David Cameron’s decision to cut short his traditional September visit to Balmoral and return to London to chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency response committee illustrates the seriousness of his Government’s response to the terrorist attack in Kenya. [Snip] Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-linked group based in neighbouring Somalia, has claimed responsibility for the atrocity, saying that it was carried out in retaliation for the military campaign Kenya is waging against Islamist militants. More than 4,000 Kenyan troops are currently deployed in Somalia as part of an African Union force set up to support the Somali government in its efforts to
Comments: Cameron was neither playing golf at Balmoral nor partying with hip-hop types. He was staying at the castle by invitation of the Queen, who attends the Highland Games and enjoys some well-earned time to relax.
Hundreds of well-wishers today turned out for the funeral of a Bomber Command veteran who died without any close family. Harold Jellicoe Percival, who helped with the Dambusters raid during the Second World War, died last month in a nursing home aged 99. He was laid to rest today, Armistice Day, at exactly 11am, when Britain fell silent to remember those killed in war. More than 300 people attended the ceremony at the Lytham Park Crematorium in Lancashire, nearly all of whom had never met Mr Percival. Roads around the crematorium were totally jammed, while there were too many people to fit into
France assumed the unfamiliar role of Iranian national villain on Sunday as senior officials and commentators in Tehran--long accustomed to spewing vitriol at Britain, America and Israel--blamed it for scuppering a deal on Iran´s nuclear programme. A chorus of anti-French bile over the failure to reach agreement in Geneva appeared to have the endorsement of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran´s supreme leader, with a Twiiter account run in his name and believed to have his approval leading the charge. "French officials have been openly hostile towards the Iranian nation over the past few years; this is an imprudent and inept move,"
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Iran backed out of a deal on its nuclear programme during talks with world powers in Geneva on Saturday. Amid reports that France´s reservations scuppered an agreement, Mr Kerry told reporters in Abu Dhabi: "The French signed off on it, we signed off on it." Iran had been unable to accept the deal "at that particular moment", he added.
The EU and US are to begin a second round of negotiations towards creating the world´s biggest free-trade deal. Talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) had been set for October, but were postponed because of the US government shutdown. Relations have become strained after claims that the US listened to German leader Angela Merkel´s mobile calls. [Snip] Mr Schmieding said one area where agreed standards could help bring down costs was in the automotive trade, if the US and Europe could decide on agreed standards for cars. However, he says that potential stumbling blocks include the areas of personal data
Desperate survivors of the devastating Philippines typhoon told how they had to steal from the dead to eat. In the worst-hit areas, 235mph winds created 20ft waves that are thought to have killed between 10,000 and 15,000 and left 500,000 homeless after their houses were reduced to splinters. Super-typhoon Haiyan struck with such force on Friday that entire villages were flattened, ships were swept inland and corpses were left hanging from trees. [Snip] Dazed survivors walked the streets ‘like zombies looking for food’ while looters ransacked shops and mobs attacked aid trucks loaded with food, tents and water.
More than 500,000 Somali refugees living in Kenya are to be returned to their home country after the UN refugee agency signed a tripartite agreement with the two governments. Under the agreement, the Somalis will be repatriated voluntarily over the next three years. The Somalis have sought refuge in Kenya from war and poverty. Two of the camps they live in, Dadaab and Kakuma, are now so large they are more like towns, correspondents say. There is also a suburb of Nairobi - Eastleigh - that is known as "mini Somalia" because so many Somalis live there.
