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NANTERRE---The children of
slain Angolan rebel chief Jonas
Savimbi urged a French court
on Wednesday to punish the
makers of the wildly popular
video game, Call of Duty, for
representing their father as a
Savimbi s son Cheya, 42, told
the court in Nanterre, just out-
side Paris, that he wanted to
"rehabilitate the memory and
image" of his father, who led a
brutal 27-year war against the
government in Luanda.
Call of Duty puts the player
in the role of a shooter, and
often features characters based
on historical and political fig-
ures. The Savimbi children con-
test the violent character of their
father in the 2012 Black Ops II
game. The court said it would
rule on March 24 on whether
Activision Blizzard, which
makes Call of Duty, had
defamed Savimbi. The offend-
ing clip shows Savimbi, known
as the "Black Cockerel" by his
supporters, yelling out phrases
such as "fight, my brothers"
and "we must finish them...
death to the MPLA". (AFP)
Rebel chief's children to sue 'Call of Duty' maker
Donald Trump launched a full-blown attack
on Republican arch-rival Ted Cruz yesterday,
accusing him of stealing victory in Iowa as the
Texas senator bit back, rubbishing the mogul s
presidential credentials and questioning his san-
"Ted Cruz didn t win Iowa, he stole it. That
is why all of the polls were so wrong and why
he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!" Mr
Trump wrote. "Based on the fraud committed by
Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either
a new election should take place or Cruz results
nullified," Trump wrote.
"I wake up every day and laugh at the latest
thing Donald has tweeted. Because he s losing it,"
said Cruz. "We need a commander in chief, not
a twitterer in chief."
A United Nations panel has decided that Julian
Assange s three-and-a-half years in the Ecuado-
rian embassy amount to "arbitrary detention,"
leading his lawyers to call for the Swedish extra-
dition request to be dropped immediately.
A Swedish foreign ministry spokeswoman con-
firmed that the UN panel, due to publish its find-
ings today, had concluded that Assange was "arbi-
The WikiLeaks founder sought asylum from
Ecuador in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden
to face questioning over rape and sexual assault
allegations, which he denies.
The panel s findings were disclosed to the
Swedish and British governments on 22 January,
and will be published this morning. Their judgment
is not legally binding but can be used to apply
pressure on states in human rights cases.
NEW DELHI---Prime Minister Narendra Modi
yesterday saluted the ten brave soldiers who lost
their lives after an avalanche hit their post in
Demise of soldiers in Siachen is very tragic. I
salute the brave soldiers who gave their lives to
the nation, PM Modi said in a tweet.
The Prime Minister offered his condolences to
the families of the soldiers who died in the tragic
Ten soldiers of an army post, located at an alti-
tude of 19,600 feet, were hit by a massive avalanche
in the early hours on Wednesday.
Earlier yesterday, the army in a statement said
that there were "very remote" chances of finding
any survivor in the incident.
Specialised teams with modern equipment,
flown to Leh yesterday morning, were also pressed
into service along with sniffer dogs but all efforts
to rescue them failed.
has come under fire for not
fully banning smacking,
must "explicitly prohibit"
all forms of corporal pun-
ishment of children, a UN
report said yesterday, crit-
icising its treatment of
Roma and asylum-seeking
which are non-binding,
were laid out in a report by
the UN Committee on the
Rights of the Child (CRC)
after a review of the state
of child rights in France.
In the report, the com-
mittee urges France "to
explicitly prohibit corporal
punishment in all settings,
including in the family, in
schools, day cares and in
"No violence against
children is justifiable" it
said, recalling that corporal
punishment "is a form of
violence, invariably degrad-
ing and preventable."
French law bans violence
against children but does
allow parents the "right to
discipline" them. It also
prohibits corporal punish-
ment in schools or discipli-
nary establishments for
The UN committee also
said it was "concerned by
cases of ill-treatment of
children with disabilities in
In response, the French
government said it recog-
nised it still had work to do
in meeting the committee s
In a statement, the gov-
ernment pledged to "focus
its public policies on
respecting the rights of the
The newly-created High
Council for Family, Child-
hood and the Elderly is in
charge of following up on
the report s observations.
Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff has declared war on
mosquitoes responsible for
spreading the Zika virus in a
recorded TV message to the
She said a national mobilisa-
tion day would be held tomorrow,
during which thousands of sol-
diers and state employees would
work to eradicate the insects in
homes and offices.
In her address, Rousseff said
that substantial federal resources
were being released to fight Aedes
aegypti mosquitoes, because it
was a fight that "cannot be lost".
"All of us need to take part in
this battle," she said.
"We need help and good will
from everyone. Collaborate,
mobilise your family and your
"I will insist, since science has
not yet developed a vaccine
against the Zika virus, that the
only efficient method we have
to prevent this illness is the vig-
orous battle against the mosqui-
to."The president also said that
she wanted especially to send a
"comforting message" to mothers
and future mothers.
"We will do everything,
absolutely everything in our reach
to protect you. We will do every-
thing, absolutely everything we
can to offer support to the chil-
dren affected by microcephaly
and their families."
Laboratories in the US and
Europe say they need samples
from previous outbreaks if they
are to carry out effective research
on the evolution of the virus.
A major obstacle is Brazilian
law, correspondents say, because
it is technically illegal for Brazilian
researchers and institutes to dis-
tribute genetic material, including
blood samples containing Zika
and other viruses.
European countries were
warned on Wednesday that they
too needed to make preparations
once the Aedes mosquitoes
become active on the continent
during the spring and summer
...Brazil president out to
eradicate Zika mosquitoes
Costumed members of a carnival band participate in the carnival parade in the historic centre of
Lucerne, Switzerland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Trump accuses Cruz
of rigging Iowa poll
UN: Julian Assange is
in arbitrary detention
'Brave soldiers died for
the nation'--- PM Modi
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