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The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated with the colours of the British flag to show solidarity with the victims of the Westminster attack in London, in Berlin, Germany, March 23, 2017.
The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated with the colours of the British flag to show solidarity with the victims of the Westminster attack in London, in Berlin, Germany, March 23, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Anger as Berlin refuses to light Brandenburg Gate in Russian colours after attack

A decision by the city of Berlin not to illuminate its most famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate, in the colours of the Russian flag to show solidarity with St Petersburg after an attack has provoked anger, with critics calling it a scandal.

In the past, after attacks in other countries, the city has beamed the colours of flags of France, Turkey, Britain and the Netherlands onto the Brandenburg Gate, which divided East and West Berlin in the Cold War.

However, a spokesman for Berlin city government said the mayor had decided it would do this only in response to attacks in "partner cities". St Petersburg, where at least 14 people were killed in an attack on the metro on Monday, is not one.

Critics argued that authorities lit up the Gate in rainbow colours last year after a gunman killed 49 people at a night club in Orlando, Florida, and also in the Israeli colours after an attack in Jerusalem. They are not partner cities.


More than half a million sign Melania Trump petition

More than half a million people have signed a petition demanding that First Lady Melania Trump move into the White House or foot the expense of living in New York herself.

The Slovenian-born former model and mother of one has continued to live at her Manhattan penthouse apartment more than two months after husband Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th president of the United States.

The First Lady has said that she and 11-year-old son Barron will move to Washington after the current school year ends in the summer.


Spanish police raid Assad family's assets

Police in southern Spain staged raids targeting assets of the family of Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad, a judicial source said.

The raids, in the Puerto Banus marina area of the plush resort of Marbella, are the result of a corruption investigation launched in France against Assad's uncle, Rifaat al-Assad.

The assets of Rifaat al-Assad and his family in Spain are valued at €691 million (S$1 billion), the source said, adding that "all these properties have been seized."


DJ to be charged after Tunisia call to prayer remix

A British DJ faces charges in Tunisia of "offending public morality" after his set at a nightclub included a remixed recording of the Muslim call to prayer, a judicial source said.

A video of the alleged incident, widely shared online since Sunday, shows clubbers dancing at the weekend in the northeastern town of Hammamet to music that includes the call to prayer.

The footage sparked a storm of debate on social media, with reports later saying that the DJ - Dax J - had received death threats. His Facebook and Twitter accounts have since been taken down.


Football: Late Ibrahimovic penalty earns draw for Man Utd against Everton

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned after suspension to rescue a 1-1 draw for Manchester United against Everton at Old Trafford with an injury-time penalty.

Ibrahimovic coolly struck home the 93rd-minute spot kick after Ashley Williams had been sent off for deliberate handball keeping out Luke Shaw's shot.

But United's push for a top-four place in the Premier League still suffered a huge setback with a rare and deft Phil Jagielka goal giving Everton a first-half lead and ensuring them a share of the points.