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Jeremy Corbyn waves to supporters after he was elected leader of Britain’s
Anti-austerity left-winger Jeremy
Corbyn’s emphatic win to become leader
of Britain’s opposition Labour Party
could divide the party’s MPs but boost
its grassroots power, commentators say.
The veteran socialist ’s victory with
59.5% of the vote also marks a break with
the legacy of controversial former prime
minister Tony Blair and his centrist New
Labour movement of the 1990s.
“Death of New Labour,” read a front-
page headline in The Sunday Telegraph
“Labour isn’t dead, Blairism is. Jeremy
Corbyn finally killed it,” the pro-
Conser vative weekly said, adding that
Corbyn had defeated “boring Blairites”.
“Red and Buried” crowed a headline
in the right-wing Mail on Sunday but
the socialist Morning Star daily hailed
the result saying: “Jeremy Storms to
The paper noted that Corbyn had
achieved a better result than Blair, who
won the Labour leadership in 1994 with
Guardian columnist Rafael Behr said
Blairism was “buried beneath the rubble
and a different structural and cultural
divide has been revealed”.
“It is between established Labour . . .
and insurgent Labour, a complex hybrid
of organised coup by dogged old warriors
of the left and spontaneous, organic
uprising by idealistic new recruits. ”
In a sign of the change of style, Corbyn
asked supporters to send in questions
to ask David Cameron at Wednesday ’s
weekly prime minister’s question session
Senior Labour figures including former
leader Ed Miliband have called for party
unity after a result that was hailed by
Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain.
Corbyn swiftly started work on putting
together a shadow cabinet, with several
senior Labour figures ruling themselves
out of ser ving under him.
Labour’s new deputy leader, Tom
Watson, told BBC television there
was “zero chance” of a successful coup
against the new chief, saying moderates
had to respect Corbyn’s “ huge mandate”.
“He wants to build a broad-based party,
he wants a front bench that represents
all the talents and all the views,” Watson,
whose role involves overseeing party
He said he hoped to persuade Corbyn
of the merits of Britain staying within
Nato and not going down the path of
unilateral nuclear disarmament.
In his victory speech on Saturday,
Corbyn welcomed the thousands of new
supporters that his campaign has drawn
in and reached out to “disillusioned”
former Labour members who had
returned to the party.
But there were many stony faces at
Saturday ’s Labour Party conference
where the result was announced.
David Blunkett, a former minister
under Blair, complained he had been
heckled after the event by someone who
told him: “Corbyn in, Blairites out!”.
Corbyn was a dissenter against New
Labour and a co-founder of the Stop
the War movement which organised
Britain’s biggest march in history against
Blair’s drive to take part in the 2003
invasion of Iraq.
The 66-year-old has said he now wants
to apologise for Britain’s role in the war.
Blair warned ahead of the vote that
Corbyn would be an “electoral disaster”.
Labour was in power under Blair and
his successor Gordon Brown between
1997 and 2010, with Blair winning three
consecutive general elections. — AFP
Muslims have clashed with Israeli
police at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-
Aqsa mosque compound hours before
the start of the Jewish New Year.
It was the latest violence over access
to the site sacred to both faiths.
The clashes came with tensions
running high after Israeli Defence
Minister Moshe Yaalon last week
outlawed two Muslim groups that
confront Jewish visitors to the
Palestinian president Mahmoud
Abbas condemned what he called an
Israeli police “attack” at the site, while
Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad
Erdan said Muslim rioters had turned
the complex into a “ battlefield”.
Muslim witnesses said police
entered the mosque, Islam’s third-
holiest site, and caused damage.
Police said they only closed the
doors to the mosque to lock in rioters
throwing stones, fireworks and other
Authorities have used the same
tactic in the past in a bid to restore
According to police, the rioters had
barricaded themselves in the mosque
overnight with the aim of disrupting
visits by Jews to the site ahead of the
start of New Year celebrations later
Authorities said they decided to
raid the compound about 6.45am
(local time) to ensure visits to the site
could go on as usual.
Protesters then retreated inside the
mosque and targeted police from
there, according to the statement.
