Egypt Independent: World-Main news en Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan hit by suspected suicide car bomb <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A suspected suicide car bomber rammed the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on Tuesday, killing the attacker and wounding at least three other people, officials said.<br /><br />Officials from both countries described the assault as a terrorist act, and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev ordered the government to take extra counter-terrorism measures in the capital and regions, his office said in statement.<br /><br />China condemned the attack and urged Kyrgyz authorities to &quot;quickly investigate and determine the real situation behind the incident.<br /><br />&quot;China is deeply shocked by this and strongly condemns this violent and extreme act,&quot; foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing in Beijing.<br /><br />The ministry later said China would &quot;resolutely strike against all forms of terrorism&quot; and protect the safety of its people and government organizations overseas.<br /><br />A Kyrgyz Interior Ministry spokesman said the car exploded inside the compound. Police cordoned off the embassy and adjacent area, and the GKNB state security service were investigating the bombing that occurred at about 10:00 a.m. (0400 GMT).<br /><br />Three embassy staff suffered minor injuries and had been taken to hospital, but no organization claimed responsibility, Hua said.<br /><br />China&#39;s state news agency Xinhua reported that five people were wounded: two security guards and three Kyrgyz nationals working at the embassy.<br /><br />Authorities in Kyrgyzstan, a mostly Muslim former Soviet republic of 6 million people, routinely detain suspected militants they accuse of being linked to Islamic State, which actively recruits from Central Asia.<br /><br />A Turkish official said in June that one of three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers involved in the deadly attack on Istanbul&#39;s main airport was a Kyrgyz national.<br /><br />An anti-Chinese militant group made up of ethnic Uighurs - a Turkic-language speaking, mainly Muslim people living in China&#39;s Xinjiang region - is also believed to be active in Central Asia.<br /><br />Some security experts have questioned the group&#39;s cohesiveness, however, and say China&#39;s policies in Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in recent years in unrest blamed by Beijing on Islamist extremists, have contributed to the unrest.<br /><br />In 2014, Kyrgyz border guards killed 11 people understood to be members of that group who had illegally crossed the Chinese-Kyrgyz border.<br /><br />Attacks on Chinese missions abroad are rare but in 2015, an Islamist militant attack on a hotel in Mali killed three Chinese citizens, and in Pakistan, Chinese workers have occasionally been targeted by what police say are nationalists opposed to Beijing&#39;s plan to invest tens of billions of dollars in a new trade route to the Arabian Sea.<br /><br />That is part of China&#39;s &quot;One Belt, One Road&quot; project to open new markets via Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.</p> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:26:00 +0000 Reuters 2472238 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/30/504802/chinese_embassy.jpg Clinton aide Abedin leaves husband Weiner after sexting report <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Huma Abedin, one of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton&#39;s top aides, said on Monday that she was separating from her husband, Anthony Weiner, after a sex scandal similar to an earlier incident that led him to resign from the U.S. Congress.<br /><br />&quot;After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,&quot; Huma Abedin said in a statement.<br /><br />&quot;Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy,&quot; Abedin added.<br /><br />Abedin&rsquo;s announcement follows a New York Post report late Sunday that Weiner recently sent photos of his boxer-brief-clad genitals &ndash; one while he was in bed with their toddler son &ndash; via Twitter to another woman.<br /><br />The photos were part of a months-long exchange between Weiner and the woman and many of the messages were sexual in nature, according to the Post report.<br /><br />Weiner resigned in June 2011 from Congress, where he represented a New York City district, followed a sexting scandal in which he accidentally posted an explicit photo of himself on his public Twitter timeline instead of via a direct message to a woman, as he had intended.<br /><br />When Weiner made a second unsuccessful run for New York City mayor, explicit photos surfaced in July 2013 that he had recently sent under the pseudonym &quot;Carlos Danger&quot; to a young woman in Indiana.<br /><br />Weiner said he had undergone therapy after the first sexting scandal, according to media reports. In recent months, he has taken care of the couple&#39;s toddler son. Abedin often travels with the Clinton campaign.<br /><br />Clinton&#39;s Republican rival, Donald Trump, said in a statement, &quot;Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him.&quot;<br /><br />Abedin first worked for Clinton in the 1990s as an intern when Clinton was first lady. She was a personal aide to Clinton during her successful 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate. Abedin worked on Clinton&#39;s first, unsuccessful White House bid in 2008 and served as her deputy chief of staff at the U.S. State Department. She is now the vice chair of Clinton&#39;s presidential campaign.<br /><br />Weiner served in Congress, representing his district in New York City from 1999 to 2011. His first unsuccessful run for New York mayor was in 2005.</p> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:58:00 +0000 Reuters 2472227 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/30/504802/weiner_and_abedin.jpg US to meet target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees: White House <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p><span id="article-text"><span class="article-prime">The Obama administration will meet its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year a month ahead of schedule and is working with Congress to increase the target by a few thousand in 2017, the White House said on Monday.</span></span></p><p><span id="article-text">The 10,000th Syrian refugee was scheduled to arrive in the United States on Monday afternoon, national security advisor Susan Rice said in a statement.</span></p><p><span id="article-text">The White House had pledged to admit at least 10,000 displaced Syrians during the current fiscal year, which wraps up at the end of September.</span></p><p><span id="article-text">&quot;While refugee admissions are only a small part of our broader humanitarian efforts in Syria and the region, the president understood the important message this decision would send, not just to the Syrian people but to the broader international community,&quot; Rice said. </span></p><p><span id="article-text">US admission of Syrian refugees has been a hot button issue in the 2016 race for the White House, with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump warning that violent militants could enter the country posing as refugees.