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Twelve Best Cities to Visit in Europe this Summer
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Twelve Best Cities to Visit in Europe this Summer
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Twelve best cities to visit in Europe this summer. The new trends in Europe will surprise you. Get the best buck for your dime is the way to go, off course the major metropolises are charming, overlooked locales, Europe is brimming with cities everyone should visit. But where does a penny-pinching, adventure-seeking twenty something even begin when it comes to traveling Europe?

The big players — London, Paris, Amsterdam — are great. Those should be on everyone’s bucket list. For millennials, these 20 cities offer delicious street food, hip hostels, cozy cafes and many glimpses into new cultures.

And there’s a bonus — these beautiful cities are even worth visiting if you’re not exactly in your 20s anymore. List from top includes:

1. Riga, Latvia
2. Berlin, Germany
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
4. Stockholm, Sweden
5. Budapest, Hungary
6. Fira, Greece
7. Oslo, Norway
8. Lisbon, Portugal
9. Dublin, Ireland
10. Rotterdan, Netherland
11. Glasgow, UK
12. Florence, Italy

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Still A Good Time To Sell That Gold
Prices Fall Days in a Roll

The price of gold has been falling for three days, and the US dollar has been rising, pushing commodities lower, since late last week when a better-than-expected employment report. Investors have a strong positive signal on the economy. That could mean an end to the record low U.S. interest rates that have weakened the dollar and driven up the price of gold and other commodities this year. From a new all time record of $1,227.50 last week, gold prices have fallen about $75 since Friday. Most analysts, however, see the decline in gold as temporary, saying there is enough investment demand for the metal to support higher prices over the long term.

Even with the decline over the past few days, gold prices are still up 29.3 percent for the year. The glory days may be over. Gold has benefited from the US dollar decline, and it may be time to look somewhere else. Commodities may rally from high demand around the world, but the rise of gold may have been fueled by other reason, which makes this a good time to find other places to park those wealth.

Turkey To USA End Kurdish Support in Syria and Iraq
Atlantic Council Meet in Istanbul

Erdoğan Asks US to End Support for Kurdish Militias, Hand Over Cleric
Ashish Kumar Sen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, speaking at the Atlantic Council’s Istanbul Summit on April 28, urged the United States to end its support for Kurdish rebels in Syria and to extradite a cleric Turkey says orchestrated a failed coup attempt in July of 2016; he also accused some European countries of harboring terrorists.
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The Most Pwerful Man in World 2017
Vladimir Putin - President Russia

We describe Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most powerful man in the world. But why? After all, the United States -- and China, for that matter -- are more powerful countries than Russia.

The power of a head of state is determined both by the country's strength and the capacity he or she has to exercise that power, unilaterally, unconstrained by other institutions, parties and political forces. And combining those two metrics, it's easy to see why Vladimir Putin rises to the top of list.

Putin has created what he calls a "vertical of power," something unlike any we see in other great nations. As the Russian chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov -- himself a harsh critic of Putin -- has noted, the entire structure of Russian political power rests on one man. When the czar died, you knew the structure that would endure and the process by which his successor, his son, would be elevated. When the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party died, the Standing Committee and the Politburo would select his successor. But when Putin dies -- I almost wrote if -- what will happen? No one knows.

To understand Putin, you have to understand Russia. The last hundred years for that country have seen the fall of the monarchy, the collapse of democracy, the great depression, World War II with its tens of millions of Russians dead, Stalin's totalitarian brutalities, the collapse of communism, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and Boris Yeltsin's years of chaos and corruption.

Then comes Vladimir Putin, who ushers in stability and, in popular perception, rising standards of living and increasing prominence and respect in the world. That respect is important.

Russians have immense national pride. Russia is the largest country on the planet -- 48 times larger than Germany and encompassing 11 time zones that straddle Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. w Body

Turkey and Netherlands Diplomatic Feud Deepened
Tayyip Erdogan Wild Accusations

Turkey and the Netherlands' diplomatic feud deepened Sunday with the Turkish president accusing the NATO ally of fascism, and declaring the Dutch would "pay the price" for harming relations.

