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Burundi’s Ex-Intelligence Chief Shot And Killed, Spokesman Says

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Aug 03 2015

A Burundi general who was a key security ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza was killed Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the capital, Bujumbura, a presidential spokesman said.

Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana, the president’s senior adviser on security matters, was killed when men in a car shot at him and his bodyguards in the Kamenge neighborhood, Willy Nyamitwe told The Associated Press Sunday.

The attackers also lobbed a grenade into Nshimirimana’s vehicle, he said. The general was taken from the car and later died from his wounds, said Nyamitwe.

The killing is likely to stoke tensions in Burundi, which has been wracked by violence since April when Nkurunziza sought a third term in office. Nkurunziza’s bid to extend his time in power sparked frequent street protests in Bujumbura that were violently repressed by authorities. More than 100 people died in the unrest, and more than 100,000 people have fled the country fearing further violence.

Nshimirimana, a feared military officer who at different times served as army chief of staff and the country’s intelligence chief, was widely seen as a key member of Nkurunziza’s security team who helped put down an attempted coup in May.

There was no claim of responsibility for Nshimirimana’s assassination and police did not comment.

Nkurunziza won the July 21 presidential polls with 69 percent of the vote.

The international community condemned the elections as not credible because of violence, intimidation, media restrictions and questions over the legitimacy of a third term for Nkurunziza.

The U.S. State Department condemned Nshirmirimana’s murder and urged “calm and restraint in the aftermath of the attack,” according to a statement released Sunday night.

Many fear that Nkurunziza’s determination to stay in power will trigger increased violence in the poor central African country of 10 million that has a history of civil strife.

Last month the Burundi government said the army put down a rebellion in the country’s north, killing 31 insurgents and arresting 171 others.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/08/03/428899847/burundis-ex-intelligence-chief-shot-and-killed-spokesman-says?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Burundi’s Former Intelligence Chief Assassinated

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Aug 03 2015

The killing was a surgical strike that many believe was carried out by members of the military. Many worry that if the army is pulled into political divisions, the country is headed toward civil war.

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Allegations Of Corruption Dog Mexico’s First Lady Angélica Rivera

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Aug 03 2015

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Eight months ago, Mexico’s first lady, known for her fondness of designer clothes and European vacations, made a public promise to sell a multi-million-dollar mansion bought under controversial circumstances. She’s purchasing the home, at below market rates, from a contractor with lucrative connections to her husband.

The scandal has been one of the biggest to rock the president’s administration. And months later many questions remain regarding the questionable purchase — and the first lady hasn’t sold her house.

Last November, just back from a state visit to China, a defensive Angélica Rivera, the wife of President Enrique Peña Nieto, distributed a videotaped message.

“I have nothing to hide,” Rivera readfrom prepared remarks. The former soap opera actress said she’s purchasing the house with her own earnings.

Rivera says she began planning the design of the house in 2009 and secured a $4 million loan to be paid over 8 years from a company owned by the Grupo Higa construction firm. The well connected firm, was part of a consortium that won Mexico’s first multi-billion-dollar high-speed train bid. The deal, however, was quietly canceled just weeks before the firm’s connection to the first couple’s house was revealed and Rivera videotaped her remarks.

Looking intently into the camera, toward the end of her 7 minute video, Rivera promised that despite having done nothing wrong she will sell her interest in the custom-built home.

“Because, she added, “I don’t want this to continue to be a pretext to offend or defame my family.”

Rivera recorded the video, and made her promise, last November. NPR obtained all public documents registered to the first lady’s house located in one of the capital’s most exclusive neighborhoods.

We showed them to the head of Mexico’s public notary college and the president of a leading real estate association. Antonio Hanna Grayeb says according to the documents, the house has not been sold. Grayeb warns that property transfers in Mexico can take as long as one to two months to show up in public records.

When asked about any recent sales a spokesman for the president says none has happened. When asked why the first lady hasn’t sold her interest in the house as promised, spokesman Paulo Carreno said it’s the president’s understanding that Rivera won’t sell until the investigation into allegations of conflict of interest involving the first couple has been completed.

When asked to speak with a representative for the first lady, Carreno said he didn’t believe she had one.

Not making good on her promise is just the latest gaffe Rivera is facing. Her spending habits, including photographed trips to Beverly Hills, Calif., and Europe, her purchase of a luxury condo in Miami and rumored marital problems with the president dominate social media here. This at the same time a government agency reported that 2 million more Mexicans fell into poverty since her husband took office.

As for when the investigation into the conflict of interest charges involving the first couple will be concluded, a spokesman for the investigator appointed by Peña Nieto, would only say “shortly.”

That’s not good enough for some members of Congress.

