Daily Archives: November 15, 2015

Από τη Λέρο πέρασαν δύο από τους τζιχαντιστές που αιματοκύλισαν το Παρίσι

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Πρώτο θέμα στα διεθνή μέσα ενημέρωσης είναι η αποκάλυψη ότι δύο από τους τζιχαντιστές που αιματοκύλισαν το Παρίσι πέρασαν από τη Λέρο. Η αποκάλυψη έγινε μετά το ερώτημα των γαλλικών αρχών προς την Ελληνική Αστυνομία, στο πλαίσιο της ταυτοποίησης των δραστών.

Ο ενας είναι ο άνδρας που συμμετείχε στην επίθεση στο Stade de France την ώρα του φιλικού αγώνα Γαλλίας-Γερμανίας στη σορό του οποίου εντοπίστηκε ένα συριακό διαβατήριο.

Σύμφωνα με επίσημη ανακοίνωση του υπουργού Προστασίας του Πολίτη, Νίκου Τόσκα ο κάτοχος του διαβατηρίου αυτού είχε πέρασει από τη Λέρο στις 3 Οκτωβρίου «όπου και ταυτοποιήθηκε με βάση τους κανόνες της ΕΕ, όπως αυτοί αποφασίστηκαν στη Σύνοδο Κορυφής για το προσφυγικό ζήτημα».

Ο κ. Τόσκας στην ανακοίνωσή του σημειώνει ότι «δεν γνωρίζουμε εάν το διαβατήριο ελέγχθηκε από άλλες χώρες από τις οποίες είναι πιθανό να πέρασε ο κάτοχος».

Σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες οι γαλλικές αρχές είχαν απευθύνει νωρίτερα ερώτημα στις ελληνικές αρχές για δύο άτομα που εμπλέκονται – άγνωστο πώς – στις τρομοκρατικές επιθέσεις στη γαλλική πρωτεύουσα.

Η ανακοίνωση του υπουργείου έχει ως εξής:

“Σχετικά με την υπόθεση του Συριακού διαβατηρίου που βρέθηκε στον τόπο του τρομοκρατικού χτυπήματος.

Ανακοινώνουμε ότι ο κάτοχος του διαβατηρίου, είχε περάσει από την Λέρο στις 3/10/2015 όπου και ταυτοποιήθηκε με βάση τους κανόνες της ΕΕ, όπως αυτοί αποφασίστηκαν στη Σύνοδο Κορυφής για το προσφυγικό ζήτημα.

Δεν γνωρίζουμε εάν το διαβατήριο ελέγχθηκε από άλλες χώρες από τις οποίες είναι πιθανό να πέρασε ο κάτοχος.

Θα συνεχίσουμε την επίπονη και επίμονη προσπάθεια κάτω από αντίξοες συνθήκες να εξασφαλίζουμε την ασφάλεια της χώρας μας και της Ευρώπης, επιμένοντας στην πλήρη ταυτοποίηση των διερχόμενων μέσω του προσφυγικού ρεύματος”.

Λίγη ώρα αργότερα ανακοινώθηκε ότι και δεύτερος ύποπτος για τον οποίο είχαν απευθύνει ερώτημα οι γαλλικές αρχές είχε περάσει από τη Λέρο.

Πηγή:madata.gr

Paris assailant ‘entered Greece as a refugee’

 

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Greek police say at least one man with a possible connection to the Paris attacks had registered as a refugee with Greek authorities earlier this year.

French authorities had asked their Greek counterparts to check the fingerprints of one man who died in the attacks, with a Syrian passport found next to him, in addition to the fingerprints of another man.

There were efforts to establish whether both had registered in Greece, the main entry point into Europe for Syrian refugees.

The Greek minister for citizen protection, Nikos Toskas, said one of the men had been registered on the Greek island of Leros in October.

‘We confirm that the (Syrian) passport holder came through the Greek island of Leros on October 3 where he was registered under EU rules,’ he said a statement on Saturday.

French police said the passport was found ‘near the body of one of the attackers’ during the investigation into the main site of Friday’s carnage, at the Bataclan concert hall where 89 people were killed.

The authenticity of the passport was being checked, but its discovery indicates a possible Syrian connection in Friday night’s violence, which also saw three suicide blasts outside the Stade de France and gun attacks on restaurants and cafes in Paris.