The Danish Prime Minister also entered the fray, saying he couldn't host a yet-to-be scheduled visit by his Turkish counterpart in light of "current rhetorical attacks" against the Dutch.

Upcoming votes in Turkey and the Netherlands serve as a backdrop for the dispute: In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has cracked down on opposition -- particularly journalists, academics and the public service sector -- since a July coup attempt, is pushing an April referendum that would expand his powers. In the Netherlands, this week's general elections will pit a hardline anti-Islam candidate in a tight race against the incumbent prime minister.

Erdogan is keen to rally the roughly 4.6 million expatriate Turks living in Western Europe, many of whom will be permitted to vote in the Turkish referendum.

Following similar moves in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the Netherlands on Saturday barred a plane carrying Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from entering the country, citing security concerns. Cavusoglu sought to address expats in support of the Turkish referendum. The Dutch also stopped Turkey's family affairs minister from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn facing second sex charge

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s hopes of entering the French presidential race appeared to be over after a novelist who described him as a “rutting chimpanzee“ said she would make a criminal complaint of attempted rape.
Tristane Banon, a 32-year-old journalist and writer, will file for charges on Tuesday over an alleged attack in a Paris apartment in 2003 during which she claims Strauss-Khan tried to unhook her bra and open her jeans. Her lawyer, David Koubbi said the complaint would reach the Paris prosecutor’s office by Wednesday.
he announcement came just days after it emerged that the sexual assault case by an American hotel chambermaid against the former International Monetary Fund chief was close to collapse. Strauss Khan was freed from his strict bail terms by a New York court on Friday amid doubts over the alleged victim’s credibility.

That had raised hopes in France that the 62-year-old might make a triumphant return to French politics if acquitted in the US, perhaps even running for president next year for the opposition Socialists.

However, the latest development appears to make that extremely unlikely. France’s Socialist party said on Monday that the idea of Strauss-Khan running for President was now the “weakest” of all possible scenarios for his political future.

In an interview on Monday evening, Miss Banon said she had decided to file her complaint after feeling “sick” watching Mr Strauss-Kahn freed without bail last week and dining in a New York restaurant.
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“To see Strauss Kahn freed then straight away dining in a luxury restaurant with friends, that makes me sick,” she told L’Express magazine.

She also recounted details of the alleged attempted rape that she said dated back to February 2003.

Her lawyer Mr Koubbi said: “Tristane Banon has really suffered what she accuses Mr Strauss-Kahn of, which means that the law, in her position as victim, is open to her and that she is exercising her judicial rights in demanding reparation before French justice,” he said.

“These facts do not constitute a sexual assault but attempted rape.”

The complaint fell within the 10-year limitation period for attempted rape charges, he added.

Shortly after Mr Strauss-Kahn’s arrest in New York on sexual assault charges, Miss Banon’s lawyer said she was “considering” pressing charges but then declined to testify in the US and appeared to withdraw.

Mr Koubbi insisted the decision to file for charges now had been made before the dramatic turn of events over the weekend when prosecutors in New York admitted the case against Mr Strauss-Kahn was falling apart.

He said the timing would not dent Miss Banon’s credibility or make her look opportunistic.

“What is happening in the US doesn’t concern us, I repeat. If the case against Mr Strauss Kahn is empty, ours isn’t. It is extremely solid and thorough.”

Miss Banon said the alleged incident took place when she went to interview Mr Strauss-Kahn, a former French finance minister, in an apartment.

Miss Banon gave a graphic account of the alleged attack in a 2007 television programme, currently posted on the internet.

The politician acted, she said, like a “rutting chimpanzee “.

She alleged that after the attack she was dissuaded from filing charges by her mother, a regional councillor in Mr Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist party.

Mr Strauss Kahn’s lawyers responded to the allegations by saying he intended to sue her for “slanderous denunciation, adding that the alleged events she related were “imaginary”.

