Jewels worth millions stolen in Paris Ritz armed robbery

Police stand at the back entrance of the Ritz luxury hotel in Paris on Jan. 10, 2018, after an armed robbery. (AFP)
Updated 11 January 2018
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Jewels worth millions stolen in Paris Ritz armed robbery

PARIS: Armed robbers made off with millions of euros worth of jewelry after smashing the windows of the world-famous Ritz hotel in Paris on Wednesday, police said, adding that three suspects had been detained.
Two suspected thieves were still on the run, according to a police source, adding that the value of the items taken was “several million euros.”
The five men armed with hatchets arrived at the hotel in Paris’ luxurious Place Vendome around 6:30 p.m. before smashing the windows on the ground floor and making off with the jewels.
“World-famous jewellers display their jewelry at the Ritz,” a police source said.

Three of the gang were detained while fleeing the scene and an AFP journalist said some roads around the hotel were sealed off by security forces following the incident.


UN team to investigate ‘horrific’ massacre in central Mali

Updated 26 March 2019
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UN team to investigate ‘horrific’ massacre in central Mali

  • UN human rights office spokeswoman says the massacre in Ogossagou, in Mali’s Mopti region, mostly targeted people from the ethnic Fulani, or Peuhl, community

GENEVA: The United Nations is deploying crime-scene investigators, human rights officers and a child protection expert to central Mali to investigate intercommunal violence over the weekend that killed more than 150 people, one-third of them children.
Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani of the UN human rights office says the massacre in Ogossagou, in Mali’s Mopti region, mostly targeted people from the ethnic Fulani, or Peuhl, community.
She said Tuesday the “horrific attacks” signal a “spike in killings” in a cycle of violence in the region that has caused 600 deaths and displaced thousands since last March.
Shamdasani said the attacks appeared to be motivated by an effort to eliminate violent Islamic extremist groups active in Mali, but that “millions of people are being painted as violent extremists simply because they are Muslim.”