Europe may soon face a massive inflow of refugees and migrants that will be even bigger than at the peak of the infamous crisis, GermanyвЂ™s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has warned, urging to assist Greece and Turkey.
“We must do more to help our European partners with controls on the EU external borders. We have left them alone for too long,” the minister told German Bild am Sonntag newspaper in the wake of his visit to Greece and Turkey, where he also discussed migration policies.
If we do not do that we will once again face a refugee wave like in 2015 or maybe even greater.
Seehofer also warned that if Europe does not find “strength to solve this problem” it could see a “loss of control” in case another refugee crisis breaks out. The minister, who spoke with the Turks and the Greeks with the incoming EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, vowed that the two countries will do “everything so that it does not happen again.”
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He has already pledged more support for both nations, although these promises have not been translated into any specific steps just yet. Options for Greece involve sending in German migration agents and IT specialists to train the local staff and help with asylum applications and data processing as well as beefing up coastal guard forces. It is Athens that gets to decide what type of assistance it needs, though.
As for Turkey, Seehofer said that “it is clear that we cannot manage the future with the resources of the past,” apparently referring to the 2016 deal between Brussels and Ankara. Turkey agreed to take back refugees coming to the Greece’s coast by boats in exchange for financial assistance and Europe taking some refugees directly from the Turkish territory.
Yet, when asked about how much money Turkey should receive beyond the €6 billion ($6.59 billion) it got under the 2016 deal, Seehofer said that he cannot make such a decision alone.
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The German minister’s statements indeed come amid a growing number of the new arrivals at the Greek coasts. According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), more migrants crossed from Turkey to Greece by sea in the nine months of this year than in 2018.
Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper cited an internal EU commission report saying that more than 46,000 refugees and migrants arrived to the EU from Turkey by the end of September, which is 23 percent more than over the same period last year. The same document says that 25,000 more are expected to come by the end of 2019. T
hese figures are still far lower than the 2015 numbers, when Europe saw almost one million refugees.
#Erdogan has a tough message for EU - either Turkey gets help from western neighbors or thousands of Syrian refugees will freely migrate to Western Europe pic.twitter.com/vqhvZcY4av
In mid-September, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to open refugee floodgates to Europe if Brussels does not assist Ankara in its plans to create 32-kilometer-wide “safe zone” inside northeastern Syria currently held by the Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey considers terrorists.
“If you can’t accept this business, we will open the gates. Let them [refugees] go from there wherever they want,” Erdogan told Reuters at the time. He also issued a scathing rebuke to the EU by saying that the financial assistance Turkey received from Europe is insufficient and that his nation already spent $40 billion hosting 3.6 million people, who fled to Turkey since 2011 when the Syrian conflict erupted.
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US Embassy in Turkey liked a Twitter post of an exiled journalist concerning a Turkish party leaderвЂ™s health, and unleashed furious reaction online. While the mission said it was an вЂњerror,вЂќ Turkish politicians were not convinced.
One should be mindful of what they’re doing on social media these days – especially when running official accounts, as a single “like” of a wrong post can turn into a full-blown diplomatic scandal.
The US Embassy in Turkey learned it the hard way on Saturday, after hitting the “like” button on a post, that speculated on health of Delvlet Bahceli – the leader of the nationalist MHP party and close ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – who fell ill earlier this week. The politician was discharged from a hospital late on Saturday.
The message in question was quite unremarkable – and not even particularly offensive by social media standards. It suggested that the Turkish people “should get ready for a political era” without Bahceli. Still, the message was clearly not something worth of a high-level diplomatic approval.
To make the matters worse, the original tweet was produced by Ergun Babahan – a Turkish journalist accused by Ankara of being a member of the so-called Fethullah Gullen Terrorist Organization (FETO). The journalist fled the country after the 2016 botched coup attempt and is now living in exile in Canada.
Such an explosive mix prompted a blistering reaction from Turkish politicians, with the Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun urging the US State Department to investigate the offensive “like” and punish those behind it.
“Freudian slip? The US Embassy has no business meddling in Turkey’s domestic affairs,” Altun wrote on Twitter.
