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У Дніпрі вшанували пам’ять загиблих під час конфлікту на Донбасі на Алеї невідомих солдатів

У Дніпрі вшанували пам’ять загиблих бійців АТО на Алеї невідомих солдатів. Жалобна акція, ініційована громадськістю, відбулась на Краснопільському цвинтарі у передмісті та була приурочена до поминальних днів.

Учасники акції принесли до могил невідомих і вже ідентифікованих українських військовослужбовців, загиблих під час бойових дій на Донбасі, запалені лампадки та квіти, відбулась панахида.

За інформацією з Дніпропетровської облдержадміністрації, зараз більше 120 загиблих на Донбасі бійців, похованих на Краснопільському цвинтарі, лишаються невпізнаними. За даними відомства, загалом за період бойових дій на Донбасі на Дніпропетровщині за допомогою ДНК-експертизи встановлено 314 загиблих учасників АТО.

Навесні 2015 року у Дніпрі на Краснопільському цвинтарі, де поховані загиблі військові, відбулось відкриття військового Меморіалу загиблим Героям України. Пам’ятник висотою у майже 4 метри виготовили із житомирського та токівського гранітів. 

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Attack on Afghan Army Base Reportedly Killed Over 250 Soldiers

Afghanistan’s largest television station has reported last Friday’s deadliest-ever assault by the Taliban on a major military base in northern Balkh province left more than 250 soldiers dead and accused authorities of “hiding the truth.”

The government has been under fire for refusing to reveal the number of casualties several days after the attack targeting the Afghan National Army’s 209th Shaheen Corps in the provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif.

The deputy chairman of the Afghan Senate, the upper house of the parliament, informed lawmakers on Sunday that security officials told him the death toll stood at around 131, while provincial politicians had put it at more than 150 from the outset.

“Based on information gathered from different sources, so far, the identity of 256 soldiers from 10 provinces have been confirmed,” TOLOnews reported Tuesday, quoting “credible” sources.

The TV station also named the provinces to which the bodies of the victims have been dispatched for burials.

Possible impact on morale cited

Government officials privately have insisted that releasing the death toll could undermine the morale of the Afghan army battling a resurgent Taliban. But critics assert the government was disrespecting the slain soldiers by withholding the number of casualties.

Officials and insurgents say a group of 10 heavily-armed Taliban fighters wearing army uniforms, and accompanying an allegedly wounded soldier, stormed the base and carried out the massacre. The attack mainly targeted a dining hall and mosque deep inside the facility where hundreds of Afghan soldiers were offering special Friday prayers.

 

Witnesses and security sources said that Taliban assailants drove up to the base in two army vehicles mounted with machine guns, waving fake identification cards and claiming they were bringing back a seriously injured soldier from the frontline. Some of the attackers detonated explosives strapped to their bodies while others were gunned down by Afghan commandos before the hours-long siege ended.

Raid renews criticism

The brazen raid has renewed criticism of Afghan security institutions’ ability to stabilize the country. The carnage prompted the defense minister and the army chief to step down on Monday. President Ashraf Ghani has also removed several corps commanders, including that of the Shaheen Corps, following the attack.

A high-level investigation is underway to determine how the attackers managed to enter the highly-fortified military facility in Mazar-i-Sharif and whether they had received “inside help.”

At least four Afghan soldiers are suspected of having helped the attackers but they remain at large, according to officials.

American military advisors and trainers were also present at a different location inside the regional military headquarters.

The Taliban, while claiming responsibility for Friday’s attack, said more than 500 soldiers were killed or wounded. It went on to say the assault on the army base was a prelude to its coming “spring offensive” in Afghanistan.  

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, during his day-long visit to Kabul on Monday, also warned “2017’s going to be another tough year for the valiant Afghan security forces and the international troops.”

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Українська прокуратура Криму почала провадження щодо приїзду іноземців на форум у Ялту

Українська прокуратура Криму почала провадження щодо в’їзду на територію анексованого півострова іноземців, які протягом 20-22 квітня 2017 року брали участь у «ІІІ Міжнародному економічному форумі» в Ялті, повідомляється на сайті відомства.

«Зокрема, вони сприяли окупаційній владі у розвитку туристичної сфери на півострові, закликали до зняття санкцій та визнання результатів незаконно проведеного «референдуму» щодо відокремлення АР Крим від України та входження її до складу Російської Федерації. Окрім цього прокуратурою готуються міжнародні доручення до країн, громадяни яких взяли участь у «форумі» та порушили законодавство України», – йдеться у повідомленні.

Щорічно навесні підконтрольна Кремлю влада анексованого Росією Криму проводить у Ялті економічний форум, який називають міжнародним, запрошуючи до участі представників різних країн світу. Через візити іноземців нинішня влада півострова прагне легалізувати «російський» статус півострова. У 2017 році форум проходить з 20 по 22 квітня.

