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China Joins Russia In Support For Ukraine Military Action.

Sky News: Russia has said China is largely “in agreement” over Ukraine, after other world powers condemned Moscow for sending troops into the country. Hundreds of Russian soldiers have surrounded a military base in Crimea, preventing Ukrainian soldiers from going in or out. The convoy blockading the site, near the Crimean capital Simferopol, includes at least 17 military vehicles.


Armed servicemen wait near Russian army vehicles outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava, March 1, 2014

Russian troops are also reported to have taken control of a ferry terminal in the city of Kerch on the eastern tip of Crimea, which has a majority Russian-speaking population.

Ukraine’s defence ministry said two Russian fighter jets violated the country’s air space in the Black Sea on Sunday night and that it had scrambled an interceptor aircraft to prevent the “provocative actions”. And reports claimed pro-Russian protesters had occupied a floor of the regional government building in Donetsk. The 11-storey building has been flying the Russian flag for the last three days.

Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk has insisted his country “will never give up Crimea to anyone” and urged Russian forces to withdraw.

Mr Yatseniuk said: “I was and am a supporter of a diplomatic solution to the crisis, as a conflict would destroy the foundations for stability in the whole region.”  In an interview with Sky News, Foreign Secretary William Hague said the crisis is likely to take some time to resolve.

He said: “I think we probably are looking at a long period of very active diplomacy and looking for solutions to this since there is no sign of a change in the Russian position on this. ”It’s impossible to be optimistic at the moment. We’re not in any position to be optimistic about the security situation and what is happening in the Crimea.”

The crisis has had a huge knock-on effect on global stock markets, with Moscow’s stock exchange plunging as much as 10% on Monday morning.

Russia’s central bank raised its rate to 7% from 5.5% as the ruble hit an historic low against the dollar and the euro.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Ukraine by telephone with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Monday, and claimed they had “broadly coinciding points of view” on the situation there, according to a ministry statement.

Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva later, Mr Lavrov said Russian troops were necessary in Ukraine “until the normalization of the political situation” and dismissed threats of sanctions and boycotts.source – Sky News.

by NTEB News Desk

Archbishop of Canterbury: Islamists Creating Christian Martyrdom.

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By Joel Himelfarb

Islamist attacks against Christians in Muslim countries are creating an atmosphere of fear and creating martyrs of the faithful in exceedingly growing numbers, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in an interview with BBC Radio.
In the interview, reported in The Telegraph, the Most Rev. Justin Welby said that there had been more than 80 Christian “martyrs” in the last few days alone.
He was speaking about the suicide bombing of All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Eighty-five people were killed and more than 200 injured in the bombing, which occurred after a Sunday morning service.
The Archbishop — head of close to 80 million Anglicans around the world — added that Christians were also being singled out for violence in other Muslim-majority nations.
Christian communities which have existed “in many cases since the days of Saint Paul” are now under threat in countries such as Syria and Egypt, he said.
Al Ahram reported that approximately 40 churches were looted and burned in arson attacks in Egypt since mid-August.Sky News reported al-Qaida linked jihadists have targeted Syria’s embattled Christian community.

Welby, who leads almost 80 million Anglicans around the world, said Christians have a duty to pray for their killers.
He said that in many instances, turmoil in these areas of the world is caused by multiple factors including historical conflicts that have little to do with religion. But these factors cannot explain  recent attacks on Christians in places such as Peshawar. .
“I think Christians have been attacked in some cases simply because of their faith,” he said. “I think it is true to say — and also in Peshawar — that we have seen more than 80 martyrs in the last few days.”
He said these Christians “have been attacked because they were testifying to their faith in Jesus Christ by going to church.”
“That is outside any acceptable expression in any circumstances for any reason of religious difference,” Welby said.
“As Christians one of the things is that we pray for justice and particularly the issues around the anger that comes from his kind of killing,” he added. “But we are also called as Jesus did at the cross to pray for those who are doing us harm.”
He said British Muslim leaders were appalled by the attacks, as were Muslim leaders around the world.

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Egypt Declares State Of Emergency – Al Jazeera.


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By Al Jazeera

A state of emergency has been declared across Egypt, as security forces and supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi continue to clash around the country.


The announcement on Wednesday came amid a deadly crackdown by security forces on two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo.

The health ministry said at least 149 people had been killed in clashes around the country, but some members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood said the death toll was much higher.

The state of emergency began at 4pm local time (14:00 GMT) and will last for a month, the presidency said in a statement.

