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الاحتلال الإسرائيلي يقصف موقعاً للمقاومة في غزة

Petra Gov - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 22:55
غزة 17 آب (بترا)- قصفت قوات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي ليلة السبت، موقعاً في بيت لاهيا شمالي قطاع غزة....
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"الخارجية" تتابع حادثة وفاة مواطنة أردنية في ماليزيا

Petra Gov - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 22:54
عمان 17 آب (بترا)- قال مدير العمليات في وزارة الخارجية وشؤون المغتربين السفير سفيان القضاة، إن الوزارة تتابع حادث وفاة ...
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Jordan welcomes ‘new era’ in Sudan

Jordan Times - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:42

AMMAN — Jordan on Saturday welcomed Sudan's signing of a transitional deal between the ruling military council and protest leaders, describing it as the launch of a “new era” in Sudan. 

Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi expressed best wishes for the Sudanese people following the signing ceremony, voicing hope for the Sudanese people to realise their aspirations in perpetuating democracy and reaching peace and security, according to a ministry statement. 

The minister stressed that the Kingdom will continue supporting the Sudanese in their endeavours to overcome challenges and build “the bright future that they aspire for and deserve”.

The deal was signed on Saturday by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, deputy chief of the military council, and Ahmed Al Rabie, representing the Alliance for Freedom and Change protest umbrella, AFP reported.

The constitutional declaration formalises the creation of a transition administration that will be guided by an 11-member sovereign council, comprised of six civilians and five military figures.

The agreement brought an end to nearly eight months of upheaval that saw masses mobilise against president Omar Al Bashir, who was ousted in April after 30 years in power.

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Sudanese celebrate transition to civilian rule

Jordan Times - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:41

KHARTOUM — Rapturous crowds filled the streets of Khartoum Saturday as Sudan's generals and protest leaders signed a historic deal paving the way to civilian rule. 

Thousands of cheering people gathered around the Friendship Hall next to the Nile, where the documents that will govern Sudan's 39-month transition were signed.

"This is the biggest celebration I have ever seen in my country. We have a new Sudan," said Saba Mohammed, a veiled 37-year woman, waving a small plastic flag.

Minutes earlier, the deal was signed by Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, deputy chief of the military council, and Ahmed Al Rabie, representing the Alliance for Freedom and Change protest umbrella.

Heads of state, prime ministers and dignitaries from several countries — including Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Egypt’s premier Mustafa Madbuli — attended the ceremony.

The constitutional declaration formalises the creation of a transition administration that will be guided by an 11-member sovereign council, comprised of six civilians and five military figures.

The agreement brought an end to nearly eight months of upheaval that saw masses mobilise against president Omar Al Bashir, who was ousted in April after 30 years in power.

Thousands of people had arrived on trains from Sudan’s provinces to take part in the celebrations, which will include a huge gathering in Khartoum’s main gardens.

“We hope Sudan can move forward now, we want to be proud of our country,” said Saida Khalifa as she got off the train after an all-night ride from Atbara, the town where the protests started in December last year.

“The guns must go silent now and we must pull the country out of this mess to gain peace and freedom,” she said.

 

New institutions 

 

The composition of the civilian-majority transition ruling council is to be announced on Sunday.

That follows the naming on Thursday of former senior UN official Abdalla Hamdok, a veteran economist, as transitional prime minister.

He is expected to focus on stabilising Sudan’s economy, which went into a tailspin when the oil-rich south seceded in 2011. 

Economic woes were the trigger that sparked the initial protests.

At Khartoum’s central market early Saturday, shoppers and stallholders interviewed by AFP all said they hoped a civilian government would help them put food on the table.

“Everybody is happy now,” said Ali Yusef, a 19-year-old university student who works in the market to get by.

“We were under the control of the military for 30 years but today we are leaving this behind us and moving towards civilian rule,” he said, sitting next to tomatoes piled directly on the ground.

“All these vegetables around are very expensive but now I’m sure they will become cheaper.”

While it remains to be seen how the transition will change people’s daily lives, residents old and young were eager to exercise their newfound freedom of expression.

“I’m 72 and for 30 years under Bashir, I had nothing to feel good about. Now, thanks to God, I am starting to breathe,” said Ali Issa Abdel Momen, sitting in front of his modest selection of vegetables at the market.

But many Sudanese are already questioning the ability of the transitional institutions to rein in the military elite’s powers during the three-year period leading to planned elections.

 

End of isolation? 

 

The country of 40 million people will be ruled by an 11-member sovereign council and a government, which under the deal must be dominated by civilians.

However, the interior and defence ministers are to be chosen by military members of the council.

Observers have warned that the transitional government will have little leverage to counter any attempt by the military to roll back the uprising’s achievements and seize back power.

Security forces deployed across Khartoum Saturday for biggest international event in years in Sudan, which had become something of a pariah country under Bashir’s rule.

One of the most immediate diplomatic consequences of the compromise reached this month could be Sudan’s return to the African Union, which suspended the country’s membership in June.

Bashir, who took power in a 1989 coup and is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide in the Darfur region, had been slated to appear in court on Saturday on corruption charges.

But his trial has been postponed to an as yet undetermined date.

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Separatists vacate key offices in Yemen's Aden — minister

Jordan Times - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:40

ADEN — Southern separatists vacated key public buildings in Yemen's second city Aden on Saturday that they had seized from unionist forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, his information minister said.

