Ansar Allah mobilizing millions of Yemenis in Sanaa
Mohammad Abdul-Salam, a spokesman for Yemen's Shia Houthi rise motion Ansar Allah, held a convergence with Iran's diplomatist to Yemen and thanked Tehran for endorsing the formation of the Council, which had been agreed by Ansar Allah happening and former Chairman Ali Abdullah Saleh's Statesman People's Legislature organisation in late July.
Mohammad Abdul-Salam, a spokesman for Yemen's Shia Houthi rebelling laxation Ansar Allah, has praised Iran for content of the activity of the Arabian state's Supreme Governmental Council, strictly opposed by the governmental forces, Persian media reportable Tuesday.
In inchoate Lordly, the UN-brokered talks in Kuwait on Yemen's equalisation ended with the governing and Houthi rebels imperfectness to arise to an concordance and the rebels forming the Dominant Semipolitical Council with a human of judgement the state.
According to the Tasnim programme office, Abdul-Salam, a last official from the Houthi shitting at Koweit talks, has late held a breakfast with Persia's embassador to Yemen and thanked Tehran for endorsing the establishment of the Council, which had been agreed by Ansar God change and former Chairwoman Ali Abdullah Saleh's Unspecialized People's Legislature party in belatedly July.
According to Abdul-Salam, the 10-member embody is a milestone in stretch a political compromise to end the Arabian national war.
Since 2014, Yemen has been swallowed in a military conflict between the government headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Ansar Allah move, also famous as the Houthis, which is the country's water oppositeness validness. The Houthis are hardbacked by grey units doglike to sometime Arab Presidentship Saleh.
Since Dominion 2015, the Saudi-led alinement of mostly Iranian Disconnection countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at Hadi's communicate.
Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society Donates Medicines to Palestine Refugees in Lebanon
The Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society (KPHFS) has contributed US$ 200,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to help Palestine refugees in Lebanon living with non-communicable diseases manage their conditions. The agreement will enable UNRWA to provide antidiabetic and antihypertensive medicines to approximately 13,700 Palestine refugee patients in Lebanon over the course of a year. The agreement was signed on 4 August by Omar Rifai, representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General and Chief of the Agency’s Arab Partners Unit, and Dr. Mohammad al-Sharhan, Chairman of KPHFS.
“UNRWA cares for over 5 million registered Palestine refugees in its five fields of operations, and the treatment of non-communicable diseases, which require life-long care, remains one of our most critical health priorities,” said Mr. Rifai. “We therefore greatly welcome this generous contribution from KPHFS, which will help ensure the provision of the necessary medicines to Palestine refugee patients living with non-communicable diseases in Lebanon.”
Although this is the first agreement between UNRWA and the Kuwait Patients Helping Fund Society, Kuwait as long been a consistent and reliable donor to UNRWA. In 2015, Kuwait contributed US$ 17 million in support of the Agency’s core programmes and services, as well as US$ 15 million to the 2015 Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal.
How President Obama became my family
Prior to serving on OFA's Advisory Board, I served as President Obama's "body man" at the White House. 
My job was to anticipate and sort out the matters that could potentially distract the President from the tough, big-picture decisions that require his focus every day.
It was that kind of behind-the-scenes responsibility and trust that turned the coolest boss in the world -- the President of the United States -- into someone
Inow consider my older, much wiser brother.
I've been with the President in the earliest and latest hours (that's me on the right behind the door, moments after the 2009 inaugural balls). 

I've seen firsthand just how hard he works to make sure everyone has the same opportunity to get ahead, and how important it is to President Obama that you've fought alongside him over the years.
That's why I'm asking you to join me in celebrating the President's last birthday as Commander-In-Chief.
Wish President Obama a happy 55th birthday -- sign the card.
It was an honor to assist and keep the President company at major turning points of his historic first term, and then go on to fight with organizers like you all across the country to do what many said was impossible: to make lasting change on issues that matter to all Americans.
And now it's time to celebrate a little, and show a true champion of change that we're still fighting as he rounds the corner of his final year in office.
Show the President some love and add your name to OFA's birthday card:
Thanks for making this one extra special.
Reggie Love
Hillary Clinton will appear at the Democratic national convention to accept the nomination on Thursday.
Historic vote at Democratic national convention ends with Bernie Sanders calling for unanimous nomination in bid to tamp down discord within party
Democrats officially nominated Hillary Clinton as their standard-bearer in the presidential contest on Tuesday, sealing her position as the first female nominee of a major party in US history at the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia.
While Clinton had already met the threshold of the 2,383 delegates required to clinch the nomination and beat Bernie Sanders through her primary victories, the official vote was a significant moment in American political history despitelingering discord within the party.
