Stadium tributes to Chapecoense soccer team

Fans of Chapecoense and Atletico Nacional, the Colombian team they were set to play, mourn the team’s loss after a deadly plane crash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosul offensive : The civilians fleeing the battle lines

Iraqi civilians are said to be enduring dire conditions after fleeing the Mosul area as the army attempts to retake the city from  Islamic State (IS). Some 5,000 people have crossed the border into Syria in the last 10 days, the aid agency Save the Children says. They have arrived at the al-Hol refugee camp where conditions are already reported to be filthy and overcrowded. Up to 1.5 million civilians are thought to still be in Mosul. The whereabouts of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are unknown. Some reports say he is in Mosul; others say he has fled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plane carrying Brazilian soccer team crashes

 

Chartered plane with a Brazilian first division football team crashed near Medellin while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 71 people, Colombian officials said. Six people survived. The British Aerospace 146 short-haul plane, operated by a charter airline named LaMia, declared an emergency and lost radar contact just before 10pm on Monday (0300 GMT) because of an electrical failure, aviation authorities said. The aircraft, which had departed from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, was transporting the Chapecoense team from southern Brazil for the first leg of a two-game Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional of Medellin, which was due to be played on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Beautiful Places in Paris

A general view shows the illuminated Eiffel Tower (C), the Hotel des Invalides (R) and rooftops at night in Paris, France.
A general view show the illuminated Eiffel Tower and the skyline of La Defense business district (Rear) at night in Paris, France.
A general view shows the Notre Dame Cathedral and rooftops at night in Paris, France.
A general view shows the giant Ferris wheel at place de la Concorde and rooftops in Paris at sunset, France.
A general view shows the Notre Dame Cathedral and rooftops at sunset in Paris, France.
A general view show the illuminated Eiffel Tower and the skyline of La Defense business district (Rear) at night in Paris, France.
A general view shows the Notre Dame Cathedral and rooftops at night in Paris, France.
A general view shows the Notre Dame Cathedral and rooftops at sunset in Paris, France.

Violence erupts at North Dakota pipeline protest

A protest of a four-state, $3.8-billion oil pipeline turned violent after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota. Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey said four private security guards and two guard dogs were injured after several hundred protesters confronted construction crews at the site just outside the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last stand for Aleppo’s rebels

Up to 20,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo over the past 72 hours as Syrian government forces continued to advance in the rebel-held part of the city, according to the Red Cross.  Terrified civilians have fled empty-handed into remaining rebel-held territory, or crossed into government-controlled western Aleppo or Kurdish-held districts. The 20,000 figure is an estimate and could increase as “people are fleeing in different directions”, International Committee of the Red Cross spokesperson Krista Armstrong told the AFP news agency. United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien had earlier put the number of displaced people from eastern Aleppo at 16,000.
The city, which was Syria’s biggest before the start of a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, has been divided between the government-held west and rebel-held east, where UN officials say at least 250,000 people remain under siege. The Syrian government offensive to recapture the rebel-held parts of Aleppo has sparked international alarm as it intensified this week. A voluntary rescue group known as the White Helmets reported at least 51 civilians killed in east Aleppo and more than 150 injured during the government assault. Syrian government forces dropped “more than 150 air strikes from war planes and helicopters and [fired] more than 1,200 artillery shells”, the group wrote on its Facebook page.
The attacks hit the neighbourhoods of Bab al-Nairab, al-Mayser and al-Salheen, among others. SANA, the official Syrian state media arm, reported that Syrian government forces and allies on Monday took control of several areas in the city’s northeast, including al-Haidariya, al-Sakhour, al-Inzarat, al-Sheikh Khedr, Jabal Badro, and al-Halk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember the half million victims of the Rwanda Genocide

The Rwandan genocide, known officially as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi and 20% of Rwanda’s total population. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuba mourning Castro

Cuban students waving flags broke into a mass chant of “I am Fidel” to salute Fidel Castro as nine days of mourning began for the Cold War icon, who dominated the island’s political life for generations. Alcohol sales were suspended, flags flew at half-staff and shows and concerts were cancelled after his younger brother and successor, President Raul Castro, told the country on Friday that Fidel had died at 10:29pm, without giving a cause of death. Giant rallies are planned in Havana’s Revolution Square and in the eastern city of Santiago to honour Castro, who died aged 90, six decades after the brothers set out from Mexico to overthrow the government of Fulgencio Batista.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60,000 Israelis evacuated as massive fires continue to rage

More than 60,000 people from the northern city of Haifa were evacuated from their homes as firefighters battle massive blazes that have gripped the country over the past three days. Five countries, including Russia and Turkey, sent firefighting planes to assist Israel in tackling the fires, which officials said may have been started intentionally. Israel’s internal security agencies are looking into the causes of the blazes, which started on Monday night and have broken out in several other places around the country. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Haifa evening to meet with fire and police chiefs.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro dies

Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died in Havana aged 90, his brother, President Raul Castro, announced on national television. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening,” the president announced on national television. Raul Castro, who took power after his older brother Fidel was hospitalized in 2006, said that the revolutionary leader’s remains will be cremated early on Saturday, “in compliance with his expressed will.”
Raul Castro made the announcement just after midnight Friday (0500 GMT Saturday). One of the leading world figures in the second half of the 20th century, Fidel Castro had outsized influence given the size of his small Caribbean island. He was said to have survived countless US assassination attempts.