Уряд пропонує цьогоріч святкувати День незалежності 4 дні

Кабінет міністрів України рекомендував роботодавцям перенести робочий день з п’ятниці, 25 серпня, на суботу, 19 серпня, таким чином влаштувавши безперервне святкування Дня незалежності упродовж чотирьох днів – з 24 до 27 серпня.

Як йдеться у відповідному розпорядженні уряду, таке рішення для керівників підприємств та організацій пропонується «з метою створення сприятливих умов для святкування Дня незалежності України, а також забезпечення раціонального використання робочого часу».

Рекомендація однак не поширюється на органи Пенсійного фонду, «Укрпошти», Держказначейства та банківських установ.

24 серпня – державне свято. Цьогоріч Україна відзначатиме 26-ту річницю Незалежності.

Уряд пропонує цього року святкувати День Незалежності 4 дні

Кабінет міністрів України рекомендував роботодавцям перенести робочий день з п’ятниці, 25 серпня, на суботу, 19 серпня, таким чином влаштувавши безперервне святкування Дня Незалежності упродовж чотирьох днів – з 24 до 27 серпня.

Як ідеться у відповідному розпорядженні уряду, таке рішення для керівників підприємств та організацій пропонується «з метою створення сприятливих умов для святкування Дня Незалежності України, а також забезпечення раціонального використання робочого часу».

Рекомендація, однак, не поширюється на органи Пенсійного фонду, «Укрпошти», Держказначейства та банківських установ.

24 серпня – державне свято. Цього року Україна відзначатиме 26-ту річницю Незалежності.

Is Washington Sending Signal of Renewed Commitment to Balkans?

As Vice President Mike Pence prepares to visit Montenegro and hold talks with Western Balkan leaders this week, a senior State Department official says U.S. engagement in the region remains strong. This is being welcomed by those countries’ leaders amid concerns that deep cuts in the proposed budget for the State Department could diminish Washington’s role in these fragile democracies exposed to Russian interference. VOA’s Keida Kostreci reports.

Jeanne Moreau Dies at 89

Husky-voiced, French actress Jeanne Moreau has died. She was 89.

The French president’s office announced her death Monday in a statement.

American director Orson Welles once described Moreau as “the best actress in the world.”

Moreau is perhaps best known, in her long, prolific career, for her role in Francois Truffaut’s 1962 film “Jules and Jim.”

Her international career found her acting in films with a host of directors, including Welles, Michelangelo Antonioni, Tony Richardson and Luis Bunel.

She turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson in Mike Nichols “The Graduate.”

She received a number of awards for her work, including a best actress prize at Cannes, a BAFTA, and a honorary Oscar.

French President Macron said Moreau “embodied cinema” and was a free spirit who “always rebelled against the established order.” He praised her range that extended beyond her early roles as a femme fatale.

Moreau, who worked into her 80s, was found dead at her home in Paris Monday morning, the French news agency, AFP, reported.

У ДСНС попередили про пожежну небезпеку на півдні й сході України

У Державній службі з надзвичайних ситуацій попередили про пожежну небезпеку, яка зберігається у південних та східних областях України.

«31 липня у Запорізькій, Одеській, Херсонській, Миколаївській, Харківській, Донецькій, Луганській, Дніпропетровській, Кіровоградській, Полтавській областях надзвичайна (5 класу) пожежна небезпека», – йдеться в повідомленні.

Рятувальники звернулися до громадян з проханням дотримуватися правил пожежної безпеки під час перебування в лісах, парках, на відкритих територіях тощо.

За даними Укргідрометцентру, сьогодні в Україні переважно без опадів, денна температура повітря 25-30 градусів тепла, у західних областях – 31-33.

 

У ДСНС попередили про пожежну небезпеку на півдні і сході України

У Державній службі з надзвичайних ситуацій попередили про пожежну небезпеку, яка зберігається у південних та східних областях України.

«31 липня у Запорізькій, Одеській, Херсонській, Миколаївській, Харківській, Донецькій, Луганській, Дніпропетровській, Кіровоградській, Полтавській областях надзвичайна (5 класу) пожежна небезпека», – йдеться у повідомленні.

Рятувальники звернулися до громадян з проханням дотримуватися правил пожежної безпеки під час перебування у лісах, парках, на відкритих територіях тощо.

За даними Укргідрометцентру, сьогодні в Україні переважно без опадів, денна температура повітря 25-30 градусів тепла, у західних областях – 31-33.

 

Thousands Rally in Istanbul Against Israel’s Al-Aqsa Mosque Measures

Thousands of people rallied in Turkey’s largest city on Sunday against security measures Israel has imposed at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, shortly after Israel removed other measures that led to two weeks of violent Palestinian protests.

The rally in Istanbul, called “The Big Jerusalem Meeting” and organized by Turkey’s Saadet Party, drew some five thousand people to the Yenikapi parade ground on the southern edge of Istanbul.

Protesters were brought in by buses and ferries from across the city, waved Turkish and Palestinian flags, and held up posters in front of a giant stage where the chairman of the Saadet party and representatives from NGOs addressed the crowd.

“The Al-Aqsa mosque is our honor,” read a poster.