“Masked protesters who were
inside the mosque threw stones and
fireworks at police,” it said.
“Suspect pipes that could be filled
with homemade explosives were also
found at the entry to the mosque.”
Protesters have previously used
such pipes to direct the trajectory of
A Muslim witness accused police
of entering the mosque much further
than would have been needed to close
the doors and of causing damage,
saying prayer mats were partially
Police said calm later returned to
the mosque complex, though clashes
continued outside in the narrow
alleyways of Jerusalem’s Old City,
with authorities firing tear gas and
The Palestinian Red Crescent
said 20 people required hospital
Abbas said sites such as Al-Aqsa
constituted a “red line,” adding that
“ we will not allow attacks against our
holy places. ”
Erdan, the Israeli minister, said
“these serious incidents must lead us to
reflect on the existing arrangements”
at the compound, venerated by Jews
as the Temple Mount.
“ It is unthinkable that Muslim
rioters transform this holy place into
a battlefield,” he said.
“ We will ensure that the status quo
is preser ved.”
Non-Muslims are allowed to
visit the compound, but Jews
are forbidden from praying or
displaying national symbols for fear
of triggering tensions with Muslim
Muslims fear Israel will seek to
change rules governing the site, with
far-right Jewish groups pushing
for more access and even efforts by
fringe organisations to erect a new
Israel seized east Jerusalem, where
Al-Aqsa is located, in the Six Day
War of 1967 and later annexed
it in a move which has not been
recognised by the international
The mosque compound is the site of
frequent clashes. — AFP
Clashes rock Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque
The number of migrants entering
Hungary has hit a new one-day
record, as the country prepares to
impose a controversial new law to
stop the influx.
A total of 4330 migrants entered
the country yesterday, outstripping
the previous one-day record of
3601 set on Thursday.
Hungarian authorities said they
feared a new surge of arrivals today.
Almost all the migrants are
heading towards Germany via
Austrian police said some 6700
crossed the Austro-Hungarian
border at Nickelsdorf yesterday
before heading north toward
They predicted similar numbers
Hungary is trying to seal
its border with Serbia to stop
thousands of migrants and refugees
travelling up from Greece and the
Tomorrow, a new law is due to
come into effect which could see
migrants jailed for trying to cross
a 175km razor wire fence it is
building along the border. — AFP
Record refugee arrivals in Hungary
Munich is at the limit of its
capacity to welcome refugees
arriving en masse in Germany,
police say, a day after 13,000
asylum-seekers reached the city.
“Given the numbers, it is very
clear that we have reached the
upper limit of our capacity,” said a
police spokesman overnight.
“O ur aim today would be to
transport as many as possible out
of here, to make place for new
arrivals,” he said.
The police spokesman had earlier
given a figure of 12,200 asylum-
seekers arriving on Saturday, but
government sources later said the
actual number was 13,015.
Munich has become a key arrivals
point for refugees travelling
to Germany by train through
Hungary and Austria.
Last weekend, about 20,000
migrants arrived at the city’s main
The president of the Upper
Bavaria region, Christoph
Hillenbrand said he did not know
“ how we can cope”, according to
the Bild am Sonntag tabloid which
headlined its article “Munich at the
brink of collapse”.
Bavarian public television BR
said the city “came very close to a
humanitarian disaster”, although
authorities managed to limit the
numbers of people sleeping on
mattresses on the floor to just a few
dozens, rather than the hundreds as
Authorities are mulling whether
to open up the Olympiahalle
— a stadium used for the 1972
Olympics and which today ser ves
as a concert hall or sports arena
— a s a temporary shelter for the
In a sign that authorities were
running out of options, regular
passenger trains will be cleared out
to transport refugees instead.
The army said it had mobilised
some 600 soldiers on Saturday to
help manage the migrant inflow.
Refugee surge stretches Munich to overflowing
“This needs to be finished today,”
the exhausted police officer says
as rain lashes down, pointing to a
400m stretch of the anti-migrant
fence Hungary is rushing to erect
along its southern border.
