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Who benefits from Turkish failed coup?

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A few days after the coup in Turkey, many started wonder which countries could benefit from what happened in the country.

Pravda.Ru conducted an interview with Deputy Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Projections, Nikita Danyuk, about the recent coup in Turkey.

“In general, I would like to say that sowing chaos in Eurasia is part of the US global strategy. Yet, the United States is not involved in everything that has been going on lately.

“As for Turkey, there are several versions as to who masterminded the failed military coup. One of the versions says that the military coup in Turkey was plotted by the United States and NATO. First of all, Turkish Air Force generals appear to be the main instigators of the coup. We all know that Turkey is a longtime member of NATO and the Turkish Air Force is directly controlled by NATO military institutions.

“Secondly, we understand that organizing such an event is quite difficult without a leak of information. Interestingly, France, for example, closed its Consulate Embassy in Turkey three days before the coup. Quite possibly, there was a leak.

“In addition, the official reaction from Washington came later than it was expected. We saw that Mr. Kerry and Barack Obama expressed their support for the legitimately elected President Erdogan only a few hours after it became clear that the coup d’etat failed. There are official US documents that do not refer to the events in Turkey as ‘coup d’etat,’ but call it a ‘popular protest,’ which is also quite symbolic.

“At the same time, one should not indulge in illusions. The US-Turkey relations chilled quite a time ago because of the policy of the Turkish prime minister and the US position on the Kurdish question………………

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US agencies Nasa and Noaa say last month was 0.9C hotter than the 20th century average and the hottest June since records began in 1880

Nasa image of sea ice

Nasa image shows sea ice across the Arctic Ocean shrinking to below-average levels this summer. Photograph: Nasa/AFP/Getty Images

As the string of record-breaking global temperatures continues unabated, June 2016 marks the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking heat.

According to two US agencies – Nasa and Noaa – June 2016 was 0.9C hotter than the average for the 20th century, and the hottest June in the record which goes back to 1880. It broke the previous record, set in 2015, by 0.02C.

The 14-month streak of record-breaking temperatures was the longest in the 137-year record. And it has been 40 years since the world saw a June that was below the 20th century average.

The string of record-breaking monthly temperatures began in April 2015, and was pushed along by a powerful El Niño, where a splurge of warm water spreads across the Pacific Ocean.

But the effects of El Niño have receded, and the effects of global warming are clear, said Nasa’s Gavin Schmidt.

“While the El Niño event in the tropical Pacific this winter gave a boost to global temperatures from October onwards, it is the underlying trend which is producing these record numbers,” he said.

Nasa’s Walt Meir said the global temperatures have been exacerbated by extreme temperatures over the Arctic. Warm temperatures there are pushing up the global average, as well a causing record-low amounts of sea ice………….

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Investigators say teenager who injured four people on a train before being shot dead acted with ‘Islamist religious motive’

Police officers search for evidence near the crime scene in Würzburg, Germany

Police officers search for evidence near the crime scene in Würzburg, Germany. Photograph: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/AP

German officials are weighing up how to react to what is being treated as the first attack with a jihadist motive by an asylum seeker on German soil, who prosecutors suggested may have decided to carry out the attack just days earlier.

A 17-year-old Afghan armed with an axe and a knife attacked passengers on a regional train in northern Bavaria on Monday evening, seriously injuring four Chinese tourists before being shot dead by police.

Prosecutors said on Tuesday that two of the injured were suffering from “acute life-threatening” wounds.

The attack had been carried out with an “Islamist religious motive”, a spokesperson for the state office of criminal investigations said. A hand-painted Islamic State flag had been found in the teenager’s room at his foster home, as well as a college book with a text written in Pashtun.

Lothar Köhler, the director of the Bavarian investigations office, said he understood the text to be a farewell letter to the teenager’s father, in which he complained about “nonbelievers”. In one key passage, he wrote: “Now pray for me that I can take revenge on these nonbelievers, and pray for me, that I make my way into heaven.”…………

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Opinion

Roger AilesFox News CEO Roger Ailes poses at Fox News in New York , Sept. 29, 2006 photo. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper)

Removing one lascivious man can’t turn around the mess of misogyny that is Fox News.’ Photograph: Jim Cooper/Associated Press

This week, all signs point to Roger Ailes being fired from his position as head of Fox News. If ousted, it will be over sexual harassment claims – poetic justice at its very best. This is a man presiding over a network with a legendary disdain for women and women’s rights, taken down by a woman, Gretchen Carlson, who was the target of some of the worst of it.

Carlson alleges, among other things, that Ailes told her, “You and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago, and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better.” He said this, amazingly, in a meeting about sexual harassment. Carlson also claims that her contract wasn’t renewed as direct retaliation for complaining about the pervasive harassment and sexism she faced.

And New York Magazine reported on Tuesday that Megyn Kelly says Ailes sexually harassed her as well, and that she’s told as much to Fox investigators. As more women come forward about Ailes – while others are perhaps unable to because of non-disparagement clauses in their employment contracts – the likelihood of his “resignation” increases. (Fox News denies a decision has been made.)

But removing one lascivious man can’t turn around the mess of misogyny that is Fox News. This is a network that bans its female on-air talent from wearing pants, where a host characterized a military operation against Isis led by a woman as “boobs on the ground” and the ethos of the coverage is shockingly antagonistic to women’s rights……….

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