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Libya flood: fury that warnings went unheeded
  + stars: | 2023-09-15 | by ( )   time to read: +9 min
[1/4] A view shows the damaged areas, in the aftermath of the floods in Derna, Libya, September 13, 2023, in this picture obtained from social media. In his report, hydrologist Ashour cites an unpublished 2006 study from the Water Resources Ministry on "the danger of the situation." The Turkish company, Arsel, lists a project on its website to repair the Derna dams as having begun in 2007 and been completed in 2012. Even as the catastrophe was unfolding on Sunday night, the Water Resources Ministry issued a post on its Facebook page telling residents not to worry. "When the water started flowing into the house, me and my two sons with their wives escaped to the roof.
Persons: Marwan Alfaituri, hydrologist Abdul Wanis Ashour, Ashour, Abdulqader Mohamed Alfakhakhri, Alwad Alshawly, hydrologist Ashour, Muammar Gaddafi, Derna, Al Qaeda, Omar al, Moghairbi, Abdulmenam, Ghaithi, Petteri Taalas, Gaddafi, Khalifa Hafter, Abdulhamid, Aguila Saleh, Yousef Alfkakhri, Tom Perry, Angus McDowall, Maya Gebeily, Laila Bassam, Tarek Amara, Emma Farge, Mariana Sandoval, Peter Graff, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Reuters, Public Water Commission, Sebha University, of, Applied Sciences, Water Resources Ministry, NATO, Islamic, Gaddafi's, Libya's, Derna, Sunday, World Meteorological Organization, Libyan National Army, Thomson Locations: Derna, Libya, Tripoli, Turkish, Islamic State, Geneva, Libyan, Benghazi
"The Libyan government knew what was going on in the Derna River Valley and the danger of the situation for a very long time." In his report, hydrologist Ashour cites an unpublished 2006 study from the Water Resources Ministry on "the danger of the situation." The Turkish company, Arsel, lists a project on its website to repair the Derna dams as having begun in 2007 and been completed in 2012. Even as the catastrophe was unfolding on Sunday night, the Water Resources Ministry issued a post on its Facebook page telling residents not to worry. "When the water started flowing into the house, me and my two sons with their wives escaped to the roof.
Persons: hydrologist Abdul Wanis Ashour, Ashour, Abdulqader Mohamed Alfakhakhri, Alwad Alshawly, hydrologist Ashour, Muammar Gaddafi, Derna, Al Qaeda, Omar al, Moghairbi, Marwan Alfaituri, Abdulmenam, Ghaithi, Petteri Taalas, Gaddafi, Khalifa Hafter, Abdulhamid, Aguila Saleh, Yousef Alfkakhri, Tom Perry, Angus McDowall, Maya Gebeily, Laila Bassam, Tarek Amara, Emma Farge, Mariana Sandoval, Peter Graff, Frank Jack Daniel Our Organizations: Reuters, Public Water Commission, Sebha University, of, Applied Sciences, Water Resources Ministry, NATO, Islamic, Gaddafi's, Libya's, Derna, Sunday, World Meteorological Organization, Libyan National Army, Thomson Locations: Libya, Derna, Tripoli, Turkish, Islamic State, Geneva, Libyan, Benghazi
Libya floods: what caused them and why are they so bad?
  + stars: | 2023-09-14 | by ( )   time to read: +4 min
Aerial view of Derna city, in the aftermath of the floods in Derna, Libya September 14, 2023. After pummelling other Mediterranean countries, the powerful Storm Daniel swept into Libya at the weekend, unleashing record amounts of rain as it made landfall. The rain dumped by the storm filled a normally dry riverbed, or wadi, in the hills south of Derna. The pressure was too much for two dams built to protect the city from floods. He cited five floods since 1942, and called for immediate steps to ensure regular maintenance of the dams.
