Uk: Deal Reached On Un Resolution On Syria Weapons

LEDERER and MATTHEW LE, Associated Press By EDITH M. LEDERER and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Updated 9:07pm, Thursday, September 26, 2013 View: Larger | Hide President of the Opposition Syrian Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, left, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, center, and American Secretary of State John Kerry attend a Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Syrian people, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at United Nations headquarters. Photo: Mary Altaffer President of the Opposition Syrian Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, left,… In this image taken from Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, video obtained from the Sham News Network, Syrian opposition fighters fire at government forces near Daraa customs in Daraa al-Balad, Syria. Russia offered on Thursday to provide troops to guard facilities where Syria’s chemical weapons would be destroyed, as U.N. inspectors prepared to continue their probe on the use of such agents in the country’s civil war. Photo: Sham News Network Via AP Video In this image taken from Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, video obtained… In this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Venezuela’s state-run Telesur network, in Damascus, Syria. Assad said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he does not discount the possibility of a U.S. military attack even though threatened action was forestalled when he agreed to give up chemical weapons. Photo: SANA In this Wednesday, Sept.

UK nuclear arms backup plan urgent ahead of Scottish vote-lawmakers

18, 2014, referendum, the issue of what to do with Britain’s nuclear deterrent is urgent, lawmakers said. “The possibility of Scottish independence represents a serious threat to the future operational viability of the UK’s nuclear deterrent,” said one of the conclusions of the year-long Defence Committee investigation into the impact of independence. “The UK Government must now give urgent consideration to contingency options in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote,” it said. Britain is one of only five officially recognised nuclear-armed countries. Four submarines equipped to carry nuclear missiles – the Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance – are based in deep-water lochs along the west coast of Scotland, and concrete missile storage bunkers are built into the Scottish hillside. At least one of the four is always at sea. The Liberal Democrats, junior partner in the Conservative-led coalition government, want to reduce the number of submarines when the current class is decommissioned, but Prime Minister David Cameron has called any such plan “naive or reckless”. If Scotland votes to break away, Britain would face a huge, expensive and time-consuming task to relocate the system. The Ministry of Defence confirmed on Thursday it currently has no contingency plan. “No contingency plans are being made to move Trident out of Scotland,” a Ministry of Defence spokesman told Reuters. “The scale and cost of any potential relocation away from Faslane would be enormous. We are confident that the Scottish people will vote to remain a part of the United Kingdom.” Defence Minister Philip Hammond said during an evidence session for the report that it was “unhelpful” to speculate over any possible relocation sites, but that ultimately he was confident it could be done. “I am confident that we would be able to solve this problem, but it would cost a significant amount of money,” Hammond told the committee in July. A Trident renewal decision will not be taken until after the next 2015 general election.

UK Detention of Reprieve Activist Consistent with NSA’s View of Drone Opponents as ‘Threats’ and ‘Adversaries’

The study, which examines the number and value of IPOS between the beginning of the year and September 10, reports that 2013 is the strongest year for capital raising since the financial crisis. To date in 2013, 16 IPOs have been listed on the LSE, with companies raising $6.5 bn between them. Source: Dealogic ECM Statshot This marks the highest level of activity in the period, in terms of equity raised, since 2007, when 46 IPOs were recorded, generating $32.5 bn. It also represents a five-fold increase on the value of the three deals priced in 2012 in the same period. The number of IPO listings for 2013 so far has also exceeded the full-year totals for 2011, which had 14, and 2012, in which eight were recorded. Though the news has been greeted with a deal of optimism surrounding the health of the UK markets, opinion is divided on whether it can be seen as a sign of recovery. Part of that is rooted in an increase in US funds rebuilding their exposure to European companies through UK launches, as the dangers of the eurozone crisis subside. Typically, US investors now account for 30 percent-40 percent of investors in UK IPOs and they also have plenty of cash, says Adam Young, head of global equity markets advisory at Rothschild. The value the stock market can deliver to sellers is competitive with mergers and acquisitions. The current season is good. David Ewing, managing partner of private equity specialists ECI, warns that uncertainty still remains in the markets, however. While a recovery is well and truly under way, it is still in its early phases, he says. Featuring five listings so far, the real estate sector is the most active for London-listed IPOs and at its busiest since the same period in 2007, when seven IPOs were priced. This is without the recently announced IPO for London-based property agency Foxtons, which is expected to raise $558 mn through Credit Suisse and Numis Securities. The finance and utility & energy sectors have also enjoyed a relatively strong showing, with each recording three new offerings. In addition, the report finds that the average one-day return for LSE-listed IPOs stands at 5.7 percent so far this year, the highest average seen in this period since 2006, when it stood at 6.6 percent.

UK IPOs Hit Post-Crash Peak

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The US has previously denounced drone opponents as US adversaries and even terrorist sympathizers. In 2011, the Bureau of Investigative Journalists published a study documenting numerous civilian deaths in Pakistan during the same time period for when John Brennan, then the chief White House counterterrorism adviser and now CIA Director, had falsely asserted there were no such deaths. Subsequent reports further proved the clear falsity of Brennan’s statements. Nonetheless, a New York Times article on that Bureau report granted anonymity to a “senior American counterterrorism official” to say: “one must wonder why an effort that has so carefully gone after terrorists who plot to kill civilians has been subjected to so much misinformation.” The anonymous official added: “Let’s be under no illusions there are a number of elements who would like nothing more than to malign these efforts and help Al-Qaeda succeed.” About those anonymous accusations aired by the New York Times, former Washington Post reporter John Hanrahan criticized the NYT for granting anonymity to enable such toxic innuendo and wrote that the Bureau reporters documenting civilian deaths from US drones were “being smeared by anonymous US government officials, who have even accused them of being sympathetic to al Qaeda.” These latest documents suggest that such themes are pervasive in national security agencies of the US government, where at least some officials view drone opponents as propagandists and adversaries of the United States. That someone like Baraa Shiban is detained under a “terrorism” law by UK officials and threatened with prolonged detention if he refuses interrogation about his political views and drone activist reflects the same pathology. Also yesterday, the Obama administration yesterday once again denied a visa to a Pakistani lawyer working with Reprieve, Shahzad Akbar, who represents family members of victims killed by US drones and is suing the US government, alleging that the drone kills are illegal. As Reprieve put it, by denying Akbar a visa, the Obama administration succeeded in “preventing him from speaking in congress on the CIA drone programme next week”, to which he had been invited by House members to testify. Reprieve added: “Before 2010 Mr Akbar travelled regularly to the US. It was not until 2011, when he began representing victims of CIA drone strikes, that Mr Akbar began having significant difficulty getting a US visa.” The US government has a long history of treating drone opponents as national security threats . In 2012, it denied a visa to filmmaker Muhammad Danish Qasim, a Pakistani student at Iqra University’s Media Science. He had released a short film entitled The Other Side, a 20-minute narrative that “revolves around the idea of assessing social, psychological and economical effects of drones on the people in tribal areas of Pakistan.” The film highlighted the pain and havoc wreaked on surviving children and other relatives of drone victims. The visa denial meant he was barred from receiving the Audience Award for Best International Film at the 2012 National Film Festival For Talented Youth, held annually in Seattle, Washington.

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