The supporters of the separatist Southern Transitional Council pulled out of the headquarters of Hadi's government, the supreme court and the central bank as well as Aden's main hospital, Muammar Al Iryani said on Twitter.

Hadi's government has refused to enter talks with the separatists until they withdraw from the positions they seized in deadly fighting last week.

Iryani said preparations were also underway for a pullout by the fighters — trained by the United Arab Emirates — from the interior ministry and the Aden oil refinery.

The start of the withdrawal had been announced by the Saudi-led military coalition which has been backing Hadi's government against northern-based Houthi rebels since 2015.

The UAE is Saudi Arabia's main partner in that coalition but trained and equipped the separatists as part of its efforts to consolidate control of the south.

The fighters of the so-called Security Belt forces last week ousted unionist troops loyal to Hadi from what was the capital of the formerly independent south in clashes that left around 40 people dead.

The Saudi-led coalition condemned the takeover of the city and urged the Security Belt to withdraw to clear the way for peace talks.

On Thursday, a joint Saudi-UAE military delegation travelled to Aden to discuss the details of a separatist pullback.

AFP journalists saw Saudi and Emirati military vehicles deployed around the positions vacated by the separatists on Saturday.

The presidential palace was also placed under Saudi and Emirati protection, they said.

 

‘Unite against Iran’ 

 

The coalition said in a statement Saturday that the positions occupied in Aden would be handed over to the government under coalition supervision.

Several other installations, including military camps, remain under separatist control and it was not immediately clear if they too would be vacated.

The coalition also called on all forces “to unite in order to foil Iran’s destructive plan in Yemen” and prevent attacks by extremist factions such as Al Qaeda and the Daesh group.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have repeatedly accused Iran of supplying weapons, including ballistic missiles, to the Houthi rebels, an accusation Tehran has consistently denied.

The Yemeni embassy in Washington earlier this week Tweeted a foreign ministry statement welcoming the Saudi initiative to address the “coup” in Aden.

It said the separatists “must first commit to total withdrawal from areas forcibly seized by STC in past few days before start of any talks”.

The STC has accepted the call for peace talks.

South Yemen was an independent country until it merged with the north in 1990. An armed secession bid four years later ended in occupation by northern forces, giving rise to resentments which persist to this day.

Analysts say the break between Hadi’s government and the separatists reflects a wider rift between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi that threatens to undermine their common battle against the Houthis.

Despite four and a half years of military intervention by the coalition, the Houthi rebels remain in control of the capital Sanaa and much of the more populous north. 

The rebels have also carried out a spate of cross-border missile and drone attacks targeting Saudi air bases and other facilities in recent months in what it says is retaliation for the Saudi-led air war in Yemen.

On Saturday the Houthis said they launched an attack on a gas installation in Saudi Arabia, using 10 drones.

Saudi energy giant Aramco later reported a “limited” fire at the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction facility, which it said caused no casualties or disruption to production.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih condemned what he described as “sabotage” and said “booby-trapped drones” were used in the attack.

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Iran tanker in limbo off Gibraltar as US issues warrant

Jordan Times - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:38

GIBRALTAR — A last-minute US warrant to seize an Iranian oil tanker preparing to leave Gibraltar after weeks of detention cast doubt over its departure on Saturday, prolonging a diplomatic spat between Tehran, London and Washington.

The US Justice Department alleged the ship was part of a scheme "to unlawfully access the US financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps," which Washington has designated a foreign terrorist organisation.

There was no comment from Britain or Gibraltar, its overseas territory.

Any detention order would ultimately have to come from Gibraltar’s supreme court. So far, that has not happened and the ship is still free to sail.

Richard de la Rosa, managing director of Astralship, the vessel’s shipping agent, told AFP the ship was preparing for departure.

“Within the next two days, she’ll be going,” he said.

“They’re performing crew changes. She needs some reprovisioning,” he said, adding new Indian and Ukrainian crew members were due to arrive on Sunday.

Gibraltar seized the ship on July 4 on suspicion it was transporting oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions, triggering a sharp deterioration in relations between Tehran and London. Iran has repeatedly denied this.

Iran subsequently detained the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in what was seen as a tit-for-tat move.

On Thursday, Gibraltar’s supreme court ordered the tanker released after the British overseas territory said it had received assurances from Iran that the Grace 1 would not head to any country subject to EU sanctions.

But in a last-minute twist on Friday, the United States, which is at loggerheads with Iran, issued the warrant.

It says the vessel and all the oil aboard are subject to forfeiture based on violations of US sanctions.

It also cites violations of bank fraud, money laundering and terrorism statutes.

The US State Department has also threatened to issue a visa ban on anyone working on the ship.

The US move comes after it tried — and failed — to block the tanker’s release on Thursday.

The July 4 seizure came amid surging tensions in the Gulf after several alleged Iranian attacks on smaller tankers.

The US — citing Tehran’s threat to American allies — expanded its military presence in the region with a new aircraft carrier task force, missile batteries and strategic bombers.

Iran called the detention of the Grace 1 an “illegal interception” staged by the United States, while Washington cheered it as “excellent news”.

Ties between Tehran and Washington are at a low point since US President Donald Trump withdrew last year from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran, reimposing crippling unilateral sanctions.

On Friday, Iranian officials said the tanker was preparing to set sail under an Iranian flag and would be renamed the Adrian Darya for the voyage.

Tehran also denied it had made any promises about the ship’s destination to secure the release.

