Skanaa Situs Berita Indonesia Terkini id 2017 Skanaa Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:56:26 +0700 Skanaa South Sudan Frees UN Journalist After Two-year Detention

South Sudanese authorities released a journalist Thursday who had been detained without charges since August 22, 2014.

George Livio, who worked for the U.N.-sponsored Miraya FM radio station, had been arrested by national security operatives and detained at an unknown location.

The U.N. did not immediately provide a reason for Livio's release, though the U.N. mission in South Sudan had been pushing for his freedom and that of two other staff members.

Several rights groups, including Amnesty International, had petitioned President Salva Kiir to intervene and release Livio.

VOA's South Sudan in Focus reached Gelego Livio, the journalist's father, by phone Friday in Khartoum.

"I got the news about half past 5 yesterday evening. He was released about midday, possibly," Livio said.

Livio told South Sudan in Focus that he never received a reason for his son's arrest from the government, but heard that the government thought he was "collaborating with Riek Machar," the former first vice president who fled Juba shortly after a fresh outbreak of deadly fighting occurred in the capital in July.

The elder Livio said he and his wife were granted one visit with their son in March 2016. He said George Livio was being held at a Juba hospital.

Livio said he learned from his maternal uncle in Juba that his son had been freed Thursday.

"We, his mother and I, had a very, very exciting time last evening. Now, we really want to hear his voice," said the father.

South Sudan in Focus directly contacted George Livio on Friday, but he declined to comment and referred the VOA program to the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

A UNMISS spokesman, Daniel Dickinson, applauded Livio's release and urged authorities to free other U.N. staff members in detention.

"The mission calls for the release of its two other national staff members who are currently also being held in detention without trial since 2014. UNMISS continues to call on the South Sudanese authorities to respect national law and the fundamental principles of due process under international human rights law," Dickinson said.

Amnesty International said there has been an increase in illegal detentions since a civil war broke out in the country in 2013.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least five journalists have been killed in South Sudan since the country gained independence in 2011.

Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:47:08 +0700
Pakai Pola 4-3-3, Agresivitas Sriwijaya FC Mulai Dipertanyakan, PALEMBANG - Sriwijaya FC yang mengusung pola agresif 4-3-3 sebagai ganti dari pakem 4-4-2 ternyata belum menakutkan bagi lini belakang lawan.


Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:45:00 +0700
Career Prosecutor Nominated to Head US Office of Special Counsel

President Donald Trump has announced his intent to nominate Henry Kerner, vice president of a nonpartisan watchdog agency, as special counsel in the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a federal agency that protects employee rights.

Kerner is the vice president of a watchdog group called Cause of Action that monitors and reports on federal government waste, fraud and abuse.

Kerner, a career prosecutor, previously served on the staffs of the House Oversight Committee and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, both of which investigate inefficiency in government.

Kerner's nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

The Office of Special Counsel is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency that protects federal employees from prohibited personnel practices, such as reprisals for whistle-blowing.

Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:41:46 +0700
Ucapkan Selamat Menjalankan Ibadah Puasa, Jokowi: Semoga Meningkatkan Persaudaraan Kita

JAKARTA - Presiden Joko Widodo menyampaikan selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa kepada umat Islam yang akan menunaikannya, mulai hari ini Sabtu (27/5/2017).

Jokowi menyampaikannya melalui akun Instagramnya @Jokowi dengan video pendek berdurasi kurang dari satu menit pada Sabtu 26 Mei 2017.

"Saya Joko Widodo, Presiden Republik Indonesia mengucapkan Selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa di bulan Ramadan 1438 H. Semoga di bulan yang suci ini, kita dapat meningkatkan amal ibadah kita, rasa persaudaraan kita, rasa persatuan kita sebagai sebuah bangsa."

Selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa di bulan Ramadan 1438 H. Semoga di bulan yang suci ini, kita dapat meningkatkan amal ibadah kita, rasa persaudaraan kita, rasa persatuan kita sebagai sebuah bangsa.

