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Syrian Army Bombs Northern Rebel Town Of Saraqeb, Children Among The Dead

By The Huffington Post News Editors

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces bombed a strategic rebel town in the country’s north for the third straight day Saturday, pounding it with airstrikes that killed at least five people, activists said.

President Bashar Assad’s troops in recent weeks have seized the momentum in the civil war, now in its third year. Regime forces have been on offensive against rebels on several fronts, including in the northern Idlib province along the border with Turkey.

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ICANN leader shares vision for growth and a global Internet

In his first year heading the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Fadi Chehade has tried to establish a more international ICANN by opening hubs in Turkey, Singapore, Beijing, and Geneva.

Governments, meanwhile, have found a new role within ICANN, mainly in respect to the new generic Top Level Domains, while the traditional tussle between ICANN and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) over who should govern and manage the global Internet seems to have lost some momentum.

Chehade replaced Rod Beckstrom as president and CEO of the international nongovernmental organization that oversees Internet standards. He sat down with the IDG News Service at the ICANN 47 meeting in Durban to answer questions about his first year in office. The following is an edited transcript of the interview.

IDGNS: How has ICANN improved in the last year?

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Kurdish rebels warn Turkey on pace of peace talks

Kurdish rebels have issued a “final warning” to Turkey to take concrete steps that would move forward peace talks aimed at ending decades-long conflict.

The Kurdistan Workers Party, known as PKK, declared a cease-fire in March and began withdrawing fighters from Turkey in May as part of the peace efforts. Turkey is expected to enact reforms to improve Kurdish rights in return.

A rebel statement on Friday said it was giving Turkey a final warning for it to take concrete steps “in the shortest time.”

The statement, carried by the pro-Kurdish Firat news agency, did not say what the group would do if their demand is not met.

The PKK has fought Turkey for autonomy. The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 1984.

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Syrian regime frees some women prisoners

Lebanese officials and Syrian activists say authorities in Damascus have given in to a rebel demand and released several women prisoners.

The release is expected to set the stage for the freeing of several Lebanese Shiite pilgrims held by Syrian rebels since May 2012.

Lebanese security officials say the Syrian women were released on Thursday. The officials spoke on Friday on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 23 women were released. There was no confirmation from Damascus. It was unclear when or why the women were detained.

Lebanese officials have been shuttling between Syria and Turkey to try to mediate the pilgrims’ release.

In January, rebels freed 48 Iranians in exchange for more than 2,000 prisoners held by Syrian authorities.

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5 killed in landslide in Turkey

An official says a landslide triggered by heavy rains has killed at least five people near Turkey’s border with Syria.

Gov. Celalettin Lekesiz said the landslide, which struck early Friday, demolished six hillside houses near the town of Dortyol in the border province of Hatay. At least 12 people were hurt.

The private Dogan news agency said the victims included an elderly man and woman and their two grandchildren who were buried beneath their collapsed home.

The government’s disaster management agency said at least nine people were rescued by helicopters dispatched to the area.

Turkey is frequently hit by deadly landslides that are triggered by torrential rains.

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BusinessAviationVoice: Is Supersonic Business Travel Practical?

