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Six Western powers condemn attacks on Libya’s energy infrastructure

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libya-energy-infrastructureWashington: Condemning this weekend’s attacks on Zueitina, Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, and Brega oil terminals in Libya, the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States have asked all parties to undertake an immediate ceasefire and to refrain from any further hostilities.

The western powers, along with the US, have called on all forces to avoid any action that could damage Libya’s energy infrastructure or further disrupt its exports. Libya’s oil belongs to the Libyan people, they have underscored adding the Presidency Council (PC) is the sole steward of these resources. The PC and other Government of National Accord (GNA) institutions have an obligation to ensure oil revenues are used to provide essential services for the Libyan people. Oil infrastructure, production, and export must remain under the exclusive control of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) acting under the GNA’s authority. We call for all military forces that have moved into the oil crescent to withdraw immediately, without preconditions.

The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States have reaffirmed their full support for the GNA as Libya’s sole executive authority. They have further asked the Libyan forces to unite in fighting Da’esh and other UN-designated terrorist groups.

In an official statement, the US Department of State has said that violence against fellow Libyans undermines Libya’s stability and encourages division. Political agreements, not conflicts, must determine Libya’s future. Creating a unified, capable national security force under GNA authority is Libya’s best hope for protecting its resources for the benefit of all its people. We urge peaceful cooperation among Libya’s armed forces and immediate efforts to unify into one professional military force. All Libyan forces have a responsibility to serve the entire nation, and to act on behalf of all Libyans. We welcome efforts by partners to encourage all forces to avoid further clashes.

The US spokesperson has also reiterated the intent to enforce UNSCR 2259, including measures concerning illicit oil exports, activities that could damage the integrity and unity of Libyan State financial institutions and the NOC, and individuals and entities engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the unity, peace, stability or security of Libya.

Pro-independence parties win elections in Catalonia, Spain

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spain electCatalonia, Spain : “We have won,” Catalan regional President Artus Mas told his cheering supporters late on Sunday. In the Catalonia region of spain, during elections and counting done in regional polls, the Pro-independence parties have won an absolute majority in regional elections, near complete results show.

With more than 90% of the votes counted, the main separatist alliance and a smaller party won 72 seats in the 135-seat regional parliament.

They said earlier a majority would allow them to declare independence from Spain unilaterally within 18 months.
The central government in Madrid has pledged to block such moves in court.

After a celebration rally, the pro-independence camp’s leaders told media that they would now proceed towards the creation of an independent Catalan state although the road ahead is controversial and anything but clear.

The pro-independence parties said ahead of the vote that they considered it a de facto referendum on independence from Spain.They argue that the Spanish government has consistently refused to allow a legally recognised referendum to take place, ignoring an unofficial vote backing independence in November 2014.

Opinion polls suggest a majority of Catalans favour a referendum on independence but are evenly divided over whether they want to secede.

La Tomatina festival – paint it red !

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la tomatinaBunol, Spain : If its the last Wednesday of August, then its time to paint it red ! Every year, an hour of time is dedicated to pelt each other with tomatoes and the place to be is in the town of Bunol, near Valencia in eastern Spain. Thousands of people gather from all corners of the world to join the world’s biggest food fight festival – La Tomatina – a festival where more than one hundred metric tonnes of overripe tomatoes are thrown on the streets and at each other.

2015 makes it all the more special because it happens to be the 70th anniversary of La Tomatina festival. Throw tomatoes, get messy and get cleaned up in the small town Bunol river – that’s the tag line of this fun and frolic annual gathering.

Different stories do the rounds regarding origin of this festival. One says – like many Spanish festivals, the celebration was originally a religious one to honor Bunol’s patron saint, San Luis Bertran. Another story says – it was prompted by village rivalries. Some say it was a joke. Few others opine that this tomato-throwing episode stemmed from unhappiness with Francisco Franco’s reign following Spain’s civil war.

Yet another similar story goes that the festival first began in 1945, when a man was pushed aside a float during the annual parade taking place in Bunol. In a fit of rage, he picked up tomatoes from a nearby vegetable stall and began throwing them at everyone in sight. Some enthusiastics found a thrill element in his rage, caught on with his act, imitated him and repeated the act the following year, and although authorities tried to clamp down on the tomato-throwing initially, it became an official festival in 1957.

Over the years, La Tomatina has joined Spain’s pantheon of festivals, and adorns the last Wednesday of eighth month of calendar year after year.