Greek police are not ruling out that the Syrian passport changed hands before the attacks.However, a source close to the investigation has told CNN that an Egyptian passport was found on another attacker.

‘There is strong assumption that these passports are fake,’ the source said.Separately, a Greek police source said they had not yet matched the second person to refugee application records.

This contradicted earlier information from a Greek police source who said the second man had also registered in Greece, with TV station Mega adding this was also on Leros in August.European security officials have long feared that jihadists could take advantage of the mass migration influx, mainly from war-torn Syria, that Europe has been experiencing since the beginning of the year.

‘It is clear now that together with the victims of Islamo-fascism in the Middle East that come as refugees, extreme elements are crossing to Europe,’ Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said after an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Greece’s junior minister for migration Yiannis Mouzalas admitted in September that it would be ‘foolish’ to completely discount the possibility of jihadists sneaking into Europe among the refugee wave.

Tsipras on Saturday insisted that the refugees fleeing Syria ‘are hunted by the same terrorists’ that struck in Paris on Friday.’We must find solutions to the drama of the people who leave their homes, hunted by the same terrorists, and drown in the Mediterranean,’ Tsipras said in a televised address.

source:skynews.com.au

Disturbing details of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson murder

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Disturbing new details have emerged in the investigation into the murders of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and her daughter Khandalyce.

source:au.news.yahoo.com

 

‘Three teams’ carried out Paris attacks

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French police have identified three teams of gunmen wearing suicide vests who killed at least 129 people during an onslaught in Paris.

A 29-year-old Frenchman was the first to be confirmed among the seven attackers, all of whom died in the assault, while two other men who registered as refugees in Greece have been linked to the atrocities.

The Greek line of inquiry, and the discovery of at least one Syrian passport at the scene, has raised suspicions some of the attackers or accomplices might have entered Europe as part of an influx of people fleeing Syria’s civil war.

“A Syrian passport in the name of a person born in Syria in September 1990 was found near a suicide bomber who blew himself up at the Stade de France (stadium),” prosecutor Francois Molins told a press conference on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attacks that left a trail of destruction at a sold-out concert hall, at restaurants and bars, and outside France’s national stadium.A total of 129 people were killed and 352 wounded, of whom 99 were said to be in critical condition.

The toll does not include the seven attackers.President Francois Hollande called the co-ordinated assault on Friday night an “act of war” as the Paris capital’s normally bustling streets fell eerily quiet.A national emergency and three days of mourning have been declared.

Paris City Hall ordered all city facilities closed, while the Eiffel Tower shut indefinitely.Amid the fear there was also defiance, as hundreds gathered spontaneously at blood donation centres and flocked to place candles and flowers at the sites where people had died only hours earlier.

The remains of the 29-year-old French gunman were found near the Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris, the bloodiest of the attacks.A total of 89 people were killed there by armed men who burst in shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is great) before gunning down concert-goers and executing hostages.

The jihadists were heard raging at the French president and his decision in September to begin air strikes on Islamic State in Syria.The investigation quickly spread beyond France on Saturday as Belgian police arrested several suspects in Brussels, including one who was in Paris at the time of the carnage.

Michel told Belgian television that the arrests were linked to “suspect vehicles” identified during the investigation by French police.French authorities also asked their Greek counterparts for information on the passport found at the scene of the Stade de France attack.

“We confirm that the (Syrian) passport holder came through the Greek island of Leros on October 3 where he was registered under EU rules,” said a statement issued by Greek minister for citizen protection, Nikos Toskas.

Another foreigner sought in connection with the attacks was also found to have registered in Greece, police sources confirmed.Greece is the main entry point in Europe for hundreds of thousands of Syrians refugees and European security forces have long feared that IS militants could hide among them.

In Germany, the authorities said they were looking into a possible link between the attacks and the arrest in Bavaria last week of a man with a car-load of weapons and explosives.