The exceptional measures were taken as “the security and order of the nation face danger due to deliberate sabotage, and attacks on public and private buildings and the loss of life by extremist groups,” the presidency said.

Interim president Adly Mansour “has tasked the armed forces, in cooperation with the police, to take all necessary measures to maintain security and order and to protect public and private property and the lives of citizens”.

A curfew has also been imposed in Cairo and nine other provinces, starting from 7pm local time (17:00 GMT) until 6am (04:00 GMT).

Interim vice president Mohamed ElBaradei resigned following Wednesday’s violence, saying in a letter to the country’s leadership that there were peaceful options for ending the political crisis.

Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros, reporting from Cairo, said the military has now been given “a mandate by cabinet to play an active role in the crackdown, if the situation escalates, and we have seen that the situation has escalated.”

“It is a very worrying situation, and the state of emergency only serves to highlight the very precarious situation,” she said.

The Interior Ministry said 543 pro-Morsi supporters were arrested nationwide, in incidents related to dispersing the sit-ins of Rabaa and Nahda. The arrests were made for possession of arms including automatic weapons, and large amounts of ammunition.

Journalists killed

Ammar Beltagi, the son of Mohammad Beltagi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party, told Al Jazeera his 17-year-old sister, Asmaa, was shot and killed in the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in in Nasr City.

Two journalists were also killed while covering the violence. Mick Deane, a cameraman for the UK-based Sky News channel, and Habiba Abd Elaziz, a reporter for the UAE-based Xpress newspaper, died from gunshot wounds.

Live footage from Cairo on Wednesday morning showed smoke engulfing Nahda Square, the smaller of the two sit-ins based in Giza, amid reports of tear gas and birdshots being used on supporters of the deposed president.

By mid-morning, the Interior Ministry said security forces had “total control” over Nahda Square, and that “police forces had managed to remove most of the tents” in the area. Security forces had blocked all access to the protest camp.

In an afternoon press conference, the cabinet media adviser thanked the security forces for “exercising self-control and high-level professionalism in dispersing the sit-ins,” and held the Muslim Brotherhood responsible for “escalation and violence”.

Witnesses said that after firing tear gas into the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in, pandemonium struck among the thousands of protesters who had set up camp there soon after Morsi was ousted by the army on July 3.

Automatic fire

Protesters have camped in Cairo demanding the reinstatement of Morsi, who was country’s first democratically elected president and his Freedom and Justice Party was the largest political group in the now dissolved parliament.

Clashes quickly erupted between protesters and security forces on one side of the camp, with automatic fire reverberating across the square. It was not immediately clear who was shooting.

Television footage showed the injured being carried to a makeshift medical centre as well as police dragging away protesters, who had defied numerous ultimatums by the army-installed authorities to end their demonstrations.

Police barred journalists not already in the camp from entering.

In response to the security operation, the Muslim Brotherhood urged Egyptians to take to the streets across the country to “stop a massacre”.

Al Jazeera’s D. Parvaz, reporting from a makeshift hospital near the Rabaa sit-in, said that the people in the area will not be deterred. “No one is willing to give up, and they’ve said that the gunshots are not going to scare them”.

She said the hospital, which has been set up in the entrance of a local mosque, has been receiving a steady stream of wounded people.

“They are bringing in a steady stream of gunshot victims, of all ages, with wounds everywhere.”

“At least four people have died from their wounds in the period I’ve been here.”


PayPal Tests Mobile Payments Using Your Face For Verification.



A new trial in the U.K. lets people pay for items using the PayPal app, a mobile phone, and a photo to prove their identity.

PayPal is rolling out a new trial for British consumers to see if they really can leave their wallets at home.

Recently kicking off in London borough Richmond upon Thames, the test includes 12 different merchants set up to accept PayPal payments, according to Sky News. Using the PayPal app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, potential customers can see nearby participating merchants highlighted on their mobile phones. They can then check in by clicking on the merchant’s name and sliding a pin down the screen.

When purchasing an item, the customer’s name and photo pop up on the store’s payment system. An employee clicks on the photo to initiate the payment. The customer then gets a notice and receipt for the transaction on their phone.

Though only a dozen retailers are part of the test, PayPal expects that more than 2,000 merchants will be able to accept the PayPal payments by the end of 2013, Sky News added. And PayPal has grander ambitions beyond this year.

