Saturday, November 27

Day: October 26, 2016

25 migrants found dead in rubber boat in Mediterranean
ENGLISH, Europe

25 migrants found dead in rubber boat in Mediterranean

    Aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today said 25 migrant men and women were found dead at the bottom of a rubber boat in the Mediterranean, and 107 survivors were rescued from the same raft. The bodies were discovered late on Tuesday, an MSF spokeswoman said. MSF's Mediterranean rescue unit said on Twitter: "23 of the rescued people had horrific chemical burns, 7 were so severely injured that they needed to be evacuated to Italy, 2 by helicopter". More than 3,500 people have died or disappeared trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa this year, the International Organization for Migration estimates. Rescuers plucked 500 migrants from overcrowded boats to safety on Tuesday, Italy's coast guard said.
Leaked recording shows what Theresa May really thinks about Brexit
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Leaked recording shows what Theresa May really thinks about Brexit

    Theresa May privately warned that companies would leave the UK if the country voted for Brexit during a secret audience with investment bankers a month before the EU referendum. A recording of her remarks to Goldman Sachs, leaked to the Guardian, reveals she had numerous concerns about Britain leaving the EU. It contrasts with her nuanced public speeches, which dismayed remain campaigners before the vote in June. Speaking at the bank in London on 26 May, the then home secretary appeared to go further than her public remarks to explain more clearly the economic benefits of staying in the EU. She told staff it was time the UK took a lead in Europe, and that she hoped voters would look to the future rather than the past. In an hour-long session before the City bankers, she al...
Spain cancels permission for Russian warship refueling in Ceuta
ENGLISH, Europe

Spain cancels permission for Russian warship refueling in Ceuta

    The Spanish government has canceled the authorization that had been granted to a fleet of Russian warships, headed by the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, to make a stop at the Spanish exclave city of Ceuta on its way to the eastern Mediterranean. The ships had been due to refuel and to take on water and supplies at the North African port. According to a statement from the Office of Diplomatic Information (OID), the Russian embassy in Madrid retracted at midday today the request to make a stop after the Spanish Foreign Ministry requested clarification on whether the three vessels were going to be taking part in support or conflict actions over the Syrian city of Aleppo. Hours earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg repeated concerns that the fleet could play a ...
Fugitive arrested in Tenerife six years after fleeing the UK
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Fugitive arrested in Tenerife six years after fleeing the UK

    One of Britain's most wanted criminals was arrested in Tenerife on Monday after fleeing the UK six years ago. Convicted rapist Mohammed Alam, 33, was sentenced to 14 years in his absence in March 2010 after subjecting a woman to a sickening attack in Cheltenham. Extradition proceedings are due to begin at the Spanish national court in Madrid on Wednesday. The Bangladeshi national was featured in the Operation Captura - a notorious fugitive campaign run by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Crimestoppers. He was caught by Spanish police at a restaurant in Playa de las Americas, a holiday resort in the south west of the Canary island. Detective Sergeant Paul Howell, of Gloucestershire police, said: "We hope this result shows criminals that they will be convicted even if the...
Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations
Asia, ENGLISH

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations

    Pakistan said that two civilians were killed and nine others injured in the firing. For the second day in a row, Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a strong protest over alleged unprovoked firing by Indian forces along the Working Boundary and Line of Control. It was second day in succession that Indian envoy J P Singh was summoned by the Foreign Office over violation of ceasefire. The Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned by the Director General (South Asia & SAARC) today. A strong protest was lodged against the unprovoked ceasefire violations, the Foreign Office said in a statement. The protest was lodged over violation of ceasefire agreement at the Working Boundary in Chaprar and Harpal sectors and on the LoC in Bhimber...