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The soldiers also said Thursday on state TV that the country’s constitution had been suspended and all its institutions dissolved. The spokesman for the soldiers said the country is now being led by the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy and asked their countrymen and the international community to have faith in their ideals which “could turn Niger into an example of democracy and of good governance.”

Smoke rose from the white-hued multistory palace complex and the echo of machine-gunfire for at least two hours sent frightened residents running for cover, emptying the desert country’s downtown boulevards at midday.

Traore Amadou, a local journalist who was in the presidency when the shooting began, said President Mamadou Tandja was kidnapped by mutinous troops.

French radio station Radio France Internationale reported that the soldiers burst in and neutralized the presidential guard before politely escorting Tandja outside to a waiting car which drove him toward a military camp on the outskirts of the capital. His whereabouts remained unknown hours later when the soldiers took to the airwaves to announce the coup.

Tandja first took power in democratic elections in 1999 that followed an era of coups and rebellions. But instead of stepping down as mandated by law on Dec. 22, he triggered a political crisis by pushing through a new constitution in August that removed term limits and gave him near-totalitarian powers.

Niger has become increasingly isolated since then, with the 15-nation regional bloc of West African states suspending Niger from its ranks and the U.S. government cutting off non-humanitarian aid and imposing travel restrictions on some government officials.

The ease with which Niger’s democratic institutions have been swept aside has marked a setback for a region struggling to shake off autocratic rulers. In Guinea, a military junta seized power in December 2008 after the death of the country’s longtime dictator, only to have the junta leader go into voluntary exile after he survived an assassination attempt a year later.

The nation’s latest troubles began suddenly in Niamey on Thursday afternoon, when gunfire broke out around the impoverished nation’s small presidency.

“Armored vehicles came into the palace and began shooting at the building,” said Moussa Mounkaila, a palace driver. He said the mutinous troops had come from a military barracks at Tondibia, about seven miles (12 kilometers) west of the capital. Mounkaila said he saw smoke rising from the damaged presidency before he jumped over a wall and fled.

Tandja had just gathered government ministers for a Cabinet meeting when the gunfire erupted outside.

A diplomat in neighboring Burkina Faso said the mutinous soldiers are led by Col. Abdoulaye Adamou Harouna, the former aide-de-camp of Niger’s previous coup leader Maj. Daouda Mallam Wanke. In Niamey, soldiers contacted by telephone inside their barracks said the coup was led by Col. Adamou Harouna, but gave a different first name – saying it was Djibril, not Abdoulaye, and did not confirm whether or not he was an aide to Wanke.

It was Wanke that led the 1999 coup, seizing power after the country’s former military strongman was gunned down in an incident that was dubbed “an accident.” Wanke, however, organized democratic elections less than a year later, which Tandja won. The diplomat, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said that Harouna – once Wanke’s top aide – is part of an army faction that is deeply disillusioned with Tandja for violating his constitutionally mandated term limit.

They see him as having violated the trust the military initial placed in him when they ceded power in elections 11 years ago, he said. It was not immediately possible to confirm the diplomat’s account or to resolve the discrepancy in the name.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was closely following developments and receiving regular updates from his Special Representative for West Africa Said Djinnit, U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.

“It would be recalled that the secretary-general has called on the stakeholders in Niger to swiftly revert to constitutional order in the settlement of the political crisis that developed in that country last year,” Okabe said at U.N. headquarters in New York.

In their broadcast on state TV, the soldiers said the country was now under a curfew and that all its borders had been sealed.

An Air France flight that was scheduled to land at Niamey on Thursday afternoon was diverted to neighboring Burkina Faso, said a company spokeswoman.

So was the private plane of the Senegalese foreign minister who had been dispatched by Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade and who was prevented from landing in Niger by the army, said Senegalese government spokesman Bamba Ndiaye.

Just days before Thursday’s coup, Wade had been named mediator for Niger’s political crisis by ECOWAS, a regional bloc of 15 West African countries.

After three coups hit Niger between 1974 and 1999, Tandja twice won votes deemed fair. But in the waning months of his final term, critics say he went down the path of many long-serving African despots, breaking a promise he had frequently made to step down when his term expired in December.

Opposition leaders say Tandja morphed from democrat to dictator over the course of several months last year. In May 2009, he dissolved the national assembly because it opposed his plan to hold a referendum removing term limits. The move was legal but the following month he invoked extraordinary powers to rule by decree, dissolving the constitutional court that also opposed his plan.

