Buhari To Probe Service Chiefs

A top military source said at the weekend that the incoming administration of Major General Muhammadu Buhari, was planning to institute a comprehensive probe during which some service chiefs, past and present, would be summoned to defend their tenure, especially how defence budget was spent under their watch. This emerged as the military have arrested suspected supplier of food and fuel to Boko Haram as well as rescuing 260 women and children in Chalawa, Adamawa State. Also, some group of women and children earlier rescued from Sambisa Forest narrated their ordeal yesterday in the hands of Boko Haram. The source said the incoming administration was considering setting up a truth and reconciliation committee on the six-year old terror war which erupted in 2009. It was also gathered that some former service chiefs and military commanders that held strategic operational and command positions, might appear or be asked to appear before the panel, whenever it is constituted, to give account of what they did and knew about the fight against insurgency. The source said the move might not be in bad faith, but to put the records straight for posterity. He added that Buhari believed that more information on the Boko Haram insurgency should be provided for Nigerians and the international community. According to him, the president-elect’s declaration that Boko Haram is a “fraud” is indicative of his belief that “better and further” explanations on the devastating insurgency have to be provided to the public. Besides, Buhari may be interested in knowing what was responsible for the commendable manner the military turned the tide against Boko Haram after the postponement of the presidential election in February. Compare Prices Of Samsung, LG and Sony Phones, Electronics & Appliances Before You Shop On http://www.PricePadi.com The source said: “I hope you will treat this information well. I want to let you know that the retired no-nonsense General, who has been elected president, may cause to be established a truth or peace and reconciliation committee. “This committee, from what I know very well, is not going to be a vindictive exercise, but a medium for more expose to be made on the phenomenon called Boko Haram and the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency fight prosecuted by our military. “You know more than 40 territories have, within a period of months, been liberated, while between then and now, almost all Boko Haram’s training camps and strongholds, including those in their biggest stronghold of Sambisa Forest, have been destroyed.” It was also learnt that a former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau, may have been shortlisted as the next National Security Adviser (NSA). Another source, who also spoke in confidence with New Telegraph, said “Considering how strategic the office of the NSA is, I can tell you that the next president, who will be sworn in on May 29, is likely to pick a former COAS, General Dambazzau, as NSA. “If that happens, I tell you it will pass as a good choice, because he is a very competent General.”

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Flabba killing: South African rapper ‘stabbed by girlfriend’

Skwatta Kamp pose for a picture with US rapper Ludacris, fileFlabba (front row, left) was a member of popular 1990s hip-hip group Skwatta Kamp

A woman has been arrested in South Africa for allegedly stabbing and killing a well-known local rapper.

Nkululeko Habedi, known as Flabba, 38 died, in his home in Alexandra, a Johannesburg township.

Police have told the BBC that his girlfriend will be charged with murder and will appear in court “within 48 hours”.

Mr Habedi became popular after he joined award-winning rap group Skwatta Kamp.

South Africans have taken to social media to send their condolences to his family and friends.

The BBC’s Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg says Skwatta Kamp, founded in 1996, were seen as the pioneers of South African hip-hop, featuring local street slang and rhythms.

The group had hits such as uMoya and Clap Song.

Utah baby found alive in river 14 hours after car crash

In this March 7, 2015 photo, officials respond to a report of car in the Spanish Fork River near the Main Street and the Arrowhead Trail Road junction in Spanish Fork, Utah

A baby girl has been found alive in a car more than 14 hours after the vehicle plunged into a river in Utah.

The 18-month-old was discovered hanging upside down above water in her car seat by a fisherman on Saturday afternoon, police said.

She was rushed to a hospital in Salt Lake City, where her condition has been upgraded from critical to stable.

The toddler’s 25-year-old mother, named as Lynn Groesbeck from Springville, was found dead in the driver’s seat.

Investigators believe the vehicle careered into the Spanish Fork River after striking a cement barrier at about 22:30 local time (04:30 GMT) on Friday.

A fisherman raised the alarm at 12:30 local time (18:30 GMT) the next day, after he saw the girl dangling above the water as it flowed through the car.

Officials later removed the car from the river

Three police officers and four firefighters who entered the river to rescue the child were later treated in hospital for hypothermia.

Police said they would not be releasing any further details unless the baby’s condition changed. The girl’s name was not released.

Free schools: David Cameron pledges 500 more by 2020

David Cameron

At least a further 500 free schools would be opened in England in the next five years under a Conservative government, David Cameron has pledged.

He committed his party to creating an extra 270,000 school places in free schools, if re-elected, by 2020.

The prime minister says these state-funded, start-up schools are “raising standards and restoring discipline”.

Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt says free schools lead to school places where they are not needed.

Speaking in London, Mr Cameron announced approvals for 49 more free schools and promised a “dramatic” expansion if re-elected in May’s general election.

‘Raising performance’

Free schools, both primary and secondary, are set up by academy sponsors, charities, teachers and groups of parents, and operate outside local authority control. Academy sponsors include academy trusts, faith groups, universities and companies.

Mr Cameron described free schools as “independent schools within the state sector” – and with those announced on Monday there will be more than 400 open or approved, with 230,000 places.

If Conservative plans were to be implemented in the next Parliament, there would be 900 free schools, more than one in 30 state schools, with about 500,000 places.

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Arguably one of the most controversial of the coalition’s education policies, the free school programme is much more than giving parents and teachers the right to set up their own schools.

The complexities of running a school mean many of these new state-funded, but independently-run, schools are actually led by academy chains and education companies.

And the crucial rule that any new school, even in school-place squeeze areas, has to be a free school or academy, has led to an impasse in school-place planning in some districts.

Indeed, some local councils have struggled to find organisations to set up schools where they are needed.

The government cites figures suggesting 70% of inspected free schools are rated good or outstanding.

And supporters argue free schools offer choice and quality, as well as new school places, and drive up standards in other schools as a result.

But with a handful of high-profile cases of free schools failing within months of opening, question marks have been left hanging over these claims.

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Mr Cameron said that the Conservatives are the “only party that’s opening up the education system so we can get more good places for your children”.

He said free schools “are not only outperforming other schools, but they are raising the performance of those around them, meaning more opportunities for children to learn the skills they need to get on in life”.

Messi only at Barcelona because he promised Vilanova, says Ten Cate

Messi only at Barcelona because he promised Vilanova, says Ten Cate

The Dutchman claims a transfer would be in the best interests of all parties despite the Argentine’s commitment to the former coach

Former Barcelona assistant coach Henk Ten Cate believes Lionel Messi would already have left the club were it not for a promise he made to Tito Vilanova.

Speculation has resurfaced that Messi is considering his future at Camp Nou due to a clash with head coach Luis Enrique and a turbulent few days for the club, which has seen Andoni Zubizarreta and Carles Puyol leave and the presidential elections brought forward to this summer.

The Argentina international enjoyed a close relationship with Vilanova – who passed away in April 2014 after a long battle against cancer – and Ten Cate has claims Messi is only still at Camp Nou after he told his old boss he would stay.

Nevertheless, the Dutchman feels it would be in everybody’s best interest if Messi left the club.

“As far as I know, these problems all started about two years ago. Messi is only still at Barcelona because he promised it to Tito Vilanova at his deathbed,” Ten Cate told De Telegraaf.

“But I think a transfer would be in everybody’s best interest. Lionel has been at Barcelona for quite a while and he needs a new challenge. He’s still worth a lot of money now, but his value will only go down from here on.

“I really want to be supportive, because he has been on another level for 10 years. But I’m not sure he will get back to his best.

“It isn’t normal to shine for 10 years like he has done. Most of the big names can only keep it up for seven or eight years. And to be honest, he wasn’t at his best either last season, even if his statistics were still great.”

Ten Cate was Frank Rijkaard’s assistant at the Catalans when Messi made his debut in the 2004-05 season.

Thousands remain without power after storms

SHEPD technical staff at Balmaha near Loch Lomond

Thousands of homes remain without power following the storms that have been battering Scotland.

A total of 32,000 Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) customers in the north and 1,500 supplied by Scottish Power further south of the country are affected.

SSE said engineers worked through the night to try to restore power to homes.

Heavy snowfalls and ice overnight have made some roads impassable and access to the network difficult.

Alan Broadbent, SSE’s director of engineering said: “Our electricity network was battered continuously by hurricane winds for eight hours on Thursday night and during much of Friday.

“This has weakened it in places, which caused more power cuts overnight.

Gavin Steel, Scottish and Southern Energy: ”We would like to apologise to customers who have been without power overnight”

“I know an apology may not be much comfort for our customers who have been without power, but I would like to reassure them that we are doing all we possibly can during extremely treacherous, challenging and severe weather conditions.”

By lunchtime on Saturday, engineers from SSE-owned Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution had restored supplies to 73,000 customers, following hurricane winds of up to 113mph in places.

Orkney and Shetland were warned they could experience gusts of up to 100mph (160km/h). A gust of 101mph was later recorded in Shetland.

A Met Office yellow “be aware” warning for wind is in force for the Highlands and Northern and Western Isles until 18:00 on Saturday.

Another yellow warning for snow and ice is in force for most of the country until midday on Sunday.

The warning comes after hurricane-force gusts left tens of thousands of homes without power across Scotland on Friday.

Robert Pigott reports: ”The ferocious onslaught brought down power lines”

The bad weather has toppled power lines and uprooted trees and on Friday caused the suspension of all ScotRail trains, although some limited services later resumed.

The train operator reported more than a dozen route issues on Saturday, particularly on northern and coastal services.

A number of train services have been suspended.

Waves crash against the sea wall on the Ayrshire coast Waves crash against the sea wall on the Ayrshire coast

Some services from Inverness to the North, and Kyle, as well as those between Dumbarton Central and Helensburgh Central and from Glasgow to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig will not resume until late on Sunday afternoon.

Full updates are available on the ScotRail website.

National Rail said trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central via Carstairs would divert and not call at Motherwell.

There are also warnings on Scotland’s road bridges and some ferry services have been cancelled.

Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne has listed about two dozen services facing weather-related disruption or cancellation.

Numerous flood alerts and warnings remain in place for much of Scotland.

Warnings are alerts are also in place in England and Wales.

A powerful jet stream is pushing a deep area of low pressure towards the UK. But why is the jet stream so strong? Chris Fawkes explains.

In England, two men were reported lost at sea after getting into trouble in the water off the coast of Brighton in “severe weather” in the early hours.

Strong winds also caused severe problems on roads in Yorkshire and the north-east of England as a number of lorries were blown over, blocking carriageways.

Tree on road at Dalry, Ayrshire
A tree narrowly missed several parked vehicles in Dalry, Ayrshire
network rail engineersEngineers are working to restore rail services and electricity supplies

SSE had mobilised 1,000 technical and support staff ahead of Friday’s storm, with engineers working in “extremely challenging and potentially dangerous conditions” to reconnect electricity.

The company said about 1,200 engineers and support staff would be deployed on Saturday.

Eleven catering stations have been set up where people can get a hot meal.

Rural areas were the worst hit, especially around Dingwall and in Inverness-shire, the Western Isles and Skye.

Other areas affected included parts of Aberdeenshire and rural areas around Wick, Oban and Fort William, as well as Buchan, Dunblane, Dunoon, Elgin and Huntly.

Scottish Power Energy Networks said it had managed to reconnect 20,000 homes, with a further 800 still affected by “pockets of faults mainly across the central belt, from Ayrshire to Lanarkshire and across to the Lothians”.

On Friday, BBC Weather said gusts reached 113mph in Stornoway, 110mph at Loch Glascarnoch, and 97mph at Altnaharra. Speeds of 61mph have been recorded overnight at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.

A gust of 140mph was recorded at the summit of Cairngorm and the BBC Winterwatch studio, in a cabin on the Mar Lodge Estate in the Cairngorms, was destroyed by the winds.

Tonto Dikeh: Actress gets more gold bling from her mystery boo

Tonto Dikeh gets gold bling from boyfriend

Tonto Dikeh‘s mystery boyfriend ‘Mr X’ is the gift that keeps on giving.

