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A bomb threat that turned out to be a
hoax, made by a "joking" Polish passenger,
forced an airliner flying from Warsaw to
Egypt to make an emergency landing in
Bulgaria yesterday. The Airbus A320 of
Polish Small Planet Airlines landed just be-
fore dawn in the Black Sea city of Burgas,
where authorities said all 161 passengers
and crew were evacuated safely.
"There is no explosive device on board
the airplane that made an emergency land-
ing," the interior ministry said in a state-
ment after conducting a second check of
the plane. Prosecutors said a 67-year-old
Pole had alerted crew about a possible
bomb on board. He has been arrested and
could face up to 15 years in jail.
Earlier yesterday the Polish airline said in
a statement that the man had "informed
the cabin crew about the explosive he
might be carrying. (He) ... later admitted it
was a joke."
A police spokeswoman said the passen-
ger admitted having consumed alcohol.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov
praised the security forces' reaction.
"You saw how quickly our forces in Bur-
gas acted after an absolutely false signal,"
he said. "Such a big concern because of a
drunken Pole ... but still it was a kind of
Passenger's bomb 'joke' forces plane to land
For the first time in
more than four decades,
more Mexican immigrants
are returning to their
home country than com-
ing to the United States,
according to a report
From 2009 to 2014, an
estimated 870,000 Mexi-
cans came to the United
States while 1 million
returned home, a net loss
for the United States of
130,000, according to the
report from the Pew
Research Center. That his-
toric shift comes at a time
when immigration has
become a contentious focal
point in the 2016 presiden-
tial race, as Republicans and
Democrats argue over how
best to modernise the
nation s immigration sys-
Mark Hugo Lopez, direc-
tor of Hispanic research at
the centre, said the net
decline in Mexicans was
driven by the Great Reces-
sion in the United States
that made it harder to find
jobs, an improving econo-
my in Mexico and tighter
In coming years, he said,
the number of Mexicans
may increase again if the
US economy continues to
"The nature of immigra-
tion itself is beginning to
change," Lopez said. "It
looks like Mexican migra-
tion is at an end."
Still, it s this lack of jobs
in the US---not family ties---
that is mostly motivating
Mexicans to leave, said
Dowell Myers, a public pol-
icy professor at the Uni-
versity of Southern Cali-
Construction is a huge
draw for young immigrants,
but has yet to approach the
levels of last decade s hous-
ing boom, he said. ---USA
The US House of Representa-
tives has passed a bill that tight-
ens restrictions on the resettle-
ment of Syrian and Iraqi
refugees, amid security con-
Dozens of Democrats joined
Republicans as the House passed
the measure 289-137, in a rebuke
to the White House.
President Barack Obama has
said he will veto the legislation.
The bill follows the attacks in
Paris that left 129 people dead,
claiming to the be the work of
Seven of the perpetrators died
in the attacks, and one of them
is thought to have been a Syrian
who entered Europe via Greece
It still needs to pass the Senate
before hitting Obama s desk.
The bill would require the head
of the FBI, the Department of
Homeland Security, and the
Director of National Intelligence
to sign off on each refugee as
being "not a threat to the security
of the United States," following
an FBI background check.
Calling the Paris attacks "a
game changer," Rep Brad Ashford,
a Democrat from Nebraska, said:
"I cannot sit back and ignore the
concerns of my constituents and
the American public."
House Majority Leader Kevin
McCarthy said he supported the
bill because "it is against the val-
ues of our nation and the values
of a free society to give terrorists
the opening they are looking for."
Republicans do not have the
votes to override Obama s veto,
but say that their affirmative vote
The White House has said that
2,174 Syrians have been admitted
to the US since the attacks in
September 2001, and noted
that none of them has been
arrested or deported for terror
Millions of Syrians have fled
to neighbouring countries and to
Europe since the Syrian conflict
began about four years ago.
The Obama administration
announced in September that it
wanted to resettle about 10,000
Syrian refugees in the US by the
same time next year.
Audio has emerged of the final exchange between
police and the woman who blew herself up during
a siege in northern Paris.
Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, and her cousin, Paris
attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaou, died during
the pre-dawn raid on Wednesday.
The audio was recorded as Aitboulahcen was holed
in an apartment in Saint Denis with Abaaoud and
other suspected Islamic State extremists.
Amid heavy gunfire, an officer is heard yelling to
her: "Where is your boyfriend?"
She yells back: "He s not my boyfriend!"
The officer yells again: "Where is he?"
She again responds: "He s not my boyfriend!"
An explosion is heard as she detonates her explosive
Witnesses described how the blast shattered win-
dows in the street.
Her spine was found on a police car, an official
Aitboulahcen is believed to be the first female sui-
cide bomber in Western Europe.
The French-Moroccan citizen was born and grew
up in Paris, reports said.
She is understood to have worked at a construction
company in the French capital until 2012.
A witness to the raid told how he saw a woman
with long, blonde hair---thought to be Aitboulah-
cen---come to the window about an hour into the
Officers called out to her, yelling several times for
her to identify herself, the witness named Christian
told Le Parisien.
He told how she then raised her hands in the air
while hiding her face.
But she then pulled her hands away and police
yelled for her to show them again or they were going
to shoot. The gunfire then resumed, Christian said.
Police used around 5,000 rounds in a massive fire-
fight during the raid. Investigations led police to
believe Abaaoud was hiding in the apartment.
His body was found in the complex "riddled with
bullets," the prosecutor s office said yesterday. He
was was identified using skin samples.---Sky News
blew herself up in raid
Hasna Aitboulahcen blew herself up with a bomb.
US House votes
yes to restrict
Migrants sit on the Greek side of the border with Macedonia as Macedonian policemen stand guard
near the town of Gevgelija, yesterday. REUTERS PHOTO
BLOCKED AT BORDER
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