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Футбол: у ФФУ відхилили скаргу «Динамо» (Київ) на технічну поразку за неявку до Маріуполя

Апеляційний комітет Федерації футболу України відхилив апеляційну скаргу клубу «Динамо» (Київ) на зарахування технічної поразки за неявку на матчі до Маріуполя, повідомили в ФФУ.

Таким чином, апеляційний комітет залишив без змін рішення Контрольно-дисциплінарного комітету ФФУ від 11 вересня 2017 року. Тим рішенням зарахували технічні поразки з рахунком 0-3 за неявку команд клубу «Динамо» на матчі чемпіонатів U-19, U-21 та Української прем’єр-ліги, які мали відбутися в Маріуполі 18, 26 і 27 липня.

Рішення Апеляційного комітету може бути оскаржене до Спортивного арбітражного суду в Лозанні у Швейцарії не пізніше ніж через 21 день із моменту його отримання, додали в ФФУ.

Останніми днями у клубі «Динамо» (Київ) заявляли, що хотіли б переграти ті матчі з клубом «Маріуполь» і вже згодні поїхати до цього міста, але маріупольський клуб відхилив цю пропозицію.

У серпні Федерація футболу України підтвердила, що матчі між командами футбольних клубів «Динамо» і «Маріуполь», домашні для маріупольського клубу, мають відбутися саме в місті Маріуполі, що розташований недалеко від лінії фронту, як це було раніше і з іншими домашніми матчами маріупольської команди. У ФФУ тоді додали, що проведення попередніх матчів у Маріуполі «вже довело, що українські спецслужби та правоохоронці гідно справляються зі своїми обов’язками».

Після виходу клубу «Маріуполь» (раніше «Іллічівець») у прем’єр-лігу українського футболу київське «Динамо» заявило, що не поїде на матчі до міста Маріуполя з міркувань безпеки – і, всупереч рішенню ФФУ, дійсно не приїхало. У київському клубі відтак заявляли, що будуть готові зіграти цей матч у Маріуполі, але тільки «після нормалізації оперативної обстановки на маріупольському (приморському) напрямку». У разі неявки на матч команді зараховується технічна поразка.

Із такими ж заявами виступав і львівський клуб «Карпати», але він врешті зіграв у Маріуполі. Також до міста вже приїжджали на матчі й інші клуби прем’єр-ліги.

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Адвокат Умерова повідомив про запит до президента Росії щодо указу про помилування

Едем Семедляєв, адвокат заступника голови Меджлісу кримськотатарського народу Ільмі Умерова в окупованому Криму, повідомив, що надіслав до адміністрації президента Росії адвокатський запит, щоб узнати, на підставі якого указу його підзахисного вивезли з території Криму.

Як написав він у цьому запиті, 25 жовтня Ільмі Умерову усно повідомили про його помилування президентом Росії і відправили авіарейсом до Анкари в Туреччині, але указу про це Умеров так і не отримав.

Відтак Семедляєв просить відповісти, чи ухвалювався взагалі указ президента Росії про помилування Умерова, а якщо так, то які його номер і дата. Також адвокат просить вислати копію указу про помилування Ільмі Умерова, якщо він існує.

25 жовтня стало відомо, що російська влада вивезла Ільмі Умерова і ще одного засудженого заступника голови Меджлісу Ахтема Чийгоза до Туреччини. Російський літак із ними тоді вилетів із Криму до Росії, до Анапи, щоб рейс до Анкари відбувся з російської території. Як повідомляв тоді кореспондент Радіо Свобода, Умерова і Чийгоза помилував президент Росії, тим самим звільнивши їх від приписуваної їм підконтрольними Кремлеві судами кримінальної відповідальності. «Президентські укази про помилування засекречені і не опубліковані… За даними учасників переговорного процесу про звільнення кримських татар, це є «політичним рішенням і підсумком переговорів із участю Туреччини й України», – повідомив журналіст. При цьому обидва відпущені не зверталися з проханням про помилування.

