May 23, 2019

Review Category : People

My Lai massacre photographer laments US 'carnage' fifty years on

My Lai massacre photographer laments US 'carnage' fifty years onFifty years after taking photos of an American massacre of Vietnamese villagers, a former US army photographer said he is sorry for the "carnage" his countrymen unleashed in one the war's worst atrocities. Ronald Haeberle told AFP he started snapping instinctively, capturing the chilling photos that would later expose the full extent of the My Lai massacre: 504 Vietnamese dead in a single day, mostly unarmed women, children and older men. "I wanted to remember what was happening there, I wanted to capture a moment in time, and I did," he told AFP while touring the My Lai massacre museum in the village on Friday, the 50th anniversary of the killings.


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Boris Johnson claims it is 'overwhelmingly likely' Vladimir Putin personally ordered Salisbury spy attack

Boris Johnson claims it is 'overwhelmingly likely' Vladimir Putin personally ordered Salisbury spy attackBoris Johnson has claimed it is “overwhelmingly likely” that Vladimir Putin personally ordered the Salisbury spy attack. The Foreign Secretary’s decision to formally lay the blame for the nerve agent attack at the door of the Russian President came as the war of words between Moscow and the UK escalated. Mr Johnson said: "Our quarrel is with Putin's Kremlin, and with his decision, and we think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the UK, on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the Second World War. “That is why we are at odds with Russia." The Kremlin moved immediately to reject Mr Johnson's claim and said it was "shocking and inexcusable". Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies that the Foreign Secretary's statement represented a "breach of diplomatic propriety". Mr Johnson’s accusation came after Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, accused Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary of being uneducated after he told Moscow on Thursday to “shut up”. Mr Lavrov also confirmed that Moscow will expel UK diplomats in response to Theresa May’s decision to kick out 23 Russian officials. Vladimir Putin, the Russian President Credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS It came as Jens Stoltenberg, Nato secretary general, warned Russia not to “underestimate the resolve and the unity” of the alliance. He also reiterated Nato’s belief that there was “no reason” to doubt Britain’s assessment that Moscow was to blame for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, faced growing pressure from his own frontbench over his response to the incident as Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, gave Mrs May’s approach his unqualified support. The British Government is anticipating a tit-for-tat response from Moscow after Mrs May outlined a series of retaliatory measures on Wednesday in response to the issue. As well as expelling 23 diplomats, Mrs May also suspended all high-level contact with the Kremlin and set out plans to freeze Russian assets where such action is deemed necessary. Mr Lavrov made clear that Russia will respond with its own measures when he was asked if Moscow would expel UK diplomats. "Of course we will," he said. Mr Lavrov also responded to the pointed remarks made by Mr Williamson when he claimed Russia should “go away” and “shut up”. Mr Lavrov said of the Defence Secretary: “Maybe he is just not educated.” The leaders of the US, France, Germany and the UK issued a joint statement on Thursday saying that there was “no plausible alternative explanation” to Russian responsibility for the attack. Nato has also given the UK its full backing and Mr Stoltenberg insisted on Friday that the “United Kingdom is not alone, all allies stand in solidarity with the United Kingdom”. Mr Stoltenberg also warned Moscow against questioning Nato’s commitment to upholding the international rule of law. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I am absolutely certain that Russia has underestimated the resolve and the unity of Nato allies when we have implemented different kinds of sanctions over the last years. “The economic sanctions have been effective and they have come from all Nato allies and many other countries. Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister Credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Pool  “Nato has implemented the biggest enforcement of collective defence since the end of the Cold War with deployment of battlegroups to the eastern part of the alliance all led by the UK in Estonia and we see now an increase in defence spending across Europe and Canada.” He said the measures announced by Mrs May on Wednesday were part of wider action taken by Nato and that “it shows clearly that it has costs, it has consequences when Russia is behaving the way they are behaving”. He added: “We have no reason to doubt the findings and the assessments made by the British Government not least because this takes place at the backdrop of a pattern of reckless behaviour by Russia over many years.” Mr Stoltenberg said Nato was ready to cooperate with Russia “if they respect some basic norms and rules for international behaviour”. Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary general Credit: Anadolu Agency  The Nato chief’s unequivocal backing of the UK’s assessment of the nerve agent attack in Salisbury came as the rift between Mr Corbyn and many Labour MPs over the issue continued to grow.   Mr Corbyn has so far failed to explicitly back the Prime Minister’s conclusion that Russia was culpable for the attack and sparked further fury on Thursday when he suggested “mafia-like groups” could have carried out the poisoning. A number of Labour frontbenchers have put themselves at odds with Mr Corbyn’s response and Sir Keir was the latest to do so as he gave his full support to Mrs May’s approach and said the Prime Minister had drawn the “right conclusion”. He told BBC One’s Question Time programme: "I think it is very important that we support the action the Prime Minister laid out on Wednesday as a response to this unprovoked attack.” He added: "This is not the first time, it needs to be called out with no ifs and no buts and we need strong action as set out by the Prime Minister on Wednesday." Salisbury spy attack timeline


