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Turkish politicians have
backed plans to ban alcohol for
Australians and New Zealanders
who come every year to honour
those killed in the World War
One Gallipoli campaign.
Thousands of Antipodeans,
many of them young backpackers,
gather every April at the historic
Gallipoli peninsula to honour
their ancestors killed in the 1915
battle of Gallipoli.
A parliamentary committee
yesterday voted in favour of a bill
introduced by the Islamic-rooted
Justice and Development Party
(AKP) that would change the
status of the Gallipoli peninsula
from a national park to a historical
area, where consuming alcoholic
drinks is strictly banned.
The bill still needs to be passed
by parliament, but the AKP holds
a comfortable majority there, a
parliamentary source said.
The dawn ceremony on April
25 marks the first Anzac landings
at the Gallipoli peninsula in the
ill-fated Allied campaign to take
the Dardanelles Strait from the
In the ensuing eight months
of fighting, about 11,500 Anzac
troops were killed, fighting
alongside British, Indian and
Close to 4500 people made
the journey this year for the
commemorations, with many
spending a boozy night on the
beach as they waited for the
moment the first shots were fired.
The proposed bill imposes
a fine of 5000 Turkish liras
($2805) against offenders who
drink alcohol outside licensed
The AKP, which has angered
secular Turks by restricting
alcohol sales, said the move
was in keeping with global
“ We just want to follow the
international standards in the
ceremony, which is attended by
the leaders of 39 countries every
year,” Culture Minister Omer
Celik said, without elaborating.
But Ali Saribas, from the main
opposition Republican People’s
Party (CHP), accused the
government of not respecting the
culture of people “who come all
the way from Australia”.
“Drinking wine is part of their
culture, it ’s their heritage. But the
government has no respect for
it,” he said.
“I am sure they can find a way
of allowing people to make their
commemorations as they want,
but I doubt they will.
“These people have been
coming here for years and have
never bothered the locals. They
will either stop coming or try to
cover their wine or beer bottles,
which will make Turkey look
very ridiculous,” he said. — AFP
Turkey to ban alcohol at Gallipoli
D-Day veterans have marched back to
Normandy’s beaches and villages in an
emotional return to mark 70 years since the
launch of the biggest amphibious invasion in
Royals, top brass and some 20 world leaders,
including United States President Barack
Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, will
attend the main D-Day ceremony tonight, with
the diplomatic wrangling over the Ukraine
crisis acting as an awkward undercurrent to
But on the eve of the anniversary, the spotlight
was firmly on those who risked their lives to
liberate Europe from Nazism, most of whom are
now in their 90s and are marking the occasion
for probably the last time.
One of them, Ernest “Ernie” Stringer, spoke of
his terror as he piled out of a low-flying military
aircraft in pitch darkness.
“It was dark and the planes were coming in
very low. We were out and on the ground very
quickly,” Stringer, who was only 19 on the day,
“I was dead scared. You don’t know what ’s
going to happen to you. You are jumping blind.
You don’t know where the Germans are,” he
Many of those who jumped before him were
not so lucky. Several died on impact, not having
time to open their chutes as the planes were
flying so low.
More than 156,000 troops waded or
parachuted on to French soil on June 6, 1944
and nearly 4500 would be dead by the end of
As colonel-in-chief of the parachute regiment,
Britain’s Prince Charles led the tributes to
men like Stringer who took part in the first
wave, when thousands of Allied troops flew or
parachuted in during the early hours of that day,
catching the German army by surprise.
Wearing a field marshal’s uniform, the heir to
the British throne chatted at length to veterans,
many of whom were confined to wheelchairs,
along with his wife Camilla, who was wearing a
In the naval base of Portsmouth, in southern
England, the departure point for troops heading
to Sword Beach, some 80 veterans watched an
amphibious vehicle roar off a landing craft on
to a beach.
Later today, a flotilla of ships is to depart
Portsmouth in commemoration of the nearly
7000 vessels that took part in the invasion.
US, French and Dutch soldiers will also take
part at an evening ceremony at Utah beach, on
the western edge of the invasion site and there
will be fireworks along the coast to mark the
first bombing raids.
Tonight, Q ueen Elizabeth and Obama
are among the world leaders attending the
international ceremony of remembrance on the
beach at Ouistreham. — AFP
for old vets
An Indian minister from Prime
Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party
says rape is “sometimes right, sometimes
wrong”, amid mounting public anger
over sex attacks against women.
Babulal Gaur, the home minister of
central Madhya Pradesh State, who is
responsible for law and order, said rapes
could be investigated as crimes only if
they were reported to the police.
The minister also defended the
government of northern Uttar Pradesh
State, which has been the target of global
outrage since the gang-rape and murder
of two girls in the village of Katra
Shahadatganj last week.
“This is a social crime which depends
on men and women. Sometimes it’s
right, sometimes it’s wrong,” Gaur, of the
ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), told
“ Nothing can be done until there is a
complaint,” he said.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh
Yadav faced severe criticism for his
perceived insensitivity over the attacks
on the low-caste teenage girls, who were
found hanging from a mango tree after
being sexually assaulted repeatedly.
When asked by reporters about a
sharp rise in rape cases in the country’s
most populous State, he replied with
the words: “It ’s not as if you faced any
Yadav’s father Mulayam Singh —
leader of the Samajwadi Party — was
also the target of public anger in April
when he told an election rally that he
opposed the recently introduced death
penalty for gang-rapists, saying “boys
Modi, who won a landslide election
victory last month, has yet to comment on
his colleague’s controversial comments
but the BJP has distanced itself from
Gaur, saying his views are not those of
Just days after the Uttar Pradesh attacks,
rebels shot dead a woman in north-east
India yesterday after she resisted their
attempt to gang-rape her. — AFP
Praia da Luz (Portugal)
British police investigating
the disappearance of Madeleine
McCann have been searching
drains as their probe of scrubland
in Portugal entered a fourth day.
