Allegations of attempt to sexually exploit a Class VIII girl have been levelled against the headmaster of a residential school in Kandhamal district of Odisha.According to Kandhamal District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Rashmita Karan, the father of the victim filed an FIR on Monday against the headmaster of the residential school managed by the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) Development Department of the Odisha government. No one had been arrested till Monday evening.Victim to be counselledMs. Karan said apart from the police investigation, a parallel inquiry would also be taken up by her department. The victim would also be properly counselled so that she does not stop her education because of the incident.As per the complaint filed by the victim’s father, she escaped a sexual harassment attempt at the hands of the headmaster on April 22. Around 2.30 p.m. on that day, the headmaster had called the girl home and engaged her in some domestic work. Later he attempted to sexually exploit her, the father alleged.But the girl escaped from his clutches and ran out of the house through the backdoor. She did not return to her hostel room but reached the Daringbadi bus stand. There she was located by a relative who took her to her village.
The loss of crops due to floods in the State has been put at ₹125 crore, according to preliminary assessment by the government. Even as the exact extent of the damage will be known only after flood waters have fully receded, senior officials said around 27,468 hectare of agriculture land has been completely destroyed. This could even cross one lakh hectares when the panchnama is complete, senior officials said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that the total length of road damaged is 484 km, while 2,615 transformers were damaged partially or fully. The destruction to agriculture land will cross over 1.5 lakh hectares, state Minister of Employment Guarantee and Horticulture of Maharashtra, Jaydutt Kshirsagar said on Saturday. Chief Secretary of the state Ajoy Mehta too has confirmed that crops across one lakh hectares could be affected. The State horticulture department has said they are drawing up the estimates with the help of satellite images, and the panchnama has been started with the help of Department of Revenue and Agriculture. “We expect major damage of agriculture crop to spread across 11 districts, while the centre of the destruction is Kolhapur where 30% of this damaged crop is located,” said an official of the Department of Revenue and Agriculture.Mr. Fadnavis said the government will not only compensate damaged crops but also help in removing silt from the farms, and provide assistance of ₹13,000 per hectare to the farmers. The work will be assisted by many organisations like Art of Living, Siddhivinayak temple, and Pandharpur temple, who have promised to come forward to help, he said.
Fakhar Zaman became the first Pakistani to score a double ton in ODI cricket as Pakistan thrashed Zimbabwe by 244 runs in the fourth ODI at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.The southpaw smashed 24 boundaries and five sixes en route his 156-ball unbeaten 210 as Pakistan finished with 399/1 from their 50 overs. Speaking about the knock at the end of the match, Fakhar said that Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur asked him to score a double hundred if Pakistan batted first and he is glad that he obliged.”Thanks to almighty. Imam played really well in the start and he supported me well. I think today was my day. I knew about Saeed’s record. Mickey (Arthur) told us before toss that if we win toss we are going to bat and he asked me to score a double ton. He was telling me the same thing two days before as well,” said Fakhar.Fakhar became the sixth batsman overall after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill to score a double hundred in ODIs. The record for the highest individual score was earlier held by Saeed Anwar, who had made 194 against India back in 1997.Fakhar Zaman double ton highlights Pakistan’s huge win over ZimbabweWith the double ton, Fakhar has already scored two centuries and a half-century with a match remaining on Sunday in the five-match series so far. On the other hand, his opening partner Imam-ul-Haq also scored his second century of the series. Zaman and Imam notched another record-breaking partnership of 304 runs for the first wicket before Imam fell to Hamilton Masakadza. The triple century partnership was the highest ever for the opening wicket in the history of ODIs, and the fourth biggest ever for any wicket.advertisementIn recent years, two other pairs had come close to breaking the record for the highest opening stand in ODIs. David Warner and Travis Head of Australia had added 284 against Pakistan in Adelaide in January last year.Fakhar Zaman 1st Pakistan batsman to slam ODI double hundredNine months later, South Africa’s opening pair of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla added an unbroken 282 against Bangladesh in Kimberley.And, Fakhar was all praise for his opening partner, with whom he achieved history on Friday.”Imam is playing really well and he keeps talking to me whenever I feel not comfortable. We play together in domestic cricket. I was feeling tired in the field and hopefully I’ll get some treatment from the physio. I’ll try not to give them (middle order batsmen) the chance in the next game,” said an elated Fakhar.
