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Syria Kurds condemn Turkey attacks

Kurdish forces in Syria have accused Poultry of frequently attacking their models over the border

Poultry stated it had been looking into the claims but was adamant the Syrian Kurdish models continued to be outdoors the scope of the present military effort

Poultry released air raids on Islamic Condition martial artists in Syria and positions from the Kurdish militant PKK in Iraq following violent attacks in Poultry

Poultry has additionally stated it’s no intends to send ground troops into Syria

The Kurdish Peoples Protection Models (YPG) the armed wing from the primary Syrian Kurdish party (PYD) stated that Turkish tanks had shelled the Kurdish-held village of Zormikhar inside Syria late on Sunday evening

It added that the hour later certainly one of its automobiles had come under heavy fire in the Turkish military east of Kobane within the village of Til Findire

Inside a statement on Monday the YPG stated: Rather than focusing on IS terrorists occupied positions Turkish forces attack our defenders positions This isn’t the best attitude

We urge Turkish leadership to prevent this aggression and also to follow worldwide recommendations We’re telling the Turkish Military to prevent shooting at our martial artists as well as their positions

A Turkish government official stated its military procedures searched for to neutralise imminent risks to Turkeys regional security and it was focusing on Is within Syria and also the Kurdish separatist PKK in Iraq

We’re looking into claims the Turkish military engaged positions held by forces apart from [IS] the state stated

The PYD together with others remains outdoors the scope of the present military effort

Turkish Pm Ahmet Davutoglu told a conference of Turkish newspaper editors that following Turkeys military action there have been now new conditions within the regional conflict

The existence of a Poultry that may use its pressure effectively can result in effects which could change the overall game in Syria Iraq and also the entire region everybody should observe thatInch the Hurriyet Daily News cited him as saying

The Washington Publish meanwhile reviews that Poultry and also the U . s . States have agreed to produce a p facto safe zone along Syrias border with Poultry

This type of deal would considerably boost the scope and pace of america-brought air war against Is within northern Syria the paper states

Nato would be to hold an urgent situation meeting on Tuesday to go over the problem

Poultry – a Nato member – requested the meeting according to Article 4 from the organisations founding treaty which enables people to request this type of summit if their territorial integrity or security is threatened

When Poultry demands for this type of meeting I believe its very right and incredibly timely to possess a meeting where we address the turmoil and also the instability we have seen in Syria Iraq and surrounding and shut to Nato edges of Poultry Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the BBC

Mr Davutoglu stated Poultry was prepared to utilize the PYD – that has links towards the PKK (Kurdistan Employees Party) – provided it didn’t pose a menace to Poultry and severed relations with Syrian Leader Bashar al-Assad

Nevertheless the raids from the PKK in northern Iraq effectively ended a 2-year ceasefire

Turkeys harmful game

Who’re the PKK?

Turkish press warning over air strikes

Turkish mother and father ongoing to arrest suspected people of IS or even the PKK with further morning hours raids on Monday

In recent days Poultry has arrested 100s of individuals suspected of supporting the militants

Police raids on suspected IS and PKK people within the town of Istanbul triggered 72 hours of rioting within the Gazi district

A minumum of one activist along with a policeman happen to be wiped out

Phelps arrested for drink driving

Phelps retired after winning an unprecedented 22nd Olympic medal in 2012 but has since returned to action


US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested for driving under the influence, authorities have said.

Police in Baltimore, Maryland, said he was stopped for speeding after being caught going 84mph (135km/h) in a 45mph zone early on Tuesday morning.

Mr Phelps was co-operative but failed a series of standard field sobriety tests, traffic police said in a statement. He was charged and released.

The swimmer is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals.

Mr Phelps, 28, retired after winning his 22nd Olympic medal at the London Games in 2012 but came out of retirement earlier this year.

The Maryland Transportation Authority said Mr Phelps was driving a white 4×4 in Fort McHenry tunnel in Baltimore when the vehicle was caught on police radar at 01:40 local time (05:40 GMT).

Police said he was “arrested and charged with DUI [driving under the influence], excessive speed and crossing double lines”.

The statement said Mr Phelps was co-operative throughout the process and was released after being charged.

Mr Phelps, who is from Baltimore County, was previously charged for driving under the influence in Maryland in 2004. He pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in exchange for 18 months’ probation.

