Links 4 Top - Feed http://link4.top fresh news from around Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:26:20 +0000 en-US https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 110395131 Birmingham terrorism arrest: Man held in Spanish inquiry – BBC Newshttp://link4.top/birmingham-terrorism-arrest-man-held-in-spanish-inquiry-bbc-news/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:26:20 +0000 http://link4.top/?p=2922

A man has been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of terrorism offences in connection with a Spanish investigation, police said.

A European Arrest Warrant was executed on behalf of Spanish police investigating so-called Islamic State, West Midlands Police said.

The 44-year-old was arrested by counter terrorism unit detectives at an address in Sparkhill in the city.

The investigation focuses on terrorism material created for online use.

The man will be taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court later to seek his extradition to Spain, police said.

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A man has been arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of terrorism offences in connection with a Spanish investigation, police said.

A European Arrest Warrant was executed on behalf of Spanish police investigating so-called Islamic State, West Midlands Police said.

The 44-year-old was arrested by counter terrorism unit detectives at an address in Sparkhill in the city.

The investigation focuses on terrorism material created for online use.

The man will be taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court later to seek his extradition to Spain, police said.

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Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC Newshttp://link4.top/stormont-power-sharing-talks-going-down-to-the-wire-bbc-news/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:15:05 +0000 http://link4.top/?p=2919
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Image caption Northern Ireland has effectively been without a devolved government for almost six months

Talks to restore Northern Ireland's devolved government are going down to the wire, with just one full day left for parties to reach an agreement.

Discussions have been taking place to bring back power-sharing at Stormont before Thursday afternoon's deadline.

On Tuesday, Sinn Fin warned that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had not moved on any of the main issues at the centre of the political crisis.

The DUP encouraged Sinn Fin to "come back from the brink".

The parties called time on negotiations shortly after 22:30 BST, with plans to resume on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State James Brokenshire said there had been "intensive engagement" but warned that time for a deal was running short, stressing that the deadline was set down in law.

The parties have until 16:00 BST on Thursday to restore the executive or Northern Ireland faces the prospect of a return of direct rule from London.

Mr Brokenshire is heading to London on Wednesday for Northern Ireland Questions and the vote on the Queen's Speech, which sets out the government's legislative programme for the next two years.

'High-wire acts'

The negotiations involve the five main Northern Ireland parties and the UK and Irish governments, although a deal is dependent on whether the two biggest parties, the DUP and Sinn Fin, can resolve their differences.

These include republican demands for a stand-alone Irish Language Act and rights for the LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community.

BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon said there was little sign of a deal being close on Tuesday, with "rancour replacing whatever hope existed".

Sinn Fin chairman Declan Kearney said there must be a free-standing Irish Language Act for there to be progress.

"The DUP have not moved on any of the substantive issues which sit at the heart of this crisis," he said. "They haven't moved on any of the fundamental rights and equality issues that require to be embraced."

The DUP have offered a hybrid model legislation which would cover both Irish language and Ulster Scots, according to BBC News NI political editor Mark Devenport.

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Image caption The DUP's Edwin Poots said his party had "no red lines"

DUP negotiator Edwin Poots urged Sinn Fin not to engage in "high-wire acts".

He suggested a "parallel process" could be initiated where an executive is formed while talks on the outstanding issues continued.

Mr Poots said negotiations were ongoing.

"I can't say they are easy but nonetheless we want to get Stormont up and running and we can get it up and running straight away and distribute the money our DUP have successfully received from the UK government," he said.

Westminster deal

He was referring to the 1bn the DUP negotiated for Northern Ireland as part of an agreement to prop up Theresa May's minority government.

Under the "supply and confidence" arrangement, the DUP guarantees that its 10 MPs will vote with the government on the Queen's Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security.

While rival Stormont parties have largely welcomed the additional funding, concerns have been raised that the deal could undermine the peace process and devolution negotiations, with the UK government dependent on the support of the DUP.

Northern Ireland has effectively been without a devolved government for almost six months.

Its institutions collapsed amid a bitter row between the DUP and Sinn Fin about a botched green energy scheme.

The late deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness, stood down in protest over the DUP's handling of an investigation into the scandal, in a move that triggered a snap election in March.

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Image caption Northern Ireland has effectively been without a devolved government for almost six months

Talks to restore Northern Ireland's devolved government are going down to the wire, with just one full day left for parties to reach an agreement.

