Eastern Syria: Kurdish Militia Willing to Hand over Oil Facilities to Damascus Forces
TEHRAN (FNA)- Kurdish militias have agreed to deliver control of oil facilities in Hasaka province to the Damascus government as part of an overall agreement to surrender their regions to the army, a media outlet reported on Sunday.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted some opposition sources as disclosing that several government delegations have had meetings with commanders of the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that control the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River, adding that some Syrian military officers, and governor generals of Raqqa and Hasaka provinces had attended the meetings.

In the meantime, some Kurdish-affiliated sources disclosed that a new agreement has been endorsed by the YPG and the Syrian government based on which the Kurds will hand over oil facilities to Damascus to the sole exporter of Syria's crude oil.

The daily further said that a team of repair and maintenance experts have left Damascus for the town of Tabaqa in Western Raqqa and entered regions that are under the control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to have meeting with the managing committee of Tabaqa Dam presided by Mohammad Oso.

In the meantime, local sources reported that the Kurdish units have taken photos of their commander Abdullah Ocalan and the group's flags down from Qanat al-Sowis street in Hasaka city.

Al-Watan reported on Monday that the Kurdish militia groups were showing strong signs in their talks with Damascus authorities of their desire to give up their quest for autonomy and surrender the Kurdish-ruled territories to the Central government in return for insignificant demands

Al-Watan daily reported that several meetings were held between senior officials of Damascus government and the Kurdish militias in the town of Qamishli in Northern Syria and also in Damascus.

"Under an agreement held by the two sides, the Kurdish groups have agreed to take a number of actions that also include collecting the entire images of Abdullah Ocalan, one of the founding members of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party, as well as the Kurdish militias' official signs and flags from all their territories," the report continued.

It went on to say that retreat of all Kurdish militias to Hasaka province and erecting joint checkpoints to be run by the Kurds and the government forces across Hasaka province are also among other terms of the agreement.

Other sources said that the agreement endorsed by the Kurds and the army entails several more paragraphs that include the presence of the Kurdish militias among the ranks of the Syrian army, surrender of Tal Kojar and Simalka border-crossing with Iraq and al-Darbasiyeh and Ra'as al-Ein border-crossing with Turkey to the Damascus army and delivering control over oil and gas fields to the Syrian Oil Ministry.

The sources further said that, in return, the Kurds have asked for the start of Kurdish-language courses in the educational program in Kurdish regions and appointment of a Kurdish official to a high post in the Syrian oil ministry.

Al-Watan went on to say that the Kurdish units already embarked on collecting PYD flags and the photos of its leader from streets in Qamishli and Hasaka city.

In the meantime, other Syrian media outlets said that the Syrian Democratic forces' decision to hand over Raqqa city to the army will be the first confidence-building measure between the two sides.

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad had earlier warned that the Kurdish militias would face the tough option if they prove to be unwilling to resolve their differences with Damascus through talks.

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Iran Condoles with Japan over Flood, Landslide Victims

FARSNEWS Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:21
Iran Condoles with Japan over Flood, Landslide Victims
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry extended the country's condolences to the Japanese nation and government over losing tens of citizens in the recent flooding and landslides.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condoled with the Japanese people and the bereaved families of victims killed in the recent flood and landslide.

At least 70 people have died and many more are missing after heavy rains caused flooding and landslides across much of Western Japan.

Hiroshima Prefecture was hit the hardest with numerous landslides that killed at least 15 people and authorities have warned that the death toll will continue to rise.

Many of the dead had ignored evacuation orders, choosing to stay in their homes despite warnings.

Almost 5 million people have been told to evacuate as homes have been destroyed and cars swept away.

Since the downpour began on Thursday, the weather agency has forecast record amounts of rain through Sunday, warning of flooding, mudslides and lightning strikes.
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関東で地震 2018/7/7 20:20 警戒しましょう

2018/7/7 20:20頃千葉県で地震発生
房総 震度5弱


2018/7/6 24時から南足柄市でSO2濃度が著しく上がっています。1ppmなどは想定されていない濃度?

環境基本法の大気汚染に係る環境基準(伝統 5 物質)

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:09| Comment(5) | 福島原発事故

Get ready for $250 oil if Iran blocks key shipment route in Middle East, analysts tell RT

Get ready for $250 oil if Iran blocks key shipment route in Middle East, analysts tell RT
Tehran is threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial artery for oil shipments from the Middle East, if Iranian exports are hampered. This will result in a huge loss of global crude supply and soaring prices.

Most of the crude exported from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Iraq passes through the Strait of Hormuz. It is also the route for nearly all the liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments from the world’s largest exporter, Qatar.

On Thursday, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said the Strait Of Hormuz will be “for all or for no one,” according to Tasnim News agency. The US Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, is dedicated to protecting commercial ships in the area.

