Hezbollah wing listed
The Union yesterday placed the military wing of the Lebanese party Hezbollah on its terror list in a major change of its policy toward the region. It’s 28 foreign ministers reached the decision unanimously at their monthly meeting, swiftly swaying the last nations that had any doubts. The blacklisting would mean imposing visa bans on individuals and asset freezes on organizations associated with the group. However, the implementation will be complicated since officials would have to unravel the links between the different wings within Hezbollah’s organizational network and see who could be targeted for belonging to the military wing. It could take up to two weeks before names of individuals and organizations are added to the list, officials said.
Minister pledges security
Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls said on Sunday that security forces would remain in place “as long as necessary” after a second night of violence in the Paris suburbs sparked when police on Thursday stopped a woman for wearing a veil. Valls told French radio he would keep in place “a significant police presence until a lasting calm is restored” in and around the satellite town of Trappes. Police made four arrests in the region early on Sunday, as they came under a hail of projectiles and rioters burned about 20 vehicles in Trappes and surrounding areas. However, things were calmer than on Saturday night, when about 250 youths gathered in Trappes and hurled stones at police, who responded with tear gas.
Jets found on N Korea ship
Authorities have found two Soviet-era MiG-21 fighter jets and anti-aircraft missile batteries aboard a North Korea-flagged ship seized this month as it tried to pass through the Panama Canal after leaving Cuba. “Apparently these aircraft were in use because they had fuel,” President Ricardo Martinelli said during a visit to the port of Manzanillo, where the boat is being unloaded. Cuba has said the shipment consisted of “obsolete” weapons it was sending to North Korea to be refurbished and returned.
Silva approves compromise
President Anibal Cavaco Silva has accepted a compromise reached by the coalition government that allows it to stay in power. In an address to the nation on Sunday night, Silva ruled out early elections, opting for “the best alternative,” which is “the continuation in office of the current government.” The coalition nearly split on July 2 when Minister of Foreign Affairs Paulo Portas, the leader of the junior party, threatened to resign. A compromise was reached when Portas was appointed deputy prime minister, but this step required the president’s agreement, which he gave on Sunday.
Families decry slow trial
Families of victims killed in the 1990s war condemned the slowness of the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Sunday, the fifth anniversary of his arrest. “We regret the slowness of the process against Karadzic,” who is being tried before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, two associations of the relatives of victims killed during the 1992-1995 war said. “Many witnesses in the process against Karadzic are unfortunately dying so many will not have a chance to testify,” they said. Karadzic faces 11 charges, including two counts of genocide and accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.