THE SIOUX CITY POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE INVESTIGATING A FIRE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING THAT SEVERELY DAMAGED A RED TAGGED HOME ON THE CITY’S WESTSIDE.LT. RYAN COLLINS OF SIOUX CITY FIRE RESCUE SAYS THE HOUSE AT 1310 WEST 15TH STREET HAD FLAMES VISIBLE WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/FIREW15-.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………OUR AERIAL LADDERS. ;20COLLINS SAYS THE HOUSE WAS RED TAGGED IN MARCH AND HAD NO WORKING UTILITIES.HE SAYS THE FIRE HAS BEEN DEEMED SUSPICIOUS FOR NOW:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/FIREW15B.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..CAN BE OBTAINED. :10THERE IS ALSO A POTENTIAL DANGER TO THE PUBLIC AT THE BURNED STRUCTURE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/FIREW15C.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..KEEP PEOPLE AWAY. ;18NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED TO ANYONE DURING THAT FIRE.
Bundesliga Heynckes’ winning history key for German champions Bayern, says former defender Lucio Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 00:19 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v Bayern München Borussia Dortmund Bayern München The Bayern boss has a winning history in Bavaria and the former defender is confident he can continue it in his fourth spell in charge Lucio believes Jupp Heynckes’ winning history at Bayern Munich will be key as he continues his bid to turn their season around.Heynckes was appointed for a fourth spell in charge last month after Carlo Ancelotti was dismissed following a stuttering start to the season.FCB 15/2 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bayern have won each of their six matches in all competitions since Heynckes took over, usurping Borussia Dortmund at the Bundesliga summit and opening a three-point advantage in the process.The Bavarians face Dortmund in Der Klassiker on Saturday and Lucio, who played under Heynckes when the 72-year-old took over as caretaker in 2009, is confident in the abilities of a coach who led the club to the treble in 2013.”Yes, I worked with him in a similar situation, at the end of the season he replaced another manager,” Lucio told DAZN. “He’s a typical German guy. He is very demanding. He likes to win and has written a winning history at Bayern Munich. That gives him some credibility to work now at Bayern.”As I said, he likes to win and at Bayern it couldn’t be different. The pressure for winning the German league and the Champions League is very high. But he knows how it works and I am sure he will be helpful to Bayern.”On this weekend’s contest at Signal Iduna Park, Lucio added: “Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are always big competitors.”In the past few years, Dortmund improved a lot, reaching several finals such as the Champions League and managing to win some of them, like the German Cup. This is always a close match with a great atmosphere, whether you are playing in Munich or Dortmund.”The pressure and the noise of the supporters are always present in this derby. For us players, it’s great to be involved in these kinds of games.”In Germany, they always respect both teams, your local team and your opponent, which is nice. But the pressure and the motivation are always there.”It is a pleasure to play this match, despite the expectations the game involves. There are always great pays and goals in this derby. For all players, you are grateful to play in front of such great supporters and that atmosphere.”