The two bodies represented the only real checks on his power. The last obstacle was the constitution itself, which contained a clause saying that the two-term limit could not be amended. In August, Tandja forced through a referendum boycotted by the opposition that created a new constitution. It gave him greatly boosted powers and an unprecedented three-year extension of his rule before another round of elections can be held.

The Aug. 4 vote came despite opposition from international donors who could cut crucial aid and from critics at home who say the Islamic nation’s nascent democracy has been hijacked by a new African strongman.

Tandja claims he is only pushing to stay in power because his people have demanded it. He says they want him to finish several mammoth projects worth billions of dollars that have begun in recent months, including a hydroelectric dam, an oil refinery and 대구출장샵 what will be the largest uranium mine in Africa.

Uranium-rich Niger is ranked at the bottom on the U.N.’s worldwide human development index and has an astounding 70 percent illiteracy rate. The nation on the Sahara’s southern edge has been perpetually battered by drought and desertification.

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Fighter jets, drones and attack helicopters hovered overhead, as Marine and Afghan companies moved on a 2-square-mile area of the town where more than 40 insurgents have apparently holed up.

“They are squeezed,” said Lt. Col. Brian Christmas, commander of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. “It looks like they want to stay and fight but they can always drop their weapons and slip away. That’s the nature of this war.”

Of the overall offensive, a Marine spokesman says the coalition troops are making progress, but adds: “Everywhere we’ve got Marines, we’re running into insurgents.”

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Insurgents are putting up a “determined resistance” in various parts of Marjah, though the overall offensive is “on track,” NATO said Sunday, eight days after thousands of Afghan and international forces launched their largest joint operation since the Taliban regime’s ouster in 2001.

Today’s death brings the number of allied soldiers killed in the offensive to 13. One Afghan soldier also has been killed, while senior Marine officers say intelligence reports suggest more than 120 insurgents have been killed.

Elsewhere, NATO says two service members were killed yesterday, one by either rocket or mortar fire in eastern Afghanistan and another in a bombing in the south.

Late last week, Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, head of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, said he believed it would take at least 30 days to complete securing the Nad Ali district and Marjah in Helmand province, a hub for a lucrative opium trade that profits militants.

The Marjah operation is a major test of a new NATO strategy that stresses protecting civilians over routing insurgents as quickly as possible. It’s also the first major ground operation since President Barack Obama ordered 30,000 reinforcements to Afghanistan to curb the rise of the Taliban.

Once the town is secure, NATO plans to rush in a civilian Afghan administration, restore public services and pour in aid to try to win the loyalty of the population and prevent the Taliban from returning.

Twelve NATO troops and one Afghan soldier have died so far in the offensive. Senior Marine officers say intelligence reports suggest more than 120 insurgents have died.

NATO reported two more service member deaths suffered on Saturday – one by rocket or mortar fire in eastern Afghanistan and another in a bombing in southern Afghanistan. Neither was related to the Marjah area fighting, NATO said Sunday without identifying the victims by nationality.

On Sunday, Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said that they had been more prepared for large numbers of planted bombs than for the sniper shooting and sustained firefights that have characterized the last few days of the Marjah operation.

“We predicted it would take many days. But our prediction was that the insurgency would not resist that way. Maybe they would use more mines, or roadside bombs or these things,” Azimi said.

Even so, he said the operation has always been planned to last a month and noted some aspects are ahead of schedule, including the deployment of Afghan police units to the town.

He said progress through the contested areas is intentionally slow so that troops can clear bombs and take the most care possible to prevent civilian casualties as they fight the insurgents.

On Saturday, President Hamid Karzai had urged NATO to do more to protect civilians during combat operations to secure Marjah.

NATO forces have repeatedly said they want to prevent civilian casualties but acknowledged that it is not always possible. On Saturday, the alliance said its troops killed another civilian in the Marjah area, bringing the civilian death toll from the operation to at least 16.

Though NATO had made progress in reducing civilian casualties – mainly by reducing airstrikes and restricting combat rules – more needed to be done, Karzai said.

“We need to reach the point where there are no civilian casualties,” he said. “Our effort and our criticism will continue until we reach that goal.”

Karzai had also reached out to Taliban fighters, urging them to renounce al Qaeda and join with the government.

But the process of reconciliation and reintegration is likely to prove difficult.

On Sunday, Mohammad Jan Rasool Yar, spokesman for Zabul province, said authorities arrested 14 police in the Shar-e Safa district on Saturday who had defected to the Taliban’s side last week and 대구출장샵 were found on a bus heading to Pakistan.

