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BERLIN---German lawmakers fumed
Friday over "vicious" criticism by senior
US senators of Chancellor Angela
Merkel's stance on Ukraine ahead of
talks she will hold with US President
John McCain, a former Republican
candidate for the White House, on
Thursday accused Merkel of standing in
the way of firmer measures against
Russia over its actions in Ukraine due to
Berlin's lucrative business ties with
"I would tell her that I am not
surprised but embarrassed at their
failure of leadership. They're the leaders,
they're being governed by the industrial
complex from Germany," McCain said.
Republican Senator Jeff Sessions
echoed the rebuke, saying there needed
to be "a clearer, more focused, more
unified position, and Germany is right
there in the middle of it."
The remarks sparked outrage in
Berlin, with top-selling newspaper Bild
saying McCain had "attacked" Merkel
with "crass" comments. (AFP)
Outrage over 'vicious' McCain attack on Merkel
Afghans search for survivors after a massive landslide buried a village yesterday in Badakhshan
province, northeastern Afghanistan, which Afghan and UN officials say left hundreds of dead and many
missing. AP PHOTO
At least 350 people have been
killed and many more are miss-
ing, the UN says, after a land-
slide hit the north-east Afghan
province of Badakhshan.
Province Gov Shah Waliullah
Adeeb said more than 2,000 peo-
ple were missing after a hill col-
lapsed on the village of Hobo
Barik. Adeeb said the landslide
buried some 300 homes in the
area---about a third of all houses
Hundreds of homes were
buried under mud and rocks
when a section of a mountain
caved in following torrential rain.
Rescuers have reached the area
and are searching for survivors.
Much of north and east
Afghanistan has been hit by heavy
rain in recent days, and some 150
people have died in flooding.
But this disaster appears to be
on a far bigger scale.
"The number of deceased has
increased to 350 and significant
displacement is expected," the
UN mission in Afghanistan said
in a statement.
About 1,000 houses were
affected---300 of them buried
immediately after the side of a
mountain slipped downwards.
As it was Friday morning, a
day off in Afghanistan, people
were at home when the landslide
happened and whole families
were lost under tons of mud.
Hundreds of other houses are
Badakhshan police commander
Fazludeen Ayaz told the BBC that
all of the village of Hargu---home
to 215 families---was covered by
earth and rock.
He said that it was unlikely
that anyone would be rescued
alive from under the rubble and
that even if there was rescue
equipment available in the remote
area, it would be difficult to dig
It is still raining and there are
fears of further landslides.
Badakhshan is located in the
most remote and mountainous
part of the country, bordering
Tajikistan, China and Pakistan.
kills at least 350
Opposition fighters are to be allowed to withdraw
from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Homs
under a deal with the government, reports say.
Rebels will be allowed to pull back to opposition-
held areas north of Homs, activists say. The Syrian
government has not commented on the reports.
Fighters have held areas around the Old City despite
a two-year siege. Earlier this year civilians were let
The city has seen some of the worst fighting in
the three years of the Syrian conflict.
The SOHR said rebels will be allowed to withdraw
to the north of the province, while the army will take
control of areas of the Old City which they have
"The withdrawal has not begun yet and under the
agreement those leaving will be able to keep their
weapons," Homs activist Thaer al-Khalidiyeh told
AFP news agency.
PARIS---French authorities have suspended imports
of live pigs and certain pig products from North
America and Japan to prevent a deadly virus from
contaminating the food chain here.
The Agriculture Ministry said yesterday no cases
of the virus, known as porcine epidemic diarrhoea,
have been recorded in France since this epidemic
The virus has killed millions of pigs in the US over
the past year, driving up pork and bacon prices. It
causes severe diarrhoea in newborn piglets, which
then die from dehydration. The ban does not apply
to all pork products. (AP)
MILAN---An Italian ship brought nearly 1,200
migrants to the Sicilian port of Augusta as Italian
officials sounded the alarm over the rising tide of
migrants trying to enter Europe.
Navy Commander Aldo Dolfino told Sky TG24
yesterday that migrants had been evacuated from
eight life rafts and one boat, which alone carried
some 500 migrants.
Italy s top security official told Parliament last
week that 20,500 migrants had arrived so far this
year, a huge increase over the 2,500 in the same
period of 2013. Most boats come from Libya carrying
migrants from Africa.
Save the Children has noted an increase in the
number of minors, many traveling alone.
On Thursday, 700 African migrants stormed the
fence at Spain s North African enclave of Melilla,
and 140 got in. (AP)
Many pro-Russia rebels
have been killed, injured
and arrested in the Ukrain-
ian government offensive
in the eastern city of Slo-
viansk, acting President
Oleksandr Turchynov has
In a statement, he said the
operation in the rebel-held
city was not going as quickly
Rebels have shot down
two Ukrainian army heli-
copters, killing a pilot and a
serviceman. Seven have been
The UN Security Council
is meeting in emergency ses-
sion at Russia s request.
Moscow has said the use
of the Ukrainian army
against its own people is
"leading Ukraine to catas-
Turchynov said the fight
against rebel forces was
"greatly complicated" by the
fact that the conflict in east-
ern Ukraine was taking place
in population centres.
He accused pro-Russian
forces of hiding behind civil-
ians and hostages.
All pro-Russian check-
points around the city had
been captured, Turchynov
added, though separatists
have spoken of several still
being under their control.
Local people could be seen
standing in front of Ukrain-
ian tanks, according to Paul
Ronzheimer, a reporter with
Germany s Bild newspaper
in the city.
To the south, there have
been clashes in the coastal
city of Odessa between pro-
Russian protesters and sup-
porters of the Kiev govern-
The West continues to
accuse Moscow of provoking
the unrest in eastern
Ukraine, something Russia
US President Barack
Obama, at a meeting with
German Chancellor Angela
Merkel at the White House,
warned of further sanctions
against Russia if it did not
"change course". (BBC)
Syria truce 'to let
from besieged Homs'
US pig imports
over diarrhoea virus
Ship with 1,200
migrants arrive in Sicily
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