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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:40 UTC
"Al Bab is under control, the goals set at the beginning of the operation have been achieved," Akar said as quoted by the Anadolu news agency.
He added that the necessary assistance for normalization of life of local people would be provided.
Comment: See also: Turkish military reports Syrian city of Al-Bab fully taken from ISIS
Trump addressed the conference on Friday morning, following appearances by Vice President Mike Pence and senior White House staff the day before. Former CNN reporter Peter Hamby was first to notice the flags - a white, blue and red tricolors with "Trump" printed in gold block letters on the blue stripe.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:32 UTC
The western media's disgusting glee and slime-slinging in response to Churkin's death was nothing less than expected. Far more extraordinary is how constrained Russia's response has been. Allegations of conspiracy or foul play have been nearly nonexistent in Russian media. Even alternative media has been surprisingly quiet about the obvious red flags Churkin's New York death raises.
Perhaps this is because many see Churkin's death as an extremely poorly-timed coincidence. There are other theories, of course:
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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:45 UTC
- 4 dead Russian Ambassadors in 3 months
- Moscow sends a plane to ferry its 35 expelled diplomats and their families out of the U.S.
- National Security Advisor Flynn fired after just one month in office, supposedly for 'speaking with Russian ambassador to US' (UPDATES)
- Flynn resignation: Logan Act excuse concocted - Obama violated it multiple times; most likely reasons are FBI investigation, Flynn's personality
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:44 UTC
ABC News' Jon Karl asked Paul to comment on a series of statements by McCain, including the remark that the US is nearing a situation where people are potentially supportive of a dictatorship.
Former chief rabbi plea deal rejected, to serve 4.5yrs in prison over long string of financial crimes
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:33 UTC
Former Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger was convicted in January on a plea deal and initially received 3.5 years in jail, the confiscation of his Jerusalem apartment, a fine and the payment of back taxes. The deal involved him confessing to accepting five million shekels ($1.3 million) in bribes - initially 10 million; the charges brought also included fraud, breach of trust and money laundering. Those were dropped under the deal.
However, on Thursday, Jerusalem's District Court rejected the earlier plea bargain, viewing it as too lenient for Metzger, and extended the prison sentence to 4.5 years. The former rabbi's associates earlier told newspaper Haaretz that Metzger was well aware of the possibility that denial of his crimes would not fly with the courts - and so he opted to take the deal.
According to Haaretz, the police built their case on the testimony of an unidentified witness.
Comment: Interesting the court rejected the plea bargain: Netanyahu's scandals reflect corruption at the heart of Israeli society
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:26 UTC
Trump signed the order on Friday surrounded by executives of major US corporations.
The new measure follows the January 30 executive order placing hard limits on new government rules and mandating that two regulations must be repealed for every new one put into effect.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:12 UTC
"As of February 24, 2017, full control has been established over all districts of Al-Bab," a statement from the military reads, as cited by TASS news agency. "Work is still ongoing to clear the area of mines, IEDs and unexploded ordnances."
The announcement comes hours after almost 70 people were killed and over 100 injured in two subsequent car bomb attacks in the village of Sousian, a mere eight kilometers from Al-Bab.
This follows weeks of intense street fighting since early December, when Turkish forces and Free Syrian Army rebels began their siege of the northwestern Syrian town. Turkey has been fighting alongside rebel forces in Syria since August, as part of its Operation Euphrates Shield, intended to drive terrorist forces away from the Turkish border.
Comment: Almost 70 people, mostly civilians, have been killed near the Syrian city of Al-Bab, in Aleppo Province, in two Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) car bombings, media reports said.
The first explosion took place in the Syrian village of Sousian about eight kilometers north of Al-Bab in Aleppo Province, Reuters reported. The blast occurred in a particularly dense public area.Also read: Erdogan adviser says Turkey does not want 'to gain control' over Syria
According to Anadolu Agency, at least 60 people were killed and 100 injured in the car bombing. At least 41 injured civilians have been transferred to a hospital in Kilis Province, southeastern Turkey on the border with Syria, Anadolu added, citing sources.
Six rebels were among those killed, Reuters reports, citing sources in the region, who said a car bomb was used in the attack.
A second car bomb exploded in the same village some time later, AP reported, citing the Aleppo Media Center and Thiqa News agency, media platforms operated by activists. The explosion left eight people dead, it added.
The incidents follow the Turkish military's announcement that Al-Bab had been liberated from IS in a joint operation with armed anti-government rebels. The operation began in August 2016.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:08 UTC
In its 2016 annual report, Sweden's Military Intelligence and Security agency (MUST) says that foreign powers are going to greater lengths to gather information about Sweden's defense capabilities.
The report claims there has been an increase in the number of incidents of people possibly linked to a foreign power found at areas important to Sweden's defense when they have "no reasonable grounds" to be there, Dagens Nyheter reports.
MUST also says that foreign powers, none of whom are named in the report, have been taking greater risks to gather intelligence on Sweden's military prowess.