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French hostage crisis over, Suspect arrested

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Paris, June 13 :A four-hour hostage standoff in central Paris ended as police arrested the armed suspect and rescued all of the captives safe and sound, France’s interior minister announced.

“All the hostages are safe and sound,” Gerard Collomb said in a brief statement. At least two people had been held.There was no indication of an extremist motive, police said.

The French interior minister later said the suspect was arrested and his hostages freed — some four hours after holing up in a building in central Paris.The Paris prosecutor’s office detained the suspect, a 26-year-old man born in Morocco, a judicial official said. It was not immediately clear if he had French nationality.

Police said the armed man who took hostages is being interrogated on multiple counts, including kidnapping and sequestration, attempted homicide and violence with a weapon.French police sources  said earlier that there was no indication the hostage-taker’s motive was terrorism.

Online publication Actu17 said that the hostage-taker claimed to be in possession of two bombs and had asked to speak with the Iranian ambassador in Paris and with the French government.

Other press accounts said that the perpetrator was armed with a knife.

An armed man took two people hostage for four hours after holing up in a building in central Paris.

Heavily armed elite force crime unit BRI reached the site and the area was evacuated and the street, rue des Petites Ecuries, was cordoned off.

Apart from elite force, police officers, firefighters and rescue workers were also stationed outside the building where the hostages were held, located in a crowded neighborhood in the center of the French capital.

“The individual has been arrested and the hostages are out of danger,” Gerard Collomb wrote on Twitter, praising police, especially the elite BRI unit, for their “professionalism and responsiveness.”

The incident began around 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the offices of an unspecified media organization, an Interior Ministry spokesman told EFE, adding that the perpetrator took at least three people captive.

 

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UAE businessman donates Rs 12.5 crore for Kerala flood relief

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 Abu Dhabi, Aug 19 :A United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based businessman has announced a 2.6 million dirhams ($707,837) donation towards relief operations in the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala.

According to K.P. Hussain, chairman of Fathima Healthcare Group, about half of the amount will directly go to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, while the rest will be allocated for medical relief aid, reports Khaleej Times.

Hussain said that the group has coordinated with the state’s health secretary to send volunteers from its medical faculty, which includes doctors and paramedics, to relief camps.

Other UAE businessmen had also earlier pledged donation to help in flood relief operations.

As of Sunday, the toll from the torrential rains and the subsequent floods that has ravaged Kerala since August 9 stood at 370.

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Pope Francis urges help, prayers for Kerala

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Vatican City, Aug 19 : Pope Francis on Sunday called for solidarity and help from the international community for people affected by flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala which has caused widespread death and destruction.

The Pope said during the weekly Sunday prayers on St. Peter’s Square that residents of Kerala had been hit by intense rains in recent days, which had led to flooding, landslides and an enormous loss of life, reports Efe news.

He said the Catholic Church was working to bring help to the people of Kerala and urged those gathered in the Vatican square to pray for those who had died and all the people affected by the calamity.

Francis urged the international community to stand in solidarity with India and to offer concrete help to those affected by the floods.

About 190 people have died and over 600,000 have been rescued and taken to emergency accommodation in recent days owing to torrential rains battering the state.

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Sidhu clarifies on hugging Pakistan Army chief, sitting beside PoK President

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Attari-Wagah border, Aug 19 : Clarifying on the  controversies surrounding his hug with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan, Navjot Singh Sidhu said  it was a gesture after Bajwa, who also belongs from the same culture, revealed that “Islamabad  will open  up Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv.”

Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Punjab minister who travelled to Pakistan to attend his ‘friend’ Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony  as Pakistan Prime Minister

“If someone (Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa) comes to me and says that we belong to the same culture and we will open Kartarpur border on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Parv, what else I could do?, ” Navjot Singh Sidhu said  on hugging Bajwa at Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony in Islamabad.

Sidhu, however, said he hugged Qamar Javed Bajwa because he told him Pakistan may allow Sikh pilgrims direct access to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartapur next year.

Speaking about another controversy regarding sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan, Navjot Singh Sidhu said, “If you’re invited as a guest of honour somewhere, you sit wherever you are asked to. I was sitting somewhere else but they asked me to sit there.”

Navjot Singh Sidhu returned to India after attending the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan Prime Minister in Islamabad yesterday.

Sidhu was sitting beside President of PoK Masood Khan in the front row at Pakistan  PM Imran Khan’s oath ceremony in Islamabad.

After the oath ceremony, Bajwa walked up to him and after having a brief conversation, hugged Sidhu.

Sidhu has predicted that  a positive change in Islamabad’s approach towards India. “He will be taking the positive direction… and positive anything is better than negative nothing,”  he said.

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