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Crosses left in the sea are washed away at Arrowmanches-Les-Bains during D-Day 70 Commemorations near Bayeux, France. The 70th anniversary
of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch
an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy,
honoured at 70th
At the site where “the fate of
humanity was played out and
decided ”, seven Australians were
among thousands of D-Day veterans
honoured at 70th anniversary
commemorations in France.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott,
US President Barack Obama and
the Queen joined a score of world
leaders and World War II veterans in
Normandy overnight to remember the
biggest seaborne assault in military
Mr Abbott described the anniversary
as “one of those special days”.
Mr Obama said he was “truly moved”
to be in the presence of the veterans
while French President Francois
Hollande singled out the landings
seven decades ago as the moment “the
fate of humanity was played out and
“The gratitude of France will never,
ever end,” Mr Holland said in his
address at the official international
ceremony at Sword Beach,
“As the sun set on this longest day,
a light came on across a Europe
The landings in Normandy on June 6,
1944 caught the Germans by surprise
and played a crucial role in the Allied
victory in the war.
More than 3000 Australians fought
in the campaign, mostly in the airforce,
and some of them were present.
Former pilots Robert Cowper, Stuart
Davis, Phillip Elger, Francis Evans,
Ronald Houghton, Billy Purdy and
Frederick Riley joined Mr Abbott for
the visit to France.
All have been recognised with
France’s prestigious Legion of Honour.
Mr Cowper, while harbouring mixed
emotions, said it was a honour to
return to the site where he and so
many of his mates fought on D-Day.
“It ’s wonderful as an old man of 91
it’s like coming home,” Mr Cowper
“ We shot down quite a lot of
German bombers and all the ones we
shot down were big bombers carrying
radio controlled bombs.
“Looking down, even though
we were making a contribution, I
remember feeling empathy for all the
poor buggers fighting on the ground.”
Many veterans were forced to endure
a warm French afternoon as the main
ser vice ran well behind schedule.
Hollande welcomed the world leaders
one by one ahead of a ceremony in
which the horror of 70 years ago was
re-enacted by performers.
Earlier at an American service, Mr
Obama hailed to bravery of those who
breached “Hitler’s Wall” and secured
today ’s era of democracy and freedom.
Mr Abbott joined Prince Charles and
UK Prime Minister David Cameron at
a British service in the morning at the
picturesque Bayeux Cathedral.
He also met briefly with the Queen
at another ceremony at the Bayeux
Cemetery, stopping beforehand at the
graves of Flight Sergeant Malcolm
Robert Burgess and Pilot Officer
Roland Gilbert Ward -- two of the 14
Australians killed in battle on D-Day.
“D-Day was a day that changed the
world,” Mr Abbott said.
The Prime Minister will tomorrow
turn his attention to World War One
when he visits the Western Front,
including the Australian National
Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
He will then depart for Canada and
the US, where he will hold formal talks
with Mr Obama.
The American President came face
to face with Russian counterpart
Vladimir Putin amid diplomatic
wrangling over the Ukraine crisis, with
the pair engaging in a brief, informal
Americans split on prisoner swap
Americans are deeply divided over
whether the Obama administration
did the right thing by swapping five
Taliban leaders to win the freedom
of Afghanistan prisoner of war Bowe
Bergdahl, according to Reuters/Ipsos
sur vey released overnight.
Americans strongly agree the United
States should make every effort to free
prisoners of war like Bergdahl, an Army
Sergeant who was captured in eastern
Afghanistan in 2009. But they also think
the prisoner swap deal set a dangerous
The Reuters/Ipsos poll of 958
Americans inter viewed online found
that 44% disagreed with the statement
that trading Taliban prisoners for
Bergdahl was “the right thing to do,”
with 26% strongly disagreeing.
Twenty-nine percent of those polled
said they thought the prisoner swap was
the right thing to do and 27% said they
were not sure, the poll found.
Bergdahl was handed over to US
special operations forces in Afghanistan
last Saturday after the Obama
administration agreed to send five
Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo
prison to Qatar, where they must remain
for a year.
