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.


Floods close airport in Indian tourist hotspot of Kerala

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Floods close airport in Indian tourist hotspot of Kerala

KOCHI: Flights in and out of the Indian tourist hotspot of Kerala were canceled for three days Wednesday as severe monsoon flooding ravaged the region.
At least 39 people have been killed in the past three weeks and more than 50,000 displaced in an area famed for its palm-lined beaches and tea plantations.
Authorities have opened the gates of 34 reservoirs as water reached dangerous levels.
Hundreds of villages have been flooded and the military has been called in to help with rescues.
More than 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) of roads and hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged across the state, officials said.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office announced on Twitter that Kochi International Airport — the main gateway to the region — would be closed until Saturday “due to heavy rains and resultant flooding.”
A Kerala State Disaster Management Authority official said that the death toll was expected to rise.
A heavy rainfall “red-alert” has been issued across much of the state, which is home to around 33 million people, the official added.
“Our state is in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc,” Vijayan said earlier this week. “The calamity has caused immeasurable misery and devastation.”
The US embassy last week advised Americans to avoid Kerala, which drew more than one million foreign tourists last year, according to official data.