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Jordan follows up on alleged abduction of father-son duo in South Africa

Jordan Times - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:31

AMMAN — The Foreign Ministry is following up on a reported kidnapping incident involving two Jordanians in South Africa, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s operations centre, Sufian Qudah, said on Saturday. 

Qudah said that the operations centre and the Jordanian embassy in Pretoria are closely following up on the incident with local authorities in South Africa, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Citing initial information Qudah said that the abducted Jordanians, a man and his son, are businesspeople, and the kidnappers had demanded a ransom for their release.

The ministry official said that the embassy urged the South African foreign ministry to immediately, through relevant authorities, embark on a search mission and free the Jordanians as soon as possible.

The head of the operations centre also said that the ministry formed a “crisis cell” to follow up on the incident round the clock until the kidnapped citizens are released. 

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Wildlife summit mulls trade rules to counter 'unprecedented' species declines

Jordan Times - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:27

GENEVA — Conservationists warned of "unprecedented" species declines on Saturday as countries met in Geneva to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory and products from other endangered animal and plants.

Thousands of conservationists and policymakers from more than 180 countries will meet for 12 days to evaluate regulations and species protection listings under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

"Business as usual is no longer an option," CITES Secretary General Ivonne Higuero said at the start of the meeting, warning that "nature's dangerous decline is unprecedented".

The treaty, created more than four decades ago, regulates trade in over 35,000 species of plants and animals and contains mechanisms to help crack down on illegal trade and sanction countries that break the rules.

The sense of urgency was palpable at the conference, which will evaluate 56 proposed changes to protection listings, for species of large mammals like elephants, rhinos and giraffes, but also otters, lizards, sharks, and tree and plant species. 

The meeting follows warnings about rapid species decline, with a UN report in May indicating that 1 million species are being pushed to the brink of extinction. 

"My fear is that we are... now really on the edge," Higuero told AFP ahead of the conference, saying she hoped the delegates in Geneva would "make what we call transformative change".

Swiss Interior Minister Alain Berset also called for "strong and urgent" action.

"There is no alternative," he told the conference, which was moved to Switzerland at the last moment following the deadly suicide bombings that hit the originally-scheduled host Sri Lanka in April.

 

Poaching, illegal trade

 

The devastation caused to many species by poaching and booming illegal wildlife trade will be in the spotlight during the meeting, as will new challenges arising from illicit commerce increasingly moving online. 

"The issue of illegal trade is really a massive problem," Higuero said, pointing out that huge organised crime syndicates are usually involved.

She called for trafficking in endangered species to be met with far harsher penalties, en par with those handed out for sex and drug trafficking.

The plight of African elephants is expected to dominate the discussions.

Some countries are calling for the strongest possible level of protections for all African elephants, while countries in southern Africa, where populations have traditionally been better protected and healthier, are requesting resumption of ivory stockpile sales.

Global trade in elephant ivory has largely been outlawed since 1989 after their numbers plunged from millions in the mid-20th century.

The African Elephant Database estimates that by 2015, fewer than 415,000 of the giant mammal remained on the continent.

The CITES meeting will also focus on the legal and illegal markets for ivory, mainly in Asia, that are seen driving demand and fuelling the poaching crisis.

One proposal on the agenda meanwhile aims to prevent traffickers from passing off illegal elephant ivory as coming from mammoths, by listing the long-extinct mammals as a threatened species and thus subject to regulated trade.

 'Silent extinction' 

 

Southern white rhinos, the American crocodile and a range of shark and ray species are also on the agenda.

And for the first time, a request has been made to list the African giraffe population in CITES' Appendix II, which would require tracking and regulation of international trade in giraffe parts.

Conservationists have warned that the gentle giant is facing a "silent extinction", but there is disagreement over the role trade has played in the decline, and it remains unclear if the proposed CITES listing will be approved.

Since CITES has the power to slap trade sanctions on countries, it is seen as more effective than many other international agreements in pushing countries towards more sustainable management of their wildlife resources.

"CITES works," Inger Anderson, who heads the United Nations Environment Programme, told Saturday's conference.

"The future of biodiversity is at stake," she said, stressing though that CITES provides "a unique opportunity to change the course".

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Venezuela threatens early elections to pressure opposition

Jordan Times - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:26

CARACAS — Threatening to bring forward parliamentary elections is the latest card played by Venezuela's regime to put pressure on the US-backed opposition at the negotiating table, analysts say.

The national assembly is the only branch of government under opposition control, and elections are not scheduled until December 2020.

But Diosdado Cabello, the most powerful regime figure after President Nicolas Maduro, set up a committee earlier this week to study the possibility of calling parliamentary elections at the start of next year.

"It gives you something extra to protect you in negotiations," said Felix Seijas, director of pollsters Delphos.

National assembly president and opposition leader Juan Guaido has warned Maduro that any attempts to bring forward elections would end in "disaster" for the government.

In January, the national assembly branded Maduro a "usurper" before Guaido declared himself acting president, garnering support from more than 50 nations but plunging the oil-rich and cash-strapped country into a political crisis.

A new vote could threaten the opposition's hold on the national assembly and with it Guaido's claim as head of the body to be the country's legitimate president.

The US has been pressuring Maduro through sanctions into acquiescing to opposition demands to step down and hold new presidential elections, something he has steadfastly refused to countenance.

Cabello has admitted that the proposed early elections are a "counter-attack" after the United States increased its sanctions on the government.

Representatives from the government and opposition were holding crisis talks mediated by Norway until Maduro called those off last week.