He has been known to spoil his actress girlfriend with expensive gifts ranging from Chanel bags, iPhone 6’s, expensive jewelry. Earlier today the ‘sugar rush’ singer shared yet another picture of the kind of gifts her new lover man showers upon her; expensive bling, one of them including a Jesus piece.

Tonto Dikeh was recently revealed to have been dumped by her ex-boyfriend Malivelihood. The actress took no time moving on to a new man whose identity she has kept secret for over 3 months now.

To appreciate her new lover who she code names ‘Mr X’ she posted an old poem which says “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love with a passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. #MRX”

The Duchess of DB Records seems to be really in love with her man as she always proclaims it on social media, what’s not to love about a man who always buys you fancy jewelry

Babatunde Fashola: Governor criticizes Jonathan’s campaign speech

Fashola spoke on Thursday, January 8, during the mobilization visit of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign held at Imaguero College in Benin, Edo State.

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola.

he Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola has criticized President Goodluck Jonathan for the speech he gave during the launch of his campaign in the state.

Fashola spoke on Thursday, January 8, during the mobilization visit of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign held at Imaguero College in Benin, Edo State.

Fashola accused Jonathan of blaming everybody but himself for Nigeria’s problems and advised the president to “get out of the kitchen, if it is becoming too hot for him.”

“I spent about an hour this afternoon listening to the President in my state and, for almost the same period, I saw a very angry president. I saw a president who was recriminating ab‎out people criticising his job performance and was blaming all those who ruled before him, forgetting that he had been on this job for six years. And he kept saying that, ‘They say we don’t have a plan.’‎ But for 25 minutes, he did not reveal a plan on power; he did not reveal a plan on security; he did not reveal a plan on corruption,” Fashola said.

“Now, after six years, without being able to articulate what he is doing and what he will do and he keeps blaming everybody, forgetting that he is the Commander-in-Chief, if the kitchen is too hot, as it is becoming of late, you must get out of the kitchen,” he added.

Fashola also used the opportunity to assure Nigerians that the progress made in APC-controlled states showed that the party could manage the country properly if elected into power.

Goodluck Jonathan: President says Buhari can’t remember his own phone number

President Goodluck Jonathan is said to have stated this on Friday, January 9, during a rally in Enugu State.

President Goodluck Jonathan and APC Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly said that the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari can’t possibly change the country if he can’t remember his own mobile phone number.

Jonathan is said to have stated this on Friday, January 9, during a rally in Enugu State.

The president made the statement in response to Buhari’s promise to revive the economy of Nigeria.

“Is it now that Buhari cannot even remember his own phone number that he can change the economy of the country?” Jonathan reportedly asked.

The president stated that Buhari had a chance to change the lot of the country when he was in power from 1983 to 1985 but failed.

Jonathan also read parts of a speech made by former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida on August 27, 1985 after the latter overthrew Buhari’s regime to buttress his point that the APC candidate does not keep his promises.

Boko Haram: 10 things you should know about the terrorist attack in Baga

The attack is said to have lasted six days and about 3,000 residents of the town are said to have escaped to Chad.

A scene of destruction in Baga after 185 people were killed and over 2000 homes destroyed in April 2013.

Boko Haram insurgents have gone on a killing spree in Baga, Borno State and have reportedly killed thousands of people.

The attack is said to have lasted six days and about 3,000 residents of the town are said to have escaped to Chad.

Here are 10 things you should know about the attack:

  1. It started on Saturday, January 3

  2. Boko Haram initially attacked the military base in Baga which hosts the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), made up of troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger.

  3. The terrorists engaged the troops in a fierce gun battle in the town.

  4. The soldiers attached to the base fled and the facility was taken over by the insurgents.

  5. The terrorists began a killing spree and are said to have killed 2,000 people in the community. Others are said to have drowned while trying to cross into Chad.

  6. The Boko Haram members also burnt houses and levelled the town. Officials say the town of Baga is “virtually non-existent”

  7. The surviving residents of Baga are said to have fled the town leaving it totally empty.

  8. The streets of Baga are said to be littered with corpses as there’s no one left to bury the dead.

  9. The terrorists are also said to have burnt down 16 communities in the area.

  10. Amnesty international has described the attack as the deadliest massacre in Boko Haram’s history.

Yaya Toure wins fourth African Player of the Year title in a row

Yaya Toure (right) with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini lifting the Premier Legue trophy

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has become the first player to be named Confederation of African Football African Footballer of the Year four years in a row.

Toure, 31, was nominated after playing a pivotal role in winning the Premier League and League Cup.

He also helped Ivory Coast qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Toure beat off the challenge of Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

Midfielder Toure scored 20 goals in City’s title-winning campaign and also netted the equaliser in the 3-1 Capital One Cup final victory over Sunderland at Wembley last March.

He has nine goals in 26 appearances for City in all competitions so far this season, including six goals in his last nine outings.

Toure also made the Fifa shortlist for the 2014 Ballon D’Or prize in October.

However, he has also had to contend with the disappointment of being part of an Ivory Coast side that lost two out of their three World Cup games. He was given the news of his brother Ibrahim’s death only hours after the team lost their second World Cup match 2-1 to Colombia.

He also hit the headlines in May as a row over a birthday cake threatened to bring an end to his Manchester City career.

Everton striker Samuel Eto’o is the only other player to win the African Footballer of the Year award four times but his achievement was not in successive years.

Full list of winners:

  • African Player of the Year: Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast and Manchester City)
  • African Player of the Year – Based in Africa: Firmin Mubele Ndombe (DR Congo and AS Vita)
  • Women’s Player of the Year: Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and River Angels)
  • Youth Player of the Year: Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and River Angels)
  • Most Promising Talent: Yacine Brahimi (Algeria and Porto)
  • Coach of the Year: Kheireddine Madoui (Entente Setif)
  • National Team of the Year: Algeria
  • Women’s National Team of the Year: Nigeria
  • Club of the Year: Entente Setif (Algeria)
  • Referee of the Year: Papa Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
  • Football Leader of the Year: Moise Katumbi – President of TP Mazembe (DR Congo)
  • African Legend award: Oryx Club (Cameroon) – winners of the maiden edition of CAF Champions League 1964 and Stade Malien (Mali) – runner up of the maiden edition of CAF Champion’s League 1964
  • Platinum Award: Dr Kwame Nkrumah (First President of Ghana) and His Excellency Goodluck Jonthan (President of Nigeria)
  • CAF team of the 2014: Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria) Defenders: Jean Kasulula (DR Congo), Mehdi Benatia (Morocco), Stephane Mbia (Cameroon), Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana) Midfielders: Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast), Yacine Brahimi (Algeria), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Tunisia), Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Ghana), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) Substitutes: Raïs M’Bolhi (Algeria), Firmin Mubele Ndombe (DR Congo), Ferdjani Sassi (Tunisia), Gervinho (Ivory Coast), Abdelrahman Fetori (Libya), Akram Djahnit (Algeria), Roger Assalé (Ivory Coast)

Charlie Hebdo attack: Suspected extremist gunmen surrounded?

Said Kouachi, left, and Cherif Kouachi are suspects in the Paris attack.

The two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo attack spoke to police by phone and said they wanted to die as martyrs, according to a French member of parliament for the district where a police operation is taking place.

Yves Albarello, who is in the Dammartin-en-Goele area where officers are hunting for the suspects, was speaking on French channel I TELE.

Dammartin-en-Goele residents have been told to stay inside and the schools are on lockdown, the mayor’s press office told CNN on Friday.

The principal of a local primary school told CNN that police operations in the town began just before 10 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET). Parents who came to get their children have been told to stay inside. Shops in the town have been told to close, she said.

 

The suspected gunmen may be cornered.

French search teams have surrounded a section of the town Dammartin-en-Goele northeast of Paris on Friday. There are media reports of a hostage taking in the same town, which is a few miles from Charles de Gaulle airport.

The Kouachi brothers, the suspects in Wednesday’s killing of 12 people, are “almost certainly” the hostage takers, French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre Henri Brandet said.

Convoys of police vans with blue lights flashing filled residential streets, and a nearby hospital sent a medical team to the town. An ambulance could be seen on the scene. Police armed with assault rifles held watch.

A local resident told CNN that the Dammartin-en-Goele was on lockdown, and that people have been told to shelter in place.

Previous sightings?

The two suspects in the killing of 12 at the offices of satire cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo may have been spotted not far from Dammartin-en-Goele twice before.

On Thursday, they followed a lead from a gas station attendant near Villers-Cotterets, whom Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, reportedly threatened, as they stole gas and food and then drove off.

Said Kouachi, left, and Cherif Kouachi are suspects in the Paris attack.
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Police believe the brothers may have later fled on foot into nearby woodlands.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls put that northernmost region of France, Picardy, on the same highest terror alert that Paris has been on since the attack.

And police spying down with night vision optics from helicopters believe they caught a glimpse of them Thursday near Crepy-en-Valois, France — not far from the reported robbery.

That town and the gas station border on a patch of woods, and on another side of the forest, 30 to 40 police vehicles swarmed out from the town of Longpont.

Squads of officers armed with rifles — some in helmets and with shields — canvassed field and forest.

Nicki MinajRapper reveals she had an abortion

 

American female rapper, Nicki Minaj, has come out for the first time to talk about having an abortion.

In a candid interview with American music magazine, Rolling Stone, the rapper detailed the horror of making the decision to terminate a pregnancy at a very young age.

I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through,” she said about the experience at that time. “It has thaunted me all my life. It’d be contradictory if I said I wasn’t pro-choice. I wasn’t ready. I didn’t have anything to offer a child,” she said.

Though this is the first time Nicki Minaj is talking about this abortion, she has however always hinted it in some of her songs. She first made mention of it in her 2008 record “Autography” where she referred as “Mommy” before touching on the topic again in a recent song titled “All Things Go”.

“My child Aaron would have been 16, any minute/ So in some ways I feel like Caiah is the both of them/ It’s like he’s Caiah’s little angel, looking over him,” she rapped on the song referring to a child who would have been 16, the same age as her beloved younger brother, Micaiah.

Although it is not known who “Aaron” is, the man who impregnated her, but he is believed to have been an older man from Queens, New York who she met while studying at the revered LaGuardia performing arts school.

Cameroon bombs Boko Haram positions

First air strikes by Cameroon come after armed group from neighbouring Nigeria seized a military camp.

Cameroon’s air force has bombed Boko Haram positions in the Far North province of the country for the first time after the armed group from neighbouring Nigeria seized a military camp, the government has said.

President Paul Biya personally ordered Sunday’s air strike, which forced the Boko Haram fighters to flee the camp at Assighasia, Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in a statement late on Sunday.

“Fighter planes went into action for the first time since the start of the conflict” on Cameroon’s side of the border, after several months of deadly raids on troops and civilians by Boko Haram, Bakary added.

“After two strikes and heavy fire … the assailants fled the Assighasia camp, … losing several fighters,” the minister said, adding that military operations were still under way and that “the toll from combat will be released once the operational evaluation is complete”.

A Boko Haram squad attacked the Assighasia camp on Sunday morning and the “Cameroonian defence forces had to withdraw after trying to defend the position”, the government statement said.

Increased strikes

According to local reporter, Eugene Nforngwa, the attack by Boko Haram was also the first time the group had succeeded in taking a military base in the Far North of Cameroon.

The last serious attack took place in mid-October when a suicide bomber exploded a car outside the military base in Amchide. The army succeeded in destroying a tanker belonging to the fighters just before it smashed through the base of the Rapid Response Battalion (BIR in French) in the locality – just 800m from the Cameroon-Nigeria border, Nforngwa reported.

The military said then – in interviews and briefings – that it believed Boko Haram was determined to seize several border towns in Cameroon, in order to expand its caliphate across the border into Far North Cameroon, Nforngwa said. It believed that the group was also recruiting fighters in Cameroon.

Difficult to police

Though Cameroon has deployed thousands of troops to the Far North, the region is difficult to police because of the rugged terrain.

Vast expanses of territory are uninhabited and there are few physical barriers demarcating Cameroon’s border with Nigeria. Many on either side speak the same language and it is often difficult to distinguish locals from foreigners.

