SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 suspect accounts linked to Iran that the company says secretly pushed that government’s agenda.Twitter is adding those accounts and their tweets to a public database it launched last year to track its battle against government-linked misinformation. It is also adding a smaller number of deleted accounts linked to Russia, Venezuela and the Catalonia region of Spain.Twitter says the removals are meant to prevent election interference while preserving valid political speech.The company confirmed last month it had removed about 2,800 of the Iranian accounts that were using fake personas.Twitter launched the database in October. Anyone can download the datasets, which has some information redacted. Researchers can request access to get the unredacted documents.The Associated Press
Ban talks with rock star Bono on mobilizing aid for faminewracked HornBan talks with rock star Bono on mobilizing aid for faminewracked Horn
11 August 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the need to mobilize international resources to counter famine in the Horn of Africa with Irish rock star Bono, a leader of the multi-partner Campaign ONE, which fights extreme poverty and preventable diseases in the world’s poorest places. In a telephone conversation Mr. Ban thanked the U2 singer for his concern about and work to alleviate the suffering in the region, where the United Nations believe that tens of thousands of people, many of them children under five, have already died and hundreds of thousands face imminent starvation and death, mainly in war-torn Somalia because of drought. Mr. Ban and Bono discussed the need to galvanize fund-raising efforts and to improve access for humanitarian workers to deliver aid, and agreed on the importance of supporting political dialogue in Somalia, where 3.7 million people, nearly half the population, are now directly at risk of famine, according to a UN read-out of the conversation. Yesterday, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg told the Security Council the crisis had not yet crested since further deterioration is considered likely due to the very high levels of severe acute malnutrition and under-five mortality together with an expected continued increase in cereal prices, and a below-average rainy season harvest. At the same time, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Somalia Augustine Mahiga told the Council recent political accords and military improvements, including last week’s withdrawal of Al-Shabaab Islamic insurgents from 95 per cent of Mogadishu, the capital, offered an “extraordinary moment” of opportunity for progress on the path to stability in a country riven by fighting for the past 20 years, during which it has not had a functioning central government.
WestJet says police are investigating after rewards program data was releasedWestJet says police are investigating after rewards program data was released
CALGARY — WestJet says it is working with police and contacting customers after it says some WestJet Rewards member profile data was disclosed online.The Calgary-based airline says in a news release that the data was released by an unauthorized third party but that none of it contained credit card or banking information.WestJet says it has been working closely with the Calgary Police Service and the RCMP cyber crime unit in its investigation and that it has also informed the Alberta and federal privacy commissioners.It says customers who have affected are being contacted.WestJet says it takes customer privacy seriously and works with police, government and the technology sector to combat the growth of hacking crimes.It encourages members of its rewards program to update their passwords regularly.
Samaraweera said that as a country that is committed to regional cooperation, and as a country that clearly perceives the benefits of regional cooperation for the people of Sri Lanka and the wider South Asian region, Sri Lanka stands ready to participate in the 19th SAARC Summit whenever it is being held. Sri Lanka also called on South Asia to unite in its resolve to eliminate terrorism in the region. The Government today said that at no point did the Sri Lanka boycott the 19th SAARC Summit in Pakistan.He said the moment one country says that they are unable to attend a SAARC Summit, a summit cannot be held. Several countries including Sri Lanka decided not to attend a regional summit in Pakistan next month, known as the SAARC summit, owing to terrorist threats in the area.“All the leaders of South Asia must unite and take a firm stand and decisive action to eliminate terrorism which stands as an obstacle to the achievement of the goals that we envision for our region. The people of this region of South Asia deserve better living standards, better infrastructure, better education, peace, prosperity, security, and friendship; and we must not fail them,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Samararaweera told parliament that terrorism is an issue that must unite the South Asian region and not divide the region.“It is a menace that has taken a heavy toll on the economic and social fabric of almost all our countries. Terrorism poses an existential threat to the civilized world, and it must be defeated. Sri Lanka has always been firm in denouncing terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, irrespective of where it occurs, and Sri Lanka supports decisive action in dealing with terrorism,” he said.