By Mark Patiky, AdVoice

Well, supersonic jet travel may be practical, but will the market pay the price? For years, Jeff Miller has been exploring an array of issues surrounding the feasibility of supersonic business jet development. This is part one of a two-part series where he addresses some of the questions and provokes many more. Jeff Miller (bravojjm@gmail.com) specializes in corporate communications for the business aviation and luxury goods markets, and operates his own advertising agency dedicated to brand marketing. He has led corporate communications for Learjet and Gulfstream. The Anchorage airport has become a typical refueling stop for U.S.-to-Asia business jet flights. The aim is to get in and out fast. The terminals (known as FBOs) that service business aircraft are practiced at turning business flights quickly—sometimes in just 30 minutes. Passengers and pilots want to minimize ground delays. After all, business jets are only midway through 15 or 16-hour journeys. Sure, some of the newest intercontinental-range jets like the Gulfstream G650 and the Bombardier Global 8000, which boast extraordinary 8000 or 9000 statute miles range (effectively the distance between  Chicago and Singapore), can eliminate the fuel stop. Even so, long-range business travel has a downside. It takes a physical toll on the toughest executives even when they’re flying aboard the most well-appointed business jets offering productive, comfortable cabins with outstanding eating, sleeping and work amenities.  Still, it’s not uncommon for senior executives to make more than one trip from Brazil or the U.S. to Asia every month, and traffic flows the other way, too, with executives from Taiwan, Hong Kong and elsewhere heading to the Americas. Would these executives pay a 30 or 40 percent premium for a supersonic jet to cut those missions to half the time or less? The answer is almost certainly yes. The rationale for a supersonic business jet is stronger today than when companies such as Gulfstream, Dassault and others began displaying Concorde-like models at trade shows more than a decade ago. At that time, the principal market for business jets was in the U.S., with business aircraft designed principally for U.S. coast-to-coast or U.S. to Europe routes. Trade patterns have changed, and the action today is not just in major business jet destinations and markets in China, India, Brazil and Russia, but also in Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates among many other emerging global trade destinations. The number one criterion for business jet purchasers, according to Honeywell Aerospace, is range. It is no wonder that a jet such as the Mach 0.925 Gulfstream G650 sells so well, even though it is, in truth, only modestly faster than an earlier generation of jets. The G650 will still save an hour on the longest trips, and with more than 200 purchased the first day it went on sale, the market has resoundingly indicated that an hour saved is worth paying for. Even before the economic emergence of China and other rapid growth regions outside of North America and Europe, …read more

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Jihadists 'expelled from flashpoint Kurdish Syrian town'

Kurdish fighters have expelled jihadists from the Syrian flashpoint frontier town of Ras al-Ain and well as the nearby border crossing with Turkey, a watchdog said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a car bomb attack killed at least seven people, among them a child, southwest of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Kurdish fighters took total control of Ras al-Ain “after 24 hours of fighting. The (jihadist) groups were expelled from the whole of Ras al-Ain, including the border post” with Turkey, said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Earlier, the Britain-based group had reported clashes pitting Kurds against Al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and other groups.

Ras al-Ain is home to a majority Kurdish population and is of strategic importance given its location close to Turkey.

Kurdish fighters are trying to ensure neither the regime of President Bashar al-Assad nor the opposition takes control of its areas.

The clashes between Kurdish fighters and jihadists broke out after Al-Nusra Front attacked a convoy of Kurdish women fighters, Abdel Rahman said.

Nine jihadists and two Kurdish fighters have been killed since the fighting broke out, the Observatory said.

Activists in Ras al-Ain said members of the jihadist groups had taken advantage of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which began last week, to try to impose their extreme version of Islam.

In the early days of the Syrian conflict, when opponents of the Assad regime were desperate for assistance from any quarter, jihadist fighters were welcomed but a spate of abuses has fuelled a major backlash.

Elsewhere, a child and six men were killed when a car bomb attack hit Kanaker, in Damascus province, said the Observatory.

In the north of the capital, troops renewed their shelling campaign on rebel parts of Barzeh, while clashes raged in the neighbourhood, the group added.

And in the central city of Homs, an army onslaught aimed at taking back rebel districts went into its 18th day, activists said.

Troops launched a new attempt to break into the rebel area of Bab Hud, which like other areas of Homs has been under tight army siege for more than a year, Homs-based activist Yazan told AFP via the Internet.

Meanwhile, “the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate day after day because of the suffocating siege”, said Yazan.

The lack of medical equipment in Homs’ flashpoint areas means “there is a growing need to evacuate dozens of wounded, who urgently need operations that cannot be performed here”, he added.

More than 100,000 people have died in Syria’s 28-month war, says the Observatory.

Wednesday’s violence comes a day after at least 112 people were killed across Syria, the group added.

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Major economies still struggling to create jobs

Jobs growth remains weak among the world’s 20 biggest economies, where almost a third of the 93 million unemployed have been out of work for more than a year, top labor and development officials reported Wednesday.

