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EU's Tusk warns Poland must stop anti-Semitic remarks

Added: 25.02.2018 5:26 | 0 views | 0 comments

Poland's ruling party must do everything it can to stop anti-Semitic remarks that are hurting Poland's standing in the world and putting its interests at risk, European Council President Donald Tusk told a news conference on Friday. Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, said after he met Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki that discussions with other European leaders showed the situation of Warsaw was "very serious". "I told the prime minister the situation ... has a direct impact on Polish interests, Poland's reputation and Poland's standing in the world," Tusk said, adding that Morawiecki understood that.


LeGarrette Blount Calls Jonathan Martin's Gun Pic 'Disturbing' and Hopes He Gets Help

Added: 24.02.2018 20:26 | 0 views | 0 comments

Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount's deeply disturbed by the situation with ex-NFL lineman Jonathan Martin, but hopes catching an early warning sign is good for everyone ... including Martin. We got Blount at LAX Friday and talked about the troubling gun...


Boko Haram girls were not freed in heroic mission after all, Nigerian officials admit

Added: 24.02.2018 6:26 | 0 views | 0 comments

Nigerian officials have apologised after falsely claiming to have staged a dramatic rescue of a group of schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction by Boko Haram on Monday night. Officials in northern Yobe State had claimed on Wednesday to have rescued at least 50 of the girls, in what they described as a "gallant" mission by the Nigerian army. But late on Thursday night, they told families of the missing girls that there had in fact been no rescue at all, saying that the claims had been based on "unreliable" information from the security forces. "We have now established that the information we relied on to make the statement was not credible," said Yobi state spokesman Abdullahi Bego. "The Yobe State government apologises for that." The admission came amid claims from parents that four days after the initial kidnapping in the town of Dapchi, more than 100 girls remain unaccounted for.  At least five parents who were present fainted with the shock upon being told at an official briefing that their daughters were still missing after all. Boko Haram oppression in Nigeria, in pictures One parent, Kundiri Alhaji Bukar, told BBC Hausa language service: ''[The governor] said soldiers were dispatched but the military commander told him they could not locate the girls with the Boko Haram militants. He said no-one is really sure whether the girls were taken away by Boko Haram. But we on our part, we believe Boko Haram abducted the children." The backtracking by the Yobe state officials comes amid growing concerns about the government's handling of the incident. When reports of the attack on the school first surfaced earlier this week, officials initially claimed there had been no abductions at all, and that the missing girls had simply fled to surrounding villages. Critics have drawn comparisons with the government's handling of the notorious Chibok school abduction case in 2014, where officials likewise made a series of denials and contradictory statements before admitting that some 276 children had gone missing. As of Friday morning there was still no solid information on the number of girls believed to be missing. While some are thought to have been abducted, others may have fled to safety in surrounding villages and simply not yet contacted their parents. Mobile phone reception is limited in much of Nigeria's remote rural north. Sandals are strewn in the yard of the Government Girls Science and Technical College staff quarters in Dapchi, Nigeria, on February 22, 2018  Credit: AMINU ABUBAKAR/AFP/Getty Images On Wednesday, government officials told the Reuters news agency that around 50 girls were still missing. But one parent, Bashir Manzo, told the Associated Press news agency that parents had presented the state governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, with a list of 101 missing children at Thursday's official briefing. “[Mr Gaidam] told us the girls have not been found and we should continue to pray for their safe return,” another parent, Rabiu Sani, told the AP.   The flow of official misinformation over the case is likely anger President Muhamamdu Buhari, who was critical of his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan's handling of the Chibok case. Earlier this week, he despatched a team of ministers to the area in an attempt to demonstrate that he was responding quickly to the situation. “I share the anguish of all the parents and guardians of the girls that remain unaccounted for,” Mr Buhari tweeted on Wednesday evening. “I would like to assure them that we are doing all in our power to ensure the safe return of all the girls.”

Ex-Trump official Rick Gates expected to plead guilty, cooperate in probe of Russian election meddling

Added: 23.02.2018 11:14 | 0 views | 0 comments

WASHINGTON – Rick Gates, a former top official in President Donald Trump’s campaign, is expected to plead guilty Friday to charges brought by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in his investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and cooperate with prosecutors, according to a person familiar with the situation. It is not clear [...]


Exclusive: Xi confidant emerges as front runner to head China’s central bank - sources

Added: 23.02.2018 6:26 | 0 views | 0 comments

Liu He, a Harvard-trained economist who is a trusted confidant of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has emerged as the front runner to be the next governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), according to three sources with knowledge of the situation.


At Least 90 Nigerian Schoolgirls Missing After Boko Haram Attack in Yobe

Added: 21.02.2018 14:11 | 0 views | 0 comments

More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are believed to be missing after Boko Haram attacked a village in the northeastern state of Yobe, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday. The disappearances would be one of the largest mass abductions since the Islamist insurgent group took more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014 in a case that drew widespread attention to the nine-year insurgency. The United Nations has called the ongoing crisis one of the worst humanitarian issues in the world. President Muhammadu Buhari sent his foreign and defense ministers on Wednesday to Yobe to investigate the situation, according to INformation Minister Lai Mohammed, who was also headed to Yobe. The...


200 killed in rebel-held Syrian enclave

Added: 20.02.2018 16:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

February 21, 2018 5:00 AM
ERBIN (Syria) • Air strikes hit Syria's Eastern Ghouta region for a third straight day yesterday, bringing the civilian death toll to nearly 200 as the United Nations warned the situation in the rebel-held enclave was spinning "out of control".


Syrian National Coalition: Ghouta being 'exterminated'

Added: 20.02.2018 9:52 | 0 views | 0 comments

With humanitarian conditions spiralling out of control, the UN and the Syrian opposition are increasingly alarmed at the situation in Eastern Ghouta under Syrian government and Russian bombardment.


Will there be major changes at Real Madrid this summer?

Added: 20.02.2018 7:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

It is fair to say things have not gone to plan this season for reigning European champions Real Madrid, in La Liga anyway. While Los Blancos are in the Champions League last-16 and looking good to get to the quarter-finals, they currently languish in fourth place in La Liga. The situation has led to talk […]


NI mental health charities urge action over 'crisis'

Added: 20.02.2018 3:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

Charities say the situation is exacerbated by Northern Ireland's ongoing "political dysfunction".


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