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The Lebanese army arrested eight Syrian terrorists in the towns of al-Laboua and Arsal to the east of Lebanon on charges of belonging to terrorist organizations.
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Details: The Daily Mail
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The body of a dead Liberian man has tested positive for Ebola - the country's first reported case since it was declared free of the disease.
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The eurozone’s three biggest countries have raised the stakes in next Sunday’s Greek referendum with an orchestrated warning to voters that a no vote would mean exit from the single currency and the return of the drachma.
Source: The Guardian
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Turkey told Beijing on Tuesday it was worried over reports Uighur people had been banned from worship and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the foreign ministry said.
- 19:51 | In the world Egyptian president vows swift justice after car bomb attack
Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pledged to carry out swift justice following the car bomb attack that killed the country's chief prosecutor the day before.
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urkey's main opposition party leader warned on Tuesday any military intervention in Syria would spell disaster for Turkey and in comments clearly aimed at President Tayyip Erdogan said the country could not be "a plaything for your ambition."
Source: The Daily Star
- 19:20 | In the world Syria calls on Human Rights’ Council to press Israel to comply with its legal obligations
Syria called on the United Nations Human Rights’ Council to adopt an approach that forces the Israeli occupation entity to comply with its legal obligations towards the human rights in Palestine and the Occupied Syrian Golan.
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The European Union's top migration official says the pressure faced by Hungary from flows of migrants and refugees is similar to what Greece and Italy are facing with migration across the Mediterranean Sea.
Source: The Daily Star
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unisia's president says that a system of heightened security for the fasting month of Ramadan had been set to be in implemented on July 1, before the beach attack that killed 38 tourists.
Source: The Daily Star
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Emad Firi is angry. During last summer's Israel-Hamas war, a shell slammed through the roof of his house and shredded his right leg. Unable to work, Firi's son now drives his taxi but the family struggles to survive.
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The hardline Islamic State group has beheaded two women in Syria, the first time it has decapitated female civilians, the founder of a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday.
- 16:05 | In the world Mediterranean migrants: Italy begins to recover bodies
The Italian Navy is attempting to recover the bodies of about 800 migrants who drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean on 19 April.
- 15:47 | In the world Iranians guardedly optimistic as deadline of Vienna nuclear talks nears
In the dazzling heat of a Tehran morning, the city’s carpet museum is a mercifully cool haven of magnificent specimens of Iran’s cultural heritage.
Details: The Guardian
- 15:34 | In the world At least 43 dead after military plane crashes in Indonesian city
Smoke rose among scorched buildings in the Indonesian city of Medan on Tuesday after a military transport plane crashed near a residential neighborhood, killing at least 43 people.
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Shaped like an icicle, the 8.52-carat gem is the fifth-largest diamond found by a visitor to the state park since the site was established in 1972.
- 13:16 | In the world Turkey to take 'necessary measures' on border security: PM Davutoglu
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was prepared for all necessary measures to tackle security threats along its borders, highlighting Ankara's growing anxiety about conflict near its southern frontier in Syria.
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Source: The Daily Mail
- 12:38 | In the world Russian President’s Assistant calls on the international community to support dialogue with Damascus
Russian President’s Assistant, Yuri Ushakov called on the international community to support dialogue between Syria and other countries encountering the extremists and terrorists, asserting that the US-led air strikes are insufficient to solve the problem of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “ISIS” terrorist organization.
- 12:30 | In the world In Moscow, Syrian minister says Russia promises aid
Syria's foreign minister said in Moscow on Monday Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country, where the army is coming under some of the heaviest pressure since the start of the civil war.
- 11:53 | In the world Sudan medical students may have joined Isis, says university
Seven Britons are among a group of students who are feared to have travelled to Turkey in an attempt to join Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.
Source: The Guardian
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A rainbow filter tool was introduced by the company after last week's landmark Supreme Court decision which cleared the way for same-sex marriage across the US.
- 11:28 | In the world Greeks hit by closed banks, warnings from eurozone
Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a July 5 referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma.
