Paris investigation into racist Chelsea fans
Paris police have launched an investigation to identify and prosecute Chelsea fans filmed abusing a black man in a Paris metro on Tuesday. In an amateur video, the fans chant “we’re racist and that’s the way we like it” while they prevent the man from boarding in Richelieu-Drouot metro. FIFA, UEFA and Chelsea F.C have shared criticism in this attack. “Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society,” the football club said in a statement. A police spokesman said that no complaints have yet been filed in relation to this video.
Islamabad mosque attacked
A bomb blast has killed at least three people and wounded several others in a Shi’ite mosque near the Pakistan capital on Wednesday. A suicide bomber allegedly opened fire at guards outside the Qasr-e-Saqina mosque in Rawalpindi, who prevented him from entering, when his bomb detonated. Jundullah, a branch of the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it revenge for the military’s operations in North Wazirista which has driven out their militants.
Ceasefire falters as rebels attack Ukraine town
Pro-Russian rebels now control Debaltseve after circling Ukrainian forces in the town, breaking new ceasefire efforts to seize the key railway junction. Ukraine withdrew thousands of troops on Wednesday, after more than twenty-two soldiers died and 150 wounded this week. President Poroshenko said that Ukraine’s troops had exposed “the true face of the bandits and separatists who are supported by Russia”, and called for the UN to surveil the ceasefire deal. Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, said that it was ironic Russia backed “an all-out assault” while creating a resolution to approve the truce.
Libya appeals for UN to lift arms ban
Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Dairi called on the UN to lift the arms ban on the country to support the army against the “rampant terrorism” of IS and other extremist groups. The embargo was imposed in 2011 to safeguard civilians from Gaddafi’s forces. Sameh Shoukry, Egypt’s Foreign Minister, supported this appeal to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, saying that the international community has a “responsibility to help Libya face its crisis”. – Compiled by web sources Jion Legaspi
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