Persons: Ayman Al, Storm Daniel, hydrologist, Omar Al, Mukhtar, Abdulmenam Ghaithi, Hichem Abu Chkiouat, OCHA, Ghaithi, Muammar Gaddafi, Derna, Tom Perry, Christina Fincher Organizations: REUTERS, World Meteorological Organization, Mukhtar University, Infrastructure, Humanitarian Affairs, Reuters, International Federation of, Red Crescent Societies, United Arab, Rescuers, Derna, Thomson Locations: Derna, Libya, Libyan, Egypt, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Qatar, Tripoli
Devastation in Derna
  + stars: | 2023-09-14 | by ( )   time to read: +7 min
Swathes of Derna, a city of 125,000 residents, were obliterated by the flood on Sunday night, bringing down multi-storey buildings while families were asleep. Map showing the footprint of buildings in Derna, highlighting those which appear to be completely washed away. Drone shots of Derna, Libya. REUTERS Drone shots of Derna, Libya. A view shows the damaged cars, after a powerful storm and heavy rainfall hit Libya, in Derna, Libya.
Persons: Abdulmenam, Ghaithi, Hichem Abu Chkiouat, Mustafa Salem, , hydrologist, Omar Al, Mukhtar, Storm Daniel, , Suzanne Gray, Muammar Gaddafi, Omran Organizations: Planet Labs PBC, Reuters, REUTERS, Plant Labs, Mukhtar University, Britain's University of Reading, Al, National Meteorological Centre, NATO, of National Unity, Fetori Locations: Libya, Derna, Greece, Tripoli
General view of flood water covering the area as a powerful storm and heavy rainfall hit Al-Mukhaili, Libya September 11, 2023, in this handout picture. As the storm moved along the North African coast, Egypt's authorities sought to calm its worried citizens by telling them Daniel had finally lost its strength. For Greece, the storm that formed on Sept. 4 followed a period of blazing heat and wildfires. Before Storm Daniel struck, hydrologist Abdelwanees A. R. Ashoor of Libya's Omar Al-Mukhtar University had warned that repeated flooding of the wadi posed a threat to Derna. Yet even better-resourced Greece struggled to deal with the power of Storm Daniel.
Persons: Daniel, Storm Daniel, Suzanne Gray, Christos Zerefos, Leslie Mabon, hydrologist, Omar Al, Mukhtar University, Edmund Blair, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: REUTERS Acquire, Ahram, Britain's University of Reading, International Federation of, Red Crescent Societies, Academy of Athens, The Open University, Homes, Thomson Locations: Mukhaili, Libya, Handout, Greece, Derna, ATHENS, LONDON, Thessaly, Britain
"We can confirm from our independent sources of information that the number of missing people is hitting 10,000 so far," he told reporters via video link. 'NEVER FELT AS FRIGHTENED'[1/6]People are stuck on a road as a powerful storm and heavy rainfall hit Shahhat city, Libya, September 11. At Tripoli airport in northwest Libya, a woman started to wail loudly as she received a call saying most of her family were dead or missing. "If a huge flood happens the result will be catastrophic for the people of the wadi and the city," the paper said. Pope Francis was among world leaders who said they were deeply saddened by the deaths and destruction in Libya.
Persons: Daniel, Storm Daniel, Abu Chkiouat, Derna, Al Jazeera, Tamer Ramadan, Martin Griffiths, Ali Al, Saadi, Mostafa Salem, Salem, wail, Walid Abdulati, Karim al, Al, Khalifah, hydrologist, Omar Al, Mukhtar, Pope Francis, Tarek Amara, Ayman Werfali, Ahmed Elumami, Al Bayda, Laila Bassam, Friedrieke Heine, Angus McDowall, Gabrielle Tétrault, Farber, Clauda Tanios, Jana Choukeir, Gavin Jones, Emma Farge, Tom Perry, Ingrid Melander, Alison Williams, Peter Graff, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: UN, Storm, Reuters, International Federation of, Red Crescent Societies, United, REUTERS, Libyan, Mukhtar University, Norway's Refugee, Thomson Locations: Libya's, Libya, Derna, Benghazi, United Nations, Turkey, Tripoli, Al Jazeera, NATO, Misrata, Norway's, Tunisia, Al
The criticism comes as Ramaswamy is slated to visit Ground Zero Monday for the tragedy’s 22nd anniversary. “It spits in the face of the thousands of lives that we lost on that day and subsequently,” Hurd said of Ramaswamy’s comments at a campaign stop here. Ramaswamy insists his comments about 9/11 revolve around the FBI’s changing story on Omar Al-Bouyimi. Twenty years after one of the most horrific days in American history, declassified FBI documents revealed Omar Al-Bayoumi, a Saudi national, aided two of the terrorists behind the attacks. “Declassified documents that came out 20 years later from the FBI said that the 9/11 Commission and the FBI absolutely were untruthful about Mohamed al-Bayoumi,” Ramaswamy said.
