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Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has been
released from a prison in the western Indian
city of Pune.
Dutt, 56, was sentenced for firearms
offences linked to the 1993 Mumbai blasts
which killed 257 people and injured 713.
He was convicted of buying firearms from
the bombers but said the weapons were
necessary in order to defend his family
during Hindu-Muslim rioting.
The actor was moved to the Pune jail in
2013 to finish his five-year jail term.
But he was recently granted a remission
of 144 days on the basis of good behaviour
and activities like running a radio
"His remission was worked out in
compliance with jail rules and he was treated
like any other convict," the Jail
Dutt kissed the ground as he walked out
of the prison yesterday morning and was
driven to the airport on his way to Mumbai,
where he lives. (BBC)
Sanjay Dutt released from jail
Struggling with a growing log-
jam of refugees, Greece recalled
its ambassador to Vienna yester-
day in protest at moves by Austria
and Balkan states to make it hard-
er for migrants to head north
The unusual step reflected Greek
fury at being excluded from a
meeting of Balkan states in Vienna
on Wednesday to co-ordinate bor-
der restrictions across the region
to limit the flow.
"Greece will not become a
Lebanon or a warehouse of souls,"
said migration minister Yannis
Mouzalas. Lebanon, a country of
four million people, is hosting more
than one million refugees from the
civil war in neighbouring Syria.
Greek officials estimated there
were 20,000 refugees and migrants
trapped in the country as a result
of the new restrictions, which
began when Austria announced
on February 18 it would let in no
more than 3,200 people a day and
cap daily asylum claims at 80.
European countries are trading
bitter recriminations as they wres-
tle with the continent s worst
migration crisis since World War
Two. More than a million people
arrived in 2015, most fleeing con-
flict in countries like Syria, Iraq
and Afghanistan, and over 100,000
have reached Greece and Italy
already this year.
Greece angered EU nations last
year with its initial slow reaction
to the crisis, and an apparent policy
of simply waving migrants and
refugees through the country.
In recent months it has tight-
ened controls, but the tone among
EU partners has become increas-
ingly critical as Athens accuses
them of reneging on a deal to share
out up to 160,000 refugees across
The Austrian foreign ministry
said it could be an opportunity for
the recalled ambassador to inform
Greeks of the situation, and the
challenges for countries lying along
the migrant route such as Austria.
Row over migrant
Castro has died at age
91.The older brother of
Fidel, 89, and Raul Castro,
84, knew little renown,
as he declined an active
role in the struggle that
heaved the two, and com-
munism, to power in
Cuba in 1959.
Ramon Castro wore a
long beard and was at
times mistaken for leader
Fidel Castro, who was
about the same height
and stature, but he pre-
ferred tilling the earth to
stirring armed revolution.
He was a farmer like his
father Angel Castro.
Ramon Castro died
Tuesday in Havana, state
media reported in a short
article. It did not name a
cause. His body was cre-
mated, and his ashes will
be taken to the Castro
family farm in Biran.
The eldest brother
contrasted in other ways
with the famous revolu-
tionaries, said Brian Latell,
senior researcher at the
University of Miami and
a former CIA officer
tasked with studying
Cuba. Ramon Castro
showed little interest in
getting an education or
in ideological pursuits, but
at times he sent the two
expecting a shipment of
arms or ammunition from
Ramon, Fidel complained
that his brother had
merely sent him an
expensive watch he had
no need for," Latell wrote
in After Fidel. (CNN)
Voters in Kingston queued peacefully yesterday morning to cast their votes for a new government.
The United Nations
says nearly half the food
pallets that were air-
dropped over the
besieged parts of the
eastern Syrian city of
Deir el-Zour have drift-
Yesterday s announce-
ment by the World Food
Program came a day after
the United Nations
announced the first high-
altitude airdrop of 21
metric tons of aid over
Deir el-Zour, which is
under siege from Islamic
WFP said later
Wednesday it faced
and indicated the drop
may have been off tar-
get.WFP said the debrief-
ing with the crew and
partners on the ground
in Deir el-Zour has
revealed that due to
changing weather con-
ditions and unexpected
high winds over the area,
ten of the 21 food pallets
that were airdropped
drifted away and are cur-
rently unaccounted for.
It said the food air-
dropped was enough to
feed 2,500 people for one
10 airdropped UN food baskets miss target
The Australian Parliament passed a measure
yesterday, legalising medical marijuana.
The amendments to the Narcotic Drugs Act will
allow cannabis to be legally grown for medical
and scientific purposes for the first time in Aus-
"This is an historic day for Australia and the
many advocates who have fought long and hard
to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis
products so genuine patients are no longer treated
as criminals," Minister for Health Sussan Ley said
in a statement. "This is the missing piece in a
patient s treatment journey and will now see seam-
less access to locally-produced medicinal cannabis
products from farm to pharmacy."
The decision came exactly a year after 25-year-
old Daniel Haslam lost his life to terminal bowel
cancer. Haslam used medical marijuana to ease
his pain and nausea before he died last February.
His mother, Lucy, started a medical cannabis advo-
cacy group called United in Compassion and peti-
tioned for the government to make it legal.
While cannabis plants can now be legally grown
in Australia, it was unclear when the plants would
be ready for use by prescription-carrying patients.
The health minister reminded people that the
changes would not affect recreational marijuana,
which remains illegal. (CNN)
legalised in Australia
David Cameron has told Jeremy Corbyn to
smarten up his appearance during Prime Min-
ister s Questions.
The prime minister said his mother would advise
the Labour leader to "put on a proper suit, do up
your tie and sing the national anthem".
He was hitting back at a jibe from a Labour MP
about his mother.
The Labour leader took a few moments to
respond as Tory MPs barracked him, before offering
some "motherly advice" about standing up for a
A tweet then went out from Mr Corbyn s official
account that quoted Albert Einstein.
" If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes
& shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of
shabby ideas & shoddy philosophies Einstein
#pmqs," the message said.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan defended
his decision to criticise Corbyn s dress sense, which
followed a heckle from a Labour MP.
"What was really noticeable on Monday during
the EU statement was that Jeremy Corbyn s top
button was not done up, his tie wasn t straight,"
she told BBC Radio 4 s World At One.
A senior Labour source said: "I think when you
are losing an argument, you resort to personal
insult. When you are not able to answer questions
on the NHS, you resort to silly insults. It s got no
place in politics." (BBC)
Put on a proper suit
died at age 91
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