26 March 2017

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Erdogan: Turkey may hold EU accession referendum

KONFRONTASI-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey may hold a referendum on whether to carry on with negotiations about joining the European Union.

Turkey, which applied for EU membership in 1987, began accession talks in 2005. Yet, negotiations have moved very slowly due to disagreements over Cyprus, human rights and other issues. 

Speaking on Saturday at a Turkish-Anglo conference in southern Antalya province, Erdogan said Ankara would likely review its ties with the bloc after a nationwide vote next month on sweeping constitutional changes.

Legendary journalist Ahmad Taufik in memoriam

KONFRONTASI-For Eko Maryadi, former chairman of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), the death of prominent journalist Ahmad Taufik, affectionately known as Ate, is an occasion for grief but also for memories. Companion-in-arms against the dictatorship of president Soeharto, Eko and Taufik served time together in prison.

Taufik died of lung cancer on Thursday at 7:15 pm after being hospitalized in Jakarta. His body was taken to the family home in Kebon Pala, Central Jakarta. He was 51.

Despite Trump's effort, House vote to repeal Obamacare postponed

KONFRONTASI - US Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have postponed a planned vote on legislation to repeal Obamacare as President Donald Trump struggles to gather support from members of his own Republican Party amid a wave of defections from the proposed replacement bill.

The vote, which was scheduled for Thursday, was delayed amid signs that the replacement legislation to eliminate former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement - the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare - was in deep trouble.

CIA was hacking iPhones one year after launch: WikiLeaks

KONFRONTASI - Whistleblower website WikiLeaks has claimed the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been hacking Apple products to spy on their owners.

The new WikiLeaks release, called Vault 7 “Dark Matter,” was released on Thursday.  It described a handful of programs that the CIA has apparently used for nearly a decade—in some cases to surreptitiously monitor Apple device owners.

London police: Eight arrests over Westminster attack

KONFRONTASI-The suspect of a deadly attack outside the UK parliament in London was British-born, Prime Minister Theresa May said, as police arrested eight people after several overnight raids across the country.

In a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday, May said the attacker was once investigated by intelligence officers over concerns of "violent extremism". 

"He was a peripheral figure," she said. "The case is historic, he was not part of the current intelligence picture."

North Korea missile test fails, U.S. and South say, as tensions simmer

KONFRONTASI-A North Korean missile appeared to have exploded on Wednesday just after it was launched, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said after detecting the latest in a series of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed state that have alarmed the region.

The launch attempt was made from near the city of Wonsan, on North Korea's east coast, the same place from where it launched several intermediate-range missiles last year, all but one of which failed.

U.S., Britain curb electronics on flights from Middle East, North Africa

KONFRONTASI-The United States and Britain on Tuesday imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified security threats.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said passengers traveling from a specific list of airports could not bring into the main cabin devices larger than a mobile phone such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras.

Instead, such items must be in checked baggage.

Chicago sexual assault streamed live on Facebook

Police only found out about the assault after the victim's mother alerted Superintendent Eddie Johnson [File: EPA]

KONFRONTASI-US police are searching for five or six men or boys involved in sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Chicago and posting the act on Facebook Live.

None of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities said on Tuesday.

Google unveils French version of Protect Your Election

KONFRONTASI - American tech company Google has released a set of tools it says are designed to protect elections globally.

Jigsaw, which is run by Google's parent company Alphabet, has been distributing the free suite, whose French version was released on Tuesday, more than a month before the first round of presidential elections in the European country.

Company officials maintain that the suite aims at protecting “free expression.”

Trump will do to Muslims ‘what Hitler did to Jews,' letter warns

KONFRONTASI - Muslims in the US state of Iowa have called for a hate crime investigation into a threatening note a mosque has recently received.

The hand-written note delivered to the Islamic Center of Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday warned that Republican President Donald Trump will do to Muslims “what Hitler did to the Jews,” reports said on Monday.  

The letter, which was signed by "Americans for a Better Way," described Muslims as “filthy” and “vile.”

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