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Record number of migrants flowing into Hungary
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Migrants who have just crossed the border from Serbia into Hungary walk along a railway track that joins the two countries and
is being used as a route by migrants into the European Union close to the village of Roszke near Szeged, Hungary. According to
the Hungarian authorities a record number of migrants crossed the border into Hungary from Serbia, said to be due in part to the
erection of a new fence that is due to be completed at the end of this month. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants
using the so-called Balkans route has exploded. The massive increase led Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban to order
Hungary’s army to build a steel and barbed wire security barrier along its entire border with Serbia, after more than 100,000 asylum
seekers from a variety of countries and war zones entered the country so far this year.
Hillary Clinton has reiterated her call for
gun safety reforms, saying this week’s murder
of Virginia journalists during an on-air
broadcast shows that “something is deeply
wrong” in America.
Speaking to a Democratic National
frontrunner for the party’s presidential
nomination blasted Republican candidates
for opposing measures she hopes would
reduce firearm deaths in the country.
“No one is standing up and saying what
we all know to be true: We need to put an
end to the gun violence that plagues our
communities,” she said, to loud applause.
“After the terrible events of Wednesday,
with two journalists killed on live television,
plus a police officer killed in Louisiana,
and many more lost every day in carnage
that largely goes unnoticed now across our
country, I don’t know how anyone could not
come to the conclusion that something is
deeply wrong,” she added.
The United States has more firearms in
private hands per capita than any nation on
earth, and its firearms deaths per capita are
the worst in the developed world.
After a deranged man used a semi-automatic
rifle to kill 20 children and six adults at an
elementary school in late 2012, congressional
Democrats introduced legislation that would
have expanded background checks for gun
The measure, as well as an assault weapons
ban, was rejected by Republicans and some
“ I believe we can have common-sense gun
reforms that keep weapons out of the hands
that should not have them — domestic
abusers, the violently unstable — while
respecting the rights of responsible gun
owners,” Clinton said.
“ I know that the politics are hard. I know
that some would rather throw up their hands
or give up the fight,” she added.
“But not me. I am not going to sit by while
more good people die across America. ”
Several Republican presidential candidates
have denounced the Virginia shootings but
cautioned against restricting Americans’
constitutional right to bear arms.
“This isn’t a gun problem, this is a mental
problem,” Republican frontrunner Donald
Trump, the billionaire real estate tycoon, said
Clinton repeats call for gun safety reforms
James Holmes was led out of a
Colorado courtroom in shackles this
week to begin ser ving consecutive life
sentences with no possibility of parole
for the shooting deaths of 12 people in
a packed Batman movie premiere three
District Judge Carlos Samour, who
spent the last two days listening to
statements from victims and survivors
of the mass shooting, ordered Holmes,
27, to serve 12 consecutive sentences
of life in prison with no possibility of
parole for each of the dead.
A jury earlier this month returned the
recommendation for consecutive life
sentences after being unable to agree
on a death sentence for the former
neuroscience graduate student.
Under Colorado law, Samour had
no other choice but to order the life
He also ordered maximum sentences
on the remaining 141 guilty verdicts
for attempted murder returned against
Holmes for the 70 other people
wounded in the rampage.
Samour spoke for nearly an hour about
the justice system before imposing the
The gallery broke out in applause at
the maximum sentences.
“Get the defendant out of my
courtroom, please,” Samour then said.
The jury had twice rejected the
defence’s arguments that Holmes was
mentally ill when he opened fire July
20, 2012 during the midnight premier
of The Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora,
Colorado movie theatre.
It found that mental illness was not a
mitigating factor, and that Holmes was
guilty of the murders.
The defendant was wearing body
armour and was armed with numerous
weapons when police arrested him
outside the theatre.
Holmes has steadfastly refused to say
anything in court in his own defence.
He first appeared in court with bright
orange hair three years ago, but during
the three-month-long trial he wore a
neat shirt, jacket and pants and his hair
and beard were dark brown.
He returned to court this week in red
prison scrubs, his beard shorn.
His hands were shackled to a chain
around his waist and his legs also were
A sinkhole in a north-
eastern Chinese city
swallowed five people in
a dramatic scene that was
captured on security video
and shared widely on
Chinese social media.
A provincial broadcaster
said four people were
injured in the incident in
the provincial capital of
The surveillance camera
video shows pedestrians
walking or standing on
the sidewalk when it
suddenly gave in.
