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US hotel firm strikes historic Cuba deal
« Reply #64 on: March 20, 2016, 07:00:45 PM »

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US hotel firm Starwood strikes historic Cuba deal



   
   

       
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    20 March 2016


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Media captionThe deal comes on the eve of President Obama's visit to Cuba

US hotel company Starwood has become the first American firm to agree a deal with the Cuban authorities since the revolution of 1959.

Starwood will renovate and run three hotels in the Cuban capital, Havana.

A spokesman for the company said they would be making a "multimillion-dollar investment to bring the hotels up to our standards".

The news comes on the eve of President Obama's visit to the island - the first by a US president in almost 90 years.

The BBC's Will Grant, in Havana, says the deal is a welcome reminder of how far things have come between the two nations since they decided to normalise ties.

A new DIY economy in Cuba

With this visit, and such economic steps, the two sides hope the new ties will soon be irreversible, our correspondent adds.

Tourism in Cuba is at an all-time high, including a sharp rise in the number of US visitors, especially since travel restrictions were eased by President Obama.

                                                                                                   

Starwood is currently the target of potentially the biggest takeover of an American company by a Chinese business.

Anbang Insurance, which already owns New York's Waldorf Astoria, has made a $13bn bid for Starwood, trumping an offer by America's Marriott International.

Anbang's founder, chairman and chief executive Wu Xiaohui is married to Zhuo Ran, grand-daughter of Deng Xiaoping, the country's former leader who is credited with engineering China's economic reform.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    There has been a rapid thaw in US-Cuba relations in recent years
               

           

Thaw in US-Cuba relations:

  • US-Cuba relations were frozen since the early 1960s, when the US broke off diplomatic relations and imposed a trade embargo after Cuba's revolution led to communism.
  • The embargo was estimated to cost the US economy $1.2bn a year.
  • US President Barack Obama announced moves to normalise diplomatic and economic ties in December 2014.
  • It followed more than a year of secret talks in Canada and at the Vatican, directly involving Pope Francis.
  • The plans included reviewing the designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, easing a travel ban for US citizens, easing financial restrictions, increasing telecommunications links as well as efforts to lift the trade embargo.
  • The US reopened its embassy in Havana in August 2015, a month after Cuba reopened its embassy in Washington.

           

   
Media captionCuban dissident group prepares for Obama visit


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Five die in Donegal pier 'tragedy'
« Reply #65 on: March 21, 2016, 07:00:39 PM »
Five die in Donegal pier 'tragedy'

Donegal: Five dead after car goes off pier in Buncrana



   
   

       
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                    The Irish Coastguard launched a major search and rescue operation after what it is describing as a "tragedy"
               

           

Five people, including children, have died after a car went off a pier in County Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland.

Police said a man, a woman, two boys and another female, whose age is not yet known, died after the car entered the water at Buncrana on Sunday.

A passer-by helped rescue a baby girl from the car. She is described as being in a stable condition in hospital.

It is understood the people in the car were from Londonderry.

Police are said to be treating the incident as an accident. It is thought the car may have "slipped" into the water at about 19:30 GMT.

'Grab the baby'

One shocked eyewitness, Francis Crawford, told BBC Radio Foyle he felt "helpless".


           

   
Media captionEyewitness Francis Crawford told the BBC he felt "helpless" as he watched the tragedy unfold

"I phoned 999, I explained there was a car in the water and there's a family in it that's going to be sinking," he said.

"A fella came over and I asked him if he could swim, he stripped off to his underwear and headed out and it was great that he did.

                                                                                                   

"He was totally exhausted, I think if he had another five yards to go I don't see how he could have made it. 

"He was shouting 'grab the baby, grab the baby'. He was taken to hospital, he was cut and different things but very heroic and he saved the wee baby's life."

"All the time the car was bobbling about," Mr Crawford said, "and I was hoping against hope that the car would stay up until the people came.

"I was watching the car and the nose of it started to dip and then all of a sudden the whole car just went down nose first and everything stopped. It was harrowing and heart wrenching... feeling hopeless and helpless, nothing you can do."

Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray said questions are now being asked as to whether the car entered the water because of the pier's slippery surface.

"It seems to be the case that the car was trying to manoeuvre and it then started to slip down on algae and it started to go into the water.

