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Число загиблих внаслідок стрілянини у посольстві Ізраїлю в Йорданії зросло до двох

Влада Йорданії повідомляє про загибель вже другої людини внаслідок стрілянини в комплексі будівель посольства Ізраїлю у йорданській столиці Аммані, що сталася 23 липня. Чоловік помер від отриманих поранень.

Раніше повідомляли про загибель однієї людини і поранення двох.

За даними йорданських ЗМІ, загиблі – громадяни Йорданії, а серед поранених є один громадянин Ізраїлю, він перебуває «в нестабільному стані».

Про те, що спричинило стрілянину, не повідомляють. Міністерство закордонних справ Ізраїлю не коментує ситуацію.

Посольський комплекс після інциденту взяли під посилену охорону.

Наразі не відомо, чи пов’язаний цей інцидент із протистоянням навколо Храмової гори в Єрусалимі в Ізраїлі, де розташована одна з головних святинь ісламу – Йорданія вважається «охоронцем» цього місця. 22 липня в Аммані вже відбулася багатотисячна демонстрація протесту проти нових посилених заходів безпеки навколо святині, які запровадив Ізраїль. Наразі головна вимога мусульман – зняти металошукачі на входах до святині – не виконана.

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Таліби взяли відповідальність за десятки жертв у Кабулі

Бойовики угруповання «Талібан» взяли відповідальність за десятки загиблих і поранених внаслідок нападу самогубці в замінованому автомобілі на автобус, що перевозив держслужбовців у столиці Афганістану Кабулі.

Агенція Reuters із посиланням на неназваного афганського високопосадовця повідомляє про зростання кількості загиблих щонайменше до 35.

У перших повідомленнях про теракт ішлося про 24 убитих і понад 40 поранених.

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Philippines Pokes China With Intent to Drill for Oil in Disputed Sea

Plans in the Philippines to reopen a tract of the disputed South China Sea for oil and gas exploration is likely to complicate the foreign policy of Manila’s new friend Beijing, which claims the same waters, and adds to a regional pushback against Chinese maritime influence.

Philippines oil drilling plans

The Philippine Department of Energy is ready to restart drilling at Reed Bank, an 8,866 square-kilometer table mount west of Palawan Island, domestic news reports say. In December 2014 the government suspended those plans to prepare for world court arbitration over which country had a stronger claim to the feature.

That court in The Hague ruled that Reed Bank falls within a Philippine ocean exclusive economic zone. China rejected the outcome and in May warned Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte against reopening it for exploration, Philippine media reports say. China claims more than 90 percent of the sea.

“You had Duterte saying he spoke to (Chinese President) Xi Jinping in May and China threatened to take action if they started drilling,” said Carl Thayer, Southeast Asia-specialized emeritus professor at The University of New South Wales in Australia. “It’s a sensitive time. July 12 was the anniversary of the arbitral tribunal decision.” 

Ismael Ocampo, director with the Department of Energy’s Resource Development Bureau, said this month he expected the country to lift the drilling suspension by December, per news reports from Manila. The department did not answer a VOA request for comment. 

China with a ‘wait and see’ strategy

Chinese officials have kept quiet about Reed Bank this month, though on July 12 a foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing said China was “dedicated from start to finish to negotiating with related countries to resolve disputes” related to maritime sovereignty.

The Philippines may be using Reed Bank to see how far it can push China, said Fabrizio Bozzato, a Taiwan Strategy Research Association fellow specialized in Asian political issues. 

“Probably Mr. Ocampo’s statement is a way that Manila has to test China’s resolve or restraint or even to elicit some cooperative stance from China without risking to irritate or antagonize Beijing,” Bozzato said. 

China might answer any drilling at Reed Bank by withholding aid or investment as promised or allocated to date, Bozzato said, hurting Duterte’s ambition for economic development. Chinese officials could restart any suspended aid if relations improved.

