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Irish ambassador summoned to Israeli foreign ministry over Coveney comments. Foreign Minister Coveney has strongly condemned Israel in recent days, stating that the killing of children in conflict is never acceptable. : worldnews From “World News”



Did Convey have anything to say to Hamas about firing over a thousand rockets from densely populated areas, actually trying to kill Israeli children and putting their own children in danger by drawing a retaliatory fire? So any piece of mind for people who put Israel into a position when they have to suppress the rocket batteries, rocket factories, warehouses, and the crews operating them? (I am assuming Convey does not think that the right thing for Israel to do is not to respond and allow rockets to continue flying and targeting its civilians, right?)P. S. I really do not want to hear about the “bigger picture” and settlements and real estate disputes and forceful police actions near a mosque to stop stone throwers. These could all be legitimate grievances, but deliberately trying to murder random civilians in random Israeli cities by firing over a thousand rockets is just a totally different thing.







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Teenage girl found in boat drifting for 22 days at sea From “BBC News – World”



A 17-year-old from Ivory Coast has shared her incredible story of being rescued after spending three weeks adrift at sea.Out of 59 passengers, Aicha is one of only three to survive – recovering after 10 days in hospital.It’s the biggest known tragedy involving migrant boats in the Canary Islands. Aicha left her hometown in November and travelled to Mauritania, where she got the boat. Only her older sister knew of her plans to make the perilous journey. She was rescued by a Spanish Air Force crew member, who she has now been reunited with. Video Journalist: Bruno BoelpaepAdditional filming: Juan Antonio Dominguez







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123,000 death certificates issued in last 71 days in Indian state of Gujarat. Government registered only 4218 covid deaths. From “World News”



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Israel launches ground operation in Gaza after days of airstrikes – follow updates | World news From “World news | The Guardian”



Israel appears to have launched its most intense attack on Gaza so far.
Hazem Balousha, a journalist in Gaza city, said residents heard intense bombardments and attacks to the north of the strip since just after midnight.
“It lasted half an hour,” he said. “Very loud; buildings were shaking. My building was really shaking.”







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Colonial Pipeline restarts after hack, but supply chain won’t return to normal for a few days From “International: Top News And Analysis”



Fuel tanks are seen at Colonial Pipeline Baltimore Delivery in Baltimore, Maryland on May 10, 2021.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty ImagesColonial Pipeline restarted operations Wednesday at approximately 5 p.m. ET following days of halted operations, but the company warned that it would still take several days for the system to be fully operational.”Following this restart it will take several days for the product delivery supply chain to return to normal,” Colonial said in a statement. “Some markets served by Colonial Pipeline may experience, or continue to experience, intermittent service interruptions during the start-up period. Colonial will move as much gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as is safely possible and will continue to do so until markets return to normal,” the company added.Shortly before Colonial’s restart announcement, President Joe Biden had said to expect “good news” from the company in the next 24 hours. He added that the White House had been in “very close” contact with the company.The majority of the Colonial Pipeline, which operates the largest fuel transmission line from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast, has been offline since Friday. The company shut down its systems as a proactive measure after it fell victim to a ransomware attack by a criminal group known as DarkSide.Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm previously said that the company would make a restart decision by the end of the day on Wednesday.The pipeline is a critical part of U.S. petroleum infrastructure, transporting around 2.5 million barrels per day of gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil and jet fuel. The pipeline stretches 5,500 miles and carries nearly half of the East Coast’s fuel supply. The system also provides jet fuel for airports, including in Atlanta and Baltimore.Gas prices have moved higher in the wake of the pipeline’s shutdown, and the national average topped $3 per gallon on Wednesday for the first time since 2014. Some areas in the Southeast are also running short on fuel as consumers head to the pump, in many cases panic buying.This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.Become a smarter investor with CNBC Pro. Get stock picks, analyst calls, exclusive interviews and access to CNBC TV. Sign up to start a free trial today







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Nepal government news: Nepal President Bhandari initiates govt formation, gives 3 days time to parties to stake claim | World News From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



