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Ukraine s army is starting the withdrawal
of heavy weapons from the front line in the
east as part of a truce, the defence ministry
It says the pullout of 100mm calibre artillery
"is the first step" and will be monitored by
Pro-Russian rebels earlier said they had
started withdrawing their weapons. This has
not been verified by monitors.
The ceasefire came into effect on 15 February
but the rebels seized the key town of Debaltseve
just days later.
Fighting began in Ukraine s eastern Donetsk
and Luhansk regions last April, a month after
Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula.
Almost 5,800 people have died since then,
the UN has estimated, although it believes
the real figure could be considerably higher.
In a statement, the Ukrainian defence min-
istry said yesterday s weapons pullout was
part of the ceasefire agreed in Minsk, Belarus,
on February 12.
The decision to begin moving artillery from
the front line came shortly after Ukraine s
military said its forces had suffered no fatalities
in the past 48 hours, although several soldiers
had been wounded.
The separatist rebels in the self-proclaimed
Donetsk People s Republic and Luhansk Peo-
ple s Republic say they have been pulling out
their heavy weapons for the past several days.
Under terms agreed in Minsk, both Ukraine s
government forces and the rebels must pull
out their heavy weapons, creating a buffer
zone of at least 30 miles.
Ukraine 'starts heavy weapons withdrawal'
The masked Islamic State militant known
as "Jihadi John," who has been pictured in
the videos of the beheadings of Western
hostages, has been named.
He is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born
British man in his mid-20s from west London,
who was previously known to British security
British police declined to comment, citing
Emwazi first appeared in a video last August,
when he apparently killed the US journalist
In each of the videos, the militant appeared
dressed in a black robe with a black balaclava
covering all but his eyes and top of his nose.
Speaking with a British accent, he taunted
Western powers before holding his knife to the
hostages necks, appearing to start cutting
before the film stopped. The victims decapitated
bodies were then shown.
Earlier this month, the militant featured in
a video in which the Japanese journalist Kenji
Goto appeared to be beheaded. Hostages released
by IS said he was one of three British jihadists
guarding Westerners abducted by the group in
Syria. They were known collectively as "the
In a news conference, Asim Qureshi, the
research director of the London-based lobby
group Cage, which had been in contact with
Emwazi over a number of years, explained how
he had been approached by the Washington
Post for the story and detailed the difficulties
Emwazi had had with security services in the
UK and overseas.
Qureshi said Emwazi, who is understood to
be about 27, had been "extremely kind, gentle
and soft-spoken, the most humble young person
Emwazi s difficulties began when he travelled
to Tanzania in May 2009 following his grad-
uation in computer programming at the Uni-
versity of Westminster, Qureshi added.
He and two friends had planned to go on a
safari but once they landed in Dar es Salaam
they were detained by police and held overnight.
Emwazi then ended up flying to Amsterdam,
in the Netherlands, where he claimed to be
met by British intelligence agents from MI5
who accused him of trying to travel to Somalia,
where the jihadist group al-Shabab operates.
He denied the accusation and said the agents
had tried to recruit him before allowing him
to return to the UK. (BBC)
An Argentine judge yesterday dismissed
allegations against President Cristina Fer-
nandez that she tried to cover up Iran s
purported involvement in a deadly bombing
of a Jewish centre in 1994.
The judge ruled he would "discontinue"
the case, which was first brought by state
prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found
dead in mysterious circumstances in January
the day before he was to appear in Congress
to discuss his criminal complaint.
The scandal plunged the president s final
year in office into turmoil and hurt the gov-
ernment s credibility ahead of October s pres-
The decision by judge Daniel Rafecas
sparked divided opinions on whether the
government had a hand in the ruling. About
400,000 Argentine marched last week to
demand an independent judiciary.
The allegation that Fernandez sought to
whitewash the investigation into the truck
bombing of the AMIA Jewish community
center in Buenos Aires was first made by
Nisman in mid-January.
Four days later he was found dead, spawn-
ing a torrent of conspiracy theories and raised
long-festering questions about interference
and intimidation in the justice system.
Yesterday s ruling will alleviate some of
the political pressure on Fernandez, whose
popularity has been hurt. (Reuters)
Case against Argentina
'Jihadi John' identified A masked, black-clad militant, who has been
identified by the Washington Post newspaper
as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi,
brandishes a knife in this still image from a
2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group.
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez.
This leopard got itself into a prickly situation when it tried to lunch on a porcupine. The feline was resting in a tree beside a road in Kruger
National Park in South Africa when the unsuspecting rodent wandered underneath it. After the leopard was injured in its initial attack, it
backed off from the porcupine and then went in for a second assault. The porcupine managed to make it across the road but was eventually
taken down by the big cat. THE TELEGRAPH PHOTO
WASHINGTON---Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US
Congress next week will shatter already
poor relations with President Barack
Obama and test the resilience of US-Israeli
Since Netanyahu and Obama came to
power in 2009 they have had a testy
relationship, clashing over Israeli settlement
building and the moribund Middle East
But on Tuesday, Netanyahu will appear in
Obama's backyard, at Republicans'
invitation, and ask Congress to oppose a
policy the White House views as pivotal to
US national security and to the president's
Netanyahu's goal is simple: try to kill a US
nuclear deal with Iran, even if it destroys
relations with Obama in the process.
To Netanyahu's eyes, the deal---now in
the final stages of negotiation---would give
Iran's Ayatollahs tacit permission to seek a
nuclear weapon when it expires a decade or
so from now.
While a nuclear-armed Iran could
threaten Israel's existence and spark
proliferation across the Middle East,
sabotaging the deal would offend a US
president who will be an ex-president in
two short years.
Their refusal to lift some sanctions or
even introduce more could incite Iran to
walk away. (AFP)
Netanyahu speech risks more than Obama's ire
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