By Igor Nitsak KIEV, Aug 30 (Reuters) - FC Shakhtar's training camp in Donetsk has been seriously damaged by overnight shelling, the Ukrainian club said on Saturday. They managed to localise it but some parts are still burning." Two days ago, the camp was hit by four shells causing minor damages as they struck the training ground while Shakhtar's Donbass Arena, which hosted a semi-final at the Euro 2012 championship, had also been damaged by shelling. Donetsk, a major industrial city, has become a stronghold of pro-Russian separatists who are fighting army forces controlled by the government. Shakhtar moved their headquarters from the strife-torn city of Donetsk to Kiev, with home games played in the western city of Lviv to escape from the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Left-leaning European national government leaders meeting in Paris agreed more needed to be done to boost growth in the bloc but that EU rules limiting budget deficits should not be overhauled, German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said. "The most important thing here today was that we were all of the strong conviction that European policies must concentrate more on growth and jobs," Gabriel told reporters after a meeting in Paris hosted by Francois Hollande ahead of Saturday's EU summit. "The flexibility of the stability and growth pact (on budgets) must be used. The pact must not be changed - there was also consensus on that today," he added of the talks, where Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was among those present.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday he expected to see progress toward peace in the east of the country in the coming days. At a news conference in Brussels ahead of a European Union summit, he said in English: "We are waiting that in the very next days, starting from Monday, we can demonstrate the real progress in the peace negotiations. Because we are too close to the border where from it would be no return to the peace plan." (Reporting by Adrian Croft;
Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on Saturday accused the country's army of attempting a coup against him, he told South African ENCA television station. "It is a military coup because it is led by the military. He added that he would meet South African leaders, representing the regional Southern African Development Community later on Saturday.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Lesotho's armed forces denied attempting a coup against Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on Saturday, saying they had moved against police elements suspected of planning to arm a political faction, an army spokesman said. "The situation has returned to normalcy ... the military has returned to their barracks," Major Ntlele Ntoi told Reuters. He added the Lesotho defence force "supports the democratically elected government of the day." (Reporting by Pascal Fletcher; Writing by Joe Brock)
Versatile Dutch international Daley Blind is set to join Manchester United after the English Premier League side agreed a fee of 17.5 million Euros (13.85 million pounds) with Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam. "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Ajax to sign Daley Blind, subject to a medical and personal terms," United said in a statement on Saturday. "A further announcement will be made when the process is complete." Blind, who can play at left back as well as a defensive midfielder, is set to reunite with United manager Louis van Gaal who was in charge of the Dutch team that finished third in the World Cup in Brazil last month. United's struggles have come with their difficulties in adapting from their usual four at the back tactic to Van Gaal's preferred three man central defence.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Saturday the EU was prepared to toughen sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis but also that it wanted a political deal to end the confrontation. At a news conference in Brussels with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Barroso said: "We are ready to take very strong and clear measures but we are keeping our doors open to a political solution." He described any tightening of sanctions as intended not to escalate the crisis but to push Moscow to negotiate and he stressed that the EU did not want confrontation - "it makes no sense to have ... a new Cold War" - and said that would be "detrimental to all of Europe". Poroshenko, echoing comments by EU officials, said he expected a summit of EU leaders later on Saturday to make a formal request to the EU's executive Commission to draw up new sanctions measures that could be implemented if necessary. Commission President Barroso noted that his staff already had a broad range of options to propose to member states.
By Paul Mooney YANGON (Reuters) - Following an incomplete count due to ethnic conflicts in parts of the country, Myanmar said on Saturday that its first census in 30 years shows the population to be 51.4 million, some ten million less than expected. The provisional findings of the census, taken between March-April with support from the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), was released by Minister of Immigration and Population U Khin Yi. ...
African-American men are still at risk “Like the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager, by a neighbourhood watch volunteer in 2012, [Michael] Brown’s killing [on Aug. 9] has highlighted the risks faced by young African-American men on account of prejudice and fear...,” states an editorial. Taking action through social media “Indonesia with its population of more than 240 million people, most of whom are young and active on social media, has often been cited as the ‘social media capital of the world’ and Jakarta’s citizens as the most avid tweeters compared to any other city.... Indonesia, with its 62 million active social media users ... [should use social media to] engage communities in taking action in the name of humanity and to celebrate the spirit that leads people to help those whose lives have been torn apart by natural disasters or conflicts...,” writes Rajan Gengage.
