2020-07-29: News Headlines

South Front (2020-07-29). Video: Hezbollah-Israeli Escalation on Lebanese Border. Rocket Strikes against US Bases in Iraq. globalresearch.ca On July 27, fighting broke out between Israeli forces and Hezbollah along the Israeli-Lebanese contact line. This became the heaviest open confrontation between the sides in about a year. The incident occurred in an area known as Chebaa Farms, which …

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). VP urges Pakistan to help keep security at borders with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 29 (MNA) — First Vice President called on the Pakistani government to seriously prevent any measure that undermines security at the borders with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

yenisafak (2020-07-29). Turkey to display seized historical artifacts in museum. yenisafak.com Some 155 historical artifacts seized during a police raid in the Aegean province of Aydin will be displayed in a museum, said an official on Wednesday.The historical artifacts including statues, oil lamps and rings plus 2,300 ancient coins were seized in the Nazilli district on July 24 and handed over to Aphrodisias Museum in Aydin.Umut Tuncer, the provincial director of culture and tourism, told Anadolu Agency that most of the delivered artifacts were genuine and that the analysis process continues for others.Noting that the police operation was one of the biggest operations in Aydin in terms of quality, Tuncer…

sputniknews (2020-07-29). Surprise for the Enemy: What to Know About Rafale Jets as India's Air Power Receives Major Boost. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India purchased 36 Rafale fighter jets from France in a 2016 government-to-government deal at a cost of $8.7 billion. The delivery of the jets, which began in October 2019, will be completed by 2022. India urged France to expedite the delivery amid heightened tensions with China along the border.

sputniknews (2020-07-29). India to Deploy 35,000 Troops Along China Border Amid Disengagement Talks – Reports. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Earlier in July, India and China agreed to pull back their troops to ensure a complete disengagement in the high-altitude Ladakh region following the worst clash between the two South Asian nations in nearly 50 years. The troops of two countries engaged in an intense standoff that killed 20 Indian soldiers.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-29). Iraqi official urges removal of ISIL in Iraq-Syria border. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul.29 (MNA) — A spokesman for the Iraqi Armed Forces stressed the importance and necessity of protecting the border between Syria and Iraq reporting that more troops and military equipment have been sent for protection of this area.

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-07-29). Thursday 8/6: 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar. indybay.org 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar | Time: August 6th Thursday at 5-7 PM PST. | Zoom Webinar Registration: us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upwrcOmrrjkjGt3I5EpvVOBEXwgErDneL6Yt | August 2000 will be the 20th anniversary of the D2K LA 2000, a week-long moralization that shocked the country: DNC LA, march to Staples Center, The Rage concert, the convergent center at the MacAuthor Park, the LA Independent Media Center at the Patriotic Hall, Mumia march, direct action at the Rampart Police Station, midnight special law collective, jail solidarity action in front of the T…

Staff (2020-07-28). No Paper Trail: Migrant Children Secretly Held in Hampton Inn Hotels Before Expulsion from U.S. democracynow.org Under a shocking new Trump administration policy, hundreds of people who came to the United States seeking asylum were secretly held in hotels for days on end before being expelled from the country, often with little or no paper trail. This includes more than 200 unaccompanied immigrant children — including babies and toddlers — who were taken to hotels near the Texas-Mexico border by a private contractor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "The Trump administration has been just basically expelling them without due process and without any paper trail," says Zenén Jaimes Pérez, advocacy director…

Staff (2020-07-28). Headlines for July 28, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Republicans Unveil Plan to Slash Unemployment Benefits as Pandemic Rages, Moderna Late Stage Vaccine Trial Starts, as Trump's NSA Tests Positive for Coronavirus, WHO: COVID-19 "Most Severe Global Health Emergency" as Global Death Toll Tops 654,000, AG Barr and National Guardsman to Testify Before Congress with Battling Narratives, John Lewis Lies in State in Capitol Rotunda as He Is Honored by Fellow Lawmakers, 100s of DNC Delegates to Oppose a Party Platform Without Medicare for All, DNC Members Vote to Support Israel's Illegal Annexation of West Bank, "Free Them All!": Immigrant Rights Activists Chain Th…