Neither Mr Phelps nor his representatives have commented on Tuesday’s arrest.

Benghazi clashes kill at least

Several people have been injured in the shelling near Tripoli airport


At least 36 people have been killed in clashes between Libyan government troops and Islamist militants in the city of Benghazi, reports say.

The attack came as the militants attacked troops in the city centre.

Intense fighting near Tripoli airport killed another 23 people, reports say

Militias controlling large parts of the country are responsible for Libya’s worst violence since the 2011 uprising that toppled Col Muammar Gaddafi, correspondents say

On Saturday, the US evacuated its embassy in the capital, Tripoli

The UN and Turkey have also withdrawn their diplomatic staff

With no army, Libya’s central government has increasingly lost control over the country to rogue and powerful militias in the last two years, says the BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli

City ready to host Tour of Britain

The Tour of Britain last came to Liverpool in 2008, when the city hosted stage eight


Thousands of spectators will descend on Liverpool later to watch some of the world’s most famous cyclists as the Tour of Britain gets under way.

The city is hosting the Grand Depart, which will see riders compete on a looped circuit around the city centre

Huge crowds are expected to line the route – as the riders complete eight laps from the waterfront out to Sefton Park and back.

The race will then follow a further seven stages around the country.

Local cyclist Chris Boardman, who won Olympic gold in 1992 and took part in both tour races, is sure Liverpool can rise to the challenge of hosting the first stage, two months after Yorkshire showcased a spectacular start to the Tour de France.

We’ve got such iconic landmarks in Liverpool – the whole seafront is littered with them he said

Riders taking part include household names Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

Isle of Man-born Cavendish has chosen to compete despite still recovering from his Tour de France-ending crash in Harrogate.

He said: I’m racing this week because this is my national Tour, Britain’s big race, and I always want to support it when I can.

it’s always a treat racing on home soil in front of big British crowds. I’m just going to enjoy myself and see what the week brings

The Tour of Britain takes place between 7 and 14 September. BBC Sport will be providing daily reports from the race

Economics driving language loss

The better the economy, the more likely a national language will dominate


(bursa escort) — Economic development is driving the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.

A study has found that minority languages in the most developed parts of the world, including North America, Europe and Australia, are most at threat.

The research is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The researchers say that efforts to protect these languages need to be focused on these areas.

Lead author Tatsuya Amano, from the University of Cambridge, said: “World languages are now rapidly being lost. This is a very serious situation.

“We wanted to know how the extinction is distributed globally and what are the main drivers of this.”

Vanishing voices

Dr Amano, who usually looks at extinction rates in animals, said that about 25% of languages around the world were under threat.

People are forced to adopt the dominant language or risk being left out in the cold – economically and politically”

The researchers found that the more successful a country was economically, the more rapidly its languages were being lost.

They said that in North America, languages such as Upper Tanana, were now spoken by fewer than 25 people in Alaska, and were at risk of vanishing forever.

In Europe, languages such as Ume Sami in Scandinavia or Auvergnat in France are fading fast.

Dr Amano said: “As economies develop, one language often comes to dominate a nation’s political and educational spheres.

People are forced to adopt the dominant language or risk being left out in the cold – economically and politically

The team also found that languages in the Himalayas are at risk, such as Bahing in Nepal, which has an estimated eight speakers. In the tropics, too, voices are disappearing

These countries are experiencing rapid economic growth, so in the near future these languages will face risk of extinction

The scientists call for conservation efforts to focus on these regions.

Dr Amano said that work undertaken to protect languages such as Welsh in the UK was a good example a successful strategy

Commenting on the research Daniel Kaufman, executive director of the Endangered Language Alliance, said: Environmental factors have been overshadowed by social, political and economic factors

We are now seeing a pattern of linguistic diversity that was originally shaped by the environment give way to a pattern that is being shaped by policy and economic realities.

The environmental pattern at this point is largely historical residue. That is, we will no longer see areas of a particular environmental type attract or spawn language diversity. The economic aspect, however, cannot be overemphasized, as there are places within the language diversity ‘hotspots’ where whole villages are being emptied out due to out-migration.

Because much of this migration is recent and undocumented, accurate numbers are unfortunately not readily available for statistical analysis

Man held over New Zealand killings

Police teams conducted an extensive search for the suspect


Police in New Zealand have detained a man suspected of shooting two people dead and injuring a third at an unemployment office.

