Israel bombs Hamas positions after rockets were fired from Palestinian enclave injured several Israelis

The Times of Israel reports that Israel’s air force bombed 12 Hamas positions across the Gaza Strip Wednesday night after dozens of rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israeli communities from the Palestinian enclave, including one barrage that slammed into the city of Sderot, injuring several Israelis.… Be Informed

Libyan Investment Authority to move offices in Tripoli due to security breaches

Retuers Libya’s sovereign wealth fund has decided to move from its main office in Tripoli due to security breaches after a number of staff were threatened or abducted, it said in statement on Wednesday.

The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which holds about $66 billion-worth of mostly frozen assets, has long been at the centre of leadership disputes and power struggles that reflect Libya’s political splits.… Be Informed

Unprecedented escalation in diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and Canada

Bloomberg reports how the diplomatic spat with Canada has escalated very quickly, leaving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrestling with how to respond to cool the tensions without backtracking on his support for women’s rights.

Since Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called on Saudi Arabia to release rights activist Samar Badawi from prison on Aug.… Be Informed

African farm workers strike in Foggia while marching against working conditions chanting “We are not slaves, No to exploitation” as Salvini declares war on mafia exploiting them

Hundreds of mostly African farm labourers downed tools and marched from fields in southern Italy chanting “we are not slaves” Wednesday, protesting conditions for tomato pickers after 16 migrant workers died in two road crashes.

The near-identical accidents within 48 hours of each other have highlighted the plight of farm workers around the the city of Foggia in the Puglia region, where thousands of foreign nationals spend the summer season harvesting tomatoes, often at the mercy of day labourer recruiters sometimes linked to organised crime.… Be Informed

Russia threatens horrible conflict if NATO incorporate Georgia into alliance

The Independent (UK) said that Russia has issued a stern warning and threatened a “horrible” conflict if Nato were to incorporate Georgia into the alliance.

In a warning to the West marking 10 years since the Russia-Georgia war,  Dmitry  Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, said Nato’s plan to ultimately offer membership to the former Soviet republic was a “threat to peace”.… Be Informed

Salvini declares war on Mafia networks exploiting foreign nationals

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Tuesday declared war on mafia networks exploiting foreign agricultural workers after 16 died in two crashes in the country’s south. The two near-identical crashes, which came within 48 hours of each other outside the city of Foggia in the Puglia region, have put a spotlight on the plight of foreign seasonal tomato-pickers during harvest season.… Be Informed

Ex-Malaysian PM granted bail on money-laundering charges

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak pleaded not guilty to three new charges on Wednesday in connection to the alleged money-laundering of $10.3m deposited into his personal bank accounts.

It was the latest criminal proceedings Najib faces amid several other charges as the country’s new government looks for answers to how billions of dollars went missing from a state fund, known as 1MDB, during his reign.Wearing a dark grey suit, Najib, 65, smiled and waved to reporters as he arrived at court.… Be Informed

POLITICO : Putin lobbied Trump on arms control

Vladimir Putin presented President Donald Trump with a series of requests during their private meeting in Helsinki last month, including new talks on controlling nuclear arms and prohibiting weapons in space, according to a Russian document obtained by POLITICO.

A page of proposed topics for negotiation, not previously made public, offers new insights into the substance of the July 16 dialogue that even Trump’s top advisers have said they were not privy to at the time.… Be Informed

Italian police arrest 11 in Palermo in connection with violent amputations for insurance claims

A brutal operation of mutilation intended to defraud insurance funds was uncovered. ANSA reports that consenting individuals join the shocking scheme enduring violent amputations of arms and legs to later claim insurance cover for ‘traffic accident damages’.

Italian Police moved in on two rings suspected of the practice  and arrested 11 people in Palermo in connection with this brutal inhuman racket. … Be Informed