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-28). Heightened Tensions Along the Lebanese/Israeli Border. globalresearch.ca By its own admission, Israel's IDF conducted numerous airstrikes on Syrian targets in recent years. | Last week, Lebanon's Al-Manar television reported that an Israeli strike near Damascus International Airport killed Hezbollah fighter Ali Kamel Mohsen and four others. | In response, …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-28). In Light of Supreme Court Ruling, ACLU Says Trump's Latest Move to Undermine DACA 'Patently Illegal'. commondreams.org "There is absolutely no reason for this," said immigration rights activist Erika Andiola. "Nothing. Not a legal reason. Not a political reason. Just hate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1221069325.jpg

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-28). Israel shells southern Lebanon. peoplesdispatch.org Israeli forces shelled areas in southern Lebanon on July 27, Monday, leading to the destruction of a house whose residents narrowly escaped harm. Israel claimed that the shelling was to stop Hezbollah fighters trying to infiltrate the Shebaa Farm area along the border under Israeli control. The claim was denied by Hezbollah in an official statement, which called the shelling a one-sided attack on Lebanon. | Israel claimed that on Monday, several Hezbollah fighters tried to enter the Shebaa Farm area, which is claimed by Lebanon but under Israeli occupation since 1967. According to Israel, its forces opened fire t…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-28). Hungarians rally for press freedom. peoplesdispatch.org Hungary is ranked the second-worst in the EU with regard to freedom of press by Reporters Without Borders. There have been a number of previous instances of pro-Orban forces and individuals gaining control over media outlets critical of the government.

WSWS (2020-07-28). Trump deploys more federal agents in Portland crackdown. wsws.org One hundred US Marshals and 50 Customs and Border Patrol agents specializing in "riot control" are en route or have already arrived as protests continue.

Fight Back (2020-07-28). Minneapolis protest demands justice for Vanessa Guillen, Breonna Taylor, women lost to state violence. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On July 18, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis to demand justice for women lost to state violence. Organized by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), the protest focused on Vanessa Guillen and Breonna Taylor. The dual focus on Vanessa Guillen, who was Latina, and Breonna Taylor, who was Black, aimed to build unity between Black and Latino communities as well as other communities in the struggle for justice. | The protest took place in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. After a lakeside rally at Bde Mka Ska, protesters marched to the intersection of…

sputniknews (2020-07-28). Hezbollah Denies Claims of Failed Attempt to 'Infiltrate' Israel Amid Lebanon Border Clash Reports. sputniknews.com Armed clashes were reported on 27 July along the border between Israel and Lebanon, with a source in the Lebanese Security Service saying they occurred after a detachment of Hezbollah fighters purportedly attempted to destroy an Israeli military convoy.

sputniknews (2020-07-28). India Imposes Prohibitive Orders Around Ambala Airbase Ahead of Rafale Jets' Arrival. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The much-anticipated first batch of five Rafale jets took off from France on Monday, beginning their 7,000 km journey to India. The three single-seater and two twin-seater fighter jets will touch down at the Ambala Airbase in Punjab, close to Ladakh and the Pakistani border, on Wednesday.

sputniknews (2020-07-28). US Federal Agents in Portland for Protests Reportedly Expected to Stay Until Mid-October. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US federal agents that are currently in Portland to quell violence are expected to stay in the city until mid-October, CNN reported on Tuesday citing an email it obtained from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Staff (2020-07-28). Migrant Children Secretly Held in Hampton Inn Hotels Before Expulsion From US. truthout.org Under a shocking new Trump administration policy, hundreds of people who came to the United States seeking asylum were secretly held in hotels for days on end before being expelled from the country, often with little or no paper trail. This includes more than 200 unaccompanied immigrant children — including babies and toddlers — who were taken to hotels near the Texas-Mexico border by a private contractor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "The Trump administration has been ju…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-07-28). 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar. indybay.org 8/6 5-7PM PST Please Join Our D2K LA 2000 – 20th Anniversary Zoom Webinar | Time: August 6th Thursday at 5-7 PM PST. | Zoom Webinar Registration: us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/upwrcOmrrjkjGt3I5EpvVOBEXwgErDneL6Yt | August 2000 will be the 20th anniversary of the D2K LA 2000, a week-long moralization that shocked the country: DNC LA, march to Staples Center, The Rage concert, the convergent center at the MacAuthor Park, the LA Independent Media Center at the Patriotic Hall, Mumia march, direct action at the Rampart Police Station, midnight special law collective, jail solidarity action in front of the T…

