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Hollande: 'Difficult for the current head of CAR to stay'

France's President Francois Hollande said it would be difficult for the current head of Central African Republic to stay in place because he let the crisis unfold.

French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee summit for peace and safety in Africa at the Elysee presidential palace, in Paris. Credit: Lemouton Stephane/ABACA/Press Association Images

"I don't want to point fingers but we cannot keep in place a president who was not able to do anything, or even worse, who let things happen," Mr Hollande said in an interview broadcast on the France 24 TV channel.

He said elections should be held before 2015 when the mandate of the interim president, Michel Djotodia, ends.

"The idea is to head as fast as possible towards elections," France's President Francois Hollande said.

Hollande: 'Difficult for the current head of CAR to stay'

'White Widow' Lewthwaite's desire for family life

Fugitive British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite - the widow of one of the July 7 bombers - was making plans to open a juice and frozen yoghurt bar as she allegedly plotted to kill British tourists in Kenya, according to the Sunday Times (£).

An international hunt for British terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite is underway.

Business proposals by the 29-year-old Muslim convert, dubbed the 'White Widow', has been seen by the newspaper.

In handwritten notes, she reportedly compiled a list of necessities for the juice bar, including a fridge and freezer, two blenders, flyers and cocktail umbrellas.

Police found the writings at a villa in Mombasa, on the Kenyan coast, where Lewthwaite stayed before going on the run almost two years ago.

Read: 'Ode to Osama' found on White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite's computer

Read: Who is Samantha Lewthwaite? The woman dubbed the 'White Widow'

Italy: Somali trafficker arrested for rape and extortion

Italy has arrested a Somali man for extortion, rape and kidnapping against Eritrean migrants. The case is based on testimony from the survivors of a shipwreck that killed more than 360 migrants off the coast of Sicily in October.

Elmi Mouhamud Muhidin, 24, was arrested in Lampedusa. Credit: Reuters

Elmi Mouhamud Muhidin, 24, was one of the leaders of an armed gang involved in trafficking African migrants into Europe.

Read: Migrant boat sinks near Lampedusa

Witnesses described being kidnapped in Sahara desert between Sudan and Libya, tortured and forced to pay about £2,000 each for their freedom. According to migrants' testimony seen by Reuters, the women in the group were repeatedly raped.

If convicted, Muhidin faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.


Tory councillor attacks 'silly old fart' Attenborough

A Conservative councillor has caused outrage on Twitter after he said he wished "silly old fart" Sir David Attenborough would "take a one-way trip to Switzerland".

He posted the comments after the naturalist said sending food aid to countries enduring famine was "barmy":


I do wish this silly old fart would take a one-way trip to Switzerland. Practice what you preach.

Cllr Phil Taylor, who represents a ward in Ealing in west London later blogged that it was "an off the cuff, ironic comment" and "if David Attenborough is unhappy I am sorry."

He added that he was "frustrated" that the broadcaster used his 'national treasure' status to promote controversial views over population control.

Oxfam: David Attenborough 'wrong' on aid comments

Sir David Attenborough is "wrong" for his comments on aid where he said it was "barmy" attempting to solve famine in Africa by sending bags of flour, Oxfam said.

Read: Attenborough - Food aid to African famine is 'barmy'

Sir David Attenborough dismissed sending food aid to countries enduring famine as "barmy". Credit: PA

Hannah Stoddart, Oxfam senior policy adviser, said: “We can’t look the other way while men, women and children starve in a famine; it is our moral duty to help.

“David Attenborough is wrong – there is plenty of food in the world to feed everyone if we share what we have more fairly. Also, we could easily boost production by reversing decades of under-investment in poor countries' agriculture.

"Of course we need to act to reduce climate change and protect scarce natural resources but that does not mean turning our backs on people in dire situations who need our help."

Attenborough: Food aid to African famine is 'barmy'

David Attenborough's new series Rise Of Animals: Triumph Of The Vertebrates will begin on Friday. Credit: PA

Sir David Attenborough has dismissed sending food aid to countries enduring famine as "barmy" as he urged for more debate about population control.

The natural history broadcaster warned that the world is "heading for disaster" and without action the "natural world will do something", he told The Daily Telegraph.

He added that the natural world has been doing it "for a long time" and more discussion is needed.

"What are all these famines in Ethiopia, what are they about?" he said.

"They're about too many people for too little land. That's what it's about. And we are blinding ourselves.

"We say, get the United Nations to send them bags of flour. That's barmy."

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