Persons: Will Hurd, Vivek Ramaswamy, Ramaswamy, ” Hurd, , ” Ramaswamy, John Hendrickson, Hurd, , Omar Al, Bouyimi, Mohamed al, Omar al, “ Mohamed al, “ I’m Organizations: IA, Former Texas Rep, Atlantic, NBC News, Museum, New York City, FBI Locations: NEVADA, Iowa, America, New, Saudi
US Sanctions Deputy Leader of Sudan's RSF Over Abuses
  + stars: | 2023-09-06 | by ( Sept. | At A.M. | )   time to read: +4 min
By Michelle NicholsN'DJAMENA (Reuters) - The United States is imposing sanctions on the deputy leader of Sudan's paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) over human rights abuses, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations will announce during a trip to Chad's border with Sudan on Wednesday. Previous sanctions, levied on companies, also targeted the army. While the sanctions carry political weight, it is unclear that they would have any impact on the course of the current conflict. In June, the U.S. imposed sanctions on companies it accused of fuelling the conflict in Sudan. The U.S. Treasury Department targeted two companies affiliated with Sudan's army and two companies affiliated with the RSF, accusing them of generating revenue from the conflict and contributing to the fighting.
Persons: Michelle Nichols N'DJAMENA, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, RSF, Dagalo, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Washington, Omar al, Bashir, Abdelrahim Dagalo, Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Nafisa Eltahir, Daphne Psaledakis, Aidan Lewis, William Maclean Organizations: Rapid Support Forces, United Nations, Reuters, Thomas, SAF, United Arab, The U.S . Treasury Department Locations: United States, U.S, Sudan, West Darfur, Sudan's Darfur, Darfur, Chad, Khartoum, Hemedti, United Arab Emirates, Russia, The U.S
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two executives of a Swedish oil exploration and production company went on trial Tuesday in Stockholm for securing the company's operations in Sudan through their alleged complicity in war crimes in 20 years ago. The two executives are accused of involvement in the Sudanese government's military campaign to clear an area in southern Sudan for oil production. South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 to become the world’s youngest nation. They also want 1.4 billion kronor ($127 million) confiscated from Lundin Oil because of economic benefits that were achieved from the alleged crimes. In Sweden, the maximum penalty for complicity in war crimes is a life prison sentence, which generally means a minimum of 20 to 25 years.
Persons: Ian Lundin, Alex Schneiter, Omar al, Bashir, Lundin, , Schneiter “ Organizations: STOCKHOLM, Sudanese, Court, Petronas Carigali Overseas, Sudapet Ltd, Lundin Oil, Prosecutors Locations: Stockholm, Sudan, Darfur, OMV, Austria, Sudanese, Swedish, Lundin, Sweden
Deputy head of Sudan's sovereign council General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo speaks during a press conference at Rapid Support Forces head quarter in Khartoum, Sudan February 19, 2023. The United Nations has warned of a "humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions", with rising hunger, collapsing healthcare, and wrecked infrastructure. Under his "Sudan Reborn" plan, Dagalo committed the RSF to previously floated principles such as federal, multicultural rule, democratic elections, and a single army. Pro-democracy politicians warned Burhan against announcing a new government, saying it would prompt the RSF to form a parallel authority. Reporting by Nafisa Eltahir in Cairo and Khalid Abdelaziz in Dubai; Editing by Giles ElgoodOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Omar al, Bashir, General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Dagalo, Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Nafisa Eltahir, Khalid Abdelaziz, Giles Elgood Organizations: Rapid Support Forces, REUTERS, Rights, Sudan's, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Khartoum, Sudan, Rights CAIRO, West Darfur, Saudi, U.S, Port Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United States, Cairo, Dubai
"It is exhausting, there are many patients and there's a lot of suffering," said Omar al-Saeed, a striking nurse at Port Sudan teaching hospital. According to the UN, more than 100,000 have fled to Port Sudan, filling up the already dense city's hospitals and shelters, while fighting is focussed in Khartoum and the west of the country. Sudanese hospitals have long been under-funded, and strikes by medical staff have been frequent. The war, during which many hospitals in areas of fighting have been damaged, has brought the system to its knees. Doctors in Port Sudan have had to grapple with power cuts, intense humidity and medicine shortages, while patients are kept in close confines though many have respiratory illnesses, hospital officials say.
