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TUESDAY MARCH 27 2018 WORLD 13 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Politician arrested for tweet RENNES: A left-wing French politician has been arrested over a tweet apparently celebrating the death of a policeman who was hailed a hero after he took the place of a hostage and was killed by a jihadist gunman. Police arrested Stephane Poussier at his home in Dives-sur-Mer, northwest France, on Sunday after he sent two tweets welcoming the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame. Whenever a policeman is shot ... I think of my friend Remi Fraisse, Poussier said on Twitter, referring to an environmental activist killed by a stun grenade fired by police during a 2014 protest over a dam. And this time it was a colonel, great! Additionally, it means one less Macron voter, he added. Beltrame was shot and stabbed to death after offering himself in exchange for a woman being used as a human shield by Radouane Lakdim, who had already killed three other people. Reunion for freed schoolgirls Released Nigerian schoolgirls wait to meet the Nigerian president in Abuja Picture: AFP PHOTOS ABUJA: More than 100 girls released by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram have been reunited with their parents in northern Nigeria. Bashir Manzo, head of the group of parents whose children were abducted, said the children were reunited with their parents on Sunday. Five of the schoolgirls kidnapped in mid-February died during the ordeal, and one Christian girl remains in captivity. Authorities have said they believe the girl will soon be released, though Mr Manzo said even if true it would take several days for Boko Haram to reach Dapchi from their hideouts. The Nigerian government denies that it paid a ransom for the release of the schoolgirls. The girls were returned in the middle of the night to the centre of town last week. The release of the girls comes as Nigerias government enters into talks with Boko Haram about a possible ceasefire, with the ultimate aim of securing a permanent cessation of hostilities, Information Minister Lai Mohammed said. The preliminary findings of the inquiry said the fire started about 11am in one of the cinema halls and destroyed more than 1000sq m of the centre. The roof collapsed in two theatres in the cinema, the Investigative Committee said. About 120 people had been evacuated from the burning centre, rescuers said. This shopping centre on several floors was packed with people mid-day Sunday. No one knows exactly how many people there were inside when the fire broke out, Alexandre Eremeyev, an official with the Dozens dead in mall blaze MOSCOW: At least 37 people were killed when a fire ripped through a busy shopping centre in an industrial city in western Siberia, with scores more reported missing, including children. Images on Russian television showed thick black smoke pouring out of the Winter Cherry shopping centre in the city of Kemerovo, which also houses a sauna, a bowling alley and a multiplex cinema and was packed with people on Sunday afternoon. At this time, we can confirm the deaths of 37 people in the fire at the Kemerovo shopping centre, Russias Investigative Committee said. Investigators had initially reported five people dead, including a child, and another 30 people injured and taken to hospital. As the new death toll was announced, a source in the local rescue services said 69 people, including 40 children, were reported missing, while the Investigative Committee said it was verifying information that 35 people could be missing. local Russian emergency services ministry, said. Where to look for people? How many are there? That has greatly complicated the work of the firefighters, he said, adding that the thick smoke was also hindering their rescue task. Some 300 firefighters and rescue personnel were rushed to the scene and the fire was brought under control about 5.30pm, local emergency officials said. Russias minister of emergency services, Vladimir Putchkov, went to Kemerovo. Smoke pouring out of the shopping centre Picture: AFP PHOTOS