In regards to the Aug. 16 online article “How Capt. Ron Johnson changed police tactics in wake of Michael Brown shooting” (CSMonitor.com): The shooting in Ferguson, Mo., of an 18-year-old unarmed black male by a policeman is an example of a lawman doing the opposite of what is expected of a lawman: to protect the people and the community from harm. If the witnesses are telling the truth – that a police officer shot Mr. Brown several times while his hands were up in the air – the victim was executed. To add more injury to harm, the Ferguson Police Department seems to be protecting the officer. Consider this: If a black police officer in Ferguson had committed the above crime, shot and killed an unarmed white 18-year-old with his hands in the air, it is my belief that the black police officer would now be in custody, and the Ferguson Police Department would be separating itself from this criminal act rather than trying to justify it.
An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Badie, general guide of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, and seven others to life in prison on Saturday for inciting violence during protests last year, judicial sources said. Badie had already been sentenced to death and received a life sentence in other cases, part of Cairo's toughest crackdown - widely criticised by human rights groups - on the country's oldest and most organised Islamist movement. The judge, Mohamed Nagi Shehata, also sentenced six other defendants to death in absentia. Badie was charged with killing at least nine people and inciting violence that injured 21 others in clashes near a mosque in Giza in 2013.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, condemning Russian intervention in his country, said on Saturday that there were now thousands of foreign troops and hundreds of foreign tanks in Ukraine. He was speaking at a news conference in Brussels ahead of a summit meeting with European Union leaders. (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)
Newly inaugurated Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has appointed his close aide Yigit Bulut to be his chief economics adviser, his office said on Saturday, a move likely to alarm investors already concerned over the management of the country's finances. Bulut, an influential but divisive figure, was a key voice in the ear of Erdogan when he was still prime minister. He appears to support his master on issues such as the existence of an "interest lobby", a shadowy group Erdogan has accused of trying to sabotage Turkey's economy through higher rates. Erdogan, who had held sway over politics as prime minister since 2003, was sworn in on Thursday as Turkey's first popularly-elected president, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times.
George Galloway was taken to hospital suffering a suspected broken jaw after he was allegedly attacked on a London street. A spokesman for Mr Galloway told Sky News the Bradford West MP suffered a suspected broken jaw, a suspected broken rib, and severe bruising to his face and head. A 39-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm remained in custody, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said. He said: "The victim of the assault was taken to a central London hospital for treatment to his injuries.
European Union leaders have agreed to prepare "the next level of sanctions" against Russia in response to its intervention in Ukraine, German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Saturday. "It is clear that after this intervention by Russia in Ukraine ... EU leaders will certainly task the European Commission with preparing the next level of sanctions," Gabriel told journalists in Paris before an EU summit in Brussels.
A Russian politician whose newspaper reported mysterious funerals of soldiers from the Pskov region has been assaulted and badly beaten in an "act of political revenge", his party said on Saturday. The report has raised awkward questions for the Kremlin, which NATO and western governments accuse of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of pro-Russian separatists. Some people in the Pskov region believe local soldiers were killed fighting in Ukraine, contradicting the government's claim that Russian forces are not involved. Lev Shlosberg, a parliamentarian from the liberal Yabloko party, was attacked on Friday evening close to his home, Yabloko said in a statement.
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Saturday its forces had pulled out of areas to the east of the border-area city of Luhansk under pressure from Russian-backed rebels and that Russian tanks had been used to "destroy virtually every house" in one small town. "Direct military aggression against eastern Ukraine is continuing," Kiev's defence and security council said in a separate Twitter post. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Richard Balmforth; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
Connu notamment pour ses insultes racistes, Roberto Carderoli a affirmé mardi que le père de Cécile Kyenge l'avait ensorcelé. Et le sénateur italien dit détenir des preuves de ses accusations - notamment ce serpent de deux mètres trouvé dans sa cuisine, le 19 août.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso warned Russia on Saturday that the EU was ready to defend its principles in the confrontation over Ukraine and called for a political solution before the crisis reached a "point of no-return". "Russia should not underestimate the European Union's will and resolve to stand by its principles and values," Barroso told a joint news conference in Brussels with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. He said it was not too late for a political solution. (Reporting by Adrian Croft; and Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Foo Yun Chee)
Polish President Bronis law Komorowski said that Vladimir Putin is trying to build a new Russian empire for Moscow and that the region now had to choose whether it wanted "a Cossack Europe or a democratic one". "Russia has carried out an invasion in Ukraine," the Polish head of state told German public radio, according to excerpts of an interview to be broadcast later on Saturday. Komorowski said Putin was quite open about his ambitions to "rebuild the empire". The Polish president, whose post is largely ceremonial but does give him a say in foreign policy, is an ally of Prime Minister Donald Tusk from the centrist Civic Platform (PO).