military chief, Ratko Mladic, is still on trial at The Hague for war crimes and genocide in Srebrenica.
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