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Two strong aftershocks hit central Italy, destroying churches and homes and knocking out power, just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.

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But there were no reports of serious injuries or signs of people trapped in rubble, said the head of Italy’s civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio.

A handful of people were treated for slight injuries or anxiety at area hospitals in the most affected regions of Umbria and Le Marche, he said.

A 73-year-old man died of a heart attack, possibly brought on by the quakes, local authorities told the ANSA news agency.

Mr Curcio said his information was that the aftershocks had not been as “catastrophic” as they could have been.

They were aftershocks to the August 24 earthquake that struck much of central Italy, demolishing buildings in three towns and their hamlets, seismologists said.

Several towns this time also suffered serious damage, with homes in the epicentre of Visso spilling out into the street.

The first struck at 7:10pm local time and carried a magnitude of 5.4. But the second one was eight times stronger at 6.1, according to the US Geological Survey.

Because many residents had already left their homes with plans to spend the night in their cars or elsewhere, they were not home when the second aftershock hit two hours later, possibly saving lives, officials said.

“It was an unheard-of violence. Many houses collapsed,” the mayor of hard-hit Ussita, Marco Rinaldi, told Sky TG24.

“The facade of the church collapsed. By now I have felt many earthquakes. This is the strongest of my life. It was something terrible.”

He said two elderly people were rescued from their home, where they were trapped, and appeared to be in good condition. Some 200 people in Ussita were planning to sleep in the streets, given the impossibility of putting up tents so late at night.

Calling it “apocalyptic,” he said the town and its hamlets were “finished”.

A church crumbled in the ancient Perugian town of Norcia, famed for its Benedictine monastery and its cured meats.

A belltower damaged on August 24 fell and crushed a building in Camerino, ANSA said. Elsewhere, buildings were damaged, though many were in zones that were declared off-limits after the earlier earthquake that flattened parts of three towns.

Schools were closed in several towns on Thursday as a precaution and a handful of hospitals were evacuated after suffering damage.

Premier Matteo Renzi, who cut short a visit to southern Italy to monitor the earthquake response, tweeted “all of Italy is embracing those hit once again”.

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The company that owns an Australian theme park where four people died on a ride has defended its safety record as police vetoed plans to reopen to the public three days after the tragedy.

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Dreamworld on Queensland’s Gold Coast has been closed as a crime scene since two men and two women died on Tuesday when their raft flipped on the 30-year-old Thunder River Rapids ride.

Neil Balnaves, chairman of Ardent Leisure Group, which owns Dreamworld as well as bowling and billiards centres across Australia, the US and New Zealand, told the company’s annual general meeting on Thursday that the ride had passed its annual safety inspection a month ago.

“That’s what confounds the tragedy even more for us, because it is ... absolutely surprising that a ride could get through that process and everything up to date,” he said.

“The park does not take its safety as a casual issue,” he said, adding that the company uses international experts.

A union has accused management of ignoring safety concerns raised by staff over years.

Dreamworld announced on Wednesday that it planned to reopen with a memorial day and a service for the victims on Friday, with profits donated to charity and activities limited to smaller rides, animal attractions and the water park.

Mr Balnaves told the meeting that operations would now return to normal from Saturday, although the Thunder River Rapids ride would remain closed until a coroner’s inquiry reported on the cause of the incident.

Dreamworld later said Queensland Police Service had advised that the park could not reopen this week.

Police had warned that investigators were not prepared to risk the crime scene being compromised through the park being reopened too early. Officers have said the investigation could end in charges of criminal negligence.

Ardent chief executive Deborah Thomas said she planned to contact the victims’ families to express her sympathies and other financial assistance.

“I take my family to Dreamworld. This could have been my family and I completely am sympathetic to what they must be going through,” she said.

She told the meeting that the revenue lost due to the tragedy would have a “significant impact” on Dreamworld profits for the remainder of the fiscal year, which began on July 1.

Mr Balnaves told the meeting he expected the incident would continue to have a financial impact in the next fiscal year, but would not affect company assets other than Dreamworld.


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The operation to clear the Calais “Jungle” camp was due to end last night with French authorities declaring it a success.

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Buses taking refugees and migrants to their new homes will stop and demolition of the camp is to be scaled up today.

The announcement came as a number of fires swept through the settlement on the third day of the operation to clear it.

A huge plume of dark grey smoke could be seen from a distance billowing over the sprawling camp as makeshift shelters that were recently homes burned.

The fires were blamed on disgruntled camp residents.

Pascal Brice, head of the office for refugees and stateless people, said: “The operation will be over tonight because all the people who were leaving the Jungle are now welcomed in France, in good conditions in accommodation centres.

“It is a matter of satisfaction for the French administration because all those people now are in centres all around France and the Jungle is over.”

More than 5,000 migrants and refugees have been bussed to registration centres, he said, with around 100 people waiting to be transported. A spokeswoman for the local prefecture said around 1,500 minors had passed through the registration warehouse.

She added that the rate of demolition would be scaled up today, with larger machinery moving onto the site.

Save the Children said it was “extremely concerned” about children both in camp and those who had not been registered as the camp went up in flames.

And the Help Refugees charity reported that unaccompanied children were being sent back to the camp as registration of minors had stopped for the day.

Multiple large blazes started tearing through caravans, tents and shelters in the centre of the camp a little before midday on Wednesday.

Four migrants have been arrested in connection with the fires, said Patrick Visser-Bourdon, the Calais police commissioner in charge of the operation, amid reports that British activists were responsible.

The sound of exploding gas canisters could be heard as the flames ripped through what had recently been migrants’ and refugees’ homes. Firefighters used hoses to battle the flames gutting the Peace restaurant, which days ago was serving tea to residents. A bus for women and children and a makeshift youth centre were also burned.

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Scientists have discovered why the planet moves in and out of ice ages every 100,000 years.

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This mysterious phenomenon, dubbed the “100,000-year problem”, has been occurring for the past million years or so and leads to vast ice sheets covering North America, Europe and Asia.

Until now, scientists have been unable to explain why this happens.

The planet’s ice ages used to occur at intervals of every 40,000 years, which made sense to scientists as the Earth’s seasons vary in a predictable way, with colder summers occurring at these intervals.

However there was a point, about a million years ago, called the “Mid-Pleistocene Transition”, in which the ice age intervals changed from every 40,000 years to every 100,000 years.

New research at Cardiff University has suggested the oceans may be responsible for this change, specifically in the way that they suck carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere.

By studying the chemical make-up of tiny fossils on the ocean floor, the team discovered that there was more CO2 stored in the deep ocean during the ice age periods at regular intervals every 100,000 years.

This suggests that extra carbon dioxide was being pulled from the atmosphere and into the oceans at this time, subsequently lowering the temperature on Earth and enabling vast ice sheets to engulf the Northern Hemisphere.

Professor Carrie Lear said: “We can think of the oceans as inhaling and exhaling carbon dioxide, so when the ice sheets are larger, the oceans have inhaled carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making the planet colder.

“When the ice sheets are small, the oceans have exhaled carbon dioxide, so there is more in the atmosphere which makes the planet warmer.

“By looking at the fossils of tiny creatures on the ocean floor, we showed that when ice sheets were advancing and retreating every 100,000 years the oceans were inhaling more carbon dioxide in the cold periods, suggesting that there was less left in the atmosphere.”

The Earth’s climate is currently in a warm spell between glacial periods. The last ice age ended about 11,000 years ago.

Since then, temperatures and sea levels have risen, and ice caps have retreated back to the poles.

In addition to these natural cycles, man-made carbon emissions are also having an effect by warming the climate.

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An acclaimed expert on climate change died when his snowmobile plunged 100ft after hitting a crevasse in Antarctica.