After an initial wave of euphoria over
the release, the deal triggered a backlash
among US lawmakers angry because
they were not given 30 days notice
before the transfer of the Guantanamo
prisoners, as required by law.
Some of Bergdahl’s former Army
comrades said they believe he deserted
White House counsellor John Podesta
said that President Barack Obama
knew the prisoner swap would be a
Obama decided to personally announce
the exchange in the White House Rose
Garden, accompanied by Bergdahl’s
parents, in order to explain to the public
the reasons behind the decision, Podesta
told a breakfast meeting.
The uproar over the prisoner swap has
left Americans with conflicted views
of the events, the Reuters/Ipsos poll
Asked whether they thought Bergdahl
was a patriot or a traitor/deserter, 65%
said they did not know.
Only 13% said they viewed Bergdahl
as a patriot and 22% saw him as a
The respondents over whelmingly
agreed the United States should make
every effort to recover prisoners of war,
with 78% agreeing with that statement,
including 48% strongly agreeing.
At the same time, they also thought
trading five Taliban leaders for Bergdahl
set a “dangerous precedent for future
kidnapping or hostage-taking,” with 66
percent agreeing with the statement,
including 43% strongly agreeing.
The poll has a credibility inter val of
plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
White House officials have said they
were concerned about Bergdahl’s health
and felt they had to move secretly and
quickly to secure his release once the
exchange was decided.
Bergdahl was taken to a US military
hospital in Germany, where he was
in stable condition and continuing to
improve daily, according to an update by
A US official, speaking on condition
of anonymity, said Bergdahl still had
not called his parents “ because he hasn’t
chosen to yet.”
The official said Bergdahl had no
physical issues preventing him from
traveling but that there was no imminent
plan to move the Idaho native back to
the United States.
Officials have declined to discuss his
health issues, citing privacy concerns.
Deal triggers backlash
Woman survives brutal beating
A Pakistani woman who was
brutally beaten, shot and dumped in
a canal by her relatives for marrying
against their wishes has sur vived
her harrowing ordeal, police say.
Saba Maqsood, 19, was shot twice
and beaten by her father, uncle and
two other close relatives on Tuesday
after they learned she had secretly
married. Police have since launched
a manhunt for her alleged attackers.
Gujranwala town, about 70km
north of Lahore, the capital of
central Punjab province where a
woman was murdered last month
in broad daylight by her relatives in
a case that caused global outrage.
“ First they brutally beat her (Saba)
and then shot her twice. She was
then put in a sack and thrown in a
canal,” police investigator Zabitay
Khan told AFP.
“They had presumed her dead but
she managed to open the sack and
came out of the canal.”
Police were alerted to the
teenager ’s plight after she reached
a security guard at a petrol pump
near the canal. Shiraz Farooqi, a
doctor in a main hospital in Hafiz
Abad, where the girl was under
medical treatment told AFP that
she was in a stable condition and
recovering from her ordeal.
Many Pakistani women have
no say in who they marry and
disobeying the wishes of relatives
is believed to bring shame on the
whole family. Last year 869 women
died in so-called “honour killings”
according to the independent
Human Rights Commission of
Pakistan. But Pakistan’s blood-
money laws allow a victim’s family
to forgive the murderer, which
“ honour” cases difficult because the
killer is usually a relative.
Two teenage boys have been
charged after a man was stabbed
during an attempted robbery in
The boys, aged 16 and 17,
allegedly approached a 28-year-old
man on an Ipswich street shortly
before 10pm last night, demanding
his phone and pulling out a knife
when the man protested. A friend
came to help the man and was
stabbed in the shoulder, police said.
The 16-year-old has been charged
with possession of a knife in
public, attempted armed robbery
in company and assault occasioning
bodily harm whilst armed, and will
be dealt with under the provisions
of the Youth Justice Act.
The 17-year-old was charged
with attempted armed robbery and
assault occasioning bodily harm in
Teens arrested after stabbing
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