One person injured during shooting incident in MaligawattaOne person injured during shooting incident in Maligawatta
One person sustained injuries during a shooting incident in Maligawatta today.The Police said that the gunmen had arrived on a motorbike and carried out the shooting. (Colombo Gazette)
TSB to release report into 2013 CP Rail derailment bridge failure duringTSB to release report into 2013 CP Rail derailment bridge failure during
TSB to release report into 2013 CP Rail derailment, bridge failure during flood by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 2:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is to release its report today about a bridge failure and freight train derailment in Calgary during a devastating flood.The Bonnybrook bridge over the swollen Bow River gave way underneath a Canadian Pacific Railway train (TSX:CP) on June 27, 2013, while the city was trying to recover from high water that had washed over many neighbourhoods just days before.Six tank cars carrying a petroleum dilutant teetered on the failing bridge. They were unloaded and removed over two days without going into the river.Engineers blamed the breakdown of the bridge, which was built in 1912, on fast water scouring away gravel under a support. Railways are under federal jurisdiction and are responsible for their own inspections.Mayor Naheed Nenshi was furious when the derailment happened and questioned whether the company had laid off any of its bridge inspectors. The railway later apologized.James Carmichael, a Transportation Safety Board investigator, said at the time that CP would be asked about its protocol for inspecting bridges, tracks, rail cars and locomotives after floods.He said the agency would find out what happened and why in an effort to prevent similar accidents.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
UN chief disappointed as Member States unable to reach agreement on nuclearUN chief disappointed as Member States unable to reach agreement on nuclear
In a statement issued earlier today regarding the conclusion of the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the UN spokesperson said the Secretary-General particularly regretted that States parties were “unable to narrow their differences on the future of nuclear disarmament or to arrive at a new collective vision on how to achieve a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.”“The Secretary-General appeals to all States to sustain the momentum they have built over the past five years, including new initiatives in the pursuit of nuclear disarmament and continuing efforts to strengthen nuclear non-proliferation,” the statement continued. “With respect to the Middle East, the Secretary-General continues to stand ready to support efforts to promote and sustain the inclusive regional dialogue necessary to achieve this goal.”Mr. Ban has previously lamented a reversal in progress towards new arms reduction agreements following “allegations of destabilizing violations of existing agreements.” In addition, he has warned that the international tide of nuclear abolition – so strong in 2010 – has, in fact, ebbed leading to mounting tensions between nuclear-armed States and a return to Cold War mind sets. In today’s statement, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson added that Mr. Ban hoped that the growing awareness of “the devastating humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons continues to compel urgent actions for effective measures leading to the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.”
Adele got ordained so she could serve as minister at Alan CarrsAdele got ordained so she could serve as minister at Alan Carrs
Alan Carr, right, and his husband Paul DraytonCredit:David M. Benett/Getty Images Europe He told hosts Emma Willis and Rylan Clark-Neal: “She got ordained and she married us. She is the kindest and most sweetest.”She flew us to Vegas to see Celine Dion sing. She (Adele) sang my first dance. It was the best day of my life.”Carr revealed that his and Mr Drayton’s wedding took place in Adele’s back garden in Los Angeles. Adele secretly got ordained so she could serve as the minister at comedian Alan Carr’s wedding, she revealed today.The singer said “the cat’s out the bag” as she confirmed she married TV host Carr and his long-term partner Paul Drayton.She posted a photograph of herself on Instagram, writing: “Seeing as the cats out the bag. I married two of my best friends in January.”You know me any excuse to dress up… @chattyman #LoveisLove.”In the picture, Adele wears a long white dress and cape while standing in front of a wall of flowers.Comedian Carr told ITV’s This Morning that Adele had not only gone to the trouble of organising his wedding, but that she played a very special part in the ceremony. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Thames Beluga whale could be ferried back to Arctic in Free WillyThames Beluga whale could be ferried back to Arctic in Free Willy