Boko Haram has become a deadly force to be reckoned with since 2009 in northern Nigeria and have made raids into Cameroon.

Cameroon has encouraged locals to form vigilante groups, to report strangers and suspicious behaviour in their communities and has enforced a partial curfew including on the movement of motorbikes.

Boko Haram tactics include massacres of civilians on both sides of the frontier, the razing of villages, large-scale kidnappings and, most recently, direct assaults on Cameroonian troops.

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces

A Palestinian boy has been killed and another injured at the Zaatara checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli army has shot dead a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank at the Zaatara checkpoint south of Nablus city, Palestinian security officials said.

The Israeli military shot and killed 17-year-old Imam Dwikat on Monday after soldiers encountered a group of stone throwing Palestinians near the Zaatara checkpoint. A 19-year-old Palestinian man was wounded in the same incident.

Israeli forces said they had fired warning shots in the air and when those shots did not disperse the crowd, the soldiers responded with live fire. A military investigation is under way.

Nearly 20 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army in the West Bank since June, according to an AFP tally.

USA Russia: Obama suggests Putin ‘not so smart’

NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Thursday, December 17, 2014.

President Barack Obama has said Vladimir Putin made a “strategic mistake” when he annexed Crimea, in a move that was “not so smart”.

Those thinking his Russian counterpart was a “genius” had been proven wrong by Russia’s economic crisis, he said.

International sanctions had made Russia’s economy particularly vulnerable to changes in oil price, Mr Obama said.

He also refused to rule out opening a US embassy in Iran soon.

“I never say never but I think these things have to go in steps” he told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in the Oval Office.

‘Reliant on oil’

Mr Obama was giving a wide-ranging interview with NPR shortly before leaving for Hawaii for his annual holiday.

He criticised his political opponents who claimed he had been outdone by Russia’s president.

“You’ll recall that three or four months ago, everybody in Washington was convinced that President Putin was a genius and he had outmanoeuvred all of us and he had bullied and strategised his way into expanding Russian power,” he said.

“Today, I’d sense that at least outside of Russia, maybe some people are thinking what Putin did wasn’t so smart.”

Mr Obama argued that sanctions had made the Russian economy vulnerable to “inevitable” disruptions in oil price which, when they came, led to “enormous difficulties”.

“The big advantage we have with Russia is we’ve got a dynamic, vital economy, and they don’t,” he said. “They rely on oil. We rely on oil and iPads and movies and you name it.”

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Russia’s President Putin has come under pressure following the collapse of the rouble

Following a disputed referendum in Crimea, Russia unilaterally annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March. It did so weeks after a revolution ousted Ukraine’s pro-Russian President, Viktor Yanukovych.

The US, EU and other countries then implemented a series of economic sanctions against Russia.

The Russian currency has since lost half its value against the dollar and the economy has begun to contract.

Mr Obama also said that sending US troops to fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria would be counter-productive.

“If we do for others what they need to do for themselves – if we come in and send the Marines in to fight ISIL [IS], and the Iraqis have no skin in the game, then it’s not going to last,” he said.

Egypt urged to free al-Jazeera staff on arrest anniversary

Mohammed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste

The parents of one of the three al-Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt are optimistic they will soon be released.

Speaking to the BBC on the first anniversary of their arrest, Peter Greste’s father said he was confident their convictions would be overturned.

Mr Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in June for spreading false news to help a terrorist group.

Later this week, a court will decide whether they have grounds for appeal.

The journalists strenuously deny collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military last year. They say they were jailed simply for reporting the news.Journalists protest against the imprisonment of al-Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste outside the Egyptian embassy in London (29 December 2014)

Brazil lightning strike kills four people on beach

General view of a house hit by fallen trees and lamp posts close to Ibirapuera park due to an electric storm registered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 29 December 2014

Four people in Brazil have been killed by a lightning strike on a beach crowded with holidaymakers, according to media reports.

Four others were taken to hospital – two of them are said to be in a serious condition.

The incident occurred during a sudden storm at Praia Grande on the coast of south-eastern Sao Paulo state.

The victims were sheltering from heavy rain in a beachside kiosk when they were struck.

They were all from the same family and included a pregnant woman, according to news site G1 (in Portuguese).

The storm tore down trees and power lines across Sao Paulo state.

BBC map of Praia Grande in Brazil's Sao Paulo state

AirAsia QZ8501: Forty bodies found in missing plane search

Relatives at Surabaya airport react to the sighting of bodies - 30 December

At least 40 bodies have been recovered from the sea in the search for missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501, the Indonesian navy says.

The bodies were spotted along with debris floating in the Java Sea off the Indonesian part of Borneo, in one of the search zones for the plane.

There has been no official confirmation that the remains come from the plane.

The Airbus A320-200, carrying 162 people from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, disappeared on Sunday.

Relatives cried and hugged each other as bodies were shown on live TV
Debris floating in the Java SeaPictures of debris were taken by search and rescue aircraft

The search operation is now in its third day, with the area widened to cover 13 zones over land and sea.

During a news conference by the head of the operation, shown live on Indonesian TV, pictures of the debris were shown including a body floating on the water.

Relatives of passengers on the plane watching the pictures were visibly shocked.

Later, the Indonesian navy reported that 40 bodies had been retrieved by one warship.

Its spokesman said the rescuers were continuing to recover bodies and were “very busy now”.

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted to the families: “My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences.”

Alice Budisatrijo witnessed relatives screaming and crying as they watched a news conference on screens in Surabaya

Search operation head Bambang Soelistyo said he was 95% certain the objects shown were from the plane, adding that a shadow was spotted under water which appeared to be in the shape of a plane.

All resources were now being sent to the area where the debris was found, and all objects or bodies found would be taken to Pangkalan Bun, a nearby town in Central Kalimantan province, he said.

Mr Soelistyo added that ships with more sophisticated technology were being deployed to check whether larger parts of the plane were submerged beneath the debris.

Indonesian civil aviation chief Djoko Murjatmodjo, quoted by AFP news agency, said “significant things” such as a passenger door and cargo door had been found.

He added that the objects had been found 160km (100 miles) south-west of Pangkalan Bun.

At least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters joined the operation when it resumed at 06:00 local time on Tuesday (23:00 GMT Monday).

Search and rescue operations are now in their third day
Family and friends of those on board the plane are gathered and awaiting news at Surabaya airport

The operation, led by Indonesia, includes assistance from Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, with other offers of help from South Korea, Thailand, China and France. The US destroyer USS Sampson is on its way to the zone.

Communication lost

Earlier, Indonesian officials said they were investigating reports of smoke seen rising from an island close to Belitung island, one of the focal points of the search, though experts cautioned it could be unrelated to the missing plane.

On board the plane were 137 adult passengers, 17 children and one infant, along with two pilots and five crew.

Most were Indonesian but the passengers included one UK national, a Malaysian, a Singaporean and three South Koreans.

Editor Geoffrey Thomas: AirAsia flight QZ8501 may “have have been caught in a severe thunderstorm updraft”

The plane left Surabaya at 05:35 Jakarta time on Sunday and had been due to arrive in Singapore two hours later.

Safety officials say the captain had asked for permission to take the plane higher but, by the time permission was granted, communication with the plane was lost.

It was officially declared missing at 07:55.

Limavady attack: Family wants justice for Danielle Allen

Danielle and sistersThe family of a woman, who has to use a wheelchair as the result of an attack in County Londonderry five months ago, has called for justice.

Danielle Allen, originally from Aghanloo outside Limavady, was in left in a coma after the attack in Glenmore Gardens in the town on 17 July.

The 27-year-old was found with serious bleeding to the brain, broken ribs, a fractured arm and multiple burns.

A police spokesman said their investigations were continuing.

Ms Allen received rehabilitation at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast and is now being cared for at Spruce House in Derry.

She requires 24-hour care.

‘Nightmare’

Danielle’s mother, Colette McLaughlin, told BBC Radio Foyle: “I saw my daughter in such a state I thought I had lost her.

“Danielle is not the girl I gave birth to anymore. It’s been a total nightmare.

“She was on a life-support machine for a long time in the Royal Victoria Hospital and she has been left with severe brain injuries.

“She’s in a wheelchair and can only use one arm.”

Danielle Allen
Danielle Allen pictured before the attack

Danielle’s sister, Stacey Allen, was living in England at the time when she got a phone call to say that Danielle was on a life support machine.

“It was awful. I thought she was gone when I went in to see her,” she recalled.

“We do want justice for Danielle. It is important for us and her.

“It is just so cruel what has happened.”

To date, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has arrested one man on suspicion of serious offences related to the attack.

‘Trauma’

The 23-year-old was detained on 18 July and was later released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The PSNI’s area commander for Limavady, Ch Insp Alan Hutton, said: “We sympathise with Danielle and her family on the undoubted trauma that they have experienced.

“We can only begin to imagine what the last six months have meant to them.

“Our determination to find out what happened to Danielle has not diminished.

“Since July, extensive enquiries have continued and a number of interviews have been carried out.”

The senior officer said they had employed “a wide range of resources” to assist in the investigation, including experts from within the PSNI as well as from outside Northern Ireland.

He said officers had also been in contact with the McLaughlin family to update them on the investigation.

Fire at shopping center kills at least 13 in Pakistan

Volunteers move a victim after a fire in a four-storey building in Lahore, Pakistan on December 29, 2014.

A fire sparked by a short circuit at a shop quickly engulfed a three-story shopping center in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, killing at least 13 people.

The fire broke out at the Anarkali Bazaar. The building, which mostly houses shops that sells watches and clocks, had no firefighting equipment and no emergency exits, said fire official Jam Sajjad.

People inside were forced to flee through a single door, and most of the victims suffocated to death, said police official Asad Sarfraz.

Egypt bans movie ‘Exodus’

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Another Hollywood movie is running afoul of a foreign government this month.

“Exodus: Gods and Kings” was banned in Egypt.

“The Ministry of Culture bans the film ‘Gods and Kings’ for historical inaccuracies,” the Egyptian agency said in a statement.

Does ‘Exodus’ have a race problem?

The movie, which stars Christian Bale as Moses, is a re-enactment of the biblical story of the Jews’ escape from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago, during the time of the pharaohs. Australian actor Joel Hedgerton plays the Pharaoh Ramses in the 20th Century Fox production.

Egyptian Culture Minister Jabir Asfour slammed the film as “Zionist.”

“It shows history from a Zionist viewpoint and forges historical events, therefore it is was banned in Egypt,” according to state news agency EGYNews.

In 1956, the same biblical story was told in “The Ten Commandments” starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as Ramses. That version was filmed on location in Egypt.

“Exodus” is the latest in Hollywood’s string of religious-themed movies released this year.

In March, several Muslim countries banned the blockbuster “Noah,” saying the depiction of Noah — whom Muslims revere as a prophet — is forbidden in Islam.

News of the ban comes on the heels of the limited release of “The Interview,” the movie that provoked North Korea to vow “merciless” action against the United States over its lampooning of leader Kim Jong Un. On Saturday, North Korea called U.S. President Barack Obama the “chief culprit” who forced Sony to “indiscriminately distribute” the picture.

Step father strangles, skins 19-year-old girl for fear she would report to her mother he molested her

An evil man strangled and skinned his 19-year-old step daughter for fear she would report to her mother he molested her.

  

A step father who constantly abused and sexually molested a 19-year-old girl, Kassandra Bravo, went to the extreme by strangling her and skinning her for fear that she would report the abuse to her mother.

The incident which happened in Uruapan, Mexico, is seen as one of the most hideous crimes ver committed by a human being. According to excelsior.com.mx, the body of the teenage student nurse was found lying beside a road after she had been killed and then skinned.

The girl, according to the site, was reported to have told friends in a Facebook post that her stepfather had sexually assaulted her and also accused him of murder, an accusation he vehemently denied.

But on  3rd December, 2014, Bravo disappered and her mother Angeles, 41, raised the alarm when she did not turn up at a babysitting job with family friends.