A post shared by Joko Widodo (@jokowi) on May 26, 2017 at 8:42am PDT

Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:38:22 +0700
Zinedine Zidane: Juventus Akan Selalu di Hati Saya

Pelatih Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, menikmati kariernya saat masih berseragam Juventus. Zidane pun menyebutJuve memiliki tempat yang spesial di hatinya.


Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:36:34 +0700
Genetic Testing Underway on Virus Behind New Ebola Outbreak

Tests are underway to determine the genetic sequence of the Ebola virus behind an outbreak in central Africa, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control researcher said Friday.

Dr. Barbara Knust, an epidemiologist, told VOA's Horn of Africa service that scientists are looking for "clues" about where this strain of Ebola originated and how to treat it.

"That could help [us] understand how this virus is related to other viruses that have caused other Ebola outbreaks," she said.

The latest Ebola outbreak is in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, in a remote area near the border with the Central African Republic. The World Health Organization said that as of May 24, Ebola had killed four people in the area and the number of suspected cases stood at 44.

The Ebola virus, which causes a type of hemorrhagic fever, killed more than 11,000 people across the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014 and 2015.

Resources 'mobilized quickly'

Staff from the CDC, the WHO, the Congolese Ministry of Health and other agencies are in Congo's Bas Uele province, working to contain the spread of the virus. Knust said the international response was going "fine."

"The responders involved in this outbreak very certainly are taking it seriously and the resources have been mobilized quickly," she said. "At least at this point of time [it] appears that it was detected fairly early, although that information is forthcoming. There is some hope it will remain a limited outbreak."

She said there had been discussion of using experimental treatments used in the West African outbreak, but that the Congolese government had not given its approval.

Dr. Galma Guyo, a disease control specialist in Nairobi, was part of an African Union team that responded to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He warned that the DRC's location in the center of Africa could allow the virus there to spread across borders.

"There is a possibility that the viruses can easily spread and be hard to detect due to the remoteness of the region, too," he said.

Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:36:32 +0700
EU: Turkey Tensions Ease on Erdogan Visit

A picture of a smiling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan flanked by EU President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker adorned much of Turkey's pro-government media this week.

"Erdogan got his picture of his handshake in Brussels, which is really only what he wanted," said political science professor Cengiz Aktar, "because he is looking for legitimacy in his new position as strongman of Turkey."

Erdogan's narrow referendum victory extending his presidential powers remains mired in vote-rigging allegations. EU leaders, unlike U.S. President Donald Trump, had refrained from endorsing his success.

During the referendum campaign, Turkey's relations with the EU plummeted, with Erdogan describing some EU members as behaving like Nazis because they refused to allow Turkish ministers to campaign among Turkish diaspora voters.

"The pictures that emerged with Juncker and Tusk suggest a reduction of tensions and a more relaxed atmosphere," said Semih Idiz, political columnist of the Al Monitor website. But Idiz played down any talk of any new rapprochement in relations.

"Bottom line is nether side wants to go to some kind of nasty severance of ties or divorce. There are too many issues that require cooperation. I think they will muddle through, and I think that is the message that came out. Although both sides had theirs, in terms of issues that are important, the main thing is that they are not going to escalate tensions," said Idiz.

"We discussed the need to cooperate," Tusk said following the meeting in a tweet.

Turkey plays its part

Monday's suicide bombing of a pop concert in Manchester, England, served as a reminder of Turkey's importance in countering terrorism, with a Turkish official confirming the suspected bomber had traveled through Turkey to Britain. With Turkey bordering Syria and Iraq, Europe's security forces depend heavily on Ankara in sharing intelligence and monitoring those traveling to Europe.

