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Unity call as Pope Francis holds historic talks with Russian Orthodox Patriarch



   
   

       


   

                                                                                                   

               
                Pope Francis (left) and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill exchange a joint declaration on religious unity at the Jose Marti International airport in Havana, Cuba (12 February 2016)Image copyright
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Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill have called for restored Christian unity between the two churches at historic talks in Cuba.

The meeting was the first between a Pope and a Russian Church head since the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity split in the 11th Century.

In a joint declaration, they also urged the world to protect Christians from persecution in the Middle East.

The Pope has now arrived in Mexico for a five-day visit.

A crowd of 300,000 braved the cold in Mexico City to welcome him to the country which has the world's second largest Catholic population.

The Pope was greeted at the airport by President Enrique Pena Nieto.

'Churches ravaged'

The two-hour talks on Friday between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill were held at Havana airport.

Patriarch Kirill goes on to Brazil and Paraguay.

                                                                                                   

The pair embraced and kissed each other at the start of their talks.


           

   
Media captionPope Francis was given a sombrero as a gift.

"I'm happy to greet you, dear brother," the Russian Church leader said.

"Finally," the pontiff said.

At a news conference after the meeting, Kirill said the discussions were "open" and "brotherly", while Francis described them as "very sincere".

"We hope our meeting contributes to the re-establishment of this unity  wished for by God," their joint declaration said.

The document called on the world community to defend Christians, saying that "in many countries of the Middle East and North Africa whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated."

"Their churches are being barbarously ravaged and looted, their sacred objects profaned, their monuments destroyed."


At the scene: BBC's Oleg Boldyrev

In the swirl of Vatican officials and security dressed in black, Pope Francis was a lone figure in white on the heated tarmac of Havana airport as he arrived to do his part in healing one of the longest religious disputes.

Russian Patriarch Kirill had arrived shortly before. The venue was a compromise - it would be impossible to have the first such meeting in the Vatican or Moscow, and Catholic Cuba is still in the Russian sphere of influence.

Back home the Patriarch has to overcome the anger of conservatives who still consider Catholicism a deviation from true Christianity. Clearly, this is a criticism he feels safe to ignore now.

Minutes later, the Pope and the black-robed Patriarch were holding each other by the shoulders and smiling warmly. Then the leaders of Catholics and Russian Orthodox Christians sat down. It was almost business as usual.


In purely symbolic terms, this is an extraordinary moment, but it is perhaps even more significant in terms of Church diplomacy, the BBC's Will Grant in Havana says.

Patriarch Kirill has been the head of the Russian Orthodox Church since February 2009, while Pope Francis took up his role in March 2013.

The Roman Catholic Church has more than a billion members worldwide, while the Russian Orthodox Church numbers about 165 million.   

The Russian Church is the largest and most powerful in the Orthodox faith, which is made up of a number of separate churches.

The encounter in Havana is not expected to lead to any immediate rapprochement between the Eastern and Western Churches.

Ahead of the meeting, the foreign policy chief of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Illarion, said there were still differences between the two churches, in particular on western Ukraine.

One particular issue is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which follows eastern church rites but answers to the Holy See.

The Russian Orthodox Church has considered western Ukraine its traditional territory, resenting papal influence there.



               
               
               

               
               
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Uneasy relations

Key dates:


  • 1054 - Mutual excommunications by Western Church leader in Rome, Pope Leo IX, and Eastern Church leader in Constantinople, Patriarch Cerularius, lead to Great Schism


  • 1274 and 1439 - Attempts to re-unite the two Churches at Councils of Lyon and Florence fail


  • 1997 - Planned meeting between Pope John Paul II and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II cancelled

Why Cuba?

