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Sylvanian Navy Confirms Downing of Justosia Fighter
AP Charleroi

After rumor and speculation of the downing of a Justosian fighter 500 miles north east of Gironia, Vanguardia on May 14, the Sylvanian Navy has finally confirmed the report. The Sylvanian Navy informed local media in Charleroi that its carrier group in the area had been approached by two Justosian fighters on what Sylvania claims was an attack vector. Sylvanian fighters were dispatched and engaged the Justosian fighters, destroying one, while the other retreated after avoiding the missile fired at it. Sylvanian officials have stated that after the downing of an Ambrosian fighter, no risks could be taken and that the Justosian fighters could have been a prelude to a larger attack. No word has come out of Justosia following the downing of their fighter. The only public statement so far from President Breckenridge was a cryptic reassurance of Sylvania's commitment to "take all necessary measures in support of freedom and in defense of peace in the South Silk Sea."
 

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The Empire of Azraq calls for an immediate de-escalation of tensions in the Silk Sea Region following the downing of two fighter craft and makes an open offer to all parties involved in the current dispute to attend mediation talks in the imperial capital Jugol that will be personally hosted by His Imperial Majesty Boqor Tiirka Illah.
 
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Prince Dalmar 'unlikely' to return to Azraq soon
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The Muslim Dawamalian prince had caused a minor international controversy by marrying a Finnish noblewoman is unlikely to visit his native Azraq anytime soon his close friends say, as the reigning Emperor Tiirka Illlah tightens his grip on domestic politics.

Prince Dalmar of Haradhera, widely considered the second most influential imperial family, had considered return to Azraq to host a wedding for his new wife Countess MacLeod after marrying in a private ceremony in Gunnland.

The idea provoked outrage in both Azraq and Gunnland. Inter-faith marriages are frowned upon in both countries, as is converting to another religion.

Sources close to Prince Dalmar insist he is still a practicing Hajari Muslim, a minority sect that believes one of the Prophet Muhammad's son's deaths was faked and his descendants are in fact true heirs to to the title of Caliphate.

The same sources say recent events in Azraqi politics, such as the Emperor's increasing involvement in domestic affairs and foreign policy and mass arrests of politicians and activists, had also discouraged him. "Dalmar fears Tiirka Illah will emerge a tyrant," says one confidant.

Friends reject rumours he is seeking a more influential role in imperial politics in the Northern Tiburan Empire, formed of Gunnland, Elven and the rump Grand Duchy of Burgundy. "He wants to become a real Gunnishman," claims one.
 

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Dante Valeggio Found Guilty
AP International

After four days of trial, Retalian citizen Dante Valeggio has been found guilty of the rape of four Asterian minors, one adult, and conspiracy to conduct international sex trafficking. The public prosecutor detailed the interdiction of Valeggio's water craft on the Reman Sea, where authorities say they rescued two victims intended for sex trafficking.

Using genetic evidence, authorities connected Valeggio to a string of sex crimes across the city of Carcosa, convincing a panel of lay and professional judges of his guilt. The panel ruled unanimously on the matter and sentenced Valeggio, aged 43, to a total of 155 years in prison, with option for parole after serving 70.

The Minister of Justice has stated that the evidence collected implicates two Furlanie and a Serenien citizens, and that his office had already supplied the relevant authorities in those nations with evidence to move forward. "It is critical that we combat the international exploitation and trafficking of individuals, especially children. I expect our partners to take action on this matter."

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Carcosan Judges Protest President's Call for Confederate Court Action
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President Dio Dal Sol, unsatisfied with the findings of the Carcosan courts on the matter of Valeggio, has called on the Supreme Confederate Court to take action and impose the death penalty. The five member panel, whose Justices are appointed by the Socialist Republics of Asteria, maintains the authority of final review. However, since the establishment of the Confederacy in 1961, the high court has only used the power four times on cases where the death penalty was applicable by Confederate law. Two of those cases saw the sentencing reduced, while two cases saw the death penalty imposed.

Carcosan justices have put forward an open letter to the high court protesting what they see as an attempt by the President to influence the decision making process of the body. The letter notes that Valeggio was found guilty and tried in a manner consistent with Carcosan customs, and that as a case that falls solely within Carcosan jurisdiction, lies outside of the authority of the other Socialist Republics.

"A court of professional and lay judges, having reviewed the crime at hand, have delivered the punishment of the Carcosan people," the letter closes.

Carcosa, the wealthiest and largest city of Asteria, has strong trade relations with other Reman nations, and some market analysts have suggested the tempered punishment may have been a move designed to placate foreign national concerns and mitigate impacts to Carcosa's burgeoning tourism industry.
 