- 11:15 | In the world Al-Jaafari: Syria ready to cooperate with all sincere parties to improve humanitarian situation
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN said the Syrian government is ready to cooperate with all well-intentioned UN Security Council member states to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria, despite the fact that some member states have gone far in supporting terrorism which rendered them part of the problem, not the solution.
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Source: The Daily Mail
- 10:49 | In the world Supreme Court backs use of lethal injection drug
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial drug for lethal injection in executions, but opened a larger question about capital punishment when two justices in the minority newly questioned whether the death penalty violates the Constitution.
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Around 30% of China’s Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities – including stealing bricks to build houses – erode the Unesco world heritage site, state media has reported.
Source: The Guardian
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Fighters loyal to Islamic State have seized substantial territory in Afghanistan for the first time, witnesses and officials said, wresting areas in the east from rival Taliban insurgents in a new threat to stability.
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The European Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, has said he feels "betrayed" by the "egotism" shown by Greece in failed debt talks.
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Details: The Daily Mail
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French anti-terror police are continuing to question Yassin Salhi, the French lorry driver who decapitated his boss before ramming a vehicle into a chemical plant near Lyon, after it emerged that he sent a macabre selfie to a contact in Syria.
Source: The Guardian
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he feels betrayed by Greek Prime Minister's Alexis Tsipras suprise call for referendum last weekend and says that "playing one democracy against 18 others is not an attitude worthy of the great Greek nation."
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The team spent nearly two months waiting for clear weather to cross the Pacific, and a developing cold front forced the plane to make an unscheduled landing in Japan earlier this month.
- 19:57 | In the world Kuwait government says mosque suicide bomber was Saudi national
The man who blew himself up at a mosque in Kuwait on Friday, killing at least 27 people, had just flown in from Saudi Arabia, officials said Monday.
- 19:41 | In the world Al-Moallem: President Putin promised to support Syria on political, economic, and military levels
Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a joint press conference on Monday in Moscow following meetings between Minister al-Moallem and Russian President Vladimir Putin and Minister Lavrov.
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Puerto Rico needs to restructure its debts and should make reforms including cutting the number of teachers and raising property taxes, a report by former International Monetary Fund economists on the Caribbean island's financial woes said.
- 16:39 | In the world Israeli navy peacefully intercepts Gaza-bound vessel
Israel's navy intercepted a Swedish vessel attempting to breach a naval blockade of Gaza early Monday and was redirecting it to an Israeli port, the military and the activists said.
- 16:23 | In the world Cameron says IS fight 'struggle of our generation'
The fight against Islamic State is "the struggle of our generation", David Cameron has said, as it emerged the British death toll in the Tunisian attack will rise above 30.
- 16:00 | In the world Tunisia attack: Family members still waiting for news of missing
The last time family members heard from John Stocker and his wife, Janet, the couple raved about their beach holiday in Tunisia.
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Burundi goes to the polls on Monday with the president defiant in his controversial bid for a third term in power, despite weeks of unrest that forced thousands to flee and prompted international calls for a delay.
Source: The Guardian
- 15:35 | In the world Russia will continue to provide all possible support to Syria to put an end to terrorism
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday, expressing his country’s solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people against the terrorist organizations.
- 15:19 | In the world Car bomb wounds Egypt's public prosecutor in Cairo
Egypt's public prosecutor was injured when a car bomb struck his convoy as it was leaving his home in Cairo on Monday, in a high-profile attack against the judiciary, security and judicial sources said.
- 14:57 | In the world Greece debt crisis: Global stock markets slide
The moves by the Greek authorities came after the European Central Bank decided not to extend emergency funding.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that leaked documents from Saudi ministries show that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey had a secret deal in 2012 to topple the Syrian government.
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The African Union said on Sunday it would not act as observer in Burundi's parliamentary elections on Monday because conditions were unsuitable for free, fair, transparent and credible elections.