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Gordon Hamilton, 50, originally from Dundee and married with two children, was working at a field operation on White Island, in the Ross archipelago.

He died on Saturday October 22, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Dr Hamilton’s research had revealed drastic and rapid change in ice sheets across Antarctica.

He was a prominent climate scientist, studying glaciers and their impact on sea levels in a changing climate.

In addition to his field work, he was an associate research professor at Maine University at the Climate Change Institute.

The university’s president, Susan Hunter, led the tributes, saying: “The University of Maine has lost one of its leading scientists.

“Gordon’s glaciology research around the world — from Antarctica to Greenland — was second to none. He leaves a legacy as an outstanding scientist, and a caring mentor and well-known teacher to undergraduate and graduate students.

“Our heart-felt thoughts and prayers go to his wife, Fiona, and their two children, Martin and Calum, and his friends and colleagues around the world.”

Dr Hamilton grew up in Dundee, attending Ancrum Road Primary School and Harris Academy.

He was camping with his research team in the Shear Zone, where two ice shelves meet in a large expanse three miles wide and 125 miles long.

Ice in the zone can be up to 650 feet thick and is intensely crevassed.

Dr Hamilton’s team had been working to identify crevasses, some of which were found and filled earlier in the week. Both teams included experts familiar with the area and with glacial safety.

Kelly Falkner, director of the NSF’s division of polar programmes, said: “The death of one of our colleagues is a tragic reminder of the risks we all face — no matter how hard we work at mitigating those risks — in field research.”

In a 2013 video uploaded by Maine University, Dr Hamilton was heard saying: “I can’t think of a better job or another job I would rather be doing.”

His research revealed drastic and rapid change in ice sheets across Antarctica.

Before joining the university in 2000, he had held positions at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State University and the Norwegian Polar Institute.

Dr France Córdova, director of the NSF, said: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of Dr. Hamilton. Our thoughts are with the family and entire community as we mourn this loss.”

His death remains under investigation.

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A DOCUMENTARY has been made on ex-Rangers player Fernando Ricksen’s battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

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The former Rangers defender revealed on Dutch TV three years ago that he was suffering from the condition.

Ronald Top, a Dutch actor and writer, is producing the documentary - The Final Battle - on Ricksen’s life since being diagnosed.

Speaking to STV, the director said: “I saw him then doing his announcement which was very dramatic and powerful and brought tears to my eyes, and to many people in Holland.

READ MORE: Call for MND sufferers to access benefits for their lifetime

“Twitter exploded after the first two minutes where it seemed that he was drunk but then the presenter said ‘you seem to have some trouble talking’ and then he burst out in tears and said ‘well I’ve just been diagnosed with MND’.

“That completely changed the show and the interview. It was clear to us that this great football player was basically going to die. He himself thought this was the end of his life and it wouldn’t take very long.

“But here we are, three years later.”

The documentary is to focus on the former Ibrox captain’s life since his diagnosis at the age of 37.

A crowdfunding campaign has been set up and aims to raise 20,000 euros to enable post-production to begin quickly and a premiere to take place in the next few months.

Top added:”I was very much intrigued by his situation. We all know him as the former Rangers star and his exuberant lifestyle we also know, of course, and his striking actions on and off the field.

“But with battling MND he is finding himself in a different ball game right now.

“So I’m intrigued by why he’s not closing the curtains and suffering in silence - he’s opened them up and shown what this muscle wasting disease is really doing to him. His spirit is unbroken.”

Ricksen told the director could “literally film everything” of his life, except for him taking a shower.

Top added: “We’ve known him as a player of assert in his early days but he became famous also in our eyes when he started playing for Rangers.

“But I think the majority of Dutch people got to know him after his announcement of MND. And after that we really feel very sympathetic towards him.

“Fernando wants to give this illness a face and really show what the disease is doing to him.

“It is not a story about a man dying. I really want to correct that if somebody thinks that.

READ MORE: Young MND sufferer Lucy aims to be UK face of global drive

“It is a story of hope. Fernando shares with us a message which is very simple but also very powerful: enjoy life as long as you can.

“Because he’s not closing the curtains and not suffering in silence he shows people that you have to keep fighting and be out there and show yourself - be a part of society as long as you can - which is very inspiring I think for people who are in the same or similar situation.”

He concluded: “That was very striking to me because if you see Fernando and he’s not capable of doing a lot, he can’t walk or talk, I think that is amazing.

“However tragic or dramatic a situation is there’s always room for love and beauty.”

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With Donald Trump expected to launch his own TV network as his presidential campaign peters out, Martyn McLaughlin previews the first day’s programming.

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8am The Big Breakfast

Mr Trump visits US diners to fat-shame female patrons and remove huevos rancheros from the menus.

9am Pro-Celebrity Golf

Peter Alliss presents edited highlights from the fourball final at Trump Turnberry, where Mr Trump and Jimmy Tarbuck face off against Vladimir Putin and Bobby Ball.

10.15am Juan Born Every Minute

Mr Trump and his lawyers smear ethnic minority congressional candidates, arguing their birth certificates have been falsified.

10.45am Family Fortunes

Reboot of the popular gameshow. Les Dennis invites Mr Trump, the Duke of Westminster and David Cameron to downplay the size of their respective inheritances.

11.15am Orange Is The New White

Daytime makeover show where Mr Trump forcibly administers tanning lotion to female inmates in a minimum security federal prison.

11.55am Who Do You Think You Are?

Mr Trump takes a genealogical journey to the Western Isles, where he is berated by distant relatives for bringing the archipelago’s name into disrepute.

12.45pm Days Of Our Wives

Lavish soap opera with Melania and Mr Trump’s ex-wives, Ivana and Marla, plagiarising scripts from rival soap operas. Guest starring Sarah Palin.

1.15pm The West Wing (Casino and Country Club)

Fly on the wall series following Mr Trump’s spiteful attempts to construct a luxury resort on Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue.

2pm Brand of Brothers

(R) Reality show. Eric and Donald Jr try to overcome the burdon of their seven-figure trust funds to branch out on their own.

3pm Dora The Deported

Animated educational series about Dora, a Hispanic girl harassed by border officials despite the fact she was born in New Mexico. This week’s phrase to learn at home is “Necesito ponerme en contacto con mi abogado” (I need to contact my lawyer).

3.10pm Trumpton

Stop-motion animation set in a quaint rural town where there are no black residents. The Mayor of Trumpton alleges ballot box irregularities at the recent county election.

3.20pm Wind in the Willows

Reimagining of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale. Chief Weasel (Nigel Farage) fights Mole’s plans for a community windfarm scheme near Wild Wood.

3.30pm Power Rangers

Cartoon following soldiers in the 75th Ranger Regiment, who have been granted immunity as they fight the evil CLINTON syndicate. The Rangers learn enhanced interrogation techniques at a black site in Diego Garcia.

3.40pm The Big Bang Theory

Animated creationism short, debunking prevailing cosmological models. Narrated by Mike Pence.

3.45pm Grabby Days

(R) Classic sitcom, starring Mr Trump as The Fonz.

4.10pm Grand Designs

Architects devise a giant £7.5bn wall in New Mexico, complete with rocking chair, gun rack and spitoon.

4.40pm Arrested Developer

(R) Sitcom about a real estate entrepreneur’s scrapes with the Justice Department as he racially discriminates against residents in a New York housing scheme.

5.10pm Trump University Challenge

Two teams of students from Mr Trump’s defunct business school showcase their ignorance.

5.30pm Mock The Weak

Comedy panel show poking fun at liberal journalists with disabilities.

6pm Trump News

Presented by Katie Hopkins (followed by climate change denial in your region).

6.30pm It’ll Be Alt-Right On The Night

(R) Blooper show featuring insults and gaffes by Mr Trump caught on camera.

