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June 16, 2016

UEFA Euro 2016, day 4 and 5 match review

UEFA Euro 2016, day 4 and 5 match review

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On Monday, day four of UEFA Euro 2016, Spain defeated Czech Republic 1–0; Republic of Ireland drew to Sweden 1–1 and Belgium faced a 2–0 defeat against Italy. On Tuesday, Hungary stunned Austria in a 2–0 win and Portugal and Iceland shared the spoils with 1–1.

Day four[]

Group D — Spain 1–0 Czech Republic[]

Sergio Ramos lead the defending champions as David de Gea was guarding the net. Only one player was booked in the entire match — David Limberský recieved a yellow card in the 61th minute. Though Spain had a string ball possession and 91% passing accuracy, they were unable to score till the 87th minute when defender Gerard Piqué scored from Iniesta‘s cross, and thus winning it for Spain. David Silva played his 100th match for the La Roja.

Group E — Republic of Ireland 1–1 Sweden[]

Irish midfielder Wes Hoolahan scored minutes after the second half begun, upsetting Zlatan Ibrahimović lead the Swedish team, but later, in the 71st minute, Sweden equalised when Ciaran Clark scored an own goal, resulting in a 1–1 draw.

Group E — Belgium 0–2 Italy[]

Italians had never lost to Belgium in 34 years, and in this match Emanuele Giaccherini‘s goal in the first half, and Graziano Pellè‘s goal moments before final whistle allowed this custom to follow even though the Belgian side had greater ball possession and passing accuracy.

Day five[]

Group D — Austria 0–2 Hungary[]

The Hungarians defeated tenmen Austria as Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragović picked up two yellow cards in the 33rd and the 66th minute when he was sent off. Ádám Szalai‘s goal in the 62nd minute and Zoltán Stieber‘s goal in the 87th minute earned them three points as they sit on the top of the table.

Group D — Portugal 1–1 Iceland[]

As Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal, he equalled record of Luís Figo ‘s 127 international caps for the nation. Nani‘s goal in the 31st minute gave Portuguese a 1–0 lead. But later, in the 50th minute, Birkir Bjarnason scored from a volley, and the match ended in a draw. Portugal had 925 passing accuracy and led the ball possession.


June 13, 2016
15:00 (UTC+2)
Spain 1–0 Czech Republic Stadium Municipal, Tolouse
Referee: Flag of Poland.svg Szymon Marciniak, Poland
Gerard Piqué Scored after 87 minutes 87′ 0–0 (HT) David Limberský Booked after 61 minutes 61′

June 13, 2016
18:00 (UTC+2)
Republic of Ireland 1–1 Sweden Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Flag of Serbia.svg Milorad Mažić, Serbia
Wes Hoolahan Scored after 48 minutes 48′
James McCarthy Booked after 43 minutes 43′
Glenn Whelan Booked after 77 minutes 77′
0–0 (HT) Ciaran Clark Scored after 71 minutes 71′ (o.g.)
Victor Lindelöf Booked after 61 minutes 61′

June 13, 2016
21:00 (UTC+2)
Belgium 0–2 Italy Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Referee: Flag of England.svg Mark Clattenburg, England
Jan Vertonghen Booked after 90+1 minutes 90+1′ 0–1 (HT) Emanuele Giaccherini Scored after 32 minutes 32′
Graziano PellèScored after 90+2 minutes 90+2′
Giorgio Chiellini Booked after 65 minutes 65′
Éder Booked after 75 minutes 75′
Leonardo Bonucci Booked after 78 minutes 78′
Thiago Motta Booked after 84 minutes 84′

June 14, 2016
21:00 (UTC+2)
Portugal 1–1 Iceland Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
Referee: Flag of Turkey.svg Cüneyt Çakır, Turkey
Nani Booked after 31 minutes 31′ 1–0 (HT) Birkir Bjarnason Scored after 50 minutes 50′ Booked after 55 minutes 55′
Alfreð Finnbogason Booked after 90+4 minutes 90+4′

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December 14, 2015

UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

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UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

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On Saturday evening, UEFA Euro 2016 draw took place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris; UEFA Euro 2016 is scheduled to be hosted in France. 24 nations were grouped in six groups, with the host nation getting Group A. The quadrennial football tournament of Europe is scheduled to start in June 2016, the matches to be played in ten French cities.