“Too much time has gone by with zero results,” says Fernando Belaunzarán, a congressman with the opposition PRD. He says from the outset the president used the investigation as a stalling tactic in hopes the public would forget about the scandal after a few months. Belaunzarán and other congress members have introduced a formal resolution demanding the investigator present his findings.

Political analyst Denise Dresser says she doubts any meaningful results will be made public anytime soon, “because it delves too deeply into the nature of power of crony capitalism and of opacity in the way that government deals are brokered.”

And Dresser says without a transparent investigation, Peña Nieto’s credibility with the public, now the lowest level of any Mexican president in the past 20 years, will continue to erode.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/08/03/428171924/allegations-of-corruption-dog-mexicos-first-lady-ang-lica-rivera?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

After A West Bank Home Goes Up In Flames, Tensions Flare In The Region

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Aug 02 2015



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Today, in the West Bank in Jerusalem, demonstrations and clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters. This follows an arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler. Israeli extremists are suspected of setting the fires. Daniel Estrin reports from Tel Aviv.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Foreign language spoken).

DANIEL ESTRIN, BYLINE: Israelis demonstrated throughout the country this evening to protest two recent attacks – one in Jerusalem on Thursday at the city’s annual Gay Pride Parade, where an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed six people, and yesterday’s attack that killed a 1-and-a-half-year-old Palestinian baby named Ali Dawabsheh. An Israeli woman named Nomi Morag was at a rally in Tel Aviv. She held a sign that said stop senseless hatred.

NOMI MORAG: We are not supposed to stay at home safely while a terrorist from my own people burning a child of 18 months just because he’s an Arab.

ESTRIN: Following the attack in the Palestinian territories, anger turned into confrontations between demonstrators and Israeli troops, and a Palestinian teen was shot dead in one of the clashes. Meanwhile, Palestinian officials made a rare visit to an Israeli hospital to visit Ali Dawabsheh’s family. His parents and brother were seriously injured in the arson attack. Official Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian government holds Israel fully responsible. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also visited the family yesterday.

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BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: We are shocked. We are outraged. We condemn this. There is zero tolerance for terrorism wherever it comes from, whatever side of the fence it comes from. We have to fight it and fight it together.

ESTRIN: Netanyahu called this an act of terrorism, a term Israeli officials usually reserve for Palestinian attacks, not the attacks by young West Bank-settler extremists who have been known in recent years to vandalize and torch Palestinian property. Those attacks, which have been common in recent years, are known as price tag attacks because the extremists who carry them out say they make Palestinians pay a price. In Hebrew, it’s tag machir. This is Israeli political analyst Yaron Ezrahi.

YARON EZRAHI: Until now, tag machir was mostly burning houses, burning mosques, burning churches. It was not really burning a whole family, not killing a baby.

ESTRIN: In the West Bank, some 200 Palestinians marched from the village where the attack took place toward an Israeli intersection and clashed with Israeli forces. For NPR News, I’m Daniel Estrin in Tel Aviv.

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Jericho Isn’t Cecil’s Brother And Is Probably Still Alive, Lion Researcher Says

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Aug 02 2015

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Jericho the lion, right, seen here fighting with Cecil last year, was the subject of competing stories Saturday, as groups in Zimbabwe disagreed over whether he had been killed.

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Jericho the lion, right, seen here fighting with Cecil last year, was the subject of competing stories Saturday, as groups in Zimbabwe disagreed over whether he had been killed.

Jericho the lion, right, seen here fighting with Cecil last year, was the subject of competing stories Saturday, as groups in Zimbabwe disagreed over whether he had been killed.

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Two non-profit conservation groups in Zimbabwe are telling distinctly different stories about a lion that’s seen as an ally of Cecil, the popular 13-year-old animal whose death at the hands of an American hunter in July sparked international outrage.

“We are absolutely heart broken,” the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Saturday, announcing via Facebook page that Jericho, which it called Cecil’s brother, was shot and killed at 4 p.m. (local time) Saturday afternoon.

The news was soon picked up by large media outlets. But that report was quickly countered by another conservation group that says the reports of Jericho’s death are false. The non-profit Bhejane Trust wrote on its own Facebook page:

“According to Brent Staplekamp at Hwange Lion Research, Jericho was alive and well at 8.30 tonight and moving around Antoinette Estate ( where Cecil was shot) with a female. I can assure you no one is hunting lion on Antoinette after the Cecil incident!”

Perhaps, the trust said, the task force’s leaders had confused Jericho with the investigation into another lion that had been shot nearby on July 2.

NPR contacted Dr. Andrew J. Loveridge, who helps run the research project in Hwange that’s part of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in Oxford’s Department of Zoology. They’re the ones who put tracking collars on both Jericho and Cecil, who was killed by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer.

“We believe this report is incorrect and will confirm with a sighting of the Jericho tomorrow (it is nightime here),” Loveridge says.