27 вересня підконтрольний Кремлеві Сімферопольський районний суд в окупованому Криму засудив одного з лідерів кримськотатарського національного руху Ільмі Умерова до двох років колонії-поселення (таких закладів у Криму не існує, вони є лише в Росії, у віддалених регіонах). Також йому заборонили на два роки займатися публічною діяльністю і виступати в засобах інформації. Умерова звинувачували в публічних закликах до сепаратизму – з погляду Росії. Ільмі Умеров називає кримінальну справу проти нього політично мотивованою, наголошуючи, що звинувачення ґрунтувалися на російськомовному перекладі його слів, промовлених кримськотатарською мовою, і цей переклад перекрутив зміст його виступу і приписав йому те, чого там не було.

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В ООН схвалили проект резолюції про права людини у Криму – МЗС

Співавторами документа стали 42 країни, а проголосувала за нього 71 держава (як заявили в МЗС, «незважаючи на шалений тиск із боку Росії»), проти були 25 і 77 утрималися

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Trump ‘Very Proud’ of Trip to Asia, Says Progress Made on Security, Trade

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is “very proud” of his five-nation, 12-day trip to Asia, asserting lots of progress was made on issues such as security and trade.

In remarks delivered behind closed doors Tuesday at the East Asia Summit in Manila, Trump reiterated that North Korea remains a major global military threat.

“North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs threaten the entire world,” Trump said, and called on “all nations to join the United States in ensuring the complete, verifiable and total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Trump said he is still concerned about “China’s efforts to build and militarize outposts in the South China Sea,” and added the United States favors “the peaceful resolution of all territorial disputes.”

The U.S. is closely watching the “growing threat” of Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Southeast Asia, Trump said.

“As ISIS loses ground in the battlefield, we must remain vigilant about the threat posed by returning foreign fighters and terrorist operatives within our borders and seeking to cross our borders,” he said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

The president told reporters as he left the summit “at least $300 billion” worth of trade deals was done during the trip, “but that will be, I think, way triple that number in a fairly short period of time.”

A short while later aboard Air Force One as he left the Philippines for Hawaii, Trump told reporters the unconfirmed $300 billion number will “be quadrupled very quickly, so that’s over a trillion dollars’ worth of stuff.”

Trump specifically cited Vietnam’s $12 billion order from the aerospace giant Boeing, but it was not clear if he was alluding to a new deal or a nearly $11.5 billion deal between a Vietnamese airline company and Boeing that was signed while President Barack Obama visited Vietnam in 2016.

Trump again criticized past administrations for allowing the U.S. “to be taken advantage of” for agreeing to what he believes are unfair trade agreements.

“We’ve explained that the United States is open for trade, but we want reciprocal trade, we want fair trade for the United States,” Trump told reporters at the summit shortly before departing.

The president also said a major announcement about his trip will be made at the White House on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday.

Mixed reviews

Observers are giving the trip mixed reviews.

Trump “made clear that there can be no separating economic and defense issues. This remains true even as the one-time U.S. pivot to Asia gives way to a U.S. business pivot to Asia,” Curtis Chin, who was appointed by President George W. Bush as ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, told VOA.

Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice contends Trump’s trip leaves the United States “more isolated and in retreat, handing leadership of the newly christened Indo-Pacific to China on a silver platter.”

After a solid start in Japan and South Korea, “in China the wheels began to come off his diplomatic bus,” she writes in an opinion column in The New York Times. “The Chinese leadership played President Trump like a fiddle, catering to his insatiable ego and substituting pomp and circumstance for substance.”

Chin, now an Asia Fellow at the non-partisan Milken Institute, a non-profit economic research institution, sees it differently.

