Producing from his pocket a sheet of paper which contained a biblical quote from the Prophet Zachariah, former Shin Bet chief said, “I will tell you things that might be harsh. I cannot trust Netanyahu and Barak at the wheel in confronting Iran. They are infected with messianic feelings over Iran,” thereby dealing a heavy blow to the Israeli regime. Continue reading
Family trade: Far-right politician Jean Marie Le Pen, right kisses his daughter Marine Le Pen
France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen today said she would abstain from voting in Sunday’s presidential election – and urged her supporters to make up their own minds.
Le Pen threw the election race wide open by refusing to endorse either Socialist Francois Hollande, who is current favourite for the run-off, and incumbent conservative Nicolas Sarkozy.
It means that her 6million supporters, who gave her 17.9 per cent of the vote in the first round on April 22, are up for grabs – throwing Hollande’s lead over Sarkozy into serious question.
She told a far-right rally: ‘On Sunday, I will vote blank. I have made my choice. Each of you will make yours.’
Le Pen’s silence could see many of her supporters turning to the current President, who has in recent weeks courted them with tough talk on immigration and borders. Continue reading
A British mother is desperate to get her daughter back after she was snatched in Egypt by her father for a second time. Leila Sabra fought an eight-month battle for custody of five-year-old daughter A’ishah after she was taken in 2009.
The 35-year-old, from Whitefield, Greater Manchester, moved to Cairo and was reunited with the youngster after her father Saber Mesbah Sabra was arrested.
Furniture giant IKEA used political prisoners arrested by the dreaded Stasi secret police of former East Germany to make its products in the 1970s and 80s, it has been alleged.
The claims will be aired tomorrow on Swedish TV station Sveriges Television’s (SVT). Initially the company denied the reports but then said it had requested documents from the Stasi archive.
It has now said it is ‘interviewing people at Ikea who were around back then,’ according to Ikea’s social and environmental manager Jeanette Skjelmose.
She said: ‘So far there are no indications that we would have asked that prisoners be used in manufacturing or known about it. ‘What we’re looking into now is whether it could have happened anyway, without our knowledge.’ The show claims there is evidence to support the allegation that political prisoners were used. Continue reading
A genetic test could help predict breast cancer many years before the disease is diagnosed, experts hope. Ultimately the findings, in the journal Cancer Research, could lead to a simple blood test to screen women, they say. Continue reading