Staff (2020-07-27). Headlines for July 27, 2020. democracynow.org Florida, Texas and California Grapple with Mounting Infections as U.S. Caseload Tops 4.2 Million, Protesters in Puerto Rico Call for Halt to Tourism to Curb Mounting Coronavirus Cases, Judge Denies Trump Request to Delay Deadline for Releasing Immigrant Children, Senate to Unveil New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Cutting Unemployment Benefits, U.K. Reinstates Spain Quarantine; N. Korea Declares Emergency; Cases Mount Across Latin America & Africa, BLM Protesters Face Attacks from Federal Agents, Police, and Other Violence in Cities Across the U.S., John Lewis Crosses Edmund Pettus Bridge for Last Time as Family and S…

RT (2020-07-27). 'Do not repeat this mistake:' Israel's Netanyahu threatens Hezbollah after group denies 'infiltration' at Lebanon border. rt.com Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Lebanese Hezbollah fighters not to test his military, and Defense Minister Benny Gantz has promised a powerful response, after a bout of shelling on the Israel/Lebanon border. | Israeli forces opened fire on the disputed Shebaa Farms area along the Lebanese border on Monday, responding to what they said was an infiltration attempt by a "terrorist cell." Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops say they blasted the infiltrators with machine guns and tanks, and managed to thwart the incursion. | Although witnesses from Lebanon contacted by Reuters verified the Israeli story, He…

RT (2020-07-27). Keeping borders shut for long 'almost impossible', WHO says, as countries fear Covid-19 spike. rt.com Keeping international borders shut for too long over Covid-19 would hardly be possible, according to the World Health Organization. Its statement comes as virus spikes in some countries spark fears of a second wave. | The basic protective measures remain wearing masks and keeping social distancing, WHO's Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out. He praised Canada, China, Germany and South Korea for their significant achievements in countering the epidemic due to strict adherence to the rules. | Meanwhile, another WHO official sees it as extremely hard to keep the world hermetically sealed for mu…

The Canary (2020-07-27). Call for 'smarter' border checks after Spain removed from quarantine-free list. thecanary.co The government has been urged to introduce "smarter measures" at the border after holidaymakers in Spain were told they must quarantine when they return home.Labour's shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said there are "serious questions" about the blanket self-isolation requirement.He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The first is why we are still employing the… blunt tool of the 14-day quarantining rather than smarter measures, and secondly the chaotic nature of the decision-making which certainly hasn't bred confidence in the government's approach."Thomas-Symonds added: "I think you need a smarter se…

RT (2020-07-27). American pilots can't get enough of the Black Sea! Russian jet intercepts US spy plane for 3rd time in less than a week (VIDEO). rt.com Everyone knows the Black Sea is an attractive place in summer, but this year American pilots seem especially drawn to its shores. For the third time since Thursday, Russia's Air Force has intercepted a US spy plane in the area. | A Russian Su-27 jet was scrambled to escort an American – -8–ê Poseidon surveillance aircraft above the Black Sea after it was spotted once again scanning Russia's southern borders, some 8,000 kilometers away from home. | The radar picked up "an aerial target" approaching the border over the neutral waters on Monday, Russia's Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

WSWS (2020-07-27). What is BORTAC and why is it patrolling the streets of Portland? wsws.org The special paramilitary arm of Customs and Border Protection has been deployed to intimidate and terrorize young people and workers amid the greatest health, economic and political crisis in modern American history.

