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lunedì 27 febbraio 2017

EDINHO PELE' SANTON figlio del grande calciatore Pelé si è consegnato alla polizia dopo essere stato condannato in appello a a 12 anni e 10 mesi di carcere per riciclaggio di denaro in un'inchiesta sul narcotraffico. ....


Il figlio del grande calciatore Pelé si è consegnato alla polizia dopo essere stato condannato
in appello a a 12 anni e 10 mesi di carcere per riciclaggio di denaro in un'inchiesta sul narcotraffico.

Edinho Pelé Santos continua comunque a dichiarare la sua innocenza: "Sono molto frustrato perché sono accusato di riciclaggio di denaro, non ho mai fatto nulla di tutto questo e non vi è alcuna prova" ha detto Edinho.


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SILVIO BERLUSCONI HA AVVERTITO I SUOI : «Bisogna tenersi pronti. Mi dicono che Renzi non lo tengono fermo, che non ci sta ad essere l’unico fuori dal governo e dal Parlamento, che vuole il voto subito»....

Ha avvertito i suoi: «Bisogna tenersi pronti. Mi dicono che Renzi non lo
tengono fermo, che non ci sta ad essere l’unico fuori dal governo e dal Parlamento, che vuole il voto subito». E se per giugno «è difficile» che lo ottenga, per l’autunno invece è probabile: «Servirà una manovra pesante, e se hanno difficoltà a trovare 3 miliardi oggi, figuriamoci 20 ad ottobre...». Per questo Silvio Berlusconi si prepara alla campagna elettorale. Ha chiesto ai big di mandargli i curriculum di possibili candidati per liste che immagina composte «per un terzo da politici, un terzo da giovani e professionisti, un terzo da amministratori locali bravi» visto che con le preferenze serve gente forte sul territorio. 
Il programma da mettere a punto
Non solo: è impegnatissimo nel mettere a punto il programma. Quello che chiama «il grande albero di FI» avrà tanti rami, uno per capitolo: dalla tradizionale flat tax alla sicurezza, all’immigrazione passando per una novità. Convinto che l’esplosione dei partiti populisti in tutto in mondo sia dovuta all’aumento esponenziale «delle povertà», e che per questo non bastino a far perdere loro consensi né scandali né errori, Berlusconi vuole caratterizzare FI anche come partito della protezione sociale per i «15 milioni di italiani in difficoltà». E una delle ricette, alle quali lavorano da tempo un think tank di giovani studiosi e la consulta della Libertà (con Martino e Marzano), è quella (ieri ripresa anche da Renzi) di un «lavoro di cittadinanza», sorta di integrazione del reddito per chi lo percepisce basso e insicuro. 
Il terreno di gioco 
Sì perché Berlusconi pensa che su questo terreno si giocheranno le prossime elezioni, alle quali vuole correre non solo per partecipare. I sondaggi gli assicurano che già oggi un centrodestra unito supererebbe comodamente il 30%, ma visto che il suo obiettivo è far tornare FI a quel 20-21% del ‘96 come del 2013, non sarebbe un’utopia per il centrodestra raggiungere quel 40% che assicura il premio di maggioranza. In coalizione, ovvio. Perché i suoi sono convinti che Berlusconi voglia davvero correre assieme agli alleati. Il suo continuo parlare di «voto utile», e il fatto che nonostante i freddissimi rapporti personali con Salvini (meno con la Meloni, che vorrebbe «recuperare») abbia voluto presentare una proposta di legge con il premio di coalizione, testimoniano che mira ad un’intesa. 
Le primarie
Certo non gli si parli di primarie e nemmeno di lista unica, che l’ex premier vede come una camicia di forza per il presente e il futuro. Vanno bene tutte le intese — per le amministrative è accordo quasi ovunque, in Lombardia ci saranno candidati forzisti a Monza, Como, Lecco —, ma deve essere assicurata a FI la possibilità di giocarsi con margine di autonomia la corsa elettorale. Il che si scontra con la spinta sempre più forte che arriva dagli azzurri capeggiati da Toti, ma anche da Meloni, Fitto, Quagliariello e con cautela Salvini, per una lista unica o un contenitore sovranista da presentare alle prossime elezioni. 
La proposta
Ieri, dopo un incontro nei giorni scorsi con lo stesso Toti, Giorgetti e Salvini che ne hanno ragionato a voce alta, è stata Giorgia Meloni a «In Mezz’ora» ad intestarsi la proposta: «Sono ottimista che si possa fare una lista unica del centrodestra. Alle amministrative vorrei fosse fatto questo tentativo». Proposta subito accolta da Quagliariello, Saltamartini, Santanchè, Napoli. E naturalmente Toti, perché l’esperimento potrebbe essere messo in campo proprio in Liguria: si ragiona infatti di una lista unica da presentare a Genova (ci sono contatti anche con Fitto e Lupi) e Berlusconi avrebbe lasciato ampia libertà al suo governatore per accordi sul territorio. Se ci si arrivasse davvero, se avesse successo e se si votasse in tempi non ravvicinati, i quarantenni del centrodestra avrebbero un’arma in più per la rivoluzione a cui pensano: un partito repubblicano con accenti alla Trump e parole d’ordine alla Brexit, che sceglie leader e classe dirigente con meccanismi dal basso. Sempre che Berlusconi non si metta di traverso.