The EU is also dependent on Ankara to continue to honor last March's agreement to stem the flood of refugees and migrants into Europe. "This is perhaps one of the few and certainly important pieces of leverage Ankara has over Brussels," said Sinan Ulgen, visiting scholar at the Carnegie Institute in Brussels. "We have been hearing from Ankara over the past few months that if the EU does not fulfill its end of the bargain and does not deliver on visa freedom, even under current circumstances Turkey will not continue with the refugee deal."

Before leaving for Brussels, Erdogan pointedly reminded the EU of its commitments. "We don't aim to break away from the EU, but the EU shall take its responsibilities, too. The EU cannot see Turkey [as] a beggar. It does not have such a right," he said.

Turkey crackdown to continue

Brussels insists any visa free travel is dependent on Ankara's narrowing of its legal definition of terrorism to harmonize it with EU law. Tens of thousands of people in Turkey have been prosecuted for terrorism offenses in a crackdown since last July's failed coup.

But Erdogan has ruled out any letup in the crackdown, or lifting of emergency rule introduced after the coup. On Friday, Ankara's governor, under emergency powers, issued a decree imposing a night curfew on any acts of protests, including chanting or playing music, or issuing of press statements.

Tensions with Washington could also be a factor in Ankara's wanting to avoid a collapse in EU ties. Trump's decision to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters, considered by Ankara as terrorists, in their fight against Islamic State has strained bilateral ties. Those strains weren't alleviated by Erdogan's visit this month to Washington.

Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:35:25 +0700
Electricity, Water Cut as Turkey Rebuilds Sur, But Some Residents Remain

Sur, a central district in Diyarbakir, which was destroyed in the monthslong clashes in 2015 between Turkish security forces and the youth branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), is finally being rebuilt. But some families are refusing to leave their homes, saying a state-sponsored subsidy is too low. Power and water to the district have been cut, and the families are struggling to live without electricity and having to carry water for their needs.

Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:35:00 +0700
AS dan Jepang Sepakat Perluas Sanksi untuk Korut

TAORMINA - Presiden Amerika Serikat (AS) dan Perdana Menteri Jepang Shinzo Abe menyetujui perluasan sanksi terhadap Korea Utara (Korut) yang terus melanjutkan program senjata nuklir dan balistiknya. Bertemu sebelum pertemuan tingkat tinggi G7 di Sisilia, Italia, isu Korut menjadi perhatian besar dalam pertemuan Trump dan Abe.

"Presiden Trump dan Perdana Menteri Abe sepakat tim mereka akan bekerja sama untuk meningkatkan sanksi terhadap Korea Utara, termasuk dengan mengidentifikasi dan memberi sanksi pada entitas yang mendukung program rudal balistik dan nuklir Korea Utara," demikian isi pernyataan dari Gedung Putih yang dikutip Reuters, Sabtu (27/5/2017).

Menteri Luar Negeri AS Rex Tillerson bulan ini meminta negara-negara dunia untuk menerapkan sanksi PBB yang ada terkait program senjata nuklir dan rudal Korut. Dia menambahkan, Pemerintah AS siap untuk menggunakan sanksi sekunder guna menargetkan perusahaan asing yang terus melakukan bisnis dengan Pyongyang.

Meski telah dijatuhi sanksi PBB, Korut terus melakukan uji coba rudal balistiknya dan mengancam akan melakukan uji coba nuklir keenamnya. Trump menyatakan akan mencegah Korut menyerang AS dengan sebuah rudal nuklir, yang kemungkinan akan dimiliki Pyongyang pada 2020.

Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:31:11 +0700
Ramadan, Herjunot Ali Rindu Sambal Goreng Ati Ampela

Herjunot Ali menjadi salah satu selebritas tanah air yang antusias menyambut datangnya bulan ramadan. Tak hanya soal suasana ibadah yang berbeda selama ramadan, di bulan penuh berkat tersebut, Junotbiasa dirinya disapa, selalu merasakan euforia yang berbeda.


Sat, 27/05/2017 - 03:30:19 +0700