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It took US airstrikes against
Islamic State (IS) positions, air-
lifts of US and international
aid, and rescue efforts by Kur-
dish Peshmerga forces to help
thousands of Yazidis escape
imminent danger from IS
forces in northern Iraq.
But the nightmare continues
for hundreds of Yazidi girls and
women, unable to get out of
harm's way, who are being sold
by IS to its fighters in Syria,
according to a human rights
In the past few weeks, IS has
distributed or sold about 300
Yazidi girls and women it
abducted in Iraq, according to
the Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights, a UK-based
monitoring group aligned with
the opposition in Syria.
According to the human rights
group, the terrorists sold the
girls and women for about
US$1,000 each, claiming they
had converted to Islam so that
they can marry IS fighters.
The human rights group doc-
umented at least 27 cases of
women who were sold and mar-
ried to IS militants in the Aleppo
suburbs, Raqqa suburbs and Al-
Islamic State selling Yazidi women in Syria
European Union leaders will threaten
Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine,
but fearful of a new Cold War and self-
inflicted harm to their own economies,
should give Moscow another chance to
At a summit in Brussels that elected
Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk as the
new President of the European Council, EU
officials gave Ukraine's embattled President
Petro Poroshenko a warm welcome and
assurances of further economic and other
But divisions among the 28 EU nations
have hampered action against Moscow, and
a draft of yesterday's final statement indicates
they will merely ask the bloc's executive arm
"urgently" to prepare more options for sanc-
French President Francois Hollande stressed
that a failure by Russia to reverse a flow of
weapons and troops into eastern Ukraine
would force the bloc to impose new economic
"Are we going to let the situation worsen,
until it leads to war?" Hollande said at a
news conference. "Because that's the risk
today. There is no time to waste."
British Prime Minister David Cameron
said: "We have to address the completely
unacceptable situation of having Russian
troops on Ukrainian soil. Countries in Europe
shouldn't need to think long before realising
just how unacceptable that is. We know that
from our history. So consequences must fol-
low if that situation continues."
NATO estimates that at least 1,000 Russian
soldiers are in Ukraine even though Russia
denies any military involvement in the fighting
that has so far claimed 2,600 lives, according
to UN figures.
'War against Europe'?
The president of formerly Soviet Lithuania,
an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin and
of EU hesitation to challenge him, called for
urgent military supplies to Kiev and a tougher
arms embargo on Russia. Dalia Grybauskaite
said Moscow, by attacking Ukraine, was effec-
tively "in a state of war against Europe."
But large Western countries are wary of
damaging their own economies through
sanctions. Those include Germany, Britain
and France, as well as Italy, which is heavily
dependent on Russian gas and expects to
secure the post of EU foreign affairs chief.
The US and the EU have so far imposed
sanctions against dozens of Russian officials,
several companies and the country's financial
industry. Moscow has retaliated by banning
Grybauskaite said the EU should impose
a full arms embargo, including the canceling
of already agreed contracts. France has so
far staunchly opposed that proposal because
it has a US$1.6 billion contract to build Mistral
helicopter carriers for Russia.
Need for a solution
Poroshenko has denounced the past week's
incursion of thousands of troops with hun-
dreds of armoured vehicles and said he
expected the summit to order the European
Commission to prepare a new set of sanc-
tions. But, like Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso, he used their joint news
conference to stress a will to find a political
solution to a crisis that President Putin blames
on Kiev's drive to turn the ex-Soviet state
away from its former master Moscow and
toward a Western alliance with the EU and
He said he was not looking for foreign
military intervention and expected progress
toward peace as early as Monday---because
failure could push the conflict to a point of
no return: "Let's not try to spark the new
flame of war in Europe," he said.
Barroso also warned of the risk of a "point
of no return" in stressing that EU leaders
wanted to defuse the confrontation with
their nuclear-armed neighbour.
"It makes no sense to have ... a new Cold
War," Barroso said. Further conflict would
hurt all of Europe, he said, adding that sanc-
tions were meant to push Moscow to talk.
His Commission already had prepared a
number of options for further measures.
(Reuters and AP)
EU to slap new sanctions
on Russia over Ukraine
Cops quit in Missouri
One St Louis-area police officer resigned and
another retired in the continued fallout from ques-
tionable police actions in the days after the fatal
shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a Mis-
souri suburb in the USA.
The moves bring to three the number of police
officers whose conduct was called into question
after the August 9 fatal police shooting of Michael
Brown, an African-American teen shot multiple
times by a white police officer.
The three officers are: Lt Ray Albers, who threat-
ened and pointed an assault rifle at protesters; Dan
Page, an officer caught on camera pushing a CNN
correspondent before a video surfaced of him ranting
about the Supreme Court and Muslims; and
Matthew Pappert, an officer fired after making
what his chief called "very ... inappropriate" Face-
book comments about the protests in Ferguson.
Albers, a 20-year veteran of the St Ann, Missouri,
police department, resigned last Thursday, according
to St Ann city administrator Matt Conley. Albers
stepped down after the city's board of police com-
missioners recommended to the board of aldermen
that he be fired or resign, according to the St Louis
Albers was the officer who pointed a semiauto-
matic rifle at a Ferguson, Missouri, protester and
threatened to kill him on August 19---a tense moment
caught on video and posted online.
A day after the incident, police officials announced
that the officer had been "relieved of duty and sus-
In the video, Albers can be seen walking around
with his assault rifle raised, then pointing it in the
direction of protesters.
"I'm going to f---ing kill you," he says. "Get
back. Get back."
Police said the protester involved in what it
deemed "a verbal exchange" was "peaceful."
Another man in the crowd said out loud, "Did
you threaten to kill him?"
When the officer was asked for his name, he
responded: "Go f--- yourself."
Protesters mocked the officer before was led away
by another member of law enforcement.
A CNN crew also saw the officer point his weapon
at those around him as he cursed, shouted and
threatened people by saying he'd kill them unless
they stayed away.
Page, an officer with the St Louis County Police
Department, retired effective August 25, according
to St Louis County police spokesman Brian Schell-
man. Page has been previously placed on admin-
Page was caught on camera pushing CNN's Don
Lemon. He was placed on administrative leave after
a video surfaced of him ranting about the Supreme
Court and Muslims, among other things.
He also refers on the video to Barack Obama as
"that illegal alien who claims to be our President."
This week, officials in the city of Glendale, Mis-
souri, confirmed that Pappert was fired after making
what his chief called "very ... inappropriate" Face-
book comments, according to a city official. (CNN)
European Union leaders
chose Polish Prime
Minister Donald Tusk as
the new president of
their Council yesterday
and chose Italian
Federica Mogherini as
the bloc's new foreign
policy chief. In the
photo, European Council
Herman Van Rompuy,
centre, holds the hands
of the new Council
president, Donald Tusk,
left, and Federica
Mogherini during a
media conference at an
EU summit in Brussels
yesterday. AP PHOTO
NEW EUROPEAN COUNCIL LEADERS
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