"Maduro left the talks because he hoped to use the opposition to get sanctions relief. But not only did he not get that, [the US] ramped up the sanctions," political scientist Luis Salamanca told AFP.

 

'Resuscitated' 

 

Parliament was elected in 2015 and its mandate lasts until January 2021.

However, in reality its hands are tied. The supreme court declared it in contempt and the constitutional court — considered illegitimate by many countries — assumed most of its powers and ordered some 20 legislators prosecuted for crimes such as treason.

However, "this assembly that was considered dead was suddenly resuscitated as a counterweight fighting Maduro for legitimate power in Venezuela" with Guaido at its head, said Salamanca.

It is not clear how the national assembly would react if the regime does bring forward legislative elections.

The opposition does not recognise the electoral authorities, which it accuses of supporting the regime and rigging polls.

That is why most of the opposition boycotted last year's presidential elections in which Maduro won a second term.

"The opposition has put its own neck in the noose because all year long it's insisted that unless the usurpation ends, nothing more can happen," said Seijas.

Guaido's demands have never wavered: Maduro's exit, a transitional government led by him, and free elections.

"It would be very difficult to explain to the people that now they're going to participate in an election without the usurpation having ended," added Seijas.

But Salamanca believes that given Guaido's leadership and popularity, and the fact he's largely united the opposition, if he decided to take part, "the opposition would win".

However, if they decide to abstain again, the opposition runs the risk of reigniting old divisions that facilitated the regime's grip on power since Maduro's predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, won his first election in 1999.

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Italy prosecutors probe Salvini over migrant ship limbo

Jordan Times - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:24

 

ROME — Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into alleged kidnapping and abuse of office after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini prevented a charity ship carrying rescued migrants from docking.
While the Open Arms rescue ship lies anchored within swimming distance of southern island Lampedusa with 134 migrants on board including around 30 children, a Sicily prosecutor on Saturday sent judicial police to coast guard headquarters in Rome as part of the probe.
Police took records of communications between the interior ministry and rescue services in order to verify the chain of command for who is preventing the ship docking, the left-leaning Repubblica daily said. 

The move came after the coast guard on Friday took the unprecedented step of writing to Salvini to say "there are no impediments of any kind to docking without delay".


 Safe port 

 

The national search and rescue coordination office in Rome has also asked the interior ministry for the urgent assignment of a safe port.

Italy has evacuated a handful of people from the Open Arms for medical treatment but Salvini refuses to allow the vessel to dock despite other European countries agreeing to take in the people on board.

The captain of the ship operated by Proactiva Open Arms, Marc Reig, said on Friday that the migrants, rescued after leaving chaos-stricken Libya, were "broken psychologically".
The mainly African migrants aboard Open Arms have been plucked from boats in the Mediterranean this month, with weather conditions encouraging more departures from Libya.

Around 30 minors are on board, some unaccompanied, and the Palermo prosecutor has assigned someone to take charge of them, with Italian media suggesting they could be evacuated soon.

"The world is witness to what the 134 people who are waiting to disembark have had to endure," Open Arms Tweeted.
"It is only the lack of will of the politicians who have the power to decide that separates them from a safe haven," the Spanish charity said.

 

 Political not humanitarian 

 

Salvini Tweeted that if the ship had gone back to Spain 16 days ago "you would already have been home".

"The NGOs' battle is political and certainly not humanitarian, played out using the lives of migrants," he said.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday that France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg had agreed to take in the migrants.

But interior ministry sources on Friday said that "no European country has taken formal steps to take the migrants on board".

The fate of the migrants aboard the Open Arms vessel is at the centre of a political crisis in Italy.

Earlier this month, Salvini signed a decree banning the Open Arms from Italian waters, saying it was to protect public order. 

But Proactiva appealed to the administrative court which on Wednesday suspended his decree.

Salvini then signed a new one blocking the ship, but in a demonstration of his diminished power, Italy's Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta blocked it as an act of "conscience".
Another rescue ship, the Ocean Viking, operated by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders, is also looking for a port to dock with more than 350 migrants on board.

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Coroner rules that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself

Jordan Times - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:23

 

NEW YORK — An autopsy on disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein — who was found dead in his jail cell — has concluded that he committed suicide by hanging, a coroner said on Friday, answering one of the questions surrounding his death.

The ruling comes six days after the 66-year-old, who was accused of trafficking girls as young as 14 for sex, was discovered dead in New York's high-security Metropolitan Correctional Centre.

New York's chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement e-mailed to AFP that "after careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings" it was determined that Epstein killed himself.
The New York Times cited officials as saying that Epstein had used a bedsheet to hang himself.

The report came a day after US media reported that preliminary findings from the post-mortem examination had found broken bones in Epstein's neck.

Epstein, a multimillionaire who once counted Britain's Prince Andrew and US President Donald Trump as friends, was charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

According to prosecutors, Epstein sexually exploited dozens of teenagers at his homes in Manhattan and Florida between 2002 and 2005.

He denied the charges but faced up to 45 years in jail if found guilty. 

Epstein's lawyers said on Friday they were "not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner" and would conduct their own investigation into his death, including demanding to see video footage from the jail.

"It is indisputable that the authorities violated their own protocols," the lawyers said, decrying the "harsh, even mediaeval conditions" at the facility.

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating how such a high-profile inmate managed to take his own life just weeks after an earlier reported suicide attempt.

The warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Centre where Epstein was housed has been temporarily reassigned and two guards put on administrative leave pending an investigation. 