The Paris attacks were “prepared, organised and planned overseas, with help from inside (France)”, Hollande said.

source:skynews.com.au

Από Λέρο πέρασε ο κάτοχος του διαβατηρίου που βρέθηκε στο Stade de France

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Ο κάτοχος του διαβατηρίου καταγράφηκε στις 3 Οκτωβρίου (Φωτογραφία: Reuters

Ο κάτοχος του συριακού διαβατηρίου, που βρέθηκε κοντά στη σορό ενός από τους καμικάζι έξω από το Stade de France, πέρασε από τη Λέρο στις 3 Οκτωβρίου, σύμφωνα με ανακοίνωση του αναπληρωτή υπουργού Προστασίας του Πολίτη Νίκου Τόσκα, το απόγευμα του Σαββάτου.

Σύμφωνα με τον κ. Τόσκα, ο κάτοχος του διαβατηρίου «ταυτοποιήθηκε με βάση τους κανόνες της ΕΕ, όπως αυτοί αποφασίστηκαν στη Σύνοδο Κορυφής για το προσφυγικό ζήτημα».

«Δεν γνωρίζουμε εάν το διαβατήριο ελέγχθηκε από άλλες χώρες, από τις οποίες είναι πιθανό να πέρασε ο κάτοχος» συμπληρώνεται στην ανακοίνωση.

«Θα συνεχίσουμε την επίπονη και επίμονη προσπάθεια κάτω από αντίξοες συνθήκες να εξασφαλίζουμε την ασφάλεια της χώρας μας και της Ευρώπης, επιμένοντας στην πλήρη ταυτοποίηση των διερχόμενων μέσω του προσφυγικού ρεύματος» καταλήγει η ανακοίνωση.

Πηγή:in.gr

Greece loses to Luxembourg on Skibbe’s debut

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One hour’s decent play was not enough for Greece to score or get a result at Luxembourg, going down to the minnows of central Europe with a 1-0 score in the friendly that marked the beginning of Michael Skibbe’s time on the Greek bench on Friday night.

Greece had two men up front in the first half (4-4-2), with both Costas Mitrogou and Nikos Karelis missing several chances to open the score. Mitroglou actually struck the woodwork after just two minutes played and Karelis saw his best effort go just wide.

In the second half Skibbe reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation with Mitroglou alone up front and replaced Dimitris Pelkas with Alexandros Tziolis, making the Greek midfield considerably slower.

After the hour mark the performance of the Greeks began to flag and the hosts, who had also missed a couple of good chances in the first half started asking questions at Greece keeper Stefanos Kapino before eventually scoring right at the end.

Olympiakos defender Dimitris Siovas had a clash with Kapino that forced him to get substituted, and Luxembourg took advantage of his absence from the 78th minute to score with Burton Albion’s Aurelien Joachim on the first minute of time added on.

No doubt Skibbe has got plenty of work to do, ahead of the World Cup qualifiers that start next year. On Tuesday Greece travels to Turkey for another friendly.

Paris attacks: More than 120 killed in concert hall siege, bombings and shootings; suspected terrorists dead

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More than 120 people have been killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris, including a massacre at a rock concert.

Key points:
•Multiple attacks across Paris kill at least 120 people, officials say
•Eight militants killed, including four at Bataclan
•More than 200 people injured, including one Australian

The Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris was playing host to sold out crowds who had turned out to see US rock band Eagles of Death Metal on Friday night (local time).

Gunmen and bombers also attacked busy restaurants and bars, and explosions were heard near a stadium in what a shaken French president Francois Hollande described as an unprecedented terrorist attack.

More than 350 people were injured in the attacks, about 100 of those seriously.

One Australian, Emma Grace Parkinson, 19, from Hobart, was believed to have been shot and was taken to hospital for treatment.

A witness inside the concert hall said black-clothed gunmen stormed the building and calmly fired AK-47s into the crowd.

Another witness said they heard one of the attackers shout in Arabic “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest), while another person said they heard a gunman blame France’s intervention in the Syrian civil war as the reason for the attack.

Several explosions were heard after a police assault of the venue got underway, with reports later emerging that four gunmen, each wearing explosive belts, died.

Three of the attackers blew themselves up while a fourth was hit by police fire and “blew up as he fell”, a source told AFP.

Eight militants in total were killed around Paris, including seven by their suicide belts, an AFP source said.

Earlier, 18 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on Friday night diners sitting at outdoor terraces in the popular Charonne area, not far from the Bataclan concert hall.

And in the north of the city, several people were killed in three explosions near the Stade de France where France were playing Germany in an international football match, security sources said.

President Hollande was attending the match and had to be hastily evacuated.