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La resa dei conti arriva in diretta su Rai 3 di domenica sera, una settimana esatta dopo quell'assemblea infuocata del Pd che ha sancito di fatto la scissione del partito. «A me dispiace molto perché abbiamo fatto di tutto per evitare che chiunque se ne andasse ma abbiamo avuto l'impressione che fosse un disegno già scritto», attacca Matteo Renzi, l'oramai ex segretario a «Che tempo che fa» con Fabio Fazio.«Scritto, ideato e prodotto da Massimo D'Alema». E, rivolgendosi direttamente all'ex premier, Renzi incalza: «A D'Alema dico, non scappare, vieni, corri e vediamo chi ha più consenso e più voti».....

La resa dei conti arriva in diretta su Rai 3 di domenica sera, una settimana esatta
dopo quell'assemblea infuocata del Pd che ha sancito di fatto la scissione del partito. «A me dispiace molto perché abbiamo fatto di tutto per evitare che chiunque se ne andasse ma abbiamo avuto l'impressione che fosse un disegno già scritto», attacca Matteo Renzi, l'oramai ex segretario a «Che tempo che fa» con Fabio Fazio.«Scritto, ideato e prodotto da Massimo D'Alema». E, rivolgendosi direttamente all'ex premier, Renzi incalza: «A D'Alema dico, non scappare, vieni, corri e vediamo chi ha più consenso e più voti».
«Posso dimettermi ma non rinunciare»
«Possono chiedermi di dimettermi, di rinunciare alla poltrona ma non di rinunciare a un ideale», aggiunge. «Ho detto a Massimo D'Alema di fare le primarie, ma da quando c'è stato il referendum si è tornati alla Prima Repubblica, e si stanno facendo tanti partiti. Rispetto il risultato del referendum, ma ora il Paese è bloccato. Tutti si scindono, tra poco si scinde l'atomo». Ma questo non significa che lui prefiguri nuove scissioni in arrivo: «Ulteriori scissioni non sono possibili perché abbiamo finito le sigle...», scherza Renzi.
«Sul voto decide Gentiloni»
Per Renzi lo scenario futuro è abbastanza chiaro. Il programma di votare prima è ormai tramontato, dopo che si è consumata la rottura. «Le Elezioni sono previste nel 2018. Punto. Se Gentiloni vorrà votare prima lo deciderà lui». Si sottrae a qualsiasi possibile conflitto di competenze, l'ex presidente del Consiglio: «C'è un altro capo. Lo stimo, gli voglio bene, ma tocca a lui. Io sono fuori, sono uscito» senza indennità, senza vitalizi, chiarisce Renzi. E infatti ora è pronto a ripartire «da zero, con la forza delle idee». Lasciare? «Volevo lasciare la politica- chiarisce Renzi - ma i miei figli devono sapere che il padre può perdere ma non può arrendersi, ho perso una partita ora cercherà di vincere la prossima, non si può lasciare l'Italia nella palude».
Consip: «Conosco mio padre ma sto coi magistrati»
Renzi parla anche dell'inchiesta Consip, che tocca anche suo padre. «Essendo io un personaggio pubblico non posso che dire che sto con i magistrati. Conosco mio padre e conosco i suoi valori, ma ora non posso che dire che sto con i magistrati. Però i tempi del processo devono essere brevi e si devono fare i processi nei tribunali e non sui giornali». 
Padoan? «Giusto che abbia tutte le rassicurazioni»
Sul piatto pure la possibile bacchettata che potrebbe arrivare dall'Ue per il bilancio. «In tre anni il nostro governo non ha mai fatto procedura di infrazione e sono convinto che debba continuare, spero che il governo mai debba fare una procedura», dice Renzi. «Quindi è giusto che Padoan abbia tutte le rassicurazioni». 
«Lavorare sul taglio delle tasse»
E, anche se dice di non voler mettere il becco nelle faccende del governo Gentiloni, i progetti dell'ex leader del Pd traspaiono, mescolati ai suoi rimpianti. Come sul fisco che strozza gli italiani: «Abbassare le tasse è un dovere- dice Renzi- Lo abbiamo fatto piano, troppo piano ma abbiamo fatto un passettino». È per questo che «stiamo lavorando al taglio dell'irpef per i prossimi cinque anni». In Europa, ad esempio, «bisognerebbe avere lo stesso sistema fiscale», con una sorta di «web tax»: «Non ci possono essere alcuni paradisi fiscali». Anche sul lavoro, l'ex premier ammette: «600 mila posti di lavoro in più vanno bene, ma è ancora poco, ne abbiamo persi un milione di posti durante la crisi». Tanto è vero che, come ha raccontato in un'intervista al Messaggero, sta pensando ad una proposta non di reddito di cittadinanza, come i grillini, ma piuttosto di un «lavoro di cittadinanza», attraverso cui restituire «dignità» ai cittadini. Un'idea che ha subito sollevato interesse: i Cinque Stelle parlano di «bieca propaganda», mentre il ministro alla Giustizia Andrea Orlando, candidato alla segreteria Pd, anticipa che presenterà una proposta sul tema nei prossimi giorni. «Il nodo cruciale - ha detto -è come si possa dare cittadinanza e reddito».