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Hillary Clinton fractures hand on India trip

Hillary Clinton fractures hand on India tripHillary Clinton has fractured her hand during a tour of India, reportedly slipping in a bathtub at a luxury hotel in a former palace. A doctor at the private Goyal Hospital told AFP Friday that Clinton had undergone screening after suffering pain in her right hand following a fall. Local and international media quoted unnamed sources as saying Clinton had slipped in the bath in an accident that comes just five months after she broke her toe in London.


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Hillary Clinton fractures hand on India trip

Hillary Clinton fractures hand on India tripHillary Clinton has fractured her hand during a tour of India, reportedly slipping in a bathtub at a luxury hotel in a former palace. A doctor at the private Goyal Hospital told AFP Friday that Clinton had undergone screening after suffering pain in her right hand following a fall. Local and international media quoted unnamed sources as saying Clinton had slipped in the bath in an accident that comes just five months after she broke her toe in London.


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North Korea foreign minister meets Swedish PM

North Korea foreign minister meets Swedish PMNorth Korea's foreign minister held talks in Stockholm with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Friday amid reports Sweden could play a role in setting up a proposed summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. Ri held talks late Thursday and early Friday with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom, discussions which according to Swedish officials were to focus on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and a possible Trump-Kim summit.


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Timeline – The rise of Chinese leader Xi Jinping

Timeline - The rise of Chinese leader Xi JinpingBy John Ruwitch SHANGHAI (Reuters) - President Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, will be re-elected to a second five-year term as president on Saturday by the rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress. The son of Communist Party revolutionary and one-time deputy prime minister Xi Zhongxun, the younger Xi spent decades working his way up party and government ranks, but his consolidation of power since becoming head of the party in 2012 has been unprecedented. Xi's ascent culminated last week in parliament's passing of a constitutional amendment that eliminated term limits for the presidency, discarding a rule that had helped keep leaders in check and underpinned collective decision-making for 35 years.


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Putin appeals to 'love of fatherland' to get Russians to polls

Putin appeals to 'love of fatherland' to get Russians to pollsPresident Vladimir Putin has appealed to Russians' "love of the fatherland" to encourage them to vote on Sunday, as he seeks to boost turnout at an election he is sure to win. The Kremlin is seeking high participation to give legitimacy to Putin's inevitable fourth term as opposition leader Alexei Navalny has called for a boycott of a vote he denounces as a sham. "Who to vote for, how to exercise your right to free choice, that is the decision of each person," Putin said in a video released late Thursday and carried in news bulletins Friday morning.


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Turkish fire on Syria's Afrin kills 18 civilians: monitor

Turkish fire on Syria's Afrin kills 18 civilians: monitorTurkish artillery fire on the Kurdish-majority enclave of Afrin in northern Syria killed at least 18 civilians on Friday, a monitor said. "Since midnight (2200 GMT Thursday), 18 civilians, including five children, were killed by Turkish artillery fire on the city of Afrin," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. On January 20, Turkey and Syrian Arab rebel proxies launched an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region, which is controlled by the US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).


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British Labour leader warns of rushing into new Cold War without full evidence

British Labour leader warns of rushing into new Cold War without full evidenceBritish Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned on Friday against rushing into a new Cold War with Russia before full evidence of Moscow's culpability in a military-grade nerve toxin attack on a former double agent is proven. Prime Minister Theresa May said Russia was behind the Novichok nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to Britain. After the first known offensive use of such a weapon on European soil since World War Two, May gave 23 Russians who she said were spies working under diplomatic cover at the London embassy a week to leave.


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