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Amid Europe’s migrant
crisis, Finnish Prime Minister
Juha Sipila is hoping to set an
example for his countrymen
by opening his own spare
house to refugees.
Sipila said at the weekend
that after some discussions
and consultation with local
authorities, he and his wife
decided to make their house
in Kempele, a town of about
17,000 in central Finland,
available as of January 1.
The Sipilas have not used the house
since moving to Helsinki.
“ We all should think what we can do
ourselves,” he told Finnish television
In recent weeks, the Nordic country has
seen an increase in the number of asylum
seekers — people fleeing poverty and
conflict in eastern European countries
and the Middle East — coming to
Finland via Sweden.
Officials expect their number could
reach 30,000 by the end of the year,
compared to the 3600 people who
sought asylum in Finland in 2014.
“ It is easy to outsource everything to
the society. Still, society has
limited possibilities. The
more citizen activity we
can find to this matter, the
better,” he said.
An asylum seeker “deser ves
a human treatment and
genuine welcome greeting
from us Finns. ”
Sipila’s offer may cause some
tensions in his center-right
governing coalition including
his own Centre Party, the
pro-EU conser vatives and
the populist, EU-skeptic Finns Party.
The latter, Finland’s second largest
party, has been calling for tougher
immigration laws, though it has
distanced itself from Europe’s far-right
Sipila urged Finns to refrain from
xenophobic and racist comments.
“ I ask everybody to stop all hate speech
and concentrate on taking care of people
that are fleeing from war zone, so that
they feel safe and welcome here in
Finland,” Sipila said.
Details of how to apply and how many
people the house could accommodate
were not immediately available. — AP
6 - Monday, September 7, 2015
Well-wishers wave to migrants arriving at the main railway station in Dortmund, Germany.
Refugees pour into Germany
Pope Francis has called on every
Catholic parish in Europe to take in a
refugee family, saying the Vatican’s two
parishes would lead by example.
Calling for a “concrete gesture” ahead
of a Jubilee Year of Mercy starting
in December, the Pope urged “every
parish, every religious community, every
monastery, every sanctuary in Europe to
take in a family.
“Faced with the tragedy of tens of
thousands of asylum-seekers fleeing
death as victims of war and hunger
who are hoping to start a new life, the
gospel calls on us and asks us to be the
neighbour of the smallest and the most
abandoned, to give them concrete hope,”
he said, giving the Angelus blessing in
Saint Peter’s Square in Rome.
It ’s not just about saying “have courage,
be patient ”, Francis — who has made
poverty and migration a key theme of
his papacy — told thousands of faithful
gathered in the square.
“Christian hope is more combative”, he
said, calling on “Europe’s bishops, the true
pastors to back my call in their dioceses.”
The Vatican would lead the way, he
said, announcing that its two parishes
would take in two refugee families “in the
Drawing on a Gospel story in which
Jesus heals a deaf and mute man, the
Argentinian-born pontiff said a miracle
had also taken place in Europe, where
“ we have been healed of the deafness of
selfishness and the silence of retreating
“The closed couple, the closed family,
the closed group, the closed parish, the
closed country, that comes from us, it has
nothing to do with God,” he stressed.
Pope urges parishes
to take in refugees
Finnish PM opens
own home to refugees
Apple is expected to unveil
updated iPhones this week, along
with an Apple Tv revamp that
may signal a push in to on-line
television streaming dominated by
Apple remained mum even as
rumours ran rampant about what is
in store at the San Francisco media
event this week.
In trademark enigmatic style,
invitations provided little more than
the time and place of the event, to
be held at the spacious Bill Graham
Civic Auditorium near city hall.
A line on the invite reading: “Hey
Siri, give us a hint ”, led many to
believe that virtual assistant software
Siri, which is built into Apple
devices, will help people find shows
or movies on Apple Tv.
Apple Tv is also believed to be
getting its own App Store, which
will be open to outside developers
who can make games and other
content for it.
The third-generation Apple Tv was
introduced slightly more than three
The California-based company
long downplayed Apple Tv as a
“hobby” after the original version
was released in 2007.
“They are finally revisiting their
hobby, the Apple Tv,” said Forrester
analyst Frank Gillett.
Apple is dabbling with the
idea of making online television
programming in a move that
players such as Netflix and Amazon
Prime, according to a recent
report in show-business magazine
“There is a definite movement
toward cord-cutting, and Apple is
in position to do that,” said Gartner
analyst Van Baker.
“They have the premium content
lined up, so the real differentiator
is to bring network television to the
“Original programming is the only
solution to Apple’s biggest problem
in the video world: nobody wants
to sell Apple content rights” said
Forrester analyst James McQuivey.
“After watching what happened to
the music business when Apple was
given the keys to the kingdom, video
producers and programmers are
more than gun shy about handing
the same power to Apple in the
world of Tv shows.”
Apple became a power to be
reckoned with in digital music sales
due to the popularity of its mobile
devices and iTunes on-line shop.