“Maybe it’ll be OK over winter, but when it comes into next summer and if there’s yet another heatwave, that will not be great for this animal. The water temperature is too warm. To come into the Thames is really rather odd and of course there are concerns about pollution and whether it would pick up a disease.”Moving Benny would entail a carefully coordinated operation along the lines of that deployed to fly Keiko to Iceland after he began developing a string of ailments at his Oregon Coast Aquarium home.Dr Parsons said: “The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society are working on Beluga conservation in Iceland. It could go where the Free Willy whale was for its conservation. “You tend to do it in interim stages; you take it into one of these sea life centres and rehabilitate it for a while, give it antibiotics and ship it by plane.”With Beluga whales they sometimes beach themselves so they can actually cope with being in shallow water and being moved around [on a plane]. Other species get very very stressed very very quickly.”The first step would be to lower a giant sling to pick up Benny from the water, before transferring it into a water tank and, after a period of rehabilitation at a British aquarium, load it onto a freight transporter plane for the flight north. Keiko gained fame in 1993 for his role in the film ‘Free Willy’Credit:Hulton Archive At the Icelandic sanctuary benny would probably be joined by two other Beluga whales which were rescued from captivity in China. A dramatic three stage removal operation could theoretically be mounted to rescue the Beluga whale which has found itself splashing about in the mouth of the river Thames.Animal welfare experts could use the same methods deployed to lift and fly Keiko – the whale which starred in the film Free Willy – to a safe sanctuary in 1993.But for the moment Benny the Beluga will be allowed to remain in the Thames unhindered, unless it begins to show signs of ill health or distress.With the waters of the Thames and North Sea cooling with the onset of winter scientists believe the whale will be happy where it is until spring.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Then, if necessary they could lift it in a giant ‘wet sling’, before transferring the creature to a tank and flying it 1,148 miles to a sea sanctuary off Iceland.Here Benny could be rehomed in a 32,000 square-metre sea pen in Klettsvik Bay, in an operation that would recall the one mounted when Keiko, a 10,000-pound killer whale, was flown from an aquarium in Newport, Oregon, to a tiny coastal Icelandic island. The Beluga whale in the Thames near Gravesend, KentCredit:PA While Benny has been happily feeding in the Thames for a week and a half, there are worries about the danger it faces from pollution, plastics and boats.It is likely the whale is unhappy without any other members of its species, as they are highly social animals. In the whale sanctuary, the Bluga would have companions to play with.These creatures, nicknamed the ‘canaries of the sea’, are known for their lively behavior, and are often seen throwing sticks to each other and communicating in clicks and whistles. Marine biologist Dr Chris Parsons told The Sunday Telegraph: “In the long term if this animal starts failing, what they could do is move him or her to an interim facility in one of the Sea Life centres in the museum, then move it to the Beluga whale sanctuary. British Divers Marine Life Rescue, the team charged with taking care of Benny, denied such plan was currently in the works, adding that at present they were still monitoring the whale and hoping it swims out to the North Sea, and finds its way home.A spokesperson said they were assessing options for the whale, but were wary of lifting it in straps, which could be stressful, or letting it fall into captivity.If the animal strands, it will be assessed by a vet using information from Canadian specialists with beluga experience, to determine the best outcome. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Samsung working on a dualscreen clamshell Galaxy TabSamsung working on a dualscreen clamshell Galaxy Tab
If you based your opinion only on what you’ve been reading on tech blogs lately, you might think that Samsung isn’t working on anything besides the Galaxy S3 right now. That’s not true, of course. As it turns out, they may even be working on yet another Galaxy Tab — this time a folding model with dual screens.Samsung already offers 5, 7, 8.9, and 10-inch tablets. The design patented here feature dual 7-inch screens, and judging from the width of the bezels it would probably look a bit like two Kindle Fires or BlackBerry PlayBooks laying atop each other (though you’d assume slightly thinner, based on Samsung’s current offerings). A remote — either for presentations or media control — is also shown in the drawings, and it tucks below the hinge assembly when it’s time to fold up and hit the road.You’ve got to wonder… is Samsung really going to take a stab at a dual-screen clamshell Tab? Competitors’ attempts like the Sony Tablet P and Kyocera Echo haven’t exactly been warmly received by the public, but maybe that’s because their implementations weren’t quite what consumers were looking for.I don’t think it’s safe to assume — as Forbes does — that Samsung would intend for a device like this to be a “productivity workhorse.” Yes, you could pack a full-screen app on one 7-inch display and a nice, large on-screen keyboard on the other. While that might make it slightly better for pounding out a three or four-page document than a standard tablet, it’s still not a design that corporate types are going to really lean on when they need to get things done.Until flexible displays are ready for us, a clamshell tablet does offer a nice blend of portability and screen size. If Samsung could get the software experience right, there’s no reason a Galaxy Tab with dual screens couldn’t be a success — as long as the price is right, of course.More at ForbesSamsung Galaxy Tab %displayPrice% at %seller%
