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20 September 2019

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  • Tino Valdi obituary

    My friend Tino Valdi, who has died aged 90, was a singer and member of Bruce Forsyth’s variety touring show in the late 1950s and once shared the bill with Max Miller. Known as “a new voice from Italy”, he appeared on many radio and television programmes throughout the 60s and 70s, as well as in concert halls at home and abroad. Heperformed on two transatlantic liners, the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary, and recorded six albums.

    Tino was born Volodymyr Luciw in Nadvirna in Ukraine to Gabriel, a butcher, and his wife, Yulia. When he was a teenager during the second world war, Ukraine was invaded by the Nazis and he was deported to Germany as a slave labourer. He remained in the country after the war and met a fellow Ukrainian, the musician Hryhory Nazarenko, who encouraged him to play the bandura, their homeland’s national instrument, in his Bandurist Leontovych Capella group.

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  • EU leaders must get tough with Israel | Letter
    Chris Doyle responds to the news that Benjamin Netanyahu intends to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank

    Back in 2014, Russian forces entered Crimea and the peninsula was annexed. The reaction of Britain and other EU states was clear and immediate. Sanctions were imposed on Russia in a decision that most saw as reasonable and appropriate, upholding the longstanding sacred principle of the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory through war.

    The Israeli prime minister has now promised to annex huge swathes of the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley and settlements (Report, 11 September). Israel should receive precisely the same response as Russia got, if it goes down this reckless path. It cannot expect to have a business-as-usual relationship while stealing land belonging to another people. It is time for EU leaders, including Britain, to make this abundantly clear.
    Chris Doyle
    Director, Caabu (Council for Arab-British Understanding)

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  • Russia complicit in human rights abuses in Crimea, court told

    Case could embarrass Vladimir Putin and prompt Ukrainian demands for reparations

    The Russian state directed and ran the military coup in Crimea and its subsequent annexation in 2014, Ukraine has told the European court of human rights.

    The case in Strasbourg is one of a series brought by the Ukrainian government designed to expose alleged Russian state complicity in human rights abuses. It has the potential to embarrass Vladimir Putin and lead to Ukrainian demands for reparations from Russia.

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