A witness said one of the detonations blew people into the air outside a McDonald’s restaurant opposite the stadium.

The match continued until the end, but panic broke out in the crowd as rumours of the attack spread, and spectators were held in the stadium and assembled spontaneously on the pitch.

A French radio reporter who was inside the Bataclan concert hall gave a harrowing account of the “10 horrific minutes” when gunmen entered and fired calmly and randomly at hundreds of screaming concertgoers.

“It was a bloodbath,” Julien Pearce, a reporter for France’s Europe 1 radio station, told CNN.

“People yelled, screamed and everybody [was] lying on the floor, and it lasted for 10 minutes, 10 minutes, 10 horrific minutes where everybody was on the floor covering their heads.

“We heard so many gunshots and the terrorists were very calm, very determined and they reloaded three or four times their weapons and they didn’t shout anything. They didn’t say anything.”

Pierce recounted seeing 20 to 25 bodies on the floor and others very badly injured.

Toon, a 22 year-old messenger who lives near the Bataclan, was going into the concert hall with two friends at 10:30pm when he saw three young men dressed in black and armed with machine guns. He stayed outside.

One of the gunmen began firing into the crowd.

“People were falling like dominoes,” he said.

Mr Hollande has declared a state of emergency for all of France and has reimposed border controls, which will restrict freedom of movement as people attempt to enter from other EU countries.

Several Metro lines in Paris have been closed and an additional 1,500 soldiers mobilised around the city.

Survivors from the concert hall massacre were bussed away from the scene, with those uninjured taken to police stations to be interviewed.

source:abc.net.au

Newcastle Jets held to 1-1 after late Central Coast Mariners goal

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ANOTHER F3 derby, another gut-wrenching result for the Newcastle Jets.

This time a 10-man Mariners came back from the dead to snatch a 1-all draw at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.

Milos Trifunovic looked like he had sealed the Jets’ first win over their arch rivals since October 2012 when he glanced a header into the right corner with seven minutes remaining.

But the Mariners, who were gallant throughout, found a way back.

Unheralded midfielder Matt Sim was the hero, hitting a low angled shot into the right corner in injury time after the Jets had failed to clear a freekick.

The point was no less than the visitors deserved.

They played the final 65 minutes a man down after defender Jake McGing was given a straight red for a crude challenge on Jets midfielder Leonardo.

The Brazilian was stretchered off and without him the home side struggled to unlock a resolute Mariners defence.

The Jets dominated possession but the Mariners had the better of the chances.

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Mariners coach Tony Walmsley stayed true to his promise to attack and deployed a front four.

The tactic should have reaped a goal inside two minutes after the Jets failed to clear a ball in the box.

It fell for Daniel Heffernan on the edge of the six yard box, but with Mark Birighitti stranded the striker almost had an air swing and the volley screwed wide.

The opening 25 minutes wasn’t typical of a derby.

It was open, end to end and littered with chances, most created by the visitors.

At the other end Trifunovic thought he had earned a penalty in the 14th minute when one-on-one with Paul Izzo. The runaway striker knocked the ball past the keeper and as he set off in pursuit the pair collided.

Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones waved play on.

Six minutes later, the Mariners thought they had won a penalty when Mateo Poljak brought Mitch Austin down, however this Griffiths-Jones ruled that the foul was outside the box.

Both calls were contentious.

There was no doubt about the red card handed to Jake McGing in the 25th minute for a late studs-up challenge on Leonardo.

The Brazilian immediately clutched at his ankle, before being carried off on a stretcher and taken straight up the tunnel to the dressing rooms.

The injury forced a reshuffle with Radovan Pavicevic introduced on the right wing and David Carney shifted into the No.10 role.

The Jets finished the half the stronger but lacked a killer blow.

Trifunovic scooped a shot wide and Cameron Watson blazed over the bar from 15 metres.

Walsmsley made an adjustment at half-time but didn’t take his foot off the accelerator, bringing on winger Josh Bingham for Heffernan.

Despite dominating possession, break down a resolute Mariners defence.

It was almost as though the harder the Jets tried the worse they went.