Kylian Mbappé Mbappe holds no Lopes grudge after leaving PSG game on a stretcher Dom Farrell 18:03 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jeff Pachoud Kylian Mbappé PSG Olympique Lyonnais v PSG Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 The France international forward has made light of the heavy collision which forced him to leave Sunday’s Ligue 1 clash with Lyon early Kylian Mbappe has assured Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes he bears no hard feelings after a painful clash between the pair saw the PSG forward leave Sunday’s Ligue 1 encounter on a stretcher.Spectacular goals from Nabil Fekir and Memphis Depay either side of a blistering Layvin Kurzawa volley gave Lyon a 2-1 victory, inflicting only a second top-flight defeat of the season on Unai Emery’s table-toppers.But thoughts post-match turned towards Mbappe, with the teenager having received lengthy treatment on the field during the first half after pursuing Marco Verratti’s raking pass and colliding with the on-rushing Lopes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player PSG’s club doctor Eric Rolland reported the ex-Monaco favourite’s injury was “nothing serious” and Mbappe later posted on Twitter to offer further reassurances.”Just a message to tell you that I’m fine,” he tweeted.”It was more fear than harm despite the impressive shock – without a grudge, A. Lopes.”And thank you for all your messages.”Mbappe will hope to be back in action on Wednesday, when PSG host Guingamp in the Coupe de France.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)A former Big Ten defensive back was killed in a car accident early Friday morning. According to a report from Local 10 News, former Rutgers standout defensive back Johnathan Aiken passed away in a single-vehicle crash.He was just 26. Aiken reportedly lost control of his vehicle on an interstate in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Aiken was reportedly pronounced dead at Broward Medical Center.From the Local 10 News report:Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alvaro Feola said Johnathan Aiken, 26, of Jacksonville, lost control of his Toyota.Feola said the car struck an overhead light pole, guardrail, flipped over and struck a palm tree before coming to a rest in the grassy shoulder.A Florida native, Aiken put together a solid career at Rutgers, starting 34 games for the Scarlet Knights during his time there.Aiken helped lead Rutgers to its last bowl game victory. In the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl, Aiken racked up 11 tackles including a tackle for loss in the Scarlet Knights 40-21 victory over North Carolina.Although Aiken never went on to play in the NFL, he did receive a minicamp invite from the Miami Dolphins.[Local 10 News]
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon, a report from ESPN revealed the cause of death for Maryland football player Jordan McNair. The offensive lineman was hospitalized following a team workout.He passed away days later, on June 13. ESPN reported McNair passed away due to heatstroke he suffered during the workout.His tragic death stemmed from a workout on an 80-degree day, in which players ran 10 110-yard sprints. The report from ESPN shared the scary details surrounding McNair’s death, which called into question the Maryland training staff.Following ESPN’s report, Maryland placed several staffers on leave. Here’s more from ESPN.Athletic director Damon Evans informed the team on Saturday that head football athletic trainer Wes Robinson, director of athletic training Steve Nordwall, and Rick Court, Maryland’s assistant athletics director for sports performance, were placed on administrative leave, according to people at the meeting.This news comes after players present at the workout told ESPN that McNair could not finish the workout on his own. The report alleges multiple trainers essentially dragged him across the finish, after he already began exhibiting signs of serious fatigue.An attorney for the McNair family told ESPN that a lawsuit is very likely. Considering these troubling details, that is completely unsurprising.[ESPN]
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 06: The Miami Hurricanes’ cheerleaders celebrate in the end zone after a touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second half at Kenan Stadium on October 6, 2007 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina defeated Miami 33-27. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Miami’s football program has been rolling since a tough Week 1 loss to LSU, as the Hurricanes have won 5-1.After starting the season with an upset loss against the Tigers, Mark Richt’s team has won five games in a row.Miami, a preseason top 10 team, has surged back into the rankings. The U is No. 16 in the latest top 25 polls.The Hurricanes’ fans are excited.Miami is on the road tonight.The Hurricanes are set to take on Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN2.
The province is developing Infrastructure 2020, a long-term strategic plan to help manage its infrastructure and address future needs. “Careful planning is critical to meeting Nova Scotia’s public infrastructure needs, now and in the future,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott. “This plan will provide a long-term strategic approach to managing our current infrastructure while examining options to address the demand over the next decade.” The plan will describe the state of Nova Scotia’s infrastructure and include a review of future challenges and pressures. It will outline priorities over the next several years, including estimated costs and strategies to address the needs. A consultant will help create the plan, under the direction of a steering committee with representation from the departments of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Finance, Education, Health, Treasury and Policy Board, and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The cost to develop the plan is eligible to be shared by the federal government. “Building communities and a strong economy relies on quality infrastructure, and we’re working hard to improve these resources for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Scott. “This plan will help ensure that we are aware of the challenges and opportunities before us.”