Londons La Linea Latin Music Festival Announces Lineup Feat Carla Morrison CelsoLondons La Linea Latin Music Festival Announces Lineup Feat Carla Morrison Celso
La Linea has become an attraction for Latin music lovers since its inception in 2001Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 21, 2019 – 4:33 pm La Linea, London’s 10-day Latin music festival featuring an array of emerging artists, has announced its 2019 lineup that will bring artist from genres including cumbia, alternative Latino and more to venues all over the city. The festival will kick off with Cuban artist and trumpet player Yelfris Valdes on April 25. Other dates will feature modern cumbia music-makers La Yegros (April 26) and Latin GRAMMY-nominated accordion legend Celso Piña on April 28. The festival will close out with GRAMMY-nominated alt. Latino songstress Carla Morrison on May 5. News London’s 2019 La Linea Latin Music Lineup Revealed londons-la-linea-latin-music-festival-announces-lineup-feat-carla-morrison-celso-pina La Linea has become an attraction for Latin music lovers since its inception in 2001. Its mission is to showcase the best of Latin America’s new music talent through performances across London venues and a one-day music conference called the London Latin Music Conference, this year on May 3. The fest boasts the U.K. debut of several artists, including GRAMMY-nominated Mexican electro-rock band Kinky. Full lineup and ticket information are available on the La Linea website. Read more Email Twitter Facebook London’s La Linea Latin Music Festival Announces Lineup Feat. Carla Morrison, Celso Pina & More
SAVE THE DATE Wilmington Methodist Churchs Annual Harvest Holly Fair Set ForSAVE THE DATE Wilmington Methodist Churchs Annual Harvest Holly Fair Set For
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street) is holding its Annual Harvest & Holly Fair on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 9am to 2pm.The event will include: Locally Made Crafts; Cookie Walk; Vintage Jewelry; Silent Auction Items; Pre-Loved Books & Puzzles; Curated Attic Treasures and Homemade Jams, Jellies, Fudge & Delicious Desserts.Starting at 11am, enjoy a luncheon featuring Homemade Soups, Chili, Mac & Cheese, and Meatball Subs. Eat at the event or take it go!And don’t forget to stop by the PUMPKIN PATCH on the church’s front lawn for the best pumpkins and gourds in town!Admission and parking is FREE. Handicapped accessible.The event is sponsored by the Wilmington & Tewksbury United Methodist Women. Proceeds will benefit their mission work and youth group missions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 13In “Community”Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 21In “Community”Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 29In “Community”
AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes given OCI status what this means for theAirAsia chief Tony Fernandes given OCI status what this means for the
Tony Fernandes, the founder of Air Asia, has acquired Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI). This gives the Malaysian citizen a status on par with NRIs in accessing financial and economic benefits, multiple entries into India and multi-purpose visa, aside from accruing financial and economic benefits enjoyed by the latter.”I am also delighted to share that I have been granted the Overseas Citizenship of India status. India has always been close to my heart as my father was from this country and Goa is my ancestral homeland,” Fernandes said in a statement, according to the Economic Times. The AirAsia founder has applied for OCI in March this year. He also explained that AirAsia was committed towards its India operations. “Since then there has been no looking back and AirAsia’s commitment to India has only kept growing stronger. We are here with a vision to revolutionise air travel in India and it is also our long term goal to link India to ASEAN and beyond,” he said, according to IANS. Fernandes earlier made news when he favoured scrapping the 5/20 rule that states airlines can fly abroad only if they have been in business for 5 years and have at least 20 aircraft in the company’s fleet. This rule is supported by the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) comprising Jet Airways, Air India, IndiGo, Spice Jet and Go Air, the companies who had earlier complied by the rule to qualify for the privilege.Who is Tony Fernandes Born in Kuala Lumpur to an Indian father and Kristang mother, Tony Fernandes was in the music business. “When the music business failed to embrace the internet, I thought it was game, set and match for the industry and I quit,” Fernandes told BBC in an interview in 2010.He then went on to buy AirAsia â€“ the heavily indebted subsidiary of Malaysian government-owned company DRB-Hicom â€“ in September 2001 at just 25 pence. He reformed the airline as a short-haul low-cost carrier and went on to build it into a well-known brand. AirAsia now has 82 aircrafts flying to 68 destinations. Fernandes was named “Businessman of the Year” by Forbes in 2010.