“Amidst uncertainty over how a non-diplomat, non-politician president might perform on the diplomatic stage, the U.S. president more than exceeded expectations,” Chin said. “In basketball parlance, this first Asia trip was a slam dunk for Trump. The challenge now remains for the United States to build on Trump’s visit to Asia by building on relationships and strengthening alliances in Asia, particularly amidst China’s continued rise.”

“There has been criticism that the trip was not actually substantial in terms of concrete output; but, that is not President Trump’s style,” said Nicholas Fang, executive director of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. “His bilateral meetings, for example, in Japan and China are largely intended to show incremental rapport and relationship building.”

Activists decry that Trump appears to have eliminated human rights as a core element of American foreign policy.

“By doing so, he’s decided to throw in with the likes of China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin for whom foreign policy only matters for what benefits they can extract from it,” Phil Robertson, deputy director in Asia for Human Rights Watch, told VOA. “The idea that somehow the U.S. had a special role in protecting human rights and democracy around the world is now as dead and buried as all of the Duterte drug war victims that Trump declined to discuss in Manila.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday told reporters the issue of human rights did come up in Trump’s talks with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte; however, Duterte’s spokesman insisted it did not.

Trump, shortly before departing Manila, said the U.S. relationship with the Philippines had been “horrible” but as a result of his visit “now we have a very, very strong relationship” for the Philippines.

He said that is more important for strategic relations than trade, calling the Philippines “the most prime piece of real estate from a military standpoint.”

A senior U.S. administration official told VOA News that “we didn’t come here to lecture like President Obama did,” adding that Trump, however, was assertive in private on several key topics in talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

East Asia Summit

At the last minute, Trump skipped the plenary session of the 18-nation East Asia Summit in Manila with events running behind schedule.

Trump instead headed to Air Force One, which departed Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, more than 30 minutes earlier than had been planned.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was called on to stand in for Trump at the summit.

White House officials explained that Trump said what he intended to say at the summit during an earlier lunch for leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

A major reason for adding an additional day in the Philippines to Trump’s schedule had been to allow him to attend the East Asia Summit, a key regional strategic dialogue.

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Cambodian Strongman’s Trump Outreach Falls Flat

The White House has resisted gushing overtures Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen made this week to U.S. President Donald Trump in Manila, issuing a stiff rebuke Tuesday to the strongman over his moves to dismantle Cambodia’s democracy.

Hun Sen lavished praise on Trump the day before, declaring him “a great man to me,” while beseeching the U.S. president to muzzle criticism of his ongoing crackdown on civil society, the press and the opposition.

The Cambodian premier extolled Trump’s “non-interference” foreign affairs policy at the ASEAN summit in Manila, in a speech that came as Hun Sen continues to accuse the U.S. embassy of leading a plot to topple his government.

He made the same accusation to justify jailing opposition leader Kem Sokha while moving to dissolve Kem Sokha’s Cambodia National Rescue Party.

In a statement on Tuesday, the White House said Matt Pottinger, the senior director for Asian affairs and Patrick Murphy, deputy assistant secretary of state for Southeast Asia, had met with Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn on the sidelines of the recent East Asia Summit in Manila.

“Expressing their interest in supporting the future success of Cambodia, the U.S. side forthrightly expressed strong concerns about recent steps that challenge the country’s democratic progress, including restrictions on the free press, civil society, and the political opposition,” the statement said.

“U.S. participants noted that unfounded accusations and criticisms of the United States, including U.S. diplomats in Cambodia, contradict the spirit of improved and productive bilateral relations between our two countries,” it added.

The statement also noted substantial U.S. foreign assistance in “building a democratic system and achieving progress on prosperity, peace, and reconciliation” but said nothing of Hun Sen’s request for Trump to reconsider Cambodia’s $500 million debt to Washington that dates to the Vietnam War.

Members of Hun Sen’s delegation declined to speak with VOA reporters in Manila about the statement, and relevant spokesmen in Phnom Penh could not be reached.