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer has reportedly gone on a crusade against unauthorized sharing of information on his own turf, ordering extensive phone checks and urging staffers against using encrypted-messaging apps.......


Spicer grills staffers on leaks, orders phone search & bans encryption apps – report


White House press secretary Sean Spicer has reportedly gone on a crusade against unauthorized sharing of information on his own turf, ordering extensive phone checks and urging staffers against using encrypted-messaging apps.
The official sprung into decisive action last week, after it emerged that information discussed at one of the planning meetings with employees of the White House Office of Communications had been leaked to the media, Politico reported, citing sources present at the meeting.
According to the outlet, in an effort to find the source of the leaks, which cast the Donald Trump administration in an unfavorable light in the media, Spicer ordered about a dozen of the staffers called to the gathering to hand over their personal mobile phones as well as those provided by the government for a “check.”
Spicer also instructed them against using apps, allowing encryption of the messages, specifically mentioning Confide and Signal, an official with the knowledge of the matter is being quoted by Politico as saying. Confide enables its users to send encrypted messages that instantly “self-destruct” and Signal employs end-to-end encryption of photos and text messages.
Justifying the restrictions, Spicer apparently said that the use of these and similar mobile features will constitute a violation of the Presidential Records Act.
Among the recent leaks that has drawn the particular ire of the White House press secretary, according to Politico sources, was a report of Michael Dubke’s appointment as the White House communications director, which came out before the official announcement. Dubke replaced Spicer himself, who was reportedly finding it hard to reconcile his duties as presidential press secretary and communications chief.
If the efforts undertaken do not lead to the source or sources of the leaks being outed, the staffers should expect a far more rigorous investigation, Spicer has warned, as reported by Fox News, citing top administration officials.
Setting an example himself, the press secretary has already deleted the Confide app from his cell phone, the channel reported.
Wrapping up the meeting, the White House press secretary strongly cautioned the staffers against disclosing any details of the said meeting, however, apparently, to no effect.
Apart from communications staffers, Spicer also invited White House lawyers to oversee the improvised searches. Before going ahead with the idea, Spicer sought the advice of the White House counsel Don McGanh, the outlet reports.
So far Spicer has not issued any comment on the report.
The official has previously spoken of Trump administration’s “real concern” over the scale at which the sensitive information has been leaked to media, potentially compromising national security, referring to the controversy over Gen. Michael Flynn as a National Security Adviser. Flynn resigned from the post after the details of his contacts with Russian officials were leaked to the media.
Earlier in February, Spicer announced that officials at the White House are looking for those responsible for leaked telephone conversations between Donald Trump and international leaders, including those of France and Russia. At the time, Spicer called the situation “very concerning.”
Among the most awkward statements leaked was a reported phrase by Trump who said that the phone call with the Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull was in fact the “worst call [of the day] by far.” The reaction apparently followed the discussion of a US deal with Canberra to accept over a thousand refugees from Australia, which Trump labelled in the call as “the worst deal ever.” 