Then with time nearly up, the Jets won a corner. David Carney delivered to the near post and Trifunovic glanced a header into the far corner to take his tally to four in six games.

source:theherald.com.au

Melbourne Victory steam roll Sydney FC 4-2

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Besart Berisha of the Victory scores a goal during the round six A-League match between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 14: Besart Berisha of the Victory scores a goal during the round six A-League match between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Kevin Muscat believes the club’s culture was the reason an under-manned Melbourne Victory came away with a superb away win over Sydney FC on Saturday night.

Despite having as many as six players unavailable through suspension or on international duty, Victory surged to a gripping 4-2 win at Allianz Stadium.

Coming from behind on two occasions, last season’s champions showed all their class and fighting qualities to continue their recent dominance over the Sky Blues.

Berisha fires brace as Victory stun Sky Blues

“We didn’t come here to make a statement, we came here to perform and on the night I thought we were exceptional,” a delighted Muscat said.

“There was a lot of talk during the week, fortunately enough for us we’ve built a culture where we leave our talking for the park.

“It was an exceptional night for us tonight, a great win. I think that’s seven games now they haven’t beaten us.

“Three of the goals we scored were outstanding goals,” the Victory boss added.

Victory’s goals came via a brace to marquee striker Besart Berisha, with Gui Finkler and substitute Kosta Barbarouses also pitching in either side of the break.

Always one to deliver on the big occasion, Berisha is enjoying a brilliant run of form at the moment and has found the net 13 times in his last 14 games in all competitions.

“No one gets a minutes peace when he’s around,” Muscat said of the Albanian attacker.
“You give him those opportunities and he took his two goals ever so well tonight. But it’s more than that from him, he brings so much more to the team.

“It’s everyone else behind him backing him up too. When he decides to press or when he’s making runs, we feed him and he’s an unbelievable focal point.

“He’s enjoying an unbelievable period at the moment.”

Ominously for opposition sides, Muscat believes Victory are only just “scratching the surface” into how good they can be.
Central Coast Mariners are the next side to try and stop the Big V, heading to AAMI Park on Thursday night.

source:a-league.com.au

Rampaging Sydney Wanderers put three past Melbourne City

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13:  Mitch Nichols of the Wanderers celebrates a goal with Frederico Piovaccari (L) during the round six A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park on November 13, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 13: Mitch Nichols of the Wanderers celebrates a goal with Frederico Piovaccari (L) during the round six A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park on November 13, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

With three straight wins and five of the next seven games at home, the only way is up for Western Sydney Wanderers, according to coach Tony Popovic.

The Wanderers again head home with three points after cruising past Melbourne City 3-0 on Friday – less than a week after they won away to Newcastle Jets – and Popovic’s men have surged into third in the A-League with a trio of victories.

It is a far cry from the start of the season, where they failed to win in their opening three matches and Popovic reckons there is more improvement to come.
Resurgent Wanderers thrash City in Melbourne

“Three [wins] on the spin, regardless of when you do it, how you do it, is always a very good achievement,” he said at his post-match media conference.
“So we have to acknowledge that it’s two consecutive away wins too, it’s not easy to do and I envisage us getting better and hopefully improved performances can maintain the results.”

Popovic described the win at AAMI Park as his side’s most complete performance of the fledgling campaign.

“I think our intent was very good from the outset,” the coach said.

“We were very positive, we controlled the game and then we got our rewards for that in the second half… so that was pleasing to see that we could put away those chances.”

Mitch Nichols opened the scoring for the Wanderers just after half-time, while marquee striker Federico Piovaccari ended a five-game goalless run with a controversial second on the hour mark before Mark Bridge completed the win in the closing stages.

Popovic insisted he never lost faith in Piovaccari, despite the Italian’s stuttering start in Australia.
“‘Pio’ is like our club, our team. We’ve got faith in him as we had [in the entire club] after three games when we didn’t win,” Popovic said.

“We know what direction we’re heading. We didn’t get too despondent after the first three games. We won’t get carried away now either.”

Nichols – another one of Popovic’s signings since last season – has started far better, with the attacking midfielder notching his third goal in six matches on Friday.

But in a warning to the Wanderers’ A-League rivals, Popovic also expects improvement from the former Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar man.

“I think he’s just touched the surface,” Popovic said.

“You know, he’s maturing more now as a player, he’s 26 years of age. He’s starting to understand the game a lot better, read the game better and I think there’s a lot more to come from him.”

source:a-league.com.au