Help is on the way to areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development and humanitarian relief groups. The Obama administration made an initial $100,000 available Saturday to provide basic health care, clean water and sanitation following the Philippines government´s request for international assistance. That figure is likely to grow as damage and humanitarian needs are assessed. At the request of the Philippine government, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed U.S. Pacific Command to deploy ships and aircraft to support search-and-rescue operations and airlift emergency supplies, according to a statement released by the
They have long entranced, baffled and bamboozled us, leading to cross words and moments of triumph. And as crosswords near their 100th birthday, it seems they are in no danger of losing their long-held allure. More than 12 million clued-up Britons tackle a crossword puzzle at least once a week, according to new research. And despite the boom in high-tech gadgets, around two-thirds of all fans still fill in the blanks on paper rather than a screen. One in five people buy their favourite newspaper or magazine because they can´t resist the crossword--the enduring popularity of the world-famous Daily Express Crusader
With the death toll from ´super´ typhoon Haiyan now estimated to be well over 10,000, the Philippines government and international aid agencies are engaged in a desperate struggle to get help to increasingly angry victims of what may have been the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Philippines President Benigno Aquino was forced to walk out of a meeting with local government officials in Tacloban City, where 10,000 people alone are feared to have perished, after furious survivors interrupted it to berate him for the authorities´ slow response to the disaster. [Snip] Wind speeds in the city came close to
Elite British soldiers are being drafted in to help frontline forces fighting Al Shabaab terrorists who are slaughtering elephants and rhinos to fund their war on the West. Troops from 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment will support Kenyan wildlife rangers trying to stop the trade in “black ivory”. The Al Qaeda-linked group is funding its terrorist activities selling so-called “blood ivory” and rhino horn on the black market. Every month it is thought to earn the Somali terror group £400,000. The profits allow them to pay jihadist fighters £75 a week to carry out atrocities such as the one which left
Britain united in quiet contemplation today as Remembrance Sunday services paid tribute to members of the armed forces who have died in major conflicts. A service at the Whitehall Cenotaph is the focal point of the country´s Remembrance Sunday ceremonies and saw senior royals, Prime Minister David Cameron and other party leaders leave floral tributes at the memorial. Next year will mark 100 years since the First World War in which almost 900,000 military personel died and 1.6million were injured. A two minute silence was observed across the country at 11.00am and 10,000 veterans showed up to the London ceremony.
More than 10,000 military veterans and civilians will march past the Cenotaph later to mark Remembrance Sunday. For the first time, their number will include representatives of a World War Two unit known as "Churchill´s Secret Army". The Queen will lead the nation´s commemorations from Whitehall. A two-minute silence will be observed by military veterans and senior officers, political and religious leaders and Commonwealth dignitaries. [Snip] The marchers will set off down Whitehall in London after the silence and the wreath laying ceremony. And services will take place across the UK at war memorials, as well as in other Commonwealth
WASHINGTON — President Obama was seething. Two weeks after the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov, Mr. Obama gathered his senior staff members in the Oval Office for what one aide recalled as an “unsparing” dressing-down. The public accepts that technology sometimes fails, the president said, but he had personally trumpeted that HealthCare.gov would be ready on Oct. 1, and it wasn’t. “If I had known,” Mr. Obama said, according to the aide, “we could have delayed the website.” Mr. Obama’s anger, described by a White House that has repeatedly sought to show that the president was
President Obama likes to say he will never again be running for office, but every Democrat knows he will be on the ballot figuratively in 2014, and 2016, as well. Right now they are rightly nervous about that prospect. A month ago, political Washington was transfixed by the errors committed by congressional Republicans. Those missteps led to a partial shutdown of the government, which in turn has brought approval of the GOP to record lows in many public opinion surveys. Nothing about that has changed. But today, it’s Obama in the spotlight. A president famous for his unflappability, he is
McAllen, Tex. — They were already running late for a doctor’s appointment, but first the Salas family hurried into their kitchen for another breakfast paid for by the federal government. The 4-year-old grabbed a bag of cheddar-flavored potato chips and a granola bar. The 9-year-old filled a bowl with sugary cereal and then gulped down chocolate milk. Their mother, Blanca, arrived at the refrigerator and reached into the drawer where she stored the insulin needed to treat her diabetes. She filled a needle with fluid and injected it into her stomach with a practiced jab. “Let’s go,” she told the children,
