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USA | Trump Continues Obama-Era Saber Rattling With Russia By Arming Ukraine

The Russia-obsessed corporate media continues to peddle the narrative that Donald Trump has turned the United States into a client-state of Russia, even while he directly provokes the former Soviet Union by providing Russia’s foe — Urkaine — with the largest lethal assistance to a country on its border.

Importance of Afrin and why the Turkish state wants to attack it

Turkey lies to the north and west of Afrin, to the east are Turkish-backed groups and to the south the Nusra Front (Hayat Tahrir al-Sham).

Oil and food prices in Afrin, whose economy relies on olives, olive oil and fruit, have rocketed in recent times because of the embargo from all sides.

Former Zimbabwe ministers charged with corruption

Two former Zimbabwean cabinet ministers who served under ex-president Robert Mugabe have been charged with corruption, their lawyers said on Saturday, the latest sign of a crackdown on officials loyal to Mugabe.

Central African Republic: UN agency registers thousands of refugees arriving in Chad

In the wake of a recent flare-up of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations refugee agency said Friday that it is registering and assisting thousands of mostly women and children refugees arriving in Chad.

“More than 5,000 refugees are estimated to have arrived in southern Chad since late December, escaping clashes between the armed groups Mouvement national pour la libération de la Centrafrique (MNLC) and Révolution et Justice (RJ) in the town of Paoua,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told the regular press briefing in Geneva.

Ukraine | Political repression in Ukraine: summary statistics

In response to a request from Ukrainian journalists, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) reported that 1505 people were arrested for crimes against national security between 2014 and 30 November 2017. This information was published by the agency “Ukrainian National News” in December 2017.
“Investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine since February 2014 till November 30 this year investigated (investigate) 15 236 criminal productions about crimes against the bases of national security and defense of Ukraine, encroachment on its territorial integrity and inviolability, terrorism, other serious crimes by 3603 people, 1505 of whom were arrested,” – the reply to the inquiry tells.
Also SBU reported that the courts sent indictments against 1888 people who are participants of terrorist organizations and illegal paramilitary groups, traitors, accomplices of terrorists and committed others crimes against Ukraine.
It is also noted that 640 people were found guilty of committing crimes against the state and people of Ukraine, they are sentenced to different terms of imprisonment.
Also, the agency “Ukrainian National News” reports that in Ukraine, in the first half of the year 2017, 51 people were convicted of undermining national security. This information was provided to the agency by the State Judicial Administration of Ukraine.
On charges of committing crimes against the bases of national security of Ukraine, only three people received an acquittal.
Totally in the first half of 2017, there were 264 productions in the Ukrainian courts under these articles against 435 persons. During this period a total of 71 cases were examined.