The owner and a caretaker of a cattle farm were found dead at the farm in Ramgopalpur area in Sadar upazila on Monday noon, reports news agency UNB.The deceased were identified as Mozaffar Hossian, 55, owner of the farm, and Siddik, 30, a caretaker.Locals found two bodies floating in a pond of the farm this noon and informed police, said Kotwali model police station officer in-charge Kamrul Islam.Later, a team of police rushed in and recovered the bodies, with their hands and legs tied up.A gang of thieves stole 10 cows from the farm on Sunday night, the OC said, adding that after being obstructed, the thieves tied up hands and feet of the duo and threw into the farm’s pond, prompting them to drown.Police, meanwhile, detained a man – Taher – in this connection.
Louisville Names Leadership Committee for Upcoming SeasonLouisville Names Leadership Committee for Upcoming Season
According to Copeland, the committee members will have three main initiatives, with 25 percent of their time going toward helping the coaches more effectively train the rowers, 25 percent dedicating to fostering communication between players and coaches, and 50 percent helping lead the program to new heights in the spring season. The committee will meet consistently with coaches, creating a team itinerary and reporting on the pulse and trajectory of the team. Violette Legrand (Sophomore – Paris, France)”I feel very grateful to be viewed as a girl that has a good attitude and brings a good balance for the team. My position is a little bit different than the others, and this is why it makes it even more interesting. I definitively think that a leadership committee is a very good idea to push everybody in a good dynamic and make an impact on the team. This group is helping to have better communication between us, the athletes, and the coaching staff.” Madison Meister (Sophomore – Kailua, Hawaii)”There were tons of girls who received votes to be on the leadership committee, which speaks volumes about the culture of our team, so I feel very thankful to be a part of it. I’m excited to be a part of this group of girls and work with the coaches and my teammates to help grow our team. I think this committee is going to be super helpful in helping grow our young team achieve the goals that we’ve set.” Abigail Davies (Junior – Northwich, U.K.)”I felt proud that my teammates view me as someone that is approachable and is able to communicate well with the coaches. There were so many girls that were voted for a position, which is awesome and says volumes about how much we care about our team and our teammates as individuals. I am really excited to be part of the committee and take on a different approach to leadership, focusing more on empowering and growing. I intend to be there to listen and learn from my teammates, feed back necessary information to the coaches, and work with my fellow committee members to help the team grow.” In lieu of the traditional captain system, team members selected five student-athletes for the committee: senior Perie Howard, junior Abigail Davies, sophomores Violette Legrand and Madison Meister, and freshman McKenzie Sweeney. The rowers were chosen for being approachable, receptive, and confident with communication between members of the team and coaches. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With the opening of the spring season in just a week, University of Louisville rowing has named its leadership committee for the 2019 campaign. LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBERSPerie Howard (Senior – Lewisburg, Pa.)”I am honored that I was selected to represent such an outstanding group of girls with so many strengths. My hope is I will be able to use this opportunity to help ensure that my teammates are in the best possible position to use those strengths. May that be in the classroom, community, or on the water – we will shock collegiate rowing.” Story Links “I’m very excited about a couple people. Many people got multiple votes for these positions because they demonstrate open communication among the team and have emerged as leaders,” said head coach Derek Copeland. “From the first meeting, it was clear these five selected will do a great job helping the team realize a vision.” Louisville will open its spring competitive season next weekend as it hosts the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational on March 16-17 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Print Friendly Version McKenzie Sweeney (Freshman – Orlando, Fla.)”I am extremely appreciative for this leadership position that my teammates nominated me for. There were several girls who were more than qualified to fill this role, and I am honored to be recognized as one of them. Coming in as a freshman and seeing how strong and amazing these girls are only pushes me to be a better version of myself in order to successfully lead our team.”