Police issued a missing person notice for the teenager and three days later, her body was discovered lying beside a road near the village of Las Cocinas, between Uruapan and Los Reyes.

A post-mortem revealed she had been strangled until she passed out and then skinned.

The area is notorious for violent attacks on women and detectives were initially sceptical that they would get any leads. But after interviewing a friend, they were told Kassandra had been planning to tell her mum that stepfather, Daniel Murrieta Sainz, 42, had been sexually abusing her since the age of 15.

Police believe her Facebook post must have been seen by friends, and are trying to find out why nobody raised the alarm.

The man, Daniel Murrieta Sainz, admitted murdering his stepdaughter but denies it was because he had sexually assaulted her.

A Police spokesman, Francis Zamora said:

“We brought him in for questioning and he admitted strangling her and dumping the body, but denied he had been abusing her or that he had skinned her.

He said he had been furious when he wanted to take her to her babysitting job, and she had not been ready.

After a row he had strangled her.”

Government hacks and security breaches skyrocket

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The North Korean hack of Sony Pictures that unleashed proprietary information, leaked embarrassing emails and brought the multi-billion dollar company’s operations to its knees was unprecedented. But cyber security and intelligence experts warn that this is only the beginning.

A CNN review of cyber attacks against federal agencies shows that the number of breaches into government systems is skyrocketing.

“Espionage is happening at a rate we have never seen before,” said Denise Zheng, a deputy director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The numbers seem to bear that out. There were almost 61,000 cyber attacks and security breaches across the entire federal government last year according to a recent Obama administration report.

And the number of cyber incidents involving government agencies has jumped 35 percent between 2010 and 2013, from roughly 34,000 to about 46,000, according to another recent report by the Government Accountability Office.

“This is a global problem. We don’t have a malware problem. We have an adversary problem. There are people being paid to try to get inside our systems 24/7,” said Tony Cole, vice president of the cyber security firm FireEye.

Unclassified networks at the White House and State Department were recently hacked, leading the State Department to shut down its email system for days last

But it’s not just spies looking to crack government computers. Hackers are also after personal information accessible through government computer systems, not unlike their counterparts who have nabbed millions of credit and debit card numbers from Target and Home Depot.

Last July, hackers hit the Energy Department and took personally identifiable information from more than 100,000 people “that could be used to damage the financial and personal interests of many individuals,” according to a post-mortem report by the department’s inspector general.

The data included names; dates and places of birth; social security and bank account numbers; and information about their education and disabilities, according to the report. The hack cost the government almost $4 million in credit monitoring fees and lost productivity.

Greg Wilshusen was one of the 100,000 people whose data was compromised by the attack, and the director of information security issues at the Government Accounting Office. He said the federal government’s information technology is “not as secure as it should be. GAO has been identifying this area as high risk since 1997. It’s been a longstanding challenge for the federal government to adequately protect its systems.”

Sometimes the threat comes from simple incompetence. Last year, the IRS mistakenly posted tens of thousands of social security numbers on government websites, according to the nonprofit Public.Resource.org. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration says protecting taxpayer and employee data is the IRS’ most pressing challenge.

RELATED: Hackers attacked the U.S. energy grid 79 times this year

Cole, the cyber security expert, points out that the IRS uses automated systems to process returns. If breached, billions of dollars in returns could be taken and the systems erased, forcing the IRS to use archives to try to reconstruct its system.

“One attack could cripple the (IRS) system,” he said.

Another troubling incident happened last January when hackers hit the Army Corps of Engineers and took sensitive information about the nation’s 85,000 dams. That data included their location, condition and potential for fatalities if the dams were to be breached, according to a report by Sen. Tom Coburn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

The uptick in security breaches is not because of a lack of spending, experts say. In fact, the Obama administration report showed that federal government agencies spent $10 billion on information security. The biggest culprits, experts say, are human error and a patchwork of different systems. Billions of dollars in security can’t stop an employee from clicking a malicious link.

“There is no patch for a stupid user,” said Zheng, who once oversaw a government cyber warfare program.

Indeed, this year’s Obama administration report found that so-called phishing attacks — where users are duped into clicking links that open systems to hackers — are the most widely reported cyber incident.

In an ominous bit of foreshadowing of the Sony hack, National Intelligence Director James Clapper told Congress earlier this year that “the likelihood of a destructive attack that deletes information or renders systems inoperable will increase.”

Now, some experts say, an answer to the Sony hack is crucial.

“We need to have a response whether it’s an industry or a government response so that folks understand there is a penalty here,” Zheng said. “If they go unpunished, the message that sends is detrimental.”

The North Korean hack of Sony Pictures that unleashed proprietary information, leaked embarrassing emails and brought the multi-billion dollar company’s operations to its knees was unprecedented. But cyber security and intelligence experts warn that this is only the beginning.

A CNN review of cyber attacks against federal agencies shows that the number of breaches into government systems is skyrocketing.

“Espionage is happening at a rate we have never seen before,” said Denise Zheng, a deputy director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The numbers seem to bear that out. There were almost 61,000 cyber attacks and security breaches across the entire federal government last year according to a recent Obama administration report.

And the number of cyber incidents involving government agencies has jumped 35 percent between 2010 and 2013, from roughly 34,000 to about 46,000, according to another recent report by the Government Accountability Office.

“This is a global problem. We don’t have a malware problem. We have an adversary problem. There are people being paid to try to get inside our systems 24/7,” said Tony Cole, vice president of the cyber security firm Fire Eye.

Unclassified networks at the White House and State Department were recently hacked, leading the State Department to shut down its email system for days last month.

But it’s not just spies looking to crack government computers. Hackers are also after personal information accessible through government computer systems, not unlike their counterparts who have nabbed millions of credit and debit card numbers from Target and Home Depot.

Last July, hackers hit the Energy Department and took personally identifiable information from more than 100,000 people “that could be used to damage the financial and personal interests of many individuals,” according to a post-mortem report by the department’s inspector general.

The data included names; dates and places of birth; social security and bank account numbers; and information about their education and disabilities, according to the report. The hack cost the government almost $4 million in credit monitoring fees and lost productivity.

Greg Wilshusen was one of the 100,000 people whose data was compromised by the attack, and the director of information security issues at the Government Accounting Office. He said the federal government’s information technology is “not as secure as it should be. GAO has been identifying this area as high risk since 1997. It’s been a longstanding challenge for the federal government to adequately protect its systems.”

Sometimes the threat comes from simple incompetence. Last year, the IRS mistakenly posted tens of thousands of social security numbers on government websites, according to the nonprofit Public.Resource.org. Perhaps not surprisingly, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration says protecting taxpayer and employee data is the IRS’ most pressing challenge.

RELATED: Hackers attacked the U.S. energy grid 79 times this year

Cole, the cyber security expert, points out that the IRS uses automated systems to process returns. If breached, billions of dollars in returns could be taken and the systems erased, forcing the IRS to use archives to try to reconstruct its system.

“One attack could cripple the (IRS) system,” he said.

Another troubling incident happened last January when hackers hit the Army Corps of Engineers and took sensitive information about the nation’s 85,000 dams. That data included their location, condition and potential for fatalities if the dams were to be breached, according to a report by Sen. Tom Coburn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.

The uptick in security breaches is not because of a lack of spending, experts say. In fact, the Obama administration report showed that federal government agencies spent $10 billion on information security. The biggest culprits, experts say, are human error and a patchwork of different systems. Billions of dollars in security can’t stop an employee from clicking a malicious link.

“There is no patch for a stupid user,” said Zheng, who once oversaw a government cyber warfare program.

Indeed, this year’s Obama administration report found that so-called phishing attacks — where users are duped into clicking links that open systems to hackers — are the most widely reported cyber incident.

In an ominous bit of foreshadowing of the Sony hack, National Intelligence Director James Clapper told Congress earlier this year that “the likelihood of a destructive attack that deletes information or renders systems inoperable will increase.”

Now, some experts say, an answer to the Sony hack is crucial.

“We need to have a response whether it’s an industry or a government response so that folks understand there is a penalty here,” Zheng said. “If they go unpunished, the message that sends is detrimental.”

Bill Cosby: No charges over 1974 sex offence allegations

Comedian Bill Cosby plays the vibraphone in Boston, Massachusetts (January 2006)

Charges will not be filed against comedian Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 1974, US prosecutors say.

They cited the statute of limitations which restricts the length of time in which legal action can be taken after an alleged crime has been committed.

Judy Huth alleges that Mr Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old.

She is one of at least 15 women who since early November have alleged that Mr Cosby sexually assaulted them.

The comedian’s lawyers have denied most of the allegations while dismissing others as either being discredited or decades old.

Most of the women concerned say that the comedian drugged them before assaulting them.

Ms Huth claimed that she was forced by Mr Cosby to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

Judy Huth outside the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire Division station in Los Angeles (5 December 2014)Judy Huth says that she had no further contact with Mr Cosby after he allegedly molested her in 1974

Mr Cosby’s lawyer has accused her of trying to extort $250,000 from the star before she decided to sue – he also accused her of trying to sell her story to a tabloid a decade ago.

The actor has never been charged with a crime but the accusations have led to his stand-up tour being called off and the cancellation of a number of TV projects.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Cosby’s wife Camille spoke for the first time to defend her “wonderful husband” against claims of sexual assault.

“He is the man you thought you knew,” Mrs Cosby said in a statement.

Mrs Cosby, who has been married to the comedian for 50 years, said she continued to love the man she “fell in love with”.

She suggested the media’s portrayal of Cosby was a “portrait” of a man she “didn’t know”.

Egypt unveils renovated Tutankhamun gallery

Gallery view

Four renovated halls in the Tutankhamun gallery in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo have been unveiled.

The renovation is part of a seven-year project to refurbish the entire Egyptian Museum.

Statues

The halls, opened by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, house treasures from the tomb of the boy king which were unearthed in 1922.

Statue

It was one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century.

Close up of statuette

Tutankhamun’s tomb had been untouched for some 3,000 years until the British archaeologist Howard Carter found it after years of fruitless excavations.

Woman taking photo of statues in case

The renovation of the museum is being aided by funds from the European Union and other international donors, AFP reported.

James Moran, who heads the EU delegation in Cairo, said the EU gave support to help to boost Egypt’s tourism sector whose “revival… is fundamental for the economy”.

Man looks as case

The EU, he told AFP, would offer 92,500 euros ($115,000, £73,300) next year to help renovate the eastern wing of Tutankhamun gallery.

Woman looking at case

The Egyptian Museum – first opened in 1902 in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square – contains 107 halls with artefacts dating from the prehistoric through to the Roman periods. The majority of the collection is focused on the era of the pharaohs.

The museum houses approximately 160,000 objects covering 5,000 years of Egypt’s past.

ISIS: Enslaving, having sex with ‘unbelieving’ women, girls is OK

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Can you take non-Muslim women and children captive? Yes, says ISIS.

Can you have sex with them, even prepubescent girls? Yes, according to the Islamist extremist group.

Can you sell them or give them as gifts to others? The answer is yes, once again.

People in Mosul — the Iraqi city now under control of the group calling itself the Islamic State — got these and other messages loud and clear after sunset prayers Friday, when armed men handed out a color-printed pamphlet “Question and Answers on Female Slaves and their Freedom,” three residents told CNN.

“People started gathering in small groups chattering about this (document),” said one of the men, whom CNN didn’t name for security reasons. “Most are shocked, but (we) cannot do much about it.”

The document was first printed in October or November, then later posted on an ISIS website. It has gotten more publicity recently because of the Middle East Media Research Institute, an independent Washington-based nonprofit whose advisory board includes former National Security Agency Director Michael V. Hayden, onetime CIA Director James Woolsey and ex-U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The idea that ISIS is kidnapping, selling and raping women and children is hardly surprising. Many such accounts have surfaced since the group began its often brutal run through Syria and Iraq, including chilling stories from members of the Yazidi religious minority. And these are on top of other horrific allegations, such as the killings and mistreatment of innocent civilians simply because they didn’t subscribe to ISIS’ extreme take on Sharia law.

