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Danish train operator DSB has cancelled
all rail ser vices to and from Germany as
hundreds of migrants refused to leave at
least two trains at a busy ferry crossing
between the two countries.
“It’s the police who have asked us to do
this,” a DSB spokesman said, as several
hundred other refugees marched on a
motor way hoping to get to Sweden,
which has more generous asylum rules
At least two trains carrying about
200 refugees were being held in Rodby,
Scandinavia’s busiest ferry crossing to
The refugees refused to register with
Danish authorities, which would mean
having to apply for asylum in Denmark or
returning to Germany, whereas they want
to seek asylum in Sweden.
Some people had tried running from the
trains but most of them were detained by
police and sent to a refugee centre.
Ferry operator Scandlines told public
broadcaster DR that only passengers with
a car would be let on board its ferries at
DSB had also cancelled all trains
through Padborg, a German border town
in the western Jutland region.
“All train traffic to and from Padborg
station has currently been stopped for the
safety of those who are at the station,”
police wrote on Twitter.
Police closed part of a motor way near
Padborg as about 300 migrants set off on
foot to Sweden.
They had been housed in an old school
building after arriving in the town but
headed for the motor way, saying they
wanted to go north-ward to Sweden,
where the asylum conditions are more
Sweden has become a top EU destination
for refugees by issuing permanent
residency to all Syrian asylum seekers.
In contrast, Denmark has sought to
reduce the influx by issuing temporary
residence permits, delaying family
reunifications and slashing benefits for
Denmark cancels trains
Danish police guard a train carrying migrants, mainly from Syria
and Iraq, at Rodby train station.
unveiled plans to run for the
United States presidency.
His campaign filed papers
with the Federal Election
Commission and created a
website, Facebook page and
Twitter handle for the effort.
McAfee told the news website
Ars Technica he was running as a
member of the ‘Cyber
McAfee, who on his own
Twitter page refers to himself
as an “eccentric millionaire,”
amassed an estimated $US100
million ($NZ160 million)
fortune during the early days
of the internet in the 1990s,
designing the pioneering anti-
virus software that bears his
name and which is now owned
After cashing out, he became
an intrepid adventure-seeker,
arriving in Belize in 2009 after
losing most of his fortune to bad
investments and the financial
McAfee was briefly
incarcerated in that country after
police found him living with a
17-year-old girl and discovered
an arsenal of seven pump-action
shotguns, one single-action
shotgun, and two 9mm pistols.
The police came looking for
him to discuss the murder of his
neighbour — a crime for which
he maintains his innocence.
He managed to flee the Central
American country, where he
says he left behind most of what
remained of his assets.
runs for US
Russia has sent two tank landing
ships and additional aircraft to Syria
in the past day or so and has deployed
a small number of forces there, United
States officials said, in the latest signs
of a military build-up that has put
Washington on edge.
The two US officials, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, said the intent
of Russia’s military moves in Syria
US officials have not ruled out the
possibility that Moscow may be laying
the groundwork for an air combat role
in Syria’s conflict to bolster Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad.
Assad, a long-time Russian ally, has
seen the area he controls whittled down
to a fifth or less of Syria’s territory after
more than four years of grinding civil
An official with the Russian defence
ministry declined to comment.
A traditional arms supplier to
Damascus, Moscow has supported
Assad throughout the war that has
fractured Syria and has said it strongly
opposes Islamic State, a militant group
that is also the target of a Us-led air
One of the US officials said initial
indications suggested the focus was on
preparing an airfield near the port city
of Latakia, a stronghold of Assad.
The officials estimated that dozens of
the naval infantry forces had recently
arrived at the airfield, possibly to help
Reuters has previously reported on
the transport of prefabricated housing
units for hundreds of people to the
Syrian airfield. The two officials said
additional Russian prefabricated
housing units had arrived as well.
The Russian tank landing ships
arrived in the past day or so at the port
city of Tartus, just south of Latakia,
the officials said, without providing
information on the cargo. Additional
cargo aircraft had also arrived at the
airfield near Latakia.
The United States and Russia have
long been at loggerheads over Syria.
Russia has backed Assad, while the
United States advocates a political
transition to end his rule.
This week, the Pentagon said Russian
support for Assad risked “further
escalating the conflict ”.
“ If there are further efforts to support
the Assad regime from a military
standpoint on the part of the Russians,
we would again see that with concern,”
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told a
Russia deploys ships, aircraft to Syria
Britain has celebrated Queen Elizabeth
II becoming the country’s longest-reigning
monarch, a milestone the 89-year-old
The bells of Westminster Abbey rang
out in London as Prime Minister David
Cameron paid tribute in parliament to her
63-year reign as a “golden thread running
through three post-war generations”.
“Inevitably, a long life can pass by many
milestones. My own is no exception,” the
Queen told a cheering crowd of supporters
waving British and Scottish flags as she
opened a railway line in Scotland.
She said the landmark was “not one to
which I have ever aspired”.
“But I thank you all and the many others
at home and overseas for your touching
messages,” said the Q ueen, who wore
a diamond-studded brooch that once
belonged to the previous record holder
her great-great-grandmother Queen
Elizabeth overtook Victoria, who has
become synonymous with Britain itself.
“ Today Queen Elizabeth II has officially
become the longest reigning British
monarch,” read a tweet published on the
dot on the monarchy’s Twitter page.