The Navy discharged this trans sailor because women are not allowed toThe Navy discharged this trans sailor because women are not allowed to
Before starring in Pose, Angelica Ross was kicked out of the Navy45 senators urge block of Trump’s trans military banIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-sailor-discharged-navy-women-not-allowed-serve/ Sabbie was discharged from the Indian Navy after she transitioned. Photo: Supplied/Gaylaxy eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… ‘They were confused and were planning to initially discharge me from service on medical grounds by pointing that I was suffering from depression or some other mental illness and was not fit for service.’Sabbie was kept in the men’s section of the psychiatric ward under heavy, round-the-clock guard until she underwent psychological evaluation in Kolkata.The doctors agreed she had gender dysphoria but was fit to return to duties. She was discharged from the hospital and went back to work in April this year.The decision to discharge Sabbie from the Navy has upset her greatly, as she hoped to build a naval career.‘I was selected based on my talent in the Navy, but I am being discharged due to my gender. Where will I go?’ she said.Women and the militaryThe Indian Armed Forces allowed women to take up combat roles last year in a five year trial. Women are now allowed to serve as short service commission officers and fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force.Tamil Nadu in the country’s south east, became the first state to accept trans women as cadets in the Home Guard. In 2014, six hijras became the first to join as paramilitary officers in a government initiative to intergrated LGBTI people into the mainstream.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Sabbie joined the Marine Engineering Department of the Indian Navy in 2010 and transitioned after a few years of service.She took leave in 2016 to undergo gender affirming surgery and returned to work only 15 days later.An unnamed source told India Today that Navy officials recommended Sabbie’s discharge from the Navy. Until her discharge she will be performing lighter duties because women are not allowed to complete seafaring duties.‘We have recommended her discharge from service and proceedings in this regard have been initiated and she would quit soon,’ the source said.Sabbie’s storyBut Sabbie claimed the Navy’s treatment of her after her transition was not pleasant.Not long after she returned to work she contracted a urinary tract infection. It was after having treatment for the UTI that doctors discovered she had transitioned.‘I was kept in the psychiatric ward for six months as they did not know how to handle to case,’ she told Gaylaxy. An Indian sailor was discharged from the Navy after she transitioned, because women are not allowed to serve in the armed forces below an officer grade.
World leaders express outrage over attack on Paris publicationWorld leaders express outrage over attack on Paris publication
OSLO — World leaders expressed outrage over the attack on a French magazine office in Paris which killed at least 12 people, with several countries calling emergency meetings of anti-terrorism officials to review security.Witnesses said that two hooded people entered the offices of the weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, shooting at random and at least one shouting “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great” in Arabic.“I strongly condemn the horrific shooting,” U.S. President Barack Obama said in White House statement. “France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world.”The last major terrorist attacks in France were a series of bombings between July and October 1995, including the Saint Michel metro station in the heart of Paris. Eight were killed and about 200 were injured in the attacks that were blamed on an Algerian rebel group.Obama said the United States is in touch with French officials and “I have directed my administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.”The U.S. embassy in Paris put a profile picture on its Twitter feed with the words “I am Charlie” in French.“Today’s murders are part of a larger confrontation, not between civilizations, no, but between civilization itself and those who are opposed to a civilized world,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Washington.In Costa Rica, President Luis Guillermo Solís released a statement saying, “I emphatically condemn the terrorist attack that this morning caused 12 deaths in Paris. This act is inexcusable, unjustifiable and should be absolutely rejected. I send my condolences to the French people.”In a statement on Facebook, Solís added that, “Freedom of expression is an inalienable human right. Nothing justifies that it be limited, much less that terror is spread to circumvent [that right].” A combination of file photos made on Jan. 7, 2015 shows, from left, French cartoonist of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo Georges Wolinski posing in Paris on Nov. 15, 2006; French cartoonist Jean Cabut, aka Cabu, posing in Paris on Oct. 12, 2012; French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s publisher, known only as Charb, posing in Paris on Dec. 27, 2012; and French cartoonist Tignous posing in Cannes on May 17, 2008. AFP/Guillaume Baptiste/Bertrand Guay/Francois GuillotUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the attack a “horrendous, unjustifiable and cold-blooded crime.”