Discussions have been taking place to bring back power-sharing at Stormont before Thursday afternoon's deadline.

On Tuesday, Sinn Fin warned that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had not moved on any of the main issues at the centre of the political crisis.

The DUP encouraged Sinn Fin to "come back from the brink".

The parties called time on negotiations shortly after 22:30 BST, with plans to resume on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State James Brokenshire said there had been "intensive engagement" but warned that time for a deal was running short, stressing that the deadline was set down in law.

The parties have until 16:00 BST on Thursday to restore the executive or Northern Ireland faces the prospect of a return of direct rule from London.

Mr Brokenshire is heading to London on Wednesday for Northern Ireland Questions and the vote on the Queen's Speech, which sets out the government's legislative programme for the next two years.

'High-wire acts'

The negotiations involve the five main Northern Ireland parties and the UK and Irish governments, although a deal is dependent on whether the two biggest parties, the DUP and Sinn Fin, can resolve their differences.

These include republican demands for a stand-alone Irish Language Act and rights for the LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community.

BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon said there was little sign of a deal being close on Tuesday, with "rancour replacing whatever hope existed".

Sinn Fin chairman Declan Kearney said there must be a free-standing Irish Language Act for there to be progress.

"The DUP have not moved on any of the substantive issues which sit at the heart of this crisis," he said. "They haven't moved on any of the fundamental rights and equality issues that require to be embraced."

The DUP have offered a hybrid model legislation which would cover both Irish language and Ulster Scots, according to BBC News NI political editor Mark Devenport.

Image copyright EPA
Image caption The DUP's Edwin Poots said his party had "no red lines"

DUP negotiator Edwin Poots urged Sinn Fin not to engage in "high-wire acts".

He suggested a "parallel process" could be initiated where an executive is formed while talks on the outstanding issues continued.

Mr Poots said negotiations were ongoing.

"I can't say they are easy but nonetheless we want to get Stormont up and running and we can get it up and running straight away and distribute the money our DUP have successfully received from the UK government," he said.

Westminster deal

He was referring to the 1bn the DUP negotiated for Northern Ireland as part of an agreement to prop up Theresa May's minority government.

Under the "supply and confidence" arrangement, the DUP guarantees that its 10 MPs will vote with the government on the Queen's Speech, the Budget, and legislation relating to Brexit and national security.

While rival Stormont parties have largely welcomed the additional funding, concerns have been raised that the deal could undermine the peace process and devolution negotiations, with the UK government dependent on the support of the DUP.

Northern Ireland has effectively been without a devolved government for almost six months.

Its institutions collapsed amid a bitter row between the DUP and Sinn Fin about a botched green energy scheme.

The late deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness, stood down in protest over the DUP's handling of an investigation into the scandal, in a move that triggered a snap election in March.

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Woman delays flight with ‘lucky’ coin-throw into enginehttp://link4.top/woman-delays-flight-with-lucky-coin-throw-into-engine/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:14:35 +0000 http://link4.top/?p=2916

Beijing (CNN)Bad weather, crowded skies and military drills...and now add coin-tossing to the growing list of reasons for China's notorious flight delays.

Police took away an 80-year-old woman Tuesday after fellow passengers reported that she was throwing coins at the plane during boarding of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 on the tarmac of Shanghai's Pudong International Airport.
"The passenger, surnamed Qiu, who has no prior criminal record or mental health issues, claimed she tossed coins as a prayer for a safe flight," Shanghai Police said in a statement.
    It added that officers found nine coins at the scene, including one that fell into the engine of the Airbus A320 aircraft, with others scattered on the ground nearby.

    Plane delayed more than five hours

    The airline had to clear nearly 150 passengers from the full flight bound for Guangzhou, originally scheduled to depart at 12:40 p.m.
    "To ensure flight safety, China Southern's aircraft maintenance staff conducted a thorough inspection of the engine, which concluded at 4:53 p.m., and cleared the aircraft for takeoff," the carrier said in a statement.
    The flight eventually took off at 6:16 p.m. and arrived at its destination more than five hours late.
    A police photo shows the total value of the coins adds up to 1.7 yuan (about 25 US cents), but local media estimated the cost of engine inspection and flight delay could easily run in the thousands of dollars.
    Police said the case will be investigated further.
    The story quickly went viral across China, the world's second-largest aviation market and home to some of its most delayed airports.
    Shanghai Pudong, which served more than 66 million passengers last year, is often at the bottom of airport on-time performance rankings.
    Given frequent complaints about the lack of information on the delays, at least for once everyone knows who to blame.