- 11:51 | In the world Russian MP urges Facebook block over gay rights rainbow flag
Vitaly Milonov, who sits in the regional parliament of Saint Petersburg, introduced a law in the city banning "propaganda" of gay relationships to minors.
Source: The Telegraph
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- 11:13 | Region Turkish police use water cannons to clear gay pride rally
Turkish police used water cannons and tear gas against gay pride marchers trying to rally in Istanbul's central square on Sunday, forcing the thousands of demonstrators to gather several blocks away.
- 11:00 | In the world Kuwait government says mosque suicide bomber was Saudi national
Kuwait's Interior Ministry said Sunday that it had identified the suicide bomber who blew himself up at a mosque as a Saudi citizen, according to the official Kuwait News Agency.
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Source: The Guardian
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Reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program is a matter of political will, and the "security of the world is at stake," the European Union's top diplomat said Sunday.
- 10:15 | In the world Greece to introduce capital controls, keep banks shut as crisis deepens
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09:47 01/06/2013 » Society
Filmmaker Eric Nazarian: On eve of 100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide we need a catharsis
“I’m not a soldier; my gun is my camera, and my pen.” Eric Nazarian’s words rung out across the lecture hall of the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR) Center in Belmont, Mass., during his presentation on Thurs., May 2, according to The Armenian Weekly. His talk followed a screening of his short film, “Bolis,” part of an omnibus film project entitled, “Do Not Forget Me, Istanbul.” His declaration belies the power of his work to combat taboos about the Armenian experience, however. “Bolis” was the first Turkish film that employed the word “genocide” explicitly in reference to the Armenian Genocide of 1915; in fact, this was a condition of Nazarian’s involvement in the project. Speaking freely through images and words has been the theme of his career as a photojournalist, screenwriter, and filmmaker.
Born in 1976 in Hrazdan, Armenia, Eric Nazarian moved to the U.S. with his family at the age four. The move was a multi-legged journey, from Yerevan to Moscow, Rome, and Columbus, Ohio, before the family ultimately settled in Glendale, Calif. Nazarian’s grandparents, aunt, and uncle joined them less than a year later from Columbus via Louisiana. “There’s this quote I love by Kierkegaard the philosopher, who says, ‘You live life forwards, but you understand it backwards.’ And growing up I didn’t have any memories of my early childhood, but oddly, as I get older there are certain flashbulb memories that come to me of that time… I remember the sadness, I remember the bittersweetness, and I remember the cold of Moscow.”
In LA, Nazarian’s father opened a photography shop, while his mother worked as a dressmaker. Although growing up in the cinema-driven environment of LA surely helped, Nazarian believes that his love of telling stories through images would have developed regardless of his surroundings. He attributes this mainly to his father, Haik, who was the catalyst for his love of film. Nazarian compares his father to the main character of the film “Cinema Paradiso,” for the avid way Haik Nazarian watched movies as a child in the cinemas of Tehran.
Growing up, Eric Nazarian found his family’s love for film contagious. Prominent actors were discussed so consistently and familiarly that he thought they were family. “My whole life growing up, [these actors] were talked about so much that I swear to you, there was a part of my childhood when I thought that all these people, like Marlon Brando, that they were talking about so casually, I thought they were family. I thought someday I would meet them…literally I thought, ‘Yeah, one day Marlon’s gonna walk in that door, and we’re gonna have a good time and he’ll probably go drinking with my dad.’ I took it literally.”
Nazarian used to finish his homework and then record movies off of TV so that he could watch them with his father after he came home from work. “It was our bonding mechanism,” he says. These father-son interactions produced more than just bonding; Nazarian credits “everything in my life to my father’s love of images and storytelling… I’ve been blessed to have a family that supported and encouraged and nurtured the arts in the house. That encouragement gave me this bulletproof vest to try, and fail, and to try again, and fail more gloriously, and keep trying until you…define your voice. That support is invaluable.”