England had the first draw, and went to Group B. Interestingly, Wales also drew into Group B. World Cup winners Germany got Group C. Polish national captain Robert Lewandowski, who recently scored a brace against Croatian Dinamo Zagreb for Bayern Munich, would be facing his Bayern Munich teammate Thomas Müller in a Group C match.

Two-time defending Champions Spain got the D. Netherlands did not qualify for the first time since 1984 after a shocking exit in the qualifying match.

In full, groups drew as follows:

Group A, France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland.
Group B, England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia.
Group C, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland.
Group D, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia.
Group E, Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden.
Group F, Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary.

The opening match of the tournament is scheduled to be France versus Romania.



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August 29, 2015

Four men go before Hungarian court after 71 found dead in lorry

Four men go before Hungarian court after 71 found dead in lorry

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Four foreign men have today gone before a court in Hungary on suspicion of people smuggling. Their detention relates to Thursday’s discovery of a lorry full of corpses in Austria. The death toll was yesterday finalised at 71.

Today’s hearing took place at the Palace of Justice in Kecskemet, pictured here from file.
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The lorry had been abandoned since Wednesday on the hard shoulder of the “Eastern Motorway“, near the Hungarian border. Roadworkers became suspicious of dark liquid seeping from the vehicle, and responding police found the bodies. Initial police estimates were that 20–50 were suffocated in the back of the lorry which was near Parndorf.

The arrested men are thought to include the vehicle’s owner and at least two drivers. Three are Bulgarian and one is from Afghanistan. Criminal suspects in Hungary can generally be held for 72 hours before charge but prosecutors, citing the seriousness of the case, want the period extended. Extradition to Austria is possible.

Of the 71 dead, 59 are men, eight are women, and four are children. The children are thought to be aged three, eight, and ten years, alongside an eighteen-month-old baby. “There was also a Syrian travel document found” police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil told journalists “so of course our first assumption is that these people were migrants, and likely a group of Syrian migrants. We can rule out that they were Africans”.

The four accused were escorted into court in Kecskemet, central Hungary, by a police convoy. Reportedly the lorry traveled from Kecskemet. Hungary is presently building a border fence across the Serbian frontier, as migrants from war-torn Syria and other regions seek access to the Schengen Area of free movement, which covers most of the EU.

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Slovak chicken meat company Hyza, a previous owner, previously told Wikinews the lorry has changed hands several times in roughly the last year. After they sold it they say it was exported to Hungary; it now bears Hungarian plates but still features Hyza branding including pictures of meat.

On the day of the discovery Hyza quickly removed a graphic from their homepage featuring cartoon chicken stowaways in a car being inspected at a customs post. The stowaways also appeared with a line through them alongside the word “imigranti” and the site www.imigranti.sk in one corner. On the other side was Hyza’s logo. Imigranti.sk is also unavailable.

Police today found 26 migrants in a lorry near Braunau am Inn, Austria. The driver, from Romania, refused to stop for police and was arrested following a chase. Police said three children were hospitalised for “severe dehydration”. Found near the German border, the migrants were from Afghanistan, Syria, and Bangladesh.



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August 27, 2015

Austrian police find dozens dead inside lorry

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The turning for Parndorf off the A4, from file. The lorry was found on the road nearby.
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Austrian police today found an estimated 20–50 decomposing corpses in an apparently abandoned lorry.

Roadworkers who spotted the vehicle, which had been there since yesterday at least, alerted police. Responding officers found it full of corpses. The lorry is on the so-called “Eastern Motorway“, the A4, close to the Hungarian border. It was on the hard shoulder between Neusiedl and Parndorf, closer to Parndorf.