Reports From Marjah by CBS News Correspondent Mandy Clark:Marines Meet Heavy Resistance From TalibanMarines Under Sniper FireInside Enemy Bunkers in AfghanistanMarines Reach out to Marjah PopulationMarines Drive Into Afghan StrongholdMarines Engage Taliban on Edge of MarjahAfghanistan: Life on the Frontline

“We tell them that instead of interfering in the region’s affairs, to pack their things and leave.” A string of high-profile visits to Damascus in recent months – from the U.S., France, and now Iran – shows Syria’s strategic importance in the Middle East

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Arab nations will usher in a new Middle East “without Zionists and without colonialists.”

1 year ago“(The Americans) want to dominate the region but they feel Iran and Syria are preventing that,” Ahmadinejad said during a news conference with Syrian President Bashar Assad. “We tell them that instead of interfering in the region’s affairs, to pack their things and leave.”

A string of high-profile visits to Damascus in recent months – from the U.S., France, and now Iran – shows Syria’s strategic importance in the Middle East.

WorldWatch: Syria Dismisses Calls to Cut Ties to Iran

U.S. President Barack Obama is determined to engage with Syria, a country seen as key to peace in the region but which the State Department has long considered a state sponsor of terrorism.

Ahmadinejad’s trip comes amid rising U.S. tension with Tehran over the country’s nuclear program. The U.S. and others believe Iran is hiding nuclear weapons development under the guise of a civilian energy program. Iran insists that its intentions are peaceful.

On Thursday, 대구출장샵 Assad signaled his strong support for Iran, saying America’s stance on Iran “is a new situation of colonialism in the region.”

Still, Assad could be open to a breakthrough with the Americans. He is hoping for U.S. help in boosting a weak economy and for American mediation in direct peace talks with Israel – a recognition that he needs American involvement to achieve his top goal of winning the return of the Golan Heights, seized by Israel in the 1967 Mideast War.

But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday that the recent decision to send the first U.S. ambassador to Syria in five years does not mean U.S. concerns about the country have been addressed.

Speaking to lawmakers, Clinton said the nomination of career diplomat Robert Ford is a sign of a “slight opening” with Syria. But she said Washington remains troubled by suspected Syrian support for militant groups in Iraq and elsewhere, interference in Lebanon and Syria’s close relationship with Iran.

Former President George W. Bush withdrew the last U.S. ambassador to Syria in 2005 to protest its actions in Lebanon after the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which his supporters blamed on Syria.

Washington also has retained its sanctions on Damascus. The sanctions were first imposed by Bush and renewed by Mr. Obama in May.

Foxx will play a brilliant but mentally troubled musician in a movie based on the true-life friendship between Skid Row prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez

6 months agoFoxx will play a brilliant but mentally troubled musician in a movie based on the true-life friendship between Skid Row prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez.

The DreamWorks SKG movie, directed by Joe Wright, is scheduled to begin filming in January.

“Erin Brockovich” writer Susannah Grant has completed the screenplay, said Gary Foster, who is producing the movie with Russ Krasnoff. Lopez’s role hasn’t been cast yet.

Ayers was attending New York’s famed Juilliard School on a music scholarship when he suffered a mental breakdown at age 20. A schizophrenic, he lived on the streets of Cleveland and Los Angeles for 35 years until Lopez saw him playing the violin one day near a statue of his musical idol, Ludwig van Beethoven.

Lopez did a series of columns on Ayers, and readers immediately responded, giving him musical instruments and inviting him to the Walt Disney Concert Hall to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“A couple members of the orchestra started hanging out with him,” Lopez said.

The columnist, 대구출장샵 meanwhile, helped Ayers secure a modest downtown apartment where he now has a music studio.

Lopez’s book about their friendship, tentatively titled “The Soloist,” is expected to be published next spring.

“It remains to be seen when the (nuclear) talks will resume,” Wi told reporters Wednesday after returning home from Beijing, where he met with China’s Wu

An army spokesman warned in a statement carried in official media Thursday that North Korean troops are prepared to “mercilessly destroy” its foes and could even use nuclear means. The warning comes hours after President Obama’s special envoy to North…

soldiers leaving the region.  “I don’t mind putting these exercises on hold

After wrapping up a historic meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, President Trump told reporters on Tuesday he is halting the “war games”  consisting of joint military exercises with South Korea. He also said he wants to bring American soldiers in the Korean Peninsula back home “at some point.”

“We have right now 32,000 soldiers in South Korea. And I’d like to be able to bring them back home. But that’s not part of the equation right now,” Mr. Trump said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, an Air Force veteran, balked at the idea of U.S. soldiers leaving the region. 