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 Closed in Windsor Highway 101, will be closed today, Dec. 8, between Exit 5A and Exit 6 at Windsor, so power crews can repair a downed power line on the highway. A detour is marked. When the highway is reopened an advisory will be issued. -30-
New Delhi: Subdued performance of manufacturing sector, especially capital and consumer goods, pulled down the growth in industrial production to 1.7 per cent in January from 7.5 per cent a year ago. The data of Index of Industrial Production, released by the Central Statistics Office on Tuesday comes ahead of the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy statement on April 4 and may increase the clamour for cut in interest rates to boost economic activities. Meanwhile, the CSO has revised upwards the growth in IIP for December 2018 to 2.6 per cent from the earlier estimate of 2.4 per cent. As per the CSO data, the growth in manufacturing sector slowed to 1.3 per cent in January from 8.7 per cent in January 2018.
ALGIERS, Algeria — The Latest on the change of power in Algeria (all times local):10:45 a.m.The organizers behind months of anti-government demonstrations in Sudan are welcoming the resignation of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in response to mass protests, and are expressing hope that Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir will do the same.Sarah Abdel-Jaleel, a spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Bouteflika’s resignation is “a very positive achievement,” showing the “success of peaceful resistance within Africa.”She says it “definitely gives us all hope and reassurance that we must continue.”The group of independent professional unions has spearheaded demonstrations since December calling for al-Bashir to resign after nearly three decades in power.Al-Bashir has refused to step down and has launched a heavy crackdown on dissent.___9:40 a.m.Algeria is facing a new era after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation — and questions about what happens next for this gas-rich country and ally to the West in fighting terrorism.Algeria’s 12-member constitutional Council is expected to meet Wednesday to confirm the departure. National television showed a frail Bouteflika handing his resignation letter to constitutional Council president Tayeb Belaiz.Algeria’s Constitution says that when a president dies or resigns, the constitutional Council confirms the leader’s absence and both houses of parliament convene. The president of the upper house is named as interim leader for 90 days while a presidential election is organized.The current upper house president is Abdelkader Bensalah, a Bouteflika ally — as is the prime minister. The protesters who drove Bouteflika out want a drastic change of Algeria’s political elite, seen as corrupt and secretive.The Associated Press
According to the UN mission in the country, known as UNMIT, no security incidents were reported, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson Michele Montas said at a press briefing in New York.Voters went to the polls to select either Jose Ramos-Horta or Francisco Guterres as their nation’s president.Ballot counting has begun and provision results are set to be released either this Friday or next Monday.UNMIT has observed that the campaigning period leading up to today’s election “has been free of any serious incidents of violence and intimidation.”The initial round of polls, which were the first ever in Timor-Leste, took place on 9 April with eight candidates vying to lead the country.UNMIT is helping Timor-Leste with all aspects of the 2007 presidential and parliamentary electoral process, including through technical and logistical support, electoral policy advice and verification. 9 May 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste said that today’s presidential run-off election in the country which gained independence from Indonesia in 2002 proceeded smoothly and peacefully.
