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MADRID---A young man
punched Spanish Prime Min-
ister Mariano Rajoy hard in
the head yesterday evening
after managing to get next to
him at a campaign appearance
in the northern city where
Rajoy grew up.
The unidentified attacker
was standing next to Rajoy on
a street in the city of Ponteve-
dra in the Galicia region while
he talked to a crowd, then
pulled his arm back and deliv-
ered a punishing left hook to
Rajoy s left check.
Video on Spanish TV
showed Rajoy falling toward
the ground from the impact
but being propped up by others
Spanish media reported that
Rajoy s attacker was 17. Video
showed him being detained by
security guards and then taken
in handcuffs from a building,
raising his hands and thumbs
into the air in an apparent vic-
Spanish PM punched hard in head at campaign appearance
NASSAU---Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell
says the Bahamas is facing a serious problem with
illegal migration, and told Parliament on Monday
about a case of 15 Chinese nationals being arrested
just last week and more than two dozen Cubans
arriving Sunday evening.
The Chinese were held in Bimini yesterday, along
with three Bahamian men, on a vessel that law
enforcement authorities say was heading to Flori-
da.Mitchell said the men were taken to Nassau where
the Bahamians were charged with assisting in illegal
departure. The Chinese were transported on Monday
to Cuba for onward travel to their homeland.
In the other case, 30 Cuban men were picked up
off Cay Sal.
The immigration minister said he highlighted those
cases "to demonstrate to this country the seriousness
of the problem that we face with regard to illegal
"It is a relentless fight," he said.---Caribbean360
An Air India technician has died after he was
sucked into an aircraft engine at Mumbai airport,
the airline says.
The accident happened as the jet of flight AI 619
from Mumbai to Hyderabad was being pushed back
Air India chairman Ashwani Lohani described the
accident as a "mishap," but it is not yet clear what
happened. The Times of India, quoting Air India
sources, reported that the accident occurred when the
co-pilot started the engine at the Chhatrapati Shivaji
airport. The victim was standing nearby.
"At the moment, we are absolutely clueless on how
this person was near the aircraft. Only an inquiry can
establish whose negligence it was and whether the
engine should have been switched on at that time,"
an airline official told the Hindustan Times.
Lohani expressed his condolences to the family.
A German man has been charged with incitement
to hatred after he was pictured with a tattoo appar-
ently of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp.
The tattoo has the slogan "To Each His Own,"
which was on the gate of the Buchenwald concen-
The photo was taken at a swimming pool in the
town of Oranienburg, north of Berlin, at the end of
German media named the man as Marcel Zech,
a member of the far-right National Democratic Party.
Zech sits on the council in the district of Barnim
in eastern Germany. Germany has strict laws against
the promotion of Nazi ideology in Germany. The
punishment for Zech if he is convicted could be as
much as five years in prison.
JOHANNESBURG---US rapper Nicki Minaj
has been asked by a rights group to cancel
her performance in Angola on Saturday.
Rights groups are lobbying rapper Nicki
Minaj to cancel her upcoming concert in
Angola, a southern African country often
criticised for human rights abuses and cor-
Minaj is set to perform in the capital,
Luanda, in a holiday season concert organ-
ised by Angolan mobile phone company
Unitel, according to local media reports.
"Guess who s performing in Angola Dec
19 at the Unitel Christmas Festival," Minaj
tweeted, also sharing the event s poster on
her Instagram account. The award-winning
rapper will share the stage with local acts
at the stadium concert, according to the
Unitel Web site.
The Angolan president s daughter owns
a large stake in Unitel, the country s biggest
mobile phone network, according to the
Human Rights Foundation.
"Nicki Minaj is a global artist," the foun-
dation s president, Thor Halvorssen, said
in a statement. "There is no good reason
for her to do business with the corrupt
Angolan dictatorship and endorse the ruler s
A representative for Minaj did not imme-
diately respond to a request for comment.
The group has written a letter to Minaj,
urging her to cancel the performance and
instead support a local rapper who was jailed
along with other youth activists.
"As a strong-willed independent artist,
shouldn t you be advocating for the release
of the imprisoned rapper Luaty Beirao (who
was arrested in June and charged with
preparing a rebellion) rather than entertaining
the dictator and his thieving family?" the
"Nicki Minaj is following in the footsteps
of Mariah Carey, callously taking money
from a dictator who s been in power for
nearly four decades," said Jeffrey Smith,
Africa policy director for the Robert F
Kennedy Human Rights group.
Carey performed at an Angolan Red Cross
gala in Angola in 2013, according to the
Human Rights Foundation. Carey was
reportedly paid $1 million for the perform-
ance, sponsored by Unitel.
Minaj is not the only performer to be
criticised by rights groups for their choice
of gigs. Singer Jennifer Lopez was criticised
in 2013 for singing Happy Birthday to the
leader of Turkmenistan, who was accused
of human rights violations.
In 2011 Nelly Furtado said that she would
give away $1 million she was paid to perform
for the family of Libyan leader Muammar
Nicki Minaj urged
to cancel Angola gig
In this November 18, 2015 file photo, Nicki
Minaj speaks at Shining a Light: A Concert
for Progress on Race in America in Los
Angeles. AP PHOTO
A man walks past a general store decorated with Star Wars' stormtrooper replicas lined up as part of Christmas decorations, in Paris,
Tuesday. AP PHOTO
Chinese, Cubans held
in Bahamas waters
Air India worker 'sucked
into aircraft engine'
German charged over
'tattoo of Nazi death camp'
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