In a batch of new figures intended to push G-20 governments into action, the U.N.’s International Labor Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned the rate of employment growth remains low. The G-20 countries represent 80 percent of the world’s economic output.

Over the last 12 months, unemployment dropped slightly in half of the G-20 countries, but it rose among the other half.

It was highest, above 25 per cent, in South Africa and Spain. It was 11 percent or above in France, Italy and for the European Union as a whole, and above 7 percent in Britain, Canada, Turkey and the United States. Unemployment was below 5 percent in only four countries: China, India, Japan and South Korea.

Among the total unemployed, about 30 percent on average were jobless for over a year, the agencies said.

Youth unemployment rates were twice as high as those for adults in all G-20 nations but Germany and Japan and despite the wide use of subsidies to encourage hiring of young people in Britain, France, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Spain.

The weakness of the global economy even six years after the onset of the global financial crisis has “blunted” many countries’ efforts to find jobs for people, said Guy Ryder, the ILO director-general, and Angel Gurria, the OECD secretary-general, in a joint statement.

They advised labor ministers scheduled to begin two days of meetings on Thursday in Moscow that governments must ensure “a careful balancing between providing adequate income support for those out of work and with low incomes and activation measures which help them to find rewarding and productive jobs.”

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Riverbed's updated Granite to bring more power to branch sites

For many organizations with far-flung operations, total centralization through cloud storage and computing isn’t possible despite advancing technologies and rising network speeds.

Riverbed Technologies set out to help those enterprises last year with its Granite architecture. Granite, which consists of core and edge appliances and software, lets organizations centralize storage and data protection functions while still running applications and keeping a cache of often-used data at each branch. It uses Riverbed technology for more efficient transfers of data across networks, and it can also aid offline operation if a branch is temporarily cut off. An update to Granite, set to be announced Monday, brings more powerful branch appliances and other enhancements to the system.

One company that relies on Granite is Alamos Gold, a Toronto-based gold production company with operations in Mexico and Turkey. Its branch offices are so remote that they need microwave wireless links to reach the nearest wireline network. Those connections are vulnerable to adverse weather. An even bigger challenge is the cost of high-speed wired links in the countries where Alamos’ branch sites are located, according to Rohit Tellis, director of IT at Alamos.

Because of slow network speeds, file access and printing were hard for remote Alamos employees, who regularly deal with large amounts of geologic data and use CAD for engineering, Tellis said. So the company set up Granite appliances at its branches, each of which needs fast access to about 1TB to 5TB of heavily used data.

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Turkish court hears coup plot trial appeals

An appeals court in Turkey is hearing arguments in the case of more than 300 military officers — including the former air force and navy chiefs — convicted of plotting to overthrow the Islamic-based government in 2003.

The officers were convicted in September in a historic case that has helped curtailed the military’s hold on politics. The officers received prison sentences ranging between six and 20 years.

Lawyers on Monday began presenting their appeals arguments. The hearings are expected to last for days.

The trial has been hailed as a break with a tradition of military impunity and a move toward greater democracy. But it has also been marred by judicial flaws, including allegation of fabricated evidence. Critics say the trial is a ploy to intimidate secular opponents.

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Police fire rubber bullets, tear gas on Istanbul protesters

Turkish riot police on Saturday fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to enter an Istanbul square that was the cradle of deadly unrest that engulfed the country in June.

The police moved in when demonstrators protesting in the city’s Beyoglu neighbourhood against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved toward nearby Taksim Square.

The square was the birthplace of weeks of unrest that erupted throughout Turkey after police on May 31 brutally broke up a peaceful sit-in there against a government redevelopment plan for adjacent Gezi Park.

Weeks of civil unrest followed, leaving five people dead and some 8,000 injured, and presenting the country’s Islamic-rooted government with the biggest challenge of its decade-plus-long rule and earning Ankara sharp rebuke from the West.

Gezi Park, which was closed after police forcibly removed protesters on June 15, was re-opened to the public at the start of the week, but protests there remain prohibited.

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