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The Black Sea resort of Sochi is welcoming military teams from around the globe on a peaceful mission. The World Winter Games, organized by the International Military Sports Council (IMSC), is taking place in the southern Russian city......

‘Best Military World Games in history': Russia's Sochi hosts int’l competition


The Black Sea resort of Sochi is welcoming military teams from around the globe on a peaceful mission. The World Winter Games, organized by the International Military Sports Council (IMSC), is taking place in the southern Russian city.
The organization, which holds various competitions for the military, is among the world's largest sporting committees. The Military World Games is just one of its multi-sport events, having been held since 1995.
"Judging by the organization and readiness of the venues, these games are the best in history of all Winter Military Games," the IMSC President, Colonel Abdul Hakeem Al Shino, said at the opening ceremony this week, as quoted by TASS. They would become "a serious challenge" for the next host country, Germany, he added.
"In the current situation in the world, Russia is opening its heart to all countries. Such competitions inspire delegations to come here and communicate," Al Shino said in his heartfelt speech.
More than 400 military athletes from 26 countries compete in the Games, hosted by the 2014 Winter Olympics city of Sochi.
Having called the Olympics "an invaluable experience," Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev, who was present at the opening ceremony along with Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, said Sochi has a "perfect heritage" to host the games, which – although military – are "a peaceful competition."
"The participants show not their ability to fight, but their sporting achievements and fair play. It makes the world stronger, inspires trust among countries and unites people," Medvedev said.
Forty-four sets of medals are up for grab in seven disciplines, which include the biathlon, alpine skiing and indoor climbing.
The games run until February 28.

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In scenes reminiscent of the widespread protests that swept Europe a year ago, human rights groups and social activists marched in 30 cities across Spain to demand that the government do more to help migrants and refugees and end “Fortress Europe.”.....

30 Spanish cities march in solidarity with refugees, against 'Fortress Europe' (VIDEO)


In scenes reminiscent of the widespread protests that swept Europe a year ago, human rights groups and social activists marched in 30 cities across Spain to demand that the government do more to help migrants and refugees and end “Fortress Europe.”
30 ciudades españoles se manifiestan este domingo reclamando los derechos de las personas refugiadas   
United under the hashtags #NoEUFortaleza #NoFortressEU, protesters decried the perceived indifference of the Spanish and other European governments in the face of the refugee and migrant crisis. 
La ciudad está pidiendo acciones contundentes, no podemos permanecer en silencio. , no a más muertes. 
The protests come just days after a controversial working paper was leaked in which German authorities proposed relaxing human rights protection for refugees to expedite the deportation process, should Europe witness another influx of asylum seekers and economic migrants. 
“This is a European initiative that promises to remind our political representatives  that the current migration policy is unacceptable and is placing far too many lives at risk. We demand safe passage to Europe,” organizer and activist Javier Baeza told Publico.
“Nobody puts their child on a boat unless the water is safer than the land.” 
Hoy salimos a la calle para decir que no queremos ser cómplices de más muertes en el Mediterráneo https://www.cear.es/event/concentracion-no-a-la-europa-fortaleza/ 
Over 70 human rights and social activist groups participated and organized the massive event, including el Foro Alternativo (The Alternative Forum), The Spanish Refugee Commission (Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado or CEAR), Amnesty International, Bienvenidos Refugiados España (Refugees Welcome Spain) and Obrim Fronteres (Open Borders), to name but a few.
The primary goal of the marches was to call for a new and improved European migration and refugee policy that does more to protect the human rights of migrants and mobilizes more resources to prevent further loss of life in the Mediterranean.
"¡Europa, canalla, abre la muralla!"

