Abhinandan: Villagers recount dramatic capture of pilot

Image copyright AFP Image caption Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Dramatic new details have emerged about the capture of Indian air force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman by Pakistani forces.
People in Horran village threw stones at the pilot, who fired several warning shots, eyewitnesses told the BBC.
The jet was shot down in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Wednesday after a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani warplanes.
Pakistan now says it will release the pilot on Friday.
Prime Minister Imran Khan revealed the decision in parliament after a speech in which he said Pakistan was focused on de-escalation.
India struck militant camps in Pakistan on Tuesday after an attack on its security forces earlier this month. Pakistan said it had no choice but to retaliate with air strikes on Wednesday.
Horran's village chief recounted Wednesday's dramatic capture in an interview with the BBC.
„My objective was to capture the pilot alive. I had seen the Indian flag on his parachute an..

Trump ‘impressed’ by one thing Cohen said

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump criticises former lawyer Michael Cohen's testimony US President Donald Trump has rubbished his former attorney Michael Cohen's damning testimony to Congress, but said he was impressed by one part of it.
„He didn't lie about one thing, he said 'no collusion,'” Mr Trump said.
The US president criticised the timing of Wednesday's „fake hearing” on Capitol Hill.
Cohen said he had no evidence that Mr Trump colluded with an alleged Russian plot to influence the 2016 election, though he had his suspicions.
Takeaways from Cohen testimony Cohen's opening statement in full Reaction to the hearing Possible collusion is being investigated by a justice department inquiry that is in its closing stages and has dogged the president during his two years in office.
Mr Trump has repeatedly denied the allegation, as has Moscow.
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFive things Cohen s..

SNC-Lavalin: Trudeau denies wrongdoing in corruption case

Image copyright AFP Image caption Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under pressure for his handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied wrongdoing after he tried to shield one of the country's biggest firms from a corruption trial.
Mr Trudeau said any lobbying by him or his inner circle for engineering giant SNC-Lavalin was done to protect jobs.
In explosive testimony, ex-Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said she faced „sustained” pressure to abandon prosecution of the Quebec-based firm.
Opposition Conservatives are calling on Mr Trudeau to resign.
They are also demanding a public inquiry following Ms Wilson-Raybould's testimony on Wednesday before the Commons justice committee in Ottawa.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday morning, Mr Trudeau said he disagreed with her „characterisation” of events and maintained his staff followed the rules.
Speaking to journalists in Montreal on Thursday, the prime minster said he had fu..

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel PM faces corruption charges

Image copyright AFP Image caption Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is the victim of a left-wing „witch-hunt” Israel's attorney general intends to indict PM Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges, Israeli media say.
Avichai Mandelblit is reported to have informed Mr Netanyahu's lawyers that he will face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three cases, pending a final hearing.
The prime minister is alleged to have accepted gifts from wealthy businessmen and dispensed favours to try to get more favourable press coverage.
Mr Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing.
He has said he is the victim of a left-wing „witch-hunt” intended to topple him ahead of a general election on 9 April.
Netanyahu and the allegations of corruption Israel's dilemma over 'magician' Netanyahu's future Netanyahu: The commando turned PM The prime minister will have an opportunity to make his case against the indictments at the final hearing, which is likely to ..

Saudi Arabia sisters face Hong Kong deportation deadline

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The sisters, 18 and 20, say they fear being returned home Two young women from Saudi Arabia are appealing for help after revealing they have spent six months in legal limbo in Hong Kong after fleeing their family.
Rawan and Reem (not their real names) say they escaped while on a family holiday in Sri Lanka in September.
They had been trying to get to Australia, but say they were intercepted in Hong Kong.
The case comes just weeks after another fleeing teenager was given asylum in Canada.
Rawan and Reem claim Saudi officials attempted to seize their travel documents in Hong Kong's airport.
They say they then resisted boarding a flight to Dubai, only to find flights to Melbourne they had booked had been cancelled.
Their lawyer, Michael Vidler, says they have held the status of „tolerated overstayers” in Hong Kong since and were informed in November that their Saudi passports had been invalidated.
Under Saudi law, women have to get a male..

90210 actor Luke Perry suffers stroke

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Luke Perry is currently starring as Fred Andrews in Riverdale The actor Luke Perry is in hospital after suffering a stroke on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Perry, 52, rose to fame on Beverly Hills, 90210 and is currently starring as Fred Andrews in Netflix show Riverdale.
American media are reporting that paramedics were called to his home in Sherman Oaks before he was taken to hospital.
He had been in LA shooting scenes for Riverdale at the Warner Bros film lot.
A representative for Perry told the BBC that he is „is currently under observation at the hospital” with no further details about his condition made available.
On the same day it was announced that Beverly Hills, 90210 was being rebooted – Perry played Dylan McKay on the drama in the 1990s.
He wasn't confirmed for the new series, but his former co-stars Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling and Ian Ziering have all signed on to the show.
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Floods and mudslides turn California wine towns to ‘islands’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Guerneville residents are forced to travel by canoe through their neighbourhood Two towns in northern California's wine-making region have been turned into virtual islands by record-breaking floodwaters, say authorities.
Sonoma County authorities, about 70 miles (110km) north of San Francisco, said about 3,600 people were evacuated after the Russian River flooded.
Torrential rain and snowfall has triggered the worst deluge in over 20 years, emergency officials say.
The towns of Monte Rio and Guerneville are currently only accessible by boat.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Flooding also submerged the shopping district of the nearby town of Sebastopol „You cannot get into or out of town,” Sonoma County officials said on Wednesday night in a mandatory evacuation order. „Guerneville is officially an island.”
Around 2,000 homes and businesses are currently underwater, Ms Khan said, adding that only around half of the 4,500 reside..

André Previn dies at the age of 89

The conductor and composer Andre Previn has died at the age of 89.
His manager told the BBC he died at his home in New York on Thursday morning.
Previn is best known for ditching a lucrative career in Hollywood to pursue his love of classical music as a jazz pianist.
During his lifetime he won four Oscars but many will remember him attempting to perform Grieg's piano concerto with Morecambe and Wise.
He was the jazz virtuoso and legendary conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra who married a string of beautiful and talented women.
Absurdly talented, he was the one of the most talented all-round musicians of the twentieth century; a household name rarely off our television sets.
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Atlanta United’s Darren Eales on Buying High, Selling Higher and Staying on Top

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Atlanta United’s Darren Eales on Buying High, Selling Higher and Staying on TopImageAtlanta United president Darren Eales built a winner. Now he needs to build another one.CreditCreditKevin D. Liles for The New York TimesBy Ken Belson
Feb. 28, 2019ATLANTA — Most teams that win championships enjoy a honeymoon. There are parades and victory laps and time to prepare for a title defense.
Not so with Atlanta United, which won its first M.L.S. Cup on Dec. 8 and, because of Major League Soccer roster rules, had to spend the next day releasing some of the players who led it to the title. In fact, from almost the moment the final whistle blew in Atlanta United’s 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers, the club president, Darren Eales, has had to grapple with a host of changes, including finding a new coach, selling one of his team’s best players and juggling the remaking of a star-studded roster.
At times, the off-season has seemed comically short. Atlanta United reconvened as a tea..