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Archive for February 2, 2017

Newsline: US Embassy in Dublin accused of ‘scaremongering’ over immigration protest

The US Embassy in Dublin has been accused of ‘scaremongering’ after it published warnings about a planned protest against Donald Trump’s travel ban. The ‘United Against Racism’ demonstration is scheduled to take place outside the embassy in Dublin at 6pm this evening. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event, with the embassy advising the crowd “may exceed 1,000″. A notice on the embassy’s website says ”even protests intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence”. The embassy warns US citizens here to “avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations”. Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Mick Barry will address tonight’s protest, and claims the advisory is an attempt to warn-off American citizens from attending the protest. Deputy Barry described any suggestion of a threat of violence breaking out at tonight’s demonstration is “disgraceful”.

http://www.newstalk.com/reader/47.301/92212/0/

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Newsline: Russia Thwarted Attack near French Embassy

Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said there is a drop in terrorist activity in Russia. According to Igor Kulyagin, first deputy director for the NAC, terrorist attacks were thwarted in Moscow, particularly near the French embassy. NAC said that the country “liquidated” more than 140 alleged terrorists working in Russia in 2016. Kulyagin, said at a press briefing in Moscow that more than 140 militants, including 24 leaders, were killed, and more than 900 gunmen and their accomplices were detained last year. Regarding the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15 next year, Kulyagin said Russia will be able to secure the games, citing the country’s experience in organizing past international events and the government’s counter-terrorism measures.

http://english.aawsat.com/2017/02/article55366714/nac-russia-thwarted-attack-near-french-embassy