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Republican presidential frontrunner
Donald Trump said yesterday it was not
his job to stand up for US President
Barack Obama after a man at one of his
campaign events said he was a Muslim
and "not even an American."
"Am I morally obligated to defend the
president every time somebody says
something bad or controversial about
him? I don't think so!" Trump said on
Twitter. Trump drew criticism on Friday
from Republican and Democratic rivals
in the 2016 race for the presidency
when he failed to challenge a man at a
New Hampshire town hall Thursday
night who said Muslims were a problem
in the United States.
"We know our current president is
one. You know he's not even an
American," the man said. Trump, the
billionaire television personality who
leads the pack of Republicans seeking
the presidential nomination, has cast
doubt on whether Obama was born in
the United States and therefore
qualified to stand as president.
"This is the first time in my life that I
have caused controversy by NOT saying
something," Trump tweeted.
"If someone made a nasty or
controversial statement about me to
the president, do you really think he
would come to my rescue? No chance!"
Trump: 'Not my job' to defend Obama from Muslim jibe
People ride a
swing in front of
the St Paul's
church at the
opening day of
festival in Munich,
beer festival will
be held from
September 19 to
OKTOBERFEST BEER FESTIVAL
Japan s parliament has
passed a law allowing its mil-
itary to fight on foreign soil
for the first time since World
The upper house of the
Japanese parliament passed the
law yesterday, despite fierce
attempts by opposition politi-
cians to block the move.
The approval makes the leg-
islation into law, loosening
post-World War II constraints
on the use of force by the mil-
itary to its own self-defence
The legislation, passed by
the more powerful lower house
in July, sparked sizeable protests
and debate about whether the
nation should shift away from
its pacifist ways to face growing
The motion, backed by
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe s
ruling coalition, passed follow-
ing days of heated debate that,
at times, descended into scuf-
fles and shouting matches
between parliament members.
Opposition politicians last
Thursday pushed and shoved
in a failed bid to stop a com-
mittee from approving the bills.
Abe has faced fierce criticism
for his handling of the bills,
and there are growing signs the
campaign has taken a political
Tens of thousands of people
have taken to the streets in
almost daily rallies in a show
of public anger on a scale rarely
seen in Japan.
Last Friday, hundreds gath-
ered again outside the parlia-
ment in Tokyo.
Opponents argue that the
new laws, which would allow
the tightly restricted military
to fight in defence of allies,
violate Japan s constitution and
could see the country dragged
into US-led wars.
Abe wants what he calls a
normalisation of Japan s mil-
itary posture, which has been
restricted to narrowly defined
self-defence and aid missions
by a pacifist constitution
imposed by the US after World
War II. (Al Jazeera)
Japan passes law allowing
troops to fight abroad
Austria says it expects at least 10,000 migrants
to arrive yesterday, amid bitter rows among EU
nations on how to handle the growing crisis.
The migrants were initially sent into Hungary by
Croatia, which said it was unable to cope with the
20,000 who had arrived since Wednesday.
Hungary in turn shipped them on to Austria,
accusing Croatia of breaking rules by failing to register
migrants. Yesterday Austrian police said about 9,000
people had crossed the border from Hungary since
midnight, about 5,000 at Heiligenkreuz, near the
city of Graz, and 4,000 at Nickelsdorf near Vienna.
It expected at least 10,000 by the end of the day.
Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner
accused neighbouring countries of failing to follow
EU rules, expressing concern that migrants were
also arriving from Croatia via Slovenia.
One migrant who crossed into the Austrian town
of Heiligenkreuz from Hungary said: "I feel like I ve
been born anew. It makes no difference whether I
am delayed, whether I stay here two days. The
important thing is that I ve finally arrived and that
I am now finally safe."
Croatia has seen 20,000 migrants entering from
Serbia since Wednesday and after initially welcoming
them said it was unable to cope and moved them
on. Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic admitted there
was no agreement with Hungary.
"We forced them, by sending people up there.
And we ll keep doing it," he said.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto branded
Milanovic "pathetic", adding: "Instead of honestly
making provision for the immigrants, it sent them
straight to Hungary. What kind of European solidarity
is this?" The Hungarian government accused Croatia
of breaching international law by failing to register
migrants and said all migrants would be registered
in Hungary before they could leave for northern
Austria faces fresh migrant influx
There were scuffles in parliament as protesters and politicians tried to physically stop the motion.
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