The guards were reportedly asleep when they should have been checking on Epstein.

Epstein's death came a day after a court released documents in which an alleged victim said he used her as a "sex slave" and that she was forced to have sex with well-known politicians and businessmen.

Virginia Giuffre has alleged she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, former US Senator and architect of the Northern Irish peace deal George Mitchell, ex-New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and American celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

 

 Lawsuits 

 

They have all strenuously denied the allegations.

Prosecutors have pledged to pursue cases against anyone else involved in Epstein's alleged crimes and earlier this week FBI agents raided his private island in the Caribbean.

Several women have also come forward seeking damages. 
On Wednesday, Jennifer Araoz filed a lawsuit against Epstein's estate, his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and three other female accomplices.

Araoz said she was raped by Epstein as a 15-year-old. She said Maxwell, a British socialite and daughter of the late fraudster and media mogul Robert Maxwell, enabled his crimes.

Maxwell's whereabouts are unknown but she was recently photographed at a restaurant in Los Angeles, according to US reports.

On Friday two other women filed a $100 million lawsuit against Epstein's estate.

They were working as hostesses in a Manhattan restaurant in 2004 when a woman described as a "recruiter" for Epstein approached them, they said.

The recruiter allegedly offered the pair hundreds of dollars each to go to Epstein's home and give him a massage, assuring them there would be no sexual contact, according to the lawsuit.

Two days later they went to Epstein's luxurious mansion near Central Park. Once they were in the massage room, the eight-page lawsuit said, Epstein was sexually aggressive towards them before giving them several hundred dollars.

Epstein was convicted in Florida in 2008 of paying young girls for massages but served just 13 months in jail under a secret plea deal struck with the then state prosecutor. 

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Seven killed in Indonesia ferry accident

Jordan Times - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:22

KENDARI, Indonesia — Seven people, including two children, were killed and four others missing after a ferry carrying dozens of passengers caught fire off Indonesia's Sulawesi island early Saturday, police said.

The ferry, heading from Southeast Sulawesi to an island in Central Sulawesi, caught fire shortly after midnight.

"Suddenly there were sparks in the engine and fire quickly spread to other parts of the boat," local police spokesman Harry Goldenhard said in a statement.

Police suspect the fire was triggered when the diesel tank exploded.

It was unclear how many people were aboard the vessel at the time.

The passenger manifest listed 50 but rescuers and locals recovered 61 survivors, while seven people, including two children aged two and four, were found dead.

A search has been launched for four passengers reported missing.

Marine accidents are common in Indonesia, an archipelago nation of more than 17,000 islands, where many use ferries and other boats to travel despite poor safety standards.

Ferry operators often sell illegal tickets, exceeding the allowed capacity. 

More than 160 people died when a passenger ferry sank in one of the world's deepest lakes on Sumatra island last year.

In 2009, more than 300 people are estimated to have drowned when a ferry sank between the islands of Sulawesi and Borneo.

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إصابات بالهلع .. اطلاق 3 صواريخ من قطاع غزة تجاه مستوطنات الغلاف مساء اليوم

Al Majd - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:16

قال المتحدث باسم جيش الاحتلال، مساء اليوم السبت، إن 3 صواريخ أطلقت من قطاع غزة تجاه مستوطنات “غلاف غزة”، اعترضت القبة الحديدية اثنين منها.

وذكر موقع “حدشوت بتاخون سدي” العبري أن القبة الحديدية نفذت 3 عمليات اعتراض في سماء غلاف غزة.

وفي سياق متصل قالت المصادر الإعلامية العبرية إن عددًا من المستوطنين أصيبوا بالهلع بعد سقوط شظايا صواريخ يُعتقد أنها تابعة لمنظومة القبة الحديدية، على منزل في مدينة سديروت.

ودوت صفارات الانذار في مستوطنات “غلاف غزة” قبل سماع أصوات انفجارات في سماء قطاع غزة.

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وفاة سيدة مسنة إثر حريق منزل في مخيم حطين بمنطقة الزرقاء

Al Majd - Sab, 17/08/2019 - 21:02

توفيت سيده تبلغ من العمر 95 عاماً نتيجة إصابتها بحروق من الدرجة الثالثة في مختلف أنحاء الجسم، إثر حريق شب داخل منزل في منطقة مخيم حطين، اليوم السبت.
وذكرت إدارة الإعلام في المديرية العامة للدفاع المدني، أن طواقم الإطفاء والإسعاف في مديرية دفاع مدني الزرقاء تحركت إلى موقع الحادث حيث عملت طواقم الإطفاء على إخماد الحريق بينما تولت فرق الإسعاف إخلاء الوفاة إلى مستشفى الأمير فيصل العسكري.

