Burundi Security Council urges end to fighting calls for ceasefire accord

The Council President, Ambassador John Negroponte of the United States, said in a press statement that the members urged the belligerents who were meeting in Dar es Salaam to negotiate in good faith a ceasefire agreement as soon as possible.Ambassador Negroponte said Council members also expressed their concern over the security situation and urged all parties to respect international humanitarian law. “We call upon all parties to permit the safe and voluntary return of refugees and to provide them with access to humanitarian assistance,” he said.Members also called on all Burundian parties to implement the Arusha agreement as the agreed upon framework for peaceful political reconciliation, Ambassador Negroponte said, adding that they urged international donors to support the peace process, including through budgetary assistance to enable Burundi to cope with the “exceptional situation” so that the benefits of the Arusha agreement were not lost.Earlier Wednesday, the Council heard an update from UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh on the political, security and humanitarian situation in Burundi. read more



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Valeant raises offer for Dendreon assets to US400 million to remain lead

LAVAL, Que. – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has raised its offer for the Provenge prostate cancer vaccine and other assets of U.S. drugmaker Dendreon Corp. by $100 million to $400 million.The Quebec-based company (TSX:VRX) is the lead bidder in an auction supervised by a U.S. bankruptcy court.Valeant said Thursday it increased its offer in response to competition.Provenge had about US$300 million of sales in 2014 and Valeant has said a successful bid could be as a way for it to enter the cancer treatment market.Dendreon filed for Chapter 11 creditor protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Act in November.Qualifying bids are to be submitted by Feb 10. The auction will be held Feb. 12.Valeant (TSX:VRX) would be entitled to a break-up fee and expenses if it is outbid.A Dendreon acquisition would be the first notable deal for Valeant since its failed hostile takeover bid for Botox-maker Allergan, which accepted an offer worth about US$66 billion from Actavis. Valeant raises offer for Dendreon assets to US$400 million to remain lead bidder AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 5, 2015 9:11 am MDT read more



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Lorry driver who ploughed into and killed family of four as he

first_imgThe court had heard that Kroker, who himself had become a father five months before the incident, was so distracted by his phone that he barely looked at the road for almost a kilometre.Passing sentence, Judge Maura McGowan said his attention had been so poor that he “might as well have had his eyes closed”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tracey Houghton Their car was shunted underneath the back of a heavy goods vehicle and crushed to a third of its size, immediately killing the family, from Bedfordshire, at the scene on the A34 dual carriageway north of Newbury in Berkshire.Kroker, from Andover, Hampshire, had pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Reading Crown Court on October 10.He was sentenced at the same court on Monday. Tomasz Kroker admitted killing Tracey, Josh and Ethan Houghton and Aimee GoldsmithCredit: INS News Agency A lorry driver who killed a woman and three children by ploughing into their stationary car while scrolling through music on his mobile phone has been jailed for 10 years.Tomasz Kroker, 30, smashed into the vehicle carrying Tracey Houghton, 45, her sons, Ethan Houghton, 13, and Josh Houghton, 11, and her stepdaughter, Aimee Goldsmith, 11, at 50mph on August 10. Tracey HoughtonCredit: INS News Agency Just an hour earlier he had signed a declaration to his employer, promising he would not use his phone at the wheel.Kroker’s truck ploughed into a stationary queue of two lorries and four smaller vehicles which were stuck behind a slow-moving articulated lorry near the villages of East and West Ilsley at around 5.10pm.A man was seriously injured and four other people were hurt in the horrific accident. Tomasz Kroker admitted killing Tracey, Josh and Ethan Houghton and Aimee Goldsmithlast_img read more



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