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FRIDAY OCTOBER 8 2021 WORLD 25 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA R1 Massacre marked KIEV: The presidents of Germany, Israel and Ukraine on Wednesday marked 80 years since the Nazis slaughtered more than 33,000 Jews in Kiev during one of the worst single massacres of the Holocaust. On September 29-30, 1941, more than 33,000 men, women and children, most of them Jews, were killed at the Babi Yar ravine outside Nazioccupied Kiev, the capital of ex-Soviet Ukraine. Babi Yar, which is also called Babyn Yar, was the scene of mass executions until 1943: up to 100,000 people were killed there, including Jews, Roma, and Soviet prisoners of war. Afghans gather outside the passport office after Taliban officials announced they would start issuing passports again in Kabul. Picture: Reuters KABUL: The reopening of the passport office in Kabul on Wednesday gave some Afghans who feel threatened under Taliban rule fresh hope they may soon be able to escape the country. Hundreds of people flocked to the department to apply for travel documents in a test of the new Afghan governments commitment to the international community to allow eligible people to leave. Im trying to run away, said Mohammad Hanif, who said he was an interpreter for the US special forces in the south of the country from 2009 to 2013. Like many Afghans who worked for US and allied forces following the 2001 invasion, Mr Hanif fears the Taliban will take revenge if they find him, so is desperate to flee. The 32-year-old was among those who went to the passport office in Kabul as it opened for the first time since the Taliban seized power in midAugust. Mr Hanif said he first applied for his passport four months ago, but only managed to complete the application on Wednesday and will collect the document in a couple of days. He plans to move to the US with his wife and two children. PASSPORT TO A NEW LIFE OUTSIDE AFGHANISTAN LONDON: A judge has ordered that the Duke of Yorks legal team is allowed to review a previously secret deal that could cause the sex abuse claim against him to collapse. In the latest stage in the dukes US legal battle, a federal judge agreed on Wednesday that a 2009 settlement between the financier Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre should be revealed to Prince Andrews lawyers. The move came after officials acting for Epsteins estate agreed to disclose the confid e n t i a l agreement to the dukes legal team. Lawyers for Andrew have claimed that the 2009 deal between Epstein and Ms Giuffre which ended a series of civil claims filed against the financier by women who alleged that he had abused them would release the duke (pictured) from any and all liability. Ms Giuffre is suing the duke over allegations that he had sex with her in 2001 while being aware that she had been illegally trafficked and therefore was not able to give consent. He has denied the claims. A New York court on Wednesday ruled that the dukes legal team was entitled to receive a copy of the settlement deal. THE Times Twist in dukes sex case Bullish Boris spruiks UK economic reform LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson rallied his Conservative party faithful on Wednesday, vowing a farreaching overhaul to wean the UK economy off cheap foreign labour after Brexit. Shrugging off panic buying at petrol stations, bare supermarket shelves and retailers warnings of a bleak Christmas the Tory leader said the shortterm pain was worth it. Closing the Conservatives annual conference, their first in-person event since 2019, Mr Johnson was on characteristically bullish form with an array of partisan zingers hurled against the opposition Labour Party. There was little new policy detail in the 45-minute speech, and Mr Johnson framed a broader narrative that the UKs departure from the European Union presents a historic opportunity. We are dealing with the biggest underlying issues of our economy and society, the problems that no government has had the guts to tackle before, he said. We are embarking now on the change of direction that has been long overdue in the UK economy, he added, vowing no return to the pre-Brexit model of uncontrolled immigration. Instead, British businesses will have to invest in their workers and technology to push the country towards a high-wage, high-skill, highproductivity economy. Yes, it will take time, and sometimes it will be difficult, but that is the change that people voted for in 2016, he said, referring to Britains seismic Brexit referendum. In the meantime, the government has grudgingly agreed to a limited number of short-term visas to lure truckers and poultry workers from eastern Europe. Mr Johnson hit back at Conservative right-wingers who are aghast at finance minister Rishi Sunaks warnings that taxes will have to go up to pay for the governments pandemic spending. Iconic Tory leader Margaret Thatcher would have wagged her finger and said more borrowing now is just higher interest rates, and even higher taxes later, he said. The government blames the acute labour shortages afflicting the UK not on its hard line approach to Brexit but on the coronavirus pandemic. But the supply crisis risks undermining themes that Mr Johnson emphasised in his conference speech, including Global Britain after the EU divorce. Boris Johnson. ITALY DANCES FOR JOY AS CLUBS REOPEN ROME: Italians are being allowed to strut their stuff on the dance floor again as nightclubs reopen after 14 months of Covid closure. As contagion eases in Italy, a government-appointed panel of experts has allowed clubs to welcome back revellers, but only if they show a vaccine passport. Bouncers will also be asked to keep capacity to 35 per cent. Italy shut its clubs down in August last year as reports of clusters in Sardinian nightclubs emerged before Italys second wave of Covid. Dance floors had only been open for two months after closing during Italys first wave, which erupted in February of last year. During their brief reopening, dancers were told by the government to stay about two metres away from each other, prompting angry accusations from nightclub owners that experts clearly dont go to discos. Maurizio Pasca, head of the Italian nightlife association, said at the time: Do we put crosses on the dance floor where people can stand, and will the government issue a decree with a new kind of dance to suit the rules? The rules on reopening this week allow people to go cheek to cheek, and while they must wear a mask when at the bar, they can remove them when they hit the dance floor. The Times NEW YORK: Mobsters are failing to adhere to the rules and best practices of the Italian mafia, with some even sending threats by text message. The declining standards have emerged in court papers filed in a case against the Colombo crime family. Prosecutors described the family as a thriving criminal enterprise but long-time observers say evidence assembled by investigators showed organised crime in New York is no longer well organised. The filing, asking a court to deny bail to 10 alleged mobsters, suggests that the familys senior leadership became personally involved in extortion in a manner that would have made their predecessors blanch. It includes alleged transcripts of mobsters discussing business over the phone and apparent evidence of one defendant attempting to conduct racketeering by text message, leaving a digital trail for investigators to follow. Im sure that is frowned upon in mob circles, Richard Frankel, a former FBI agent, told The Wall Street Journal. A former member of the Colombo crime family told the paper that mobsters had become over-reliant on their mobiles. Everything is on the phones with them, he said. The Times Mobsters disorganised crime
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