У зв’язку із запланованим на квітень проведенням форуму в Ялті прокуратура АРК закликала МЗС України проінформувати представників іноземних держав про правила в’їзду на територію анексованого Криму, а також про відповідальність за порушення українського законодавства.

У Міністерстві закордонних справ України раніше заявляли, що поїздки зарубіжних політиків до Криму не мають статусу офіційних. Українське зовнішньополітичне відомство опублікувало минулого літа звернення, в якому застерегло іноземних громадян і осіб без громадянства від незаконних поїздок у Крим.

 

 

 

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Voices From Around the World Rate Trump’s First 100 Days

It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause reverberations around the globe.

 

Donald Trump campaigned on an “America First” platform, but has found himself as president drawn into thorny geopolitical complexities aplenty in the first 100 days of his administration. Relations with Russia plummeted to “an all-time low,” as Trump himself described it, in the wake of the U.S. missile strikes on the Syrian government’s airfield in response to a deadly chemical attack. The administration’s Syria policy and how to handle President Bashar al-Assad seesawed.

 

A window of opportunity appeared with China after Trump hosted President Xi Jinping for a summit at his Florida estate, but tensions on the Korean Peninsula soared over North Korea’s nuclear program. Mexico showed consternation and agitation over the president’s planned border wall, but gave no sign it would pay for the structure as Trump had repeatedly promised voters.

 

Trump’s travel ban rocked refugees and asylum-seekers in several Muslim-majority nations, though it was blocked by federal courts at home. There were echoes of darker U.S.-Iran days, but nothing yet that would derail the landmark nuclear deal, as the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict continued to simmer.

 

Associated Press journalists in North Korea, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Israel, the West Bank, Russia, Germany and Mexico have gauged the global temperature by asking people five questions:

Do you feel more secure under a Trump presidency, or in danger?

 

Yuliya Konyakhina, Moscow: “I have a feeling that the world became more dangerous in general, not because Trump got elected, but in general it (the world) became more dangerous. When I go down to a metro I have sort of thoughts that something bad can happen.”

 

Shahrzad Ebrahimi, Tehran, Iran: “[The world] is 100 percent a more dangerous place. The U.S. threats to the world had been lessened during [Barack] Obama’s presidency and policies of that country were based on moving toward peace for at least eight years. But as soon as Trump took office, demonstrations began against him and the situations in Syria, Palestine, bombings, military and war threats all got worse. The more he sticks with his current policies, the more insecure and non-peaceful the world, especially the Middle East, will become. As you can see, now he is exchanging verbal blows with North Korea. Sometimes one can assume that this situation can even trigger a third world war.”  

 

Kim Hyang Byol, Pyongyang, North Korea: “It’s coming to 100 days since Trump became president, but we don’t care who the president is. The problem is whether they’re going to stop their hostile policy against North Korea, and whether they will do anything to help us reunify our country.”

 

Rustam Magamedov, Moscow: “[Trump is] agent provocateur, but in reality, he is just a good showman, as they say in the U.S. The fact that he became a president is rather scary, because he can start a war. It seems like that he is already moving toward the Korean borders. I think it is dangerous, first of all for Russia, because as a president and politician he is a bad person, a bad politician who has little understanding of politics.

 

Dan Mirkin, Tel Aviv, Israel: “Yeah, well maybe a little bit more dangerous. But I think that the steps that he took should have been taken a long time ago. And if it became more dangerous, then it’s not only because of Trump. Although, he has other drawbacks.”

 

Is the Trump administration more bark than bite?

 

Diane Lallouz, Tel Aviv: “It’s true that Donald Trump has a loud bark and you can say it’s more bark than bite. But, not really. It’s enough that he takes a few actions as opposed to not doing anything. He talks a lot, sometimes way too much and right off the sleeve without actually thinking about it and that may be a problem. But, at least the world knows that Donald Trump is going to take action when required.”

 

Raya Sauerbrun, Tel Aviv: “If it’s barking or if it’s doing, at least it shows that it’s doing something.  If it will sustain for a long time, we don’t know.”

 

Mohamed Shire, Mogadishu, Somalia: “This might be a new step; this might be a new strategy. We probably have to wait and see, but I think the United States administration needs to be very careful in just getting involved in Somalia without having a clear strategy and program that they align with the current Somali government.”

 

Yadollah Sobhani, Tehran: “Trump comes out with a lot of hype at first but eventually backs down from some of his stances on issues such as Russia, Middle East, Syria and so on. His inconsistent actions have proven that his bark is worse than his bite and he should not be taken very seriously.”