Three people fell
straight into the hole,
while a woman clung to
pipes just underneath the
sidewalk. Another person
standing on the edge fell
sideways into the hole.
said the people were
probably waiting for a
bus because it occurred at
a bus stop. The bus sign
also was swallowed by the
sinkhole, the broadcaster
Passersby pulled the
victims from the hole,
which was about 3m
deep, the broadcaster said.
It said four received
minor injuries to their
feet, legs, arms and
It was not immediately
clear what caused the
sidewalk to collapse.
hopeful Donald Trump
says his trademark hairdo
is for real.
He told 1800 people
in South Carolina on
Thursday : “It ’s my hair ...
The billionaire developer
waved a copy of The New
York Times shortly after
taking the stage, saying
the newspaper accused
him of wearing a toupee.
Then he called a woman
onstage from a front
table and instructed her
to tug on his hair. As she
pulled, he asked her to
confirm that it’s real. She
said: “I do believe it is,” to
laughter and applause.
Trump leads most polls
of GOP primary voters.
‘It’s my hair’ — Trump
Former ward of the state Norman
Latham fears he will be abused again
if he ends up in an aged care home.
“The thought of going into a home
sometimes triggers memories of
abuse,” the 69-year-old, who was
abused by two youth officers in a
Victorian state-run facility in the
“ I fear being vulnerable and helpless
in such an environment.”
Counsel assisting the child abuse
commission Dr Peggy Dwyer said
those fears were not uncommon.
“ Many sur vivors have expressed to
the royal commission that as a result
of the abuse that they suffered, which
has been far-reaching, and as a result
of their issues in terms of lack of
education and trauma, they have a
fear of being institutionalised again
in aged care facilities.”
Victoria’s Department of Health
and Human Ser vices secretary
Dr Pradeep Philip said the Australian
government oversaw regulations
around aged care but he would
raise the issue with his federal
“ I’m not aware of explicit steps
that have been taken to ensure that
any move into aged care is smooth
and as less traumatic as it other wise
might be and the care and attention
is provided as required in a dignified
and respectful way,” he said.
Dr Philip said it was extraordinarily
distressing hearing the evidence of
former wards of the state and juvenile
offenders to the royal commission’s
inquiry into abuse at three Victorian
state-run youth training centres from
the 1960s to the early 1990s.
“No matter what we do to our
system, unless we do something at
the front end, in terms of primary
prevention, we are going to be here
far too many times,” he told the
Former ward of the state fears he will be abused again
A former student of an elite New Hampshire
prep school was found not guilty overnight
of raping a 15-year-old girl days before
graduation last year in a case that has shone a
harsh spotlight on the school’s culture.
Owen Labrie, 19, was found not guilty
of three felony counts of raping a fellow
student at St Paul’s School in Concord. The
jury found him guilty of lesser misdemeanor
counts of having sex with a person under the
age of consent, as well as a felony count of
using on-line communications to seduce a
Labrie closed his eyes and began to sob as the
first verdict, finding him guilty of computer-
related seduction, was read but regained his
composure as the jury forewoman read out
the three not guilty verdicts. His lawyer, J W
Carney, patted his back to soothe him.
Central to the trial was the “senior salute,”
a longstanding tradition among St Paul’s
students that involved seniors inviting
underclassmen to get together before
graduation, often for sexual purposes.
The accuser, who spent more than two
days on the stand, acknowledged agreeing to
Labrie’s invitation for a “senior salute,” but
said she expected to kiss Labrie and not go
much further. She said Labrie aggressively
kept pushing her until she was “frozen” in
fear and unable to resist. Carney, a prominent
Boston defence attorney, argued that Labrie
and the teen, whose sister was a senior at the
school, had a mutually flirtatious relationship
and went on to have a consensual encounter
that stopped short of intercourse.
The defence had focused on the testimony
of a close friend of the accuser, who said the
teen told her that she was willing to engage
in certain sex acts short of intercourse. The
accuser denied having said it.
Carney, whose high-profile clients have
included Boston mob boss James “ Whitey”
Bulger, said the teen accused Labrie of rape
only after rumours of their encounter began
to spread. The accuser, Carney said, “had to
make a decision whether it would be her
reputation that would go into the toilet, or
Owen’s and she took the easier choice. ”
Prosecutors had argued that Labrie targeted
the teen for a last sexual conquest before
graduation, citing Facebook messages in
which he boasted of having sex with her and
a list of girls he compiled that he wanted to
“slay,” school slang for sex, with the teen’s
name in all-capital letters.