7pm Dancing With The Tsars

Live from Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Ballroom, Russian FSB officials whisper hacking techniques to Donald and Melania during unnecessarily intimate rumba routines.

7.30pm Everybody Hates Chris Christie

Sitcom based on the teenage years of the New Jersey governor.

8pm Whose Lie Is It Anyway?

Quiz. Mr Trump and his campaign team present the audience with immigration statistics. Is it their lie or Wikipedia’s?

8.30pm Who Wants To Be A Billionaire?

Game show. Contestants keep tax returns secret and embellish CVs in to convince the audience they are wealthier than they really are.

9pm Grope

Reworking of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 thriller, where a brash businessman inappropriately touches a former colleague before boasting about the “perfect assault.”

10.45pm Extreme Biggest Loser

Reality game show. Plus-size former beauty pageant contestants are trapped in a house with Mr Trump. The exit is only 26 inches wide. ‘Go skinny or stay trapped.’

11.30pm The Locker Room

Late night talkshow, with Mr Trump, Mel Gibson and Bill Cosby.

12.15am Trump Teleshopping

Half price Trump election memorabilia, out of date Trump Steaks, authenticated Alex Salmond letters.

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A teenager has been stabbed after attempting to frighten a group of young people in Berlin by wearing a clown mask and brandishing a hammer.

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Police said a 14-year-old in the group responded by pulling a knife and stabbing the clown, only to find that the person behind the mask was a 16-year-old acquaintance.

He rendered first aid until emergency services could arrive.

READ MORE: ‘Killer clown’ craze arrives in Scotland

The older teenager was taken to hospital, while the 14-year-old was released to his parents.

A rash of sightings - some confirmed, some not - have been reported in Europe and the US of people dressed as clowns and acting in a disturbing manner.

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Four people have been killed in an accident at a theme park on Australia’s east coast, officials said.

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Two men and two women died while on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld, a popular attraction on the Gold Coast, Queensland state police officer Todd Reid told reporters.

A malfunction on the ride, which whisks people in circular rafts along a fast-moving, man-made river, caused two people to be ejected from their raft, while two others were caught inside the ride, said Gavin Fuller, an officer with the Queensland Ambulance Service.

He did not know if the two victims who were caught in the ride were trapped underwater, or caught up in the machinery.

Park staff administered first aid to the victims, but their injuries proved fatal, Mr Fuller said.

The victims were in their 30s and early 40s, he added.

Mr Reid said he was not aware of any previous problems with the ride.

Dreamworld chief executive Craig Davidson said the park was working with police to try to determine what went wrong.

“We are deeply shocked and saddened by this, and our hearts and our thoughts go out to the families involved and to their loved ones,” he said..

The theme park was closed following the accident.

Witness Lia Capes told the Australian Broadcasting Corp that she was just about to go on the ride when she saw people running out, crying.

“I was speaking to one of the guys and he said it was the raft or the boat thing in front of him - the whole thing flipped and everyone was screaming,” she said.

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France will not tolerate another Jungle camp springing up in Calais, the country’s ambassador to the UK has insisted.

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Sylvie Bermann said the French government wants to show migrants that the port city is a “blind alley” which will not gain them access to Britain.

She told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “The government is determined to stop people coming back to Calais. We won’t let them come. It has to be clear that Calais is a blind alley, and you can’t come to this country. If they are refugees they will go to other centres.

“We will leave policemen there for the time being. There are more than 2,000 policemen there.”

As French authorities continued to dismantle and empty the squalid camp, the ambassador insisted that Britain had been asked to take all the unaccompanied children from the Jungle settlement.

Ms Bermann said 600 children are now in special centres in Calais waiting to be processed.

“What we asked the British Government is to take all unaccompanied children, and they said they want to process the cases and check if they have families here. It’s impossible for the French to know if they really have families in the UK. So we gave the list to the UK Government and now they will have to process,” she said.

The comments came as more Calais refugees and migrants are set to join the thousands who left the Jungle camp on Monday.

Thousands of people packed their bags on the first day of the mass exodus, French officials said.

About 2,000 residents, including around 300 minors, were thought to have passed through the registration centre on the fringe of the camp on Monday, according to the French Interior Ministry.

Crowds carrying rucksacks, holdalls and wheeled bags, many with scarves over their faces, queued from sunrise to sunset to register for accommodation centres after being told they must leave the camp or risk arrest and deportation.

People in the queues said they had no idea where they were going but many seemed resigned to leaving the camp, where demolition work is expected to begin later.

The Care4Calais refugee crisis charity supplied people with thousands of rucksacks over the weekend and worked to prepare them psychologically for Monday’s mass eviction.

While small scuffles broke out and punches were thrown, most people waited patiently, crammed inside the barriers, which armed riot police then widened to give them more space.

The general atmosphere was less volatile than after-dark scenes at the weekend when violent clashes saw camp residents throwing stones at riot police on the perimeter, who fought back by firing tear gas.

Around 1,250 police have been drafted in to ensure the eviction runs smoothly, an officer on the ground said.

Migrants and refugees who travel to reception centres have been told they will have to claim asylum in France within a set period of time or face deportation.

Those who pass through the registration centre are being sorted into groups of families, minors, vulnerable or ill people and others travelling alone.

Aid workers have advised refugees and migrants to register for the buses together as they believe this will give certain groups of friends or communities the best chance of not being separated.

A further 85 buses are expected to arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday, with officials saying the entire operation will last at least a week.

Unaccompanied minors are the only group permitted to stay in Calais, where they are being taken to shipping containers with bunk beds in a secure area of the camp.

The transfer of vulnerable children to the UK has been temporarily halted while authorities work to clear the camp.

The charity Help Refugees said the “chaotic set-up” had meant minors already living in the containers had been forced to vacate them and register at the warehouse only to be sent straight back afterwards, which was “extremely distressing and confusing” for them.

There are about 900 unaccompanied minors in the camp.

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Public perception is being shaped by a number of myths about migrants and refugees, says Paris Gourtsoyannis

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“The end of the Jungle”, shouted a newspaper headline yesterday, after French police moved in to clear the muddy maze of wood-framed tarpaulins and caravans that has been the entirely inadequate home to 7,000 desperate people.

Toilets were set alight and riot police exchanged tear gas for rocks thrown by angry residents of a doomed community.

Now the bulldozers have moved in, and the reporting carries an air of finality - the sense that what was a running sore in the UK’s debate on migration has been cauterised.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. The French authorities have sent in the bulldozers before, and yet the Jungle - an awful filled with unacknowledged dog-whistle racism - has simply sprouted somewhere else.

Aid workers warn that it will do so again; in fact, one of the sites that migrants are being moved to is just a few hours walk up the road in Dunkirk.

Groups will return to sleep rough in the scrub close to the motorway where they can climb into the back a lorry. On the same day that the riot police moved to dismantle the camp in Calais, Italian coastguard were rescuing no less than 2,000 migrants from the Mediterranean.

The flows of people may have eased since the imposition of the EU-Turkey deal to stop migrants crossing the Aegean and into the Balkans, but the idea that the demolition of one settlement is going to stop hundreds of people trying to come to the UK is an act of self-delusion that takes comfort in the appearance of toughness rather than the challenge of finding actual solutions.

It is also dangerous, because it will only contribute to the warped expectations of what and who a refugee should be, and what drives migrants to make perilous, often deadly journeys across continents - giving up home, possessions, family ties, and in the mud of Calais and camps everywhere, too often their human dignity.

Attitudes about which migrants are deserving and which are not seem to be shaped by entirely arbitrary and artificial criteria. Television news may sensitise us to the suffering of people far away, but it also works to create a Disneyfied sense of what someone should look like to earn the right to compassion - perfect family units, lone mothers and pre-teen children.