</span></p><p><span id="article-text">Trump has said that if he is elected he would persuade Gulf states to bankroll safe zones for Syrian refugees so they would not have to be brought to the United States.</span></p><p><span id="article-text">In addition, some Democrats in Congress have pressed to toughen the screening process for Syrian refugees.</span></p><p><span id="article-text">The civil war in Syria has led to a flood of millions of refugees from Syria. But so far, the United States has offered refuge to far fewer than many of its allies have. Germany has taken in hundreds of thousands and Canada admitted nearly 30,000 between November last year and May 1. </span></p><p><span id="article-text">The United States took in 29 Syrian refugees in fiscal 2011, 31 in fiscal 2012, 36 in fiscal 2013, 105 in fiscal 2014 and 1,682 in fiscal 2015, according to US State Department statistics.</span></p><p><span id="article-text">White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters the administration plans to increase the number by a few thousand in fiscal 2017. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks with lawmakers in Congress before the administration sets the figure for that year. Obama leaves office on Jan. 20, 2017.</span></p><p><span id="article-text">&quot;I anticipate in the next few weeks we will have some additional news on this,&quot; Earnest told reporters. Obama would like to see a &quot;ramping up of those efforts&quot; but is realistic about how quickly that could happen, he said.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:45:00 +0000 Reuters 2472217 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/30/505021/syrian_refugees_in_us.jpg Uzbek leader in intensive care after brain hemorrhage: daughter <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Uzbekistan&#39;s president Islam Karimov, who has built his authoritarian rule on warnings of a militant Islamist threat to the Central Asian region, suffered a brain hemorrhage on Saturday and is in stable condition in intensive care, his daughter said.<br /><br />The absence of a strong political opposition or free media means any eventual transition of power is likely to be decided within a close circle of Karimov&#39;s family and top officials.<br /><br />&quot;At the moment, it is too early to make any forecasts about his condition in the future,&quot; his daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva wrote on her Instagram page on Monday. &quot;I will be grateful to everyone who will support my father with prayers.<br /><br />Karimov, 78, presents himself as a bulwark of stability in a country situated on the northern borders of Afghanistan, controlling vast reserves of gold, oil, gas and cotton, and criss-crossed, like the broader region, by ethnic fault lines.<br /><br />Interethnic tension and cultural differences &mdash; exacerbated by the often arbitrary drawing of boundaries in Soviet times &mdash; are rife in the mainly Muslim region where Western powers, Russia and China compete for influence.<br /><br />The government of Central Asia&#39;s most populous country, ruled by Karimov since it gained independence with the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, said on Sunday he was undergoing hospital treatment, but gave no details.<br /><br /><strong>Succession</strong><br /><br />According to the constitution, Nigmatilla Yuldoshev, the chairman of the upper house of parliament, is supposed to take over if Karimov dies or is unfit to continue working as president, and elections must take place within three months.<br /><br />In reality, a successor might be picked much more quickly by the elite, as was the case in Turkmenistan, another Central Asian nation, whose authoritarian leader Saparmurat Niyazov died in 2006. In keeping with the Soviet tradition, his successor, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, headed the funeral commission.<br /><br />&ldquo;Karimov and his inner circle have managed to build such a system of state power in Uzbekistan which will remain functioning irrespective of the life or death of the first person,&rdquo; Russian political analyst Alexander Knyazev said.<br /><br />&ldquo;It is hard to say right now, which of the few scenarios is the most realistic one, but one thing is certain: there is no talk about his daughters, of course, and this won&rsquo;t be one person. This will be an attempt of collective rule.&rdquo;<br /><br />Karimov has no sons, who might have been regarded as heirs apparent in the patriarchal culture. His elder daughter, Gulnara, has not appeared in public since several media reported in 2014 that she had been placed under house arrest.<br /><br />Karimov&#39;s second daughter, Lola, is Uzbekistan&#39;s ambassador to Paris-based UNESCO.<br /><br />One potential contender is Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Prime Minister since 2003. Rustam Azimov, who leads the government&#39;s financial block, is another option, as well as Rustam Inoyatov, who runs the powerful SNB security service.<br /><br />The backing of security forces may ultimately decide who takes over from Karimov, although open confrontation could destabilize the nation and encourage other groups, such as Islamists, to interfere.<br /><br /><strong>Islamist threat</strong><br /><br />The latter have been trying to get a foothold in the Muslim nation of 32 million since the 1990s, when they established the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). The group has fought alongside the Taliban and then pledged allegiance to Islamic State which is estimated to have hundreds of Uzbek fighters.<br /><br />As recently as in 2014, the IMU claimed responsibility for a raid on the Karachi airport in Pakistan in which dozens of people were killed.<br /><br />Karimov has been criticized by rights groups and some governments over his human rights record, but argues the country is at risk of becoming a conduit for Islamist militants from Afghanistan to Russia and western Europe.<br /><br />The Uzbek government has accused Islamists of being behind protests in the city of Andizhan where police and security forces fired into a crowd in 2005, killing 187 people, according to official reports.<br /><br />Despite the fallout from Andizhan, Karimov has with some success courted both the West and Russia as well as China, maintaining political and economic links with all.<br /><br />Karimov has been slow to implement market reforms and Uzbekistan&#39;s economy is still dominated by the state. The country has struggled to keep up, in terms of average incomes, with its neighbors such as oil exporter Kazakhstan and at least 2 million Uzbeks are estimated to be working abroad, mostly in Russia, to provide for their families.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000 Reuters 2472209 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/08/29/504802/uzbek.jpg