While Apple was at the forefront of
the shift to digital music, the world
of internet-streamed television
already has powerful players.
“Apple’s opportunity to shape the
market is gone, they ’re just joining
this programme already in progress,”
While bringing Siri to Apple Tv
would be noteworthy, the analyst did
not see that alone as being enough to
get people to rush out and buy the
“Siri hasn’t taken over the phone
and it won’t take over the tv either,”
McQuivey said. — AFP
Apple expected to focus on iPhones, on-line tv
Some of the remains recovered.
The remains of Jewish victims who
were killed for the skeleton collection
of Nazi anatomy professor August
Hirt have been buried in north-eastern
France, according to a journalist.
Discovered at a forensic medical
institute in eastern France in July,
the remains were interred overnight
during a ceremony at a cemetery in
Strasbourg, attended by prominent
local leaders as well as members of the
Jewish community and the city’s chief
In 1943, 86 Jews were sent to the gas
chambers and their bodies brought
to Strasbourg, which was then under
Nazi occupation, where Hirt was
assembling a macabre collection of
The bodies, some intact, others
dismembered or burned, were found in
November 1944 after the liberation of
Strasbourg, in bins filled with distilled
alcohol. Following an autopsy, they
were buried in a common grave in
But two months ago, historian
Raphael Toledano found other
undiscovered remains at a forensic
medicine institute in the city.
Working with the institute’s director,
Jean-Sebastien Raul, Toledano
managed to identify several of the
body parts, including “a jar containing
skin fragments of a gas chamber
Test-tubes containing the intestine
and stomach of one of the victims was
Hirt committed suicide in July 1945,
before the Nuremberg trials. — AFP
Nazi professor’s victims remains buried
Britons consider Queen Elizabeth II
their greatest monarch, according to a
sur vey published three days before she
becomes her nation’s longest-ser ving
Head of State.
A total of 27% of respondents backed
the current queen, according to an
opinion poll conducted by You Gov for
the Sunday Times newspaper.
Elizabeth, who is 89, will on September
9 beat the record held by her great-great-
grandmother, Q ueen Victoria, who
reigned for 63 years and 216 days.
Victoria received the support of 125 of
respondents, while Elizabeth I, daughter
of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn,
the second of his six wives, was preferred
Elizabeth II, who never expected to take
the throne and did so only because her
uncle Edward VIII abdicated, ascended
to the throne in 1952, in the twilight of
the British Empire. — Reuters
Netanyahu says he will not allow
Israel to be “submerged” by refugees
after calls for the Jewish state
to take in those fleeing Syria’s
Speaking at the weekly cabinet
meeting overnight, Netanyahu also
announced the start of construction
of a fence along Israel’s border with
Jordan, according to his office.
“ We will not allow Israel to be
submerged by a wave of illegal
migrants and terrorist activists,”
“Israel is not indifferent to the
human tragedy of Syrian and
African refugees ... but Israel is
a small country — very small
without demographic or
geographic depth. That is why we
must control our borders.”
Israel should take in Syrian
refugees, recalling the plight of
Jews who sought refuge from past
conflicts, Opposition leader Isaac
Palestinian president Mahmud
Abbas also called for Israel to allow
Palestinians from refugee camps in
Syria to travel to the Palestinian
territories, whose external borders
are controlled by the Jewish state.
There is already hostility in Israel
toward asylum-seekers from Africa
and a concerted government effort
to repatriate them.
Rights groups say thousands of
African asylum seekers have been
coerced into “voluntary” departures.
Official figures show 45,000
illegal immigrants are in Israel,
almost all from Eritrea and Sudan.
Most of those not in detention
live in poor areas of southern Tel
Aviv, where there have been several
protests against them.
The start of construction of
the 30km fence announced by
Netanyahu involves extension of a
security barrier to part of its eastern
border with Jordan in a bid to
keep out militants and illegal
Netanyahu said when it was
approved in June that the new fence
was a continuation of a 240km
barrier built along the Egyptian
border which “blocked the entry
of illegal migrants into Israel and
the various terrorist movements”.
Israel ‘will not be submerged
by refugees’ — Netanyahu
A majority of voters are ready
to vote for Britain to leave the
European Union, according to a
new opinion poll.
The Sur vation poll for The Mail on
Sunday found that if a referendum
was held tomorrow 51% would vote
to quit the EU against 49% who
would vote to remain.
The findings run counter to a
string of recent polls which have
consistently shown comfortable
majorities in favour of staying in.