The latest twist in the Strauss-Kahn affair came just days after he was given freedom without bail on Saturday.

He remains charged with trying to rape the US maid after she arrived to clean his Manhattan Sofitel suite and forcing her to give him oral sex.

But the case against him is hanging by a thread. Reports claim that soon after the incident, she was recorded telling a drug dealer in Arizona: “Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing”.

A letter filed to court by Cyrus Vance Jr, the Manhattan district attorney, said: “The complainant testified to this version of events when questioned in the Grand Jury about her actions”.

However she “has since admitted that this account was false” and that she went on to clean another room, and returned to clean Mr Strauss-Kahn’s suite, before reporting the incident to her supervisor.

France is divided over how to receive Mr Strauss-Kahn’s likely acquittal.

Some 42 per cent of French people think he has a political future, according to a poll published today in Le Point, while a larger amount, 51 per cent, think the opposite.

With Mr Strauss-Kahn’s prospects for acquittal growing, his Socialist allies have launched a media offensive claiming he was the victim of a plot.

One cited DSK as having warned he was under threat from Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin shortly before his arrest.

Other Socialist MPs questioned the role of the Sofitel hotel’s security chief, a former senior policeman with links to French intelligence.

They asked why hotel management phoned conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office just an hour after the incident, intimating the Elysée may have stage-managed his arrest to maximise damage. The Accor group, which owns Sofitel has strenuously denied any foul-play and threatened to sue for slander anyone making such claims.

Mr Koubbi insisted that there was no political motive in the timing of Miss Banon’s complaint.

“Let me make it clear that I have been contacted by nobody on the Right, that I am under nobody’s orders,” he said.

The DSK affair has sparked soul-searching in France about tolerance to borderline sexual harassment of male politicians, and a litany of women have claimed to have been on the receiving end of Mr Strausss-Kahn’s heavy-handed seduction techniques. Some female politicians and journalists said they refuse to be alone with him.

Clémentine Autain, a feminist politician and founder of the Mix-Cité party, insisted the DSK affair remained “very symbolic” as “it has enabled (France) to denounce machismo in political circles, violence against women. So if it turned out (the US plaintiff) was lying, it would be a harsh blow for women”.

“There is no question of shutting the lid on this new-found freedom of speech in the light of the DSK affair to discuss issues that are serious — notably the 75,000 rapes perpetrated in France every year,” she said.

Only one woman in ten files for charges after being raped, she added.

U.S. to Review Palestinian Aid in Light of Deal
Parties Must Accept Israel, Renounce Violence: Lawmakers

The United States will keep aid flowing to the Palestinian Authority, but future help depends on the new Palestinian government, the State Department said on Thursday.

One day after a unity deal between rival Palestinian factions, the State Department said roughly $400 million in annual U.S. funding would be reassessed as the policies of the new leadership emerge.

U.S. lawmakers from both parties have warned that the reconciliation deal between the western-backed Fatah party and the Islamist Hamas could imperil U.S. aid if Hamas continues to spurn demands that it renounce violence and recognize Israel's right to exist.

The top Republican and Democrat lawmakers on a House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee wrote a letter to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday urging him to reconsider the Hamas deal and to stop moves to seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state.

"Our ability to support current and future aid would be severely threatened if you abandon direct negotiations with Israel and continue with your current efforts," Republican chairwoman Kay Granger and senior Democrat Nita Lowey said.

"Your current courses of action undermine the purposes and threaten the provision of United States assistance and support."

The Palestinian deal comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to visit Washington next month and U.S. officials weigh the chances of restarting direct peace talks which collapsed shortly after their launch last year.

The Obama administration has reacted coolly to the Hamas-Fatah announcement.

It insists that any future Palestinian government must renounce violence, respect past peace agreements and recognize Israel's right to exist.

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Workers to Continue Egypt Strikes

Egyptian labour unions plan to hold more nationwide strikes for a second day, adding momentum to the pro-democracy demonstrations in Cairo and other cities.