CALGARY — The co-founder of an Alberta oil and gas company has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding Arcan Resources Ltd., which he established with his brother and another man.Ian Wilson Fisher, 54, pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud over $5,000, after being charged in August 2015.According to an agreed statement of facts, Fisher was operations manager at the time and created shell companies in 2008 and then made dozens of false invoices billing close to $5 million.Defence lawyer Adriano Iovinelli said his client never denied the allegations, but “it was just about determining what an appropriate sentence would be” and reaching a joint plea deal.Crown prosecutor Steven Johnston said he hopes the penalty sends a message “if you commit fraud and steal from your employer, you’re going to the penitentiary.”Court was told Fisher splurged on himself, buying a house in the resort community of Peachland, B.C., and blowing money on drugs.Doug Penner, former CFO of Arcan Resources, said there were a number of victims and the impact on the company was immeasurable.“I lost almost all of my savings. I lost my job, the company, my career,” he said. “There’s a lot of victims besides myself personally, all the staff were painted with that brush.”Aspenleaf Energy Ltd. has since purchased the assets of Arcan.(CTV Calgary)
WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over slower global growth that have roiled financial markets haven’t dampened consumer confidence.The Commerce Department says retail sales rose a healthy 0.7% last month, after a 0.3% gain in June. Online retailers, grocery stores, clothing retailers and electronics and appliance stores all reported strong gains.Consumer spending, the primary driver of the U.S. economy, remains healthy even as other sectors of the economy, such as business investment, have weakened amid growing uncertainty over the U.S.-China trade war. Job growth is steady, the unemployment rate is near a 50-year low, and wages are rising modestly, which bolsters Americans’ spending power.Even department stores reported solid sales increases despite Wednesday’s anemic earnings report by Macy’s.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
Quebec vows to add light rail trains on new Champlain bridge in Montreal MONTREAL – The Quebec government vowed Friday to add a light rail system on Montreal’s new Champlain bridge, which could provide Bombardier Transportation a major contract opportunity.The span to be built by the federal government is slated to open in 2021.The province says Ottawa should contribute to the rail project’s potential $1.5 billion to $2 billion price tag, as it has on similar projects in Ontario and British Columbia.The 15-kilometre service would connect Montreal’s downtown to a major shopping development on the south shore. The line of seven to eight stops would take less than 20 minutes to complete and ease bus traffic on Canada’s busiest bridge opened in 1962.The rail system is expected to carry 32,000 passengers an hour in each direction, compared to 22,000 who now cross on dedicated bus lanes that were installed as a temporary measure in 1978.Transportation Minister Sylvain Gaudreault said the province has committed $28 million to conduct feasibility studies and other prepatory work.Ottawa hasn’t shown an openness in the past to the idea, saying Quebec would have to use existing pools of infrastructure funding.Municipal mayors and the Chamber of Commerce president who attended the provincial announcement said the rail project is essential for the region’s economic development.Railway manufacturer Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) welcomed the province’s commitment to a project that has been discussed for years.“We feel that we’re getting much closer than ever before and we feel that it’s going to be done,” said spokesman Marc Laforge.He said the company would definitely be interested in bidding on the project which could be similar to Vancouver SkyTrain or systems in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.Depending on the type of system selected, it could carry about 29,000 passengers per hour using a four-car train, he said.In addition to using its Canadian design centres, Bombardier would likely devote several of its manufacturing sites to the project, including one in La Pocatiere, Que., that will build the city’s new subway cars.Should the project get final approval, Bombardier would likely face stiff competition from global rivals such as Alstom, its partners on the Metro project.— With files from Pierre-Saint Arnaud by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 4:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
April home sales up from March, but down from year ago, CREA says by The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2014 7:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canadian home sales were up from March but down from a year ago in April, signalling the lacklustre spring market will continue.The Canadian Real Estate Association said home sales were up 2.7 per cent from March to April, boosted by the Vancouver and Toronto markets, but sales through the Multiple Listings Service were down 0.3 per cent compared with a year ago and one per cent below the 10-year average.“Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto fuelled the anticipated spring pick up in national home sales in April which masked softer activity in a number of smaller markets,” CREA president Beth Crosbie said.But John Andrew, a real estate expert with Queen’s University, said the year-over-tear drop in sales was surprising and “fairly significant,” especially when you consider that home prices continued to rise.The CREA said the national average price for a home sold in April was $409,708, up 7.6 per cent from a year ago, with prices up in six of the 10 provinces.The aggregate composite MLS Home Price Index was up 5.02 per cent.“This kind of continues this trend that we’ve been seeing over the past year or so, where prices just continue to rise in most markets in Canada even though sales are actually dropping,” Andrew said.A long winter that continued until April in most cities can be partly to blame for slow sales, he added, but notes they should have picked up as the weather warmed up in the first few weeks of May.“We’re seeing a very lacklustre spring market,” he said. “Normally even if you didn’t see a lot of activity you’d see those listings in April. (Their absence) is almost an early warning that sales are going to be low.”The national sales-to-new listings ratio was 51.9 per cent in April compared with 52 per cent in March, suggesting the market was in balanced territory.Earlier this week, Investors Group created stir in the spring mortgage market when it offered a 36-month closed, variable-rate mortgage at 1.99 per cent — a move observers say could prompt other lenders to lower their rates, and continue to push house prices up.Concerns have been raised about the health of the Canadian housing market in recent months amid worries it could be overheated and headed for a fall.However, Bank of Montreal senior economist Sal Guatieri said that “outside a few lingering hotspots, Canada’s housing market is stable, if not boring, which is good in the face of dire warnings about a crash.”“Strong population growth and healthy economies are driving markets in Alberta, B.C, Saskatchewan and Greater Toronto, while the opposite appears to be weighing on activity in Quebec and much of Atlantic Canada,” Guatieri said.