  • Reportedly chosen because it is far from Rome, Istanbul and Moscow with all their historical baggage of schism

  • Two leaders can focus on main issue: how to protect Christians - both Catholic and Orthodox - in Middle East and North Africa from persecution

Thorny issue

  • Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in western Ukraine, which follows Eastern Church rites but answers to Vatican

  • Russian Orthodox Church sees western Ukraine as its traditional territory, resenting papal influence



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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2016, 07:04:02 PM »
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Baftas 2016: British stars hope to shine



   
   

       


   

                                                                                                   

               
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                    British hopefuls (l-r): Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Dame Maggie Smith and Eddie Redmayne
               

           

Idris Elba, Eddie Redmayne, Dame Maggie Smith and Kate Winslet are among the British stars hoping to win a Bafta later.

Other stars expected on the red carpet include Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Alicia Vikander.

Blanchett's romance Carol and Steven Spielberg's drama Bridge of Spies lead the nominations with nine each.

The ceremony at London's Royal Opera House will be hosted by Stephen Fry. 

Carol and Bridge of Spies are both nominated for best film, alongside financial crash comedy The Big Short, DiCaprio's wilderness epic The Revenant and Spotlight, which tells the true story about a newspaper investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church.

According to bookies, it is one of the closest contests in recent history with Spotlight the favourite, closely followed by The Revenant and The Big Short.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Saoirse Ronan is nominated for her role in Brooklyn, a love story based on a novel by Colm Toibin
               

           

Six films compete for the title of outstanding British film. They include The Danish Girl, in which Redmayne plays transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, and Brooklyn, in which Saoirse Ronan plays a young Irish woman who emigrates to New York.

Amy Winehouse documentary Amy is also on the shortlist, as are marital drama 45 Years, sci-fi thriller Ex Machina - in which Vikander plays a humanoid robot - and surreal comedy drama The Lobster.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Eddie Redmayne is nominated for playing transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    Brie Larson is hotly tipped to win best actress for her role as a kidnapped mother in Room
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    Dame Maggie Smith is also up for best actress for The Lady in the Van
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    Mark Rylance plays British-born Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Bridge of Spies
               

           

Redmayne is aiming for a Bafta double with his leading actor nod for The Danish Girl, a year after winning the same award last year for his role as Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

He faces competition from Bryan Cranston for Trumbo, Matt Damon for The Martian, DiCaprio for The Revenant and Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs.

Alongside Blanchett and Dame Maggie on the leading actress list are Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn, Brie Larson for Room and Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl.

Vikander has a second nomination in the supporting actress category for Ex Machina. In the same category are Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight, Rooney Mara for Carol, and British stars Julie Walters for Brooklyn and Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs.

Three Brits are in the best supporting actor category - Christian Bale for The Big Short, Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation and Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies.

Completing the field are Benicio del Toro for Sicario and Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight. 


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

Most nominated films:

  • 9 - Bridge of Spies

  • 9 - Carol

  • 8 - The Revenant

  • 7 - Mad Max: Fury Road

  • 6 - Brooklyn

  • 6 - The Martian

  • 5 - The Big Short

  • 5 - The Danish Girl

  • 5 - Ex Machina

  • 4 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

The Bafta ceremony takes place two weeks before the Oscars which has faced a backlash over its all-white lists of nominees.

Several top industry figures - including Will Smith and Spike Lee - have said they will not attend the ceremony in Hollywood on 28 February after no black or minority actors were nominated in the four Oscars acting categories for the second year running.

The Baftas are often an indicator of Oscar success. Last year all of the Bafta acting winners - Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette - went on to win the equivalent Oscars. 

But it was a different story in the best film category where the Bafta went to Boyhood, while Birdman took the Oscar for best picture.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Sir Sidney Poitier is unable to attend the ceremony to receive his Bafta Fellowship
               

           

As previously announced,  Sir Sidney Poitier is to be honoured with the Bafta Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to film.  However, Sir Sidney is unable to attend the ceremony in person due to health reasons.

Angels Costumes, the world's longest-established costume house, now in its 175th year, is to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award.

The Bafta ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD at 21:00 GMT.