A five-man team of British
and Portuguese officers was seen
overnight lifting three manhole
covers and lowering a camera
attached to a long pole down
The holes are about 7m from
where ground-penetrating radar
equipment was used yesterday
in the Algar ve resort of Praia
da Luz, where Madeleine went
missing seven years ago.
One of the men also lowered
a tape measure into the drains,
which were just inside the cordon
set up around the large area of
Other officers spent the day
working out of sight of the
public’s gaze, and the lenses of
the television crews and press
who spent the day watching
from the police cordon, which
surrounds the site and is being
guarded by armed officers day
The search of the area for
clues as to what happened to
Madeleine, who disappeared
aged three in May 2007, is likely
to go into a second week after
British police applied to spend
an extra seven days there.
Another hole was also dug
near the spot where the radar
equipment was previously used.
The hole was then covered with
a white tent and an officer was
seen using a small paintbrush on
some of the large pile of earth
that had been dug out outside.
The area was marked with a
small yellow flag, which have
been dotted around the site at
points of interest to the police.
Yesterday, officers focused their
attention on a hole previously
covered by undergrowth but
it is understood nothing of
significance was discovered there,
with bones found identified as
those of animals.
and Gerry, from Rothley,
Leicestershire, have not flown
out to Portugal but are being kept
informed of any developments
that occur. — PA
Madeleine search focuses on drains
Gary Glitter on eight sex assault charges
Glitter, famous for
shiny silver all-
in-one suits and
platform shoes, was
with eight sexual
two teenage girls
dating back to the 1970s.
Glitter, now 70, whose real name is Paul Gadd,
shot to fame in the early 1970s with the hit
Rock and Roll and became one of the leading
figures in the “glam rock” music fashion.
He was the first person to be arrested as part of
a wider investigation into accusations of historic
sex offences by
show business per-
by revelations late
Savile had been a
prolific sex offender
He will appear in
court on June 19
charged with eight
sexual offences between 1977 and 1980 against
two girls aged 12 to 14 at the time.
The broader police investigation into child
sexual abuse, codenamed Operation Yewtree,
has produced 17 arrests, with veteran Australian
entertainer Rolf Harris currently on trial on 12
indecent assault charges. — Reuters
Paul Gadd in 2006
Gary Glitter in the 1970s
Jagger greets Israeli
crowd in Hebrew
Sir Mick Jagger greeted the crowd in
Hebrew as the Rolling Stones took to
the stage to play their first gig in Israel.
The veteran rockers defied protesters
who urged them to cancel the show in Tel
Aviv as part of a pro-Palestinian boycott
by performing the gig as scheduled.
The start time had been pushed back
to 9.15pm (local time) in the days before
the show to avoid clashing with the
religious holiday of Shavuot.
The concert had previously been
scheduled to begin just minutes after the
holiday ’s end at 8.30pm.
Jagger embraced the historic moment
as he stepped on stage by shouting
“Good evening, Happy Shavuot, Israel”
in Hebrew, according to The Times of
Israel. The singer showed off several
more Hebrew phrases during the gig.
Body in landing gear
A body has been found in the landing
gear of a plane after it landed at Schiphol
airport in Amsterdam, and is thought
to be a Nor wegian teenager who went
missing the previous day.
“After the plane landed at Schiphol, a
dead body was found in the space used
for the right landing gear,” police said,
without indicating the identity of the
deceased. The KLM plane was travelling
from Sandefjord, an airport near the
town of Lar vik in Nor way. Nor wegian
police said the victim is thought to be a
17-year-old who suffered from a form of
autism. — AFP
‘Preachers’ kill 45 in Nigeria
Forty-five people have been killed by
suspected Boko Haram gunmen pretending
to be preachers in a village near the group’s
spiritual home in north-east Nigeria.
The attack happened about 9.30pm local
time yesterday in Barderi, when insurgents
hoodwinked locals into congregating before
opening fire on the crowd, residents said.
Itinerant preaching is commonplace in mainly
Muslim northern Nigeria and the fake clerics
reportedly told villagers that they had come to
show them “the righteous path”.
Mallam Bunu, who sur vived the attack, said:
“I counted 45 bodies after the attackers left.
“They came to our village . . . and lied to us
that they had come to preach to us and when
almost all the villagers had gathered, another
set of insurgents emerged from nowhere and
opened fire on the congregation before we all
scampered for safety. ”
Another sur vivor, Kallamu Bukar, said:
“ When we converged, another set of insurgents
emerged from nowhere and joined those that
were disguised as preachers.
“They opened fire on the congregation. The
assailants also set ablaze several houses, shops
and other personal effects. ”
The attacks came after Boko Haram gunmen
rampaged through four villages in the far-flung
Gwoza district in Borno State on Tuesday.
A pair of One Direction lookalikes had to be
escorted from one of the band’s gigs after fans
thought they were the real deal.
Richard Dickinson and Liam Fergusson, who
impersonate Harry Styles and Niall Horan in
a tribute band, turned out to watch the group’s
show in Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday night.
However, the 17-year-olds had to be rescued
by security guards after they were mobbed by
frenzied fans who mistook them for the real
Styles and Horan, according to Britain’s Daily
“It was the craziest thing,” Dickinson, who
performs as Styles, said.
“People were grabbing on to me. It got pretty
bad . . .We had to be escorted out the stadium. I
was glad when it was all over. ” — WENN
One Direction lookalikes cause chaos
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