Worryingly, it isn’t just the public that are falling for that image, but policy makers, too. Conservative MP David Davies led calls for migrant children arriving in the UK from Calais last week to have dental checks conducted, out of fear that they might be on the wrong side of 18.

The idea that young men on their own are undeserving of asylum has gone unchallenged, yet these men are often the most at risk of violence in their own countries, drawn criminal violence and wars they want no part of. In large parts of Africa and the Middle East, they face mandatory conscription or national service, sometimes enforced at gunpoint. In Syria, human rights monitors report cases of families threatened with execution if men of military service age refuse to fight. That is in areas controlled by Bashar al-Assad’s government - Daesh can clearly have no more respect for human rights.

The war in Syria has claimed the lives of at least 60,000 enlisted men on the government side alone. The UK is in the middle of four years of remembrance for an entire generation of young men in the WWI trenches, and those who refused to fight are now recognised for their courage in the face of revilement.

So are the as many as 40,000 young American men who risked imprisonment by fleeing to Canada when their draft number came up, rather than be sent to a faraway jungle to fight a war that most of their country believed was either unjust or unwinnable.

For a couple of years at the start of the 1970s, Americans made up the largest group of immigrants to Canada, many of them deserters or draft-dodgers. After Vietnam, many settled and became citizens.

Likewise, while Syria dominates the news, it is hard to escape the sense that only those fleeing a war zone we can see are deserving of help.

One respected UK magazine last week published an article about life in the Calais camp, describing it in one breath as being full of Ethiopians, Eritreans and Sudanese, then claiming they are “young men from countries where there is no devastating war”.

Only a definition of war based exclusively on what appears on the six o’clock news could support that analysis. All three governments stand accused of waging war against their own people, with particularly bloody conflict in parts of Sudan carrying on unseen by western eyes. And while there is no longer open war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, skirmishes along their disputed border have killed hundreds of soldiers this year alone.

While these attitudes are allowed to persist, government is free to meet the public mood. In the UK, ministers continue to resist calls for unaccompanied migrant children to be reunited with their parents.

These are children whose claim to asylum in the UK has been accepted, and who have made the traumatic journey across Europe alone, yet are denied the support of their families. Putting aside the obvious moral and humanitarian questions that raises, unaccompanied child migrants put the greatest demands of all on the already over-stretched public infrastructure needed to support them.

The UK has so far taken a fraction of the 20,000 refugees that David Cameron pledged it would welcome after images of the body of Alan Kurdi were beamed around the world.

Scotland has taken far more than its share, but the numbers across the UK are vanishingly small against the scale of the crisis.

When so few of those fleeing violence and war meet the standards expected of them, little wonder that authorities fail to move faster.

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Iraqi forces have fought their way into two villages near Mosul as the offensive to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week.

Meanwhile, a rights group has called for a probe into a suspected air strike which hit a mosque on Friday, killing more than a dozen civilians.

Iraqi special forces began shelling Islamic State positions before dawn near Bartella, a Christian town to the east of Mosul which they had retaken last week.

With patriotic music blaring from loudspeakers on their Humvees, they then pushed into the village of Tob Zawa, about five miles from Mosul, amid heavy clashes.

The Iraqi Federal Police, a military-style force, pushed into a small village in the Shura district south of Mosul, where they fired a large anti-aircraft gun and rocket-propelled grenades as they battled IS militants.

They later appeared to have secured the village, a cluster of squat homes on a desert plain, and handed out water and other aid to civilians.

The US-led coalition said it had carried out six air strikes near Mosul, destroying 19 fighting positions and 17 vehicles, as well as rocket and mortar launchers, artillery and tunnels.

Human Rights Watch has called for an investigation into last week’s purported air strike in northern Iraq which struck the women’s section of a Shia mosque in the town of Daquq.

The strike happened amid a large IS assault on the nearby city of Kirkuk which was meant to distract the Iraqi forces and their allies from the massive operation around Mosul, the country’s second largest city.

The IS attack on Kirkuk, about 100 miles south-east of Mosul, lasted for two days and killed at least 80 people, mainly members of the Kurdish security forces, who assumed control of the city in 2014 as Iraqi forces crumbled before an IS advance.

Daquq’s residents believe Friday’s attack was an air strike because of the extent of the destruction and because planes could be heard flying overhead. The US-led coalition and the Iraqi military, which are waging the offensive to drive IS from Mosul, are the only parties known to be flying military aircraft over Iraq.

The militants captured Mosul in 2014, when they swept across much of north west Iraq. IS has suffered a series of setbacks over the past year, and Mosul is its last major urban bastion in Iraq.

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Following more than four years in captivity, 26 Asian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates have been released from their captors, China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed yesterday.

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The sailors arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday, and international mediators said the action marks a turning point in the long-fought battle against Somali piracy.

The crew from Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, China and the Philippines had been among the few hostages still in the hands of Somali pirates.

The sailors were the crew of the FV Naham 3, a Taiwan-owned fishing vessel seized in March 2012, said pirate representative Bile Hussein. The ship later sank.

Hussein said $1.5 million (£1.2m) in ransom was paid for the sailors’ release. That claim could not be independently verified.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement Sunday night that ten of the hostages were from the Chinese mainland and two were from self-governing Taiwan.

She said the 26 crew members were rescued Saturday “through various efforts.”

The Chinese government was grateful to “all the organizations and people who participated in the rescue,” she said.

The 26 sailors will be repatriated to their home countries, John Steed, coordinator of the Hostage Support Partners for the US-based organization Oceans Beyond Piracy, said in a statement.

“They are reported to be in reasonable condition, considering their ordeal… They have spent over four and a half years in deplorable conditions away from their families,” Steed said.

He said another member of the crew died in the hijacking and two died of illnesses in captivity.

The rest survived in part by eating rats and were only given small amounts of water, said Filipino sailor Arnel Balbero.

Piracy off Somalia’s coast was once a serious threat to the global shipping industry.

Attacks have dropped off dramatically in recent years amid patrols by the navies of Nato counties, China and India.

No commercial vessel has been successfully attacked since 2012, but the threat of piracy remains, Steed said.

Most hostages have been sailors on merchant ships, although European families also have been kidnapped from yachts while traveling in the dangerous waters.

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Three French defence ministry staff and two others were killed when a plane heading towards Libya to monitor migrant trafficking routes crashed shortly after take-off at Malta’s main airport.

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The US-registered light aircraft, on lease to a company in Luxembourg, was seen banking sharply before plummeting to the ground and exploding in a huge fireball at around 7:20am local time.

Malta’s government said the five men were part of a French customs surveillance operation tracing routes of human and drug trafficking.

The plane, a twin-propeller Fairchild Metroliner Mark III, had been heading for Misrata in north-west Libya.

A government spokesman said witnesses had confirmed there was no explosion prior to impact. Actor Edward De Gaetano was returning to London when he witnessed the aftermath of the crash.

He said: “We were about to take off; moments before we did from our windows we could see a massive explosion – at first we had no idea what caused it.”

He added: “Then there was a second explosion and I thought ‘Oh my God, this is not just a fire’. We are all a bit stunned.”

Mr De Gaetano said it was “definitely not a military plane” which had crashed – with flames from the explosion “engulfing” a nearby tree.

Before the crash he said everything seemed “very, very normal”.

Video shot by Mr De Gaetano shows flames and thick black smoke billowing from the crash site next to the runway.

Another eyewitness quoted by the Times of Malta said: “I heard the scream of a plane, and then saw it come crashing down. It burst into flames immediately.

“Very little of the plane was left, just some debris.”

The Maltese government confirmed that all of the victims’ remains have been recovered.

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed that three of the victims were ministry staff while the other two were contractors working for the company who leased the crashed aircraft.