“You should know that not only Gaza, but Tel Aviv also has their eyes on this parade ground. Netanyahu does as well, and he is scared”, said Saadet Party Chairman Temel Karamollaoglu, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Turkey has opposed the security measures installed at the entry points of the mosque compound, with President Tayyip Erdogan warning Israel that it would suffer most from the dispute.

Erdogan accused Israel of inflicting damage on Jerusalem’s “Islamic character”, in comments that Israel’s foreign ministry called “absurd”.

The dispute over security at the mosque compound – where Israel installed metal detectors at entry points after two police guards were shot dead this month – has touched off the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years.

On Friday however, the main prayer session at the Al-Aqsa mosque ended relatively calmly after Israel removed the tougher security measures, though it barred entrance to men under age 50.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, including the Old City and the holy compound, in the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in a move that has never been recognized internationally.

Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest shrine, sits in the heart of the Old City. It is also the holiest place in Judaism – the venue of two ancient temples, the last destroyed by the Romans. Jews pray under heavy security at the Western Wall at the foot of the elevated plaza.

Egypt Officials Say Resort Knife Attacker Tasked by IS

Security officials said on Sunday that the Egyptian man who stabbed to death three tourists and wounded three others earlier this month in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada was tasked by the Islamic State group to carry out an attack against foreigners.

The officials said that investigations revealed 29-year old Abdel-Rahman Shaaban had communicated with two IS leaders on social media after they recruited him online.

One of them gave Shaaban daily lessons for a month after which he got in touch with the other, who asked him carry out an attack against tourists in either the resort city of Sharm al-Sheikh or Hurghada, to prove his allegiance to the group, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

Shaaban rode a bus from the Nile Delta province of Kafr el-Sheikh to Hurghada on July 14 and headed to a beach hotel where he killed two German women and wounded two Armenians, a Ukrainian and a Czech woman, using a knife that he bought earlier from a store, the officials added. Shaaban was arrested shortly after he was chased by hotel workers and security guards who handed him over to the police.

The Czech woman, who was hospitalized with back and leg injuries after the attack, died last week.

Shaaban is a resident of Kafr el-Sheikh where he attended the business school of the local branch of Al-Azhar University – the world’s foremost seat of learning of Sunni Islam and the target of mounting criticism in recent months over its alleged radical teachings and doctrinal rigidity.

The resort attack took place just hours after five policemen were killed in a shooting near some of Egypt’s most famous pyramids in the greater Cairo area. The Interior Ministry said last week that its forces killed four suspects and arrested two others who were behind the killing of the policemen.

Egypt’s government has been struggling to contain an insurgency by Islamic militants led by an Islamic State affiliate that is centered in the northern region of the Sinai peninsula, though attacks on the mainland have recently increased.

The extremist group has been mainly targeting security personnel and Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority.

Russian Official Threatens Retaliation Over US Sanctions

The Kremlin vowed Sunday to retaliate against the United States for approving new sanctions against Russia for its meddling in last year’s presidential election to help President Donald Trump win the White House.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told ABC News’ “This Week” show, “I think this retaliation is long, long overdue.”

He said Moscow has “a very rich toolbox at our disposal. It would be ridiculous on my part to start speculating on what may or may not happen. But I can assure you that different options are on the table and consideration is being given to all sorts of things.”

The White House says that Trump will sign legislation overwhelmingly approved by Congress that imposes new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

Trump aides had objected to the measure because of inclusion of a provision that gives Congress 30 days to review and block any Trump effort to ease sanctions against Russia, including those imposed by former President Barack Obama for Russia’s interference in the election. But the lopsided congressional approval of the sanctions left Trump with the prospect that if he vetoed the legislation, Congress would likely have overridden it.

Ryabkov said the U.S. Senate’s 98-2 vote for the sanctions was “the last drop” on what he described as “a completely weird and unacceptable piece of legislation.”

Obama closed two Russian compounds in the U.S. and expelled 35 diplomats in late December, less than a month before leaving office. But Moscow did not retaliate in kind until last week, when it shut two U.S. facilities in Russia and ordered 745 American diplomats out of the country by September 1.

Political analysts in the U.S. had thought that Trump, in an attempt to ease tensions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, might overturn the Obama sanctions when he assumed power, but he did not.

Since then, the early months of Trump’s presidency have been consumed by numerous investigations of Russian meddling in the election, including whether Trump aides colluded with Moscow to help him win and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director leading the agency’s Russia investigation. Subsequently, another former FBI director, Robert Mueller, was named to take over the criminal investigation.

Moscow has rejected the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Putin personally directed Moscow’s interference in the election, while Trump has been dismissive of the investigations, describing them as a “witch hunt” and an excuse by Democrats to explain his upset win over the Democratic candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Ryabkov told ABC, “If the U.S. side decides to move further towards further deterioration, we will answer, we will respond in kind. We will mirror this. We will retaliate. But my whole point is don’t do this, it is to the detriment of the interests of the U.S.”

The Russian diplomat said, “I believe there are several areas where the U.S. and Russia can and should work together cooperatively. Nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, countering terrorism, illicit immigration, trafficking in people, climate change, you name it.

“We are ready, we are stretching our hand forward, we are hopeful that someone on the other side, President Trump included, but also others may see here a chance for a somewhat different way,” he added.