Latest figures suggest 7000 migrants are at the squalid “Jungle” camp seeking to get to the UK.
On Friday hundreds of Afghan and Sudanese men wielding guns and knives fought bloody battles over smuggling routes. A French police source said: “Hundreds of men were involved in the trouble and many ended up with stab wounds.
“One person was shot and fires broke out. Around 40 men were badly hurt and a police officer was also injured.”
Ukip MEP Mike Hookem said: “Now the weather is getting better it is a prime time for migrants. The incentives for getting to Britain are still there. Until we take control of our borders we will continually face this. Voting for Brexit sends the message the UK is not part of the freedom of movement narrative.”
A wealthy National Party donor described one of China’s most wanted fugitives as his “best friend” and deals where millions of dollars’ worth of shares in Kim Dotcom’s Mega changed hands are being investigated by police, court documents reveal.
The documents from the High Court case place the two millionaires at the centre of a large-scale police inquiry into money-laundering, where police have frozen more than $40 million of assets which allegedly belong to Mr Yan.
He is defending the civil case and denied any wrongdoing in any jurisdiction.
There is no suggestion of criminal activity by Zhao Wu Shen but his business and personal links to Mr Yan are awkward for the Government as it seeks to strengthen ties with China.
Mr Shen and his wife Suzhen Zhou donated than $370,000 to National in recentyears and he was the biggest shareholder in Mega until selling his stake last year and resigning from the board of the online encryption service founded by Dotcom.
South Africa’s parliament has approved a bill allowing state expropriations of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership, an emotive issue two decades after the end of apartheid.
Most of South Africa’s land remains in white hands and many commercial and small-scale farmers are currently facing tough times because of the worst drought in at least a century.
The bill, in the works since 2008, will enable the state to pay for land at a value determined by a government adjudicator and then expropriate it for the “public interest”, ending the willing-buyer, willing-seller approach to land reform.
A top EU official on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) called possible victories for Donald Trump and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson part of a “horror scenario” for the world, along with far-right leader Marine Le Pen potentially becoming French president.
The tweet by Brussels’ most powerful civil servant came shortly after the EU’s chief executive accused former London mayor Johnson of distorting the truth in trying to persuade Britons to leave the European Union. Both interventions broke with the reserve EU leaders have been showing in fear of fuelling euroscepticism before the June 23 referendum.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker noted during a news conference at the Group of Seven summit in Japan that Johnson once lived in the EU capital.
The Nelson Multicultural Council could fold within eight months if it doesn’t get more funding, its new chairwoman has told the Nelson City Council.
Dr Barbara Bedeschi addressed the council’s community services committee during Thursday’s public forum and said cuts meant that it could only afford to pay for 25 hours a week, down from 70 hours.
It had lost its field worker and the anti-racism programme Speak Out Nelson was on hold, as was the Nelson Newcomers Network. It had also been forced to close its welcoming storefront office on Bridge St and now operated from a second-floor office with room for two desks.
” President Barack Obama and the United States favor illegal migration in Europe because they want to fill it up with Muslims, the chief of staff of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday.
Janos Lazar also described Hungarian-born American financier George Soros as a standard-bearer for Obama’s immigration policies for Europe and said “certain American groups” want Europe to be “diluted … so Europe and America can cooperate without restraint.”
·Head of religion and ethics found BBC’s religious output disproportionate
·Plenty of shows celebrating Christianity but too few for other faiths
·New Muslim, Hindu, Sikh content may mean axe falls on long term shows
The BBC has accused itself of being too Christian in its output - and is considering scrapping some of its long-running programmes in favour of shows for Muslim, Hindu and Sikh audiences.
Aaqil Ahmed, the broadcaster’s head of religion and ethics, compiled a report following consultation with non-Christians who expressed their belief that the BBC is disproportionate in its religious content.
The feeling is that while there are plenty of shows that celebrate Christianity, there are too few for other faiths.
BBC director general Lord Hall has been handed the dossier and is believed to be giving thorough consideration to its suggestions.
It comes after last week’s white paper on the BBC ordered the broadcaster to offer more for ethnic minorities.
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