The French Customs department quashed earlier reports that the victims were French customs officials, tweet that none were aboard the downed plane.

Early reports that the victims had been officials from the EU’s border agency were also quickly denied. Frontex said none of its staff had been involved.

The airport was closed for four hours while debris was cleared, causing dozens of flights to be delayed and cancelled and officials warned it would take “some time” for the schedule to return to normal.

A spokesman for the airport at Luqa said: “We can confirm that the five crew on board the aircraft are deceased. Our thoughts are with families of people involved in this accident.

“An investigation is currently ongoing and we are working with all the authorities to provide them with any assistance necessary.”

Libya is the main point of departure for the tens of thousands of migrants who have been paying smugglers to bring them toward Europe by boat.

Malta’s International Airport is used for surveillance flights to Libya due to its proximity. The Maltese government said the flight had been due to return to the island within hours without landing in third countries.

The government added that the French surveillance operation has been active for about five months, tasked with tracing illicit trafficking routes “of all sorts, including human and drug trafficking.”

The Metroliner was registered in the US and leased to a Luxembourg company, CAE Aviation group.

In a statement, CAE Aviation said that the aircraft had no history of technical issues.

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A permanent memorial to murdered aid worker David Haines has been created in Perth.

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Tragic David died at the hands of Islamic State terrorists two years ago in Syria after he was taken hostage on a humanitarian mission.

After leaving the RAF Mr Haines had worked for ScotRail and his colleagues in Perth and Dundee decided they wanted to do something to remember their former work mate and friend.

On Saturday– a water feature in a pond in Perth railway station’s biodiversity garden – was unveiled.

His colleagues, friends and family, including his brother Mike, daughter Bethany and his grandson Aiden visited to see the garden tribute.

“We are delighted and very touched by the gesture of ScotRail staff who knew David,” said one family member.

The water feature has a plaque inscribed “Dedicated to the Memory of David Haines, The Guv’nor”, a nickname he was known by to his ScotRail colleagues.

“The name even followed him out to Sudan,” laughed his brother Mike.

READ MORE: Obituary: David Haines, British aid worker

One man who knew Mr Haines well is the Reverend Robert Wilkie, auxiliary minister at Craigie and Moncrieffe Church in Perth, who worked for 35 years at Perth railway station before entering the ministry.

He said he could imagine Mr Haines laughing at the proceedings but he thanked all those from the station garden club for their hard work in creating the tribute.

“We are here to celebrate and honour a man who was very much part of the team at ScotRail Perth,” said Mr Wilkie.

“This will stand to remind those who come after us of the difference people like David can make. People are poorer for his passing and richer for having known him.”

After a short prayer led by Mr Wilkie, his brother Mike Haines from Dundee thanked everyone involved on behalf of the family for the work that had gone into creating “a beautiful place”.

“David was opinionated, trouble at times and liked to cause an argument but he had belief in community, he had belief in people which culminated in his humanitarian work,” said Mr Haines.

“He was a hero for his belief in humanity.”

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Donald Trump is laying out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days as president but pointedly noting that he will find time to sue the numerous women who have accused him of groping and other unwanted sexual behaviour.

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“All of these liars will be sued once the election is over,” Trump said Saturday during an event near the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg that was meant to be policy-driven. He added: “I look so forward to doing that.”

Asked about Trump’s remarks, Hillary Clinton told reporters between rallies in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia that she was done responding to what her Republican opponent is saying as election day nears and would instead focus on helping elect other Democrats.

Yet even as Clinton appeared to be strengthening her lead, her campaign was careful not to declare premature victory.

“We don’t want to get ahead of our skis here,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said. He said the “battleground states” where both candidates are campaigning hardest “are called that for a reason.”

Trump’s campaign, too, took a cautious approach while acknowledging the Republican has been trailing Clinton in the polls. Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway laid out a path to the requisite 270 electoral votes that goes through make-or-break states Florida, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio.

“We’re not giving up. We know we can win this,” Conway said.

A day earlier, Clinton attacked Pennsylvania’s Republican senator, Pat Toomey, saying in Pittsburgh that he has refused to “stand up” to Trump as she praised his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty. Noting Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants and his attacks on a Muslim-American military family, she said of Toomey: “If he doesn’t have the courage to stand up to Donald Trump after all of this, then can you be sure that he will stand up for you when it counts?”

Toomey spokesman Ted Kwong said Clinton’s comments highlight McGinty’s lack of independence.

“Today is just further proof that hyper-partisan, ethically challenged Katie McGinty will be a rubber stamp for everything Hillary Clinton wants to do in Washington,” he said. “Pat Toomey has been, and will continue to be, an independent leader in the Senate on issues ranging from gun safety to ending Wall Street bailouts.”

Clinton rejected Trump’s allegation, offered without evidence, that the dozen or so women who have come forward are being prompted by her campaign or the Democratic National Committee. The accusers emerged after the former reality TV star boasted of kissing women and groping their genitals without their consent. On Saturday, an adult film actress said the billionaire kissed her and two other women on the lips “without asking for permission” when they met him after a golf tournament in 2006.

Trump has denied that all the other allegations, while insisting some of the women weren’t attractive enough for him to want to pursue. His broadside against the women Saturday came at the start of an otherwise substantive speech that sought to weave the many policy ideas he has put forward into a single, cohesive agenda.

The Republican nominee vowed to lift restrictions on domestic energy production, label China as a currency manipulator and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, familiar themes to supporters who have flocked to his rallies this year.

Trump’s speech included a few new elements, such as a freeze on hiring new federal workers and a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for immigrants who re-enter the US illegally after being deported a first time.

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Islamic State (IS) forces have launched an attack in Iraq on a town in western Anbar province in an apparent attempt to divert attention from the government’s offensive on Mosul.

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The mayor of Rutba described the IS assault on his town from three directions as “fierce”.

Imad Meshaal spoke of clashes in the centre between IS and security forces.

Kurdish Peshmerga forces have meanwhile carried out fresh attacks to the north-eastern town of Bashiqa, close to Mosul, which is occupied by IS. Over the last week, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have been battling IS in a belt of mostly uninhabited towns and villages around Mosul, contending with roadside bombs, snipers and suicide truck bombs.

The Mosul offensive involves more than 25,000 Iraqi ground forces as well as US-led coalition aircraft and advisers. It is expected to take weeks, if not months, to drive IS from Mosul, which is home to more than a million civilians.

Bashiqa is close to a military base of the same name where some 500 Turkish troops are training Sunni and Kurdish fighters for the Mosul offensive.

The presence of the Turkish troops has angered Iraq, which says it never gave them permission to enter the country and has called on them to withdraw. Turkey has refused the demand, insisting that it play a role in retaking Mosul from IS.

US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has visited both countries in recent days, and arrived in the Kurdish regional capital Irbil yesterday.

After meeting with Turkey’s leaders, Carter had announced an “agreement in principle” for Turkey to have a role in the operation. But Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi insisted that Mosul was an “Iraqi battle.”

“I know that the Turks want to participate, we tell them thank you, this is something the Iraqis will handle and the Iraqis will liberate Mosul and the rest of the territories,” he said.

The forces taking part in the Mosul offensive include Iraqi troops, the peshmerga, Sunni tribal fighters and state-sanctioned Shiite militias.

Many fear the operation could heighten tensions between Iraq’s different communities, which are allied against IS but divided over a host of other issues, including the fate of territories near mostly Sunni Mosul that are claimed by the largely autonomous Kurdish region and the central government.

The UN agency for children meanwhile expressed concern over the more than 4,000 people it says have fled from areas around Mosul since the operation began.

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Two apparent explosions have hit the Japanese city of Utsunomiya back-to-back, killing one person and injuring three others in what police are viewing as a possible suicide.