China had pledged billions in aid 

China pledged $24 billion for the Philippines in October, and Duterte’s government set aside the maritime sovereignty dispute with China, which claims waters off most of his archipelago’s west coasts. Duterte is tapping China now to help fund parts of a $167 billion plan for new public infrastructure by 2022. His predecessor, in contrast, had filed for the world court arbitration.

A strained friendship with Beijing would push Manila back toward Washington. Duterte has resisted U.S. military aid in his 13 months in office so far, delighting China.

Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam as well claim parts of the 3.5-million-square-kilometer South China Sea, prized largely for its oil and gas reserves.  

Beijing officials are probably taking a long view of ties with Duterte, who they see as more volatile than other world leaders, so they may cut him slack, experts said in April after another flap involving China. 

Fewer than half of Filipinos surveyed in the first quarter of 2017 trust China, research institution Social Weather Stations found, and analysts say Duterte must bear that in mind as an elected official.

Other countries testing China 

China may also see a trend of resistance developing beyond Reed Bank, experts say. They point to Vietnam’s agreement this month with India’s offshore oil and gas driller to explore in a tract that Beijing claims and to Indonesia’s deletion of the word “China” from its official name of the sea near the island of Borneo. 

“I think the worst case scenario is that the Southeast Asians (are) divided, look over their shoulder and one by one start making their accommodations to China,” said Euan Graham, international security director with the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney. 

“We’re not seeing it when it comes to these key countries,” he said. “Indonesia, the Philippines…certainly the Vietnamese are continuing I think their sort of steady push to try to assert control.”

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У Конгресі США чекають на свідчення зятя Трампа щодо зв’язків із Росією

У Конгресі США 24 липня чекають на свідчення зятя і радника президента Дональда Трампа Джареда Кушнера. Очікується, що Кушнер у закритому режимц розповість у сенатському комітеті з розвідки про контакти між Росією та виборчою кампанією 45-го президента США. 

Як заявив провідний конгресмен-демократ Адам Шифф, 36-річному Кушнеру будуть поставлені запитання про його зустрічі з дипломатами Росії у Вашингтоні, керівником великого російського банку та російським адвокатом Наталією Весельницькою.

«Є багато, про що ми хочемо знати. Ми, звісно, хочемо знати про декілька зустрічей, які, ймовірно, відбулися», – сказав Шифф в інтерв’ю телеканалові CBS.

Новий директор Білого дому у зв’язках із громадськістю Антоні Скарамуччі висловив сподівання, що ці свідчення одного з найближчих радників президента Трампа будуть «останніми, коли доведеться говорити про Росію».

Розслідування Конгресу проводиться окремо від розслідування міністерства юстиції США на чолі зі спеціальним радником Робертом Мюллером. Обидва ці розслідування мають на меті з’ясувати, чи існувала якась координація між кампанією Трампа на виборах 2016 року та російськими агентами для втручання у ці вибори.

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Росія прагне, щоб Нігерія та Лівія приєдналися до угоди про скорочення видобутку нафти

Нігерія та Лівія мають приєднатися до угоди про скорочення видобутку нафти, яку уклали члени ОПЕК, Росія та інші країни. Про це 23 липня в інтерв’ю The Financial Times заявив міністр енергетики Росії Олександр Новак.

«Ми вважаємо, що після того, як стабілізується видобуток нафти в Лівії та Нігерії, на ринку буде менше неясностей щодо їхніх майбутніх кроків», – вказав Новак сказав напередодні зустрічі міністрів нафтової промисловості в Санкт-Петербурзі 24 липня. Учасники цієї зустрічі обговорять виконання своїх домовленостей.

Росія, Казахстан, Азербайджан та ряд інших виробників, що не входять до ОПЕК, приєдналися до Саудівської Аравії, Ірану, Іраку та інших учасників нафтового картеля в листопаді 2015 року та узгодили параметри скорочення виробництва задля зростання ціни сировини.

Ці зусилля мали обмежений успіх, оскільки зростання ціни гальмує збільшення видобутку сланцевої нафти в Сполучених Штатах, які до цієї угоди не приєдналися.