“This is another step on the journey towards a wallet-less high street, where customers will be able to leave their wallet or purse at home and pay using their phone or tablet,” Rob Harper, PayPal head of retail services said in a statement reported by The Independent. We predict that by 2016 this will become a reality.” source – CNET.

by NTEB News Desk

Egypt: ‘Dozens Killed’ As Rallies Turn Violent.


At least 120 people have been killed after security forces attacked a protest by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, according to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Doctors at a field hospital said another 1,000 people had been wounded in clashes on the road to Cairo’s international airport, while the Muslim Brotherhood was claiming that a total of 4,500 had been wounded.

“They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill,” Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said, adding that demonstrators had been hit by gunshot in the head and chest.

He said the shooting started just before pre-dawn prayers at a round-the-clock sit-in staged by Morsi supporters at Rabaa al-Adawiya in east Cairo.

Activists rushed blood-spattered casualties to the makeshift hospital, some carried on planks or blankets. Many had fatal head wounds.

However, the Egypt Health Ministry claimed that the number of deaths reached 65, the number of wounded 750.

Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei on Saturday strongly condemned the “excessive use of force” in Egypt after deadly clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces.

“I strongly condemn the excessive use of force and the deaths, and I am working hard and in every direction to end the confrontation in a peaceful way, God protect Egypt and have mercy on the victims,” he said on his Twitter account.

However, amid claims that rooftop snipers had opened fire on the vigil, Egypt’s interior minister blamed the Brotherhood for the violence.

Speaking at a news conference, Mohamed Ibrahim said the security forces would act “in a legal fashion” to disperse the protesters “as soon as possible”.

The MENA state news agency, quoting an unnamed security official, reported that nine people had been killed in the violence and at least 200 wounded.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement that he was “deeply concerned” by the violence.

He said: “I am deeply concerned by recent events in Egypt, and condemn the use of force against protesters which has led to the loss of lives.”

The violence broke out as rival rallies were held across Egypt for and against the overthrow of Mr Morsi, who is under investigation for murder.

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians heeded a call by army chief General Abdel Fattah al Sisi to take to the streets, while the Muslim Brotherhood mounted counter-demonstrations in Cairo.

A spokeswoman for the pro-Morsi camp said eight Brotherhood supporters had died in a clash near the Cairo vigil alone, and another said rooftop snipers had opened fire.

At least 10 people have also been killed in Egypt’s second city of Alexandria, where hundreds of people fought pitched battles, with birdshot fired and men on rooftops throwing stones at crowds below.

Several of those killed were stabbed, hospital officials said, and at least one was shot in the head.

The investigation into Mr Morsi over his 2011 escape from jail has signalled a clear escalation in the military’s confrontation with the deposed leader and his Islamist movement.

MENA said Mr Morsi, who has been held at an undisclosed military facility since his overthrow, had been ordered detained for 15 days pending the inquiry.

Egypt’s army-installed interior minister, Mohamed Ibrahim, said month-old Cairo vigils by Mr Morsi’s supporters would be “brought to an end, soon and in a legal manner”.

An army official said the military had given the party a Saturday deadline to end its resistance and join a military-set roadmap to fresh elections.

But the Brotherhood says it wants nothing to do with the army’s transition plan and called its own crowds out for counter-demonstrations in a “day to remove the coup”.

Mr Morsi has been in military detention at an undisclosed location since he was overthrown.

UN leader Ban Ki-moon has called on the military to free Mr Morsi and other Islamic Brotherhood leaders, said deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey.

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Mandela: Doctors Said ‘Turn Off Life Support’.


  • Mandela: Doctors Said 'Turn Off Life Support'View PhotoMandela: Doctors Said ‘Turn Off Life Support’

Doctors advised that Nelson Mandela’s life support should be turned off because he was in a ‘permanent vegetative state‘, court documents show.

The declaration from members of the former president’s family came as part of a family dispute over the graves of three of his children.

In documents dated June 26 they said: “He is in a permanent vegetative state and is assisted in breathing by a life support machine.

“The Mandela family have been advised by the medical practitioners that his life support machine should be switched off.

“Rather than prolonging his suffering, the Mandela family is exploring this option as a very real probability.”

The “certificate of urgency” document was obtained from a lawyer representing Mandela family members who had successfully sought a court order to return the children’s remains to the revered South African leader’s childhood home.

The legal battle was launched after Mr Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela had them moved from the family estate in Qunu to his own village 15 miles away.

The document was presented to South Africa’s Eastern Cape High Court as President Jacob Zuma reported that Mr Mandela’s health had faltered and cancelled a trip to Mozambique.

