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Syria death reported of ex-British marine fighting alongside Kurds

March 4th, 2015
 
Fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units on the back of a vehicleKurdish troops are fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq
 
A former Royal Marine has become the first Briton to be killed while fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State in Syria, the Kurdish militia has told the BBC.
 
The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) named him as Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, from Barnsley.
 
A British pro-Kurdish activist said he had informed Mr Scurfield's family of the death, at the request of the YPG.
 
The Foreign Office said it was "aware of reports" of a Briton dying in Syria.
 
The YPG said the "British volunteer martyr" died in an area west of the city of Qamishli on Monday.
 
A Kurdish commander said clashes against Islamic State (IS) in that area were continuing.
 
The BBC's Guney Yildiz said the YPG had asked Mr Scurfield's family if they could bury him in Syria "as a martyr".
 
BBC News.Retrieved fromhttp://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31720274
 

 

Israel's Netanyahu warns US against 'paving way to Iran bomb'

March 4th, 2015
 
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the US CongressMr Netanyahu was searing in his denunciation of the deal being negotiated with Iran
 
The Israeli prime minister has warned that a deal under discussion on Iran's nuclear programme could "pave its way to the bomb", rather than block it.
 
In a speech to US Congress punctuated by standing ovations, Benjamin Netanyahu depicted Iran as a "threat to the entire world".
 
Talks on Iran's nuclear programme are nearing a critical late-March deadline for an outline agreement to be reached.
 
The speech comes just two weeks before a closely fought election in Israel.
 
Mr Netanyahu insisted that he was not trying to meddle in internal US politics.
 
The White House had criticised his plan to address Congress - at Republican invitation, without consulting the White House - saying the Israeli leader was trying to swell US opposition to any Iran deal.
 
Following the speech, US President Barack Obama told reporters he had seen "nothing new" in the speech transcript.
 

 

North Korea fires missiles as US-S Korea drills begin

March 2nd, 2015
 
In this 32 March 2014 photo, US Marines take a position during the US-South Korea joint landing exercises as part of the Foal Eagle military exercises in Pohang, South KoreaThe annual exercises always lead to a spike in tensions on the Korean peninsula
 
North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea as annual US-South Korea military exercises got under way, officials in Seoul say.
 
The two missiles, with a range of 490km (305 miles), were fired from the western city of Nampo into the sea east of the Korean peninsula, the South Korean military said.
 
The drills, involving tens of thousands of troops, always anger Pyongyang.
 
It traditionally shows its displeasure with missile tests and louder rhetoric.
 
Seoul and Washington describe the military exercises as defensive in nature. North Korea calls them a rehearsal for invasion.
 
Key Resolve, a largely computer-simulated exercise, lasts 12 days and Foal Eagle, which has ground, air and sea components, lasts eight weeks.
 

 

Obama offer to 5m illegal migrants

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Undocumented immigrants and supporters watch Obama speak on immigration in Philadelphia

Nearly five million people living illegally in the US can escape deportation under sweeping changes to the immigration system.

 

"Come out of the shadows and get right with the law," urged President Barack Obama in a televised address.

Republicans say the action, without Congress, is beyond his authority and relations will now be poisoned.

There are about 11m illegal immigrants in the US and this year children coming across the border prompted a crisis.

 

Under the plan, undocumented parents of children who are US citizens or legal residents will be able to apply for work permits lasting three years.

Only parents who have lived in the US for five years will qualify - about 3.7m people are estimated to fit this criteria.


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