File photo: KP Sharma OliKATHMANDU: Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called on parties to form a new majority government by Thursday after the one headed by the embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli lost a trust vote. The Office of the President, in a statement on Monday, said President Bhandari has decided to invite parties to form a majority government pursuant to Article 76 (2) of the Constitution of Nepal. She has allotted the parties three days’ time, asking them to stake their claim to the government by 9:00 pm on Thursday, The Himalayan Times reported. As per the constitutional provision, a candidate requires to submit signatures of lawmakers belonging to two or more political parties in parliament to the Office of President within the stipulated time. The President’s announcement came shortly after Oli lost a trust vote in the House of Representatives. Oli, who decided to seek the trust of the 275-member House on his government, managed to garner only 93 votes, which fell short of 43 votes to reach the 136-mark and win the vote of confidence during a special session of the lower house. A total of 124 members voted against the confidence motion while 15 members stayed neutral, Speaker Agni Sapkota announced on Monday. The session was attended by 232 lawmakers. Oli, 69, lost the vote of confidence motion, days after the Nepal Communist Party Maoist Centre led by Pushpakamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ withdrew its support, reducing the government to a minority. After Oli lost the trust vote, the Nepali Congress, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) and a faction of the Janata Samajbadi Party led by Upendra Yadav urged President Bhandari to invoke Article 76 (2) of the Constitution to pave the way for the formation of a new government. Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, Maoist Center chair Prachanda, and Yadav, one of the chairs of the Janata Samajbai Party, issued a joint statement. “As per Article 100 (1) of the Constitution, the prime minister moved a vote of confidence motion, but lost it. The prime minister hence has been relieved of his position as per Article 100 (3). So, we call upon the President to initiate the process to form a new government under Article 76 (2),” the joint statement read. With Oli failing the trust vote, the President needs to invoke Article 76 (2) to form a new government. It says in cases where no party has a clear majority in the House, the President shall appoint as the prime minister a member of the House who can command the majority with the support of two or more parties in the House of Representatives. That could provide the Nepali Congress an opportunity to form a government with the backing of the Maoist Centre. But the two parties fall short of around 26 seats to form a new government, The Kathmandu Post reported. If the House fails to form a government as per Article 76 (2) or a prime minister appointed under this provision fails to win the vote of confidence within 30 days from the appointment, the President shall invoke Article 76 (3), it said. In that case, Oli is likely to stake a claim to the government once again, the report said. The main Opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has already made a decision to form a government under its leadership. The CPN (Maoist Center) and the Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) have so far announced support to the NC-led government. Oli currently is the leader of a party that has the highest number of members in the House. If Oli is appointed under the Constitution, he also needs to win the vote of confidence within 30 days from the date of the appointment. Nepal plunged into a political crisis on December 20 last year after President Bhandari dissolved the House and announced fresh elections on April 30 and May 10 at the recommendation of Prime Minister Oli, amidst a tussle for power within the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP). Oli’s move to dissolve the House sparked protests from a large section of the NCP led by his rival ‘Prachanda’. In February, the apex court reinstated the dissolved House, in a setback to Oli who was preparing for snap polls. Known for his pro-China stance, Oli had earlier served as the country’s prime minister from October 11, 2015 to August 3, 2016 during which Kathmandu’s ties with New Delhi had strained. Oli said in Parliament on Monday that it was “unfortunate” that a government that “tirelessly worked for the country’s development and nation-building” was being “targeted for narrow and partisan interests”. Prominent leaders, including Deuba and Prachanda, blamed Oli for his failure to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks. They said “corruption and scandals” had blocked the supply of timely delivery of vaccines from India. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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100 days in power, Myanmar junta holds pretense of control From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