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    Beijing (CNN)Bad weather, crowded skies and military drills...and now add coin-tossing to the growing list of reasons for China's notorious flight delays.

    Police took away an 80-year-old woman Tuesday after fellow passengers reported that she was throwing coins at the plane during boarding of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 on the tarmac of Shanghai's Pudong International Airport.
    "The passenger, surnamed Qiu, who has no prior criminal record or mental health issues, claimed she tossed coins as a prayer for a safe flight," Shanghai Police said in a statement.
      It added that officers found nine coins at the scene, including one that fell into the engine of the Airbus A320 aircraft, with others scattered on the ground nearby.

      Plane delayed more than five hours

      The airline had to clear nearly 150 passengers from the full flight bound for Guangzhou, originally scheduled to depart at 12:40 p.m.
      "To ensure flight safety, China Southern's aircraft maintenance staff conducted a thorough inspection of the engine, which concluded at 4:53 p.m., and cleared the aircraft for takeoff," the carrier said in a statement.
      The flight eventually took off at 6:16 p.m. and arrived at its destination more than five hours late.
      A police photo shows the total value of the coins adds up to 1.7 yuan (about 25 US cents), but local media estimated the cost of engine inspection and flight delay could easily run in the thousands of dollars.
      Police said the case will be investigated further.
      The story quickly went viral across China, the world's second-largest aviation market and home to some of its most delayed airports.
      Shanghai Pudong, which served more than 66 million passengers last year, is often at the bottom of airport on-time performance rankings.
      Given frequent complaints about the lack of information on the delays, at least for once everyone knows who to blame.

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      How Denise Ho went from Cantopop queen to democracy fighterhttp://link4.top/how-denise-ho-went-from-cantopop-queen-to-democracy-fighter/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:32:56 +0000 http://link4.top/?p=2913

      Hong Kong (CNN)In 1997, as sovereignty over Hong Kong passed from the UK to China, Denise Ho didn't care about politics.

      Twenty years later, the 40-year-old Cantonese pop star and actress has been arrested by police, dropped by sponsors, blacklisted from China, and emerged as one of the city's leading LGBT activists.
      "Fear is a contaminating disease," she told CNN. "I have this younger generation who listens to my music. So I think I have this responsibility to do the right thing, and not spread fear by my actions."

        Political awakening

        Ho's attitude began shifting in 2012, when she came out as gay at the fourth annual Hong Kong Pride Parade.
        Days later, she watched in appalled amazement as the city's parliament struck down a motion to launch a public consultation on LGBT discrimination.
        "It wasn't about gay marriage, nothing serious like that, just trying to do a public survey and it was blocked," she said.
        "I was so angry back then, and that was the first time I saw how unfair the system is, how the government controlled everything."

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        She had a similar awakening two years later, when police fired tear gas in a futile attempt to disperse thousands of mostly-young pro-democracy protesters who had taken to the streets for the "Umbrella Movement."
        "That was an enraging moment for me and for many other Hong Kong people," Ho said. "As a celebrity, as a public persona, as an adult, you have to speak out in support of these students and these other Hong Kong citizens."
        She took to the streets herself, becoming one of the movement's most outspoken supporters, and one of the last to be hauled off by police when they cleared the protest camps.

        Career suicide?

        Becoming more politically involved hasn't been without repercussions.
        Ho was attacked in Chinese state media as "Hong Kong poison". Even local newspapers warned she might be committing "career suicide" with her political activism.
        Luxury brand Lancome canceled a promotional concert featuring Ho amid criticism from Beijing, and she found herself censored and blacklisted in China. Lancome said it chose to cancel the Ho concert over "safety reasons," but didn't elaborate further.
        As Hong Kong prepares to mark 20 years of Chinese rule on July 1, Ho says this type of Chinese pressure and self-censorship is becoming more and more common.
        "This is a very serious issue in Hong Kong because it's not only happening in the entertainment industry, it's happening everywhere," she said.
        "We are losing our uniqueness and most of the bigger names are drifting towards the Chinese market."
        Fears were fueled last year when revelations emerged that five Hong Kong booksellers were allegedly abducted by Chinese government agents for publishing material critical of China's leaders.
        As the city grows closer to China, many younger Hong Kongers are also drifting further and further away. A poll this week by Hong Kong University found that only 3.1% of respondents aged 18 to 29 identified themselves as Chinese.
        "People are getting quite reluctant to claim themselves as Chinese because of what's happening with the Chinese government," Ho said.
        This week, incoming Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she wanted children to be taught "I am Chinese" from kindergarten, in the wake of stern warnings by Beijing over growing support for Hong Kong independence in the city.