Although Clinton finished the Democratic primary with 2,807 delegates, compared with Sanders’ 1,894, a faction of the Vermont senator’s supporters arrived at the convention threatening a floor fight – or contested vote on the floor – over the nomination. They were further emboldened by leaked emails showing personal bias toward Clinton among officials at the Democratic National Committee, a controversy that culminated on Sunday in the resignation of party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
But in a bid for party unity, the campaigns of both Clinton and Sanders agreed to hold a vote that allowed Sanders delegates to show their support for the progressive senator, who defied all expectations by creating a grassroots movement across the country.
In another symbolic gesture, it was Sanders who called for the party to unanimously nominate Clinton when the roll call vote reached its completion with the Vermont delegation. The moment echoed the 2008 Democratic convention, when Clinton ended the roll call vote with a similar call for acclamation for Barack Obama from the New York delegation.
Turkish riot police escort a soldier, center, who allegedly took part in a military coup in Istanbul
Turkish authorities on Sunday began rounding up dozens of generals as well as senior judges and prosecutors accused of supporting a failed military coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The government has already said that almost 3,000 soldiers had been detained on suspicion of involvement in the putsch, which began on Friday night but faltered in the early hours of Saturday.
NTV television said that 34 generals of various grades had been detained so far. They include senior figures like Erdal Ozturk, commander of the third army and the commander of the Malatya-based second army, Adem Huduti.
The authorities have been carrying out raids at military bases across Turkey in search of those suspected of supporting the coup, which has claimed at least 265 lives.
In an operation early Sunday, at the garrison in the western town of Denizli, its commander Ozhan Ozbakir was detained along with 51 other soldiers, the state-run Anatolia news agency said.
The crackdown is however not restricted to the military, and Anadolu said that prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for a total of 2,745 judges and prosecutors across Turkey.
As many as 6,000 people have been arrested in total, as the Turkish government begins to assign blame for the failed coup. The entire investigation is being led by Ankara prosecutors.
The US State Department denied any link to the events, after the Turkish government, a US ally, blamed the coup on an exiled Turkish dissident who has been given sanctuary in the American state of Pennsylvania.
Those arrested are suspected of belonging to the group led by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey accuses of masterminding the coup. Gulen denies the charges.
“The cleansing [operation] is continuing,” said Bekir Bozdag, the Turkish justice minister, in a television interview, cited by The Guardian. “Some 6,000 detentions have taken place. The number could surpass 6,000.”
“Public insinuations or claims about any role by the United States in the failed coup attempt are utterly false and harmful to our bilateral relations,” the State Department said.
Turkey accuses Gulen of leading a group called the "Fethullahci Terror Organisation (FETO)" that has created a parallel state. Gulen's supporters say their group, which they call Hizmet (Service), is entirely peaceful.
US President Barack Obama had warned Turkey there is a "vital need" for all parties to "act within the rule of law" in the aftermath of the coup.
John Chilcot: ‘Iraq war inquiry will not shy away from criticisms’
Sir John Chilcot has insisted he was not afraid to criticise those who were in charge at the time of the Iraq war in his long-delayed report into the buildup, handling and aftermath of the 2003 conflict.
In an interview with broadcasters on the eve of publication, the head of the public inquiry moved to preempt accusations of a whitewash by saying there were occasions where he and his fellow panellists had judged that decisions or behaviour would justify a rebuke.
Chilcot said: “I made very clear right at the start of the inquiry that if we came across decisions or behaviour which deserved criticism then we wouldn’t shy away from making it. And, indeed, there have been more than a few instances where we are bound to do that.”
His report runs to 12 volumes totalling 2.6 million words, and examines the UK’s role in the run-up to the invasion and its aftermath. The Iraq Body Count, which maintains a database of deaths in Iraq, puts the death toll of combatants and civilians from the invasion to the present day at 251,000.
The Chilcot report’s main focus is on what commitmentsTony Blair gave to George Bush and whether the former prime minister misled the British public over the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, which turned out to be non-existent. Others in line for criticism include the overseas spy agency MI6 for providing inaccurate intelligence and allowing the facts to be souped up for political purposes – and military commanders for failing to
Chilcot defended himself against of the length of time the inquiry had taken – seven years – saying its scale was unprecedented. It included an analysis of 150,000 government documents and getting agreement from the government on how much of that could be published.
The former civil servant promised that the report would answer some of the questions raised by families of the dead British soldiers. “The conversations we’ve had with the families were invaluable in shaping some of the report,” Chilcot said.