"I live very close to the pier, there were close to 100 people there hoping for better news than they got .

"There was a helicopter out on the (River) Swilly, it did a spotlight search and it became clear fairly soon that there wouldn't be survivors."

Buncrana councillor Rena Donaghy called it "a tragedy of enormous magnitude".

"It's hard to take in that just a matter of hours ago, Buncrana was buzzing with people who were down from Derry and beyond to enjoy the lovely weather," she said.

"It was so scenic and happy and now happiness has turned to tragedy."


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Local councillors said the car was carrying six people
               

           

The Irish Coastguard launched a major search and rescue operation after what it described as a "tragedy".

The coastguard helicopter and local fishing boats were involved in the rescue. Police, ambulances and fire brigade also rushed to the scene.

In a statement released on Sunday night, Gardaí (Irish police) said they were investigating the incident.

"A search of the area was carried out and five bodies were recovered from the water, three males, one adult, two children and two females, one adult and the age of the second to be established," police said.

"The five bodies were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where post mortems are to be arranged. 

"A baby girl was rescued from the car, with the assistance of a bystander. The baby is currently in a stable condition at Letterkenny General Hospital."


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
           
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                    Police, ambulances and fire brigade rushed to the scene on Sunday night
               

           

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the devastating tragedy unfolding in Buncrana this evening. 

"Our thoughts and appreciation must also be with the emergency services who have had to deal with this tragic situation."


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
           
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« Reply #66 on: March 22, 2016, 07:00:45 PM »
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Sydney cafe siege: CCTV shows police raid and hostages fleeing



   
   

       
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    22 March 2016


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Media captionCCTV footage shows final moments of Sydney siege

An inquest has watched dramatic video of police raiding Sydney's Lindt Cafe to end a 17-hour siege.

In December 2014, self-styled Islamist Man Monis held 18 people inside the cafe in the central business district.

The CCTV footage shows heavily armed police entering the building's foyer at 2:14 local time on 16 December and setting off a number of flash grenades.

Monis died after he was shot multiple times, but that is not shown in the footage.

A hostage, Katrina Dawson, was also killed in the raid by a ricocheting police bullet.


How the Sydney siege unfolded

  • A gunman enters the cafe early on 15 December 2014 and has a coffee before holding a gun to manager Tori Johnson's head.

  • The gunman is identified as Man Haron Monis, an Iranian self-styled Muslim cleric given asylum in Australia.

  • Monis already faces a string of criminal charges, including sexual assault and being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife.

  • Several hostages manage to escape the cafe which is surrounded by hundreds of armed police.

  • Police commandos storm the cafe in the early hours of 16 December, after Monis shoots Mr Johnson dead.

  • Monis and cafe customer Katrina Dawson die in the police operation.


The raid was triggered when Monis shot the cafe's manager, Tori Johnson, in the back of the head after ordering him on to his hands and knees.

The footage shows the officers filing through a door into the cafe and bringing out hostage Robin Hope.

                                                                                                   

Earlier on Tuesday, the inquest saw CCTV footage of six hostages scrambling out of the cafe as a shot blasted through a nearby wall.

Sophie Callan, counsel assisting the coroner, said it was believed that Monis was trying to shoot the hostages, and not firing a warning shot as previously thought, according to the ABC.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    CCTV shows six hostages escaping from the Lindt Cafe in Sydney during the 2014 siege that left three dead
               

           

It was one of several escapes by hostages during the siege.

The coroner's inquest into the Lindt Cafe siege is entering its concluding stages.


                                                                                               

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'Two brothers' behind Brussels attacks
« Reply #67 on: March 23, 2016, 07:04:13 PM »
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Brussels attacks: 'Two brothers' behind Belgium bombings



   
   

       
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                    CCTV images showed three suspects ahead of the airport bombings
               

           

Two of the men who carried out attacks in Brussels on Tuesday have been named by Belgian media as the brothers Khalid and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui.

The RTBF broadcaster said the pair were known to police. It is believed at least one was among three suspects seen in a CCTV image at Zaventem airport.

Twin explosions at the airport and another at a metro station on Tuesday left about 34 dead and 250 wounded.

Belgium is observing three days of national mourning.

So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind the attacks and warned that more would follow.

A minute's silence for the victims will be held at midday (11:00 GMT).