As for the relationship between the two lions, Loveridge says, “Cecil and Jericho are not brothers, but male lions frequently form coalitions with unrelated males in order to successfully hold territories.”

Jericho had been mentioned in an update by the WCRU unit earlier Saturday, in which Dr. David Macdonald wrote that Jericho, who had previously been mentioned as a potential threat to Cecil’s cubs, was in fact helping to protect them.

“Cecil’s coalition involved a partnership with another beautiful male, nicknamed Jericho,” Macdonald wrote. “Jericho is as likely as Cecil to be the father of some of the cubs, so he has a stake in their survival. Right now, Jericho is in good health and he (and the lionesses) will defend the cubs.”

Agencies in both the U.S. and Zimbabwean governments are looking into Cecil’s killing, which reportedly took place after he was lured away from western Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.

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Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

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Aug 02 2015

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Traditional recipes for duck confit, or confit de canard, can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz’s fake take cuts the steps down to five.

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Traditional recipes for duck confit, or confit de canard, can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.

Traditional recipes for duck confit, or confit de canard, can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz’s fake take cuts the steps down to five.

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This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition‘s Do Try This At Home series, chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We learn to make a “counterfeit” version of duck confit, a classic French dish that traditionally can take days to prepare.

The Chef

David Lebovitz says the first time he tasted duck confit, he declared it the best thing in the world. And 25 years later, he still feels that way.

“I love the slow-braised French dishes that fall off the bone. Tender meats with the crispy skin, and that’s why I love confit de canard,” says Lebovitz.

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The California-trained chef loves fresh food and cooking, and he doesn’t eat anything that comes out of a box. Lebovitz moved to Paris 11 years ago to write books and what has become a hugely successful blog on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lebovitz’s latest cookbook-storybook, My Paris Kitchen, has a fantastic recipe for avoiding the time, heartache and cleanup of a traditional confit de canard, or duck confit.

“Most recipes that you see for confit usually begin with, ‘Melt 10 liters of duck fat, then slip in four duck legs.’ If you live in the south of France [where confit is from], you can find duck fat easily,” says Lebovitz. “If you live in France, you can buy it in the supermarket in little jars the same size as peanut butter.”

The Hard Way

Confit de canard dates back to antiquity. It was used as a way to preserve meat in an airtight grease pack. Henry the VIII was a huge fan of confit duck legs. But he didn’t care how long it took or how the grease could smell up the kitchen.

If you Google “confit de canard,” you can find recipes listing as many as 24 steps, with phrasing such as “do this the next day.” The hard way of making this dish involves grinding up duck fat, melting it, cooking the duck legs in the melted duck fat and then recooking them several times in a pan on the stove.

The Hack

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One of most important elements of this method of faking duck confit, says Lebovitz, is the baking dish. It’s got to be small, so that the duck legs are pressed snugly together.

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One of most important elements of this method of faking duck confit, says Lebovitz, is the baking dish. It's got to be small, so that the duck legs are pressed snugly together.

One of most important elements of this method of faking duck confit, says Lebovitz, is the baking dish. It’s got to be small, so that the duck legs are pressed snugly together.

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Lebovitz says his recipe for “counterfeit duck confit” avoids all that. “This technique is great, because it takes zero effort. All you do is season the duck legs — about 2 minutes of active work — let them sit for a few hours or overnight, and bake them for 3 hours.”

One of most important elements, he says, is the baking dish. It’s got to be small, so the legs are pressed snugly together, which keeps them surrounded by duck fat as they bake.

“Since it’s not preserved in the grease for a long time, it’s not a true confit,” says Lebovitz.

But he believes his technique produces a dish that is every bit as tasty. On the day I visited, he cooked up duck legs with beautifully bronzed, crunchy skin and tender meat underneath.

Lebovitz says the nutmeg and allspice he prescribes in his recipe add a barely perceptible, balmy afternote. And that, he says, is the essence of French cooking.

“Seasoning should accent the food, not be the food,” says Lebovitz. “Because [the French] like to let the ingredients speak for themselves. They want duck confit to taste like duck. They don’t want it to taste like two tablespoons of allspice.”

Lebovitz adds in a tiny bit of gin, because the ingredient that makes gin gin is juniper, and juniper goes very well with duck. It’s sort of like cooking with a little wine.

Ingredients:

4 duck thighs (thigh and leg attached)

1 tablespoon of sea salt

1 tablespoon gin

1/4 tablespoon ground nutmeg

1/4 tablespoon allspice

2 cloves garlic,peeled and halved lengthwise

2 bay leaves

Instructions:

1. Prick the duck all over with a needle, piercing the skin.

2. Mix the salt, gin, nutmeg and allspice in a baking dish that will fit the duck legs snugly, with no room around them. Rub the spice mixture all over the meat.