Persons: Omar al, Saeed, Bashir, Martin Griffiths, Ayat Mohamed, Dar Abnaa, Ibrahim Mohammed Ishak, Nafisa Eltahir, Conor Humphries Organizations: Sudanese, Rapid Support Forces, Port Sudan, UN, United, Dar, Thomson Locations: Port Sudan, Khartoum, Sudan, PORT SUDAN, Red, United Nations
Niger orders troops to go on 'maximum alert'
  + stars: | 2023-08-26 | by ( Boureima Balima | )   time to read: +1 min
The document, which was shared widely online on Saturday, said the order to be on maximum alert would allow forces to respond adequately in case of any attack and "avoid a general surprise". The main West African bloc ECOWAS has been trying to negotiate with the leaders of the July 26 coup, but has said it is ready to deploy troops to restore constitutional order if diplomatic efforts fail. On Friday, the bloc downplayed this threat and said it was "determined to bend backwards to accommodate diplomatic efforts," although an intervention remained one of the options the table. "For the avoidance of doubt, let me state unequivocally that ECOWAS has neither declared war on the people of Niger, nor is there a plan, as it is being purported, to invade the country, ECOWAS Commission President Omar Alieu Touray told reporters. Additional reporting by Camillus Eboh in Abuja; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by David HolmesOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Omar Alieu Touray, Camillus, Alessandra Prentice, David Holmes Organizations: West, ECOWAS, Thomson Locations: NIAMEY, Niger, Camillus Eboh, Abuja
But Putin will be notably absent from a key global forum this week, the BRICS summit in Johannesburg. His no-show speaks volumes about Russia’s isolation – and Putin’s shrinking horizons. Bolstering such support against the background of the war on Ukraine was a key aim of Putin’s recent Russia-Africa summit in St. Petersburg. The Kremlin, of course, bristles at any implication that Putin is ducking out of the BRICS summit because of an ICC warrant. Russia, after all, is waging a war on Ukraine that Putin has justified in starkly imperial terms.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Putin, he’ll, Alexander Lukashenko, Cyril Ramaphosa, Xi Jinping, Luiz Lula da Silva, Narendra Modi –, Sergey Lavrov, Omar al, Bashir –, Darfur –, Dmitry Peskov, , Lavrov, Organizations: CNN, Kremlin, Putin, South, Indian, International Criminal, ICC, Hague, Russian, UN Security Council Locations: Ukraine, Moscow, Beijing, Central Asia, Iran, Minsk, Belarusian, Russia, Johannesburg, Russian, Africa, St . Petersburg, Latin America, Asia, South Africa, Darfur, BRICS, United States
One of the first associations with Grindr, an LGBTQ+ dating app, that comes to mind for Omar Alexis is hookups. Grindr told Insider about 25% of its users reported using the app to network, despite the reputation for instant hookups associated with the company since the early years of its founding. "According to data from a survey of Grindr users, approximately 25% of our users say that one of their key activities on Grindr is to network," a company spokesperson wrote in an email to Insider. But Alexis told Insider that he felt many people didn't know exactly what to use that filter for. Alexis told Insider that he was able to find a fitness mentor and a freelance opportunity when he was on the app.
Persons: Grindr, Omar Alexis, hookups, Alexis, George Arison, Arison, I've Organizations: Morning, Wall Street Journal Locations: LA
A picture taken on June 16, 2023, shows bodies strewn outdoors near houses in the West Darfur capital El Geneina. A video shared on Twitter on June 14, 2023, showing hundreds of refugees from El Geneina walking towards Chad. “The fighters had DShK’s (Soviet-era heavy machine guns) and other heavy weaponry,” said Khamiss, the lawyer from El Geneina. Zahra Adam, a women’s rights activist from El Geneina, told CNN she had saved two young boys from drowning. When asked whether the ICRC had alerted third parties to evidence of a mass atrocity in El Geneina, Synenko said they had not.