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RTBF said the brothers were known to police and had criminal records.

The broadcaster said that Khalid el-Bakraoui had used a false name to rent the flat in the Forest area of the Belgian capital where police killed a gunman in a shootout last week.

It was during that raid that police found a fingerprint of Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the Paris terror attacks of 13 November.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    The Interpol entry for Khalid el-Bakraoui
               

           

           

   
Media captionAnna Holligan reports from the Schaerbeek area of Brussels: ''There is still a significant police presence''

           

   
Media captionPeople left the Brussels metro following the blast

He was arrested in a raid in Brussels last Friday and is due to appear before a pre-trial court on Wednesday.

Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure said Khalid el-Bakraoui was being sought for terrorist activities while Ibrahim was reportedly on the run after a sentence for other criminal activity.

It is not known if both of the brothers are in the CCTV image handed out by police of the three men at the airport.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    One Belgian media outlet says the man in the hat and still being sought is Najim Laachraoui
               

           

Some Belgian media say that one of the brothers may have carried out the metro attack.

La Derniere Heure also said that the man wearing the hat in the airport CCTV image is Najim Laachraoui.

Laachraoui was named earlier in the week by police as a wanted accomplice of Abdeslam.

'Black day'

The three men were seen pushing trolleys carrying suspected bombs at Zaventem airport just before the blasts at a check-in hall.


               
               
               

               
               
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                    Zaventem airport remains closed under tight security
               

           

Two were believed to have died in the attack, while the man in the hat is still being sought.

The airport explosions happened in quick succession shortly after 08:00 local time (07:00 GMT), killing about 14 people.

A third bomb was found and destroyed in a controlled detonation.

About an hour later another explosion ripped through a train at the Maelbeek metro station in the Belgian capital, killing about 20 people.

The first of the victims to be named is Peruvian Adelma Tapia Ruiz, 37.

She had been at Zaventem airport with her Belgian husband and twin four-year-old daughters, who were unharmed, her brother told Peruvian radio.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Tuesday was "a day of tragedy, a black day".

The country has raised its terrorism alert to the highest level.




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« Reply #68 on: March 24, 2016, 07:00:40 PM »
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Brussels attacks: Airport suspect still at large

 

24 March 2016 Last updated at 07:58 GMT

 

The man who fled Brussels airport without detonating his explosive device remains on the run and his identity in still unknown.

At least 31 people were killed and 260 injured in explosions at the city's airport and a metro station on Tuesday.

Simon Jones reports.


     
 

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« Reply #69 on: March 25, 2016, 07:05:18 PM »
The man who made Total Football reality

World Cup legends - Cruyff

Johan Cruyff, who has died at the age of 68, was one of football's greatest and most significant figures. The proof lies in two phrases with which he will always be synonymous.

One is "Total Football" - the style epitomised by the Netherlands team, with Cruyff as the centrepiece, who reached the 1974 World Cup final under Rinus Michels before losing to West Germany.

It was a philosophy based on the theory that any outfield player could play in any other position on the pitch with comfort. Under his mentor Michels, Cruyff was the embodiment of the supremely skilled, multi-purpose footballer.

At that same World Cup, he invented a piece of skill that will be his calling card forever.

Watch Johan Cruyff explain how to do his famous 'Cruyff turn' on MOTD Kickabout in February 2014

"The Cruyff turn", when he bamboozled Sweden defender Jan Olsson with a touch of football ballet, allowed him to drag the ball behind his standing leg with the inside of his foot. It combined instinct, quick thinking, athleticism and natural ability. In other words, it was Johan Cruyff.

Cruyff was not simply the talisman for that Dutch team, he was the idol of Amsterdam as the inspiration behind three successive European Cup wins in 1971, 1972 and 1973 - before putting his playing brilliance into practice as a coach to lead Barcelona to their first European Cup in 1992 after winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1989.

The adage that great players do not necessarily make great coaches did not apply to Cruyff.

He has left an indelible mark on the game that will live on in the stylistic approach he brought to Barcelona and is maintained to this way. It will come to the Premier League next season when his prodigy Pep Guardiola takes over at Manchester City.

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The idol of Ajax

Cruyff's mother was a cleaner at Ajax and persuaded the club to take her 12-year-old son into their youth system. It was a day that altered the history of a great club.