St Paul’s, whose alumni include powerful
United States business and political leaders
such as Secretary of State John Kerry, said the
tradition did not accurately reflect its culture.
Defence attorneys had sought to portray
Labrie, of Tunbridge, Vermont, as a
hardworking and ambitious student, who
unlike many of the students at the prestigious
boarding school did not come from a
privileged background and was able to attend
only because he had earned a scholarship to
Rape trial put spotlight on school’s culture
by Dave Green 0726 Difficulty Level
QUICK QUIZ 10055
1. What does ‘judo’ literally mean in Japanese?
2. Which former All Black runs his own talent agency, managing many
high profile New Zealanders?
3. Carbide powder plus water produced what gas to power early
headlights on cars?
4. In which US city is the Henry Ford Museum?
5. Who directed the 1941 film Citizen Kane?
6. In which sport does each game begin with a bully off?
7. Is spraint a viral disease of potatoes, a slight tear of a body ligament or
8. Which New Zealander has won four Olympic gold medals?
9. Is carnophobia the fear of meat, fear of having a motor accident or fear
of young women?
10. Who appeared in the most Alfred Hitchcock films?
ANSWERS: 1 The gentle art, 2 Andy Haden, 3 Acetylene, 4 Detroit, 5 Orson
Welles, 6 Hockey, 7 Otter droppings, 8 Ian Ferguson, 9 Meat, 10 Alfred Hitchcock -
in brief cameos.
2 Human (6)
3 Fibbing (5)
5 Industrious insects (4)
6 Galley (7)
7 Shellfish (6)
8 Gives up (5)
9 Taken for granted (7)
10 Devours (4)
11 Idiot (6)
12 Soldier's decoration (5)
13 Abstaining from food (7)
14 Boding evil (7)
18 Disrespectful (10)
23 Narrow band (5)
24 Learning institution (7)
26 Fortress (7)
27 Notifies (7)
29 Cocktail (7)
30 Sieve (6)
31 Canvas shelters (5)
32 Exchange (6)
34 Equipment (4)
36 Rub out (5)
38 Gate fastener (5)
40 Canvass (4)
45 Bring upon oneself (5)
46 Airborne radioactive debris (7)
47 Water (4)
48 Exertion (6)
49 Magistrate (5)
50 Torment (7)
52 Not logical or reasonable
53 Shortfall (7)
54 Worked out (6)
55 Veiled (7)
56 Famous (5)
57 Fast short race (4)
62 Bearlike animal (5)
67 Luminous (7)
68 Skull (7)
70 Unshakeable in opinion (7)
72 Paper-folding art (7)
73 Pasture plant (6)
74 Government agency (6)
75 Pull from power socket (6)
76 Dark (5)
78 Sheriff's band of helpers (5)
80 Chops roughly (5)
82 Mountains (4)
83 Too (4)
1 Stroll (5)
4 Start all over again (4,2,6,3)
14 Sung drama (5)
15 Empty of liquid (5)
16 Facts and figures (10)
17 Effigy (5)
19 Pretend (3)
20 Gaunt (7)
21 Ménage à trois (9)
22 Cue (6)
25 Receiving willingly (9)
27 Formally accuse (6)
28 Aromatic spice (6)
33 Broadcasting (10)
35 Pixie (3)
36 Snowed (anag)(6)
37 Spoken (4)
39 Paddle (3)
41 Interfered (7)
42 One who dies for a cause
43 Follower of John Wesley (9)
44 Stale-smelling (5)
45 Puffed out (8)
50 While (2)
51 Infantile (8)
55 Butter-making machine (5)
58 Intensely hued (9)
59 Worldwide (6)
60 Fungal delicacy (7)
61 Wildebeest (3)
63 Building cover (4)
64 Suave (6)
65 Frozen water (3)
66 Teacher has (anag)(10)
68 Bovine creatures (6)
69 Disconnect (6)
71 Braggart (9)
76 Sick (6)
77 Waterproof cover (9)
79 Mechanical apparatus (7)
81 Religious sister (3)
84 Innovative (5)
85 Responsible or accountable
86 Steam burn (5)
87 Taking unfair advantage
88 Take an irrevocable step
89 Consumption (5)
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