WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 11 August 2017

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WORLD BRIEF: James Chapman, a former aide to Brexit Secretary David Davis said, “there is an enormous gap in the center now of British politics” that could be filled by an anti-Brexit force. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has also called for pro-EU politicians from all parties to unite.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 11 August 2017

UK opponents of Brexit mull new centrist political party

Opponents of Britain’s departure from the EU are floating the idea of setting up a new anti-Brexit political party. James Chapman, a former aide to Brexit Secretary David Davis, has become an outspoken critic of Britain’s looming departure from the 28-nation bloc. He is calling for a new centrist political party because both the governing Conservatives and main opposition Labor parties say they will go through with the decision to leave.

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James Chapman said Friday “there is an enormous gap in the center now of British politics” that could be filled by an anti-Brexit force. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has also called for pro-EU politicians from all parties to unite. Britain is currently negotiating its divorce from the EU and is due to leave in March 2019. (AP)

Turkey opposes EU sanctions on Russia – FM

Turkey does not approve of sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU over Ukraine, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said, urging both sides to resolve their issues through dialogue and political means, the Hurriyet Daily News reported. “Turkey suffered from sanctions a lot in the past. Sanctions against our neighbors and partners caused grave damage on our economy. That’s why when we hear about sanctions we don’t rush into it. We are looking into whether we can find other ways to solve the problems,” Cavusoglu told Turkiye daily. “That’s why we did not join the sanctions on Russia, and we prefer political engagement and dialogue,” he added.

UN: Smugglers throw some 280 migrants into the sea off Yemen

Smugglers have thrown some 280 migrants into the sea off the coast of Yemen in the last two days, causing more than 50 to drown and leaving over 30 missing, the UN migration agency said Thursday. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the migrants who were forced from boats in two separate incidents were hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen. The International Organization for Migration said Wednesday that up to 50 migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia were “deliberately drowned” by a smuggler off Yemen. The UN agency said 160 Ethiopian migrants were violently forced into the Arabian Sea on Thursday. (AP)

Russia regrets US questions over Iran nuclear deal – Lavrov

Moscow regrets that the US is questioning agreements on the Iranian nuclear program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday. Although the Trump administration has confirmed that as far as the signed agreements are concerned, Iran is carrying out all envisioned actions, still Washington “keeps calling these agreements wrong, erroneous,” Sputnik quoted Lavrov as saying. “So it’s a pity that such a rather successful treaty is now being questioned,” the minister said at a forum in the Vladimir region east of Moscow. Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump said he thinks Iran is not in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding its nuclear deal.

Thailand moves to buy $24.9mn anti-ship missiles from US – report

Thailand is a step closer to buying up to five Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles from the US at an estimated cost of $24.9 million, the Nation newspaper reported Friday. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, a unit under the US Department of Defense, submitted this week the required certification to Congress of the possible sale. The Congress notification of a potential sale is required by US law and does not mean the sale has been concluded. Thailand’s government has requested to purchase up to five RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface launched missiles and one RTM-84L
Harpoon Block II exercise missile, according to the statement.

600,000 Syrians returned home in 2017, more fled

The UN’s migration agency says over 600,000 displaced Syrians have returned to their homes this year, citing an increasing trend of returns while warning the situation remains “not sustainable.” International Organization for Migration spokeswoman Olivia Headon says the 602,759 returns between January and July was on pace to surpass the figure of 685,000 in all of 2016. She said however that the 2017 returns were less than the number of displaced this year: nearly 809,000. IOM said Friday that its partner agencies reporting found that two-thirds went to northern Aleppo governorate, where government forces ousted rebels from the city of Aleppo last year. Twenty-seven percent of respondents said they returned to “protect their assets” and one-quarter cited “improved economic conditions.” (AP)

Indonesia arrests alleged recruiter for Marawi siege

Indonesian police on Friday arrested an alleged recruiter and fundraiser for pro-Islamic State militants locked in a bloody battle for control of the southern Philippine city of Marawi. Nearly 700 people, 120 soldiers among them, have been killed in the conflict after an alliance of militant groups launched an audacious assault to capture the Philippine city on May 23. Philippine military and police have yet to regain control of all of Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people. The man detained at a residential complex on the outskirts of Jakarta is believed to be a member of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah, an Indonesian radical group that has pledged allegiance to IS, police spokesman Inspector General Setyo Wasisto said. (Reuters)

UN envoy calls for urgent reopening of Yemen airport

The UN Yemen envoy called on Friday for the urgent reopening of the airport in the rebel-held capital Sanaa, which has been closed to all but limited UN flights for a year. A Saudi-led coalition supporting the government imposed an air and sea blockade on rebel-held territory in March 2015 and tightened it in August last year. UN agencies and aid groups have called repeatedly for the airport to be reopened to allow the delivery of desperately needed relief to the millions of Yemenis. “I reiterate my call for the urgent and immediate need to reopen Sanaa international airport as soon as possible,” UN Yemen envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed tweeted after three days of talks in neighboring Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-led coalition said late Thursday that it was ready to allow the reopening of the airport on condition the UN provided support for airport security. (AFP)

South Korea, US ready for war games – military

Military officials said they plan to move ahead with large-scale US-South Korea exercises later this month that North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war. The exercises are an annual event, but come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four Hwasong-12 missiles toward Guam. The plan would be sent to leader Kim Jong-un for approval just before or as the US-South Korea drills begin. The exercises are expected to run from August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of troops on the ground and in the sea and air. Washington and Seoul say they’re meant as a deterrent against North Korean aggression. (AP)

Turkey detains 42 suspected militants in raids – reports

Turkish police on Friday detained 42 people over suspected militant links in operations across two separate provinces, security sources and media said. Police detained 22 suspected Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in operations across the eastern province of Elazig, security sources said. Separately, police detained another 20 people in the southern province of Adana over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the state-run Anadolu news agency said. It said authorities were still seeking 10 suspects. (Reuters)

Tokyo does not own Sea of Japan, China’s Air Force chief says

China’s Air Force chief defended military maneuvers in the Sea of Japan, saying the waters did not belong to Tokyo, after a Japanese defense review warned of increasing Chinese military activity there. “The Sea of Japan is not Japan’s sea,” People’s Liberation Army Air Force Commander Ma Xiaotian said on Thursday, in response to a question at a military event in the northeastern city of Changchun. “We must carry out drills at sea. China’s Air Force cannot simply guard on land and not go out,” Ma said in a report, which was posted to the Air Force’s official microblog. Tokyo’s ties with Beijing have long been plagued by a territorial dispute over a group of tiny, uninhabited East China Sea islets and the legacy of Japan’s wartime aggression. (Reuters)

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilizing troops

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen accused neighboring Laos on Friday of sending troops into Cambodian land in April and said they must leave by an August 17 deadline and that he was mobilizing soldiers to the border area. Hun Sen said at a ceremony in Phnom Penh about 30 soldiers from Laos had crossed into the area and that some of them remained there during daytime. He said he had been in touch with the government in Laos. “I can no longer keep patience,” Hun Sen said. “We don’t declare war, we just ask to get our own land back.” (Reuters)


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