The victims are thought to have suffocated. Police are seeking the driver. The Krone published an image of a non-articulated food lorry on the hard shoulder, which they report is the vehicle in question. The photo shows a pool of dark liquid on the ground beside the vehicle.

Video from a passing motorist shows at least one helicopter on-scene. The truck, which has pictures of meat on the side, shows branding for Slovakian food firm Hyza. Earlier today the company’s website sported an apparent anti-immigration graphic, which has since been removed.

Wikinews got in touch with Hyza. “We are truly sorry about [the] tragedy” they told us in a statement. They said they have checked GPS trackers on their fleet and all their vehicles remain in Slovakia. The statement says the lorry in question was one of 21 Hyza vehicles sold on last year. It was then sold again and exported to Hungary, where it is now registered. Hyza told us the new owners have not changed the branding on the vehicle. According to the Bild newspaper, Agrofert — the parent company of Hyza — said in a statement the new owners were required to do so.

Hyza says they will “actively cooperate with Slovak police”, and “express [their] sincere condolences to the bereaved families.”

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner called it “a dark day” and called for European Union-wide measures to protect immigrant refugees and tackle human traffickers. Neighbouring Hungary is constructing a border fence across its entire frontier with Serbia. Yesterday alone saw a record 3,241 attempts to enter Hungary illegally, according to authorities there.

Conflict in Syria and other parts of the world has led refugees to Europe. Once inside, they can move freely inside the Schengen Area, which covers most of the EU.

Austrian police earlier this week arrested three motorists suspected of people smuggling. One driver is accused of moving 34 people, ten of them children, into Austria from Serbia. The group were left by the roadside near Bruck an der Leitha and reported struggling to breathe in the van.



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January 12, 2015

Millions march in France and around the world in support of Charlie Hebdo

Millions march in France and around the world in support of Charlie Hebdo

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Following the shootings at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, millions of people turned out yesterday for marches in Paris, in cities across France, and around the world. Reported estimates of between 1.5 and 2 million people rallied in Paris, and the French interior ministry estimated 3.7 million or more rallied across France.

44 world leaders attended the Paris march including French President François Hollande; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; British Prime Minister David Cameron; Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy; Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi; the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority; King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan; Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu; the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov; the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban; and the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba.

US Ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley attended. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest responded to criticism for not sending a higher level representative on behalf of the United States: “It is fair to say we should have sent someone with a higher profile.” Earnest said the rally had been planned on Friday and President Obama attending the rally on such short notice presented “significant security challenges”. Secretary of State John Kerry said he already had a prior engagement in India.

Charlie Hebdo has previously published cartoons featuring the Islamic prophet Muhammed. These include original depictions and reprints of controversial cartoons originally by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Some of these cartoons were on display at the marches.

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Paris: flowers and tributes to the victims of the shooting.
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Paris march: a protester holding up two colouring pencils, in solidarity with journalists and cartoonists killed in the attack.
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Paris march: protestors holding up two giant pencils.
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Paris march: more protestors holding up giant pencils.
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Paris march: marchers fill the street.
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Paris march: more marchers filling the streets.
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Paris march.
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Paris march: marchers moving up Boulevard Beaumarchais.
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Paris march: marchers fill the platform at the Miromesnil Métro station.
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Bordeaux rally.
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Rally in Bourg-en-Bresse.
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Rally in Chambéry.
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Rally in Lyon.
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Rally in Rennes.
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A sign at the march in Rennes showing a number of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
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Rally in Rennes.
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Rally in Rennes.
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Rally at the Place Royale in Reims.
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French flag projected on to the side of the National Gallery in London as a sign of solidarity.
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Signs, pens, sketch pads and cartoons left as a memorial in Trafalgar Square in London.
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A pen held up as part of the rally in London’s Trafalgar Square.
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A man holding both a French and American flag at a rally in Daley Plaza in Chicago.
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A small rally in Cologne.
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Candle lights at a rally in Moscow.
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Snow-covered flowers and tributes outside the office of the French Ambassador in Moscow.
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At the rally in Moscow.
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Rally in Stockholm.
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Rally in Stockholm.
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A pencil in the snow at the Stockholm rally.
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Rally in Vienna.
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Rally in Berlin.
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Rally in Brussels.
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March 1, 2013