Since it was written, the South African government, family members and hospital visitors have reported that Mr Mandela’s condition has improved.

The following day Mr Zuma reported that Mr Mandela’s health had “improved during the course of the night”.

“He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night. The medical team continues to do a sterling job,” Mr Zuma said in a statement on June 27.

Since then the government has said Mr Mandela’s condition remains “critical but stable”, but has provided few details, citing patient confidentiality.

Lawyers for Mr Mandela’s relatives, family members themselves and government officials were not immediately available for comment.

Earlier, Mr Mandela’s wife said the former president is sometimes uncomfortable but seldom in pain while being treated in a hospital.

Graca Machel spoke about her husband’s condition at a fundraising drive for a children’s hospital that will be named after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader.

“Whatever is the outcome of his stay in hospital … he offered his nation an opportunity to be united under the banner of our flag, under the banner of our constitution,” she said.


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Former IT Specialist Claims To Be Jesus Reborn.

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A man claiming to be Jesus is gaining followers and causing concern among cult experts in Australia.

Former IT specialist Alan John Miller, or AJ as he prefers to be known, runs a religious movement known as the Divine Truth from his home near the small town of Kingaroy in the state of Queensland.

Mr Miller claims that not only is he Christ, but his partner, Australian Mary Luck, is in fact Mary Magdalene, who according to the Bible was present at the crucifixion.

He told Sky News: “I have very clear memories of the crucifixion, but it wasn’t as harrowing for me as it was for others like Mary who was present.

“When you are one with God you are not in a state of fear, and you have quite good control over your body’s sensations and the level of pain that you absorb from your body.”

Mr Miller holds seminars near his home and also travels around the world teaching people how to have a personal relationship with God, often by delving deep into their emotions.

Dozens of his followers are understood to have bought properties in the area to be closer to him.

After his crucifixion the Australian claims he entered the spirit world where he met Plato, Socrates, popes and presidents.

He also says he remembers performing miracles.

He said: “I did resurrect quite a number of people … including a friend of mine Lazarus, who most people know is mentioned in the Bible.”

Whilst critics dismiss his claims the seminars attract large groups of people, up to 150 a time.

British woman Louise “Luli” Faver, 39, is a former neuroscientist who has given up her career to be closer to the couple.

“It’s just nice to instead of being surrounded by people who think you are nuts, to be surrounded by people who understand what you are going through and the difficulties of trying to deal with all the emotional stuff,” she said.

She believes AJ Miller has helped her become happier and more fulfilled in life.

George Hamel has left behind a business and his wife in California to be closer to Mr Miller and his teachings. He firmly believes Mr Miller is Jesus Christ and insists there’s nothing sinister about him.

“It’s natural that people form fears when they don’t know about something,” he said.

“Anyone who has a chance to look into it aren’t going to find anything too upsetting.”

Some, however, are concerned – like the Rev David Millikan, who has met AJ Miller and has studied cults for 30 years.

He said: “The danger is you’ll be drawn closer and closer into his web to a point that you lose access to your social life, you spend all your money, you’ll have the curses of all your family ringing in your ears and you may well lose your relationship.”

But Mr Miller says he does not demand anything of those who come and listen to him speak. He claims donations are welcome, but not obligatory.

He refutes any suggestion that he forces anyone to do anything they are uncomfortable with.

“All we do is present seminars and answer people’s questions. I still for the life of me can’t quite understand where the cult thing has come from,” he told Sky News.

He added:  “There were lots of people in the first century who didn’t believe I was the Messiah and were offended by what I said – and in fact I died at the hands of some of them.

“Unfortunately they didn’t learn love either and my suggestion is, even if you don’t believe I am Jesus, at least learn how to love.”

Mary Luck admits her family have not supported her relationship with Mr Miller.

She said: “My parents became very afraid simply because AJ was saying he was Jesus publicly and by their own admission they feared for what my life would be like.

“They also had some fundamental issues with looking at emotions which is core to these teachings.”

Through DVDs, the internet and in person AJ Miller is spreading his word globally.

Whether he is the Messiah or just make believe, there are plenty of people who are prepared to listen.

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Report: British Soldier Beheaded Outside London Barracks.

A U.K. lawmaker told reporters Wednesday that a serving British soldier was killed outside of an army barracks in southeast London and two suspects are in custody.

The London Times reported that one of the attackers shouted “Allahu Akhbar” (“God is Great in Arabic) as they attacked the soldier with meat cleavers.

