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Pope Francis says it is ‘an honour that the Americans attack me'

Pope Francis says it is ‘an honour that the Americans attack me'In an offhand remark on the papal plane en route to Mozambique, Pope Francis acknowledged the sharp opposition he has faced from conservative Catholic detractors in the United States, calling it an “an honour that the Americans attack me”.His remark came at the start of a six-day trip to Africa, as the pope shook hands in the back of the plane with a French reporter who handed him a copy of his new book How America Wanted to Change the Pope.



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A first class gaffe: Cathay to honour cheap ticket error

A first class gaffe: Cathay to honour cheap ticket errorScores of savvy travellers will be sipping heavily discounted champagne in first class recliners on Cathay Pacific flights this year after the airline agreed to honour tickets that were mistakenly sold at a fraction of their value. Airline and travel blogs went into overdrive on New Year’s Eve after eagle-eyed shoppers noticed the carrier was offering first and business class tickets on its website from Vietnam to the United States and Canada for as little as $ 670. It took two days for Cathay to publicly acknowledge the error with the airline on Wednesday saying it would indeed honour the cheap fares.



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A first class gaffe: Cathay to honour cheap ticket error

A first class gaffe: Cathay to honour cheap ticket errorScores of savvy travellers will be sipping heavily discounted champagne in first class recliners on Cathay Pacific flights this year after the airline agreed to honour tickets that were mistakenly sold at a fraction of their value. Airline and travel blogs went into overdrive on New Year’s Eve after eagle-eyed shoppers noticed the carrier was offering first and business class tickets on its website from Vietnam to the United States and Canada for as little as $ 670. It took two days for Cathay to publicly acknowledge the error with the airline on Wednesday saying it would indeed honour the cheap fares.



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McLaren Speedtail prototype named in honour of '90s F1

McLaren Speedtail prototype named in honour of '90s F1Named after the road the McLaren F1 was designed in, Albert is the most advanced Speedtail prototype to date. It will begin a year-long testing program this week



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Skripal 'hitman' unmasked as GRU colonel awarded Russia's highest military honour by Vladimir Putin