The top-level attention to the embassy’s social media flop prompted it to unlike the post and issue an apology.
“Earlier today our Embassy Twitter account “liked” an unrelated post in error. We regret the mistake and apologize for any confusion,” the US Embassy said.
Earlier today our Embassy Twitter account вЂњlikedвЂќ an unrelated post in error. We regret the mistake and apologize for any confusion.
This explanation has not convinced the Turkish officials, however. On Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said it had summoned the US Charge d’Affaires and demanded an “open and clear” explanation regarding the cheeky like.
Erdogan’s patty, the AKP, was not satisfied with the apology either. Its spokesman, Omer Celik, produced a whole Twitter thread about the misplaced like. Liking such posts is a “complete violation of diplomatic practices,” he fumed, adding that “dry apology” cannot fix what had been done and a proper investigation was needed.
“The United States Embassy needs to try to understand Turkey not through people linked with terrorist organizations but through people who can conduct proper analysis,” Celik raged on. “No embassies can comment in such way on any political party and politicians in Turkey. Respect for diplomatic practices is essential. Persons associated with terrorist organizations cannot be the source of an embassy.”
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The Embassy’s blunder adds to the already strained relationship between the US and Turkey, that rapidly deteriorated after the failed 2016 coup. Ankara believes the controversial preacher Fethullah Gulen – who lives in the US – to be the mastermind behind the coup attempt, yet Washington has refused to surrender him to Turkey.
Ankara’s decision to buy Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft systems despite Washington’s strong objection to the deal has been another major issue between the two. The purchase has untimely resulted in the US scrapping a planned sale of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, since the planes might be somehow “compromised” by mere presence of Russian missile systems.
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вЂ?Subway SopranoвЂ™ Emily Zamourka, a homeless singer who became a viral sensation overnight, couldnвЂ™t hold back tears when talking to Ruptly after her first big stage performance. She said sheвЂ™s starting a full-time music career.
Speaking to RT’s video agency Ruptly after her performance at the opening of the New Little Italy district in Los Angeles, the Russian-born Zamourka said she felt “like never before in her entire life.” She sang an aria from Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini.
I feel this is... my chance of teaching people the real me, who I was the whole time.
It all started with a tweet of Los Angeles Police Department that launched the miraculous transformation of Zamourka’s life from a homeless woman sleeping on the cardboard to a celebrity with an offer of a recording contract from Grammy-nominated producer. LAPD posted a video of Zamourka singing on the platform of Koreatown metro station, taken by one of the officers. More than 1.1 million of people watched her performance – and many were impressed by her singing skills.
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But before reaching this high point in her life, Zamourka did experience quite a few lows. Her prized $10,000 violin was grabbed and destroyed by a man after a street performance in 2016, depriving the woman of her main source of income. Someone then pushed her off a bus, causing her to fracture her wrist, and ending her playing career for good. She also suffered severe health problems, and was eventually unable to pay her rent.
I don’t deserve all those bad things that people did to me, I’ve never done anything bad to anybody, all I wanted was to touch people’s spirits with my music.
And touch the spirits she did, with hundreds of fans now donating to Emily via GoFundMe to help her out of her situation, with more than $67,000 raised since Tuesday.Emily is very thankful. The vocalist burst into tears, describing how hopeful she had previously been that some of the videos of her singing taken by passers-by would attract attention.
People recorded me a lot but I’ve never seen it. So I guess now they get to be revealed and it just touches me because... I just went back to how I was, and I want to go back to how it was, and this is going to help me.
Zamourka said she wanted to become a “working artist” and it was something “she is already doing today.” Music producer Joel Diamond, who made her a contract offer, earlier said that he’s already recorded some tracks, which feature “a classical crossover with EDM.” An album titled Paradise is now in the works.
Emily Zamourka was born in Russia, where she learned classical singing and the violin. She emigrated to the United States in 1992. Zamourka gave piano and violin classes to make a living until her health deteriorated. Friends from Russia and the US helped her get by, but after one American who aided with her bills died of a heart attack, she was left all on her own.
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Iraqi officials have insisted that government forces did not fire directly at protesters during a brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrations which has left at least 104 people dead and thousands more injured.