In a speech at the summit on Monday, Hun Sen said, “I think your excellency [President Trump] is a great person who I respect the most,” according to an unofficial translation of the speech — in which he also boasted that he had predicted Trump’s victory, before turning to domestic matters.

He also asserted Cambodia repeatedly had been victimized by the U.S. “because of actions of your subordinating officials who practice against your policy lines. At this point, I think maybe you have a duty to admonish the officials because this is a great principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of the people.”

On Thursday, Cambodia’s courts are set to decide if the opposition CNRP should be dissolved under draconian legislation for allegedly conspiring to overthrow the government in a plot with the U.S. embassy.

Hun Sen has said it is a certainty Cambodia’s nominally independent Supreme Court will rule against the CNRP.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Monday ordered provincial and city governors across the country to form working groups that will monitor treasonous activity beginning the day before the CNRP dissolution ruling.

Late last month, Defense Minister Tea Banh, who has threatened to smash the teeth of political protesters, told a newly established military intervention force to “take action immediately without asking advice from the top” against any movement demanding the release of Kem Sokha.

Military commanders have issued statements in recent months threatening to crush and exterminate those they accuse of fomenting revolution, including “invading foreigners.”

Beneath a photo posted to the Facebook wall of Hun Sen, in which he shakes hands with Trump at the summit as the president gives the thumbs up, former Foreign Minister Hor Namhong commented that it was better to “meet its boss rather than talk to the slaves.”

Sebastian Strangio, author of Hun Sen’s Cambodia, said Hun Sen had attempted to go above the president’s own bureaucracies and that the White House and State Department “couldn’t really let that slide.”

“I think putting out the statement is just their way of signaling subtle displeasure with that hamfisted attempt by Hun Sen to appeal to Donald Trump’s vanity,” he said.

Some U.S. senators and EU parliamentarians have begun pushing for punitive actions against Hun Sen’s government, such as targeted sanctions and travel bans in response to the jailing of Kem Sokha.

Others have stressed the elections will not be recognized if the opposition is dissolved.

In his speech, Hun Sen also implored Trump to reconsider the terms of some $500 million his government owes the United States.

The debt dates to the secret U.S. bombing campaign against North Vietnamese supply routes inside Cambodia in the early 1970s. Estimates vary but the bombings are believed to have killed tens of thousands of Cambodians and destroyed large swaths of farmland. The U.S. loaned the country’s government money at the time to pay for food. The U.S. bombings were later considered illegal because they were carried out without the approval of the U.S. Congress.

 

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Study: Internet Freedom Worsens in Pakistan

A new independent study places Pakistan among the top four countries, including Brazil, Mexico and Syria, where people have been murdered in each of the last three years for writing about sensitive subjects online.

The annual “Freedom on the Net” report, released Tuesday by U.S.-based Freedom House, is based on an assessment of internet freedom in 65 countries, accounting for 87 percent of internet users worldwide. The latest study primarily focused on developments between June 2016 and May 2017.

The research declared Pakistan “not free” for a sixth consecutive year, noting internet freedom has deteriorated due to violence and intimidation related to social media activists.

“Internet shutdowns, a problematic cybercrime law, and cyberattacks against government critics contributed to the ongoing deterioration. Political speech online is vulnerable to restriction as Pakistan enters an election year in 2018,” the report noted.

The most frequent targets, it says, seem to be online journalists and bloggers covering politics, corruption and crime, as well as people who express religious views that may contrast with or challenge the views of the majority.

The study went on to conclude that perpetrators of the reprisal attacks remained unknown “but their actions often aligned with the interests of politically powerful individuals or entities.”

The report documented incidents of violence and intimidation during the research period. The government of Pakistan has not commented on the findings.

In June, a Pakistani court sentenced to death earlier this year an internet user, Taimoor Raza, for committing blasphemy on Facebook. In April, university student Mashal Khan was killed in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by a mob who accused him of posting blasphemous content online.