BANGKOK (AP) — After Myanmar’s military seized power by ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, they couldn’t even make the trains run on time: State railway workers were among the earliest organized opponents of the February takeover, and they went on strike.Health workers who founded the civil disobedience movement against military rule stopped staffing government medical facilities. Many civil servants were no-shows at work, along with employees of government and private banks. Universities became hotbeds of resistance, and in recent weeks, education at the primary and secondary levels has begun to collapse as teachers, students and parents boycott state schools.One hundred days after their takeover, Myanmar’s ruling generals maintain just the pretense of control. The illusion is sustained mainly by its partially successful efforts to shut down independent media and to keep the streets clear of large demonstrations by employing lethal force. More than 750 protesters and bystanders have been killed by security forces, according to detailed independent tallies.“The junta might like people to think that things are going back to normal because they are not killing as many people as they were before and there weren’t as many people on the streets as before, but… the feeling we are getting from talking to people on the ground is that definitely the resistance has not yet subsided,” said Thin Lei Win, a journalist now based in Rome who helped found the Myanmar Now online news service in 2015.She says the main change is that dissent is no longer as visible as in the early days of the protests — before security forces began using live ammunition — when marches and rallies in major cities and towns could easily draw tens of thousands of people.At the same time, said David Mathieson, an independent analyst who has been working on Myanmar issues for over 20 years, “Because of the very violent pacification of those protests, a lot of people are willing to become more violent.”Story continues“We are already starting to see signs of that. And with the right training, the right leadership and the right resources, what Myanmar could experience is an incredibly nasty destructive, internal armed conflict in multiple locations in urban areas.”Meanwhile, the junta also faces a growing military challenge in the always restive border regions where ethnic minority groups exercise political power and maintain guerrilla armies. Two of the more battle-hardened groups, the Kachin in the north and the Karen in the east, have declared their support for the protest movement and stepped up their fighting, despite the government military, known as the Tatmadaw, hitting back with greater firepower, including airstrikes.Even a month ago, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet was describing the situation as grim, saying Myanmar’s “economy, education and health infrastructure have been brought to the brink of collapse, leaving millions of Myanmar people without livelihood, basic services and, increasingly, food security.”It was not surprising that The Economist magazine, in an April cover story, labeled Myanmar “Asia’s next failed state” and opined it was heading in the direction of Afghanistan.The U.N.’s Bachelet made a different comparison.“There are clear echoes of Syria in 2011,” she said. “There too, we saw peaceful protests met with unnecessary and clearly disproportionate force. The State’s brutal, persistent repression of its own people led to some individuals taking up arms, followed by a downward and rapidly expanding spiral of violence all across the country.”Junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing has shunned all efforts at mediation, from the United Nations as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, of which Myanmar is a member.Myanmar’s resistance movement, meanwhile, has organized widely and swiftly underground.Within days of the junta takeover, elected parliamentarians who were denied their seats convened their own self-styled Parliament. Its members have formed a shadow National Unity Government with guidelines for an interim constitution, and last week, a People’s Defense Force as a precursor to a Federal Union Army. Many cities, towns and even neighborhoods had already formed local defense groups which in theory will now become part of the People’s Defense Force.Aside from being morale boosters, these actions serve a strategic purpose by endorsing a federal style of government, which has been sought for decades by the country’s ethnic minorities to give them autonomous powers in the border areas where they predominate.Promoting federalism, in which the center shares power with the regions, aligns the interests of the anti-military pro-democracy movement with the goals of the ethnic minorities. In theory, this could add a real military component to a movement whose armaments are generally no deadlier than Molotov cocktails and air rifles — though homemade bombs have been added to its arsenals in recent weeks.In practice, at least for the time being, the guerrilla armies of the Kachin in the north and the Karen in the east will fight as they always have, to protect their own territory. They can give military training to the thousands of activists that are claimed to have fled the cities to their zones, but are still overmatched by the government’s forces. But on their home ground they hold an advantage against what their populations consider an occupying army. That may be enough.“The only thing that the military is really threatened by is when all of these disparate voices and communities around the country actually start working against it, not as a unified monolith, but all working against the military’s interests,” said the analyst, Mathieson. ”And I think that’s the best that we can hope for moving forward, that the people recognize that all efforts have to go against the military. And if that means fighting up in the hills and doing peaceful protests and other forms of striking back against the military in the towns and the cities, then so be it.”It’s hard to gauge if the army has a breaking point.Mathieson said he’s seen no signs the junta was willing to negotiate or concede anything. The Tatmadaw is “remarkably resilient. And they recognize that this is an almost existential threat to their survival.”___Associated Press journalist Jerry Harmer contributed to this report.







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Top US Fuel Pipeline, Crippled By Ransomware Attack, Days Away From Restart From “NDTV News – World-news”