Security forces have repeatedly used live ammunition in a bid to clamp down on the wave of protests that have swept across Iraq this week. However, Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Saad Maan insisted on Sunday that government forces did not shoot directly at protesting civilians.
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In a news conference broadcast on state television, Maan said that eight members of the security forces died in the violent clashes and dozens of public buildings and political party headquarters had been torched by protesters.
Several videos of wounded and distressed protesters have been widely shared on social media as the violence continued throughout the week.
Earlier Sunday, the government announced 17 planned reforms in response to the mass demonstrations which represent the biggest challenge Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi has faced since coming to power last year.
The reforms cover areas such as land distribution, welfare stipends and a bid to tackle youth unemployment which currently stands at 25 percent.
Gennady Golovkin certainly didn't have it all his own way in his unanimous decision win against Sergiy Derevyanchenko on Saturday but the razor-thin decision sets up the potential of money-spinning third bout with Canelo Alvarez.
Golovkin, who was fighting for the second time since the sole defeat of his professional career to Canelo a little over a year ago, started the fight in robust fashion inside the Madison Square Garden ring, dropping his Ukrainian opponent inside the first round and opening up a cut in round two.
The conventional blueprint for a fight that begins in this fashion for 'GGG' is to extend his points tally into the latter stages of the fight, where a knockout is often waiting. However, if there was a script written prior to this contest then Derevyanchenko certainly wasn't following it.
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He retaliated from the fourth round onwards, unleashing a barrage of attacks to Golovkin's body which at one point appeared to have him seriously hurt. He was saved, perhaps, by an unusual intervention from referee Harvey Dock to the considerably audible ire of the Derevyanchenko camp.
Golovkin came back strong in the eighth and offered enough from that point on to merit the decision by a score of 114-113, 115-112, 115-112.
The bout was for the vacant IBF middleweight title, the same championship that Golovkin was stripped of last year for failing to accept a mandatory defense against Derevyanchenko, instead opting to rematch Alvarez after their first bout ended in a draw.
Golovkin, now 37, may just be showing signs of being a battle-worn and absorbed more significant strikes throughout the bout than he has in any previous contest and while it made for a thrilling contest and surefire 'Fight of the Year' contender, the next consideration is that of exactly where 'GGG' goes from here.
The third fight with Canelo – who fights Sergey Kovalev on November 2 – is undoubtedly the most attractive possibility from both a money and legacy standpoint, as a tied series after three fights would be a fitting, if underwhelming, epitaph to both fighters' future Hall of Fame careers.
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Of course, we will have to wait and see what happens in Canelo's light heavyweight debut as a victory against Kovalev will mean that there are fighters spanning at least three divisions who will want a crack at him, while Callum Smith is also waiting at 168lbs, but the clock is ticking for Golovkin who is eight years his rival's elder.
Canelo has indicated that he isn't chasing the trilogy match and that the last victory was enough to satisfy his competitive streak, but if he was to entertain once again signing a contract to fight the Kazakh star perhaps Golovkin's performance in the ring in New York City will have tempted him.
The delightfully old-fashioned вЂњtoeragвЂќ insult is trending on Twitter after a resident of Boris JohnsonвЂ™s constituency was asked for her thoughts on the UK prime minister.
The viral moment came when Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge hit the streets of Uxbridge and South Ruislip to get a feel for Johnson’s popularity in the area.
The mere utterance of Johnson’s name caused one pensioner’s face to contort in disgust after she was approached by the reporter. “Don’t you even mention that name in front of me, that filthy piece of toerag,” the woman replied, before walking off.
.@SophyRidgeSky travelled to Boris Johnson's constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip where there is lots of support for the prime minister.
It also sparked a debate on the origin of the word “toerag.” Most definitions state that it means “a contemptible or worthless person” and refers to a piece of cloth used by people who couldn’t afford socks. However, others claimed it should be spelled towrag and was a piece of cloth that sailors used instead of toilet paper.
Tow rag, not toerag, was a term used by sailors who tied a piece of rag to a rope at the head of a ship, where there was a hole above the sea for use as a toilet. The rag would be used to wipe themselves and then dropped in the water to clean itself for the next user.