        'Special' time?

        Despite her fears for the future, Ho remains optimistic that Hong Kongers are becoming more aware of their freedoms and the city's unique identity.
        "It's a difficult time but it's also an interesting time to be in Hong Kong right now because you are facing a lot of challenges but with challenges come chance," she said.
        "This is a very special time when Hong Kong people can redefine ourselves,"Ho said.

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        Hong Kong (CNN)In 1997, as sovereignty over Hong Kong passed from the UK to China, Denise Ho didn't care about politics.

        Twenty years later, the 40-year-old Cantonese pop star and actress has been arrested by police, dropped by sponsors, blacklisted from China, and emerged as one of the city's leading LGBT activists.
        "Fear is a contaminating disease," she told CNN. "I have this younger generation who listens to my music. So I think I have this responsibility to do the right thing, and not spread fear by my actions."

          Political awakening

          Ho's attitude began shifting in 2012, when she came out as gay at the fourth annual Hong Kong Pride Parade.
          Days later, she watched in appalled amazement as the city's parliament struck down a motion to launch a public consultation on LGBT discrimination.
          "It wasn't about gay marriage, nothing serious like that, just trying to do a public survey and it was blocked," she said.
          "I was so angry back then, and that was the first time I saw how unfair the system is, how the government controlled everything."

          A post shared by Hocc (@hoccgoomusic) on

          She had a similar awakening two years later, when police fired tear gas in a futile attempt to disperse thousands of mostly-young pro-democracy protesters who had taken to the streets for the "Umbrella Movement."
          "That was an enraging moment for me and for many other Hong Kong people," Ho said. "As a celebrity, as a public persona, as an adult, you have to speak out in support of these students and these other Hong Kong citizens."
          She took to the streets herself, becoming one of the movement's most outspoken supporters, and one of the last to be hauled off by police when they cleared the protest camps.

          Career suicide?

          Becoming more politically involved hasn't been without repercussions.
          Ho was attacked in Chinese state media as "Hong Kong poison". Even local newspapers warned she might be committing "career suicide" with her political activism.
          Luxury brand Lancome canceled a promotional concert featuring Ho amid criticism from Beijing, and she found herself censored and blacklisted in China. Lancome said it chose to cancel the Ho concert over "safety reasons," but didn't elaborate further.
          As Hong Kong prepares to mark 20 years of Chinese rule on July 1, Ho says this type of Chinese pressure and self-censorship is becoming more and more common.
          "This is a very serious issue in Hong Kong because it's not only happening in the entertainment industry, it's happening everywhere," she said.
          "We are losing our uniqueness and most of the bigger names are drifting towards the Chinese market."
          Fears were fueled last year when revelations emerged that five Hong Kong booksellers were allegedly abducted by Chinese government agents for publishing material critical of China's leaders.
          As the city grows closer to China, many younger Hong Kongers are also drifting further and further away. A poll this week by Hong Kong University found that only 3.1% of respondents aged 18 to 29 identified themselves as Chinese.
          "People are getting quite reluctant to claim themselves as Chinese because of what's happening with the Chinese government," Ho said.
          This week, incoming Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she wanted children to be taught "I am Chinese" from kindergarten, in the wake of stern warnings by Beijing over growing support for Hong Kong independence in the city.

          'Special' time?

          Despite her fears for the future, Ho remains optimistic that Hong Kongers are becoming more aware of their freedoms and the city's unique identity.
          "It's a difficult time but it's also an interesting time to be in Hong Kong right now because you are facing a lot of challenges but with challenges come chance," she said.
          "This is a very special time when Hong Kong people can redefine ourselves,"Ho said.

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          ‘Tumultuous divorce’ behind apparent murder of 5-year-old, officials sayhttp://link4.top/tumultuous-divorce-behind-apparent-murder-of-5-year-old-officials-say/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:14:13 +0000 http://link4.top/?p=2910

          (CNN)A "tumultuous divorce" led a California man to kill his 5-year-old son in April, investigators said Monday, three days after 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested and charged with murder even though his missing son has not been confirmed dead.

