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The coffin containing the remains of King Richard III is carried in procession for interment at Leicester Cathedral. The skeleton of King Richard
III was discovered in 2012 in the foundations of Greyfriars Church, Leicester, 500 years after he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard
III’s casket will lie inside Leicester Cathedral for public viewing for three days when he will be re-interred during a service attended by members of
the royal family.
Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime
minister and architect of the tiny South-
east Asian city-state’s rapid rise from
British tropical outpost to global trade
and financial centre, died today, aged 91,
the government announced.
Although Lee had receded from the
public and political scene over the
past few years, he was still seen as an
influential figure in the government of
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his
“ Mr Lee passed away peacefully at the
Singapore General Hospital today at
3.18am,” a statement said.
“ Harry” Lee became Singapore’s first
prime minister in 1959 and held on to
power for over three decades, overseeing
the island’s transformation from a
malaria-infested backwater into one of
Asia’s most prosperous nations.
Even after stepping down as leader, the
fiery Lee was never far from the decision-
making process, holding a cabinet level
post until 2011. He was a member of
parliament until his death.
Lee combined market-friendly policies
with strict controls over the press, free
speech and his political opponents. He
was hailed by some as a visionary and
criticised by others as authoritarian.
Lee’s death and his son’s expected
retirement within the next few years
will mark the end of an era, but industry
leaders say any change of the guard
will have little impact on business in
the city-State, renowned for its robust
Lee co-founded the People’s Action
Party (PAP), which has ruled Singapore
since 1959 and led the newly born
country when it was separated from
Malaysia in 1965.
He stepped down as prime minister
in 1990, handing power to Goh Chok
Tong, but remained influential as
senior minister in Goh’s cabinet and
subsequently as “minister mentor” when
his eldest son Lee Hsien Loong became
prime minister in 2004.
The older Lee left the cabinet in 2011
and had cut down his public appearances
in recent months due to his age and
declining health. — Reuters
Richard III taken to final resting place
Dug out of a car park five centuries after
his mutilated body was unceremoniously
interred, England’s Richard III will
finally be given a burial fit for a king.
Some 530 years on from his violent
death in 1485, the last English monarch
killed in battle will be laid to rest on
Thursday night in Leicester Cathedral,
across the street from where his remains
were located in 2012.
Their discovery was confirmed by a
DNA match with Richard’s closest
living relative — Canadian carpenter
Michael Ibsen, who has now made the
monarch’s oak coffin.
In an unprecedented event, the
medieval king will be reinterred in the
presence of royalty and England’s highest
cleric, in a solemn ser vice broadcast live
on national television.
“The story of the king in a car park
(is) now so familiar around the world to
many who had heard little of Richard
III,” Tim Stevens, the bishop of Leicester
in central England, said.
“Now we look for ward to welcoming
people from around the world to become
part of our task of laying the king to rest
with dignity and honour.”
Richard, the last of the Plantagenet
dynasty, ruled England from 1483 until
his death at the Battle of Bosworth near
Leicester in 1485.
It was the last major conflict in the Wars
of the Roses and Richard’s defeat saw
the crown pass from the Plantagenets to
the opposing Tudors.
“ We’re looking for ward to the
opportunity to remind people of the
extraordinary moment in English
history the death of Richard III marks,”
The slain 32-year-old was swiftly
buried without fanfare at Greyfriars
monastery in Leicester.
Greyfriars was demolished in the
1530s during Tudor king Henry VIII’s
dissolution of the monasteries and
Richard’s remains were thought lost.
But members of the Richard III
Society of enthusiasts teamed up with
Leicester University archaeologists
to excavate the site, rightly predicting
whereabouts in the old church he would
have been buried.
They found a skeleton consistent with
contemporary descriptions of the king,
notably his cur ved spine, and battle
injuries. Radiocarbon dating showed the
man died between 1455 and 1540.
The public can view the coffin from
tonight, when Cardinal Vincent Nichols,
the leader of England’s Catholics, will
celebrate a Requiem Mass in Leicester’s
main Catholic church.