Khan’s murder sparked widespread outrage across Pakistan. An anti-terrorism court is hearing the lynching case against 57 suspects indicated by the court.

“Such attacks often succeed in silencing more than just the victim, encouraging wider self-censorship on sensitive issues like religion. The state’s failure to punish perpetrators of reprisal attacks for online speech perpetuates a cycle of impunity,” according to the report.

The Pakistani government enacted the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act in August 2016, introducing stronger censorship and surveillance powers with inadequate oversight, say critics.

Earlier this year, five bloggers known for criticizing the powerful military and religious militancy were abducted for few weeks. One of them later told media a government institution had detained and tortured him. Authorities had distanced themselves from the alleged abductions.

Tuesday’s report also criticized the government for the prolonged suspension of mobile internet services in parts of Pakistan, including the violence-plagued northwestern federally administered tribal areas, where security forces have been conducting anti-militancy operations.

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Помер перший харківський кореспондент Радіо Свобода Владислав Проненко

Пішов із життя на 57-му році харківський публіцист, документаліст, перший кореспондент Радіо Свобода у східному регіону за часів Незалежності України Владислав Проненко. Про це Радіо Свобода повідомили його колеги.

«Вочевидь, Владислав помер кілька днів тому. Ми постійно з ним зідзвонювалися, спілкувалися. Але практично тиждень тому він перестав відповідати на телефонні дзвінки мої та колег. Ми інтуїтивно відчули, що щось не так, і поїхали до дому Проненка. На жаль, він уже був не живим», – розповідає товариш і колега Владислава Роман Черемський.

За словами Черемського, Владислав Проненко завжди під час спілкування зі слухачами журналістських курсів згадував про роботу в українській службі Радіо Свобода.

«У 1991–2000 роках він працював харківським кореспондентом редакції Радіо Свобода. Він пишався, що працював на Радіо Свобода, наводив приклади з радійної практики студентам, майбутнім журналістам. Він почав надсилати матеріали Радіо Свобода, коли працювати на опозиційне ЗМІ не віталося. Він багато сюжетів присвячував становленню української незалежності в Харкові, він розповідав саме про український Харків», – розповів журналіст Роман Черемський.

Владислав Проненко є засновником і першим головним редактором загальноукраїнського громадсько-політичного та культурно-релігійного двотижневика «Український простір».

12 листопада 2009 року в Харкові відбулася академія, на якій було проголошено та вперше відзначено День українськомовної преси. Відзначення розпочалося з виступу директора Інтенсивних курсів журналістики Фонду національно-культурних ініціатив імені Гната Хоткевича Владислава Проненка. Він зазначив, що історично справедливим є відзначати День українськомовної преси 12 листопада, і запропонував звернутися до президента України щодо визнання такого Дня на державному рівні.

Окрім того, громадський діяч Владислав Проненко брав участь у становленні української православної автокефальної церкви на Харківщині. Про це написав архієпископ Харківський і Полтавський УАПЦ(о) Ігор Ісіченко.

«Не стало Владислава Проненка. І що б не відбувалося з ним останніми роками, ми назавжди запам’ятаємо його енергійним, сміливим, оригінальним журналістом, невтомним мандрівником, одним із піонерів відродження УАПЦ на Харківщині. Таким, яким він був у 1980–1990-і рр. Вічная пам’ять…» – мовиться в дописі владики Ігоря Ісіченка.

Останнім часом Владислав Проненко разом із творчою групою «Мальва ТВ» працював над низкою документальних фільмів «Східний фронт”, що розповідав про мужність українських військових і бої на Донбасі.

Редакція Радіо Свобода висловлює щирі співчуття з приводу передчасної смерті Владислава Проненка його рідним і друзям.

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With China in Shadows, Japan Seeks to Advance Economic Power

Japan is stepping up aid and investment in Southeast Asia to help its multinationals do business across the continent while vying with political rival China for long-term influence over smaller neighboring countries.