As recently as July, a Sur vation
poll gave the “in” camp a 54% to
Politicians will be wary of reading
too much into one sur vey —
particularly given the closeness of
Nevertheless it is likely to set
alarm bells ringing in Downing
Street ahead of David Cameron’s
promised referendum — which
must take place before the end of
The poll, of 1004 people, was
carried out by Sur vation between
September 3 and 4. — PA
Poll predicts Britain’s exit
from European Union
Independent foreign investigators
have refuted the Mexican government ’s
conclusion that 43 students abducted
last year were incinerated in a landfill,
tearing apart the official probe into
a case that caused international
Urging the authorities to keep looking
for the students snatched by corrupt
police a year ago, experts from the Inter-
American Commission on Human
Rights on Sunday said there was no
evidence that they were cremated in a
After a six-month investigation,
the panel released a nearly 500-page
report that raises questions about the
official account of a crime that
sparked protests and the biggest crisis
of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s
The document also calls for a probe
into the actions of Federal police and
soldiers during the night of September
26-27, when municipal officers from
the southern city of Iguala shot at
buses that had been seized by the
The young men were mostly freshmen
from a teaching college known for
its leftist activism and practice of
commandeering buses to move around
The commission suggested that
prosecutors open a new line of
investigation into whether the students
were attacked because they may have
taken a bus criminals used to transport
President Enrique Pena Nieto said on
Twitter that he gave instructions “for the
investigations into the tragic events of
Iguala to take into account the elements
presented” by the experts.
The attorney general’s office concluded
late last year that Iguala police, with
officers from neighbouring Cocula,
abducted 43 young men and handed
them over to the Guerreros Unidos drug
Citing confessions from gang members,
then attorney general Jesus Murillo
Karam said the students were killed and
stacked in a funeral pyre that burned for
14 hours in Cocula’s landfill before their
ashes were thrown in a nearby river.
The charred remains of only one
student were identified in a bag found
in the water.
But the commission hired a fire expert
who concluded that it would have taken
60 hours, some 30 tonnes of woods, 13
tonnes of tires and 13 tonnes of diesel to
cremate 43 bodies
Jose Torero, a Peruvian-born professor
at the University of Queensland in
Australia, wrote that such a blaze would
have consumed vegetation and trash
around it, but only evidence of small
fires were found.
“There is no evidence indicating the
presence of a fire of the size of a (funeral)
pyre for the cremation of even one body,”
‘No proof ’ 43
Austria said overnight it planned
to end emergency measures that
have allowed thousands of refugees
stranded in Hungary into Austria and
Germany since the weekend.
Austria had suspended its random
border checks after photographs of a
Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish
beach showed Europeans the horror
faced by those desperate enough
to travel illegally into the heart of
Europe, which is deeply divided over
how to cope.
After 71 people suffocated in the
back of a truck abandoned on an
Austrian highway en route from
Hungary, and as thousands headed
from Budapest towards Austria
on foot, Vienna had agreed with
Germany to waive rules requiring
refugees to register an asylum claim
in the first European Union country
Faymann said that decision was being
revised following “intensive talks”
with German Chancellor Angela
Merkel and a telephone call with
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor
Orban, bitterly opposed to the waiver.
“ We have always said this is an
emergency situation in which we
must act quickly and humanely. We
have helped more than 12,000 people
in an acute situation,” Faymann said.
“Now we have to move step-by-
step away from emergency measures
towards normality, in conformity with
the law and dignity.”
Hungary laid on over 100 buses to
the border after Austria said it had
agreed to the emergency measures,
to the relief of thousands of migrants
and refugees stranded in Budapest
after travelling through the Balkans
and Greece, many of them fleeing
civil war in Syria.
Others set off from a station to
make the 170km journey on foot. A
platforms filled up again overnight.
Germany has said it expects
to receive 800,000 refugees and
migrants this year, and urged other
EU members to open their doors.
At the station in Munich, state
capital of Bavaria, a few dozen well-
wishers turned up to cheer the new
arrivals. Those who stopped to speak
told of weeks of arduous travel by land
and sea. Some seemed intimidated by
the welcoming applause.
The president of the Upper Bavarian
government, Christoph Hillenbrand,
said he expected 13,000 migrants to
reach the city on Sunday, up from a
previous estimate of 11,000, following
6800 arrivals at the weekend.
Hillenbrand, adding that 11,000
could arrive on Monday, said Munich
was running out of capacity.
Authorities there were using a
disused car showroom and a railway
logistics centre as makeshift camps,
and were adding a further 1000
beds to 2300 already set up at the
city’s international trade fair ground.
About 4000 people were sent to other
“It’s getting tight,” Hillenbrand told
reporters at the train station.
Merkel’s decision to allow the
influx has caused a rift in her
conser vative bloc, with her Bavarian
allies saying she had pushed ahead
without consulting the federal state
administrations dealing with the
problem on the ground.
The political rift is greater across
Europe, with Hungary’s Orban
accusing Berlin of encouraging the
“As long as Austria and Germany
don’t say clearly that they won’t take
in any more migrants, several million
new immigrants will come to Europe,”
he told Austrian broadcaster ORF.
Orban has portrayed the crisis as
a defence of Europe’s prosperity,
identity and “Christian values” against
a tide of mainly Muslim migrants.
French far-right leader Marine Le
Pen accused Germany of looking to
lower wages and hire “slaves”.
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