Nazarian recalls building his first pinhole camera in middle school, which he nicknamed “The Pin Panther,” and how it ignited his excitement about photography. “The idea of creating a camera from black cardboard was really, really fascinating for me. I mean when you’re just in junior high, you don’t even know how to shave yet, but you’re building this black box and there’s a hole in there and you have to go in this darkroom, put in a little three-and-a-half or four inch emulsion inside this camera, tape it, go into the campus, and take a picture of a fruit tree or the bleachers or a building, and then come back and go into the chemical process—and then your image comes out. And that really set the tone of this ‘Did I get it? Did I get it?’” Spending afternoons after school in his family’s photo lab, “[My father] would teach me how to take black and white photos and develop them.” Nazarian’s Aunt Parik was a photo archive manager at AIM Magazine, and he credits her as a further source of his interest in images. Nazarian went on to study at the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Cinematic Arts and worked as a photojournalist during his time as a student. As a photojournalist in LA, Nazarian saw himself as tasked with capturing the fading history of the city’s golden age and strived to preserve it.
After graduating from USC, Nazarian made several trips to Nagorno-Karabagh as a photojournalist and screenwriter between 1998 and 2003, and saw “…the ravages of the war’s aftermath, the long-term effects of war on people that have absolutely nothing to do with the guns and the bullets and the murders and violence,” he says. “What journalism and photojournalism can do at their highest level is to inform and make people aware in a capacity that [is possible] no other way… That night at the [NAASR] screening, a very dear friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in 11 years showed up. He was blinded when he was a child by a bomb that he picked up in Stepanakert, in Nagorno-Karabagh. And now he’s a student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His name is Artak Beglaryan. And he’s an inspiration to me. Seeing him here, 11 years later, all the strokes of destiny come together.”
Screenwriting and photojournalism had always been complementary interests for Nazarian. Post-graduation, he feverishly began to write screenplays. “Films are words and images, so this was a natural marriage.” It was a fruitful marriage, as well, leading to Nazarian’s first film, “The Blue Hour,” a story of the unwittingly interconnected lives of four strangers in LA. “The Blue Hour” was accepted into the 2007 San Sebastian International Film Festival; and at the festival, Nazarian had a transforming experience: “After the movie, a woman came up to me with her daughter…and this young girl just said, ‘My mother wants to know how you knew about her life,’ and I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ And she said that in the third story there is a peripheral character who was a nurse in an old folk’s home for 20 years, and what I showed is what her mother saw every day, people grieving. And I just dedicated the movie to her that day. I said, ‘I made this movie for you.’ And that was the first time in my life that a complete stranger from another part of the world, from Basque country, could read something into the film that I had never intended, and make it their own. So it’s not my movie anymore, it belongs to her and the audience.”
The success of “The Blue Hour” marked Nazarian’s debut on the international film scene, but his reputation was further enhanced when he was awarded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2008 Nicholl Fellowship, the most prestigious screenwriting award in the world, for his screenplay “Giants.” Inspired by and dedicated to his brother, Ravik, who died at a young age due to a medical condition, “Giants” tells the story of a young man who dreams in spite of a reality he cannot change. “I remember meeting Eva Maria Saint from ‘On The Waterfront’ [and] she presented me with the fellowship… In a weird stroke, it was destiny. My father gave me that script when I was 14, and he said, ‘You have to be a writer before you can be a filmmaker.’”
Nazarian says that while all his work have thematic ties, each film is its own little world, populated by characters conjured by his imagination who demand that their stories be told. His next project is the film adaptation of Chris Bohjalian’s novel The Sandcastle Girls. Describing it as his “most personal adaptation yet,” Nazarian said that the film projector in his mind went wild when he read the book, and he knew immediately that he had to make it into a movie. “It’s going so well and Chris has been an incredible supporter of my vision for the film.”
“It’s time,” he continued. “It’s time for the stories of the genocide to be told, and the more good movies out there, the merrier. On the eve of the 100th [anniversary of the Armenian Genocide] we need a catharsis.”
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20:38 30/06/2015 » Society
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19:24 30/06/2015 » Society
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