Then on Thursday night, Richard’s
remains will be reinterred in the presence
of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin
Welby, the spiritual head of the Church
The Q ueen’s daughter-in-law Sophie,
the Countess of Wessex, will attend, as
will her cousin Prince Richard the D uke
of Gloucester, patron of the Richard III
Society and a blood relative.
The discovery of his skeleton has
encouraged scholars to look again at
Richard’s record of social reform, rather
than rely on William Shakespeare’s
Tudor-era portrayal of him as a villainous
Richard fell fighting to hold on to
his crown against the invading forces
of Henry Tudor, later King Henry VII.
Shakespeare famously depicted him
going down fighting shouting “A horse!
A horse! My kingdom for a horse!”
Philippa Langley, a screenwriter who
led the search for Richard III, said it was
the end of an “extraordinary journey ”.
“It’s re-ignited our interest in this
period of history,” she said.
“It’s got people talking and it’s got
people debating and it ’s got people
reading widely about Richard III, and
realising that there’s far more to this
man than people ever knew.” — AFP
The funeral of seven Orthodox
Jewish children who perished in one
of New York’s deadliest fires in years
drew a sea of mourners overnight to
a Brooklyn neighbourhood where
the blaze has raised concerns about
the safety of Sabbath cooking
Around the corner from the home
where only the mother and one of
her eight children sur vived the early
Saturday (local time) blaze, the Fire
Department of New York handed
out pamphlets titled “Fire Safety
for Jewish Obser vances” as well as
smoke alarms and batteries.
The fire department blamed a
malfunctioning electric hotplate
for the fire that raced through the
home about 12.30am on Saturday,
killing the children, aged five to 16.
The blaze critically injured their
15-year-old sister, Siporah, and
mother, Gayle Sassoon, 45.
Authorities identified the victims
as girls Eliane, 16; Rivkah, 11;
and Sara, six; and boys David, 12;
Yeshua, 10; Moshe, eight; and
Yaakob, five.The father was at a
religious conference when the fire
Crowd-control barricades were
set up outside the Shomrei Hadas
Chapels in Brooklyn, where a rabbi
was to lead ser vices for the children,
laid out in seven coffins in front of
men and women, sitting on separate
sides of the room. After the ser vice,
the children’s bodies were to be
flown to Israel for burial, the funeral
Jewish rules in obser vance of the
Sabbath day of rest, which lasts
from sundown Friday to sundown
Saturday, prohibit turning on and
off electric appliances and prohibit
all other forms of what is considered
work, State Assemblyman Dov
Hikind, who represents the heavily
Jewish district, said.
“A lot of people use these hotplates
to keep food warm for the next day,”
Hikind said. “ They put them on on
Friday and they are left on for the
entire Sabbath, 25 hours.”
An on-line version of the FDNY
pamphlet about dangers during the
Sabbath and Jewish holidays tops
the list with the warning: “Stay in
the kitchen — don’t leave cooking
Hikind said he uses a water-filled
urn that he heats up before the
Sabbath starts at sundown every
“ I called my own daughter, who
has six kids, to tell her to stop using
that hot plate,” he said.
A neighbour, Karen Rosenblatt,
said she called the emergency
dispatcher after seeing flames and
smoke bellowing from the home.
Her husband said he heard “what
seemed like a young girl scream,
‘Help me! Help me!’, ” she said.
Firefighters arrived less than four
minutes after the emergency call
and discovered the badly burned
and distraught mother pleading for
help. When they broke in the door,
firefighters encountered a hopeless
situation “ a raging fire that already
had spread through the kitchen,
dining room, common hall, the
stairway leading upstairs and the
It was the city’s fourth deadly
fire in 15 years sparked by
hotplates or use of ritual candles,
according to the Jewish For ward
newspaper, including a 2000 fire
in Williamsburg that killed the
granddaugther of the Satmar Grand
Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum and her
five-month old baby.
Hikind said that scam artists
immediately launched a phony
fundraising scheme in the Sassoon
family’s name, and he warned
followers on Twitter not to
“People’s heart aches — Jew and
non-Jew alike. They want to help.
We don’t want you to waste your
money,” he later said.