Las calles se llenan de gente para gritar 
“Europe, you scoundrels, open up the borders!” the crowds chanted.
Counter-protesters from the far-right Hogar Social group were driven away from the marches with chants of: “Fascists, off our streets!”
In addition, the pro-refugees protesters called on the Spanish government to greatly increase the number of refugees accepted, and accelerate the process that has so far lagged behind dramatically.
Furthermore, the protests called for improvements to refugee legislation on unaccompanied minors.
“There are 20,000 unaccompanied minors that are at risk of trauma that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Those who say that immigrants undermine nations are lying, they greatly benefit [the host countries],” a spokesperson for The Immigrants’ Platform of Madrid said when speaking with Public.

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The potential withdrawal by the US from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) would be “a misguided and shortsighted” step that wouldn’t benefit the country, said the UN director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Lou Charbonneau......


US possible withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council ‘misguided & shortsighted’ – HRW


The potential withdrawal by the US from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) would be “a misguided and shortsighted” step that wouldn’t benefit the country, said the UN director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Lou Charbonneau.
"A decision to withdraw would be a misguided and shortsighted step that could significantly set back UN efforts to protect human rights around the world,” Charbonneau wrote in a statement published on the HRW website
Donald Trump’s administration is apparently considering quitting the UN Human Rights Council due to its critical attitude towards Israel and its inefficiency, Politico reported, citing a former State Department official. However, there is no official confirmation on that so far.
Charbonneau noted that the council “has taken groundbreaking measures, often with strong US support,” including appointing investigating commissions that detected serious human rights violations in North Korea and Syria.
“Withdrawing would do nothing to advance US interests but would merely dampen US influence in the international arena,”Charbonneau’s announcement read.
If Washington decides to leave the council, it would “undermine US allies,” the official noted. The result would be that “serial rights abusers like China and Saudi Arabia” would have an opportunity to prevent the UNHCR from “exposing atrocities by the world’s worst violators."
The next session of the Human Rights Council is scheduled for February 27. However, the US withdrawal is not expected to take place immediately.  “Our delegation will be fully involved in the work of the HRC session which starts Monday,”State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said.
The decision is likely to be finalized by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley as well as US President Donald Trump.
“There’s been a series of requests coming from the secretary of state’s office that suggests that he is questioning the value of the US belonging to the Human Rights Council,” said the former official, cited by Politico.
The Human Rights Council appeared in 2006 to replace the UN Human Rights Commission that came under fire after countries with poor human rights records managed to obtain membership.
President George W. Bush declined to join the newly-established council, thinking that it would lack credibility and would still allow human rights violators to join its ranks.
However, in 2009 Barack Obama’s administration changed this decision and joined the group, believing it would be easier to influence the council from inside.
Obama’s stance towards Israel profoundly differed from the one assumed by Trump who is planning to back Israel at the UN. Under Obama US-Israel relations hit a low point, when the US didn’t veto a UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.

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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has blasted US policies in a letter to President Trump. He slammed the travel ban, the US “dominance” in the UN, and said that the US brought “insecurity, war, division, killing and displacement of nations.”.......


‘4 years is a long period, but it ends quickly’: Iran’s ex-president writes letter to Trump


Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has blasted US policies in a letter to President Trump. He slammed the travel ban, the US “dominance” in the UN, and said that the US brought “insecurity, war, division, killing and displacement of nations.”
In the 3,500-word letter, sent by the former leader to the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, Ahmadinejad blasts Trump’s travel ban imposed in January on seven Muslim-majority countries including Iran. The ban was later blocked by a judge, with an appeals court refusing to put it back into force.
Ahmadinejad noted that there are 1 million people with Iranian roots living in the US, and added that the US should “value respect toward the diversity of nations and races.”
“The developments and the current existence of America today is the result of immigration of a variety of nations to that land,” he wrote.
“The presence and constructive effort of the elite and scientists of different nations, including the million-plus population of my Iranian compatriots, has had a major role in the development of the US.”
“In other words, the contemporary US belongs to all nations, including the natives of the land. No one may consider themselves the owner and view others as guests or immigrants.”
The former Iranian president also slammed US “dominance” in the United Nations, and Washington’s interfering with world affairs, saying this only led to “insecurity, war, division, killing and [the] displacement of nations.”
At the same time, Ahmadinejad said Trump had “truthfully described the US political system and electoral structure as corrupt.”
“The US electoral system has for decades enslaved people’s votes to benefit a certain minority; i.e. a group that seemingly rules in the form of two parties, but in fact represents a minority, i.e. the tyrants of global wealth and power.”
"Four years is a long period, but it ends quickly," he warned. "The opportunity needs to be valued, and all its moments need to be used in the best way."
It isn't the first letter sent by Ahmadinejad, who also wrote to US Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Ahmadinejad was the Iranian president from 2005 to 2013, and in September, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the former president that he shouldn’t run in the next election.
Khamenei said that Ahmadinejad’s candidacy would bring about a “polarized situation” that would turn out to be “harmful for the country.”
Ahmadinejad’s letter comes as US-Iranian tensions are flaring up: Tehran is staging large-scale military exercises and its officials said that they would only use weapons in self-defense, while the US rolled out new sanctions against Iran and warned it was putting Iran “on notice” over the ballistic missile launch and the war games.