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عمان 17 آب (بترا) صدرت في العدد الأخير من الجريدة الرسمية، أسس وآليات تقديم الخدمات الأساسية والتكميلية ضمن برنامج الدعم التكميلي “تكافل”، استناداً إلى قرار مجلس الوزراء في شهر نيسان الماضي.
وبموجب القرار فإن صندوق المعونة الوطنية؛ هو الجهة المختصة بتنفيذ برنامج الدعم التكميلي “تكافل”، بالتعاون مع الوزرات المختصة وهي التربية والتعليم والطاقة والثروة المعدنية والصحة والنقل.
ويتكون البرنامج من خمس خدمات أساسية وتكميلية، حيث تعتبر خدمة الدعم النقدي المباشر للأسر الفقيرة خدمة أساسية، بينما خدمات دعم الطاقة البديلة والمتجددة الموجهة للأسر الفقيرة والمحتاجة، ودعم برنامج التأمين الصحي الموجه للأسر الفقيرة والمحتاجة، والدعم النقدي لتكاليف النقل العام للأسر الفقيرة والمحتاجة، ودعم برامج التغذية المدرسية للطلاب الفقراء هي خدمات تكميلية.
ويدخل ضمن نطاق دائرة الاستهداف في مجال الدعم النقدي المباشر أكثر الأسر احتياجاً في الفئات المستهدفة من هذا البرنامج وذلك وفقاً لدرجة مستوى معيشتها وحاجتها للدعم والذي تعبر عنه العلامة التي تحصل عليها الأسرة حسب نظام الاستهداف المعتمد للبرنامج، مع مراعاة اعتماد أسلوب الاستهداف الجغرافي على مستوى كل محافظة بحيث لا يقل عدد الأسر المستفيدة في كل محافظة عن ألف أسرة في هذا المجال.
أما فيما يتعلق بالخدمات التكميلية المساندة الأخرى للبرنامج فانه يتم اعتماد أسلوب الاستهداف على مستوى المملكة باعتبارها وحدة جغرافية واحدة، ولا يسمح للأسرة الواحدة الانتفاع بأكثر من 3 خدمات أساسية أو تكميلية، من الخدمات التي يقدمها البرنامج.
وبموجب الأسس، تتولى وزارة الطاقة والثروة المعدنية مسؤولية وضع الشروط والمعايير والتصاميم الهندسية والفنية وطرح العطاءات المتعلقة بخدمة دعم الطاقة البديلة والمتجددة، والمتمثلة بتركيب أنظمة الطاقة الشمسية للأسر الفقيرة والمحتاجة المستهدفة من البرنامج، بما في ذلك الاشراف ومتابعة تنفيذها وكل ما يلزم لذلك من أعمال بما في ذلك استلام هذه الأنظمة بعد تشغيلها حسب الأصول المتبعة.
كما اعتمدت الأسس شروطاً فنية لغايات تحديد الأسر الفقيرة والمحتاجة المستحقة لخدمة دعم الطاقة البديلة والمتجددة وهي: أن تكون الأسرة من الأسر المستهدفة من البرنامج، وأن تمتلك الأسرة مسكناً أو حصة في مسكن، وأن لا تمتلك الأسرة ألواحاً للطاقة الشمسية، وأن لا تكون الأسرة مدرجة على قوائم المستحقين لبرامج وزارة الطاقة (لائحة الأسر التي سيتم تركيب ألواح شمسية لديها)، وتوفر مكاناً مناسباً على سطح أو جانب المنزل لتركيب الخلايا الشمسية بمساحة لا تقل عن 40 متراً بناء على تقييم الفنيين في وزارة الطاقة والثروة المعدنية، وأن تكون قوة تحمل السطح لتركيب أنظمة الخلايا الشمسية مناسبة وبناء على تقييم الفنيين.
وتتولى وزارة التربية والتعليم بالتنسيق مع صندوق المعونة الوطنية مسؤولية وضع الشروط والمواصفات الخاصة ببرنامج التغذية المدرسية الموجه للطلاب الفقراء وفقاً لما هو معتمد لديها وطرح العطاءات والمناقصات المتعلقة به والاشراف والقيام بكافة الاعمال المتعلقة بتوزيع الوجبات على الطلاب في المدارس المستهدفة، وستقوم وزارة التربية وبالتوافق مع صندوق المعونة الوطنية بتحديد المدارس التي ستستفيد من برنامج التغذية المدرسية، وفقا للأسس والمعايير التالية: أن تكون المدرسة المستهدفة من المدارس الأساسية (رياض الأطفال – الصف السادس)، وأن تقع المدرسة ضمن المناطق الأشد فقراً أو المناطق المحتاجة التي يحددها الصندوق على مستوى المملكة مع مراعاة التوزيع الجغرافي قدر الامكان، ومراعاة النوع الاجتماعي عند تحديد المدارس المستفيدة من برنامج التغذية المدرسية.
