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Підсумки сьомого дня «Євро-2020»: у переможцях Україна, Нідерланди і Бельгія

Наступний матч збірної України на «Євро-2020» – проти Австрії 21 червня о 19-й годині за київським часом

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US Defense Chief Warns of al-Qaida, IS Rebound in Afghanistan

Top U.S. defense officials are sounding a dire warning about the danger Afghanistan’s top terror groups will pose to America once the last U.S. and coalition troops leave the country in the coming months.Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers Thursday that it will take groups like al-Qaida or Islamic State “possibly about two years” to regenerate the capability to plan attacks against the United States and its Western allies.The nation’s top-ranking military officer, Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, further warned that this timeline could be accelerated depending on the fate of the current Afghan government.Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley looks on during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing in Washington, June 17, 2021.“If there was a collapse of the government or a dissolution of the Afghan security forces, that risk would obviously increase,” Milley said.U.S. President Joe Biden announced in April the decision to pull all remaining U.S. forces from Afghanistan, arguing that the United States has already achieved its original goal — to hold al-Qaida and its leader Osama bin Laden to account for carrying out the deadly September 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon.“We delivered justice to bin Laden,” Biden said in a speech to a joint session of Congress. “And we degraded the terror threat of al-Qaida in Afghanistan. … After 20 years of valiant valor and sacrifice, it’s time to bring those troops home.”But concerns about the potential for al-Qaida and Islamic State in Afghanistan, known as IS-Khorasan, to reemerge without U.S. boots on the ground have persisted.U.S. military and intelligence officials have warned repeatedly of a possible ripple effect that could destabilize Afghanistan, as well as its neighbors, giving terror groups a long-awaited opening to strengthen and grow their operations.”Anywhere that we see a significant terror presence, there is a danger of that becoming some kind of platform to threaten the homeland from,” Christine Abizaid, nominated to lead the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, told lawmakers last week, noting the need for the U.S. to maintain “relentless pressure” on groups like al-Qaida and IS to minimize the danger.”That is true for the Af-Pak region just as it is true for #Iraq-#Syria, for North #Africa & various other areas where an #ISIS & #alQaida presence, in particular remain” per #NCTC nominee Abizaid, noting need for “relentless pressure”— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) June 9, 2021A recent assessment by United Nations member states has likewise raised concern, warning that Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents appear poised to topple the current Afghan government by force if negotiations fail to produce favorable results.It also warned that contrary to the Taliban’s promise to sever ties with al-Qaida, the relationship “has grown deeper as a consequence of personal bonds of marriage and shared partnership in struggle, now cemented through second-generational ties.”For the most part, officials at the White House and at the Pentagon have sought to assure the public that it will be possible to counter the potential reemergence of al-Qaida and IS, also known as ISIS, with long-range strikes, whether from bases or aircraft carriers in the Middle East.“We’re still going to have the capability to go in over-the-horizon to get after al-Qaida and ISIS should those targets emerge and be ones that we want to take,” General Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, told VOA this past week. In the case of the several hundred IS fighters in Afghanistan, however, McKenzie warned that “continued CT [counterterrorism] pressure, continued direct pressure,” is all that has stood in the way of the group “coming back together and expanding their numbers.”And even though the U.S. withdrawal is more than 50% complete, plans for what the “over-the-horizon” capability will look like appear to be in flux.”We are talking to a wide range of countries about how we build effective over-the-horizon capacity, both from an intelligence & from a defense perspective” per @JakeSullivan46#Afghanistan#Pakistan#alQaida#ISIS— Jeff Seldin (@jseldin) June 7, 2021″We’re in the process now of looking at the over-the-horizon architecture that we need to have,” Ronald Moultrie, the Defense Department’s undersecretary for intelligence and security, told lawmakers last week.“We’ve been having weekly, almost daily discussions on how to do this,” Moultrie added. “We’re going to have to work very closely with our partners and allies to ensure that it’s a robust architecture.”Time is running out, with U.S. and coalition troops likely to be out of Afghanistan well before the September deadline set by Biden.”There are no guarantees in any of this,” Milley told lawmakers Thursday. “There’s a range of outcomes here.”Carla Babb contributed to this report.