All of the Bafta action will be covered on a BBC News live page starting at 17:00.

The BBC News Channel will have a red carpet special at 17:15 and a results special at 21:15.

BBC Three will have a special red carpet show, hosted by Angela Scanlon, at 20:30.


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

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Turkey denies troops entered Syria
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2016, 07:02:52 PM »
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Turkey denies troops entered Syria and 'has no plans to deploy'



   
   

       
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                    Turkey's defence minister says there is "no thought of Turkish soldiers entering Syria"
               

           

Turkey has denied reports that some of its soldiers have entered Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency says.

Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz also told a parliamentary commission it was not considering deploying troops there.

In letters of complaint to the UN, Syria had earlier accused Turkey of allowing about 100 "Turkish soldiers or mercenaries" - to cross into Syria.

It urged the UN to take action against Turkish shelling in northern Syria, calling it a violation of sovereignty.

Turkey had shelled Kurdish forces over the weekend as they advanced in northern Aleppo province.

The Kurds have been capturing areas from Syrian rebel forces who are also fighting President Bashar al-Assad.

Ankara views the Kurdish militia in Syria as allied to the outlawed PKK, which has carried out a decades-long campaign for autonomy in Turkey.

Syria: The story of the conflict

                                                                                                   

Turkey v Islamic State v the Kurds: What's going on?

Separately, the Turkish armed forces said one of its soldier was killed on Sunday evening in a border clash with a group seeking to enter Turkey illegally, Reuters reported.

Medecins Sans Frontieres also reported on Monday that a hospital it supported in the town of Marat al-Numan, in northern Idlib province, had been destroyed in morning air strikes.

UN letters

On Monday, Mr Yilmaz said reports of Turkish troops inside Syria were "not true", Anadolu reported.


           

   
Media captionThe horrifying statistics that define Syria

Mr Yilmaz added: "There is no thought of Turkish soldiers entering Syria."

In his comments to the parliamentary commission, Mr Yilmaz also denied that Saudi Arabian aircraft had arrived in Turkey to help with operations against so-called Islamic State (IS), but said a decision had been taken for Saudi Arabia to send four F-16s.

The Syrian government had earlier said in letters to the UN Secretary General and the Security Council's chairman that Turkey had allowed about 100 gunmen - believed to be either "Turkish soldiers or Turkish mercenaries" - to cross into Syria.

Syria believes the gunmen are trying to supply insurgents fighting in Damascus.

The letters to the UN said that "Turkish artillery shelling of Syrian territory constitutes direct support to the armed terrorist organisations".

"[Syria] will maintain its legitimate right to respond to the Turkish crimes and attacks and to claim compensation for the damage caused," they said.

The United States and others back the Kurdish militia in Syria, the YPG, in its fight against so-called Islamic State.

The YPG has rejected Turkey's demand to leave areas it has seized, saying Islamists would return if it left.

The BBC's Mark Lowen in Istanbul says Turkey's action against the Kurds has opened a new front in Syria - the stage for several proxy wars already.

Last Thursday in Munich, world leaders pledged to work towards a cessation of hostilities in Syria within a week,

But Russia argues that the "cessation" does not apply to its air strikes, which have tilted the balance of the war in favour of the Syrian government.

Russia has been carrying out air strikes since September in support of Mr Assad and against what it terms "terrorists".

Almost five years of civil war in Syria have led to the deaths of more than 250,000 people. More than 11 million people have been displaced.


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
       

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Wars and rumors of wars.

I was quite troubled at the launching of the rocket by North Korea.

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India school mauling leopard escapes
« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2016, 07:00:30 PM »
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Indian leopard that mauled six at Bangalore school escapes



   
   

       
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Media captionLeopard wreaks havoc in school in India

A male leopard that mauled six people at a school in India before it was captured has escaped its enclosure, officials said.

The eight-year-old leopard strayed into a closed school in Bangalore on 7 February, injuring several people before being tranquilised.

