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A Christie’s employee passes Cy Twombly’s ‘Untitled (New York City)’in London. Estimated in the region of £15 million the work
forms part of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art sales which take place in London on February 11 and 12.
Last ditch effort
for peace deal
The leaders of France and Germany flew
to Moscow overnight in a last-ditch effort
to negotiate a peace deal for Ukraine, but
expectations of a breakthrough were low after
gains on the battlefield by pro-Russian rebels.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and President
Francois Hollande met Russia’s Vladimir
Putin a day after five hours of late-night talks
with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko.
In a sign of the tense atmosphere, the
leaders went straight into the Kremlin for
talks, without the usual diplomatic niceties of
a welcoming handshake for the cameras.
Before arriving in Russia, Hollande called
the talks “the first step”, while Merkel said it
was unclear whether the meeting in Moscow
would secure a ceasefire. Her spokesman
said there “ was no sign whatsoever” of a
breakthrough so far.
An official from a major European Union
country, who declined to be identified, gave
a gloomy prognosis, saying Putin would have
little reason to urge the rebels to back down
while they are advancing.
“He does not appear to have any incentive
to back down now. The separatists are in
control and the taking more territory. He
can sit back and wait as the pressure steadily
builds on Ukraine and its leaders,” the official
On the ground in eastern Ukraine, a brief
truce was organised so trapped civilians could
reach safety from Debaltseve, a government-
held railway hub nearly encircled by rebel
forces who have made it the target of their
Both sides sent convoys of buses, giving
residents a choice to evacuate to government
or rebel territory. The government buses left
full; the rebel buses left mostly empty.
“The last two weeks were hell,” Artem
Nikishin, 31, boarding a bus to the
government-held town of Slaviansk with his
wife and two sons, said. “ This is our property
now,” he said, pointing to several bags and a
parcel wrapped in a blanket.
The Franco-German peace effort is an
attempt to restore a ceasefire to a conflict
that has killed more than 5000 people, before
European leaders meet next week to discuss
imposing new economic sanctions against
Previous sanctions, coupled with a decline
in oil prices, have contributed to a sharp fall
in the ruble but seem to have done nothing to
deter Putin from his support for the rebels in
territory he has dubbed “New Russia”.
This week, Washington has begun openly
hinting it could arm Ukraine’s military. But
its European allies have increasingly spoken
out against such a move, arguing that it
would only deepen the conflict while falling
short of giving Ukraine the means to resist an
onslaught backed by Moscow.
“Are we sure that we would be improving
the situation for the people in Ukraine by
delivering weapons? Are we really sure that
Ukraine can win against the Russian military
machine?” German Defence Minister Ursula
von der Leyen said at the start of a security
conference in Munich.
Western countries accuse Putin of sending
funds, heavy weapons and troops to back
pro-Russian separatists who launched an
offensive in January, when a five-month-
old truce finally collapsed. Moscow denies
assisting the rebels.
Since launching their offensive, the rebels
have made major advances. Kiev and its
western allies want any new ceasefire to
require the rebels to give up those new gains,
but they are unlikely to agree to go back.
A statement on Poroshenko’s website said the
sides had expressed the hope that Russia had
an interest in a peaceful solution. The leaders
called for a quick ceasefire, the withdrawal of
foreign forces from Ukraine, the pull-back of
heavy weapons and equipment, the closure of
the border and the release of all prisoners, it
said, all longstanding demands.
For Moscow ’s part, Russia’s ambassador to
France, Alexander Orlov, told Europe 1 radio
there was an urgent need to avoid war. “I
wouldn’t say it ’s a last chance meeting, but it’s
not far off,” he said.
Germany is hosting major powers this
weekend at the international security
conference in Munich. Western countries are
“This is a moment where the United States
and Europe must stand together, stand firm.
Russia cannot be allowed to redraw the map
of Europe because that ’s exactly what they
are doing,” US Vice President Joe Biden said
in Brussels en route to the conference.
Ukrainian Prime Minister
Yatseniuk in Kiev made an undisguised pitch
for military help.
“ Peace in Europe depends on peace in
Ukraine and for us to achieve that peace
Ukraine must have the means to defend itself.
Not in offensive operations, but in defence
operations,” he said.
Ukraine wants “ lethal” aid such as anti-
tank weapons to help it fight the heavy battle
tanks it says the rebels have received from
Moscow, as well as “non-lethal” equipment
like night vision goggles and radar to detect
where artillery is fired from.
Journalists who reached the besieged
government garrison of Debaltseve with
the humanitarian convoys saw buildings
shattered and walls blasted open with shells.
Even as the evacuation was taking place, the
town’s Ukrainian army defenders kept up
regular howitzer and mortar fire at separatists
beyond the town’s perimeter.
