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Refugee crisis: Sweden's mass deportation of asylum seekers 'could strengthen EU migration policy'

Sweden’s controversial plans to deport up to 80,000 asylum-seekers are in line with EU rules and could even strengthen embattled migration policy across the Continent, the European Commission argued yesterday.

Commission officials said the returning of failed asylum-seekers fits into the EU’s wider efforts to build a coherent migration strategy that distinguishes between different claims. “Countries are entitled and indeed obliged to return people who are not entitled to stay in the European Union. It is essential to make sure genuine asylum-seekers have their asylum applications processed quickly,” Natasha Bertaud, the commission’s spokeswoman on migration, said.

“It is a matter of credibility that we do return these people because we do not want to give the impression that Europe is an open door.”

Sweden has been the second most popular destination – after Germany – for the nearly one million migrants who have made their way to Europe in the past year. By population, it has taken in …

60 ISIS members killed, 19 booby-trapped vehicles destructed north of Ramadi

On Thursday, Commander of Anbar operations Brigadier General Ismail al-Mahalawi announced, that 60 members of the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were killed and 19 booby-trapped vehicles were destructed, while indicated that the Army forces imposed its full control on the situation north of the city.

Mahalawi said in a statement followed by, “ISIS intensified its attacks on the headquarters of the army’s 10th brigade, brigade 40 and brigade 39 in al-Tharthar area north of Ramadi.”

“The army forces backed by the international coalition aviation, Iraqi Army Aviation, army artillery, in addition to the Iraqi Air Force managed to kill 60 members of the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), while destructed 19 booby-trapped vehicles driven by suicide bombers and inflicted heavy human and material losses on them,” Mahalawi added.

The U.S. Intervention in Libya Was Such a Smashing Success That a Sequel Is Coming

By Glenn Greenwald

The immediate aftermath of the NATO bombing of Libya was a time of highgloating. Just as Iraq War advocates pointed to the capture and killing of Saddam Hussein as proof that their war was a success, Libya war advocates pointed to the capture and brutal killing of Muammar el-Qaddafi as proof of their vindication. War advocates such as Anne-Marie Slaughter and Nicholas Kristof were writing columns celebrating their prescience and mocking war opponents as discredited, and the New York Times published a front-page article declaring: “U.S. Tactics in Libya May be a Model for Other Efforts.” It was widely expected that Hillary Clinton, one of the leading advocates for and architects of the bombing campaign, would be regarded as a Foreign Policy Visionary for the grand Libya success: “We came, we saw, he died,” Clintonsociopathically boasted about the mob rape and murder of Qaddafi while guffawing on 60 Minutes.

Since then, Libya — so predictably — has all but completely co…

Over 200 evacuated over bomb threat in Siberian power plant

At least 231 people were evacuated from the dam of the hydroelectric power plant near the Russian city of Novosibirsk after reports of explosive devices planted there, a plant official said.

An engineer on duty received a message from local emergency services about an explosive device possibly planted on the grounds of the power station, a spokesperson for the Novosibirsk power plant, Olesya Tarasova, told RIA Novosti.

She added that bomb disposal experts had arrived at the scene to investigate the incident.

However, the specialists haven’t managed to locate any explosive devices in the area around the plant, Tarasova said. She added that the tipoff was a false call from a local woman who is currently being treated in a psychiatric facility and had claimed she had “a vision” of the bomb.

N. Korea preparing for space launch? US officials cite activity detected at satellite site

Pyongyang may be preparing for no less than a space launch, US officials told the media, citing recently obtained satellite imagery of a site around the Sohae Satellite Launching Station – and it may come sooner than later.

Recent movement of components and propellant could indicate that North Korea is considering a rocket launch in the near future, unnamed US officials told Reuters.

“Our concern though is that they do a space-launch, but really it’s the same technology to develop ICBMs,” one of the officials said, adding that the launch could happen in a couple of weeks.
Another official told AFP news agency that there were no signs of a ballistic missile.

“The indications are that they are preparing for some kind of launch… Could be for a satellite or a space vehicle – there are a lot of guesses,” the official said. “North Korea does this periodically – they move things back and forth... There’s nothing to indicate it is ballistic-missile related.”

Concerns that North Korea may be prepar…