U.S. President Donald Trump said his administration is giving "major consideration" for listing the U.S.-based Antifa, short for "anti-fascists", a domestic terror group.
"Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an 'ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.'," Trump said in a tweet on Sunday and warned the officials at the city of Portland, the home of Rose City, the oldest and most active Antifa group in the U.S.
"Portland is being watched very closely," Trump said and advised the mayor of Portland to "properly" do his job.
Explosions in Afghanistan wound dozens on Independence Day
A series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares on Monday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 34 people, officials said, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence.No group claimed responsibility for the 10 bombs but both Daesh and the Taliban militants operate in the area.IS claimed responsibility for a weekend bomb attack on a wedding reception in the capital, Kabul, in which 63 people were killed and nearly 200 wounded.The Jalalabad bombs were planted near a market where hundreds of people had congregated after attending Independence Day events. Senior health official Fahim Bashari said at least 34 people were wounded.President Ashraf Ghani, in an Independence Day address in Kabul, called on the international community to stand with Afghanistan to eradicate the militants' "nests"."Our fight against the Daesh will continue," he said, referring to IS."The Taliban have laid the foundation for such brutal killings."Ghani did not refer in his speech to negotiations between the United States and the Taliban on a deal by which U.S. troops can withdraw in exchange for Taliban security guarantees.The United States also wants a Taliban commitment on power-sharing talks with Ghani's government and a ceasefire. The Taliban have refused to talk to the government.But there are concerns among Afghan officials and U.S. national security aides about a U.S. withdrawal, with fears Afghanistan could be plunged into a new civil war that could herald a return of Taliban rule and international militants, including Daesh, finding a refuge.U.S. President Donald Trump is hoping to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan before the 2020 presidential election.Trump on Sunday called the Kabul bomb attack horrible and expressed optimism about the talks.He said the United States would seek to get troop levels below 13,000 but leave "very significant" intelligence capabilities behind.The U.S. troops in Afghanistan train and advise Afghan security forces and conduct counterinsurgency operations.The Taliban said in an Independence Day statement they were looking forward to the departure of all foreign forces."The day approaches closer when these invaders shall completely leave our country, akin to the British and Soviets before them," they said.While never part of the British empire, Afghanistan gained complete independence from Britain on Aug. 19, 1919.Independence Day ceremonies in Kabul were curtailed out of respect for those who died in the Saturday night bomb, the government said.
Danish PM says Trump's idea of selling Greenland to US is absurd
Greenland is not for sale and the idea of selling it to the United States is absurd, Denmark's prime minister said on Sunday after an economic adviser to President Donald Trump confirmed the U.S. interest in buying the world's largest island."Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously," Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told the newspaper Sermitsiaq during a visit to Greenland.Trump confirmed to reporters on Sunday that he had recently discussed the possibility, though he said such a move was not an immediate priority."The concept came up and ...strategically it's interesting," Trump told reporters from the tarmac in Morristown, New Jersey, as he prepared to board Air Force One."It is not No.1 on the burner; I can tell you that."Trump is due to visit Copenhagen early next month, when the Arctic will be on the agenda in meetings with Frederiksen and Prime Minister Kim Kielsen of Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory.Video: Danish PM says Trump's idea of selling Greenland to US is absurdWhite House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday initially confirmed media reports earlier in the week that Trump had privately discussed with his advisers the idea of buying Greenland."I don't want to predict an outcome. I'm just saying the president, who knows a thing or two about buying real estate, wants to take a look at a Greenland purchase," Kudlow told Fox News.Kudlow said the situation was "developing" and noted that U.S. President Harry Truman also had wanted to buy Greenland."And Denmark owns Greenland, Denmark is an ally, Greenland is a strategic place, up there. And they’ve got a lot of valuable minerals," Kudlow added.A defence treaty between Denmark and the United States dating back to 1951 gives the U.S. military rights over the Thule Air Base in northern Greenland.Greenland, located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, is dependent on Danish economic support. It handles its own domestic affairs while Copenhagen looks after defence and foreign policy."It's an absurd discussion, and Kim Kielsen has of course made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. That's where the conversation ends," Frederiksen told the Danish broadcaster DR.On Friday, Greenland's foreign minister, Ane Lone Bagger, had told Reuters: "We are open for business, but we're not for sale."
Scott Crow, one of the former Antifa organizers, told CNN in 2017 that the idea of Antifa is to curb hate speech wherever it happens if it is endangering people's lives.
"The idea in Antifa is that we go where they [right-wing] go. That hate speech is not free speech," Crow said.
"And so we go to cause conflict, to shut them down where they are, because we don't believe that Nazis or fascists of any stripe should have a mouthpiece," Crow added, defending Antifa's no-platforming tactic.
Since the election of Donald Trump as president of the U.S., a number of Antifa protesters is on the rise, comprised of mainly young, progressive, liberal and left-wing Americans.
Conservative groups in the U.S. slam Antifa groups for being violent during protests and hampering free speech.
Antifa idea is traced to Nazi Germany and Anti-Fascist Action, a militant group founded in the 1980s in the United Kingdom.
Trump says he will likely release Mideast peace plan after Israel elections
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would likely wait until after Israel's Sept. 17 elections to release a peace plan for the region that was designed by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, is the main architect of a proposed $50 billion economic development plan for the Palestinians, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon that is designed to create peace in the region.
Libya's UN-recognized government downs UAE drone
Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Monday announced it had downed an armed drone belonging to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in northwestern Misrata city.The armed UAE drone was hit by ground defense systems during an operation by GNA-led forces, according to a statement ton social mony.The statement read that the armed drone was one of two aircraft targeting planes and infrastructure in Misrata’s airport.It added that General Khalifa Haftar’s attacks on civilians would soon be responded to in a harsh manner.Khaftar's side has yet to make a statement on the development.Despite being supported by Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and Egypt, Haftar has not been able to achieve much success since April 4, when he started to attack on the seat of the GNA, Tripoli.Clashes between the two sides since then have left more than 1,000 people dead and about 5,500 wounded, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).Libya has remained beset by turmoil since 2011, when long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in a bloody NATO-backed uprising after four decades in power.The oil-rich country has since seen the emergence of two rival seats of power: one in eastern Libya, with which Haftar is affiliated, and the Tripoli-based GNA, which enjoys UN recognition.US President Trump does not want to do business with China's HuaweiIraqi president urges US, Iran to deescalate tension
US President Trump does not want to do business with China's Huawei
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said he did not want the United States to do business with China's Huawei even as the administration weighs whether to extend a grace period for the company.Reuters and other media outlets reported on Friday that the U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies Co Ltd that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers.The "temporary general license" will be extended for Huawei for 90 days, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the situation.On Sunday, Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One in New Jersey that he did not want to do business with Huawei for national security reasons.He said there were small parts of Huawei's business that could be exempted from a broader ban, but that it would be "very complicated." He did not say whether his administration would extend the "temporary general license."Speaking earlier on Sunday, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said the Commerce department would extend the Huawei licensing process for three months as a gesture of "good faith" amid broader trade negotiations with China."We're giving a break to our own companies for three months," Kudlow said on NBC's "Meet the Press".