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Picasso painting goes on display at Duff House in UK

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London, Aug 2: A masterpiece by Pablo Picasso, one of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, is on display at Duff House, a Georgian mansion in Aberdeenshire.

Picasso’s Les Soles that went on display on Tuesday, rarely leaves Scotland’s National Gallery in Edinburgh because of its fragility.

But it loaned to Duff House in Banff by the National Galleries of Scotland for display until October 29, Xinhua news agency reported.

Les Soles, inspired by the bustling markets of the seaside town Royan, in France, depicts a crab and two fish, said to represent Picasso and two of his mistresses.

The work was painted during a three-month trip to Paris in March 1940 while the artist was still based in Royan, shortly before he fled his coastal retreat when it was occupied by Nazi troops during World War II.

Duff House, one of the finest mansions in Scotland, also played a part in World War II, being used as an internment camp, prisoner of war (POW) camp and a base for Norwegian allied troops.

Graeme Curran, manager of Duff House, which is operated by Historic Environment Scotland said: “We’re delighted that Duff House will host an artwork from one of the most iconic artists of the modern era. Banff, as a coastal town, seems a fitting location for exhibition of Picasso’s Les Soles, which so vividly draws inspiration from life by the sea.”

Hannah Brocklehurst, Scottish National Galleries Managing Curator for Duff House, said: “Owing to the fragility of the painting it rarely travels, and this will be the first time in many years that this has seen outside of Edinburgh. We are thrilled to be showing this important work in such a beautiful venue.”

Built for a wealthy businessman in the mid-1700s, Duff House fell into disrepair after World War II, and was eventually restored and reopened in 1995.

It now houses a collection of art by famous artists such as El Greco, Gainsborough, Raeburn as well as contemporary art.

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Trump slammed for calling to Deport immigrant “Invaders”

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Washington, June 25 : United States President Donald Trump has said undocumented immigrants should be immediately deported without trial or any judicial process, drawing sharp criticism from rights groups who say such a move would be illegal and violate the constitution.

Trump has argued that people who cross the border into the country illegally were invaders and must immediately be deported without an appearance before a judge.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Trump described immigrants as invaders, called US immigration laws “a mockery” and wrote that they must be changed to take away legal rights from undocumented migrants, reports The Washington Post.

“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” Trump wrote.

“When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.

“Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents.”

The President continued in a second tweet: “Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years!

“Immigration must be based on merit – we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!”

Trump also exhorted congressional Democrats to “fix the laws”, arguing that “we need strength and security at the Border! Cannot accept all of the people trying to break into our Country”.

The President had signed an executive order last week aimed at keeping some families together at the border after his administration faced calls to stop separating children from parents.

But Sunday’s remarks have led to confusion and urmoil in Congress as the House prepares to vote on a sweeping immigration bill this week.

The legislation would provide $25 billion for Trump’s long-sought border wall, limit legal immigration and give young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

Democrats and immigrant rights advocates sought to shame Trump for saying he wants to deny illegal immigrants their due-process rights, The Washington Post reported.

“America rules by law,” tweeted Virginia Democrat Gerald E. Connolly, “not by presidential diktat.”

Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said: “What President Trump has suggested here is both illegal and unconstitutional. Any official who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws should disavow it unequivocally.”

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Deadly clashes in Nigeria leave 86 dead, Prez appeals for calm

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Abuja, June 25: Curfew has been imposed in Nigeria after 86 people were killed in violent clashes between Muslim herders and Christian farmers.

President Muhammadu Buhari  has appealed for calm late following violent clashes between mostly Muslim herders and Christian farmers in the central state of Plateau  and described the deaths as “deeply unfortunate killings.”

President Muhammadu Buhari said that “no efforts will be spared to bring the perpetrators to justice” and prevent further violence.

Some reports say fighting began on Thursday when ethnic Berom farmers attacked Fulani herders, killing five of them. A retaliatory attack on Saturday led to more deaths.

The area has a decades-long history of violence between ethnic groups competing for land.

Police Commissioner Undie Adie said a search of villages following the bloodshed revealed that 86 people had been killed, and six injured.

He said 50 houses had been burned, as well as 15 motorbikes and two vehicles.

The Plateau state government said the curfew would be in place between 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Nigerian time) in the Riyom, Barikin Ladi and Jos South areas “to avert a breakdown of law and order”.

This region, where the Muslim north meets the Christian south is prone to religious tension – herders are ethnic Fulani and mostly Muslim, while the farmers are mostly Christian.

The country is already engaged in fighting two insurgences – Boko Haram in the north and militants in the oil-producing south.

 

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Koreas talks on restoring military communication lines

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Seoul, June 25: South Korea and North Korea held working-level talks on Monday on the issue of moving forward with restoration of cross-border military communication lines in an attempt to reduce tension and build trust amid the recent diplomatic rapprochement.

The meeting, led by South Korean Colonel Cho Yong-geun and North Korean Colonel Om Chang-nam, started at 10 a.m. at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine office in Paju, south of the inter-Korean border, a spokesperson of the South Korean Defence Ministry said.

Both sides will discuss ways to completely restore western and eastern communication lines, which were suspended during periods of diplomatic tensions, including telephone and fax lines set up years ago to prevent misunderstandings that could provoke unnecessary clashes.

The two sides opened the western communication line in 2002 and the eastern one was established in 2003.

The western communication line  was suspended in 2016 after Seoul shut down the inter-Korean industrial complex in Kaesong as a response to the nuclear test that the North Korean regime conducted that year.

The telephone link was restored in January this year just before the Winter PyeongChang Olympic Games, which marked the beginning of a rapprochement on the Korean peninsula as well as led to the subsequent dialogue with the US.

The eastern communication line was blocked in 2011 amid then-rising military tensions and completely cut off in 2013 due to a forest fire.

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