Swedish boy’s ashes recovered after alleged thief’s tearful apology

Mother says man called to say he accidentally stole urn and gave directions for its retrieval Cypriot police have recovered the ashes of a Swedish teenager after a man who said he accidentally stole the urn telephoned the family in Sweden, offering a tearful apology, and gave directions for its retrieval, the youths mother has said. Kinga Bednarz, whose son died in an accident several months ago, told the Associated Press she was relieved and thankful after the ordeal, saying her conversation with the alleged thief was an emotional moment. She said the man, who did not identify himself, insisted he had meant no harm to her or her family. The urn, inscribed with Dennis 2000-2019, was in one of …

Zelenskiy’s brush with Trump won’t help him end Ukraine’s war | Liana Semchuk

The chances of peace in Donbass look slim, says politics PhD student Liana Semchuk At a press marathon in Kyiv last week, Volodymyr Zelenskiy end the war. Thats a tough ask for a former comedy actor who had barely got his feet under the presidential desk before being snarled up in a Donald Trump impeachment scandal that has led some Ukrainians to refer to their leader as Monica Zelenskiy. Ukraines war is rightly Zelenskiys priority, having now claimed more than Trump impeachment saga is an unwelcome distraction for him. It came as a result of a phone call with the US president in July. The call triggered a leak from a whistleblower, claiming that Trump had temporarily withheld military aid …

Charming but dishonest and duplicitous: Europe’s verdict on Boris Johnson

As the Brexit deadline looms, Europe remains wary of the poker player behind the clown mask He is clever, cultivated, charming; witty, self-deprecating, wildly entertaining and oh so terribly British. Also dissembling, dishonest, dark, duplicitous, and a danger to his country and to Boris Johnson settles into his new role, vowing, do or die, to take the UK out of the EU without a deal in 90 days unless the 27 nations ditch an accord that took two years to negotiate, European politicians and commentators are both fascinated and appalled. Like many people, I was easily charmed by his demeanour, his self-confidence, his intelligence, said Han ten Broeke, a former Dutch MP specialising in EU affairs. Hes a pleasure to …