Sierra Leone abuse claimants lose UK court case Dec 22, 2018 0 537 12345 London: Sierra Leoneans seeking damages from a mining company they accused of complicity in a police crackdown voiced disappointment on Friday after losing a landmark legal case in a British court.“Our clients are obviously very disappointed by the judgment,” law firm Leigh Day said in a statement. “The legal team is now reviewing the judge’s findings and will be advising the clients in early January as to the prospects of appealing the judge’s findings,” it said. The case, brought by 142 claimants seeking damages from Tonkolili Iron Ore Ltd, alleged company complicity in crimes in the West African country including the killing of a protester, rape, assault and false imprisonment. British courts agreed to hear the lawsuit because the iron ore producer was previously a subsidiary of African Minerals Ltd (AML), which was headquartered in London before it went into administration in 2015. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Exit of trusted Mattis sparks concern among US allies Dec 22, 2018 0 572 Trump, Republican senators meet to thrash out wall-funding dilemma Dec 22, 2018 0 905 More ‘yellow vest’ protests planned as France winds down for Christmas Dec 22, 2018 0 1369 Canadian ex-diplomat held in China denied access to lawyers: ICG Montreal: The Canadian former diplomat detained in China amid a diplomatic spat with Beijing has not yet been allowed to meet with his lawyers, the think tank that currently employs him said Friday. Michael Kovrig “has .. 2018 was hottest year for a century in France Paris: 2018 was the hottest year in France since modern records began in 1900, the French meteorological service said Friday. “This year was the hottest France has known since modern meteorological measures came into .. Germans turn to ‘Medibus’ as doctors desert villages AFP Cornberg, Germany For years after the last doctor left the small German village of Weissenborn, 79-year-old former mayor Arno Maeurer had to rely on his car to reach the nearest clinic, as a chronic shortage of .. US charges two Chinese men over alleged state-sponsored hacking Washington: The United States has charged two Chinese men it says hacked the computer systems of companies and government agencies in a dozen countries, in what Washington says was a wide-reaching state-backed .. Trump, Democrats fight over wall fund as govt shutdown looms AFP Washington The prospect of an embarrassing Christmastime shutdown of the US government loomed Friday as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats remained far apart on a stopgap funding bill held up by .. Hunt for gunman after one killed in Vienna shooting AFP Vienna One person has died and another has been seriously injured after a shooting in the centre of the Austrian capital Vienna, police said Friday, ruling out a terrorist motive. Police said a man fired several shots .. Trump, Republican senators meet to thrash out wall-funding dilemma WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump met with Republican senators on Friday after threatening a “very long” government shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, demanding $5 billion for border wall funding ..