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Bodies of 2 Carcosan Boys Discovered by Authorities as High Court Remands Valeggio for Retrial
AP International

Confederal Security Bureau agents announced that they had discovered the body of Sidore Parnas, age 7, who was believed to have been abducted by Dante Valeggio while returning home from school by bus. Authorities also announced that Parnas was discovered along with the remains of another boy, as yet unidentified, but believed to be of Kadashi descent.

The Kadashi ethnic minority are the most populous minority in Asteria, and retain a traditional culture that sometimes leaves them outside of the law and exposed to exploitative practices.

Sidore Parnas' mother, Alaria Parnas, told AP that if Valeggio was responsible for the murder of her boy, anything less than capital punishment would be a grave injustice. Valeggio's adult victim has likewise requested that the high court consider imposing the death penalty for his crimes in conspiring to involve children in international sex trafficking. The court revealed that the woman had been attacked while interfering in an interaction between Valeggio and a number of school children.

On recommendation from the CSB, and following an appeal by Valeggio's victims, the Supreme Confederate Court has remanded the case for retrial, pending final collection and preparation of arguments by the Confederacy's public prosecutor. Valeggio's case is now the fifth on record where the high court has exercised authority over a lesser court to redecide a case. Valeggio has been arraigned on new charges including two counts of premeditated murder.

Carcosan authorities have protested the action by the Supreme Confederate Court, citing it as unnecessary. "The case of Sidore Parnas, should they link Valeggio to the crime, should be enough to warrant capital punishment. Flouting Confederal power over a constituent Republic is an unnecessary and gross abuse of the powers bestowed to the body by the Articles of Revolution."
 

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Murmurs in Vrijpoort Political Elite Cast Doubt on Eventual DDI Membership
AP, Vrijpoort

Senior Minister Melinda Weldaad's victory in the Nedernesian general election earlier this year gave great hope to the many friends of Post Delegationism in the global financial centre. Post Delegationism has been supported vocally by many in the Nedernesian business community as the next logical step for the world's most open and competitive market. The People's Action Party that governed the country for decades preferred to maintain a friendly distance from the DDI despite extremely close relations with Pohjanmaa, a DDI member.

Weldaad's Equity and Prosperity Party, which has a PD-supporting faction, was able to put together a strong coalition with the Jewish Alliance and Next Gen Ned. Neither of those two junior coalition partners support the ideals of Post Delegationism and are likely to be very reluctant to enter into a military alliance. With DDI navies encircling Justosia and planes falling out of the sky, some Senators in the coalition have become increasingly vocal about their doubts.

Jules Hatheway, a Next Gen Ned Senator, spoke on a Radio Television Nedernesia morning talk show today: 'Why should we join them? Sure, they are a group of countries that Nedernesia gets along with and trades well with and it should be left at that. Joining them would entangle us in conflict. It's pretty obvious that despite what they claim they are just bullies when they surround Justosia with aircraft carriers. Is Justosia a fantastic member of the international community? Hell no! But they are all bark and no bite. But you know something about dogs? They become extremely dangerous and unpredictable when backed into a corner.'

Eliahu ben Shaul Berman, a Jewish Alliance Senator, was on an evening television programme earlier this week: 'The DDI has outstanding ideals and is certainly a stabilising force in the world, up until about a few weeks ago. I honestly do not comprehend their strategy. I mean, if the Justosians had actually sunken a ship for no good reason, cut off trade routes to vessels, done something tangible, then sure, stern diplomacy and possibly an armed response would be warranted. What I see here is simple bait and switching. It really makes me think. I supported membership in the DDI for years. Since my early days as a senator I wanted Nedernesia to join the security umbrella. Now I'm not so sure. And I'll tell you what, a lot of other Jewish Alliance senators, I won't name names, they are thinking the same thing.'

Meanwhile a University of Vrijpoort poll conducted over last weekend showed 48% of Nedernesian citizens and permanent residents against DDI membership, 39% in favour and 13% unsure.

Melinda Weldaad's office refused to comment. A source close to the Senior Minister's Office told the Associated Press that Nedernesia 'has been waiting for months for the DDI to approach with further cooperation opportunities or discussions on future possibilities. At the moment no such diplomatic approaches have been made.'

Nedernesia remains a potentially difficult issue for the DDI due to the Nedernesian Question; an old agreement wherewith Pohjanmaa guarantees Nedernesian security with a defence treaty, leaving an unanswered question of whether or not the entire DDI would be obligated to come to the aid of Nedernesia if attacked, or if only Pohjanmaa would be required to do so.
 
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