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China: India Must Pull Back its Troops Amid Border Standoff

China on Monday warned India not to “push your luck” by underestimating Beijing’s determination to safeguard what it considers sovereign Chinese territory, amid an ongoing standoff between the two neighbors over a contested region high in the Himalayas.

Defense ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian reiterated China’s demand that Indian troops pull back from the Doklam Plateau, an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan where Chinese teams had been building a road toward India’s border.

“China’s determination and resolve to safeguard national security and sovereignty is unshakable,” Wu said at a news conference to mark the upcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

“Here is a wish to remind India, do not push your luck and cling to any fantasies,” Wu said. “The 90-year history of the PLA has proved but one thing: that our military means to secure our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity has strengthened and our determination has never wavered. It is easier to shake a mountain than to shake the PLA.”

India has called for both sides to withdraw forces and a negotiated settlement to the standoff that began last month after Chinese troops began working to extend southward the road from Yadong in Tibet.

While the sides have exercised restraint thus far, heated rhetoric in both Beijing and New Delhi has raised concern over a renewal of hostilities that resulted in a brief but bloody frontier war between the sides in 1962. The nuclear-armed neighbors share a 3,500-kilometer (2,174-mile) border, much of it contested, and China acts as a key ally and arms supplier for India’s archrival, Pakistan.

The crisis is expected to be discussed when Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visits Beijing at the end of this week for a security forum under the BRICS group of large developing nations that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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At Least 24 Killed in Kabul Suicide Car Bombing

Afghanistan’s interior ministry says a suicide car bombing in the capital has killed at least 24 people.

Officials say 40 people were wounded in the blast Monday in western Kabul, the scene of several attacks and a neighborhood where several prominent political leaders live.

Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman, told the French news agency, “The car bomb hit a bus carrying employees of the the ministry of mines during rush hour.” 

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. The insurgent group’s main spokesman Zabihullah Mukahid said in a statement, however, that 38 people had died in the explosion that he said targeted a bus carrying Afghan intelligence agency personnel. 

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Japan PM Abe Faces Parliament Grilling After Support Drops Further

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a grilling in parliament on Monday over a suspected scandal that has cut his ratings to their lowest since taking office in 2012 and after a candidate from his ruling party lost a mayoral election.

Several opinion polls have shown Abe’s support below 30 percent and, while this does not immediately threaten his job, it does cloud the longer-term outlook.

Abe was until recently seen as being on track to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister by winning a third three-year term when his current tenure ends in September 2018.

Further pressure is likely to come from Sunday’s victory by an opposition candidate in the mayoral election for the northern city of Sendai. Abe’s party suffered a devastating defeat in elections for the Tokyo assembly earlier this month.

A July 22-23 Mainichi newspaper poll published on Sunday showed Abe’s support slipping 10 points to 26 percent from the previous survey in June. It also showed that 56 percent of respondents did not back Abe’s government, a 12 point rise.

Abe and his aides have repeatedly denied intervening to help Kake Gakuen (Kake Educational Institution) win approval for a veterinary school in a special economic zone. Its director, Kotaro Kake, is a friend of Abe. Abe will appear at an ad hoc committee meeting in parliament on Monday. Also appearing at the session will be his aide,

Hiroto Izumi, and Kihei Maekawa, who resigned as the education ministry’s top bureaucrat in January and has accused the government of distorting the approval process.

The scandals, and a perception among many voters that Abe’s administration is taking them for granted, are encouraging rivals and casting doubt on Abe’s hopes for a third term as ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader.

Abe is expected to reshuffle his cabinet early next month in an effort to repair his damaged ratings, a step often taken by beleaguered leaders but one that can backfire if novice ministers become embroiled in scandals or make gaffes.

Also in trouble is Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, an Abe protege, who faces calls to resign over media reports of direct involvement in a ministry cover-up of documents about a sensitive peacekeeping operation. She denies the reports

Opposition lawmakers are also expected to grill Abe about media reports that Inada allowed defense officials to conceal logs about the activities of the Self-Defense Forces, as Japan’s military is known, in a U.N.-led peacekeeping operation in South Sudan.