In two spells at Ajax, he won the Eredivisie eight times, but it was on the European stage that he was able to establish his name in a global context.

With elegance, grace, skill and a force of personality that made him a player as well as an outspoken, divisive character, he took Ajax to the pinnacle of the European game.

Tributes to a football great
David Beckham on Instagram: My thoughts and love are with the friends and family of not just one of the best footballers in the history of the game but also one of the greatest men and nicest person you could meet ... The game lost a true hero today. Rest In Peace.
Luis Figo on Twitter: My first coach overseas, one of the best I ever had. A very important man in my career. We had a great loss.
Former World Cup-winning Germany captain Lothar Matthaus: Such sad news about Johan Cruyff. A great man, who transformed football. Condolences to his family and friends.

Cruyff, under the tutelage of Michels, helped Ajax thrash Bill Shankly's great Liverpool side 5-1 in a European Cup tie in December 1966, also scoring twice in the 2-2 draw at Anfield in the second leg.

It was those halcyon early 70s days, however, that the man called "Pythagoras in boots" by the British sportswriter David Miller established a reputation that will live on wherever football is played.

Ajax ruled Europe, beating Panathinaikos 2-0 at Wembley in 1971, repeating the feat via two Cruyff goals against Inter Milan in Amsterdam a year later then completing a European Cup treble with 1-0 win over Juventus in Belgrade in 1973.

At the heart of this thing of football beauty was Cruyff, the master of time and space and creator supreme.

Johan Cruyff was named the best player of the 1974 World Cup

He was the greatest among a collection of great players but a man apart on and off the pitch, his famous choice of the number 14 shirt a public symbol of his determination to be different.

After spells in the United States with Los Angeles Aztecs and Levante in Spain, he returned to Ajax and showed the old magic in two more title wins.

Contrary, complex, controversial and self-confident as ever, he reacted to Ajax's failure to offer him a contract by moving to arch-rivals Feyenoord - then winning their first Eredivisie in a decade in 1983-84 as part of a league and cup double.

The love affair with Ajax was rekindled when he took over as coach. His innovative thinking and his ability to connect his ideas to young players came to fruition in the 1987 European Cup Winners' Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Lokomotiv Leipzig in Athens.

Cruyff's side that night had the skills of the young Aron Winter and Dennis Bergkamp alongside the brilliance of Marco van Basten and experience of Arnold Muhren.

The talisman of Total Football

Cruyff's international career reached its zenith in West Germany in 1974, when the Netherlands carried all before them before falling at the final hurdle to lose 2-1 to the hosts in Munich's Olympic Stadium.

In a series of displays that illuminated the tournament, opponents were dismissed with style and panache, including the 1970 winners Brazil who, in an ironic reversal in styles, effectively attempted to kick Cruyff and his colleagues out of the tournament. It was to no avail as Cruyff's athletic, stretching volley helped secure a 2-0 win.

In the final, Cruyff's raking run from the kick-off saw English referee Jack Taylor award a penalty inside the first minute, Johan Neeskens putting the Dutch ahead.

In an act of confidence bordering on arrogance, Cruyff's side appeared to then attempt to humiliate the Germans rather than beat them, a fatal error as the side widely accepted as the best in the 1974 World Cup allowed Helmut Schoen's West Germany to recover and win 2-1.

It was a missed opportunity for Cruyff to claim the greatest prize of all and it would never come again as he shocked the game by announcing his retirement from international football in October 1977.

Various theories abounded as to why he did not wish to play in the World Cup in Argentina the following summer, from fear of kidnapping attempts to disapproval with the military dictatorship in power in that country at the time. How his country needed him as they once again lost to the hosts in the final, 3-1 after extra-time.

He won the Ballon d'Or three times in 1971, 1973 and 1974 and was voted the best player at that year's World Cup - an accolade anyone who witnessed that tournament would accept he fully deserved.

Cruyff's legacy transcends a medal collection. The phrase "Total Football" is written in the sport's lexicon and will have his, and Rinus Michels', names alongside it.

World Cup 1974 - Cruyff inspires Dutch to win over Brazil

Building the Barcelona cathedral

In the summer of 1973, his mission at Ajax complete, he moved to Barcelona and proceeded to establish himself as arguably the most important figure in the history of the club.