“The declared nominal throughput capacity of the Strait of Hormuz is about 14 oil tankers per day, or 17 million barrels per day, or about half of the world’s daily crude oil exports. If exports through it stop, the law of supply and demand would double oil prices to $160 per barrel,” Vladimir Rojankovski, investment analyst at Global FX, told RT.

The analyst added that if the Strait is blocked for one or two months, oil traders could panic and buy out all available crude futures, sending prices to $250 per barrel. However, Rojankovski expressed doubt that Iran would do that since the area is highly militarized.

Artem Avinov, leading analyst with TeleTrade, also predicts that oil prices could jump to $250 per barrel if the Strait of Hormuz is blocked by Iran. But he also notes that such a scenario is highly improbable. “I am skeptical about the possibility of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to cut off oil supplies through the Strait of Hormuz for several days or weeks. Even if Iran really acts, we are likely to see a quick economic or military retaliation, which will lead to the lifting of restrictions,” he told RT.

Another RT guest, Mikhail Mashchenko, who is an analyst at investors’ social network eToro, doesn’t believe crude will skyrocket even if a blockade takes place, since Brent never topped $150 per barrel.

He adds that US President Donald Trump’s rhetoric is propping up oil prices despite his wish to lower them. “If Trump didn’t try isolate Tehran so actively, investors would not have been buying oil so massively because of fears of a deficit. The fate of the oil market depends on the further actions of the top producers: How much the export from the US will decrease, and how much Saudi Arabia and Russia, which have a lot of unused capacities, will increase production,” he said.
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Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Sentenced to 10 Years over Corruption


Ex-Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif Sentenced to 10 Years over Corruption
TEHRAN (FNA)- A Pakistani anti-corruption court found former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif guilty of corruption and sentenced him to 10 years in prison and a $10.5m fine, a development that could be a blow to his PML-N party's chances in an upcoming general election.

Judge Muhammad Bashir read the verdict before a packed courtroom in the capital Islamabad on Friday, Al-Jazeera reported.

The case relates to the ownership of four apartments in the upmarket Park Lane neighbourhood of London, capital of the United Kingdom.

Sharif was dismissed as Prime Minister last July over corruption allegations, with the Supreme Court ordering the anti-corruption watchdog to launch proceedings against him and his family.

In 2016, an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) leak of 11.5 million legal documents - dubbed the Panama Papers - showed the Sharif family had secured a $13.8m loan in 2007, using the apartments as collateral.

"Today, the anti-corruption court's verdict … has made it clear that these assets, the Avenfield apartments, were acquired through corrupt means," prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi told reporters outside the courtroom.

Following the verdict, a defiant Sharif told reporters in London that he had not been given a fair trial and that he would face his sentence, although he did not specify a date for his return to Pakistan.

Both Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam are currently in London tending to Kulsoom Nawaz, Nawaz’s wife, who is critically ill and being treated at a hospital there.

Maryam, also a political leader who has taken an increasingly front-line role in the party, was found to be involved in the ownership of a series of offshore companies, in whose name the properties were held.

The court also ordered that the Sharifs' apartments be seized and handed over to the Pakistani government.

Shehbaz Sharif, Nawaz's brother and President of the PML-N, said the party rejected the verdict and would use all legal and constitutional means to challenge the verdict.

"I believe that the timing of this verdict is an attempt to influence the outcome of the election," Shehbaz, a former chief minister of Northern Punjab state, said at a press conference in the Eastern city of Lahore.

On Friday, Maryam was also found guilty and sentenced to seven years imprisonment and a $2.6m fine. With this verdict, Maryam Nawaz is now disqualified from standing in Pakistan's July general election as a candidate. Her husband Muhammad Safdar was also sentenced to one year in prison and will be disqualified from running in the upcoming polls.

In April, the Supreme Court effectively ended Nawaz Sharif's political career in parliament by banning him from running for public office for life.

Both father and daughter had earlier asked for a delay in the verdict, so that they may have attended the hearing in person, as they did regularly throughout proceedings.

In a tweet after the verdict, Maryam Nawaz said people stood by her father, adding that "well done Nawaz Sharif! You weren't afraid, and you didn't bow down. You gave priority to Pakistan over your own personal interests. The people stand by with you. You will be victorious".

Nawaz told a press conference on Wednesday that he would face whatever punishment the court handed down, stating that "I am not a dictator who will run away from the courts".

Verdicts in two further cases against the Sharif family are still pending.

"I am absolutely ready [to go to jail]," Maryam told reporters earlier this week. stressing that "this is not something to be afraid of".

Separately, top Nawaz aide Fawad Hassan Fawad was arrested during an interrogation by the anti-corruption watchdog in the Eastern city of Lahore on Thursday.

Nawaz and his party’s leaders have termed the corruption cases a witch-hunt, alleging the country’s powerful military wanted him out of power as he had challenged its control over aspects of security and foreign policy.

Pakistan’s military denies any involvement in politics but has ruled Pakistan for roughly half of the 70 years since its independence.

The Sharif family is expected to appeal Friday’s verdict at the Supreme Court.

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