“Starting September 15, every
person who crosses the fence will
be imprisoned,” he said, his face
hollowed with fatigue in the fog
and cold of the early morning.
The 4m-high barrier being built
along Hungary’s 175km border
with Serbia is aimed at stopping
the several thousand migrants who
enter Hungary — and therefore the
European Union — every night.
With 175,000 having crossed
this year, it is one of a raft of
measures — many of them highly
controversial — announced by
Hungary’s right-wing Prime
Minister Viktor Orban in an effort
to stem the flow.
But the fence is behind
schedule. Last Monday, Orban’s
dissatisfaction with the slow pace
prompted the defence minister to
resign. His successor has pledged to
speed things up.
Last month, Hungary completed
the first stage of the barrier, piling
up three coils of razor wire along
the length of the frontier which has
done little to halt the influx.
But the main part has yet to be
Almost 4000 soldiers have been
drafted to get the barrier ready, and
prisoners have also been brought
from a nearby jail to help, rolling
out barbed wire, dressed in neon
vests as they trudged through the
“Everybody must be prepared to
work hard in the coming weeks,”
the Hungarian leader said recently.
Together with Greece and
Italy, ex-communist Hungary
has become a “front-line” State
in Europe’s refugee crisis, with
people crossing from Greece
into Macedonia then passing
through Serbia before reaching the
Even though they all want to
travel on to western Europe via
neighbouring Austria, overstretched
Hungarian authorities are trying to
take the new arrivals to camps for
Hungary’s parliament has also
passed a raft of tough new laws
that come into effect tomorrow,
meaning anyone crossing the
border illegally can be deported or
“From September 15, the rules
are changing in Hungary, if you
cross the border illegally, you will
be immediately arrested by the
authorities,” Orban said.
The United Nations refugee
agency has warned that
criminalising illegal border
crossings could violate the UN
Convention on Refugees if it
involved asylum seekers. — AFP
Hungary rushes to complete fence
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A Hungarian soldier patrols the razor wire fence at the Hungarian border with Serbia in Rszke, Hungary. Migrants are rushing to the border due
to fears and rumours that the borders will soon close before the official closure of midnight tonight (local time).
Dick Moore in 1932
A police investigation in Thailand
has literally got to the bottom of the
theft of a 10 million baht ($438,500)
diamond last week.
Tienmaungpak said overnight that a
doctor wielding a colonosope and the
medical equivalent of pliers pulled
the six-carat gemstone from the
large intestine of the Chinese woman
alleged to have stolen it, after nature
and laxatives failed to get it out.
The woman and a male partner
were arrested on Thursday night at
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport
on their way out of Thailand on
the basis of sur veillance video at
the jewellery fair where the duo
allegedly switched a fake stone for
the real one after asking to inspect
They denied involvement, but x-rays
showed a diamond-like object in the
woman’s intestine. — AP
Colonoscopy reveals stolen diamond
Scottish nationalists will propose
holding a new referendum on
independence from the rest of Britain.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola
Sturgeon said her pro-independence
Scottish National Party (SNP) would
set out a time frame for a referendum in
its manifesto ahead of regional elections
“O ur manifesto will set out what we
consider are the circumstances and the
time scale on which a second referendum
might be appropriate,” Sturgeon told the
Press Association news agency.
The manifesto is to be unveiled at the
SNP’s annual conference next month.
The party, which won 56 of Scotland’s
59 seats in May ’s general election,
pushed for a vote last year in which Scots
voted by a margin of 55% to 45% against
Sturgeon said it would be up to Scots
to vote for or against the party manifesto
and the referendum could be held “in
five years or 10 years”.
A poll by Ipsos Mori for Scottish
television channel STV showed 55%
of voters in Scotland would back
independence if there was another
“It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest
that support for independence has risen
in the past year,” Sturgeon said.
She said Conser vative Prime Minister
David Cameron’s government had
reneged on a promise to grant Scotland
sweeping new powers and had pursued
harsh budget austerity policies.