In the centre, dozens of Ukrainian troops in
full battle gear mingled with civilians waiting
either to receive humanitarian aid or board
the buses out.
When Belgian chocolatier Dominique
Persoone created a chocolate-sniffing device
for a Rolling Stones party in 2007, he never
imagined demand would stretch much
beyond the rock ‘n’ roll scene. But, seven
years later, he has sold 25,000 of them.
Inspired by a device his grandfather used
to propel tobacco snuff up his nose, Persoone
created a chocolate shooter to deliver a hit
of Dominican Republic or Peruvian cocoa
powder, mixed with mint and either ginger
“The mint and the ginger really tinkle your
nose,” the 46-year-old said in his chocolate
factory in the medieval city of Bruges.
“Then the mint flavour goes down and the
chocolate stays in your brain.”
Tattoo-clad Persoone, who has collaborated
with celebrated chefs such as The Fat Duck’s
Heston Blumenthal and elBulli’s Ferran
and Albert Adria, has a history of culinary
Alongside the classics, he has created
chocolates flavoured with bacon and onion,
oysters and even grass.
It took some perfecting to create the
snorting powder as chocolate itself was too
Before the successful formula was
discovered, Persoone used a mix that
included chilli pepper.
“It’s a very bad idea,” he said.
The chocolate shooters, which sell for 45
euros ($50) each, have been exported to
Russia, India, Canada, Australia and the
The packaging bears a warning against
excessive sniffing, but Persoone insists it is
safe. He was inspired by the role of the nose
when tasting food and, he says, a certain
idea of fun.
“The mentality when you think about
sniffing is: ‘Oh it’s kinky, guys who do that
stuff,” Persoone said.
“I’m not the bad boy promoting drugs, not
at all. Life is boring. Let ’s have fun.”
Chocolate sniffing safe
Pope rapped for spanking remark
Pope Francis has come under
fire after an off-the-cuff remark
in which he defended the right of
parents to spank their children.
In comments during his weekly
general audience on Wednesday,
the Pontiff described a good
father as one who knew how to
forgive but also how to “correct
“Once, in a meeting with
married couples, I heard a father
say ‘I sometimes have to smack
my children a bit, but never in
the face so as to not humiliate
them’,” Pope Francis said.
“How beautiful! He knows
the sense of dignity! He has to
punish them but does it justly
and moves on.”
The comment made no waves
in Italy but has been severely
criticised in Germany, one
of several countries which
completely outlaws all forms of
“There is no way of hitting
children with dignity,”
country’s Minister for the
Family, Manuela Schwesig says
in an interview with Die Welt,
to be published today.
The German Association for
Children’s Aid called on the
Pope to correct his own error.
“This Pope is particularly
humane, but anyone can make a
mistake. By suggesting it is okay
to hit a child if it is done with
dignity, he completely misses the
The leader of the world’s
Catholics also came under fire
from Peter Saunders, a member
of Francis’s recently-established
panel on child protection.
“I think that is a very
misguided thing to have said and
I’m surprised he said it, although
he does come up with some
howlers sometimes,” Saunders
told Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
“It is a most unhelpful remark
to have made and I will tell him
that,” he added.
Saunders is in Rome for the
first full meeting of the Pontifical
Commission for the Protection
of Minors, a body of clerics and
lay people which is supposed to
drive reforms within the Church
in response to serial revelations
of the abuse of children by
Saunders is one of two victims
of priest abuse on the multi-
A former children’s doctor has
been found guilty of indecently
assaulting young girls at Stoke
Mandeville Hospital at the same
time Jimmy Savile was abusing
patients on the wards.
Michael Salmon, 79, was
convicted at Reading Crown
Court yesterday of indecently
Buckinghamshire hospital and
was also convicted of raping a
girl at his home.
He carried out many of his
attacks behind a screen in his
consulting room, while his
victim’s parents waited believing
he was completing a medical
A jury found him guilty of nine
indecent assaults and two rapes
carried out against six girls aged
11 to 18, between 1973 and 1988.
Although he worked at Stoke
Mandeville at the same time
Savile is thought to have abused
patients at the hospital there is no
suggestion of any link between
the two. Salmon had already
been struck off the medical
register after he admitted three
counts of indecent assault
against young female patients
in 1991. The father worked as
a consultant paediatrician at
hospitals in Buckinghamshire
including the world-renowned
Stoke Mandeville in Aylesbury,
which was thrown in to the
spotlight following disclosures
about abuse by the late Savile in
prosecuting, said there is “no
suggestion that this defendant
abused a young female patient in
concert with Jimmy Savile”.
Prolific child abuser Savile is
believed to have carried out his
worst offending at the hospital,
where he had his own office.
The court previously heard how
Salmon thought he was “ bomb-
proof ” because no one would
believe a child over him.
Children’s doctor guilty of sex assault
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