Hostages held in Mali siege


A siege is under way at a hotel in Mali, where some 170 people are understood to be held hostage by an unknown number of gunmen.



As the Syrian refugee crisis, complicated by the context of the Paris attacks, continues to polarize citizens and politicians alike – on both sides of the Atlantic – Andrew Neil struck some chords in the UK last night…

But Pete Sinclair wasn’t alone in pointing out the possible provenance…

SNP MP Mhairi Black has another way of looking at the refugee situation, as the first group of Syrians arrived in Scotland.

In the US, meanwhile, things appear to be getting even more out of hand.


Northern Ireland is digesting the news that First Minister Peter Robinson is to retire.





At least the requirements of the new owners aren’t as onerous as this, for now…







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