Marathon talks on a deal to temporarily curb Iran´s nuclear program have broken down after a negotiations between foreign ministers ran into trouble late last night.[Snip] U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of six other delegations conferred with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a late-night session which broke up after midnight. The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told France Inter radio yesterday that Paris would not accept a ´sucker´s deal´. They complained the text which was drafted as part of the agreement had been presented a ´fait accompli´ and did not want to be forced
Jim Capretta saw the Obamacare debacle coming when it was months away. On July 5, the Obama administration released a 600 page regulation announcing a one-year delay in part of Obamacare’s implementation. States would not have to check the income of people applying for subsidies, according to the administration’s guidance. The administration simply would not be ready in time. “This announcement is another indicator—as if we needed one—of the complete fiasco that is Obamacare implementation,” Capretta wrote the following Monday for the Weekly Standard. It wasn’t the first delay, as a few days earlier the administration had let all big businesses off the
Don’t count Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus among those who believe comprehensive immigration reform is dead this Congress. Despite exasperation among reform advocates that the House has refused to vote on any major immigration bill — particularly the Senate-passed legislation — Priebus said that his “gut” feeling is that the House will indeed pass an immigration overhaul in the next 14 months. “Something significant is going to happen because obviously mass deportation is not an option. I don’t think doing nothing is an option. And I believe most people would agree that something significant needs to take place. Now what that
In their new book ”Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank,” computer scientist Steven Skiena and former Google engineer Charles B. Ward rank the 100 most significant people in world history using an algorithm they created. What goes into the algorithm? It’s complicated. If you really want to know the math behind it, read the book. Or you can learn a little about it here. But click below to see who makes the top 100 — then let us know who the list should and should not have been included in the comment section.
Sheilah Johnson was a building inspector for the city for 28 years, a college graduate who passed up jobs that paid more because a city job offered stability and the promise of a good pension. But the city´s recent plunge into bankruptcy — overseen by an outside emergency manager answerable to the state government, not the citizens of Detroit — makes her wonder whether she and other African American residents of the impoverished city will be able to stop Wall Street creditors from seizing what´s left of a municipal treasury they paid into for most of their lives. "When my
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Before Ted Cruz burst on the national political scene, there was Sarah Palin. After Ted Cruz, is there still much of a place for her? Sarah Palin, 49, is the original hero of the Tea Party, rallier of the right wing and basher of Barack Obama. But it has been five years since she gained a place in the history books as John McCain´s surprise choice of running mate on the Republican presidential ticket. Four years since she unexpectedly resigned as Alaska governor before her term was up. Two years since she bypassed the chance to jump into the
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said he has no plans to run again for the White House. Speaking to the Arizona Republic, McCain said he had received "a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls" urging him to run since the government shutdown. But he said he´s focused on whether to run for a sixth term in the Senate, not for president. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate," he said. "But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, ‘The people have spoken —
Jeff Fager, the CBS News chairman and executive producer of “60 Minutes,” has said that his team spent “more than a year” reporting the story about the attack on Benghazi that aired on Oct. 27.Yet it wasn’t until Thursday night that they learned first-hand what their principal source, a security contractor named Dylan Davies, had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the attack. In conversations with POLITICO, sources familiar with “60 Minutes” reporting said that it was only on Thursday night that “60 Minutes” obtained the official account of events that Davies had given to FBI officials after the
“If I don’t have sex every day, I get a headache,” John F. Kennedy would remark to anyone who would listen, from British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to a lowly senatorial aide. Even in the pantheon of sexual narcissists drawn to politics, Kennedy’s obsessive conquesting remains the gold standard for bad behavior. Here, a gallery of some (but almost certainly not all) of his most notable trysts. Marlene Dietrich, ActressThe German actress, a longtime friend and lover of JFK’s father, Joe, accepted an invitation from the president to have drinks at the White House in September of 1963 — when