WSWS (2020-07-27). Hurricane Hanna hits regions of Texas and Mexico devastated by COVID-19. wsws.org In conjunction with a natural disaster, the coronavirus outbreak in the cross-border region threatens to spiral out of control.

teleSUR (2020-07-27). Venezuela Dismantles Drug Camps Near its Border With Colombia. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Interior Minister Nestor Reverol Monday revealed that the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) officials seized 9,173 kilograms of cocaine and dismantled two drug processing camps 900 meters from the border with Colombia. | RELATED: | Reverol said that FANB authorities, along with the Venezuelan National Anti-Drug Office (ONA), founded 25 drug processing laboratories located in two large camps in the Jesus María…

teleSUR (2020-07-27). Israel and Hezbollah Trade Fire Across Lebanon Border. telesurenglish.net Israel and Lebanon Monday exchanged fire in their border zone, a week after Shiite Hezbollah militia threatened to take revenge for one of their members' death during an Israeli attack in Damascus, Syria. | RELATED: | "We detected an ongoing battle at Mount Dov, in the north of the country," Israel Army's spokesman Jonathan Conricus reported and ordered residents to remain at home. | This is a "security inciden…

Fight Back (2020-07-27). NYC rallies for People's State of the Nation Address. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Over 60 people gathered on July 26, in Woodside, Queens for the People's State of the Nation Address. This action is organized every year in response to the U.S.-backed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address. The event is a protest of his government, which has committed human rights abuses and wages war the people. It was organized by the Malaya Movement, Sige, Kabataan Alliance, and BAYAN USA Northeast. | The action started at Woodside Plaza, where speakers addressed various topics about the Philippines, from migrant workers to women's rights to the recent Anti-Terror…

_____ (2020-07-27). The Militarized Assault On Our Right To Protest. popularresistance.org The Trump Administration sent federal law enforcement, including the paramilitary squad of Customs and Border Patrol, BORTAC, which has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, to the streets of Portland, OR to stop the ongoing demonstrations against racist police violence. Federal law enforcement, working with local police, is also being sent to other cities where anti-racist protests are going on. We speak with constitutional lawyer Mara Verheyden-Hilliard about the legality of this and how activists can fight back to protect the rights of everyone and end police violence and lawless impunity.

yenisafak (2020-07-27). New Zealand court sentences man for slavery. yenisafak.com The High Court in Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand's North Island, also ordered the payment $183,000 in reparations to his victims.In a statement, the country's immigration officials and police welcomed the verdict and said the Joseph Matamata was convicted on 10 human trafficking and 13 slavery charges in March this year."Today's sentencing is the result of more than three years of work by INZ [Immigration New Zealand] and New Zealand Police. A joint investigation began back in 2017 when the first allegations of Matamata's offending were brought to INZ's attention. His offending was related to 13 Samoan nat…

yenisafak (2020-07-27). Dozens of irregular migrants stranded in Mediterranean. yenisafak.com Dozens of irregular migrants have been stranded in the Mediterranean Sea in Malta's search and rescue zone for over 30 hours, the UN migration organization said Monday.Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), cited a tweet by Alarm Phone, a group monitoring migrant crossings across the Mediterranean Sea, calling on authorities to rescue the 95 migrants fleeing from Africa to Europe."Let's remember that these boats are unsafe and unfit for navigation and that they should be always considered as boats in distress, since they can sink at any moment," wrote Giacomo, who w…

yenisafak (2020-07-27). Turkey rescues 23 irregular migrants in Aegean. yenisafak.com Turkey has rescued 23 irregular migrants including children in the Aegean Sea, according to security sources on Monday.Acting upon an intelligence tip off that there was a dinghy stranded off the coast of Tasburun in the Aydin province, the Turkish Coast Guard launched a search operation and rescued the migrants.After routine checks, they were referred to the provincial migration authority.Turkey has been a key transit point for asylum seekers aiming to cross to Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution.The country earlier this year opened its gates to irregular migrants seeking to c…