The words of Guardiola, now the most celebrated coach in football, can be used to outline Cruyff's influence at the Nou Camp.

Guardiola, who won the Champions League twice with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, said: "Throughout my career I've simply tried to instil what I learned from Johan Cruyff."

And referring to Barcelona, he said: "Johan Cruyff built the cathedral. Our job is to maintain and renovate it."

He began that building process as a player, becoming a hero of Catalonia as they won La Liga for the first time in 14 years at the end of his first season.

It was when he became coach in 1988, however, that Cruyff shaped the Barcelona style maintained today through Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez - and the passing "carousel" characterised in recent years by Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

It was taking shape in 1989 when a side including England great Gary Lineker beat Sampdoria 2-0 in the European Cup Winners' Cup final.

Johan Cruyff Europe's best ever - Lineker

The crowning glory came at Wembley three years later with that first European Cup win. Ronald Koeman's extra-time free-kick at Wembley earned a 1-0 win - again over Sampdoria - for a team built around the talents of Guardiola, Michael Laudrup and Hristo Stoichkov.

In a silver-lined eight-year career as Barcelona coach, Cruyff claimed 11 trophies, including four La Liga titles. This was a visionary who could put his ideas into practice on and off the pitch.

Even in retirement, Cruyff remained a keeper of Barcelona's flame when it came to tradition and playing style - his word often regarded as law.

When people describe football as "The Beautiful Game", Cruyff is one of those who helped create this image.

Johan Cruyff: Trophies as a player and a manager
Playing career:Managerial career:
AjaxEuropean Cup x 3, European Super Cup x 2, Dutch league title x 8, Dutch Cup x 5, Intercontinental Cup x 1, Super Cup x 1European Cup Winners' Cup x 1, Dutch Cup x 2
BarcelonaSpanish league title x 1, Spanish Cup x 1European Cup x 1, European Cup Winners' Cup x 1, European Super Cup x 1, Spanish league title x 4, Spanish Cup x 1, Spanish Super Cup x 3
FeyenoordDutch league title x 1, Dutch Cup x 1

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An article in the Sun that claimed nearly one in five UK Muslims had "sympathy for Jihadis" was misleading, the new press regulator has ruled.

The paper's story in November reported the results of a survey of UK Muslims, generating more than 3,000 complaints.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation ruled it breached the accuracy clause of its editors' code.

It said the paper's presentation of the poll had been "significantly misleading".

The paper has published the regulator's ruling, as required.

'Significantly misleading'

The Sun's article on 23 November, based on a poll carried out after the Paris terror attacks, said "nearly one in five British Muslims has some sympathy with those who had fled the UK to fight for IS [so-called Islamic State] in Syria".

The article was illustrated on the front page with a photograph of Mohammed Emwazi - the British militant known as "Jihadi John", who was killed in a drone strike - and was captioned "Support ... Brit Jihadi John who went to Syria".

Ipso said the coverage presented as a "fact" that the poll showed one in five British Muslims had sympathy for those who left to join IS or even the group itself - although the questions and answers in the survey about "sympathy" never mentioned the IS group.

                                                                                                   

The Sun had argued the meaning of "those who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria" was not ambiguous.

The paper said previous questions in the telephone survey had made explicit reference to IS and the overwhelming majority of those who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria are joining IS.

It also noted in its story that the survey showed "a clear majority of the 2.7m Brits who follow Islam are moderate".

But in its adjudication, published on page 2 of The Sun on Saturday, IPSO concluded the newspaper had "failed to take appropriate care in its presentation of the poll results, and as a result the coverage was significantly misleading".

An Ipso spokesman said: "The newspaper had provided various interpretations of the poll result which conflated important distinctions between those travelling to Syria and those already fighting in Syria; between "sympathy" for these individuals and "support" for their actions; and between individuals attracted by the ideology of IS, and the ideology of IS itself."


               
               
               

               
               
           

           
           
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Ipso also upheld a complaint about the headline of an article in The Times which reported the Sun's survey with the headline "One in five British Muslims has sympathy for Isis".

The press regulator was established on 8 September in 2014 after the Press Complaints Commission was wound up.

It rules on whether newspapers and magazines have breached its editors' code and can ask publications to print prominent corrections or critical adjudications when they are judged to have breached its code.


                                                                                               

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