          Andressian was arrested on one count of murder on Friday and will be arraigned in Los Angeles later this week, where he will face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Andressian remains in custody and neither he nor his attorney commented publicly Monday, according to local media reports.
          His son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., has been missing since he was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father during a weekend outing in April
            "My heart is shattered," Ana Estevez, the missing child's mother, wrote in a statement read by a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff at Monday's news conference. "I will miss my son each and every second of every day for the rest of my life."

            Investigators: Mounting evidence

            The boy was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father after midnight on April 21. Hours later, the father was found unconscious in a South Pasadena park without his son, saying he did not remember what happened.
            After being questioned by police, Andressian spent 47 days in Las Vegas, according to authorities. While there, he shaved the beard he had grown and dyed his hair.
            "He was taking part in activities and displaying mannerisms that were not consistent with a grieving parent," Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told reporters on Monday. He did not elaborate.
            But Mendoza added, "We further believe that he was making plans to flee the country to a location where he could not be extradited."
            Officials at the news conference did not elaborate on the divorce of the boy's parents.
            According to Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, the circumstantial evidence surrounding Andressian was enough to arrest him on murder charges even though investigators have still not found his son.
            "It may seem unusual to file murder charges when we have not yet found the child's body," she said. "But rest assured my office has successfully prosecuted such cases before."
            Medonza said Andressian, in jail since his arrest on Friday, "has not been cooperative whatsoever."
            "As a matter of fact, he has given us information in interviews that were untruths," Mendoza said.

            The search continues

            There have been no confirmed sightings of the child since he went missing, Mendoza said Monday.
            The search for the 5-year-old spans from Santa Barbara to Pasadena, about a 100 mile stretch, and includes hundreds of law enforcement personnel and volunteers.
            Investigators are focusing on a 6 hour window between when Andressian was seen leaving Disneyland with his son and when he was found in the park.
            "My community in South Pasadena, their heart breaks," South Pasadena Police Chief Arthur Miller said. The boy and his parents lived in the Southern California community, according to local media reports.
            "Their heart aches."

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            (CNN)A "tumultuous divorce" led a California man to kill his 5-year-old son in April, investigators said Monday, three days after 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested and charged with murder even though his missing son has not been confirmed dead.

            Andressian was arrested on one count of murder on Friday and will be arraigned in Los Angeles later this week, where he will face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Andressian remains in custody and neither he nor his attorney commented publicly Monday, according to local media reports.
            His son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., has been missing since he was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father during a weekend outing in April
              "My heart is shattered," Ana Estevez, the missing child's mother, wrote in a statement read by a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff at Monday's news conference. "I will miss my son each and every second of every day for the rest of my life."

              Investigators: Mounting evidence

              The boy was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father after midnight on April 21. Hours later, the father was found unconscious in a South Pasadena park without his son, saying he did not remember what happened.
              After being questioned by police, Andressian spent 47 days in Las Vegas, according to authorities. While there, he shaved the beard he had grown and dyed his hair.
              "He was taking part in activities and displaying mannerisms that were not consistent with a grieving parent," Lt. Joe Mendoza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told reporters on Monday. He did not elaborate.
              But Mendoza added, "We further believe that he was making plans to flee the country to a location where he could not be extradited."
              Officials at the news conference did not elaborate on the divorce of the boy's parents.
              According to Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, the circumstantial evidence surrounding Andressian was enough to arrest him on murder charges even though investigators have still not found his son.
              "It may seem unusual to file murder charges when we have not yet found the child's body," she said. "But rest assured my office has successfully prosecuted such cases before."
              Medonza said Andressian, in jail since his arrest on Friday, "has not been cooperative whatsoever."
              "As a matter of fact, he has given us information in interviews that were untruths," Mendoza said.

              The search continues

              There have been no confirmed sightings of the child since he went missing, Mendoza said Monday.
              The search for the 5-year-old spans from Santa Barbara to Pasadena, about a 100 mile stretch, and includes hundreds of law enforcement personnel and volunteers.
              Investigators are focusing on a 6 hour window between when Andressian was seen leaving Disneyland with his son and when he was found in the park.
              "My community in South Pasadena, their heart breaks," South Pasadena Police Chief Arthur Miller said. The boy and his parents lived in the Southern California community, according to local media reports.
              "Their heart aches."

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