Skripal 'hitman' unmasked as GRU colonel awarded Russia's highest military honour by Vladimir PutinOne of the trained assassins wanted for poisoning Sergei Skripal is a decorated colonel in Russian military intelligence given the country’s highest award by Vladimir Putin.  The real identity of one of the wanted men in the nerve agent attack – named by counter-terrorism police as Ruslan Boshirov - can be disclosed as Colonel Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga. The 39-year-old, who has served in wars in Chechnya and Ukraine, was made a Hero of the Russian Federation by decree of the President in 2014 in a ceremony shrouded in secrecy. The disclosure, uncovered by investigative journalist organisation Bellingcat in conjunction with The Telegraph, exposes as lies Mr Putin’s claims that the Skripals' would-be killers were innocent "civilians".  A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the claims, saying they are part of an "information campaign". Chepiga, posing as Boshirov, and a second man identified as Alexander Petrov, have insisted they were on holiday in Salisbury and had no connection with the attack, using weapons-grade Novichok nerve agent. Video: Salisbury poison suspects claim they were tourists The true identity of his accomplice Alexander Petrov remains unclear, but The Telegraph has established that he was travelling under his real first name and had only changed his surname to an alias. Counter-terrorism police and the security services are understood to know his real name.  A former senior Russian military officer said Col Chepiga’s high rank and experience strongly suggested that “the job was ordered at the highest level”. The source claimed an attempted assassination of less importance would have been carried out by a lower ranking officer. A Tory minister said: “This is further embarrassment for Putin and Russia. This is the latest in a series of cock-ups by the GRU. It will have the opposite effect he will have wanted. It shows an inept capability that has been exposed. “There is no doubt that the Salisbury poisoning was part of a wider plan of Putin reaffirming Russia as a superpower and letting people know what Russia is capable of. This was a message to the West and his own people – cross me and there are consequences. He has learned that he simply won’t get away with it.” Boris Johnson, the former Foreign Secretary, said: "Utterly predictable news that GRU behind Skripal atrocity. What have you got to say, Putin? And I hope we hear real condemnation from Corbyn."   Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga – aka Ruslan Boshirov – is believed to be pictured back row, far right with a group of fellow military graduates in Chechnya The revelations come as Theresa May told the UN's security council that Russia should not "be in any doubt" that if it did not "rejoin the international consensus against the use of chemical weapons" then the UK and its allies would be forced to take action.  Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the new claims, highlighting how they had been published as Mrs May appeared at the UN. She wrote on Facebook: "There is no evidence, so they continue the information campaign, the main task of which is to divert attention from the main question: 'What happened in Salisbury?' "The question is: when will there be any evidence of the involvement of anyone, as London tells us, of poisoning in Salisbury?" European arrest warrants and Interpol red notices have been issued for the pair, who are accused of the murder of Dawn Sturgess, a local woman inadvertently poisoned by a discarded Novichok bottle, and the attempted murder of Col Skripal, 67, and his daughter Yulia, 33.  Both men – under the aliases Boshirov and Petrov – have been charged with the poisoning of the Skripals by the Crown Prosecution Service. Video: Novichok suspects named by British authorities After Scotland Yard released its evidence – including CCTV showing the men close to Col Skripal's home on the day he was poisoned – the pair appeared on Russia TV, on the order of Mr Putin, to claim that they worked in the fitness industry and their sole reason for visiting the UK was to see the historic sites of “wonderful” Salisbury. Theresa May had publicly accused them of being members of the GRU. It can now be revealed that Col Chepiga has been fighting in an elite special forces unit – Spetsnaz – under the command of the GRU for 17 years and working undercover for at least nine years.  He has been given more than 20 awards and a Hero of the Russian Federation medal, though, unlike most of the other recipients, there is little public information available about Col Chepiga.  The medals are normally awarded by the president personally, and are only given to a handful of people each year. A Russian passport application in the name of Anatoliy Chepiga in 2003 The website of the Far-Eastern Military Command Academy, where Col Chepiga studied, lists all of their alumni who have received the award with a detailed description of the acts that resulted in the recognition.  In his case it simply says: “Anatoly Vladimirovich Chepiga was awarded the honourary title of Hero of the Russian Federation by order of the president of the Russian Federation.” His name also appears on a monument in honour of the alumni of the Far-Eastern Military Command who have received their Hero medal at its base on the border with China. The secretive nature of Col Chepiga’s award, combined with the timing in 2014, suggests that it was for actions in Ukraine.  The name Anatoliy Chepiga – aka Ruslan Boshirov – is bottom right under a 'gold star honour list' on an honours wall at the Far Eastern Military Command School In 2014 Russia was not engaged in fighting in either Chechnya or Syria and his unit – number 74854 of the 14th Separate Brigade of Special Forces (Spetsnaz) – was pictured on the eastern border of Ukraine that year.  Involvement in Ukraine would explain the secrecy around his award, which is also noted by a veterans' group. The group writes on its website: “You can become a hero even in our seemingly peaceful times."  “Anatoliy Vladimirovich Chepiga, a native of the village of Nikolayevka and 2001 graduate of the Far-Eastern Military Command Academy, was deployed to Chechnya three times and has more than 20 awards and medals.  “In December 2014, Colonel Chepiga was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation for carrying out a peacekeeping mission.” From Nikolaevka to Salisbury – The journey of Anatoliy Chepiga from schoolboy to trained assassin Col Chepiga was born in a small village with 300 residents near the border with China in 1979. At the age of 18, he enrolled in the Far-Eastern Military Command Academy in Blageoveschensk, less than an hour from his home.  The academy is an elite training ground for marine commandos and officers in the Spetsnaz. At the time Col Chepiga was a student, it was known for training officers involved in overseas clandestine operations.  He graduated in 2001 and joined his unit. He served with it in Chechnya where he was deployed three times.  Salisbury attack step-by-step timeline puff Bellingcat and the Insider Russia have uncovered a file from 2003 in which Col Chepiga applies for a passport in his real name that lists his address as the military unit in Khabarovsk.  The soldier, who is married with a teenage son, then moved to Moscow, where he can next be traced in 2012. Experts believe that because of his rank as colonel, the same as Col Skripal, and the nature of his work he may have studied at the Military Diplomatic Academy, also known as the “GRU Conservatory”, following his move to Moscow.  Passport records show that he was given the alias Ruslan Boshirov in 2009 at the latest.