Yazidi women ‘treated like cattle’

And that’s the thing about ISIS: Its militants have justified their actions — like the beheadings of journalists and aid workers — in God’s name.

Even then, it is rare to see its rationale laid out as plainly as in “Question and Answers on Female Slaves and their Freedom.”

In the document, for instance, it is explained that capturing women is permissible if they are “nonbelievers.” It adds, “Female slaves are the women that Muslims took from their enemies.”

Much of the pamphlet talks about ISIS’ policy on having sexual intercourse with a female slave, something that the group cites the Quran to justify.

Armed men distributed this pamphlet Friday to worshipers in Mosul, outlining what’s permissible to do with non-Muslim captives.

“If she was a virgin, he (the owner) can have intercourse with her immediately after the ownership is fulfilled,” ISIS explains. “If she was not a virgin, her uterus must be purified (wait for her period to be sure she is not pregnant.)”

There are other rules as well, like that two men who co-own a captive can’t both have sex with her and that a man can’t have intercourse with his wife’s slave.

As to girls: “It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse,” the document reads. “However, if she is not fit for intercourse, he (the owner ) can only enjoy her without intercourse.”

The Q&A is clear that, young and old, the captors have full control of their captives.

As such, the ISIS document claims, “It is permissible to buy, sell or give as a gift female captives and slaves, for they are merely property.”

In response to the question of whether a female slave can buy her freedom, the answer is, “Yes she can.”

The document also says that freeing a slave is something a sinner who has committed an act like unintentional murder or perjury can do for his sin to be forgiven. Alternative actions are fasting for two consecutive months or feeding hungry people.

It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse.
ISIS pamphlet on taking captives

The pamphlet sets a few other guidelines, such as that a captive mother can’t be separated from her young children and that an impregnated captive cannot be sold. Beating a female slave for discipline is OK, but beating her for pleasure or as a form of torture is not.

There are fewer rules for the captives themselves, though the ISIS pamphlet does identify one thing as “the gravest of sins” — running away from one’s master.

This document marks the most detailed, albeit not first, justification for enslaving nonbelievers, as defined by ISIS. Time and again, the group cites the Quran and its view of Sharia law.

“ISIS is drawing these rulings from ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean codes of conduct for war and prisoners,” said Abbas Barzegar, professor of religious studies at Georgia State University.

“Muslim leaders and lay practitioners the world over continue to condemn ISIS and find its alien interpretation of Islam grotesque and abhorrent. Unfortunately, in the context of failed states and civil wars most sane voices are often the most drowned out.”

None of ISIS’ rationalizations hold up, Seton Hall University law school Professor Bernard Freamon wrote on CNN.com last month.

“This argument is plainly wrong, hypocritical and astonishingly ahistorical, relying on male fantasies inspired by stories from the days of imperial Islam,” said Freamon. “It is also an affront to right-thinking Muslims everywhere and a criminal perversion of Islamic law, particularly its primary source, the glorious Quran.”

Boko Haram could ‘disenfranchise Nigeria voters’

Civilians who fled their homes following an attack by Islamist militants, in Gwoza arrived at the camp for internally displaced people in Yola, Nigeria, on 27 November 2014

At least 1.5 million people displaced by the Islamist insurgency in north-east Nigeria may not be able to vote in elections if the law is not changed, an electoral official has told the BBC.

Discrepancies in the law needed to be resolved in “very good time” or people could be disenfranchised, he added.

Ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari will challenge President Goodluck Jonathan in the February election.

Boko Haram’s insurgency has mainly affected opposition strongholds.

Last year, Mr Jonathan imposed a state of emergency in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in a bid to curb the insurgency.

However, Boko Haram has stepped up attacks since then and has declared an Islamic state in areas it controls.

‘Staggered voting’

BBC Nigeria reporter Will Ross says it is not clear whether the elections will take place at all in states under emergency rule.

But the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) said it was determined to ensure that the elections took place in all parts of the country.

The vote could be held on a staggered basis and areas could be secured with “proper deployment” of the security forces, Inec spokesman Nick Dazzang told BBC Focus on Africa.

Inec was distributing voter cards to displaced people, many of whom were living in camps, but discrepancies in Nigeria’s Electoral Act needed to be “reconciled”, he added.

Haiti Prime Minister resigns after anti-government protests

Demonstrators burn tires during anti-government protests in Port-au-Prince on December 13.

After days of anti-government protests in Haiti, the country’s prime minister is resigning.

Laurent Lamothe announced his resignation Saturday night, the country’s Ministry of Communications said on Twitter.

“I leave the position of prime minister this evening with a feeling of accomplishment,” Lamothe said in a televised speech.

The resignation comes after violent anti-government protests calling for elections and for both Lamothe and President Michel Martelly to step down.

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti denounced the violence in the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince, and also said it is investigating a report of excessive use of force.

Haiti has been mired in extreme poverty and instability for years. It is still grappling with the aftermath of a catastrophic 2010 earthquake that killed more than 230,000.

In 2011, the year Martelly was elected, the President gave a sobering account of Haitian politics:

“We are ruled by corruption,” he said at the time. “The people have no confidence in their government.”

Pakistan militants: Children killed because they aspired to be soldiers

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As Pakistan started three days of national mourning Wednesday, Taliban militants said they targeted a Peshawar army school because its students aspired to be soldiers, like their fathers.

Terrorists ambushed the school Tuesday, explosives strapped to their bodies, and burst into an auditorium filled with students taking exams.

They sprayed bullets rapidly, killing 145 people. Of those, 132 were children, authorities said.

In an email, the terror group warned Muslims to avoid places with military ties, saying it carried out the attack to revenge the deaths of children allegedly killed by the nation’s army strikes in tribal areas.

It accused the students at the army school of “following the path of their fathers and brothers to take part in the fight against the tribesmen” nationwide.

The army school is home to about 1,100 students and staff, most of them sons and daughters of army personnel from around Peshawar.

A day after the massacre, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a moratorium on the death penalty for terrorism cases.

‘Under the benches … kill them’

Student Ahmed Faraz, 14, recalled the moment the terrorists struck. He was in the auditorium when about five people burst in through a back door and started firing.

“‘God is great,'” the militants shouted as they roared through the hallways, Ahmed said.

They sought out terrified children.

” ‘A lot of the children are under the benches,’ ” a Pakistani Taliban said, according to Ahmed. ” ‘Kill them.’ “

The ninth-grader got shot in his left shoulder and lay under a bench.

“My shoulder was peeking out of the bench,” Ahmed recalled. “They went into another room, (and when) I ran to the exit, I fell.”

Seventh-grader Mohammad Bilal said he was sitting outside his classroom taking a math test when the gunfire erupted. He fell into bushes before running to the school’s gates to safety.

Children drenched in blood

Pakistani troops eventually pushed through the buildings room-by-room, and confined the attackers to four buildings.

They found children drenched in blood. Some of the bodies lay on top of one another.

“Even the children are dying on the frontline in the war against terror,” said Khawaja Asif, the defense minister. “The smaller the coffin, the heavier it is to carry.”

By the time the siege ended in the evening, military officials said all the seven militants were dead. It’s unclear whether they were killed or they detonated their explosives. The casualty tolls don’t include the terrorists.

The ambush at Army Public School and Degree College left more than 100 injured, many with gunshot wounds, according to Mushtaq Ghani, a spokesman for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

It started with a ruse

The nightmare began in late morning, when a car exploded behind the school. Pakistani authorities said the blast was a ruse to divert the security guards’ attention.

Gunmen got over the walls and walked through where students in grades 8, 9 and 10 have classes.

The militants came in with enough ammunition and other supplies to last for days and were not expecting to come out alive, according to a Pakistani military official.

Most of those killed were between the ages of 12 and 16, said Pervez Khattak, chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital.

Some adults were also targeted, including a 28-year-old office assistant who was shot and burned alive, police official Faisal Shehzad said.

Goal was to kill

Pakistani authorities said the attackers’ goal was to kill, not take captives.

When lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases, the prime minister expressed frustration over failed talks.

“We tried dialogue with these militants, we reopened the door to talks,” Sharif said. “It was unsuccessful … there was no other option than to engage in an operation against these people.”

He did not mention any specific terror groups. But the Pakistan Taliban and the government have been involved in peace talks in the past. Pakistan released 19 Taliban noncombatants in a goodwill gesture, but talks broke down after a wave of militant attacks.

Violent past

Pakistan has seen plenty of violence, much of it involving militants targeting restive regions in northwest Pakistan along the border with Afghanistan.

It is the home base of the Pakistan Taliban, known as the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan or TTP, which seeks to enforce its conservative version of Islam in Pakistan. The group has battled Pakistani troops and attacked civilians including in Peshawar, an ancient city of more than 3 million people.

And the Taliban hasn’t hesitated to go after schoolchildren. Their most notable target is Malala Yousafzai, who was singled out and shot in October 2012 as she rode to school in a van with other girls. The teenage girl survived and became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize last week for her efforts to promote education and girls’ rights.

Yousafzai said the attack left her heartbroken.

“Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this,” she said.

Afghan Taliban slam Pakistan counterparts

This is the deadliest incident inside Pakistan since October 2007, when 139 Pakistanis died and more than 250 others were wounded in an attack near a procession for exiled former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, according to the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database.

Even the Taliban in Afghanistan, who are closely affiliated with their Pakistani counterparts, criticized the killing of women and children as against Islamic teaching.

The spokesman of the Afghan terror group expressed condolences to the victims of Tuesday’s attack.

New Hints About the Iron Man Suit’s Awesome Upgrade in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

New Hints About the Iron Man Suit's Awesome Upgrade in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Looks like Tony Stark is getting an armor upgrade just in time for his cataclysmic battle with big bad ‘bot, Ultron. With five months to go until Avengers: Age of Ultron invades theaters, Hot Toys has unveiled images of its first tie-in collectible figure, which reveals Iron Man’s new iron-plated duds, the Mark XLIII suit. Modeled directly on a fully-costumed Robert Downey Jr. as he’ll appear in the flick, the figure may only offer a 1/6 scale peek, but that’s still big enough to spot some of the differences between this latest outfit and Stark’s previous examples of superhero wear.

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The original, rudimentary suit in the first Iron Man movie

Certainly, the Mark XLIII is light years removed from the Mark 1 suit that Stark donned at the beginning of the very first Iron Man. Though, to be fair, that bulky grey outfit was built with scant resources under less-than-ideal conditions (i.e. a cave in Afghanistan).

Palestinian minister buried amid tensions over cause of death

Palestinian security personnel carry coffin of Ziad Abu Ein in Ramallah (11/12/14)

A Palestinian government minister who died after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers has been buried in Ramallah, amid a dispute over the cause of death.

Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said Ziad Abu Ein had been suffocated and beaten by Israeli soldiers.

Israel, however, says Mr Abu Ein, 55, had a heart condition and suffered a heart attack brought on by stress.

He died on Wednesday shortly after an Israeli policeman grabbed him by the throat at a protest in the West Bank.

Ziad Abu Ein’s funeral was held on Thursday with full military honours in Ramallah.

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat says the autopsy report shows Ziad Abu Ein was ”killed in cold blood”

Thousands of people joined the procession from the presidential headquarters to a nearby cemetery, with the sounds of drums and bagpipes filling the air, as well as sporadic gunfire.

‘In cold blood’

Earlier in the day, Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian pathologists attended a preliminary examination of Mr Abu Ein’s body, but Israel and the Palestinians issued differing accounts.

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told the BBC his death had been caused by “Israeli soldiers suffocating and beating up Ziad Abu Ein”, saying he held the Israeli government fully responsible.

He said the report clearly stated that Mr Abu Ein had been “killed in cold blood”.

Palestinian pathologist Saber Aloul told reporters the main cause was a blow to Ziad Abu Ein, not natural causes.

But Israel’s ministry of health said the examination showed Mr Abu Ein had underlying heart problems, and the immediate cause of death was a blockage to a cardiac artery.

In a statement it said Mr Abu Ein also suffered injuries to his neck. Images from the scene of Wednesday’s protest showed him being grabbed by the throat by an Israeli border guard.