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Japanese media reports suggest that the victim, believed to be a 72-year-old former military officer, may have set his house on fire, blown up his car in a public parking lot and then blown himself up in a nearby park.

A note found in the clothing of the badly burned victim included the name of the former officer, Japanese broadcaster NHK and other media reported. The name was not disclosed. One of the cars destroyed in a fiery blaze in the parking lot belonged to the retired military man, and his house burned to the ground earlier, the reports said.

One person was killed and at least two injured by two near-simultaneous blasts in a Japanese park today, the local fire department said.

The fire department spokesman added: “One person was found dead.” However, he did not elaborate further.

The back-to-back loud bangs in the park and parking lot shocked bystanders, many heading to a festival at the park on a sunny autumn day. The apparent blasts occurred around 11:30am yesterday within about 200 meters of each other. The festival was cancelled after the incidents.

Two men were seriously injured in the park explosion, and a 14-year-old boy had minor leg injuries. No one was hurt at the small parking lot.

Kyodo News agency said the burned body was found after police received a call saying a person was on fire following what sounded like an explosion.

Bystanders also reported hearing loud blasts from the parking lot. Flames and black smoke shot into the air and repeated bangs could be heard on video posted on the Asahi newspaper’s website. Nearby cars also were damaged.

Utsunomiya, the capital of Tochigi prefecture, is a city of some 500,000 people about 60 miles north of Tokyo. It is near the popular tourist destination of Nikko.

Suicide rates have declined in Japan in recent years, but remain among the highest in the world, with around 30,000 people a year taking their own lives.

Experts have pointed to the financial stress of surviving on small pensions for pushing some retired people to end their lives. In 2015, a 71-year-old man set himself on fire on a bullet train in an incident that also claimed the life of a 52-year-old woman travelling in the same carriage.


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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is increasingly preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump may never concede the US presidential election should she win, a development that could enormously complicate the crucial early weeks of her preparations to take office.

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Aiming to undermine any argument the Republican nominee may make about a “rigged” election, she hopes to roll up a large majority in next month’s election. That could repudiate Trump’s message and project a governing mandate after the bitter presidential race.

Clinton’s team is also keeping a close eye on statements by national Republican leaders, predicting they could play an key role in how Trump’s accusations of electoral fraud might be perceived.

Campaign officials stress they are not taking the election’s outcome for granted. But they have begun thinking about how to position their candidate after the election. Long one of America’s most polarising political figures, Clinton has begun telling audiences she’ll need their help in healing the country.

A refusal by Trump to accept the election results would not only upend a basic tenet of US democracy, but also force Clinton to create a new playbook for handling the transfer of power. A narrow victory would make it more difficult for her to claim substantial political capital at the start of her administration.

The moves came as Trump last night outlined what he would do in his first 100 days were he to become president, including plans to deport two million “criminal, illegal immigrants”.

“Donald is still going to whine if he loses. But if the mandate is clear, I don’t think many people will follow him,” said Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton’s running mate.

While Clinton’s campaign has long focused on passing the threshold of 270 electoral college votes, it’s now looking to capture an expanded number of states that could also help determine control of the Senate – including Republican-leaning Arizona, which has 11 electoral college votes but which has voted Republican in all but one election since 1952 – Bill Clinton’s victory in 1996.

Polls indicate that Clinton has extended her advantage in several toss-up states during the three debates. She has maintained stable leads in states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado, as well as an edge in Florida and North Carolina.

In a race against Trump and independents Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, Clinton may struggle to reach 50 per cent of the vote. But competing in states such as Arizona and pushing for Senate victories in Missouri and Indiana might help Democrats in their quest to recapture the Senate and give her a better chance of surpassing Obama’s 332 electoral votes in the 2012 campaign.

If Clinton wins the White House, she will enter as one of the least popular first-term presidents in generations. While Trump has suffered from high unfavourable ratings, particularly among women, Clinton has been hampered by polls showing more than half of the public considers her to be untrustworthy.

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The pall of the Cold War spread across the English Channel on Friday. The Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s only aircraft carrier, along with its escort battle group, sailed through with ships of the Royal Navy “man-marking them every step of the way”.

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The language and the imagery the Kuznetsov generated as it passed within sight of Dover’s white cliffs were reminiscent of decades past when the UK and Russia stared at each other with mutual suspicion across the Iron Curtain, with their nuclear weapons poised for launch.

As the ships steamed by, Theresa May condemned Vladimir Putin for committing what she described as “sickening atrocities” in Syria, and called for a “robust” stance against Russian aggression.

For anybody hanging on to the faint hope that Britain and Russia were, if not friends, at least countries with some shared interests, the latest news was bad, and seemed to confirm that the diplomatic gulf was widening by the day.

“I’ve been watching relations going lower and lower for the past decade and a half, and just when you think they can’t get any lower they do,” one leading Russian foreign policy expert with good ties to the Kremlin told Scotland on Sunday on condition of anonymity. “They [the British government] are making themselves look like clowns by trying to make out as if the Russians are to blame for everything.”

But why are London and Moscow once again separated by bitter division? After all, the Cold War died years ago, swept into the history books by the torrent of revolutions of 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union a short time later. And with the Soviet Union went communism and the ideological divide that had set East and West apart since 1945. Russia then embraced democracy – to a certain extent – and opened up its economy to Western investment and free-market trade, all things that should have cemented the relationship between the UK and Russia.

At the same time Russia’s new rich elite developed a love affair with Britain. They moved in, snapping up property in London’s swanky neighbourhoods and sending their children to prestigious public schools. They also invested their fortunes in the tangle of financial instruments offered by the City and watched them grow, far from prying eyes and protected by a deeply appreciated, iron-clad legal framework the like of which is unknown in their native land. Back in Russia there was always the danger a disgruntled government could swoop in and relieve them of their cash, not so in London.

At a political level the two countries also shared a certain amount of common ground. The fight against terrorism, in particular Islamic terrorism, being one prime example.

Yet for all this, the UK and Russia began to drift apart, and the reason for that depends very much on which side of a widening divide you stand on.

On the British side, the UK watched with alarm as Russia’s relationship with democracy transformed from that of anarchic muddle to cynical exploitation, with elections appearing to provide little more than a veneer of legitimacy to an increasingly autocratic system dominated by Putin. The Russian economy, meanwhile, no longer provided the bridge between East and West as it became mired in corruption, and was used as a political weapon by the Kremlin to punish its enemies.

“We behave as if we are annoyed with the Russians because we thought they would become part of the European family and sign up to the European way of doing things. It is now clear they are not going to do that,” said Ian Kearns, a board member with the London-based think tank, the European Leadership Network, and an expert on East-West relations.

Along with dismay over Russia’s drift away from democracy and Western values, other factors began to weigh heavily on Britain’s relationship with Moscow.

In 2006, Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence officer and fierce critic of the Kremlin, died in London in an assassination that a public inquiry would later conclude was “probably” approved by Putin. The Kremlin has always denied any involvement in the crime, but Litvinenko’s murder appeared to shatter any illusions British leaders might have had that Putin played by the same rules as they did.

The Litvinenko affair also led to Britain breaking off intelligence agency co-operation with Russia. This was understandable from a British perspective given that it was Russian agents who supposedly committed murder on British soil, but to Moscow it was seen as a snub that shrank the common ground the two countries shared.

Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2010 followed by the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea and the deployment of ground troops and heavy military equipment in the war in eastern Ukraine also demonstrated to Britain that Russia now appeared to be a real threat to European security rather than an awkward neighbour you could just about get along with.

“The Russians are showing no interest in confidence building measures and arms control that might provide more stability in Europe,” explained Kearns. “If anything they are showing a desire to use their military to intimidate neighbours to get political effect, and
far from looking for stability in Europe they are using cyber-attacks and the funding of extremist parties to destabilise the EU.”