It was taken to Bannerghatta National Park for medical treatment but on Sunday broke out of its cage.

But officials said there was no cause for public alarm.


               
               
               

               
               
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"It is a myth that a leopard can turn into a man-eater. It's a very remote exception to the rule. On this count, there is no need for worry," Ravi Ralph, chief wildlife warden in the south Indian state of Karnataka, told BBC Hindi's Imran Qureshi.

However, as a precautionary measure, forest officials have started visiting villages located along the periphery of the park to advise people not to panic.

Officials said the leopard escaped when attendants opened the cage to feed it, possibly when the cage door was not properly shut.

"They say that it could have got out through a gap in the railing. There is a lot of incongruity in the statements made by the staff there. So, we have ordered an inquiry. We should know the details in the next two or three days," Mr Ralph said.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Park officials have been investigating tracks to see where the leopard might have got to
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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The escape came one week after the leopard broke into the school in the Kundalahalli area.

A scientist and a forestry employee were among those mauled as it was cornered close to a swimming pool.

It took forest and police officials 12 hours to capture the animal.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    The leopard was spotted strolling inside the school premises on Sunday last week
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    A scientist and a forest employee were among those who were mauled by the animal
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    Forest officials and local police launched an operation to capture the animal
               

           

               
               
               

               
               
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                    The leopard was eventually tranquillised and moved to the park
               

           

A recent wildlife census estimates that India has a leopard population of between 12,000 and 14,000.

Leopards and other big cats have been known to stray into populated areas, and conservationists have warned that such confrontations may increase as humans encroach on animal habitats.


                                                                                               

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« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2016, 07:01:00 PM »
Apple rejects order to unlock killer's phone

Apple rejects order to unlock gunman's phone



   
   

       
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                    Tim Cook said the FBI's request set "a dangerous precedent"
               

           

Apple will contest a court order to help FBI investigators access data on the phone belonging to San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.

The company had been ordered to help the FBI circumvent security software on Farook's iPhone, which the FBI said contained crucial information.

In a statement, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said: "The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers."

"We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand."


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Apple says it cannot unlock data on devices running iOS8 or newer
               

           

Since September 2014, data on the latest Apple devices - such as text messages and photographs - have been encrypted by default.

If a device is locked, only the user's passcode can be used to access the data. If 10 incorrect attempts at the code are made the device will automatically erase all of its data.

Apple says even its own staff cannot access the data - a move the company made following the Edward Snowden revelations into government surveillance.


           

   
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The FBI has asked Apple to do two things.

                                                                                                   

Firstly, it wants the company to alter Farook's iPhone so that investigators can make unlimited attempts at the passcode without the risk of erasing the data.

Secondly, it wants Apple to help implement a way to rapidly try different passcode combinations, to save tapping in each one manually.

The FBI wants to use what is known as a "brute force" attack, trying out every combination until stumbling across the correct one and unlocking the phone.

Farook is understood to have used a four-digit passcode which means there are 10,000 possible combiations.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in California
               

           

Apple said the FBI's demands set "a dangerous precedent".

"The FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation," wrote Mr Cook.

"The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers.

"Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the US government."

Farook and his wife killed 14 people in the California city last December before police fatally shot them.

"We have no sympathy for terrorists," said Mr Cook.

"We are challenging the FBI's demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country."


                                                                                               

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« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2016, 09:57:19 PM »
Yet again the 'tolerant liberal' defend criminals against law abiding people. The only good thing is one knows that those who claim to be tolerant liberals are enemies of normal society.

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« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2016, 10:10:24 PM »
Dunno John, seems to me that Apple have looked beyond the hype of the emotional cover story of what the US government are actually wanting here...in light of all that snowden has revealed about the snooping etc...sometimes you have to see the thought to the end, beyond what is masking it.



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Apple said the FBI's demands set "a dangerous precedent".

"The FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation," wrote Mr Cook.

"The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers.

"Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the US government."


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