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WHO chief 'rethinking' after Mugabe honour outrage

WHO chief 'rethinking' after Mugabe honour outrageThe head of the World Health Organization said Saturday that he was "rethinking" his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, as global outrage over the move mounted. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the UN health agency, had this week asked Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old authoritarian leader to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases like heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa. The decision triggered confusion and anger among key WHO member states and activists who noted that Zimbabwe’s health care system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabe’s regime. "I’m listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible," Tedros, a former Ethiopian health minister, said on Twitter. Tedros took charge of WHO in July, becoming the first African to lead the powerful UN agency. In announcing the appointment in Uruguay’s capital this week, Tedros had praised Zimbabwe as "a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all." Britain, Canada and the US on Saturday joined the widening chorus of critics of the decision. I’m listening. I hear your concerns. Rethinking the approach in light of WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible— Tedros Adhanom (@DrTedros) October 21, 2017 "This appointment clearly contradicts the United Nations ideals of respect for human rights and human dignity," the US State Department said. Britain said the move was "surprising and disappointing, particularly in light of the current US and EU sanctions against him." "We have registered our concerns with WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus," a foreign office statement read. And Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau termed the appointment "absolutely unacceptable," and said he "quite frankly… thought it was a bad April Fool’s joke." Zimbabwean activist and human rights lawyer Doug Coltart said on Twitter that a "man who flies to Singapore for treatment because he has destroyed Zimbabwe’s health sector is WHO’s goodwill ambassador." MUGABE TIMELINE Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, is in increasingly fragile health and makes regular trips abroad for medical treatment. He returned to Zimbabwe late on Saturday night. "Mugabe doesn’t trust Zimbabwe health care he destroyed (he travels abroad) but @WHO’s Tedros names him ambassador," the head of Human Rights Watch, Ken Roth, added in a tweet. UN Watch, a group primarily known for defending Israel at the world body, called the decision "sickening." "Amid reports of ongoing human rights abuses, the tyrant of Zimbabwe is the last person who should be legitimized by a UN position of any kind," the group’s executive director Hillel Neuer said in a statement. WHO had earlier on Saturday pointed to Zimbabwe’s record on tobacco, NCDs and Tedro’s desire to engage senior politicians as justifications for the Mugabe honour. "Dr Tedros has frequently talked of his determination to build a global movement to promote high-level political leadership for health," spokesman Christian Lindmeier said in an email. "Zimbabwe has ratified the WHO FCTC (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) in 2014 and the government has launched a levy fund for NCDs to generate revenues for health promotion, including NCD prevention and control." UN agencies often name high-profile personalities as goodwill ambassadors to draw attention to their work, including actress Angelina Jolie with the refugee agency UNHCR.    



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Donald Trump tells Vladimir Putin 'It's an honour to be with you' before first bilateral talks at G20

Donald Trump tells Vladimir Putin 'It's an honour to be with you' before first bilateral talks at G20After what has felt like weeks – and even months – of anticipation, Donald Trump has finally sat down with Vladimir Putin and said it was an “honour” to meet him. A day after Mr Trump reaffirmed – albeit reluctantly – that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election, the US President shook hands and smiled with the man who must have ordered Russians actions. Many in America are watching for Mr Trump to press Mr Putin on the issue, something that resulted in Barack Obama imposed news sanctions and ousting around 35 Russian diplomats from the US.



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UK's last governor demands China honour its word to HK

UK's last governor demands China honour its word to HKThe world is watching Hong Kong as a “test case” of whether Chinese promises mean anything, Britain’s last governor said ahead of the 20th anniversary of his tearful departure from the city. Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of its handover from British rule on July 1, and Chris Patten said Xi should reaffirm Beijing’s respect for the city’s unique brand of autonomy dubbed “one country, two systems”. By and large, he said, China had respected its treaty obligations to Hong Kong and Britain in the years after the 1997 handover.



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