Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 27th 2016 Contents Russia has withdrawn a request for three warships
to dock at the Spanish port of Ceuta for refuelling,
following concern among Nato allies.
The Spanish foreign ministry says the stopovers
have now been cancelled.
Spain had been coming under pressure from Nato
allies not to allow the refuelling of Russian warships
bound for Syria.
A battle group has been sailing for the past week
from Russia to the Mediterranean.
"Given the information which appeared on the pos-
sibility that these ships would participate in supporting
military action in the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs requested clarification from the
embassy of the Russian Federation in Madrid," the
foreign ministry said in a statement to the BBC.
It added that permission had been granted in Sep-
tember for three Russian ships to dock in Ceuta between
28 October and November 2. It said such stops for
Russian naval vessels had taken places for years in
But following its request for clarification, the ministry
said, the Russian embassy in Madrid said it was with-
drawing its request for refuelling.
The Russian embassy has confirmed the withdrawal,
but has given no further details.
Nato had earlier expressed concern that the ships
could be used to help bomb civilians in Aleppo, but
said the final decision on resupply rested with Spain.
Nato's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg had
warned that warships could be used to target
civilians in Syria.
In the end it was little more than a storm in
a petrol pump.
Russia withdrew its request to refuel its war-
ships in a Spanish port, and so Moscow and
Madrid both found a diplomatic way to get
themselves off a difficult hook.
Spain says Russia
NEW YORK---Former Republican House Speaker
Newt Gingrich has told Fox News host Megyn
Kelly she is "fascinated with sex" amid criticism
of her coverage of sexual misconduct accusations
against GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The heated exchange came Tuesday night on
Kelly's programme. Kelly responded to Gingrich's
comment with a chuckle and asked, "really?" She
went on to say she's "not fascinated by sex," but
is "fascinated by the protection of women" and
added that she had a responsibility to cover the
Gingrich accused Kelly of under covering Dem-
ocratic nominee Hillary Clinton's remarks in paid
private speeches. He also accused her of ignoring
former President Bill Clinton's sexual history.
Kelly closed the conversation by instructing
Gingrich to take his "anger issues and spend
some time working on them." (AP)
Donald Trump derisively called Vice
President Joseph R Biden "Mr Tough Guy"
and said he d love to meet him at "the
back of the barn," after Mr Biden had said
last week he wished they were in high school
so he could take Mr Trump "behind the
"Did you see where Biden wants to take me to the
back of the barn?" Trump said at a campaign event
in Tallahassee, Florida, on Tuesday.
"I'd love that. I'd love that," he said. "Mr Tough
Guy. You know, he's Mr Tough Guy."
"You know when he's Mr Tough Guy? When he's
standing behind a microphone by himself," he said.
"He wants to bring me to the back of the barn. Ohhh.
Some things in life you could really love doing."
At a campaign event last week in Pennsylvania,
Biden said he wished he and Trump were in high
school so he could take the world-famous business-
man "behind the gym." ---The Washington Times
An Icelandic beauty queen dropped out of
the Miss Grand International pageant, claiming
pageant organisers told her she had to lose weight
before taking the stage in competition.
Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir posted her handwritten res-
ignation note on her Instagram account, Mashable
reported yesterday, confirming the allegation with
"She asked some questions and for suggestions
from our staff which they've replied according to
what they think, she may be a little bit fat and they
recommended her, in good way, to try to lose some
weight in order to improve her chance to win," pageant
president Nawat Itsaragrisil said, reported Mashable.
"In my country my body shape is perfect. And
that's what I'm gonna remember. No one will ever
tell me anything else," Ms Jónsdóttir wrote.
Trump: I'd love to
meet Joe Biden
at 'the back of
Joseph R Biden
Gingrich tells Fox
'fascinated with sex'
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Miss Iceland drops
out; said told to
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