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Syrians search for victims under the rubble of a destroyed building that attacked by Syrian government
forces airstrikes, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria Wednesday. Syrian government warplanes
supported by Russia continued their relentless bombardment of the rebel-controlled eastern suburbs of
Damascus for a sixth day yesterday, killing 32 people, opposition activists and a war monitor reported. The
death toll from the past week climbed to more than 400.
US tightens sanctions
on N Korea shipping
WASHINGTON---The Trump administra-
tion escalated pressure on North Korea
yesterday by slapping sanctions on
scores of companies and ships accused
of illicit trading with the pariah nation.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said
the US has now blacklisted virtually all
ships being used by the North.
The administration billed it as the
largest installment of North Korean eco-
nomic restrictions to date as it intensi ies
its campaign of "maximum pressure" to
get the North to give up its nuclear weap-
ons. President Donald Trump went fur-
ther, declaring in a speech Friday at the
Conservative Political Action Conference
that it was "the heaviest sanctions ever
imposed on a country before."
While that claim was questionable, it
signi icantly tightens the noose on North
Korean trading. Mnuchin told reporters
that the US has now imposed more than
450 sanctions against the North, about
half of them in the last year---including
"virtually all their ships that they're using
at this moment in time." (AP)
France unveils new plan
to tackle radicalisation
PARIS---France unveiled a wide-ranging
new programme yesterday to counter
radicalisation, as French jihadis return
from the battle ields of Syria and Iraq
and the watch list grows of people show-
ing risk signs.
The plan, announced by Prime Minis-
ter Edouard Philippe, is made up of 60
measures and puts the accent on pre-
vention, notably aimed at trying to catch
danger signals within society.
It is France's third effort in less than
four years to try to prevent and control
a phenomenon that numerous nations
are grappling with. More French jihadis
went to Syria and Iraq to support the Is-
lamic State group or al-Qaeda than other
Europeans. The new plan targets pris-
ons, schools and even sports clubs, and
involves specialists and ordinary people
on both local and national levels.
"This is a plan of mobilisation. It's a
battle that the state alone can't ight,"
Philippe said in Lille, north of Paris,
where a prison that holds the most dan-
gerous radicalised prisoners is located.
The plan to counter radicalisation in-
cludes measures announced by the jus-
tice minister to end an unprecedented
strike last month by French prison
guards, which was triggered by a radical-
ised prisoner's attack on a guard. There
are currently more than 500 inmates
convicted of or awaiting trial for terror-
ism, and some 1,150 under watch for
radicalisation, according to the Prison
While prisons are now known as po-
tential breeding grounds for radicalisa-
tion, the French government also plans
to better regulate and standardise private
schools, most of which are run by reli-
gious organisations. Many private schools
are run by Muslim organisations and "the
state cannot lead the ight without the
Muslims of France," Philippe said.
Radicalisation has been spotted in the
sports world and within the police, the
military and civil servants, and mobilis-
ing those sectors to detect the phenome-
non is part of the plan, Philippe said.
The plan also has measures to rein-
troduce into French society minors re-
turning from the battle zone amid the
collapse of the Islamic State group in Iraq
and Syria. (AP)
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