sputniknews (2020-07-27). Portion of Trump's Mexico Border Wall Collapses as Hurricane Hanna Hits Texas – Video. sputniknews.com Hanna is the first hurricane in the 2020 storm season. It came ashore on Padre Island as a Category 1 hurricane and hit the coast of Texas hard. The storm has brought with it heavy rain and potentially life-threatening flash flooding.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-27). Hezbollah issues statement on border developments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 27 (MNA) —Hezbollah issued a statement reacting to the developments in the occupied Shebaa farm in the southern part of Lebanon.

South Front (2020-07-26). Anti-Armenian Foreign Policy of Armenian Nationalists. globalresearch.ca On July 23, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan presented Yerevan's position on the tension on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and the process of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. | "The co-chairs countries of the OSCE Minsk group have made a great …

yenisafak (2020-07-26). Civilian killed in Syria's Idlib by regime forces. yenisafak.com At least one civilian was killed in a mortar attack by Assad regime forces in the de-escalation zone in Idlib, northwestern Syria, a civil defense group said Sunday.Two others were also injured in the attacks targeting Ein Laruz village, the White Helmets said.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia.The area, lying along Turkey's southern border, has been the subject of multiple cease-fire understandings, which have frequently been violated by the Assad regime and its allies.The influx of displaced civilians has increased its population to about four million in…

sputniknews (2020-07-26). Netanyahu Says Won't Allow Iran's Military to Establish Itself Along Israeli Border. sputniknews.com Earlier this week, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said in a statement that the country's armed forces were stepping up security measures on the northern border on the heels of an escalation unfolding on the frontier with Lebanon and Syria.

news.un (2020-07-25). COVID-19 means development setbacks for Mongolia: a UN Resident Coordinator's blog. news.un.org Mongolia has recorded very few cases of COVID-19, less than 300 as on date, despite its more than 4,000 kilometre porous border with China. However, the country faces a major economic impact from the pandemic, says Tapan Mishra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Mongolia.

WSWS (2020-07-25). Trump signs executive order on 2020 Census declaring undocumented immigrants are not persons. wsws.org The order would affect the distribution of federal funding as well as the apportionment of congressional seats.

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Turkey seizes terrorist PKK ammunition in northern Iraq. yenisafak.com "Our heroic commandos captured numerous arms and ammunition in a depot belonging to the PKK terrorist organization," said a ministry statement on Operation Claw-Tiger, one of its anti-terror operations in the region.The PKK often uses northern Iraq to plan attacks in Turkey and across the border.Among seized items were 63 AK-47 rifles, a sniper rifle, two shut guns, 50 rocker launcher ammunition, 1,000 anti-aircraft gun ammunition, 300 chargers of AK-47 rifles, 50 grenades and 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of dynamite.The operation is continuing, it added.Turkey's operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle were launched in…

yenisafak (2020-07-25). Press NGO calls for probe into Saudi journalist's death. yenisafak.com International press freedom NGO Reporters Without Borders has called for launching an independent international investigation into the circumstances of the death of Saudi journalist Saleh al-Shehi due to health problems, two months after his release."Al-Shehi was released on 19 May to general surprise. At the time, RSF was unable to establish the reasons for his release or whether it was conditional. His health deteriorated quickly thereafter," the Paris-based watchdog said in a statement.It said that "illness has not been formally named but some media outlets such as the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh spoke of three week…

Labor Video Project (2020-07-25). Stop SF Privatization Of Balboa Reservoir & Defend SF Community College. indybay.org The land grab of SF PUC owned Balboa reservoir by the developer Avalon was opposed by speakers at the Ocean campus of San Francisco Community College on July 23, 2020. They also discussed the destruction of ESL classes and the closure of Fort Mason and other campuses. The CCSF administration and Board of Trustees speakers charged are dismembering the community college and destroying the futures of immigrants, Blacks, Latinos, working class youth and the faculty and staff of the college…