.In particular, he underscored the need to act against all the dimensions employed by terrorist groups, including the Internet and social media, as well as financing of terrorist activities. In his address to the 72nd general debate at the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Gentiloni also highlighted Italy’s close involvement in assisting crisis-struck countries around the world, and said that addressing such distressing situations, such as many conflicts across Africa, required dialogue and reconciliation. Turning to the heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula due to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear weapons development programme, he underlined that unity in the international community and determination in its response is vital. “Full implementation of the pertinent Security Council resolutions […] is crucial […] North Korea must immediately end its missile and nuclear proliferation and all provocative actions,” he said. He also noted the progress made by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – under which Iran reaffirmed that it would not seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons – and said that it remains a “success story in the framework of global efforts to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” Further in his remarks, the Italian leader stressed the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and expressed his country’s pledge to do its part to ensure its strong implementation. Mr. Gentiloni also expressed his nation’s support for the reform plans proposed by Secretary-General António Guterres as well as his focus on empowerment of women and girls, and gender equality. Full statement available here
By Patricia Zengerle and Susan Cornwell | WASHINGTONFormer FBI Director James Comey is sworn in prior to testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst(Reuters) James Comey said on Thursday he was disturbed by President Donald Trump’s bid to get him to drop a probe into the former national security advisor, but the former FBI director would not say whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice.Comey told U.S. lawmakers in one of the most widely anticipated U.S. congressional hearing in years that the Trump administration had told lies and defamed him and the FBI when the president fired him on May 9.In written testimony released on Wednesday, Comey said Trump had asked him in February to drop an FBI investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.“I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning,” Comey told lawmakers.FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump (L), on February 28, 2017, White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (C), February 13, 2017 and FBI Director James Comey in Washington U.S. on July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool, Carlos Barria, Gary Cameron/File PhotoThe hearing could have significant repercussions for Trump’s presidency as special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees investigate alleged Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with this.Russia has denied such interference and the White House has denied any collusion.Trump triggered a political firestorm when he dismissed Comey.The former FBI head said Trump’s administration had defamed him in comments made after his firing.“Although the law required no reason at all to fire the FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader,” Comey said.“Those were lies, plain and simple,” he said.The Russia issue has dogged Trump’s first months in office, with critics saying that any efforts by him to hinder the FBI probe could amount to obstruction of justice.Some legal experts said Comey’s testimony could strengthen any impeachment case in Congress to remove Trump from office built on an allegation of obstruction of justice.Comey testified that he kept notes after meeting with Trump because “I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document.”The White House has given shifting explanations on why Trump fired Comey. Trump has called Comey a “showboat” and a “grandstander” and said he was thinking of “this Russia thing” in dismissing him.(Additional Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey; Writing by Alistair Bell; Editing by Frances Kerry) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump goes on offensive against ex-FBI chief, calling him a ‘leaker’June 9, 2017In “World”Pressure rises on Trump as probes intensify, Republicans fretMay 17, 2017In “World”U.S. Senator Graham threatens subpoena on Trump wiretapping claimMarch 15, 2017In “World”