The incident happened on Monday morning in the town of Ashburton, southwest of Christchurch.

A man went into a Work and Income New Zealand office and opened fire, before fleeing.

Two people were killed and a third person was in a “serious but stable condition”, local police said.

Police said the man left the scene on a bicycle and warned residents not to approach him.

But after an approximately seven-hour search, a suspect was apprehended.

The suspect was found on a rural property and brought down by police dogs.

He sustained dog bites and was being brought to Ashburton police station for a medical examination.

Police were still searching for the weapon used in the shootings, a statement said.

Ashburton is a small town of less than 20,000 people, about 85km (55 miles) from Christchurch.

Police initially identified the man as 48-year-old John Henry Tully, but in a subsequent statement used the name Russell John Tully. Local papers say he uses John as a first name.

Earlier this month, the Ashburton Guardian had reported on the case of Mr Tully, who was on disability benefit and was living rough after falling out with his flatmate.

According to the daily, he was seeking help from social services to find affordable accommodation.

Rain shuts Burning Man opening day

Artists and volunteers work on the Man for Burning Man before heavy rains closed the event for at least one day


Burning Man, the annual counterculture event in the desert of northern Nevada, has been closed on opening day amid rare heavy rains.

Organisers said the gate to the temporary desert city would be closed until at least midday on Tuesday as the Black Rock desert playa turned to mud.

Police were turning people around at the entrance to avoid stuck vehicles.

Many of the would-be attendees began setting up camp at nearby Pyramid Lake, local media reported

Hundreds of people gathered outside a shop on Monday to buy camping permits, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

“We’re going to make the best of the situation, Charlie Lucas, of Portland, Oregon, told the newspaper

Last year, a record 68,000 people attended the event, which ends with the burning of a four storey effigy.

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What future for Gaza’s children?

Thousands of homes have been destroyed by the fighting in Gaza, according to the United Nations


For children in Gaza, living through war must seem like an habitual part of life. Is it possible to imagine what the future may hold for them?

A day will come when the area around the seaside hotel we use in Gaza will be flooded with tourists, and they will marvel at the distant horrors of the past.

It has happened on the Mediterranean before – look at Sicily and Tunisia after World War Two – and one day it will happen here. But it will not be any day soon.

Tourists will find Gaza waiting. The half-finished building next door already has signs offering pizza and ice cream, even though there’s no pizza, no ice cream and no-one to buy them anyway.

Nature has certainly done its bit. Nowhere is evening more beautiful. The sun smears the surface of the sea with copper-coloured light as though it had skidded across the waves and come to a halt on the horizon. It is at this time of day that the half-built building teems with life.

Refugees from other parts of Gaza are living there, one family to a room. They probably calculated Israel would not bomb a building next to a hotel full of foreigners.

The adults are quietly impressive. Women scurry between the entrances to different staircases on the hot, flat roof carrying huge kettles of boiling water. At the sound of naval gunfire they barely raise an eyebrow or spill a drop.

The children fizz with energy and curiosity, singing out their names across the gap between the buildings and demanding to know ours.

They quickly learn to wait until we are on air using the balcony’s portable satellite dish, before shouting across. They know that our desperate requests for quiet then have to be mimed, much to their amusement.

I find myself worrying what the future holds for them.

Gaza is cursed by history and geography as surely as it is blessed by nature.

If you are a six-year-old in Gaza, you have already lived through three separate wars – the ugly and brutal confrontations with Israel which flared in 2008, 2012 and again this year. It is as though Gaza is a kind of junction box where the dysfunctional neural wiring of the Middle East fused a long time ago.

British imperial forces seized Gaza from the Turks in 1917 during the closing stages of World War One, one of those victories that made the Holy Land Britain’s prize – and its problem.

Gaza was first bombed from the air 97 years ago in a grim and dangerous overture to a century which is ending as it began.

Israeli tanks first appeared here in 1956 as part of the disaster of the Suez crisis. Although Israel returned the land to Egypt the following year.

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In the Six Day War of 1967 Israel came back and has occupied Gaza – or controlled life inside it – ever since.

Just as Gaza appears to have bent in every hot, historical wind to blow across the deserts here, it now seems that almost every crisis elsewhere in the modern Middle East makes life a little worse.