Tensions are running high after the death of Ziad Abu Ein, reports Kevin Connolly

Reuters news agency quoted an unnamed Israeli official familiar with the post-mortem examination as saying the minister’s death was “brought on by stress… The stress may have been brought on by him being grabbed by the neck”.

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At the scene: Yolande Knell, BBC News, Ramallah

With three Palestinian flags flying at half-mast over the presidential headquarters, the Muqataa, hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their respects to this veteran official. Many dignitaries were visible among the crowd as they bowed for prayers.

A presidential honour guard then carried Ziad Abu Ein’s coffin to a nearby graveyard where there was a 21-gun salute.

Friends of Ziad Abu Ein said he had become a martyr to the nationalist cause.

There have been calls for a strong political response to this death. Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told the BBC that co-ordination with Israeli security forces could be stopped.

“I’m not going to jump to any conclusions but it’s on the table and it’s likely,” he said. “There are several options and they include the stoppage of co-ordination.”

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Footage and images from the scene of the protest, near the unauthorised Jewish outpost of Adei Ad, showed a standoff between troops and Palestinians, followed by a scuffle between a protester and a soldier.

At one point Mr Abu Ein is seen being pushed by his throat by the border guard. He is subsequently seen collapsed on the ground. He was later taken to hospital in Ramallah but died on the way.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Mr Abu Ein was the victim of a “barbaric act”.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an investigation into the death and urged “all sides to exercise maximum restraint and avoid escalation”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu passed a message to the Palestinian Authority saying that Israel would investigate the incident, while urging a “need to calm down the situation and act responsibly”.

Israeli Maj Gen Yoav Mordechai said all soldiers who involved in the incident would be questioned and Israel would apologise if it concluded a mistake had been made.

Before he collapsed, Ziad Abu Ein (left) said he had been assaulted by Israeli soldiers

As tensions grew, the Israeli military beefed up its forces in the West Bank.

Mr Abu Ein was among dozens of foreign and Palestinian activists taking part in a protest against land confiscations.

They had planned to plant olive tree saplings on a patch of land near the Jewish settlement of Shiloh, which Palestinians believe has been earmarked for annexation by Israel.

Several dozen protesters marched from the village of Turmusaya towards Adei Ad, about 5km (3 miles) south-east of Shiloh, where they were stopped by soldiers and border police.

Palestinian witnesses and news agency journalists said tear gas was fired. Palestinian activist Mahmoud Aloul said Mr Abu Ein was hit by a tear gas canister.

An Israel Defense Forces statement said troops had used “riot dispersal means” to stop about “200 rioters” advancing into Adei Ad.

Monaco Princess Charlene gives birth to twins

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene, pictured in November

Monaco’s Princess Charlene has given birth to twin babies, Gabriella and Jacques, the palace has announced.

Prince Jacques is next in line to the Monaco throne, a rich principality on the southern French coast.

A statement said both babies were doing well. Gabriella was born first, with Jacques arriving two minutes later.

Their father is Prince Albert II, 56, son of the late Hollywood actress, Grace Kelly. Charlene, 36, is a Zimbabwean-born former Olympic swimmer.

The prince has two other children but they are excluded from the throne because they were born outside of marriage.

Ahead of the birth, Prince Albert said that the first child to be delivered would become next-in-line, if the twins were the same sex.

But since the twins are mixed sex, Jacques takes the role, due to Monaco’s laws of succession favouring males.

The gender of the twins had been kept a secret even from their father during Charlene’s pregnancy.

Forty-two canon shots were fired to mark the babies’ arrival, 21 for each infant.

It is the first time twins have been born to Monaco’s royal family since it was founded in the 13th Century.

Google to shut Spanish news service

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt in Madrid.

Online search giant Google is shutting down its Google News service in Spain before a new intellectual property law is introduced.

Google will shut the service on 16 December before the law comes into effect in January, the firm said.

The law allows Spanish publications to charge services like Google News if their content is shown on the site.

But Google has argued against the ruling, saying that it makes no money from its search-based service.

“It’s with real sadness that on 16 December we’ll remove Spanish publishers from Google News, and close Google News in Spain,” said Richard Gingras, head of Google News in a blog post on Wednesday.

He went on to add that the law which would allow Spanish publishers to charge Google “for showing even the smallest snippet from their publications” was not sustainable.

“Google News itself makes no money (we do not show any advertising on the site),” he said.

Google versus newspapers

Mr Gingras also pointed out that publishers can choose whether or not they want their articles to appear in Google News.

“The vast majority choose to be included for very good reason. Google News creates real value for these publications by driving people to their websites, which in turn helps generate advertising revenues,” he said.

The Spanish legislation, nicknamed the “Google Tax”, did not specify how much the tech giant would have to pay publishers.

Global newspaper publishers have long argued that services such as Google News infringe on their copyright by creating an online selection of headlines.

Spanish journalist Miguel Anxo Murado argued that being able to access the news for free undermined the value of the information.

“It is not just because of the newspapers closing… it’s also a matter of principle,” he told BBC World Service radio.

“The idea that news comes for free sends the wrong message… news is very valuable and costly. Good information comes at a price.”

German experience

Google started asking publishers for their consent to summarise their content after Germany revised its copyright laws in 2013, which would have required Google to make payments.

Nevertheless, some large German publishers have found Google’s ability to push traffic to websites difficult to do without.

In November, Germany’s biggest news publisher, Axel Springer, scrapped a move to block Google from running snippets of articles from its newspapers, saying that the experiment had caused traffic to its sites to plunge.

The firm had sought to restrict Google’s use of news from four of its top-selling brands: welt.de, computerbild.de, sportbild.de and autobild.de.

Axel Springer’s chief executive Mathias Doepfner said his company would have “shot ourselves out of the market” if it had continued with its demands for the US firm to pay licensing fees.

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Analysis: Jane Wakefield, BBC Technology Reporter

Google News shutting in Spain raises a host of questions about the future of the search giant in Europe.

After Germany’s experience, some now wonder if Spain may also come to regret its Google Tax, which requires news aggregators such as Google News to pay a fee to Spanish publications.

More widely the tense relationship that Google has with the European Union is starting to raise eyebrows.

Google is really under the microscope at the EU. A long-running investigation into whether its search business was anti-competitive has failed to reach agreement despite Google offering several amendments to how search results appear.

Its privacy policy is also under investigation and last year the ‘right to be forgotten’ law saw it and other search engines forced to remove links that individuals felt were inaccurate or irrelevant.

Some experts are starting to ask whether the search giant’s patience with the European Union is beginning to run out.

That raises the question about whether we will increasingly see a two-tier system with the Google that Europeans can access becoming increasingly different to Google in the US.

Australia PM Abbott wants indigenous referendum in 2017

A woman attends a march to protest for aboriginal rights. Photo: November 2014

Australian PM Tony Abbott has vowed to “sweat blood” to secure constitutional recognition for indigenous people, saying he wants a referendum in 2017.

But Mr Abbott said he would not rush with the date until he was confident the referendum would succeed.

To be passed, the change must be backed by a majority of people in a majority of Australia’s six states.

The constitution currently does not recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the nation’s first people.

Unlike in other nations settled by Europeans, such as Canada and New Zealand, Australia’s constitution does not mention indigenous people.

In the past few years, there have been discussions about recognising them in a preamble to the constitution, and about changing the main part of the constitution to include a section that outlaws racial discrimination.

Aboriginal Australians represent about 2.5% of Australia’s 24 million people. Generations of discrimination and disadvantage have left them with poor health and low levels of education and employment.

‘Aboriginal heritage’

Speaking in Sydney on Thursday, Mr Abbott said he hoped the vote would be held in May 2017 – on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum that approved constitutional amendments relating to the country’s indigenous people.

Australian PM Tony Abbott. Photo: 11 December 2014Tony Abbott is a long-term supporter of constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians

“That would be a richly symbolic time to complete our constitution,” he said.

“But I do not want it to fail because every Australian would be the loser. It is more important to get this right than to try to rush it through.”

And Mr Abbott stressed: “I am prepared to sweat blood on this.”

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Indigenous rights referendum:

  • To be passed, the proposal must be backed by a majority of people in a majority of Australia’s six states
  • There is currently at least 70% support for constitutional recognition, according to opinion polls
  • Indigenous leaders describe it as “once in a generation opportunity”
  • A sticking point is whether the constitution should include a broad prohibition on racial discrimination
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“The country we created has an Aboriginal heritage, a British foundation and a multicultural character and it’s high time that this reality was reflected in our constitution.”

Meanwhile, opposition leader Bill Shorten urged the referendum question to be formalised before the next general elections for the campaign to move forward.

Mr Shorten said that otherwise “it is just not possible to raise awareness (about the issue) beyond the abstract”.

In 2010, the government formed an expert panel to examine constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Kenya: Donkey protest in Nairobi’s business district

A crowd of people surrounding the donkeys

A herd of donkeys has been dumped in Nairobi’s central business district in an apparent political protest, it’s been reported.

Each of the animals was spray-painted with the word “tumechoka”, which is Swahili for “we’re fed up”, The Standard news website reports. A lorry was seen depositing the herd in the centre of the Kenyan capital, with the driver saying he’d been paid to drop them off. It’s thought the protest was against rising insecurity in the country, as the website notes the “tumechoka” slogan was used in a street protest against a brutal bus attack in northern Kenya in November. As the donkeys were unloaded from the lorry, one activist was heard shouting “we are tired of this leadership,” The Standard says. The scene attracted a large crowd, according to the BBC’s Robert Kiptoo in Nairobi. “Police had a hectic time trying to control the crowd, which had gathered in one of the streets to take a glimpse of the graffiti and take photographs,” he says. The animals are now being looked after by an animal welfare organisation. “We have taken the donkeys to our Moroto offices and arrested some people who are suspected to be involved in the evil act,” a police officer tells The Star newspaper.

Kenya’s government is under pressure to prevent further violence after a string of deadly attacks by Al-Shabab militants in Kenya. The bus attack in the northern Mandera region left 28 people dead, after gunmen singled out non-Muslim passengers. In September 2013, militants attacked Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre, in a protracted siege during which at least 67 people were killed.

Storm pounds northern California

Aidan Perez, left, 12, and Christopher Dow, right, 11, use a shopping cart to get around the flooded parking lot of a shopping center Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Healdsburg, California 11December 2014

More than 220,000 people are without power after heavy rains and high winds slammed northern California.

The storm brought rainfall of more than an inch an hour in San Francisco and winds gusts of 140mph (225km/h) in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Flooding has already closed two major motorways in the area, delayed public transport, cancelled 240 flights and shut ferry services.

The rain is much needed in the drought-hit state but mudslides are a concern.

Power cuts were widespread, from the suburban area south of San Francisco to Humboldt, near the Oregon border.

Light vehicle traffic is seen on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California 11 December 2014
The Golden Gate Bridge is designed to sway safely in high winds but officials were worried about accidents
A vineyard is flooded along Highway 101 in Winsor California 11 december 2014
A vineyard along a major motorway floods

“It’s a two-pronged punch – it’s wind and rain,” National Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson said. “Once the ground gets saturated and the winds are howling, there’s a bigger chance of trees going down on power lines.”

There were multiple vehicle accidents but no series injuries.

Rain and floods also led to rare weather-related school closures for students in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Santa Cruz County.

Some 240 flights at San Francisco’s airport were cancelled and delays averaged two hours, said a spokesman.

In Santa Cruz, a young child was trapped after an 80ft (24m) tree fell on his arm and shoulder,

Rescuers with chain saws cut it apart and the student was taken to hospital in a good condition.

In the small town of Healdsburg, cars were stalled in heavily flooded streets.

A group of girls laugh while running down a flooded street in Healdsburg, California 11 december 2014
Students had a rare weather-related school cancellation

Grocery store employee Laura Cobar said the water was rising and she feared it might enter the shop.

“We got kids canoeing in our parking lot, and there’s water up to our doors” she said.

But surfers welcomed forecast of waves as high as 15ft and unseasonably warm temperatures near San Francisco Bay and ski resorts in the northern Sierra Nevada were hoping for more than two feet of snow.

