From Bonnie Tyler and a Ukrainian giant, to a song by Avicii and Abba legends and a rumoured appearance by Malmö-native Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden’s glitzy Eurovision Song Contest packs a glitzy punch without the hefty price tag. …
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Bryce Reed, 31, was booked at the McLennan County jail early Friday and brought before a judge to make an initial appearance later in the day where he declined to enter a plea. The Los Angeles Times reported that Reed has since been placed in the custody of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Sources told Houston’s News 92 that the paramedic approached an acquaintance sometime after the April 19 West Fertilizer Company explosion and asked if the friend would store a box for him. Later, the acquaintance opened the box and found what is believed to be a pipe bomb.Authorities have failed to say if they think Reed had any involvement in triggering the explosion last month that leveled much of West, Texas, but he has been tied to the tragedy in at least one regard: Reed was one of the first emergency workers to respond to last month’s blast and he was assigned to be the incident commander at the scene.Separately on Friday, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw and McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara released a statement to the media confirming that the fertilizer plant explosion is now being treated as a criminal investigation.“The citizens of McLennan County and Texas must have confidence that this incident has been looked at from every angle and professionally handled – they deserve nothing less,” McNamara said. “This disaster has severely impacted the community of West, and we want to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that all the facts related to this incident are uncovered,” added McCraw.The Dallas Morning News spoke with Reed’s stepfather, Gary Nelson, on Friday, and he said there is “not a chance” his relative had a role in the blast.“The State Fire Marshal’s office has not determined – or ruled out – whether the fire was a criminal act or accidental,” acknowledged the paper. …
Nasrallah made a TV appearance after Israeli warplanes reportedly launched strikes within Syrian territory on Friday and Sunday. In carrying out the attacks, Israeli fighters flew over Lebanon and allegedly fired air-to-ground weapons at their targets.The airstrike were targeting Iranian-supplied missiles that were en route to Hezbollah, anonymous Israeli officials later told media, a claim which Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Muqdad dismissed on Thursday.”They absolutely did not achieve their objective and they lied when they said they are targeting Hezbollah,” he said in an interview with AFP. He further promised that Syria would “respond immediately” to any future Israeli attacks against its territory.The Hezbollah chief in his Thursday remarks did not confirm directly the incident, but dwelled on topic of the Lebanon’s party stand-off with the Jewish state.”You Israelis say your objective is to stop the capability of the resistance [against Israel] from growing… but Syria will provide [Hezbollah] with game-changing weapons it has not had before,” Nasrallah said.He further added that his forces were prepared to receive such armaments even if “it breaks the power balance” with Israel and pledged that Hezbollah would use them to defend “our people and our country.”He further vowed that his Lebanese militia would provide both “material and spiritual support” in any effort to help Syria “liberate” the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.”If you [Israel] see Syria as a corridor of arms to [Hezbollah], Syria will provide the resistance with those arms. This is a highly strategic decision,” Nasrallah continued.He added that such a response would be “more strategic” than launching a rocket or “carrying out an air raid” on Israel.Following the Israeli airstrikes, Syrian state media quoted unnamed sources as saying that Damascus was prepared to carry out military operations against Israel from the Golan Heights after decades of relative calm on the border, Reuters reports.Nasrallah for his part described the mobilization of fighters from the Golan as the “second strategic answer” to the Israeli strikes.Hezbollah fought a six-week long war with Israel in 2006, and Nasrallah has recently acknowledged that members of the Lebanese were backing Syrian government forces in the 2-year long conflict which has claimed over 70,000 lives.Amidst the heightened tensions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated their commitment to bringing all sides to the negotiating table in the Syrian conflict at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.”Russia and the United States will encourage the Syrian government and opposition groups to come to a political solution to the conflict,” Lavrov stated.Lavrov continued that an international conference set for the end of May would be organized on the basis of the Geneva Conference, which outlined steps for an end to the violence in Syria and the establishment of a transitional government free from foreign interference. …
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The International Monetary Fund leader, Christine Lagarde has been interrupted by student protesters during her appearance at the University of Amsterdam.
The IMF Managing Director had just began discussing the European debt crisis, when students emerged from the audience chanting, “mic check!” and dozens more would yelled back “Madame Lagarde!”
The students apparently were apparently there to criticise the funds policies. Security guards managed to remove the students and eventually the interview resumed.
The 17-country eurozone is in recession. Christine Lagarde
urged all euro members to push for banking union.
“Obviously what we pursue, is stability, and clearly there is need for that at the moment for a stable discussion to be heard.”
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