The wealthy Asian nation is helping build a train line near Manila, a seaport in Cambodia and new support for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal following the U.S. withdrawal in January — to name just three recent offers for Southeast Asia.

This week Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits in Manila to meet leaders of 10 association member states. They agreed to enhance a 9-year-old ASEAN-Japan trade agreement.

The super-modern Asian nation hopes to secure a hassle-free, land-and-sea transit route as far as Africa, Abe’s spokesman Norio Murayama said. Southeast Asia is along the route. Japan, Asia’s second largest economy after China, looks to the smaller countries for land, cheap labor and resources, as well.

“For Japan, the country surrounded by the sea, a maritime order is extremely important,” Murayama told a news conference at the events in Manila.

“But maritime order, it’s faced with a number of threats, including piracy, terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and natural disaster, so we need to promote the idea to remove this kind of threat and create this area for international and public space that bring about stability and prosperity equal to all the countries,” he said.

Shipping lanes, factory bases

Japanese investment in Southeast Asia’s six biggest countries averaged $20 billion per year from 2011 to 2016, more than double the average annual flows from 2006 to 2010, DBS Bank estimates.

About 35 percent of Japan’s global aid was going to Southeast Asia as of 2011.

Tokyo particularly wants open shipping lanes, said Jeffrey Kingston, author and history instructor at Temple University Japan. It may worry that Beijing will try for total control over navigation in the South China Sea, which it claims over the objections of four Southeast Asian counties.

“Southeast Asia is vitally important to Japan in terms of resources, in terms of geopolitical position, the major trade routes connecting Japan to the Middle East and Africa,” Kingston said. “A lot of Japanese investment, a lot of factories’ offshore operations [are] located there.”

At international events, government officials hold talks to figure out who needs help where in Southeast Asia. They offered last month to help the Philippines rebuild a city torn by fighting with Muslim rebels, to name one example.

Japan ultimately hopes to help set rules for Asia, Kingston said, as ASEAN does for its bloc covering 630 million people. “Japan wants to be at the heart of shaping the rules for the emerging regional order,” he said.

Japanese direct aid worldwide increased 12.7 percent last year over 2015 to $10.37 billion. Japan has also expanded the mandate for that aid, including “human security” and “sustainable development” based on individual country needs, according to its Foreign Ministry’s website.

Disputes with China

China and Japan still face unresolved issues from World War II as well as dispute over islets in the East China Sea. China has regularly sent ships and planes near those islands since 2013 to assert its claim.

The East China Sea issue, plus wariness about Beijing’s grip on the South China Sea — a separate dispute not involving Japan — have prompted Tokyo to factor in freedom of navigation, rule of law and security when making aid calculations, analysts believe.

Japanese assistance usually comes piecemeal and through government as well as private sources, different from the sudden, massive offers that China has been able to offer over the past half-decade.

China’s showpiece is the $900 billion, four-year-old “One Belt, One Road” infrastructure building campaign across Eurasia.

Southeast Asia is receptive

ASEAN noticed the support of Japan as well as South Korea at the Nov. 13 and 14 summits in Manila, said Emmanuel Leyco, undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development.

“I think to a large extent both countries, although they’re not part of the ASEAN, they have been very, very supportive of the initiatives of ASEAN,” Leyco said on the sidelines of the summits Monday. “They support our activities, not necessarily direct funding, but they have activities that are in line with what the ASEAN is doing.”

The Japanese role in Southeast Asia will be more obvious as U.S. President Donald Trump lacks comparable outreach, said Stephen Nagy, senior associate political science professor at International Christian University in Tokyo.

Trump told ASEAN leaders in Manila he wants more “fair trade” in the region, short of a program to supply a range of aid or investment.

“Japan plays an important role here as a supporting pillar of an evolving strategic partnership in the region to balance China’s expanding economic, diplomatic and security footprint in the region,” Nagy said.