Gaza is run by the Islamist militant organisation Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

At one point, Hamas appeared to be navigating the treacherous cross-currents of the Arab Spring effortlessly. It seemed able to count, at different points, on the support of Syria, Egypt and Iran – all powerful regional players.

Now, through a combination of misjudgement and misfortune, it can count on none of them.

This is a desperate time for Hamas.

Without allies and especially without a regime in Egypt prepared to turn a blind eye to weapons smuggling the organisation suddenly seems friendless.

It does not have enough money to pay the salaries of government workers in Gaza and will struggle to replace the thousands of rockets it has fired at Israel in recent weeks.

In times of peace it has no diplomatic cards to play against the Israeli government. When violence flares, as it has done this month, it can at least demand concessions in return for agreeing to stop again.

These confrontations are hopelessly asymmetrical. Many of Hamas’s rockets are out of date or home-made, compared with Israel’s powerful and sophisticated weapons.

And yet, decisive victory seems to elude Israel, just as it eludes Hamas. The fighting will probably end in ways which are ambiguous and unsatisfactory, just as it has in the past.

That will be tough on the civilians of southern Israel, who will almost certainly find themselves running for their air-raid shelters again in future

But it will be tougher still for those children on the roof next door. They have no air-raid shelters and very little chance of escaping to the wider world as long as Israel and Egypt maintain strict controls on all movement across Gaza’s borders.

So these thoughts do not end with some neat aphorism which offers a little hope for the future. You just wonder how long it will be before those children, who have lived through three wars, find themselves living through a fourth.

And you wonder what will become of them

Turkish anger over German spying

Turkey and Germany are key partners in the NATO military alliance


The Turkish foreign ministry has summoned the German ambassador over reports Germany spied on Turkish officials

The German secret service, BND, had eavesdropped on conversations between officials in the US and Turkey, according to Der Spiegel

The report also claims a document from 2009 showed that Germany identified Turkey as a prime surveillance target.

Turkey has demanded a satisfactory explanation from its Nato ally.

I am of the opinion that this needs to be taken seriously said Mehmet Ali Sahin of Turkey’s ruling AK party

Definitely, our government and foreign ministry will carry out the necessary research about the allegations in the magazine

The German foreign ministry said ambassador Eberhard Pohl’s discussion” with the Turkish foreign ministry “took place in a friendly atmosphere to explain to the Turkish authorities what was published in the German media

Germany has also been accused of eavesdropping on US Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton in 2012.

Only last month, Germany expelled the CIA’s top official in Berlin after a German intelligence official was arrested on suspicion of spying for the US.

Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed outrage last year when fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden revealed that the US National Security Agency had spied on German citizens and tapped her phone.

Magpies don’t steal shiny objects

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Magpies do not steal trinkets and are positively scared of shiny objects, according to new research.

Dr Toni Shephard on a new study of magpie behaviour

“We suggest that humans notice when magpies occasionally pick up shiny objects because they believe the birds find them attractive, while it goes unnoticed when magpies interact with less eye-catching items. It seems likely that the folklore surrounding them is a result of cultural generalisation and anecdotes rather than evidence.”

The scientists – psychologists from the Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB) – undertook the study after an internet search uncovered just two published accounts of magpies actually stealing shiny things: a missing engagement ring found in a nest in 2008, and a magpie in Rochdale stealing keys, coins, and a spanner from an automotive garage a year earlier.

Dr Shephard told BBC News: “Some birds do use eye-catching objects in the nest after mating occurs, like black kites, to warn off potential predators. But we had already looked inside a dozen magpie nests and not seen any shiny objects. So, I was not expecting magpies to use objects for this purpose.”

The test may challenge the Collins English Dictionary definition of the magpie as “a person who hoards small objects”.

It may prompt calls for a belated revision of the libretto of Rossini’s opera La Gazza Ladra (The thieving magpie), which features a servant girl sentenced to death for a series of silver thefts actually committed by a magpie.

It may upset, too, the publishers of The Tintin comic The Castafiore Emerald, in which a prized gem is stolen by a magpie.

But the research is not conclusive – yet. Due to the nature of the test with fixed feeding stations, the scientists could only assess “married” magpies that inhabit a set territory. Single magpies without a steady partner are less predictable in their feeding habits.

So maybe, just maybe, it is bachelor birds wanting to woo potential mates with silver rings that have sullied the birds’ name.

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