She has ser ved more than 23,226 days on
the throne — a reign spanning from the
gloom of the post-war years to the digital
age, with a few royal scandals causing
blushes along the way.
“S he is our queen and we could not
be more prouQ of her,” Cameron told
“S he has ser ved this country with unerring
grace, dignity and decency and long may
she continue to do so.”
Elizabeth became Q ueen upon the death
of her father George VI, Britain’s king
during World War II, whose stammer
inspired the Oscar-winning film The King’s
Royal sources said she was not keen to
celebrate because of the painful memory of
Her reign has lasted through 12 British
prime ministers, starting with wartime
leader Winston Churchill, who was a
mentor to the young Queen.
She has steered the monarchy through
some rocky patches, including public anger
at her reaction to Princess Diana’s death in
1997, which some saw as cold.
Outside Buckingham Palace, wellwishers
from around the world gathered to
‘My life is no exception’
Queen becomes country’s longest-reigning monarch
Queen Elizabeth arrives at Newtongrange railway station, in Scotland.
Northern Ireland’s largest pro-British party
threatened to bring down the province’s
power-sharing government after a senior
member of the main Irish nationalist party
Sinn Fein was arrested in relation to an IRA
Police suspect members of the IRA, a
paramilitary group that is supposed to have
disbanded under a 1998 peace deal, were
part of the August 12 shooting of Kevin
McGuigan, destabilising the grand coalition
and prompting crisis talks.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) last
week unsuccessfully sought the permission
of a parliamentary committee to suspend
parliament ahead of talks but said its
ministers could resign as soon as today if
their conditions were not met this time.
Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter
Robinson said his party, the DUP, was
considering adjourning the assembly
following the arrest of Sinn Fein regional
chairman Bobby Storey.
“ If that does not happen or, as an alternative,
the Secretary of State does not suspend the
assembly, then DUP ministerial resignations
will follow immediately. ”
The junior pro-British Ulster Unionist
party has already quit Northern Ireland’s
government in protest but if the DUP was
to leave, the governance of Northern Ireland
would revert to London for the first time in
Sinn Fein, the political arm of the IRA
during three decades of armed conflict
against British rule in Northern Ireland,
said Storey was one of three men arrested in
relation to the murder and that they would
be shocked if he was charged.
Sinn Fein denies the IRA is still active,
saying it “left the stage” after a 2005
ceasefire. The disarmament of the IRA and
pro-British paramilitary groups led to the
power-sharing government between Irish
nationalists and pro-British Unionists.
Any confirmation of links between
Sinn Fein and the killing could derail the
crisis talks called by the Irish and British
governments, which started on Tuesday.
Politician linked to IRA
murder; fears for government
Apple has unveiled its iPad
Pro, saying the large-screen
tablet has the power and
capabilities to replace a
Chief executive Tim Cook,
speaking at a San Francisco
media event, called the
device “the biggest news in
iPad since the iPad.”
The new tablet with a
32.7cm display, also includes
a detachable keyboard and
The device features
and operates faster than 80%
of portable PCs that
were shipped in the past 12
The new iPad will be
available in November.
Apple chief executive Tim
Cook introduces the new iPad
up the iPad
Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian anti-narcotics cops are in
hot water after footage emerged of a
nearly naked dwarf lap dancing at a
party attended by officers at the police
O Dia newspaper published
cellphone footage and still photos of
staff from anti-drugs unit Denarc in
Sao Paulo apparently swigging beer,
dancing to live Brazilian music, and
enjoying a sensual dance by a male
dwarf who strips to his underpants.
Sao Paulo State’s governor was
quoted as saying that an investigation
had been opened.
“ You can party, but not in a public
State security chief Alexandre de
Moraes said the incident showed
“extremely bad taste”.
Brazilians on the other side of the
justice system — where criminal
gangs often control the interior of
prisons — are famous for holding
their own eye-catching parties.
In the latest episode, photos were
leaked earlier this month of inmates
at the Agricola de Monte Cristo
penitentiary in northern Brazil
apparently splashing around in a
homemade swimming pool.
“They show off,” a police officer told
O Globo newspaper.
“They don’t pay attention to us. We
already tried to empty this water tank,
but the prisoners wouldn’t let us.”
A lioness found prowling
along a motor way in China
after apparently jumping from
a moving lorry has been shot
dead by police, reports say.
How the protected animal
came to be on the highway in
Anhui was not clear, but the
illegal raising of endangered
species is not unusual in
Officers took “more than 20
shots” to kill the lioness after
deciding it would take “too
long” to obtain a tranquilliser
gun, reported the anhuinews.
com portal, which is run by
the eastern province’s official
The animal was thought
to have jumped out of a
loosely bolted cage on a lorry
transporting it, and was first
knocked down by another
truck and lamed, it said.
It kept walking towards a
ser vice area, and highway
staff used vehicles to set up a
“ Maybe because she was
tired or saw there were too
many cars, the lion stopped
and lay down,” the report
cited Zhang Shuke, one of the
staffers, as saying.
The stand-off lasted half an
hour before police arrived and
decided to shoot the animal
“to protect peoples’ lives”, the
No one had claimed the
lioness, it added, with officials
suspecting its owner feared
punishment for unauthorised
possession of the protected
population in northwestern
India, lions are native only to
Africa, but the illegal raising
of endangered species can be
lucrative in China as some of
their body parts are deemed
to have curative properties in
traditional Chinese medicine.
Lioness caught prowling
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