US House passes $1.1tn budget bill to avert shutdown

US Congress, Washington

The US House of Representatives has passed a $1.1tn budget, hours before government was due to shut down at midnight on Thursday.

The Republican measure was passed by 219 votes to 206 after President Barack Obama had urged Democrats to support the budget.

It will fund most of the government until September 2015, but some areas will only receive short-term funding.

Republicans won control of both House and Senate in elections last month.

A relieved John Boehner, the Republicans’ House leader, said: “Thank you and Merry Christmas.”

Fifty-seven Democrats voted for the bill, but others were angry about the president’s call for support of the Republican bill, with Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi saying she was “enormously disappointed” at Mr Obama’s position.

House Speaker John Boehner, RepublicanJohn Boehner: `”Thank you and Merry Christmas”

Immigration issue

The Republicans strongly oppose President Obama’s immigration reforms and so the bill only funds the Department of Homeland Security until February.

Republicans hope that when the new congress meets at the start of next year, they can force changes to the president’s immigration plans.

The budget bill must now be passed by the Senate and sent to the president to sign into law.

A two-day extension of government funding was approved by the Senate on Thursday to give it time to pass the main budget.

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said that his chamber would begin looking at the legislation on Friday.

The bill funds the government at the same levels that were negotiated last December.

It also adds emergency funding requested by President Barack Obama, including funds to fight Ebola in West Africa and money for US air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

As presented earlier in the week, the 1,600 page bill also includes a number of provisions intended to gain votes from both parties, including:

  • increasing the amount an individual person can contribute to a national political party from $32,400 to $324,000
  • blocks the District of Columbia from using its own funds to set up regulatory systems for marijuana legalisation
  • measures that would significantly weaken new regulations about risky financial instruments called swaps
  • blocking certain Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
  • cuts in the budgets of the EPA and the US tax agency
  • increases in the budget for Wall Street regulation agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A number of Democrats were unhappy at what they saw as unnecessary concessions made to Republicans in order to pass the bill.

“We don’t like lobbying that is being done by the president or anybody else that allows us to… give a big gift to Wall Street,” Democrat congresswoman Maxine Waters said.

For their part, several Republicans argued that the deal did not go far enough in putting curbs on President Obama’s plan to grant work visas to millions of workers who had entered the US illegally.

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe fires vice president after plot claim

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has ruled out leaving politics, despite his advanced age.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday fired his deputy Joice Mujuru, a few hours after she dismissed allegations that she’d plotted to assassinate the 90-year-old Zimbabwean leader as “ridiculous.”

Mugabe also fired eight Cabinet ministers, Zimbabwe’s Chief Secretary to the Cabinet Misheck Sibanda said in a statement.

Sibanda said Mugabe had dismissed his vice president “because her conduct had become inconsistent with her official duties.”

The firing of Mujuru — long expected to replace Mugabe — came after she issued a statement dismissing claims by Mugabe that she plotted with the opposition and the West to kill him as not having “one iota of evidence.”

Of the eight sacked ministers, including a junior minister, Sibanda said: “It had become apparent that their conduct and performance were below the expected conduct.”

‘Plotting to kill’

The political upheaval erupted last week when Mugabe accused Mujuru of trying to topple him and of being a “thief” of minerals.

“Wanting a post should not lead someone into plotting to kill,” he said in reference to Mujuru, while opening his ruling Zanu PF party’s congress in the capital, Harare.

A day earlier, he told his party’s central committee that Mujuru, a Zanu PF member, was working with the West to oust or assassinate him.

Mujuru was seen as the likely successor to Mugabe until recently, when first lady Grace Mugabe accused her of being “too dull” and “too corrupt” to lead.

Analysts now say the first lady is being groomed to succeed her husband, the only leader Zimbabweans have known since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980.

On Saturday, she was confirmed as the leader of the powerful women’s wing of Zanu PF.

Mugabe: ‘I still have the will’

At the same time, Mugabe has ruled out leaving politics, despite his advanced age.

“I still have a bright mind, I still have the will,” Mugabe said as he officially closed his party’s five-day congress late Saturday, in a speech that lasted about an hour.

He said he would announce a new lineup of Zanu PF leaders by this Thursday.

“We will do a reshuffle. There will be disappointments. Those who are not here have said goodbye to us,” he said, referring to Mujuru and her allies, who have been snubbing most party leadership meetings since the public attacks against her.

Under the new constitution of Zanu PF, Mugabe handpicks the entire leadership of his party.

Deadly explosions rock market in central Nigeria

At least 12 people were killed Thursday in two bomb explosions at a market in the central Nigerian city of Jos, a security guard at the scene said, marking the latest instance of violence to hit the volatile region.

Nigeria’s state broadcaster NTA reported the explosions took place at the terminus area of the Jos market.

According to Mohammed Adams, a security guard there, a young man walked into the market with a small cart claiming he was carrying yams. He kept moving before detonating one device, killing two.

People chased him, but couldn’t stop him before he managed to blow himself up — killing at least 10 more — Adams said.

Nigerian officials have yet to provide an official death toll from the explosions.

Located about 250 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of the national capital of Abuja, Jos is in an area that has been beset by violence in recent years.

Much of that fighting has pitted Nigerian troops against Boko Haram, the Islamist terror group trying to impose its strict version of Sharia law across the African nation. Citizens have repeatedly been caught up in the mayhem such as mass kidnappings of women and children as well as bombings of schools, churches and mosques blamed on Boko Haram.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday’s attack.

However, Boko Haram has been tied to violence in Jos before, including a double car-bombing at the same market in May that killed 118 people.

Jessica Chambers’ phone provides leads, prosecutor says

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In this patch of rural Northwest Mississippi, the tire tracks stand out. They lead up an embankment to a tree, partially scorched from the car fire that would ultimately kill Jessica Chambers.

Much of the dirt, leaves and pine cones near the tree are burned as well.

The area where firefighters found the teen with burns all over her body is otherwise nondescript, aside from the crime scene tape. A rural road with no dividing line leads to a green gate and dirt driveway that sits a few feet from the tree and skid marks.

On Thursday, a CNN crew saw a man in a Panola County Sheriff’s Office pickup truck collect something from the ground, less than 50 feet from the tree, place it in a paper bag and drive off. He stopped a short distance down the road and crouched by the roadside, placing something else in a paper bag and driving away.

Later, several men from the sheriff’s office, clad in fluorescent vests, arrived and began investigating the scene, picking items up and examining them as a canine unit assisted with the investigation.

Questions abound about how the 19-year-old and her car ended up severely burned in this wooded area. Chambers died from her injuries on Sunday. Her family said she suffered burns over 98% of her body.

After obtaining warrants and cracking a password, police were able to access Jessica Chambers’ phone records and are following up on leads, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Police are searching her data and text records after obtaining warrants Wednesday that compelled Google and her cell phone provider to give police access to her phone’s content, said John Champion, district attorney for Mississippi’s 17th Circuit.

The prosecutor on Thursday also updated information he had given CNN the previous day that indicated Chambers had attended a party but police couldn’t find anyone who had seen her there. Police have now spoken to witnesses who claim to have seen Chambers at the party, the prosecutor said.

Mississippi teen burned to death

Champion said on Wednesday that when firefighters arrived at the scene near Courtland, Mississippi, Chambers approached one of them and spoke. She was not on fire, as has been widely reported, the prosecutor said.

Champion didn’t divulge the teen’s words but said, “It has certainly given us a lead we’re following up on.”

On Thursday, Champion spoke at a news conference, pleading for public help with the case and asking anyone with information, even if they think it’s insignificant, to talk to police.

“We’re definitely treating this as an arson. We’re still trying to determine through lab results as to what was the source of the arson,” he said.

He further told reporters he didn’t expect an arrest in the immediate future.

Asked who authorities had spoken to in the course of their investigation, he replied, “We’ve talked to many, many people.”

Though authorities are releasing sparse details of the crime and investigation — at least some of which can be attributed to a dearth of information — they have determined an accelerant was used in the blaze, but it’s not clear whether the accelerant was poured on the car or Chambers herself, Champion has said previously.

The state fire marshal is processing the evidence to determine what type of accelerant, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Atlanta is assisting, he said.

Investigators believe her phone will be “the key to everything,” the prosecutor said. She received a call before she left her house, he said.

Her older sister, Amanda Prince, said Jessica called their mother from a gas station and told her she would be home right after she cleaned her car.

The business, which Champion characterized as a rural mom-and-pop store, is about 2 miles from Chambers’ home. It sells fried chicken, pizza and deli sandwiches, and there is a constant stream of people sharing rumors and random chatter about the killing that has rocked their area.

The clerk who helped her said nothing seemed out of sorts.

“She seemed normal,” Ali Alsanai told CNN affiliate WREG. “She didn’t seem like something was going wrong, you know? She just seemed normal. She just pumped some gas, we had a talk and she left.”

The clerk said on Thursday that one thing struck him as odd: Chambers pumped $14 worth of gas. She was a regular in the store, popping in every day or two, and she rarely pumped more than $5 in gas, he said.

“I asked her about it, and she said she was going somewhere,” he said. “She was quiet that day, real quiet.”

Employee Renna Tucker said Chambers was a fixture at the store. Everyone knew her and she was “real friendly,” the attendant said.

“Not one time have I ever heard her get loud, have a smart mouth. She was always smiling,” she said.

As Champion noted in his news conference, Tucker said it’s a close-knit community and if something big happens, everyone knows about it.

“Nothing gets around without us hearing something, and right now there’s nothing,” Tucker said.

Chambers’ death has Tucker frightened, to the point that she’s switched her routine.

“Usually I got off work at 5 and I stay late til 6 or 6:30, but no more. I go straight home after dark,” she said.

A Facebook page titled Justice for Jessica has drawn more than 97,000 likes and that number was climbing rapidly Thursday. The page states it was created “to keep Jessica’s name alive & out there.”

Dr. Dre: Producer is the world’s highest paid musician of 2014

 
 

Dr. Dre has crowned his already historic year by becoming the world’s highest paid musician of 2014. According to Forbes Magazine, the legendary Hip Hop producer made a total of $620 million in the last twelve months.

Of course this huge cash revenue is thanks to Beats By Dre being acquired by Apple for $3 billion. Dr. Dre made enough money to trump Beyonce. Queen B was pushed to the second spot after she made $115 million in 2014. Her husband Jay Z was number twelve on the list with $60 million. He is tied with Hip Hop mogul Sean Diddy Combs who raked in the same figure in 2014.

Take a look at the full list below;

1. Dr. Dre ($620 million)
2. Beyoncé ($115 million)
3. The Eagles ($100 million)
4. Bon Jovi ($82 million)
5. Bruce Springsteen ($81 million)
6. Justin Bieber ($80 million)
7. One Direction ($75 million)
8. Paul McCartney ($71 million)
9. Calvin Harris ($66 million)
10. Toby Keith ($65 million)
11. Taylor Swift ($64 million)
12. Jay Z ($60 million)(tie)
12. Diddy ($60 million)(tie)
12. Bruno Mars ($60 million)(tie)
15. Justin Timberlake ($57 million)
16. Pink ($52 million)
17. Michael Bublé ($51 million)
18. Rihanna ($48 million)
19. Rolling Stones ($47 million)
20. Roger Waters ($46 million)
21. Elton John ($45 million)
22. Kenny Chesney ($44 million)
23. Katy Perry ($40 million)
24. Jason Aldean ($37 million)(tie)
24. Jennifer Lopez ($37 million)(tie)
26. Miley Cyrus ($36 million)(tie)
26. Celine Dion ($36 million)(tie)
28. Muse ($34 million)(tie)
28. Luke Bryan ($34 million)(tie)
30. Lady Gaga ($33 million)(tie)
30. Drake ($33 million)(tie)

BREAKING: Abducted Magodo kids returned, N2.5 million ransom paid

2-year-old Rafael and 15-month old Michael Esharegaran, who were abducted on Sunday, December 7, were dropped off at a Police station in Sagamu, Ogun State after their parents paid a ransom of N2.5 million into a bank account.