3. Put the garlic (cut lengthwise) and bay leaves on the bottom of the baking dish and lay the duck legs, flesh-side down, on top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

4. Put the duck in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the duck thighs for 2.5 hours, taking them out during baking once or twice and basting them with any duck fat pooling around.

5. To finish the duck, increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the skin is deeply browned and very crispy.

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Once your duck is cooked, keep that fat pooling in your baking dish — it’s great for frying up potatoes, or even chicken.

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Once your duck is cooked, keep that fat pooling in your baking dish — it’s great for frying up potatoes, or even chicken.

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The Plate

Don’t toss that duck fat pooling around the finished dish — Lebovitz says it’s great for frying potatoes. And you can use it fry up duck-fat fries, the traditional accompaniment for duck confit.

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Zimbabwe Official Calls For Extradition Of American Lion Hunter Walter Palmer

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Aug 01 2015

Zimbabwe is seeking the extradition of Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed a famous lion named Cecil, which was being tracked in a university study.

The Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Oppah Muchinguri said that they are appealing to the proper authorities for Palmer’s extradition, the Associated Press reports. “Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin,” she said in a press conference. The AP continues:

“She said both Palmer and professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst violated the Parks and Wildlife Act, which controls the use of bow and arrow hunting. She said Palmer, who reportedly paid $50,000 to hunt the lion, also violated the act through financing an illegal hunt. The landowner violated the act because he ‘allowed a hunt to be conducted without a quota and necessary permit,’ Muchinguri said.

” ‘I have already consulted with the authorities within the police force who are responsible for arresting the criminal. We have certain processes we have to follow,’ Muchinguri said at the offices of the national parks and wildlife authority. ‘Police should take the first step to approach the prosecutor general who will approach the Americans. The processes have already started.’ “

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tweeted that a representative of Palmer voluntarily contacted the organization on Thursday. The day before, the USFWS asked Palmer or his representative to contact it immediately.

As we reported, Palmer is a dentist from Minnesota who has been identified as the person who allegedly killed Cecil, a famous lion in Zimbabwe. In a statement Tuesday, Palmer wrote:

“In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.

“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”

On a related note, the United Nations has adopted its first-ever wildlife tracking resolution. In a press release, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner says it’s a historic step forward. He says, “In calling for wildlife crime to be treated as a serious crime, both nationally and across borders, the resolution sends a clear signal to organized criminal networks involved in this illicit trafficking that their time will soon be up.”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/31/428170154/zimbabwe-official-calls-for-extradition-of-american-lion-hunter-walter-palmer?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Watch: 164 Skydivers Fall Into Formation, Breaking World Record

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Aug 01 2015

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164 people formed this flower as they jumped from a height of nearly 20,000 feet.

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164 people formed this flower as they jumped from a height of nearly 20,000 feet.

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A new skydiving record was set Friday in Ottawa, Ill., at speeds up to 240 mph.

164 people jumped from airplanes, falling into a flower formation and holding hands for a few minutes before continuing to drop to earth. The previous skydiving record was set by 138 people in 2012, according to The Associated Press. It took the new record-holding team 13 attempts to beat that mark.

This feat wasn’t without risks — jump from such a high altitude (nearly 20,000 feet), and parachutes or people can collide. The AP continues:

“Despite the risks, flyers came from as far away as France, Britain, Dubai and Australia — one even spent three days traveling to Chicago from Reunion, off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean — to participate.

” ‘When (record) jumps work well, it’s like there’s a certain peace to it all, a certain harmony to it all,’ said Norman Kent, a longtime skydiving videographer who filmed the jump. ‘And it’s contagious, it’s like it’s in the air and you can feel it even from a distance as a cameraman.’ “

But, if it’s done correctly, it can be beautiful:

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Pacific Trade Pact In Limbo As Talks End Without A Deal

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Aug 01 2015

In a setback for the Obama administration, talks aimed at setting up a major free-trade zone among 12 Pacific Rim countries — the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership — have ended without success.

Although U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said “significant progress” had been made at this week’s talks in Maui, Hawaii, and officials promised to reconvene at some future date, big differences remain among the participating countries.

They involve such issues as how long the copyright for biologic drugs should last (a big concern for the U.S. pharmaceutical industry), New Zealand’s access to foreign dairy markets, and how to define the country of origin for auto manufacturers.

Because no agreement has been reached, it’s unlikely that Congress will be able to vote on the trade pact this year. That will push a vote into 2016 — when the presidential election is in full swing, and when President Obama will be less than a year from leaving office.

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Ex-Mossad Chief Supports Iran Nuclear Deal

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Jul 31 2015

Israel is among the critics of the Iran nuclear agreement. Steve Inskeep talks to Efraim Halevy, ex-head of Israel’s national intelligence agency, who sees the deal as a step in the right direction.

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