 

Majed Mokheiber, Damascus, Syria: “This is why we cannot predict whether there will be stability or more military security. In addition to that, we see that there are military tension spots around the world in other areas such as North Korea … that frankly may lead to a big explosion and a world war.”

 

Juan Pablo Bolanos, Mexico City: “I think it’s a bit of both. On the issue of sending Mexicans back, it is being fulfilled by the guy, Trump, and on the issue of building the wall, I definitely think he will not achieve it.”

Has Trump changed your views about America?

Ra So Yon, Pyongyang, North Korea: “After Trump became president, there has been no improvement in America’s image. If America doesn’t stop its aggression against us and pressure on us, then we’ll never have any good image of America; it will only get worse. We’ll never be surprised, whatever America does. And we’re not expecting any surprises from Trump.”

 

Yuri (no last name given), Moscow: “Nothing actually had changed, for real. Nothing had changed in Russian-American relations. They aren’t our friends or enemies. Geopolitical enemies, maybe, that’s it.”

 

Margret Machner, Berlin: “My trust at the moment is a lot less than it was earlier. One had the feeling that America was a strong, safe partner and I do not believe this anymore.”

 

Dan Mirkin, Tel Aviv: “I think that the U.S. remains the beacon of democracy because the U.S. itself is much more than its president. The president can be less or more of a beacon. But, America is a beacon.”

 

Hamza Abu Maria, Hebron, West Bank: “I’m about 30 years old, and since I grew up and started to understand and follow news, I don’t think the United States up until today was a beacon of democracy. If it was truly democratic, then from a long time ago they would have done justice to the Palestinian people.”

 

Mohammad Ali, Damascus: “We should never bet on any American administration, either Republican or Democrat. It’s the same front, supposedly to fight terrorism, but they didn’t do any of that. Instead they carried out an aggression against a sovereign state, which is Syria. They attacked Syria and they attacked the air base of a sovereign state and a member of the Arab League.”

 

Deqo Salaad, Mogadishu: “The U.S. was once both the beacon of democracy and human rights, but nowadays, a big change has happened as we can see more segregation committed by President Trump, especially when he said he was going to ban Muslims coming to the U.S. And with that, he has damaged the reputation of the U.S. of being the beacon of democracy and human rights in this world that the U.S. government promoted for ages now.”

 

Are we now living in a “post-truth” world?

 

Diane Lallouz, Tel Aviv: “I don’t think that we’re existing in a post-truth world and I don’t think that the way we consume information has anything to do with Trump. Actually over the last several decades we are getting information more and more on social media, so people are getting small amounts of information. Not too much real knowledge and that’s part of the problem. People are making judgments based on tiny amounts of truth or half-truth or non-truths, and it’s impossible to know, by the social media, what is really true. Is Trump the cause of this? I don’t think so. I think Trump is just a part of the picture that we live in today.”

 

Dan Mirkin, Tel Aviv: “I don’t think it affects the way that I consume information but it certainly changes the way in which the information is delivered, and the fact of alternative truth, alternative facts is a new invention, so we have to apply filters more than before.”

 

Mahmoud Draghmeh, Nablus, West Bank: “The world is far from the truth, despite the fact the technological development helped the news to reach. But I think that there is a distance from the truth, because the media, with all my respect to the different media outlets, everyone adopts his idea and exports it to the world.”

 

What has surprised you about President Trump?

 

Ute Hubner, Berlin: “I find he is very honest – more honest than I thought in the sense that a lot isn’t pushed under the table. He says it like it is, while here in our case so much is said and talked about that “everything is fine, wonderful and all is good,” while we know that the reality is more often than not something else.”

 

Fatmeh (full name not given) Damascus: “Trump increased problems in the Arab world and the first proof is the strike on Syria. This has increased problems and confusion. He didn’t do anything against terrorism; he only increased it. There is nothing new. His policy has been to oppress people, especially the Arab people. We didn’t see anything new.”

 

Yadollah Sobhani, Tehran: “What shocked me most from Trump was a sudden shift in his policies toward Russia from a friendly position to a clash. I did not expect such instability in a politician’s behavior.”

Payam Mosleh, Tehran: “What scared me most was the classification of human beings (under Trump’s proposed Muslim ban). I think history has taught and shown us enough times that separating people from each other has never done anyone any good. Building walls either in Berlin or America has no results and is disastrous.”

 

Mahdieh Gharib, Tehran: “What surprised me most was preventing Iranians from entering the United States or even barring those Iranians who were U.S. residents and had temporarily left that country. Bombing Syria was the second thing that surprised me.”

 

Shimon Abitbol, Tel Aviv: “He’s playing too much golf. That’s the only thing I’m surprised by. I mean, how can he have so much time to play so much golf?