Nathalie Carpanedo finishes wild card run at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

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Carpanedo following her DNF slalom run at the 2013 World Championships in La Molina, Spain. Carpanedo was a wild card entry.
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Wednesday, Spanish LW10-2 classified sit skier Nathalie Carpanedo finished her wild card run at the IPC Alpine World Championships competing as a member of the Spanish team in the international team friendly held the day after the closing ceremonies for the World Championships. Carpanedo’s team finished tenth in a field of ten teams, which saw the Austria finish first, team 1 for the United States finish second, and Russia finish third.

Carpanedo started the day with 232.13 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing points, and finished her team race with a time of 26.46 seconds. Because teammate Úrsula Pueyo had a faster time of 20.32, Carpanedo’s time was not used in tabulating Spain’s overall ranking as only one time by a female skier was required.

Beyond Wednesday’s event, Carpanedo competed in two individual races at the Championships. Her first was the Slalom, where she earned a Did Not Finish in her first run. 36 of the 116 competitors had the same result in that race. Her other race, the Giant Slalom, saw her finish in tenth in the women’s sitting group with a combined run time of 4:41.30, 2:11.60 minutes slower than first place finisher Austrian Claudia Loesch and 1:09.02 minutes slower than the ninth place finisher Gyöngyi Dani of Hungary. Four skiers in the women’s sitting group failed to finish their runs, and 45 of the 117 total skiers in the Giant Slalom failed to rank in the race.

Carpanedo is one of the founding member of the first women’s disability ski team in Spain. Created with the support of Teresa Silva, Fundación También insisted the team be for women to encourage their participation in disability sport. Fundación También supports a number of other sports including bicycling, sailing, table tennis, canoeing and scuba diving. Carpanedo’s Fundación También teammate Irene Villa attended the final award ceremonies in support of her teammate and winter Paralympic sport in Spain.



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Carpanedo following her DNF slalom run at the 2013 World Championships in La Molina, Spain. Carpanedo was a wild card entry.
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Wednesday, Spanish LW10-2 classified sit skier Nathalie Carpanedo finished her wild card run at the IPC Alpine World Championships competing as a member of the Spanish team in the international team friendly held the day after the closing ceremonies for the World Championships. Carpanedo’s team finished tenth in a field of ten teams, which saw the Austria finish first, team 1 for the United States finish second, and Russia finish third.

Carpanedo started the day with 232.13 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing points, and finished her team race with a time of 26.46 seconds. Because teammate Úrsula Pueyo had a faster time of 20.32, Carpanedo’s time was not used in tabulating Spain’s overall ranking as only one time by a female skier was required.

Beyond Wednesday’s event, Carpanedo competed in two individual races at the Championships. Her first was the Slalom, where she earned a Did Not Finish in her first run. 36 of the 112 competitors had the same result in that race. Her other race, the Giant Slalom, saw her finish in tenth in the women’s sitting group with a combined run time of 4:41.30, 2:11.60 minutes slower than Austrian Claudia Loesch and 1:02.58 minutes slower than the ninth place finisher Gyongi Dani of Hungary. Four skiers in the women’s sitting group failed to finish their runs, and 42 of the 117 total skiers in the Giant Slalom failed to rank in the race.

Carpanedo is one of the founding member of the first women’s disability ski team in Spain. Created with the support of Teresa Silva, Fundación También insisted the team be for women to encourage their participation in disability sport. Fundación También supports a number of other sports including skiing, bicycling, sailing, table tennis, canoeing and scuba diving. Carpanedo’s Fundación También teammate Irene Villa attended the final award ceremonies in support of her teammate and winter Paralympic sport in Spain.