The UK has responded by becoming a leading proponent and supporter of the sanctions regime put in place against Russia for its behaviour towards Ukraine, and by saying it will put troops into central and eastern Europe to counter any Russian threat to Nato’s eastern flank.

But talk to Russians about what is wrong with UK-Russian relations and you get a perspective that has little or nothing in common with Britain’s. They point to British obstinacy and the fact that its view of Russia has changed little since the end of the Cold War.

“Unlike France, Germany, Italy and a number of other countries, the UK has been a staunch critic of Russia on almost every issue with no hint of a desire to join those who are seeking ways out and finding compromises,” said Alexey Gromyko, an expert on British and European affairs at Moscow’s Institute of Europe. He added that the supposed threat from the East is a “delusion”.

Others are far harsher in their criticism of the British.

“They are still living in the black and white of Cold War times when the bad Russkies were threatening the West, preparing to launch their tank divisions on Berlin and bomb London,” said a foreign policy expert. “As long as the position of the British government is conceived by these stereotypes and political preconceptions about Russia, Vladimir Putin and Russian policy then there is no way we can get out of this rut.”

This view, fuelled by a never-ending stream of stories in the British press that paint Russia in a negative light, gets in the way of the pragmatic relationship with London that Moscow desires. This pragmatism is something of top priority for Russian foreign policy. It comes uncomplicated by such awkward details as principles and concerns over security and human rights, and, instead, accepts that Russia is a major player in the world, has its legitimate interests and will get along with anybody who understands this. In a way, it would like to be treated in a similar fashion to China, a country regarded as a partner by the West despite its poor rights record and democratic shortcomings.

The UK, from the Russian perspective, fails to place sufficient emphasis on pragmatism and as a consequence allows its foreign policy to be dictated by emotion and the allegedly Russo-phobic sentiment peddled by politicians and the media.

Recognising the crumbling state of UK-Russian relations, both countries have recently spoken of trying to improve matters. In August, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a phone conversation with Sergey Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, said Britain must “normalise” its relationship with Russia after years of hostility.

Gromyko points to issues such as migration, North Korea and trans-border crime as areas that could pull Britain and Russia closer together as they require co-operation. Other commentators have speculated that even Brexit might improve Anglo-Russian relations. A Britain free of the EU and determined to explore its new-found trading freedom might see Russia as a potential partner to strike lucrative deals with, rather than a threat, they argue.

This view, however, fails to take into account that the UK’s departure from the EU will fail to diminish its unwavering commitment to Nato, and may also increase the importance of a transatlantic relationship with the US, which regards Russia with increasing suspicion and hostility.

In fact few see much room for improvement in ties between the two countries. And with Ukraine and Syria dominating geo-political affairs the relationship can, and probably will, get worse before it gets better.

For all his talk about “normalising” relations, Johnson has since called on the US and Europe to make Russia “feel the consequences” of its actions in Syria. He also triggered Russian ire, and fuelled suspicion that too many in the British government harbour a grudge against the nation, by calling for anti-war protests outside the Russian embassy in London.

The deteriorating relationship leaves both countries in a deadlock that could only really be relieved by a sudden and dramatic step, such as the UK calling for sanctions to be scrapped or Russia pulling out of eastern Ukraine.

The UK has little choice but to put pressure on Russia in the somewhat vain hope the giant will change its behaviour in Ukraine and Syria. It can also concentrate on building a practical relationship aimed at minimising the chances of accidental conflict, which is a real risk given that both countries’ armed forces now rub up against each other far more than they once did.

Russia, in turn, may try to keep communication with London flowing in an attempt to persuade the UK to soften its approach to sanctions and tame its eagerness to deploy troops close to the Russian border. Moscow may also take some satisfaction in the fact that, with Britain heading for the EU’s exit door, Brussels will lose one of its more strident critics, thus making the Kremlin’s life a little easier.

But it could well be that for some in Russia the relationship is beyond the point of saving. “In recent years in Moscow there has been a growing mood that we don’t want anything at all from London,” said one Moscow insider. “There was once a time when we thought we could build a mutual relationship based on trade, but those days are now gone.”

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Matthew Day"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265887.1477205613!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265887.1477205613!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Boris Johnson, who has called for street protests against Russia. Picture: Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Boris Johnson, who has called for street protests against Russia. Picture: Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265887.1477205613!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/volunteers-fear-new-migrant-camps-could-follow-jungle-demolition-1-4265515","id":"1.4265515","articleHeadline": "Volunteers fear new migrant camps could follow ‘Jungle’ demolition","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477139485000 ,"articleLead": "

Unofficial migrant camps are likely to grow in northern France in the wake of next week’s planned demolition of the “Jungle” shanty-town in Calais, British aid volunteers fear.

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Bulldozers will move in on the slum on Monday, with the French authorities saying the estimated 6,500 migrants camped there will be relocated to reception centres across France.

But Care4Calais founder Clare Moseley said that following the part-dismantlement of “the Jungle” in February, serious failings were reported at some of the centres migrants were sent to.

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She said there was a lack of basic essentials, including access to interpreters and legal advice. And she added: “We are also concerned that unofficial camps in the north of France will now grow.

“These suffer from a severe lack of infrastructure, no running water, toilets or medical facilities, and so where possible we will also direct aid to these areas.”

As France gears up for next year’s presidential election, French president Francois Hollande has appeared keen to adopt a firmer stance and finally close the camp.

It has become a symbol of his government’s failure to tackle Europe’s migrant crisis and a target of criticism from conservative and far-right rivals seeking to unseat him.

Amid reports that migrants may attempt last-ditch bids to cross the English Channel, Kent Police has said it is braced for any fall-out from the demolition.

The force has said it is “monitoring events” in northern France as notices started to go up in the camp alerting migrants to the imminent clearance.

Meanwhile in Kent, a “White Lives Matter” march is planned on Saturday in Margate. A counter-protest by anti-racist locals has also been organised.

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Even if defeat does not end in angry confrontations, the Republican candidate will still haunt his countryn says Ross Douthat

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We are in the last days of Donald Trump, presidential candidate. But as his defeat becomes more assured, the anxiety about his political afterlife is mounting. Liberals fear a world where he refuses to concede and his supporters turn to violence. Conservatives fear a world where the Republican Party remains imprisoned in his short-fingered grasp. Fox News executives fear a world where Trump starts a cable channel and steals their audience out from under them. And his supporters imagine that like a populist Obi-Wan Kenobi, he will rise more powerful than before.

There is no question that Trump will haunt the country, and especially the Republican Party, long after the votes are counted on 8 November. But the Trump phenomenon will not sustain itself automatically at anything like this scale, and there are ways in which Trump could fade into the celebrity-industrial background of our culture rather more swiftly than many people think.

Start with the worst-case scenario for the election, from the point of view of civics and civil peace: Trump refuses to concede defeat, rants about voter fraud, denounces Republican officialdom for betraying him and urges his supporters to storm polling places and take to the streets. It’s possible to imagine this message leading to spasms of violence, and thence to a future of armed clashes between Trumpist militias and left-wing protesters like the ones who flooded Trump’s Chicago rally this year. (The Week’s Damon Linker imagines something along these apocalyptic lines in a recent column.)

But if Trump loses in three weeks by the largest landslide in post-Reagan political history, it’s also possible that such a “to the barricades” rant could look a bit, well, ridiculous even to his deepest-dyed supporters. Not that some of them won’t embrace conspiracy theories and cheer on a Trumperdammerung online. But it’s not clear that the keyboard warfare and Twitter anti-Semitism of some of Trump’s supporters translate into a widespread appetite for flesh-and-blood confrontations with either law enforcement or the left.