Some of the families will be at the launch of the report at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, at Westminster. Others will join anti-war protesters outside who are calling for Blair to be prosecuted for alleged war crimes at the international criminal court in The Hague.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday, Karen Thornton, whose son Lee was killed in Iraq in 2006, said she was convinced that Blair had exaggerated intelligence about Iraq’s capabilities.
“If it is proved that he lied then obviously he should be held accountable for it,” she said, adding that meant a trial for war crimes. “He shouldn’t be allowed to just get away with it,” she said. But she did not express confidence that Chilcot’s report would provide the accountability that she was hoping for. “Nobody’s going to be held to account and that’s so wrong,” she said. “We just want the truth.”
Chilcot insisted that any criticism would be supported by careful examination of the evidence. “We are not a court – not a judge or jury at work – but we’ve tried to apply the highest possible standards of rigorous analysis to the evidence where we make a criticism.”
It is not clear how anti-war activists will respond to Chilcot’s statement that “we are not a court”. It reflects the fact that he had no lawyers on his panel and activists are likely to declare the report a whitewash if it fails to declare the war illegal.
Kate Hudson, spokeswoman for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said: “It comes down to a principle: where individuals, no matter how lofty, are found to be responsible for crimes, they should face the full force of the law. No one is exempt from justice.”
Jeremy Corbyn, who will respond to the report in parliament on Wednesday, is understood to have concluded that international laws are neither strong nor clear enough to make any war crimes prosecution a reality. The Labour leader said last year Blair could face trial if the report found he was guilty of launching an illegal war.
Corbyn is expected to fulfil a promise he made during his leadership campaign to apologise on behalf of Labour for the war. He will speak in the House of Commons after David Cameron, who is scheduled to make a statement shortly after 12.30pm.
Alex Salmond, the former Scottish National party leader, has called for the impeachment of Blair and argues that the findings of the report, even if fails to declare the war illegal, could open the way for legal action.
The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, said: “Bush and Blair’s choices have created a failed state which continues to be the source of extremism and instability across the Middle East.”
He added: “Blair knowingly lied to the public to justify this war, and his actions have damaged public trust, damaged the UK’s standing in the world and crippled the ability of the UK to make humanitarian interventions. It is time he accepted responsibility and acknowledged his catastrophic mistake.”
Geoffrey Robertson, QC, a former United Nations appeal judge and author of Crimes Against Humanity, said the prosecution of the former prime minister as a war criminal was “a legal impossibility”.
In an article for the Guardian, Robertson writes: “Both Jeremy Corbyn and Alex Salmond have already hinted that their response to Chilcot will be a wish to put Blair in the dock. This hypothetical, however engaging for television, is a legal impossibility.

 We need to concentrate on how the law should be changed to ensure that future leaders who wage wars of aggression can be brought to account.”
Blair is planning to hold a press conference to deliver a robust response to the findings. He will insist the Shia-Sunni split in Iraq, one of the driving forces of the continuing violence, preceded the invasion and was not the result of the disruption created by the war.
He will claim that Iran and al-Qaida had a role in creating the insecurity inside Iraq after the invasion. At same time, he will acknowledge he is now more cautious about the consequences of unleashing dangerous forces when a strongman such as Saddam Hussein is removed.
He will again apologise for the mistaken intelligence about Saddam’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction, but will point to evidence that the Iraqi leader sought to mislead the United Nations weapons inspectors and his own military in order to strengthen his political position inside Iraq.
Blair insists he gave no secret irrevocable pledges to Bush that the UK would go to war and any commitments of solidarity were subject to political support. His attempts to secure a second UN resolution that set tests Saddam needed to meet so as to avoid invasion is presented by Blair as proof there was no pre-ordained invasion.
Blair has previously accepted that the post-war planning was inadequate, but the report is likely to blame Whitehall inadequacy and the lack of expertise in the Foreign Office as well as turf wars in Washington.
The report was delivered to the prime minister at 11am on Tuesday. No one else has received a report, but Downing Street may have sent copies to other senior ministers. Corbyn will not receive a copy until 8am on Wednesday, the same time as the families.
Chilcot is scheduled to make a statement at 11am, lasting 15-20 minutes and the report will go online as soon as he finishes.
Military commanders are expected to face sharp criticism. The head of the army at the time, Sir Mike Jackson, his successor, Gen Sir Richard Dannatt, and the then head of military operations and now chief of defence staff, Gen Sir Michael Houghton, are all likely to be criticised for not making adequate preparations for the war and its aftermath.
Admiral Lord Boyce, chief of defence staff at the time, may also face criticism, though he expressed misgivings about the invasion and its consequences.
An internal Ministry of Defence report attacks the ministry for being too “complacent” in the run-up to the invasion.



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