Although smoke alarms are
required on every floor of a home,
according to a fire department
spokesman, the New York Times
reported the Sassoon home had a
smoke alarm in only the basement.
The fire department did not
immediately respond to questions
about the home’s smoke alarms or
about previous deadly fires tied to
religious obser vances. — Reuters
killed in blaze
to be buried
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, embraces New York City Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro
after arriving at the site of the deadly house fire.
A firefighter sur veys the aftermath of a home fire in the Midwood
neighbourhood of Brooklyn.
look for Nazi hideout
Archaeologists in Argentina
believe a collection of ruins found
deep in a remote jungle region
may be the remains of a secret
hideout built by German Nazis
to flee to after World War Two.
A team of archaeologists
is studying the remains of
three buildings located in the
Teyu Cuare provincial park in
northern Argentina on its border
The University of Buenos
Aires researchers have found five
German coins minted between
1938 and 1941 and a fragment
of porcelain plate bearing the
inscription “Made in Germany ”.
“Apparently, halfway through
the Second World War, the Nazis
had a secret project of building
shelters for top leaders in the
event of defeat — inaccessible
sites, in the middle of deserts, in
the mountains, on a cliff or in the
middle of the jungle like this,”
the archaeologists’ team leader
Daniel Schavelzon told Clarin.
Ultimately, though, the hideout
was not needed. Thousands of
Nazis, Croatian Ustasha fascists
and Italian fascists arrived in
Argentina with the blessing of
president Juan Peron, who led
the nation from 1946 to 1955
and again briefly in the 1970s,
according to the Nazi-hunting
Simon Wiesenthal Centre.
In 1960, Nazi Adolf Eichmann,
Holocaust, was captured in
Buenos Aires by an Israeli
commando team and tried in
Israel where he was executed.
Other Nazis who sought
refuge in Argentina were Joseph
Mengele, Martin Bormann,
Roschmann, Wilfred Von Oven
and Alois Brunner. — AFP
Crimea to Falklands
Russia has more claim to Crimea than
Britain has to the Falkland Islands,
a senior Russian politician insists as
London again denounces Moscow ’s
“ illegal annexation” of the peninsula.
“Attention London: Crimea has far
more reason to be in Russia than the
Falklands have to be part of Great
Britain,” Alexei Pushkov, head of the
Russian parliament ’s foreign affairs
committee, said on Twitter.
The outspoken MP was responding
to British Foreign Secretary Philip
Hammond who had earlier on Sunday
condemned Russia’s “flagrant breach
of Ukrainian and international law ” in
seizing Crimea a year ago.
“The annexation of Crimea was illegal
and illegitimate in March 2014, and
remains illegal and illegitimate in March
2015. Russia must return Crimea to
Ukraine,” Hammond said in a statement.
Argentina claims the Falkland Islands,
which lie 500km off its coast in the
South Atlantic — some 14,000km from
But the islands have been British since
1833 despite a short-lived Argentinian
invasion in 1982, which sparked a war in
which more than 900 people died.
The inhabitants of the windswept
archipelago voted over whelmingly for it
to remain a British overseas territory in
a referendum in 2013.
Shortly after Russia’s annexation of
Crimea, Argentina’s President Cristina
Kirchner said the land grab was no
more acceptable than Britain’s hold on
the islands. “ The Malvinas have always
belonged to Argentina,” she said, using
the Spanish name for the islands.
“Crimea once belonged to the Soviet
Union and was then given by (former
Soviet leader Nikita) Khrushchev to the
Ukrainians.” — AFP
Synagogue attack arrests
British police arrested six men after
they tried to force their way into a
synagogue in Stamford Hill in north
London early yesterday.
The gang was seen damaging property
and shouting abuse in video footage
posted on You Tube.
Police said one worshipper sustained
minor facial injuries when he tried to
prevent the group entering the building.
“The incident is being treated as an
anti-Semitic incident, due to remarks
made by one of the group,” London’s
Metropolitan police said. — Reuters
hit Boko Haram
Two Chadian army helicopters
struck Nigerian Boko Haram positions
overnight, killing several dozen militants
near a village on the border with Niger, a
senior Niger military official said.