Persons: El Geneina, , , Masalit, Jamal Khamiss, Khamiss, ” Jamal Khamiss Khamiss, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo —, Gen, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Hemedti, Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Omar al, Bashir, Wagner, Zohra Bensemra, Dr, Papi Maloba, Maloba, Mohammad Ghannam, RSF, West, Khamis Abbakar, ” Khamiss, Zahra Adam, Adam, General Abdelrahman Juma —, General Abdelrahman Juma, YouTube Juma, Mujeeb Rahman Muhammad Rezk, Alyona Synenko, Synenko, Chad The, ” Zahwi Idriss, Zahwi Idriss Organizations: CNN, Rapid Support Forces, West Darfur, Getty, Sudanese, International Organization for Migration, Twitter, Hemedti, United Nations, Reuters, Sans, MSF, Chadian, El, Teaching, Crescent, YouTube, Support Forces, Sudanese Red Crescent Society, SRC, International Committee, ICRC, Darfur, UN, Geneina Teaching Locations: West Darfur, El, West, El Geneina, AFP, Chad, Sudan, , Geneina, Darfur, Chadian, Shukri, Khartoum, Adre, Ardmata, Wadi Kaja, RSF, tarpaulins, Africa,
CNN —More than one million people have fled Sudan to neighboring countries since April, according to the United Nations, as fighting between two warring factions plunges the country into civil war. The conflict in Sudan has displaced more than 3.4 million people inside the country, a report released on Tuesday by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. Those who escaped Sudan have arrived in other countries in the region including Egypt, Libya, Chad, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Ethiopia. The regional director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said the spike in gender-based violence amounts to war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than one million people have fled Sudan into neighboring countries since April, the UN reported.
Persons: ” Laila Baker, Zohra Bensemra, ” Baker, Liz Throssell, , Malik Agar, , Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Omar al, Bashir Organizations: CNN, United Nations, International Organization for Migration, Central African, Rapid Support Forces, UN, UN Population Fund, Human Rights, Sovereign, Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces Locations: Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Chad, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ethiopia, East, Geneina, Darfur, Ourang, Adre
Fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has devastated the capital Khartoum and sparked ethnically driven attacks in Darfur, threatening to plunge Sudan into a protracted civil war and destabilise the region. "Time is running out for farmers to plant the crops that will feed them and their neighbours. The situation is spiralling out of control," U.N. agencies said in a joint statement. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsReports of sexual assaults have increased by 50%, said U.N. population fund official Laila Baker. Efforts led by Saudi Arabia and the United States to negotiate a ceasefire in the current conflict have stalled, and humanitarian agencies have struggled to provide relief because of insecurity, looting and bureaucratic hurdles.
Persons: Malik Agar, Elizabeth Throssell, Chad August, Zohra, Laila Baker, Agar, Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Omar al, Bashir, Khalid Abdelaziz, Nafisa Eltahir, Gabrielle Tetrault, Farber, Aidan Lewis, Alexandra Hudson, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: United Nations, Rapid Support Forces, Sovereign, IOM, Human Rights, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Sudan, Khartoum, Darfur, Kordofan, Geneva, Chadian, Chad, Adre, Saudi Arabia, United States, Dubai, Nafisa, Cairo
ECOWAS responded days later by enacting sanctions and issuing an ultimatum to the ruling military junta: stand down within a week or face a potential military intervention. ECOWAS leaders have said their preference is to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis and would send in troops as a last resort. The regional bloc will “uphold all measures and principles agreed upon by the extraordinary summit held on Niger on 30th July 2023,” at which strong sanctions were decided against the military junta in Niger. Niger’s armed forces appeared to be preparing for possible military intervention this week, a military source told CNN. Confusion and concernSeveral analysts told CNN that a military intervention in Niger would probably not be imminent, as it takes time to assemble the ECOWAS troops.