The privately owned company has said it was working on re-starting in phases.New York: America’s biggest gasoline pipeline is unlikely to resume significant operations for several days due to a ransomware cyberattack that Washington on Monday blamed on a shadowy criminal network called DarkSide.The attack on the Colonial Pipeline between Houston and New Jersey, which provides nearly half the fuel to the US East Coast, is one of the most disruptive digital ransom schemes ever reported.The privately owned company on Monday said it was working on re-starting in phases with “the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week.”The FBI attributed the cyberattack to DarkSide, a group cyber experts say may be based in Russia or Eastern Europe. Its ransomware targets computers that do not use keyboards in the languages of former Soviet republics, they said.But US President Joe Biden said there was no evidence so far that Russia was involved in the attack.”So far there is no evidence based on, from our intelligence people, that Russia is involved, although there’s evidence that the actors’ ransomware is in Russia,” Biden said.A statement in the group’s name said, “Our goal is to make money, and not creating problems for society.” Its statement did not mention Colonial Pipeline by name.Ransomware is a type of malware designed to lock computers by encrypting data and demanding payment to regain access. It is unknown how much money the hackers are seeking, and Colonial has not commented on whether it would pay.Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cybersecurity, told reporters that the Biden administration is not offering advice on whether Colonial should pay the ransom.Colonial on Friday voluntarily shut its 5,500-mile pipeline network, which moves fuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, to protect its systems. The closure triggered fears of retail gasoline price spikes, shortages and travel disruption.The episode laid bare the vulnerabilities of energy infrastructure to hackers. US lawmakers responded with calls for stronger protections for critical energy infrastructure.A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the attack showed that UN member states needed to combat cybercrime to avoid “devastating impact on the world that we all live in.”Colonial restarted some smaller lines on Sunday between fuel terminals and customer delivery points. But its main lines remained shut, and an alternative, smaller conduit owned by Kinder Morgan serving the same region reached capacity.This has created concerns in energy markets ahead of the summer vacation season, when gasoline demand and airline travel tend to peak.PAIN AT THE PUMP?Fuel demand in the southeastern United States has already picked up as consumers fear shortages. Gas stations in states such as Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee were seeing some abnormal buying, said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.The American Automobile Association said the national gasoline price average climbed 6 cents on the week to $2.96 a gallon, the highest since May 2018.In East Atlanta, Georgia, Marcus Blash, the owner of a small trucking company, worried when he heard the news of the pipeline shutting down. His company doesn’t have any ability to store fuel on site to hedge against prices.”We pay at the pump,” he said. “It hasn’t hit us yet, but this is going to hurt big time.”If the disruption stretches on, fuel suppliers could ship by trucks and rail instead. The Department of Transportation announced emergency measures on Sunday, lifting driver restrictions on fuel haulers in 17 states affected by the shutdown.US fuel importers are also booking at least six tankers to ship gasoline from Europe to US destinations following the attack.Total SE reduced gasoline production on Monday at its 225,500 barrel-per-day Port Arthur, Texas, refinery because the pipeline shutdown left it without a way to ship the gas, sources said.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)







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Missing Siberian Doctor Alexander Murakhovsky Who Treated Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Reappears After 3 Days From “NDTV News – World-news”



Alexander Murakhovsky was head doctor at the hospital in Siberia that treated Alexei NavalnyMoscow: A Siberian doctor who treated poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny last year reappeared on Monday after being reported missing while on a hunting trip, Russian news agencies cited the regional government as saying.A search was launched in the forests of the Omsk region, about 2,200 km (1,370 miles) east of Moscow, after physician Alexander Murakhovsky left a forest hunting base in an all-terrain vehicle on Friday.Murakhovsky exited the forest himself and made contact with residents of the village of Basly, RIA news agency quoted the Omsk regional government as saying.He was in “normal condition” though was being examined at Bolsheukovsky District Hospital as a precaution, RIA cited the authorities as saying.Murakhovsky was head doctor at the hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk that treated Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic, after he collapsed on a flight last year.After tense negotiations with the authorities, Navalny was airlifted to Germany from Omsk for further treatment.Laboratory tests in three European countries, confirmed by the global chemical weapons watchdog, established that Navalny had been poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent.The Kremlin has repeatedly rejected any suggestion that Russian authorities tried to kill Navalny. Upon his return to Russia in February, he was jailed on what he said were trumped up charges.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Outdoor bars to be open in days, as France proceeds with easing Covid restrictions amid falling intensive care cases — RT World News From “RT World News”



France’s health minister, Olivier Veran, has confirmed that the nation will proceed with the next step of Covid lockdown easing on May 19, allowing outdoor bars and restaurants to reopen, as intensive care cases fall.

Speaking on LCI television, the French official declared that “the prospects look rather good” as the nation emerges from a lockdown imposed amid rising case numbers, but he warned that “we must not let down the guard.”The roadmap out of lockdown was unveiled at the end of April, with the next step on May 19 allowing non-essential businesses to reopen, and restaurants and bars to serve tables of up to six people outdoors.Despite the step forward, the nightly curfew in place in parts of France will remain until at least June 30, with social distancing guidelines expected to remain for the foreseeable future.The decision to move forward with the next stage comes after data released by the French health ministry showed that the number of Covid patients in intensive care has fallen below 5,000 for the first time since March.France is hoping that, if cases continue to fall, lockdown easing will be able to proceed uninterrupted. Foreign tourists are allowed to visit the country from June 9 if they can present proof of vaccination or a PCR test.

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People in France are already able to travel without documentation justifying their trip, the 10-kilometer limit on movement has been removed, and students at elementary and secondary schools have been allowed to return to the classroom for face-to-face teaching.In the four-stage plan to exit lockdown, President Emmanuel Macron laid out that, despite potentially moving forward, the government has an ‘emergency brake’ measure in place that will allow restrictions to be quickly reimposed if cases rise above 400 per 100,000 people.Like this story? Share it with a friend!







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