Niger and Chadian soldiers have been
fighting the Islamist militants in a joint
mission with Nigeria and Cameroon
since March 2, in a bid to end Boko
Haram’s six-year insurgency in northern
Nigeria that is threatening regional
The helicopters destroyed several
vehicles and motorcycles carrying
fighters in the Nigerian village of
Djaboullam, which lies east across the
border from the Niger town of Diffa, the
Niger officer said.
“Niger and Chad had received
intelligence that a group of Boko Haram
fighters had gathered in the border
village,” the officer said.
The Niger military officer, who
requested anonymity, said Boko Haram
fighters had moved to Djaboullam after
they were chased from other towns by
the Nigerian army. Militants were also
gathering in other border towns from
where they routinely launch mortar
rounds into Niger, he said.
“ We know they are massing in Malam
Fatori, waiting for us to come,” he said,
referring to another north-east Nigerian
town about 3km from Bosso, the nearest
town across the border in Niger.
The regional offensive launched this
year comes as Nigeria, Africa’s most
populous country and biggest economy,
prepares to hold elections on March 28.
The offensive has succeeded in driving
the militants from several towns and
districts they previously held. Chad
and Niger forces captured the town of
Damasak from the militants last week.
Police in eastern Indian were left
red-faced when a raid on a sex district
discovered four of their own along with
a convicted murderer whom they were
supposed to be guarding.
The four constables had been tasked
with escorting the murderer from a
jail in the underdeveloped State of
Jharkhand to hospital for a check-up, the
Hindustan Times reported.
But the officers decided to make a
206km detour to visit the red-light area
in the town of Asansol across the border
in West Bengal State, the newspaper
West Bengal police rounded up the four
as part of the raid although the murderer
managed to escape — and then made his
own way back to jail in Koderma city in
Jharkhand, the paper said.
“ We have ordered a probe and
suspended the four policemen until
further notice,” Jharkhand director
general of police D K Pandey told the
Jharkhand, one of India’s poorest
States which is grappling with a Maoist
insurgency, has seen several security
lapses in recent years.
Thirteen prisoners escaped from custody
in December in Jharkhand by throwing
chilli powder at their guards. Police shot
dead two more of the prisoners during
the getaway, staged as they were being
taken back to jail. — AFP
Indian police red-faced
after brothel raid
Gunman in Tunis museum
attack still on run
Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi
said overnight that a third gunman
involved in an attack that killed 23
people, mostly foreign tourists, at a
Tunis museum last week was on the run.
The shootings at the museum inside
Tunisia’s parliament compound was one
of the worst militant attacks in Tunisian
history and brought to light the threat
posed by Islamist militants to the young
democracy, four years after its “Arab
Two gunmen were shot dead at the
scene and authorities have so far arrested
more than 20 people, 10 of whom
officials believe were directly involved in
the attack. Some had recently returned
from fighting for Islamist militant
groups in Syria and Libya.
“For sure there were three because
they have been identified and filmed on
sur veillance cameras,” Essebsi said in a
televised inter view with Europe 1 radio,
iTELE and L e Monde newspaper.
“There are two who were executed and
one who is on the run somewhere. But in
any case, he won’t get far,” Essebsi said.
A Tunisian security source said
investigations were still ongoing, but
the third suspect appeared to have been
involved in directing the attack and
logistics, rather than as a gunman. He
was known to authorities as an extremist,
the source said.
“A third is being sought, he was a
participant,” the source said.
Tourism minister Salma L oumi told
State news agency TAP that world
leaders had been invited to participate
in a planned march against terrorism in
Islamic State militants — who have
taken over parts of Iraq and Syria —
have claimed responsibility for the
attack. But social media accounts tied to
an al Qaeda-affiliated group in Tunisia
have also published purported details of
Whoever was responsible, the Bardo
attack illustrates how Islamist militants
are turning their sights on North Africa.
A particular focus is neighbouring Libya,
where two rival governments are battling
for control, allowing Islamic State to
gain a foothold. — Reuters
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