Persons: Omar Alieu Touray, Mohamed Bazoum, Touray, it’s, Murtala Abdullahi, Bola Tinubu, Abdourahamane Alkassoum, , Cameron Hudson Organizations: CNN, West, Economic, West African States, ECOWAS, , Nigerien, Center, Strategic, International Studies Locations: Abuja, Nigeria, Republic of Niger, , Niger, ” Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, ” Abuja, Gambia, “ Niger
Khartoum’s morgues have reached “breaking point,” international aid group Save The Children said Tuesday. Bodies in the morgues are also decomposing as prolonged power outages have left them without refrigeration, the group said. Most of the hospitals in the capital and other states are out of service, Save the Children added. Residents of Omdurman, north of Khartoum, told CNN that fighting had intensified on Tuesday, saying they heard heavy artillery and bombardment overnight. The fighting has left Khartoum in ruins.
Persons: morgues, Abdallah Attiya, , Bashir Kamal Eldin Hamid, Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, Omar al, Bashir, RSF, Organizations: CNN, Sudanese Armed Forces, SAF, Rapid Support Forces, Humanitarian Affairs, Federal Ministry of Health, UNICEF, UN, Sudanese Doctors Syndicate, Al, Health, Nutrition, Sudanese, International Organization for Migration, Integrated Food Locations: Sudan, Khartoum, Al Arabiya, morgues, Omdurman, , United States, Saudi Arabia, Jeddah
One well-placed Liberal source said Defence Minister Anita Anand was in the running to take over at Treasury Board, which has overall control of government spending. The Liberal source said seven ministers would be leaving the cabinet. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp, which also said seven would go, named Justice Minister David Lametti and Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino as among the departees. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, 53, said he would leave the cabinet immediately and not run in the next election. Public Procurement Minister Helena Jaczek, 72, and Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray, 69, said they also would not run again.
Persons: Justin Trudeau's, Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland, Francois, Philippe Champagne, Anita Anand, David Lametti, Marco Mendicino, Omar Alghabra, Helena Jaczek, Joyce Murray, Carolyn Bennett, Alghabra, David Ljunggren, Paul Simao, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: OTTAWA, Liberal Party, Innovation, Treasury Board, Liberal, Canadian Broadcasting Corp, Public Safety, Public Procurement, Fisheries, Mental, New Democrats, Thomson Locations: Jaczek
Sudan war enters 100th day as mediation attempts fail
  + stars: | 2023-07-23 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
[1/2] A man walks while smoke rises above buildings after aerial bombardments during clashes between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in Khartoum North, Sudan, May 1, 2023. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah//File PhotoJuly 23 (Reuters) - Clashes flared in parts of Sudan on the 100th day of the war on Sunday as mediation attempts by regional and international powers fail to find a path out of an increasingly intractable conflict. Some 1,136 people have been killed, according to the health ministry, though officials believe the number is higher. Neither the army nor the RSF has been able to claim victory, with the RSF's domination on the ground in the capital Khartoum up against the army's air and artillery firepower. In Nyala, one of the country's largest cities and capital of South Darfur, clashes have continued since Thursday in residential areas, according to witnesses.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Salah Abdallah, RSF, Omar al, Bashir, Khalid Abdelaziz, Nafisa Eltahir, Nick Macfie Organizations: Rapid Support Forces, REUTERS, United Nations, Civilian, Forces, Freedom, Thomson Locations: Khartoum North, Sudan, Khartoum, Darfur, Gezira State, South Darfur, West Darfur, Chad, Jeddah, Egypt, Dubai, Nafisa, Cairo
REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File PhotoVANCOUVER, July 19 (Reuters) - Striking dock workers on Canada's Pacific coast on Wednesday issued a new 72-hour walkout notice just hours after a federal watchdog ruled their current stoppage was illegal. Amid mounting calls for resolute government action to end the strike, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened a meeting of the Incident Response Group. Some 7,500 dock workers have been picketing the two ports almost non-stop since July 1. Its leader, Jagmeet Singh, ruled out support for a law to end the strike. That means Trudeau would need the votes of the Conservatives, who have been trying to court workers and unions, or the separatist Bloc Quebecois.