One of the suspects is injured and in the hospital and no other people are being sought, Nick Raynsford, a lawmaker who represents the Greenwich and Woolwich areas of London, said in an interview on Sky News. The incident may have started because of a traffic accident, he said.

“Sadly one patient, a man, was dead,” London’s Ambulance Service said in a statement. “Staff treated two other patients, both men, who were taken to hospital, one of them in serious condition.”

London police said on Twitter they were responding to a “serious incident” on John Wilson Street in the Woolwich area. More than 30 police officers are still at the scene.

The Ambulance Service sent a helicopter, three vans and two officers in cars to the scene after receiving a call at 2:20 p.m., the agency said. They still have staff at the scene, it said.

Raynsford didn’t immediately return a call to his mobile phone.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is also investigating because officers fired their weapons during the incident, a spokesman for the agency said.

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Scotland: Independence Referendum Date Set.

First Minister Alex Salmond has named the day for the historic ballot in Scotland to decide whether it should become independent.

Mr Salmond revealed in a statement at the Scottish Parliament that the vote will take place on Thursday, September 18, next year.

The Scottish National Party leader declared it would be an “historic day when the people will decide Scotland’s future”.

The referendum will ask the question approved by the Electoral Commission: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Mr Salmond said: “Next year the choice facing the people is one of two futures. A No vote means a future of governments we didn’t vote for, imposing cuts and policies we didn’t support.

“A Yes vote means a future where we can be absolutely certain, 100% certain, that the people of Scotland will get the government they vote for.”

Scotland’s Labour leader Johann Lamont welcomed the naming of the date when the issue would be settled once and for all.

But she criticised Mr Salmond for letting Scotland “languish” for another 18 months.

“The truth is Alex Salmond knows if he held the referendum now, he wouldn’t just lose it, he would be routed,” she said.

She also called answers to key questions like what control the Bank of England would have over Scotland and what would happen if Scotland joined the EU.

Alistair Darling, the former chancellor and MP for Edinburgh South West, told Sky News: “I think the majority of people in Scotland can see that we are better and stronger as part of the United Kingdom.

“The truth is that all the countries in the United Kingdom have gained from each other – we are much more than the sum of our parts.”

The date was confirmed as the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill was published.

Mr Salmond said it was “the most important legislation to be introduced” since the devolved Scottish Parliament was established in 1999.

The vote is taking place after the Scottish National Party won an unprecedented majority in Holyrood in the 2011 election.

Negotiations with the UK Government followed, before the First Minister and Prime Minister David Cameron signed a deal on the ballot last October.

The Scottish Government has already brought forward separate legislation which will allow 16 and 17-year-olds to take part in the vote.

Mr Salmond stressed that the referendum will “meet the highest international standards of fairness and transparency”.

The Referendum Bill formally allows for elections watchdog the Electoral Commission to have overall responsibility for overseeing the vote.

About the date, Mr Salmond told Sky News: “We had to stay clear of the great sporting events next year – the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.

“We had to steer clear of the school holidays because we wanted the maximum number of people to have the opportunity to vote.

“Also, we didn’t want to do it too late after the clocks go back. So September 18 stood out as the best possible day.”


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Syria: Top Pro-Assad Cleric Killed In Bombing.


A suicide bombing at a Syrian mosque has killed a senior cleric and supporter of President Bashar al Assad, state television has said.

Mohammed al Buti – imam of the historic Ummayyad Mosque – was killed when a bomber blew himself up during packed evening prayers at the Iman Mosque in Damascus.

At least 15 people died and dozens more were injured, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It is unclear if the explosion was caused by a car bomb or a mortar shell.

TV footage showed wounded people and bodies with severed limbs on the blood-stained floor of the mosque, which has since been sealed off by the military.

The Sunni preacher’s death is a big blow to Syria’s embattled minority Alawite leader, who is fighting mainly Sunni rebels seeking his ouster.

The 84-year-old imam has been a vocal supporter the Assad regime since the early days of his father and predecessor, the late President Hafez Assad.

In recent months, Syrian TV has carried his sermons from mosques in Damascus live every week. He also has a regular religious TV program.

In one of his televised speeches, Dr Buti had described the opposition to Mr Assad as “scum”. He also used his position to call on Syrians to join the armed forces and help Mr Assad defeat his rivals in the country’s two-year-long rebellion.

He was remembered for a sermon he gave early in the conflict, in which he told the president he had had a vision that Syria would “receive God’s wrath”, but would survive.


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