Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program. France, one of the six nations in nuclear talks with Tehran, said on Wednesday it wanted Arab states, Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to coordinate a comprehensive response against Islamic State, whose militant forces control large parts of Syria and Iraq. The Sunni Islamist insurgency threatening to tear apart Iraq has alarmed both Shi'ite Muslim Iran and the United States, which have had no diplomatic relations since soon after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran.
Israeli air strikes killed four Palestinians in Gaza on Friday as European governments sought UN action to end more than six weeks of bloodshed. Fighting flared anew on Tuesday as Egyptian-brokered truce efforts collapsed, with Israel insistent on its demand for security from rocket fire by Gaza militants, and Hamas defiant over its call for an end to eight years of Israeli blockade. Israeli media said the government was seeking US diplomatic help to head off the European bid at the United Nations to end the violence, the deadliest since the 2005 end of the second Palestinian intifada or uprising.
By Dmitry Madorsky DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia (Reuters) - Russia ordered a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday apparently without Kiev's permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation with the Ukrainian military which is fighting pro-Russian rebels. An unnamed Ukrainian official told Interfax news agency it was not escorted by the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), one of the terms previously agreed by Kiev and Moscow. Kiev and Western capitals have expressed concern that the convoy, held up by wrangling over the terms of passage, the content of the cargo and the role of the ICRC, could be used as a pretext for some form of direct Russian military intervention.
Millions of black-clad Malaysians fell silent Friday in tribute to their 43 countrymen killed in the MH17 disaster as the first remains were brought home and laid to rest amid deep sorrow and anger. People across the country of 28 million observed a minute's silence at 10:55 am (0255 GMT), shortly after a Malaysia Airlines jet landed with the remains of 20 people killed when MH17 was blasted from the sky by a suspected surface-to-air missile over Ukraine. Five weeks after the July 17 tragedy, the coffins and urns were conveyed to white hearses in a solemn ceremony presided over by Malaysia's King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Prime Minister Najib Razak at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Muslim-majority Malaysia had declared a day of national mourning, with flags lowered to half-mast, and business, sport, entertainment and other events cancelled or toned down.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's biggest mobile phone operator MTS said on Friday it had increased its contract with Swedish telecom equipment supplier Ericsson to more than $1.5 billion. MTS said it had signed an additional $286 million contract with Ericsson for the expansion and modernisation of its 2G, 3G and LTE (Long-Term Evolution) networks across Russia. Ericsson also signed a seven-year partnership agreement with Russia's No. 2 mobile operator Megafon this month. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; editing by David Clarke)
This year's event will pay special tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War, but all veterans and civilians are welcome. The event will take place at Cheel Arena, Potsdam from noon until 4:30pm, with several activities including a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony at noon, special performances by the Max Ryder Band, The Lime Hollow Boys and Ten Cent Green and a Veterans Services Fair. Free refreshments will be served throughout the event. Guests are encouraged to pre-register at northcountryvetrans.com
Come celebrate the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country!
The 48th Annual St. Lawrence Co. Rock & Mineral Show, free to the public, will be held at the Madrid Community Center. Friday night at dusk will be the children's flourescent mineral hunt (lights supplied). Large indoor/outdoor show with vendors selling jewelry, minerals, crystals and fossils. Free mineral kits for kids and wire wrapping lessons. Hours for Saturday, Aug. 23 are 9am to 4:30pm and Sunday, Aug. 24 from 9am to 3pm.
Campfire Cooking every Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Robert Moses State Park Nature Center, 19 Robinson Bay Rd. in Massena ( 764-5630). Join the Friends staff for tasty treats that you can cook right over the open fire while enjoying the great outdoors and the beautiful summer weather. These events are for all ages including storytelling and fun activities. This is a free event with all materials provided.
Aug. 1- Campfire Eclairs
Aug. 8 - Campfire Cobbler
Aug. 15- Campfire Pizza
Aug 22- Pineapple Upside-down Cake (& Twilight Hike)
Aug 29- Gourmet S'Mores
On August 22nd, join the Friends staff for a guided Twilight Hike through the trails as the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake cooks over the open fire.
The band Panache Quartet will hold an afternoon workshop at the TAUNY Center in Canton and play an evening concert at the Edwards Opera House. Bringing together varied traditional styles with great skill, energy and creativity, Panache plays true roots music with a contemporary twist. The workshop is from 2-4 at TAUNY,with a cost of $40/$35 for TAUNY Friends. Pre-registration is required. Contact TAUNY at www.TAUNY.org or by calling 315-386-4289.The performance at Edwards Opera House is a 7pm .Don Woodcock and friends will play an opening set. Tickets are $20 at the door.
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