“It was also a direct assault on the cornerstone of democracy, on the media and freedom of expression,” Ban said. “This horrific attack is meant to divide. We must not fall into that trap.”Prime Minister David Cameron told lawmakers Britain condemns the “barbaric” attack and that “this country stands united with the French people in its opposition to all forms of terrorism.”“We must never allow the values that we hold dear, of democracy, of freedom of speech to be damaged by these terrorists,” Cameron said Wednesday in London after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.There’s no change to Britain’s terror threat assessment, Cameron’s spokesman, Jean-Christophe Gray, told reporters in London. “As well as security permanently being under review, if there are any particular lessons that can be learned, they will be,” he said.Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the “cynical crime,” and said his country remains ready to continue active cooperation in combating the threat of terrorism, according to an emailed statement from the Kremlin.Russia believes no single country can effectively fight terrorism and such efforts require a deeper international strategic partnership, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told Interfax.Merkel said “this heinous act is not only an attack on the life of French citizens and the internal security of France.”“It also represents an attack on freedom of opinion and freedom of the press, a core element of our liberal democratic culture, that is completely unjustifiable,” Merkel said. French soldiers patrol in front of the Eiffel Tower on Jan. 7, 2015 in Paris as the capital was placed under the highest alert status after heavily armed gunmen shouting Islamist slogans stormed French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and shot dead at least 12 people. Joel Saget/AFPGerman Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere offered to assist France and said there’s “no concrete evidence” of plans for similar terrorist attacks in Germany. “The situation is serious, there is reason for concern and for caution, but not for panic,” he told reporters in Berlin.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the “despicable” attack in Paris on Twitter. “Our solidarity with people of France,” he wrote.Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said the world must close ranks in the fight against terrorism.“We must not allow terror and terrorists to terrorize the free world,” Liberman said in a text message. “The Western world must stand united and firm against this danger.”“My firm condemnation of the terrorist attack in Paris and my condolences and solidarity with the French people for the victims. Spain with France,” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy commented on Twitter.Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz was scheduled to meet heads of police, the civil guard and intelligence agencies, the government said in an emailed statement. Fernández Díaz will hold a press conference at about 7:30 p.m. local time Wednesday.Italy convened its anti-terror committee to meet Wednesday, the Ansa news agency reported. The committee will examine the terrorist threat in light of the Paris attack, Ansa said.Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said “I interpret this as an attack on Europe’s fundamental values — democracy and freedom of speech.” She spoke at a news conference in Warsaw.Leaders in the Nordic region, home in recent years to the controversy over Muhammad cartoons and the 2011 massacre of 77 people by right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, condemned the shootings.Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg called the act “tragic and cowardly” and her Danish counterpart, Helle Thorning Schmidt, said defenseless and innocent people have become victims in an attack on “freedom of expression.”Finnish Premier Alexander Stubb said “freedom of expression and a free press are integral elements of European values,” while Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstroem said that freedom of the press and expression must be “defended in all possible ways” after this “horrific” attack.Contributors: Jeanette Rodrigues in New Delhi, Christian Wienberg in Copenhagen, Macarena Munoz and Esteban Duarte in Madrid, Lenka Ponikelska in Prague, Kevin Costelloe in Rome, Elizabeth Wasserman in Washington, Stephanie Bodoni in Luxembourg, Konrad Krasuski in Warsaw, Rainer Buergin in Berlin, Svenja O’Donnell and Thomas Penny in London and Sangwon Yoon in United Nations.© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:In the wake of attack on Paris newspaper, extremists take to Twitter to celebrate Publication attacked in Paris has history of bold satire Blood, bodies, bullets turn heart of France into war zone Costa Rica’s President Solís signs condolence book for Charlie Hebdo victims
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