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У Чехії демонтували останню телефонну будку

Мешканці села Глубинє зібрались біля своєї будки, щоб розлучитися з нею, хоча востаннє телефоном у ній користувались два роки тому

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У Чорногорії звільнили міністра, який не визнавав, що у Сребрениці був скоєний геноцид

Міністр юстиції країни також називав незаконним Міжнародний кримінальний трибунал щодо колишньої Югославії в Гаазі

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Detained American Journalist Appears in Myanmar Special Court

An American journalist detained in Myanmar since last month appeared Thursday for the first time in a special court facing charges of working to foment dissent against the country’s military government.  Danny Fenster, who is the managing editor of the website Frontier Myanmar, appeared in a special court in Yangon’s Insein Prison where he is being held for allegedly violating section 505-A of the country’s penal code, Frontier Myanmar said in a statement.If he is found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.Fenster is scheduled to have another hearing on July 1.American Journalist Detained in Myanmar’Frontier Myanmar’ news magazine says its managing editor Danny Fenster was taken to Yangon’s Insein Prison “No reason was given for the filing of the charge against him,” Frontier Myanmar said. “We know that Danny has done nothing to warrant this 505-A charge.”Fenster was arrested May 24 at Yangon’s airport as he tried to leave the country.”We condemn his detention and demand his immediate and unconditional release,” Frontier Myanmar said.Bryan Fenster, Danny’s brother, tweeted that there was “finally some movement” on his brother’s case, but said “frustration is mounting” as the hearing took place “without official communication with the U.S. Embassy or our family.”He lamented his brother’s “continued detainment without access to legal counsel or official charges against him.”Family of US Journalist Jailed in Myanmar Calls for His Safe Return’Journalism is not a crime,’ says brother of jailed Frontier Myanmar editor, Danny Fenster  U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Thursday that “regime officials” have denied its consular offices access to Fenster.  “We are doing everything we can to see to it that Danny Fenster is reunited with his family,” Price said. “We urge the Burmese to grant consular access, as required by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, without delay, and to ensure proper treatment of Danny, while he remains detained.” Another American journalist, Nathan Maung, who was detained in March for allegedly violating 505-A, was released Monday and left the country.Price added that the U.S. welcomed this week’s “release and the safe return of Nathaniel Maung.” Two Myanmar journalists were jailed for two years under the law, The Associated Press reported earlier this month.The military took power February 1, overthrowing the civilian government and detaining de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other high-ranking officials.Since the coup, widespread protests have rocked Myanmar, many of them turning violent as government officials cracked down. Hundreds of civilians, including dozens of children, have been killed by government troops and police since the coup.The U.S has sanctioned military leaders, some of their family members and other businesses in the country.  The U.S. has also called for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy Party, ousted President Win Myint, and protesters, journalists and human rights activists it says have been unjustly detained since the coup.  Military officials claimed widespread fraud in last November’s general election, which Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won in a landslide, as justification for the February takeover. The fraud allegations have been denied by Myanmar’s electoral commission.

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US Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law Again

The U.S. Supreme Court for the third time on Thursday upheld the legality of the country’s chief health insurance law that provides millions of Americans with coverage to help pay their medical costs. The court, in a 7-to-2 decision, rejected a bid by 18 Republican-led states and the administration of former President Donald Trump to upend the 2010 Affordable Care Act. It was the signature legislative achievement of former President Barack Obama, Trump’s immediate predecessor, and is popularly known in the U.S. as Obamacare. The country’s highest court had also rejected legal challenges in 2012 and 2015, with all three decisions keeping in place such politically popular provisions as allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance policies until they turn 26 and ensuring coverage for patients with preexisting health conditions. As originally approved by Congress, the law required people to pay a penalty if they chose to not buy health insurance. But Congress in 2017 set that penalty — the so-called individual mandate — at zero. Republican state attorneys general, and the Trump administration, contended that removing the penalty provision made the whole law unconstitutional. The court did not consider the validity of the claims made against the law but ruled that the states opposed to it did not have legal standing to make the challenge. The majority decision was written by liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, and joined by two of the three conservative justices appointed to the court by Trump, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. The third Trump appointee, Neil Gorsuch, joined Justice Samuel Alito in dissent. President Joe Biden has said he will attempt to add on provisions to the Affordable Care Act, which was approved when he was Obama’s vice president. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra praised the Supreme Court decision, saying it was “a victory for all Americans, especially people with a pre-existing condition or anyone who was worried they could be forced to choose between their health and making ends meet. Health care should be a right — not a privilege — just for the healthy and wealthy.” 

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ВАКС заочно обрав запобіжний захід колишній співробітниці «Приватбанку» – САП

ВАКС ухвалив рішення про тримання під вартою колишньої керівниці одного з підрозділів банківської установи – підозрюваної у справі «Приватбанку»

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«Євро-2020»: перемога! Україна – Північна Македонія 2-1

«Головне – що є три очки. Та синьо-жовтим треба повчитися з того, що сталося в другому таймі» – оглядач Богдан Буга