2-year-old Rafael and 15-month old Michael Esharegaran (pictured) were kidnapped by their house help, Juliet on Sunday, December 7, 2014 2-year-old Rafael and 15-month old Michael Esharegaran (pictured) were kidnapped by their house help, Juliet on Sunday, December 7, 2014

The maid, identified simply as Juliet, who kidnapped 2-year-old Rafael and 15-month old Michael Esharegaran from their parents’ home in Magodo, Lagos on Sunday, December 7 is pictured in what appears to be a screenshot from a CCTV recording

Two children who were abducted from their Magodo home in Lagos have been returned to their parents after their maid kidnapped and held them hostage for 4 days.

2-year-old Rafael and 15-month old Michael Esharegaran, who were kidnapped on Sunday, December 7, were dropped off at a Police station in Sagamu, Ogun State after their parents paid a ransom of N2.5 million into a bank account.

The maid, Juliet, was hired via e-commerce platform, OLX, after the boys’ mother, Onajite Esharegharan, responded to a December 2 advert for a “humble housemaid.”

A source close to the family confirms to Pulse that the boys have been picked up by their parents and are now ‘safe and sound’.

Whoopi Goldberg “The View” co-host farts on live TV

This isn’t the first time Whoopi has passed gas on the daytime talker. On the Dec. 16, 2011 episode, during a conversation with Homeland’s Claire Danes, Whoopi lifted one of her butt cheeks and let one rip.

Whoopi Goldberg farts on live TV in the presence of 'The View' co-hosts and Ashanti

Whoopi Goldberg has no worries passing gas on live television and yes, in the presence of superstars like Ashanti and her co-hosts on The View .

The veteran actress awkwardly farted during a deep discussion about getting flu on the December 10 episode of the morning talk show and claims there is no better place to do it than in the open.

“Excuse me!” Whoopi exclaimed, as seen in the video below. All of her co-hosts roared with laughter and Ashanti.

Singer Ashanti, who was guest co-hosting excitedly said, “That’s the flu shot!” leaving the regular faces including Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace laughing out loud and hard.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time Whoopi has passed gas on the daytime talker. On the Dec. 16, 2011 episode, during a conversation with Homeland’s Claire Danes, Whoopi lifted one of her butt cheeks and let one rip. Then said: “I think I just blew out a little frog outta there!”

Can you fart on live TV?

Kerry Washington: “Scandal” star to divorce NFL husband Nnamdi Asomugha?

According to HollywoodLife, a source claims the couple are reportedly not spending time together. However another source explained to the site that those are all just rumours for the television!

Is Kerry Washington and husband Nnamdi Asomugha getting a divorce?

Kerry Washington and former NFL husband Nnamdi Asomugha may be heading for a divorce after about a year of being married.

According to HollywoodLife, a source told them the couple are reportedly not spending time together.

However another source explained to the site that those are all just rumours for the television!

“[The divorce is] not happening. They are actually excited for the holidays as a family and have no drama in their lives. Leave that for the TV show!” says the source

The site also claim the family is getting ready for the Christmas season and are very excited to spend time together with family and friends.

It remains unclear what sparked the divorce rumours but from every indication, there are no ‘Scandal’ in Kerry’s life or marriage and they are still waxing strong.

The couple shares daughter 8-month-old daughter Isabelle Asomugha together.

K. Michelle; Did singer call Kim Kardashian ‘untalented’?

While promoting her new album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart, on radio, Michelle mentioned Kim K naked magazine covers … “not like i do it”

K. Michelle talks Kim Kardashian's talent on radio

K. Michelle‘s new album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart is revealing a whole lot of things like her dating the hot Idris Elba (for 8 months) but is the album’s seductive art cover throwing shade at Kim Kardashian?

While promoting her new work on The Breakfast Show this week, the reality star made mention of the fact that the idea behind her nakedness exposed on the cover was all for the art.

Radio host Charlamagne tried to compare the cover to Kim’s famous naked magazine covers like Paper and British GQ, Michelle laughed and said, “when people saw the cover they asked me why I would be so TALENTED and then go nude like that?”

“So you went all Kim on the cover…” the host mentioned, “no, no,no…. they said I was talented!” Michelle re-emphasized.

“So are you saying Kim isn’t talented?” Charlamagne asked, Michelle responded, “you said that… I didn’t”.

Wow, we know for sure that Kim or Kanye West won’t find this funny when they hear it but we’ve got to admit, Michelle’s album cover is super SEXY!K. Michelle and Kim Kardashian have something in common but one is truely talented

Huddah Monroe: “Why don’t you use your vagina too to get a life instead of hating?”

Former Big Brother housemate, Huddah Munroe reacts to comments from followers on Instagram.

Huddah

Remember her from Big Brother Africa 8 : The Chase? The former Kenyan housemate, Huddah Monroe is popular for posting raunchy photos on social media.

The former BBA Housemate reacted to some comments from her followers on Instagram, who accused her of living off rich men.

Check out her reply below;

Honestly, I don’t understand why women have to be the ones hating all the damn time . If you think my vagina is giving me the life I live then why don’t u use your vagina too to get a life instead of hating ?

The “sex symbol” reality show star earlier today posted a picture with the caption;

I ain’t got no worries….I bet you that’s how he likes it… GAP between the thighs! #DrunkArd  #SexSymbol #SweetestPoison.

Photo credit : Instagram

Snow on A68 leaves up to 100 vehicles stranded

Stranded vehicles on the A68 at Carter Bar
It took about three hours to clear the road

Up to 100 vehicles were stranded when snow blocked a section of the A68 on the England-Scotland border.

About 40 volunteers from three mountain rescue teams joined police in a three-hour operation to clear the road in the early hours of Thursday.

No-one was reported hurt, but the road was blocked in both directions around Carter Bar until about 02:00 GMT.

Forecasters say more snow is expected to fall across the North East on Thursday, mainly on higher ground.

Overnight road conditions were treacherous

A spokesman for the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, which is funded through donations, said the speed at which the snow came down took motorists by surprise.

He said: “There were about 70 vehicles stuck south of the border and another 30 on the Scottish side.

“The snow was only four or five inches deep, but it was the speed at which it fell that took everyone by surprise.

Stranded vehicles on the A68Rescuers said motorists were caught out by the snow

“We had to use our 4x4s to get the majority of the vehicles out.

“Ambulance crews were on standby, but after we had checked all the vehicles it was clear there were no casualties.”

Volunteers from the Tweed Valley team were joined by those from the Borders Search and Rescue Unit and the Northumberland National Park and North of Tyne rescue team.

The spokesman added: “There were so many vehicles stuck that the snow ploughs just couldn’t get through.”

Wicked Love: Nigerian man post nude photos of lover on social media

How could a man be so wicked to post the nude photos of a woman he claimed to love on the Internet just to spite her?

Peter Ifedayo posted nude photos of Olabomi Ojuade because she failed to give him money.

A Nigerian man who is an asylum seeker in in Dublin, Ireland, Peter Ifedayo, has brought shame to the whole country by posting nude photos of a single mother he was dating on his Watsapp page because she refused to give him money.

The heart broken Nigerian woman, Olabomi Ojuade, has been traumatised and has been unable to come to terms with the actions of a man she loved and trusted with all her heart. She has also taken to Youtube to release videos where she talks about the shame she has been made to undergo as well as warn women to beware of men they give their hearts to.

According to the story she gave out, she met Peter some months ago, not knowing his stock in trade is dating rich women in that country and living off them. He asked her for a relationship and thinking she has found the man to ease her of her loneliness, she gave her heart to him, gave him love and trusted him with her life.

Then after a few months of dizzying love affair, in which time she did some naughty things with him like taking photos while making love, Peter went into his mode and started asking her for money.

But when the demands became excessive and she could not come up with them, and told him they should call off the relationship, Peter threatened to blackmail her and post the nude photos on the Internet, a threat he carried out without minding the life he is going to ruin. The naked photos became viral a few days later and she has been so devastated and downcast.

She had to make the videos and has been telling single mothers to investigate a man they want to date and be careful of introducing him to their kids or he could turn around to ruin their lives.

Former DJ Ray Teret jailed for rapes and indecent assaults

Ray Teret

Former radio DJ Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years for a series of rapes and indecent assaults on girls as young as 12.

Teret, 73, a friend of Jimmy Savile, was last week convicted of seven counts of rape and 11 counts of indecent assault during the 1960s and 1970s.

Police revealed four further women have also said they were abused by the ex-Radio Caroline DJ.

Greater Manchester Police are investigating the claims.

Teret – known as Ugly Ray – was mentored by Savile in the early days of his career. His trial was told he followed Savile “around like a shadow”.

Teret is likely to spend the rest of his life in jail, the sentencing judge said

Teret was told by Mr Justice Baker that the 25-year sentence means he will likely spend the rest of his life in jail.

The judge said Teret had “exploited” his “celebrity status” as a popular DJ to abuse young girls.

He added: “Those who were raped had little or no understanding what was happening to them and felt they could do little to prevent the abuse taking place.”

Many of the women who were abused by Ray Teret when they were schoolgirls in the 1960s and 70s were in the public gallery to watch as he was sentenced, and they couldn’t contain their delight.

They cheered, they clapped, and as he was taken down to the cells from the glass-walled dock, some of them shouted “monster”.

Ray Teret showed no reaction to that.

During the trial, Teret told jurors he had no interest in underage girls.

But the court heard he had a previous conviction for sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl in 1999.

Prosecutors said he had “consistently pursued” young teenage girls.

Jimmy Savile and Ray Teret together, sitting bare-chested - date and place unknown
Teret (right) was a friend and close associate of Jimmy Savile
Teret worked at various radio stations including Radio Caroline and Piccadilly Radio

He was convicted of a number of charges, but also cleared of various other sexual offences.

Among the charges he was cleared of was a claim he aided and abetted Savile to rape a 15-year-old girl in the early 1960s.

Teret was found guilty of raping the complainant himself.

Cathy speaks to the BBC’s Judith Moritz: ”It’s very raw… I’ve had to live with what he’s done all my life”

After the sentencing Detective Chief Inspector Graham Brock said: “After decades of hiding behind the veneer of being a distinguished radio presenter, Ray Teret has finally been exposed as the manipulative and dangerous sexual predator that he is.”

He said Teret’s crimes had “cast a dark shadow” over his victims’ lives.

He added: “I know from speaking to them personally how devastating the effects of his abuse have been. They have courageously relived their ordeal at court and should be applauded for having the bravery to speak out and bring this man to justice for his appalling crimes.

Malanda played against Everton twice in the Europa League this season
Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda has died aged 20 in a car crash in Germany.
The Belgium Under-21 midfielder had made 15 appearances for the German Bundesliga side this season, including against Everton in the Europa League.
He was linked to Fulham and Crystal Palace when he left Zulte Waregem in 2013 but instead joined Wolfsburg, before going back on loan to the Belgian side.
His last game was a 2-1 win over Cologne on 20 December.
Wolfsburg police confirmed the crash happened near the German city of Bielefeld.

Kevin de Bruyne tweeted a picture of himself and Junior Malanda
Wolfsburg team-mate Kevin de Bruyne tweeted: (external)”So strange to hear your friend in the morning and then hear this news. Lost a great friend way too early. RIP my friend. You will always be around.”
Another team-mate, Nicklas Bendtner, said on Instagram: (external)”Not only a great player, but a great person. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your family brother. Your kind heart was rare and special. You will always be remembered.”
Chelsea’s Thorgan Hazard, who played with Malanda at Zulte Waregem, said: “Whyyyyy??? I love you brooo.”
Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku said: “I love you my brother.”
Malanda’s fellow Belgian Thibaut Courtois, the Chelsea goalkeeper, said: “RIP @JuniorMalanda!! We lose a huge talent and a great person!!”
The Royal Belgian Football Association tweeted: “The world of football has lost a great talent today. URBSFA sends its condolences to his family & friends #ripmalanda.”
Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Mario Gotze said: “RIP Junior #Malanda – sooo sad! My thoughts are with your family and friends…!”
Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia and Paris St-Germain left-back Lucas Digne ‏were also among the other players to tweet their condolences