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February 16, 2013

2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships preparations underway

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Preparations are underway ahead of the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship, with a flag exchange taking place Tuesday, volunteer recruitment ongoing, USParalympics unveiling a new uniform for their team, skiers like the United States’s Jon Lujan actively training for the event and other skiers competing in preparation for the Championships in a World Cup event Wednesday.

Tuesday in La Molina, Spain, the president of Governmental Railways of Catalonia, Enric Ticó, and the mayor of Alp, Ramon Moliner, were gifted with flags by representatives of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Catalan Government at a ceremony in Colet Museum of Barcelona at one of the first official events ahead of the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship, which starts next week. As of Wednesday, event organisers were still seeking volunteers to assist with running the Championship. The opening ceremonies are scheduled for next Tuesday.

Entering the event, skiers had the opportunity to qualify through eight World Cup events held with only two disciplines on the program, Giant Slalom and Slalom. The first four were held in Sestriere, Italy, with the most recent four all being held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Standing female French skier Marie Bochet has won six World Cups ahead of the World Championships and is considered by event organizers as a favorite in the standing group. Russian standing skier Alexey Bugaev is also considered a favorite by organisers as he won two Slalom and one Giant Slalom World Cup competition. In the women’s sit-ski, German Anna Schaffelhuber is considered the favorite having prepared for the Championships by winning five of the eight World Cup events. On the men’s sit-ski side, Japanese Takeshi Suzuki and Swiss Christoph Kunz both earned three World Cup victories in the lead up to this competition. In the women’s visually impaired group, Slovak Henrieta Farkasova will enter the competition with five World Cup victories. On the men’s side, Spanish Jon Santacana is favored to win with three Giant Slalom and one Slalom victory during this year’s World Cup events in the lead up to the World Championships.

British Combined Services Disabled Ski Team coach Mark Scorgie has noted that this year’s European ski season has been problematic with weather interfering with most competitions. Poor weather conditions continued Wednesday Rogla IPC Alpine World Cup, with the first Giant Slalom run canceled because of high winds.

The World Championships includes over 270 skiers, guides, coaches and support personnel from 28 countries including Spain, France, Australia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Croatia, Finland, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Belgium, Norway, Russia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, Slovakia, Czech Republic, United States, Austria, New Zealand, Sweden, Hungary, and South Africa..

The Spanish team includes blind skier Jon Santacana and his guide Miguel Galindo, and blind skier Gabriel Gorce and his guide Arnau Ferrer. Both vision-impaired skiers are scheduled to compete in the Downhill, Super G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom, and Slalom competitions. Also on the Spanish team are LW2 classified standing skier Úrsula Pueyo, LW12-1 classified sit skier Óscar Espallargas, and LW10-1 classified sit skier Nathalie Carpanedo who qualified as a wildcard entry. Pueyo, Espallargas, and Carpanedo are all scheduled to compete in the Slalom and Giant Slalom competitions. Accompanying the team are to be coaches Javier Gutierrez, Jordi Carbonell, and Andres Gomez, medical staff including Pablo Marquez and Josep Barrachina, and technical staffer Josep Bort.

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The United States team consists of Seattle, Washington-based vision-impaired skier Mark Bathum and his Colorado Springs-based guide Jessica Smith; Park City, Utah-based vision-impaired skier Danelle Umstead and guide Rob Umstead; retired Army and Clarksville, Tennessee-based Heath Calhoun; Brooklyn, New York-based Ralph Green; Colorado Springs-based Allison Jones; Palmer, Alaska-based Andrew Kurka; Burlington, Vermont-based Stephen Lawler; retired Marine and Littleton, Colorado-based Jon Lujan; Farmington, New Mexico-based Alana Nichols; Wenham, Massachusetts-based Laurie Stephens; Park City, Utah-based Stephani Victor; Franconia, New Hampshire-based Tyler Walker; and retired Coast Guard and Campton, New Hampshire-based Chris Devlin-Young.