Persons: Chris Helgren, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau, Prince Rupert, Omar Alghabra, David Eby, Pierre Poilievre, Jagmeet Singh, Steve Scherer, Ismail Shakil, David Ljunggren, Nia Williams, Chris Reese, Jonathan Oatis, Daniel Wallis, Leslie Adler Organizations: International, Warehouse Union, REUTERS, VANCOUVER, Minister's, Canada Industrial Relations, Reuters, Canadian Manufacturers, Ministers, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, New Democratic Party, NDP, Conservative Party, Conservatives, Bloc Quebecois, Liberal, Thomson, & ' $ Locations: Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver, Ottawa, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia
[1/2] A helicopter passes idle shipping cranes towering over stacked containers during a strike by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) at Canada's busiest port of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 11, 2023. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File PhotoOTTAWA, July 19 (Reuters) - Canada's Transport Minister Omar Alghabra on Wednesday said he was running out of patience with striking Pacific dock workers when asked if the government would pass back-to-work legislation, a politically tricky move that requires opposition support. The left-leaning New Democrat Party (NDP) has been helping Trudeau's minority government pass legislation in parliament, but on Wednesday NDP leader Jagmeet Singh ruled out support for legislation forcing workers back on the job. "Don't signal in any way that you're going to bring a back-to-work legislation because that's going to undermine the workers," Singh told reporters was his message to the government when asked about back-to-work legislation in Windsor, Ontario. It also means that the Liberal-NDP deal that is keeping the government going could be put under strain if Trudeau chooses to force an end to the strike.
Persons: Chris Helgren, Omar Alghabra, Alghabra, of Prince Rupert, Pierre Poilievre, Justin Trudeau, Jagmeet Singh, Singh, Trudeau, Ismail Shakil, Chizu Nomiyama, Andrea Ricci Organizations: International, Warehouse Union, REUTERS, OTTAWA, Canada's, Canadian Manufacturers, Canada's Conservative Party, Liberal, New Democrat Party, NDP, Conservatives, Bloc Quebecois, Thomson, & ' $ Locations: Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada, Argentia, Newfoundland, Port of Vancouver, of, Windsor , Ontario, Ottawa
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office said Putin will not attend the conference “by mutual agreement,” adding that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would visit instead. In the months following, South African lawmakers have made contradictory statements over the country’s obligation to arrest Putin should he attend the summit. As a signatory to the Rome statute, the treaty governing the Hague court, South Africa is compelled to arrest individuals indicted by the ICC. Western diplomats have criticized South African lawmakers for their perceived solidarity with Russia since the start of that conflict. “I must highlight, for the sake of transparency, that South Africa has obvious problems with executing a request to arrest and surrender President Putin,” Ramaphosa said, according to the court’s document.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Cyril Ramaphosa’s, Putin, Sergei Lavrov, Maria Lvova, Ramaphosa, , ” Ramaphosa, Dmitry Peskov, Ramaphosa’s, ” Peskov, , Omar al, Bashir Organizations: CNN, Kremlin, Russian, Criminal Court, ICC, Hague, United Nations General, Cape Town Locations: Johannesburg, Ukraine, Brazil, India, China, Russian, Russia, Rome, South Africa, Cape, Africa, Darfur
[1/5] Union members with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) remove strike signs from a picket line outside the despatch hall in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada July 13, 2023. REUTERS/Chris HelgrenVANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 13 (Reuters) - Dock workers at ports along Canada's Pacific coast and their employers accepted a tentative wage deal on Thursday, ending a 13-day strike that disrupted trade at the country's busiest ports and risked worsening inflation. "The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada are pleased to advise that the parties have reached a tentative agreement on a new 4-year deal," the BCMEA said in a statement. The union had made demands including wage increases and expansion of their jurisdiction to regular maintenance work on terminals. He offered terms drafted by a federal mediator and gave the union and employers 24 hours to decide if they were satisfied.
Persons: Chris Helgren, of Prince Rupert, Seamus O'Regan, Omar Alghabra, O'Regan, Ismail Shakil, Steve Scherer, Deepa Babington, Alexandra Hudson Organizations: Warehouse Union, REUTERS, British Columbia Maritime Employers Association, Bank of Canada, Labour, Port, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Canadian Manufacturers, Alexandra Hudson Our, Thomson, & ' $ Locations: Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada, Chris Helgren VANCOUVER, British Columbia, British, Port of Vancouver, of, Vancouver, Ottawa
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