Fears and doubts continue to swirl in Brazil days after President Michel Temer put the army in charge of highways and the Venezuelan border as his government grapples with an escalating migrant crisis and rising tensions. Tens of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing a collapsing economy, hunger and skyrocketing inflation have entered the country. Temer’s move last Tuesday came weeks after a judge temporarily closed the border in the state of Roraima and 10 days after demonstrators in the town of Pacaraima – worst hit by the crisis – trashed migrants’ camps and torched their possessions, causing more than a thousand to flee back across the border. But the state governor called the army presence “insufficient”, critics described it as a “Band-Aid” and some Venezuelans in the town said they still feared further attacks. “It is a short-term, easier solution. Instead of improving the reception of refugees, you leave it for security … [Read more...] about Brazil calls in army after mob attacks on Venezuelan migrants
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House of Commons Speaker John Bercow is often accused of being self-aggrandising, but he has been forced to scale back dramatically his grandiose plans to mark two of Parliament’s most significant anniversaries. Bercow, nicknamed the ‘Squeaker’ by his many critics, had planned to spend an estimated £900,000 commemorating events including the 750th anniversary of the Simon de Montfort parliament and 800 years since the signing of Magna Carta. But, according to an internal Parliamentary paper, it quickly became clear the coffers were empty and there was a ‘significant difficulty’ finding sponsors. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has been forced to scale back dramatically his grandiose plans to mark two of Parliament’s most significant anniversaries ‘This is due to the high degree of sensitivity in entering into such arrangements with external companies and the absence of a sponsorship policy or internal expertise in this … [Read more...] about SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Bercow forced to cut back on his £900,000 year of parties
With her shiny evening heels clicking on the cobbles, Steffi Klein stops to take in the view of crowds gathering just metres away on Theaterplatz in Dresden. She and her partner, Frank, both dressed up for an evening at the opera, take it in turns to share a pair of opera glasses to read some of the banners the protesters are holding aloft. The couple tut under their breaths and she rolls her eyes. “My daughter wanted us to babysit our grandchildren so she could go to that,” says the 59-year-old. “I said: ‘You must be joking, my darling. I’m going to the opera, not to that nonsense.’” On stage at the Semperoper is Albert Lortzing’s comic opera Der Wildschütz (The Poacher), in which a man almost loses his betrothed as punishment for poaching until it transpires the roebuck he had killed was in fact a donkey. Colourful banners hang between masts at the front of the baroque opera house, reading “Open your eyes”, “open … [Read more...] about ‘Like a poison’: how anti-immigrant Pegida is dividing Dresden
El Salvador is commonly considered the deadliest place in the world that is not a war zone, but it may as well be one. The horrific gang culture that has evolved since the end of the 12-year-long civil war in the 1980s is unmatched for its brutality and scale of violence. The defence ministry estimates that in the small country’s 6.5 million population, as many as 500,000 Salvadorans are involved in gangs, either through direct participation or through coercion and extortion by relatives, amounting to 8% of the population. The burial and wake (right) for Jose Luis, an 11 year-old boy who was murdered by members of the La 18 gang. He would play with friends in the park on the border of a demarcation line between La 18 and rival gang MS-13. He was threatened by gang members but continued playing with friends who were later kidnapped by La 18. His two friends escaped, but Jose Luis was beaten, tortured, stabbed and beheaded. His body was left in a ditch and found a few days later. … [Read more...] about El Salvador: a nation held hostage – a photo essay
PRINCE Andrew is under scrutiny right now - but what does his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson say? Here is everything we know about the pair's make up, break up and current relationship... Are Sarah Ferguson & Prince Andrew still married? No, the Prince and Fergie divorced in 1996. They were introduced by Princess Diana and became engaged on Andrew's 26th birthday in 1986. The pair had been friends as children but fell out of touch as they grew up. Andrew and Sarah were married in Westminster Abbey on July 23, 1986.The Queen bestowed the titles Duke and Duchess of York on the young pair. When did they separate? By 1991, it is reported that the couple had drifted apart. According to reports at the time, Andrew's naval duties meant he spent long periods of time away from the couple and it took its toll on their relationship. Following their separation, Sarah would go on to claim: "I spent my entire first pregnancy alone," in an interview with Harper's Bazaar.The couple announced their … [Read more...] about Are Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew still married, when did they separate and why?