#Dresden;#Germany; #Dresden'sGreenVaultMuseam; #Theft
Dresden (Germany), Nov 25 (Canadian-Media): Police in Dresden were alerted shortly before 5 a.m. Monday that thieves had broken into Dresden's Green Vault, one of the world's oldest museums, and made off with three "priceless" sets of jewelry, media reports said.
Dresden's Green Vault Museum. Image credit: Pinterest
Established Footage captured by security cameras had been reviewed by the authorities, but no suspects had been detained so far.
German media reported the losses from the early-morning burglary could run into the high hundreds of millions of euros, but the director of Dresden's State Art Collections, Marion Ackermann, said, "We cannot give a value because it is impossible to sell" and appealed to the thieves not to break the ensembles into pieces.
"The material value doesn't reflect the historic meaning," she said.
Established in 1723, the treasury of Augustus the Strong of Saxony its historic place today contains around 4,000 objects of gold, precious stones and other materials on display.
Michael Kretschmer, the governor of Saxony, where Dresden is located, said the treasures in the vault contained items collected over many hundreds of years.
"It's not just the State Art Collections that was robbed, but us Saxons," Michael Kretschmer tweeted. "One can't understand the history of Saxony without the Green Vault."
"This is a bitter day for the cultural heritage of Saxony," Saxony's interior minister, Roland Woeller said.
The thieves "stole cultural treasures of immeasurable worth — that is not only the material worth but also the intangible worth to the state of Saxony, which is impossible to estimate."
#Beijing; #China,#MonitoringWorldwideUighurPopulation; #UighurPopulation; ExpertVerifiedDocuments; #InternationalConsortiumofInvestigativeJournalists
China, Nov 25 (Canadian-Media): China's efforts to monitor members of its Uighur population -- a Muslim minority native to China's Xinjiang region -- living around the world have been revealed by the newly released secret documents, media reports said.
These documents, verified by intelligence experts, also reveal China trying to arrest Uighurs - including Canadians - with foreign citizenship upon their return to China.
These highly classified internal government documents, obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists from a confidential source within China, reported Beijing (China) had long been monitoring Uighurs with reports of of mounting persecution and detainment, of about one million Uighurs and other minority Muslim groups, in internment camps.
These documents dating from 2017 revealed Chinese officials' actively monitoring about 1,535 Uighurs with foreign nationality had applied for Chinese visas at consulates worldwide.
"[China is] afraid that Uighurs living abroad will tell the facts about what is happening in Xinjiang to the foreign media or foreign peoples,” a Uighur student living in Canada was reported to tell CBC News.
The student, who spoke on condition that his identity remain confidential, said his parents had been threatened by the Chinese government and used them as leverage in order to monitor his activity in Canada. "They control everything in China," he said. "They can find out anything."
#JusinTrudeau; #KingOfJordan, MeetingInOttawa; #RefugeeCrisis; #SecurityConcerns
Ottawa, Nov 18 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau King of Jordan Abdullah II discussed on Monday in Trudeau's Parliament Hill office refugee crisis and security concerns, among various other issues, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Official
Trudeau welcomed the king of Jordan on his fifth visit to Canada and praised the king's leadership in the Middle East during troubled times and added that the ing has a strong voice "Whether it's on refugees or human rights, economic growth and opportunities."
King Abdullah thanked Trudeau for the later's tremendous support "in coordinating on refugee and regional issues, and "outstanding military and intelligence co-operation."
Canada's marquee Liberal program of 2015 election, which welcomed refugees, had eased the burden by bringing Syrian refugees in Canada, when Jordan was burdened with more than 660,000 Syrians refugees which added to a massive influx for Jordan's population of about 10 million.
Four years ago this month Canada's Liberal government under the leadership of Trudeau kicked off a multi-billion-dollar program, in Jordan that eventually allowed nearly 40,000 Syrians arrive.
That year, Trudeau promised to bring 25,000 Syrians to Canada.
Besides refugee issues, the the two discussed in the Prime Minister's Office efforts by Canada and Jordan to promote diversity and counter violent extremism and how Canada could help Jordan cope with the pressures from the Syrian civil war and unrest in Iraq.
The two also discussed about climate change.
King Abdullah also backed Canada's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Abdullah would be leaving for New York City this week to receive "scholar-statesman award," for his peace-building efforts from a U.S. think-thank, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
#NAFTA; #TrudeauLiberals, #USDemocrats, #Ottawa
Ottawa, Nov 6 (Canadian-Media): Richard Neal, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives ways and means committee, is in Ottawa today for meetings with the Trudeau Liberals regarding the new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) , media reports said.
Richard Neal. Image credit: Facebook page
Neal, an influential American lawmaker is expected to push the ratification of the new United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement to the floor of Congress for final legal approval.
The agreement was formally signed by the leaders of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico almost one year ago.
During talks, Canada and the U.S. pushed Mexico to improve its labour standards to prevent companies in the manufacturing and auto sectors from moving there to take advantage of cheap labour.
Only Mexico has ratified the deal, and Canada will only move forward if the U.S. makes the first move.
Trump had imposed the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Canada and the U.S., and threatened to come out of the deal which he had been reprimanding.
U.S. Democrats want to assure that these changes take place,
Last week Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, was optimistic that Democrats and the Trump administration had come close to resolving their differences over the deal.
Ottawa, Nov 4 (Canadian-Media): Susan Rice, former U.S. national security adviser says it is risky to allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei to work on 5G networks in Canada, media reports said.
Susan Rice. Image credit: Twitter handle
."It gives the Chinese the ability, if they choose to use it, to access all kinds of information. Civilian intelligence, military, that could be very, very compromising," she said during an interview with CBC's The National. "So as much as I disagree with the Trump administration on a number of things, on this I believe they are right."
The U.S. government blacklisted Huawei in May, deeming it a national security risk
#DonaldTrump, #DonaldTrumpFlorida, #NewYork
Washington, Nov 1 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made by US President Donald Trump that he will move his permanent residence from Trump Tower in New York to Florida, media reports said.
Donald Trump. Image credit: Official
Trump said he had been badly treated by New York's political leaders in spite of his paying millions of dollars in tax.
#Syria, #SyriaPresident, #BasharalAssad, #Turkey
Damascus, Nov 1 (Canadian-Media): A warning of war was issued by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if Turkey's troop fail to pullout from northern Syria, media reports said.
Bashar al-Assad. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Asad had pointed out recent Turkey-Russia deal on creating a safe zone in northern Syria had been conducive in pulling back Kurdish militia from the border region in coordination with the Syrian army.
Turkey's launch of military into northern Syria in early October was to drive Kurdish fighters out of the border region, following the pullout of U.S. troops.
A deal had been reached between Turkey and Russia last Tuesday to allow the Kurdish fighters to withdraw 30 km away from the border and conduct joint Turkey-Russia patrols in the region.
Asad also added that if the Syrians are united, the presence of US forces in Syria will withdraw by themselves.