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U.S.-backed Iraqi forces battling to retake western Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants are attempting to construct a floating bridge across the Tigris River to open supply lines with the government-controlled east bank. "We had an important operation this morning to move towards the bridge," Colonel Falah al-Wabdan of the Iraqi Rapid Response forces told AFP, referring to one of five damaged and unusable bridges spanning the Tigris.......

Iraqi armored vehicles advance toward the Dindan neighborhood in western Mosul on February 25.
Iraqi armored vehicles advance toward the Dindan neighborhood in western Mosul on February 25.


U.S.-backed Iraqi forces battling to retake western Mosul from Islamic State (IS) militants are attempting to construct a floating bridge across the Tigris River to open supply lines with the government-controlled east bank.
"We had an important operation this morning to move towards the bridge," Colonel Falah al-Wabdan of the Iraqi Rapid Response forces told AFP, referring to one of five damaged and unusable bridges spanning the Tigris.
He added the area was heavily mined and that his forces had killed 44 militants on February 26 alone.
Military officials say it is crucial to establish a link between the east and west banks of the Tigris to support the battle to defeat IS in eastern Mosul, a drive launched on February 19. 
Backed by U.S. airpower and bolstered by Shi’ite militias and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Iraqi forces launched their initial assault to force IS out of its stronghold city in October.
After a bloodier-than-expected battle, Iraqi troops liberated eastern Mosul in January.
But experts say western Mosul, with its narrow streets and some 750,000 civilian residents, would be much tougher to capture against an estimated 2,000 IS fighters.
Iraqi military officials report steady gains so far, but they have come in the face of rising casualties.
The Associated Press on February 26 cited medical officials at front-line clinics as saying at least 30 security forces and more than 200 civilians have been killed or wounded in the past three days.
Residents report bodies strewn on the streets in some neighborhoods.
The Iraqi military has not released casualty figures from the assault.
Even as troops battle to liberate western Mosul, Iraqi officials and world historians have been meeting in Paris to coordinate plans to restore the city’s cultural treasures, many of which have been bulldozed or bombed by IS militants.
Historians are anxiously awaiting the fate of Mosul’s main museum, the second-largest in Iraq in an area that has been inhabited for an estimated 4,400 years.
The museum was looted during the 2003 Iraq war but was on the verge of reopening in 2014 when IS took over, AFP reports.
IS militants seized large portions of northern Iraq and Syria in an offensive in 2014.
The group has been accused of numerous atrocities and has claimed responsibility for major terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere.
Islamic State declared Mosul to be the capital of their so-called caliphate after capturing the city in 2014.
With reporting by AP, AFP and Reuters

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Iran's navy has begun an annual drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz -- its first major exercise in the area since the January 20 inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Iranian state television reported that the two-day exercises began on February 26.......

The latest exercise is the first major Iranian drill in the area of the Strait of Hormuz since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. (file photo)
The latest exercise is the first major Iranian drill in the area of the Strait of Hormuz since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. (file photo)


Iran's navy has begun an annual drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz -- its first major exercise in the area since the January 20 inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Iranian state television reported that the two-day exercises began on February 26.
The Iranian navy's chief, Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, was quoted by state TV as saying that the maneuvers would cover an area of 2 million square kilometers in the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean near the strait.
The state broadcaster also showed footage of Iranian warships and helicopters taking part in the exercise.
But it said the drill does not involve Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, a paramilitary force that the U.S. Navy often criticizes for harassing U.S. ships in international waters.
The U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, declined to comment on Iran's exercises or discuss whether it planned to monitor the drill.
Nearly a third of the world's oil trade by sea passes through the Strait of Hormuz, which has been the scene of previous confrontations between the United States and Iran.
Based on reporting by AP, Fars, and Iranian State TV