وبموجب الأسس، يحدد صندوق المعونة الوطنية؛ الأسر المستفيدة من برنامج دعم التأمين الصحي وأعدادها وذلك وفق تسلسل أحقيتها من البرنامج وحسب الشروط والأسس التالية: أن يكون المستفيد أردني الجنسية، وان لا تكون الأسر مستفيدة من أي نوع من انواع التأمين الصحي المدني أو العسكري، وان تكون مدة سريان بطاقة التأمين الصحي الخاصة بأفراد الأسر المنتفعة من البرنامج لمدة سنتين مع مراعاة إضافة نوع بطاقة التأمين، وأن يكون الفرد المستفيد من التأمين الصحي مقيماً بصفة دائمة داخل المملكة. وتتولى وزارة الصحة مسؤولية إصدار تعليمات المعالجة الخاصة بالأسرة المستفيدة من التأمين الصحي من خلال هذا البرنامج، كما يلتزم الصندوق بمساهمة سنوية في دعم صندوق التأمين الصحي وفقا للإمكانات المالية المتاحة لديه وذلك لقاء شمول الأسر المحتاجة المستهدفة من البرنامج بالتأمين الصحي وحسب الأعداد المقررة سنوياً بما في ذلك التكفل بدفع رسوم تكاليف إصدار بطاقات التأمين الصحي لأفراد هذه الأسر، وستصرف بطاقة الانتفاع من التأمين الصحي لأفراد الأسرة المستحقة للتأمين الصحي على النحو التالي: المنتفع (المشترك) وزوجته أو زوجاته في حال كان المشترك ذكراً، وأبناء المشترك الذكور والإناث ممن تقل أعمارهم عن 18 عاماً، وأبناء المشترك الملتحقون بالجامعات والمعاهد ولا تزيد أعمارهم عن 18 عاما، والبنت العزباء غير العاملة مهما بلغ عمرها، وأبناء المشترك المرضى الحاصلون على نسبة عجز تزيد على 75 بالمئة بموجب تقرير طبي صادر عن اللجان المختصة في وزارة الصحة.
وأعطت الأسس وزارة النقل، وهيئة تنظيم النقل البري الحق بتقديم المشورة الفنية المختصة لصندوق المعونة الوطنية وذلك فيما يتعلق باحتساب قيمة مبالغ الانتفاع وتحديد فئات التعرفة المعتمدة في البرنامج، على ان يقوم الصندوق بتحديد أرباب الأسر المؤهلين للانتفاع من خدمة الدعم النقدي لدعم تكاليف النقل العام للأسر الفقيرة والمحتاجة وذلك وفقا للأسس التالية: أن لا تكون الأسرة من ضمن الأسر المستفيدة من خدمة الدعم النقدي المباشر، وان تشكل التكلفة التقديرية لانتقال رب الاسرة المحتاجة الى مركز عمله ما لا يقل عن 15 بالمئة من دخل الأسرة الشهري، وعدم امتلاك رب الأسرة مركبة للتنقل، وان يتم احتساب التكلفة التقديرية للنقل ومبلغ الدعم النقدي لتكاليف النقل العام المستحق للأسرة بالاستناد إلى التعرفة المعتمدة لدى وزارة النقل هيئة تنظيم النقل البري. وسيقوم الصندوق بإيداع مبلغ دعم تكاليف النقل العام للأسر المحتاجة المستحقة لهذا الدعم في الحسابات البنكية أو المحافظ الالكترونية التي سيتم اعتمادها لهذه الغاية.
وألزمت الأسس صندوق المعونة الوطنية بتقديم مستند التزام مالي للوزارة المختصة المعنية بتقديم أي من خدمات البرنامج على شكل كتاب رسمي يقر من خلاله بتحمل أو المساهمة في تكاليف تنفيذ الخدمة التي تقع ضمن نطاق اختصاصها وذلك وفقاً لما هو متفق عليه مع الصندوق، بحيث تقوم الوزارة المختصة بتقديم مطالبتها المالية للصندوق عند البدء بإجراءات تنفيذ الخدمة مباشرة، على أن يقترن بالمطالبة نسخ مصدقة من الوثائق المتعلقة بتنفيذ الخدمة.
كما يقرر مجلس إدارة صندوق المعونة الوطنية أعداد المستفيدين من الخدمات التكميلية وحجم المخصصات المالية لكل منها وذلك في ضوء حجم التمويل المالي المتاح سنوية، وللمجلس الحق بتعديل هذه الأسس وفقا لمتطلبات واحتياجات تنفيذ خدمات البرنامج وذلك بتنسيب من مدير عام الصندوق المستند إلى توصية من اللجان الفنية المختصة بخدمات البرنامج.