“I don’t mind putting these exercises on hold. Over the arc of time, the exercises won’t matter. But the one thing I would object to violently is withdrawing our forces from South Korea,” Graham said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.” “China is trying to play President Trump through North Korea. China’s goal for decades has been to drive us out of Asia. If we withdraw our forces and that’s part of the deal, I can’t support the deal. That will lead to more conflict, not less. Our forces in South Korea are stabilizing for Asia.”

CBS News senior global affairs contributor and Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer also stressed China’s role in the region, calling China “the big winner” in the historic summit.

“The most important takeaway here long term is that the United States is probably going to be a much more marginal player at the end of the day in this region,” Bremmer said. He pointed to a “freeze for freeze” happening between the U.S. and North Korea to illustrate the point.

“The North Koreans are freezing their ICBM and nuclear tests, and the Americans are freezing our military exercises with the South Koreans. That is exactly the formation that the Chinese have asked for over the course of the past year, and we said absolutely not,” Bremmer said.

Mr. Trump’s announcement that the joint exercises would end appeared to catch some U.S. defense officials off-guard. Department of Defense spokesperson told CBS News in a statement on Tuesday, “The Department of Defense continues to work with the White House, the interagency, and our allies and partners on the way forward following the U.S./DPRK summit.” As of Tuesday morning, United States Forces Korea, https://gukoff.com/ who conducts the exercises, said in a statement they had received “no updated guidance on execution or cessation of training exercises.”

Graham, who called the “comprehensive” document Mr. Trump and Kim signed on Tuesday an “agreement in principle,” said the end of the military exercises with South Korea gives the U.S. “breathing space” to get a detailed denuclearization agreement with North Korea that Congress would then have to approve.

“We’re not stopping training. We’re stopping joint exercises for a while to give Kim Jong Un some assurance that we’re willing to meet him more than halfway,” Graham said. “I am willing to do a lot of things to get them to give up their nuclear weapons and end their missile program. I’m – you know, he can have a membership at Trump National [golf course] – I really don’t care how generous we are as long as we don’t go too far when it comes to our troop presence.” 

“At the end of the day, this is the last, best chance to end this conflict without a war,” Graham added. “I’m very open-minded to security agreements and to economic incentives to North Korea. But I am very closed minded when it comes to withdrawing our forces.” 

The contest marks a big change for managers of Graceland, Presley’s former Memphis residence and the center of a $40 million a year business in all things Elvis

Finals for the contest sanctioned by Graceland’s management company, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. (EPE), are set for Friday at the end of a week-long celebration marking the 30th anniversary of Presley’s death.

The contest marks a big change for managers of Graceland, 인천출장샵 Presley’s former Memphis residence and the center of a $40 million a year business in all things Elvis.

Since Presley’s death on Aug. 16, 1977, Graceland managers have distanced themselves from the thousands of Elvis impersonators performing in the concert halls and bars across the world.

Two dozen “artists” — Graceland doesn’t like the word “impersonator” — made it to Memphis by winning preliminary contests around the United States and abroad.

Ten contestants from the qualifying round at the Cannon Centre for the Performing Arts, a downtown concert hall, were to be picked for the finals and a chance at the title of official “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.”

Meanwhile, fans are flocking to Memphis for the festivities, some from abroad. “I don’t see Elvis as an American idol,” says Brazilian fan, Claudia Rocha. “think he is international, because many people in my country don’t speak English but they love the songs. I don’t know why. They don’t understand the lyrics, but they love the songs. I think it is his voice and his feelings. He was a soul singer. I think that’s why.”

“We predicted it would take many days

A roadside bomb has killed a member of the NATO force trying to take control of the southern Afghan town.

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“They are squeezed,” said Lt. Col. Brian Christmas, commander of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. “It looks like they want to stay and fight but they can always drop their weapons and slip away. That’s the nature of this war.”

Of the overall offensive, a Marine spokesman says the coalition troops are making progress, but adds: “Everywhere we’ve got Marines, we’re running into insurgents.”

Special Report: Afghanistan

Insurgents are putting up a “determined resistance” in various parts of Marjah, though the overall offensive is “on track,” NATO said Sunday, eight days after thousands of Afghan and international forces launched their largest joint operation since the Taliban regime’s ouster in 2001.

Today’s death brings the number of allied soldiers killed in the offensive to 13. One Afghan soldier also has been killed, while senior Marine officers say intelligence reports suggest more than 120 insurgents have been killed.