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September 5, 2012

Hungarian Richard Osvath defeats Damien Tokatlian of France for wheelchair fencing bronze

Hungarian Richard Osvath defeats Damien Tokatlian of France for wheelchair fencing bronze

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Men’s individual foil cat-A bronze medal bout and individual foil cat-B bronze medal bout
Image: Laura Hale.

French supporters cheering for Tokatlian
Image: Laura Hale.

London, England— Tuesday night at London’s ExCeL North Arena 2, Richard Osvath of Hungary defeated Damien Tokatlian of France in the men’s individual foil category A bronze medal bout in the first wheelchair fencing medal matches of the London Paralympics Games. The Hungarian won by a score of 15 to 7 in a match where both players earned yellow cards and the judges spent time consulting mid-match.

Both competitors had enthusiastic supporters in the stadium, who cheered them on and waved large flags. Tokatlian earned loud cheers from the French sections of the crowd while Hungarian fans cheered Osvath by name. After the announcement that Osvath won bronze, a number of the fans stood and cheered.

Following his medal win, the Szamarnemeti native told the media, “It’s a good beginning for my first Paralympics. When I got into the top four I was happy. The medal is a bonus.” He described how he won by saying, “I tried to stab him very quickly and I did it 15 times.”

London Paralympic fencing ends Saturday with medal bouts being held every day until then.



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Release and pardon of killer jeopardises Armenia-Azerbaijan ceasefire

Release and pardon of killer jeopardises Armenia-Azerbaijan ceasefire

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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Following Hungary‘s release and repatriation of convicted Azeri axe-murderer Ramil Safarov, who Azerbaijan subsequently pardoned, Armenia announced it is “ready for war”.

The declaration is in-response to Safarov’s pardon and promotion, despite the Azeri officer having been given a life sentence — with a minimum jail term of 30 years, by Hungarian authorities in 2006. Safarov was found guilty of the 2004 murder of Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan in Budapest, when both Safarov and Margaryan were attending a NATO Partnership for Peace programme. Safarov killed Margaryan in his sleep with an axe; the attack allegedly stemming from a desire to avenge Azeris killed during the Nagorno-Karabakh War and being mocked by Margaryan and another Armenian.

On his return home, Safarov was met with a hero’s welcome, given a pardon by president Ilham Aliyev, promoted to the rank of major, awarded eight-years of back-pay and given a house. Armenia sees these acts, when it was expected that Safarov would serve out his prison term in Azerbaijan, as highly provocative.

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian declared: “We don’t want a war, but if we have to, we will fight and win. We are not afraid of killers, even if they enjoy the protection of the head of state” .

Historically both Armenia and Azerbaijan lay claim to some of the same territories, an issue complicated by the intermingling of ethnic populations so some areas have no clearly demarcated Azeri and Armenian border; these potential sources of conflict remained quiescent whilst both nations were subsumed by greater powers. However, the collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires in the wake of the First World War led to the Armenian–Azerbaijani War. With the demise of the short-lived Armenian-Azerbaijan-Georgia Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic, fighting broke out which only ended when the two nations were annexed by the expanding Soviet Union.

With the USSR’s collapse, Armenia and Azerbaijan re-emerged as independent states — as-did old rivalries over territory. Between 1988 and 1994 over thirty thousand people died, and a million were displaced in bitter ethnic fighting between Armenians and Azeris over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh; despite an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe brokered ceasefire, no final armistice has been signed and intermittent violence between them the two states continues. Nagorno-Karabakh remains legally part of Azerbaijan, but under effective Armenian control. On multiple occasions president Ilham Aliyev has stated his willingness to resort to force in order to assert Azeri rule, with oil wealth tipping any local arms race in favour of Azerbaijan.

On Friday, The National Security Council of Armenia decided to break ties with Hungary during an emergency summit, describing the Hungarian actions as a “grave mistake”. In turn, the Azeri ambassador was summoned by Hungary on Monday regarding the breach of Azeri assurances that Safarov would serve out the remainder of his sentence in Azerbaijan.



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