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الأنظمة السياسية ودساتيرها وقوانينها كما الأحزاب وبرامجها وإيديولوجياتها ،كلها كيانات اجتماعية سياسية ،تخضع للسياسة وقوانينها وللبشر وطبيعتهم المتنوعة والمتقلبة ،ولموازين القوى وتغير الظروف والأحوال وطنياً ودولياً ،وهذا ما يميزها عن الديانات المقدسة المُنزلة من السماء والأقانيم المستمدَة من مخيال جمعي قاهر ،وبالتالي فالحكم على الأنظمة والكيانات السياسية ينطلق من مدى تفاعلها مع المجتمع والتجاوب مع احتياجاته بدءاً من حاجات الناس العاديين من مأكل ومشرب ومسكن إلى بناء المؤسسات الاجتماعية الكبرى ومؤسسات الدولة حسب خصوصية كل مجتمع والتحديات التي يواجهها ، وحماية الحريات الدينية للمواطنين جزء من مسؤولية الدولة ،كل ذلك في إطار الشرائع القانونية الوضعية التي تعبر عن إرادة الأمة ويخضع له الجميع ،ومن هنا تسمى الدولة الديمقراطية والحديثة بـ(دولة القانون) .
هذه الرؤية للعمل السياسي وفن إدارة المجتمعات هي ما توصل له علم السياسة في الغرب وهو السائد في غالبية الدول الديمقراطية . إنه (العقد الاجتماعي) الذي حدد ونظم وضبط علاقة الشعب بمن يحكمونه ، ونزَّل السياسة من السماء إلى الأرض وحررها من هيمنة أدعياء الإلوهية والمفوضين من الرب ليحكموا باسمه كما يزعمون ،وحافظ على الدين كعلاقة بين الإنسان وربه دون وسيط ،كما أن (العقد الاجتماعي) أعلى من شأن القوانين والدساتير الوضعية التي يتوافق عليها البشر ليس لمواجهة الشرائع الدينية بل لوضع حد لفوضى فتاوى وقوانين تُنسب للدين تم تحريفها وتحويرها ممن نصبوا أنفسهم نواب الله في الأرض لخدمة مصالحهم الشخصية ولتبرير تسلطهم على البشر .
جاءت القوانين الوضعية المعبرة عن إرادة الأمة لتضع حداً لشريعة الغاب وحالة الفوضى الناتجة عن ممارسة الحقوق الطبيعية والحريات الشخصية بلا حدود وضوابط ،ولتضع حداً أيضا لفوضى وسوء فهم واستخدام الشرائع الدينية من طرف رجال الدين أو كهنوت حل نفسه محل الله في التحليل والتحريم وفي الثواب والعقاب وأصبحت أقوال هؤلاء أهم من القوانين التي تجمع عليها الأمة ،كما أن القوانين الوضعية المعبرة عن إرادة الأمة جاءت لتصحيح اعوجاج الحكام ووضع حد للاستبداد والدكتاتورية ،وفي كل المجتمعات والدول الديمقراطية تحترم القوانين الوضعية حرية العبادة وممارسة الشعائر الدينية .
عندما يصبح الإسلام كما تمارسه جماعات الإسلام السياسي وكما يجري عندما يتم إضفاء طابع ديني على الدولة أو الحكام لتبرير الاستبداد والتغطية ،عندما يصبح سبباً للفُرقة والحروب الأهلية بسبب التعصب أو تعدد الاجتهادات والتفسيرات فإن إعمال القانون الوضعي وفرضه على الجميع يصبح ضرورة ومصلحة وطنية حتى وإن اصطدم بفتاوى واجتهادات بعض مدعي وتجار الدين ،لأن رسالة الديانات السماوية وفلسفتها تهذيب الأخلاق والسلوك وتوفير حياة كريمة للبشر ،وعندما تؤدي ممارسات دينية إلى ما هو عكس ذلك ، آنذاك يجب تغليب المصلحة الوطنية كما يعبر عنها القانون الوضعي ،والتعامل مع الدين كما التعامل مع الوطن كملكية مشتركة لا يحق لأحد مصادرة أي منهما أو التصرف المتفرد بأي منهما .
المشهد السياسي أو السياسة بشكل عام في عالمنا أو عوالمنا العربية والإسلامية تسير في سياق مغاير ،فكلما اجتهد البعض من حكام ومفكرين وحاولوا الولوج إلى عالم الديمقراطية والحداثة إلا وحدثت ارتكاسة تُعيد الأمور إلى ما كانت عليه إن لم يكن أسوأ مما كانت عليه ،باستثناء حالات محدودة نتمنى صمودها وتغلبها على ما تواجه من تحديات .
مع تلمسنا لانجازات تحققت ونضال لا يتوقف من أجل التغيير والديمقراطية في بعض البلاد العربية والإسلامية ،إلا أن المشهد العام يشي بما يلي : غياب المنظومة القانونية الموحدة الحاكمة والناظمة للنظام السياسي ،غياب أو تشوه المنظومة الأخلاقية والهوية الوطنية الجامعة ، القرار الوطني غير وطني بل مُسير من الخارج ويخضع لحسابات قوى خارجية ،من يملك المال والسلاح هم سادة البلاد وسلاطينها ،استبعاد ومحاصرة المتنورين على يد حكام الأمر الواقع الذين سيَّدوا أنفسهم بقوة السلاح والمال وبالدعم الخارجي وأضفوا على أنفسهم شرعية موهومة ،الحركات التي تطلق على نفسها حركات مقاومة أو ثورات وهبات شعبية تتحول في غالبيتها إلى تجارة ومصدر رزق للجياع والعاطلين و لظاهرة ارتزاق ثوري وجهادي ولتمرير أجندة ومصالح دول خارجية ،محاربة كل من يقول كلمة حق في وجه سلطان جائر و يتم تهميشه وتشويهه إلى أن يصبح فاسداً وينساق مع منظومة الفساد ،التاريخ المُصطنع والملفق عبئاً على الحاضر وقيداً على العقل ،أقوال المتحدثين باسم سلف صالح ـ لا يوجد ما يثبت أنه كان صالحاً أو حتى كان لهم وجود أصلاً وإن وجد بعضهم فصلاحهم وصحة أقوالهم كان في زمانهم وليس لكل زمان ـ تعلو على أصوات العلماء والمثقفين وعلى كل منظومة قانونية ويصبح السلف ومن ينطق باسمهم قدوتنا ومنهم نستلهم سلوكنا وننمط تفكيرنا ، حلت تفسيرات وتأويلات دينية لرجال دين جهلة بالدين بقدر جهلهم بالسياسة محل القرآن نفسه والسنة الصحيحة ومحل الفهم العقلاني للدين ، الخيانة تصبح وجهة نظر ،تكفير الخصم لدرجة تبرير قتله أصبح من مستلزمات حماية الجبهة الداخلية وفي سياق التضحية بالقلة الكافرة والمنحرفة لصالح الأغلبية المؤمنة وتنفيذ إرادة الرب بحماية الدين .
في هذه الحالة أين نحن من السياسة وعلمها ومن الحضارة وتطورها ؟وما هي أوراق المحاججة التي نتسلح بها للرد على أمريكا وإسرائيل والغرب إن احتقروا العرب أو اتهموهم بأنهم شعب أو أمة عالة على البشرية وأنهم خارج سياق التطور الحضاري ،واتهموا المسلمين بالإرهاب والإسلام كمعيق للتطور والحضارة ؟.
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