The move comes as the demonstrations calling for President Hosni Mubarak's immediate ouster enters its 17th day.

Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Cairo, said about 5,000 doctors and medical students were expected to come out on Thursday.

"It's certainly increasing the pressure on the government here. I think it's worth making the distinction that the strikes going on are more of an economic nature, they are not necessarily jumping on the bandwagon of the protesters in Tahrir Square, ...many of them are not actually calling for the president to step down, but fighting for better wages, for better working conditions."

Our correspondents, reporting from across Egypyt, said around 20,000 factory workers had stayed away from work on Wednesday.

"[Strikers] were saying that they want better salaries, they want an end to the disparity in the pay, and they want the 15 per cent increase in pay that was promised to them by the state," Shirine Tadros, reported from Cairo.

Some workers were also calling for Mubarak to step down, she said.

Culture minister quits

Meanwhile, Gaber Asfour, the recently appointed culture minister, resigned from Mubarak's cabinet on Wednesday for health reasons, a member of his family told Reuters.

But the website of Egypt's main daily newspaper Al-Ahram said Asfour, a writer, was under pressure from literary colleagues over the post.

Asfour was sworn in following the start of the protests on January 31, and believed it would be a national unity government, al-Ahram said.
Determined protesters continue to rally in Cairo's Tahrir [Liberation] Square, and other cities across the country. They say they will not end the protests until Mubarak, who has been at the country's helm since 1981, steps down.

Protesters with blankets gathered outside the parliament building in Cairo on Wednesday, with no plan to move, our correspondent reported. The demonstrators had put up a sign that read: "Closed until the fall of the regime".

There was also a renewed international element to the demonstrations, with Egyptians from abroad returning to join the pro-democracy camp.

Our correspondent said an internet campaign is currently on to mobilise expatriates to return and support the uprising.

Protesters are "more emboldened by the day and more determined by the day", Ahmad Salah, an Egyptian activist, told Al Jazeera from Cairo. "This is a growing movement, it's not shrinking."

Meanwhile, 34 political prisoners, including members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood opposition group, were reportedly released over the past two days.

Our correspondent said that there are still an unknown number of people missing, including activists thought to be detained during the recent unrest.

Human Rights Watch said the death toll has reached 302 since January 28. However, Egypt's health ministry denied the figures, saying official statistics would be released shortly.

Egypt President's Son, Family Flee to Britain

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's son, who is considered as his successor, has fled to Britain along with his family, a US-based Arabic website reported.

The plane with Gamal Mubarak, his wife and daughter on board left for London Tuesday from an airport in western Cairo, the website Akhbar al-Arab said.

The report came as violent unrest broke out in Cairo and other Egyptian cities and hundreds of thousands of people reportedly took to the streets in a Tunisia-inspired day of revolt.

The protesters want Egyptian government to end its 30-year state of emergency and pass a law preventing a president from serving more than two terms, and want the Interior Minister Habib al-Adly to resign.

Protests in Egypt broke out after opposition groups waged an internet campaign inspired by the Tunisian uprising. Weeks of unrest in Tunisia eventually toppled president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali earlier this month.

A police officer was killed in clashes Tuesday in central Cairo, Egyptian daily al-Wafd reported.

Over 30,000 protesters gathered in Cairo's Maidan al-Tahrir square to take part in the "day of anger", said the spokesman for Egypt's '6 April' opposition movement, Mohammed Adel.

"Police used tear gas and water canon to break up our protest and they arrested 40 of us, but we don't have official figures on the numbers of arrests across Egypt," said Adel.

Supporters of the '6 April' movement, the opposition al-Ghad party, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the al-Wafd party and supporters of former UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohammed El Baradei took part in the protest.

Al-Wafd daily said police arrested 600 people during Tuesday's protests in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, Tantan, al-Mahala, Asiut, al-Bahira and al-Quium. More than 200,000 people took part in protests in these cities.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Tuesday Washington believed the Egyptian government was stable and urged restraint on both sides.

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