Sturgeon said that pressure for
a vote would also grow because of
membership of the European Union
ahead of an in-out referendum which
Cameron is planning to hold by 2017 at
the latest. — AFP
plan new vote
Voodoo supreme leader dies
Max Gesner Beauvoir, the “Ati” or
supreme leader of voodoo, Haiti’s
traditional Afro-Caribbean religion,
died on Saturday afternoon, aged
79, according to his family.
President Michel Martelly took to
Twitter to express his sympathies,
saying Beauvoir’s death was “a great
loss for the country”.
Beauvoir left Haiti in the 1950s to
study chemistry in New York City.
After going on to the Sorbonne in
Paris, he returned to the United
States where he worked as a
chemist for private companies.
A New York Times profile of
Beauvoir said he returned to Haiti
in the 1970s where his dying
grandfather urged him into a life as
an houngan, or voodoo priest.
Sometimes misrepresented in
Hollywood as a black magic cult,
voodoo is respected and revered by
millions of Haitians. It is closely
identified with the nation’s history of
slavery and struggle for independence
from French colonial rule.
“ Voodoo heals the mind, soul and
body. The soul is what we are, which
controls everything, all our actions
and mind,” Beauvoir said in a recent
inter view. — Reuters
A South African school
principal, bludgeoned to
death 25 years ago for
refusing to take part in a
was beatified by the Roman
Catholic Church yesterday,
moving him a step closer to
Benedict Daswa, who
was murdered by his
fellow villagers in 1990, was named the
country’s first home-grown martyr at the
ceremony broadcast live on television.
“ While his executioners were killing
him, Benedict was on his knees
praying,” a Catholic priest said during
the ceremony in northern Limpopo
A letter from Pope Francis, read out
by his envoy Cardinal Angelo Amato,
declared Daswa would join the ranks
of “The Blessed”, for his “heroic witness
to the gospel, even to the shedding of
Daswa was killed after he refused to
join villagers in consulting
about a lightning strike
that burned down several
huts in Tshitanini, more
than 500km north-east of
Violence broke out after
the 43-year-old argued the
strike was caused by the
weather, not witchcraft.
The case against several
people arrested for his murder was later
dropped for lack of evidence.
The Church, which has a strong
presence in the continent, has put a
number of Africans, and people who
worked there, on the path to sainthood.
Josephine Bakhita, a former slave
from Sudan’s Darfur region, became her
country’s first native saint in 2000.
Yesterday ’s ceremony comes four
months after the Catholic Church
beatified an Italian nun, Sister Irene
Stefani, who cared for the sick and
wounded in east Africa during World
War One. — Reuters
Principal slain in
on way to sainthood
Dick “Dickie” Moore, a saucer-eyed
child star of the 1930s who appeared
in O ur Gang comedies, gave Shirley
Temple her first screen kiss and was
featured in many major Hollywood
productions, has died. He was 89.
Helaine Feldman, a senior staff
member at Dick Moore and Associates
Inc, confirmed that Moore died last
Monday in Connecticut.
While not as famous as Temple or
Mickey Rooney, Moore was a veteran
of dozens of films, many of them top-
drawer productions directed by such
greats as Cecil B DeMille (The Squaw
Man), Ernst Lubitsch (Heaven Can
Wait) and Josef von Sternberg (Blonde
Venus). — AP
Nintendo has celebrated the 30th
anniversary of Super Mario, one of
the best-known characters in video
game history, at an event where artists
performed his theme music for fans
dressed as the hyperactive plumber.
Super Mario series creator Shigeru
Miyamoto appeared on stage as a crowd
cheered at a packed live-music venue
which can hold up to 700 people.
He watched a human-size mascot
Mario blow out candles on a birthday
“ I was touched when I sang a birthday
song with all of you,” Miyamoto said.
“ Happy birthday, Mario!”
Video game music composer Koji
Kondo played music used for newly
released Mario software on a keyboard.
Other musicians, including performers
on a violin and an accordion, separately
performed well-known Mario music.
Since Mario first hit the screens under
his own name on September 13, 1985,
Nintendo has sold more than 310 million
units featuring the plucky plumber’s
adventures fighting off Goombas and
Koopa Troopas as he races to save
Princess Peach. — AFP
marks 30 years
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