Yes, his rallies have been ugly, but there’s a big difference between sucker-punching a protester when you’re in the midst of a like-minded crowd and a street fight, Weimar-style, with people who might punch or shoot back. The only time a Trump rally almost turned into a riot was in the Chicago case, when it was anti-Trump activists more than the rallygoers who seemed to come spoiling for a fight; the most recent act of actual election-year violence was a firebombing of a Trump campaign headquarters by persons unknown.

The Republican nominee’s base is senior citizens, not the testosterone-addled young. How many of them are actually ready to rumble at Roger Stone’s command? If the answer is “not very many,” then you could easily imagine Trump overplaying his hand in an anti-concession speech and inadvertently revealing that his right-wing populism is more virtual, more reality-television, than the 1930s variety. This may explain the appeal of a postelection pivot back into the virtual, in the form of some kind of Trump TV. And again, it’s possible to imagine a darkly influential trajectory for such a network, in which it dominates the conservative entertainment landscape, race-baits and stirs outrage nightly, and so terrifies Republicans that Washington becomes more ungovernable than ever. Silvio Berlusconi, Trump’s Italian counterpart, used TV dominance as a springboard into political power; perhaps Trump can use a start-up network as a place to park his ambitions and his audience until 2020 rolls around.

Except that building a TV network from scratch is a tough job (even if you poach Sean Hannity as your Caesar Flickerman), and the kind of project that tends to require a substantial upfront investment (not words that Trump likes to hear). Unlike Fox News when it started, Trump wouldn’t be filling a gaping right-of-centre void; he’d be trying to cannibalise part of the Fox audience, swiping its Hannity demographic and adding in some InfoWars viewers, which would mean competing in a very crowded landscape for not-exactly-certain returns.

So Trump TV might make more sense, as Derek Thompson of The Atlantic and others have pointed out, as a subscription service – a paid digital TV network (with a Breitbart-ish website attached) along the lines of Glenn Beck’s up-and-down experiment The Blaze. But under that model, even if it succeeded as a financial proposition, Trump would be forfeiting the hope of anything close to Fox-size viewership for his nightly fireside chats; he would risk becoming a niche celebrity even within the conservative firmament, which might be fatal to any permanent “leader of the opposition” ambitions.

Here Beck’s example is instructive: When he left Fox for The Blaze, he went from being the leading Wild Man of the histrionic anti-Obama right to being just one conservative media personality among many. (In fairness, he also mellowed considerably.) Another instructive example is Sarah Palin, who went from icon to after-thought fairly quickly following the 2008 campaign.

Trump is far bigger than Beck and far more media-savvy than Palin; he’s sustained his own celebrity for a very long time. But sustaining power is a different matter, requiring different strengths.

If Trump really wanted to bestride the post-2016 GOP like an orange colossus, neither Trump militias nor Trump TV are the natural path. Instead, he would be better served behaving like, well, a semi-normal political leader – deploying himself as the voice of Trumpism on the existing cable networks, finding or recruiting a set of younger politicians to carry the Trumpist banner in 2018, supporting efforts to fundraise and build out the infrastructure for a Trumpist equivalent of the netroots or the Tea Party, and (since he’s not getting any younger) auditioning a smoother political apprentice to fill his shoes in 2020.

And the fact that exactly none of these sound like the Trump we know so well is the best reason to suspect that he won’t be as influential over the next four years as a lot of people fear.

The things that would really maximise his influence, like the things that would have made him a competitive presidential candidate in 2016, are all things that he may be temperamentally incapable of doing.

© 2016 New York Times News Service

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A cyber attack that left Twitter and Spotify among a host of websites knocked offline has been resolved, the subject of the attack has claimed.

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A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack - when a website is flooded with traffic until it can no longer support it and is forced offline - had targeted domain name system provider Dyn, which in turn disrupted service to many of its customers, which also included SoundCloud, Airbnb and Reddit.

The incident left many users cut off from a range of services, however Dyn has now tweeted that “services have been restored to normal” after around an hour of disruption.

The attack was first reported on website Hacker News, which named social media giant Twitter and music service Spotify among a list of “sites down”, with most of those affected based in the US.

However, some in the UK also reported issues accessing their Twitter and Spotify accounts.

Security experts labelled the attack a “nuisance” but warned the style of attack can sometimes be used as a diversion from other activity.

Mark James, from cyber security firm ESET, said: “DDoS seems to be more widely used these days to cause disruption and nuisance.

“DDoS, of course, may not only be used to make a statement or bring voice to your protests, it may and has on many occasions been used as a smokescreen to cover other nefarious purposes, which may include data theft or malware infection.

“We all need our daily fix of the digital programs that are so intertwined into our daily lives and when those services are down we tend to get a little edgy.”

No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack.


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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "MARTYN LANDI"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4265226.1477080817!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4265226.1477080817!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Services have been restored after Twitter and Spotify were hit by cyber attacks. Picture: iStock","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Services have been restored after Twitter and Spotify were hit by cyber attacks. Picture: iStock","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4265226.1477080817!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/tech/nintendo-takes-on-sony-and-microsoft-with-new-console-1-4264545","id":"1.4264545","articleHeadline": "Nintendo takes on Sony and Microsoft with new console","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1477059233000 ,"articleLead": "

Nintendo has revealed its next video games platform, the Switch, which combines both a console and a handheld system for the first time.

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In a preview trailer posted on the Japanese gaming giant’s website, Nintendo showed the new system, which will enable players to detach the joystick and buttons from their console controller and attach them to a smaller screen slotted into the home console to create a handheld and mobile gaming device.

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The video also showed how the two parts of the detachable controller – dubbed the Joy-Con – can be used without being attached to the mobile screen for a single player, and also as individual controllers for two people to play against one another.

Nintendo has not released a home gaming system since the Wii U in 2012 and has struggled to keep pace with the popularity of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles.

Switch is set to go on sale in March next year. Its price and a full games line-up have yet to be revealed, although a new instalment in the Legend Of Zelda series, called Breath of the Wild, has already been announced and Nintendo said a number of game developers have pledged their support, including industry giants Capcom, Electronic Arts and Sega.

Satoru Shibata, president of Nintendo of Europe, said: “With this first look at Nintendo Switch, I hope fans are already imagining the possibilities of having the freedom to play when, where, and how they want to.

“Our teams at Nintendo, and many other developers, are all working hard to create new and unique experiences, and we look forward to showing you more.”

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The frontrunner in the French presidential race has said he would tear up a treaty allowing UK border officials to carry out migration checks in Calais.

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Alain Juppe, who is bookies’ favourite to succeed Francois Hollande in next year’s election, said the border should be pushed back to the British side of the Channel where the UK should deal with migrants seeking to enter the country.

He blamed the 2003 Le Touquet agreement, which allows British officials to check passports on French soil, for the creation of the makeshift “Jungle” encampment in Calais, where thousands of would-be migrants await their chance to cross to the UK.

Speaking to a group of European newspaper,s Mr Juppe said: “We can’t tolerate what is going on in Calais. The image is disastrous for our country and there are also extremely serious economic and security consequences for the people of Calais.

“So the first thing is to denounce the Le Touquet accords. We cannot accept making the selection on French territory of people that Britain does or doesn’t want. It’s up to Britain to do that job.”

Asked whether the Anglo-French border should be pushed back to the Kent coast, he said: “Of course. Don’t tell me that it’s difficult because the British don’t want it.

“If we entered international negotiations in that spirit, there would never be any negotiations. So the debate must be opened and a new accord obtained with Britain.”

The right-of-centre former French prime minister said he “respected” the result of Britain’s referendum decision to leave the EU, adding: “Now it must be put into action quickly.”

Britain cannot be both “outside and inside” the EU, but France will want to keep “very close bilateral cooperation with the UK” after Brexit, particularly on military and defence issues, he said.

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