Elsewhere, NATO says two service members were killed yesterday, one by either rocket or mortar fire in eastern Afghanistan and another in a bombing in the south.

Late last week, Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, head of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, said he believed it would take at least 30 days to complete securing the Nad Ali district and Marjah in Helmand province, a hub for a lucrative opium trade that profits militants.

The Marjah operation is a major test of a new NATO strategy that stresses protecting civilians over routing insurgents as quickly as possible. It’s also the first major ground operation since President Barack Obama ordered 30,000 reinforcements to Afghanistan to curb the rise of the Taliban.

Once the town is secure, NATO plans to rush in a civilian Afghan administration, restore public services and pour in aid to try to win the loyalty of the population and prevent the Taliban from returning.

Twelve NATO troops and one Afghan soldier have died so far in the offensive. Senior Marine officers say intelligence reports suggest more than 120 insurgents have died.

NATO reported two more service member deaths suffered on Saturday – one by rocket or mortar fire in eastern Afghanistan and another in a bombing in southern Afghanistan. Neither was related to the Marjah area fighting, NATO said Sunday without identifying the victims by nationality.

On Sunday, Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said that they had been more prepared for large numbers of planted bombs than for the sniper shooting and sustained firefights that have characterized the last few days of the Marjah operation.

“We predicted it would take many days. But our prediction was that the insurgency would not resist that way. Maybe they would use more mines, or roadside bombs or these things,” Azimi said.

Even so, he said the operation has always been planned to last a month and noted some aspects are ahead of schedule, including the deployment of Afghan police units to the town.

He said progress through the contested areas is intentionally slow so that troops can clear bombs and take the most care possible to prevent civilian casualties as they fight the insurgents.

On Saturday, President Hamid Karzai had urged NATO to do more to protect civilians during combat operations to secure Marjah.

NATO forces have repeatedly said they want to prevent civilian casualties but acknowledged that it is not always possible. On Saturday, the alliance said its troops killed another civilian in the Marjah area, bringing the civilian death toll from the operation to at least 16.

Though NATO had made progress in reducing civilian casualties – mainly by reducing airstrikes and restricting combat rules – more needed to be done, Karzai said.

“We need to reach the point where there are no civilian casualties,” he said. “Our effort and our criticism will continue until we reach that goal.”

Karzai had also reached out to Taliban fighters, urging them to renounce al Qaeda and join with the government.

But the process of reconciliation and 대구출장샵 reintegration is likely to prove difficult.

On Sunday, Mohammad Jan Rasool Yar, spokesman for Zabul province, said authorities arrested 14 police in the Shar-e Safa district on Saturday who had defected to the Taliban’s side last week and were found on a bus heading to Pakistan.

Reports From Marjah by CBS News Correspondent Mandy Clark:Marines Meet Heavy Resistance From TalibanMarines Under Sniper FireInside Enemy Bunkers in AfghanistanMarines Reach out to Marjah PopulationMarines Drive Into Afghan StrongholdMarines Engage Taliban on Edge of MarjahAfghanistan: Life on the Frontline

Elvis Sightings Abound

Finals for the contest sanctioned by Graceland’s management company, Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. (EPE), are set for 인천출장샵 Friday at the end of a week-long celebration marking the 30th anniversary of Presley’s death.

The contest marks a big change for managers of Graceland, Presley’s former Memphis residence and the center of a $40 million a year business in all things Elvis.

Since Presley’s death on Aug. 16, 1977, Graceland managers have distanced themselves from the thousands of Elvis impersonators performing in the concert halls and bars across the world.

Two dozen “artists” — Graceland doesn’t like the word “impersonator” — made it to Memphis by winning preliminary contests around the United States and abroad.

Ten contestants from the qualifying round at the Cannon Centre for the Performing Arts, a downtown concert hall, were to be picked for the finals and a chance at the title of official “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist.”

Meanwhile, fans are flocking to Memphis for the festivities, some from abroad. “I don’t see Elvis as an American idol,” says Brazilian fan, Claudia Rocha. “think he is international, because many people in my country don’t speak English but they love the songs. I don’t know why. They don’t understand the lyrics, but they love the songs. I think it is his voice and his feelings. He was a soul singer. I think that’s why.”

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구월동출장안마-후불출장안마 / 수출장안마 / 서울출장프로필Iranian sources say the two leaders, 경기도출장샵 who were set to attend a religious ceremony to mark the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, would discuss regional developments and ways of boosting bilateral relations.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mouallem said his country was determined to help Iran and the West engage in a “constructive” dialogue over Tehran’s contested nuclear program.