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Thai Man Kills Daughter on Facebook Live

A man filmed himself killing his 11-month-old daughter on Facebook live before committing suicide, Thai police said Tuesday. The social media giant called the incident “appalling.”

Authorities said the slaying occurred in the seaside town of Phuket, where the father, 21, hung his daughter. People could access the videos of the child’s death for roughly 24 hours, until they were taken down about 5 p.m. in Bangkok (1000 GMT) on Tuesday, or about a day after they had been uploaded.

“This is an appalling incident and our hearts go out to the family of the victim,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an email to VOA. “There is absolutely no place for acts of this kind on Facebook and the footage has now been removed.”

Murders, suicides and sexual assault have plagued Facebook, though they make up only a small percentage of videos.

On Tuesday, a Swedish court jailed three men for the rape of a woman that was broadcast live on Facebook. And earlier this month, a man in the U.S. posted video on Facebook of himself killing a 74-year-old man in Cleveland, Ohio. The man accused of posting the video, Steve Stephens, shot himself after a police chase in Pennsylvania. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said afterward that the company would do all it could to “prevent tragedies like this from happening again.”

Shocking footage

The harrowing footage from Thailand showed Wuttisan Wongtalay tying a rope to his daughter Natalie’s neck before dropping the child, dressed in a bright pink dress, from the rooftop of a deserted building in Phuket.

Wuttisan’s suicide was not broadcast, but his lifeless body was found beside his that of his daughter, said Jullaus Suvannin, the police officer in charge of the case.

“He was having paranoia about his wife leaving him and not loving him,” Jullaus said.

Wuttisan’s wife, Jiranuch Triratana, said she had lived with him for over a year. At first the relationship had gone well, she said, but then he grew violent and sometimes hit her 5-year-old son from a previous husband.

She feared that something was wrong on Tuesday when she found he had left home with Natalie.

Somsak Khaosuwan, a spokesman for Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy, said it contacted Facebook on Tuesday afternoon about removing the videos, after receiving a police request.

Khaosuwan said the government would take no action against the company: “We will not be able to press charges against Facebook, because Facebook is the service provider and they acted according to their protocol when we sent our request. They cooperated very well.”

Some information for this report came from Reuters.

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Турецькі військові повідомили про авіаудари по позиціях курдського угруповання в Іраку та Сирії

Турецькі військові заявляють, що завдали повітряних ударів по позиціях бойовиків угруповання «Робітнича партія Курдистану» в горах Синджар в Іраку і на північному сході в Сирії. Турецькі військові твердять, що таким чином запобігли відправці зброї та вибухових речовин для атак на території Туреччини.

Як ідеться в поширеній 25 квітня заяві турецької армії, угруповання «Робітнича партія Курдистану» часто використовувало ці два регіони як канал для потрапляння бойовиків та зброї для атак на південному сході Туреччини, зокрема, в місті Діярбакир.

Повідомлень про жертви внаслідок авіаудару наразі не надходило

Угруповання «Робітнича партія Курдистану» вважають терористичним Туреччина, США та ЄС.

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ДСНС: небезпека лавин на заході України зберігається

Державна служба України з надзвичайних ситуацій попереджає про значну лавинну небезпеку в Івано-Франківській і Закарпатській областях 25 квітня.

Як йдеться в повідомленні ДСНС, очікується значний (третій) рівень лавинної небезпеки.

Раніше рятувальники попереджали про лавинонебезпечність в Івано-Франківській, Чернівецькій і Закарпатській областях після снігопадів.

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У кампанії Макрона заявили про атаку з боку пов’язаних із Росією хакерів

У виборчій кампанії кандидата на посаду президента Франції Емманюеля Макрона повідомили журналістам пізно ввечері 24 квітня, що кампанія кандидата була мішенню пов’язаних із Росією хакерів.

Спроби проникнути в цифрові носії були зафіксовані в грудні, повідомляють Associated Press і New York Times із посиланням на керівника комп’ютерного підрозділу кампанії Макрона Муніра Махджоубі.

Він підтвердив дані фірми із кібербезпеки Trend Micro, яка нарахувала 160 спроб електронного шпигунства за допомогою хакерської групи Pawn Storm, також відомої як Fancy Bear. Саме цю групу спецслужби США називали підрозділом розвідувальних служб Росії.

«Це серйозно, але нічого не було скомпрометовано», – цитує Associated Press Муніра Махджоубі.

Російські офіційні особи неодноразово спростовували звинувачення, що їхня держава санкціонує хакерство.

До другого туру президентських виборів у Франції вийшли центрист Емманюель Макрон і крайньо права Марін Ле Пен, яка набагато лояльніше ставиться до політики Москви, зокрема, називала окупований Крим російським.